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A large outpour of candidates running for state and federal government posts is expected this week at the Oklahoma State Election Board at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Every House of Representatives seat and roughly half of state Senate seats are up for grabs, according to the election board.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Edmond, filed to run for a full term in the United States Senate on Friday.

“I want to continue my mission to bring common sense and practical solutions at this critical time in our nation,” Lankford said. “There are no easy answers to the issues we face, but we must confront the reality of our debt, our overregulation and the stagnant economy that hurts every Oklahoma family.”

Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd street festival will return April 16 at the corner of Broadway and Hurd in downtown Edmond. Attendees will enjoy live, local music, and a variety of food trucks and pop-up shops from 6-10 p.m.

The April Heard on Hurd festival will celebrate Citizens Bank of Edmond’s 115 years as the local community bank in downtown Edmond.

“As we celebrate and reflect on the past 115 years, our greatest successes have been our customers’ greatest successes,” said Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond president and CEO. “Whether it’s purchasing a new home, assisting in sending kids to college, or helping local businesses, schools and other community organizations, we are privileged to have played a part in providing the means and services to aid in their achievements.”

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Edmond voters will cast their ballots Tuesday in what shall determine their quality of life for years to come.

A special election April 5 will give registered voters the opportunity to extend two sales taxes. These sales tax extensions will not pose an additional levy on Edmond residents, Mayor Charles Lamb said.

Both the general purpose 1-cent sales tax and the 1/2-cent sales tax extensions must be approved by a vote of the people or they will expire in 2017.

The city would experience a revenue gap of several years unless sales tax extensions happen, said Larry Stevens, city manager.

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Tearing rapidly through the Christmas wrapping, she identified the yellow book and jovially uttered “George!”

It didn’t matter that the book tumbled out of the paper upside down, the young girl recognized Curious George and flipped through the pages without wavering.

Adriana Romero, 2, of Edmond, just had received a Curious George book from Leadership Edmond as a family sponsorship through the HOPE Center. More than 400 families are adopted each year by HOPE’s volunteer Christmas sponsors. By adopting families, sponsors agree to provide gifts for the children of a family.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: As a public service to our community, this is the fourth in a series of five weekly articles for the annual Edmond Sun Christmas Samaritan Fund Drive benefiting the HOPE Center of Edmond.

Jason and Charleigh Baker are thankful as well as their five children are thankful this Christmas season for the HOPE Center of Edmond.

“We’ve only lived in Edmond for two years now,” said Jason, a truck driver. “I was looking around for extra food so I just happened to come across it.”

Work has been slow during the holidays, he said. Charleigh stays at home to raise their four daughters, ages 8-12, and a son, 13-year-old Jason Jr., who lives with cerebral palsy. Jason Jr. is a special needs student at Cheyenne Middle School.

“It is awesome that he can still go to school and participate,” his father said.

The fast-approaching winter season can mean sledding, snowmen and new toys for many Oklahoman children. Unfortunately, some families lack the means to give their kids presents to open during the holidays.

Copper Lake Estates, a senior living community in Edmond, has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps and Toys for Tots to help add a little Christmas excitement into the lives of less fortunate children.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a public service to our community, today is the first in a series of five weekly articles for the annual Edmond Sun Christmas Samaritan Fund Drive benefiting the HOPE Center of Edmond.Edmond begins the Christmas season with a spirit of compassion. Children are clothed and fed, and many elderly seniors on fixed incomes have their electricity bills paid due to the generous community support for The Edmond Sun Christmas Samaritan Fund Drive benefiting HOPE Center.

Catastrophic emergencies caused by disease, unemployment, underemployment, immediate job loss, child abuse, homelessness, domestic violence and divorce have been the main reasons people seek assistance at HOPE, a nonprofit agency, said Chris Sperry, executive director. It also provides a prenatal health clinic for mothers.

“There are a lot of people that have to choose between food and bills,” Sperry said. “They choose to pay the bill and we help them with food or sometimes they still don’t have enough to pay their utilities so we help them with that.”

First Street between Littler and Boulevard will remain closed until the Edmond Police Department and Emergency Management and Communications completes its moves to the new Public Safety Center in downtown Edmond, said Casey Moore, city spokesman.

The Public Safety Center ribbon cutting occurred last week, bringing scores of people to the area to celebrate the long-awaited event.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Donald Trump delivered his razor’s edge brand of politics to Oklahomans Friday evening, cutting though the political establishment like a manicured lawn of a golf course. His words flew with exclamation points at both Republicans and Democrats.

The current GOP front-runner for president appeared before a crowd of about 12,000 supporters gathering around the half-shell at the State Fair of Oklahoma.

“Our country doesn’t have victories anymore. We don’t win at anything,” Trump said. “Think of it ... we don’t win with China, Japan, Mexico. We don’t win with anybody.”

Trump promised the crowd the United States will start winning so much if he is elected president in 2016 that it will become bored of winning.

A deadline of Oct. 1 has been set for public comments on the proposed pollinator plan, according to Kenny Naylor, Director of Consumer Protection Services for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF).

Prior to that deadline, the fourth and final regional public hearing will be held in Hugo to gain input on the proposed pollinator plan. The public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kiamichi Technology Center, North Seminar Room, 107 S. 15th St., Hugo.

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe released the following statement Thursday calling for Congress to continue the fight to defund and investigate Planned Parenthood:

“A ninth video surfaced this week exposing the horrific practices of Planned Parenthood harvesting the organs of the vulnerable unborn for alleged financial gain. These videos show that this is not one or two clinics acting on their own, but these practices are a part of the Planned Parenthood business model.

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Fog lifts just before noon Friday at Lake Arcadia making it nearly impossible to see any eagles feeding. Bird watchers hope for clearer skies over the weekend at the lake in order to watch eagles interact. Six to eight eagles make the yearly stop at the lake to feed. The City of Edmond’s Eagle Watch is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday. The park entry fee is $3 per vehicle with up to five passengers. Road signs direct bird watchers on Second Street/State Highway 66 where to go.

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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…