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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday. According to the agenda, the commission will address a number of regular business items. Prior to the regular meeting, commissioners will meet in study session at 5:00 p.m. The regular meeting will begin at 6:30. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers of the City Administration Building and are open to the public.

 

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VC)--Vance Air Force Base’s 80th Anniversary Celebration is Friday evening at Woodring Regional Airport and it's free and open to the public. The gates open at 5:00 pm. Vance’s heritage aircraft will be there for you to take photos and talk to the pilots. There will be a ceremony highlighting Vance AFB and the City of Enid, then a ticketed hangar dance sponsored by the Air Force Association, and hosted by the Vance Spouses’ Club begins at 8:00 pm. Attendees for the ticketed dance are invited to wear 1940’s themed attire, cocktail dress attire, or short sleeve blues with an AFSC badge and nametag. Tickets are available through the Stride Bank Center.

 

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MC)--Main Street Enid just launched its annual History Makers Campaign for small business facade renovations. The Main Street campaign supports Enid in the restoration and revitalization of commercial business fronts in the downtown. This year, funds raised will be tripled by Edward Jones and the Enid Regional Development Alliance, matching the first $5,000 and turning Main Street’s goal of $5,000 into $15,000 for the facade projects. Deadline for donations to count toward matching funds is Dec. 31. Since MSE’s inception in 1994, there have been over $67 million spent in private reinvestments downtown. From building purchases to facade renovations, Enid’s downtown has become the place to be, and presents itself as a growing arts and entertainment district. History Maker Campaign donors have funded 12 facade renovations totaling $19,410 since 2017. Main Street has also given $11,900 to ongoing projects. Individual donors can give $100 or more per year to the campaign and other sponsorship and partnership opportunities are also available. They invite people to become a History Maker by visiting MainStreetEnid.org/HistoryMakers or email web@mainstreetenid.org.

 

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CV)— The Oklahoma State Department of Health this morning reported 7,380 new COVID-19 cases across the state since Friday. Saturday 2,907 new cases were reported, Sunday 2,588 new cases were reported, and today 1,889 new cases were reported. There are 20,388 total active cases in the state and the current 3-day average for hospitalizations stands at 1,456. According to the health department, the 7-day rolling average for new daily cases in today’s report was 2,260. That is down for the third straight report.

 

Situation Update: COVID-19

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

 

COVID-19 Cases

584,692

New Cases

1,889

Sunday's Cases

2,588

Saturday's Cases

2,903

New Cases 7 day Average

2,260

Active Cases

20,388

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths

9,566

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have been 8805 positive COVID-19 cases, and 146 deaths in Garfield County. 7776 of those cases and 135 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2395 cases, Alfalfa 1232, Blaine County is at 1298 cases, Major 1100, and Grant 647.

 

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AE)--Enrollment is open for Lincoln Adult Education Center’s Academic Improvement Classes. Those interested must visit Lincoln, 600 W. Elm, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, or call 580-366-7200 to enroll by phone no later than September 15. Students must be 18 or older to enroll. Limited seating is available. Lincoln offers FREE classes to help participants prepare for the new high school equivalency test, as well as to improve their academic skills. Students receive academic assessments to ensure proper placement. Curriculum includes instruction by quality teachers and reinforcement through the school’s computer lab software. Classes will be available in four core subjects: Math, English, Science and Social Studies. Classes begin September 7 and will be conducted Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m. Lincoln also offers free English as a Second Language class. The classes will begin on September 7 and will be conducted Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6 to 9 p.m. The HiSet (High School Equivalency Test) is also administered at Lincoln on Tuesdays and Wednesdays weekly. To register for the test, log on to hiset.ets.org or call 580-366-7200 for additional information. The program is sponsored by Enid Public Schools and the Adult Education Section of the Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education.

 

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KO)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will launch its 2021-22 campaign at David Allen Memorial Ballpark at 6:00 p.m. Sept. 16. The kickoff rally is a free family event to raise awareness and support for its 15 nonprofit partner agencies. “This one-of-a-kind event will be a unique experience as we have axe throwing, cornhole, a dunk tank, games, free food and more. Dueling Pianos will be on hand to provide music and fun,” said co-campaign chairs Dr. Barry and Roxanne Pollard. Alex Williams, president of the United Way board, said the campaign kickoff is a way for people to see what United Way does. In addition to the all the activities, the 15 United Way Partner agencies will be there sharing information and providing giveaways, popcorn, games and more. On the day of the event, all proceeds go to benefit United Way and its partner agencies. Sponsors of the event are KOFM/KGWA, Jiffy Trip, Enid News & Eagle, Great Plains Bank, Pope Distributing, and NextEra Energy Resources.

 

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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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AN)--Main Street Enid, the downtown revitalization program, has 13 finalists in the 32nd annual Oklahoma Main Street award competition. A couple of big events from 2020 are up for honors. Main Street Enid’s winter ice rink, Holidays on Ice, was nominated for a premier special event with over 1,000 attendees, while the rink’s Holiday Market was nominated for an event under 1,000 attendees. Main Street partner Settlers Brewing Co. was nominated for two awards: best facade rehabilitation over $10,000 and for best building/business branding. Enid Brewing Co. & Eatery got a nod for best new business. Main Street Enid Board President Roxanna Costello was nominated for statewide board member of the year. Other finalists are:

 

• Main Street Hero: Thomas Rowe.

• Best Business Practices: Park Avenue Thrift Enid.

• Best Placemaking Project: “Under Her Wing was the Universe.”

• Best Retail Event: Comic Con Crazy Days.

• Best Visual Merchandising: No. 5 Findings Store.

• Outstanding Image Promotion: Downtown Promotional Banners and COVID Curbside Pickup Signs.

 

Winners will be announced Sept. 20 at the awards banquet in Oklahoma City.

 

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