IA)--A Drummond man was hospitalized over the weekend with injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon near Garber. 72 year-old Larry Allen Bukacek was flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted in critical condition with arm injuries. Oklahoma Highway patrol officials said the accident happened just after 3:00 Friday afternoon at the intersection of State Highway 15 and Carrier Road about 1.5 miles north of Garber. According to the report, Bukacek was a passenger in a 2007 Honda Accord driven by 41 year-old Aaron Timothy Everett Bukacek of Drummond. They were driving south on Highway 15 when Aaron Bukacek tried to pass a 2021 Caterpillar 420 bucket truck in a no-passing zone. The Caterpillar, driven by 26 year-old David Flores of Alton, Texas, was turning and Bukacek’s vehicle hit the bucket. Timothy Bukacek and Flores were not injured. The report lists the condition of both drivers as apparently normal and the cause as passing in a no-passing zone and left of center.
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SB)--Enid Public Schools will recommend someone to fill the vacant Enid High School head football coach job during tonight’s regular of the Enid Public Schools Board of Education. The candidate, who has yet to be named, must be voted on by the school board and be approved. After going 6-6 last year with a playoff win, former head coach Rashaun Woods left for Tyler HS in Texas. Offensive coordinator Cameron Conder has been the interim coach since. In other business tonight the school board will hear a report from the Professional Development Strategic Plan Committee, will consider once again approving a $2,000 signing bonus for new secondary science, secondary world language, secondary math and special education teachers, and discuss enrollment numbers and recent and upcoming events. The meeting will be at 6:00 this evening in the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence and is open to the public.
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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday. During their regular meeting commissioners are schedule to make appointments to several citizen advisory committees and boards, as well as approve a number of agreements and funding appropriations. Prior to the regular meeting, the commission will meet in study session. The agenda calls for a legislative update, and an update on traffic signals. The study session will be held 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, followed by the regular meeting at 6:30. Both meetings are open to the public.
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BS)—Free Flu and Covid shots and boosters will be available on Tuesday. The Garfield County Health Department mobile van will be at Our Daily Bread at 616 West Randolph from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. The free shots will be available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
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BP)--David Allen Memorial Ballpark in downtown Enid had been named top baseball field in western Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association. The ballpark was selected by the eight association regional representatives, and the honor was announced by Enid High School head baseball coach Brad Gore, who currently serves as president of the coaches association. Gore said the top ball field award is a huge compliment to the work of Scott Pendleton, who has been ballpark superintendent and field manager since the facility first opened in 1999. Bill Mayberry, director of the ballpark since it first opened, praised the generosity of Enid philanthropists Paul and Joan Allen, parents of the ballpark’s namesake, who have invested substantial time and money in building, operating and improving the ballpark. Since 2009, David Allen Memorial Ballpark has been host for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 World Series, a 10-day end-of-season tournament that involves college teams from all over the nation. The ballpark is home field for the Enid High School Plainsmen, Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Jets, and the Connie Mack Enid Majors. It also hosts the spring Merrifield Invitational Tournament for area high school teams. It has been site of occasional NCAA collegiate baseball games plus the NCAA D2 Great American Conference Tournament. The artificial turf infield and natural grass outfield also can be configured for softball and youth baseball games. The ballpark hosts over games per year.
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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.