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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports three more deaths due to influenza, raising the total number this flu season to 61. The deaths reported Thursday are the first in the state since early March and adds to the record number reported during the flu season that began in September. The previous record of 46 flu deaths in 2009, the year the state began tracking the statistic, was broken in February. Tulsa County has had the most deaths with 10, followed by Comanche County with six, Oklahoma County with five and Cleveland County with four. Logan, Muskogee, Pittsburg and Wagoner counties each have three deaths. Carter, Creek, Le Flore, Mayes, McClain, and Washington counties have each had two deaths while 12 counties have one death each.

     

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    SC)--Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated bands Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will headline a concert in Enid this summer. The concert will include pop-punk band Plain White T's. The concert will reportedly be August 5th at Enid Event Center. The official announcement and more information is expected from Global Spectrum on Friday. Kansas performs at the event center with their 40th anniversary tour on May 10.

     

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    TA)--A miscommunication with a pilot car led to a truck driver being escorted out of town by Enid Police Wednesday.  Traffic was tied up on Van Buren just before noon after 60 year old Abe Neufeld of Canada hit the signal light at Maine and Van Buren with his oversized semi. Neufeld was on his way to Woodward when he didn't get the message from the pilot car in front of him warning that the light was too low for his truck to make it through.  After citing him for failure to devote full time and attention to driving, the Enid Police led his semi out of town west on Garriott.

     

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    EQ)--Another earthquake was felt this morning along the Garfield County / Alfalfa Country line. Residents of Jet reportedly felt the 3.4 magnitude quake that occurred at 6:50 this morning 2 miles east and 3 ½ miles south of Jet.

     

    It was a fairly quiet day Wednesday for earthquakes across the state. Only one was reported just before noon yesterday along the east side of I-35, about 2 ½ miles north of the Stillwater turnoff at the Highway 51 intersection. 

     

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    ST)--Garfield County Sheriff’s Office needs your help to find a stolen pickup. The 2004 gray Chevy extended cab pickup was stolen from Highway 74 and Rupe early Monday morning. If you have information about the theft, call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233 or text your tip to 274637. Just type “Enid” and then your message in the text box.  You can earn a reward up to $1,000. You will not be required to testify and will not be identified.

     

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    MI)--If you are an employer looking to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act, there will be an informational meeting on ChamberMarket, the State Chamber of Oklahoma’s alternative to public health insurance, on May 9.  The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce will host the event at 8 a.m. May 9 in the lectorium at Autry Technology Center.  If you've never heard of the program, you aren't alone. It was launched about a month ago according to Enid Chamber president and CEO Jon Blankenship. Blankenship told the Enid News and Eagle, ChamberMarket is a private health insurance exchange being offered through the state chamber of commerce. Blankenship said it’s a way for employers to provide health insurance options to their employees while still controlling costs. The insurance is designed to comply with the Affordable Care Act.  The event is free, and you can reserve a spot by calling the chamber at 237-2494. 

     

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    CC)—The Oklahoma State Department of Health is hosting a community chat in Enid this evening from 6:00 to 8:00 in room 127 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid on east Randolph. You are encouraged to offer input on how to strengthen community partnerships that make a difference in the lives and health of Oklahomans. Feedback received will be used to update the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan.

     

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    BM)--Autry Technology Center is accepting applications for the third Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition.  Deadline to create a business plan for the competition is Friday. You must be able to prepare and present an initial business plan as an investment proposition that will attract customers and be a sound investment. Recent first place teams have been awarded $15,000 to help launch their business. Rules, guidelines and judging criteria for the contest are available at the James W. Strate Center for Business Development. For information, call Autry Tech, (580) 242-2750.

     

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    FS)--Family Saturday at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and will feature such activities as Army drills and gun displays. The event will be 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday and is free with admission to the museum.

    Civil War Family Saturday is being held in conjunction with a special exhibit on “
    Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The exhibit is on display at the Heritage Center through May 16. For more information on Family Saturdays, contact the Heritage Center at (580) 237-1907 or online at www.csrhc.org.                                                   

     

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    SW)--The spring severe storm season is underway and Oklahoma has already seen a tornado touch down. The Red Cross office in Enid will be hosting a severe thunderstorm and tornado preparedness event to help the community be Red Cross Ready as the spring season moves forward. Come to the Enid Public Library on April 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. to get important information on preparing for severe weather including tornadoes. Information will include how to build a preparedness kit, what to do if a tornado is approaching and how you respond following. The goal is to prepare communities to better respond and be more resilient following disasters. To get more information on preparing for disasters, visit www.redcross.org. Residents are also encouraged to download the free Red Cross Tornado App available on iPhone and Android. Information on the app can be found by clicking here.

     

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    FR)—The YWCA of Enid will hold a fundraiser next week where men will be asked to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in support of Sexual Assault Awareness month. Organizers are asking men of all ages to put on high heels and walk from the YWCA, 525 S. Quincy, to RSVP, 602 S. Van Buren, at noon Tuesday, April 22.

    “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this is one activity we have planned to raise awareness,” said YWCA Executive Director Kim Blankenship. “We are recruiting men to be man enough to put on a pair of heels and walk from the YW to RSVP.” Volunteers are needed for both the walk and to come out and watch the men strut their stuff down Garriott at lunchtime. Those wanting to participate can call the YWCA at 234-7581 to register and provide their shoe size. The event is free to participate.

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    SE)--Enrollment will be April 24-25 for Enid Public Schools’ 4-year-old program for the 2014-15 school year. EPS offers full-day and intergenerational classes. Enrollment for full-day intergenerational 4-year-old programs at The Commons and Greenbrier Village will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at those locations. Enrollment for the 4-year-old programs at all 11 elementary schools, as well as the expanded program at Carver Center that will launch in the fall, will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. Students should enroll at their home elementary schools. For information, call (580) 366-7000.

     

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    EB)--Keep Enid Beautiful is encouraging people of all ages to volunteer for the 2014 Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) in Oklahoma sponsored by Devon Energy and coordinated by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB).

     

    In the nation’s largest grassroots community improvement program, Keep Enid Beautiful volunteers will clean up litter and debris around Enid’s historic downtown square on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 am to Noon. Volunteers are asked to check in at the Courthouse gazebo, where they will be given free trash bags to use during the morning.

     

    “This is an opportunity for our community to gather together and take pride in Enid,” said Keep Enid Beautiful chairman Suzy Meibergen. “We are seeking volunteers to dedicate that Saturday morning to keeping Enid beautiful.” How can you get involved? Like the Keep Enid Beautiful page on Facebook to keep informed on upcoming events.

     

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    SF)--The Enid Public School Foundation will host their annual fundraiser, The ‘E’vent, on April 28 at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear great music from students throughout the district. Tickets are $5 and children under 5 are free. A box dinner will be served with admittance. Bring chairs or blankets & enjoy! Save the date!

     

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    SC)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum has opened enrollment for its summer camp sessions, which begins June 2 and consists of eight weeks of art and science hands-on learning for ages 4-12. The 2014 theme is Awesome Adventures. Science weeks include space, June 2-6, and archeology, July 7-11. Six weeks of art, June 9-27 and July 14-Aug. 1, will have campers exploring art, culture and food of the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. Camp will not be held the week of June 30 through July 4.

    Discounts are available for Leonardo’s members, early enrollment and families enrolling two or more students. The enrollment fee includes breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and all supplies. Scholarships also are available on a first-come, first-served basis with demonstrated need. A 20 percent early enrollment discount is offered for tuition paid in full during April and 10 percent discount is available for payments in May. Families enrolling campers for all eight weeks receive a 25 percent discount.

    Students ages 13-15 also are invited to apply to be apprentices, or junior volunteers, to assist with
    Camp Leonardo’s. Apprentice applications will be accepted through May 1. For information about Camp Leonardo’s or upcoming events, go to the Leonardo’s website at www.leonardos.org or call (580 233-2787. Leo’s Summer Camp is made possible in part by a grant from Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts and local sponsors Messer-Bowers Insurance, city of Enid and Park Avenue Thrift.

     

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    CS)--Comedians, rodeo and MMA are coming to Enid this spring. Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, said Nobodies of Comedy, Extreme Rodeo Challenge and Battlegrounds MMA will perform in April and May.

    Nobodies of Comedy, a touring talent showcase of young comedians, will be at Convention Hall Grand Ballroom at
    8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Tickets are$50, with a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available. The ticket includes a gourmet dinner and cash bar. VIP patrons will be right on the stage.

    The 2014 Extreme Rodeo Challenge, presented by Global Spectrum and Wild West Rodeo, comes to
    Enid Event Center May 2-3. The Challenge includes bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, free style bullfighting and bull riding. Tickets start at $10.

    Battle Ground MMA will be at Enid Event Center May 17. Tickets are $37, $47, $62 and $77. A limited number of $50 passes for a meet-and-greet with food and drinks are available. The meet and greet event will be during Convention Hall pre-fights and can be purchased at any price level. 14 pro and amateur matches will feature fighters from Enid and the surrounding area, including Enid native and professional fighter Dylan Smith in the main event. Tickets for any of the events can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID, at EnidEventCenter.com or at administration offices of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, located on the second floor of Convention Hall.

     

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    SO)—Hopefully you got your tickets while they were available. The highly-anticipated one-year anniversary concert June 21st at the Enid Event Center, featuring Reba McEntire, is sold out. Global Spectrum officials said tickets went on sale on Friday and were sold out late Monday. This follows the venue’s first sold-out concert in March with Darius Rucker. Fans wishing to stay informed of potential releases of tour holds should sign up for the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Cyber Club Newsletter at www.EnidEventCenter.com. If tickets become available they can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID or visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com

     

    Reba will top the first year of operation at the Enid complex and a steady pace of events during this Spring / Summer including: 

     

    The Easter Event – April 20

    Nobodies of Comedy – April 26

    Extreme Rodeo Challenge - May 2-3

    KANSAS: 40th Anniversary Tour – May 10

    BattleGrounds MMA 4 – May 17

    Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries – June 13

    Reba – June 21

    Enid Roller Girls Home BoutsApril 12, August 2, October 25

     

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    GP)--T&A Productions and the Growing Hope Network will be hosting this year's 2nd Chance Dance - Enid's Grown Up Prom on Saturday, May 17 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm in the Nick Benson Memorial Ballroom of Convention Hall. This year's theme is Masquerade for a Cause and proceeds from the event will go to Growing Hope Network for their arts scholarships for underprivileged children as well as to their community reintegration and family focused programs. Tickets are $30 for individuals or $50 for couples. There will be a silent auction, a Prom King and Queen crowning, a cash bar and hors d'oeurves. The band the Unusual Suspects will be providing the entertainment for the evening. Attire is cocktail or formal evening attire and masks are encouraged.  Masks will also be available for purchase at the event. In conjunction with this year's prom there will be a "Promposal" contest.  The cost is $5 to enter and entrants must submit a video of their most creative or funniest invitation to the prom.  Winners will receive a one night stay at an Enid bed & breakfast. For tickets or more in formation go to www.grownupprom.com.

     

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    SD)--Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries will be June 13 at Enid Event Center. Tickets are on sale now at EnidEventCenter.com or by calling (855) TIX-ENID. Ticket prices range from $19-$65, with group discounts available. The performance will be noon Friday, June 13. For information about Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries, go to www.scoobydoolive.com.

     

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    GT)--Participants at this year’s United Way Golf Tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center have a chance to win great prizes, show off their skill, have fun and support programs that make a difference in our community. A new component to the tournament this year is the opportunity to contribute to the Ronna Richards Memorial Fund, with proceeds benefiting women’s health initiatives.  Participants can donate during the registration process and at a special event the day of the tournament. 

     

    The Annual United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma golf tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center is in its 27th year.  Bob and Sherry Adamson are serving as the 2014 co-chairs for the event, with dinner being provided by Raymie’s. The tournament raises approximately $14,000 each year for United Way’s 16 member agencies. 

     

    The tournament will take place June 13 at Meadowlake Golf Course.  Entry for a team of 4 is only $380--which includes a company sign on the golf course and the company’s name listed in the brochure. Individuals may play for $75 each.  Space is limited to the first 100 players.  Anyone wanting to participate should contact United Way at 237-0821.

     

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