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CH)--There will be a hearing today in Osage County dealing with an ongoing eminent domain dispute between an Osage County landowner and the City of Enid regarding the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline project. Enid News and Eagle reports the landowner, Dr. James Merrifield on Ponca City, disputes the City of Enid has the jurisdiction to build the pipeline across land he owns southwest of Kaw Lake. He also is disputing the award of $47,700 previously approved by court appointed land commissioners for the city to acquire a perpetual 50-foot utility easement across the property. Merrifield has lost several previous objections in court to the condemnation of the land. The hearing is set for this morning in Osage County District Court in Pawhuska. 


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WN)--In the past week, COVID-19 cases in Garfield County increased by of 79, according to Wednesday’s weekly report from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The number of active cases in Enid as of Wednesday according to the report was 89. The three-day average hospitalizations in the Northwest Region, including Enid is 31 with nine in the ICU. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center reported it had seven confirmed positive COVID-19 patients with two in ICU, and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center reported seven confirmed positive COVID-19 patients with three in ICU on Wednesday.


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TL)--Hospice Circle of Love’s annual Tree of Life Celebration will be held Sunday December 12th at 3:00 p.m. in Montgomery Hall on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus. The Tree of Life allows area residents to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. Participants can obtain personalized ceramic Christmas tree ornaments in memory of a loved one for a $25 tax-deductible donation. The ornament will be hung on a trio of Christmas trees featured at the event. To order a Tree of Life ornament, stop by Hospice Circle of Love office at 314 S. 3rd in Enid. For more information call Hospice Circle of Love at 580.234.2273.


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CN)— Since Wednesday, 1,620 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The provisional death count was not updated on Thursday. Currently, 8,525 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 497 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus.


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FS)--A fundraiser for Booker T. Washington Community Center’s after-school program will be held this weekend. Several local women of color, business owners and entrepreneurs, will be hosting “A Sale on Black Wall Street” as a fundraiser to benefit the program that will restart in January after being shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sale will be held Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the center, 801 Rev. Alfred Baldwin Way. Items available for purchase will include jewelry, clothes, Christmas ornaments, and free items for kids. The public is invited to come shop this Saturday. 


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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.




SP)--Enid Public Schools have announced their 2021-22 Support Professionals of the Year finalists. The finalists, nominated by their colleagues, are Nancy Griffin, Joe Lewis, and Lance Lockwood.


Nancy Griffin has been with the district for almost three years as a custodian and is at Monroe Elementary.  Joe Lewis, is a custodian at McKinley Elementary. He has dedicated 17 years to McKinley Cardinals. The third Support Professional of the Year finalist is Lance Lockwood, bus mechanic for 23 years with the Transportation Department.


EPS invites the public to attend the EPS Foundation Education Celebration to celebrate the building-level Teachers of the Year as well as announce the final Support Professional of the Year winner. The event will be held on December 8 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Enid High School gymnasium and will be broadcast live on YouTube and Channel 19 by EPS*tv. Events can also be streamed on Roku and AppleTV by searching “Enid Public Schools”.




FS)-- Community members this holiday season have the opportunity to gift or purchase inscriptive bricks for the entrance of Advance Soccer Complex being built in the 1500 block of South Garland, and at the same time help local children in need. For every brick sold by December 20, a pair of gloves will be donated to a child in need through the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma as part of the Gift a Brick donation program. Brick options begin at $100. Bricks can be purchased by visiting




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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