A pilot is dead after crashing a single engine plane in Okmulgee County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Gene Thompson was killed when the 2006 Cessna-172 he was flying crash near Preston into a grove of dense trees.
The 63-year-old Thompson was flying to Tulsa from Fort Worth, Texas when the plane went down about 5 p.m. on Friday. The wreckage was spotted by the Civil Air Patrol around 7:30 Friday evening. Thompson was the only person on board.
The FAA and the NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash.
Booker T. Washington High School learned yesterday it would lose a teacher today.
It’s called a trim when Tulsa Public Schools decides to move a teacher based on enrollment numbers. School officials say they were being trimmed for having 1,331 students instead of 1,334. TPS spokesman Chris Payne said Superintendent Keith Ballard reversed the decision today.
There are many ethnic festivals in Tulsa throughout the year, but the ‘Granddaddy’ of them all is this weekend. Tulsa’s Greek Festival is billed as the city’s oldest. Reverend Deacon Michael Stevenson says this is the 54th year, and several thousand people attend the annual event each September, with as many as ten thousand or more served meals every year.
The festival also includes a live band, dancing, crafts, and costumes. It runs until 10 tonight and from 11am until 10pm tomorrow at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 12th and Guthrie.
Ground will be broken today for 'A Gathering Place for Tulsa'. It will begin at 10 a.m. Wear your picnic attire, walk the grounds with family and friends, and imagine the future that awaits Tulsa. Children will have the opportunity to participate in the noon groundbreaking ceremony!
Local Tulsa food trucks will be on site, kids and family activities will include a giant tape tunnel from the Tulsa Children’s Museum, hula hooping and more.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a plan to build three above-ground storm shelters on the Norman campus.
The regents agreed Thursday to use $12 million from general obligation bond proceeds to build the shelters. According to the Tulsa World, the 4,200-square-foot shelters will be located in three university apartment complexes on campus.
HOPE, Maine (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a Maine man who was crushed by an elephant in his care this month.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an investigator went to the site in Hope after retired veterinarian James Laurita died on Sept. 9. Police say one of the elephants apparently accidentally stepped on Laurita after he fell in their enclosure.
The elephants, Hope and Opal, have since been returned to the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma.