The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

February 15, 2014

Thumbs up to the OAC for funding airport improvements in Enid, Fairview, West Woodward

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission for approving a $2.5 million grant for Enid Woodring Regional Airport.

It was the largest airport grant in state history and will help fund the runway extension project at Woodring, which will increase the airport’s 6,250-foot runway to 8,000 feet. The nearly $5.85 million extension project is an important one for Enid, and Vance Air Force Base, as it will allow T-38 aircraft from Vance to land at and takeoff from Woodring.

We also want to commend OAC for providing grants to Fairview Municipal Airport and West Woodward Municipal Airport to help pay for projects at those facilities.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to Enid resident Lauren Elise Ortega Wade, who, in her capacity as 2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen, recently was in Washington, D.C., rubbing elbows with dignitaries, including President Barack Obama.

The 16-year-old has held number titles. She also was Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess in 2007 at 8 years old, and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Sweetheart from 2001-2006.

She’s an excellent ambassador for rodeo and for Enid.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to the spirit of helping others.

It’s alive and well in Enid, and we saw examples of that during the recent snow storms. People helped out neighbors by shoveling walks, helping dig out cars and helping those who may have had problems on the streets.

In one public display, parents and the city of Enid helped out when the snow made for problems at Prairie View Elementary School as parents were dropping their children off.

Cars had trouble navigating the snow, but people helped out as they could, and the city came and cleared the drive.

Enid residents always are ready to help their neighbors.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to Autry Technology Center, which held its annual open house recently.

The event gives people a chance to come and take a look at the programs Autry has to over to young people and adults.

And, Autry has just about everything you can imagine, from classes in a variety of health care fields, to culinary arts, to graphics arts and truck driver training.

For more information about Autry Technology Center and its course offerings, visit autrytech.edu or call 242-2750.

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