The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

January 4, 2014

There were no DUI arrests, no alcohol-related crashes on New Year’s Eve

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

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.

Congrats, Veronica!

THUMBS UP

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.

THUMBS UP

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.

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