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CV)--Three more virus-related deaths were reported and 68 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 6,338 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 329 total virus-related deaths have been reported. Two deaths happened in the last 24 hours and one happened on May 23. A total of 982 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 160 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.

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*As of 2020-05-29 at 7:00 a.m.

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TP)-- A teenage driver from Tulsa is accused of leading authorities Thursday on a high-speed chase through two counties that ended in a wreck south of Okeene. According to Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began at about 1:00 Thursday afternoon when an Okeene Police Department officer went after a vehicle driving at high speeds through Okeene. From there, the driver traveled into Major County, where two Major County Sheriff’s Office vehicles joined the pursuit. The driver then drove back into Blaine County, where Blaine County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit. According to the report, the vehicle drove at high speeds and several times attempted to back into pursuing units. At several highway crossings, the vehicle failed to slow and drove across highways, putting other vehicles in danger. The pursuit continued south of Okeene on State Highway 8 where it drove through several construction signs and appeared to be heading directly to where bridge construction was being performed. “The decision was made to T.V.I. the vehicle before it could reach construction workers. Authorities said the vehicle spun out, but the driver was able recover and accelerated driving head on into a Major County unit, then into a Blaine County unit. The driver was not injured and taken into custody. He was identified as a 16-year-old boy from Tulsa and was taken to a juvenile detention facility. Neither of Major County and Blaine County deputies was injured.

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SC)--City of Enid officials announced progress has been made in the removal of tree limb debris, but much work remains throughout the city. To better manage the storm cleanup effort, Solid Waste officials are asking all residents to request a pickup of tree limbs and debris by Friday, June 12, or to discard them by utilizing the landfill. Residents can request a pickup of tree limb debris the following ways:


  • Online: Submit a Request at:; Choose “Tree Debris Pickup”
  • Smartphone App: Download SeeClickFix and Choose “Tree Debris Pickup”
  • Phone: Call (580)-616-7300 or (580)-616-7301

For those residents who wish to take their limbs to the landfill, please bring your last utility bill with the utility account number. City officials have asked residents to stack the tree limbs near the curb away from fire hydrants, mailboxes, trash cans and water meters to assist in the clean-up.

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UW)--Good news for the United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma. They recently received a $25,000 ADM Cares grant to fight hunger and provide food and nutritional information to 8 food resource centers in Northwest Oklahoma. Also, Edward Jones teams are donating $25,000. The donation will help those who have an immediate need in Enid and provide necessities such as: food, clothing, and shelter to those who are impacted by COVID-19.

United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday August 21st 11:30 – 1:00pm, on the 2nd floor of the Stride Bank Center. There will be lunch, special presentations, the 2019-2020 campaign totals and the announcement of the 2020-2021 Campaign Chairs.

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MG)--The Enid Regional Development Alliance (ERDA) officials announced Sunny Moon Day Care as the recipient of the first annual MicroEnterprise Grant. A total of nine applications were received representing a variety of small businesses in Enid. The $5,000 award is funded by $2500 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a $2500 match by ERDA. Sunny Moon Day Care is owned and operated by Latoya Peyton and provides in-home daycare focusing on providing evening care from 2:00-10:00 pm. This operation allows parents that work later shifts to have an accredited place for their children to go. ERDA will offer the MicroEnterprise Program again during the 2020-2021 fiscal year and will increase the award amount and number of recipients. Details of the application process will be released in the fall of 2020. For more information, contact Trent Misak at 580.233.4232 or  

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CN)--City of Enid Engineering Department received notification from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) that pavement coring along Owen K. Garriott and Van Buren is scheduled to begin Monday. The work along Garriott will be between Garland Road and South 30th Street. The work along Van Buren will be between Garriott and the overpass bridge. The pavement coring will require crews to make multiple, brief stops in both lanes of Owen K. Garriott Road and Van Buren Street. The pavement coring is associated with a future ODOT project along the corridor and is expected to take one week to complete. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the work effort. 

Also, utility maintenance crews will shut off water from 1200 West Willow to 1700 West Willow on Tuesday for a contractor to make water line repairs. The work is expected to last from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the work effort. 

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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HC)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will reopen to the public with limited access on Tuesday after being closed for two and a half months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular hours of operation will continue, opening from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturdays. Visitors to the Heritage Center will need to maintain social distancing throughout the galleries, and are encouraged to wear face masks during their visit. Due to the need for enhanced cleaning procedures, the historic buildings in the Humphrey Heritage Village will be temporarily closed to public traffic. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located a 507 S. Fourth St. in Enid. For more information about Date Night at the Museum, please call 580-237-1907 or visit

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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.


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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