HH)--Hanor Companies announced plans to relocate their headquarters from Wisconsin to Enid. While the transition is expected to happen over the next 3-4 years, construction has already begun on their new location at 4103 E. Owen K. Garriott. Hanor is the parent company to Roberts Ranch which currently employs about 35 people in the Enid area. The addition of the Hanor Headquarters office could create an additional 35 jobs in Enid. “We are pleased to be able to expand our presence in Enid,” says Mryl Mortenson, managing partner of Hanor. “As we look at the future of our industry, and the significant presence we already have here, it makes sense to move our Headquarters to Oklahoma.” “
"The relocation of the Hanor Headquarters to Enid will give our community another strong corporate partner to support our growing economy,” said Brent Kisling, Executive Director of the Enid Regional Development Alliance. “Anytime we can announce the addition of new jobs and capital investment in Enid, particularly with a well-respected company such as Hanor, it’s a win for our community.” Hanor has purchased a total of 55 acres along East Garriott where they plan to locate their new Headquarter campus. A portion of their property will be developed as a business park to allow for the location of other business. The HANOR Family of Companies is one of the nation’s premier pork producers. With operations in 7 states and over 600 employees, HANOR has grown to be a world-class leader in pork production.
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LV)--Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senator James Lankford was in Enid Wednesday. Despite a cold and raspy voice Lankford spent some time with local media yesterday afternoon. When asked about the ISIS threat of violence in the U.S. during this weekend’s July 4th festivities, Lankford said there are no credible threats to American citizens. Despite a number of challenges, Lankford said there also is good news.
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Lankford is a member of the Appropriations, Homeland Securities and Governmental Affairs, Intelligence, and Indian Affairs committees. If you have questions for Senator Lankford, you can go to his website, lankford.senate.gov.
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BC)--Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrested an Alfalfa County Commissioner and his wife Wednesday night at the couple’s Cherokee home. 47 year-old Doug Murrow was arrested on complaints of giving a firearm to a convicted felon and possession of a controlled dangerous drug within 1,000 feet of a school. According to NewsOK.com 37 year-old Brandelynn Murrow was arrested on complaints of possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and possession of a controlled dangerous drug within 1,000 feet of a school. Both were booked into the Alfalfa County jail. A judge released Doug Murrow on his own recognizance and set his wife's bail at $5,000. In mid-June, the Alfalfa County district attorney asked the OSBI to investigate potential criminal activity by the county commissioner. On Wednesday, OSBI agents, district attorney’s investigators, Alfalfa County sheriff’s deputies and agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control executed a search warrant at the Murrow’s home.
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CP)--City officials announced late Wednesday afternoon the entrance to Crosslin Park is now open to traffic. The access area to Crosslin Park had been closed for the past four weeks due to a concrete drainage pipe collapse and reduction in pavement. According to Interim Public Works Director Billy McBride, “the excessive rains during the month of May could have contributed to the 18 inch concrete drainage pipe collapse. The drainage pipe was located underneath the street at the park’s entrance.” McBride also added, “city crews worked tirelessly to get the intersection fixed and open just in time for the 4th of July holiday.”
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TC)--Former U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn will present a three-pronged approach to what he thinks is America’s best way to rein in the power of the federal government and change the current trajectory of the country we he speaks Tuesday evening at Oakwood Country Club. The event is hosted by Paul and Joan Allen. There will be a dinner, speech and a question-and-answer session following the presentation. It's free, but you need to RSVP by noon tomorrow. Call (405)602-1667 to register.
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BO)--Applications are being accepted for vacancies on two City of Enid boards and commissions. Vacancies exist on the Tree Board and Police Civil Service Commission. According to City Clerk Linda Parks, applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. local time on July 15. It is intended that these appointments will be made by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at their meeting of July 21. The City Commission may, at its discretion, conduct interviews with applicants prior to such appointments. Information and applications may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, Oklahoma, 73701 or by calling 580-616-7271. Application forms can also be downloaded from the City’s web-site, enid.org.
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TT)--AAA Oklahoma is offering its free Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Sunday in Enid. If you feel unsafe to be behind the wheel after drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” AAA will tow your car and give you a ride home within a 15-mile radius from point of pick up, no questions asked.
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FS)—Some fun things are planned in downtown Enid for the 4th of July weekend. Friday is First Friday for July. From 6:00 - 9:00 pm be in downtown for live music around the square, shops open late, Arts Market, slip n' slide water bounce house, cabaret, community yoga and more. Also, have food and beverages from downtown restaurants and local food trucks. Leonardo's 13th Annual Hometown Celebration sponsored by Global Spectrum is Saturday. Games will be held from 10 am - noon. Door Prizes, Face Painting, Fun & Games, BYOT (Bring your own turtle) for Turtle Races, Lunch provided. The cost to get into this event is $3.50 for Leonardo's members and $7 for non-members. Price includes all-day admission to Leonardo's and Adventure Quest.
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PC)--The annual 4th of July celebration is Saturday at Meadowlake Park. It starts with the annual Liberty Federal Fishing Derby from 5:30a.m. to noon. Cash prizes will be given for each tagged catfish caught. The Kiwanitrain, Ferris wheel and carousel will be open Saturday. If you want a preview of the music that will be performed during the Saturday night’s concert and fireworks display, the Enid Symphony Orchestra will host a free open rehearsal of “The Pursuit of Happiness” in Enid Symphony Hall at 4:00p.m. Saturday. The hall is located on the fourth floor of 301 West Broadway in downtown Enid. The ESO’s one hour concert will begin at 8:30 pm in the park and conclude with a fireworks display by Western Enterprises which is sponsored by the City of Enid. The concert will feature a variety of patriotic and popular music. A significant portion of this year’s fireworks display will be choreographed to the music of Elvis. The evening of entertainment is free to the public at Meadowlake Park on South Van Buren in Enid.
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FW)—The City of Enid has a city wide ban on the possession, sale and use of fireworks within city limits. Class C fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and exploding devices are prohibited in city limits, but novelty fireworks, such as party poppers and smoke bombs, are permitted. If you get caught you could be fined up to $500 plus court costs. You can transport them if they stay unopened. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office reminds you it's is illegal to discharge fireworks on the roadway (fence line to fence line), or within 500 feet of crops, churches, and hospitals. If you want to do your own fireworks, it needs to be on private property outside Enid city limits. If it's not your property, you must have permission from the property owner. And, if you're thinking about setting off fireworks on the roadside, remember depositing any lighted substance or thing on a county road can carry up to a $2,000 fine.
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DD)--Security National Bank of Enid, Park Avenue Thrift, Eagle Marketing and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center are once again joining forces to help raise funds for animals and animal related causes. The 6th Annual Enid Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash will be held July 18th and will be raising funds for Bennie’s Barn. Enid Paws 4 the Cause is a National Dachshund Foundation sanctioned event. Three age groups of dachshund athletes will compete for the title of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion which will qualify them for the national race in Finlay, Ohio. All racers must be full blood dachshund. This year there will be additional races for “mixed breed dachshunds”. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of those races will also qualify for the national race in Finlay, Ohio.
Funds raised previously have helped; purchase two Enid Police Department K9 Partners, furnish trees and shrubs for Enid’s dog park, furnish watering stations for pets on the City of Enid’s Master Trail, provide outside adoption areas at the Enid Animal Shelter and help create shade for outdoor play at the Enid SPCA. Owners may register their dachshund athletes at the Groom Closet 2005 West Chestnut Avenue. Registered dachshunds will be randomly drawn to be chosen to participate in the dash. Limited racing spots are available. There is a $20 registration fee for those racer’s registered by the July 01, 2015 deadline. Late registration fee for entries received after July 01, 2015 is $45. Additional information about the dash and registration can be found at www.enidpaws4thecause.com.
LGE)--Leadership Greater Enid Class XXV applications are being accepted until July 20. Through the leadership program, Enid area residents who have demonstrated an interest in local issues are selected, challenged and educated through a series of issue-oriented forums and experiences. The class will be limited to 25 members. Class applications are available at Enid Chamber of Commerce, 210 Kenwood, and online at www.enidchamber.com. For information about membership applications, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ES--Starting Aug. 4 and continuing every Tuesday night in August, the Enid Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Wine Series will allow audiences to enjoy wine, provided by Park Avenue Thrift, before enjoying performances featuring several artists in Enid Symphony Hall. According to the orchestra’s artistic director, Douglas Newell, performances are at 7 p.m. and tickets will be $10 at the door. The first performance on Aug. 4 will preview the orchestra’s full stage production of the opera “Carmen,” coming in April 2016.
CC)--Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns, with special guest Lauren Daigle, are set to play in Enid Event Center Friday, Oct. 23, according to Spectra, formally Global Spectrum. Tickets priced at $25, $35 and $55 will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, June 19. There is a group ticket option, for $30 — $35 ticket price level only, for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be ordered by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or at Enid Event Center Box Office.
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.
WA)--Wonder what the weather is doing in Garfield County? Well, now there's an app for that! Designed for Androids and Iphones, the “Garfield County EM” was launched in January and is a direct link to the Garfield County Emergency Management team. On the app you can get the local forecast, weather radar, weather alerts, and other emergency information that's specifically catered to Enid and Garfield County. The app is administered by Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County Emergency Management Director. It also has the option of push notifications to alert you in emergencies. Other options include Honigsberg's daily blog, a damage report page, a list of emergency contacts, the storm shelter registry, nixle registration, storm preparedness, and more. Best of all the app is free.