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Wind $$$: More than $1 billion from industry
The study found the state’s 26 operational wind farms added more than 1,600 full-time jobs to Oklahoma’s economy. They pay more than $22 million per year in royalties to landowners.
Authorities searching for Ada man
Authorities from several agencies continue to search for a 38-year-old Ada man missing since March 10.
“The Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office, Ada Police Department, along with assistance from the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department are currently attempting to determine the location of missing person, Charles Dewayne Manuel,” Sheriff John Christian said Wednesday. “Manuel left his grandparent’s home in Ada on March 10 and the family had no contact with him since that time. Manuel was officially reported missing on March 17.”
Oklahoma teachers might be required to prepare for new standards
For the past three years, Ada City Schools officials have drawn up curriculum maps, trained teachers and taken other steps to implement the Common Core academic standards.
Reba coming to Enid: Country music superstar booked at Event Center
Tickets are priced at $95 and $129 for the Enid Event Center’s one-year anniversary show.
Parents want children to attend college, but few save for it
A large majority of Oklahoma parents and grandparents — 86 percent — believe it is “very important” that their child or grandchild attends college according to a recent opinion poll conducted by ShapardResearch.
Edmond residents, Jenifer and her husband, Marty Standish, are among that 86 percent group. Jenifer said her children, Blakeley, 3, and Brigham, a 1-year-old, are expected to go to college and they are investing each month in the Oklahoma 529 Savings Plan.
“If they decide not to go then the savings is transferable and can be given to grandchildren or someone who wants to go to college and needs help,” Jenifer said. “Hopefully, though, it will be my children who will be using it.”
Party affiliation change deadline approaches
The deadline for registered voters to change their party affiliation for upcoming elections is March 31, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.
By statute, changing party affiliation is not allowed from April 1 to Aug. 31. All requests to change party affiliation during that time will be processed Sept. 1.
Oklahoma has a closed primary system, meaning only registered voters of a political party may vote to select their party’s nominees in primary and runoff primary elections.
“In other words, only registered Republicans can vote in Republican primaries, and only registered Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries,” Ziriax said. “Independent voters can vote in non-partisan and general elections, but not in party primaries.”
Party affiliation can be changed by filling out a voter registration application form.
Forms can be downloaded at http://elections.ok.gov. They are also available at tag agencies, post offices, libraries and all 77 county election boards.
Registered voters must be citizens of the United States, residents of the state of Oklahoma and 18 or older before the date of the next election.
‘More than a job ... a career’
Enid Police Department revamps officer recruiting
Repairs for Purcell bridge ahead of schedule
Repairs for the US-77/State Highway 39 bridge connecting Lexington and Purcell are ahead of schedule, ODOT officials said Thursday.
Rep. Bobby Cleveland toured the bridge Thursday with several Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Slaughterville officials.
ODOT Chief Engineer Casey Shell walked everyone through the chain of events leading to the closure of the bridge, which is scheduled to open June 14. The contractors working on the bridge will receive incentives if the bridge is completed before that date or penalties for every day after June 14.
Liberty & Freedom series begins at FAI
The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond presents award-winning Edmond attorney Don M. Powers and his lecture series “Liberty & Freedom.”
This series of eight presentations covers the Declaration of Independence and 28 principles of freedom used by the founders to structure the U.S. Constitution.
Free classes start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Theater Room of the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E. Edwards.
Powers’ lecture series of seven more sessions will continue on April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1 and15 and conclude May 29. Sessions will conclude at 8:30 p.m. Those interested in attending any of the free presentations should call Powers’ law office at 359-5999 to register. Seating is limited.
Drought continues but improving
Needed moisture will return this spring to Garfield County and this area, says NWS
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