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SW)--There is an ongoing risk for additional severe thunderstorms this evening and tonight across most of Oklahoma. Large hail up to the size of baseballs and damaging winds up to 80 mph will be the main threats, though during the early evening there will also be a low tornado risk. In Enid we have seen thunderstorm activity, small hail and heavy rain this afternoon, and a severe thunderstorm prompted a tornado warning in Kingfisher County and caused some wind damage in the Dover area, but emergency officials say they have no confirmation of a funnel touching down. Coming up Friday and Saturday will see thunderstorm chances across mainly southern Oklahoma. More widespread chances for showers and storms locally will return Sunday through Wednesday of next week.


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IR)--Downtown Enid’s ice rink is coming back for a second year this holiday season after around 10,000 skaters reportedly took to the ice last winter. Main Street Enid on Tuesday announced the return of its ice rink “Holiday On Ice”, set to open Nov. 19 and end Jan. 2, 2022, again in Stride Bank Center’s south parking lot. This year, the rink will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, but closed Christmas Day. Season tickets and group events and parties can be ordered now through Stride Bank Center by calling (580) 616-7381. With Williams Media Group as the rink’s sponsor, Main Street also is welcoming other sponsors for Holidays on Ice. Those interested in sponsoring can contact Natalie Beurlot at or (580) 234-1052.


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CN)— Twelve newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 137 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are 1,182 cases that are active in Oklahoma, with 142 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 141.


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There have been 7809 positive COVID-19 cases, and 139 deaths in Garfield County. 6908 of those cases and 128 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2056 cases, Alfalfa 1154, Blaine County is at 1046 cases, Major 957, and Grant 549. 


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MD)--In observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, City of Enid administration offices, Enid Public Transit, Enid Public Library, Enid Animal Welfare, and the recycle center will be closed. The landfill will be open with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the Meadowlake Golf Course will be open with tee times starting at 7:00 a.m. There will be no yard waste pickup on Monday. Due to the holiday, the city reminds residents to place their green yard waste polycarts out with their blue trash polycarts to be picked up on the same day as the regular trash collection.


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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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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. Public parking for the event will be on Kenwood Boulevard, north of ABC Park. The City of Enid, Enid AM AMBUCS, and the State of Oklahoma encourages residents to join in honoring veterans to kick-off the Memorial Day weekend. Inclement weather location is the Stride Bank Center Grand Ballroom at 301 South Independence.


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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.




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.




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.





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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