SC)--Enid and all other area schools, including NOC and NWOSU college campuses are closed today. Icy and slick road conditions across much of the state are improving as we make our way through the day, but motorists are still being advised to slow down and use caution.
--00-- 20 Feb 19 10
CC)—A correction to a story on Tuesday…The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday this week to address a number of items tonight during a regular meeting. The commission is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve Kaw Lake pipeline easements, the Vance Joint Land Use Study and several construction related items. Prior to the regular meeting, commissioners will meet in study session at 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Conference Room of the city administration building at 401 W. Garriott. The regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Both meetings are open to the public.
--00-- 20 Feb 19 7a
SG)--The Northwest Oklahoma Healthcare Coalition has surpassed $250,000 in scholarship grants to area nursing students. A vision was cast in 2000 by Drs. Robert Hoffman and Gregory Walton, to assist nursing students with educational expenses. This came during a period when employment vacancies were extremely high in the healthcare industry. As the vision gained focus and sustainable funding was sought, several partners assisted with making the vision a reality. Carol Williams, then Nursing Recruiter at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center became active through establishing an application process. Also, Williams sought out matching funds from the State of Oklahoma for candidates selected into the established program titled, Northwest Oklahoma Healthcare Coalition. Next, the group sought advice from an agency that was very familiar with healthcare needs in Northwest Oklahoma, so the Rural Health Projects, Inc./NwAHEC located at NWOSU Enid Campus became an integral partner. To date, the NW Oklahoma Healthcare Foundation has provided $238,050 in scholarship loans to students, and this has been matched with $55,000 from the State of Oklahoma. Since its inception, the scholarship grant program has financially assisted over 110 students.
The program has assisted 27 LPN's, 72 RN's, 4 candidates in Master of Nursing, 1 Occupational Therapist, 2 Certified Respiratory Therapist, 1 Physical Therapist, 1 Advanced Nurse Practitioner, 3 Doctorate Nursing professionals and 2 CT certified radiographers.
--00-- 20 Feb 19 9a
FM)--Enid High School Islander students will join forces with the Field Museum in Chicago to share their vibrant culture with the Museum’s more than one million annual visitors. Museum officials have reached out to the school’s students to help co-curate a display which will be installed later this year. The exhibit will feature artifacts, multi-media displays, educational information and stories about the Marshall Islands and its people. Representatives of the Museum and the district announced the partnership Tuesday night during the school’s annual Islander Night. About a half dozen EHS Islander Club students and two adults will travel to Chicago in March to assist with the exhibition. Members of the museum staff also will make a trip to Enid in April to further collaborate with other Islander students and community members.
--00-- 20 Feb 19 7a
BV)--Applications are currently being accepted to fill vacancies on the Construction Board of Appeals. Most of the vacancies have professional requirements. Vacancies to be considered for this board are as follows:
• One registered design professional who is a registered architect.
• One licensed electrical contractor or a licensed electrical journeyman.
• One registered design professional with mechanical experience, or a licensed mechanical contractor.
• One licensed mechanical contractor, or a licensed mechanical journeyman.
• One register design professional with plumbing experience, or a licensed plumbing contractor.
• One licensed plumbing contractor, or a licensed plumbing journeyman.
Applications are also being accepted to fill vacancies on the Aviation Advisory Board, Enid Joint Recreation Triad (EJRT), ADA Access Board (citizen with a disability), Historic Preservation Commission (Resident of Waverly Historic District & Historian), Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC), Park Board, Tree Board, Board of Adjustment, Vance Development Authority (at-large), and Public Access Television Advisory Board (ETN).
Applications will be accepted until vacancies can be filled for each board and commission.
Information and applications may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road or by calling 580-616-7275. Application forms can also be downloaded from the City’s web-site, www.enid.org.
PM)--The city of Enid will be holding several public meetings over the next couple of months concerning signage and sidewalks in Enid, and they would like your input. According to the City of Enid notice, two hearings will be held on the proposed changes to sign regulations. One of the proposed amendments would prohibit new billboards in town but allow for the upgrade of existing billboards with new technology. There are other sign changes for smaller signs in Enid. They will also discuss several sidewalk ordinance amendments that are up for discussion in two public hearings. The first will be at 6:00 p.m. Feb. 25 before MAPC and the second, 6:30 p.m. March 5 before Enid City Commission.
PM)--The City of Enid, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proposing to widen and improve North Cleveland from the BNSF Railroad tracks to West Willow Road. The four-lane connection on North Cleveland between the railroad track and West Willow is currently in the design and planning phase with construction anticipated to begin in two to three years. The City of Enid will hold a public meeting in Council Chambers at 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th to discuss the project and receive public comments. You are invited to attend this public meeting to view a presentation on this project and to discuss any concerns.
JT)--Central National Bank Center announced this morning that country recording artist Josh Turner will perform in Enid on Friday, March 22. Turner has earned multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM award nominations and received six Inspirational Country Music Awards. He is one of the youngest members inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and has sold more than 8 million copies of music. Hits include “Hometown Girl,” “Would You Go With me,” “Your Man,” “Time Is Love,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Long Black Train.” Turner will perform at 7:00 p.m. that evening with special guest Mo Pitney. Tickets are $35, $45, $69 and $89. Tickets can be purchased at CNBCenter.com, by calling (855) TIX-ENID, or at the CNB Center box office. More information on Turner is available at www.JoshTurner.com.
BR)--Central National Bank Center will play host to Enid Ultimate Challenge Xtreme Bulls at the end of March. The show will be 7:00 p.m. March 30, and tickets are on sale. Tickets cost $20, $25 and $35. Enid's show is one of more than 50 PRCA Extreme Bulls events held in North America and comprises a long round of 30 bull riders, followed by a short round with the top 10 contestants. All money earned from the show goes toward the PRCA point standings, the chance for the bull riders to compete at the PRCA World Finals in Las Vegas in December and the Xtreme Bulls World Finals in Washington on Labor Day weekend. For tickets, call (855) TIX-ENID, www.CNBCenter.com or visit the CNB Center administration offices on the second floor of Convention Hall off Independence. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses.
SB)--Country music group Sawyer Brown will perform in Enid this spring. Tickets are on sale for the April 2 concert presented by Triangle Insurance. Sawyer Brown first came onto the country music scene after winning the televised “Star Search” competition in the 1980s. They have since sold millions of albums. Tickets are $69, $55, $39 and $25 and can be ordered by calling 855.849-3643 (855.TIX.ENID) or at www.cnbcenter.com or CNB Center Box Office.
BB)--CNB Center announced today the Beach Boys will return to Enid for a May 5th performance at Central National Bank Center in downtown Enid. The Beach Boys are led by longtime members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. The Beach Boys average 150 shows a year. Their 2013 Capitol Records release "Sounds of Summer" is certified triple platinum with more than three million copies sold. Tickets start at $50. Tickets can be purchased by calling (855) TIX-ENID, visitingwww.cnbcenter.com or at the Central National Bank Center box office.
FR)--The 4RKids Foundation is attempting to raise the remaining $1.9 million dollars of their capital campaign during their #WeAre4RKids campaign this November. Capacity has been reached in the current 4RKids building. Officials said funds raised for the capital campaign will be used to construct a new building to increase the foundation’s ability to serve individuals with special needs in the community. 4RKids Executive Director, Tricia Mitchell said the #WeAre4RKids Campaign will run through the month of November. Anyone who is interested in donating can do so online through the 4RKids website or the 4RKids Facebook Page. Interested donors can also hand-deliver or mail donations to 4RKids at 710 Overland Trail, Enid, OK, 73703. For more information, please call 4RKids at (580) 237-7890.
CR)--The City of Enid has partnered with SeeClickFix to announce a new platform called “Enid Citizen Request Center” that will allow citizens to report quality-of-life issues and request City of Enid services. With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, Enid citizens will now be able to provide City of Enid staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions, and valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently. In addition, the SeeClickFix platform provides City of Enid officials with a centralized issue management system to manage issues from creation to resolution engaging Enid citizens throughout the process. This partnership not only allows Enid citizens to report problems, but also to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests, not just the ones they report. The SEE CLICK FIX mobile app is available for download on Android and iPhone. In addition to the mobile apps, citizens can send reports to the City of Enid’s website [http://www.Enid.org/RequestCenter] or at www.SeeClickFix.com.