NC)--The last eight residents of Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid are scheduled to move out within three weeks. Agency officials told the Enid News and Eagle there are only 55 full-time state employees left at the facility for the developmentally disabled. Current plans are that Nov. 10 could be their last day on the job. Like other NORCE employees before them, they were offered voluntary buy-outs. Residents at NORCE and its sister facility in Pauls Valley have been moving out of those institutions since the state ordered them to close in 2012. Some have moved in with family, while others are living in group homes with other developmentally disabled clients. Because they now live in their own homes, the state hires private companies to provide medical care and support.
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SA)--Enid Police were at Waller Middle School this week looking for a student they've had their eye on. But, instead of bringing handcuffs for the eighth grader, they were bringing an award. Last week when Jake Pearson saw the school secretary Lili Johnson choking on a piece of food at lunch, he ran over and began administering the Heimlich maneuver on her. When school counselor Juliann Koehn saw what was happening, she helped Jake. The pair saved Johnson's life. According to the Enid News and Eagle, Enid Police Department Chief Brian O’Rourke, Sgt. Justin Hodges and Officer Michele James visited the school Thursday afternoon to present Jake Pearson and Juliann Koehn with plaques for their actions. Pearson was surprised in class when the police and Principal Adam Beauchamp entered his classroom. Chief O’Rourke said, “It’s a great example of public safety, which is what we do.” O’Rourke also told Pearson to come see him when he turned 21, the age requirement for joining the police force.
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RW)--A second person charged in connection with the August 2013 robbery of an Enid pizza delivery man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. Toni Black was sentenced to serve 15 years on a count of conjoint robbery and five years to be served concurrently on a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She pleaded guilty to the two felony charges Aug. 11 and was sentenced Thursday by Associate District Judge Tom Newby following a pre-sentencing investigation. Black’s co-defendant in the case, Bradley McGlothlin, was sentenced last month to 13 years in prison for conjoint robbery and five years, to be served concurrently, on a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
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CB)--An Enid woman is being held on $30,000 bond after being arraigned Thursday on seven felony charges in connection with a series of forgeries and fraud. 30 year-old Christina Marie Lange was charged with one count of false personation, three counts of uttering a forged instrument, two counts of obtaining cash and/or property by false pretense and a count of attempted obtaining cash and/or property by false pretense. Lange is charged after two prior felony convictions, making each of the seven counts punishable by four years to life in prison.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities have detained a man who they say admitted to driving a car into a disputed Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building, smashing it to pieces. U.S. Secret Service agent David Allison says the man was detained Friday after he showed up at a federal building in Oklahoma City, rambling and making derogatory statements about the president. Allison says the man admitted to destroying the monument and claimed Satan told him to do it. The 6-foot-tall monument was erected in 2012 with the blessing of Oklahoma's conservative Legislature. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has been suing to have it removed. Other groups have asked to erect their own statues, including a satanic group that wants to put up a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan.
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ES)--All three of the state’s scheduled executions have been stayed until 2015, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decided Friday. In an Oct. 13 motion, Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the court to push the executions of Charles Frederick Warner and Richard Eugene Glossip to January in order to give the state Corrections Department time to implement new execution protocol and secure the necessary drugs and medical staff. The motion also asked for a third execution, that of John Marion Grant, to be postponed until February. The court decision places Warner’s execution on Jan. 15, Glossip’s on Jan. 29, and Grant’s on Feb. 19. Warner was originally scheduled for lethal injection April 29, the same night as Clayton Lockett. Warner’s execution was stayed by Gov. Mary Fallin after problems occurred during Lockett’s execution, which lasted 43 minutes and garnered international attention. After Lockett’s execution, the state revised its protocol, adding contingency plans and training for staff. Renovations were also made to the state’s death chamber in McAlester, by widening the “chemical room,” where executioners administer the drugs, and reducing the number of seats for media witnesses from 12 to five.
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AJ)--Country superstar Alan Jackson brings his 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour to Enid Event Center on April 18. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Ticket options include limited $25 tickets, $75.50 and $95.50. Tickets and information for all tour dates will be available at www.EnidEventCenter.com and www.alanjackson.com, or calling 855-TIX-ENID. VIP tickets and packages are also available. Joining Jackson on the tour will be rising new artist Jon Pardi and Grammy/CMA/ACM nominated hit singer/songwriter Brandy Clark. Fans will hear Alan Jackson songs they love including “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the party-anthems “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and more.
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DD)--“Discover the Dinosaurs” is coming to the Enid Event Center Saturday and Sunday. “Discover the Dinosaurs” is a hands-on exhibit of more than 60 museum-quality and animatronic dinosaurs that gives people the chance to get close and touch the dinosaurs. There also are activities available for kids of all ages. Exhibit hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Ticket prices depend on which exhibit option is chosen. Adults 13 and older are $18. Tickets for children 2-12 are $16 for the exhibit only and $22 for exhibit plus. Seniors 65 and older are $16, and children 24 months and under are free. Tickets will be available beginning Monday and are available at www.discoverthedinosaurs.com. Tickets also will be available at Enid Event Center the days of the exhibit.
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FL)--Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s annual Fall Lecture Series will continue on Monday evenings through Nov. 10. The importance of water for the community, region and state is the timely topic of this series. “Surviving the Ebb and Flow of Water in the West” will feature the state’s leading specialists in their fields of study. The lectures will be 7:00 p.m. in the Gantz Center of Northern Oklahoma College Enid and are free to the public.
Topics in the series are:
• Oct. 27 — “Drought and the Dust Bowl.” Gary McManus, state climatologist with Oklahoma Climatological Survey, will discuss the causes and the impact of the 1930s Dust Bowl. Pauline Hodges will share her story of living through the Dust Bowl. She was featured in the Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl.
• Nov. 3 — “Conservation Born of Crisis.” Clay Pope, former executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, will share the history of the conservation movement and the formation of policies resulting from the Dust Bowl.
• Nov. 10 — “Issues Today for Water Tomorrow.” J.D. Strong, executive director of Oklahoma Water Resources Board, will speak on current water conservation initiatives that are under way, the state’s water plan effort and Water for 2060.
For information go to Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s website at www.csrhc.org.
PP)--Security National Bank will hold “Pumpkin Pizzazz,” a contest of transformation to benefit the agencies of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. The contest involves taking a pumpkin and creatively transforming it into a work of art. The winning pumpkin will secure a $500 donation from Security National Bank. “We’ve taken this year’s capital campaign theme of transforming lives and included pumpkins,” said SNB Vice President April Danahy. “We are proud supporters of the United Way and its 16 agencies. We are in hopes ‘Pumpkin Pizzazz’ will lend to the spirit of this year’s campaign.” Each United Way agency and funding recipients has been asked to submit a pumpkin that has been decorated. The contest also will be open to bank employees and departments. The pumpkins will be on display at SNB’s 201 W. Broadway location during business hours through Oct. 27. The winning pumpkin will be selected by donations made into a jar in front of each pumpkin, coupled with the vote of three independent judges. The winner will be announced the week of Halloween.
PP)---The pumpkins are back! Christ United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch is open for business at the corner of Randolph and Cleveland. There will be pumpkins and other fall decorations available for sale from noon to 8:00 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays. There are several activities over the next few weeks, leading up to Halloween. In addition the public is invited to come take photos in the pumpkin patch.
KF)--The American Kitefliers Association (AKA) announced that its 2015 national convention will return to Enid next Fall at the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall and at the flying field behind Autry Technology Center. The dates for the 38th annual AKA National Convention are September 28-October 4, 2015. The AKA Convention is an annual gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The AKA held its 2012 national convention in Enid. The national convention is rotated every three years between locations on the east coast, west coast and central United States, meaning it will be returning to Enid at its first opportunity. The 2013 AKA convention was held in Portland, OR, while the 2014 convention recently concluded at Outer Banks, NC. AKA President Mel Hickman said the hospitality the group received in Enid in 2012 was a primary factor in returning to Enid.
Highlighting each afternoon of the AKA convention is the Mass Ascension, where AKA members release their kites at once, filling the skies above Autry Technology Center with magnificent color. The public will be encouraged to attend each afternoon session. More details will be announced as the convention date draws nearer.
EE)--The City of Enid has launched a new website, www.EnvisionEnid.com to gather ideas from the community about Enid’s future. Officials said the website acts like a virtual townhall, enabling Enid’s residents to share their ideas 24 hours a day. Residents of Enid should visit EnvisionEnid.com to create an account and share their ideas. City of Enid Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said Envision Enid is the name of the City’s new comprehensive plan that is currently under development. The comprehensive plan is the overarching policy of the City of Enid and addresses everything from infrastructure investments and development decisions to education, health and social services. The plan will create a vision for the future of Enid and outline coordinated policies and recommendations to steer the city towards achieving the vision. The website is one of several ways to contribute the plan.