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, July 15 and thereafter:
JENKS, Okla. — Several oil storage tanks were built nearly two miles from downtown Jenks in the 1950s and they remained uncontroversial for decades. But now more than a dozen neighborhoods sit within a half-mile of the transfer terminal. The facility recently added a 60,000-gallon butane tank, which faces opposition from residents concerned about leaks and potentially explosive fumes. By Michael Overall, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 637 words.
ENID, Okla. — In the southeast corner of Enid, Bennie’s Barn Equine Therapy and Riding Facility is described by many families as the place where miracles happen. Peter Talley, 9, had poor coordination and focus with his speech limited to one- to two-syllable sounds when he first arrived with his family in Enid. Executive Director Chip Baker said Peter’s progress after spending three years riding at Bennie’s Barn has been astounding. He said Peter is now speaking in complete sentences and can ride a bike and throw a ball. By Cass Rains, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 938 words.
For use Monday, July 16, and thereafter.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Hillary McQueen says her passions for painting and caring for children are intertwined. As an artist using acrylic paints, she seeks to make lives a little happier. As Kids’ Space executive director, she works with agencies dealing with child abuse. She said her work with children is the inspiration for a lot of her art work. By Cathy Spaulding, Muskogee Phoenix. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1175 words.
YUKON, Okla. — William MacKelvie was 18 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The call to arms was too hard to resist. He enlisted in the Navy, not really knowing where the experience would take him, or whether he’d come home in one piece. The USS Birmingham became MacKelvie’s home during World War II, and the Yukon resident remains fiercely proud of the vessel’s legacy, even decades later. By Matt Patterson, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1932 words.
The AP, Oklahoma City