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.
State of the state: Things are not as good as they could be
Draper wants to split Cali up into six separate states — Silicon Valley, around the San Francisco Bay Area; Central California, including cities like Bakersfield; West California, including Los Angeles and its suburbs; South California, including San Diego; North California, centered on Sacramento and Jefferson, in the far northern part of the state.
Voters have decisions to make in August races
Democrats will have two runoffs to decide. One will be choosing their party’s nominee for state superintendent. Freda Deskin will face John Cox. The winner will face Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister in the November general election.
The other race is for the party nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Jim Rogers will face Connie Johnson. The winner will face Republican nominee U.S. Rep. James Lankford in November.
Waukomis residents have the opportunity to have their voices heard in regard to the future of their post office.
Breaking ground on a new dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid is another step in the evolution of the campus.
Stars in our eyes
We caught the vision when, in May of 1961, John F. Kennedy told Congress, and the world, that the space race was no longer to be so one-sided.
“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said.
Thumbs up for northwest Okla. communities, where net taxable sales figures are up
Net taxable sales were up $1,917,774 in Enid, when compared to sales reported in July 2013. The increase amounted to a 2.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue for the city.
The key to God’s storehouse is in the giving
Point being, there are a lot of hungry people out there who need to be fed the Bread of Life, and He needs to be served with a smile and a discerning heart.
Water, water everywhere?
As Americans, we have taken water for granted far, far too long. We assume it will always be there, when we turn on the tap.
Sheriff’s office, emergency management get new home
The sheriff’s office and emergency management office will move in October or November to the former Grady Robbins Army Reserve Center on Oxford. The building has been unused since 2011 when the Armed Forces Reserve Center opened at Vance Air Force Base.
Airline passengers should not be casualties of war
Nowhere in the flight attendants’ patter did the word “missile” appear, and the chance their gleaming Boeing 777 would be brutally slapped from the sky likely never even appeared even as a niggling doubt lurking in the darkest corners of the passengers’ minds.
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