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KGWA Local News Tuesday

ST)--Local law enforcement agencies are asking area residents to be on the lookout for a stolen 2006 Ford F-350 taken from a local business about 3:30 Sunday morning. Video surveillance from a business in the 600 block of North Grand shows a subject stealing the truck bearing Oklahoma Tag ILF 259. The vehicle was seen traveling north on Grand and seen on other video surveillance crossing Willow still northbound on Grand. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the vehicle or the person who stole it are asked to call EPD (580) 242-7000. The case number is 2021-4271. Or you can remain anonymous and provide the information through Garfield County Crimestoppers at (580) 233-6233.

 

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SB)--Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed legislation into law Monday as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 state budget package, including House Bill 2900, the general appropriations bill. House Bill 2900 authorizes just over $9 billion in spending for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins July 1, 2021. The new budget includes:

  • Increases common education funding by $171.6 million, or 6%, to a record high of nearly $3.2 billion.
  • Replenishes state savings account by more than $800 million to a total of $1.3 billion – a record among of savings for Oklahoma.
  • Funds expanded Medicaid for low-income Oklahomans.

The budget was built on the Board of Equalization’s February certification of $9.6 billion in revenue available for appropriations, according to the state. Of that figure, the agreement spends $9.06 billion and allocates the rest to tax relief, replenishing reserves or replenishing off-the-top funding temporarily redirected during the pandemic last session.

 

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VS)--The Air Force Sergeants Association chapter in Enid is looking for volunteers to help with flag placement for Memorial Day weekend at Memorial Park Cemetery and Enid Cemetery. The organization works with the VFW and American Legion each year to place flags on the gravesites of veterans on Friday, then take them down late Monday and Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Charles Edmondson told Enid News and Eagle flag placement will take place at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery and 6:00 p.m. at Enid Cemetery. The flags will be removed at Enid Cemetery at 6:00 p.m. Monday and at Memorial Park Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. June 1. At least 50 people will be needed for flag placement and takedown to cover both cemeteries. Volunteers may just show up at the appointed times to help.

 

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WS)—The NJCAA Division II World Series will begin Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in downtown Enid. Ten Junior College teams, including Western Oklahoma State College, will compete for the championship. The World Series consists of two five-team brackets with the winners of each meeting in a Championship Series beginning Friday June 4th. The number of games in the series will vary based on the number of losses of both teams.  

 

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CN)— 22 newly confirmed virus-related deaths were added to the provisional death count, and 89 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. 1,210 cases are active in the state, with 110 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 147 cases.

 

Situation Update: COVID-19

05.25.21

 

COVID-19 Cases

452,377

New Cases

89

New Cases 7 day Average

147

Active Cases

1,210

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths

8,436

 

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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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 Friday 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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CP)--City of Enid Parks and Recreation staff expect the Champlin Pool to be open Tuesday, June 1. Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert said previously the pool would operate at normal capacity and with normal hours this year.

 

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GT)--The Garfield County Master Gardeners 2021 Garden Tour will take place Friday June 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This year’s tour will feature five of Enid’s creative garden spaces. The Garden Tour has two community roles: education and philanthropy. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about plants and view design concepts. A portion of the funds raised by the Garden Tour support the Ron Robinson Memorial Horticultural Scholarship, awarded yearly to a student majoring in agriculture/horticulture at Oklahoma State University. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets will be available June 3 and June 4, at the Garfield County Extension Office at 316 E. Oxford in Enid, during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any of the featured properties either day of the tour and are good for both days. You can begin the tour at any of the locations. For more information, watch the Garfield County Master Gardeners Facebook page – Events.

 

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CT)--Enid Police Department will participate in the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign through June 6. Enid Police officers will be out enforcing seatbelt and child restraint seat laws with one goal in mind, saving lives. During 2019, 59.2 percent of all vehicle fatality victims were not using safety belts or child restraint devices.

 

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