May 2007

Weekly Winner
Oologah Lake Leader

Rescue effort ends tragically
When three high school boys’ trip down the Oologah Lake Spillway turned tragic, Oologah Lake Leader writers Bill Snyder and Faith Wylie covered the ensuing search for the boys. Two of the boys were unharmed while the third, Harrison Lodes, was found dead a day later on the eve of his graduation. Snyder and Wylie provided a profile of Lodes, a description and photo essay of the search along with a photo essay of the Oologah High School graduation. A front-page picture showed one of the survivors, Bryce Underhill, recovering on the ground just after his rescue.

Daily Winner
The Norman Transcript
Jailhouse rock (and a hard place)
Norman Transcript Reporters Peggy Laizure and M. Scott Carter wrote a series of articles from March to May chronicling Cleveland county commissioners’ search for a new jail site. The story began when Laizure and Carter learned that the prospective new jail site was far from the downtown site most presumed would be used. Despite residents protesting the planned purchase, commissioners bought the land anyway. State lawmakers then got involved by filing a bill to deny a jail site near any school. The bill died in the legislature and the issue of where to build a new jail is still up in the air.