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KGWA Local News Thursday 02.16.23

TD)--The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a man died in custody of the Enid Police Department. Enid Police officials said officers responded to a domestic disturbance call just before 6:15 this morning at an apartment complex near South 30th and East Market. According to the report, when police arrived on scene, officers encountered a naked 56-year-old man, who was not a resident at the apartments, behaving erratically and refusing a female resident's demands to leave. Police determined that the man was a danger to himself and others, as well as, needing mental health treatment. Police said they attempted to take the man in protective custody, but the man violently resisted. During the struggle, the man lost consciousness, and officers on scene immediately called for an ambulance and began CPR. Police said officers also administered NARCAN in an effort to counteract a potential drug overdose that may have occurred. The man was transported to he hospital where he later died. Police have not yet identified the man. The OSBI was requested to investigate the incident due to the man dying while in police custody.

 

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WC)--Garfield County Child Advocacy Council is in need of “fosters” for its annual fundraiser that helps bring awareness to local child abuse and neglect. Dustin Albright, executive director of GCCAC said the Wooden Child Project was started more than a decade ago to raise awareness of the number of children who are abused and/or neglected in Garfield County In 2022, there were 249 confirmed cases of children who had been abused or neglected in Garfield County, which is 40 less than the previous year. Every year, community members “foster” the wooden children, one for each confirmed case of child abuse and/or neglect in Garfield County, for $35 each. The wooden children will be picked up from the GCCAC’s Yellow House, 1006 E. Broadway, on March 22 with instructions included, and community members will display them at their homes or businesses. Then, On April 7, during Main Street Enid’s First Friday event, the wooden children will be brought to and displayed on the Garfield County Court House lawn, and a short ceremony will be held that evening. Additionally, Albright said the Wooden Child Project will occur in Blaine, Grant, Kingfisher and Woodward counties during the month of April since the GCCAC covers those areas, too. To “foster” a wooden child, call GCCAC at (580) 242-1153. About $12,000 or $13,000 is raised through the Wooden Child Project each year for GCCAC.

 

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BD)--The deadline to request absentee ballots by mail for the upcoming special election on March 7 is approaching. The only issue on the ballot for most people in Garfield County is a question on whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana by people 21 and older. The town of Hillsdale has a proposition. According to a press release from the Garfield County Election Board, absentee ballot request applications must be received by GCEB no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. Coulten Cue, secretary of GCEB, said in the release that absentee voting is available to all voters. Voters with questions about absentee voting should contact GCEB, which is located at 903 Failing Ave. and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, by calling (580) 237-6016 or emailing GarfieldCounty@elections.ok.gov.

 

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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.

 

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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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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 February 20. 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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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.

 

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