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  • Shawnee shuts down Duncan; QB John Jacobs misses most of second half

    Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    DUNCAN — It certainly wasn’t pretty but Class 5A No. 1-ranked Shawnee, propelled by senior running back Shade Franklin, chalked up a 30-6 non-district victory over Duncan on Friday night at Haliburton Stadium. Franklin, the game’s leading rusher with 191 yards on a yeoman 37 carries, scored two rushing touchdowns and threw a 7-yard TD pass. Starting SHS quarterback John Jacobs, who missed the fourth quarter of Shawnee’s season-opening win over McGuinness with a hamstring injury, was absent most of the second half Friday after limping earlier in the game.

  • Shooting injures mother, son in Pottawatomie County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Authorities are investigating a shooting in Pottawatomie County that sent Reta Rhodes, 76, and Louis Whatley, 59, to a hospital in Oklahoma City.

  • Norman football scrimmage: Stillwater's Brandon Prather impresses in Top of the World scrimmage

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    “That’s what they expect out of me,” said Prather, who only has an official scholarship offer from Central Oklahoma. “Trying to play through me will be a key thing this year.”

  • Shawnee police arrest Seminole man after fatal stabbing

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Shawnee police arrested a man in connection with a stabbing Friday night. Police said a 32-year-old man was stabbed in the neck during a house party and died this week as a result of the injury.

  • Oklahoma city closes 2 public storm shelters

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    SHAWNEE — A central Oklahoma city says it will no longer use its city hall and a fire station as public storm shelters. Shawnee’s emergency management director recommended the city commission vote to stop using the buildings, citing potential dangers and an increase in private shelters. A local newspaper reports the Shawnee city commission approved the measure 5-2 on Monday night. Lynch says he estimates up to 700 shelters have been registered in Shawnee. He says residents usually wait right before a storm hits to travel to a public storm shelter. He says that puts them in harm’s way. Lynch also noted Norman, Midwest City and Edmond have closed some of their public storm shelters.

  • Shawnee authorities identify body found Friday on the North Canadian River

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    The body of Casie Michelle Johnson, 25, was found Friday less than a half mile east of the 900 block of S Beard Street, Shawnee police said. Police believe she had been there since Tuesday.

  • Town residents say Texas woman took their hope with storm money

    BY JULIANA KEEPING, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Tonia Allen told Oklahoma residents left homeless by the May 19, 2013, tornado that she was there to help build homes. Residents said they gave Allen insurance and FEMA payouts and signed contracts, but most homes never materialized. Now Allen is under investigation and appears to be linked to several aliases and a criminal history in multiple states.

  • Pottawatomie County community slowly getting back to normal with tornado aid

    BY JULIANA KEEPING | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    BETHEL ACRES — Tomato plants, clucking chickens and a crepe myrtle bush surrounding Clayton Cook’s new home and storm shelter stand in stark contrast to the scene there a little more than a year ago. An EF4 tornado destroyed Cook’s mobile home as it ripped into Pottawatomie County’s Steelman Estates community on May 19, 2013. He lived in a tent while waiting for assistance. Most residents who rented in the area left after the tornado, he said, but Cook, who has lived at the property he owns for 23 years, stayed. The tornado killed two people and destroyed more than 80 homes in the community. More than 200 homes throughout the county were either destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by the tornado.

  • Shawnee standoff ends in arrest

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    A well-known criminal in the Shawnee and Pottawatomie County area was arrested Monday after hiding under an ex-girlfriend’s home.

  • Oklahoma soccer team has a ball sharing the Gospel in Brazil

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma Baptist University women’s soccer team visited Brazil just days before the FIFA World Cup to compete against Brazilian soccer teams and present the Gospel to youths and families through soccer camps and door-to-door evangelism efforts.

  • A former International Finals Youth Rodeo contestant has been a long-time volunteer at the rodeo in Shawnee

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Kristy Jones’ first volunteer responsibility at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee was to carry the American flag.

  • Actor Mark Harmon comes to Oklahoma to help children

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Actor Mark Harmon helped raise money for Oklahoma nonprofit agencies.

  • Jam session: Monk makes sweet treat with blackberries

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    The Rev. Simeon Spitz, a monk at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee, makes Honey Berry Jam from blackberries he harvests on abbey grounds. The jam, sold at the abbey and the adjacent Mabee-Gerrer Museum, is no named because Spitz’s recipe for the jam includes honey harvested from bee hives at the abbey.

  • Three die after separate water-related accidents in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Michael Allen, 51, drowned in Shawnee Twin Lakes on Sunday, a medical examiner’s spokeswoman said. Cecilio Perez Vamarripa, 20, of Sherman, Texas, drowned Sunday in Lake Texoma after becoming fatigued, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. An unnamed Altus girl died Tuesday after nearly drowning Monday in Lake Altus-Lugert.

  • Monk at St. Gregory's Abbey is ordained as priest

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Rev. Simeon Spitz was ordained to the Catholic priesthood during an ordination ceremony during Mass on May 31 at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee.

  • Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

    Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area community news in brief.

  • Landscapes, flowers mark St. Gregory's exhibit

    Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    What you see is what you get, and that’s a lot, in the landscape and flower paintings in watercolor and oil by Barbara Cleary, on view at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee.

  • Shawnee's John Jacobs healthy and ready to show what he can do

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Shawnee quarterback John Jacobs was in constant pain last season. Dealing with a hernia he suffered before the season, he was hampered severely trying to run the ball as the Wolves made their way to the Class 5A quarterfinals. Now, Jacobs is healthy following offseason surgery. He’s hoping he can show his true speed next season after being clocked as fast as a 4.47 in the 40-yard sprint this offseason. “That really hurt me a lot, so I’m looking forward to showing what I can do this year,” said the 6-foot-1, 220-pound left-hander. “It was the worst pain ever.” Jacobs threw for 2,263 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. He also amassed 1,122 and 17 TDs on the ground, numbers that could increase this

  • 198 graduate from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee

    By Amber Theinert, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    St. Gregory’s University celebrated the graduation of the class of 2014 on Saturday at the W.P. Wood Fieldhouse in Shawnee.

  • Oklahoma school districts get grants for health, wellness projects

    From staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust awarded incentive grants totaling $24,500 to these five Oklahoma school districts: Afton Public Schools, Antlers Public Schools, Millwood Public Schools, Pleasant Grove Public Schools and Poteau Public Schools.