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2021, May 3rd-8th

Saturday, May 8th

 

Jury Convicts Man of Murder

Guilty. That's the verdict in the murder trial of Baltazar Sanchez-Garcia who was accused of killing his estranged wife. The body of Linday Salazar was found in Marlow in November of 2016 the day after she was reported missing. Her throat had been slashed. After the brutal killing, Sanchez-Garcia fled to Mexico where he was arrested. According to the Duncan Banner, Sanchez-Garcia was brought back to Oklahoma after conditions of his extradition included that the death penalty would not be an option for punishment. A Stephens County jury only took an hour to convict Sanchez-Garcia and the panel recommended life without parole. Formal sentencing is set for June 22nd.

 

New Law Expected to Release More Non-Violent Offenders

More non-violent Oklahoma offenders may soon be able to be released from prison early if they qualify for electronic monitoring. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 456 into law which officials say addresses some community sentencing issues. One is to help non-violent offenders re-enter society and the other would keep predators out of the program. The bill was requested by the state department of corrections. A non-violent offender with a sentence of 10 years or less would be eligible once they are within three years of release. Inmates ineligible for home monitoring would include those convicted of child abuse and/or neglect, or the exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Inmates must apply to get into the program and meet certain standards before enrolling. The law goes into effect Nov. 1st.

 

More Wind Turbines Coming to Southern Oklahoma

Another wind farm will be built in the region. Enel Green Power has announced plans to erect the new turbines in Garvin and Carter counties. It will be called the Rockhaven wind project and is expected to produce 140 megawatts of electricity. Rockhaven is the 11th wind farm in Oklahoma for Enel Green Power and officials anticipate commercial operations to begin by the end of the year. And it’s not the only new construction proposed by the company. The website OK Energy Today reports the project is part of a total 1.5 gigawatt production capability with four other renewable energy projects in Texas and Illinois. One of them will be Enel's largest solar plant in the U.S. and others will include three hybrid renewable energy projects. Officials say the company has more than 2.3 gigawatts of new renewable generation projects under construction and will have more than 600 megawatts of battery-storage capacity under construction in the U.S. later this year.

 

Obituary

Gail Donnellan

Funeral service for Gail Donnellan, 65, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 10th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Chickasha Mobile Meals, or the St. Luke's Memorial Fund.

 

Friday, May 7th

 

Appelate Court Overturns Murder Conviction

District Attorney Jason Hicks is disappointed with a state court ruling which overturns the murder conviction of a man accused of killing a teenager. The state court of criminal appeals overturned the conviction of Miles Bench who was convicted of killing Velma-Alma convenience store clerk Braylee Henry in 2012. The appellate court ruling cited the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision as its reasoning for overturning the conviction. In a press conference, Hicks disagreed that the Bench case applied to the McGirt decision.

 

              

 

Hicks said the state attorney general could ask for a stay in the matter. The Bench case is now expected to be heard in tribal or federal court.

 

City of Chickasha Schedules Ward Meetings

Officials at Chickasha City Hall say they always welcome comments from citizens. Starting next week, officials will have a series of meetings for residents in each of the city's four wards. The first such meeting will be for individuals who live in Ward 1. Ward One City Councilmen David Sikes and Brian Gerdes will be in attendance and residents can share their concerns as well as their ideas about what can be done to make the city better. The Ward 1 meeting will be Monday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall. Meetings for residents in the other three wards will follow over the next few months. The Ward 2 meeting will be Monday, June 14th; the Ward 3 meeting will be Monday, July 12th; and the Ward 4 meeting will be Monday, August 9th.

 

Bids Sought for Grady County Fairgrounds Contracts

The Grady County Fairgrounds is soliciting bids for several contracts which expire next month. Those contracts include concession management in the indoor arena; concession and beverage management in the event center; mobile concession and beverage management for the outdoor arena; and lawn maintenance and landscape service. Bids must be received by May 24th. For information, contact Jamie Jones at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Chix Chamber to Hold Ribbon-Cuttings

A number of new Chickasha businesses have opened their doors in the last few months and the Chamber of Commerce is catching up on ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new chamber members – ceremonies which were delayed because of the pandemic. Today, officials will be at Tammie's Bling Boutique downtown at 123 West Chickasha Ave. Friday, May 14th there's a ribbon-cutting at the Salvation Army to celebrate some recently completed renovations. Thursday, May 20th, it’s with Hillary Communications which is bringing high-speed Internet to the community. Friday, May 21st, they'll be at Viridian Coffee, where the chamber will have its first ChamberConnects program in over a year. ChamberConnects is a monthly program for members to network. Check out the chamber's website or Facebook page for more info.

 

PEO Groups Award Scholarships

High school students face a daunting task when applying for scholarships to continue their education. Filling out dozens of documents is a time-consuming task in hopes of getting some help to pay for tuition and books. The work paid off in a big way for three Chickasha High School students. Jordan Wallace, Bailey White, and Logan McKinney have all been awarded $2,500 STAR scholarships from the PEO sisterhood. PEO stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization and there are three such chapters in Chickasha. The STAR scholarship is for exceptional high school senior women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, and potential for future success.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. David Nowlin with OSU Extension discusses the pecan industry with horticulturist Becky Carroll on the KOOL Konversation. 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community Tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.09.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,821 and silver is $27.45.

 

Thursday, May 6th

 

GOP House Members Support Education Funding Increase

Republicans in the State House of Representatives are supporting an increase in education spending. Officials say the house has prioritized funding reform for K-12 schools to include measures that increase per-student funding and equalize appropriations for all districts. In a press release, GOP house members support at least $135 million more for common education. They say the increase could reduce the number of students in each classroom especially in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The plan would restore funds from one-time pandemic-related reductions from last year, and add money to the funding formula to trigger the class-size reductions. State lawmakers only have a few more days left in the legislative session which is required to adjourn by the end of the month.

 

GMH Adds New General Surgeon

Grady Memorial Hospital has a new general surgeon on staff. Dr. Robert Buchanan has been on board since last fall. He’s a native Texan who graduated from Texas A and M and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He had his residency training at the University of North Carolina. Buchanan discusses one of his primary duties.

 

              

 

Buchanan joins longtime general surgeon Dr. Amish Patel at Grady Memorial.

 

Auto Club Swap Meet Underway

The Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet is underway. The event attracts thousands of visitors from across the country every year. There are hundreds of vendors with everything from boxes of parts to sort through to fully restored cars and trucks for sale. There's also a lot of transportation-related memorabilia for collectors and individuals share stories about their projects and favorite memories of their work and travels. The swap meet is on the auto club grounds next to the Grady County Fairgrounds and there are also indoor vendors at the fairgrounds east of downtown Chickasha. There will also be an arts and crafts show at the fairgrounds tomorrow and Saturday. There are city-wide garage sales in both Chickasha and Anadarko through the weekend. Both cities are waiving permit fees. Chickasha residents don't have to have a permit but Anadarko residents should pick up a permit at the Utility Billing Department at City Hall., Anadarko's town wide garage sales start tomorrow.

 

Chix Residents Urged to Promote Local Tourism

This week has been set aside as National Travel and Tourism Week. As proved by the antique auto club's spring and fall swap meets, the Festival of Light, and all the events at the Grady County Fairgrounds throughout the year, tourism is a big deal for Chickasha. In his "The Good Stuff" column this week, Chickasha Economic Development Council Director Jim Cowan writes that there are many other events that bring people to Chickasha. One of them is the annual Oklahoma Shop Hop which runs from June 1st through July 31st. It's a travel event hosted by nearly 30 quilt shops across the state and is estimated to bring about 1,000 people to visit Chickasha’s two shops downtown, Steelman's and Quilts by Gail. Cowan echoed thoughts from Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell during his recent visit to the city that residents must tell Chickasha's story to people everywhere and recognize what tourism means to the local economy.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.96.

Natural gas is $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,793 and silver is $26.81.

 

Obituary

Susan Bliss

Graveside service for Susan Bliss, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. It’s a casual gathering for family and friends. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to any pet rescue organization.

 

Wednesday, May 5th

 

Pair Charged in Connection with Teen's Overdose Death

A Chickasha man and his girlfriend have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the overdose death of a teenager last fall. KWTV News 9 reports that 23-year old Lawrence Anderson, Jr. and 25-year old Krishel Cowan were formally charged with murder last week. The two are accused of selling 18-year old Austin Fox counterfeit oxycodone pills which led to his death. Court records show that Fox purchased blue M-30 tablets from the suspects at least three times. Anderson is the son of Lawrence Anderson, who is the suspect in a gruesome triple homicide that occurred in Chickasha earlier this year.

 

Trio Accused of Taking Expensvie Puppies in Hold-Up

Three armed robbery suspects are arrested for an alleged hold-up regarding some expensive puppies. Chickasha police were summoned to Country Park Apartments last Wednesday by two Kansas women who said they were held up at gunpoint. A probable cause affidavit indicates they women brought four American Bully puppies to sell with each puppy valued at $1,200. The next day, police served an arrest warrant on a man at the Castle Inn and Suites where they arrested 31-year old DeAngelo Donta Cheatham. The warrants were for robbery and firearms charges out of Comanche County. Two of the stolen puppies were found in Cheatham’s room. That led authorities to 25-year old Trevan Desaun Brown of Chickasha and 20-year old Jasmine Lesslie Greer of Lawton. All three were taken into custody and face robbery-related charges. Cheatham is being held on a $150,000 bond in addition to the charges out of Comanche County; Brown is being held on a $75,000 bond; and Greer is being held on a $50,000 bond.

 

Spring Antique Auto Swap Meet About to Begin

Vendors for the annual Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet begin arriving today. The vendors come from all over the country and there may also be some international vendors and buyers. Bud Andrus with the auto club says there will be a wide variety of vehicles and individual parts for sale or trade.

 

              

 

Vendors can set up their spaces today and the swap meet officially opens tomorrow at dawn and runs through Saturday. It’s being held east of downtown Chickasha. Admission is free and paid parking benefits local charities.

 

Lyric-Writing Workshop Scheduled

For those with an interest in writing song lyrics the Chickasha Public Library has a program for you. An upcoming workshop is designed to develop techniques for songwriting lyrics through a process called sensory writing. It's called “Sing a New Song: Changing Lives Through Music”. It will be led by Peter Markes, an award-winning music educator and performer out of Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road Band and has performed in over 30 countries. The free one-hour workshop will be held at the library on Saturday, May 22nd. It's geared toward adults and teens. While the workshop is free seating is limited so registration is required. Stop by the library or call 405-222-6075.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.88.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,777 and silver is $26.45.

 

Obituary

Richard Singleton

Funeral service for Richard Singleton, 76, of Verden will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 7th at the Verden First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 4th

 

Clean-Up Chickasha Campaign Reviewed

Those who organized the weekend Clean up Chickasha Campaign said they were happy with the overwhelming efforts of local residents but know there is room for improvement. Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) President Jim Cowan said all the big roll-off dumpsters were over-filled over the four-day period even though Waste Connections officials say they emptied the dumpsters several times. A lot of debris was stacked up around the dumpsters Monday morning and Waste Connections brought in additional roll-off dumpsters to pick up what was left on the ground. There was so much debris that they couldn't finish up yesterday, so Cowan said they expect to finish their work today. He said there is obviously a need to have another clean-up campaign but they will have to do it differently.

              

Chix City Council OKs McGirt Decision Updates

The Chickasha City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the FBI and the Western District Safe Trails Task Force last night as part of the re-organization needed with the police department because of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. The panel also approved an updated agreement with the Chickasaw Nation Law Enforcement Commission as a result of that decision. The council accepted a $4,000 grant from the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) Foundation. The funds will be used to purchases protective gloves and pay for professional mental health counseling for officers and staff. The group also renewed the contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District, and approved vacating property owned by the city in two locations. One of them is 2020 Missouri Ave. and came at the request of John and Gina Smith; the other was at 1128 S. 21st Street and came at the request of Sherrie Carter. The council also announced a reorganization of the panel’s Finance Committee. The group approved the mayor's recommendation of councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Oscar Nelson, Brian Gerdes, and David Sikes to serve on the committee with Sikes being the chairman.

 

Verden Burglary Suspects Arrested

Verden and Chickasha police have arrested two men who have been subsequently charged with felonies following a recent break-in at a Verden home. 26-year old Sinjin David Moore and 37-year old Ryan Keith Chase - both of Chickasha - were both taken into custody after the break-ins last Thursday. A post on the Verden Police Department Facebook page alleges the two men drove their pick-up into the backyard of a home, backed up to a storage shed, and loaded large tool boxes into the truck. When they left they ran over a gas meter which left gas spewing into the neighborhood. Fortunately, the homeowner had a security system and alerted police about the burglary. Case was arrested at a home in Verden and Chickasha police picked up Moore. Moore has been charged with burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. He is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Case remains in the Grady County Jail. Case has also been charged with burglary and Verden police say he has refused to follow book-in procedures at the jail and will see a judge when he decides to cooperate.

 

Okla. Congressman Tom Cole Has Chickasha Stop

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole made a stop in Chickasha yesterday. He met with Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin, University of Science and Arts President John Feaver, and Grady County Fairgrounds director Andy Maher. He also spent a few minutes with us at the KOOL/RANCH studio. Cole talked about the efforts of President Joe Biden in the first three months of his administration-


              

You can listen to our interview with Congressman Cole on our Real Estate Today program this Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on KOOL 105.5FM.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.29.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.88.

 

Obituary

Ernestean Warden

A graveside service for Ernestean Warden, 84, of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 7th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, May 3rd

 

Chix PD Begins Cross-Deputization Process

Chickasha police officers will soon be able to file cases with tribal courts as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. Chickasha and many areas of eastern Oklahoma have returned to Native American territory as a result of the ruling. Because of the decision police departments have limited authority in legal issues with individuals who are members of recognized tribes in the state. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell has been working with the Chickasaw Nation regarding the issue. The Chickasha City Council tonight is expected to approve an agreement with the Chickasaws to allow officers to fully investigate incidents involving tribal members. The agreement would allow police officers to continue performing as they normally do, though officers would not need to wait for a member of the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department to arrive before making an arrest. In a related issue, the city council is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as officers are cross-deputized with that agency. It would allow officers to file criminal cases with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

Ft. Cobb Reservoir Contract Up for Renewal

The council is also expected to renew the city's contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District. The city has contracted with the district for 55 years to get the city's water from the reservoir. The last contract renewal was in May of 2010. Officials are expected to give city representatives the authority to negotiate rates. The panel is also expected to approve the appointment of two new representatives to the Chickasha Industrial Authority. Mayor Chris Mosley is recommending that Zach Grayson and Clark Van Dyck be appointed to the panel. They would replace former council representatives Jim Hopkins and Kim Loggins. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix School Employees to Receive CARES Act Stipends

Most Chickasha school employees will see a little extra in their paychecks. The Chickasha Board of Education approved a stipend for qualified employees made possible by federal CARES act funds. Stipends of $1,500 and $750 were approved for both certified and support employees based on their hire date. The bonuses are dependent upon the completion of a COVID-19 professional development program. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the past 15 months have been nothing short of challenging, hectic, and tough. Chickasha Public Schools have been in session the entire school year serving students from multiple platforms and district employees pulled together to overcome barriers and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the students and the community.

 

First-Year State Lawmaker Has Success

A freshman state lawmaker has had a banner year at the state capital. A number of bills written by or co-sponsored by State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) have been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. In a statement Lowe said he was glad he could help some of these important pieces of legislation across the finish line. Among them is HB 2465 which is expected to reduce the backlog of driver’s license testing. It authorizes the Department of Public Safety to work with local school districts, career techs, and colleges and universities to act as approved written exam proctors for driver’s licenses. SB 128 creates the Seizure Safe Schools Act. It would require a school district to employ someone who has met the training requirements to administer medication to a student with a seizure disorder, should a district have a student with that need. HB 2462 authorizes the State Department of Education to enter into contracts and agreements for the payment of food, lodging, and other expenses to host, conduct, sponsor, or participate in conferences, meetings, or training sessions. Lowe said some of these bills may not be the flashiest but they accomplish his goal of getting legislation passed that truly helps Oklahomans.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.25.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,775 and silver is $26.17.

 

2021, April 26th-May 1st

Saturday, May 1st

 

Two Suspects Accused of Robbery

Two people arrested by Chickasha police have been formally charged with felonies in connection with a recent robbery. 25-year old Trevan Desaun Brown of Chickasha and 20-year old Jasmine Lesslie Greer of Lawton were both taken into custody Thursday. The website On Demand Court Records indicates that Grady County prosecutors charged Brown with first degree robbery. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. Greer was charged with being an accessory to robbery. She remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Details of their arrests were not available.

 

PSO Seeks Rate Increase

Public Service Company of Oklahoma is seeking a rate increase. It's a move that would allow the utility to recover $700 million in new investments which officials say have been made to serve its customers. If approved officials say the increase would be about a penny per kilowatt-hour. PSO filed an application with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to consider the request. A press release from PSO indicates the investment was part of the company's grid Security, Transformation, and Efficiency Plan. It's designed to strengthen the electric grid, which is expected to result in fewer and shorter power outages. The utility said the upgrades have already been made but are not included in current prices. If approved, PSO said the new rates will remain competitive with state and regional averages. PSO said its rates are 24 percent below the national average.

 

Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Finals Underway

The Grady County Fairgrounds is all about youth rodeo this weekend. It's the final competition of the year for the Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association. About 150 youth will be working to claim the top spots in their respective events or perhaps win the overall top cowboy and cowgirl award for the season. Cassie Crouch of El Reno leads the association which has members from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, and even as far away as Mississippi. Crouch says it’s gratifying to see the efforts of the youth pay off.

 

              

 

There are categories for six-and-under up to 18-and-under. These are all timed events like barrel racing, pole bending, and goat-tying. There will be an awards luncheon tomorrow. Spectators can attend for free.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Friday, April 30th

 

Missing Anadarko Teen Found Safe

A teenager missing from Anadarko for nearly a month has been located and authorities say she is safe. Anadarko police say 19-year old Sierra Kay Hunter-Isaacs was recently found in Austin, Texas. The news was posted on the department's Facebook page. Authorities had issued a reward for information about the whereabouts of Hunter-Isaacs. She was reported missing April 8th after family members reported getting a phone call from her and they said it sounded like she was in trouble. Investigators traced the phone call to Austin, Texas.  The social media post did not indicate how authorities were able to locate the girl.

 

Weather Service Reps to Examine Storm Damage              

The National Weather Service will be spending some time in Grady County to determine whether a tornado may have touched down during Wednesday night's strong storms. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson initially attributed some minor damage to straight-line winds. Thompson and KWTV-New 9 meteorologist David Payne reported that weather officials were going to review the damage to see if there may have been a tornado. A severe thunderstorm moved from just south of Pocasset to the Amber area Wednesday evening destroying or damaging sheds, barns, outbuildings, and fences. OEC had more than a dozen power poles knocked down. Thompson said winds topped 75 miles per hour during the storm and that speed is considered to be hurricane-force winds. There were reports of funnel clouds in the area but no tornado warning was issued.

 

Clean-up Chickasha Campaign Begins

The clean-up Chickasha campaign is underway. The weather will be superb this weekend for residents and property owners to rid their homes, rental, and business properties of unsightly items. Large roll-off dumpsters can be found at 18th and Grand Ave. at the University of Science and Arts; the old tennis courts on Iowa Avenue across from the high school baseball field; 6th and Frisco Ave.; Washita Valley Park; and Centennial Park. Items you can't place in the dumpsters include tires, hazardous materials, liquids (which include motor oil, paint, and insecticides). Refrigerators and freezers must have the freon removed by a licensed technician. Also no dirt, concrete, or hot coals from barbecue grills or fireplaces are allowed. The dumpsters will be available for use through the weekend.

 

4Her Promotes Outdoors

With warmer spring weather finally here, it's time to get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature. Maggie Evans with the Grady County 4H is a healthy living ambassador and her main projects are health and wildlife and fisheries. She says there are numerous benefits to being outdoors and spending time fishing.

 

              

 

She also said fishing is a good stress reliever and that many organizations are using the therapeutic benefits of fishing to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Bud Andrus and Candace Wilson with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club are on our KOOL Konversation to talk about the group’s spring swap meet next weekend. On Real Estate Today, Grady Memorial Hospital administrator Kean Spellman and the hospital’s new general surgeon Dr. Bob Buchanan are on the program. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.56.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,766 and silver is $25.96.

 

Thursday, April 29th

 

Gov. Stitt Signs Bills Related to Payments

of Heating Costs Stemming from Cold Weather

Two bills at the state capital to help Oklahomans pay high heating costs from the polar vortex that put the state in the deep freeze earlier this year have been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Senate Bills 1049 and 1050 helps not only consumers but also the utilities that provided the extra resources needed to keep households and businesses warm during the bitterly cold weather. The increased costs for consumers will be spread out over several years. Utility companies will still receive the full amount is due to them which is estimated to be $4.5 billion.

 

USAO to be Known as 'Science and Arts'

USAO is going through a transformation that officials say will better describe the university's mission. As many of you know, USAO is short for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. However, individuals who are not familiar with the university may not know that. President John Feaver says the university has begun a new marketing effort to simply call the university Science and Arts. He says students take a combination of those courses which gives them an edge once they get out of school.

 

              

 

Feaver said the mission of the university is to teach students how to critically think about the facts they encounter and adapt to the ever-evolving globalized society.

 

Red Steagall Honored at State Capital              

Renowned cowboy poet Red Steagall, whose family has deep roots in the Chickasha area, has been honored for his work at the state capital. Steagall was awarded with a citation from the state house of representatives following a short performance at the State Capital Rotunda as part of National Poetry Month. The citation was issued by State Rep. Jay Steagall of Yukon, who is Red Steagall's nephew. Rep. Steagall said his uncle is beloved by people all over the world. Red Steagall has entertained fans for more than 45 years as a music industry executive, recording artist, songwriter, and TV and motion picture personality. Plus, he's credited with discovering Reba McEntire. Steagall was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 2003. You can listen to a weekly program with Red Steagall called Cowboy Corner on  our sister station 106.1FM The Ranch which airs every Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

 

Optimists 'Project Graduation' Nears

Some high school seniors are within a couple of weeks of their graduation. For Chickasha high school seniors, graduation will be Friday, May 21st. To help the Chickasha seniors with their celebration after getting their diplomas, the Chickasha Optimist Club has a program they call Project Graduation. It's a time for many seniors to get together for what may be their last time to see classmates as they embark on their lives. Pam Ladyman with the Optimist Club says it's a few hours of music, food, games, and activities.


              

The group gets help from the Junior Optimist Club at the high school to organize activities. Ladyman says community groups who would like to help with contributions to help with the program can contact her at the Chickasha schools administration building by calling 405-222-6500.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.86 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.27.

Natural gas is $2.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,774 and silver is $26.35.

 

Obituaries

Mary Lou Cole

A viewing for Mary Lou Cole, 64, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Margaret “Sue” Group

A viewing for “Sue” Group of Chickasha will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Donald “Larry” Weedn

Funeral service for “Larry” Weedn, 72, of Cement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 30th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 28th

 

Chix Officials Propose Regs for New Dispensaries

There are currently 33 medical marijuana establishments in Chickasha. The business has been on a rapid rise statewide since the legalization of medical marijuana a couple of years ago. Community Development Director Rachel Bernish says state law prohibits communities from limiting the number of dispensaries, so officials are looking to add a few more restrictions for future stores. Bernish says property owners currently have to ask to re-zone a proposed dispensary site as commercial use. Instead, Bernish is proposing that the city adopt a use-on-review policy. A use-on-review would be a temporary approval for a dispensary to operate at a certain location as long as it remains open. Should that dispensary close and another type of business want to move in, the property would have to come back for another use-on-review. The proposed change will be reviewed by the Chickasha Planning Commission at its next meeting on May 11th. During that meeting, the commission will consider a use-on-review for yet another proposed dispensary to be located at 420 West Grand.

 

Southern Plains Opens Garvin County Clinic

Southern Plains Medical Group (SPMG) has announced its expansion to the Pauls Valley area. SPMG Chief Executive Officer Len Lacefield says his team has completed the seemingly impossible task of re-opening a rural health hospital to individuals in that region. The facility will be known as the Southern Plains Medical Center of Garvin County and it opened its doors this morning. In a press release, Lacefield said the new facility stands as a beacon of hope for those who have been in jeopardy of being more than 40 miles away from a hospital emergency room. Lacefield said SPMG has been working to re-establish health care services in that area since the Pauls Valley General Hospital suddenly ceased operations two and a half years ago. The chief executive officer of the Southern Plains Medical Center of Garvin County will be Richard Mathis, who worked as the general contractor in charge of addressing all the issues which arose when the hospital initiallly closed. Mathis said re-opening the hospital has been a complete team effort, with everyone working towards the common goal of restoring life-saving health services to the Garvin County area.

 

Epworth Vaccination Pod to Close

The state health department reports that the COVID-19 vaccination pod at Epworth United Methodist Church will be moving to the Grady County Health Department in the near future. The vaccinations will be given at the church this Friday but Sara King with the health department says large-scale demand for appointments has decreased. She said that vaccines will continue to be available for the long-term. It wasn't clear when the final day of the Epworth vaccinations will be.

 

GMH to Offer J and J Vaccine

Grady Memorial Hospital will be offering the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination next week. The vaccine will be given next Wednesday, May 5th in the hospital lobby from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The hospital will only have 100 doses available. Individuals will need to make an appointment by calling 405-224-2100, ext. 9.

 

County Road to Close Southeast of Chix Thursday

Some engineering work on a bridge will close a county road southeast of Chickasha on Thursday. Grady County Commissioner Kirk Painter said they'll be shutting down a short section on Cottonwood Road, which is CR 1390, from about 8:30 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. The road will be closed east of Union Hill Electric between CS 2880 and CS 2890. Painter said the road should re-open before the Ninnekah school buses run tomorrow afternoon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.42.

Natural gas is $2.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,765 and silver is $26.01.

 

Obituary

Judith Carter

A memorial service for Judith Carter, 73, Carter of Ninnekah will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 30th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 27th

 

Chix Mayor Promotes Clean-up Campaign

A city-wide clean-up campaign set for this weekend has Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley asking everyone to participate. In his recent Minute with the Mayor segment on the city’s Facebook page, he starts by asking individuals to keep from blowing grass clippings into city streets-

 

              

 

City officials would hope that grass and weeds be kept to a minimal height. The Community Development Department will send out notices to property owners where grass and weeds are over 12-inches high. Mosley said individuals unable to mow their lawns can reach out to the Community Development Department (405-222-6010) and they have a list of individuals who can help. The city-wide clean-up begins Thursday, April 29th and runs through Sunday, May 2nd.

 

29th Street Repairs Nearly Finished

Chickasha city crews are making progress on the repairs of a small bridge on 29th Street near Frisco Avenue. A sinkhole was discovered about a week and a half ago and a portion of 29th Street was closed. Chickasha Public Works director David Buchanan said they'll be wrapping up their work in a couple of days. He said crews dug down about eight feet to the bottom of the creek and put some rock and concrete at the base. They are currently pouring concrete in a couple of 5’ X 8’ approaches on either side of the creek on 29th Street, and hope to have one lane open as crews anticipate rain over the next couple of days. Buchanan said the total cost of repairs is about $3,000. He hopes to budget a more permanent fix to that location in the future.

 

Caddo Nation Voters Elect New Chairman

A new slate of officers has been elected to serve the Caddo Nation. Bobby Gonzales is the new chairman-elect, defeating three other candidates for the post. Gonzales is appreciative of all those to cast ballots in last weekend's elections and outlines his initial plan.

 

              

 

Other officers elected included Kelly Howell Factor as vice chairman; Jennifer Reeder, secretary; Verna Whitebead Castillo, treasurer; Phillip Martin, Anadarko representative; Arlene Kay O'Neal, Ft. Cobb representative; Travis Threlkeld, Binger representative, and Jennifer Wilson, Oklahoma City representative. The results of the election are pending certification from the Caddo Nation Election Board.

 

State Program Begins to Help Businesses Expand

Oklahoma businesses can begin applying for what's known as the Oklahoma Innovation Expansion Program. The state department of commerce has $10 million set aside for the program, which makes monthly cash payment awards in the form of payroll tax rebates to help existing companies grow and boost business expansion. Officials say new projects must expand the capabilities of an existing company, lead to supply chain resiliency, or target new markets. Qualifying companies must have a minimum annual payroll of $625,000 and a minimum capital investment of $50,000. Companies can qualify for a maximum award of $150,000. Applications are due by May 7th. Information is available on the website: www.okcommerce.gov

 

Community Blood Drive Tomorrow

KOOL/RANCH radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are hosting another community blood drive tomorrow. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and walk-ins are welcome. For information on other blood drives throughout the region visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.65.

Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,781 and silver is $26.35.

 

Monday, April 26th

 

Upgrades Scheduled for Chix Animal Shelter

Officials at Chickasha's animal shelter are getting ready to see a lot of upgrades. The city council approved a bid of nearly $90,000 this spring to install some new kennels and dog runs, replacing some of which are more than 40 years old. And last week, officials learned the shelter was the recipient of a $7,500 grant from a national company which will help with other improvements. Layce Graham with the animal shelter said the funds from the newly created Petco Love Foundation were unexpected and will be put to good use.

 

              

 

The city applied for a Petco grant about a year and a half ago and hadn't heard anything until recently. Petco Love officials say the grant is part of its commitment to create a future in which no pet is euthanized for no reason. The shelter also received a $500 grant from the Chickasha Junior Social Workers. Graham said the shelter cared for more than 1,100 animals last year and only put down 28. All those animals were either very ill or a danger to the public.

 

Man Hospitalized After ATV Crash

A weekend ATV accident sends one person to the hospital with head and other injuries. 29-year old Keegan Kenyon had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. He was admitted in fair condition with head, trunk, and internal injuries. The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday south of Sterling in Comanche County. The highway patrol says Kenyon was traveling too fast on a gravel road, ran off the road and rolled. Kenyon, from Roosevelt, Okla. was not wearing a seat belt or a helmet.

 

Chix Firm Awarded for School Construction Projects

Last week, we told you about a CMS Willowbrook employee who was recognized for her work. Today, we can tell you that two CMS Willowbrook projects in Oklahoma have won awards from a national panel. A project for Deer Creek schools won the award in the $50 million-plus category for education projects. Also, the new Student Union for Rose State College in Midwest City won the award for the $10-million to $20-million category for education projects. The awards were from the Association of General Contractors of America and are called Build Oklahoma Awards. CMS Willowbrook employs more than 150 individuals in offices in Chickasha, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa.

              

Cattle, Wheat Programs in the Area This Week

There are a number of events for the agriculture community this week. The Grady County Cattle Producers Association holds its annual meeting tomorrow night. Guest speaker is Dr. Rosalyn Biggs from Oklahoma State University. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Also this week, OSU wheat specialists will be in the area Thursday and Friday for their annual wheat field tours. Thursday evening, they'll be at the Brian Vail farm south of Apache and Friday morning they'll be at the OSU Research Station in Chickasha. A number of new wheat varieties will be examined and officials will have updates on the current Oklahoma wheat crop and other information. The Apache program will get underway at 5:00 p.m. Thursday while the Chickasha program will begin at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.11.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $26.17.

2021, April 19th-24th

Saturday, April 24th

 

Two Die as a Result of Separate Accidents with Semis

It's been a deadly 48 hours on southwest Oklahoma roads. Two people have died and one is hospitalized after three separate traffic accidents involving semis. Friday morning, an Anadarko man died after slamming into the back of a big rig near Verden. 37-year old Thomas Machahty-Ware was pronounced dead at the scene, about a mile east of Verden on U.S. 62. The driver of the semi, Galen Oliphant of Ft. Cobb, was not hurt. The highway patrol reports that both vehicles were eastbound on the highway. Machahty-Ware's vehicle was approaching the semi from behind at a high rate of speed when he suddenly switched lanes and crashed into the back of the truck. The trooper said the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Marlow area              

In Marlow, a man died in a head-on collision with a semi Thursday afternoon. KSWO-TV reports Elton Colbert, whose hometown was not listed, lost his life in the accident that happened near the high school baseball field on U.S. Highway 81. Two others were injured but niether their names nor the seriousness of their injuries were reported. After hitting the car the semi ran off the road and also hit a car in a restaurant parking lot.

Medicine Park area              

The third accident happened north of Medicine Park on U.S. Highway 62 Friday afternoon. A truck driver was hospitalized after swerving to miss a vehicle that pulled out in front of him. 27-year old Joshua Lee Wood of Sterling was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where was admitted in good condition with head injuries. After missing the vehicle, Wood over-corrected, ran off the road and overturned. The driver of the other vehicle, 73-year old Elton Ware of Elmer, was not hurt.

 

10-Digit Calling in 405 Area Code Begins

If you have trouble making phone calls today, it's because the mandatory 10-digit dialing of local calls is now in effect for the 405 area code. The move is necessary to enable the addition of another area code for Oklahoma. A new area code is needed to ensure there will be enough telephone numbers for the central part of the state. Current users with the 405 area code will keep their same number and area code. Individuals and businesses need to check all devices that use phone numbers, such as security systems and fax machines make sure they are set up for 10-digit calling. The new 572 area code will be added to the region on May 24th.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Pam Ladyman with the Chickasha Optimist Club is on our KOOL Konversation discussing the group’s upcoming Project Graduation program for soon-to-be Chickasha High school graduates. Kyle Marks, the City of Chickasha's Parks and Recreation director is this week's guest on Real Estate Today talking a lot about Lake Chickasha. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Frankie Baxter

Funeral service for Frankie Baxter, 86, of Cement will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Laverty Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, April 23rd

 

Fatal Crash Near Verden Under Investigation

The highway patrol is investigating a deadly crash near Verden. The accident happened about 6:30 this morning on U.S. Highway 62 one mile east of Verden. No details of the crash were available at the time of this posting. Get updates on KOOL News at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. this afternoon.

 

Sales Tax Revenue 'Uptick' Ends

Sales tax revenues across Grady were down slightly in March. The decline followed three straight months of increases. The county collected just over $436,000 in sales taxes last month which were paid on consumer spending in January. That was down about 7 percent from February and off more than 28 percent from the same time a year ago. How is the sales tax revenue spent? It is divided among several voter-approved projects. The Grady County Fairgrounds received just over $152,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received about $135,000; the 20 county fire districts shared $76,000 with each one collecting about $3,800; each of the seven senior nutrition centers also shared $76,000 with each one benefitting from just under $11,000; Tuttle EMS received about $14,000; and Rush Springs EMS picked up about $3,500. The City of Chickasha collected $907,000 in sales tax revenues in March. That's down more than 17 percent from February and off about 1.8 percent from March of 2020. In use tax revenues, Grady County received $71,000 and Chickasha received $77,000. Use taxes are those paid on Internet purchases.

 

State House Re-Districting Plan Revealed

The boundaries of three districts in the state house of representatives in the region would see some changes if a proposal by the house gets final approval. In Grady County, Chickasha would remain split between two districts - those being in District 56 which is represented by Amber's Dick Lowe, and House District 51 which is represented by Marlow's Brad Boles. The plan would move District 56 north to include part of Tuttle on the east, as well as Amber and Minco, most of northern Caddo County, and the southwest corner of Canadian County. District 51 would move out of McClain County, and include the south part of Tuttle and much of Grady County southeast of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, and about the northern 1/3rd of Stephens County. House District 65, represented by Toni Hassenbeck of Elgin, will expand to about the southern half of Caddo County to Include Anadarko, Ft. Cobb and Carnegie, and the northeastern corner of Comanche County. The proposed changes are contained in HB 1198 which will be reviewed by both the state house and senate. Officials say there is still time for public input on the plan. The map can been seen on the state house of representatives website: www.okhouse.gov

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign to Begin

Chickasha residents are being asked to be part of a city-wide clean-up campaign. It's the start of a long-term effort in which city leaders hope to Keep Chickasha Beautiful. The City of Chickasha, the Economic Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and the city's private trash pickup contractor, Waste Connections are leading the way. The campaign will officially begin next week. Economic Development Director Jim Cowan says they want potential new businesses and visitors to have a good impression when they come to town. With the help of a grant from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, roll-off dumpsters will be placed at several locations to help residents get rid of trash and unwanted items. However, there are some items which cannot be accepted, and a list will be published on the Keep Chickasha Beautiful Facebook page, as well as on the EDC and Chamber Facebook pages. The dumpsters will be placed at Washita Valley Park, Centennial Park, Borden Park, 6th and Frisco, and at USAO at 18th and Grand Avenue. The dumpsters will be placed at those locations next Thursday, April 29th through Sunday, May 2nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.40.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,785 and silver is $26.20.

 

Obituary

“Evelyn” Caples

Funeral service for Lea “Evelyn” Caples of Ninnekah was held at 10:30 a.m. this morning at  Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, April 22nd

 

Mom, Son Accused of Robbing Woman's Boyfriend

A Cyril woman and her 19-year old son are facing felony robbery charges. The two are accused of robbing the woman's boyfriend after he denied the woman a request for sex. The Lawton Constitution reports that 37-year old Olivia Sonnier and 19-year old Caleb Sonnier have both been charged with conjoint robbery. The paper cites a probable cause affidavit which indicates the woman and her boyfriend were at a Cyril motel when they got into an argument. The mother called her son who brought a friend and allegedly assaulted the victim then stole his cel phone, keys, and car. The victim claimed that his girlfriend was running from charges in multiple states but that has not been confirmed. In the meantime, the mother and son were arrested and are being held in the Caddo County Jail on $50,000 bond each. If convicted they could be sentenced from 5 to 50 years in prison. The other man alleged to have been involved in the attack has not been charged.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Anadarko, Chickasha

There are a number of walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the Chickasha and Anadarko areas today and tomorrow. In Anadarko today, the Caddo County Health Department will have the vaccines at Riverside Indian School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is for anyone 16-and-older and youth under 18 will have to have a parent or guardian with them. They will have the first and second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available. Tomorrow, the Caddo County Health Department will also have the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the old National Guard Armory from 9 a.m. until noon. Walk-ins are welcome, or individuals can schedule appointments on-line at www.vaccinate.ok.gov

Also tomorrow in Chickasha, Grady Memorial Hospital will have a walk-in clinic for the Moderna vaccine from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the hospital's main entrance.

 

Chix Chamber Begins 'Restaurant Rush'

A new promotion to support Chickasha area restaurants is underway. It's called Restaurant Rush and encourages patrons to visit restaurants which are members of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. Restaurant Rush will feature a different restaurant every day with a special deal for that day only.  Anyone can get the deal of the day, however patrons must say they are there for the Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Rush. Find out which restaurant is featured on the Chamber’s Facebook page or Instagram, or information is also posted on the Chamber's website. Restaurants that are chamber members that are not yet signed up can contact the chamber to participate. The promotion will run through the month of June.

 

Chix School Administrator Honored              

A Chickasha Public School administrator is recognized for his work. Dan Turner has been named the Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year for District 14 which includes a number of school districts throughout central and southern Oklahoma.

 

Freshman Preview set for Chix High School

Chickasha High School will be hosting a freshmen preview for next year's freshman class tonight. Parents and students will get tours of the high school, meet teachers and get an idea of the extra-curricular programs available. There are information programs for parents every 30 minutes, and there are free snow cones and hot dogs for students who have vouchers. The program will get started in the high school activity center about 4:30 p.m. and will run until 6 o'clock tonight.

 

USAO Habitat Received Grant

USAO has received another generous grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation for the university's 140-acre habitat facility. The most recent gift of $50,000 will help purchase equipment needed for research as well as connecting the habitat to the main campus IT infrastructure. Associate professor Rachel Jones who oversees the habitat says the grant is a game-changer. They will be able to expand what they are currently doing and help in its future outreach to programs for high school students and local groups interested in the environment. The habitat, called the Jean McLaughlin Outdoor Education and Research Center, is just west of Chickasha.  The Kirkpatrick Foundation has now contributed a total of $75,000 towards the development of the habitat.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.32.

Natural gas is $2.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,789 and silver is $26.51.

 

Obituary

Floyd Reedy

A graveside service for Floyd Reedy, 84, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 24th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 21st

 

Hospital to Hold Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Grady Memorial Hospital will offer a walk-in clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations later this week. The hospital will have the first doses of the Moderna vaccine available to anyone 18-years old and older. No appointment will be necessary, but you can make an appointment by calling 405-224-2100, ext. 9. The walk-in clinic will be in the main entrance of the hospital this Friday,  April 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Fundraiser Set to Purchase Hospital MRI

Grady Memorial and its Foundation have announced an aggressive fundraising campaign to purchase a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI unit. The cost of the new machine is about $1.5 million and officials want to raise $500,000 a year over the next three years. A hospital press release indicates the new MRI will include a breast coil which will provide a new way to treat breast cancer and perform surgical breast biopsies. The hospital also wants to establish an endowment fund to help in recruiting the future OB-GYN physician. The foundation's annual membership drive will run the entire month of May. The foundation will also be having a Cinco de Mayo on-line auction with numerous items up for bid including vacation destinations, electronics, and sports memorabilia. The items can be viewed on-line. Individuals can set up a bidding account right now by going to: YourCharityAuction.com/gradymemorial

 

State Re-districting Plan Goes Up for Review

At the state capital, house and senate leaders will have a joint press conference this afternoon to show a proposed re-districting plan. Sen. Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle, who chairs the senate select committee on re-districting, will be joined by his counterpart in the house, Rep. Ryan Martinez of Edmond. State legislative and congressional district boundaries are reviewed every 10 years following the national census. The press conference will be live-streamed on the state house of representatives Facebook page starting at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Previous meetings can be viewed on the websites www.okhouse.gov and www.oksenate.gov

 

Another Call for Blood Donations

The Oklahoma Blood institute is again issuing a call for blood donations. OBI president Dr. John Armitage says there is a nationwide shortage of blood and donations have fallen to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic. Armitage said local blood supplies are being pushed to their limits by increased blood usage from hospitals. After battling COVID-19 for more than a year, he said they could never have expected the last few months would bring the organization's most critical need for blood. He said America is coming back to life but there is not a stable blood supply locally or nationally. For information about blood drives throughout the region go to the website: www.obi.org

 

CMS Willowbrook has 'Project Manager of the Year'

An employee for a Chickasha-based construction management firm is recognized at the state level for her efforts. Brenna Wells with CMS Willowbrook was named Project Manager of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma. The award is presented to an individual who has shown skill and creativity in bringing a complex project to completion. Wells was recognized for her work at Bixby Public Schools for 155,000 sq. ft. of new construction which included more than 50 classrooms, two gymnasiums, a library, two elevators, 10 offices, a kitchen, and a cafeteria. The Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma is a non-profit organization for construction professionals. Member contractors perform 80 percent of all commercial and industrial construction projects in the state.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.57.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $25.91.

 

Tuesday, April 20th

 

Earthquake Shakes Dibble Area

A lot of Oklahomans in the Dibble area reported feeling an earthquake yesterday. The U.S. Geological Survey confirms the quake hit about 5:11 p.m. Monday. One service measured the earthquake at 3.5 on the Richter scale at a depth of about one mile. The epicenter of the quake was about 5 1/2 miles southwest of Dibble. The Geological Survey says generally no significant damage follows a tremor of that low magnitude. Other areas where the earthquake may have been felt include Chickasha, Alex, Blanchard, Norman and Moore.

 

Chix City Council Members Sworn In

Four members of the Chickasha City Council were sworn in during last night's council meeting. Brian Gerdes, Oscar Nelson, Georgianne Hebblethwaite, and Kelly Boyd all took their oaths.

 

              

 

Mayor Chris Mosley recognized outgoing council representatives Kimmie Loggins and Jim Hopkins.

 

Grayson Elected Vice Mayor;

Firm Hired to find CM Candidates

The council elected Zach Grayson as vice-mayor. Loggins had served that post for the last three years. As expected, the group hired a search firm to find candidates for the vacant city manager post. The cost of the service from Strategic Government Resources of Texas is about $25,000. The panel also heard from representatives of Waste Connections which is the city's private contractor for trash pick-up services. Officials want to change the bulk pick-up days from the first and third Fridays of the month to sometime in the middle of the week. Details will be forthcoming and officials are estimating the change may occur the first of June or July.

              

Water, Sewer Line Installation Project Delayed

Councilors delayed action on a bid to install water and sewer lines at the development near Grand Avenue South and Ada Sipuel Avenue. The bid from W.E.B. Construction was misplaced on the city council agenda and officials say it should have been on the Chickasha Municipal Authority agenda. A special meeting has been scheduled for Thursday evening to deal with that issue. The council also voted to waive garage sale permit fees during the weekend of May 6th, 7th, and 8th in conjunction with the Chickasha Antique Auto Clubs’ spring swap meet.

 

Closed Street May Re-open Soon              

We have an update on anticipated repairs for a Chickasha street closed over the weekend due to a sinkhole. It’s 29th Street between U.S. Highway 62 and Frisco Avenue. Mayor Chris Mosley said officials are confident that city crews may be able to make repairs by the end of the week. Mosley said the ground underneath the street washed out but that the structure is stable. The plan is to replace the asphalt over that section of the street with concrete. Mosley said the estimated cost is expected to be about $10,000.

 

FNB Donates to Community Theatre              

The Chickasha Community Theatre will be renovating the historic neon sign that graces the front of the building. The theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the First National Bank and Trust. Funds will be used to make needed electrical repairs to the sign and the building. Bank officials say the contribution is part of its commitment to community re-investment.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.38 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.05.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,767 and silver is $25.88.

 

Monday, April 19th

 

Chix City Council to Get Two New Members

Two new individuals will join the Chickasha City council tonight. Georgianne Hebblethwaite and Kelly Boyd will be among those who will be sworn in to serve two-year terms on the panel. Hebblethwaite ran unopposed for the Ward 2 post and will take the seat held by Kimmie Loggins. Boyd ran unopposed for the Ward 4 seat held by Jim Hopkins. Also to be taking their oaths of office will be Ward 1's Brian Gerdes and Ward 3's Oscar Nelson. The panel will also select a new vice mayor. Loggins has served in the post for the last few years.

 

Items Posted on the City Council Agenda              

The council is expected to hire a firm to recruit candidates to interview for the vacant city manager post and approve a final payment of $71,000 to Greenbelt Turf Management for the emergency storm debris removal project. The group will also consider approving city-wide yard sales for the weekend of May 6th through 8th which is the same weekend the Chickasha Antique Auto Club will hold its annual spring Swap Meet. Typically, the city council waives garage sale permit fees for that weekend. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Portion of 29th Street Closed Due to 'Sinkhole'

A sinkhole has forced the City of Chickasha to close a portion of 29th Street indefinitely. The sinkhole was discovered early Saturday morning on the small bridge between U.S. Highway 62 and Frisco Avenue. Public Works Director David Buchanan says out of an abundance of caution they decided to close that section of the street. Buchanan said he'll be reaching out to a professional engineer to investigate the situation. The city temporarily filled the sinkhole however the street is impassable and barricaded in an attempt prevent traffic from driving over the bridge.

 

Turnpike Crash Sends Three to Hospital             

A crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike sends three people to the hospital with two of them admitted with head and trunk injuries. The accident happened just after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon near Mile Marker 73 southwest of Chickasha. The highway patrol reported that a pick-up rear-ended a car that was traveling at a reduced speed because of mechanical issues. Three people in the car were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital including the driver, 29-year old Britanika Thompson and an unidentified 16-year old boy, both of Lawton. The teen was last in fair condition and Thompson was reported in good condition. Another passenger in the car, 56-year old John Norwood of Lincoln, Nebraska, was initially air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital but was treated and released. The driver of the pickup, 35-year old James Thomas of Carl Junction, Missouri was not injured.

 

2nd Round of Moderna Vaccines  Available to Some

A second round of coronavirus vaccines will be available today for those who received their initial Moderna shots last month. Southern Oaks Church of Christ and Anadarko Indian Health Services will offer those second shots today. Individuals who received their first doses at the church on March 22nd are asked to return today at the same time they received their vaccines last month. Individuals should also have their vaccination card with them.

 

Chickasha School Calendar Extended;

Freshman Class of 2025 Preview Scheduled              

Students attending Chickasha Public Schools will have a couple more days of classes this year. School officials say Friday, May 21st and Monday, May 24th have been added due to the ice storm from last October and the polar vortex that affected school time in February. Graduation for the class of 2021 will still be held on Friday, May 21st. Also, next year's freshman class at Chickasha High School can take a tour of the school and meet teachers in a special event this week. Students can visit with sports teams and other extra-curricular programs and parents can attend informational meetings every 30 minutes. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, and snow cones for those with vouchers. The preview for the Class of 2025 will be held Thursday, April 22nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students and parents will first meet at the activity center.

              

Masonic Lodge Honors Three for Lengthy Service

Three men with a combined 170 years of service to the Masonic Lodge were recognized for their contributions this weekend. Carey "Cabo" Wilkerson of Chickasha and the late Delbert Jump of Cyril were both honored for 60-years of service to the organization while David Richardson of Pocasset was recognized for 50-years of service. The men were recognized by Grand Master Robert Davis and Grand Marshall Ron Minshall in a ceremony at the Chickasha Masonic Lodge yesterday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $66.77.

Natural gas is $2.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,789 and silver is $26.25.

 

2021, April 12th-17th

Saturday, April 17th

 

Police, Relatives Seek Missing Anadarko Woman

The sister of a missing Anadarko woman thinks her younger sibling may be in trouble. Anadarko police and relatives of Sierra Kay Hunter-Isaacs plea for any information on her whereabouts. She's only 19-year old and her 20th birthday just a couple of weeks away. Sierra's sister, Chelsey Hunter, tells our news associates at KWTV-News 9 that Sierra has been missing since Easter Sunday. Family members got a phone call from her about a week ago (Thursday, April 8th) and Hunter says it sounded like her sister was hysteric. She said things that didn't make any sense and got the idea that Sierra couldn't tell them what she wanted to because someone monitoring her call. A private investigator traced the phone to Austin, Texas where it is registered to an individual who has a violent criminal history. A photo of Sierra is posted on the Anadarko Police Department's Facebook page. She's 5'9" and weighs about 100 pounds. She is a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribe with Kiowa descent and has a light complexion. The photo shows her with dyed light brown hair, though she may now have a shaved head. She has green eyes and a rose tattoo on her right shoulder. Her case has drawn the attention of the Oklahoma Chapter of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. Anyone with information should call 9-1-1, Anadarko police, or local law enforcement.

 

Ida's Law Passed on to Gov. Stitt              

In the meantime, a bill sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt this week is designed to help in the search for missing and murdered Native Americans. SB 172 received bi-partisan support in the state house and senate. It's called Ida's Law, named for an El Reno woman who has been missing since 2015. The bill would create an Office of Liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. It would also have the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation work with federal agencies to obtain federal funds to help in their efforts. Officials say there are more than 200 Native Americans who are missing and due to a lack of data and the lack of communication between the agencies the cases haven't been able to get addressed. Officials are hopeful the governor will sign the bill.

 

Chix Street Closed Due to Bridge Damage

A damaged bridge has forced the City of Chickasha to close down a portion of a busy street. 29th Street between U.S. Highway 62 and Frisco Avenue has been shut down because of the problem. The Grady County Fire Department Facebook page indicates that a sinkhole has opened. Motorist will have to use an alternate route until repairs can be made but it's not known how long that might take.

 

Chix City Council to Again Consider Firm

to Find Candidates for City Manager Post

The Chickasha City Council will again talk about hiring a professional company to look for candidates to fill the vacant city manager post. At the group's last meeting April 12th a proposal to employ a head-hunting firm was tabled after Mayor Chris Mosley said he had received a good resume. The proposal is back on the agenda for the Monday, April 19th meeting. The council will have its newest members on board in Georgianne Hebblethwaite in Ward 2 and Kelly Boyd in Ward 4 after they are sworn in. Also taking their oaths will be Mayor Chris Mosley, Ward 1 Councilman Brian Gerdes, Ward 2 Councilman Zach Grayson, and Ward 3 Councilman Oscar Nelson.

 

Moore Firm Recommended for Chix Project              

The council is expected to award a nearly half-million dollar bid to a company to install water and sewer lines at the new residential and commercial development near the Grady County Fairgrounds. Engineers are recommending that W.E.B. Construction of Moore be awarded the project to install nearly a half-mile each of water and sewer lines near the intersection of Grand Avenue South and Ada Sipuel Avenue. It was the lowest of five bids submitted with the highest being nearly $1 million. The council will also consider approving the final plat for Phase Three of the Shadow Valley Development going on near 25th and Country Club Road.

 

National Lineworker Day set April 18th

It's time to salute the men and women who work in all types of nasty weather to make sure we have electricity to heat and cool our homes and businesses. Tomorrow (April 18th) is National Lineworker Appreciation Day. The day was established in 2013 to honor those who put their lives literally on the line to keep power flowing. There are an estimated 115,000 employee and contract lineworkers across the country. In a press release, Public Service Company of Oklahoma says the company has about 700 employees and contract workers who keep electricity flowing in its service areas in the Sooner State. Officials say they are out in all weather conditions around-the-clock and they safely maintain PSO’s more than 22 thousand miles of distribution lines and more than 3,700 miles of transmission lines. You can honor lineworkers on social media by using #ThankALineworker

 

Friday, April 16th

 

McGirt Decision Impacts Dibble Murder Conviction

Oklahoma's attorney general is expected to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the case of a man convicted in the 2010 killing of a Dibble family. Attorney General Mike Hunter is challenging a recent ruling in the case of Shaun Bosse. Bosse was convicted of the 2010 murders of Katrina Griffin, her 8-year old son, and 6-year old daughter. It's due to the McGirt Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which indicates that state prosecutors lack authority to pursue criminal cases on Native American lands. Griffin and the children lived in an area considered to be part of the Chickasaw Nation and all were members of that tribe. The State Court of Criminal Appeals threw out Bosse's conviction as a result of the McGirt Decision. Hunter argues that the state should have jurisdiction over non-Native American defendants even if the crime occurred on Native American land. The Court of Criminal Appeals issued a 45-day stay on the state's case against Bosse who is on death row. The ruling keeps Bosse in state custody for now instead of transferring him to federal custody.

 

State Lawmakers Work to Help Oklahomans

Impacted by High Heating Costs During Polar Vortex

That polar vortex in February led to sky-rocketing heating costs in Oklahoma and many other states. In Oklahoma, state lawmakers are working on a plan to help consumers faced with those monumental bills. Senate Bills 1049 and 1050 would allow families and businesses to pay those costs over several months or even years. Officials estimate ratepayers are obligated to pay $4.5 billion in increased energy costs due to the sub-zero temperatures that lasted for about two weeks. One state lawmaker said the bills strike a good balance between protecting the interest of families and businesses, while ensuring the utility companies receive what they are owed. The measures would allow the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority to issue ratepayer-backed bonds, which would not increase bond indebtedness of the state or cause harm to the state budget.

 

Fletcher Animal Control Officer Faces Cruelty Charge

An animal control officer in Fletcher has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. 54-year old Timothy Peek is accused of leaving several animals outside with no food and frozen water during the extremely cold weather that occurred in February. The charge has been filed in Comanche County District Court. The dogs were discovered by a passer-by and another individual took charge to rescue the animals. The Lawton Constitution reports that a video from a witness shows an excessive amount of urine and feces in the kennel. A police affidavit indicated there was no insulation or bedding, and kennel entrances had no covers to prevent snow and wind from blowing in. Peek admitted he could have sheltered the dogs elsewhere during the extremely cold weather. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Peek’s bond is set at $100,000.

 

FNB Assists Court Appointed Special Advocates

A group that helps Grady County children in DHS custody gets some unexpected assistance. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) was provided $1,000 from the First National Bank and Trust. FNB Vice President Randy Talley said grants to CASA have been reduced over the past year and First National and other groups stepped in to provide some needed funds. Donna Stamper with the Grady County CASA group was on hand to accept the contribution.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.84.

Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,774 and silver is $26.19.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s part of what we we’re talking about this weekend. Jake Grossnicklaus with the Grady County Cattle Producers Association is our KOOL Konversation guest as that group prepares for its annual meeting. Jen Jantzen with the Chickasha Public School Foundation will be on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Thursday, April 15th

 

Chix Fly-in, Car Show set for June

The annual Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show has become a big event at the Chickasha airport over the last few years. This summer, there will be a number of new activities which will wow spectators. Among the guests will be the father-son duo of Paul and Curt Richmond. The two have a unique airplane and motorcycle race. The City of Chickasha has posted a YouTube video of a previous race on the city’s Facebook page. The event is Saturday, June 19th which is Father's Day weekend. It will include a radio control plane demonstration, free airplane rides for children, a car and truck show with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club, and food trucks.

 

Public Urged to Comment on Re-districting Effort

Among the work state lawmakers are charged with this year is re-districting the state house and senate districts. The House of Representatives will hold a public comment session this afternoon. The house received seven maps from the public for review and that will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the state capitol. The session will also be live-streamed on the website: www.okhouse.gov Officials say the process will determine legislative and congressional districts.  State legislative districts have to be completed by May 28th. There is no deadline for Congressional re-districting though state lawmakers are expected to have a special session this summer to complete that work in time for the 2022 election cycle.

 

Salvation Army to Open Office in Anadarko

The Salvation Army which serves Grady and County counties will have a new social services office in Caddo County later this year. The organization is working with Bethel Baptist Church in Anadarko to make it easier for Caddo County families to get help. Sgt. Bryan Brinlee says crews are remodeling an office in the church right now.

 

              

 

Brinlee said they received donations to help with the remodeling. Initially, they plan on having the office open the first two Thursday's of each month and they hope to have the office open by summer. There is no phone in the office yet so anyone needing to reach out can call the Chickasha Salvation Army headquarters by calling 405-224-5647.

 

Apache Rattlesnake Festival Underway

There's a lot of excitement in Apache this weekend with the return of the annual Rattlesnake Festival. This is the 37th year for the event which was canceled last year because of the pandemic. The four-day event is underway with one of the largest outdoor flea markets you'll ever see. There are guided rattlesnake hunts in the nearby Slick Hills, the snake pit is an interesting area to learn about snakes in general, you can try some deep-fried rattlesnake, and get your picture taken with one of the slithery serpents. There's a carnival, a rodeo, and live bands tonight, Friday, and Saturday nights.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.58.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,747 and silver is $25.67.

 

Obituaries

Fred Hill

Visitation for Fred Hill, 60, formerly of Verden, will be at McRay Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17th which will be followed immediately by the funeral service.

Molena Henderson

A graveside service for Molena Henderson, 87, of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17th at Fairview Cementery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Sandra Meeks

Funeral service for Sandra Meeks, 58, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 14th

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Successful

A coronavirus vaccination clinic served about 50 people at Chickasha's Bullock Memorial Community Center yesterday (Tuesday). Charlotte Oliver with the Bullock Center was happy with the turnout. The shots were provided by the Anadarko Indian Health Clinic. They were supposed to have the Johnson and Johnson vaccine but before the clinic opened the Federal Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control put a pause on the vaccine due to a rare blood-clotting side effect. Those who received the Moderna vaccine received their vaccination card and were asked to return on May 11th for the second vaccine. Officials with Anadarko Indian Health Services will be back in Chickasha next Monday, April 19th to issue the second round of the Moderna vaccine to those who received their first vaccination at Southern Oaks Church of Christ last month.

 

Blood Institute Nears Blood Emergency

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say they are nearing a blood emergency. Christi Chambers is the director of the institute. She says an emergency is issued when there is less than a one-day supply of blood available for the more than 150 hospitals they serve. Among the reasons for dwindling supply is that hospitals are using more blood for patients who are having voluntary surgeries that had to be delayed because of the pandemic. She also said some regular donors may be postponing their normal contributions because they received a COVID-19 vaccine. Chambers said the vaccine does not affect the blood.

 

              

 

Individuals who have never donated blood are asked to begin the life-saving process. Every unit of blood donated saves up to three lives. Find a blood drive in your region by going to the website: www.obi.org

 

Ida's Law Advances to Governor for Consideration

State lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Kevin Stitt designed to bring federal dollars to the state to address the issue of missing and murdered indigenous people. It's SB 172 which is called Ida's Law. It directs the OSBI to coordinate with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain federal funding to gather data. The legislation also would create an Office of Liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. Officials with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women say four out of five Native American women are affected by violence and face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.18 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.67.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,742 and silver is $25.37.

 

Obituaries

Stella Smith

A graveside service for Stella Smith, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Joshawa Moore-Shelton

Funeral service for Joshawa Moore-Shelton, 35, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 16th at Full Gospel Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Ruth Tallent

Funeral service for Ruth Tallent, 89, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 13th

 

Driver in Fatal Crash Faces Manslaughter Charge

Grady County prosecutors have filed a felony manslaughter charge against a driver accused hitting and killing a pedestrian. We reported yesterday that 20-year old Brian McConnell of Tuttle had been arrested following a weekend accident near Minco. 77-year old Artemio Moreno of Anadarko died of his injuries at the scene. McConnell was initially arrested on a DUI complaint. A probable cause affidavit filed by the trooper investigating the accident indicates that McConnell admitted having a couple of beers several hours prior to the accident. The trooper said McConnell had a strong odor of alcohol about him when he arrived on scene to investigate. McConnell failed a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test and refused to take a field sobriety test. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital to get a blood sample drawn to determine his blood-alcohol content. The blood-alcohol level was not included in the affidavit. McConnell remains in jail on a $75,000 bond.

 

Woman Hurt in Rollover Accident

A Rush Springs woman is hospitalized in fair condition after her car runs off the road and overturns. 49-year old Cary Darr suffered arm injuries in the crash that happened on State Highway 29 near the Stephens and Garvin County line near Elmore City Monday morning. The highway patrol reports that the accident happened after Darr dropped her medication then unfastened her seat belt to reach down and find it.

 

Oklahoma Arts Institute Moves to USAO for 2021

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is moving from southwest Oklahoma to Chickasha this summer. The two-week summer camp for the state's budding artists will be held at USAO in July. For 40 years, the camp has been held at Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center. Arts Institute president Julie Cohen says they are still deeply connected to that facility but said that USAO’s 75-acre campus will allow the institute to safely serve the students by providing for a greater variety of housing, classroom, and rehearsal space to ensure social distancing. The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization that has partnered with the state for more than 30 years to provide high-quality fine arts training. World class artists are part of the camp to mentor hundreds of young Oklahomans in acting, chorus, creative writing and dance, drawing and painting, film and video, orchestra, and photography.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.28.

Natural gas is $2.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,726 and silver is $24.98.

 

Obituaries

Reginald Cates

Funeral service for Reginald Cates, 34, of Midwest City will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 14th at Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Charla Mogg

Funeral service for Charla Mogg, 66, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 16th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 12th

 

Man Arrested in Connection with Fatal Accident

A Tuttle man is in custody following a weekend accident in which an elderly man was struck and killed. 20-year old Brian McConnell was taken to the Grady County Jail on a DUI complaint following the accident that occurred early Saturday. 77-year old Artemio Moreno of Anadarko died in the accident. It happened just before 4:00 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 37 east of Minco. The highway patrol reports that Moreno was trying to hook up a car to a dolly behind his pickup. The trooper investigating the accident indicated that McConnell swerved but ended up striking Moreno and his two vehicles. There were two passengers in the pickup with McConnell. They were 19-year old Sadon Dunkle of Minco and 18-year old Erica Schuringa of Newcastle. None of them were injured.

              

Driver Hospitalized Following One-Car Crash              

A driver is hospitalized after her car runs off a southern Grady County road and hits two trees. 45-year old Anita Ward of Pauls Valley was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in fair condition. That accident happened seven miles south of Rush Springs about 12:30 this morning (Tuesday). The highway patrol reports that Ward initially went left-of-center, then over-corrected and ran off the road where the car crashed into two trees. The trooper said Ward may have been under the influence of illegal drugs.

 

Chickasha School Board to Consider

Opposing State Funding of Charter Schools

Chickasha Public Schools may be joining the list of other public schools in a fight regarding the state school board’s recent decision to fund charter schools. Chickasha Superintendent Rick Croslin has a resolution for the Chickasha school board to consider when that panel meets tonight. Croslin said the decision negatively impacts the district's gross production and mileage tax collections. He said the ruling requires funding to be shared for all students enrolled in any charter school if they live within the boundaries of the Chickasha school district. Croslin said attorneys for the state superintendent of schools and state department of education say that the state school board's ruling is unconstitutional. Croslin said over the last five years, gross production tax revenues in the distrtict are down $2.5 million. The local school board is also to consider a proposal to increase teacher pay from $20 an hour to $25 an hour, and a proposal to provide 5 percent incentive pay for math and science teachers. The school board meets at 6:00 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

 

Awards Bestowed During Chix Chamber Banquet

A number of individuals and businesses were recognized for their achievements at the 98th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet last Friday night. The Binyon Family received the top honor of being named to the Civic Hall of Fame. The Binyons helped to jump start the Festival of Light in the mid-1980s. The Business of the Year award went to DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning which celebrated its 100th year in business in 2020. The Small Business of the Year is Grand Care Pharmacy; the Event of the Year is the Junior Social Workers Spaghetti Day; the Citizen of the Year is Heidi Harrison, who created Heidi Helping the Homeless; the Woman of the Year is Donna Elledge with Chickasha Monument Company; the Volunteer of the Year is Ashley Rayburn; and the Public Servant of the Year is Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley.

 

Blood Institute Calls Need for Blood Donations Urgent

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say there is an urgent need for blood donations. They say multiple local traumas have created an immediate need for blood donors of all types. There are two blood drives today. Badgett’s is holding a blood drive until 11:00 a.m. and KOOL-RANCH radio stations will have another from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.95.

Natural gas is $2.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,741 and silver is $25.24.

2021, April 5th-10th

Saturday, April 10th

 

Lt. Gov. Touts State's Recovery from Pandemic

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell is thrilled that the state's economy is beginning to rebound as the nation slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Pinnell was the keynote speaker at the 98th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet last night and said it was refreshing to be able to be face-to-face with people once again.

 

              

 

Pinnell’s main focus is tourism and says Oklahomans need to do better in promoting their home state.

 

              

 

Pinnell made reference to Chickasha's leg lamp which drew so much attention last Christmas. He credited Tim Elliott and others for thinking out of the box to create an attraction which brought so much national and even international recognition to the city and hopes it continues.

 

Chamber Banquet Award Recipients

A number of businesses and individuals were recognized for their achievements at the chamber banquet last night. The Binyon Family received the top honor which was being named to the Civic Hall of Fame. The Binyons helped to jump start the Festival of Light in the mid-1980s.The Business of the Year is DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning which celebrated its 100th year in business in 2020. The Small Business of the Year is Grand Care Pharmacy; the Event of the Year is the Junior Social Workers Spaghetti Day; the Citizen of the Year is Heidi Harrison who created Heidi Helping the Homeless; the Woman of the Year is Donna Elledge with Chickasha Monument Company; the Volunteer of the Year is Ashley Rayburn; and the Public Servant of the Year is Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley.

 

Refuge Home Restoration Complete

The finishing touches have finally been made on the years-long renovation of an historic home in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The final piece for The Ferguson home was a 3 1/2 ton boulder. The home was almost entirely destroyed in a wildfire in 2010 with the only remnants being its cobblestone walls and the foundation. The restoration work began in 2014. The Lawton Constitution reports that a group called the Friends of the Wichitas collected about $70,000 in donations for the project. Since the home was on the National Register of Historic Places, they had to coordinate the re-build with the state's historic preservation office. The group spent a year looking for just the right boulder to serve as a marker describing the history of the home.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Sgts. Bryan and Tracy Brittle with the Salvation Army serving Grady and Caddo counties are this week’s guests on the KOOL Konversation program. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell is this week's guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, April 9th

 

OHP Probes Fatal SUV Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal SUV crash that happened near Rush Springs yesterday. The accident claimed the life of 35-year old Whitney Blakes of Chickasha. Two children - an 11-year old girl and an 8-year old boy whose names were not released - were air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted in serious condition. The accident happened two miles north of Rush Springs on U.S. Highway 81 about 4:00 p.m. Thursday. The trooper dispatched to the crash reported that the SUV was southbound when it veered off the road and rolled several times. Blakes and the two children were all thrown out of the vehicle.

 

Man Arrested for Soliciting Illicit Photos from Teen

A Chickasha man is accused of soliciting x-rated photos on his phone from a teenager. Chickasha police arrested 31-year old Bryan Cody Snook Wednesday night. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony for soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond. A police affidavit filed in connection with the investigation provides graphic details of a teenager sharing a photo of male genitals with Snook. The teen's mother called police when she saw the photo on her son's phone. Snook told investigators he was only joking when he asked the teen to send him a picture but did not say why he continued to ask for the photo. The teen said the photo he sent was one he found on the Internet. Snook is to announce is attorney on April 15th with a preliminary hearing conference set for May 12th.

 

Chix Chamber Annual Banquet is Tonight

Tonight is the biggest night of the year for the Chickasha business community. The chamber of commerce is holding its 98th annual awards banquet. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be the guest speaker for the sellout event which will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Among the awards to be presented are the Civic Hall of Fame, Small Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, and Event of the Year. A silent auction will also help serve as a fundraiser for the chamber.

 

Anadarko Road Project to Begin Soon

Construction will be starting soon on a road project in Anadarko. Petree Road between State Highway 8 and Mission Boulevard will be widened and a small bridge will be replaced. Reece Knight with the Anadarko Department of Transportation office says it’s a joint project of ODOT, Caddo County, and the City of Anadarko. The $836,000 project was awarded to Paradigm Construction out of Sapulpa. Construction is scheduled to start April 19th and the contractor will have 120 working days to complete the project. When finished, it will be dedicated to the memory of the late Caddo County Commissioner Randy McLemore.

 

Steer Wrestling Event in Chix Tomorrow

Many of the top steer wrestlers in the country will be in Chickasha this weekend for a big jackpot competition. Longtime NFR cowboy Blake Mindemann of Blanchard is holding the event tomorrow at the Grady County Fairgrounds. He talks about some of the cowboys that he's been in contact with.

 

              

 

Mindemann said there is $5,000 added money to entice as many as 100 cowboys to be part of the competition. There will also be a junior competition with as many as 50 youngsters expected to participate. It will all take place at the outdoor rodeo arena at the Grady County Fairgrounds tomorrow (Saturday). The junior event will start at 9 a.m. with the open competition about 1 p.m. There is a $5 fee for spectators, and children 7-and under are free.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.20.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,744 and silver is $25.15.

 

Obituaries

Reginald Cates

Funeral service for Reginald Cates, 34, of Midwest City is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Charles Harrold

Funeral service for Charles Harrold, 78, of Lawton are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, April 8th

 

Blanchard Man Faces Assault Charges

A Blanchard man who has a long history of violence is in custody following a brutal attack on his ex-girlfriend. 34 year old Lance Emerson Adkins was taken into custody last weekend. He's been formally charged with two felony counts of assault and battery including one for using a dangerous weapon. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. A probable cause affidavit filed by Blanchard police indicates the victim had a black eye and bruises all over her face and neck. She alleged that Adkins choked her and also put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger several times. She was able to get away and go to a neighbor's home and call for help. Just a few weeks ago Adkins was arrested in February and charged with a misdemeanor for domestic abuse. He was released from custody after posting a $2,500 bond. In 2006, Adkins pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges where he was given a one-year suspended sentence and 24 hours of community service.

 

Ninnekah Police Arrest Suspect with Stolen Car

A Ninnekah woman is facing a charge of having a stolen vehicle. 39-year old Jamie Wheeler was arrested by Ninnekah Police at the Washita Valley RV Park north of Ninnekah Monday. A probable cause affidavit indicates a police officer saw a car in the park with a lot of damage. The officer called in the New Hampshire tag on the vehicle and learned the car had been stolen out of Lawton last month. The officer stopped the car when it started to move and Wheeler was driving. Wheeler has been charged with a felony for being in possession of stolen vehicle and is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

COVID-19 Clinic to Provide Choice of Vaccines

Here is an update to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic that will be held at Chickasha’s Bullock Memorial Community Center next week. Officials say both the single-dose Johnson and Johnson and the first dose of the Moderna vaccines will be available. The Anadarko Indian Health Services Clinic will be providing the vaccines on Tuesday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bullock Memorial Center located at 917 S. 1st. This is for anyone 18 years old and older and no appointment is needed.

 

OSU Research Station to Host Annual Wheat Field Day

Area wheat producers can get an update about the commodity at the annual wheat field day coming to the region. Chickasha's OSU Research Station will hold the event on Friday, April 30th. Speakers include OSU wheat specialists Amanda Silva, Brett Carver, and Bob Hunger and OSU nutrient management specialist Brian Arnall. Individuals have the option of attending in person or via YouTube. Those who plan to attend in person are asked to wear masks. The Wheat Field Day will start at 9 a.m.

 

SPMC Hosts Blood Drive

A community blood drive will be held at the Southern Plains Medical Center today. The clinic is teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) for the event. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the clinic parking lot from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. They can accept convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from the coronavirus. Free t-shirts will be given to all donors.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.16.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,744 and silver is $25.33.

 

Obituaries

Paul Ernest

A memorial service for Paul Ernest, 48,  of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10th at Chickasha’s First Christian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Mark Byrne

Funeral service for Mark Byrne, 69, of Alex will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10th at Alex High School. He was the Public Works Director and the fire chief at Alex for many years. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 7th

 

Election Results

Brian Gerdes Wins Chickasha City Council Post

In a light turnout in yesterday's Chickasha City Council election, Ward 1 councilman Brian Gerdes was elected to a full two-year term. Gerdes, who was appointed to the post about a year ago, picked up nearly 75 percent of the vote in his win over challenger David Lucas, 178 to 66.

Dennis Crawford tops Travis Posey in Close CV Tech School Board Race

In a very tight race for a post on the Canadian Valley Technology Board of Education, Dennis Crawford narrowly defeated incumbent Travis Posey. With more than 8,800 votes cast less than 50 votes separated the two candidates.

Jim Rice Appears to Win Tight Minco City Council Election

In Minco, only three votes separated the three candidates running for the Ward 3 city council post. Incumbent Jim Rice received 40 votes, Carrie McMullen received 38, and Christopher Meyers received 37 in the unofficial results. There will not be a run-off so Rice will be re-elected pending a recount. A recount request must be submitted to the Grady County Election Board by 5 p.m. Friday.

Holder, Patterson Win Posts on Verden Trustee Board

In Verden, David Holder and Don Patterson were the top two vote-getters of five candidates for the town board of trustees. Holder received 49 votes and Don Patterson received 44.

John Williams Takes Seat with Alex Town Trustees

In Alex, John Williams defeated Shelby Johnson 37 to 25 for a post on the town board of trustees.

Salyer Wins Re-election as Anadarko's Vice Mayor

In the Anadarko city council election, Tanner Salyer was re-elected vice mayor defeating Patrick Michael Hayes, 106 to 21.

Jeff Boren Tops Democratic Primary for Caddo County Commissioner Post

In the Democratic primary for District 2 Caddo County Commissioner, Jeff Boren received nearly 75 percent of the vote in a 3-person race. Boren collected 174 votes, while Jamie Williams had 49, and Darren Farmer had 19. Boren will now face Republican Belita Byrd in a special general election on Sept. 14th. The winner will fill the post previously held by Randy McLeMore who died last year.

Newcastle School Bond Issues Fail by Narrow Margins

Two special bond elections for Newcastle Public Schools failed to get the 60 percent super-majority needed for passage with one of them falling short by just two votes. A $100,000 transportation bond failed 631 to 425 and it needed 633 votes to pass. A $1 million bond issue for capital improvements and instructional materials failed by 44 votes, 591 to 467. Among the capital improvements being sought were $400,000 for a heating and cooling system in the high school gym and $400,000 to install field turf on school athletic fields.

Lookeba-Sickles School Bond Issues Pass

Voters in the Lookeba-Sickles school district passed two bond issues totaling $490,000. Both passed with more than 84 percent approval. A $245,000 plan to upgrade security entrances and surveillance equipment, purchase maintenance equipment, and repair buildings passed 53 to 10. A second $245,000 bond to purchase school buses passed 54-10.

 

Earthquakes Shake Union City Area

A couple of small earthquakes rattled an area near Union City this morning. The Oklahoma Geological Survey indicated that a 3.1 magnitude tremor was measured southeast of Union City about 3:45 a.m. A smaller tremor which measured at 1.8 on the Richter Scale occurred at 4:25 a.m. at a location just south of the first earthquake. There have been no reports of damage.

 

Cost-Sharing Conservation Applications Accepted

Grady County landowners may consider applying for cost-share assistance to help improve their conservation efforts. The Grady County Conservation District is accepting applications for up to 50 percent cost-share assistance for projects which include brush management, cover crop, critical area planting, forage and bio mass planting, grade stabilization, prescribed grazing, range planting, water wells and other projects. Application deadline is April 23rd. Applications can be picked up at the Grady County Conservation District office or they can be downloaded from the district's Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.74.

Natural gas is $2.46 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,739 and silver is $25.06.

 

Obituaries

Charles Johnson

No services are scheduled for Charles Johnson, 90, of Chickasha. He was a military veteran who served during the Korean War. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Shirley Werthen

Funeral service for Shirley Werthen, 74, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 9th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 6th

 

City, Town Council, and School Elections Underway

There are a number of city council, town council, and school elections throughout the state today. In Chickasha there is one city council race where Brian Gerdes and David Lucas are running for the Ward 1 post. Gerdes was appointed to the seat last year. In other Grady County communities, there are town council elections in Alex, Minco, and Verden. In school elections, the Canadian Valley Technology Center has a post on its school board on the ballot. It’s in office No. 3 where incumbent Travis Posey is facing Dennis Crawford. In McClain County there are two seats up for election on the Blanchard City Council and Dibble Public Schools have a school election. In Caddo County, there is a Democratic primary for County Commissioner District 2 where Jeff Boren, Jamie Williams, and Darren Farmer are on the ballot. In Anadarko there is one city council election where Patrick Michael Hayes faces Tanner Salyer for vice mayor. There are also town council elections in Cement, Ft. Cobb, Apache, and Hinton. Also in Caddo County there are school board elections in Apache and Binger-Oney while voters in the Lookeba-Sickles school district have two propositions to decide. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Mask Mandate Lifted on City of Chickasha Buildings

The mask mandate at Chickasha City Hall has been abolished. Last night, the city council voted 7-1 to repeal the mask requirement on all city-owned property with Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander the lone councilman to vote against it. The council also approved an emergency clause with the repeal which is effective immediately upon the signature of the city clerk. The council delayed a decision about hiring a head-hunting firm to help find a city manager. Mayor Chris Mosley asked for the delay because-


              

Mosley said he wanted to get more information about the individual and perhaps schedule an interview before considering the professional services. If it doesn't work out the council could have an emergency meeting to consider the proposed contract with Strategic Government Resources out of Texas.

 

Kennels, Concessions Vendor OK'd

The city council approved the purchase of some new kennels for the city's animal shelter. The vote was 8-0 to purchase the kennels from Shor-Line which will remove the old kennels and install the new ones. Some of the old kennels are 40 years old. The council also renewed a concessions services contract at the city's sports complex with JW Concessions. The vote to approve was 6-2 with councilmen Zack Grayson and Brian Gerdes recusing their votes.

 

CPD Earns Accreditation             

The Chickasha Police Department was recognized as being an accredited agency during last night's council meeting. Officials with the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program say the department has had its written policies and procedures evaluated to ensure they meet statutory requirements. The program is endorsed by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group, The Oklahoma Municipal League, and the City Management Association of Oklahoma.

 

Bullock Center to Hold Walk-in COVID-19 Clinic              

A walk-in clinic for individuals who would like to get a coronavirus vaccine has been scheduled. Chickasha's Bullock Memorial Community Center is teaming up with Indian Health Services of Anadarko to offer the first of the two Moderna vaccines. The walk-in clinic will be Tuesday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bullock Memorial Community Center located at 917 S. 1st. The clinic is for anyone 18-years and older. No appointment is necessary but individuals might call the Anadarko Indian Health Clinic at 405-247-7989. Depending on participation the second round of the Moderna vaccine could be scheduled in about a month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.15.

Natural gas is $2.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,732 and silver is $24.95.

 

Obituary

Carol Lister

Funeral service for Carol Lister, 88, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 5th

 

OSBI Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

One person has died and a police officer is recovering from injuries as a result of an officer-involved shooting in Anadarko early this morning. The OSBI reports that officers were called out about 1:00 a.m. to look into a report of an individual suffering from a drug overdose at a home near the 100 block of Nixon Drive. The agency indicated that while officers were attempting to perform life-saving measures on one person another individual pulled out a gun. Gunfire was exchanged between police and the individual who was identified as 25-year old Sila Lambert was taken to the hospital where was pronounced dead. The unidentified officer suffered non-life threatening injuries. The unidentified individual who suffered the overdose also died.

 

Mask Mandate at Chickasha City Hall May be Lifted

A plan to remove the mask requirement at Chickasha City Hall and city-owned property will be considered by the city council tonight. The move is believed to be a result of the reduced number of coronavirus cases in the county and state. The council will also consider repealing the mask mandate as an emergency so if approved it would be effective immediately. Also on the agenda is a proposal to hire a firm to perform a national search for a new city manager. The recommendation is to use a company called Strategic Government Resources out of Keller, Texas. The anticipated cost is just over $24,000. The council is also to consider spending nearly $90,000 to purchase new kennels for the city's animal shelter. The bid is from a company called Shor-Line and includes removing the old kennels and installing the new ones. The council is also to consider creating a mobile app for the city. The proposal from a company called SeeClickFix would cost about $10,000 a year. The city council will also recognize firefighter Rodney Peters who recently retired after a 25-year career. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Chix Water Treatment Process Change is Underway              

Officials at Chickasha's water treatment plant say water users may be noticing a chlorine taste in the water the next few days but they say it should be temporary. City officials said last week that the drinking water is being treated differently the entire month of April. Instead of using a combination of chlorine and ammonia they are using free chlorine only to disinfect the water. The reason for the change is because free chlorine will remove sediment that has built up in the water lines. That sediment causes the water to fall out of compliance with state Department of Environmental Quality standards.  Officials say while the process started last week it takes a few days for the chlorine to make it through the water distribution system. Should you notice cloudy water, or water that tastes like chlorine, run all the taps in your home or business for a couple of minutes. You may also flush your toilets a couple of times and run one cycle of cold water through your washing machine. This free chlorine process will continue through the entire month of April and they'll return to the chlorine and ammonia treatment the first of May.

 

State Lawmakers Consider Bill Limiting

Foreign-ownership of Land in Oklahoma

Among the bills being considered at the state capital is HB1497 which would prohibit property ownership in Oklahoma by people from countries which ban the United States from owning property in their countries. State Representative Brad Boles of Marlow who represents parts of Grady, Stephens, and McClain counties says that non-U.S. citizens and foreign business groups can acquire titles to real property in the U.S. and says it has been taking place at an alarming rate in Oklahoma. In a recent media column Boles says it has the potential to threaten the security of the state and nation. Boles says he was among a number of lawmakers supporting Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter who wants to get information on questionable land purchases to see if illegal activity is occurring with these property transfers.

 

National Library Week Underway

This is National Library Week and the Chickasha Public Library has a number of activities scheduled. Patrons can enter drawings to win prizes by using the library's new book-tracking app or by dropping by the library. Tuesday is National Library Workers Day with patrons invited to give workers a round of applause in a special ceremony set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday is National Outreach Day which will feature pop-up bookmobiles at Washita Valley Park and Shannon Springs Park. On Thursday the American Library Association encourages individuals to support the Build America's Library Act which is designed to raise funds for upgrades to the nation's library infrastructure. Friday is Volunteer Appreciation Day with a ceremony set for 3:30 p.m. to recognize those who serve on the library board and the Friends of the Library.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $63.60.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,725 and silver is $24.85.

 

2021, March 29th-April 3rd

Saturday, April 3rd

 

Suspects In Custody After Shots Fired in Home Invasion

A Caddo County homeowner was involved in a shootout with two men that he says were breaking into his home. KWTV News 9 reports the home invasion took place in Lookeba on March 22nd. The report quotes Caddo County Sheriff Spencer Davis as saying the homeowner saw the two men circling around his home. The men approached the back door and kicked it in and the homeowner fired a shot in their direction but didn't hit either of the suspects. He chased them out of the home and as they drove away the suspects fired back. The men eventually crashed into a tree and got away on foot. With the help of citizens, Caddo County deputies were able to track them down. Both men were reported to be convicted felons out of Oklahoma City. They were arrested on complaints of burglary, shooting with intent to kill, and drug possession. The homeowner is not facing any charges. Sheriff Davis said he would not advise anyone to break into a home in rural Oklahoma because residents don't mess around and that somebody might end up getting hurt.

 

DUI Suspect Later Arrested For Officer Assault

A man accused of drinking and driving is also accused of assaulting an officer in separate incidents that took place just a few hours apart. This happened in Tuttle earlier this week. Tuttle police were called to investigate an accident where a car ran off the road, hit a concrete retaining wall, and a large pile of brush. A probable cause affidavit file by the officer said it appeared the driver was drunk and there was an open beer can in the car. The driver suffered a head injury and was taken to a Mustang hospital for treatment. The man's car was impounded. Later in the afternoon, after the man was released from the hospital, he went to the Tuttle police department and demanded to get the keys to his car. The man again appeared to be under the influence and got into a physical confrontation with two officers but was eventually taken into custody. Arrested was 41-year old Joseph Nimmo of Oklahoma City. He's facing felony charges of DUI and assault on a police officer and misdemeanors of public drunk and resisting arrest. He's in in the Grady County Jail pending a $10,000 bond.

 

Sheriff's Office Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Friday, April 2nd

 

Former Restaurant Manager Accused of Arson

The one-time manager of a Chickasha restaurant is accused of starting a fire that destroyed the restaurant. 41-year old Nidal Nazih Al-Ghazawneh is accused of intentionally setting the fire at Sam's Southern Eatery last October. An arrest warrant was issued for Al-Ghazawneh this past Tuesday and he was booked into the Grady County Jail on Wednesday. A probable cause affidavit from the state fire marshal's office indicates that video surveillance shows that Al-Ghazawneh returned to the restaurant after it closed and turned on a deep-fryer that was partially filled with cooking oil. The affidavit states that the lives of firefighters were in danger while beating back the flames as the building began to collapse on them. Al-Ghazawneh has been formally charged with felony counts of arson and endangering life during arson. He is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond and is to announce his attorney April 15th with a preliminary hearing conference scheduled April 28th.

 

Ninnekah Man Charged with Arson in SUV Fire

A Ninnekah man is also accused of arson following an un-related incident earlier this week. 27-year old Shaun McConnell was taken into custody after authorities say he set his SUV on fire. Ninnekah police and firefighters were called to a home on Quail Road late Tuesday night. A probable cause affidavit indicates a resident told authorities that McConnell threatened to burn everything down on the property. Police found McConnell a few minutes later, who threatened them with a weapon which turned out to be a pellet gun. Police managed to take McConnell into custody but not before he kicked an officer and tried to get away. Police also say they found drugs in McConnell's possession. McConnell, who has a long history with police, is facing new charges of arson, possession of an imitation pistol after felony conviction, and drug possession. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

 

Chickasha Schools Name District Teacher of the Year

A third grade teacher has been named Teacher of the Year for Chickasha Public Schools. Jennifer Phillips, who has taught in the district for 15 years, picked up the honor. The news was posted on the school district's Facebook page. Phillips has taught nearly every grade at Grand Avenue Elementary except second grade since starting her career in Chickasha in 2005. She has also served as a department chair, has served on the district's professional development committee, has worked as webpage trainer, and helped numerous student-teachers in their development.

 

Selecting the Right Easter Lily

Easter lilies are popular house plants this time of year. If you have yet to get yours for this Easter weekend, Ben Tindle with the Grady County 4H teen leaders has some recommendations.

 

              

 

Tindle says don't throw your Easter lilies away. You can plant them outside in either the spring or fall. They will need some morning sun and should be in soil that drains easily. Cut them back in late fall and put some mulch around them to protect them from cold winter weather.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.60.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,726 and silver is $24.95.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here is part of what we’re talking about this weekend. Ward 1 Chickasha City Council candidates David Lucas and Brian Gerdes are guests on the KOOL Konversation. Dr. Jeanette Loutch with USAO is the guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Thursday, April 1st

 

Son Arrested for Improper Care of His Father

A Grady County man is in custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the improper care of his disabled father. Authorities issued a felony arrest warrant for 32-year old Derek Wayne Loyd of Rush Springs after a hospice worker found Loyd's father living in deplorable conditions. A police affidavit indicates that the man was lying in a urine-soaked bed, and there had been an instance where she saw maggots in the man's bed. The affidavit further states that the home had piles of clothes and trash in every room, that the house smelled of urine and feces, and there were soiled linens piled up inside and outside of the home. The arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday, March 30th and Loyd was taken into custody by a Grady County deputy sheriff Wednesday, March 31st. Loyd is charged with one felony count of caretaker abuse. He's expected to have his initial appearance on the charge in Grady County District Court today.

 

Two Candidates on Chickasha City Council Ballot

The annual Chickasha City Council election is coming up next week. There is only one race on the ballot where two candidates are seeking a post in Ward 1. Brian Gerdes currently holds that seat after being appointed to the city council last year. He said he would like to see the city implement the recent flood prevention plan the council adopted.

 

              

 

David Lucas is the other candidate. He says the city needs to be more transparent about what's being done and wants the public to have more time during city council meetings to discuss problems.

 

              

 

Both Gerdes and Lucas will be on our KOOL Konversation program this weekend.

 

Early Voting Underway for April 6th Elections

In addition to the Chickasha City Council election next week there are numerous other city and town council elections as well as school elections set for Tuesday, April 6th. Among them is a seat on the Canadian Valley Technology Center Board of Education. It's for Office No. 3 where incumbent Travis Posey is facing challenger Dennis Crawford. Early voting for all of next week's elections is now underway. Voters can cast in-person, absentee ballots at county election boards. The early voting is available until 6 p.m. today (Thursday) and again from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday).  Unlike federal elections there is no early voting on Saturday. Most regular precincts will be open Tuesday, April 6th from 700 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

National Guard Bill Passes State Senate Panel              

A bill to honor Oklahoma National Guard soldiers killed in the line of duty gets unanimous approval from a state senate committee. HB 2374 would provide up to $10,000 for funeral expenses for guard members who are killed while on active-duty status. The bill was co-authored by State Rep. Dean Davis of Broken Arrow and State Senator David Bullard of Durant. Bullard said there is no way to properly thank or recognize those who make the ultimate sacrifice, but the state can help cover expenses when these heroes are laid to rest. The bill now goes before the full state senate for consideration and if approved would go to Gov. Kevin Stitt for final approval. The State House of Representatives has already passed the measure.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.16 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.54.

Natural gas is $2.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,715 and silver is $24.40.

 

Obituary

Johnny Wray

Funeral service for Johnny Wray, 69, will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 2nd at Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha. He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Verden for many years.

 

Wednesday, March 31st

 

One Hospitalized After Multi-Vehicle Crash

A three-vehicle accident which included a semi on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike sent one man to the hospital with leg injuries. Some Chickasha residents involved in the crash were fortunate to avoid getting hurt. The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the westbound lanes of the interstate near Mile Marker 106 in Newcastle. The highway patrol reports a semi driven by Chad James of Chickasha had been parked on the shoulder. As James attempted to merge onto the highway a pick-up rear-ended the semi, and the pickup was hit by an SUV. The driver of the pickup, 60-year old Joseph Thompson of Edmond, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted in serious condition. James was not injured and two Chickasha residents in the pickup, Billy and Beatrice Trammell, were not seriously hurt.

 

Verden Police Find Drugs in Another Traffic Stop

Verden police have made another arrest which has resulted in a drug-trafficking charge being filed against an individual. It’s the second such incident in Verden within the last few days. An arrest affidavit shows an officer spotted an SUV with an expired temporary paper tag early Sunday morning. The officer tried to make a traffic stop but the SUV led the officer on a short pursuit through town before crashing into a ditch. Arrested was 32-year old Kathryn White of Oklahoma City. The officer stated he found nearly 250 grams of methamphetamine in the SUV. White has been formally charged with felony drug trafficking. She remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

 

Snack Foods with THC Found in Oklahoma              

You may have heard that snack foods containing medical marijuana products have made their way to Oklahoma. It was reported that the foods were packaged in California. Some of the packages have small markings on them showing they include THC but the markings may not be clearly visible. The State Bureau of Narcotics and the State Medical Marijuana Authority issued a joint statement reminding patients about medication safety. Officials said the ingestion of THC can send some people to the hospital. They also said dispensaries are required to refuse any products that don't meet packaging label requirements. The groups also said all medications and even medical marijuana products including edibles should be stored out of the reach of children and pets and recommend that medication lock-boxes should be used.

              

USAO to Hold In-person Graduation

For the first time since the pandemic started USAO will hold an in-person graduation ceremony. President John Feaver said he was happy to resume commencement activities in-person and invites all students whose final term in college was disrupted by the coronavirus. The ceremony will be held outdoors on the oval on Saturday, April 24th. Graduates will have four tickets to give to guests who will sit in socially-distant pods and everyone will be required to wear masks. Individuals who don't have tickets will be allowed to stand beyond the seating area. The ceremony will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

 

Dicamba Training Sessions Scheduled

Ag producers needing to update their Dicamba application certification will have a couple of opportunities for training over the next couple of weeks. The Grady County OSU Extension Office will offer the courses on both Thursday, April 8th and Thursday, April 15th. The training sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both days. Producers will only have to attend one of the sessions. Officials say there will be information about new testing and CEU requirements for private applicators. Individuals should contact the extension office by calling 405-224-2216. A limited number of spots are available.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.14.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,686 and silver is $24.10.

 

Tuesday, March 30th

 

Woman Charged with Trafficking Hides Meth in her Body

A woman arrested on a drug complaint has been charged with drug trafficking after authorities say she was found with drugs in her genitals. 28-year old Lorraina Nunez of Oklahoma City was arrested by Verden police Tuesday, March 23rd. An affidavit filed at the Grady County Courthouse indicates that while at the jail officials received word that Nunez had drugs in her private area. When asked if she had drugs hidden inside her body she said yes. A female officer took Nunez to a changing area where she produced some meth wrapped in plastic. The affidavit indicates it was enough to warrant prosecutors to file a felony drug trafficking charge against her. Nunez is also charged with a second felony for bringing contraband into the jail. Nunez remains in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. She's to announce her attorney April 15th with a preliminary hearing set for April 28th. On-line court records indicate that Nunez pleaded guilty to a previous drug trafficking charge three years ago after being arrested by Minco police. She received an eight-year sentence with all but 30-days suspended.

 

Alleged Speeder Faces Charge of Making False Bomb Threat

The man arrested for speeding through Rush Springs twice this month is back on the streets after posting bond in connection with the most recent charges he's facing. Deonta Hartsfield of Duncan has been formally charged with new felonies which include making a false bomb threat and threatening violence. That's in addition to a felony for endangering others while eluding which had previously been filed against him. Hartsfield was first arrested March 9th for driving more than 100 miles per hour through Rush Springs. He was arrested again last Tuesday after radar indicated he was driving 64 mph in a 55 mph zone. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Hartsfield became belligerent and combative, and in a profanity-laced tirade threatened to kill the officer and blow up the town of Rush Springs. Hartsfield is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond and is to announce an attorney next week.

 

Head-on Crash Critically Injures One

A driver is in critical condition following a head on collision near Elgin. 35-year old Carl Red Elk of Cache was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with internal trunk injuries. The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Monday near U.S. Highway 62 and Porter Hill Road. The highway patrol reports that Red Elk was southbound on Highway 62 and struck an on-coming pickup driven by 42-year old Aaron Deutch of Apache. Deutch was taken by a private vehicle to a Lawton hospital where he was treated and released. An un-named 12-year old boy who was a passenger in Deutch's truck was not hurt.

 

Football Team to Have Benefit for Cyril Fire Victims

A minor league football team will be hosting a benefit game to help victims of a recent apartment fire in Cyril. The Lawton Savages who play their home games at Cyril High School will take on the West Texas Scorpions Saturday, April 2nd at Cyril. The team will be taking donations of clothing, furniture, un-used appliances, toys, and money to help the victims. Some proceeds of the ticket sales will also be donated. Kick-off for Saturday's game will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for the students.

 

Congressman Cole to have Telephone Town Hall Meeting

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole will hold a telephone town hall meeting with constituents. Cole said between the on-going pandemic, work and family schedules, and other commitments he wanted to provide an easy way for Oklahomans to hear from him. Cole will give his thoughts on the first days of the Biden administration and answer questions. The telephone town hall meeting will be tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 31st) from 6-7 p.m. Individuals can call 833-305-1727.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.98.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,695 and silver is $24.44.

 

Obituary

Nona Sue Sheerer

Funeral service for Nona Sue Sheerer, 88, of Norman and formerly of Chickasha, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday April 2nd at the West Side Church of Christ in Norman. The service will be live-streamed on the church’s YouTube channel. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made Camp Lu-Jo KISMIF in Lawton, the SEARCH Television Ministry in Edmond, or the Westview Boys Home in Hollis.

 

Monday, March 29th  

 

Search Continues for New Chix City Manager

The Chickasha City Council continues its search for a new city manager. Mayor Chris Mosley said a potential candidate was offered the post earlier this month but decided against taking the job. Now, Mosley said the council will be working with a head-hunting firm to find qualified candidates.

 

              

 

Mosley said the short-term goal is to find an interim city manager who can assist with putting together a proposed budget for the 2022 fiscal year which begins in three months. Mosley has been serving as acting-city manager since John Noblitt stepped down from the post in January.

 

Contractor Completes Ice Storm Branch Pick-Up

The private contractor hired by the City of Chickasha to remove the brush piles leftover from the freak ice storm last October has finished its work. City officials approved a $171,000 contract with the company which took just over two weeks to wrap up the project. Public Works Director David Buchanan said the city will still have to take care of some smaller projects although the city's grapple truck is in the shop. The city will now charge residents on a case-by-case basis to pick up brush. The cost is $55 for the first four cubic yards and about $8 for each additional cubic yard. Residents can take limbs to the city’s public works headquarters for free as long as they show a current water bill.

 

Chix' Water Treatment Process to Temporarily Change

Also from Chickasha City Hall, officials say the contractor which treats the city's drinking water will be changing the chemicals used to disinfect the water. And they warn that some residents could notice a brief change in how the water tastes and looks. Normally, the firm uses what's known as chloramines, which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. About once a year the firm switches to free chlorine only - which they say is needed to eliminate sediments that have built up in the water lines. Officials say the water could briefly taste like chlorine, comparing the taste to swimming pool water. They also say the water may also be cloudy and if that occurs, households and businesses can run tap water for a couple of minutes to move the chemical through those water lines. Crews will be flushing fire hydrants to help move the chemical through the water system faster. This process will begin Thursday, April 1st and will last for the entire month of April. The contractor will return to its regular way of treating water the first of May where residents may again notice brief changes in the water.

 

Area High School Bands Prepare for State Competition

The Chickasha High School concert band is gearing up for the Class 4A state competition. Director Kent Barker says the band has qualified for state for 18 out of the last 20 years. The 78 band members gather every morning to work on two selected songs as well as sight-reading - which is playing a selection they have never seen before. Among the band members is percussionist Rylan Burrows.

 

              

 

The band qualified for state by getting a Superior rating at the district competition earlier this month. They hope to get another Superior rating at state which will be held in Elk City tomorrow. Several other bands including Blanchard, Tuttle, and Newcastle were among the 12 which qualified for the 4A state competition.

 

Rush Springs Watermelon Festival to Return

The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival will be returning in 2021. The festival was canceled last year because of the pandemic. The festival is hosted by the Rush Springs Lions Club and the group has scheduled the event for August 14th. Organizers are looking for potential watermelon queen contestants. They must be 16 years old by July 1st and cannot be older than 21. Queen night is scheduled for May 21st. The 76th annual festival will include more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. The Rush Springs Rodeo will be held Thursday, Aug. 12th and Friday, Aug. 13th and the watermelon festival parade will be Friday, Aug. 13th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.57.

Natural gas is $2.55 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,725 and silver is $24.80.

 

Obituaries

Yvonne Brame

Funeral service for Yvonne Brame, 85, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Tony Maurice McCurdy

Funeral service for Tony Maurice McCurdy, 62, is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2021, March 29th-April 3rd

Saturday, April 3rd

 

Suspects In Custody After Shots Fired in Home Invasion

A Caddo County homeowner was involved in a shootout with two men that he says were breaking into his home. KWTV News 9 reports the home invasion took place in Lookeba on March 22nd. The report quotes Caddo County Sheriff Spencer Davis as saying the homeowner saw the two men circling around his home. The men approached the back door and kicked it in and the homeowner fired a shot in their direction but didn't hit either of the suspects. He chased them out of the home and as they drove away the suspects fired back. The men eventually crashed into a tree and got away on foot. With the help of citizens, Caddo County deputies were able to track them down. Both men were reported to be convicted felons out of Oklahoma City. They were arrested on complaints of burglary, shooting with intent to kill, and drug possession. The homeowner is not facing any charges. Sheriff Davis said he would not advise anyone to break into a home in rural Oklahoma because residents don't mess around and that somebody might end up getting hurt.

 

DUI Suspect Later Arrested For Officer Assault

A man accused of drinking and driving is also accused of assaulting an officer in separate incidents that took place just a few hours apart. This happened in Tuttle earlier this week. Tuttle police were called to investigate an accident where a car ran off the road, hit a concrete retaining wall, and a large pile of brush. A probable cause affidavit file by the officer said it appeared the driver was drunk and there was an open beer can in the car. The driver suffered a head injury and was taken to a Mustang hospital for treatment. The man's car was impounded. Later in the afternoon, after the man was released from the hospital, he went to the Tuttle police department and demanded to get the keys to his car. The man again appeared to be under the influence and got into a physical confrontation with two officers but was eventually taken into custody. Arrested was 41-year old Joseph Nimmo of Oklahoma City. He's facing felony charges of DUI and assault on a police officer and misdemeanors of public drunk and resisting arrest. He's in in the Grady County Jail pending a $10,000 bond.

 

Sheriff's Office Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Friday, April 2nd

 

Former Restaurant Manager Accused of Arson

The one-time manager of a Chickasha restaurant is accused of starting a fire that destroyed the restaurant. 41-year old Nidal Nazih Al-Ghazawneh is accused of intentionally setting the fire at Sam's Southern Eatery last October. An arrest warrant was issued for Al-Ghazawneh this past Tuesday and he was booked into the Grady County Jail on Wednesday. A probable cause affidavit from the state fire marshal's office indicates that video surveillance shows that Al-Ghazawneh returned to the restaurant after it closed and turned on a deep-fryer that was partially filled with cooking oil. The affidavit states that the lives of firefighters were in danger while beating back the flames as the building began to collapse on them. Al-Ghazawneh has been formally charged with felony counts of arson and endangering life during arson. He is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond and is to announce his attorney April 15th with a preliminary hearing conference scheduled April 28th.

 

Ninnekah Man Charged with Arson in SUV Fire

A Ninnekah man is also accused of arson following an un-related incident earlier this week. 27-year old Shaun McConnell was taken into custody after authorities say he set his SUV on fire. Ninnekah police and firefighters were called to a home on Quail Road late Tuesday night. A probable cause affidavit indicates a resident told authorities that McConnell threatened to burn everything down on the property. Police found McConnell a few minutes later, who threatened them with a weapon which turned out to be a pellet gun. Police managed to take McConnell into custody but not before he kicked an officer and tried to get away. Police also say they found drugs in McConnell's possession. McConnell, who has a long history with police, is facing new charges of arson, possession of an imitation pistol after felony conviction, and drug possession. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

 

Chickasha Schools Name District Teacher of the Year

A third grade teacher has been named Teacher of the Year for Chickasha Public Schools. Jennifer Phillips, who has taught in the district for 15 years, picked up the honor. The news was posted on the school district's Facebook page. Phillips has taught nearly every grade at Grand Avenue Elementary except second grade since starting her career in Chickasha in 2005. She has also served as a department chair, has served on the district's professional development committee, has worked as webpage trainer, and helped numerous student-teachers in their development.

 

Selecting the Right Easter Lily

Easter lilies are popular house plants this time of year. If you have yet to get yours for this Easter weekend, Ben Tindle with the Grady County 4H teen leaders has some recommendations.

 

              

 

Tindle says don't throw your Easter lilies away. You can plant them outside in either the spring or fall. They will need some morning sun and should be in soil that drains easily. Cut them back in late fall and put some mulch around them to protect them from cold winter weather.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.60.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,726 and silver is $24.95.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here is part of what we’re talking about this weekend. Ward 1 Chickasha City Council candidates David Lucas and Brian Gerdes are guests on the KOOL Konversation. Dr. Jeanette Loutch with USAO is the guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Thursday, April 1st

 

Son Arrested for Improper Care of His Father

A Grady County man is in custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the improper care of his disabled father. Authorities issued a felony arrest warrant for 32-year old Derek Wayne Loyd of Rush Springs after a hospice worker found Loyd's father living in deplorable conditions. A police affidavit indicates that the man was lying in a urine-soaked bed, and there had been an instance where she saw maggots in the man's bed. The affidavit further states that the home had piles of clothes and trash in every room, that the house smelled of urine and feces, and there were soiled linens piled up inside and outside of the home. The arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday, March 30th and Loyd was taken into custody by a Grady County deputy sheriff Wednesday, March 31st. Loyd is charged with one felony count of caretaker abuse. He's expected to have his initial appearance on the charge in Grady County District Court today.

 

Two Candidates on Chickasha City Council Ballot

The annual Chickasha City Council election is coming up next week. There is only one race on the ballot where two candidates are seeking a post in Ward 1. Brian Gerdes currently holds that seat after being appointed to the city council last year. He said he would like to see the city implement the recent flood prevention plan the council adopted.

 

              

 

David Lucas is the other candidate. He says the city needs to be more transparent about what's being done and wants the public to have more time during city council meetings to discuss problems.

 

              

 

Both Gerdes and Lucas will be on our KOOL Konversation program this weekend.

 

Early Voting Underway for April 6th Elections

In addition to the Chickasha City Council election next week there are numerous other city and town council elections as well as school elections set for Tuesday, April 6th. Among them is a seat on the Canadian Valley Technology Center Board of Education. It's for Office No. 3 where incumbent Travis Posey is facing challenger Dennis Crawford. Early voting for all of next week's elections is now underway. Voters can cast in-person, absentee ballots at county election boards. The early voting is available until 6 p.m. today (Thursday) and again from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday).  Unlike federal elections there is no early voting on Saturday. Most regular precincts will be open Tuesday, April 6th from 700 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

National Guard Bill Passes State Senate Panel              

A bill to honor Oklahoma National Guard soldiers killed in the line of duty gets unanimous approval from a state senate committee. HB 2374 would provide up to $10,000 for funeral expenses for guard members who are killed while on active-duty status. The bill was co-authored by State Rep. Dean Davis of Broken Arrow and State Senator David Bullard of Durant. Bullard said there is no way to properly thank or recognize those who make the ultimate sacrifice, but the state can help cover expenses when these heroes are laid to rest. The bill now goes before the full state senate for consideration and if approved would go to Gov. Kevin Stitt for final approval. The State House of Representatives has already passed the measure.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.16 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.54.

Natural gas is $2.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,715 and silver is $24.40.

 

Obituary

Johnny Wray

Funeral service for Johnny Wray, 69, will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 2nd at Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha. He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Verden for many years.

 

Wednesday, March 31st

 

One Hospitalized After Multi-Vehicle Crash

A three-vehicle accident which included a semi on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike sent one man to the hospital with leg injuries. Some Chickasha residents involved in the crash were fortunate to avoid getting hurt. The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the westbound lanes of the interstate near Mile Marker 106 in Newcastle. The highway patrol reports a semi driven by Chad James of Chickasha had been parked on the shoulder. As James attempted to merge onto the highway a pick-up rear-ended the semi, and the pickup was hit by an SUV. The driver of the pickup, 60-year old Joseph Thompson of Edmond, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted in serious condition. James was not injured and two Chickasha residents in the pickup, Billy and Beatrice Trammell, were not seriously hurt.

 

Verden Police Find Drugs in Another Traffic Stop

Verden police have made another arrest which has resulted in a drug-trafficking charge being filed against an individual. It’s the second such incident in Verden within the last few days. An arrest affidavit shows an officer spotted an SUV with an expired temporary paper tag early Sunday morning. The officer tried to make a traffic stop but the SUV led the officer on a short pursuit through town before crashing into a ditch. Arrested was 32-year old Kathryn White of Oklahoma City. The officer stated he found nearly 250 grams of methamphetamine in the SUV. White has been formally charged with felony drug trafficking. She remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

 

Snack Foods with THC Found in Oklahoma              

You may have heard that snack foods containing medical marijuana products have made their way to Oklahoma. It was reported that the foods were packaged in California. Some of the packages have small markings on them showing they include THC but the markings may not be clearly visible. The State Bureau of Narcotics and the State Medical Marijuana Authority issued a joint statement reminding patients about medication safety. Officials said the ingestion of THC can send some people to the hospital. They also said dispensaries are required to refuse any products that don't meet packaging label requirements. The groups also said all medications and even medical marijuana products including edibles should be stored out of the reach of children and pets and recommend that medication lock-boxes should be used.

              

USAO to Hold In-person Graduation

For the first time since the pandemic started USAO will hold an in-person graduation ceremony. President John Feaver said he was happy to resume commencement activities in-person and invites all students whose final term in college was disrupted by the coronavirus. The ceremony will be held outdoors on the oval on Saturday, April 24th. Graduates will have four tickets to give to guests who will sit in socially-distant pods and everyone will be required to wear masks. Individuals who don't have tickets will be allowed to stand beyond the seating area. The ceremony will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

 

Dicamba Training Sessions Scheduled

Ag producers needing to update their Dicamba application certification will have a couple of opportunities for training over the next couple of weeks. The Grady County OSU Extension Office will offer the courses on both Thursday, April 8th and Thursday, April 15th. The training sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both days. Producers will only have to attend one of the sessions. Officials say there will be information about new testing and CEU requirements for private applicators. Individuals should contact the extension office by calling 405-224-2216. A limited number of spots are available.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.14.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,686 and silver is $24.10.

 

Tuesday, March 30th

 

Woman Charged with Trafficking Hides Meth in her Body

A woman arrested on a drug complaint has been charged with drug trafficking after authorities say she was found with drugs in her genitals. 28-year old Lorraina Nunez of Oklahoma City was arrested by Verden police Tuesday, March 23rd. An affidavit filed at the Grady County Courthouse indicates that while at the jail officials received word that Nunez had drugs in her private area. When asked if she had drugs hidden inside her body she said yes. A female officer took Nunez to a changing area where she produced some meth wrapped in plastic. The affidavit indicates it was enough to warrant prosecutors to file a felony drug trafficking charge against her. Nunez is also charged with a second felony for bringing contraband into the jail. Nunez remains in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. She's to announce her attorney April 15th with a preliminary hearing set for April 28th. On-line court records indicate that Nunez pleaded guilty to a previous drug trafficking charge three years ago after being arrested by Minco police. She received an eight-year sentence with all but 30-days suspended.

 

Alleged Speeder Faces Charge of Making False Bomb Threat

The man arrested for speeding through Rush Springs twice this month is back on the streets after posting bond in connection with the most recent charges he's facing. Deonta Hartsfield of Duncan has been formally charged with new felonies which include making a false bomb threat and threatening violence. That's in addition to a felony for endangering others while eluding which had previously been filed against him. Hartsfield was first arrested March 9th for driving more than 100 miles per hour through Rush Springs. He was arrested again last Tuesday after radar indicated he was driving 64 mph in a 55 mph zone. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Hartsfield became belligerent and combative, and in a profanity-laced tirade threatened to kill the officer and blow up the town of Rush Springs. Hartsfield is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond and is to announce an attorney next week.

 

Head-on Crash Critically Injures One

A driver is in critical condition following a head on collision near Elgin. 35-year old Carl Red Elk of Cache was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with internal trunk injuries. The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Monday near U.S. Highway 62 and Porter Hill Road. The highway patrol reports that Red Elk was southbound on Highway 62 and struck an on-coming pickup driven by 42-year old Aaron Deutch of Apache. Deutch was taken by a private vehicle to a Lawton hospital where he was treated and released. An un-named 12-year old boy who was a passenger in Deutch's truck was not hurt.

 

Football Team to Have Benefit for Cyril Fire Victims

A minor league football team will be hosting a benefit game to help victims of a recent apartment fire in Cyril. The Lawton Savages who play their home games at Cyril High School will take on the West Texas Scorpions Saturday, April 2nd at Cyril. The team will be taking donations of clothing, furniture, un-used appliances, toys, and money to help the victims. Some proceeds of the ticket sales will also be donated. Kick-off for Saturday's game will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for the students.

 

Congressman Cole to have Telephone Town Hall Meeting

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole will hold a telephone town hall meeting with constituents. Cole said between the on-going pandemic, work and family schedules, and other commitments he wanted to provide an easy way for Oklahomans to hear from him. Cole will give his thoughts on the first days of the Biden administration and answer questions. The telephone town hall meeting will be tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 31st) from 6-7 p.m. Individuals can call 833-305-1727.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.98.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,695 and silver is $24.44.

 

Obituary

Nona Sue Sheerer

Funeral service for Nona Sue Sheerer, 88, of Norman and formerly of Chickasha, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday April 2nd at the West Side Church of Christ in Norman. The service will be live-streamed on the church’s YouTube channel. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made Camp Lu-Jo KISMIF in Lawton, the SEARCH Television Ministry in Edmond, or the Westview Boys Home in Hollis.

 

Monday, March 29th  

 

Search Continues for New Chix City Manager

The Chickasha City Council continues its search for a new city manager. Mayor Chris Mosley said a potential candidate was offered the post earlier this month but decided against taking the job. Now, Mosley said the council will be working with a head-hunting firm to find qualified candidates.

 

              

 

Mosley said the short-term goal is to find an interim city manager who can assist with putting together a proposed budget for the 2022 fiscal year which begins in three months. Mosley has been serving as acting-city manager since John Noblitt stepped down from the post in January.

 

Contractor Completes Ice Storm Branch Pick-Up

The private contractor hired by the City of Chickasha to remove the brush piles leftover from the freak ice storm last October has finished its work. City officials approved a $171,000 contract with the company which took just over two weeks to wrap up the project. Public Works Director David Buchanan said the city will still have to take care of some smaller projects although the city's grapple truck is in the shop. The city will now charge residents on a case-by-case basis to pick up brush. The cost is $55 for the first four cubic yards and about $8 for each additional cubic yard. Residents can take limbs to the city’s public works headquarters for free as long as they show a current water bill.

 

Chix' Water Treatment Process to Temporarily Change

Also from Chickasha City Hall, officials say the contractor which treats the city's drinking water will be changing the chemicals used to disinfect the water. And they warn that some residents could notice a brief change in how the water tastes and looks. Normally, the firm uses what's known as chloramines, which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. About once a year the firm switches to free chlorine only - which they say is needed to eliminate sediments that have built up in the water lines. Officials say the water could briefly taste like chlorine, comparing the taste to swimming pool water. They also say the water may also be cloudy and if that occurs, households and businesses can run tap water for a couple of minutes to move the chemical through those water lines. Crews will be flushing fire hydrants to help move the chemical through the water system faster. This process will begin Thursday, April 1st and will last for the entire month of April. The contractor will return to its regular way of treating water the first of May where residents may again notice brief changes in the water.

 

Area High School Bands Prepare for State Competition

The Chickasha High School concert band is gearing up for the Class 4A state competition. Director Kent Barker says the band has qualified for state for 18 out of the last 20 years. The 78 band members gather every morning to work on two selected songs as well as sight-reading - which is playing a selection they have never seen before. Among the band members is percussionist Rylan Burrows.

 

              

 

The band qualified for state by getting a Superior rating at the district competition earlier this month. They hope to get another Superior rating at state which will be held in Elk City tomorrow. Several other bands including Blanchard, Tuttle, and Newcastle were among the 12 which qualified for the 4A state competition.

 

Rush Springs Watermelon Festival to Return

The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival will be returning in 2021. The festival was canceled last year because of the pandemic. The festival is hosted by the Rush Springs Lions Club and the group has scheduled the event for August 14th. Organizers are looking for potential watermelon queen contestants. They must be 16 years old by July 1st and cannot be older than 21. Queen night is scheduled for May 21st. The 76th annual festival will include more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. The Rush Springs Rodeo will be held Thursday, Aug. 12th and Friday, Aug. 13th and the watermelon festival parade will be Friday, Aug. 13th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.57.

Natural gas is $2.55 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,725 and silver is $24.80.

 

Obituaries

Yvonne Brame

Funeral service for Yvonne Brame, 85, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Tony Maurice McCurdy

Funeral service for Tony Maurice McCurdy, 62, is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2021, March 22nd-27th

Saturday, March 27th

 

Jury Recommends 600+ Years in Prison For Man

Convicted of Having Explosives, Weapons

A Grady County jury is recommending a man spend more than 600 years in prison after convicting him of having explosives and firearms. 34-year old Eric Casey Zeiset was found guilty of 20 counts which include having explosives, firearms, and stolen vehicles. The verdict came Thursday night after a four-day trial. An arrest warrant was issued for Zeiset in January of 2019 after the District Attorney's Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Narcotics found numerous weapons at a home south of Verden. Zeiset was later arrested in a joint effort of Verden Police and state troopers. In a written statement, District Attorney Jason Hicks said Zeiset is dangerous and should be behind bars for a significant period of time. Hicks said while the jury's recommendation of 620 years may seem excessive, the reality is that most of the crimes he was charged with are considered non-violent and not ones where a defendant is required to serve 85-percent of a sentence. Formal sentencing is scheduled for June 3rd.

 

Infant Hospitalized After Traffic Accident

A baby is hospitalized after being injured in a traffic accident near Anadarko. The one-year old boy was air-lifted to Children's Hospital with a head injury where he was admitted in serious condition. The child's name was not disclosed. He was in a car safety seat in a vehicle driven by 24-year old Jose Zavalza of Anadarko. He and 28-year old Hilda Vasquez also of Anadarko were not hurt. The accident happened on State Highway 9 three miles west of Anadarko about 3:00 p.m. Friday. The highway patrol said Zalvaza rear-ended a car driven by 23-year old Mariah Villaneuva, also of Anadarko who also was not hurt.

 

'The Imaginaries' Release Debut Album

A husband-and-wife musical duo whose careers have Grady County roots have released their first album. Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, known as The Imaginaries, debuted their self-titled album through ONErpm Friday. Henry is from the Verden area. The Oklahoman reports that the couple battled through a number of setbacks including the pandemic, other health issues, and tour cancellations. While they frequently backed each other up on individual performances they didn’t actually perform together until 2018. Along with their music recordings they teamed up with Reagan Elkins and his Intellego Media group based in Chickasha to create music videos which have been entered in numerous virtual film festivals. Among them is a short-film of their song "Revival" which features the couple as Great Depression-era bank robbers who give up their life of crime to seek redemption. They've filmed a mini-movie with Elkins with their song "Walking on Wire" which is featured in the Oklahoma-made movie ‘Infamous’ starring Hollywood actress Bella Thorne, a portion of which was filmed in Chickasha.

 

Holy City Schedules Two Passion Play Performances

The annual Prince of Peace Easter pageant at the Holy City of the Wichitas will have the first of two performances tonight. This is the 96th year for the show which follows the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Last year's performance was postponed because of the pandemic, so organizers are excited to once again bring the Passion Play to a live audience. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. There is a slight chance for thunderstorms and temps will be in the 60s so extra blankets, coats, and rain gear may be necessary. The performance is viewed in an area called Audience Hill.  There is no charge to attend. A second performance will be held next Saturday night. It will start at 8:30 p.m. both nights.

 

Obituary

Yvonne Brame

Funeral service for Yvonne Brame, 85, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, March 26th

 

All Okla Adults Soon to be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination

The fourth phase of COVID-19 vaccinations in Oklahoma begins next week. All Oklahomans 18-years and older will be eligible. Officials with the State Health Department said that's an additional 500,000 people who can get the shot. Deputy Health Commissioner Keith Reed said there is no longer a need to screen groups or for anyone to wonder if they are eligible. Reed said since there are three vaccines available and supply is consistent and growing state health officials will continue opening more access points to make the vaccine more readily available.

 

Regional Schools Receive PSO Robotics Grants

A couple of regional school districts get some help for their robotics programs. Chickasha Public Schools and the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center are among more than a dozen schools to getting assistance from Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The schools shared in the more than $22,000 distributed to more than a dozen schools in the PSO service areas. All the schools participate in what's known as the FIRST robotics competition (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Individual school grants range from $500 to about $2,000. PSO Vice President for External Affairs Tiffani Jackson said they are glad to support the robotics teams and are hopeful the experiences will spark an interest in STEM fields as students consider their education and career paths.

 

Sheriff's Office Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have any information regarding any of these individuals you’re asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.95.

Natural gas is $2.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $25.24.

 

Obituaries

Mildred ‘Granny' Talley

 Funeral service for Mildred "Granny" Talley, 83, of Verden will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 27th, at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Marcie Ohs

Memorial service for Marcie Ohs, 61, of Agawam will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 31st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, March 25th

 

Scammers Use Chix PD's non-Emergency Phone Number

Chickasha police say to beware of scam artists who are using the department's non-emergency telephone number. The warning is posted on the department’s Facebook Page  and indicates the scammers are using an app to make it appear they are calling from the office number 405-222-6050. Officials say callers are pretending to be a police officer and telling individuals that their identities have been compromised. Officials believe the calls may be coming from outside the United States as the individuals have difficulty speaking English and it sounds like they are reading from a script. The post said officers may conduct routine business and interviews from the non-emergency number and should identify themselves when they do call. Officials say if you don't feel comfortable speaking to someone saying they are with the police department, ask for an officer to come to you or schedule an appointment to meet at the police department.

 

ER Patient Accused of Assauling Medical Staff, Officer              

A patient being treated in a hospital emergency room is arrested for assaulting medical personnel. A report on the daily Chickasha police blotter indicates officers were called to Grady Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon regarding an unruly patient. Authorities arrested 28-year old Nickolas Blaine Klinekole of Cyril. Prosecutors have charged him with two felony counts of assault on an officer and a misdemeanor for public intoxication. Klinekole remains in jail in lieu of  $20,000 bond.

 

Pursuit Suspect Arrested A Second Time

A man arrested after leading Rush Springs police on a high speed chase a couple of weeks ago is in more trouble with the law. 21-year old Deonta Dshawn Hartsfield of Duncan was arrested March 9th after driving through Rush Springs at speeds topping 100 miles per hour.  He is facing felony eluding and drug possession charges in connection with that arrest and paid a $10,000 bond to get out of jail. Rush Springs police pulled Hartsfield over again this past Tuesday night and arrested him on complaints of speeding, making a false bomb threat, and DUI. Hartsfield remains in jail pending any formal charges that may be filed by prosecutors stemming from this week’s arrest.

 

Bond Set for Alleged Drug Dealer

Alleged drug dealer Samuel Mirich had his initial court appearance on a number felony charges in Grady County District Court on Wednesday. Mirich had his bond set at $150,000 and is to announce his attorney April 15th with a preliminary hearing conference scheduled April 28th. He was wanted in connection with drugs, stolen guns, and stolen vehicles found at a Dibble area home earlier this month. Authorities also seized a number of animals from the property based on findings that the animals were abused and neglected.

 

Man Arrested for Alleged Assault on His Mom, Grandmother

A Blanchard man wanted for assaulting his mother and grandmother last year was arrested this week. An arrest warrant for 45-year old David Wade Kusik was issued in June of 2020 after he got into an argument with the women about money. A probable cause affidavit indicates a struggle ensued and as one of the women tried to call 9-1-1 on her cell phone, Kusik grabbed the phone and broke it - then drove away in his grandmother's car. Kusik is charged with a felony for unauthorized use of a vehicle, and misdemeanors for disrupting an emergency call and domestic assault and battery. He is out of jail after posting a $7,500 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.18

London-based Brent crude is $64.41.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,733 and silver is $24.94.

 

Wednesday, March 24th

 

Drug Distribution Suspect Now in the Grady County Jail

The man authorities say was responsible for distributing drugs out of a home near Dibble is in the Grady County Jail. 39-year old Samuel David Mirich was transferred from the Oklahoma County Jail late last night. A Grady County arrest warrant was issued for Mirich earlier this month after deputies responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in eastern Grady County. At the home investigators found numerous drugs, more than 100 weapons believed to have been stolen, and several stolen vehicles. Mirich was located in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks ago following a joint effort of the Grady County Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshals. Marshals arrested Mirich after he crashed a vehicle while trying to elude them. Mirich is facing felony charges in Grady County of drug possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm after conviction, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

 

'Minute with the Mayor' Debuts

The City of Chickasha has started a new video segment with Mayor Chris Mosley. The program called Minute with the Mayor debuted on the City's Facebook page last night. Mosley says he'll be talking to department heads about their duties and projects they are working on. In this week’s segment, the mayor says the effort to pick up the trees and limbs left over from last October’s ice storm continues.

 

              

 

Mayor Mosley also urged residents to use the Request Tracker link on the city's website to report any issues they have. And, he said residents can submit comments and questions to him at: mayor@chickasha.org

 

New Superhero Teaches Electrical Safety

There is a new superhero who is educating children and their families about electrical safety. Captain Wattage was created in a partnership between Public Service Company and the National Theatre for Children. It's a live-stream event geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program will begin April 12th. It includes a live host who sets up and recaps a series of educational videos, and even leads a question-and-answer session with viewers in real time. The program is supplemented by a complete on-line curriculum which includes hands-on lessons, inter-active activities, games, e-books, and more. More information is available on line at www.national theatre.com under the Captain Wattage link.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $57.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.79.

Natural gas is $2.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,732 and silver is $25.35.

 

Obituaries

Andre Malone

Funeral service for Andre Malone, 47, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 25th at the First and Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

David Reed

Funeral service for David Reed, 66, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 26th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends Fur Change.

Maxine Stewart

Funeral service for Maxine Stewart, 93, formerly of Alex, will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 27th at the Main Street Church of Christ in Alex. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Berean Children’s Home of Bugue Chitto, MS.

 

Tuesday, March 23rd

 

USAO to Co-Host Anti-Racism Conference

USAO will partner with an internationally-known group to address racism in a virtual conference later this spring. The program is through USAO's Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher Center for Social Justice and Racial Healing program. The joint conference is with the Institute for the Healing of Memories. The three-day conference will take a look at the inter-related themes of diversity, alienation, and community and examine the characteristics of systematic racism and its impact on daily life. The keynote speaker is Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest, an anti-apartheid activist, and founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories. The theme of the conference is Building Bridges and Dismantling Racism for the Common Good. The conference is free and open to the public. Register on-line at www.usao.edu/buildingbridges

 

Fundraiser Set for Grady County Deputy and Family

The Grady County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to help one of its own. Deputy Mark Ingram and his family lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire last month. The sheriff's office will be holding a benefit spaghetti lunch and dinner and a silent auction for the family Wednesday, March 24th. The fundraiser will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds Community building for both lunch and dinner. Times will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  and also from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The meals are by donation and you can dine in or get your orders to-go.

 

Violent Assault Suspect Jailed              

A suspect alleged to have been involved in violent attack at a Chickasha motel is in custody. Chickasha police arrested 31-year old Simon Segura Martell last week after being called to the Quality Inn to investigate a 9-1-1 call about a fight in progress. A probable cause affidavit indicates that when police arrived a man was found in a pool of blood with a severe head injury. The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where doctors said he had a broken jaw. The victim was then taken to an Oklahoma City hospital for additional treatment. The affidavit cities video surveillance showing that Martell appeared to be stomping on something. Witnesses say the victim came to Martell's room and tried to attack him with a knife.  Martell has been formally charged with a felony for aggravated assault and battery and he remains in jail on a $100,000 bond. He is to announce his attorney April 15th and a preliminary hearing conference is tentatively set for April 28th.

 

OHP Seeks Students for Cadet Academy

High school juniors and seniors who have an interest in a career in law enforcement might consider applying for a week-long cadet lawman academy put on by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Trooper Eric Foster says it offers a first-hand look at what it takes to be a state trooper. He says the camp will include some physical training as well as a lot of hands-on activities.

 

              

 

About 80 students will be accepted for the academy which will be held in June on the campus of Connors State College in Warner. Students must have at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average, and signed endorsements from a principal or superintendent, an official from a local Elks Lodge, and a state trooper. Applications are due by April 1st.

 

Emergency Planning Committee to Meet Virtually

The quarterly meeting of Grady County's LEPC, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, will be held via a Zoom conference next week. The meeting is set for Wednesday, March 31st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Members will receive an invitation to the meeting via e-mail sometime this week. Bruce Anthony of Tuttle is the chairman and Rainbow Wilson is the vice chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.62.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,744 and silver is $25.68.

 

Obituaries

Sybil Scott

A private graveside service will be held for Sybil Scott, 98, of the Chickasha and Minco area. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be given to the Minco Church of Christ or the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.

Joan Spearman

A graveside service for Joan Spearman, 79, of Chickasha was held Tuesday, March 23rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, March 22nd

 

Lt. Governor to Headline Chamber Awards Banquet

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be in Chickasha next month. Pinell will be the guest speaker at the 98th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce awards banquet. He is expected to discuss the importance of tourism and shopping locally to communities. As Lt. Governor, Pinnell oversees the State Department of Tourism and Recreation and the state's efforts to promote tourism which is considered the state’s third largest industry. He also serves on the executive committee of the Department of Commerce where he focuses on small business growth, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. The chamber awards banquet will be held Friday, April 9th at the Grady County Fairgrounds and Event Center. Ticket reservations are available through March 29th.

 

Coronavirus Vaccination Clinic Today            

The state Department of Health is teaming up with Indian Health Services to provide a coronavirus vaccination clinic today. The clinic will be held at Chickasha’s Southern Oaks Church of Christ. The clinic was announced late last week and appointments were filled up by Friday afternoon. This will be the Moderna vaccine and those who get their shots today will get their second vaccinations at their same appointment times in four weeks.

 

Teen Hospitalized After Falling Out of ATV

A Texas teenager was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital following an ATV accident west of Binger. The 13-year old boy was admitted in serious condition with a head injury. His name was not reported as state troopers do not release the names of juveniles involved in accidents. The youth was one of three teenagers riding in the Polaris ATV on a county road about eight miles west of Binger. He fell out of the ATV when he leaned against the door and it opened.

 

Some Caddo County Precincts to Close for School Elections

Several Caddo County precincts will be closed for the upcoming April 6th school elections. For the Binger-Oney School District, the Carnegie Memorial Building in Carnegie and Lookeba City Hall will be closed; for the Apache School District, the Alden Fire Department will be closed; and for the Lookeba-Sickles School District, the Highland Methodist Church, the Binger Community Building, and the Hinton Fire Station will be closed. Voters in those precincts need to reach out to the Caddo County Election Board to make arrangements to vote by mail, or by in –person, absentee voting.

 

Virtual Peanut Expo Set Thursday

Peanut producers might consider taking part in a virtual Peanut Expo this week. Producers and others involved in the peanut industry will hear from experts who will be providing updates on varieties, marketing, and an industry outlook. Ron Sholar, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, calls it the premier education and training event in the region for this year. Dr. Marshall Lamb, a well-known peanut scientist, will have a peanut outlook; Bob Parker, President and CEO of the National Peanut Board will discuss national trends; and there will be discussions on peanut disease and weed control. The virtual expo will be held this Thursday, March 25th. To participate, individuals need to RSVP Josh Bushong with Oklahoma State University or Ron Sholar with the Oklahoma Peanut Commission.

 

Nation's Rig Count Climbs, Oklahoma Steady

There is a little more activity in the energy industry across the country although Oklahoma was not part of that trend-

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.53.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,734 and silver is $25.67.

 

Obituaries

Sandra Marshall

No service was held for Sandra Marshall, 80, formerly of Chickasha. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Arlessia Kennell

Funeral service for Arlessia Kennell, 63, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Ernie Sheltry, Jr.

A memorial service for Ernie Sheltry, Jr., 74, of Ninnekah will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 27th at the Fellowship of American Indians Church in Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship of American Indians Church.

 

2021, March 8th-13th

Saturday, March 13th

 

 

U.S. Marshals Arrest Wanted Grady County Man

U.S. Marshals have arrested a man suspected of having numerous stolen guns, stolen vehicles, and drugs at a rural Grady County home. 38-year old Samuel David Mirich, who lists a Blanchard address, was arrested in Oklahoma City Thursday. A Grady County arrest warrant was issued for Mirich after authorities found the items at home in the Dibble area west of the Grady and McClain County line on March 2nd. Mirich was identified as one of two suspects who fled the home as authorities arrived to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle. U.S. Marshals were able to locate Mirich with the help of the Grady County Fugitive Task Force. Deputies Les Sanders and Phillip McCarthy spent the last couple of weeks chasing down leads. One of those leads helped U.S. Marshals find Mirich at an undisclosed location in northwest Oklahoma City. Sanders said the arrest didn't come easy as Mirich led authorities on a high-speed pursuit which ended when Mirich crashed. Mirich was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries then taken to the Oklahoma County Jail. It is expected that Mirich will eventually be taken to the Grady County Jail to face the local charges. The initial investigation began when sheriff's deputies found more than 100 stolen guns, several stolen vehicles, and drugs. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said at the time that Mirich had a lengthy criminal record, including a guilty plea to being an accessory to a Cleveland County murder a few years ago.

 

Cyril Couple Sought on Child Neglect Warrants

Arrests warrants have been issued for two Cyril people who are accused of exposing their pre-teen child to drugs. Caddo County authorities are looking for 32-year old Caitlin Sinclair Biggs and 26-year old Austin Scott Wylie. The warrants are for four counts of child neglect. The Lawton Constitution cites reports from Cyril police which indicate that the 12-year old boy had recently been removed from the home and is now staying with guardians.  The child told police that Biggs and Wylie would smoke marijuana in front of him and talked about taking acid and eating hallucinogenic mushrooms. He also said the couple took him to a Stillwater medical marijuana farm where they worked and isolated him in what he called a 'container.' He also said he was also forced to wait in the family truck in the snow while Biggs and Wylie worked at the farm.

              

Two Hurt in Semi-SUV Crash Near Lindsay              

Two people are hospitalized after yet another accident involving a semi and a passenger vehicle. One of the victims is in critical condition after the crash near Lindsay last night. The two people hospitalized are from New York and authorities have not released their names as relatives have not been identified. The accident happened just before 7:00 p.m. Friday on State Highway 59 east of Lindsay. The highway patrol reports the couple's SUV failed to yield at a stop sign and was hit by a semi driven by 36-year old Michael Weisenbeck of Lindsay. Weisenbeck suffered minor injuries but was taken to a Purcell hospital where he was treated and released. It's the third accident in the region this week involving semis and passenger vehicles. One occurred at the Tabler Y and another involved a tanker truck and a pickup south of Lawton where two people were critically injured when both vehicles caught fire.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. On our KOOL Konversation we have the second part of our two-part program with District Attorney Jason Hicks. He talks about his frustration with the State Pardon and Parole Board and the state's criminal justice reform program in a press conference after murder charges were filed against Lawrence Paul Anderson. On Real Estate Today our guest is Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson who talks about severe weather preparedness this spring season. Find links to both programs under the Community Tab on this website.

 

Friday, March 12th

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenues Increase

Sales tax revenues across Grady County are on an upswing although they have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. The collections were up for the second straight month in February to $467,000 – an increase of 16 percent from January and up 30 percent compared to December. Sales tax revenues are distributed to a number of projects which have all been approved by Grady County voters. For February, the Grady County Fairgrounds received $156,000; Grady Memorial Hospital collected $138,000; seven senior nutrition centers shared in $78,000 with each one getting 11,000; 20 county fire departments shared $78,000 with each one getting $3,900; Tuttle EMS collected $12,000; and Rush Springs EMS picked up $3,000.

 

Passerby Calls in Ninnekah Fire

An early morning fire in Ninnekah is snuffed out quickly by fire crews and first responders thanks to an alert driver passing by. Grady County fire officials say the fire was called in about 4 a.m. by Charlesanna Ryans, who noticed a glow around the Mitch Kilgore mobile home on Old Fred Road. Ryans drove up to the mobile home and saw a wooden deck on fire. Ryans called 9-1-1 and pounded on the side of the mobile home to awaken the residents. Grady County Deputy Corie Loftice was first on the scene and tried to douse the flames with a garden hose. The Ninnekah Fire Department sent four trucks and five firefighters to the home. The deck valued at $5,000 was totally destroyed while the mobile home had some minor smoke damage but nobody was hurt. The fire started from embers falling out of a chiminea that hadn't been completely extinguished from the night before.

              

Chickasha Man Wanted for Alleged Child Sexual Assault

A Chickasha ex-con is being sought for the alleged sexual assault of a teenager. Caddo County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for 51-year old Tony Ray Brookshire. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents which allege Brookshire molested a 13-year old girl in Cement between October and November of last year. Brookshire has several prior drug convictions out of Grady County, including one from last summer. He faces anywhere from 20 years to life in prison if convicted of the most recent charge.

 

Carnegie Residents Injured in Crash

Two people – one of them a teenager - are critically injured after a pickup crashes near Medicine Park. 46-year old Timothy Bailey, Sr. and an un-named 16-year old boy both of Carnegie were taken by air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital. A woman in the truck, 39-year old Courtney Davis also of Carnegie refused treatment. The accident happened northeast of Medicine Park just before 2:00 p.m. Thursday. The highway patrol said Bailey was at the wheel when the truck ran off the road then hit an embankment, a concrete barrier, and a power line pole.

 

Purcell Man Hurt in Tabler Y Accident             

That crash that happened at the Tabler Y Thursday morning sent one person to hospital. 53-year old Gregory Bay of Purcell was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where was admitted in serious condition. The Highway Patrol reports that Bay attempted to turn east onto U.S. Highway 62 and was hit by an eastbound semi driven by 31-year old Billy Hogg of Splendora, Texas who was not hurt.

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.02 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.63.

Natural gas is $2.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,699 and silver is $25.58.

 

Obituaries

Jacob Trevino

Funeral service for Jacob Trevino, 41, will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13th at Grace Christian Center in Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

LaDana Burson

Funeral service for LaDana Burson, 69, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas funeral Home.

Mike Craig

Funeral service for Mike Craig of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 15th at First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the El Reno FFA program.

 

Thursday, March 11th

 

Emergency Crews Dispatched to Semi, Pick-up Collision

Breaking – A traffic accident between a semi and a pickup occurred just before 7 o’clock this morning at the Tabler Y. That is about six miles east of Chickasha on U.S. Highway 62 at the junction of State Highway 39. Listen for updates on KOOL News at noon and at 5:00 p.m. (Thursday, March 11th)

 

Contractor Begins Brush Pickup

A contractor hired by the City of Chickasha to pick up downed trees and limbs from last October's ice storm hit the streets yesterday. Crews from Greenbelt Turf Management out of Wilson, Oklahoma won the bid for the clean-up and the contract was signed yesterday. Mayor Chris Mosley said he knows residents are eager to see everything cleaned up. He urges residents and property owners to get debris to the curb because they are expecting the clean up to be completed quickly. Crews are working with two tandem grapple trucks and they started near the Chickasha Middle School yesterday (Wednesday) and are working west from there. Next week, a fleet of smaller trucks and trailers will sweep neighborhoods where some limbs have already been collected by city workers.  The city was unable to pick up some debris because it was too close to low hanging power lines, trees, and gas meters.

 

Two Critically Hurt in Tanker-SUV Crash

Two people are critically injured in a fiery near head-on collision involving an oil tanker and an SUV. 56-year old Bobby Starcher of Marlow and 39-year old Yolonda Powell of Lawton were both taken by air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital. The accident happened just before noon yesterday south of Lawton and near the Comanche and Cotton County line. The highway patrol reports that Powell crossed the center line and hit the tanker, then both vehicles caught fire. First responders were hampered in their rescue efforts due to the intense flames and the crash also sparked a grass fire. Officials with the State Department of Environmental Quality were called out to monitor the crash site for potential hazards from the burning fuel. Roadways were closed for about five hours.

 

Deadline Nears to List Personal Property with Assessor

Grady County property owners have until next Monday to list all personal property with the county assessor’s office without penalty. March 15th is also the deadline and to apply for any property tax exemptions individuals may qualify for. In a press release, County Assessor Bari Firestone said anyone who has purchased a home, opened a business, acquired or sold equipment for a business, acquired or sold farm equipment, or purchased or sold a manufactured home, should report that information to the assessor's office. She said many individuals received assessment papers by mail and those papers need to be signed and returned by March 15th even if there are no changes from the previous year. Any improvements made to property should be reported which includes square footage added to your home, a storage building, deck, shed, porch, or barn. There is a 10 percent penalty for filing after March 15th and the fine increases to 20 percent if it’s filed after April 15th. Those who may be eligible for exemptions include disabled veterans and senior citizens. Contact the assessor's office for more information.

 

Paxton Bill OK'd By Senate; Heads to House              

Legislation from Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) gets approval from the full senate. SB 959 would change the way Oklahoma would fill one of its U.S. Senate seats, should one become vacant in the middle of its six-year term. As it stands right now, the governor would call a special election to fill the vacancy and Paxton said that costs upwards of $4 million. If approved, the bill would spare the state that expense, by allowing the governor to appoint someone to that post for the remainder of the term. However, the appointee would not be able to run for the post at the next scheduled election. The appointee must have been a registered voter in the same party as the previous U.S. Senator for five years. The measure now goes to the State House of Representatives for consideration.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.90.

Natural gas is $2.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,734 and silver is $26.41.

 

Obituaries

Barbara Kennedy

Funeral mass for Barbara Kennedy, 71, of Amber will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, March 10th

 

State Lawmaker Apologizes for Racist Remark

Marlow State Representative Brad Boles has issued an apology for using a racist term. The Associated Press reports that Boles apologized for using the term 'colored' to describe black babies during debate on an anti-abortion bill on the floor of the State House of Representatives. During a moment of privilege Boles said he used a word that was not what it was intended to be. He apologized to members of the house or anyone who listened to the debate on-line and that he was truly sorry. State Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews, who is black, had called for Boles to publicly apologize and that she was disturbed that he would use the term at all. She said folks her grandmother's age used the term and that it's been weeded out in the hearts of good people for 60 years. A spokesman for House Speaker Charles McCall said it wasn't clear if Boles would face disciplinary action for the remark.

 

Two Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

Two people were injured in an early morning motorcycle accident southwest of Chickasha but weren’t at the scene when first responders arrived. The highway patrol, a sheriff’s deputy and Ninnekah Fire Department were called out to a rural area southeast of Norge about 4:00 a.m. A woman had called 9-1-1 and said she had a broken arm. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said Chickasha EMS later received a call from a home in Chickasha about a woman being injured in a motorcycle accident and she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Myers said the driver of the motorcycle also eventually made his way to the hospital. Neither the victims’ names nor their conditions were available.

 

Driver Clocked at 100 miles per hour in Rush Springs

A driver caught speeding through Rush Springs at more than 100 miles per hour is facing reckless driving and drug charges. 20-year old Deonta Dshawn Hartsfield of Duncan was arrested Monday afternoon after a Rush Springs police officer clocked him at 107 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The vehicle eventually pulled over about seven miles north of Rush Springs. In routine search of the car the officer found drugs and drug items in the trunk. Hartsfield is charged with felony eluding and misdemeanor drug charges and remains in the Grady County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

 

Old U.S. Highway 81 Construction Continues

Road construction work continues on old U.S. Highway 81 in Ninnekah. Starting today, contractors for the State Department of Transportation will be milling the old concrete highway between the Ninnekah Water Department and Old Fred Road. Grady County crews will be hauling off the debris and using it for its projects. That work is expected to take about a week. There are detours in the area.

 

Dibble Sailor Home after Deployment

A Dibble sailor recently completed a nearly year-long overseas deployment. Christopher Rodriguez-Crispo is a Chief Retail Service Specialist with the Navy who is stationed in Washington State. He was assigned to the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and spent the last 11 months with the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets, which included freedom of navigation operations as part of Operation Freedom Sentinel. The mission began in 2015 and followed Operation Enduring Freedom in which U.S. troops continue working with allies in the global war on terrorism.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX slides to $64.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude dips to $67.52.

Natural gas was fairly steady at $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,708 and silver is $25.77.

 

Tuesday, March 9th

 

More Oklahomans Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Phase 3 of the state health department's COVID-19 vaccination program is underway. Officials say it’s due to an increasing vaccine supply and the flexibility of the state's distribution plan. It also means that counties can roll out the vaccines based on their population and needs. Oklahomans now eligible to get the vaccine are staff and students in educational settings outside of pre-K through 12 and critical infrastructure personnel. About 3.5 million of Oklahoma’s 4 million residents are now eligible for the vaccine. Individuals in the new priority group can register through the state's vaccine scheduler portal if they haven't already done so.  After registration, available appointments will be shown on the portal. It is still expected to take several months before the immunization process will be completed.

 

Lawmakers Face Legislative Session Deadlines

State lawmakers are working on hundreds of bills this week as they approach one of several deadlines during the legislative session. Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) says the house passed nearly 180 bills last week and sent them to the senate for consideration and nearly 300 bills are still eligible to be considered this week. Among Boles' favorites is HB 1602 which is called the Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act. If it makes it through the legislative process, it would require Internet companies to obtain explicit permission to collect and sell personal data. The house also approved HB 2648 which is called the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act, saying anything that might lead to the closing of a place of worship would be considered a burden on the freedom of religion, a right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. It would prevent any government from forcing churches to close, which Boles says has happened in other states last year. In the state senate, a bill has been passed which would provide tax credits to businesses that host blood drives. It's SB 905, sponsored by Senator David Bullard (R-Durant). He said he worked with the Oklahoma Blood Institute on the measure in an attempt to build up blood supplies which have been critically low during the pandemic and winter storms. The tax credit would be $20 per employee-donor to businesses that host on-site blood drives. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

Several New Chickasha Businesses to Open Doors

Some new businesses have or will be opening their doors in Chickasha in the next few weeks. In his Good Stuff column this week, Economic Development Director Jim Cowan writes that Tammie's Bling has just opened downtown. The Iron Tree Coffee Shop is planning on opening next month in the new development just south of 4th and Chickasha Avenue, next to the Perrrefite Gift Shop. Everyone is anticipating the opening of the Jungle Ice Fun Zone which is the miniature golf course which is near the city's sports complex. And a new bicycle shop called Legendary Bicycles will be opening downtown in late summer or early fall. Cowan was also on hand for the grand opening of the Merit Auto Group dealerships last weekend which are at the former locations of the Byford Auto Group. Cowan also expects a couple of surprises that will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Festival of Light Earns Regional Award

Put another feather in the cap of the Festival of Light. The festival was recently named Best Festival during the annual Chickasaw Country awards program. The Festival of Light received the award over events like the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley, the Artesian Arts Festival in Sulphur, the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival in Tishomingo, and the National Sand Bass Festival in Madill. Chickasaw Country is a 13-county region in the south-central part of the state.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.24.

Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,699 and silver is $25.72.

 

Obituary

Denny Trammell

Funeral service for Denny Trammell, 72, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 11th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam.

 

Monday, March 8th

 

Driver Hospitalized Following Weekend Crash

A Grady County woman had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital over the weekend after she swerved to miss an animal then ran off the road and hit a tree. 34-year old Heather Williams of Rush Springs was last in fair condition with head injuries in an Oklahoma City hospital. An un-named 9-year old boy in the SUV was not hurt. The accident happened just after 10:00 p.m. Saturday about three miles east of Rush Springs.

 

New Chix City Manager May be Hired This Week

The City of Chickasha could have a new city manager this week. The city council has another special meeting tomorrow night to interview one candidate. The council had two interviews in a closed-door session last week. Tomorrow night’s meeting is set for 6 p.m. and will also closed to the public.

 

Public Hearings Set for Proposed Cell Phone Towers

Several proposed cell phone towers for the City of Chickasha will be reviewed during public hearings in this month’s Planning Commission meeting. Branch Communications is requesting tower locations at 527 East Choctaw, 1224 South 3rd, and 1000 S. 9th Street. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.

 

Bond Sale on Chix School Board Agenda

$2.7 million in bonds approved by Chickasha school district voters are expected to be sold during tonight's Chickasha Board of Education meeting. The funds will be used for numerous upgrades throughout the district and are part of what leaders called the Restoring Excellence Bonds. The district's annual audit will be reviewed, and some weight room and football equipment is expected to be declared surplus property. Also, the school calendars for the next two school years will be considered. The school board will recognize middle cchool employee Mindy Crow as support employee of the quarter and Chicken Express will recognize the February and March employees of the month. For February they were Sandy Ford and Whitney Molder at the quality academy. For March they are Alice Hurry and Patti Balinger at the Adult Learning Center. The school board meets at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the high school auditorium.

 

County Commish Meetings Return to Courthouse              

Grady County Commissioners are changing their weekly meeting locations. For the last several months they have been gathering at the county fairgrounds. Starting this morning, they will be meeting back at the commissioners’ office at the county courthouse. Items to be discussed today include a contract with a company called Spatial Data Research for the State 911 Grant, and a bid request for a double-cab 4X4 truck for District 2. The group will also discuss adding a part-time employee for emergency management. Prior to the commissioners meeting, a special meeting of the Grady County School Finance Authority was held.

 

Guardrail Work Affects Traffic Near Blanchard              

Some guardrail work will have State Highway 76 south of Blanchard down to one lane for short time this morning. This will be in the area between State Highway 74B and South Tyler Avenue. Flaggers will be on location and motorists will need to use extreme caution. There could be some delays and drivers may want to choose an alternate route. The work is expected to run from about 10:00 a.m. until noon today.

              

Fire Crews Have Hectic Weekend; Say Fire Danger High              

Grady County Firefighters responded to 11 fires over the weekend and say the risk for wildland fires will be elevated the next several days. Afternoon highs will be around 70 today and tomorrow and mid-to-upper 70s Wednesday with winds gusting to 30 miles per hour. Firefighters ask that you postpone any outdoor burning, motorists should make sure safety chains aren't dragging on the roadway, and are also asked to not throw cigarette butts out the window.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.76.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,689 and silver is $25.37.

 

2021, March 1st-6th

Saturday, March 6th

 

Next Chix City Manager May be Hired Next Week

After interviewing two candidates for the vacant city manager post the Chickasha City Council may be ready to fill the seat. The council held a closed-door meeting Thursday for interviews and now have scheduled a special meeting Tuesday for another interview with one of those finalists. The agenda for the meeting is to discuss the hiring of any individual salaried public officer or employee. This will be another meeting that is closed to the public. The city council has been looking for a new city manager since former manager John Noblitt resigned in January.

 

Coronavirus Numbers Declining in Some Areas

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Grady County is on the decline. For the first time in nearly five months the state health department has moved the county out of the Orange risk category to Yellow, which is no more than 13 cases per 100,000 in population. Grady County is among 47 counties that are now in the Yellow risk area as are McClain, Garvin, and Stephens counties. Still in the Orange category are Caddo, Canadian, and Comanche counties. Grady County had been in the Orange category since last September. There have been nearly 5,700 positive tests in Grady County with 76 deaths. There are 146 active cases.

 

Some Chix Students to Return to Classroom Learning

The county's improvement in coronavirus cases means that some Chickasha Public School students will return to the classroom. School officials say it eliminates the option for students who are in the temporary remote status who had been taking classes from home. Those students will be required to return to the classroom on Monday. It does not affect the students who are on the virtual or blended pathway programs. Chickasha's total number of positive COVID-19 test  is 2,348 and there have been 45 deaths. There are 70 active cases in the city.

 

Semi Driver Sentenced in Negligent Homicide Case

A semi driver will spend some time in jail after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in connection with a deadly accident involving a motorcycle. 45-year old Allen James Rainey of Wichita, Kansas entered a blind plea to a misdemeanor charge of negligent homicide in Grady County District Court this week. He was sentenced to one year in jail with six months suspended and fined nearly $300. The accident occurred in March of 2018 at U.S. Highway 81 and Pikes Peak Road. Rainey was at the wheel of a semi that struck and killed Jason Reagor, also of Kansas. A reconstruction of the accident indicated that Rainey's pre-impact speed was 52 miles per hour in a 45-mile per hour zone. The report said his speed was between 37 and 45 miles per hour upon impact. Witnesses say Reagor had signaled to make a turn prior to the accident.

 

Continental Resources Completes Weatherford Gas Wells

Continental Resources just recently filed completion reports of two large gas wells north of Weatherford. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports the wells were producing more than 29,000 metric cubic feet (MCF) of natural gas per day. The Truman location was producing more than 16,000 MCF of natural gas per day from a depth of nearly 25,000 feet. The Switzer location was producing more than 13,000 MCF from a depth of more than 24,000 feet in the Mississippian play. Spud dates for both wells were in March and April last year with completion dates of July and August.

 

North Texas to See Wind Farm Construction

The largest wind farm operator in the Sooner State has begun its next project south of the Red River. Enel Green Power's next wind farm will be southwest of Wichita Falls, Texas. OK Energy Today cites a report from Energy Global that the 79 wind turbines will make up the first hybrid project to integrate wind-generated power and battery storage at one site. Power from the 350 megawatt project will be sold to Kellogg Company.

 

Friday, March 5th

 

Child Hospitalized After Falling Out of Moving Truck

A 3-year old Pocasset boy is hospitalized after falling out of a moving truck. The unidentified boy was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head and arm injuries and admitted in good condition. The child was a passenger in 1997 Freightliner driven by 31-year Kendall Zeiset also of Pocasset who was not injured. The accident happened on an asphalt Caddo County road about five miles west of Lookeba. Zeiset told the trooper investigating the accident that he hit a pothole and the passenger door opened, causing the boy to fall out of the truck and land in a ditch. The trooper believed a defect in the truck may have caused the door to open. The boy was not in a car seat.

 

Volunteer Firefighters Tackle Numerous Fire Calls

Nearly every volunteer fire department in Grady County was summoned to battle fires or answer medical calls Thursday. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers said 70 firefighters and nearly 50 fire trucks were dispatched at some point. It started about 10:45 a.m. with a grass fire at the former Riverbend golf course. Crews got that fire contained in about 90 minutes but were called back out on a re-kindle a couple of hours later. Volunteers were called out to help the Chickasha Fire Department battle a fire at Country Club Road and the Norge Highway. Rush Springs was called out to a Union Pacific Railroad engine on fire near Agawam. An electrical issue may have been the cause and no one was hurt. Rush Springs also responded to a carport fire about three miles north of Rush Springs which caused about $10,000 in damage. There was also a fire southeast of the Tabler area.  In all, Myers said about 150 acres of grassland burned and two of the grass fires were started by people welding. He said anyone who might be welding to take precautions to prevent fires from starting. He said much of the state could see extremely high fire danger early next week.

 

Record Amount Paid at Jr. Livestock Show Premium Sale

A record amount of cash was paid out during the 85th annual Grady County Jr. Livestock Show premium sale last night. Nearly $250,000 was distributed to the youth. The actual auction of animals brought in nearly $130,000 with an additional $120,000 in add-ons which were paid by family, friends, and businesses. The grand champion steer from Blake Janssen of Ampo and the reserve grand champion goat by Jack Ferrell, also of Ampo each brought a record $3,500. The reserve grand steer belonging to Sage Schenk of Ampo brought $3,000.  The three other grand champion animals brought $3,200 each. Kaylee White of Rush Springs had the grand market hog, Taylor McGill of Tuttle had the grand champion lamb, and Destyn Emerson of Tuttle had the grand champion goat. The youth get to keep their animals, and now will head to the Oklahoma Youth Expo later this month.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks talks about his frustration with the state pardon and parole board and the state's criminal justice reform program on our KOOL Konversation. This is part one of a two-part program as we will air Hicks’ press conference that he held following the murder charges filed against triple murder suspect Laurence Paul Anderson. On Real Estate Today, guests are Scott Smith, the Workforce Development Coordinator with Canadian Valley Technology Center and Jim Cowan, the president of Chickasha’s Economic Development Council. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.83 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.74.

Natural gas is $2.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,695 and silver is $25.44.

 

Thursday, March 4th

 

OSBI To investigate State Pardon and Parole Board

Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked the OSBI to determine if any wrong-doing took place within the state pardon and parole board in regards to triple homicide suspect Lawrence Paul Anderson. Anderson had been released from prison just three weeks before his alleged crimes. The Oklahoman reports that the findings may worsen the battle between advocates pushing for criminal justice reform and prosecutors who say the reform efforts have gone too far and endanger the public. The governor told the OSBI that information had been presented to him which raises concerns that violations of state law and/or violations of the rules of the pardon and parole board may have been committed. The letter also mentions the early release of another inmate. The OSBI probe will focus on how Anderson's case to commute his sentence came up in 2020, after the pardon and parole board initially rejected the commutation request in 2019.

 

Some Chix Students May Return to Classrooms

Chickasha school officials are telling parents that students on a remote status education program may be returning to the classroom. According to a post on the school district’s Facebook page, officials say there is a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases in Grady County. Officials say there is a possibility the county could change from a red to a yellow designation. The county would have to fall below 14.9 positive cases per 100,000 in population in order for that to happen. Currently, it’s at 15.1 positive cases per 100,000. The post said school officials should know tomorrow afternoon if the status improves. If that happens the students will return to in-person instruction on Monday, March 8th. The change would not affect students who are on the virtual pathway of learning.

 

New Chickasha Police Officers Sworn In

Several Chickasha police officers took their oaths to protect and serve this week. Chickasha native Walker Powell, 23, previously worked as a detention officer and for Union Pacific Railroad. Malik Boardingham, 24, is originally from Anadarko and attended UCO on a football scholarship while studying criminal justice. Andrew Kammerlocker, 28, is from Newcastle and graduated from Oklahoma State with a psychology degree. Christopher Butler, 32, is from Moore and previously worked as a hospital security officer and for the Oklahoma City Housing Authority. The veteran of the new officers is Edward Bayones, who begin his law enforcement career in 2002 in Marlow and also served as a federal police officer. He's a U.S. Army veteran where he served in the Middle East during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also served with the Oklahoma National Guard and is now part of the Oklahoma Air National Guard where he serves as a flight medic.

 

Premium Sale for Grady County Jr. Livestock Show Tonight

The premium sale of the 85th annual Grady County Junior Livestock show will bring the week-long event to a close tonight. A buyer's dinner will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m. with the sale itself getting underway at 7:00 p.m. Nearly 125 animals will be led through the show ring. Those with the top animals of the show include Blake Janssen of Ampo with the grand champion steer and Sage Schenk also of Ampo with the reserve grand. Kaylee White of Rush Springs had the grand champion market hog and Hadley Cooper of Ampo had the reserve. Taylor McGill of Tuttle had the grand champion lamb and Ainslee McComas of Ampo had the reserve Destyn Emerson of Tuttle had the grand champion goat and Jack Ferrell of Ampo had the reserve.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.07.

Natural gas is $2.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,713 and silver is $25.93.

 

Obituaries

Robert Null

Funeral service for Robert Null, 59, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6th at Chickasha Life Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Agatha Bell

Funeral service for Agatha Bell, 40, of Hollis will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 6th at Calvary Community Church in Hollis. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, March 3rd

 

Drugs, Stolen Items Found at Dibble Area Home

One person is custody and authorities are looking for two others after investigators find drugs and dozens of stolen items at a home near Dibble. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir says deputies were called out late Monday night by McClain County authorities to a home just west of the Grady-McClain county line. A Texas man who reported his vehicle stolen said he was able to trace the vehicle on an app to that location. When the man pinged the vehicle, deputies saw its lights flashing and heard the horn honking behind a mobile home off the roadway. Deputies saw two people leave the trailer, get in different vehicles and drive through a pasture to get away. Weir said authorities obtained a search warrant and talks about what they found-

 

              

 

Deputies arrested 32-year old Kimberly Sue Siemens on complaints that include possession of stolen property and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. The sheriff said an arrest warrant has been issued for 38-year old Samuel Mirach. He's Caucasian, 6-3 and 220 pounds with brown hair and green eyes and has a tattoo of an unidentified name on the left side of his neck. Weir said Mirach should be considered to be armed and dangerous, and asks anyone who might see him or know where he is to call 9-1-1 or local law enforcement. Weir said Mirach pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder out of Cleveland County in 2007 and was released from prison after serving 10 years of a 35-year sentence. Weir said they do not know the name of the third suspect.

 

Couple Face Child Pornography Charges

A Chickasha man and his wife are facing child porn charges after authorities say they were found with hundreds of lewd pictures and videos. Documents on file at the Grady County Courthouse show that investigators with the Department of Homeland Security discovered Mark and Tina Moreland with nearly 600 images of child porn on a cell phone and on a computer system in December of 2019. Arrest warrants were issued just last week and both were taken into custody. Both are facing felony charges of possession of child porn and violating the state's computer crimes act. Bond has been set at $500,000 each. They face up to life in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted.

 

Finalists to be Interviewed for Chix City Manager Post

The Chickasha City Council is moving quickly to find a new city manager. The panel will have a special meeting tomorrow night to interview two finalists. The interviews will be held during an executive session which is closed to the public. Mayor Chris Mosley said the two finalists were among 10 individuals who applied. Mosley said they were set to interview a third finalist but that candidate withdrew their name from consideration. Mosley, who is temporarily serving as acting city manager, said the council was originally going to hire an interim city manager but has decided against that move.

 

Verden, Cement Voters OK School Bond Issues

Voters in Verden and Cement school districts approve special bond issues by wide margins in special elections yesterday. In low voter turnout, just over 50 voters in Verden approved a $250,000 bond issue to purchase three buses. The measure passed 45 to 7. Fewer than 60 voters cast ballots for two bond issues for Cement schools. A $245,000 bond issue to make upgrades to the cafeteria kitchen, some bathrooms, and to purchase lawn mowers and maintenance equipment passed 53 to 5. A $55,000 bond issue to purchase a school bus passed 53 to 6.

 

Hay Destroyed, Grassland Charred by Flames

A wildfire fire destroyed dozens of large hay bales and charred several acres of grassland east of Chickasha yesterday. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers says smoke from the fire may also have caused a multi-vehicle pileup on the turnpike. Volunteer firefighters from Amber, Friend, and Naples departments were called out about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to mile marker 89 on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The fire destroyed about 75 large round bales of hay and burned about 50 acres of grassland. About 20 firefighters and 14 trucks were on the scene for about three hours. The cause of the fire couldn’t be determined but may have been from a vehicle dragging a chain or a discarded cigarette. Myers also said several other departments were dispatched to battle smaller fires yesterday. Pocasset, Rush Springs and Bailey fire departments were called out. Myers said while the area has had some recent moisture, vegetation is dry and conditions are ripe for rapid spread of any fire that breaks out. He also said while the vegetation is dry, the ground beneath is wet – which causes problems for firetrucks.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.70.

Natural gas is $2.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,722 and silver is $26.65.

 

Obituary

Perry Pape

Funeral service for Perry Pape, 61, of Anadarko will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 5th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, March 2nd

 

City of Chickasha Hires Contractor

to Pick Up Brush from October Ice Storm

It's been more than four months since an October ice storm paralyzed much of central and western Oklahoma. The City of Chickasha has finally received FEMA funds to hire a contractor to help remove the numerous downed trees and limbs which have been sitting on the curbside since then. The city only had one crew available to do the work. Last night, the Chickasha City Council approved a $171,000 contract with Greenbelt Turf Management Company of Wilson, Okla. It was the lowest of four bids submitted for the project with the highest being $630,000. Ward 2 Councilman Clark Van Dyck was concerned that the bid was half that of the next lowest bid. Mayor Chris Mosley said that officials checked with three other cities that also contracted with Greenleaf - Newcastle, Warr Acres, and Del City - and all said they were happy with the company’s work. Mosley noted that firm did use subcontractors to help with those projects.

 

Chix City Council OKs Advertising for Dog Park Construction

The council also approved going out for bids to build a dog park at Centennial Park. Mayor Mosley said that the Badgett Family has donated $100,000 to build a more than 1 1/2 acre park. The preliminary design shows there will be separate areas for large and small dogs and that the park will be fenced in so the dogs can be off their leashes. Councilman Oscar Nelson asked if there would be additional police patrol around the park due to a recent stabbing there and that a dog was stolen out of a car recently just a few blocks from the park. There was also concern about liability issues but Mayor Mosley said that numerous signs would be posted around the park to help with that issue.

 

Hall of Fame Coach Joe Tunnell Passes Away

Legendary high school football coach Joe Tunnell has died. Tunnell coached for more than 40 years and won more than 300 games with stops at Lindsay and Rush Springs, winning at least 100 games at each school. The Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Famer won two state championships at Rush Springs. After retiring in 2000, he worked with the Oklahoma Coaches Association where he just retired last year. Tunnell was 83 when he passed away at his Rush Springs home this morning. Funeral service is pending.

 

Bridge Replacement Project Underway

Contractors for the State Department of Transportation have started the initial work to replace two bridges on U.S. Highway 62 just east of downtown Chickasha. The Manhattan Bridge Company of Tulsa was awarded a $12 million contract to build new bridges over the Washita River just east of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. ODOT resident engineer Reece Knight says both bridges will be completely removed and new bridges built in their place. The parallel bridges will each be widened from 28 feet to 44 feet and will include full-size shoulders. Crews have started the work to construct crossover lanes. Motorists will need to be cautious as traffic will be down to one lane in each direction on one bridge while the other bridge is being built. Construction is expected to take about a year.

 

Verden, Cement Voters to Decide School Bond Issues

Voters in the Verden and Cement school districts have special bond elections today. In Verden, there's a $250,000 bond issue to purchase two new school buses for rural routes and a 44-passenger activity bus. In Cement, there are two bond issues - one for $245,000 for renovations to the cafeteria kitchen and student bathrooms at the high school and elementary schools. It would also pay for exterior paint at the high school and some new mowers and maintenance equipment. There is also a $55,000 bond issue to purchase a new bus. Polls are open until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

 

Grady County Jr. Livestock Show Underway

Grady county youth are hoping to earn bragging rights for having the top cattle, sheep, swine, and goats this week. The annual Grady County Junior Livestock show is underway at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The best animals shown this week will command top dollar at the premium sale which is the highlight of the week. In the swine show yesterday, the top honors were shared by Kaylee White of Rush Springs FFA and Hadley Cooper of Ampo 4H. Kaylee had the grand champion market hog and Hadley Cooper had the reserve-grand. Hadley had the grand champion breeding gilt and Kaylee had the reserve-grand. In the showmanship competition, Chyann Emerson of Tuttle FFA was senior showman; Lindsay Massey of Verden FFA was intermediate showman; and Kendyll Dunn of Alex 4H was the junior showman. Today both the sheep and goats shows will be held. At the premium sale Thursday night, more than $125,000 is expected to be paid to the top exhibitors between the auction and additional funds provided by family, friends, and businesses.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.69.

Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $26.39.

 

Obituaries
Robert “Bob” Bates

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Robert “Bob” Bates, 92, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Bates was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Tim Ketchum

A memorial service for Tim Ketchum, 56, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 5th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, March 1st

 

Chix City Manager Applicants to be Reviewed

The Chickasha City Council tonight will sift through the names of a number of candidates who have applied for the vacant city manager position. That will take place during a behind-closed-doors session as part of tonight's only regularly scheduled city council meeting for the month of March. The group is expected to schedule interviews with some of the applicants. The panel is expected to hire a contractor to help clean up the brush that still remains from last October's ice storm. There will also be discussion to solicit bids for what will be known as the Badgett Dog Park. The Badgett family has donated several thousand dollars to the city to build a dog park at Centennial Park. Bids are to be in to city hall later this month. The group is also to approve going out for bids to install water and sewer lines for the development of The Villas at Grand Avenue. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Virtual Re-Districting Town Hall Meeting Tonight              

State lawmakers will hold a virtual town hall meeting this evening to discuss re-drawing state and federal district lines. Legislators will provide an update and discuss actions regarding the proposed changes. Tuttle State Senator Lonnie Paxton chairs the senate redistricting committee. He said the rules, guidelines, and map parameters are one of the key components in the open and transparent redistricting process. The virtual town hall meeting will be held at 6 o'clock tonight and will be accessible from the state House of Representatives website at www.okhouse.gov Individuals may submit one house and one senate map with the deadline to submit them of April 4th.

 

Chix Firefighters Call Attention to Rare Diseases

Chickasha firefighters took some time this past weekend to promote Rare Disease Day. The last day of February is set aside to raise awareness for rare illnesses. Annaliese Smith, the 7-year old daughter of Chickasha firefighter Dallas Smith and wife Darci, has Wolf- Hirschhorn Syndrome which affects about one of every 50,000 babies. Annalise was born with a heart defect, a cleft palate, and has developmental delays. Some Wolf-Hirschhorn children cannot walk, but Annalise is good on her feet and loves to dance. She is non-verbal, but is able to communicate through signing. She has a therapeutic program to help improve her quality of life.

 

Passport Program Begins at Chickasha Retail Outlets

A new retail promotion is underway in Chickasha in which shoppers can qualify to win up to $500 in gift cards. The Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council have begun the Chickasha Passport Program. Starting today, shoppers are encouraged to travel to participating retail outlets. For every $10 spent, customers will receive a sticker they can place on their passport, with a maximum of three stamps per day. Once the passport is filled out, it will need to be mailed or dropped off at the chamber office. On April 1st, a drawing will be held live on the Chamber's Facebook page, where eight of the $500 gift-card bundles will be awarded. Chickasha Wings is a co-sponsor of the Passport Program. The passports are available at participating merchants and can also be downloaded from the chamber's website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.13.

Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,742 and silver is $26.91.

 

2021, Feb. 22nd-27th

Saturday, February 27th

 

Defendant in 2012 Inmate Death Back in Grady County Jail

One of several defendants involved in the beating death of a Grady County jail inmate several years ago was returned to the jail recently. Cody Sitlington was among six men who were responsible for the 2012 death of Anthony John Mollman. According to a story in the archives of the Oklahoman, Mollman was an admitted drug offender who supplied meth to the Rouges Motorcycle Gang. Mollman is said to have died after suffering a heart attack caused by multiple blows to the head. Court records indicate that Sitlington was returned to Grady County after completing a federal sentence for an undetermined offense. Sitlington pleaded guilty to first degree murder in connection to Mollman's death, and will eventually be transferred to a state prison to begin serving his 25-year sentence he received in 2013.

 

Utilities Want to Pass Winter Storm Costs on to Customers

Oklahomans could be seeing a big increase in their utility bills as a result of last week's historic winter storm. Companies like PSO, Oklahoma Natural Gas, OG&E and others this week filed documents with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission seeking approval to recover their costs. ONG said its natural gas purchases for February were about $1.5 billion. In comparison, that’s nearly fives times more than what was spent in all of 2019 (about $306 million). PSO issued a press release saying they hope to minimize the impacts that the dramatic increases could have on customers' bills, by spreading the costs over an extended period of time. A PSO spokesman said they understand the increases may create hardships for some customers, and their priority has been to find a way to minimize those impacts. PSO said their final cost increases have not yet been determined but that it was clear that they were sharply higher than were forecast.

 

Elderly Woman Arrested for Failure to Appear for DUI 

A nearly 80-year old woman has been arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a DUI charge. Glenda Jo Cone was booked into the Grady County Jail Thursday night. On-line court records indicate the 78-year old Tuttle woman was initially ticketed for a municipal DUI by Chickasha police last July and charged with a felony. Initially, her bond was set at $75,000 but it was reduced to $20,000 in September. A preliminary hearing conference was originally scheduled in December but it was re-scheduled for next month. On-line court records indicate that bond was revoked this week because she left her rehabilitation program. Cone remains in jail on a $75,000 bond.

 

Continental Resources Sues

over Drilling Permit Delays             

Continental Resources is suing a federal agency over delays of a number of drilling permits on federal lands in North Dakota. The lawsuit by the Oklahoma City-based company filed against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considered to be a challenge of the Biden administration's anti-fossil fuel moves that were put in place shortly after he took office. The website OK Energy Today says the suit claims the permits should have been approved when Donald Trump was still president. The BLM blamed some of the delays on software errors. Continental says the Department of the Interior's actions are unconstitutional because they violate the Mineral Leasing Act

 

Holy City Begins Preparations for Passion Play

The Holy City of the Wichitas is preparing for its 96th annual Easter Pageant.  A casting call is out for individuals who would like to perform, do voice-overs, make costumes, or be involved on the technical crew. Officials are looking for 300 people to be part of what's known as the Passion Play, which follows the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Volunteers are asked to help with technical aspects of the show each weekend through Easter Sunday. The pageant will take place on both Palm Sunday March 28th and Easter Sunday April the 4th. Find out more information on the Holy City of the Wichitas website or Facebook page.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dr. R.P. Ashanti- Alexander and Milton Bowens will be on our KOOL Konversation program discussing Black History Month and its relation to Chickasha. On Real Estate Today the guests are Mike Galloway and Seth Doulton, both of whom are members of the Monster Truck Hall of Fame. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, February 26th

 

Boil Advisory Canceled

A recommendation for Chickasha and Norge water customers to boil their water has been canceled. Chickasha officials issued a voluntary boil advisory last Friday, saying that broken water lines and low water pressure after the winter storm may have contaminated the city's water supply. Managers of the city's water treatment plant say the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) indicated tests completed on several samples of water met all DEQ safety standards.

 

Motive Determined in Park Stabbing

Some details are emerging about a stabbing at a Chickasha park this week. An affidavit filed by Chickasha police say two men were fighting over a girlfriend. The affidavit states that the 16-year old girl's former boyfriend, Bryan Poafbypitty - and current boyfriend - Christian Chastain - got into a fight at Centennial Park on Tuesday. Chastain suffered multiple stab wounds and had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. Poafpybitty suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital to get stitches on a finger before he was arrested. The affidavit indicates Poafpybitty said he spent the previous night with the girl and may have touched her inappropriately. Poafpybitty was formally charged with felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and rape by instrumentation. He remains in jail on a $150,000 bond.

 

Chix City Council to Sift Through City Manager Applicants

The Chickasha City Council will be taking a look at the resumes of individuals who have applied for the vacant city manager post. The council has a closed-door session Monday as part of its regular meeting to discuss the resumes and qualifications of the applicants and to schedule interviews. The city has been without a city manager for about a month following the resignation of the previous manager John Noblit. The council is also expected to hire Greenbelt Turf Management to help with brush and debris removal that is still left over from the last October's ice storm. Also up for discussion is approving $7,500 in funds from the Airport Authority to help advertise an air show that the airport will hold in June.

 

Bridge to be Included on Nat'l Register of Historic Places

A bridge in Caddo County is being added to the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the Bridgeport Bridge at U.S. Highway 281 over the South Canadian River. A press release from the state Historic Preservation Office says the construction of the bridge was a challenge for the state highway commission. It was a difficult crossing and there was tension between the commission and the Bureau of Public Roads over the bridge’s route and the design. Funding was nearly halted at one point but the agencies finally agreed on a plan. The bridge was completed in 1933 and spans nearly 3/4 of a mile. It was the state's longest bridge at the time and the longest toll-free crossing on Route 66.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.53.

London-based Brent crude is $66.88.

Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,762 and silver is $26.96.

 

Thursday, February 25th

 

Boil Advisory Continues; Water Test Results Expected

Chickasha and Norge water customers continue to be under a voluntary advisory to boil their drinking water. The advisory was issued last Friday after numerous water line breaks and low water pressure occurred throughout the City of Chickasha which were caused by the historic winter storm. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley says officials hope to hear results today of the water samples sent to the State Department of Environmental Quality for testing. Mosley said they need two negative tests before lifting the boil advisory.

 

Woman Accused of Using Pink Rifle to Make Threats

A Chickasha woman accused of threatening people at a Lawton convenience store with a rifle will undergo a mental evaluation. 36-year old Amanda Reeves is alleged to have brandished a pink .40-caliber rifle at the store this past weekend. The Lawton Constitution cites a probable cause affidavit from Lawton police saying Reeves entered the store with the rifle, pointed it at a customer, and told her she was under arrest. The customer told police she didn't think the rifle was real. Reeves has been charged with a felony count of assault with a dangerous weapon and her bond set at  $50,000. Reeves has a post-competency evaluation hearing scheduled for May 20th.           

 

Former Chix State Lawmaker Picked for Governor's Cabinet

A former Chickasha state lawmaker has been appointed to Governor Kevin Stitt's cabinet. Susan Winchester will serve as the governor's first secretary of licensing and regulation. Winchester is expected to oversee more than 80 state agencies. The appointment will need to be confirmed by the state senate. Winchester served in the State House of Representatives from 1998 to 2008 and was the state's first female Speaker Pro Temp of the house. Most recently, she was the president of the Research Institute for Economic Development and served briefly as the chief of staff for former Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. In a prepared statement, Winchester said she is excited to work with the governor to cut red tape, get rid of excessive regulations, and to create and system that encourages success instead of preserving mediocrity.

 

Four Candidates File for Caddo County Commissioner Seat

A total of four candidates have filed to run for a vacant post on the Caddo County Board of Commissioners. Two candidates filed for the seat in the final day of filing yesterday. 52-year old Darren Farmer of Anadarko became the third Democrat to file. Two other Democrats previously filed. They are 49-year old Jeff Boren and 45-year old Jamie Williams both of Gracemont. One Republican filed for the seat. She is 74-year old Belita Jo Lee Byrd of Minco. There is a two-day protest and withdrawal period. If needed, a special primary election for the Democrats will be in April. A special general election is scheduled for later in the year.

 

Anadarko Teachers Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

A number of Anadarko school teachers have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations. About 120 teachers and staff members received the vaccinations this week. Physician's Hospital in Anadarko and the State Department of Health combined efforts to provide the vaccinations.

 

National FFA Week Celebrated

This week is National FFA Week which is set aside to recognize youth who participate in a wide range of agriculture-related projects. Let's meet some of the students with Ninnekah FFA-

 

              

 

The mission of the organization is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.18.

Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $28.25.

 

Wednesday, February 24th

 

Stabbing Victim Critical After Fight in Chix Park

A stabbing victim remains hospitalized in critical condition after being injured in a fight at a Chickasha park. 19-year old Christian Chastain was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with multiple stab wounds. The stabbing took place Tuesday afternoon in the playground area of Centennial Park, a popular place for families to take their children. Chickasha police spokesman Lt. Scott Weaver was at the park as investigators were uncovering the details.

 

              

 

A Grady County sheriff’s deputy arrested 18-year old Bryan Poafpbybitty, Jr. a short distance from the park. It was not clear why the two men were fighting. Poafpbybitty is being held in the Grady County Jail on complaints of assault and or battery with a deadly weapon and rape by instrumentation.

 

Bond Denied for Triple Murder Suspect               

Triple murder suspect Lawrence Paul Anderson is facing five felony charges in connection with his alleged fatal attack on his family and a neighbor. Anderson has been charged with three counts of first degree murder, one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - which prosecutors say is equivalent to attempted murder - and maiming. Anderson appeared in Grady County District Court for his initial appearance on the charges yesterday where a judge denied bond. Anderson’s court-appointed attorney, Al Hoch, told the judge that Anderson was competent to understand the charges which were filed against him, but indicated a mental evaluation may be needed for him to help with his defense. Following the hearing, Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks held a press conference to discuss Anderson's lengthy criminal history and again mentioned that he was released from prison after serving just three years of a 20-year prison sentence. Hicks placed part of the blame of Anderson’s early release on the state's criminal justice reform efforts.

 

              

 

Hicks said the pardon and parole board does not have time to review the hundreds of cases they review each time they meet. Hicks said he'll be working with Gov. Kevin Stitt's office to try and deal with the issue. In the meantime, a joint funeral for two of Anderson's victims will be held this weekend. A funeral service for 4-year old Kaous Yates and her grandfather Leon Pye will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27th at Grand Assembly of God Church. A viewing will take place Friday from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Faith Medical Missions Founder Dies

A longtime Chickasha missionary has died. John Wilson, who ran the group Faith Medical Missions, died in Florida recenty following a brief illness. He was 70 years old. Wilson made numerous trips to Central and South America, Thailand, Cambodia and other countries over the last 35 years. He created Chickasha-based Faith Medical Missions about 20 years ago. He is survived by his wife Vickie, his mother, and numerous family members. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Filing Ends Today for Caddo County Commissioner Post

There are still only two candidates who have filed for a seat on the Caddo County board of commissioners.  Filing for the open District 2 post are 45-year old Jamie Williams and 49-year old Jeff Boren, both Democrats from Gracemont. Today is the last of a three-day filing period for candidates who may want to file. Filing takes place at the Caddo County Election Board and ends at 5:00 p.m. today.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.67 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.37.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,805 and silver is $27.84.

 

Obituaries

Carol May Taylor

A graveside service for Carol May Taylor, 73, of Tuttle will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Sandra Hunter-DeLong

A memorial service is pending for Sandra Hunter-DeLong, 63, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, February 23rd

 

Graphic Details Published Regarding Chickasha Homicides

Published reports include some gruesome details of the deaths of three people in Chickasha two weeks ago. The Oklahoman is reporting that suspect Laurence Paul Anderson cut out the heart of one of his victims and ate it. Grady County prosecutors will be filing formal charges against Anderson today. Following the hearing, District Attorney Jason Hicks will hold a press conference to discuss the case. Anderson is accused in the stabbing deaths of his uncle Leon Pye, Pye's 4-year old granddaughter, Kaous Yates, and a neighbor Andrea Blankenship. Anderson is also expected to be charged with assault on Delsie Pye, who was stabbed in both eyes. The Oklahoman reports that Anderson confessed to killing Blankenship first, telling investigators he cut out her heart then cooked and ate it. He then went across the street to commit the other crimes. In a previous story published by the Oklahoman, Hicks was angry that Anderson was released from prison last month after serving only 3 1/2 years of a 20-year prison sentence.

 

Freezing Weather Blamed on Death

The death of a Caddo County man is being blamed on last week's subfreezing temperatures. The body of 51-year old Truman "TL" Baker was found by a relative in a snow-covered pickup southwest of Anadarko Sunday night. Officials say his death does not appear to be suspicious. It wasn't clear how long Baker may have been in the truck. The Lawton Constitution reported information provided to the News and Public Relations Division of the Kiowa Tribe. It stated relatives had indicated it wasn't unusual for Baker to stay at different places for days at a time but they became concerned when they hadn't seen him when temperatures dipped well below zero last week.

 

Woman Faces Murder, Animal Cruelty Charges

A Marlow woman is facing a murder charge and more than 100 charges of animal cruelty following her arrest last week. 49-year old Karen Jean Pritchard is being held in the Stephens County Jail on a $1 million bond. KSWO-TV reports sheriff's deputies investigated a tip they received about foul play at Pritchard's home where they found the body of 31-year old Ashley Nicole Anderson. It wasn't clear how Anderson may have died. Pritchard is also accused of running a puppy mill as authorities found nearly 200 animals, most of them in terrible condition, with some requiring emergency surgery. The Humane Society of Tulsa is caring for the animals.

 

Chix City Hall Deals with Water Damage

A broken overhead fire sprinkler at Chickasha City Hall last weekend caused quite a mess. Mayor Chris Mosley said a two-inch line water line in the ceiling of the first floor ruptured just before the close of business on Friday. It caused some damage to the Community Development, finance and utility billing departments, but a damage estimate has not been determined. Mosley said damage would have been a lot worse had the break occurred after employees left for the weekend. The city posted on its Facebook page that a number of extension cords are running across the floor of city hall and that visitors should watch their step. Visitors are asked to use the east entrance off of 4th Street as the west entry door is closed. Officials say the fans are very loud so workers in the Utility Billing and Community Development Departments are unable to answer the phones. If you do call, you're asked to leave a message and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.

 

Boil Advisory Continues for Chickasha, Norge Water Users

The mayor said that the voluntary boil advisory issued last Friday is expected to be in place for several days. He said a few fire hydrants will be flushed today and tomorrow and water samples will be sent to the State Department of Environmental Quality for testing. Mosley said the city needs two negative tests before the boil advisory can be lifted. The advisory is in effect for both Chickasha and Norge water customers.

 

Two File for Caddo County Commissioner Vacancy

Two candidates have filed for an open seat on the Caddo County commissioners board. The District 2 post is vacant due to the recent death of Commissioner Randy McLemore. Filing on Monday were 49-year old Jeff Boren and 45-year old Jamie Williams, both of Gracemont and both Democrats. The three-day filing period runs through 5 p.m. Wednesday, with candidates filing at the Caddo County Election board.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.24.

Natural gas is $2.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806. Silver is $27.92.

 

Obituaries

Nancy Trotter

Funeral service for Nancy Trotter, 63, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26th at The First Christian Church of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Steve “Smokey” Graves

A viewing for 76-year old Steve "Smokey" Graves of Chickasha will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

 

Monday, February 22nd

 

Water Line Repairs Continue

Chickasha water line crews spent much of their weekend repairing more water line breaks blamed on last week's historic freeze and winter storms. At least five breaks were repaired including Jackson and Franklin Streets, 17th and Iowa, 17th and Colorado, 19th and Alabama, and the 1400 block of South 20th. That's nearly a dozen water lines repaired since late last week. City water users as well as individuals on Norge water are still under a voluntary boil advisory which was issued Friday afternoon. USW, The city's water treatment contractor, issued the precautionary boil advisory due to potential contamination of the water due to the numerous water line breaks and low water pressure. The boil advisory is in effect until further notice.

 

Parents Urged to Send Bottled

Water to School with Students

Due to the boil advisory, Chickasha school officials are urging parents to send their children to school with bottled water this week. According to a post on the district's Facebook page, officials say they are securing additional bottled water to help in the situation.

 

Filing Period Open for Caddo County Commissioner Post

The filing period opens today for a seat on the board of Caddo County commissioners. The post is for District 2 which is the seat previously held by Randy McLemore who passed away recently. Candidates must live within the district 2 boundaries of Caddo County. Candidates can file through Wednesday at the Caddo County Election Board.  A special primary election if needed will be held in April with a special general election if needed to be held later in the year.

 

State House of Reps Forms Redistricting Committee

A number of state lawmakers from the region have been appointed to the state and federal redistricting committee in the State House of Representatives. Members include Representative Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin. Hasenbeck will also serve as vice chair of the southwest region subcommittee. Also on the southwest subcommittee are Rep. Dick Lowe of Amber, Rep. Brad Boles of Marlow, and Rep. Marcus McEntire of Duncan. Serving on the south central subcommittee are Rep. Cynthia Roe of Lindsay and Rep. Sherrie Conley of Newcastle. After receiving the final data from the 2020 U.S. Census, the committee will submit revised district alignments which will be considered by the full house. The group will hold its first meeting this week to adopt policies, protocols, and a public map submission process.

 

Blood Emergency Continues

The Oklahoma Blood Institute says there is still a blood emergency in the Sooner State. The organization supplies blood to dozens of Oklahoma hospitals and last week's historic winter storm postponed a number of blood drives. If you have time today, the First Baptist Church at 4th and Colorado will have a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tomorrow, the Friend community will have a blood drive at Sharon Baptist Church from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Special Young Adults at 9th and Oregon will have a blood drive from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To find a blood drive in your area, go to the website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.91.

Natural gas is $3.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,796 and silver is $27.61.

 

Obituary

Patsy Fowler

A private family service for Patsy Fowler, 94, was held today. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

2021, Feb. 15th-20th

Saturday, February 20th

 

Chickasha Issues Voluntary Advisory to Boil Water

Many cities are urging residents to boil their tap water due to recent water line breaks. Chickasha is now included in that group as officials have issued a voluntary, precautionary, boil advisory. Officials with USW, the city’s private contractor for water treatment services, say the unprecedented weather and recent loss of water pressure could result in the potential for the water to be contaminated and unsafe for consumption.  Officials say the voluntary boil advisory is also in effect for residents on the Norge water system as Norge gets its water from the City of Chickasha. It is suggested that tap water be brought to a full rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, food preparation, washing dishes, and even brushing your teeth and taking baths and showers. Boiling tap water is also suggested to make baby formula and bathing babies (let the water cool to room temperature before using). The boil advisory is in effect until officials say the water is considered safe.

 

Water Line Repairs Expected to Continue              

Chickasha water line crews have finished repairs on the largest of the water line breaks that occurred this week due to the record breaking low temperatures. Crews wrapped up work on two projects Friday near USAO at 19th and Alabama and 20th and Nevada. That's about a half-dozen water line repairs in three days. Mayor Chris Mosley said water line crews will be on standby over the next couple of days.

 

              

 

Again the non-emergency police disptach number is 405-222-6052. Mosley also asked residents who do not have water pressure to reach out to their neighbors. If your neighbors have water pressure but you don't, you’re asked to go to the city’s website, www.chickasha.org and post the information on the Request Tracker link. That message will go directly to Public Works Director David Buchanan.

 

Fletcher Animal Control Officer Suspended

An animal control officer in Fletcher has been suspended and the town's animal shelter closed as authorities look in to allegations of animal neglect and cruelty. The Fletcher Police Department is investigating after an individual made a Facebook post regarding the conditions at the shelter. KSWO-TV reports that an individual took it upon herself to rescue four dogs that were left out in the snow and sub-zero temperatures this week. The woman said every water bucket was frozen and there was no food. The woman said one of the animals is believed to have been injured before being taken to the shelter, and didn't think it had received any treatment. The woman called the city to tell officials what she did and she was told she could be charged with trespassing. She replied that it would be worth it if she was. She said she can take the slander, the ticket, the fine or whatever, but she saved the animals. The animals have since been taken to the Rainbow Bridge Can Wait animal shelter in Elgin.

 

Wildlife Refuge Re-Opens; Mt. Scott Roadway Still Closed              

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has re-opened. The refuge closed last week out of an abundance of caution due to the record cold and snow. Hiking, wildlife photography, and other visitor activities may take place and recreation vehicles are again allowed at the Doris Campground and the wilderness area, however closures and restrictions in place due to COVID-19 are still in place, which include the closing of facilities and bathrooms at Camp Doris. Refuge officials also said the Mt. Scott roadway will remain closed to motor vehicles until road conditions improve. Pedestrians may use the roadway but are cautioned to watch for icy spots.

              

Obituary

Sammee Jean Elliott

A memorial service for Sammee Jean Elliott, 53, of Chickasha is pending. Contact the family for information. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, February 19th

 

Jail Water Line Break Forces County Courthouse Closing

The Grady County Courthouse will be closed again today due to a water line break at the county jail. The jail is adjacent to the courthouse and the water flooded the walkway between the two buildings. The courthouse has been closed all week. Monday was a holiday and the winter storm forced the courthouse to close Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Officials had planned on re-opening the courthouse today prior to last night’s water line problem, which was discovered sometime before 9:00 p.m.

 

Chickasha Water Line Repair Update

Water line crews for the City of Chickasha continue to make progress on the repairs of numerous water lines that ruptured as a result of this week’s extremely cold temperatures. Thursday, crews repaired lines at 10th and Virginia and 14th and Georgia. Officials had to drive to Oklahoma City to get the parts they needed for the 14th and Georgia project. Today, crews will begin work next to USAO at 19th and Alabama then go around the block for repairs at 20th and Nevada. However, the work will have to wait until other utilities such as phone, electric, and gas lines can be located. Mayor Chris Mosley said crews will be working into the weekend in an attempt to get water service fully restored. The mayor continues asking residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage until water line issues and problems at the city's three water towers have been resolved.

 

Residential Trash Pickup in Chickasha Still on Hold              

Chickasha officials also announced that Waste Connections will not be picking up residential trash again today. Trash pickup service has also been hampered by the cold weather and unsafe road conditions. The most recent post on the city's website indicates Waste Connections is monitoring the streets and will notify the city when residential trash pickup service will resume. Some business trash pickup service will take place today, however officials anticipate some dumpsters will be inaccessible.

 

Ninnekah Man Elected to AFR-OFU Board              

A Ninnekah agriculture producer has been elected to serve on the American Farmers and Ranchers and Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR-OFU) Board of Directors. Brett Morris defeated two other candidates for the Southwest District 2 post during the AFR-OFU state convention in Norman last weekend. A news release posted on the AFR-OFU website says Morris defeated Johnny Mann of Stratford and Ethan Treadwell of Frederick. Morris will take the seat previously held by AFR-OFU Director Joe Ed Kinder who retired this year and chose not to seek an additional term. The press release says Morris, a former dairyman, now operates a diversified farming and cattle operation along with a fertilizer company. He's been active with AFR-OFU for nearly 30 years and currently serves as the group's representative on the Oklahoma Beef Council. In 2017, Morris was elected chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and has been involved with the Beef Checkoff program for nearly 15 years.

 

Drilling Resumes in the SCOOP

With oil prices returning to pre-COVID-19 levels some energy companies are increasing their drilling activity. In the SCOOP region, Continental Resources and Camino Natural Resources have obtained permits to drill in Grady County. The website OK Energy Today reports that Continental Resources received five permits to drill between Rush Springs and Lindsay. They are the Sandy Creek Ranch wells in section 31 of Township 4 North and Range 5 West. Four of those wells will be drilled on a single pad. Camino Natural Resources received a permit to drill the Reba McEntire well which is northwest of Tuttle.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.93.

Natural gas is $3.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,770 and silver is $27.10.

 

Obituaries

Raymond Ferguson

A memorial service for Raymond Leroy Ferguson, 78, of Ninnekah will be held at a later date. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Richard “Kent” Barrington

Funeral service for Kent Barrington, 64, of the Alex and Bradley area will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24th in the Alex School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, February 18th

 

Chickasha Water Line Repairs Continue

Chickasha water line crews will be out in sub-freezing weather again today repairing broken water lines. Repairs were made at two locations yesterday - at Ada Sipuel Avenue and Shepherd Street as well as 1st and Georgia. Officials had hoped to start repairs near 14th and Arkansas yesterday, however that project was re-scheduled for today because the leak is close to a fire hydrant. Crews believed that potential complications could occur which may have extended repairs into the night, exposing workers to dangerous working conditions. Crews are also planning on repairing lines at 10th and Virginia and 20th and Alabama today. Officials say they are monitoring all the water line leaks around town to ensure that the largest and most impactful leaks are repaired first. Mayor Chris Mosley said his request for residents to conserve water will continue until further notice.

 

Third Homicide Victim Identified

Officials have identified the third victim of a triple-homicide that occurred in Chickasha last week. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports the body of 41-year old Angela Blankenship was found in her home - two days after 4-year old Kaeos Yates and her grandfather Leon Pye were found stabbed to death across the street. Pye's wife, Delci, remains hospitalized following the attack but is recovering. Blankenship was a single mother of two. Relatives of Blankenship say they are unaware of any relationship she may have had with the suspected killer, 42-year old Lawrence Paul Anderson. Anderson was initially hospitalized with unspecified injuries but is now in the Grady County Jail. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

 

Chix Chamber of Commerce Schedules Annual Banquet

The 98th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet is set for April 9th. During the event, a number of awards will be given out and nominations are now being accepted. Categories include Civic Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Woman of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, Event of the Year, Business of the Year, and Small Business of the Year. Nomination forms are available on the chamber's website and nominations are due March 15th. Chamber president Cassandra Ersland also said banquet sponsorships are available so individuals and business can contact the chamber for information. Individual tickets are $75 and table sponsorships for up to eight people are $750.

 

Seed Swap Set this Weekend

Everyone is looking forward to much better weather which will be here in the next few days. If you are making plans for spring gardens, a farm in the Dibble area is holding a seed swap event this weekend. 3J Farms southwest of Dibble will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days for gardeners looking for seeds and for those who have seeds to share. It's a good time for those of you who may want to start a garden for the first time to visit with other gardeners to get helpful tips. Garden supplies will be available and the warmer weather coming up will be a good time for preparing your garden area for planting. Girl Scout cookies will be available and Desserts by Marshelle and the S'Blended Coffee Trailer will be there. The seed swap will be held rain or shine inside the farm's heated greenhouses. Check out their website www.3Jfarmsok.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.16 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.34.

Natural gas is $3.21 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,784 and silver is $27.22.

 

Wednesday, February 17th

 

Chickasha Officials Urge Water Conservation

(EDITOR’S NOTE – This story has been updated from our 7:00 a.m. news broadcast to indicate areas where water line repairs are expected today) Chickasha officials are asking residents to cut back on their water usage as crews battle problems with no or low water pressure throughout the city.  Mayor Chris Mosley also said crews are battling a number of water leaks in residential areas, but are postponing most repairs in order prevent water lines from freezing. The mayor issued this statement on the city's website and Facebook page-

 

              

 

The mayor says priority areas they will be working on today include Ada Sipuel Avenue and Shepherd Street and 14th Street and Arkansas Avenue. Water pressure issues began on Sunday, when a frozen optic sensor on one of the city's three water towers is believed to have prevented it from re-filling. In the town of Walters, which is south of Lawton, a water main break has forced officials there to shut down all water into that community. Officials are hoping they can get the line fixed today. Once water is restored the town will be under a voluntary boil advisory, as the water may have become contaminated.

 

Corporation Commission OKs Directive

to Prioritize Delivery of Gas, Electricity to Residents

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has issued an emergency directive to Oklahoma utility companies asking them to prioritize the delivery of natural gas and electric power to customers amidst the extended winter weather. State officials requested to order saying they wanted to emphasize the health, public safety, and welfare of Oklahomans who rely on natural gas or electricity to help them survive the extremely cold temperatures. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that Oklahoma Public Utilities Division Director Brandy Wreath called it a dire situation, saying that large power plants have gone off line and can’t be brought back. Wreath said utilities need to choose human needs over anything else. The order will allow utilities to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure electrical power and natural gas are provided to Oklahomans – while allowing reduced power or gas supplies to industrial customers.

 

Animals Rescued from Puppy Mill

Treated for Numerous Effects of Neglect

Many of the dozens of mistreated animals rescued from a Marlow puppy mill last weekend are being treated for a wide range of medical issues including some that needed emergency surgery. Some needed anti-biotics for eye, ear, and skin infections, some had mange or fever, and some had to be sedated to remove feces- and urine-matted hair down to the skin. KSWO-TV reports that the Humane Society of Tulsa helped to rescue many of the estimated 200 animals. The Humane Society will care for the animals until the courts decide who will get custody of them. Officials say their hope is that many of them could eventually be adopted.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.35.

Natural gas is $3.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $27.13.

 

Obituaries

Pat Garvin

A memorial service for Pat Garvin, 87, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21st at McRay Funeral Home. The family strongly suggests wearing masks.

Tommy Farley

Funeral service for Tommy Farley, 75, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at Ferguson Funeral Home.He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

Tuesday, February 16th

 

Rolling Blackouts Likely Due to Strain on Power Grid

The record cold weather is putting a strain on the power grid in middle America. The demand for electricity exceeded supply for a time yesterday and many power companies were ordered to implement mandatory rolling blackouts. The Southwest Power Pool implemented the blackouts throughout the 14 states it serves. The order was lifted shortly thereafter, but it was implemented again this morning after officials declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 – the highest alert possible. Power companies which include PSO, Western Farmers Electric Coop , OEC, REC, CK Energy, and OG&E are all part of the power pool. In a news release, PSO said they would try to notify customers affected, although the immediacy of the request may keep them from doing so. Gov. Kevin Stitt and other state officials held a press conference Monday asking Oklahomans to conserve electricity which included turning down thermostats to 68 degrees in order to help minimize the demand on the grid.

 

Chix Mayor Hopes Water Pressure Issues Resolved

A lot of Chickasha residents had no water or very little water pressure over a two-day period Sunday and Monday. Mayor Chris Mosley is hoping crews have fixed the problem. During Monday night's virtual city council meeting, Mosley said an optic sensor that monitors the level on the water tower on Country Club Road may have frozen over. He said Public Works and USW officials indicated that two of the city's water towers were re-filling late yesterday.

 

              

 

Record or near-record low temperatures around minus-15 degrees are widespread in central Oklahoma this morning. Combine that with road conditions that are still treacherous, many schools remain closed and some government offices are shut down. Chickasha schools opted to take a snow day today so they are not even having virtual classes. The Grady County Courthouse will be closed today and this morning's county commissioners’ meeting was canceled. Waste Connections will not be picking up trash in Chickasha for a second straight day because of the extreme cold and unsafe driving conditions. They are also suspending bulk pick-up services until they get caught up on residential trash pick-up.

 

Chix City Council Accepts Flood Prevention Plan

A new flood prevention plan gets the backing of the Chickasha City Council. During last night's virtual council meeting, the panel held a second public hearing to get an update on what's called The Master Drainage Plan. Officials with the engineering firm of Smith, Roberts, and Baldischwiler spent about 45 minutes reviewing the plan and discussing changes made to the proposal which had been recommended by city officials and the public during a previous public hearing last month. The proposal is a five-phase plan to attempt to minimize flooding which commonly occurs during periods of high intensity, short duration rains. If fully implemented it would cost between $9 million and $12 million. Among the suggestions are to widen both Congo Creek and Line Creek to forty feet and by using a combination of concrete and grass channels. Another is to essentially create areas to hold flood waters and release it slowly into the drainage system after heavy rains. Officials say the project could be paid for through a combination of grants and general obligation bonds - bonds which would be paid for through an increase in property taxes that would need voter approval.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.43.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,822 and silver is $27.73.

 

Monday, February 15th

 

State Braces for Another Winter Storm

(EDITOR'S NOTE - Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley discusses the city's response to the first winter storm on the 8:00 a.m. recorded version of the news. Find the KOOL News Podcast under the News tab on this website) Life-threatening weather conditions continue throughout Oklahoma as one winter storm moves through the state with another one approaching. Single-digit temperatures and accompanying winds will take wind chill values to minus-20 and minus-30 degrees through noon Tuesday. Six to ten inches of snow were recorded in Chickasha over the weekend making travel difficult for anyone brave enough to get out. Many Chickasha residents experienced low-water pressure yesterday, after a sensor froze at the water treatment plant. That prevented at least one of the city's water towers from re-filling.

 

Storm Knocks out Power to Some

Power outages are minimal this morning. Public Service Company of Oklahoma reports about 15 outages in the Tuttle area. Rural Electric Coop reports 18 outages in Grady County and nearly 250 in Garvin County;  CK Energy reports 7 outages in Caddo County; and Cotton Electric Coop reports nearly 120 outages in Comanche County.

 

Chix Trash Pick-up Delayed; Library Closed              

The City of Chickasha announced on its Facebook page that Waste Connections will not be picking up trash today with the hope that service can resume tomorrow. It's the second time in the last week that trash pickup had to be suspended because of snow and cold weather. Any motorists who may be trying to get to work are asked to follow the snow routes, which are posted on the city's website. The Chickasha Public Library will be closed today.

 

Fire Crews Called to Oilfield Location Blaze

Grady County firefighters were called out to an oilfield fire in the Alex area. The fire occurred near the Alex landfill just before 9 p.m. Monday when the air temperature was 3 degrees above zero and the wind chill was 15-below. 17 firefighters from the Alex, Bradley, and Naples fire departments were called out. Officials say some oilfield equipment had frozen and caused the ignition of some of petroleum products. Some residual petroleum products were burning some of the wildland grasses in the area. Crews used water and oil field foam to knock down those flames. They were able to use hand-held fire extinguishers for mop-up work. Officials credited the efforts of the firefighters and the oil field crew as they had the flames snuffed out in about an hour. Estimated damage was about $50,000.

 

Deputies Find Body, Puppy Mill near Marlow

A Marlow woman is behind bars after a body is found at her home along with numerous neglected animals. 49-year old Karen Jean Pritchard was arrested after Stephens County authorities received a tip about a person being killed or severely injured at a home just north of Marlow. In addition to finding the body of 31-year old Ashley Nicole Anderson investigators found about 200 animals they say were part of a puppy mill. Authorities say Anderson was working for Pritchard. Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney tells KSWO-TV that all the animals have been removed and thanked rescue workers for helping with the effort.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.43.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $27.67.

 

2021, Feb. 8th-13th

Saturday, February 13th

 

Gov. Issues State of Emergency in Advance of Winter Storm

A state of emergency has been declared in all 77 Oklahoma counties  in anticipation of a massive winter storm. State and local officials are putting together their emergency reponse preparations in what many are calling life-threatening conditions. In a statement, the governor said the state is prepared and ready to respond. He encourages everyone to pay attention to the weather and to check on neighbors. The governor has called out the National Guard to assist state troopers, emergency management, homeland security, the state department of transporation, and the turnpike authority over the next several days. The highway patrol encourages residents to stay home to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Authorities say they will be prepared for rescues and reminds Oklahomans that the rescues are dangerous for all involved. ODOT is preparing for the worst-case scenario, and is anticipating several days of around-the-clock response to rescues.

 

Space Heater Blamed on Mobile Home Fire

Fire destroys a mobile home in the Farwell area. Ninnekah, Farwell, and Acme volunteer fire departments were called out Thursday night. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers said a resident was sleeping and woke up to the fire and tried to put it out. The man was unable to douse the flames and ran to his grandfather’s house about a half-mile way to call firefighters. The 1,000 sq. ft. mobile home was fully involved  when crews arrived. The cause of the fire was traced to a space heater, which was placed too close to some clothes that caught fire. It's the second space-heater related fire this week. Damage was estimated at $60,000.

 

Tip Leads to Arrest of Drug Trafficking Suspect

Drug trafficking charges have been filed against a woman accused of having meth moved between Oklahoma City, Chickasha and Duncan. It's reported the drugs were being moved for a prisoner. Stephens County authorities arrested Guadalupe Mechelle Thompson this week after getting a tip about what was happening. KSWO-TV reports that investigators got a warrant to track the mule's car via GPS. Police made a traffic stop on the vehicle and a K9 officer alerted officers that narcotics were present. Authorities seized more than a half-pound of methamphetamine. A probable cause affidavit indicates the driver provided information about Thompson, who was brought in for questioning. Thompson is said the mule was transporting the drugs because she had a driver's license.. Thompson is in the Stephens County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Filing Period for Caddo County Commissioner Post Delayed

The filing period for the vacant District 2 seat on the Caddo County Commissioner board has been re-scheduled because of the approaching winter storm. The filing period has been pushed back a week, and is now set for Monday, Feb. 22nd through Wednesday, Feb. 23rd. The seat became vacant following the death of former commissioner Randy McLemore. Candidates will file at the Caddo County Election board. If needed, a special primary election will be in April and a special general election would be held in September.

 

Wildlife Refuge Cancels Events Due to Storm Forecast

The Wichita Mountains Wildife Refuge has issued an emergency closure order to ban recreational activities like hiking and fishing in advance of the winter storm. Officials also said the road to the top of Mt. Scott is also closed because of icy conditions, and camping reservations have been canceled. Officials say the winter storm is a dangerous risk to visitors, refuge staff and first responders who may be called for search-and-rescue operations. The order goes into effect at sunset this evening and recreational activities will resume when it is safe to do so.

 

Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here is public information officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you’re asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Obituary

Neal Hawthorne

A graveside service for Neal Hawthorne, 74, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, February 12th

 

OSBI Agents Follow-up on Double Homicide

For the second time in three days, OSBI agents were in Chickasha Thursday to determine if a third victim may have died at the hands of a suspected killer. The Oklahoman reports that murder suspect Lawrence Paul Anderson admitted to investigators that he killed a neighbor prior to his fatal attacks on his uncle and the uncle's four-year old granddaughter. The OSBI has not released any information regarding Thursday's follow-up investigation. The name of the potential third victim has not been revealed. The Oklahoman reports that Anderson was released from prison three weeks ago, after serving just three years of a 20-year sentence for having a gun and doing drugs. The Oklahoman also reports that Anderson was a convicted cocaine dealer, first sentenced in 2006 after arrests on drug and weapons charges and attacking his girlfriend. Anderson has been arrested but is still hospitalized after he also was injured in the fatal attacks on Leon Pye and four-year old Kaeos Yates.

 

Final Public Hearing Scheduled

for Chix' Master Drainage Proposal 

Despite the forecast of a winter storm, the Chickasha City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night. The meeting will be held via teleconference. On the agenda are several public hearings including one on a master drainage plan which was previously discussed last month. Individuals who want to comment during any public hearings or participate in the citizen comment section will have to create a free Zoom account in order to do so. Otherwise, individuals can watch the meeting on the city's website, www.chickasha.org The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

 

Local School Districts Set Bond Elections

Verden and Cement school district voters will go to the polls to decide special bond issues next month. Verden voters will decide a $250,000 transportation bond issue. If approved the bonds would be paid off within five years of their date of issuance. Cement voters will have two bond issues on the ballot. One is for $245,000 for constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling schools and acquiring furniture, fixtures, equipment, and improving school sites. The second is for $55,000 for transportation needs.  Those bonds also would be paid off in five years if approved by voters. Both elections are scheduled for March 2nd.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Continues

The Southwest District Livestock Show heads into its third day today as exhibitors will be leading their swine through the arena. The swine show typically has the largest number of animals and is held over two days. Danny Wedel is the general superintendent of the show and says while they had more animals register than ever before, many exhibitors opted to stay home this year because of the cold weather. He said they didn't want to take the chance of their animals getting sick ahead of the county stock shows and the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

 

              

 

The results of the Prospect Steer show are: Ryder Klaasen of Hydro-Eakly had the grand champion, Tucker Freie of Anadarko had the reserve, and Madison Shout of El Reno had the bronze. In the heifer show, Cierra Collins of Frederick had the grand, Hays Devine of the Friends 4H had the reserve, and Claire Collins of Frederick had the bronze. In the chicken show, Presley Johnson of Tipton had the grand, Cassi Ray of Cordell had the reserve, and Emma Ray also of Cordell had the bronze. In the Agriculture Mechanics show, Ryder Bailey of Ninnekah was grand champion; Brandon Stanford and Andy Bolanos of Erick were reserve, and Casen McKenzie and Corbin Davidson of Elgin were bronze.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $61.64.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $27.20.

 

Obituaries

Lavetta Ogle

A graveside service for Lavetta Ogle, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13th at Fairlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Oklahoma Baptist Homes or a charity of your choice.

LeBraun Marquis Brown

Funeral service for LeBraun Marquis Brown, 26, of Midwest City will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13th at the Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, February 11th

 

OSBI Investigates Double Homicide in Chickasha

Two people including a four-year old are dead and two others are hospitalized following a disturbance at Chickasha home Tuesday night. The OSBI is investigating but the agency hasn't released a lot of details of what happened. One person is in custody although he is one of the two people who were hospitalized. Authorities found the bodies of 67-year old Leon Pye and 4-year old Kaeos Yates in the home. Leon's wife Delci also suffered injuries and she was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Chickasha police say they received a 9-1-1 hang up call Tuesday evening at the home in the 200 block of Minnesota. When officers arrived they heard someone inside calling for help. Officers forced their way into the home where they found the four individuals. Authorities have not said what type of injuries were inflicted.  The injured suspect was identified as 42-year old Lawrence Paul Anderson. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries but is in police custody. The district attorney's office is reviewing the case to consider what charges may be filed. Authorities did not indicate a motive for the attack.

 

'Blood Emergency' Declared

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say there is an emergency blood shortage in the state. There is less than a one-day supply of blood available for hospitals. The wintry weather is one of the big reasons for a recent drop in donations. Here's Zelda Sullivan with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

 

              

 

Sullivan says the blood is also needed for cancer and burn patients and that convalescent plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 is needed to help current patients with the infection. Sullivan urges previous and new donors to find a blood drive in their community. Check out the website www.obi.org to find a blood drive near you.

 

Hillary Communications Announces Expansion

A southwest Oklahoma-based company has acquired a similar firm in Iowa. Hillary Communications announces in a news release that the company has acquired Prairieburg Telephone Company. The release states that Hillary's experience and expertise in serving rural communities will better serve the needs in its new market. Hillary Communications is a third-generation company that has been around for 60 years. It’s grown from serving one community with 100 access lines covering 22 square miles, to now more than 19,000 customers in 22 counties in Oklahoma and Texas. The firm offers Internet, voice, and Hillary TV.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Results

The first results are in from the Southwest District Livestock Show. Sayde Allen of Canute had the grand champion ewe in the sheep show. Mason Smith of Elk City had the reserve and Landi Brooking of Altus had the bronze. For the wether lambs, Colt Randall of Canute had the grand, Jack Thomas of Elk City had the reserve, and Avary Bellamy of Ft. Cobb-Broxton had the bronze. For the wether goats, Addy Schneberger of Carnegie had the grand, Sayde Allen of Canute had the reserve, and Kinley Pruett from Jackson County had the bronze. Show Superintendent Danny Wedel also said they added a chicken show to the event for the first time this year. It’s called the broiler show which will take place today, as will the cattle show. The Southwest District Livestock Show runs through Saturday at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.47.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,842 and silver is $27.17.

 

Wednesday, February 10th

 

Chickasha Homicide Under Investigation

Chickasha police confirm the city's third homicide of 2021. Lt. Scott Weaver said authorities have called in the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for assistance. Weaver said Chickasha police and fire fighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Minnesota about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a disturbance. A home was cordoned off with yellow police tape. Weaver did not say if the victim was male or female, and did not indicate how the person may have died. Weaver said a person of interest was taken into custody but did not identify that individual.

 

Chix Voters OK School Bond Issues

Chickasha voters approve the two Restoring Excellence Bond Issues for Chickasha Public Schools. Both issues passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin in yesterday’s special bond election. In a light turnout, less than 800 voters cast ballots. A $2.3 million bond issue for various upgrades on all Chickasha campuses passed 541 to 247. A $400,000 transportation bond passed 550 to 249. Superintendent Rick Croslin said he and the school board are humbled and grateful for the support. The bonds will allow the district to begin restoring schools, purchase curriculum and technology, and address many other needs. The passage of the bonds means that property taxes in the school district will go up next year. The annual increase on a home valued at $100,000 will be $35 per year.

 

Julie Martin Wins Seat on Lindsay School Board

In Lindsay, Julie Martin wins a seat on the school board. Martin picked up 83 percent of the vote in a three-person race. Just over 350 voters cast ballots. Martin collected 295, Jim Beckham received 32, and Landon Webb, 28.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Underway              

Youth throughout southwest Oklahoma will be in Chickasha over the next four days for the Southwest District Livestock Show. The youth come from the 14 counties south of I-40 and west of I-35. In addition to showing livestock, some individuals and groups have submitted entries into the agriculture mechanics competition. Today features judging for the ag mechanics projects and the sheep and goat shows. The cattle show will be tomorrow with the swine show taking up both Friday and Saturday.

 

Bullock Center to Mark Black History Month              

A Chickasha group will commemorate Black History Month with a drive-thru soul food fundraiser. The Bullock Memorial Community Center will hold this first-time event on Saturday, Feb. 20th. The theme of the event is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Charlotte Oliver is the president of the group. She says when their ancestors worked the fields, the women and children picked greens, potatoes, black-eyed peas, corn, and green beans. They cooked chicken, pig's feet, ears, tails and chitlins because that's all they had. At the end of the day, families thanked God for the food for their souls, which is how the term soul food was originated. The upcoming drive-thru soul food dinner will include chicken wings, greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. Donations are $10 per plate and volunteers will bring your food to your car. The Bullock Memorial Community Center is at 917 S. 1st. To order in advance, call or text 405-274-6268 or 405-905-7715 or e-mail; chickashabullock@gmail.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.09.

Natural gas is $2.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,841 and silver is $27.34.

 

Tuesday, February 9th

 

Fire Leaves A Grady County Family Homeless

A grandmother and her two teenaged grandchildren are without a home after a fire destroys their mobile home and belongings. The three were inside the mobile home when the fire erupted just before 8:00 p.m. Monday. It happened about eight miles south of Lake Burtchi. 12 fire trucks and 18 fire fighters from the Ninnekah, Pioneer, and Farwell volunteer departments were dispatched and spent about 2 1/2 hours at the scene. One of teens suffered minor burns on her hand but she did not have to be taken to the hospital. Investigators say the fire started in the living room from a faulty portable propane heater. Estimated loss is $120,000. The Red Cross was contacted to help the family who is staying with relatives.

 

Teens Injured When Pickup Hits Train

An icy road leads to a pick-up crashing into a freight train, sending two teenagers to the hospital. The accident happened yesterday afternoon north of Okarche in Kingfisher County. Two Chickasha men were aboard the Union Pacific train and were not injured. The engineer was identified as 43-year old Clinton Baxter and the conductor was identified as 56-year old David Johnson. The unidentified teens, 18-year old and 15-year old boys from Kingfisher, were taken to separate Oklahoma City hospitals where they were last in stable condition. The highway patrol reports that the 18-year old driver of the pickup slid on the slick roadway and struck the side of the train. The pickup then hit a railroad sign and spun around, ejecting the teens from the truck.

              

Air Show May be Coming to Chickasha

Chickasha officials are looking to bring an air show to the city this year. After an Oklahoma City air show scheduled for this summer was canceled, officials are looking to bring some of those participants to Chickasha. Chickasha has hosted an annual Wings and Wheels fly-in and car show in June the last several years. The Chickasha industrial Authority held a meeting this morning to consider a Tourism Promotion Program application for $5,000 to help promote the event.

 

Airport Advisory Panel to Meet              

Speaking of the Chickasha airport, the Airport Advisory Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon to also discuss providing funds to promote the air show which is scheduled for June 19th. The panel will also consider the construction of an awning for the airport courtesy vehicles, consider soliciting repairs for one of the hangars, and the installation of a flag pole.

 

Chickasha, Lindsay School District Voters Cast Ballots

Today is the day that Chickasha school district voters will decide two bond issues that officials call the Restoring Excellence Bond issue. There are two proposals which total $2.7 million on the ballot. Officials say it is the second phase of a three-phase program to make upgrades throughout the district. The first phase is underway, with a $4.5 million storm damage insurance claim which is allowing the district to replace the roofs on every school. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight. Also today, Lindsay school district voters are casting ballots for a post on the school board. Jim Beckam, Julie Martin, and Landon Webb are on the ballot. A run-off will be needed if none of the candidates get a majority of votes.

 

Anadarko Board of Education to Sell Bonds

The Anadarko school board has a special meeting today to sell $820,000 in general obligation bonds. The bonds are part of a larger voter-approved measure that allowed the district to build the new safe rooms and athletic facility at the football field.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $57.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.56.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $27.74.

 

Obituaries

Cindy Philpott

Funeral service for Cindy Philpott, 63, of Seminole and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10th at Chickasha's First Christian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. She was a U.S. Army veteran and was an elementary school teacher in Chickasha where she was known as Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Clouse.

 

Monday, February 8th

 

Chickasha Schools Special Bond Election is Tomorrow              

Two special bond issues totaling $2.7 million will be decided by voters in the Chickasha Public School district tomorrow. One bond issue is for $2.3 million which would be used for upgrades on every school campus. A second bond issue for $400,000 would assist the school with transportation needs. Both bonds need a super-majority of 60 percent voter approval to pass. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Wife of Anadarko Boys Basketball Coach Injured in Crash

The wife of Anadarko High School boys basketball coach Doug Schumpert was seriously injured in a head-on collision last weekend. Christine Schumpert was heading to Kingfisher to watch Anadarko play basketball Friday night, when a pick-up crossed over the center line of U.S. Highway 81 in El Reno and crashed into her car. Anadarko Superintendent Jerry McCormick said both her legs were broken, she has several broken ribs, and a fractured spine. She will have surgery on both legs.  Mrs. Schumpert was listed in fair condition at an Oklahoma City hospital this morning. She has taught at Mission Elementary School for several years.

 

Chix School Board to Consider Skeet Shooting Team              

(EDITOR'S NOTE - The school board meeting was postponed due to a winter weather advisory issued for central and southern Oklahoma. The meeting has been re-scheduled with the time to be announced later) A skeet shooting team for Chickasha Public Schools will be considered when the board of education meets for its regular February meeting tonight. Superintendent Rick Croslin, Athletic Director Jerry Don Bray, and School Resource Officer and Grady County Deputy Sheriff Mark Ingram will discuss the proposal. The school board will also hear staff reports on college readiness and drop-outs, consider renewing an agreement with the OU College of Nursing, and review a proposal to construct a brick backstop at Elliott Field. The board is also to recognize the Chicken Express Employees of the Month, both of whom are employed at the Quality Academy. Sandy Ford is to be honored as the Certified Employee of the Month and Whitney Molder as Support Employee of the Month. Also, the school board is to recognize Mindy Crow at the middle school as the support person of the quarter. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the high school auditorium. The meeting will be aired on the district's YouTube channel which can be accessed from the school's website, www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

Beef - It's What's up for Discussion

Beef will be the topic of a couple of agriculture marketing meetings with Grady County OSU Extension over the next week. Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Feb. 9th), extension beef specialist Dr. Jason Banta will discuss nutrition, cow-calf stocker management, and animal health. He also co-ordinates and teaches an applied beef cattle nutrition course at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Next Tuesday, Feb. 16th, Dr. John Riley will review cattle production and markets, futures markets, and risk management. Both programs will start at 7:00 a.m. Individuals may attend in person or via the Zoom platform. Contact the extension office for information.

 

Obituaries

Joseph Johnson, Jr.

The funeral service for Joseph Benjamin Johnston, Jr., 60, of Chickasha are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Bill Erwin

The funeral service for Bill Erwin of Chickasha has been moved indoors due to the forecast of extremely cold weather. Originally set for a graveside service it will now be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Feb. 2nd-6th

Saturday, February 6th

 

Chickasha Police Seek Information About Missing Teen

A Chickasha teen has been missing since November and Chickasha police and a national non-profit group are reaching out for help in finding her. 15-year old Janicea Dunlap has been missing for nearly two months. A post from a non-profit group called Peas in their Pod shared a photo of teen. Dunlap was reported missing on Nov. 18th of last year. Officials say anyone with information is asked to call the Chickasha Police Department by calling 405-222-6050. According to its website, Peas in Their Pods was founded in 2007 and its mission is to give a voice to missing children of color and their families, and to fight against child abuse and sexual exploitation. The group states that children of color do not receive adequate attention when they go missing, and the group works to provide assistance to families in their time of need through media campaigns, public alerts, and parent advocacy services.

 

HSI Sensing Breaks Ground on Expansion

A ground-breaking was held this week to expand a Chickasha company and bring new jobs to the region. HSI Sensing will build a 25,000 sq. ft. facility which will house a Wisconsin-based company which HSI owns. It's called Genisco Filter Manufacturing. The company designs and manufactures industrial power filters, including filters for military and aerospace contractors. The expansion is near the current HSI Sensing location on Norge Highway. HSI Vice President Travis Posey said the Madison, Wisconsin company had out-grown its facilities there, and the decision was made to re-locate the company to Chickasha. The new building will also allow for the continued growth of HSI Sensing, which manufactures reed switches which are used in things like hearing aids and microwave ovens, and also in aerospace technology. Posey said the expansion is great way to pay tribute to his grandfather and father who began the third-generation company more than 50 years ago. The construction management company selected for the construction is also a local company, CMS Willowbrook. Officials say they are honored to be part of the expansion and are excited to be building for another long-established company based in their home town. Construction is expected be completed by the end of June.

 

More Crude Oil May be Shipped by Rail Through Oklahoma

There's speculation that more oil from Canada will be passing through Oklahoma by rail. The website www.okenergytoday.com cites a story from S and P Global that the increase would likely occur since President Biden canceled the construction of the northern leg of the XL Energy Pipeline. The pipeline was going to carry crude oil from Canada through the central part of the United States into Oklahoma, and eventually to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The S and P Global article quoted Canadian railroad executives saying they believe there will be increased shipments of crude oil by rail. The article states that there are others who believe that the president's move will only help billionaire investor Warren Buffet, who owns Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, which carries oil through the Sooner State.

 

Friday, February 5th

 

Special Election Set for Caddo County Commissioner Post

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has called a special election in Caddo County to fill an open seat on the Caddo County board of commissioners. The election is to fill the District 2 County Commissioner office previously held by Randy McLemore who passed away this week after battling  the coronavirus. The filing period for the office will be Feb. 15th through 17th at the Caddo County Election Board. The special primary election will be April 6th and the special general election will be Sept. 14th.

 

Early Voting Underway for Chix School Bond Election

Chickasha school district voters can cast ballots early for the special bond election scheduled next week. In-person, absentee voting is available today at the Grady County Election Board. The voting is available until 6:00 p.m. today (Friday, Feb. 5th). Otherwise regular precincts will be open next Tuesday, Feb. 9th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Voters will decide two bond issues totaling $2.7 million with funds to be used for school improvements on every campus and to purchase school buses and people movers.

 

Chix High School has Record Number of Valedictorians

A record number of Chickasha High School seniors earned the right to be named Valectorian this year. Overcoming the challenges of distance learning and other pandemic restrictions, 27 students met the academic goals needed to earn the designation. Requirements include having a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and take at least four honors or AP courses. They are: Aubree Wright, Makylah Whitehead, Bailey White, Jordan Wallace and Emma Victery; Jennifer Veach, Tanner Thompson, Joseph Shaw; J.T. Richie, and Hunter Puryear; Madelyn Pendergraph, Miana Moon, Roseanna Medina, Logan McKinney, and Dao Kai Lim; Nevaeh King; Madison King, Brayden Kile, Hanna Kennedy, and Luke Johnson; Cash Jay, Hesston Jarvis, Brian Green-Young, Clair Carver, Rylan Burrows; Kali Bennett, and Lexi Albright.

 

Coronavirus Update

The state health department reports 27 new deaths from the coronavirus in their Thursday update. One of the deaths is in Grady County, a male in the 65-years and older category. Grady County has now had 59 COVID-19 related deaths. There are 331 active cases out of the more than 5,300 people who have tested positive. In Chickasha, there have been 34 deaths and there are 147 active cases of the 2,200 positive tests. In Blanchard, there have been 12 deaths and there are 160 active cases out of just over 2,000 positive tests. In Tuttle, there have been 10 deaths and there are 74 active cases out of nearly 1,400 positive tests. In Caddo County, the number of fatal COVID-19 cases is 49 and there are 255 active cases out more than 3,600 positive tests. In Anadarko, there have been 17 deaths and there are 89 active cases with 1,250 people testing positive. The state health department reports that the number of vaccines that have been given outnumber the cumulative cases of COVID-19. Officials say they have administered more than 500,000 vaccines while the total number of positive tests for the virus is just under 400,000.

 

Police "Quotas" Would be Banned if Senate Bill Passes

We've all heard stories about police officers having to write a minimum number of traffic tickets each month. A bill passed out of the state senate's general government committee this week would ban that practice. State Senator Natham Dahm is the author of SB 346 and says the practice is unfair to Oklahomans as well as the officers. In a press release, Dahm says it’s no secret that quotas exist in many cities and towns. He said it keeps law enforcement officers from focusing on more important issues to protect peace and public safety and it shouldn't be tolerated. The bill next goes to the full senate for further consideration.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.84.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806 and silver is $26.72.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we'll be talking about this weekend. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today, our guests are USAO baseball coach Mike Ross and softball coach Jadyn Wallis. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Kent Baldwin

A memorial service for Kent Baldwin, 74, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Feb. 4th

 

Chix City Council to Get at Least Two New Members

There will be at least two new representatives on the Chickasha City Council later this year. Vice Mayor Kim Loggins and Ward 4 Councilman Jim Hopkins did not run for re-election. Hopkins did file for re-election but withdrew his candidacy this morning. Hopkins’ withdrawal allows Kelly Boyd to take the post un-opposed. Boyd ran against Hopkins in 2017 and 2019 where he finished runner-up in a three-person race in each of those elections. The other first-time council representative will be Georgianne Hebblethwaite in Ward 2, the seat currently held by Loggins. Ward 3 Councilman Oscar Nelson ran unopposed for another two-year term. Pending any other withdrawals or protests of candidates today or tomorrow, there will be one race in the city council election in April. Ward 1 Councilman Brian Gerdes is being challenged by David Lucas.

                

Anadarko Vice Mayor Gets Opponent

In Anadarko, Vice Mayor Tanner Salyer drew an opponent for the city council election. Salyer will face Patrick Michael Hayes for the post. Two candidates ran un-opposed. Incumbent Ward 3 Councilwoman Kelley McGlothin will stay on the council. Matthew Vasquez filed unopposed for Ward 5 for the post currently held by Shelby Wall.

 

Caddo County Official Dies from COVID-19

Caddo County Commissioner Randy McLemore has died. McLemore had battled the coronavirus for several weeks. He passed away in a Yukon hospital on Monday at 54 years old. McLemore had been the District Two Caddo County Commissioner for 10 years and ran un-opposed for the post last year. He previously worked for District 2 for 30 years, including some time when his father was county commissioner. He is survived by his wife Shaunya, his parents, and children and grandchildren. McLemore is being laid to rest today. A funeral service will be at the Lost Cowboy Church in Gracemont with burial in the Gracemont Cemetery. A special election will be called to fill McLemore's post on the county commissioner's board.

 

ODOT Seeks Comment on State Highway 9 Project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is seeking public comment on a plan to widen State Highway 9 east of Norman. The proposal would widen the highway to five lanes - to include a center turn lane - near the community of Pink. Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation should begin later this year while construction is not expected to start for another six years. ODOT officials say it’s part of an overall plan to complete a four-lane corridor of State Highway 9 between Norman and Tecumseh. The agency is hosting a virtual open house on the proposal to provide updates and get public input. The presentation will only be available on-line at www.odot.org/Highway9 Individuals who do not have Internet access can contact ODOT’s Transportation Environmental Programs Division in Oklahoma City by calling 405-325-3269. The deadline to comment is Feb. 15th

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.79.

London-based Brent crude is $58.46.

Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $26.49.

 

Obituaries

Brenda Rex

Funeral service for Brenda Rex, 77, of Oklahoma City will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5th at the First Baptist Church of Newcastle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

David 'Grizz' Turner

Funeral service for David "Grizz" Turner, 65, of Cement will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5th at Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, February 3rd

 

City, Town Council Filings Continue

The three-day filing period for candidates seeking seats on city and town councils in spring elections comes to an end today. Some areas where elections are scheduled include Chickasha, Anadarko, and Blanchard. In Chickasha, there were no new filings Tuesday so only three candidates have filed and no races have developed. Oscar Nelson has filed for re-election in Ward 3, Brian Gerdes has filed for re-election in Ward 1, and Georgianne Hebblethwaite has filed in Ward 2. In Anadarko, Tanner Salyer has filed for re-election for vice mayor, Kelley McGlothlin has filed for Ward 3, and Matthew Vazquez has filed for Ward 5.  In Blanchard, a race has developed in Ward 4 where Steve Misenheimer and Chuck Kemper have filed. Joseph Davis has filed in Ward 1, Albert Ryans in Ward 3, and Eddie Odle has filed for council-at-large. The filing period ends at 5 o'clock this afternoon. The city council elections will be in April.

 

Pizzeria Staff Subdue Knife-Wielding Man

Employees at a local pizza restaurant take action against a belligerent man trespassing on the property. The workers at Domino's Pizza ganged up on the man after it's alleged the man caused a disturbance. According to an affidavit filed by Chickasha police the incident took place last Thursday afternoon. It’s alleged the man was riding a scooter through the parking lot and threw a paper bag with a beer can on the ground. One of the employees took exception to the man littering and a confrontation ensued. The man displayed a knife, and the employees, despite being threatened with a weapon were able to fend off the attack until police arrived moments later. Domino's General Manager Sherry Douglas credited her employees’ actions. Police arrested 29-year old Sean William Attocknie of Chickasha. He's been charged with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor for public intoxication. Attocknie remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

 

Chix Black History Month Program Canceled

A Chickasha event normally held each February as a Black History Month celebration has been canceled. The annual Story Telling and Soul Food Evening has been called off because of the pandemic. This year was to be the 12th annual event hosted by the Loretta Jackson African American Historical Society. Traditionally, it features the efforts of Chickasha African Americans in business, education, religion, agriculture, and the arts. Jackson thanks the sponsors and all supporters of the program in previous years and hopes to resume the program in 2022.

 

Patients Recovered From Coronavirus Who Get Vaccinated

Are Unable To Donate Plasma, According to Federal Group

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says the need for convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is urgent - but says individuals who have recovered and have received the coronavirus vaccine - are not eligible to donate the plasma right now. Officials say it’s based on guidelines issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The OBI said individuals who have recovered from the coronavirus or have COVID-19 antibodies and have not received the vaccine can donate plasma or any blood product, as long as they have been symptom-free for 14 days and are feeling well. By the way, KOOL 105.5 and 1061 The Ranch is teaming up with the OBI for another community blood drive today. That will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue, across the street from the studios. No appointment is needed.

 

Southwest District Stock Show Set for Next Week              

One of the largest regional spring livestock shows for 4H and FFA youth returns to Chickasha next week. The Southwest District Livestock Show will feature exhibitors with cattle, swine, sheep, and goats from 14 southwest Oklahoma counties. More than 2,000 animals are expected to be led through the show rings. The show is unique in that it pays big money to the exhibitors who show the top three animals in each breed. There is a Grand Champion, a Reserve-Grand Champion, and a Bronze Champion. Exhibitors of the top market steer and heifer, the market wether lamb, and barrow will each receive $1,000. For the second straight year, there will also be an ag mechanics competition with the top exhibitor or team picking up $500. The show runs Feb. 9th through 13th at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $57.46.

Natural gas is $2.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,837 and silver is $26.81.

 

Tuesday, February 2nd

 

Search Approved for Chix City Manager

The Chickasha City Council last night voted unanimously to begin searches for both an interim and a permanent city manager. Mayor Chris Mosley said it is his hope that an interim manager could be in place in 30 days. Mosley said he's already received a couple of resumes from candidates who have previously served as interim city managers elsewhere. Mosley said there is no timetable to hire a permanent city manager. The council approved advertising for both positions. He said the city will be working with a couple of municipal associations to find candidates. Currently, Mosley is filling in as acting-city manager with the help of Assistant City Manager Leesa Furr.

 

Furniture, Mower Purchases Approved              

The city council approved the purchase of some new furniture for the police department which is compatible with the new communications equipment that was recently installed. The $35,000 bid was slightly higher than the lowest bid. Police Chief Dee Rowell recommended the higher bid saying it was a better fit and while it wasn't the lowest bid, it was the best bid. The council unanimously approved the recommendation. The council also waived the bidding process and approved a state contract with a local implement dealer to purchase three lawn mowers and a 20-foot trailer. The bid of just over $34,000 was awarded to Standridge Equipment Company. The council also approved a one-year lease for a Duncan company to move its operations to the Chickasha Airport. Representatives of Aircraft Systems say they'll be installing aviation equipment in small general aviation aircraft. Jason Bivens said the FAA has issued new requirements for high tech equipment for aircraft and that Chickasha was a good central location.

 

New Chix Fire Chief Named

The City of Chickasha has a new chief of the fire department. Tony Samaniego, who had been serving as the interim chief, was formally named to the post yesterday. Mayor Chris Mosley said Samaniego was one of five finalists who were interviewed. Samaniego spent a couple of years as assistant fire chief under the previous chief Brian Zalewski, who was fired in a controversial move by former city manager John Noblitt last summer. Samaniego has been with the Chickasha fire department for several years and previously worked in Lawton.

 

City Council Filings Underway

The annual Chickasha City Council election is about two months away and the filing period for candidates is underway. Two incumbents have filed for re-election – they are Brian Gerdes in Ward One and Oscar Nelson in Ward 3. A first-time candidate - Georgianne Hebblethwaite - is a candidate for the Ward 2 post currently held by Kimmie Loggins. The other spot on the council up for election is the Ward 4 seat held by Jim Hopkins. The filing period runs through tomorrow with candidates filing at city hall.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.35.

Natural gas is $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $27.88.

 

Obituaries

Lowell Schneberger

A graveside service for Lowell Schneberger, 80, of Blanchard and formerly of Cyril will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. He played fast-pitch softball well into his 50s and is a member of the Oklahoma ASA Softball Hall of Fame. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Don Jeter Dunn

A graveside service for Don Jeter Dunn, 91, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a long-time lock smith. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, February 1st

 

Guidelines in Place at State Capital

for the 2021 Legislative Session

Pandemic protocols have been put in place as Oklahoma's legislative session gets underway. While state lawmakers will not be required to wear masks they will be strongly encouraged to do so. Committee room and chamber gallery capacities will be  limited to accommodate social distancing. State lawmakers and staff will get regular testing for COVID-19. All proceedings will be live streamed on the websites www.okhouse.gov and www.oksenate.gov Gov. Kevin Stitt will kick off the legislative session with his state-of-the-state address.

 

Formal Search for Chix City Manager to Begin              

The vacant city manager post for the City of Chickasha will be among the topics of discussion during tonight's city council meeting. The group will consider searching for both a permanent and an interim manager. Former City Manager John Noblitt resigned two weeks ago after nearly four years on the job. The city council will also consider waiving the competitive bidding process to purchase some new lawnmowers and approve a state contract with Standridge Equipment Company. The group is also to consider approving a lease for a hangar at the airport with a firm called Aircraft Systems. The hangar was previously leased by Air Methods which operated an air ambulance service. Aircraft Systems is described as a company in the field of avionics installations, inspections, component fabrication, and maintenance. If approved, the lease begins tomorrow and is for one year at $700 per month or $8,400 for the first year. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

              

Public Meeting set Ahead of Chix School Bond Election

A public meeting will be held tomorrow night to discuss the upcoming special bond election for Chickasha Public Schools. The district is proposing two bond issues totaling $2.7 million, with $2.3 million going toward school improvements and $400,000 for transportation needs. The meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the high school activity center auditorium. For those who can't attend it will be shown live on the Friends of Chickasha Public Schools Facebook page. Prior to the meeting, administrators will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions. The special bond election is next Tuesday, Feb. 9th.  

 

1st National and a Sr. VP Recognized for YMCA Support

A Chickasha financial institution receives recognition for its work with the YMCA. The First National Bank and Trust was awarded the Mission Partner Award from the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA which oversees the Chickasha organization. The bank collected the award for its long-time partnership with the Y in its support of healthy living activities. First National President and CEO John Gorton said the bank is pleased to partner with the YMCA and recognize that the support system it provides to young people is invaluable. Also, the bank's Senior Vice President, Mike Van Sickle was named Volunteer of the Year for all 15 Greater OKC YMCAs. Van Sickle is in his third year serving as chair for the Chickasha branch of the Y. Van Sickle said it's not a hard job to tell the story of how the Y encourages people young and old to work toward healthy-living goals. While the Y endured some hardships during the pandemic he said the need among local families did not change.

 

New Chickasha Chamber Board of Directors Elected              

A new board of directors has been elected to serve the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce for 2021. Brad Wilkerson with Chicken Express was named Chairman of Board. He takes over from 2020 board chairman Andy Maher with the Grady County Fairgrounds. Mike Van Sickle with the First National Bank will serve as Vice-Chair, and Frank Farmer from the Bank of Commerce will serve as treasurer. New board members include Troy Avant from Liberty National Bank, Rick Croslin with Chickasha Public Schools, Tim Hushbeck with PSO, Whitney Palesano with the Mosley Agency, Holly Dunham with the Canadian River Brewing Company, and Misti McClellan with USAO.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.04.

Natural gas is $2.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,862 and silver is $29.83.

 

Obituary

Royce Terry

A private memorial service for Royce Terry, 87, of Ringwood, Oklahoma and formerly of Chickasha was held Saturday, Jan. 30th at the First Baptist Church of Enid. He was a long-time insurance agent. Burial was in Chickasha’s Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Jan. 25th-30th

Saturday, January 30th

 

Caddo County Officer Arrested for Alleged Child Sex Crimes

The assistant police chief of a small Caddo County town has been arrested on a dozen complaints of child pornography. 35-year old Tyler Wesley Davis, the assistant police of at Hydro and also a reserve deputy for the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, was taken into custody by the OSBI Thursday and he was booked into the Grady County Jail in Chickasha.  According to a post on the OSBI's official Facebook page, investigators with the agency’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit said between April and September of last year, a social media platform reported a user uploading multiple sexually-explicit files of a young girl. The platform reported the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which traced the Internet provider address to Oklahoma. Davis is facing a dozen complaints in connection with the investigation including first-degree rape, sodomy, distributing obscene pictures and writings, and violating the state's computer crimes act.

 

Chickasha Firefighters Mourn Waynoka Fire Deaths              

Chickasha firefighters are joining first responders from across the state who are reaching out to the families of four people who died in a house fire in Waynoka early Friday morning. Two firefighters perished as did a couple in the home. The Chickasha Fire Department and Emergency Management posted on its Facebook page that their hearts and prayers go out to the Waynoka Fire Department, the City of Waynoka, and especially the families who tragically lost loved ones in the fire.  The two firefighters who died are being called heroes as they entered the burning home to try and rescue a man and woman trapped in a bedroom. The names of those who died have not been released. The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.

 

Meeting Set to Discuss Chix Schools Special Bond Election

A public meeting will be held next week to discuss the upcoming special bond election for Chickasha Public Schools. The district is proposing two bond issues totaling $2.7 million, with $2.3 million going toward school improvements and $400,000 for transportation needs if the bonds are approved. The meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the high school activity center auditorium. For those who can't attend, it will be shown live on the Friends of Chickasha Public Schools Facebook page. Prior to the meeting, administrators will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions. The special bond election is the following Tuesday, Feb. 9th.

 

Assault Suspect in Custody              

A man wanted for a violent attack that left another man with head injuries is in custody. 33-year old Ryan "Butch" Cassady, who lists a Verden address, was picked up by a Grady County deputy Thursday. An arrest warrant was issued for Cassady  in connection with the attack which occurred Dec. 27th at  a The Castle Inn Motel. An arrest warrant affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates that Cassady pistol-whipped the victim on his head and face for no reason, then fled the motel on foot. Cassady has been charged with a felony for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Cassady was arrested by Chickasha police in 2018 for possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony. He pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a 2008 arrest for assaulting a police officer. Cassady remains in jail on an $80,000 bond.

 

Pursuit Suspect Caught

A driver who led Chickasha police on a pursuit Thursday afternoon has been arrested. 48-year old Frank Ernest West of Chickasha was taken into custody after the pursuit came to an end. We don't have a lot of details about what happened. The Chickasha police blotter indicates the pursuit began about 1:00 p.m. Thursday in the area of 12th and Idaho Ave. Authorities also say West had a warrant out for his arrest but it wasn't clear why the warrant was issued. West has been charged with misdemeanor counts of eluding, driving under suspension, and operating a vehicle with defective equipment. West remains in jail pending a $4,000 bond.

 

Friday, January 29th

 

Lawmakers with Same Last Name May Confuse Some

There will be a lot of news coming out of the state capital over the next few months. The legislative session starts on Monday and two state lawmakers face an interesting situation. They both have the same last name - and one is a Republican and one is a Democrat. Newly elected State Representative Dick Lowe from Amber is the Republican. State Representative Jason Lowe from Oklahoma City is the Democrat.  Oklahomans will have to pay close attention to make sure they know which lawmakers are supporting which bills. For instance, Democrat Jason Lowe has filed a bill that would trigger a statewide mask mandate during the pandemic and charge large fines for not wearing masks. Republican Dick Lowe posted on his Facebook page that some people think he filed the bill, but wanted to let them know he did not. Not only are their last names spelled identically their offices at the state capital are just two doors part. Dick Lowe told his Facebook followers that the two lawmakers will probably have different views on many issues.

 

Officials Warn of Stimulus Check Scams

With another round of stimulus checks being sent to many Americans comes a reminder that scam artists are hard at work trying to take that money. The Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau report that American taxpayers have lost more than $200 million due to COVID-19 scams. In some cases, victims receive an e-mail prompting them to download an embedded link to receive their check, and then their computer is infected with malware. Another scam involves a phone call from a scammer saying they are from the IRS or another government agency demanding a processing fee before the check can be sent. Officials say to never give out personal information such as your Social Security Number or your bank account number to any unsolicited phone call or e-mail.

 

Coronavirus Update

Oklahoma's death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 3,400 yesterday. Another 35 fatal cases of the disease were reported by the state health department on Thursday. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is down from about 2,000 last week to around 1,400 in yesterday’s update. In Chickasha, there have been 31 deaths from the illness and there are 161 active cases out of more than 2,100 positive tests. In Blanchard, there have been 11 deaths and there are 159 active cases out of 2,100 positive tests. In Tuttle there have been 10 deaths and 76 active cases out of 1,300 positive tests. Throughout Grady County, there have been 55 deaths and there are 344 active cases out of 5,100 positive tests. In Anadarko, there have been 16 deaths and there are 102 active cases out of 1,200 positive tests. In all of Caddo County, there have been 48 deaths and there are 283 active cases out of 3,500 positive tests.

 

Blood Drives Scheduled

You have an opportunity to save lives today. USAO and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are teaming up for a blood drive on campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don't need an appointment to donate. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate convalescent plasma. If you are unable to donate today, KOOL 105.5 and 106.1 The Ranch will be host a blood drive with the OBI next Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. The OBI bloodmobile will in the YMCA parking lot across the street from our studios at 7th and Chickasha Ave. You don't need to make an appointment but if you'd like to do so call George Plummer during regular business hours at 405-224-1560.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin is this week's guest on Real Estate Today. There are links to both programs under the community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.10.

Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,862 and silver is $27.38.

 

Thursday, January 28th

 

Chix City Council to Start City Manager Search

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This version of the story was edited to show a correction in the previously published story, which indicated the discussion of the city manager most would be in executive session. We apologize for the error) The Chickasha City Council will begin the formal process of searching for a new city manager next week. In the Monday, Feb. 2nd city council meeting, the panel will discuss in open session the status of and the process of hiring the next top administrator. Former City Manager John Noblitt resigned his post last week after nearly four years on the job. Mayor Chris Mosley is filling in as acting city manager. The agenda for Monday night's meeting is already posted on the city's website. Other items to be discussed is to waive the bidding process and use a state contract to spend more than $34,000 to buy three John Deere mowers and a 20-foot trailer from Standridge Equipment Company. The group will also consider and possibly take action on renewing a generator contract for the police department, and will also consider purchasing some new furniture to use with the police department’s communication equipment. The group will also consider approving a lease agreement for one of the hangars at the airport. The city council will meet Monday, Feb. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Anadarko School Board to Sell Bonds

A special meeting of the Anadarko school board has been scheduled to sell $820,000 in general obligation bonds. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9th at noon and the board will take a look at the bids and award the bonds to the lowest bidder.

 

Paxton Bill Would Change How State

Would fill a Vacant U.S. Senate Seat

State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) is hoping the third time will be the charm for one of the bills he's been trying to get approved at the state capital. It concerns how Oklahoma would fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Paxton said Oklahoma is one of only  a handful of states that does not allow the governor to appoint someone to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Currently, a special election must be called, and Paxton says that costs upwards of $4 million. He said the bill would eliminate that expense.

 

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The measure is one of some 3,000 bills filed at the state capital ahead of the legislative session that starts next week.

 

Cole Not Pleased with Biden's New Energy Policies

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) calls President Biden's energy policies misguided. Cole says that Biden's executive order to freeze all new oil and gas drilling on federal land shows that the president is making political decisions to accommodate the most radical wing of the president's Democratic Party. Cole said Biden's actions will not only lead to the loss of thousands of jobs but also deny revenue to state and local governments and  raise the prices of gasoline and utilities for Americans.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.81.

Natural gas is $2.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $25.39.

 

Obituaries

Jamie Organ

The viewing for Jamie Organ, 42, of Chickasha will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29th at Ferguson Funeral Home. Burial will be in East Prairie, Missouri.

Bill Erwin

There has been a change in the service Bill Erwin, 84, of Chickasha. The graveside service is now set for Friday, Feb. 12th at 2:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Wednesday, January 27th

 

Thousands of Bills Filed at the State Capital

State lawmakers file nearly 3,000 bills ahead of the legislative session which starts on Monday. In the House of Representatives, members have filed nearly 2,000 pieces of legislation and 44 House Joint Resolutions and state senators have filed more than 1,000 bills and 26 Senate Joint Resolutions. All the measures can be viewed on-line at www.okhouse.gov and www.oksenate.gov State lawmakers will have about $8.4 billion to work with for the budget year that will start in July. Gov. Kevin Stitt will lead off the legislative session with his annual state of the state address.

 

Several Injured in Car-Pickup Collision

One person was hospitalized and several others suffered minor injuries in a car-truck collision last night. The accident happened about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday southwest of Sterling. Hospitalized was 25-year old Haley Kaudlekaule of Fletcher. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head injuries and was admitted in good condition. Also injured, 28-year old Chance McGregor of Cement who was taken to a Lawton hospital for treatment then released. The highway patrol reports that Kaudlekaule was passenger in a pickup that failed to yield at an intersection and crashed into a passing car. McGregor was a passenger in the car. The driver of the pickup, 22-year old Braydan Steckley of Frederick - and the driver of the car, 27 year old Kristan Scott of Elgin, were both transported to a Lawton hospital where they were treated and released.

 

Roommate Charged with Unauthorized Use of Vehicle             

A suspect accused of driving a vehicle without permission is behind bars on a $100,000 bond. The large bond was requested by prosecutors who want to revoke the suspect’s bond from previous charges filed against him. Blanchard police arrested the suspect on Saturday. A probable cause affidavit states that authorities received a call from an individual who said his car was taken by his roommate without permission. Authorities were at the victim's home when the suspect returned and he was arrested on the spot. The suspect told police he did have permission to drive the car. Authorities arrested 26-year old Zackary Charles Williams of Blanchard and he has been formally charged with a felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Williams was arrested in Chickasha in January of 2020 for driving a stolen vehicle and having a stolen handgun in the car. He was set to enter a plea in connection that arrest next month.

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug-related Arrest

A Grady County man is accused of intent to distribute drugs following a traffic stop. 38-year old Donald Heath Hightower of Ninnekah was arrested by a state trooper Saturday night in the area of 4th and Grand Ave. in Chickasha. A probable cause affidavit indicates the trooper saw Hightower driving a pick-up and due to previous encounters, knew that Hightower's license was suspended and pulled him over. Hightower had an undetermined amount of methamphetamine in his pocket, and authorities found drug items and a large amount of cash in the pickup. Hightower said he got the money from selling a vehicle and that he had won some money at a casino. Hightower was arrested without incident and spent the weekend in jail. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor for driving under suspension. He is out of jail after posting a $25,000 bond.

 

Grant Helps FFA Program Create Meat Processing Lab

An FFA program in the region is one of just a few programs statewide to have a meat processing lab. The Marlow FFA is one of 11 programs to get a grant for the operation.  A $50,000 grant from the state career-tech system helped the group purchase all the equipment needed for the lab. The students are learning a lot about safety, and going through the entire process from grinding, to tenderizing, to packaging. KSWO-TV reports that the program has already created some job opportunities for the students. FFA instructor Derek Mitchell said he has a friend who is a meat processor, and is interested in hiring a couple of students to work after school, on weekends, and during the summer. One of Mitchell's students already has experience in the field. Sophomore Corden Baker's family has been processing meat for years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $55.91.

Natural gas is $2.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,846 and silver is $25.34.

 

Obituaries

Kent Baldwin

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Kent Baldwin, 74 of Chickasha. He was the long time IT director for the Grady County Jail and also owned and operated a television repair shop. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Juanita Van Skike

A graveside service for Juanita Van Skike, 92, of Las Vegas and formerly of Cement will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28th at Chickasha's Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Demetria Johnson

Funeral service for Demetria Johnson, 55, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, January 26th

 

Blanchard Couple Hospitalized After Crash

A Blanchard man and his wife suffer head injuries in a traffic accident between Norman and Tecumseh. 70-year old Richard Hussfeldt and 69-year old Mary Hussfeldt were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and both were admitted in good condition. The accident happened just after 7:30 p.m. Monday near the community of Pink. The highway patrol reports that the Hussfeldts were westbound on State Highway 9 when they hit the passenger side of an eastbound SUV that tried to turned in front of them. The driver of the SUV, 45-year old Charity Spearman-Knight of Tecumseh, was treated and released for head injuries.

 

Real ID Program Starts in October

Oklahoma driver's licenses will no longer be accepted by TSA at airports beginning in October. Oklahomans are being encouraged to get their Real ID cards. Starting Oct 1st, individuals must have a Real ID to get on an airplane, or enter any federal building, military base, or nuclear facility. Grady County Tag Agent Mindy Walker says anyone wanting to apply for the Real ID can simply walk in to the tag office as no appointment is necessary. Individuals will have to have a birth certificate, a marriage license if they are married, and two documents that show an address such as utility bills. If your  regular driver's license is up for renewal the cost of the Real ID is $38.50. If you are not up for renewal, but want to switch to Real ID, the cost is $25. Walker said you can get the Real ID the same day you apply, however there could be an hour wait time. Stop in any time during regular business hours.

 

Dentistry from the Heart Canceled

The pandemic has forced the cancelation of a free one-day dental clinic that is usually held each February. Dentistry from the Heart, which has been running for about 15 years, won't take place this year. Dr. John Phillips, his staff with 29th Street Dental Care in Chickasha, dozens of dental students, oral surgeons and others have helped with the event over the years. The day was usually scheduled in February during National Dental Health Month. Typically, more than 200 patients would be treated, with the option of getting their teeth cleaned, getting a cavity filled, or getting a tooth pulled. Phillips hopes the event can return next year.

 

School Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

High school seniors should already be applying for scholarships if they plan on furthering their education in college or a technical school. Jen Jantzen with the Chickasha Public School Foundation reminds Chickasha seniors that the Foundation awards three scholarships each year - each scholarship is $1,500. Jantzen said applications are available on-line at: www.cfok.org/apply and find the Universal Scholarship Application. Scholarships will be awarded in May.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.88.

Natural gas is $2.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,855 and silver is $25.44.

 

Obituaries

Alejandro Orozco

Funeral service for Alejandro Orozco, 73, of Chickasha will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 30th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Janice Clayton

Funeral service for Janice Clayton, 50, formerly of Cement is pending with Brown- Thomas Funeral Home.

Bill Erwin

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This version has been updated to reflect a change in the date of the service that was previously published) A graveside service for Bill Erwin, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a longtime pilot and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Memorial contributions may be made to Mobile Meals of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, January 25th

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenue Declines

Sales tax revenues in Grady County fell to their lowest levels in 4 1/2 years in December. The $360,000 received is down more than 30 percent from November and it’s less than half the amount collected in December of 2019. It is at the lowest point since August of 2016. County sales tax revenues peaked the summer of 2019 when the level topped $1 million per month. Grady County has a 3/4ths of a penny sales tax which funds a number of areas - all of which were approved by voters. From the sales tax revenues last month, the Grady County Fairgrounds received $120,000 to pay for the construction of the climate-controlled event center; Grady Memorial Hospital received $106,000 to pay for the construction of the surgery center; Grady County Fire Departments share $60,000 with each of the 20 departments picking up $3,000; seven senior nutrition centers share $60,000 with each one getting $8,500; Tuttle EMS receives $11,000; and Rush Springs EMS collects $2,800.

 

Chix School District Voters to Decide Bond Issues              

Chickasha school district voters will go to the polls in two weeks to decide two bond issues totaling $2.7 million. Superintendent Rick Croslin calls it a Restoring Excellence Bond which, if approved, will be used for the restoration and preservation of buildings on every campus. Croslin said funds will also be used to upgrade technology and to purchase school buses and people movers. Croslin says voter approval would allow the district to move on to the second phase of a three-phase project for long-term school improvements. The first phase is underway right now as the district is completing nearly $4.5 million in roof repairs, thanks to an insurance claim awarded from damage done from a hail storm a couple of years ago. If the bond issues are approved there would be a property tax increase.  The increase would be about $35 per year on a $100,000 home.

 

Chix Superintendent to Hold Biz Town Hall Zoom Meeting              

Croslin, by the way, will address the Chickasha business community about the Restoring Excellence Bond in a Zoom town hall meeting later this week. The meeting was put together in a joint effort of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. The meeting will be Friday, Jan. 29th at 11:00 a.m.  A question-and answer session will follow. For information, contact the chamber.

 

Churches Jump In to Help Middle School Students

Several churches are helping the Chickasha Middle School help it's students. School officials say the basic clothing needs of many students have increased due to the pandemic. A number of churches were contacted and are offering assistance including the First Baptist Church, Hope Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, Trinity Baptist Church, and Victory Family Church. Students can ask for help in person or by e-mail, and school staff may also refer students who are then brought in for a confidential meeting to discuss their needs.

 

Grady County Ag Marketing Meeting Feb. 9th

Beef cattle research will be discussed at the next Grady County OSU Extension Office ag marketing meeting. Dr. Jason Banta is an extension beef cattle specialist. Topics for the program will be nutrition, cow-calf and stocker management, and animal health. Producers can attend in person or via Zoom, however, a limited number of in-person attendees are allowed. Contact the extension office for details. The meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 7:00 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.41

Natural gas is $2.44 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,865 and silver is $25.68.

 

Obituaries

Travis Grissam

Funeral service for Travis Grissam, 41, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Russell Cocheran

Funeral service for Russell Cocheran, 76, Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 27th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

2021, Jan. 18th-23rd

Saturday, January 23rd

 

New State Representative Ready for Legislative Session

State lawmakers will be returning to the state capital in just over a week for the start of the 2021 legislative session. Among them is State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber), a freshman state lawmaker who serves District 56. The district includes the Chickasha and Anadarko areas and stretches west to near Hobart. In his first ever media column, Lowe says he was appointed vice chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Education Sub-committee. He will also serve on the Education committee, the Higher Education and Career Tech Education Committee; and the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He'll also serve as the assistant majority whip. Lowe writes that since his election his office has already been able to help individuals receive unemployment benefits, resolve driver's license challenges, and schedule COVID-19 vaccinations. The legislative session begins Feb. 1st and will run through the end of May.

 

Donors Help Keep Holy City of the Wichitas Open

There’s a little good news for the Holy City of the Wichitas. After announcing that the City might have to close due to a lack of funding, some donors have come forth to keep the historic site open a while longer. Officials also said there will be an Easter pageant this year. The site was under financial strain after last year's pageant was moved to October and attendance and contributions were way down. The Lawton Constitution reported this week that members of the Holy City board of trustees - James Britt and David Dunsworth – said the City had been blessed by donors who want to keep the park open, and they are making every donated dollar stretch as far as possible. Dunsworth said even with the contributions that have come in, the City isn't out of the woods yet. The funds have been used to pay overdue bills and to restock the gift shop. They would like to see some annual support from a group or organization that would guarantee the city would never close. While the Easter pageant is the big attraction every year, The Holy City is open every day of the year except Christmas. By the way, Sign-up Sunday, which is for those who want to volunteer to be part of the pageant, will be on Sunday, Feb. 21st at The Holy City of the Wichitas.

 

Area Students Nominated to Military Academies

A couple of area high school students have been nominated for entry into America's prestigious military academies. Zachary Cox of Blanchard has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, and Dani Frost of Tuttle has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. The two were among 21 students nominated by 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. All the students attend schools within Cole's district. The academies provide for the undergraduate education and training of commissioned officers into the U.S. armed forces. In a press release, Cole said he was honored to nominate the students. He said their willingness and desire to answer the call of duty and serve on behalf of the country is inspiring, and that we can all draw strength from their patriotism.

 

Obituaries

Joyce Richardson

 A graveside service for Joyce Richardson, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Larry Hood

A graveside service for Larry Hood, 85, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Cement, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29th at the Cement Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, January 22nd

 

Minco Man Faces Manslaughter Charge

A fatal traffic accident last summer results in a manslaughter charge being filed against a Minco man. Aaron Christopher Boltshauser, 26, was taken into custody this week after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. The deadly crash took place in June of last year. A report from the highway patrol indicates that Boltshauser was behind the wheel of a car that crashed which resulted in the death of  Rickey Thierry, Jr. who was a passenger in the car. An affidavit filed by the trooper investigating the crash alleges that Boltshauser was drinking prior to the crash. His blood-alcohol content was 0.22 - which is nearly three times above the level considered to be drinking and driving. Boltshauser had his initial appearance on the manslaughter charge in Grady County District Court yesterday. A judge set his bond at $100,000. He's to announce his attorney Feb. 11th and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Feb. 24th.

 

Sen. Paxton Files Bill That Would Prevent

Questionable, Un-ethical Election Practices

State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) has filed a bill at the state capital which would ensure the continued integrity of Oklahoma's election system. SB 523 would prohibit any political subdivision, agency, or government official from entering into a legal agreement or court settlement prescribing election procedures which conflict with election laws. In a press release, Paxton said the legislation will make certain that the questionable and unethical election actions that took place in other states in the Presidential election last November will not happen in Oklahoma. He said that no office or individual in state government has the right to make changes to the state's election system without first getting approval from the legislature. Paxton said last-minute changes to election procedures which occurred in some states was wrong and state lawmakers need to make sure it never happens here.

 

National Livestock Show Comes to Chickasha

Youth livestock exhibitors from across the country will be making their way to Chickasha over the next few days. They'll be showing sheep, goats and swine at the Stockman's Showcase. Erin Dorsey of Colorado, who is coordinating the shows, discusses the event and why it's being held at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

               Dorsey, - "I  decided to create the Stockman Showcase Show to take place - but not replace the Denver show that was canceled. A lot of exhibitors had already purchased (animals) for that show. So I thought a way of giving them a chance to showcase their animals would be to put the show on (in Chickasha). One thing we've done different is we've added a gilt show for the swine people, and a commercial use show for the lamb people."

 

The exhibitors are all between 8 and 21 years old. Dorsey said she is expecting between 250 and 350 exhibitors from about 25 states and estimates 1,100 animals will be shown. Sheep and goat shows are today and tomorrow with the swine show set for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. All the shows will be held in the climate-controlled event center at the fairgrounds. There is no charge for spectators, concessions will be available, and there are also some trade show vendors.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lillie Huckaby with the Chickasha Library and Angie Lewis with the Friends of the Chickasha Library will be on our KOOL Konversation program. State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) and State Senator Darcy Jech (R-Kingfisher) are our guests on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.10.

Natural gas is $2.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,854 and silver is $25.38

 

Obituary

Mary Ann  Porter

A memorial service for Mary Ann Porter, 56, of Blanchard will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30th at Parkview Christian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, January 21st

 

COVID Precautions Still Urged

As Vaccine Arrives in Oklahoma

Health officials urge Oklahomans to continue to do what they can to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Grady Memorial Hospital Administrator Kean Spellman held a Zoom conference with local business leaders Wednesday. While there is not a mask mandate in Chickasha nor Grady County, he encouraged employers to have their workers wear masks and to encourage their customers to do so as well. As of yesterday, Chickasha has had nearly 2,000 positive coronavirus tests with 27 deaths. Across Grady County, there have been nearly 4,900 positive tests with 47 deaths. Spellman said the county and state health departments are doing all they can to get vaccinations to those who are eligible though vaccine numbers are limited. Epworth Methodist Church will be serving as a vaccination site over the next several Fridays, providing as many as 1,000 vaccines tomorrow. Spellman also said that the vaccines are safe-

 

              

 

Spellman said that intensive care units in hospitals statewide are filled with COVID-19 patients forcing new coronavirus patients to be sent out of state for treatment.

 

Vaccination Volunteers Sought

The call is out for medical and non-medical volunteers alike to help vaccination efforts. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps said help is needed at the more than 50 dispensing sites across the state. Volunteers can help with registration, traffic control, assisting the elderly, and sanitizing. Background checks are conducted on all volunteer applicants. For information visit the website: www.OKMRC.

 

Rural Firefighters Douse Mobile Home, Wildland Fires

Grady County volunteer firefighters were quick to respond to a mobile home fire and a wildland fire yesterday. County Fire Department Spokesman Buddy Myers said Pioneer and Ninnekah departments were dispatched to the mobile home fire near Pioneer School just before 10 a.m. The occupants were able to escape without injury. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the bedroom where it started. The cause of the fire was believed to be an electrical short. Damage was estimated at $5,000. Crews were there for about two hours. While crews were battling that fire, Pioneer also was called to a wildland fire southeast of Verden. Crews were quick to put down that blaze in about an hour with only one acre burned. Myers said the cause of that fire was a bird which shorted out an electrical line. The bird did not survive.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.08.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,875 and silver is $25.96.

 

Obituaries

Colton Wright

Funeral service for Colton Wright, 22, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23rd at the Cement High School Auditorium. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral home.

Valerie Renee Stephenson

A memorial service for Valerie Renee Stephenson, 63, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23rd at the Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, January 20th

 

Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt Resigns

The City of Chickasha is looking for a new city manager as John Noblitt has unexpectedly resigned. Mayor Chris Mosley made the announcement after an executive session during last night’s city council meeting. The council voted 7-0 to accept Noblitt's resignation. Councilmen Zack Grayson and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander were not in attendance. No reason was given for Noblitt's decision to step down. KOOL-RANCH News called Noblitt after the meeting for comment and he didn’t return our call. Noblitt spent just under four years at the post.  He was hired in March of 2017 after spending a few years as the city manager in Lindsay. Noblitt had come under fire over the last several months in a battle with the Chickasha Fire Fighters Association. The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2041 filed a federal lawsuit against the city after the group said Noblitt failed to pay firefighters for overtime and longevity as required by their contract. Last February, Noblitt was named the Public Servant of the Year for 2019 by the Chamber of Commerce. In light of Noblitt's resignation, Mayor Mosley will fill in as acting-city manager on a temporary basis as directed by the city charter. A formal search for a new city manager will begin soon.

 

Plat for New Duplex Development Approved

Noblitt did attend last night's council meeting, and discussed many of the issues that were on the agenda. The council approved both the preliminary and the final plat for a new residential development near Ada Sipuel Ave. and Grand Avenue extension. The plat for what is being called the Villas at Grand Avenue shows that 24 duplexes with 48 homes are proposed. It's part of a larger development where additional residential and commercial construction is proposed near the Grady County Fairgrounds. That includes proposals for new apartments, two hotels, and a restaurant.

 

RV Parking Ordinance Turned Down; Lake Lots Sold

The council turned down a proposed parking ordinance for recreational vehicles but did approve a re-zoning request at 4th and Texas Avenue for developer Brannan Bordwine. It would allow Bordwine to lease the building to a proposed medical marijuana dispensary. The council also approved the sale of lots the city owns at Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma. The sale of the four lots brought more than $100,000. The lots were among nine properties at Grand Lake the city received after the owner of a Tulsa oifield-related business failed to relocate his company here - after accepting a $250,000 economic development loan from city. Noblitt told the council before his resignation that the city re-couped about $200,000 of that loan through the sale of the lots. The council also approved a renewal of the contract for the vendor who maintains Rose Hill and Fairlawn cemeteries. The contract calls for Jeffery Winn to get a 1.7 percent increase based on the Consumer Price Index. The increase takes his annual contract to more than $97,500.

 

Pursuit Suspect Faces Formal Charges

The man alleged to have led Verden police on a pursuit through rural parts of Grady and Caddo counties last week has been formally charged in connection with the chase. 32-year old Trevor Jay Stevens of Anadarko has been charged in Grady County District Court with a felony for endangering others while eluding and a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license. He remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. Stevens sped away when Verden police attempted to make an unspecified traffic stop last Friday. The pursuit went south of Verden then west into Caddo County where Stevens crashed his car. He managed to get away on foot but was found by Anadarko police and a K9 team in a car at a storage unit parking lot the next morning.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.90.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,852 and silver is $25.46.

 

Obituaries

Gladys Selzer

A graveside service for Gladys Selzer, 74, of Lindsay will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22nd at the Bradley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Raymond Doughty

A memorial service for Raymond Doughty, 80, of Rush Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23rd at Chickasha's First Assembly of God.

 

Tuesday, January 19th

 

Chickasha City Council to Discuss

Employment Status of City Manager

The Chickasha City Council has a lot on its plate when the panel meets tonight. The group will have an executive session to discuss the employment status of City Manager John Noblitt. The vague description of the closed-door meeting is to discuss the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining, or resignation of the city manager. Also in the executive session, the council will discuss a federal lawsuit filed against the city by James Blue in the U.S. Western District Court. No information was immediately available regarding that lawsuit.

 

Other City Council Discussion Items              

The council will also consider selling more lots the city owns at Grand Lake Resort in northeastern Oklahoma. The city obtained the lots a few years ago when the owner of a Tulsa company reneged on his promise to re-locate part of his firm to Chickasha to create jobs. The owner was awarded a $250,000 economic development loan. The Grand Lake lots were used for collateral for the loan which the city was able to acquire. The group is expected to approve going out for bids to hire a contractor to help with cleaning up the debris which still remains from the ice storm that wreaked havoc in central Oklahoma almost three months ago. Also on the agenda, a proposed ordinance regarding the parking of recreation vehicles, and the possible approval of a plat for a new subdivision being proposed for the area southeast of the Grady County Fairgrounds. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Historic Anadarko Theater is Coming Down;

With Plan to Build Amphitheater in it's Place

A part of Anadarko history is being demolished this week. The Miller Theatre is being torn down as the building was in a state of disrepair. Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn said the building was full of asbestos and they had to hire a contractor to remove the material before the demolition could begin. Corn said they are keeping a sentimental part of the theatre, and that there are plans to make in a spot to hold community events.

 

              

 

Corn also said the city will begin some major capital improvement projects this year, including work on water treatment and waste water treatment facilities and infra-structure, the city's electrical grid, and that the fire department would be getting a new firetruck.

 

Library Friends to Host "Non-Event" Fundraiser

While the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library won't be having a full-blown Chocolate Celebration this year, organizers have put together what they are calling a Chocolate Celebration Non-Event. In years past, the celebration had literally thousands of chocolate servings for sale, which brought in several thousands of dollars use for library equipment and improvements. The Friends of the Library are asking that the businesses and organizations consider maintaining their previous financial or in-kind contributions related to the celebration. They said individuals can help by donating what they would have paid for the chocolate servings they would have purchased. Proceeds from previous year's celebrations allowed the library to purchase touch-screen computers, the total renovation of the children's area, mobile-device power stations and seating. Supporters can reach out to library director Lillie Huckaby or to Friends of the Library president, Angie Lewis for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.10

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $25.41.

 

Obituary

Kay Burris

Funeral service for Kay Burris, 79, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21st at the First Baptist Church of Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, January 18th

 

Verden Pursuit Suspect Arrrested

A man wanted for eluding police after a pursuit through rural parts of Grady and Caddo counties is behind bars. Trevor Jay Stevens was found in Anadarko Saturday morning. A post on the Verden Police Department's Facebook page indicates that Stevens was apprehended with the help of Anadarko police and their K9 team. Media reports indicate that Verden police tried to pull Stevens over for unspecified traffic violations when he sped away and led authorities through the back roads of both counties.  Stevens crashed and rolled his car which landed upside down southeast of Anadarko and was able to get away from officers. Stevens was found hiding in the back of a vehicle at a storage unit parking lot. Reports say that he did have some injuries from the crash and was cold. He was taken to a hospital for treatment then was taken to the Grady County Jail. Stevens is being held on complaints of eluding and driving with a suspended license. The only public record immediately available on Stevens is that he had an emergency protective order filed against him in Grady County in May of 2019.

 

Saturday Morning Rollover Still Under Investigation

Authorities continue their investigation into a single vehicle crash east of the Tabler Y over the weekend. A passenger was hospitalized and authorities are trying to determine who was driving. The accident happened about 6:15 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 39 just west of the Alex Highway. 25-year old Faith Colver of Alex was last in serious condition with head injuries at an Oklahoma City hospital. The trooper investigating the accident reported that the car ran off the road, hit a re-inforced maibox and rolled twice, which ejected Colver from the vehicle. The driver was not at the scene when authorities arrived.

 

Retired Rush Springs Coaches Dies fom Coronavirus

The coronavirus has claimed the life of another area high school coach.  Barry Foster, long-time football coach and teacher at Rush Springs, passed away early Saturday morning. He was 59. The funeral service for Foster has not yet been announced. Last month, Union City basketball coach and longtime Minco coach Robert Duvall also passed away from COVID-19.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Hearing for Proposed Dispensary              

Another medical marijuana dispensary may soon be opening in Chickasha. The city council will consider a re-zoning request for property at 828 South 4th Street which would allow the operation. Brannan Bordwine is asking to re-zone the property from local commercial use to general commercial use. A public hearing will be held prior to the city council’s consideration of the issue during tomorrow night’s city council meeting. The Planning Commission and city administrators are all recommending the change take place. The council normally meets on Monday but the meeting was changed due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

              

Contract with Chix Cemetery Vendor May be Extended

The council will also consider renewing the city's contract with the individual who maintains the city's cemeteries. Jeffrey Winn of Ninnekah was originally awarded the contract in 2014 and has been performing that work ever since. Last year, Winn was paid more than $96,000 for the work. City administrators are recommending a 1.7 percent increase in the contract based on the annual Consumer Price index. If approved, the increase in cost would be just over $136 per month.

 

Blood Drive Set for Today              

Another KOOL-RANCH community blood drive will be held today. The Oklahoma Blood Institute's blood mobile will be across the street from the studios in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Ave. from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. today. You don't need an appointment. We will be having another blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. If you'd like an appointment to donate at that time George Plummer during regular business hours at 405-224-1560 and he'll take care of that for you.

 

Livestock Producer Conference Tuesday              

The Grady County OSU Extension Office will hold an ag marketing conference tomorrow morning. Dr. Justin Talley will discuss livestock production issues. The meeting will begin at 7 a.m. and producers can either meet in person at the extension office or via the zoom platform.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.10.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,835 and silver is $25.00.

2021, Jan. 11th-16th

Saturday, January 16th

 

Verden Police Seek Pursuit Suspect

Verden police are asking for help in finding a man who led police on a pursuit through rural parts of Grady and Caddo County yesterday. The suspect crashed his car then was able to elude authorities on foot. The chase began about 3:30 yesterday. The pursuit went south of Verden then into Caddo County, where the suspect crashed and rolled upside down about four miles south and one mile east of Anadarko. The highway patrol said CR 1360 and Turnpike Road was closed for about 45 minutes. Verden police posted on its Facebook page that they are looking for Trevor Jay Stevens of Chickasha in connection with the pursuit. In a check of on-line court records, Stevens had an emergency protective order filed against him in Grady County in May of 2019. Anyone with information is asked to contact Verden police, the Grady County Sheriff's Office, or local law enforcement.

 

Rollover Accident East of Chickasha              

Emergency crews are on the scene of a rollover accident east of the Tabler Y at this hour (7 a.m. Saturday). The Highway Patrol, Grady county sheriff's deputies, and Chickasha EMS were called out about 6:15. The accident is on State Highway 39 about a ½ mile west of Highway 19C which is the Alex Highway. Unconfirmed reports indicate a car was westbound on Highway 39 when the driver lost control and crashed. A passenger was ejected and was transported to the hospital. It was reported the driver left the scene.

 

Fire Destroys Barn              

Also this morning, firefighters were summoned to a barn fire north of Alex. The barn is said to be a total loss. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department says volunteers with the Alex Fire Department were called out about 6:30 a.m. to the fire, which is about two miles norht of Alex. No word yet on what might have sparked that blaze.

 

Stephens County Gets 'Purple Heart' Designation              

Motorists in Stephens County will soon see road signs indicating that it is known as a Purple Heart County, recognizing military veterans who died or suffered injuries while serving in the armed forces. Stephens County deputy sheriff Robbie Blackford came up with the idea last fall. He tells KSWO TV that he first talked to the sheriff and then approached county commissioners, who quickly approved the suggestion. Blackford was awarded a Purple Heart while in combat in 2007 and that he wanted to pay respect to his brothers and sisters who died and those who survived their injuries. Blackford got some help for the project from the Mt. Scott Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The signs will be posted at the county lines on U.S. Highway 81 north and south, Highway 7 east and west, and on Highways 29 and 53.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of outstanding warrants. Here's public information officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals, your asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Zelda Sullivan with the Oklahoma Blood Institute is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn is our guest on Real Estate Today. Find  links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Natalie Rutherford

Graveside service for Natalie Rutherford, 86, of Duncan will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18th at the Bradley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Juanita Van Skike

Services are pending for Juanita Van Skike of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, January 15th

 

Proposed RV Parking Ordinance goes to Chix City Council

(Editor's note - this story has been updated to show the correct date for the upcoming city council meeting. We apologize for the error.) A new ordinance being proposed by Chickasha city leaders would regulate the parking of recreation vehicles, boats, and water craft in the city limits. A public hearing on the proposal will be held during next week's city council meeting. Officials say there currently is not an ordinance concerning  the parking of RVs on any residential, commercial, or industrial-zoned property.  Some of the proposed guidelines in residential areas would include that no part of an RV should extend over a public easement or right-of-way; and an RV should not be used for housekeeping, living, or sleeping quarters. If it’s in the front yard, it must be parked on a paved surface but not an improved gravel surface. A gravel surface would be ok for the side or back yard. The issue has been recommended for approval by the Planning Commission and administrators. The city council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19th at city hall.

 

Suspect Faces Child Molestation Allegations

A Grady County man is accused of child molestation.  57-year old Ron Merritt of Ninnekah was arrested by a Grady County deputy Tuesday afternoon after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. A probable cause affidavit alleges that Merritt sexually assaulted a 10-year old girl three times between October and November of last year. Prosecutors have charged Merritt with two counts of lewd acts to a child. He is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond. Merritt is to announce his attorney on Feb. 5th with a preliminary hearing conference set for Feb. 24th.

 

Former Kiowa Tribe Chairman, J.T. Goombi, Dies

The former Chairman of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, J.T. Goombi has died. Goombi passed away Tuesday night after a battle with COVID-19. He was 83. Goombi was an advocate for numerous Native American tribes across the country for years. Most recently, he was elected to serve on the Kiowa Tribe's legislature. Among the many groups he worked with include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Congress of American Indians, he served as chairman of the United Tribes of Oklahoma and Texas, and chairman of the 28 Treaty Tribes of Oklahoma. He had been hosting a weekly radio program, Issues from a Native Perspective on our sister station, New Country 985 KACO. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19th at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Ft. Cobb.

 

Silver Alert for Fletcher Woman Canceled

A Silver Alert which had been issued for a missing Fletcher woman has been canceled. The Comanche County Sheriff’s Office originally issued the alert for 60-year old Cassie Riley Thursday evening. An e-mail from the sheriff's office just after 9:00 a.m. today (Friday, Feb. 15th) indicated that Riley had been located and she is OK.

 

More Okla. Counties OK'd for Fed Storm Damage Funds

More Oklahoma counties have been approved for federal help to pay for recovery and clean-up costs related to last October's ice storm. McClain, Stephens, and Comanche counties are among the 16 additional counties approved for FEMA assistance. That's 29 total counties approved to get FEMA funds to help in their recovery work. Previous counties approved include Grady, Caddo, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties. Total damage and recovery costs statewide are estimated at $30 million. In Chickasha costs are estimated around $1.5 million and in Anadarko it’s about $200,000.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.42.

Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,851 and silver is $25.42.

 

Obituary

Herman Waters

A family service will be held at a later date for Herman Waters, 91, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, January 14th

 

Wildfire Threat Elevated

Conditions will be favorable for an outbreak of wildfires today and tomorrow. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department says all the pieces needed for wildfires will be in place.

 

              

 

Myers encourages residents to do what they can to prevent wildfires. That includes putting off the burning of any trash  or brush piles, being mindful of towing trailers and equipment by making sure there are no dragging chains, and by not throwing cigarette butts out the window.

 

Fire Damages Alex Mobile Home

Firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home fire in Alex early this morning. Volunteers from the Alex and Bradley departments were called out just before 1:30 a.m. to the fire that was within a few blocks of the fire department. Crews saw fire and smoke coming from a bedroom when they arrived. No one was home when the fire started. Crews were able to contain the damage to the bedroom of the 1,800 sq. ft. mobile home which is a rental owned by Danny Harrison. Investigators believe a short in an electric space heater may be to blame but they'll know more when they return to complete their investigation this morning. Estimated damage was about $15,000. Fire crews spent about two hours putting that fire out.

 

State National Guard Troops Head to Nation's Capitol

Members of The Oklahoma National Guard are headed to the nation's capitol to help provide security for next week's inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden. The Oklahoman reports that 400 soldiers and airmen will be part of what is expected to be 20,000 guard members from across the country to help guard against any violence that may erupt. The FBI has warned that armed protests are possible at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C. in the days leading up to the inauguration next Wednesday. In a news release, the Oklahoma National Guard indicates it will assist the District of Columbia National Guard with crowd management, traffic control, communications, logistical, and medical support. In Oklahoma City, state lawmakers and state employees are being advised to stay away from the capital building should any protests break out there.

 

Suspect Pleads No-Contest in Drunk Driving Arrest

A Chickasha man will serve 90 days in jail and have a seven-year suspended sentence after pleading no contest to a felony DUI charge. Documents filed in Grady County District Court indicate that back in September, 61-year old Ted McKenna was at the wheel of a car that caused a traffic accident south of 29th and Grand Avenue and that he left the scene on foot. He was found an hour later about two miles from the accident site. McKenna's blood-alcohol level at the time was 0.13 which is well over the limit considered to be under the influence of alcohol. McKenna also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He was also ordered to pay $600 in fines. On-line court records indicate McKenna pleaded guilty to a previous felony DUI charge in 2008.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.06.

Natural gas is $2.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,838 and silver is $25.24.

 

Obituary

Paula Lucas

A memorial service for Paula Lucas, 87, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16th at the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, January 13th

 

Sheriff's Vehicles to get Dash Cams

A grant awarded to the Grady County Sheriff's Office will help pay for dashboard cameras to be installed in many of the sheriff's office vehicles. Sheriff Jim Weir said the dash cams will be able to work hand-in-hand with other equipment the deputies have.

 

              

 

Weir says the video systems will be useful in showing the deputy's performance should their actions be called into question.

 

Amber Mayor Elected Prez of Oklahoma Council of Mayors

Amber Mayor Craig Parham will be leading a statewide group of mayors this year. Parham was elected president of the Mayors Council of Oklahoma which includes mayors from small towns and large cities alike. Norman Mayor Breea Clark will serve as vice president of the group. Mike Fina is the executive director of the council. In a press release, Fina said both Parham and Clark have shown strong leadership skills that will be important as they enhance the goals and objectives of the council. Parham has served as Mayor of Amber since 2001 and has helped to oversee the construction of a new community center, administrative offices, water tower, sewage system, improvements to the cemetery, and improvements to the fire department.

 

Pair Arrested for Alleged Drug Trafficking, Child Neglect

Two Chickasha men face drug trafficking and child neglect charges. 48-year old Daniel Lee Maxwell and 33-year old Matthew Dan Lane were arrested by Chickasha police last week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that authorities responded to a call at a home near 15th and Dakota regarding a man being held at gunpoint.  The homeowner gave police consent to search the house where Maxwell, Lane, and Lane's teenaged son had been staying. The affidavit alleges investigators found meth, drug items, and numerous firearms. Maxwell and Lane both remain in the county jail. Bond was set at $75,000 for both men.

 

Alleged Stalker Behind Bars

Another Chickasha man is jailed after being arrested for stalking. An arrest warrant affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates that Ronnie Dean Yates violated a protective order filed against him last September. Police were called to a home in mid-December where Yates was allegedly throwing rocks at the residence, and that he had been sending threatening messages to the victim. Yates was taken into custody last Friday and this week was formally charged with stalking, threatening violence, and violation of a protective order. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Ag Marketing Meeting for Livestock Producers Set

Insects, mites and other pests that affect livestock is the subject of the next ag marketing meeting with Grady County OSU Extension. Dr. Justin Talley will discuss controlling insects which are known by the scientific name of arthropods. The meeting will be next Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 7 a.m. at the Grady County office. It will also be available via the Zoom platform. Masks will be required for producers who would like to attend in person.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.58.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,852 and silver is $25.31.

 

Obituary

Patty Sisco

A memorial service for Patty Sisco, 76, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16th at First Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, January 12th

 

Fire Destroys Cement Area Home

Another area family is picking up the pieces after a fire destroys their home. It happened south of Cement in the pre-dawn hours Monday. Firefighters from Cement, Acme, New Hope, Apache and Comanche County were dispatched to the fire just before 4 a.m. Media reports indicate the home was occupied when the fire started. KSWO-TV cites neighbors as saying the individuals in the home were able to get out safely. There's no word on how that fire may have started. Fires have destroyed three homes over the last three days. The others occurred west of Rush Springs and in Bradley.

 

Church to Serve as COVID-19 Vaccination Site

A Chickasha church is working with the state health department to provide a location for COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccinations will be available this Friday at Epworth Methodist Church. However, the health department's vaccine portal indicates that no appointments are available. Church officials announced via social media that the church does not have any control over appointments. Oklahomans wanting to get the vaccine can register through the portal: which is vaccinate.oklahoma.gov

There is a questionnaire users will have to fill out. Those currently eligible to get the vaccine include health care workers, first responders, and individuals who are 65-and-older.

 

Public Hearings set for Chix Planning Commission

Some public hearings are scheduled in front of the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission this afternoon. Brannan Bordwine is asking to re-zone property at 828 S. 4th Street from local commercial use to general commercial use.   Cedar Creek Consulting has public hearings for preliminary plats of The Villas Addition along Grand Avenue. Another hearing concerns a recreational vehicle parking and storage ordinance. Regardless of rulings made by the planning commission the issues will be forwarded to the city council for final approval or denial.

 

Second Arrest Made in Dibble-area Theft

Grady County authorities have made a second arrest in connection with the theft of some items from a Dibble area home. 29-year old Ronald Ralf Alspaugh of Blanchard was taken into custody last week after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Prosecutors have charged him with felonies that include knowingly concealing stolen property, conspiracy, and having a firearm after former felony conviction. Previously, Stormy Kirkland was arrested and charged in connection with that mid-December theft. On-line court records indicate that last summer, Alspaugh was given a three-year suspended sentence after pleading no contest to a felony domestic assault charge following a 2019 arrest. Alspaugh is out of jail on the most recent charge after posting bond.

 

Suspect Faces Vehicle Theft Charge              

A Chickasha man is arrested and charged in connection with an auto theft. 29-year old Jacob Daniel Farley was taken into custody last week after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Farley was wanted in connection with the theft of a vehicle in the Rush Springs area last October. Farley has been formally charged with larceny of a vehicle and he remains in the county jail pending a $10,000 bond. Farley pleaded guilty to a previous charge of having a stolen vehicle after a 2018 arrest by Chickasha police and was sentenced to one year in jail and one year of probation.

              

Energy and Metals

Crude on the NYMEX is $52.25 is per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.66.

Natural gas is $2.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,860 and silver is $25.56.

 

Obituary

Charles Dungan

A private family graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery for Charles Dungan, 86, of Chickasha. He owned and operated Chickasha Lumber from the 1960s to the early 1990s. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, January 11th

 

Couple Hospitalized After Propane Explosion

A man and his wife suffered severe burns in a propane explosion at a home between Rush Springs and Sterling. It happened about 6:00 p.m. Saturday on the west edge of Grady County on CR 1530. Grady County Fire Department Public Information Officer Buddy Myers says the couple was staying in an 1,800 sq. ft. metal building while a new home was under construction. Myers says investigators believe there was a propane leak which was ignited by an unknown source. Todd and Pam Fasett were both air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where they are being treated for severe burns. Farwell and Acme firefighters spent about 2 1/2 hours at the scene. The loss to the metal building and its contents were estimated at more than $160,000.

 

Fire Destroys One Mobile Home, Damages Another              

Volunteer firefighters also responded to a fire in Bradley that destroyed one mobile home and damaged another. Alex, Bradley, and Naples fire fighters responded to that call about 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Myers said the mobile home that was totaled was being used for storage and was next to the other mobile home which was occupied by the owners. The second mobile home received minor damage from the radiant heat of the initial fire. No one was injured. Investigators believe the fire started in the living room and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was estimated at $6,000. 23 firefighters and 12 trucks were sent to battle that blaze and were on the scene for about two hours.

 

Co-op Agreement Would Allow Pioneer Students

to Play Spring Soccer at Chickasha Middle School

A co-op agreement to allow 7th and 8th grade students at Pioneer School to play soccer at Chickasha Middle School will be considered by the Chickasha school board tonight. It's the first such co-op agreement to be discussed after Chickasha schools revised its policy to allow students from other districts to compete in extra-curricular activities which aren't offered by a student's home school district. If approved, the agreement would be for the upcoming spring soccer season. The school board will also consider accepting a more than $400,000 grant from the Chickasaw Nation to help pay for distance-learning costs associated with COVID-19. The panel will meet at 6:00 o'clock tonight at the Chickasha High School Activity Center Auditorium. The meeting will also be video-streamed on the school's YouTube channel. A link can be accessed on the district's website.

 

Anniversary Marked for Sipuel-Fisher's Civil Rights Work

This week marks an historic week for civil rights in America and it has a Chickasha connection. It was 73-years ago that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher, allowing her to become the first black student to attend the OU School of Law. Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Chickasha City Councilman and principal at Chickasha’s Lincoln School, says the action was one of the many steps leading to the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education ruling which led to desegregation in public schools throughout the country. Sipuel-Fisher graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941. Ashanti-Alexander says he'll spend part of the week helping his students learn of Sipuel-Fisher’s work.

 

              

 

It was Jan. 12, 1948 that the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Sipuel-Fisher's favor just four days after hearing arguments in the case. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley has proclaimed this week as Dr. Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher Educational Justice week in the city.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.99.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,849 and silver is $25.22.

 

Obituary

Troy Rodney Certain

Funeral for Troy Rodney Certain, 55, of Lawton will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16th at Friendship Pentecostal Church in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Jan.4th-9th

Saturday, January 9th

 

Arrests Made Following Two Grady County Pursuits

A second high-speed pursuit took place in Grady County this week. We previously reported on one of them which involved a chase from Elgin to Chickasha where an Arkansas man was arrested for eluding and driving a stolen pick-up on Tuesday night. About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Minco police officer clocked a Camaro speeding at 100 miles per hour southbound on U.S. Highway 81. Grady County sheriff's deputies and state troopers were dispatched to assist. The pursuit didn't last long as the driver lost control and crashed about four miles south of Pocasset. EMS was summoned however the driver and two passengers suffered minor injuries and did not have to be taken to the hospital. A Minco police affidavit alleges the driver admitted stealing the car, and got scared when the police officer caught him speeding. The driver also confessed to be high on meth. Authorities did find drugs and weapons in the car. Authorities arrested 22-year old Jarrett Reed Norfolk of Weatherford, while the two passengers were released. Norfolk is facing charges which include endangering others while attempting to elude, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. Norfolk was arrested in the Weatherford area in 2019 on a previous complaint of unauthorized use of a vehicle.  His bond was set at $25,000.

 

Woman Charged with Embezzling from Her Employer

A Grady County woman is facing a felony embezzlement charge after allegedly stealing thousands of in merchandise and cash from the store where she worked. The items included food, toilet paper, cigarettes, underwear, dog treats, and Christmas decorations. A warrant had been issued for the arrest of 42-year old Heather Jacquelyn Saxon of Minco and she was booked into the county jail earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Saxon was caught on video surveillance at the Dollar Store in Minco taking a number of items and stealing money from the cash register. It's alleged that she had taken more than $1,000 in merchandise from the store between August 29th and September 27th of last year. Saxon issued a written statement admitting she had taken more than $4,000 in items and cash over several months. She claimed she had financial problems because of medical costs and that her fiancee had lost his job. Saxon is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

Grady County Man Charged with Lewd Acts With Teen

A Bradley man is behind bars, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager. 19-year old Nickolas Dalton Ellis is charged with two counts of lewd acts to a child under 16. Court documents say the mother of the victim called the Grady County sheriff's office just after Thanksgiving that her 14-year old daughter had been the victim of a sexual assault. A warrant for Ellis’ arrest was issued this past Monday. He was booked into the county jail yesterday afternoon. He could have his arraignment on the charges on Monday.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's public information officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information on any of these individuals you're asked to reach out to the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Sara King with the State Health Department is on our KOOL Konversation to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination process and the new health department portal to register to get the vaccine. On Real Estate Today, guests are Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Esta Marie Bryant

 Services for Esta Marie Bryant, 72, of Oklahoma City are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Betty Jo Porter

A graveside service for Betty Jo Porter, 93, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

R.A. Everett, Jr.

A graveside service for R.A. Everett, Jr., 95, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Navy veteran whose unit helped to build the airbase and radar towers on Iwo Jima during World War II. Memorial contributions may be made to the J.D. McCarty Center in Norman. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Bob Riggs

No services are scheduled for Bob Riggs, 96, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, January 8th

 

Manhunt Suspect Jailed on a $150,000 Bond

A KOOL-RANCH News follow-up today regarding the man who managed to escape police custody in Cyril earlier this week. 18-year old Eli Edwards Martin, who shows a Woodward address, is charged with felonies that include drug trafficking and having firearm with a removed serial number. Martin was arrested after escaping custody from Cyril police and was taken back into custody following a manhunt. On-line records from Caddo County District Court indicate that Martin is charged with drug possession, escape, obstruction, and committing a felony with a firearm. Martin remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $150,000 bond. He's to be back in court Feb. 8th to announce his attorney and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Feb. 18th.

 

Pursuit Suspect Faces Stolen Vehicle Charge

Also today, new information also about that high-speed pursuit between Elgin and Chickasha earlier this week. Comanche County prosecutors have charged Briar Yates with endangering others while eluding, driving a stolen vehicle, and driving without a license or insurance. The OHP reported that Yates is from Arkansas. The pursuit unfolded Tuesday night, when Elgin police saw Yates with a stolen pick-up. As police attempted to make a traffic stop, Yates sped away, with speeds reached 75 miles per hour in residential areas of Elgin, and reached 100 miles per hour when Yates headed east on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The pursuit lasted about 40 minutes, and ended after state troopers deployed stop sticks on the turnpike near Mile Marker 76 which is four miles southwest of Chickasha. Yates remains in the Comanche County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

 

Chix Sports Complex Prepares for Active Spring             

The Chickasha Sports Complex is in a quiet period right now as the winter weather is not conducive for baseball or softball games. However Kyle Marks, the city's parks and recreation director, says action will be picking back up soon. Marks said that starting in a couple of weeks there are tournaments scheduled every weekend through June. He said many out-of-state teams are looking for places to play during the pandemic.

 

              

 

Marks says they are getting all the fields prepped and ready to go for the months ahead.

 

Absentee Ballot Applications Needed

For Upcoming Lindsay, Purcell Elections

Individuals wanting to vote by mail-in ballot in next month's Lindsay Board of Education primary election or the City of Purcell special election should apply to get those ballots now. County election boards in McClain and Garvin Counties can accept applications for absentee ballots through Feb. 2nd but officials say it’s better to apply for them as early as possible. Absentee ballot applications are available at either the McClain or Garvin County election boards or can be filled out on-line at the state election board website, www.elections.ok.gov

The reason to apply early is that two mailings are needed. The first is for the election board to mail out the ballots and the second is for the voters to mail ballots back. The ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on the day of the election which is Tuesday, Feb. 9th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $50.83 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $54.38.

Natural gas is $2.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $26.61.

 

Obituaries

Quintin Turner

A memorial gathering for Quintin Turner, 50, of Waco, Texas and formerly of the Verden and Pioneer Area will be held by the family Saturday, Jan. 9th at Chickasha’s Full Gospel Church. A meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. which will be followed by burial in the Laverty Cemetery.

Zella Harris

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 6th for Zella Harris, 94, of Weatherford, formerly of the Chickasha and Cement area. She and her late husband Virgil operated a number of businesses in Cement including the Texaco and Apco stations, the hotel, and laundry. They were members of Grand Assembly of God for many years before moving to Weatherford in 2009. Burial was in the Cement Cemetery.

 

Thursday, January 7th

 

Suspect Back in Custody After Manhunt

There was a manhunt in Caddo County yesterday after a man managed to escape the custody of Cyril police. Authorities spent several hours tracking Eli Martin who is alleged to have had a history of violence. KSWO-TV reports that Martin was eventually located in Fletcher and taken back into custody. Cyril police, the Caddo and Comanche county sheriff's offices, and state troopers were all part of the search. Martin reportedly was in handcuffs after initially being arrested in Cyril. The town of Fletcher notified residents on its Facebook page that Martin might be headed in that direction. The post was updated about 7 o'clock last night indicating that Martin was back in custody. It wasn't clear why Martin was arrested in the first place or how he got away.

 

Anonymous Tip Helps Authorities Find Wanted Man

An anonymous tip helps a Grady County deputy and Alex police with the arrest a man who had an outstanding warrant. The call came in before noon Sunday, where the wanted man was spotted at an Alex convenience store. A probable cause affidavit indicates the tipster gave authorities a description and the tag number of the SUV the man was driving. Alex Police Chief John Littrell was able to make a traffic stop and identified the man who was wanted for a misdemeanor breaking and entering charge. While doing an inventory of the SUV authorities found enough drugs to warrant a drug trafficking charge. In custody is 35-year old Kevin Carl Braziel of Chickasha. Braziel was serving a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a felony domestic abuse charge just a few months ago. Braziel remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

State's Daily COVID-19 Death Toll Hits Record-High Number

The state health department reported 62 new deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday which is a record number of deaths for one day. It takes the total number of deaths in Oklahoma to 2,633.  Two of the new deaths were in Grady County and both were men in the 65-years-and-older category. Grady County now has had 39 deaths from the virus out of 4,173 positive tests and there are 356 active cases. In Chickasha there have been 23 deaths out of 1,719 positive tests and there are 132 active cases. Among the Chickasha deaths is 22-year old Tony Sutton. He was among five family members who tested positive for COVID-19 in early December. He passed away from the illness just four days before Christmas. The health department says there are nearly 2,000 people hospitalized with the coronavirus.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Portal Now Open

The health department's new on-line portal to register for the COVID-19 vaccine is now activated. You can register to get the vaccine although you may not be able to get an appointment right away. The vaccine protocol is in Phase Two which is for first responders, anyone 65 years and older, and teachers. Access the portal at: vaccinate.oklahoma.gov

By registering on-line, you'll be able to find out when you will be eligible to get the vaccine and will also be notified when it is your time to get vaccinated.

 

Chix Library's Chocolate Celebration Canceled

The pandemic has forced the cancelation of a popular fundraiser for the Chickasha library. The annual Chocolate Celebration that was scheduled for February has been called off. Library Director Lillie Huckaby said while the event won't be held this year they are encouraging their normal sponsors to consider their usual contributions. The event which is hosted by the Friends of the Library brings in several thousand dollars to help fund library improvements. The celebration is usually held just before Valentine's Day. Huckaby also indicated that the library's Food for Fines program will be wrapping up this week. The library has been accepting food donations in place of fines for overdue items since December 1st. Many patrons who don't have overdue materials also bring in non-perishable food, all of which is given to the Emergency Food Pantry. The Food for Fines program ends on Saturday, Jan. 9th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $50.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $54.30.

Natural gas is $2.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,917 and silver is $27.16.

 

Obituaries

Joyce Pechacek

Funeral service for Joyce Pechacek, 85, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8th at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Bobby Baker

A private graveside service for Bobby Baker, 81, of Chickasha will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Gregory Muse

Funeral service for Gregory Muse, 47, will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9th at the First Baptist Church of Snyder. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, January 6th

 

Turnpike Pursuit Leads to Arrest

A pursuit on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike reached speeds of 100 miles per hour yesterday as authorities chased down a stolen pickup. The pursuit began in Elgin and came to an end a few minutes later in Chickasha when troopers used stop sticks to disable the pick-up. KSWO-TV reports an Elgin police officer discovered the pickup was stolen after running its tag. The officer tried to pull the truck over but the driver sped away with speeds in residential areas of Elgin reaching 75 miles per hour. The driver led authorities to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and headed east when state troopers joined in. News reports indicate the unidentified driver was arrested while a passenger in the truck was released.

 

Suspected Thief Caught; 1 Arrested for Harboring Fugitive

A man wanted for stealing a pickup from a county commissioner's office is in custody as is a woman who is accused of hiding the man from authorities. Grady County deputies arrested 44-year old Aaron Doyle Sanders at a home in Alex last Wednesday. He was wanted for stealing a truck from the District 2 Grady County Commissioners barn in Chickasha back in September. Sanders, of Chickasha, also had outstanding warrants from Seminole County for burglary, sexual battery, and false personation. Also arrested was 33-year old Tara Pauline Wolfe, also of Chickasha, who was taken into custody and has been charged with harboring a fugitive.  Both remain in the Grady County Jail.

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Connection with 2nd Break-in

A man is arrested a second time within a year on burglary complaints. 53-year old Jessie David Avery, who listed an Oklahoma City address, was arrested New Year’s Eve by Grady County deputies after a warrant was issued for his arrest. No information was available regarding the warrant. Earlier in the year, Avery was arrested by Chickasha police after being implicated in a residential burglary-in-progress that occurred in February. Avery was out of jail on bond awaiting a preliminary hearing conference on that charge when he was re-arrested last week. Avery remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

 

Animal Shelter Volunteers Seek Upgrades to Shelter

Volunteers at the City of Chickasha's animal shelter encouraged the city council to replace many of the shelter's cages and kennels they say are dangerous to the animals. Carolyn Blevins was one of the volunteers who addressed concerns during Monday night’s city council meeting.

 

              

 

Blevins said the shelter housed 733 animals in 2020 and 686 in 2019. She said they have had to use zip ties and baling wire to hold some of the cages together and several animals have been injured because of the outdated equipment. The council voted unanimously to go out for bids for new kennels and cages.

 

New Website Created to Help Oklahomans

Get Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Individuals who want to get the COVID-19 vaccination will soon have an easier way to schedule appointments.  The state health department has created an on-line registration portal which will be available tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 7th). Individuals will be able to find out when they are eligible to get the vaccine, how to schedule an appointment, and when it is their turn. The portal is available for pre-registration now at: www.vaccinate.oklahoma.gov but individuals won’t be able to schedule an appointment until tomorrow. The health department is also exploring options to better help those who don’t have access to a computer or the Internet with scheduling appointments.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $49.33.

London-based Brent crude is $53.60.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,958 and silver is $28.01.

 

Obituaries

Kathryn Stripling

No services will be held for Kathryn Stripling, 95, of Chickasha. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Jerry Weber

Funeral service for Jerry Weber, 44, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9th at the First Baptist Church of Anadarko. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Andy Stephenson

A private service will be held for Andy Stephenson, 67, of Tulsa and formerly of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, January 5th

 

Revisions Made to Chix Flood Prevention Study

A second public hearing on a flood prevention study for the City of Chickasha lasted over an hour during last night's city council meeting. Officials with the engineering firm of Smith Roberts and Baldischwiler added some revisions to the study which was first discussed by the council last month. The study, which is officially called a Master Drainage Plan, recommends numerous projects to deal with storm water coming into and leaving Chickasha and takes into consideration 5-year, 10-year, 50-year, and 100-year floods. The projects are broken into five phases but it is an expensive plan - one that City Manager John Noblitt says the city council will have to decide how to  pay for it.

 

              

 

Any general obligation bonds would have to get approval of city voters. The council was to consider adopting the study during the meeting, but postponed that to a future meeting, as suggestions brought up during last night's public hearing are considered.

 

Walking Trail Study Nixed by Council              

In a 5-4 vote, the council voted down a proposal to approve a contract for engineering services to build a walking and biking trail on 17th Street. City Manager John Noblitt said the council could have taken advantage of some 50-50 matching fund grants which he said are use-it or lose-it funds. The consensus of the council was that the city could not afford its 50 percent of the cost of the engineering services. Voting against the plan were Oscar Nelson, Zach Grayson, Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Clark  Van Dyck and Brian Gerdes. Voting in favor were Mayor Chris Mosley, Kim Loggins, Jim Hopkins, and David Sikes.

 

Elected Official Take Oaths of Office

Four Grady County elected officials were sworn in to office in a formal ceremony at the county courthouse yesterday. Sheriff Jim Weir, District Two County Commissioner Kirk Painter; County Clerk Jill Locke, and Court Clerk Lisa Hannah took their oaths of office from District Judge Kory Kirkland.

 

              

 

All four were elected to four-year terms which will end in early 2025.

 

Abandoned Mill Destroyed by Fire

Fire crews battled a blaze at an abandoned Chickasha mill near 6th and Michigan Avenue Monday. A Grady County deputy said he was first on the scene when he noticed the smoke.  Interim Chickasha Fire chief Tony Samaniego said crews were hampered in their efforts because two nearby fire hydrants were not working properly. Tanker truck from the Ninnekah and Pioneer Volunteer Fire Departments were called in and the Tuttle Fire Department also responded. No nearby homes were damaged in the fire and no injuries were reported. Samaniego said the fire was a result of transients who started a fire in the building. A damage estimate was not available. We have some video of the fire posted on our Facebook page.

 

Conservation Reserve Program Sign-up Underway

Landowners can now apply for USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). It's a program that's been around for nearly 40 years and Farm Broadcaster Ron Hays says it’s one of the most popular conservation programs.


              

Sign-up runs through Feb. 12th. Landowners can reach out to their local Farm Service Agency offices to get the details.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.09.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,951 and silver is $27.65.

 

Obituaries

Budd Carr, Jr.

A graveside service for Budd Carr, Jr., 88, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for PSO for 32 years. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Carol Sellers

A graveside service for Carol Sellers, 70, of Lawton will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7th at Chickasha's Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, January 4th

 

OSBI Investigates Chickasha Man's Death

Authorities are investigating the death of a Chickasha man. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is calling the death of Jerry Weber suspicious. Very little information is being released by the OSBI. Spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman did not indicate how Weber may have died but did say the medical examiner will determine the cause. It will be several weeks before a report is available. No other information was provided.

 

First Responders Next in Line for COVID-19 Vaccinations

First responders are next in line to get the COVID-19 vaccinations. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson says his office is working to establish some outlets throughout the county to make the vaccine available.

 

              

 

The vaccine will also be available to Oklahomans who are 65-years and older. While we await the Grady County dates, times, and locations - Stephens County will hold COVID-19 vaccinations every Thursday beginning this week at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Flood Prevention Study Again

The Chickasha City Council holds its first meeting of the New Year tonight. Among the issues to be reviewed include the flood prevention study which was discussed at last month's meeting. The second of two public hearings on the study is part of tonight's meeting, and afaterwards the panel will consider accepting the study. Engineers are proposing improvements that could cost as much as $12 million if they are implemented. The study can be viewed on the City of Chickasha's website.

 

Council to Consider Bike Trail;

Economic Development Funds              

The council will also consider a proposal to build a walking and biking trail on 17th Street. The panel will discuss entering into a contract with an engineering firm to design the trail. The group will also consider issuing an additional $40,000 in economic development funds to Mark McPherson with Great Plains Land and Cattle Company for the renovation work underway at the old Chickasha Star newspaper office. Two new businesses have already opened in that building.

 

Chix PD May Get New Dispatch Consoles              

The group will also consider accepting a sole-source bid for a radio control system for the police department for more than $180,000. The bid comes from a state contract with a company called Bearcom. Authorities say that two radio control systems installed 18 years ago have deteriorated to the point that they are no long reliable, and that the radio tower and equipment took a hit by lightning in 2017. The city did get an 80-20 grant to help purchase the system. The city's portion of the cost is $44,000. The council will also go behind closed doors for the annual evaluation of city manager John Noblitt. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Changes Take Place at Grady County Courthouse Annex

There are some changes to the Grady County courthouse annex. The Emergency Management Office now takes up the eastern half of the building at 3rd and Pennsylvania - and the election board has expanded to the western half of the building. Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes says the entrance to the election board is on the west side which is the previous entry door to emergency management. The district attorney's office moved to the former law office across the street west of the courthouse.

 

Bridge Work Closes Ninnekah Street

A road closure in Ninnekah will affect traffic for some time. Dell Street will be closed down from Old Highway 81 east to the Senior Citizens Center for an indefinite period of time for some bridge repair work. The notice was posted on the Grady County Fire Department's Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.80.

Natural gas is $2.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,938 and silver is $27.51.

 

Obituary

Larry Wilson

Funeral service for Larry Wilson, 77, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

2021, Jan. 4th-9th

Saturday, January 9th

 

Arrests Made Following Two Grady County Pursuits

A second high-speed pursuit took place in Grady County this week. We previously reported on one of them which involved a chase from Elgin to Chickasha where an Arkansas man was arrested for eluding and driving a stolen pick-up on Tuesday night. About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Minco police officer clocked a Camaro speeding at 100 miles per hour southbound on U.S. Highway 81. Grady County sheriff's deputies and state troopers were dispatched to assist. The pursuit didn't last long as the driver lost control and crashed about four miles south of Pocasset. EMS was summoned however the driver and two passengers suffered minor injuries and did not have to be taken to the hospital. A Minco police affidavit alleges the driver admitted stealing the car, and got scared when the police officer caught him speeding. The driver also confessed to be high on meth. Authorities did find drugs and weapons in the car. Authorities arrested 22-year old Jarrett Reed Norfolk of Weatherford, while the two passengers were released. Norfolk is facing charges which include endangering others while attempting to elude, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. Norfolk was arrested in the Weatherford area in 2019 on a previous complaint of unauthorized use of a vehicle.  His bond was set at $25,000.

 

Woman Charged with Embezzling from Her Employer

A Grady County woman is facing a felony embezzlement charge after allegedly stealing thousands of in merchandise and cash from the store where she worked. The items included food, toilet paper, cigarettes, underwear, dog treats, and Christmas decorations. A warrant had been issued for the arrest of 42-year old Heather Jacquelyn Saxon of Minco and she was booked into the county jail earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Saxon was caught on video surveillance at the Dollar Store in Minco taking a number of items and stealing money from the cash register. It's alleged that she had taken more than $1,000 in merchandise from the store between August 29th and September 27th of last year. Saxon issued a written statement admitting she had taken more than $4,000 in items and cash over several months. She claimed she had financial problems because of medical costs and that her fiancee had lost his job. Saxon is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

Grady County Man Charged with Lewd Acts With Teen

A Bradley man is behind bars, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager. 19-year old Nickolas Dalton Ellis is charged with two counts of lewd acts to a child under 16. Court documents say the mother of the victim called the Grady County sheriff's office just after Thanksgiving that her 14-year old daughter had been the victim of a sexual assault. A warrant for Ellis’ arrest was issued this past Monday. He was booked into the county jail yesterday afternoon. He could have his arraignment on the charges on Monday.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's public information officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information on any of these individuals you're asked to reach out to the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Sara King with the State Health Department is on our KOOL Konversation to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination process and the new health department portal to register to get the vaccine. On Real Estate Today, guests are Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Esta Marie Bryant

 Services for Esta Marie Bryant, 72, of Oklahoma City are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Betty Jo Porter

A graveside service for Betty Jo Porter, 93, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

R.A. Everett, Jr.

A graveside service for R.A. Everett, Jr., 95, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Navy veteran whose unit helped to build the airbase and radar towers on Iwo Jima during World War II. Memorial contributions may be made to the J.D. McCarty Center in Norman. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Bob Riggs

No services are scheduled for Bob Riggs, 96, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, January 8th

 

Manhunt Suspect Jailed on a $150,000 Bond

A KOOL-RANCH News follow-up today regarding the man who managed to escape police custody in Cyril earlier this week. 18-year old Eli Edwards Martin, who shows a Woodward address, is charged with felonies that include drug trafficking and having firearm with a removed serial number. Martin was arrested after escaping custody from Cyril police and was taken back into custody following a manhunt. On-line records from Caddo County District Court indicate that Martin is charged with drug possession, escape, obstruction, and committing a felony with a firearm. Martin remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $150,000 bond. He's to be back in court Feb. 8th to announce his attorney and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Feb. 18th.

 

Pursuit Suspect Faces Stolen Vehicle Charge

Also today, new information also about that high-speed pursuit between Elgin and Chickasha earlier this week. Comanche County prosecutors have charged Briar Yates with endangering others while eluding, driving a stolen vehicle, and driving without a license or insurance. The OHP reported that Yates is from Arkansas. The pursuit unfolded Tuesday night, when Elgin police saw Yates with a stolen pick-up. As police attempted to make a traffic stop, Yates sped away, with speeds reached 75 miles per hour in residential areas of Elgin, and reached 100 miles per hour when Yates headed east on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The pursuit lasted about 40 minutes, and ended after state troopers deployed stop sticks on the turnpike near Mile Marker 76 which is four miles southwest of Chickasha. Yates remains in the Comanche County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

 

Chix Sports Complex Prepares for Active Spring             

The Chickasha Sports Complex is in a quiet period right now as the winter weather is not conducive for baseball or softball games. However Kyle Marks, the city's parks and recreation director, says action will be picking back up soon. Marks said that starting in a couple of weeks there are tournaments scheduled every weekend through June. He said many out-of-state teams are looking for places to play during the pandemic.

 

              

 

Marks says they are getting all the fields prepped and ready to go for the months ahead.

 

Absentee Ballot Applications Needed

For Upcoming Lindsay, Purcell Elections

Individuals wanting to vote by mail-in ballot in next month's Lindsay Board of Education primary election or the City of Purcell special election should apply to get those ballots now. County election boards in McClain and Garvin Counties can accept applications for absentee ballots through Feb. 2nd but officials say it’s better to apply for them as early as possible. Absentee ballot applications are available at either the McClain or Garvin County election boards or can be filled out on-line at the state election board website, www.elections.ok.gov

The reason to apply early is that two mailings are needed. The first is for the election board to mail out the ballots and the second is for the voters to mail ballots back. The ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on the day of the election which is Tuesday, Feb. 9th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $50.83 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $54.38.

Natural gas is $2.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $26.61.

 

Obituaries

Quintin Turner

A memorial gathering for Quintin Turner, 50, of Waco, Texas and formerly of the Verden and Pioneer Area will be held by the family Saturday, Jan. 9th at Chickasha’s Full Gospel Church. A meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. which will be followed by burial in the Laverty Cemetery.

Zella Harris

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 6th for Zella Harris, 94, of Weatherford, formerly of the Chickasha and Cement area. She and her late husband Virgil operated a number of businesses in Cement including the Texaco and Apco stations, the hotel, and laundry. They were members of Grand Assembly of God for many years before moving to Weatherford in 2009. Burial was in the Cement Cemetery.

 

Thursday, January 7th

 

Suspect Back in Custody After Manhunt

There was a manhunt in Caddo County yesterday after a man managed to escape the custody of Cyril police. Authorities spent several hours tracking Eli Martin who is alleged to have had a history of violence. KSWO-TV reports that Martin was eventually located in Fletcher and taken back into custody. Cyril police, the Caddo and Comanche county sheriff's offices, and state troopers were all part of the search. Martin reportedly was in handcuffs after initially being arrested in Cyril. The town of Fletcher notified residents on its Facebook page that Martin might be headed in that direction. The post was updated about 7 o'clock last night indicating that Martin was back in custody. It wasn't clear why Martin was arrested in the first place or how he got away.

 

Anonymous Tip Helps Authorities Find Wanted Man

An anonymous tip helps a Grady County deputy and Alex police with the arrest a man who had an outstanding warrant. The call came in before noon Sunday, where the wanted man was spotted at an Alex convenience store. A probable cause affidavit indicates the tipster gave authorities a description and the tag number of the SUV the man was driving. Alex Police Chief John Littrell was able to make a traffic stop and identified the man who was wanted for a misdemeanor breaking and entering charge. While doing an inventory of the SUV authorities found enough drugs to warrant a drug trafficking charge. In custody is 35-year old Kevin Carl Braziel of Chickasha. Braziel was serving a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a felony domestic abuse charge just a few months ago. Braziel remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

State's Daily COVID-19 Death Toll Hits Record-High Number

The state health department reported 62 new deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday which is a record number of deaths for one day. It takes the total number of deaths in Oklahoma to 2,633.  Two of the new deaths were in Grady County and both were men in the 65-years-and-older category. Grady County now has had 39 deaths from the virus out of 4,173 positive tests and there are 356 active cases. In Chickasha there have been 23 deaths out of 1,719 positive tests and there are 132 active cases. Among the Chickasha deaths is 22-year old Tony Sutton. He was among five family members who tested positive for COVID-19 in early December. He passed away from the illness just four days before Christmas. The health department says there are nearly 2,000 people hospitalized with the coronavirus.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Portal Now Open

The health department's new on-line portal to register for the COVID-19 vaccine is now activated. You can register to get the vaccine although you may not be able to get an appointment right away. The vaccine protocol is in Phase Two which is for first responders, anyone 65 years and older, and teachers. Access the portal at: vaccinate.oklahoma.gov

By registering on-line, you'll be able to find out when you will be eligible to get the vaccine and will also be notified when it is your time to get vaccinated.

 

Chix Library's Chocolate Celebration Canceled

The pandemic has forced the cancelation of a popular fundraiser for the Chickasha library. The annual Chocolate Celebration that was scheduled for February has been called off. Library Director Lillie Huckaby said while the event won't be held this year they are encouraging their normal sponsors to consider their usual contributions. The event which is hosted by the Friends of the Library brings in several thousand dollars to help fund library improvements. The celebration is usually held just before Valentine's Day. Huckaby also indicated that the library's Food for Fines program will be wrapping up this week. The library has been accepting food donations in place of fines for overdue items since December 1st. Many patrons who don't have overdue materials also bring in non-perishable food, all of which is given to the Emergency Food Pantry. The Food for Fines program ends on Saturday, Jan. 9th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $50.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $54.30.

Natural gas is $2.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,917 and silver is $27.16.

 

Obituaries

Joyce Pechacek

Funeral service for Joyce Pechacek, 85, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8th at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Bobby Baker

A private graveside service for Bobby Baker, 81, of Chickasha will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Gregory Muse

Funeral service for Gregory Muse, 47, will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9th at the First Baptist Church of Snyder. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, January 6th

 

Turnpike Pursuit Leads to Arrest

A pursuit on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike reached speeds of 100 miles per hour yesterday as authorities chased down a stolen pickup. The pursuit began in Elgin and came to an end a few minutes later in Chickasha when troopers used stop sticks to disable the pick-up. KSWO-TV reports an Elgin police officer discovered the pickup was stolen after running its tag. The officer tried to pull the truck over but the driver sped away with speeds in residential areas of Elgin reaching 75 miles per hour. The driver led authorities to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and headed east when state troopers joined in. News reports indicate the unidentified driver was arrested while a passenger in the truck was released.

 

Suspected Thief Caught; 1 Arrested for Harboring Fugitive

A man wanted for stealing a pickup from a county commissioner's office is in custody as is a woman who is accused of hiding the man from authorities. Grady County deputies arrested 44-year old Aaron Doyle Sanders at a home in Alex last Wednesday. He was wanted for stealing a truck from the District 2 Grady County Commissioners barn in Chickasha back in September. Sanders, of Chickasha, also had outstanding warrants from Seminole County for burglary, sexual battery, and false personation. Also arrested was 33-year old Tara Pauline Wolfe, also of Chickasha, who was taken into custody and has been charged with harboring a fugitive.  Both remain in the Grady County Jail.

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Connection with 2nd Break-in

A man is arrested a second time within a year on burglary complaints. 53-year old Jessie David Avery, who listed an Oklahoma City address, was arrested New Year’s Eve by Grady County deputies after a warrant was issued for his arrest. No information was available regarding the warrant. Earlier in the year, Avery was arrested by Chickasha police after being implicated in a residential burglary-in-progress that occurred in February. Avery was out of jail on bond awaiting a preliminary hearing conference on that charge when he was re-arrested last week. Avery remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

 

Animal Shelter Volunteers Seek Upgrades to Shelter

Volunteers at the City of Chickasha's animal shelter encouraged the city council to replace many of the shelter's cages and kennels they say are dangerous to the animals. Carolyn Blevins was one of the volunteers who addressed concerns during Monday night’s city council meeting.

 

              

 

Blevins said the shelter housed 733 animals in 2020 and 686 in 2019. She said they have had to use zip ties and baling wire to hold some of the cages together and several animals have been injured because of the outdated equipment. The council voted unanimously to go out for bids for new kennels and cages.

 

New Website Created to Help Oklahomans

Get Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Individuals who want to get the COVID-19 vaccination will soon have an easier way to schedule appointments.  The state health department has created an on-line registration portal which will be available tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 7th). Individuals will be able to find out when they are eligible to get the vaccine, how to schedule an appointment, and when it is their turn. The portal is available for pre-registration now at: www.vaccinate.oklahoma.gov but individuals won’t be able to schedule an appointment until tomorrow. The health department is also exploring options to better help those who don’t have access to a computer or the Internet with scheduling appointments.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $49.33.

London-based Brent crude is $53.60.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,958 and silver is $28.01.

 

Obituaries

Kathryn Stripling

No services will be held for Kathryn Stripling, 95, of Chickasha. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Jerry Weber

Funeral service for Jerry Weber, 44, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9th at the First Baptist Church of Anadarko. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Andy Stephenson

A private service will be held for Andy Stephenson, 67, of Tulsa and formerly of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, January 5th

 

Revisions Made to Chix Flood Prevention Study

A second public hearing on a flood prevention study for the City of Chickasha lasted over an hour during last night's city council meeting. Officials with the engineering firm of Smith Roberts and Baldischwiler added some revisions to the study which was first discussed by the council last month. The study, which is officially called a Master Drainage Plan, recommends numerous projects to deal with storm water coming into and leaving Chickasha and takes into consideration 5-year, 10-year, 50-year, and 100-year floods. The projects are broken into five phases but it is an expensive plan - one that City Manager John Noblitt says the city council will have to decide how to  pay for it.

 

              

 

Any general obligation bonds would have to get approval of city voters. The council was to consider adopting the study during the meeting, but postponed that to a future meeting, as suggestions brought up during last night's public hearing are considered.

 

Walking Trail Study Nixed by Council              

In a 5-4 vote, the council voted down a proposal to approve a contract for engineering services to build a walking and biking trail on 17th Street. City Manager John Noblitt said the council could have taken advantage of some 50-50 matching fund grants which he said are use-it or lose-it funds. The consensus of the council was that the city could not afford its 50 percent of the cost of the engineering services. Voting against the plan were Oscar Nelson, Zach Grayson, Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Clark  Van Dyck and Brian Gerdes. Voting in favor were Mayor Chris Mosley, Kim Loggins, Jim Hopkins, and David Sikes.

 

Elected Official Take Oaths of Office

Four Grady County elected officials were sworn in to office in a formal ceremony at the county courthouse yesterday. Sheriff Jim Weir, District Two County Commissioner Kirk Painter; County Clerk Jill Locke, and Court Clerk Lisa Hannah took their oaths of office from District Judge Kory Kirkland.

 

              

 

All four were elected to four-year terms which will end in early 2025.

 

Abandoned Mill Destroyed by Fire

Fire crews battled a blaze at an abandoned Chickasha mill near 6th and Michigan Avenue Monday. A Grady County deputy said he was first on the scene when he noticed the smoke.  Interim Chickasha Fire chief Tony Samaniego said crews were hampered in their efforts because two nearby fire hydrants were not working properly. Tanker truck from the Ninnekah and Pioneer Volunteer Fire Departments were called in and the Tuttle Fire Department also responded. No nearby homes were damaged in the fire and no injuries were reported. Samaniego said the fire was a result of transients who started a fire in the building. A damage estimate was not available. We have some video of the fire posted on our Facebook page.

 

Conservation Reserve Program Sign-up Underway

Landowners can now apply for USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). It's a program that's been around for nearly 40 years and Farm Broadcaster Ron Hays says it’s one of the most popular conservation programs.


              

Sign-up runs through Feb. 12th. Landowners can reach out to their local Farm Service Agency offices to get the details.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.09.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,951 and silver is $27.65.

 

Obituaries

Budd Carr, Jr.

A graveside service for Budd Carr, Jr., 88, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for PSO for 32 years. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Carol Sellers

A graveside service for Carol Sellers, 70, of Lawton will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7th at Chickasha's Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, January 4th

 

OSBI Investigates Chickasha Man's Death

Authorities are investigating the death of a Chickasha man. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is calling the death of Jerry Weber suspicious. Very little information is being released by the OSBI. Spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman did not indicate how Weber may have died but did say the medical examiner will determine the cause. It will be several weeks before a report is available. No other information was provided.

 

First Responders Next in Line for COVID-19 Vaccinations

First responders are next in line to get the COVID-19 vaccinations. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson says his office is working to establish some outlets throughout the county to make the vaccine available.

 

              

 

The vaccine will also be available to Oklahomans who are 65-years and older. While we await the Grady County dates, times, and locations - Stephens County will hold COVID-19 vaccinations every Thursday beginning this week at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Flood Prevention Study Again

The Chickasha City Council holds its first meeting of the New Year tonight. Among the issues to be reviewed include the flood prevention study which was discussed at last month's meeting. The second of two public hearings on the study is part of tonight's meeting, and afaterwards the panel will consider accepting the study. Engineers are proposing improvements that could cost as much as $12 million if they are implemented. The study can be viewed on the City of Chickasha's website.

 

Council to Consider Bike Trail;

Economic Development Funds              

The council will also consider a proposal to build a walking and biking trail on 17th Street. The panel will discuss entering into a contract with an engineering firm to design the trail. The group will also consider issuing an additional $40,000 in economic development funds to Mark McPherson with Great Plains Land and Cattle Company for the renovation work underway at the old Chickasha Star newspaper office. Two new businesses have already opened in that building.

 

Chix PD May Get New Dispatch Consoles              

The group will also consider accepting a sole-source bid for a radio control system for the police department for more than $180,000. The bid comes from a state contract with a company called Bearcom. Authorities say that two radio control systems installed 18 years ago have deteriorated to the point that they are no long reliable, and that the radio tower and equipment took a hit by lightning in 2017. The city did get an 80-20 grant to help purchase the system. The city's portion of the cost is $44,000. The council will also go behind closed doors for the annual evaluation of city manager John Noblitt. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Changes Take Place at Grady County Courthouse Annex

There are some changes to the Grady County courthouse annex. The Emergency Management Office now takes up the eastern half of the building at 3rd and Pennsylvania - and the election board has expanded to the western half of the building. Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes says the entrance to the election board is on the west side which is the previous entry door to emergency management. The district attorney's office moved to the former law office across the street west of the courthouse.

 

Bridge Work Closes Ninnekah Street

A road closure in Ninnekah will affect traffic for some time. Dell Street will be closed down from Old Highway 81 east to the Senior Citizens Center for an indefinite period of time for some bridge repair work. The notice was posted on the Grady County Fire Department's Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.80.

Natural gas is $2.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,938 and silver is $27.51.

 

Obituary

Larry Wilson

Funeral service for Larry Wilson, 77, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2020 Dec. 28-Jan. 2nd

Saturday, January 2nd

 

Info Still Sought on Missing Marlow Teen

A Marlow teenager has now been missing for more than two months and officials are renewing their efforts to find her. 16-year old Kaylen Harrell was reported missing on October 30th. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a fax with her photo and description early this morning. There are no details about Kaylen's disappearance. She is Caucasian; five feet, six inches tall; brown hair and brown eyes; and at the time weighed 145 pounds. Officials believe she could be in the Marlow area and may travel to Rush Springs and Chickasha. Anyone with information regarding Kaylen Harrell is asked to contact local authorities or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-The-Lost.

              

Family Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Their Home

A Chickasha family is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their home. Bill and Geraldine Hodges purchased what is now known as the Huseman-Hodges home at 901 S. 17th Street back in 1970. The two-story, wood frame home is noticeable by its green-and-white striped awnings over the windows. Susan Hodges-Scott is the daughter of Bill and Geraldine. Susan and her husband Paul live in Duncan and said family members quietly marked the anniversary. A photo was submitted to the Chickasha Express-Star. The home was designed and built by architect A.G. Huseman in 1920. The article states that Huseman had the lumber pre-cut and shipped from Philadelphia and that his name was stamped on the back of each board. The home has two fireplaces with the letter "H" built into the brick on the hearth. While the home has been remodeled over the years, the history and character of the house remain. It has the original oak woodwork and flooring, original brick fireplaces (both downstairs and upstairs); three sets of original French doors; and original glass doorknobs. The Hodges are planning a Roaring 20s-style party when they can all be together.

 

Where Will U.S. Space Command Headquarters Locate?

Is Oklahoma still in the running to be the home of the new U.S. Space Command headquarters? Oklahoma City at one time considered applying to try and get the headquarters near Tinker Air Force Base. The website OK Energy Today cites a report from The Air Force Times that Oklahoma City did not formally apply. The Air Force is expected to announce the location early this year. Potential sites are Peterson Air Base in Colorado, which is currently the interim headquarters for the Space Command; Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico;  and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha Parks and Recreation Department Director Kyle Marks is on our KOOL Konversation program. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson is our guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Gene Pearson

A graveside service for Gene Pearson, 80, of Ada and formerly of Alex was held in the Alex Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 2nd.

 

Thursday, December 31st

 

Cyril Church Burglarized

Investigators are looking for an individual who broke in to the First Baptist Church of Cyril last weekend. The thief even stole one of the church vans. The break-in was discovered a couple of days after the church held its Christmas service. The thief also took about $40 in cash and a 10-pound  bag of  chicken strips. Pastor Donny Crittendon tells KSWO-TV that the thief had to be someone familiar with the church, because they avoided security cameras and seemed to know their way inside the church. Crittendon said it’s disappointing. Many church members told him they would have given the thief what he needed had he just asked. The van is a white, 2008 model, 15-passenger Chevrolet that has First Baptist Church, Cyril, Oklahoma on the back window. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cyril police.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Flood Study

Chickasha residents will have an opportunity to comment publicly on a proposal designed to alleviate flooding in the city. On Monday, Jan. 4th, the city council will have the last of two public hearings on a master drainage study that was reviewed by the council earlier this month. The council hired an engineering firm to do a complete study of the region, and develop a detailed plan which engineers say may reduce flooding after times of extremely heavy rainfall. The estimated price tag of the proposal is between $9 million and $12 million. A PowerPoint presentation on the study can be viewed on the city's website: www.chickasha.org After the public hearing, the council will consider adopting the study. Also during Monday's meeting, the council will go behind closed doors for it’s annual evaluation of city manager John Noblitt. The group will also present a retirement watch to long-time parks and recreation department employee Troy Maloney.

 

Crash Shuts Down Turnpike

A crash on the H.E. Bailey turnpike shut down traffic on the interstate for over an hour yesterday. The highway patrol reported a rollover accident at mile marker 90 northeast of Chickasha about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The roadway was re-opened about an hour and a half later about 6:15 p.m.. No details of the accident were available.

 

Regional First Responders Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

The state health department is distributing the second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations to county health departments. Debra Johnson, with District 5 of the state health department, says about 150 first responders received their vaccinations at the Anadarko First Baptist Church on Tuesday. Yesterday, about 500 vaccines were sent to Hinton to vaccinate first responders there. In Grady County, officials are in the process of scheduling vaccinations for first responders, and are looking at some dates next week. Health department officials in District 8, which includes Stephens and Garvin counties, say first responders in those areas can get vaccinations in Ardmore today. Those in Stephens County may opt to wait to get their shots next week in Duncan. The Duncan Banner reports that a clinic will be set up at the Stephens County Fairgrounds next Thursday, Jan. 7th.

 

Housekeeper Arrested for Alleged Theft

A housekeeper accused of taking money from her employer is also accused of hitting him with her SUV. Rush Springs police and a Grady County deputy were called to a home just north of Rush Springs on Sunday. A man alleged a woman he had hired to clean his house had taken some money from the home, and when he confronted her with the allegation in the driveway, she hit him with her SUV and knocked him down. Authorities found the woman at a Rush Springs convenience store and brought her back to the man’s home and the two started arguing. The woman claimed she was a victim, saying the man forced himself on her. The woman, 50-year old Laura Renee Copeland of Rush Springs, was arrested but the man was not. Prosecutors have charged Copeland with assault with a dangerous weapon and petty larceny. She remains in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.34.

Natural gas is $2.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is just under $1,900 and silver is $26.66.

 

Obituaries

Martha Felton

A graveside service for Martha Felton, 91, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Orva Littrell

No services will be held for Orva Littrell, 86, of Chickasha. She worked for the ASCS office for 30 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Jim Whitcomb

A private service will be held at a later date for Jim Whitcomb, 75, of Chickasha. He was a certified gemologist and served in the National Guard for 22 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Jack Holt

A private service will be held at a later date for 68-year old Jack Holt of Chickasha. He was a long-time auto salesman, the son of the late Alton Holt.

 

Wednesday, December 30th

 

Chickasha Mother Critical After Shooting

A Chickasha mother is fighting for her life after being shot by her husband on Christmas Eve. Ana Sanchez was listed in critical condition in an Oklahoma City hospital yesterday, five days after being shot in the chest and in one of her legs. In documents filed by Chickasha police at the Grady County Courthouse, officers were called to a home in the 1400 block of South 5th Street about 1:30 a.m. Christmas Eve morning. A teenaged boy in the home said his parents were arguing and that his father had shot is mother. When police arrived they found the injured woman, and the suspect went to the kitchen to get a knife and tried to stab himself. Authorities were able to take the man into custody without incident. Authorities arrested 70-year old Oseas Sanchez-Orta. Prosecutors have charged him with shooting with intent to kill. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $500,000 bond. The court documents did not indicate a motive for the shooting.

 

Suspects In Custody in Separate Molestation Investigations

Grady county authorities make arrests in separate child sexual abuse investigations. One stemmed from an incident first reported in October in the Norge area. A probable cause affidavit indicates the mother of an 11-year old girl reported the child had been molested. The child alleged the suspect molested her two years ago when he took her deer hunting. Authorities arrested 32-year old Nicholas Alexander Armstrong of Chickasha last week. Prosecutors have charged him with two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 years old. He remains in jail on a $150,000 bond. The other investigation began just before Thanksgiving in the Bridge Creek area where two girls who are 9- and 11-years old told an aunt that they had been molested. Investigators tracked down 51-year old Thomas Ray Steaveson of the Blanchard area. Prosecutors have charged him with two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 years old. Steaveson also remains in jail on a $150,000 bond.            

 

Deputies Nab Suspect in Rural Burglary

A woman from the Dibble area is arrested in connection with a theft from a home in the east part of Grady County. One of the home owners reported on Dec. 15th that a safe and several guns had been taken. A few days after the burglary the safe was found in a barn at a nearby home. Investigators were made aware of a suspect while helping Chickasha police at a disturbance at the Maverick Inn on Christmas Eve. The suspect, 32-year old Stormy Jo Kirkland, had a warrant out for her arrest out of McClain County. Kirkland has been charged in Grady County with a felony count of possession of stolen property. She remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

New Staff Member on Board at  Grady OSU Extension              

The Grady County OSU Extension Office has a new extension educator. Ally Minor joined the staff this week. She's originally from Arkansas, and has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State and is pursuing a master's degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Colorado State. She's also serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and volunteers for Oklahoma Blue Thumb helping people to protect water in their area. In addition to extension education, Minor will be working with 4H and youth development projects.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.09.

Natural gas is $2.44 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $26.45.

 

Obituary

Dalifan Huffines

A graveside service for Dalifan Huffines, 94, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, December 29th

 

Senior Citizen Faces Felony Charge After Shooting

A 70-year old man is behind bars after a shooting at a Chickasha home last week. The suspect was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve which was last Thursday. Chickasha police have not released any information about their investigation. Unconfirmed reports indicate a woman was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. Oseas Sanchez-Orta of Chickasha was booked into the Grady County Jail on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. After spending the weekend in jail, prosecutors have charged Sanchez-Orta with felony of shooting with intent to kill. He remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney on Jan. 22nd with a preliminary hearing conference set for Feb. 10th.

 

Graveside Service Set for Hall-of- Fame Coach 

A graveside service will be held Thursday for Coach Jerry Jobe who passed away over the weekend. Jobe, a Chickasha native who played and coached at Chickasha High School, then coached at Southwestern Oklahoma State and at Oklahoma Christian was 85 years old. Jobe was inducted into six halls of fame, including the Chickasha schools and Chickasha Athletic Halls of Fame, the Southwestern and Oklahoma Christian Halls of Fame, the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Jobe will be laid to rest at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31st at in Chickasha's Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Group Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking

A southwest Oklahoma group's mission is to prevent human trafficking. The Red Cord is a non-profit group that brings education, awareness, and training to law enforcement groups, first responders, educators, and others to help them  understand the nature of human trafficking. Ahsa Morin is with the Red Cord.

 

              

 

The group will be hosting is 4th annual Freedom Gala at the Comanche County Fairgounds in Lawton on Jan. 30th. For information visit the group’s website: www.theredcord.org

 

Ice Storm Outages Lead to Utility Questions

A number of Oklahoma utility companies came under fire after the October ice storms as thousands of homes and businesses went without power for days or even weeks. The Oklahoman reports that the Public Utilities Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is asking electric service providers how they handled outages and what they propose to do to prevent future situations. The panel is also reaching out to electric customers to get input. The Oklahoman reports some state lawmakers argue that utilities and regulators need to do more to improve electrical systems in order to handle future severe weather events.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $50.86.

Natural gas is $2.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,881 and silver is $26.36.

 

Obituaries

Derek Vaughn

Graveside service for Derek Vaughn, 53 will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31st at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Linda Rakes

No services will be held for 77-year old Linda Raikes. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Minco. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Nancy Cole

A graveside service for Nancy Cole, 69 will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, December 28th

 

Chickasha Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Jobe Dies

He led the Chickasha High School boys basketball teams to state championships as both a player and a coach. Jerry Jobe passed away on Saturday at the age of 85. His death comes just two weeks after his wife Laura Beth passed away. Born and raised in Chickasha, Jobe helped the Fightin’ Chicks win a state title as a player in 1953. 10 years later, he coached the team to a state title. He would go on to coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford where he won 198 games in 11 seasons, then went to Oklahoma Christian where he won 211 games in eight seasons. He is in the Chickasha Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. After he retired from coaching he spent 13 years with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The funeral service for Jerry Jobe has not yet been scheduled.

 

Lawmaker Looks to Reduce DPS Logjam

A state lawmaker is working to reduce the long wait times at DPS offices when it comes to getting drivers licenses. Amber State Representative Dick Lowe says career tech schools may help to ease the pressure by offering the testing. He says the Moore-Norman Technology Center was first to offer the testing and that officials are looking to expand the testing to other career techs.

 

              

 

Lowe said it’s not career-tech's intent to take over all the testing but to be a partner with DPS to reduce wait times.

 

Chix Schools to Crack Down on Failing Distance Learners

Chickasha schools are cracking down on virtual students who aren't doing their assigned work. Superintendent Rick Croslin said nearly half of the district's virtual or blended-learning students - and about one in four remote-learning students are failing at least one class. In a memo sent to teachers and administrators, Croslin said the numbers are staggering and don't meet the district's expectations. He said more than 200 students will return to traditional classroom studies when classes resume next month. Croslin said that when students come back to school after the first of the year, virtual students who are not logging in and failing two or more classes will have to return to classroom study. He said principals will have the discretion to develop a plan to improve a student's performance. Blended students must have passed all courses to continue in that system. Students who are failing one or more courses will need to enroll in full-time traditional classes or virtual - although virtual students are not eligible to participate in sports, band, or other extra-curricular activities. Remote students must be passing all classes in order to continue with that option when the district is in the orange or red coronavirus status. Any remote student failing one or more classes will not be eligible to continue in that system. The only exception will be for student quarantines, snow days, or a principal's discretion.

 

OHP Seeks Cadets for 2021 Academy

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the next cadet training program. The 67th academy will begin in the summer of 2021. Currently 65 cadets have been accepted. Officials say about half the state's troopers are set to retire within the next three years so there is a need for replacements. DPS has entered into an agreement with Oklahoma Career Tech testing centers to provide entrance exams for trooper candidates so applicants can stay near their home town instead of traveling to Oklahoma City.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.29.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $26.51.

 

Obituaries

Kathleen Askins

Funeral service for Kathleen Askins, 76, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30th at Southern Hills Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Renae Jeter

Graveside service for Renae Jeter, 61, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Lawrence Richardson

Funeral service for Lawrence Richardson, 59 will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5th at the Church of the Living God PG & T.  Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Gregory Muse

Funeral service for Gregory Muse, 47 is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2020, Dec. 21st-26th

Saturday, December 26th

 

Teacher Charged with Rape of Student

A special education teacher is accused of raping one of her students. Andee Lantz who had been teaching at Carnegie schools resigned last month after being confronted with the allegation. Carnegie police had requested a warrant for her arrest on Friday, Dec. 18th. Lantz appeared in a Caddo County courtroom for her arraignment this past Wednesday. She faces a formal charge of second degree rape. Lantz was released after posting a $15,000 bond. She's to be back in court for a preliminary hearing conference in March. KWTV-News 9 cites court documents as saying that the 26-year old Lantz invited a 16-year old student to her home and that they had been intimate two or three times.

 

Christmas Crash Victim Critical

A Fletcher woman is critically injured after her truck crashes into a bridge. 43-year old Karen Horne suffered head, arm, leg, and internal injuries in the accident. She was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24th on State Highway 17 just east of Elgin. The Highway Patrol reports that for an unknown reason Horne veered off the highway and hit the bridge. The highway was closed for two hours after the crash.

 

Dog of Missing Ft. Sill Soldier Found

A dog that had gone missing from Lawton has been reunited with its owner. Earlier this week, the Lawton Constitution published a story about Boo, an 11-year old terrier/Chihuahua mix that was able to get out of the yard of the home of active-duty soldier Michelle Eatherly. She posted signs throughout the base asking for help in finding the dog. Just a couple of days after the story appeared in the Constitution, Eatherly said she got a text message from Courtney, an employee at the Oak Ridge Animal Center who had seen a flyer and recognized Boo's photo. Courtney said a Good Samaritan found Boo and that he was seriously injured. He suffered some puncture wounds around his neck, fractured ribs, and hypothermia. Boo is responding well to treatment. Eatherly set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Boo's medical treatment. Any excess funds will be donated to the center to help pay medical costs for future lost pets that need immediate care.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Ahsa Morin with the Red Cord is on our KOOL Konversation. It’s a repeat of a program we had a couple of weeks ago. On Real Estate Today our guests are State Reps. Dick Lowe of Amber and Brad Boles of Marlow. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Joe Mullin

A private memorial service for Joe Mullin, 75 of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin on Monday, Dec. 28th. Arrangements are with Ireland Funeral Home in Moore.

Charlie Lennier

A private graveside service will be held for Charlie Lennier, of Poteau, formerly of Ninnekah. He operated the Lennier Manufacturing Company in the 1960s and 70s and spent several years X-raying pipelines. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Arrangements are with McConnell Funeral Home of Poteau.

 

Thursday, December 24th

 

Crash Claims Life of Tuttle Woman

A Grady County woman lost her life in a deadly crash in western Oklahoma. High winds are being blamed on the traffic accident that killed 42-year old Sandra Lucas of Tuttle. The accident happened about 3:00 p.m. Wednesday on I-40 east of Elk City. She was a passenger in a pick-up driven by 45-year old Shane Lucas.  Mr. Lucas and two children also in the truck were injured. The highway patrol reports that they were towing a box-type utility trailer and trying to pass a semi, when high winds caused Mr. Lucas to lose control, causing the pick-up and trailer to jack-knife. The semi then struck the passenger side of the pick-up. Shane Lucas was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where his condition was unknown at the time of publication. The children - a 16-year old boy  and a 12-year old girl (whose names were not released) - were taken to an Elk City  hospital where they were treated and released. The California driver of the semi was not injured.

 

5-Year Old Dies in House Fire

A little girl died in a fire that destroyed two homes in Mt. View. KSWO-TV reports that the fire erupted about 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The child was identified as five-year old Harlee Bigger. The television station reported that Harlee's father, Michael had just gotten to work when he got the tragic news from his grandfather. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. A Go Fund Me account has been set up for the family.

              

Father Charged with Child Neglect

A 77-year old man said to be the father of a four-year old is facing a charge of child neglect. The child was found wandering barefoot several blocks from his home. A probable cause affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates that a city worker in the 700 block of South 9th spotted the child Monday morning and called police. Authorities say the boy smelled of urine and was not properly dressed for the cold weather. The child was unable to tell police his name or where he lived. Another officer recognized the child – and police say it's not the first time they've found him unsupervised. Police took the child home and contacted the father who said he had fallen asleep and the child must have unlocked the door to get out. However, police said there was no way the child could have unlocked the door. The child was released to the custody of his mother who had come home from work while authorities were there. Police arrested Warren David Whitney and he spent Monday night in jail. On Tuesday, Whitney was formally charged with felony child neglect and was released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

 

Neighbor Helps Police Find Burglary Suspect              

An alert neighbor is credited with helping police catch a suspect alleged to have burglarized a vehicle. A woman called Chickasha police Monday morning when she saw a stranger rummaging through her neighbor's vehicle. The woman gave a description of the suspect and officers found him a few blocks away. The suspect is reported to have had items in his possession that had been in the car. Police arrested 30-year old Eric Lee Hurley who has been formally charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor drug possession. He also had an outstanding warrant from a 2018 indecent exposure arrest. Hurley remains in jail on a $25,000 bond.

 

City, County Offices Close for Holiday;

City Shuts Down Weekend Limb Drop-Off

Both Chickasha City Hall and the Grady County Courthouse are closed for the next couple of days for the Christmas holiday. Both will be re-opening on Monday. City of Chickasha officials also say they have discontinued the weekend hours for the limb drop off at the Public Works headquarters. Residents can still take brush from the October ice storm to the public works headquarters and drop it off at no charge during normal weekday business hours. However, the facility will be closed today and tomorrow as well as next Thursday and Friday for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

 

Alabama Missionairies Provide Gifts for Chix Church              

Missionaries from an Alabama church will help make the holiday brighter for some Chickasha youth. Parishioners from the Leatherwood Baptist Church of Anniston, Alabama have provided gifts to the Fellowship of the American Indian Church to give away. The give-away will be Sunday, Dec. 27th at the church at 1217 W. Frisco starting at 11:00 a.m. The gifts are for children 17 and under and the children must be present to get them.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.12 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.20.

Natural gas is $2.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,879 and silver is $25.92.

 

Obituary

John Foley

A graveside service for John Foley, 78 of Pauls Valley and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29th at Chickasha’s Rose Hill Cemetery. He owned and operated a number of pharmacies including Chickasha's Rexall Drug for many years.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, December 23rd

 

Couple with COVID-19 Dies Days Apart

Longtime Chickasha residents Billy and Betty Merrell recently lost their lengthy battles with the coronavirus, dying just days apart from each other. Betty was 84 when she passed away on December 10th and Billy was 85 when he died on December 18th. Billy was a Navy veteran and served in the Korean War.  He worked in the oilfield much of his life and enjoyed tinkering with cars.  Betty enjoyed sewing and crocheting - making dolls, doll clothes, and Hallowe'en costumes for their grandchildren and also enjoyed working in her flower garden. A joint graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha VFW.

 

Coronavirus Update

Checking the coronavirus numbers in the region, Chickasha has had more than 1,550 cases with 21 deaths and there are about 130 active cases. Blanchard is nearing 1,350 cases and there has been 7 deaths and  192 active cases. Tuttle is at 867 cases with 6 deaths and there are 94 active cases. Throughout Grady County, there have been more than 3,550 cases with 35 deaths and there are 353 active cases. Anadarko has had 885 cases with 15 deaths and there are 88 active cases. In all of Caddo County, there are more than 2,570 cases with 39 deaths and 284 active cases. The state health department reports that statewide - 2,240 people have died from the infection and 1,750 people are currently hospitalized.

 

Chickasha Picks Up Water Quality Award

Despite some problems with the City of Chickasha's water this past summer the city gets some recognition for its water treatment. Chickasha is among 13 water systems in the state receiving a Water Fluoridation Quality Award. It comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The award was for calendar year 2019 (The city had no water quality issues that year). CDC officials say adding fluoride to drinking water prevents tooth decay and the process is considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The city of Chickasha contracts with US Water Associates which is responsible for treating Chickasha drinking water and waste water.

 

Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive in the Home Stretch

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive will wrap up tomorrow and officials urge contributors to drop as much change as possible into the kettles. All the funds donated in the Grady and Caddo county areas stay in the region to help needy families throughout the coming year. In a unique challenge, Local contractor CMS Willowbrook held a recent jobsite competition to help and agreed to match the total donations. Team members, suppliers, and subcontractors combined to donate more than $20,000 – with the Blanchard Elementary School jobsite responsible for $12,000. In all, the worksite challenge brought in more than $40,000 for the Salvation Army.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.02 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $50.08.

Natural gas is $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,862 and silver is $25.43.

 

Tuesday, December 22nd

 

Fed Disaster Declaration Approved for State Counties

More than a dozen Oklahoma counties have been approved for federal help to pay the clean-up costs from the devastating ice storms that hit the state in late October. President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for 13 counties Monday which include Grady, Caddo, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties. State of Oklahoma officials are estimating clean-up costs around $27 million. In Chickasha, officials have estimated debris removal costs at $1.3 million. The Oklahoman reports that state officials will submit another request for an additional 16 counties to get FEMA relief including McClain, Stephens, and Comanche counties.

 

Minimum Wage Increase Bill Filed at State Capital              

A proposal to increase Oklahoma's minimum wage has been filed at the state capitol. Sen. George Young (D-Oklahoma City) filed SB 161 which would increase the minimum wage by nearly 50 percent - from $7.25 per hour to $10.50 per hour. The $10.50 per hour rate is equal to the federal minimum wage. In a press release, Young said it’s been more than a decade since Oklahomans have seen a minimum wage increase. During that time he said the spending power of a minimum-wage paycheck has drastically decreased. Young said many essential workers have been paid a minimum wage during the pandemic and that a raise would be a well-deserved thank you for their dedication and service. He said if Oklahoma truly wants to be a Top-10 state the minimum wage must be increased in order to be competitive with other states.

 

Congress OKs New Coronavirus Relief Measure

Both houses of Congress have now approved the next round of coronavirus relief funds and the $900 billion measure awaits the signature of President Trump. Oklahoma Farm Broadcaster Ron Hays says $13 billion is set aside for agriculture and talks about additional funds for the cattle industry.

 

              

 

It also includes $20 per acre for non-specialty crops to be paid under the CFAP program. Details on the programs will be released in the coming days.

 

Leg Lamp to Temporarily Come Down Due to Wind

Because of the forecast for high winds tonight Chickasha’s "Leg Lamp" will be taken down this evening. If you or someone you know are planning a trip to see the lamp officials say to check out the Chickasha Leg Lamp Facebook page to get updates on when it will return. The Leg Lamp can be found in downtown Chickasha at the historic Rock Island Railroad Depot.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $50.91.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,877 and silver is $26.12.

 

Obituaries

Richard Newton

A graveside service for Richard Newton, 76, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Brett Cook

A graveside service for Brett Cook, 60, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Bobby Lee James

A graveside service for Bobby Lee James, 31, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23rd  at Laverty Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

John Thweatt

A private service will be held at a later date for John Thweatt, 81, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, December 21st

 

Chix City Manager Discusses Water Study              

A new comprehensive water study under review at Chickasha City Hall is said to be one of the most detailed plan ever. It’s an attempt to deal with flooding that occurs following extremely heavy rains. Earlier this month, the city council held the first of two public hearings on the water study which City Manager John Noblitt said took more than a year to complete.

 

              

 

A second public hearing on the plan will take place during the Monday, January 4th city council meeting. It's estimated that the total cost of the plan could run as high as $12 million with funding that could include asking voters to approve general obligation bonds as well as grants. Noblitt was on our KOOL Konversation program last weekend talking about the study. Find a link to that program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Chix School Superintendent Discusses Needed Repairs              

Many of the decades old schools and buildings in the Chickasha school district are in in need of repairs. Chickasha school superintendent Rick Croslin said that is why the district has placed a bond issue on a special election ballot next year. The school board is beginning to look at a strategic plan for a multi-million dollar upgrade in the next two or three years but this is work that needs to be done right now.

 

              

 

There will be two separate bond issues for the February 9, 2021 election. A $2.3 million proposal for the school upgrades, as well as technology and curriculum updates, and a $400,000 proposal for transportation needs.

 

KOOL-RANCH Host Blood Drive

Classic Hits KOOL 105.5 and 106.1 The RANCH radio stations are hosting another community blood drive today. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will have its bloodmobile in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Ave. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. All donors will have their names entered into a drawing for a $500 VISA gift card. All blood will be tested for coronavirus antibodies. Walk-ups are welcome but you can schedule an appointment by contacting George Plummer by calling 405-224-1560.

 

Chix Library to Offer Healthy Brain-Healthy Mind Program

The Chickasha Public Library will be holding a series of weekly health programs designed for older residents. Healthy Brain-Healthy Mind is a six-week program developed by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative. It will include information about good habits, routines, physical activity and nutrition. These are one-hour classes that will run each Tuesday from January 5th through February 9th. The virtual programs will be offered through the Zoom platform. To register and for those not familiar with how to use the Zoom platform, contact the library by calling 405-222-6075.

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $49.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $52.26.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,878 and silver is $26.12.

 

Obituaries

Petra Romero

Funeral service for Petra Romero, 76, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22nd at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Ethel Glass

Graveside service for Ethel Glass, 92, of Chickasha and formerly of Cement will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22nd in the Cement Cemetery. Arrangments are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Fredia Johnson

Graveside service for Fredia Johnson, 82, Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

2020, Dec. 14th-19th

Saturday, December 19th

 

Grady Memorial Staffers Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

About 200 front-line health care workers at Grady Memorial Hospital received their first vaccinations to battle the coronavirus this week. Dr. Amish Patel, a general surgery specialist, was among the first to get the vaccine. The State Health Department shared a photograph of Patel getting the shot from Registered Nurse Lauren Speer. The hospital workers were given the shots Thursday and Friday. A news release from the health department said this was the initial dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations. They will be getting a second vaccination in 21 days. This is Phase 1 of a multi-phase program to distribute the vaccine. The State of Oklahoma received about 33,000 of the vaccines. Doctors, nurses, state licensed Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics are first in line. The vaccine will then be distributed to nursing homes and long-term care centers through a federal program and partnership with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.

 

Bond Set for 'Person of Interest' in Chickasha Deaths

A $1 million bond. That's what a Comanche County judge set for a man arrested this week who is a person of interest regarding the deaths of Ashley Cannon and her unborn child of Chickasha earlier this month. Chickasha police announced the arrest of Kenneth Lee Johnson. Comanche County authorities had issued a warrant for Johnson's arrest for having a firearm after former conviction. U.S. Marshalls arrested Johnson after pulling him over on a traffic stop and Chickasha authorities say they were able to ascertain that Johnson was who they were looking for. Officials have not said if Johnson is a suspect in Cannon's death. Johnson is being held in the Comanche County Jail. A preliminary hearing conference is set for March 29th. He is being represented by Lawton attorney Jill Oliver.

 

Businesses Support Chix Middle School Gift Project

All the students at Chickasha Middle School were presented a little Christmas cheer with the help of many local businesses. Mindy Crow helps with in-school remediation and special projects at the middle school. She sent us an e-mail saying the staff wanted to make sure all 300 students would get a gift this year. So they reached out to a number of businesses for contributions  to spread some Middle School pride and were able to give every student a Chickasha Beanie. Wing T's printed the beanies and contributions came from Richard's Printing, B.Js Pizza, The Rock Island Grill, Lopez and Sons Roofing, the Buzin Law Office, Dr. Pepper, CMS Willowbrook, and Jeremy and Kea Ginn. There was an added surprise from the Cotton Patch Cafe which provided meal vouchers and Ross True Value donated gift bags. Crow said the middle school employees wanted to send a big thank you to all those who helped with their cause.

 

Obituary

Shawn Singleton

A private service for Shawn Singleton, 50, of the Cogar area will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21st at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, December 18th

 

Firefighters Sue City of Chickasha

The Chickasha Fire Fighters Association is suing the City of Chickasha for alleged violations of fair labor standards. The International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Union President Josh Gregston tells KOOL-RANCH News that the lawsuit is about the city's refusal to include longevity pay and overtime which he says is a textbook violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Gregston said the union has been trying to get the city to do the right thing for more than three years and so far nothing short of a lawsuit has worked. He says the union is committed to insure the firefighters recover their unpaid wages. A copy of the lawsuit is posted on the Chickasha Fire Fighters Facebook page. A statement within the post says just two days after the lawsuit was filed on Dec. 1st, the city failed to pay longevity pay due to union members. The union believes the action was taken in retaliation of the lawsuit being filed. KOOL-RANCH News asked the city manager for a response and he declined to make a comment.

 

Pursuit Suspect in Custody

A pursuit through Chickasha earlier this week lands one man in jail who has a history of trying to elude law enforcement. 40-year old Dusty Aaron Songer of Verden was arrested by a state trooper following the pursuit Tuesday night. The trooper states in an affidavit he attempted to make a traffic stop on Songer because he didn’t have his headlights on while traveling on U.S. Highway 62 about 9:30 that night. Songer sped through several neighborhoods and down several alleys before two tires on the vehicle went flat. Songer then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot but he was captured by Chickasha police who had also been part of the pursuit. When asked why he fled, Songer said it was because he didn’t have a driver’s license. Songer has been formally charged with a felony count of endangering others while trying to elude and misdemeanor counts of drug possession and no driver's license. He remains in jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.  Songer was arrested in November of 2019 for trying to elude Grady County sheriff's deputies. He was charged with a misdemeanor in connection with that arrest.

 

Chickasha Schools Adopts Co-op Policy              

The Chickasha Board of Education has approved a new co-op policy that would allow students from area schools to play sports at Chickasha that aren't offered at their home school districts. Chickasha Superintendent Rick Croslin said the board approved the policy with a unanimous vote during this week's school board meeting.

 

              

 

The policy went into effect immediately so parents can have their students apply right away. The students must have the approval of their home school district to take part. It will cost $200 per student per sport per year, which Croslin says covers adminstrative costs.

 

Ag Diversification Grants, Loans Available

The next round of grants and loans available to ag producers who are looking to diversify their operations will be awarded in the next few months. The funds are part of the State Department of Agriculture's enhancement and diversification program. Producers can apply for zero-percent interest loans as well as grants. A state department of ag news release says the emphasis is to create rural economic development by bringing new revenue to farms, increasing jobs in rural areas, and the development of agri-tourism projects. Applications for the next round of funding are due by January 4th.  Information is available on the website ag.ok.gov

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt will be on our KOOL Konversation program talking about the water drainage study being reviewed at city hall. On Real Estate Today, Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin is our guest. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $51.50.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,884 and silver is $25.96.

 

Thursday, December 17th

 

Local Sales Tax Revenues Continue Decline

Sales tax revenues for Oklahoma cities, towns, and counties have taken a dive from the days before the pandemic and the dramatic drop in the energy sector. Sales tax revenues for the City of Chickasha were down 6 percent or about $50,000 from November to December. The December number was about $848,000. Compared to the same time last year, the number is down nearly 23 percent or about $300,000 from the $1.1 million received in December of last year. The city also received $87,000 in use tax revenue - sales taxes paid on Internet purchases – which is down from $97,000 last month and off about $50,000 from what was received in December of 2019. For Grady County, sales tax revenues are down more than 31 percent or $160,000 - from $525,000 in November to $360,000 in this month. It's less than half what the county received in December of last year, which was $756,000. The county received $70,000 in use tax collections this month. That's down from $81,000 last month and off about $30,000 from Dec. 2019.

 

Tuttle Man Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Allegation

A Grady County man is arrested for alleged child sexual abuse. An arrest warrant was issued last week for 40-year old Christopher Allen Salter of Tuttle and he was taken into custody this past Tuesday. A probable cause affidavit filed by Tuttle police shows the charge was more than four years in the making.  Authorities were first notified in October of 2016 about the alleged abuse with a then 11-year old girl. Interviews were held with witnesses and DHS officials in early 2017. Following his initial appearance on the charge Salter remains in jail on a $100,000 bond. He is to announce his attorney December 30th and  a preliminary hearing conference set for Jan. 13th.

 

Hospital to Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting on

Local Implementation of the COVID-19 Vaccine

A virtual town hall meeting for area businesses will be held this afternoon to discuss the timeline about the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Chickasha area. Grady Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kean Spellman will have information in a Zoom conference hosted by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. The Zoom conference will start at 3:00 p.m. and there will be time for questions. The Chamber e-mailed notices about the meeting to its members. For information about how to access the Zoom meeting contact the Chamber by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Families to Benefit from Regional Food Bank Distribution              

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will have another big food distribution in Chickasha this weekend. It will be held at the Chickasha Sports Complex Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. According to a post on the City of Chickasha's Facebook page there will be food for about 200 families. Officials are looking for volunteers to help. Contact Conrad Duprez by calling 405-641-4484.

 

'Buy Chickasha' Gift Card Winners Named

All three gift cards for the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce 'Buy Chickasha' campaign have been claimed. All the winners are from Chickasha. The $5,000 gift card winner is Brian Battershell and his ticket came from Ross True Value. The $3,000 gift card winner is Mary Rhodes with her winning ticket from Painted Pistols. The $2,000 gift card winner is Linda McElroy and her ticket was from Jay's Jewelry. Officials say there more than 78,000 tickets in this year's drawing which was nearly three times the number from last year’s number of about 27,000 tickets.

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.82.

London-based Brent crude is $51.08.

Natural gas is $2.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,879 and silver is $25.81.

 

Obituaries

“Lee Roy “ Schenk

Funeral service Clark “Lee Roy” Schenk, 84, of Marlow and formerly of the Chickasha and Verden areas was held at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday) at Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Marlow. Memorial contributions may be made to cancer research.

Tammy (Morris) Cano

A graveside service for Tammy (Morris) Cano, 46, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18th at the Alex Cemetery. Arrangements are with Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.

Russell Owen

A graveside service for Russell Owen, 78, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22nd at the Antioch Cemetery near Maysville. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

 

Wednesday, December 16th

 

Homicide 'Person of Interest' Arrested

Chickasha authorities say the person of interest they were looking for in connection with the death of a mother and her unborn child is in custody. U.S. Marshalls arrested a Kenneth Lee Johnson in Lawton yesterday. A press release issued by Chickasha police indicates that Johnson was arrested based off a Comanche County warrant for possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. The Lawton Constitution reports that Johnson was arrested after being pulled over on a traffic stop. Authorities were looking for Johnson after the body of Ashley Cannon was found in her apartment in the early morning hours of Dec. 1st. Officials still have not said how Cannon died. Lead detective Lauren Jewell would only say that is was a horrific and heinous crime. Johnson has not been named as a suspect in connection with the deaths of Cannon and her unborn baby.

 

Grady Memorial Staffers to get COVID-19 Vaccine

Several Grady Memorial Hospital doctors and nurses will be getting the COVID-19 vaccination this week. Hospital Administrator Kean Spellman says between 150 and 200 employees will get the shot starting tomorrow. Spellman said they had to provide a list of the hospital’s front-line workers to the state health department where officials there will decide who will get the vaccine. Spellman said they'll have to prepare the vaccine prior to giving the shots.

 

              

 

Those who get the vaccine will have to be monitored for about 15 minutes to make sure they don't have any serious allergic reactions. Those who get the shots will have to get a second inoculation in three weeks.

 

Driver Linked Fatal Crash Charged with Manslaughter

A Marlow man is charged with felony manslaughter in connection with a deadly traffic accident that occurred in Grady County earlier this year. An arrest warrant was issued last week for 37-year old Mark Allen Cass. He’s also charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in injury. Cass was booked into the Grady County Jail late Monday. The accident occurred in April at the intersection of a couple of county roads between Rush Springs and Marlow. Killed in the crash was Todd Foat, also of Marlow while two children riding in his vehicle were seriously injured. The trooper investigating the accident said in an affidavit that Cass was speeding at more than 100 miles per hour before the crash. Cass' bond was set at $150,000 bond.

 

'Buy Chickasha' Winning Ticket Holders Sought

As of Wednesday morning, there's no word regarding the three potential winners of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Buy Chickasha campaign. Ticket drawings were held live on the Chamber’s Facebook yesterday. The individual with Ticket No. 54523 may win a $5,000 gift card; the individual with Ticket No. 74864 may win a $3,000 gift card; and the individual with Ticket No. 50617 may win a $2,000 gift card. Winning ticket holders have until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16th to claim their prizes or new numbers will be drawn.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $50.76.

Natural gas is $2.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,869 and silver is $25.44.

 

Obituaries

Terrill McBride

Funeral service for Terrill McBride, 75, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19th at the United Methodist Church in Lewis, Kansas. He was a medical administrator for a group of doctors for medical radiology in the Chickasha area and spent a year as the National President of the Radiologist Business Managers Association. He was a long-time supporter of Chickasha High School baseball and helped with the creation of the L.J. Powell Baseball Complex at Elliott Field. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. The service will be available on Facebook Live with the Beckwith Mortuary in Lewis, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Lodge No. 220 or the Methodist Church both of which are in Lewis, Kansas.

Janet Merritt

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Janet Merritt, 77, of Chickasha. She was the mother of Tuttle boys basketball coach Bryan Merritt. Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Assembly of God.

 

Tuesday, December 15th

 

Another Winter Storm Hits Oklahoma

A second big snow storm in three days will be bringing several inches of snow to many areas of central and northern Oklahoma today. For central Oklahoma, a winter weather advisory is posted, as two to four inches of snow are forecast throughout the day and into the evening hours. The National Weather Service says some areas could see six inches or more of snow by the time its all said and done. The advisory includes all of central Oklahoma...and even the Lawton area in southwest Oklahoma. The winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 o'clock night.

 

West Coast Women Face Drug Charges

Two women from the west coast are in the Grady County Jail after being arrested following a traffic stop last week. The Grady County Sheriff's Office received a call last Wednesday about a reckless driver in the Ninnekah area around the Highway 81 and 277 junction. A car was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 81. A deputy spotted the vehicle and tried to make a stop, but the driver failed to do so. The driver never broke the speed limit. The driver finally pulled over just north of Rush Springs. The driver and a passenger were Asian and managed to communicate that they did not speak English. A probable cause affidavit indicates the deputy found substances that tested positive for both cocaine and meth. They also found more than $8,000 in cash. Prosecutors have charged 44-year old Baoxia Zhang and 33-year old Junling Chen - both of whom listed California addresses - with unlawful possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Both remain in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond each. Authorities notified the OSBI, the FBI and Homeland Security about the arrests.

 

Funeral Set for Coach Robert Duvall

Area high school basketball coach Robert Duvall will be laid to rest later this week. Duvall, 66, died last week after battling the coronavirus. Duvall spent parts of five decades coaching and teaching in Oklahoma schools. The Altus native earned his master's degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He had coached at Union City high School the last three years, and also coached at Minco, Merritt, Dill City, and Ft. Supply. A graveside service for Coach Duvall will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18th at Evergreen Cemetery in Minco. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home in Chickasha. A scholarship fund in Coach Duvall's name has been established at the First National Bank of Minco.

 

Newcastle School Board Candidate Withdraws

A candidate for one of the seats on the Newcastle school board has withdrawn his name from consideration. Jerry Gilbertson was one of three candidates who filed for Office No. 1. He withdrew Friday, which was the final day candidates could withdraw. The two candidates who will be on the ballot include incumbent Jeff Dingee and challenger Darrin Abel. The election will be held in April.

 

State Rep. Brad Boles Prepares for Legislative Session

State lawmakers are preparing for the upcoming legislative session. State Representative Brad Boles says he's working to draft over a dozen bills for the session which will start in February. However, only the top eight measures will be assigned to a House committee. In his media column this week, Boles said among the proposals he is working on are - helping victims of violent crime; supporting military veterans; and supporting businesses. Another is to examine if cities in oil production areas should get a portion of the state's gross production taxes for road and bridge maintenance; and modernizing and making city and county government more transparent.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $46.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $50.29.

Natural gas is $2.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,847 and silver is $24.35.

 

Obituaries

Carole “Cookie” Watson

Graveside service for Carole “Cookie” Watson, 79, formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Viola Rogers

Graveside service for Viola Rogers, 81, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Eldora Wright

Graveside service for Eldora Wright, 86, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, December 14th

 

100+ Regional Projects Listed on ODOT's 8-Year Plan

More than 100 road improvement projects are scheduled over the next several years in the Chickasha, Anadarko, and Duncan area. All are on the new 8-year plan released by the State Transportation Commission. Division 7 Engineer Jay Earp says coming up after the first of the year will be the replacement of the two Washita River Bridges east of Chickasha.

 

              

 

Earp said that is a more than $12 million project and it will take more than a year to complete. See the entire list of the eight-year plan on the State Department of Transportation's website: www.odot.org

 

Chix School Board to Discuss Proposed Co-op Policy

A proposed new policy for Chickasha Public Schools to create an extra-curricular co-op agreement with area schools will be discussed by the Chickasha Board of Education tonight. If approved, it would allow students from other school districts to take part in Chickasha school athletic programs. A student-athlete would have to pay $200 to take part in athletics. The school board will also go behind closed doors to discuss a number of personnel issues, which will include an evaluation of Superintendent Rick Croslin. Tonight's meeting will be held at the Chickasha Schools Administration building starting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will also be streamed on the school district's YouTube channel which can be accessed from the district's website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us This is the last week of classes for most public school students before an extended break through the holiday season. Friday will be the last day of classes at Chickasha schools and students will be returning to class on Tuesday, Jan. 5th

 

CV Tech Earns 'Workforce Excellence' Accreditation

The Canadian Valley Technology Center is now a certified center for Workforce Excellence through the State Department of Commerce. Only nine groups statewide completed an accreditation process to qualify for the certification. CV Tech is one of only two groups in western Oklahoma to do so. The other is in Duncan, which was led by the Duncan Area Economic Development group. State Commerce Secretary Sean Kouplen said the program - called Oklahoma Works Together - establishes a local, industry-based workforce model to help existing businesses find workers as well as attract new industry to the state. The program established last year brought together groups to work with business leaders, economic developers, state agencies, and all three education sectors which are career tech, public schools, and colleges and universities. Another round of the accreditation process will begin in February.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $46.57 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is just under $50.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,828 and silver is $23.96.

 

Obituary

Tammy (Morris) Cano

Funeral service for 46-year old Tammy Cano of Chickasha is pending with Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.

 

2020, Dec. 7th-12th

Saturday, December 12th

 

Winter Storm to Impact Oklahoma

Oklahomans are bracing for a winter storm that is expected to bring several inches of snow many parts of the state. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of central, southern, and southwest Oklahoma - while a Winter Storm Warning is in place for northwest parts of the state. The advisories are in place from midnight tonight and run through 6:00 p.m. Sunday. The weather service is forecasting that central, southwestern, and southern areas could see two to four inches or more of snow which will make travel difficult. Much of central Oklahoma will see rain Sunday morning turning to snow by mid-morning with afternoon high temperatures only in the mid-30s.

 

Child Hospitalized with Rare Illness

The family of a Chickasha first-grader is hoping for the best after he was diagnosed with a rare illness. 7-year old Joseph Klipp is a student at the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center. He has been diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis - which is a swelling of the brain and causes the body's immune system to attack healthy cells and tissues in the brain or spinal cord. A Google search shows that a 2018 study indicates it affects about 14 out of every 100,000 people. Joe was playing in his back yard on November 30th when he suddenly started having seizures. He was first taken to Grady Memorial Hospital then air-lifted to OU Children’s Hospital Oklahoma City where he has gone through a number of treatments and procedures. His parents, Anthony and Nikisshah Klipp, are both teachers in the district and they do have medical insurance, however treatment costs have exceeded their coverage. A benefit fund for the Klipps has been established at the First National Bank to help defray the growing costs.

 

Union City High School Coach Dies from COVID-19

Longtime area high school basketball coach Robert Duvall has died from the coronavirus. Duvall came out of retirement three years ago to coach and teach Union City and previously was at Minco schools for many years. Union City Superintendent Becky Slothower posted on the school's Facebook page that Duvall enjoyed making a meaningful difference for students and that he was a man of strong moral character who had a special way of connecting with students. There's no word as yet about funeral services.

 

Refuge to Host Controlled Hunt

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be holding some controlled deer and elk hunts. The hunts are held with the cooperation of the State Department of Wildlife to help manage the population of the animals. Next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the hunts will focus on the Rocky Mountain Elk population. Some public-use areas of the refuge will be closed during that time. Information is available on the refuge's website and Facebook page.

 

Talk Show Topics

Ahsa Morin with the Red Cord is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. The Red Cord is a non-profit group looking to stop human trafficking in southwest Oklahoma. Jay Earp with the State Transportation Department is our guest on Real Estate Today and will be discussing the updated eight-year highway construction plan approved by the State Transportation Commission. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Steve Base

Funeral service for Steve Base, 74, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Alice Terry

Graveside service for Alice Terry, 95, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Ashtin Richie

Funeral service for Ashtin Richie, 27, formerly of Anadarko are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

              

Friday, December 11th

 

Caddo County Man Arrested for Alleged Rape of Teen

A Caddo County man is behind bars after a teenager accused him of rape. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports that 20-year old JoeAbe Eroh was arrested at his place of employment Thursday. The location of his arrest was not included in the OSBI news release. After his arrest, he was taken to a Lawton detention center. He's expected to be transferred to Caddo County today. The Caddo County District Attorney's Office requested the OSBI's help in the case last month after the girl told her parents that Eroh had sexually assaulted her several times. The attacks are said to have taken place in Carnegie over a three-month period. Eroh is facing two counts of first degree rape. It's not clear when he may have his initial appearance on the charges.

 

Bicycle Memorial Believed Stolen

The disappearance of a special memorial placed at the site where a Chickasha man died has infuriated a number of people who believe the memorial has been stolen. Scott Womack died in August of last year when he was hit by a pickup while riding his bicycle near his home just southwest of Chickasha. Family friend Tammy Pittman donated a specialized Ruby road bike to serve as the memorial. She painted it white and it was known as a ghost bike. The bike was welded and bolted to a frame. Pittman said the bike was not rideable and she’s furious to think that someone would steal a memorial. The bike was last seen at the memorial around Nov. 30th. Scott's widow Chelley has filed a report with the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with information about the incident or who may have seen the white-painted Ruby road bike is asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-224-0984 or the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers Hotline, 405-224-TIPS. Information may also be posted on the Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Sheriff's Office Issues Annual Awards

A number of Grady County Sheriff's Office employees have been recognized for their efforts during the past year. Awards were issued recently at the annual law enforcement appreciation banquet at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Danny Booth was named the Deputy of the Year; Dave Begue was named the Reserve Deputy of the Year; Amanda Cox picked up the Dispatcher of the Year honor; Darrell Pitchford is the Executive Deputy of the Year; Retired Lt. Roy Spratt was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award; and Sheriff Jim Weir presented his Sheriff's award to Chaplain Kim Hayes.

 

Filing Period Set for 2021 Chix City Council Posts

The Chickasha City Council this week approved a resolution to schedule the 2021 city council election. The election will be held in April and four seats will be up for election. The council representatives whose terms are expiring include Brian Gerdes in Ward 1; Kim Loggins in Ward 2; Oscar Nelson in Ward 3; and Jim Hopkins in Ward 4. All are two-year terms. The filing period will be Monday, Feb. 1st through Wednesday, Feb. 3rd and candidates will file at city hall. Candidates must live within the boundaries of the ward in which they want to represent and must have been a registered voter in the ward for the previous six months. There is a $25 filing fee.

 

Laura Jobe Services Scheduled Tomorrow

The wife of Oklahoma Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Jobe has died. Laura Jobe was 84 when she passed away on Wednesday. The Jobes spent many years in Chickasha, where Jerry coached the high school basketball team to a state title in 1963. Survivors include husband Jerry; three children, Sherry, Terry, and Kelly and their families. A celebration of life for Laura Jobe will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12th at the Westside Church of Christ in Norman. Burial will be in Chickasha's Rose Hill cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $46.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $50.25.

Natural gas is $2.55 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,833 and silver is $23.87.

 

Thursday, December 10th

 

Regional Highway Projects Included

in ODOT's Updated 8-year Plan

The State Transportation Commission this week approved an updated eight-year plan for state highway improvements. It's a $6 billion plan with more than 1,300 construction and safety projects through the year 2028. Among a few of the projects in this region include the continued work on the U.S. Highway 81 west bypass of Chickasha. Previous projects approved include the replacement of two bridges over the Washita River on U.S. Highway 62 just east of downtown Chickasha. It also includes improvements on old U.S. Highway 81 from State Highway 19 south to Ninnekah. Also planned is the addition of paved shoulders along State Highway 4 in the Bridge Creek area from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike north to State Highway 37 which is a $9 million project scheduled for the 2028 fiscal year.

              

School Board Filing Updates

A handful of area school districts will be scheduling elections for school board offices next year. Only one school board election will be needed in Grady County. That's for the Canadian Valley Technology Center School Board where incumbent Travis Posey of Chickasha is being challenged by Dennis Crawford of Alex. That election will be in April of next year. Filing unopposed were Cara Gerdes at Chickasha; Amy McLemore at Alex; Michael Bradford at Ampo; Andrew Dawkins Jr. at Bridge Creek; Caleb McClung at Friend; Kendal Carr at Middleberg; Charles Burchfield at Minco; Diane Carroll at Ninnekah; Seth DeHart at Pioneer; Christie Heath at Rush Springs; Stacie Schmidt and Chris Bond filed unopposed for separate offices at Tuttle; and Brian Lee and Michael McClane filed unopposed for separate offices at Verden. In McClain County, there will be an election for the Dibble School Board as Jason Ott and Omie Spieker have filed. That election will also be in April. In Newcastle, there will be three candidates on the ballot in February for Office No. 1 where Darrin Abel, Jeff Dingee, and Jeremy Gilbertson have all filed. Also at Newcastle, Tiffany Elcyzyn filed unopposed for Office No. 3; David Paulk filed unopposed at Blanchard; and Michael Dillinger filed unopposed for the post on the Mid America Technology Center School Board.

              

Additional School Board Filings

In Caddo County, two candidates have filed for the Anadarko School Board. Melody Redbird-Post and Jerry Marcum are seeking Office No. 1 which is the seat currently held by Jackie McComas. At Binger-Oney, there will be an election for Office 3 after Jennifer Dorsey and Brandi Leal both filed for that post. Tyler Howser filed unopposed for an office at Binger-Oney. An election will also be needed in Apache, as Tamara Saupitty and Greg Roberts filed for Office No. 4. Also in Apache, Jennifer Smith ran unopposed for Office No. 1. Others in Caddo County filing unopposed - at Cement it was Belinda Chandler; At Cyril, it's Dustin Rhodes and Larry Martin unopposed for separate offices; at Gracemont, Darren Dorrell and Mike Jennings filed unopposed for separate offices; at Ft. Cobb-Broxton, Dennis Klugh was un-opposed; at Carnegie, Roger Knauss filed unopposed; at Lookeba-Sickles, Sarah Farr and Tommy House filed unopposed for different seats; at Hinton, Shane Kimble is unopposed; at Hydro-Eakly, Dustin Carney had no challenger; and for the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center School Board Phillip Perryman filed unopposed.

              

Still More School Board Filings

In Canadian County, Travis Norton filed unopposed at Union City. In Garvin County, three candidates have filed for Office No. 1 on the Lindsay School Board. They are Landon Webb, Jim Beckham, and Julie Martin. Gena Fletcher had also filed but she has since withdrawn her candidacy. In Stephens County, Cody Bannister filed unopposed for the Marlow School Board and for Central High, Cooper McCarley filed unopposed.

 

Salvation Army Urges 'Rescue Christmas'

With just two weeks left for the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive, officials are less than half-way to their goal established for the Grady and Caddo county regions. Contributions are just over $30,000 and the goal is $75,000 for the two counties. Sgts. Brian and Tracy Brinlee say the coronavirus is to blame for the diminished contributions as there are fewer people shopping in the stores where they have their bell ringers located. The Brinlees say donations can be accepted virtually on the website: www.RescueChristmas.org Individuals should enter their zip code to ensure contributions stay in their communities. Several area restaurants also have table top tents where patrons can make donations by using their cel phones. The Brinlees also mentioned that the Angel Tree gift distribution will be next Thursday, Dec. 17th at the Chickasha Salvation Army Church at 2404 S. 16th Street which is close to the Bill Wallace School. It will be a drive-through pick-up in order to minimize contact. The pickup times will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $45.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $48.86.

Natural gas is $2.44 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,838 and silver is $24.01.

 

Obituaries

Martha Young

Funeral service for Martha Young, 79, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11th at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Baptist Church.

Charlotte Welch

A private family service will be held for Charlotte Welch, 80, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Ruby Pennel

A private family service will be held for Ruby Pennel, 92, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, December 9th

 

Police Continue Search for Double Homicide Suspect

It's been just over a week since the body of 37-year old Ashley Cannon was found in her Chickasha apartment. Police continue checking on leads on what they are calling a double homicide, regarding a person of interest they want to talk to in connection with the deaths of Cannon and her unborn child. The person they are looking for is believed to be the father of baby Nala - but so far authorities say the identity of the man they are looking for isn't known.  Anyone who may have information is asked to call police or the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS or leave information on the Crimestoppers Facebook page. In the meantime, the funeral for Ashley and Nala will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12th at Chickasha's 1st Baptist Church at 4th and Colorado. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Minco Police Nab 3 for Allegedly Printing Fake Money

Minco police have arrested three people in connection with an operation for allegedly printing counterfeit money. An officer pulled over a car just after midnight Sunday because the third brake light on the vehicle they were in was not working. Neither the driver nor the two passengers had valid drivers licenses. The officer found not only drugs which tested positive for methamphetamine but also thousands of dollars in counterfeit bills. Also found were two printers officials believe were being used to print the fake money. In total, police say more than $3,500 in counterfeit money was found, along with the drugs and a sawed-off shotgun. Grady County prosecutors have charged all three individuals with felonies of forgery, drug, and weapons possession. 38-year old Kevin Daniels of Elgin is being held on a $100,000 bond. 25-year old Robert Ryans and 44-year old Elena Rose Pitchford, both of Lawton, are both held on $25,000 bond each.

 

The Latest in School Board Filings

Today is the final day of the three-day filing period for individuals wanting to serve on local school boards. In Grady County, the latest filings available include Cara Gerdes at Chickasha; Diane Carroll at Ninnekah; Seth DeHart at Pioneer; Brian Lee at Verden; Amy McLemore at Alex; Christie Heath at Rush Springs; and Chris Bond and Stacie Schmidt have filed for separate offices at Tuttle. No information was available regarding candidates filing for the Canadian Valley Technology Center school board. In McClain County, David Paulk has filed at Blanchard and Michael Dillinger has filed for the Mid America Technology Center school board at Wayne. In Caddo County school board filings include Jerry Marcum at Anadarko; Larry Martin and Dusty Rhodes for separate offices at Cyril; Belinda Chandler at Cement; Mike Jennings and Darren Dorrell for separate offices at Gracemont; Dennis Klugh at Ft. Cobb-Broxton; Brandie Leal and Tyler Howell for separate offices at Binger-Oney; Jennifer Smith and Gregory Roberts for separate offices at Apache; Roger Knauss at Carnegie; Tommy House at Lookeba-Sickles; Shane Kimble at Hinton; and Phillip Perryman of Apache has filed for a post on the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center school board. In Canadian County, Travis Norton has filed at Union City. In Garvin County, Landon Webb and Gena Fletcher have filed at Lindsay; In Stephens County, Cody Bannister has filed at Marlow and Cooper McCarley has filed at Central High. If needed, school board elections will be held in February. The filing period runs through at 5:00 p.m. today at county election boards.

 

Chickasha Firm Named A Top Workplace

A Chickasha company has been named one of Oklahoma's top workplaces. CMS Willowbrook made the list of top employers compiled by the Oklahoman. The list is created from employee feedback gathered through a third-party administrator. The anonymous survey measures 15 areas that are critical to the success of any organization. It's the second straight year for CMS Willowbrook to make the list.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $45.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $48.84.

Natural gas is $2.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,864 and silver is $24.45.

 

Obituaries

Ken Morrison

A private graveside service will be held for Ken Morrison, 87, of Amber. He owned and operated Ken's Steak House. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Amber-Pocasset FFA.

Alonzo “AC” Hays

A graveside service for “AC” Hays, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18th at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery. He worked for Standley Systems for a number of years and was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Christian Church or the Lawton/Ft. Sill Veterans Center.

Janice Sherman

A private family service will be held at a later date for Janice Sherman, 77, of Lawton. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, December 8th

 

Chickasha Flood-prevention Study Released

Chickasha officials heard some details of a plan designed to reduced future flooding problems in the city. A drainage study developed by the engineering firm of Smith Roberts Baldischwiler was presented in a public hearing during last night's city council meeting. Marc Long who is the firm's director of municipal engineering summarized the study-

 

              

 

Long presented a Powerpoint presentation during the 11-minute public hearing and said the study is recommending a five-phase program over several years that might alleviate future flooding. It does have a hefty price tag - between $9 million and $12 million. Long said there are a number of ways to finance the project such as general obligation bonds and grants. The presentation should soon be posted to the city's website: www.chickasha.org A second public hearing on the issue will be held next month but the date has not been set.

 

Chickasha Limb Pick-up 33% Complete

City of Chickasha work crews continue picking up downed trees and limbs felled by the freak ice storm in late October. City Manager John Noblitt said crews have made it through about one-third of the city and that it will take several months before their work is done. Noblitt said they are still hoping for FEMA to act on an emergency disaster request which would provide some needed funding to help pay for clean-up costs which are expected to top $1.3 million. Noblitt said that city crews will only make one pass through the city and that anyone who has not yet placed debris on the curb should do that as soon as possible. Currently, the city does not charge to pick up the storm debris but there will be a time when the free pick up will come to an end. Officials remind residents to not place the debris near gas meters, utility poles and lines, or under other trees.

 

Day One of School Board, Town Council Candidate Filings

A number of school board candidates filed paperwork yesterday ahead of the February school elections. In Grady County, Cara Gerdes has filed for the post she currently serves with the Chickasha school board;  Diane Carroll has filed at Ninnekah; Seth DeHart has filed at Pioneer; Brian Lee has filed at Verden; Amy Mclemore has filed at Alex; Christie Heath has filed at Rush Springs; and Chris Bond has filed at Tuttle. Filing has also begun for the spring city council election in Tuttle. Scott Dickson has filed for the Ward 4 post there. In Caddo County, first day filers include Jerry Marcum at Anadarko; Belinda Chandler at Cement; Mike Jennings and Darren Dorrell have filed for separate offices at Gracemont; Brandie Leal has filed for an unexpired term at Binger-Oney; Gregory Roberts has filed for an unexpired term at Apache; Roger Knauss has filed at Carnegie; Shane Kimble has filed at Hinton; and Phillip Perryman of Apache has filed for a post on the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center school board. The filing period runs through Wednesday at 5 p.m.

 

New Caddo County 4H Educator Named

There's a new 4H educator on board at the Caddo County OSU Extension office. Jace Prough has been on the job for about a week. He's an Altus native who earned his bachelor's degree in Ag Leadership from Oklahoma State.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $45.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $48.79.

Natural gas is $2.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,864 and silver is $24.57.

 

Obituaries

Diana Callahan

Funeral service for Diana Callahan, 70, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9th at the Pocasset First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Felicia McConnell

A graveside service for Felicia McConnell, 59, of Alex will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9th at the Laverty Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Richard Barker

A graveside service for Richard Barker, 69, of Amber will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10th at the Bailey Cemetery in Bray. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Sandy Murray

A graveside service for Sandy Murray, 74, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, December 7th

 

Missing Woman with Special Needs is Found

Grady County authorities say a woman with special needs who had gone missing from the Bridge Creek area has been located and she's OK. The Bridge Creek Fire Department had posted on its Facebook page that 31-year old Mary Terronez had gone missing Sunday afternoon. The post indicated Terronez has the mental capacity of a 10-year old. The fire department updated its post late last night indicating that Terronez had been found and was safe. It did not say where or when she was found.

 

First Public Hearing for Chix Drainage Study Tonight

An engineering firm charged with the task of putting together a master drainage plan for the City of Chickasha will present its findings to the city council later today. The public will have a couple of opportunities over the next few weeks to comment on the proposal. The council will hold a special work session ahead of tonight’s regularly-scheduled council meeting to get details, then the first of two public hearings on the study will be held during the regular council meeting. The work session starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. A second public hearing on the plan will be held next month but the date has not been set. The council is also to discuss a proposal to cross-deputize officers from the Chickasaw Nation with the police department; consider the sale of a city-owned lot at Grand Lake; and consider the solicitation of bids for the rehabilitation of Douglas Street and street repairs in the 800 block of Utah Avenue. The group is also expected to approve a resolution to schedule the next city council election in April, and review a request from the Economic Development Council to create art designs for the crosswalks in downtown Chickasha.

                

School Board Filing Period Underway              

Individuals who would like to serve on their local school boards can take the first step in the process over the next few days. A three-day filing period is underway for many public school districts statewide for the annual school elections which will be in February. Candidates will file at the county election board in the county where their school is located. Candidates must live within the office boundary of the school district on which they want to serve. The filing period runs through Wednesday afternoon.

              

Chix Mayor Proclaims J and W Grill Day

Today is J and W Grill Day in Chickasha. Major Chris Mosley signed a proclamation which celebrates two things - J and W Grill's 63rd anniversary and the life of the late Darren Cook, the long-time J and W Grill owner who passed away this summer. The family established a Darren Cook Foundation and the proceeds from business today will all be donated to Santa's Workshop. Several other restaurants are also donating proceeds from today's business to the foundation including Jake's Rib, A and E Grill, InterUrban, The Crazy 8 Café, Alexander Eats, and Chicken Express. Many of the restaurants also have donation boxes for patrons to donate new toys which will also go to Santa's Workshop. Brandi Terry at J and W Grill also says they are also still selling t-shirts with proceeds also going to charity.

 

State Senate Re-Districting Meeting Set

Oklahoma state lawmakers this week begin holding a series of meetings to discuss drawing new state senate districts. Tuttle State Senator Lonnie Paxton is the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on re-districting. Paxton will be leading a meeting in Chickasha Thursday, December 10th to get public input. A press release from the state capital says at each of these meetings, presenters will give an overview of the redistricting process and cover the principles of the process. The meetings will be live-streamed when possible. Thursday's meeting in Chickasha will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds Community Building starting at 6:00 p.m. Each meeting will follow pandemic protection protocols. Those wishing to comment on redistricting who may not want to attend can e-mail comments to: redistricting@oksenate.gov

 

Teacher, Army Vet Wins Subway Shopping Spree

A Ft. Sill Army veteran wins a big shopping spree. Shala Morita, now a teacher at Lawton MacArthur Middle School, won a $10,000 shopping spree from a Lawton Subway restaurant. Morita had stopped for lunch at the restaurant on the Air Force Exchange for lunch recently where she won Subway's Sip, Rip, Ultimate Trip Sweepstakes. While in the Army Morita served three years as an air defense artillery officer, including a tour in Saudi Arabia. KSWO-TV reports Morita said she will use part of her winnings to buy supplies for her classroom.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $46.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $49.25.

Natural gas is $2.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,834 and silver is $23.86.

 

2020, Nov. 28th-Dec. 5th

Saturday, December 5th

 

Chix Schools Repair List Released

We've been reporting this week about a special bond election scheduled by the Chickasha Public Schools Board of Education in an attempt to deal with repairs needed throughout the district. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin says many of the school district's aging buildings are at least 70 years old. Lincoln School is more than 90 years old while the Chickasha Middle School and even Grand Elementary are well over 50 years old. The board of education this week scheduled a special bond election for February 9th of next year. Two bond proposals totaling $2.7 million will be on the ballot. One is for $2.3 million for upgrades and renovations. That list includes nearly $600,000 for work at Lincoln School including plumbing, drainage, masonry work and basement upgrades; more than $250,000 in work at the high school including accessibility upgrades, facade work, and sidewalk and paving improvements. Also at the high school, nearly $200,000 in work is needed at the activity center and another $150,000 in improvements are needed at Memorial Stadium. At the middle school, an estimated $180,000 in work has been identified, including some work at Myers Field House. Even the newest school in the district, Bill Wallace, needs about $100,000 of work done. The bond issue also includes more than $300,000 for various instructional materials and equipment throughout the district. Croslin said a complete breakdown of the needs will be posted on the school district's website next week. By the way, the second issue on the Feb. 9th ballot is a $405,000 bond proposal for transportation needs.

 

Minco Honey Festival Underway

It's a sweet day in Minco, as the community holds its annual Honey Festival. It's the 30th year for the event, always held on the first Saturday in December. Minco is home to the largest honey plant in the state. Normally, visitors are welcome to tour the plant during the festival but the tours will not be held because of the pandemic. However, there will be tables outside the plant for visitors to purchase honey and gifts. The Minco Chamber of Commerce has a lot of activities downtown with more than 100 arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. There are free food samples including milk, chocolate milk and cheese from Braum's Dairy; a tractor pull; carriage rides around town, and the jolly old elf, Santa will be on hand. And one of Minco's Favorite Sons, Emmy-award winning Lucas Ross will be there.

 

Salvation Army Urges Delivery of Angel Gifts

Christmas is less than three weeks away. The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo Counties says they still have a number of  Angel gift lists which need to be returned. All the tags have been picked up, but officials say that the gifts need to be turned in by next Friday, Dec. 11th. Officials say that the distribution site for the Angel gifts has moved from the John Holt Auto Group dealership to the Salvation Army at 2402 S. 16th in Chickasha this year.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Janis Kindred with the Anadarko Library is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. Tim Elliott and Jim Cowan with the Chickasha Economic Development Council are on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Charlesetta Lewis

Funeral service for Charlesetta Lewis, 60, is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, December 4th

 

Special Bond Election Set for Chickasha School District

Chickasha school district patrons will go to the polls in February to decide if nearly $3 million in bonds should be sold by the school to pay for various school improvements and technology needs. In a special meeting yesterday, the board of education scheduled a Feb. 9th election for two bond issues which total $2.7 million. Superintendent Rick Croslin-

 

              

 

One bond proposal is for $2.3 million to pay for upgrades, and a second $400,000 bond issue is for transportation needs. Croslin said Lincoln School, which is more than 90 years old will get about $600,000 in needed upgrades if the bonds are approved. Croslin said this is the first step toward the district's long-range plans of holding a much larger bond election in 2022 for some major upgrades to the district. The superintendent said that there would be a property tax increase if the Feb. 9th bonds are approved. He estimated the increase to be about $35 a year on a home valued at $100,000. He said if both  measures are approved, there would not be a property tax increase in the major bond election proposed for 2022. Croslin also said that the next few regularly scheduled school board meetings will be held in the high school activity center to allow for adequate social distancing. That will start with the Dec. 14th meeting.

 

Am-Po Teachers' Home Destroyed in Fire

A Thanksgiving Day fire destroyed the home and of an Amber family. The home of Bo and Leah Thomason and their two children caught fire that day while they were attending a family gathering in Texas. Two family pets died as a result of the fire. Amber Fire Chief Ernie Rinard said it was intially reported by someone driving by the home. Fire crews from Tuttle and Bridge Creek were also dispatched. In all, about 15 firefighters spent about three hours beating back the flames. Rinard said an electrical short in the living room was the likely cause. He estimated damaged to the one-story, brick and wood home at more than $70,000. Rinard said the Red Cross was called in to help the family. The Thomasons have taught in the Amber school district for years, and Bo is the coach of the girls basketball program. A family friend posted on Facebook that the Thomasons have provided a culture of love, responsibility, and accountability to numerous students over the years. A benefit fund to help the family has been established at the First National Bank and Trust.

 

Pursuit Results in Arrest

A high speed pursuit through several Chickasha neighborhoods leads to the arrest of a man accused of being in possession of a stolen pickup. The pursuit occurred Monday afternoon...when a police officer located a pickup that had been reported stolen last weekend. According to a probable cause affidavit, as authorities were waiting for help to recover the pickup, a man got into the truck and drove off. The officer began following the truck, which then blew through a stop sign. That's when the pursuit began. A state trooper also joined the chase. After speeding through several neighborhoods, the truck crashed near 4th and Georgia, and the driver tried to get away on foot. The trooper was able to run down the suspect and take him in to custody. Arrested was 32-year old Nathan Todd Dobson of Moore. Prosecutors have charged him with two felonies -  eluding and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Dobson remains in jail on a $10,000 bond. Prosecutors have also moved to revoke Dobson's probation he received for a guilty plea made in connection with a 2018 arrest for being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

 

Saturday Activities in Chickasha

Tomorrow is a big day in Chickasha. It begins in the morning with the Chickasha  Optimist Club's annual Christmas Carroll Fun Run, in honor of the late Rod Carroll. The Altrusa Club will hold its virtual Hall of Trees campaign, which will be held at the Grady County Museum downtown starting at noon. It will finish tomorrow night with the annual Christmas parade...also downtown. Grand Marshals will be recording artists Shane Henry and Maggie McClure, also known as the Imaginaries. The parade will be following by a live performance by the couple at the Rock Island Railroad Depot, near the now iconic 50-foot tall leg lamp.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $45.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $48.71.

Natural gas is $2.50 per million BTUs.

Gold  is $1,843 and silver is $24.34.

 

 

Thursday, December 3rd

 

Chix School Board to Schedule February Bond Election

A bond issue of just under $3 million is expected to go before patrons in the Chickasha school district next year. The board of education will hold a special meeting this afternoon to approve a resolution to schedule the election in February. Superintendent Rick Croslin says it's a $2.7 million proposal for some needed repairs throughout the district. The language in the resolution includes “improving and acquiring school sites; constructing, repairing, remodeling, and equipping buildings; acquiring furniture, fixtures and equipment; and purchasing transportation equipment." The panel will also have a discussion regarding athletics although no action will be taken on that matter. The meeting was scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at the school administration building.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Master Drainage Plan

A master drainage plan for the City of Chickasha is among the items to be discussed by the city council in a special work session next week. It's not clear what officials have in mind. It's the first time for city Manager John Noblitt to bring the matter up for discussion. A few years ago, a controversial master drainage plan proposed by then-city manager Alan Guard received widespread criticism and was shot down following overwhelming resistance by residents and business owners. The work session will also include discussion about a housing study. No formal action will be taken on either matter. The work session will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at city hall right before the city council meeting. It is the only regularly scheduled city council meeting for the month of December.

 

Chix PD Homicide Investigation Continues

There's been no update on the Chickasha police investigation of last weekend's double homicide where the bodies of Ashley Cannon and her unborn daughter were found in their apartment. Authorities continue following numerous leads as they search for a person of interest connected to the case. The unidentified man's photo has been posted on the police department's Facebook page and shown on television stations across the state. In the meantime, the funeral service for Ashley and baby Nala are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home of Chickasha.

 

Coronavirus Update

There have now been more than 2,800 positive COVID-19 tests in Grady County with 23 deaths and there are about 400 active cases. Chickasha has had more than 1,250 positive tests with 14 deaths and there are 179 active cases. Blanchard has now topped 1,000 positive tests with three deaths and there are 150 active cases. In Tuttle, there have been 660 positive tests with five deaths and there are just over 100 active cases. In Caddo County there have been nearly 2,000 positive tests with 33 deaths and there are nearly 380 active cases. Anadarko has had nearly 700 positive tests with 13 deaths and there are about 130 active cases.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $45.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $48.25.

Natural gas is $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,845 and silver is $24.37.

 

Obituaries

Otis Jackson

A graveside service for Otis Jackson, 95, of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4th at Tuttle's Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Edna Blevins

Funeral for Edna Blevins, 103, of Verden will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5th at the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church of Verden. Her obituary indicates she had been the oldest living member of the Citizen Potawatamie Nation. She was born in October of 1917 in Wanette on the former Citizen Band Potawatamie Reservation. Edna and her late husband Denver moved to Verden in the 1950s. She was a homemaker and an active member of her church. Local survivors include her son James; grandsons Neal and Denver, and grandson Andy and his wife Jennifer, all of Verden. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, December 2nd

 

Chix Police Seek Info in Double Homicide Probe

Chickasha police are using all available resources in their attempt to find the person responsible for the brutal death of a mother and her unborn daughter. Police and several family members of Ashley Cannon held a press conference Tuesday and pleaded for information about the man who may have been the last person to see Cannon alive. Authorities have some photographs of the unidentified individual they are looking for - but no name. The photos are of an African-American male, 35 to 45 years old, with a slight mustache and beard. The photos are posted on the Chickasha Police Department's Facebook page and have been shown on a number of television stations. Lauren Jewell is the lead detective on the case. She said the individual they are looking may not be local.

 

              

 

Jewell said the man could be driving an older model gold Chevy Tahoe. Jewell did not say how Cannon may have died but said it was horrific and heinous crime. She's calling it a double homicide as Cannon was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Cannon had already named the girl Nala. Cannon's sister, Carmella Brown, and others asked the public to provide any information they may have to seek justice for Ashley.

 

 

Jewell said investigators have requested about 10 search warrants in their attempts to find information about the man's whereabouts. Individuals are asked to contact Chickasha police, the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip on the Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

PSO Announces Rate Increase

PSO customers will be paying a little bit more for electricity after the first of the year. The utility says the price increase is due to higher-than-expected costs for natural gas and purchased power needed to generate electricity for homes and business. A PSO press release indicates that a typical residential customer who uses 1,100 kilowatts of electricity each month will see their bills increase about $5 per month. Officials say they will review fuel factors again next spring to determine if further adjustments may be necessary. The press release states that PSO is not allowed to make a profit on fuel costs.

 

Chix Continues Limb Drop-off Service

The City of Chickasha will continue operating a limb drop-off location for an undetermined amount of time. City Manager John Noblitt said residents are allowed to remove debris related to the late October ice storm and take it to the city's public works headquarters which is north of the Grady County Fairgrounds on Genevieve Street. The facility is open seven days a week. Individuals will have to show a utility bill from the city in order to be allowed to use the service. It's not to be used by tree removal contractors.

 

Chix Library to Suspend In-Person Services; Remains Open

The Chickasha Public Library will temporarily suspend in-person services because of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. The suspension will start on Monday, Dec. 7th. Patrons will still be able to take advantage of curbside and virtual services, including grab-and-go craft bags for children. Books can be reserved through the library's on-line catalog. Library personnel will also be able to provide curbside assistance for notary services, faxing, and copying. Also, the library's Food for Fines campaign will be available curbside. For information, contact the library by calling 405-222-6075.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $44.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $47.42.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,830 and silver is $24.25.

 

Obituaries

John Reed

 A memorial service will be held at a later date for John Reed, 71, of Ninnekah. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Cynthia “Verlene” Thurston

Funeral service for Verlene Thurston, 66, of Alex will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, December 1st

 

Chickasha Homicide Investigation Continues              

Authorities have not released any further information about their investigation into a woman's death, whose body was found in her apartment late Sunday night. Chickasha police said they were looking for a person of interest who may have information but no arrests have been made. Officers were called to an apartment complex at 9th and Virginia Avenue where the body of a 37-year old mother of two was discovered. There were two small children in the apartment and one of them called 9-1-1. Authorities have not said how the woman may have died nor have they released her name. No description of the person of interest was released. Anyone with information is asked to call Chickasha police or the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS or provide an anonymous tip on the Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Ag Producers Face Deadline to Apply for CFAP2

Oklahoma agriculture producers only have about 10 days left to sign up to participate in the second phase of what's known as the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Ron Hays with the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network spoke with Scott Biggs who is the state director for the Farm Service Agency. He says he's expecting a big rush of applications over the next week and a half.

 

 

Biggs said nearly 30,000 of the more than 32,000 applications which have been received so far have been approved. The largest farming operations in Oklahoma are cattle and wheat producers and Biggs encourages all operators to contact their local FSA offices by the application deadline which is Dec. 11th.

 

FNBT VP Paul Lewis Retires

After spending a number of years working to bring new business and industry to the Grady County area, Paul Lewis has retired. Lewis spent the last 15 years as the vice president of business development with the First National Bank and Trust. Lewis spent a lot of his time recruiting energy companies when the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP) was in its early development. First National Bank President and CEO John Gorton says Lewis had a lot of success.


 

Lewis also served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Chickasha program and volunteered with the Salvation Army and numerous other groups. A small retirement reception for Lewis was held yesterday which was his final day on the job.

 

Library Begins Annual Food for Fines Program

The Chickasha Public Library begins its annual holiday amnesty program for users who have overdue materials. Every December, the library offers a Food for Fines program by accepting contributions of non-perishable food items in place of the fines. All food is donated to the Emergency Food Pantry. Library Director Lillie Huckaby said many customers bring in food that is valued at much more than the fine - and library users that don't have fines often contribute as well. Huckaby said that the program does not cover replacement fees for lost or damaged books. In addition to providing items for the emergency food pantry many overdue materials are returned. The food for fines program runs through Dec. 31st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude on the NYMEX is $45.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $47.59.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,809 and silver is $23.44.

 

Obituaries

Mary Skaggs

A graveside service was held today for Mary Skaggs, 85, of Tuttle at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Tuttle or to a charity of choice.

Douglas Wakefield

A graveside service for 76-year old Douglas Wakefield of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3rd at Tuttle's Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are also with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

 

Monday, November 30th

 

Chickasha Police Investigates Overnight Homicide

Chickasha police are looking for a person of interest in connection with the death of woman late last night. The body of a 37-year old woman was discovered after police were called out after getting a 9-1-1 call from a child. Police Chief Dee Rowell said the call came in between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. The body was found in an apartment in the 1500 block of South 9th Street. Authorities have not released the name of the victim. Rowell did not say how the woman may have died. The police chief said there were two children in the apartment that were five and six years old and the victim was pregnant. The two children were released to a relative. Police are searching for a person of interest but have not made an arrest. Rowell said the homicide is believed to have been domestic in nature.

 

Driver Dies in ATV Crash

An ATV accident claims the life of a Grady County man. 71-year old John Reed of Ninnekah died in the crash that happened south of that community late Friday afternoon. The highway patrol reports that Reed was westbound on CR 1470 about three miles south of Ninnekah when he lost control and was thrown from the ATV. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

New Chix Businesses Seek Approval for Signs              

Several new downtown Chickasha businesses are asking for approval to post signs on their buildings. The requests will be heard during a special meeting of the City of Chickasha's Historic Preservation Committee tomorrow. The businesses seeking the sign approval are Cannabless at 426 West Chickasha Avenue; Iron Tree Coffee at 115 S. 4th Street; and Accentra Home Health and Hospice at 315 Choctaw Avenue. The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at city hall.

 

Chix City Council Expected to Begin Budget Talks

The Chickasha City Council will hold a special work session next week. The agenda has not yet been released but it is expected that the group will begin discussion about the city’s 2021 fiscal year budget. The work session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 7th at city hall prior to the regular city council meeting.

 

Students Rewarded for Good Attendance              

With all the challenges that schools and students are facing during the pandemic, a Chickasha civic group is continuing its effort to provide kids an incentive to go to school. The Chickasha Rotary Club is continuing its Roll Call program by giving away several bicycles and helmets every nine weeks to eligible students. Initially, the program was to recognize students who had perfect attendance in the classroom. The qualifications were modified this year as the Rotary Club worked with Lincoln School Principal Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander to come up with a way to acknowledge both in-person and virtual learners. More than 100 students met the eligibility requirements for the first nine weeks and each were automatically entered into the drawing. Winners were 6th grade students Oliva Wilson, Hudson Fewell, Javier Nieto, and Makayla McDaniel; and 5th grade students, Alayah Barger, Noah Barger, Chase Burrows, and Nahla Alexander.

 

Agronomy Specialist to Host Zoom Meeting

Ag producers in the region can get an update on issues which affect their operations during an ag marketing meeting with Grady County OSU Extension tomorrow morning. Agronomy Specialist Josh Bushong with OSU will provide the information. Individuals may attend in person or via the Zoom platform. The meeting will be at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow at the Grady County OSU Extension Office for those who wish to attend in person. Producers wanting to attend the Zoom platform will need to register by this afternoon by contacting the extension office by calling 405-224-2216.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $45.53 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $48.18.

Natural gas is $2.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,774 and silver is $22.29.

 

Obituaries

Ronald Ray Felder

A memorial service for 70-year old Ronald Ray Felder of Chickasha will be held at the family home. He was the owner and operator of the Chickasha Hotel for many years and also owned Benton's and the K-Bar Steakhouse.

Leon Ladd

Graveside service for 74-year old Clarence "Leon" Ladd of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. military veteran and served three tours in Vietnam. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 28th

 

Two Deaths Blamed on Separate Accidents

An ATV accident claims the life of a Grady County man. 71-year old John Reed of Ninnekah died in the crash that happened south of that community about 5:30 p.m. Friday. The highway patrol reports that Reed was westbound on CR 1470 about three miles south of Ninnekah when he lost control and was thrown from the ATV. He was not wearing a helmet. Reed's death is the second on Grady County roadways during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. On Wednesday night, an Oklahoma City man died in a crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike near the U.S. Highway 62 junction east of downtown Chickasha. 60-year old Pablo Otero died in a towing accident. He was in a vehicle being pulled with a tow-strap - when a third vehicle rear-ended Otero's car, causing all three vehicles to crash.

 

Man Arrested for Alleged Threats Against Elected Officials

In Stephens County, a man is jailed on a $1 million bond after being arrested for allegedly making violent threats toward local, state, and federal elected officials. Authorities say Walker Dale Wilson made the threats on his Twitter account. KSWO-TV cites court documents that say the 23-year old posted tweets that included extremist views and violent images, and talked about the use of firearms. Among those named in the threats were Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney and Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe. Wilson is alleged to have threatened to drag officers out on the road with a bag on their heads to celebrate statements he attributed to President-elect Joe Biden about defunding police. Another talked about taking sledge hammer to a police station to take care of business, and yet another made reference to holding a sledge hammer and saying Sen. Inhofe should watch his back. Wilson is facing felony charges of endeavoring to perform an act of violence and unlawful use of a computer system.

              

Drilling Permits Issued in Grady, Canadian Counties

There is some renewed interest in drilling for oil and gas in the SCOOP and STACK regions. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports Red Rocks Oil and Gas has permits to drill in a couple of Grady County locations. One is the Polk No. 1-36 which is in Section 36 of Township 5 North and Range 5 West which is between Bradley and Lindsay. The other is the Dougherty Welch No. 4 well which is next to the Polk location in Section One of Township 4 North and Range 5 West. In Canadian County, Cimarex has received permits to drill three wells on a single pad west of Union City. That's in section 25 of Township 11 North and Range 5 West. Citizen Energy has permits to drill two Canadian County wells in Section 18 of Township 11 North and Range 6 West.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. David Nowlin with OSU Extension is on the KOOL Konversation to discuss management of trees following the recent ice storm. Ray Walker with the Medicare Assistance Program from the Oklahoma Insurance Department is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Paul Harris

Funeral service for Paul Harris, 78, of Chickasha was held today. He worked for nearly 20 years with Standley Systems and previously worked in the grocery business at Dunn's and the former Humpty Dumpty stores. Arrangements were with McRay Funeral Home.

Latasha Blunt

Funeral service Latasha Blunt, 31, of Lawton will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30th at the Power House of Deliverance Apostolic Church in Comanche. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Frank Nightingale

Funeral service for Frank Nightingale, 90, of Moundridge, Kansas and formerly of Verden will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday Nov. 30th at the Plainview Mennonite Church.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

 

2020, Nov. 16th-21st

Saturday, November 21st

 

Pursuit Spans Two Counties; Supect in Custody

A high speed pursuit which spanned two counties yesterday included a number of law enforcement agencies and lasted over an hour. The chase started in the Marlow area just after noon and reached speeds of 110 miles per hour as the driver of an extended cab pickup headed north on  U.S. Highway 81 into Grady County. Police scanner traffic indicated the man was driving erratically and waving a weapon. Numerous police departments, Grady and Stephens County sheriff's deputies, and state troopers were all involved in the pursuit. The chase reached Chickasha where the motorist headed east on State Highway 19 and to the Alex area. The pursuit then went down a number of rural county roads and it's believed that the suspect managed to get away. However authorities were able to identify the driver and eventually located him and took him into custody. 61-year old Brent Drummond of Alex was taken to the Stephens County Jail in Duncan where he is being held on complaints of attempting to elude and reckless handling of a firearm.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett –

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you’re asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Festival of Light Opens Tonight

Chickasha's Festival of Light officially opens tonight. This is the 28th year for the festival which features more than 2 ½ million lights in the city's 43-acre Shannon Springs Park. One of the main attractions is a 160-foot tall Christmas tree which is decorated with about 25,000 lights.  The event attracts thousands of visitors every year and they can either drive through or walk through the park. There is a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, an ice skating rink, food trucks, and a gift shop. Cassandra Ersland who serves as one of the board members for the festival says there is an app available this year.

 

              

 

This year, all the incandescent bulbs have been changed over to LED lights which are brighter and more energy efficient. The Festival of Light will be open every night through New Year's Eve.

              

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Theresa Plata, a Child Welfare Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, is on our KOOL Konversation. Interim Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego is with us on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Jim Rodgers

A memorial service for Jim Rodgers, 74, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23rd at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served one tour in Vietnam.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Terianne Montgomery

No service will be held for Terianne Montgomery, 72, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Latasha Crawford

Funeral service for Latasha Crawford, 31, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Blanchard 47, Tecumseh 6

Tuttle 31, Newcastle 21

Anadarko 28, Sulphur 14

Marlow 70, Bethel 33

Bishop McGuinness 41, Duncan 21

Mooreland 34, Minco 15

Tonkawa 28, Dibble 23

Alex 38, Empire 20

Velma-Alma 58, Snyder 56 (OT)

Mt. View-Gotebo 56, Sharon-Mutual 6

No. 7 Waynoka 52, No. 8 Maysville 16

 

Friday, November 20th

 

Ex-con Faces Kidnapping, Weapons Charges

A Chickasha man is facing kidnapping and weapons charges following his arrest earlier this week. 42-year old Mark Denero Wilson was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.  No details of the arrest were available. Grady County prosecutors have charged Wilson with kidnapping, possession of a firearm after felony conviction, and domestic assault. Wilson remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Prosecutors have also filed paperwork to revoke Wilson’s probation for pleading guilty to previous domestic violence charges stemming from a 2015 arrest. On-line court records say Wilson was sentenced to 20 years with 10 years suspended in connection with that plea.

 

Fire Department Seeks Help to Find Stolen Trailer

The Bridge Creek Fire Department is asking for help in finding two individuals who stole a trailer from its headquarters. The theft occurred before dawn Thursday at Station 2 on Fox Lane. Authorities say the trailer is used to move their quick attack and wild land fire UTV. A post on the department’s Facebook page indicates it’s one of several trailer thefts that have occurred in the Bridge Creek area within the last couple of weeks. The Facebook page has some photos of the suspects and an extended cab pickup used in the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grady County Sheriff's Office at 405-224-0984 or Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS. Anonymous tips may also be posted to the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Second Victim of Fatal Crash Identified

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the name of the second person who died in a traffic accident near Sterling last weekend. 54-year old Michelle Evanoff of Lawton was a passenger in a pickup that ran a stop sign and hit a Jeep last Saturday night. Also killed in the crash was 61-year old Kelly Hale of Sterling.  The driver of the Jeep, 47-year old Christopher Wilmeth of Fletcher, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital in critical condition. He remains in the hospital and has been upgraded to fair condition as of this morning. The accident is still under investigation.

 

Festival of Light to Open on Time

Despite last month's massive ice storm, Chickasha's holiday light celebration will open as scheduled. The Festival of Light will begin its 28th year - just three weeks after the storm damaged trees and many of the lights and displays at Shannon Springs Park. Elizabeth Allen with the Festival of Light says they made some big changes with the more than 2 ½ million lights.

 

              

 

While some communities have canceled their holiday light displays because of the pandemic, Festival of Light coordinators decided to forge ahead. There won't be a formal opening ceremony. The park will open to visitors tomorrow night (Saturday, Nov. 21st) and will be open every evening through New Year’s Eve. Individuals can drive through or walk through the park.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $44.20.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,863 and silver is $24.37.

 

Obituaries

Mary Bowens

Funeral service for Mary Bowens, 89, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Betty Williams

Graveside service for Betty Williams, 84, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23rd at Tuttle’s Fairview Cemetery. She and her late-husband Don Williams were one-time co-owners of the Williams grocery stores.  Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Thursday, November 19th

 

Wildland Fires Possible Again Today

Another round of unseasonably warm temperatures, along with high winds and dry vegetation could lead to more grass fires today. Numerous fire departments were called out to battle an enormous blaze near Newcastle Wednesday. A number of volunteers from Grady County Fire Departments were called out to be part of a task force to squelch that blaze. Firefighters managed to get it under control after several hours though many remained in the area to put out hot spots and monitor fires in ravines. No property damage has been reported.

 

Woman Injured When Wheelchair is Hit by Pickup

A Chickasha woman who was hospitalized after her wheelchair was hit by a pickup is recovering. Rae McElroy was injured Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chickasha. A Facebook post attributed to her husband Dale indicated she was in a crosswalk on her scooter when the accident happened. A witness tells KOOL/RANCH News that McElroy she suffered several broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and a punctured lung. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. We called to check her condition this morning and it appears she has been released. The name of the driver of the pickup was not available. The witness we talked to said the driver stopped immediately and stayed with McElroy until she was taken to the hospital. A police report of the accident is not yet available.

 

Chix Schools Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Chickasha Public Schools are celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Mayor Chris Mosley helped with a proclamation. Donya Charlson leads the school district’s Native American cultural education program which gets funding from a federal program called the Johnson O'Malley program. Charlson talks about some of their activities.

 

              

 

Rock  Our  Mocs (moccasins) Day is today. The students are also having an Indian Taco fundraiser today with the help of the Chickasha Masonic Lodge. The cost is $7. Call or text Charlson, 405-320-0787.

 

Salvation Army Begins Red Kettle Drive              

Let the bell ringing begin! The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties begins its Red Kettle Drive today. Bell ringers will be at the Chickasha Post Office, William's Foods, Homeland, and Atwoods today. They'll be at Wal-Mart stores in Chickasha, Anadarko, and Newcastle starting on Saturday. All the proceeds from the local kettle drives stay local to help needy families in the two counties. The Red Kettle drive runs every day through Christmas Eve, although you won't see bell ringers on Sunday. The Salvation Army continues asking for volunteers to ring the bells. You can sign up on-line at www.registertoring.com and you can pick the days and times from those that are available. The Salvation Army also offers paid positions although they prefer volunteers.

 

Proposed YMCA/Community Center Meeting Postponed

A community meeting to discuss the possibility of building a new YMCA/community center in Chickasha that was scheduled for tonight has been postponed, No makeup date was announced.

 

Obituaries

Billy Glenn Thomas

Funeral service is pending for Billy Glenn Thomas, 76, of Las Vegas, Nevada with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Genevie Crites

A graveside service for Genevie Crites, 85, of Ft. Cobb will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21st at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Wednesday, November 18th

 

Jury Convicts Suspect of Federal Murder, Assault Charges

A federal jury convicts a Carnegie man of murder and assault stemming from a violent attack on a homeless couple which occurred two years ago. 34-year old Isaiah Whitefox Redbird was found guilty of the charges following a trial and two days of deliberations in Oklahoma City Federal Court. The attack occurred on tribal land in Carnegie in September of 2018. Killed in the attack was Byron "Subee" Tongkeahmah, Jr. Kayleigh Roughface survived the attack but suffered massive injuries that included a fractured skull and broken bones. The Lawton Constitution cites U.S. Attorney Timothy Downing as saying Redbird had a grudge against Tongkeahmah. Formal sentencing is expected to be held early in 2021. Downing said Redbird will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

 

Lewd Social Media Posts Leads to Arrest              

Grady County authorities arrest a man for allegedly encouraging a 15-year old girl to send him nude photos of herself. 20-year old Braedon Edwards of Norman was arrested by a Grady County sheriff's deputy Monday after a warrant was issued for Edwards' arrest. A probable cause affidavit indicates that investigators were made aware of the allegations by the teenager's mother last month. The mother provided authorities with some Snap Chat images that were sent to Edwards. The teen is said to have told Edwards she was 15. The probable cause affidavit filed following the investigation indicates that Edwards told the girl he was 17. Edwards is charged with a felony for using an electronic device to make lewd or indecent proposals.  He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Woman Arrested for Alledgedly Kicking Cop

A Grady County woman is arrested for allegedly kicking a police officer. An Amber officer was dispatched to a convenience store last weekend to help deal with an irate customer. The customer was asked to leave by store employees but said she wasn't leaving until she got her money back. As the officer attempted to escort the woman from the store she became combative and the officer said she was being arrested for trespassing. A short struggle ensued and the women fell to the floor and kicked the officer in the leg. 38-year old Beverly Jaquetta Reece of Amber was taken into custody. She has been formally charged with a felony for assault and battery on a police officer. Her bond was set at $5,000.

 

OHP Identifies Weekend I-35 Crash Victim

Investigators have released the name of the man who died when his pickup crashed on I-35 in Garvin County over the weekend. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that 64-year old Charles Ward of Cashion died in the crash that happened Sunday night north of Paoli. Ward's pickup veered off the interstate into the median, hit the cable barrier, then rolled several times and landed upside down.

 

Volunteer Crews Knock Down Grass Fires

Several large grassfires burned more than 100 acres in the Lake Burtschi area yesterday. 40 volunteer firefighters and 22 trucks were dispatched after the fires were reported about noon. Crews from Pioneer, Farwell, Verden, and Ninnekah all responded. Their quick action had the fires out within a couple of hours. No structures were threatened. Grady County Fire Department Spokesman Buddy Myers said the cause of the fires is under investigation. Fire danger will be elevated today as there will be gusty south winds to about 35 miles per hour with temps forecast to be in the 70s.

 

Halliburton to Re-hire After Massive Virus Layoffs

Halliburton is rebounding a bit after laying off thousands of employees worldwide this year because of the pandemic. The company is expected to hire about 170 employees within the next few weeks. Halliburton's website listed the areas of employment at its Duncan office. Some of the positions include entry-level technicians, delivery drivers, welders, account reps, and administrators. Interviews will begin as early as Friday. Job descriptions can be found on the company's website www.halliburton.com/careers

 

Thursday Job Fair in Carnegie

In Carnegie, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and Longbow Logistics are co-hosting a job fair for some construction-related employment opportunities. Carpenters, concrete masons, equipment operators, and brick layers are a few of the openings with job locations throughout southwest and central Oklahoma. Tribal members will be given preference but the job fair is open to the public. It will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Kiowa Complex in Carnegie. Masks will be required and social distancing practices will be followed.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.73 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $43.75.

Natural gas is $2.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,873 and silver is $24.50.

 

Tuesday, November 17th

 

Missing  Man's Body Found Under Bridge

A body found near Bradley yesterday has been identified as a man who was reported missing on Sunday. Authorities say the body of 41-year old Wesley Robert Brown, who lives in the Bradley area, was found under a bridge near State Highway 19 and CR 2960 just west of Bradley. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir says Brown was drinking with some friends Sunday evening when there was an argument and that he left the area on foot. Brown's mother reported him missing late Sunday evening. Weir said some of Brown's friends went looking for him Monday morning and they found Brown’s body about a half-mile from where he was last seen alive. Weir said the death is suspicious but there are no obvious signs of foul play and no arrests have been made. They will await results of an autopsy.

 

School Moves to Distance-Learning Due to COVID-19

One Chickasha school will go to distance-learning only the rest of this week due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases and quarantines. Superintendent Rick Croslin said that students at the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center will go to virtual-learning only through Friday. A post on the school's Facebook page indicates that learning packets will be available this afternoon and that packets will also be available tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. School officials will call parents when the packets are ready. Every school in the Chickasha district will be closed all of next week for Thanksgiving break. The Bill Wallace students who have been taking part in classroom learning programs are scheduled to return to school on Monday, Nov. 30th.

 

Ice Storm Debris Removal Costs Rising for Chix

The cost for tree and debris removal for the City of Chickasha is expected to top $1 million. City Manager John Noblitt told the city council last night that estimated costs may surpass $1.3 million. Noblitt believes the city should recoup most of that cost if FEMA approves Gov. Kevin Stitt's request for federal emergency disaster relief.

 

      

 

Even if that relief is approved, Noblitt said the city won't see any funds until after the first of the year.  Noblitt and a couple of city council members praised the effort of city crews who have worked to clear debris left in the wake of a massive ice storm. One council representative expressed concern about the lack of debris removal from Rose Hill Cemetery saying it appeared there has been no visible progress. Noblitt was going to check with the vendor responsible for maintenance at the city's two cemeteries to get an update.

 

Re-Zoning OK'd for Medical Marijuana Grower              

The council unanimously approved a rezoning request for a medical marijuana growing facility. No comments for or against the proposal were made during a short public hearing. The property will be changed from residential to light industrial use in order to get the facility back in compliance with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority which recently changed regulations for growers.

 

Feedback Sought for State Transit Plan

A lengthy study designed to improve public transportation in Oklahoma is available for review. It's called the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan. State lawmakers implemented the study in 2019 and officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) worked with the Oklahoma Transit Association to put it together. ODOT Deputy Director Dawn Sullivan said hundreds of Oklahomans also provided input.

 

              

 

The plan outlines the goals and priorities needed to make Oklahoma a top 10 state for public transit by the year 2040. Public comments on the plan will be taken through this Saturday, Nov. 21st then passed on to Gov. Kevin Stitt and state lawmakers. See the study on the website www.oktransitplan.org and you'll also be able to submit comments on that website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $43.82.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,887 and silver is $24.72.

 

Obituary

Elizabeth Cox

A private memorial service for Elizabeth Cox, 66, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. She was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, November 16th

 

Three Die in Weekend Traffic Accidents

The highway patrol is still investigating an accident that happened last night near Mile Marker 91 in Garvin County. That accident took place just before 10:30 p.m.  The trooper dispatched to the scene said a pickup drove into the median, hit a cable barrier, rolled several times and landed upside down. The driver's name has not been released as relatives have not been notified. The other fatal crash happened about 6:30 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 17 east of Sterling where two people died. One of them was 61-year old Kelly Hale of Sterling. An unidentified passenger in the pickup she was driving also died. The OHP reports that Hale failed to stop at a stop sign and hit Jeep driven by 47-year old Christopher Wilmeth of Fletcher. He was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. A passenger in the Jeep, 45-year old Shannon Wilmeth, was taken to a Lawton hospital and her condition was unknown.

 

Grant for Chix PD Part of City Council Meeting              

The Chickasha City Council is expected to approve a big grant for the city’s police department. On the agenda for the council's regular meeting tonight is a proposal to accept the $45,000 grant from the State Attorney General's Office to be used for violent crime prevention. The council is also to hold a public hearing on the proposed re-zoning of property in the 3400 block of Frisco. The applicant is asking to re-zone the property from residential to light industrial use, in order to continue operating his medical marijuana growing facility. This is the same proposal that was considered during last week’s Planning Commission meeting. Officials with the city’s Community Development Department are recommending the re-zoning be approved. The applicant previously was licensed with the state, however some state regulations recently changed and the city was not able to approve the current license. The panel is also to consider several issues regarding the municipal airport. One is to approve a land lease agreement to build some new hangars; others are to prepare bid specifications for a spec hangar and an office building for future lease space. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Grady County Treasurer's Office Still Closed: COVID-19

The Grady County Treasurer’s Office remains closed today and tomorrow after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The office was closed Friday afternoon after officials learned of the test result. The remaining offices of the courthouse are open for their normal operating hours.

 

"Buy Chickasha" Campaign Underway

Starting today, a number of Chickasha retailers continue to encourage families in the region to shop with local merchants during the holiday gift-buying season. The Buy Chickasha program gives shoppers the opportunity to win up to $5,000 in local gift cards. No purchase is necessary. Just by visiting a participating business, individuals will receive one ticket for the gift-card drawing. An additional ticket will be given for every $10 in merchandise purchased, up to 100 tickets. Participants must be 18 and older, and tax exempt purchases do not qualify, with the exception of those purchases made by disabled veterans. Corporate sponsors for the program include First National Bank, Salt Creek Casino, Liberty National Bank, Mollman Media and the participating merchants. Drawings for gift cards of $5,000; $3,000; and $2,000 will be held live on the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Facebook page on Thursday, Dec. 16th. More than 20 businesses are participating. For a complete list of rules and participating merchants visit the website www.chickashachamber.org/buy-chickasha

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is 42.78.

Natural gas is $2.99 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,890 and silver is $24.91.

 

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