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WW)--A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Enid most of the KGWA listening area through this evening. According to the National Weather Service, snow will be possible throughout the day. Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management director Mike Honigsberg says 1 to 3 inches of snow will be possible and travel will be effected through Thursday morning. If you have to get out, authorities are asking motorists to slow down and use extra caution.

 

 

CC)—Enid Public Schools will be closed Thursday due to the snow and ice. District officials made the announcement earlier today. Also due to inclement weather the NOC Tonkawa and Enid campuses closed at 2:30 this afternoon. All evening classes and on campus activities have been canceled. The Stillwater campus has been closed all day.

 

 

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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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PP)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday night approved the purchase of nearly two dozen properties southeast of the Cleveland and Garriott intersection. The city will pay $249,000 for the 23 Lahoma Addition properties to make way for a 75,000 square foot retail development.  The city will get their money back when they sell the property to Hunt Properties Inc., who plans to develop the area. 

 

 

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LS)--The 81st annual Northwest District Junior Livestock Show got underway this morning at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. This year’s show will feature about 2,100 entries from more than 950 student exhibitors representing 40 schools and 4-H chapters from across northwest Oklahoma. Students will show sheep, goats, cattle and pigs. The show will conclude Monday night with awards presentations and a premium sale.

 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oct. 26 trial date is set for a former Oklahoma City police officer on dozens of charges he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Oklahoma County District Judge Timothy Henderson set the trial date today for 28 year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces a total of 36 charges that include six counts of first-degree rape. The rape charges carry a sentence of up to life in prison. Holtzclaw, who grew up in Enid, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Holtzclaw was ordered to stand trial in November following a hearing at which his accusers gave graphic testimony about sex acts they said they did not want to perform but did so because they were frightened. Holtzclaw, who had been with the department for three years, was fired from the police force in January.

 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bills designed to provide more scrutiny and oversight of some of the hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of state tax credits have passed the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate voted Wednesday for a pair of bills by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and sent both to the House for consideration. The first would create a seven-member panel of economists, state officials and lay people to examine various tax credits and determine their effectiveness. The committee would be required to evaluate every state tax incentive at least once every four years. It applies to any state tax credits, exemptions, deductions or rebates. The second bill requires future tax incentives to have a clearly stated goal so their effectiveness can be measured.

 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters would decide whether to call a state constitutional convention under a resolution adopted by the Oklahoma House. House members voted 83-8 for the resolution Wednesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The measure by Republican Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City says the Oklahoma Constitution requires that voters decide at least every 20 years whether a constitutional convention should be held to consider any changes. The proposal says the last resolution on a constitutional convention was submitted to a vote of the people in March 1970. A referendum to eliminate the requirement that a constitutional convention proposal be submitted to the people every 20 years was defeated by Oklahoma voters during a general election on Nov. 8, 1994.

 

 

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CP)--The Envision Enid Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the public Thursday. City of Enid Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said the 6:00 p.m. meeting will be facilitated by officials from Guernsey, a consultant group tasked with overseeing creation of the plan. “This is a great opportunity for the public to learn more of the comprehensive plan, which has taken months to assemble,” Bauer said. The plan is expected to include suggestions for future Enid development. Once the plan has been presented to the public, it will be considered by the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and the Enid City Commission. The draft of the plan will be made available on the city’s website, www.enid.org, beginning Friday afternoon. The public meeting will be held March 5 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers in the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

 

 

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – There will be a scheduled controlled burn Thursday and Friday on sections of Vance’s airfield. The burn is scheduled to start around 12:00 p.m. on Thursday and end around 7:00 p.m. as well as start around 7:00 a.m. on Friday and end around 7:00 p.m. The controlled burn is necessary to reduce the likelihood of bird strikes with aircraft, which will enhance the safety of pilots and student pilots. Should the weather and winds not permit a controlled burn on March 5-6, March 19-20 and 26-27 will be possible backup dates. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Affairs team at (580) 213-7476 or via e-mail at 71ftw.pa@us.af.mil.

 

 

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BV)--Enid citizens have the opportunity to serve their community by volunteering to fill vacant board positions. According to Linda Parks, Enid City Clerk, “We need applicants for the Construction Board of Adjustment, Aviation Advisory Board, Fire Civil Service Commission, Enid Joint Recreation Triad, and the Board of Adjustment.” In addition, Parks said, “the Historic Preservation Commission vacancy needs to be filled by a Historian, and the Meadowlake Golf Course Advisory Board vacancy needs to be filled by a representative of the Meadowlake Women’s Golf Association.” Interested citizens can go to www.Enid.org and click on the “I Want To” tab and the select “apply.”  The option to select the advisory board application is highlighted on the web page.  For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at 580-616-7271.  Deadline for applications is set for March 6.

 

 

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GS)--The Garfield County Master Gardeners’ “Gardening 101” workshop has been re scheduled for Saturday March 7. Registration for the workshop is 8:30-9:00 a.m., with classes 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Autry Tech, 1201 W. Willow. Registration fee is $35 and includes lunch. The sessions will be presented by experienced Master Gardeners and faculty from Oklahoma State University. Between sessions, participants will be invited to shop for books and gardening items from the Master Gardeners’ boutique. Door prizes also will be given out throughout the day. To register, call the Garfield County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Office at (580) 237-1228. Those attending also can register the day of the event.

 

 

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TH)—US Congressman Frank Lucas will hold town hall meetings in Enid as well as several other locations in the Third district next week. On Monday meetings will be held in Sayre and Clinton; on Tuesday in Kingfisher at the Chisholm Trail Museum from 2:30-3:30pm, and in Watonga at City Hall from 4:00-5:00pm. On Wednesday, Congressman Lucas will be in Enid in the Gantz Center Ballroom on the NOC-Enid campus from 9:00-10:00am. All residents are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Congressman Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for opinions and input on legislation currently before Congress.

 

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SW)--It's time to get your high school senior ready for college.  NOC Enid has an ACT prep workshop March 9th in the Gantz Center. The workshop will cost $20 and includes breakfast, and a campus tour. Students will be given study materials and be trained on testing successfully without getting stressed out. Reservations must be made by this Monday.  For more information, contact Northern Oklahoma College here in Enid

 

 

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TF)--Enid Public Schools is looking for outstanding teachers for the 2015-16 school year. The district will host a teacher career fair March 10 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. The event will be at the Enid High School University Center, 611 W. Wabash. EPS continues to be a fast-growing district with an enrollment increase of 1,700 students since 2005.The district typically hires more than 75 new certified staff members each fall.

 

Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Director of Communications & Human Resources, said the district offers a very competitive compensation package and provide $2,000 recruitment stipends for secondary math, science and foreign language, as well as all levels of special education.  

Those attending the career fair will be able to interview with multiple EPS principals. Other school officials will be present to answer questions and talk with potential team members. Candidates may register for interviews if they are certified in Oklahoma, certified in another state or are currently student teaching. To register for an interview with the principals, or more information visit: www.enidpublicschools.org/careerfair.

 

 

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SD)--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.

 

 

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FF)--The Red Brick Road Food Truck Festival will take place in Enid Saturday, March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the 200 block of East Maple. There will be several food trucks offering a diverse variety of foods as well as live music throughout the day. Admission to the festival is $2.00 per person over the age of 10. Purchases for food will be made individually at each truck.

 

"This is Enid's first food truck festival. We don't have many trucks in town but they are quite popular all over the country right now and we're excited about bringing a few of our local trucks along with several out of town ones to our first festival," said Tammy Wilson, festival coordinator. "We are excited to get people over to this part of downtown where we're hoping to have several events in the future. The festival is named after Enid's first and last red brick road, where the festival actually takes place."

 

In conjunction with the food truck festival, Creative Arts is also holding the Downtown Arts Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the same location. Trucks include Stella Reauxs Cajun food from Tulsa, Galley Soul Food & More from Edmond, Johan's BBQ from Waukomis, Stillwaffles from Stillwater, the Smoke Wagon from Enid, True Bean Ice Cream Rescue from Tulsa, and Joe & The Guys from 580 in Enid. The Barn will have beer available for purchase, Whitney Sessions, Those Guyz, and Suede Panther will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening. For more information or sponsorship opportunities call (580) 402-6732 or email info@enidevents.com.

 

 

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CA)--Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town will be live in concert March 28 at the Enid Event Center. The concert will feature special guest Chris Stapleton. The band will offer a VIP experience for fans, allowing them to choose from two limited packages, including meet and greets, pre-show soundcheck access, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information on tour dates, VIP packages, and pre-sale tickets, visit www.littlebigtown.com. Tickets for the Enid concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 23, by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices

 

 

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CT)—Officials say tickets are selling fast for Alan Jackson’s 25th anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour concert at Enid Event Center on April 18. Keller Taylor, general manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall said “This show continues to showcase the abilities for Enid to support world-class entertainment at Enid Event Center.” Ticket options include $75.50 and $95.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling (855) TIX-ENID, going online to www.EnidEventCenter.com or going in person at Enid Event Center box office. 

 

 

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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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