From a group advocating against the use of chloramine in Tulsa's water to a Stillwater teacher receiving a prestigious award, here's what's happening in the Tulsa Metro area Monday.
As always, follow KTUL.com for full-length coverage on larger stories occurring in the area, state and nation. The following events are just some of those happening Thursday with updates posted throughout the morning as we send out crews and reporters to stories we're working on for our evening newscasts.
Owasso: A resident at the Sterling House assisted living center will be celebrating her 105th birthday Monday. A birthday party will be held for Lula Lovelace where City of Owasso officials will dedicate the day in her honor. The celebrations will begin at 2 p.m.
Tulsa Community College: The Student Government Association kicked-off its coat and blanket drive benefiting the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Collections will continue through Dec. 10 at all TCC campuses.
Veterans: The Sons of Union Veterans in Tulsa announced the death of a Tulsa "real son." John M. Whitman died Thursday, Nov. 15. John was given the title of "real son" for being a first generation descendant of Civil War Veteran Nathanial Amos Whitman. John published his fathers recollections of the war in a book and also was part of the Tulsa's Indian Nations Camp.
Tulsa: Grace Hospice is offering a free support group called "Coping with Grief during the Holidays" beginning at noon on Mondays through Dec. 3. The focus of the weekly groups will be on how the holiday season affects the grieving process. The group's leader will work with the group on how to have a plan for handling loss during the holiday season and what to expect once the holidays have ended.
Water Woes: Tulsans against Chloramine are continuing to urge the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority to move away from chloramine-treated water after completing the conversation from chlorine back in July. A meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. will take place at the Hardesty Regional Library addressing the dangers of the chloramine and safer alternatives. The group says there are side effects to the chemical when ingested, used in cooking, or used in bathing.
Stillwater: A teacher will receive an unrestricted $25,000 Milken Educator Award at a surprise school-wide assembly. State Superintendent Janet Barresi will present the instructor with the award at 9:15 a.m. at Highland Park Elementary School.
Black Friday: One of our photographers has already found someone camping out at a Best Buy in town. We're also drawing up a list of opening times for the stores in town. Are you taking part in the national event? If so, send us your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Financing Your Holiday: Some organizations are offering credit counseling while others are offering payday loans so you can get those gifts without having to wait. So how is this good or bad for Tulsans in the area? Kimberly Hulsey is following this story tonight.
Safety: Tulsa Police Department announced its Safe Shopper Program for Black Friday. Officers will patrol the major shopping centers at 41st and Yale, 21st and Yale, Tulsa Hills and 96th and Delaware.