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FS)--An Enid man shot during a home invasion robbery Monday morning has died of his injuries. 38 year old Nestor Garcia Ramirez was shot during the home invasion at 1921 East Walnut. Enid Police are looking for leads into what is now a homicide case. The suspects are described as two black males, 18-22 years of age, armed with handguns, wearing all black clothing, face masks, and backpacks. One of the suspects was described as having a large amount of acne on his face. Enid Police are asking for your help with any details. Call them at 580-242-7000, or the Garfield County Crimestoppers at 580 233 6233. You may earn a reward, you will remain anonymous, and you won’t be required to testify.


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SV)--Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is scheduled to be in Enid on Friday. Stitt is expected to join Oklahoma Department of Commerce Executive Director Brent Kisling to tour and visit two local businesses, A.W. Brueggemann and No Man’s Land Food, which recently received funds through the various state COVID-19 relief programs. The visit is scheduled to conclude tomorrow afternoon with a Round table discussion with local business owners at Oakwood Country Club.


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GS)--Plans are reportedly in place for the sell and closure of a longtime Enid-based business. Enid News and Eagle reports there is a tentative deal for the sale of the GEFCO, Inc. plant in Enid. The company's expected buyer plans to retain the brand name, a "substantial number of employees" and some presence in Enid. Vince Trotta, president of GEFCO, Inc., said a verbal agreement is in place between GEFCO's parent company, Astec Industries, and an "unnamed third party" to purchase GEFCO, and to subsequently close the plant. Trotta said 96 employees currently work at GEFCO, and that number has been stable since March. According to a company statement from December 2019, the company then employed about 150 workers. BAUER Equipment America, Inc., a Conroe, Texas-based drilling and mining equipment company is in talks to purchase the business. BAUER reportedly intends to continue the legacy of the GEFCO brand and will retain the GEFCO product name and plans to retain a substantial number of GEFCO employees. The current GEFCO location will close, but BAUER is considering a GEFCO service location in Enid.


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CV)--10 new virus-related deaths and 837 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 41,401 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 593. So far, 34,320 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus. A total of 3,497 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 643 patients currently in the hospital.


There have been 396 (+7) positive COVID-19 cases, and four deaths in Garfield County. 370 (+7) of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 83 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 115 cases, Blaine County is at 40 cases, Major 27, Grant 12, and Alfalfa 3.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 


**Currently Hospitalized 


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths


*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 2020-08-06 at 7:00 a.m.


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OR)--Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel says revenue collections rose by more than 27% in July due to a delay in the state income tax filing deadline because of the coronavirus. While July revenue was up, McDaniel says that wasn't enough to offset previous shortfalls.


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DD)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation Department is making sure that every Enid dog has its day this weekend. Runners and dog owners are invited to come out to Crosslin Park Saturday morning for the Fast and the Furriest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run.  Pre-Registration and packet pick-up is at 5:30am at Pavilion #1 and the races begins at 6:30 a.m. The fee for the 1-mile run is $10 and $20 for the 5k event. For questions, contact the Parks and Recreation Department.


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FD)--Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma is asking the community to give online to the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, to meet increased need for food assistance during the ongoing coronavirus crisis and economic downturn. The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive normally takes place in May each year, with U.S. Postal Service letter carriers collecting food from Enid addresses to support Loaves & Fishes and hungry Enid families. Online donations are marked in increments of $34, the amount it costs Loaves & Fishes to feed a family for one month, or donors can choose their own amount. To donate online through NALC to benefit Loaves & Fishes, visit, or mail checks to Food Drive, c/o NALC, PO Box 24, Enid, OK 73702.


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SS)--Secondary parents and students are asked to mark their calendars for Enid Public Schools’ schedule and mask pick-up.  Secondary schools will have pick-up at the following times:


Enid High School

9th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m. (Freshman Orientation will be a later date)

10th Grade                   August 7                      9 a.m.-12 p.m.

11th Grade                   August 6                      1-4 p.m.

12th Grade                   August 6                      9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Middle Schools

6th Grade                     August 7                      8-11 a.m.

7th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m.

8th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m.


Students will report to their respective schools to pick up their schedules and masks. EPS will host a Meet the Teacher day on August 11 for new students, returning students will meet their teachers virtually through google classroom. Visit for information about going back to school. Classes begin on August 13.




PS)--Due to the COVID 19 Safety Protocol put out by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and adopted by the Enid Public School Board of Education the District has opted to go to an alternate A/B Schedule (while in Orange Level 1) to reduce the number of individuals in school buildings and ensure the opportunity for greater social distancing. In this scenario, students will only attend school in person on their assigned days. Starting school with an A/B schedule allows the district to accomplish the following:  


·     Reduce by half the number of students in school buildings and on buses to better ensure social distancing.

·     Keep class sizes more manageable for teachers who will have numerous new procedures and safety precautions to learn and execute.  

·     Ensure time in the classroom for students to collaborate face-to-face on projects and lab activities.

·     Provide elementary students crucial face-to-face instruction on the new learning management system appropriate to their grade level.   


An A/B schedule involves splitting each school site’s student population into an A and B group. The initial split will be those students with the last name A-L being on the A schedule and M-Z on the B schedule. Due to the impossibility of equalizing all classes at all grade levels based on this one criteria, it will be imperative that building level administrators have the discretion to adjust the initial placement if needed. Attention will be given to ensure students from the same family/household are assigned the same days. As it stands right now, for the first two days of school, Thursday, August 13th, will be A day and Friday, August 14th, will be a B day. The new OSDH numbers come out each Friday, and EPS will send out updated parent notifications by the end of the day on Fridays (for the following week). If on Friday, August 7, Garfield County reverts back to the Yellow Level, students will attend in person on August 13 and 14 (no alternate schedule if we are in the Yellow Level). If Garfield County remains in Orange Level 1 on Friday, August 14th, the weekly A/B alternative schedule will be:

Group A 

Monday and Tuesday                                             In person, at school

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday                          Remote Learning  

Group B

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday                         Remote Learning

Thursday and Friday                                               In person, at school  


You can find a map of Oklahoma counties that is updated to reflect COVID-19 cases every Friday at You will also find definitions of what the different levels mean with additional resources. EPS will continue to update families weekly on any changes reported from the OSDH.



IC)--Enid Public Schools has canceled planned immunization clinics for students due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 across the state. According to a statement on the district's website,, due to the increase in the state Passport Health and the Oklahoma Caring Van have cancelled the upcoming immunization clinics for this year. Students who are needing immunizations will need to go to the Garfield County Health Department or their personal health care provider prior to school starting Aug. 13. The Health Department is allowing one parent/guardian, with a mask, to be present with the student. No appointment needed.




LB)--The Enid Public Library, in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Loaves & Fishes, will be offering Lunch Bunch each week, Monday through Friday through August 14. Lunches will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. behind Mercy House (located at 1714 S 4th Street) to anyone up to 18 years old. For more information about this and other programs, visit the library’s website at The Enid Public library is located at 120 W Maine, Enid, OK 73701.



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