• Freedom Ministries will meet from 7-9 p.m. at Spring Creek Assembly of God, 1600 E. 15th St. The meeting is free. For more information, visit http://churchedmondok.com/connec/freedom-ministries or call 341-5200.
• The LibertyFest Parade will take place beginning at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond as part of the 2013 LibertyFest celebration. The event is free. For more information, visit libertyfest.org.
• The LibertyFest Park Fest at UCO will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Drive, as part of the 2013 LibertyFest celebration. The event is free. For more information, visit libertyfest.org.
• The LibertyFest Fireworks will take place beginning at 10 p.m. on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Drive, as part of the 2013 LibertyFest celebration. The event is free. For more information, visit libertyfest.org.
• Freedom Fest at Lake El Reno will take place beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free. For more information, call 262-8687.
• A Celebration in the Heartland will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at Buck Thomas Park in Moore. The event is free and will conclude with a fireworks display at dark. For more information, visit cityofmoore.com/celebration-heartland.
• The Norman Day Celebration will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Reave’s Park. The free event includes kids’ activities, as well as live music, fireworks and more.
• The Bricktown 4th Fest will begin at 4 p.m. on the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The event is free. For more information, visit bricktown4thfest.com.
• The Seminole Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Fourth of July Festival beginning at 4 p.m. at Seminole Municipal Park. The event is free and will conclude with a fireworks display. For more information, visit seminoleokchamber.org.
• Shawnee Twin Lakes will present the Independence Day Boat Parade beginningat 5 p.m. Bring chairs and refreshments and enjoy the boat parade on the Shawnee Twin Lakes from Glen Collins Memorial Park or Isaac Walton Park. For more information, visit shawneetwinlakes.net.
• The Grand Casino Resort in Shawnee will present its annual Grand Firework Display beginning at 7 p.m. with food, games and live music. For more information, call 964-7263.
• Yukon will present the Freedom Fest through July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park. The event is free. For more information, visit cityofyukonok.gov/city-departments/parks-recreation/events.
• The Edmond Historical Society will present “The Legacy of Gettysburg” through Aug. 10 at 431 S. Boulevard. The event is free. For more information, call 640-0078 or visit edmondhistory.org.
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Edmond church to host free eye clinic
An Edmond church and Feed the Children are partnering to provide a free eye clinic.
Individuals will be able to receive a free vision test and free prescription eye glasses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Waterloo Road Baptist Church, 3100 E. Waterloo Road. All ages are welcome and registration is not required.
July could be coolest in weather record books
With chances for soaking rains and unseasonably cool temperatures becoming frequent, a weather expert is increasingly convinced Oklahoma will end up with a historic July.
At mid-afternoon Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecast for Edmond called for the high Wednesday to be near 73 with a 90 percent chance of heavy rain, followed by the high Thursday near 78 with a 30 percent chance of showers.
Highs are expected to remain in the 80s into Monday.
Downtown Master Plan accepted by council
The 2014 Downtown Master Plan Study was accepted by a 3-0 vote Tuesday evening by the Edmond City Council.
Fort Worth-based consulting group Freese and Nichols presented their final update to the 1998 Downtown Master Plan. The city hired the group at a cost of $300,000 to make recommendations for future development of Broadway in the central business district.
“There are clearly some short-term (parking) options that we feel should move forward,” said Cody Richardson, of Freese and Nichols consultants of Fort Worth. “Better signage at existing parking lots.”
UCO forensic volunteer wants to aid more agencies
A four-person group of forensic investigators who volunteer their time to help smaller Oklahoma police departments isn’t enough to meet demand, a member said.
Kama King, who recently completed her graduate research and will be a member of the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute, said outside of full-time jobs, members of the group volunteer to assist these agencies.
As her career progresses, King hopes to help establish a permanently funded organization available to any agency in the state to assist in remains recovery as well as related training.
Lambrecht Construction to build office
The commercial site plan of a physician’s office was approved recently by the Edmond Planning Commission by a vote of 4-0.
Lambrecht Construction plans to build the office at 3917 E. Covell Road in the Fairfax Business Office, north of Covell and west of Sooner Road, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
More cameras monitoring Edmond motorists
The Edmond City Council this week approved a services agreement with Electronic Technology, Inc. For the installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems’ video wall system at a cost of $314,620. The vote was 3-0.
ITS is a fiber optic, wireless or hybrid communication system of monitoring road events and equipment in the field, data archiving and predicting traffic volume, said Kent Kacir, an engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.
Shootout of a sale
An original article of the Wild West will be made available at auction Thursday. The rifle of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp will be part of the J. Levine Auction & Appraisal’s Summer Quarterly Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Earp was an Arizona deputy sheriff and deputy town marshal in Tombstone, Ariz. He is legendary for playing a key role in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He died in 1929 at age 80.
Wyatt Earp collector Barry Tapp of Edmond will be selling his 1895 Wyatt Earp Marlin rifle at the auction. The rifle has an estimated value between $50,000 and $75,000. It includes authentication documentation from Tombstone Heritage Museum, according to the auction house
UCO forensic researcher answers key question
After working a few human recovery cases on a volunteer basis with a variety of police departments, a question kept bugging Kama King.
“You spend the whole day,” the UCO W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute student said, “sometimes days, searching for someone and only find a skull or a few bones and it just ate at me. Are we not finding this or is it not there to be found?”
Oklahoma sales tax takes a holiday
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ending at midnight Aug. 3, Oklahomans will be able to participate in a sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax.
Yes, retailers may not charge tax, including state and local sales taxes on items that are tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday weekend. The sales of clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 are exempted from sales taxes.
Peace through Business empowering women entrepreneurs
Peace Through Business is part of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) based in Oklahoma City. It is a program that connects small business entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda with business owners in Oklahoma. One such entrepreneur found out about the program from a friend, applied, and was accepted to take part in this year’s session.
Upon earning a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universite de Sciences et Technique de Lille in Belgium, Lyliose Nduhungirehe began her career working for a construction company in Brussels, but she quickly switched paths to Information Technology.
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