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AM)--Enid Regional Development Alliance held its annual meeting Thursday. It was the first time the members had gathered together in person since January 2020. Lisa Powell, ERDA executive director, greeted those on hand and said while work and progress continued during the pandemic it was good to see the in person gathering and the feeling of a sense of normalcy and a routine. Luke Holland, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, was the guest speaker at the meeting, with Brent Kisling, executive director of Oklahoma Department of Commerce (DOC) and former ERDA executive director, as the keynote speaker.


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SM)--Chisholm High School will be replacing its top two administrators for the new school year this coming fall. Principal Shane Dent and Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Joey Reinart both have resigned, which Chisholm Public Schools Board of Education approved on Wednesday. The resignations will go into effect June 30. Dent is leaving Chisholm to become principal at Ponca City High School. Dent served as CHS principal since 2015 and was middle school principal from 2006 to 2014. He also was principal at Sayre High School, as well as a teacher at Longfellow Middle School in Enid. No reason was given for Reinart’s resignation. He also was CHS’ head football coach since 2009. He became assistant principal/athletic director in 2013. The board also approved hiring their replacements on Wednesday. Effective July 1, Angela Avila will begin her job as the high school’s principal, and Gary Riley will take the assistant principal and athletic director post. Avila currently is principal at Hennessey High School and Middle School. Brett Barnes, eighth-grade science teacher and dean of students at Chisholm Middle School, also was hired as the school’s principal.


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CN)— Ten more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 416 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are 203 people currently hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus.


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 2021-04-09 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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CE)--The 29th annual expo will be held Saturday at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum. The expo, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will feature approximately 100 vehicles and is considered the largest indoor Corvette show in Oklahoma. Admission is $1 for children under 12 and $5 for adults. The annual event raises funds that will be donated to Enid charities. Chuck Pritchett with Corvettes of Enid said all the funds from the gate, the entry fees and the raffle go to charity. The event also will include a silent auction of a number of items. The Corvette show has raised more than $50,000 for local organizations over the last 10 years.

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AG)--Youth and Family Services will host its 10th annual gala on Saturday 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. 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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BQ)--The 19th annual Knights of Columbus barbecue will be 3:00-7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1610 W. Willow. Cost is $10 per plate, and the menu will include barbecue pork, baked beans, cole slaw and a roll. Curbside service only will be provided. Knights of Columbus uses the fundraiser to support YWCA Enid, Denny Price Family YMCA, 4RKids, Scouting and Our Daily Bread, among other charities.


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HF)--The Enid Fire Department will begin annual inspection & flow-testing of community fire hydrants on Monday. There are about 2,200 hydrants to be tested, and it will take several weeks. During hydrant inspections, you might experience temporarily low water pressure and discolored water. The discoloration of the water will not harm an individual, although it might stain light-colored clothing or linens. The fire department advises that you run your faucets until the water runs clear. Do not run hot water or do laundry until the water is clear.


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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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