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KGWA Local News Thursday

CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners this afternoon will hear presentations and take possible action on the proposed budgets for the city’s infrastructure programs. Commissioners are then scheduled to approve the City of Enid FY 2021-2022 budget during their meeting on Tuesday. Today’s special meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. The meeting is open to the public.   

 

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CF)--About 100 people took advantage of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) career fair Wednesday at the Stride Bank Center in Enid. The event was open to the general public and attendees were able to talk with potential employers and find helpful resources. Participating employers have nearly 900 positions available and ready to be filled in the Garfield County area. Along with the in-person event, there is a month long virtual career fair where employers can post available jobs and receive resumes, as well as interact with prospective employees. Both options are free to participate in because of CARES funding that has been made available for this program. For more information about the OESC Career Fair, check them out online.

 

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SF)--Enid Police Department is asking for the public’s help in its investigation of a shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon. Around 4:15, several 911 calls were made reporting shots fired in the 2400 block of East Eucalyptus. According to EPD officials, witnesses told officers that a woman was seen running toward a residence and firing several shots behind her. An officer spoke with the woman, who said she was outside when a white male approached her and attempted to rob her. The woman said the man pulled a gun on her and fired a single shot, then she pulled her gun and returned fire numerous times. No injuries were reported. The woman was arrested on an unrelated warrant. Officers spoke further with witnesses and were told a black Lincoln Town Car or a similar vehicle pulled up shortly before the shooting occurred, and the woman got out of the back seat. Witnesses said the woman exchanged gunfire with whoever was inside the car. Witnesses also said there was a white male wearing a red plaid shirt and driving a red Dodge Dakota who ran south from the shooting before getting into the truck and fleeing the scene. EPD is seeking information from the public about the black Lincoln Town car, the Dodge Dakota and the identity of the man seen fleeing in the truck. The investigation is ongoing. Police are asking residents in the area to check their home video surveillance systems for possible footage of the incident. Those with footage are asked to contact EPD. Anyone with information is asked to contact EPD through a message on Facebook or by calling (580) 242-7000.

 

 

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CP)--Enid's public pool will open next month. City of Enid Parks and Recreation staff expect the Champlin Pool to be open Tuesday, June 1. The pool was filled with half a million gallons of water Wednesday, and then staff will introduce water-balancing chemicals. According to a Facebook post, lifeguards hired by the city of Enid will come to the pool to be re-certified in a week or so, while a fresh coat of paint would be applied to the repaired kiddie pool. The concessions area will be moved to the center of the Champlin building. Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert said previously the pool would operate at normal capacity and with normal hours this year.

 

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RC)--East Randolph between North 25th Street and North 30th will be closed to through traffic beginning today. The closure is for the reconstruction of Randolph between 25th Street and 30th Street, which is expected to take three to four months to complete, depending on weather. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted construction signs and to drive with extreme caution in this area during the work effort. 

 

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MP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation department will host a Movie in the Park on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Champlin Park, located at Van Buren and Garriott in Enid. Event Coordinator Kasey Lowrie says the community is invited to come and enjoy a fun summer night out with the family at Champlin Park. If you haven’t seen The Secret Life of Pets 2, now is the time. According to Parks and Recreation Supervisor Cory Buller, the City of Enid’s parks department will be providing FREE popcorn and water for a snack. Please feel free to bring your own camping chair or blanket for the best outdoor movie experience. To checkout other upcoming park events, go to: Enid.org/ParkEvents.  

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PV)--The annual pet vaccination and licensing event is this Sunday afternoon from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. A license is required in Enid for every dog, cat or potbellied pig over the age of 6 months. Animal Welfare officers and local veterinarians will be on hand to administer the vaccines and issue city pet licenses for $10. No credit or debit cards will be taken. If your pet is already vaccinated, just bring the shot record and pay $2 for a city license.

 

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MJ)--Marcy Jarrett, who has been director at Visit Enid since the organization’s inception in 2010, has submitted her resignation effective the end of May. Jarrett has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce. Visit Enid will host a reception for Jarrett on Friday, May 21 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Enid Welcome Center, 201 W Garriott. Visit Enid communications coordinator Rob Houston will assume the title of interim director. Services manager Jenna Spencer will also shift to a new sales and marketing position within the organization.

 

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CB)--Applications are being accepted for serving on the following City of Enid’s boards and commissions: Fire Civil Service Commission, Board of Directors of the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, and the Vance Development Authority. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 24th. For details, go to Enid.org/boards.

 

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VB)--The Veterans Memorial Bridge, which carries traffic over the BNSF Rail Yard at the 600 block of North Van Buren will be officially dedicated May 28 at 10:30 am at ABC Park. Enid AM AMBUCS, the City of Enid and State of Oklahoma ask you to join them in honoring all veterans and help kick off Memorial Day weekend.

 

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