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Tuesday, February 20th
Grand Lake Property may Satisfy Loan made by City
The City of Chickasha could benefit from some property at Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma. The property would satisfy a $250,000 economic development loan the city made to Word Industries back in 2016. The city issued the loan to the Tulsa-based company to help pay moving expenses when it promised to relocate to the Chickasha area but the move never happened. Following a short closed-door meeting last night, the city council approved a forbearance agreement with Apache Coves, LLC, which has seven lots on Grand Lake owned by Word Industries CEO Tom Word. City manager John Noblitt.
Noblitt said the agreement calls for Apache Coves to sell those lots with the proceeds to be paid to the City of Chickasha to satisfy the Word Industries loan. The agreement does not prevent the city from pursuing the collection in district court.
Mobile Home to be Allowed on Property
The city council allows a family to temporarily move a mobile home onto their property. Jimmie and Ruth Johnson had asked to have the mobile home, after a fire damaged their permanent home last December. The Johnsons were not allowed to do so initially, because their property is 2.9 acres, and city codes only allow mobile homes on at least three acres. The council unanimously approved the measure. It allows the Johnson's to have the mobile home for six months, while their damaged home is being remodeled. They can return and ask for an extension at the end of the six months.
Scoop Well Brings Nearly 15,000 Barrels of Oil a Day
There’s a report of another large producing well in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, also known as the SCOOP. A well near Blanchard was bringing in about 1,500 barrels of oil per day when it was tested on December 29th. The well known as the Larry 1H-22X is located just southeast of Blanchard. The spud date was June of last year, with drilling finished in July, and completed in October. The well is operated by Merit Energy, which is an independent company based in Dallas. It's Oklahoma operations are based in Lindsay. The company formed in 1989 and owns an interest in more than 10,000 wells in 10 states.
Caddo County Voters to Decide Sales Tax Extension
Caddo County voters will go to the polls next month to decide if a half-cent county-wide sales tax should be extended. Supporters say the tax helps fund the sheriff's office, more than 20 local and volunteer fire departments, the county health department, and senior nutrition centers. The tax also helps pay for maintenance on the county courthouse, supports local and county fairs, and helps pay for improvements and maintenance on facilities at the Caddo County Fairgrounds. The tax was first approved in 1993, and voters have continued to support the tax every five years since. If this extension is approved, it would continue through 2024. Supporters say the sales tax costs about $7 per month for a family of four with a household income of $40,000 to $50,000. The election will be held on Tuesday, March 6th.
Ideas for Tax Refunds
What are your plans for your tax refund this year? Whether you splurge on something for yourself, or something practical, you could also pay down some debt on high-interest credit cards, or put some away for future use. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension.
Routh also suggests setting up an emergency fund, to help pay unexpected bills or if you lose your job.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.68 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $64.68.
Natural gas is $2.56 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,340 and silver is $16.58.
Monday, February 19th
Officials Seek Interest in Storm Shelter Rebate Program
The wheels are in motion to try to qualify Grady County for a federal grant to offer property owners rebates to install storm shelters. At least 150 property owners will need to apply according to Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson. He says it’s a lengthy process and should there be enough interest, it will be several months before any applications are approved.
There are meetings in Tuttle and Rush Springs on Friday, March 16th and in Chickasha on Saturday, March 17th where applications will be accepted. Thompson said filling out an application doesn't guarantee a rebate. There's more information about the grant process and the upcoming meetings on the Grady County Emergency Management Agency's Facebook page.
Tremor Hits Minco Area
An earthquake rattles parts of Grady County. The tremor hit a rural area just northwest of Minco at 1:48 p.m. Sunday. The quake registered 2.9 on the Richter Scale, and was about 2.7 miles beneath the earth's surface.
Fire Victims Ask City Council to Repeal Mobile Home Ruling
The Chickasha City Council will discuss repealing a ruling that is preventing the temporary placement of a mobile home at local residence. Jimmy and Ruth Johnson are wanting to place a mobile home at their property at 16th and Country Club Road, after a recent fire caused a lot of damage to their permanent home. There is a city ordinance which does allow a mobile home on property of at least three acres, however the Johnson property is just under the 3-acre minimum. The council will also discuss releasing code enforcement liens against property currently owned by the city. The panel is also to go behind closed doors to discuss a forbearance agreement with a firm called Apache Coves, LLC. The panel is also to recognize Animal Control officer Layce Graham as the city's employee of the month. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.
Cox City Voting Precinct Changing
We are a couple of weeks away from a special election for House District 51 in the state House of Representatives. Voters will decide who will fill the seat previously held by Scott Biggs. Biggs stepped down last November to take a post with the Oklahoma state office of the Farm Service Agency. Republican Brad Boles and Democrat Chuck Murdoch, both of Marlow, will be on the ballot for the March 6th election. The district includes much of eastern Grady County and north-central and northeastern Stephens County as well as one precinct in Newcastle. Grady County election board officials say one precinct will be moving for this and future elections. Voters who previously cast ballots at Cox City Baptist Church will now cast ballots at Vimy Ridge Baptist Church in Rush Springs.
Wheat Producers at a Crossroads
Wheat producers are at a critical point with their crops. It's getting close to fertilizing the crop for the spring growing season. With so little rain since the crop was planted, producers need to weigh their options. Shiann Burns with Grady County OSU Extension cites information from Brian Arnall out of Stillwater who has these recommendations.
Producers who apply their own top-dress should wait before doing so. For those who hire custom applicators if and when it does rain, the likelihood of getting the top-dress down in time drops significantly, because they'll be overwhelmed.
Final Southwest District Livestock Show Results
We have the final results from the Southwest District Livestock Show from this past weekend. In the swine show, Gavin Straka of El Reno had the grand barrow; Jolie Davis of Walters had the reserve, and Massey Beard of El Reno had the bronze. Also Saturday, officials award two $500 Vernon Crose Memorial scholarships to a couple of youth who have experienced hardships. Kamden Urban of Mt. View-Gotebo has overcome the death of his parents. And Jacob Bedell of El Reno has a brother with a brain tumor and his father had to medically retire.