OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former civilian contractor at Vance Air Force Base has agreed to pay $380,000 to settle civil claims involving allegations that it broke the law by submitting false claims to the U.S. Air Force. Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma City announced the terms of the settlement today. Prosecutors say the contractor, Computer Sciences Corporation, contracted with the Air Force to provide aircraft maintenance services at Vance Air Force Base. Authorities allege that the company submitted false claims for payment to the Air Force from 2008 to 2013 for painting, non-destructive inspections and pressure tests of hydraulic actuators in T-38 aircraft that were not performed. The settlement means CSC did not acknowledge liability and the government did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims.
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FC)--A Dover man has died as a result of injuries he suffered in a vehicle crash on January 22. 56 year-old Eric Stevenson was pronounced dead at OU Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said Stevenson was injured late on the night of January 22 when he crashed his Saturn Vue as he was northbound on US 81 3.5 miles north of Kingfisher. According to the report, Stevenson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected after his car ran off the roadway and overturned. The accident remains under investigation.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Health officials say influenza has taken the lives of 11 people during the past week. Officials reported today 58 Oklahomans have died due to flu-related illness since the flu season began Sept. 28. About 1,400 others have been hospitalized, including 116 during the past week. 43 of the flu victims were 65 or older while eight were in the 50-64 age group, two were aged 18-49 and three were 5-17. Two victims have been younger than 4. Tulsa County has recorded the most deaths with 12, followed by Oklahoma and Garfield counties with five. A record 61 people died in the state during the last flu season to break the previous record of 46 deaths in the 2009 season, when the state began tracking the statistic.
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CF)--An Enid municipal candidate forum was last night in the City of Enid Council Chambers. You may have heard it live last night on NewsTalk 960 KGWA. The candidates for mayor and well as Ward 5 were asked a list of questions by several members of the Enid media including KGWA, KOFM, the Enid News and Eagle, EnidBuzz and others. If you missed the program, look for the video availability at the Enid Television Network website.
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SM)--A meeting for eighth-grade parents is set for 6:00 tonight in the Enid High School auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss students making the transition to Enid High School and choosing classes for their freshman year.
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GM)--Good job by Enid Chick-fil-A operator Connie Sturgeon-Hart. She nominated the Enid 4RKids Foundation for a portion of the Chick Fil A True Inspiration Awards grant. According to the Enid News and Eagle, 4RKids received $10,000, which will go toward general operations. 4RKids Executive Director Tricia Mitchell said that Sturgeon-Hart is on the 4RKids board, and suggested they apply for the grant. 4RKids was is a non-profit organization that provides support to adults and children with disabilities and their families, in northwest Oklahoma, through a variety of programs, including two gift shops with fair trade products and items made by their employees with special needs like dog biscuits, greeting cards, jewelry and gift products.
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SC)--The scheduling for closing Chestnut from Cleveland west to Nottingham to all through traffic has been revised to start on Wednesday of next week. The road closure is necessary to allow for storm water improvements as part of the development along Chestnut and Cleveland. The closure should last approximately four weeks. Motorists are asked to plan alternate routes during this period and to exercise caution when driving near all work zones.
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EW)--A former St. Mary’s Physicians Associates manager facing 31 counts of embezzlement in Enid is serving a 100-day sentence in a Texas jail for a previous theft. According to the Enid News and Eagle, 46 year-old Michelle Bays of Enid began her sentence Jan. 9 in Travis County, Texas on a felony charge of first-degree theft and also will serve 10 years of community supervision. In Garfield County, Bays has been accused of taking approximately $150,000 in cash and merchandise from St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and affiliates and approximately $60,000 from Springs Internal Medicine, and two doctor practices over a two-year period. According to online court records, she is scheduled to appear in Garfield County District Court on Feb. 25.
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CS)--Enid police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of using a stolen credit card to make purchases in Enid over a three-day period in January. The victim reported to police she lost her credit card Jan. 2 and did not realize the card was missing until fraudulent charges appeared Jan. 11 on the card. The last unauthorized purchase was made Jan. 14. The suspect is a white female, thin to medium build, with red or brown hair. She is driving a silver, four-door sedan with tinted windows. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Detective Mike Evans with the Enid Police Department or Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233. Residents can anonymously text your tip to Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 274637, in the message box type “Enid” followed by your tip. Citizens also can report a tip online by logging onto the Enid Police Department website at www.enid.org/police. Callers to the tip line can earn up to a $1,000 reward and will not be required to testify or be identified.
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RS)--A Stilwell man charged last year in Kingfisher County with sexually abusing a young girl is facing newly filed rape charges involving another alleged victim. 46 year-old Donald Jackson Fowler Jr., has been charged with five counts of first-degree rape by force or fear and rape by instrumentation related to allegations of rape over a period of years in Dover. In a separate case, Fowler was charged in June 2014 with three counts of lewd acts with a child under 12 years old. Fowler remains jailed in Kingfisher County. A preliminary hearing date has been set for Feb. 23 and a jury trial is set for July 30.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he'll push to resume executions. Pruitt said Thursday that if the state can obtain doses of barbiturates Oklahoma has used to execute inmates in the past, he'll ask the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set new execution dates. That may be difficult, though. Oklahoma switched to the current method it uses when supplies of some drugs dried up. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday delayed three executions, including one that had been scheduled for this week. The court will decide whether the sedative midazolam appropriately renders an inmate unconscious before additional drugs are administered to shut down the lungs and heart.
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AC)--A reception will be held Friday at the Woods County Courthouse lobby from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to recognize Karen Armbruster for being named Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service 2015 Distinguished Educator. Armbruster has been the OSU Family and consumer science extension educator and Woods County extension director for 35 years. According to the Alva Review Courier, the award is presented to one extension educator each year and is the most prestigious award given by the organization.
EC)--The Hennessey Friends of the Library will have their 17th annual chili cook-off this Saturday evening from 5:30 to 7:00. 31 chili cooks are preparing their best chili for the library fund-raiser. To be a judge, and get to eat all the chili you could ever want, cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under, and $15 for a family household. There is still time to supply a door prize, or to enter the cook-off. For more information, call the Hennessey library.
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2015 PERSONAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICE
The County Assessor of Garfield County, or his deputies, will be at the places and dates herein set out, for the purpose of listing and assessing personal property. All property in this state whether real or personal, except that which is exempt by law shall be subject to Ad Valorem taxation.
Carrier Jan 28 9:30 am-12:00 noon Carrier Mill/Elevator 855-2200
Douglas Jan 28 9:30 am-12:00 noon Farmers Coop 862-7222
Hillsdale Jan 28 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Hillsdale Christian School 635-2211
Fairmont Jan 28 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Fairmont Coop 358-2529
Garber Jan 29 9:30 am-12:00 noon City Hall 863-2254
Enid Jan 2-Mar 15 8:00 am-4:30 pm Assessor’s Office 237-0220
Covington Jan 29 1:00 PM-3:30 PM City Hall 864-7428
Kremlin Jan 29 9:30 am-12:00 noon Kremlin High School Library 874-2281
Hunter Jan 29 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Senior Citizens Building
Drummond Jan 30 9:30 am-12:00 noon Drummond Coop 493-2212
Waukomis Jan 30 9:30 am-12:00 noon City Hall 758-1146
Lahoma Jan 30 1:00 pm-3:30 pm City Hall 796-2600
FAILURE TO ASSESS PERSONAL PROPERTY
If assessed by either the taxpayer or the assessor after March 15, it is subject to a statutory penalty which is MANDATORY that the assessor apply as follows: If listed after March 15 to April 15, a valuation penalty of 10% is added. If listed after April 15, a valuation penalty of 20% is added. This penalty is added as a part of the assessment.
SS)--Enid Public Schools is inviting all Enid residents to provide input that will shape the future of the district. An online survey will be available for feedback through February 4 at www.enidpublicschools.org/survey. EPS recently embarked on a comprehensive strategic planning process designed to build awareness of 21st century demands and create shared beliefs, vision, and core values for the school district. The process – Designing the Future Together – will help ensure the district continues to meet the needs of all students, preparing them for college, career training, the workforce and beyond. EPS has partnered with Engage Learning to facilitate the planning process. Topics of discussion have included instruction, staffing, extracurricular activities, school finance, community relations, character education, facilities and more.
Input has been and will continue to be sought from parents, students, teachers, administrators, business owners and community members. The survey was developed using feedback gathered during two community meetings and multiple focus groups. Approximately 400 people have provided direct guidance for the process so far. Information from all meetings and the survey will be used to provide direction to a Strategic Design Team, which will be made of 40 community members. A final plan will be presented to the Board of Education in April or May. Updates are available at enidpublicschools.org/designingourfuture.
AL)--The Enid City Commission has organized a law enforcement appreciation day to be held February 4. There will be a luncheon noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Convention Hall. Tickets are $10 per person for lunch, and officers in uniform or with their badge or ID will get in free. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event. Keynote speakers will be Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson and Garfield County District Attorney Mike Fields. Several agencies will be represented, including Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff's Department, Enid Police Department, North Enid Police Department and Vance Air Force Base security forces. Organizers are looking for positive stories about experiences with local law enforcement agencies. Those stories can be emailed to email@example.com and some of them may be shared at the event.
FT)--All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2015 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held on January 31st at 10:30 A.M. at the Saint Francis Catholic Church Gym located at 110 North Madison, Enid OK. The gym will open at 10:00 A.M. for practice. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: Paul Reherman at (580) 554-1415.
AB)--Enid Municipal elections are scheduled for February 10th. Absentee voters need to request an absentee ballot by Feb. 4th from the Garfield County Election Board. Anyone can request an absentee ballot for any reason. Forms are available at the Election board office, 903 Failing. They can also be downloaded at Elections.ok.gov. Ballots received after 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 10 will not be counted. Voters can cast their absentee ballots in person at the board office on the Thursday and Friday before the election.
FR)--Two showings of the original Rodgers and Hammerstein’s film musical “Oklahoma!” will be presented Feb. 22 in Enid Convention Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Tickets, priced at $3 each (children under 2 are free), benefit the Enid Public School Foundation. The movie show times are at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Fans will also be able to enjoy movie-themed concessions as well as get to see “The Surrey” on display. Tickets will be available at all Enid Public Schools sites from Jan. 19-30, EPS Central Office from Feb. 2-13, Enid Welcome Center from Jan. 19- Feb. 20, calling 855.TIX.ENID, or visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.
PA)--Security National Bank of Enid again will reward five area students for their good grades with the SNB Pays for A’s program. The SNB Pays for A’s is in its 12th year. SNB sponsors the program twice a year, once for spring semester grades and once for fall semester grades. The program is open to students in grades 3 through 12. Public and private school students are encouraged to participate. Students have until 5:00 p.m. Feb. 6 to take their report cards to any of Security National Bank’s three locations. The bank will make a copy of the report card and place it in a hopper. Four cards will be drawn from the hopper. Those four students will receive $10 for each A and $5 for each B on their fall 2014 semester grades. Individual grades from each nine-week section will not be considered. All students entering their grades will receive a coupon for an ice cream cone from McDonald’s of Enid. In addition to the four students who will be paid for their A’s, one card will be drawn from the hopper for a $150 savings account with the bank. Security National Bank is located at 201 W. Broadway, 201 W. Maine and 210 N. Oakwood. Bank lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the West Maine location.
VS)--The Vance Officers’ Spouses’ Club is offering college scholarships. They are open to Enid-area seniors or current college students who are dependents of active-duty, National Guard or Reserve military personnel assigned to Vance, local area retired or deceased military personnel, or Department of Defense employees of Vance. Scholarship applications are available at the base education office, the Family Readiness Office, and the base commissary. Counselors at local high schools will also have the applications.
XW)--Enid-based Xpress Wellness announced plans to build an urgent care medical center in Sapulpa. The new urgent care medical center will begin seeing patients in May 2015. Sapulpa is the seventh location for Xpress Wellness.
Xpress Wellness is an urgent care and occupational medicine provider that treats non-life threatening illnesses and injuries on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed. Xpress Wellness is open 7 days a week with extended evening hours and weekend services. Services include an online check-in option that allows patients to wait at home or where they are most comfortable. The online check-in feature is accessible through the company’s website www.XpressWellnessUrgentCare.
Xpress Wellness is a privately-held company based in Enid. The company is led by Dr. Scott Williams, Chief Medical Officer, and Brian Hayden, President. Xpress Wellness has six other locations in Oklahoma: Enid, Elk City, Weatherford, Shawnee, Muskogee and Woodward.
LD)--Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” will be at Enid Event Center on March 10. Tickets for the 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances are on sale now. Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience. The audience is invited to dance with Sesame Street friends on the floor. Sesame Street Live features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. Tickets are $18. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle seats and $50 Sunny Seats also are available. Sunny Seats packages feature premium show seating and a pre-show meet-and-greet. A facility fee of $2 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply. For information, call (580) 616-7380. To charge tickets by phone, call (855) TIX-ENID. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.enideventcenter.com. For information about Sesame Street Live, go online to www.sesamestreetlive.com.
KF)--The American Kitefliers Association (AKA) announced that its 2015 national convention will return to Enid next Fall at the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall and at the flying field behind Autry Technology Center. The dates for the 38th annual AKA National Convention are September 28-October 4, 2015. The AKA Convention is an annual gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The AKA held its 2012 national convention in Enid. The national convention is rotated every three years between locations on the east coast, west coast and central United States, meaning it will be returning to Enid at its first opportunity. The 2013 AKA convention was held in Portland, OR, while the 2014 convention recently concluded at Outer Banks, NC. AKA President Mel Hickman said the hospitality the group received in Enid in 2012 was a primary factor in returning to Enid.
Highlighting each afternoon of the AKA convention is the Mass Ascension, where AKA members release their kites at once, filling the skies above Autry Technology Center with magnificent color. The public will be encouraged to attend each afternoon session. More details will be announced as the convention date draws nearer.