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Ready to Bounce Back

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Pauls Valley is a familiar rest stop on the bustling Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth. But those who venture into the city will find a community rich in history and culture, a fascinating museum, and, once a year, one of the most unique fishing tournaments anywhere. The annual Okie Noodling...

The Tulsa Mayoral Race Heats Up

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Candidates looking to challenge Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum are campaigning during a summer like no other. “We are in a really challenging year in Tulsa, with the global pandemic, a national recession, significant budget drops for cities across the state and a tremendous amount of turmoil around longstanding...

A Briefing on Tribal Nations

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Developing Infrastructure Iron Horse is not your run-of-the-mill industrial park, says James C. Collard, director of economic development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  When the Canada-based Pro Pipe opens its $5.5 million factory at the tribal-owned park later this year, it will be doing so in the only active foreign trade...

Education’s Changing Landscape

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In the pandemic’s wake, the paradigm of traditional education in Oklahoma is in flux, as institutions plan how to best serve students under ever-evolving health guidelines. The general consensus in higher learning? A blend of in-person and online methods may be the way to go. “To help guide Oklahoma’s universities, colleges and high schools,...

From Honoring Legacies to COVID-19 Relief

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Get your fill of artistic goodies this month around the state. At 108 Contemporary, visit Celebrating a Century of Life: Bob Hawks from Aug. 7 to Sept. 30. The show, which commemorates the 100th birthday of local member artist Bob Hawks, presents a curated selection of his woodwork and photography. The...

The Changing Film Landscape

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Around Town It has been incredible and, frankly, heartening, to see the speed with which the Oklahoma film community has responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology, film festivals – which could easily have suffered death blows at the hands of the shutdown – have found ways to keep going,...

Face Mask Ordinance in Tulsa Approved

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On Wednesday evening, the Tulsa City Council passed a temporary ordinance to Title 27 of the Tulsa Revised Ordinances for the adoption of a new mask requirement. The ordinance passed 7-2. Mask mandates apply to those 18 and older “located within Public Service Areas of Places of Public Accommodation or an Educational Building. are...

Gov. Kevin Stitt Confirms He Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt confirmed Wednesday, July 15, that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came during a virtual joint press conference with Interim Commissioner of Health, Lance Frye. Stitt said the diagnosis came Tuesday afternoon and that he feels "fine," with mild symptoms that include body aches.

A Tentative Return to Normalcy

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A dim light has appeared at the end of the tunnel. It looks like there is a tentative plan for movie theaters to start showing films again this month, most likely with modifications made to enhance social distancing – such as strict limits on patrons per theater. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has essentially eliminated film events...

Dan Rooney

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To sum up the accomplishments of Lt. Col. Dan Rooney is quite the feat. He is the founder of the Owasso-based nonprofit Folds of Honor; a fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserves; a PGA golf professional; an author and motivational speaker; and a decorated veteran, with three tours in Iraq and a long list of...