Hearing set for teacherOklahoma City School Board members have set a January hearing for the dismissal of a career teacher. During a special meeting Wednesday, board members set a hearing for Sudonna Jones for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the auditorium of the school administration building, 900 N Klein. Jones, who has been with the district since August 1998, teaches at Martin Luther King Elementary. District officials did not release any other information regarding the hearing.
OCU completes library workA dedication will be held for the Dulaney-Browne Library at 2:30 p.m. today on the Oklahoma City University campus. The library has undergone a major renovation, including a new central service desk, new reading space overlooking the Quad Lawn, added offices, classroom and conference space, room for the new St. Paul School of Theology and doors accessible to disabled people.
Indian museum to receive $25MBond money authorized by the Legislature was transferred to the state treasurer this week to be made available for construction of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum. The $25 million will allow the project to move into the next phase of construction with purchase of steel and construction of gallery spaces, officials said. The project is being built at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 40. For more information, go to www.aiccm.org.
Harrah plans fundraiserHARRAH — An informational meeting for Harrah’s Relay For Life was held Monday night at Harrah High School. The event will be held in April. Sponsors, team leaders and team participants were there to learn about the relay, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. Teams will be accepted through March. Teams meet the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Harrah High School Cafeteria.
Racers get ducks in rowWOODWARD — The Woodward High Plains Outreach Center’s 14th annual duck race is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at Crystal Beach Park. The lucky duck that crosses the finish line first in this year’s race will win someone a trip for two to Las Vegas, said Angie Bouse, race chairman. A $25 donation to High Plains Outreach Center will buy one duck racer and $100 will buy five ducks, she said. Proceeds benefit the Outreach Center’s programs for homeless people. For information, call 254-5162.
Prison workers honored todayMIDWEST CITY — Five employees with the state Corrections Department will receive the agency’s Medal of Valor Award for heroic actions. Correctional officer Eliza Steele will be honored for restraining an arson suspect in January while taking inmates to their work assignments. Probation and parole officer Eric McAffrey will be recognized for providing CPR and first aid to a victim of car accident in March. Correctional officers Todd Darden, Theodore Moore and Thomas Koen will be honored for helping rescue two people from a burning car after an August car crash. The agency’s award ceremony will be today.
Water loan spurs rate hikeADAIR — Adair trustees have approved water and sewer rate increases. The town is under a federal mandate to update its sewer system. In order to apply for a government loan to pay for the upgrade, the rates must be raised. Before the loan can be secured, the town must show it will generate enough revenue to make the loan payments. The new rates will begin Jan. 1. The first rate increase will appear on the bill received the first part of February, which will reflect January usage. IN THE REGION
Deputies find dead fetusCANUTILLO, Texas — A fetus found in a convenience store trash bin was still-born, El Paso County sheriff’s investigators said. The fetus was found Saturday night after deputies received a call from a hospital about a 29-year-old who sought medical attention. Investigators said an autopsy concluded the fetus was still-born. The mother’s name will not be released because no crime was committed, police said. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS