The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 31, 2013

Thumbs down to sinkholes, but up to other recent events

Enid News & Eagle

— Thumbs down to the lingering sinkholes afflicting Bethel Baptist Church.

In October, a large OG&E Electric Services transmission pole between the church parking lot and the east edge of Cleveland was struck by lightning and had to be replaced.

OG&E workers cut through a buried AT&T transmission cable while replacing the pole. AT&T came to the scene to dig a trench to replace the damaged cable, and that night’s rain caused the first sinkhole to appear.

Then a second, larger sinkhole appeared near the first. In mid-February, the city of Enid put dirt in the sinkholes to eliminate the immediate safety hazard.

Recently, AT&T sent workers to repair the sinkholes. The sinkhole was filled in again, but the soft ground sank when it was walked across, and instead of crushed asphalt to match the church parking lot, rough gravel was laid down in its place.

This issue wasn’t as bad as the recent geological phenomenon to plague the Sunshine State, but this local sinkhole situation should have been properly repaired more readily.

Thumbs up for John and Cindy Boone for purchasing Enid Iron and Metal from the Allison family in October.

The Boone family, which has relatives from Fairview, was grateful to the people who attended the ribbon-cutting, including ambassadors from the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce.

The company deals with industrial accounts to buy and sell scrap metal. It also sells new steel in amounts ranging from partial quantities to truckloads.

Congrats to everyone involved.

More thumbs up for B.A.B.E., a course sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church.

It stands for Beautiful, Accepted, Blessed and Eternally Significant, and it teaches young girls how to replace the cultural view of themselves with God’s view.

The class is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 6 at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The program is part of Westminster’s local mission. The goal is to reach middle school- to high school-age girls.

Some of the keys of the program include talking about the idea that they are beautiful, that God thinks they are beautiful, and that is the only opinion they should consider.

Finally, thumbs up to Enid Public Schools Foundation members for handing out nearly $13,000 in its spring round of teacher grants.

“Teachers are challenged to apply with new and innovative approaches to reach youth and expand our existing educational curriculum,” said Casie Brownlee, the foundation’s grant allocation chairwoman. “The caliber of the grants received this year shows the dedication and commitment of these teachers in their classrooms.”

We’d like to thank the foundation for awarding these important grants.