The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Local news

January 22, 2013

Slaughterville names board trustee, elects mayor

NORMAN — Slaughterville has named two new trustees to its board of directors. Both are filling vacated positions and will run for the seats in April.

Curtis Baker, a trustee who was sworn in May 2011, has been elected mayor. By state statutes, town trustees elect the mayor from among themselves, said Marsha Blair, town administrator.

Retired from the U.S. Treasury Department, Baker currently helps homeschool his two youngest children. He said a couple of years ago, some people at church asked him to consider being a trustee and he went to meetings and “liked what I saw and asked to be appointed to a position,” adding that small-town government often goes unnoticed.

“If you don’t pay attention to the legal ads, you don’t really know what’s going on. It’s nice to be a part of that and know what it can do for its citizens. For our small town, it’s keeping things rural and slow and not overdeveloped,” Baker said.

John Koehler is filling the remainder of Bobby Cleveland’s term, which ends later this year. Cleveland stepped down when he was elected as a representative to the state legislature.

Koehler said he would run for election to remain in his new position when the time comes.

By day, Koehler works for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where he says he’s involved with procurement and contract work, ensuring helicopter and aircraft pilot training. Koehler and his wife, Suzie, moved to Slaughterville in 1989.

A couple of years later, Koehler said he met Blair, who he described as “inspiring. She’s always there, always has the right answer, instead of the correct or proper answer.”

Last year, he learned that a trustee position might be coming open and when the opportunity arose, he agreed and was appointed by the board.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Police arrest man connected to homicide

    Norman Police have arrested Abid Sandhu, 37 years old, of Norman, on a complaint of Murder in the First Degree. Formal charges have yet to be filed. At approximately 3:35 a.m. Saturday, the Norman Police Communications Center received a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Cody’s Run raises $14,000

    Cody Ponder’s positive attitude was infectious even while he struggled with esophageal cancer. He always worked to help others and his giving spirit inspired a 5k race to benefit struggling patients. Last year Cody’s family organized a run ...

    April 20, 2014

  • movieposter Movie about Moore tornado survivors premieres May 16

    MOORE — Exploring ideas of faith and hope, an Oklahoma faith-based documentary on the May 20, 2013, EF-5 Moore tornado is scheduled to premiere at the Moore Warren Theatre May 16....

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former mayor files for county office

    Local physician and former Norman Mayor Harold Haralson recently filed his candidacy for the Cleveland County Commission District 3 seat....

    April 20, 2014

  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber welcomes new members

    The Norman Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our sales volunteers and welcome our new Chamber members from our recent spring membership drive.  Suzanne McAuley was this year’s membership drive chair....

    April 20, 2014

  • It’s easier than ever to be your own movie producer

    Things have certainly come a long way since 1988, when the first stand-alone audio CD recorders outside of CD manufacturing plants started showing up. At that time, do-it-yourself CDs were the province of the rich and famous, as the ...

    April 20, 2014