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KGWA Local News Friday

PR)--More than 50% of Vance Air Force Base’s fleet of T-1A Jayhawks, T-6A Texan IIs and T-38 Talons were relocated Thursday to airfields in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in anticipation of possible severe weather forecast to hit Oklahoma this weekend. “We made this decision for two reasons,” said 71st Flying Training Wing commander Col. Jay Johnson. “First is the need to protect our $1.2 billion fleet. Any aircraft staying in place will be hangared, both at Vance and in the Joint Use Hangar at Woodring Regional Airfield, here in Enid.” The aircraft are expected back on base Sunday, and normal flying operations will resume Monday morning. According to National Weather Service, much of the state, including the Enid area, is in a marginal risk for severe weather today and Saturday.


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BC)--ASRC Federal Field Services has been awarded the Vance Base Operating Support Services contract supporting the 71st Flying Training Wing located at Vance Air Force Base, Enid. The contract is valued at approximately $457 million and has a base period of one year, followed by four, one-year option periods, with a possibility of two additional one-year incentive option periods. ASRC Federal Field Services will provide operations and maintenance services, including communications, information technology, publishing management, installation management, inventory and supply management, as well as transportation, fire and emergency services. “We are privileged to continue supporting base operations services at Vance Air Force Base — furthering our commitment to the U.S. Air Force and its critical missions,” said Jennifer Felix, ASRC Federal president and CEO. “Every day, our skilled and dedicated team works to maintain vital base operations and create a safe training environment for the professional airmen. It is an honor to be trusted with this work.” ASRC Federal Field Services first was awarded the contract at Vance in August 2016.



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NO)--The Enid Police Department on Thursday graduated five officers from their first Police Academy held at the department. The ceremony at Stride Bank Center turned recruits Cody Jones, Jeran Jones, Jason Guth, Ashley Milton and Cameron Thomas into fully certified Enid Police Department officers.


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SB)--With spring break next week, local businesses and organizations are planning activities for the kids and teenagers to give them fun things to do. Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, Denny Price Family YMCA, Family Martial Arts, Public Library of Enid and Garfield County and Railroad Museum of Oklahoma all have activities planned. For more information contact them or check them out online.


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CN)—53 newly-reported virus-related deaths and 422 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The health department said 11,598 cases are considered active in the state, with 291 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 544.


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*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 2021-03-12 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7654 positive COVID-19 cases, and 82 deaths in Garfield County. 6771 of those cases and 74 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2002 cases, Alfalfa 1149, Blaine County is at 1010 cases, Major 946, and Grant 542.       


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SP)--On Sunday the City of Enid Parks and Recreation department, in partnership with Wes Simmons, will present the "Spring Break Throwdown” skating competition for beginners and advanced skaters at the new Enid Skate Park at 124 North 5th Street. There will be a winner and a runner-up in the Game of Skate. Food and merchandise vendors will also be present at the event. To sign up for the competition, go to


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BA)--Applications are being accepted for serving on many of the City of Enid’s advisory boards and commissions. There are vacancies on the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Enid Joint Recreation Triad, Enid Parks & Recreation Board, Board of Adjustment, Meadowlake Golf Course Advisory Board, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission. Applications are also being accepted to fill vacancies on the Construction Board of Appeals. Details are available online at




VA)--Phase Three of Oklahoma’s vaccination is underway. The state now offers appointments to Phase 1, 2, and 3, which means almost everyone is now eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Phase Three includes around 2.5 million Oklahomans. Phase Three also includes the largest group – all essential businesses. State officials made it clear Phase One and Two are both still open for sign-ups.




BR)--The Stride Bank Center and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center announced Enid Ultimate Challenge Xtreme Bulls is coming to the Chisholm Trail Expo Center for one night only on Saturday, March 27th at 7:30pm. All seating will be socially distanced. Tickets are $35, $25 & $19. Tickets are on sale. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting or in the Stride Bank Center Administration offices on the 2nd floor of Convention Hall.




YW)--Green yard waste collection in Enid will transition to the spring and summer schedule beginning April 5. Residents are reminded to place the green polycart container containing yard waste at the curb, and at least four feet away from other containers, parked vehicles, street lampposts, trees, mailboxes and other obstructions, no later than 7:30 a.m. on Mondays. The city-issued green polycarts are used for yard waste such as leaves, twigs and grass. Because yard waste is placed in a different field for composting, the green polycarts will not be emptied if they contain household trash. Green polycarts may be purchased for a one-time fee of $60, which will be charged to the 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 guidelines, go to




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