The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 20, 2013

Enid’s 8th annual Roberts Ranch Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ deserves a giant thumbs up

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up for another popular Roberts Ranch Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ held this weekend in Enid.

The eighth annual event featured annual favorites, such as the People’s Choice contest and Enid Noon AMBUCS lunch, return events such as the March of Dimes Little Miss Red Dirt Pageant, and entirely new events such as the Pelagic Tank Kids Q cook-off.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the enormous assistance of the city of Enid and various departments, employees and the management staff of the Enid Events Center and Convention Hall,” Eagle Marketing Director Frank Baker said. “They played a very big role in making this event possible.”

Now we’re full for the time being. Thanks to everyone involved in this lip-smackin’ success!

Slimmer, trimmer thumbs up for all participants in the recent Walk This Way contest.

More than 500 people showed up, young and old alike. Remarkably, 224 registered online beforehand.

Maggie Jackson, health educator for Garfield County Health Department, said the turnout exceeded expectations.

That’s good news. A behavior survey in Garfield County showed 30 percent of the population led sedentary lives. Garfield County also was high in diabetes statistics, with 37.4 of every 1,000 people having some form of diabetes. The national rate is 20 per 1,000, according to 2010 statistics.

We need to keep walking this way.

Thumbs up for Dick Lambertz Award winner Jim Rives, a longtime supporter of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma.

The annual honor was established in 2000 to recognize volunteers who best exemplify the values of the late Dick Lambertz, long known as “Mr. United Way.”

Rives served as president of the United Way board and as campaign chairman. He also has served on a number of committees for the agency during his lengthy tenure. Rives and his wife, Ardis, remain active supporters of United Way. Rives is a retired regional manager of OG&E Electric Services.


Last, but not least, thumbs up to Enid’s Sue Taylor.

Taylor was named 2013 Philanthropist of the Year during the fifth annual Women for Oklahoma State University Symposium.

Taylor’s involvement with the College of Human Sciences began as a child attending the campus Child Development Laboratory. She studied at Oklahoma A&M College from 1948 to 1950 before putting her academic career on hold to raise a family of four with her husband, OSU alumnus John Taylor.

She commuted from Enid from 1980-84 to earn her degree in child development and family relations. She was named to both Omicron Nu and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

Professionally, she was director and secretary of Enid Publishing Co., which published the Enid News & Eagle, and Enid Radiophone Co., which operated stations KCRC-AM and KNID-FM.

Since 1964, she and John have supported their alma mater through the OSU Foundation, where both have been trustees and governors.

Thanks for helping others and being a crusader for women.