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    DA)--A number of details have been finalized for the latest proposal for a downtown hotel. According to information provided for Thursday’s Enid City Commission meeting, meeting, Aston Management secured the Best Western GLō franchise following the commission approving a term sheet with the Hilton Garden Inn hotel flag in June 2016. Hilton Garden Inn denied the franchise application in November 2016. Under the master development agreement, the downtown land will be transferred to the developer for $1, a $200,000 grant will be given to offset the cost of constructing a parking lot and there will be an annual 40 percent room rate guarantee for five years. The hotel will not be less than 50,000 square feet, must have more than 90 guest rooms, may not exceed four floors, will offer all GLō hotel amenities, will offer business services, provide fitness and recreation services and offer an indoor swimming pool, according to the agreement. The hotel must also be designed to complement downtown architecture, and its design will include a covered pedestrian walkway connecting to the hotel to the Central National Bank Center. A parking lot must contain more than 90 parking stalls and must be lighted and have security gate access, the agreement states.

     

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    CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday. According to the agenda, commissioners will discuss the CNB Center current year financial update during their Study Session. The Study Session will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Conference Room of the City Administration Building. During its Regular Meeting, the commission will consider appointing Jonathon Waddell and George Pankonin as Ward 4 and Ward 6 Commissioners to fill unexpired terms until May of this year. The men were elected last week to four year terms that will begin in May. In other business, commissioners will consider an agreement with the developer of the downtown hotel, consider approving just over $40,000 to pay for two additional entryway signs, consider the purchase of the Family Dollar Store and adjacent property in the 100 block of West Garriott for $515,000; conduct a hearing on and consider approving a modified Fence ordinance; and consider approving a Tax Increment Finance District for a $30 to $35 million modernization of the ADM location on 4th Street. Thursday’s Regular Meeting of the Enid City Commission will begin at 6:30 in Council Chambers of the City Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public.

     

     

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    FS)--Funeral services have been scheduled for Chisholm High School math teacher John Matousek. In addition there are several events planned to memorialize Matousek and benefit his family and selected charities. A wake and Rosary service for Matousek is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, with funeral services set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, both at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hennessey. A benefit event for Matousek's family will take place Thursday at Chili's in the 3600 block of W. Garriott. The restaurant will be donating 15 percent of all sales Thursday to the Matousek family. All patrons need to do for their purchase to benefit the Matousek Family Give Back Event is mention Matousek or Chisholm Public Schools to their server. A GoFundMe account opened Sunday to raise $100 for flowers had raised more than $1,100 as of Tuesday afternoon. The site, www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-mr-matousek, states the excess funds will go directly to the Matousek family. For others wishing to donate in Matousek's memory, several options are available, by contacting Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home of Hennessey. Matousek, who had taught math at Chisholm since 1997, died in a head-on collision involving a driver fleeing police about 1 mile north of Waukomis late Saturday night. The other driver was charged Tuesday with First Degree Murder.

     

     

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    TS)—The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host its fifth annual “Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” show of fine art and custom cowboy gear. This year, the show is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail and will feature 14 of Oklahoma’s best Western artists and craftsmen. The show will include some new artists as well as “Trappings” favorites, who have been in one or all of the shows. “Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” opens to the public on Saturday and remains open through Saturday, March 25. The invitational show brings together an impressive collection of fine works of Western art and handmade cowboy gear. All works are available for purchase, deliverable following the close of the show.

    At noon on March 8, the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program will feature one of the “Trappings Show” artists, Barbara Jacques.  Jacques is a “Trappings” favorite and a very talented jewelry maker from Shidler. The presentation will be held in the CSRHC’s Village Church and is free to the public. “The Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” show is included with museum admission. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students and $4 for seniors. Those with a Military ID enter free. The Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th, is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the fine art and gear show, or other CSRHC programs, call (580) 237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.

     

     

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    RT)--114th Street in Fairmont is back open to truck traffic after repairs to a railroad trestle were completed last week. The train bridge/overpass was damaged when a truck hit it last month and had been closed to truck traffic since. The road is now open to all traffic.

     

     

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    DB)---Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics served two search warrants last week resulting in several arrests in Alfalfa County. Spokesman Mark Woodward said a search warrant was served in Cherokee at the residence of Christian and Sarah Smith. According to the report, OBN received a tip the two individuals were selling marijuana from their home. A small amount of marijuana was found in the home and both were arrested. OBN suggested to the district attorney that charges be filed, including marijuana in presence of a child, child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia. 19 year-old Christian Smith has prior charges. Simultaneously, OBN had another team serving a search warrant in Cherokee following a tip an individual was selling meth. Amy Doss was arrested and faces charges include possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Methamphetamine obtained in Doss’ residence was submitted to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to be weighed. Depending on OSBI’s findings, Doss’ charges could be upgraded to trafficking.

     

     

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    ES)--Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid is hosting “The Entrepreneur: Resiliency in Leadership” seminar on Thursday and Friday. The seminar focuses on the importance of entrepreneurs. The program is scheduled from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday in room 218, 2929 E. Randolph. It is free and open to the public. NWOSU-Enid Dean Wayne McMillin said speakers, from national to local entrepreneurs, will each speak for about an hour. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Romeatrius Moss, CEO and president of RNM Consulting. RNM Consulting is a public relations and strategic communications consulting firm with a focus on health promotion. For more information on the program and its speakers, visit NWOSU Enid Entrepreneur Seminar on Facebook on contact McMillin at (580) 213-3116 or call Tiffany Misak at (580) 213-3102.

     

     

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    BC)--Applications are being accepted for serving on many of the City of Enid’s boards and commissions. Vacancies will exist on the Aviation Advisory Board, Construction Board of Adjustment & Appeals, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Enid Joint Recreation Triad, Park Board, Tree Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Board of Adjustment, Vance Development Authority, Meadowlake Golf Course Advisory Board, Public Arts Commission of Enid, ADA Access Board, and Police Civil Service Commission. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. February 28th. The Mayor and Board of Commissioners will make the appointments at their meetings of March 7th and March 23rd. Information and applications can be found at enid.org.

     

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    PR)--“The Price is Right Live” stage show will make a stop in Enid March 4 at Central National Bank Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. are on sale at CNBCenter.com. The interactive stage that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" and play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel and the Showcase.  In a decade of shows, many sold out, across North America, The Price Is Right Live has given away more than $12 million in cash and prizes. The show is open to all legal residents 18 and older, and additional purchase is not required for contestant registration. More information about the rules and regulations can be obtained at the CNB Center box office.

     

     

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    PL)--Phillips University Legacy Foundation is accepting applications for its Undergraduate Scholarship and Leadership Development Program for the 2017-18 academic year. The program is open to incoming full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a liberal arts education and attending a college or university listed in the foundation's directory of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The application requires a short essay, resume and personal references, among other items. The application deadline is March 10. Applications are available online at www.pulf.org/scholarshipforms.

     

     

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    NB)--Newsboys, a Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling Christian group, is coming to Enid for their Love Riot Tour on March 17. Tickets go on sale 10:00 a.m. Friday. Tickets will be available at CNBCenter.com and start at $27. Tickets cost $27 for general admission, $47 for Premium, and Ultimate VIP tickets are $102. Family four-packs also are available while supplies last. Premium package includes early entry/best seats, a special tour laminate and a pre-show question-and-answer session with the artists. Ultimate VIP includes best seats, special tour laminate, pre-show Q&A, photo op with the band and coupon for discounted Newsboys merchandise at their table.

     

     

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    TT)--Travis Tritt’s acoustic performance, originally scheduled at the Central National Bank Center on January 15, has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 18. Previously purchased tickets are still valid for the new date. Tickets are still available by calling 855 -TIX-ENID, or online at CNBCenter.com.

     

     

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    VS)--The Vance Spouses’ Club annual charity auction will be April 1 at the CNB Center. The Spouses' Club raises money for scholarships, deserving local organizations, and military causes. Last year they gave back nearly $30,000 in the Enid community. And, they invite everyone to help out and be a part of this year's auction. Specifically they are looking items to auction or monetary donations. For information you can email at vancespousesauction@gmail.com.

     

     

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    FG)—Prepare to laugh. RFD-TV is teaming with comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy to bring the "We’ve Been Thinking Tour" to Central National Bank Center for two shows April 1. The comedians will deliver new material before they come together on stage for an encore. Tickets go on sale for the 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. performances at 10 a.m. November 18 at CNB Center or by calling 855-849-3643 (855-TIX-ENID).

     

     

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    WV)--The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce federal legislative trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for April 24-27. The meetings and legislative activities will be on Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26. Meetings at the Pentagon and meetings with our Oklahoma Congressional Delegation are planned. The Enid Chamber and the City of Enid will also host a legislative reception. The legislative trip is a great opportunity to support Vance AFB and discuss federal issues that impact Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. For more information contact the Enid Chamber.

     

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    OF)--Using the theme, “Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail,” the 2017 Oklahoma Freewheel tour will have an overnight stay in Enid this June. OK Freewheel is a weeklong bicycle tour across Oklahoma. The tour begins in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 11, will stop in Enid on June 15 and end in South Haven, Kan. on June 17. Other overnight stops along the route are Comanche, Duncan, Chickasha, Kingfisher and Ponca City. Much of the route is along or close to U.S. Highway 81, which is roughly the path of the original Chisholm Trail and has been designated the “Historic Chisholm Trail Bike Route” by the state of Oklahoma. Participants will travel around 440 miles to complete the 2017 cross-state bicycle tour. For more information on this great ride and to register, visit OKFreewheel.com.

     

     

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