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    EQ)--There have been several fairly strong earthquakes in Garfield County and surrounding areas since Sunday morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there was a 4.0 earthquake 3 miles northeast of Covington at 12:36 this morning. It was followed by a 3.3 quake at 12:55am, close to the same area, as well as a third quake in that location at 8:08 this morning. It registered 3.0. Some minor damage has been reported with those quakes. At 1:05 this afternoon, USGS officials said a 3.6 magnitude temblor struck 3 miles south of Byron in Alfalfa County. There was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake this morning at 2:28am, two miles southwest of Guthrie in Logan County.  There was a 2.9 quake Sunday morning three miles southwest of Orlando in Logan County

     

     

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    TL)--Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb was named Chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA) executive committee. Lamb, who is from Enid, will be succeeding Tate Reeves, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. This is the third national association that Lamb has been elected by his peers to serve in a leadership capacity. He is the immediate past Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association and Vice-Chairman of the Aerospace States Association. “Serving in leadership at the RLGA is an honor and I am humbled that my fellow Lieutenant Governors have elected me as Chair,” said Lamb. “Oklahoma has many reasons to be proud and can be a model for other states. I look forward to continuing to represent and promote Oklahoma.”

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say the federal government will restore the state's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding. The state Board of Education said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Education would announce this afternoon it is reinstating a waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Oklahoma lost its waiver this year after the state dropped Common Core standards and didn't certify that the replacement guidelines made students ready for college or the workplace. State education officials certified new guidelines last month and asked that the federal waiver be reinstated. The board said the waiver will be reinstated for the rest of this school year.

     

     

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    CS)—Enid Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of using a stolen debit card at several businesses in the area. The debit card has been used at various businesses since the theft in October. A Hispanic female is seen in surveillance video from some of the businesses using the stolen debit card. The owner of the card reported approximately $750 in fraudulent charges were made using the stolen card. If you have information that will lead to the arrest or prosecution of this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 233-6233 or text your tip to 274637. Just type “Enid” and then your message in the text box.  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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    HN)--High levels of nitrates were found in a recent Town of Hennessey water sample, and the town issued a water drinking warning for infants under six months old. Adults and children older than six months can drink the tap water. According to the Hennessey Clipper, the warning for infants was issued the same day that the town received a notice from the state Department of Environmental Quality.  For more information, contact the city of Hennessey.

     

     

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    IR)--Oklahomans are owed up to $37 million in unclaimed death benefits they are not aware of, state Treasurer Ken Miller said. Miller is in the business of linking people to lost property through the state’s unclaimed property fund, and $14 million of that total has already been reported to the fund. He expects to turn up $23 million more from examinations of insurance companies, he said on Friday. Some insurance companies would like to retain this money rather than see it placed in the unclaimed property fund, Miller told the Oklahoman. Once in the fund, Miller’s office advertises the names and last known addresses of the beneficiaries in hopes of finding those entitled to the money. Miller’s office also maintains an online database, yourmoney.ok.gov, where people can search for their names and start a claim. Last year, the treasurer’s office reunited Oklahomans with more than $30 million in unclaimed property, reflecting an increase of more than 60 percent from the prior year, which was also a record year. The unclaimed property program is seeking to reunite more than 825,000 Oklahomans with more than $500 million in unclaimed property. Nationwide there is estimated to be at least $1 billion in benefits from forgotten life insurance policies that is waiting to be claimed by their owners. The average payout is $2,000, but some have gone as high as $300,000. Standard language in life insurance policies says it is up to beneficiaries to notify the insurer when an insured person has died.

     

     

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    SC)--A portion of West Chestnut will close for about two weeks beginning in December to install acceleration and deceleration lanes. The westbound lane of Chestnut, from the intersection of Cleveland to about 1,300 feet west, will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 1. Enid city officials say the installation of the lanes is for the private development at the corner of Cleveland and Chestnut. The city is urging motorists entering the area, or any other construction area, to use caution.

     

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    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A seven-year fundraising campaign has helped transform Oklahoma State University. The campaign began in December 2007 with a goal to raise $1 billion. The Oklahoman reports that it officially ends on December 31st, but the goal was reached almost two years early and pledges continue to come in. OSU President Burns Hargis says the success of the campaign has surprised many people associated with the university. Hargis says the OSU community will see itself in new terms in the future. Hargis says another significant result of the campaign is the number of donors, which currently totals 101,000. A total of 45,000 of them are first-time donors. Hargis says the key is to keep in touch with the donors and show them their gift is making the difference they intended.

     

     

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    GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Guthrie city leaders have declared a moratorium on new building permits in some rural areas after losing a $1.27 million lawsuit brought by a rural water district. The Rural Water District 1 of Logan County filed a lawsuit against Guthrie nine years ago, alleging the city was not allowed to install water lines and sell water outside city limits that were set in 1972. A jury on Nov. 14 agreed and awarded the water district $1.27 million to cover lost revenue. In turn, the Guthrie City Council this month approved a moratorium on certain new building permits until they can reach an agreement with the water district on how to develop infrastructure in any disputed area. The city and the water district say existing customers shouldn't see any service disruptions.

     

     

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    RW)--Washington Street from Willow Road north to Highway 81 will be closed beginning today for street resurfacing improvements. Work is expected to be completed in 4-6 days.

     

     

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    BC)--The bridge four miles south of Hennessey and approximately two miles west will be closed beginning today for replacement, and will take 120 days to replace according to county commissioners.

     

     

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    HT)--AAA Oklahoma projects 601,700 Oklahomans will travel this year over the long Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.7 percent increase over 2013. 90% of these travelers will get to their Thanksgiving destinations by car, pickup or RV, with another 49,000 flying.

     

    Nationwide, AAA expects 46.3 million Americans will travel over Thanksgiving, also the highest number since Thanksgiving of 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013. As in Oklahoma, about 90 percent of travelers will celebrate the holiday with a road trip, and nearly eight percent will fly. AAA describes travel as venturing 50 miles or more from home and defines the Thanksgiving holiday period as running from Wednesday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 30.

     

     

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    CF)--Candidates for municipal offices in Wards 1, 2 and 5 and for Mayor of the City of Enid, will file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8:00 a.m. Monday, December 1. Cheryl Patterson, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 3. The municipal offices at stake in Enid will be filled in the nonpartisan General Election scheduled for February 10, 2015. In addition, candidates for the Board of Education in Garfield County school districts will file their Declarations of Candidacy over the same three day period. Those positions  will be filled at the Annual School Election also on February 10th. Candidate filings will occur at the Garfield County Election Board office, 903 Failing Drive, in Enid. For more information, contact the Garfield County Election Board at 580-237-6016.

     

     

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    LA)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum has received a 2014 Governor’s Arts in Education Award. The Enid museum is one of 13 people and seven organizations to be honored for contributions to Oklahoma’s arts and cultural industry.  Leonardo’s will be presented the award December 4th at the 39th annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony in the State Capitol building.

     

     

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    LD)--Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” will be at Enid Event Center on March 10. Tickets for the 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances go on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience. The audience is invited to dance with Sesame Street friends on the floor. Sesame Street Live features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. Tickets are $18. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle seats and $50 Sunny Seats also are available. Sunny Seats packages feature premium show seating and a pre-show meet-and-greet. A facility fee of $2 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply. For information, call (580) 616-7380. To charge tickets by phone, call (855) TIX-ENID. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.enideventcenter.com. For information about Sesame Street Live, go online to www.sesamestreetlive.com.

     

     

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    VN)--The Salvation Army of Enid is seeking volunteers to assist with it’s annual Christmas cheer programs. Volunteers are needed to ring those familiar bells in front of local businesses. It can be a lot of fun being a part of this 100 year tradition. The bell ringing starts Saturday, November 15th, and ends on December 24th. It’s a great opportunity for an individual or a group. Volunteers are also needed to man the Angel tree and Spruce Up A Life tree at the mall. The Angel tree started November 4th and ends on December 18th. Volunteers are needed to assist donors in choosing an angel or adopting a family. The store will be located at the mall near the food court. For information on how you can help please call: 580-237-1910, ask for Captain Debra Hull or Captain Ernest Hull.

     

     

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    LH)--The Landfill has transitioned to its winter schedule. According to Sara Del Angel, City of Enid Solid Waste Supervisor, the hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Landfill at 580-616-7382. Additionally, the Recycle Center drop site also has transitioned to its winter schedule. The hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Solid Waste Services Department at 580-616-7300.

     

     

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    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.

     

     

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