The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 26, 2013

Erroneous hit-and-run reports get thumbs down

Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs down to erroneous reports the fatality hit-and-run of pedestrian on South Van Buren occurred at the city of Enid walking trail located north of Frantz Street.

That was not the case. Mary Beth Ward was crossing Van Buren about 100 feet south of the trail crossing when she was struck.

That area is between Cigarette Outlet and Buck’s Wine & Sprits, according to a diagram in the EPD collision report.

This was a sad situation all around, but we need to focus on facts — and not rumors — as the authorities get to the bottom of this unfortunate incident.

Thumbs up to the youth movement in Enid’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which is part of the largest senior volunteer organization in the United States.

Christy Baker has been named executive director of RSVP, succeeding the late Bennie Mullins.

Baker has worked for RSVP five years and has been assistant director four years. Her selection was unanimous.

This is an important agency, because its volunteers do so much to help so many people. We hope Baker makes Bennie proud.

More thumbs up for two Enid Public Schools sites recently honored.

Hayes Elementary garnered a national award by promoting healthier nutrition — and is the only Oklahoma school to get the award.

Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge will come to Hayes Feb. 14 to present the Silver award, along with a $1,000 check.

Meanwhile, Glenwood Elementary School has made the list of the healthiest schools in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State Department of Health released the list meeting criteria to be “certified healthy” in the Oklahoma Healthy School program, and Glenwood is the only school in Garfield County to make the list.

Congrats to both!

Finally, thumbs down to the arrogance of Wes Lane’s email comment obtained through an open-records request by the Enid News & Eagle.

We already knew this: DHS Commission Chairman Lane told state Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, to leave the room, and threatened to have him escorted from a meeting that shut down the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley in 2014 and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid in 2015, placing residents in community-based care.

Commenting on Anderson’s Oct. 31, 2012, Senate press release titled “Governor directs DHS Commission to throw disabled out on street,” Lane emailed the following to Denise Northrup, Gov. Mary Fallin’s chief of staff:

“Indeed ... proof that the failure to spank a child can at times result in future problems as an adult.” Lane’s email was sent Nov. 1, before the fateful afternoon vote.

Five days later, the commission was dissolved in a state question.