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  • SB)--The Enid Public Schools Board of Education Monday met in special session to approve a one-year extension to Superintendent Darrell Floyd’s contract, which now extends to June 30, 2018. Floyd came to Enid in 2014 after 14 years as superintendent in Stephenville, Texas. The board also approved a 1.5 percent increase to Floyd’s salary, to add Social Security benefits to his contract, and to approve his four goals: to continue to employ and retain the highest quality employees possible to best benefit students; ensure effective communication districtwide and recognize employees appropriately for their efforts; provide good fiscal leadership and attempt to ensure the district remains in a good financial position; and to ensure the district’s Strategic Plan is implemented effectively and according to the agreed-upon timeline, while keeping the board updated and informed appropriately.

     

     

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    EQ)—There has been several earthquakes today across the area. At 11:05 this morning a 2.6 magnitude quake occurred 2 miles ESE of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. U.S. Geological Survey officials said at 12:34 this morning there was a 2.8 magnitude earthquake centered about seven miles west of Cherokee. At 3:02 a.m. there was a 2.9 magnitude earthquake centered eight miles south of Guthrie in Logan County. And, At 6:20 this morning there was a 3.0 magnitude centered 4 miles ESE of Edmond in Oklahoma County.

     

     

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    TR)--An Enid man charged earlier this year with second-degree rape is facing further charges following a preliminary hearing Monday. 30 year-old Zachary Adam Thorp was bound over on the charge of second-degree rape filed in December 2014. At the request of prosecutor, Special District Judge Brian Lovell added counts of first-degree rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to the Enid News and Eagle, testimony was heard Monday from three witnesses, two police officers as well as the alleged victim. Thorp is accused of having sex with the then 14 year-old girl on at least two occasions in November of last year. Thorp is set for district court arraignment July 15 before District Judge Dennis Hladik.

     

     

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    RC)--Rather than have a summer and winter schedule, the City of Enid recycling center at Grand and Chestnut will now have set hours. Beginning today, it will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the week, and from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The center is operated by Supported Community Lifestyles, a company that provides opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. For information on recycling, call the Solid Waste Department at 580-616-7300.

     

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    DS)--A northwest Oklahoma state senator who was found sleeping in his parked pickup and smelling of alcohol in December pleaded no contest last week to a misdemeanor. 38 year-old Bryce Marlatt of Woodward was charged with actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Under a deal with prosecutors, Marlatt agreed to pay a $250 fine, about $1,000 in court costs and $150 in restitution. He also was ordered to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation within six months and follow the recommendations. According to NewsOK.com, Marlatt received a deferred sentence. The case against him will be dismissed if he successfully completes probation. Following the Dec. 2 arrest, Marlatt's attorney issued a statement noting the senator had taken a prescription sleep aid before leaving his office, and had a mixed drink earlier in the evening. When he realized he was unable to drive, he stopped the vehicle and fell asleep.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A woman who claims wastewater disposal practices in Oklahoma's oil-and-gas fields triggered a 2011 earthquake that caused injuries to her legs has permission to seek damages in court. The Oklahoma Supreme Court said today that Sandra Ladra can sue. A lower court judge had said that since her claims involved Oklahoma's energy industry, she should go to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Ladra's fireplace collapsed during a Nov. 5, 2011, earthquake that is Oklahoma's strongest on record. She says the temblor was manmade. In their decision, justices noted earthquake activity has increased near Ladra's home at Prague but did not take a stand on the merits of her case. The justices said a court should hear the case because Ladra seeks damages and isn't trying to modify wastewater injection rules.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution. The court ruled Tuesday that the Oklahoma Constitution bans using public property to benefit a religion, and said the Ten Commandments are "obviously religious in nature." Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued that the monument is nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Oklahoma justices said the local monument violates Oklahoma's constitution. Private funds were used to erect the monument in 2012. Since then, others have asked for space, including a Nevada Hindu leader, animal rights advocates, the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and a group pushing for a Satan statue.

     

     

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    CS)--Due to the upcoming 4th of July holiday, the city’s Friday trash route will be picked up Wednesday. All other routes will remain the same. The city’s landfill will open 7am-2pm on Friday, July 3rd and will close Saturday, July 4th. The Enid Transit will be closed Friday and Saturday for Independence Day.

     

     

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    NS)--The Mackie Planetarium on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus will present a very special show Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. They will present the sky over Enid and will show how Jupiter and Venus will nearly touch Tuesday in the early evening. This very rare event will occur at dusk when Jupiter and Venus will be in nearly the same relative positions they occupied 2,000 years ago when they merged in the western evening sky to form the brightest object ever seen. Fritz Osell, NOC astronomy instructor, said “This may have been the event that we call the Star of Bethlehem. As seen from Baghdad (Babylon) in June 2,000 years ago, Venus and Jupiter would have appeared to merge directly over Jerusalem. The Mackie Planetarium will show the sky from Enid that night and will compare it to the event as seen from Babylon on June 17, 2 BC as it pointed the Wise Men towards Jerusalem on their journey to find Jesus.” Osell said the planetarium will also present a show that will take the audience from the beginning of the universe through today and 2,000 years into the future. If the night is clear, the telescope will be available for viewing Saturn in the southeastern sky.

     

     

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    PC)--The annual 4th of July celebration is Saturday at Meadowlake Park. It starts with the annual Liberty Federal Fishing Derby from 5:30a.m. to noon. Cash prizes will be given for each tagged catfish caught. The Kiwanitrain, Ferris wheel and carousel will be open Saturday. If you want a preview of the music that will be performed during the Saturday night’s concert and fireworks display, the Enid Symphony Orchestra will host a free open rehearsal of “The Pursuit of Happiness” in Enid Symphony Hall at 4:00p.m. Saturday. The hall is located on the fourth floor of 301 West Broadway in downtown Enid. The ESO’s one hour concert will begin at 8:30 pm in the park and conclude with a fireworks display by Western Enterprises which is sponsored by the City of Enid. The concert will feature a variety of patriotic and popular music. A significant portion of this year’s fireworks display will be choreographed to the music of Elvis. The evening of entertainment is free to the public at Meadowlake Park on South Van Buren in Enid.

     

     

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    FW)—The City of Enid has a city wide ban on the possession, sale and use of fireworks within city limits. Class C fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and exploding devices are prohibited in city limits, but novelty fireworks, such as party poppers and smoke bombs, are permitted. If you get caught you could be fined up to $500 plus court costs. You can transport them if they stay unopened. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office reminds you it's is illegal to discharge fireworks on the roadway (fence line to fence line), or within 500 feet of crops, churches, and hospitals. If you want to do your own fireworks, it needs to be on private property outside Enid city limits. If it's not your property, you must have permission from the property owner. And, if you're thinking about setting off fireworks on the roadside, remember depositing any lighted substance or thing on a county road can carry up to a $2,000 fine.

     

     

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    GG)--The Junior Welfare League of Enid is seeking grant applications for its 2015 Charity Gala funds. Nonprofit organizations and agencies who wish to receive disbursement funds from the 2015 Charity Gala may pick up an application at Return Engagement, 123 N. Grand, or complete an online application on the website at jwlenid.com. The deadline for grant applications is July 1.

     

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    DD)--Security National Bank of Enid, Park Avenue Thrift,  Eagle Marketing and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center are once again joining forces to help raise funds for animals and animal related causes. The 6th Annual Enid Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash will be held July 18th and will be raising funds for Bennie’s Barn. Enid Paws 4 the Cause is a National Dachshund Foundation sanctioned event. Three age groups of dachshund athletes will compete for the title of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion which will qualify them for the national race in Finlay, Ohio. All racers must be full blood dachshund.  This year there will be additional races for “mixed breed dachshunds”.  The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of those races will also qualify for the national race in Finlay, Ohio. 

     

    Funds raised previously have helped; purchase two Enid Police Department K9 Partners, furnish trees and shrubs for Enid’s dog park, furnish watering stations for pets on the City of Enid’s Master Trail, provide outside adoption areas at the Enid Animal Shelter and help create shade for outdoor play at the Enid SPCA. Owners may register their dachshund athletes at the Groom Closet 2005 West Chestnut Avenue.  Registered dachshunds will be randomly drawn to be chosen to participate in the dash.  Limited racing spots are available.  There is a $20 registration fee for those racer’s registered by the July 01, 2015 deadline.  Late registration fee for entries received after July 01, 2015 is $45.  Additional information about the dash and registration can be found at www.enidpaws4thecause.com.

     

     

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    LGE)--Leadership Greater Enid Class XXV applications are being accepted until July 20. Through the leadership program, Enid area residents who have demonstrated an interest in local issues are selected, challenged and educated through a series of issue-oriented forums and experiences. The class will be limited to 25 members. Class applications are available at Enid Chamber of Commerce, 210 Kenwood, and online at www.enidchamber.com. For information about membership applications, contact leadershipgreaterenid@gmail.com.

     

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    ES--Starting Aug. 4 and continuing every Tuesday night in August, the Enid Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Wine Series will allow audiences to enjoy wine, provided by Park Avenue Thrift, before enjoying performances featuring several artists in Enid Symphony Hall. According to the orchestra’s artistic director, Douglas Newell, performances are at 7 p.m. and tickets will be $10 at the door. The first performance on Aug. 4 will preview the orchestra’s full stage production of the opera “Carmen,” coming in April 2016.

     

     

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    CC)--Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns, with special guest Lauren Daigle, are set to play in Enid Event Center Friday, Oct. 23, according to Spectra, formally Global Spectrum. Tickets priced at $25, $35 and $55 will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, June 19. There is a group ticket option, for $30 — $35 ticket price level only, for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be ordered by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or at Enid Event Center Box Office.

     

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    MS)--Mannheim Steamroller will perform live at Enid Event Center on December 10. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. “We are excited to announce a world class Christmas show in Mannheim Steamroller,” said Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. “In addition to one of the best Christmas shows around, you can take advantage of our Chef’s Holiday dinner package to make it the complete night.” This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

     

    Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 24. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.  There will be a Holiday Buffet Dinner package available to add on to ticket orders.  The dinner package will be good for two guests’ tickets and meals, and a limited number of seats are available in Convention Hall’s Grand Ballroom.  Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. 

     

     

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    WA)--Wonder what the weather is doing in Garfield County?  Well, now there's an app for that! Designed for Androids and Iphones, the “Garfield County EM” was launched in January and is a direct link to the Garfield County Emergency Management team. On the app you can get the local forecast, weather radar, weather alerts, and other emergency information that's specifically catered to Enid and Garfield County. The app is administered by Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County Emergency Management Director. It also has the option of push notifications to alert you in emergencies. Other options include Honigsberg's daily blog, a damage report page, a list of emergency contacts, the storm shelter registry, nixle registration, storm preparedness, and more. Best of all the app is free.  

     

     

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