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There is a call for police to get out of minority communities, Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks said Wednesday at an Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

No greater entity cares more for black lives than the police, Ricks said. Ambushes on police officers in the United States are up by 300 percent, he added.

“To me it’s a sad state of affairs,” Ricks said.

The NAACP reports that African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population.

• African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites.

• Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26 percent of juvenile arrests, 44 percent of youth who are detained, 46 percent of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58 percent of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).

This week’s Yard of the Week winner is Edward Bennifield at 3009 Firewheel in the Hidden Prairie addition. His property creates a refreshing spot in our city.

The home sits on a large corner lot with an expansive perfect verdant lawn of Bermuda grass surrounding it. There is balance in the two beds leading to the front door. On either side of the path mugo pines with their deep green needles anchor the neatly edged flower beds.

Hostas add a different shade of green and texture to the bed, while a group of dwarf nandina continues the contrast by the brick wall. Standard roses on either side wait for the heat to abate so that they can add their blooms to the landscape.

Construction on Covell Parkway from Fairfax Lane to the Interstate 35 ramp is moving along very well, Assistant Manager Steve Commons told the Capital Projects Advisory Committee Tuesday.

The area of Sooner Road was closed Aug. 8 to install a concrete drainage box and additional drainage pipes below the road, Commons said.

“Quite frankly we haven’t had a lot of concerns about keeping that road closed,” Commons continued. “And, the contractor got so much work done when it was closed he asked to have it closed a few more weeks to get more done and speed up the time we get done with the project.”

The work is in conjunction with the larger Covell Road widening project. The project is ahead of schedule. The road is now scheduled to reopen to traffic Sept. 19.

A three-week extension will allow them the ability to complete the following tasks:

A 19-year-old Edmond woman is dead following a fatality collision that occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Waterloo and Broadway, said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond Police spokeswoman.

Dispatch received a call that involved two vehicles. Both vehicles were occupied by single drivers, Wagnon said.

“One of the drivers was confirmed deceased at the scene, Jordan DeShazer,” Wagnon said.

The other driver was Shuler Jones, a 22-year-old male, who was transported to Southwest Medical Center by EMSA.


Of seven well-defined megalopolis areas in the U.S. in terms of population, the third-fastest growing population in the last 25 years extends in the Interstate 35 area from San Antonio to Oklahoma City and beyond to Kansas City, Russell Evans said at the recent Edmond Economic Development Authority’s 4o’clock 4cast.

“It’s the No. 1-fastest growing jobs center in the United States by a wide margin.”

Edmond is part of that megalopolis, a term used by economists when referring to leading economic regions in the U.S. The I-35 megalopolis is a leader in economic growth, said Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute.

The murder trial of Christian Costello took a new turn last week when a judge ordered him to have another mental examination.

In February Special Judge Lisa Hammond ordered Christian Erin Costello to trial for the stabbing death of his father, former Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. Christian Costello, 27, is charged with first-degree murder.

Christian’s family has stated that Christian struggles with a mental health disease. A psychiatrist at the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has diagnosed Christian with schizoaffective disorder.


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.”

Whether your marriage needs to be reignited, or is in need of a complete resurrection, “re engage” is a safe place for couples to reconnect. “Re engage” offers hope to marriages by helping couples move toward oneness through stories of grace, teaching and small groups.

The 16-session experience includes a time of music, prayer, a large group teaching time or a couple testimony by a couple who has experienced victory in the midst of hard times, and small group time which follows a specified curriculum.

A new semester begins Aug. 14. The meetings are on Sunday evenings from 5-7 in the Student Life Center at Edmond’s First Baptist Church (enter on the east side of campus under the covered drop-off).

Register online, through the Church Office, or just show up Aug. 14. Cost is $50 per couple. Children’s programming is available for birth through sixth grade. Visit for more information.

The water main break on Covell between Air Depot and Midwest Boulevard has been repaired.

Final work is taking place and Covell will reopen at the end of the day Thursday.


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.

Tiffany and Chris Caplinger are this week’s Edmond Yard of the Week winners. They reside at 531 Benton Road in the Clegern Addition, one of Edmond’s older neighborhoods established in the 1950s.

The Caplingers bought their home 23 years ago, love the area and it has been a great place to raise their three children. A retired Edmond Police Officer, Chris takes the lead on the home and garden renovations, while Tiffany does the day-to-day gardening because she enjoys being outdoors.

Their front yard is dominated by four very tall Black Oak Trees planted nearly 70 years ago by Doyle Nicholson, a builder who lived in the first home in the neighborhood. These unique oak trees dot the neighborhood and are part of the history that makes the Clegern neighborhood special.

As part of ongoing work in the area, contractors will close Sooner Road beginning Monday. This full road closure is expected to last approximately three weeks with cooperative weather.

The area of Sooner Road to be closed is immediately north of Covell Road. During this time, traffic will be able to access the Sooner/Covell intersection from the south, west and east. All other motorists will need to find an alternate route to their destination.

The contractor will be installing a concrete drainage box and additional drainage pipes below the road.  Additionally, the grade of the road will be raised several feet during the closure.

The full project is being administered and inspected by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) with Allen Contracting Inc. selected as the contractor. The total cost is $12,499,405.26 with ODOT providing 47 percent of the funding ($5,905,800.00) and the City of Edmond providing 53 percent of the funding ($6,593,605.26).

The City of Edmond’s Deputy Chief of Police Tim Dorsey will be speaking at noon Wednesday 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 meetings.

Dorsey has been a member of the Edmond Police Department since 1989. He has served in several capacities in the department including: patrol officer, field training officer, motorcycle officer, training sergeant, public information officer, patrol lieutenant, patrol captain and is currently the deputy chief of police where he oversees the operations of the department to include criminal investigations and the patrol division.

He possesses a bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s from UCO. Dorsey is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He and his wife, Tracie, attend Crossings Community Church.

First Presbyterian Church of Edmond voted Sunday to call Rev. Eric Laverentz as lead pastor of the 1,400-member congregation. He will start at the church Sept. 6.

Born in Muskogee, Rev. Laverentz, 44, comes to Edmond after serving as senior pastor at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kan. He was ordained into the Presbyterian Church (USA) 15 years ago and ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians two years ago.


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.


Fairfax Golf Club recently purchased by Carey and Michael Henderson from Stillwater has a new name as well as new owners.

Now known as the Golf Club of Edmond, the facility was purchased July 22 through Henderson Acquisitions, LLC, a subsidiary of Henderson Golf Management, LLC from developer Rodney Armstrong’s family who took over ownership in 2002.

The Golf Club of Edmond will remain a family-owned business with plans to expand under Henderson Golf Management’s leadership.

At 9 a.m. Saturday the traffic signal located on Boulevard just north of Fifth Street will be removed. The work is expected to be completed prior to the noon hour.

Work will remove the traffic signal equipment as well as the pavement markings. The outside lane in each direction will be closed while the signal mast arms are removed, but the inside lanes will remain open.

Traffic will be diverted from one lane to another while pavement markings are being removed. Traffic will still be able to flow through the area but motorists can expect delays and will need to be aware of workers on or around the roadway.

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.”

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

• Eastbound 33rd Street is narrowed to one lane from the railroad to Broadway through Monday. Drivers may still turn right or left at the intersection.

• The right lane of westbound 33rd Street will be intermittently closed just east of Broadway through 7 p.m. Friday for driveway work.

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:

The City of Edmond began purchasing water from Oklahoma City Monday due to peak demand on the city’s water plant, said Casey Moore, spokesman for the City of Edmond.

“That’s something that is a possibility every year. When demand gets above what we can produce we begin purchasing from them,” Moore said.

Oklahoma City water has a little bit different make-up than that of Edmond, Moore said. Arcadia Lake and the Garber-Wellington aquifer are Edmond’s main sources of water.

“It’s not that we are low on water, it’s water we can actually produce,” Moore said.

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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.

Southbound I-35 will be narrowed to one lane between East Seward Road and Waterloo Road south of Guthrie from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for surface repairs. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

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.


Construction of the Spring Creek Trail is moving forward, said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. Groundbreaking for the paved, multiuse Spring Creek Trail at Arcadia Lake was in October.

The Spring Creek Trail will cover 3.1 miles beginning just north of Fox Lake Lane, and running east along the creek to Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake. This key trail will be the connection point to the future Arcadia Lake Trail encompassing the lake.

“We found one area where we had a conflict with a utility gas line that we have to work around,” Commons said. “I think we’ve got solutions.”

The Edmond Planning Commission this week began its discussion of updating Edmond Plan IV although there was not a vote or ordinance being considered.

Public discussion on amending the plan that will impact areas of Edmond east of Interstate 35 is planned for the second and fourth Thursday of September and October with the open meeting participation of the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance.

Neighborhood density and a tree canopy standard for the Cross Timbers woodlands will be addressed. Other items will be added to the discussion.

The ENA also proposes that the discussions concentrate on the northwest section of Edmond west of I-35.

This week’s Edmond Beautiful pick for Yard of the Week is in Hampton Hollow. The new neighborhood is located east of I-35 near Covell and Air Depot. Paul and Margaret Pedersen, who live at 5809 Great Hampden Road, moved to Edmond from Luther six years ago to downsize from a larger property.

When asked who is the gardener of this beautifully kept yard, Margaret quickly responded, “ . . . gardening is Paul’s passion and he is responsible for all the beauty, color and work that goes into the yard.”

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.


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.

Pastor Paul Blair’s wife Cynthia was the recipient of harassing text messages when Blair was out of town, according to Edmond Police.

Officer James Teel reported that he was dispatched to call Blair about some harassing text messages his wife had received. Teel stated he attempted to call Blair at 9:32 a.m. May 31 and he was able to speak with his church secretary at Fairview Baptist Church.

At the time Blair was not available to talk with Teel about the harassing messages, Teel reported. But he was able to speak with Blair June 1 and learned from Blair that his wife received the message on Facebook May 28, according to the report.

Teel reported the following message:

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.

Citizens Bank of Edmond Heard on Hurd event drew 30,000 attendees, its largest yet, to downtown Edmond over the weekend. With summer in full swing, festival goers enjoyed live local music, an eclectic selection of food and a variety of shopping generating almost $3 million in local economic impact since the start of the season.

“While introducing the bands from the stage, it was mesmerizing to see the sea of people that were drawn to our little bank event to enjoy all things local,” said Citizens President and CEO Jill Castilla. “With the addition of Pokémon GO bringing folks out to explore their neighborhood, the summer temperature cooling down just right and some of the best local food, music and shopping around the metro area, this month’s Heard on Hurd was truly a recipe for our biggest event yet.”

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.


The Dallas sniper attack that killed five police officers at an otherwise peaceful protest has brought the thoughts and prayers from Oklahoma’s national leaders. Two civilians were also injured in the attack as the crowd scattered in panic to avoid injury.

Consternation about how some police police officers use firearms across the nation led to the protest after videos were made public of two black men shot by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

“I am overcome with incredible grief following the horrific ambush attack on police in Dallas,” said U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Edmond. “I pray for the victims, their families and the entire City of Dallas. This is an anxious time for all law enforcement and their families. I also pray for national unity and peace.”

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a flash flood warning for western Oklahoma County in central Oklahoma until 8 p.m. Friday.

At 4:57 p.m. Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between one and two inches of rain have already fallen along Interstate 40 west of El Reno. Flash flooding is occurring or is imminent.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Oklahoma City, western Edmond, El Reno, Yukon, Bethany, Mustang, Warr Acres, the Village, Piedmont, Nichols ills, Okarche, Calumet, Concho, Woodlawn Park and Richland.

Additional rainfall amount of two inches are possible in the warned area.

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.

Edmond police arrested an Edmond resident with the same first and last name of a man from Ada who authorities say had an outstanding warrant on which the local man was held in jail for two days.

The identity mix-up came to light this week when a relative of Richard Chad Brown of Edmond called The Edmond Sun to say he was wrongly detained June 7 on the arrest warrant from Pontotoc County.

Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian confirmed his office had issued an arrest warrant on a bogus check charge against a Richard Brown of Ada, not Richard Chad Brown of Edmond.

A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a house fire early Friday morning in Edmond, officials said.

“The fire started about the same time the storms were coming into the area this morning,” said Edmond Deputy Fire Chief Chris Denton.

Lightning filled the skies and rain pummeled the streets a little after 7 a.m. as the storm rolled through Edmond.

Firefighters from Deer Creek, Edmond and Oakcliff fire departments responded to the fire. 

“The fire was in the Deer Creek response district jurisdiction, and they asked for mutual aid assistance,” Denton said. “We sent one crew of four men and a ladder truck over. We have a great working relationship with Deer Creek.

“We also have automatic assistance if something happens and it is on jurisdictional lines. Automatic assistance helps get aid faster.”

According to a spokesperson for the fire department, crews responded to the fire at a home in the 21900 block of Water Oak Circle near Coffee Creek Road and North May Avenue.

The roof was engulfed in flames when fire trucks arrived. Firefighters were able to contain the flames although the house is a total loss, officials said. No injuries were reported.

Kanakuk and Faith Bible Church are bringing one of the largest Christian summer camps in the nation to Edmond through KampOut! again this summer Monday through Friday at Faith Bible Church, 600 N. Coltrane Road.

Professional Kanakuk Kamps staff leads a high-energy, non-stop excitement traveling day camp. KampOut! offers five days of faith-based, day-camp activities to children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Kampers experience the love of Jesus Christ through Bible study, K-Life, worship, small-group time with counselors, and outdoor activities including a climbing wall, inflatables, slip-n-slide, zip line and Euro Bungee.                         

Snacks are provided during both the morning and afternoon, with Kampers bringing their own lunches. To ensure Kamper safety, a volunteer healthcare professional will be onsite each day. 

To sign up, find the KampOut! itinerary and register at

WASHINGTON, DC — The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides.

Spokesman John Kirby says the emails probe is restarting now that the Justice Department isn’t pursuing a criminal prosecution. The State Department suspended its review in April to avoid interfering with the FBI’s inquiry.

Kirby set no deadline for the investigation’s completion. Clinton was secretary of state until early 2013. Most of her top advisers left shortly thereafter.

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 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.

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.


The Boys Ranch Town Riding Club display America's colors Monday morning at the LibertyFest parade in downtown Edmond.


Independence Day enthusiasts had a short-lived fireworks display Monday evening at the south side parking lot of the University of Central Oklahoma Liberal Arts building.

Edmond Police Sgt. James Hamm said about 15 minutes into the evening fireworks display a firework went up low into the air and exploded too soon. Half of the show fired.

“Evidently when that happened it set off some other fireworks on the ground there where the display was,” Hamm said. “And whenever all that occurred there was one spectator who received a minor injury of shrapnel.”

The spectator was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle by the time the Edmond Fire Department arrived on the scene,” Hamm said.

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.

Edmond author Robin Patchen’s newest novel, “Finding Amanda,” has made her a finalist for the Carol Awards, the American Christian Fiction Writers’ recognition for best Christian fiction published in the previous year.

The ACFW is the largest Christian writing association in the U.S., Patchen said. One of the smaller ACFW groups is in Oklahoma City, she added.

“‘Finding Amanda’ is women’s fiction and suspense,” Patchen said. “It’s about a married couple who are separated. She is writing a memoir about an abuse that happened in her past.”


Students will be paying more to receive an education at Oklahoma colleges and universities. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved increases in mandatory tuition and fees for students working toward degrees.

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted to increase the costs for undergraduate students attending school at one of Oklahoma’s 25 public colleges and universities by an average of 8.4 percent statewide.

Tuition and fee increases for undergraduate students range from 3.7 percent at Langston University to about 13 percent at Rose State College.

Touchmark at Coffee Creek retirement community is putting together a panel of “experts” on the subject of retirement — its own residents.

Panelists will share what a full retirement life is all about at a Lunch-n-Learn event July 12 at Touchmark.

A complimentary lunch will be at noon before the panel presentation. The event is open to the public at no charge, but space is limited. RSVP by July 8 to 340-1975. Touchmark is located at 2801 Shortgrass Road in Edmond.

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.”

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Shelayna Renea Knott, 28, of Orlando, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Eagle Heights Baptist Church, Stillwater, Okla.