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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former assistant superintendent of Autry Technology Center has been named interim director of the state’s Career Tech agency. The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education has named CareerTech deputy state director and chief operating officer Marcie Mack as interim director. The board named Mack interim director on Wednesday after accepting the resignation of Director Robert Sommers. Sommers' has announced that he is stepping down Aug. 15 in order to spend more time with his family in Ohio. Mack has worked at the department since 2013 after spending more than 19 years at Autry Technology Center where she served in a variety of positions, including assistant superintendent.

     

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    HR)--Enid Police are seeking the public’s help for information about a hit-and-run accident when a motorcycle rider was hit by a late 90's green or teal Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix. Authorities said it happened about 5:45 Wednesday evening in the 400 block of East Birch.  Fortunately the rider only suffered minor injuries in the collision. Police are looking for the Pontiac and say there would be minor damage to the passenger side door. If you have information that will lead to the arrest or prosecution of this crime or any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233. You can text your tip to 274637. Just type “Enid” and then your message in the text box. You can earn a reward up to $1,000. You will not be required to testify and will not be identified.

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The State Board of Education has again voted to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across Oklahoma. The board voted 5-1 Wednesday to delay action on the plan designed to seek input from subject matter experts, parents and teachers. State Superintendent Janet Barresi was the lone dissenting vote and raised concerns that the education groups wanted to "hijack this process." As part of the Legislature's repeal earlier this year of a set of standards in math and English known as Common Core, the board was directed to oversee the development of a new set of standards by 2016. The next board meeting is Aug. 28.

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma schools are receiving their allocation for the new fiscal year, and districts are receiving an increase of about $38 per student. The state Department of Education announced Wednesday it has released its allocations to school districts for the 2015 fiscal year. The initial allocation is $3,077 per student, compared to $3,039 last year. A budget agreement reached between Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Legislature this year resulted in an $80 million increase in funding for common education. State education officials say the total state appropriation to the per-pupil funding formula this year was nearly $1.9 billion.

     

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    FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a skydiver from Illinois has been killed while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers. Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 69-year-old Jim Yost died Tuesday from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned. Yost, a funeral director from Champaign, Illinois, was taking part in the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team's semi-annual jump school near Frederick, Oklahoma, when the accident occurred. Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington says his office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the death. Members of the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team honor veterans by participating in jumps that are modeled after paratroopers during the war.

     

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    RR)--Road repairs will affect local drivers. The northbound lane of Johnson between Walnut and Oak will be closed until next week while ONG makes some repairs. Northbound traffic will be rerouted one block east to Lincoln. There also is construction at a busy intersection in Enid. At Cleveland and Chestnut, the right southbound lane of Cleveland will be closed until next week for manhole repairs.

     

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    PA)--While we are still in the dog days of summer, it won't be long before downtown Enid will be filled with the sights and sounds of the annual Cherokee Strip Celebration September 12 – 14th.  It's 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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    FD)--The City of Enid now has a place to honor the US flag. American flags that are faded, torn, or unfit to fly need to be properly retired. A flag drop has been installed on the west end of the City Administration Building under the flag poles. Citizens may drop their flags into this box, and the flags will be properly retired by the Boy Scouts of America. The box was an Eagle project for Ryan Combs, of Troop 11 in Enid. Scott Morris, Utility Services Manager for the City of Enid serves as Troop Leader

     

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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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    DB)--Global Spectrum, managers of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, and 103.1 KOFM will sponsor the Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Donate Dodgeball Tournament on Aug. 16. The tournament at Enid Event Center will be a 32-team, double-elimination event. Registration deadline is Aug. 1 for the teams comprised of six to 10 players, and the entry fee is $30 per team member. Official tournament rules and registration packets can be found at kofm.com/pages/dodgeball or email inquiry@kofm.com. Teams will play for a 501(c)(3) organization of their choice, with the top three teams receiving cash prizes to donate to their organization. First place will win $1,000, second $500 and third $250. Interested sponsors can email inquiry@kofm.com for four levels of sponsorship opportunities and packages. “We are excited to partner with 103.1 KOFM in creating a community focused event aimed at building funds for local nonprofits through a competitive dodgeball tournament.” said Global Spectrum’s Keller Taylor, general manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall.
     

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    SC)--Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated bands Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will headline a concert in Enid this summer. The concert will include pop-punk band Plain White T's. Tickets for the Aug. 5 concert, which are priced at $45.50 and $59.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 25. Fans can order tickets by calling 855-TIX-ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. Kansas performs at the event center with their 40th anniversary tour on May 10.

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