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J. Curtis Huckleberry

KGWA Local News


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DH)--A real estate contract closing on the downtown hotel property could occur by the end of this month, City Manager Jerald Gilbert told the Enid City Commission in a meeting this week. According to Enid News & Eagle, Gilbert said he talked to the local bank handing the financing of the Best Western GL? hotel on Tuesday. "There's a third-party company that's evaluating the plans, appraising the plans that have been approved and submitted. That has not been completed yet. That's one of the major remaining obstacles to closing. I think we will know soon about whether we're going to be able to close this month or soon thereafter. But I don't have an exact closing date yet," he said. Final plans for the hotel were approved by the commission in September. Once the contract closure has occurred, construction must begin within 45 days.

 

 

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ST)--Garfield County Sheriff's Office overnight posted that they are on the lookout for a pickup that was reported stolen between 6:00 and 8:00 Thursday night from the area of Wheat Capital and Highway 81. It's a dark blue, single cab 2003 Ford F150 4X4 with tinted windows. The tag number is AWF672. If you've seen the pickup or know anything about the theft, contact local law enforcement.

 

 

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ID)--Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says federal officials have extended the state's deadline for complying with the REAL ID Act to Oct. 10, 2018. The compliance deadline was extended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The agency's previous deadline for complying with the federal law passed last week. Fallin says the extension means that the federal government will continue to recognize Oklahoma driver's licenses and ID cards for entering federal buildings and installations for another year. Fallin signed legislation earlier this year to bring the state in compliance with the 2005 law that strengthens rules for government-sanctioned identification. The measure requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States.

 

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DC)--Security National Bank of Enid, Park Avenue Thrift, Eagle Marketing and Chisholm Trail Expo Center are again joining forces to help raise funds for animals and animal-related causes in the Enid community. Now in its seventh year, Enid Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash will be begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Registration for the event is underway. This year's race will benefit Furever Friends. Enid Paws 4 the Cause is a National Dachshund Foundation sanctioned event. This year's Dachshund Dash will be separated into three age groups of athletes to compete for the title of grand champion and reserve grand champion, which will qualify them for the national race in Finlay, Ohio. This year's race will include additional races for 'mixed-breed dachshunds' and those assisted by carts for disabilities. The grand champion and reserve grand champion of those races also will qualify for the national race in Finlay, Ohio. Owners can register their dachshund athletes at the Groom Closet, 2005 W. Chestnut. Additional information about the dash and registration can be found at www.enidpaws4thecause.com.

 

 

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SO)--Enid Symphony Orchestra is set for its opening weekend Saturday and Sunday. Father-son piano duo Ryan & Ryan is slated to perform blues classic Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, in addition to song covers from the 1950s to the 1990s. Music Director Douglas Newell will finish with Three Dance Episodes from Aaron Copland's old west ballet Rodeo. The 2017-18 Enid Symphony Orchestra season is Newell's 35th season as music director for the orchestra. The program is set for 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at 580-237-9646 or www.enidsymphony.org.

 

 

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BS)--The Enid Blue Star Mothers are having a fundraiser at Atwoods this Saturday from 10:00-2:00. They will be selling 2 hot dogs and a drink for $1. All the money raised will be used to help the Blue Star Mothers continue to send care packages to soldiers overseas.

 

 

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SO)--Enid Symphony Orchestra is set for its opening weekend Oct. 21-22. Father-son piano duo Ryan & Ryan is slated to perform blues classic Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, in addition to song covers from the 1950s to the 1990s. Music Director Douglas Newell will finish with Three Dance Episodes from Aaron Copland's old west ballet Rodeo. The 2017-18 Enid Symphony Orchestra season is Newell's 35th season as music director for the orchestra. The program is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 2 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets are available at 580-237-9646 or www.enidsymphony.org.

 

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AC)--More than 400 individuals from across the state will be in Enid, October 24-26 when the city hosts the 2017 Oklahoma Arts Conference at the Central National Bank Center. Artists, nonprofit administrators, civic leaders, community developers, educators and others are among those who will participate in the event. The conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for Oklahoma’s $872.8 million arts and cultural industry. Spearheaded by the Oklahoma Arts Council in partnership with Oklahomans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the annual convening features nationally-recognized presenters, local Oklahoma panelists, tours, workshops, and evening networking events. Many of Enid’s creative spaces and art centers will be featured in conference-related activities. To highlight Enid’s strong art education programs, area youth will be featured in performances throughout the conference. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.

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RF)-- The State Chamber of Oklahoma has selected Enid for one of its OK2030 Regional Forums. The forum will focus on the vision of the OK2030 initiative, highlight key data, facilitate discussion around building a strong, thriving state and is an opportunity for local chamber members and businesses to share what is needed to move the state forward. OK2030 is a strategic vision plan to improve Oklahoma’s business climate, workforce, quality of life, fiscal stability and innovation by the year 2030. Set for Oct. 26, the forum will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Oakwood Country Club, 1601 N. Oakwood. The event is free to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit http://www.ok2030.org/events/.

 

 

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UW)--The 30th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off will be held in October at Central National Bank Center with this year's theme of "Classic Chili Bash." Doors open at 11:00 a.m. for the cook-off set for Oct. 27 and will run until 1:00 p.m. The Chili Cook-Off Committee is accepting applications from individuals, churches, businesses and organizations. There will be live entertainment, a wide array of door prizes, an autographed OU football helmet raffle and tasty chili from a variety of exceptional cooks. Tickets are $5, which includes a drink, chili and dessert, and may be purchased in advance from the United Way office or at the door. The Chili Cook-Off committee anticipates at least 40 chili entries to compete in four categories: Judge's Chili Choice, Best Booth, Top Dollar Chili and People's Chili Choice. The committee is expecting to see contestants decked out in 30s classic attire, or 1987-themed attire, and booths decorated for whichever theme competitors choose. All funds raised benefit the 15 partner agencies of United Way, along with discretionary giving designations. Entry fee for the Cook-Off is $50. Business or individuals wanting to enter the Chili Cook-Off may do so by contacting the United Way office at (580) 237-0821 or emailing Carolina Seymour at carolina@unitedwayenid.org.

 

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HF)--INTEGRIS will once again be offering free flu shots at its annual health fair from 9:00 to noon on Saturday, October 28, at the CNB Center Convention Hall. In its 11th year, the community health fair is an event put on with funds provided by the INTEGRIS Foundation and is free of charge to all attendees. In addition to free flu shots for all ages, while supplies last, the fair will also include free health screenings, hearing and vision screenings, and 48 health vendor booths.

 

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RC)--Comedian country singer-songwriter Rodney Carrington is returning to Enid. Carrington will perform his "Here Comes the Truth Tour" live at the Central National Bank Center Nov. 10, 2017. He first performed in Enid in June 2015. He's recorded eight major label comedy albums, two of which have been certified gold. Carrington also has started his own record label, "Laughter's Good," and released two of his albums under it since 2014. Additionally, Carrington started a YouTube series in 2014 called "Bit By Bit," releasing new material on a weekly basis. Tickets are on sale at CNBCenter.com, 855-TIX.ENID or at the CNB Center's office, 301 S. Independence.

 

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VM)--The Vance Spouses’ Club is seeking local crafters and merchants for its annual Holiday Marketplace November 11th.  The event is free to the public and will have Santa for the kids and many other holiday goodies. The fundraiser is for Vance Spouses’ Club scholarship program for military dependents and charitable giving to various nonprofit organizations in the local area. If you would like to be a vendor this year, email at HolidayMarketplaceEnid@yahoo.com.

 

 

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OB)--A local woman and several area organizations are among finalists for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful awards. This year, more than 60 individuals, communities, businesses, municipalities, state agencies and others from across the state will be recognized for their work in the past year. The finalists for Affiliate Champions include Suzy Mei­bergen of Keep Enid Beau­tiful. Affiliate of the Year fi­­nalists include Keep Enid Beau­­­ti­­ful and Okeene His­toric Preservation Group. KOB Youth Award finalists include the Okeene 4-H Club and Newkirk Junior Main Street. Volunteer Community Group final­ists include Hen­nessey Girl Scouts Troop No. 739. Winners in the various award categories will be announced the night of the banquet. Keep Oklahoma Beauti­ful’s 27th Annual En­viron­mental Ex­cellence Cele­bra­tion is set for Nov. 18 at Embassy Suites in Norman. The event will begin with a reception and fundraiser at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and awards. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com.

 

 

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CS)--Christian entertainer Mark Lowry is bringing his unique blend of laughter and praise to Enid on Dec. 14 for The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma’s annual family Christmas celebration at Central National Bank Event Center. For more than four decades, Lowry has charmed crowds as a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter. Lowry has spent more than 20 years as baritone singer for the Grammy award-winning Gaither Vocal Band. Tickets can be purchased online at cnbcenter.com/marklowry or by calling (855) TIX-ENID (849-3643). Prices range from $25 to $30, depending on seat selection. Price for groups of 10 or more is $20 to $25 per ticket. Group tickets must be purchased through Central National Bank Center group sales office at (580) 616-7381 or by emailing groupsales@cnbcenter.com.

 

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CS)--Nashville-based group Anthem Lights will perform for this year's Christmas show at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the coliseum, located at 111 W. Purdue. Expo Center manager Steve Barnes described the four member group as similar to Pentatonix. Anthem Lights departs from a few recent holiday performers in that they are mostly a pop group, though Barnes said the group performs a variety of music. Tickets for the Christmas show are on. They are $30, $40 or $50. Those who purchase $50 tickets will be seated at tables on the floor. Each table will have two bottles of wine, and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Those who hold $50 tickets also will take home a commemorative wine glass, Barnes said. For more information, call the Expo Center at (580) 237-0238. 

 

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