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Edmond resident Megan Hulshizer has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Germany for the English Teaching Assistantship from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Hulshizer will be teaching in Hamburg as part of the program.

She is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Edmond North varsity pom team for the 2016-17 school year consist of from left, first row: Courtlyn Burton, Sarah Szukala, Grayson Flaherty, Hartley Best, Ashley Hill, Graycen Guthrie and Paige Rounsavall. Middle: Bailey Ponder, Olivia Leonard, Tallie Alsup, Tatum Richardson, Mena Suddock, Lilly Guyer, Addi McNeill and Katelin MacDonald. Back: Kira O’Connor, Emily Hutts, Addison Price, Maddie Haiges, Natalie Mattson, Ali Duke, Reagan McConville, Olivia Guyer and Maci Lareau.

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The University of Central Oklahoma athletic department shattered fundraising records during the fiscal year of 2015-16, raising $5,076,195 in gifts for its annual fund and Complete the Dream fundraising campaign. The previous fundraising record was $444,883 in 2013.

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The Deer Creek Board of Education unanimously approved a bond referendum for the Aug. 23 ballot in the amount of $175 million.

Deer Creek School District’s enrollment is nearing 5,800 students and with the growth comes the need for new classrooms.

“The 2015-16 Oct. 1 student enrollment count was 5,626,” said Superintendent Ranet Tippens. “At this time Deer Creek’s enrollment is nearing 5,800. If the next few weeks repeat history, Deer Creek will end with an October enrollment count close to 5,900 for the 2016-2017 school year.”

Mason Jones, Edmond Public Schools, received the Outstanding New Teacher Award for the Agricultural Education Division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education at the 49th annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

“This award is meant to encourage new teachers in the CareerTech System to remain in the profession,” said Skye McNiel, OkACTE executive director.

Recipients must have made significant contributions toward innovative programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers. New Teacher Award recipients have been members of the OkACTE for no less than two, but no more than five years.

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Synthetic turf for Edmond Santa Fe High School’s new stadium has been laid and according to the company’s vice president it is among the finest stadium surfaces in the nation.

Speed S5-M Series synthetic turf system from UBU Sports, a manufacturer and supplier of synthetic turf systems that optimize performance and improve safety, has been installed at Santa Fe’s new $10 million football stadium, set to open this football season.

Dan Collier and Mark Hill, both with UBU Sports, are Edmond residents and in charge of overseeing the turf for the new Santa Fe Stadium.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last part of a four-part series highlighting each one of the four Edmond area schools who attended Odyssey of the Mind 2016 World Finals competition. Today’s story is about Deer Creek Middle School’s team that chose Problem No. 3 “Aesop Gone Viral.” The first of the four-part series was about Centennial Elementary School’s team that chose Problem No. 2 to solve, “Something Fishy.” July 27 the story was over the Deer Creek Intermediate School’s team and Problem No. 4 “Stack Attack.” July 30 the story featured Centennial Elementary School’s team that chose problem No. 1, “No Cycle Recycle.” 

Seven teams from the Edmond area qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals 2016 at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Of the seven qualifying teams from Edmond and Deer Creek school districts, four were able to raise money to attend Worlds.

“Teams must raise their own money for travel, accommodations and food. In most cases, props and equipment must be shipped and that is an added cost as well,” said Marci Post, one of the Edmond adult coaches.

Eight hundred teams competed representing 25 countries.

Three teams qualified from Centennial Elementary, one from John Ross Elementary, Sequoyah Middle School, Deer Creek Middle School and Deer Creek Intermediate were eligible to attend Worlds. Ignite Homeschool also had a team selected to go to Worlds.

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Edmond’s Joe Nicholson and his wife Pat are grateful for the care he received at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City. They also made many friendships during his journey to becoming cancer-free.

“It’s just the greatest place I have been,” said Joe, 79.

Joe and his urologist watched as his prostate-specific antigen (PSA ) increased following a prostate examination three years ago. A biopsy revealed he was in the first stage prostate cancer, meaning it had not spread beyond the gland.

Joe educated himself about all the treatment options available and decided on proton therapy after consulting with two friends who had it.

Ryan Gotcher, MD, has joined Mercy Clinic Primary Care – Edmond Memorial as a family medicine doctor. Born in Edmond, Dr. Gotcher says it is a privilege to serve the community that raised him.

“Growing up in such a supportive and tight-knit area really helped shape and develop the person and physician I am today,” Gotcher said. “As a family medicine doctor, I value providing care not just for the individual, but for the whole family. It allows me to better connect with my patients and with those in the community.”

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.

 EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a four-part series highlighting each one of the four Edmond area schools who were invited to go to Odyssey of the Mind 2016 World Finals competition. The first of the four part series is about Centennial Elementary School’s team that chose Problem No. 2 to solve, “Something Fishy.” On July 27, the story in Wednesday’s edition will be over the Deer Creek Intermediate School’s team and problem No. 4 “Shark Attack.” July 30 in the Weekender edition will feature Centennial Elementary School’s team that chose problem No. 1, “No Cycle Recycle.” Aug. 4 Wednesday’s story will be about Deer Creek Middle School team that chose Problem No. 3 “Aesop Gone Viral.”

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals 2016 drew students from all over the world with about 25 countries and 800 teams competing at Worlds this year.

There were seven teams from the Edmond area that qualified to participate at the World Finals 2016 at Iowa State University. Four Edmond teams chose to make the trip.

“The reasons other teams did not participate was mostly from lack of funds,” said Marci Post, adult coordinator for two of the teams from the Edmond School District. “Teams must raise their own money for travel, accommodations and food. In most cases, props and equipment must be shipped and that is an added cost as well.”

Teams spent months pouring over their problems as they worked to create the most unique interpretation of one of the four problems offered, Post said.

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As Edmond’s newest middle school opens its doors Aug. 19, it will mark the opening of the sixth middle school in the district.

Heartland Middle School, located at 4900 Explorer Drive off Pennsylvania between Danforth and Covell, is adjacent to Frontier Elementary.

From the first pencil stroke to this moment, seeing a school rise from an idea on a piece of paper to the steel girders rising in the air, Edmond Public Schools Chief Operations Officer Christina Hoehn said this is what she has been waiting on to happen.

The 11th Annual Reclaiming America for Christ Conference will be Friday and Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Edmond. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Friday night with music beginning at 6:10 p.m.

On Saturday doors will open at 8 a.m. Each day’s schedule will end at 10 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. The conference focuses on the factual accuracy of the Christian faith and Biblical Worldview.

“Christianity is a not blind faith,” said Paul Blair, the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church and President of Reclaiming America for Christ. “Christianity is not based upon feelings or emotion, but upon the fact that God exists and Jesus actually rose from the dead.”

Conference speakers this year will include Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University; Alex McFarland, former president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and director of Teen Apologetics at Focus on the Family and Bob McEwen, former Ohio Congressman and current president of the Council for National Policy and many others.

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.”

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.

Four Star Leadership with Gen. Tommy Franks will host the Four Star Leadership Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. July 14 at the Gaylord University Center on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. The awards banquet will mark the end of the week-long summer leadership program created by the Gen. Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum.

The 2016 Four Star Leadership program provides 70 of the top performing high school students from around the world a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with world leaders. Program curriculum is designed around the four core principles that led Gen. Franks through his 38-year military career: character, common vision, communication and caring. Attendees have a chance to earn more than $15,000 in college scholarships as well as gain internships and receive letters of recommendation.

Members of the Edmond Memorial High School Marching Band play patriotic music during the LibertyFest parade Monday morning on the streets of downtown Edmond.

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation awarded scholarships and awards to seven Edmond students at its annual Presidential Partners Awards Luncheon.

Kameron Ackerman, an Edmond Memorial High School graduate, received the Julian and Irene Rothbaum Student Achievement Award for the College of Liberal Arts. Ackerman, a junior majoring in modern language in French, has a 3.8 GPA at Central.

Joanne Adams, homeschooled, received the Julian and Irene Rothbaum Student Achievement Award for the College of Mathematics and Science. Adams, a junior majoring in biology, has a 3.7 GPA at Central.

The Edmond City Council approved the commercial site plan for Alpha Gamma Delta sorority by a vote of 4-0 last week. The sorority house is located at 425 N. Jackson.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner cast the no vote, citing parking concerns.

“This is to tear down the existing sorority house and build a new 13,994-square-foot building which will provide residences for 27 members plus the house director,” said Jan Fees, city planner.

Four variances are proposed with the site plan. The first variance involves the parking standard of two spaces for residents for sororities and fraternities. This parking standard would bring 56 parking spaces.

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.”

Jan Bian, Landon Hester and Ryan Jones, of Edmond, were three of 10 students selected to a competitive summer program working in cancer research laboratories at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) program provides students experience working on nationally funded research projects under the mentorship of senior faculty leaders. This experience prepares students for careers in the field of cancer research and medicine.

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.

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole congratulated this year’s Fourth District winner of the Congressional Art Competition. A rising junior in high school from south Oklahoma City, Katie Prior is the daughter of Karen and Dave Prior. She is homeschooled and studies art with Leslie Lienau at the Conservatory for Classical Art in Edmond.

Prior’s winning artwork, “Firefighter Ray,” was created using charcoal on rives paper. It will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol for a year and seen by thousands. A print version of the portrait will soon be on display at the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum in Oklahoma City.

On Wednesday Jen Bartlett, owner, Edmond Cryotherapy, LLC, will explain the benefits of cryotherapy at noon to the Edmond Kiwanis Club in the Cherokee Room of the Nigh University Center, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Drive. Lunch is available and visitors are invited to the meeting.

According to Bruce Y. Lee, contributor to the Nov. 23, 2015, issue of Forbes magazine, defines the word cryotherapy. “Cryo- comes the Greek word krous, which means icy, cold or frost. Therapy means treatment. So any use of ice or very cold materials to treat something technically qualifies as cryotherapy.”

Four Edmond residents were among the nine new child advocates who joined CASA of Oklahoma County after being trained and sworn in June 24. Barbara Bingham, Dena Lovett, LaKisha Cobb and L.V. Crutcher will be reviewing cases offered to them shortly after the ceremony in which they took the Oath of Office from Judge Susan Johnson.

Family, friends and CASA staff observed the swearing-in and Judge Johnson commended them for making a one-year commitment to represent children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

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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.

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.

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.

Herff Jones, a leading provider of graduation, educational and yearbook products, announced 50 winners of the 2016 Believe in You Scholarship program.

Principals across the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada had the opportunity to nominate one high school senior based on the student’s strong leadership, academic performance and community service. Based on the nominations, Herff Jones selected 50 scholarship recipients, including a first, second and third-place winner.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper recently announced the winners of the 12th annual Dr. Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. Oklahoma students in kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to participate in the contest from mid-February through March 31 for a chance to have their design featured on a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo and win Visa gift cards courtesy of First Security Bank, art supplies from Porch School & Art Supply, and new this year, all students who entered the contest were eligible to win $1,529 toward an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account.

The University of Central Oklahoma has announced the students named to the university’s honor rolls, a distinction given to those who achieve the highest academic standards.

For the spring 2016 semester, 1,227 students were named to the President’s Honor Roll, an honor achieved by those who recorded a “straight-A” or 4.0 GPA.

An additional 1,633 students were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll, a list of those who achieved a 3.5 GPA or better for the semester and no grade lower than a B.

Students must complete at least 12 hours of on-campus class credit for the semester to be eligible for the President’s or Dean’s lists.

With strong connections throughout the Oklahoma City metro, the University of Central Oklahoma is dedicated to developing in students the confidence to succeed through transformative learning experiences.

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.

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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.”

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University has selected its group of scholars for fall 2016. The CEAT Scholars Program provides educational experiences for a select group of incoming freshmen that will develop their technical competence, help them establish a broader worldview and strengthen their leadership abilities.

Edmond homeschool students Tabor Burk, at left, and Micah Burk, right, serve as Senate pages for State Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, during the 14th week of the legislative session May 2-5. Tabor and Micah are the daughters of Edmond residents Brett and Gigi Burk.

The University of Central Oklahoma invites anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older to make a difference in local lives Friday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the UCO Heritage Room on the third floor of the NUC building.

Because there is no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed for patients in local hospitals.

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.

Carol Walsh was named the 2016 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition (OSAE) Teacher of the Year. Walsh teaches art at Oakdale Schools in Edmond.

OSAE is a statewide art project, which allows students from public and private schools to participate at no charge. This year, nearly 1,500 pieces of art were entered from 102 different schools. Pieces accepted to the show are displayed in the galleries

Southwestern Oklahoma State University hosted its 7th annual Marimba Camp on the Weatherford campus. Southwestern Music Department Associate Professor David Bessinger said students gained an overview of the technical requirements and music potential of four mallet marimba playing in a fun, u…

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Press Association (OPA) recognized University of Central Oklahoma journalism professor Terry M. Clark with the H. Milt Phillips Award, the association’s highest honor. Clark is only the second professor selected for the annual award since its inception in 1978.

Clark, the former owner of the Waurika News-Democrat, joined Central’s faculty in 1990. His more than 20 years of experience in journalism includes posts at The Duncan Banner, The Oklahoman and The Journal Record.

Advice from one retiring Edmond school teacher is, “Do what you love.”

For Robin Tippin, Santa Fe High School French teacher, retiring will be a continuation of what she has loved doing for the past 40 years.

A National Board Certified French teacher, Tippin said, “Teaching is not just my vocation, but my avocation. It is something I love doing. Not once in 40 years did I ever think about changing professions.”

A third generation educator, her grandfather graduated from Kansas University in 1907. He taught high school before becoming a principal and then a superintendent. Her mother earned a degree in English.

Deer Creek I-6 School District has called a special election Aug. 23 to consider the following propositions.

Proposition No. 1 includes incurring an indebtedness by issuing bonds in the sum of $169,395,000 to provide funds to be issued in series for the purpose of constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings, acquiring school furniture, fixtures and equipment and acquiring and improving school sites and levy and collect an annual tax. In addition to all other taxes, upon all the taxable property in such district sufficient to pay the interest on such bonds as it falls due and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof when due, said bonds to bear interest not to exceed the rate of 10 percent per annum payable semiannually and to become due serially within 10 years from their date.

The controversial movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe” has been playing in Oklahoma City at the B&B Windsor 10 at 4623 N.W. 23rd St. for the past week. Because of the overwhelming ticket sales and response, the movie will be extended another week through Thursday. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.bbtheaters.com.

“Vaxxed” experienced a rough beginning when it was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. Soon, other film festivals followed suit, banning the movie in multiple venues. However, the movie gained momentum and popularity within weeks, taking the screenings from just one theater to theaters across the nation and ultimately internationally. Thousands of Oklahomans have turned out to see the movie in Oklahoma City since June 9 when it opened.

Education leaders across the state have been telling the state Legislature this session that schools wanted more money directed through the funding formula so schools will have more discretion and flexibility. So the state Legislature did just that.

“The Legislature put $33 million previously line item for textbooks into the state-aid funding formula so schools can make spending decisions at the local level based on their own unique needs,” said Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.

Appropriations Chairman Clark Jolley and Speaker of the House Hickman say they are puzzled as to why Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister in her news release regarding school textbook funding complained that budget appropriations do not earmark money for textbooks.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton class of 2016 eight-grade graduation took place May 24 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church. SEAS had 94 percent of this graduating class named Oklahoma State Regents Scholars.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report indicates continued contraction in the state economy as collections are the lowest May total in six years, State Treasurer Ken Miller of Edmond announced Monday.

All major revenue streams — income, sales, gross production, and motor vehicle taxes are lower than the prior year. The monthly bottom line has been less than the same month of the prior year for 13 consecutive months.

“As a general indicator of economic activity in Oklahoma, the May Gross Receipts to the Treasury report contains no surprises as the state deals with the ongoing spillover effects of the supply-driven energy industry downturn on income and consumption,” Miller said.

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U.S. Congressman Steve Russell has had a number of hearings, queries and private briefings regarding U.S. cyber security breaches that have occurred in recent years.

Russell, along with Congressman Ted Lieu, D-Calif., had called into question why the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) should manage military records to confront cyber security.

“Why not put it back under Department of Defense where it would be secured?”

The Obama administration decided to have a new agency handle cyber security after the Department of Defense was breached in 2014.

“One positive step that they’ve taken is they have turned to have the Department of Defense take over the record keeping, but what they’ve not provided them is the authority,” Russell said. “So they’ve given them the responsibility, but they don’t give them the authority that’s coupled with it.”

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Bret Towne, superintendent of Edmond Public Schools, has been named the 2016 OASA District 7 Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA).

Towne is one of 20 superintendents selected by his peers from across the state. The administrators and the District Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator finalists will be honored by colleagues at the OASA awards banquet Wednesday on the eve of the annual Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) summer conference. The conference will be Thursday through Friday at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Norman.

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Charles Frederick "Freddie" Marks, Sr., died Oct. 12, 2019. Born Aug. 29, 1929, and raised in Edmond, Okla., he was the middle child of five and the third of four boys born to Mary Alice McCaulley Marks and Luther W. Marks II. Freddie's early life as part of a third-generation family active …

Dana Leon Stilwell, age 71, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Oct. 10, 2019. He was born Jan. 25, 1948, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Dana proudly served in the Navy. He is survived by his wife, Robin Stilwell. Arrangements by Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. For condolences and full obit see ww…