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KGWA Local News Monday

HF)—No one was injured when a fire destroyed a local vacant house that was being renovated. Firefighters responded to 2002 East Oak just after noon Saturday. Fire and smoke heavily damaged the entire structure. Fire officials said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

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TS)--In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Enid administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Thursday, and Friday. The library will also be closed on Saturday. The landfill will be closed on Thursday and will be opened with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Meadowlake Golf Course will be closed Thursday and will be opened from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Officials stated Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating on Thursday or Friday in observance of the holiday; however, Enid Transit will be operating on Saturday. NOTE: Due to the holiday, Thursday’s regular trash route will be collected on Monday, November 22th, 29th, and December 2nd.

 

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CN)—Thirty-five virus-related deaths and 2,689 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Friday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Out of the new COVID cases reported since Friday, 985 cases were tagged as Saturday's daily count, 1,037 were tagged as Sunday's and 667 were tagged as Monday's daily count. Currently, 9,515 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 424 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 825.

 

Situation Update: COVID-19

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

 

COVID-19 Cases:

661,289

New Cases Today

667

Sunday New Cases (11/21/21)

1,037

Saturday New Cases (11/20/21)

985

New Cases 7 day Average

825

Active Cases

9,515

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths

11,807

 

 

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TG)--Gas prices are still on the rise as many Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. Despite gas costing over a dollar more per gallon than at this time last year, 90% of people plan to travel by car as their preferred mode of transportation, according to AAA, which says the high prices may stick around through the busy holiday season. AAA predicts more than 48 million Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday. Meanwhile, more than 4 million will travel by air, which is an 80 percent increase compared to this time last year. Gasoline prices aren’t just impacting consumers, they’re affecting airlines. The cost of jet fuel has also increased to about $100 per barrel.

 

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GM)--A longtime Enid school administrator and retired Air Force veteran will flip the switch next week to light the country’s largest fresh cut Christmas tree. Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Lyntel Murphy will be the Grand Lighting Marshal of the Christ Tree at the tree’s lighting ceremony near downtown during Enid Lights Up the Plains on Nov. 26. During the ceremony Murphy will switch on the 20,000 lights hanging from the 140-foot fir tree, which will also be decorated with 10,000 ornaments where it sits on Park Avenue between Grand and Independence. Kyle Williams, one of the major title sponsors of The One event series, said "Dr. Murphy was selected as the inaugural Grand Lighting Marshal because her life epitomizes a love of Christ and dedication to the service of others." Murphy has been an educator for 26 years. She became principal of Eisenhower in 2012, having retired from the Air Force in 1994 after 17 years of service. The kickoff ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. following the Christmas Lights parade around the downtown square. Fireworks will also shoot off at 7:30. The One event series will then run until Jan. 6, 2022, featuring dozens of Christmas-themed events such as concerts, markets and church services.

 

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IR)—The “Holidays on Ice” ice skating rink in Stride Bank Center’s south parking lot in downtown is open. Around 10,000 skaters took to the ice last winter. This year the rink will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, but closed Christmas day. Season tickets and group events and parties can be ordered now through Stride Bank Center by calling (580) 616-7381.

 

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CP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation will host “Christmas in the Park” at Meadowlake Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 27th, December 4th, 11th, and 18th. Christmas in the Park will be a drive-thru only event. Each vehicle will be given a bag of goodies as they enjoy the Christmas cruise. There will be lights and characters posted on both the North and South sides of the park.

 

The City of Enid will also be hosting a toy drive for “Toys for Tots” and will have a drop-off section for collecting new, unwrapped toys. In addition to the “Christmas in the Park” event, there will be a Santa Stroll 5K, Fun Run, and Santa Walk event at Meadowlake Park at on Saturday, December 4th. The rain date for the Santa Stroll event is Saturday, December 18th. 

For more information and to register for the Santa Stroll, go to the following link: https://santastroll5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=14845.

 

The parks department will have “Photos with Characters” from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17th at Meadowlake Park South Pavilion #1. Meadowlake Park is located at 1200 West Rupe Avenue, Enid, OK 73701. For more info on the events, go to: Enid.org/ChristmasInThePark.

 

 

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