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RP)--Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the KGWA listening area for late tonight and Tuesday. Across Northern and Northwest Oklahoma, we are expecting about an inch of rain between tonight and Tuesday night. But just to our south, residents are preparing for torrential rainfall. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch from this evening through Tuesday afternoon for Central and Southwestern Oklahoma. Kingfisher, Blaine, and Logan Counties are in the watch area. If you are traveling south this evening, watch for flash flooding, flooding of creeks and rivers, and flooding of low lying areas. Rainfall amounts between one and three inches will be possible over areas that have recently received heavy rain. This will lead to water runoff and flooding of low lying and poorly drained areas. Mainstream river flooding will also be possible.


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FR)--Enid Public School Foundation is hosting its annual 'E'vent fundraiser this evening. It is an evening of music benefitting EPS teachers and students. The 'E'vent at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will run 5:00-8:00 p.m., and feature an outdoor concert with musical performances from Enid Public Schools students. EPS Foundation donates funds to district teachers twice a year, once per semester, for classroom needs. In March, EPSF fulfilled 52 grant requests for $23,000, and a total of $54,000 for the 2018-2019 school year, according to the Foundation. Tickets are $5 at the door, and each purchase includes a picnic meal.



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JF)--Jumbo Foods is renovating its store at 1716 S. Van Buren, with plans to reopen the store with expanded products and services. The grocery store and restaurant, in the Van Buren Center shopping center, will be closed for a few weeks while renovations and remodeling are completed. Gerald Blevins, president of Jumbo Foods, said more details on the new services and products will be announced at a future date. Blevins added they expect to reopen within a few weeks, but have not set an exact reopening date. Jumbo Foods employs about 300 at its Enid stores, which also are located at 2311 W Willow and 221 S 30th.


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ST)--Enid Police Department's SWAT team placed sixth recently in a statewide competition for law enforcement agencies held in Stillwater. Captain Gary Fuxa, commander of the 15-man team, told the Enid News and Eagle he was proud of the team's performance and how they represented the department. Nine members of EPD's team competed Wednesday against eight other agencies from across the state. Officer Jacob McKinley placed second in the “Top SWAT Cop” competition. Enid also placed second in the pistol competition, with Sgt. Aaron Barber, McKinley and Officer Brett Moore competing for the team. Barber also took second overall in the pistol competition.


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PF)--The public is invited to attend a Public Forum on Current Oklahoma Drug Threats, hosted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN).  The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Room 131, in Enid. OBN Director John Scully says the forum is designed to keep citizens better informed about the current and emerging drug issues that directly impact families, schools, businesses and communities. Scully said, “Our agency has developed a comprehensive Drug Threat Assessment that highlights the current climate of narcotic trafficking, manufacturing, and abuse in Oklahoma.  This includes specific trends involving the opioid crisis and heroin abuse, methamphetamine importation and rise in meth overdoses, and emerging patterns with cocaine and marijuana.” The forum will include OBN experts providing unique insight to drug trends, discussing steps communities and families can take to prevent substance abuse, and answering questions from members of the audience. The event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  For more information about the Public Forum on Current Oklahoma Drug Threats, please contact the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics PIO at 1-800-522-8031. 


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TY)--The City of Enid will host a “Thank You” reception honoring Mayor Bill Shewey, Commissioner Ron Janzen and Commissioner Tammy Wilson. The reception will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. The public is invited to attend.


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TH)--Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold town hall meetings in Garfield County and Kingfisher County on Tuesday. Residents are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and seeking input on legislation currently before Congress.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019:


Garfield County Town Hall Meeting                       Kingfisher County Town Hall Meeting

10:30- 11:30 a.m.                                                      1:30- 2:30 p.m.

Northern Oklahoma College                                    Chisholm Trail Museum

Hallie Gantz Student Center                                    605 Zellers Avenue

Enid, Ok                                                                     Kingfisher, OK 73750



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SM)--Enid High School Vocal Music and Theater Departments present “Shrek The Musical", with an evening of music and entertainment Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30pm in the EHS auditorium.  Adult tickets are $10 and student tickets are $7. Tickets will be available one hour before show time. More than 60 EHS students will take the stage to bring to life this musical based on the movie “Shrek”. Featuring a lead cast as well as story book characters many have enjoyed since childhood, the musical showcases the many talents of Enid High’s students.


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SB)--Country music group Sawyer Brown will perform in Enid April 25th. Tickets are on sale for the concert presented by Triangle Insurance. Sawyer Brown first came onto the country music scene after winning the televised “Star Search” competition in the 1980s. They have since sold millions of albums. Tickets are $69, $55, $39 and $25 and can be ordered by calling 855.849-3643 (855.TIX.ENID) or at www.stridebankcenter.com or the Stride Bank Center Box Office.




SH)--The public is invited to a free soil health workshop and lunch on April 25 in Pond Creek. The Natural Resources Conservation Service workshop will explore how to manage your land for better soil health and healthy food. Speakers will discuss the soil and its biological components as they relate to grazing and cropping systems, rainwater infiltration, erosion resistance, drought resilience, and plant growth efficiency. This event will include a locally-led survey to identify conservation resources concerns in your area, updates on conservation programs, Ag Census, and provide training on simple steps for better forage. The workshop will be held on April 25th at the Grant County Expo Building in Pond Creek and will start at 11:00 AM. Lunch will be provided.




AG)--Northern Oklahoma College’s 24th annual gala will be held later this month. Tickets go on sale Tuesday. For $20, attendees can enjoy an evening of opera and show tunes, with performances directed by conductor Gerald Steichen. The April 28 gala at NOC’s Kinzer Performing Arts Center in Tonkawa starts at 7:00 p.m., and doors to the auditorium open at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased by phone, credit card or check. For more information contact Northern Oklahoma College.




FD)--Denny Price Family YMCA, 415 W. Chero­kee, will host a free father-daughter breakfast and “Super Fun Saturday” on May 4. The father-daughter event will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a craft and inspirational message. Enid native and daughter of Brent Price, Madison Price Volpe, will deliver the message for girls and their fathers. Volpe grew up involved in school, church and YMCA activities in Enid. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in December 2018 with a bachelor’s de­gree in organizational communication. Volpe and her husband, Jonny, live in Stillwater, where they are youth directors at their church. After the breakfast and inspirational message, girls and their dads will be able to spend time together swimming, climbing the rock wall, playing basketball or playing in the I-zone activity center. Girls may bring a brother, uncle or other adult male role model if their father is unavailable. The father-daughter event is an effort of the YMCA’s Christian Emphasis Com­mittee. For more information on this and other YMCA activities visit http://enidymca.org or call (580) 237-4645.



AP)--April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Oklahoma State Department of Health, along with its community partners, is working to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring great childhoods for all Oklahoma children. Organizations across the state are working together to host events demonstrating their commitment to preventing child abuse. At 5:00 p.m. today, the Garfield County Child Advocacy Council will have a ceremony on the courthouse lawn as part of its Wooden Children Project. Last year in Garfield County, 332 children were confirmed as abused or neglected, an increase of 86 from the previous year. For additional information about child abuse prevention, or how to get involved with other activities in your community, contact your local county health department.




BF)—The Enid High School Big Blue Band will travel to Dallas in May 2019 for a contest at Six Flags Amusement Park and they are seeking the public’s help. Are you a Big Blue Band alumnus? Are you a kind and generous individual or business willing to help out? Donations can be sent to:



                                             The Big Blue Band Booster Club

                                                          610 S. Cleveland

                                                                PMB #437

                                                            Enid, Ok 73703

















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