MD)--A vehicle crashed into Enid's Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum early Saturday morning and caused extensive damage to the building and the irreplaceable African American and Native American artifacts inside. According to KOCO-TV, the driver was headed north in the 600 block of Leona Mitchell Boulevard at more than 100 miles per hour when he lost control of the vehicle, rolled a few times, and crashed into the side of the building. Enid Police said once he crashed into the building, he ran away from the scene, but later turned himself in.
Barbara Mitchell Finley with the Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum said the artifacts included a wedding dress belonging to Leona Mitchell, a black Chickasaw who is now an international opera singer, as well artifacts from the Trail of Tears. Finley said the center is working with its insurance company and the Oklahoma Museum Association to make repairs to the building and salvage what it can.
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XW)--Xpress Wellness Urgent Care, an Enid based company, recently opened its tenth urgent care clinic in Chickasha. “We saw a need for more access to medical care services especially in rural areas,” said President Brian Hayden. “We are helping people with non-emergent medical needs seven days a week and with extended hours into the evening.” Xpress Wellness Urgent Care opened its first clinic in Enid in March of 2014. Since then, the company has opened clinics in Elk City, Weatherford, Shawnee, Muskogee, Woodward, Sapulpa, Lawton, Chickasha and Andover, Kansas. The urgent care centers offer comprehensive medical care services for adults and children, including care for common illnesses, sprains, strains, lacerations, flu, allergies, infections, sports physicals, wellness exams, chronic disease management, preventative care services and more. It also offers Medical services for employers which include pre-employment physicals, DOT physicals, pulmonary function tests, drug testing, and treatment for work-related injuries. Xpress Wellness Urgent Care is open 7 days a week with extended hours. Xpress Wellness Urgent Care is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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EQ)-- At 6:30 last night there was a 3.7 quake four miles northeast of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. And at 1:10 this morning there was a 3.0 quake four miles northwest of Red Rock in Noble County.
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VR)--Today is national voter registration day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Today volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. For more information about the national effort, log onto nationalvoterregistrationday.org. Here in Enid if you haven't registered to vote, you can contact the Garfield County Election Board. Oct. 14 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. To be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Oklahoma and at least 18 years old to apply.
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YA)--The Parks and Recreation Department of Enid tonight will host the first City of Enid Young Athletes program. The program is a free weekly event for kids. The aim is to introduce athletics to children at a basic level. All kids ages 6-12 are welcome. Kids will learn about flexibility, motor skills, hand eye coordination, balance, and nutrition. This is a beginner level course that will grow with each and every child that attends. These classes are not sports specific, but will focus on multiple skills and techniques that transcend many different competitive formats.
Location: Champion Gym (10th and Chestnut)
Dates: Every Tuesday Evening (beginning September 27, 2016)
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ages: 6 to 12
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MH)--Mental Health Coalition of Enid will host a forum to bring together stakeholders, legislators and the public to discuss the mental health and substance abuse crisis facing Oklahoma. The coalition will host the forum at 7:00 p.m. Sept. 28 at Autry Technology Center in Enid. Among those attending are state Reps. John Enns, R-Enid, and Chad Caldwell, R-Enid; Democrat Pierce Jones, who is challenging Caldwell in the House District 40 race; and Senate District 19 candidates Republican Roland Pederson, Democrat Rhonda Harlow and independent Whitney Hall.
Legislators and candidates will discuss prearranged questions about funding concerns, lack of resources and other issues, event coordinator Justin Loughman said, and the public can ask questions at the end. Loughman, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Enid, is a member of the coalition alongside Taylor Randolph, a licensed counselor in Enid and psychology instructor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, who said they have watched state budgets for mental health get slashed over the years. For more information, visit the Mental Health Coalition of Enid’s Facebook page. Mental Health Coalition of Enid is a committee of Human Service Alliance of Greater Enid, a joint venture of of services entities working to identify urgent community problems and research existing programs for solutions.
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VL)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s second installment of the, “Keep ‘em Flying,” Fall Lecture Series will feature retired Colonel Charles DeBellevue, the Top Ace from the Vietnam War. The Fall Lecture presentation will be held on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Gantz Center on the Enid Campus of Northern Oklahoma College. The Fall Lecture Series is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and Northern Oklahoma College. Admission is free as a gift to the community. The series will conclude with Major General Douglas Raaberg who will be speaking on Thursday, October 13. Raaberg trained as a student pilot at Vance AFB and returned years later as Commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing. General Raaberg was Commander at Vance AFB on September 11, 2001. He will focus his presentation on the military response to the events of 9/11 and specifically the impact and reaction at Vance AFB.
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CA)--Iconic rock band Three Dog Night will perform at Central National Bank Center Thursday Sept. 29 according to Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, which provides venue management for the downtown Enid center. From 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, sold more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. Some of their songs, still popular today, include “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One.” Tickets for the concert are on sale and range from $29 to $69 and will be available starting at 10 a.m. Friday by calling (855) 849-3643 (TIX.ENID) or at www.CNBCenter.com or the Central National Bank Center offices, 301 S. Independence.
TT)--Tickets are on sale for the 5th annual Tombstone Tales. The tour of Enid Cemetery will feature the stories of 10 individuals buried there. Tombstone Tales is hosted by the Chisholm Trail Coalition. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Soapweeds and Cactus, 122 N. Independence, and at Enid Cemetery. Tours are Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Tours take place at the Enid Cemetery on Willow Road and run about every 20 minutes. Attendees will ride on tractor pulled hayrack rides through the cemetery after dark. P&K Equipment is providing the tractors and trailers.
LA)--Tickets are now on sale for Leonardo’s ninth annual Princess Ball. The event is for dads and daughters, ages 3-13, and will be and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Oct. 15 at Central National Bank Center Grand Ballroom. Tickets may be purchased in person or with a credit card over the phone during regular museum hours. Tickets are $25 per person for Leonardo’s members and $28 per person for non-members. The event includes a child friendly dinner, dancing to a local DJ, formal and candid photos by a professional photographer, and a goody bag for each princess. Sponsors for this year’s Princess Ball are and KOFM/KGWA/Williams Broadcasting and Central National Bank Center. Julie Baird, executive director encourages families to buy tickets as soon as possible, as this event has sold out in only weeks the previous years, and a limited number of tickets will be sold.
EF)--An ethics forum is being planned for Enid City Commissioners. Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser said the ethics forum he is planning will be open to the public and will be held Nov. 19. An official time will be announced at a later date. He is working on securing experts to speak during the event. The commission will not vote during the forum, which will be an educational session. Vanhooser told the Enid News and Eagle, "I anticipate in early spring of 2017 we will put the creation of an ethics policy for the city of Enid on the study session agendas, and begin working towards creating a final document." He said several commissioners are gathering information, including policies from other communities, and City Attorney Andrea Chism is researching the topic.
BR)--Professional bull riding is coming back to Enid. The 2016 Enid BRI Classic is coming to the Central National Bank Center in conjunction with Bull Riders Inc., according to venue operators Spectra Venue Management. This two-night event is Nov. 18 and 19 at the Central National Bank Center. Tickets are $20 for the Golden Chute, $15 for Adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Mutton Bustin’ is also going to come back to the venue for the 4th time. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 8 and weigh less than 60 pounds. Entry fee to participate in the Mutton Bustin’ is $15. Contact Bill at Bill_OMalley@comcastspectacor.comor at 580-616-7381. Tickets will go on sale 10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visitingwww.CNBCenter.com or in the CNB Center Administration offices on the 2nd floor of the convention side off of Independence Ave.