Sb)--The Oklahoma House has passed a $6.8 billion spending plan that protects the budgets of about 15 state agencies but cuts many others by about 5 percent. It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature. The House approved the measure 57-42 today just hours before lawmakers were constitutionally required to adjourn the 2017 legislative session. The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday. Supporters say the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 closes a projected budget hole of about $878 million and protects core services like public education and road and bridge construction. But opponents say it includes hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue approved during the final week of the session in apparent violation of a constitutional prohibition against such measures.
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MD)—There will be activities on Saturday and Monday as part of the local Memorial Day observances remembering military service members’ sacrifices. The annual Red Dirt Run of Honor will take place Saturday at the Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. The run features a half-marathon beginning at 7:00 a.m. and a 5K run at 8:00 a.m. Both races begin and end at Veterans Park. Event organizer Elaine Johns said registration is available for the runs online at itsyourrace.com or in person at the race site Saturday. Entry fees are $75 for the half-marathon and $30 for the 5K run. Chip timing for both runs will be provided by Enid Running Club. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in both races, and each finisher in the half marathon will receive a commemorative medal. All proceeds from the races will go to the construction of an educational center at the veterans’ park. For more information on the Red Dirt Run of Honor visit okreddirtrun.com or call (580) 233-4530.
The annual Woodring Wall of Honor Memorial Day ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. Monday. The ceremony will include remarks by state Sen. Roland Pederson, Enid Mayor Bill Shewey, 71st Flying Training Wing Vice Commander Col. Fred Cunningham, state Rep. Chad Caldwell and state Rep. John Enns. Four Oklahoma service members who have fallen in the last year will be honored during the ceremony. Families of the fallen men are scheduled to be present at the ceremony to be honored. During the ceremony three service members who died as a result of wounds suffered in Vietnam will be remembered and have their names added to the Woodring Wall of Honor. Their names already are engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Monday’s ceremony will dedicate placement of the three names on the local memorial. A new addition to the veterans’ park also will be added Monday. A self-propelled howitzer that was donated by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2270 and renovated over the last year will be dedicated. Following the ceremony a free pulled-pork lunch will be provided for veterans, military personnel and children. The lunch is organized and will be served by North Enid and Garber Lions Clubs.
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IA)--A Canton man was injured Thursday in an accident in Blaine County. 24 year-old Michael Anthony Bjornsen was admitted to Okeene Hospital in stable condition with trunk and arm injuries. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the accident happened just after 4:00 Thursday afternoon on State Highway 8 nearly a mile east of Hitchcock. According to the report, Bjornsen was riding a 2017 Harley-Davidson west when he went off the road and overturned. Bjornsen told OHP the wind blew him off the road. The accident lists "unsafe speed due to wind conditions" as the cause of the accident. Bjornsen was wearing a helmet.
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DC)--Two Enid men are facing felony meth trafficking charges following their arrests earlier this month at an Enid motel. Enid News and Eagle reports 28 year-old Bobby Nicholas Reeves and 22 year-old Taylor Austin Griffin were charged this week with felony trafficking in illegal drugs-methamphetamine. Reeves, who is charged after six prior felony convictions, faces 12 years to life in prison on the felony charge. Griffin faces four years to life in prison and a fine of $25,000 to $200,000. The two also were charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of minors. The pair was arrested after an anonymous tip led Enid Police Department officers to Holiday Motel on Rock Island Blvd May 11, where police reportedly found drugs including methamphetamine and marijuana.
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BB)--4RKids in Enid received a donation of 1200 beanie babies, and they will be using them to raise money. They will sell them for $5 each, and ones with babies will be $10. They will be selling them tomorrow at Jumbo Foods. Each purchase gets a chance for $500 cash prize. The 4RKids beanie babies will also be available at St. Mary’s Hospital.
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BW)--The annual Enid High Plainsmen Blue/White Spring Game is Friday evening at 6:00 at the D. Bruce Selby stadium. It's a preview of the upcoming team for the 2017 – 2018 season. The weather looks great, and there's no charge to get in. So, if you support the Plainsmen, get out and enjoy the game. And, if you are interested in supporting them even further, Booster Club members will be on hand with information about how you can join them.
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MD)--In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices will be closed on Monday. City of Enid officials say the Monday trash route will not be collected on May 29th; however, Monday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday. All other trash routes will remain the same for the week. Additionally, the Recycle Center and Enid Public Library will be closed Monday. The landfill will be open on Monday with operating hours from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM and the Meadowlake Golf Course will be open on Memorial Day. Tee times start at 7:00 AM. Enid Public Transportation (EPTA) will be closed Monday.
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TT)--Memorial Day revelers who celebrate too much can avoid making a potentially deadly decision to drive while intoxicated by using AAA’s Tipsy Tow. AAA Oklahoma is offering free tows over the long holiday weekend to keep drunk drivers off the streets. Tipsy Tow starts at 6:00 p.m. Friday and runs until 4:00 a.m. Tuesday May 30. “We know people will be partying over Memorial Day,” said AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai. “If they choose Tipsy Tow, they get home safely and so does their vehicle, no questions asked. We’d prefer drivers call us instead of possibly becoming a crash statistic.” Callers simply dial (800) 222-4357 and tell the AAA dispatcher they need a Tipsy Tow. The program is being provided as a community service in Enid, metro Tulsa, metro Oklahoma City, Lawton, Tahlequah, Bartlesville, Shawnee, Muskogee and Ardmore. AAA will give the motorist and up to one more person – and their vehicle – a free ride home within a 15-mile radius of point of pickup. Tipsy Tow is open to AAA members and non-members alike.
AAA is predicting the highest travel volume for Memorial Day weekend since 2005, both nationwide and in Oklahoma. The auto club expects 671,000 Oklahomans to travel 50 miles or more from home this year, 89 percent of them by motor vehicle, a jump of 2 percent in total travel over Memorial Day 2016. The number of Americans traveling over the holiday – 39.3 million – is almost 3 percent more than last year and also the most in 12 years.
CT)—A multi-agency "Click It Or Ticket" campaign is underway with over 10,000 agencies nationwide, including Enid Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma Highway Patrol participating. The campaign keeps coming back because not buckling up while driving remains alarmingly popular. In 2015, 223 Oklahomans died in wrecks while not wearing a seatbelt. Out of those 223, 87 were totally ejected from the vehicle. At least 20 law enforcement agencies across the state have committed to the effort. Agencies taking part in the campaign will be taking no excuses in enforcing seat belt law and will be writing tickets day and night. The campaign will run through June 4.
RJ)--The fifth annual Race 4 Jase will be 9:00 a.m. June 3 at Crosslin Park. The event will include a 5K run, one-mile kids fun run and a one-mile walk. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers of the 5K and the kids’ fun run. To sign up or purchase a T-shirt, go to www.GetMeRegistered.com. T-Shirts can be picked up 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. June 2 at Iron Works Fitness and Tanning, 1602 N. Van Buren. They also can be picked up the morning of the race, starting at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds will go to galactosemia research. For information, call Jessy Dershem at (580) 541-1309 or email email@example.com.
SN)--Enid Public School's 2017 Summer Child Nutrition Program will serve free breakfast and lunch to all children age 18 and younger weekdays from June 5th through the 30th. Breakfast will be served from 7:30am to 8:30am and lunch will be served from 11:15am to 12:30pm, at Garfield Elementary, Monroe Elementary, and Enid High School.
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 OKFreewheel.com.