It was Andrew Martin’s first time to volunteer at Edmond’s HOPE Center.
The University of Central Oklahoma junior from Edmond said he wanted to get more involved at the university and in the community. As he sorted kids’ clothing, he said he thought volunteering on MLK Day would be a good way to start.
“All he did was give, give, give,” Martin said of Martin Luther King Jr., the preacher turned civil rights activist who has inspired a nation. “I wanted to give back. I think it’s the least we can do.”
Martin said he is learning more about the HOPE Center, at 1251 N. Broadway. While the city may have a reputation for being an affluent community, the organization shows that no matter how things appear people will still have needs.
UCO has been sponsoring an MLK Day of Service, encouraging students to give back to their community. On Monday, members of the UCO community volunteered at the HOPE Center, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma or Infant Crisis Services.
Elise Marrs, graduate operations manager for UCO’s Jackson College of Graduate Studies, said her family has been a longtime supporter of the HOPE Center.
Marrs said she had not volunteered at the organization, which works to meet the basic needs of the community by providing food, clothing, household items and financial assistance for rent and utilities. The HOPE Center helps about 500-700 individuals each month. It also has a prenatal clinic.
“I thought it would be a great way to support MLK Day,” Marrs said.
Infant Crisis Services spokeswoman Amy Spielberger said volunteers are the backbone of the organization, which served 12,787 individuals in 2012, an average of 1,000-1,200 per month. UCO volunteers were organizing infant formula and baby bottles.
With the community’s help, the organization supplies life-sustaining formula and food as well as diapers and clothing for babies and toddlers in times of need. Oklahoma has the eighth highest incidence of childhood poverty in the U.S., according to Infant Crisis Services, at 4224 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.
The organization bridges the gap in current services. Government programs like WIC and the Department of Human Services often require waiting periods of up to several weeks during a critical time in a baby’s development. They don’t provide diapers or certain medically prescribed formulas.
It was Andrew Martin’s first time to volunteer at Edmond’s HOPE Center.
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Massey speaks to Summit Rotary
Council member Nick Massey, standing here with Edmond Sun Publisher Karan Ediger, spoke to Summit Rotary Tuesday on the subject of the City’s electronic sign laws. Summit Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Drive. For more
information about the club, call 405-CUEARLY.
Keep these tips in mind for May gardening
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you head into your May gardening routine. Keep ahead of the weeds. We are always happy for the rain, but wet ground can keep us out of the garden and that allows weeds to grow by leaps and bounds. Now is the time to guard tender plants such as tomatoes, eggplant and peppers against sudden late frosts. During the first part of May you may be planting beans, early corn, okra and late potatoes. You also may be replacing tomato plants lost to late frosts. Finish setting out cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, beets, etc.
Here are some things to do:
Jurors hear evidence in mercy killing murder trial
Testimony is underway in the trial of a Logan County man accused of murdering his wife by placing a plastic sack over her head and causing her to suffocate.
On June 13, 2013, Logan County District Attorney Tom Lee filed a first-degree murder charge against Mark Schemm, 53, of Crescent, who told an OSBI agent in court records he killed Monica Schemm, his wife, because she asked him to kill her.
Man faces civil suit in motorcycle fatality
A local man awaiting disposition of a criminal charge stemming from the death of an Edmond motorcyclist now faces a civil suit, court records show.
On Sept. 24, 2013, Edmond Police Officer Milo Box was dispatched on a call regarding a collision at the Santa Fe-Country Wood Lane intersection, according to the report filed by Box.
Box stated Daniel Bricker, 54, of Deer Creek, was traveling northbound in the inside lane of Santa Fe while Erron Heise, 39, the motorcycle driver, was stopped and waiting to turn left onto Country Wood Lane.
Sheriffs accuse state of ducking out on prisoner promises
State efforts to save time and money by shuffling prisoners more swiftly through the system are riling local sheriffs who are losing money because of the efficiency program.
A change in Department of Corrections practice is landing a “significant hit” on two-thirds of Oklahoma counties, which depend on reimbursements to house state inmates locally, said Ken McNair, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association.
“The sheriffs are now in a position where they have to make adjustments to their budgets,” he said.
Sheriffs converged on the Capitol on Tuesday, filling the Senate gallery, in part to protest efforts to remove inmates from their custody. The change will cost the sheriffs — but save the state — millions each year.
OK officials account for disaster spending
Nearly a year after deadly tornadoes hit central Oklahoma, officials announced that they have spent close to $9.4 million in private donations on relief efforts.
U.S. News ranks city high schools in state’s Top 10
All three Edmond high schools are ranked among the Top 10 in the state in a prestigious national list.
U.S. News & World Report, which publishes annual rankings, ranked Edmond North No. 3 in Oklahoma and No. 437 nationwide. Memorial ranked No. 6 in Oklahoma and No. 847 nationwide. Santa Fe ranked No. 8 in Oklahoma and No. 1,075 nationwide.
“This recognition serves as validation for our students, parents and staff members at all levels who work together relentlessly in pursuit of academic excellence, Edmond Public Schools Superintendent David Goin said.
OC expands to 5 academic colleges
Oklahoma Christian University will expand from three to five colleges beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
OC’s five academic colleges will be the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
“Our academic and leadership teams have been planning, praying and discussing how to build on OC’s legacy of exceptional success in science, engineering and business,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Our new colleges will focus on growth in these areas and implement strategic planning to help us serve more students.”
FBI seeks suspect in robbery of local bank
Police and FBI agents are investigating the robbery of a local bank by a suspect wearing a fake mustache and goatee, a spokesman said.
FBI Special Agent Martinus McConnell said the robbery occurred Tuesday morning at the Arvest Bank, 2025 Sonoma Park, Edmond.
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