Primary for Mayor’s Office to be Held February 13

Three candidates filed to run in Oklahoma City’s mayoral election, setting up a primary election February 13. The candidates are David Holt, Randall Smith and Taylor M. Neighbors.

Oklahoma City’s next mayor will succeed current Mayor Mick Cornett, who isn’t seeking re-election after four terms. He has served as mayor since 2004.

If the winner of the primary election earns a majority of the votes, that candidate will be sworn in to a four-year term as mayor in April. If no candidate receives a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will stand in a decisive general election April 3.

The mayor is one of nine members of the Oklahoma City Council. The other members represent each of Oklahoma City’s eight wards.

All Oklahoma City voters are eligible to vote in the election. Use your voter ID card or the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool at to find your polling location or confirm your registration.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election is 5 p.m. February 7. Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at

Early voting for the primary election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. February 8 and 9 at your local county election board.

OKC Utilities to roll out 
new trash collection days 
beginning Feb. 5

About half of Oklahoma City trash collection customers will have a new day for trash, recycling and bulky waste pickup beginning February 5.

The change will affect about 91,000 households, which is about 45 percent of Oklahoma City’s utilities customers. The changes are part of a route consolidation program to provide more efficient collection services.

Postcards were mailed on January 5 to all 195,000 customers alerting them of the upcoming changes. The cards let customers know whether they will have a new collection day and when that pick-up day will be. Customers can also visit or call Utilities Customer Service at 405.297.2833 to learn about the new collection schedule.

IHG’s avid Hotels Accelerates Roll-out with First Groundbreaking in Oklahoma City

InterContinental Hotels Group celebrated the first groundbreaking of its new midscale brand, avid hotels, in Oklahoma City. The groundbreaking came only two months after the brand was launched, well ahead of initial projected timing. 

Projected to open by the end of Q3 2018the avid hotel Oklahoma City–Quail Springs will be a four-story, new-build hotel with 87 guest rooms, and will be owned and operated by Oklahoma-based Champion Hotels, the largest privately-held hotel operator in the U.S. 

The Oklahoma City-Quail Springs property, located at the intersection of 138th Street and Joel McDonald Drive, will serve a thriving area of suburban Oklahoma City. 

The modern exterior hotel design will include an open and airy retail-like entry, a canopy, and will use the stairwell as an eye-catching red architectural feature. 

On the inside, guests will find vibrant, open public and work areas and inviting communal spaces that allow guests to relax, work, connect or eat. Guest rooms will include sound-reducing features for a superior night’s sleep, a dedicated workspace and ample open, easy-to-use storage. The guest bathroom experience will re-energize guests with a fresh and bright design.

The hotel will offer a focused, high-quality, complimentary breakfast and marketplace options made for guests on the go.

The entire hotel will be equipped with IHG Connect Wi-Fi featuring the fastest speed in the industry and the ability for loyalty members to be automatically connected for all future visits. It will also deploy IHG’s new state-of-the-art, cloud-based next-generation reservation system.

OCU Named a Best College 
Value by Kiplinger’s

Oklahoma City University was named a 2018 Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. 

OCU ranked 71 out of the 100 private universities that made the list. The rankings are available online at and in print in the February issue.

Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list. Kiplinger also ranks the 100 best values in each category. The analysis is based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability, not subjective criteria.

The editors at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance start with data provided by Peterson’s, a college prep and data collection service. The list is then narrowed to the top schools based on measures of academic quality, including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four-year graduation rates. 

The editors then rank the schools using cost and financial aid measures. Academic quality carries more weight than costs.