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.
State Treasurer Scott Meacham said the study puts Oklahoma in the forefront of influencing national policy on increasing the number of Americans who attend college.
Funding is coming from private resources and could total $2.3 million for Oklahoma families. As part of the study, the $1,000 deposits may be matched with up to $250 per year for four years, depending on income eligibility.
Parents of children not chosen to receive the $1,000 have agreed to periodic interviews of their saving behaviors so a comparison can be made with the winning families.
EDMOND — Henry signs road bond measure
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2 Edmond detectives help deliver baby boy
It was a big day for Colin and Dalisha Johnson and two burly Edmond cops. It was an even bigger day for Kingsly Johnson — his birthday.
The Johnson’s baby was due to come into the world Dec. 18, and plans were for labor to be induced Dec. 13, said Colin, sounding like a proud papa as he talked about the day in a room at OU Medical Center-Edmond. Kingsly had other plans.
Snow chances, bitter cold continue for Edmond
Snow chances and bitter cold temperatures continue for Edmond on the heels of the storm that created slick and hazardous streets.
The National Weather Service forecast called for a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and a 20 percent chance Sunday.
In addition to the slick and hazardous streets and highways, residents dealt with bitter cold temperatures. Highs were expected near 22 degrees on Friday, 20 on Saturday, 26 on Sunday and 22 on Monday. Lows were expected near 5 degrees Friday, 17 Saturday, 15 Sunday and 8 Monday.
Thursday evening, slick, snow-covered streets created havoc in Edmond as commuters and other motorists traveled to their destinations. Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said police officers were responding only to injury crashes.
Planners look at retail/urban housing mixes in downtown
A presentation by Freese Nichols consultants of Fort Worth was made Wednesday to city staff and leaders regarding the Downtown Master Plan.
The Central Edmond Urban Development Board has revisited plans made in a 1998 Downtown Master Plan through public meetings and presentations to protect the future development of Broadway.
“Right now we are at the point of providing an assessment of not only the physical environment, but also the market conditions,” said Wendy Shabay, an associate urban planner with Freese Nichols. The next meeting in January will focus on recommendations.
Volunteers keep HOPE Center afloat
HOPE Center of Edmond is the community’s compassionate response to families needing a helping hand. Giving of one’s time is valuable when it comes to helping the HOPE Center of Edmond fulfill its charitable mission.
The food and clothing closet for Edmond area residents offers a health clinic and limited emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, said Chris Sperry, executive director. The HOPE Health Clinic focuses on pre-natal and obstetrics care for women.
The annual Edmond Sun Samaritan Fund Drive has set a goal of raising $165,000 for HOPE.
Nearly 14,000 hours were donated by HOPE volunteers in 2012, Sperry said. Their hard work has a lasting impact on the community, she said. Many HOPE volunteers were themselves clients at one time needing temporary assistance.
St. Anthony announces new outpatient behavioral health facility in Edmond
St. Anthony is pleased to announce the opening of the new Outpatient Behavioral Health Edmond facility which will offer partial hospitalization programs as well as Intensive outpatient programs for both adult and senior patients.
These programs are designed to help those dealing with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, anger control problems, panic attacks, poor overall functioning and other mental health issues.
Thunder plans Holiday Assist toy drive
The Oklahoma City Thunder will have a Toy Drive before Sunday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, collecting toys outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena starting at 4 p.m. The Toy Drive is part of the sixth annual Thunder Holiday Assist initiative, presented by Cox Communications.
Fans attending the game and those headed downtown Sunday evening are encouraged to stop by the tents outside the northeast and northwest arena entrances and donate new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Santa to make special stop at Edmond PD
Santa Claus is coming to town, making a special pre-Christmas visit.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21, parents are invited to bring their children to the Edmond Police Department, 23 E. First St., for a free photograph with Santa. It is also being billed as a chance for citizens to see the progress of the Public Safety Center being built across the street from City Council chambers.
Couple finds ‘Living Wage Experiment’ anxiety-inducing
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a three-part series detailing candidate Cathy Cummings’ Living Wage Experiment in Oklahoma City. She is planning to run as a Democrat for lieutenant governor. This story is reprinted with permission by The Vista.
Rusty hinges squawked in the crisp air as Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Cathy Cummings opened the door of the dusty brick duplex, her home for two more weeks.
Twenty-one days have passed since Cummings and her husband, Sean, left their suburban home on Nov. 1 to begin “The Living Wage Experiment,” an attempt to bring awareness to the minimum wage workers’ everyday struggles.
A Winter Night at the Children Safety Village
The Edmond Fire Department will be hosting A Winter Night at the Children Safety Village from 6-9 p.m. Dec 14. The event will be a wonderland of lights and fun in the Children’s Safety Village. Sparky the fire safety wonder dog will greet the kids and family, hot chocolate will be flowing and Santa’s workshop sponsored by Lowe’s will allow kids to work in Santa’s work shop creating toys. Story tellers will delight the kids with cold winter tales.
National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 8-14
When you see signs that advertise: “Get your flu vaccine here,” you might think, “Isn’t it too late for that?”
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