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    UW)--Dr. Bob and Betty Shuttee were awarded the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award during Thursday night’s annual United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma meeting. The Shuttees made a significant contribution to push funding over the top to create an early childhood education center in connection with the Little Kids, Big Impact! Initiative.  Pam Ballard, Executive Director for the United Way said the Shuttees announced a $40,000 community challenge grant to complete the initiative and help fund a three-year parent educator position with the Parents as Teacher program through CDSA.

     

    The United Way Worldwide recognized United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma for its significant growth in donors contributing at a level of $10,000. Award recipients were: Dr. Bob and Betty Shuttee; Bill and Linda Athey; Gary and Johnnie Atwood; Gene and Jo Brown; Stan and Gail Brownlee; Mary and Lacey Butler; Kelvin and Mary Classen; Bob Dense; Bert and Janice Mackie; Dick and Lavonn McKnight; Security National Bank; Lew and Myra Ward; and Wymer Brownlee. AdvancePierre Foods, Central National Bank and KC Electric were recognized for exceptional campaigns. Director’s Choice Awards for Outstanding Male and Female Leads for the 2013 campaign were awarded to Stan Brownlee and Dianne Juhnke.  
     

    The 2013 campaign total, with current pledges, is a record $1,001,536.60, Ballard said. Enid Fire Department served as campaign chairs for 2013. OG&E will be the 2014-15 campaign chair. “Plug into United Way; Transform Lives,” is the campaign theme. Alan Clepper was named as incoming United Way board president for 2014-15.

     

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    FL)--Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas says Russia’s recent aggression in the Ukraine and Crimea is frightening. Lucas was in town Thursday and spoke to the Enid Chapter of the Air Force Association. Lucas told the group Russian President Vladimir Putin intent on expanding Russian control over former Soviet territory.

     

                              Lucas   :49   “..Russian Empire.”

     

    The United States government has a treaty in place promising to assist countries, NATO allies in Eastern Europe, if they are attacked. Ukraine was considering joining NATO before the incident began. Lucas added President Barack Obama won’t have a choice to intervene if Russia advances toward NATO-allied countries. Lucas said the Ukraine crisis another reason additional base realignment and closures should be halted and commanders be given the resources to sustain a larger fighting force military, rather than a smaller, pre-World War II size of military.

     

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    SC)--Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated bands Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will headline a concert in Enid this summer. The concert will include pop-punk band Plain White T's. Tickets for the Aug. 5 concert, which are priced at $45.50 and $59.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 25. Fans can order tickets by calling 855-TIX-ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. Kansas performs at the event center with their 40th anniversary tour on May 10.

     

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    WATONGA, Okla. (AP) — A privately run prison in Watonga is laying off nearly 100 of its employees. The Diamondback Correctional Facility has been vacant since 2010, when the state of Arizona opted not to renew its contract with the prison. The prison is run by Corrections Corporation of America. Eight months ago, CCA hired about 100 employees in hopes of getting a new contract with the state of California. But CCA spokesman Steve Owens says the company didn't win the contract. Owens tells The Oklahoman that most of the affected employees will be offered positions at the company's other facilities. CCA also operates the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, the North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre and the Davis Correctional Center in Holdenville.

     

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    DA)--A 26-year-old Enid man who reportedly fought with police while being arrested earlier this week appeared in court Thursday on an additional charge.  According to the Enid News and Eagle, Marcus Wayne Cotton was arrested Monday afternoon on a misdemeanor warrant for charges of breaking and entering without permission and malicious injury to property.
    Cotton, who allegedly struck a police officer in the face and kneed him in the groin, also faces a felony charge of assault and battery upon a police officer.  Because of 2009 felony conviction, Cotton faces up to 10 years in prison on the assault charge. Bond on the felony case was set at $50,000 and bond on the misdemeanor case at $10,000.

     

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    DH)--As part of a plea agreement in Garfield County District court, 48 year old Kelley Vaverka of Hennessey pled guilty Thursday to a charge of larceny for stealing hundreds of pills from the Enid Walgreens at Garriott and Van Buren. Vaverka received a five-year deferred sentence, with two of those years supervised by the district attorney’s office and requiring substance abuse tests. She faced a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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    FS)--Family Saturday at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and will feature such activities as Army drills and gun displays. The event will be 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday and is free with admission to the museum.

    Civil War Family Saturday is being held in conjunction with a special exhibit on “
    Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The exhibit is on display at the Heritage Center through May 16. For more information on Family Saturdays, contact the Heritage Center at (580) 237-1907 or online at www.csrhc.org.                                                   

     

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    GD)--Students at Enid High School will present the musical “Guys and Dolls” at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the high school auditorium. The lively, fast-paced musical set in New York City the early 1950s is a love story between unlikely sweethearts when Sarah Brown, out to save lost souls, meets and falls for Sky Masterson, a slick gambler. Over 30 EHS students make up the cast and crew. “Guys and Dolls” is directed by Lida Outhier and Terri Galer. Musical direction is provided by Randy Johnson and choreography by Janet Jones. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

     

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    SW)--The spring severe storm season is underway and Oklahoma has already seen a tornado touch down. The Red Cross office in Enid will be hosting a severe thunderstorm and tornado preparedness event to help the community be Red Cross Ready as the spring season moves forward. Come to the Enid Public Library on April 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. to get important information on preparing for severe weather including tornadoes. Information will include how to build a preparedness kit, what to do if a tornado is approaching and how you respond following. The goal is to prepare communities to better respond and be more resilient following disasters. To get more information on preparing for disasters, visit www.redcross.org. Residents are also encouraged to download the free Red Cross Tornado App available on iPhone and Android. Information on the app can be found by clicking here.

     

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    FR)—The YWCA of Enid will hold a fundraiser next week where men will be asked to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in support of Sexual Assault Awareness month. Organizers are asking men of all ages to put on high heels and walk from the YWCA, 525 S. Quincy, to RSVP, 602 S. Van Buren, at noon Tuesday, April 22.

    “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this is one activity we have planned to raise awareness,” said YWCA Executive Director Kim Blankenship. “We are recruiting men to be man enough to put on a pair of heels and walk from the YW to RSVP.” Volunteers are needed for both the walk and to come out and watch the men strut their stuff down Garriott at lunchtime. Those wanting to participate can call the YWCA at 234-7581 to register and provide their shoe size. The event is free to participate.

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    SE)--Enrollment will be April 24-25 for Enid Public Schools’ 4-year-old program for the 2014-15 school year. EPS offers full-day and intergenerational classes. Enrollment for full-day intergenerational 4-year-old programs at The Commons and Greenbrier Village will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at those locations. Enrollment for the 4-year-old programs at all 11 elementary schools, as well as the expanded program at Carver Center that will launch in the fall, will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. Students should enroll at their home elementary schools. For information, call (580) 366-7000.

     

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    EB)--Keep Enid Beautiful is encouraging people of all ages to volunteer for the 2014 Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) in Oklahoma sponsored by Devon Energy and coordinated by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB).

     

    In the nation’s largest grassroots community improvement program, Keep Enid Beautiful volunteers will clean up litter and debris around Enid’s historic downtown square on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 am to Noon. Volunteers are asked to check in at the Courthouse gazebo, where they will be given free trash bags to use during the morning.

     

    “This is an opportunity for our community to gather together and take pride in Enid,” said Keep Enid Beautiful chairman Suzy Meibergen. “We are seeking volunteers to dedicate that Saturday morning to keeping Enid beautiful.” How can you get involved? Like the Keep Enid Beautiful page on Facebook to keep informed on upcoming events.

     

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    SF)--The Enid Public School Foundation will host their annual fundraiser, The ‘E’vent, on April 28 at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear great music from students throughout the district. Tickets are $5 and children under 5 are free. A box dinner will be served with admittance. Bring chairs or blankets & enjoy! Save the date!

     

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    SC)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum has opened enrollment for its summer camp sessions, which begins June 2 and consists of eight weeks of art and science hands-on learning for ages 4-12. The 2014 theme is Awesome Adventures. Science weeks include space, June 2-6, and archeology, July 7-11. Six weeks of art, June 9-27 and July 14-Aug. 1, will have campers exploring art, culture and food of the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. Camp will not be held the week of June 30 through July 4.

    Discounts are available for Leonardo’s members, early enrollment and families enrolling two or more students. The enrollment fee includes breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and all supplies. Scholarships also are available on a first-come, first-served basis with demonstrated need. A 20 percent early enrollment discount is offered for tuition paid in full during April and 10 percent discount is available for payments in May. Families enrolling campers for all eight weeks receive a 25 percent discount.

    Students ages 13-15 also are invited to apply to be apprentices, or junior volunteers, to assist with
    Camp Leonardo’s. Apprentice applications will be accepted through May 1. For information about Camp Leonardo’s or upcoming events, go to the Leonardo’s website at www.leonardos.org or call (580 233-2787. Leo’s Summer Camp is made possible in part by a grant from Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts and local sponsors Messer-Bowers Insurance, city of Enid and Park Avenue Thrift.

     

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    CS)--Comedians, rodeo and MMA are coming to Enid this spring. Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, said Nobodies of Comedy, Extreme Rodeo Challenge and Battlegrounds MMA will perform in April and May.

    Nobodies of Comedy, a touring talent showcase of young comedians, will be at Convention Hall Grand Ballroom at
    8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Tickets are$50, with a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available. The ticket includes a gourmet dinner and cash bar. VIP patrons will be right on the stage.

    The 2014 Extreme Rodeo Challenge, presented by Global Spectrum and Wild West Rodeo, comes to
    Enid Event Center May 2-3. The Challenge includes bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, free style bullfighting and bull riding. Tickets start at $10.

    Battle Ground MMA will be at Enid Event Center May 17. Tickets are $37, $47, $62 and $77. A limited number of $50 passes for a meet-and-greet with food and drinks are available. The meet and greet event will be during Convention Hall pre-fights and can be purchased at any price level. 14 pro and amateur matches will feature fighters from Enid and the surrounding area, including Enid native and professional fighter Dylan Smith in the main event. Tickets for any of the events can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID, at EnidEventCenter.com or at administration offices of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, located on the second floor of Convention Hall.

     

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    SO)—Hopefully you got your tickets while they were available. The highly-anticipated one-year anniversary concert June 21st at the Enid Event Center, featuring Reba McEntire, is sold out. Global Spectrum officials said tickets went on sale on Friday and were sold out late Monday. This follows the venue’s first sold-out concert in March with Darius Rucker. Fans wishing to stay informed of potential releases of tour holds should sign up for the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Cyber Club Newsletter at www.EnidEventCenter.com. If tickets become available they can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID or visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com

     

    Reba will top the first year of operation at the Enid complex and a steady pace of events during this Spring / Summer including: 

     

    The Easter Event – April 20

    Nobodies of Comedy – April 26

    Extreme Rodeo Challenge - May 2-3

    KANSAS: 40th Anniversary Tour – May 10

    BattleGrounds MMA 4 – May 17

    Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries – June 13

    Reba – June 21

    Enid Roller Girls Home BoutsApril 12, August 2, October 25

     

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    GP)--T&A Productions and the Growing Hope Network will be hosting this year's 2nd Chance Dance - Enid's Grown Up Prom on Saturday, May 17 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm in the Nick Benson Memorial Ballroom of Convention Hall. This year's theme is Masquerade for a Cause and proceeds from the event will go to Growing Hope Network for their arts scholarships for underprivileged children as well as to their community reintegration and family focused programs. Tickets are $30 for individuals or $50 for couples. There will be a silent auction, a Prom King and Queen crowning, a cash bar and hors d'oeurves. The band the Unusual Suspects will be providing the entertainment for the evening. Attire is cocktail or formal evening attire and masks are encouraged.  Masks will also be available for purchase at the event. In conjunction with this year's prom there will be a "Promposal" contest.  The cost is $5 to enter and entrants must submit a video of their most creative or funniest invitation to the prom.  Winners will receive a one night stay at an Enid bed & breakfast. For tickets or more in formation go to www.grownupprom.com.

     

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    SD)--Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries will be June 13 at Enid Event Center. Tickets are on sale now at EnidEventCenter.com or by calling (855) TIX-ENID. Ticket prices range from $19-$65, with group discounts available. The performance will be noon Friday, June 13. For information about Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries, go to www.scoobydoolive.com.

     

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    GT)--Participants at this year’s United Way Golf Tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center have a chance to win great prizes, show off their skill, have fun and support programs that make a difference in our community. A new component to the tournament this year is the opportunity to contribute to the Ronna Richards Memorial Fund, with proceeds benefiting women’s health initiatives.  Participants can donate during the registration process and at a special event the day of the tournament. 

     

    The Annual United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma golf tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center is in its 27th year.  Bob and Sherry Adamson are serving as the 2014 co-chairs for the event, with dinner being provided by Raymie’s. The tournament raises approximately $14,000 each year for United Way’s 16 member agencies. 

     

    The tournament will take place June 13 at Meadowlake Golf Course.  Entry for a team of 4 is only $380--which includes a company sign on the golf course and the company’s name listed in the brochure. Individuals may play for $75 each.  Space is limited to the first 100 players.  Anyone wanting to participate should contact United Way at 237-0821.

     

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