Mollman Media News

2022, Nov. 28th-Dec. 3rd

Saturday, Dec. 3rd

 

One Arrested Following Early-Morning Pursuit

A pursuit that started in Rush Springs and ended in Chickasha before dawn this morning lands one person behind bars. Scanner reports indicated the pursuit began around 4:30 a.m. when Rush Springs police attempted to make a traffic stop. The motorist opted to make a run for it and headed north on U.S. Highway 81. The pursuit continued through Ninnekah and in to Chickasha and at some point got to the area of 16th and Country Club Road. The chase continued north on 16th Street and ended near 16th and Grand Ave. after authorities deployed stop sticks to disable the vehicle. In custody is 31-year old Adrianna Laue. No hometown was available. She is being held in the Grady County Jail on complaints of eluding and speeding.

 

State Office Urges Oklahomans to Check FCC Map

to Confirm or Update Accuracy of Broadband Service 

A new state agency that will oversee the expansion of broadband service across the state needs your help. The Oklahoma Broadband Office would like Oklahomans to check their addresses on a map made available by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to see if it matches what the FCC has listed for you. Kirk Martin is the interim director of the Oklahoma Broadband Office. He said they have reason to believe that some of the information on the map is not accurate and in some cases lists service where it isn't even available. Users will be able correct any inaccurate data that may be listed. This process will help determine how much federal funding Oklahoma will receive to improve broadband service especially in rural areas. Broadband service varies widely from county to county. The map shows that only about 19 percent of Grady County residents have reliable internet service while only 8 percent of Caddo County residents do. The deadline to check the map is Jan. 13th of 2023. The website is:

broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home

 

Grady County Lawmaker to Lead State Senate Panel

A Grady County state lawmaker will serve as chairman of a state senate committee during the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle will chair the Energy and Telecommunications panel. Paxton was appointed to the post by Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat. Paxton was also appointed to serve on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee as was Kingfisher State Senator Darcy Jech.

 

Community Christmas Parades Held Today

Several communities in the region have Christmas parades today.  Marlow had its parade this morning while Chickasha and Anadarko have parades tonight. In Chickasha, the theme is Christmas Movies and will feature about 50 entries. The parade route is along Chickasha Avenue and will start near the YMCA and head east to 1st and Chickasha to Avenue and end at the Leg Lamp and the railroad depot. Anadarko’s parade theme is Elf on the Shelf and will start at the railroad tracks and run west on Main Street. Both parades start at 6 p.m.

 

Obituaries

John ‘Rick’ Everly

Funeral for ‘Rick’ Everly, 76, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Louis ‘Javare’ Lipscomb

Funeral for ‘Javare’ Lipscomb, 34, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Dec. 2nd

 

USAO President to Retire

USAO president John Feaver will be stepping down from his post. Feaver announced his decision to retire yesterday though his retirement is not effective until December of 2023. For more than 20 years Feaver has led the university to great heights and worked to preserve the history of what was the first all-women's college west of the Mississippi River. Feaver is currently the longest tenured president of all of the state's colleges and universities with 22 years at the post. However he's been associated with USAO over the course of five decades. He was appointed to the faculty in 1980; named a vice president in 1988; and became just the 12th president in USAO's 114-year history in 2000 succeeding Roy Troutt. In a prepared statement, Feaver said it is not enough to say that leading the university has been the honor of his life. He said the college has stood the test of time despite many headwinds and that he will always be humbly thankful to have been part of the institution for so long. The university's board of regents will begin its search immediatetly for the next president.

 

Gracemont Crash Victims Identified

The highway patrol has released the names of three people previously unidentified who died or suffered life-threatening injuries in that head-on collision north of Gracemont Wednesday night. 47-year old Jennifer Embree and 24-year old Aaron Wipf - both of Oklahoma City - perished in the accident. 52-year old Christopher Mosley of Elk City continues to battle life-threatening injuries. All were in a vehicle that investigators say crossed the center line of the highway and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that vehicle, 27 year old Antoinette Evilsizor of Arizona, also died.

 

Suspect Charged After Second Arrest 

for Alleged Illegal Transportation of Drugs

A man initially arrested in October for the alleged illegal transportation of marijuana, then released after prosecutors dismissed the case, has been re-arrested. Verden police arrested Xulin Zheng of Elmore City on October 6th. A probable cause affidavit indicates that an officer made a traffic stop on a van speeding through a school zone. Zheng was behind the wheel of the van and the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana inside. There were some language barriers between the two men and they tried to use a translation app to help communicate. Zheng did ask to talk to his attorney. In a search of the vehicle, authorites found more than 34 pounds of marijuana. Prosecutors this time have formally charged Zheng with one felony count of trafficking. He is out of jail after posting a $30,000 bond.

 

Minco Honey Festival is Tomorrow

The town of Minco will host its annual honey festival tomorrow. This is the 32nd year for the festival always held the first Saturday in December. There will be tours of the Ross Honey Company; the Great Plains Cotton Gin; and the wind turbines that surround the community. There's a honey bake-off, a morning pancake breakfast, and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. Minco's Favorite Son, Emmy Award-winning Lucas Ross from Freedom 43's Rise and Shine morning television show will also be on hand.

 

Grant Issued to Friends of the Chickasha Library

Here's an early Christmas present for the Friends of the Chickasha Library. The group has received a $5,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation. Arvest Bank representatives Leslie Sanchez and Zac Robbins presented the contribution which will help distribute free books to children throughout Grady County. The library recently partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library which mails free books to the homes of children five years old and younger each month. Cindy Wheeler with the Friends of the Library said early literacy is important for children and the funds will make a huge difference to families in the area.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.42.

Natural gas is $6.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $22.88.

 

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Thursday, Dec. 1st

 

Three Die in Caddo County Head-on Crash

A head-on collision in Caddo County killed three people and left one person in critical condition. The accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30th on U.S. Highway 281 about five miles north of Gracemont. The highway patrol reports the driver of one vehicle crossed over the center line of the highway and hit an oncoming car. The only deceased victim to be named is 27-year old Antoinette Evilsizor of Cottonwood, Arizona. She was driving the car that was hit by the vehicle which crossed into her lane of travel. None of the three individuals in the other vehicle have been identified as investigators have been unable to notify relatives. A 47-year old woman from Oklahoma City who was driving the car and a 24-year old Oklahoma City man perished. A 52-year old man from Elk City who was also a passenger had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in critical condition.

 

Suspect Arrested After High-Speed Chase

A high-speed pursuit from Pocasset to Amber last week lands a man in jail. 40-year old Trent Proctor of Norman was arrested following the pursuit last Friday afternoon. A probable cause affidavit indicates that a Grady County deputy spotted a vehicle with an expired tag leaving the Salt Creek Casino. When the deputy tried to make a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle sped away southbound of Highway 81 then turned east onto CR 1280 toward Amber. Speeds topped 100 miles per hour as the suspect vehicle forced motorists to pull of the narrow road. The vehicle reportedly went airborne over the railroad tracks in Amber and continued east through town and put several more motorists in harms’ way. The pursuit ended when the suspect turned onto a dead-end road and crashed into a tree. Proctor was not seriously injured but an ambulance from Tuttle was dispatched and he was taken to a Norman hospital for treatment. After being treated Proctor was taken to the Grady County Jail. During a routine search of the car deputies allegedly found Fentanyl-laced pain pills and meth. Prosecutors have charged Proctor with felony trafficking and eluding. He remains in jail on a $300,000 bond.

 

New Chickasha Police Officer Sworn In

A new officer has joined the Chickasha Police Department. Justin Veach was sworn in to his new post recently. Veach is a 2017 Chickasha High School graduate and in just three years earned a degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. After his 2020 graduation from Southwestern Veach began his law enforcement career in Gracemont. A Chickasha Police Department Facebook post indicates Veach is passionate about law enforcement and he is excited to be back in his hometown.

 

Chix Library Again Offers Food-for-Fines in December

We’ve turned the calendar to the month of December and as has been the case for more than 20 years, the Chickasha Public Library offers its food-for-fines program. Anyone who has overdue books or materials they have borrowed from the library and have not returned, they can pay their fine by donating non-perishable food items which will be given to the Chickasha Emergency Food Pantry. No minimum donation required. Last year, more than $1,600 in fines were forigven. Library patrons who don’t have overdue items and the general public are invited to help out with the food drive.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.43.

Natural gas is $6.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,793 and silver is $22.30.

 

Obituaries

Roy True, Jr.

Funeral service for Roy True, Jr., 91, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Jan Bailey

Funeral service for Jan Bailey, 76, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3rd at McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 30th

 

Lawsuit Claims Negligence in Minco Welder's Death

It was September of last year when Joey Bonds of Minco died in a welding accident after a tanker-trailer he was working on exploded.  Bonds widow, Kristin, has filed a civil lawsuit in Grady County District Court alleging negligence in connection with her husband’s death. The Oklahoman reports that the tanker-trailer Joey Bonds was working on carried hazardous materials the day before the explosion - one so violent that many believed it was an earthquake. Named in the lawsuit are Firestone Trucking Company, which owned the tanker-trailer; CFT LLC which is a transport company also owned by Firestone; and Zurich American Insurance Company. The Oklahoman reports that CFT had been cited by a federal agency for three serious safety violations that resulted in Bonds' death. Attorney Bret Burns is seeking a judgement of more than $75,000 for Firestone's alleged negligence of safety laws.

 

Two Drivers Injured in Separate Crashes with Animals

Separate traffic accidents involving vehicles hitting animals sends two people to hospitals. One crash happened northeast of Lindsay just before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.  24-year old Cheyenne Watson of Krebs swerved to avoid a deer, ran off the road, flipped end-over-end, and landed upside down off the roadway. Krebs was taken to a Norman hospital with neck injuries and was admitted in fair condition.

             A truck driver ran into some cattle standing in the road near Gotebo. That accident happened Monday evening about 2 1/2 miles south of that Kiowa County town. 72-year old Ronald Nabors of Eufaula was driving his semi northbound on State Highway 54 when he hit three cows. The semi ran off the road and overturned and Nabors was pinned in the cab for about 20 minutes. He was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with arm and internal injuries and was last in stable condition.

 

Chickasha Schools Create 'Wall of Honor'

Chickasha Public Schools has created a new Wall of Honor to recognize former students and/or employees. Superintendent Rick Croslin said candidates should be those who have made a difference in the district or the community-

 

              

 

Croslin said nominees must have brought unusual positive attention to CHS or modeled the highest personal and professional qualities for students. Nominations are due by Jan. 20th. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the school district's website.

 

Rock Island Ride Distributes Funds to Non-Profits

Back in October more than 300 cycling enthusiasts spend some time in the Chickasha area for the annual Rock Island Ride bicycle tour. Tour organizers recently distributed more than $10,000 raised during the event to several non-profit organizations. The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, the Emergency Food Pantry, and the Mobile Meals program each received $3,000; the Shop with a Cop program for the Chickasha Police Department received $1,000; and the Rock Island Ride 4H group was awarded $200 for having the most enthusiastic stop during the ride. The funds were made possible by a portion of the entry fees in the ride and corporate donors.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.03.

Natural gas is $7.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,773 and silver is $21.67.

 

Obituaries

Clifford Hartman

Funeral service for Clifford Hartman, 92, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2nd at Laverty Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

‘Micki’ Kiser

Funeral service for Mildred 'Micki' Kiser, 100, of Palestine, Texas and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon at McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 29th

 

New Natural Gas Processing Plant to be Built

A Texas-based energy firm announces plans to build a natural gas cryogenic processing plant just outside Chickasha next year. Iron Horse Midstream officials report the plant will be able to process 200 million cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas per day. The website OK Energy Today reports that the plant is expected to be operational in about a year. The company already has an existing 120-acre complex in Grady County and the two plants combined will be able to process up to 425 Mcf of natural gas per day. Officials also say the plants should be able to produce even more depending on customer needs. Iron Horse CEO Tim Roberts said as production activity in the area continues to increase that building this second plant is a natural and necessary growth opportunity. He added that expanding their processing provides capacity where it is needed - in the core of the basin - where they have access to numerous high-quality, residue gas markets. The Iron Horse system includes some 300 miles of high- and low-pressure natural gas gathering pipelines.

 

GMH, Five Oaks Begin Software Upgrades

Software upgrades are underway at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Five Oaks Medical Group. Officials say they are converting to a new patient record system to provide faster service and the most accurate records and charts which is expected to dramatically increase the ability to serve their patients. Officials say as with all new systems there will be an adjustment period and there may be some delays over the next 60 to 90 days. Officials thank everyone for their understanding as the improvements are being made.

 

Chickasha's Lighted Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 3rd

Chickasha's annual lighted Christmas parade will be one of the largest ever. Nearly 50 entries have registered for the parade which will be held this Saturday night Dec. 3rd. Chamber of Commerce officials say the parade is expected to last about an hour. The theme of the parade is Christmas movies and entries are to feature decorations based on a holiday film. Parade participants can begin checking in about 5:00 p.m. at 7th and Chickasha Avenue and line up west toward the high school. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the route running east on Chickasha Avenue and ending at the Leg Lamp and the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Judges will be selecting a first, second, and third place float or entry with first place winning $300; second place winning $200; and 3rd place winning $100. The parade honorees are Dr. Abby Housmann and Dr. Luke Toho from Grady Memorial Hospital.

 

Pesticide Application Certification Program Offered

Ag producers wanting to earn their pesticide application certification have a chance to do that this week.  Topics to be covered include an herbicide program for wheat producers and new products that are available; a review of required regulations that private applicators in Oklahoma have to meet; and aspects of CoAXium wheat production and Agressor AX herbicide. The program will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds Thursday, Dec. 1st with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. and the program running until about 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided. The certification is being hosted by the Apache Farmers Co-op.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.19.

Natural gas is $6.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,766 and silver is $21.47.

 

Obituary

Charles Butler

Funeral service for Charles Butler, 79, of Lawton will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30th at the Greater Faith Apostolic Church in Lawton. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Nov. 28th

 

City of Chix to Apply for Grant for Upgrades at Shannon Springs Park

With the Festival of Light (FOL) underway at Shannon Springs Park the Chickasha City Council is applying for a grant that –if approved - would help pay for some needed upgrades at the park. During last week’s council meeting the panel passed a resolution to apply for a $2 million grant from the State Department of Transportation to improve sidewalks and other infrastructure at the park which has been eroding over the years. If approved, the city would have to provide a 20 percent match or $400,000 toward the grant to help improve the 'walkability' of the park.

Another Payment Made for Shannon Springs Park Electrical Work

The council also approved the third installment of paying for additional electrical panels at the park needed for more lights for FOL. This installment was for more than $47,000 payable to Electrical Technologies, Inc. of Chickasha.

Inflation Blamed on Cost Increase for H-Tea-O Project

The council gave its approval to change an economic development agreement with Moonlight Ownership Company. That firm is bringing in the H-Tea-Oh business which is being located at 4th and Missouri. Officials with the State Department of Transportation indicated that inflation caused costs of some items to increase by an additional $5,700 which increases the project to more than $37,000.

Council OK's Lease For Site to Collect Limbs, Brush

The council also approved leasing some city-owned land to Waste Connections which is the contractor that provides the city's trash pick-up services. Waste Connections will lease about 10 acres of property near the Public Works Headquarters for $2,000 a month. The area will be used as a storage site for limbs and brush until the debris can be properly disposed of. The agreement is for one year and is to automatically be renewed each year unless the lease is terminated.

Tattoo Parlor Permit Issued

Following a brief public hearing the council also approved a use-on-review permit for a new tattoo parlor in the downtown area for Garrett Hall. The permit did have the support of the Planning Commission. Fees are $1,100 per year and $275 per artist. It allows the city to check the parlor for up-to-date state health licensing.

 

Teens Hospitalized After Caddo County Crash

Two teenagers are hospitalized after a car ran off a Caddo County road, hit guard rail, and landed in a creek. 19-year old Samuel Lankister of Ft. Cobb and 18-year old Jesse Hefley of Elgin were both air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and were last in fair condition. The highway patrol reports the accident occurred on CR 1325 about a half-mile east of Ft. Cobb just after 1:00 a.m. this morning. Both teens were wearing their seatbelts. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Roll-Over Accident Near Alex

A Lindsay woman was hospitalized after being thrown out of her car after it crashed and rolled in foggy conditions. 23-year old Krystal Torres was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened about 7:30 Saturday night near the intersection of SH 19 and CS 2890 which is three miles west of Alex. The trooper investigating the accident alleged Torres had been drinking.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.63.

Natural gas is $7.02 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,776 and silver is $21.74.

 

Obituaries

J.B. Shaw

A graveside service for J.B. Shaw, 94, of Lawton and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Charles Butler

Funeral service for Charles Butler, 79, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2022, Nov. 14th-19th

Saturday, Nov. 19th

 

Chickasha's Festival of Light Opens Tonight

The holiday season for Chickasha officially begins today with the opening of the Festival of Light. It's a special year for organizers as this marks the 30th year for the event at Shannon Springs Park featuring more than 40 acres of holiday lights, displays, and activities. Some of the founding families who helped to kick off the first festival in 1993 will be on hand to flip the switch to turn on an estimated 4 million lights that will shine this year. Festival of Light director Logan Lassley says the festival has expanded to use a portion of the park that hasn't been used before.

 

              

 

About a half-million blue-colored lights adorn the Frozen Forest. Visitors will be able to drive or walk through the park. Some of the highlights of the festival innclude the more than 160-foot tall lighted Christmas tree and the glimmering bridge of lights over the pond. There are family activities which include a Ferris wheel, carousel, an ice skating rink, and carriage rides. Lassley said the festival will include a lot of locally-owned companies with souvenirs and other items for sale.

 

              

 

Local food trucks will also be on hand. The festival opens nightly at 6 p.m. It's a given that many visitors will also spend some time in downtown Chickasha to check out the new 50-foot tall permanent leg lamp which is an identiical copy of the one in the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. For details about the festival see the Festival of Light Facebook page or the website: www.chickashafestivaloflight.org

 

PSO Seeks Approval to Buy Wind, Solar Farms

An Oklahoma utility is looking to buy some new alternative energy properties. Public Service Company of Oklahoma is seeking permission from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to buy three wind farms and three solar facilities. The price tag for the nearly 1,000 megawatts of new, cost effective renewable energy is nearly $2.5 billion. Customers would see their electric bills go up if the purchase is approved. PSO officials said the fuel-free plan would help meet projected power needs - while protecting customers from volatility in energy costs which they say has been driven by high natural gas and power prices. The website ok energy today reports that the six projects are located in and Kansas and Texas and PSO selected them after a competive bidding process. Some of the properties are still under construction. If approved - and after all the facilities are on-line by the end of 2025 - average residential electric bills for PSO customers could increase about $3.50 per month.

 

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Friday, Nov. 18th

 

U.S. Highway 81 Bypass Project Slowly Progressing

The U.S. Highway 81 bypass project around Chickasha is slowly moving along. The bypass will eventually take traffic on the highway west of the city easing the big truck traffic that goes through the downtown area. The start of the actual road construction is still a couple of years away. District 7 Engineer for the State Department of Transportation Jay Earp gives an update-

 

              

 

Earp said the road construction will take place in several phases starting with dirt work in a couple of years. He's anticipating part of the bypass will be open by the end of the decade. Earp said the cost of the project is approaching $300 million.

 

Suspect Arrested After Lengthy Sexual Assault Investigation

A Chickasha man is facing rape and sexual assault charges. 38-year old Edgar 'Souk' Burrowns was arrested this week following a more than six-month investigation by Chickasha police. A probable cause affidavit indicates that an officer was summoned to Grady Memorial Hospital in March to talk to a man who alleged he was sexually assaulted by Burrowns. An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 8th and he was arrested Nov. 16th. He's facing charges of rape, sodomy, and permitting a person under 21 to possess or consume alcohol or drugs. Burrowns remains in the Grady County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

 

Anadarko Suspect Sought in Connection with Burglary, Stabbing

Caddo County authorities are seeking an Anadarko man wanted for stabbing a victim during a burglary attempt. An arrest warrant was issued for 21-year old Jeremiah Nimsey this week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that police were called to a home in the 200 block of Northwest 3rd Street last Friday morning to investigate the break-in. A victim was taken to a Lawton hospital. The victim's condition is not known. A witness told police that they saw Nimsey attack the victim. Nimsey is wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon and first degree burglary.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we’re talking about this weekend. Logan Lassley with Chickasha's Festival of Light will be on our KOOL Konversation talking about the holiday light display which opens this weekend. Ray Walker with the Oklahoma Insurance Department will be on Real Estate Today program to talk about the Medicare enrollment that is underway.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.78.

Natural gas is $6.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $21.43.

 

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Thursday, Nov. 17th

 

Police Name Those Involved in Fatal Home Invasion Shooting

Chickasha police have released the names of the individuals involved in a fatal shooting in a residential area earlier this week. The shooting victim was identified as Varnell Tall, Jr. No hometown was provided. Authorities say Tall kicked in the door of a home in the Shadow Valley addition Tuesday afternoon and was shot by the homeowner identified as Logan M. Wasson. Wasson was briefly taken into custody for questioning then released. Authorities have not said why Tall was trying to break into the home and that the cause and nature of the disturbance is still under investigation.

 

Cyril Family Escapes Fire Uninjured

Fire destroys the Caddo County home of a young family with a newborn. The flames destroyed the home of Trenton Lepree and Brooke Delk of Cyril around midnight Tuesday. KSWO-TV reports that Brooke was giving the baby a bath when she smelled something burning. She  opened the bedroom door and was hit by a cloud of smoke. She woke up Trenton and all were able to get out unhurt, however a family pet perished. Brooke said the dog had been barking and believes he was trying to alert them to the fire. Investigators say the cause of the fire was a propane heater. A group out of Lawton, Ellipsis has arranged for the family to stay in a furnished home rent-free until February. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Head-on Collision with Semi

A driver is hospitalized after she made a U-turn on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Spur and was hit head-on by a semi. 36-year old Deserae Dowdy of Blanchard was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened just before 1 o'clock this morning. The highway patrol reports that Dowdy was traveling west on the spur near mile marker 101 about four miles south of Tuttle and missed her exit. She made a U-turn and was headed east in the westbound lanes when the accident occurred. The truck driver, 32-year old Audon Lara of Enid was not hurt. The roadway was closed for about 90 minutes.

 

Crash Closes U.S. Highway Briefly

A traffic accident that occurred near the Grady and Caddo county line shut down U.S. Highway 277 for about an hour last night. The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. near CS 2770 which is about a mile east of the county line. No details of the accident were available.

 

Nation's Top Dogs Make Stop in Chickasha

Hundreds of the top dog breeds across the country are in Chickasha to participate in the Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog shows. A couple of regional kennel clubs, including the Town and Country Kennel Club of Norman, are hosting the shows at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Handlers are exhibiting the dogs and working to earn points to qualify for the national Eukanuba and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Shows next spring. Admission is free for spectators with competitions beginning about 8:00 a.m. each day through Sunday in the Event Center at the fairgrounds.

OHCE Celebration of Crafts Show

Also at the fairgrounds this weekend will be the Grady County OHCE Celebration of Crafts Show. More than 40 vendors will have holiday gift items available and many of them are hand-made. There will also be holiday foods available for purchase. There is also an informal quilt exhibit. The crafts show will be held in the north exhibit building of the fairgrounds. Friday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is also free.

 

Producers Asked to Take Drought Study Survey

Ag producers are encouraged to take part in a survey that officials hope will improve future drought and forage monitoring and predictions. The National Drought Mitigation Center and USDA Climate Hubs are conducting the survey for the Western Great Plains and the Southwest part of the country. Officials are asking producers to provide on-the-ground reports of end-of-season forage production in the pastures they manage or monitor. The information provided will remain confidential. It could take 10 to 20 minutes to complete the survey. The link to the survey is: ssp.qualtrics.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.86.

Natural gas is $6.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,785 and silver is $21.33.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 16th

 

Home Invasion Suspect Shot, Killed by Homeowner

Chickasha police say a home invasion suspect is dead after being shot and killed by the homeowner. Interim Police Chief G.G. Music said officers were called to a home at 3015 Westbrook about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a disturbance. The home is in the Shadow Valley housing development in southwest part of Chickasha. Music said the homeowner told officers an individual came to the home and kicked in the door. Music said the homeowner fired a number of shots from a rifle and the suspect died at the scene. It's believed the two men knew each other but authorities have not indicated how. The victim's name has not been released as authorities were working to notify relatives. The homeowner, whose name was not released, was taken to the police department for questioning then released. Reports indicate the information from the investigation will be turned over to the district attorney to determine if any charges should be filed.

 

Drug Trafficking Suspect Jailed

Another drug trafficking arrest has been made in the on-going battle to get counterfeit pain meds off the streets. 34-year old Victoria Heskett of Chickasha was arrested Sunday night at the Maverick Inn. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Grady County Deputy Jim Peek - who also works with the Drug Enforcement Administration - and Deputy Chris Kennell went to conduct a 'knock and talk' investigation with Heskett for her alleged involvement with selling prescription pain pills with Fentanyl. She allegedly told them she was not doing so but that she was aware of a large fentanyl distributor from Oklahoma City coming to the area. Peek and Kennell obtained a search warrant and found a number of pills that field-tested positive for having Fentanyl. Heskett was taken into custody and the district attorney's office has charged her with one felony count of trafficking. Heskett remains in jail on a $250,000 bond. Also arrested was 31-year old Jaron Garrett Burton who had an outstanding warrant for a traffic ticket.

 

Grady County Property Tax Statements Mailed

Grady County property owners should be receiving their 2022 property tax statements if they haven’t received them already. County Treasurer Robin Burton said the office mailed 39,000 statements earlier this month. Most went to property owners while about 8,000 statements were mailed to mortgage companies whose customers have their property taxes included in their monthly mortgage payments. Burton said the 39,000 statements represent nearly $84 million in property tax revenue, most of which goes to school districts. Some taxes also go to fire departments and emergency medical services, health, and general county expenses. Property owners have the option of paying the entire amount due or they can pay half by January 15, 2023 with the second half due by April 15, 2023. Taxes can be paid by check through the mail or by placing them in the drop box outside the county courthouse. Taxes can also be paid in person at the treasurer’s office in the county courthouse. Individuals can pay with a credit or debit card or by e-check however fees are applied to those payments although the fees do not go to the county.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.92 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.86.

Natural gas is $6.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,785 and silver is $22.07.

 

Obituaries

Teddy Jo Ann Watson

Funeral service for Teddy Jo Ann Watson, 91, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18th at Deer Creek Church of Christ in Edmond at Northwest 178th and MacArthur. Viewing will be held 5:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Jack Weaver

Funeral service for Jack Weaver, 78, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18th at Epworth United Methodist Church. He spent several years as Chickasha’s city manager in the 1970s. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 15th

 

Festival of Light to Begin 30th Season

The countdown is on for the opening of Chickasha's Festival of Light. The holiday attraction brings tens of thousands of people to the city every year. This is the 30th anniversary for the festival created in 1992. Organizers will be recognizing some of the founding families who provided some of the financial backing to make that first year possible. The season begins this Saturday night with an opening ceremony at the park beginning about 5:00 o'clock. There will be performances by the Chickasha and Blanchard high school choirs and individuals will give a short history of the festival. Festival of Light director Logan Lassley said a couple of favorite events are returning.

 

              

 

Officials are still looking for groups to volunteer to be part of the live nativity and groups can call 405-224-6225 for details and reserve dates and times. The ice skating rink is back as are carriage rides, a Ferris wheel, and a carousel. The gift shop will feature local vendors and concessions and some local food trucks will be available. Lassley said there will be an estimated 4 million lights in the park including the new Frozen Forest with 500,000 new lights. The festival will run nightly starting Saturday night and running through New Year’s Eve.

 

Bag of Military Uniforms Left in Chickasha Yard

A Chickasha man is hoping to find the owner of a bag of military uniforms that was left in his yard. Christopher Danforth was leaving for work one morning when he saw a black bag with a U.S. Army insignia next to a tree. Inside were two full sets of dress blues, two white shirts in plastic bags, a pair of patent leather shoes, a tie, a razor, and some old airplane tickets. Danforth told KSWO-TV that he doesn't know if someone may have stolen the bag and left it there, if somebody lost it, or if it belongs to a homeless veteran - but that it belongs to somebody. Danforth said he values military service members and their sacrifices and that's why it’s important to him to return the items to the owner. Officials at the Ft. Sill Army base in Lawton say they are also trying to find the owner or owners of the items.

 

Grady County Fire Board Meets Tonight

Discussions on open meeting act procedures and rulings by the Oklahoma State Firefighter Pension Board are on tap for the monthly Grady County Fire Board meeting tonight.  The panel will also get an update on American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA funds. The group will go behind closed doors to discuss the acknowledgement of two new volunteers - Dallas Smith at Naples and Kimberly Ashbey at Friend. They will also discuss applications of new firefighters Leonard Santos at Ninnekah and Brandi Martinez at Acme. The fire board will meet at 7 o'clock tonight in the conference room of the Grady County Emergency Management Office.

 

Masonic Lodge to Hold Historic Cornerstone Ceremony

(Editor's Note: This is a corrected version of one that was previously published. The time of the ceremony has been changed) A special ceremony will be held by the Chickasha Masonic Lodge this weekend. Members of Lodge No. 94 will dedicate a cornerstone on the historic Masonic Lodge building in downtown Chickasha. The ceremony will be identical to the one that President George Washington performed when laying the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in 1793. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley is to issue a proclamation for the event which will be held at noon this Saturday, Nov. 19th at the lodge located at 112 1/2 South 6th Street. State Masonic Lodge officials will be on hand for the ceremony which is open to the public. The cornerstone will be set with a time capsule to include a variety of items which will be opened sometime in the future.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.14.

Natural gas is $5.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $21.99.

 

Obituary

Mary Naney

Funeral service for Mary Naney, 87, was held at 1:00 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 15th) at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Nov. 14th

 

Chix Schools May Seek Grants to Help Pay for Safe Rooms

Among the projects included in a $35 million bond proposal for Chickasha Public Schools that passed this summer are new safe rooms at Lincoln Elementary and Grand Elementary schools. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the costs of the projects are rising so they are looking at applying for additional federal funds that may be available to help pay for them.

 

              

 

The gymnasium at Lincoln Elementary and the library at Grand Elementary will double as safe rooms.

 

Chix Schools Site Teachers-of-the-Year Named

Five Chickasha teachers will be recognized for their work in the classroom. The Site Teachers of the Year are Allison Cofer at the high school; Cheryl Music-Sweeden at the middle school; Mandy Brooks at Lincoln Elementary; Lisa Youngblood at Grand Elementary; and Brandi Mantooth at the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center. All will be introduced during tonight’s board of education meeting and are candidates for the District Teacher of the Year Award with the winner to be selected next spring. Also during the school board meeting tonight, a couple of Lincoln school employees will be honored as the Chicken Express Employees of the Month. The certified employee is Mike Elliott and the support employee is Janice Cockrum. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Trio of USAO Alums Honored

Three USAO alumni were noted for their efforts during recent Homecoming ceremonies on campus. Chris Willard and Lonnie Iannazzo were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and Reagan Elkins received the young alumni award. Willard graduated in 2007 and is currently a senior vice president with Warner Brothers Discover. Ianazzo is a 2004 graduate and is a technology producer for a special effects company. Elkins is a 2013 graduate and began his own production company, Intellego Media. He produces commercials and music videos and worked closely with the producers of A Cowgirl's Song, the movie that was filmed entirely in Chickasha two years ago.

 

Tuttle Road Project Delayed

A utility project in Tuttle that will close down a portion of State Highway 92 has been delayed. A portion of the highway south of Main Street in Tuttle was to be closed this morning for utility work to be done by the city of Tuttle. The State Department of Transportation says the project is now scheduled to begin tomorrow, weather permitting.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $95.99.

Natural gas is $5.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,758 and silver is $21.57.

 

Obituary

Patricia Smith

Funeral service for Patricia Smith, 74, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17th at the Ninnekah Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

2022, Nov. 7th-12th

Saturday, Nov. 12th

 

Navy Veteran Addresses Veterans Day Gathering

A Grady County ceremony recognizing the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces was among many events held on Veterans Day across the country yesterday. The ceremony is usually held at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Chickasha's Shannon Spring Park but was moved indoors to the Chickasha Elks Lodge due to cold weather. Navy Veteran Ron Pearson was the guest speaker. Pearson served three tours in Vietnam and suffers from the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical used to burn foliage in the conflict.  Pearson said while all those who served and those who died while in the armed forces fought and continue to fight for the freedoms America enjoy - individuals don't have to join the military to protect them.


              

Pearson said the battle to preserve freedom is as simple as voting and speaking out about injustices. Grady County is the home of one of the oldest military veterans in the state. Burrel Gamble of Chickasha - now 101 years old - served as a pilot in World War Two and the Korean War.

 

County Fairgrounds Hosting Alpaca and Dog Shows

The Grady County Fairgrounds hosts a number of unique events throughout the year. And a couple of them are happening over the next two weeks. This weekend it's an event for Alpaca ranchers across the country called the Alpaca Blast-Off. Debbie Ashley is the president of Alpacas of Oklahoma and gives a description of the animals.

 

              

 

This is the second consecutive year for Alpacas of Oklahoma to hold this event in Chickasha. The event runs today and tomorrow and admission is free and open to the public. Vendors will have Alpaca fleece items for sale. Next weekend, the fairgrounds will host the Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows, where many top breeds from across the country will be competing for points to qualify for prestigious competitions such as the Westminster and the Eukanuba national dog shows.

 

'The Imaginaries' Release New Music

One of Grady County's favorite local recording groups, The Imaginaries, has released some new songs for the holidays. Maggie McClure and Shane Henry released them this week and debuted one of them at the grand opening of the new downtown park last week. They include This Christmas; Things are Gonna Be Alright; and several songs from the movie A Cowgirls Song including Oklahoma Stars;  Don’t Fence Me in; and Just Breathe with Darci Lynne.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Shirley Burns and Tammy Watts with the Grady County OHCE, which is the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group will be on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today are Chickasha School Superintendent Ric Croslin and Director of School Operations Dan Turner. There are podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, Nov. 11th

 

Chix Police Department Announces Promotion

A four-year veteran of the Chickasha Police Department has earned a promotion. Officer Scott Ely was promoted to the rank of sergeant in a ceremony at the police department yesterday. Interim Police Chief G.G. Music said Ely was among three candidates who applied and went through a rigorous process of testing and interviews.

 

              

 

The promotion process also included an interview with the chief and an oral board assessment where candidates had to complete 10 tasks under time and pressure. Ely will be one of the first-line supervisors on the night shift beginning this weekend.

 

Utility Work to Temporarily Close SH 92 in Tuttle 

A construction project in Tuttle will close down a portion of State Highway 92 next week. The turn lanes from Main Street which is State Highway 37 on to southbound State Highway 92 to Rabbit Road will be closed. That will start at 8:00 a.m. Monday and run through Wednesday. The reason for the closure is to allow the City of Tuttle to perform some utility work.  The intersection is expected to re-open next Thursday.

 

Anadarko Couple's Baby Born on the way to the Hospital

An Anadarko couple is celebrating the early birth of their baby girl. Natalie and Toby Anderson were on their way to a Lawton hospital Tuesday night when the child decided to enter the world before they reached their destination. KSWO-TV reports that Toby was at the wheel and they were near Lake Ellsworth when Natalie said the baby was coming. They had no choice but to pull over to the side of the road where Toby was able to assist with the delivery. The couple then called 9-1-1 and Apache EMS, the Porter Hill Fire Department, and the Comanche County Sheriff's Office all responded to take them the rest of the way.  Little Stella Kate checked in weighing 8 pounds and 9 ounces and everyone is doing fine.

 

Brewery Earns Awards at International Beer Competition

A Chickasha brewery earns some world-wide recognition in a recent beer competition. The Canadian River Brewery (CRB) received three medals during the Denver International Beer Competition. CRB's Baumholder brew, a Belgian Abbey Style Ale earned two medals - a gold medal in its category and a bronze medal in the Best of Show category. CRB’s Remediator brew which is a collaboration with Viridian Coffee also earned a bronze medal. The Denver competition has become one of the largest and most prestigious beer competitions in the country with more than 800 beers from more than 300 breweries entered. CRB co-owner Nigel Dunham said it is a great honor to receive this kind of validation at such a prestigious international competition.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.67.

Natural gas is $6.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,762 and silver is $21.58.

 

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Thursday, Nov. 10th

 

Consumer Spending Down Slightly in Grady County

Consumer spending at retail outlets throughout Grady County was down about 5 percent from July to August of this year. July has been the best month for consumer spending to date for 2022 – estimated at $95.5 million. The August estimate was $94.4 million. The estimate is based on the county’s monthly sales tax revenue. In October, the county received $708,000 which was sales taxes collected on purchases made in August. Here's the breakdown of how the sales tax revenue is spent (as approved by county voters): The Grady County Fairgrounds received $236,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received $209,000; $118,000 was divided equally among seven senior nutrition centers and each received $17,000; another $118,000 was divided equally among the 20 fire districts and each received $5,900; Tuttle EMS received $22,000; and Rush Springs EMS collected $5,400.

 

More Drought Relief Approved for State Ag Producers

Another $12 million in drought relief has been approved for Oklahoma ag producers. The state's Emergency Drought Commission allocated the funds in a meeting yesterday. State Ag Secretary Blayne Arthur –

 

              

 

The application deadline for this latest round of drought relief is Monday, Nov. 28th. Arthur said that $4.5 million remains in the drought relief fund and the commission will have another meeting next month to consider distributing those funds.

 

National Guard Unit Joins Battle Against Fentanyl

Some Oklahoma National Guard troops were among groups to get some specialized training to learn about opioid and Fentanyl-related deaths.  Members of the 63rd Civil Support Team attended recent training offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The agencies shared information on how to combat the drugs. A press release issued by the National Guard stated that over the last 10 years the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of opioid and Fentanyl overdose deaths has risen from 2,600 per year to more than 75,000 per year. Officials say they want to raise awareness on how severe Fentanyl can be and educate Oklahomans that it doesn’t take much to place the deadly drug into what looks like candy that kids can get a hold of.

 

Veterans Day Ceremonies This Weekend

Veterans Day is tomorrow and many ceremonies and parades will be held throughout the country. In Chickasha, the forecast for chilly weather will move the ceremony indoors. Instead of holding the ceremony at the Grady County Veterans Memorial at Shannon Springs Park, the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee will move the program to the Chickasha Elks Lodge at 1818 W. Country Club Rd. The ceremony is open to the public and it will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Elks Lodge will serve a free lunch to veterans and their guests afterwards. Tomorrow morning, Verden Public Schools will hold a breakfast for veterans and active military at 8:00 a.m. and a program will be held at the school gymnasium at 9:00 a.m.  On Saturday, the town of Blanchard will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade starting at 10:30 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.83 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.65.

Natural gas is $5.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,710 and silver is $21.21.

 

Obituaries

Olivia Craine-McDowell

Funeral service for Olivia Craine-McDowell, 97, of Anadarko will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19th at Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Arthur Slinkard

A memorial service for Arthur Slinkard, 74, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 9th

 

Oklahoma Governor Wins Re-election

Gov. Kevin Stitt will serve another four years at the state capitol. With more than 1.1 million Oklahomans going to the polls, Stitt was re-elected to his second term in office, collecting more than 55 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic challenger Joy Hoffmeister and two other candidates. In Grady County, nearly 18,000 voters went to the polls and Stitt picked up more than 68 percent of the vote. In Caddo County, more than 7,000 voters cast ballots and Stitt received nearly 59 percent of the vote. In McClain County, 15,000 ballots were cast with the governor receiving 67 percent of the vote; In Garvin County, there were more than 8,000 votes and Stitt received 68 percent. In Stephens County, 13,000 votes were cast and Stitt won that county with 68 percent.

Caddo County District 3 Voters Elect New Commissioner

There was a county commissioner race in Caddo County. Voters in district three elected Democrat Robert Weaver to the post. Weaver received more than 54 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Ricky Schuermann. Unofficial results show Weaver winning 1,491 to 1,234.

Apache Voters Approve Sales Tax Hike

Also in Caddo County, voters in Apache passed a one-half of one percent increase in the sales tax rate. Unofficial results indicate it passed with nearly 60 percent approval, 224 to 155.

 

Suspect Jailed for Lewd Acts with a Teenager

Previously Arrested Twice This Year

A man who was arrested earlier this year on separate complaints of domestic violence and larceny has been arrested again - for allegations of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager. 21-year old Justin Joseph Gelnar was most recently arrested by Chickasha last Friday. A probable cause affidavit indicates the girl's mother came home and found him with her 15-year old daughter. Gelnar then ran out of the house. Investigators later found Gelnar at a room at the Castle Inn where – according to the the affidavit - he admitted having inappropriate relations with the teen. Gelnar was first arrested by a Grady County sheriff’s deputy in February. Prosecutors charged him with a felony for domestic assault and he was was released on bond. His second arrest was in May, when Chickasha police arrested him in connection with a larceny investigation and prosecutors charged Gelnar with a misdemeanor. He's facing two felony counts of lewd acts to a child in connection with last week's arrest and he remains in jail on a $275,000 bond.

 

Soup Kitchen Volunteers to be Recognized

The Chickasha community is encouraged to show their appreciation to the volunteers and donors who help to operate the Chickasha Soup Kitchen. The volunteers serve about 150 meals per day, five days a week. Gina Crosley is a moderator for the soup kitchen's board of directors. She says those who volunteer to cook and serve clients are true treasures. The soup kitchen is a 100-percent volunteer operation and includes individuals from religious groups, civic clubs, and businesses. A come-and-go appreciation luncheon for those individuals will be held Saturday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the soup kitchen which is located at 520 West Pennsylvania Ave.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $95.36.

Natural gas is $6.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,712 and silver is $21.46.

 

Obituary

Erika Osborne

Funeral service for Erika Osborne, 79, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 8th

 

Downtown Chix Lamp Shades Struck Down Again

The issue of putting lamp shades and/or angels on the lamp posts in downtown Chickasha for the holidays was a major topic of discussion during last night's Chickasha City Council meeting. The first 45 minutes of the meeting included more than dozen people addressing the panel with the majority speaking in favor of the lamp shades. Among those speaking against them and the leg lamp that was recently erected downtown was Alva Charlson.

 

              

 

Speaking for the lamp shades was Jill Brinkley.

 

              

 

During its October 17th meeting the council voted unanimously against a proposal to buy the lamp shades. Last night, the council voted to re-consider that decision and four members changed their votes to ‘yes.’ They were Mayor Chris Mosley, and councilors Zach Grayson, Oscar Nelson, and Kia Ginn. Maintaining their ‘no’ votes were Brian Gerdes, Nate McCalla, Georgianne Hebbelthwhaite, and Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander. The proposal failed on the 4-4 vote as five votes are needed to pass any issue. Councilman Kelly Boyd did not attend last night’s meeting. City attorney Amanda Mullins had recommended that the council not approve the purchase of lamp shades over a concern of copyright or trademark infringement issues. Supporters say they had done some research and believed there were no copyright or trademark issues.

Council OKs Ambulance Purchase

The council gave its approval to buy a new ambulance for the fire department. The purchase was pending approval for reimbursement from the Grady County 522 EMS District. Mayor Mosley said the District approved the reimbursement at a cost not to exceed $350,000. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said the time-line to get the new ambulance would be between July of next year and July of 2024.

New Bay Doors OK'd for Fire Station

The council also approved the purchase of five bay doors to replace the current doors at fire station No. 1. An $84,000 bid from Duncan Overhead Doors was the winning bid.

Dispatch Center to be Moved to Police Department

 The panel also approved using $55,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to move the police department's dispatch center from the basement of Fire Station No. 2 to the police department. The project was approved to ensure the health and safety of city employees.

 

Mid-Term Elections Underway

It is Election Day across the country. In the Sooner State, Oklahomans are voting for candidates which include governor, lieutenant governor, state superintendent of schools, labor commissioner, and corporation commissioner. There are also some state house and senate seats up for election. At the federal level, all five of the state’s U.S. House of Representative seats are on the ballot as are both U.S. Senate seats. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $97.92.

Natural gas is $6.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,675 and silver is $20.82.

 

Obituaries

Pauline Smith

Funeral service for Pauline Smith, 85, of the Cement area will be held at 2:00 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 8th) at Sevier Funeral Home.

Chris Miller

Funeral service for Chris Miller, 88, of Verden will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9th at the First Baptist Church of Verden. Arrangements are with McCray Funeral Home.

Guy Huggins

Funeral service for Guy Huggins, 59, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends Fur Change, Santa's Workshop, or the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network.

 

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Monday, Nov. 7th

 

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Governor, Parole Board

in Connection with a 2021 Triple Homicide in Chickasha

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and the state pardon and parole board are being blamed for the deaths of three Chickasha residents that occurred last year. Attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit against the governor and the parole board in connection with the case of Lawrence Paul Anderson. The Oklahoman reports that Anderson - a convicted drug offender - had his sentenced commuted even though a grand jury investigation found Anderson was ineligible for commutation. Just a few weeks after his release in January of 2021 Anderson was arrested in connection with the deaths of his uncle Leon Pye, Pye’s 4-year old granddaughter Kaeos Yates, and a neighbor, Andrea Blankenship. The story received a lot of publicity when it was reported that Anderson cut out Blankenship's heart to eat it. The governor's office calls the lawsuit a political stunt since it was filed just a few days before tomorrow's election in which Stitt is running for re-election. A spokeswoman said the lawsuit could have been filed several months ago. She said if it was a serious lawsuit it would have been filed at that time instead of waiting until four days before the election.

 

Two Teens Hurt, One Critically, in Crash

Two teenagers were injured and one of them was last in critical condition after a weekend crash. A 16-year old boy who was a passenger in the car was pinned in the wreckage for an unknown period of time before Chickasha fire and EMS were able to get him out. The teen was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. The 17-year old driver was treated and released. The names of the teens were not publicized. The accident happened at 1:45 Saturday afternoon about a mile west of the Norge Highway on Country Club Road. The highway patrol reports that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the road, overturned several times, struck a fence, and came to rest in a field. Both teens were wearing their seatbelts.

 

Lt. Gov. Praises Chickasha 'Leg Lamp'

A large crowd turned out Saturday night for the opening of the first phase of Chickasha's new downtown park which included the lighting of the permanent 50-foot tall leg lamp that stands next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell was on hand for the ceremony. Pinnell is the secretary of tourism and said in order to promote growth in the state, the state must support tourism. And the leg lamp is a prime example.

 

              

 

Pinnell said tourism is the third largest industry in the state.


Meet-and-Greet Tonight for New Chix City Manager

Chickasha's new city manager was in attendance for Saturday night's celebration. Keith Johnson officially starts his new job today. Johnson was hired for the post earlier this year. He's been serving as the county administrator for Franklin County in Washington State. A meet-and-greet reception will be held prior to tonight's city meeting starting at 5:45 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Council May Consider Lamp Shade, Angel Compromise

Last month, the city council unanimously voted down a proposal to purchase decorative lamp shades similar to the one topping the 50-foot tall leg lamp to place on light poles in downtown Chickasha. Some residents opposed the proposal from the city’s economic development council, saying that lighted angels which had been used the last 20-years represented Christian beliefs during the holidays. The council may consider a compromise tonight as officials will propose a plan to use both the angels and the lamp shades. The council meeting will get underway at 6:30 tonight.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.61.

London-based Brent crude is $98.57.

Natural gas is $6.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,680 and silver is $20.73.

 

Obituary

‘Cabo’ Wilkerson

Funeral service for Carey ‘Cabo’ Wilkerson of Ninnekah will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10th at the Alex Southern Baptist Church Chapel. Viewing will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at Ferguson Funeral Home. Cabo was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a long-time Chickasha firefighter, and he and his wife Tez portrayed Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus for many years. Memorial contributions may be made to the India Shrine-Transportation Fund or the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Fund.

 

2022, Oct. 31st-Nov. 5th

Saturday, Nov. 5th

 

Opening Ceremony for Chix Leg Lamp Tonight

A big celebration will be held in downtown Chickasha tonight for the debut of the permanent version of the gigantic leg lamp which was recently constructed next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. The entire structure is 50-feet tall and is modeled from the leg lamp featured in the holiday movie 'A Christmas Story.' Jim Cowan with the economic development council says not everyone likes the leg lamp but it has received international attention.

 

              

 

The leg lamp is the first phase of a new downtown park that will be built in the next few years. Nearly $1.5 million in private funds were raised for this project. The opening ceremony will get underway about 5:30 this afternoon with entertainment from local children's dance studios, members of the Chickasha Community Theatre will perform excerpts from the groups upcoming holiday performance ‘A Christmas Story; The Musical’, and there will be a Red Ryder BB gun exhibit on display. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be on hand for the ceremony. Cowan said there are some surprises in store for the evening. The lamp will officially be lit at 7 o'clock followed by a free concert from The Imaginaries, Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, who have done a lot over the last few years to promote Chickasha in their music videos, and were co-producers of the motion picture A Cowgirl's Song which was filmed entirely in Chickasha.

 

Meet-and-Greet Set for New Chix City Manager

Chickasha's new city manager will have his first day on the job next week. Keith Johnson will officially take his post on Monday. A meet-and-greet reception for Johnson will be held before the city council meeting Monday evening, starting at 5:45 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall. In a prepared statement, Mayor Chris Mosley said the city council is excited to have Johnson continue moving the city in a positive direction. Mosley said his experience in finances will be an asset to the city. Johnson  previously served as the county administrator in Franklin County, Washington.

 

Lamp Shades vs. Angels, Part 2

A proposal to put lampshades on some light poles in downtown Chickasha is back on the city council agenda Monday night. Last month, the council unanimously voted against purchasing some lamp shades to adorn the light poles. The lamp shades are somewhat similar to the lamp shade on the 50-foot leg lamp by the railroad depot. There were complaints at the last city council meeting about not using the lighted angels which have been a fixture during the Christmas season downtown for about 20 years. Officials say many of those angels had fallen into disrepair. Officials will ask the city council to consider a compromise by using both the angels and the lamp shades. The city council will meet at 6:30 Monday night at city hall.

 

KOOL-RANCH Radio Stations Mourn Death of Long-Time Associate

KOOL 105.5, 106.1 The Ranch and Mollman Media are saddened to hear of the death of our friend and colleague Guy Huggins. He passed away last night after having heart bypass surgery earlier in the week. Guy was part of our broadcasts of high school football games, the co-host of the Saturday morning football coaches show, and the Saturday morning Swap  Shop program. Guy was a gentle giant who loved to help people, put a smile on their faces, and share stories of his days playing football at Kansas State.  Funeral services have not yet been set.

Carey 'Cabo' Wilkerson Also Passes Away

We also have learned of the death of Carey 'Cabo' Wilkerson. He was a retired firefighter and best known as being one of Santa Claus' top assistants during the Christmas season for more than 40 years. Funeral arrangements are also pending for ‘Cabo’ Wilkerson.

 

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Friday, Nov. 4th

 

What's on Area Ballots on Election Day?

As we draw closer to next Tuesday's mid-term elections there are national and state offices up for grabs but some areas have local races. That's not the case in Grady County, where voters will cast ballots in elections for governor, Lt. governor, attorney general, state treasurer, labor commissioner, state school superintendent, and corporation commissioner. There are also the two U.S. Senate seats, District 4 U.S. House of Representatives, and judicial retention posts to consider.

Caddo County

There is a county commissioner post to be filled. Republican Ricky Schuermann and Democrat Robert Weaver are on the ballot for the District 3 Commissioner seat. Voters in Apache will decide if the city sales tax should be increased by one-half of one percent.

McClain County

There is a race for District 42 State Representative between Republican incumbent Cindy Rowe and Democratic challenger Steve Jarman. There are also a couple of local judicial posts up for election. District Judge candidates are incumbent Michael Tupper and challenger Patrick Crowe. Associate District Judge candidates are incumbent Charles Gray and challenger William Devereaux.

Garvin County

There is also the district judge race between Michael Tupper and Patrick Crowe and a race for Associate District Judge between incumbent Steven Kendall and challenger Laura McClain.

Stephens County

There are four judicial elections including District Judge in Office 2 of District 5 between Brent Russell and Bobby Lewis; in Office 3 of District 5 between Neil West and Jay Walker; and in office 4 of District 5 between Scott Meadors and Brad Cox. There is also a race for Associate District Judge between Anthony Sykes and Lawrence Wheeler.

 

Early Voting Continues through Tomorrow

Oklahoma voters can still cast ballots before next Tuesday's general election. In-person, absentee voting can be done at election boards until 6 p.m. today and again from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Regular voting precincts will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Foster Homes Needed Throughout the Region, State

There is a tremendous need for foster families in Oklahoma. There are an estimated 6,700 children in DHS custody statewide and officials say the children all need safe and secure homes. Lourie Myers is a DHS foster care recruiter for the region. She says there are 125 children from Grady and Caddo counties in foster care and most of them are under five years old. In addition, most of them are being cared for in other counties and more than 30 children are separated from their siblings.

 

              

 

For information on becoming a foster family visit the website: www.okfosters.org

 

Overturned Truck Temporarily Closed Caddo County Highway

An overturned dump truck closed down a highway near Anadarko last night. It happened at the intersection of State Highway 9 and CS 2580 six miles west of Anadarko just before 8:30 p.m. The highway patrol did not provide any details about what happened. The roadway was shut down for about an hour.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.67.

Natural gas is $5.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,648 and silver is $19.78.

 

Obituaries

Viola Bollman

Funeral service for Viola Bollman, 72, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5th at Sevier Funeral Home.

James ‘Sleekie’ Slater

Funeral service for ‘Sleekie’ Slater, 58, of Midwest City will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5th at the Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Nov. 3rd

 

New Chix Park with Permanent Leg Lamp Grand Opening Set

The grand opening of the first phase of Chickasha's newest park will be this weekend. The downtown park features what officials say is the world's tallest permanent leg lamp. It’s a tribute to the leg lamp featured in the holiday movie classic "A Christmas Story." The lamp will officially be turned on Saturday night and the public is encouraged to attend. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council says-

 

              

 

Crews have spent the last year working on this first phase of the park which next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Nearly $1.4 million in private funds were raised to build this phase. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be on hand for the ceremony. Food trucks will also be available and entertainment includes actors from The Chickasha Community Theatre as they'll perform and sing segments from their upcoming performance of 'A Christmas Story: The Musical.’ Tim Elliott and Pat Brooks with the Chickasha Community Foundation will have short introduction with the flip-of-the-switch set for about 7 o'clock. Afterwards, the musical duo of The Imaginaries, Maggie McClure and Shane Henry will hold a free concert.

 

Anadarko Police Identify Suspect who Stole Ambulance

Anadarko police have identified the woman who stole an ambulance from the fire department and drove it to the hospital. 34-year old Thelma Rosalyn Sikes was taken into custody at the hospital. Police Chief Eric Harlan said the ambulance had a GPS tracker on it and they were able to find the unit within a couple of minutes after it was stolen. Harlan said she sideswiped a vehicle on Central Boulevard during the one-mile trip to the hospital. Sikes was arrested on complaints of larceny of a vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident; driving under the influence of intoxicants; and disturbing the peace. Harlan said they've had issues with Sikes before. On-line court records indicate she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault in the presence of a minor two years ago and was sentenced to 9 months in jail. She also had previous arrests for public intoxication. Sikes told police she wanted to go to the hospital because she was constipated.

 

Cyril Teen Allegedly Shoots His Dad

A Cyril teenager has been charged as a youthful offender after allegedly shooting his father last month. 17-year old Lance Moore appeared in Caddo County District Court in Anadarko this week. He's facing a charge of shooting with intent to kill. The Lawton Constitution reports that Moore shot his father in the back Oct. 23rd. Moore is to be back in court for a preliminary hearing conference on December 1st.

 

USAO, State Regents Team up for 'Teacher Pipeline' Program

USAO has teamed up with the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education to support what's called the teacher pipeline - an effort to encourage more individuals to be teachers. It's called the Oklahoma Future Teacher Scholarship and Employment Incentive program. It's also known as ‘Inspired to Teach’ which is a program created in the Oklahoma legislative session earlier this year. The program offers more than $5,000 scholarships to students. It includes scholarships of $1,000 per academic year for up to three years for full-time students who have earned less than 90 credit hours. The scholarship increases to $2,500 for the final academic year for full-time students with more than 90 credit hours. Dr. Sarah Layman is Dean of USAO's School of Education and also director of teacher education. She said the hope is the program will help ease the teacher shortage issue in the state by providing an incentive to attract candidates to the teaching field and help ensure they stay in Oklahoma.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is at an even $90 per barrel.

London-Based Brent crude is $96.16.

Natural gas is $6.27 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,621 and silver is $18.95.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 2nd

 

Chix PD Seeks Info on Dangerous Shoplifting Suspect

Chickasha Police are looking for information about two people involved in a shoplifting incident earlier this week and one of them should be considered armed and dangerous. A press release from the police department indicates that officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart Monday about a man and woman shoplifting. When store officials tried to make contact with the individuals a suspected identified as Justin Knight is alleged to have pulled a knife and started chasing the employee. The suspects ran out of the store and left in a green, older-model minivan driven by an unknown third person. Knight is Caucasian, about 6-1 and 140 pounds with short, black hair. He has a tattoo of an AK-47 on his right cheek, another tattoo near his right eyebrow, and another above the bridge of his nose. A photo of Knight, an unidentified woman, and the mini-van are all posted on the police department's Facebook page. Knight was just released from prison this past April after serving time for endangering others while eluding. A few weeks later, on-line court records show he was arrested on complaints of possession of a firearm after conviction and possession of a stolen vehicle but that case was dismissed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chickasha police at their non-emergency number: 405-222-6050.

'Persons-of-Interest' Sought for Theft are Identified

Police department officials also posted on Facebook that they have been able to identify two persons-of-interest wanted for questioning in connection with a theft from a local business. Authorities say they did get some leads from the public from the photos posted on social media over the last few days. Their names were not released.

 

OSBI Seeks Info on 30-year Old Chickasha Cold Case

The OSBI is asking for information about a Chickasha cold case. Kathyrine 'Mookie' Moore of Chickasha went missing in October of 1992. She was last seen about 8:00 p.m. on October 6th of that year walking from West Elementary School to her home in the 1200 block of Henderson. Her body was found five days later southwest of Ninnekah. The medical examiner determined she had been strangled. Anyone with information about the death of ‘Mookie’ Moore is asked to contact the OSBI anonymously by calling 800-522-8017 or by e-mailing information to tips@osbi.ok.gov

 

Woman Steals Anadarko Ambulance, Drives to Hospital

A bizarre incident in Anadarko yesterday where a woman stole an ambulance. A post on the fire department’s Facebook page says the unidentified woman walked into the fire station just after 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, stole the ambulance, drove down Central Boulevard to Physicians Hospital and sideswiped at least one vehicle along the way. As she attempted to enter the hospital she was taken into custody. The social media post indicates there was minor damage to the ambulance and the other vehicle but no one was injured.

 

Early Voting Underway in Oklahoma

In-person, absentee voting begins today - ahead of next Tuesday's general election. You can cast ballots at the election board in the county in which you are registered to vote. Early voting can be done today, tomorrow, and Friday between 8 a.m. at 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You'll need your voter registration card and an ID.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.80.

Natural gas is $5.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,658 and silver is $19.70.

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 1st

 

Gov. Kevin Stitt Campaigns in Chickasha

Gov. Kevin Stitt discussed issues ranging from the economy to school choice to economic development during a campaign stop in Chickasha yesterday. It was the second stop of the day for Stitt who was in Burns Flat Monday morning to announce that an aerospace company will be moving its headquarters from Mexico to Oklahoma. Stitt said Premium Aerospace Center will be investing millions of dollars at the Oklahoma Air and Space Port and creating hundreds of new jobs.

 

              

 

The company is expected to upgrade commercial airplanes including 737s and larger aircraft. Stitt addressed all the negative campaign ads being aired against him over the last few weeks and said that $50 million in dark money is being provided mostly by Native American tribes which are angry at the governor for his actions regarding gaming compacts between the tribes and the state. Stitt spent a few minutes with the media following his meeting with the public and discussed how the state was able to provide $23 million in drought relieve to agriculture producers.

 

              

 

Stitt is seeking a second term in office in next week's general election. His chief opponent is Democrat Joy Hoffmeister.

 

5 Arrested in Lindsay For Allegedly Selling Prescription Meds

Five people have been arrested in Lindsay after authorities say they were selling prescription pain-killing meds. Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullet says they believe the individuals were also selling the meds in Grady and Stephens counties. In custody are 68-year old Betty Williams who was prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other meds every 30 days. Mullet said the pills could be sold on the street for up to $20 each. Also arrested were 49-year old Karen Thompson, 34-year old Matthew Johnson, 25-year old Kalyn Steakly, and 25-year old Fury Stinnett. Mullet said they could also face racketeering charges. Investigators were led to the group after carrying out a search warrant for an unrelated child pornography investigation.

 

Former CHS Football Coach Steve Shklar Dies

Former Chickasha High School football coach Steve Shklar has died. Shklar was 71 when he passed away last Thursday. He was head coach for Chickasha a couple of years back in the 1980s and an assistant for previous head coach Dennis Cavalier. Shklar left Chickasha to coach at Yukon and he also coached at Alva and most recently was the head coach in Sperry, Oklahoma where he guided the team to the semi-finals of the Class 2A playoffs in 2019. A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Sperry High School Football Field. Arrangements are with Johnston Funeral Home in Sperry.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.53 per barrel.

London-based crude oil is $94.38.

Natural gas is $6.36 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,657 and silver is $19.93.

 

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Monday, Oct. 31st

(Burn ban remains in effect for Oklahoma County)

 

Chickasha Police Seek Persons-of-Interest

The Chickasha Police Department is asking the public for help in locating two persons-of-interest in connection with a theft from a local business. Authorities are looking for a Caucasian male and female. In a photo posted on the police department's Facebook page, the male appears to be 25-35 years old. He has a short gray moustache and beard and appears to have brown hair. He was wearing a stocking cap and a blue-and-white plaid, long-sleeve shirt. The woman appears to be 30-40 years old with short, blond hair. She was wearing a black shirt and a blue-jean jacket and glasses. See the photo on the police department's Facebook page and if you have information about them call the police department's non-emergency number: 405-222-6050.

 

Gov. Kevin Stitt to be in Chickasha Today

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will be in Chickasha today for a mid-day meet-and-greet. The governor will be at Standley Systems for an informal gathering at noon. Standley Systems headquarters is at 6th and Iowa Ave. across the street from the Chickasha Library. The event is open to the public and a light lunch will be provided. Stitt is looking for a second term as governor in next week's election. His top challenger is Democrat Joy Hoffmeister with Independent Ervin Yen and Libertarian Natalie Bruno also on the ballot.

 

Early Voting Begins Wednesday for General Election

Early voting begins this Wednesday for next week's general election. Individuals can cast ballots at the election board office in the county in which they are registered to vote. Early voting is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Early voters will have to show their ID and voter registration cards. Regular precincts will be open next Tuesday, Nov. 8th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Chickasha Ne'ewollah Festival Tonight

Downtown Chickasha will be invaded by hundreds of trick-or-treaters tonight. The Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Ne'ewollah Festival with many businesses offering treats for the youngsters and a number of activities to be held including a carnival at the YMCA, disc golf, a petting zoo, and festive photo-booth opportunities.. Trick-or-treating will only be on Chickasha Avenue between 4th and 8th Streets. There is a costume and pet parade, and a costume contest with some cash prizes awarded. The costume contest will be held in front of the KOOL-RANCH studios on the corner of 7th and Chickasha Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. The Ne'ewollah Festival runs from 5 to 7 o'clock tonight.

 

State's Air and Space Port to Make 'Big' Announcement

State officials are being mum about what is said to be a big announcement for Oklahoma's Air and Space Port this morning. According to the OK Energy Today website the announcement is expected to bring significant jobs and investments to the region. Gov. Kevin Stitt is to be on hand for the announcement.  The facility is the former Clinton-Sherman Air Base in Burns Flat.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $95.77.

Natural gas is $5.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,641 and silver is $19.02.

 

2022, Oct. 24th-29th

Saturday, Oct. 29th

(Burn ban remains in effect for Oklahoma County)

 

Biker Hospitalized After Crash

A motorcycle rider is in fair condition after crashing his bike. 22-year old Jace Tunstall of Blanchard was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition with head, arm, leg, and trunk injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The accident happened just after 11:15 p.m. Friday about a half-mile south of Tuttle on CS 2980. It wasn't clear what happened although it had been raining much of the evening and the roadway was wet. The highway patrol reports that officials are still investigating the accident.

 

Grady County Jury Duty Canceled Next Week

Grady county residents who received a summons for jury duty next week are off the hook. Officials at the Grady County courthouse say the jury docket has been canceled.

 

Refuge Considers Building Cell Phone Tower

Officials with the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge are considering building a cell phone tower in the refuge. Authorities are seeking public comment on the proposal. They say the tower would be valuable to help with emergency responses and improve communication throughout the refuge as there is limited cell service in the area. The tower would support multiple cellular carriers, radio equipment, and provide fiber-optic cable for use at the visitor's center and new administrative and maintenance complex. The proposal is to build a 320-foot tower southeast of State Highways 49 and 115 just east of the visitors center. A draft of the proposal is available on the refuge website fws.gov/media or you can e-mail: wmr_publiccomments@fws.gov

Public comments need to be submitted by midnight on Monday, Nov. 28th.

 

Report: Feds Concerned About Texas Power Grid

There are concerns that the power grid south of the Red River is no stronger or better than when it nearly collapsed during the Polar Vortex that occurred in February of 2021. The Polar Vortex brought an extended period of sub-zero temperatures to Oklahoma, Texas and many states in middle America. The website OK Energy Today cites a report from the Austin American-Statesman that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the grid is just as vulnerable now as it was more than a year and a half ago. The Texas Public Utility Commission denies the report with one official saying it contains inaccuracies.

 

State Rig Count Steady

The number of rigs searching for oil and gas in Oklahoma is holding steady. Baker Hughes is reporting that the Sooner State added one more rig this week which bring the total to 66. That's an improvement from the same time a year ago when the rig count was only 43. There are a few rigs going up in the Chickasha area. There is one northwest of Ninnekah near the U.S. Highway 81 and State Highway 19 junction. Two rigs are going up east of Chickasha with a site is under construction just east of the H.E. Bailey and U.S. Highway 62 intersection. Another is near the U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 92 junction.

 

'Haunted Hotel' Open One Night Only

For those of you wanting a little scare in your Hallowe'en weekend the USAO Art Wrecker Studio is hosting a Haunted Hotel tonight. The Art Wrecker studio is on Chickasha Avenue next to MidFirst Bank. Admission is $12 at the door and it will be open for those who dare to enter from 7 to 10 o'clock tonight.

 

Anadarko Chamber to Host Trunk-or-Treat

Ghosts and ghouls, princesses and pirates and others are welcome to a trunk-or-treat event in Anadarko tonight. The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event in the parking lot of Warrior Fieldhouse near the high school. Businesses, tribal groups, churches, and others are welcome to set up a spot to provide treats for the kiddos. There's no need to contact anyone to reserve a space just show up and decorate your area. One trunk-or-treat vendor will receive a gift basket of $100 in items and gift cards from Anadarko area merchants. Trunk-or-Treat in Anadarko runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

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Friday, Oct. 28th

(Burn ban remains in effect for Oklahoma County)

 

Many Oklahoma Counties Said to be 'Child Care Deserts'

Grady County and others in the region are among 34 counties that are considered to be child care deserts. A child care desert is identified as an area where there is not enough licensed child care operations to support the needs of working families. McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, Comanche, and Garvin counties are also considered to be child care deserts. The state Department of Human Services has grants available to help increase accessibility to quality child care in those areas. The grants can be used to create new child care programs or help existing programs increase their licensed capacities. Applications for the grants will be accepted through July 31st of next year or until funds are depleted. For information visit the website: www.okchildcaregrants.com

 

Crash Sends Three People to Hospitals

Three people are hospitalized after two vehicles collide near Elgin.  78-year old Renate Goucher of Chickasha was last in critical condition while 70-year Marvel Goucher of Verden and 73-year old Betty Cade of Lawton were both last in fair condition. The accident happened just before noon yesterday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 277 and Porter Hill Road about four miles west of Elgin. The highway patrol reports that the Gouchers were in a vehicle that was westbound on the highway and failed to stop at a stop sign. Their car was hit by a van driven by Cade. Renate Goucher was air-lifted to a Wichita Falls hospital. Marvel Goucher and Cade were taken by separate ground ambulances to a Lawton hospital. The trooper investigating the crash says inattention to driving may have led to the crash. All three individuals were wearing their seatbelts.

 

Chickasha Library Programs

Here are a couple of items from the Chickasha Public Library. The Friends of the Library used book sale wraps up this weekend. A lot of materials are available including books of fiction for all ages, non-fiction books, DVDs, books on CD, and reference materials. All proceed will be used to purchase new books and materials. The used book sale runs through tomorrow. And the libary's monthly Let's Read About It series which was scheduled for next week has been postponed. The program has been re-scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14th. The book to be reviewed is called The Plague of the Doves by Louise Erdrich. It is a fictional story based on real events from the 1890s that explores racial injustice and its effects on the relationship between Native American and Caucasian communities in North Dakota. For information on either program contact the Chickasha Public Library.

 

Talk Show Topics

Lourie Myers with the state Department of Human Services foster family program will be on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today our guests are USAO men's basketball coach Chris Francis and women's basketball coach Darrick Matthews. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.96.

Natural gas is $5.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,653 and silver is $19.21.

 

Obituaries

Wanda Craddock

 Funeral service for Wanda Craddock, 89, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29th at the First Baptist Church of Ninnekah. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Elizabeth ‘Deanna’ Nabors

Funeral service for ‘Deanna’ Nabors, 85, of Weatherford and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31st at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Thursday Night High School Football

Chickasha 50, Mustang JV 36

 

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Thursday, Oct. 27th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Cleveland and Oklahoma counties)

 

Chix Schools Among Districts Getting Grants

to Purchase Electric School Buses

KOOL-RANCH news recently reported that the Chickasha Public School district was among 400 districts nationwide to receive a federal grant to help purchase electric school buses. More than $26 million in grants were issued under the Biden Administration's Clean School Bus rebate competition. The grant recipients were formally announced in a ceremony yesterday. The website OK Energy Today reports that officials hope the electric buses will accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities. Many of the grant applicants received help from the Lion Electric Company, a Canadian-based manufacturer of EV buses. Chickasha received nearly $2 million to help purchase five buses. Chickasha officials hope to have the buses added to the fleet some time next spring.

 

'Not Guilty' Verdict Rendered in Negligent Homicide Trial

A Grady County jury finds a Chickasha woman not guilty of negligent homicide. Rebecca Cook was charged with a misdemeanor in connection with a traffic accident that killed a Minco teenager in April of 2019. The verdict was issued yesterday following a 2 1/2 day trial in Grady County District Court. The accident resulted in the death of 17-year old Logan Dobson who was a junior at Minco High School.

 

Help for the Homeless and Needy Families Set Friday

Recently the Chickasha City Council heard comments from citizens that the city needs to be doing more to help the homeless. There is a group called the Chickasha Community Alliance which been working to lend a hand. The alliance includes service organizations like the Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo counties and Life Skills Institute as well as local churches.  The alliance will be hosting what it calls a point-in-time count and a resource fair tomorrow for those experiencing homelessness. The resource fair will be held at the First Baptist Church parking lot from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. A hot meal will be provided, as will hygiene products, survival kits, flu shots, take-home COVID 19 tests, and resource lists of locations of where assistance may be available. Lt Crystal McFarland with the Salvation Army said the meal and resources are available for any needy family in the area.

 

National FFA Convention Underway

A lot of FFA students from the region are attending the National FFA Convention in Indiana this weekend.  It's the 95th annual convention with an estimated 65,000 FFA members, advisors, and guests attending. Scott Stumpf is the CEO of the National FFA Organization. He says the event connects students to the ag industry. He talks about one of the most interesting exhibits.

 

              

 

Oklahoma has about 2,000 FFA students at the convention.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $95.69.

Natural gas is $5.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,665 and silver is $19.31.

 

Obituaries

Loretta Jackson

Funeral service for Loretta Jackson, 87, of the Chickasha and Verden area will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Haril Walker

A memorial service for Haril Walker of Chickasha will be held Saturday, Oct. 29th at Cowboy Country Church. A meal for the family will be held at noon with the memorial service to begin at 1:00 p.m.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 26th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Cleveland and Oklahoma counties)

 

'A Cowgirls Song' Wins Awards at Film Festival

A movie filmed in Chickasha a couple of years ago earned some hardware in a recent film festival. 'A Cowgirls Song' picked up eight awards from The Wild Bunch Film Festival in Tucson, Ariz. According to a Facebook post from The Imaginaries (Maggie McClure and Shane Henry), the movie received the award for Best Modern Day Western Feature. In that same category Savannah Lee May was named Best Actress; Darci Lynn Farmer was named Best Supporting Actress; Tim Armstrong was named Best Director; The Imaginaries-written song, Hailey's Comet which was performed by Savannah Lee May was named the Best Score or Song; the cast won Best Ensemble; it was named Best Family Western; and Cheryl Ladd was named the Director's Choice for Best Actress.

 

Governor Touts New Laws Helping Military Veterans

Gov. Kevin Stitt was in southwest Oklahoma yesterday and held a ceremonial bill-signing event for legislation supporting veterans who served in the armed forces. The event was hosted by the Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce and the governor discussed the benefits of the measures which were all signed into law. Among them is SB 401 which provides total tax exemptions to veterans. The measure allows the state's estimated 36,000 retired service members to deduct their retirement income from state income tax; SB 1670 provides sales tax exemptions to widows of military members who died in combat; HB 3649 provides sales tax-exemptions to veteran-affiliated organizations; HB 3709 allows veterans in public retirement systems to purchase military service credits; and HB 1067 establishes a program to ensure dignified burials for certain veterans.

 

One Arrested After Convenience Store Knife Fight

Two men get into a knife fight at a convenience store and one of them was arrested on an assault complaint. Chickasha police were called to the Love's North convenience store early Saturday morning to investigate. A probable cause affidavit indicates one of the men tried to buy beer but he was told the store couldn't sell beer after midnight. The store clerk alleged that the suspect started causing a disturbance and another customer intervened and pushed the suspect out the door. Both men produced knives. The suspect is alleged to have tried to stab the other customer and threatened to kill him. The intervening customer cut the suspect's hand and finger. Paramedics were called but the suspect refused treatment. Police arrested 46-year old Antwan Johnson but the other customer was not. Prosecutors have charged Johnson with a felony of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor for public intoxication. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Downtown Chix to Have 'Haunted Hotel'

Hallowe'en is just a few days away and there will be a haunted house to visit for those who have the courage to do so. Actually, it is a haunted hotel that has been created by USAO students at the University's Art Wrecker studio in downtown Chickasha. Studio director Jordan Vinyard said they have actual pieces of the historic Alpine Hotel that was once a downtown focal point. It's said there will be bizarre environments, elaborate costumes, and plenty of scares. It will be open one-night only, Saturday, Oct. 29th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance on-line at usao.edu/hauntedhouse or $12 at the door.

 

Chix Chamber of Commerce Honored at State Meeting

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce earns some state recognition. The chamber picked up the honors at the annual Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards meeting in Tahlequah last weekend. The group was presented with a Communications Excellence Award for the Chickasha Chamber Chatter Podcast and its 2022 Chickasha Community Guide. The chamber’s membership coordinator Whitney Palesano was recognized for graduating from the Chamber Management Institute.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.52.

Natural gas is $5.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,673 and silver is $19.63.

 

Obituary

Ronnie Climer

Funeral service for Ronnie Climer, 63, of Chickasha will be held at 10:-00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Oct. 25th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Cleveland and Oklahoma counties)

 

Suspect Faces 91 Counts of Forgery

More than 90 felony charges of forgery have been filed against a Chickasha woman for allegedly writing dozens of checks to herself totaling more than $400,000.  49-year old Tamara Radonna Walters was arrested by Chickasha police last week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Walters forged 91 checks between January of 2021 and December of 2021. The document also indicates that Walters managed to gain possession of an individual's checkbook and that Walters was not listed as an authorized signer on the account. All 91 checks were for more than $3,000 each and the total amount taken was nearly $450,000. The affidavit indicates that Walters admitted to the forgery, that she had a gambling addiction and spent the money at a casino. Walters was arraigned on the charges in Grady County District Court yesterday and she is out of jail after posting a $100,000 bond. She's to announce her attorney Nov. 3rd and a preliminary hearing conference was set for Nov. 9th.

 

Jury Selection Begins in Negligent Homicide Trial

A woman charged with negligent homicide in connection with the traffic death of a Minco teenager is on trial this week. Jury selection began yesterday in Grady County District Court in the case against Rebecca Cook of Blanchard. Cook was charged with a misdemeanor following the fatal accident that occurred in April of 2019. The accident claimed the life of 17-year old Logan Dobson who was a junior at Minco High School. The accident happened on U.S. Highway 81 about a mile north of the Chickasha Airport. The highway patrol reported that Cook was southbound on the highway and turned in front of an oncoming pickup – and the pick-up crashed into Cook’s vehicle. Dobson was a passenger in the pick-up.

 

Burn Bans Lifted for Several Area Counties

Burn bans which have been in effect for a number of area counties have been lifted. That includes Grady, Stephens, Garvin, and McClain counties. Oklahoma and Cleveland counties remain under burn bans. Much of the state has received beneficial rainfall over the last couple of days. Rainfall totals at Mesonet sites throughout the region show that Chickasha has received  1 3/4 inches of rain; Minco, 2 ¼ inches; Rush Springs 1.6 inches; Ft. Cobb received about two inches; and Apache about 2.3 inches.

 

Schlumberger Changes Company Name

There has been a name change for an energy company whose name is often mispronounced. Schlumberger has announced that it is now known as SLB. According to the website OK Energy Today, the Houston and Paris-based firm is rebranding itself as a technology firm going after more clean-energy space work. Schlumberger has been the world's biggest oilfield services provider. Company officials say the name change couldn't have come at a better time at a critical point in the industry. The representative said digital is the future of the industry.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $84.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.26.

Natural gas is $5.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,643 and sliver is $18.77.

 

Obituaries

Brent Layton

Funeral service for Brent Layton, 59, of Pocasset will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26th at Erin Springs Baptist Church in Lindsay. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Shirley Ibsen

Funeral service for Shirley Ibsen, 85, of the Chickasha and Ninnekah area will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27th at Chickasha's First Assembly of God Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Deacon Slater

Funeral service for Deacon Slater, 58, of Midwest City is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Oct. 24th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

Proposed Sales Tax Increase for Chix to be Considered

The Chickasha City Council will discuss a proposal to ask voters to increase the city's sales tax tonight. The topic is the only item to be reviewed during a special work session. Mayor Chris Mosley said a 1/4-cent increase in the city sales tax rate would bring in about $875,000 more per year with the funds to be used for police, fire, and safety measures. Any sales tax increase proposal would have to get the approval of city voters before it could be enacted. The city's current sales tax rate is 3.75 percent. No formal action can be taken during tonight's work session. If the council does eventually decide to call for an election it wouldn't take place until after the first of the year. The work session is open to the public and will get underway at 6 o'clock tonight at city hall.

 

New Businesses Seek Sign Permits

A number of new businesses opening in downtown Chickasha are looking to put signs on their buildings. Six new businesses will have their sign permit applications considered by the city's Historic Preservation Committee today. They are: L and L Emporium at 313 Chickasha Ave.; Brink's Boutique at 408 Chickasha Ave.; Dab Daddy's Dispensary at 411 Chickasha Ave.; Downtown Tattoo at 421 Chickasha Ave.; Roberto's Tex-Mex and Cantina at 117 N. 2nd; and Courtesy Loans at 302 Kansas Ave. The Historic Preservation Committee meets at 4 o'clock this afternoon at city hall.

 

Turnpike Crash Slows Sunday Traffic

 An accident on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike just outside of Chickasha slowed traffic on the interstate for a short time yesterday. The accident happened just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the westbound lanes of the highway near mile marker 86. The highway patrol did not give any details about the accident other than it was a vehicle collision. The inside westbound lane of the turnpike was closed for about 30 minutes

 

Grady County Historical Society Prepares for Annual Meeting

The Grady County Historical Society and Museum keeps getting new items almost on a weekly basis. Museum curator Pat Cunningham describes some recent donations from hundreds of miles away that are more than 100 years old.

 

              

 

Cunningham said the family has promised even more contributions. The historical society’s annual meeting and banquet will be held Monday, Nov. 7th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Guest speaker is Oklahoma author and historian John Dwyer. Stop by the museum for information or check out the Grady County Historical Society's Facebook page.

 

CHS Native American Group Sets Indian Taco Sale

The Chickasha High School's Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Native American program will be holding a benefit Indian Taco sale next month. The Masonic Lodge will be helping with the project. The fundraiser will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16th but you can place orders now until Monday, Nov. 14th. The Indian Tacos are $8 each and can be picked up at the Masonic Lodge at 112 ½ S. 6th St. Orders of five or more can be delivered. E-mail: chickashajom@gmail.com for tickets and other information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.50.

Natural gas is $4.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,653 and silver is $19.15.

 

Obituaries

Donald ‘Don’ Tallent

A memorial service for ‘Don’ Tallent, 92, of Chickasha will be held in Delta, Colorado next spring. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Jim ‘Coop’ Cooper

A memorial service for Jim ‘Coop’ Cooper, 69, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27th at the First Baptist Church of Ninnekah. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2022, Oct. 17th-22nd

Saturday, Oct. 22nd

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

Child Sex Offender Sentenced

A Florida man pleads guilty to child molestation charges filed against him in Caddo County. 54-year old Robert Elgin Mister Messer of Bradenton, Fla. was arrested by Anadarko police in February of 2021 on allegations of child sexual abuse. After initially pleading not guilty to the charges in January of this year he admitted guilt last month. Yesterday, District Judge Kory Kirkland sentenced Messer to serve three consecutive 25 year prison  terms - though 15-years of each sentence were suspended which means Messer will be behind bars for 30 years so he'll be nearly 80 years old before he would be eligible for parole.

 

Ninnekah Wells Produce Lots of Natural Gas

A lot of natural gas is being produced at wells drilled just outside of Ninnekah. Continental Resources filed completion reports on the wells with the state corporation commission recently. The George wells are four wells on a single pad about three miles northeast of Ninnekah. They were bringing in a combined 35,000 Mcf of natural gas and about 1,200 barrels of oil per day. The wells are in Range 6 North and 6 West in Township 17. The wells are in the Woodford formation and were drilled to depths of about 25,000 feet.

 

USAO Prof is Part of Civil War Documentary

A USAO professor is featured in a new documentary about the Civil War. Dr. James Finck appears in the documentary entitled The Battle of Honey Springs. Directed by Oklahoma native Bryan Beasley, the film references the largest Civil War engagement in the area that was Indian Territory well before Oklahoma statehood. Finck is an associate professor of history at the university and he has spent much of his career researching The Battle of Honey Springs. Every summer, he teaches a course at the historic site which is in eastern Oklahoma near Checotah. He has his students lead tours and explain the relevance of the site to the histories of both Oklahoma and the United States. By the way, the documentary won the Oklahoma Showcase Award at its world premiere at Oklahoma City's DeadCenter Film Festival, and won best documentary at DocOKC and the Bass and Belle Film Fest in Muskogee. It is expected to air in syndication on PBS affiliates around the country next spring.

 

Talk Show Topics

Debbie Ashley with Alpacas of Oklahoma is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. She'll be talking about the group's Alpaca Blast Off national show that will be held in Chickasha next month. On Real Estate today this week's guests are Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society and author/historian John Dwyer discussing the society's upcoming annual meeting and Dwyer's new book. There are podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Jim ‘Coop’ Cooper

A memorial service for Jim ‘Coop’ Cooper, 69, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27th at the First Baptist Church of Ninnekah. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Clinton 40, Chickasha 7

Anadarko 49, Mt. St. Mary 9

Blanchard 47, Bridge Creek 0

Tuttle 40, Tecumseh 6

Newcastle 51, Classen SAS 12

Hinton 19, Minco 18

Elmore City 20, Rush Springs 8

Stratford 28, Dibble 6

Apache 16, Walters  0

Carnegie 21, Empire 14

Lindsay 28, Community Christian 14

Marlow 28, Sulphur 10

8-Man

Cyril 18, Alex 0

Corn Bible Academy 58, Bray-Doyle 12

No. 3 Tipton 46, No. 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 0

Maud 52, Maysville 6

Waurika 56, Central High 6

 

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Friday, Oct. 21st

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

OKC Police Officer, Wife Arrested in Grady County

An Oklahoma City police officer and his wife were arrested at their Grady County home yesterday. Arrest warrants for drug allegations had been issued for 49-year old Dean Yancy Walt Forbes – who is a sergeant with the Oklahoma City Police Deparatment - and 47-year old Sandra Joy Forbes. They were taken into custody at their home near Alex. Sgt. Forbes has been an Oklahoma City police officer for about 15 years, according to Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess. Grady County's DEA officer Deputy Jim Peek began investigating the couple last month when they both overdosed on cocaine and magic mushrooms. Dean Forbes reportedly told investigators he spent about $1,000 a month on illicit drugs. Forbes is on administrative leave from his post with Oklahoma City police. Both are charged with felonies which include distribution of a controlled, dangerous substance; possession of CDS; and maintaining a place for keeping or selling drugs. They could have their initial appearances on the charges in Grady County District Court today.

 

Verden Suspect Faces Sexual Battery Allegations

A Verden man is arrested for the alleged sexual battery of a female relative. 42-year old Jose Ernesto Ramirez was taken into custody this week after the victim reported the alleged assault. In a probable cause affidavit, it states that the woman told Verden Police Chief Jason Cox that the assaults have being going on for several days. She alleged that Ramirez physically kept her from leaving the house and going to work, and that he took her cell phone away from her. She said Ramirez threatened her life and the lives of her pets and even the lives of police if they were to show up. The victim managed to get out of the house when she told Ramirez she had to go work. Cox arrested Ramirez at the home without incident. Prosecutors have charged Ramirez with a felony count of sexual battery and misdemeanors of domestic abuse and threatening violence. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Anadarko to Host Kids, Kites, and Frights

There are a couple of events in the area which are expected to draw some big crowds this weekend. In Anadarko it's Kids, Kites, and Frights with numerous activities at the Anadarko Airport. The City of Anadarko is bringing in a Missouri firm called Great American Kites. These are some of the largest kites you will ever see. Sean Beaver says one of them is similar to a wind sock which is nearly the length of a football field.

 

              

 

In addition to the kites, there are numerous activities for kids and adults. There's a 5K and fun-run in the morning where participants are encouraged to wear super hero costumes. There is a Hallowe’en costume contest, food trucks, vendors, a car show, Native American exhibits and cornhole and arm wrestling tournaments. Activities at the airport begin at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

Blanchard Hosts Blowin' Smoke BBQ Cook-off

In Blanchard, it’s the annual Blowin' Smoke Barbecue Cook-off where teams are competing for a $500 top prize. Activities begin in Lions Park at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow with vendors and live music. Judging starts at 3:30 p.m. with tasting starting at 4:30 p.m. You have to buy a wristband to taste the entries. Adult wristbands are $10 and they are $5 for kids. The event is put on by the Blanchard Chamber of Commerce.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.38.

Natural gas is $5.36 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,629 and silver is $18.32.

 

Obituaries

Haril Walker

Funeral service for Haril Walker, 84, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

LaVonda Davis

A memorial service for LaVonda Davis, 69, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Katherine ‘Kay’ Leduc

Memorial service for ‘Kay’ Leduc, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24th at the First Baptist Church of Verden. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Oct. 20th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

State, Federal Officials Asked to Investigate

Another Another Massive Hand Sanitizer Fire

There was another huge hand sanitizer fire at a storage site between Chickasha and Ninnekah yesterday. It was the third such fire that has taken place over the last three months. Yesterday, it was at H and B Machine and Manufacturing which is just south of the U.S. Highway 81 and State Highway 19 junction. That's just a half-mile from where the first hand sanitizer fire destroyed the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company.  News reports indicate that Ninnekah Police Chief Scott Miller and District Attorney Jason Hicks both asked the OSBI to take over the investigation and officials have also asked federal agencies to look into the matter. As many as 2,000 pallets of expired hand sanitizer were believed to be inside and outside the metal building at the Ninnekah property. Bordwine Development Company was reported to have been leasing the facilities to store the expired sanitizer where the fires occurred. The state department of environmental quality issued a $6.6 million fine against the company after authorities say the firm dumped thousands of gallons of sanitizer into bar ditches near the site of the first two fires back in August.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Proposed Sales Tax Hike

Chickasha residents may be asked to increase the city sales tax to help pay for police, fire, and safety measures. The Chickasha City Council will have a special work session next week to discuss the plan. The council will discuss proposing a ¼-penny sales tax increase to residents when they meet Monday night. Mayor Chris Mosley estimated it could bring in $875,000 a year and  based his estimate on last year's sales tax revenues. A number of residents attended this week's city council meeting to complain of increased crime activity in their neighborhood. Any sales tax increase proposal would have to get the approval of city voters. Should the council follow-through with sending the issue to voters an election would not be held until next year

 

Matriarch of Stidham Trailer Company Dies

A co-founder of one of Chickasha's well-known horse-trailer manufacturing companies has died. Anita Stidham, the wife of the late Jack Stidham passed away Monday. She was 91. The Stidhams opened their company in 1958 during a time when Chickasha was known as the Horse Trailer Manufacturing Capital of the World. Anita was born in McClain County in 1931 and the family moved to the Hawkins Community north of Alex when she was a child. In addition to running the trailer company Jack was also a well-known fiddle player. A graveside service for Anita Stidham was held at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday, Oct. 20th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Coffee with a Cop Set for Friday Morning

Chickasha residents have an opportunity to meet some of the city's police officers in an informal gathering. Coffee with a Cop will be held in downtown Chickasha tomorrow morning at Iron Tree Coffee at 115 South 4th which is right behind Jay's Jewelry. Parking is available in the municipal parking lot in the 300 block of Kansas Avenue. Coffee with a Cop will run for a couple of hours from about 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

U.S. Senate Candidate Stops in Chickasha

U.S. Senate candidate Madison Horn spent some time in Chickasha this week. The Democrat is among those looking to unseat incumbent Republican James Lankford. She says Democrats and Republicans have to work together to battle economic issues like inflation and rising interest rates.

 

              

 

Horn is one of three candidates looking to oust Lankford. Also on the ballot are Independent candidate Michael Delaney and Libertarian candidate Kenneth Blevins.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.41.

Natural gas is $5.46 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,639 and silver is $18.53.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 19th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

OSBI: Man Fatally Shot by Anadarko Police was Armed

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) reports that the man who was shot and killed by Anadarko police this past weekend was armed. The agency posted updated information on its official Facebook page indicating that police saw Angel Jiminez with a gun as he began running away after the vehicle he was in was pulled over for a traffic violation. Officers gave Jiminez numerous commands to drop the weapon. He did not comply, and Jiminez turned toward officers with the gun. That's when the officers fired their guns. Authorities still have not indicated why the vehicle was pulled over.

 

Grady County Burn Ban Extended

Grady County Commissioners extended a burn ban for the region this week. The ban continues through next Monday, Oct. 24th. While the area did see between one and one-and-a-half inches of rain over the weekend and has had cooler temps the last few days - the forecast is for temps to climb to the mid-80s Friday through Sunday and winds to increase which will elevate the fire threat for much of western Oklahoma. The latest burn ban map on the State Department of Agriculture website shows that Garvin, McLain, and Cleveland counties also remain under burn bans. Bans have been lifted in Stephens, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties.



More Drought Relief Approved for Ag Producers

More drought relief has been approved for the state's farmers and ranchers. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission has approved an additional $5 million to help producers. Trey Lam with the conservation commission says more than 1,300 applications have been filed as producers look for help to clean out ponds, drill water wells, and other projects. Lam said producers should stop by their local FSA office before applying. Lam said producers cannot double-dip for projects. If they've already been approved for a project through FSA they won't be available for drought relief for the same project. For grazing losses, Lam said FSA is accepting applications from all livestock producers and not just cattle. The payment rate for drought is equal to 60 percent of the lesser of monthly feed costs for covered livestock, or the normal carrying capacity of the eligible grazing land.

 

Leg Lamp Topped with Lamp Shade

One of the final pieces of Chickasha's permanent leg lamp was hoisted into place yesterday. The 10-foot tall pale-yellow lamp shade was lifted above the 30-foot leg near the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Crews from Johnson's Cranes were challenged by some light winds but the connection was made without any problems. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council says there are still a few things to do before the project is considered complete.

 

              

 

The Saturday, Nov. 5th opening will be highlighted by a performance of The Imaginaries, Maggie McLure and Shane Henry.

 

Winter Gas Bills Expected to be Higher

If you heat your home with natural gas you’ll probably be paying more this winter.

 

              

 

 

That’s Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.03.

Natural gas is $5.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,644 and silver is $18.49.

 

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Tuesday, Oct. 18th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Chix Residents Air Concerns of Crime Increase

Chickasha residents speak out about a rise in crime in their neighborhood. A number of individuals voiced their concerns during last night’s city council meeting. About 10 individuals spent nearly an hour describing what they say are drug houses and increasing problems of vandalism and vagrancy. Many of them live close to the middle school and Centennial Park. Marsha Strunk told the council her son recently installed security cameras at her home. She said the video surveillance showed 40 people go in and out of the house next door within a 24-hour period and most of them only stayed a few minutes. She said the area has become a dangerous place for children.

 

              

 

Others said that police staffing is at an all-time low and that at times only two officers are patrolling the streets. Others called for the council to come up with additional funds to hire more police officers.

 

Council Votes Down Lamp Shades for D'Town Light Poles

Angels or lampshades? Also at last night's council meeting some residents spoke out against a proposal to buy and install lamp shades to put on the light posts in downtown Chickasha for the upcoming holiday season. The lamp shades were proposed to replace the lighted angels that have adorned the street lights for about the last 20 years. One resident said the lamp shades would move the city away from the Christian values that the angels represent.

 

              

 

Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council (EDC) said the angels had fallen into a state of disrepair and it was recommended they not be used anymore. He said the EDC came up with the recommendation for the lamp shades. The council unanimously voted against the purchase of the lamp shades and asked Cowan to see if the angels could be repaired or perhaps the EDC could buy some new angels.

 

Man Shot by Anadarko Police Dies

A man shot by Anadarko police Sunday night has died and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been called in to investigate. The OSBI identified the man who died as 26-year old Angel Jiminez. A post on the OSBI Official Facebook page provided this time-line of what happened. Anadarko police made a traffic stop on a vehicle about 9 p.m. Sunday at 4th and Louisiana. That's a residential area just a couple of blocks from the Anadarko City Hall. The unidentified officer called for back-up and began questioning the individuals in the vehicle. One of the officers was helping Jiminez get out of the vehicle - then Jiminez ran from the scene.  A short foot pursuit began and Jiminez was shot about a block away. Officers rendered aid until paramedics arrived. Jiminez was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A gun was recovered at the scene but it wasn't made clear if Jiminez was armed. The OSBI says the investigation is on-going and the results will be turned over to the district attorney

 

Teen to Donate Hair to Cancer Victims

A Cement teenager wants to help children diagnosed with cancer. Cement FFA reporter Mark Sanders fills us in-

 

              

 

Sanders will let us know when Cash will have his hair cut.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.62.

Natural gas is $6.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,657 and silver is $18.65.

 

Obituary

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Chaney

Funeral service for ‘Becky’ Chaney, 67, formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Oct. 17th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

OSBI Investigates Officer-Involving Shooting in Anadarko

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Anadarko. Very little is known about what happened but our partners at KWTV News 9 report that one person was taken to the hospital. It wasn't known how seriously the individual was injured. Two officers were reportedly involved and they were not hurt. Witnesses say the shootout took place in the street in the 300 block of West Texas.

 

Chix Officials to Consider Engineering Contract

for Upgrades to Water Distribution System

The Chickasha City Council will consider entering into a contract with Chisholm Trail Consulting for an engineering project for improvements to the city’s water distribution system. The discussion will take place during the Chickasha Municipal Authority portion of tonight’s city council meeting. The area being considered for the upgrades include from 2nd Street to Shepherd Street and from Alabama Avenue to Missouri Avenue; Virginia Avenue from Shepherd Street to Henderson Street; and constructing water mains in the 300 block of Missouri Avenue.

Lake Chickasha Oil and Gas Leases to be Discussed

The council will consider approving oil and gas leases on thousands of acres of land owned by the city at Lake Chickasha. The proposed leases with Dutton Resources include 10 sites ranging from 80 acres to 620 acres.

Bullet-proof Vests; Downtown Holiday Decorating also on the Agenda

The panel will also consider accepting a bullet-proof vest partnership grant of more than $4,000 from the Office of Justice program; a request from the Chickasha Area Arts Council to decorate the pocket park at 6th and Chickasha Avenue for the upcoming holiday season; and a similar request from Masonic Lodge No. 94 to decorate the lot at the southwest corner of 6th and Chickasha Avenue for the holidays. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Two County School Districts Receive Federal Grants

A couple of Grady County School districts have received some large grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. Chickasha and Ninnekah school districts have both received $500,000 grants to be used for violence protection programs. The districts were among seven Oklahoma school districts to receive the grants from what's known as the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Nearly $72 million in grants were distributed nationwide.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.93.

Natural gas is $6.45 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,662 and silver is $18.51.

 

Obituaries

Delbert Akins

Funeral service for Delbert Akins, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Northside Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Colby Rogers

A viewing for Colby Rogers, 45, of Chickasha will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Ferguson Funeral Home. The family will also hold a visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Bill Furra

Funeral service for Bill Furra, 70, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

2022, Oct. 10th-15th

Saturday, Oct. 15th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

 

Truck Driver Hospitalized Following Crash

A Blanchard truck driver is hospitalized after his big rig hit a car then ran off the road and overturned. 71-year old Lewis McConnell was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, arm, and leg injuries and was last in stable condition. The accident happened just before 3:00 p.m. Friday on State Highway 17 about 4 ½ miles west of Rush Springs. The highway patrol reports that McConnell was eastbound on the highway when a car pulled out in front him from a private drive. McConnell hit the car, ran off the highway, and the semi rolled onto its driver's side. McConnell was pinned in the cab for more than an hour and a half. The driver of the car, 68-year old Kathy Christian of Marlow, was taken to a Duncan hospital in a private vehicle where she was treated and released. The roadway was closed for more than four hours after the crash.

 

Workers Dies After Strange Oilfield Site Accident

A bizarre accident at an oilfield site near Dibble claimed the life of man last weekend. KWTV News 9 cites McClain County officials as saying the accident occurred south of Dibble near State Highway 76 and what is known as Peanut Road. Authorities said the man was standing near a load of unknown materials. The rigging on the load broke causing the materials to fall on the victim and trapping him underneath. It was the second oilfield related fatality in the area in less than a week. 20-year old Tanner Snider of Alex died in an oilfield accident west of Ninnekah just a few days before.

 

Teen Killed in Traffic Accident Memorialized at Football Games

A high school football player who died in a traffic accident is remembered as a gentle giant. 17-year old Tristan Manning of Lindsay died last Sunday when he hit an oncoming semi that was attempting to turn in front of him. He was a junior at Lindsay high school and died just a few days before his 18th birthday. Manning played both football and basketball for Lindsay and also excelled in the classroom. The Lindsay football team had a huge game scheduled with Washington this week and the team and school officials decided to play the game because that's what Tristan would have wanted. At least one other area football game held a moment of silence to honor Tristan. The Blanchard Lions recognized him Thursday night before their game with Classen SAS.

 

ARPA Funds to Help Upgrades at State's Air and Space Port

A state senator is looking to better utilize the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Park in western Oklahoma. Sen. Darcy Jech (R-Kingfisher) says some ARPA funds are being directed to the site which is  also known as the Oklahoma Air and Space Port. Jech says the runway is the longest and widest in the country which is ideal for military and civilian use. Two U.S. Air Force bases use it for flight training and the highway patrol has driver training there. There are three water wells on site that provide water to the area and a waste water treatment facility all in need of upgrades. The funds will help offset the cost of maintaining the concrete runway and allow for renovations to buildings and hangars. Jech says the ultimate hope is that commercial businesses take interest in the park.

 

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Friday, Oct. 14th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Another Drug Trafficking Suspect Arrested

Grady County's Drug Enforcement Administration officer makes another drug trafficking arrest.  Authorities arrested 43-year old Lacey Nicole Montgomery this week. Deputy Jim Peek with the Grady County Sheriff's office arrested Montgomery early Thursday morning. A press release from the sheriff's office indicates that authorities were dispatched to the U.S. Highway 81 and State Highway 19 junction late Wednesday regarding an individual who allegedly overdosed after taking a counterfeit painkiller laced with fentanyl. First responders had given the victim Narcan and took her to the hospital. The victim told investigators that she allegedly purchased the pills from Montgomery. Peek and Ninnekah police went to Montgomery's home where she was arrested. The victim also claimed she had been buying fentanyl-laced pills from Ronnie Null who was arrested earlier in the week in connection with a previous investigation. Montgomery has already served time for previous arrest. She was arrested and charged for distribution in 2016 and pleaded guilty in 2018. Court records show she was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended but it wasn't clear when she was released. Montgomery is facing new charges of trafficking and distribution. She remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond.

 

Supect Arrested Following Child Porn Investigation

A child porn investigation leads to the arrest of a Chickasha man. 21-year old Zachary Quaid Wikel was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. A probable cause affidavit indicates that in August of last year, the OSBI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about an individual who was downloading child pornography from the Internet. The affidavit indicates the FBI also was investigating child porn allegations against Wikel. Investigators traced the illicit material to Wikel's IP address. Authorities asked that Wikel be charged with two counts each of possession and distribution of child porn. At his initial appearance in Grady County District Court yesterday prosecutors charged Wikel with just one count of having the graphic material. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Officials Close Attic to Grady County Courthouse

Officials at the Grady County Courthouse have closed the attic of the building to the general public due to safety concerns. County commissioners this week approved the recommendation to close the attic by county safety director Bobby Cantu. The Express-Star reports that Cantu said the attic has become hazardous due to the clutter, taped-up wires everywhere, low ceilings, and running water and gas pipes. Plus, the records are inaccessible for people who are unable to navigate the area. Cantu suggested that public records that are currently in the attic be moved to a safer location for the public and county employees. Cantu suggests that many of the paper documents could be digitized to minimize storage overall.

 

State Rep Appointed to National Education Panel

State Representative Dick Lowe has been named to a national education group. The Amber Republican will serve with a group known as the Education Commission of the States. It is an agency that brings together policymakers across the country to create more effective education policy. Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Lowe to the panel. In a prepared statement, Lowe said it's vitally important that we have well-researched policies in place to help Oklahoma children succeed and he looks forward to serving in his new role. Lowe is the vice chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Education and also serves on the House Common Education, and the Higher Education and Career Tech committees.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.11 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.57.

Natural gas is $6.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,661 and silver is $18.73.

 

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Thursday, Oct. 13th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

OSBI Investigates Body Found in Rural Grady County

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Iinvestigation (OSBI) have been called in to look into the report of a body found in a vehicle near Cement. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said the sheriff's office got a call Wednesday morning about an SUV found in a field on County Street 2780 south of U.S. Highway 277 east of Cement. A body inside the Honda Oddyssey was in an advanced stage of decomposition. The state medical examiner was called in but there was no immediate word on how the individual may have died. Boggess said authorities are looking into the possibility that the body may be linked to a missing persons case out of Pottawatomie County. An individual was reported missing from that area in early September.

 

PSO Begins Street Light Replacement Project

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) in the process of replacing all the street lights in the communities the utility serves. Spokesman Tim Hushbeck says crews will be changing out the lights in Chickasha early next year.

 

              

 

Hushbeck said there are more than 1,100 street lights in Chickasha. They'll be switching to LED lights which are brighter, use less energy, and are more durable.

 

Chix Fire Chief Completes Leadership Training

Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego recently completed an extensive training program for fire chiefs. Samaniego attended the Oklahoma Executive Fire Official Leadership program. Samaniego said about 25 fire chiefs completed the 160 hours of training using curriculum from the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute. It was developed to bring the concepts of leadership and ethics to the forefront of an individual’s career. Topics included Ethics and the Challenge of Leadership, Ethical Leadership in Organizations, and Development of a Personal Philosophy of Leadership and Ethics. The program took place over several months.

 

Antique Auto Club's Fall Swap Meet Underway

Chickasha's population will grow exponentially over the next few days as the fall swap meet hosted by the Chickasha Antique Auto Club is underway. Organizers say it’s the largest swap meet of its kind in the state. It brings together antique auto enthusiasts not only from across the country but around the world – many of whom are looking for hard-to-find parts to use in their restoration projects. Even fully restored vehicles will be featured and perhaps find a new home. It's for all transportation related items, including muscle cars, street rods, and special interest vehicles. The swap meet runs through Saturday. It's held at the auto club's 35-acre site next to the Grady County Fairgrounds and there are vendors at the fairgrounds as well. Admission is free. Paid parking benefits local charities.

 

USAO to Hold Technology Workshop for Girls

5th and 6th grade girls in the region will have an opportunity to perform science experiments and take part in other hands-on engineering projects. USAO will be hosting its annual Women in Science and Technology workshop. Led by Dr. Jeanette Loutsch, the students will have seven different work stations featuring projects in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. All the instructors are women as they work to encourage students to consider a non-traditional career. There is a $5 registration fee and while snacks will be provided throughout the day, students should bring a sack lunch. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 5th starting at 8 a.m. Space is limited so advance registration is requested although walk-ins will be welcome. Register on line at usao.edu/wts

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.45.

Natural gas is $6.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,682 and silver is $19.14.

 

Obituary

Earl ‘Skip’ Caldwell

A graveside service for Earl ‘Skip’ Caldwell, 79, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 12th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Three Suspects Arrested for Alleged Drug Distribution

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story has been updated from the story that aired on the 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. news)

We have an update to a story we first aired this morning about the arrests of suspects for alleged drug distribution. Authorities arrested three people Monday afternoon on drug complaints. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Lt. Jim Peek with the Grady County Sheriff's Office, who is assigned as a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration, made contact with a confidential informant to purchase counterfeit painkillers laced with fentanyl. The informant arranged a purchase in a residential area not far from Washita Valley Park. Following the buy, officers pulled over a vehicle the suspects were in and made the arrests. Arrested were 38-year old Lana Marie Kiplinger, 42-year old Ronnie Dean Null, and 26-year old Brandon Lee Freeman, all of  Chickasha. Kiplinger and Null have both been charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS within 2,000 feet of a park. Kiplinger is also charged with having contraband in jail. Freeman has been charged with endeavoring and conspiring to deliver or manufacture CDS. Kiplinger and Freeman are both being held in the Grady County Jail on $250,000 bond each. Null is being held on a $50,000 bond.

 

Sheriff's Office Employee Earns State Honor

A long-time employee of the Grady County Sheriff's Office receives a state award. Sabra Martin was named the Administrative Assistant of the Year at the recent Oklahoma Sheriff's Association annual banquet. A post on the Grady County Sheriff's Office Facebook page says she has a lot of different duties and is a vital asset to the day-to-day operations of the office.

 

Duncan Author to Headline Historical Society Event

A regional author will again headline the annual Grady County Historical Society annual meeting and banquet. Duncan author and historian John Dwyer is back to discuss his newest book. The annual meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7th at 6:30 at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, Nov. 1st. For information, contact Pat Cunningham at the Grady County Historical Society Museum in Downtown Chickasha.

 

GMH Foundation Schedules Golf Scramble Benefit

The Grady Memorial Hospital Foundation is getting ready for its annual benefit golf scramble. The event will be held at the Chickasha Golf and Country Club on Friday, Oct. 21st. There are morning and afternoon flights available. Entry is $125 per player and there are several levels of sponsorship. The foundation is a non-profit group separate from hospital operations and relies on the generosity of donors to assist the medical services and programs at Grady Memorial. Entry fees and corporation sponsorships are all tax deductible. For information contact Amber at 405-779-2266.

 

Entries Sought for Blanchard's 'Blowin' Smoke Cook-off'

Calling all competitive barbecuers. The 4th annual Blowin' Smoke Cook-off will be held in Blanchard. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 22nd at Lion's Park. $800 in prize money will be awarded to the top barbecue cookers with $500 going to the first place team. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Oct. 19th. Entry fee is $150 per two-person team and teams should contact the Blanchard Chamber of Commerce to sign up. The day gets started at 2:30 with a cornhole tournament, plus there will be live music and a beer garden. Individuals can purchase a wristband to sample the barbecue. The wristbands will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids and you can vote for your favorite. The judging starts at 3:30 p.m. and the tasting will start at 4:30 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.29.

Natural gas is $6.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,676 and silver is $19.21.

 

Obituaries

Gene Melies

A graveside service for Gene Melies, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14th at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Terry Bogle

Funeral service for Terry Bogle, 60, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14th at First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Donna Metcalf

No service is scheduled for Donna Metcalf, 75, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Oct. 11th

(Burn bans remain in effect in Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Grady County Burn Ban Extended

A burn ban in Grady County has been continued. County Commissioners this morning approved extending the burn ban through next Tuesday, Oct. 18th. While afternoon highs have been in the 60s, 70s, and low 80s the last several days and there has some rain showers, much of the region has received less than one-half inch of rain. Officials in one nearby county allowed a burn ban to expire. Burn bans are also still in effect for Garvin Stephens, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties. For a map of all Oklahoma counties under burn bans go to:

www.okforestry.maps.arcgis.com

 

OSBI Seeks Info on Anadarko Cold Case

The OSBI is seeking information regarding a cold case out of Anadarko. Ruth Lucille Lee, 31, suffered a violent death more than 50 years ago. The agency posted on its Facebook page that Lee's body was discovered in her apartment on September 25th, 1972. She had been stabbed and strangled to death. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to: www.osbi.ok.gov or by calling 800-522-8017.

 

Suspect Accused of Embezzling from Former Employer

A Chickasha man is accused of embezzling from his former employer. An arrest warrant for 20-year old Elijah Wayland was issued Sept. 28th and Grady County deputies picked him up last week. A probable cause affidavit shows that officials with the E-Z Go Convenience Store on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike allege that Wayland embezzled thousands of dollars from the store between October and December of last year. Store officials had video surveillance that allegedly show Wayland taking money out the safe drop box and several registers. Wayland is facing a felony charge of embezzlement and he remains in the Grady County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

 

Public Hearing Set for Chix Land Development Code

The Chickasha Planning Commission will hold a public hearing today to discuss a Land Development Code. The code is designed to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of residents and to bring about coordinated and economic development of the city. The Planning Commission meets at 4 o'clock this afternoon at City Hall.

City Council to Discuss Land Development Code;

Consider Recognizing 1930s Lynching Victim

After the planning commission's public hearing on the Land Development Code the draft will be considered during a special work session of the city council tonight. The city council will meet at 6 o'clock at city hall. The council will also discuss a proposed resolution commemorating the life of Henry Argo. Argo was reportedly killed in the last known lynching in Oklahoma in May of 1930 which took place in Chickasha. Argo - who was black - was accused of an attack against a white woman and her child. No one was ever arrested for Argo’s murder.

 

ODOT Seeks Comment on Goldsby Project

The State Department of Transportation is seeking input on a proposal to replace the State Highway 74 bridge at I-35 in Goldsby. Initial plans are to widen I-35 to six lanes and bring the interchange up to current standards. A virtual open house - which includes short videos that detail some of the design options - is available on ODOT's website. Go to:

www.odot.org/SH74Goldsby

The deadline to submit public comments is Monday, Oct. 31st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.18.

Natural gas is $6.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,668 and silver is $19.25.

 

Obituary

Bettie Jo Higgins

A memorial service for Bettie Jo Higgins, 90, of Ninnekah will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Oct. 10th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Teenager Dies in Crash with Semi

A Lindsay teenager has died after the SUV he was driving hit a semi. The accident happened on State Highway 76 about a mile south of Lindsay just after 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The unidentified 17-year old was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was pronounced dead. The highway patrol reports that the teen was northbound on the highway when a southbound semi attempted to turn onto a county road. The teen hit the semi head on. The driver of the semi, 52-year old Travis Christensen and a passenger, 37-year old Keisha Nitz, both of Washington, OK were not injured. The highway patrol is still investigating the fatal crash.

 

Motorcycle Crashes Injure Riders;

Two Accidents Involved Animals

There have been three motorcycle accidents in the region over the last few days and two of them involved animals. Sunday afternoon, a  motorcycle hit a cow on  State Highway 39 west of Dibble. 32-year old Jesse Foster of Oklahoma City was westbound on the highway about four miles west of the Dibble Crossroads when he hit the animal. Foster was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital by Chickasha EMS where he was admitted in fair condition with head, arm, leg, and trunk injuries. He was wearing his helmet. Last Thursday, 48-year old Glendon Smith of Marlow hit a deer on a county road west of Marlow. He was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in critical condition. Saturday night, a motorcycle rider crashed when he failed to go around a curve in the east part of Chickasha near Jungle Ice Fun Zone. Chickasha police are still investigating that crash. The unidentified driver was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and authorities say he was last in critical condition.

 

Woman Jailed Again in Connection with Neglect Case

Officials want to revoke the probation of a woman who pleaded guilty to neglecting her elderly father. A warrant was issued last week for the arrest of 50-year old Kristal June Lee. She was taken into custody last Thursday evening. Lee pleaded guilty in 2020 to a felony charge of neglect stemming from a 2019 case where she left her 80-year old father alone. He suffered from dementia. Lee was sentenced to seven years in prison with five years suspended. Lee remains in jail on a $20,000 bond.

 

Roof Repairs May Soon Begin on Some Chix Schools

Work on some of the first projects associated with the passage of the Chickasha Public Schools Safety and Security bond could get started soon. The Board of Education is expected to approve more than $4.7 million in roof repairs and replacements when the panel meets tonight. The group will discuss a proposed contract with Exterior Solutions Group of Edmond for the roofs on the high school, the middle school, and Lincoln School. The panel will also consider updating school policy for service animals for students and staff. Service animals can only be dogs that are certified as service animals, and not animals that may be considered emotional support or therapy animals. The panel is also to recognize the Chicken Express Employees of the Month. The certified employee is Lindsey Kemp and the support employee is Ashley Nitzinger both of Grand Elementary. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school district’s administration office. The meeting will be live-streamed on the school district's website through YouTube.

 

Chix City-Wide Clean-Up Campaign Underway

The City of Chickasha is beginning a week-long fall clean-up campaign today. The city, Waste Connections, and the Economic Development Council are combining efforts for the clean-up. Residents are encouraged to take bulky and unwanted items to the city's Public Works Department where there will be several large roll-off dumpsters. The site will be open extended hours throughout the week - from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. today through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. It doesn't cost anything to dispose of the items but residents will have to show a utility bill. Items that cannot be dropped off include tires, batteries, motor oil, hazardous chemicals and materials, pesticides, paint, and appliances with Freon. Limbs and brush are allowed although no contractors are allowed.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $97.92.

Natural gas is $6.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,688 and silver is $19.82.

 

Obituary

Alfretta Boardingham-Gill

A graveside service for Alfretta Boardingham-Gill, 77, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Anadarko and Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11th at Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2022, Oct. 3rd-8th

Saturday, Oct. 8th

(Burn bans in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Grammy-award Winning Recording Artist Jody Miller Dies

Jody Miller, whose singing career spanned six decades and earned her a Grammy Award has died.  Miller, who lived in Blanchard for many years, was 80-years old when she passed away Thursday. Her record label says she died after a battle with Parkinson's disease. Miller's singing career took off after a meeting with actor Dale Robertson who was also an Oklahoma native. Miller was best-known for her 1965 song Queen of the House, an answer to fellow-Oklahoma recording artist Roger Miller's King of the Road. (The two are not related). She was nominated for a Grammy for Queen of the House and the song was named Best Country Vocal Performance. She toured with the Beach Boys and performed alongside the Rolling Stones. Glen Campbell and Leon Russell helped with several of her records. Over the last 30 years she was a Christian recording artist. In 2016, Gov. Mary Fallin declared June 29th as Jody Miller Day in Oklahoma. Funeral service for Jody Miller will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11th at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Blanchard. Memorial contributions may be made in Jody's name to the church or to the Blanchard High School band and music programs.

 

CHS Head Football Coach Resigns

Chickasha High School head football coach Eric Gibson has resigned. Superintendent Rick Croslin confirmed with KOOL/RANCH News that Gibson's resignation from the district was effective Sept. 30th. Gibson was placed on administrative leave last month after some unspecified complaints were made about Gibson's actions. An official statement from the district indicated that Gibson was placed on paid administrative leave for ‘poor judgement pertaining to interactions and word choices’. Officials did not elaborate on what that meant. Gibson had only spent six months as the head football coach. He was hired in March after previous head coach Jerry Don Bray stepped down to focus solely on his athletic director duties. Gibson coached only two games - the season opening win over El Reno and a loss to Marlow. Ross Carter, who was named interim head coach after Gibson's suspension, will remain as interim head coach for the rest of the season. Gibson's resignation is expected to be formally approved by the school board when the panel meets Monday night.

 

Illegal Marijuana Confiscated by Verden Police

Verden police confiscated about $150,000 worth of illicit marijuana in a traffic stop. A post on the police department's Facebook page indicates that Capt. Matt Perry made a traffic stop in a school zone and upon searching the vehicle he found about 34 pounds of illegal marijuana buds which were believed to have been headed out of state. The driver was arrested and taken to the Grady County Jail on a complaint of illegal trafficking but he was released after prosecutors opted to not file charges at this time.

 

Bids to Replace Old Sewer Line Higher than Estimated

Chickasha city officials will consider rejecting all bids received to replace a sewer line just west of downtown Chickasha. In special meetings of the Chickasha City Council and the city's Muncipal Authority meeting Monday night, engineers are recommending that all bids be rejected as they are over the estimated cost of replacement. The engineering estimate is about $163,000. The lowest of the two bids submitted was nearly $285,000 and the highest was more than $460,000. The sewer line targeted for replacement is near the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and 16th Street (16th and Choctaw). It's for nearly 300 linear feet of 12-inch diameter sewer line inside a 20-inch diameter steel casing to go underneath the highway. The engineer says the work is needed to remedy an on-going situation in which the existing sewer line has failed and the city has been compelled to use a bypass pump for an extended period of time. The council will also consider approving a request from Camino Natural Resources to drill a couple of wells in the city limits. The proposed well site is just east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The council is also expected to issue a truck route to keep big trucks headed to and from the site off the city's main roads. The meeting is slated to start at 6:00 p.m. Monday at city hall.

 

Football Scores

Chickasha 23, Woodward 0

Blanchard 30, Tuttle 28

Perkins-Tryon 34, Anadarko 20

Newcastle 68, Bridge Creek 0

Christian Heritage Academy 28, Minco 7

Dibble 44, Elmore City 6

Rush Springs 20, Wayne 16

Apache 44, Cordell 0

Snyder 28, Carnegie 16

Marlow 27, Dickson 0

Central High 60, Alex 22

Velma-Alma 50, Cyril 0

Grandfield 46, Bray-Doyle 0

Lindsay 44, Little Axe 0 (Thursday)

 

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Friday, Oct. 7th

(Burn bans in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Oilfield Accident Claims Life of 20-year Old

A tragic oilfield accident claimed the life of a young Grady County man. 20-year old Tanner Snider of Alex died in the accident that happened south of Chickasha Wednesday afternoon. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said the accident happened at Cactus Rig No. 154 just west of the U.S. Highway 81 and State Highway 19 junction. Boggess said crews were pulling a pipe out of the ground when a joint broke and the pipe hit Snider in the face and killed him instantly. There has been an outpouring of love and support on social media for Tanner's family and friends. He had just proposed to his fiancee a couple of weeks ago, and posts say that he was a cowboy and learning how to play the guitar.

 

Biker Critical After Collision with Deer

A motorcycle rider is in critical condition after he hit a deer. 48-year old Glendon Smith of Marlow was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head and leg injuries. The accident happened about a mile west of Marlow on a county road just after 9:00 p.m. Thursday. Smith was not wearing a helmet.

 

Suspect Jailed in Baseball Bat-Attack

One man is in jail and another is recovering from injuries after he was allegedly hit in the head with a baseball bat. Chickasha police were called to the Castle Inn late Monday evening. A probable cause affidavit indicates the two men got into an argument and the suspect hit the victim in the body with the bat twice and once above his right eye. The victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he received seven stitches. Police arrested 20-year old Randall Alen Leitner who was listed as homeless on the affidavit although on-line court records show him to be from Noble. Leitner has been formally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and remains in the Grady County jail on a $15,000 bond.

 

Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

A Rush Springs man is in custody for the alleged rape and sexual assault of a woman. 51-year old Keith Robert Gregg was arrested by a Grady County sheriff's deputy earlier this week. Authorities were called a rural home near Cox City early Tuesday morning where the 19-year old victim alleged that Gregg assaulted her at his home. The woman made the call from a neighbor’s residence. A probable cause affidavit indicates the victim and Gregg had both been drinking and the victim claimed he made inappropriate and unwelcome advances. The victim was taken to a shelter in Chickasha for assistance. Authorities went to Gregg’s home later Tuesday to interview him. The affidavit indicates that Gregg admitted to some of the allegations. Prosecutors have formally charged Gregg with rape, sexual battery, and providing alcohol to a person under 21 years old. He remains in the county jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

USAO Names Employee of the Year

A custodian at USAO is recognized for her work. Angela Kinzinger was named the university's employee of the year for 2022. Kinzinger has been with USAO for five years and is part of the physical plant operations which oversees groundskeeping, building maintenance, motor pool, and carpentry. President John Feaver says her record of service shows how deserving she is of the award and is proud to count her as part of the university's dedicated staff.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.42.

Natural gas is $6.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,716 and silver is $20.76.

 

Talk Show Topics

Jim Cowan with the Chickasha Economic Development Council is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. Tim Hushbeck with Public Service Company of Oklahoma is this week's guest on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Thursday, Oct. 6th

(Burn bans are in effect in Grady, Stephens, Garvin, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Tractor Driver Critical After Being Hit by Truck

A tractor driver remains in critical condition after a pickup crashed into him. 60-year old Donnie Rogers of Oklahoma City was taken by Chickasha EMS to an Oklahoma City hospital after the crash yesterday morning. The accident happened about 9 a.m. on U.S. Highway near Old Fred Road in Ninnekah. The highway patrol reported that Rogers was driving a John Deere tractor northbound on the highway. Trailing behind was a Ford F350 pickup driven by 35-year old Justin Henington of Rush Springs. The trooper's report indicates that Henington became distracted and failed to slow down. Henington swerved to try and avoid a collision but was unable to do so. Rogers was ejected from the tractor and suffered head, trunk, and internal injuries. Henington refused treatment at the scene. The accident closed both northbound lanes of U.S Highway 81 for nearly 3 1/2 hours.

 

Businesses Evacuated After Crew Ruptures Natural Gas Line

Several businesses near downtown Chickasha had to be evacuated yesterday after a construction crew hit a natural gas pipeline. It happened just before 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. Crews were digging behind the Wing T's store at 8th and Chickasha Avenue when they ruptured the pipeline. That's right across the street from the YMCA. The Chickasha Fire Department arrived and went door-to-door to evacuate about a one-square block area. Summit Energy workers were summoned to turn off the gas to the pipeline and make repairs. The businesses were allowed to re-open around 1 o'clock.

 

State Lawmakers Approve ARPA Projects

State lawmakers approved spending more than $1.4 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. During a special session last week officials authorized funding for about 50 projects out of some 1,400 requests. Most of the funding is geared toward improving mental health services, infrastructure upgrades, and putting a priority on projects that will improve economic development offerings. State Representative Brad Boles discusses another critical area that will share the funds-

 

              

 

The funding proposals now go to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration.

 

Retired Educators to Host Candidate Forum

Retired educators in Grady, Caddo, and Kiowa counties are combining efforts to hold a forum for candidates who are on the ballot for the Nov. 8th mid-term election. Among the confirmed candidates are Jena Nelson, the Democratic candidate for state school superintendent and state Labor Commissioner, Republican Leslie Osborn. The forum will be held Monday Oct. 10th at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. There will be a meet-and-greet with candidates starting at 4:30 and the forum will begin at 5:30.

 

Anadarko Library Offers Adult Basic Education Class

The Anadarko Public Library is now offering weekly Adult Basic Education classes. The programs are free and open to the public each Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The class is being conducted by the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. For information, contact the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.37.

Natural gas is $6.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,724 and silver is $20.60.

 

Obituaries

Alfretta Boardingham-Gill

Funeral service for Alfretta Boardingham-Gill, 77, formerly of Anadarko is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Helen Handke

Funeral service for Helen Handke, 94, of the Verden and Lake Chickasha area will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8th at the First Baptist Church of Verden. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 5th

(Burn bans are in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

 

High Bond Set for Child Sexual Assault Suspect

A Grady County judge set a high bond for a Chickasha area man facing nearly a dozen charges of child rape and sexual assault. 61-year old Bryan Shaun Lile remains in the Grady County in lieu of a $500,000 bond. Lile was arraigned on 11 felonies in Grady County District Court yesterday. Grady County deputies were summoned to a home near Pocasset on Sept. 3rd where it is alleged that Lile was showing a 10-year old girl pornography and X-rated pictures on his phone. On Sept. 13th, investigators took the child to the Mary Abbott House in Norman for a forensic interview and she alleged there were 10 occasions when she was assaulted. Lile is facing one count of rape and several counts of lewd acts with a child. He's to be back in court next Tuesday to announce his attorney with a preliminary hearing conference set next Wednesday.

 

Farmers Can Now Apply for Drought Relief Funds

Agriculture producers can now begin applying for drought relief approved by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission this week. Each county will have $33,000 to distribute. Producers are eligible for up to $7,500 in drought relief which is part of an 80-20 match. Producers have until December 2nd to fill out the applications with their local conservation districts. In Grady County, the office is at 9th and Choctaw in Chickasha. There are three offices in Caddo County - the South Caddo Conservation District in Anadarko; the West Caddo Conservation District in Ft. Cobb; and the North Caddo Conservation District in Hinton.

 

Crews Demolish Former Restaurant

to Make Way for New Convenience Store

Demolition has begun on a former Chickasha restaurant to make way for a new convenience store. Crews spent much of yesterday at the former Fisherman's Seafood and Bar in the 500 block of Grand Avenue. The City of Chickasha recently vacated the easements in the alley just north of Grand Avenue to make room for a new Roasters' Market Convenience Store and coffee shop. It will be the second location for Lawson Retail Properties. Mike Lawson said their first location opened in Ada two years ago.

 

Chickasha Schedules Fall Clean-up Days

Chickasha officials are combining efforts for a community-wide fall clean-up campaign. The City of Chickasha and The Economic Development Council will provide an area for residents to take their unwanted items and debris. This is similar to the spring clean-up campaign however, instead of several roll-off dumpsters located throughout the city there will be just one location. They will be at the city's Public Works Department which is north of the animal shelter on Genevieve Street. The dumpsters will be available all next week - Monday, Oct. 10th through Friday, Oct. 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will have to show a copy of your Chickasha water bill. Items which cannot be placed in the dumpsters include hazardous waste, pesticides, Freon, paint, motor oil, batteries and tires.

 

Voter Registration Deadline Looms for Nov. 8th Election

The mid-term elections are about a month away and that means the deadline to register to vote Tuesday, Nov. 8th is coming up. Election board officials say individuals who have never registered to vote and want to cast ballots have until next Friday, Oct. 14th to do complete registration. Voters who may need to update their registration because of a name change or a new address are also encouraged to update their registration. Also, registered voters who would like an absentee ballot mailed to them have until Monday, Oct. 24th to apply. You can register to vote at your local county election board or go to the state election board website and use the voter portal. The website is: www.oklahoma.gov/elections

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.80.

Natural gas is $6.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,714 and silver is $20.46.

 

Obituaries

Anna Edens

A graveside service for Anna Edens, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Anita Hood

A graveside service for Anita Hood, 86, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Cement will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10th at the Cement Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Oct. 4th

(Burn bans are in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Suspect Arrested for Child Sex Crimes

A Chickasha man is in the Grady County Jail facing nearly a dozen charges of sex crimes against children. Grady County deputies arrested 61-year old Brian Shaun Lile yesterday afternoon. On-line court records indicate that a warrant was issued for Liles’ arrest on Sept. 22nd. The warrant was for one count of rape by instrumentation to a child under 12 years old. He's facing 10 other charges which include performing lewd acts to children and in front of children under 12 years old. Lile is expected to have his initial appearance on the charges in Grady County District Court today.

 

City of Chickasha to Sell Vacant City-Owned Lots

A number of vacant or un-used lots owned by the City of Chickasha are going to be sold. Last night the city council approved selling the lots, many of which are large enough to build single-family homes, with a couple of the lots large enough to build duplexes. Parks and  Recreation Director Spencer Wizenried says some of the lots are in the flood plain and would have to be built up out of the flood plain before construction could begin. He said city crews currently mow all of the sites and that takes time away from other projects. Details of the lots are available at city hall. Officials will be taking sealed bids on the properties in the near future.

 

Pursuit Suspect Faces Eluding, Weapons Charges

The man arrested by Apache police over the weekend after leading authorities on a high-speed chase has been formally charged with two felonies in Caddo County District Court. Brett Allen Howard of Oracle, AZ is charged with eluding or attempting to elude and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Howard was arrested Saturday - two days after eluding police in a chase that topped 110 miles per hour. Authorities found a number of rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his vehicle. Howard remains in the Caddo County jail on a $20,000 bond.

 

Some Drought Relief Approved for Ag Producers

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission will be sending out more than $2.5 million in emergency drought relief to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. Each of the state's 77 counties will have $33,000 to distribute. These will be cost-share funds that will be available at an 80-20 match. The maximum funds for each producer will be $7,500. State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) said the funds will be distributed by county conservation districts. The staff of the county conservation districts will attend training on the program today. Producers can reach out to their local districts starting tomorrow and producers will have until Dec. 2nd to apply.

 

Food Truck Championship Winners Announced

We have the winners of the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship which drew thousands of people to Chickasha last weekend. The overall winner was Mindy Mae's Fat Stacks which was the winner of the Savory Category. Creek Bottom Burgers of Verden was the second-place finisher in that division. The Sweet Division winner was Metro Minis with Scotty's Treats the runner-up. The Most Creative food truck was Some Like it Tot, and the fan favorite was Afonsno's Smoked Barbecue.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.86.

Natural gas is $6.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,717 and silver is $20.94.

 

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Monday, Oct. 3rd

(Burn bans are in effect in Grady and Garvin counties)

 

Pedestrian Killed in Caddo County Accident

An Anadarko man died this past weekend after being hit by an SUV. 58-year old Charles Tustison of Anadarko was walking in the area of 38105 CS 2650 about two miles south of Anadarko just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Highway Patrol reports that Tustison was struck by an SUV driven by 37-year old Leah Kaulity also of Anadarko. Kaulity and two children in the SUV with her were not hurt.

 

Grady County Truck Driver Involved in Fatal Crash

The highway patrol continues to investigate a deadly crash that occurred over the weekend involving a Grady County truck driver. The accident took place about 10:00 a.m. Saturday near Coalgate in southeast Oklahoma. The highway patrol reports that a semi driven by 53-year old Russell Dyer of Alex was southbound on a county road and went left-of-center while attempting to turn onto a state highway. The semi was hit by a pickup driven by 78-year old Martin Brown of Coalgate who died of his injuries. Dyer was not injured.

 

Chix City Council to Consider Declaring

Some City-Owned Property as Surplus

Chickasha city officials will consider declaring a number of city-owned lots as surplus and authorize the sale of those properties. During tonight's city council meeting, the panel will consider locations at 1103 N. 11th; 2111 Dakota; 1407 S. 1st; 923 Minnesota; a parcel of land in the Kenwood addition; and 1007 N. 9th as surplus. Only the surface rights will be sold. If approved, the city will accept sealed bids on those properties with a time and date to be published by a legal publication.

Signal Light Repair Project to be Discussed

The council is also to consider spending about $60,000 to repair the signal lights at 9th and Grand which were damaged in recent traffic accident. The panel is expected to award the project to Traffic Signals, Inc.

Public Hearing to be Held for Use-on-Review Permit

The panel is also to hold a public hearing regarding a proposed use-on-review permit for Josh Woods on property in the 1800 block of West Grand and to consider requests from the Chamber of Commerce. One of them is to hold the annual Neewollah Festival for Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31st; and the  other is to close a portion of Chickasha Avenue the evening of Saturday, Nov. 5th for the grand opening of the first phase of the new park being built next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Caddo County Pursuit Suspect Arrested

A man who initially managed to elude Caddo County authorities after a high-speed pursuit was eventually arrested - and he was found to have weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his vehicle. On Thursday, September 29th Apache police were dispatched to the town's sports complex to investigate a verbal disturbance. KSWO-TV reports that the suspect led authorities on a chase at speeds that topped 110 miles per hour and he managed to get away. However, the suspect returned to Apache on Saturday and authorities arrested 53-year old Brett Howard of Arizona on a complaint of felony eluding. In a routine search of Howard's vehicle authorities found several rifles and an estimated 4,000 rounds of ammunition.

 

Drought Relief for Ag Producers Nears

State agriculture producers are a little closer to getting some drought relief. The Oklahoma Emergency Drought Commission met last Friday and authorized a program proposed by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission to distribute $3 million to help producers.

 

              

 

That’s K.C. Shephard with the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.96.

Natural gas is $6.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,672 and silver is $19.36.

 

Obituaries

Roger Ziegenfuss

Funeral service for Roger Ziegenfuss, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7th at Bible Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army reserves. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

2022, Sept. 26th-Oct. 1st

Saturday, Oct. 1st

(Burn bans are in effect in Grady and Garvin counties)

 

Suspects Arrested for Alleged Drug Trafficking

Grady County authorities continue their efforts to rid the streets of illegal pain-killing drugs laced with deadly fentanyl. Deputies arrested two people for alleged drug trafficking after finding an individual wanted for not showing up in court. It happened Tuesday, Sept. 27th when authorities went to the Maverick Inn. Authorities were looking for 29-year old Dustyn Rudder of Chickasha who was wanted for failure to appear following a previous arrest for domestic abuse in the presence of a minor. Authorities found Rudder and several other individuals in a room where illegal drugs were out in the open. Authorities seized more than 60 pills which tested positive for fentanyl, hydrocodone pills, Xanax bars, and more than 15 grams of methamphetamine. Authorities arrested Rudder on his outstanding warrant and also arrested 36-year old Cara Lihn Bromlow of Verden on a drug-related complaint. Both have been charged with a felony for aggravated drug trafficking and remain in the Grady County Jail on $250,000 bond each.

 

Body of Missing Man Found

The body of a missing Chickasha man was found in a cotton field just outside of town this week. Relatives reported Juan Mata as missing after he didn’t come home from work Tuesday night. His body was found southeast of Chickasha about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said relatives indicated Mata suffered from a number of health issues and was supposed to see a doctor later that day. No foul play is suspected in connection with Mata’s death.

 

Lindsay-area Well has Good Production Numbers

A recently filed oil well completion report shows some good production at a site near Lindsay. The Yoshi Well five miles southwest of Lindsay was producing 2,000 barrels of oil-equivalent and more than 1,900 Mcf of natural gas per day. The well is in Section 5 of Township 3 North and 4 West in Garvin County. The spud date for the well in the Springer Formation was last December and it was drilled to a depth of more than 20,000 feet.

 

Talk Show Topics

State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) are on our KOOL Konversation program discussing the $1.4 billion in ARPA funded projects that were approved this week by state lawmakers and the drought relief approved for farmers and ranchers. Our guest on Real Estate is Chantry Banks with Preservation Oklahoma discussing endangered historical sites in the state. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Juan Mata

Funeral service for Juan Mata, 80, of Chickasha was held at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon (Saturday) at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Roger Ziegenfuss

Funeral service for Roger Ziegenfuss, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7th at Bible Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army reserves. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Sept. 30th

(Burn bans are in effect in Grady and Garvin counties)

 

Consumer Spending 'Steady' in Grady County

A new report indicates that consumer spending has been fairly steady this year. It shows that more than $94 million was spent on taxable goods and services in the month of May. That was down a fraction from April and both are among the top months for spending at retail outlets in 2022. Consumer spending estimates are based the county sales tax revenue. The most recent report shows Grady County received about $707,000 in sales tax revenue in July (which was paid on retail purchases in the month of May). The county has a 3/4ths of a penny sales tax and the revenue generated is distributed to a number of programs which were all approved by county voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $236,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received nearly $209,000; county and municipal fire departments shared $118,000 so each one received about $9,000; seven senior nutrition centers shared $118,000 and each one received $17,000. Tuttle EMS received nearly $22,000; and Rush Springs EMS received $5,400.

 

State Group Meets to Distribute Emergency Drought Funds

The drought of 2022 has been hard on Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers. State lawmakers this week approved providing $20 million for drought relief for producers. One official said they saw the drought coming this past spring and at that time set aside $5 million to help but the drought is much worse than anticipated and its feared that the state could lose many family farms and ranches. Altogether, lawmakers plan to set aside $23 million to help producers who are at the breaking point. Gov. Kevin Stitt recently issued an emergency drought declaration which brought to life a long dormant group called the Emergency Drought Commission. That group will be meeting today to determine how some of the money will be spent.

 

Rock Island Arts Festival Headlines Weekend Activities

Thousands of visitors will be making their way to Chickasha over the next few days for one of the city’s busiest weekends of the year. Activities start today with the 14th annual Rock Island Arts Festival. 90 artisans and crafters will have items for sale; there's live music and entertainment; and children's activities each day through Sunday. Tomorrow morning is the 6th annual Rock Island Ride bicycle tour with some 300 riders expected. Also tomorrow morning is the Together We Heel (Heal) walk to end domestic violence for the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network. Also tomorrow is the 5th annual Oklahoma Food Truck Championship with some 30 food trucks lining Chickasha Avenue all competing for $10,000 in prize money.

 

JSW Spaghetti Day is Today

Spaghetti Day has arrived for a local group. This is the 57th year for the Chickasha Junior Social Workers (JSW) annual fundraiser. A year's worth of planning comes together for the event. Stephanie Adams is this year's chairwoman and says the three months before the event is when they really get busy.

 

              

 

All the proceeds from Spaghetti Day are distributed to local charities. There are two serving times with lunch from 11 to 2 and tonight from 5 to 7:30. It takes place at the Grady County Fairgrounds in the north exhibit building. Dine in or carryout is available.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.23.

London-based Brent crude is $88.49.

Natural gas is $6.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,674 and silver is $18.95.

 

Obituary

Lahoma Spurlin

Funeral service for Lahoma Spurlin, 89, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Sept. 29th

(Burn bans are in effect in Grady and Garvin counties)

 

Grady County Burn Ban Re-instated

A lack of rain, warmer than normal temperatures, dry conditions, and low humidity levels are all factors that were considered in a decision to re-instate a burn ban in Grady County. In a brief special meeting Wednesday county commissioners approved a resolution to put the ban in place immediately. The ban will be in effect for the next two weeks and is effective through Oct. 12th. There should be no trash, brush, or pasture burning during the ban. Farmers and ranchers with prescribed burn plans should follow state department of agriculture guidelines. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said barbecuing and welding are allowed under certain conditions.

 

              

 

 

Much of the region hasn’t received any rain since before Labor Day and forecasts are showing little if any rain chances through mid-October. The U.S. Drought Monitor has much of the region from Duncan to Enid and from Norman to Altus in the second highest designation of drought called a D-3 or 'extreme' drought. The highest level is a D-4 or exceptional drought.

 

Two Teens Die in Caddo County Crash

There's been another fatal traffic accident in the region where teenagers have died. Two Carnegie teens were killed in a one-vehicle accident that happened in Caddo County just after 7:00 p.m. last night (Wednesday). The unidentified boys were 13 and 15 years old. The accident happened near CR 1320 and CS 2585 about 3 1/2 miles east of Ft. Cobb. Two adults in the vehicle with the teens were air lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head injuries and both were treated and released. The adults were identified as 33-year old Josh Kestler and 26-year old Erica Mayfield also of Carnegie. The highway patrol reports that Kestler was driving. No details of the crash were provided and the highway patrol says the investigation is on-going. With last night’s deaths, four teenagers have now lost their lives in area traffic accidents over the last couple of weeks. A 14-year old Dibble girl died when she was hit by an SUV after chasing a family pet onto a highway and a 13-year old Lawton boy died in a crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike northeast of Chickasha this past weekend.

 

Biker Dies in Multi-Vehicle Accident

A Blanchard man died when his motorcycle was part of a four-vehicle crash in Norman. 70-year old Garth McDonald died in the crash that happened about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near I-35 at Indian Hills Road. One of the other vehicles involved was driven by 36-year old Ashley Wescott of Lindsay. She was not injured. The highway patrol is still investigating that deadly crash.

 

Chix Police Seeks Info on Person of Interest

The Chickasha Police Department is seeking information about a person of interest who may have information about some recent thefts. Officials didn't provide any details about their investigation. Authorities posted a photograph of the individual on the Chickasha Police Department’s Facebook page. Police ask that you take a look at it and if you have information on his name or location you can call the police department's non-emergency dispatch number, 405-222-6050.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.32.

Natural gas is $6.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,655 and silver is $18.64.

 

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Wednesday, Sept. 28th

(A burn ban is in effect for Garvin County)

 

Fire Damages Two Homes

Chickasha fire crews were dispatched to a blaze that threatened a residential neighborhood yesterday. The fire in the 700 block of West Minnesota was called in about noon. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego-

 

              

 

Samaniego said both homes were occupied when the fire started but everyone managed to escape without injury as did a couple of pets. Samaniego said the cause of the fire was an electric smoker. Marsha Terry and her 89-year old father live at the home where the fire started. Marsha said she wasn’t home when the fire started and was thankful her dad and pets were not hurt. However the home suffered major damage.

 

              

 

Samaniego estimated $75,000 in damage to the Terry home and $25,000 in damage to the duplex.

 

Suspect Arrested in 'Trucker-Style-Bat' Taser Attack

A woman is arrested for allegedly using a trucker-style bat taser in a robbery attempt. 33-year old Elizabeth Christine Benedict was taken into custody early Sunday. A probable cause affidavit indicates Chickasha Police were called to the 1400 block of South 17th Street just before 5 a.m. that morning where two victims had been assaulted and had blood on their faces. Paramedics were dispatched but both victims refused treatment. One of the victims said he had given Benedict and another person a ride and that Benedict asked him for money. The victim said he turned his back on the suspect and that's when he was attacked. Officers found Benedict just a couple of blocks away and she told investigators that the two had been arguing all day and that the victim used a taser on her first. Prosecutors have charged Benedict with a felony for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. She remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Anadarko Moves Forward with New City Manager

Anadarko's new city manager says he will continue efforts to make improvements to the city. Richard Rogalski has been on board for about six weeks after previously serving as the assistant city manager for the City of Lawton. Anadarko Mayor Kelley McGlothlin says many of the Native American tribes in Anadarko are lending a hand with police, fire, and other needs.


              

 

Officials are also working to get additional grants to build a walking trail through the city and a new park and amphitheater downtown.

 

National Horse Group Brings Competition to Chix

As you know, a lot will be happening in Chickasha this weekend. Thousands of visitors will be in town for the Rock Island Arts Festival, the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship, and Rock Island Ride bicycle tour. But there is another event which will draw an estimated 1,000 people from across the country to the area. The Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America based in Stephens City, VA will be holding its American National Show at the Grady County Fairgrounds. There are divisions for adults and children. The first competitions get underway today will run through Sunday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.27.

Natural gas is $6.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,624 and silver is $17.96.

 

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Tuesday, Sept. 27th

(Burn ban is in effect in Garvin County)

 

$1 Million Bond set for Suspect in Fatal Crash

A $1 million bond has been set for the Grady County man who allegedly caused that deadly crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Saturday night. 33-year old Eric Nunez of Tuttle was formally charged with felonies which include first degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatality accident and a misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia in Grady County District Court on Monday. A probable cause affidavit shows that after the crash, Nunez continued down the highway way for about five miles before pulling over. A Chickasha police officer made contact with Nunez and said the pickup he was driving had fresh damage. An odor of alcohol was present and Nunez was confused of his whereabouts. He believed he was in Oklahoma City and that he had not been in an accident. Nunez was taken to the hospital for a blood test but no results were available. Nunez is to back in court Oct. 6th to announce his attorney and again Oct. 12th for a  preliminary hearing conference. Several years ago Nunez pleaded guilty to felony drug possession stemming from a 2008 arrest in Tuttle.

 

Grady County Officials May Re-instate Burn Ban

A burn ban could be re-instated for Grady County. County Commissioners will hold a special meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss the issue. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson told  commissioners at their regular meeting yesterday that the chiefs of many of the county's volunteer fire departments would like to put the ban back into place. This past weekend, eight of the county’s volunteer departments responded to a  grass fire south of Rush Springs which closed U.S. Highway 81 for some time due to lack of visibility from the smoke. If approved Grady County would join Garvin County with burns bans. Garvin County officials re-instated a burn ban yesterday which is in effect for two weeks.

 

State Rep Outlines Some Road, Bridge Projects

A number of state road and bridge improvement projects are scheduled for the region over the next few months. State Representative Brad Boles of Marlow listed some of them in a recent media column. Reconstruction of a portion of State Highway 39 from State Highway 76 west to the East Winter Creek Bridge is a more than $11 million project that is expected to begin next month. A portion of State Highway 19 is scheduled for reconstruction starting five miles east of Highway 81 and east through Alex and ending at Roaring Creek. That is a $45 million project. Reconstruction of a portion of U.S. Highway 277 southwest of Chickasha is a $14.3 million project. Further into the future, grading and bridge projects for the U.S. Highway 81 Bypass of Chickasha could be issued in the 2023 program year. Two projects associated with the bypass total nearly $92 million.

 

Prescribed Burn Group Meets Tonight

The Caddo and Grady County Prescribed Burn Association will meet in Chickasha tonight. There may be some discussion about the prescribed burning of red cedar trees in crop and pasture lands. Officials say a prescribed burning of the trees could go a long way in preserving ground water. It's estimated that each tree can move between 6 and 11 gallons of water into the air every day - that's about 100 gallons of water per week.  The meeting will be held at the Grady County OSU Extension office In Chickasha at 6:30 tonight.

 

Disabled Vets Must Register with Database

to Continue Receiving State Sales Tax Exemptions

Disabled military veterans are being urged to register with a state-sponsored database in order to keep their sales tax exemption. Veterans with the state-issued "blue" card need to enroll in the database by July of next year or they will lose the benefit. Veterans with 100 percent service-related disabilities are eligible for exemptions of up to $25,000 a year from sales taxes which include city and county-imposed taxes.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.06.

Natural gas is $6.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,641 and silver is $18.61.

 

Obituaries

Monty Wendling

Funeral service for Monty Wendling, 60, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Joseph Richardson

Funeral service Joseph Richardson, 28, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1st at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Clifton Wilson

Funeral service for Clifton Wilson, 50, of Anadarko will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1st at Bethel Baptist Church in Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Sept. 26th

 

Suspect Arrested in Connection with Deadly Turnpike Crash

A deadly crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike late Saturday night killed a Lawton teenager and hospitalized two other people in the vehicle with him. And the driver of the pick-up alleged to have caused the crash is behind bars on multiple complaints. The accident happened just before midnight Saturday near Mile Marker 89 about five miles northeast of Chickasha. A 13-year old boy died at the scene and two other passengers - a 12-year old boy and a 45-year old man - were both taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where they were admitted. The driver of that vehicle was treated and released. In jail is 33-year old Eric Armando Nunez of Tuttle. The highway patrol reports that an SUV and a pickup driven by Nunez were both westbound on the turnpike. It’s alleged Nunez was traveling at a high rate of speed when he hit the SUV, causing it to careen off the road and overturn several times. Nunez is being held on complaints that include manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatality accident, and DUI.

 

Fire Crews Handle Large Grady County Blaze

A number of fire departments were dispatched to a large grass fire south of Rush Springs yesterday. It broke out along an area along U.S. Highway 81 near CR1580 which is about four miles south of Rush Springs.  Several large round bales of hay caught fire and the flames came within 50-yards of a home. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of that fire.

 

Monthly Expenses for Chickasha Residents

Are Lower the State, National Averages

A new report shows that Chickasha residents pay less for their monthly expenses than the average Oklahoman. The study by DOXO Insights shows that the average cost in Chickasha for the 10 most common household expenses is about $1,391 per month. That's about 15 percent lower that the state average of $1,634 and 30 percent lower than the national average of more than $2,000. The average mortgage payment is $787 and the average for rent is $714. Auto loans average about $424 per month, and utilities are about $225. Auto insurance is next at $176 per month followed by health insurance at $100. Mobile phone service is $84 and cable and internet is $78. The study indicates that 37 percent of the household income for Chickasha residents goes to pay for those expenses. Edmond is the most expensive city in Oklahoma at more than $2,260 per month. Blanchard is the 7th most expensive at $1,968. Chickasha is 44th on the list of cities in the study. 

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.84 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.03.

Natural gas is $6.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,649 and silver is $18.59.

 

Obituaries

Mildred Thompson

A private family service will be held for Mildred Thompson, 95, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

J.V. Lobaugh

A graveside service for J.V. Lobaugh, 91, of Chickasha was held at 10:00 a.m. today (Monday, Sept. 26th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with McCray Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Children's Home in Oklahoma City.

Link Jarnagin

Funeral service for Link Jarnagin, 71, of Ninnekah will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Felicia Kearny

Funeral service for Felecia Kearny, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29th at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Joseph Richardson

Funeral service for Joseph Richardson, 28, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2022, Sept. 19th-24th

Saturday, Sept. 24th

 

City of Chix May Look for New Water Source

Chickasha officials may be faced with the prospect of finding a new water source. Mayor Chris Mosley brought up the issue in his State-of-the City address this week. The city currently gets its water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir and Mosley said officials with the Ft. Cobb Master Conservancy District which oversees the reservoir recently made the suggestion.

 

              

 

The mayor says it’s not too early to begin the discussion to look at alternatives as officials look toward the city's needs for the second half of the 21s century.

 

$1 Million Bond Set for Suspect Who Spit on Officer

A suspect accused of spitting on a police officer and vandalizing a law enforcement vehicle is in the Caddo County Jail and is being held on a $1 million bond. A probable cause affidavit states that a Mr. Chen, identified as 47-year old John Doe, is believed to be from California but listed a Minco address. The Lawton Constitution cites the affidavit which charges the suspect with a felony for placing body fluids on a government employee, and misdemeanors for vandalism and public intoxication.

 

Ft. Sill Soldiers Head to the Ukraine Region

Some Ft. Sill soldiers will be heading overseas for a deployment to Europe. About 300 members of the First Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Division will be supporting NATO troops in the fight to defend Ukraine. A number of HIMARS rocket launchers will be sent with them. A formal Casing of the Colors ceremony was held for the soldiers yesterday. The ceremony wraps the battalion flag for the trip overseas which will be unfurled once they reach their destination.

 

Blanchard Hosts Mufflers on Main

For the second straight weekend, classic car and truck enthusiasts can check out some of the sharpest such vehicles in the region. Last weekend the Saturday Night Cruisers held their annual care show in Chickasha. Today, the City of Blanchard’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Mufflers on Main. It features more than 150 vehicles with classy chassis's waxed to the max, shiny chrome, and unique body styles. More than 60 trophies will be awarded in several divisions. There will be live music throughout the day and food trucks will be on hand. It's not too late to register if you have a car or truck you'd like to enter. The actual show will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Talk Show Topics

Krystal Jarnagin and Stephanie Adams with the Chickasha Junior Social Workers are on the KOOL Konversation talking about their group's upcoming Spaghetti Day. Also, Anadarko Mayor Kelly McGlothlin and City Manager Richard Rogalski are on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts to both programs under the community tab on this website

 

Obituaries

Mildred Thompson

A private family service will be held for Mildred Thompson, 95, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

J.V. Lobaugh

A graveside service for J.V. Lobaugh, 91, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a pastor and minister for nearly 60 years. Arrangements are with McCray Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Children's Home in Oklahoma City.

Joseph Richardson

A funeral service for Joseph Richardson, 28, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Sept. 23rd

 

Keith Johnson Formally Hired as Chix City Manager

The Chickasha City Council formally hired Keith Johnson to serve as the next city manager. Following a 13-minute closed door session held during a special meeting last night, the council voted 6-0 to hire Johnson, who is currently the County Administrator of Franklin County in Washington State. Council representatives Oscar Nelson, Kia Ginn, and R.P. Ashanti- Alexander were absent from the meeting. Johnson has a long history of working for city, county, and state government agencies, including several years as a comptroller for the State of Oklahoma. Mayor Chris Mosley says Johnson's experience was a key to his selection.

 

              

 

In addition to his government work, Johnson has worked in the private sector as a director for the software company, Oracle. Johnson is expected to start in November. The city council hired Johnson after previous city manager Tyler Brooks resigned this past spring after just six months on the job. Johnson's base salary will be $145,000 per year.

 

Chix Mayor Presents 'State-of-the-City' Address

The City of Chickasha made a lot of progress over the last year and officials are working to make things even better in the future. That was the subject of Mayor Mosley's State of the City address yesterday. Mosley spoke to a number of business and education leaders discussing a number of issues...including one of financial stability. He said officials spent several months auditing thousands of utility bills and found a number of discrepancies. Mosley said after fixing the problems and raising utility rates, the city will have several million more dollars in revenue over the next several months.

 

              

 

Mosley also said the city is hoping to begin a major drainage project in the next couple of years and the city is looking to build a new raw water treatment plant further into the future.

 

Ninnekah Man Selected as 'Feel to Love' Winner

A Ninnekah man will be receive a free upgrade to his home heating and and air conditioning system courtesy of a local contractor. Bill Graves was selected to get the new system from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning and Lennox from the companies' Feel the Love program. Graves was a local banker for many years and served nearly 25 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was nominated for the project by his granddaughter, who said that Bill goes above and beyond for every single person. He's 85-years old and suffering from some health issues and deserves to have someone help him after he's helped so many over the years. The installation of the system will take place at Grave's Ninnekah home today.

 

Longtime Attorney, CHS Football Announcer Bob Hays Dies

Long-time local attorney Bob Hays has died. Hays practiced law for many years and also served as a municipal court judge. He served on the board of directors for Chickasha Bank and Liberty National Bank. He also spent several years on the USAO Board of Regents, serving for a year as chairman. He grew up in Weatherford and started writing sports for his high school newspaper and continued writing while attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He then went to the University of Oklahoma where he earned a degree in journalism and was a sports writer for the Daily Oklahoman. He also earned his law degree at the OU law school. Hays also spent many years as the color commentator for Chickasha High School football games on KWCO radio. Hays was 83 when he passed away at his home Wednesday. Survivors include his wife Shirley, their daughters and their families. Funeral service for Bob Hays will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday Sept. 26th at Epworth Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the USAO baseball and softball programs through the USAO Foundation.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.46.

Natural gas is $7.09 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,664 and silver is $19.34.

 

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Thursday, Sept. 22nd

 

Guard Rail Installed at Dangerous Curve

Where A Ninnekah Family was Injured

Grady County officials are hoping an upgrade to county road where a rollover crash hurt several members of a Ninnekah family will prevent future accidents. A guardrail was recently placed along the roadway where a car with a mother and three children ran off a dangerous curve and rolled down a ravine and into a canyon. The Ricky Wells family is grateful for the efforts of Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess for having the guard rail placed installed. Boggess told KOCO News that one of things he likes best about his job is to make sure people's lives are safer. Two of the children injured in the accident continue their recovery and the Wells family says the response from the community to help them has been amazing.

 

Funeral Set for Dibble Teen

The Dibble teenager who died after being hit by an SUV while chasing a family pet on to a highway will be laid to rest Saturday. Sabrina Moreno died in the tragic accident which happened just south of the Dibble Crossroads Tuesday night. The teen had just celebrated her 14th birthday last week. Dibble school superintendent Chad Clanton said Sabrina was a good student in the 8th grade. The school brought in additional counselors and local churches sent support groups to Dibble schools Wednesday to help grieving classmates and staff. A local Girl Scout troop set up a memorial where the accident happened and will also have some fund-raisers to help the family with funeral expenses and other needs. Sabrina's funeral will be at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the Eisenhour Funeral Home in Blanchard.

 

Chix Chamber Program Set for Women Business Owners

A program designed for businesses owned by women is being offered by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. Cathy Curtis with the State Department of Commerce will discuss tips and tricks in obtaining business grants, business development and women-owned business certification; and state-certified incubator programs. It's part of the Chickasha Chamber's Lunch and Learn Series. It will be held next Wednesday, Sept. 28th at noon at the chamber office. Cost is $10 and individuals wanting to attend should RSVP the chamber by the close of business on Monday.

 

Chix Library to Register Kids for 'Imagination Library'

We recently reported that the Chickasha Public Library will be joining the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The country music Hall-of-Famer developed the program nearly 30 years ago to give free books to young children and is mailing books around the world. The Friends of the Chickasha Library will start enrolling children in the Imagination Library during the upcoming Rock Island Arts Festival on Friday, Sept. 30th and Saturday, Oct. 1st. It's for children five and under, and children will receive an age-appropriate book in the mail every month addressed to them. For information visit the Chickasha Public Library or go to the website:

www.imaginationlibrary.com

 

Bedlam Blood Drive This Afternoon

There is always a need for blood donations and KOOL/RANCH radio stations, the YMCA, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are hosting a Bedlam Blood Drive today. Donor will receive their choice of an OSU or OU blood drive t-shirt. The blood mobile will be in the YMCA parking lot from 12:30 to 5:30 this afternoon. Walk-ins are welcome. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area check out the Oklahoma Blood institute website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.83.

Natural gas is $7.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,676 and silver is $19.58.

 

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Wednesday, Sept. 21st

 

Dibble Teen Dies After Being Hit by SUV

Residents in Dibble are mourning the death of a teenaged girl today. The highway patrol reports the 14-year old ran into the roadway to try and catch a dog, when she was struck and killed by an SUV. She died at the scene. The accident happened just before 9:30 last night on State Highway 76 at 214th Street. The name of the girl was not released. The SUV, a 2022 Lincoln Navigator, was driven by 64-year old Tena Tucker of Lindsay. A passenger was 66-year old Greg Tucker also of Lindsay. Neither of them were injured.

 

Chix City Council Schedules Special Meeting

to Officially Hire New City Manager

A special meeting of the Chickasha City Council is set for tomorrow night to consider officially hiring the next city manager. In Monday night's regular council meeting, the panel unanimously voted to recommend Keith Johnson for the post. The council will go behind closed doors tomorrow night to discuss the possible approval of an employment agreement with Johnson. In addition, the council will consider an emergency clause to close the public right-of-way in the alley between the 500 blocks of Grand Ave. and Utah Ave. Earlier this week  the council approved vacating the property behind a former seafood restaurant in order to build a new convenience store. The special meeting will be held at 6 o'clock tomorrow night at city hall.

 

Water Leak Causes 'Lights Out' Issue at CHS Sports Arena

An electrical problem at the Chickasha High School Activity Center caused the lights to go out at the CHS Sports Arena over the weekend. Officials had just completed the regional high school cheerleading competition Saturday afternoon when the lights went out. Athletic Director Jerry Don Bray said they traced the problem to a broken water line in one of the bathrooms in the lobby. Water had leaked downstairs into the electrical room and ‘fried’ a panel. Bray said it will take a couple of weeks for a new panel to be delivered and installed. The lights are only out in the basketball arena although the lights in the lobby and auditorium still work. Some of the activities that were scheduled in the fieldhouse over the next couple of weeks will be moved to Myers Fieldhouse at the middle school and some will be held in the old high school gymnasium.

 

Newest USAO Regent Takes Oath of Office

The newest regent for USAO has been sworn in to office. Elgin Mayor J.J. Francais will serve a seven-year term on the panel. Francais is USAO grad and was sworn in by District Judge Kory Kirkland at this month's regents meeting. Francais received the appointment from Gov. Kevin Stitt. Francais' term runs through June 30th of 2029.

 

Researchers Find New Use for Old Grady County Oil Well

It's history in the making for a former Grady County oil well which has been transformed into a geo-thermal energy source. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held tomorrow on the outskirts of Tuttle at 508 East Rock Creek Road. The actual well is located in a pasture. The ceremony will be held by the University of Oklahoma's Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. The website OK Energy Today reports the project has received national attention. After the wells are modified to produce geothermal energy researchers will spend the next year measuring the energy production to see if the output meets their estimates and if the wells will create enough energy to heat two nearby schools.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $84.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.62.

Natural gas is $7.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,682 and silver is $19.53.

 

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Tuesday, Sept. 20th

 

Contract Talks to Begin with Potential new City Manager

After interviewing a couple of candidates for the vacant city manager post, the Chickasha City Council picked one of them to potentially be the city's next administrator. Following an executive session during last night's council meeting, the panel unanimously selected Keith Johnson. Johnson has not yet been hired but officials will begin contract talks with him. Officials did not say where Johnson was from or where he currently works.

Tattoo Parlors to be Allowed in Chickasha's Downtown Historic District

The council approved a change in the city's historic zoning ordinance which will allow tattoo parlors to locate in the downtown area. The ordinance currently bans the parlors from the area. There were no comments either for or against the issue during a public hearing on the proposal. The council also approved closing the alleyway and easements just north of the 500 block of Grand Avenue. During a public hearing on that issue, Mike Lawson with Lawson Retail Properties said they are in contract discussions to purchase the property where a former seafood restaurant is located. Plans are to demolish the restaurant and build a new convenience store and gas station. The company has a similar store in Ada. Lawson said they estimate having about 30 employees.

Work to Begin Soon to Add More Lights to Festival of Light

The council also approved a payment of nearly $30,000 to a firm which will install new electrical panels in Shannon Springs Park to be used for the expansion of the Festival of Light. Parks Director Spencer Wizenried said the company is ready to break ground on the work and it is expected to be in service for the 30th annual festival this fall. The council also honored Sandra Robertson who recently retired after a 23-year career with the library.

 

Grady County Commissioners Sign Off on ARPA Projects

Grady County Commissioners approved some $1.8 million projects to be funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The Chickasha Express Star reports that Rural Water District 6 in Pocasset was awarded $700,000 for wells, hydrants, and system repairs. Rural Water District 7 in Ninnekah was awarded $600,000 for the construction of new water towers and related improvements. Grady County Emergency Management was awarded more than $350,000 for a new command and communications vehicle; the Bridge Creek Fire District will receive $107,000 for medical equipment needed for health and safety projects; and Rural Water District 2 in Amber will get $73,000 for the cleaning, re-coating, and repairs of water towers.

 

Grady County Fire Board Meets Tonight

The appointment of a new fire chief at the Pocasset Volunteer Fire Department and acknowledging new fire firefighters for the Pioneer and Farwell stations are among the issues to be discussed during the monthly Grady County Fire Board meeting tonight. The group will go behind closed doors to discuss the possible appointment of Cooper Grove to lead the Pocasset department. The panel will also get an update on potential ARPA grants and discuss the month of October as being Fire Prevention Month. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management Office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.00.

Natural gas is $7.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,674 and silver is $19.29.

 

Obituaries

Luther Sledge

A graveside service for Luther Sledge, 94, of Chickasha was held at 11:00 a.m. today (Tuesday, Sept. 20th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements were with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Hugh Givens

Funeral service for Hugh Givens, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21st at the First and Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Darlene Baum

Funeral service for Darlene Baum, 77, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21st at Newsong Church of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Phyllis Ladyman

Funeral service for Phyllis Ladyman, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21st at Chickasha's First Assembly of God Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Debra Ann Harris

No service is scheduled for Debra Ann Harris, 64, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Sept. 19th

 

Chix City Council to Discuss City Manager Candidates

A closed-door session of the Chickasha City Council will be part of tonight's council meeting as the group discusses a couple of candidates for the vacant city manager post. The council held interviews over the last couple of weeks including one this past Friday. It's not clear if the council will be hiring one of the two candidates tonight. The panel will hold two public hearings including one to change the ordinance which bans tattoo parlors in the city's downtown historic district. The Planning Commission is recommending the change. Another public hearing will be held to consider a request for the city to vacate some property between the 500 blocks of Grand Ave. and Utah Ave. in order for a company to build a convenience store.

Council to Nix Hilliary Broadband Proposal; Consider AT&T

Last fall, the city council approved a quote from Hilliary Communications to install broadband internet service at most city buildings. Tonight, the council will consider terminating that quote due to non-performance. The panel will then consider entering an agreement with AT&T to provide that service.

Payment for Hwy 81 Bypass Water Line Construction Proposed

The council will also consider approving a payment of nearly $300,000 to Miller Construction and Sons for water main construction associated with the U.S. Highway 81 Bypass project. It’s the first of three phases to install water lines associated with the bypass west of the city limits. The total estimated cost of water line construction is nearly $950,000. Officials with the state department of transportation are expected to pay for 60 percent of the total cost of water main relocations. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Salvation Army to Expand Caddo County Services

The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties will soon be expanding its services in Caddo County. For about the last year, the group has been providing help for families one day each week throughout Caddo County from its Anadarko office. Crystal McFarland says within a couple of weeks that office will be open every day.

 

              

 

The Anadarko office is located inside Bethel Baptist Church and will be open a half-day Monday through Friday mornings beginning Oct. 3rd. For information about services call 405-224-5647.

 

Volunteers Sought for Rock Island Arts Festival

The Rock Island Arts Festival is less than two weeks away. More than 90 spaces have been reserved for the three-day event which is set for Friday, Sept. 30th through Sunday, Oct. 2nd and will be held in the area of Chickasha's Rock Island Railroad Depot. Officials are looking for volunteers to help in any number of ways including visiting with vendors and offering to be a booth sitter, working the festival’s food booth, helping with the dunk tank, and spending some time in the festival's information booth. April Shipley Brenner is the volunteer coordinator. Reach out to her via e-mail: april.shipley@gmail.com

 

OHCE to Serve Lunch to Military Veterans

Military veterans will be treated to a lunch of beans, cornbread, and cobbler at the Grady County Veterans Center tomorrow. The Grady County OHCE will provide the meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20th at the center which is located in downtown Chickasha at 6th and Chickasha Ave.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.11 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.35.

Natural gas is $7.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,672 and silver is $19.35.

 

Obituaries

Anna Douglas

Funeral service for Anna Douglas, 85, of Tuttle were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19th at First Baptist Church of Tuttle. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Nathan Bailey

A graveside service for Nathan Bailey, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday Sept. 23rd in the Cement Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2022, Sept. 12th-17th

Saturday, Sept. 17th

 

Early-Morning Crash Injures Two; Takes Out Utility Poles

Work crews are still at the scene of an early morning crash in Chickasha where two people were injured and one of them taken to the hospital. The crash also damaged several utility poles. Chickasha police say the accident happened about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of 9th and Grand Ave. and is still under investigation. Power crews were on the scene for several hours making repairs.

 

Fire Closes Caddo County Highway Friday Night

A truck fire led to a pasture fire which closed a Caddo County roadway last night. It happened on State Highway 19 east of Apache just before 8:30 p.m. The highway patrol reported the fire ignited some hay bales which then sparked the pasture fire. Several area fire departments were dispatched to beat back the flames. The highway was shut down about an hour and a half and was re-opened just before 10 p.m.

 

USAO, Redlands Team Up to Improve

Students' Employment Outlook

USAO and Redlands Community College have joined efforts to ensure their graduates are ready to meet the needs of the nation's workforce. In the first phase of the program the two institutions will share the positions of vice president for academic affairs, associate vice president of enrollment management, network security specialist, and director of printing services. USAO president John Feaver said it’s a unique collaboration of efforts between institutions with two very different missions, and that it allows both institutions to operate more efficiently and expand opportunities for students. Redlands President Jack Bryant said they hope it will encourage institutions across the country to look for more creative ways to meet the needs of the contemporary work place and modern-day college students.

 

Well Completions Reported Near Blanchard, Mustang

We have some well completions to share. Three wells on a single pad near Blanchard are bringing in a combined 2,000 barrels of oil and nearly 18,000 Mcf of natural gas per day. These are the Charles wells drilled by Native Exploration out of Oklahoma City. They are in the Woodford Formation about two miles east of Blanchard and were drilled to depths of more than 20,000 feet. Citizen Energy announced the completion of a couple of wells about three miles west of Mustang. They are the Kolar wells and together are producing about 600 barrels of oil and some 3,000 Mcf of natural gas per day. They were drilled to a depth of nearly 15,000 feet.

 

Saturday Happenings in, Around Chix

There's alot of activity in Chickasha today. The Saturday Night Cruisers are having their annual car show. That will be getting underway this morning at the First Baptist Church parking lot at 4th and Minnesota. The monthly Coffee and Cars Chickasha event is joining that car show this morning. Also today, toy collectors across the state will be taking part in the Southwest Vintage Toy Show. About 40 vendors will have items like Hot Wheels, Barbies, GI Joes, farm toys, and other collectibles. That's in the north exhibit building at the Grady County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults while children 11 and under get in free. The Pioneer Volunteer Fire Department will hold its community appreciation dinner tonight.  The group will be serving free hamburgers and hot dogs at the Pioneer School Cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contributions are welcome which will help the fire fighters purchase needed equipment and supplies. You might also drop off some cases of bottled water or energy drinks.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Crystal McFarland with the Salvation Army division which serves Grady and Caddo counties is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today we have Quinton Smith with the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Anna Douglas

Funeral service for Anna Douglas, 85, of Tuttle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19th at First Baptist Church of Tuttle.  Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Nathan Bailey

A graveside service for Nathan Bailey, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23rd in the Cement Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Chickasha 42, Anadarko 20

Blanchard 40, Shawnee 13

Guthrie 24, Tuttle 20

Bridge Creek 20, Western Heights 6

Newcastle 34, Woodward 12

Minco 20, Merritt 7

Ringling 41, Apache 8

Tipton 48, Cyril 14

Hinton 48, Carnegie 0

Maysville 56, Alex 6

Hollis 45, Mt. View-Gotebo 6

Perkins-Tryon 34, Marlow 21

 

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Friday, Sept. 16th

 

Trooper Jails Wanted Felon After Traffic Stop

A traffic stop made by a state trooper leads to the arrest of a wanted felon. 50-year old Jose Rogelio Salazar was wanted out of Greer County in southwest Oklahoma in connection with a more than decade-old arrest. Salazar was arrested in 2010 on drug complaints and pleaded guilty to two felony drug charges in 2013 and given a suspended sentence. A bench warrant for Salazar was issued two years ago for failure to appear. Salazar was booked into the Grady County Jail last night. It is expected that he will be taken to Greer County to face charges there.

 

Anadarko Woman Wanted for Felony Exploitation

An arrest warrant has been issued for an Anadarko woman accused of exploiting a mentally disabled person. On Wednesday, Caddo County authorities issued the warrant for 54-year old Jenna Sue Johnson. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents in which officials say she took advantage an individual with a severe intellectual impairment.

 

CHS Football Coach Suspended

Chickasha High School football coach Eric Gibson has been suspended. Superintendent Rick Croslin said Gibson was placed on paid administrative leave after some unspecified complaints were brought forth. Croslin issued a prepared statement saying Gibson was suspended over allegations of poor judgement pertaining to interactions and word choices. In a prepared statement Croslin said personnel issues and investigations are confidential so the district is unable to discuss the details of the allegations, or whether there will be further discipline associated with the outcome of an investigation. The suspension is for 10 days meaning that Gibson will not be on the sideline for tonight's game against Anadarko or next week's game against Weatherford. Gibson was just hired as team’s new coach in March and coached just two games this season. Assistant coach Ross Carter will serve as interim head coach until further notice.

 

Jay's Mini Stop to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

A Chickasha convenience store will be celebrating its golden anniversary this weekend.  Jay's Mini Stop has been around for years but Jay Smith and his late wife Maribeth purchased the store from Tom Love in the early 1970s. In the early years Jay and Maribeth lived in a mobile home behind the store and everyone in the family worked there.  A 50th anniversary celebration will be held at the store from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Volunteers Sought for FOL Live Nativity

As we move into the second half of September we see that we are only a couple of months away from the opening of Chickasha's Festival of Light. This is the 30th anniversary of the popular holiday attraction. The Festival will be having a live nativity scene again this year and the call is going out for volunteers. No acting experience is required, there are no lines to read, and costumes will be provided. Anyone who would like to take part can contact Joyce Belville by calling 405-224-6225.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.84.

Natural gas is $8.32 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,666 and silver is $18.84.

 

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Thursday, Sept. 15th

 

Driver Dies in Deadly ATV Crash

An ATV accident has claimed the life of a Blanchard man. He was identified as 28-year old Blayne Gibby who died in the accident which happened just after midnight Wednesday. It occurred at an oilfield site just outside of Blanchard. The state trooper called out to the scene reports that Gibby was driving recklessly when the ATV overturned and landed on top of him. The Blanchard Fire Department said Gibby died at the scene due to the severity of his injuries. The trooper also reported that Gibby may have been under the influence at the time.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued for Caddo County Shooting Suspect

A suspect in a Caddo County shooting is on the run. Authorities are looking for 71-year old Troy Radford who is alleged to have shot another man in the face last Thursday. KSWO-TV cites Caddo County court documents saying that the shooting victim and a friend were working on a boat when they saw Radford across the street. Radford was holding his hand like a gun and pretending to shoot at them. The victim reportedly told Radford it would work better if he had a real one. Radford is alleged to have gotten the gun and fired the weapon several times. An arrest warrant for shooting with intent to kill was issued for Radford. Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office at 405-247-6666. Radford may be driving a white 2001 Ford Ranger with Oklahoma Tag No. DLT-362.

 

DEQ Moves to Dismiss Hand Sanitizer Fire Lawsuit

A report out yesterday indicates that the state Department of Environmental Quality wants to dismiss a lawsuit filed in connection to the hand sanitizer fires at the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company and a neighboring facility in Ninnekah last month. Our partners at KWTV News 9 reports that the agency wants to dismiss the lawsuit because the case was filed in the wrong county.

 

Chix Public Works Director Discusses Summer Effort

The City of Chickasha's new public works director says crews have been working on a number of projects over the summer. Jim Crosby says they have been focused on a number of water line breaks and filling pot holes. He says one area of concern which was brought to the attention of the city council earlier in the year is being taken care of.

 

             

 

Crosby also said they are slowly working on replacing street signs throughout the city.

 

Chix Mayor to Give 'State of the City' Address

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will be issuing his annual State of the City address next week. The mayor's comments will be delivered during a program hosted by the Chamber of Commerce next Thursday, Sept. 22nd. He's expected to discuss key projects and initiatives as well as discussing potential development and opportunities. The presentation will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds with lunch starting at 11:30 followed by the Mayor's presentation. Tickets are $25 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. Individuals wanting to attend should RSVP the chamber by Monday afternoon.

 

Energy Prices

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.48 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.10.

Natural gas is $9.11 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,699 and silver is $19.47.

 

Obituary

Alyce Miracle

A memorial service for Alyce Miracle, 84, formerly of Chickasha will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 24th at Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society.

 

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Wednesday, Sept. 14th

 

January Trial Date set for Coach Accused of Raping Players

A Grady County judge has set a January trial date for a former girls basketball coach accused of raping his teenaged players. During a court appearance yesterday, a January 23rd trial date was scheduled for Ron Akins who is charged with 10 felonies including rape, sexual battery, and lewd acts with children. Akins was arrested in June of 2021 after one of his former players came forward to talk about what happened. Several other former and current players also alleged similar complaints. Many said they had taken their complaints to school officials who took no action and said there was nothing they could do about it.

 

Suspect Arrested for Assaulting an Officer

After Claiming he was President of the U.S.

A homeless man claiming to legally be the President of the United States and also a federal agent was arrested by Chickasha police this week. 41-year old Travis Marshall Wallis was picked up after police were called to a convenience store to investigate a suspicious person just before 2:30 a.m. Monday. A probable cause affidavit indicates a man at the Love's Convenience Store on Choctaw and was acting strange. The officer said the man appeared to be intoxicated and attempted to conduct a sobriety check. The suspect became combative and wrestled with the officer. A back-up officer arrived and officers had to use a taser to subdue the suspect. Wallis has been formally charged with a felony for assault on a police officer and misdemeanors for impersonating an officer and public intoxication and disturbing the peace. A competency hearing has been scheduled for next month.

 

New Festival of Light Director Hired

A new director is in place for Chickasha's Festival of Light (FOL). Duncan native Logan Lassley will be serving as director for the upcoming season. He will also serve as tourism director for the Chamber of Commerce. In a press release, chamber president Jim Cowan said he was glad to have Lassley join the chamber team and that his energy and passion to enhance the visitor experience in the city will be crucial. Lassley earned a bachelor's degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  He previously served as the director of ticket memberships for the minor league hockey franchise in Wichita, Kansas. Lassley was selected as FOL director after Billy Elkins stepped down to take a new job in Kentucky.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.31 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.17.

Natural gas is $8.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,715 and silver is $19.55.

 

Obituary

Donald Trammell

 A graveside service for Donald Trammell, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16th at Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Sept. 13th

 

Coach Accused of Sex Crimes has Court Date

Former girls basketball coach Ron Akins, accused of the rape and sexual assault of young girls is to be in Grady County District Court today. Akins is facing numerous charges of molestation and lewd acts to children while he was coaching. One of his former players finally spoke out about how Akins treated her which led to several other current or former players accusing Akins of ‘grooming’ them. Several of the alleged victims have also filed a federal lawsuit against the former coach.

 

Lankford, Inhofe Work to Prevent

Foreign Ownership of U.S. Farmland

Oklahoma U.S. Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe have introduced a bill to prevent foreign purchases of Oklahoma farmland. The measure called the Security and Oversight of International Landholdings (SOIL) Act would provide oversight and transparency of the purchase of U.S. agriculture land that threatens national security. The website OK Energy Today reports the measure was filed over growing concern about recent purchases of U.S. farmland by China near military installations and the two senators don't what that to happen in Oklahoma. Lankford said the state's legal marijuana trade has attracted transitional criminal organizations to Oklahoma that are trafficking not only drugs, but people as well. He said those organizations have partnered with Chinese nationals to buy land and businesses throughout the state. Lankford said they need to know who is buying the land, how they are using it, and if any criminal activity is occurring.

 

Tattoo Parlor Hopes to Locate in Chix Historical District

A public hearing to allow a tattoo parlor to open in historic downtown Chickasha will be held by the city's Planning Commission this afternoon. Current city ordinances do not allow tattoo parlors in the downtown historical district. Two other public hearings are also scheduled including a use-on-review application for Josh Woods at 1809 West Grand; and a hearing to consider a request by Lawson Retail Properties for the city to vacate property owned by the city in the 500 block of Utah. The planning commission meets at 4 o'clock this afternoon at city hall.

 

Chix Airport Advisory Panel to Discuss Projects

There is also a special meeting of the Chickasha Airport Advisory Board today. There will be a presentation of projects planned for funding in the upcoming year, and discussion of projects to be added to the five-year Capital Improvement Plan. That meeting will be at 4 o'clock this afternoon at the airport.

 

Animal Shelter Fundraiser is Tonight

The Chickasha Animal Shelter will hold a fundraiser this evening to support the Chickasha Animal Rescue Transport Association (CARTA). The group helps to minimize the number of animals at the shelter and transport them to other areas for adoption. There will be a silent auction at Interurban Restaurant from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. tonight. In addition to the silent auction Interurban will donate $1 from every hamburger sold to CARTA.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.00.

Natural gas is $8.25 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,737 and silver is $19.79

 

Obituaries

Doris Filip

A graveside service for Doris Filip, 74, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14th at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha.

Ryan Parrish

Funeral for Ryan Parrish, 35, of Pocasset will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Community Services in Oklahoma City.

Sharon Simmons

A memorial service for Sharon Simmons, 79, of Chickasha and formerly of Cement will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Sept. 12th

 

Chix School Board to Consider Agreement

with Construction Management Firm

The Chickasha school board will discuss entering into an agreement with a construction management firm to develop the projects approved by school district voters in the safety and security bond elections last month. The panel will consider the agreement with local company CMS Willowbrook. If approved the company would receive 5 percent of the final construction cost of those projects. The board of education will also consider re-districting the school board wards throughout the city and consider a master contract with the Chickasha Organization of Professional Administrators, which is a new union created for principals and vice principals. The contract calls for a step raise and adding an additional year to the pay scale. Officials say they do not expect any significant pay increases. The district will also recognize the Chicken Express Employees of the Month. The certified employee is Amber Esquivel and the support employee is Cristy Cervantes, both of whom work at Bill Wallace School. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building. The meeting will be live-streamed on the school district's website.

 

Blue-Green Algae Blooms Still a Concern at Chix Park

City of Chickasha officials are still dealing with blue-green algae bloom issues in the pond at Shannon Springs Park. Officials detected the blooms several weeks ago and have posted notices that fishing is not allowed. They also encourage pet owners to not let their pets swim in or drink the water. A statement from the city says they have treated the pond once but the problem is on-going. They also say they are trying to not harm the fish. Blue-green algae blooms are toxic and can cause serious illness to humans and pets.

 

Chix Library Friends Seek Books for Upcoming Sale

The Friends of the Chickasha Library are making plans for their fall used book sale and are asking for contributions of books from the community. They are looking for children's, teens, and adult fiction and non-fiction books, reference materials, DVDs, and book CDs. However, they are not accepting video or cassette tapes at this time. Individuals can drop off items at the library at 6th and Iowa. The used book sale will be Oct. 17th through 29th. Proceeds will be used to buy new books and materials.

 

Cattlemen's Group Prepares for Carcass Contest

The Grady County Cattlemen's Association will be kicking off its upcoming carcass contest in the next few weeks. The contest is open to area youth from eight years old to a senior in high school. Only steers will be accepted in the contest and only one animal per exhibitor will be allowed. The weigh-in will be Saturday, Oct. 17th at Standridge Cattle Company. A maximum of 25 steers will be allowed. Entries may be submitted at the Grady County OSU Extension Office. For information contact Grady County Cattlemen’s Association President Jake Grossnicklaus by calling 405-320-4170.

 

Free Medicare Program Scheduled 

A free Medicare workshop will be held for area residents tomorrow. Cale Walker, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, will hold the workshop at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 13th) at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in meeting room No. 4. No pre-registration is required.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.84.

Natural gas is $7.99 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,735 and silver is $19.15.

 

Obituaries

Cynthia Bramblett

A graveside service for Cynthia Bramblett, 66, of the Chickasha and Verden area were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon (Monday, Sept. 12th) in the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements were with McRay Funeral Home.

Cynthia Cobb

A graveside service for Cynthia 'Tooty' Cobb, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13th in the Laverty Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Luther Sledge

Funeral service for Luther Sledge, 94, of Houston Texas and formerly of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

2022, Sept. 5th-10th

Saturday, Sept. 10th

 

Former State Sen. Justice Honored for Lifetime of Service

Former State Senator Ron Justice of Chickasha is among several individuals being honored for their lifetime of service this weekend. Justice is among six OSU alumni being honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. The award recognizes those who attain distinctive success in their profession and/or perform outstanding service to their communities. Justice earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in agriculture education at OSU. He spent a few years in Kansas as a 4H agent then moved back to Oklahoma to work in the same position for both Muskogee and Alfalfa counties. He then became the county extension director for Grady County where he served for 24 years, retiring in 2003. He then spent 12 years in the state senate and then served as vice president of public policy at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Justice is still active today as he serves on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Oklahoma 4H Foundation board of trustees.

 

Ninnekah Schools to Help Family

of Students Injured in Crash

Ninnekah school officials released a statement about that crash that injured three children Thursday night. All are students at Ninnekah. School officials say a second-grader was air lifted to the OU Trauma Center. Facebook posts from friends and family say she suffered a fractured pelvis and had to have part of her intestine removed. A first grader and a fifth grader were also hurt. The fifth grade student, an 11-year old boy, suffered a broken arm. Social media posts say he managed to climb out the ravine to get help. The statement from Ninnekah schools said they are planning to have a spaghetti dinner to benefit the family next week.

 

Winter Home Heating Bills Expected to Increase

Home and business heating bills this coming winter are forecast to be the highest in 15 years. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says part of the reason is that demand remains high and inventories are low. The website OK Energy Today cites the EIA report which indicates that natural gas spot prices could rise to a monthly average of more than $9 per million BTUs by January. Officials said there are limited options for replacing natural gas in the short term especially the natural gas that's needed to generate electricity. The report predicts that demand will remain high despite the high prices.

 

Volunteer Fire Departments to Host Community Dinner

The Pocasset and Harold Volunteer Fiire Departments are hosting a community appreciation dinner tomorrow. They'll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with sides and drinks available. It is free but donations are welcome. There will also be a bounce house for the kids. It will be held at the Pocasset Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday).

 

Local Photographer to be Featured at Art Wrecker Studio

Motorcycle fans and those who enjoy photographs of bikes and their owners might check out the work of local photographer Johnny Trammell. The USAO Art Wrecker Studio will feature Trammell's artistry over the next few weeks. The theme of the show is Pics, Pistons, and Dirty Thunder. The studio is in downtown Chickasha next to Midfirst Bank. There will be an opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tonight and the Shakespeare Wine Company will be on hand. The show will run through Saturday, Oct. 1st where a closing reception will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Obituary

Cynthia Bramblett

A graveside service for Cynthia Bramblett, 66, of the Chickasha and Verden area will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12th in the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Football Scores

Friday

Tuttle 61, Noble 41

Piedmont 28, Blanchard 13

Minco 53, Apache 20

Newcastle 30, Piedmont 13

Mangum 35, Rush Springs 34

SW Covenant 36, Alex 8

Cyril 35, Mt. View-Gotebo 12

Texhoma 21, Carnegie 12

Lindsay 28, Atoka 7

Marlow 62, Comanche 0

Thursday

Dibble 8, Little Axe 7

 

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Friday, Sept. 9th

 

Biker Critically Injured in Crash Near Rush Springs

A motorcycle rider is hospitalized in critical condition after crashing his bike north of Rush Springs. 34-year old Parker Jordan of Duncan was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, trunk, arm, and leg injuries. The accident happened about 1:15 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 81 about 2 1/2 miles north of Rush Springs. The trooper responding to the crash reported that for an unknown reason Jordan's 2019 Harley Davidson veered off the highway and rolled several times. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

3 Children Injured After Car Rolls into Ravine

Three Ninnekah children are taken to a hospital after a car runs off a county road and crashes into a ravine. A seven- year old girl was admitted to Children's Hospital and was last in fair condition. A six-year old girl and an 11- year old boy were treated and released. The accident happened just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday about 3 1/2 miles north of Chickasha near the intersection of CR 1320 and CS 2840. The driver of the car, 31-year old Melinda Crumb of Ninnekah, refused medical treatment. Crumb and all the children were buckled up. The state trooper investigating the crash reported that Crumb approached a curve and ran off the road. The car hit and embankment and overturned into the ravine. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

 

Dobson Fiber to Expand in Chickasha

Chickasha residents will have another Internet Service Provider to choose from in the future. Dobson Fiber has announced the company will begin construction of a network that will offer up to 10 gigabits-per-second internet speeds. A ground-breaking ceremony was held yesterday with representatives from the City of Chickasha, Chamber of Commerce, and Saxon Allton, Gov. Kevin Stitt's State Field Director. In a press release, officials said the network will be built in geographic zones. Once each zone nears completion residents will be notified when they can begin signing up for service. Dobson's website allows individuals to input their addresses and get notified if their address is on their fiber build-out plan. The website is: www.dobson.net

Dobson also announced a dozen more fiber network commitments including the Marlow area.

 

New Street Signs Purchased for Chix Cemeteries

The Chickasha City Council this week approved the purchase of a number of new street signs for the city's two cemeteries. The council approved a bid of just under $18,000 from Barco Municipal Products for green signs with white capital letters that will be installed in both Rose Hill and Fairlawn Cemeteries. Barco's bid was the lowest of three bids submitted with the highest from Luther Signs at just over $25,000.

 

Final Payment Approved for Chix Dog Park

The council also approved the final payment for the construction of the Badgett Dog Park. A payment some $41,000 was approved for Bordwine Development Company after the firm submitted the maintenance bond and other paperwork needed for the project to be considered complete. The Badgett Family of Chickasha donated $100,000 to build the park.

 

One-Stop Center Created for Grady County Veterans

The Grady County Disabled American Veterans (DAV) headquarters is now a one-stop location for several veterans organizations. Daryl Jacobs with DAV Chapter 17 says the center now also houses the VFW, American Legion, and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. The Grady County Veterans Center is downtown Chickasha at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. Hours of operation are Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Information is available on the Grady County DAV Chapter 17 Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.15.

Natural gas is $7.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,738 and silver is $18.71.

 

Obituary

Rholando Dickerson

Funeral for Rholando Dickerson, 29, of Lawton will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10th at Cameron Baptist Church in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Sept. 8th

 

Rush Springs Shooting Suspect at Large

Grady County authorities say a suspect remains at large this morning after a shooting occurred at a home west of Rush Springs Wednesday night. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess tells KOOL/RANCH News that they are looking for 41-year old Michael Pearson. Boggess said authorities were called to a home about two miles west of Rush Springs near State Highway 17 and CS 2800 about 6:40 p.m. Authorities say Pearson got in to an argument with his father and that Pearson fired a shot and fled the home. The father was not hurt. Rush Springs police, sheriff's deputies, and Rush Springs and other volunteer fire departments were summoned to conduct a manhunt. They had a couple of drones with infrared cameras to help in the search in a wooded and brushy area but Pearson managed to get away. Last night’s search was called off about 9:30 p.m. Boggess said Pearson has prior convictions on charges of assault and domestic abuse. Boggess says Rush Springs residents should take precautions and are asked to call 9-1-1 if they have any information on Pearson's whereabouts. Authorities are expected to request a warrant for Pearson's arrest this morning.

 

Pursuit Suspect Allegedly Stole Pickup at Gunpoint

Now an update to a story we had last week about a man wanted in southern Oklahoma arrested after a lengthy pursuit which ended in Grady County. Authorities arrested Kevin Bryant Melton last Wednesday night. A probable cause affidavit indicates Melton allegedy stole a pickup at gunpoint in Carter County. The pursuit topped 100 miles per hour as the truck reach Pauls Valley then headed west on State Highway 19 through Maysville and Lindsay. Troopers eventually performed a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) maneuver to force the pickup off the road near the Washita River west of Lindsay. But Melton took off on foot and eventually went into the river in waste-high water where the suspect got into a scuffle with authorities. Melton was eventually taken into custody. Melton is facing Grady County charges which include endangering others while attempting to elude and assault with a deadly weapon. Also, while in the Grady County Jail Melton was alleged to have been seen smoking contraband tobacco in a bathroom so he's also charged with having contraband in jail.  His bond has been set at $300,000.

 

Verden Police Make Unrelated Drug Trafficking Arrests

Verden police made a couple of unrelated drug trafficking arrests this week. Chief Jason Cox made a traffic stop on a vehicle this past Monday night. Cox allegedly found methamphetamine in the vehicle and arrested 43-year old Zargosa Hernandez of Hobart. Hernandez is charged with trafficking and is being held on a $150,000 bond. Later that evening authorities arrested a woman in connection with meth trafficking case they were investigating. Authorities allegedly found a number of tablets believed to be counterfeit Percoset tablets laced with fentanyl. Police arrested 30-year old Heather Johnelle Glass of Chickasha. She has been formally charged with aggravated trafficking and her bond was also set at $150,000.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.84 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.

Natural gas is $7.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,731 and silver is $18.50.

 

Obituaries

Howard Oaks

A private burial will be held for Howard Oaks, 73, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Billy Byrum

No service is scheduled for Billy Byrum, 69, of Chickasha. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Sept. 7th

 

Chix City Council OKs Plan to Design

New Raw Water Treatment Plant

A proposal to build a new raw water treatment plant for the City of Chickasha is okayed by the city council. The panel gave its blessing to develop a conceptual design and feasibility study for the first phase of the project. It’s being created by Guernsey and Associates at a cost of just under $150,000. Officials say the State Department of Environmental Quality has $35 million in loans available for the city to build the new plant but the concept plans and other information is needed before the loans can be made available. The plan is expected to be completed by early December and the council will be given progress reports over the next few months. Officials are considering two sites for the new plant one near the current location on north 4th Street and another at the city’s industrial park.

Waste Connections Rate Increase Approved

The council also approved a rate increase for the sanitation services provided by contractor Waste Connections. The current contract with the firm allows for a rate increase when the company's costs are higher than expected. City officials haven't said if this will mean an increase in residential and commercial trash pick-up services.

Pact with Delaware Nation Approved

The council also approved an agreement with the Delaware Nation to allow the tribe to provide low-income Chickasha residents who are members of the tribe some assistance in paying their water and sewer bills.

Council Backs CV Tech Plan to Build Public Safety Traing Center

The council approved a letter of support for the Canadian Valley Technology Center which is applying for a federal grant to build a public safety training center. The letter states that it’s important to help and support the center in providing training education for those in the public safety sector and that the city is committed to assist and advise CV Tech when needed or requested. The letter also states that with the facilities and training staff available that there is no doubt they will turn out some of the finest police officers, communications specialists, corrections officers, firefighters, and emergency service personnel in the state.

 

First Phase of Permanent Leg Lamp Structure Completed

Chickasha gets a leg up both literally and figuratively as a nearly 25-foot fiberglass leg was put into place yesterday. It will eventually be a permanent leg lamp similar to the one made popular in the classic holiday film ‘A Christmas Story’. An inflatable version of the leg lamp had been used for the Festival of Light over the last couple of years but it frequently had to be repaired. With the help of Johnson’s Cranes, the gray leg - complete with a high heel - was lifted high above a steel foundation then lowered over about a 25 foot tall steel centerpiece designed to keep the leg lamp in place. The leg was manufactured at Midwest Towers and took about two months to put together. The leg itself weighs about 2,800 pounds. Still to come, a 15- foot tall lamp shade to go on top of the leg. The entire leg lamp will sit on a ten-foot pedestal to make it a 50-foot tall structure. The structure will be painted - complete with a fishnet stocking - and is expected to be ready for the grand opening of the first phase of a new city park being built next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot in early November.

 

Chix School Foundation Teacher Grant Applications Needed

Teachers in Chickasha Public Schools only have a few more days to submit applications for fall grants that will be issued by the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Foundation Director Gab Atwell says the deadline to apply is next Monday, Sept. 12th. The foundation will be awarding grants in early November. Each year, the foundation awards an estimated $40,000 in grants which pay for supplies, equipment, and materials not provided by the district.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.83.

Natural gas is $8.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,716 and silver is $18.10.

 

Obituaries

Richard ‘Dicky’ Pearcy

A graveside service for ‘Dicky’ Pearcy, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Busby

A memorial service for Tommy Busby, 78, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Sept. 6th

(Burn bans are still in effect for Garvin and Comanche counties)

 

Chix City Council to Auction Mineral Rights at Lake Chix

A public auction to sell the mineral rights on land at Lake Chickasha is scheduled for tonight’s Chickasha City Council meeting. There are several tracts up for bid ranging from 80 to more than 660 acres. The panel will go behind closed doors to discuss the possibility of awarding a bid later in the evening. The panel will also have a closed-door meeting to interview a prospective candidate for the vacant city manager post. The group is also to consider accepting the Badgett Dog Park as complete. The panel will also consider making a final payment of more than $41,000 to Bordwine Development which is the contractor that was awarded the project nearly a year ago.

New Water Treatment Plant to be Discussed

(Editor's note - This story has been corrected from an earlier version that contained erroneous information. We apologize for the error) There is a big project to be discussed tonight - a proposal for the first phase of the construction of a new raw water treatment plant. Officials say the city has $35 million reserved in what's known as the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program through the State Department of Environmental Quality. To access the loan the project must be ready to proceed. Officials will consider a nearly $150,000 proposal from Guernsey and Associates for this first phase. Officials say the city has $35 million reserved in what's known as the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program through the State Department of Environmental Quality. To access the loan the project must be ready to proceed. Officials will consider a nearly $150,000 proposal from Guernsey and Associates for this first phase.

Council to Look for Bids for Sewer Line Project

The council will also consider going out for bids for a sewer line replacement in the area of Highway 62 and 16th Street. Officials say the sewer line there has been in bad shape for the last four years.

Waste Connections Contract Up for Review

The panel will also consider a proposal to increase the price the city pays to Waste Connections for sanitation services. Waste Connections officials told the council last month that a rate increase was necessary due to unusual changes in their operations. The increase is allowed under the company's current contract. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Commissioners Cancel Grady County Burn Ban

Grady County's burn ban has been lifted. Grady County Commissioners canceled the ban at their meeting this morning. The ban has been in effect since mid-July when temperatures topped 100 degrees and there had been no rain for an extended period of time. Burn bans in Comanche and Garvin counties are still in place. Commissioners in Comanche County will meet this morning to consider whether to continue the ban. The ban in Garvin County is in effect for another week although commissioners could decide to end the ban when they meet today.

 

Oil and Gas Well Completions

We have some oil and gas well completions to report this morning. Gulfport Midcon has a couple of wells in the Alex area bringing in more than 460 barrels of oil per day and an abundant amount of natural gas - nearly 33,000 Mcf per day. These are the Nelda wells which are in Section 4 of Township 4 North and 6 West. The wells are in the Woodford formation and were drilled to a depth of nearly 13,000 feet.

Completions in Canadian County

Camino Natural Resources has a couple of active wells in Canadian County about three miles southeast of El Reno. They are the Black Kettle wells which are bringing in about 430 barrels of oil and just over 1,100 Mcf of natural gas per day. They were drilled to a depth of about 17,500 feet. Red Bluff Resources has a well northwest of Piedmont although no production numbers were available. It was drilled to a depth of nearly 14,000 feet.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.02.

Natural gas is $8.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,723 and sliver is $18.35.


Obituary

Buelah Hill

Funeral for Buelah Hill, 84, of Ninnekah was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, September 5, 2022

 

(No news due to the Labor  Day holiday)

 

 

2022, Aug. 29th-Sept. 3rd

Saturday, Sept. 3rd

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Group Says Oklahoma Electricity System is 'Broken'

Yesterday KOOL/RANCH News had a story about Oklahoma's electricity rates skyrocketing nearly 50 percent over the last year. Today, the group that reported the news says the reason for the spike is that the state's electricity system is broken. That comment is from Mike Boyd who is the executive director for the Alliance for Electrical Restructuring in Oklahoma. Boyd said Oklahomans are at the mercy of monopoly utilities that are demanding rate increases while they reap record profits. He said customers have no options, no recourse, and no way to escape being ripped off.  Boyd cited numbers from American Electric Power (AEP) which is the parent company of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) that showed AEP reported net income of more than $2 billion in 2021. PSO and OG&E have petitioned the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for over $1.5 billion in combined rate increases over the last two years. Boyd said his group will at the state capital next year to talk to lawmakers about creating legislation that would allow consumers to choose which utility they want. 21 states currently offer choice and competition in electricity markets. A study by the Retail Energy Supply Association shows that prices in those states have declined since 2008. See the full story on the website:

www.okenergytoday.com.

 

Chix to host 5th Annual Oklahoma Food Truck Championship

The Oklahoma Food Truck Championship returns to Chickasha next month and will feature 30 vendors looking to capture bragging rights. This will be the fifth year for the event which will be held during the Rock Island Arts Festival the weekend of Sept. 30th through Oct. 2nd. The food truck competition will be on Saturday. There will food creations from tacos to sushi and desserts to attract the attention of festival goers. The competition began with local restaurateurs Josh Woods and Zach Grayson five years ago but the event is now hosted by the chamber of commerce. Chamber president Jim Cowan said the event draws people from all over Oklahoma and surrounding states. There will be local food trucks like former champion Creek Bottom Burgers and many have unique names such as Some Like it Tot and Contrabandz Lab. New to the championship is a football fun zone where individuals can watch college football on several big screen TVs under a huge tent. Live bands will be playing much of the day including local bands Tim Brauer and First Look and Dollar 98. For information about the event check out the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship Facebook page or website: www.okftc.com

 

Talk Show Topics

Darrel Cheshier with the Swingin' Chicks Square Dancers is this week’s guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today guests are USAO’s Dr. Tannia Anderson with the Ada Sipuel-Fisher Center for Social Justice and Racial Healing and Katie Davis professor of theater both of whom will discuss upcoming events. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

High School Football

Marlow 45, Chickasha 14

Noble 34, Blanchard 27

Elgin 33, Anadarko 14

Minco 14, Mooreland 6

Apache 26, Rush Springs 6

Lindsay 47, Dibble 6

Tipton 66, Alex 16

Seiling 46, Cyril 0

Mt. View-Gotebo 60, Maysville 12

Tuttle and Newcastle, idle

 

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Friday, Sept. 2nd

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Sooner State Leads U.S. in Electricity Rate Increases

A new report shows that Oklahoma has the dubious distinction of having the fastest rising electricity rates in the country. A report by the Alliance for Electrical Restructuring in Oklahoma indicates there was a nearly 50 percent increase in rates from June of 2021 to June of this year. The state dropped from having the most affordable electricity rates to 18th in the nation. Residential customers experienced a more than 30 percent increase, which was also the largest of any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report shows that prices climbed more than seven cents per kilowatt hour to almost 11 cents which factors in all sectors which includes residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation. While Oklahoma rates increased 49 percent over the last year the average increase nationwide was 14 percent.

 

Summer Temps Were Hottest in More than a Decade

We all know it was pretty hot over the last couple of months. Officials say the statewide average temperature was in more than a decade and was the 11th warmest on record. Officials with the Oklahoma Mesonet say the average temperature in August for a 24-hour period was just under 83 degrees. Officials say it was the 46th hottest month since records started being kept in 1895. Temperatures topped 100 degrees on 18 of the 31 days last month.

 

Suspect Accused of Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

A Rush Springs man is behind bars accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Grady County authorities received a 9-1-1 call late Monday night to investigate a disturbance east of Rush Springs. A probable cause affidavit indicates the victim claimed her ex broke into her house while she, her juvenile daughter and mother were sleeping. An argument began and then things got physical. The suspect is alleged to have choked the victim to the point where she nearly passed out. The victim grabbed her gun but the suspect took it away from her and said 'you don't pull a gun unless you intend to use it.' The suspect then pointed gun at the woman. The suspect eventually left the house in his work truck. Authorities reached out to the suspect’s place of employment in Lindsay where police took him into custody, then turned him over to Grady County authorities. In custody is 28-year old Jesse Kenneth Sliger. He's charged with felony counts of pointing a firearm and assault by strangulation and remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Nude Woman Arrested After Eating Tainted Mushrooms

A woman who said she was high on tainted mushrooms was arrested for running around naked in public. A probable cause affidavit indicates that the Grady County Sheriff's Office got a call about 8:30 Tuesday night about a naked woman east of Chickasha near Highway 62 and Hibarger Hill. The reporting party said the nude woman was 'freaking out'. The person who made the initial call picked up the woman to take her to the hospital. As they got in to Chickasha, the woman jumped out of the vehicle at the stoplight at 3rd and Choctaw and was again running around without clothing and freaking out. Several individuals tried to calm the woman down. A deputy managed to get the woman into his vehicle and called an ambulance and paramedics took her to the hospital. She was treated and released and taken to jail on complaints of indecent exposure and public intoxication. 27-year old Paige Jestine Hatley has been formally charged with misdemeanors which include outraging public decency.

 

Law Enforcement to Hold Weekend DUI Checkpoints

The Labor Day weekend is upon us and law enforcement groups are encouraging motorists to not drink and drive. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports that there will be some DUI checkpoints in both Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. The Highway Patrol's ENDUI team will work with local police and sheriffs offices with a goal of getting impaired drivers off the road. In 2020, nearly 400 people were killed in drug and/or alcohol related traffic accidents in Oklahoma. Officials say every one of those deaths could have been prevented had the driver made the choice to not drive under the influence. Officials urged individuals to have a designated driver, take a cab, or use an Uber or Lyft driver if they've been drinking.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.59.

Natural gas is $9.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,717 and silver is $17.79.

 

Obituary

Rholando Dickerson

Funeral service for 29-year old Rholando Dickerson of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Sept. 1st

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Wanted Suspect

A state trooper arrests a wanted man following a pursuit in Grady County. 25-year old Kevin Bryant Melton of Wilson, Okla. was booked into the Grady County Jail on numerous complaints.  We don't have any details about the chase but we can tell you that Wilson was wanted for knowingly concealing stolen property out of Carter County. He also has a violent history which includes an arrest for assault on a police officer. In addition to being held on the Carter County warrant Bryant was arrested on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon, eluding, and obstruction.

 

1960s OKC Restaurant Sit-In Effort

Subject of USAO Presentation

Several participants of sit-ins at Oklahoma City restaurants during the pre-civil rights days of the 1960s will be in Chickasha to discuss their efforts, which helped to bring about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Bill Clifford, Joyce Henderson, Marilyn Luper-Hildreth and Joyce Jackson will be part of the screening of the documentary Children of the Civil Rights which will be presented at USAO. The program will be hosted by the university's Ada Sipuel-Fisher Center for Social Justice and Racial Healing as well as the Student Services Department. The film will be introduced by its director, Julia Clifford. It tells the story of a group of young people who spent six years going into segregated restaurants in Oklahoma City and asking for service. At the end of the six years, they had desegregated every restaurant they visited except one.  The documentary will be shown at Te Ata Memorial Auditorium next Thursday, Sept. 8th at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required and individuals may sign up on-line at: www.usao.edu/civilrights

A live-stream event will be available for those unable to attend.

 

Consumers Likely to Face Even Higher Utility Bills

Looks like monthly utility bills in Oklahoma will be going up even more than expected because of the Polar Vortex phenomenon that occurred in February of 2021. Customers of utilities like PSO and Summit Energy (formerly Centerpoint Energy) and others may be paying more due to higher than projected interest rates on the bonds sold for those companies to pay their costs of purchasing power  during that period. The Oklahoman reports that the state sold bonds for ONG last week at an amount that was more than double the estimated interest rate. In July bonds for OGE also sold at a higher interest rate. While the interest rates were higher than expected they are lower than the 6 percent cap set by the corporation commission.

 

Oklahoma Fuel Prices Continue Falling

Average fuel prices in Oklahoma have fallen below $3.50 per gallon. Prices this week were down about a dime from seven days ago, to $3.43. That's 35 cents less than a month ago but up more than 50 cents from a year ago. Around the state, fuel prices in Tulsa were the lowest at $3.37 a gallon and highest in Ellis County at nearly $4.00 per gallon. Oklahoma has the 9th lowest gas prices in the country heading into the Labor Day weekend.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.49.

Natural gas is $9.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,714 and silver is $17.59.

 

Obituaries

Ruby Lee Stewart

Funeral for Ruby Lee Stewart, 88, of Chickasha were scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1st at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Joe Clayton, Jr.

Funeral for Joe Clayton Jr., 84, of Cement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3rd at the First Baptist Church of Cement. Arrangements are with Brown Thomas-Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Aug. 31st

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Malcolm Hilburn to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Malcolm Hilburn, who spent more than 32 years with the Chickasha school district as an administrator, teacher, and coach will be inducted into the Oklahoma African American Education Hall of Fame next month. Hilburn was the first African-American administrator for Chickasha Public Schools. Hilburn came to Chickasha in 1956 and first taught at Lincoln School where he was an industrial arts, science, and math teacher and basketball coach. After the district became fully integrated in the 1960s he became the first African American administrator when he was named vice-principal at the junior high. In 1974 he was named the junior high principal where he served for 14 years until his retirement in 1988. A press release indicates that Hilburn's career was monumental in times of both racial and educational limitations. At the start of his career Hilburn and other African-American teachers did not receive their fair share of resources due to discriminatory practices - but Hilburn and his colleagues did not allow themselves to become victims of their environment. Hilburn was 83 when he passed away in 2005. He will be inducted into the hall of fame Sept. 30th.

 

Arson Not Ruled Out for Cause of Massive Fire

The state fire marshal's office continues its investigation into the hand sanitizer fire that burned down the former Chickasha Manufacturing Plant earlier this month. And officials say they have not ruled out arson. In a statement provided to our partners at KWTV News 9, officials say the cause of the fire had human involvement and that spontaneous combustion is not being considered as a likely cause. The statement from State Fire Marshal James Fullingim says his office and several other agencies continue looking into what caused that massive fire. Last week, the State Department of Environmental Quality levied a more than $6.5 million fine against Bordwine Development. The fine was issued after authorities discovered that an undetermined amount of hand sanitizer was dumped into the environment. The company was given 15 days to come up with a plan to properly dispose of the remaining sanitizer at three locations and 30 days to do so.

 

Chix Chamber Schedules Next 'Successful Women' Program

The chief counsel for the Chickasaw Nation's Tribal Justice Administration will be the next guest for the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce' Successful Women's Series. Debra Gee will be featured during the program. She also serves as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation and previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While in the nation's capitol she served as deputy director of the office of tribal justice, and tribal legal counsel for the violence against women office. The program will be held in the USAO Ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 20th at noon.  For ticket information contact Whitney Palesano at the chamber by Sept. 12th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.64.

London-based Brent crude is $99.31.

Natural gas is $9.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,722 and silver is $17.84.

 

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Tuesday, Aug. 30th

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Burn Ban Continues in Grady and Nearby Counties

Grady County Commissioners have opted to continue a burn ban that has been in effect since mid-July. The panel extended the ban Monday morning ahead of last night's rainfall. The Grady County ban runs through next Monday. Burn bans also remain in effect for Garvin and Comanche counties.

 

Section of I-44 Narrowed to One Lane Labor Day Weekend

Some construction on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike this Labor Day weekend could impact motorists. Beginning Thursday, The turnpike will be down to one lane in each direction between Chickasha and Sterling for pavement rehabilitation work. The work is expected to run through Monday, Sept. 5th.

 

Chix Library to be Part of Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Chickasha Public Library will soon be the Grady County affiliate for the national Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Friends of the Chickasha Library is working with the national group. Wendy Ilacolbello gives a brief description.

 

              

 

The Oklahoma Department of Education provides a 50 percent matching grant to help get the program started. Once the program gets established, children in all Grady County schools and day cares will be able to enroll. Each child will have an age-appropriate book mailed to their home in their name every month. Officials hope to begin enrolling children within the next 60 days. Patrons will be able to enroll at the library or on the website: www.imaginationlibrary.com

 

USAO Davis-Waldorf Series Returns for 22nd Year

A long-running program at USAO will kick-off its season with some different events and an Oklahoma performer. The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts series will open Sept. 15th. It will feature a performance from Stillwater crooner Wade Tower with live accompaniment. Tower is similar to singers such as Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. There will also be a casino night cocktail party. This will be the 22nd year for the Davis-Waldorf Series, which brings a number of national and international acts to Chickasha. Tickets for the Sept. 15th event are $30 for those who purchase $60 season tickets. Individual tickets for the Sept. 15th event are $40 for those who don't purchase a season ticket. For information about the Davis-Waldorf shows this year, visit the website: www.usao.edu/dwpas

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $97.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $105.09.

Natural gas is $9.35 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,746 and silver is $18.61.

 

Obituaries

Lacquetta Wyche

A graveside service for Lacquetta Wyche, 73, of Elgin was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Thelma Polk

Funeral service for Thelma Polk, 92, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2nd at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Aug. 29th

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Chix School Officials to Discuss First Steps

of Upgrades After Bond Issue Passage

Administrators with Chickasha Public Schools aren't wasting any time in getting the process started to make numerous improvements throughout the district. School district voters approved a nearly $35 million bond issue to pay for the upgrades last week. Executive Director of Operations Dan Turner says the first meetings will begin in a few days.

 

              

 

Turner said the school board will have a special meeting soon to begin the process of selling the bonds and that the sale could be completed as early as the end of September with some of the upgrades getting started by the end of the year or early next. Voters also approved a $1 million bond issue for transportation needs in last week’s election. Both measures passed with 70 percent voter approval.

 

Report: State Attorney General Never Began

Promised Price-Gouging Probe After Polar Vortex

It's been a year and half since a paralyzing winter freeze impacted much of the Midwest. Oklahoma was included in the region which experienced sub-freezing and sub-zero temperatures for nearly two weeks. Energy costs for utilities and consumers went through the roof. Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor had promised an investigation into alleged price-gouging after the storm. However, a story by a publication called The Frontier indicates there is no active state investigation and that no criminal or civil cases have been filed. The Frontier reports that Oklahoma had the highest cost for natural gas in the nation during that time. In some parts of the state, natural gas was trading for about $1,200 per unit - compared to an average price of $2 to $4 per unit. In the meantime, utility companies have been given the go-ahead to acquire long-term bonds to pay their costs and pass those costs on to consumers. Consumers will be paying $3 to $5 more per month per utility for 10 years or longer in some cases.

 

Festival of Light Director Steps Down

Chickasha's Festival of Light is looking for a new director. Billy Elkins stepped down from the post recently. Elkins said he has accepted a new position in Kentucky and will be moving soon. A new director is expected to be announced in a couple of weeks.

 

'Together We Heel' Walk Set

We are just over a month away from The Rock Island Arts Festival. It's a three-day event in downtown Chickasha that features several other events including the annual Oklahoma Food Truck Championship, The Rock Island Ride Bicycle Tour, and a campaign to put an end to domestic violence. It's the Together We Heel walk which features a unique fundraising effort. Participants in the walk are asked to wear high heels – even men. It's being organized by the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN) and The Grady County Community Coordinated Response Team. The coalition is a group which includes law enforcement agencies, the district attorney's office, and support groups that help and support victims and also works to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for their actions. Corporate sponsorships are available and walk participants are asked to donate $25 with walkers receiving a commemorative T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the individual and team that brings in the most donations and there will be best-dressed, hottest heels, and youngest participant awards. The walk will be on Saturday, October 1st starting at the YMCA and ending at the Rock Island Depot. For information, contact the district attorney's office (405-224-4770) or Matt Whetzel with the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (405-224-8256).

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is 93.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $101.99.

Natural gas is $9.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,733 and silver is $18.42.

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Saturday, Aug. 27th

 

More Details Released in Machete Attack

A man nearly had his arm cut off when he was attacked by someone with a machete. KOOL/RANCH News received the probable cause affidavit filed in the case. Police were called to a home in the 600 block of South 8th Street Wednesday afternoon to investigate. The victim had already been taken to a hospital in a private vehicle. The affidavit states that the victim and the suspect, Bronson Tyler Smith, got into an argument and that Smith had what appeared to be a machete and officials also found  a large, heavy duty, solid-metal pair of scissors at the scene. After the attack, Smith fled the area. The victim was taken to St. Anthony hospital for emergency surgery. Police issued a BOLO alert for Smith and the Grady County Sheriff's Office received a tip Thursday morning on his location. Deputies and police officers found him at home in the 800 block of South 16th where Smith had barricaded himself in a garage. Smith was arrested after a brief stand-off. Smith was originally arrested on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon and maiming. At his arraignment yesterday he was charged only with assault with a deadly weapon. Smith has been in and out of jail the last couple of years. Just last week he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and disrupting an emergency phone call following an arrest this spring. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to obtain drugs by an altered prescription stemming from a 2020 arrest.

 

State Gets Federal Funds for Abandoned Wellsite Clean-up

The State of Oklahoma has received millions in federal funds to continue on-going efforts to clean up abandoned oil and gas well sites. The state will get an initial grant of $25 million from the Department of Interior to plug, cap, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells on public and private lands. State officials say they will collaborate with federally-recognized tribes to plug wells on tribal land. Officials say they have nearly 1,200 documented orphaned wells and priority will be given to those which pose the greatest threat to health and human safety, the environment, and personal property.

 

Oklahoma to Have 'Free' Hunting Labor Day Weekend

Hunting enthusiasts in the state will be able to hunt without licenses next weekend. The State Department of Wildlife has established free hunting days for Saturday, Sept. 3rd and Sunday, Sept. 4th. Free hunting days are traditionally held the first weekend in September. The hunting seasons will be open for dove, coyote, squirrel, raccoon, prairie dogs, beaver, and even striped skunks. While no licenses will be required individuals will still have to comply with all hunting regulations. For information visit the website: www.wildlifedepartment.com

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. On our KOOL Konversation we have a recording of this week's press conference with District Attorney Jason Hicks and representatives of the State Department of Environmental Quality. Officials addressed the unlawful hazardous waste disposal that occurred at the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company and other locations near the site, and the multi-million dollar fine levied to the company responsible. On Real Estate Today we have Dan Turner and Jerry Don Bray with Chickasha Public Schools.  Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

High School Football Scores

Chickasha 20, El Reno 14

Minco 31, Dibble 12

Tuttle 39, Cache 14

Bridge Creek 32, Lexington 0

Newcastle 38, Cleveland 0

Empire 8, Rush Springs 0

Lone Grove 55, Anadarko 26

Cyril 36, Corn Bible Academy 0

Pauls Valley 21, Lindsay 12

 

 

Friday, Aug. 26th

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

County Commissioner 'Not Guilty' of Embezzlement

A Grady County jury took little time in finding County Commissioner Mike Walker innocent of embezzlement. The jury spent less than two hours in making its decision yesterday. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation charged Walker for using county resources to pave a road to his Tuttle area home. Walker's attorney Bret Burns says it was a bogus claim.


              

Burns said that Walker did live on the street that was paved, but it was accepted by the county as a public street back in 1976 and had been maintained by the county for more than 25 years. Burns said the lawsuit cost Walker his job, as he lost his re-election bid this past spring. Walker is still facing charges of conspiracy and intimidating witnesses. That trial is expected be held in October.

 

Suspect Arrested for Alleged Machete Attack

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story has been updated from the morning news)

Chickasha police have arrested a suspect in connection with attacking a man with a machete. 31-year old Bronson Tyler Smith is being held in the Grady County Jail on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon and maiming. Chickasha Police spokeswoman Lauren Jewell said police were called to a home in the 600 block of S. 8th Street Wednesday afternoon to investigate a reported stabbing. The victim had already been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in a private vehicle then transported to an Oklahoma City hospital where he had surgery for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses at the home identified Smith as the attacker. Jewell said that the Grady County Sheriff’s Office received a tip Thursday morning that Smith was at a home in the 800 block of South 16th. Jewell said Smith briefly barricaded himself in a garage, but was taken into custody after about five minutes. Prosecutors will decided if Smith will be charged with any crimes in connection with the attack.

 

Police Issue Scam Alert

Chickasha police have issued a scam alert regarding some bogus claims of residents winning a grand prize. According to a Facebook post, authorities say they have received several complaints about residents being told that in order to receive the prize, they needed to send money using gift cards and other pre-paid cards.  Officials say individuals should be cautious when receiving calls that ask for money to be sent before a prize is issued. If you can, get the number of the person who called and report the number to police.

 

County Fair Events

The Grady County Fair continues today with many of the commercial vendors opening at 10:00 a.m. The swine show will be late this afternoon and the carnival will be open this evening. Also tonight, it’s the first performance of the Thunder in Tornado Alley Tractor Pull with a second performance tomorrow night. OHCE groups will have home-made meals for the noon and evening meals in the community building with Indian tacos, cinnamon rolls, and other items in the North exhibit building. Tomorrow is the busiest day at the fair, with the poultry and rabbit shows in the morning with the beef and dairy shows in the afternoon. A couple of Bob Funk's Express Clydesdales will be at the fair tomorrow morning. Also tomorrow afternoon, the children's pet show at 4:30 and the kiddie tractor pull and 6 o'clock.

 

Volunteer Firefighter Headed to Central America

A Grady County volunteer firefighter is headed to Central America to help with an electrification program of a community. Brad Hunter is a volunteer with the Pocasset fire department. Hunter is the new Energy Trails Ambassador for Oklahoma Electric Co-op (OEC) and will be working in Guatemala. Hunter is a lineman and has worked for OEC for 14 years. Before working for OEC he was a a rodeo clown.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $99.34.

Natural gas is $9.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,762 and silver is $19.13.

 

Obituaries

Demonte Goodlow

Funeral for Demonte Goodlow, 16, of Lawton was held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26th at True Love Church in Lawton. Arrangements were with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Stacy Townsend

Funeral for Stacy Townsend, 62, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1st  at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's International or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

 

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Thursday, Aug. 25th

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Contractor Fined Millions for Dumping

Hazardous Materials Into the Environment

A Chickasha businessman is ordered to pay millions of dollars in fines for the illegal dumping of hazardous materials. On Thursday, officials with the State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced the fine levied against Brannan Bordwine and his company and discussed the on-going investigation into the huge hand sanitizer fire that destroyed the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company. Rob Singletary is with the DEQ-

 

              

 

Singletary said he believes the fine is the largest ever issued by the DEQ. Bordwine has 15 days to submit a plan to properly dispose of the remaining sanitizer and 30 days to do so. Singletary said expired hand sanitizer is hazardous because the alcohol it contains can catch fire quickly. District Attorney Jason Hicks said anyone who may have received donations of sanitizer or purchased sanitizer from Bordwine, his employees, or associates should take it to the Chickasha fire department for proper disposal. Hicks said the multi-agency investigation into the fire continues and no formal charges have yet been filed.

 

Jury Prepares to Deliberate Fate of County Commissioner

Closing arguments in the trial of a Grady County commissioner accused of embezzlement and conspiracy are expected to be presented this morning. Testimony in the two-day trial for District 1 Commissioner Mike Walker came to an end yesterday with the judge opting to schedule closing arguments and present the jury its instructions today. Walker is facing one count of embezzlement for using county resources for personal gain and several counts of conspiracy, intimidating witnesses, and illegally using communication devices for installing cameras at the Tuttle county barn to allegedly spy on employees.

 

Father Jailed on $1 Million Bond for Alleged Child Abuse

The father of an infant is in jail on a $1 million bond for alleged child abuse. 31-year old Evander Dayle Yanito of Chickasha was arrested earlier this week after police were notified by DHS of a possible child abuse case. A probable cause affidavit from Chickasha police alleges that Yanito dropped the eight week old child on the floor which caused her to have a brain bleed. The baby also suffered a broken rib. Yanito has been charged with three felony counts of child abuse.

 

Grady County Fair Opens

The Grady County Fair officially kicks off today. It's the 107th year for the fair which will feature numerous events for the young and the young at heart. Jamie Jones is the marketing director for the Grady County Fairgrounds and said the number of commercial exhibits is on the rise.

 

             

 

Many of the commercial booths feature free give-aways and drawings for various items. The doors opened this morning while there will be an official  ceremony tonight. The cake auction will be this evening followed by the naming of the fair princess. There's lots of great food from OHCE available and the carnival will be open tonight, tomorrow night, and opens at noon on Saturday. Arm bands will be available all three days. There's live music tonight from local band Tim Brauer and First Look and there's a tractor pull both Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $94.89 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $101.22.

Natural gas is $9.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,776 and silver is $19.23.

 

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Wednesday, Aug. 24th

(Burn bans are still in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

DEQ, DA to Discuss Hazardous Waste Investigation

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Grady County District Attorney's Office will be holding a joint press conference this afternoon to discuss the hazardous waste investigation that came about as a result of this month's fire that destroyed the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company. Officials were called in to look into the storage of an estimated 1.5 million gallons of hand sanitizer that was being kept in as many as three locations in that immediate area. The press conference will be held at District Attorney Jason Hicks Chickasha office at 1:30 this afternoon. We’ll have an update on KOOL News at 5:00 p.m.

 

Bray Defeats Beard for County Commissioner Post

Voters in the southern part of Grady County elected Gary Bray over incumbent Ralph Beard for District 3 County Commissioner in Tuesday's primary run-off election. Bray, a retired police officer, picked up 53 percent of the vote to defeat the two-term incumbent by more than 100 votes. The unofficial tally was 976 to 860. With Bray's election, there will be two new Grady County commissioners next year. Zach Davis will be the other new commissioner. He won the District One county commissioner post earlier this year defeating incumbent Mike Walker.

Chickasha School Bond Issues Pass with Flying Colors

Chickasha school district patrons overwhelmingly approved two bond issues - a $35 million proposal for numerous school improvements and a $1 million transportation bond. Both passed with more than 70 percent of the vote with at least 1,200 votes out of the nearly 1,700 ballots cast. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the district is grateful for the support and thanks voters for the opportunity to address safety and security concerns. Among the projects approved were a new library and safe room at Grand Elementary, a new gymnasium and a safe room at Lincoln Elementary, and a secured entrance at the middle school.

Voters Turn Down Alex School Bond Issues 

Several other school districts also had bond issues on the ballot and there were mixed results. At Alex, voters turned down two proposals totaling about $14 million. A bond for an agriculture building, bus barn, an indoor athletic facility, and an awning to connect the high school to the elementary school failed with 51 percent voting against the plan. A second proposal to purchase two new school buses failed to get the 60 percent super-majority needed for passage by 17 votes.

Dibble School Bond Approved

Dibble voters passed a $15.4 million proposal to build the first phase of a new high school and install new lights at all the athletic facilities. The measure passed with 61 percent of the vote just six votes over the minimum 60 percent required for school bond elections.

Other School Bond Election Results

Middleberg school district voters approved a bond issue with more than 68 percent of the vote, 130 to 60; voters in the Cyril school district gave nearly 70 percent approval to a $1.7 million bond issue, 162 to 70. The funds will be used to upgrade computer labs, install lights for the baseball and softball fields, build a track, and purchases vehicles. A proposal for a bond issue at Ft. Cobb-Broxton schools failed by just five votes. The yes votes outnumbered the no votes 275 to 191 but the issue only received 59 percent of the vote. A school bond issue at Bridge Creek narrowly won with 10 votes to spare, 868 to 562. A school bond proposal at Newcastle passed with nearly 69 percent of the vote, 1,655 to 754.

 

Biker Critical After Turnpike Crash

A motorcycle rider is in critical condition after crashing his bike on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The accident happened just before 6:00 a.m. Tuesday near Mile Marker 91 about eight miles northeast of Chickasha. The unidentified 50-year old man from Lawton was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head and internal injuries. The highway patrol reported that for an unknown reason, the rider lost control and the bike came to rest in the inside lane. He was wearing a helmet.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $93.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.22.

Natural gas is $9.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,761 and silver is $19.04.

 

Obituaries

Clovis Henderson

Funeral service Clovis Henderson, 86, of Rush Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25th at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Brendolyn Dawson

Funeral service Brendolyn Dawson, 63, of Lawton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25th at New Hope Church of God in Christ in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Aug. 23rd

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, and Comanche counties)

 

Oklahomans Heading Back to the Polls Today

A county commissioner’s race, some school bond issues, and a state senate race are some of the issues KOOL/RANCH News will be following in today's primary run-off election. The Grady County Commissioner District 3 post will be decided in the Republican primary run-off between two-term incumbent Ralph Beard and challenger Gary Bray. Only four votes separated the two in the June primary which included a third candidate.

Several School Districts Have Bond Issues on the Ballot

Chickasha school district voters are deciding the largest bond issue ever. There are two bond issues - one is for nearly $35 million that officials call the Safety and Security Bond. If approved, there will be upgrades at every school site including a new gymnasium/safe room at Lincoln School and a new library/safe room at Grand Avenue, the installation of field turf and an eight-lane track at the high school football field, and technology upgrades throughout the district. A second $1 million bond issue is for transportation needs. There are also propositions on the ballot for Alex, Bridge Creek, Dibble, Middleberg, and Bridge Creek school district voters. In Caddo County there are bond issues on the ballot for Cyril and Ft. Cobb-Broxton school district voters.

Caddo County Part of Republican State Senate Run-off

A key state senate race is in District 26 which includes all of Caddo County. Incumbent Darcy Jech is facing newcomer Brady Butler in the Republican primary. No Democrats filed for that office so the winner will serve a six-year term. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight. We'll post results of the elections on our Facebook page after the polls close.

 

Burn Ban Lifted in Stephens County; Extended in Comanche County

Officials in one area county have lifted a burn ban. Stephens County commissioners lifted its ban yesterday which had been in effect for the last several weeks. Much of the Stephens County area has received some good rainfall over the last week. However, Comanche County commissioners have extended a burn ban for two more weeks. That burn ban has been in place since July 25th due to low rainfall totals and increased fire danger. Burn bans are also still in place for Grady and Garvin Counties.

 

Grady County OSU Extension Educator Honored

A member of Grady County OSU Extension is recognized for her work. Ally Minor was named the outstanding new county agent in Oklahoma. She was appointed to the Grady County office in January of 2021 to serve as agriculture educator and to work in 4H and youth development. A news release from the state extension office in Stillwater shows that in her first year, Minor organized nearly 50 meetings and built upon the office’s bi-weekly ag producers meetings. She hosted experts from Texas A and M who discussed multi-species grazing and hosted John Weir to discuss prescribed burning which led to the formation of a local prescribed burning association. She worked with the OSU Research Station to put together demonstration plots of Bermuda and native grasses without fertilizer (from June to September). Minor has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Natural Resources Stewardship-Rangeland Ecology and Management Specialization from Colorado State.

 

Two Volunteer Fire Departments to Host Appreciation Dinner

A couple of Grady County volunteer fire department's will be hosting a community appreciation dinner. The Harold and Pocasset Stations will host the event on Sunday, Sept. 11th from 11:30 am. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pocasset Community Center. They'll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with drinks and sides also available. There will be a bounce house for the kids. Donations are welcome.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $90.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.48.

Natural gas is $9.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,752 and silver is $18.99.

 

Obituary

Anita Hudson

Funeral service for Anita Hudson, 85, of Chickasha will be at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Sevier Funeral Home. She served as the librarian at USAO for more than 20 years, retiring in 1999.

 

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Monday, Aug. 22nd

(Burns bans remain in efect for Grady, Comanche, Stephens, and Garvin counties)

 

Jury Selection Scheduled to Begin Today

for Trial of Grady County Commissioner

Jury selection is scheduled begin today for the embezzlement and conspiracy trial of District 1 Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker. Walker was charged with embezzlement in May of 2021 for allegedly using county resources to pave a private road to his Tuttle area home. In February of this year, Walker was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, intimidation of witnesses, and unlawful use of communication for allegedly installing cameras at the District 1 county barn to spy on employees. Walker's attorney, Bret Burns, says the cameras were installed for security reasons. The prosecutor in the case is Brian Hermanson out of Newkirk and the presiding judge is Brent Russell of Duncan.

 

Fiery Crash Kills Two People

Two people died in a fiery head-on collision near Tuttle over the weekend. The accident involved three vehicles late Friday afternoon about three miles south of Tuttle on State Highway 4. Killed in the crash were 64-year old Larry Ballinger of Oklahoma City and 36-year old Derek Thomas of Moore. A third person, 39-year old Shannon Burnside of Tuttle, somehow survived without suffering serious injuries. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital by a private vehicle where she was treated and released. The trooper investigating the crash said Thomas was northbound on the highway at a high rate of speed when his pickup crossed the center line and struck a southbound sedan driven by Ballinger. Burnside was also southbound in her car which rear-ended Ballinger's vehicle after the initial collision.

 

Father Charged with Child Abuse for

Making Children Eat Hot Peppers

A Chickasha man is charged with child abuse for punishing his children by making them eat hot peppers. 34-year old Justin Ray Rodriguez was arrested last week after DHS turned over the results of an investigation to the Grady County Sheriff's Office. A probable cause affidavit indicates the alleged abuse occurred between January and February of this year. It's alleged that Rodriguez made two children eat jalapeno peppers with added hot sauce as discipline. He also threatened to cut one child's tongue with his knife and cut off his genitals. Rodriguez was charged with one felony count of child abuse. He is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney next week and a preliminary hearing conference is scheduled Sept. 14th.

 

Chickasha Park Pond Still Closed Due to Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae is still a problem in the pond at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park. Officials say the pond is closed for fishing and pets should not be allowed to swim in it. Blue-green algae blooms were detected nearly two weeks ago. The water can be toxic and cause severe illness in humans and pets. There's no word on when the restrictions will be lifted.

 

Grady County Fair Week Begins

It's Grady County Fair week. While most activities start on Thursday the fair princess and little miss contests are this afternoon and tonight. The winners will be announced Thursday. Still and mechanic show exhibits can be entered tomorrow afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The 107th Grady County Fair begins on Thursday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $90.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.72.

Natural gas is $9.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,748 and silver is $18.96

 

Obituary

Brendolyn Dawson

Funeral service for Brendolyn Dawson, 64, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

2022, Aug. 15th-20th

Saturday, Aug. 20th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

Two Die in Fiery Head-on Collision

A horrific accident south of Tuttle late yesterday claimed the lives of two people and sent a third person to a hospital. The accident involved three vehicles on State Highway 4 about a mile south of Tuttle. Killed in the crash were 64-year old Larry Ballinger of Oklahoma City and 36-year old Derek Thomas of Moore. Their bodies were pinned in their vehicles for more than 2 1/2 hours before the Bridge Creek Fire Department to get them out. 39-year old Shannon Burnside of Tuttle somehow survived - she was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was treated and released. The accident happened about 5:30 Friday afternoon. The trooper investigating the deadly crash said Thomas was northbound on the highway at a high rate of speed when his pickup crossed the center line and struck a southbound sedan driven by Ballinger. Burnside was also southbound and rear-ended Ballinger's car after the initial collision.

 

Trooper Finds 50+ Pounds of Illegal Pot in Traffic Stop

A traffic stop leads a state trooper to the discovery of more than 50 pounds of illegal marijuana. Trooper Zach Wallis was patrolling in the Amber area Wednesday afternoon when he stopped a motorist for speeding. Wallis stated in a probable cause affidavit that as he approached the vehicle he could smell marijuana. The driver said there wasn't any marijuana the van but Wallis said he was going to perform a probable cause search. Wallis said he found about 53 vacuum-sealed bags of pot, each weighing about a pound. The driver did have a medical marijuana transport card but no manifest. Wallis spoke with a representative from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Association who said the driver was in violation of state law. 38-year old De Kang Jiang of Amber was arrested on a drug complaint. Prosecutors have charged him with felony drug trafficking. Jiang is out of jail after posting a $25,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney Sept. 1st with a preliminary hearing conference set for Sept. 14th.

 

Rural Firefighters to Benefit from New State Law

A new law will go into effect later this year that is designed to give rural fire departments more help when it comes to addressing emergency situations. A bill signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt will remove the red tape that restricts rural fire department services. It will allow area governing bodies to enter into agreements with first responder agencies. State lawmakers worked with the state department of emergency management to develop the legislation. The law will go into effect Nov. 1st.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Michelle Skinner with the Chickasha Library and Wendi Ilacolbello with the Friends of the Library are this week’s guests on our KOOL Konversation. And Jamie Jones with the Grady County Fairgrounds is on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Mary Stephenson

Funeral service for Mary Stephenson, 87, of Chickasha will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 21st at the Main Street Church in Alex. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Helen Greenroyd

Funeral service for Helen Greenroyd, 95, of Tuttle is pending with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

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Friday, Aug. 19th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

Grady County Fair set Next Week

The 107th Grady County Free Fair is next week. The main events will be Aug. 25th-27th but some activities begin early in the week. The Fair Princess contest is on Monday however the winner won't be announced until the opening night of the fair Thursday. There is also a Little Miss contest. On Tuesday, individuals can submit items for the still and farm mechanics exhibits at the fairgrounds from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm. Exhibitor numbers and tags can be picked up at the OSU Extension Office today and Monday. Wednesday is the day that commercial vendors can set up their displays. The fair opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. The carnival will have arm bands available all three days and a high-octane tractor pull will be Friday and Saturday nights. County OHCE groups will serve home-made meals in the community building and Indian tacos in the north exhibit building.

 

USAO Students Return

USAO is getting ready for a big weekend. Returning students have been moving back to campus this week with many more arriving over the next couple of days. About 350 freshmen are going through orientation today which will be capped off with a celebration on the USAO Oval. Tomorrow night, the university is inviting all of Chickasha to welcome students back to the area. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council says-

 

              

 

USAO classes begin on Monday.

 

In-Person, Absentee Voting Continues

Early voting continues today ahead of next Tuesday's primary run-off election.  Voters can cast in-person, absentee ballots at their county election board and don't need a special reason to do so. In-person, absentee voting is available until 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Registration Open for Rock Island Ride Bicycle Tour

As we look at the calendar the Labor Day Weekend is just a couple of weeks away. Not long after that will one of the busiest weekends in town. Sept. 30th through Oct. 2nd is the Rock Island Arts Festival which will also include the Rock Island Ride Bicycle Tour and the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship. Johnny Trammel is one of the organizers for the bicycle tour and says it has become of favorite of bike enthusiasts.

 

              

 

There are family-friendly rides in town and rides of more than 60 miles throughout the county, including a couple of routes on gravel roads. The ride is on Saturday, Oct. 1st and proceeds benefit local charities. Riders can sign up in advance by going to the website: www.bikereg.com/Chickasha

 

Blanchard Hosts Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass music fans will be in Blanchard this weekend for the town’s annual bluegrass festival. The festival runs over two days at Lions Park and the music begins at 5 o'clock this afternoon and at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. On stage will be The Hunt Brothers Band, Cliff Top, Bazemore Bluegrass, Graystone Music Revival, Bluegrass Express, The Horn Family, Southbound Mule, and there will be a jam session. Admission is free and organizers recommend individuals take lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will be on hand.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $90.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is 96.59.

Natural gas is $9.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,763 and silver is $19.23.

 

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Thursday, Aug. 18th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

Early Voting Begins Ahead of Next Tuesday's Election

Oklahomans can cast their ballots before next Tuesday's primary run-off election if they want to. Voters can go to their county election boards for in-person, absentee voting from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today or tomorrow or 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. In Grady County, there are bond elections for voters in Chickasha, Alex, Dibble, Middleberg Bridge Creek, and Newcastle school districts. The District 3 Grady County Commissioner race between incumbent Ralph Beard and challenger Gary Bray is only on the Republican run-off ballot for residents in District 3 of Grady County. In Caddo County, there are school bond propositions for voters in Cyril and Ft. Cobb Broxton school districts. Polls on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Caddo County Wildfire Burns 4,500+ Acres

A huge wildland fire burned thousands of acres in Caddo County. The fire charred about 4,700 acres west of Apache in the area of State Highways 58 and 19. Volunteers from Grady County Volunteer Fire Departments were among the more than 230 firefighters and 80 trucks that were dispatched. The Grady County Task Force says part of the battle included back-burning deep canyons which could not be accessed by fire trucks. Comanche County Emergency Management officials said there were no reports of injuries or structure damage.


Kiowa Housing Authority to Build New Homes

It's been more than 20 years since the Kiowa Housing Authority has been able to build new homes for tribal members. That will be changing soon as the authority has received a $5 million federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD officials reported that the Anadarko area was in great need for new homes saying the region was 1,200 homes short for its population of Kiowa Tribe members. Housing Authority Executive Director Billy Komacheet told KSWO-TV that they have done a lot of work over the last three years to get the grant and they look forward to the new construction. Tribal Development Consultant Brandi Liberty said it was a group effort by working with county commissioners and others. She said the plan is to have even more homes built for low-income Kiowa families through other funding sources they will apply for over the next five years.

 

4Her Shares Internet Safety Tips

A Grady County 4Her is sharing some Internet safety tips. Matthew Lam is with the Rock Island 4H Club.

 

                             

 

He also recommends not clicking on any links, or opening attachments, or accepting gifts from people you don't know. They can contain spyware which allows others to see the same thing the user is seeing or even access the camera and literally spy on you.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.11 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.65.

Natural gas is $9.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $19.88.

 

Obituaries

Charles Eldon Self

A private family memorial service will be held for Charles Self, 86, of Chickasha and previously from Texas. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Gary Burns

Funeral service for Gary Burns, 57, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Aug. 17th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

DEQ Probe of Hand Sanitizer Storage

Began Days Before Fire Erupted

A state agency began looking into concerns of large amounts of hand sanitizer being stored at the former Chickasha Manufacturing company last month - about two weeks before a massive fire destroyed the plant and 1 1/2 million gallons of hand sanitizer that was being stored inside.  Records on file at the Grady County Courthouse show that the State Department of Environmental Quality issued an injunction against Bordwine Development Company on July 22nd. DEQ investigators allege they saw sanitizer stacked at three locations, all in the area of the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company. The document also indicates investigators saw an area near the road where a pit had been dug and liquid was standing in it; and officials determined that sanitizer had drained down the ditch at a distance of more than 700 feet which is the length of 2 1/2 football fields. Bordwine Development officials said the pit had been dug to expand the drive area into the property to make it easier to accommodate semis, but they encountered ground water and decided not to expand the drive area. KFOR-TV reports that officials have taken a lot of soil and water samples and that those samples are currently being analyzed. After the fire, DEQ investigators said they found two manholes to the City of Chickasha's sanitary sewer main were open and that there was a presence of the sanitizer in the sewer line. The DEQ also said the company has a history of previous environmental violations and non-compliance. Bordwine Development's attorney told KFOR that recycling hand sanitizer does not require hazardous waste permits and protocols for transportation, storage, and recycling.

 

$1 Million Bond Set for Woman who Shot Two People

The woman accused of barricading herself in a deputy sheriff's SUV and shooting at deputies has been formally charge with three counts of shooting with intent to kill. Rachel Zion Clay was arraigned on the charges in Grady County District Court yesterday and a judge set her bond at $1 million. Clay was arrested last Friday at a home in rural Bridge Creek. Authorities were called to the home to do a welfare check on a woman. Deputies detained Clay, put her in handcuffs, and in the back of the deputy's SUV. She managed to get free of the handcuffs and get an AK-47 that was inside. Clay fired 10 rounds through a window of the SUV at two deputies and a bystander. The bystander and one deputy were injured and taken to a hospital but neither were seriously injured. Clay is to announce her attorney Sept. 1st and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Sept. 14th.

 

Mom Arrested For Not Sending Child to School

A Grady County woman is arrested for not making her child go to school. An arrest warrant was issued last week for 38-year old Kelly Ann Robisch of Blanchard. A probable cause affidavit filed at the Grady County Courthouse indicates that Robisch was contacted three times during last school year because her young child was missing too many days. The last contact was just before school was released in May and the child had missed 58 days and 48 of them were unexcused. Robisch told investigators the child had been sick and one time went 36 hours without sleeping. Robisch was arrested earlier this week and was formally charged with two misdemeanor counts of neglect or refusal to compel the child to attend school. She is out of jail after posting a $1,500 bond. The case has been scheduled for disposition Sept. 9th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.53 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.34.

Natural gas is $9.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,788 and silver is $20.00.

 

Obituary
Eddie Juarez

A memorial service for Eddie Juarez, 58, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Aug. 16th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

Waste Connections Seeks Contract Revision with Chickasha

The company that provides trash pickup services for the City of Chickasha is asking for larger price increase than is allowed in its current contract. Brittany Eagleston of Waste Connections told the city council last night that the reason for the request is due to an increase in the Consumer Price Index.  She said the current contract allows for a maximum 3.5 percent increase. Based on the current CPI, Eagleston said they are operating at a deficit of about 6 percent. The company said the price increase, if approved, would be spread out over a five-year period. The council will consider the proposal in a future meeting. It wasn’t clear if an increase in the contract price would mean an increase in costs for residents and businesses.

Approval Given for New Internet Service Provider to Offer Services

The council approved a non-exclusive franchise agreement with Dobson Technologies to allow the sale of broadband data, video services, and voice-over Internet service in the city. The panel postponed decisions two issues related to the Badgett Dog Park. One was to accept the project as complete and the other to make a final payment of more than $41,000 to the park’s contractor Brannan Bordwine. Officials say a maintenance bond and other needed documents to consider the project complete have not yet been received. The panel also approved a proposal to publicize the public sale of mineral rights on more than 3,700 acres of land the city owns at Lake Chickasha. This was a house cleaning measure which combines several tracts into one document.

 

Apache Man Dies After Being Injured in July Crash

A Caddo County man who was critically injured in an accident between a UTV and an SUV last month has died. 29-year old Chandler Pettit of Apache died last Thursday as the result of the injuries suffered in the crash. The accident occurred Thursday, July 28th on State Highway 58 about eight miles south of Carnegie. The highway patrol reported that Pettit was driving a UTV and failed to yield from a stop sign on a country road and his UTV was hit by the SUV.

 

Former Ampo Superintendent W.L. Jackson Dies

Longtime Amber-Pocasset school superintendent W.L. Jackson has died. Jackson was 87 when he passed away on Sunday. He spent more than 30 years at Ampo. He was born in Burns Flat and went to high school there where he helped his baseball team win back-to-back state titles in 1950 and 1951. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a baseball scholarship and set several records, some of which are still intact. Jackson was a 60-year Mason and a member of the Oklahoma Association of Retired Administrators. Survivors include his wife of Gwen. The couple would have celebrated their 66th anniversary in a couple of weeks. Funeral service for W.L. Jackson will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 18th at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Grady County Burn Ban Extended

Grady County Commissioners have extended a burn ban.  Officials signed a resolution at their meeting Monday to continue the ban through August 29th. The ban was first implemented July 18th due to extreme heat and drought. Much of the region had significant rainfall last week, however the region continues to be very dry, afternoon temperatures still hover around the 100-degree mark, and minimal rain chances are forecast over the next week. Burn bans also remain in effect for Comanche, Stephens, and Garvin counties.

 

Grady County Fire Board to Consider Equipment Purchase

A proposal to purchase gas sniffers and monitors for volunteer fire departments will be discussed during tonight's Grady County Fire Board meeting. The panel will also get an update on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and grants, and will welcome Dustin Wynn as the new Farwell Department board member. The group will go behind closed doors to discuss applications for new firefighters at Ninnekah, Farwell, and Cox City and to release one fire fighter from Farwell. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight at the Grady County Emergency Management Office community room.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.41 per barrel.

London-based Crude oil is $95.10.

Natural gas is $8.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,791 and silver is $20.17.

 

Obituary

Shirley Bozarth

Funeral Service for Shirley Bozarth, 77, of Tuttle were held at 10:30 this morning (Tuesday, Aug. 16th) at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

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Monday, Aug. 15th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

EPA Joins Work in Sanitizer Fire Aftermath;

Several Agencies to be Part of the Investigation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been called in to help with the removal of any of hand sanitizer that may be remaining in the aftermath of the massive fire that destroyed a former manufacturing plant in Chickasha last weekend. In addition, District Attorney Jason Hicks announced a joint investigation to include city, county, and state agencies to look into the matter. The agencies include the DA's office, Chickasha Police and Fire Departments, Chickasha City Hall, the Grady County Sheriff's Office, the State Fire Marshal, the State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the OSBI, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Hicks said there are multiple issues that must be resolved. As the result of the initial investigation, The DEQ issued an emergency order to immediately cease receiving hand sanitizer and all transporting, or the causing to transport sanitizer unless it is in accord with state and federal law, and to immediately cease all improper disposal of sanitizer. The order was directed to Brannan Bordwine, Bordwine Development, and any unknown affiliated entities - requiring that no sanitizer be moved or accepted. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell served the order on Bordwine last Friday night. The EPA is currently at multiple sites assessing the situation and will then begin the process of moving the sanitizer. All efforts are to ensure the safety and well-being of Grady County citizens.

 

Weekend Crash Kills Two People Near Ft. Cobb

A deadly traffic accident claims the lives of two people near Ft. Cobb over the weekend. 45-year old Benjamin Horse and 38-year old Robin Gomez, both of Anadarko, died in the crash. The accident was discovered about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The accident happened at The Washita River Bridge near State Highway 9 and CR 1330 north of Ft. Cobb. The highway patrol reports that the vehicle left the roadway, hit a guardrail and embankment, went airborne and landed upside down in the river.

 

Deputy Shot in Friday Confrontation Identified

A Grady County sheriff's deputy who was injured in a confrontation with a woman who barricaded herself inside a deputy’s car has been identified. Deputy Keith Williams suffered a superficial wound on his neck during the stand-off which occurred near Bridge Creek last Friday. Williams was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was treated and released.  Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said a bystander was shot in the chest and suffered an injury believed to be from shrapnel as no bullet was found. The unidentified bystander spent the night in the hospital and was released the next day. Authorities were initially called to the home to do a welfare check on a woman. They found her acting strangely and detailed her, handcuffing her and placing her in the back of a deputy’s car. Somehow she got out of the handcuffs, retrieved a firearm, and began shooting at people from inside the car.  The woman, identified as 36-year old Rachel Zion Clay of Tuttle, was arrested on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill and taken to the Grady County Jail. She could have her initial appearance on the complaint in Grady County District Court today.

 

Lake Chickasha Mineral Rights may be Auctioned

The Chickasha City Council will consider holding a public auction to lease the mineral rights on hundreds of acres of land the city owns around Lake Chickasha tonight. The panel will also go behind closed doors to discuss negotiations with the Chickasha Firefighters Association and the on-going search for a new city manager. The panel will also hear a presentation from a representative of Waste Connections which is the private contractor hired by the city for trash disposal. The council will also consider accepting a nearly $3,000 First Responder grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall and the meeting can be viewed on the City of Chickasha’s website or on Optimum (Suddenlink) Channel 3.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $98.15.

Natural gas is $8.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $20.43.

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Saturday, Aug. 13th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

Deputy OK After Being Shot

While Performing a Welfare Check

An hours-long stand-off between law enforcement and a woman came to a peaceful end yesterday. It happened in the Bridge Creek area where a Grady County deputy sheriff and a bystander were both shot by the woman who authorities say was acting erratically. The shooting victims were taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital. The deputy was treated and released and will be OK. The bystander's injury was unclear but officials say he was walking and talking. OHP Trooper Eric Foster spent the afternoon updating the media about the situation and tells how it all started.

 

              

 

After firing the weapon the woman barricaded herself inside the deputy’s car. Numerous law enforcement agencies and a tactical team responded. The woman eventually surrendered peacefully about 4:45 p.m. She has been identified as 36-year old Rachel Zion Clay of Tuttle who was taken to the Grady County Jail and is being held on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. The names of the deputy and the bystander who were injured were not released.

 

Plant Fire Info Turned Over to District Attorney

Information regarding the fire that destroyed the former Chickasha Manufacturing plant has been turned over to the district attorney. Chickasha fire officials presented their information to Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks for his review. Investigators say that more than 1.5 million gallons of hand sanitizer had the raging fire burning for several days. Another stockpile of hand sanitizer in a dumpster in the same area also caught fire this week. Officials with Bordwine Development, the company that was leasing the building, say they were storing the sanitizer for future recycling. Our partners at KWTV News 9 received a statement from the company's attorney that said the firm was helping the nation recycle the unprecedented stockpile of hand santizer created by the COVID-19 crisis. The statement said they are working with state and local officials to safely and quickly recycle and/or dispose of the remaining stockpile according to applicable state and federal law. News 9 quoted an anonymous source as saying according to California the company was recycling the sanitizer. and according to Oklahoma the company was disposing it.

 

Cyril Man Faces Numerous Child Sex Crime Charges

A disturbing report of child sex crimes as a Cyril man is facing numerous charges of sexually abusing a 5-year old. Caddo County authorities have filed more than a dozen charges that include rape and forcible sodomy against 32-year old Jeffery Reginald Moyer who was formally charged with 14 felonies in Caddo County District Court in Anadarko yesterday including three counts of rape, seven counts of forcible sodomy, and four counts of lewd acts to a child. Judge David Stephens set Moyer's bond at $700,000. Moyer is to return to court Oct. 17th to announce his attorney and a preliminary hearing conference is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 27th.

 

Rush Springs Hosts Annual Watermelon Festival 

The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival is underway. This is the 77th year for the event as the community celebrates the regional crop. A 5K, 10K, and watermelon relay run were held early this morning. There is a carnival and a car show, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, and officials expect to serve about 25 tons of watermelon and it will be free after 4 o'clock. Billy and Wilma Pittman are being honored with this year's Pioneer Award. Many area producers will have several varieties of watermelon for sale, including the much heralded Black Diamond melon which is almost exclusively grown around Rush Springs. It’s a mostly round melon with a dark green rind with red ‘fruit’ inside. It's much different that the Jubilee which is the oblong dark-green-and-light-green-striped melon you see in stores.

 

Talk Show Topics

On our KOOL Konversation this week are the Republican candidates for District 3 Grady County Commissioner – incumbent Ralph Beard and challenger Gary Bray (There is no Democratic candidate). On Real Estate Today this week's guests are Jim Cowan and Johnny Trammell with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council discussing the upcoming Leadership Chickasha course and other events. There are podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, August 12th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

Consumer Spending on the Rise in Chickasha

Consumer spending at Chickasha retail merchants is showing a steady increase. The most recent numbers available show that spending topped $34.2 million from mid-June to mid-July. That's up 8.5 percent from the previous month and an increase of more than 17 percent compared to the same time last year. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council says some of the increase may be due to inflation. The City of Chickasha collected more than $1.2 million in sales tax revenue from that consumer spending which ranks 27th among cities in the state. Cowan's monthly economic report also shows a slight increase in the jobless rate from 2.6 percent in May to 3.2 percent in June. The report also shows the City of Chickasha issued more than 45 building permits last month. There were 38 residential permits issued including 31 for new homes and seven permits for re-modeling projects. There were eight commercial building permits issued including two new projects and six for re-modeling work.

 

New Embezzlement Charge Filed Against Contractor

Another embezzlement charge has been filed against a Grady County contractor accused of fraud. The State Attorney General's Office filed the charge against Norman 'Buddy' Gomes, owner of BNV Construction. The Consumer Protection Unit of the attorney general's office began investigating Gomes more than a year ago after receiving a number of complaints. The website OK Energy Today reports that Gomes is now accused of stealing nearly $50 million from six customers by requesting money up front for home repair projects he never started. Gomes is facing six charges of embezzlement and one charge of a pattern of criminal offenses in Grady County District Court. If convicted he faces up to 28 years in prison and more than $50,000 in fines along with have to pay restitution to his victims.

 

Group to Discuss 'Convention of States'

to Consider Amending U.S. Constitution

Many Americans are concerned about the federal government's appetite for taxes, access to personal data, and power. There has been some debate about whether the country is ready for an Article V Convention of the States, which would allow the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. The Grady County Republican Party will host a meeting next week to discuss the issue. Larry McCall, who represents the Convention of States, will explain the national effort to discuss proposing amendments to the Constitution which include limiting the federal government’s power and jurisdiction, and to impose term limits on officials and members of Congress. The meeting is open to the public and will be held  Thursday, Aug. 18th at 6:30 p.m. at Canadian Valley Technology Center.

 

Grady County 4Hers Earn Nearly $5,000 in Scholarships

Several Grady County 4Hers were honored for their work at the 101st State 4H Roundup. Hunter Kelsey of Amber was awarded two $1,200 scholarships - one from the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and one from the Oklahoma Association of 4H Youth Development Professionals. Courtney Evans of Cement received a $1,200 scholarship by the Rule of Law Scholarship Fund. And Maggie Evans also of Cement was awarded a $1,200 Mike Synar Memorial Scholarship. In addition, Maggie Evans, Ben Tindle, and Katie Jones combined to win the 4H Food Showdown and will represent Oklahoma at the National 4H Food Challenge in Dallas in October.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $94.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $99.60.

Natural gas is $8.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,801 and silver is $20.24.

 

Obituary

Patricia Schwemley

A graveside service for Patricia Schwemley, 89, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13th at Chickasha's Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.


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Thursday, Aug. 11th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties. Also there is an Ozone Alert for Central Oklahoma including Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Oklahoma, and Canadian counties.)

 

Blue-Green Algae Blooms Found in Shannon Springs Park

Chickasha city officials say blue-green algae has been found in the pond at Shannon Springs Park. Because of that, fishing at the pond has been suspended until the problem clears up. Blue-green algae are microscopic organisms that can form visible algae blooms which can produce toxins that may contaminate the water which can cause illness in humans and animals.

 

Chickasha Schools Are Back in Session

Students are returning to Chickasha school classrooms today. It is the first day of school throughout the district and officials are reminding motorists to slow down in the school zones and to watch for children waiting for school buses in neighborhoods.

 

Reward Offered for Information

about Lawton-Area Woman's Murder

A reward is being offered for information about a young mother found murdered in Comanche County more than five years ago. A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) about the death of 21-year old Ci’Lina ‘Cici’ Bell-Deloney. Her body was found in the middle of a road in Cache January 16, 2017. She had been shot multiple times. The OSBI said she was last seen alive at a Wal-Mart in Lawton that morning and that she left the store with people she knew. Anyone with information about Bell-Deloney's murder can e-mail anonymous information to: tips@osbi.ok.gov or by calling 800-522-8017.

 

Popular Grady County Deputy Moves On 

A Grady County sheriff's deputy who became a popular figure after receiving a kidney transplant is moving on. Sgt. Corey Loftice, who spent 10 years with the sheriff's office, accepted a new position with the Marlow Police Department. The sheriff's office posted the news on its Facebook page yesterday. You may remember that Loftice was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver failure in 2016 and in 2017 received a kidney from an Oklahoma City  donor. Loftice was back on the job just three months later. The sheriff's office post said that Loftice served the citizens of Grady County with professionalism, honor, and dedication and that he will always be a member of the sheriff's office.

 

Rush Springs Prepares for Watermelon Festival

Rush Springs is getting ready for the town's annual watermelon festival. This is the 77th year for the event which will be held all day this Saturday, August 13th. Taylor Abbott, a senior at Rush Springs High School this year is the queen of the festival. She says it’s a day to recognize the local water melon producers - many of whom have spent years in the watermelon patch.

 

             

 

The day-long event gets started with a 5K, a 10K, and a watermelon run - where a team of three runners will tote about a 10-pound watermelon through the streets of Rush Springs. There is live entertainment all day, including a seed-spitting contest. They’ll serve watermelon starting at 10 a.m. ($2 for a large wedge) and it will be free after 4:00 p.m. There will also be more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. There is a rodeo tonight and tomorrow night and a parade before the rodeo tomorrow night. See more information on the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.93 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $97.40.

Natural gas is $8.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,805 and silver is $20.48.

 

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Wednesday, Aug. 10th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, and Comanche counties)

 

Rush Springs Police Seeks Trio Following Pursuit

Three suspects are on the run following a high-speed chase through southern Grady County. Rush Springs Police Chief Chuck Clampitt said one of his officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle about 2:00 a.m. Tuesday for speeding. The officer made contact with the driver who had a suspended license. The driver sped away and headed south on U.S. Highway 81. Grady County deputies were called to assist and the pursuit went south and east of Rush Springs on a county road where the vehicle crashed. Two men and a woman then fled from the scene and the vehicle was impounded. Authorities searched the area for several hours but were unable to locate them. Clampitt said they have the identity of the driver who has a lengthy rap sheet but did not want to disclose his name. The names of the other two people weren't known. If you have information about any of the three individuals you can reach out to the Rush Springs Police Department or call Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS. You can also leave anonymous tips on the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

ARPA Funds to Assist Grady County Volunteer Fire Dept's

Grady County volunteer fire departments will benefit from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. County commissioners this week approved nearly a half-million dollars for equipment and station improvements. The Express-Star reports the county department will use about $370,000 to upgrade its cascade system and $85,000 for washer and dryer systems. The Rush Springs Station will receive more than $40,000 to replace its jaws-of-life; the Harold Station will get nearly $28,000 for a truck monitor; and the Pioneer Station will receive nearly $24,000 for bathroom and station renovations. The funds come from nearly $11 million in federal ARPA funds received by the county. Other funds have been awarded to Grady Memorial Hospital to hire new doctors. The Grady County Fairgrounds has also applied for ARPA funds and officials are currently reviewing that application.

 

Three to be Honored at Grady County Fair

The Grady County Fair is now about two weeks away. Three long-time fair supporters will be honored. Clara Green, Paul Horton, and Steve Calhoun will be recognized this year. Green worked for OSU Extension for many years organizing many of the fair events; Horton is being honored for his support of the fair with Ross Seed and True Value; and Calhoun, a farmer and rancher and also long-time employee with Ross True Value has helped with many fair events. The 107th Grady County Fair will run Thursday, August 25th through Saturday, August. 27th at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Blood Drives in Chickasha and Anadarko Today

There are a couple of area blood drives today. In Grady County, the annual Boots and Badges blood drive for supporters of local law enforcement and fire fighters. That will be held at Chickasha's Bible Baptist Church from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. Donors get a limited edition Boots and Badges t-shirt. In Anadarko today, there's a community blood drive at the First United Methodist Church. That is from noon to 6 p.m. and walk-ins are also welcome there. For information on upcoming blood drives in your area check out the Oklahoma Blood Institute website at obi.org.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $90.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.31.

Natural gas is $7.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,805 and silver is $20.36.

 

Obituary

Toye Yoder

A memorial service for Toye Yoder, 87, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19th at First Baptist Church of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Paws in Blanchard, the Oklahoma Baptist Home for Children, or the Oklahoma Food Bank.

 

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Tuesday, Aug. 9th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

Plant Destroyed by Fire Not 'Up to Code'

Officials with the Chickasha Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's office say the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company that burned over the weekend was not up to code. Judah Sheppard with the fire marshal's office tells KWTV News 9 that from their exterior investigation it appeared the building was not up to code to use as a storage facility. The building had been vacant for years and if a company wanted to do business they would have to get permits. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said they never issued any occupancy permits for the building. Samaniego estimated that 1.5 million gallons of hand sanitizer was being stored in the building which caught fire on Sunday. Samaniego said because of the hazardous nature of the materials and to avoid creating a bigger risk and potentially contaminating ground water, they decided to let the fire burn itself out. The fire department issued a lengthy Facebook post thanking all the agencies that responded, including the Chickasaw National Emergency Management Service as well as the Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo Counties and the Red Cross.

 

Teen Hospitalized After Semi Crash

A semi crash in northern Oklahoma that sent a Chickasha teenager to a hospital is under investigation. The accident happened just before noon yesterday on I-35 near Braman - about 10 miles south of the Oklahoma- Kansas border. The driver of the semi, 48-year old Lisa Lujan, also of Chickasha was not injured. The 15-year old boy (whose name was not released) was taken to a Wichita, Kansas hospital where he was admitted with leg injuries. He was last in good condition.

 

Union City Police Find Drugs, Grenades in Traffic Stop

Police in Union City find drugs and grenades in a recent traffic stop. An officer pulled over a vehicle for crossing over the center line on Main Street over the weekend. Police Chief Adam Taylor said when searching the vehicle they found more than 400 Xanax pills, more than 25 ounces of methamphetamine, weapons, a couple of tear gas grenades, and even a rubber-ball riot grenade. The Highway Patrol bomb squad was called in to get the grenades. Authorities arrested Heath Gates and Amber Cape who were taken to the Canadian County Jail. Taylor said Gates also had outstanding warrants out of Oklahoma County for kidnapping, weapons, and assault charges.

 

Chix Teachers Begin In-Service Work

Chickasha teachers returned to school yesterday for some in-service training, ahead the first day of classes which will be Thursday. Later today, many schools are holding meet-and-greets for parents and students as they get ready for classes to begin. At Bill Wallace, Kindergarten students and parents can stop by starting at 5:15; with first grade students and parents starting at 6:15. Grand Elementary has meet and greet from 5:30 to 7 tonight; and Lincoln School has meet-and-greet from 6 until 7:30. For the middle school there's a 7th grade student and parent meeting at 5 p.m. followed by the schedule pick-up. For 8th grade students, schedule pick up is tomorrow afternoon from 1-3. At the high school, a freshman orientation will get underway at 5:30 at the activity center followed by a tour of the high school campus.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $90.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.65.

Natural gas is $7.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,807 and silver is $20.63.

 

Obituary

Chestina Cruinkshank-Conti

Funeral service for Chestina Cruinkshank-Conti, 76, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Aug. 8th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

Fire Destroys Former Manufacturing Plant

A former manufacturing company in Chickasha is destroyed by an intense fire that broke out Sunday. Nearly 100 firefighters and more than 25 trucks from at least 15 departments were dispatched to the blaze at what was once Chickasha Manufacturing. Crews responded from not only the Chickasha Fire Department but also more than a dozen Grady County Volunteer departments. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego believes that 1.5 million gallons of alcohol-based hand sanitizer fueled the fire. Flames were seen from as far away as Pocasset. Samaniego said the 120,000 sq. ft. facility was filled half-way up to the ceiling with about 8,000 pallets of sanitizer. The Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office is helping to look into not only what caused the fire but also the storage of the hazardous liquid. An official with that agency told our partners at KWTV News 9 that the building was not permitted to be occupied. The official said they have received information that other warehouses and other large buildings are being used for warehouse storage for products being shipped in from out of state. Brannan Bordwine, the owner of the company leasing the building, told News 9 said that he was using the facility to store the hand sanitizer which was to be recycled at another location. He said they would un-box the product and separate the liquid which went into a tanker for disposal. Bordwine said he lost all of his equipment and livelihood in the fire. The fire is expected to burn for several days. The Grady County Fire Department is asking for donations of water, energy drinks, non-perishable food items, baby wipes, chapstick, eye drops, and gift cards that can be used to purchase fuel.

 

Chix School Board to Consider Policy Updates

Updates to the sexual harassment policy and the grading, promotion, retention, and graduation of students policy are among items up for consideration for the Chickasha School Board when that panel meets tonight. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the update to the sexual harassment policy includes new definitions from the Center for Education Law for supportive measures, reporting, and the investigation of sexual harassment matters. For the grading and promotion policy, Croslin said it is to remove a statement that is no longer needed. The school board will also consider revisions to the policy regarding student discipline, including updates to the short-term suspension appeals process. Appeals would still be conducted by a neutral site panel. The group will also consider a memorandum of understanding with the district's two unions - the Chickasha United Teaching Association and the Chickasha Association of Support Employees. It concerns hiring four teaching assistants in Kindergarten and first grade classrooms. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building. The meeting will be streamed on the school district's website.

 

Public Forum Set for Chix Schools' Special Bond Issues

Chickasha school officials will be holding a public forum on the Safety and Security Bond issue that will be decided by school district voters in a couple of weeks. A nearly $35 million bond proposal and a $1 million transportation bond will be reviewed during the forum set for next Monday night, August 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the school administration building at 9th and Choctaw. All the proposals for improvements to all school sites will be available and those attending will be able to ask questions about the plans. The measures will be on the Aug. 23rd primary run-off election ballot.

 

Chix Ward 1 Council Reps to Meet with Constituents

Chickasha residents who live in Ward 1 can meet with their city council representatives tonight. Councilors Kia Ginn and Brian Gerdes will meet with constituents for an informal session in the city council chambers at city hall tonight at 6:30. Residents can discuss any concerns and share their views about the future of the city.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.92.

Natural gas is $8.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $20.09.

 

Obituary

Mary Ratliff

Funeral service for Mary Ratliff, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

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Saturday, August 6th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

Information Sought in Caddo County Cold Case

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is looking for information regarding a more than 40-year-old cold case out of Caddo County. 27-year old Herman Toppah was found murdered in Carnegie on August 23rd of 1980. Toppah's body was found in an alley and the state medical examiner determined that Toppah died after being hit in the head with a blunt instrument. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI anonymously by e-mail at tips@osbi.ok.gov or by calling 1-800-522-8017.

 

Charges Filed in Connection with

Anadarko Break-in, Robbery

Two people are facing robbery and burglary charges following a recent Anadarko break-in. 37-year old Gerron Haywood of Apache and 40-year old Tonya Gan of Minco are both in the Caddo County Jail charged with the crimes. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents filed by Anadarko police that indicate the two broke into an apartment to steal money that was owed to them. Both Haywood and Gan remain in the Caddo County Jail on $10,000 bond each.

 

Energy Firm Expands Vapor Recovery Work to El Reno

El Reno is home to a new energy plant. Oklahoma City-based Flo-gistix has expanded its manufacturing capabilities and has hopes of adding 150 new jobs. The website OK Energy Today reports the expansion means the company will have nearly 260,000 sq. ft. of space for Vapor Recovery Units (VPUs) and other compression technology. Vapor recovery technology reduces the need to vent and flare because emissions that would normally be burned or released are instead captured and then sold. Flo-gistix officials say they provide atmospheric solutions that are an effective tool for de-carbonization and crucial to providing reliable and affordable energy to the world. The company operates in almost every U.S. shale play and basin and provides service through 14-regional field offices and warehouses in seven states.

 

Veteran Duncan High School Tennis Coach Dies

Longtime Duncan High School tennis coach Phil (P.T.) Barnes has died. Barnes spent 36 years with Duncan High School tennis teams and won seven state championships. He was 65 when he passed away this week. Barnes is in a number of Halls of Fame including the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame and was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He attended USAO on a tennis scholarship and graduated from there in 1981. He coached at Chickasha and Elgin before beginning his lengthy career in Duncan in 1985.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Duncan High School tennis program.

 

USAO Offers Series of Workshops for K-12 Teachers

As students and teachers get ready to return to classrooms USAO will be offering some workshops for K-12 teachers in the coming weeks. Drs. Rachel Jones and Jason Shaw will host three separate events in September and October at the USAO wildlife habitat. On Sept. 10th, Jones will have a nature walk and plant talk - introducing methods of identifying and collecting local plants that are easy for teachers to incorporate in their classrooms. On Sept. 24th, the workshop will be Citizen Science and Wildlife in the Classroom. Then on Oct. 8th, the program is Creepy Crawlies. These Saturday sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $25 each. Teachers can register online at: www.usao.edu/spe

 

Talk Show Topics

Rush Springs Watermelon Queen Taylor Abbott is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation talking about the watermelon festival that is next weekend. Sue Getman with the Chickasha Area Arts Council is this week’s guest on Real Estate Today talking about the upcoming Rock Island Arts Festival September 30th through October 2nd.  Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Mary Ratliff

Funeral service for Mary Ratliff, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Aug. 5th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

City of Chix to Temporarily Change Water Treatment Process

A change in the way the City of Chickasha treats the raw water it receives from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir will have a short-term effect on how drinking water tastes and smells. This is a annual process done about this time of year by USW which is the company contracted by the city to treat the water before it is distributed. Much of the year the company disinfects the raw water with a combination of chlorine and ammonia called chloramines. However they cause a buildup up sediment in the water lines which officials say over time leads  to the creation of Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and Haloacetic acids (HAA5s). The Environmental Protection Agency says they are carcinogenic and could cause cancer. To help clean the water lines of these sediments USW will use free chlorine only which is a stronger and faster disinfectant. This process will start on Monday, August 8th and officials say the water may appear cloudy and it could smell and taste like chlorine for a short time. Throughout the process officials will be flushing fire hydrants to help move the chlorinated water through the system. Should you see the fire hydrants being flushed in your neighborhood you can open all the taps in your home or business for a couple of minutes. The company will return to the chloramine treatment in early September.

 

Suspect Arrested on Child Pornography Allegations

A Marlow man is jailed for allegedly having child pornography. 63-year old Robert Fullerton was arrested this week following a joint investigation of the OSBI and Carter County Sheriff's Office. The OSBI reports that Carter County authorities were notified by Internet Crimes Against Children that Fulton downloaded videos and images of child porn in May. Carter County officials reached out to the OSBI for assistance last month. Fullerton is facing charges of aggravated possession of child porn and violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. He remains in the Stephens County Jail in Duncan on a $500.000 bond. Officials say anyone who suspects a child is being sexually abused or exploited can contact the OSBI or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-The Lost.

 

Longtime Banker Ray Ventris Dies

Longtime Minco area banker Ray Ventris has died. He was 84 when he passed away at his home earlier this week. He was a co-organizer and chairman of the Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma and supported numerous Minco and Union City community and school programs. He was the stat keeper for the Minco Bulldogs for 33 years, served on the Minco City Council, was a volunteer with the Union City Fire Department, and supported Minco and Union City FFA programs. Survivors include his wife of more than 63 years, Barbara Jean. Other survivors include their son Larry and wife Jeanie of Cement; son Keith and wife Michelle of Clinton; son Randy and wife Shelley of Minco; daughter Gail and husband Tony of Minco; and sister Gail Bush of Chickasha.

 

Grady County Fair Alfalfa Hay Exhibits Needed Soon

While the Grady County Fair is still three weeks away officials will be taking entries for the hay show next week. Exhibitors will need to have five small square bales or one large round or square bale. Officials remind exhibitors that only small bales will be entered in the state fair next month. Exhibitors should take their hay to the Grady County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to noon next Tuesday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.12.

Natural gas is $8.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,801 and silver is $19.96.

 

Obituary

Terrell Gettens

Funeral service for Terrell Gettens, 31, of Lawton will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9th at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Aug. 4th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

Corporation Commission to Discuss Tax 'Conflict' 

Hundreds of millions of dollars in local and state taxes may be at risk as a result of those billions of dollars in bonds approved for utilities to pay the high heating costs associated with the polar freeze of 2021. The website OK Energy Today reports that the Public Utilities Division of the Corporation Commission has raised the issue which will be discussed during today's commission meeting. Commissioner Bob Anthony said it would have a major impact on cities and towns. The Public Utilities Division is asking the commission to issue an order prohibiting PSO, Summit Utilities, ONG, and OG&E from billing customers for any franchise fees, municipal fees or taxes, and/or any taxes based upon the bond-secured revenues. The costs of the bonds are being passed on to consumers.

 

Chix Community to Welcome Return of USAO Students

Students at USAO will be returning to campus in a couple of weeks and the community and the university will hold a big welcome-back party. It's called the Chickasha Street and Greet which will be held in downtown Chickasha. It will include a lot of free activities, live music, and food trucks. The event will be free and open to the public and officials invite the community to be part of the celebration. The event is a collaboration of USAO, the City of Chickasha and the Chamber of Commerce. About 1,000 students - including an estimated 350 freshman - are expected to attend. It will be Saturday, August 20th from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Any business or service organization wanting to showcase their products and services can reach out to Zoe Brown at USAO.

 

Ron Justice to Receive OSU Distinguished Alumni Award 

Former Oklahoma State Senator Ron Justice is to be recognized for his long service to the state. Justice will be presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the OSU Alumni Association. Justice spent 12 years in the state senate and also worked for many years with OSU Extension in Grady County. The award recognizes OSU graduates who attain distinctive success in their chosen field or profession and/or perform outstanding service to their communities. Justice and others will be honored at a reception at OSU on Friday, September 9th and also at the OSU-Arizona State football game at OSU Saturday night, Sept. 10th.

 

CV Tech-El Reno to Offer Muscle Car History Course

Muscle car fanatics can learn about the fascinating history of the classic cars this fall. Canadian Valley Technology Center in El Reno will be offering an evening course called Age of the American Muscle Car. It's a 16-hour class to be led by Clay Fees who is a published author and a Lt. Colonel in the Oklahoma National Guard. He says the class is about the history and not the mechanics of the cars. Fees has a 1966 Pontiac GTO and a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. It's a three-hour course that will be held every Wednesday evening and there will two sessions. The first session runs August 17th through October 5th and the second session runs from October 12th through December 7th. Tuition is $63 for most adults but is free for U.S. military personnel and veterans and seniors 65 and older.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $90.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.78.

Natural gas climbs to $8.27 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,796 and silver is $20.22.

 

Obituaries

‘Bea’ Dunn

A graveside service for Veralyn ‘Bea’ Dunn, 93, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

‘Orvil’ Luther

Funeral service for Bufford ‘Orvil’ Luther, 63, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 8th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 3rd

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

Early Work Begins on New Chickasha Development

Preliminary work is underway for new residential and commercial properties in Chickasha. Heavy equipment is working to clear paths for streets south of Grand Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets. The work is the beginning of what's called The Woodlands Planned Use Development (PUD) which was approved by the city council several years ago. The development is expected to include new homes and duplexes as well as space for retail stores and restaurants. This preliminary work is to build roads and infrastructure. City officials say no building permits have been issued and no building placements or designs have been submitted.

 

Drug Trafficking Suspect in Custody

A Chickasha man is jailed for alleged drug trafficking. 51-year old Jerry Lee Hewes was picked up last Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Court documents filed by a Chickasaw Lighthorse police officer indicate that an abandoned black bag with alleged drugs inside was left next to a gaming machine at Salt Creek Casino back in May. Authorities checked video surveillance and identified Hewes as the individual who left the bag. Hewes was located in the casino. Authorities allege that nearly 60 grams of methamphetamine were found in the bag and that Hewes had a stolen gun in his possession. Hewes has been charged with drug trafficking, possession of a firearm after a former conviction, and knowingly concealing stolen property. Hewes remains in jail on a $125,000 bond.

 

Chix Schools Schedule Meet-and-Greets

Chickasha schools have scheduled meet-and-greets with parents and students before school starts next week.

High School

On Monday, August 8th seniors, juniors, and sophomores can pick up their schedules between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. or between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the front office. On Tuesday at the high school, freshmen and parents will meet in the activity center at 5:30 p.m. for a meeting and schedule pick-up with a tour of the high school after the meeting.

Bill Wallace Early Childhood Education Center

Also Tuesday, there will be meet-and-greets with Kindergarten students and parents starting at 5:15 p.m. followed by first grade students and parents at 6:15 p.m. Pre-K families will be contacted by teachers to arrange for individual conferences that will be held the first day of school on Thursday.

Grand Elementary

Also Tuesday, a meet-and-greet for students and parents from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln School

Also Tuesday, a meet-and-greet for students and parents between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Middle School

On Tuesday, there's a 7th grade meeting for students and parents at 5:00 p.m. followed by the schedule pick-up. For 8th grade students, schedule pick up is Wednesday, Aug. 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enrollment for all students, whether new to the district or returning is continuing. The enrollment center at 7th and Kansas Ave. is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday or enrollment can be done on-line by visiting the Chickasha schools website.

 

Apache to Hold Caffeine and Chrome Cruise

The town of Apache will host a scenic drive through southwest Oklahoma this weekend. Officials are calling it Caffeine and Chrome Cruising the Wichita Mountains. It will be held Saturday morning with registration starting at 8:00 a.m. in Apache with coffee and donuts and selections from Rascal Flats Farmers Market available. A driver’s meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. with the leisurely 100 mile cruise starting at 9:30 a.m. The cruise will head west to drive by Saddle Mountain, then south to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The drive includes a trip up Mt. Scott and then through Medicine Park before heading back to Apache where food trucks will be on hand for lunch. For information, check out the Caffeine and Chrome Apache Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $94.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $100.54.

Natural gas is $7.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,786 and silver is $20.07.

 

Tuesday, August 2nd

(Burn bans still in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

Burn Bans Extended in Grady, Garvin Counties

Burn bans will continue through the middle of August in two regional counties after officials extend existing bans. Commissioners in both Grady and Garvin counties approved resolutions to continue the bans through Monday, Aug. 15th. With triple-digit temperatures and minimal rainfall over the last couple of weeks and similar forecasts over the next several days the bans were recommended by municipal and volunteer fire departments and county emergency management groups. No additional restrictions were added to the extension. There is to be no trash or brush burning, bonfires, campfires, or fireworks. Welding, cutting torch, and grinding activities are allowed if they are over a non-combustible surface with safeguards in place and when winds are less than 20 miles per hour. Charcoal and gas barbecue grilling is allowed as long as they are on a hard surface at least five feet away from grassy and flammable areas. Burn bans are also still in effect for Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties.

 

Chix Police Department to get New Pistols

The Chickasha Police Department will be getting some new pistols for its officers. The city council approved a proposal to purchase a number of handguns which will be an upgrade from what is used now. The police department will trade up from the current Glock 17 Generation 4 models to Generation 5 models. The city will purchase the guns from GT Distributors under state contract and will get about $250 trade-in for each of their current pistols. The  council approved using the trade-ins and paying of up to $6,000 for 17 of the upgraded models. Police Chief Dee Rowell said the officers will get a one-day training period with the new pistols.

Firm Works to get Increased Funding for Ambulance Runs

The council also renewed an agreement with a firm designed to increase revenue to the city from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for medical calls made by EMS. The agreement with Public Consulting Group calls for the firm to audit the fire department's budget, call volume, and resources and to present a request package to CMS. The firm charges a 13 1/2 percent fee which is discounted since Chickasha is affiliated with the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association. The city has used this firm for the last three years. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego anticipates it will bring in at additional $225,000.

Decision on New Internet Service Provider Postponed

A proposal to consider a non-exclusive franchise agreement with a company to provide the selling of broadband data, video services, and voice over Internet services to the city was removed from the city council agenda last night. The proposal is from Dobson Technologies for a company called Oklahoma Fiber.

 

Chix Chamber to Host Education Forum

As classrooms begin to re-open for schools, colleges, and career tech centers the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will host a State of Education Forum later this month. Officials from Chickasha Public Schools, Canadian Valley Technology Center, and USAO will be on hand to discuss achievements and future plans. Speakers will be Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin, Canadian Valley Superintendent Gayla Lutts, and USAO Vice President JP Audas. The program will be Tuesday, August 16th at the USAO Student Services ballroom. Tickets are $20 for chamber members and $25 for prospective members. A catered lunch will be served. Individuals should RSVP the chamber to reserve a spot.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $93.89 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.90.

Natural gas is $8.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $20.27.

 

Obituaries

Larry Joe Smith

A memorial service for Larry Joe Smith of Dallas and formerly of Chickasha was held at 1 o’clock today (Tuesday, August 2nd). Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Jerry Campbell

A graveside service for Jerry Campbell, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 3rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Lillie Mae Milligan

Funeral service for Lillie Mae Milligan 90, of Chillicothe, Texas will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 6th at the First United Methodist Church of Chillicothe, Texas. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Vicki Bauman

A memorial service for Vicki Bauman, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday August 13th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Aug. 1st

(Burn bans still in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian counties)

 

Chix School Superintendent Discusses Bond Issue

Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin will be spending a lot of time over the next few weeks promoting a special bond issue that will be decided by voters within the school district later this month. Croslin said the school board worked for several months to put the proposal together.


              

 

Among the projects being proposed are a new gymnasium which will double as a storm shelter at Lincoln School as well as a new library which will also double as a storm shelter at Grand Elementary. A second bond issue on the ballot will be a $1 million transportation bond. Information about the bond issue is posted on the district's website and Facebook page and information will also be available at the meet-and-greets that will be held at each school site next week. Chickasha schools will be back in session next Thursday, Aug. 11th.

 

Missing Chickasha Boy Located

There were some scary moments for a Chickasha family when a five-year old boy went missing from his home Sunday. The Chickasha Police Department posted on its Facebook page that the child was found and was OK about  5:00 p.m. No other information was available.

 

Chix City Council to get Update on City Manager Search

The search for a new Chickasha city manager is still in its early stages. The city council will go behind closed doors during tonight's regular council meeting to discuss any progress. Mayor Chris Mosley said that several candidates have applied and that all are currently employed - but no interviews will be held tonight. The council is also to consider approving a non-exclusive franchise agreement with Oklahoma Fiber which would allow the company to offer broadband data, video services, and voice-over Internet services within the city. The panel will consider declaring a number of police department service revolvers as surplus and trade them in on 17 new Glock 17, Generation 5 handguns for a purchase amount not to exceed $6,000. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Meers Fire Nearly Contained

Numerous fire crews spent their weekend battling a fire in the Meers area north of Lawton. The fire started Thursday and has already burned about 7,000 acres. As of late Sunday officials said the fire was about 75 percent contained and they were hoping to have it 90 percent contained by the end of the day. Crews from 46 agencies and departments had responded to the region including Grady, Caddo, Comanche, and Kiowa county volunteer fire departments, Ft. Sill and Lawton departments, Wildlife Refuge fire officials, and the Oklahoma Forestry team. The Southwest Incident Support Team has been managing the command operations.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $98.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.01.

Natural gas is $8.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,789 and silver is $20.43.

 

Obituary

Christopher Self

Funeral service for Christopher Self, 32, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

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Saturday, July 30th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian  counties)

 

More Arrests Made After Counterfeit Pain Pills Found

Verden police arrested a mother and a daughter after they were seen leaving a home where thousands of counterfeit pain pills had been found. 46-year old Chasity Diaz-Sleeper and 21-year old Raylynn Diaz were arrested Thursday. Verden Police Chief Jason Cox spotted their vehicle leaving the home and pulled them over for allegedly driving erratically. Raylynn Diaz of Anadarko has been formally charged with distribution of CDS with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor DUI. Her bond was set at $250,000. Her mother is being held on a complaint of having controlled drugs with intent to distribute but has not been formally charged. Earlier in the week, police arrested Amanda Jean Songer for alleged drug distribution after finding more than 3,000 counterfeit pain pills laced with fentanyl at the home. Songer is being held on a $1 million bond.

 

Biker Hospitalized After Crash with Pickup

A motorcycle rider is hospitalized after he ran a stop sign and was hit by a pickup. It happened south of Tuttle just before 7:00 p.m. Friday at Fox Lane and Czech Hall road about 2 1/2 miles south of Tuttle. 32-year old Blake Marek of Garland, Texas was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition with arm and leg injuries. The state trooper investigating the accident said Marek may have been drinking as there was an odor of alcohol. He was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the pickup - an un-named 16-year old girl from Tuttle - was not hurt. The trooper said her condition appeared normal and that she was buckled up.

 

Oil, Gas Well Completions Reported

We have some oil and gas well completions in the area to tell you about. Continental Resources reports some small producing wells in Grady County all together producing about 500 barrels of oil and nearly 6,000 Mcf of natural gas per day. These are called the Stratton wells with three of them on a single pad in Section 6 of Township 4 North and 5 West. Two others are on a single pad nearby in Section 7 of Township 4 North and 5 West. And Canvas Energy reported completion of the Marble wells in Canadian County just northeast of El Reno producing more than 1,000 barrels of oil and nearly 5,000 Mcf of natural gas per day.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dr. Sibin Nair is a new family practice physician at Five Oaks Medical Clinic. He's our gest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today this week's guest is Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin. He's talking about the upcoming bond issue election for the district as well as what's been happening over the summer as officials get ready to welcome students and teachers back to the classroom. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Christopher Self

Funeral service for Christopher Self, 32, of Cement will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 29th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian  counties)

 

Thousands of Fake Pain-killing Pills Found in Verden Home

A Verden woman is in custody after authorities find several thousand pain pills laced with deadly fentanyl in her home. Verden Police Chief Jason Cox tells KOOL/RANCH News he was dispatched to the home Wednesday to do a welfare check on two children. A press release from the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates that authorities found an estimated 3,000 M-30 tablets in a briefcase kept in a closet. The more than 322 grams of tablets field-tested as positive for having fentanyl. Authorities were granted a search warrant for the home where authorities also found about $900 in cash and a loaded 9mm pistol with two loaded magazines. Investigators also observed a working camera facing the driveway where the woman could watch traffic coming and going from the home. In custody is 42-year old Amanda Jean Songer who authorities say admitted to selling the bogus pain pills for two years. Songer is facing formal charges including aggravated trafficking, child neglect, having a firearm in the commission of a felony, and use of electronic equipment in the commission of a felony.  A judge set Songer's bond at $1 million and she is to be back in court August 8th with a preliminary hearing conference set for August. 10th.

 

Inventor Ordered to Repay Some Investors

as 'David vs. Goliath' Civil Lawsuit Continues

A Grady County inventor has been ordered to repay investors nearly $270,000 - even as many financial backers support what he is doing. An Oklahoma County judge ordered Stacy Wayne Travis to repay about 30 investors for funds provided for Travis' work on a gravity-powered electricity generating system. The Oklahoman reports that about 160 investors provided funds to Travis for the project between 2010 and 2015. This has been an on-going civil suit that Travis claims is a David vs. Goliath story. The Oklahoman reported that the repayment is a lesser punishment than one sought by the Oklahoma Securities Department which brought forth the lawsuit. The agency at one time wanted Travis to not only pay a civil penalty of a $250,000 for allegedly violating state and federal investment laws, but to also return more than $2.2 million to all the people who back his dream to create a commercially-viable, gravity-powered electrical generating system. At the time, officials with the securities agency claimed Travis misled investors. Videos of Travis' 'free energy' system posted on YouTube have been viewed about 1 million times since they went on-line last week.

 

UTV Driver Critical After Crash with SUV

A Caddo County man is critically injured in a crash involving an SUV and a UTV. 29-year old Chandler Pettit of Apache was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after the crash. The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Highway 58 about eight miles south of Carnegie. The highway patrol reports that Pettit failed to yield at stop sign on a county road and was hit by the SUV. Three people from Carnegie riding in the SUV were taken to a Lawton hospital where they were treated and released. The driver was identified as 43-year old Christopher McLoud. Others in the vehicle were 38-year old Tonya Langston and a 15-year old girl whose name was not released.

 

Town of Norge Gives ARPA Funds to Volunteer Fire Dept.

The Town of Norge is helping out the community's volunteer fire department. The town recently donated more than $13,000 in American Rescue Plan Act Funds to the department. Norge Fire Chief Clay Elrod said the funds will help purchase a truck that will be used as an Emergency Medical Rescue vehicle. The Grady County Fire Department is in the process of helping volunteer fire fighters county-wide to become certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Elrod said the Town of Norge is expected to donate another round of ARPA funds to his department which will also help purchase the truck.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.14.

Natural gas is $8.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,776 and silver is $20.00.

 

Obituaries

James Jackson

Funeral service for James Jackson, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30th at the First and Georgia Church of Christ. He was a longtime Chickasha firefighter, a U.S. Army veteran, and played on one of Chickasha High School's state championship basketball teams. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Doris Williams

A memorial service for Doris Williams, 95, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 18th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, July 28th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian  counties)

 

'Cashless' Non-Stop System In Place on H.E. Bailey Turnpike

The H.E. Bailey Turnpike is now a completely cashless system. Motorists still have to pay to drive on the toll road however they won't have to stop. From Oklahoma City, southwest through Chickasha and to Lawton, then south to the Texas border - the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has implemented a plate-pay system. Work crews made the final conversion at the Walters toll plaza south of Lawton yesterday. Here is how the system works - cameras will take a picture of your license plate and then send the vehicle's registered owner an invoice in the mail. While it’s convenient and safer it is also more expensive. Turnpike officials recommend that motorists purchase a Pike Pass which costs less than the plate-pay system. For information, visit: www.pikepass.com

 

Suspect Jailed For Allegedly Texting Threats

A Chickasha man with a violent history is back in jail for allegedly issuing threats and violating a protective order. 51-year old Ronnie Dean Yates was picked up after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier this month.  Affidavits filed by Chickasha police indicate officers were called to a home twice within a week's time to investigate disturbances. Last Saturday night, police were called to the home where Yates allegedly sent threatening text messages to an individual he was not supposed to have contact with in person or by phone. Yates has been formally charged with felonies for planning to perform an act of violence and violating a protective order. Officials also want to revoke his probation for previously violating a protective order this past January. Yates was serving a suspended sentenced after pleading guilty to stalking and has had previous arrests for burglary and drug possession. Yates remains in jail in lieu of a more than $100,000 bond.

 

Applications for Absentee Ballots Needed Soon

Election boards across the state are preparing for the August 23rd primary run-off elections. Officials say voters who want to cast absentee ballots by mail have just over a week to apply for those ballots. You don't have to have a reason or excuse to vote absentee however applications must be received by the close of business on Monday, August 8th. The easiest way to apply for an absentee ballot is to go to the state election board website and download an application - www.oklahoma.gov/elections - or voters can simply visit their county election board to do so. The ballots will first be mailed to voters and must be mailed back to the election board by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23rd in order to be counted for that days election.

 

Chix 'Christmas in July' Celebration Winding Down

Chickasha's Christmas in July celebration is coming to an end this week, but the best of the family events is yet to come. Tonight will be the final free Christmas movie that will be shown at the Washita Theatre. The Christmas Story is a classic 1983 film about a boy who tries to convince everyone - including Santa Claus - that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas present. The film stars Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darren McGavin. Then Saturday evening, it’s the Christmas Cool Down and Block Party downtown. Starting at 5:00 p.m. there will be kids’ arts and crafts with the Chickasha Arts Council, face painting, inflatable water slides, photos with Summer Cycle Santa. From 6-7 p.m. will be free sno-cones from Jungle Ice, and food trucks and other vendors will be on hand. The night ends with a free concert from Cade Roth and the Black Sheep, followed by George Strait tribute band King George, then a grand finale with fireworks. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the event. Also, individuals are asked to bring cases of water that will be given to the city's police, fire, street maintenance, and parks and recreation employees. All the events are sponsored by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and The Economic Development Council.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $97.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.62.

Natural gas is $8.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,757 and silver is $19.29.

 

Wednesday, July 27th

(Burn bans now in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian  counties)

 

AARP Tells State Agency 'No New Utility Rate Hikes'

Enough is enough. That's what the AARP is telling the Oklahoma Corporation Commission about rate hikes approved for utility companies over the last year. AARP wants the panel to adopt an immediate moratorium on future rate increases. The group sent a letter to all three members of the commission highlighting the challenges utility customers are facing. The website OK Energy Today reports that the letter contains information about rate increases approved for PSO, Centerpoint Energy, Oklahoma Natural Gas and OG&E as a result of that extended polar freeze that hit Oklahoma as well as Texas in March of 2021. AARP says PSOs rate increase is represented to be $4.06 per month and the increase for Centerpoint Energy, now Summit Energy, is represented to be $4.36 per month but the actual increases are unknown. AARP wrote that senior citizens on fixed incomes are trying to buy food and medicine, families are figuring out how to afford school supplies and back-to-school clothing, and small businesses are facing rising costs and supply shortages.

 

Chickasha Dog Park Now Open

At long last Chickasha's dog park is open. Officials opened the gates yesterday after numerous delays pushed the opening back several months. The area is an extension of Centennial Park which now features two full city blocks of recreational activities for families. The construction of the park was made possible by a $100,000 contribution from the Badgett family and will be known as the Susan Dale Badgett Dog Park. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, obstacle courses, and plenty of room for them to run and play. There are also benches, picnic tables, and water stations for people and dogs. Officials ask that residents keep the park clean of dog poo. There are plastic sacks available at the gates. A formal grand opening will be held at a later date.

 

Chix Public Schools Continue Enrollment

Chickasha Public School officials say enrollment is still open for students who will be new to the district and those returning for the upcoming school year. Parents can enroll their children on-line by finding a link on the school district's website or by visiting the enrollment center located at 7th and Kansas Avenue (right across the street from the post office). Officials say enrollment needs to be completed in order for students to pick up school schedules and get other information during Meet the Teacher events that will be held before school starts. The enrollment center will be open today and tomorrow but will be closed Friday. Next week, the enrollment center will be open Monday through Friday. Chickasha schools open two weeks from tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 11th.

 

Beautiful Day Foundation Benefit Ends Soon

A regional group that shows a lot of love to elementary school students is also preparing for the school year. The Beautiful Day Foundation holds parties throughout the year at all three Chickasha elementary schools, to remind the kids that the day they were born was a beautiful day. The group is holding a fund raiser where two individuals will receive a side of beef. For a $20 donation your name goes into a drawing that will be held later. Text the word ‘tickets’ to 940-452-0333. Sunday, July 31st is the final day. For information, contact Kelly Wilkerson.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is just under $95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.40.

Natural gas is just under $9 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,739 and silver is $18.65.

 

Obituaries

Nettie Hodges

Funeral service for Nettie Hodges, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28th at the First Baptist Church of Amber. She worked as a marketing consultant at KWCO Radio for many years and also worked at USAO, Oklahoma National Bank, and Chickasha Bank. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Deloris Hall

No services are scheduled at this time for Deloris Hall, 85, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, July 26th

(Burn bans  now in effect for Grady, Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Canadian  counties)

 

OSBI Implicates Three Men After Body Dumped Near Lindsay

An ongoing investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has led to three men being implicated in the death of a man whose body was found near Lindsay earlier this year. The body of Phillip Clifton was found along the Washita River back in April wrapped in plastic and a blanket.  The OSBI has arrested Homer Trout, who is accused of the fatal shooting of Clifton. Also in custody is Randall McClendon who is alleged to have taken Clifton’s body to the Lindsay area. An arrest warrant was issued out of Oklahoma County last Friday for Richard Spencer who is facing a charge of accessory to murder. As of last night he has not been arrested.

 

Suspect Enters Blind Plea to Lunch Line Assault

A Caddo County man has entered a blind plea for punching a man waiting in line for a senior citizen's meal and for assaulting a police officer. 32-year old Steven Duece Moats Roy of Carnegie entered the plea in an Anadarko courtroom last week. Roy was arrested in April of 2021 and charged with aggravated assault and battery and battery on a police officer. He's had previous assault arrests in 2016; 2018; and 2019. On-line court records indicate formal sentencing is set for September 21st.

 

Vaxes Encouraged Before School Starts

As public schools prepare to welcome students for the upcoming school year parents are encouraged to make immunization appointments for their children as soon as possible to make sure the kiddos are ready. Officials with the state health department say they would like parents to avoid the back-to-school rush since health department offices can be very busy this time of year. Officials say immunizations are one of the best ways to protect the health of children against vaccine-preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles. Back-to-school immunizations are offered at a low cost and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Children through the age of 18 are eligible to get free vaccines if they are Medicade-eligible, uninsured, Native American, or their insurance policy does not cover immunizations. Some health departments will partner with local schools and organizations for back-to-school events or families can visit their local county health departments for routine immunizations or screenings and might call ahead to make an appointment.

 

Library's 'Let's Talk About It' Series to Begin

The Chickasha Public Library is teaming up with several groups to offer a monthly series of scholar-led readings and discussions. It's called 'Let’s Talk About It' and the theme for the series is Civil Rights and Equality: A Pulitzer Prize Centennial Series. It is a free program that is open to the public. Beginning next week, the series will meet once a month through December to discuss a theme-related book. Library patrons are encouraged to pick up a copy of the first book to be discussed which is "The Known World" by Edward P. Jones. Then next Thursday night Aug. 4th the Library will host Dr. Kalenda Eaton - a professor of African-American Studies at OU - to lead the discussion of the book. There is limited space at the library for the program so participants are asked to register in advance. The books can be checked out from the library or from the Oklahoma virtual library.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $105.15.

Natural gas is $8.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,736 and silver is $18.45.

 

Obituaries

Lisa Smith

Funeral service for 63-year old Lisa Smith of Chickasha was held at noon today at Shepherd Street Christian Church.

John Cannedy

Funeral service for John Cannedy, 83, of Yukon will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28th at the First Baptist Church of Verden. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

‘Bryant’ Bickerstaff

Funeral service for William 'Bryant' Bickerstaff, 53, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, July 25th

(Burn bans  remain in effect for Grady and Stephens counties)

 

Cyclist, Pedestrian Die in Separate Weekend Accidents

Two people died on area roadways in separate accidents this weekend. An elderly Cyril man riding his bicycle was killed by a hit-and-run driver - and a pedestrian died after being hit by a motorist. 72-year old Gaylon Pahdocony died when he was struck by an unknown driver while he was riding his bike near Elgin about 3:00 a.m. Saturday. The Highway Patrol is investigating and hopes someone can provide information about the driver. Family members told KSWO-TV that Pahdocony was an avid cyclist and was using his bike to get around while his car was being repaired. Pahdocony's brother, Shawn Barhart, said the accident happened on some back roads where motorists drive 60 mph or faster. Pahdocony was active in the Cyril community, an activist with the American Indian Movement, and an actor who has appeared in a number of films.

Pedistrian Killed Near Maysville

In Garvin County, a pedestrian is struck and killed by a motorist south of Maysville. Jamie Aikerman, whose age and hometown were not known, died in the accident that happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 74 about two miles south of Maysville. The highway patrol reported that Aikerman was standing in the road when she was hit by a car driven by 48-year old Fredia Reames of Elmore City. Reames was taken to a Pauls Valley hospital where she was treated and released.

 

Chickasha Street Closed for Repairs

A portion of a Chickasha street will be closed today as crews make some needed repairs. One block of 3rd Street south of Minnesota Avenue will be shut down from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. while that work is being done. Motorists can easily avoid the area by detouring at Iowa Avenue on the north and Dakota Avenue on the south.

 

Agency Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

A regional agency provides a lot of help for victims of domestic violence. The Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN) serves Grady and Canadian counties. ICAN Director Matt Whetzel describes some of their services when an individual makes the decision to leave a violent relationship.

 

              

 

ICAN has a 24-hour hotline for domestic violence victims to call to get help - 405-222-1818.

 

Productive Wells Reported near Mustang, El Reno

Some well completions reported in Canadian County are bringing nearly 1,400 barrels of oil and more than 9,000 Mcf of natural gas per day. Citizen Energy reports two wells on a single pad southwest of Mustang in Section 7 of Township Range 10 North and 5 West were drilled to depths of about 17,000 feet. The spud dates were late December of last year with completion this past April. Citizen Energy also reports a well completion near El Reno in Section 8 of Township Range 11 North and 8 West which was drilled to a depth of just over 20,000 feet. The spud date on that well was April of 2020.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $94.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $103.20.

Natural gas is $8.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,750 and silver is $18.65.

 

Obituary

Angela Kirk

A graveside service for Angela Kirk, 65, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday,, July 26th at Westview Cemetery in Rush Springs. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

2022, July 18th-23rd

Saturday, July 23rd

 

Police Name Man Whose Body was Found

Chickasha police have released the name of the man whose body was found near a creek bed in the city this week. The body 37-year old Andrew Thomas Crawford was found in the 400 block of Grand Avenue near Congo Creek Wednesday morning. Police Chief Dee Rowell said Crawford's body was found by a couple of men who arrived at a nearby job-site. Rowell said that Crawford had a Chickasha mailing address but had most recently been in Nevada. Rowell said it wasn't clear how long the body may have been there but that it may have only been there a few hours. It wasn't clear why Crawford may have been at the creek. No foul play is suspected. The state medical examiner will determine how Crawford died.

 

Power Grid to Issue Another 'Advisory' Due to High Demand

Officials who oversee the power grid that provides electricity to Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states say the demand for electricity is still high as much of the country suffers from an extended heat wave. The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) had issued an advisory earlier this week which was allowed to expire on Thursday. But continued high demand will bring another advisory that will start on Monday. An advisory does not bring a requirement to conserve energy which could lead to rolling blackouts throughout the 14-state region. The website OK Energy Today reports that power generation companies and transmission operators should report any limitations, fuel shortages, or concerns to SPP if electricity demands continue to increase.

 

Woman Formally Charged with Lewd Acts with Children

A $500,000 bond has been set for a Chickasha woman arrested for alleged lewd acts to young girls. Caddo County Judge David Stephens established the high bond in Friday's arraignment for Cheyenne Lawanda Barnes. She was arrested earlier this week following an OSBI investigation. The agency alleges that Barnes had inappropriate contact with two 15-year old girls at Lake Chickasha during an unspecified time frame between 2020 and 2021. Barnes is charged with two counts of lewd acts with children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is to be back in court September 6th to announce her attorney.

 

New Bond Set for Woman Accused of Second Drug Offense

The woman arrested this week for selling counterfeit pain pills was out of jail on bond following a previous arrest in a similar incident earlier this year. 19-year old Marcia Illaree Luna was formally charged with drug trafficking and child neglect in connection with this week's arrest. She had been arrested in February on previous allegations of selling M-80 tablets which are prescription pain killers that include fentanyl. The drugs have led to a number of deaths across the country. In both arrests Luna is alleged to have sold the drugs to a confidential informant working with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Following her February arrest Luna was able to get out of jail after having her initial bond of $100,000 lowered to $35,000. As a result of this week's arrest a judge set a new bond of $285,000.

 

Talk Show Topics

Matt Whetzel with the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN) is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. USAO Vice President JP Audus is the guest on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, July 22nd

 

Chix School Officials Proposed $35 Million Bond Issue

Chickasha school district voters will decide a $35 million bond issue next month. The proposal calls for improvements for every school building in the district. Officials call it the 'safety and security bond'.  Major upgrades include a new gymnasium at Lincoln School which will double as a storm shelter; a new library at Grand School which will also double as a storm shelter; a new security area at the middle school; and renovations for a number of high school classrooms. It also includes major renovations at Memorial Stadium to include field turf, a new track, upgrades to the grandstands, press box, and other improvements. Other projects include the development of a district day care, new band instruments, uniforms and equipment for fine arts programs, and technology upgrades at all sites. There's also a second $1 million bond proposal for transportation needs to purchase school buses, people movers, fleet vehicles, and equipment. Officials say passage of the two measures will not increase property taxes. Complete information about the projects can be viewed on the Chickasha school's website. The bond issues will be on the August 23rd run-off election ballot.

 

Woman Accused of Sex Crimes Against Girls

A Chickasha woman is accused of sex crimes against under-aged girls. 22-year old Cheyenne Lawanda Barnes is facing charges of lewd acts with a child in Caddo County. An warrant for Barnes' arrest was issued July 8th and she was booked into the Grady County Jail early Thursday morning. A probable cause affidavit filed in Caddo County District Court by the OSBI alleges that Barnes had intimate contact with two 15-year old girls between 2020 and 2021. In addition to facing two charges of lewd acts with a child, she's charged with a misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Barnes has not yet had her initial appearance on the charges.

 

Suspect Arrested Second Time on Alleged Drug Charges

Grady County authorities again team up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to arrest another suspect with prescription drugs laced with lethal fentanyl. 19-year old Marcia Luna of Chickasha was booked into the Grady County Jail earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit indicates a confidential informant working with the sheriff's office and DEA arranged the purchase of a number of M-30 tablets from Luna on June 20th. It's the second time this year that Luna has been arrested and charged with drug possession with intent to distribute. The first arrest occurred in February and she has a preliminary hearing set in connection with that arrest next month.

Texas Man Also Arrested on Alleged Drug Charges

Minco police arrest a Texas man for allegedly having cocaine and other illegal drugs. 53 year old Raul Ernesto Leal was pulled over by an officer for driving erratically and having an expired tag. A probable cause affidavit indicates the officer detected an odor of marijuana in the truck and asked Leal if he had a medical marijuana card and he did not. The officer asked to search the vehicle and Leal is alleged to have become agitated and combative. The officer found a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine and also found nearly $12,000 in cash. Prosecutors have charged him with two felonies for drug possession with intent to distribute and misdemeanors including having drug items and operating a vehicle with an expired tag. Leal is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond. He's to be back in court August 8th to announce his attorney.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $103.86.

Natural gas is $7.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,741 and silver is $18.75.

 

Obituaries

Louise Rains

A memorial service for Louise Rains, 95, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. She and her husband Totsie Rains owned and operated an appliance store for many years, and she also worked for Ben Franklin and the Jeep/Army store. Viewing will be today and tomorrow at Sevier Funeral Home.

Russell Foster

A memorial service for Russell Foster, 80, of Alex will be held at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26th at the Lindsay First Baptist Church Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, July 21st

 

Body Discovered Near Busy Chickasha Roadway

Chickasha police continue looking into the unattended death of a man whose body was found yesterday. Police were called to the 400 block of Grand Avenue near Congo Creek about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The body of a Caucasian male was discovered. Police Chief Dee Rowell says dispatchers received a call about a man who was not breathing. Authorities remained on the scene while a medical examiner was brought in to confirm the death. Rowell said there were no obvious signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected at this time. The victim's name is being withheld until relatives are notified.

 

Suspect Arrested for Alleged Assault of Pregnant Girlfriend

A Chickasha man wanted for allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend is in custody. 22-year old Cade Aldrin Loggins was taken into custody at Autumn Brook Apartments Tuesday. A warrant was issued for Loggins' arrest the day after a July 4th incident where Aldrin is accused of trying to prevent the woman from calling 9-1-1. A probable cause affidavit indicates the victim was walking down the street in the area of 12th and Iowa. Loggins is alleged to have jumped on the victim's back and wrestle her $1,000 cell phone out of her hands and then smashed it onto the street. Loggins has been charged with a felony for malicious injury to property, and misdemeanors for domestic assault against a pregnant woman and disrupting and emergency phone call. Loggins remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

 

Home Burglary Suspect Found in Shed

A suspect is in custody after a silent alarm alerts a homeowner of a potential burglar. Chickasha police were called to a home on Maple Lane Saturday evening. The homeowner told authorities he confronted a man with no shirt and that the man tried to break into his house.  A probable cause affidavit indicates the suspect then tried to climb the fence to get away and damaged a number of items in the yard. Officers found the suspect hiding in a shed. Authorities arrested 33-year old Phillip Brandon Anthony Foright of Chickasha. He's facing felony charges of burglary and vandalism and remains in jail on a $40,000 bond.

 

Rural School 'Crisis Management' Program Set

A program to help school officials and first responders deal with school shootings and other crisis situations will be offered by Grady County Emergency Management next month. It's called Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents. The program is from the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium and is designed for rural school officials, law enforcement, first responders, school safety and security personnel, and mental health personnel. It is an 8-hour program certified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Topics to be covered include pro-active threat mitigation, incident response, vulnerability assessments, and incident defusing and debriefing. The free, in-person program will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10th at the Canadian Valley Technology Center Chickasha campus. Officials say at least 20 people need to pre-register by next Wednesday (July 27th). For information contact the Grady County Emergency Management Office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $99.88 per barrel.

London--based Brent crude is $106.92.

Natural gas is $8.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,697 and silver is $18.14.

 

Wednesday, July 20th

 

Grady County Burn Ban Issued

During an emergency meeting Tuesday, Grady County commissioners issued a two-week county-wide burn ban. The ban was issued due to the extremely hot and dry conditions and the recent fires near Cement and the massive Hitchcock fire north of Watonga which burned an estimated 10,000 acres. The ban came at the urging of Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson and municipal and volunteer fire departments. Thompson told KOOL/RANCH News-

 

 

Residents should not burn trash or brush piles - nor should there be campfires or bonfires. Fireworks are banned. Agriculture producers are asked to delay any prescribed burning of crop and rangeland and should follow State Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry guidelines. Welding is allowed as long as safety precautions are taken and outdoor grilling is allowed with charcoal and propane grills on a hard surface.

 

Grady County Fire Crews Assist with Cement Fire

Grady County volunteer firefighters were among the many departments in the region dispatched to help battle the fire in Cement last weekend. Officials with the Grady County Fire Department say more than 15 trucks and a number of firefighters helped to beat back the flames for more than eight hours on Saturday. In addition to volunteer departments from Ninnekah, Verden, and Bridge Creek, municipal fire departments in Chickasha and Tuttle also sent crews. That was in addition to being called out to 10 other fires in Grady County which occurred at the same time. The Ninnekah department shuttled water to Cement as the community's water supply was getting low. Officials urge county residents to support their local volunteer firefighters with donations of water, energy drinks, and even things like eye wash, lip balm, baby wipes, and non-perishable energy bars and snack items. Items can be dropped off at each department or at the county fire department office inside the county emergency management headquarters in Chickasha.

 

Chix Church to Host Back-to-School Expo

A local church will again be helping public school students get ready for classes that will be getting underway in the next few weeks. Michigan Avenue Baptist Church will host a back-to-school bash and resource fair. There will be free school supplies, backpacks, clothing, toiletry items, and haircuts. About 20 local service organizations will also be on hand. There will also be free lunch and snow cones. The event will be held Saturday, August 6th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church at 8th and Michigan Ave.

 

USAO Amphitheatre Gets Facelift

One of the most popular classrooms on the USAO campus is undergoing some major renovations this summer. The Davis Hall Amphitheatre is being remodeled thanks to the generosity of the estate of an alumna who graduated nearly 80 years ago. The Nancy Wier Estate contributed $100,000 to make the upgrade possible. USAO Vice President JP Audus says it will make the amphitheatre more student and teacher-friendly-

 

              

 

Officials hope to have the project completed by the time classes start next month. It's not the first time that the Wier Estate has helped the university. Previous contributions have enhanced student scholarships, faculty support initiatives, a lecture series, and athletic facilities.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.35.

Natural gas is $7.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $18.79.

 

Tuesday, July 19th

 

Grady County Burn Ban Approved

Grady County Commissioners enacted a burn ban today. The panel held an emergency meeting this morning to put the ban in place for two weeks. Listen to KOOL News at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today for the details.

 

Water, Sewer Service Rate Hikes OK'd by Chix City Council

Chickasha residents and businesses will be paying more for water and sewer services. The city council unanimously approved the increases during last night's council meeting. There was no discussion about the increases as they were included in an overall master fee schedule for all city departments. The base rate for residential water service will increase from $15 to $23.50 per month and the base rate for sewer service will increase from $4.35 per month to $9.60 per month. Even with those increases city officials say the fees paid will still not cover all the city's costs for providing water and sewer services. The increases are expected to go into effect in the next billing cycle.

Info Shared on New City Park

The council heard an update of the development of a new park being built on city-owned property next to the downtown railroad depot. Pat Brooks with the Chickasha Community Foundation gave about a 20-minute presentation of the history of the creation of the park and a 15-year lease between the City of Chickasha, the Community Foundation, and USAO. Brooks said they are on schedule to have a fiberglass replica of the iconic leg lamp from The Christmas Story movie in place for the start of the 30th year of the Festival of Light this fall. He also said that they would like to see more use of the depot.

 

              

 

The Foundation has helped to raise about $1.4 million in local funds to complete the first phase of the park's construction. Brooks said the remodeling of the Freight Building has been delayed because of supply chain and other issues but is hoping that project could be completed by the first of the year.

Mayer Appoints Assistant City Manager

Mayor Chris Mosley appointed the city's Chief Financial Officer to serve as assistant city manager. Cindy Rogers will be filling in for the mayor when he is out of town. Mosley currently serves as the interim city manager as the council continues its search for a new permanent manager.

Other Council Actions

The council did not take any action on a proposal to require registration of motorized and electric-operated bicycles and mopeds. The panel approved the purchase of a new 2022 Ford F150 Crew Cab pickup for the Community Development Department. The council waived the bidding process and authorized the $38,000 purchase of the truck from John Vance Fleet Services which under state contract. The council approved the installation of a sidewalk on 9th Street just south of Grand Avenue for Victory Family Church which will pay for the project and authorized a back-to-school party sponsored by USAO that will be open to the community in the downtown area on Saturday, August 20th.

 

Fire Board to Discuss Sheriff's Office Dispatch Fees

Discussion of a dispatch fee paid to the Grady County Sheriff's Office by all the county volunteer fire departments will be discussed during tonight's Grady County Fire Board Meeting. Fire board officials say each of the volunteer departments pay $300 per year for the fee - and fire board officials believe it should be a total of $300 to service all the departments. The group will also discuss becoming an EMR agency under the direction of Heartland Medical Direction, and will introduce Dustin Wynn as a new board member from the Farwell Station. The fire board will meet at 7 o'clock tonight in the Community Room of the Grady County Emergency Management Agency.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.27.

Natural gas is $7.48 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,711 and silver is $18.77.

 

Monday, July 18th

 

Chix City Council to Consider Water, Sewer Rate Hikes

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley has been saying that water and sewer bills in city will be going up - and that could happen within the next few weeks. The city council tonight will consider a proposal that would increase utility rates by nearly 50 percent. Currently, the minimum water rate is $15 per month for up to 2,000 gallons with additional costs for higher use. The minimum costs for sewer is $4.35 per month plus $3.30 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed. Add in the monthly cost for trash pickup and the minimum monthly cost for city utilities is about $40. The proposal calls for the minimum water bill to increase to about $23.50 per month and that sewer costs more than double to $9.60 per month plus $3.50 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed. Trash pick-up service remains at $21 so the minimum monthly cost would be about $55 month - an increase of an estimated $170 per year. Mosley says the increase is needed because the fees that have been charged for the last several years fall short of paying the costs of providing water and sewer and that the city has used sales tax revenues to cover the shortfall.

Council to Get Update on City's New Park

The council will also hear a presentation from Pat Brooks with the Chickasha Community Foundation who will give an update on the new downtown park that is being developed next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. The panel is also expected to approve a new ordinance requiring electric-powered bicycles, motorized bicycles, and mopeds to be registered with the city with an annual cost of $25. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Wildland Fire Threat Continues

Wildfires have been a big concern over the last few days. Near Cement, dozens of firefighters were summoned to battle a blaze that burned several hundred acres on Saturday. The fire was in a heavily wooded area and crews battled rocky and hilly terrain in their efforts to suppress the flames. Reports indicated that the New Hope Fire Department lost one of its fire trucks. A huge fire in Blaine County continues burning out of control with more than 10,000 acres burned. Gov. Kevin Stitt has called in the National Guard to help with firefighting efforts.  

 

First Water Donation Received

Chickasha's first responders get one of their first deliveries of bottled water. The city kicked off a water drive last week to assist police, fire, public works, and parks and rec department employees to help them endure the extreme heat. First National Bank came through with 35 cases of water delivered to the police department on Friday. Water donations can be made at the police department, Fire Station No. 1, city hall, the library, and the public works headquarters.

 

Companies Sought for Job Fair

Central and southwest Oklahoma companies seeking new employees can take part in an upcoming job fair in Anadarko. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board will be hosting the job fair on Thursday, August 4th at the Anadarko Public Schools Activity Center. The job fair will take place the same day the school district hosts its back-to-school expo. The job fair will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there is no cost for companies to set up vendor space. For information, reach out to Erin Glass with the South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board:

erin@scworkforceboard.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $97.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $101.16.

Natural gas is $7.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,719 and silver is $18.88.

2022, July 11th-16th

Saturday, July 16th

 

Suspect Accused of Shooting Girlfriend

A Chickasha man already on probation on a felony conviction is in more legal trouble after allegedly shooting his girlfriend and holding her captive. 27-year old Clifton Jermaine Holder was taken into custody this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A probable cause affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates that officers were called to a home in the 1700 block of South Henderson in the early-morning hours of June 19th where a woman was allegedly shot in the arm during a confrontation with Holder. The victim said that Holder was acting paranoid and believed someone was after him. The victim said she tried to leave but Holder waved a gun at her and would not let her out. At one point, she again tried to get out and as Holder pointed the weapon at her she tried grabbed the gun and he shot her in in the arm. The victim said she didn't know she was hurt until she went next door. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she had surgery but was later released. Prosecutors have charged Holder with kidnapping, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and having a firearm after a previous conviction. Holder remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Suspect Arrested for Threatening to Kill his Mother

A man is behind bars facing an assault charge after allegedly threatening to kill his mother with knife. 29-year old Jeremy Edward Madison of Chickasha was taken into custody this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred three months ago. The arrest warrant affidavit indicates Chickasha police were called to a home in the 600 block of North 7th Street in April to investigate a disturbance. A woman said her son was burning wires on a barbecue grill and she asked him to stop. The son became angry, grabbed a knife, cursed her, and threatened to kill her. The woman yelled for help and a man working on the roof went inside to see what was going on. The man saw the son with a knife standing over his mother and threatening to kill her. The son eventually left the house. Prosecutors have charged Madison with a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He remains in jail on a $15,000 bond. He's had previous arrests on drug and assault and battery crimes.

 

Search Resumes for Missing Duncan Woman

The search continues for an elderly Duncan woman missing now for more than a month. 84-year old Margie Pickens was last heard from June 15th. She had sent a text message to her landlord saying she was headed to the family farm east of Duncan. KSWO-TV reports that Oklahoma City Search and Rescue has been active in trying to help find Pickens. Officials say she may have some mental health issues as there were reports that she thought the CIA was after her. This weekend, the search team plans on looking in road sides and ditches. Authorities also said she carried a black suitcase and satchel with her where ever she went and that they are looking for those items.. Anyone with information about Margie Pickens is asked to contact local law enforcement or Duncan police.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego and Assistant Police Chief G.G. Music are on the KOOL Konversation program. And Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society and Museum is on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Deborah Butler

A private memorial service will be held for Deborah Butler, 64, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 15th

 

Officials Issue Advisory for Midwest Power Grid

The heat wave covering much of the Midwest has prompted an advisory notice from the board that oversees the power grid operation in the region. The Southwest Power Pool issued the advisory for more than a dozen states as extreme heat covers the area from Texas to North Dakota and Montana due to high electricity demand and resource availability. The website OK Energy Today reports the advisory does not require consumers to conserve electricity, an effort which would help prevent the need for rolling blackouts. The Conservative Operations Advisory will go into effect at noon today with an anticipated end at 10 o'clock tonight.

 

Rape Suspect Arrest for Failure to Appear

A Chickasha man accused of the rape of teen-aged girl nearly two years ago has been arrested for not showing up for a court appearance. 20-year old Ronald Merritt of was out of jail on bond after being arrested and charged with one count of rape in May of 2021. A 17-year old girl told Chickasha police that Merritt had raped her numerous times over a three-month time frame in 2020. Merritt was supposed to be in court this past April but he was a no-show and a warrant for his arrest was issued. A Grady County deputy picked him up Wednesday morning. Merritt remains in jail in lieu of an $80,000 bond. He is to announce his attorney next week and a preliminary hearing conference has been set for July 27th.

 

Minco Man Suspected of Drug Distribution

Minco police arrest a suspect for allegedly distributing methamphetamine. 58-year old Harold Lee Norman was taken into custody early Monday. A probable cause affidavit from Minco police indicates an officer initially questioned Norman about suspected criminal activity at a local business. The officer said Norman was nervous during the interview and thought he might have a weapon. During a routine pat down the officer found a knife and a couple of baggies that had about 30 grams of substances which field-tested positive for meth. Norman said he got the baggies from a friend and he was going to sell them for about $300. Prosecutors have formally charged Norman with a felony for drug possession with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor for having drug paraphernalia. Norman remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $40,000 bond.

 

Water Emergency Declared in Apache

A water emergency has been issued in Apache. Due to heavy water usage the community is experiencing low water pressure and there were concerns that there may not be enough water pressure to fight fires. Residents are asked to water their landscapes – but not their lawns - only once a week, with even-numbered addresses allowed to water on Tuesdays and odd-numbered addresses allowed to water on Thursdays. The school district can water athletic fields for two hours on Wednesdays. Apache Town Clerk and Treasurer Gena Montgomery told KSWO-TV that when water is scarce the fire department's ability to fight fires outweighs the need to water lawns. The emergency is in effect for 30 days during which time the splash pad at the town park will be closed.

 

New Kiowa Tribe Leaders to be Sworn In

The newly-elected chairman and vice chairman of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will take their oaths of office today. Chairman-elect Lawrence Spottedbird and vice chairman-elect Jacob Tsotigh will be sworn during a ceremony at the tribe's headquarters in Carnegie. The new leaders began the day with a breakfast in Hobart then moved on to Carnegie for a mid-morning cedar ceremony, with the swearing in ceremony at noon. Spottedbird takes over the chairman's post from Matt Komalty who held the post the last four years. Komalty did not run for re-election due to health issues.

 

Chix Construction Firm Employees Honored

A couple of employees at a Chickasha company earn some state recognition. Dennis Downs and Zach Parnell of CMS Willowbrook pick up honors from the Journal Record as part of its Excellence in Construction and Real Estate Awards program. Downs is a project manager and was noted for his work with the construction of a new Homeland grocery store in Oklahoma City. Parnell is a project engineer and was presented with the Rising Star Award. His current project is a new housing development in Oklahoma City and he has also worked on a $135 million bond project for Mid-Del Schools.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $95.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $99.10.

Natural gas is $6.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,699 and silver is $18.17.

 

Thursday, July 14th

 

Bottled Water Drive for Chix City Workers Underway

The long-range weather forecast shows that much of Oklahoma will be impacted by an intense heat wave with several consecutive days with high temperatures over 100-degrees. That can take a toll on workers who may have to spend an extended amount time in the heat. The City of Chickasha has started a water drive to help the many city workers who will be out in the heat. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says the donations would be extremely helpful. His crews have been under-going some extensive training.

 

              

 

In addition to firefighters, police officers can also spend an extended amount of time in the heat. So do public works employees working on street and water line repairs, along with parks and recreation department crews with their mowing and other demands. Water donations can be dropped off at city hall, the police department, Fire Station No. 1, the public works department, and the library.

 

OSBI Warns of Phony Phone Calls

A scam alert has been issued by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). Officials say citizens have reached out to the agency complaining that they are getting phones calls from individuals posing as OSBI representatives. Some say the callers threaten to open an investigation into the potential victim. Others say that callers identify themselves as OSBI agents threatening arrests unless money or other things of value are provided. The authorized OSBI Facebook page says the OSBI will never ask for money or valuable items to make an investigation go away. If you are ever in doubt about who is contacting you, get the name of the caller if you can and hang up, then call the OSBI and ask for verification of the caller's identity.

 

Biker Hospitalized After Hitting Deer

A motorcycle rider is hospitalized after hitting a deer in southwest Oklahoma. 39-year old Seth McCool of Mt. View was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was admitted in fair condition with head, trunk, and arm injuries. The highway patrol reports that the accident happened about 5:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon south of Mt. View and east of Cooperton in Kiowa County.

 

Grady County Health Board Adds New Rep

A new member has been appointed to the Grady County Board of Health. County Commissioners have appointed Kristi Keller to the panel. Her term begins immediately and will run through January 3rd of 2024. Keller also serves as a member of the Access Health Clinic Board, the Ninnekah Safe and Healthy Schools Committee, and was a medical volunteer at the Oklahoma City memorial marathon this year. Grady County Health Department Administrator Daryn Kirkpatrick says Keller will be actively involved in identifying public health problems and leading community efforts to solve them. Keller joins Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley, County Commissioner Ralph Beard, LaRonda McCarther, and Alton Rawlins on the five-member panel.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $99.57.

Natural gas is $6.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,711 and silver is $18.80.

 

Wednesday, July 13th

 

Anadarko Asked to Conserve Electricity

Residents in Anadarko were asked to conserve electricity Monday as demand for power is on the rise because of searing temperatures over the last couple of weeks. The City of Anadarko posted the news on its Facebook page. The city provides power to the community through the Anadarko Public Works Authority (APWA) which purchases electricity from Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC). The post indicated that WFEC advised that the heat wave that has settled on western Oklahoma and much of the U.S. is driving an increased demand for electricity and that other grid operators are under similar conservation measures.  In addition to the heat wave, low wind is a factor as wind-generated electricity is coming in at less than 10 percent capacity. Officials say ways to conserve electricity include turning up the thermostat a couple of degrees and by turning off or even unplugging non-essential lights and appliances. Other tips include - avoid running large appliances like washers, dryers, and electric ovens during peak energy use times between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Also, avoid watering lawns and washing cars during peak hours.

 

Man Suspected of Holding Loaded Gun to Woman's Head

A Rush Springs man is facing a weapons charge after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates a deputy was called to a convenience store in Ninnekah over the weekend where the distraught victim said she and the suspect had been arguing about money. She reported the suspect grabbed a gun, cocked it, then held the gun against her head. Investigators went to the suspect's home and arrested 48-year old Andrew Stephen Olivier. On Monday, prosecutors formally charged Olivier with feloniously pointing a firearm and misdemeanors of domestic violence and threatening violence. Olivier is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

Monthly Household Bills in Chickasha

Less that State, National Averages

A new study shows Chickasha residents pay less than most Oklahomans on their most common household bills. The numbers were released in a recent state-by-state market report from a group called DOXO-Insights. The report shows that Chickasha households pay nearly 1,400 per month on things like mortgage or rent; utilities; auto loans; and cable and internet services. The cost is about 14 percent lower than the state average of about $1,635 and more than 30 percent below the national average of just over $2,000 per month. The study shows mortgage payments averaged nearly $790 and rent about $715 to make up more than half the cost of monthly bills. Auto loans were about $424; utilities which include lights, water, and gas were just over $225; auto insurance was $175; health insurance was $100; and life insurance was about $70. Mobile phone service was about $85 per month and cable and internet services were about $80. The report shows Chickasha is the 44th most expensive city in Oklahoma for household bills.

 

CV Tech Students Do Well in National Contests

Some Canadian Valley Technology Center students brought home some hardware from national competitions this summer. Kaitlyn Perkins of Minco won both gold and silver medals at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America contest in San Diego. James Mayhugh of Cement finished runner-up in the National CNC Technician contest. The Chickasha campus post-secondary Skills USA quiz bowl team of Cash Muncrief, Zayne Jiminez, Alysa Hughen-Green, Brock Voyle, Kyle Perry, Omar Arredondo, and Jarret Linden placed third. CNC Technician Andrew Martinez placed 7th; Trenten Rippey was 9th in prepared speech; and Josh Morris was 9th in Mobile Robotics.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $95.84.

London-based Brent crude is $99.49.

Natural gas is $6.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,726 and silver is $18.91.

 

Obituary

Shelley Henderson

Funeral service for Shelley Henderson, 62, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, July 12th

 

Truck Driver Dies in Crash with Train

A deadly crash occurred southwest of Amber yesterday when a train hit a semi hauling gravel. The accident claimed the life of 45-year old Troy Zielinski of Duncan. The accident occurred just before 4:30 Monday afternoon at an uncontrolled railroad crossing near CR 1300 and CS 2840. The highway patrol reports that Zielinski was westbound on CR 1300 and failed to yield to the southbound Union Pacific train. Two men on the train were not injured. They were identified as the engineer, 40-year old Michael Seller - and the conductor, 40-year old Brandon Walden both of Chickasha. The roadway was blocked for about six hours and was re-opened just before 10:30 last night.

 

Blanchard Residents Suffer Minor Injuries in Weekend Pile-up 

A Blanchard couple escaped serious injury in a multi-car pile-up in southern Oklahoma. 44-year old Kenya Gates and 42-year old Michaela Gates were among those involved in a five-car crash on I-35 in Thackerville Sunday evening. Several people were taken to hospitals and one was admitted in serious condition. Michaela Gates was taken by ground ambulance to a helipad but refused medical treatment or transport for a possible head injury. The highway patrol is still investigating that crash.

 

Pursuit Suspect Sought

A man who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup is being sought by authorities. The pursuit occurred last Friday after the truck was reported stolen from the NAPA Auto Parts store in Chickasha. The Grady County Sheriff's Office received a call from the father of the pickup owner who was following the truck in the Pocasset area. A press release from the sheriff's office indicates that Undersheriff Gary Boggess was in Amber when the call came in and headed to Pocasset and encountered the vehicle on the way. Boggess initially had the truck pulled over but the driver sped away, driving through a field and a church yard before crashing into a brick mail box. The suspect then fled on foot but was chased down about a 1/4 mile away. The suspect told Boggess he bought the truck at a casino. The suspect was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital after complaining of neck and back injuries and was later released. The sheriff's office was seeking an arrest warrant for 54-year old Randy Mitchel Reed who is being sought for eluding and other crimes.

 

Chickasha Water Restrictions Lifted

The City of Chickasha has lifted a call for voluntary water conservation efforts. Officials had asked residents to reduce outdoor watering as crews were installing and sanitized new water lines near the U.S. Highway 81 bypass route west of town. Officials issued a statement Monday afternoon saying the project had been completed and that residents could resume their normal water usage.

City Intersection Closed for Storm Sewer Repair

A storm sewer repair project in the north part of Chickasha has temporarily closed an intersection. The area of 10th and Frisco Avenue was shut down yesterday while repairs were made. The roadway was expected to be blocked through today.

 

Assistant Prosecutor to be Recognized

A big honor will be awarded to a member of District Attorney Jason Hicks' staff. Jeff Sifers will be recognized as the Professional Advocate of the Year by the Criminal Law Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Sifers is the managing assistant DA in Hicks’ Grady County office. Hicks said it’s a huge honor and speaks volumes about Sifers whom Hicks called an amazing prosecutor and person.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.10.

Natural gas is $6.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,733 and silver is $18.84.

 

Monday, July 11th

 

Chix Residents Still Asked to Conserve Water Use

Residents in Chickasha are still being asked to reduce their outdoor water usage. The city issued the request on Friday, saying they were re-routing water to the west side of town due to water line installation along the Highway 81 Bypass route. Officials said the extra water is needed to sterilize the lines. Officials are asking residents to not do any outdoor watering on their lawns, gardens, or landscapes during the day. They also ask residents to not wash their cars and trucks at home. Officials say the request would run into this week but did not give any indication when it might be lifted. We'll provide updates when the city makes them available to us and any new information will also be posted on the city's Facebook page and website at: www.chickasha.org

 

Annual Ward 3 Meeting With Council Reps is Tonight

Also from city hall - residents in Ward Three can meet with their city council representatives tonight. Each year the city schedules annual ward meetings so residents can discuss concerns in a non-formal setting. Ward 3 councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander and Oscar Nelson will meet with their constituents at 6:30 tonight in the community building at Washita Valley Park.

 

Chix Schools Begin Enrollment for 2022-23 School Year

Enrollment for fall classes at Chickasha Public Schools begins today. This is for returning and new students. Parents can enroll their children on-line on the school district's website or by visiting the enrollment center at 7th and Kansas Avenue which is across the street from the post office. The enrollment center is open Monday through Thursday through much of the summer.

 

Changes for Some for Chix School Lunch Program

School officials also say there will be some changes to meals provided to students to accommodate new program and federal guidelines. Meals for all pre-K through 8th grade will still be free. However, high school students will pay for meals unless they qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. School officials said that not enough high school students were identified in order for the high school to apply for the Community Eligible Provision of the USDA.  Families can apply for free or reduced-priced lunches when they enroll their children. Also changing at the high school, there will be a closed-campus at lunch for the freshmen class. The information is posted on the district's Facebook page.

 

Horrors of Native American Boarding School Abuse

Detailed in Dept. of Interior Meeting in Anadarko

Former students of Native American boarding schools detailed the torture they endured. Officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior began a nationwide ‘listening tour’ at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko on Saturday. '12 years of Hell' is how one former student described his time at St. Patrick’s Catholic school and at Riverside many years ago. Many of those speaking are now 60 and 70 years old and older. The Oklahoman reports that one of the individuals said he arrived at St. Patrick's Catholic School where they took off his clothes and poured green stuff all over him that stung, and when he cried they beat him. And when he spoke his native Kiowa language they washed his mouth with lye to make him stop. Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland says while recalling the abuse is painful, their stories must be told.

 

              

 

About 300 people were in attendance and only about an hour of the meeting was open to the media. The role of boarding schools has changed dramatically as most now focus on embracing and not erasing Native American cultures.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.02.

Natural gas is $6.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,732 and silver is $19.17.

2022, July 5th-9th

Saturday, July 9th

 

Chix Residents Asked to Voluntarily Reduce Water Use

Chickasha city officials are asking residents to voluntarily cut back on their outdoor watering for the next several days. City officials say the reason is because of the installation of water lines along the route of the U.S. Highway 81 bypass west of the city. In a prepared statement, officials said that the lines need to be sterilized and the city must to re-route a lot of water to the tower on West Idaho. Officials ask residents minimize outdoor water usage during the day. That includes watering lawns, gardens, and landscapes, and not filling in-ground swimming pools. They also ask residents to not wash their cars in their driveways. The voluntary conservation request is expected to run into next week. For updated information see the city's Facebook page or the city's website at chickasha.org

 

Mother Arrested for Suspect Child Neglect

A mother is accused of child neglect after her four-year old child wandered away from home while she slept. 33-year old Amanda Rae Anderson was taken into custody this week. The child had wandered to a home about a block away. A probable cause affidavit indicates the child walked to the home barefoot over broken glass on the sidewalk. The boy was only wearing a shirt with no underwear or shorts on, was soiled, and appeared to have had a number of mosquito bites.  The individual who found the child identified Anderson as his mother. Police went to Anderson's home where an officer found her asleep. She told the officer she had no idea the child was missing. Anderson was arrested and charged with felony child neglect. She is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond

 

Native American Boarding School Listening Tour Begins

Federal officials will be at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko today to begin a national listening tour to hear about the terrible treatment suffered by numerous Native American children who attended federal boarding schools in the late-1800s and into the mi-1900s. Deb Haaland, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, launched a widespread investigation last year which determined that generations of Native American youth were forced or compelled to attend the schools. Haaland said it was a way for the U.S. government to break up tribal nations and obtain their land.

 

              

 

Haaland said they have found 53 burial sites across the country that are tied to the boarding schools. Haaland is the first Native American to serve as the Interior Department Secretary. She plans to compile testimony she hears into an oral archive. The Oklahoman reported this week that Haaland said children were punished for speaking their Native languages and the schools often operated like the military with drills, marches, and strict rules. The investigation found that many of the schools did not focus on education but on manual labor and skills training designed to eradicate Indigenous cultures. Oklahoma had the most boarding schools of any state with 76.  Riverside is among the few off-reservation boarding schools that are still in operation today. Haaland said the schools are run much differently than they did in the past as they now focus on native cultures and education.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Jake Grossnicklaus with the Grady County Cattle Producers Association is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today are Wendy King, Patricia McConnell, and Sheri Thrash with Special Young Adults. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Larry Smith

Funeral service for Larry Smith, 66, of Dallas and formerly of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Patricia Moore

A memorial service for Patricia Moore, 31, formerly of Minco, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 8th

 

Worker Dies in Oil Field Accident

An oilfield worker died while a crew was clearing a spot to locate an oil rig. 44-year old Matthew Kopf of Newcastle died in the accident that happened along the Washita River east of Ninnekah yesterday. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess says the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call just before noon and asked for an ambulance to respond. Boggess says a crew for Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation was clearing a spot for an oil rig when a skid steer got stuck on the riverbank. Crews used tow straps and a chain attached to a tractor in an attempt to free the skid steer. Kopf was driving the tractor when the chain broke under the stress of the pull, recoiled, and struck Kopf in the head, neck, and shoulder area. Kopf died at the scene.

 

Missing Man's Body Found at Lake Chickasha

The body of a man reported missing from Tuttle this week was found at Lake Chickasha. Undersheriff Boggess said the body of 43-year old Mark Barham was found Tuesday evening. Boggess said the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call from Barham’s mother early Tuesday. She said he may have gone to the lake to go kayaking. Deputies pinged Barham's cell phone which they traced to the west side of the lake. When investigators got there they found Barham's cell phone in his truck, but he and his kayak were not there. Caddo County deputies and Chickasha police were also summoned to the scene. Authorities did not find anything on an initial search of the lake. Later Tuesday afternoon, a Caddo County deputy returned to the lake. A civilian with a boat volunteered to take the deputy around the lake again, where they found Barham's body in his kayak. Boggess said there did not appear to be any sign of foul play. Barham's body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office where officials will determine his cause of death.

 

Another Suspect Arrested for Drug Trafficking

There's been another arrest in the on-going battle with drug dealers distributing pain pills laced with fentanyl. The latest arrest was made earlier this week when the Grady County Sheriff's Office combined efforts with the Drug Enforcement Administration to bring in 55-year old Chris Elroy Loveless of Chickasha. A probable cause affidavit indicates officials received a tip that alleged Loveless sold nearly 30 pills to an individual for $400. Loveless told investigators he has about 1,000 fentanyl-laced tablets delivered to his home every week and that he sells them for up to $20 each. Loveless has been formally charged with felonies which include trafficking and distribution. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $100,000 if convicted.

 

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Duncan Woman

The search continues for a Duncan woman who has been missing from her home for about three weeks. The Duncan Police Department issued a Silver Alert for 84-year old Margie Pickens in mid-June. There were reports that she was seen at the Lawton-Duncan Y and asked for a ride to Elk City. However, video surveillance did not show any evidence that she had been there. The last time anyone had contact with her was a text message she sent to her landlord, saying she was going to her family farm east of Duncan. Individuals were asking residents to check their storm cellars to see if she had taken shelter from the heat.  Pickens is Caucasian with hazel eyes and shoulder-length light brown hair and was on foot. Anyone with information about Margie Pickens is asked to contact the Duncan Police Department by calling 580-255-2112.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.73 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.65.

Natural gas is $6.29 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,735 and gold is $19.02.

 

Thursday, July 7th

 

Driver of Car Critical After Crash with Semi

A car rear-ended a semi in Alex yesterday and the driver of the car is hospitalized in critical condition. 31-year old Haley Kinsey of Bradley was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after being trapped in her car for more than 45 minutes. Crews from the Alex Fire Department had to use their Jaws of Life to free Kinsey from the wreckage. Somehow, a five-year old girl in the car with her escaped serious injury. The child was taken to Children's Hospital to be treated for a head injury and was allowed to go home. The accident happed about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at State Highway 19 and Main Street. The trooper investigating the accident said that Kinsey was behind the semi as both were westbound on the highway. The truck driver slowed to make a turn and Kinsey's car crashed into the semi. The truck driver identified as 33-year old Justin Hamilton of Lindsay was not hurt.

 

Reward Offered for Info Regarding Drilling Fluid Incident

A huge reward is being offered for information about the vandals who broke into the yard of a Cyril oilfield company and released thousands of gallons of drilling fluid. A $10,000 reward has been offered by Stellar Drilling Fluid Company. One or more persons gained entry into the yard by cutting a chain-link fence then opened valves on several storage containers to release nearly 6,000 barrels of fluid. The incident happened late Monday or early Tuesday of this week. Tips can be called in to the Caddo County sheriff's office at 405-247-5700.

 

Tuttle Begins Odd-Even Outdoor Watering

Tuttle residents are asked to conserve their water usage as the area deals with the triple-digit high temperatures. The city has gone to an odd-even system for residents who want to water their yards, landscapes, and gardens. Residents whose addresses end with an odd number can water on odd-numbered days and residents whose addresses end with an even number can water on even-numbered days. A post on the City of Tuttle's Facebook page says the reason for the cut back is that Tuttle buys its water from Newcastle which buys most of its water from Oklahoma City. So Tuttle is required to follow Oklahoma City's conservation measures. Oklahoma City requires odd-even outdoor watering year-round.

 

Chickasha Ward 3 Meeting Set

Chickasha residents who live in Ward 3 can meet with their city council representatives next week. A ward meeting will be held at the Washita Valley Park Community Building Monday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. Ward 3 councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander and Oscar Nelson will be on hand to discuss issues and share residents’ ideas about the city's future. Residents can e-mail questions ahead of the meeting so officials can have answers at that time. Questions can be e-mailed to: info@chickasha.org

 

Wildlife Refuge Again Issues Restrictions Due to Heat

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is again limiting some activities due to the excessive heat. Hiking is only allowed from sunrise until 10 a.m. each day and all visitors must be off the trails by that time. Also, there will be no back-country camping at Charon's Garden Wilderness area. Hiking is still allowed in established picnic areas and campgrounds. All roads are open to vehicles and bicycles. Officials are concerned that the extreme heat may cause health and safety issues with patrons and that could put emergency and search-and-rescue crews at risk if they are called to respond in dangerous heat conditions and traverse rough terrain. Individuals planning to visit the refuge can get updates on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge website.

 

Chickasha Schools to Begin Enrollment Next Week

There is only about a month of summer vacation left for many public school students. The first day of classes for Chickasha Public Schools is five weeks from today - Thursday, August 11th. The district will begin the enrollment process for returning and new students on Monday, July 11th. Parents have the option of enrolling their children in person at the district's enrollment center or on-line by going to the district's website. The enrollment center is at 7th and Kansas Avenue (across from the post office) and is open Monday through Thursday throughout the summer.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $98.53 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $100.69.

Natural gas is $5.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,742 and silver is $19.35.

 

Obituary

‘Colene’ Talbert

Funeral for Alta ‘Colene’ Talbert, 95, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11th at the Northside Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, July 6th

 

Vandals Cause Massive Drilling Fluid Spill in Cyril

A Cyril park is closed while officials clean up a drilling fluid spill that appears to be the work of vandals. Officials with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission say nearly 250,000 gallons of drilling fluid - the equivalent of some 6,000 barrels - leaked from the plant from Monday night into Tuesday. KWTV News 9 reports that Caddo County deputies suspect someone broke into the property of Stellar Drilling Fluids saying the chain-link fence surrounding the company was definitely cut. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said the spill is made more complicated by the fact that it happened within the city limits. The town of Cyril posted on its Facebook page that Keechi Trail and Park would be closed until further notice. The fluid got into the park's recreational ponds which are used for fishing. Investigators will review video surveillance to see if any suspects can be identified. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is also investigating. There was no estimate available regarding the clean up.

 

One Hospitalized, One Jailed After Man Hit by Truck

A Chickasha man suffered broken bones and another is in jail after a fight ends with one man driving his pick up into the other. Documents filed in Grady County District Court indicate Chickasha police were called to a home in the 600 block of North 9th Street just after midnight Tuesday to investigate a fight. Police arrested 41-year old Timothy Carl Stover of Oklahoma City...after its alleged he intentionally drove his SUV into the victim, pinning him against a pickup. Stover told police that the victim attacked him with a bat. The victim said Stover was threatening his family, so he hit the windshield of Stover's SUV with the bat. The victim was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital to be treated for a broken arm, a broken ankle and possible internal injuries. Stover has been formally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and felony DUI. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Just a couple of months ago, Stover pleaded guilty to a charge of having a firearm after conviction and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 90 days suspended.

 

July 4th Pursuit Suspect Identified

An Anadarko man was arrested for leading numerous law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase across three counties on Monday. Anadarko police say 38 year old Michael Ruban Brown was taken into custody following the pursuit from Anadarko to Newcastle which lasted about an hour. Brown is facing charges that include burglary, larceny of a vehicle, conspiracy to commit violence, and attempting to elude. He's not yet had his initial appearance on the charges.

 

New Chix Restaurants Win Approval to Sell Alcohol

A couple of new Chickasha restaurants get to go-ahead to serve alcohol when they open their doors. Public hearings for the restaurants' use-on-review applications were held during last night's city council meeting and neither received opposition. The applications for Brandi Terry to serve alcohol at 101 Chickasha Avenue and for Brett Kappus to serve alcohol next door at 117 Chickasha Avenue were passed unanimously in a 6-0 vote.

'Street Outlaws' Filming Passes; Legal Issues Still Being Discussed

After some debate, the council approved a temporary street closure to allow the Discovery Channel to film an episode of the popular 'Street Outlaws' program at the Airport Industrial Park. There are some legal details that still needed to be worked out but the measure passed by a 5-1 vote with councilman Brian Gerdes recusing his vote.

Chix Firm Wins Bid to Help Expand Festival of Light

The council approved a bid of just over $100,000 from Electrical Technologies of Chickasha to expand electrical service at Shannon Springs Park for the Festival of Light. The company will have to provide a performance bond and unit pricing which weren't included in their initial bid.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $97.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.77.

Natural gas is $5.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,763 and silver is $19.16.

 

Obituaries

Freddie Ogles

Funeral for Freddie Ogles, 83, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 8th at St. Johns AME Church in Arcadia. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Mary Johnson

Funeral for Mary Johnson, 77, of Alex will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9th at the Alex United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Jamie Hackney

A memorial service for Jami Hackney, 62, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the USAO Alumni Chapel. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, July 5th

 

Driver Arrested Following Lengthy High-Speed Pursuit

A driver was arrested yesterday after a high-speed chase that covered three counties. During the chase through Caddo, Grady, and McClain County, a state trooper crashed and rolled his cruiser. There was no information regarding the status of injuries the trooper may have suffered. The pursuit began Monday morning in Anadarko where state troopers say the suspect was trying to break into a shed and get away from Anadarko police. Reports then indicate the suspect broke into a home, took some keys, stole a car, and drove off. During the pursuit, troopers say the suspect fired shots at them and tried to hit the cruisers of several troopers. The pursuit finally came to an end near Newcastle not far from the State Highway 37 and State Highway 76 junction. The roadway was closed for about three hours. The unidentified suspect was taken to the Caddo County Jail.

 

Officials Work to Name Victim of Fiery Crash

A fiery weekend crash which killed a driver near Carnegie remains under investigation. The unidentified driver died in the crash that happened just after midnight Sunday about two miles west of Carnegie in Kiowa County. The highway patrol reports that the driver was in a pickup which was southbound on a county road when the truck ran off the road, hit an embankment, and caught fire. The state medical examiner is working to identify the driver.

 

Public Hearings Dot Chix City Council Agenda

A number of public hearings are scheduled for tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting. Among them are a couple of use-on-review applications to sell alcohol. One is for Brandi Terry at 101 West Chickasha Avenue and the other is for Brett Kappus at 117 West Chickasha. A third hearing is to consider amendments to the final plat of the Red Bud Ridge housing addition. A fourth hearing is to discuss and consider changes to zoning ordinances as they pertain to congregate living facilities.

'Festival of Light' Electrical Expansion to be Considered

The council will also consider awarding a project to expand the electrical service in Shannon Springs Park for the Festival of Light. Three bids were submitted however none of them included all the required information. The engineering firm for the project, Chisholm Trail Consulting, indicates the council can declare a waiver to award a contract for just over $100,000 to Electrical Technologies, Inc. of Chickasha or reject all bids and re-start the process.

'Street Outlaws' May Film in Chickasha

The council is also to consider a temporary street closure to allow the filming of the popular Discovery channel program Street Outlaws. The proposal calls for the closure of the Airport Industrial Road during a two-week period between July 18th and August 6th. Producers would pay the expenses for any public safety overtime or they would hire off-duty public safety officials to fill their safety needs. The filming would be done at night. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.79.

Natural gas is $5.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,802 and silver is $19.82.

 

Obituaries

Leonard Hillary

A graveside service for Leonard Hillary, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Norma Chasten

Funeral for Norma Chasten, 80, of Anadarko will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9th at the Greater First Baptist Church of Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, July 4th

No news due to the Independence Day holiday

 

 

 

 

 

2022, June 27th-July 2nd

Saturday, July 2nd

 

Construction of New Chix City Park Underway

Groundbreaking was held this week for a new park in downtown Chickasha. City, business, and civic leaders with the Chickasha Community Foundation were on hand to turn over the first shovels of dirt for the park being built next to the historic Rock Island Railroad Depot. The first phase of construction will include remodeling the old Freight or Mill Building into public restrooms, creating a USAO Arts Plaza, and erecting a more permanent version of the now iconic 40-foot tall leg lamp that has been a feature of downtown the last two holiday seasons. The Leg Lamp is larger-than-life version of the leg lamp made popular by the classic holiday movie, The Christmas Story. The lamp has received international attention including a story in the London Daily News as well as on TV stations in Tokyo. Pat Brooks, president of the Community Foundation says the park is being built entirely with private funds and grants. This first phase of construction is expected to be completed by mid-November which will mark the start of the 30th anniversary of the city’s Festival of Light. Brooks says fund-raising efforts are continuing in order to complete future amenities that may include tributes to local residents who have made an impact on a national and international level, an amphitheatre; walking and jogging trails; a children's play area; and a food truck court.

 

America's Birthday Parties Underway

America's annual birthday party is underway. The 4th of July commemorates the efforts of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and their declaration of independence for 13 colonies which had previously been under British rule. The country's 246th birthday is being celebrated with parades, community events, and fireworks nationwide. In this region, the Blanchard Independence Day celebration is this evening. Activities will start at 6 p.m. off of U.S. Highway 62 behind the Sonic Drive In. There are kids games, food trucks, live music, and fireworks. Salt Creek Casino in Pocasset will have inflatable games and activities for children tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. followed by fireworks.

Chickasha July 4th Fireworks to be held Monday

Chickasha's 4th of July celebration will be Monday night at Shannon Springs Park. The fireworks display is funded by private donations with some $18,000 contributed for the numerous displays. Among them are a 600-shot red-white-and-blue 'zipper pattern' barrage; a nearly 560-shot crackling with red pearl barrage; a 300-shot pattern of red and green crossette barrages; and a 210-shot red rhyme dancing barrage. The Grand Finale will include two 90-shot silver coconut barrages; five gold brocade flower chains; two 49-shot quick salute barrages; and an 88-shot twilight-glitter to red-white-and blue tip fan barrage.

 

Obituaries

‘Gordon’ Reinhart, I

Funeral service Otto ‘Gordon’ Reinhart I, 73, of Blanchard, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home of Chickasha.

Alicia Spencer

A memorial service for Alicia Spencer will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 1st

 

DA Pleased with U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this week returned some power to the State of Oklahoma concerning the prosecution of non-Native Americans in crimes against indigenous people. In a 5-4 vote, the nation's high court ruled in favor of Oklahoma in the Castro-Huerta Decision.  In a prepared statement, District Attorney Jason Hicks - who serves Grady, Caddo, Stephens and Jefferson counties in District 6 - said the decision is great news for victims of crimes statewide. He said due to the McGirt Decision, the state could not prosecute non-Indians in crimes against Indians. He said there have been multiple cases where the state did not have jurisdiction due to the Native American status of victims and that it has been difficult for him to explain to them that there was nothing his office could do. Hicks said such cases will now remain with the state instead of being sent to another location for prosecution. He said the Supreme Court's decision was a monumental moment and a giant step in re-storing the state's ability to keep the public safe.

One Tribe Speaks out Against Court Ruling

Some tribal groups disagreed with the decision. Quapah Nation Business Committee Chairman Joseph Byrd said the court rendered a decision that is an affront to tribal sovereignty and erodes centuries of well-settled federal Indian law. He went to say that by inserting itself into an area reserved specifically for Congress the high court signals that absolute power is no longer absolute when it comes to Indian affairs.

 

Chix Mayor Named Chairman of USAO Regents

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will be a champion multi-tasker over the next few months. Mosley was recently named the chairman of the board of regents for USAO. Mosley has been member of the regents since 2012. He'll be guiding the panel for the next 12 months. That will be in addition to his work as mayor and as Chickasha's acting city manager while the city council looks for a new manager. He's also involved with the family insurance business. Other officers for the USAO  regents include Cale Walker who will serve as vice chairman. Walker was appointed to the panel in 2019 and is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Kelly Wilkerson will serve as clerk for the regents. Wilkerson is in her third year with the regents and is co-owner of the Chicken Express franchises in Chickasha, Duncan, and Lawton.

 

Where to Watch Fireworks this July 4th Weekend

There will be numerous fireworks shows in the region this weekend. Anadarko will hold its Honor America Day celebration today. They'll have activities starting at 11 o'clock this morning at the Caddo County Fairgrounds. There are arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and free games and activities for the kids. The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 tonight, and music will be synchronized with the fireworks on our sister station New Country 985. Blanchard will hold its Independence Day celebration tomorrow evening. Activities start at 6 p.m. with food trucks, kids’ games, and live music from Squad Live and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band. Salt Creek Casino will have activities Sunday evening starting at 5 p.m. with face painting and inflatable games followed by fireworks; and the City of Chickasha will have its fireworks display on Monday night, July 4th at Shannon Springs Park. There will be food trucks at the park prior to the fireworks.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today we have Kenneth Corn, Oklahoma's Rural Development Director for the United States Department of Agriculture. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.81.

Natural gas is $5.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,791 and silver is $19.68.

 

Thursday, June 30th

 

Verden Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Weapons Charges

A Verden man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges. 31-year old Stephen Lee Martin entered the plea in Federal court earlier this month. The plea made in connection with his arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred at his home in March of this year. An investigation by Verden police alleged that Martin had discharged a shotgun near the head of a female victim and used the shot gun to force her into his pickup. It's also alleged Martin tried to hide the shotgun by throwing it and some ammunition into a ditch however investigators were able to find the items. Martin has prior felony convictions and wasn't supposed to have any firearms. Earlier this month a federal grand jury issued a three-count indictment against Martin including being a felon in possession of a firearm; being a felon in possession of ammunition; and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to the firearms and ammunition charges. Sentencing is expected to take place within 90 days. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge and a $250,000 fine. Martin has been in federal custody since mid-April.

 

Tip Leads to Child Porn Arrest

An Amber man has been arrested for having child pornography. 32-year old Carl Lee Moore was arrested Tuesday following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation (OSBI). Court documents indicate that the OSBI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last fall regarding 90 child sexual abuse files, including videos and pictures being downloaded. Investigators traced the IP address to Moore's Amber home. Grady County prosecutors have charged Moore with felony counts of having child pornography and unlawful use of a computer system. During his arraignment on the charges yesterday Moore's bond was set at $300,000 and he remains in the Grady County Jail.

 

Suspect Accused of Violating Burn Ban

A Blanchard man is accused of violating a burn ban. 72-year old Lawrence Julian Carroll was arrested by a Grady County deputy this week. Court documents indicate that authorities were called out to a home in the Blanchard area in March to investigate a property damage report.  A woman told the deputy that her neighbor, Carroll, had been burning while a burn ban was in effect. She alleged the fire spread to her home where it damaged or destroyed several lawn mowers that were being repaired by her husband. Carroll admitted starting the fire but told officials with the Bridge Creek Fire Department he thought he had fully extinguished the blaze. Carroll is facing misdemeanor charges of unlawful burning and burning in drought emergency conditions. He is out of jail after posting a $2,500 bond. The case has been set for the July 22nd disposition docket in Grady County District Court.

 

Former USAO Hoopsters in New Adam Sandler Movie

Some former USAO basketball players are in the new Adam Sandler movie. Elvin Rodriguez, Bookie Diakete, and Richard McCalop can been seen in Hustle. Sandler is an NBA scout who discovers a raw but talented player in Spain and tries to get him ready for the NBA draft. The movie also features some big name NBA stars including LeBron James as well as Hollywood actors Queen Latifah and Robert Duvall. Rodriguez has the most prominent role of the three Drovers in the nearly two-hour film. He said it took several weeks of going through the audition process before he was offered his role.

 

              

 

The film is currently available on Netflix.

 

Restaurants Touted by State Tourism Department

Several area restaurants have been recognized by the state department of tourism. They include J and W Grill which was praised for its onion burgers, chili-cheese coneys, and old-fashioned breakfast meals. Crazy Eight Cafe and Coffee House was awarded for its early dining option;, full-service coffee bar; and homemade desserts. Ken's Steak House and Ribs of Amber is known for its appetizer ribs and expertly cooked steaks and prime rib. Burrito Grill in Blanchard is touted as the home of the one-pound burrito, and is also noted for its tacos, quesadillas, and salads.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $116.26.

Natural gas is $6.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $20.57.

 

Obituary

Delphia Malone

Funeral service for Delphia Malone, 64, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9th at First at the Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

 

Voters Oust One Grady County Commissioner

Embattled Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker was defeated by one of his former workers in yesterday's primary elections. Zachary Davis picked up nearly 60 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in the District One county commissioner race - 1,432 to 995. Walker is facing charges of embezzlement and spying on employees stemming from an investigation which alleged he used county resources and labor to pave a private road. His trial is scheduled to begin in August. With no candidates in the Democratic primary Davis will assume the post in January.

Second Commissioner Goes to a Run-off

In the District three Grady County commissioner race incumbent Ralph Beard and challenger Gary Bray will meet in a run-off as neither picked up a majority of votes in a three-candidate Republican primary. Both received a nearly equal amount of votes - Bray with 746 and Beard with 742 - both collected about 42 percent of the vote. The third candidate in the field, John Williams, received 271 votes or 15 percent. Beard and Bray will meet in a run-off on August 23rd with the winner to take office in January as there were no Democratic candidates.

Caddo County Voters Elect Two New Commissioners

In Caddo County two new county commissioners were elected. In District 3, Robert Weaver defeated Mark Taylor in the Democratic primary picking up about 55 percent of the vote, 334 to 279. There were no Republican candidates for the post. Mike Belter won a three-person race in District 1, avoiding a run-off by 10 votes. Belter received 443 votes or 51 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. Bobby Lynn and James Bucky Brown were within five votes of each other. Lynn received 214 votes and Brown 209 votes. Belter will be the new commissioner as there were no Democratic candidates. Weaver and Belter will be sworn in to office in January.

State Senator Forced into a Run-off

State Senator Darcy Jech (R-Kingfisher), who represents much of Caddo County in District 26, will have to go to a run-off to try to retain his seat. He will meet Brady Butler in the August run-off. Jech received just under 43 percent of the vote while Butler received about 38 percent. A third candidate, JJ Stitt, received about 20 percent of the vote.

Stephens County Judicial Post to be Decided in November

In Stephens County, the race for District judge in District 5 will be decided in the general election in November. Neil West and Jay Walker both received about 33 percent of the vote in a four-person race. with Steven Crow collecting about 21 percent and Tommy Sims about 14 percent.

 

Food Trucks Sought for Chickasha July 4th Fireworks

The City of Chickasha is putting the call out for food trucks to be in Shannon Springs Park for the July 4th celebration on Monday. There are five spaces available in the food truck court at the park. There is no charge to set up however food trucks must have an active permit with the city, must be self-contained, and will have to undergo an inspection. The spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no activities prior to the fireworks Monday night but food trucks can set up anytime that day. Most people will start arriving at the park after 6 p.m. Food trucks interested in participating should contact city hall by the close of business today.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $111.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $117.98.

Natural gas is $6.55 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,818 and silver is $20.79.

 

Obituary

Dorothy Kauffman

The life of Dorothy Kauffman, 88, of Lake Chickasha will be honored at her home at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 1st which will be followed by a private burial. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 28th

 

Primary Elections Underway

Oklahomans are heading to the polls to cast ballots in primary elections today. Republicans and Democrats are voting in their respective primaries and Independent voters can cast ballots in the Democratic primary. There are numerous candidates for state and federal offices and several county primary elections in the region.

Grady County Has Two County Commissioner Primaries

In Grady County, there are Republican primaries for two county commissioner posts. In District Three, incumbent Ralph Beard is facing two challengers in Gary Bray and John Williams. In District One, incumbent Mike Walker is facing former district one employee Zachary Davis.

Caddo County has County Commissioner, State Representative Primaries

In Caddo County, there is a Republican primary for District One County Commissioner between Bobby Lynn, Mike Belter, and James 'Bucky' Brown. There is a Democratic primary for District Three County Commissioner between Robert Weaver and Mark Steven Taylor, the winner of which will be the new District Three commissioner. There is a Republican Primary for State Senate District 50 where incumbent Darcy Jech is facing two challengers in JJ Stitt and Brady Butler; and a Republican Primary for State Representative in District 55 between Jeff Sawatsky, Nick Archer, and Tad Boone.

Two State House Posts on the Ballot in McClain County

In McClain County, there is a Republican Primary for State Representative in District 20 between Anthony Mackey and Sherrie Conley; and a Republican primary for State Representative in District 42 between Cindy Roe and Matthew Huggans.

Garvin County Also has Two State Representative Primaries

Garvin County also has a Republican primary for State Representative in District 42 between Cindy Roe and Matthew Huggans; and for State Representative in District 48 between April Brown and Tammy Townley.

Stephens County has State Rep, District Judge Primaries

In Stephens County, there is a Republican primary for State Representative in District 50 between Jennifer Sengstock, Marcus McEntire, and Deborah Campbell. There is also a primary election for District Judge in District 5 between Tommy Simms, Neil West, Steven Crow, and Jay Walker. Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight.

 

State Election Board Says to Check Location of Precincts

State election board officials recommend that voters should verify their polling places as some precincts have either closed or changed due to redistricting that took place earlier this year. Many voters were mailed new voter registration cards which indicate their precincts. You can check your precinct by going to the state election board website www.elections.ok.gov and click on the OK Voter Portal link. Individuals may also call their county election board office.

 

Funeral Set for Anadarko Man Fatally Shot by Deputy

Family and friends of an Anadarko man shot and killed by a Caddo County sheriff's deputy are saying their final goodbyes to the victim today. 48-year old Roy Sink died on Father's Day after a deputy was called to his home to investigate a disturbance. It was reported that Sink had a machete in his possession and there has been no word on why the deputy fired his weapon. A funeral service for Sink was held this morning at J.J. Methvin Methodist Church in Anadarko. A lot of individuals are speaking out about Sink’s death and want answers about the shooting. The name of the deputy involved has not been released. The OSBI is continuing its investigation and when finished will turn over its final report to District Attorney Jason Hicks who will determine if the shooting was justified.

 

Wildlife Refuge Lifts Hiking Restrictions

Hiking restrictions put in place at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge last week have been lifted. An Emergency Heat Closure was implemented due to excessive heat. Officials announced yesterday (Monday) that they have resumed normal activities and hours of operation. However, officials say that temperatures will still be hot enough to pose a safety risk and they ask visitors to use caution. Visitors planning on visiting the refuge can get information on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $117.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.81.

Natural gas is $6.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,826 and silver is $21.32.

 

Monday, June 27th

 

OSBI Re-Opens Garvin County Cold Case

In June of 1987, the remains of an unidentified woman were found in Garvin County. The case has never been solved. The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation (OSBI) has re-opened the case hoping anyone can provide some information. The remains were found southwest of the I-35 exit at Goldsby in Short Creek on June 24th of that year. The woman had been shot in the head. The OSBI reports that she was Caucasian, about 5-feet, three inches tall and had brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI by calling 800-522-8017 or send an e-mail to: tips@osbi.gov

 

Fire Board to Consider Buying Thermal Imaging Devices

The Grady County Fire Board meets tonight and will discuss the purchase of 12 hand-held thermal imaging cameras. The panel will also consider becoming an EMR agency under the direction of Heartland Medical Direction, and will discuss the use of lights and sirens in fire department vehicles. The panel will also discuss the state of inventories from all volunteer stations. The group will go behind closed doors to discuss a potential property damage claim; the release of some firefighters; and to consider the applications of new volunteers at Ninnekah and Friend. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management Agency.

 

Woman Allegedly Uses Truck as Weapon

A Marlow woman is out of jail on bond after being accused of using her pickup as a weapon.  56-year old Tammy Sue Balthrop was arrested earlier this month following a confrontation with her husband, which allegedly included her ramming her pickup head-in into her husband's truck while he was in it. The Lawton Constitution cites Stephens County court documents that allege she also assaulted Stephens County deputies when they arrived to investigate. Balthrop has been formally charged with felonies that include assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer. She's also charged with a misdemeanor for obstruction. Balthrop is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond and she's to undergo a mental evaluation prior to her next court appearance which is scheduled for Aug. 24th.

 

Salvation Army Says Requests for Help Rise

The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo Counties says more families are requesting help. Officials say the financial strain of lost income, medical expenses, and now inflation have all impacted family budgets. Lt. Bobby McFarland said the demand for food boxes and utility assistance is growing and he's concerned that the food pantry will soon be depleted. He's asking for contributions of non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help needy families in both counties. Food contributions can include canned fruit, vegetables, and meat; beans; rice; and peanut butter. All contributions can be dropped off at the Salvation Army headquarters at 2402 S. 16th which is near Bill Wallace School.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.12.

Natural gas is $6.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $21.53.

2022, June 20th-25th

Saturday, June 25th

 

OHP Continues Probe of Deadly Accident

The highway patrol is investigating a deadly rollover crash that killed a young driver. 20-year old Patrick Olinger of Duncan died in the accident that occurred just before 6:30 a.m. Friday north of Marlow. The trooper dispatched to the crash reported that Olinger was driving an SUV that failed to go around a curve, ran off the road, overturned several times, and that Olinger was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing his seatbelt. The trooper reported he was still looking into what may have caused Olinger to run off the road.

 

Ex-Con Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence

A man with a history of domestic violence is back in jail in connection with another attack. 38-year old Robert Dewayne White was arrested by Chickasha police June 16th after the victim called authorities to a home in the 900 block of South 3rd and told them that White had slammed her head against the wall and threatened to kill her. Court documents indicate that a 12-year old boy witnessed the brutality. Investigators say White had been drinking and they found drugs and drug items in his possession. Prosecutors have charged White with felony assault and battery and two misdemeanors for having drugs. White remains in the Grady County jail on a $75,000 bond. He was convicted of a previous domestic assault charge out of Canadian County in 2014 and was sentenced to three years behind bars.

 

Group Seeks Info On Missing, Murdered Indigenous People

A southwest Oklahoma group is working to raise awareness about the unsolved murders of Native Americans as well as Native Americans who have gone missing. The group is part of a statewide panel called Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). There are 10 chapters across the state and the southwest chapter has been around since 2015. Cindy Famero is the vice president and she told KSWO-TV this week-

 

              

 

She said the group welcomes information from anyone regardless of their ethnicity. She said MMIP is inclusive and wants everyone to be safe and all children to be free from harm. Famero said they are working to raise funds to obtain a building in southwest Oklahoma to create a regional office. The state group is hosting its 4th annual MMIP powwow in Lawton at the Comanche Nation Powwow Grounds today which runs through the afternoon and evening.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Whitney Palesano and Jim Cowan from the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council are on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today our guests are USAO baseball coach Tyle Hankins and Drover softball coach Jadyn Wallis. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Geneva May Fredricks

Arrangements for Geneva May Fredricks, 77, of Chickasha are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, June 24th

 

Chix City Council to Begin Formal Search for City Manager

A special Chickasha City Council meeting has been scheduled to formally begin the search for the city's next top administrator. The panel will meet Monday night at city hall and is expected to authorize the search for a new city manager. The move was prompted by the sudden and unexpected resignation of Tyler Brooks earlier this week. No reason was given for Brooks' early departure. He had only been on the job for about six months. While the council searches for candidates Mayor Chris Mosley will fill in as the acting city manager.

Council to Consider Paying IRS Penalty; Buy Mowers

The council is expected to pay a penalty to the IRS related to payroll taxes from 2014. The council will consider whether to pay a more than $5,500 civil penalty. The panel is also expected to approve the purchase of three mowers for the Public Works Department at a cost of just under $11,000. Monday's meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Suspect Accused of Theft From Deputy's New Home Site

A Grady County man is behind bars for allegedly stealing some materials from a site where a law enforcement officer is building a new home. 57-year old Raymond Dale Arterberry of Minco surrendered to authorities this week after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Grady County sheriff's deputies were called to the Bridge Creek area in early May where a Cleveland County deputy was building a new home. He discovered about $2,000 in building materials were missing. Fortunately, he had some video surveillance of the property, and he had placed tracking devices on some of the items to help find them in case they did get stolen. Investigators tracked the stolen goods to Arternberry's home in Minco. Arterberry has been charged with grand larceny and remains in the Grady County Jail on a $5,000 bond. The arrest comes after a previous felony conviction. In 2009 Arterberry was convicted in Greer County for taking contraband into a jail or penal institution.

 

Freshmen Lead Large Summer Enrollment at USAO

Officials at USAO say there has been a big increase in students taking summer classes. Overall enrollment is up by more than 12 percent compared to last year. The increase was bolstered by freshmen enrolled for the summer with the number more than double that of 2021. Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Miles said that while many students needed to work during the summer a lot of them were still interested in taking classes. The faculty responded by offering more classes on-line. The university is also working on new initiatives and partnerships to allow students to complete additional degrees and certifications with other universities through a digital platform called Coursera.

 

Chickasha Rodeo Opens Tonight

The summer rodeo season is upon us and the annual Chickasha rodeo is this weekend. There are two performances, with action tonight and tomorrow night at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Local cowboys and cowgirls will compete in events that include steer wrestling, team roping, bronc busting, barrel racing, and bull riding. Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling has been the longtime stock contractor for the rodeo. The event begins at 8 o'clock each evening with the Grand Entry. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Advance tickets can be purchased at Hicks Western Wear. There will be a rodeo parade in downtown Chickasha tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock.

 

Town of Amber to Host Summer Fest

The town of Amber will hold a Summer Fest at the town park tomorrow. There will be family activities and the fire department will oversee water activities for the kids. There will be a cornhole tournament, and concessions will be available with proceeds to bring more events to the park. A couple of food trucks will also be on hand. The Amber Summer Fest will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.05.

Natural gas is $6.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,826 and silver is $20.95.

 

Obituaries

Jesse Higgins

A memorial service for Jesse Higgins, 44, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25th at Sevier Funeral Home.

‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick

Viewing for Oral ‘Fitz” Fitzpatrick, 92, of Rockwall, Texas will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sevier Funeral Home of Chickasha which will be followed by a graveside service at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Vergie Conner

Funeral service for Vergie Conner, 101, of Tuttle will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 27th at the Tuttle First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Thursday, June 23rd

 

Contractor Accused of Embezzlement

A contractor who is alleged to have bilked customers out of thousands of dollars is facing several felony charges of embezzlement.  40-year old Norman Thomas Gomes - also known as Buddy Gomes - is facing five felony counts of embezzlement and one felony for a pattern of criminal offenses. The charges were filed in Grady County District Court after an investigation by the state attorney general’s office. Documents filed in district court say Gomes took more than $20,000 from customers and failed to perform the work he was hired to do. Gomes, doing business as BNV Construction, is accused of victimizing customers in Grady, Caddo, Oklahoma, and Beckham counties between January of 2021 and March of 2022. A warrant for Gomes’ arrest was issued on June 9th and he was arrested June 17th. If convicted he faces 1-5 years of jail time and up to $5,000 in fines on each of the embezzlement charges and up to two years behind bars and a $25,000 fine for the pattern of criminal offenses charge. Gomes remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He's to back in court August 4th to announce his attorney and again August 10th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Suspected Gas Thief Caught in the Act

A man suspected of trying to steal gasoline out of the trucks of a local business is caught red handed by the business owner. 45-year old Michael Wayne Bearman was arrested by Chickasha police last week after they responded to a report of a larceny in progress at Gonzalez Pest Control at 806 West Choctaw. Court documents say when police arrived they saw a suspect in a fenced area sitting next to a truck with a gas can and a hose. The suspect tried to runaway but business owner Joseph Gonzalez was able to tackle the man and hold him until the officer caught up to him. Bearman has previous felony convictions which include assault and battery with a weapon; placing body fluids on government employees; and false personation dating back to 2009. He's facing two new felonies of second and third degree burglary in connection with this most recent arrest. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He's being represented by a court-appointed attorney and he is to return to court July 27th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

In-Person, Absentee Voting Available Ahead of Primary

Oklahoma's primary election is next Tuesday but voters can cast ballots early if they choose. In-person, absentee voting can be done at county election board offices. Republican and Democratic voters will cast ballots in their respective primaries and independent voters are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary. There are a number of state and federal candidates on the ballots including governor, attorney general, state treasurer, and state superintendent of schools as well as U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. There are several county office primary elections. In Grady County there are Republican primaries for the District One and District Three county commissioner posts. In Caddo County, there is a Republican primary for county commissioner in District One and a Democratic primary for county commissioner in District Three. Also in Caddo County there is a Republican primary for State Senate District 26 and for State Representative District 55. In-person, absentee voting can be done from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Veterans Administration Officials in Anadarko Thursday

Military veterans, their spouses, widows, or surviving children can get information about any benefits they may be entitled to without having to drive to Oklahoma City. Representatives with the Department of Veterans Affairs will be in Anadarko tomorrow. Individuals will be able to talk to a VA representative and get answers about claims or benefits. Representatives will also help file claims. Individuals may be able to get same-day decisions after sharing complete information. The event will be held in the Iscani Gymnasium at 1 Coronado Circle behind the Anadarko Walmart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.19 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.74.

Natural gas is $6.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $21.18.

 

Obituary

Jim White

A memorial service for Jim White, 75, of Anadarko will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25th at the First Baptist Church of Anadarko. He was a long-time teacher and coach for Anadarko and Chickasha schools and was the long-time public address announcer for Chickasha High School wrestling. He earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma and was a U.S. Army veteran. In recent years he served as a blue-gold officer with the U.S. Naval Academy. Arrangements are with Ray and Martha's Funeral Home in Anadarko.

 

Wednesday, June 22nd

 

ARPA Funds to Pay to Develop Long-Range Plan for Chix

The Chickasha City Council signs off on the creation of an extensive and expensive plan designed to make city-wide improvements over the next 20 years. A lengthy public hearing held during this week's council meeting outlined a proposed plan of action from Oklahoma City-based C. H. Guernsey and Company. It's a firm the city has used for several projects. During the course of the nearly hour-long hearing, city officials said the last comprehensive long-range plan for the city was done nearly 70 years ago (in 1955) and was last updated in 1973. Officials presented a number of studies done over the last 10 years that have cost the city more than $700,000 - and no action has ever been taken on any of those plans. Guernsey representatives said they will get the entire community involved in the planning process. Once they get started it will take up to 18 months to complete the plan. The city council approved using nearly $150,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to pay for the work. The proposal did not get unanimous approval from the council. It passed by a 7-2 vote with councilmen Brian Gerdes and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander voting against it.

 

Suspect Jailed in Connection with December Robberies

A Chickasha man is in custody, accused of committing a couple of robberies last fall. 22-year old Jake Tyler Holcomb is in jail facing two felony charges of robbery. He is being held in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Court documents indicate that Holcomb is accused of robbing a convenience store clerk the night of December 4th. The following night Holcomb is accused of robbing a USAO professor at knifepoint at the university, taking her cell phone and credit cards. Holcomb is scheduled to be back in court July 21st to announce his attorney and again July 27th for a preliminary hearing conference

 

Fairgrounds Hosts National Junior Red Angus Event 

Hundreds of youth from around the country and even some from Canada are in Chickasha this week. The North American Junior Red Angus Event (NAJRAE) is underway at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It's the first time this national show has been in Chickasha. Some 500 youth are exhibiting their animals, competing in quiz bowls, and attempting to win scholarships. The national event is held in different states each year. The youth also perform a community service project in the host city. The project for Chickasha was building some beds for the Life Skills Institute and Resurrection House. Mason Krey who is from the Chickasha area and part of the Red Angus group talks about the project.

 

             

 

The youth built four twin beds and four toddler beds which are on display at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The NAJRAE runs through Saturday. Admission is free for anyone who would like to stop by and see any of the events or get more information about the organization.

 

Wildlife Refuge Limits Hiking Due to Heat

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is limiting hiking activities due to the summer heat. The refuge has enacted an Emergency Closure Order. Early morning hiking is allowed but officials say visitors will have to exit trails and Mt. Scott Roadway by 10 a.m. for the duration of the order. Fishing, wildlife photography, kayaking, picnics, and limited camping are all activities still allowed. Officials say there are 24,000 acres of public use lands which complicates search-and-rescue operations. Officials recommend that individuals hydrate several days prior to visiting the refuge and to wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. They also recommend not placing all your trust in a cell phone because service isn't a guarantee.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.65.

Natural gas is $6.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,831 and silver is $21.45.

 

Tuesday, June 21st

 

Chix City Manager Resigns After Six Months on the Job

Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks suddenly resigned from his post following last night's city council meeting. Brooks, who was hired just six months ago, submitted his resignation following a closed-door meeting with the council. His resignation is effective immediately. No explanation was provided regarding Brooks' decision. Brooks was hired last fall after a lengthy search for a city manager following the resignation of previous city manager, John Noblitt. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley issued a prepared statement saying the council will be moving forward with the plans and progress which have been set in motion.  He said the council trusts the city's leadership team to continue pressing toward meeting the priorities and goals that the council has laid out. Mosley said the council passed a very promising budget and approved the start of an exciting new comprehensive plan last night. Mosley will serve as interim city manager while the council begins the search for its next administrator.

 

Chix City Employees Work on Federal Juneteenth Holiday

Federal and state offices and banks were closed yesterday to commemorate Juneteenth, which officially became a federal holiday last year. However, employees with the City of Chickasha were on  the job yesterday, even though the city council approved the paid holiday last fall. City Councilman Zach Grayson talked about the oversight during last night's city council meeting.

 

              

 

City Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander was more critical of the oversight-

 

 

Ashanti-Alexander said if city leaders want to project a positive image they should follow examples of cities which see their communities unite racially, economically, and culturally.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree

A Chickasha woman is hospitalized after her car runs off a Caddo County road and hit a tree. 67-year old Jamie Oberlag was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in serious condition. The accident happened just before 5:00 p.m. Monday about three miles southeast of Anadarko. The OHP reports that Oberlag was driving at a high rate of speed when her car hit a bump, veered off the road, and hit the tree broadside. She was trapped in the vehicle for about 20 minutes. The trooper alleged there was an odor of alcohol in the vehicle.

 

OSBI Names Victim Who Died in Officer-Involved Shooting

Investigators have identified the man who was fatally shot by a Caddo County deputy sheriff over the weekend. The OSBI reports that 48-year old Roy Sink suffered a fatal gunshot wound when the deputy responded to a 9-1-1 call about a disturbance at an Anadarko home on Sunday. The OSBI said Sink had a machete when the deputy arrived.  Sink was taken to a hospital where he died. The OSBI says the investigation is on-going and that a final report will be submitted to the district attorney's office where DA Jason Hicks will determine if the shooting was justified.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.12.

Natural gas is $6.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,838 and silver is $21.79.

 

Obituaries

Leta May Wallace

A graveside service for Leta May Wallace, 88, of Chickasha was held yesterday at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Barbara Kuntz

A memorial service for Barbara Kuntz, 87, of Austin, Texas and formerly of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Jean Dickson

Funeral service for Jean Dickson, 68, of Frederick will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25th at Calvary Community Church in Hollis. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 20th

 

State Agency Looks Into Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is looking into a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place in Anadarko yesterday. The OSBI reports that a Caddo County deputy sheriff responded to a 9-1-1 call to the home about 1:00 p.m. A relative of the victim had called authorities to the home to investigate a disturbance. When the deputy arrived the man was standing in the front yard with a machete. At some point the deputy fired his weapon and hit the man. The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Neither the name of the deputy nor the man who was fatally shot have been released.

 

Caddo County Man Dies in Weekend Rollover

A Ft. Cobb man died over the weekeend when his pickup ran off the road and overturned. 26-year old Ryan Sperle died in the crash that happened southeast of Ft. Cobb just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The state trooper dispatched to the accident said Sperle failed to go around a curve, ran off the road and overturned an undetermined number of times. Sperle, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was thrown out the truck.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Second

Hearing on Proposed City Budget 

Another public hearing on the proposed 2023 fiscal year budget for the City of Chickasha is scheduled during tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting. It's the second public hearing to be held in as many meetings to get public input about the spending plan. After the hearing, the council will consider a resolution to approve or reject the spending plan and any amendments which may be suggested.

Hearing Also Scheduled to Consider Firm to Help with Long-Range Plan

The council is also to hold a separate public hearing regarding the development of a long-range plan for the city. A representative from C.H. Guernsey and Company will present a proposal to help city officials put together a 20-year plan for development. The firm has helped communities like Yukon, Moore, Guymon, and Grove develop long-range plans. City officials are recommending the council approve the proposal to allow Guernsey officials to lead the project at a cost of just under $150,000.

Additional Airport Advisory Board Members Recommended

The council is also to consider appointing two new members to the city’s Airport Advisory Board. Greg Jacobi and Ronny Hightower are being recommended for two new positions that have been created for the airport group. During the council’s June 6th meeting, the panel approved increasing the number of members on the airport panel from five to seven. The council is also expected to approve the annual July 4th fireworks display at Shannon Springs Park.

Closed-Door Meetings Set to Discuss 

Union Memorandums; City Manager's Work

The group will also go behind closed doors to discuss Memorandums of Understanding with both the Fraternal Order of Police, Local 129 and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 2041. Also during the closed-door session, the council will conduct a review of the performance of City Manager Tyler Brooks. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Saddle Up for the Chickasha Rodeo

The 83rd annual Chickasha rodeo is coming up this week. It is an open rodeo and cowboys and cowgirls can sign up for their respective events from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling is the stock contractor and the number to call is 580-678-3583. Rodeo performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at the Grady County Fairgrounds outdoor rodeo arena with the Grand Entry at 8 p.m. each night. Advance tickets can be purchased at Hicks Western Wear. There will be a rodeo parade Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.12.

Natural gas is $6.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $21.69.

 

Obituaries

Dorothy Unruh

Funeral service for Dorothy Unruh, 92, of Chickasha was held at 10:00 a.m. this morning (Monday, June 20th) at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Tommi Jo King

Funeral service for Tommi Jo King, 52, of Tuttle will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 21st at Life Church in Mustang. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Betty Jo Gibson

Funeral service for Betty Jo Gibson, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Thomas Woods, Jr.

A memorial service for Thomas Woods, Jr., 71, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

 

2022, June 6th-11th

Saturday, June 11th

 

OSBI Investigates Murder-Suicide 

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) are looking into fatal shooting that took place at a home east of Tuttle yesterday. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess tells KOOL-RANCH News that the initial investigation by deputies is that it is a murder-suicide. Boggess said an elderly couple lived in the home east of Tuttle near Morgan Road and East Rock Creek Road. The OSBI hasn't released any details about their investigation and no names have been released.

 

Child Drowns at Ft. Cobb Lake

A family outing turns tragic after a five-year old child drowns at Ft. Cobb Lake. Authorities were called out to the Deer Run Splash Pad and playground just after 7 o'clock last night. The highway patrol reports that a five-year old boy wandered away from his family and went to an area bordered by water that surrounded a play area. The child was found in about three feet of water and individuals began CPR. The child was transported by private vehicle to meet an ambulance which took him to the Carnegie hospital where the child was pronounced dead.

 

One in Custody After Raid on Chickasha Homes

A Chickasha man is behind bars after law enforcement officers raid a couple of homes early Friday morning. 58-year old Trent Lyle Johnson was arrested after agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Grady County Sheriff's office special response team activated search warrants simultaneously in the 1000 block of South 1st and the 900 block of South 2nd. Undersheriff Gary Boggess said about 15 law enforcement personnel met about 4:30 Friday morning to discuss what he called the high-risk search warrants. The team, which did use the sheriff's office armor-plated MRAP vehicle, struck the houses about 6:00 a.m. Johnson was arrested on a drug trafficking complaint at the home on South 1st Street. Boggess said the house on South 2nd Street was abandoned and was what he called a ‘stash’ house. Boggess said Johnson has had several prior drug arrests .

 

New Casino Allowed to Open in Spite of Lawsuit

A federal judge will allow a new Caddo County casino to open in spite of a lawsuit that has been filed against the operation. The Warm Springs Casino west of Anadarko was built by the Ft. Sill Apache Tribe. However, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation have filed a joint lawsuit saying the casino would violate federal laws and harm their own gaming operations by taking business away. The Oklahoman reports that U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin turned down the Kiowa and Comanche tribes' requests to the delay the opening while the lawsuit works its way through the legal process. The casino is built on land originally allotted to a Kiowa citizen. The Ft. Sill- Apache Tribe acquired it in 2001 and built the convenience store then spent $2 million building a 3,000 sq. ft. casino next door. It wasn't clear when the casino might open.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Cathy Nestlen with the Regional Food Bank is on our KOOL Konversation program. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley and City Manager Tyler Brooks are on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 10th

 

Reports: Restaurant Fire Caused 'Significant' Damage

That fire at a Tuttle barbecue restaurant Thursday morning caused a lot of damage. Tuttle fire crews were called out to B-Ray's Barbecue just before 7 a.m. Thursday and they called in several other departments for assistance. A post on the Tuttle Fire Department's Facebook page indicates they quickly had the fire under control. A post on B-Ray's Facebook page says the restaurant had significant damage but gave no details. B-Rays thanked the fire department, the Tuttle community, their customers, and Taco Mayo for their help. The business began out of a food truck and the restaurant just opened in August of last year.

 

H.E. Bailey Turnpike's 'Cashless' System to Start Soon

The H.E. Bailey Turnpike is expected to go to a cashless pay system by the end of the month. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority approved new PlatePay rates for the highway from Lawton to Oklahoma City. For motorists who don't have a PikePass here is how the system works - a camera will take a photograph of the vehicle tag and then a bill will be mailed to the owner the vehicle. It will be more expensive than PikePass. Right now, a one-way trip from Lawton to Oklahoma City with a PikePass is $3.50. The same trip is $4.25 for those who pay cash. The cost using the PlatePay System will be $7.45. The action by the turnpike authority moves up the transition to the cashless system by about five weeks.

 

TwisterFest Among Numerous Weekend Events

Here are a few of the activities going on in the area this weekend. Chickasha's Muscle Car Ranch will be hosting its 8th annual TwisterFest. More than 40 bands from the Oklahoma and Texas region will be playing on five stages scattered throughout the nearly 100-acre ranch. Rock, blues, indie rock, country, and hip hop bands are all scheduled. The three-day, family friendly, outdoor concert runs through Sunday. RV and primitive campsites are available near any of the five lakes on the ranch. Day and weekend passes are available. Muscle cars are welcome and drivers of the muscle cars get free admission.

Legends Event Center

The Legends Event Center will host Cody Hibbard with Chickasha native T.J. Wicks tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. That is for individuals 21 and older.

Chickasha Community Theater

The Chickasha Community Theater is presenting another weekend of Disney's The Little Mermaid Junior. Performance times are 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night and the final performance will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

St. Luke's Art Appreciation, Wine -Tasting

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will host an art appreciation, sale, and wine-tasting event. That will be both tonight and tomorrow night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. with wine provided by the Shakespeare Wine Company. It’s free and open to the public. The church is known for its 120-year old auditorium that is still being used today.

Elks Lodge Fishing Derby

The Chickasha Elks Lodge holds its annual fishing derby tomorrow morning at Shannon Springs Park. They will be giving away four lifetime Oklahoma fishing licenses - one for each of four age groups. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with fishing from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $121.51 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $123.07.

Natural gas is $8.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,845 and silver is $21.54.

 

Obituaries

Tiffany Swafford

No public services are scheduled for Tiffany Swafford, 50, of Tuttle. A Gofundme account has been established to help the family. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Trevor Rivera

Funeral service for 25-year old Trevor Rivera of Norman is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, June 9th

 

Fire Crews Battle Flames at Tuttle Restaurant

Firefighters from multiple departments are working to douse flames at a Tuttle restaurant this morning. The Tuttle Fire Department was dispatched to B-Ray's Barbecue at 151 East Main Street just before 7:00 a.m. Tuttle officials called in nearby fire departments for help. Listen to KOOL/RANCH News for upates.

 

Gas Prices Continue Historic Climb

Gas prices have hit an all-time high in Oklahoma as well as across the country. Gasoline prices broke the $5 a gallon mark for the first time in the Sooner State this week. A gas station in southern Oklahoma near Davis posted a price of $5.03 per gallon and a station in southwest Oklahoma had its price at $4.99. The highest price we've seen in Chickasha is nearly $4.90 a gallon. The average price for a gallon of gas in Oklahoma is up to a record $4.54 per gallon in the most recent report from Triple-A. That's 33 cents higher than just a week ago and $2.75 higher than the same time one year ago. The national average is $4.95 per gallon.

 

Trafficking Suspect Also Faces Attempted Escape Charge

A Chickasha man is facing a drug trafficking charge after authorities say they found him with more than 300 tablets laced with fentanyl. The tablets are highly addictive and fatal overdoses have occurred locally and nationally. 33-year old Tyler Celeste Miller was taken into custody following a joint operation involving the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. The sheriff's office reports that Miller was taken into custody May 26th. Miller admitted swallowing 20 of the pills and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Authorities say Miller tried to escape while at the hospital but was quickly taken back into custody. After treatment, Miller was taken to the Grady County Jail. He is charged with drug trafficking and attempted escape. His bond was set at $300,000.

 

Pursuit Suspect Formally Charged

The suspect accused of leading Caddo County law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit this week has been formally charged in connection with the incident. Prosecutors have charged 37-year old Dustin Lee Beard of Cyril with eluding or attempting to elude, obstructing an officer, and driving with a suspended license. Beard was arrested Tuesday after the chase that had speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. He remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $15,000 bond. That includes bond on a previous felony burglary charge Beard is facing in connection with a break-in that occurred in Cyril in July of last year.

 

Ex-Con Faces New Charge of Domestic Violence

A Marlow man with a history of domestic violence is facing more allegations of assault. 39-year old Eddie Lewayne Hall, Jr. is accused of assaulting his estranged wife in connection with his most recent arrest. The Lawton Constitution reports that Hall has previous felony convictions, including a 2015 conviction out of Stephens County for domestic abuse. Hall is now facing another felony charge of assault.  He is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond.

 

Chix Officials Schedule Annual Ward 4 Meeting

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 4 can meet with their city council representatives next week. Residents can share their concerns about city issues and talk about what they'd like to see in the city's future. Council representatives Zack Grayson and Kelly Boyd will be on hand for the meeting which will be held Monday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Chickasha Police Department. Questions can be submitted ahead of time by sending an e-mail to info@chickasha.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $122.11 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $123.58.

Natural gas is $8.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,851 and silver is $22.01.

 

Obituary

Annie Williams

Funeral service for Annie Williams, 90, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 8th

 

Chix Officials Address Lack of Care at Cemeteries

Some city officials received complaints about the appearance of Chickasha's cemeteries over the Memorial Day weekend. City Councilwoman Georgianne Hebbelthwaite brought up the issue during this week's city council meeting.

 

              

 

City Manager Tyler Brooks says he has already had discussions about whether to hire another contractor or hire more city employees to do the work.

 

              

 

Brooks also said he has asked the Parks and Recreation Department to assist the Public Works Department in maintaining the cemeteries.

 

Storms Damage Grady County Jail

The Grady County Jail sustained some minor damage in the strong thunderstorms that moved through the area yesterday morning. Some of the building's exterior was ripped from the structure. Jail administrator Jim Gerlach said a large patch of the 22-year old jail's external insulation and finishing system (EIFS), which is an alternative to stucco, was blown off the outside of the second story of the four-story jail. No inmates had to be moved as the area where the damage occurred is secured. Gerlach had no estimate of damage.

 

Robbery Suspect In Custody Following Pursuit

A Cyril man wanted for robbery out of Texas is in custody after leading police on a high-speed pursuit in Caddo County. 37-year old Dustin Beard was arrested following a joint effort of Apache and Cyril police departments and the Caddo County Sheriff's Office. According to a post on the Apache Police Department's Facebook page, Beard led authorities on a pursuit that topped 100 miles per hour, endangering others throughout the chase. The post indicates that Beard jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in gear which resulted in the vehicle hitting a bridge. Beard then fled on foot down a creek but was eventually taken into custody and then to the Caddo County Jail where he is being held on complaints of felony eluding, obstruction, and driving under suspension.

 

Grady County Sheriff's Staff Honored for 20 Years of Service

Some long-time employees with the Grady County Sheriff's Office are recognized for their service. Lts. Chuck Berryhill and Carrie Boggess, and Deputy Dale Thompson were honored for 20 years of service. Sheriff Jim Weir and Undersheriff Gary Boggess say 20 years in law enforcement is a big milestone. All three individuals have sacrificed thousands of hours to serve and protect Grady County residents and have made the sheriff's office reserve program one of most elite programs of its kind in the state.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $119.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $120.57.

Natural gas is $9.29 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,853 and silver is $22.04.

 

Obituary

Dwain Boothe

Obituaries today include Dwain Boothe, 87, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha. He was a pharmacist, a missionary, and a U.S. Army veteran. Viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. today at Sevier Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 13th at Quail Springs Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Pregnancy Center in care of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children in Oklahoma City.

 

Tuesday, June 7th

 

Morning Thunderstorms Cause Flash Flooding

Strong thunderstorms bring flooding rains and hail to much of Grady, Caddo and surrounding counties as well as parts of the Oklahoma City metro area. A flood warning was in effect until 10:30 this morning for northern Grady, western McClain, and Cleveland counties. Main roads in Chickasha were flooded including 3rd and 4th Streets from Choctaw south to Idaho Avenue and residential areas prone to flooding also had high-water issues. The flood-warned area included the H.E. Bailey Turnpike between Chickasha and Newcastle. Mesonet sites recorded more than one inch of rain in Chickasha and nearly two inches of rain in Minco. In northern Caddo County the town of Hinton recorded the heaviest rainfall total in the region at more than 4 inches of rain.

 

Concerns Arise over Planned Drilling Rigs in Chickasha

An energy company looking to drill oil and gas wells in the Chickasha city limits gets some criticism. Camino Natural Resources has obtained drilling permits from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to drill at least two wells on property near Sooner and Cottonwood Roads. The permits were on the agenda for last night’s Chickasha City Council meeting for consideration. Chickasha businessman and resident Jacobi Jarnagin expressed concern that company officials were pretty aggressive in getting property owners to sign off on the drilling.

 

              

 

Jarnagin said Camino has plans to drill four wells on a single pad at that location. Mayor Chris Mosley said he supported the drilling but that he is concerned about the road damage that will occur.

 

              

 

The company is to pay a $25,000 bond on each of the permits to the city. The council voted 7-1 to approve the permits. Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander cast the only no vote.

 

Proposed Budget for City of Chickasha to be On-line

The council spent about 15 minutes discussing the proposed 2023 fiscal year budget for the city during a public hearing last night. No residents came forward during the hearing. Officials said while only a brief summary of the plan is currently available for public view on the city’s website, the entire proposal – more than 20 pages long - will be posted on the city’s website within a view days to allow for more public scrutiny. The $48 million plan will be placed on the agenda for the council's June 20th meeting to give the budget final approval.

 

Chickasha Seeks New Public Works Director

The City of Chickasha is looking for a new public works director. David Buchanan resigned from the post last month. City Manager Tyler Brooks said Buchanan left for personal reasons. Buchanan spent more than two years in that post. Last night, the city council approved a contract with Oklahoma Municipal Management Services to bring in an interim public works director. His hourly rate will be just over $35 an hour. Brooks says a candidate has been selected and will be on the job this morning. His name has not yet been made public.

 

Chix Fire Department to get Two New Ambulances

The Chickasha Fire Department will have two new ambulances in service later this year. The city council approved the purchase of a new ambulance and cab-and-chassis for the fire department during last night's meeting. The vehicles are being purchased from Emergency Vehicle Sales and Service of Oklahoma. The price tag for the 2022 model ambulance is just under $244,000. The cost of the 2022 Dodge Ram 5500 is about $65,000. The costs of both vehicles will be reimbursed by the county's 522 EMS District. The fire department will build the second ambulance onto the cab-and-chassis that is being purchased. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said the new ambulance is expected to be delivered in October.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $118.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.51.

Natural gas is $9.32 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,852 and silver is $22.09.

 

Obituaries

Josephine Guererro

Funeral service for Josephine Guererro, 83, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 10th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

‘Dale’ Riddle

A private family service will be held at a later date for Quenton "Dale" Riddle, 82, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 6th

 

Public Hearing to be held Tonight

for Proposed City of Chickasha Budget

A proposed budget of nearly $49 million for the City of Chickasha for fiscal year 2023 will be discussed during a public hearing that will be held the Chickasha City Council tonight. After the public hearing, the council will consider a resolution to adopt the budget which would go into effect next month.

Energy Company Seeks Drilling Permits

The council will also consider approving drilling permits for Camino Resources to drill two wells in the southeast part of the city near Sooner and Cottonwood Roads.

Purchase of New Ambulances to be Considered

The council will also consider purchasing a new ambulance and a cab-and-chassis for the fire department. It's proposed that the council purchase a 2022 ambulance at a cost of just under $244,000 and a 2022 Dodge Ram 5500 cab-and-chassis at a cost of no more than $65,000 from Emergency Sales and Service of Oklahoma. The fire department will use the cab-and-chassis to build a second ambulance. The city would be reimbursed for the cost of both vehicles by the 522 EMS district.  Also to be discussed is a proposal to retire K9 officer Jax and sell him to his handler at a cost of $100. The group will also consider a request for the temporary closing of the 100 block of Chickasha Avenue the evening of Saturday, July 2nd for a multi-class reunion celebration. The group will also consider a proposal to allow the Chickasha Area Arts Council to use the Rock Island Railroad depot area from Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd for its annual Rock Island Arts Festival.

 

Oklahoma to Participate in Kid Governor Program

Oklahoma is the 4th state in the country to participate in what's called the Kid Governor program. It's a civics lesson project for 5th grade students. Joe Dorman with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy gives a brief description.

 

              

 

Seven finalists will be selected and then ballots will be sent to participating 5th grade classes across the state who will vote and elect a Kid Governor for the following year. For information about the program teachers can visit the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's website: www.oica.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $118.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.72.

Natural gas is $8.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,857 and silver is $22.37.

 

Obituaries

Hazel Taylor

A graveside service for Hazel Taylor, 96, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Beth Kizzia

Funeral service for Beth Kizzia, 61, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

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