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BancFirst Edmond president Mark Lisle announced the hiring of Mary Johnston as assistant vice president and commercial loan officer. Johnston joined BancFirst in July bringing six years of banking experience.

She was recognized by NextGen in 2015 as one of the 30 Under 30 award recipients.

“Mary is an excellent addition to our group of lenders,” Lisle said. “She is a well-rounded banker and a respected leader, and we have no doubt she will be a valuable member of the BancFirst team. We are pleased that BancFirst will be able to offer customers the experience and knowledge that Mary brings to the job.”

An Oklahoma native, Johnston graduated from Plainview High School before earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 2014, she completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.

Tee for the Soul hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening at 1381 Fretz Drive.

Tee for the Soul offers trendy women’s apparel, jewelry and accessories. It also has designed a new and fun way to shop where ladies can strut their stuff on the catwalk and upload pictures and video from digital mirrors to social media.

For more information, call 844-7685 or visit www.TeeForTheSoul.com

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Edmond Police responded to a 911 call to investigate a report of suspicious subjects who reportedly had in their possession stolen credit cards, just past 4 p.m. Monday.

One subject was booked without issue on complaints of Aggravated Assault and Battery upon a Police Officer (21 § 650) and Obstruction of a Police Officer (21 § 540). The other suspect is still not in police custody.

Reporting Officer Brad Griffin stated that he and another officer responded to the 911 call at Crest Foods at 2200 W. 15th St.

Quail Creek Bank, n.a., Oklahoma City, is pleased to welcome Summer Blades as the newest member of their team of audit and compliance professionals. The announcement was made by bank president and CEO Doug Fuller.

Blades formerly worked at Quail Creek Bank for three years early in her career. After a family move to Florida, she was the auditor for a CPA firm and then became the internal audit supervisor with a bank in Jacksonville, Fla.

Later moving to Dallas, Blades became the senior internal auditor for North Dallas Bank & Trust Company.

Edmond City Council members unanimously endorsed a resolution Monday in opposition to State Question 779 in order to protect the city’s general fund. Supporters of SQ 779 defended the measure.

Registered voters in Oklahoma will be asked on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot whether to approve SQ 779. Approving the measure would create an additional 1 percent sales tax in the state to be deposited into the Oklahoma Education Improvement Fund.

Part of the funding would provide a $5,000 teacher pay raise across-the-board in Oklahoma.

It is up to the people of Oklahoma to determine how much of their tax dollars government should have, Pastor Paul Blair said at a recent gathering of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Then it’s our responsibility to fund that proper role of government,” Blair said.

Blair and Adam Pugh will face off in the Aug. 23 Republican primary runoff election for Senate District 41 being vacated by Republican Clark Jolley of Edmond.

Blair’s response was after being asked if he would support changes to Oklahoma’s tax structure and if he would support providing tax incentives for the attraction and expansion of businesses in Oklahoma.

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A female driver missed the brake pedal and instead hit the accelerator causing her vehicle to crash into the One Cafe during the noon lunch hour Monday, said Jenny Wagon, Edmond Police spokeswoman. No injuries were reported at the crash site located at 122 E. 15th St.

“I do not believe she will be ticketed. It’s private property,” Wagnon said. “I don’t think there are any charges that want to be pursued on that end.”

The crash did cause a shock when it damaged part of the wall causing brick and window damage, said Gary Tennyson, a patron of the cafe. He was sitting close to the window but not near enough to be hit by the car.

“I was in there and it was over with before I knew what happened,” Tennyson said. “It was one of those things when you look over your shoulder and say ‘Wow.’”

The matter will likely be settled by insurance companies, Wagnon said.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Dennis Casey was certain he’d done everything right when he arranged to build a ranch house in Morrison nearly two decades ago. He paid his contractor in full.

Six months later, when the time came to close on his new house, Casey discovered a $10,000 lien on the property. A company that provided the concrete for the foundation never got paid and wanted its money.

To get the keys to his home, Casey, a retired teacher turned rancher, ended up paying for the concrete twice.

The $30 million Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center is getting its foundation in place, said Steve Commons, city manager.

The 158-room hotel will be located at 2833 Conference Drive on the northeast corner of Covell and Sooner. It will be a gateway to Edmond with visibility at the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Covell.

Further economic development of the Interstate 35 corridor will be spurred by the six-story Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

Myriad Insight announced that Marcina Simons has joined the company to further develop their executive coaching and strategic planning services. Marcina comes to Myriad Insight with a wealth of experience after a tenured career with global Human capital firm, Aon Hewitt, based in Chicago and London.

While at Aon, Simons consulted with business leaders on all HR issues in the west region, led and redesigned the sales and accounts operations team, and most recently, established a change management methodology and team for Global Shared Services.

Marcina is certified in LaMarsh Managed Change, Ken Blanchard’s Team Building and Team Working, Bill Bridge’s Personal Transitions and Katie Brazelton’s Life Purpose Coaching.

The first check to the City of Edmond for fiscal year 2016-17 exceeds the Edmond City Council’s budgeted growth of zero percent by $5,000, said Steve Commons, assistant city manager. July 1 was the first month of the fiscal year.

“We’re ahead of last year’s receipts at this time by 1.47 percent,” Commons told the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force Tuesday.

He said city staff does not anticipate tremendous growth. A lot will depend on building construction, Commons said.

“That is the area we are down,” he added.

Registered voters will decide who is the best candidate for House District 81 when they cast their ballots in the Nov. 8 statewide election.

The three Edmond candidates vying for the open House seat left vacant by outgoing Republican Randy Grau include Democrat Dan Myers, Libertarian Steve Long and Republican Mike Osburn.

Each candidate wants the best for Oklahoma. They each have differing views about the state’s funding of Medicaid and the proposed State Question 779 meant to improve the funding of education by a 1 percent sales tax.

Long does not support the sales tax on purchases. The revenue would be deposited into the Oklahoma Education Improvement Fund.

“Education needs to be addressed,” said Long, a support specialist for Petra Industries. “But I don’t think throwing more money at the problem is the solution. That’s been done in the past and it’s been shown to be ineffective.”

Beginning immediately, Covell Road is being closed to thru traffic between Air Depot and Midwest Boulevard. A water main break has caused significant erosion next to the road at the Coffee Creek bridge.

At this time, the estimate is for the road is to be closed until the weekend while repairs are completed. Local traffic will be able to access area businesses and homes, but all other motorists will need to find an alternate route.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The state’s economy continues to contract, which likely means more budget woes at the Capitol, the state’s treasurer warned Wednesday.

“There’s nothing to show marked improvement or a recovery in the energy sector,” said Treasurer Ken Miller, of Edmond, during a briefing at the Capitol.

But he also noted “moderation” in numbers that may suggest the worst is over.

The state’s oil and gas economy long kept people at work, and Oklahoma for more than a decade boasted unemployment levels below the national average.

But, for the first time in 13 years, the number of unemployed Oklahomans has reached the national rate, which is now 4.7 percent, Miller reported.

Dena O’Leary, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship trained in urogynecology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed her internship and residency training at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth.

O’Leary furthered her education with fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. O’Leary is a member of the International Urogynecologic Society, American Urogynecologic Association and International Continence Society.

Audrey Goodwin, M.D., is a board eligible internal medicine and pediatrics physician. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency there, where she was chief resident.

“Good medical care is rooted in a great medical home, which I hope to provide for my patients,” said Goodwin. “Giving my full attention at every visit, letting my patients discuss concerns and addressing their needs are my top priorities. I want my patients to know we’re both working together to achieve the same goals.”

Goodwin joins doctors Doug Haynes, Caroline Merritt, Brooke Nida, Amie Prough and Grand Wong at INTEGRIS Family Care Edmond Renaissance located at 1700 Renaissance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 844-4300.

The Edmond Planning Commission this week approved the rezoning of property from general agricultural to a suburban office district on a five-acre tract north of Second Street and east of Saints Boulevard.

Life Church owns the undeveloped land to the south and the Oklahoma Christian School is south of the property.

The vote was 4-0 for the application made by Tapp Development.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul Harold Doughty, 67, of Edmond, the former president and chairman of First State Bank of Altus (FSB), was convicted July 1 on 10 charges of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, misapplication of bank funds, making a false bank entry, and unauthorized issuance of a bank loan in connection with FSB and various loan schemes, announced Mark A. Yancey, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

On April 14, 2016, Fred Don Anderson, 67, of Eagle Point, Ore., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with Doughty to commit bank fraud. Anderson partnered with Doughty in several businesses headquartered in Altus. In July 2009, state banking regulators closed FSB due to the bank’s loan losses, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was appointed as the bank’s receiver, Yancey stated.

Edmond Democrat Tom Guild won the majority of the City of Edmond’s 31 precincts for the Democratic nomination to the 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma race.

Registered voters in Edmond awarded Guild with 915 votes to the 793 votes cast for state Sen. Al McAffrey in the June 28 primary election.

The two will face each other in the Aug. 23 primary runoff election. The winner will compete against Republican incumbent Congressman Steve Russell of Choctaw in the Nov. 8 general election.

Adam Pugh said he might have to buy a new pair of walking shoes as he continues his door-to-door campaigning for the Senate District 41 primary runoff election Aug. 23.

Pugh, a former U.S. Air Force Captain, won the majority of Edmond votes cast in Tuesday’s primary election. Of the 24 Edmond precincts listed in Senate District 41, Pugh received 2,902 of ballots cast.

“I’m taking today off to spend some time with my family,” Pugh said Wednesday afternoon. “I will spend the next two months campaigning with the same vigor that I have the last seven months.”

President and Chief Executive Officer George Drew confirmed the announcement in May of Grace Meyer being named senior vice president at Kirkpatrick Bank.

Meyer has been with the bank for 16 years. Prior to joining Kirkpatrick Bank, her banking career included experience as a loan officer with BancFirst. In 2014, she assumed management responsibilities for the bank’s loan administration department. Meyer also served as corporate secretary since 2010.

“Grace is an invaluable asset to the bank and an exemplary role model in professionalism and customer service. Her attention to detail is unparalleled,” Drew lauded.

Meyer is actively involved in her church and volunteers frequently for cultural organizations, such as Edmond Fine Arts and Oklahoma Contemporary.

What some have called a strange year of national politics did not discourage Oklahomans from going to the ballot box for Tuesday’s statewide primary elections.

A closely watched race in Edmond has been for the State Senate District 41 open seat being vacated by state Sen. Clark Jolley due to term limits.

District 41 Republican candidates Adam Pugh and Paul Blair now head to a Aug. 23 primary runoff election.

After nine years as president and CEO of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, Ken Moore informed the Chamber’s board of directors of his plans to step aside.

“I still love coming to work every day, have a great staff to work with and a supportive leadership team,” said Moore. “I’ve been involved in leading chambers of commerce in five different states for 47 years, so I’ve decided to take a break from the day-to-day activities I’m used to.

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A former Edmond resident is back in town and has opened a gallery in downtown Edmond.

Reian Williams is the owner and featured artist of the new Hue Fine Arts Gallery at 1 N. Broadway.

Discovering his love for art at the age of seven after a sketching of a leopard garnered him the praise of his immediate family, Williams has been pursuing his craft for more than 30 years.

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The three Republican candidates for Senate District 41 shared their thoughts on issues facing Oklahomans as they made their best case as to why Republican voters should choose them as their candidate when marking their ballots Tuesday.

Edmond residents Paul Blair, Adam Pugh and Jeff Tallent spoke before members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.

With education on the minds of Oklahomans, each of the candidates were asked if they support University of Oklahoma President David Boren’s proposal to add an additional 1 cent sales tax on purchases to support education.

State Question 779 would create a 1 percent sales tax in the state to be deposited into the Oklahoma Education Improvement Fund.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said he is opposed to the penny sales tax for education promoted by University of Oklahoma President David Boren.

Lamb spoke to members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce at Oak Tree Country Club Thursday afternoon.

Registered voters in Oklahoma will be asked on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot whether to approve State Question 779. Approving the measure would create an additional 1 cent sales tax in the state to be deposited into the Oklahoma Education Improvement Fund.

A penny sales tax for education would hamstring Oklahoma communities, Lamb said. He mentioned that Elk City already has a competing sales tax with a Texas community for the lowest sales tax.

The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) will host 4o’clock 4cast, Thursday, Aug. 11 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, located on the northeast corner of East Second Street and Garland Godfrey on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

Networking will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by featured speaker Russell Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research & Policy Institute. Evans will present “State & Local Economic Outlook,” providing insight into U.S. economic conditions, challenges to U.S. economic activity and economic geography.

This free event will also include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Register by Friday, Aug. 5 at www.eeda.com/4o-clock-4cast

Ann Chen, senior marketing officer at The Citizens Bank of Edmond, completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association 2016 Intermediate School at the Harris Event Center in Oklahoma City. Chen was among 23 students who attended the two-session school in February and June.

The OBA Intermediate School, conducted annually, prepares junior to mid-level bank officers and future officers to serve effectively the needs of their banks and consumers. The school exposes students to a broad range of banking functions and issues including economics, marketing, lending, investments, trust services, compliance and legal issues, bank financial analysis, ethics, human resource management, communications, strategic planning, regulatory examinations and asset/liability management.

The OBA conducts more than 70 educational programs and seminars each year, which reach more than 5,000 bankers across the state. The Association represents approximately 220 banks across the state and serves as the primary advocate for the banking industry. It’s also heavily involved in fraud training and prevention as well as legal and compliance services and communications for its member banks.

Edmond’s Patrice Douglas has turned down the CEO job offer from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

After originally accepting the job offer and the annual salary of $250,000, second thoughts led Douglas to a different decision.

“After much contemplation and consultation with my family and friends, I have decided the right decision for me and TSET is to allow them to continue their search for a new CEO.

“I appreciate the support of the TSET board and many people in the public and private sectors. The words of encouragement were deeply appreciated, especially when the matter of hiring a CEO at TSET was unfortunately politicized. I stood ready and willing to fulfill the responsibilities of the job, but unfortunately, the TSET board had been informed that others will not permit this to occur.

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Business awarded scholarships to several Edmond-area students during the UCO College of Business Honors and Awards Banquet.

The college awarded more than $118,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year at the annual event which recognizes Central’s business students for academic excellence and outstanding service to the university.

“The 2016 scholarship recipients in the UCO College of Business are an exceptional group of students. The faculty and staff are delighted to recognize, reward and support these students who are destined to become tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Mickey Hepner, dean of Central’s College of Business.

The Edmond Planning Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor or rezoning from single family to residential planned unit development for Town Square Commons, LLC.

Caleb McCaleb was the applicant for the plat located north of Danforth Road and one half mile west of Sooner Road.

“There will not be a street connection from the existing Church Street into this area but there is a pedestrian/bicycle and emergency access described at the end of the existing Church Street,” said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.

Former Edmond resident Salome Vaughn wants to add her friendly service voice to the office of Logan County District 2 County Commissioner.

Vaughn will face two Republicans in the June 28 primary election, incumbent County Commissioner Mike Pearson and candidate Don Spencer.

No other candidates from other political parties are running in the Logan County District 2 County Commissioner race. The winner of the primary election will be elected Tuesday.

Vaughn, a paralegal, said she would always maintain a balanced budget. She researched the District 2 budget last year. And she wants the people to have more of a voice for what happens with their own money.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports that 33rd Street traffic shifted to new lanes at US-77 (Broadway) in Edmond through summer 2016.

Drivers can expect lane shifts and the following closures at the intersection of US-77 (Broadway) and 33rd St. in Edmond:

• US-77 (Broadway) will have intermittent lane closures.

• Northbound US-77 (Broadway) is narrowed to one left-turn lane.

• Eastbound and westbound 33rd Street is narrowed to one lane through the intersection, and traffic has shifted to the new pavement on the south half of the roadway. Drivers may still turn right or left at the intersection.

Drivers should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to plan for extra time or to use an alternate route. This reconstruction and widening project continues through summer 2016. More information: http://www.ok.gov/odot/33rd_Broadway.html

Adversity breeds innovation and creativity, said House District 39 candidate Michael Buoy of Edmond.

“I just believe that hard work is an important feature that any leader needs to have,” Buoy said at a candidates forum Monday that was sponsored by the Edmond Republican Women’s Club.

A pastor at Victory Church, Buoy was formerly with Life Church and has operated his own real estate and mortgage business.

“You need to be willing to get in there. That’s going to fix a lot of our issues and our broken budget,” Buoy said.

Fewer government regulations would infuse the entrepreneurial spirit with ideas, said Frank Volpe, a retired Navy Commander for 27 years and a candidate for Oklahoma’s 5th District of Congress.

“That’s what I will fight for. That’s how we will help ourselves out of this $19 trillion (debt) and counting that they voted for in December,” Volpe said.

Volpe and other Republicans had an opportunity to hear from their local candidates Monday evening at the Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond.

“We’ve got to break out the entrepreneur backpack,” he said.

“My area of expertise is national and nuclear strategic command and control,” said Volpe, a Harrah resident.

The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, the largest and most active gun rights group in Oklahoma, has endorsed Paul Blair in his Republican Primary for state Senate. Paul Blair is a candidate for the vacant Senate District 41 seat.

“Paul Blair’s character is impeccable,” says OK2A President, Tim Gillespie. “I trust Paul Blair to be a voice people can trust and a champion of the Constitution. He has a proven record of understanding, defending and championing the Second Amendment.”

OK2A actively advocates for Oklahoma’s gun rights with multiple pro-Second Amendment bills during each legislative session. Gillespie says he is confident in telling gun owners they should elect Paul Blair as their newest and strongest ally at the state Capitol.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Pavement-pounding and door-knocking are the stuff of most all political campaigns, but days before Oklahoma’s June 28 primary, candidate Robert T. Murphy was relaxing on his brother’s porch in the backwoods of Michigan.

Murphy, 68, of Norman, faced a retiree’s dilemma of whether to take a dip in the chilly lake or roast in a sauna. He joked that he’s hiding out in an area so removed that it doesn’t get cell phone reception.

Murphy is running — in Oklahoma — in his third bid for U.S. Senate. He’s previously run, unsuccessfully, in 1980 and 1984.

And he doesn’t want to win.

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Former Edmond mayor and corporation commissioner Patrice Douglas was named the new CEO of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Tuesday afternoon. The salary for the newly created CEO position will be $250,000 a year.

In a statement, the chair of the TSET Board of Directors, Jim Gebhart, said, “Her experience in business, banking, community service and building partnerships across the state will be a valuable asset as we work together to build a brighter, healthier, more prosperous future for Oklahoma.”

University of Central Oklahoma College of Business entrepreneurial team Heart Optic took first place in the Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition in May in Las Vegas, bringing home a $30,000 cash prize and increasing the team’s total winnings to $42,000.

The invitation-only competition is made up of the first- and second-place winners of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan competitions in Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma, collegiate entrepreneurial contests that mimic the process of market research, establishing a business plan and pitching the concept to investors. Heart Optic took second in the High Growth Undergraduate Division of the Oklahoma Cup in April.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma office of National Federation of Independent Business presented its coveted Guardian of Small Business Award to state Reps. Gary Banz and Randy McDaniel, of Edmond.

The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues. The NFIB Oklahoma Leadership Council, an advisory board comprised of NFIB members, voted to present the award to the legislators for supporting small-business issues in the Legislature.

Trying to predict the oil and gas commodity market is a lot like predicting the weather, Devon Energy analyst Chris Schinnerer told the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Friday.

“Whatever I say today might not come true,” Schinnerer said.

The Oklahoma State University alum has headed the Devon Energy’s commodity market analysis group for six years and in that time he’s seen highs and lows.

In January 2014, oil was at $100 a barrel and exploration and production was booming.

“Everybody in the world thought oil would be at $100 forever,” he said.

The market for West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around $100, reaching a high of $105.54 in June 2014 and then going into a sharp dive over the next six months, dropping to just below $50 in March 2015.

INTEGRIS Health Edmond and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center have received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as two of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care. This designation is the only Emergency Care award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women state that they want from a hospital.

The list of 360 award winners represents hospitals that provide exceptional patient care and treatment, signifying their commitment to meeting the highest standards in emergency care for women, their families and their community.

The Edmond City Council is hosting a special meeting at 11 a.m. Monday, June 20 at 20. S. Littler to discuss the FY 2016-17 budget.

Topics covered include general funds, special revenue funds, debt service funds, capital project funds, Public Works Authority utility funds and other enterprise funds.

The Edmond Planning Commission voted 0-5 this week against a rezoning item from general agricultural to commercial planned unit development. This area is located on 3.21 acres. It also voted unanimously against rezoning property from general agricultural to multifamily residential PUD on 26.98 acres.

The proposal made by Danforth Crossing Happy Land, LLC, would include 252 apartments and 70 single-family lots, generally located south of Danforth Road and east Interstate 35, north of Arbor Creek Summit.

Edmond Planning commissioners this week approved the site plan and preliminary plat for the Garage Condos to be located in an industrial area on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and 33rd Street.

The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Mark Hoose casting the no vote. Action is complete on the items so no further action is required by the Edmond City Council, said Barry Moore, commission chairman.

Developer Chris Carllson of Enterprise Holding, LLC said Garage Condos will be the first of its kind in the state. Its concept has been proven nationally, he said.

“It is a luxury storage where instead of renting, ownership is established,” Carllson said. “So a deed will be issued on the actual unit itself.”

Edmond accounting firm Arledge & Associates has promoted Lindsey Bradley to audit senior.

Bradley, a Certified Public Accountant, is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University. In her new role, Bradley will serve as the in-charge auditor on various audit engagements as well as train staff auditors.

“Lindsey is a talented and detailed auditor who will excel in her new role,” said Jim Denton, the firm’s managing partner. “Our clients expect exceptional quality and thorough analysis in their audits and that is what they get from Lindsey.”

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A bright and clear morning Thursday in Edmond ushered in the long anticipated groundbreaking of the nearly $30 million Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

The 158-room hotel will be located at 2833 Conference Drive on the northeast corner of Covell and Sooner. It will be a gateway to Edmond with visibility at the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Covell.

Mayor Charles Lamb said the six-story Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center will spur further economic development of the Interstate 35 corridor.

Price Lang Consulting is pleased to announce veteran public relations professional Shelly Hickman and former journalist Sloane Wellner have joined the firm’s communications team.

Price Lang provides tailored communications and public relations services for a diverse client base that includes small businesses, a global corporation, local nonprofits and government affairs organizations.

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The Edmond City Council voted 5-0 Monday evening in favor of the site plan for The Creamery.

Plans submitted by applicant Chip Fudge with Film Exchange Row, LLC, call for the family restaurant to be located at the old Ice House building, located just west of the railroad tracks at 101 W. Second St.

The 3400-square-foot building will house The Creamery Restaurant, a one-story brick building that dates back to 1909. This project has applied for National Historic Place status through the National Park Service.

“A lot of people call it the Ice House, but it’s actually the old Eagle Milling Creamery building,” said Jan Fees, city planner for the Central Edmond Urban District.

Plans to relocate Katiebug’s from midtown Oklahoma City to the northwest corner of Broadway and Hurd was agreed to Monday evening as the Edmond City Council approved the commercial site plan of the project by a vote of 5-0.

The Urban Board approved the item May 10. David Chapman is the applicant.

“This is kind of a unique application. We’ve got exciting things going on in our urban district,” said Jan Fees, city planner for the Central Edmond Urban District.

The property is currently vacant. Fees described Katiebug’s as a mobile food trailer that provides all natural shaved ice, hot chocolate and organic artisan marshmallows.

A vintage 1960s trailer is the focal point of Katiebug’s. A table and chair area would be in front of Katiebug’s.