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KGWA Local News Monday 02.06.23

IA)--An Enid man was hospitalized over the weekend after being injured Friday while riding his bicycle east of Enid. 36 year-old Devon Toland was admitted in stable condition to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center with trunk injuries. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the accident happened at 3:30 Friday afternoon at 78th and Southgate, about one-half mile east of Enid. According to the OHP report, 59 year-old Jay Evetts of Covington and Toland both were heading east on Southgate. Evetts reportedly failed to provide a safe distance between his 2014 Ford Fusion and Toland’s bicycle, hitting the cyclist. Evetts was not injured.


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CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet in both Special Session and Regular Meeting on Tuesday. The commission is scheduled to meet in Special Session at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. The will then convene in an Executive Session to discuss ongoing negotiations with the Board of Trustees of the Criminal Justice Authority of Garfield County regarding jail administration and a new jail agreement; as well as discuss economic development proposals concerning a movie theater, a department store and under-utilized retail space in Enid. Commissioner will then reconvene into Special Session to take any necessary action.


The commission is scheduled to then meet in Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m. to address a number of items including introducing Alex Hamilton as the new Community Development Director, review proposed changes to two ordinances, and consider to meet in Executive Session to discuss a pending claim concerning the construction of the Kaw Lake Pipeline, and to discuss the charter implications concerning the recent policies adopted by the Enid and Garfield County Library Board.


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CF)--Area residents interested in public offices in the towns of Waukomis, North Enid, Kremlin, Lahoma and Covington can file declarations of candidacy beginning 8:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, according to Garfield County Election Board. Declaration of candidacy forms must be completed and submitted to the county election board no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. The general election for those town seats is April 4. Offices up for election are three trustees and a clerk position in Covington; three trustees and a town clerk position in Lahoma; three trustees and a clerk/treasurer position in Waukomis; and three trustees and a clerk position in North Enid. Forms can be downloaded from the state election board website,, or by contacting the Garfield County Election Board office at (580) 237-6016 or 903 Failing.




NU)--The Night to Unite (formerly Night to Shine) prom for people with special needs is scheduled for Feb. 10 at Oakwood Christian Church, but could use more volunteers.Currently, there are 150 kings and queens, as participants are called, registered to take part in the festivities. “We currently have enough buddies, but we can always use help with decorations and cleanup,” said Dalen McVay, Night to Unite board member. Each king or queen has a buddy to escort and accompany them on their special night. The buddy helps them on all phases of the prom experience, including going with them into hair and makeup and to get their corsage or boutonniere. Each king and queen walks down the red carpet. They choose to dance or do karaoke, then take pictures with various superhero characters, and even go on a limo ride. For more information, go to or call Oakwood Christian Church at (580) 233-1225.




CF)— Enid voters will have to make decisions on mayor and two city commission ward seats this month. David Mason and Jayme Wright Latta will face off for mayor to replace George Pankonin, who decided not to run for another term. In Ward 1, incumbent commissioner Jerry Allen will face challenger Judd Blevins. In Ward 2, incumbent Derwin Norwood will face two 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.




OB)--The Oak Ridge Boys will perform Feb. 17 at Stride Bank Center as a part of the country music group’s Front Porch Singin’ Tour. The Oak Ridge Boys have provided a distinctive and recognizable sound in the country music industry for four decades. The group has over 30 top 10 country hits and a No. 1 pop song and has earned Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards. The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum and one double platinum album, plus one double platinum single. Tickets, ranging from $39 to $69, are on sale at or the second floor office at Stride Bank Center.




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, or, in person at the Stride Center Box Office, and Mead Jewelers.  Go to or for more information.



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