PO)—As of late this afternoon, OG&E officials say about 3,800 customers in the greater Enid area remain without power and that number is on the decline. John Little, OG&E community affairs manager for the Enid area, told the Enid news and Eagle, crews are working to have power restored in the next couple of days. “Our plan is to have everyone who can receive power online by Wednesday evening,” he said. Crews are working tirelessly to restore power, Little said, and OG&E is making use of mutual assistance contracts it has with companies in other states. Crews are concentrating on highly populated areas like the Oklahoma City metro area, he said, to get as many customers back online in the shortest amount of time. To report an outage or check the outage request, call (800) 522-6870 or report it online at www.oge.com.
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CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners during tonight’s regular meeting will consider declaring a disaster resolution related to the ice storm. City officials say passing the disaster resolution is the first step in receiving financial aid from the state for tree removal and debris cleanup. In other business, Commissioners are scheduled to consider a resolution finding that the recently approved incentive for an announced Academy Sports and Outdoors store will serve the public purposes of promoting economic development within the city, providing additional jobs, and increasing sales tax revenue. The Commission also will consider creation of a Downtown Sprinkler Tap and Riser Grant program, and consider some municipal code changes. Tonight’s regular meeting will begin at 6:30 in Council Chamber of the City Administration Building, 401 West Garriott.
Prior to the regular meeting, Commissioners will meet in study session at 5:00 in the Lower Level Conference Room. Items on the study session agenda include an ice storm update, and a Kaw Lake waterline project update. Both meetings are open to the public.
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EQ)--USGS officials report there have been nine earthquakes in northern Oklahoma and far southern Kansas since 5:00 Monday afternoon. The quakes have all registered between 2.5 and 2.9 magnitude in an area stretching from near Harper, Kansas in the north, to Watonga in Blaine County on the south. Three of the quakes occurred in Woods County, two in Alfalfa County, and one just NW of Medford in Grant County. No damage has been reported. These quakes follow a strong 4.7 magnitude quake that struck 6 miles north of Nash in Grant County just before 3:50 Monday morning.
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LF)—The City of Enid has waived landfill fees to Enid residents for bringing limbs and brush due to the recent ice storm. Residents can bring tree limb debris to the landfill until Friday, December 11th as part of the clean-up effort. No trash pass will be required to access the landfill during this time period. In addition, Enid residents can call 580-616-7300 until December 11th for tree limb debris pickup. City officials have asked residents to stack the tree limbs away from fire hydrants, mailboxes, and water meters to assist in the clean-up effort.
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CH)--Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are stepping into action to help homeowners remove trees and limbs damaged by the recent ice storm. The disaster recovery group will be helping Oklahomans statewide. If you need assistance with your trees, call any of the following three numbers:
Elderly people, people with disabilities, and single mothers will be given priority. According to city spokesperson Steve Kime, “Enid residents can call 580-616-7300 until December 11th for tree limb debris pickup. We are asking residents to stack the tree limbs near the curb away from fire hydrants, mailboxes, vehicles, telephone poles, and water meters to assist in the clean-up effort.”
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University is warning students of an armed robbery that was reported on campus. The university said today that a student reported the robbery at about 11:20 Monday night. According to a safety alert sent to students, the robbery occurred on the fourth floor of the Iba Hall dormitory. The university says police are searching for three men who apparently fled on foot or on bicycles. Anyone with information is asked to call Oklahoma State University police.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures have plunged in a fourth straight monthly survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states including Oklahoma, providing more evidence of a slowdown in the region's economy. A report issued today says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 40.7 last month from 41.9 in October, 47.7 in September and 49.6 in August. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he again cites the strong U.S. dollar among the reasons for the region's economic slide.
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
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FH)--Beginning Wednesday, the southeast corner of the Garriott/Oakwood and the northeast corner of Garriott/Garland intersections and surrounding areas will have water services interrupted for about an hour in the morning. According to City officials, this will allow Luckinbill Inc. to remove and replace fire hydrants and valves located at these locations.
In addition, on Thursday, 1225 South Cleveland and 4010 West Garriott and surrounding areas will have water services interrupted for about an hour in the morning. Fire hydrants and valves located at these locations are being removed and replaced.
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OH)--Security National Bank of Enid will hold its annual open house Wednesday. The open house will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be in the lobbies of the banks three Enid locations. The open house at the bank’s main location on West Broadway will feature entertainment by pianist Sandy Luginbill throughout the day and the McKinley Elementary School Honor Choir at 11:30 a.m. Cookbooks featuring the favorite recipes of bank employees will be available during the open house, as will a wall calendar, while supplies last. Guests will be able to enter a drawing for a large Christmas stocking filled with toys.
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CV)--Tickets for the annual Christmas in the Village event at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Humphrey Heritage Village are on sale. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Village. Tickets are $5 and include admission to the museum. CSRHC members get in free of charge. About 850 people attended last year. Visitors can enjoy Village festivities, including tours of the historic buildings, crafts and caroling. For information or to purchase tickets, call the museum at (580) 237-1907
BS)--The 17th annual Breakfast with Santa will be at 9:00 a.m. Dec. 5 at Enid High School. The event, hosted by the regional March of Dimes office, will raise money to help improve the health of babies though education and prevention of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. In addition to breakfast, those attending can visit craft and game booths to build gingerbread houses and decorate ornaments, as well as play on inflatables. Admission for breakfast is $3, and booth tickets are 25 cents each, or five for $1. Visitors also can purchase an all-inclusive bracelet for $15 with unlimited booth and inflatables visits. Photos with Santa are $5.
HC-- Hospice Circle of Love’s annual Tree of Life celebration will be 3:00 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Gantz Center on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus. The purpose is to help area residents remember loved ones who are no longer with them. You can obtain personalized silver or gold bell ornaments in memory of a family member or friend, for a $25 tax deductible donation. The ornaments will be hung on a trio of Christmas trees featured at the event. Hospice Circle of Love patients who have died in the last year will be included at no charge to families. Participants will take their ornaments home following the celebration. The ceremony will include reading of the names on the trees, Christmas music, a spiritual message and a cookie-and-punch reception. Money raised from the event will go toward patient care for those who don’t have a Medicare or hospice insurance benefit. Hospice Circle of Love never charges patients and families for their services. To order a Tree of Life ornament, stop by the Hospice Circle of Love office at 314 S. 3rd. For information, call 580 234-2273.
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.
SC)--Attorney General Scott Pruitt is urging Oklahomans to be wary of criminals streaming into communities targeting homes and businesses damaged by the recent winter weather. Scammers move quickly into communities and neighborhoods to offer services such as debris clean-up and removal, home repair, and tree trimming in the wake of storms such as last week’s ice storms. Attorney General Pruitt also said Oklahoma’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect for all 77 Oklahoma counties after Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency on Sunday due to the winter storm and flooding. Oklahoma’s price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services during a state of emergency and for 30 days thereafter, the Attorney General said. The act additionally is in effect for another 180 days for prices to repairs, remodeling and construction. Oklahomans who suspect fraud related to storm-damage cleanup or repairs, or who experience price gouging, should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029 or (918) 581-2885.