MS)—The identities of a Waukomis couple found dead in their home in July have been released. A Waukomis Police Department report lists the two as 44 year-old Rusty Hurst and 37 year-old Stephanie Hurst. Enid News and Eagle reports Rusty Hurst is listed as the suspect in the report, and Stephanie Hurst is listed as the victim. The report lists the offense as "Homicide - murder and non-negligent manslaughter." The Hursts were found July 17 inside their residence after Waukomis police were contacted and asked to conduct a welfare check on Stephanie. Authorities believe Rusty Hurst killed and decapitated his wife, before setting a fire in the residence, killing himself.
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WS)--The local Western Sizzlin is closing this month after Swadley's World Famous Bar-B-Q reportedly purchased the property at 4722 W. Garriott. According to a Facebook post, owner Steve Harris is retiring and Western Sizzlin is closing after 37 years. The post states “Swadley’s Barbecue has purchased our property and we look forward to the opening of their restaurant next year.” This is a different location than previously reported. In October, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission unanimously approved a lot split for a Swadley’s at 5522 W. Garriott. That property was west of the corner of Garland and Garriott, next to Atwoods Ranch and Home. That lot split had sought to create a lot for a Swadley’s. No word about the future of that property.
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AC)--This year in general, support of non-profit groups has taken a downturn. Many are having difficulties raising operating funds for their programs. And, the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is feeling the pinch as well. Dan Shidell, local United Way executive director, said there is concern they may not reach their goal this year. The goal has been set at $700,000. As of Monday, they had received just under $509,000 (72.7%) in contributions and pledges committed to the 2018-2019 campaign. Officials and volunteers are calling for a year-end push to reach the goal. Joey Meibergen, this year's campaign chair, told us that any amount will help, and he said even if you've already given, consider giving just a little bit more. If you want more information, or to make a donation, call the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma offices at 580-237-0821.
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CC)--Chase the Chill: Enid Edition, is going on now at the Enid Public Library. Chase the Chill combines art, service to community, and yarn bombing by placing warm weather items where anyone, regardless of income or any other qualifiers, can take what they need. All available items are strung outside the library from now until the end of winter. The library has participated in Chase the Chill since 2016. “It’s the season of giving,” says Jenny Regier, Library Director at the Enid Public Library, “and we have so many programs in the library about making and taking. This program is about giving to others.” So far this year, the program has supplied 120 items, and the worst of the weather is yet to come. The library is accepting donations of handmade or store bought hats, scarves, and gloves. Currently, the library is desperately in need of hats. These items may be brought to the first floor service desk at the library or to the donation bin located on the library’s second floor. For more information and to get involved call Margo at 580-616-7183 or email email@example.com. You may also learn more about the Chase the Chill initiative started by Susan Huxley in Easton, PA, athttp://www.chasethechill.com/.
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BB)--Bennie's Barn is hosting their 5th Annual Sleigh Rides with Santa on Saturday December 15th from 11:00am-2:00pm. The event is sponsored by Edward Jones and tickets are $5 per person and includes an array of activities. Feed and Pet the horses, Sleigh Rides with Santa, Train Rides, Bouncy House, Face Paint, Hot Cocoa Bar and Cookies. You can purchase tickets at Bennie's Barn, RSVP of Enid, and Dillingham Insurance. For more information visit our website at http://www.benniesbarn.org or find us on Facebook. All proceeds goes towards rider scholarship funds.
CP)--City of Enid Parks and Recreation officials say “Christmas in the Park” at Meadowlake Park will be held on Saturday December 15 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The holiday event is a free family fun event created by the City of Enid staff to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday. Families are invited to enjoy several free activities and games for children including toy and ornament making, cookie decorating, Grinch and Rudolph games, and letters to Santa. According to park and recreation officials, the Kiwanis Rides will be available for a small fee during the evening event.
Parking will be available at the following locations and EPTA will be providing shuttles to Meadowlake Park from the parking locations:
· GEFCO: 2215 S Van Buren St
· Save-A-Lot: 1716 S Van Buren St
· Meadowlake Golf Course: 2013 W Rupe Ave
Christmas in the Park will also be opened to the public on December 8 and 15. Bring your camera to get your own picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy an evening with family and friends at Enid's Christmas in the Park.
CD)--The Retired Enlisted Association will be hosting their annual Christmas dinner for all veterans at the American Legion, 121 West Oak, on December 15th at 12:00 pm. Donations welcome. Contact Richard for more information at (580) 540-2196 or (580) 231-3908.
KP)--Officials in Kingfisher announced the city's annual Nighttime Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 15. The theme for this year's parade is "The Grinch's Magical Christmas" and will begin 6:00 p.m., followed immediately by a fireworks demonstration. For more information, visit http://www.kingfisher.org/events/.
SH)--RSVP's Santa for Seniors program is to help bring the spirit of Christmas to local seniors by providing a Christmas bag full of goodies and a visit to help spread Christmas cheer. Many of them spend the holiday alone and never receive a gift or a visit at all.
RSVP is in need of monetary donations and donated items like dish soap, laundry soap, deodorant, lotions, toothpaste, denture cream and cleaner, body wash/soap, toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex, sweatpants and sweatshirts (any size from small - 3XL), pajamas and nightgowns, towels, washcloths, thick blankets, pillows, etc.
Donations can be dropped off at: RSVP's office, The Commons, Tara's Organics, St. Joseph, and St. Gregory. For more information visit our website at: http://www.rsvpenid.org or find us on Facebook. Thank you to our major sponsors: Bath Planet, Oxbow, Richard Moreland, Middle Fork Resources, Men's Garden Club, Shelly Millsap, Central National Bank Employees Club.
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.
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.