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WS)--The City of Enid was notified today that a primary water supply line from the Ames/Drummond well fields was damaged. The damage is currently being accessed by crews and is causing a reduction in the amount of water that is able to be provided to the City. The Ames/Drummond well fields supply the majority of the water for the City of Enid and many surrounding areas. Due to the reduction, the City is asking utility customers to conserve water as much as possible until the damaged water line is repaired.


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MC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners study session and meeting has been canceled for Tuesday due to a hearing pertaining to a recall challenge filed by Enid City Commissioner Ben Ezzell scheduled for Tuesday. 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 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.  The recall election has already been set for February 9, 2021.


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IA)--A Meno man was injured in a one vehicle accident over the weekend in Major County. Just after 5:30 Saturday afternoon, 30 year old Tyler Daniel was driving a 1978 Ford truck southbound on State Highway 58 five miles south of Ringwood when his vehicle departed the roadway and struck a tree.  The Ringwood Fire Department extricated Daniel, who was taken by Air Evac to OU Medical Center in OKC, where he was admitted in stable condition with whole body injuries.


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CV)-- The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 665 new COVID-19 cases across the state since Sunday in a report released late this morning. That brings the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 91,982. According to the health department, there have been a total of 1,055 coronavirus deaths statewide, with 655 Oklahomans currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus.


There have been 1842 positive COVID-19 cases, and 22 deaths in Garfield County. 1716 of those cases and all 22 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 403 cases, Blaine County is at 146 cases, Major 100, Alfalfa 79, and Grant 55.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results





*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  (As of Oct 2)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  (As of Oct 2)


*Currently Hospitalized (As of Oct 2)


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 2020-10-05 at 7:00 a.m.                                       

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BT)--The Enid Police Department is asking the public for help in the investigation of a theft from a local business. On Sept. 23, Enid Police spoke with the owner of a business in the 1100 block of Southgate. The owner said sometime in the wee hours of the 23rd, two men driving a single cab red Ford F-150 with a rack in the bed took a black Blue-Point brand tool cart containing miscellaneous auto parts. Both of the men were wearing hats and face coverings. 




Anyone having information that will lead to the arrest or prosecution of this, or any other, crime is asked to call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, you can also Text your tip to “847411” and just type EPDTIP and then your message in the text box, or  go to the website, and submit a tip anonymously.

You can earn a reward up to $1,000, will not be required to testify and will not be identified.


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TS)--The annual Tri State high school marching contest is Tuesday at the D. Bruce Selby Stadium in Enid. It will feature area marching bands, and starts at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5. Concessions will be available.


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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 today, 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:


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WC)--The City of Enid will move “Operation Cleanup” to ward three beginning today. 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 To sign up for the resource fair or as a sponsor, email




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. 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,, 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, Look for the ice rink on Facebook and Instagram at SkateInEnid.




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.



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