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KGWA Local News Monday

FN)--Tens of thousands made their way to downtown Enid Friday night for the lighting ceremony of the 140-foot, live Christmas tree as part of the 28th annual Enid Lights Up the Plains. The lighting of the Christ Tree, the world’s largest fresh-cut Christmas tree, marked the official start of “The One”, a six-week celebration of the Christmas season in Enid. Main Street Enid organizers said between 30,000 and 40,000 people were in attendance, enjoying the downtown lights parade, shop vendors, live entertainment and the lighting ceremony of the Christ Tree. From now until January 6, as part of “The One event series, there will be dozens of free Christmas events such as concerts, holiday vendor markets and church services around the site of the tree at Park Avenue, between Grand and Independence.


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IA)—An Enid woman was hospitalized over the weekend after being injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday. 24 year-old Taryn Gayle Gavitt was southbound on 102nd Street near east Willow Road just after 5:30 Friday morning when she reportedly swerved to miss a deer and her 2015 GMC Terrain hit a bridge railing. Gavitt, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was transported to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center where she was admitted in stable condition with internal trunk injuries. 


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NG)--RE/MAX realty company has brought its hot air balloon to downtown Enid this evening with it set up beside the Christ Tree for a night glow display and possibly tethered rides if the weather permits, according to Kurt Young with the Enid RE/MAX. RE/MAX has worked with organizers of The One Enid, which is sponsoring the 140-foot-tall Christmas tree that was officially lit for the holiday season during the Enid Lights Up the Plains event Friday night. Young said the balloon, which is based in Kansas City, was inflated this afternoon, and the fire within will make a pretty sight next to the tree and surrounding decorations. Young said the wind right now makes any possible ride decisions up in the air, but if they are offered it would be on a first-come basis as time allows. Donations would be accepted for the Children's Miracle Network, which is supported by the corporation.


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HC)--One person is dead, and another is in the hospital after a helicopter crash near Perry in Noble County Sunday. Authorities say the privately owned helicopter had two people on board at the time of the crash. OHP officials said they first got the call around 5:00 p.m. and when they got to the scene, they found the helicopter on fire and one person was pronounced dead on the scene. The second victim was flown to OU Medical, and their condition is unknown.  According to the report, the crash happened near I-35 and US 412. OHP says the Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the incident. 


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CN)—56 additional deaths and 3,820 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. OSDH did not release daily numbers on Thursday, or Friday due to the thanksgiving holiday. 945 cases were reported on Thursday, 2,112 cases were reported on Friday and Saturday, and 331 cases were reported on Sunday. Currently, 8,701 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 454 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus.



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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.






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 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:




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.




SB)--The filing period for people seeking school board seats in Garfield County opens at 8:00 a.m. Dec. 6. Seats open for the April 5, 2022, election are:


• Enid Public Schools, Office 4, Office 5 and an unexpired term for Office 7.


• Office 2 seats in Chisholm, Covington-Douglas, Drummond, Garber, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale and Waukomis.


• Autry Technology Center, Zone 5.


The filing period closes at 5:00 p.m. Dec. 8.


Declaration of candidacy forms can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board website at, or by contacting the election board office at (580) 237-6016 or Garfield County Election Board is located at 903 Failing and is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.




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