• State therapist pioneers aging-in-place movement

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Kendra Orcutt, an occupational therapist, has been in The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com lately, mainly in the Saturday Real Estate section, because of her expertise in aging-in-place. Aging-in-place is the approach to home design and rehabilitation that considers reality rather than the ideal. It plans for the physical limitations that come with age, not the fantasy, carefree lifestyle everyone dreams of but few attain without money to burn in retirement. Orcutt’s caught our attention because of work she does with homeowners who want to live their golden years in their old, familiar, but modified homes, rather than have to go to a retirement center.

  • Small cap rate tells why Belle Isle shopping strip deal is investment

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    People are still taking about the numbers in the sale of Bell Isle Station Shopping Center — and not just the big one, the $51 million Kite Properties paid. It’s the small number that really defines the deal as an investment: the capitalization rate: 5.4 percent. Price Edwards & Co. brings that out in its just-released midyear retail property report: the low cap rate helps explain the high price. Indianapolis-based Kite acquired the shopping center at 1700 Belle Isle Blvd., just off Interstate 44 at Classen Boulevard, from BIS Corp., an entity of Chicago-based Heitman, a pension fund manager. Brokers with CBRE in Dallas and Oklahoma City handled the May transaction. Kite’s purchase came to $252.


    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 22 hr ago

    After her online women’s fashion business, Milo & Lily Boutique, was a big hit with shoppers, founder Crystal Bland has decided to open a brick-and-mortar store in Oklahoma City.  Bland launched www.miloandlilyboutique.com just six months ago and was able to earn back her entire investment in the business within a month and a half.  “We thought it was best to start online and test the market to see how the response would be,” Bland said.   Milo & Lily has also made appearances at events such as the Norman Music Festival, Heard on Hurd and Industry Flea, where many shoppers showed interest in visiting a physical store.

  • About space

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Tickets dwindle for Dream Home Fewer than 400 tickets are available at $100 each for the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway: a 2,800-square-foot house by TimberCraft Homes at 15201 Kestral Way in The Lakes at Traditions addition. The value of the home is estimated at $400,000. Tickets can be reserved by calling (800) 592-1596 or going to www.dreamhome.org. The home is open to the public for tours through Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, and it will be open from noon to 7 p.m. from Aug. 11-15. Visitors can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree at Edmond Furniture Gallery. Winners of the house and other prizes will be announced at noon Aug. 16 on KOKH-25. Proceeds from the

  • Real deals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Transactions NAI Sullivan Group reports these real estate transactions: • Ali and Zinat Alimoradi paid $1.15 million to sGS Properties Inc. for 15,147-square-foot Classen Plaza Shops, 3501 N Classen. Lee Bollinger of NAI Sullivan Group handled the transaction. Closing was held at American Eagle Title Co. • Bob E. Barnard paid $125,000 to J B Rayne Investments LLC for 0.32 acre at 6819 N Shartel, to redevelop as a potential office building and small warehouse. Bollinger handled the transaction. Closing was held at American Eagle Title Co. 180 Realty 180 Realty Group reports these transactions by Aimee Struble: • Milhaus Development LLC leased 1,500 square feet of

  • Former Kingfisher mayor gets $25K fine

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY  Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 22 hr ago

    KINGFISHER — Former Kingfisher Mayor Jack Stuteville has agreed to pay $25,000 in civil penalties in connection with the failure of First Capital Bank of Kingfisher, according to orders made public Friday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  Stuteville, former president and CEO of First Capital Bank, also is banned from "participating in any manner in the conduct of the affairs of any financial institution" without written approval from the FDIC.  The FDIC accused Stuteville of "violations of law or regulations, unsafe or unsound banking practices, and/or breaches of fiduciary duty," according to documents released Friday.

  • Facebook nears testing of giant Internet drone

    By BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. Engineers at the giant social network say they've built a drone with a 140-foot wingspan that weighs less than 1,000 pounds. Designed to fly at high altitudes for up to three months, it will use lasers to send Internet signals to stations on the ground.

  • Singer of 'Rose Garden' dies at 67

    By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she died Thursday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville of cardiac arrest. Anderson first soaked up the national spotlight as a young singer on “The Lawrence Welk Show” between 1967 and 1969. Although she was signed to an independent label, the exposure helped her nab a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville. And it was “Rose Garden” that sealed her country music legacy, earning her a Grammy and Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year award in 1971.

  • Students see various media tactics at annual journalism camp at OU

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 21 hr ago

    NORMAN — Twenty high school students are experiencing life as journalists at the 13th annual Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism workshop at the University of Oklahoma this week. Students are attending training workshops each day at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. They also are getting to report on issues and events relevant to central Oklahoma and learn about different media professions including writing, photography, videography and graphic design. “Students work with media professionals from all over the country and journalism faculty from Oklahoma,” institute director Melanie Wilderman said. “These professionals coach the students in all aspects of media work.

  • Deaths

    Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    ALEX Robinson, Gary Edward, 67, oil-field worker, died July 27. Memorial services 10 a.m. Saturday, Hughes Baptist Church, Lindsay (John M. Ireland, Moore). ALVA Kletke, Margaret Mickey, 96, retired , died July 30. Celebration of life 11:30 a.m. Monday, Zion Lutheran Church (Marshall, Alva). BARNSDALL Forrest, Rosalie, 80, died July 30. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday, New Ethel Reece Cemetery (Stumpff, Barnsdall). BARTLESVILLE Benne, Janette V., 92, Phillips Petroleum Co. mail room supervisor, died July 30. Services 10 a.m. Monday, Dewey Cemetery Pavilion (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Rogers, Carl Ronald Jr., 44, custodian, died

  • Judge asks about OKC bombing co-conspirator Nichols' guns

    By Robert Boczkiewicz For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator wants the guns to be sold to benefit his ex-wife and children.

  • OKC foundation’s scholarships make dreams reality for students

    BY K.S. McNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 21 hr ago

    College senior Brian Powell says he will graduate in May debt-free because of a four-year renewable scholarship awarded through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The Ruth Mershon Scholarship provided $7,000 the first year and — because Powell maintained the requirements set forth — continued each year. This final year, it will pay $8,000. “It was a lot more than I ever imagined ... a blessing from God,” Powell said. “I would not have been able to go to college all four years straight without going into debt.” The scholarship is one of more than 135 administered by the foundation. “A lot of them are renewable each year,” said Megan Hornbeek, scholarship funds coordinator.

  • Records

    Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    MARRIAGES Paige Nicole Garrity and Jarrett Carson Stramski Kandice Nichole Burpo and Nicholas Matthew Keeney Chelsea Erin Vaughn and Luke Alexander Hogan Ausharee Tashiana Cannon and Quinten Cier McLeod Laura Faith Hancock and Brandon Paul Lee Ashley Shane Johnson and Hector Gutierrez Jasso Morgan Leigh Allen and Paul Manuel Gonzales Zara S.

  • WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies

    By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the kilt wearing trash talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died, the WWE said Friday. He was 61. Piper, born Roderick Toombs, and Hulk Hogan battled for years and headlined some of the biggest matches during the 1980s. Hogan and Mr. T defeated Piper and Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, at the first WrestleMania. Piper played a villain for the early portion of his career. He later starred in the John Carpenter movie "They Live." WWE chairman Vince McMahon called Piper "one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the

  • OKC Thunder: Get ready to get to know Billy the Kid

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Billy Donovan has been the coach in Oklahoma City since April. It’s already been three full months, and with nary a game during that stretch, we’ve had a chance to get to know Donovan.

  • OKC Energy FC gets first win in eight games

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma City Energy FC defeated Arizona United 3-0 in United Soccer League action on Friday night at Taft Stadium in front of 3,976 fans.

  • All-State football: Jesse Turner becomes Mount St. Mary's first All-State player

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Turner was selected as an alternate when the initial All-State rosters were released. He got the call Monday that he had been added to the roster.

  • All-State football notebook: Carl Albert’s Lohr, Guthrie’s Curry among West stars in win

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Central Oklahoma and Emporia State (Kan.) football fans had to be excited to see a couple of their future players shining on the field Friday night. Of course, the West All-State team’s offensive stars, Dillon Lohr and L’liott Curry, will be on the other side of the ball when they get to college. Carl Albert’s Lohr starred at running back for the West in Friday’s 27-14 victory over the East at Tulsa Union. Lohr scored the game’s first touchdown, scooping up a fumbled snap for a 1-yard TD run. He added another score in the third quarter, when Anadarko’s Brandon Pollard threw to him in the flat and he went 17 yards to the end zone. Guthrie’s Curry was the go-to receiver all night, no matter who was at

  • US Forest Service reports a firefighter has been killed battling 1 of California's wildfires

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — US Forest Service reports a firefighter has been killed battling 1 of California's wildfires.

  • Oklahoma City Energy assistant Chris Spendlove will rejoin team after being acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Team follows good news with a 3-0 victory over Arizona United at Taft Stadium.