The Norman Transcript

December 28, 2013

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The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Poet Ken Hada

to read at Depot

The Jan. 12 Second Sunday Poetry Reading in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., will feature the return of reader Ken Hada. Light refreshments are served at the free reading, which begins at 2 p.m.

Dr. Hada, from Ada, is a poet and professor at East Central University where he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival.

His award-winning books include “The Way of the Wind,” “Spare Parts” and “The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill.” His latest book, “Margaritas and Redfish,” is available from Lamar University Press.

Second Sunday Poetry is a program of the Performing Arts Studio hosted by Oklahoma Book Award winner and former Oklahoma Poet Laureate Carl Sennhenn. For more information, visit pasnorman.org or phone 307-9320.

Low Swingin’ Chariots perform

Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots will perform Sunday Jazz at the Depot with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Tickets are $10 ($7 for students) and may be purchased at the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., in advance or the evening of the concert if still available.

Reid leads the Low Swingin’ Chariots in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes, as well as classic New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz and Western Swing. 

The band is made up of Reid, guitar/vocal; John Calvin, guitar; Johnny Carlton, bass; Steve Boaz, drums; David Leach, trombone/ bass; Kevin Stringfellow, trumpet; and Trevor Galvin, saxophone.

Reid has released a solo EP titled “Sawdust in my Bed,” and The Low Swingin’ Chariots have performed at Norman Music Festival 6 (2013), Music for Moore tornado relief concert (2013) and Peace Love and Goodwill (2013) to critical acclaim and growing popularity.

The Low Swingin’ Chariots also have established a regular gig at Norman’s Deli.  

The Norman Depot provides a smoke-free listening room atmosphere for the enjoyment of a variety of musical offerings, which include Winter Wind and 2nd Friday as well as Sunday Jazz.

Sunday Jazz at the Depot is made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and generous donations by individual sponsors.

State trooper

out of hospital

GERONIMO — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper has been treated and released from a hospital after a collision in Comanche County.

The highway patrol said the crash happened Thursday afternoon on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. According to a preliminary report, Lt. Jerry Howell was parked on the eastbound shoulder of the road with the emergency lights activated on his vehicle.

The highway patrol said the driver of a tractor-trailer looked away from the road to pick up a cup and drifted onto the shoulder. The truck skidded more than 90 feet before striking Howell’s vehicle on the shoulder.

The highway patrol said Howell suffered a head injury and was treated and released from a hospital.

Panel sides with state in dispute

OKLAHOMA CITY — A three-member arbitration panel has ruled in favor of the Governor’s Office in a dispute with two Oklahoma-based tribes over the state’s tobacco compact.

Attorney Steve Mullins for Gov. Mary Fallin said the unanimous rulings against the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe and the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes put the tribes on non-compact status for retail tobacco sales.

Without a compact in place, both tribes will only be able to sell a limited number of tax-free tobacco products to tribal citizens. All others must be paid at the full tax rate.

— Staff & Wire Reports

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