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KGWA Local News Monday

SW)--Strong winds Friday evening caused some damage in Enid, especially in western parts of town. Strong northwest winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, blew through with a strong front that dropped local temperatures nearly 30 degrees. The damage included homes and businesses. The winds blew trailers at Tractor Supply on to West Garriott affecting westbound traffic for a while, as well as damaging the roof of the business.   

 

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BD)--The Oklahoma Blood Institute is donating blood after Saturday’s devastating tornadoes. Dozens of people were killed and thousands injured as a large tornado outbreak wreaked havoc across five Midwest and southern states. The OBI is responding to help those in need. They are asking Oklahomans to donate blood to help the blood shortage not only in the tornado impacted states but also in our own state.  OBI is encouraging anyone who can donate blood to help.

 

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AT)--Community members have until Friday to pick a child’s name off of an Angel Tree and collect and return the gifts. Salvation Army of Enid’s annual program, which enables donors to select a child in need and purchase gifts for them, kicked off last month. This year, there were 388 children on the Angel Trees set to receive Christmas gifts. Of those, about 75 to 100 still were left as of Friday. Angels still are up at the Atwoods and Oakwood Mall Angel Trees with gift requests mostly from children ages 8 to 12. Gifts need to be returned, unwrapped, to Salvation Army’s location in Oakwood Mall, located in the old Goody’s store, by 6:00 p.m. Friday. Gift wrapping supplies also can be donated.

 

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PO)—The Enid Police Department is looking to hire additional officers. Applications are due by March 1st. For details and information, log onto enid.org/epdcareers, or call the Enid Police Department.

 

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CN)— 48 additional deaths, and 3,665 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Oklahoma since Friday. Data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health released late this morning shows cases reported: Saturday 1,541 cases, Sunday: 1,192 cases, and Monday: 932 cases. According to the health department, Monday’s seven-day rolling average for the number of new cases reported is 1,280. Health officials reported that there are 13,781 total active cases and that the recent three-day average hospitalizations stand at 654. Officials also reported that there are 13 pediatric hospitalizations.

 

Situation Update: COVID-19

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

 

COVID-19 Cases:

683,719

New Cases Today

932

Sunday New Cases (12/12/21)

1,192

Saturday New Cases (12/11/21)

1,541

New Cases 7 day Average

1,280

Active Cases

13,781

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths

12,118

 

 

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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 www.AdvanceSoccerComplex.com/GiftaBrick.

 

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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 December 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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