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DP)--More than 30 demonstrators gathered and walked in the downtown Enid area during the noon hour today, as part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement nationwide following the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after he was pinned underneath the knee of a Minnesota police officer May 25. Social media reports said the protestors stopped on the steps of the Garfield County Court House and chanted “I can’t breathe,” a reference to Floyd saying that to the surrounding officers.

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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will consider proceeding to phase three of Mayor George Pankonin’s COVID-19 reopening plan and declaration. City commissioners have several options to discuss during their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. To be considered, lifting the state of emergency set to expire June 30; continuing phase two as planned; or adopting Gov. Kevin Stitt’s statewide Open Up and Recover Safely Plan. Phase two in Enid began Monday with organized sports were allowed to begin, and movie theaters, arcades, motor racing, golf tournaments, concerts, trade shows and conventions could open, as long as social distancing is maintained. Phase three in Enid is expected to begin July 1. In other action, commissioners will meet in Executive Session to consider an incentive package for a local development. Last week, 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. Official said the theater complex and trampoline park will be in addition of Hideaway Pizza, Colton’s Steakhouse, Jiffy Trip and other inline retailers at The District at the corner of Cleveland and Garriott.

During their study session, commissioners will discuss the incentive package and also will hear updates on the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline Project. The Commission will meet in Study Session at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon, and Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be open to the public.

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CV)--Five new virus-related deaths were reported and 119 more Oklahomans tested positive for coronavirus since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 6,692 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 339 total virus-related deaths have been reported. OSDH officials said 124 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. There have been 27 confirmed cases in Garfield County, that is down one from the previous report. One death has been reported in Garfield County, an 86 year-old woman in early April. Other area counties data was not included in today’s report.
                                                        COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

06.02.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

              6,692 (+119)             

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

197,965

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

206,116

**Currently Hospitalized 

124

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

994

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

339 (+5)

*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 2020-06-02 at 7:00 a.m.

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CS)—Enid Police are seeking information about a recent theft. On May 22nd the owner of Troy's Portables, located at 1218 W. Spruce, reported two portable restrooms had been stolen.  The owner advised officers that when he arrived at work he found the chain on the gate to the business had been cut. The portable restrooms can be identified by the words “Troy's Portables” written on the sides. The approximate value of the stolen portable restrooms is $1,200. Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box or https://www.enid.org/services/police. Those submitting a tip could earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be required to testify nor be identified.

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DA)--A statewide organization has recognized Enid Public Schools for its commitment to family friendly employment practices. The Potts Family Foundation recently announced EPS has earned “commitment status” as a 2020 Certified Family Positive Workplace. The designation is reserved for businesses and organizations with policies that allow employees to more easily balance family and work. EPS is home to more than 1,000 employees, serving 7,900 students. Paid employee health insurance is provided to all full-time employees, and certified employees receive a district-paid contribution to the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System. Paid sick leave, personal leave and emergency leave are also available to employees as part of their annual contract. Last fall, the district opened EPS Cares, a childcare center for the children of district employees. The center, housed at Garfield Elementary School, serves children ages birth to four at a discounted cost. More than 30 children have enrolled in the program for the 2020-21 school year.

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RW)--City of Enid street officials announced a couple of repair projects. The area of the 2500 block of Rock Island Blvd will be closed beginning Wednesday. This closure is expected to last approximately two weeks and will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs. In addition, the 2700 block of Redbird Lane will be closed beginning. This closure is expected to last approximately two weeks and will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.

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CN)--Pavement coring along Owen K. Garriott and Van Buren is underway. 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 today 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. 

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HC)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will reopen to the public with limited access today 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 www.csrhc.org.

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NS)--Enid Public Schools has announced new enrollment dates for students new to EPS for the upcoming school year. Dates are scheduled by grade for the following days: kindergarten enrollment will begin Monday, June 8, grades 1st-5th will begin on Monday, June 15, and all other grades will begin enrollment on Monday, June 22. Enrollment can be completed online or in person at the EPS Welcome Center, located at 500 S. Independence, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students must be five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2020 to enroll. If a child is currently an EPS pre-kindergarten student, it is not necessary to attend kindergarten enrollment because their school has sent enrollment information home with the student to complete.

Parents enrolling their children as EPS students for the first time should bring the children’s immunization record, birth certificate (no hospital footprints, please), verification of address (such as utility bill), and guardianship papers, if applicable. Online enrollment can be done by completing the following steps:

 

Visit enidpublicschools.org. Hover over the Enrollment tab and click on New Student Registration. Sign in or create an account and follow the prompts to enroll a new EPS student

Email the proper documents listed above to welcome@enidk12.org

 

EPS is taking precautions to ensure family’s safety and the safety of staff by assisting with the following if enrolling at the Welcome Center:

 

Limiting the lobby to five guests at a time and the Welcome Center to four guests at a time. If there are numerous people in the lobby, please wait at the front door. EPS will take contact information and call families when it is their turn. Please limit entry to one representative per family, if possible. Staff and guests are encouraged to wear masks. Enrollment kiosks will be sanitized by staff between each use. Restrooms are currently closed to the public. Please practice social distancing of at least six feet from non-family members. For questions and more information, contact EPS Welcome Center at 580.366.7100.

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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: www.SeeClickFix.com; 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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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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