CF)—Enid voters will make decisions on Mayor and two City Commission ward seats on Tuesday. 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. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. If a run-off election is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, April 4th. The term for those elected will begin officially Monday, May 1.
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DL)--An Enid native and real estate developer has announced plans to remodel a downtown building into loft apartments. In July, the former downtown location of StarTek and Sears, in the 100 block of East Randolph, was approved for remodel and reuse by Enid Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. Gary Dezarn, an Enid native who is involved in real estate in Florida, told Enid News and Eagle he is financing the remodel into 19 loft apartments and accompanying retail and office space. He said his largest concern currently is finding a tenant business for the first floor of the building and hopes to attract a convenience store to the space or something that’s got a deli.
Built in 1927, the building will feature open concept loft apartments with 12-foot high ceilings and large windows. The smallest square footage will be 521 square feet and the largest will be 1,700 square feet. There will be mostly one-bedroom units with a handful of two-bedroom units. Dezarn said he is looking at a retail store to take up another space. He said the basement will feature storage space for businesses and tenants in the building as well as an on-site gym; with the bottom of the basement serving as a common area and conference room that can be utilized by those business owners.
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RC)--Beginning Tuesday there will be a road closure for the area of North Cleveland and Fountain Lake Avenue. The closing will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs.This closure is expected to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with extreme caution in this area during the construction effort.
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HS)--In observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, the Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA), and Recycle Center will be closed on Monday. The landfill will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Meadowlake Golf Course first tee time will be at 8:30 a.m. and the course will close at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. All trash routes will remain the same for the holiday.
Residents can sign up for mobile app notifications to get communication about trash schedules, water outages, and other important events by going to: Enid.org/RequestCenter or by downloading the SeeClickFix app.
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LM)--Local residents are invited to an evening of music and entertainment when the Enid High School Vocal Music and Theater Departments present “The Little Mermaid". More than 45 EHS students will take the stage to bring to life this musical based on the 1989 Disney movie, “The Little Mermaid”. Show times will be February 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the EHS auditorium with additional matinees on February 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning one hour before the show. Cash, check, and cards are accepted as payment. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.
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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 StrideBankCenter.com 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 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.