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KGWA Local News Wednesday

CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday night approved  the transfer of a city incentive agreement from the current owners of the yet to be opened downtown hotel to a new owner. The existing incentive agreement, first approved in 2017, could not be assigned to a third party without the city’s approval first.  Enid city commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-2 in favor of extending to the new owner-operator the same obligations and incentives, with no additions. Sale of the hotel has not yet taken place, and the developer will first finish construction on the hotel ideally by the end of the month, before the ownership transfer.


During their study session city commissioners heard an update on the construction of Enid’s new soccer complex. Mark Allen, with Enid Sports Association, the organization leading the project, said construction on the complex is now expected to be completed by September 2022. The city of Enid has provided $3 million for construction expenses, with the project budgeted for a total $9.5 million. Construction on the facility at Rupe and Garland began in 2017 with further backing from the Allen Family Foundation and the McLaughlin Family Foundation, each having donated $1.5 million, as well as other corporate and individual donors. Through a public-private partnership, the city of Enid will own the assets and facility and be responsible for utilities, while ESA will operate and maintain the facility such as treating the grass on six of the complex’s seven fields.


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LS)—The 87th Annual Northwest District Junior Livestock Show is underway at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Nearly 800 4-H and FFA members from across the area will bring more than 2,000 animals to Enid to show. Hosted by the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, the event will hold the Heifer Show today, Ewes on Thursday, Does on Friday, Gilts on Saturday, Barrows on Sunday, with the Premium Sale and Dinner on Monday. The public is invited to attend the shows. For more information check out


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IW)--Service to the intersection light of Garriott and Johnson will be interrupted and will operate as a 4-way stop today from 9:00 a. m. to 2:00 p.m. Crews will be working on a control cabinet at the intersection, so drive carefully.


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CN)—56 more virus-related deaths, including a Major County man aged 65 or older, and 111 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Health department officials said 12,531 cases are considered active in the state, with 461 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 684.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results





*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,499, 681

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. 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 2021-03-02 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7587 positive COVID-19 cases, and 78 deaths in Garfield County. 6708 of those cases and 70 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 1987 cases, Alfalfa 1148, Blaine County is at 998 cases, Major 938, and Grant 535.


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WP)--The City of Enid Engineering Department has scheduled a presentation for interested business owners, property owners, and residents on the waterline construction along East Randolph between North Washington and North 7th Street. The presentation will be held in the Benson Ballroom at the Stride Bank Center at 5:30 this afternoon and will cover the project’s progress and schedule. 


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