By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015
“Throughout many different community service activities and my work in the education and nonprofit sector I have met countless people who are making an impact on their community and who’ve inspired me to do more,” Paula Wackenheim said. “There are just so many people who are working at a very...
By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015
Ron Skinner said, “My family has been farmers and cattlemen for generations. They grew crops as well as growing alfalfa and bailing prairie hay for the cattle. Also, most of my life I have been a student of Western history and of some of the artists whose paintings are exhibited at the museum, so...
By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015
Donna Boles, principal at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School, has been named the 2015-2016 Oklahoma Elementary Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals. In part, she received the recognition for consistently going above and beyond for her students, staff...
On that day, the 5-year-old and her mother could see the black cloud rolling in from the northwest. A neighbor yelled for everyone to go to the cellar. “Even in the cellar, the dust was choking us, making us cough,” said Pauline Arnett Hodges, who was born to an Oklahoma Panhandle wheat farmer.
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak resulting in more than 40 deaths. He has extensive experience in human interest stories and coverage of victims, striving to stress the importance of the individual behind the numbers.