ENID, Okla. —
Enid and northwest Oklahoma experienced a little bit of everything in 2013.
As usual, there were significant weather issues. Less likely — or so everyone thought — was the chance of the ground moving underneath our feet, but earthquakes proved to be a regular occurrence throughout the state.
The city of Enid had its ups and downs, the future of Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid remained bleak and crime, unfortunately, took center stage more often than anyone wanted.
Staff members of the News & Eagle recently took a look back at 2013 and selected the top 10 stories of the year.
Here is a look at the stories that ranked 10 through six. The top five stories of the year will be presented in Wednesday’s edition.
No. 10 — Enid City Manager Eric Benson announces he will retire at the end of 2014.
Benson, Enid’s top public official for eight years, announced in August that 2014 will be his last as city manager.
His tenure has been marked by a number of accomplishments but also controversy.
Relations with city employees improved during Benson’s tenure, some $46 million has been spent on street repairs, a good safety program has been instituted and technology has been advanced.
The most controversial part of his tenure has been Enid Renaissance Project, which included building Enid Event Center and renovating Convention Hall.
The project moved forward after voters had rejected a bond issue to pay for much of the work.
No. 9 — Koch Nitrogen announces $1 billion expansion project.
A major part of the project will be construction of a urea fertilizer plant at the facility east of Enid.
The Koch Nitrogen facility here already is one of the largest fertilizer production plants in North America, producing ammonia, liquid fertilizer and granular urea.
The expansion will increase fertilizer production locally by more than 1 million tons per year.
Koch expects up to 800 new construction jobs while the project is under way, and 20-30 new permanent jobs.