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SB)—Polls are open until 7:00 tonight for today’s School Board elections. Districts holding school board elections are Enid, Chisholm, Cimarron, Covington-Douglas, Waukomis, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Timberlake and Garber. In addition, Cimarron and Billings will have bond propositions up for approval. Kremlin and North Enid voters will choose representatives for their respective town boards.

 

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CC)--A proposed ordinance that would require Enid police officers to record specific demographic data during major interactions will be considered during tonight’s Enid City Commission meeting. City commissioners tabled the proposal, 5-2 at the most recent meeting and will have to vote to remove it from the table before voting on it. Enid Police Chief Brian O’Rourke said the proposal should not be un-tabled because he thinks it violates city charter, adding he remains opposed to the ordinance for a number of reasons, including EPD’s two data reporting systems already remain federally and state-compliant, and that redoing one of the systems would be too expensive. He also said the data being collected under the proposed ordinance could be intrusive and stopping people during interactions was too broad, as the ordinance doesn’t specify what is considered a “significant” interaction. Tonight’s regular meeting of the Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will be held at 6:30 at the Stride Bank Center. Prior to the meeting the commission will meet in study session at 5:30. Both meetings are open to the public.

 

 

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CF)--Enid Public Schools will host its annual Teacher Career Fair this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 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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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

04.05.21

 

Cases

440,022

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,388,378

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,798,353

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

198

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

5

Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)

7,961

 

*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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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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AM)--United Way of Northwest Oklahoma will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony April 29th from 11:30 to 1pm in  the Grand Ballroom of the Stride Bank Center. There will be lunch, special presentations, the 2020-2021 campaign totals and an announcement from the 2021-2022 Campaign Chairs. Registration deadline is April 19th. For tickets, call the United Way office at 580-237-0821.

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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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AD)--During the month of April, nearly 250 wooden children will be displayed on the Garfield County Court House lawn to raise awareness about child abuse. Hosted by the Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, the wooden children display has been put out every year since 2013 to raise community awareness about the number of kids who are abused and/or neglected in the county. A community presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse. Sponsors will bring the children to put them on display for the month.

 

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