Edmond leaders hope project will spur development

EDMOND — City officials are kicking their spurs to launch the Edmond Rail Spur District as developer Chip Fudge has released plans for the old Edmond Ice Co. and area, along with the city looking to commit up to $700,000 in improvements. Now the building that sat vacant for decades will be given new life…

Edmond Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn to open Dec. 12

EDMOND — It’s being called the big house on the prairie, and soon the new Edmond Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn will be surrounded by new development. Just two years ago, the land near Covell and Sooner roads was nothing more than a two-way stop and fields, but on Dec. 12 the conference center…

Developers bring back plans for Edmond movie complex

EDMOND — National developers are back proposing a movie theater and two restaurants at the Shops at Spring Creek, despite opposition at a meeting Wednesday. More than 20 citizens came out voicing their opinions against the six-acre development, which is only the first phase of development for the area, with 20 acres in the next…

Trail at Arcadia Lake expected to open soon

EDMOND — After months of setbacks, a 3.1-mile trail at Arcadia Lake soon will be open for public use, after costing more than $1 million a mile. The Spring Creek Trail is expected to open within the next few weeks, along with Carl Reherman Park, said Craig Dishman, director of Parks and Recreation. The two…

Edmond commission tables zoning changes for rental houses

EDMOND — Anger filled the room as community members voiced opposition to proposed changes in the zoning code for houses being rented out by the room to college students and others. During Tuesday night’s planning commission meeting, several community members beat their hands on the podium as they told the commissioners the changes are not…

Community comes together for 12-year-old Jones girl

Taelor Heron, of Jones, didn’t realize when she was younger that her days of playing with friends and being a gymnast would one day become harder. It wasn’t until later that the once active girl was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The now 12-year-old just recently started requiring the assistance of a wheelchair. But as her…

Concordia employee honored for keeping building in shape

VIDEO: //players.brightcove.net/713285227/EksC8Exjl_default/index.html?videoId=5402434230001 OKLAHOMA CITY – Max Melot picks up his keys and tool pouch and heads to work at Concordia Life Care Community, stopping on the way to grab a $1.18 cup of coffee from 7-Eleven. That’s the daily routine of the environmental employee of the year, an award given by LeadingAge, the state association…

Student research conference will be in Edmond next year

VIDEO: //players.brightcove.net/713285227/EksC8Exjl_default/index.html?videoId=5398631715001 EDMOND — More than 100 of the state’s undergraduate researchers presented their work this month at a conference that will be in Oklahoma next year for the first time. “We really want it to be a statewide effort. It is not just UCO,” said Greg Wilson, co-chairman for the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate…

Law officers climb atop doughnut shop in Guthrie

GUTHRIE — Law officers recently waved from atop Missy’s Donuts and Bakery in Guthrie to raise funds for Oklahoma Special Olympics. “I love the police officers; they are nice, and they are awesome,” said Erin Henke, 31, of Guthrie, who is a participant in Oklahoma Special Olympics. The event was part of the national Cops…

High-tech radar helps OU doctoral student study bird migration

A University of Oklahoma doctoral student is using radar to track the migration of birds across Oklahoma and how the wind affects their nighttime flights. With dual polarization radar introduced in 2013, researcher Kyle Horton can see the orientation and direction of migrating birds. “We are sort of at the cutting edge in terms of…