BC)--The City of Enid has closed the bridge on East Willow Road, west of 66th Street. A recent bridge inspection has determined the sub-structure has deteriorated significantly and warrants closing for safety reasons. The bridge will remain closed while the City repairs the structure.
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BE)--A former jail employee has been charged with stealing money from an individual being booked.35-year-old Kenneth Laveren Robbins appeared free on $10,000 bond before Special District Judge Jason Seigars last week. According to the Enid News and Eagle, Robbins is accused of taking cash from a man being booked into Garfield County Detention Facility last month while Robbins was working as a detention officer. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Robbins confessed to taking just over $3,000 from an inmate while booking him on July 29th. Robbins says he later threw the money away. Robbins was ordered to return to court Sept. 25 for a bond appearance.
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LA)--Enrollment is open for Lincoln Adult Education Center’s Academic Improvement Classes. Those interested must visit Lincoln, 600 W. Elm, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 29 and August 30 or call 580-366-7200 to enroll by phone no later than August 30. Students must be 18 or older to enroll. Limited seating is available. Lincoln offers FREE classes to help participants prepare for the new high school equivalency test, as well as to improve their academic skills. Students receive academic assessments to ensure proper placement. Curriculum includes instruction by quality teachers and reinforcement through the school’s computer lab software.
Classes will be available in four core subjects: Math, English, Science and Social Studies. Classes begin September 5 and will be conducted Monday through Thursday morning 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 5 to 8 p.m. Lincoln also offers free English as a Second Language class. The classes will begin on September 5 and will be conducted Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
The HiSet (High School Equivalency Test) is also administered at Lincoln on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To register for the test log on to hiset.ets.org or call 580-336-7200for additional information. The program is sponsored by Enid Public Schools and the Lifelong Learning Section of the Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education.
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TT)--The 12th annual Tour de Trykes and seventh Twilight Criterium come up this weekend and there's still time to register for the events. Tour de Trykes is a bicycle tour that raises money for various AMBUCS projects, "which emphasize mobility for those people for whom mobility is difficult." The road tour, a ride for bikes, trikes, recumbents and tandems, is set to start 7:30 a.m. Saturday beginning downtown at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. About 450 to 500 riders are expected at the event this year. There will be a 2-mile "Family Fun Ride," and other road tours of 14 miles, 26 miles 42 miles and a 100K.
Also as part of the event, the seventh annual Twilight Criterium, a closed-course race also acting as the state criterium. The criterium races begin 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and the final race begins at 8:50 p.m. Registration can be completed starting 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Cost for a single bike is now $30. Tandem is now $45, and the Family Fun Run is $20 for a single person or $40 per family. Free lunch is provided to all tour riders starting at 9 a.m. Registration can be completed on http://www.tourdetrykes.com/registration.html.
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RC)--City of Enid officials announced that the following streets will be closed for events on Saturday:
· Tour De Trykes – Streets closed from 6:00 am to 9:00 am:
o Grand Avenue - from Oklahoma to Randolph
o Randolph Avenue - from Grand to 16th
o 16th Street - from Randolph to Maine
o Maine Street - from Grand to 16th
o Broadway Avenue - from Grand to 16th.
· Twilight Criterium – Streets closed from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm:
o Independence Avenue - from Randolph to Broadway
o Randolph Avenue - from Independence to Grand,
o Broadway Avenue - from Independence to 2nd Street
o Maine Street - from Grand to 2nd
o 2nd Street - from Cherokee to Broadway
o Grand Avenue - from Maine to Randolph.
· Event Staging – Street closed from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm to accommodate staging for Tour de Trykes and Criterium events:
o Grand Avenue - from Oklahoma to Maine
Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution when driving, as there will be many bikes on Enid roads and state highways at all times tomorrow.
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PF)--The 2017 Cardboard and Duct Tape Boat Race will be 6:30 Saturday evening at Champlin Pool. There is a $15 entry fee for each team, and will include hot dog, chips and a drink for each team member. Several awards will be given out for the event. One is the “Titanic Award,” given to the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion. Another is called the “Spirit Award” for the team that had the most fun. There’s also “Best Design.” The “Champion Award” goes to the team that completes the race the fastest, and the “Grand Champion” goes to the team that completes the most laps before sinking. Champlin Pool is located at 400 W. Cherokee. For information, call (580) 616-7310.
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CA)--Gaslight Theatre presents its annual Charlie Awards ceremony honoring the best plays and performances of their Golden Anniversary Season. The public is invited to the event on Saturday, August 26th at 7:30pm in the CNB Event Center Grand Ballroom. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The Gaslight will be celebrating the end of their 50th Anniversary season at this year’s ceremony, and the theme for the Charlie Awards is “Cheers to 50 More”. Tickets for the Charlie Awards are $20.00 if purchased by August 25th. Tickets are available at the Gaslight Box Office Tuesday through Friday 2:00pm-5:30pm, or you can call the Box Office at 237-2307.
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TM)--Several towns in Northwest Oklahoma will play host to U.S. Third District Rep. Frank Lucas as he holds town hall meetings in Alva, Cherokee and Fairview on Tuesday. Residents around the area are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington, D.C. Lucas will talk about his work in Congress, answer questions about problems important to 3rd Congressional District constituents. He also will ask for input on legislation before Congress. The Woods County meeting will be 10:00-11:00 a.m. at 709 Oklahoma in Alva. Alfalfa County's meeting is 1:00-2:00 p.m. on 113 South Grand in Cherokee, and Major County's meeting is 3:00-4:00 p.m. on 206 E. Broadway in Fairview.
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TC)--Learn how storytelling and collaboration translates to increasing a community’s tourism efforts during the 2017 Red Carpet Country annual Tourism Conference on August 22 at the Central National Bank Center in Enid. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Telling Your Story.” Red Carpet Country is one of six regional tourism organizations in Oklahoma as divided by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, representing 16 counties in the Northwest and Northcentral part of the state. The association is the leading source of travel information for this distinct region of Oklahoma. Registration deadline is August 14. Call Red Carpet Country executive director Carla Burdick at 580.327.4918 or email RedCarpet@RedCarpetCountry.com to sign up. You can visit the redesigned website RedCarpetCountry.com and like their Facebook page, Red Carpet Country.
The conference begins at 8:00 am with registration and a light breakfast and will end by 3:00 pm. Registration is $50 for RCC members and $75 for non-members and includes lunch. Door prizes from Red Carpet Country members will be given away throughout the day and display and sponsorship packages are still available.
YP)--Enid Young Professionals received 45 nominations from the community for their 6th Annual 10 Under 40 Awards this year. 34 of the nominees met all of the qualifications and will be considered. Winners will be determined by an independent panel of judges and announced at the EYP 10 under 40 awards luncheon, presented by Edward Jones, to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the CNB Center Grand Ballroom.
CB)--The 70th Anniversary U.S. Air Force Community Ball will be Sept. 16 at Central National Bank Center, 301 S. Independence. Social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a sit-down dinner and dancing beginning at 7:00. Valet parking will be available. The event is open to the public. Civilian tickets are $85 each and are available at the CNB Center box office or online at www.airforceball.com. Table packages are available for group seating. Military tickets are priced according to rank and are available only at the base. For $100, you can get a ticket to the ball and a one-year AFA membership. The evening will be themed around 1947, the birth year of the Air Force as a separate military branch. Featured will be historic Air Force and Vance displays, volunteers wearing period uniforms and the sounds of the 18-piece St. Louis Big Band. Dress for the evening will be formal. Military members will wear mess dress uniforms, while civilians are expected to don black tie or vintage 1947 attire. The event is seeking volunteers and producers. Details are available at www.airforceball.com.
RC)--We will be “Ridin the Storm Out” this fall as legendary rock band REO Speedwagon will perform at Central National Bank Center. The concert will be Tuesday, October 3 at Central National Bank Center. Fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, the band has recorded a collection of hit songs and classic albums over the years, with a string of gold and platinum records along the way. The group’s best-selling album, “Hi Infidelity,” launched four Top 40 hits, two No. 1 songs. After four decades of traveling the globe, performing every year, REO Speedwagon continues to tour. Some of the band’s hits throughout that time include “Keep on Loving You,” “Time for Me to Fly,” “Take It on the Run,” “Ridin' the Storm Out,” “Can't Fight this Feeling” and “Roll with the Changes.” Tickets go on sale, Friday at CNBCenter.com or can be obtained by calling (855) 849-3643 (TIX.ENID) or at the CNBC box office.
ES)--Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum is preparing for its 17th annual pow wow Oct. 7, seeking individual and corporate sponsors to underwrite the cost of the event and to make necessary repairs to the museum. The museum, at 616 Leona Mitchell, highlights the history and culture of Black Indians related to the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes, and the historic African-American community in the Southern Heights area of Enid. Museum Executive Director Barbara Finley said the annual pow wow gives the public a chance to experience the culture of the Native American tribes, and their Black Indian members. Anyone interested in sponsoring pow wow activities or donating to the museum and heritage center can visit the group's website at leonamitchellsouthernheightsindianmuseum.org, or call (580) 402-2524.
RC)--Comedian country singer-songwriter Rodney Carrington is returning to Enid. Carrington will perform his "Here Comes the Truth Tour" live at the Central National Bank Center Nov. 10, 2017. He first performed in Enid in June 2015. He's recorded eight major label comedy albums, two of which have been certified gold. Carrington also has started his own record label, "Laughter's Good," and released two of his albums under it since 2014. Additionally, Carrington started a YouTube series in 2014 called "Bit By Bit," releasing new material on a weekly basis. Tickets are on sale at CNBCenter.com, 855-TIX.ENID or at the CNB Center's office, 301 S. Independence.