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TB)--The Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) is looking for a new general manager. Mary Beth Williams will serve her final day as director on Wednesday after five years in the position. Williams is leaving to take a job in Oklahoma City. November 30 is the deadline for EPTA general manager applications, which are available online at  


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CN)--City of Enid officials say there is an emergency water outage in the 1700 block to the 1900 block of East Cedar to repair a broken water main. Services are anticipated to be restored by 8:00 tonight. 


There will be a road closure on a portion of Quailwood Drive from Rolling Oaks Drive to Oak Ridge Road beginning Monday. The closure will allow crews to complete concrete repairs and is expected to last approximately three weeks. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control and detour signs and to drive with extreme caution in this area during the construction effort.


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CN)— Seven additional deaths and 386 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 9,357 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 412 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 831.



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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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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.




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.




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:


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:




BU)--The Enid Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make sure you make it to the table this Thanksgiving. Because the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest for America, more drivers will be on the roads than usual, increasing the likelihood of a motor vehicle crash. During this kickoff to the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to stress the importance of seat belt safety with this essential reminder: Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving, please visit




NS)--Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma is hosting the 3rd annual art auction benefiting the Nights of Shelter campaign. The artwork by Amanda Lilley & Amy Clements, will be hanging in Da’Vinci’s Coffeehouse & Gelateria in Willow Plaza. Bidding will take place on the YFS Facebook page. Place your bid by typing it into the comment box of the picture you want. There will be a “Meet the Artist” reception and viewing at the Da’Vinci’s Willow location on Nov. 30th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.




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