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“We will never forget” Oklahomans gather to remember 19 years after bombing

Our state will pause to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing this weekend.

Oklahomans will never forget the day 19 years ago, April 19, 1995.

Before the anniversary is marked Saturday, volunteers are preparing their own tribute Friday.

Oklahoma Christian University students and staff are posting 168 Oklahoma and U.S. flags on the school’s front lawn.

The “Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags” is a dual tribute to those affected by the bombing of the Murrah federal building 19 years ago and to those in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Oklahoma Christian is also one of the only sites in the world to have Survivor Trees grown from seeds from the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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UPDATE: State Superintendent Barresi responds to “no confidence” petition

UPDATE: Janet Barresi’s campaign is responding to the “no confidence” petition.

The campaign released the following statement:

“The fact that those guarding their own kingdoms are against the state’s leading reform advocate is not a surprise. This same group literally turned their backs on Janet when she first went to speak to them before the 2010 elections.  

These are the same people who opposed Janet in 2010, who constituted the 18% who supported SQ 744 in 2010, who have sued parents for seeking opportunities for their special needs children and who have controlled education in Oklahoma for all but the last three years.

Local university to honor OKC bombing anniversary with flags

EDMOND, Okla. – Oklahomans are gathering together to mark the 19th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.

At 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18, student and staff volunteers will post 168 Oklahoma flags and 168 U.S. flags on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Christian University (OC) campus at 2501 East Memorial Road.

The “Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags” at Oklahoma Christian is a dual tribute to the victims of the Murrah Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995, and the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

The hope is that each person who sees the memorial tribute will take a moment to remember the 168 lives lost on that dreadful day.

 

 

 

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Local tribe hosting fundraiser to pay for storm shelters in schools

SHAWNEE, Okla. – A local Native American tribe is working to keep children safe during storm season through a fundraiser.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is hosting a fundraiser to provide storm shelters for schools in Pottawatomie County.

The fundraiser will include a dinner, silent auction, live auction and live entertainment.

The event will be held on May 3 and tickets are $75 each or $1,000 for a table of eight.

Linda Capps, vice chairman of Citizen Potawatomi Nation, said, “It’s time that we protect our most valuable and most venerable while they are in our schools. It is our responsibility to help however we can.”

The event will be hosted at The Ballroom, located inside Grand Casino Hotel and Resort.

For more information, visit the box office’s website to purchase tickets.

Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek is having its next race on May 31, 2014. Located in Judsonia, Arkansas, this permanent 8K obstacle challenge course features more than 30 obstacles—including a 60 foot water slide—along a five mile stretch of mud, sweat and adventure. Located on more than 480 beautiful acres, this challenging course and timed race event provides a unique experience for runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. MUD MAYhem promises to be even more adventure-filled with added obstacles and mud inducing challenges.

Shawnee residents forced out of mobile home park

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Dozens of Shawnee residents are soon to be without a home after finding out that their mobile home park is shutting down.

“Don’t have a home. It’s a little hard, but we’ll get through it I guess, together, as a family,” said Tiffany Bierd.

Bierd got a notice from the owner of Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park that she had until June 10 to move out.

The owner said he couldn’t afford the improvements the Department of Environmental Quality was requiring after finding high levels of uranium in the water.

But now, residents have also found out that the owner owes more than $20,000 in back taxes.

If he doesn’t pay, the property will be auctioned off June 9.

“It does make you pretty ticked off that he didn’t think about the people that he has here,” said Bierd.