A second concert was hosted in Norman during the summer by Moore native Toby Keith. “Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert” on July 6 raised approximately $2 million that was donated to tornado relief through the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
The star-studded lineup for the eight-hour concert that took place at the University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium included Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Krystal Keith, Kellie Coffey, Wade Hayes and Carrie Underwood (via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville).
Television personality Storme Warren emceed the day. Also on hand to help introduce artists were Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, former OU and Dallas Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer, current OU football head coach Bob Stoops and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione.
The event marked the largest number of paid attendees for a concert in the stadium’s history, with approximately 60,000 in attendance.
Cleveland County: The most notable story from the courthouse was in October when attorney and former legislator Thad Balkman of Norman was named by Gov. Mary Fallin to serve as a district court judge for Cleveland County.
Balkman will serve out the term of District Judge Tom Lucas, who retired Aug. 1 at age 79, with a little more than a year left in his term.
The newly selected judge said that he intends to run for a full four-year term in the fall.
Courts: One of the most watched cases in Cleveland County in 2013 was the trial of former University of Oklahoma Professor Dwain Pellebon.
In 2011, Pellebon, 56, was charged with felony chid sexual abuse.
This November, a Cleveland County jury found Pellebon not guilty on all counts — three counts of child sex abuse and six counts of lewd or indecent proposals to children.