New sooners

Medical marijuana is now legal in Oklahoma, and a handful of dispensaries are already offering smokeable product.
By Friday afternoon, word has gotten around and business at Cannabis Aid is booming.

Moving along

Seven streetcars will operate within Oklahoma City beginning Dec. 14.
A heavy nail will be driven into the tracks that lead to modernity and a new chapter of Oklahoma history will be written with the launch of Oklahoma City’s streetcars Dec. 14.

New leaves

One of Oklahoma City’s oldest law firms is jumping into the state’s newest industry with both feet.
J. Blake Johnson is dressed in a black T-shirt and his jeans are tucked into a loose pair of high-tops.

Help wanted

Oklahoma City begins its search to replace retiring city manager Jim Couch.
Since city manager Jim Couch announced his retirement on Sept. 17, Oklahoma City Council has addressed the issue of finding a replacement in each of its public meetings. 

Midtown move

Business leader Nathaniel Harding and mental health advocate JoBeth Hamon will face off in a February election for a seat on city council.
The liaison

House rules

Historic neighborhoods’ requests for home-sharing regulations shed light on past inequities.
Oklahoma City council members addressed issues of home-sharing Sept. 25 amid a crowd of advocates and adversaries.

Blindsided

Capital Gazette reporter and Oklahoma native Chase Cook reflects upon the day five of his colleagues were killed by a mass shooter in Annapolis, Maryland.
Chase Cook admits to being your average 31-year-old American man. He went to college, fell in love, followed his career and still manages to play video games on his time off.

Money talks

Oklahoma City Council will vote on two resolutions to increase the transparency of city business deals.
Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid is optimistic about two resolutions he said the council will vote on during its next meeting on Tuesday.

Bricktown tech

Georgia-based tech company to bring 150 jobs to Bricktown's Plow Building.
An Atlanta-based technology service company is seeking financial incentives to aid in bringing up to 150 jobs to Oklahoma City.

Auto Alley warehouses to be transformed
to restaurant and rooftop bar

Work has started on yet another ambitious renovation project in Automobile Alley.
Twin warehouse buildings at 19 NE Sixth St. and 23 NE Sixth St. will be converted to restaurant and other lease space by an LLC headed by local developer Basil Rayan.

Money talks

Oklahoma City Council will vote on two resolutions to increase the transparency of city business deals.
Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid is optimistic about two resolutions he said the council will vote on during its next meeting on Sept. 25.

Tensions overflow

Del City community members organized a press conference to address concerns of racial profiling, excessive force and misrepresentation.
Oklahoma City Black Lives Matter president Sheri Dickerson said it was ironic but not coincidental that she was pulled over by Del City Police while en route to protest the swearing in of the department’s chief, Steve Robinson, on Sept. 4.

BancFirst buys city’s second-tallest building

Quietly last week, BancFirst closed on the purchase of the 36-story Cotter Ranch Tower in the heart of Oklahoma City's central business district.

Hashed out

The Oklahoma City Police chief introduced an ordinance to Oklahoma City Council that, if passed, will eliminate incarceration for marijuana offenses.
If an ordinance introduced to Oklahoma City Council members Aug. 28 passes later this month, when the council votes on it, Oklahoma County Jail will no longer hold prisoners for possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia.

Risk management

The arrest of a former Paycom employee for threatening coworkers and police officers leaves employers and community leaders looking for answers.
Leadership at Paycom, a national human resource technology provider based in Oklahoma City and ranked a top employer by Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, has suspicions over how Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD) handled the arrest of one of its officers’ family members earlier this year.

Recycling woes

Nichols Hills residents cite cost as the main reason a recycling program has never been successfully established within the city.
The empty recycling bins that are on display in the fitness center at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichols Hills are indicative, residents said, of the city’s past reluctance to establish a recycling program due to cost concerns and the national pause placed on recycling due to China’s recent ban on recyclable imports.

Drury Hotels buys lot in heart of Bricktown

Drury Hotels has acquired a large surface parking lot at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma Avenues in the center of Bricktown. The privately-owned company based near St. Louis bought the .8 acre lot from local developer Don Karchmer for $4.5 million.

Oklahoma Gazette/OKCTalk.com parts ways with Lance West

Oklahoma Gazette/OKCTalk.com has parted ways with former KFOR-TV anchor/reporter Lance West. “We wish Lance the best of luck in his future endeavors,” said Pete Brzycki, publisher of Oklahoma Gazette/OKCTalk.com.

Next Issue: A decade of Thunder

P. 23 A decade ago, the Seattle SuperSonics relocated and became the Oklahoma City Thunder, altering the trajectory of Oklahoma City’s culture and economy.

Open meetings

Ward 2 councilman Ed Shadid drafts a resolution to shed light on council decision-making.
After weeks of sharply negative exchanges on the Oklahoma City Council concerning transparency of the body’s processes, there might be a way to lower tensions and empower the public.

Home grown

Newly adopted medical marijuana regulations give local business owners relief.
Mary Najar remembers the day before she and her husband opened their hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) products store in Paseo Arts District in the fall of 2017.

Oklahoma Gazette and OKCTalk.com announce merger

Local journalism combines forces under new publisher Peter J. Brzycki
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (August 15, 2018) – Contracts were signed today finalizing local business and civic news site OKCTalk.com’s acquisition of Tierra Media Group, the parent company of Oklahoma Gazette.

Next Issue: The Best of Oklahoma City 2018

P. 15 Oklahoma Gazette’s 2018 Best of OKC issue is not just OK, see?

Youth movement

From 2011 to 2017, Tulsa native Katelynn Noel Knick called Norman home.

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