BY BRYAN PAINTER firstname.lastname@example.orgALTUS — Wheat farmer Jim Pryor looked up on a recent December's night into an open sky dotted with stars.
On this night, Pryor was among 10 members of the “Grace Street Praise Team” from First Baptist Church in Olustee, gathered to sing at the weekly “Pray for Rain” gathering organized by the Jackson County Ministerial Alliance.
BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor email@example.comThe Senate Finance Committee under Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., wants to do away with the widely popular tax accounting regulation known in real estate circles as a 1031 tax-free exchange.
Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $ 24 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office.Read more on NewsOK.com
By Graham Lee Brewer firstname.lastname@example.orgLEXINGTON — Sixteen years ago, Carla Lebouf and her husband thought they were on their way to living an ideal country life when they purchased land east of Lexington and began building a home.Read more on NewsOK.com
FROM STAFF REPORTS8:45 a.m. The Lake Hefner Parkway southbound lanes will be narrowed until 11 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
FROM STAFF REPORTSMore than 1,000 troops were bused from Fort Sill to Will Rogers World Airport early Thursday to catch flights to their hometowns for the Christmas holidays.
While waiting to board flights, the troops were offered food and warm beverages at the YMCA Military Welcome Center on the east side of the airport concourse.Read more on NewsOK.com
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON email@example.comErnie Potter just started a 15-hour work shift and his cell phone won't stop ringing.
It's 10 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
FROM STAFF REPORTSFBI investigators are looking for a man they describe as a serial bank robber after a northwest Oklahoma City bank was targeted Thursday afternoon.
The MidFirst Bank branch at 13240 N May Ave.Read more on NewsOK.com
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Christmas cantata set for Sunday
EDMOND — “Glory to the Newborn King,” a cantata of Christmas carols with narration, begins at 7 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
FROM STAFF REPORTSNORMAN — Rumble, the mascot for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, partnered with Santa Claus to present gifts to children at the J.D. McCarty Center on Tuesday at the center's annual Christmas party sponsored by the Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association.
PROVIDED BY OKLAHOMA SENIORS CABARETMOORE — The fifth annual Oklahoma Seniors Cabaret attracted large crowds to both performances last month and resulted in proceeds of more than $20,000.
The cabaret has formed a partnership with the University of Oklahoma Speech and Hearing Clinic, and proceeds from the show will help seniors obtain hearing aids.
FROM STAFF REPORTSCARNEY — Home for the holidays takes on new meaning for a Carney family whose house was destroyed by the May 19 tornado.
BY RANDY ELLIS firstname.lastname@example.orgMichael Clingman, Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court administrator, will leave Jan. 3 to accept a new job as a regional director with the Workers Compensation Research Institute.
The Workers Compensation Research Institute is a Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit research organization, that analyzes workers' compensation systems worldwide in order to promote positive change.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE email@example.comARAPAHO — Prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges Friday against a Weatherford man in the killing of a 16-year-old girl whose disappearance led to a yearlong investigation.
Newly released records provide a glimpse into the case but investigators did not provide a motive for the killing of JaRay Wilson.
BY MATT PATTERSON firstname.lastname@example.orgThe days leading up to Christmas are long for Demetre Watts and the rest of the staff and volunteers at the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma, but they wouldn't have it any other way.
BY RANDY ELLIS email@example.comOklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was noncommittal Thursday about whether her proposed budget for next fiscal year will include an income-tax cut after receiving projections that revenues available for appropriation will be down $170.8 million.
BY MATT PATTERSON firstname.lastname@example.orgCharitable organizations are spreading holiday cheer this week at a distribution center at Plaza Mayor, formerly Crossroads Mall in south Oklahoma City.
On Thursday, gifts donated through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program were among those distributed.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than $285,000 has been raised in an auction of the contents of about 750 abandoned safe deposit boxes.
State Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday the auction lasted almost eight hours and about 400 people were registered to bid.Read more on NewsOK.com
FROM STAFF REPORTSGUTHRIE — Children were all smiles as Santa Claus flew into the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport and listened to their wish lists.
This is the second year Santa Claus has flown into the airport.
FROM STAFF REPORTSThe Jesus House is in need of items for its Christmas food basket distribution, scheduled from 8 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
OC names director
EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University has named veteran Edmond administrator Terry Winn as its executive director of human resources.Read more on NewsOK.com
BY RANDY ELLIS email@example.comMonday is a scheduled work day for most state employees, but about 200 state Agriculture Department workers have been told their Oklahoma City office building will be closed that day and they need to take annual leave or arrange to work from another location.
Property on Air Depot sells
An out-of-state investor, South Air Depot Industrial LLC, has bought a Class A multitenant industrial property at 6601 S Air Depot Blvd.Read more on NewsOK.com
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON firstname.lastname@example.orgThousands of Oklahomans are expected to wake up Saturday morning without power in their homes and face dangerous driving conditions if they venture out onto roads after freezing rain fell overnight across the state.
FROM STAFF REPORTSParts of northern Oklahoma are under a winter storm watch from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
From Staff ReportsOAKWOOD — A Vici man died Thursday in a wreck on U.S. 270 in Dewey County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said.
Michael D. Morris, 33, was declared dead at the scene of the wreck about 6:40 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
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FROM STAFF REPORTSCentral Oklahoma will be sunny and windy Thursday.
Wintry weather is on the way for the weekend.
The Oklahoma City forecast from the National Weather Service is as follows:
Thursday: Partly sunny with a high near 67.Read more on NewsOK.com
FROM STAFF REPORTSMIDWEST CITY — The Midwest City Elks Lodge is accepting registration for the 2014 Hoop Shoot basketball free throw contest.
The contest is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13.Read more on NewsOK.com
FROM STAFF REPORTSMOORE — The Moore Public Library, 225 N Howard Ave., has announced its January schedule of computer classes.
Classes are free, but registration is required.Read more on NewsOK.com