Thumbs up to Enid Police Department Detective Derek Parks for his official promotion to the rank of sergeant.

Parks is replacing Sgt. Jason Priest, who opted for a career change last month.

Parks joined the department Aug. 28, 2006. He transferred into the Detectives Division in May 2017, and has spent the past two years working as a Juvenile Crimes detective.

He said he was ready to get back to Patrol Division and work those types of calls again. He said eventually he would like to return to the Detectives Division as a supervisor.

Parks is also an active member of the National Guard, serving for the past 18 years.


More thumbs up to Harrison Elementary School for still is serving Enid — this time, as a senior living community a century after being built.

WoodCo acquired the property from Enid Public Schools and worked on its $6 million renovation since 2016.

The school is home to 18 apartment units, and its surrounding area contains 18 already leased villas.

Laquietta Adams lives in one of the former school’s apartments, and when she originally toured her current apartment, she realized she’d been there before — it was her second-grade classroom in the late 1950s.

“When (the management) showed it to me, it just came to me, ‘Oh my gosh! This is where I had my classroom,’” Adams said. “I was really excited about that.”

Adams moved into Harrison Court in January and was the second resident to live in the renovated school.

“I love it, I just love it,” Adams said. “It’s nice, it’s new. There’s other people our age right here, and that means a lot.”


Last, but not least, thumbs up to Enid High School graduate Jim Bray’s final art exhibition, “Northwest Oklahoma: The World I Used to Know,” on display until Dec. 10 in the Marshall Building, rooms 100 and 101, at Northern Oklahoma College Enid.

The exhibit is free and open to the public 2-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The exhibit is a collection of about 40 pieces of watercolor and collage paintings of Bray’s memories while growing up in northwest Oklahoma.

Now retired, Bray was art department chairman at Phillips University, where he taught graphic design, serigraphy, watercolor painting and life drawing, served as director of university publications for many years and conducted several student and alumni tours throughout Scandinavia, Europe and the former Soviet Union.

He also taught in Sweden and traveled to Phillips University-Japan to teach graphic design and painting to Japanese art majors.

Prior to teaching at Phillips he was employed by Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, as a designer/illustrator, art recruiter and art director for Contemporary Design Studio.

Now living in Joplin, Mo., Bray was head of the art department at Missouri Southern State University for 12 years, and taught courses in watercolor painting, life drawing and typographic design.

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