All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

"YSR" statues a reflection of Indian life and politics

NELLORE, India  - Located in a  lush area of southeastern India, the district of Andhra Pradesh is known not only for its large rice fields, banana groves and tobacco fields but also its high poverty rate. 

And the other thing that Andhra Pradesh is filled with is statues.

It is rumored that there are more than 20,000 statues of the late political figure Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, also known as simply as YSR.  While on assignment covering charity work in southeastern India, Red Dirt Report was struck by the large number of statues and the story behind the statues.

In times of drought, Lake Hefner reveals her secrets

OKLAHOMA CITY – Built to help meet Oklahoma City’s water supply needs, the Lake Hefner reservoir, built in 1947 – the last year Mayor Robert A. Hefner served in that position – covers approximately 2,500 acres and averages a depth of nearly 30 feet.

Of course that is in times of ample rainfall. At present, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Oklahoma City, Lake Hefner is suffering from the state’s ongoing drought and lake levels in the reservoir have dropped 10 feet, according to information released last fall.

Proposed office towers create furor; Councilman objects to creation of new TIF

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A petition endorsing the demolition of several downtown buildings created a ruckus between pro-growth advocates and preservationists who argue the structures should be saved.

The petition was circulated by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce during Mayor Mick Cornett’s State of the City speech, which was heard by about 1,500 people during a Wednesday luncheon.

Central Oklahoma Humane Society is raining cats and dogs

OKLAHOMA CITY – A month of woofness. There is barely any more I needed to know to be automatically drawn in. But for the sake of informing the general public, I will expand. The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) has gone through some big and exciting changes recently and they are ready to share.

Thanks to a generous local family, OK Humane’s Adoption Center located at 7500 N Western has been remodeled to hold even more potential pets than ever before.

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