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    EQ)--Many Enid and Garfield County residents felt an earthquake last night as a 4.0 magnitude temblor was centered 3 miles northeast of Hunter in eastern Garfield County. It shook things up last night at 8:31. For the third day in a row, an earthquake occurred about 2.5miles east of the Salt Plains Lake Dam. The 2.8 quake happened last night at 10:11 pm along the Alfalfa / Grant County line. There were also more quakes in Noble County.  At 2:52 pm yesterday, a 3.4 quake was centered about a miles east southeast of Perry, and just after midnight this morning, a 3.3 magnitude earthquake occurred about a mile north of Lake Carl Blackwell and 2 miles west of Lake McMurtry.  There was a 3.0 quake along I-35 at 7:08 pm about 2 miles south of Guthrie in Logan County.  The latest Oklahoma quake was at 1:13 am this morning near Jones in Oklahoma County.  It was a 2.8 quake. 

     

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    WF)--The updated forecast for Enid and northcentral Oklahoma has reduced the chances for rain on Saturday to only 20%. According to Garfield County Emergency Management executive director Mike Honigsberg unless something dramatic occurs, the majority of the moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Odile will remain to our south and southwest.  While that’s disappointing news for farmers, it’s good news for a number of planned weekend activities including KGWA’s “Make a Burger, Make a Wish” fundraiser to benefit Make-a-Wish Oklahoma. So plan on joining us Saturday from 11a-3pm at the Enid Event Center Plaza and help make dreams come true for Oklahoma children facing serious and life-threatening illnesses. Hope to see you there.

     

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    CG)--An Enid man charged in May with possession and distribution of child pornography is facing further charges after the discovery of more than 1,000 images and cell phone photos of sleeping children. 39 year-old Timothy Dean Hickenbottom was arraigned May 15 on charges of possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and use of a computer to commit a felony. According to the Enid News and Eagle, following further examination of items seized during the investigation, and forensic examination of computer hard drives, Enid Police Department Sgt. Dustin Albright filed an amended affidavit seeking further charges. Amended charges were filed Wednesday, changing the possession of child pornography to aggravated possession of child pornography and adding two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16. Hickenbottom now faces up to life in prison and fines on the various felonies.

     

     

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    UR)--Oklahoma’s unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent to 4.7 percent in August, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. But, Oklahoma was one of 17 states in August that the Department of Labor noted had unemployment rates significantly lower than national rate of 6.1 percent. Over the past year, Oklahoma has added 31,900 jobs, the Labor Department said. A year ago, the state’s jobless rate was at 5.6 percent.

    Unemployment increased in 24 states and the District of Columbia over July, 15 states had decreases and 11 states had no change. The national jobless rate was little changed from July at 6.1 percent but was 1.1 percentage points lower than in August 2013. Georgia had the highest state unemployment rate in August at 8.1 percent. North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate at 2.8 percent.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY An Oklahoma County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenges a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol. District Judge Thomas Prince granted Friday the motion filed by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission. The lawsuit alleged the monument violates the state constitution’s ban against using public property to support “any sect, church, denomination or system of religion.” Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which filed the lawsuit last year, say they will appeal to the state Supreme Court. The 6-foot-tall granite monument was authorized by the Legislature in 2009 and built in November 2012 after Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze and his family paid nearly $10,000 for it. The monument has led other groups to seek their own, such as a statue of Satan.

     

     

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    WS)--Water will be shut off at the intersection of 3rd and Broadway at 7 a.m. Sunday.  City workers will conduct a water line tie-in at the intersection. Water is expected to be out for approximately four to five hours, according to the city of Enid. The surrounding areas also may be affected by the water shut down.

     

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    YW)--If you've been putting off those last yard cleanups before winter comes, you need to hurry up. The last green polycart yard waste collection for this year will be September 24th. The city of Enid will resume seasonal green polycart collection March 25. For information, call the Solid Waste Services department at 616-7300.

     

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    AG)--The American Garfieldi Car & Motorcycle Show that was scheduled to take place both Friday and Saturday has been condensed to Friday. Both car and motorcycle owners can register at 5 p.m. Friday at Meadowlake Park. Music and food will start at 6:00, with a cruise to the Woodring Wall of Honor starting at about 8:45. The event had to be changed due to impending bad weather Saturday.

     

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    TB)--Vance Air Force Base will present the high-energy, active duty, Air Force Entertainment show Tops In Blue at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Tops In Blue is the Air Force's premier entertainment showcase for the entire family. It brings the best in music, dance and comedy in 90 minutes of non-stop live entertainment. Sponsors are being sought to financially support this 60th anniversary concert, which is free and open to the public. Businesses that would like to contribute can contact Ruth Ann Replogle, 71 FSS marketing director, at 213-7950. Sponsors who donate $250 or more will receive tickets for reserved seats on the floor, among other perks.

     

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    OP)--The Aging Services at the Long Term Care Authority of Enid needs volunteers for the Ombudsman Program in Garfield County as well as Kingfisher, Blaine, Major, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay and Noble counties.  Ombudsman volunteers advocate for residents in Long Term Care Facilities.  This includes nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen help to improve the quality of care available to these residents. They assist residents in resolving complaints and problems. Volunteers are asked to visit residents for only 2 hours each week and attend a monthly meeting.  Training can be offered individually or in small groups. Interested individuals from any of the mentioned counties are urged to contact, Julie Torson, Ombudsman Supervisor to learn how they can become an Ombudsman Volunteer at 580-237-2236.

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