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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet today. During their study session, commissioners are scheduled to discuss the city’s FY 2021-2022 annual budget, and concrete and asphalt repair projects on streets. Then during the regular meeting the commission will consider approving the budget. In other business, according to the agenda, commissioners will make appointments to several citizen advisory boards and commissions, approve a number of contracts and agreements and address other business items. Tuesday’s study session will be held at 5:00 the Grand Ballroom of Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. The regular meeting will follow at 6:30. Both meetings are open to the public.


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SC)--Enid Police Department is seeking the suspects who stole an undisclosed amount of money from a Stride Bank ATM early Sunday. EPD officers responded just after 3:05 Sunday morning to Stride Bank, in the 2200 block of W. Willow, for an ATM alarm. Authorities said officers found the front door to the ATM missing and laying in the parking lot. Video shows two suspects in a black 2002 Ford F-350 dually pickup pull up beside the ATM. They hooked a chain to the door, then the driver got back into the pickup and pulled forward. The interior door to the ATM was pulled off and into the parking lot, allowing access to the inside of the ATM. The suspects loaded the contents of the ATM into the pickup and fled the area. The pickup was recovered about a quarter of a mile away from the ATM and left running in the middle of the road, about a block from where it was stolen. The pickup was reported stolen once the owner was contacted. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to message or call EPD at (580) 242-7000. Those with information also can contact Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233 or go to the website, and submit a tip anonymously. Tipsters can earn a reward up to $1,000, will not be required to testify and will not be identified.


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EC)--The commencement ceremony for Enid High School’s Class of 2021 will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at D. Bruce Selby Stadium. Hannah Brinley, class president, will offer the welcome. Graduation speakers will include Ian Choi, valedictorian; Brian Higbee, salutatorian; and Charlee Maloy, senior speaker. EHS will also recognize 54 valedictorian scholars and 117 honor students.


In the event of inclement weather, the following dates and times are reserved for the event as backup dates/times:


Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at D. Bruce Selby Stadium

Saturday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at D. Bruce Selby Stadium

Sunday, May 23, at 3 p.m. at the Enid Expo Center


The district will communicate with families and the community at least two and a half hours in advance of the designated start time, if any changes are necessary. General parking will be available in the south parking lot of the stadium. The EHS parking lots, located on the school campus, also will be open. Those who use the south stadium parking lot are asked to enter the south gates and follow the east sidewalk to the north-side seating. Limited handicap parking will be located on the north side of the stadium. Once the spaces are full, vehicles with passengers who require handicap parking will be allowed to drive to the entrance of the stadium to drop-off passengers. For the safety of those in attendance, Iowa Street will be closed to regular traffic near the stadium. Guests are welcome to sit on both the north and south sides of the stadium. Overflow open seating will be available on the practice field west of the stadium, and guests who choose to use that location are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Those attending are asked to please not bring air horns or other items of distraction.


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SB)--The Enid Public Schools Board of Education Monday night were told administrators are looking toward a school year beginning the fall with reduced options for virtual learning as a result of a  dramatically decline in student interest. School administrators said about 80 Enid High and 35 middle school students have indicated interest in virtual-only classes beginning in the fall.  Less than 20 kindergarten through fifth grade students intend to go virtual in the fall. With the current school year ending Friday, board members were told administrators anticipate higher enrollments for EPS’ summer school. About 1,000 elementary students have been enrolled in summer school and 65 incoming freshmen who fell behind in eighth grade will also attend summer school.


Enid Public Schools has named Shea Mercer as new Coolidge Elementary School principal for the 2021-22 school year. Mercer has been with the district since 2012. She began her career with EPS as an elementary teacher at McKinley Elementary School, then went on to serve as assistant principal of Glenwood and Monroe elementary schools. She became assistant principal at Coolidge in July 2020. Mercer will begin her duties July 1. She succeeds Sherri Hendrie as Coolidge principal. Hendrie recently accepted the position of principal at Prairie View Elementary for the 2021-22 school year.


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CN)— One additional newly confirmed virus-related death and 71 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. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 136. There are 1,261 cases considered active in Oklahoma, with 118 people currently hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus.


Situation Update: COVID-19



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New Cases 7 day Average


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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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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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