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State briefs for April 11



Child abuse prevention awards presented

The state Health Department recognized six leaders in child abuse prevention during a ceremony Tuesday at the Oklahoma Judicial Center. Individuals and organizations were honored for their significant and outstanding commitment and dedication to child abuse prevention.

Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates and Steven Buck, secretary of human services and early childhood initiatives, presented the awards. Bates said child neglect and abuse is an important public health issue, and it takes strategic planning and policy changes to reverse the trend of increased child abuse rates. He commend Beth Martin, director of Family Support and Prevention Services, and her team of public health professionals for their work.

Award recipients are state Rep. Carol Bush, outstanding legislator; Jem Balderas, outstanding home visitor; Oklahoma City Public Schools Parents as Teachers Program, outstanding child abuse prevention program; Kyle Moore, Mary Ellen Wilson Award; Diane Sammons, Julie L. Bonner Nurse Award; and Tiffany Holmes, Marion Jacewitz Award.

Metro Tech to host career fair

Metro Technology Center will host its annual career fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Metro Tech’s Business Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive. The career fair is open to the public.

This year’s event will include more than 80 employers interested in hiring workers in many areas, including office work, aircraft maintenance, auto body and auto service, child care, climate and energy control, construction, cosmetology, electrical, engineering, finance and banking, food service, graphic and video design, health, law enforcement and welding. Employers will conduct interviews during the event for full- and part-time positions.

"It’s an outstanding opportunity for Metro Tech students and local community members looking for a career,” said Mike Shelton, Metro Tech’s transition services coordinator.


Living history event scheduled for Enid

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will present “A Night with Our Leaders,” a biannual event featuring living history interpretations of notable northwest Oklahoma historical figures. The event is Friday at the center, 507 S Fourth. Tours will start every 15 minutes, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The last tour will be at 7:45 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are available for each tour, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. The price is $25, with a $5 discount for CSRHC members. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a guided tour through each of the seven vignettes.

Historical figures this year are David L. Payne, portrayed by Brad Eastbrooks; Charles Knox, portrayed by Dr. Larry Kiner; Mary Umstead, portrayed by Vanessa Adams-Harris; Dr. Hope Ross, portrayed by Mary McDonald; Edward N. “E. N.” Puckett, portrayed by Lynn Smith; Lt. Col. Leon Vance, portrayed by Darren Rudy; and Bessie Truitt, portrayed by Mary Fishcaber.

For more information, call 580-237-1907 or email

Staff reports