Night of movement

An annual fundraiser honors Ralph Ellison’s legacy while highlighting the accomplishments of a foundation in his name.

MAPS board

Oklahoma City Council established the MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board despite some concern about the name.
Ward 2 councilwoman JoBeth Hamon sought to amend the MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board’s name in an attempt to be more inclusive.

More convenience

Casey’s General Stores expands into Oklahoma City with four stores and more expected by the end of 2020.
Three Casey’s convenience stores have already opened in Oklahoma City, and a fourth opens by the end of the week.

Food Issue: Food yard

With a burger joint and a bar finishing up their respective build-outs, almost every food and drink tenant at Edmond Railyard is open.
Chris Anderson and Casey Massegee, Grant Group principals, got tired of having to travel south with their friends and families for unique, local eateries, so they decided to create a venue for those places at Edmond Railyard.

Wedding rainbows

A local photographer created a directory to help the LGBTQ+ community easily identify affirming vendors for any wedding needs.

Food Issue: Market move

The OSU-OKC Farmers Market is shutting down and being replaced by a market at Scissortail Park, a decision that surprised and upset some vendors.
Crows Farm Markets has been a vendor at OSU-OKC Farmers Market since before it was even known by that name.

Cover: People count

About 250 volunteers combed streets, shelters, libraries, meal sites and helped host a youth event for the city’s annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness.
When D’Metryus Lacopo, 24, got an apartment with his husband in December, it was a major triumph.

Park support

Voters decide March 3 whether or not to pass a dedicated 1/8th cent sales tax for Parks & Recreation operational improvements.
Neighborhood parks across Oklahoma City could see improved facilities and programming if the measure is approved by voters.

Cultural spirit

A new restaurant concept in northeast OKC aims to become a family-friendly hub for black culture.
After the closure of Urban Roots, which Quintin Hughes considered a centerpiece of black culture, a void was left to be filled.

Fresh brew

An Omaha-based coffee chain expands into the Oklahoma City metro.
The first Scooter’s Coffee in Oklahoma City opened last month in the far northwest part of the city.

Sweet vision

OKC Sweets, a local baker’s home business, is set to expand into a brick-and-mortar location.
Stefanie Embree and her husband decided 2020 is the year they open up a dessert shop.

Jail resolutions

A coalition of organizations is demanding better conditions for those incarcerated in the county jail.
A coalition working for human rights started the year off demanding better conditions for those in the Oklahoma County jail.

Cover: Winter contingency

Overnight shelters for people without a home rely on donations and volunteers to best serve their clients, especially in the cold months.
Sixteen people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City died during winter 2017.

A-list comedy

A new downtown venue bringing national comic headliners is now open.

Sunday liquor

Oklahoma County residents will get to vote on Sunday liquor store sales at a March 2020 special election.
Oklahoma County will decide whether or not to approve Sunday liquor store sales early next year.

Fresh Suites

After an extensive renovation, a hotel on Northwest Expressway reopens under new ownership.
After taking the building down to steel and concrete and undergoing a massive renovation, a former Marriott hotel is reopening as Embassy Suites.

Food inequality

Experts weighed in on what plays into food insecurity and better ways to address the topic.
The biggest health risk affecting certain communities is inequality.

Protecting employees

Councilman James Cooper proposed an amendment to the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.
Oklahoma City Council voted to update the city’s personnel policies to extend nondiscrimination protections for gender identity and expression.

Improving health

One of the city’s most unhealthy ZIP codes could receive a Healthy Neighborhood Overlay zoning.
A potential Healthy Neighborhood Overlay for the 73111 ZIP code is among the first things Oklahoma City Council will decide in 2020.

Park milestone

City and community leaders broke ground last week on a park honoring a local Mexican American war hero.
The rebirth of Manuel Perez Park has officially begun.

Running the jail

Greg Williams, who has 36 years of experience at Oklahoma Department of Corrections, will be the new county jail administrator.
(This story was updated Dec. 11 to include new information on the sheriff's deadline and budget requests.)

Luxury lanes

A motor coach company boasting first-class service is starting a route between Oklahoma City and Dallas.
Vonlane, a Dallas-based luxury motor coach company, is expanding outside its home state and launching a bus route between Oklahoma City and Dallas.

District improvement

The city council unanimously approved the Uptown 23rd Business Improvement District, helping establish financial sustainability for the district.
People visiting Uptown 23rd next year will notice cleaner sidewalks and a more vibrant and attractive district, officials say.

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