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KGWA Local News Tuesday

CC)--Enid City Commissioners will meet this evening at 6:30 in the Stride Bank Center. They are expected to approve a revised pay plan in a collective bargaining agreement for the local firefighters union. And, they will vote to set February 9th as the recall election date for Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell. The recall is headed by a group of Ward 3 residents upset by Ezell’s effort to pass a local mask mandate. Ezell is challenging the validity of the recall petition in court with a hearing set for October 6th. During study session, held at 5:00 p.m., commissioners will hear updates on the Kaw Lake water pipeline project, as well as on a cleanup for Ward 3 and issues on homelessness in the breezeway area downtown. Both meetings are open to the public and viewable online.

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EO)--Professional basketball is coming back to Enid, as the owners of the Enid Outlaws met with Enid media yesterday to make the announcement official. Jonathan Reed, Team Market Owner has seen success with the Outlaws, which for the last 12 years was based in OKC. Reed told KGWA / KOFM news that he's excited to come to Enid. The organization really likes the Stride Bank Center, and Reed says they will bring something Enid can be proud of. David Magley, President of The Basketball League, told us they will use the celebrity of the players to bring entertainment to Enid but more importantly they want the players to leave an impact on the local youth which is their most important goal. As for the games, Magley said it will be very fast paced basketball. He said they want to have games for the kids, mascots, and other entertainment. Magley said he expects adult ticket prices to start around $10. The season will start in February and run through June 2021. The schedule should be out by November.


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CV)--Seven more virus-related deaths and 1,091 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The total number of deaths increased to 912. The health department said 10,409 cases are considered currently active in the state, with 561 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. So far, nearly 60,000 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 986 more cases considered recovered since Monday.


There have been 1363 positive COVID-19 cases, and 17 deaths in Garfield County. 1283 of those cases and 17 deaths have been in Enid. Currently, Garfield County is in a "moderate risk" or Orange Level 2 category as defined by the OSDH. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 305 cases, Blaine County is at 99 cases, Major 69, Grant 33, and Alfalfa 37.


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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 2020-09-15 at 7:00 a.m.

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KJ)--Kristen Jones, Curriculum Director for Enid Public Schools, has been named a Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Literacy Champion. Nominated by several EPS educators, Jones received the honorary title as well as a year-long subscription to the LETRS online Literacy Symposium, containing over 30 hours of literacy professional development from top experts in the field of education, centered on the science of reading. Jones has been with EPS since 2014. She began her career in education as a Title I Reading Specialist, shifting to become an instructional coach for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, before being hired by EPS as a district instructional coach, where she currently serves as the EPS Curriculum Director. 


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CD)--The Enid Public Library will be hosting a viewing party of the documentary, American Creed, on Constitution Day this Thursday at 6:00 pm. The documentary explores what it means to be an American. If attending in-person, masks covering the nose and mouth are required. The event will also be live streaming on the library’s Facebook page:


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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 or call 877-340-8777 to schedule their appointment now at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Enid donor center located at 301 E. Cherokee.




AF)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center has opened a new exhibit titled American Farmer. The exhibit showcases 45 images selected from the works of photographer Paul Mobley. As he traveled across the United States, Mobley set out to capture the soul of the country’s farm communities by highlighting enduring rural traditions, family, integrity, close connections to the land, and hard work. The resulting images are a series of portraits of farmers in their local settings, exploring how their day-to-day work affects the greater world. American Farmer will be on exhibit at the Heritage Center through October 20. Visitors to the Heritage Center will need to maintain social distancing throughout the galleries, and are required to wear face masks during their visit. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located a 507 S. Fourth St. in Enid. For more information, please call 580-237-1907 or visit




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