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KGWA Local News Monday 07.31.23

HA)--A Heat Advisory will be in effect for the entire KGWA Listening area each afternoon and evening for the remainder of the week and into the weekend. Daytime highs will be near 100, with the heat index at 105 or higher. The conditions can result in heat illnesses for those working or spending time outdoors, so take precautions. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned environment when possible, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.


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IA)—Three Chester residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday evening in Major County. 50 year-old Kenneth Russell was Air Evaced from the scene to OU Medical Center in OKC where he was admitted in stable conditions with hip injuries. The second driver, 29 year-old Bronson Ake and his 4-year-old male passenger, were both transported to Seiling Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said Russell was westbound on a county road 3 miles north Seiling around 6:40 Saturday evening when he failed to yield at a stop sign. His 2013 Chrysler 200 struck Ake’s 2022 Ford Explorer which was northbound on US 281. The condition of both drivers is under investigation.


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CA)--United Way of Northwest Oklahoma has provided an evaluation of the community’s needs and strengths through its recent community needs report. Dan Schiedel, United Way CEO and executive director said “We collect information to basically guide where our strategic plan goes, how we prioritize giving.” Schiedel said United Way found Enid to be a generous, supportive community with a strong culture of philanthropy. “A few needs that are on our radar include childcare availability, transportation, United Way provides funding to organizations and charities that provide solutions to these issues, such as Garfield County Child Advocacy Council’s Yellow House and YWCA Enid. United Way funds multiple other organizations within the community to address the area’s diverse set of needs.


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LR)--More than 400 individual runners are expected to participate in the 2023 Great Land Run at the Chisholm Trail Expo Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will raise funds for the Great Land Run Education Foundation, which was founded in 2008 with the goal to support Chisholm and Enid public school districts. Presented by Triangle Insurance and Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies, the 16th annual Great Land Run race will be a fun-filled, rain or shine event featuring a USATF certified 5K and 10K course with a 7:30 a.m. start, and a half-marathon course starting at 6:30 a.m. All sponsor donations and net proceeds from the race are divided according to school district enrollment and distributed at the following year’s event. The Great Land Run Education Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to support local public education since its establishment. Race day registration begins at 5:30 a.m. All runners who pre-register by Aug. 18, 2023, will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt in their race packet, and all finishers will receive a newly custom-designed finisher medal. Interested participants can register online at Prices increase after Sept. 13, 2023. For more information on the Great Land Run, contact Sally Wall at (800) 894.5020, or go to great


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SP)--Many Enid streets are getting a fresh coat of paint and motorists are encouraged to drive with extreme caution when following the city’s paint vehicle.




Tuesday, August 1st – Garland Road

Wednesday, August 2nd – Oakwood Road

Thursday, August 3rd – Oakwood Road

Friday, August 4th – Cleveland Street


*Do Not Pass the Paint Truck. Passing without guided instruction from the paint crew is a moving violation. Passing on the right shoulder is also a moving violation. Both maneuvers put City crews at high risk.


*Stay within the Driving Lane. Driving in the yellow or white paint will transfer to your car tires, wheels and fenders, and damages your car. This also ruins the crew’s work.


*Be Patient and Give Yourself Plenty of Time. If you cannot avoid the work zone, drive safely and patiently behind the painting crew. Slow Down. Driving too fast in a work zone could cause injury or death.


*Respect the Painting Crews. Follow the directions of the traffic control staff and painting crews. Obey all signs posted on the vehicles.


*Avoid Being Ticketed. The Enid Police Department will be patrolling these moving work zones and will cite violations.




TH)--The annual Oklahoma sales tax holiday falls on the first weekend in August this year, just in time for back-to-school shopping. Tax-free weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 4 and ends at midnight on Aug. 6, 2023. During that time frame, certain clothing and shoe purchases and other qualified items are exempt from state, city, county and local sales taxes. Oklahoma retailers may not collect state or local sales or use tax on most shoes or clothing sold for less than $100, according to Oklahoma Tax Commission. Retailers are required to participate and may not charge sales tax on approved items that weekend. Also, qualifying items bought online are exempt from sales tax, as long as they are ordered and paid for during the exemption period. For information and answers to questions on the sales tax holiday, as well as a listing of sales tax exempt items, go online to the Oklahoma Tax Commission website at and search for “sales tax holiday.”



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