The Remains of a Missing Blanchard Man Found After 4 Years in Eastern Oklahoma
Family and friends of a Blanchard man missing since July of 2013 have had their worst fears realized. The remains of Tommy Eastep were found not far from where his abandoned pickup was located. It wasn't clear who found the skeletal remains, or how far from the pickup the body was located. A Facebook post says the state medical examiner has confirmed the remains are of Eastep. He went missing during the 4th of July weekend on a holiday outing at Lake Eufaula. Remains were found Saturday, about 50 miles from the lake. Eastep's family posted a social media statement thanking everyone who shared his story; and searched; supported; and prayed for the family. The family said a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Big birthday coming up for the City of Chickasha.
Historians say April 28th is the date the city was founded, and this year, the city turns 125 years old. Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society Museum says originally, the Rock Island Railroad was going to build the depot north of the Washita River, but decided to move it to its present day location. The first depot office was a boxcar, and Cunningham says there are some photos from those first days.
The city's 125th birthday coincides with the 125th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail
Help for Foster Families
A partnership between the Oklahoma Alliance of YMCAs and the state department of Human Services is designed to help foster families. More than a dozen YMCAs, including the Chickasha Area YMCA, allows foster families to join for half the regular price of membership fees; and to access discounts to youth sports and group swim lessons.Gov. Mary Fallin last month announced the initiative to support foster families. YMCA officials say each year, the organization provides more than $6.5 million in direct financial help, to ensure all Oklahomans can access its programs. YMCA officials say when families have the opportunity to take part in their programs, those families are stronger, healthier, and more connected.
Encourage us to live healthier lives scheduled in a few weeks.Chickasha will host its first Open Streets day. It's not a new concept. As a matter of fact, it’s been an international program for years. Open Streets encourages families to become active in any number of ways...from walking to running; bike riding to skateboarding, to dancing, yoga, and tai chi. The Grady County Healthy Living program has been working with several groups to provide activities for the event, which will be held Saturday, May 6th, in the area of the downtown railroad depot. The group is looking for organizations to have an activity for kids or adults. The deadline to apply is this Friday, April 14th. Contact Jodi Smith with the healthy living program by calling 222-927
Congress is on its Easter recess
And members of the U.S. House and Senate are taking time to visit with the constituents back home. 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday. He's sure to talk about the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base; and appointment of a new U.S. Supreme court justice. The town hall meeting will be held on the USAO campus, in the auditorium that bears his great aunt's name. Te Ata Memorial Auditorium inside Troutt Hall will be the location for the meeting. Again that will be this Wednesday, April 12th, starting around noon.
Start of an Explorer program
Students who have an interest in law enforcement have an opportunity to take part in a new program. The Chickasha police department and a local Boy Scout troop is starting an Explorer program. The program is open to 14 to 20 years old who live in the Grady County area, and there's no cost to be part of the program. The first meeting will be at 7 o'clock tonight at the police department headquarters. Contact John Young at the police department, or Amy Willoughby with the boy scouts for other details.