Sometimes, something good can come from a tragedy.
That's the case with the annual Running of the Rats poker run. The event raises money for the Kyle Traynor Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship honors Traynor, who died in a car accident seven years ago. His family created the fund, which provides a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Chisholm High School graduate to attend Oklahoma State University.
Traynor was a Chisholm graduate himself and a sophomore at OSU when he died.
It's a wonderful thing the Traynor family did, and it's great to see so many people turn out each year to help provide the money for the scholarship -- and have a little fun, too.
Congratulations are due to Enid Symphony Orchestra, which is celebrating its 100th year in existence.
The orchestra, under the direction of Douglas Newell, still is going strong -- and getting stronger.
From its humble beginnings in 1905, the orchestra has grown and now has a home in Enid Symphony Center in the Knox Building.
Orchestra members and officials understandably proud of the facility, which is an artistic masterpiece.
We look forward to 100 more years, and then some, of great music from Enid Symphony Orchestra.
We never have been able to understand vandals and the damage they cause.
How can it be fun and enjoyable to destroy something that doesn't belong to you?
We've faced that problem in Enid before, and sadly it happened again recently when someone caused a great deal of damage to New Life Tabernacle Church on North 12th.
In fact, vandals broke into the church twice within a week.
The people who did it didn't take anything of value, so obviously they just got their kicks by causing as much damage as they could.
We hope when the vandals get caught the authorities will deal with them has harshly as they are allowed by law.
Another incident that casts Enid in a bad light came about when police received calls someone stole about 20 out-of-state license plates from cars parked along Garriott and Oakwood.
Were they doing it to collect out-of-state plates? Were they doing it to get license plates to put on stolen vehicles? Or were they using the license plates to help hide their identities in the commission of a crime?
No matter the reason, possessing stolen property is a crime.
On a good note, we always are happy to see people get involved to help make their communities safer places.
Two men in Canton -- high school football coach Greg Foster and a friend, Matthew Lynch, visiting from Lamont, Iowa -- recently helped Canton reserve officer Keith Richardson subdue a man accused of stealing a car and leading Richardson on a chase.
After Richardson finally forced the suspect, David Sharp, off the road, Foster and Lynch, who were nearby, came to the officer's assistance and prevented the suspect from fleeing the scene.
Foster, it seems, recognized the vehicle Sharp had stolen.
Congratulations to Foster and Lynch for helping stop a crime suspect.
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This Week's Circulars
Funeral for Sidney Smiley will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 29, 2021, at First Baptist Church, Waynoka. Interment will be in Waynoka Municipal Cemetery, under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Waynoka. www.marshallfuneralhomes.com
Funeral Service for Billy Dean McConkey, 75, of Fairview, will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 29, 2021, at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fairview Funeral Home, Inc.
Funeral Service for Wilma Ethelene Graves, 84, of Fairview will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the Isabella Church of the Nazarene, burial in the Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fairview Funeral Home Inc.
The services celebrating and honoring the life of Joyce Brezina, 85, of Enid, are pending under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.Brown-Cummings.com.
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