VD)--In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, the City of Enid administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed today. In addition, the Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating. The Meadowlake Golf Course will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the landfill will be open on Wednesday with operating hours from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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CV)— Nineteen more virus-related deaths and 2,177 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released this afternoon by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations statewide spiked to 1,248 Tuesday night, the highest level ever. A total of 142,334 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths stands at 1,470. The health department said 21,720 cases are considered active in the state.
There have been 2860 positive COVID-19 cases, and 31 deaths in Garfield County. 2620 of those cases and all 31 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 659 cases, Blaine County is at 270 cases, Major 286, Alfalfa 155, and Grant 148.
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MG)--The Enid Regional Development Alliance (ERDA) is now accepting applications for its second year of the Micro-enterprise Grant. In 2021, ERDA will award (2) $10,000 grant to two local businesses with six or fewer employees. Recipients can use the funds for any business expense necessary for the operation, management, formation, or expansion of the company. In 2020, ERDA awarded its first Micro-enterprise Grant to Latoya Peyton, Sunny Moon Evening Care owner. The grant allowed Peyton to purchase new equipment, receive training, and to buy educational material for the kids in her care. Lisa Powell, ERDA Executive Director said applications will be graded on the business's viability, the potential for growth, and the overall economic impact. The recipient must be willing to partner with ERDA and Autry Technology Center on their success through coaching and other business assistance. Priority is given to companies who make a product. Those interested in applying for the grant may turn in an application to the ERDA by 5:00 pm on April 30, 2021, by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivering it to the office at 2020 Willow Run, Ste. 100. For more information and download the application, visit www.growenid.com/local-incentives or contact Trent Misak at 580.233.4232 or email@example.com.
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RW)--On Thursday, the southbound inside lane of South Garland Road, just south of West Owen K Garriott, will be closed to traffic. The closure will allow construction contractors to work on a new service road turning lane. The work is expected to take one to two weeks to complete. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.
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FD)--Jiffy Trip in Enid is offering free drinks Friday for front-line workers, in conjunction with United Way of Northwest Oklahoma’s observance of World Kindness Day. The free drink offer is good only at the West Garriott location, and is open to all teachers, school staff, police, fire, health care workers and first responders. Free drinks in the offer include fountain, frozen and coffee drinks, and will be offered 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday.
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VD)--The annual Veterans Day parade will be this Saturday in downtown Enid starting at 11:00am. The parade will circle the square. Local groups and organizations will be participating in this year’s Veterans Day Parade. Parade organizers are asking for participants. If you are a Vet or an organization that would like to participate in the parade please contact Bill Cooley at 580-231-7964.
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