BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, OK
The AP’s updated plan for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 405-522-2121.
FOR USE Sunday, Oct. 14, and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-GREAT AMERICAN LOOP
MOORE, Okla. — For over a year, Pat and Cathy Deadwiley weren’t residents of their Moore home. They were residents of the open seas. Well, it wasn’t always a sea. Often it was a river, a canal, an inlet or a bay. But it was always aboard their boat, the Southern Cross, and always on the Great American Loop. That is a series of waterways linking the Eastern United States together, including the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Okeechobee in Florida, the Atlantic Coast, the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. The Deadwileys spent 13 months on the water, starting in northern Alabama where they bought the boat and finishing there to officially “cross your wake,” or officially complete the loop, Cathy Deadwiley said. A Great American Loop flag that flew with them signaling their journey is now on display in their Moore home. The gold one signifying they completed the loop is still flying on the Southern Cross where it is docked along the Tennessee River. By Adam Troxtell, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1300 words.
EXCHANGE-HISTORIC MEDICINE PARK
MEDICINE PARK, Okla. — Oklahoma’s only cobblestone village, tucked into the Wichita Mountains, is enjoying an economic revival. A drive around Medicine Park just six years ago would have found a sleepy community in a state of decay. Some of the stone cabins had roofs falling in. Business structures were abandoned; some were boarded up. Medicine Park has seen new businesses pop up along Medicine Creek, like a miniature riverwalk that other riverside cities boast. Entrepreneurs across generations said they’re drawn to the small town for similar reasons. They don’t have a formal chamber of commerce to direct activity. By Mike Coppock, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 900 words.
For use Monday, Oct. 15, and thereafter:
TULSA, Okla. — Dr. Robert Breedlove said he was just an average high school football player. But Breedlove, a Stillwater physician, recently started his 52nd year of officiating high school football, believed to be the longest streak of any official in Oklahoma history. It’ll be his last, too. By John Klein, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1000 words. Moved on general and sports news services.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Adamari Hernandez felt a sense of calmness as she walked down the stairs of her new school, taking in the view of colorful flowers and rich-green vegetation that surrounded her. Hernandez is one of the first students to attend the new middle school at John Rex, a downtown charter school that expanded into sixth grade this year, locating the new middle school inside the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. While the school offers views of the surrounding garden complex, inside is a state-of-the-art facility with giant televisions, a green screen for producing visual effects and shelves full of gadgets, including drones. By Ben Felder, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1000 words.
The AP, Oklahoma City