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KGWA Local News Thursday

RW)—While we saw scattered showers here in Enid, much heavier rain fell this morning just to our west. According to Mesonet, Lahoma picked up just under 4 inches of rain this morning. That area of heavy rain moved slowly to the southeast and dropped over 3.5 inches of rain in Kingfisher. In contrast, most of the greater Enid area saw only a quarter to a third of an inch. There will be an ongoing chance of additional rain and thunderstorms locally through late Saturday evening.


                                                 --00—30  Sept 21 4p                            


IA)--A Fairmont teen was injured in a crash east of Enid on Wednesday. 17 year-old David Matthew John Breitenkamp was transported by Medi Flight to OU Medical Center in OKC where he was admitted with leg and arm injuries. The accident happed at 3:40 Wednesday afternoon on US 64 about a half mile east of Enid. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said Breitenkamp was eastbound in a 2003 Chevy S-10 when he rear-ended the Kenworth semi driven by 47 year-old Russell Dee Oswald which was stopped at the railroad crossing per hazmat requirements. Breitenkamp was pinned in his pickup for about 10 minutes. Oswald was not injured. The cause of the collision is under investigation.


                                                 --00—30  Sept 21 9a


CN)--State Health Department data shows half of the residents aged 12 and older in Garfield County have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as new cases declined statewide this week. In Garfield County, 50.1% of people 12 and older and 77.6% of those 65 and older have completed the series, while 59.4% of people 12 and older have received the first dose, and 86.3% of people 65 and older have received theirs. Overall in Oklahoma, 56.3% of residents have had at least one dose, compared with 55.8% last week. The number of fully vaccinated residents statewide is 47.4%, compared to 46.6% last week. Four Enid residents were among the 234 COVID-19-related deaths reported over the past week according to the OSDH on Wednesday. The weekly increase brought the total number of deaths in Garfield County to 151 during the pandemic.


                                                 --00—30  Sept 21 9a


CV)— Seventy-eight virus-related deaths and 1,880 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 11,829 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 1,065 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 1,515.



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There have been 9505 positive COVID-19 cases, and 151 deaths in Garfield County. 8429 of those cases and 140 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2507 cases, Blaine County is at 1446 cases, Alfalfa 1264, Major 1167, and Grant 684.


                                                 --00—30  Sept 21 12n


RW)--City of Enid Engineering officials said East Randolph between South Washington and 7th Street will be affected by mill and overlay work beginning this weekend. The mill and overlay will occur between October 3rd and October 20th. During this time there will be minor impacts to traffic and parking along East Randolph. Downtown parking along East Randolph between Washington and the Railroad tracks will be closed beginning October 3rd, and be closed intermittently until October 12th. Motorists should expect delays and drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.


                                                 --00—30  Sept 21 3p


BG)--Alabaster Caverns State Park’s traveling bat exhibit, the Echolocation Grotto, will be on display during First Friday activities at the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County. Park staff will lead participants through the exhibit and educate them about bats from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the library alleyway Friday. The grotto includes interactive learning from hands-on games and displays to audio and video programming. The library also will have bat-related crafts, as well as giant games on the lawn. More information about the event and other library activities can be found at


                                                 --00—29  Sept 21  9a


SW)--The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a Suicide awareness and prevention walk during First Friday Oct. 1 in downtown Enid. Registration for the Out of the Darkness walk is at 5:30 p.m., and the walk will begin at 6:30 at the Garfield County Court House lawn. Mental health resources will be available on-site, including a few therapists and the Red Cross, as well as information about the AFSP. Organizers have set a goal of raising $5,000, and as of Saturday, $450 had been raised. There is no charge to register or walk in the event, but those who raise at least $150 will receive an Out of the Darkness walk T-shirt. There will be a silent auction and a memory quilt will be on display, as well.


                                                 --00—27  Sept 21 3p


TS)--The Tri-State Music Festival will hold two events is this Saturday with the rescheduled parade and field marching contest. The Tri-State Music Festival Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. downtown. Bands from nine Northern Oklahoma middle schools and high schools as far as Laverne and Ponca City will march in the parade. The annual parade is being held in the fall for the first time in the festival’s 87 years, at the same time as the regular field marching band competition. Then at 1:30, bands will compete in the marching contest at Selby Stadium.


                                                 --00—27  Sept 21 7a


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