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KGWA Local News Monday 04.03.23

TE)--Registered voters living in Enid’s Ward 2 will choose their city commissioner Tuesday to serve a four year term. Incumbent Derwin Norwood Jr. and challenger Doug Boyle are facing off in a runoff during Tuesday’s board of education and statutory municipal general election. Norwood and Boyle were the top two vote getters in a very close three way race in the primary election February 14. The third candidate, Kyle Hockmeyer finished a close third but was eliminated. Neither Norwood nor Boyle received more than 50% of the primary vote, requiring the runoff. Voters in several Garfield County towns will have something to vote on Tuesday. There will be races for voters in the Town of Kremlin, Town of Lahoma, Town of North Enid, and Town of Waukomis. There will also be school bond issues or board races for Waukomis, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale, Pond Creek-Hunter, Mulhall-Orlando and Cimarron. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and voters will have to go to their designated polling places. To find your polling place and view a sample ballot for your precinct, visit


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CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet in study session and regular meeting on Tuesday. During the regular meeting, commissioners are scheduled to meet in executive session to discuss ongoing negotiations with the Board of Trustees of the Criminal Justice Authority of Garfield County regarding a new jail agreement and the ongoing dispute over the Jail Administrator’s failure to accept arrestees’ personal property. The city commission will reconvene into open session to take any necessary action. In other business, the commissioners are scheduled to consider making appointments to two citizen advisory boards, and approve a number of consent items. The commission will meet Tuesday in study session at 5:00 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 6:30. Both meetings will be held Council Chambers of the City Administration Building on West Garriott and are open to the public.


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AS)--“Frozen in Time: a Photographic History of Northwestern Oklahoma,” is a temporary special exhibit on display at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, focuses on a selection of photographs from Northwest Oklahoma, both past and present. The special exhibit features photographs from Enid photographers Mike Klemme and Wess Gray, as well as from historic photographers William S. Prettyman, William Edson and Richard “Dick” McConkay. “Frozen in Time” will be on display until April 29 and is made possible through support from Security National Bank. An opening night event, included with the price of regular admission, for “Frozen in Time” will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.


The Public Library of Enid and Garfield County is hosting a work of art from contemporary artist John Newsom. Newsom was born in Kansas and grew up in Enid, graduating from high school here in 1988. Today, he lives and works in New York, and is best known for his monumentally sized, heavily textured paintings of plants and animals. The artwork, titled “Homecoming,” features a buffalo and scissor-tailed flycatchers, and is on loan from Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center until October.


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EP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation department will host Egg-A-Palooza at Crosslin Park on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a variety of free games at the event. Game winners will be awarded prize-filled eggs. Some eggs have tickets that can be entered for a drawing at 3:30 p.m. There will be six age groups for the drawings, and a mini egg hunt for kids two years-old and younger at 2:30 p.m.  Other free activities include face painting, egg coloring, flower planting and scratch off tickets. In addition, Kelley’s Cowboy Booth will have rides for $10 and under. The Raiders Baseball team will be selling hotdogs, chips and drinks. Plus a few vendors booth will be selling items as well. To check out other upcoming park events, go to:  


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AF)-- The Public Library of Enid and Garfield County is hosting the 2023 Enid Author Fest on Saturday, April 15th, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The library will welcome author Sheldon Russell, the upcoming recipient of the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, to Enid Author Fest.  Russell is the author of fifteen books, including his popular historical fiction series, the Hook Runyon Mystery Series. In addition to numerous other awards, Russell, who retired as Professor Emeritus in 2000 at the University of Central Oklahoma, received the 2007 and 2018 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction. The 2023 Enid Author Fest will feature a number of additional local and area authors. For more information about the author festival, visit the library’s website at




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