• At Farmers Grain Co. in Edmond, sisters hope to harvest success

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    EDMOND — Sisters Cara Freund and Amber Loberg bought feed and tack for their show horses at Farmers Grain Co. when they were growing up in Edmond. Memories of those days are still vivid in the minds of the two women, who have a new vision for the property where grain was traded starting 124 years ago. No grain has been delivered to 102 W First St. for several years, but Farmers Grain Co. stayed in business with a farm store, nursery and garden center. By fall, Freund and Loberg plan to open Farmers Grain Cafe, featuring gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade cookies. “My whole lifetime, I have always dreamed of owning a restaurant in Edmond,” Freund said. Her slogan — eat, drink and

  • Deaths

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BOLEY Dixon, Charles P., 93, died July 30. Services 1 p.m. Tuesday, Amos Temple CME Church (Williamson-Spradlin, Wetumka). CHOCTAW Goss, Burlia D., 86, homemaker, died Aug. 1. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). EL RENO Anders, Mildred H., 81, died Aug. 1. Services 1 p.m. Monday (Baggerley, Edmond). HARRAH Mankin, Rollie G., 89, died Aug. 1. Graveside services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City (Bill Eisenhour Northeast, Oklahoma City). MARIETTA Love, She' Leigh, 25, schoolteacher, died July 31. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday (Flanagan-Watts, Marietta).

  • Schools strive to curb bad bus behavior

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    An elementary student threatened to bring a gun to the bus stop. A middle school student refused to explain to a bus driver how he hurt a crying girl, but vowed to do so again before plugging his ears with headphones. In a more common scenario, a young student simply refused to sit down. “This is a great little student. Just as sweet as apple pie. I just can’t seem to keep him seated for the ride home,” noted a bus driver on a complaint received by the Oklahoma City School District. Monday marks the first day of school for the state’s largest school system and the yellow buses are back, traversing Oklahoma City streets in a massive daily effort that entails dispatching 140 vehicles to transport between

  • Rural hospitals in critical condition

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma rural hospitals are under financial siege. “It’s very scary right now,” said hospital consultant Val Schott, 71. About 56 percent of Okla­homa’s rural hospitals operated at a financial loss between 2009 and 2013. Seven have been involved in bankruptcy reorganizations since 2011. “I would say probably 70 (percent to) 75 percent of the hospitals in rural Oklahoma are having some kind of financial struggle,” Schott said. He estimated a dozen or so are in serious trouble, with less than 10 days cash on hand to pay operational expenses. Meanwhile, more than 50 hospitals have closed across the nation since 2010. That is more than closed in the past

  • Carbon rule gives states leeway to meet climate change targets

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    D.C. | WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's final rule for reducing carbon emissions at power plants across the nation will be released Monday and will give states wide latitude to adopt an energy mix and efficiency measures, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. All of the state-specific standards are "reasonable and achievable," EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters on a conference call. "They’re all entirely doable and (implementing them) will not affect reliability or affordability." The specific state targets are expected to be released Monday. A White House official said Sunday that the rule represents "the single biggest step any president has made to curb carbon

  • Police ID suspect in killing of officer; manhunt underway

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee police officials on Sunday identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer, and an intense search for the man is underway. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Officer Sean Bolton, 33, on Saturday night, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said at a news conference. Armstrong said Wilbourn was a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood on Saturday night. Armstrong said Bolton saw the car and shined his squad car's spotlight on the vehicle. Bolton then got out of his car and walked toward the Mercedes, Armstrong said.

  • OKC district counters state’s teacher shortage trend

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma's Education Department issued 182 emergency teaching certificates in July, compared to 71 for the same month a year ago.

  • Edmond Exchange

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Edmond Exchange for Aug. 1, 2015

  • Oklahoma State football: Dez Bryant says Tyler Patmon earned his respect following Dallas Cowboys training camp scuffle

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Two former Oklahoma State football players — wide receiver Dez Bryant and cornerback Tyler Patmon — got so physical during a Dallas Cowboys training camp drill Sunday that both player's helmets came off. The conflict escalated on the sideline moments later, as Bryant reportedly threw his mouthpiece at Patmon and then fired a straight-left punch. // It's not unusual to see tempers flare across NFL training camps this time of year as players amp up for the season ahead. But the Cowboy connection for this scuffle certainly adds some intrigue. Bryant played at OSU from 2007-09, Patmon in 2013. Dallas drafted Bryant 24th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Patmon was signed as a free agent in 2013.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Monday, August 3

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    MONDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; New Orleans at OKC; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; Noon; Minnesota at Toronto; MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m.; Chi. Cubs at Pittsburgh; ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m.; Houston at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37) CANADIAN FOOTBALL; 6 p.m.; Toronto at Hamilton; ESPN2 (Cox 28) FASTPITCH SOFTBALL; 6 p.m.; Dallas vs. USSSA; CBSS (Cox 249) HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL; 6 p.m.; Adidas Nations; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m.; Adidas Nations; ESPNU (Cox 253) BICYCLING; 2 p.m.; Tour of Utah; FS1 (Cox 67) BASEBALL; 9 p.m.

  • OKC Dodgers: Dodgers take two in Sunday doubleheader

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The Dodgers won 4-2 in the first game before winning the nightcap 3-1.

  • OU football notebook: Sooners add walk-on quarterback

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    SOONERS ADD WALK-ON QB With Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas dealing with some shoulder soreness during the summer, it was a welcome addition both for the quarterbacks and the wide receivers when OU added a pair of walk-ons at the position last month. Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis was expected but the Sooners also added Reece Clark of Cypress (Texas) Woods.

  • No new uniforms for Sooner football this season

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Last season, Oklahoma made waves with the addition of a pair of alternate uniforms. The Sooners wore the “Bring the Wood” jerseys on the road at West Virginia and at home against Baylor. Talk of new alternates got kicked up Sunday when a reporter from the Tidewater News in Frank lin, Va., tweeted that sources had told him that nine teams—including the Sooners—would wear black alternates this season. The attached photo showed a t-shirt, not a jersey, with a black torso, crimson sleeves and “Sooners” in white above the numbers on the chest. It didn’t take long for OU officials to shoot down the idea. “There is no new uniform coming … this season,” OU senior associate athletic director Kenny

  • Kenseth has just enough fuel to win at Pocono

    By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. — Joey Logano was the first leader to fade, his tank empty with three laps left. Martin Truex Jr. struck E with two laps to go. Kyle Busch knew his Toyota was about out, too, his shot at a fourth straight win tapped out on the last lap. One by one, fuel woes cost the contenders. But the pain at the pump for drivers pushing toward the finish line was the break Matt Kenseth needed to coast past them all in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. The 400-mile race came down to fuel and which cars had it — and which ones didn't.

  • Memphis police identify suspect in fatal shooting of officer; manhunt underway to locate him

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police identify suspect in fatal shooting of officer; manhunt underway to locate him.

  • Evers wins back-to-back tournaments on Bassmaster Tour

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Confidence means a lot to a tournament bass fisherman, and Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers said his was sagging a bit after a couple of tough events earlier this year. A win last month at BASSfest made Evers feel much better — and with a renewed sense of confidence, he went out and claimed his second victory in a row in this week’s Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River. With a four-day total of 77 pounds, 10 ounces, Evers became the first angler to win back-to-back events in the 10-year history of the Elite Series. He cemented the victory with a Sunday catch of five smallmouth bass that weighed 17-8 and earned $100,000 for the second straight time.

  • Oklahoman named to Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Terry Neese on Sunday announced her new role leading the fundraising efforts for the Republican's campaign.

  • Three dead from injuries suffered in wrecks on state roads

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Officials identified two women killed Friday.

  • District 6A-I-1 preview: Edmond Memorial working to replace Wand

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The biggest question surrounding Edmond Memorial this season is how the Bulldogs will replace the production and star power of former running back Warren Wand. Wand is now at Arkansas State after rushing for more than 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career. He was the focus of Memorial’s offense. Now, Bulldogs coach Justin Merideth said people will be surprised with his replacement. “No one player can replace him,” Merideth said. “Our whole team has got to step up and do a good job. We lost a bunch of great players last year, but with that being said, Tate Troxell has had a great summer and I think he’s going to surprise some people with the type of football player that he is.” Troxell played

  • Ordeal with Illinois coach Tim Beckman shows it doesn't pay to be mean in college football

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Tough love isn't dead in college football. But it's sure a lot softer. Or it better be. There was a reminder of that last week, courtesy a familiar face. Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman is the target of increasing scrutiny at Illinois. His three seasons there have been rough, but now, he is facing allegations from some former players who say he mistreated them and mishandled injuries. The Chicago Tribune chronicled the whole mess. It contacted every player Beckman has coached at Illinois and ultimately interviewed more than four dozen of them. There were some conflicting opinions. Some players like Beckman. Some want nothing to do with him.