JI)—US Senator Jim Inhofe was in Enid today. While in town, Inhofe met with about 20 local leaders and supporters for lunch. The Senator took the opportunity to update those on hand about a number of issues including the Presidential race, efforts aimed at reining in the Environmental Protection Agency and more. Inhofe told KGWA News the National Defense Authorization Act, which was overwhelming passed by the Senate, is now in conference committee being rectified with the House Bill. When that is completed, Inhofe said despite a veto threat from President Obama, he is confident the bill will be signed.
Inhofe :50 “…did it.”
Although he supported Marco Rubio during the Republican Presidential Primary, Inhofe says he now fully supports Donald Trump and believes he would make a good President.
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IA)-- An Enid couple was injured late Tuesday night in a two-vehicle accident in Harper County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 48 year-old Alfonso Zubia and 52 year-old Maria Zubia were taken to Woodward Regional Hospital after the accident, then transported by EagleMed to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Both were admitted in critical condition with trunk and leg injuries. According to the report, the crash happened at 11:44 last night at the intersection of U.S. 270 and a county road. Authorities said Alfonso Zubia was driving a 2004 Saturn Vue east on U.S. 270 when 34 year-old Joshua Welch of Laverne, turned in front of him. Welch was driving a 2015 Ford F-350 pickup west on U.S. 270 when he attempted to turn left in front of the Zubias' vehicle. The report lists Welch's condition as "drinking-ability impaired" and the cause of the accident as "alcohol-DUI." The Zubias were wearing seat belts, but Welch was not.
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IE)—A Woodward man was charged Tuesday in Garfield County District Court with a felony count of indecent exposure. 58 year-old Charles Melvin Smith faces 30 days up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $500 to $20,000, if convicted of the crime. The charge accuses Smith of exposing himself in a public place where others were present. According to an affidavit filed in the case, Smith is accused of walking naked in the area of the 1100 block of West Maple and in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn early on the morning of August 27th.
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YP)--Congratulations to Enid Young Professionals latest class of “10 under 40”. The winners were announced Tuesday, recognizing people under the age of 40 who stand out in their career and work in the community. Winners were:
• Dustin Conner, of Gungoll, Jackson, Box and Devoll PC.
• Megan Darrow, of Dental Arts Group.
• Whitney Hall, of Oxbow Calcining.
• Tiffany Harvey, of Messer-Bowers Insurance.
• Jon Mills, of Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
• Elizabeth Nicholas, of Autry Technology Center.
• Katie Patton, of BKD.
• Kristy Skidmore, of Central National Bank.
• Kristen Vencl, of Central National Bank.
• Debbie Wilczek, of Enid YWCA.
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EQ)—The earth continues to shake in northcentral Oklahoma. US Geological Survey reports four earthquakes in the area since Tuesday afternoon. The most recent, at 2:07 this morning there was a 2.8 quake about six miles east of Medford in Grant County. And at 2:56 this morning there was a 2.5 quake four miles southeast of Covington in Garfield County. At 1:56 yesterday afternoon there was a 3.0 magnitude earthquake five miles southeast of Pond Creek in Grant County, and at 10:24 last night there was a 3.1 magnitude quake near Quail Meadows north in Garfield County about three miles southwest of Kremlin. There have been no reports of damage.
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AI)--If you always wished you had a picture of a happening at Vance Air Force Base, there might just be one in existence. According the Vance Facebook page, the public affairs office has loaded more than 250 images from 2015 into their searchable online, full-resolution #VanceAllAccess image library. Log onto their Facebook page to the link to flickr, and look for the magnifying class in the top-right corner of the photostream. After clicking that, there are already more than 100 search terms you can use to find the images you want at the sizes you want. In the coming weeks, they will publish some guidelines on effective search parameters for this library. Eventually, these unclassified files will not only include today's Team Vance action, but we will eventually go backward, going all the way back to scanned images from Vance Army Airfield.
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TT)--AAA Oklahoma is offering Oklahomans a safe alternative to driving under the influence this holiday weekend. For many, Labor Day weekend will include gatherings where alcohol will be served as Oklahomans celebrate summer’s last hurrah, said AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai. To help partiers get home safely, AAA Oklahoma is offering its free Tipsy Tow service to the public over the weekend. AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and end at 4 a.m. Tuesday. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357) and request a Tipsy Tow. The free service is open to AAA members and nonmembers alike in Enid, metropolitan Oklahoma City and metropolitan Tulsa, as well as in Lawton, Bartlesville, Tahlequah, Shawnee, Ardmore and Muskogee. Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride home for the driver, one passenger and the vehicle at no charge up to 15 miles from point of pick up.
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TN)--Famed guitarist Ted Nugent’s “Sonic Baptizm” tour will visit Enid’s Central National Bank Center Friday, Sept. 2. “Nugent is a true American rock artist and is going to bring a great unique sound to the Central National Bank Center,” Spectra’s Kevin Boryczki, general manager of the Central National Bank Center said in announcing the show this morning on KGWA. The "Motor City Madman," Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock ’n’ roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Tickets range from $30 to $60 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.CNBCenter.com or in the Central National Bank Center offices.
Nugent is dedicated to preserving America's great outdoor heritage for future generations, and along with wife, Shemane, regularly hosts hunts for sick and terminally ill children with Hunt of a Lifetime, Hunt for a Cure and via his own Kamp for Kids.
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.
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.
EB)--Autry Technology Center in Enid is working with Riata Center for Entrepreneurship to host the 2016 Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp in September. The fifth annual bootcamp will serve start-up businesses and existing businesses that are in growth mode or need to make changes. Award-winning faculty members from Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business and Riata Center, as well as local successful entrepreneurs and experts, will offer lectures and discussions. Curriculum will cover business models, operations, accounting strategies, spotting red flags, hiring employees, vendor sourcing, marketing, pricing and sales. Enrollment is $120, and scholarships are available for military and students with valid identification. Classes will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 6-29, at Autry. Cara Cason, self-employment coordinator at Autry, said many bootcamp participants go on to start companies in the area. For more information, contact Carson at email@example.com or (580) 242-2750.