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RM)--Redistricting efforts for the Oklahoma Senate and House will be the topic of town hall meetings, including one this summer in Enid, to discuss the congressional redistricting process. Legislators and redistricting office staff will answer questions and take comments from the public during the meetings, which will be held in each of the state’s congressional districts. Enid’s meeting will be July 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow. The meeting is open to the public, and no signup is required. Info to attend virtually can be found at https://www.okhouse.gov/Publications/VirtualMeets.aspx. By law, the Legislature must redraw its legislative and congressional district boundaries to reflect changes in population every 10 years following the decennial Census, according to a Senate release. The Legislature plans to reconvene in a special session in the fall to complete congressional redistricting and make any necessary adjustments to legislative districts upon the release of final Census data.

 

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LC)--On Friday the outside lane on northbound U.S. Highway 81 near the corner of West Oak will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This closure will allow OG&E to perform work on the electrical lines in preparation of providing power to the street lights. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted construction signs and to drive with extreme caution in this area during this effort. 

 

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CN)—No newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 119 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. 1,164 cases are considered active in Oklahoma, with 139 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 146.

 

Situation Update: COVID-19

05.26.21 

COVID-19 Cases

452,496

New Cases

119

New Cases 7 day Average

146

Active Cases

1,164

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 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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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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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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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 (6/4), then take them down late Monday (6/7) and Tuesday 6/8). 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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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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