CC)-- The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday night tabled a proposal for the sale of property on West Garriott that is currently Fire Station #4, as well as the open field behind it. Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell, an attorney, pointed out several parts of the real estate contract he believed needed more detail before agreeing to the sale. City officials said the changes should not be a problem. Under the proposal Hunt Properties will pay half a million dollars for the nearly five acres in the Lahoma Addition at Cleveland and Garriott. Hunt is partnering with the city to develop the southeast corner of that intersection into a retail property. As part of their partnership, the city is negotiating to buy more than two dozen homes and businesses in the Lahoma Courts Addition. Hunt has agreed to pay back the city the costs associated with buying the land, which could be more than $3 million. Fire Station No. 4 will relocate to a new location on South Hoover. In a related item Commissioners agreed to buy four properties in Lahoma Courts for approximately $321,800 and authorized the Mayor to execute the closings.
And, Tuesday was City Manger Eric Benson’s final scheduled meeting with Commissioners. He will retire at the end of the year with current Enid Chief Financial Officer Jerald Gilbert becoming the next city manager. During last night’s meeting, Public relations Director Steve Kime read two proclamations recognizing Benson’s service, one from Enid Mayor Bill Shewey, the other from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
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WS)--Garfield County authorities are investigating an incident early Saturday morning when there was reportedly shots fired and windows broken at a home in Covington. Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 3:15 a.m. Saturday. The homeowner told deputies he had heard a noise and then heard someone strike the home with a shovel. The homeowner said three windows were broken out with a shovel and a metal chair. The homeowner also said two shots were fired at the home. Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said a vehicle was heard leaving the area after the shots were fired. No one was injured in the incident. If you have information about this crime, call the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (580) 237-0244.
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BP)--A preliminary hearing for an Enid couple charged earlier this year following the death of their 6-week-old daughter was postponed Tuesday after their attorney was in an accident. The hearing for 46 year-old Mark Anthony Cannon and 27 year-old Jennifer Rana Cannon has been reset for March 13, 2015. They were charged May 26 with child neglect. Mark Cannon also was charged with child abuse and Jennifer Cannon with a count of enabling child abuse. The couple was also set for a bond appearance Jan. 26, 2015.
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MF)--The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a man with four outstanding warrants. 28 year-old Nathan Ray Sevier is wanted on felony warrants issued by Garfield County District Court for harboring a fugitive in a 2014 case and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license in a 2013 case. He also is wanted on warrants issued in two 2014 misdemeanor cases. Bond for the four warrants has been denied. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (580) 237-0244 or their local law enforcement agency.
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BB)--A former Woodward County banker has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of submitting a falsified report of the financial condition of Freedom State Bank to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. 62 year-old Mark A. Nixon, of Freedom, was charged Dec. 4 and entered the guilty plea Monday. According to Sanford Coats, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, Nixon’s guilty plea comes approximately six months after the bank’s failure on June 27.
Nixon is former executive vice president of Freedom State Bank. During his plea hearing, Nixon admitted to preparing and submitting a Consolidated Report of Condition and Income to the FDIC which falsely stated Freedom State Bank possessed $21.95 million in assets. Prosecutors said Nixon knew the true amount was substantially less. In a written plea agreement, Nixon admitted he was responsible for causing between $1 million and $2.5 million in losses to Freedom State Bank. At sentencing, Nixon faces up to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He also will be ordered to pay restitution to FDIC in an amount to be determined by the court. A sentencing hearing will be set by the court in approximately 90 days.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says a record number of travelers are expected to take to the highways and airways over the year-end holidays this year. The auto club predicts 98.6 million Americans, including 893,000 Oklahomans, will journey 50 miles or more from home. In Oklahoma, 838,000 will travel by motor vehicle, a 3.7 percent increase; 48,150 by air, up 1.8 percent; and 6,850 by other means including bus, train, multi-modal and boat, a boost of 2.2 percent over the 2013 holidays. AAA says the strong travel numbers mark the highest forecast growth rate for year-end holidays since 2009 and the highest travel volume on record for the holiday period. Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, says that with extraordinarily low gasoline prices, AAA believes travel volumes will reach levels never seen before.
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TT)--AAA Oklahoma will offer its Tipsy Tow community service for year-end holiday partiers this year. The program gives intoxicated drivers an option to getting behind the wheel and taking a chance on the road. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a free Tipsy Tow ride for themselves and their vehicle through Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. “Each year in Oklahoma, 35 percent of all traffic crashes involve drugs or alcohol,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Over the holidays, that number often jumps to more than 40 percent.” Tipsy Tow is available in Enid, metropolitan Tulsa, metro Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Muskogee, Ardmore, Tahlequah and Lawton at no charge, no questions asked. Oklahoma motorists should call 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357) and make sure they ask for Tipsy Tow.
SP)--Enid Public Schools is preparing to chart a course for the future and asking the community to join the effort. The district will embark on a comprehensive strategic planning process in January designed to build awareness of 21st century demands and create shared beliefs, core values and a vision for the school district. The process, Designing the Future Together, will help ensure the district continues to meet the needs of all students, preparing them for college, career and beyond.
EPS is partnering with Engage Learning to facilitate the planning process. Topics are expected to include instruction, staffing, extracurricular activities, school finance, community relations, character education, facilities and more. Input will be sought from parents, students, teachers, administrators, business owners and community members. All Enid residents will have the opportunity to share ideas and offer suggestions.
A survey will be available online January 22 through February 4 to allow all Enid residents another opportunity to contribute to the plan. Feedback from all meetings and the survey will then be used to provide direction to a Strategic Design Team, which will be made of 40 community members. A final plan is expected to be presented to the Board of Education next April or May. Updates to the planning process will be provided at enidpublicschools.org/designingthefuture.
HA)--A limited amount of winter heating assistance funds will be made available across the state through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). Applications are being accepted and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. DHS has approximately $8 million in federal funds for this year’s Winter Heating Program in Oklahoma. Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household’s income and assets. If you or someone you know may be income eligible, you are encouraged to apply for the Winter Heating Program available at your local DHS County Office. Many households receiving public assistance through DHS may be automatically authorized for winter heating assistance and will not need to make application. Preauthorized households will be notified of their eligibility by letter prior to the beginning of the application period. For more information on how to apply, contact the local DHS Office in your county of residence.
XW)--Enid-based Xpress Wellness announced plans to build an urgent care medical center in Sapulpa. The new urgent care medical center will begin seeing patients in May 2015. Sapulpa is the seventh location for Xpress Wellness.
Xpress Wellness is an urgent care and occupational medicine provider that treats non-life threatening illnesses and injuries on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed. Xpress Wellness is open 7 days a week with extended evening hours and weekend services. Services include an online check-in option that allows patients to wait at home or where they are most comfortable. The online check-in feature is accessible through the company’s website www.XpressWellnessUrgentCare.
Xpress Wellness is a privately-held company based in Enid. The company is led by Dr. Scott Williams, Chief Medical Officer, and Brian Hayden, President. Xpress Wellness has six other locations in Oklahoma: Enid, Elk City, Weatherford, Shawnee, Muskogee and Woodward.
LD)--Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” will be at Enid Event Center on March 10. Tickets for the 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances are on sale now. Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience. The audience is invited to dance with Sesame Street friends on the floor. Sesame Street Live features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. Tickets are $18. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle seats and $50 Sunny Seats also are available. Sunny Seats packages feature premium show seating and a pre-show meet-and-greet. A facility fee of $2 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply. For information, call (580) 616-7380. To charge tickets by phone, call (855) TIX-ENID. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.enideventcenter.com. For information about Sesame Street Live, go online to www.sesamestreetlive.com.
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.