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CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday addressed a couple of business items related to the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline Project.  Commissioners approved a proposed agreement with the Osage Nation and authorized a one-time payment of $1 million so the city’s Kaw Lake water pipeline project may begin construction. The city of Enid’s agreement with the Nation is necessary for the city to begin construction on the 70-mile pipeline and intake plant on the lake in Osage County, with construction to begin later this year and completed in 2023. Commissioners also discussed the proposed fiscal year 2021-22 financial plans for the airport fund, Enid’s police and fire departments, Enid Economic Development Authority, Enid Public Transit Authority and Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. Commissioners on Thursday will hear presentations and take possible action on the city’s infrastructure programs, then vote to approve the city’s budget May 18. Thursday’s special meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. The meeting is open to the public.   

 

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BO)--After 42 years, Enid Police Chief Brian O'Rourke says this will be his last year with the department. He has been on the force for almost 42 years, and August 31st will be his last day. O'Rourke told the Enid News and Eagle he's accomplished everything he wanted to do in his 11 years as chief. He said he thinks he hit all his goals and objectives.

 

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CF)--The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) invites the public to attend a career fair hosted today at the Stride Bank Center in Enid on Wednesday. The event opens to the general public at 9:00 a.m. Doors open for veterans at 8:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to register to see potential employers and find helpful resources. Participating employers have nearly 900 positions available and ready to be filled in the Garfield County area. Along with the in-person event, there is a month long virtual career fair where employers can post available jobs and receive resumes, as well as interact with prospective employees. Both options are free to participate in because of CARES funding that has been made available for this program. For more information about the OESC Career Fair, check them out online.

 

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MF)--Enid High School’s 106th May Fete celebration will begin at 6:15 this evening. The celebration takes place at Government Springs Park and begins with introduction of the May Court. The court and senior class then promenade around the lake to the gazebo to be seated. After everyone is seated, the queen is crowned, followed by entertainment for the queen. The winding of the Maypole follows.

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CN)— Six more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 143 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. There are 1,593 currently active cases in Oklahoma, with 152 people currently hospitalized in the state. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 182.

Situation Update: COVID-19

05.12.21 

 

COVID-19 Cases

450,543

New Cases

143

New Cases 7 day Average

182

Active Cases

1,593

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths

8,343

 

There have been 7802 positive COVID-19 cases, and 130 deaths in Garfield County. 6903 of those cases and 120 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2055 cases, Alfalfa 1154, Blaine County is at 1045 cases, Major 955, and Grant 549. 

 

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RC)--East Randolph between North 25th Street and North 30th will be closed to through traffic beginning Thursday. The closure is for the reconstruction of Randolph between 25th Street and 30th Street, which is expected to take three to four months to complete, depending on weather. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted construction signs and to drive with extreme caution in this area during the work effort. 

 

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PV)--The annual pet vaccination and licensing event is this Sunday afternoon from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. A license is required in Enid for every dog, cat or potbellied pig over the age of 6 months. Animal Welfare officers and local veterinarians will be on hand to administer the vaccines and issue city pet licenses for $10. No credit or debit cards will be taken. If your pet is already vaccinated, just bring the shot record and pay $2 for a city license.

 

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SE)--Enid Public Schools Fowler Early Childhood Center students are invited next week to NWOSU for an afternoon of creative arts with teacher candidates. The event, also known as a service learning project, takes place on May 13 at 12:30 p.m. on the NWOSU-Enid campus. NWOSU students will attend a four-day, face-to-face class, learning about art, music, physical education, and drama for the classroom. The class, led by Dr. Martie Young, culminates with a “showcase” of everything they’ve learned and will put into practice with Fowler students.

 

 

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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 www.leadershipgreaterenid.com for more info.

 

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MP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation department will host a Movie in the Park on Saturday, May 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Champlin Park, located at Van Buren and Garriott in Enid. Event Coordinator Kasey Lowrie says the community is invited to come and enjoy a fun summer night out with the family at Champlin Park. If you haven’t seen The Secret Life of Pets 2, now is the time. According to Parks and Recreation Supervisor Cory Buller, the City of Enid’s parks department will be providing FREE popcorn and water for a snack. Please feel free to bring your own camping chair or blanket for the best outdoor movie experience. To checkout other upcoming park events, go to: Enid.org/ParkEvents.  

 

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MJ)--Marcy Jarrett, who has been director at Visit Enid since the organization’s inception in 2010, has submitted her resignation effective the end of May. Jarrett has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce. Visit Enid will host a reception for Jarrett on Friday, May 21 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Enid Welcome Center, 201 W Garriott. Visit Enid communications coordinator Rob Houston will assume the title of interim director. Services manager Jenna Spencer will also shift to a new sales and marketing position within the organization.

 

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CB)--Applications are being accepted for serving on the following City of Enid’s boards and commissions: Fire Civil Service Commission, Board of Directors of the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, and the Vance Development Authority. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 24th. For details, go to Enid.org/boards.

 

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VB)--The Veterans Memorial Bridge, which carries traffic over the BNSF Rail Yard at the 600 block of North Van Buren will be officially dedicated May 28 at 10:30 am at ABC Park. Enid AM AMBUCS, the City of Enid and State of Oklahoma ask you to join them in honoring all veterans and help kick off Memorial Day weekend.

 

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