• 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.