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An annual audit by the State Auditor and Inspector’s office indicates that most Oklahoma County business is in compliance with auditing practices; however, there were two exceptions this year.

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Biology Professor David Bass, Ph.D. of the University of Central Oklahoma will be honored as one of five outstanding educators in Oklahoma’s Public Schools. He is someone you should know.

Food assistance is available for residents in the Edmond area. Anyone who needs food may visit the Project 66 Food & Resource Center at 2612 S Kelly Ave. Residents are accepted from Edmond, Jones, Arcadia and Luther. 

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There may be no vaccine yet for the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. But scientists are now testing both existing and experimental therapies to see if any are effective in treating the new coronavirus.

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Ellis Island Coffee and Wine Lounge said Wednesday in release that the drink shop will let customers dictate the prices for their drinks, in efforts to help those in the community who may be suffering from recent closings due to the novel coronavirus. 

Joyce Wolfe has been working for the Edmond School District for 22 years and was recently chosen as one of the district’s outstanding support personnel. Wolfe is someone you should know.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Beginning March 17, 2020, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will begin accepting online applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) at www.okdhslive.org.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The State Department of Education announced Monday the closure of all K-12 public schools statewide until at least April 6 as the number of COVID-19 cases climb and the risk of community spread grows.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives honored Jenny Schmitt as the “Nurse of the Day” at the State Capitol on Oklahoma Nurses’ Day on Tuesday. She is a resident of District 82 and was presented by State Rep. Nicole Miller (R-Edmond).

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Several events in the Edmond area have either been canceled or suspended to be rescheduled at a later date as a way to keep from putting the health of the public at risk of COVID-19. We encourage you to verify the status of an event with the host or organizer before attending.

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Oklahoma singer-songwriter T.Z. Wright will provide Morning Music on Saturday, March 14 at the Arcadia Round Barn. The nonprofit Round Barn is six miles east of U.S. Interstate 35 on Historic Route 66. 

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The next meeting of the Edmond Republican Women’s Club will be Monday, March 16, 2020, at Johnnies Charbroil on 33rd St. in Edmond. The meeting will begin at 11:15 a.m. for those who would like to order lunch in advance.

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This year’s ESA Gamma Zeta educational program has featured outstanding women in American history. Keeping in that tradition, member Liz King presented Marian Anderson’s biography.

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Twenty-five year Edmond resident Gwen Shaw is chairman of the Edmond Democratic Women’s organization, and she is someone you should know.

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The University of Central Oklahoma is hosting a variety of events throughout March to mark Women’s History Month, celebrating women’s contributions throughout history and empowering Central’s community of women — students, faculty and staff.

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Oklahoma City and Tulsa rents flatlined in January, according to RENT Cafe’s Rent Report. The average rent reaching $783 and $710, respectively. 

The Connection on Internet.frontier.com is offering three $1,000 grants for K-12 teachers. To apply, instructors need to submit a unique lesson plan explaining how they would use technology to teach social responsibility.

OKLAHOMA CITY — In an effort to provide resources for families of those living with mental illness, NAMI Oklahoma is providing a free family-to-family leader training March 6 through March 8 in Oklahoma City.

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It doesn’t matter how many extra days you add to February, in my head and heart, it’s practically spring. Aside from that last-ditch freeze that never fails to ice the newly planted annuals, we are so close to those glorious March days that I’m tempted to start shopping for new porch pillows…

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Edmond Memorial junior Evelyn Carpenter has completed a week of service as a page for the State Senate, Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, announced at the Capitol this week.

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Oklahoma Human Services announced today a new website for child support customers. At www.okbenefits.org, Oklahomans can apply for child support and view extensive information about their cases.

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Dick Opalka received recognition as Champion of Character for generosity at the Monday night Edmond City Council meeting. 

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The third annual Cure FA Soirée, a musical evening for all ages benefitting the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), will be Saturday, May 16 at the Edmond Conference Center. Attendees will enjoy performances by accomplished local artists, stories and information about Friedreich’s …

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is bringing its fight against breast cancer to underserved communities in Norman, Oklahoma City, and surrounding areas. 

Parents Helping Parents will hear speaker Kyle McGraw with Transforming Life Counseling Center on Tuesday, March 3. His topic is “Recovery as a lifestyle: Discovering Your New Normal.” 

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The Edmond Kiwanis Club’s Rise and Dine Annual Pancake Day, Family Celebration and Silent Auction will be from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 in the Family Life Center at First Presbyterian Church, 1001 South Rankin.

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The upcoming Edmond Neighborhood Alliance Summit is an opportunity to bring residents together. Edmondites from various neighborhoods meet to learn about conditions impacting neighborhoods and life in Edmond. Much is expected to be learned by attending “Focused & Perfect Vision”.

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The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts and Design will present a performance by Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.

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Middle school and high school students including some from Edmond begin competing this month in the 2020 National Science Bowl, sponsored by the Department of Energy and managed by Department of Energy’s Office of Science, leading up to the National Championship in April 2020.

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The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February to honor the history and accomplishments of African Americans and examine current issues within the community.

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Jordan Malwick’s has a helpful mission as CEO of High Spring Land Company. He oversees the making of beef jerky — hundreds of pounds of “Beef Jerky for Troops” for active members of the military serving overseas made possible by donations.

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Members of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Gamma Zeta chapter were recently on hand to help break ground for the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home.

If you are planning travel outside of the country, AAA Oklahoma is trying to help those needing new passports or renewal of expired ones. They’ll have a passport fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

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The annual Edmond Sun Christmas Samaritan Fund Drive surpassed its fundraising goal for 2019 with a total of $160,921.54 , said Chris Sperry, Hope Center of Edmond executive director.

Harriet Tubman was the educational topic presented to Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s Gamma Zeta chapter recently. Club member Bonniedaye explained how Tubman was born into slavery in Eastern Maryland sometime between 1820 and 1821. After escaping from slavery, she returned to Maryland in 1850 as an  …

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, an interprofessional organization at the OU Health Sciences Center, has received a $100,000 gift to facilitate translational research in the neurosciences.

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Chamber Music In Oklahoma will present in concert the winners of its Student String Quartet Competition at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Radke Fine Arts Theater on the University of Central Oklahoma Campus in Edmond. 

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The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority officially added 40 more megawatts of wind energy to its resource portfolio on Jan. 1. OMPA is the power supplier for the City of Edmond, as well as 41 other cities and towns around Oklahoma.

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Dentistry gives Dr. Kari Bender a way to help others. Bender is the owner of Creative Edge Dentistry and she is someone you should know.

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On New Year’s Day City Councilman Josh Moore invited community members to adopt an intersection to help make Edmond more beautiful in the coming year.

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Benjamin Roderick "Rod" Baker was born Sept. 1, 1925, to Benjamin Silas and Alice Leona Babcock Baker in the town of Rossville located in Lincoln County, Okla. In 1936 the family moved from Chandler, Okla., to Edmond, Okla. Rod played football and wrestled for the Edmond High Bulldogs and gr…