The Norman Transcript

Headlines

May 7, 2013

Former commissioner George Skinner dies

NORMAN — Former District 2 Cleveland County Commissioner George Skinner, 77, died Monday. Skinner served the county for 22 years before retiring last year. He battled illness during the last year of his life, but those who knew him said he never gave up the fight.

“I loved being a county commissioner,” Skinner said shortly after announcing his retirement. “There were always different things to do, different people to meet with. I just really enjoyed it — if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have done it for 22 years.”

Skinner first took office Jan. 7, 1991. At that time most of the roads in the eastern part of the county were dirt or rock. Today most of those county roads are paved.

“My road crew is better than anybody’s,” Skinner said in an interview in December as he reflected on his long career. “We surfaced and resurfaced enough roads — you can travel to Dallas and all the way back.”

That desire to improve Cleveland County characterized Skinner’s years in office.

“I was four when he ran for the first time, so all I can really ever remember is him being a county commissioner,” said granddaughter, Emily Virgin. “He was just so passionate about helping people in Cleveland County.”

Skinner worked hard maintaining roads and running the county and, in election years, Virgin said he worked hard knocking on doors and connecting with people. A large Skinner family helped out during campaign season.

“That’s how I grew up, knocking (on) doors during a campaign,” Virgin said. “Every weekend during campaign season for him, we had an army knocking (on) doors.”

Skinner was a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve and served in many capacities in the community, including the board of directors of McKenzie Gardens Housing Center for the mentally ill, chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Health, the boards of Workforce Development and Workforce Investment Agencies, and the Community Service Building.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Baker home 3 Moore resident lands in new home 14 months after tornado

    She crawled from the rubble of what used to be her home. The neighborhood was destroyed. It was the afternoon of May 20, 2013, and Jamie Baker was homeless....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Additional details come to light in Campus Corner incident involving Sooner recruit

    The 911 call from Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning brought forth more details from the incident that has Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon under investigation for an alleged assault....

    July 30, 2014

  • Police rule out homicide in Norman woman’s death

    Norman Police Capt. Todd Gibson said Tuesday they have eliminated the theory of homicide after a Norman woman was found dead in her home Monday afternoon. “We’re moving in a different direction with the investigation,” Gibson said. “It’s ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Voter registration deadline is Friday

    Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election. Races include federal, state and county offices, but for Cleveland County voters, the field is limited....

    July 30, 2014

  • Norman High student argues his way to the top

    Knowing the ins and outs of an argument that involves complex research is the type of skill one expects a high paid attorney to have not a high school student. Yet debate competitor Nicky Halterman has been arguing his way to the top of ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate approves new VA secretary

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Tampering accusations surface in OKC bombing case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Shelter construction ongoing; residents voice concerns

    A regular quarterly meeting of the Animal Shelter Oversight Board prompted Norman residents to speak up about more than just a photo release issue Monday night involving Friends of the Animals of Norman volunteers and the city of Norman. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it to House

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 8:20 a.m. larceny report, 2000 block of West Lindsey Street · 9:04 a.m. stolen vehicle, 3400 block of Bart Conner Drive · 9:11 a.m. larceny report, 1200 block of Ed ...

    July 30, 2014