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An eighth Oklahoman has died after contracting COVID-19, as the number of cases reached 322, with no positive test results in Northwest Oklahoma, according to Friday statistics released by Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Local pharmacies have closed their lobbies in response to the potential spread of COVID-19 as a way of keeping patients and staff healthy, said Economy Pharmacy owner Chris Schiller. Many pharmacies, like Economy, have focused their services through drive-thru pick-up or curbside service.

The City of Norman is inundated with calls and emails from businesses who want to know if they will be allowed to remain open, city spokeswoman Annahlyse Meyer told The Transcript.

Kenneth Morrow recognizes his band’s responsibility for following in a fine line of Oklahoma born and bred music and musicians. He’s the doghouse bass player for Oklahoma City-based bluegrass and Americana quartet Bottom of the Barrel. His bandmates are co-founder Justin Modjeski on vocals/ lead guitar, multi-instrumentalist Kasey Dillion and banjo/ trumpeter Kinser Hennessee.

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EDMOND, Okla. — Real estate transactions may have slowed but are still ongoing during the coronavirus outbreak. The industry makes a major financial impact to the Edmond area, said Jilian Gardner, president of the Edmond Board of Realtors, when presenting to the city council.

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Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service has taken multiple precautions to protect first responders from COVID-19, said Community Relations Coordinator Trish German.

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As others have noted, at a time when some Americans are dying, this was not a time to engage in surreptitious leveraging to secure pet legislation. It’s akin to pulling up a truck to the backdoor of the Capitol in the middle of the night and loading it up with goods. At least toilet paper hoarders didn’t hide their intentions.

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Veterinarians in Muskogee say because of COVID-19 they are being cautious when someone shows up with his or her pet.

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Oklahoma State University is closing all campus buildings to visitors Wednesday in compliance with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order closing non-essential business.

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City councilors and county commissioners escalated the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting a task force's recommendation that directs Muskogee County residents to "stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel."

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EDMOND, Okla. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) denies that he personally ordered the selling of his stocks soon before coronavirus scares fueled a downward spiral in the stock market.

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EDMOND, Okla. — The City Council voted 5-0 on Wednesday to update the emergency declaration approved by the city council last week. The meeting was set following Gov. Kevin Stitt’s statewide emergency declaration on Tuesday.

The 15th annual HANOR Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ, traditionally held downtown the last weekend in April has been rescheduled to August due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 state emergency and global pandemic.

A longtime Muskogee lawyer and former teacher who "worked from the age of 13 until he couldn't work anymore" was remembered this week by his peers as a "man of integrity" and "a pillar of the legal community."

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After an hours-long standoff, police apprehended a Stillwater man who was accused of making threats and brandishing a rifle Tuesday night.

The deadline for registered voters to change their party affiliation for the upcoming statewide primary and runoff primary elections is Tuesday, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

Bill Braum, founder of Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores, died at his home on a Tuttle farm with his family by his side on Monday. He was 92.

Braum’s announced their founder’s passing on Tuesday. 

Bill is described as a dairyman, farmer, processor, manufacturer, and retailer of dairy products. He was born in Newton, Kansas in 1928. He was raised in Emporia, Kansas. 

He began his working career by helping his father, Henry, in the family business, a small butter and milk processing plant. Ice-cream was added to the production in the 1930s.

Bill graduated from the University of Kansas in 1949 with a B.S. in Business Administration and began to work full time in the family business. Bill met and married his wife, Mary, the same year. Three years later, Bill and his father expanded their business to retail stores and sold the wholesale part of the business. They also developed a chain of retail ice cream stores in Kansas called “Peter Pan Ice Cream,” according to Braums. 

In 1957, Bill’s father sold him the business and Bill grew the business to 61 stores over the next decade. In 1967, a wholesale company bought the retail stores. However, Bill kept the processing plant, farm, and dairy herd.

The next step was pivotal for Oklahoma’s ice cream lovers.

Bill began building stores in Oklahoma under the name “Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores.” He opened 22 stores in 1968, which grew to 40 stores in 1971. A new plant was built in Oklahoma City, and the Braums family moved to Oklahoma City as well. 

In 1975, Bill moved the Braum dairy herd from Emporia to its new home located in Tuttle, Oklahoma. It may have been the largest modern-day cattle drive.

Now, the Tuttle farm consists of a bakery, a dairy, processing plant, a milking facility, and a few thousand baby calves.  The Braum family also operates a second milking operation on the Braum Farm located on the border of Shattuck, Oklahoma and Follett, Texas.

Throughout the years, Bill Braum has become known as a pioneer in “vertical integration.” From the ground up, Braum’s consistently controls every aspect of the operation, including farming, manufacturing, retailing, trucking, advertising and real estate.

All of his hard work was to provide the very best product at the very best price to his customers.

Bill had three families that he loved and cherished; the family he had with Mary, his wife of 71 years; the family of all the Braum’s workers that brought him so much happiness; and his final family, all the customers that loved his products and understood how hard he worked to bring them the best products at the best values.  These are the three families Bill Braum loved.

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Tulsa, urged everyone to take the COVID-19 coronavirus seriously, while he continued to work toward Senate passage of an economic stimulus package.

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NORMAN — Norman Regional Health System is no longer allowing visitors for adult patients in their facilities, according to a press release the company sent out Monday.

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NORMAN — The Norman City Council will discuss the state of the city's response to COVID-19 at 6 p.m. today, but the council will appear via tele-conference.

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NORMAN — Check-out lines in grocery stores and gas stations will look a lot different as these essential businesses implement new restrictions from the City of Norman.

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Anyone with information can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, www.enid.org/departments/police or text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The House Democratic caucus Monday called on the Gov. Kevin Stitt to enact statewide closures of bars, fitness centers and indoor dining portions of restaurants in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that she will propose a Continuous Learning Plan to the State Board of Education this week to complete the school year for Oklahoma students without reopening school buildings during the global pandemic. While the education of schoolchildren will resume with distance learning, there will not be traditional, in-person instruction or extracurricular activities, instead following critical safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control with regard to social distancing for students, staff and school families.

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EDMOND, Okla. — People are concerned whether their friends and neighbors will have the wherewithal to stand the length of time it will take to recover from the economic impact of the novel coronavirus.

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Obituaries

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] Linda Kay Greenhaw, 76, Retired County Clerk, 1st Deputy, Died March 24, 2020, Visitation 9:00 AM Friday March 27, Tahlequah City Cemetery, Graveside Service 10:00, Tahlequah City Cemetery

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 39. Golf Course Attendent. Died March 23rd, Tahlequah, OK. Services Friday, March 27th, 2:00 PM Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment Agent Cemetery Moody, OK. Visitation Thursday, March 26th, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM Reed-Culver Funeral Home.