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Lori Dickinson

Chamber awards named

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce has named Lori Dickinson, Edmond Public Schools Foundation executive director, as the Prosperity Bank 2016 Woman of the Year.

"Over the course of my 25-year career, I've had the blessing of being mentored by amazing women," Dickinson said. "I hold the strong belief it is our responsibility to give forward what we've received.

"I don't always have the right answers, but I often find being a good listener is the best way to be a successful mentor. In so many ways, mentoring others, I believe, helps me as much as it helps them."

Other winners are:

•Edmond Young Professional of the Year — Bryan Clifton.

•Philanthropic Business of the Year — Perk Place Cafe.

•Citizens of the Year — Pat and Vickie Nichols, founders of Parents Helping Parents.

•Ambassador of the Year — Lissa Qualls.

•Volunteer of the Year — Kelly VanOsdol.

•Small Business of the Year finalists — Optique Vision Center, Land Enterprises Roofing and Boulevard Steakhouse.

The winners will receive their awards during the Jan. 27 awards banquet at the University of Central Oklahoma Nigh University Center.

Offices closed

City offices will be closed Monday for the Christmas holidays. The utility customer service office also will be closed on Saturday. Trash will be collected as normally scheduled on Monday. City offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday.

Home sales rebounding

The fourth quarter home sales market in Edmond is making a rebound, said Edmond real estate agent Brian Preston in his November Edmond Real Estate Report.

November was up 19 transactions or 7.5 percent over last year. There were 272 closings compared to 253 in 2015.

It also was the best November since 2012. That brings the year-to-date sales down to being off only 3.51 percent from last year.

New homes sales also were up for November. New home prices ranged from $250,000 to $300,000.

Buses parked

Citylink, Edmond's public transportation system, will be closed Monday for the Christmas holiday. Buses will be back in operation on Tuesday.

Forum to address voter turnout

Voter turnout in Oklahoma is among the lowest in the nation. According to numbers from the State Election Board, a low record was set for the March primary, with only 39.5 percent of eligible voters turning out.

Participation in November's general election stood at 67 percent, driven by high-profile state questions like a sales tax increase to fund teacher raises.

The topic will be discussed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at a Voter Issues Forum at the University of Central Oklahoma in the Nigh University Center.

The forum is open to the public. A luncheon address also is free, but requires advance registration.

To learn more or to register for the luncheon, go to www.uco.edu/central/leadership/voter-issues-forum.

Santa gets ride on fire truck

Edmond Kiwanis Club recently held its Santa On A Fire Truck event collecting toys for foster children. A total of 300 toys were collected and given to Angels Foster Network OKC. Jennifer Abney, founder and executive director of Angels Family Foster Network OKC, is an Edmond Kiwanis Club member who coordinated toy collection stops. Edmond firefighters allowed the use of the truck on which Santa caught a ride.

Congratulations

Gary Bridwell was re-elected as chairman of the Edmond Economic Development Authority. Vice chairman Phil Fraim also was re-elected.

Need answers?

Reader Jerry Peters asked: "In the northbound lane at the intersection of Covell and Coltrane, the road is very rough like a washboard causing cars and my school bus to shake apart every time I drive over it. This has been there for years. Why doesn't the city get after it, fix it and move on?"

Public Works Director Herb Blomquist answered: "The city's field services division of city of Edmond Public Works will be renting a grinder within the next 30 days, to grind humps in pavement and this area is one of the first on the list of pavement repairs."

Have questions about Edmond, its roadwork, traffic or capital improvements? Email Diana Baldwin at dbaldwin@oklahoman.

Follow Diana Baldwin on Twitter @Edmond_Beat.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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