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KGWA Local News Wednesday 02.08.23

CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners met Tuesday in both Special Session and Regular Meeting. The commission met in Special Session first in Council Chambers. They then convened 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 discussed economic development proposals concerning a movie theater, a department store and under-utilized retail space in Enid.


The commission then meet in Regular Meeting to address a number of items including introducing Alex Hamilton as the new Community Development Director, reviewed proposed changes to two ordinances, and met 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. Controversy began surrounding the library in mid-2021 when a Pride Month display inside the library was objected to. Since then, the library board has undergone various changes, including new members being appointed, and has implemented new or changed policies. Dozens of people donning blue clothes attended the meeting to show their support of the local library board. Following the Executive Session, commissioners reconvened in Regular Meeting and voted to keep the library board the way that it currently is.


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SP)--Looking for some fun? Take a trip back to the 1980s and join your favorite high school characters at prom in Gaslight Theatre’s dinner theater, Ken Davenport’s “The Awesome 80s Prom.” Everyone has come out to Wanaget High School’s event to celebrate their senior year. “The Awesome 80s Prom” will feature live music by “The Legwarmers”, sponsored by Rick’s Pharmacy and Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home and Crematory. There also will be a DJ. The show will be this Friday and Saturday and February 17-18, at the Stride Center Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and pre-show beginning at 7:00 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, costume contest, and you can vote for prom king and prom queen. Tickets are $75 with dinner or $25 for show only and can be purchased at or at the box office, 221 N. Independence, or by calling (580) 234-2307. Dinner tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance of show.


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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 until 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.



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