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KGWA Local News Friday

Waukomis Elementary School was evacuated for about an hour this afternoon due to "a potential gas leak" in the building. Students and staff evacuated the elementary school around 12:15 p.m. Oklahoma Natural Gas responded to the school and addressed the situation, before the all-clear was given about an hour later and students returned to the classroom. 



FW)--Come join us for the inaugural “Paint Enid Pink” 5K color run presented by Zoom Diagnostic Saturday morning at Crosslin Park in support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Runners will first be blasted with pink powder, then with new colors at each mile before again getting hit with pink powder at the finish line. All proceeds from the race will go toward Project 31, an Oklahoma- and faith-based nonprofit support group for breast cancer patients and survivors. Registration for the color run begins at 6:30 a.m. at the park, and the race will start at 8:00 a.m. The registration fee is $25. To register online, visit Register/?raceId=115324& eventId=517664 by midnight Friday.


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BB)--An Enid man has been charged with three felony counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 after a report of child sexual abuse was made to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year. Enid News and Eagle reports 21 year-old Brandon Woodruff was charged this week with the felonies, which are punishable by imprisonment for not less than 25 years. The abuse reportedly occurred about five years ago in Covington when the girl was 5 years old and Woodruff was 16 to 17 years old. During an interview with Covington Police and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in March, Woodruff reportedly admitted to having sexually assaulted the girl. An arrest warrant for Woodruff was issued on Sept. 15, but authorities said he has not been located yet. His bond is set at $75,000. The girl’s mother was charged with one count of failure to report child abuse, and an arrest warrant for the mother was also issued earlier this week.


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CV)— Forty-six virus-related deaths and 1,452 newly confirmed 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, 11,494 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 1,077 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 1,547.

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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.


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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


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SW)--The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a Suicide awareness and prevention walk during First Friday 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.


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TS)--The Tri-State Music Festival will hold two events 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.


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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.


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