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    DC)--26 year old Marcus Wayne Cotton of Enid is in the Garfield County jail on complaints of resisting arrest and assault and battery upon a police officer. Cotton had an arrest warrant in Garfield County for misdemeanor charges of breaking and entering and malicious injury to property, and had a warrant through Department of Corrections. Enid police found Cotton Monday afternoon hiding under a bed in a residence on North 19.  As officers attempted to put Cotton into handcuffs, he reportedly resisted, kneeing one of the officers in the groin and punching him in the face. Cotton was taken into custody after being stunned with a Taser.

     

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    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two area women died when their car collided with a pickup truck driven by a man going the wrong way on the Kansas Turnpike. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident occurred Tuesday night on Interstate 35 in Wichita. The patrol says 38-year-old Lori Uchiyama, of Blackwell, Okla., and her passenger, 33-year-old Elizabeth Goodno, of Ponca City, Okla., were killed. The second driver, 65-year-old Donald Fifer of Haysville, was driving south in the northbound lanes when his truck hit a vehicle head-on, struck a guardrail and overturned before starting on fire. He was hospitalized in Wichita. The accident closed the turnpike for several hours. Investigators are trying to determine why Fifer was driving the wrong way.

     

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    EQ)--Residents of Marshall reportedly felt a small earthquake Tuesday just after work. At 5:36 yesterday afternoon, a 2.8 earthquake was registered about a mile south of Marshall in far southeast Garfield County. No damage was reported.

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the clerk who refused to grant them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court with a rare opportunity. Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah's gay-marriage ban, and will take up the Oklahoma case Thursday. That gave the Oklahoma legal teams on both sides a chance to fine-tune their arguments based on what they heard last week. Attorneys defending the ban say they were encouraged by the judges' tough questions. The couple's lawyers will likely look to the judge who asked whether Utah's ban was akin to a Virginia ban on interracial marriage struck down in 1967. Both state cases involve bans on same-sex marriage passed by voters.

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Oklahoma public school teachers and school administrators have joined a group of House Democrats in calling for an increase in tax dollars spent on public education. Educators and Democratic lawmakers gathered at the Capitol today, about two weeks after thousands of teachers and school administrators rallied at the Capitol for more classroom funding and better teacher salaries. House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Oklahoma City says budget cuts have reduced state revenue for public schools by about $200 million in recent years. But Inman says schools are under more demands to implement unfunded education mandates and high-stakes testing of students. Warner Public Schools Superintendent David Vinson says he had to tell four employees of the rural school district that he cannot afford to re-hire them because of budget uncertainty.

     

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    HT)--If you want to learn more about the history of Enid, then you should meet Cactus Jack and the rest of the historic re-enactors as they lead you on a journey though downtown Enid. The Walking Tours are returning to downtown Enid for the Spring and Summer months. The first historic tour is May 17th at 10am. Tours are held the third Saturday of each month and lead you through at least 13 stories about the happenings around the downtown square.  For example, the first constructed jail and the land office were located on the Square. And you'll find out about David George, who claimed to be John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin.  Even if you've lived in Enid your whole life, you will find out something you didn't know about it's history, as the actors bring to life days gone by. You need to sign up ahead of time at Soapweeds & Cactus, 122 N. Independence. There is limited space on the tour. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

     

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    AT)--Enid High School academic team is hosting a Trivia Challenge to raise money for the team’s upcoming trip to Chicago for the National Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament May 31st -  June 1st. Registration is at 6 p.m. April 28 at the high school cafeteria and the first match will begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost to enter the tournament is $60 for a team of four.

     

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    CC)--Oklahoma State Department of Health is hosting a community chat Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 in room 127 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid on East Randolph. You are encouraged to offer input on how to strengthen community partnerships that make a difference in the lives and health of Oklahomans. Feedback received will be used to update the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan.

     

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    BM)--Autry Technology Center is accepting applications for the third Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition.  Deadline to create a business plan for the competition is Friday. You must be able to prepare and present an initial business plan as an investment proposition that will attract customers and be a sound investment. Recent first place teams have been awarded $15,000 to help launch their business. Rules, guidelines and judging criteria for the contest are available at the James W. Strate Center for Business Development. For information, call Autry Tech, (580) 242-2750.

     

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    FS)--Family Saturday at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and will feature such activities as Army drills and gun displays. The event will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday and is free with admission to the museum.

    Civil War Family Saturday is being held in conjunction with a special exhibit on “
    Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The exhibit is on display at the Heritage Center through May 16. For more information on Family Saturdays, contact the Heritage Center at (580) 237-1907 or online at www.csrhc.org.                                                   

     

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    SW)--The spring severe storm season is underway and Oklahoma has already seen a tornado touch down. The Red Cross office in Enid will be hosting a severe thunderstorm and tornado preparedness event to help the community be Red Cross Ready as the spring season moves forward. Come to the Enid Public Library on April 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. to get important information on preparing for severe weather including tornadoes. Information will include how to build a preparedness kit, what to do if a tornado is approaching and how you respond following. The goal is to prepare communities to better respond and be more resilient following disasters. To get more information on preparing for disasters, visit www.redcross.org. Residents are also encouraged to download the free Red Cross Tornado App available on iPhone and Android. Information on the app can be found by clicking here.

     

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    FR)—The YWCA of Enid will hold a fundraiser next week where men will be asked to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in support of Sexual Assault Awareness month. Organizers are asking men of all ages to put on high heels and walk from the YWCA, 525 S. Quincy, to RSVP, 602 S. Van Buren, at noon Tuesday, April 22.

    “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this is one activity we have planned to raise awareness,” said YWCA Executive Director Kim Blankenship. “We are recruiting men to be man enough to put on a pair of heels and walk from the YW to RSVP.” Volunteers are needed for both the walk and to come out and watch the men strut their stuff down Garriott at lunchtime. Those wanting to participate can call the YWCA at 234-7581 to register and provide their shoe size. The event is free to participate.

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    SE)--Enrollment will be April 24-25 for Enid Public Schools’ 4-year-old program for the 2014-15 school year. EPS offers full-day and intergenerational classes. Enrollment for full-day intergenerational 4-year-old programs at The Commons and Greenbrier Village will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at those locations. Enrollment for the 4-year-old programs at all 11 elementary schools, as well as the expanded program at Carver Center that will launch in the fall, will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. Students should enroll at their home elementary schools. For information, call (580) 366-7000.

     

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    EB)--Keep Enid Beautiful is encouraging people of all ages to volunteer for the 2014 Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) in Oklahoma sponsored by Devon Energy and coordinated by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB).

     

    In the nation’s largest grassroots community improvement program, Keep Enid Beautiful volunteers will clean up litter and debris around Enid’s historic downtown square on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 am to Noon. Volunteers are asked to check in at the Courthouse gazebo, where they will be given free trash bags to use during the morning.

     

    “This is an opportunity for our community to gather together and take pride in Enid,” said Keep Enid Beautiful chairman Suzy Meibergen. “We are seeking volunteers to dedicate that Saturday morning to keeping Enid beautiful.” How can you get involved? Like the Keep Enid Beautiful page on Facebook to keep informed on upcoming events.

     

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    SF)--The Enid Public School Foundation will host their annual fundraiser, The ‘E’vent, on April 28 at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear great music from students throughout the district. Tickets are $5 and children under 5 are free. A box dinner will be served with admittance. Bring chairs or blankets & enjoy! Save the date!

     

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    SC)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum has opened enrollment for its summer camp sessions, which begins June 2 and consists of eight weeks of art and science hands-on learning for ages 4-12. The 2014 theme is Awesome Adventures. Science weeks include space, June 2-6, and archeology, July 7-11. Six weeks of art, June 9-27 and July 14-Aug. 1, will have campers exploring art, culture and food of the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. Camp will not be held the week of June 30 through July 4.

    Discounts are available for Leonardo’s members, early enrollment and families enrolling two or more students. The enrollment fee includes breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and all supplies. Scholarships also are available on a first-come, first-served basis with demonstrated need. A 20 percent early enrollment discount is offered for tuition paid in full during April and 10 percent discount is available for payments in May. Families enrolling campers for all eight weeks receive a 25 percent discount.

    Students ages 13-15 also are invited to apply to be apprentices, or junior volunteers, to assist with
    Camp Leonardo’s. Apprentice applications will be accepted through May 1. For information about Camp Leonardo’s or upcoming events, go to the Leonardo’s website at www.leonardos.org or call (580 233-2787. Leo’s Summer Camp is made possible in part by a grant from Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts and local sponsors Messer-Bowers Insurance, city of Enid and Park Avenue Thrift.

     

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    CS)--Comedians, rodeo and MMA are coming to Enid this spring. Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, said Nobodies of Comedy, Extreme Rodeo Challenge and Battlegrounds MMA will perform in April and May.

    Nobodies of Comedy, a touring talent showcase of young comedians, will be at Convention Hall Grand Ballroom at
    8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Tickets are$50, with a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available. The ticket includes a gourmet dinner and cash bar. VIP patrons will be right on the stage.

    The 2014 Extreme Rodeo Challenge, presented by Global Spectrum and Wild West Rodeo, comes to
    Enid Event Center May 2-3. The Challenge includes bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, free style bullfighting and bull riding. Tickets start at $10.

    Battle Ground MMA will be at Enid Event Center May 17. Tickets are $37, $47, $62 and $77. A limited number of $50 passes for a meet-and-greet with food and drinks are available. The meet and greet event will be during Convention Hall pre-fights and can be purchased at any price level. 14 pro and amateur matches will feature fighters from Enid and the surrounding area, including Enid native and professional fighter Dylan Smith in the main event. Tickets for any of the events can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID, at EnidEventCenter.com or at administration offices of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, located on the second floor of Convention Hall.

     

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    SO)—Hopefully you got your tickets while they were available. The highly-anticipated one-year anniversary concert June 21st at the Enid Event Center, featuring Reba McEntire, is sold out. Global Spectrum officials said tickets went on sale on Friday and were sold out late Monday. This follows the venue’s first sold-out concert in March with Darius Rucker. Fans wishing to stay informed of potential releases of tour holds should sign up for the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Cyber Club Newsletter at www.EnidEventCenter.com. If tickets become available they can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID or visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com

     

    Reba will top the first year of operation at the Enid complex and a steady pace of events during this Spring / Summer including: 

     

    The Easter Event – April 20

    Nobodies of Comedy – April 26

    Extreme Rodeo Challenge - May 2-3

    KANSAS: 40th Anniversary Tour – May 10

    BattleGrounds MMA 4 – May 17

    Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries – June 13

    Reba – June 21

    Enid Roller Girls Home BoutsApril 12, August 2, October 25

     

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    GP)--T&A Productions and the Growing Hope Network will be hosting this year's 2nd Chance Dance - Enid's Grown Up Prom on Saturday, May 17 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm in the Nick Benson Memorial Ballroom of Convention Hall. This year's theme is Masquerade for a Cause and proceeds from the event will go to Growing Hope Network for their arts scholarships for underprivileged children as well as to their community reintegration and family focused programs. Tickets are $30 for individuals or $50 for couples. There will be a silent auction, a Prom King and Queen crowning, a cash bar and hors d'oeurves. The band the Unusual Suspects will be providing the entertainment for the evening. Attire is cocktail or formal evening attire and masks are encouraged.  Masks will also be available for purchase at the event. In conjunction with this year's prom there will be a "Promposal" contest.  The cost is $5 to enter and entrants must submit a video of their most creative or funniest invitation to the prom.  Winners will receive a one night stay at an Enid bed & breakfast. For tickets or more in formation go to www.grownupprom.com.

     

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    SD)--Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries will be June 13 at Enid Event Center. Tickets are on sale now at EnidEventCenter.com or by calling (855) TIX-ENID. Ticket prices range from $19-$65, with group discounts available. The performance will be noon Friday, June 13. For information about Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries, go to www.scoobydoolive.com.

     

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    GT)--Participants at this year’s United Way Golf Tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center have a chance to win great prizes, show off their skill, have fun and support programs that make a difference in our community. A new component to the tournament this year is the opportunity to contribute to the Ronna Richards Memorial Fund, with proceeds benefiting women’s health initiatives.  Participants can donate during the registration process and at a special event the day of the tournament. 

     

    The Annual United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma golf tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center is in its 27th year.  Bob and Sherry Adamson are serving as the 2014 co-chairs for the event, with dinner being provided by Raymie’s. The tournament raises approximately $14,000 each year for United Way’s 16 member agencies. 

     

    The tournament will take place June 13 at Meadowlake Golf Course.  Entry for a team of 4 is only $380--which includes a company sign on the golf course and the company’s name listed in the brochure. Individuals may play for $75 each.  Space is limited to the first 100 players.  Anyone wanting to participate should contact United Way at 237-0821.

     

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