PC)—Authorities have identified the two people killed Thursday in a plane crash just east of Enid. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the pilot of the single-engine biplane was 55 year-old Randall Lee Harris of Owasso, Oklahoma. His passenger was 25 year-old 1st Lt. Dale Bryan Shillington who was stationed at Vance Air Force Base. Both were pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries. The crash occurred about 6:40 Thursday evening in a field near Rupe and 150th Street north of Fairmont. OHP officials said the plane was southbound when Harris attempted an aerobatic maneuver and for some reason lost control of the plane. The specially designed biplane was to be at the Vance Air Force Base Open House Saturday. The accident remains under investigation.
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OH)--Thousands of local and area residents are expected to attend Vance Air Force Base’s 75th anniversary Open House and Air Show Saturday featuring a performance of the USAF Thunderbirds. Approaching Vance, attendees will be directed by Enid Police Department officers to the appropriate entrance gates. Signs will help aid this process. Gates are open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and flying performances should begin at about 11:30 a.m. and run through 5:00 p.m. All vehicles, individuals and property are subject to search, and guests are required to show a photo ID, like a driver’s license, to enter. Air show guests are advised to share rides, since parking will be somewhat limited. The base’s main gate (Hairston Gate) will be open to the public off Southgate, as will the Fox Gate off Pride Drive. The south gate off Wheat Capital Road will be open to Department of Defense ID holders. Once attendees have entered Vance through the appropriate gates, they will be directed to parking. Attendees will be transported from parking areas to the event site by bus.
In addition to the Thunderbirds there will be a number of other aerial demonstrations by a variety of planes. Vance will have approximately 30 planes on static display, including a B-1 Bone, CV-22 Osprey, F-15E Strike Eagle, an HH-60 Pave Hawk, and P-51 Mustang. There will also be a Kids’ Zone with free flight simulators, bouncy houses and other activities. When showing the fun off on social media, Officials recommend attendees bring hearing protection, wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes, among other items, including: a water bottle or canister to hold water; binoculars; handheld camera or camcorder; camera bags no larger than 12 inches by 10 inches by 6 inches; strollers; cash for vendors; and folding chairs.
Prohibited items include: coolers; umbrellas/portable tents; backpacks, ruck sacks larger than 12 inches by 10 inches by 6 inches; pets, unless an accredited service animal; weapons of any kind including pocket knives, scissors, box cutters, large heavy chain-link jewelry or belts; mace; drones; firearms of any type; toys resembling firearms or weapons; fireworks; spray paint or silly string; glass containers of any kind; alcohol; illegal drugs; bicycles; and skateboards, heelies, roller skates or roller blades.
For information about the show and open house, go to www.vanceafbopenhouse.com. When showing the fun off on social media, Vance officials request using the event hashtags #VanceOpenHouse2016 and #VanceTurns75.
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TB)--The public can meet members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and other participants in the upcoming Vance Air Force Base 75th anniversary Air Show and Open House, at a reception and barbecue today. The event is sponsored by Enid Chapter 214 of the Air Force Association. The barbecue will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the grand ballroom of the Central National Bank Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. The Thunderbirds' entire team will be on hand, as will many of the pilots participating in the Vance air show. Dress is casual.
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EH)--An OSU basketball player who collapsed on Thursday died as a result of an enlarged heart. Authorities say 21 year-old Tyrek Coger was participating in a workout at Boone Pickens Stadium around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. KFOR-TV is reporting witnesses said Coger did not appear to be struggling during the workout, but sat down at the top of the stairs when the workout finished. At that point, other players and staff members went over to him and noticed that something was wrong. Immediately, trainers called 911 and firefighters arrived at the stadium less than five minutes later. A short time later, he was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced just before 6:25. This afternoon, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office announced that Coger died from cardiomegaly with left ventricular hypertrophy. His manner of death was deemed natural. Coger had just transferred to OSU from Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina.
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WF)--The City of Enid, Oklahoma is taking nominations for recipients for the 2016 “Walk of Fame” Award to be awarded each year in September during the celebration of the Cherokee Strip Days. The Walk of Fame is an award given by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners of the City of Enid to two persons, one living, and one posthumously. To be considered for the Walk of Fame, a person shall:
* Have demonstrated a lifetime of service to the community in general; or
* Have made an extraordinary contribution or act of selflessness or statesmanship for Enid.
Nominations will be accepted in the office of the City Clerk until 5:00 P.M. local time on July 20th, Nominations received after that time will be retained for consideration the following year. A Walk of Fame committee will review the nominations, consider those persons who meet the criteria outlined above, and perform any needed investigation to insure appropriateness. The Committee may also consider persons who do not receive nominations. Information may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, Oklahoma, 73701 or by calling 580-616-7271.
LGE)--It's time to submit applications for Leadership Greater Enid 26. Are you a great candidate or do you know someone who needs to apply this year? Leadership Greater Enid is a leadership program established in 1990. It selects, challenges, develops, and educates citizens in the greater Enid area who have demonstrated an interest in local issues. The program is designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and experiences, which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. Applications are available at the Enid Chamber of Commerce, or online at enidchamber.com. Deadline to sign up is 5:00pm July 22nd.
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)-Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma offers 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.