ID)--The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified remains Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents recovered on Jan. 17 as those of 4-year-old Athena Brownfield who was reported missing Jan. 10. OSBI made the announcement Thursday afternoon. Due to a gag order filed in Caddo County District Court, OSBI will not have any additional comment. Brownfield was reported missing Jan. 10 after a postal carrier found the girl’s 5-year-old sister outside their house in Cyril. OSBI announced last week that the remains of a child were found near Rush Springs, about 15 miles from Cyril. According to court documents released last week, Brownfield allegedly was beaten to death and buried by one of her caregivers, Ivon Adams, on Dec. 25. Ivon Adams is charged with first-degree murder and child neglect, and his wife Alysia Adams, another of Brownfield’s caregivers, was charged with two counts of child neglect. A memorial service for Brownfield was held Wednesday at Stride Bank Center in Enid.
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VE)--Visit Enid, the official Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Enid, is excited to announce the launch of its revamped website at VisitEnid.org, offering new capabilities and a more visually appealing layout. The new website serves as a resource for visitors and residents alike looking to explore Enid. Visitors to the site can find listings for upcoming events, local restaurants and breweries, attractions, lodging, history and culture, and outdoor recreation. It was created with the user experience in mind while incorporating current travel and tourism trends.
“Our old website was dated and difficult to navigate, so our goals in creating this site were to attract new visitors by showcasing Enid’s many great events, its vibrant public and performing arts scene, and a unique and proud heritage unlike any other. The site also creates a place where locals can find helpful resources to take advantage of the many great offerings in their own backyards,” said Visit Enid Director Rob Houston. “We believe our new website does just that and we invite you to check out what’s happening in Enid.” Highlights of the new website include an easier-to-navigate events calendar and a Google map on each page, showing the location of that particular attraction, event or restaurant. It also includes a dedicated section for meeting planners and group tour operators as well as an event venue directory. VisitEnid.org allows users to explore Enid’s free 48-page travel guide online or to order a guide via the United States Postal Service. You can also sign up to receive Visit Enid’s weekly newsletter via email, with links to that week’s event calendar and the latest quarterly event calendar. The new site serves as the home for the Enid Film Office, as the city is now recognized as a Film Friendly Community by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.
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ME)--Enid voters will have to make decisions on mayor and two city commission ward seats in February. David Mason and Jayme Wright Latta filed to run for mayor to replace George Pankonin, who decided not to run for another term. In Ward 1, incumbent commissioner Jerry Allen filed for another term, along with challenger Judd Blevins. In Ward 2, incumbent Derwin Norwood filed, as did challengers Doug Boyle and Kyle Hockmeyer. In Ward 5, incumbent Rob Stallings filed but did not draw an opponent, so he will serve another four-year term. The election will be February 14.
CD)--The 2023 Champagne and Diamonds Gala in support of 4RKids will take place inside the ballroom at the Stride Bank Center in Enid on February 24. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The gala starts at 7:00 pm. Cocktail Attire Executive Director Rachel McVay said, “4RKids is honored to work with KOFM, Mead Jewelers, and Great Plains Bank for the 2nd annual Champagne and Diamonds Gala. Our partnership with KOFM allows us to showcase the opportunities at 4RKids, and raise important funding. The Champagne and Diamonds Gala is an inspiring and fun-filled evening of dining, dancing, and live music featuring “The Drive” from OKC. Tickets are $75 each. Each ticket includes dinner and one champagne flute. Inside each flute, there will be a gemstone. One of the flutes contains a genuine “One Carat Round Brilliant Cut” Diamond worth $7500. Mead Jewelers will examine each gemstone and the winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Additional flutes can be purchased for $60 each or receive a discount of $50 each for two flutes or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stridebankcenter.com, www.4rkids.com or, in person at the Stride Center Box Office, and Mead Jewelers. Go to kofm.com or kgwanews.com for more information.