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KGWA Local News Thursday

BA)--The Enid Regional Development Alliance (ERDA) held a special Board of Directors meeting Wednesday to discuss two development projects. After returning from Executive Session, the Board of Directors took action on the proposed movie theater and trampoline park at The District at the southeast corner of Garriott and Cleveland. No action was taken on the Request for Proposal for a potential food waste processing plant. ERDA Board of Directors voted to recommend to the Enid City Commission the approval of an incentive package with Apex Cinemas for the development of a theater and trampoline park complex. The proposed 42,000 sq. ft. theater will include 8-10 digital movie screens, reclining seats, expanded food options, and a 20,000 Sq. Ft. Big Air Trampoline Park. The incentive for the $14.5 million project would include the donation of 7.5 acres for development and a $3.5 million sales tax rebate that would be paid over 15 years. “ERDA Board of Directors and city officials believe that Apex Cinemas can deliver the first-rate entertainment product that Enid deserves. The new, modern theater and trampoline park will fill a large gap in the Enid market. The entertainment venue along with the additions of Hideaway Pizza, Colton’s Steakhouse, Jiffy Trip and other inline retailers at The District, will provide a great place for Enid and Northwest Oklahoma to enjoy while keeping their dollars local. With the ERDA’s Board of Directors vote it will now be presented to the City Commission to consider approval of the final incentive package,” said Lisa Powell, ERDA Executive Director.  Mayor, George Pankonin added, “I am excited to discuss and present this proposal to the City Commission for consideration.  Attracting a quality first rate new movie theater has been a goal of the City Commission for many years and this is a wonderful opportunity.”

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IA)--An Enid man was hospitalized following a collision in Major County Wednesday. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the two-vehicle crash occurred at Bouse Junction in Major County 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, 64 year old Jay Vernon Mahan of Harrah was driving a semi southbound on US 281 when he failed to stop at the stop sign at US 412. His semi struck a pickup driven by 32 year old Jesse Shane Nelson of Enid. Nelson was first taken to St. Mary's in Enid, then transferred to OU Med where he was admitted in stable condition. Mahan was treated and released from St. Mary's.

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HF)--Enid Fire Department officials said a Wednesday afternoon fire on North 10th Street destroyed the home of a family of seven, but caused no injuries. According to the report, EFD crews responded at 4:20 p.m. to 229 N. 10th. The first units arrived to find the home fully involved in flames. EFD Fire Marshal Ken Helms said family members reported the fire started at an electric clothes dryer and then set the adjacent wall ablaze. Damage to the home was extensive, ranging from the laundry room throughout most of the structure including the attic. American Red Cross was contacted to provide emergency assistance and temporary shelter for the family, Helms said. The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Also, a bedroom fire Wednesday morning damaged a house on North Adams, but caused no injuries, According to an Enid Fire Department report, the cause of the fire at 1002 N. Adams remains under investigation.

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CV)--Four more virus-related deaths were reported and 41 more Oklahomans tested positive for coronavirus since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 6,270 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 326 total virus-related deaths have been reported. One death happened in the last 24 hours and three happened between May 22 to 26. A total of 975 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 181 patients currently in the hospital.


There have been 26 confirmed cases in Garfield County (23 in Enid). 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; six cases in Major County (1 death); six cases in Blaine County; two in Grant County, and one in Alfalfa County.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases

6,270 (+41)

*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

326 (+4)

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

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LW)-- Repairs to fire hydrants will require city of Enid utility maintenance workers to shut off water on several streets. Water will be shut off from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at on Jane Lane, Margaret Circle, Adolpha Circle, Burdel Lane, Cogdal Drive (from Burdel to Watson) and Watson (from Randolph to Maine). The work is expected to continue through Friday.

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RW)--If you drive north of Enid, you'll need to allow extra time for your destination over the next several months. A $17.5 million project to reconstruct U.S.81/U.S. 60 north of Enid is scheduled to begin June 1. The work will impact traffic through spring of 2021, and drivers are urged to plan ahead for delays and congestion in the corridor. The project will rehabilitate travel lanes, reconstruct shoulders and add a left turn lane from northbound U.S.81/ U.S. 60 to westbound State Highway 45. Additionally, left turn lanes will be added throughout the project at section line roads. Work generally will occur between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with some weekend work possible as necessary.


WY)--YWCA Enid is seeking nominations for the 47th annual Woman of the Year award, to be presented Aug. 13 during the YWCA Purses with Purpose event. Nominations are due by June 5. "Each year YWCA Enid is proud to recognize one woman in our community who serves as an outstanding example of dedication to serving our community," according to a YWCA officials. To make a nomination for the 2020 YWCA Woman of the Year award, visit For more information, call YWCA Enid at (580) 234-7581 or visit


VG)—For Enid High School’s 402 graduating seniors an in-person ceremony 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. Forty-three of those received valedictorian honors, having maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA.


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