IA)—Following up on an injury accident we told you about yesterday afternoon….The crash occurred at 2:40 Thursday afternoon, involved four vehicles and diverted traffic for over an hour in both directions of US 412 at 114th Street east of Enid. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 90 year old Wanda Mae Gragert of Enid was driving a pickup westbound in the eastbound lanes of 412, when her vehicle sideswiped a Ford Edge driven by 35 year old Lynsey Kushera of Stillwater. Gragert continued west, and then had a head on collision with a Chevy Impala driven by 32 year old Sarah Jordan of Garber. Both vehicles went out of control, and crashed into the cable barriers on the north side of the eastbound lane of 412. A fourth vehicle driven by 20 year old Jaiden McAlister of Garber was damaged by debris from the accident. Wanda Gragert was transported by LIFE EMS to St. Mary's in Enid where she was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk internal, and trunk external injuries.
No one else in the multi vehicle accident were seriously injured.
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DW)--Enid woman was arraigned Thursday in Garfield County District Court on a felony charge of personal injury accident DUI resulting in great bodily injury. 39 year-old Melissa Dawn Stoliker faces four to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, if convicted of the felony charge related to a Nov. 26 accident in the 1300 block of East Oklahoma. According to an affidavit filed in the case, Stoliker was drunk and speeding when she lost control of her vehicle, left the road and struck Refugio Ortiz, who was standing on his porch. When police arrived, Ortiz was unconscious on the ground. Ortiz was transported and admitted in critical condition to OU Trauma Center, for treatment of a sternal body fracture, fractured ribs, Grade 2 liver and spleen lacerations, a bladder rupture, nasal bone fracture, broken right femur and other injuries. Stoliker is currently free on $5,000 bond and is due back in court Jan. 9, for a bond appearance.
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EE)--Garfield Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said he was pleased with results Thursday morning’s exercise testing the area’s emergency electronic communication system. Earlier today in an email Honigsberg said “We didn’t break anything but that isn’t to say we won’t in a real event. Official numbers aren’t back to me yet from the app company and I am compiling the numbers that came in to me through email. I hope to have those totals by Monday or Tuesday. One problem that about a dozen or so folks had was they couldn’t send the Damage report. It could be a variety of issues from a glitch in the app working with the operating system of the phone, the system on the phone itself, or a conflict with something else possibly with the settings on the phone or app.”
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MA)--The martyrdom of the Rev. Stanley Rother is now recognized by Pope Francis, making the former Okarche priest the first U.S.-born martyr in history, according to the Catholic News Service. Pope Francis put the American priest killed during Guatemala's civil war on the path to possible sainthood by signing the martyrdom decree Thursday, according to The Associated Press. The 46 year-old Rother had been in Guatemala translating the New Testament into an Indian dialect. In 1986 he was shot to death by three unidentified gunmen. Rother is the first U.S.-born priest to receive such recognition.
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CP)--Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Travis Tritt’s acoustic performance, regularly scheduled at the Central National Bank Center on Sunday, January 15, 2017 has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 18, 2017. Previously purchased tickets are still valid for the new date.
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TH)—The public is invited to a regional town hall meeting with State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. The meeting will be held Monday December 5th in the Enid High School Food Court at 6:00pm. Organizers say due to recent changes in state and federal law, we have a historic opportunity to work together to shape the future of education in Oklahoma. The public is invited to join the conversation at this regional meeting.
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CF)—The candidate filing period for two local elections will be open next week. If you would like to make a difference in Enid, maybe you should run for a seat on the Enid City Commission. You can file from 8:00am Monday morning December 5th until 5:00pm Wednesday December 7th at the Garfield County Election Board office at 903 Failing Avenue. Open seats are Ward 3 held by Ben Ezzell, Ward 4 held by Rodney Timm, and Ward 6 held by David Vanhooser. The election will be in February.
Also, qualified individuals interested in serving on the Enid Board of Education are encouraged to file for open seats at the Garfield County Election Board, December 5-7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two seats are up for election: No. 1, a four-year term and No. 6, a four-year term. The seats are currently held by Matt Sampson, No. 1 and Kyle Whitehead, No. 6. Candidates must live in the office area they would like to represent. For information on the zone boundaries and candidate qualifications and restrictions contact Karl White, EPS Chief Financial Officer, by calling (580) 366-7000 or visiting 500 S. Independence. Information packets are available. The election is slated for February 14.
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CS)--“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” will take place at the Central National Bank Center Monday, Dec. 5. “Last year, we had our first holiday show, and it was so popular, we are having another one this year for those looking to enjoy the holiday shows without leaving Enid,” said Spectra’s Kevin Boryczki, general manager of the Central National Bank Center. The Cirque show is part Broadway musical and family Christmas spectacular with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 worldwide artists. Tickets range from $35 to $75. For groups of 10 or more, guests can save on select seats. There will also be a holiday dinner option for an additional $22.50. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID.
OH)--Security National Bank of Enid will hold its annual open house Wednesday December 7th. The open house will be from 9:00am to 3:00pm and will be held in the lobbies of the banks three Enid locations. The open house at the bank’s main location on West Broadway will feature entertainment by pianist Sandy Luginbill throughout the day and the McKinley Elementary Second Grade Choir at 11:30am. Cookbooks featuring the favorite recipes of bank employees will be available during the open house as well as a wall calendar, while supplies last. Guests will be able to enter a drawing for a large Christmas stocking filled with toys.
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HS)--Country singer and past "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery will headline the 14th annual Christmas Show at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Dec. 17. Steve Barnes, general manager of the Expo Center said "We're really lucky to get him to route through Enid to do our Christmas Show. We're really excited." The show will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $30, $40 and $50 and will go on sale Oct. 1 at the Expo Center or its website, www.chisholmtrailexpo.com.
McCreery, winner of the 10th season of “American Idol,” burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now in his early 20s, the singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million, earned both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved one gold and three platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits. His Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was released in 2012, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was quickly certified Gold.
IL)--Oklahomans have a chance to attend the 58th presidential inauguration. All U.S. senators and representatives will receive a small number of tickets for the ceremony. The inauguration is Jan. 20 when President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Tickets are for standing-room access only to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Oklahomans may submit a request for tickets via an online form by Dec. 16. Tickets will be entered to a lottery and winners will be notified via writing by Dec. 21, according to a release from U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s office. To submit a request for tickets, visit https://www.lankford.senate.gov/services/inauguration.