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WW)-- A Winter Storm Watch is in effect locally from Thursday at noon through Friday morning.  2 to 4 inches of snow and up to ¼ inch of ice will be possible. Driving conditions are expected to deteriorate late Thursday night into Friday morning. So, if you are planning to travel late this week or through the New Year weekend, check ahead and be careful.

 

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NL)--Be listening beginning Friday for the new KGWA weekday evening lineup. Hear Ben Shapiro from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the Dana Show from 7:00-10:00 p.m., and Caravan to Midnight from 10:00-12:00 p.m. Again, the new KGWA weekday evening lineup begins Friday.

 

                                                 --00—30 Dec  20  11a

 

SD)--Contractors began a second pass through Enid on Tuesday to pick up remaining tree debris from October’s ice storm. So far, crews having collected more than 4,000 tons of debris. City Public Utilities Director David Hunter told Enid News and Eagle, trucks from TFR Enterprises will pick up debris through areas mainly south of Garriott and east of Van Buren, and from South 3rd to 5th Street. Officials said the city landfill has collected 4,245 tons of tree limbs since work began in November. TFR is expected to leave Enid in a week or two, after which the city will begin using only its trucks for cleanup. Enid residents wanting to report more debris for pickup can use the SeeClickFix app for iPhone or Androids or go to www.seeclickfix.com/Enid, or call the Solid Waste Department at (580) 616-7300. The service also is used to report street or pot hole repairs, among other requests.

 

                                                 --00—30 Dec  20  9a

 

IV)--Enid area first responders and health care workers are being asked to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations during an event on Thursday at Stride Bank Center, 301 S. Independence. Only first responders and health care workers will be allowed to receive the initial vaccinations. The link to sign up for the Enid event is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C 0C4DACA72AA5FDC43- first. Health care workers and first responders are the initial groups that will receive the vaccine in Points of Dispensing Sites, or PODS, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Oklahomans who are 65 and older also will be able to receive the vaccine at PODS locations in the coming weeks, as OSDH transitions into phase 2 of its vaccine distribution.

 

                                                 --00—30 Dec  20  9a

 

WF)--Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and NextEra Energy Resources turned on the power from the windmills at the Skeleton Creek Project. It combines wind, solar, and stored energy from its system that's located in Garfield, Alfalfa and Major counties. The first phase of the project began generating electricity on Dec. 16. Eventually, Skeleton Creek Wind will generate 250 megawatts of wind energy, about enough to power 150,000 homes. The other two phases of the project are expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

 

 

                                                 --00—30 Dec  20  7a

 

CN)— Forty-eight more virus-related deaths and 3,249 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Officials said 32,363 cases are considered currently active in the state, with 1916 people hospitalized for treatment of the virus.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

12.30.20

 

Cases

287,030

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

2,362,344

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

2,650,724

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

1,742

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

174

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

16,812

Total Cumulative Deaths

2,453

 

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health. As of 2020-12-30 at 7:00 a.m.

 

There have been 5371 positive COVID-19 cases, and 43 deaths in Garfield County. 4739 of those cases and 41 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 1353 cases, Alfalfa 923, Major 711, Blaine County is at 647 cases, and Grant 380.

 

                                                 --00—30 Dec  20  11a

 

DD)--Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s ENDUI team will partner with law enforcement agencies across the state to conduct DUI checkpoints and provide extra patrols for New Year’s Eve to crack down on impaired drivers. It’s part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort. Additional deputies, troopers and officers will be on duty statewide looking for impaired drivers. If you are going to drink, Oklahomans are urged to find a safe ride by calling a sober driver, using a cab, Uber, Lyft or any other ride-share service, or having a designated driver.

 

                                                 --00—30 Dec  20  7a

 

CS)--In observance of the New Year’s holidays, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, Enid Public Transportation Authority and Recycle Center will be closed on Friday. The landfill will be open on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but will be closed on Friday. City officials announced that the Friday trash route will not be collected on January 1, but instead Monday, January 4.

 

                                                 --00—30 Dec  20  7a

 

IR)—The Downtown Ice Rink is open. 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 is located at 400 S. Independence in the parking lot between the Stride Bank Center and the art installation Under Her Wing was the Universe. The rink will be open to the public through Sunday.

 

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. 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 including area Jiffy Trips, or on site. Stride Bank Center general manager Kevin Boryzcki adds the arena will provide concessions on site. Visit the ice rink website, SkateInEnid.com, or look for the ice rink on Facebook and Instagram at SkateInEnid.

 

                                                 --00—29 Dec  20  7a

 

CS)--Applications are being accepted to fill an unexpired term for the Ward 6 vacancy on the Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners. Former Ward 6 Commissioner David Mason tendered his resignation from the seat Tuesday night, effective at midnight. Mason said he and his family are moving out of the ward in northwest Enid, having finalized closing on their house this week. The Commission holds regularly scheduled meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month, as well as special meetings, as needed. Applications can be completed online at https://enid.civicweb.net/Portal/BoardApplication, and will be accepted until noon local time on Monday, January 4.

 

Qualifications required of the applicant, in order to be considered for appointment are as follows:

 

*Must be a registered voter

*Must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age

*Shall have been a resident of the City of Enid for at least two (2) years prior to appointment

*Must be a bona fide resident of Ward 6. 

 

It is intended that the appointment will be made by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at their meeting of Tuesday, January 5. The City Commission may, at its discretion, conduct interviews with applicants prior to such appointment. Information may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, Oklahoma, 73701 or by calling 580-616-7275.   Application forms can be filled out online at the City’s website: www.Enid.org/boards.

 

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BV)--Enid Public Schools Board of Education is looking to fill the seat of Office #7. Previously held by Amanda Phillips, the position would be held through April of 2022 and would then be up for re-election February of 2022. The board typically meets on the third Monday of every month, as well as special meetings as needed. To apply or for candidate qualifications and other information contact Dr. Sam Robinson, EPS Chief Financial Officer, by calling 580.366.7020. 

 

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