Planning Commission meeting this afternoon.

Friends of Library set annual meeting;

SEDF board will hear presentations

The Friends of the Shawnee Library annual meeting is Thursday at 5:30 p.m. A light supper will be served and music will be provided by the Lost and Found Jazz Orchestra.

A short business meeting will feature election of Friends' Directors and a report from Head Librarian Karen Bays. Memberships in the Friends will be available at the meeting. RSVP to


When Shawnee’s Economic Development Foundation meets this morning, Trustees will hear a presentation from Jack Trostle with Jindal Films.

The board also will review and take possible action on Mike Simmons serving on the SEDF board as the official ONG designee.

Board members will hear a staff presentation as part of the SEDF Strategic Planning follow-up.

The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. in the SEDF office at 131 N. Bell, on the second floor.


A reminder that the Shawnee’s Planning Commission will consider a rezoning application when it holds its monthly meeting today.

The Commission will hold a public hearing to consider approval of rezoning property located at 3720 N. Bryan from A-1, Agricultural to R-1, Residential Single family.

The applicant is Janice Percell.

Also listed on the agenda is a workshop on zoning code revision along with the report from the Planning Director.

The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.


With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

In Pottawatomie County, blood drive will be held

Jan. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Gregory’s University Rockwood Center, 1900 W. Macarthur Street in Shawnee.


Beginning with the Jan. 1 edition of The Shawnee News-Star, the paper has put into place once again it’s policy on not accepting any letters to the editor regarding political candidates at any level including local, county, state and federal until after the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.

This includes any attempts for endorsements or letters opposing any candidate or incumbent.


Kinlee Farris, executive director of Shawnee Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, has announced the regular scheduled Tourism Advisory Committee meeting for Thursday, Jan.. 9, has been canceled.


This information is provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Fly fishing is a popular technique for catching trout, and Oklahomans have a great opportunity to learn how it's done at an upcoming course held by the Illinois River Fly Fishing School. A course will be held Feb. 21-22 based out of Tenkiller State Park.

Long-time instructor Mark Patton says the clinic lays a good foundation for both amateur and experienced anglers. While he "starts from the ground up," Patton said even those familiar with fly fishing can benefit from the instruction.

The clinic will offer in depth information on equipment, tackle assembly, knots, flies, casting, and tactics and will include on-stream fishing instruction. According to Patton, participants will leave with a better understanding of fly fishing by learning how the equipment works and why it performs the way it does when operated properly. Upon completion of the Illinois River Fly Fishing School, Patton said participants will be ready to begin fishing by themselves.

The clinic costs $150 and includes orientation on Friday night as well as Saturday morning sessions. Anglers are encouraged to stay and fish Sunday. Spots are limited, and registration is required by calling (405) 340-1992. Meals are an additional $30. Lodging is not included but can be booked directly through Tenkiller State Park by calling (918) 489-5643

Fly rods will be available for loan on Saturday, and participants who own their own gear are encouraged to bring it with them to the clinic. Participants should dress for outdoor conditions and bring a hat, sunglasses, coat, rain gear and flashlight. The "welcome session" begins at 8 p.m. Friday for both weekends

For more information or to register, call Patton at (405) 340-1992.


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