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NP)--Northern Oklahoma College has selected its next president. Clark Harris, a community college administrator from Wyoming, is expected take over from retiring NOC President Cheryl Evans on July 1, the college’s Board of Regents announced Monday after a special meeting that included a four-hour executive session. The regents chose Harris from a pool of 19 applicants a search committee narrowed down to three final candidates. As president, Harris will oversee NOC’s main campus in Tonkawa, its branch in Enid and the NOC/OSU branch in Stillwater, as well as the University Center in Ponca City and online education.

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LM)--Enid Police Department detectives arrested a 49-year-old Enid man on a complaint of lewd molestation on Sunday. Police said 49 year-old Paul Mitchell was arrested on the complaint following a disclosure made by a 13-year-old girl who asked for help from a woman she did not know. According to the report, the woman took the teen to EPD Sunday afternoon, and the teen told an officer Mitchell had been touching her inappropriately. Police said the girl provided an audio recording of Mitchell saying he was in love with her along with other alarming comments. The investigation is ongoing.


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NA)--Enid Public Schools is one of six finalists for a national accolade. Voyager Sopris Learning selected the district as a finalist for the Dr. Louisa Moats Award for Excellence Implementing the Science of Reading. EPS is the only Oklahoma school to be a finalist. Three awardees will be selected from the finalists and announced at a virtual event on Monday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. Sherri Hendrie, principal at Coolidge Elementary, nominated EPS after seeing significant academic growth in reading. “With 170 teachers in the EPS district participating in LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training, educators now have a better understanding of how to teach reading,” said Hendrie. “Not only can teachers explain the why behind what they are teaching, the students can explain the why behind what they are learning.” According to Voyager Sopris Learning, the award placement reflects the district’s incredible commitment to the Science of Reading and the LETRS professional learning solution.

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CN)— One additional newly confirmed virus-related death and 115 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. 189 people are currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 238 cases.


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 2021-04-27 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7758 positive COVID-19 cases, and 128 deaths in Garfield County. 6867 of those cases and 118 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2043 cases, Alfalfa 1156, Blaine County is at 1038 cases, Major 954, and Grant 547.   


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TS)--The Spring Tri-State Music Festival activities are set for Wednesday through Friday. Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Show Choir, Chorus and Drumline will take place, but because of the Covid-19 virus, the Honor Choir and Honor Band will not take place this year. The annual parade has been moved to October 2nd, to coincide with the field marching contest.


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CR)--A reception honoring Commissioners Ben Ezzell, Jonathan Waddell, David Mason, and Jeff Funk is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Stride Bank Center, Grand Ballroom. The come-and-go event is free to the public, beginning with social hour at 5:30 p.m. and continuing with recognition, presentations, and remarks at 6:00 p.m. The Ward 3, 4, and 6 commission seat terms all expire in May 2021.

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HW)--The City of Enid's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City of Enid Service Center located at 1500 W. Poplar Avenue.


The following list of materials will be accepted: Pharmaceuticals, Pesticides/Herbicides, Oil-Based Paints/Stains, Lawn Care Products, Pool Chemicals, Old Fuels, and Craft & Hobby Supplies


Materials not accepted: Commercial Waste, Ammunition/Explosives, Medical/Infectious Waste, Radioactive Waste, or Mixed Chemicals


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GT)--The recently postponed Leadership Greater Enid golf tournament (benefiting Bennie's Barn) will be held Friday May 14th at Pheasant Run. LGE is still accepting sponsorships and donations for the silent auction. Visit for more info.


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