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    DF)--A Carmen man injured in a car crash earlier this month in Alfalfa County died Thursday in a Wichita, Kansas hospital. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 32 year-old Robert Cunningham II was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon at Wesley Medical Center. He was a passenger in a 1998 Toyota 4Runner that crashed about 7:00 p.m. March 14 on Grant Road west of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. According to the report, 19 year-old Treston Tisdale, also of Carmen, was driving east on Grant when the front wheel broke off the vehicle. The SUV gouged the roadway, departed to the right and rolled three quarters of a time, coming to rest on its passenger side. Tisdale was treated and released from Share Medical Center in Alva for head and arm injuries. Cunningham was transferred by air ambulance to Wesley Medical with internal injuries. The report states there was an "odor of alcohol beverage" and the cause of the collision was "vehicle defect." Tisdale was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, but Cunningham was not.

     

     

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    EQ)--A 3.5 magnitude earthquake rattled residents in the town of Hennessey earlier today. The quake was recorded just before noon in far northern Kingfisher county five miles east northeast of Hennessey, or about 25 miles SSE of Enid. No damage or injuries have been reported with this quake. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest ones felt by humans. Damage is more likely with quakes at magnitudes of 4.0 and greater.

     

     

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    YP)--Enid Young Professionals announced that the organization will now be affiliated with the Enid Regional Development Alliance. The group was previously associated with the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce. The transition was formally announced during Enid Young Professional’s March membership event on Thursday. Kegan Tuohy, EYP president, said the move is the right decision for the organization. Founded in 2010, EYP’s mission is to attract and retain young professionals in Enid and foster the next generation of leaders for our community. For more information about Enid Young Professionals, visit enidyp.com.

     

     

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    GF)--A large grass fire forced the closure of the Cimarron Turnpike in Noble County for more than two hours Thursday night. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the turnpike was closed at 6:45 p.m. at mile marker 2 eastbound and mile marker 15 westbound, between Interstate 35 and U.S. 177. KOCO TV also reported there was one vehicle accident in the area. Authorities reported the turnpike was reopened around 9:10 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the KGWA listening area until 7:00pm tonight. Critical fire weather conditions are a result of the ongoing drought combined with warm temperatures, low humidities, and strong and gusty winds.

     

     

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    BC)--A 56-year-old man was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of sexual abuse by a caretaker. Ronald Mathew Ramsey appeared in Garfield County District Court for arraignment on the charge, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Enid News and Eagle reports the charge accuses Ramsey of fondling a man in his care between Dec. 1, 2016, and Jan. 16. Bond for Ramsey was set at $25,000 and he was ordered to return to court April 24 for a bond appearance.

     

     

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    DD)--A man is facing up to life in prison after being charged with lewd molestation. Robert Benjamin Kuehl appeared for arraignment Thursday on a single felony count of lewd molestation. Because of a 2009 conviction for attempting to elude a police officer, he faces 10 years to life in prison, if convicted of the charge. Kuehl is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old Lahoma girl in September 2016.

     

     

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    CS)--Automobiles, from classics to exotics, will be on display Saturday when Enid Antique Auto Club hosts its annual car show to benefit Cimarron Council Boy Scouts of America. The event will be held at Chisholm Trail Expo Center on Garfield County Fairgrounds. There is no admission charge for the public. Organizers say there will be more than 100 cars and trucks on display representing each era of the automobile industry. Twenty-two trophies will be awarded in several categories. Boy Scout Troops will operate a concession stand. In addition to doughnuts and coffee, the Scouts will offer an assortment of lunch items, including Dutch oven cobbler. All proceeds benefit the Cimarron Council Boy Scouts of America. The car show is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with judging taking place between 11:00 a.m. and noon. Prizes will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. 

     

     

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    VE)--Event planners seeking grant funding from Visit Enid, the City of Enid’s official Destination Marketing Organization, need to be aware of the upcoming deadline for application. Grant applications must be submitted by March 31 for events held between May 1, and September 30. Local events staged October 1 through February 2018 will have an August 31 deadline to submit its application. The Visit Enid Advisory Board awards grants based upon the event’s ability to attract visitors to Enid. Recipients of Visit Enid grants in past years include Summer Chautauqua, the Mid-America National Youth Wrestling Tournament and the Annual Indoor Track and Field Games. Contact director Marcy Jarrett at 580.616.7368 to obtain a grant application or for more information on grants available through Visit Enid.

     

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    CS)--Garfield County Conservation District Board President Kim Farber says the District is offering an opportunity for local farmers/ land owners to apply for Cost Share assistance, for the installation of conservation practices that control soil erosion. The practices that the Conservation District has selected to offer this year are new waterway construction, new terrace construction, grade stabilization structures, and diversion terraces. Those wishing to apply for cost share assistance can stop by the Garfield County Conservation office at 1216 W. Willow, suite D in Enid or call the office at 580-237-4321 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm, M-F. The application period is open until March 31.

     

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    FG)—Prepare to laugh. RFD-TV is teaming with comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy to bring the "We’ve Been Thinking Tour" to Central National Bank Center for two shows April 1. The comedians will deliver new material before they come together on stage for an encore. Tickets go on sale for the 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. performances at 10 a.m. November 18 at CNB Center or by calling 855-849-3643 (855-TIX-ENID).

     

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    VS)--The Vance Spouses’ Club annual charity auction will be April 1 at the CNB Center. The Spouses' Club raises money for scholarships, deserving local organizations, and military causes. Last year they gave back nearly $30,000 in the Enid community. And, they invite everyone to help out and be a part of this year's auction. Specifically they are looking items to auction or monetary donations. For information you can email at vancespousesauction@gmail.com.

     

     

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    CA)--Many residents in Enid have friends or friends of friends out in the Oklahoma Panhandle that lost thousands of acres and hundreds of head of cattle in the recent wild fires. Their loss has been devastating, so Brent Kroeker and Ryan Ediger of Enid have come up with a way to go out and support them as they rebuild. Many miles of wooden fence posts burned and now need pulled. Wire also needs to be rolled up, so they can rebuild soon before the spring grass comes back. Right now there are literally thousands of acres that run into each other and across county roads and highways that can’t hold cattle in place. According to the Enid Buzz, Kroeker and Ediger have made arrangements to go out and put teams of men in place with front end loaders to pull posts and roll wire. They are asking for your help to join them for a couple days of great work, for families who desperately need help and encouragement. This operation is in need of dozens of regular folks to work on each team of tractors to move posts, drive pickups, and roll wire. If you can work, you’re needed!  The team is planning on leaving Enid on Saturday, April 1 at 5:00am and returning on Sunday, April 2 at 7:00pm. They plan to link up at Atwoods on W. Garriott Saturday morning before heading out. There will be a large guest house to stay in on Saturday night. If you have questions please post those in the discussion area on their FB page.

     

     

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    HH)—The work of an Enid area artist will be featured when the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts the annual Western Heritage Awards April 21st and 22nd. The event celebrates the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the Western genre. Each award winner and inductee receives The Wrangler, an original bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback created by artist and Enid native Harold T. Holden, who is also a 2017 Hall of Great Westerners inductee. Actor and writer Bruce Boxleitner will host the ceremony that includes the induction of honorees into the Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers. General admission, black-tie dinner pricing is $185; $155 for Museum members. For more information about Western Heritage Awards and a full list of award winners and inductees, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org.

     

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    WE)--Enid Writers Club presents a free writing event 12:30-5:00 p.m. April 22 at Public Library of Enid and Garfield County. Speakers will discuss craft and publishing, and open mic-style readings will be held. This event is free and open to anyone looking to improve their writing, but there is limited seating. Visit enidwrites.wordpress.com for more information. 

     

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    WV)--The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce federal legislative trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for April 24-27. The meetings and legislative activities will be on Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26. Meetings at the Pentagon and meetings with our Oklahoma Congressional Delegation are planned. The Enid Chamber and the City of Enid will also host a legislative reception. The legislative trip is a great opportunity to support Vance AFB and discuss federal issues that impact Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. For more information contact the Enid Chamber.

     

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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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