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    CP)--The Envision Enid Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the public tonight. City of Enid Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said the 6:00 p.m. meeting will be facilitated by officials from Guernsey, a consultant group tasked with overseeing creation of the plan. “This is a great opportunity for the public to learn more of the comprehensive plan, which has taken months to assemble,” Bauer said. The plan is expected to include suggestions for future Enid development. Once the plan has been presented to the public, it will be considered by the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and the Enid City Commission. The draft of the plan is available on the city’s website, www.enid.org. Tonight’s public meeting will be held at 6:00 in Council Chambers in the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

     

     

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    FR)--An Oklahoma City woman was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County for false reporting of a crime in the case against former OKC police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who grew up in Enid. According to court documents, 26 year-old Shaneice Barksdale met with an Oklahoma Police Department detective in August 2014, to report a sexual assault. Barksdale told police she was sexually assaulted in March 2014 by Holtzclaw. Police said a check of Holtzclaw’s GPS in his police vehicle showed he was never in the areas the night Barksdale said the incident occurred. She reportedly told police later she never came into contact with Holtzclaw and was never stopped by him. Online court records show Barksdale has a warrant for her arrest on the felony charge. Holtzclaw was in Oklahoma County Court Wednesday for a pretrial conference. Judge Timothy Henderson set a trail date of Oct. 26 for Holtzclaw on 36 total charges involving 13 alleged victims.

     

     

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    EQ)—US Geological Survey officials say a 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck just before 3:00 this afternoon 4 miles ENE of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. There was a 2.9 magnitude quake 1.5 miles WSW of Cushing in Payne County at 2:42 this morning. There was no damage reported with either incident.

     

     

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    LS)--The 81st annual Northwest District Junior Livestock Show continues at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. This year’s show will feature about 2,100 entries from more than 950 student exhibitors representing 40 schools and 4-H chapters from across northwest Oklahoma. Students will show sheep, goats, cattle and pigs. The show will conclude Monday night with awards presentations and a premium sale.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City firefighters spent hours this morning containing and extinguishing a blaze in a downtown historic district. Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said one firefighter was injured after the flames broke out around 8:00 this morning in the Stockyards City area. The fire was contained a little after 11:00 a.m. after burning the Bentley-Gafford Ranch store and the Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry. Stanaland said the firefighter suffered unspecified injuries in a fall. It's unclear if that firefighter was treated at the scene or taken to a hospital. The department dispatched more than 60 firefighters, eight fire engines and three ladder trucks to the 4-alarm fire. No word yet on the cause.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from a Tulsa-based construction company today outlined their strategy for repairing Oklahoma's nearly 100-year-old state Capitol to members of a legislative oversight committee. Administrators from Manhattan Construction Co. appeared before the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. Afterward, committee members discussed their options for phasing in repairs to the interior of the Capitol. Officials say repairs to the building's interior should begin next year and will be limited at $91 million. Renovations to the building's exterior are expected to begin this spring. That contract was awarded to JE Dunn Construction and capped at $25 million. The Legislature last year approved a $120 million bond issue to repair and restore the building, which has a crumbling exterior and outdated plumbing, electrical and security systems.

     

     

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    DENVER (AP) — Ten sheriffs from three different states are suing Colorado for legalizing marijuana. The sheriffs are from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. They say in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Colorado's 2012 marijuana legalization vote violates federal law and shouldn't be permitted. The sheriffs were joined by county attorneys from Kansas and Nebraska. They are asking a U.S. District Court in Denver to nullify the marijuana amendment to Colorado's constitution. The lawsuit is the latest legal challenge to legal weed. Separately, Nebraska and Oklahoma have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down marijuana legalization in Colorado. The Supreme Court hasn't said yet whether it will hear that case. And a group of Colorado citizens have filed their own federal challenge, saying marijuana reduces property values.

     

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    RC)--Hip-hop/rap artist Bun B will perform in concert with special guests Kirko Bangz and Slim Thug at 8:00 p.m. April 25 in the Convention Hall Grand Ballroom. Tickets are priced at $49 for general admission tickets and $150 for a limited number of VIP tickets. Early-bird special for first 50 purchasers who will be given a general admission ticket for the discounted price of $35.  Tickets will go on sale 10:00 a.m Friday. 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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    GS)--The Garfield County Master Gardeners’ “Gardening 101” workshop has been re scheduled for Saturday March 7. Registration for the workshop is 8:30-9:00 a.m., with classes 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Autry Tech, 1201 W. Willow. Registration fee is $35 and includes lunch. The sessions will be presented by experienced Master Gardeners and faculty from Oklahoma State University. Between sessions, participants will be invited to shop for books and gardening items from the Master Gardeners’ boutique. Door prizes also will be given out throughout the day. To register, call the Garfield County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Office at (580) 237-1228. Those attending also can register the day of the event.

     

     

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    TH)—US Congressman Frank Lucas will hold town hall meetings in Enid as well as several other locations in the Third district next week. On Monday meetings will be held in Sayre and Clinton; on Tuesday in Kingfisher at the Chisholm Trail Museum from 2:30-3:30pm, and in Watonga at City Hall from 4:00-5:00pm. On Wednesday, Congressman Lucas will be in Enid in the Gantz Center Ballroom on the NOC-Enid campus from 9:00-10:00am. All residents are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Congressman Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for opinions and input on legislation currently before Congress.

     

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    PW)--It's time to get your high school senior ready for college.  NOC Enid has an ACT prep workshop Monday March 9th in the Gantz Center. The workshop will cost $20 and includes breakfast, and a campus tour. Students will be given study materials and be trained on testing successfully without getting stressed out. Reservations must be made by this Monday.  For more information, contact Northern Oklahoma College here in Enid

     

     

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    TF)--Enid Public Schools is looking for outstanding teachers for the 2015-16 school year. The district will host a teacher career fair Tuesday March 10 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. The event will be at the Enid High School University Center, 611 W. Wabash. EPS continues to be a fast-growing district with an enrollment increase of 1,700 students since 2005.The district typically hires more than 75 new certified staff members each fall.

     

    Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Director of Communications & Human Resources, said the district offers a very competitive compensation package and provide $2,000 recruitment stipends for secondary math, science and foreign language, as well as all levels of special education.  

    Those attending the career fair will be able to interview with multiple EPS principals. Other school officials will be present to answer questions and talk with potential team members. Candidates may register for interviews if they are certified in Oklahoma, certified in another state or are currently student teaching. To register for an interview with the principals, or more information visit: www.enidpublicschools.org/careerfair.

     

     

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    SD)--Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” will be at Enid Event Center on Tuesday 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.

     

     

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    DC)--Democrats of Garfield County will hold their precinct meetings at 7:00 p.m. Thursday March 12. All registered Democrats are eligible to attend. Precinct officers, chair, vice chair and secretary, will be elected at the meetings. The precinct meetings will be held at 202 W. Walnut. The officers elected in each precinct will be delegates to the county convention. The Garfield County Convention will be 11 a.m. April 11 at 202 W. Walnut. The county convention will elect delegates to the district and state conventions. Every Democrat is encouraged to attend these precinct meetings and become active in the Democratic Party, said Dena Felton, Garfield County Democratic Party secretary. For more information, call Dena Felton Garfield County Democratic Party secretary at (580) 758-1346 or email denafelton@hotmail.com or the Oklahoma Democratic Party at www.okdemocrats.org.

     

     

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    FF)--The Red Brick Road Food Truck Festival will take place in Enid Saturday, March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the 200 block of East Maple. There will be several food trucks offering a diverse variety of foods as well as live music throughout the day. Admission to the festival is $2.00 per person over the age of 10. Purchases for food will be made individually at each truck.

     

    "This is Enid's first food truck festival. We don't have many trucks in town but they are quite popular all over the country right now and we're excited about bringing a few of our local trucks along with several out of town ones to our first festival," said Tammy Wilson, festival coordinator. "We are excited to get people over to this part of downtown where we're hoping to have several events in the future. The festival is named after Enid's first and last red brick road, where the festival actually takes place."

     

    In conjunction with the food truck festival, Creative Arts is also holding the Downtown Arts Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the same location. Trucks include Stella Reauxs Cajun food from Tulsa, Galley Soul Food & More from Edmond, Johan's BBQ from Waukomis, Stillwaffles from Stillwater, the Smoke Wagon from Enid, True Bean Ice Cream Rescue from Tulsa, and Joe & The Guys from 580 in Enid. The Barn will have beer available for purchase, Whitney Sessions, Those Guyz, and Suede Panther will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening. For more information or sponsorship opportunities call (580) 402-6732 or email info@enidevents.com.

     

     

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    VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – There will be a scheduled controlled burn March 19-20 on sections of Vance’s airfield. The burn is scheduled to start around noon today and end around 7:00 p.m. as well as start around 7:00 a.m. on Friday and end around 7:00 p.m. The controlled burn is necessary to reduce the likelihood of bird strikes with aircraft, which will enhance the safety of pilots and student pilots. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Affairs team at (580) 213-7476 or via e-mail at 71ftw.pa@us.af.mil.

     

     

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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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    UA)--A limited amount of funds for utility assistance for low income families will be made available across the state through the federal Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). The DHS will begin taking applications Tuesday, March 24, and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. Eligibility is based on each household’s income and assets. If you or someone you know may be income eligible, you are encouraged to apply at your local DHS County Office. Applications will be accepted at your local DHS County Office. Persons applying should have the most recent heating bill for their home or fuel supplier name, ID, social security number and verification of income for everyone living in the home when they make application.  For more information, contact your local DHS County Office.

     

     

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    CA)--Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town will be live in concert March 28 at the Enid Event Center. The concert will feature special guest Chris Stapleton. The band will offer a VIP experience for fans, allowing them to choose from two limited packages, including meet and greets, pre-show soundcheck access, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information on tour dates, VIP packages, and pre-sale tickets, visit www.littlebigtown.com. Tickets for the Enid concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 23, by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices

     

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    VG)--The United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is making funds available for Venture Grants for area non-profits. This funding is in addition to the regular allocations provided to the 16 United Way member agencies.  United Way Executive Director Pamela Ballard said, We budget money each year for Venture Grants targeting identified social service needs in the community. We are looking for programs or projects which are effective in creating sustainable change in the realm of human and/or social services.” Any non-profit 501(c)(3) human service organization in Grant, Garfield, Major, Alfalfa, or Kingfisher county is eligible to apply. The due date for Venture grant applications is April 30. Grant forms can be downloaded through the United Way of Enid & NW OK website at: www.unitedwayenid.org/grants or an application can be received by email or mail by contacting the United Way office at 580-237-0821.

     

     

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    CT)—Officials say tickets are selling fast for Alan Jackson’s 25th anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour concert at Enid Event Center on April 18. Keller Taylor, general manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall said “This show continues to showcase the abilities for Enid to support world-class entertainment at Enid Event Center.” Ticket options include $75.50 and $95.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling (855) TIX-ENID, going online to www.EnidEventCenter.com or going in person at Enid Event Center box office. 

     

     

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    RC)--Tulsa-based comedian Rodney Carrington will perform on June 13 in Enid Event Center. Tickets, priced at $45.75 and $180.75 for VIP ticket options, and are on sale now. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. The show is for mature audiences.

     

     

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