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TO)--The One featuring the “Christ Tree”, concluded its inaugural year Thursday with a Closing Ceremony at the Stride Bank Center. The Ceremony began with music from world-renowned fiddler, and Enid native, Kyle Dillingham. There were several speakers. Nicole Winfield, project manager for The One, began by thanking the community of Enid for the support shown since the project was unveiled. Kyle and Carol Williams, whose family initiated and underwrote the project, to thank a number of people and sponsors, before awarding this year’s Grand Lighting Marshal Dr. Lyntel Murphy with a one-of-a-kind token cut from the base of the tree. Attendees then moved outside tree-side where they sang the last two verses of “Silent Night” before Murphy hit the off switch on the Christ Tree and all of its perimeter trees. Kyle Williams announced there will be a tree next year, saying this was only the beginning, and with the continued support of the community, the event can be even better next year.


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VA)--Two Vance Air Force Base personnel were recently presented prestigious awards. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen C.Q. Brown Jr. presented the 2019 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy to Capt. Justin W. Sager, a T-6 Texan II pilot assigned to the 71st Flying Training Wing at the Pentagon on Dec. 6. Sager was recognized for using his years of experience as an instructor pilot to successfully execute an emergency landing after a catastrophic engine failure, saving both his life and the life of his student in December 2018. Col. Jay Johnson, 71st FTW commander, attended the ceremony at the Pentagon with Sager.


Master Sgt. Robert L. Jones was named winner of the Chief Master Sgt. Larry P. Gonzales Superintendent of the Year Award on Dec. 3, 2021. The award highlights the best financial management and comptroller senior enlisted leader throughout the Air Force.


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CT)--With COVID-19 testing in higher demand and increased cases over the last week, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is extending COVID-19 testing hours at local county health departments, and will offer weekend availability at select locations. In Garfield County, testing is available by appointment during regular business hours (M-F 8:00a-5:00p), and this Saturday. Again an appointment is required. Additionally, mobile units will be deployed to various locations throughout the state. Testing locations and hours can be found by visiting or county health department Facebook pages. Oklahomans can also call their local county health department or 2-1-1 for hours and locations. 


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CN)—Twenty-one virus-related deaths and 6,438 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, 39,051 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 1021 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus.



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WM)-- A planned water outage will affect residents of Hunters Hill Apartments and nearby Willow Plaza shopping center, Willow and Cleveland, on Tuesday. The outage will allow utility crews to tie into a new water line being laid on the east side of Cleveland in the area. Water services are expected to be affected beginning at 8:00 a.m. and be restored by the end of the day.


Beginning Wednesday, traffic at the intersection of West Willow Road and North Cleveland will be impacted with the installation of a new water main. The water main installation will require multiple internment lane closures and is expected to last one month. Through traffic on West Willow and North Cleveland will remain open but will be narrowed to a single lane in each direction. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.


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KC)--Local students are being encouraged to participate in this month’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration. High school students in Enid are being invited to write a letter to the late civil rights movement leader on how they think his famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in 1963 has affected the United States. The theme of this year’s celebration, “We Are America.” Students as young as pre-kindergarten age also can submit poems and posters for the holiday commission’s annual awards. Contest entries are due by 5:00 p.m. Jan. 7 to either the Enid High School library or the city administration building, at 401 W. Garriott. Letters should be typed and no longer than 500 words, while poems should be at least 10 lines long. Posters should be original, drawn by the child, no smaller than letter-sized and no larger than 18 by 24 inches. Student name, organization/school, teacher/sponsor and grade, as well as if a child is special needs should be taken into consideration, should be included on the back of the entry. Awards will be presented at the end of the holiday commission’s week of celebrating King’s birthday, during a ceremony Jan. 15 at Stride Bank Center. The long-held march in honor of King will begin at 1:30 p.m. outside Stride Bank Center, at 301 S. Independence. The program and dinner will begin inside at 2:00 p.m., with inspirational speakers, music and contest and diversity awards. Food will be provided by the event center. The event would be free and open to the public.




BD)--Yet another good reason to donate blood. Blood donors will know more about the status of their immunity to COVID-19 thanks to a new antibody testing method offered by the Oklahoma Blood Institute. The new testing is offered through January 31. Individual results will help donors understand their bodies’ immune response, whether those antibodies come from natural infection or the vaccine and boosters. Previously, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s ability to test for donors’ COVID exposure was limited to a detectable immune response from prior infection. The improved method will also detect if an individual has antibodies from receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine. The testing is free to all donors as a regular part of the donation process.




CT)--The City of Enid offers several options for live-cut Christmas tree recycling. Residents can drop off their live-cut Christmas trees at the landfill, located at 1313 East Southgate Road, during normal business hours at no cost. All customers must have an active City of Enid utility bill. Also, residents can request a free bulk pick up of their live-cut Christmas tree by calling City of Enid Solid Waste Services at (580) 616-7300 or (580) 616-7301. Trees must be ten feet away from other objects. Please do not include any other trash or debris with the bulk pickup. [NOTE: The fee for bulk pickup for other items is $20 for the first truck.]. The trees will be recycled into mulch at the landfill. Mulch is free for all residents if loaded by the resident at the landfill. If City equipment is used, there is a $10 equipment fee. Christmas trees will be accepted at the landfill until the end of January 2022.




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