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IA)---A Waukomis man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash early this morning in Kingfisher County. 30 year-old Isaiah Thomas Forbes was initially transported to Mercy Hospital in Kingfisher before being air-evaced to Integris Baptist in OKC where he was admitted in serious condition with head injuries. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the crash occurred about 12:15 this morning when Forbes was eastbound on a county road about seven miles west of Dover. The 2000 Toyota Tundra pickup he was driving ran off the road and rolled a ½ time coming to rest on its roof in a creek. Forbes condition and the cause of the accident remain under investigation.   


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CC)—The Enid City Commission Tuesday night declined to un-table a proposed ordinance that would require Enid police officers to record specific demographic data during major interactions. Instead, commissioners decided to create an advisory committee to explore allegations of systemic racism and racial profiling with Enid Police Department. Mayor George Pankonin said that information would be made public once racial demographic data already provided by EPD are interpreted. The results of whatever study is conducted would be divulged later in the summer. An announcement of more details will be made once the two newly elected city commissioners of Wards 3 and 4 are seated in May. Newly appointed Ward 6 Commissioner Scott Orr, who was elected in February, was appointed and sworn in Tuesday through May before his elected term officially begins. His predecessor, Jeff Funk, stepped down Monday to let him take the seat early.


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ER)--Both incumbents won re-election to their Enid Public Schools Board of Education seats as Tuesday saw most of Garfield County’s school board races decided in favor of the incumbent candidate. In the EPS Office 6 race, Kyle Whitehead defeated challenger Chad McDaniel. In the Office 1 race, Board President Matthew Sampson defeated Rhonda Harlow. In the Chisholm Public Schools Office 1 race, Dr. Dustin Baylor defeated Dr. Todd Reilly. Tuesday was not the night for bond issues, though. A pair of bond proposals for Billings Public Schools failed, and Cimarron Public Schools saw a Transportation bond issue fail.

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CN)--28 more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 1,764 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The state health department said they added approximately 1,300 previously unreported cases which happened in the last four months, resulting in the "artificially high" new case number for Wednesday. 213 people are currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 506 with the cases reported and 306 without the previously unreported cases.


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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 2021-04-07 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7710 positive COVID-19 cases, and 126 deaths in Garfield County. 6821 of those cases and 117 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2031 cases, Alfalfa 1155, Blaine County is at 1020 cases, Major 950, and Grant 547.


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CG)--The Junior Welfare League of Enid met April 5th to disperse the funds raised from the December Charity Gala to the designated beneficiaries and to award the recipients of the Gentry Neal Scholarship Fund. The ladies of Junior Welfare League hosted “A Night of Hope” Charity Gala in December of 2020 and were able to raise $111,204.00 allowing them to give back nearly $57,000 to the community. RSVP of Enid is a Senior hunger relief program that relieves the burden of having to decide whether to pay their bills or eat. Christy Baker, Executive Director, was present to accept the donation of $10,000.00 to RSVP. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Inc. provides emergency financial assistance, case management, and counseling in Oklahoma. Patrick Raglow, Executive Director, was present to accept a donation of $5,000.00. The final donation was presented to the Return Engagement Chair, Kendall Conger, in the amount of $31,887.00. All proceeds raised from the consignment store, Return Engagement, are invested back into the community to help those in need.


The $1,000.00 Gentry-Neal Scholarship for Volunteerism is given to one high school senior, having at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, who attends a high school in Garfield County, exhibits a commitment to volunteerism, and must enroll and attend full-time at an accredited college, university or technical school. The Scholarship committee met in March and decided to give two very deserving young philanthropists each a $1,250.00 scholarship in honor of their vast achievements in and out of the classroom. Gracie Holder is the first of two local area high school students selected to receive the Gentry-Neal Scholarship. Gracie is a graduating senior from Chisholm High School and is still deciding on the many college acceptances she has received. The second scholarship recipient is Brian Higbee. Brian is a high school senior at Enid High School. He will be attending Brigham Young University in the fall.


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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 or by calling Tree Perkins at (580) 366-4742 or email tper




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