CC)--Enid City Commissioners heard an update on the Kaw Lake water pipeline project during their study session Tuesday night. The commission then addressed a number of issues during their regular meeting. Steve Kime of the City of Enid has this recap.
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EH)--A Chamber of Commerce website released its top ten list of cities to live in for Oklahoma, and Enid was selected for the top spot. According to the website, best cities to live in America for 2019 included ten communities in Oklahoma. Ranked first was Enid followed by Broken Arrow, Bixby, Ponca City, Edmond, Owasso, Bartlesville, Norman, Stillwater and Ardmore. The criteria used to rank the Oklahoma communities included: employment, housing, quality of life, and education and health factors. The Chamber website organization ranked 2,509 communities with populations above 25,000. Enid Mayor George Pankonin said, “Thanks to City Manager Jerald Gilbert and all of the great city employees whose team efforts in support of our city has help bring us this great honor.”
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AH)--69 year old Lloyd Eugene Fore of Enid was charged Monday in Grant County with 23 felony counts of cruelty to animals and a warrant issued for his arrest. Enid News and Eagle reports Fore faces up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both on each of the 23 counts accusing him of withholding proper and necessary food, water, shelter or veterinary care for 16 adult dogs and seven puppies. As we reported last week, many of the animals were taken to the SPCA here in Enid for special care. Vickie Grantz, director of Enid SPCA, said none of the dogs are aggressive, and they are responding to treatment. She said people could help out with donations for the dogs, since it has been a strain on the shelter’s resources to accept 23 dogs.
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IA)-- A Pond Creek Police Department officer who was attempting a traffic stop was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday evening. 27 year old Larry Lloyd Porter was injured when the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria he was driving eastbound on US 60 just before 6:00 yesterday evening suffered a blowout and he failed to negotiate the curve at Birch Street. His vehicle departed roadway right, went into a broad slide and struck a culvert, departed roadway left, and rolled one complete time. Porter was extricated by Pond Creek Fire due to injuries. He was transported by Air Evac to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in critical condition with trunk internal injuries.
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SD)--State Highway 45 remains closed in Alfalfa County from Goltry east to the Garfield County line. Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials reported the highway closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday due to damage from flooding. Drivers are advised to plan for alternate routes. Garfield County residents who suffered damage from heavy rainfall between May 4th and June 9th are being asked to report damage to state and federal authorities. Garfield County Certified Director of Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said he spent Tuesday with FEMA and state of Oklahoma assessment personnel surveying damage from the recent rainfall. Honigsberg said the damage in the county was seen in Enid, Waukomis, Garber, Kremlin and a "few areas in between." He said residents should go to damage.ok.gov and fill out the information on the link. That gets you into the state system and eventually an assessment team will coordinate with Honigsberg and he will coordinate with you when they come to Garfield County and look into your situation. Honigsberg said he was asking residents to keep all receipts for items paid for out of pocket while going through the recovery process.
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FJ)--Security National Bank of Enid will present “In My Life”, an Independence Day celebration concert performed by the Enid Symphony Orchestra Thursday July 4th in Enid’s Meadowlake Park. The free outdoor concert begins at 8:30 pm as the conclusion of the daylong citywide Independence Day celebration sponsored by the City of Enid. “In My Life” has been chosen as the theme for the program featuring Billboard Top 100 Hits from the years 1967-1973. The program will begin and conclude with patriotic favorites in celebration of Independence Day. The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display by Western Enterprises International. The fireworks will be choreographed to the live symphony performance. For more information about the 2019-2020 Enid Symphony Orchestra concert season like them on Facebook, visit their website enidsymphony.org or telephone 580-237-9646.
SF)--The Enid Public Library is teaming up with the Food Bank of Oklahoma, Loaves & Fishes, and the Parks & Recreation Department for Lunch Bunch this summer. Free lunches will be provided for kids 18 and under in two different locations, Monday through Friday from July 1st to August 9th, except for July 4th. Join the library behind Mercy House from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. each day for lunch as well as a mobile library. Children will be able to grab a book, read it, and bring it back for another selection. From 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. the library will be at Champion Park Gym. They will serve lunch at Noon, a snack at 12:45, and it will be followed by stories, music, and movement. Special programs will also be provided with special guests including Enid SPCA, OKC Zoo, Family Martial Arts, & much more. A full list of special programs each day can be found on the library’s website, enid.okpls.org. Free rides for families will also be provided through Enid Transit. Anyone interested should call Enid Transit at 580-233-7433 to make arrangements.
FP)--Enid Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch during the months of June and July. The district will provide meals free of charge weekdays from June 3-27 to all children age 18 and younger at Garfield Elementary, 400 N. 7th Street, and Glenwood Elementary, 824 N. Oakwood. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enid High School, located at 611 W. Wabash, will serve meals June 3-July 26. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All sites will be closed on Fridays and Enid High School will be closed Independence Day.
PA)--Security National Bank of Enid once again will be rewarding five lucky area students for their good grades with the SNB Pays for A’s program. The program is open to students in grades 3 through 12. Public and private school students are encouraged to participate. Students have until 5:00 p.m. June 21 to take their report cards to any of Security National Bank’s three locations. There the bank will make a copy of the report card and place it in a hopper. Four cards will be drawn from the hopper. Those four students will receive $10 for each A and $5 for each B on their spring 2019 semester grades. A fifth card will be drawn from the hopper for a $150 savings account with the bank. All students entering their grades will receive a coupon for an ice dream cone from Chick Fil A of Enid.
WF)--The City of Enid is taking nominations for recipients for the 2019 “Walk of Fame” Award to be presented in September during the celebration of the Cherokee Strip Days. The Walk of Fame is an award given by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners to individuals that have made significant contributions to the Enid community. To be considered for the Walk of Fame, a person shall:
1. Have demonstrated a lifetime of service to the community in general; or
2. Have made an extraordinary contribution or act of selflessness or statesmanship
Nominations will be accepted in the office of the City Clerk until 5:00 p.m. on June 28. Nominations received after that time will be retained for consideration the following year. The Walk of Fame committee will review the nominations, consider those persons who meet the criteria, and perform any needed investigation to insure appropriateness. The Committee may also consider persons who do not receive nominations. Information may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road or by calling 580-616-7271.
PC)--Main Street Enid is hosting a local poetry contest for a downtown Enid mural. The poem should be no longer than 10 to 15 lines including the title and author’s name and will be painted on a mural along with original art from local artists. There will be a $150 cash prize and the notoriety of the poet’s name on the mural. The poem must be about Enid or Northwest Oklahoma and the poet must have ties to Enid and surrounding communities of Northwest Oklahoma. Contact Main Street Enid to submit your entry before July 31st.
DD)--The Enid Public Library is currently seeking applicants for a Deputy Director of Library Services. The Deputy Director serves as a leader in the library and local community, working closely with the Director of Enid Public Library to build and maintain services for the public. If you’ve dreamed of working in the library and fit the requirements, the library urges applicants to apply online. A full job description and application can be accessed at enid.org under “Careers”. The deadline for applications is July 31.
AE)--Autry Tech is accepting applications for their full-time programs that are set to begin on August 14th. Full-time programs are available for both adults and high school juniors and seniors and run August through May. In-district high school juniors and seniors can attend a full-time program tuition free. The Autry Scholarship is available to recent high school graduates who (1) live in the Autry district, (2) lived in the Autry district during their senior year in high school, and (3) meet enrollment guidelines. Students may attend during any or all of the three years immediately following high school graduation. For more information about Autry Technology Center and its programs, visit autrytech.edu.