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IA)—A Jet woman was hospitalized after being injured this morning in a two-vehicle collision south of Carrier. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 69 year-old Diana Cheslic was initially transported to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center before being transferred to OU Medical Center in OKC where she was admitted in stable condition for treatment of trunk, leg and arm injuries. According to the report, she was a passenger in the Toyota Rav4 driven by 79 year-old Raymond Cheslic, which was southbound on State Highway 132 at the Carrier Road junction when he made a left turn in front of a northbound vehicle around 9:30 this morning. The second vehicle, a Chrysler minivan was driven by 37 year-old Lauren Hughes of Kansas City. Raymond Cheslic, Hughes and her three passengers all refused treatment at the scene.   

 

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FC)--An Enid man was killed early Sunday in a single-vehicle accident in Major County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 60 year-old Archie Ray Farrand was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on State Highway 58 about a half-mile south of Fairview. According to the report, Farrand was northbound on Highway 58 just after 6:00 Sunday morning when the 2004 Chevy Silverado he was driving ran off the road and went into a broadslide before rolling over on its top in the ditch. Farrand, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was pinned in the vehicle for about an hour before being freed by Fairview Fire & Rescue. Farrand’s condition and the cause of the crash remain under investigation.    

 

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BR)--A fleet of electric scooters will be available to rent and ride within Enid city limits starting today. Bird Rides Inc. is launching an initial 25 scooters in Enid, and managers of Enid’s fleet say they will add 50 more later. Fleet manager Tyler Koehn told Enid News and Eagle, riders can find the stand-up Bird scooters around downtown and the Enid Trails System. The scooters can be ridden primarily east of Van Buren, as well as on the trail and around Meadowlake Park. Riders will register on Bird’s smartphone app, available for download at www.birdapp.com, then set up a credit card payment and begin their ride with the scooter next to them. Using the app, they also can find the closest scooter in the area. Riders must be at least 18 years old and will be able to rent the scooters between 4:00 a.m. and midnight. Each ride costs $1 to unlock, then 39 cents a minute, plus taxes. Riders in Enid must wear helmets when riding a scooter, which must be equipped with lights to be operated on roadways. According to an ordinance change passed in March, electric scooters can be used on city sidewalks, bike lanes and paths, and the Enid Trails System, as well as on any streets with a maximum speed limit of 25 mph.

 

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MB)--The nation is marking a solemn anniversary…Today is the 26th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in downtown Oklahoma City. On April 19th, 1995, 168 lives were lost when Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb outside the building. Each year, Oklahomans gather to honor and remember the victims. Because of the pandemic, this year’s Remembrance Ceremony this morning was invite-only for Family Members, Survivors and First Responders. During the program, 168 seconds of silence was observed at 9:02 a.m. for each of the lives lost that day to the act of violence.

 

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CN)—21 newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 186 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. 208 people are currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for the treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 268 cases.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

04.19.21

 

Cases

445,650

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 04/16/21)

3,507,917

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 04/16/21)

3,922,165

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations (As of 04/16/21

197

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations (As of 04/16/21

11

Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)

8,145

 

 

*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 2021-04-19 at 7:00 a.m.

 

There have been 7735 positive COVID-19 cases, and 127 deaths in Garfield County. 6846 of those cases and 118 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2035 cases, Alfalfa 1156, Blaine County is at 1033 cases, Major 954, and Grant 547.      

    

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SM)--Local residents are invited to enjoy the Enid High School Vocal Music and Theatre Departments production of “The Sound of Music”. EHS students will take the stage to bring this classical musical to life. Featuring music known world-wide performed by the EHS Orchestra, the show demonstrates the many talents of Enid High’s students. Showtime will be 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday 20 and Thursday. All shows will be held in the EHS auditorium. Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets are $8. Tickets will be available one hour before show time.

 

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RD)--The 16th annual Hanor Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ is expecting up to 50 teams from throughout the region to cook and be judged in the pursuit of cash and titles. The public is welcome to tour the cooking stations as teams prepare their entries Friday, April 23, and the morning of Saturday, April 24, in the parking lots east of Stride Bank Center. As part of the festivities on Friday the Bacon Bash will feature teams to compete for the title of champion, using pork products supplied by title sponsor Hanor Family of Companies, which is based in Enid. The bacon cook-off will benefit the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, whose annual chili cook-off fundraiser was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With one $10 ticket, a guest will be able to taste 10 bacon creations from the 15 cooks competing in the cook-off. The Bacon Bash begins at 5:30 p.m. in the mezzanine of the Stride Bank Center. In addition, with the Stride Bank Center as the event’s financial backer this year, both a bar and live music entertainment will be around for cook-off patrons to enjoy. Tickets are available by calling the United Way office at (580) 237-0821 or visiting Stride Bank Center. All proceeds from the event will go to United Way. There also will be a kid’s cooking competition, a dance sponsored by 4RKids and more. On Saturday, Enid Noon AMBUCS will hold a lunch for $8 a plate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom on the first floor. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance. There will be curb-side pickup available on the east side of Stride Bank Center.

 

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IC)--Foreigner, iconic rock band hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, is bringing “The Greatest Hits of Foreigner on Tour” to Stride Bank Center on Aug. 5. The show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50 and go on sale at 10:00 a.m. April 23 through StrideBankCenter.com, calling (855) TIX-ENID or on the second floor of Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. A VIP package for $250 will include one premium reserved ticket, a special question-and-answer session with band members, official VIP badge, photo opportunity with the band and several other perks.  With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner has a formidable musical catalog that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. Kevin Boryczki, general manager of Stride Bank Center said “This is our first major concert since COVID, and I would expect it to be a full crowd and a great turnout, based off the response we’ve had for similar shows, like Chicago, ZZ Top and REO Speedwagon.

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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.

 

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BN)--Oklahoma Blood Institute officials said hospital blood usage has surged across the state, creating an urgent need for donors. March saw the highest distribution of certain blood products in the 44-year history of OBI. The increase in demand is the result of patients returning to the medical system for planned and routine medical care after postponing procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-related blood needs also have increased as Oklahomans return to spring activities and travel. The local blood supply typically operates at a three-day supply, but the surge in demand has lowered levels to a one-day supply. Recent vaccination efforts also have challenged giving levels, as some donors mistakenly believe they can’t donate after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine. Donors can make appointments to donate at obi.org or walk in to any mobile blood drive or donation center to give. The NWOBI is located at 301 East Cherokee in Enid.

 

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