Debate Arises Over Whether To Rename Ottawa County Bridge - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Debate Arises Over Whether To Rename Ottawa County Bridge

Updated:
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) -- Family members of an Ottawa County soldier killed in Iraq earlier this year want to have a bridge renamed in his honor, but descendants of the man for whom the bridge now is named have objected to that request.

Air Force Technical Sergeant Jason L. Norton died in Iraq on January 22nd. His family asked Ottawa County Commissioners in June to rename the Steppford Bridge, an aging wood-plank span which crosses the Neosho River about five miles west of Commerce.

But commissioners denied that request when descendants of Andrew Jackson Stepp protested and turned down the Norton family's latest request Monday.

Stepp ferried people across the river and lived in the area more than a century ago.

Norton's brother Bert Norton says the family means no disrespect to the Stepp family and that the Nortons just wanted to honor his brother.

Now the Norton family is requesting a plaque be placed on the bridge to honor Jason Norton. Tabitha Stepp Reeves, Stepp's great-great-granddaughter, says her family has no objections to such a plaque.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Sand Springs Police Approve New Policing Plan With Community Input

    Sand Springs Police Approve New Policing Plan With Community Input

    The Sand Springs Police Department is updating the way it serves the public, with a new plan that includes more training for officers, and more community policing programs.

    More >>

    The Sand Springs Police Department is updating the way it serves the public, with a new plan that includes more training for officers, and more community policing programs.

    More >>
  • Tulsa Responders Take Caution In Midst Of Synthetic Opioid's Rise

    Tulsa Responders Take Caution In Midst Of Synthetic Opioid's Rise

    Tulsa Responders Take Caution In Midst Of Synthetic Opioid's RiseTulsa Responders Take Caution In Midst Of Synthetic Opioid's Rise

    It's an elephant tranquilizer, 10 thousand times more powerful than morphine, and first responders say it's not a matter of "if" the drug will make its way onto Tulsa streets, but when. "It's not legal in the United States, so those folks who are using it have no idea what it is they are messing with," said Anthony First, Tulsa Police officer. Carfentanil. It's a synthetic opioid most commonly used to cut heroin. It can be solid, liquid, powder, or gas, which m...

    More >>

    It's an elephant tranquilizer, 10 thousand times more powerful than morphine, and first responders say it's not a matter of "if" the drug will make its way onto Tulsa streets, but when. "It's not legal in the United States, so those folks who are using it have no idea what it is they are messing with," said Anthony First, Tulsa Police officer. Carfentanil. It's a synthetic opioid most commonly used to cut heroin. It can be solid, liquid, powder, or gas, which m...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.