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DB)--Enid Police have identified a man who was found dead on Northern Oklahoma College's Enid campus on Sunday. Officials say they do not believe, at this time, that foul play was involved. Enid Police officers responded to report of a man lying on the ground on the northeast corner of University and Maine just after 10:50 Sunday morning. According to the report, upon arriving officers found 54-year-old Bobby Gordineer, of Enid, deceased. EPD detectives and the Medical Examiner's Officer were requested to the scene, and a preliminary investigation was conducted. EPD Lt. Bryan Hart said Gordineer was not experiencing homelessness, and was not believed to be associated with NOC. The cause of Gordineer's death is unknown, Hart said, but it doesn't look suspicious. Gordineer's body was transported to Oklahoma City for an autopsy.


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SB)--District officials say Enid Public Schools board members will decide tonight whether to cut in half the time students and staff should isolate if positive for COVID-19. The board is scheduled to vote to update the district’s COVID-19 policy based on recently revised federal guidelines. The proposed policy update would primarily follow new guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, itself going off COVID guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the recommendations, a positive isolation period would be reduced from 10 to five days, either after symptoms are improving and fever has been resolved for 24 hours without medication or if symptoms never developed. Once a positive patient has met the above criteria, they can resume normal activities but should wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days when around other people. Tonight’s meeting of the Enid School Board will begin at 6:00 in the EPS Administrative Services Center, at 500 S. Independence and is open to the public.


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RC)--There will be intermittent lane closures at the intersection of South Grand and West Owen K. Garriott this week. The lane closures will affect the outside and turning lanes of South Grand for short periods and is expected to last approximately one week. The lane closures will allow crews to install new traffic signals on all four corners of the intersection. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.


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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CN)— Fifty-eight virus-related deaths and 27,058 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Friday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 9,320 cases were added on Saturday, 9,608 were added on Sunday and 8,130 cases were added on today. Currently, 61,912 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 1065 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus.


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KC)—Enid’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration will be held this weekend. High school students in Enid were 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.” Awards will be presented at the end of the holiday commission’s week of celebrating King’s birthday, during a ceremony Saturday 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.


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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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