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Oklahoma news briefs for June 7, 2014

Oklahoma news briefs for June 7, 2014
Oklahoman Published: June 7, 2014
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In Brief

Bernice

Beach closes for weekend

A Grand Lake swim beach is closed for the weekend, Grand River Dam Authority officials said Friday. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department closed the area of Grand Lake State Park on Tuesday after samples showed elevated levels of E. coli and Enterococci bacteria. Recent water samples at the swim beach showed a decline in bacteria levels, said Justin Alberty, GRDA spokesman. “The situation will be reassessed on Tuesday when results from water samples collected over the weekend will be available,” Alberty said. There are also elevated levels of E. coli on the Elk River arm of Grand Lake about a mile east of the Cowskin Bridge, he said. Other areas of Grand Lake are still available for swimming and water recreation, Alberty said.

By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoma

Chickasha

Horse show sets date

The Cowboy Classic miniature horse show is set for July 11-13 at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. The show is sponsored by Oklahoma Miniature Horse Club Inc. Events include hunter/jumper, halter and showmanship, driving classes and costume classes. Admission is free. For more information contact Ruby Priore, at (918) 576-1452 or go to www.OMHCI.org.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Statewide

Top readers honored

The Oklahoma City Thunder recognized top participants in its Thunder Reading Challenge, presented by American Fidelity Assurance. Grace Roden, a second-grader at Cleveland Bailey Elementary in Midwest City, was the top reader for all grades, logging 32,370 minutes of reading between November and April. Orion Frazier, a kindergartener at Kickapoo Community Child Care Center in McLoud; Jai’Lynn Surveyor, first-grader at Hawthorne Elementary in Oklahoma City; and Luccinda Locke, third-grader at Linwood Elementary in Oklahoma City, were top readers for their grade levels. The top readers for each grade level received Thunder prizes, including a team-autographed basketball and a plaque. The top overall winner also receives a Rumble assembly for the school. For the school year, 847 classrooms took part in the challenge.

FROM STAFF REPORTS