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CQ)--Eight elementary school classes and children from the district's employee daycare are being quarantined due to potential contact with positive COVID-19 cases this week. Enid Public Schools officials confirmed to KGWA one class at Glenwood Elementary School, two at Garfield Elementary and students from five classrooms at Monroe Elementary are in quarantine. EPS spokesperson Jane Johnson said in addition some students at Enid High School and Longfellow Middle School are also being quarantined because of potential contact with positive individuals. No additional specifics are being released at this time. EPS students will move to distance learning while they are quarantined, with teachers communicating and providing assignments through virtual learning platforms. An employee of the district’s central kitchen tested positive for COVID-19 recently. A childcare worker also tested positive in EPS Cares, a daycare at Garfield for children of district employees.

 

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MC)—A third suspect has now been charged in the robbery and shooting death of Enid man at a local residence earlier this month. 25 year-old Courtney Flowers, as known as Courtney Sherrill, was charged this week with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and child neglect for the role authorities said she played in the death of 38 year-old Nestor Garcia Ramirez. 26 year-old Dorhee Ventura Wofford of Enid, and 17 year-old Navaeh Don Hill of Oklahoma City, were charged Friday in Garfield County District Court with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection to the same incident.

 

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CV)— The Oklahoma State Department of Health today reported 746 new coronavirus cases across the state, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 50,669. Ten additional deaths also were reported. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center reported a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 died within the last 24 hours, but it had not yet been confirmed through the Health Department. 

 

There have been 671 positive COVID-19 cases, and nine deaths in Garfield County. 627 of those cases and all nine deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 186 cases, Blaine County is at 50 cases, Major 38, Grant 18, and Alfalfa 6.

 

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CS)--The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce has canceled the Cherokee Strip Days Celebration which was scheduled for September 11-12. The decision was made by the Enid Chamber Board of Directors because parade entries were substantially down due to the ongoing pandemic. Activities on the Courthouse Lawn are canceled as well. Chamber officials said all Cherokee Strip event sponsorships will be refunded. Booth fee and parade entry fee checks will not be deposited. Those who paid cash for parade entries may come by the Enid Chamber office (210 Kenwood Blvd.) and receive a refund. Refund checks for parade entries can also be mailed upon request.

 

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BS)--Oklahoma Blood Institute faces an immediate need for donors of all blood types. All healthy adults are strongly urged to donate blood as soon as possible at their nearest Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center or mobile blood drive. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Appointments are preferred to help with social distancing, but walk-ins will be accepted as schedules allow. CDC guidelines will be followed at all donor centers and mobile drives. Donors may visit obi.org or call 877-340-8777 to schedule their appointment now at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Enid donor center located at 301 E. Cherokee.

 

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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. Friday 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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RL)--Due to COVID-19, Relay for Life’s yearly auction will be held LIVE on Facebook. You can join them Saturday at 7:00pm from the comfort of your home. Grab your favorite snack, drink and your comfiest clothes and raise some money for a good cause, the defeat of Cancer.  To see the auction items or to RSVP, be sure to check them out on Facebook at Garfield County Relay for Life.  

 

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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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DI)--August 28th and 29th the Stride Bank Center and Chisholm Trail Expo Center present Enid's Wheels and Reels, a series of movies being played at Garfield County Fairgrounds, where you are able to social distance and see movies on the big screen! Just like the drive-ins of the past, movies will be viewed from your vehicle. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. August 28th will be Shreck, and on the 29th you can see Grease.

 

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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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