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Oklahoma news briefs for April 9

Oklahoma news briefs for April 9, 2014
Oklahoman Published: April 9, 2014
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IN BRIEF

OKLAHOMA CITY

Person pays restitution for dye prank

Nearly a month after the water in the lake and other water features at Myriad Botanical Gardens was dyed green, an attorney has come forward on behalf of an anonymous client who offered to pay restitution for the cleanup cost in the amount of $9,700. The gardens accepted the offer, received the funds, and will not press charges, according to a news release. “We feel fortunate that this individual decided to come forward and make good on the damage caused by what was undoubtedly a prank not meant to cause harm or damage,” said Maureen Heffernan, executive director of the Myriad Gardens Foundation. “We’ve recouped our cleanup cost and by making this announcement, we hope we’re sending a message that pranks that may seem harmless can in fact be very costly.”

WELLSTON

Festival to celebrate history of trains

A blast from the past with a modern twist is set for Saturday when the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service presents the Centennial Whistle Stop & Festival in Wellston. “In the early 1900s, trains were the modern way to travel and early extension agents were allowed to ‘ride the rails,’ going from town to town presenting demonstrations and showing people how they might improve the quality of their lives,” said James Trapp, OCES associate director. The 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. event is open to the public at the Rock N Rail Yard, off State Highway 66 east of Wellston. Activities will include Dutch oven food demonstrations and sampling, vintage children’s games, antique tractors and demonstrations of modern-day educational programs, such as the Mesonet weather monitoring system. State dignitaries and other preselected guests will arrive by train throughout the day.

WEATHERFORD

Texas choir to hold free concert at SWOSU

The Singing Girls of Texas will perform a free concert on Friday at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. The 7:30 p.m. concert is in the Berrong Music Hall. Daniel Farris, assistant professor of music at SWOSU, said the choir is from Fort Worth’s Academy of Fine Arts, conducted by Ian Yeung. The choir will sing a varied program of high school women’s chorus literature.

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