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Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 9

Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 9, 2014
Oklahoman Published: August 9, 2014


Teacher gets history honor

Altus High School teacher James LeGrand has been named the 2014 Oklahoma History Teacher of the Year, an award co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the History Channel, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program and the Oklahoma History Center. He will receive $1,000 and join the running for National History Teacher of the Year. Before LeGrand began teaching social studies in Altus in 2004, he taught at Mountain View-Gotebo Public Schools, Burns Flat-Dill City Public Schools and Erick Public Schools. The Altus High School library will receive an archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. LeGrand received his bachelor’s degree in history from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.


Oklahoma City

Bug out with science event

“Insect Adventure” is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Science Museum Oklahoma. The cost for the program is included in general admission. Participants can meet live insects and their relatives up close and get answers about the world's largest group of animals from a professional entomologist.


School water deemed safe

The boil advisory for Oakdale Middle School in northeast Oklahoma City has been lifted, the Department of Environmental Quality reported. The advisory was put in place after samples taken in late July indicated the presence of E. coli. The school district has about 625 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The water has been determined to be safe for human consumption.



ORU reaches 50th class

Oral Roberts University will welcome its 50th freshman class during opening week activities Monday through Friday. The university was opened in 1965 by Chancellor Oral Roberts. Students will move into the dorms Monday. The day will end with a freshman reception. For more information, go to