A HARD HITTING TOPIC: CONCUSSIONS
Come High School, your teenager has mostly gotten past the dreaded awkward phase, discovered their aspirations, and are working toward their goals. The experience of extracurriculars will guide them towards their passions and talents, while the pressures to excel put on by parents, fans, coaches, scouts, and even themselves motivate them. It’s good to work towards dreams, but if the outcome could be fatal, is it ALL worth it?
CONGRATULATIONS SHANDY BELFORD ON ARVEST PROMOTION!
Shandy Belford, one of Edmond Oklahoma’s own, was recently promoted at Arvest Bank. Belford was the senior vice president for commercial banking and has been promoted to now serve as the commercial loan manager of Arvest. Belford's promotion is quite the accomplishment considering that Arvest Bank consists of over 260 banks spanning across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas...
You're only one bike ride away from a good mood, but it's all fun and games until that one ride is your last. It might be a bummer to be reminded of upsetting truths about your happy-go-lucky ride, but it’s necessary to spread awareness and ensure safety. Drivers of all vehicles are urged to be mindful and safe; particularly during the following top 10 summer dates with the most motorcycle crash deaths provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...
SIPPING ON COMMUNI-TEA: WOMEN’S NETWORK BREAKFAST
The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce believes in connection among the community’s business owners. They’ve successfully organized a variety of settings to support and connect new business leaders. One example is the Women’s Network Breakfast is a monthly get-together to make new business contacts and expand professional networks in a casual, laid-back atmosphere...
KATIEBUG’S TRAILER PARK
The streets of downtown Edmond were crowded for the May 20th Heard on Hurd; full of local food trucks and patrons anxiously awaiting their orders. At the corner of Broadway and Hurd a more permanent “trailer park” has popped up and been a welcome addition to the neighborhood: home to Katiebug’s Shaved Ice and Hot Chocolate. The line was anything but short, but moved quickly to serve up delicious frozen hot chocolate, their weekend special cherry vanilla snow cone with sweet cream and dozens of other creative medleys.
NOKC FOOTBALL CLUB & PREMIER INSURANCE
Stephen and Andi Phillips are two names synonymous with soccer in this community. The fact that they decided to give back to the community and raise their children here is a testament to their commitment to shaping young athletes into successful, driven, goal oriented (pun intended) individuals.
TEACHER FEATURE: MARLI GILMORE
Marli Gilmore knew Edmond Public Schools was where she wanted to start her teaching career, however transitioning to her role as School Counselor at Heritage Elementary School came about unexpectedly.
The third Wednesday of each month, the Edmond Chamber of Commerce gathers for a morning mingle. 70-75 existing, new, and prospective chamber members met on Wednesday, May 17th at Crawford Family Funeral & Cremation Services home located at 610 NW 178th Street in Edmond. Typically, breakfast is provided by the host; but on this particular day guests walked away with more than just full stomachs.
NEW ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT AT EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Bringing over 28 years of experience in public education, Angela Mills Grunewald was named Edmond Public Schools' new associate superintendent this month on May 8. She'll be succeeding Ruthie Riggs, who is retiring in August after serving 22 years with the district.
PAINT, PLAY AND UNPLUG!
Not much says “I love you” quite like a handmade gift, especially if the gift is something that can actually be used. The fact that creating the gift is an experience as well, is just icing on the cake. Oklahoma native, Katrina Uhls was a busy mom looking for something different to do with her young children. “One day I had a brilliant idea that me and my 3-year old son would paint a coffee mug together at a ceramic studio. It would be this incredible bonding experience for us. Three to four swipes of paint and my little artist was done..."
REAL Acts of Love This Mother's Day
Mother’s Day week is here and along with the Hallmark cards, floral bouquets and breakfasts in bed, there will also be challenging moments and emotions. The compassion of a community can shape a generation and that is the goal of REAL Ministry. REAL is a non-profit in the Oklahoma City area and their goal is to be a continuous support system for single moms.
TEACHER FEATURE: LOGAN THOMAS
Mr. Logan Thomas is an Edmond native. His public education roots run deep in this community, he is a graduate of Orvis Risner Elementary, Cimarron Middle School, Edmond Memorial and Oklahoma State University. “I was very lucky to have the opportunity to grow up in Edmond and be shaped by such an awesome public school system,” he says. Logan received his Master's Degree in Special Education from OSU and chose to return to the community where he was raised.
IT'S "PAR-TEE" TIME FOR THESE EDMOND RESIDENTS
Golf, greens and a funeral home? If you're thinking there's an odd one out here, you are mistaken. Baggerly Funeral Home, in association with Dignity Memorial, came together with the Golf Club of Edmond, Mercy Hospital and A Better Bloom to host a golf tournament titled the, "Cinco de Mayo Cup," benefitting the Edmond Chamber of Commerce.
SMARTT BIRTH MIDWIFERY - CALL THE MIDWIFE
Susan Smartt Cook is a North Edmond resident and owner of Smartt Birth Midwifery-LLC. She runs this home birth, midwifery practice out of her Rustling Hills residence. Nestled behind the trees, in the comfort of her home, she serves women and families in our community with comprehensive care through pregnancy and childbirth.
39TH ANNUAL ARTS FESTIVAL ON MAY 5, 6 AND 7: DOWNTOWN EDMOND
The weather forecast is perfect for a weekend outdoors in charming downtown Edmond. This week is National Small Business week and the 39th Annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival is the perfect way to invest back into your community. Downtown Edmond will be bustling with activity, hosting over 60 locally owned businesses and restaurants, over 120 artists, seven local bands and 22 food vendors or wineries.
"HIGHLIGHTING" LOCAL ARTIST AND BRINGING EXPERT SKINCARE TO YOU
Some people have the ability to not only empower the people around them, but also to transform! Annie Anderson, of North Edmond, is one of these aforementioned people in this very community. Not only can she work magic behind a make-up set, but she works to meet her clients where they are, and implement the change to reach their needs.
Drink Beer, From Here
What better way to celebrate a second birthday than with a weeklong party? Edmond’s very own craft beer house, The Patriarch, is hosting Oklahoma breweries for the entire week. Come out to support local brewers and musicians.
Local Nonprofit Battles International Water Crisis
Each year the global water crisis claims 3.4 million lives and Water4 strives to reduce that number. Water4 is making a change by helping communities help themselves through training, equipping with necessary tolls and supporting their own desire to thrive.
CAFFEINE ON THE GO: COWGIRL COFFEE REINS SUPREME
Many Edmond residents may not know of the hidden gem located in the parking lot at Waterloo and North Broadway. The tiny cottage is easy to miss, but once the menu has been sampled, odds are it’ll be nearly impossible to pass the intersection without being tempted to drive through for a caffeine fix.
Local Artist Chase-ing His Dreams
Chase Kerby is a local force to be reckoned with. Dating back to fourth grade when his mom forced him into taking cello lessons, he has been on a steady path to expanding his roots in the local music scene.
Anna's House Foundation
Fostering Hope. Fostering Connection. Fostering Action.
Many people live in the same state their entire lives and never truly know the history of their state. We’re here to make sure you are not one of those people.
THE MEANING BEHIND THE FLOWERS YOU RECEIVE THIS VALENTINE'S DAY
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means tons of people are preparing for the love of their life to surprise them with bouquets of flowers and large diamonds. Unfortunately, not all of us are as lucky as those ladies and are still confused on how our “better half” is really feeling.
CONVENIENT CHILDCARE OPTION IN OKC
Play Street Hourly Childcare is the answer to every harried parent’s question, “Why don’t day cares offer more convenient hours?”
ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
Bob Howard Toyota proudly supports local athletes Ellie Little and Carter Randolph.
THE TOP FIVE
I don’t know about you, but holiday movies hold a very special place in how I judge others. You can tell a lot about someone by what holiday movies they enjoy.
A VISIT FROM RUBY DOOLIN
'Twas the night before Christmas, and from within the house, Ruby Doolin tied her apron and covered her blouse...
TEACHER FEATURE: JASON STEPHENSON
Thousands of Deer Creek families should be thanking "Charlotte’s Web" author E.B. White for their children’s outstanding literary education. It was her story that captured the heart and mind of a young Atoka, Okla. student, starting the domino effect toward launching his own writing and teaching career.
Severe Weather Safety Kit Must-Haves
Our team has put together a list of supplies to keep in your family’s emergency kit. Grab a plastic tote or water-resistant container and get your supplies together so your family will be ready to head to the cellar or designated safe meeting place at a moment’s notice.
SPRING BREAK DAY TRIPS IN OKLAHOMA
Spring break is finally here and we know exactly the way to have a family adventure without needing to leave the state! These day trips will reacquaint you with Oklahoma and give you a chance to bond with the kids outside of your busy, daily life.
5 WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR GARDEN THIS SPRING
Spring is just around the corner and one of the best places enjoy its soft colors, fresh air and new life is your very own backyard. Livening up your landscaping doesn't have to be an intimidating endeavor.
ONE MAN'S JUNK IS THIS WOMAN'S TREASURE
From furniture painting to home décor, Oklahoma City native Allison Griffith is the queen of creative, self-made interior design, and it’s about time for all of us to get to know her.
RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT: BRICKTOWN BREWERY
Bricktown Brewery in Edmond, Okla. brings the laid-back atmosphere and local charm of the original restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City a lot closer to home.
BIG HEARTS FOR SAMUEL
It’s the one day every year that the world seems to slow down and appreciate all the hard work moms do behind the scenes, typically with little to no recognition. This was not the case for one Edmond mother.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION BRINGS STABILITY TO LIVES OF LOCAL CHILDREN
The culture and community this city offers is to be rivaled with many of the TV shows we all remember growing up. However, for many young Edmond children, this is not the case.
Movie Night at the Park
As dusk fell, hundreds of local families scurried to the outdoor amphitheater area behind the Multipurpose Activity Center (the MAC) off Marilyn Williams Drive in Edmond. The race for the best seat in the house was on; but as it turned out, every seat was a great option for “Trolls” on the big screen Friday, April 14.
CREATING CULTURE: MIKE HOSTY
If you have been in Oklahoma for even a short time, you have more than likely heard the name Mike Hosty. Since my college days, I have been exposed to Mike’s unique form of music and when I was thinking about the talent for my first local music scene story, his name popped straight to the top.
Valentine's Day Date Options for the Last-Minute Planner
The most romantic day of the year is right around the corner and nothing says, “I love you,” like a sweet, thought-out date night or day. I know, here comes the panic because you haven’t planned a single thing to do with your special someone yet. Have no fear, that’s why I am here!
Favorite Bakeries in OKC
February is here and that means chocolate and sweets galore “for Valentine’s day” but really we celebrate the whole month with cakes on cakes on cakes. Here are a few of the best bakeries in the Oklahoma City area to help you really indulge to your full potential.
UCO BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO LOCAL STUDENTS
The University of Central Oklahoma’s (UCO) President’s Club did just that in a large, adorable way and gave 250 children from Edmond schools a Christmas celebration to never forget.
GIFT WRAP GALORE!
After hitting the stores hard all month, gifts are bought and there’s just one more step left before they make their way under the tree awaiting the big reveal.
OKLAHOMA CITY'S PERFECT HOLIDAY LIGHT ROAD TRIP
Holiday lights are a time honored tradition that bring joy to many and signal the start of the holiday season. Bundle up the family and and take a drive to these mesmerizing places— you'll be making memories for a lifetime.