Local News Archives for 2017-04

Man Accused of Killing Logan County Deputy Appeared In Court Thursday

The man accused in the shooting death of a Logan County deputy appeared in court Thursday.

Nathan LeForce, 45, is charged with first-degree murder, larceny of a motor vehicle and first degree armed robbery in connection to the shooting death of Logan County Sheriff's Deputy David Wade.

He is being held in the Payne County jail at the Logan County Sheriff's request.

District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said earlier she will seek the death penalty in the case.

Wade, 40, was serving an eviction notice at a house on Mulhall Rd.and I-35 when LeForce reportedly shot him in the face and body last Tuesday.

LeForce’s name was not on the eviction order and has no ties to the property where Wade was shot. It isn’t clear why LeForce was at the residence.

John and Christine Lute - who were present at the house and the subject of the eviction notice - were arrested on unrelated drug charges.

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Cleveland Police Derail Man's Plan To Kill Police Officer

The Cleveland Police Department said they derailed a man's plan to kill a police officer.

Police Chief Clint Stout said they got a credible tip that a man paid another man to build a bomb to blow up an officer's house.

Stout said the man that got paid did have access to explosive materials.

The informant told police the man paid $1,500 as a first installment to build a bomb.

The chief said Cleveland police and the ATF interviewed both men, who denied the claims.

No one was arrested due to lack of hard evidence, but the chief said he believes they thwarted the threat by confronting the men.

Police have stepped up patrol in that officer's neighborhood, and the officer has also installed a surveillance system.

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City to Offer Free Drop-Off Service for Unwanted Electronics and Bulk Items

To assist students moving out of town for the summer, the City of Stillwater will offer students free drop-offs for electronics and bulk items at the Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Road, from May 1 to June 30.

Students must present a valid OSU student I.D. to participate. The following items will be accepted:

Furniture

Appliances (without Freon)

Mattresses

Computers

Televisions

Stereos

Sororities and fraternities can place furniture and mattresses in two roll-off containers from May 1 through May 19 at these locations:

3rd Avenue and Jefferson

3rd Avenue and Garfield

"This collection event really helps the students get rid of bulky items they may not be able to pack with them as they return home for summer vacation," Waste Management Manager Chris Knight said.

Students can also purchase the City's 35-gallon Pay-As-You-Throw Bags to dispose of extra trash. Bags are sold at the Convenience Collection Center and at local OnCue Express stores for $1.50 for one bag and $7.50 for five bags. (OnCue Express sells bags in packs of five only.)

Pay-As-You-Throw Bags can be brought to the collection center or placed at the curb for regular residential waste collection.

Trailers are prohibited at the Convenience Collection Center.

For more information about the OSU Student Move-Out Special, call Knight at 405.533.8424.

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Stillwater Jazz To Host World Renowned Artists For Free Master Class and Concert

Stillwater Jazz, Stillwater’s highly acclaimed community big band, will host world renowned jazz artists and couple Steve Wilkerson and Andrea Baker in a free master class and concert on Thursday, May 4.

They will present a master class for all interested at 4:30 p.m. followed by a full concert with Stillwater Jazz at 7 p.m. in the Winfrey Houston Auditorium at the City of Stillwater Community Center at 315 W. 8th Ave. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wilkerson, a saxophone and clarinet virtuoso, has performed with an amazing list of artists including Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and many more. Baker, a vocalist who has been called the female Frank Sinatra, will accompany her husband at the performance.

“It is an incredible opportunity to hear musicians of this caliber and standing here in Stillwater. They are among the absolute best in the business … the highest level of jazz performance,” according to Kent Taylor, Director of Stillwater Jazz. “A free concert of this significance just can’t be missed.”

For more information on these events, contact Kent Taylor at 405.334.1725 or email ket66@aol.com.

 

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OSU Center for Health Systems Innovations Awarded $500,000 Grant

The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) was awarded $500,000 from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to expand the Rural Oklahoma Network (ROK-Net). The program joins nearly 200 research networks in an effort to improve health care across the nation.

“We are honored to receive support from the Trustees of The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said CHSI’s Director Dr. William Paiva. “They share our vision for a healthier rural Oklahoma, one that can be achieved through tight connections to the needs of rural health care.”

ROK-Net is a joint effort with the OSU Center for Health Sciences, including its Department of Family Medicine and Center for Rural Health. ROK-Net is an alliance of rural primary care providers and researchers studying health problems as well as issues related to clinic efficiency in rural Oklahoma communities.

Nearly every county in Oklahoma has a shortage of medical care with rural areas having higher rates of chronic diseases. Specialists are largely absent, and mental health care is woefully limited. Further compounding problems are aging physicians in rural areas.

“While much health care innovation occurs in urban areas today, ROK-Net allows us to be involved in rural communities,” said Bill Major, Executive Director of The Zarrow Family Foundations. “We recognize that rural communities have their own unique health disparity challenges, and these challenges are getting more difficult to address given increasingly limited resources. The timing of ROK-Net is perfect as it is exactly what the state needs right now.”

The grant will allow ROK-Net to expand into 10 additional counties, with the goal to be in every rural county in the state.

CHSI is positioned between the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences. CHSI aims to transform rural and Native American health through the implementation of innovative care delivery and information technology solutions. The Center’s Institute for Predictive Medicine leverages one of the nation’s largest HIPAA-compliant data bases of electronic medical records to discover new insights into health care delivery and health disparities.

Based in Tulsa, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation is committed to supporting housing and shelter resources, social services and basic human needs, and mental health and indigent health care initiatives.

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Corliss' Pet of The Week!

 

Jackie from the Humane Society of Stillwater brought in a handsome gentleman for Hot 93.7’s Pet of the Week! Copper is about 8 or 9 months old and we think he is a Lab/Pitbull mix. He is very friendly, and playful. Copper likes other dogs and he walks well on a leash.  Copper is a High Energy dog so he needs and active person that will take him hiking, biking, running, or walking.  He also needs a big yard to run and play in.  He currently weighs 40 pounds and is $80 to adopt.  He Graduated from the Dogs of Lincoln Program and so he knows all of his basic commands and is house broken.

Jackie was also kind enough to share details about this weekend's events at Boomer Lake. Walk-N-Wag is an annual outdoor event for dogs and their people and the largest fundraising event of the year to benefit the Humane Society of Stillwater. This Saturday, April 29th you can enter with, or without your pet for the 5K race and 1 mile fun run/walk! Registration will begin at 9:00am at the “Barketplace” located in the Kicker parking lot on the East side of Boomer Lake, or register early at www.HSPets.Org

 

Listen to the full Pet of the Week interview below.

Pet of the Week is sponsored by:

Trinity Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/corlissonair/pet-of-the-week-humane-society-of-stillwater-1

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Sherwood Construction Awarded Contract in Turner Turnpike Expansion Project

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on Tuesday awarded a $27.1 million contract to Sherwood Construction that will kick off the widening of the Turner Turnpike to six lanes between the Bristow area and Tulsa.

The project involves about three miles of work between mile markers 210, near the Kellyville exit, and then working west to mile marker 207.3, near the service plaza for westbound traffic.

Construction is scheduled to start Aug. 8, said Jack Damrill, OTA spokesman.

The Turner Turnpike expansion is part of the OTA’s $935 million Driving Forward initiative financed with bonds that will be repaid through higher turnpike fees that began in March and are scheduled to increase again in 2018 and 2019.

In addition to the Turner Turnpike improvements, the Driving Forward initiative includes work on the Gilcrease Expressway, the Muskogee Turnpike, the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, the Kilpatrick Turnpike and a new Oklahoma City-area turnpike.

In conjunction with the Turner Turnpike work, the OTA will on June 1, permanently close the Heyburn Service Plaza, which serves westbound traffic, Damrill said.

The area where the facility exists will be used as a staging area for construction on the turnpike, Damrill said.

“Over the next two months we are going to let two or three more contracts, so by the time summer’s done we’ll have about 10 to 11 miles that will have been let and approved for construction,” Damrill said, referring to the Turner Turnpike widening.

The entire Turner Turnpike widening will involve about 22 miles of the highway, from just east of Bristow to just west of Sapulpa.

Work will include extra-wide shoulders, lighting in the middle of the highway and the ability to expand the highway at a later date for a truck-only traffic lane.

“It’ll look just like the Creek Turnpike in the expansion area between Memorial Road and U.S. Highway 75,” Damrill said.

The 22-mile turnpike expansion is expected to take about 3½ years to complete, Damrill said.

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41 Oklahoma High Schools Rank as Some of the Country's Best

A total of 41 Oklahoma high schools to make it into the second and third tiers of U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the country’s best high schools.

Stillwater High School and Cushing High School made the list.

The 2017 Best High Schools rankings highlight public schools that best serve all of their students, including disadvantaged populations. Overall, the rankings focus on student outcomes with an emphasis on graduation rates and state proficiency tests.

Students at the 6,041 schools that receive national recognition from U.S. News and World Report graduate at rates that are 15 percent higher, on average, than students at schools nationwide that are not ranked.

 

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OSBI Called to Drumright Home In Suspicious Death Case

FROM THE OKLAHOMA STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION:

Monday morning, the Drumright Police Department called OSBI special agents to a home for a suspicious death investigation. When agents arrived at 219 S. Tucker, they learned the house there had been on fire.

Once fire fighters extinguished the flames, they found two dead bodies inside. OSBI will not release the names of the deceased individuals until the medical examiner has made positive identification.

However, investigators believe the male and female lived at the home. It appears at least one died of a gunshot wound. OSBI is not searching for any suspects at this time.

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American Airlines to Resume Non-Summer Commercial Flight Schedule

The City of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University are pleased to announce that starting Aug. 22, 2017, American Airlines will resume its non-summer commercial flight schedule from Stillwater Regional Airport. This schedule features an early morning departure time of approximately 7 a.m. to DFW and a late evening arrival time in Stillwater.

City Manager Norman McNickle and OSU President Burns Hargis are grateful that American Airlines addressed the community’s concerns about flight times.

McNickle said, “Commercial flight from Stillwater Regional Airport has been a game changer for our business community and for the University. We appreciate the support we received from Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley as the airport continues to develop.”

Hargis agreed, “You can see how important this service has become to Stillwater and to the University since it began last August. Our elected officials also understand this. Governor Mary Fallin, Senator James Inhofe and Congressman Frank Lucas have been invested in the Airport from the beginning and have continued to show their support for its success.”

Airport Director Gary Johnson said that bookings since August had been well above what had been projected. “We discovered that the early flight time was part of that success, and our customers let us know how much that time was a major factor in choosing to fly from Stillwater.”

Customers took to social media to express how much they appreciated the early flight time. Many said they loved flying from Stillwater because of the ease of meeting connecting flights from DFW.

Mayor Gina J. Noble said, “I love that so many residents have benefited from commercial flight out of our airport. It’s so easy when you can make your connecting flight. We are grateful that American Airlines understands this and continues to serve our community.”

“We have had a wonderful experience working with our partner American Airlines, and we look forward to our future successes together,” Johnson said. “If you have not flown out of Stillwater yet, now is a great time to do so.”

Stillwater Regional Airport offers two direct American Airlines flights both to and from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) every day. The airport features free parking, shorter security lines and competitive rates.

For a full flight schedule or to book a flight from Stillwater Regional Airport, go to http://aa.com and use airport code SWO. American has announced a summer flight schedule that starts June 4 and will run through Aug. 21.

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Gas Prices Remain Steady to Lower

With market inventories in the south central U.S. region jumping by 2.5 million barrels, gas prices remain steady to lower as a result of high gasoline inventories and low demand. As we await the onset of the summer driving season, AAA predicts there are plenty of opportunities for demand to tap into the country’s excess supply and the price of gas to rise.

Current Price Averages per Gallon of Regular Gasoline

Tulsa – $2.11, up nine cents from one month ago … up 19 cents since 4/24/16
OKC – $2.13, up seven cents from one month ago … up 22 cents since 4/24/16
Oklahoma – $2.15, up six cents from one month ago … up 22 cents since 4/24/16
U.S. – $2.42, up 13 cents from one month ago … up 29 cents since 4/24/16
 
“Oklahoma’s lower state average price – down a nickel over the past 10 days – is beating the national trend,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “The nationwide gas price average is at its 2017 high, but summer demand has not yet kicked in and it’s likely pump prices will rise in the coming weeks. Based on recent American Petroleum Institute reports, U.S. gasoline deliveries in March were the second highest March deliveries ever recorded, confirming the forecast that demand is on track for the summer.”

The nation’s top ten markets with the largest weekly increases include: Utah (+9 cents), Ohio (+7 cents), Idaho (+5 cents), Alaska (+5 cents), Massachusetts (+4 cents), Connecticut (+4 cents), Indiana (+4 cents), New Hampshire (+4 cents), Rhode Island (+4 cents) and Florida (+4 cents)

At the close of trading last week, WTI crude oil futures fell $1.09 to settle just under $50 per barrel. One of the leading reasons for the drop was skepticism about whether the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers would extend their pledge to cut output by 1.8 million barrels by another six months. In particular, the market is still unsure if Russia will agree to an extension deal beyond June 30, which could add dramatically to already bloated global inventories.

Last week’s Baker Hughes oil rig count report showing the U.S. adding 5 rigs, bringing the total rig count to 688 -- is further evidence of increased U.S. production. Traders will look closely at this week’s numbers from key indicators of supply to determine if the market will rebalance in the near term.  
 

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Two OSU Civil Engineering Students Receive Prestigious Awards

Oklahoma State University civil engineering students Bret Robertson and Katelyn Oquin have received prestigious American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fellowship awards.

Robertson, a graduate student from Inola, Oklahoma, and Oquin, class of 2016 from Burneyville, Oklahoma, will each receive a $7,000 stipend, an all-expenses paid trip to the next two ACI conventions, assistance in finding an industry mentor and assistance in finding a summer internship.

“This is a great honor for Oklahoma State University and our students,” says Tyler Ley, Ph.D. and associate civil engineering professor. “It showcases the high quality of students we have here and it’s great that they’re recognized by such a prestigious group.”

Over 1,000 students apply for this award each year, and Oquin and Robertson are the first from OSU to receive it. There have only been two previous universities that have had students win the ACI Fellowship award in the same year.

“We have professors who invest in their students not only in the classroom, but in their well-being and success,” says Oquin. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that I was provided by Dr. Ley, and for his ability to teach with a passion and to inspire his students.”

For more information about the ACI Fellowship award, visit https://www.scholarshipcouncil.org/Student-Awards/Fellowships.

 

 

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Oklahoma State University Student Named as Newman Civic Fellow

Determined to find solutions for the challenges communities face throughout the country, 10 inspirational students from Oklahoma’s colleges and universities were recognized as 2017-18 Newman Civic Fellows during the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting Thursday.

Shelbi Gambrell, Oklahoma State University is among the 273 students from 36 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico who comprise this year’s Newman Civic Fellows.

The Newman Civic Fellows program was established by Campus Compact in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement. The award is designed to recognize college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for the challenges faced by communities across the nation through service, research and advocacy. Each of Oklahoma’s fellows will receive a $500 scholarship from Oklahoma Campus Compact. Students are nominated by their college or university president.

“The State Regents commend these student leaders for making a difference in their communities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Their civic involvement demonstrates their dedication to making the world a better place. We wish them continued success as they complete their degrees and continue to serve their fellow Oklahomans.”

Gambrell, a sophomore elementary education major at OSU, was appointed by the dean of her college to serve on the Professional Education Council as an OSU representative. Her project, Letters of Gratitude, involves a system of personal emails from former students and colleagues to teachers who made an impact on their lives, with the goal of bestowing honor and helping teachers realize the magnitude of their work.

 

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Logan County DA Seeks Death Penalty Against LeForce

Logan County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said Thursday afternoon that she will seek death penalty against a man accused of shooting and killing a deputy.

Nathan LeForce appeared Thursday morning before a Logan County judge for his first arraignment. He's been charged with first-degree murder, larceny of motor vehicle after a former felony conviction, and first-degree armed robbery after a former felony conviction.

Authorities said LeForce shot and killed Deputy David Wade, who was serving an eviction notice Tuesday morning. After shooting Wade, police said LeForce drove away in the deputy’s truck and carjacked a woman at gunpoint.

LeForce was taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt.

A preliminary hearing will take place for LeForce at 9 a.m. on April 27. He's being held without bond.

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are leading a team of law enforcement officers to continue to look for the weapon LeForce reportedly used to shoot Wade. Search members include OSBI special agents, Logan County Sheriff's deputies, Payne County Sheriff's deputies, Cashion Police officers, ATF agents, and OHP troopers.

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Payne County Woman Dies From Medically-Induced Accident On Roadway Near Cushing

A Payne County woman was pronounced dead Thursday morning after medical issues caused her to drive her car off the roadway and into a tree, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Perkins resident Anna Harper, 76, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet HHR on Oklahoma 33, about 6 miles west of Cushing, just after 11 a.m. when she stopped the vehicle in the roadway and slumped over the steering wheel, according to the OHP report.

She then accelerated, leaving the highway and striking a tree. She was taken to a Cushing hospital with numerous injuries and later died there.

Troopers attributed her cause of wreck to cardiac issues. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt, according to the report.

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City of Stillwater CFO Reports Tax Collection Shortcomings

City of Stillwater Chief Financial Officer Melissa Reames says for the fifth month in a row Stillwater’s sales tax collections were below what they were the same month the prior year. Merchants remit sales tax collected monthly to the Oklahoma Tax Commission on behalf of the City of Stillwater.

Reames reported that the City’s year-to-date (YTD) sales tax collections were down 2.31 percent from YTD fiscal year 2016 collections and is under budget by $474,184 (1.98 percent). April’s collections represent sales that happened in February 2017.

“The percentage of year-to-date decline is not as important as the consistent downward trend,” she explained. “We look at these trends and are making adjustments in the current fiscal year and planning accordingly for the upcoming fiscal year.”

The City’s fiscal year 2018 general fund budget does not include funds for capital projects.

Additional Stillwater YTD tax collections are as follows:

Use tax collections are up 20.61 percent from YTD fiscal year 2016 collections and over budget by $339,650 (38.33 percent).

Cigarette/tobacco tax collections are down 2.27 percent from YTD fiscal year 2016 collections and under budget by $3,456 (1.22 percent).

Lodging tax collections are up 8.35 percent from YTD fiscal year 2016 collections and is over budget by $72,958 (14.16 percent). Fiscal year 2017 lodging tax budget was reduced from $800,000 in fiscal year 2016 to $700,000 in fiscal year 2017. During fiscal year 2017, a payment agreement was reached with a motel for past due taxes and interest. As of April 2017, $33,000 have been collected on the past due tax.

 

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Fundraising Event To Be Held In Support of OSU Museum of Art

Masterpiece Moments: Artist at the Table will combine artists’ talents and the community’s commitment to the arts in a fun-filled night on Saturday, May 6, at 6 pm.

The premier event, held in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, will include wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent and live auction, and entertainment, with proceeds supporting the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art’s exhibitions and educational programming.

Famous artwork and artists – Warhol, van Gogh, and Degas, for example – will be the inspiration behind a gallery of tablescape creations. These interpretive works of art will be constructed by friends and advocates of the OSU Museum of Art.

“Masterpiece Moments will be an evening to honor and promote what the OSU Museum of Art is all about: education and community outreach,” said Shawn Howell, Masterpiece Moments co-chair and OSU Museum of Art Advocate. “The evening will be a vivid, colorful walk into the magical world of many different artists, with a sample of their style displayed by our talented tablescape designers.”

Since opening its doors in 2013, the museum has had more than 16,000 visitors. It houses OSU’s permanent collection of art, and hosts a variety of exhibitions, educational programs, and community events each year.

“As an Advocate, I am passionate about the role of the museum in our community,” said Brenda Spaulding, Masterpiece Moments co-chair and OSU Museum of Art Advocate. “Because it is becoming increasingly more difficult to provide art within our public schools, I think these types of educational programming and resources can help bridge that gap.”

Howell and Spaulding belong to a group of OSU Museum of Art Advocates who support the museum and its outreach to the community through their advocacy, volunteer work, and various contributions. The Art Advocates play a vital role in expanding the museum’s reach in the community, helping provide transformational art experiences to as many people as possible.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at osugiving.com/MasterpieceMoments. More information is also available at museum.okstate.edu.

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Two People Present At The Time A Logan County Deputy Was Shot Have Been Arrested

The two people who were present at the home while Logan County Deputy David Wade was shot have been arrested.

Police arrested John Lute and Christine Lute around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

They are not facing charges connected to the murder of Deputy Wade.

The eviction notice Deputy David Wade was serving at the home belonged to John Lute.

Christine Lute has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and John Lute was arrested on failure to appear in court on drug charges.

Police say 45 year old Nathan Leforce shot Deputy Wade in the face and then multiple times as he fell to the ground Tuesday morning.

Wade also fired back at Leforce several times during the incident. He was transported the hospital where he later died.

Nathan Leforce is now being held without bond in the Payne County jail.

Meanwile, the family of fallen Logan County Sheriff Deputy David Wade have finalized funeral arrangements.

Funeral services for the 40 year old Deputy Wade of Guthrie, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 24 at the Lazy E Arena. Interment will follow at Summit View Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home in Guthrie.

Sheriff Damon Devereaux and Cashion Police Chief Veronica Thomas are among those to speak. Robby Robbins with Bible Baptist Church will officiate the service.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 1 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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OSU Alumn Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. Selected As Baylor University President

A familar person to area residents has become a Big 12 university president.

Baylor University has selected Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., current dean and professor of management at The George Washington University School of Business, as the institution’s 15th president. Dr. Livingstone was the unanimous choice of the Baylor Board of Regents, following the recommendation of the 12-member Presidential Search Committee.

A native of Perkins, Dr. Livingstone began her academic career at her alma mater, Oklahoma State University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in economics and management, master of business administration, and doctorate in management and organizational behavior. A member of Oklahoma State’s Spears School of Business Hall of Fame, Dr. Livingstone was the first recipient of the Outstanding Ph.D. Alumnus Award, and she was recognized in 2015 with the OSU Distinguished Alumni Award.

While at Oklahoma State, Dr. Livingstone was a four-year letter winner on the women’s basketball team from 1978-1982 and was named a “Big 8 Scholar-Athlete” in 1982. Her husband, Brad, also played basketball at Oklahoma State (1978-1982), and their daughter, Shelby, recently completed her junior season as a volleyball student-athlete at Rice University. Brad Livingstone currently serves as the Dean of Students and teaches history at the Trinity Christian School, in Fairfax, Virginia, where Dr. Livingstone has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015.

Dr. Livingstone, who will begin as president on June 1, brings a distinguished academic career to Baylor, a private Christian university and nationally ranked research institution with more than 16,000 students. Prior to George Washington, she served as dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and associate dean and associate professor in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.

Livingstone returns to Baylor at a time the school faces federal lawsuits from more than a dozen women who contend that school officials ignored or suppressed their sexual assault claims and fostered a culture of rape within the football program. The school also faces a state criminal investigation and civil rights probe by federal education officials.

A Baylor investigation report in 2016 found the school mishandled sexual assault claims for years and the football program operated as if it was above the rules. Football coach Art Briles was fired and former President Ken Starr was demoted and later resigned. David Garland had been acting as interim president.

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Oklahoma State University Student Awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Award

Sydney Stewart, an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Germany during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Fulbright program places U.S. students in countries around the world where they act as an ambassador for the United States, work with research advisers, and learn about the people and culture.

Stewart, a graduate of Life School Red Oak Secondary School in Red Oak, Texas, is scheduled to graduate from OSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in animal science (pre-veterinary option) and a minor in microbiology. She will join a team of researchers from the Institute of Animal Sciences, in Bonn, Germany, to evaluate pig health and biosecurity measures on commercial swine farms in the rural northwestern part of the country.

She was attracted to Germany because livestock producers there have already gained a reputation for quickly adapting to strict regulations for antibiotic use in food animals, without sacrificing animal welfare and animal production performance.

Stewart, whose family is heavily involved in the U.S. agriculture industry, said she never imagined she’d have the opportunity take part in cutting-edge, internationally-significant research abroad while representing her country and the ag industry.

In addition to the Fulbright award, Stewart is a recipient of a General Honors Award and will graduate with the Departmental Honors Award and an OSU Honors College Degree. She is a three-year participant in the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Program, recipient of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station Undergraduate Research Scholars Grant, and two-time recipient of the Lew Wentz Undergraduate Research Grant.  

Stewart’s hobbies include cooking, photography, soccer, and horseback (trail) riding. She was a member of the 2015 OSU Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team and OSU German Club.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest student exchange program, offering opportunities to students and young professionals for graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Funded by an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program was initiated by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 for the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.

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List of Safest Cities In Oklahoma Released

The National Council for Home Safety and Security has released its 2017 list of the safest cities in Oklahoma.

The council combined data from the most recent FBI Crime Reports, population data, and its own research to create their rankings.

The top 5 in Oklahoma are:

1. Piedmont
2. Owasso
3. Vinita
4. Lone Grove
5. Coweta

In our area, here are the highest rankings:

22. Perry
35. Cushing
39. Guthrie
and 43.Stillwater.

 



 

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Meridian Technology Center Nursing Instructor Receives Regional Award

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) named Dustin Hicks, Practical Nursing Instructor and Simulation Specialist at Meridian Technology Center, the Region IV Postsecondary Teacher of the Year.

Hicks won the Oklahoma New Teacher of the Year award in August 2016 after competing against other divisional postsecondary CareerTech teachers during the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology (CareerTech) Education’s annual Summer Conference. He advanced to the regional level and recently competed against other Postsecondary Teacher of the Year state winners from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. With the regional title, Hicks will advance and compete against other regional winners for the national title at CareerTech VISION, the national conference for the Association of Career and Technical Education.

This award recognizes Hicks as an innovator and leader in his industry. He led the effort to incorporate technology in all aspects of the practical nursing curriculum at Meridian. He facilitated the transformation of the nursing curriculum to a digital format which increased student access to program resources outside of the classroom. He also implemented the use of iPads in the nursing program, which provided mobile access to classroom and clinical resources, and has been a leader in developing the use of manikin medical procedures within the CareerTech system across the state of Oklahoma.

The impact of Hicks’ work is a contributing factor of the success of Meridian’s Practical Nursing graduates. Program completers have scored above the national average for the last two years. Additionally, data from the last five years reflects that program graduates have a 98 percent NCLEX pass rate, 92 percent job placement, 93 percent employer satisfaction and 98 percent graduate satisfaction.

ACTE is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association, committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. ACTE promotes merit in career and technical education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to this field, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs.

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Meridian Technology Center Offers New Courses for Personal And Professional Development

Meridian Technology Center has recently announced new course offerings for personal and professional development classes.

“We have a wide variety of new classes for people to explore in the next few months. Whether they want to acquire a new skill, learn about a new computer operating system or take an industry certification test, we offer an affordable way for everyone to enjoy learning something new,” said Titus Lester, Meridian’s Coordinator of Short Courses.

New classes for summer 2017 include electric pressure cooking, backyard chickens, UAS photography, basic balloon art and computer classes that are customized for both business and home users.

In addition to offering full-time career training for high school and adult students, customized business solutions for local industries, and assistance for budding entrepreneurs, Meridian also serves as a place where district residents can expand their skills and explore their interests.

“We’re always looking for new course offerings and ways to improve the classes that we teach on a regular basis. We try to make coming to Meridian for classes as easy as possible,” Lester said.

Each semester Meridian offers approximately 100 courses. Many of the professional development courses have classes during both the day and evening hours, while personal enrichment classes meet one or two nights a week. If time is a factor, online training is also available.

Meridian Technology Center has been a driver of economic development since 1975. With a mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures, Meridian offers full-time career training programs, short courses, Business and Industry services and entrepreneurial support to residents from the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts.

For more information or to enroll visit www.meridiantech.edu or contact a career counselor by phone at (405) 377-3333 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509.

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Authorities Arrest One Man In Connection To The Death of A Man Shot 36 Times

Authorities have arrested one person and are looking for one more in connection to the death of a man who was shot 36 times in Guthrie.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, 37-year-old Reggie Dewayne Smith was first arrested on an outstanding warrant last week on an unrelated case. He was booked into the Logan County Jail.

Agents issued a first-degree murder warrant Wednesday for Smith in connection with the death of 24-year-old Joey Angelo.

Derrick Eugene Smith, 25, also has a first-degree murder warrant for his arrest in connection with Angelo’s murder. The two men are cousins.

Angelo was shot multiple times April 5 outside a Guthrie home. The Guthrie Police Department called in OSBI special agents to help work the case.

Anyone with information on Derrick Smith’s whereabouts is asked to contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017 or the Guthrie Police Department.

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