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BH)--The Enid Police Department on Wednesday recovered nearly half a million dollars in stolen building supplies and items following the service of a search warrant at a residence on South Monroe. About 12:20 p.m., Detectives and Patrol officer went to 1634 S. Monroe in reference to a follow up regarding a grand larceny investigation from Lowe’s. The follow-up generated enough information for police to obtain a search warrant for the residence at 1634 S. Monroe. During the service of the search warrant, detectives discovered a large amount of lumber, building materials, appliances and other merchandise confirmed to be stolen from Lowe’s. For several hours, 25 members of the department worked to recover the items, which took three flat-bed trailers to haul. Officers, detectives and administrators from the Detectives, Training, Traffic, Patrol and Administration divisions all worked in 100-degree temperatures to remove and record the items. Lowe’s estimated the total loss associated with the investigation to be about $450,000. Detectives are working to identify other victims in the case based upon the items recovered at the Monroe address. Detectives made contact with an individual identified as Eduardo Pena at the residence Wednesday. He was subsequently arrested on complaints of grand larceny, knowingly concealing stolen property and conspiracy to commit a felony.  Thursday morning, officers and detectives spoke with Pablo Marty, the second suspect in this investigation. Marty was arrested on complaints of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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NF)--A mobile, outdoor exhibit highlighting artifacts and events from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be in Enid this afternoon and evening, according to a release from The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum. A special tribute in honor of the 20th anniversary of the four coordinated attacks, "9:11 Never Forget: 20th Year Memorial" the museum’s exhibit is making a stop in Enid during its travel around the state through Sept. 11. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public for one day only in Enid, will be at Enid Woodring Regional Airport from 4:00 p.m. to dusk after spending time in Woodward on Thursday. One of the features will be lighting depicting the Twin Towers that will remain lit until midnight. For information on the "9:11 Never Forget: 20th Year Memorial," go to TommyFranksMuseum.org/911-exhibit or call (580) 726-5900.

 

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MS)--Main Street Enid's annual Social was held Thursday night in downtown Enid. The night included dinner, awards, live music, downtown updates and a silent auction. All awards given out for the 2020 calendar year and their recipients are:

 

• Best Facade Improvement, which goes to a business or property owner who has made improvements to its building while honoring the historic character of the property: Settlers Brewing Co.

 

• Best Window Display, which goes to a business that goes above and beyond throughout each season to keep its window displays looking eye-catching and current: No. 5 Findings.

 

• Best Branding/Signage, which goes to a downtown business whose improvement to its property through signage and branding has effectively marketed its business and also made the Downtown District more visually appealing: Enid Brewing Co.

 

• Best Interior Design, which goes to a business or property owner who has made vast improvements to the inside of its building, and the physical design of these projects enhances the commercial district as a whole and shows great commitment and care on behalf of the property owners: Settlers Brewing Co.

 

• COVID Comeback Award, which goes to a downtown business that overcame shutdown obstacles and thrived despite business closures during the pandemic: Gaslight Theatre.

 

• Outstanding Collaboration, which goes to a business that showed exceptional collaboration on a project that encouraged the downtown community to work together for the greater good: Sunny Souls Boutique.

 

• Volunteer of the Year, which goes to a dedicated volunteer who has gone above and beyond with acts of service to better the Downtown District: Jeff Molnar.

 

• New Business of the Year, which recognizes a new business downtown that had a significant and positive impact on the district and the community at large and must have opened in 2020: Settlers Brewing Co.

 

• Board Member of the Year, which goes to a board member who has shown dedication to Main Street and its mission: Rebecca Griffith.

 

• Business of the Year, which goes to a business with a proven success record that is filling a need in the Downtown District and must be at least two years old: Enid Brewing Co.

 

• Old Faithful, which goes to a partner who has been a faithful supporter of Main Street for many years. Whether it’s been since 1994 or just the last 10 years, this award recognizes a partner who helps further Main Street’s mission and supports its efforts: Lynn Smith.

 

• Spotlight Award, which recognizes an individual or business that has played a vital role in bettering the Downtown District by partnering with Main Street: Kevin Boryczki with the Stride Bank Center. You can find more information at www.mainstreetenid.org.

 

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WF)--City of Enid officials announced that the 2021 Enid Walk of Fame (WOF) ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th at 9:00 a.m. in Grand Ballroom C at the Stride Bank Center and will honor both 2021 and 2020 honorees. The 2020 ceremony was postponed last year to provide extra caution on gatherings during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Walk of Fame honorees are Kyle Williams and Walter Scheffe. The 2020 Walk of Fame honorees are Clayton Nolen and Oscar Curtis.

 

Williams, a businessman and philanthropist, has dedicated his life to the mission of serving Enid, small town communities in Oklahoma, and communities in surrounding states by providing multiple services that accommodate and improve the quality of life to meet the needs of those communities.

 

Scheffe, the posthumous honoree for 2021, dedicated his life to serving the Enid community in a business capacity and in service on many community and national organization boards. He was well-known for his three Scheffe Prescription Shops in Enid.

 

Nolen is a former city commissioner, speech pathologist, educator, and founder of an African-American Male Mentor Program. He is well-known in the community for being active on many boards and serving the community in various capacities.

 

Curtis, the posthumous honoree for 2020, was a former city commissioner. During his life, he was active in the community on various boards and managed the JC Penny Company.

 

To view information about the Enid Walk of Fame award, past honorees, and biographies of both the 2020 and 2021 honorees, go to the following webpage: Enid.org/WalkofFame.

 

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RW)--Ron White LIVE will be at the Stride Bank Center. Officials say the popular comedian will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He originally was scheduled to perform in Enid in April when it was rescheduled to October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for the original and rescheduled performances will be honored for the 2021 show. Tickets range from $40 to $70 and can be purchased at StrideBankCenter.com, (855) 849-3643 (TIX.ENID) or at the Stride Bank Center Box Office.

 

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CS)--In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Public Library, Recycle Center, Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA)  and Enid Animal Welfare will be closed on Monday, September 6th. The landfill will be open on Monday with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the Meadowlake Municipal Golf Course will be opened with the first tee time of 7:30 a.m. and will be closing at 8:00 p.m. Residents are reminded that all trash routes will remain the same for the week and yard waste containers should be set out with normal trash next week.

 

 

 

Monday, September 6, 2021

City Administration Offices

CLOSED

Enid Animal Welfare

CLOSED

Enid Public Library

CLOSED

Enid Public Transportation

NO RIDES

Landfill

OPEN 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meadowlake Golf Course

7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Recycle Center

CLOSED

 

 

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CV)— Thirty-nine newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 3,080 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 23,035 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 1,589 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 2,634.

 

Data shown are preliminary and subject to change
as additional information is obtained

 

COVID-19 Cases

560,850

New Cases

3,080

New Cases 7 day Average

2,634

Active Cases

23,035

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths

9,292

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have been 8610 positive COVID-19 cases, and 144 deaths in Garfield County. 7603 of those cases and 133 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2340 cases, Alfalfa 1209, Blaine County is at 123 cases, Major 1077, and Grant 619.

 

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DS)--Enid Police Department is participating in a national highway safety campaign aimed at educating people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk through Labor Day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will run through Sept. 6. EPD. Lt. Eric Holtzclaw said the goal with participating in the campaign is to save lives. Holtzclaw, who has been investigating impaired drivers for 24 years, said in the release that “it’s clear that the problem is not going away.” “With the proliferation of medical marijuana and the increased usage of prescription medications by the whole population, there is a false sense that it’s OK to consume these products and drive,” Holtzclaw said. “This is not the case as these medications have much more impairment components that make it even more dangerous to drive after consuming them.” Beginning Aug. 18, EPD officers will be conducting enhanced enforcements and looking for impaired drivers.

 

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