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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.”

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


Armstrong Auditorium has announced that it has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“We are grateful to receive this recognition,” said Shane Granger, APR, marketing director for Armstrong Auditorium. “We work hard to bring excellence to Oklahoma audiences with our world-class performances and customer service. It means our patrons continue to enjoy our beautiful auditorium and the programs we provide.”

Thirty-nine restaurant owners and local businesses will be set up from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday as Edmond foodies line up to sample food offerings.

High temperatures are expected so attendees are urged to dress light and bring their appetites to the Festival Market Place.

Taste of Edmond 2016 tickets are on sale now. The price is $10 per person, and children 10 and under eat free, $15 per person the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at the following businesses: The Edmond Sun, Fashion Boutique, Fields Jewelry, Gourmet Gallery, Michelle Schaefer Insurance and Sacred Heart Catholic Gift Store.

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…


The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation continues its mission of presenting world-class performances to Oklahoma audiences with the announcement of its 2016-17 Performing Arts Series. The series showcases a vibrant variety of performances for a multitude of audiences to enjoy.

“We are looking forward to our most varied season yet,” said Ryan Malone, concert manager for Armstrong Auditorium. “We are thrilled to offer such an internationally diverse lineup, from Ireland to Israel, and from Ukraine to China.”


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.

The University of Central Oklahoma Office of Human Resources invites the Edmond community to lunch with UCO students, faculty and staff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Food Truck Palooza on UCO’s campus.

Nine food trucks will be lined up on the walkway north of Broncho Lake near the center of campus.

The event was first hosted in 2015 as a UCO HR employee appreciation event and is now open to the community. Visitors to the campus can park in the visitor pay lot accessible from Garland Godfrey Drive and Second Street. All attendees must purchase their own meals.

For more information about UCO’s Food Truck Palooza, visit

Citizens Bank of Edmond is celebrating 115 years in downtown Edmond this month and its Heard on Hurd birthday bash Saturday drew more than 20,000 guests to enjoy everything local. April is also Community Banking Month and Citizens Bank of Edmond is proud to showcase the importance of banking local as well as local eating, local shopping and supporting local music.

“Citizens Bank of Edmond’s rich history goes back to 1901 when there were just 1,000 residents here. Fast forward 115 years and 90,000 residents later, we’re still building the community of Edmond,” said President and CEO Jill Castilla. “Heard on Hurd showcases our downtown, the uniqueness of local food and shopping as well as the incredible music of local artists. We are ecstatic that our neighbors throughout the OKC metro embrace the event with such enthusiastic support. The ‘burbs were definitely rocking Saturday night.”

Darci Farmer, an 11-year-old ventriloquist from Edmond, will appear on NBC’s new family-friendly comedy/variety series “Little Big Shots” at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The show, which is hosted by Steve Harvey, premiered to great numbers last Sunday, with almost 15 million viewers. It also was recently picked up by NBC for a second season.

The family-friendly series celebrates phenomenal kids and goes toe-to-toe with them in hilarious conversations and interviews.

A lawsuit was filed Monday in the District Court of Oklahoma County by property owners Covell Creek, LLC, against the City of Edmond. The lawsuit involves the Edmond City Council’s recent decision against the site plan or a Walmart grocery store to be overturned, said Steve Murdock, city attorney.

On Jan. 11 the city council voted 2-3 against the appeal of the denial of the site plan for a Walmart grocery store proposed to be located on a 9-acre tract at the northwest corner of Coltrane Road and Covell Road.

When a water pipe broke under Edmond North’s kitchen over the Labor Day weekend, Principal Jason Pittenger told the faculty and staff “flexibility” was a word they would need to put into practice for the next few weeks as they face the challenges in the coming days.

In addition to the cafeteria, 16 classrooms as well as the counselors’ offices would be renovated in the ensuing months.

Muddy water came through the drain in the kitchen flooding 60,000 square feet of the high school beginning Saturday night, said Susan Parks-Schlepp, district spokesperson.


Life.Church Oklahoma City representatives renewed their partnership made last year to Edmond Mobile Meals as they presented a grant to the organization Thursday.

The $12,000 check was an extension of the pledge started by Life.Church OKC to build a community relationship.

The donation is based on volunteers and the impact the organization has in their community. Life.Church engages resources and grants to help the organization, said Ashley Winkler, Life.Church OKC LIfeGroups/LifeMissions administrative assistant.

There are 24 campuses across the U.S. which have made 43 partnerships in their communities.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s producing artistic director, Michael Baron, will spend the first months of 2016 criss-crossing the nation as he directs productions at Lyric, Washington D.C.’s Adventure Theatre, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s Wake Forest University. In addition, Baron was named as vice president of the board of directors of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre and nominated for a Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award.

Being an entrepreneur is a lot of work, just like being a mom. So why would any sane person do both and become a mompreneur? That’s the thing! You don’t have to be sane but you definitely have to be productive. Here are my top tips:

“Let it go”

Yes, this is a song from the hit movie “Frozen”, but it’s also a saying I tell myself about five times a day. I used to be an organizational freak until I learned how to prioritize.

It’s truly hard for me since I’m a type A personality. If you try to focus on all of the little things every day with kids, you won’t get anything done. I focus on the big picture and plan ahead to keep my business successful and my family happy and healthy.

Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal child nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction.

Edmond Public School District has developed a wellness policy that is focused on improving the health of students.


Students throughout the district donated money and non-perishables to give to families less fortunate.

In addition to giving food to specific schools, like Shidler Elementary School in Oklahoma City, food was donated to other specific organizations like the Regional Food Bank and the Hope Center to be disseminated.

Clegern Elementary students teamed up with Russell Dougherty to provide more than 200 full food bags with a value of more than $6,000.


FORT COBB — Rod Ardoin has long had a passion for sweet potatoes.

He knows pretty much everything there is to know about the root vegetable that has a sweet orange flesh and is a favorite on Thanksgiving tables.

A long-time farmer, Ardoin once hoped to plant sweet potatoes in his Louisiana fields, but never could because of the sweet potato weevil — an arch-nemesis of potato growers across that state. The small pest had developed a tolerance to chemicals and decimated the crop there.


The Edmond North High School Drama Department will present the world premiere production of “Wonderland” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Edmond North High School auditorium. The adaptation by playwright Leann Thomas of Lewis Carrol’s classics “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” promises to feature elements never before seen on an Oklahoma stage.

The show’s cast and crew will take audiences on Alice’s “mad” journey through a fantastical land, but with a twist on many of the iconic characters. Director and Edmond North Drama Teacher Jena Nelson said the audience will recognize many of the characters and enjoy the familiarity of the story.


“Daddy Dave” Comstock of Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” fame is reportedly in stable condition in an Amarillo, Texas, hospital after riding out a crash at the Amarillo Dragway Saturday in his hot rod “Goliath,” at a recent no prep race.

According to eyewitness reports and confirmed via video of the incident, Comstock lost control of the nitrous-fed machine early in the run, crossing over into the other lane before the car turned on its side and barrel-rolled six times striking the wall but remaining inside the guardrails.

Comstock, an Edmond business owner, escaped with a concussion, a bruised lung and various bruises.

From pool parties to baseball games to backyard barbecues, this time of year provides a number of occasions to enjoy time with family and friends. This summer, take your gatherings to the next level with a fun and festive drink menu that reflects the fresh flavors of the season.

Over 40 restaurants in the Edmond area will participate in the Taste of Edmond in downtown Edmond from 6:30-8:30 pm. Sunday, June 28. In the 25 years since the event first began, the number of restaurants involved has doubled, and they serve everything from ribs to cheesecake, as well as a variety of international foods.

“We are so excited to be involved,” said Nancy Weiss, owner of Othello’s, which will be serving up homemade Italian cream cade. “It’s a great event for families and friends.”

The yearly event benefits Edmond’s LibertyFest, ensuring that the city’s Fourth of July celebration can continue for years to come.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Smokin’ Okies, a food truck based in Edmond, has been named one of the best barbecue restaurants in the country in “The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America” book.

In one year, Johnny Fugitt visited 365 barbecue restaurants across 48 states. “The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America” blends travel writing, food writing and creative nonfiction to chronicle the journey, share secrets from barbecue kitchens and point the reader in the direction of America’s best barbecue.

Give your grill some sizzle by combining your favorite cuts of meat and unique combinations of dry rub ingredients. In no time, you’ll earn “pitmaster” status among your friends and family as you create amazing flavors that will impress even the biggest BBQ fans.

OKLAHOMA CITY— In conjunction with the Made in Oklahoma Coalition, Head Country Bar-B-Q will be celebrating National Barbecue Month by launching new initiatives, a new logo, new branding and rolling out a new food truck. The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) recognizes May as National Barbecue Month, as warmer temperatures are when grilling becomes a favorite pastime among friends and family.

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to indulge in Mexican-inspired dishes, dips and drinks. This year, put a tangy twist on your festive favorites with a refreshing new flavor.


The esteemed Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to the Armstrong Auditorium for its third visit, performing an encore presentation of “Swan Lake” Jan. 26-27. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

“The Russian National Ballet Theatre is widely known to be one of the best in the world and we are honored to bring such an internationally renowned ballet to Oklahoma for their third visit,” said Shane Granger, Armstrong Auditorium marketing director. “The auditorium’s exceptional acoustics and superior sightlines make a perfect setting for the complete experience.”


The internationally acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet will perform classical masterpieces by Joseph Haydn, Shulamit Ran and Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium.

Praised by critics and audiences worldwide for bold interpretations of the canon classics, the quartet is one of the most recorded chamber ensembles touring today and has won Grammy Awards for recordings of the complete Bartok, late Beethoven, Schoenberg, Debussy and Ravel quartets.

This Week's Circulars


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…