The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 5, 2013

NOC Enid, NWOSU-Enid bridge gets big thumbs up


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to the bridge connecting Enid’s two college campuses.

Dignitaries and guests attended the ribbon-cutting dedication Sept. 26 at the Northern Oklahoma College/Northwestern Oklahoma State University Bridge.

The bridge and trail are symbolic of the commitment that both colleges have made to assist students with their concurrent higher education opportunities in Enid.

Although the bridge was placed between the campuses in 2009, the trail for students to go from one campus to the other just recently was completed.

Under the NOC/NWOSU bridge agreement, students at both colleges can take advantage of services and activities at both campuses.

THUMBS DOWN

Thumbs down to a recent increase in reports of trash being dumped along Garfield County roads and property.

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said his office has been responding to more littering incidents countywide, especially in the areas on the south side of the landfill.

Don’t lay that trash on Garfield County!

If you see someone illegally dumping trash, contact the sheriff’s office at (580) 237-0244.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to keeping the “Boomer” statue safe during downtown’s time of transition.

The iconic statue is at an undisclosed location. More specifically, the statue is being stored in a city building until officials determine where its new home will be.

We hope “Boomer” is permanently displayed in a prominent place downtown.

“Boomer” was created by renowned Enid-area artist Harold Holden, depicting a man on horseback at full gallop riding in the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. The rider holds the reins in his proper left hand and a flag stake in his right hand. The statue was placed and dedicated in 1987.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to the recent awareness raised by an Oklahoma Drug Endangered Children conference in Enid.

As youth grow up being inundated with images portraying drug use as “cool,” community leaders have to put themselves in a position to make a difference.

More often than not, it’s the innocent children who end up suffering the most from drug use. Parents who are on drugs are not likely to do a good job of taking care of the children.