LOCAL AND AREA NEWS
STILLWATER STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM STARTS THIS MONDAY
A number of Stillwater streets will see improvements as work begins Monday in support of the City of Stillwater's Pavement Management Program.
According to Transportation Manager Jason Peek, the contractors' work includes asphalt milling, patching and new asphalt overlays on approximately 23 lane miles of streets in various areas of the city. A map of the project locations is available at the City of Stillwater’s website. The work should be completed by June 30.
In addition to the rehabilitation work, the Transportation Department is currently soliciting bids from contractors to reconstruct South Monroe Street between 6th and 9th Avenues; 19th Avenue between Western Road and Walnut Street; 26th Avenue between 19th and 26th Avenues; and the intersection of 7th Avenue and Duncan Street.
The City of Stillwater is scheduled to award the reconstruction contracts at an upcoming Stillwater City Council meeting.
The program is a systematic process for inspection, evaluation planning, and maintenance of the entire street pavement network. The process is used to manage approximately 442 lane miles of pavement within Stillwater, and to recommend appropriate pavement maintenance strategies based on condition and service life.
The funding for these projects were approved by Stillwater City Council in the 2014 fiscal budget.
For additional information about the program, visit the City’s website at http://stillwater.org/government/pavement_management_program.php or contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-742-8362.
CITY OF STILLWATER POSTS RULES FOR LAKE SAFETY
With the lake season quickly approaching, the Stillwater Police Lake Patrol would like to remind everyone to follow state and local laws. A current State of Oklahoma fishing license is required to fish at any City of Stillwater lake. In addition the City has a two pole per person limit. Jug lines, limb lines, trot lines, and yo-yos are not allowed. Additional state fishing regulations can be found at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing.htm.
All vessels operating on City of Stillwater lakes are required to follow all state laws, and be equipped will all required safety equipment. Common violations are failure to possess a fire extinguisher, or life jackets. All vessels must be currently registered unless exempt. Jet skis, personal watercraft, tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing or any similar activity is not allowed on any City of Stillwater lake. Additional vessel information and a checklist of required safety equipment can be found at https://www.dps.state.ok.us/ohp/aboutlp.htm.
All City of Stillwater owned lakes are free for recreation, except Lake McMurtry. Lake McMurtry requires a $6.00 daily permit per vehicle, which includes all activities except camping. Tent camping permits are $10.00 per day, and RV camping is $22.00 per day. Annual permits are also available. Additional information can be found at www.lakemcmurtry.com.
For a courtesy vessel inspection, or any questions regarding City of Stillwater laws covering fish and game or park activities contact Officer Howell at email@example.com.
MORE EARTHQUAKES REPORTED IN OKLAHOMA
It took most of Tuesday but the U.S. Geological Survey ended up recording another earthquake in Oklahoma.
A 2.8 magnitude recorded 7:36 p.m. Tuesday about 12 miles north of Crescent in Logan County.
Oklahoma also recorded three earthquakes on Monday:
- 3.0 magnitude 8:17 a.m. about 7 miles southwest of Guthrie
- 2.6 magnitude 1:20 p.m. about 1 mile east-southeast of Perry
- 2.5 magnitude 1:42 p.m. about 1 mile east of Perry
In the past seven days, USGS recorded 40 earthquakes in Oklahoma, including a 4.1 magnitude Thursday south-southwest of Guthrie.
Oklahoma has had 158 earthquakes of at least 2.5 magnitude in the past 30 days, according to USGS.
MORE PEOPLE FACING CHARGES IN LOGAN COUNTY MURDER
Prosecutors filed charges against eight people Tuesday in connection with the death of a man whose body was found on fire in Logan County in late January.
Brandy Hanson, 35, and Angel Munoz, 24, were charged in Oklahoma Count District Court with murder and desecrating a body. Also charged Tuesday with murder were John Worcester, 39; Jessie Dalton, 37; Tyson Lott, 21; and Quentin Goodwin, 30. Also charged with desecrating a body were Johnny Snow, 49, and Twilia Wise, 36.
On Jan. 31, firefighters in Logan County responded to reports of a grass fire between Langston and Guthrie. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered the body of Shawn Masters, 39, of Blanchard.
It took investigators with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Logan County sheriff’s office two months to identify Masters because he was so badly burned, authorities said.
After identifying the body, investigators identified Hanson as one of the last people to be seen with Masters, according to court documents.
During an interview with investigators, Hanson said she and Munoz borrowed a car from Masters and were stopped and arrested because the vehicle was stolen.
Munoz told investigators she was upset with Masters because she thought he might be an undercover police officer. She called her boyfriend, Jessie Dalton, who is in custody at the state penitentiary in McAlester. Dalton is serving two life sentences for separate murders in 2002 and 2009. In the earlier case, he was convicted of killing a man during a home invasion. In the latter, he was convicted in the jailhouse beating death of an accomplice who testified against him in the 2002 trial.
Dalton told Munoz he “would send someone over to take care of it,” according to court documents.
Documents show Masters met Munoz and Hanson at Munoz’s home, where two men, Goodwin and Lott, attacked Masters with a baseball bat and wooden board. Munoz told investigators she gave Lott and Goodwin a half ounce of methamphetamine as payment, records show.
Masters did not die immediately, Munoz said, so they put him into a trash can with the help of Worcester, Munoz’s brother. Masters was then stabbed and strangled, according to court documents.
Munoz and Hanson rented a truck to take Masters’ body, and Munoz drove it to Guthrie with Wise. There, they met Hanson and Snow and drove out to rural Logan County, where they set the trash can with Masters’ body on fire, according to court documents.
Hanson, Munoz, Wise and Snow were arrested over the past several weeks and were being held Tuesday in Logan County jail. Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said the four will likely be taken to Oklahoma County jail this week.
Authorities had not arrested Worcester, Lott or Goodwin as of Tuesday evening.
STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL AGAIN AS MANDATORY BOIL ORDER ISSUED FOR CITY OF YALE
Students in Yale got a third day off from school Wednesday after the city said traces of E. coli were discovered in the city's water system.
School officials say classes have been canceled since Monday.
The Payne County community says a sample of the water from the sewer plant tested positive for the bacteria on Friday.
According to a release by the city of Yale, residents have been instructed to not drink water from the city water supply without boiling it first. E. coli bacteria was first detected in the water on Monday and an advisory was issued. Now that advisory has turned into a mandatory boil order.
Residents are instructed to heat water to a rolling boil for at least a minute and allow it to cool before using it. The boil order applies to water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food. Alternatively, they can use bottled water.
Yale officials are working with the Department of Environmental Quality to eliminate the bacteria and will notify residents when the order is lifted.
The presence of E. coli bacteria indicates the water may have been contaminated by human or animal waste. In humans it can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, and more. Young children, infants and the elderly are at higher risk of developing symptoms from exposure.
OSU opens Cowboy Walking Trails, launching active lifestyle initiative
Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and First Cowgirl Ann Hargis, along with Chief Wellness Officer Suzy Harrington and a crowd of students, faculty and staff, officially opened the Cowboy Walking Trails on Tuesday, April 15, with a ribbon cutting and walk along one of two trails that wind through the Stillwater campus.
"Ann and I are very excited about the Cowboy Walking Trails," said President Hargis. "This is a very simple way of providing another opportunity for our students and employees and any visitor to our campus a marked trail to encourage an active lifestyle while enjoying the beauty of this campus."
The Orange and White Trails run throughout campus and are marked with bronze medallions. They range in distances from .66 miles to 1.3 miles. The indoor walking trails are located inside the Student Union.
The grand opening celebration started with the walking of the Orange Trail, beginning at the corner of Legacy Walk and Hester Street. The Orange Trail is just under a mile long.
The walk ended at the Student Union Plaza with a “Be Active on the Plaza” festival, where students and employees got the chance to discover all of the wellness programs and activities available at OSU. Various prizes were also given away, including an iPad mini, one semester OrangeRide Bike Rental and personal training sessions.
"Our goal of becoming America's Healthiest campus is being achieved everyday because of the focus this university and its people place on their own well-being," said Harrington. "Whether its OSU's programs supporting a student's emotional and mental health through University Counseling or stress management in the Reboot Center, or the facilities, classes and activities that promote an active lifestyle through the Colvin Center, OSU has made a commitment to the overall wellness of its students and employees."
In addition to officially opening the Cowboy Walking Trails, the celebration also marked the beginning of the OSU Active Lifestyle Campaign. Although wellness incorporates much more than physical fitness alone, becoming active will be the campaign's first focus. OSU encourages students, employees and the community to get moving and be active and have fun doing it.
For more information, including maps of the trails, visit wellness.okstate.edu.
STILLWATER ARTS FESTIVAL COMING THIS WEEKEND
It’s spring and that means it’s time for the Stillwater Arts Festival. More than 100 fine artists from around the country will be in Stillwater for the 37th Annual Stillwater Arts Festival on April 19 and 20 in Downtown Stillwater on Main Street.
Organized and presented by the City of Stillwater, The festival will be held in Downtown Stillwater on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature exceptional fine arts and entertainment for all ages. The festival is held rain or shine.
Festival entries are juried by a committee of four individuals with experience in various artistic media. Acceptance is based on quality and the balance of the various media entries.
Once again, Downtown Stillwater (Stillwater Business Improvement Distinct #1) is sponsoring the $500 Best of Show award. Festival Coordinator Rachel Palmer said, "We have a diverse group of artists ranging from local to around the country.”
Returning to the 37th Annual Stillwater is artist Steve Cast, winner of the 2013 “Committee Choice” award. Cast’s jewelry is featured on the 2014 commemorative poster.
Palmer said, "Many Stillwater residents attend every year to see what new and wonderful pieces their favorite artists have created, so they can add items to their collections. Other festival goers are looking for one-of-a-kind gifts—everything from Christmas to graduation to Mother's Day."
The festival will feature live, local entertainment, food vendors, artist demonstrations and children’s activities. The festival attracts more than 10,000 patrons ranging from true art aficionados and collectors to fans of the arts.
Entertainment begins on the afternoon of Friday, April 19. A Reading Flash Mob hosted by Stillwater Public Library will take place at 11:45 a.m. With free live entertainment available in downtown Stillwater from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Performers for Friday include: Corey Kent White at 7 p.m. followed by a downtown street party.
Free live entertainment continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the festival on Saturday, April 20 with Kalyn Robinson, Dave and Hannah Bradley (father/daughter), James Price Band, Jean Hill Irish Dancers, Stillwater Honor Choir, and Taylor Thompson.
This year's festival is sponsored by Visit Stillwater, Oklahoma Arts Council, Downtown Stillwater, Stillwater Radio, Stillwater News Press, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Stillwater.
The 37th Annual Stillwater Arts Festival is on Main Street between 7th and 10th Avenues and the alleyways on 8th and 9th Avenues between Lewis and Husband Streets. Festival hours are as follows:
Friday, April 19 (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Saturday, April 20 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Sunday, April 21 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
For more information, visit stillwater.org or get updates on the City of Stillwater's Facebook or Twitter pages.
OKLAHOMA GAS PRICES HIGHEST IN SEVEN MONTHS
AAA Oklahoma says the statewide average price for gasoline is the highest it's been since September.
AAA says Oklahoma's average price for a gallon of regular self-serve hit $3.47 Tuesday, the highest price since Sept. 15. Prices ranged from a high of $3.49 a gallon in Stillwater and Ponca City to a low of about $3.37 in Lawton. Drivers in Oklahoma City are paying $3.44 per gallon while those in Tulsa are paying nearly $3.52.
The national average is $3.64.
AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says gas prices in the state have been in the $3.40 to $3.47 range for the past month being below $3 as recently as the day after Christmas.
Mai says declining inventories and signs of rebounding demand have resulted in rising prices across the country.
UPDATE: NAME RELEASED IN CREEK COUNTY FATAL CRASH
Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Oklahoma 48 in Creek County early Monday.
Tilman Palmer, 76, of Amite City, La., was pronounced dead at the scene just south of Carson Ridge Road, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
His 2012 Ford pickup was struck head-on by a 2007 Dodge pickup just before 6 a.m., the OHP reported.
Troopers said the northbound Dodge, driven by Russell Foutch, 47, of Cushing, had crossed the center line before hitting Palmer's southbound Ford truck.
Foutch was pinned in the wreckage for about 5 minutes before Mannford firefighters extricated him, and he was then taken to a hospital in Tulsa in serious condition, the OHP reported.
Neither driver had any passengers with them and neither one was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.
STILLWATER RESIDENTS ASKED TO TAKE PART IN SURVEY
Residents and students are encouraged to contribute to the City of Stillwater’s community survey for April 2014. Participants will answer questions concerning their perceptions of Stillwater and the community businesses, schools and recreational spots across the City.
The City, along with its partners and the marketing agency ChandlerThinks, is offering the survey as part of a community-wide branding project. Information collected through the survey will help the City and the agency gain a better perspective on how residents and visitors perceive and feel about Stillwater.
Please join the City, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and the Stillwater Industrial Foundation by taking our quick survey accessible on our main webpage at stillwater.org.
ChandlerThinks is a marketing agency based in Nashville, Tenn. It specializes in digital marketing and branding strategy with experience in destination marketing, having worked with more than 40 communities across the country.
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From 7 to 9, mornings start with "Stillwater Magazine", hosted by Stillwater Radio News Director Bill Van Ness. Bill gets your weekday started by bringing you up to date with local news, state news, local sports, local weather and local happenings from around the area with special guests and topics.
"The Game" with Rex Holt airs from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Rex is the voice for Oklahoma State Wrestling, Oklahoma State Baseball and Stillwater High School Football and Wrestling. Each day Monday thru Friday, Rex gives you a realistic look at local high school sports, Big 12 sports, Professional Sports and hot topics of the day. Bill Van Ness joins Rex to add his sports insights to the program.
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Prior to joining The Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS. He also co-hosted a show on ESPN Radio. Gottlieb was a college basketball analyst on ESPN and did his first radio work on KSPI-AM in 2000.
Gottlieb was a college basketball point guard at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State
and was graduated with a marketing degree from OSU in 2000. He holds every assist
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