EDMOND — Henry signs road bond measure
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Brad Henry has signed legislation authorizing $300 million in bonds to repair state roads and bridges.
Henry said the measure addresses a critical infrastructure problem that affects public safety and is a barrier to economic development.
The governor says it makes sense to sell bonds and fix the state’s worse roads and bridges during a time of low interest rates and rapidly rising construction costs.
The road bonds are part of a $457 million bond package approved by legislators before they adjourned last month.
As part of the agreement, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will set aside $25 million in an account to repair county roads and bridges.
Newborns get education college boost
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A study being conducted in Oklahoma aims to determine the educational and economic impact of “seeding” college savings accounts for hundreds of newborn babies.
Under the project, $1,000 is being placed into savings accounts for each of the newborns for future college expenses.
The seven-year study is a collaboration between the state Treasurer’s Office and the Center for Social Development at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Officials say the study could lead to national policy changes on increasing the number of college graduates.
As part of the SEED for Oklahoma Kids project, more than 1,300 newborns were randomly selected to receive the $1,000. They represent half of families agreeing to take part in the study.
“Being chosen to receive this SEED money made us take the time to fill out the paperwork and even put some additional money in an account for our son Samuel,” said Lisa Creed of Edmond.
“When you’re busy as parents you say, ‘Yeah we need to set up something,’ but your life is hectic and you just don’t get around to it,” she said.
EDMOND — Henry signs road bond measure
- Local News
Official offers glowing update on Senior Open
An official who has been in charge of tournaments since 2001 said the 2014 U.S. Senior Open is probably the best city event partnership he has seen.
Edmond soldier settles in housing benefits case
U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats said Thursday a U.S. Army reserve soldier from Edmond has agreed to pay the government $20,000 to settle civil claims related to obtaining fraudulent housing benefits.
Oklahoman returns home focused on pro-gay agenda
Troy Stevenson remembers the day when football players discovered him and his boyfriend holding hands behind an Edmond high school. After they had been chased off school property, Stevenson, called to check on his boyfriend.
“He was in hysterics,” Stevenson said. “… Like me, I thought he was scared. Did people see us? What would people think?”
Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back
Chances are your lawn is looking a bit bedraggled after this rough winter.
That’s not surprising. Between brutally cold temperatures and drying winds, turf took a beating this year.
Gracelawn grows larger
The Edmond City Council voted 5-0 in favor of the city purchasing 20.5 acres of land immediately to the north of Gracelawn Cemetery. Purchasing the property is needed for future expansion of the cemetery, Mayor Charles Lamb, said.
Gracelawn Cemetery is owned and operated by the city and is located on the northwest corner of Danforth and Boulevard.
Warmth needed to grow tomatoes
The time for those growing tomatoes in their garden is when the soil temperature is above 60°F and fear of frost has past. We are generally safe from frosts after April 5. However, frosts have occurred as late as May 1 in the Oklahoma City area. If you planted your tomatoes on or before April 5 last year you would have covered them several times as there were several late frosts. If you plant early, be ready to cover your plants during nighttime frosts.
Senate hopefuls meet in first debate
Accountability to the American people and the $17.5 trillion debt continues to be a major issue in the race for U.S. Senate office being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee hosted a debate Wednesday for three of the seven Republicans running for the U.S. Senate seat that is being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
Oklahoma City FC invites fans to design club scarf
Oklahoma’s top-tier soccer club, Oklahoma City FC, invites soccer fanatics across Oklahoma to be a part of its future by designing its scarf.
Scarves are a tradition among soccer clubs and are typically a team’s most recognizable accessory. Scarves are a matter of pride for hard-core supporters and feature team colors, logo and inspiring slogans. Scarves are a part of a team’s identity.
Agency clarifies earthquake-related misinformation
A state agency says misinformation related to the debate about the cause of more earthquakes across Central Oklahoma includes oil well types, well numbers and injection pressure.
The Prague sequence of 2011 along the Wilzetta Fault zone included a significant foreshock, a main shock of magnitude 5.7 and numerous aftershocks. It has been suggested that this sequence represents tremors triggered by fluid injection.
More recently, earthquakes have been recorded in the vicinity of Jones, Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Guthrie, Langston and Crescent. Regulators and scientists are working together to better understand what’s causing all the shaking.
Sheriff seeks items for agency history project
If you have historic pictures or artifacts related to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the agency is asking the public to share them.
“The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is working on a history project. If you, your family, friends or acquaintances have any old photos or artifacts related to the OCSO we would love to have them or a digital copy,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel.
- More Local News Headlines
- Official offers glowing update on Senior Open