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KGWA Local News Friday

CV)-- One more virus-related death and 352 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 9,706 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 367. This is the second highest one day jump in COVID-19 cases since the health department began releasing daily tallies. The highest was reported on Thursday with 450 new cases. A total of 1,209 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 111 patients currently in the hospital.


There have been 54 positive COVID-19 cases in Garfield County. 51 of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 26 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 17 cases, Blaine County is at 13 cases, Major 7, Grant 2, and Alfalfa 1.


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*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 2020-06-19 at 7:00 a.m.


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MA)--A man charged last week with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Enid man was arraigned Thursday. 20 year-old Jarrod Lee Bergman appeared for arraignment on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction or while on probation. He is charged with fatally shooting Cord Kenneth Allen on June 5 at a residence in the 1900 block of West Walnut. Bergman appeared without an attorney and has been held without bond since his arrest June 10 in Grant County. According to Enid News and Eagle, the judge continued the denial of bond for Bergman until a hearing could be held to determine if bond would be set. He faces life, life in prison without parole or death on the murder charge and one to 10 years in prison on the firearms charge.

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EG)—About 400 Enid High School seniors were recognized in a graduation ceremony Thursday night at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum. The ceremony had been planned to take place at D. Bruce Selby Stadium, but was moved due to the possibility of rain. Enid High's traditional ceremony followed a virtual graduation held on the original graduation date, May 21, that was streamed on Facebook and EPS*tv.


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SG)--Col. Corey Simmons took his last flight Thursday as commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing, as he prepares to relinquish his post this month and move on to a new command in the Air Force. Simmons came to Vance Air Force Base in July 2018. Vance has distinguished itself under Simmons as the only Air Education and Training Command base to meet its production goals in both 2018 and 2019. Vance was recognized as the top AETC pilot training wing in 2018, and at one time during Simmons' tenure, the base had the top AETC squadron in T-1, T-6 and T-38 aircraft and the top operations group in AETC. Simmons' change of command will be 10:00 a.m. June 29. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will not be a large gathering and will be live-streamed on the base Facebook page. Col. Tim Danielson is slated to assume command at Vance, coming from serving as commander of the air mobility operations group at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Simmons will move on to command the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

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VB)—The 11th Annual Van Buren Cruisers Father’s Day Cruise will be this weekend. Activities will be held today and Saturday, with cruising scheduled 7:00-11:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. There will be a Van Buren Cruisers Car Show at Central Christian Church, 1111 W. Broadway, Saturday 5:00-8:00 p.m. For more information check out the Van Buren Cruisers on Facebook.


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PE)--Oklahoma Black Lives Matter will host a "Time for Change" event 3:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday at Government Springs Park. The event is slated to include barbecue, keynote speakers and more. Saturday's event follows several protests earlier this month in Enid. Black Lives Matter protests have occurred in cities across the nation since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis, Minn., police officer on Memorial Day. Government Springs Park is located at 600 E. Garriott in Enid.

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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:


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KO)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will kick off its annual fundraising campaign with a coordinators' luncheon, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Nick Benson Ballroom at Stride Bank Center. RSVP deadline for the luncheon is Monday. Dan Schiedel, executive director of United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma, the event is open to employers, business owners and community leaders who will coordinate efforts in the “United Together” annual campaign. Schiedel said this year's public campaign kickoff event will be combined with the annual United Way golf tournament, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schiedel said the June 24 luncheon is not a fundraiser, but an organizational event and an opportunity to celebrate the community's charitable giving. United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma has set a goal of raising $800,000 to support its 15 partner agencies through 2021, up from $725,000 last year. Employers will be able to pick up their campaign packets at the luncheon. To RSVP for the luncheon, email or call (580) 237-0821 by close of business on Monday.


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