• What to do in Oklahoma on April 30, 2015: Hear Jimmy Wayne play music and tell stories for Oklahoma foster children

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Hear country singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne perform and share his experiences at “Songs & Stories for Oklahoma’s Kids” at 7 tonight at The Venue at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Ave. Presented by Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services, about 200 foster children are expected to attend the show, but the event is […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Junior college transfer linebacker Jordan Burton has chance to make instant impact

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer isn’t one to freely hand out praise to his players in the media. He calls it poison. Spencer made that clear following the spring game when asked whether first-year junior college transfer linebacker Jordan Burton might make an instant impact in 2015. But based on his performance […]

  • Shawnee Frontline Church partners with DHS for the Finding Forever Families 5K Run

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    SHAWNEE — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Pottawatomie county office is partnering with Shawnee Frontline Church to host a Finding Forever Families 5K Run on May 9. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shawnee YMCA, 700 W Saratoga. Registration beings at 8:30 a.m. The run was developed to […]

  • Thunder: Hiring Billy Donovan is a risk

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Thunder has hired Billy Donovan. So say multiple reports, including Yahoo! NBA know-everything Adrian Wojnarowski.  And if Woj says it, you pretty much have to believe it. So, what to make of this hire? I want to love it. I want to be fired up about the Thunder luring the Florida coach away from Gainesville after 19 […]

  • Woody Guthrie Center's 2nd anniversary celebration kicks off tonight in Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    TULSA – The Woody Guthrie Center is celebrating its second anniversary in the Brady Arts District with a lineup of excellent events starting tonight: Today – Cain’s Ballroom – Woody Guthrie Center fundraiser featuring: 7 p.m. – Paul Benjaman 8 p.m. – Samantha Crain 9 p.m.  – John Fullbright Friday – Guthrie Green – 7 […]

  • Granger Smith, Turnpike Troubadours, Casey Donahew Band and more playing Stillwater's 3-day Calf Fry, starting tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    STILLWATER – The 24th Annual Calf Fry, a celebration of red dirt and Texas country music as well as the deep-fried Rocky Mountain oysters, begins today and continues through Saturday at the Tumbleweed Dance Hall. The lineup for this year’s “Testicle Festival,” as it is affectionately known, includes Granger Smith, Turnpike Troubadours, Casey Donahew Band, […]

  • H&8th and Heard on Heard release May music lineups

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    My inbox is just bursting at the seams this week. Luckily, it’s good music news and hopefully the weather isn’t as ominous for these street festivals. I was bummed when H&8th got canceled last week. Hopefully this article the skies of any April showers. Here’s all you need to be a good listener at H&8th and […]

  • Concert alert: Lecrae will be in town Friday, May 1

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Grammy Award-winning Christian recording artist Lecrae will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Cox Convention Center, 301 W Reno. Special guests for Lecrae’s Anomaly tour include Andy Mineo and DJ Promote. The concert is named after Lecrae’s  seventh studio album. He has been to Oklahoma City previously, most notably as […]

  • Richard Mize: A primer on 'Sovereign Citizens'

    Richard Mize | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Like you, probably, all I know about so-called “Sovereign Citizens” is what I’ve read about how they muck up legal proceedings. The cases I’ve seen had to do with bogus defenses against criminal charges, because those are the cases that make the news. But they try to twist real estate law and other types of […]

  • 1975 OU linebacker Jamie Thomas dies

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Jamie Thomas wasn’t supposed to be a starting linebacker on the 1975 Oklahoma football team. But the fifth-year senior became the second-leading tackler on a national championship team. Thomas died on April 20 in Denver of pancreatic cancer. “I hated it,” said Thomas’ OU coach, Barry Switzer. “He was one of the good ones. He […]

  • New edition coming of biography of 'Spirit' creator Will Eisner

    Matthew Price | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

      The  remastered and expanded, full-color hardcover Deluxe Edition of Bob Andelman’s biography “Will Eisner: A Spirited Life” looks back at one of comics’ most influential creators. Eisner had a career in comics that spanned more than 70 years, creating the well-known “Spirit,” and creating one of the early graphic novels with “A Contract With God.” “This […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Dates set for summer Cowboy Caravan tour in Oklahoma, Texas

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    It’s time to finalize those summer plans with May just around the corner. For many Oklahoma State fans and alumni, that means clearing a space on the calendar for a Cowboy Caravan event. The OSU Alumni Association has released the dates for its summer tour. The speakers for each stop have yet to be announced, […]

  • Mind Your Own Business: Are workplaces to blame for our bulging waistlines?

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    While Hudiburg Auto Group recently gifted some 350 employees with Fitbit activity trackers to encourage healthier lifestyles, the EEOC this month ruled employers, who are facing skyrocketing health insurance and medical costs, can levy penalties of up to 30 percent of the total contributions for employee-only coverage — to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing […]

  • Freshmen ineligibility would help college basketball

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Big Ten is pushing for freshmen ineligibility in the NCAA sports of football and men’s basketball. Commissioner Jim Delany has championed the idea for quite some time, and the Big Ten recently produced a 12-page paper entitled “Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us.” The paper makes the […]

  • Biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Paul Easley of Mead landed the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma last Thursday when he snagged an 8-foot alligator gar from Lake Texoma that weighed 254 pounds. The beast easily beat the old state record of 192 pounds. State wildlife officials estimate the fish, which Easley released alive back into the lake,  is between […]

  • OSSAA sets soccer playoff brackets

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the brackets Wednesday for the soccer playoffs that begin next week across the state. The first round is Tuesday followed by the second round next Friday. The semifinals are then Tuesday, May 12 and the championship is that following weekend. Class 4A plays a play-in round on Friday. […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Clark Beckham hoping for a spot in the top 4 tonight on 'American Idol'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The top four finalists will be revealed and perform two songs tonight on “American Idol,” airing at 7 p.m. on Fox. The contenders include Season 14 favorite Clark Beckham, who hails from White House, Tenn., but has plenty of Oklahomans rooting for him, too. As previously reported, soulful singer’s mother grew up in Woodward, and […]

  • Area swimmers hope to save OCCC pool

    Scott Wright | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Earlier this month, it was announced that the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center was going to be closing, because the facility, which houses a frequently used competitive swimming pool, needed $6 million in repairs that the college could not afford. Read about the pool closure here. On Wednesday, the King Marlin Swim Club, one […]

  • Oklahoma Officials Association Hall of Fame class announced

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma Officials Association announced its hall of fame class Wednesday that will be inducted Saturday, July 25 at Westmoore High School. Four officials will be honored that day: Marvin Barbee of Roff, Gary Easley of Claremore, Fred Burris of Lawton and Dale “Bud” Campbell of Sallisaw. Easley and Burris both worked as basketball and […]

  • Houston Rockets fire person who sent out horse and gun tweet

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Houston Rockets have fired their digital communications manager, Chad Shanks, apparently because of a tweet he sent out over the team’s Twitter account Tuesday night. Tuesday night, the Rockets closed out the Mavericks in their first-round series. Following the win, the tweet above was sent out with two emojis of a horse head and […]