SC)--Sears corporate officials have announced plans to close the Enid store and auto center early next year, reportedly in efforts to improve the company’s business model. The Enid Kmart location will remain open. Liquidation sales at the Sears store in Oakwood Mall will begin Oct. 31, with closure slated for mid-January 2015. There are 38 employees at the Enid Sears store. When contacted by the Enid News and Eagle, Kelly Goodwin, general manager of Oakwood Mall, had no comment. Six months go, Tulsa-based developer Vector Companies and Oakwood Mall managing company J. Herzog & Sons parted ways after spending almost two years trying to secure a deal to renovate Oakwood Mall.
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AJ)--Country superstar Alan Jackson brings his 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour to Enid Event Center on April 18. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Ticket options include limited $25 tickets, $75.50 and $95.50. Tickets and information for all tour dates will be available at www.EnidEventCenter.com and www.alanjackson.com, or calling 855-TIX-ENID. VIP tickets and packages are also available. Joining Jackson on the tour will be rising new artist Jon Pardi and Grammy/CMA/ACM nominated hit singer/songwriter Brandy Clark. Fans will hear Alan Jacson songs they love including “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the party-anthems “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and more.
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TC)--Six teens were injured in a crash Saturday night in Kingfisher County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials say the teens were driving along a Kingfisher County road Saturday night just before 10:55, when their vehicle hit a culvert at an intersection, went airborne, then rolled, pinning one teen underneath it, and ejecting a second. 19 year old Garrett Stotts of Kingfisher was driving the vehicle, and was the only one wearing a seat belt. All of the teens were taken to the Kingfisher Regional Hospital. Stotts was transferred to St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City with arm injuries and listed in stable condition. 19 year old Dakota Welch was admitted to Kingfisher Regional Hospital with arm, trunk and leg injuries. 18 year old Daniela Eugenia Celiz was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to OU Medical Center with trunk and other injuries. 18 year old Tyler Dajuan Faine was treated for head and trunk injuries then released. A 17 year old female was treated for head injuries and released, and a 15-year-old-female, who was pinned under the vehicle, was mediflighted to the OU Medical Center with leg injuries. Inattention or distraction in the vehicle is listed as the cause of the collision.
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KT)--A juvenile male from Dover was admitted in stable condition to Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City after crashing an ATV in an open field on private property in Kingfisher County on Sunday afternoon. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, the young man was traveling across the field when for some unknown reason, the vehicle veered to the right, striking a trailer.
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DC)--A reminder it is mating season for deer, and they will not be looking out for you, so look out for them. Watch out for them to cross right in front of you as you are driving, especially in the early morning hours and in the evening. Friday night sometime after 9:30, a Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy swerved to miss a large deer that jumped in front of his vehicle. Deputy Greg Schaer swerved to miss the deer, but his cruiser went off the county road and struck a tree. Schaer was okay, and after a visit to the emergency room, was released to return to work.
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SB)--The Enid Public Schools Board of Education will meet at 6:00 tonight at the District Central Office, 500 S. Independence. On the agenda, the board will hear a report from Garfield County Dental Association on a dental screening program soon to be offered to all Enid Public School fifth-graders. The board will discuss entering into a contract with Engage! Learning Inc. for district strategic planning services. The last comprehensive facilities plan was nearly five years ago. In other business, Board members will review the district financial report, and will consider calling for a February school board election. In August, Matt Sampson and Torry Turnbow were temporarily appointed to seats left vacant by the June resignations of Molly Helm, former board president, and Cheryl Patterson, former vice president. An additional deferred compensation plan for employees will be considered. The district already has a retirement savings plan for employees. The plan to be considered would permit participants to contribute as much as 200 percent of the normal maximum during the final three years before normal retirement age. Tonight’s meeting is open to the public.
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CS)--Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating several people believed to be involved in a vehicle burglary and illegal use of a stolen credit card. On Oct. 1, a burglary to an automobile was reported to Enid Police Department. The police said a credit card was taken from the vehicle sometime around Sept. 25 while parked at 2401 N. Grand. After the burglary, the credit card was used at several businesses around Enid. The charges to card total about $5,300. Photos of the suspects using the card and vehicles also can be seen on the Enid Police Department Facebook page. Anyone having information that will lead to the arrest or prosecution of this crime or any other crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233 or go to www.enid.org/police/crimestoppertips and submit a tip anonymously. You can earn a reward up to $1,000. You will not be required to testify and will not be identified.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republicans holding majorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate, Democrats are content to target what they say are vulnerable GOP-controlled seats in the November 4th general election. Democratic Party leaders make no prediction about gaining political control of the state House this year. They cannot win a majority in the Oklahoma Senate. State Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins says his party's candidates have a chance to win some races while state Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston says he expects the GOP to hold onto and even increase their majority status in the House and Senate. Republicans have a 72-29 advantage in the 101-member House and 36-12 majority in the 48-member Senate. Only 12 Senate seats and 36 House seats are up for grabs.
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FL)--Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s annual Fall Lecture Series will start tonight and will continue for four consecutive Monday evenings through Nov. 10. The importance of water for the community, region and state is the timely topic of this series. “Surviving the Ebb and Flow of Water in the West” will feature the state’s leading specialists in their fields of study. The lectures will be 7:00 p.m. in the Gantz Center of Northern Oklahoma College Enid and are free to the public. Bob Blackburn, executive director of Oklahoma Historical Society, will speak Monday night on “Water and Historical Settlement Patterns.”
Other topics in the series are:
• Oct. 27 — “Drought and the Dust Bowl.” Gary McManus, state climatologist with Oklahoma Climatological Survey, will discuss the causes and the impact of the 1930s Dust Bowl. Pauline Hodges will share her story of living through the Dust Bowl. She was featured in the Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl.
• Nov. 3 — “Conservation Born of Crisis.” Clay Pope, former executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, will share the history of the conservation movement and the formation of policies resulting from the Dust Bowl.
• Nov. 10 — “Issues Today for Water Tomorrow.” J.D. Strong, executive director of Oklahoma Water Resources Board, will speak on current water conservation initiatives that are under way, the state’s water plan effort and Water for 2060.
For information go to Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s website at www.csrhc.org.
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PR)--We were planning on being at the grand opening of the Thunder Travel Plaza truck stop east of Enid this week, but because of the rains, it will be delayed until October 21st. Developers were told by the City of Enid engineers not to pour concrete with the rainy weather setting in. So, once things dry out a bit, and the concert is poured around the travel plaza, things will be full steam ahead.
CT)--If you are college bound, Northern Oklahoma College Enid will offer an ACT prep workshop Oct. 22nd in Montgomery Hall starting at 8am. It will include breakfast and registration. At 9 a.m. testing specialist Shelly Harris will talk about how to successfully take the test. There will be a lunch and optional campus tours after that. It costs $20, and RSVP is appreciated. However, walkups are welcome. For more information, call Jermie Fansler at 628-6211.
CC)--The 27th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Enid Event Center on Friday, October 24th, 11:00am -1:00pm, with a theme of, “Transforming Lives; One Bowl at a Time!” The Chili Cook-Off Committee is accepting applications from individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations and the committee is excited about the amenities of the new location. Tickets to attend the event are $5, which includes a drink, chili, and dessert, and may be purchased in advance from the United Way office or at the door. The Chili Cook-Off committee anticipates at least forty chili entries to compete in three categories: Judge’s Choice, Top Dollar Chili, and Best Booth. Tasting begins at 11am. All funds raised benefit the fifteen partner agencies of United Way, along with the Venture Grant recipients which are awarded each spring and other special designations. Businesses or individuals wanting to enter the Chili Cook-Off may do so by contacting the United Way office at 580-237-0821 or emailing Carolina Seymour at email@example.com.
DD)--“Discover the Dinosaurs” is coming to the Enid Event Center Oct. 25-26. “Discover the Dinosaurs” is a hands-on exhibit of more than 60 museum-quality and animatronic dinosaurs that gives people the chance to get close and touch the dinosaurs. There also are activities available for kids of all ages. Exhibit hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Ticket prices depend on which exhibit option is chosen. Adults 13 and older are $18. Tickets for children 2-12 are $16 for the exhibit only and $22 for exhibit plus. Seniors 65 and older are $16, and children 24 months and under are free. Tickets will be available beginning Monday and are available at www.discoverthedinosaurs.com. Tickets also will be available at Enid Event Center the days of the exhibit.
PP)--Security National Bank will hold “Pumpkin Pizzazz,” a contest of transformation to benefit the agencies of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. The contest involves taking a pumpkin and creatively transforming it into a work of art. The winning pumpkin will secure a $500 donation from Security National Bank. “We’ve taken this year’s capital campaign theme of transforming lives and included pumpkins,” said SNB Vice President April Danahy. “We are proud supporters of the United Way and its 16 agencies. We are in hopes ‘Pumpkin Pizzazz’ will lend to the spirit of this year’s campaign.” Each United Way agency and funding recipients has been asked to submit a pumpkin that has been decorated. The contest also will be open to bank employees and departments. The pumpkins will be on display at SNB’s 201 W. Broadway location during business hours through Oct. 27. The winning pumpkin will be selected by donations made into a jar in front of each pumpkin, coupled with the vote of three independent judges. The winner will be announced the week of Halloween.
PP)---The pumpkins are back! Christ United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch is open for business at the corner of Randolph and Cleveland. There will be pumpkins and other fall decorations available for sale from noon to 8:00 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays. There are several activities over the next few weeks, leading up to Halloween. In addition the public is invited to come take photos in the pumpkin patch.
KF)--The American Kitefliers Association (AKA) announced that its 2015 national convention will return to Enid next Fall at the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall and at the flying field behind Autry Technology Center. The dates for the 38th annual AKA National Convention are September 28-October 4, 2015. The AKA Convention is an annual gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The AKA held its 2012 national convention in Enid. The national convention is rotated every three years between locations on the east coast, west coast and central United States, meaning it will be returning to Enid at its first opportunity. The 2013 AKA convention was held in Portland, OR, while the 2014 convention recently concluded at Outer Banks, NC. AKA President Mel Hickman said the hospitality the group received in Enid in 2012 was a primary factor in returning to Enid.
Highlighting each afternoon of the AKA convention is the Mass Ascension, where AKA members release their kites at once, filling the skies above Autry Technology Center with magnificent color. The public will be encouraged to attend each afternoon session. More details will be announced as the convention date draws nearer.
EE)--The City of Enid has launched a new website, www.EnvisionEnid.com to gather ideas from the community about Enid’s future. Officials said the website acts like a virtual townhall, enabling Enid’s residents to share their ideas 24 hours a day. Residents of Enid should visit EnvisionEnid.com to create an account and share their ideas. City of Enid Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said Envision Enid is the name of the City’s new comprehensive plan that is currently under development. The comprehensive plan is the overarching policy of the City of Enid and addresses everything from infrastructure investments and development decisions to education, health and social services. The plan will create a vision for the future of Enid and outline coordinated policies and recommendations to steer the city towards achieving the vision. The website is one of several ways to contribute the plan.