TW)--Enid Public School Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd addressed several questions concerning a possible teacher work stoppage on the Enid Public Schools website. Floyd said 86% of EPS teachers plan to participate in the work stoppage if legislators do not act before April 2. Floyd stated they will not have school without teachers. And that opens up several “what if” questions. Dr. Floyd answers parents’, teachers’, and students’ questions on the website link. Log onto enidpublicschools.org/workstoppage for the full conversation. Floyd stated they were working to find as many solutions as possible to the issues teachers are facing.
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SB)--It's Spring Break this week for Marquette University, a Catholic university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. So, as college students you head to a beach for a week of partying right? Not necessarily. A small group of students from Marquette are continuing the school's longstanding tradition of bucking that trend, coming instead to Enid to work with Enid Habitat for Humanity. Brian Pillatzke, a project coordinator with Enid Habitat for Humanity, told the Enid News and Eagle that Marquette students have been coming to Enid to volunteer for spring break for the last 20 years. This year 10 students chose to spend their spring break renovating a home in the Brookside Addition, which will be handed over to a family in need this summer. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is providing lodging for the students in the church's classrooms. For more information on Enid Habitat for Humanity visit the group's Facebook page, or call (580) 237-0114.
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FS)--A young Cleveland County child has died due to the flu, and this was the second pediatric flu-related death in Oklahoma since the beginning of this flu season. The number of Oklahomans who have died due to the flu this flu season has reached 238, according to the latest report released Thursday morning by the Oklahoma State Health Department. Officials confirmed that a Cleveland County child who died was four years old or younger. Earlier this year, officials reported that an Oklahoma County child among the ages of 5 and 17 died due to the flu. According to health officials, since Sept. 1st, 4,337 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the flu. Officials said 167 of those who died were over 65 years old, 46 were between 50 and 64 years old and 23 were between 18 to 49 years old. One person was between the ages of 5 and 17 and one person was 4 or under.
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RF)--Garfield County Republican Party is holding a gubernatorial forum tonight. Gary Jones and Gary Richardson will be in attendance, in addition to representatives from the Kevin Stitt and Todd Lamb campaigns. Mick Cornett and Dan Fisher have declined. The forum will be 6:00-7:30 Thursday at the YWCA in Enid, at 525 S. Quincy. It is open to the public.
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BB)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is pleased to announce that Park Avenue Thrift has confirmed sponsorship of the 2018 Brown Bag Lectures. “We are grateful for this significant sponsorship because it allows the Heritage Center to continue offering the monthly Brown Bag Lectures to our community at no charge,” said director, Robbin Davis. The Brown Bag Lectures are held the second Wednesday of the month at noon in the church in Humphrey Heritage Village. The popular lectures have covered a variety of topics by all manner of presenters through the years. The sponsorship of the lecture program by Park Avenue Thrift will ensure that the expenses of providing the noon lectures are covered so the program can continue to be offered as a free gift to the community.
The Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 507 S. 4th Street in Enid, Okla. Admission for adults is $6 and $3 for children. Those five years and under are free. For more information about CSRHC programs, please call 580-237-1907, visit www.csrhc.org or https://www.facebook.com/CSRHC.
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SR)--City of Enid Park and Recreation officials say motorists should be on the lookout for runners in “Saints on the Go” 5k and ½ run this Saturday 10:00am. The run will go through the neighborhoods of Heritage Hills and Willow West. Barricades will be in place at Willow and Heritage Trail, Heritage Trail and Cleveland, Edgewood and Cleveland. If you are going to be driving around the area, use caution as runners including children will be participating in Saturday’s run with St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
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DD)--Saturday is St. Patrick's Day, and ENDUI teams will be out this weekend. So, you should have a plan to get home if you know you will be drinking. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Enid Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and North Enid Police Department will all be patrolling, searching for impaired drivers this weekend. So, do yourself a favor. Don't drink and drive. And, no matter what, make sure you have all the proper paperwork in your vehicle, just in case you enter one of the checkpoints this weekend.
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TT)--AAA Oklahoma is offering free Tipsy Tow rides to those who overindulge at St. Patrick's Day gatherings and urges all party-goers and hosts to have a plan to avoid impaired driving. Since the holiday falls on a weekend also filled with March Madness basketball games, AAA anticipates an increased demand for the service. Tipsy Tow is a free alternative to possibly getting a DUI or worse. It’s available from noon on St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday) until 4:00 a.m. Sunday, in Enid, metro Tulsa, metro Oklahoma City, Muskogee, Bartlesville, Tahlequah, Ardmore, Lawton and Shawnee. To access Tipsy Tow, call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and just say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” AAA will pick up drivers and their vehicles and make sure both get home safely, no questions asked, within a 15-mile radius from point of pick up.
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CC)--Multi-platinum selling and Grammy winning group Casting Crowns is returning to Central National Bank Center March 22 as part of its "The Very Next Thing" tour. Tickets are on sale now. The group, which visited Enid in 2015, is on the final leg of the tour, which also features the group I AM THEY. With multiple sold-out performances and an overall attendance topping 435,000, “The Very Next Thing” Tour has become the most attended Crowns tour since 2008. The tour supports Casting Crowns’ current studio album, The Very Next Thing (Beach Street/Reunion), and marks the group's 15th release and eighth studio album since the label debut release in 2003. With more than 10 million records sold, Casting Crowns has held the position of Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007.
FA)--Learn about the lives “Behind the Mask” of Enid firefighters by participating in the Enid Fire Department Citizen Fire Academy. The Enid Fire Department will be hosting a Citizen Fire Academy program beginning March 27th. The 11-week curriculum is designed to increase understanding of fire and emergency medical operations and to promote citizen interaction with Enid Fire Department personnel. The training program will consist of both classroom and practical instruction. Participants will meet in 3-hour sessions on Tuesday evenings (6-9 pm) for eleven weeks, a graduation dinner on Thursday of the final week (June 7th), and an additional Saturday morning live-burn demonstration at the Autry Technology Center firefighter training center, tentatively scheduled for May 12th from 9 am to 2 pm. Applications for participation will be available on the Enid Fire Department website at www.Enid.org/fire and can also be picked up at the Enid Fire Department Central Fire Station at 410 W. Owen K. Garriott Road. Participants must live in or be employed in the City of Enid and must be at least 21 years of age. Applicants will be required to submit to a criminal history background check. This inaugural Academy is limited to 10 participants. This program is provided at no cost.
BO)--Applications are currently being accepted to fill vacancies on the Construction Board of Appeals. Vacancies to be considered for this board are as follows:
• One registered design professional who is a registered architect.
• One licensed electrical contractor or a licensed electrical journeyman.
• One registered design professional with mechanical experience, or a licensed mechanical contractor.
• One licensed mechanical contractor, or a licensed mechanical journeyman.
• One register design professional with plumbing experience, or a licensed plumbing contractor.
• One licensed plumbing contractor, or a licensed plumbing journeyman.
Applications are also being accepted to fill vacancies on the Police Civil Service Commission, ADA Access Board, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission (Resident of Kenwood District and Resident of Waverly Historic District), Meadowlake Golf Course Advisory Board (Member of the Meadowlake Ladies Association), and Public Access Television Advisory Board (ETN). Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. local time on March 28. It is intended that appointments will be made by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at their meeting of April 3, 2018. The City Commission may, at its discretion, conduct interviews with applicants prior to such appointments.
Information and applications may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, Oklahoma, 73701 or by calling 580-616-7275. Application forms can also be downloaded from the City’s web-site, www.enid.org.
SE)--Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest students in April during four-year-old enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. “We believe that an early childhood education is the foundation for a successful educational experience,” said Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Executive Director of HR & Communications. “We are excited to welcome a new class of four-year-olds to the district. We look forward to building a strong relationship with their families – one that will last until high school graduation and beyond.” Enrollment for the four-year-old programs will be held at Coolidge, Eisenhower, Glenwood, Hayes, Hoover, McKinley, Monroe, Prairie View and Taft elementary schools on April 6. Students should enroll at their home schools. Due to growing enrollment at each site, students from Adams Elementary School and Garfield Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Carver Early Childhood Center, located at 815 S. 5th. Enrollment will be April 6 at Carver. Enrollment for the full-day, intergenerational four-year-old program at The Commons, 301 S. Oakwood, will be April 5. Enrollment for the full-day four-year-old program at NWOSU-Enid will be April 5 at the university. Beginning April 23, full-day kindergarten enrollment for students who are new to EPS will be weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Parents should visit the Welcome Center located in the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence to enroll their child. Parents enrolling their children as EPS students for the first time should bring the children’s immunization record, birth certificate (no hospital footprints, please) and verification of address, such as a utility bill. For more information, contact EPS at 580.366.7000.
BM)--Autry Technology Center’s annual Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition is now taking applications. The deadline to apply is April 13. Up to $30,000 will be awarded to the top four teams. Businesses interested in entering must be less than five years old to be eligible. Preference may be shown to businesses operating in the Enid and Northwest Oklahoma trade area. The competition consists of three phases: submission of a business plan, a fifteen-minute presentation, and a third presentation in front of a judging panel. For more information about the competition and for an application, visit autrytech.edu.
MS)--Main Street Enid is a finalists for a number of statewide awards. All finalists will be honored and the winners announced at the 29th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 8, at the Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center Hotel. There are 21 competitive award categories representing the “four points” in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners. Topping the Enid program nominations is Main Street Program of the Year. The other award finalist nominations are:
*City of Enid Parks & Recreation for Premier Partner
*Annual Infographic for Best Community Education/Public Awareness
*Business Recruitment Package for Best Community Education/Public Awareness
*Maker Trail for Best Retail Event
*Bright Future Mural for Best Placemaking Project
*Downtown Mural Program for Best Sustainable Design Project
*Davis Law for Best Business Practices
Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program representative for $45. For a listing of Main Street programs in the state, or for more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit OKcommerce.gov/mainstreet.