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    IM)--Integris Bass Baptist Health Center of Enid announced it will be moving its open-heart surgery services from Enid to Oklahoma City. Integris officials said the move is in conjunction with the move of Dr. David Vanhooser, who has lived in Enid since 2001 and started the open-heart surgery program at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center the same year. Vanhooser will be joining the staff at Integris Cardiovascular Physicians in Oklahoma City in April. Catherine Gann, director of foundation and business development for Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, told Enid News and Eagle, open-heart procedures no longer will be performed at the Integris Heart and Vascular Institute in Enid once Vanhooser transfers, but clinical services and follow-up appointments still will be available. Gann said Vanhooser's move to Oklahoma City will be effective April 10. Vanhooser's Enid clinic is located inside the Integris Heart and Vascular Institute at 707 S. Monroe.


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    VR)--District Attorney Mike Fields announced his office is once again hosting its annual crime victims’ vigil on April 4th to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  “Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crime. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a time to celebrate progress, raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, and stand with those whose lives have been changed forever,” Fields said. This year’s theme is “Strength.  Resilience.  Justice,” and emphasizes the importance of a strong, community-wide response to crime, victimization, and the ongoing healing of victims and survivors. The District Attorney’s 26th annual Crime Victims’ Vigil will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the YWCA located at 525 South Quincy. “We have many community partners who have worked hard to make this event special and we hope that everyone will join us,” Fields said.  The featured speaker is Tonia Byers, a child sex abuse survivor with a compelling story of how she was able to overcome and now helps other victims.  The vigil will conclude with the speak-out portion of the program in which any victim who chooses to do so will have an opportunity to address the audience. For additional information about the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week or the Victims’ Vigil, please contact J.D. Overton, District Attorney District 4 Victim Witness Coordinator at 580-233-1311.



    This year’s crime victims’ vigil is sponsored by District Attorney Mike Fields, YWCA Crisis Center, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Enid Police Department, North Enid Police Department, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Garfield County Juvenile Office, Garfield County Domestic Violence Task Force, Vance AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center, and Vance AFB Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and the Vance AFB Family Advocacy Office.


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    SE)--Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest students in April during four-year-old enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. Enrollment for the four-year-old programs will be held at Coolidge, Eisenhower, Glenwood, Hayes, Hoover, McKinley, Monroe, Prairie View and Taft elementary schools on April 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students should enroll at their home schools. Due to growing enrollment at each site, students from Adams Elementary School and Garfield Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Carver Early Childhood Center, located at 815 S. 5th Street.


    Enrollment for the full-day, intergenerational four-year-old program at The Commons, 301 S. Oakwood, will be April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enrollment for the full-day four-year-old program at NWOSU, 2929 E. Randolph, will be April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the university. Beginning April 28, full-day kindergarten enrollment for students who are new to EPS will be weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call the nice people at Enid Public Schools: 580-366-7000.


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    PS)—Perry School board members voted unanimously Monday night to accept the resignations of a principal and a teacher accused of failing to report molestation accusations. The board also approved resignation agreements with Upper Elementary School Principal Kenda Miller and math teacher Jeffrey Sullins, effective June 30. Miller and Sullins are facing misdemeanor charges. Both had been suspended without pay. 86 year-old Arnold Cowen is accused of molesting multiple girls at the school. Cowen, a former volunteer teacher's aide at Upper Elementary, is accused of inappropriately touching 10 girls ranging in age from 10 to 13. Cowen is charged in Noble County District Court with 18 felony counts of lewd or indecent acts with a child, two felony counts of lewd or indecent proposals and one felony count of possession of child pornography.



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    CT)--Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host a Chisholm Trail 150 Festival on Saturday in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the cattle trail named after fur trader and merchant Jesse Chisholm. The event is sponsored by Visit Enid and will be 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Humphrey Heritage Village. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and free for children 5 and under.


    The event’s festivities will include games, a cake walk, cowboy tales and tricks, No Man’s Land beef jerky, pony rides, and square dancing 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Mabee Foundation Gallery. At 1:00 p.m. in the Village Church, a special re-enactment presentation will take place with Joseph McCoy, working to persuade cattle ranchers in Texas to trust him to drive their cattle up the Chisholm Trail to railways in Kansas. For more information on the Heritage Center’s Chisholm Trail 150 events, visit the website at or call (580) 237-1907.



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    CE)--Corvette Expo 25 is this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. It's the largest indoor Corvette show in the state. Choose your favorite as they are judged in several award categories including Best of Show. Attendees will also be able to participate in a silent auction. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children under 12 and military in uniform get in free. All the proceeds from the event will benefit one of the club’s charities, which include Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Enid YWCA, Denny Price Family YMCA and AMBUCS AmTryke program. All proceeds stay within the community. Corvette Club officials said about $7500 was raised last year



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    GW)--Garfield County Master Gardeners will present their annual spring gardening workshop this Saturday at Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow. The workshop, “Keys to Great Gardening,” will offer sessions on three interesting topics led by local people experienced in dealing with the sometimes challenging conditions in this area. Each seasoned speaker will share practical tips sure to be relevant for beginners as well as experienced gardeners. Following registration at 8 a.m., workshop sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will last until noon. The cost of the workshop is $35 per person with cash, checks or credit cards accepted. A boutique will be set up at the workshop with plants and items for the garden available for sale. The cost for the workshop will include refreshments and a packet of information and Oklahoma State University Horticulture Fact Sheets for each of the sessions. Several door prizes will be awarded throughout the morning. The proceeds with go toward the expansion of the Garfield County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at 316 E. Oxford. For more information or to pre-register for the workshop, contact the Garfield County OSU Extension office at (580) 237-1228.



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    VC)--The Enid Police Department, Enid Animal Control, and local veterinarians will conduct their annual animal vaccination clinic on this Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the Chisholm Trail Coliseum on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The cost is $10 for the rabies shot and city tag. If you live in the city limits of Enid and own a dog, cat, or potbellied pig over the age of 6 months, your animal, by law, needs the shot and tag.



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    VE)--Event planners seeking grant funding from Visit Enid, the City of Enid’s official Destination Marketing Organization, need to be aware of the upcoming deadline for application. Grant applications must be submitted by March 31 for events held between May 1, and September 30. Local events staged October 1 through February 2018 will have an August 31 deadline to submit its application. The Visit Enid Advisory Board awards grants based upon the event’s ability to attract visitors to Enid. Recipients of Visit Enid grants in past years include Summer Chautauqua, the Mid-America National Youth Wrestling Tournament and the Annual Indoor Track and Field Games. Contact director Marcy Jarrett at 580.616.7368 to obtain a grant application or for more information on grants available through Visit Enid.




    CS)--Garfield County Conservation District Board President Kim Farber says the District is offering an opportunity for local farmers/ land owners to apply for Cost Share assistance, for the installation of conservation practices that control soil erosion. The practices that the Conservation District has selected to offer this year are new waterway construction, new terrace construction, grade stabilization structures, and diversion terraces. Those wishing to apply for cost share assistance can stop by the Garfield County Conservation office at 1216 W. Willow, suite D in Enid or call the office at 580-237-4321 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm, M-F. The application period is open until March 31.




    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).




    VS)--The Vance Spouses’ Club annual charity auction will be April 1 at the CNB Center. The Spouses' Club raises money for scholarships, deserving local organizations, and military causes. Last year they gave back nearly $30,000 in the Enid community. And, they invite everyone to help out and be a part of this year's auction. Specifically they are looking items to auction or monetary donations. For information you can email at





    CA)--Many residents in Enid have friends or friends of friends out in the Oklahoma Panhandle that lost thousands of acres and hundreds of head of cattle in the recent wild fires. Their loss has been devastating, so Brent Kroeker and Ryan Ediger of Enid have come up with a way to go out and support them as they rebuild. Many miles of wooden fence posts burned and now need pulled. Wire also needs to be rolled up, so they can rebuild soon before the spring grass comes back. Right now there are literally thousands of acres that run into each other and across county roads and highways that can’t hold cattle in place. According to the Enid Buzz, Kroeker and Ediger have made arrangements to go out and put teams of men in place with front end loaders to pull posts and roll wire. They are asking for your help to join them for a couple days of great work, for families who desperately need help and encouragement. This operation is in need of dozens of regular folks to work on each team of tractors to move posts, drive pickups, and roll wire. If you can work, you’re needed!  The team is planning on leaving Enid on Saturday, April 1 at 5:00am and returning on Sunday, April 2 at 7:00pm. They plan to link up at Atwoods on W. Garriott Saturday morning before heading out. There will be a large guest house to stay in on Saturday night. If you have questions please post those in the discussion area on their FB page.





    HH)—The work of an Enid area artist will be featured when the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts the annual Western Heritage Awards April 21st and 22nd. The event celebrates the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the Western genre. Each award winner and inductee receives The Wrangler, an original bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback created by artist and Enid native Harold T. Holden, who is also a 2017 Hall of Great Westerners inductee. Actor and writer Bruce Boxleitner will host the ceremony that includes the induction of honorees into the Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers. General admission, black-tie dinner pricing is $185; $155 for Museum members. For more information about Western Heritage Awards and a full list of award winners and inductees, visit





    WE)--Enid Writers Club presents a free writing event 12:30-5:00 p.m. April 22 at Public Library of Enid and Garfield County. Speakers will discuss craft and publishing, and open mic-style readings will be held. This event is free and open to anyone looking to improve their writing, but there is limited seating. Visit for more information. 




    WV)--The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce federal legislative trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for April 24-27. The meetings and legislative activities will be on Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26. Meetings at the Pentagon and meetings with our Oklahoma Congressional Delegation are planned. The Enid Chamber and the City of Enid will also host a legislative reception. The legislative trip is a great opportunity to support Vance AFB and discuss federal issues that impact Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. For more information contact the Enid Chamber.




    OF)--Using the theme, “Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail,” the 2017 Oklahoma Freewheel tour will have an overnight stay in Enid this June. OK Freewheel is a weeklong bicycle tour across Oklahoma. The tour begins in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 11, will stop in Enid on June 15 and end in South Haven, Kan. on June 17. Other overnight stops along the route are Comanche, Duncan, Chickasha, Kingfisher and Ponca City. Much of the route is along or close to U.S. Highway 81, which is roughly the path of the original Chisholm Trail and has been designated the “Historic Chisholm Trail Bike Route” by the state of Oklahoma. Participants will travel around 440 miles to complete the 2017 cross-state bicycle tour. For more information on this great ride and to register, visit









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