The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

January 18, 2014

‘Celebrating Main Street Enid: 20 Years in 20 Weeks’ website gets big thumbs up

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to Main Street Enid celebrating a major milestone.

An ongoing saga of photos and stories can be seen online each Monday on Main Street Enid’s website, in “Celebrating Main Street Enid: 20 Years in 20 Weeks,” highlighting the nonprofit’s most notable accomplishments and milestones.

During Main Street’s 20 years of existence, downtown Enid has seen more than $35.5 million privately reinvested by individuals and businesses to improve the area. The city of Enid also has spent $9 million on downtown revitalization.

Main Street Enid’s current director, Kelly Tompkins, hopes the program encourages future facade renovations and improvements.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to the legacies of some northwest Oklahoma journalists in Hennessey and Cherokee.

The Cherokee Messenger & Republican’s publisher and editor Steve Booher recently celebrated his retirement with a come-and-go reception.

Booher’s decades in the newspaper business have taught him one constant: “You’re never through learning.”

And after more than 100 years of ownership by the Walter family, The Hennessey Clipper has been sold to Okeene couple Paul and Maria Laubach.

Willam Walter and his wife, Barbara, ran The Hennessey Clipper for the past 35 years. Barbara will remain on staff, and William will continue to work at the newspaper a few days a week.

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for donating $5,000 and medical supplies for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program to be housed at YWCA Enid.

The program utilizes trained nurses to conduct examinations of sexual assault victims for collection of evidence that may be used in legal proceedings.

Nurses have completed extensive training and are able to provide emotional support needed by the victim.

The program provides emergency response at any time needed.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the YWCA SANE Room is scheduled for noon Jan. 29.

THUMBS UP

Last, but not least, thumbs up for the “Boomer” statue returning to public view.

The Harold Holden statue that has embodied the spirit of Enid was remounted Monday on the southeast corner of Enid Event Center.

Later in the week, it was removed again to provide a taller base for the iconic statue.

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