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KGWA Local News Thursday 04.06.23

WF)--A wildfire that shut down a state highway for over six hours Tuesday night into Wednesday morning burned hundreds of acres in Blaine and Major Counties. The blaze, the 600 Road Fire, was reported just after 5:50 Tuesday afternoon on East County Road 605 just east of Longdale. Firefighters from a number of area departments as well as other emergency personnel battled for hours to contain and extinguish the fire. The cause of the 600 Road Fire was undetermined as of Wednesday evening, but the low humidity, high winds and dry fuel-like cedar trees spread the flames quickly. A switch in the wind pushed the blaze to jump State Highway 58, which was closed for hours. The fire was roughly 1.5 miles wide and 3 miles long, and about 700 acres were burned. No injuries or structural losses were reported in the blaze.

 

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WC)--Nearly 250 wooden children are being displayed on the northern lawn of the Garfield County Courthouse in order to bring attention to child abuse and/or neglect. Garfield County Child Advocacy Council’s Wooden Child Project began more than a decade ago to raise community awareness. Dustin Albright, executive director of GCCAC, said the Wooden Child Project’s significance is to shine a light on child abuse and neglect in local communities of the number of children who are abused and/or neglected in the county. This year’s 249 wooden children represent 249 children who were confirmed as abused or neglected in Garfield County in 2022, 50 fewer cases than were reported the year prior. A community presentation will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday during Main Street Enid’s First Friday event  at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. Wooden children also will be displayed in Blaine, Grant, Kingfisher and Woodward counties, which GCCAC covers. About $12,000 or $13,000 is raised through the Wooden Child Project each year for GCCAC.

 

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TH)--U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas will hold town hall meetings in Northwest Oklahoma, including Enid, next week. The Oklahoma Republican will discuss recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the 3rd Congressional District and seek input on legislation currently before Congress. The meetings will be:

 

• Wednesday, April 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher.

 

• Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Watonga Town Hall.

 

• April 13, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Autry Technology Center, Enid.

 

• April 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Medford City Hall.

 

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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.

 

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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: Enid.org/ParkEvents.  

 

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