ST)--On Friday the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, in partnership with the Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) and LSU's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education (LSU NCBRT/ACE), will be training the entire Enid Public School District on the Run. Hide. Fight method for active shooter scenarios. There will be 63 instructors teaching approximately 1000 school employees at 15 different locations at the same time. Under Governor Kevin Stitt's executive order, Secure Our Schools, all troopers have been receiving Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response training. The Run. Hide. Fight. training is geared towards citizens and trains educators, healthcare workers and other business employees how to react to an active shooter incident. Employees will learn the basics of the Run. Hide. Fight. paradigm, which addresses any active threats that may occur. These can include mass shooting incidents, attacks with various weapons, or acts of terrorism. They will learn techniques and tools to keep themselves, their students, and others safe should an active threat event occur on campus.
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FF)--Tomorrow is First Friday. The event is all about secret locations, with 12 businesses participating in a Speakeasy crawl. How do you find out who they are? Your starting point will be at the Turpin at Gaslight Theatre. From there you will receive your next location and a password to receive a special gift from each participating business. Each location will have the password for the next business. Come shop and dine local, enjoy the food trucks, join the crawl, and hang out with the community in Downtown Enid.
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LD)--In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, Recycle Center and Enid Transportation Authority will be closed on Monday. The landfill will be open with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Meadowlake Golf Course first tee time will be at 7:30 a.m. and the course will close at 8:00 p.m. on Monday. All trash routes will remain the same for the holiday.
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LD)--Millions of Americans are planning on hitting the road this weekend. AAA expects Labor Day weekend travel to be busier this year than in 2022, on the road, in the air and for those who are cruising as well. As usual, most Labor Day travelers will drive to their holiday destinations, closing out the summer with one more Great American Road Trip. Gas prices, which have been on the rise since mid-July, are not expected to deter those who want to get away. Despite the recent increase, the price at the pump is actually about the same as it was over the holiday weekend last year. Last year, AAA responded to over 2,700 Emergency Roadside Service calls in Oklahoma over the Labor Day weekend, and almost half those calls required a tow. Rescue crews are gearing up for what is anticipated to be an even busier weekend this year.
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CF)--The 2023 Garfield County Free Fair is fast approaching, September 7th-9th. The Fair Premium Guide for entries is available at www.chisholmtrailexpo.com. The Fair Board has added Vendor Booths to this year’s fair. If you have a Business or Group that would like a booth, please contact the office at 580-237-0238 and ask for Coulten. Limited space available. Also new for this year there will be a free outdoor concert and other activities for all ages on Saturday September 9th.
CK)--United Way of Northwest Oklahoma will host a free Family Fun Campaign Kickoff Rally on Thursday, September 14 beginning at 6:00 PM, to raise awareness and support for its 14 nonprofit partner agencies. United Way of Northwest Oklahoma Campaign Chairs, David and Jennifer Lawrence said the event at David Allen Memorial Ballpark will include games, inflatables, food and fun. In addition to all the activities, the 14 United Way Partner agencies will be there sharing information and providing giveaways, popcorn, games and much more. All proceeds go to benefit United Way of Northwest Oklahoma and its 14 Partner Agencies. For more information regarding this event or the 2023-2024 campaign, contact the United Way office at (580) 237-0821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WF)--The 2023 Enid Walk of Fame (WOF) ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at 9:00 a.m. in Grand Ballroom C at the Stride Bank Center. Each year, this annual award is presented by the Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners during the Cherokee Strip Days celebration commemorating Enid's early pioneer spirit and heritage. The Enid community is invited to attend the award ceremony to honor the 2023 Walk of Fame honorees Dr. Jerry Blankenship and posthumous veteran and educator Jewel William ‘J.W.’ Ridge. Many downtown streets will be barricaded for the Cherokee Strip Parade. Walk of Fame Ceremony attendees can access the Stride Bank Center by way of the preferred barrier at the W. Owen K. Garriott and Independence intersection or by any other police-assisted barricades. To view information about the Enid Walk of Fame award, past honorees, and biographies of the 2023 inductees, go to the following webpage: Enid.org/WalkofFame.
LR)--More than 400 individual runners are expected to participate in the 2023 Great Land Run at the Chisholm Trail Expo Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will raise funds for the Great Land Run Education Foundation, which was founded in 2008 with the goal to support Chisholm and Enid public school districts. Presented by Triangle Insurance and Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies, the 16th annual Great Land Run race will be a fun-filled, rain or shine event featuring a USATF certified 5K and 10K course with a 7:30 a.m. start, and a half-marathon course starting at 6:30 a.m. All sponsor donations and net proceeds from the race are divided according to school district enrollment and distributed at the following year’s event. The Great Land Run Education Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to support local public education since its establishment. Race day registration begins at 5:30 a.m. Interested participants can register online at greatlandrun.com. Prices increase after Sept. 13, 2023. For more information on the Great Land Run, contact Sally Wall at (800) 894.5020, or go to great landrun.com.