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Opinion

November 4, 2012

Scare on the Square gets thumbs-up for 2012 efforts

Thumbs up to the ghouls gone wild in the Garfield County seat.

More than 1,000 people gathered on the Garfield County Court House lawn last weekend for the 10th annual Scare on the Square.

The free family event filled downtown with ghosts, witches, goblins and other seasonal creatures.

“The festival was created to ensure that all Enid children had a fun, safe and affordable place to celebrate Halloween. Enid Police Department, Enid Fire Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s [Office was] represented at the festival, as well as other community organizations,” said Tammy Wilson, event coordinator.

Thanks to Commissioner Wilson and everyone responsible for the successful event.

Thumbs up to four longtime supporters of public education honored recently at the Enid Public School Foundation Hall of Fame banquet.

Paul and Joan Allen and Dan and Kay Dillingham were recognized for their roles in supporting education.

The Allens donated $125,000 to the foundation’s 100 Percent SMART campaign, designed to install SMART Boards for all core classrooms, to complete the goal of raising enough money before the 2011-12 school year began.

Dan and Kay Dillingham supported the bond issue and were among a handful of local businesses and individuals in making the largest K-12 public education donation in Oklahoma history: $3.4 million.

Shawn Hime, EPS superintendent, said family is No. 1 with these honorees. We couldn’t agree more.

More thumbs up to Northern Oklahoma College for offering one-stop shopping at the NOC Community Resource Fair at the Gantz Center.

The resource fair was the best-attended one so far. A constant, steady stream of visitors came to meet representatives of community agencies. Nearly 300 students and community residents showed up.

Congrats!

Eight isn’t enough. In fact, it’s too much.

Thumbs down to eight people cited during bar checks conducted recently by Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The checks were conducted Oct. 12-13, and the eight were given citations and ordered to appear in district court. Seven of the eight were charged with sale of beer to a minor, a misdemeanor, when underage informants entered county bars and purchased low-point beer.

We need to prevent underage accidents, underage drinking and driving and underage drinking in general. Please card minors in the future!

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