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KGWA Local News Tuesday

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WW)--Cold winter weather is expected to arrive this weekend along with the new year across the local area and much of the state. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain and possibly snow locally beginning Friday night as overnight temperatures fall into the teens. There will be a chance of snow or a winter mix through late Saturday afternoon with a local high near 30. The low in Enid Saturday night could slip into the single digits. The winter blast will be the result of a strong winter storm currently resulting in frigid temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and heavy snow in the mountains in Northern California and Nevada. Emergency warming shelters were opened throughout Oregon and western Washington as temperatures plunged into the teens and forecasters said an arctic blast would last for several days. Sunday’s snow showers blew into the Pacific Northwest from the Gulf of Alaska, dumping up to 6 inches across the Seattle area. But until this weekend, above-normal temperatures are expected in the Enid area.

 

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PC)--YWCA Enid’s “Project Cinderella” closet will be open today and Wednesday with more than 500 formal dresses for area junior high students in need of one. Project Cinderella, which collects, cleans and distributes prom dresses and accessories to girls in need, started locally in 2017 at the YWCA Enid as a way make sure all girls have the chance to feel like Cinderella for proms and other school dances. More than 350 dresses were donated in two months during the first year. Everybody who shops there receives a free dress, a pair of shoes and accessories to keep or re-donate to the closet. The PC closet will be open 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today and Wednesday at YWCA Enid. Appointments can be made by calling (580) 234-7581.

 

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SB)--Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders said Monday that despite record-high revenue available to spend next year, they expect most state agency budgets to remain flat. Budget projections presented to the State Board of Equalization, a state panel led by Stitt, show there will be more than $10.3 billion available to spend for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But Stitt and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Roger Thompson said after the meeting they want to keep at least $2 billion in reserves. The Legislature last year appropriated about $8.3 billion and set aside more than $700 million in savings. The Board of Equalization will meet again in February to determine the final amount of revenue that will be available to spend on next year's budget.

 

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CN)— Four virus-related deaths and 2,443 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 15,459 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 766 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

700,033

New Cases

2,443

New Cases 7 day Average

1,462

Active Cases

15,459

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths (As of 12/23/21)

12,374

 

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WO)--There will be a water outage on East Pine Avenue from North 12th Street to North 14th beginning on Wednesday. The outage will allow crews to install a new waterline. Services are expected to be restored by 4:00 p.m.

 

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GA)--Enid Regional Development Alliance will close its third round of micro-enterprise grants applications in February 2022. ERDA has several programs that support local entrepreneurial and economic growth. The programs are funded by the annual budget each fiscal year and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. In 2022, ERDA will award two $10,000 grants to two Enid businesses with six or fewer employees. Recipients can use the funds for any business expense necessary for the operation, management, formation or expansion of the company. Those interested in applying for the grant may turn in an application to the ERDA by 5:00 p.m. Feb. 4, 2022, by emailing it to trent@growenid.com or delivering it to the office at 2020 Willow Run, Suite 100. For more information and to download the application, visit www.growenid.com/local-incentives or contact Trent Misak at (580) 233-4232 or trent@growenid.com.

 

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CS)--In observance of the New Year’s holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Friday and Saturday. The Enid Public Transit will not be operating on these days as well. All trash routes will remain the same this week. The landfill will be closed on Saturday, but will be opened with operating hours Friday. Meadowlake Golf Course will be closed Friday.


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LW)--Kids and parents can ring in the New Year early on Friday at Leonardo’s Children’s Museum. From 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Education Annex, kids can enjoy a dance party, snacks, crafts, Segway rides, photo ops and a countdown to noon followed by a balloon drop during Leo’s Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve, sponsored by Stride Bank. Hot chocolate will be available and some crafts include making party shooters and noisemakers and decorating memory frames. Three giveaways also will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. In order to provide the safest environment possible, tickets are limited to 100 guests. Cost for this event is $5 for members and $9 for non-members and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. Leonardo’s Children’s Museum and Adventure Quest will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 through New Year’s Day and from Jan. 3-8. For information, call (580) 233-2787, go to https://leonardos.org or check out Leonardo’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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NY)--Gaslight Theatre will host a community New Year's Eve party on Friday from 9:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m. at the Stride Center grand ballroom. The theme for the event is Steampunk - Where the Past Meets the Future. Steampunk is a style of design and fashion that combines vintage elements with technology. Attendees are encouraged to wear Steampunk themed costumes, but it is not required. There will be dancing and a cash bar, with a champagne bar for the midnight toast. Tickets are $75, two for $125, or tables for 6 are $375 and can be purchased at gaslighttheatre.org or in the box office at 221 N. Independence.

 

Gaslight Theatre, a non-profit organization, is in its 55th season and is one of the most active community theaters in the state of Oklahoma, putting on productions throughout the year, including their annual free Shakespeare in the Park. They host children's drama camp every summer and have an active teen program.

 

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AB)--Voters in Garfield County who want absentee ballots mailed to them for elections in 2022 should apply now. Registered voters may request absentee ballots for a specific election or for a full calendar year. No reason is needed to vote by absentee ballot. Jody Helm, Garfield County Election Board secretary, said there are several ways to apply for absentee ballots.

“For many voters, the easiest way to apply is online through the State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal. Voters can also fill out an application at the county election board. Voters can request absentee ballots electronically using the OK Voter Portal at https://oklahoma.gov/elec tions/ovp. To download a paper application, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website at https://oklahoma.gov/elections. For more information on absentee voting, contact Garfield County Election Board by calling (580) 237-6016 or emailing GarfieldCounty@elections.ok.gov.

 

 

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