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FF)--An Enid man was found dead following a hotel room fire Saturday. Authorities said 48 year-old William Leroy Gainer Sr. was found deceased in the bathroom, with a dog that also died, inside Room 171 at Enid Inn, in the 200 block of S. Van Buren. According to the report, fire and police personnel responded to the reported blaze just after 9:15 Saturday morning. Upon arrival, fire personnel reported seeing smoke coming from a lower floor window on the south side of the building. Firefighters entered the room through a window and extinguished the fire, which mainly was confined to the bed and mattress. EFD officials said fire damage was contained to the room, though smoke damage extended to a few rooms in each direction and in the hallway. The fire likely was accidentally caused by a cigarette or smoking materials and originated on the bed, according to the fire department. The remains of a smoke alarm were found inside the room. EPD detectives are working with the fire marshal, and the investigation is ongoing. An official cause of death has not been determined. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.


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CN)—29 more virus-related deaths and 873 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. 203 people are currently hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 310.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results






*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date


Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations


Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations


Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)



*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 2021-04-05 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7696 positive COVID-19 cases, and 89 deaths in Garfield County. 6808 of those cases and 80 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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LV)--The Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now being held at the Garfield County Health Department. 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 8:00 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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YW)--Green yard waste collection in Enid transitions to the spring and summer schedule beginning today. 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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RW)--Construction on Southgate Road begins today. 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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CF)--Enid Public Schools will host its annual Teacher Career Fair Tuesday 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 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 or by calling Tree Perkins at (580) 366-4742 or email tper




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