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KGWA Local News Friday

SW)--With wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour left damage in their wake as severe thunderstorms raced through the Enid area early this morning. In Enid there was some structural damage to homes and businesses as well as a lot of tree limbs on the ground. Thousands of OG&E customers are without power. Outages are reported in Enid, Bison, Garber, Hennessey, Lahoma, Nash, and Meno. In Enid, we picked up about an inch of rain.


City officials would like to remind residents when looking into electrical, roof, and tree removal projects, that they verify potential contractors are licensed and bonded. Prices of jobs should be given to homeowners before work effort begins. Also, city officials need to inspect jobs to ensure they are up to city code and up to homeowner’s satisfaction.

City officials have announced that storm damage clean-up will begin Monday. Residents can pile storm damage limbs at their residential curb side for pickup. Clean-up effort is expected to last 2 weeks. Residents can sign up for mobile app notifications to get communication about road construction, trash schedules, holiday closings, water outages, and other important events by going to: or by downloading the SeeClickFix app.

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CV)--Three more virus-related deaths were reported and 169 more Oklahomans tested positive for coronavirus since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 5,849 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 307 total virus-related deaths were reported. Of the three latest deaths, one happened in the last 24 hours and two happened between May 17 to 20. A total of 926 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 190 patients in the hospital as of Friday.

There have been 25 confirmed cases in Garfield County (22 in Enid), that’s up one from Thursday. One death has been reported in Garfield County, an 86 year-old woman in early April. There have been 11 confirmed cases in Kingfisher County up one since Thursday; six cases in Major County; four cases in Blaine County; two in Grant County, and one in Alfalfa County.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases

5,849 (+169)

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 


*Currently Hospitalized 


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths

307 (+3)

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-05-22 at 7:00 a.m.

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VG)--Enid High School’s 402 graduating seniors capped off their unusual year with a virtual graduation ceremony Thursday night. Broadcast on YouTube, Facebook Live and Enid Public Schools Television, the online ceremony was a first for EHS after all of the district’s students and teachers moved to at-home distance learning in April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speeches for the ceremony were recorded May 12, before EPS ended school a week earlier than scheduled on May 14. Video of the ceremony now is available online. An in-person ceremony for the seniors also is planned for 7:30 p.m. June 18 at D. Bruce Selby Stadium. Of the class’ 402 seniors, 99 graduated with honors, having maintained a high GPA and taken advanced classes, Darrow said. Forty-three of those received valedictorian honors, having maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA.

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IA)--Two Texas people remain hospitalized after being injured in a crash in Enid Tuesday. The man and woman were flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City following the crash just after 4:15 Tuesday afternoon with a semi on U.S. 412. Enid Police officials said the crash occurred in the 7800 block of East Garriott (U.S. 412). According to the report, 37 year-old Chadd Sartor of Pasadena, Texas, and 32 year-old Brielle Holland of Longview, Texas, were admitted to OU Medical Center. Sartor was listed in stable condition, and Holland was in critical condition in the hospital's ICU. Police said 32 year-old Caleb Crisswell of Waynoka, pulled his 2012 Kenworth semi onto U.S. 412 to travel westbound in the inside lane. He told police he did not see Sartor's 2019 Nissan Altima, also westbound in the inside lane. Sartor’s vehicle struck the back of the semi's trailer. Crisswell was cited for failure to yield right of way.

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CE)--Dr. Cheryl Evans was rehired for a 10th school year as president at Northern Oklahoma College at the board of regents meeting Wednesday. Evans was hired in 2011 as the community college’s first female president.

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BD)--The Oklahoma Blood Institute is urging all eligible Oklahomans to donate blood immediately due to harsh impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, more than a month’s worth of blood collections have been lost. Hospital usage is rising as surgeries return to normal levels, and without rapidly increased donation rates – blood supplies will soon hit crisis levels. The OBI Enid donor center, at 301 E. Cherokee, is partnering with Oklahoma Pork Council for the annual Pork Council Blood Drive, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. Every donor will receive a limited edition bacon-themed T-shirt, a pulled-pork sandwich and a chance to win a grill.

Any civic club, church or organization that would like to host a blood drive can contact OBI Enid at (580) 233-9323. Donors also can visit or call (877) 340-8777 to schedule an appointment. Most people older than 15 and in good health can donate. The entire process takes about an hour.

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MC)--The annual Memorial Day celebration at Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park will be a virtual event due to coronavirus safety precautions, but organizers are urging the public to watch the ceremony and reflect on the sacrifices made by America's service men and women. Elaine Johns, executive director of Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park (WWOH), said some aspects of the annual event, and some special events planned for the park's 20th anniversary, had to be postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic. But, she said there was no way they weren't going to honor veterans on Memorial Day, even if it has to be virtually. The Red Dirt Run of Honor 5K and half marathon still will take place Saturday, but with each runner participating separately, at a location of their choice. Registration is available at WWOH staff will be available at the museum 8-9 a.m. Saturday for runners to pick up medals. The online Memorial Day ceremony was recorded Wednesday and will be shown on the WWOH Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park is located at 1026 S. 66th.

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MD)--In observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, City of Enid residents are reminded that the recycle center will be closed and the Enid Public Transportation (EPTA) will not be running. City offices are closed until phase 2 (June 1) of the Mayor’s three-phased plan. The landfill will be open with operating hours from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and the Meadowlake Golf Course will be open with tee times starting at 7:00 a.m. There will be no yard waste pickup on Monday, May 25th. Due to the holiday, the city reminds residents to place their green yard waste polycarts out with the blue trash polycarts to be picked up on the same day as the regular trash collection.

Residents can sign up for mobile app notifications to get communication about road construction, trash schedules, holiday closings, water outages, and other important events by going to: or by downloading the SeeClickFix app.

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SM)--Enid Public Schools will begin a new food distribution schedule for free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches on Tuesday. Both meals will be available 10:00-11:30 a.m. weekdays except Friday. Friday meals may be picked up Thursday. The meals are for all children under 18 and all EPS students. Meals will be available at Garfield Elementary School on North 7th; Waller Middle School on W. Randolph; and Enid High School on W. Wabash. Garfield will have 500 meals available, while Waller and EHS will have 600 each. School officials said they will adjust how many sites will provide meals depending on demand.

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