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IR)--An estimated 15,000 visitors will enjoy Enid’s first outdoor ice rink throughout this holiday season. As title sponsors, Jiffy Trip and Williams Media Group (My Country 103.1 and Talk 100.9 KGWA) are joining Main Street Enid, the Stride Bank Center and Visit Enid in bringing an outdoor ice rink to downtown Enid. It will be located at 400 S. Independence in the parking lot between the Stride Bank Center and the art installation Under Her Wing was the Universe. Opening Day is November 20 and the rink will be open through January 3.

 

 

Main Street Enid executive director Natalie Beurlot says they have a contract with Oklahoma City-based Express Ice to install the 75-foot by 45-foot rink. Express Ice has other ice rinks in Edmond, Chickasha, Bartlesville, Stillwater and Broken Arrow. Operating hours will be 3:00 pm-9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 3:00 pm-11:00 pm Friday, 12:00 pm-11:00 pm Saturday and 12:00 pm-9:00 pm Sunday. Special hours during Thanksgiving break and Christmas break will be announced at a later time. Single day tickets will be $12 for general admission, which includes skate rental. A $60 Season Pass and special group and holiday party rates are also available. Tickets are available through the Stride Bank Center ticket outlets or on site. Stride Bank Center general manager Kevin Boryzcki adds the arena will provide concessions on site. What is missing is the ice rink’s name, and that’s where you come in. Go to the rink’s website, SkateInEnid.com, and submit your best name for consideration. Deadline to enter is Friday, October 9 at 12 noon. Beurlot says sponsorship opportunities are available for business owners wanting to support the downtown ice rink. For more information, contact the Main Street Enid office at 580.234.1052 or visit the new ice rink website, SkateInEnid.com. Look for the ice rink on Facebook and Instagram at SkateInEnid.

 

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MR)--Garfield County remains in the Orange, or “moderate risk” category for COVID-19 based on the 7-day tracking average released today by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  Garfield County has been in the orange, or moderate risk, designation for months, with 41.9 cases per day per 100,000 reported over the past week. That number was lower than last week, which was reported at 43.5. The designation means Enid and Chisholm public schools will continue to meet in-person in the traditional classroom setting, as agreed upon by their respective districts.

 

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MC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners study session and meeting has been canceled for Tuesday, October 6 due to a hearing pertaining to a recall challenge filed by Commissioner Ben Ezzell scheduled for the same day. In consideration of the uncertainty of the duration of the hearing, which may require the attention of several City Staff, including City Attorney Carol Lahman and City Clerk Alissa Lack, as well as Mayor George Pankonin and Commissioner Ben Ezzell, the meeting has been canceled and all city business has been moved to the next regularly scheduled meeting. The next regularly scheduled Study Session and City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 20.  As a reminder, the recall election has already been set for February 9, 2021, and no action pertaining to the recall is needed on the commission meeting originally scheduled for October 6th.

 

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CV)--Nine more virus-related deaths and 1,190 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 89,559 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths stands at 1,044. Health officials report 623 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus.

 

There have been 1798 positive COVID-19 cases, and 21 deaths in Garfield County. 1648 of those cases and all 21 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 385 cases, Blaine County is at 140 cases, Major 96, Alfalfa 74, and Grant 53.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

10.02.20

 

Cases

89,559

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  

1,140,601

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  

1,244,650

**Currently Hospitalized 

623

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

6,569

Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours

1

Total Cumulative Deaths

1,044

*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 2020-10-01 at 7:00 a.m.                                       

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MR)--Oklahoma election officials say more than 116,000 new voters have registered since January, and Republicans continue to enjoy a growing advantage in registration. Statistics released on Thursday by the Oklahoma Election Board show a net increase of 34,000 registered voters just in the last month. Among Oklahoma voters, 1,100,032 are registered Republicans, 739,466 are registered Democrats, 353,269 are registered independents and 13,441 are registered Libertarians.

 

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OF)--Main Street Enid’s Oktoberfest will take place during tonight’s First Friday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Downtown Enid. Over 50 downtown locations are scheduled to participate with dining, shopping, and be entertainment. There will be beer, food, a costume contest, and more. Oktoberfest will be held on the 200 block of W. Randolph and 100 block on N. Independence. Everyone is encouraged to wear masks and keep proper social distancing.

 

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FS)--Saturday will be a day full of music and fun with the annual Fling at the Springs music festival. It will be from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Government Springs Park North. There will be new artists every hour, and it's free. The festival will conclude with a fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.

 

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SP)--City of Enid Parks and Recreation officials say the Hoover and Champion splash pads will close this weekend for the 2020 season. Sunday will be the last day the pads are open this year. The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. The Hoover Splash Pad is located at 3000 West Oklahoma, and the Champion Splash Pad is located at 700 North 10th Street. Both city splash pads are scheduled to reopen for the summer season in 2021. To check out upcoming fall and winter events, go to: Enid.org/ParkEvents.

 

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YW)--City of Enid Solid Waste Services officials announced the transition of green yard waste polycarts to its Fall and Winter schedule. Beginning Monday, yard waste will be picked up on the same day as household trash. As a reminder, place the green polycarts container at least ten feet of clearance from other containers, parked vehicles, street lampposts, trees, mailboxes and other obstructions at the curb no later than 7:30 a.m. with your household trash.

 

The City-issued green polycarts are used only for yard waste such as leaves, twigs, and grass. The green containers will not be emptied if they contain household trash, due to yard waste being placed in a different field for composting.

 

The green polycarts may be purchased for a one-time fee of $60.00. The $60.00 fee will be charged to a resident’s water bill after they receive the container. Those who wish to obtain a polycart or an additional polycart, can contact Solid Waste Services at (580) 616-7300. For additional information on the green yard waste polycart guidelines, go to: Enid.org/yardwaste.

 

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WC)--The City of Enid will move “Operation Cleanup” to ward three beginning Monday. Grapple trucks will run each Monday throughout the month of October to pick up bulk trash, brush, and debris as part of the neighborhood beautification campaign within Ward 3. This cleanup project will be a free service to all residents within Ward 3.

 

Guidelines for “Operation Cleanup”

 

  1. Bulk trash and brush/debris must be placed 10 feet within the curb in the front of the residence.
  2. Keep trash and brush/debris piles 10 feet away from objects (e.g. mailboxes, water meters, sprinklers, cars, basketball goals).
  3. Keep trash and brush/debris in separate piles, as well as 10 feet away from each other.
  4. Do not place trash under any low hanging trees or power lines.

 

The City currently plans to continue “Operation Cleanup” into Ward 4 later this year and Ward 5 in February, weather permitting. Upcoming ward cleanup projects will be announced in the future. As a reminder, residents can continue to call for bulk trash pickup in other wards during this time with a normal charge. For questions, concerns, or additional information, contact Solid Waste Services at (580)-616-7300.

 

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SO)--Local ministries and nonprofits are seeking participants for a resource fair and a “sleep-out” event Oct. 10 in observation of World Homeless Day. Enid Faith Ways and Holy Cross Enid have scheduled a resource fair and meal from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Oct. 10 in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church, in the 500 block of West Randolph. After the resource fair and meal, participants will begin Enid's first "Sleep Out" to mimic one night on the street in Enid without shelter. Any church, nonprofit or organization that has resources to assist the unsheltered population is invited to participate in the resource fair. Sponsorship support has been offered from CDSA, First United Methodist Church, Salvation Army of Enid and Enid First Presbyterian Church. Salvation Army of Enid will serve free meals, provided by Enid Faith Ways, Holy Cross, CDSA and First Presbyterian. Sponsorships still are available for the event to help cover the cost of the meal. Participants must be 18 years old or older. To register for Enid Sleep Out, visit enidfaithwayschurch.org. To sign up for the resource fair or as a sponsor, email HolyCrossEnid@gmail.com.

 

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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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