RC)--Last year the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma had a goal to gather money for a special project to create early childhood development programs in Enid. The latest phase of that effort was formally introduced Tuesday afternoon as the Enid Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined the United Way, the Inasmuch Foundation, and Enid Public Schools at the ribbon cutting for a new playground at Carver Early Childhood Center at 815 South 5th in Enid. Enid Public Schools superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd and Carver Director Chris Smith spoke at the event.
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The United Way provided $200,000, and the Inasmuch Foundation contributed another $100,000 to build the playground, as well as purchase furniture, smartboards, and equipment for the library. The money also provided all the learning materials, books, and games in the library. Enid Public Schools is covering most of the renovation costs to the former Carver Adult Education Center. And, it's being put to good use. According to United Way Executive Director Pam Ballard, Carver is only 5 students away from full capacity.
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BD)--The final round of the Dream Big Oklahoma Cherokee Strip competition will be at 6:00 tonight in the Autry Technology Center’s Lectorium. Four small businesses will be facing off in the final round. At stake is $5,000 toward their business improvement ideas. Competitors will have five minutes to present their ideas to the audience and judges in a pitch-off event similar to the television show Shark Tank. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to come support their favorite idea. The competitors include: Enid Buzz and T & C Meats from Enid and Anderson & Company Salon and Spa and Graph-X-tina Graphic Services from Ponca City. Three judges will choose the winner that night after they hear the pitches. Audience members will also have the chance to vote for the People’s Choice award, which will have a small cash prize. Dream Big Oklahoma is an annual entrepreneurial competition created by Rogers State University Innovation Center. Its goal is to help diversify the economy, create jobs and build local wealth.
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PO)--The power is back on, but a number of Enid OG&E customers, in the Waverley Historic District area had to get ready in the dark this morning after an early morning power outage. Officials said between 1:00 and 2:00 this morning, calls started coming in to OG&E to report the outages. Initially, about 1,300 customers were without power. OG&E crews went to work and power was fully restored by 6:45. The outage was reportedly the result of a traffic accident knocking down a power pole.
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FV)--Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was in Enid this morning as part of a statewide tour ahead of Election Day. Her tour bus stopped at Five80 Coffeehouse in downtown. Fallin also made a swing through northwest Oklahoma on Monday, visiting Woodward, Alva, Helena and Fairview. When she left Enid, the governor was headed to Medford and Ponca City. The election is Nov. 4. Fallin, a Republican, faces Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman from Rush Springs.
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WG)--Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a local man with multiple outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants. 34 year-old Jeremy Lee Tambunga is wanted on felony and misdemeanor warrants issued by Garfield County District Court. Total bond on the six warrants is $267,000. Tambunga is wanted on two felony warrants for counts of assault and battery, domestic, subsequent offense. He also is wanted on misdemeanor warrants for two counts of driving under revocation, attempting to elude, speeding and two counts of malicious injury. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (580) 237-0244 or their local law enforcement agency.
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CN)--Beginning Thursday Frantz Street will be closed from Jefferson to Adams for reconstruction. This will include the intersection of Jefferson and Frantz. This work is being done as part of the S-1404A 2014 Local Street Program. Work could take up to 4 - 6 weeks before completion weather permitting. Beginning Sunday crews will make their final water line tie-in at the intersection of Broadway and Washington. The intersection and surrounding areas will be without water for about 6 to 7 hours during this procedure. Motorists are advised to use caution whenever entering a construction zone.
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HF)--The eighth annual Integris Health Fair will be held 8:00 to noon Saturday morning at Convention Hall, 301 S. Independence. More than 600 flu vaccinations and free health screenings will be available during the community health fair. There will be flu vaccines for both pediatric and adult patients, while supplies last. Free hearing and vision screenings also will be available during the event, and patients may sign up for dental screenings. Along with 48 health vendor booths, attendees also will be able to have hands-on access to new surgical technology, the DaVinci XI Robot. The fair is held through funds from the Integris Foundation and is free to the public.
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EV)—Oklahoma voters will have an opportunity to cast ballots early for next Tuesday’s general election at county election boards from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm on Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday. Statewide races include governor, two U.S. Senate seats, four of the state’s five U.S. representative seats and legislative races including the House District 40 race in Enid between Democrat Pierce Jones and Republican Chad Caldwell. Also voters in the city of Enid will be asked to approve a 25- year franchise agreement with ONG for natural gas service. Polls will be open Tuesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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PM)---A Vance T-38C Talon is scheduled to move from the flight line to the airpark static display Saturday morning. Southgate Road, the road in front of the base, will be closed between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. to move the aircraft. Please plan travel accordingly. Please contact Vance Public Affairs at 580-213-7476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
HW)--A citywide Halloween festival will take place in Meadowlake Park on Friday. “Halloweenid” will be 6:00-9:00 that night. Organizers said the carousel and train will be running, and the public will be able to enjoy games and activities, along with traditional contests. Contests include costumes for various age groups, a pet costume contest, the Halloween Queen Pageant, best apple or pumpkin recipe and best jack-o’-lantern. There will be hot dogs, caramel apples and popcorn for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Enid High School Community Service Club and local Masonic lodges. Co-coordinator Tammy Wilson said she took a break last year from Scare on the Square so it could be revamped into Halloweenid. Along with the contests, there will be bounce houses, and Lana’s School of Dance will perform. The Mattress Gallery is sponsoring a cornhole tournament, also known as bean bag toss. Coordinators also are putting together a Zombie Brigade. People interested in being part of the Zombie Brigade need to contact the event coordinators. Organizations or businesses wanting to set up a booth at Halloweenid can do so for $25. For information, go to facebook.com/tandaenid or www.enidevents.com, email email@example.com or call (580) 402-6732. Halloweenid also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/Halloweenid.
HS)--Halloween is this Friday, and many kids are preparing to dress up and eat some candy. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains. For Oklahoma children suiting up, falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents are a priority for concern. To keep communities safe, the Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe this year.
· Look for flame-resistant costumes.
· Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
· Make sure Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags.
· Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
· Consider using face paint instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see.
· Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Don’t cross between parked cars.
· Be cautious around pets and any other animals.
If Trick-or-Treaters at your home, make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps include:
· Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
· Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
· Restrain any household pets.
· Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
FL)--Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s annual Fall Lecture Series will continue on Monday evenings through Nov. 10. The importance of water for the community, region and state is the timely topic of this series. “Surviving the Ebb and Flow of Water in the West” will feature the state’s leading specialists in their fields of study. The lectures will be 7:00 p.m. in the Gantz Center of Northern Oklahoma College Enid and are free to the public.
Topics in the series are:
Nov. 3 — “Conservation Born of Crisis.” Clay Pope, former executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, will share the history of the conservation movement and the formation of policies resulting from the Dust Bowl.
Nov. 10 — “Issues Today for Water Tomorrow.” J.D. Strong, executive director of Oklahoma Water Resources Board, will speak on current water conservation initiatives that are under way, the state’s water plan effort and Water for 2060.
For information go to Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s website at www.csrhc.org.
KF)--The American Kitefliers Association (AKA) announced that its 2015 national convention will return to Enid next Fall at the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall and at the flying field behind Autry Technology Center. The dates for the 38th annual AKA National Convention are September 28-October 4, 2015. The AKA Convention is an annual gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The AKA held its 2012 national convention in Enid. The national convention is rotated every three years between locations on the east coast, west coast and central United States, meaning it will be returning to Enid at its first opportunity. The 2013 AKA convention was held in Portland, OR, while the 2014 convention recently concluded at Outer Banks, NC. AKA President Mel Hickman said the hospitality the group received in Enid in 2012 was a primary factor in returning to Enid.
Highlighting each afternoon of the AKA convention is the Mass Ascension, where AKA members release their kites at once, filling the skies above Autry Technology Center with magnificent color. The public will be encouraged to attend each afternoon session. More details will be announced as the convention date draws nearer.
EE)--The City of Enid has launched a new website, www.EnvisionEnid.com to gather ideas from the community about Enid’s future. Officials said the website acts like a virtual townhall, enabling Enid’s residents to share their ideas 24 hours a day. Residents of Enid should visit EnvisionEnid.com to create an account and share their ideas. City of Enid Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said Envision Enid is the name of the City’s new comprehensive plan that is currently under development. The comprehensive plan is the overarching policy of the City of Enid and addresses everything from infrastructure investments and development decisions to education, health and social services. The plan will create a vision for the future of Enid and outline coordinated policies and recommendations to steer the city towards achieving the vision. The website is one of several ways to contribute the plan.