MR)—After missing out a couple of times over the past week when rain fell in the area, Enid received some measurable rainfall as showers and thunderstorms moved through early this morning. We picked up just over 1.6 inches of rain here at Broadcast Central. There’s a chance of additional rain in the local forecast through early Sunday morning. Beginning Sunday afternoon expect sunshine and hot daytime highs in the upper 90’s or low triple digits through much of next week.
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AA)--Enid Police are investigating the reported aggravated assault on a 28-year-old Colorado man. Officers Thursday morning were sent to Oakwood Christian Church in reference to a welfare check. According to the report, the officers spoke with a man who said a "grievously injured" person was spotted at the church. The victim left the scene before police arrived, but a couple of hours later police responded to Integris Bass Baptist Hospital in reference to a battery after the fact. Authorities said Jonathan Gearhart, of Breckenridge, Colo., had multiple injuries on his face and left hand. Gerhard told the officer he was having difficulty remembering what happened. Gearhart said he believes he was jumped while riding his bike across the Oakwood Mall parking lot after leaving a bar at closing. His wallet, keys and the red mountain bike he was riding are missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Enid Police at 242-7000, Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, or text 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box.
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EF)--An ethics forum is being planned for Enid City Commissioners. Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser said the ethics forum he is planning will be open to the public and will be held Nov. 19. An official time will be announced at a later date. He is working on securing experts to speak during the event. The commission will not vote during the forum, which will be an educational session. Vanhooser told the Enid News and Eagle, "I anticipate in early spring of 2017 we will put the creation of an ethics policy for the city of Enid on the study session agendas, and begin working towards creating a final document." He said several commissioners are gathering information, including policies from other communities, and City Attorney Andrea Chism is researching the topic.
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DS)--The Oklahoma State School Boards Association honored Chad Dillingham and Jimmy Stallings as recipients of the 2016 Barbara Lynch Community Partner Award for their work in Enid Public Schools' strategic plan and bond election. Shawn Hime, executive director of OSSBA, told the Enid News and Eagle that community involvement is important to expand opportunities for schools and students. The award recognizes ongoing collaborative partnerships between school districts and community members that help build understanding, guidance and active involvement in the education of the community's children. Stallings and Dillingham, both Enid High graduates, served as co-chairs for the bond campaign committee, overseeing strategy, fundraising and volunteer recruitment, as well as working with community members through meetings to promote the bond election.
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SP)-Enid Police are still seeking to identify the driver that led police on a high speed pursuit last week that left one officer injured. Authorities said police witnessed a silver Jeep Cherokee Laredo speeding in the 1800 block of North Van Buren around 1:40 a.m. on July 22. McFadden reported the vehicle appeared to be traveling above the posted speed limit of 45 mph. Using a hand-held radar unit, McFadden clocked the Jeep traveling around 60 mph. An officer attempted to catch up to the Jeep and reported it crossed the middle road line on several occasions, at which point he turned on his lights and siren. The vehicles reached speeds of 70 mph during the chase. During the pursuit, the driver of the Jeep reportedly drove through several stop signs and red traffic lights. The lengthy pursuit continued until the suspect left the city limits, northwest of town and ended when an officer involved in the chase hit the bottom of a ditch with his vehicle, triggering a fuel pump switch that killed the engine. The officer suffered neck and lower back injuries. EPD received a phone call from Oklahoma Highway Patrol last Friday afternoon regarding a rollover accident west of Banner Road on Phillips. The vehicle involved was the Jeep from the earlier chase. The driver has not been identified. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information that leads to the arrest or prosecution of this or crime can call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, go online at www. enid.org/departments/police or text at 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box.
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EQ)--There was a 3.9 magnitude earthquake in Garfield County Thursday night. US Geological Survey reports the quake occurred at 8:35pm and was centered six miles south of Covington near State Highway 74. Many people in the Enid area reported feeling the quake. There has been no reports of damage.
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BC)--Northern Oklahoma College Enid will host a summer band program Aug. 1-5 in the band room. The band camp is for any student starting band, as well as seventh- or eight-grade band students, director David Toelle said. The camp offers two classes: a beginning or switcher class at 9 a.m., for students who want to start playing an instrument, or who want to learn a new instrument; and a seventh- and eighth-grade band class at 10 a.m. Summer band tuition is $30, due on the first day. For more information, contact Toelle at (580) 402-0239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FF)--Grass roots cinema will be the focus as actors and directors will be talking film at the third annual FLY Film Festival, which begins August 5 in Enid. The festival opens at noon and continues through Aug. 7 in downtown Enid. An introduction to the Films Like Yours festival will take place at Five80 Coffeehouse, then move to Gaslight Theatre around 2:00 p.m. Aug. 5, according to Natalie Rapp, FLY Film Festival social media director. Chris Sneed, JULA Foundation for Independent Cinema president and FLY Film Festival director, told the Enid News and Eagle there will be twice the amount of movies this year (50) compared to previous years in efforts to “amp it up.” Sneed said there will be several genres, including fantasy, horror, drama, romance and comedy. Many of the films that will be showing were made in Oklahoma, Sneed said. Some were made in other states and countries. The festival will provide the audience an opportunity to meet the directors and actors from the films. For more information, go online to FLYfilmfestival.org.
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GS)-- The City of Enid, in cooperation with JJ Keegan, is conducting a survey regarding Meadowlake Golf Course. Your insights and perspectives, whether you golf or not, will assist the city to create value for golfers on a foundation that optimizes the financial foundation and stewardship on which they are managed. Please access the LINK below and take the brief survey that should take 8 to 10 minutes to complete.
Once you complete the survey, by entering your email address, you will be entered in a contest to win one of five foursomes with carts valid through 2016. Even if you are not a golfer, you will receive a comparable prize package if selected. Winners will be notified by email by August 31, 2016.
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CT)--As temperatures climb, the amount of energy Oklahomans use also increases as air conditioner units work overtime to keep homes cool and comfortable. To help customers manage summer energy use and lower their energy costs, OG&E offers the following energy-saving tips:
1. Have your heating and or cooling system tuned and inspected by a service professional. Losses from a poorly maintained system accumulate over time – Sometimes at a rate of 1-2 percent each year. OG&E’s Home Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) provides no-cost air conditioner tune-ups, a $175 value, as well other home energy efficiency improvement rebates.
2. Clean or change air conditioner filters monthly. The flow of air is the key to cooling, so don't make your system work harder than it has to. Also, make sure that air vents are clear of furniture or other objects that might slow down the flow of air.
3. Use a programmable thermostat to manage your home’s temperature. Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature when you’re home and raise it a few degrees when you’re not home. Each degree a thermostat is raised can save up to three to four percent on the cost of operating an air conditioner. Customers on OG&E’s SmartHours® program receive a free programmable thermostat and incentives for shifting their energy outside of the company’s peak hours—nearly half-price electricity during non-peak times.
4. Avoid activities that add heat or humidity to your home, particularly during the hottest parts of the day, or limit them to times when nobody is home. For example, turn on your dishwasher as you leave the house or let dishes air dry rather than use the dishwasher's heater. Cook meals and dry clothes during the cooler times of the day.
5. Use fans to keep air moving. A ceiling fan uses about as much electricity as a light bulb -- far less than an air conditioner. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms. If your fan is running in an unoccupied room, you’re wasting energy instead of saving it.
6. Use an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen while cooking. The savings in your cooling costs far outweigh the electricity use of the fan.
7. Plant shade trees to block the heat from the sun. As the trees grow, they can dramatically cut your cooling bills.
8. Close drapes and shades on windows during the day to keep heat from the sun out of your house. (Particularly on windows with an eastern or western exposure). In the evening, opening drapes and shades lets heat escape through the windows.
To help customers better manage their monthly energy budget, OG&E also offers billing programs, such as Average Monthly Billing, which computes a customer’s bill on a rolling 12-month average so that bills are about the same every month, and Guaranteed Flat Bill, in which customers pay the same monthly amount for electricity regardless of their energy use.
FP)-Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma offers its Summer Feeding Program in dozens of locations in central and western Oklahoma, including in Enid. While most children enjoy summer break, many children in Oklahoma go home to empty kitchens, food bank Executive Director Rodney Bivens said in a press release. “During the summer, electricity bills are high,” he said. “Parents, who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches, also have extra financial stress of providing meals for their children. Thankfully, children can visit a Summer Feeding site to ensure they will have enough to eat.” Enid children under the age of 18 can get summer meals on weekdays at Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 S. 5th, noon to 12:30 p.m. through July 22; and Zoe Kids’ Cafe of Enid, 729 E. Maine, noon to 1 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m. through July 29. All Summer Feeding program locations will be closed July 4. During the summer 2015, 93 sites served almost 6,500 children. For more information, go to summerfeeding.org or call (405) 972-1111.