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MO)--Masks will now be optional for students and staff in all Enid district buildings for the remainder of the school year. Enid Public Schools Board of Education Monday night voted to make masks optional in all district buildings for the 25 days left in the school year. Superintendent Darrell Floyd recommended the changed plan. Floyd said he believed parents should be able to decide the best option for their children. Masks still will be required for those visiting Enid schools, but optional for EPS students competing in the State Choir Contest, which runs Tuesday to Friday, and Tri-State Music Festival, from April 28-30. Masks will be optional during summer school, which runs during June and will operate on almost all campuses. In other business, Craig Liddell was hired Monday as the new Enid High School principal, beginning in July, and Jason Priest was re-hired as district director of safety and security.


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CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners tonight are set to discuss new rules for conducting meetings that would, among several changes, clarify public behavior. As proposed in a new ordinance to be discussed in a study session, members of the public would have to sign up prior to the meeting to comment on any item on the agenda. Commissioners will discuss the resolution today, then presumably vote on it in May. Also during the study session, commissioners will discuss plans for a proposed community Christmas Tree project. During its regular meeting the commission is scheduled to address and approve a number of routine business items, and hold a public hearing on funding recommendations from the Community Development Block Grant Funding Committee. Today’s study session will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6:30. Both meetings will be held in the Grand Ballroom of Stride Bank Center Convention Hall and are open to the public.


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CD)--An Enid man was arrested on complaints of public intoxication, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer following an incident at EZ Pawn Monday morning. Enid Police Department officers were dispatched to EZ Pawn, 401 S. Van Buren, on a welfare check in reference to a man, later identified as 32 year-old Zachary Tolliver, possibly on a controlled dangerous substance. According to the police report, Tolliver told the responding officers he needed an ambulance because he consumed marijuana and feared it was laced with something. He then reportedly changed his mind multiple times when police began to call for an ambulance. At one point, after standing on a car, Tolliver reportedly assaulted EPD Officer Steven Varney. Additional officers were dispatched and tried to help detain Tolliver, who kept resisting. After multiple attempts for Tolliver to comply, Sgt. Andy Morris deployed his Taser, which was successful in getting Tolliver under control. Life EMS was called to evaluate Tolliver, who was transported to St. Mary’s for treatment. Varney and a second officer were treated and released for minor injuries at St. Mary’s.


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SD)--Joseph Reinart, the former Chisholm High School assistant principal and athletic director filed a protective order against the Chisholm head Boys basketball coach Monday. Enid News and Eagle reports Reinart petitioned for a protective order against Corey Miller, saying Miller caused or attempted to cause physical harm, threatened imminent physical harm, harassed and stalked him, according to the order filed in Garfield County District Court. An emergency protective order then was issued later in the day. A show cause hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. April 28.


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PS)--Enid Public Schools Eisenhower Elementary is celebrating being named a Purple Star School. The honor was presented to the school’s principal, Dr. Lyntel Murphy, and staff at the April 19 board meeting. The designation is derived from Purple Up! For Military Kids Day, which is celebrated annually in April as part of the Month of the Military Child. Month of the Military Child recognizes the families of those in service to thank them for their strength and sacrifices. Superintendent of EPS, Dr. Darrell Floyd, expressed his eagerness for the program and enthusiasm in supporting EPS military families. EPS has officially proclaimed April as the Month of the Military Child for the district and will observe it annually. The proclamation states that EPS “applauds Military children for their resilience and tenacity.”



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CN)— No newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 75 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 197 people are currently hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 263.


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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 2021-04-20 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 tonight and Thursday night. 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.



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, 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.




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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