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    MC)--President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Crescent, Oklahoma native Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents. The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17. She was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest and attempted suicide twice last year. Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information. Most of the other people receiving commutations were serving sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

     

     

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    RS)--Retail sales were down slightly for Enid in the latest report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The OTC reports for January show Enid sales are $383,525 less than sales reported in January 2016, and sales tax revenue decreased by 0.65 percent. The city of Enid's sales tax rate increased from 3.5 percent to 4.25 percent to fund the water pipeline project from Kaw Lake beginning this month, but the increase is not yet reflected in the January OTC report. The report is for sales occurring mostly in the last half of November and estimated sales for the first half of December.

     

    Four area county seats saw decreases when compared to January 2016. In Cherokee, in Alfalfa County sales tax revenue decreased by 9.8 percent. Alva, in Woods County, had a 5.9 percent decrease in sales tax revenue. In Woodward, in Woodward County, sales tax revenue is down 4.4 percent. While Kingfisher, located in Kingfisher County, saw sales tax revenue decreased 0.83 percent.

     

    Three area county seats saw an increase in the January reports. Medford, in Grant County, saw a 9.2 percent increase in sales tax revenue. In Fairview, located in Major County sales tax revenue increased by 0.23 percent. And, in Watonga, located in Blaine County, sales tax revenue was up 109.7 percent.

     

     

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    TB)--If you see things in your neighborhood that don't seem right, you should call authorities. Case in point, Monday evening Garfield County Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a field when they made contact with two juvenile males on foot on North 90th Street. At the same time, there was a report of a burglary to a residence near the 200 block of North 90th.  The homeowner reported his door was kicked in and a firearm was taken. The juveniles became the prime suspects in the case, and after executing a search warrant, deputies found the stolen firearm. The juveniles were booked on complaints of burglary and possession of stolen property.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —While locally we avoided the brunt of the weekend winter weather, Oklahoma emergency management officials say hospitals have reported 65 injuries, most of them falls, in connection with the icy weather that struck the state over the weekend. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says hospitals reported treating 50 patients for falls, six for cuts and nine for injuries suffered in traffic wrecks. Forecasters say northwest Oklahoma bore the brunt of the ice storm, with more than three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulating in some areas including Woodward and Harper Counties. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power in the state because of the wintry weather, but forecasters say mild temperatures will continue this week.

     

     

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    VA)--Team Vance had a television star Monday. Vance Air Force Base's Major Christina Hopper was a guest on the Harry Connick Jr. show. Connick's nationally syndicated show is continuing a series about women who are empowering others and making a difference in their communities.

     

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    CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet in study session and regular meeting Thursday. The meeting was pushed back two days because of the Martin Luther King Holiday. During the study session Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 audit; discuss the current fiscal financial update; and discuss the fencing ordinance. During the regular meeting the commission will consider approval of the first team Wayfinding Signage Master Plan along with $50,000 in funding and address a number of routine business items. The study session will be held at 5:00 Thursday afternoon in the Lower Level Conference Room of the City Administration Building. The regular meeting will be held at 6:30 in Council Chambers. Both meetings are open to the public.

     

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    DK)--A march and celebration planned to celebrate the life and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held this Saturday. Both events originally were scheduled for Jan. 14 but were rescheduled for weather. Rev. Norris L. Williams, President of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, has the details.

     

     

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    The commemorative march is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday. It will start at the Central National Bank Center, 301 S. Independence. A celebration will immediately follow the march at 2:00 p.m. at the Central National Bank Center Grand Ballroom. Doors to the event will open at 1:00 p.m.

     

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    BB)--Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center begins its 2017 Brown Bag Lecture series Wednesday with a presentation on German-Russian immigrant Pauline Schlegel Lehl by Eric J. Schmaltz, professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  Lehl settled in Ingersoll and Alva in 1913. From 1913 to 1937, Pauline received 180 letters, mostly in Russian, from relatives in Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union. This exchange preceded World War I and ended with Soviet dictator Stalin’s Great Terror. Sometimes through subversive techniques and coded language to avoid censors, the letters related to outsiders what was happening inside the old country. This Brown Bag Lecture presentation will be Wednesday in the Humphrey Heritage Village Church. The presentation is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch. For more information about CSRHC programs, call (580) 237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.

     

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    FS)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s first Family Saturday of the year will be held this Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Village Church. The theme of the January Family Saturday will be World War I to complement the newly changed cases in the exhibit gallery. Each January the theme changes in several cases in the permanent gallery to reflect different aspects of the Cherokee Strip. This year the theme is World War I in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary. The changing cases tell the stories of men from this region who fought in the First World War. The cases are filled with uniforms and related artifacts from that historical event. During this Family Saturday, families have the opportunity to learn about World War I through the making of War Bond buttons and learn about code talking used during the war to keep important strategic military information from the enemy. Family Saturday hands-on activities are held monthly. The activities provided during Family Saturdays are free with admission to the museum. Admission for adults is $6 and $3 for children, five years and under are free. 

     

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    CA)--The Enid Police Department is accepting applications for its next Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin Feb. 28. For applications to be considered for the next academy, they must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Feb. 13. About five spots are still available for the upcoming academy. Applications for the 13-week course are available on the EPD website, www.enid.org/departments/police, and can be printed, filled out and mailed or returned to the police station. Mailed applications need to be marked to the attention of the Training Division. The goal of Enid Police Department's Citizens Police Academy is to educate Enid residents about the structure and activities of the police department, Wilson said. Citizens Police Academy class is not a training class, but is an information class, a behind-the-scenes look at Enid Police Department. The academy is free to attend and meets 6:30-9:00 p.m. Tuesdays for 13 weeks. Class sizes are limited to ensure the quality of the course. The objective of the academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better-informed residents, with an accurate knowledge of the department's responsibilities and functions.

     

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    TT)--Travis Tritt’s acoustic performance, originally scheduled at the Central National Bank Center on Sunday, 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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    CV)--The City of Enid is taking applications for a vacancy on the Fire Civil Service Commission. Per the City’s Charter, this vacancy must be filled by a citizen of Enid. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. local time on January 20, 2017.  It is intended that this appointment will be made by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at their meeting of February 7, 2017.  The City Commission may, at its discretion, conduct interviews with applicants prior to such appointments. Information and applications may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, Oklahoma, 73701 or by calling 580-616-7271.  Application forms can also be downloaded from the City’s web-site, www.enid.org.

     

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    PC)--Garfield County Election Board Secretary Cheryl Patterson said the Pond Creek-Hunter, Timberlake and Cimarron school districts opted to close polling places for Precincts 210, 308 and 310 in Garfield County for the annual school board and city elections ballot on February 14th. However, Precinct 308 will be open for the Ward 6 Enid City Commission race. Voters registered in Precincts 210, 308 or 310 will receive an application for an absentee ballot from the county election board. Voters should fill out the application form, sign it and return the application to the election board. Applications must be received by no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 8. If you think you live within the affected precincts but have not received an absentee ballot application, you should contact the county election board immediately. Their number is 237-6016.

     

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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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    NB)--Newsboys, a Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling Christian group, is coming to Enid for their Love Riot Tour on March 17, 2017. 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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    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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