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KGWA Local News Wednesday

GB)--The city of Enid broke ground Tuesday on the treatment plant for the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline project. When completed, the Kaw Lake project, the largest capital project in the city’s history, will provide the residents of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma with 10.5 million gallons of water a day from the Kay/Osage County lake. Tuesday morning, city of Enid officials and project engineers marked the start of construction on the city’s water treatment plant, to be located at 6323 W. Chestnut, at the end of the pipeline. The intake site at Kaw Lake also has begun construction, but work is yet to begin on the actual pipeline running 70 miles from the lake to Enid, as well as a pump station in Garber.


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YR)--Enid’s Operation Yellow Ribbon continues this week. There was a ceremony Tuesday, on Kincade Drive, the road leading to Vance Air Force Base. Two oak trees were planted, one to honor current military members and the other to remember the fallen and the families of those missing in action. Today, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma will serve a free lunch for veterans who RSVP’d. On Thursday, Veterans Day, a ceremony will be held at Stride Bank Center at 6:30 p.m. The annual Legacy Awards ceremony honors veterans for their service to their community and country. Enid’s Veterans Day Parade will be in downtown 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Following the parade, there will be a static aircraft display, food trucks, vendors and a car show downtown. Two concerts will be hosted by Stride Bank Center. Tonight, Chicago will perform in the arena at 7:00 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 19, Three Dog Night will perform at 7:00 p.m.


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CN)— Thirty-five virus-related deaths and 420 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 5,071 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 400 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 561.


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There have been 10312 positive COVID-19 cases, and 212 deaths in Garfield County. 9156 of those cases and 197 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2612 cases, Blaine County is at 1516 cases, Alfalfa 1322, Major 1293, and Grant 701.


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VD)--In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, the City of Enid administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Thursday. In addition, the Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating on Thursday, November 11th. Meadowlake Golf Course will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the landfill will be open with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The regular trash schedule will remain the same for this week.

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PS)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin will headline a Veterans Day presentation at NOC’s Enid campus on Thursday. Pankonin, a retired Air Force veteran, will speak during Northern Oklahoma College’s presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 100 in the Gantz Center. Pankonin entered the Air Force in 1970, then was commissioned as a supply officer in 1978. He retired as a major and squadron commander in 1993 before returning to Enid, where he’d previously served at Vance Air Force Base. The presentation also will be available via Zoom, at Meeting ID# 944 8751 8473.


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BS)-A local restaurant is offering free food to veterans on Thursday. On Veteran's Day Billy Sims BBQ is giving all veterans and active military a FREE pulled pork or chicken sandwich, one regular side and a regular drink. Offer good for dine-in and carry-out only. Valid only on Veteran's Day and can't be applied to any other purchases. Must mention this special and show your military, veteran's card or any apparel that indicates your veteran or active military status. #TeamBillyCares #BillySimsBBQ.


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DK)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is inviting the community to participate in its annual Day of Kindness on Friday. The international observance of World Kindness Day, Nov. 13, was introduced in 1998 to promote kindness across the globe and is observed in many countries, including Australia, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. United Way has been observing this day to promote random acts of kindness in the area since 2015. Various groups in the Northwest Oklahoma area are planning acts of kindness throughout the day, including Foster Feet, children at Carver and Fowler Early Childhood centers, NWOSU, Northern Oklahoma College, Washington Elementary School in Alva, Kayla’s Kindness Project, RSVP of Enid, food pantries, all 26 Jiffy Trip locations in Oklahoma and more. Local United Way Executive Director Dan Schiedel said any other individuals, clubs, school classes, groups and businesses who would like to be involved in Day of Kindness may contact Schiedel by emailing dan@unitedwayenid.org or by calling (580) 237-0821.


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