MS)--More than 1,200 attended private memorial services for Lt. Col. John “Matt” Cravin Kincade and 2nd Lt. Travis Wilkie on Vance Air Force Base Thursday. Vance airmen, 19th and 22nd Air Force leadership, and local legislative and civic leadership came together to honor the lives of the two airmen killed in a training accident Nov. 21. “Many people ask me if the wing is OK after all of this … the simple answer is no … we are not … we miss our friends and wingmen,” said Col. Corey Simmons, 71st Flying Training Wing commander, during the services. “But very soon, we will be … because we have to be. And tomorrow, Vance Air Force Base will continue training our next generation of aviators. Because that is what we are called to do,” said Simmons. Wilkie’s service ended with a Missing Man formation flown by four T-38 Talons piloted by members of the 25th FTS. Kincade’s service ended with the formation flown by T-38 aircrew from the 5th FTS.
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NO)--Enid Police Department added five officers Thursday during a ceremony at the city administration building swearing in the department's recruits. Sabrina Robledo, Jeremy Selvidge, Gage Houston, Brian Hatfield and Scott Miller each swore to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution, and were given their badges. EPD Chief Brian O'Rourke said this is the largest class EPD has seen in a long time. With the addition of these five, the department is up to 94 officers, six shy of the 100 it's slated for, but an improvement over where things stood several months ago, O'Rourke said.
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RC)--Overall collections to Oklahoma's state treasury in November were less than the same month last year, due in large part to declines in sales and oilfield tax payments. Oklahoma Treasurer Randy McDaniel said it's the first time since March 2017 that total collections were lower than the same month the prior year. “Lower energy prices are having a significant influence on gross production tax receipts,” McDaniel said. Total collections in November were $989.7 million, which is about 4.2% less than November 2018. Besides sales and gross production tax declines, McDaniel reported November receipts from motor vehicle taxes were down more than 10%, while corporate income taxes were off by more than 30%. McDaniel said other economic indicators suggest Oklahoma is likely to see slow or no economic growth in the next three to six months.
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VC)--The public is invited to experience a Victorian Christmas in the Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center this evening from 5:00 to 9:00. Visitors will have access to the decorated Humphrey Heritage Village. Visitors will hear Christmas carols echoing throughout the village from local children’s choirs as they tour the Victorian-era Glidewell House. There are many other activities for the family, including ornament decorating, crafts for the kids, cocoa, cookies, and a visit from Santa Claus. Admission is $5 per person, with children ages five and under admitted for free. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for this popular event. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located a 507 S. Fourth St. in Enid. For more information about Christmas in the Village, please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.
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PP)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, 200 E. Maple, will host its annual Pancakes and Pajamas event 8:00-10 a.m. Saturday. The event will be in the Education Annex and will cost $5 for members and $9 for non-members. Everyone can come dressed in their pajamas and have the opportunity to eat pancakes, accompanied by some very special guests — Santa and Mrs. Claus, one of their elves and even the Grinch. After the pancakes are served and bellies are full, the children are welcome to spend the rest of their day in the museum. For more information, call (580) 233-ARTS, or visit Leonardo’s on social media or www.leonardos.org.
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CG)--Tickets remain available for Junior Welfare League of Enid's 16th annual Charity Gala, 7:00 p.m. Dec. 7 at Stride Bank Center. This year’s gala, themed “A Night at Studio 54,” will feature a buffet dinner from Stride Bank Center, live music from the band "Superfreak" and silent and live auctions. This year's Enid Legacy Award will be presented to Kayle Costello-Northcutt during the gala. The Legacy Award was established to recognize honorary or sustaining members who have provided service following active membership in JWL. The beneficiaries of this year's charity gala are 4RKids Foundation, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma and YWCA Enid Crisis Center. The JWL Charity Gala has raised and disbursed more than $460,000 back to nonprofit organizations in Enid since 2004. Tickets to the JWL Charity Gala are available online at www.bidr.co/events/jwl19.
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CP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation presents “Christmas in the Park” at Meadowlake Park for the 2019 holiday season. When you come to the park, you will be greeted by one of several holiday and winter characters, including Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, elves, reindeers, Frosty, and more. There will be food, entertainment, free pictures with Santa, a cookie decoration station, letters to Santa, an ornament making station. The event is FREE for all ages, however, several of the Enid Kiwanis Club rides will also be open at the park for the kids to enjoy including, the toddler airplanes, toddler cars, carousel, and the train ride. The Kiwanis rides will be for a small fee. Parking will be available at GEFCO and Cash Saver. The Enid Transit will be picking up and dropping off from these areas.
The event is scheduled for December 7, 14, and 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This event is free for all ages and will be held at Meadowlake Park. For more information, contact the Special Events Coordinator at (580) 616-7210 or email@example.com. To check out upcoming events, go to: Enid.org/ParkEvents.
TH)--The public termination hearing for former Enid Public Schools campus police chief Mike Dods has been scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 10 at the EPS Administrative Services Building, 500 S Independence. A previous public hearing was planned for Nov. 14, but was called off after the district and Oklahoma Education Association, the teacher's union representing Dods, reached a settlement agreement to reinstate him as an EPS police officer. However, the school board unanimously rejected the agreement, making the future of Dods' employment with the district once again uncertain. The Dec. 10 hearing will settle that. The hearing will begin at 4:00 p.m. The board will convene, hear witness testimony and arguments from both sides, and ultimately determine whether to reinstate Dods or fire him from Enid Public Schools.
OEA alleges EPS administrators repeatedly "obstructed justice" by demanding Dods' not report violent student incidents to Garfield County District Attorney's Office, and threatening and carrying out punitive actions against him for doing so. District officials deny the allegations. "The district looks forward to telling its side of the story and correcting the misinformation that has been released publicly," the district said.
CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday night during their regular meeting concerning Suddenlink's franchise agreement with the city to provide cable television service. A second hearing regarding Suddenlink will be held 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in Council Chambers at the city administration building. The city of Enid has put together a cable satisfaction survey, and is encouraging participation. Results of the survey will be used during the negotiation process. That survey can be found at www.enid.org/Home/Components/News/ News/8938/25?backlist=%2f.