Oklahoma community – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ Wed, 18 May 2022 03:35:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T143024.308.png Oklahoma community – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ 32 32 Biden visits families of victims in Buffalo https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/biden-visits-families-of-victims-in-buffalo/ Wed, 18 May 2022 03:18:22 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/biden-visits-families-of-victims-in-buffalo/ WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — President Joe Biden traveled to Buffalo on Tuesday to meet with a community still reeling from a horrific shooting that authorities say was racially motivated. The President offered comfort and expressed his deep frustration as to why crimes like this continue to happen. He called on America to condemn white supremacy and […]]]>

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — President Joe Biden traveled to Buffalo on Tuesday to meet with a community still reeling from a horrific shooting that authorities say was racially motivated.

The President offered comfort and expressed his deep frustration as to why crimes like this continue to happen. He called on America to condemn white supremacy and hateful rhetoric that he said fueled Saturday’s massacre.

The president and first lady visited the memorial outside the Buffalo neighborhood grocery store where the shooting took place and met privately with grieving families.

“We came to cry with you,” Biden said. “It’s not the same thing but we kind of know what it’s like to lose a piece of your soul.”

He said America must reject the racial hatred that was apparently the motive for the murder of 10 black Americans in Buffalo.

“White supremacy ideology has no place in America. None,” Biden said. “What happened here is simple and straightforward: terrorism.”

He also called on lawmakers to address gun control.

New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats, have promised to push for action in the US Senate.

“To oppose the white supremacist poison that inspired this attack,” Schumer said.

“I promise you each of us is dedicated to doing it until it’s done,” Gillibrand said.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate have condemned the violence.

“Our nation is heartbroken,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y.

“Racism of any kind is abhorrent in America and should be fought by everyone,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

But McConnell said gun control legislation will have to come from Democrats.

The president said commentators and politicians must refuse to use racism to gain profit or power and said no one could be left on the sidelines.

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2021-22 Oklahoma City Thunder Veteran Rankings https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/2021-22-oklahoma-city-thunder-veteran-rankings/ Mon, 16 May 2022 01:14:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/2021-22-oklahoma-city-thunder-veteran-rankings/ The Oklahoma City Thunder have concluded the 2021-22 NBA regular season and while they wait for the 2022 NBA Draft lottery to decide the fate of two of the Thunder’s four top-34 selections, let’s take a look back and note this past season for OKC. We have already ranked the head coach, starting unit and […]]]>

The Oklahoma City Thunder have concluded the 2021-22 NBA regular season and while they wait for the 2022 NBA Draft lottery to decide the fate of two of the Thunder’s four top-34 selections, let’s take a look back and note this past season for OKC.

We have already ranked the head coach, starting unit and bench team for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this edition, let’s look at the veterans on the list, though there are few of them before the next article details some of the “misfits” on the list.

The OKC Thunder fielded a younger roster than some college basketball teams, namely the Texas Longhorns last season. This leads to just three veterans on the team, one of which is a bit of a stretch.

For this article, we’ll dive into the notation of Kenrich Williams, Derrick Favors, and Mike Muscala. While Williams is just 27, it’s clear he provides locker room leadership and mentorship to young players who are still trying to find their place in the NBA.

Ranking Oklahoma City Thunder veterans, starting with Mike Muscala

Mike Muscala is a fan favorite around Bricktown, and for good reason. The 30-year-old big man truly embraced the community and the organization going so far as to cry during his season-ending press conference a year ago about how much he loves everything about Oklahoma City.

During the offseason of change, as the organization quit the face of its franchise, traded Paul George and signed a contract that many were calling the worst in the sport at the time, Sam Presti jumped on a bird and flew to Minnesota to meet Mike Muscala. The Bucknell product is averaging six points per game for his career and has had his two best points-per-game seasons at OKC in two of his three years so far at Bricktown.

Muscala is a true sniper, hitting 42% of his triples last season while dealing with a lingering ankle injury that required season-ending surgery. The team re-signed Muscala to a two-year contract last offseason, but that was mainly for his impact off the pitch.

Let’s be honest, the 30-year-old big man probably won’t consider the team’s long-term future whenever Sam Presti has this organization ready to compete again. What it can do is help young players become professional basketball players by developing good habits for long-term success.

Muscala has a $3.5 million club option for the 2022-23 season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder has four top-34 selections in the 2022 NBA Draft with a need to create roster spots. . To refuse this option would be an easy solution for Presti who must decide exactly what this leadership is worth. If I had to guess, the team will choose the option, but we will monitor this situation closely.

Rating: A, what’s not to love about Muscala on and off the pitch? From creating the breakfast club, his fun post-game pressers who feature amazing outfits, and being a great spacer and ground shooter.

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OKC’s predominantly black neighborhoods push for development https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okcs-predominantly-black-neighborhoods-push-for-development/ Sat, 14 May 2022 10:03:49 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okcs-predominantly-black-neighborhoods-push-for-development/ Pride runs deep for residents of Oklahoma City’s historically and still predominantly black neighborhoods, and after decades of underinvestment, some recent developments hold out hope for further improvements. From a Homeland and The Market store in EastPoint that opened last year to the MAPS3 wellness center under construction next to Homeland, which is due to […]]]>

Pride runs deep for residents of Oklahoma City’s historically and still predominantly black neighborhoods, and after decades of underinvestment, some recent developments hold out hope for further improvements.

From a Homeland and The Market store in EastPoint that opened last year to the MAPS3 wellness center under construction next to Homeland, which is due to open this fall, new business opportunities and economic developments are spreading – the product a lot of work.

This work over the past year has included the inauguration or completion of several major projects, with additional community-wide revitalization efforts focused on centering residents in ongoing conversations.

Community voices are included in area project plans

Including residents’ needs and wants in their neighborhood amenities is a significant contrast to traditional renewal, said Ward 7 Councilor Nikki Nice, who represents the area. Divestment and eventual “urban renewal” within many communities has historically meant displacement and erasure, she said.

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Oklahoma law to expedite investigation and clean up fatal crash https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-law-to-expedite-investigation-and-clean-up-fatal-crash/ Wed, 11 May 2022 03:13:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-law-to-expedite-investigation-and-clean-up-fatal-crash/ A new law in Oklahoma aims to speed up the process of investigating and cleaning up fatal accident scenes. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said medical examiners will not have to attend the scene of the accident. OHP soldiers said the bill will help crash scenes get cleaned up faster. and they also call it an […]]]>

A new law in Oklahoma aims to speed up the process of investigating and cleaning up fatal accident scenes. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said medical examiners will not have to attend the scene of the accident. OHP soldiers said the bill will help crash scenes get cleaned up faster. and they also call it an act of compassion for the families of the crash victims. “To have that human compassion to be able to clean up those scenes quickly,” Private Eric Foster said with OHP. Foster said one of the big ideas behind Senate Bill 1123 has been signed into law. It allows EMS personnel to transport fatal accident victims to the hospital, instead of waiting for a medical examiner to show up. “I know as a soldier working in these rural areas it takes time in a fatal accident for the medical examiner to come out,” Foster said. Sometimes it can take hours for a medical examiner to arrive. The new law allows the OHP to authorize the transportation of the victim’s body. “A lot of these state highways are a long way from the medical examiner’s office in OKC,” Foster said. “That’s true, but that doesn’t always mean they fought for their lives for hours, it just means they were there and they couldn’t be freed,” Foster said. Foster said law enforcement is the one who gathers the evidence and facts of the case before the medical examiner is allowed to take the victim away. It makes sense that they would pass on those details later so the victim can be transported. “If a law enforcement agency is able to collect those facts, collect that data and be the expert on the scene,” Foster said. The new law could minimize the damage in the event of a serious accident. “Obviously these are sensitive things that happen, and the whole community knows the person, or if they’re involved in the community, those people know them,” Foster said. The law was signed by the governor a week ago.

A new law in Oklahoma aims to speed up the process of investigating and cleaning up the scenes of fatal accidents.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said forensic pathologists will not have to attend the scene of the crash.

OHP soldiers said the bill will help crash scenes get cleaned up faster and they also call it an act of compassion for the families of crash victims.

“To have that human compassion to be able to clean up those scenes quickly,” Private Eric Foster said with OHP.

Foster said one of the big ideas behind Senate Bill 1123 has been signed into law. It allows EMS personnel to transport fatal victims to the hospital, instead of waiting for a medical examiner to show up.

“I know as a soldier working in these rural areas it takes time in a fatal accident for the medical examiner to come out,” Foster said.

Sometimes it can take hours for a medical examiner to arrive. The new law allows the OHP to authorize the transportation of the victim’s body.

“A lot of these state highways are a long way from the medical examiner’s office in OKC,” Foster said.

It could be hours when the body is sitting on the pavement and the soldiers have stopped traffic.

“That’s true, but that doesn’t always mean they fought for their lives for hours, it just means they were there and they couldn’t be freed,” Foster said.

Foster said law enforcement is the one who gathers the evidence and facts of the case before the medical examiner is allowed to take the victim away. It makes sense that they would pass on those details later so the victim can be transported.

“If a law enforcement agency is able to collect those facts, collect that data and be the expert on the spot,” Foster said.

The new law could minimize the damage in the event of a serious accident.

“Obviously these are sensitive things that happen, and the whole community knows the person, or if they’re involved in the community, those people know them,” Foster said.

The law was signed by the governor a week ago.

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Pride returns to Norman for three days of celebration | News https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/pride-returns-to-norman-for-three-days-of-celebration-news/ Mon, 09 May 2022 01:38:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/pride-returns-to-norman-for-three-days-of-celebration-news/ Norman Pride weekend concluded three days of celebrating and connecting LGBTQ+ Oklahomans with a Sunday parade down Main Street. The event marked the first Norman Pride weekend in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Norman Pride Treasurer Daryl Callaway says that after planning Pride’s 2020 and 2021 activities and seeing them fail, this weekend’s […]]]>

Norman Pride weekend concluded three days of celebrating and connecting LGBTQ+ Oklahomans with a Sunday parade down Main Street.

The event marked the first Norman Pride weekend in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Norman Pride Treasurer Daryl Callaway says that after planning Pride’s 2020 and 2021 activities and seeing them fail, this weekend’s event was even more surreal.

“There had been a lot of pent up energy and I just wanted to come out and have the pride and just celebrate,” Callaway said. “We’ve been waiting for this for three years because of COVID-19, and luckily we’re seeing a comeback. It’s a great turnout.”

The weekend started with a party on Main Street and a Saturday Pride Festival in Andrews Park, a first venue for the festival.

“There were about 140 vendors we had there, and it was amazing,” Callaway said. “Every vendor I’ve spoken to has said how much they love Andrews Park, and working with the city, especially the parks and recreation department, has been phenomenal. They’ve been a huge help.

In addition to bringing back festivals, parades and parties, Pride also offers the opportunity to raise community awareness and bridge gaps between neighbors.

“Probably the most important thing is that people can be proud of themselves and celebrate the rich diversity we have at Norman.” Callaway said. “The other thing is also about building community and building relationships. Its very important.”

Norman PFLAG President Mike Robertson echoed Callaway’s sentiment, noting that pride is especially important in the current political environment.

“We’re seeing a lot of well-known negative legislation in many states, including Oklahoma, so I think this comes at a perfect time to show that there’s overwhelming support for everyone,” Robertson said.

Megan Straughan of Norman Youth Safety Haven said the parade and other events are the perfect opportunity to get LGBTQ+ youth to see community support.

“Norman has become a city with a lot of division and hatred towards the marginalized community, including the LGBTQ community,” Straughan said, “and after a very long time of that division, I think it’s significant that we Let’s all come together to support each other.”

Pride organizers want community building and recognition to be a key part of the event.

“I think part of building community is having these support networks,” Callaway said, “but also having these networks where you can come together and say, ‘We want to stand up for our community,’ and Pride allow that to happen.”

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Habitat for Humanity Legislators Help Give Women a Home for Family https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/habitat-for-humanity-legislators-help-give-women-a-home-for-family/ Fri, 06 May 2022 23:28:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/habitat-for-humanity-legislators-help-give-women-a-home-for-family/ A single mom and her daughter will soon have their own home on the subway, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and two state legislators. They say this bipartisan effort is one of women supporting women. “I’m so happy. I’m very excited,” future homeowner Maria Baca Carrasco said. humanity. She said she had moved three times […]]]>

A single mom and her daughter will soon have their own home on the subway, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and two state legislators. They say this bipartisan effort is one of women supporting women. “I’m so happy. I’m very excited,” future homeowner Maria Baca Carrasco said. humanity. She said she had moved three times with her daughter and her mother and dreamed of a permanent home. It was one of my biggest goals in life,” she said. “It has been very difficult because she is disabled, so she is very special, so moving activities for her, moving addresses for her, it has been so important.” Her dream is months away from being a reality. >> See also: Landlords’ refusal to take housing assistance money could lead to more Oklahomans being homeless ‘When women have stability and have stable housing, it really helps the whole family and that’ is one of the most exciting things about Women Build,” said Senator Julia K irt, D-Oklahoma City. State leaders joined one of Habitat for Humanities’ annual projects – building a home for a woman in need. Miller, R-Edmond. But the two chosen ones said the reward was to build more than just a house. It’s about building relationships. “We hear the statistics all the time about affordable housing and the need for affordable housing in our state and so putting it down to one person is meaningful,” Kirt said. In August, Maria, her daughter, and her mother will move in in their new home. “This community is so supportive and I feel so loved and very loved,” Carrasco said.

A single mom and her daughter will soon have their own home on the subway, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and two state legislators.

They say this bipartisan effort is one of women supporting women.

“I’m so happy. I’m very excited,” said future owner Maria Baca Carrasco.

>> Related Story: Oklahoma family gets a very special home as part of Habitat for Humanity’s 7-year project

She said she had moved three times with her daughter and mother and dreamed of a permanent home.

“Having something more stable for her is one of my biggest goals in life,” she said. “It’s been very difficult because she’s disabled, so she’s very special, so moving activities for her, moving addresses for her, it’s been so important.”

His dream is months away from being a reality.

>> See also: Landlords’ refusal to take housing assistance money could leave more Oklahomans homeless

“When women have stability and have a stable home, it really helps the whole family and that’s one of the most exciting things about Women Build,” said Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City.

Heads of state joined one of Habitat for Humanities’ annual projects – building a home for a woman in need.

“It’s the people, it’s human, it’s the people supporting the people,” said Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond.

But the two chosen ones said the reward was to build more than just a house. It’s about building relationships.

“We hear the statistics all the time about affordable housing and the need for affordable housing in our state and so it’s meaningful to actually put it down to one person,” Kirt said.

In August, Maria, her daughter and her mother will move into their new home.

“This community is so supportive and I feel so loved and very loved,” Carrasco said.

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Proposed budget to add 123 employees in Oklahoma City https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/proposed-budget-to-add-123-employees-in-oklahoma-city/ Wed, 04 May 2022 13:12:41 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/proposed-budget-to-add-123-employees-in-oklahoma-city/ OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – After a dramatic increase in revenue, Oklahoma City city leaders have announced they will reinvest those funds in the community. The Oklahoma City Council has received the city manager’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023, which begins July 1. Lightning strike starts fire at OKC hotel “Federal government stimulus and a […]]]>

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – After a dramatic increase in revenue, Oklahoma City city leaders have announced they will reinvest those funds in the community.

The Oklahoma City Council has received the city manager’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023, which begins July 1.

“Federal government stimulus and a vibrant local economy have produced remarkable sales tax growth this year,” City Manager Craig Freeman said. “This has resulted in significant revenue growth for fiscal 2022 and gives us a solid foundation as we look to the new fiscal year.”

The total fiscal year budget is approximately $1.8 billion, which is $141.6 million more than the 2022 budget.

The increase in the budget allows several municipal services to hire for additional positions:

Oklahoma City Police Department

  • 8 civilian positions for accident investigation
  • 5,911 dispatchers
  • 2 senior crime scene investigators
  • 2 senior crime analysts
  • 2 emergency management stations
  • 2 grant-funded community relations coordinators
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Licensed Professional Advisor
  • Chaplain
  • FACT Program Coordinator

Officials say the increase will also fully fund the equipment replacement at $25.8 million.

Oklahoma City Public Works

  • 4 pothole repair stations
  • 8 positions in various sections.

Officials say the ministry will contract out repairs to utility cuts, which will cut 28 jobs. However, they say these employees will fill vacancies within the ministry.

Development services

  • 4 positions in animal welfare
  • 3 positions in the development center.

Planning

  • Coordination position for grant applications under the Infrastructure Act
  • Global planning item.

Public transport and parking

  • 3 positions funded by the City
  • 24 COTPA funded positions for Bus Rapid Transit
  • 5 positions for parking control
  • Network administrator.

Utilities

  • 12 customer service positions
  • 2 garbage collector stations
  • 10 positions in different divisions.

Parks and recreation

  • 2 irrigation technician positions.

City Manager’s Office

  • 1 inclusion and diversity position
  • 1 special event permit station
  • 1 marketing coordinator
  • 1 accountant in MAPS
  • Special projects manager.

General services

  • 7 positions for a fire station renovation team
  • Fleet services editor
  • building maintenance mechanic

Computer science

  • 3 utility-funded positions to support their systems
  • 2 security posts
  • Inventory Technician.

Other departments

  • 3 accounting stations
  • Audit manager
  • Social and employee relations manager
  • Economic Development Lawyer
  • Litigation lawyer
  • 2 quality control coordinators.

The budget includes funding for 4,989 full-time positions, an increase of 123 positions.

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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grants Program Funds 42 Projects Statewide | Community https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-heritage-preservation-grants-program-funds-42-projects-statewide-community/ Mon, 02 May 2022 14:33:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-heritage-preservation-grants-program-funds-42-projects-statewide-community/ OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) announced that 42 organizations have received grants through Oklahoma’s Heritage Preservation Grant Program. Applications were submitted in November 2021. After review by an OHS Staff Committee and a sub-committee of the OHS Board, the following organizations have been approved for funding by the OHS Board at the […]]]>

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) announced that 42 organizations have received grants through Oklahoma’s Heritage Preservation Grant Program. Applications were submitted in November 2021.

After review by an OHS Staff Committee and a sub-committee of the OHS Board, the following organizations have been approved for funding by the OHS Board at the Quarterly Board Meeting of January:

Foundation of the 95th Division; Bristow Historical Society, Inc.; Chisholm Trail Museum, Inc.; Claremore History Museum; Nation of Delaware; Drumright Historical Society Museum; Eastern Oklahoma Shawnee Tribe; Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma; Museum of the Five Civilized Tribes and Center for the Study of Indian Territory; Oklahoma City Freedom Center; Friends of the Murrell House; Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association; Grady County Historical Society; Greenwood Community Development Corporation/Historic Black Wall Street; United States District Court Historical Society for the Western District of Oklahoma; Hooker Historical Society; Keystone Crossroads Historical Society; Lawton Public Library; LeFlore County Historical Society; McLoud Historical Society; Military History Center; Ntu Arts Association of Oklahoma; Okeene Historic Preservation Group; Oklahoma Christian University Beam Library Special Collections; Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center; Oklahoma Genealogical Society; Oklahoma Sports Museum; Oklahoma State Fire Museum; Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame Inc.; Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma Indians; Historic Plains Indian and Pioneer Foundation; Pottawatomie County Historical Society; Rogers County Historical Society, Inc.; Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum; Seminole Nation Museum; Southern Nazarene University; Stillwater History Museum at Sheerar; Stroud Public Library; the City of Colony; Top of the Oklahoma Historical Society Museum; Tulsa Foundation for Architecture; and the Wynnewood Historical Society.






The Forest Heritage Center Museum, located in Beavers Bend State Park, is one of 42 organizations that have received grants through Oklahoma’s Heritage Preservation Grant Program. The museum houses historical documents, antique forestry tools, woodworking art, farm memorabilia, and a research library filled with books, periodicals, and other forestry-related materials. Facebook picture


“The 95th Division Foundation is thrilled to receive a grant from the Oklahoma Historical Society as part of its work to preserve and share the legacy of the soldiers of the 95th Infantry Division, the Iron Men of Metz,” said James Archer, member of the foundation board. .

“Specifically, the grant will help create a virtual tour of its memorial museum at the 95th Division headquarters at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and transcribe and preserve more than one hundred audio recordings of its veterans of the Second World War,” Archer continued. , the foundation maintains monuments, secures memorial road signs and provides a scholarship to descendants of veterans in honor of their sacrifices.”

The total amount of funds to be distributed this year is just over $554,000, with projects ranging from collections care and strategic planning to exhibit development and educational programming.

“Entering our third year of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grants Program, OHS is thrilled with the success of the program,” said Nicole Harvey, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Grants Administrator for OHS. “To date, the program has funded more than 120 projects that help collect, preserve, and share Oklahoma’s history for local communities across the state.”







Tulsa Foundation for Photo Architecture

The Tulsa Architectural Foundation is one of 42 organizations that have received grants through Oklahoma’s Heritage Preservation Grant Program. Facebook picture.


The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grant program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society to encourage the collection, preservation, and sharing of Oklahoma’s history locally. in all regions of the state.

Open to tribal and city governments and nonprofit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State, this grant program provides funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibitions and programming.

Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. To learn more, visit okhistory/grants.

Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the Oklahoma Historical Society operates museums, historic sites, and branches throughout the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications, the OHS tells Oklahoma’s story.

For more information on the OHS, visit okhistory.org.

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Residents of Enid remember little girl raped and killed https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/residents-of-enid-remember-little-girl-raped-and-killed/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 20:20:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/residents-of-enid-remember-little-girl-raped-and-killed/ Hundreds of people gathered on Friday to remember a toddler whose life was taken too soon. Two-year-old Caliyah Guyton was found raped and murdered on Thursday morning. Her name will not be forgotten – hundreds gathered at Courthouse Park in Enid to remember her and make noise. >> Previous cover: Police make arrest for rape, […]]]>

Hundreds of people gathered on Friday to remember a toddler whose life was taken too soon. Two-year-old Caliyah Guyton was found raped and murdered on Thursday morning. Her name will not be forgotten – hundreds gathered at Courthouse Park in Enid to remember her and make noise. >> Previous cover: Police make arrest for rape, murder of toddler found in swimming pool at Enid hotel ‘She was a ham. She was always brave and sassy. She loved Baby Shark and Minnie Mouse,” said her cousin, Latisha Williams. For Williams, it was a trip that had to be taken. She came from Kansas to join her family. . We’re having dinner with the family and now we’re here,” Williams said. Engines rumbled, then silence followed. Lights lit up the entire park. Drama brought the whole town together. “Not being locally d ‘here we’ve seen all the support on Facebook and everything, but to be here and see it firsthand is amazing,” Williams said. >> Previous cover: Enid community holds vigil for 2-year-old girl who was killed. Guyton’s name had a ripple effect throughout the community. unity. People who didn’t know at all here say they felt compelled to attend. “It’s hard to put into words, that’s all I can say about it. I’m just devastated. I sat at home and cried about it,” said Jason Miller, a resident of Enid.>> Previous cover: Suspect arrested after 2-year-old daughter murdered at Enid hotelFor him, the child he is caring for is reason enough to show his support. in the hearts of the people of Enid. “Every one of my friends that I know is just devastated,” he said.

Hundreds of people gathered on Friday to remember a toddler whose life was taken too soon.

Two-year-old Caliyah Guyton was found raped and murdered on Thursday morning. Her name will not be forgotten – hundreds gathered at Courthouse Park in Enid to remember her and make noise.

>> Previous cover: Police make arrest for rape and murder of child found in swimming pool at Enid hotel

“It was a ham. She was always brave and sassy. She loved Baby Shark and Minnie Mouse,” her cousin, Latisha Williams, said.

For Williams, it was a journey that had to be taken. She came from Kansas to join her family.

“Actually, I came down today before the wake. We’re having dinner with the family and now we’re here,” Williams said.

The engines rumbled, then silence followed. Lights lit up the whole park. A tragedy brought the whole town together.

“Not being locally from here, we’ve seen all the support on Facebook and everything, but to be here and see it firsthand is amazing,” Williams said.

>> Previous cover: Enid community holds vigil for 2-year-old girl who was killed

Guyton’s name had a ripple effect in the community. People who didn’t know at all here say they felt compelled to attend.

“It’s hard to put into words, that’s all I can say about it. I’m just devastated. I sat at home and cried about it,” said Jason Miller, a resident of Enid.

>> Previous cover: Suspect arrested after murder of 2-year-old girl at Enid hotel

For him, the child he takes care of is reason enough to show his support.

“She was just a flower that couldn’t bloom,” he said of Guyton.

The toddler still has a place in the hearts of the people of Enid.

“Every one of my friends that I know, they’re just devastated,” he said.

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Governor Stitt appoints new Oklahoma health commissioner after signing bill reducing qualifications for position https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/governor-stitt-appoints-new-oklahoma-health-commissioner-after-signing-bill-reducing-qualifications-for-position/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 21:07:12 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/governor-stitt-appoints-new-oklahoma-health-commissioner-after-signing-bill-reducing-qualifications-for-position/ OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Governor Kevin Stitt has named Oklahoma Acting Health Commissioner Keith Reed to become the state’s official health commissioner, two days after signing a bill that would lowers the standards of the position. Keith Reed – Acting State Commissioner of Health. Oklahoma Governor’s office photo. An announcement from the governor’s office says […]]]>

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Governor Kevin Stitt has named Oklahoma Acting Health Commissioner Keith Reed to become the state’s official health commissioner, two days after signing a bill that would lowers the standards of the position.

Keith Reed – Acting State Commissioner of Health. Oklahoma Governor’s office photo.

An announcement from the governor’s office says Reed, who has served as acting commissioner since October, has nearly 20 years of experience with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He also served as deputy commissioner of community health services from 2018 to 2020 and was integral to the state’s COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution operations, according to the governor’s office.

“Keith Reed has done an outstanding job as interim health commissioner and will continue to serve Oklahomans well in this permanent capacity,” Stitt said. “Keith has a proven track record of success and is the right person to lead the Oklahoma State Department of Health into the future.”

Reed’s nomination requires confirmation from the Oklahoma State Senate.

Reed, who received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma, said he was honored to be nominated for the position.

“If confirmed, I look forward to serving the people of Oklahoma in this role alongside other dedicated employees of this agency who work tirelessly to lead Oklahoma to prosperity through health,” Reed said.

Reed did not meet previous requirements to qualify for a formal appointment as health commissioner, requirements that changed on Tuesday when Stitt signed Senate Bill 709.

Previous Oklahoma law required the state health commissioner to meet at least one of the following qualifications:

1. Possession of an MD and license to practice medicine in that state;

2. Possession of a degree in osteopathic medicine and a license to practice medicine in that state;

3. Possession of a doctorate in public health or public health administration; or

4. Possess a Master of Science degree and a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience in health services administration.

The new law exempts potential applicants from these requirements if the applicant has at least a master’s degree and has management experience with state agencies or large projects.

SB 709, drafted by Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Cindy Roe, R-District 42, has divided state lawmakers.

Proponents of the bill said the change in qualifications broadened the pool of candidates. Opponents said it gave the governor too many loopholes to appoint someone who was unqualified.

“Shouldn’t we be better off making sure people in positions of authority in this area know what kind of questions to ask, because they have the right background?” Rep. John Waldron, D-District 77, said. last week.

Roe said that’s why, after consultation with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Medical Association, SB 709 is creating a position of chief medical officer, appointed by the commissioner .

“If you look at a hospital administrator, for example, it’s usually not a doctor. It’s just someone overseeing the general operations of the hospital,” Roe said.

But opponents said the bill was politically motivated. The state Senate overturned Stitt’s nomination of Gary Cox for 2020 health commissioner because Cox did not meet the listed requirements. Some say the governor has a history of such appointments, previously appointing an unqualified candidate to head the land office and someone without a college degree to state regents for higher education.

“The governor should come up with a vision that people can buy into instead of having a governor go around and handpick his own hand-picked people to do whatever he wants,” said Rep. Andy Fugate, D. -District 94, last time. the week.

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