CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday night approved of a couple of ordinance amendments, and appropriated funding for the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline, as well as other water-related projects. Also at the meeting, city commissioners appointed eight individuals to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, presented three proclamations for “Fair Housing Awareness Month,” “Crime Victims Week” and “National Drug Court Month.” The city commission will meet next on Monday, May 1, when David Mason and Judd Blevins will be sworn into their positions as Enid’s next mayor and Ward 1 commissioner.
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BF)--The Enid Fire Department responded to a brush fire near Cleveland and Chestnut around noon on Tuesday. According to Enid Fire officials a construction company clearing trees in the 600 block of North Cleveland for a development, has a burn pit in the area being used to dispose of trees. While burning some trees on Tuesday, an ember got out of the burn pit and caught a brush pile nearby on fire. EFD responded, getting the fire knocked down, but due to the softness of the ground, fire engines couldn’t get close enough to completely put out the fire. According to officials grass rigs were in place to maintain the site as it burned down. There were no injuries or damage reported.
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AT)--The Enid community was recently named the recipient of the 2022 Altus Trophy by the Altus Chamber of Commerce. The award, presented in partnership with Air Education and Training Command, is given each year to a community that goes above and beyond to support an AETC base. It is the second time for Enid to be recognized, also receiving the award in 2014. Enid Mayor George Pankonin, an Air Force veteran, said there were 19 bases in Air Education and Training Command that were eligible for the award. Mike Cooper, military liaison for the city and a member of Vance Development Authority, said the Altus Trophy highlights the strong relationship and support between Vance and the city of Enid. He said the VDA and all others involved focus on how to increase the viability of Vance’s mission of training pilots and reducing the costs to do so. VAFB has a large economic impact in Enid. There are about 1,400 active duty and reserve military members, plus more than 1,500 family members who work and live in the Enid area.
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MG)--Community Development Support Association has issued a $5,000 matching gift challenge to the Enid area to provide more donations for Loaves & Fishes food resource center to help more local families. CDSA will match donations until the $5,000 challenge is met or through May 31. Low-income families in Enid are experiencing an increased need for food due to the reduction in food stamps that went into effect at the end of February, according to the release. In addition, food costs have increased over the past year, restricting family ability to buy food and increasing demand for the services of Loaves & Fishes. “The CDSA board of directors wants to help meet the increased need for food in our community without duplication of services, said Cheri Ezzell, CDSA executive director. “Issuing a matching challenge in support of an already existing and highly effective nonprofit organization seemed like the best way to make our limited unrestricted funds go farther.” Donations can be mailed to Loaves & Fishes, 701 E. Maine, Enid, OK 73701, or made online at http://www.loavesandfishesnwok.org.
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PV)--Pet owners can get their animals vaccinated and licensed for $10 next month during the city of Enid’s annual pet clinic. The citywide rabies shot clinic will be held noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Open to the public, including pet owners outside of Enid, the shot clinic will include pet vaccinations for rabies and issuance of pet licenses as required by local ordinance. A city pet license is required for every dog, cat or potbellied pig over the age of 6 months old. Registering animals allows for identification of their owners, should the pet become lost or stolen. For animals that already have been vaccinated, pet owners can bring their rabies vaccination certificate, and a city pet license will be issued for $2. City pet licenses are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 in the year it is purchased. Payments can be made in cash or by personal check. No credit or debit cards will be taken at the event.
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TE)--Next week the Enid Public School Foundation hosts its annual celebration, The Event. The Event is an evening of musical and artistic performances, featuring EPS students of all ages. Bands, choirs and elementary groups will take the stage throughout the evening. The family event is scheduled for Monday, April 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Enid High School Gymnasium, 611 W. Wabash. Tickets are $5 and $2 for students performing, available for purchase at the entrance. The cost includes admission and a dinner.
EPSF is a non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees that supports Enid Public Schools. Proceeds from The Event, as well as other fund-raisers, benefit the organization’s Grants-To-Teachers program, which provides as much as $25,000 in materials and programs to schools every semester. The Event sponsors include Star Nails, A to Z Carpet Center, BancCentral, Harmon’s Electric, Winter Livestock and John Stambaugh as well as year-round sponsors Enid Rotary Club, Henson Construction, Northcutt Chevrolet – Buick – Toyota, Universal Management, Corbin, Merz & Haney Architects InterBank and Rick’s Pharmacy.
GT)--The 36th annual United Way of Northwest Oklahoma Golf Tournament & Ronna Richards Memorial will be held Monday, May 1, at Oakwood Golf & Country Club. Byrum Electric is the title sponsor. Golf participants can contribute to the event, with proceeds benefitting United Way’s 14 partner agencies. Participants also can donate during the registration process and the day of the tournament. The tournament will have a $15,000 hole-in-one contest, prizes for most accurate drive, roll the dice, multiple hole options, dogleg and mulligan camouflaged balls for $100. Teams are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, so golfers are encouraged to get their signup forms in as soon as possible. Alex Williams, co-chair of the committee said “I don’t think people realize how great of an impact their participation makes; they are helping to make a substantial difference in our community through health, education, and income initiatives that make a positive transformation in thousands of lives. A corporate team is $1,000 and receives company signage on the golf course, lunch buffet and slot in the tournament for four. A hole sponsorship is $300 and receives a company sign on the golf course. Tee times are 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tournament hopes to raise $60,000. Sponsors include Jiffy Trip, NextEra Energy Resources, Stride Bank, Dense Mechanical, Envirotech, Elliott Electric, Harmon’s Electric, Emrick’s Van & Storage and Dillingham Insurance.
EY)—Enid Public Schools has set the schedule for a number of end of year activities. The Tri-State Music Festival will be May 3-5, May Fete will be 6:00 p.m. May 3 at Government Springs Park, Baccalaureate will be 6:00 p.m. May 14 in the Enid High School auditorium, the EHS Senior Awards Assembly, 6:00 p.m. May 16 in the EHS auditorium, Middle school eighth-grade promotion ceremonies will be May 17 in the EHS gym, with Longfellow at 9:00 a.m., Emerson at 11:00 a.m. and Waller at 6:30 p.m. EHS commencement will be 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Selby Stadium. If it is rained out, graduation will be 10:00 a.m. May 20 at the stadium. If that is rained out, it will be 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.