MD)--In observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday City of Enid residents are reminded that the administration offices, Enid Public Transportation (EPTA), Enid Public Library, and recycle center will be closed. However, the landfill will be open with operating hours from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Meadowlake Golf Course will be open with tee times starting at 7:00 a.m. There will be no garbage or yard waste pickup on Monday. Due to the holiday, place your yard waste pickup with your garbage to be picked up on the same day as your trash collection.
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WS)--The Division II Junior College World Series returns to David Allen Memorial Ballpark in downtown Enid this weekend. World Series opening night ceremonies this evening at David Allen Memorial Ballpark will continue, but the scheduled Home Run Derby featuring World Series teams has been canceled. The Guns vs. Hoses softball game between the Enid Police Department and the Enid Fire Department also was canceled. The infield at David Allen Memorial Ballpark is artificial turf with built-in drainage, but the outfield is natural grass. Activities this evening will be restricted to the turfed infield. Opening night activities begin at 6:30 with the introduction of NJCAA leadership, tournament officials, umpires, teams and coaches. A special recognition will highlight the 20th anniversary of the ballpark opening in downtown Enid. Because sporting events have been eliminated this evening, everyone attending opening night ceremonies will be able to participate in a tennis ball toss. World Series games are set to begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday with Lackawanna College from Scranton, Penn., facing Pasco-Hernando State College from New Port Richey, Fla. Additional games are scheduled at 1:00, 4:00 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday. If continued rain causes further schedule changes, they will be announced online. For more information go to www.davidallenballpark.com.
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EH)--408 Enid High School seniors graduated Thursday night during commencement ceremonies at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum. Enid High School Principal Dudley Darrow told those attending the class of 2019 had 13 students nominated for Oklahoma Academic All-State, that 145 students crossing the stage were graduating with honors, and as a whole the class had received more than $4 million in scholarship funds.
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CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Thursday night passed a resolution approving, adopting and appropriating the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget for the city of Enid. The budget includes total department level appropriations of just over $104 million and total expenditures of $166.9 million. In other business the commission voted to appoint Tammy Wilson as a member of Community Development Block Grant Funding Commission. Wilson already is on the CDBC funding commission. Her new term will last through October 2020.
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SV)--A police pursuit of a stolen vehicle Thursday afternoon resulted in Autry Technology Center and Burgundy Place on West Willow being placed on temporary lockdown and the arrest of the driver. Just after 3:30 Thursday afternoon Enid Police Department officers were patrolling in search of a vehicle reported stolen from Stuart Nissan in downtown. According to the report, officers saw the vehicle traveling west on Willow from Cleveland and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver did not stop and officers began their pursuit. The driver led officers to Highpoint Trailer Park, bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot. A perimeter was set up and Autry and Burgundy Place were placed on lockdown. Authorities said just after 3:50 p.m., officers found the driver, took him into custody and the lockdowns were ended.
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DD)--A Fairview man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in a four-vehicle crash last year that killed an Aline woman. According to Enid News and Eagle, 51 year-old Pablo Aguilar was charged with the felony in connection with a crash on US 412 west of Ringwood in Major County last June. According to the charge, Aguilar is accused of operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of more than .08 that caused a collision resulting in the death of Rosalie Terrill. Online court records show Aguilar made his initial appearance in the case May 1 and was ordered to return to court June 13 for a bond appearance.
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DA)--Enid Police officers responded Wednesday to a report of teens lighting matches and throwing them on the ground in the 1300 block of West Randolph. Authorities told Enid News and Eagle officers responded to the call at 5:00 Wednesday afternoon and found two boys, ages 13 and 14, on the east side of 1302 W. Randolph. Officers spoke with the boys, one of whom was holding a bag of matches. Both boys said they had been walking around the building lighting matches and throwing them on the ground. Officers located several burnt matches on the ground and on the outside window sills of the building. Officers noticed the doors of the building open, John said. When the officers made entry, they found more burnt matches inside. The boys said they had been inside the building and said they found the matches inside the building. No property was found to be burned inside the building. The parents of the two boys were contacted. The boys were released to their parents and the cases referred Office of Juvenile Affairs to determine if charges were warranted.
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PS)--The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the ENDUI program are partnering with law enforcement across the state to ensure public safety over the upcoming holiday weekend. Officials say they want Tuesday's headline to be: "Zero fatalities on Memorial Day weekend." A high-visibility patrol is planned in Enid with Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Enid Police Department. This patrol will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting Friday. There will be similar efforts in communities and areas across the state. During the 2017 Memorial Day holiday, there were a total of 666 crashes in the state of Oklahoma. Six of those crashes were fatal, killing six people. Remember, don’t drink and drive. And, if you are going to be travelling this weekend, make sure you and everyone in your vehicle is buckled up.
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VD)--Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park has opened a 30,000 square-foot temporary exhibit Saturday at Oakwood Mall to honor American veterans and the military. The Heroes Memorial Day exhibit is in the former Goody's location east of the food court through May 31. The exhibit features a wide-ranging display of military artifacts, educational displays and interactive museum-quality pieces and activities. A 120 foot-long doubled-sided educational display greets attendees, with a history of the U.S. military from World War I to the present. Separate displays feature the history of Vance Air Force Base, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and the Berlin Wall. Static displays include mannequins dressed in military uniforms, a World War II-era Jeep and cockpits from several military aircraft. In addition to the military aircraft cockpits, the exhibit also will include the cockpit and cabin from the Sabreliner jet that once carried golf legend Jack Nicklaus to his many PGA tour appearances, including 18 major championship wins. Entry to the Heroes Memorial Day Exhibit is free to the public and is underwritten by more than 30 local and regional sponsors and individual donors.
WH)--Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park is raising funds to repair and restore the park's scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The former American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall was dedicated on Memorial Day in May 2013. The 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. contains the names of more than 58,000 people who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Elaine Johns, executive director of Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, said seven years of Oklahoma sun, wind and earthquakes have taken their toll. The anodized aluminum panels bearing the names of fallen service members have begun to fade and oxidize, and cracks have appeared in the concrete berm and wall on which the panels are mounted. The Wall of Honor board is trying to raise at least $5,000 to repair cracks and coat the concrete with a protective rubberized sealant, grout the concrete seams and improve landscaping at the memorial. In addition to the funds, Johns said volunteers also are needed to help with landscaping, dirt work, cleaning wall panels, gardening and installing signs leading up to this year's Memorial Day celebration. Anyone interested in volunteering can send a message through the Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park Facebook page, or call and leave a message at (580) 233-4530. Donations can be made online at https://tinyurl.com/WoodringWallDonations or made payable to Woodring Wall of Honor and mailed to P. O. Box 248, Enid OK 73702.
HC)--Enter His Gates Horse Camp still has spots open for the faith-based nonprofit's equestrian summer camp. Enter His Gates Summer Camp, a nonprofit weeklong camp for children 8-14 years old, gives kids the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, be around horses, learn about God and learn responsibility through the other activities hosted during the summer camp. Activities include horseback riding, canoeing, archery, bird watching, fishing, gun safety, swimming and Bible study. The camp has four week-long sessions: May 27-31, June 3-7, June 17-21 and June 24-28. There is availability in all four sessions, but there are a limited number of spots remaining. Registration for the camp is $150, and there are scholarships available for those in need. For more information, registration and scholarship applications, visit https://www.enterhisgatescamp.com.
PC)--Main Street Enid is hosting a local poetry contest for a downtown Enid mural. The poem should be no longer than 10 to 15 lines including the title and author’s name and will be painted on a mural along with original art from local artists. There will be a $150 cash prize and the notoriety of the poet’s name on the mural. The poem must be about Enid or Northwest Oklahoma and the poet must have ties to Enid and surrounding communities of Northwest Oklahoma. Contact Main Street Enid to submit your entry before July 31st.
CA)—KC and the Sunshine Band will be in concert this summer at the Stride Bank Center in downtown Enid. Tickets for the August 29th concert can be purchased at (855) 849-3643 (TIX.ENID); via the website, https://www.stridebankcenter.com; or at the center's box office, 301 S Independence.
BR)--The Enid Police Department is asking business and commercial property owners to register designated contact people or key holders to the properties for responders in case of emergencies. Authorities said for a business or commercial property owner, it’s important that police know how to contact you, or a designated key holder, in case of an emergency. The information obtained by this form is confidential and will not be shared beyond first responders. To fill out the information, visit https://tinyurl.com/EPDkeyholder. The online form allows for multiple points of contact to be submitted.