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KGWA Local News Tuesday

GB)--The city of Enid will break ground this morning on the treatment plant for the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline project. When completed, the Kaw Lake project, the largest capital project in the city’s history, will provide the residents of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma with 10.5 million gallons of water a day. Starting at 11:00 a.m., city of Enid officials and project engineers will mark the start of construction on the city’s water treatment plant, to be located at 6323 W. Chestnut, at the end of the pipeline and a water main along Chestnut. The intake site at Kaw Lake also has begun construction, but work is yet to begin on the actual pipeline running 70 miles from the lake to Enid, as well as a pump station in Garber.

 

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YR)--Enid’s Operation Yellow Ribbon got underway Monday evening as the city’s weeklong plans to honor its veterans got into full swing. There were several speakers as a crowd gathered for a yellow ribbon ceremony on Park south of Stride Bank Center, next to the One’s Christ Tree. Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, the city of Enid, My Country KOFM and Visit Enid are joining to host various events until Nov. 19. There will be a special ceremony today, on Kincade Drive, the road leading to Vance Air Force Base. Two oak trees will be planted, one to honor current military members and the other to remember the fallen and the families of those missing in action.

On Wednesday, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma will serve a free lunch for veterans who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. To sign up, call (580) 233-3051. On Thursday, Veterans Day, a ceremony will be held at Stride Bank Center at 6:30 p.m. The annual Legacy Awards ceremony honors veterans for their service to their community and country. Enid’s Veterans Day Parade will be in downtown 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Following the parade, there will be a static aircraft display, food trucks, vendors and a car show downtown. Two concerts will be hosted by Stride Bank Center. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Chicago will perform in the arena at 7:00 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 19, Three Dog Night will perform at 7:00 p.m.

 

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BP)--An Enid man has been charged with one felony count of embezzling nearly $100,000 from a local church where he had been pastor. 54 year-old Francisco Hernandez was arrested by local law enforcement Nov. 2. Hernandez then was charged with the felony count the same day in Garfield County District Court. Hernandez, former pastor of Iglesia Cristiana El Shaddai allegedly embezzled nearly $98,000 of the church’s funds. He allegedly was using money from the church’s bank account to fund his personal car insurance and other personal expenses. The board member also said documentation exists suggesting Hernandez also was signing his own paychecks but not reporting any of his church income to the IRS. Hernandez’s bond was set for $33,750. He was released on bond on Monday.

 

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WE)--The Enid Regional Development Alliance has launched www.workinenid.com, an Enid-specific job board promoting open positions in Garfield County. Job seekers will have one place to find available career opportunities across all industries in Enid. First and foremost, the new platform will be user friendly for the job seeker. Secondly, it will provide Enid businesses a real-time link to their website careers page at www.workinenid.com. For those without a website careers page, job openings may also be posted manually. Posting jobs and linking with workinenid.com is free for members of ERDA, Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Enid.  Non-members may post jobs for $25 per job or $150 to link their company careers page with workinenid.com.  If you have any questions about workinenid.com, contact Debbie Moore, ERDA Project Manager at 580-233-4232 or debbie@growenid.com.  

 

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VD)--In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, the City of Enid administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Thursday. In addition, the Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating on Thursday, November 11th. Meadowlake Golf Course will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the landfill will be open with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The regular trash schedule will remain the same for this week.

 

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PS)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin will headline a Veterans Day presentation at NOC’s Enid campus on Thursday. Pankonin, a retired Air Force veteran, will speak during Northern Oklahoma College’s presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 100 in the Gantz Center. Pankonin entered the Air Force in 1970, then was commissioned as a supply officer in 1978. He retired as a major and squadron commander in 1993 before returning to Enid, where he’d previously served at Vance Air Force Base. The presentation also will be available via Zoom, at Meeting ID# 944 8751 8473.

 

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DK)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is inviting the community to participate in its annual Day of Kindness on Friday. The international observance of World Kindness Day, Nov. 13, was introduced in 1998 to promote kindness across the globe and is observed in many countries, including Australia, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. United Way has been observing this day to promote random acts of kindness in the area since 2015. Various groups in the Northwest Oklahoma area are planning acts of kindness throughout the day, including Foster Feet, children at Carver and Fowler Early Childhood centers, NWOSU, Northern Oklahoma College, Washington Elementary School in Alva, Kayla’s Kindness Project, RSVP of Enid, food pantries, all 26 Jiffy Trip locations in Oklahoma and more. Local United Way Executive Director Dan Schiedel said any other individuals, clubs, school classes, groups and businesses who would like to be involved in Day of Kindness may contact Schiedel by emailing dan@unitedwayenid.org or by calling (580) 237-0821.

 

                                               --00— 08 Nov 21 7a

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