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    ER)—John Pfeiffer will be the new State House District 38 representative. Pfeiffer garnered 63% of the votes in Tuesday’s Republican runoff election against Harold LeValley. Since there is no Democratic challenger, Pfeiffer will be the new representative.  District 38 covers parts of Northeast Garfield county, Grant county, Kay, Noble, and Logan counties. In the Kremlin Hillsdale school district, voters approved a $8.8 million bond issue by 64% for improvements to the school buildings in the district. Garber voters approved a $7.3 million dollar bond issue for school improvements by 71%. Okarche school district voters approved a $350,000 bond issue by 73%.  Okeene school district voted down a proposition for the annexation of the technology center. In Fairview, voters approved a one percent sales tax by 76%.  And in North Enid, voters approved a franchise agreement with One Gas by 94%. 

     

    In statewide races, longtime educator John Cox has won the Democratic Party's nomination to be Oklahoma's next superintendent of schools, defeating Freda Deskin. Cox moves on to meet Republican Joy Hofmeister in November. State Sen. Connie Johnson has won the Democratic primary runoff election by defeating Jim Rogers and will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race to fill an open Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat. And, Former state Sen. Steve Russell has won the Republican nomination for central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. Russell defeated Corporation Commission member Patrice Douglas in Tuesday's runoff election for the GOP nomination. Russell faces Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey in the Nov. 4 election.

     

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    MH)--The White House has announced it will present a posthumous Medal of Honor to an Oklahoma resident whose brother in Enid. According to the Enid News and Eagle, 20 year old Specialist Donald P. Sloat of Coweta, died Jan. 17, 1970, in South Vietnam. He was an infantry soldier who earned the Medal of Honor when he used his own body to shield fellow soldiers from a grenade blast. Dr. Bill Sloat, an optometrist practicing in Enid, will receive the Medal of Honor for his brother in a White House ceremony Sept. 15.

     

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    DW)—Authorities are seeking a man wanted by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office on multiple drug charges. 33 year-old Stephen Michael Enloe faces six counts, including felonies stemming from charges filed in 2011 and 2013. He was due in court in October of last year but was not present, so the judge filed bench warrants for his arrest. According to the GCSO, Enloe is charged with cultivation of a controlled dangerous substance, two counts of possession of a CDS, false personation, driving without a valid license and failure to comply with the insurance law. A statement from the sheriff’s office says he also may have a warrant from Major County. Anyone with knowledge of Enloe’s whereabouts should call local law enforcement or the sheriff’s office at (580) 237-0244.

     

     

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    EQ)--There was a 2.5 magnitude earthquake Tuesday morning at 8:07 about 7 miles southeast of Covington in southeast Garfield County. There was a 3.2 quake about 2 miles southwest of Guthrie Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. in Logan County.

     

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    DH)--The attorney for embattled OKC police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has asked the court to lower his bond from $5 million. According to the Enid News and Eagle, Scott Adams confirmed today that he asked the judge to reset Holtzclaw’s bond to $139,000. The 27 year-old Holtzclaw is an Oklahoma City police officer who grew up in Enid. Fellow police officers arrested him last week following an investigation into several complaints that ranged from rape to indecent exposure. Statements from the police accuse Holtzclaw of committing the acts while on patrol. Adams visited Holtzclaw’s solitary detention cell this afternoon and said he is in high spirits while maintaining his innocence. Jailers have isolated him for his own safety, Adams said.

     

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    CT)--Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the Monday trash route will not be collected on Monday, September 1st. Monday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday, September 3rd. Residents need to place the green poly carts (yard waste) on the curb the same day as the household trash during next week. All other routes will remain the same. Additionally, the Recycle Center will be closed Monday, September 1st and the Landfill will be open from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. For any questions on the holiday schedule please contact the Solid Waste Department at 580-616-7300.

     

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    BC)--Applications are being accepted for vacancies on many of the City of Enid’s advisory boards and commissions. Vacancies exist on the Library Board, Construction Board of Adjustment & Appeals, Tree Board, and ADA Access Board. Applications will be accepted until 5 P.M. local time on September 3, 2014.  It is intended that these appointments will be made by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at their meeting of September 16, 2014.  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 at Dr. 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, enid.org.

     

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    EE)--The City of Enid has launched a new website, www.EnvisionEnid.com to gather ideas from the community about Enid’s future. Officials said the website acts like a virtual townhall, enabling Enid’s residents to share their ideas 24 hours a day. Residents of Enid should visit EnvisionEnid.com to create an account and share their ideas. City of Enid Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said Envision Enid is the name of the City’s new comprehensive plan that is currently under development. The comprehensive plan is the overarching policy of the City of Enid and addresses everything from infrastructure investments and development decisions to education, health and social services. The plan will create a vision for the future of Enid and outline coordinated policies and recommendations to steer the city towards achieving the vision. The website is one of several ways to contribute the plan. You can share your ideas at the Envision Enid booth at the Cherokee Strip Celebration, and stay tuned for upcoming meetings to learn about, shape, and help implement plan recommendations.

     

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    HG)--Reservations are now being accepted for the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s 5th Annual Cherokee Strip Days Gala, “Sterling & Spurs”.  The gala will be held on Friday, September 5 at the Hiland Partners Ballroom in Enid. The Western themed gala will feature Susie McEntire singing classic country hits, fun games of chance for great prizes, a wine pull and an extravagant Prime Rib dinner by Panevino.  Major sponsors of the event are Ward Petroleum, Central National Bank and Andrew Real Estate Co. The evening will conclude with a live auction of exclusive gifts including a private concert with Susie McEntire. The Heritage Center’s annual gala is the museum’s major fundraising event of the year to support museum operations. Reservations for the “Sterling & Spurs Gala” can be made at the Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th Street in Enid or by calling 580-237-1907 with credit card information.  The cost is $200 per couple, $125 per person or $750 for a table of eight. For additional information on this or other CSRHC programs visit the website at www.csrhc.org. 

     

     

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    BT)--The Beatles tribute band 1964 will be in concert Friday, Sept. 5, at the Enid Event Center. The band recreates an early live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter. Tickets, priced at $35.50 and $55.50, are on sale now. A limited number of VIP tickets ($55.50) are available, which will include a pre-show reception in Enid Convention Hall with appetizers and drinks. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. For more information visit  http://bit.ly/1kaSbTz

     

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    PA)--It won't be long before downtown Enid will be filled with the sights and sounds of the annual Cherokee Strip Celebration. September 12 – 14 will be  a weekend to remember, and celebrate the great land run that established settlers across a large part of Oklahoma. The Enid Chamber of Commerce wants you and your organization to be a part of the fun. They are currently taking vendor and parade entry applications. You can get an application at the chamber offices, 210 Kenwood, on the west side of downtown Enid, or online at enidchamber.com. Cost for non-profit or commercial floats is $10, with prizes awarded. Others entering will have a fee of $5, with the exception of marching bands, which will not have an entry fee.

     

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    RC)--Grammy-nominated band 3 Doors Down will perform in concert on Sunday, Sept. 14, in Enid Event Center. The alternative rock band is known for the hit "Kryptonite." Tickets are priced at $65.50, $59.50 and $45.50 and will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, July 18. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.

     

     

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    SB)--The Enid Board of Education is accepting applications to fill vacancies for Office 1 and Office 2. Those interested in more information are encouraged to contact Karl White, EPS chief financial officer, by calling (580) 366-7000 or visiting 500 S. Independence. Information packets are available.


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    OL)—People wanting to reserve some city facilities can now do so online. The Enid Parks and Recreation Department has instituted a web-based program for online recreation registration and management. By using the new online program, potential renters of park pavilions, Champion Park gym or Champlin Pool can see what days are available and choose the day that best suits their needs. Park pavilion and facility rental can be done online at www.enid.org or at the Parks and Recreation office, 1110 W. Spruce. To get to the registration page, go to www.enid.org, select public works under the department’s header, then go to parks and recreation. On the parks page, click “Parks Reservations & Rental Facilities” in the menu on the left.

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    CC)--The Enid City Commission television broadcasts are being moved from Channel 11 to Channel 12 in an effect to broadcast the meetings in high definition. According to Steve Kime, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the city of Enid, “We are moving the City Commission meeting broadcast to Channel 12. This allows us to keep all government programming on one channel and provides the avenue we need to broadcast the meetings in high definition.” Kime said, the Enid Television Network staff is working with Suddenlink officials to make all the technical moves needed to allow the meetings to air on Channel 12. The city of Enid assumed operation of the local public access television programming serving Enid in February of this year.

     

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