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KGWA Local News Wednesday

CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the city’s FY 2021-2022 annual budget, despite some concern over next year’s 90% annual increase to the city of Enid’s public arts funding. Commissioners approved the budget on a vote of 5-2, with commissioners Keith Siragusa, of Ward 3, and Whitney Roberts, of Ward 4, voting nay. Commissioners then unanimously approved the financial plans for Enid Municipal Authority, as well as the Enid Economic Development Authority and the Enid Public Transportation Authority. The city of Enid budget includes projections for the city’s general fund, as well as capital improvements, public safety, the Event Center and the Vance Developmental Authority and has a total $109.2 million in resources and $112 million in department-level appropriations.


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SR)--Enid’s Firefighter and Police Officer of the year received special rings from Jackson Diamond Jewelers on Tuesday afternoon. Enid Fire Department Driver Garry Watters and Enid Police Department Officer Christian Owusu each received a gold and diamond custom-made ring to honor their achievement. According to Enid News and Eagle, Curt and Ryan Jackson began giving the rings away in 2010 as a way to do something nice for the police officers and firefighters by giving them something meaningful.


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CN)— Six more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 124 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 1,158 cases considered active in the state, with 120 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 133 cases.


Situation Update: COVID-19


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New Cases 7 day Average


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CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths



There have been 7806 positive COVID-19 cases, and 131 deaths in Garfield County. 6905 of those cases and 121 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2056 cases, Alfalfa 1154, Blaine County is at 1045 cases, Major 956, and Grant 549. 


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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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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.




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




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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