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State briefs for May 11


Educator hall of fame names this year's inductees

The Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame board members have announced this year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame — Vernon Florence of Edmond; Pamela Deering of Norman; and Calvin Agee of Sulphur.

They will be honored for their contributions to education in the state at the 2019 banquet and induction ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame nominees are evaluated in seven areas, including professional experience, awards, research, community service and leadership. After the ceremony, portraits of the inductees will be added to those on display in the Oliver Hodge Building at the state Capitol complex.

Museums offer free admission to active-duty military, families

Active-duty military personnel and their families can receive free admission during the summer at more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. There are 38 Blue Star Museums in Oklahoma.

Participants include fine arts, science, history, music, film, crafts, nature and children’s museums. The free-admission period begins with National Armed Forces Day on May 18 and continuing through Labor Day on Sept. 2.

Follow stories about participating museums and guest visits through social media using #BlueStarMuseums. For more information and a state-by-state list of participating museums, go to


Town plans usual Memorial Day rodeo, barbecue

The town's annual rodeo and barbecue festival is Memorial Day weekend. The parade starts at 3 p.m. May 25, with registration at 1:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for the entry coming the farthest distance, as well as best attire and best-dressed queen. A motorcycle rally featuring the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club from Oklahoma City starts at 2 p.m. May 26 in downtown Boley.

Rodeo competitions kick off at 8 p.m. May 25 and May 26 at the rodeo grounds. Events will include bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding and events for kids. Admission is $10 for teens and adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Veterans and active duty military will be admitted free on May 26 with valid identification.

For more information call 918-667-3711.

Staff reports