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A Community of Acceptance and Support

With parks dedicated to skateboarding popping up across Oklahoma, this sport is slowly moving into the mainstream.  The community that skaters have created is one of acceptance and support. There is typically an anticipation of perceived intimidation before a skater tries a park for the first time, says Jake Shelton, owner of Core Board Shop in Oklahoma City. But that...

Full of Surprises

Tucked between the Ouachita National Forest and the Arkansas River lies an old town with some unusually progressive elements. Poteau pitches itself as “Above the Ordinary,” and two examples – one historically significant; one culturally recent – bear that out. In 1955, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board decision, Poteau became the first Oklahoma municipality to...