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SB)--The Enid Public Schools Board of Education Monday night made revisions to the district’s back to school plan. Enid Public Schools students will have in-person instruction with masks and social distancing until county numbers reach at least 50 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. Approved 4-3, the new re-entry plan will go into effect on Aug. 24. No alternate scheduling will be implemented in the future; students will continue either with in-person/blended or virtual-only learning plans. EPS Superintendent Darrell Floyd edited the compromise plan between Friday and Monday’s board meeting, removing the plan for alternate A/B scheduling when in Orange Level and returning the proposed widened case tier thresholds to OSDH’s own numbers.

 

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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet tonight in special session. According to the agenda, the commission will consider a resolution setting a date for the recall election for Ward Three Commissioner Ben Ezzell, consider action on a number of right of ways and easements, as well as address a number of business items. Prior to the special meeting, commissioners will meet in study session to hear an economic development update. The study session will be held at 5:00 this afternoon in the Grand Ballroom of Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. The special meeting will follow at 6:30. Both meetings are open to the public.

 

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BE)- Ward 3 Enid City Commissioner Ben Ezzell filed Monday in district court an objection to the petition calling for his recall, which commissioners, including Ezzell, will consider setting a date for tonight. Commissioners will vote on one of two options: Nov. 3 or Feb. 9, 2021. For the Nov. 3 date, Garfield County Election Board must receive a mandatory 75-day filing notice of the recall election by Wednesday. Enid News and Eagle reports Ezzell has a hearing for 9:00 a.m. Sept. 8 at Garfield County Court House to protest the city clerk’s verification of the petition, which City Clerk Alissa Lack certified Aug. 7 as meeting the minimum requirements to hold an election. According to Ezzell’s filing, he as the plaintiff calls for the petition to be deemed insufficient for a number of reasons including the petition pamphlets failed to include obligatory language provided for in state statute; the circulators failed to check photo identification cards when collecting signatures, making their written affirmations ineffective as well as other reasons. Candidates may file to replace Ezzell from Aug. 24-26 for a November race. With the race functioning as a regular election, if another candidate receives the highest number of votes, that person would represent Ward 3 until Ezzell’s term expires in May.

 

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CV)— Seventeen new virus-related death, including one in Garfield County, and 615 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released this afternoon by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There were 25 more cases confirmed in Garfield County since Monday. A total of 49,326 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 682. For the fourth time since March, a technical difficulty has delayed today’s release of the daily COVID-19 numbers. Health officials said there are 7,274 active cases in the state, and a total of 568 patients are currently hospitalized.

 

There have been 642 positive COVID-19 cases, and nine deaths in Garfield County. 600 of those cases and all nine deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 169 cases, Blaine County is at 46 cases, Major 38, Grant 17, and Alfalfa 6.                      

 

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AM)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will host its annual meeting and awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in in the Grand Ballroom of Stride Bank Center. The meeting will feature lunch, special presentations, the 2019-20 campaign totals and the announcement from the 2020-21 campaign chairs. Funds raised through the United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma’s campaign go to support 15 nonprofit member agencies. Several individuals will receive special recognition during the Aug. 21 event, including Tocqueville Society Leadership Awards, certificates of recognition and achievements, and the 2020 recipient of the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award. The cost to attend is $35 per person or $300 for a table for eight. Friday is the deadline to RSVP for event. For information and tickets, call Kim at the United Way office at (580) 237-0821 or email kim@unitedwayenid.org.

 

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OC)--Contemporary Christian duo for King&Country will appear in a drive-in concert, 8:00 p.m. Aug. 27 in the parking lot at Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Spectra Venue Management, Stride Bank Center and Chisholm Trail Expo Center are teaming up for the drive-in concert experience. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:00. Ticket prices will be per vehicle, with a maximum of five people per vehicle, and are $160, $210 and $310. Parking will be general admission within the designated price levels. Tickets go on sale to the public 10 a.m. July 24 at stridebankcenter.com, Stride Bank Center Box Office or at 855-TIX-ENID.
 

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PF)--Spectra Venue Management, Stride Bank Center and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center announced a second drive-in concert experience scheduled August 30 featuring "Outdoor Floyd, A Socially Distanced Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular." The drive-in event will be held in the parking lot at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices will be per vehicle, with a maximum of five people per vehicle, and are $110, $160, $210 and $310. Parking will be general admission within the designated price levels. Tickets go on sale at noon on July 24 at stridebankcenter.com, Stride Bank Center Box Office or at 855-TIX-ENID. The first drive-in concert featuring King&Country will be August 27.

 

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