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Oklahoma News Briefs for Aug. 19, 2014.
Oklahoman Published: August 18, 2014



efforts climb

The Cushing Police Department will have an increased presence in the community beginning Wednesday, the first day of school in Cushing Public Schools. Officers will be highly visible and enforcing traffic laws designed to target speeders, aggressive drivers and motorists failing to stop for school buses, according to a news release. Police officers will specifically target the 25 mph school zone in the 1500 to 2200 blocks of E Main Street, and the 20 mph school zone in the 400 to 600 blocks of S Little Avenue.



Fiddle fest

to return

The Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Festival will bring entertainment and workshops to the Grand Lake area Aug. 29-31. All events at Snider’s Camp, just south of Grove on the banks of Grand Lake, are free to the public, with music provided by fiddles, cellos, guitars and mandolins. Fiddle workshops will be held at Grove Civic Center on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call (918) 786-8896 or go online to for a schedule.



Film focuses on TE Ata

The Chickasaw Nation will produce a film about Oklahoma’s first “State Treasure,” Mary Frances Thompson. Scripting, casting and filming are planned in Tishomingo, Guthrie, Oklahoma City, and within the Chickasaw Nation’s 13-county tribal territory. Thompson was best known by her stage name, Te Ata, which means “bearer of dawn.” She adopted the name at the infancy of her career in the 1920s when she performed as an actress, dancer and storyteller. Thompson performed in full regalia at the first state dinner held by President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt and entertained King George VI in 1939 at Roosevelt’s home at Hyde Park, N.Y. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1958, awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award in 1975, named Woman of the Year by Ladies Home Journal in 1976 and inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1990. For audition information go online to

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