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  • PA)--The City of Enid continues efforts to acquire properties in the Lahoma Courts addition, where a company has plans for retail development. The city has been working to acquire a total of 23 properties in the addition near the intersection of Cleveland and Garriott, which will be sold to Hunt Properties. An initial timeline for the acquisition of the properties was passed Tuesday, but under the agreement with Hunt the city could extend the time period for five months to complete the acquisitions.  The Enid News and Eagle reports, City Manager Jerald Gilbert said the city has acquired several more properties this week, but has not yet filed for condemnation of the remaining five properties, though the Enid City Commission previously passed a resolution allowing condemnation. City expenses for the purchases will be recouped when the property is sold to Hunt Properties. According to the agreement, Hunt Properties will pay the seller the actual costs to obtain and prepare the property for development, which includes removing the buildings, foundations, storm shelters and fuel or other storage tanks, and a 10 percent carry fee.

     

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    LG)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum has received a $50,000 gift from Jumbo Foods and the Blevins Family in support of its ongoing capital campaign to renovate and expand the downtown museum. Julie Baird, Leonardo’s executive director said a donation of this magnitude qualifies Jumbo Foods for a naming opportunity, and they have selected sponsorship of the Grocery Store as part of the second floor Pretend City.

     

    Combined with other recent pledges and gifts, this donation brings Leonardo’s to more than $5 million raised toward a $6 million goal to completely renovate and expand the museum. Leonardo’s will close temporarily beginning Aug. 2 to begin Phase 1 construction and will reopen in the spring of 2016. Phase 1 will include an exterior facelift, all new exhibits on the museum’s first floor, a two-story Power Tower, telling the story of Oklahoma energy and limited new and refreshed exhibits on the second floor.

     

     

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    CR)--A member of the Enid Police Civil Service Commission charged with driving under the influence following an injury collision Memorial Day has resigned. 38 year-old year old Dalen McVay, a local attorney, was charged June 22 with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence involving a personal injury accident. City of Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert said McVay resigned from the commission Tuesday. According to the Enid News and Eagle, McVay had a blood-alcohol content of .32, four times the legal limit. The two-vehicle collision Memorial Day evening in the 2000 block of West Purdue injured the other driver, 76-year-old woman. Online court records show Garfield County judges are recusing themselves from the case because of McVay’s relationship with the court. The case is set for reassignment to another judge. McVay is free on a $1,000 recognizance bond and is set for a July 29 bond appearance.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports the unemployment rate rose in 75 of Oklahoma's 77 counties in May. The figures released today show Garfield County had a May unemployment rate of 4.1%, up from 3.4% in April. Latimer County in southeastern Oklahoma has the highest jobless rate at 8.4 percent — up from 7.8 percent in April. Haskell and McIntosh counties are next at 8.2 percent unemployment each. The lowest rates are in the Panhandle and northwest with Cimarron County reporting 2.3 percent unemployment, Beaver County 2.5 percent, and Woods County 2.7 percent. The two counties without a jobless increase are Hughes County at 7.1 percent and Nowata County at 5.4 percent, both unchanged from April. The unemployment rate in Enid for April, the latest figures available stood at 3.2%.

     

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    SD)--The 71st Medical Operations Squadron aerospace physiology flight unveiled their new spatial disorientation trainer this afternoon. The new $1.2 million simulator will provide pilots with a hands-on spatial orientation training experience.  While flying in this simulator, pilots can practice procedures and techniques that precipitate disorientation phenomena. Vance is the second base in the Air Force to receive this device.  The new trainer will provide higher fidelity to instruction on spatial disorientation recognition and recovery. Since 1941, Vance has trained more than 32,000 world-class U.S. and joint pilots.

     

     

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    EQ)--There was a 2.9 quake at 4:29 Tuesday afternoon along the Woods County / Alfalfa County line near State Highway 11 about six mile east of Alva. Minutes later in Noble County, there was a 2.9 quake at 4:42 about three miles west of Langston.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of new laws are going into effect in Oklahoma, including one that sets up regulations for ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft and another requiring reporting of certain information for background checks on gun buyers. More than 50 new laws took effect today. Most deal with the budget and state appropriations for the new fiscal year that begins today, but several are substantive policy measures. One bill that was passed in 2014 but not taking effect until this year requires Oklahoma courts to notify the FBI when a person is adjudicated mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed due to a mental illness. The notification is for the purpose of entering the information into a national database for gun purchase background checks.

     

     

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    FS)—Some fun things are planned in downtown Enid for the 4th of July weekend. Friday is First Friday for July. From 6:00 - 9:00 pm be in downtown for live music around the square, shops open late, Arts Market, slip n' slide water bounce house, cabaret, community yoga and more. Also, have food and beverages from downtown restaurants and local food trucks.

    Leonardo's 13th Annual Hometown Celebration sponsored by Global Spectrum is Saturday. Games will be held from 10 am - noon. Door Prizes, Face Painting, Fun & Games, BYOT (Bring your own turtle) for Turtle Races, Lunch provided. The cost to get into this event is $3.50 for Leonardo's members and $7 for non-members. Price includes all-day admission to Leonardo's and Adventure Quest.

     

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    PC)--The annual 4th of July celebration is Saturday at Meadowlake Park. It starts with the annual Liberty Federal Fishing Derby from 5:30a.m. to noon. Cash prizes will be given for each tagged catfish caught. The Kiwanitrain, Ferris wheel and carousel will be open Saturday. If you want a preview of the music that will be performed during the Saturday night’s concert and fireworks display, the Enid Symphony Orchestra will host a free open rehearsal of “The Pursuit of Happiness” in Enid Symphony Hall at 4:00p.m. Saturday. The hall is located on the fourth floor of 301 West Broadway in downtown Enid. The ESO’s one hour concert will begin at 8:30 pm in the park and conclude with a fireworks display by Western Enterprises which is sponsored by the City of Enid. The concert will feature a variety of patriotic and popular music. A significant portion of this year’s fireworks display will be choreographed to the music of Elvis. The evening of entertainment is free to the public at Meadowlake Park on South Van Buren in Enid.

     

     

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    FW)—The City of Enid has a city wide ban on the possession, sale and use of fireworks within city limits. Class C fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and exploding devices are prohibited in city limits, but novelty fireworks, such as party poppers and smoke bombs, are permitted. If you get caught you could be fined up to $500 plus court costs. You can transport them if they stay unopened. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office reminds you it's is illegal to discharge fireworks on the roadway (fence line to fence line), or within 500 feet of crops, churches, and hospitals. If you want to do your own fireworks, it needs to be on private property outside Enid city limits. If it's not your property, you must have permission from the property owner. And, if you're thinking about setting off fireworks on the roadside, remember depositing any lighted substance or thing on a county road can carry up to a $2,000 fine.

     

     

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    GG)--The Junior Welfare League of Enid is seeking grant applications for its 2015 Charity Gala funds. Nonprofit organizations and agencies who wish to receive disbursement funds from the 2015 Charity Gala may pick up an application at Return Engagement, 123 N. Grand, or complete an online application on the website at jwlenid.com. The deadline for grant applications is July 1.

     

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    DD)--Security National Bank of Enid, Park Avenue Thrift,  Eagle Marketing and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center are once again joining forces to help raise funds for animals and animal related causes. The 6th Annual Enid Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash will be held July 18th and will be raising funds for Bennie’s Barn. Enid Paws 4 the Cause is a National Dachshund Foundation sanctioned event. Three age groups of dachshund athletes will compete for the title of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion which will qualify them for the national race in Finlay, Ohio. All racers must be full blood dachshund.  This year there will be additional races for “mixed breed dachshunds”.  The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of those races will also qualify for the national race in Finlay, Ohio. 

     

    Funds raised previously have helped; purchase two Enid Police Department K9 Partners, furnish trees and shrubs for Enid’s dog park, furnish watering stations for pets on the City of Enid’s Master Trail, provide outside adoption areas at the Enid Animal Shelter and help create shade for outdoor play at the Enid SPCA. Owners may register their dachshund athletes at the Groom Closet 2005 West Chestnut Avenue.  Registered dachshunds will be randomly drawn to be chosen to participate in the dash.  Limited racing spots are available.  There is a $20 registration fee for those racer’s registered by the July 01, 2015 deadline.  Late registration fee for entries received after July 01, 2015 is $45.  Additional information about the dash and registration can be found at www.enidpaws4thecause.com.

     

     

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    LGE)--Leadership Greater Enid Class XXV applications are being accepted until July 20. Through the leadership program, Enid area residents who have demonstrated an interest in local issues are selected, challenged and educated through a series of issue-oriented forums and experiences. The class will be limited to 25 members. Class applications are available at Enid Chamber of Commerce, 210 Kenwood, and online at www.enidchamber.com. For information about membership applications, contact leadershipgreaterenid@gmail.com.

     

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    ES--Starting Aug. 4 and continuing every Tuesday night in August, the Enid Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Wine Series will allow audiences to enjoy wine, provided by Park Avenue Thrift, before enjoying performances featuring several artists in Enid Symphony Hall. According to the orchestra’s artistic director, Douglas Newell, performances are at 7 p.m. and tickets will be $10 at the door. The first performance on Aug. 4 will preview the orchestra’s full stage production of the opera “Carmen,” coming in April 2016.

     

     

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    CC)--Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns, with special guest Lauren Daigle, are set to play in Enid Event Center Friday, Oct. 23, according to Spectra, formally Global Spectrum. Tickets priced at $25, $35 and $55 will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, June 19. There is a group ticket option, for $30 — $35 ticket price level only, for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be ordered by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or at Enid Event Center Box Office.

     

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    MS)--Mannheim Steamroller will perform live at Enid Event Center on December 10. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. “We are excited to announce a world class Christmas show in Mannheim Steamroller,” said Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. “In addition to one of the best Christmas shows around, you can take advantage of our Chef’s Holiday dinner package to make it the complete night.” This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

     

    Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 24. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.  There will be a Holiday Buffet Dinner package available to add on to ticket orders.  The dinner package will be good for two guests’ tickets and meals, and a limited number of seats are available in Convention Hall’s Grand Ballroom.  Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. 

     

     

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    WA)--Wonder what the weather is doing in Garfield County?  Well, now there's an app for that! Designed for Androids and Iphones, the “Garfield County EM” was launched in January and is a direct link to the Garfield County Emergency Management team. On the app you can get the local forecast, weather radar, weather alerts, and other emergency information that's specifically catered to Enid and Garfield County. The app is administered by Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County Emergency Management Director. It also has the option of push notifications to alert you in emergencies. Other options include Honigsberg's daily blog, a damage report page, a list of emergency contacts, the storm shelter registry, nixle registration, storm preparedness, and more. Best of all the app is free.  

     

     

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