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AF)--Enid A.M. AMBUCS members installed hundreds of American flags this morning as part of a "dry run" for its flag project on Veterans Memorial Bridge on the new, north railroad overpass on Van Buren. The flags, purchased and maintained via sponsorships, will remain a few days to make sure the placement is such that there are no obstructions or traffic or pedestrian problems caused by the project. The project naming the bridge in honor of veterans and to decorate it with American flags was born of an already-existing Enid A.M. AMBUCS project that places another 300 flags in downtown Enid in front of sponsoring businesses and along the Van Buren and Garriott corridors on holidays and for community parades and other events. AMBUCS sells one-year sponsorship subscriptions for $65, which covers the bracket, placement and pickup of the flags on holidays and special occasions and upkeep of the flags and brackets. Any business or individual interested in purchasing a subscription to sponsor a flag on Veterans Memorial Bridge can call John Parton at (580) 402-2550. Any excess funds will go to the AMBUCS AmTryke program, which provides mobility devices to disabled children and veterans.

 

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NP)--At the April 19th school board meeting, EPS Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd will recommend Craig Liddell be hired as Enid High School Principal. Upon approval Liddell, current assistant principal and head soccer coach at EHS, will officially begin his duties on July 1. Current EHS principal Jennifer Cruz previously submitted her resignation, effective June 30. Liddell first joined Enid Public Schools in 2000 as a science teacher and soccer coach. In 2015 he accepted a position as head coach of the women’s soccer program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. After three seasons, he returned to EHS in 2018, resuming his role as head soccer coach and EHS assistant principal. Liddell’s wife, Katie, is a counselor at Longfellow Middle School. They have two children.

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AN)--Main Street Enid, the downtown revitalization program, has 13 finalists in the 32nd annual Oklahoma Main Street award competition. A couple of big events from 2020 are up for honors. Main Street Enid’s winter ice rink, Holidays on Ice, was nominated for a premier special event with over 1,000 attendees, while the rink’s Holiday Market was nominated for an event under 1,000 attendees. Main Street partner Settlers Brewing Co. was nominated for two awards: best facade rehabilitation over $10,000 and for best building/business branding. Enid Brewing Co. & Eatery got a nod for best new business. Main Street Enid Board President Roxanna Costello was nominated for statewide board member of the year. Other finalists are:

 

• Main Street Hero: Thomas Rowe.

• Best Business Practices: Park Avenue Thrift Enid.

• Best Placemaking Project: “Under Her Wing was the Universe.”

• Best Retail Event: Comic Con Crazy Days.

• Best Visual Merchandising: No. 5 Findings Store.

• Outstanding Image Promotion: Downtown Promotional Banners and COVID Curbside Pickup Signs.

 

Winners will be announced Sept. 20 at the awards banquet in Oklahoma City.

 

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CN)—25 more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 413 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 202 people are currently hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 325.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

04.01.21

 

Cases

438,777

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,373,894

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,783,639

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

197

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

5

Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)

7,898

 

*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 2021-04-01 at 7:00 a.m.

 

There have been 7696 positive COVID-19 cases, and 89 deaths in Garfield County. 6773 of those cases and 74 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2023 cases, Alfalfa 1155, Blaine County is at 1016 cases, Major 949, and Grant 548.

           

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RW)—Beginning today, the northbound lane of South Garland starting at West Rupe and continuing 0.5-mile north, will be closed to traffic. The lane closure will allow construction crews to work in this area. This closure is expected to last through Monday. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and the direction of the construction crew and to drive with caution in this area during this effort. 

 

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LV)--The Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be moving from Oakwood Mall to the Garfield County Health Department on Monday. All Oklahomans who are 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Maggie Jackson, regional director of community engagement and planning for Oklahoma State Department of Health, said unless there is a need at some point for a large event in the future, officials can maintain at the Health Department from this point forward. Vaccinations at the Health Department will continue to be from 8 a.m. to noon, Jackson said. Appointments can be made using the vaccination portal, and for help registering for an appointment, people can call 211 or the Health Department at (580) 233-0650. The Health Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

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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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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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CF)--Enid Public Schools will host its annual Teacher Career Fair Tuesday, April 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Services Center board room, 500 S. Independence. EPS administrators will be available to speak with potential candidates, accept resumes, and schedule interviews for a later date. EPS provides a competitive starting salary, paying an average $3,800 more per step than the state scale, as well as a $2,000 signing bonus for secondary math, science, special education, and foreign language. For information on employment, please visit enidpublicschools.org/applytoday. For questions, call 580.366.7000 to be directed to the EPS Human Resources Department.

 

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AG)--Youth and Family Services will host its 10th annual gala on April 10 at Stride Bank Event Center. The theme is “Home is Where the Heart Is,” and the event is sponsored by Edward Jones, BDK CPAs and Advisers and AT&T. The gala will be 6:30-11:00 p.m. Casino-style games will be provided by members of Enid’s AM AMBCUS. The fun begins with a steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event also includes a live auction and dancing. All proceeds from the event will benefit Youth and Family Services “Nights of Shelter” campaign. YFS provides shelter through three different programs, the emergency youth shelter, Thelma’s House for homeless 16- and 17-year-olds and transitional living for young adults ages 18-22. YFS also provides food, case management, therapy and access to a wide range of other programs that help children and youth achieve ongoing safety and stability. The gala is cocktail attire with an emphasis on western wear. Tickets are $75 per person. Table seating for up to eight people is available for $600. A half-table may be purchased for $300. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at www.yfsenid.org/gala or by calling Tree Perkins at (580) 366-4742 or email tper kins@yfsenid.org.

 

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