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EG)--Due to possible inclement weather, Enid High School’s graduation ceremony has been moved to the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, 111 W. Purdue. Graduation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and practice for seniors will take place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Expo Center. The ceremony had been planned to take place at D. Bruce Selby Stadium. Enid High's traditional ceremony follows a virtual graduation held on the original graduation date, May 21, that was streamed on Facebook and EPS*tv due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time. The event was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to COVID-19, EPS is recommending, but not requiring, audience members wear a face mask. Family members are encouraged to sit together and then distance themselves from other families and audience members as they are able. School officials asked that those attending not bring air horns or other items of distraction.Of the class’ 402 seniors, 99 graduated with honors, having maintained a high GPA and taken advanced classes. 41 of those received valedictorian honors, having maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA.

 

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CV)-- One more virus-related death and 259 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 8,904 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths remained static at 364. This is the largest day to day increase since the coronavirus pandemic was being observed in the state. A total of 1,146 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 181 patients currently in the hospital.

The number of COVID-19 cases Garfield County is 51. 48 of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 20 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 13 cases, Blaine County is at 11 cases, Major 6, Grant 2, and Alfalfa 1.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

06.17.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

8,904

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  

256,528

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

267,424

**Currently Hospitalized

181

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

1,146

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

364

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. *As of 2020-06-17 at 7:00 a.m.

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SF)--A forum for candidates of the 2020 Sheriff’s race in Garfield County will be held Tuesday, June 23 at the Stride Bank Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the grand ballroom. The intent of the forum is to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the candidates, their views on issues, and to get questions answered and concerns addressed.

 

Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions in writing at the forum. Questions should be based on relevant issues and must be applicable to all candidates. No personal attacks or biased questions will be accepted. Depending on the number of questions and time constraints, all questions may not be asked. To preserve the neutrality of the forum, no candidate literature or campaign materials will be allowed inside the event. Campaign materials will be available after the event. The forum will be moderated by Pastor Barry Robinson. The forum will be livestreamed on the City of Enid’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/cityofenidoklahoma/live/

 

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SD)--A Vance Air Force Base graduate died Monday in a training accident over the North Sea. According to information provided by the Air Force and the 71st Flying Training Wing, 1st Lt. Kenneth “Kage” Allen, a Vance Air Force Base graduate of Class 19-01, died during a training mission over the North Sea. An Air Force article from Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath, United Kingdom, said Allen died in a crash Monday morning, during a training mission in an F-15C Eagle. Allen was assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron. The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the Air Force.

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CC)--Enid City Commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved giving $2.7 million more to the design firm for the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline project. The funding will cover remaining costs for Garver Engineering LLC as it kept working for 12 more months and also worked with the project’s construction manager at-risk firm, Garney Construction. Officials said the project’s overall $315 million budget will not change. Construction in phase four is set to begin early next year. The 70-mile pipeline will cross 230 parcels of land from Kaw Lake near Ponca City to a future water treatment plant in Enid. Of those 230 parcels, 228 have been delivered, and 179 have been accepted. The city approved four more easements Tuesday night. In other business, commissioners awarded a nearly $500,000 contract to a design firm to build a low-water crossing connecting both sides of Meadowlake Park; raised the age for purchasing and using tobacco from 18 to 21; and went into executive session to discuss Enid Regional Development Alliance’s contract to develop objectives for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

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BB)--Two Northwest Oklahoma counties have instituted burn bans in response to dry conditions and fires that have charred hundreds of acres in Northwest Oklahoma recent days. County commissioners in Alfalfa and Major counties instituted burn bans on Monday. Both bans are in effect for 14 days. Both counties prohibit bonfires, campfires, trash fires and fireworks. Garfield County does not have a burn ban, but Mike Honigsberg, director of Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management, said people should act like it does as long and drought conditions persist. In just the past two days, firefighters from eight departments in Garfield County battled two blazes that burned several hundred acres. The largest was between 54th and 66th Streets and between Phillips and Carrier roads. A smaller fire happened at 42nd and Chestnut. Some relief for the dry conditions could be on the way this week. National Weather Service's forecasts calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Enid area Thursday night and Friday. Rain chances will continue through early next week.

 

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AR)--An Enid 16-year-old was charged Monday in Garfield County District Court in connection to the June 5 armed robbery of a man for his cellphone. According to Enid News and Eagle, Samuel Joseph Romero Jr. was charged with felony counts of first-degree robbery and assault while masked. As a youthful offender, the court will treat Romero as an adult. 22 year-old Kallum Eugene Latsos was charged last week with felony counts of first-degree robbery and possession of firearm after former felony conviction. He also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of threatening to perform an act of violence. Romero's robbery charges accuses him of acting in concert with Latsos in taking a man's cellphone. Romero faces no less than 10 years in prison on the robbery charge and five to 20 years in prison and a fine of $100 to $500 on the assault charge.

 

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RW)--City of Enid Engineering officials announced beginning today the westbound outside lane of Willow Road will be closed from Willow Run to 500’ west. The closure will allow contractors to complete curb and sidewalk construction. This work effort will take approximately one week to complete. Also, the intersection of South Hoover and West Oklahoma will be closed beginning today. This closure is expected to last approximately two weeks and will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs. The area of the 2800 block of North Grant will be closed to through traffic beginning Thursday. 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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