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December 30, 2013

News & Eagle's top stories: Earthquakes No. 6

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ENID, Okla. — No. 8 — County voters approve Sunday liquor sales.

Garfield County voters went to the polls in October and approved a proposition to allow restaurants and clubs to sell liquor on Sundays.

The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the plan, with nearly 69 percent of those casting ballots approving the idea.

 Restaurants and clubs now can sell alcohol between 10 a.m. and midnight Sundays. It also allows liquor sales on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, but keeps Thanksgiving and Christmas dry.

Supporters said the issue was one of economic development. They said the county missed out on several new restaurants coming here previously because of the law banning Sunday alcohol sales.

Garfield County commissioners did not set the vote, but rather required supporters to bring the proposal to a vote through an initiative petition.

No. 7 — Businesses open in the old Homeland building.

The old Homeland building at Garriott and Oakwood, which stood empty for almost eight years, has been transformed into Enid Crossing shopping center.

The first two stores in the center, Rue21 and T.J.Maxx opened in November. A third store, PetSmart, will open Jan. 18.

The city of Enid had purchased the vacant building a couple of years ago, and in the summer, Hunt Properties, of Dallas, closed the more-than $1.75 million deal.

No. 6 — Earthquakes increase in the area.

The Enid area and northwest Oklahoma haven’t been immune to earthquakes. There have been many recorded over the decades in the area.

In 2013, though, it seemed the ground was shaking all the time, and no one yet has an answer as to why it’s happening.

It’s not just the Enid area, either. Oklahoma Geological Survey has recorded more than 2,000 earthquakes in the state this year.

Austin Holland, OGS research seismologist, said some of the activity may be the result of hydraulic fracturing or injection wells, but that’s not the only reason.

To help with its studies, OGS installed a seismometer near Carrier last summer.

Wednesday: The second installment of our top 10 stories, featuring stories one through five.

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