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KGWA Local News Friday

ST)--A local employment agency will help Enid Public Schools hire more substitute teachers for the upcoming semester as hiring in-house has proven increasingly difficult. EPS is set to pay Enid-based TPI Staffing Service Inc. an additional 19% rate to seek and employ daily substitutes after the Board of Education unanimously approved the plan Monday night. District officials said this surcharge will be added to substitutes’ current reported $80 daily pay if certified. EPS would then pay $95.20 total a day for a teacher’s filled absence. Through this agreement, district officials said they hope to hire 20 more qualified substitutes by Feb. 1. The contract can be extended through the end of the school year and then renewed. The district’s current 31 substitutes, who include both freelance and full-time, building-only teachers, will continue to be contracted by EPS.


                                                 --00—18 Dec  20  9a


DD)--The Oklahoma Highway Patrol ENDUI team will partner with the Enid Police and troopers from OHP Troop J to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Enid tonight from 9:00 to 11:00. High visibility patrols will take place all evening. The goal is to make Enid and the surrounding area as safe as possible by getting impaired drivers off the road. Last year, 640 people were killed in crashes in Oklahoma, and more than half of those were drug/alcohol related.


                                                 --00—18 Dec  20  7a


SR)--Bennie’s Barn is inviting the public to enjoy hay rides, meet the horses and enjoy games, crafts and food, during Sleigh Rides with Santa, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Chip Baker, executive director of Bennie’s Barn, in the 4900 block of East Rupe, said Sleigh Rides with Santa started as a way to introduce the facility, its horses and therapeutic riding programs to the Enid community. The seventh annual Sleigh Rides with Santa will look a little different than past years, due to COVID-19 precautions, with all activities this year being outside. Activities will include a bounce house (weather permitting), a calf and a goat in a petting and feeding space, crafts, sleigh rides and an “Imagination Station,” featuring large foam building blocks, sponsored by Sooner Success. Admission is $5 per person, which includes all activities. Sandwiches will be sold separately during the event.

                                                 --00—18 Dec  20  7a


CV)— Seventeen more virus-related deaths and 3,556 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Officials said 32,065 cases are considered active in the state, with 1733 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results





*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date


Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations


Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


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 2020-12-18 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 4761 positive COVID-19 cases, and 41 deaths in Garfield County. 4282 of those cases and 39 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 1168 cases, Alfalfa 824, Major 637, Blaine County is at 561 cases, and Grant 304.


                                                 --00—18 Dec  20  11a


CS)--In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, and Recycle Center will be closed on December 24-25 and January 1. The landfill will be open on December 24th and December 31st from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but will be closed on December 25th and January 1. City of Enid officials announced that the Friday trash route will not be collected on December 25 and January 1. Friday’s trash route will be altered with the following pick up dates:


  • Monday, December 21
  • Monday, December 28
  • Monday, January 4


Other Closings


The Enid Public Library will be closed December 24-26 and January 1-2 in observance of the holidays.

The Meadowlake Golf Course will be closed on December 25.

Officials stated Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating buses on December 24-26 and January 1in observance of the holidays.


                                                 --00—18 Dec  20  9a


RC)--A portion of Rupe will be blocked off Saturday evening for the Christmas in the Park event at Meadowlake Park. City of Enid officials said Rupe will be blocked at Van Buren, Field, Wallace, Carter, Hudson and Pontiac. The closures will be 5:00-8:30 p.m. on Saturday. To access the north side of Meadowlake Park, attendees will enter Rupe from Cleveland. Eastbound Rupe at Johnson will be closed to through traffic and only used for park entrance. To access the event area in South Meadowlake Park, attendees will line up on Van Buren in the southbound outside lane.




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