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  • SW)--Severe thunderstorms moved through Enid and the area Tuesday night. The lightening and hail forced a halt in play at the NJCAA Division II World Series at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Mike Honigsberg, Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management director sad large hail was reported in parts of the area, including tennis ball-size hail in the Drummond and Green Valley areas. Up to quarter-size hail was reported in several places in Enid. There were no immediate reports of damage. A Flash Flood Watch for Enid and the entire area is in effect from tonight though 7:00am Sunday.

     

     

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    WC)--Despite the short-term over abundant rainfall, officials say there are no plans to discontinue city of Enid water conservation measures, which began May 1. City spokesman Steve Kime said the city will continue the odd/even conservation efforts. Under the rules, even-numbered street addresses water outside on even-numbered days, while odd-numbered addresses water on odd-numbered days. This is the fourth year for the policy, and City of Enid Utility Services Manager Scott Morris previously said the conservation measures will begin automatically on May 1every year.

     

     

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    FD)--Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and other officials toured flood damage today in Purcell and Lake Texoma. Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management, said many homes and businesses in Purcell had been damaged when Walnut Creek breached its banks. In Hughes County, Emergency Management Director John E. Roberts Jr. estimated infrastructure storm damage at approximately $1.5 million to $2 million. Hughes County roads sustained severe damage from storm water runoff. At least three bridges are still under water and the wooden deck of one bridge floated away. More than a few Hughes County residents must detour 10 to 12 miles to get to or from their homes because of flood damage to county roads and bridges. Officials are urging anyone with damage from storms since May 5 to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s hotline at (800) 621-FEMA.

     

     

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    SB)--The Enid Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting at to receive bids on general obligation building bonds worth $6.21 million. EPS Chief Financial Officer Karl White told the Enid News and Eagle, this is the district’s annual bond sale, and these bonds have two-year maturities; when mature, the money will go toward making payments to the Garfield County Education Facility Authority for now completed renovations to district buildings. The board also will discussed allowing the district’s summer baseball program to use district buses on an out-of-state trip to Springfield, Mo., in June. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. June 22 in the Administrative Service Center board room.

     

     

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    EQ)—US Geological Survey officials say there was a magnitude 2.6 earthquake in southern Grant County this morning. The quake occurred at 8:33am and was centered 4 miles northwest of Hunter. There were six earthquakes Tuesday in eastern Garfield County. Five of those were centered in an area about a mile southeast of Covington. The first quake was at 8:50am, followed by another at 9:16, then 9:36, 11:00, and 11:04am. They ranged from 2.5 to 3.0 on the Richter Scale. They were followed by a 3.0 quake about four miles southeast of Covington at 12:30pm. There was a 3.0 magnitude quake at 6:30 last night about four miles west of Langston in Logan County. And, there was a 2.5 quake last night at 10:24pm near Choctaw in Oklahoma County.

     

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    MR)-Will this be the weekend the rides open for the season at Meadowlake Park? Rain delays have hampered plans for a few weeks now, but this Thursday starts the 2015 season at Meadowlake, of course, weather permitting. The Ferris wheel, carousel and Kiwanitrain will open from 6:00 to 9:00pm every Thursday to Sunday through Labor Day. If there is rainfall this weekend the opening will be postponed until June 4.

     

     

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    CS)--Superintendent Cory Ellis of the Cherokee Public Schools System announced his resignation at the end of a special school board meeting which had been called to hire personnel for the upcoming school year. No word on when the search for a new superintendent will begin.

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the past two years, thousands of supporters of public education have thronged the Oklahoma Capitol asking legislators mostly for pay raises for teachers, increased funding for education and a reduction in the number of mandatory tests. And for two consecutive years, they have returned to their school districts with little to show for their efforts. As the gavel fell on the 2015 legislative session, legislators were unable to reach a deal to either reduce the number of mandatory tests or increase teacher pay. The Legislature did manage to hold the common education budget flat, which was no easy task given a $611 million shortfall. But many education supporters say a standstill budget amounts to a cut because of rising fixed costs and an increased number of students.

     

     

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    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation has donated $8 million for the construction of a new academic building at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. Tulsa media outlets report Oklahoma State officials announced the donation Tuesday. The new 84,000-square-foot building, which will be named after the foundation, will cost $45 million and include a hospital simulation center, clinical skills lab, exam rooms, and classroom and meeting space. Construction is expected to begin later this year and be completed by fall 2017.

     

     

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    SN)--As part of the national summer nutrition program, Enid Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to children during the month of June. Meals will be available weekdays from June 1- 30, except June 4-5, to those age 18 and younger. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Garfield Elementary, Hoover Elementary, and Monroe Elementary.

     

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    SC)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum is accepting enrollments for Camp Leonardo’s Summer Camp June 1-July 31. Classes are available by the week for students ages 4-12 for mornings, afternoons or all day. The 2015 hands-on interactive camp will include three weeks of science and six weeks of art. Leonardo’s also is accepting applications from certified educators to teach the classes. Finally, Leonardo’s is seeking volunteers ages 13-15 to assist with camp as part of a job training program overseen by Tracy Bittle, associate director and volunteer coordinator. Apprentices, as the teen volunteers are called, receive training in customer service, work-place safety, interviewing, resumé writing and team building throughout the summer. Julie Baird, executive director says both teacher applications and student enrollment forms are available on the website www.leonardos.org or in person at 200 E. Maple. Discounts are available for members and families enrolling multiple children. Full and partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis with demonstrated need.

     

     

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    SC)--Thanks to the annual success of another local bicycle event, the Oklahoma State Criterium will bring its annual set of state championship races to downtown Enid on Sunday, June 7. The State Criterium will hold championship races in nine categories beginning at 9:00 am with the final race expected to end around 6:00 pm. State Criterium director Freddie Karcher says the growth and success of the Twilight Criterium, held in conjunction with Tour de Trykes each August, contributed to the decision to bring their event here. Roads in the downtown area near the course will be blocked for the day, so motorists are asked to use caution when approaching downtown.

     

     

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    AP)--The History Channel’s “American Pickers” could visit Enid in June when they are scheduled to swing through Oklahoma, if they develop leads in our area. “American Pickers,” stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who are professional pickers who travel the country looking for treasures from large private collections and accumulations of vintage memorabilia, collectables, odds and ends,  advertising signage and merchandise for sale. The show is projected to be in the area during the first two weeks of June and is looking for private collections, no retail shops or flea markets. To get on the show’s list, email americanpickers@cineflix.com, or call (855) OLD-RUST (653-7878), and include your name, contact information and a detailed description of your items.

     

     

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    RC)--Tulsa-based comedian Rodney Carrington will perform on June 13 in Enid Event Center. Tickets, priced at $45.75 and $180.75 for VIP ticket options, and are on sale now. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. The show is for mature audiences.

     

     

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    GP)--Enid's 2nd Chance Dance Grown Up Prom will take place Saturday, June 20 from 8:00 p.m. until midnight at Oakwood Mall in the space across from Chen Garden. Tickets are $25 and this year's proceeds will benefit Gaslight Theatre. The theme is Totally 80's and there will be a prom king and prom queen contest as well as a lip sync battle. There will be a bar available, must be 21 to enter. Coordinator Tammy Wilson said attendees are encouraged to wear their best 80's garb while they enjoy a totally rad selection of the 80's greatest hits. For more information contact the Enid Event Company at (580) 402-6732 or info@enidevents.com. Tickets may be purchased online at wwenidevents.com.

     

     

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    MS)--Mannheim Steamroller will perform live at Enid Event Center on December 10. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. “We are excited to announce a world class Christmas show in Mannheim Steamroller,” said Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. “In addition to one of the best Christmas shows around, you can take advantage of our Chef’s Holiday dinner package to make it the complete night.” This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

     

    Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 24. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.  There will be a Holiday Buffet Dinner package available to add on to ticket orders.  The dinner package will be good for two guests’ tickets and meals, and a limited number of seats are available in Convention Hall’s Grand Ballroom.  Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. 

     

     

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    WA)--Wonder what the weather is doing in Garfield County?  Well, now there's an app for that! Designed for Androids and Iphones, the “Garfield County EM” was launched in January and is a direct link to the Garfield County Emergency Management team. On the app you can get the local forecast, weather radar, weather alerts, and other emergency information that's specifically catered to Enid and Garfield County. The app is administered by Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County Emergency Management Director. It also has the option of push notifications to alert you in emergencies. Other options include Honigsberg's daily blog, a damage report page, a list of emergency contacts, the storm shelter registry, nixle registration, storm preparedness, and more. Best of all the app is free.  

     

     

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    WT)--The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is offering free bacterial testing of private well water due to statewide flooding. The free testing will be available until August 15. If you would like to test your well, call 1-800-522-0206 for more information as well as sampling instructions and supplies. If your property was affected by the recent disasters, DEQ recommends that you disinfect your well. Instructions on disinfection are available at http://www.deq.state.ok.us/tornado/dsinfctwtr.pdf Additional information is available at http://www.deq.state.ok.us/tornado/index.html.

     

     

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