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MT)—Testimony resumed this morning in Garfield County District Court in the trial of an Enid man accused of first-degree murder in the killing of his girlfriend. According to the Enid News and Eagle, the seven-man, five-woman jury on Wednesday heard testimony from four witnesses in the trial of  25 year-old Jason Dwayne Lowe. Lowe is charged in the death of 33-year-old Crystal Star Johnson nearly two years ago. Lowe is accused of beating Johnson resulting in her death. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in the case, so Lowe faces the possibility of life in prison or life without the possibility of parole, if convicted. In addition to first-degree murder, Lowe is facing charges of unlawfully taking a debit card of another and unlawful possession of a debit card. The trial is scheduled for the entire week before Associate District Judge Tom Newby.

 

 

 

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CE)--Early childhood enrollment for Enid Public Schools began today with enrollment at The Commons, an intergenerational 4-year-old program through the school system. All other 4-year-old programs will accept enrollment 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. tomorrow. Students being enrolled in the district's early childhood programs should enroll in their home elementary schools. Those unsure of which school is their home schools should contact the district's central office at 580-366-7000. Due to growing enrollment at each site, students from Garfield Elementary School and Adams Elementary School will attend Carver Early Childhood Center, 815 S. 5th. Students in the Adams and Garfield districts, however, should be enrolled at their home schools.

 

 

 

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EQ)--There have been multiple earthquakes across northern Oklahoma. The largest quake was a 4.0 magnitude at 1:20 this morning, centered three miles north of Hunter along the Grant County/ Garfield County line. That same area saw a 2.7 at 9:21 last night, and a 3.1 just after midnight this morning. There was a 3.1 magnitude quake in northern Grant County at 3:57 yesterday afternoon about two miles east of Renfrow. There was also a 2.8 magnitude quake about four miles north of Dacoma along the Alfalfa County / Woods County line at 3:20 yesterday afternoon.

 

 

 

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TS)—An annual tradition will continue next week. The 2015 Tri-State Music Festival will be held in Enid. The annual music festival has recently been re-invented by a local group of active board members. Along with the vocal and music competitions, there will also be the second annual Garage Band Competition Thursday evening at 6 at the Gazebo on the downtown Garfield County Courthouse lawn. Thursday night is also the Tri-State dance at NOC's Gantz Center. It's for Tri-State participants only. The Million Dollar Parade will be around the downtown square Friday night May 1st, in conjunction with First Friday. The Grand Concert will be Friday at the Grand Ballroom of Convention Hall. And, as is the custom, the Ottaway Carnival will be set up at Oakwood Mall next week.

 

 

 

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HM)--A judge will announce next week if the Hennessey Board of Education is entitled to OSBI records about an alleged inappropriate relationship between high school girls’ basketball coach Marty McBride and a female player/student. The hearing will be Monday in Kingfisher County District Court. According to the Hennessey Clipper, the OSBI has filed a brief objecting to the school’s request, and the school's attorney says they will file a response this week. The board asked that a judge read the OSBI report in private and decide if the school is entitled to the records. The OSBI has refused to show the school the records, and the district attorney says that state law keeps him from handing over the records.

 

 

 

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge assigned to the case of a volunteer deputy accused of manslaughter in the shooting of a restrained man says he is weighing recusal over his close ties to the sheriff's office. District Court Judge James Caputo says in a court filing that he worked for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office for about seven years and that his daughter is an employee there. Caputo told The Tulsa World he hopes to decide by Friday whether to continue with the case. Caputo was randomly assigned to the case and says no one has asked him to recuse. Reserve deputy Robert Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 death of Eric Harris.

 

 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City is one of four U.S. Air Force installations being considered as the possible location for the Air Force's new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker. Air Force officials have announced that Tinker; Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina; Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts; and Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, are the candidates for KC-46A Pegasus location. Site surveys at each base are scheduled to start next month and a visit to Tinker is scheduled in late May. The preferred and alternative sites are to be announced during the summer. Nearly 160 acres of land on the west side of Tinker has been purchased for a maintenance facility for the KC-46A — which will replace the KC-135 as an air refueling tanker.

 

 

 

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Government scientists say more than a dozen regions in the United States have experienced a rise in man-made earthquakes in recent years. A report released Thursday found that 17 areas in eight states have seen small quakes triggered by oil and gas drilling. They include parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey says most of the shaking is caused by the oil and gas industry injecting wastewater deep underground, which can activate dormant faults. A few cases stemmed from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The agency plans to study how often man-made quakes are expected to occur in the next year and how much shaking they would produce. Scientists released the report at an earthquake meeting in Pasadena, California.

 

 

 

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YW)--City of Enid Solid Waste Department will resume its yard waste collection beginning Wednesday, April 29. All green poly-carts must be placed at the curbside by 7:30 AM on Wednesdays. According to Solid Waste Supervisor Sara Del Angel, green poly-carts may be purchased for a one-time fee of $60. If you would like to purchase a green poly-cart please contact Solid Waste Services at (580)616-7300.    

 

 

 

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SC)--City of Enid Public Works officials have announced the temporary closing of Randolph between Independence and Grand on Friday beginning at 7:00 am. City crews will be hanging the Tri-State banner in the 100 block of West Randolph in preparation for the upcoming annual parade and events. Officials estimate the street closing on Randolph to be three to four hours. Motorists are urged to drive with caution in this area Friday morning.

 

 

 

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TR)--This Saturday Chisholm Trail 412 ABATE will hold its 7th Annual Tornado Run. This fundraiser helps send members to Motorcycle Safety Courses and also sends members to seminars all over the country to find out what other states are doing. Pre-Registration before the 25th will get you 2 poker hands for $20. There will be a pre-registration party Friday at Lucky's 1314 S. Van Buren starting at 7:00 and there will be karaoke. Registration Saturday morning begins at 9:00 a.m. at Lucky's. After the run there will be a fish fry(donations) and bike games at Boonies on East Market. Whether you are on 2, 3 or 4 wheels you will have a good time. Contact Anita McMullen at 580-541-3149 with any questions or if you would like to pre-register.

 

 

 

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FR)—The Enid Public School Foundation will host their annual fundraiser “The E’vent” on Monday April 27 at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center from 5:00pm-8:00pm. This is an opportunity to enjoy great food and hear musical talent from Enid school students. The EPSF awards grants to teachers two times a year as well as raise funds to provide scholarships to teachers. Tickets are $5 for all ages and include a box dinner. Everyone is invited to come and support the students and teachers of Enid Public Schools

 

 

 

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UW)--What began as a challenge from fifth grade students at Garfield Elementary, is now a full-blown, guy versus girl, pie-in-your face competition between two of the local United Way’s strongest advocates, Executive Director Pamela Ballard and Stan Brownlee. The “Dough to Dough” competition will take place during United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma’s Annual Meeting and Award’s Luncheon on April 29 at 11:30am in the Hiland Grand Ballroom at 302 N. Independence.  Three students from Garfield will be the official judges. All desserts for the event will be handmade by Brownlee and Ballard. Table sponsors will choose the dessert for their table. To participate as a table sponsor for the “Dough to Dough” competition, or for ticket information for the Annual Meeting, please contact Pamela Ballard, Executive Director of United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma at 237-0821 or pballard@unitedwayenid.org.  All proceeds benefit the work of United Way and its partner agencies.

 

 

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RH)--For the first time ever, The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Enid Event Center on May 6. Audience will experience the excitement, splendor, and majesty of the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its US debut.  The Gala of the Royal Horses is a spectacular entertainment event combining the most beautiful horses in the world with live performers creating a breathtaking event for the entire family.  The Gala of the Royal Horses is a “must see” for horse lovers and families. Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will perform in authentic vibrant costumes. Tickets priced at $25, $35, $55, and a limited number $75 Ringside seats.  Groups of 10 or more receive a $7 discount per ticket on all price levels except Ringside. Tickets will go on sale 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 8.  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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WA)--Wonder what the weather is doing in Garfield County?  Well, now there's an app for that! Designed for Androids and Iphones, the “Garfield County EM” was launched in January and is a direct link to the Garfield County Emergency Management team. On the app you can get the local forecast, weather radar, weather alerts, and other emergency information that's specifically catered to Enid and Garfield County. The app is administered by Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County Emergency Management Director. It also has the option of push notifications to alert you in emergencies. Other options include Honigsberg's daily blog, a damage report page, a list of emergency contacts, the storm shelter registry, nixle registration, storm preparedness, and more. Best of all the app is free.  

 

 

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VG)--The United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is making funds available for Venture Grants for area non-profits. This funding is in addition to the regular allocations provided to the 16 United Way member agencies.  United Way Executive Director Pamela Ballard said, We budget money each year for Venture Grants targeting identified social service needs in the community. We are looking for programs or projects which are effective in creating sustainable change in the realm of human and/or social services.” Any non-profit 501(c)(3) human service organization in Grant, Garfield, Major, Alfalfa, or Kingfisher county is eligible to apply. The due date for Venture grant applications is April 30. Grant forms can be downloaded through the United Way of Enid & NW OK website at: www.unitedwayenid.org/grants or an application can be received by email or mail by contacting the United Way office at 580-237-0821.

 

 

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RC)--Tulsa-based comedian Rodney Carrington will perform on June 13 in Enid Event Center. Tickets, priced at $45.75 and $180.75 for VIP ticket options, and are on sale now. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. The show is for mature audiences.

 

 

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