ENID, Okla. —
Sometimes, no news is good news.
Enid Police Sgt. Greg Gordon said there were no arrests for driving under the influence, and no alcohol-related crashes reported during the New Year’s Eve period.
For the most part, it was a quiet New Year’s Eve in Enid and residents behaved.
That’s great news. We’ll see how long this good behavior lasts.
Thumbs up to Veronica Fuxa, a 16-year-old Pioneer-Pleasant Vale High School student, for penning her debut novel.
In November, she released “Red Smoke” through self-publishing firm Xlibris.
The book slowly coalesced first from an interest in the Holocaust, to writing about a young Jewish girl put under the experimental knife of a Nazi doctor.
Fuxa wrote every day, and eventually, the characters and their backstories took shape.
“One day, I just realized this isn’t a little project. It’s a story,” she said.
More thumbs up to the third retail business opening soon at Enid Crossing shopping center, and this one’s for the dogs (and cats).
PetSmart’s soft opening is Jan. 13 with the grand opening Jan. 18.
The pet product and service store is the third so far inside the structure at Oakwood and Garriott, following rue21 and the first store to open its doors, T.J.Maxx.
The city of Enid bought the vacant Homeland building a couple of years ago and pushed to find a buyer. Finally, Hunt Properties of Dallas closed the more-than $1.75 million deal in June.
Finally, big thumbs up to the generous Cherokee Strip Community Foundation for awarding $48,492 to organizations that serve both Enid and northwestern Oklahoma.
A total of 14 area nonprofits were awarded grants to support their humanitarian goals, which this year include providing free dental care, purchasing car seats and buying food for at-risk youth.
The recipient earning the biggest grant is the Oklahoma Dental Foundation, which has scheduled two days of free dental service to the people of northwest Oklahoma on Feb. 7-8.
CSCF Executive Director Mary Stallings said the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy is “huge.”
The foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2014 fiscal year. Letters of intent are due July 31, 2014, and grant guidelines and application forms are available on the CSCF website, www.cherokeestripcf.com.
ENID, Okla. —
Sometimes, no news is good news.
Gambling with nature
Farmers are gamblers.
I think, therefore I am shocked at how some people think
I like thinking. I spend a lot of time thinking. In fact, I get paid for it.
When you think about it, writing is merely semi-organized thinking. The rest is just typing.
Thinking is hard work. Really. Even when you are not thinking about working.
Paul Woodward is named presiding judge of 18-county northwest administrative district
Woodward was appointed special district judge in 2007 and elected district judge in 2010.
God is a covenant God, my friends
My sister started singing, “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gona do when they come for you?” Not funny, Donna! On top of that, my sons-in-law, all of them, just happened to be driving by. Well, this is one opportunity they won’t soon forget.
Kudos: Grateful for those who put me in contact with Mission Enid
Everyone involved had great-attitudes and never complained, even on the hottest day.
America: Braving the ‘Dirty 30s’
The stories I most remember are of my dad and his parents enduring the Great Depression of the 1930s.
It seems they lived right in the heart of the Dust Bowl as it savaged the Southern Plains, making the Great Depression all the more overwhelming for those who endured.
OCES has been a valuable resource for 100 years
A large part of what OCES employees do is provide valuable services and research for agriculture producers, concerning both crops and livestock.
David, Goliath at it again in Gaza Strip
Israel has long seen itself as David, standing firm against a hostile neighborhood full of Goliaths.
DHS must come up with future plans for NORCE, SORC facilities after they are closed
NORCE is scheduled to close in August 2015. Currently, 15 residents remain at the facility, awaiting transfer to a private setting, and there also are 60 state employees on the NORCE payroll.
Never leave a child or a pet alone in a car
With temperatures soaring to near or above 100, parents need to know they can’t leave their children alone in a locked vehicle. In 10 minutes, a vehicle’s temperature can climb 19 degrees. A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, and it only takes a few minutes before a child can become dangerously overheated, according to Safe Kids USA.
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