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KGWA Local News Friday

GH)--The City of Enid’s email system recently experienced a phishing attack. The City’s Information Technology department, along with outside cyber security forensics are investigating the breach. The City is advising the public that they should NOT click on any links from emails originating from the Enid.org domain system. In response to the security breach, the I.T. department is requiring employees to:


*Monitor all incoming emails,

*Change passwords to all accounts, and

*Take additional authentication measures on accounts.


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FC)--An Ames teen was killed in a two-vehicle crash just after noon Thursday east of Fairview in Major County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the 17 year-old male was eastbound on a county road when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with State Highway 8. The teen’s 1999 Jeep SUV struck hit the rear axles of the 2022 Peterbilt driven by 79 year-old Darrell Eugene Murray of Dover which was northbound on the highway. Murray was not injured in the crash, the teen was pronounced dead at the scene.


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SS)--Hundreds of gifts for area seniors were distributed Thursday morning, after being donated by multiple communities, businesses, nonprofits, churches, schools, families and individuals from near and far. “Santa for Seniors” began more than five years ago when RSVP of Enid saw one need and decided to give a Christmas card to one of its Mobile Meals recipients. Executive Director Christy Baker told Enid News and Eagle, “We gave her this Christmas card and she just bawled. She taped the card to her door and said she felt less lonely when she saw the card. It was amazing what one Christmas card, written directly from her RSVP family, did for her. We thought, she cannot be the only one like this. That’s why we started “Santa for Seniors.” Volunteers on Thursday distributed gifts to 521 area senior citizens. They ran 25 delivery routes with 37 volunteers.


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TG)--An Enid high school teacher was gifted an early Christmas present from an Oklahoma education nonprofit to recognize him for his excellence in teaching. Enid High School teacher and coach Trent Holland was awarded $1,000 to do with whatever he liked for his classroom, no strings attached, to fund a project or initiative in his class. Jill Shero, grassroots director of Every Kid Counts Oklahoma, drove from Oklahoma City to present Holland a giant ceremonial check and balloons. EKCO provided the initial $500, Oklahoma state Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, gave $500 out of his accounts for Holland’s award.


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PS)--A Fairmont man is facing charges of domestic assault and battery by strangulation, threatening to perform an act of violence and kidnapping. 27 year-old Holden Hedges was charged Dec. 10, with the three counts and released on bond Monday. According to Enid News and Eagle, Hedges is charged with choking, kicking and threatening to kill the female victim at a Fairmont residence in the early morning hours of December 9th. The woman was transported to Integris Bass Baptist where she was treated for her injuries including a gash on her head. Hedges was arraigned on the charges Thursday morning.


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CN)— Sixty-seven virus-related deaths and 1,327 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 11,933 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 686 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus.



Situation Update: COVID-19

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


COVID-19 Cases:


New Cases Today


New Cases 7 day Average


Active Cases


CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths



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SP)—Beginning today the Enid Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies will be conducting saturation patrols with an emphasis on impaired driving. It's all part of the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. You’ll see officers working together through January 1st to take drunk drivers off the roads. 10,142 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2019, accounting for nearly one-third of traffic crash fatalities. As you head out to the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.


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BB)--Bennie’s Barn is inviting community members to enjoy Christmas-themed activities during the Sleigh Rides with Santa this weekend. The eighth annual Sleigh Rides with Santa, which will be 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Bennie’s Barn, 4914 E. Rupe, will feature hay, horse and sleigh rides; bounce houses; petting and feeding horses; crafts; writing letters to Santa Claus and more. Chip Baker, executive director of Bennie’s Barn, said Sleigh Rides with Santa started as a way to introduce the facility, horses and therapeutic riding programs to the Enid community. Tickets, sold at the event, are $5 per person and include all activities except for pony rides and food. Pony rides are $2 per person. All of the proceeds this year will go toward horse maintenance and scholarship funds. For more information about Sleigh Rides with Santa or Bennie’s Barn, visit https://benniesbarn.org.


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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.




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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