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CV)--Three more virus-related deaths and 438 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 11,948 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 375. None of the 3 new deaths happened in the last 24 hours. A total of 1,336 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 277 patients currently in the hospital.


There have been 64 (+2) positive COVID-19 cases, and two deaths in Garfield County. 61 (+2) of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 34 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 24 cases, Blaine County is at 14 cases, Major 8, 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 2020-06-25 at 7:00 a.m.

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VF)--The public is invited to tune in to a virtual platform to hear from the candidates of the 2020 State Senate District 19 and House District 40 races. The event will be held virtually this evening beginning at 5:30. The intent of the platform is to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the candidates and their views on issues. Each candidate will have five minutes to speak about their vision for their district so that the public can make an informed choice. The event will be livestreamed on the City of Enid’s Facebook and YouTube pages.



The virtual event will be moderated by Frank Baker.


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WF)--Units from five area fire departments responded Wednesday to a grass and wheat stubble fire north of U.S. 412 and 78th Street. Enid Fire Department Deputy Chief Curtis Howard told Enid News and Eagle units from Enid, Breckinridge, Fairmont, Garber and Kremlin responded to the call just after 12:20 Wednesday afternoon. Howard said the fire burned about 30 acres of cut wheat field and did get close to the railroad tracks but did not burn anything outside the already harvested wheat field. Howard said the cause of the fire remains undetermined. Area firefighters have battled several grass fires in the past couple of weeks, leading commissioners in Alfalfa and Major counties to institute burn bans. Alfalfa County has since dropped its ban, while the ban in Major County remains in effect. Dry conditions were alleviated in parts of Northwest Oklahoma when storms moved through the area Sunday night. Many locations received more than an inch of rain.

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VB)--Garfield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying several people involved in a theft reported earlier in the month. Lt. Laura Skinner said about 3:30 a.m. June 10, several vehicles were burglarized in the 100 to 200 blocks of Kimbra Drive. Among the items taken were several credit cards, which the suspects used, and attempted to use, at area businesses. The two men and a woman are believed to be traveling in a black Dodge pickup with a silver toolbox. Garfield County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video stills of one of the suspects and asks anyone who can identify him to call the office at (580) 548-2472. Skinner can be reached at extension 6945.



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VM)— Early voting for Tuesday's primary election will be held today, Friday and Saturday at county election board offices. Anyone may vote early, and Garfield County Election Board Secretary Michael Frisbie is urging voters to wear masks when voting, either early or on Tuesday. Early voting will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Garfield County Election Board, 903 Failing. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. One precinct change is in effect for this election only. Voters in Precinct 110, who normally vote at Enid Health Center, will vote at Champion Park gym, 740 N. 10th. That also is the location for Precinct 103. Everyone voting will be able to cast a ballot on State Question 802, which would expand Medicaid in the state. Republicans will decide several races, depending on where in the county they live. Democrats will get to decide their nominee for U.S. Senate. Garber Public School patrons will decide the Office 5 school board race. Waukomis Public Schools patrons will decide the Office 4 school board race. For information, call Garfield County Election Board at (580) 237-6016.


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FW)--The Enid Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Douglas Newell will celebrate Independence Day in Enid’s Meadowlake Park as the finale to Enid’s citywide July Fourth celebration. The concert will begin at 8:30 pm on Saturday July 4th. Security National Bank of Enid is sponsoring the symphony’s performance.  This is the bank’s third year to sponsor the symphony for the 4th of July community performance. ESO Music Director Douglas Newell has selected FREEDOM RISING! as the theme for this year’s musical celebration. Among the selections the ESO will perform are George Gershwin’s Strike Up the Band, songs of Cole Porter, John Williams’ Liberty Fanfare, 1984 Olympic Theme and Fanfare and The Cowboys Overture as well as selections from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical Hamilton. This performance has been underwritten by Security National Bank of Enid. Additional support has been provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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AC)--Wednesday’s “United Together” coordinator’s event took on an additional element of excitement when United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma announced their 2020-2021 campaign chairs. With several members of the business community on hand to learn about this year’s United Way Campaign, KV, Kyle, Alex and Archer Williams (4 generations) were officially named as this year’s United Way Campaign Chairs. “We are thrilled to have the Williams Family leading this year’s campaign and setting the example for others to follow,” said Mike Ruby, President of the Board of United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma. Alex Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Jiffy Trip, who serves on the local United Way Board and Executive Committee and Kyle Williams, President of Hammer-Williams Company and Williams Media Group will be representing the family during the campaign. “As life-long residents of Enid, we believe in and have always been strong advocates of the philosophy of “service above self” and support the mission of United Way. Our family has been tremendously blessed from the hard work of my grandfather, father and the numerous employees whom we employ. We enjoy giving back and are excited to chair this year’s campaign.” said Alex Williams. Kyle Williams, CEO of Hammer-Williams stated, “We need Pacesetters. These are businesses and their employees who will commit to completing their United Way campaigns prior to the official Kick-Off in early September. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Way’s partner agencies have been hit hard and have expended a number of their resources to help folks in our community. That’s why we believe that we need to strive for a goal that will help meet the additional needs throughout our communities in NW OK.”


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WF)--The City of Enid taking nominations for the 2020 “Walk of Fame” Award to be presented in September during the celebration of the Cherokee Strip Days. The Walk of Fame is given to individuals that have made significant contributions to the Enid community. To be considered for the Walk of Fame, a person shall:


*Have demonstrated a lifetime of service to the community in general; or


*Have made an extraordinary contribution or act of selflessness or statesmanship for Enid.


Nominations will be accepted in the office of the City Clerk until 5:00 p.m. July 15.


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