• Q&A with "War Room" star Priscilla Shirer

    Carla Hinton | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Priscilla Shirer is best known as an author, speaker, ministry leader and founder of Go Beyond Ministries. She's a wife (to husband Jerry) and mom (to four boys) and some people might know her as the daughter of well known evangelist the Rev. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. Now, Shirer is offering her talents as an actress in the new movie "War Room," which premiered Friday, Aug. 28, in theaters nationwide.

  • Q&A with "War Room" producer Stephen Kendrick

    Carla Hinton | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Stephen Kendrick, producer of the new movie "War Room" had much to say during a recent telephone interview.  Those Oklahomans who have been following the film-making career of Kendrick and his brother Alex, might be interested to know that he will be speaking at Oklahoma Baptist University's chapel on Sept. 30 in Shawnee. Here's our full interview about "War Room" and the Kendrick brothers' related book "The Battle Plan for Prayer."  Q: Where did the premise for War Room come from? A: After the movie "Courageous" came out of in theaters, Alex and I spent about a year to two years praying and just asking God what does the next movie need to be about.


    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 2 hr ago

    TUTTLE — There wasn't much sleep the past week for Tuttle senior defensive end Dalton Cooper. Certainly not with Davis' vaunted triple-option offense and 30-game winning streak coming to town for the state's first Week Zero. He stayed up late studying film looking for a way to stop the run and streak. With Tuttle showing signs of fatigue and clinging to a four-point lead in the fourth quarter, Cooper broke free to tackle quarterback Trever Merrell for a loss on two consecutive drives. Both were game-altering plays that allowed the Tigers to knock off Davis 31-14 in front of a near-capacity crowd Friday night at Bill Hinkle Field. “It's a pain,” Cooper said about the triple option.

  • Lawton’s interception seals Bethany win

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 2 hr ago

    BETHANY — Bethany junior Hassan Lawton could only shrug and smile as he talked about his game-clinching interception. “I just did my job, and the quarterback threw the ball right to me,” Lawton said.  Lawton's pick — his second of the night in a crucial situation — snuffed out Lone Grove's furious rally and sealed the Bronchos' 34-29 win in the season-opener Friday night at Bethany/SNU Stadium. “I'm so proud of that kid,” Bethany coach Reagan Roof said of Lawton. “The receiver he was covering (Adonis McGee) all night is one of the better ones in the state, and I thought Hassan did great. And then he comes up with the big play at the end. Lawton also had an interception late in the first half that

  • MLB Notebook

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Mariners fire Zduriencik The Seattle Mariners have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought. Team President Kevin Mather announced the decision to fire Zduriencik on Friday. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will take over on an interim basis. Zduriencik came to Seattle before the 2009 season, arriving from Milwaukee as one of the top talent evaluators in baseball. But Seattle missed too often both in player development through the draft and in free agency under Zduriencik's watch. Seattle had just two winning seasons during Zduriencik's tenure.

  • El Paso pitching staff shuts down Dodgers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    EL PASO, Texas — Chris Smith pitched seven innings of solid baseball on Friday night, helping the El Paso Chihuahuas whip the Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-1 before 8,806 fans at Southwest University Park. Smith (5-6) gave up the Dodgers' only run on four hits and a walk. He struck out a game-high six. Relievers Nick Vincent and Jon Edwards threw the final two innings, blanking one of the Pacific Coast League's best teams on one hit, no walks and two strikeouts. El Paso (71-62) had a 4-0 lead before the Dodgers scored their only run, an O'Koyea Dickson homer in the top of the fifth inning. The Chihuahuas countered in the bottom of the inning with three runs to take control. Hector Gomez had three of El


    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 2 hr ago

    It's getting harder and harder to get angry with athletes behaving badly. Seems they're just following the leaders nowadays. This past week or so has been marred by bad behavior from coaches and administrators and others in powerful positions. These are the same people who are supposed to be teaching the athletes, setting the bar, being the example. But of late, the example isn't a good one. It's alarming. The recent run of leaders behaving badly started right down I-35 in Waco. This scandal at Baylor involving transfer Sam Ukwuachu seems to have a new development every day. Who said what. Who knew what. How situations were handled. Listen, I have no idea what Art Briles knew or what Chris

  • District A-6 Preview

    By Chris Brannick | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Kiefer ready to take next step Josh Calvert has led Kiefer into the third round of the Class A playoffs each of the last two years. In 2014, it reached that point in the season undefeated. Calvert says Kiefer is ready to take the next step. “With a senior-loaded team that has been to the third round the last two seasons, "Calvert said. "We expect to be back and go further this season.” Calvert returns nine starters on offense but it's his defense that gives him reason to believe Kiefer can do better this year. In 2014, Kiefer allowed just 11 points in 10 regular season games, including seven straight shutouts. Eight return from that defense. Caleb Rovang, Colton Kiehl and Kyle Howard will lead the bunch for

  • District A-5 preview

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Cashion's defense turning corner Cashion's offense was explosive last season, averaging 54.2 points per game en route to a Class A championship game appearance. But with the loss of five linemen and key skill players around quarterback Matt Harman, the Wildcats will have to lean on their defense that allowed 15.3 points per game. “We've challenged them that that's the side of the ball that's going to carry us for a little while,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “We're a little bit behind on offense compared to where we've been in the past. There could be some games, especially early in the year, when we have to lean on that side of the ball to get us wins.

  • Real deals real estate transactions for Aug. 29

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Real deals real estate transactions for Aug. 29, 2015

  • Big first step for little boy with liver transplant in Edmond

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Jaxon Saenz of Edmond, Oklahoma, didn't go to school last year because he couldn't take the chance of getting a virus or infection while waiting for a new liver.

  • ACLU review finds Oklahoma law enforcers seized $6.1 million in properties along I-40

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The review, released Thursday, found 319 seizure cases from 2009 to 2014. Criminal charges were filed in 205 cases, and no charges were found in the remaining 114.

  • Oklahoma's Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announces new journalism grants

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is distributing $2.47 million in grants to 21 journalism organizations across the nation, it announced this week.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states' opt-outs for smart meters in Public Service Co. of Oklahoma case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma is seeking approval to charge customers a one-time fee of $183 and $28 per month to opt-out of using its smart meters. After that, the utility's one-time fee for opting out would rise to $261.

  • Weak crude prices starting to give local builders jitters

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A decent rebound in crude oil prices this week didn't cast off the pall gathering at the edges of Oklahoma City metro-area housing, leaving homebuilders and others in the business closely watching the price for West Texas Intermediate crude.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 29

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 29, 2015

  • Stillwater homes don't stay on market long, data shows

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Statistics provided by SmartAsset in New York purport to show how easy it is to sell a home in any given Oklahoma city or town. It bases its 'Ease of Sale Index' on the average number of days for-sale homes are on the market in a given community.

  • Education soars with Edmond students' balloon launch

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbadlwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Blue and red balloons were launched Friday morning by students at Edmond's Ida Freeman Elementary as a part of a learning activity.

  • Homeschool choir gives Oklahoma City-area students more than a song

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs provide choral music education in a Christian environment for families whose children are homeschooled.

  • Oklahoma school administrators combat teacher shortages

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Administrators at school districts across Oklahoma say they are offering incentives to get teachers to take and keep jobs at their schools. Some add, however, the perks are just stop-gap solutions.