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J. Curtis Huckleberry

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SS)--Power was being restored to a few OG&E customers at mid-morning following Monday’s severe thunderstorms including wind gusts to 65 mph.  At one point, 3500 local customers were without power. It all started yesterday afternoon in the 4 o'clock hour as storms came in from the north, increasing in intensity as they moved across the Enid area. On their drive home, motorists looked for shelter at the gas station at Willow and Oakwood, or wherever they could, as nickel sized hail and high winds hit.  Hardest hit seems to be the west side of Enid, as damage occurred around the Chisholm High School area, and points south into Country Club North and West, Quail Meadows, and other neighborhoods. The high winds knocked over power polls near the corner of Garland and Chestnut.  There is damage to trees and outbuildings in the areas most affected. 
 

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OH)--EPS classes began this morning. That means with the new school year kids will be walking, riding bicycles or riding with a parent or on a bus to school. Enid Police officials say motorists need to be aware schoolchildren will be sharing the road in the mornings and afternoons so everyone needs to pay extra attention. In addition to watching for kids, the motorists are reminded to yield to pedestrians at pedestrian crossings and in school zones. For school supply lists or other information go to enidpublicschools.org.

 

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RC)--The rail road crossing on Cleveland between Willow Road and Chestnut will be closed through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. to allow BNSF rail road to conduct maintenance. Traffic will be redirected to Oakwood Road. The 300 block of N. Grand Avenue, between Maple Avenue and Elm Avenue, will be closed to all traffic for water line repairs until noon Wednesday.

Cherokee from McKinley to Cleveland will be closed and the southbound lane of Cleveland between Maine and Oklahoma will be reduced to one lane of traffic until approximately September 1.  This closure will allow ONG to replace gas mains. Traffic is advised to use caution whenever entering a construction zone.

 

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EQ)--There was an earthquake Monday morning at 9:40 about 4 miles south of Fairmont in southeast Garfield County. It registered 2.6 on the Richter scale. There were two earthquakes Monday west and north of Yale in eastern Payne County. They both registered 2.5 on the scale at 8:07 am and 11:22 am.

 

FV)--Town of North Enid voters will be considering the renewal of a franchise agreement of 25 years for natural gas with One Gas Incorporated on August 26. If approved, the agreement provides a 4 percent franchise fee to the Town of North Enid. The funds go into the town’s general budget.  The polling precinct will be open 7am-7pm.

 

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MR)—The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center was recognized by the Oklahoma Museums Association as having the best 2014 Educational Program in its budget category. The recognized program is “Pioneer Life:  Homesteading the Cherokee Outlet”.  The program was developed for third grade students by Education Director Cody Jolliff. The objective of Pioneer Life was to provide an experiential-based program to compliment the curriculum for third grade Oklahoma History. Students participating in the program spend a school day trying their hand at various pioneer chores including grinding coffee, shelling corn and washing clothes while gaining a deeper appreciation for early homesteading in the Cherokee Strip. Nearly 450 students attended the first school year. The program is expected to reach capacity in the coming school year with its growing popularity.

 

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UE)--Oklahoma’s unemployment rose slightly to 4.6 percent in July, up from 4.5 percent from the previous month, according to data released Monday by to U.S. Department of Labor. The national unemployment rate was 6.2 percent for July, up slightly from 6.1 percent in June, although employers added 209,000 new jobs over the month. The unemployment rate rose in 30 states for July, while eight states had decreases, and 12 states and the District of Columbia had no change. Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate among the states in July at 8 percent. North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate at 2.8 percent.

 

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 FT)—The first day back to school will be special at Leonardo’s Children’s Museum.  Leonardo’s will offer free admission this afternoon from 1:00-5:00. Adventure Quest will remain open for Twilight Time until 8:00P.M. All children must be accompanied by an adult. At 2:00 this afternoon, “Discover Oklahoma” will be filming at Leonardo’s for an upcoming show. Home school parents and parents of toddlers are encouraged to visit during the early afternoon.

 

Later this week, Leonardo’s will host the 6th annual Enid Mack Motor Mania on Saturday morning from 10 A.M.--noon. Sponsor Enid Mack Sales will also be cooking burgers and hot dogs for lunch, and the first 100 children will receive a special prize.  Lunch is being provided by AdvancePierre Foods, Sara Lee, and Mid-America Wholesale. Bottled water is being provided by Sonshine Fellowship. For more information about upcoming classes or events at Leonardo’s, visit the online calendar at www.leonardos.org or call 580-233-2787.

 

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BT)--It's time for a new band truck at Enid High School to haul the Big Blue Band equipment.  There are some 40 parents in the band's booster club, and they are setting out to raise about $50,000 for the new truck.  Be on the lookout this year for various Enid High band fundraisers.  If you would like to help out, you can send a donation the EHS Band Boosters, 216 S. Cleveland, Box #437, Enid, OK 73703.

 

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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. You can share your ideas at the Envision Enid booth at the Cherokee Strip Celebration, and stay tuned for upcoming meetings to learn about, shape, and help implement plan recommendations.

 

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MM)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum will be hosting its sixth annual Enid Mack Motor Mania August 23. The event will be 10 a.m. It will include lunch for the first 500 people and will conclude with a parade of trucks honking their horns and flashing their lights at noon. As part of the event, Leonardo’s is seeking all types of motorized vehicles to participate. Julie Baird, Leonardo’s executive director says in the past the event has had a fire truck, a police car, an ambulance, several city of Enid trucks, a bucket truck from OG&E, race cars, a tow truck, farm equipment, ATV’s and motorcycles. The Enid Police Department is bringing their new tank this year, and for the third consecutive year, there will be a ‘take-apart car,’ thanks to Southside Recycling. Enid Mack Sales owner Troy Phillips enjoys sponsoring the annual event at Leonardo’s, “because kids love equipment and not enough get to see them up close and personal like they do at Enid Mack Motor Mania. They get to imagine themselves driving the equipment. Their imagination comes to life.”

 

 

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HG)--Reservations are now being accepted for the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s 5th Annual Cherokee Strip Days Gala, “Sterling & Spurs”.  The gala will be held on Friday, September 5 at the Hiland Partners Ballroom in Enid. The Western themed gala will feature Susie McEntire singing classic country hits, fun games of chance for great prizes, a wine pull and an extravagant Prime Rib dinner by Panevino.  Major sponsors of the event are Ward Petroleum, Central National Bank and Andrew Real Estate Co. The evening will conclude with a live auction of exclusive gifts including a private concert with Susie McEntire. The Heritage Center’s annual gala is the museum’s major fundraising event of the year to support museum operations. Reservations for the “Sterling & Spurs Gala” can be made at the Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th Street in Enid or by calling 580-237-1907 with credit card information.  The cost is $200 per couple, $125 per person or $750 for a table of eight. For additional information on this or other CSRHC programs visit the website at www.csrhc.org. 

 

 

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BT)--The Beatles tribute band 1964 will be in concert Friday, Sept. 5, at the Enid Event Center. The band recreates an early live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter. Tickets, priced at $35.50 and $55.50, are on sale now. A limited number of VIP tickets ($55.50) are available, which will include a pre-show reception in Enid Convention Hall with appetizers and drinks. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. For more information, visit www.1964site.com.

 

 

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PA)--It won't be long before downtown Enid will be filled with the sights and sounds of the annual Cherokee Strip Celebration. September 12 – 14 will be  a weekend to remember, and celebrate the great land run that established settlers across a large part of Oklahoma. The Enid Chamber of Commerce wants you and your organization to be a part of the fun. They are currently taking vendor and parade entry applications. You can get an application at the chamber offices, 210 Kenwood, on the west side of downtown Enid, or online at enidchamber.com. Cost for non-profit or commercial floats is $10, with prizes awarded. Others entering will have a fee of $5, with the exception of marching bands, which will not have an entry fee.

 

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RC)--Grammy-nominated band 3 Doors Down will perform in concert on Sunday, Sept. 14, in Enid Event Center. The alternative rock band is known for the hit "Kryptonite." Tickets are priced at $65.50, $59.50 and $45.50 and will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, July 18. 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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SB)--The Enid Board of Education is accepting applications to fill vacancies for Office 1 and Office 2. Those interested in more information are encouraged to contact Karl White, EPS chief financial officer, by calling (580) 366-7000 or visiting 500 S. Independence. Information packets are available.


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OL)—People wanting to reserve some city facilities can now do so online. The Enid Parks and Recreation Department has instituted a web-based program for online recreation registration and management. By using the new online program, potential renters of park pavilions, Champion Park gym or Champlin Pool can see what days are available and choose the day that best suits their needs. Park pavilion and facility rental can be done online at www.enid.org or at the Parks and Recreation office, 1110 W. Spruce. To get to the registration page, go to www.enid.org, select public works under the department’s header, then go to parks and recreation. On the parks page, click “Parks Reservations & Rental Facilities” in the menu on the left.

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CC)--The Enid City Commission television broadcasts are being moved from Channel 11 to Channel 12 in an effect to broadcast the meetings in high definition. According to Steve Kime, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the city of Enid, “We are moving the City Commission meeting broadcast to Channel 12. This allows us to keep all government programming on one channel and provides the avenue we need to broadcast the meetings in high definition.” Kime said, the Enid Television Network staff is working with Suddenlink officials to make all the technical moves needed to allow the meetings to air on Channel 12. The city of Enid assumed operation of the local public access television programming serving Enid in February of this year.

 

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