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SP)—Additional travel and public gathering restrictions may be announced after the World Health Organization announced the coronavirus crisis a pandemic. Locally, Enid Public Schools is working with county and state health officials to plan for a possible coronavirus outbreak. In a message sent to parents Tuesday, EPS said Oklahoma State Department of Education is asking families to self-quarantine after spring break if they visit China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan or any other Level 2 or Level 3 country. Spring break is next week. District officials said EPS will continue to work closely with county and state health officials to plan for a possible outbreak and to share the latest information about this illness. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available; avoid close contact with those who are sick; cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve; avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose; disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects; stay home when you are sick; and keep children at home when they are sick. Students should be fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.

 

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FA)--A Kingfisher County man was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash about 10 miles southwest of Guthrie. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 36 year-old Jerry J. Avey, of Cashion, was pronounced dead at the scene with head injuries by the state medical examiner. According to the report the crash occurred just before 9:45 Tuesday night as Avey lost control of his vehicle as he was southbound on a Logan County road. His 2007 Nissan Murano departed the road, struck a tree and rolled a half time, with the vehicle coming to rest on its top. Avey's condition at the time of the crash remains under investigation. The report lists speed as the cause of the collision. Avey was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

 

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DT)--A Ringwood teen was arrested after he suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle rollover crash early Sunday. Enid News and Eagle reports, 18 Luis Aguilar-Reya was booked on complaints of Aggravated DUI and destruction of city property following the crash at Garriott and Cleveland. According to the report, the crash occurred just after 4:30 Sunday morning when Aguilar-Reya’s westbound pickup struck the south curb of Garriott, drove into the grass in front of a business before driving back into the street. The truck the rolled onto its top and slid into a utility and traffic pole on the southeast corner of the intersection. Police said Aguilar-Reya had an odor of alcohol, blood shot eyes and slurred speech. Aguilar-Reya was treated at the scene for some minor cuts to his hand and face before being placed under arrest.

 

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MU)--An annual tradition is continuing this week as a group of students from Marquette University are in Enid spending their spring break in service to others. The students, from the Catholic university in Milwaukee, Wis., are continuing the school's longstanding tradition of coming to Enid to work with Enid Habitat for Humanity one of more than a dozen projects Marquette students are tackling around the country. Brian Pillatzke, a project coordinator with Enid Habitat for Humanity, told Enid News and Eagle Marquette students have been coming to Enid to volunteer for spring break for more than 20 years. The group of seven Marquette students arrived last Saturday, and they have been helping renovate a house at 223 W. Pine. The home was built in the early 1900s, and was donated to Habitat for Humanity almost two years ago. Marquette students also helped work on the home during spring break last year. The students will be in Enid the remainder of the week. While here, they are staying at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, which has been hosting the students for more than 10 years.

 

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WF)--Coming up this weekend….Kids and teens are invited to take part in “Nerf Wars” this Saturday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 at Champion Park in the 700 block of North 10th Street. The event, sponsored by City of Enid Parks and Recreation and hosted by My Country 103.1 KOFM, is free and open to the public. Participants can bring their own nerf guns and battle it out with their friends, as well as have a chance win some prizes.   

 

Enid Knights of Columbus will host its 18th annual barbecue dinner, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus building, 1610 W. Willow. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat dine-in, or single-meal carry-out, barbecue pork and beef, cole slaw and beans. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds from the dinner go to charitable organizations, including 4RKids Foundation, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Our Daily Bread, YWCA of Enid, school projects and programs for the developmentally delayed. Tickets can be purchased from any Knights of Columbus member or at the door the evening of the event. For more information, call Al Patocka at (580) 554-4416.

 

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AF)--The fourth annual Enid Author Fest will be 1:00-5:00 p.m. March 28 at the Enid-Garfield County public library. A book sale and signing will be in the first floor lobby. There will be an edible book contest, sticky note short story contest and author panels. A luncheon will be provided for involved authors and their guest. Any author wishing to be involved should go to https://enid.okpls.org/adults/enid-author-fest-call-out, for an application and information. For further questions you can email enidauthorfest@gmail.com.

 

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GC)--Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Stride Bank Center in Enid. The legendary rock 'n' roll band with horns, Chicago came in at No. 4 in Billboard Magazine's Top Bands and Duos — the highest charting American band in the chart’s history. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades. Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at StrideBankCenter.com, by calling (855) 849-3643 (855.TIX.ENID) or at the Stride Bank Center Box Office. Prices are $126, $100, $86, $70, $56 and $40.

 

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SB)--Enid Public Schools announced tentative dates for open houses, inviting local residents to come and tour Adams Elementary School, Longfellow Middle School, Enid High School and Fowler Early Childhood Center, as the 2016 bond construction nears completion. Superintendent Darrell Floyd told the EPS Board of Education members during their meeting Monday night that open houses are scheduled for April 2. A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration for the new Enid High School performing arts center and gym is planned April 16. In other business Monday, the board approved $2,000 one-time signing bonuses for select teaching positions for the 2020-21 school year. Teachers certified in secondary math, secondary science, secondary world language and special education are eligible for the stipend. Board members also welcomed a new member, Frank Nelson, recently nominated to serve Office 3.

 

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RW)--Tickets are on sale for the return of comedian Ron White April 16 at Stride Bank Center. White last performed in Enid in May 2018. Best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy" phenomenon, White’s new stand-up show begins at 7:30 p.m. The show is billed as “for mature audiences.” For tickets call  at (855) 849-3643 (TIX ENID), https://www.stridebankcenter.com/ or the center’s administration office on the second floor of the convention side of the center, off Independence. The show is billed as “for mature audiences.”

 

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UC)--The Fire on the Mountain tour, featuring the Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker bands, will kickoff a national road tour with its first show in Enid this spring. Tickets are on sale for the 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 23, show and can be purchased at StrideBankCenter.com, the Stride Bank Center Box Office, or by calling (855) 849-3643 (855.TIX.ENID). The Enid show is being presented by Triangle Insurance. For information on the bands go to https://www.charliedaniels.com/ or https://www.marshalltucker.com/.

 

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BC)--Autry Technology Center’s annual Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition now is taking applications. The deadline to apply is April 24. 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. “The Business Model Comp­etition is a tremendous opportunity for local businesses and entrepreneurs to present their concept to experienced judges,” said Meredith Westfahl, Autry Tech small business management coordinator. Top three winners will receive one year of co-working space at the Strate Center. More than $100,000 has been awarded in seed capital through the Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition since its start in 2012. Funding for the competition is provided in combined effort by donors in the Enid Entrepreneur Leadership Series. For more information about the competition and for an application, visit autrytech.edu/businessmodelcompetition or contact Meredith Westfahl at mwestfahl@autrytech.edu or (580) 242-2750.

 

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