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AS)--Tyson Foods announced Tuesday a plan to purchase AdvancePierre Foods, Enid’s largest civilian employer, in an overall $4.2 billion merger. According to a joint company announcement, AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc., based out of Cincinnati with operations in Enid, has entered into a “definitive merger agreement” with Tyson that will see a subsidiary of the company offering to acquire all of AdvancePierre’s outstanding common shares for $40.25 per share in cash. The total enterprise value of the transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, includes approximately $3.2 billion in equity value and $1.1 billion in assumption of AdvancePierre debt. The offer price represents a 31.8 percent premium to AdvancePierre’s closing price on April 5 the most recent unaffected trading day. AdvancePierre Foods currently employs about 1,400 workers in Enid. There has not been any word yet on how this will affect the Advance Pierre facilities or personnel, including those in Enid.

 

 

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DB)--The truck-eating railroad bridge on East Maine claimed it latest victim Tuesday. A Newcastle man delivering tires to an area shop told police his phone's GPS led him onto the route beneath the East Maine bridge Tuesday morning. Enid Police Department officers responded just before 9:15 am to the 200 block of East Maine on a report of the railroad bridge being struck again. The driver reportedly told police he was going to make a delivery on North 4th and was eastbound on Garriott but there was a train crossing the road. He said he was using a map app on his phone to try to get to his destination and he left the truck route on Garriott, to go around the train. Green's truck struck the support beams under the Union Pacific railroad bridge, which sustained no damage. Clearance under the bridge is marked as 11 feet, 4 inches. It is marked on a yellow sign with flashing lights, and the bridge is painted with large, fierce teeth.

 

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SB)—Enid Public Schools Board of Education approved the sale of over $8 million in bonds during a special meeting Tuesday. Voters in the EPS district approved $99.45 million in bonds in February 2010, and almost $93 million in additional bonds in 2016 for new facility construction and to improve safety and security, transportation, technology, fine arts and athletics. District officials said the bond sale will fund payments on those programs based on an existing lease purchase agreement. In other action the board approved the employment of Stephen H. McDonald & Associates as the district’s financial consultant, and Floyd Law Firm, P.C. for bond counsel services.

 

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RG)--Union Pacific Railroad Foundation made a stop at Railroad Museum of Oklahoma in Enid on Tuesday to present $42,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. Enid News and Eagle reports, Brandon Morris, director of public affairs for Union Pacific Railroad Foundation, said the foundation “is a community-based grant program to provide funding for organizations where our employees live and work.” Grants awarded Tuesday were: $7,000 to Oklahoma State University Foundation in collaboration with Public Library of Enid and Garfield County; $15,000 to 4RKids Foundation; $15,000 to Railroad Museum of Oklahoma; and $5,000 to Gaslight Theatre.

 

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LOYAL, Okla. (AP) — A Houston-based pipeline company is cleaning up a nearly 19,000 gallon oil spill in Kingfisher County that threatened a local water supply. Crews from Plains All American Pipeline were at the site Tuesday in Loyal. The leak was reported Friday, but it's unclear when it started. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are monitoring the cleanup. Corporation spokesman Matt Skinner says roughly 70 acres of farmland are affected and that the spill reached a small creek, but he says it was contained before it flowed into a second creek that flows into the Cimarron River about 16 miles away.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A commission that's been conducting a review of Oklahoma's use of the death penalty says the state should extend its moratorium on capital punishment. Members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission made the decision unanimously. The panel released its final, 300-plus page report Tuesday. Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry co-chaired the group. He said the volume and seriousness of flaws with the state's system still needs reform before it can carry out the death penalty. Executions have been on hold in Oklahoma for more than two years while new protocols for carrying out death sentences could be developed. Fifteen Oklahoma death row inmates have exhausted their appeals and are awaiting execution dates. The report's release comes a day after Arkansas carried out two executions on the same day, part of an original plan to execute eight inmates over an 11-day period.

 

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CS)--Country music stars Lee Brice and Justin Moore will bring their 2017 co-headlined “American Made Tour” to the Central National Bank Center Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Brice is a multiple ACM and CMA award winner with a Grammy nomination, six platinum singles and more than 10 million singles sold. Moore released his fourth album “Kinda Don’t Care", his third No. 1 debut on the country charts, in August.  Brett Young rounds out the show. Tickets are on sale at CNBCenter.com.

 

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TB)--City of Enid officials will close a portion of Randolph in downtown to hang a banner for the annual Tri-State Music Festival. The roadway will be closed and the banner hung on between 7:00-9:00 a.m. Friday. The annual Tri-State parade is set for Friday, May 5. There will be performances in various locations in Enid that week leading up to the parade.

 

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KF)--The second annual Kites over Enid will be this weekend. Two nationally known kiting clubs will host demonstrations during the two-day event, set for 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Field behind Autry Technology Center. The Go Big or Go Home kite team from Texas was the featured team at the first Kites over Enid last year, and also brought kites to Enid when the city hosted the 2012 and 2015 American Kitefliers Association National Conventions. The TKO Sport Kite Team, representing Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, was also in Enid for both AKA conventions, and specializes in flying maneuverable sport kites in various formations choreographed to music. During Kites over Enid, there will be a Candy Drop both days for children at 1:00 p.m., and races between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. A vendor will be selling kites, and food and ice cream trucks will be on site. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Admission to the event is free. Enid has submitted its bid to host the 2018 AKA National Convention, for which the award will be announced at the start of the 2017 convention in September. For more information on Kites Over Enid, go to VisitEnid.org/Visitors/KitesOverEnid.

 

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TS)--A tradition since 1933 will return to Enid next week. The annual Tri-State Music Festival will take place May 3rd through the 5th. The judged performances will feature thousands of student musicians from elementary to high school. The performances will include solos, ensembles, vocal and band. The festival was founded by Russell L. Wiley, who in 1933 served as the Phillips University Band Director. The parade and Grand Concert will wrap up the festival on Friday evening. The various activities for the kids will include the carnival, also a long running tradition. City of Enid officials announced the banner used to note the annual Tri-State parade will be hung this Friday in downtown Enid. According to street officials, Randolph between Independence and Grand will be closed on Friday from7:00 am until 9:00 am.

 

 

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PP)--Members of the Enid High School Student Council are accepting nominations for the Pride of the Plainsmen Award. Those nominated for the award must meet the following criteria: have attended, served, honored or supported EHS in some way; have demonstrated the ideals stated in the Plainsmen Creed; and have reflected a high degree of success in service to education, community or his/her career field. Members of the EHS Student Council will select the Pride of the Plainsmen honoree later this month. He/she will be recognized at the annual Class Day assembly in May. For more information or to request a nomination form, contact Jessica Ransom, student council adviser, through the Enid High School office at (580) 366-8300 or email her at jlransom@enidk12.org. The application deadline is Friday, April 28.

 

 

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DF)—Organizers say to date, $850,000 has been donated to the Fire Relief fund set up by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, 501(c)3, to aid Oklahoma ranchers following the wildfires in early March. In Oklahoma, more than 310 thousand acres burned causing a wide variety of losses to livestock, pastures, hay, fences, facilities and homes.  It has been estimated that the economic impact of the fire exceed $16 million. The distribution process starts with a simple application available online at okcattlemensfoundation.org. All cattle producers are eligible, and encouraged, to apply. Applications are due May 1st.

 

 

DR)--Baby boomers rejoice! Decades Rewind will perform May 4 at Central National Bank Center in Enid. Featuring music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Decades Rewind has a live 14-piece band performing medleys of hit songs. The concert will have rock 'n' roll stage lighting, videos of American culture and more than 100 costume changes, according to CNB Center officials. Based in Tampa, Fla., Decades Rewind was founded and made its stage debut in November 2015. Since then, the production has toured all across Florida and is now in its first national tour. To purchase tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show, visit CNBCenter.com, call (855) TIX-ENID or go to the CNB Center Box Office starting at 10:00 a.m. Monday. Tickets are $27.

 

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OF)--Using the theme, “Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail,” the 2017 Oklahoma Freewheel tour will have an overnight stay in Enid this June. OK Freewheel is a weeklong bicycle tour across Oklahoma. The tour begins in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 11, will stop in Enid on June 15 and end in South Haven, Kan. on June 17. Other overnight stops along the route are Comanche, Duncan, Chickasha, Kingfisher and Ponca City. Much of the route is along or close to U.S. Highway 81, which is roughly the path of the original Chisholm Trail and has been designated the “Historic Chisholm Trail Bike Route” by the state of Oklahoma. Participants will travel around 440 miles to complete the 2017 cross-state bicycle tour. For more information on this great ride and to register, visit OKFreewheel.com.

 

 

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