CF)--Be sure to join us coming up at 6:00 o’clock tonight for a Municipal Candidates Forum. You will hear from Mayoral candidates Bill Shewey and Dr. David Vanhooser along with Ward 5 City Commission candidates Tammy Wilson and Diane Levesque. It will begin at 6:00 live from Council Chambers of the City Administration Building on West Garriott and will be aired on KGWA, Enid Television Network channel 12 and podcasting on EnidBuzz.com.
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BD)--Charges have been filed against an Enid woman who was arrested after allegedly striking a parking compliance technician with her vehicle January 14th in the Walmart parking lot. According to the Enid News and Eagle, 45 year-old Tanya Denise Glasco has been charged with felony assault and battery upon a police officer, as well as misdemeanor count of parking a motor vehicle in a space for a physically disabled person. Glasco is accused of hitting Alfredo Pinero as he was checking for illegally parked vehicles. Pinero told police found a red minivan being driven by Glasco parked in a handicapped parking space without a placard. As Pinero was writing a citation, Glasco allegedly backed from the space striking Pinero in the leg then left the parking lot. Police stopped the vehicle in the 1100 block of South Oakwood and took Glasco into custody. Glasco is scheduled for arraignment on the charges Thursday morning.
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DD)--Enid Police arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the influence after he rolled his vehicle in a crash Tuesday. 22 year old Tyler James Chenot was booked into the Garfield County Detention Center after receiving treatment at St. Mary Regional Medical Center. According to police, Chenot had minor injuries because of the crash, which occurred Tuesday night about 7:40 at Willow and Grand. He reportedly was traveling eastbound on Willow when he hit an OG&E guy wire and rolled his vehicle. Chenot was the only person involved in the crash.
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EQ)--There have been several earthquakes in the area since late last night. U.S. geological Survey officials said there was a 3.0 magnitude quake at 9:48 this morning just north of Hunter along the Garfield County-Grant County line. At 7:22 this morning there was a 3.0 quake centered 3 miles north of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. And, at 11:40 last night there was a 3.2 magnitude 8 miles south of Perry in Noble County.
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SC)--32 year old Charles Lee Chambray of Ponca City has been charged in Garfield County District Court with felony counts of eluding, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm after felony conviction. Chambray was one of two suspects Enid Police were perusing in last week's high profile case. Chambray and 27 year-old Nytino Grimes were the subjects of a morning-long manhunt Jan. 21. Authorities said they both have outstanding felony warrants as well as being “persons of interest” in a series of recent armed robberies. Grimes is still being sought by police.
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BC)--In a related item, an Enid woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a harboring a fugitive warrant after turning herself into police. According to the Enid News and Eagle, 24 year-old Jessica Faye McMullen was charged Tuesday with the felony accusing her of helping a wanted fugitive, Charles Lee Chambray, evade capture from police during a manhunt Jan. 21. Enid Police Department Capt. Jack Morris said McMullen works at a convenience store in the 2300 block of West Garriott near the area of the manhunt and is in a relationship with Chambray. She is accused of lying to police when they questioned her at the store. At the time Chambray was allegedly hiding in the back room but McMullen told the Police she had not seen him. McMullen is being held in lieu of $7,500 bond and is the second woman to be charged with harboring a fugitive for aiding Chambray. Enid Police arrested 42 year-old Jennifer Delaney last week on a complaint of harboring a fugitive. Delaney gave Chambray a ride to residence in the 2300 block of East Elm, the location where Chambray was arrested by Enid Police Department officers and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
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WC)--The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a man with outstanding warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, public intoxication. 35 year-old Alejandro Garcia has outstanding warrants in three Garfield County District Court cases. 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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GF)--Firefighters battled multiple grass fires in Lincoln County this afternoon. Authorities say a fire broke out shortly after noon near the Turner Turnpike, east of Wellston in the western part of the county. Firefighters say the blaze started on the westbound shoulder of the roadway and is spreading into the tree line. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Crews also battled a grass fire off the Turner Turnpike near Chandler. Be aware most of Oklahoma, including the Enid area is under a Red Flag Warning. Forecasters say temperatures in the 70s, south-southwest winds of up to 25 mph and humidity as low as 20 percent have combined to create a high danger of wildfires. Fire danger will remain high Thursday, and then drop to moderate chances as precipitation is expected this weekend.
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EP)--The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug. The court's order today came as little surprise after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary halt. The justices agreed on Friday to take up the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. The case will be argued in April and decided by late June. Left open by the court's order is whether Oklahoma can carry out an execution that does not involve midazolam.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 should be the Legislature's top priority, and she wants lawmakers to closely examine tax credits and other policies that drain available revenue. Fallin made the comments today during a speech to reporters and editors at The Associated Press' annual legislative forum. Fallin also gave some hints on policies she would endorse for the session that begins on Monday, including a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma. The governor declined to comment on several anti-gay bills that have been introduced this year, and wouldn't say whether she thought businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay people. Fallin also endorsed a proposal to have a budget-only legislative session every other year.
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RC)-- A portion of West Chestnut will close Friday for about two weeks to allow for sewer replacement. Chestnut Street from North Cleveland to Nottingham will be closed to all through traffic. Motorists are asked to plan alternate routes during the closure and to exercise caution when driving near all work zones.
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2015 PERSONAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICE
The County Assessor of Garfield County, or his deputies, will be at the places and dates herein set out, for the purpose of listing and assessing personal property. All property in this state whether real or personal, except that which is exempt by law shall be subject to Ad Valorem taxation.
Carrier Jan 28 9:30 am-12:00 noon Carrier Mill/Elevator 855-2200
Douglas Jan 28 9:30 am-12:00 noon Farmers Coop 862-7222
Hillsdale Jan 28 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Hillsdale Christian School 635-2211
Fairmont Jan 28 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Fairmont Coop 358-2529
Garber Jan 29 9:30 am-12:00 noon City Hall 863-2254
Enid Jan 2-Mar 15 8:00 am-4:30 pm Assessor’s Office 237-0220
Covington Jan 29 1:00 PM-3:30 PM City Hall 864-7428
Kremlin Jan 29 9:30 am-12:00 noon Kremlin High School Library 874-2281
Hunter Jan 29 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Senior Citizens Building
Drummond Jan 30 9:30 am-12:00 noon Drummond Coop 493-2212
Waukomis Jan 30 9:30 am-12:00 noon City Hall 758-1146
Lahoma Jan 30 1:00 pm-3:30 pm City Hall 796-2600
FAILURE TO ASSESS PERSONAL PROPERTY
If assessed by either the taxpayer or the assessor after March 15, it is subject to a statutory penalty which is MANDATORY that the assessor apply as follows: If listed after March 15 to April 15, a valuation penalty of 10% is added. If listed after April 15, a valuation penalty of 20% is added. This penalty is added as a part of the assessment.
SS)--Enid Public Schools is inviting all Enid residents to provide input that will shape the future of the district. An online survey will be available for feedback through February 4 at www.enidpublicschools.org/survey. EPS recently embarked on a comprehensive strategic planning process designed to build awareness of 21st century demands and create shared beliefs, vision, and core values for the school district. The process – Designing the Future Together – will help ensure the district continues to meet the needs of all students, preparing them for college, career training, the workforce and beyond. EPS has partnered with Engage Learning to facilitate the planning process. Topics of discussion have included instruction, staffing, extracurricular activities, school finance, community relations, character education, facilities and more.
Input has been and will continue to be sought from parents, students, teachers, administrators, business owners and community members. The survey was developed using feedback gathered during two community meetings and multiple focus groups. Approximately 400 people have provided direct guidance for the process so far. Information from all meetings and the survey will be used to provide direction to a Strategic Design Team, which will be made of 40 community members. A final plan will be presented to the Board of Education in April or May. Updates are available at enidpublicschools.org/designingourfuture.
AL)--The Enid City Commission has organized a law enforcement appreciation day to be held February 4. There will be a luncheon noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Convention Hall. Tickets are $10 per person for lunch, and officers in uniform or with their badge or ID will get in free. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event. Keynote speakers will be Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson and Garfield County District Attorney Mike Fields. Several agencies will be represented, including Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff's Department, Enid Police Department, North Enid Police Department and Vance Air Force Base security forces. Organizers are looking for positive stories about experiences with local law enforcement agencies. Those stories can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and some of them may be shared at the event.
FT)--All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2015 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held on January 31st at 10:30 A.M. at the Saint Francis Catholic Church Gym located at 110 North Madison, Enid OK. The gym will open at 10:00 A.M. for practice. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: Paul Reherman at (580) 554-1415.
AB)--Enid Municipal elections are scheduled for February 10th. Absentee voters need to request an absentee ballot by Feb. 4th from the Garfield County Election Board. Anyone can request an absentee ballot for any reason. Forms are available at the Election board office, 903 Failing. They can also be downloaded at Elections.ok.gov. Ballots received after 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 10 will not be counted. Voters can cast their absentee ballots in person at the board office on the Thursday and Friday before the election.
FR)--Two showings of the original Rodgers and Hammerstein’s film musical “Oklahoma!” will be presented Feb. 22 in Enid Convention Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Tickets, priced at $3 each (children under 2 are free), benefit the Enid Public School Foundation. The movie show times are at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Fans will also be able to enjoy movie-themed concessions as well as get to see “The Surrey” on display. Tickets will be available at all Enid Public Schools sites from Jan. 19-30, EPS Central Office from Feb. 2-13, Enid Welcome Center from Jan. 19- Feb. 20, calling 855.TIX.ENID, or visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.
PA)--Security National Bank of Enid again will reward five area students for their good grades with the SNB Pays for A’s program. The SNB Pays for A’s is in its 12th year. SNB sponsors the program twice a year, once for spring semester grades and once for fall semester grades. The program is open to students in grades 3 through 12. Public and private school students are encouraged to participate. Students have until 5:00 p.m. Feb. 6 to take their report cards to any of Security National Bank’s three locations. The bank will make a copy of the report card and place it in a hopper. Four cards will be drawn from the hopper. Those four students will receive $10 for each A and $5 for each B on their fall 2014 semester grades. Individual grades from each nine-week section will not be considered. All students entering their grades will receive a coupon for an ice cream cone from McDonald’s of Enid. In addition to the four students who will be paid for their A’s, one card will be drawn from the hopper for a $150 savings account with the bank. Security National Bank is located at 201 W. Broadway, 201 W. Maine and 210 N. Oakwood. Bank lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the West Maine location.
VS)--The Vance Officers’ Spouses’ Club is offering college scholarships. They are open to Enid-area seniors or current college students who are dependents of active-duty, National Guard or Reserve military personnel assigned to Vance, local area retired or deceased military personnel, or Department of Defense employees of Vance. Scholarship applications are available at the base education office, the Family Readiness Office, and the base commissary. Counselors at local high schools will also have the applications.
XW)--Enid-based Xpress Wellness announced plans to build an urgent care medical center in Sapulpa. The new urgent care medical center will begin seeing patients in May 2015. Sapulpa is the seventh location for Xpress Wellness.
Xpress Wellness is an urgent care and occupational medicine provider that treats non-life threatening illnesses and injuries on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed. Xpress Wellness is open 7 days a week with extended evening hours and weekend services. Services include an online check-in option that allows patients to wait at home or where they are most comfortable. The online check-in feature is accessible through the company’s website www.XpressWellnessUrgentCare.
Xpress Wellness is a privately-held company based in Enid. The company is led by Dr. Scott Williams, Chief Medical Officer, and Brian Hayden, President. Xpress Wellness has six other locations in Oklahoma: Enid, Elk City, Weatherford, Shawnee, Muskogee and Woodward.
LD)--Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” will be at Enid Event Center on March 10. Tickets for the 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances are on sale now. Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience. The audience is invited to dance with Sesame Street friends on the floor. Sesame Street Live features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. Tickets are $18. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle seats and $50 Sunny Seats also are available. Sunny Seats packages feature premium show seating and a pre-show meet-and-greet. A facility fee of $2 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply. For information, call (580) 616-7380. To charge tickets by phone, call (855) TIX-ENID. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.enideventcenter.com. For information about Sesame Street Live, go online to www.sesamestreetlive.com.
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.