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When videographer Jack Quirk moved to Hennessey in 1980, he had no idea that 40 years later he’d still be there, so rooted into the community.

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For 10 years, Doug and Kristin daSilva have operated Red Rock Firearms in Enid on the premise of promoting the sport of shooting, gun safety and a strong belief in the second amendment.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic forced significant changes in everyday life, and forced closure of some small businesses, select eateries in the area weathered the crisis by offering new and different services, and doubling down on diners’ favorites.

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Visit Enid, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, is entering its 11th year, and director Marcy Jarrett said the three-person team has fulfilled the two directives they received when the bureau was founded.

The history of Tyson Foods in Enid goes all the way back to 1946 with Pierre Foods was founded in Cincinnati, and later in 1973, Advance Foods was founded in Enid. The companies merged in 2010 to form AdvancePierre Foods, and in 2017, Tyson acquired the company in a $4.2 billion deal.

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“During these uncertain times, we can be thankful for our nonprofits and the generous donors who support them. Recognize how blessed you/we truly are and please remember to help those who are living from paycheck to paycheck or who are on the streets or in a shelter.” — Dan Schiedel, CEO of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma.

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One might think Keith Schwandt has his hands full as regional community president and executive vice president of InterBank, but he doesn’t stop there. Schwandt also is chairman of the board of directors for Integris Bass Baptist Hospital Foundation, a board of trustees member for Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, a board of directors member for Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma and a member of Enid Rotary Club.

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❝This is unchartered territory. I’m 69 years old and I’ve been through five oil and gas depressions, but I’ve never been in this territory before. This is a double whammy no one has seen before. Nobody can make money at $25 a barrel.❞ — Mike Cantrell, chairman of Postwood Oil in Ada

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“We hope such a buyer would retain our employees for its operations. In the event that is not the case, we will assist with job searches, unemployment registration, and other benefits.” — Vince Trotta, president of GEFCO

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