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4RKids Foundation co-founder Bret Whinery retired Friday from his position as operations manager at the nonprofit, capping 17 years of work to improve the lives of people living with developmental disabilities.

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 Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be adding a few new paws to the line of duty thanks to an anonymous donation from a local 93-year-old Navy veteran.

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In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, city of Enid administration offices, Animal Welfare, Public Library of Enid and Garfield County and recycle center will be closed Monday.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.

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School districts can skip the mandatory two-week quarantine for teachers and students as long as they’re following COVID-19 safety protocols such as mask-wearing and social distancing, health officials said Tuesday.

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City officials announced Monday that the 100 block East Cherokee, between 2nd and Grand will be closed for the next three weeks to allow the installation of a new water line.

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PARIS (AP) — At least 50 countries committed to protecting 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the next decade to halt species extinction and address climate change issues, during a global summit Monday aimed at protecting the world's biodiversity.

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ROME (AP) — Pope Francis changed church law Monday to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass, granting them access to the most sacred place on the altar, while continuing to affirm that they cannot be priests.

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NEW YORK (AP) — One of the defining images of the Capitol Hill siege was of a man dangling from the balcony of the Senate chamber. Clad in black and with a helmet over his head, he might have been hard to identify even after he paused to sit in a leather chair at the top of the Senate dais a…

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A drawback of the new location is it’s not close enough for longtime patrons on the east side who have walked or ridden bikes or wheelchairs to pick up food. To address that problem, volunteers now deliver food to patrons on the east side of town who don’t have their own transportation to pick up from the food pantry.

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❝Couldn’t have been a better person to work with during that time.❞ — Randy Powell, general manager at Jumbo Foods

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Oklahoma reported 4,289 new COVID-19 cases and 35 virus-related deaths on Saturday, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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Through the Breakthrough Listen project, astronomers have picked up a signal that seems to be coming from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to Earth ...

Are you feeling the winter doldrums? January can be a blue time, post-holidays, when the dust settles and winter stretches ahead. It’s tempting to daydream about far-flung escapes to steamy destinations, away from the cold, snow and darkness. Reality, of course, keeps us home for many practical reasons. So, as the saying goes, instead of cursing the dark, it’s time to light a candle — or in this case, the stove. If we can’t travel away, then we can bring the taste of travel home to our kitchen. 

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Oklahoma gained 3,781 new COVID-19 cases and 39 virus-related deaths on Thursday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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A statewide, online COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal is available for public view and pre-registration, but appointments cannot be scheduled until Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, for those eligible for the vaccine, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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All of these resolutions sound easy and great on paper, but most of them are hard to keep. We will never change unless and until we really want to change. 

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Two Enid men in the 50-64 and 65 and older age groups were among the 19 COVID-19 deaths reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday.

Enid city commissioners will choose from eight applicants who applied to serve the remaining five months as Ward 6 commissioner, including the three candidates running for the seat in February.

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New appointments for those older than 65 for next week will be available at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Reservations for that age can be made on the Garfield County Health Department Facebook page or by calling (580) 233-0650. Appointments then will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, for those 65 and older.

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