The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 22, 2014

Mike Evans deserves big thumbs-up for being named Police Officer of the Year


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to Enid Police Department Officer Mike Evans.

He recently was named Kiwanis Club Police Officer of the Year.

Evans is a 14-year veteran of EPD. Evans began in the patrol division, before working in the department’s K-9 program and spent a year as a community police officer. He then was assigned to the department’s narcotics unit. He now is a patrolman during A-shift.

Congratulations on a job well done.

THUMBS DOWN

Thumbs down to the suspects involved in at least 13 incidents of vandalism involving paintballs.

The people, an 18-year-old and two 17-year-olds, are accused in the incidents, and according to police, have admitted to their roles.

Granted, the incidents didn’t result in much damage, but they still are aggravating if nothing else.

There’s no need to do anything like this just for the fun of it. We hope they are punished and learn to respect the property of others.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to Gettin’ Home halfway house in Helena and its first graduate, Melmarie Coulter.

The faith-based halfway house helps women inmates reintegrate into society.

Coulter, who spent 11 years in prison on drug charges, is the first graduate from Gettin’ Home, which opened in late 2012.

She’s determined to keep her life going in the right direction.

We’re glad to hear success stories like this, and we hope Gettin’ Home has many more graduation ceremonies in the years to come.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, one of the finalists for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards.

Leonardo’s is one of three finalists in the youth development category, one of eight categories in the awards program.

The winner in each category receives $7,500, while the other two finalists receive $5,000.

Then, an overall winner is chosen from the eight category winners and will receive an additional $10,000.

This is a well-deserved honor for Leonardo’s and we can’t wait to hear good news April 12 at the awards ceremony.