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KGWA Local News Monday 07.24.23

SZ)--School Zone Beacon testing for Enid area schools is scheduled for this week. City of Enid Technical Services Department announced they will start testing and programming the school zone beacons for Enid Public Schools, Chisholm Public Schools, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Schools, and all other school beacons within Enid city limits. The testing will be Wednesday through Friday. Motorists are advised to follow the posted speed limit in these areas at all times while beacons are intermittently in flash mode for these three days.


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PF)--Financing is still being sought for an S&K Cinema movie theater complex in Enid. The project is contingent on the ownership group, including Stetson Snell, securing the finances. Stride Bank recently declined providing financing for the project. Snell told Enid News and Eagle, that negotiations have been ongoing with other national lenders and they are in the review process to find the right deal. The hope is to secure financing and break ground before the end of the year. Located on Garland Road, the entertainment complex will include nine screens, with one being an IMAX-sized Iconic Mega Screen with 3D surround sound and electrically reclining chairs. In December 2022, Enid City Commission approved a $3.8 million package, consisting of a $1.5 million loan to be paid back over 30 years and $2.3 million in cash incentives with S&K Cinema Holdings Group.


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DR)--Enid Regional Development Alliance’s Executive Director Charlene Flanery recently submitted her resignation to the Board of Directors. Flanery joined ERDA in February, after having been executive director of Blackwell Industrial Authority and Blackwell Economic Development for six years. Matt Parrish, president of the ERDA Board of Directors, said Flanery had family commitments to take care of, and had been commuting from the Blackwell area. A special meeting will be held at Wednesday morning, during which the Board of Directors will discuss what the next step is.


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BD)--The 16th Annual Enid Community Challenge Blood Drive, sponsored by Our Blood Institute (OBI) will be held at Stride Bank Center from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The blood drive challenges local civic organizations to compete for the most blood donations. Junior Welfare League, Enid AM Too AMBUCS, Enid Noon AMBUCS, Enid AM AMBUCS and North Enid Lions Club are participating in the challenge. The event’s goal is for 100 people to sign in and for 80 people to donate. Those 80 donations can aid 240 patients. Oklahoma is currently on red alert, meaning the blood types in highest demand are in low supply. Each donor will receive a vintage Life is Better T-shirt and their choice of free entry to Science Museum Oklahoma, Frontier City or Hurricane Harbor, and a free voucher for Chick-fil-A. The top three civic organizations will receive cash prizes.


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MS)--Main Street America will be visiting Downtown Enid Aug. 29-30 to help Main Street Enid determine transformation strategies. MSA will evaluate the downtown community and use what they find to help Main Street Enid with a strategic plan that will help the district continue to grow over the next few years. A Transformation Strategy is a comprehensive strategy that guides the direction of the revitalization initiative and, over time, transforms the district. In preparation for Main Street America’s visit, Main Street Enid is gathering input via an online survey about Downtown Enid. The results of this survey will inform planning for future development and improvements. All Enid community members and those in the surrounding area are encouraged to complete this survey. To take the survey, visit The survey will close on Aug. 18.


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DD)--Main Street Enid invites you to celebrate the dog days of summer with Downtown Dogfest during August First Friday. Festivities include a Puppy Poker Run that will include several dog friendly downtown businesses. In addition to our Dogfest activities we have “Bikes & Barks” a special BMX Show by Tulsa's Quickie-Mart in Collaboration with The Bike Shop and Retro BMX Builds. There will be special dog friendly vendors on the courthouse lawn, a live DJ by BlaiserPro, and a “Dog Cat Walk” Fashion Show with awards for Best Dressed Dog and Look Alike Contest. Downtown Dogfest is during August First Friday, August 4th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Downtown Enid.  Find out more on First Friday Enid’s Facebook event page. 



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