May 2017

Tulsa closing schools in West Tulsa


The Tulsa School Board targeted three West Tulsa elementary schools for closure in a reaction to an anticipated $12 million reduction in state aid for next year. Superintendent Deborah Gist recommended closing Park and Remington elementaries plus Early Childhood Development Center-Porter. Those elementary students would be shipped to Clinton Middle School and Clinton students would […]

Officer Betty Shelby Is found innocent


After nine hours of deliberation, a jury found Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby innocent of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher. The verdict came back on May 17. The case had drawn national attention because Shelby, who is white, shot Crutcher, an unarmed black man. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, who had […]

Budget dominates the end of session


As usual, budget talks heated up in the Oklahoma Legislature as the session was scheduled to close this week. There is speculation that the major tax increases proposed by Gov. Mary Fallin won’t get passed unless she calls for a special session this summer. Lawmakers were negotiating behind closed doors last week to hammer out […]

Liberalizing liquor laws?


The State Senate passed Senate Bill 211, by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, by a vote of 26-14. The measure now heads to the House. If passed by the House and signed by the governor, the proposal would have to appear on the ballot with another initiative. County commissioners could vote to put it on […]

Gun measure gets signed


A bill that makes it legal for people to draw their weapons in self-defense, but not have to shoot an assailant, was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Senate Bill 40, authored by Sen. Michael Bergstrom, allows a person to point a weapon at a perpetrator in self-defense or in order to thwart, stop […]

Rep. Taylor is sworn in


Zack Taylor (R-Seminole) was sworn into the Oklahoma House of Representatives last week to represent House District 28. That seat was vacated when former state Rep. Tom Newell resigned Dec. 31, 2016. The House held a vote to officially seat Taylor bringing the number of representatives to 99 for this session. Two additional special elections […]

Bridenstine to speak at Memorial Day ceremony May 27


U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Observance Program for the 45th Anniversary of the Avenue of Flags at Floral Haven Cemetery on May 27. At 10 a.m., the program will begin with the raising of the newly donated veterans’ flags. The ceremony will conclude with […]

National Guardsmen are deployed


LEXINGTON  – On Mother’s Day, nearly 30 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, 90th Troop Command, bid farewell to their loved ones during a deployment ceremony held at the Muldrow Army Heliport. The 169th is deploying to Kosovo to provide medical evacuation operations using UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters […]

Summer heat affects automobiles


With the sweltering days of summer here, AAA reminds motorists that high temperatures can take their toll on people, animals and even cars. Extreme heat can push a vehicle past its limits, and once again this year some drivers will find themselves stranded at the roadside. “While many drivers think about the importance of readying […]

Asian-American Festival is June 3


Families are invited to experience the culture and customs of Asia during the 15th annual Asian-American Festival, June 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Road. This free event features entertaining activities and educational presentations highlighting cultures of China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries in Asia. “The Asian-American […]