DA)--An Enid man charged in connection with a slew of drive-by shootings in November was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years, with five years to serve in prison and 10 suspended. Enid News and Eagle reports 30 year old Anthony M. Jackson received credit for time served since his arrest and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, court and jail costs, $100 to the victim’s compensation fund, a $150 DNA fee and more than $20,000 in restitution. Jackson pleaded guilty May 12 to 10 counts of drive-by shooting and one count of cruelty to animals. His pleas were entered as blind pleas, meaning he did not have an agreement with prosecutors. Jackson was arrested Nov. 18, 2015, after shooting dozens of vehicle windows and a dog.
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NEWKIRK, Okla. (AP) —Heavy rains across Kay County have led to flooding and the temporary closing of a highway in northern Oklahoma because of flooding. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol shut down parts of U.S. 77 in Kay County early this morning because of "high, fast moving water." It has since been reopened. The National Weather Service says more than 6 inches of rain fell overnight in Kay County leading to a flash flood warning through mid-morning. Officials said flood waters in Ponca City, Newkirk, Kildare and Chilocco.
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PG)—An Enid man was charged this week with a felony count of lewd molestation accusing him of inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl earlier this month in the bathroom of a local church. 59 year-old Radford Elliott faces no less than 25 years in prison if convicted. Police learned Elliott was mentally disabled and in the supervision of Evergreen Community Services. Evergreen officials said Elliott was on a stringent protective intervention protocol, meaning he was not allowed out of his caretaker's line of sight and requires 24-hour monitoring due to his aggressive sexual nature and his preference of minors. Elliott is currently free on $20,000 bond and has been ordered to return to court Aug. 8 for a bond appearance.
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VA)--A representative of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs claims and benefits division is in Enid two days a week to help active-duty or retired military members and their families obtain military benefits. Veterans Service Representative Linda Turner from the ODVA will be in Enid from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the Workforce Center, 900 W. Cherokee. She is in Guthrie Mondays at the American Legion and in Alva Tuesdays at the Woods County Courthouse. She will be available to assist veterans, surviving spouses and dependents with their claims. For more information, call (918) 397-2568 or visit their website at http://odva.ok.gov/.
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DN)--Wheatheart Nutrition Project in Enid needs drivers to transport meals to Senior citizens who are homebound. They are a non-profit agency who could use your help. If you would like to help make a difference in the lives of Senior Citizens, call (580) 366-9178 for more information.
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EV)--Early voting for the June 28th Statewide Primary Election is underway. Early voting will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Only Republicans will vote in Garfield County this election. Races on the ballot are: 3rd Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas and Desiree Brown; state Senate District 19, Roland Pederson, Greg Ingle and Ross Vanhooser; Garfield County sheriff, incumbent Jerry Niles and Cory Rink; and Garfield County court clerk, Janelle Sharp and Sharon Veach. No Democrats or independents filed for sheriff and court clerk, so the Republican winners will assume the offices. To look up your polling location, verify registration or view a sample ballot, visit www.elections.ok.gov. Polling locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 28. Those voting in-person at polling locations or during early voting must show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. Proof of identity may be proved with a valid photo ID issued by a tribal, state of federal government, a voter identification card or a signed affidavit and provisional ballot.
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SC)--Be ready for a major street closing beginning Monday, June 27th. Cleveland will be closed from 7:00am to 6:00pm from Willow to Chestnut so OG&E can relocate both transmission and distribution lines allowing for future street construction. The work is expected to take one week. Cleveland will be open for local traffic only from Rolling Oaks Drive north to Willow Road. Esplanade Apartments will have access from the south during the first phase of the work, and from the north during the second and third phases of the work. Upon placement of new poles north of Chestnut, Cleveland will re-open to traffic north of Chestnut. In addition, Cleveland south of Chestnut to Randolph will be closed for one day to complete the placement of power transmission poles.
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CT)--As temperatures climb, the amount of energy Oklahomans use also increases as air conditioner units work overtime to keep homes cool and comfortable. To help customers manage summer energy use and lower their energy costs, OG&E offers the following energy-saving tips:
1. Have your heating and or cooling system tuned and inspected by a service professional. Losses from a poorly maintained system accumulate over time – Sometimes at a rate of 1-2 percent each year. OG&E’s Home Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) provides no-cost air conditioner tune-ups, a $175 value, as well other home energy efficiency improvement rebates.
2. Clean or change air conditioner filters monthly. The flow of air is the key to cooling, so don't make your system work harder than it has to. Also, make sure that air vents are clear of furniture or other objects that might slow down the flow of air.
3. Use a programmable thermostat to manage your home’s temperature. Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature when you’re home and raise it a few degrees when you’re not home. Each degree a thermostat is raised can save up to three to four percent on the cost of operating an air conditioner. Customers on OG&E’s SmartHours® program receive a free programmable thermostat and incentives for shifting their energy outside of the company’s peak hours—nearly half-price electricity during non-peak times.
4. Avoid activities that add heat or humidity to your home, particularly during the hottest parts of the day, or limit them to times when nobody is home. For example, turn on your dishwasher as you leave the house or let dishes air dry rather than use the dishwasher's heater. Cook meals and dry clothes during the cooler times of the day.
5. Use fans to keep air moving. A ceiling fan uses about as much electricity as a light bulb -- far less than an air conditioner. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms. If your fan is running in an unoccupied room, you’re wasting energy instead of saving it.
6. Use an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen while cooking. The savings in your cooling costs far outweigh the electricity use of the fan.
7. Plant shade trees to block the heat from the sun. As the trees grow, they can dramatically cut your cooling bills.
8. Close drapes and shades on windows during the day to keep heat from the sun out of your house. (Particularly on windows with an eastern or western exposure). In the evening, opening drapes and shades lets heat escape through the windows.
To help customers better manage their monthly energy budget, OG&E also offers billing programs, such as Average Monthly Billing, which computes a customer’s bill on a rolling 12-month average so that bills are about the same every month, and Guaranteed Flat Bill, in which customers pay the same monthly amount for electricity regardless of their energy use.
FP)— Enid Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to children younger than 18 during most of June. The district will provide meals free of charge on weekdays, ending June 24. Children can get breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School, 400 N. 7th St., and Monroe Elementary School, 400 N. Cottonwood. For information, contact Amber Graham Fitzgerald, communications director, at 580-366-7000.
In a related item…Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will offer its Summer Feeding Program in dozens of locations in central and western Oklahoma, including in Enid. While most children enjoy summer break, many children in Oklahoma go home to empty kitchens, food bank Executive Director Rodney Bivens said in a press release. “During the summer, electricity bills are high,” he said. “Parents, who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches, also have extra financial stress of providing meals for their children. Thankfully, children can visit a Summer Feeding site to ensure they will have enough to eat.” Enid children under the age of 18 can get summer meals on weekdays at Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 S. 5th, noon to 12:30 p.m. through July 22; and Zoe Kids’ Cafe of Enid, 729 E. Maine, noon to 1 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m. through July 29. All Summer Feeding program locations will be closed July 4. During the summer 2015, 93 sites served almost 6,500 children. For more information, go to summerfeeding.org or call (405) 972-1111.
BB)--July10th will be Youth and Family Services Back to School Bash. They will help take the burden off of Garfield County foster families by providing free haircuts, backpacks, school supplies, shoes, and a $25 gift card to help with school clothes. Right now, Youth and Family has everything they need except for the gift cards. They need an additional 100 cards. You can help by donating a $25 gift card for clothing from any local store. Gift cards or donations could be delivered to Youth and Family Services at 605 West Oxford in Enid.
CS)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is now accepting applications for the “Keep ‘em Flying” Teachers Institute. The purpose of this two-day workshop is to provide area teachers with more information on the history of Vance Air Force Base from its beginnings in WWII to present. The workshop will be held July 13-14 in conjunction with the Heritage Center’s exciting new exhibit “Keep ‘em Flying: 75th Anniversary of Vance Air Force Base.” The Teachers Institute will include living history presentations, primary and secondary resources, hands-on history kits and a tour of Vance AFB. The workshop sessions will be led by Heritage Center staff and guest speakers. The second day of the workshop will be spent on an in depth tour of Vance AFB. The registration fee for the “Keep ‘em Flying” Teachers Institute is $40 per teacher with registration limited to 15 teachers. Applications are available at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center or may be downloaded from the Heritage Center’s website, www.csrhc.org. The workshop registration deadline is June 24, 2016.
The exhibit, “Keep ‘em Flying: 75th Anniversary of Vance Air Force Base,” will open Memorial Day weekend and will remain on display in the Heritage Center’s J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery through Veteran’s Day weekend.
WA)--Weird Al Yankovic will perform at the Enid Event Center this summer. Weird Al’s Mandatory World Tour will perform in Enid July 17. Tickets are $35 and $50. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. Fans who are part of the Weird Al Yankovic Fan Club can sign up for the VIP experience.
TB)--The Thunderbirds, the Air Force's elite aerial demonstration team, is coming back to Enid next summer. The team's 2016 schedule includes a scheduled performance July 23 at Vance Air Force Base. The appearance will be part of Vance's 75th anniversary celebration. The Thunderbirds have not appeared at Vance since the fall of 2008. An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 people attended that year's air show and open house.
KR)--Kenny Rogers’ final world tour, “The Gamblers Last Deal,” will take place at the Enid Event Center Friday, July 15, with special guest Linda Davis. The Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades. Tickets are $49 and $75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall administration offices.