The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 11, 2013

Family, teammates and friends of Austin Box help in building Champion Park

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Heartfelt thumbs up to family, friends and teammates of the late Austin Box helping at a recent community build at new Champion Park located at 10th and Chestnut.

Whitney Box, director of strategic and long-range planning for the city, was asked to design the park sponsored by the Austin Box Foundation.

Austin was a star football and baseball player at Enid High School and played football at the University of Oklahoma.

We agree with Austin’s mother, Gail Box: It was heartwarming to see OU and OSU players come together and work on the project.

“I think a lot of it is a reflection of that they thought about Austin,” father Craig Box said.

Big thumbs up to the Non-Profit Center in Enid for winning a recent Oklahoma Main Street Award.

The Non-Profit Center won the honor for best adaptive reuse project in the economic restructuring division.

The center also was among the top three entries in best building/business signage.

Community Development Support Association remodeled the old Newman’s Department Store into the center, providing office space and other services for nonprofit organizations.

Enid also was named one of the top 10 Main Street communities.

The awards were presented at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Congrats on these honors!

Thumbs up to six area students feted at the 2013 Turnaround Achievement Awards Breakfast Saturday.

They were: Mathew Block, Enid High School; Richard Hardage, Lincoln Academy; Jaime Ponce, Emerson Middle School; Hunter Scott, Covington-Douglas; Alex Vasquez, Longfellow Middle School; and David Linder, Chisholm High School.

Each received an award plaque for demonstrating effort, commitment and perseverance in turning their lives around.

Way to go!

Primary sponsors were Oakwood Bowl and the Enid News & Eagle. Conrady Electric, Rusco Plastics, Ward Petroleum and AE Howard were secondary sponsors of the event.

On a final note, thumbs up for the 2013 Tri-State Music Festival.

Despite some meteorological firsts — the storied festival experienced historic hail and sleet — Tri-State saw larger performing groups and 21 bands marching in the annual Million Dollar Parade Saturday.

Unfortunately, an Air Force Band set to perform was canceled due to federal sequestration.

However, new additions such as the First Friday Jazz Stroll and featured artist Edgar Cruz were quite a success.