Split vote

A recent vote to preserve and enforce anti-LGBTQ+ provisions in the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline has the fate of the church up in the air.
United Methodist Church (UMC) could split following a recent vote to double down on its stance against homosexuality.

ALCOHOLMANAC Bottles rocked

Oklahoma’s new alcohol law improved convenience for consumers but is hurting local liquor store sales.
State Question 792 passed in 2016 and changed laws regarding alcohol sales and distribution in the state.

Hotel potential

Hotel Habana’s new owners are undertaking a major renovation to help fulfill the resort’s potential as a city centerpiece.
The self-proclaimed “largest gay resort in the Southwest” is under new ownership and ready for a complete makeover.

CARE for history

Two organizations are working to find the best solution for a historic house’s potential demolition.
Two nonprofit, pro-social organizations are working to find compromise when it comes to the demolition of a historic home.

Church of yesterday

If First Christian Church is not declared a historic landmark, the building could face demolition upon sale.
The 32-acre property owned by First Christian Church is under contract to a buyer who will only complete the purchase on the condition that it be demolished.

Capitol CAIR

Council on American-Islamic Relations is hosting its fifth annual Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol to encourage civic engagement within the community.
The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has seen its annual Muslim Day at the Capitol event grow exponentially since 2015.

Voices heard

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is forming a citizens advisory board to better engage with the community and promote transparency.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office recently announced its intent to form a citizens advisory board (CAB).

Take Pride

39th Street District Association hosts this year’s Pride parade and festival as OKC Pride Inc. continues dealing with the aftermath of embezzlement charges.
For the first time in decades, OKC Pride Inc. will not host the annual Pride festivities.

Park place

With an opening date set for later this year, the upper park of Scissortail Park is getting its finishing touches.
MAPS 3-funded Scissortail Park is nearing completion, with the upper park set to open with a four-day celebration in late September if construction goes smoothly.

Suite perks

A member of the city council says using its Oklahoma City Thunder suite at Chesapeake Energy Arena for free is against the law.
Oklahoma City adopted a complimentary ticket policy in 2002 that allows the mayor and members of Oklahoma City Council two free tickets per event at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Civic Center Music Hall and other venues.

Bitter pills

New guidelines are pushing doctors to curtail opioid prescriptions, even for patients who benefit from them.
After moving back to Oklahoma to care for his ailing mother, Dave became an unlikely victim of circumstance when he suffered an injury from which he would never fully recover.

Taking a seat

With Ward 2 councilman Ed Shadid deciding not to run for reelection, five candidates aim to fill his seat on the city council.
Oklahoma City Ward 2 councilman Ed Shadid has held his position since 2011 but decided last year he would not seek a third term. Five candidates are vying to fill his spot.

Tunnel out

The city punts on the new tunnel between Bricktown and Santa Fe Station in favor of enhancing current routes.
The downtown Oklahoma City transportation hub will not feature a tunnel connecting Santa Fe Station to Bricktown, but the city will still enhance the existing connections for pedestrians.

Cash on hand

Surplus funds from MAPS 3 will be allocated to multiple civic projects, including Oklahoma City Streetcar.
The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board will meet Thursday to vote on how to distribute more than $20 million in surplus funding.

TV reality

After ongoing disputes in 2018, OETA and OETA Foundation are now fighting in court.
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) and OETA Foundation have been partners for more than 30 years, but mounting disputes have led to a legal battle between the two entities.

Brewing district

With three new breweries opening soon and three already established, Film Row District is quickly becoming a craft beer destination.
Film Row was once home to major Hollywood film studio offices like Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros., but it has since been reborn into a mix of artistic businesses, restaurants and, of course, breweries and taprooms.

Jail suits

County commissioner Carrie Blumert would like to find a way to build a new jail to relieve serious ongoing issues.
Recently elected Oklahoma County’s District 1 commissioner, Carrie Blumert ran for office after learning about the number of deaths in the county jail.

Omni present

The city’s future convention center hotel will open in 2021, but officials have already hit the ground running.
Oklahoma City and Omni Hotels & Resorts negotiated the convention hotel deal in 2017, though plans for the hotel stem back to 2008.

Fresh start

Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization Pivot — A Turning Point for Youth encourages mentorship with its new name and a new event called Girl Talk.
When Shantel Farrow was 6 years old, she learned that nothing could be done about the sexual molestation she had endured that year.

Criminal X

Oklahoma law enforcement officers shed light on a crime they say too often remains in the dark.
Six years ago, retired Oklahoma City Police officer Edward Stupka took his car to his local tag agency for renewal and got the shock of a lifetime.

Community investments

Jim Holman has announced his candidacy for Ward 6’s Oklahoma City Council seat.
After living in Oklahoma City’s sixth ward for about 20 years, Jim Holman said his name is a familiar one among neighbors.

Center staged

Construction will resume on The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum this spring.
A long-delayed museum will resume construction this year.

Outdated hate

A group of Del City students joins two lawmakers in their efforts to remove LGBTQ+ discrimination from classrooms.
Students from Del Crest Middle School in Del City told Oklahoma Legislature members on Dec. 7 that the state’s laws concerning AIDS prevention need a makeover.

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