Man drowns while fishing in riverWHITEFIELD — A Stigler man died Saturday morning while fishing in the Canadian River, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. About 9 a.m., Mac Barton, 39, was fishing in about 3 feet of water two miles north of Whitefield in Muskogee County. He stepped off a ledge into deeper water, submerged and never resurfaced, the patrol said. His body was recovered two hours later in approximately 8 feet of water about 20 feet from the last place he was seen, the patrol said.
Fisherman's body foundLAKE TEXOMA— A Kingston man authorities have been searching for since Thursday was found Saturday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Warren Beasley, 68, went fishing Thursday evening. He called his wife, asking her to bring him some food but never met up with her. His boat was found Friday, and authorities recovered his drowned body Saturday, the patrol said.
OU program asking for patientsUniversity of Oklahoma College of Dentistry instructors are seeking patients needing full sets of dentures for a prosthetic dentistry education program. Patients approved for the program would receive a full set of dentures for $500, including follow-up care. For $25, patients also can receive a screening examination and full jaw X-rays. A full set of dentures typically retails for more than $1,200. Patient X-rays also will be analyzed for tumors and cysts of the head and neck. Participants should be prepared to attend six to eight weekly three-hour appointments while their dentures are being made and fitted, and at least two follow-up exams. For more information, call 271-6056.
Institute to raise blood awarenessOklahoma Blood Institute on Thursday will try to raise awareness about the need for safe blood in Oklahoma and around the world during their celebration of World Blood Donor Day. Donors on Thursday at any of the institute's 11 donation centers will receive a free T-shirt, theme park discount coupon and refreshments from around the world. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides blood to more than 110 hospitals in Oklahoma and north Texas. For more information or to find a donation site, call (877) 624-4483 or go to www.obi.org.
Center receives accreditationIntegris Baptist Medical Center's ultrasound department has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology, hospital officials said. The Reston, Va.-based organization recognizes radiology departments based on high standards and a peer-review evaluation. The national American College of Radiology serves more than 32,000 health care workers in the radiology field.
District hires new deputyOklahoma City Public Schools on Thursday appointed Brenda Cassellius as deputy superintendent. Cassellius will lead planning, development, assessment, and improvement of instruction and educational programs, according to a news release. Cassellius comes to the district from Memphis, Tenn., where she serves as the middle school academic superintendent for 22,000 students. She has 17 years of educational experience and earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota and her master of arts in secondary education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. While serving in her current position, Cassellius organized and led a districtwide Blue Ribbon Behavior Initiative, as well as the reconstitution of seven schools. She also made significant progress in increasing reading and math scores across the district, according to the release. Cassellius will assume duties July 2.
Lawton hosts teacher instituteLAWTON — Teachers, administrators and college professors from across Oklahoma and two states were in Lawton last week for a Great Expectations summer institute, hosted by Lawton Public Schools. Great Expectations is a professional development program that provides teachers with skills needed to inspire students to pursue academic excellence, according to a news release. The program promotes student self-esteem, attendance, discipline and parent participation. Drawing from many learning theories, professional development is grounded in the belief all students can learn, no matter what labels have been placed on them.
OSU researchers receive fundingSTILLWATER — The Oklahoma Center for Science and Technology has chosen the research projects of five OSU instructors, which will benefit from $4 million in funding over the next three years. The public health research projects were chosen by a peer review team from a total of 139 applicants. They were approved for funding by the OCAST governing board. The awarded researchers, along with their award winning research projects are: •Amanda Harrist, OSU – The project will collect long-term health and psychosocial data on a large representative sample of Oklahoma's rural children in order to better understanding developmental causes of childhood obesity. •Jay Hanan, OSU – The project will conduct research to develop a new generation of dental crowns that are more durable. As patient life expectancy continues to increase, the longer-lasting crowns will also reduce visits for replacement and repair. •Wouter Hoff, OSU – Cancer is a major unresolved medical challenge and the project will use a novel approach to obtain fundamental information on "cell signaling” required for the development of new therapeutic strategies. •Goulong Zhang, OSU – The project will study a newly identified small intestinal protein and its potential as a therapeutic agent for treatment of Crohn's disease — a major form of inflammatory bowel disease. •Nedra Wilson, OSU Center for Health Sciences – Cilia/flagella are found on most mammalian cells and allow for the movement of cells or fluids over the surface of cells. They've been shown to play an important role in human disease. Researchers will study the regulation of flagellar assembly in green algea to get insights into the defects in ciliary assembly that result in human disease.
MAPS for Kids meeting setAlthough school is coming to a close for the year, MAPS for Kids community school design meetings will continue. Shidler Elementary is next. The school's first MAPS for Kids meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Established in 1930, Shidler will receive a conversion to a Pre-K-sixth-grade facility designed to accommodate 387 students. The project includes a classroom addition as well as an expansion of the core buildings. The proposed addition is to be approximately 17,000 square feet, at an estimated cost of $2.8 million. With the passage of the MAPS for Kids initiative in November 2001 came approximately $700 million in funding from sales taxes and bond money necessary for capital improvements in Oklahoma City's 24 public school districts. For more information on MAPS for Kids community meetings, call the OCMAPS project office at 297-3461. For more information on MAPS for Kids, go to www.okc.gov. Compiled by Staff Writer Beth Gollob