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BC)--Five people were injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash at Washington and Purdue. Enid Police Department officials said the crash occurred just before 4:25 Wednesday afternoon and involved a 2014 Chevy Malibu and a 2009 Mazda 6. Enid News and Eagle reports 16 year-old Aidan Johnston of Enid, the driver of the Chevy, was westbound on Purdue in the inside lane. 40 year-old Leisa MacDougall of Enid, the driver of the Mazda, was eastbound on Purdue in the inside lane. Johnston began to turn south onto Washington and his Chevy was struck by the Mazda. Johnston told police he did not see the Mazda when he turned. MacDougall told police the Chevy had stopped before turning but turned in front of her vehicle in the intersection. She said she swerved but was unable to avoid the collision. Johnston reported back, hip and ear pain and was transported to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center by private vehicle. Johnston's passengers, 15-year-old Madison Neil and 15-year-old McKaela Neil, reported neck pain and were transported by Life EMS to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center. MacDougal and her passenger, 9-year-old Jayden MacDougall, complained of neck, back and chest pain. The MacDougalls were transported by Life EMS to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. Johnston was cited for failure to yield right of way.

 

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JC)--The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has transferred more than a dozen inmates from James Crabtree Correctional Center to facilities across the state following a physical altercation inside the prison Wednesday afternoon where four inmates were injured in two separate incidents minutes apart. The lockdown at the medium-security prison in Helena in Alfalfa County was lifted this morning, DOC officials said two of the inmates were treated at the prison’s medical unit, while two others were treated and released from Integris Bass Baptist Health Center for superficial puncture wounds. Agents with ODOC’s Fugitive Apprehension and Investigation Unit as well as prison staff are investigating the cause of the altercation.

 

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PS)--An Enid woman was arraigned Thursday on charges of abuse by caretaker and exploitation of an elderly disabled adult. 66 year-old Sharon Louise Wood appeared Thursday free on $7,500 bond for arraignment on the felony charges. She is accused of financially exploiting a 94 year-old Enid woman including taking thousands of dollars from the victim’s bank account. Wood was ordered to return to court Oct. 7 for a bond appearance. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on each of the charges.

 

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BD)--An Enid man was arraigned Thursday on charges of child neglect and child endangerment by driving under the influence stemming from an Aug. 13 traffic stop. 44 year-old Jonathan Wade Chambers also faces a felony count of DUI alcohol subsequent offense and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer. He faces from one year in county to up to life in prison on the neglect charge and up to four years in prison and/or a fine on the endangerment charge. He is free on $3,500 bond and was ordered to return to court Oct. 7 for a bond appearance.

 

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FP)--To The Stars,” a movie filmed in and around the Enid area which made its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, will be shown during a one-time screening at the AMC Classic Oakwood Mall 8 theatre this evening at 7:30. “To The Stars” was based in Enid, with other filming locations in Wakita, Kremlin, Hennessey, Pond Creek, Bartlesville and Perry. The Enid premiere of “To The Stars” will be just the second time the film has been shown in Oklahoma. General admission tickets are $5 - cash or check only - with no reserved seating and only 150 seats available in the theatre. Tickets are on sale now at the Enid Welcome Center, 201 W Garriott, or by phone at 580.233.ENID (3643), extension 1. Tickets also will be sold at the door if seating is available.

 

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CH)—“Crafts from the Heart” will host a show Saturday designed to raise school supplies for local classrooms. The group’s August show will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Mall, 4125 W. Garriott. Admission is free. Patrons can drop off supplies including monetary donations by cash or card, dry erase markers, pencils, notebook paper, markers, crayons, pens, erasers and folders. Items on school lists from the county districts are welcome. Prizes, kids crafts and games are on tap in addition to the craft sales. Updates and information can be obtained by joining Crafts from the Heart’s Facebook Page.

 

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JT)--Jiffy Trip will open its first Enid location August 28. Construction began in 2018 on the 6,000-square-foot store at the northeast corner of Garland and Garriott, and a second is planned for The District development at Cleveland and Garriott. “We are excited to design and build a Jiffy Trip convenience destination in Enid, our hometown,” Kyle Williams said in 2017. “We have wanted to do this for a long time, bringing jobs and revenue to the community.” Jiffy Trip first opened its doors in 1972. The Oklahoma chain is family run, with co-founder K.V. Williams as CEO, and his son Kyle, who joined in 1982 as a store manager, now serving as company president. On Aug. 27, the day before opening, members of the Jiffy Trip team will be joined by the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce ambassadors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. As a matter of transparency, Jiffy Trip is a sister company of Williams Broadcasting.

 

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SA)--Do you have a wing man? U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein wants to make sure all airmen do. He ordered all Air Force wings to conduct a one-day stand-down for resiliency and suicide prevention. So far this year, 78 airmen have died by suicide — a more-than 50% increase over the same time period last year. According to the Enid News and Eagle, the Vance Air Force Base stand down will take place August 29th.  The base has lost one airman to suicide in the past four years. Vance Command Chief Master Sgt. Frank Graziano, the senior enlisted airman at the base, said at Vance they are a family. Graziano said the Vance military service members and civilian counterparts, alike, are a family and family takes care of each other. We want to foster an environment where seeking help early and often is accepted.

 

 

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CA)—KC and the Sunshine Band will be in concert this summer at the Stride Bank Center in downtown Enid. Tickets for the August 29th concert can be purchased at (855) 849-3643 (TIX.ENID); via the website, https://www.stridebankcenter.com; or at the center's box office, 301 S Independence.

 

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OC)--Ward 2 City Commissioner Derwin Norwood is asking volunteers to donate time and energy to assist with Operation Clean Up. Norwood said, “Operation Clean Up is an event allowing residents and local businesses in Ward 2 to have a positive impact on the neighborhood by picking up trash. The cleanup is an opportunity for neighbors, organizations, schools and businesses to choose an area to clean up and improve the areas ascetics.” According to Lou Mintz, Public Utilities Director for the City of Enid, large roll-offs or trash dumpsters will be placed in three areas in the Southern Heights Addition.  The containers will be located near 4th and Nagel, 4th and East Iowa, and 4thand East York. Commissioner Norwood is hopeful that many individuals will capitalize on this opportunity to help the community. Operation Clean Up will continue through the month of August. For more information, please call 580-297-3860.

 

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DS)--The Oklahoma Highway Safety office and Enid Police are teaming up with more than 100 law enforcement agencies across the state to make sure everyone has a safe end to their summer. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign starts Wednesday and runs through the Labor Day holiday, ending on September 2nd. Each year, law enforcement from Oklahoma are joined by thousands of personnel from around the nation to participate in this high-visibility enforcement campaign. The goal is simple; keep impaired drivers from killing themselves, and innocent people, on Oklahoma roadways.

 

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SN)--The 4RKids Foundation is seeking sponsors and teams for the 2019 Walk 4RKids, set for September 7 in Meadowlake Park. The annual walk raises funds to support 4RKids, which provides employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities, support and outreach to their families, and supports local enrichment opportunities for the developmentally disabled, including Miracle League and Special Olympics. Sponsors are needed to help underwrite the cost of the event and to support 4RKids initiatives. Sponsorships are available at levels of $250 and up. Businesses and individuals also can support the event by donating items or packages of goods and services for the event’s silent auction. For more information on sponsorship levels, or to register a team, visit https://www.4rkids.com/walk4rkids.html.

 

 

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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 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, or call 580-366-7200 to enroll by phone no later than September 11. 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. Classes will be available in four core subjects: Math, English, Science and Social Studies. Classes begin September 3 and will be conducted Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m. Lincoln also offers free English as a Second Language class. The classes will begin on September 3 and will be conducted Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The HiSet (High School Equivalency Test) is also administered at Lincoln on Tuesdays and Wednesdays weekly. To register for the test log on to hiset.ets.org or call 580-336-7200 for additional information. The program is sponsored by Enid Public Schools and the Adult Education Section of the Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education.

 

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WF)--Mayor George Pankonin announced the two recipients for the 2019 Enid Walk of Fame. Owen K. Garriott and William E. “Bill” Shewey were named as the honorees for 2019. The annual ceremony recognizing the nominees is slated for Saturday, September 14th at 9:00 am. The Walk of Fame lobby is located in the Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. Mayor Pankonin said, “These inductees have made significant contributions to the Enid community. Their life-long philanthropic endeavors have allowed us to enjoy many quality of life benefits. During their lifetimes, both men have brought attention to our community due to their self-less contributions in their respective careers.” The Enid community along with past Walk of Fame honorees is invited to celebrate the newest members by attending this prestigious event on Saturday, September 14.

 

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KG)--Grammy and American Music Award Winner Kenny G will perform live September 22 at Stride Bank Center in downtown Enid. Stride Bank Center General Manager announced the event this morning. Routinely making the pop, R&B and jazz charts during the 1980s and 1990s, Kenny G‘s sound became a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations. Kenny G’s total album sales top 30 million copies. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at StrideBankCenter.com, 855.TIX.ENID or at Stride Bank Center Box Office.

 

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GC)--ZZ Top will perform their 50th Anniversary Tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Stride Bank Center in Enid. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at StrideBankCenter.com, 855.TIX.ENID or at the Stride Bank Center Box Office.

 

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