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Our Amazing Women

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Every year when I start to read the most recent bios of the top 100 women nominated for our Most Powerful Women, I am astonished by what these ladies have accomplished.

I am proud to be able to recognize them. Yes, these women receive awards from individual groups, but when you look at the total body of work of the top 100, you realize what a difference they make in the quality of life in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Film & Music Conference

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The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is hosting the first ever Oklahoma Film and Music Conference next week on November 14 & 15. The event will take place at Vast on the 50th floor of the Devon Tower and will feature two days of panels sessions, workshops, networking events, and exhibitions. The conference is open to anyone interested in the film and music industries. There is a nominal fee of $15 each day which can be paid on the website or at the event itself.

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Promises Made, Promises Kept

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I became a County Commissioner to do my part to help reform the county jail, not only the justice system and treatment of inmates, but also the workplace of jail employees. In addition, I have also promised to be a responsible custodian of taxpayer money. Establishing a jail trust was the primary job our office took on to address both these issues. Working with other elected officials and many in the community, we were successful in creating the Jail Trust, formally known as the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority.

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Native Voices

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Oklahoma’s Wes Studi won an honorary Oscar last Sunday at the Governor’s Awards, becoming the first Native American to win an Academy Award. Studi, a full-blood Cherokee from Nofire Hollow, has appeared in more than 90 movie and television roles, creating memorable characters in legendary films since his breakout in 1991 Oscar winner Dances with Wolves.

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Grisham’s new book makes me famous

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In John Grisham’s new novel The Guardians, Vicki Gourley founded the Guardian Ministries with her own money. (Yes, it’s this Vicki Gourley.)
“She works fifteen hours a day, trying to free the innocent.”
No, I don’t know John Grisham. However, I do know Bob Nelon. He’s the reason I am in the book. Bob served on the Community Literacy Center board with me for years and succeeded me as president. He is a lawyer with Hall Estill. He worked with John Grisham when Grisham needed an Oklahoma lawyer after writing the book, The Innocent Man.

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The Battle of Honey Springs

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Bishop McGuinness graduate Bryan Beasley returned to Oklahoma earlier this fall to direct a short film called The Battle of Honey Creek. This historical short film recounts the events that took place during Oklahoma’s largest Civil War engagement. The filming took place at the original Honey Springs battle site, located just north of what is now Checotah, Oklahoma.