ND)--The statewide 911 operating system was down for several hours this afternoon due to "some type of power surge and major fiber line cut" in the Oklahoma City area. Enid Police officials said the city of Enid/Garfield and Major counties 911 center re-routed lines to allow the call center to receive 911 calls. The outage occurred around 11:00 this morning, and service was restored statewide by mid-afternoon. "Our system allows us to make adjustments in this type of situation. We can still receive calls that come in on the 911 lines and transfer them to the appropriate response agencies as needed," EPD Captain Jack Morris said. In a situation where the 911 system is down, local residents can call the non-emergency line, 580-242-7000.
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RS)—An Enid man is expected to face an additional robbery charge after reportedly admitting guilt to Enid Police. 53 year old Edward Leon Lewis, who is in jail for robbing the K Store on North 4th Street on July 17th has now admitted to police that he's also the one who robbed Tammy's Store at 10th and Chesnutt on July 15th. Lewis has been charged with a felony count of robbery with an imitation firearm and misdemeanor resisting an officer. Because he is charged after six prior felony convictions, Lewis faces 20 years to life in prison on the robbery charge. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.
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IA)—A Carmen teen was injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident this morning in Blaine County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the crash occurred just before 8:10 on a county road SW of Watonga. 18 year-old Lorrin Riley Bromlow was initially transported to Mercy Hospital in Watonga, before being airlifted to OU Medical Center in OKC where she was admitted in stable condition with leg and arm injuries. According to the report, Bromlow’s 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse ran off the road, she overcorrected ran off the opposite side of the road hitting an embankment and rolling a half time coming to rest on its roof. The accident remains under investigation.
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PP)--Several local women and organizations received recognition for their community efforts at the annual YWCA Purses for Purpose fundraiser on July 14. The guest speaker was Rebecca Crawford, who spoke about strengthening women in abusive situations. YWCA Marketing Director Laura Hatchell, who joins Alan weekly during KGWA’s “A New Day” said the fundraiser is one of the largest programs at YWCA. The fundraiser, at Central National Bank Center made more than $30,000, which is around the same amount as last year. The event also presented Enid’s Woman of the Year award to Susan Bowers, who Hatchell said exemplified leadership in the community. Vance Air Force Base also was recognized for its efforts benefitting the community by cleaning up children’s playgrounds, weeding out gardens and assisting the YWCA.
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SM)--Nearly $141 million is available for allocation in the Oklahoma budget after midyear funding cuts were reduced. Officials said June General Revenue Fund collections missed the estimate by 12 percent. Budget cuts that were required after the state's revenue failure can now be reduced, leaving $140.8 million available in the state's budget. Gov. Mary Fallin plans to explore a special legislative session to use the money as a part of a teacher pay raise package.
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PA)—Here’s an opportunity to see how things work behind the front doors of the Enid Police Department. Would you like to be an ambassador for the department to the Enid Community? Here's your chance. This year's Citizens Police Academy begins August 23rd. It is free, but it requires a commitment. It's a 13 week course that meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9. Their goal is to educate Enid residents about the structure and activities of the police department. You won't be trained to become a police officer. Rather, you will become a better informed resident, and see what really happens at the police station, and its functions. You will be taught by Enid Police Officers about their patrols, criminal investigations, traffic stops, crime scenes, narcotics, DUI enforcement, officer use of force, officer safety, crime prevention and defensive tactics. To apply, go to enid.org/departments/police. Applications must be received by 5pm August 15th.
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CD)--The public is invited to have coffee and doughnuts with Enid Police Department personnel Thursday morning at Denny Price Family YMCA. The event is 8:00 to 10:00 at the YMCA, 415 W. Cherokee. Kim Boeckman, YMCA public relations and marketing director, said the event will be an opportunity for the community to come together and meet officers. Boeckman said the event is an effort for Enid residents to build a relationship with the police department in light of recent events involving police nationwide. EPD Chief Brian O’Rourke said the event is a chance for the department to build upon an already good relationship with the community and for members of the department to interact with the public in an unforced setting. Coffee, doughnuts and juice will be available at the event, which is free and open to everyone.
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SP)--Forgotten Ministries is offering free back to school sports physicals Thursday afternoon from 5:30 to 7:30. For more information, call Jeremiah or Peggy at 580-548-3182.
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BC)--Northern Oklahoma College Enid will host a summer band program Aug. 1-5 in the band room. The band camp is for any student starting band, as well as seventh- or eight-grade band students, director David Toelle said. The camp offers two classes: a beginning or switcher class at 9 a.m., for students who want to start playing an instrument, or who want to learn a new instrument; and a seventh- and eighth-grade band class at 10 a.m. Summer band tuition is $30, due on the first day. For more information, contact Toelle at (580) 402-0239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FF)--Grass roots cinema will be the focus as actors and directors will be talking film at the third annual FLY Film Festival, which begins August 5 in Enid. The festival opens at noon and continues through Aug. 7 in downtown Enid. An introduction to the Films Like Yours festival will take place at Five80 Coffeehouse, then move to Gaslight Theatre around 2:00 p.m. Aug. 5, according to Natalie Rapp, FLY Film Festival social media director. Chris Sneed, JULA Foundation for Independent Cinema president and FLY Film Festival director, told the Enid News and Eagle there will be twice the amount of movies this year (50) compared to previous years in efforts to “amp it up.” Sneed said there will be several genres, including fantasy, horror, drama, romance and comedy. Many of the films that will be showing were made in Oklahoma, Sneed said. Some were made in other states and countries. The festival will provide the audience an opportunity to meet the directors and actors from the films. For more information, go online to FLYfilmfestival.org.
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GS)-- The City of Enid, in cooperation with JJ Keegan, is conducting a survey regarding Meadowlake Golf Course. Your insights and perspectives, whether you golf or not, will assist the city to create value for golfers on a foundation that optimizes the financial foundation and stewardship on which they are managed. Please access the LINK below and take the brief survey that should take 8 to 10 minutes to complete.
Once you complete the survey, by entering your email address, you will be entered in a contest to win one of five foursomes with carts valid through 2016. Even if you are not a golfer, you will receive a comparable prize package if selected. Winners will be notified by email by August 31, 2016.
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CT)--As temperatures climb, the amount of energy Oklahomans use also increases as air conditioner units work overtime to keep homes cool and comfortable. To help customers manage summer energy use and lower their energy costs, OG&E offers the following energy-saving tips:
1. Have your heating and or cooling system tuned and inspected by a service professional. Losses from a poorly maintained system accumulate over time – Sometimes at a rate of 1-2 percent each year. OG&E’s Home Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) provides no-cost air conditioner tune-ups, a $175 value, as well other home energy efficiency improvement rebates.
2. Clean or change air conditioner filters monthly. The flow of air is the key to cooling, so don't make your system work harder than it has to. Also, make sure that air vents are clear of furniture or other objects that might slow down the flow of air.
3. Use a programmable thermostat to manage your home’s temperature. Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature when you’re home and raise it a few degrees when you’re not home. Each degree a thermostat is raised can save up to three to four percent on the cost of operating an air conditioner. Customers on OG&E’s SmartHours® program receive a free programmable thermostat and incentives for shifting their energy outside of the company’s peak hours—nearly half-price electricity during non-peak times.
4. Avoid activities that add heat or humidity to your home, particularly during the hottest parts of the day, or limit them to times when nobody is home. For example, turn on your dishwasher as you leave the house or let dishes air dry rather than use the dishwasher's heater. Cook meals and dry clothes during the cooler times of the day.
5. Use fans to keep air moving. A ceiling fan uses about as much electricity as a light bulb -- far less than an air conditioner. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms. If your fan is running in an unoccupied room, you’re wasting energy instead of saving it.
6. Use an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen while cooking. The savings in your cooling costs far outweigh the electricity use of the fan.
7. Plant shade trees to block the heat from the sun. As the trees grow, they can dramatically cut your cooling bills.
8. Close drapes and shades on windows during the day to keep heat from the sun out of your house. (Particularly on windows with an eastern or western exposure). In the evening, opening drapes and shades lets heat escape through the windows.
To help customers better manage their monthly energy budget, OG&E also offers billing programs, such as Average Monthly Billing, which computes a customer’s bill on a rolling 12-month average so that bills are about the same every month, and Guaranteed Flat Bill, in which customers pay the same monthly amount for electricity regardless of their energy use.
FP)-Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma offers its Summer Feeding Program in dozens of locations in central and western Oklahoma, including in Enid. While most children enjoy summer break, many children in Oklahoma go home to empty kitchens, food bank Executive Director Rodney Bivens said in a press release. “During the summer, electricity bills are high,” he said. “Parents, who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches, also have extra financial stress of providing meals for their children. Thankfully, children can visit a Summer Feeding site to ensure they will have enough to eat.” Enid children under the age of 18 can get summer meals on weekdays at Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 S. 5th, noon to 12:30 p.m. through July 22; and Zoe Kids’ Cafe of Enid, 729 E. Maine, noon to 1 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m. through July 29. All Summer Feeding program locations will be closed July 4. During the summer 2015, 93 sites served almost 6,500 children. For more information, go to summerfeeding.org or call (405) 972-1111.