Lake Thunderbird continues to serve the metro as a major water source as well as a spot to relax and enjoy nature.

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Since February 2014, Norman’s convention and visitors bureau has branded itself VisitNorman to best reflect its mission and to make it more accessible to people who — you guessed it — want to visit Norman. In addition to University of Oklahoma sporting events, Norman has a number of festival…

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Johnson Controls is the largest private business employer in Norman, coming in behind the University of Oklahoma (12,446 employees), Norman Regional Health System (2,962 employees), and Norman Public Schools (1,880 employees.)

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Drive around Norman today, and you would never know the U.S. Navy once operated two bases in the city, colloquially known as North Base and South Base. But while the bases were only in operation for less than 20 years, they had a significant impact on the city of Norman and the University of…

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The Assistance League of Norman’s primary goal is to help children in need. Every year, through its Operation School Bell program, it provides 1,600 students with school clothes. The organization achieves its aims through donations from the community and each year revels in the chance to giv…

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The Campus Activities Council (CAC) was founded in 1971, and is the programming branch of OU’s Student Government Association. It is responsible for presenting campus-wide events and traditions for all students. As an organization, it initiates and implements quality campus-wide programs thr…

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Legacy Park, the civic centerpiece of the University North Park commercial development, should be open by mid-June, city officials said recently.

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Riverwind Casino and Hotel have been operating on Norman’s south side for nearly a decade. Their motto is “Simply the Best” and that philosophy extends into all facets of the business. It’s an enterprise owned and managed by the Chickasaw Nation. They have an impeccable reputation for being …

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There’s no shortage of things to do in Norman: whether it’s playing a few games at the neighborhood bowling alley, racing go-karts or scaling climbing walls, Norman is becoming an ideal place to live and play. 

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While small town Oklahoma may still be all about chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes covered in gravy, Norman restaurants are catering to a broader palate these days. Norman eateries serve cuisine from around the world, from the German offerings of Das Boot Camp to a number of Asian sele…

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The weather. In Oklahoma, as elsewhere, is a conversation starter, an ever-changing and wondrous phenomena, and a major factor in virtually all commerce, from transportation to communication to insurance.

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Meteorologist Gary England has his own terminology when talking about tornadoes. While some call them twisters, he refers to the treacherous weather phenomena as “rotating tubes.”

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As Norman Public School’s newest bond issue hits the one-year mark, many have been working behind the scenes to get major projects in the district rolling.

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Brian Yeaman, MD, has spent most of his life near the corner of Main Street and Peters Avenue in Norman. Now it’s where he goes to work most days as CEO of Yeaman and Associates. Their headquarters is the entire top floor of the recently refurbished Financial Center, 111 N. Peters Ave.

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Every year, the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma (BASCO) opens hundreds of houses across the metro area for the public to tour as part of its Festival of Homes. Formerly the Norman Builders Association, Inc., the organization that got its start in 1949 includes Cleveland, McCla…

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Music has been a major pillar of church ministry since before the time of Palestrina and Bach from faith-inspired works like Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” to “Amazing Grace.” Today, traditional church music still stands as the gold standard for services across most Christian denominations, bu…

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Campus Corner is a compact slice of the Norman real estate business pie. Its scores of boutiques, eateries and service providers are confined to a few blocks on Boyd St., University Blvd., Buchanan Ave., White St., Asp Ave. and De Barr St. The Corner takes its name from riding the University…

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As residents of Norman and the Cleveland County area consider health care options, one that may often be overlooked is a tribal care facility.

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Less than a year from when Variety Care reopened its doors to a newly renovated health care facility, it has already more than doubled the number of annual patients served.

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Meet Steve Dodge, the new executive director of the Norman Physician Hospital Organization (NPHO). He replaces Gary Clinton, who retired after serving as the executive director for more than 20 years.

Roof gardens, spaces that open to the outside, covered bike racks and cooperative learning opportunities are just a few of the likely characteristics of a future Norman library. Technology and cultural shifts are changing what services are wanted and needed, how people use the library, and h…

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There’s something different about the Legacy Rotary Club in Norman. Its eclectic mix of members meet less often than traditional Rotary groups, and when they do get together, you might find them seated at a restaurant instead of a conference room.

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Central Norman is home to some of the most unique houses and neighborhoods with history and architectural charm that stretches back more than a century. Some of them, like those in the Silk Stocking neighborhood, even predate statehood. Yet among the longstanding Craftsmen-style homes and hi…

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The concept of living above a business or store front isn’t a new one. In fact, it has roots reaching back to the 1800s, when bakers, butchers and barbers lived in the story above their businesses. It was a practical solution for urban living that provided a convenient means for business own…

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Norman is a diverse community that is attractive to a variety of different populations. Obviously college kids like Norman, but the vibrancy of a university community is appealing to young professionals, families and retirees as well.

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Entrepreneurs care about the success of their company. They want the best for the company — including the people that work for them and with them. Most are eager to sharpen their business savvy but have little time to spend in a classroom.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at OU is one of 120 similar institutes at university campuses across the nation designed to offer classroom instruction to individuals age 50 and above by university professors at affordable prices.

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Should Norman pass a transportation bond before funding a new senior center?

The City of Norman is considering putting a significant transportation bond up for a vote in February. Years after a new senior citizens center was promised, there remains little substantive progress on actually building one. Should the City of Norman move forward with other projects before getting the senior citizens center funded and designed?

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