The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 16, 2013

Grays deserve thumbs up for display of photographs

Enid News & Eagle


Thumbs up to Wess and Jolene Gray for “The Last ...” display featuring Enid residents in professions that are disappearing from our community landscape.

They have begun a project at their photography business they think will preserve the memory of some of those people in businesses that won’t be around much longer, or trades that are dying out or going through massive changes.

“I’ve been blessed to photograph some of the movers and shakers in Enid,” Wess said. “We need to preserve that history.”

Thanks for preserving it for all of us.


Thumbs up to the 16 candidates for Enid Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

They are: Ann Allen, a science teacher at Lincoln Academy; Sue Dell, a second-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School; Kathryn Dorton, a music teacher at Adams Elementary School; James Ebel, an eighth-grade history at Longfellow Middle School; Lisa Eldora, a band teacher at Waller Middle School; Reba Gregory, a first-grade teacher at Hayes Elementary School; Natalie Holland, a kindergarten teacher at Garfield Elementary School; Rob Kappus, a science teacher at Emerson Middle School; Nicole Moneypenny, a kindergarten teacher at Hoover Elementary School; Robin Newby, a kindergarten teacher at Taft Elementary School; Linda Outhier, a drama and debate teacher at Enid High School; Melissa Ross, a first-grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary School; Kellie Stock, a music teacher at Coolidge Elementary School; Eddie Lou Strimple, a music teacher at McKinley Elementary School; Betsy Weaver, a first-grade teacher at Monroe Elementary School; and Deni Williams, a first-grade teacher at Glenwood Elementary School.

A district winner, who will go on to compete for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, will be announced in May.



Thumbs up to Enid civic leader Maxine Austin. She died Feb. 7 at age 102.

A charter member of the Main Street Design Committee, Austin received the Oklahoma Writer’s Association Pegasus Award, the Friend of Leonardo’s Award and a Community Service Award from former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry.

We will miss you, Maxine.



Thumbs down to Garfield County for being on track to break a dubious record.

Deputies have made four DUI arrests this month, Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said.

Last year, there were seven DUI arrests for the month of February, but changes in patrols and reports from residents already have led to four arrests this month.

We’re on track to beat that record the first full week of the month. We’re concerned by the marked increase.