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RF)--There is a Red Flag Warning today across the western half of Oklahoma for high fire danger. A combination of low humidities and high winds through the afternoon and evening will contribute to extreme fire behavior.  Any fires that start will be very difficult to control. There is also a High Wind Advisory this afternoon and evening. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are expected. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

 

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CH)--City of Enid Code Department staff will have a code hearing today to address dilapidated building conditions of the Broadway Tower.  City Manager Jerald Gilbert told Enid News and Eagle they don't want to demolish the building, but will ask the property’s owners, Dana and Johnny Peart, with B.H. Tower LLC, to board up broken windows on an adjoining two-story building and address other related issues in the long-vacant properties.

 

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FY)--Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest students this week during four-year-old enrollment for the 2021-22 school year. Families are asked to pick up enrollment packets at participating sites, complete them and bring them back with appropriate documents by April 9 or at their earliest convenience. Visit enidpublicschools.org/earlychildhoodenrollment for more information. District policy states all visitors wear masks covering the nose and mouth as well as social distance from others while on EPS campuses.

 

Fowler Early Childhood Center four-year-old program, located at 102 S. 30th near the NWOSU-Enid campus, will be accepting new student enrollment on April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students from Adams Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Fowler Early Childhood Center on a first come first serve basis.

 

Enrollment for the full-day, intergenerational four-year-old program at The Commons, will be April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Carver Early Childhood Center at 815 Pastor Alfred Baldwin Jr. Way (formerly 815 S. 5th). Students from Garfield Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Carver Early Childhood Center. Enrollment will be April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Carver.

 

Enrollment for the four-year-old programs will be held at Coolidge, Eisenhower, Glenwood, Hayes, Hoover, McKinley, Monroe, Prairie View and Taft elementary schools on April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students should enroll at their home schools. All EPS four-year-old programs focus on the social, academic, physical and emotional needs of children. Students must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2021.

 

Beginning May 10, full-day kindergarten enrollment for students who are new to EPS will be weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Parents should visit the Welcome Center located in the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence to enroll their child. Students must be five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2021 to enroll.

 

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RF)--A disciplinary panel recommended that Enid attorney Robert Faulk, who pleaded guilty to two charges of domestic abuse in 2020 following a May 2019 incident, be suspended from practicing law for one year from the date of his interim suspension with an additional year of deferred suspension. The Responsibility Professional Tribunal was directed by Oklahoma Supreme Court to hold a hearing on the mitigation of discipline to be imposed in October, and the matter came up for hearing on Jan. 29. Both Oklahoma Bar Association and Faulk now have the opportunity to file briefs in the matter on the issues of whether discipline is warranted and, if so, what discipline is appropriate. Faulk will remain interim suspended from the practice of the law until the Oklahoma Supreme Court issues as opinion in his case.

 

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CN)—53 newly virus-related deaths and 882 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Friday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 230 people are currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 343.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

03.29.21

 

Cases

437,853

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,338,772

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,747,710

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

223

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

7

Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)

7,835

 

*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 2021-03-29 at 7:00 a.m.

 

There have been 7672 positive COVID-19 cases, and 84 deaths in Garfield County. 6773 of those cases and 74 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2018 cases, Alfalfa 1151, Blaine County is at 1013 cases, Major 949, and Grant 547.

           

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VC)-- Beginning today, all Oklahomans who are 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Maggie Jackson, regional director of community engagement and planning for OSDH, said the Pfizer vaccine is available for 16- and 17-year-olds, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those 18 and older. At the Oakwood Mall vaccination clinic, only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. Appointments for next week are open and can be made online at www.vaccinate.oklahoma.gov/en-US/ or by calling 211. The clinic will run 8:00 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday.

 

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EE)--Enid Public Schools four-year-old enrollment officially kicks off on Thursday, April 1. Space is limited, enrollment is offered at a first-come, first-served basis, and students must be four-years-old by September 1 of this year. Visit enidpublicschools.org/earlychildhoodenrollment for more information.

 

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RW)--Construction on Southgate Road will begin April 5th. It will begin at 16th street and go to the landfill entrance. When this is done it will continue from the landfill entrance to the railroad tracks. This will be a complete rebuild of the road, road bed and drainage. Estimated time to complete 150 days.

 

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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 www.Enid.org/yardwaste.

 

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