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KGWA Local News Friday 04.21.23

UW)--The Dillingham family was honored Thursday for their support of United Way of Northwest Oklahoma and the community. The presentation was made during United Way’s annual meeting and report luncheon at Stride Bank Center. The 2022 campaign chairs were Jed, Peter and Chad Dillingham. United Way CEO Dan Schiedel said the campaign’s goal was $850,000, which was significantly exceeded with a total of $957,477. As a result, they received the annual Dick Lambertz Memorial Award. The Dillinghams visited 79 workplaces during the campaign and added 1,100 new donors to United Way. Jessica Caruthers was sworn in Thursday as board president, taking the gavel from Roxanne Pollard.


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DD)---Dr. Dudley Darrow is expected to be returning to Enid Public Schools with a new title. Enid Board of Education members will vote on Darrow’s employment as the next superintendent during a special board meeting that has been called for Monday at noon.  Darrow, who is currently the superintendent at Chisholm Public Schools, will step into his new position at Enid this summer, pending board approval. He will succeed Dr. Darrell Floyd, who will retire after serving as EPS superintendent for nine years. Darrow spent most of his career as an education professional with Enid Public Schools as a teacher, coach and administrator. He began his career in education, however, as a teacher and coach at Mustang Public Schools in 2002, before accepting similar positions at Enid High School (EHS). After 10 years in the classroom, Darrow entered school administration in 2011 as an assistant principal at EHS before becoming principal five years later.  In 2020, Darrow was named the assistant superintendent of secondary education where he served until accepting his current position as Chisholm Public Schools superintendent.  


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LS)--Attorneys representing the plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed against Kingfisher Public Schools and current and former football team personnel are asking to extend the relevant time frame from the mid-2000s to the present. The initial lawsuit was filed by a former student, identified as John Doe No. 1, in July 2021, in Kingfisher County District Court against the Northwest Oklahoma school district, and four current and former Kingfisher football coach. The allegations include physical, mental and sexual abuse of targeted players. The lawsuit later was moved to federal jurisdiction in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. In the lawsuit, Doe also claims his 5th and 14th Amendment rights of due process and equal protection were denied to him by KPS and coaches; that KPS has violated federal Title IX laws that allow it to receive financial assistance; and that the football coaches showed gross negligence in allowing the abuse to continue. State agencies, including Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the State Department of Education, last year began investigating Kingfisher High School’s football program over allegations of bullying, hazing and sexual assault. In December a civil jury trial was scheduled for Sept. 12, 2023.


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PV)--Pet owners can get their animals vaccinated and licensed for $10 this weekend 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)--Enid Public School Foundation’s The Event, an evening of musical and artistic performances, featuring EPS students of all ages will be held Monday. Bands, choirs and elementary groups will take the stage throughout the evening. The family event is scheduled 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.


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