December 2017

AAA predicts record Christmas travel


The American Automobile Association predicts record travel during the Christmas holiday and forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last […]

Community Care Building being sold to Tulsa County


Tulsa County will spend $11.5 million to purchase the former Community Care Building to consolidate county offices. County officials have been negotiating with building owner Ascension for month. The sales price includes some furniture, fixtures and equipment. The Community Care Building, 218 W. 6th St., is across the street from the County Administration Building The […]

State smoking rate falls


Paced by the lowest smoking rate ever recorded, Oklahoma moved up three spots to 43rd in America’s Health Rankings, issued by the United Health Foundation. The improvement was the second highest among all states, trailing only Florida and Utah, which improved their ranking by four spots. America’s Health Rankings are based on four components or […]

Dr. Hance Dilbeck is named director of Baptist GCO


Dr. Hance Dilbeck was approved to serve as the next Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) executive director-treasurer with a unanimous vote by the BGCO board at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City this month. Dilbeck, who has served as pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003, will become the ninth […]

TPS still has the second largest enrollment in Oklahoma


The number of students in Oklahoma public schools continued to rise in 2017, increasing by more than 1,000 from the previous year. A total of 694,816 students were enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at the start of the school year, an increase of 1,106 over the 2016 total of 693,710 and 21,626 more than […]

Early childhood education overfunded


The 1889 Institute recently published a paper proposing some ways that Oklahoma’s school funding formulas can be simplified by reducing the number of categories by which students are classified and counted. According to the paper, Oklahoma’s funding system inflates student counts in each school district according to certain student characteristics in addition to various district […]

Williams new head of OSU-OKC


Oklahoma State University named Brad Williams as president of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC), effective January 1.  The appointment followed a national search and requires approval of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. Williams is currently vice president of student services at OSU-OKC, a position he has held since 2012. He replaces Natalie Shirley, who became […]

Union teacher is educator of the year


Christian Jones from Union High School is the 2017-2018 Oklahoma Educator of the Year by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). According to a press release, “From more than 5,000 member coaches and teachers across the country, Christian Jones was selected as the Oklahoma Educator of the Year because of his unwavering commitment to […]

State bill targets early resignations


State Rep. Zack Taylor said he welcomes Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb’s support of an ethics reform bill authored by Taylor during the recent special session. Taylor authored the bill in October after more legislators resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The bill aims to improve the ethical behavior of those who serve in the Legislature, […]

Silver Dollar City named ‘the best’


BRANSON, Mo. – The 1880s internationally awarded theme park Silver Dollar City has been named the nation’s “Best Theme Park Holiday Event.” The USA Today/10 Best poll originates with selections made by an editorial board of the newspaper and travel writers before going out to the public for the voting process. The news was announced […]