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    CT)--Members of the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce saw a familiar face when they visited the Pentagon on Wednesday morning during their annual trip to Washington, D.C., former 71st Flying Training Wing commander Lt. Gen. Mark Nowland. Nowland, who now is Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, briefed the group on issues facing the Air Force, particularly the shortage of fighter pilots, as well as the world situation. Nowland served at 71st FTW commander at Vance Air Force Base from July 2008 to May 2010. Enid News and Eagle reports Nowland told the group about new airplanes coming on line in the next few years, like the new KC-46 tanker, the B-21 long-range strike bomber and the T-X trainer, which someday will replace the T-38. Later Wednesday the Enid group met with members of Oklahoma's legislative delegation, then hosted an evening reception for legislators as well as Department of Defense officials. 

     

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    DA)--An Enid man was charged Tuesday with felony domestic assault with a dangerous weapon. He is accused of attacking a woman Sunday with a tire iron. Rick Andrew Childs Sr. faces a year in county jail or up to 10 years in prison on the felony charge. Childs, who owns a local strip club, reportedly posted $10,000 bond Monday and is scheduled for arraignment on the charge today. According to the report, Enid Police officers responded Sunday evening to the 100 block of S. Van Buren on a report of a domestic. Officers were told by dispatchers the domestic involved Childs and that Childs had run the woman off the road and they were in the parking lot of the Chisholm Trail Professional Building. Police said the woman at the scene had blood on her right forearm and left hand. The driver's side window of her vehicle was smashed in and there was glass all over the ground and inside the vehicle. Police took statements from several witnesses. Three years ago, Childs' was exonerated by a Garfield County jury on charges accusing him of shooting at Enid Police Department officers in 2013.

     

     

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    CV)--Enid Police are investigating a string of vandalisms reported Wednesday in which gold spray paint was used to leave obscene graffiti on vehicles and the word "SATAN" on a church van. Enid Police officials said three reports of vandalism were taken Wednesday by officers, each involving male sex organs being sprayed painted on a vehicle. The first incident occurred sometime between 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday in the 2000 block of West Cherokee. The second incident occurred sometime between 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of West Cherokee. The third incident occurred sometime between 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. Wednesday at Central Christian Church, 1111 W. Broadway. Anyone with information is asked to contact Enid Police or Garfield County Crime Stoppers.

     

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    IA)—A Watonga woman is hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle early Wednesday morning while walking along a highway in Blaine County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 34 year-old Newakis Lynn Smoker was initially taken to Okeene Municipal Hospital before being transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where she was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk and leg injuries. According to the report, Smoker was walking west along State Highway 51 approximately 2 miles west of Southard about 5:00 Wednesday morning when she was struck by the westbound pickup driven by 76 year-old Donald Spangler of Southard. Authorities said it was raining at the time and Smoker, who had an odor of alcohol, was walking on the fog line when she was hit by the side view mirror of Spangler’s pickup. The accident remains under investigation.

     

     

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    LD)--Attorneys across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice today during the 66th annual statewide celebration of Law Day. The Ask A Lawyer free legal advice project is one of several events in which Oklahoma lawyers participate to observe Law Day. To celebrate Law Day in Garfield County, Garfield County Bar Association members will participate in Lawyers in the Classroom, where lawyers from the association will speak at area schools on the constitution and the 14th Amendment. The Garfield County Bar Association also will participate in the Ask a Lawyer program, in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice. The number to call in Garfield County is (580) 234-0436, and the phone number will be staffed 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

     

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    CS)--Country music stars Lee Brice and Justin Moore will bring their 2017 co-headlined “American Made Tour” to the Central National Bank Center tonight at 7:00. Brice is a multiple ACM and CMA award winner with a Grammy nomination, six platinum singles and more than 10 million singles sold. Moore released his fourth album “Kinda Don’t Care", his third No. 1 debut on the country charts, in August.  Brett Young rounds out the show. Tickets are on sale at CNBCenter.com.

     

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    TB)--City of Enid officials will close a portion of Randolph in downtown to hang a banner for the annual Tri-State Music Festival. The roadway will be closed and the banner hung on between 7:00-9:00 a.m. Friday. The annual Tri-State parade is set for Friday, May 5. There will be performances in various locations in Enid that week leading up to the parade.

     

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    KF)--The second annual Kites over Enid will be this weekend. Two nationally known kiting clubs will host demonstrations during the two-day event, set for 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Field behind Autry Technology Center. The Go Big or Go Home kite team from Texas was the featured team at the first Kites over Enid last year, and also brought kites to Enid when the city hosted the 2012 and 2015 American Kitefliers Association National Conventions. The TKO Sport Kite Team, representing Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, was also in Enid for both AKA conventions, and specializes in flying maneuverable sport kites in various formations choreographed to music. During Kites over Enid, there will be a Candy Drop both days for children at 1:00 p.m., and races between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. A vendor will be selling kites, and food and ice cream trucks will be on site. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Admission to the event is free. Enid has submitted its bid to host the 2018 AKA National Convention, for which the award will be announced at the start of the 2017 convention in September. For more information on Kites Over Enid, go to VisitEnid.org/Visitors/KitesOverEnid.

     

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    TS)--A tradition since 1933 will return to Enid next week. The annual Tri-State Music Festival will take place May 3rd through the 5th. The judged performances will feature thousands of student musicians from elementary to high school. The performances will include solos, ensembles, vocal and band. The festival was founded by Russell L. Wiley, who in 1933 served as the Phillips University Band Director. The parade and Grand Concert will wrap up the festival on Friday evening. The various activities for the kids will include the carnival, also a long running tradition. City of Enid officials announced the banner used to note the annual Tri-State parade will be hung this Friday in downtown Enid. According to street officials, Randolph between Independence and Grand will be closed on Friday from7:00 am until 9:00 am.

     

     

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    PP)--Members of the Enid High School Student Council are accepting nominations for the Pride of the Plainsmen Award. Those nominated for the award must meet the following criteria: have attended, served, honored or supported EHS in some way; have demonstrated the ideals stated in the Plainsmen Creed; and have reflected a high degree of success in service to education, community or his/her career field. Members of the EHS Student Council will select the Pride of the Plainsmen honoree later this month. He/she will be recognized at the annual Class Day assembly in May. For more information or to request a nomination form, contact Jessica Ransom, student council adviser, through the Enid High School office at (580) 366-8300 or email her at jlransom@enidk12.org. The application deadline is Friday, April 28.

     

     

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    DF)—Organizers say to date, $850,000 has been donated to the Fire Relief fund set up by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, 501(c)3, to aid Oklahoma ranchers following the wildfires in early March. In Oklahoma, more than 310 thousand acres burned causing a wide variety of losses to livestock, pastures, hay, fences, facilities and homes.  It has been estimated that the economic impact of the fire exceed $16 million. The distribution process starts with a simple application available online at okcattlemensfoundation.org. All cattle producers are eligible, and encouraged, to apply. Applications are due May 1st.

     

     

    DR)--Baby boomers rejoice! Decades Rewind will perform May 4 at Central National Bank Center in Enid. Featuring music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Decades Rewind has a live 14-piece band performing medleys of hit songs. The concert will have rock 'n' roll stage lighting, videos of American culture and more than 100 costume changes, according to CNB Center officials. Based in Tampa, Fla., Decades Rewind was founded and made its stage debut in November 2015. Since then, the production has toured all across Florida and is now in its first national tour. To purchase tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show, visit CNBCenter.com, call (855) TIX-ENID or go to the CNB Center Box Office starting at 10:00 a.m. Monday. Tickets are $27.

     

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    OF)--Using the theme, “Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail,” the 2017 Oklahoma Freewheel tour will have an overnight stay in Enid this June. OK Freewheel is a weeklong bicycle tour across Oklahoma. The tour begins in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 11, will stop in Enid on June 15 and end in South Haven, Kan. on June 17. Other overnight stops along the route are Comanche, Duncan, Chickasha, Kingfisher and Ponca City. Much of the route is along or close to U.S. Highway 81, which is roughly the path of the original Chisholm Trail and has been designated the “Historic Chisholm Trail Bike Route” by the state of Oklahoma. Participants will travel around 440 miles to complete the 2017 cross-state bicycle tour. For more information on this great ride and to register, visit OKFreewheel.com.

     

     

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