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Editor Brett Dickerson interviewed Anderson after the election win. Anderson's election now fills out the new Oklahoma C...
04/11/2022
Adrian Anderson wins OKCPS Board Dist 5 race

Editor Brett Dickerson interviewed Anderson after the election win. Anderson's election now fills out the new Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. What he found was a humble winner who has been volunteering in several ways with the district for around 10 years.

Adrian Anderson won the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education District 5 seat. He now looks to joining the board to solve problems.

“It was a challenge. It finally struck us: let it grow radially. Everything grows out organically from the center. -- AD...
04/11/2022
Belle Isle Library set to re-open with striking additions, new technology

“It was a challenge. It finally struck us: let it grow radially. Everything grows out organically from the center. -- ADG,P.C. principal, Steven Matthews about finding a way to expand the branch while maintaining the original creative design.

The massive upgrade and re-design of the Belle Isle Library is now about to open to the public. Free Press took a sneak peek the day before.

Bills are currently being pushed through the legislature that could heavily curb citizens' rights to submit legislation ...
04/10/2022
End of State Questions? Experts Say Legislation Could Doom Most Efforts

Bills are currently being pushed through the legislature that could heavily curb citizens' rights to submit legislation directly to the voters, a right clearly written into Oklahoma's Constitution. -- Trevor Brown with Oklahoma Watch reports.

Bills moving through the Legislature could block getting a question on the ballot through Oklahoma’s initiative and referendum process.

The ribbon-cutting and opening of the Belle Isle branch in the Metropolitan Library System was a very big deal to people...
04/09/2022
Gallery - Belle Isle Library ribbon-cutting and opening

The ribbon-cutting and opening of the Belle Isle branch in the Metropolitan Library System was a very big deal to people of all ages, and they showed up in force to try out the upgraded and expanded branch in northwest OKC. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.

A crowd of people both celebrating and curiosity seeking attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the upgraded Belle Isle Library branch.

A well known activist with a long history of public service in Midwest City is sworn in as the Ward 5 City Councilor for...
04/09/2022
Activist Sara Bana sworn in to Midwest City Ward 5 City Council seat

A well known activist with a long history of public service in Midwest City is sworn in as the Ward 5 City Councilor for City of Midwest City - Government . -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports

Sara Bana now has her name plate at one of the seats on the City Council for Midwest City after being sworn in April 5.

Creaturerealm Oklahoma, a group of tightly-knit veteran artists and creators are bringing a showcase of their collaborat...
04/09/2022
Creaturerealm Oklahoma brings reclaimed wonder, found-object fantasy

Creaturerealm Oklahoma, a group of tightly-knit veteran artists and creators are bringing a showcase of their collaborative works to Oklahoma City University’s Norick Arts Center from April 8th through May 27th.

A group of tightly-knit, veteran artists and creators bring a showcase of their collaborative works to Oklahoma City University.

Paula Cassandra continues this extraordinary serial memoir.
04/09/2022
Manhood -- from the inside out -- an awakening

Paula Cassandra continues this extraordinary serial memoir.

Paula Sophia Schonauer continues a serial memoir. To read the earlier parts of this series, follow the links at the end of each episode.

OKC councilor James Cooper giving some historical context to the opening of the upgraded Belle Isle Library branch at NW...
04/08/2022

OKC councilor James Cooper giving some historical context to the opening of the upgraded Belle Isle Library branch at NW Expy and Villa.

Media setting up for the ribbon-cutting for the Belle Isle Library branch that’s just about to open.
04/08/2022

Media setting up for the ribbon-cutting for the Belle Isle Library branch that’s just about to open.

A major upgrade to the building still maintained the original, unique, Mid-century Modern design only with many new addi...
04/08/2022
Belle Isle Library set to re-open with striking additions, new technology

A major upgrade to the building still maintained the original, unique, Mid-century Modern design only with many new additions. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.

The massive upgrade and re-design of the Belle Isle Library is now about to open to the public. Free Press took a sneak peek the day before.

This week's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report from  3/13/22 - 3/19/22 shows:-- 452 new cases-- 120 new de...
04/07/2022

This week's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report from 3/13/22 - 3/19/22 shows:
-- 452 new cases
-- 120 new deaths
-- 113 hospitalized
-- 15,640 total COVID deaths
For this information and more anytime visit freepressokc.com.

When Editor Brett Dickerson talked with him after the win, he said that the COVID lockdown "set us back even more to whe...
04/07/2022
Adrian Anderson wins OKCPS Board Dist 5 race

When Editor Brett Dickerson talked with him after the win, he said that the COVID lockdown "set us back even more to where we have more challenges for our kids to be on track to graduate.”
See more of the interview and background on this newest board member elect.

Adrian Anderson won the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education District 5 seat. He now looks to joining the board to solve problems.

After serving as a volunteer and even on some committees within the district for many years before, Anderson wins the Di...
04/06/2022
Adrian Anderson wins OKCPS Board Dist 5 race

After serving as a volunteer and even on some committees within the district for many years before, Anderson wins the District 5 Board of Education seat in Oklahoma City Public Schools. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.

Adrian Anderson won the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education District 5 seat. He now looks to joining the board to solve problems.

Incumbent Jay Sherrill pulls out the win for Putnam City Schools Board of Ed Office No. 2:
04/06/2022

Incumbent Jay Sherrill pulls out the win for Putnam City Schools Board of Ed Office No. 2:

It's Sean Cummings for the landslide win in the City of The Village for the Ward 4 City Council seat.
04/06/2022

It's Sean Cummings for the landslide win in the City of The Village for the Ward 4 City Council seat.

Adrian Anderson wins the OKCPS District 5 Board seat over Sharri Coleman in a close race.
04/06/2022

Adrian Anderson wins the OKCPS District 5 Board seat over Sharri Coleman in a close race.

Oklahoma City's newest music venue, Beer City Music Hall had a "secret" opening March 31 and Brett Fieldcamp was there! ...
04/06/2022
Nia Moné breaks in Beer City stage with star presence, soul

Oklahoma City's newest music venue, Beer City Music Hall had a "secret" opening March 31 and Brett Fieldcamp was there! This new project is by the same guys who brought you Tower Theatre OKC, Chad Whitehead and Stephen Tyler. -- Music and Film by True Sky Credit Union.

Beer City music venue opened with Nia Moné and Original Flow this week with a packed house of eager fans of the artists and Beer City owners.

Free Press continues to keep track of the homicides that occur in Oklahoma City. Here is the latest information as four ...
04/05/2022
Four homicides mark bloody weekend in Oklahoma City

Free Press continues to keep track of the homicides that occur in Oklahoma City. Here is the latest information as four more were added to the tally over the weekend. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.

It was a violent weekend for the City of Oklahoma City as four more homicides were added to the city's growing tally.

It was a routine-seeming meeting in the midst of a steady pace of jail deaths. -- Marty Peercy reports.
04/04/2022
Oklahoma County Jail Trust meets, takes little action

It was a routine-seeming meeting in the midst of a steady pace of jail deaths. -- Marty Peercy reports.

It was a quiet Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority meeting Monday not reflecting the situation of the steady increase of jail deaths.

The Oklahoma County Commissioners have set an election for voters in Oklahoma County to decide if they want to increase ...
04/04/2022
Commissioners declare bond election to fund new OK County Jail facility

The Oklahoma County Commissioners have set an election for voters in Oklahoma County to decide if they want to increase taxes to take on debt in order to pay for a portion of a new jail. -- Marty Peercy reports.

Oklahoma County Commissioners declared a bond election to fund a new county jail facility that has been studied by a county committee.

Free Press has many kinds of opinion pieces. Some are one-time open letters or first person accounts. Others are pro wor...
04/03/2022

Free Press has many kinds of opinion pieces. Some are one-time open letters or first person accounts. Others are pro work like those of @georgedlang's political commentary. We even have one first person series that has hit 50 episodes.
Check out the side column on the home page.

Friday, April 1 was the last day for this key meeting place on the near south side. Editor Brett Dickerson was there for...
04/03/2022
Southside OKC meeting spot Grill on the Hill closes after 14 years

Friday, April 1 was the last day for this key meeting place on the near south side. Editor Brett Dickerson was there for breakfast, then lunch, and reports.

Grill on the Hill, a southside meeting spot for 14 years, had its last day Friday, April 2, 2022. Fans piled in one last time.

04/03/2022

We post all of our opinion in its own side column spot on the home page to avoid any confusion about which is news and which is opinion. @paulasophia is writing an extraordinary series of first person accounts. @georgedlang is back with political commentary!

On the home page and several other places on our site in the side column, watch for this @OklahomaCityMuseumofArt Film C...
04/03/2022

On the home page and several other places on our site in the side column, watch for this @OklahomaCityMuseumofArt Film Calendar. It will keep you up on to date on their offerings.

There are many reasons to visit the Free Press home page. Checking our community events calendar is one of them. freepre...
04/02/2022

There are many reasons to visit the Free Press home page. Checking our community events calendar is one of them. freepressokc.com

A lobbying day at the Oklahoma Capitol sought to heighten awareness among legislators of the need for affordable housing...
04/02/2022
Affordable Housing Day brings info, advocacy to Okla legislature

A lobbying day at the Oklahoma Capitol sought to heighten awareness among legislators of the need for affordable housing and provide strategies for relieving the affordable housing crisis.

For the first time since 2019, the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing was able to bring Affordable Housing Day to the Capitol.

The largest concerns voiced by the baristas is the cutting of hours as the company became more profitable with “record-b...
04/01/2022
Starbucks baristas at 36th and May OKC store announce intent to unionize

The largest concerns voiced by the baristas is the cutting of hours as the company became more profitable with “record-breaking sales” last year. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.

Baristas at the NW 36th and May Starbucks in OKC have sent a letter to the corporation stating their intent to seek union representation.

Thursday's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report for the week of 3/20/22 to 3/26/22 shows:-- 403 new cases-- ...
04/01/2022

Thursday's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report for the week of 3/20/22 to 3/26/22 shows:

-- 403 new cases
-- 137 new deaths
-- 153 hospitalized

For this information and more anytime visit freepressokc.com.

With so much going on, it’s easy to miss the punk rockers, especially when recent years have seen the majority of their ...
04/01/2022
Roughtail Brewing offering refuge for marginalized OKC punk rock

With so much going on, it’s easy to miss the punk rockers, especially when recent years have seen the majority of their spaces shuttered, closed, repurposed, or run out. But, Brett Fieldcamp sees others stepping up to provide spaces.

Punks are running out of places to go in OKC. But, there are some surprise venues that have stepped up and become welcoming places.

"Losing the HiLo Club is more than just a bar closing. It’s a very clear signal of the end of an era for this city." -- ...
04/01/2022
Hi-Lo, Goodbye: Club closing signals end of an OKC era

"Losing the HiLo Club is more than just a bar closing. It’s a very clear signal of the end of an era for this city." -- Brett Fieldcamp

It's the closing days of OkC's haven for the weird, queer, and just offbeat. Goodbye, Hi-Lo. May we find ourselves inside you again.

"On the fifth floor of the Oklahoma County courthouse, defendants announced the number of days they’ve been sober as the...
03/31/2022
A day in Oklahoma County Drug Court, where a judge hopes all rise

"On the fifth floor of the Oklahoma County courthouse, defendants announced the number of days they’ve been sober as they approached the bench." -- Whitney Bryen with Oklahoma Watch reports.

The drug court is under-reported but carrying out some crucial work of shepherding residents back into a productive life instead of jail.

A baby died in September. When the body was submitted for autopsy, the State Medical Examiner's Office investigated and ...
03/30/2022
Death of baby in September now classified as homicide, #18 for OKC

A baby died in September. When the body was submitted for autopsy, the State Medical Examiner's Office investigated and now has classified the death as a homicide.

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's office has classified the death of a baby last September as a homicide.

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Editor Brett Dickerson interviewed Anderson after the election win. Anderson's election now fills out the new Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. What he found was a humble winner who has been volunteering in several ways with the district for around 10 years.
“It was a challenge. It finally struck us: let it grow radially. Everything grows out organically from the center. -- ADG,P.C. principal, Steven Matthews about finding a way to expand the branch while maintaining the original creative design.
Bills are currently being pushed through the legislature that could heavily curb citizens' rights to submit legislation directly to the voters, a right clearly written into Oklahoma's Constitution. -- Trevor Brown with Oklahoma Watch reports.
The ribbon-cutting and opening of the Belle Isle branch in the Metropolitan Library System was a very big deal to people of all ages, and they showed up in force to try out the upgraded and expanded branch in northwest OKC. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.
A well known activist with a long history of public service in Midwest City is sworn in as the Ward 5 City Councilor for City of Midwest City - Government . -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports
Creaturerealm Oklahoma, a group of tightly-knit veteran artists and creators are bringing a showcase of their collaborative works to Oklahoma City University’s Norick Arts Center from April 8th through May 27th.
Paula Cassandra continues this extraordinary serial memoir.
OKC councilor James Cooper giving some historical context to the opening of the upgraded Belle Isle Library branch at NW Expy and Villa.
Media setting up for the ribbon-cutting for the Belle Isle Library branch that’s just about to open.
A major upgrade to the building still maintained the original, unique, Mid-century Modern design only with many new additions. -- Editor Brett Dickerson reports.
This week's Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID report from 3/13/22 - 3/19/22 shows: -- 452 new cases -- 120 new deaths -- 113 hospitalized -- 15,640 total COVID deaths For this information and more anytime visit freepressokc.com.
When Editor Brett Dickerson talked with him after the win, he said that the COVID lockdown "set us back even more to where we have more challenges for our kids to be on track to graduate.” See more of the interview and background on this newest board member elect.