Washing the Dust Off Our Souls

The great Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is credited with stating, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” We in Cleveland County are extraordinarily fortunate to have close at hand a wealth of artists—painters and sculptors, vocalists and instrumentalists, writers and poets, and so many more—who are helping us keep our souls shiny and…

Be a Trailblazer

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently held its 31st Academic Awards Banquet in Tulsa to honor outstanding students and educators in Oklahoma’s public schools. The event carried the theme “Be a Trailblazer.” Many Cleveland County residents were among the honorees.

Workin’ Out to the King of Pop

Orangetheory Fitness Moore recently featured a Michael Jackson-themed playlist day as well as celebrating the first day of summer and 
Independence Day! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Public Art Piece, Business Incubator Dedicated

On June 29, the staff of the Norman Economic Development Coalition held dedication ceremonies for a public art piece located at the University North Park Corporate Centre and a ribbon-cutting and tours of the Start-up 405 Business Incubator on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus.

August 2017 Around Town

Sightseeing Sooners–a program of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association–in 2018 will for the first time ever visit all seven continents on a record-setting 38 tours. Offerings include ocean and river cruises, land tours, and nature and wildlife experiences, along with other types of programming.

Branson, Missouri

The drive from Springfield to Branson, Missouri, is pretty and peaceful, with rolling green hills, redbud trees, and miles of limestone walls resembling castles without windows. Residents say it's one of the rockiest places in the country, and they joke that "it takes a stick of dynamite to plant a tree." This beautiful part of Missouri didn't attract farming, but…

South OKC Chamber Business After Hours

The South OKC Chamber's Business After Hours in June was hosted by First United Bank & Trust, and featured a cookout, 
giveaways and backyard fun and games.

Red Dirt Rhythm

Heartbreak Rodeo’s David Henson says their band name comes from a favorite analogy. “Life is like the rodeo,” he explains. “You draw the bull you draw, and a lot of time it ends in heartbreak. When we get up to play, we have that same eight seconds to sell the song.” And as one of Norman’s most popular bands, Henson…

An Ounce of Prevention

Have you ever heard the familiar phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Nowhere is this more applicable than when it comes to your own health and well-being! The Agency for Healthcare research and Quality as well as the National Institute on Aging report that maintaining your health can mean keeping your independence. In fact, research…

Learning at the Library

The heat of August means the end of summer vacation for area children, with local school districts getting back in session this month. And the start of school brings many parents to thoughts of the library and how it helped them in their school days. But the Pioneer Library System’s services go beyond just the thousands of books in its…

Do You Know…

When was the last time you checked your beneficiary designations for your individual retirement account (IRA), employer retirement plan, annuity or life insurance policy? If you haven’t examined it since the account was set up, you are not alone.

Stubbornness and the Successful Artist

Three successful local artists have lived the title of Jeff Goins’ recent best seller, Real Artists Don't Starve. Brett McDanel, JURRI and Skip Hill are not "starving artists", but "thriving artists." In RADS, Goins says, "All artists possess a secret weapon: stubbornness." That tenacious stubbornness, necessary to the prolific artist, obviously rests in these three, who have developed unique styles,…

Living the Arts

As a child and through my teens, I loved to draw. I immersed myself first in drawing horses, later moving to people and other subjects. Pen-and-ink was my favorite medium, though I dabbled a bit in charcoal as well as oils. Somewhere along the way, I quit drawing (except for the occasional doodle). Now that I’m “retired,” I am again…

These Automotive Shops

OK, ladies: tell the truth. What have been your experiences with auto mechanics? For many, the answer might lie somewhere between having a wisdom tooth extracted and learning you owe more than expected federal income taxes. The owners of Christian Brothers Automotive in both south Oklahoma City and Norman are working hard to change those negative experiences into positive ones…

Energy FC Working to Unite

Team sports provide youth with an outlet to work off extra energy, learn teamwork and focus on a common goal. While there are many sports programs available, Energy FC provides youth a way to engage in team sports and meet some of their sports heroes. Through various community programs, Energy FC reaches out to young athletes with disabilities, raises money…

Battling Pain or Pudge?

Two of the latest treatments for chronic pain and getting rid of stubborn fat are proving to be big hits for clients at AlignOK Chiropractic Wellness, and patients are reaping huge benefits from both. Recently approved by the FDA, the first treatment is known as pressure wave therapy, It’s a highly successful new technology that provides non-invasive, drug-free treatment for…