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  • Gordon Cooper became first Oklahoman in space May 15, 1963

    Don Gammill | Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Shawnee native Leroy Gordon Cooper was among the first seven Americans to be selected for the astronaut program. He was the last of the group to travel into space alone, setting various records along the way. "Gordo," as his fellow space colleagues called him, was known for his outstanding engineering skills. Though the least experienced of the members of the first astronaut corps, he proved to be a top-notch space traveler with an incredible ability to handle spacecraft, as was proven on his flight aboard Faith 7. He used his own talents to fly the capsule late in the mission and steered it to a near-perfect spashdown int he Pacific Oceanrge.

  • Oklahoma briefs for May 14

    Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Oklahoma briefs for May 14, 2014

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 1

    Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 1, 2014

  • A Chickasha woman is accused of robbing a Shawnee bank and trying to rob a Norman bank

    BY MATT DINGER, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Federal court documents accuse Katrina Lynn Flowers, of Chickasha, of the September robbery of a Shawnee bank and attempted robbery of a bank in Norman.

  • Shawnee's McKenzie Cooper to sign with Oklahoma Baptist

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Shawnee senior guard/forward McKenzie Cooper isn’t sure how her older sister Taylor is able to live so far from home in College Station, Texas, while playing at Texas A&M.

  • Shawnee mobile home park to close due to elevated uranium levels in water

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Residents at Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park in Shawnee received notices this week telling them to vacate the property by June 10. The trailer court has shown elevated levels of uranium in its water since 2007, said Skylar McElhaney, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Community briefs

  • ThinkProgress calls Shawnee 'The Worst City In America To Be Homeless'

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    News and opinion website ThinkProgess published a lengthy reported feature Tuesday under the headline "Welcome To Shawnee, Oklahoma: The Worst City In America To Be Homeless." It's a little over 5,000 words in length but the evidence it offers — which includes interviews with most of the people in the story, findings from city deeds and other public records — is compelling enough to validate the concern raised by the headline. Give it a read here .

  • Confederate history group to hold reunion, convention in Shawnee

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual convention April 12 in Shawnee.

  • Tribal cultural center in Oklahoma closed due to water damage

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    SHAWNEE — The Citizen Potawatomi Nation says its Cultural Heritage Center has been closed because of water damage. The tribe in a news release says thousands of gallons of water flooded the building on Monday, damaging exhibits. Crews have been working the past few days to remove the damaged exhibits and floor from the building and prepare for the restoration process. The tribe says there is no estimate for the cost to repair the damage or a timeline for the repairs. Chairman John Barrett says the damage is a terrible cultural loss for the Potawatomi people. He says it’s likely that the Cultural Heritage Center won’t be repaired in time for the tribe’s annual Family Reunion Festival in June.

  • Suburban Conference Girls All-Conference team

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Shawnee’s McKenzie Cooper was named the Suburban Conference Player of the Year recently following a strong senior season that led the Wolves to the Class 5A semifinals.