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  • Posted on: 11 April, 2012
    Smith and Willburn Stonecipher

    Wilburn Smith was living his dream in Holdenville, Okla., during the late 1970s. He was serving as manager of the local IGA grocery store, working hard each week, with the promise of ultimately being offered a chance to purchase the thriving business.

    Then something unexpected happened.

    The store owner, for whom Smith had worked for over a decade, sold the business out from under him. The promise of ownership disappeared and, in 1980, with no other training and no other prospects, Smith took his cousin, Mike, up on an offer: to sell Pre-Paid Legal plans.

  • Posted on: 10 April, 2012

    Rhythm and blues, jazz, Norwegian folk melodies, a march and even a duel between a euphonium and wind band will be on the program Tuesday [APRIL 17] for East Central University’s spring band concert.

    The ECU Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Dr. Allen Correll, assistant professor of music and band director, also will announce the winners of the prestigious Saied Awards in instrumental music.

  • Posted on: 09 April, 2012
    Photo of Carol Masheter

    To start with, she contracted polio when she was almost 6. She escaped paralysis but it left her weak. Polio also gave Dr. Carol Masheter something else – the determination to be strong plus the dream of doing something extraordinary.

  • Posted on: 09 April, 2012
    Photo of  Melody Baggech

    Dr. Melody Baggech, associate professor of music at East Central University, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. April 19 [THURSDAY] at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center, 14th and Rennie. The performance is free to the public.

  • Posted on: 09 April, 2012

    Learning how to help people resolve conflicts and move on with their lives can be very rewarding, according to a group of volunteers who do just that.

    Each year dozens of Oklahomans agree to give their time and energy to become a volunteer mediator through the Early Settlement Mediation Program. Pottawatomie County, however, is a little short on mediators and needs some volunteers to assist with both community- and court-related disputes.

  • Posted on: 05 April, 2012
    Photo of Finnegans Awake

    A Celtic music group with a passion for hard-driving fiddle and whistle tunes, heart-teasing waltzes and poignant ballads and broadsides will perform April 14 [SATURDAY] at East Central University.

    Finnegans Awake, which includes Ada’s own Susanne Woolley (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Summers Theatre. Admission is $5.

  • Posted on: 05 April, 2012
    Photo of Starla Hibler


  • Posted on: 29 March, 2012
    Ghanaian sculpture El Anatsui works on one of his pieces.

    A sneak preview of the sixth season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” the only primetime national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, will be offered April 3 and 4 [TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY] and April 11 and 12 [WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY] at East Central University in Ada.

    ECU’s Art Department will screen the programs in partnership with Art21 as part of its Access ’12 initiative.


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