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2022, May 9th-14th

Saturday, May 14th

 

Grand Jury Finds Mistakes Made

in Governor's 2021 Commutation Order

A scathing report from an Oklahoma County grand jury says accused Chickasha killer Lawrence Anderson should not have been released from prison in 2021 - a move that proved to have led to deadly consequences. Just a few weeks after his release, Anderson was arrested for the fatal stabbing of three people and is said to have admitted cutting out one of his victim's hearts to eat it. The Oklahoman this week reported that the state pardon and parole board knew that Anderson was not eligible for clemency but did nothing to keep him and others like him locked up. Anderson, serving time for a drug offense, was among 400 inmates whose sentences were commuted by Gov. Kevin Stitt in January of last year. The grand jury said evidence indicates that the overall push at the parole board was 'volume' over anything else; and that 'corners were cut' and 'processes ignored' in order to get the highest number of inmates possible onto commutation dockets. The governor described the commutations as giving non-violent, low-level offenders a second chance. The move came after the governor appointed three new members to the pardon and parole board. Prior to the new members taking office, the panel rejected a commutation request for Anderson in 2019. That decision should have prevented Anderson from applying for commutation again for three years. However, he was able to do so within just a few months after the new parole board members took office - and the group twice voted in Anderson's favor. The grand jury criticized the governor for putting improper political pressure on his appointees and that the action was grossly improper. The grand jury also reported that at least one high-level member of the administrative staff became aware of Anderson's case being placed on the pardon and parole docket in error - and that it was found early enough that it could have been easily corrected. However, a decision was made by an unidentified individual to not bring the error to the attention of the pardon and parole board or the governor. A statement from the governor's office called the grand jury report 'the latest in a string of unfounded hit jobs by the Oklahoma County district attorney and other political insiders’.

 

Continental Resources Revises

Expected Oil, Natural Gas Production

Officials with energy giant Continental Resources say that their production numbers from the SCOOP and STACK plays in central and southern Oklahoma were surprisingly good in the first quarter of 2022. So much so, that those officials have raised its overall natural gas and oil production guidance numbers.  Continental CEO Doug Lawler told investors this month that the natural gas guidance numbers were increased from 1.1 billion cubic feet to 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. And that the oil production guidance numbers were increased from 200,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels per day. Continental also has oil and gas locations in South Dakota and other parts of the country. Officials did say the company is challenged by inflation with pressure up 20 percent compared to last year. The firm will allocate up to $125 million toward the inflation concerns.

 

Obituaries

‘Wayne’ Moore

Funeral service for Forrest ‘Wayne’ Moore of Chickasha and formerly of Alex will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 16th at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Alumni Scholarship Fund in his name at the First National Bank.

‘Rita’ Davis

Funeral service Marietta ‘Rita’ Davis of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Saturday, May 14th

 

Grand Jury Finds Mistakes Made

in Governor's 2021 Commutation Order

A scathing report from an Oklahoma County grand jury says accused Chickasha killer Lawrence Anderson should not have been released from prison in 2021 - a move that proved to have led to deadly consequences. Just a few weeks after his release, Anderson was arrested for the fatal stabbing of three people and is said to have admitted cutting out one of his victim's hearts to eat it. The Oklahoman this week reported that the state pardon and parole board knew that Anderson was not eligible for clemency but did nothing to keep him and others like him locked up. Anderson, serving time for a drug offense, was among 400 inmates whose sentences were commuted by Gov. Kevin Stitt in January of last year. The grand jury said evidence indicates that the overall push at the parole board was 'volume' over anything else; and that 'corners were cut' and 'processes ignored' in order to get the highest number of inmates possible onto commutation dockets. The governor described the commutations as giving non-violent, low-level offenders a second chance. The move came after the governor appointed three new members to the pardon and parole board. Prior to the new members taking office, the panel rejected a commutation request for Anderson in 2019. That decision should have prevented Anderson from applying for commutation again for three years. However, he was able to do so within just a few months after the new parole board members took office - and the group twice voted in Anderson's favor. The grand jury criticized the governor for putting improper political pressure on his appointees and that the action was grossly improper. The grand jury also reported that at least one high-level member of the administrative staff became aware of Anderson's case being placed on the pardon and parole docket in error - and that it was found early enough that it could have been easily corrected. However, a decision was made by an unidentified individual to not bring the error to the attention of the pardon and parole board or the governor. A statement from the governor's office called the grand jury report 'the latest in a string of unfounded hit jobs by the Oklahoma County district attorney and other political insiders’.

 

Continental Resources Revises

Expected Oil, Natural Gas Production

Officials with energy giant Continental Resources say that their production numbers from the SCOOP and STACK plays in central and southern Oklahoma were surprisingly good in the first quarter of 2022. So much so, that those officials have raised its overall natural gas and oil production guidance numbers.  Continental CEO Doug Lawler told investors this month that the natural gas guidance numbers were increased from 1.1 billion cubic feet to 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. And that the oil production guidance numbers were increased from 200,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels per day. Continental also has oil and gas locations in South Dakota and other parts of the country. Officials did say the company is challenged by inflation with pressure up 20 percent compared to last year. The firm will allocate up to $125 million toward the inflation concerns.

 

Obituaries

‘Wayne’ Moore

Funeral service for Forrest ‘Wayne’ Moore of Chickasha and formerly of Alex will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 16th at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Alumni Scholarship Fund in his name at the First National Bank.

‘Rita’ Davis

Funeral service Marietta ‘Rita’ Davis of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, May 13th

 

Grants OK'd for Sheriff's Offices in Illegal Marijuana Fight

A new Oklahoma law has created a program where county sheriffs can get grants to fight illegal marijuana activities. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 3530 which creates $5 million in total grant funds which will come from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). Sheriffs offices can apply for up to $65,000 for one year. It would require that one deputy in each office be assigned to help OMMA compliance inspectors. The bill was proposed this legislative session after inspectors were denied access to properties more 180 times over the last year. Officials say county sheriffs are at ground-zero and they need the resources to enforce laws regulating medical marijuana. The State Bureau of Narcotics has agreed to conduct drug training for deputies.

 

'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive is Tomorrow

Letter carriers and post offices nationwide will participate in what is considered to be the largest one-day food drive in the country. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is tomorrow. The drive is held to re-stock food pantries in local communities. Steve Riggs is the state spokesman for the drive. He says letter carriers are busier on this one day than they are at Christmas but that they have a passion for battling hunger in their local communities.

 

              

 

All the food collected tomorrow will be distributed tomorrow afternoon and will be shared equally with food pantries in each area. Rural postal patrons are also asked to place food bags next to their mail boxes. Collection boxes can also be found in many post offices.

 

Kiowa Tribe Election Results Certified

The results of last week’s Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma election have been certified by the Kiowa Election Commission. Lawrence Spottedbird and Jacob Tsotigh are the chairman-elect and vice chair elect; Timothy Satepahoodle is the District 3 legislator-elect for the Medicine Bluff area; and Alana Quetone is the District 4 legislator-elect for the Jimmy Creek area. All will take office in July. There will be a run-off between Kyle Attaddelty and Marlon Toyekoyah for the District 1 legislator post which is the Anadarko area. The run-off will be held during the general election on Saturday, June 4th where tribal members will also vote on the 2022-23 fiscal year budget submitted by current tribal chairman Matt Komalty.

 

4Her Says Humans, Horses Have Similar Traits

Did you know that horses, like humans are family oriented? And also like humans they can experience loneliness? Sage Payne with the Grady County 4H Horse Club says even in the wild horses are pack animals and thrive in groups. She says horses can have a physical impact on humans.

 

              

 

She also said psychologists have demonstrated that horses could recognize a human's mood from their facial expressions and are able differentiate between anger and happiness.

 

Talk Show Guests

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and Undersheriff Gary Boggess are on our KOOL Konversation program. And on Real Estate Today, Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin is the guest. Look for podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.45.

Natural gas is $7.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $20.80.

 

Thursday, May 12th

 

Chix Police Update Info on Weekend Hit-and-Run

Chickasha police continue their investigation of a hit-and-run accident involving a vehicle and woman riding bicycle from the past weekend. Authorities say the accident happened about 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Police say that a bystander heard the accident and saw what was believed to be dark-colored Chevy pickup driving away from the scene. The bystander found the bicycle rider and called 9-1-1. The woman was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. Police did not release her name and had no update on how seriously she was hurt. Police ask anyone who may have information that could lead to the identification of the pick-up driver to call 405-222-6051 or by calling Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip on the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Turnpike Panhandler Arrested for Driving a Stolen Vehicle

A state trooper arrests a man on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike following an odd confrontation. The trooper initially responded to a call about a man panhandling at the Newcastle toll both Monday morning. A probable cause affidavit indicates that the toll booth operator said the man was asking motorists for gas as they pulled up to pay their tolls. The man had left by the time the trooper arrived however the toll both worker described the vehicle as a dark-colored SUV. A few minutes later the trooper spotted the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway and when he stopped to investigate and called in the tag number, it was discovered that the SUV had been reported stolen. While trying to make contact with the driver, the man sped away and after a short pursuit pulled in to the travel plaza northeast of Chickasha. The man then got out of the SUV and fled on foot, running across the turnpike and was almost hit by oncoming traffic. The man tripped and fell on the shoulder of the roadway where the trooper was able to make the arrest. In custody is 34-year old Kyle Gene Brown of Tulsa. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony for unauthorized use of a vehicle and a misdemeanor for eluding. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $20,000 bond. An order for a competency evaluation for Brown has been issued.

 

Chix Antique Auto Club Swap Meet Underway

Chickasha becomes the antique car and truck capital of the state this weekend. The Chickasha Antique Auto Club hosts its spring swap meet. 200-plus vendors are expected to have a wide range of parts and some will have fully-restored antiques for sale or trade. The swap meet is on a 35-acre site owned by the club just east of the Grady County Fairgrounds. However, Chase O'Brien says there also some indoor vendors at the fairgrounds.

 

              

 

Also in the north exhibit building will be a Spring Fling craft show Friday and Saturday. Also on Saturday, the swap meet will host this month's Coffee and Cars Chickasha event Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Organizer Brad Bates says it will be another opportunity to help the family of Kendall Singleton - as Ken continues to recover from severe burns suffered when his funny car caught fire during a race at the Texas Motor Speedway back in May.

 

Grady, McClain Counties Considered 'Paycheck-Friendly'

A new study indicates that Grady and McClain counties are among the most paycheck-friendly places in the state. The survey from a group called Smart Asset shows that both counties are ranked in to the top 10 Oklahoma counties with that designation. The study measured each county’s income-to-cost of living ratio; unemployment rate; income growth; and tax rates. Harmon County was named the most paycheck-friendly county with a rating of 65.70; McClain County was third with a rating of 62.22; and Grady County was 7th with a rating of 60.53.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.51.

Natural gas is $7.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,848 and silver is $21.26.

 

Obituaries

Eveline Hare

A graveside service for Eveline Hare, 78, of Ninnekah will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 13th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Donald Lair

A graveside service for Donald Lair, 90, of Frisco, Texas and formerly of Verden will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 13th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Dorotha Jordan

A graveside service for Dorotha Jordan, 72, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 11th

 

Bicyclist Hospitalized in Hit-and-Run Accident

Chickasha police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that hit and seriously injured a bicycle rider then drove off. The hit-and-run occurred after midnight Sunday in the area of the 1100 block of South 3rd Street. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said that the woman riding the bicycle was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. Her name has not been released and no information about the accident was immediately available from police. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Chickasha Police or Grady County Crimestoppers hotline at 405-224-TIPS. Tips may also be given anonymously on the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Man Accused of Beating Grandmother with Clothes Hanger

A Caddo County man is accused of beating his ill grandmother. Apache police arrested 36-year old Cory Brent Heath after being called to the woman's home last week. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that allege Heath used a plastic clothes hanger to hit his grandmother in the face and legs and that he slapped and choked her. It's also alleged that Heath took the woman's cell phone so she couldn't call anybody. Prosecutors have charge Heath with a felony for caretaker abuse and a misdemeanor for domestic assault and battery. His bond was set at $50,000. If convicted of the felony Heath faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

New Law to Reduce Time Bodies Remain at Fatal Crash Sites

A new law will take effect later this year regarding how bodies in fatal automobile accidents are removed from the scene. Currently a body may not be moved until a medical examiner arrives to investigate, even if law enforcement has already conducted an investigation. In at least one instance, it prevented the removal of a body for hours because the medical examiner was unable to get to the scene in a timely manner. The new law will allow law enforcement to remove the body to minimize the trauma being experience by the victim's family. Gov. Kevin signed SB 1123 into law and it will go into effect Nov. 1st.

 

Grady County GOP to Host State, Federal Candidates

Three Republican Party candidates running for state or federal offices will be part of the next Grady County Republican Party meeting. Gubernatorial candidate Joel Kintzel, state treasurer candidate David Hooten, and U.S. Senate candidate Nathan Dahm will discuss their platforms. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 19th with a free dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church followed by the speakers at 7 p.m. The event is open to everyone regardless of political affiliation. The county GOP will also host an education forum at USAO on June 4th which will feature speakers to include some of the candidates for state school superintendent.

 

Grady County Teacher Awarded Grant for Greenhouse

An Alex teacher receives a grant from the parent company of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Nicole Bauman received one of 64 Teacher Vision grants awarded by American Electric Power (AEP). The company issues up to $70,000 in grants each year across its 11-state service area. The grants range from $100 to $500 and are designed to make creative projects possible for the teachers. Bauman will use her grant for a greenhouse. AEP-PSO says the grants are to help improve student academic achievement and that the firm has a special interest in science, math, technology, electrical safety, and the balanced study of energy and the environment.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $99.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.46.

Natural gas is $7.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $21.74.

 

Obituary

Mick Hendrix

A graveside service for Mick Hendrix, 71, of Modesto, California and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 13th at Fairlawn Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at InterUrban restaurant from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 10th

 

Chickasha School Board Approves Long-Range Plan

The Chickasha Board of Education unanimously approved an extensive five-year plan to make improvements throughout the school district. The panel approved the plan during last night's school board meeting. In a joint effort which included a large community group, the K20 Center at OU and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, numerous meetings and surveys were completed to get input on improvements needed at each school site. School board member Zach McGill said many hours have been invested in developing the plan over the last 10 months.

 

              

 

The first of four phases will focus on improved student achievement in language arts, math, science, and increasing student participation in college- and career-readiness programs. The second phase is to increase parent and community involvement at all schools; to positively recognize students, staff, and teachers; and to implement consistent discipline procedures at each school. The third phase is to recruit and retain personnel; and develop and enhance employees. The fourth and final phase is to develop and implement a technology plan; an on-going facilities and transportation plan; and maintain financial resources related to facilities, transportation, and technology.

 

Chix Surgery Center Receives National Accreditation

A new surgery center at a Chickasha medical facility has received national accreditation. CareFirst Wellness Associates reports that the SPMC Ambulatory Surgery Center has received the recognition from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. The commission is a non-profit group that has been around for more than 35 years and is dedicated to meeting more than 600 standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. CareFirst recently purchased the Southern Plains Medical Group facilities in Chickasha, Anadarko, and Pauls Valley. SPMC Ambulatory Surgery Center has a new two-room surgical suite which offers out-patient surgeries for patients in southwest Oklahoma. Officials say many times rural Oklahomans drive more than an hour to surgery centers in metropolitan areas where some specialty clinics are backed up six to eight weeks just for an initial appointment. The surgery center will provide corrective vision surgeries, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatric surgeries, women's services, urology, pain management, podiatry, ophthalmology and others.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $103.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $105.94.

Natural gas is $7.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,856 and silver is $21.79.

 

Obituaries

Marlon Charlson

A memorial service for Marlon Charlson, 74, of Ninnekah will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 11th at Sevier Funeral Home.

James Daughtry

A memorial service for James Daughtry, 44, formerly of Chickasha, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14th at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are also with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 9th

 

Chix School Board to Discuss District's 5-Year Plan 

For the last 10 months Chickasha school officials have been meeting with the community to discuss long-range plans for the district. Those plans are expected to be finalized tonight by the board of education. The district partnered with about 30 community members, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, and the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma to gather information and develop the five-year plan. Community forums were held and surveys were conducted. Four key areas were created including student achievement, culture and community, personnel, and resources. Time lines have been established in each area and if the overall plan is approved annual reviews will be held to measure progress and make adjustments. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Pre-teen Hospitalized After SUV Hits Tree

An SUV driven by a teenager runs off a Caddo County road and hits a tree sending a young passenger to the hospital. An 11-year old boy was taken by an air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk, and internal injuries. The accident happened just after 3:00 p.m. Saturday about a mile-and-a-half south of Anadarko at the intersection of CS 2670 and CR 1380. The highway patrol reports that the 16-year girl behind the wheel was driving too fast, hit a curb, then ran off the road and hit the tree. The names of the youths were not released as the OHP does not identify juveniles involved in accidents.

 

Chix Ward 2 Annual Meeting is Tonight

Chickasha residents who live in Ward 2 can meet with their city council representatives this evening. Councilors Nate McCalla and Georgianne Hebbelthwaite will spend some time with their constituents fielding questions and discussing issues on making the city a better place to live. Tonight's meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Shannon Springs Park bath house. Similar meetings will be scheduled later this year for residents in Wards Three and Four and their council representatives.

 

City-wide Clean up Underway

Chickasha's City Wide Clean-up Campaign is getting underway today. Residents are encouraged to clean up their yards and neighborhoods and dispose of unwanted items. Large roll-off dumpsters can be found in strategic areas including Centennial Park; at USAO ( just off 18th and Grand); Washita Valley Park; 6th and Frisco; and across the street from the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center. The dumpsters will be emptied each night. Items that should not be placed in the dumpsters include batteries, tires, pesticides, liquids, (including motor oils), and any hazardous materials.

Town-wide Garage Sales to be held This Weekend

The city is also encouraging residents to have garage sales this weekend in conjunction with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club Swap Meet. Garage sale permits, normally $5 each, are being waived. And on Saturday, the Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents with left-over garage sale items to donate them to Goodwill. There will be a drop-off point in the parking lot next to the Shannon Springs Park swimming pool on Saturday only until 2:00 p.m.

 

Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma Voters Elect New Leadership Team

Members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma have elected Lawrence Spottedbird and Jacob Tsotigh as the tribe's new chairman and vice-chairman. In the unofficial results from Saturday's election Spottedbird and Tsotigh collected nearly 57 percent of the vote with 982 votes. The next closest team of current vice chair Rhonda Ahhaity and Kevin Squarcia received 22 percent of the vote or 388 votes. There is a three-day challenge period that runs through Wednesday before the results will be final. Should no challenges be filed Spottebird and Tsotigh will take office in July. Spottedbird will take over for current chairman Matt Komalty who did not run for re-election due to health issues. Also in Saturday's election, Alana Quetone defeated Cole Delaune in the race for District 4 legislator. Quetone received with 56 percent of the vote while Delaune received 44 percent, 83 to 65. A run-off will be needed between Kyle Ataddlety and Marlon Toyekoya in the race for District 1 legislator. Ataddlety picked up nearly 47 percent of the votes with 194 which was 14 votes shy of winning the seat outright. Toyekoyah picked up nearly 16 percent which was 66 votes; with Jared Tartsah finishing a closed third with just over 14 percent or 64 votes. Timothy Satepahoodle ran unopposed for the District 3 legislator.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.39.

Natural gas is $8.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,858 and silver is $21.76.

2022, May 2nd-7th

Saturday, May 7th

 

Salvation Army Deployed to Help Seminole Tornado Victims

A lot of organizations have come forward to lend a hand in Seminole where a tornado caused massive destruction this week. Lt. Crystal McFarland with the Grady and Caddo County Salvation Army was deployed to help the victims. A press release from the Salvation Army says McFarland is serving as an emotional and spiritual care officer. A disabled man in a wheelchair came out as soon as the Salvation Army team arrived. His family was able to take shelter at a neighbor's home as the tornado swept through town. Their mobile home and their vehicle were destroyed. McFarland ministered to the family which had grown to 13 people living in the damaged home next door. McFarland said it was humbling to see how grateful the family was even with their losses. She said it is a reminder that even when times are tough we need to rely on each other and the Lord sends us comfort when we need it.

 

Lindsay Celebrates Founders Day

The town of Lindsay is celebrating its birthday today. The Lindsay Founders Day will mark the 120th anniversary of the community. Records indicate that in December of 1901, the Rock Island Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad agreed to meet in an area about halfway between Chickasha and Pauls Valley and just a few months later Lindsay was born. Today’s celebration will include arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a car show, kids activities, live music from the Wyatt Zane Band, and a parade. Also, the Murray-Lindsay Mansion and the Ryan Taylor Dutton family museum will be open.

 

Company Reports McClain County Well Completions

We have some oil well completions to report in the area. Casillas Petroleum Resources Partners report the completions in McClain County north of Lindsay in Section 3 of Township 5 North and Range 4 West. Two wells on a single pad were bringing in more than 1,600 barrels of oil equivalent and more than 1,100 Mcf of natural gas per day. The spud date on the wells was last October and completion was in January. The wells were drilled to a depth of more than 18,000 feet.

 

Kiowa Tribe Chairman-Vice Chairman Election Today

Members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will be electing a new chairman and vice chairman today. Current chairman Matt Komalty who has served the last four years did not run for re-election due to health issues. It's a crowded ballot, with current vice chairman Rhonda Ahhaitty running for chairman along with her vice-chair running mate Kevin Squarcia. Other candidates include the combination of Leonard Spottedbird for chairman and Jacob Tsotigh as vice chair; Charles Eisenberger as chairman and Kylie Callahan as vice chair; and Enoch Kaulaity as chairman and Nylvia Holland as vice chair. There are also four candidates on the ballot for District 1 legislator and two for District 4 legislator.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Tommy Phillips with the Chickasha post office and Steve Riggs, the state chairman of the letter carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive are on the KOOL Konversation. A second segment of the program is with Chase O'Brien and Bud Andrus from the Chickasha Antique Club talking about the group's spring swap meet next week. On Real Estate Today this week’s guests are Wendy King, Patrisha McConnell, and Sheri Thrash with Special Young Adults. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, May 6th

 

Trial Date to be Set For Coach Alleged to have Raped Players

Former high school and junior high school girls basketball coach Ronald Gene Akins will go to trial on charges that he raped and sexually assaulted some of his players. Akins appeared electronically in front of a judge in Grady County District Court yesterday, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the 10 felonies he's been charged with. Akins is to be back in court June 2nd for an arraignment where a trial date will be scheduled. Akins was arrested last June after several former players accused him of coercing them to be intimate with him. Their attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit against Akins and others, saying they took their allegations to school officials and law enforcement but neither did anything about the complaints.

 

Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

A Grady County man is arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping an ex-girlfriend. 40-year old Brandon Keith Pendley of Rush Springs was booked into the Grady County Jail on Wednesday. A probable cause affidavit indicates a deputy sheriff was called to a Duncan hospital late Wednesday night where a woman was being treated for numerous injuries. She said she and Pendley had recently broken up after dating for a couple of years, and he had been following her around. The victim said she was at a friend's house near Lake Taylor south of Rush Springs when Pendley showed up. The two began fighting and the victim tried to leave, but alleged Pendley got in the car with her forced her to drive to his home. The woman said Pendley held her against her will for about 18 hours. The victim was able to escape when Pendley left and she called a relative. Authorities later found Pendley and took him to jail. Pendley has been charged with felony kidnapping and a misdemeanor for assault. He remains in jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

 

Grant Sought to Help Upgrade Some Chickasha Water Lines

At Chickasha city hall, the wheels are in motion to obtain a federal grant to help upgrade some of the city's water lines. After an 11-minute public hearing during last night’s city council meeting where no residents spoke either for or against the proposal, the city council approved a resolution to participate in the Community Development Block Grant small cities program. The city will apply for a nearly $200,000 grant to help fund the project. The city will have to match that dollar amount with the funds to be budgeted in the 2023 fiscal year that starts in July. The area where the improvements are planned are generally from Henderson to 4th Street and from Missouri to Alabama Avenue. Officials say once everything is in place it will take about two years for the work to be completed.

Negotations Approved to Consider Purchase of New Ambulances

The council also approved a plan to negotiate with the 522 EMS District to purchase two new ambulances at a cost not to exceed $325,000 each. If approved the EMS District would re-imburse the city for its costs. Any agreement that may be reached would have to return to the council for approval.

 

Annual Ward 2 Meeting is Monday

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 2 will be able to meet face-to-face with their city council representatives to discuss their concerns. Councilwoman Georgieanne Hebblethwaite and Councilman Nate McAlla will meet constituents at the Shannon Springs Park Bath House Monday evening at 6:30. Those who may have questions can submit them in advance. E-mails can be sent to info@chickasha.org To find out if you live in Ward 2, a map showing the city's four wards can be seen on the City of Chickasha's website.

 

Chickasha Farmers Market Opens Tomorrow

The Chickasha Farmers Market will be opening tomorrow. Locally grown produce and other items will be available to the public. The group's Facebook page indicates they will have potted plants, flowers, and seedlings, baked goods, breads, jellies, farm eggs, and honey. Wheeler Farms will be there with some of their products and the Four B’s food truck will be there. The market will once again be located in the parking lot at 7th and Choctaw Avenue across from Dairy Queen. They'll open at 7:00 a.m. and will be there until noon or so. Anyone who would like to be a vendor can get information from the Chickasha Farmers Market Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.90.

Natural gas is $8.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $22.46.

 

Obituary

Jack Grisham

A celebration of life for Jack Grisham, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 9th at the Chickasha Country Club. He served in the Army Reserves. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or Mobile Meals in Chickasha.

 

Thursday, May 5th

 

Former Coach Accused of Rape Has Court Appearance Today

Former Ninnekah and Friend girls basketball coach Ron Akins, accused of rape and indecent acts with some of his players, is due in court today. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Grady County District Court. Akins is facing 10 felony counts related to allegations that he groomed several players to have intimate contact with him. Formal charges were filed against Akins last summer. Also, a number of his alleged victims have filed a federal lawsuit against him and others related to the accusations. The victims said they had told school officials and law enforcement about Akins’ actions but nothing was done. Today's preliminary hearing is to determine if there is enough evidence for Akins to stand trial on the charges he's facing. Akins is being represented by Oklahoma City attorneys John Coyle and James Radford.

 

New Law Expected to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Legislation approved by the state house and senate designed to give greater protection to victims of human trafficking and child abduction has been signed into law. SB 1569 is called the Address Confidentiality for Child Survivors and their Families Act. Gov. Stitt has signed the bill and it will go into effect November 1st. The measure gives victims of human trafficking and child abduction the ability to keep their addresses confidential to better protect them from stalking, harassment, and from being re-victimized. Officials say it will help address victims' concerns that where they live could be easily discovered through government records. Officials say human traffickers can be relentless so their victims could use this extra layer of protection that the act is expected to provide.

 

Couple Resumes Walk to Stillwater for Special Olympics

A Chickasha couple will soon be headed to Stillwater...on foot! Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer will be walking to Stillwater in support of Special Olympics. This is the 22nd year for them to make the 125-mile walk. The last couple of years they have done a virtual walk because of COVID but they still made sure they walked the entire 125 miles. That’s the distance from Chickasha to Boone-Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University where the state Special Olympic games are held. Beth Ann says they will have help from state troopers on the journey.

 

              

 

The walk to Stillwater is preceded by Craig's Walk which will be held tonight. It is a memorial for Stewart and Beth Ann's son Craig who died in a plane crash several years ago. Craig's Walk will be held at the Chickasha High School football field from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where supporters will gather to also raise money for Special Olympics. Beth Ann said the goal tonight is to have all the participants walk a combined 125 miles to match her and Stewart's journey. The Tim Brauer and First Look Band will perform. The Myer's will start their walk to Stillwater tomorrow morning. They'll walk 20 to 25 miles each day and will arrive at OSU in time for the opening ceremonies of the state games next Wednesday.

 

Grady Cattle Group Becomes Unified with State Association

Grady County Cattle Producers have elected to become a unified county with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. The move was approved during the group's recent annual meeting. About 140 were in attendance. Harold Gillenwaters was recognized as being named the Cattleman of the Year by the state association and he received citations from State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) and State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle). In the carcass contest for the youth, Boston Schenk of Chickasha had the champion overall steer; Clair Janssen of Ampo had the reserve; and Ladd Turner, also of Ampo was third. Schenk also had the steer with best carcass; Brady Mitchell of Friend had the steer with the best weight gain; and Blake Janssen of Ampo had the best interview.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $107.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.14.

Natural gas is $8.41 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,896 and silver is $23.04

 

Obituary

Carolyn Seely

A graveside service for Carolyn Seely, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 6th at the Mount Olive Cemetery in Pauls Valley. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 4th

 

Chickasha Clean-up Days Set

Chickasha city and business leaders have again joined forces to hold a city-wide clean-up campaign. The clean-up will be next week starting Monday, May 9th and running through Sunday, May 15th. Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks said it’s an opportunity to show civic pride. Economic Development Council (EDC) director Jim Cowan said it’s much more than spring clean-up - it’s about growing a culture of being proud of where we work and live. In addition to the city and EDC, Cherokee Temps is helping to sponsor the event. Here's what is scheduled - several large roll-off dumpsters will be located throughout the city including Washita Valley Park; 6th and Frisco; Borden Park (on Iowa Avenue across from the high school baseball field); Centennial Park, and at Willard Hall at USAO (18th and Grand). Items that should not be put in the dumpsters include tires, batteries, oil, pesticides, liquids, hazardous materials, concrete or Freon. For information follow the Economic Development Council on Facebook.

 

Chix City Council Meeting Re-scheduled

A special meeting of the Chickasha City Council has been scheduled for tomorrow night. The panel's meeting this past Monday night was canceled because of severe weather. All the items that were supposed to be discussed at that time are to be reviewed at tomorrow night's meeting. That includes the public hearing on a nearly $200,000 Community Development Block Grant to improve part of the city's water distribution where low water pressure is an issue. The panel will also consider using American Rescue Plan Act funds to purchase a server and other computer equipment. The group will also consider approving a resolution to establish a crosswalk at 2nd and Michigan Avenue. The council will meet at 6:30 tomorrow night at City Hall.

 

Grady County Museum Curator Pat Cunningham

Earns Top Honor at Chamber of Commerce Banquet

A number of awards were doled out at the 99th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet. Pat Cunningham, the curator of the Grady County Historical Society Museum and long-time teacher was the top honoree as she was inducted into the Civic Hall of Fame. Josh Woods and Zach Grayson of the InterUrban restaurant, and who created the Oklahoma Food Truck Championships were named co-Citizens of the Year; Zack Bowles with the Life Skills Institute and Resurrection House is the Volunteer of the Year; the City of Chickasha's Public Works Director David Buchanan is the Public Servant of the Year; Kelly Wilkerson of Chicken Express who is also a USAO Regent is the Woman of the Year; Baity Screw Machine Products is the Small Business of the Year; Grady Memorial Hospital is the Business of the Year; and Kristen McGregor and Kristyn Allbritton with the Oh-18 Magazine are The Young Professionals of the Year. Margaret Davis received the Legacy Ambassador Award for 30 years of service to the Chamber Ambassadors and a surprise Chairman's award was presented to Chamber President and Economic Development Council Director Jim Cowan.

 

State FFA Convention Wraps Up in Tulsa

A lot of FFA students in the area are joining their colleagues at the State FFA Convention. For the first time the convention is being held in Tulsa. State Agriculture Secretary Blayne Arthur, who is a Chickasha native, says it is an opportunity to meet youth who will go on to do great things.


              

The state FFA convention will wrap up today with the naming of the Stars of Oklahoma and the announcement of the new state officer team.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.97.

Natural gas is $7.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,870 and silver is $22.67.

 

Obituaries

Erma Dee Harrison

Funeral service for Erma Dee Harrison, 98, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 6th at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

William Grimes

A graveside service for William Grimes, 82, Kent, Washington will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 3rd

 

Violent Storms Drop Twisters, Hail on the Region

As many as 10 tornadoes are reported to have touched down from the powerful thunderstorms that moved through much of Oklahoma Monday afternoon and evening. One of them was in Cyril where a mobile home was flipped over and a nearby brick home had heavy roof damage. Fortunately the residents were not at home. There were no reports of deaths nor serious injuries from any of the storms. A tornado watch was first issued for much of the state about 2:00 p.m. Monday and the first severe weather hit the north-central part of the state about 3:30 p.m. Tornado warnings were issued for Grady and Caddo counties from a storm that originated near Apache and moved east-northeast. Storm sirens wailed in Chickasha a couple of times as a supercell thunderstorm closed in on the city around 6:00 p.m. Much of the region was pummeled with pea- and marble-sized hail although much larger hail was witnessed throughout the county. While the Grady County Emergency Management Agency had reports of ping-pong ball sized hail, photos sent to our partners at KWTV News 9 showed a baseball- sized hail stone in Chickasha and a grapefruit-sized stone in Pocasset. Heavy rainfall caused some minor flooding in low-lying areas including a section of U.S. Highway 81 near Country Club Road.

Storm Forces Cancelation of City Council Meeting

The severe weather forced officials to cancel the Chickasha City Council meeting that was scheduled Monday evening. The agenda included a public hearing on a community development block grant for a project to improve a part of the city's water distribution system. The items scheduled to be considered will be placed on the agenda of another meeting to be scheduled later.

 

Storms Arrive the Day Before Anniversary of Deadly 1999 Tornado 

Today marks the anniversary of one of the largest tornadoes on record which swept through the Sooner State. It was May 3rd, 1999 when an F5 tornado killed 41 people and caused an estimated $1 billion in damage. Like yesterday’s weather that storm also started near Apache. It destroyed a home south of Verden then tracked to the Chickasha airport where a couple of hangars were damaged. The huge tornado formed near Amber then tore through Bridge Creek where four people died. The massive twister then moved on to Moore and Oklahoma City. Wind speeds were recorded at more than 300 miles per hour and the tornado was on the round for nearly an hour and a half and left a 38-mile path of destruction.

 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Set

It's called the largest one-day food drive in the country. The National Letter Carriers Association, rural mail carriers, and post offices across throughout America unite in what's called the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Nationwide, individuals are being asked to put some non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14th. The food drive was canceled the previous two years because of the coronavirus so letter carriers are excited about the return of the event.  All the food will be collected by mail carriers, family members, and other volunteers that day. The food will be distributed that afternoon to local food banks in each community. The food drive is supported by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma which serves hundreds of communities throughout central and western Oklahoma. A plastic bag will be sent out in the mail within the next few days that residents can use. A follow-up post card will also be sent reminding postal patrons of the food drive on the 14th. Food may also be taken to local post offices. Individuals can also donate money to the food drive with a simple text message. Individuals can text the word 'food' to 501-501 to make a $10 donation. Every dollar donated helps to provide four meals. In the 30 years since the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive first started in 1992 nearly 12 million pounds of food and $10 million has been donated to fight hunger in Oklahoma.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.36.

Natural gas is $7.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,860 and silver is 22.71.

 

Obituary

Mary Ann Vinyard

Funeral service for Mary Ann Vinyard, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6th at Epworth Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/donate or any charity of your choice.

 

Monday, May 2nd

 

Deadly Crash in Blanchard Under Investigation

A weekend rollover crash in Blanchard which claimed the life of Norman man remains under investigation. 44-year old James Daughtery died in the accident that happened just before 10:00 p.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 62 near South Truman and South Ford Avenues. The highway patrol reports that Daughtery failed to go around a curve on the highway, crossed the center median, crashed into a ditch, then the car rolled several times.

 

Water Line Upgrades Up for Discussion by Chix City Council

A public hearing concerning a grant to improve part of Chickasha's water distribution system will be held by the city council tonight. The city has been awarded a nearly $200,000 Community Development Block Grant for the project. The target area is between Henderson Street on the east and 4th Street on the west - and from Missouri Avenue on the north to Alabama Avenue on the south. It is a matching grant program so the city will also have to kick in an additional $200,000 to make it a nearly $400,000 project. The city will also consider approving an anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan in conjunction with the work. No residents are expected to lose their homes should the project be approved.

Ambulances, Public Pool, Volunteer Program Also up for Discussion

The council is also expected to approve a proposal to purchase two new ambulances at a total cost not to exceed $325,000. If approved, the county's 522 EMS district is expected to reimburse the city. The council is also expected to approve a contract with the Chickasha Area YMCA to manage the public pool at Shannon Springs Park this summer; and consider establishing a volunteer program for the city and approve an application and a handbook that includes guidelines and requirements for volunteers. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Doug Prince, Former Grady County Commissioner Dies

Former Grady County Commissioner Doug Prince has died. Prince was 78 when he passed away last Friday.  Prince served as county commissioner for eight years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He also worked as a truck driver. He grew up in Pauls Valley where he played high school basketball and led the state in scoring in his junior and senior years. He also coached Little League baseball, softball, and football teams for 50 years. Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Glorida; son Mark and wife Mechelle, son Ron; and daughter Angie. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5 at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Chix Tourism Work Touted

A lot of things have taken shape over the last few years to increase tourism in Chickasha. The Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and a replica of The Leg Lamp from the holiday film classic ‘A Christmas Story’ movie are just a couple of events that bring thousands of visitors to the city each year. Those events started with an idea from one person which grew to get community support. Bill Geist, a destination marketing coordinator with a group called DMOProz, addressed that very issue at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce annual banquet last Friday night. He said many times an idea is shot down because people who may oppose an idea are more vocal about it.

 

              

 

Geist said individuals who support ideas like a new park by the Rock Island Railroad Depot should share their thoughts with city leaders to get their opinions heard.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.34.

Natural gas is $7.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,879 and silver is $22.70.

 

Obituaries

Sheila Hart

Funeral service for Sheila Hart, 73, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3rd at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Barrett Rhyne

Funeral service for Barrett Rhyne, 23 months, will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3rd at the Alex High School Gymnasium. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital's Child Life and Expressive Therapies or the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Venita Fay Parker

Funeral service for Venita Fay Parker, 82, of Bradley will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4th at New Beginnings Church in Blanchard. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

KOOL News, April 25th-30th

Saturday, April 30th

 

Wind Energy Electric Transmission Line Approved

NextEra Energy, which has wind farms throughout Oklahoma including in Grady County, has received approval to build a 48-mile transmission line. The approval comes from the Southwest Power Pool board of directors. A 345-kilovolt line to connect the Minco and Draper substations is expected to be on-line in two years. The website OK Energy Today reports that the proposal had the support of an industry expert panel. The panel process is required under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order for some transmission projects. Officials say the transmission line will address economic needs in the region. Matt Valle, President of NextEra Transmission said the project furthers the company's goal of creating America's leading competitive transmission company. He also said it is consistent with the company's strategy of adding high-quality regulated assets to its portfolio which includes assets in six states and in Canada.

 

State Tourism Department Fallout Continues

The fallout continues regarding the news of that controversial contract between the state's tourism department and a barbecue restaurant that had been operating at several state tourism locations. The director of the state's tourism department, Jerry Winchester, turned in his resignation yesterday. His resignation was announced by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The governor also announced that the state will be filing a lawsuit against Swadley's Foggy Bottom Kitchen. Winchester's resignation came the day after the formation of a special State House of Representatives committee to investigate potential misuse of taxpayer funds through a vendor agreement. That agreement had the tourism and recreation department paying Swadley's more than $16 million to install restaurants and make capital improvements to lodges, structures, and parking lots.

 

Chix Rotary Run; Open Streets Program are Today

You may see some runners in Chickasha neighborhoods this morning, as the Chickasha Rotary Club is holding its 5K and one-mile fun runs. They'll be starting at the Rock Island Railroad depot and run a route south and west through town and back. The Rotary Run precedes the Open Streets Chickasha event which will get underway later this morning. More than 30 vendors will be on hand with family-oriented activities including an inflatable water slide. The Chickasha Fire Department and Grady County Sheriff's Office will be on hand along with the Chickasha Area Arts Council, the YMCA, and Grady County 4H and many others. Alpacas of Oklahoma will have some of their animals in the depot area. Chickasha Avenue will be blocked off from the depot to 4th Street. Food booths will include Jungle Ice and Popworth's Kettle Corn. It's a free event and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Blood Drive Also Scheduled Today

Also, the Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive today. The bloodmobile will be at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue. The OBI says a 'blood emergency' is still in effect and that the agency only has a one- or two-day supply of blood on hand. Normally OBI has a four- to five-day supply available. That will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome.

 

170+ USAO Grads Receive Diplomas

More than 170 USAO students were part of graduation ceremonies at the university this spring. President John Feaver said every one of them overcame incredible challenges, referring in part to the coronavirus pandemic. There were 108 Bachelor of Science degrees; 62 Bachelor of Arts degrees; and seven Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees awarded. Three students earned both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Outstanding graduate awards were issued to Joel Lane and Sidney Wilson from the Division of Arts and Sciences; Madison Homer, Mandy Ozment, and Daniel Roach from the Division of Social Science and Business; Mikaela Malloy and Lexie Sapp from the Division of Education and Speech Language Pathology; and Hunter Hamby, Emma Tripp, and Joseph Ummel from the Division of Science and Physical Education. Madison Homer was also awarded the USAO Alumni Association's distinguished graduate award with a bachelor's degree in economics and sociology.

 

Obituary

Venita Fay Parker

Funeral service for Venita Fay Parker, 82, of Bradley will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4th at the New Beginnings Church in Blanchard. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, April 29th

 

Bill Proposes Making Stalking a Felony

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase penalties for stalking. The state senate this week passed HB 3286 which would make stalking a felony. The bill calls for increasing prison time from one year to up to three years in prison for those convicted of the crime. It also would increase the fine from $1,000 to up to $10,000. Additional prison time and fines could be levied for repeat offenders. State Senator Michael Bergstrom says Oklahoma has the highest rate of domestic violence in the nation and also ranks high for violent crimes. He says stalking is strongly connected to homicide as well as physical and emotional violence. In a prepared statement he said that three out every four women murdered by an intimate partner had been stalked prior to their deaths. The bill also calls for law enforcement to issue a stalking warning letter to the accused when a complaint is made which is similar to what happens when a protective order is issued. After its passage in the senate the bill is back in the house to consider amendments before it can be sent to the governor.

 

Open Streets, Chickasha Event This Weekend

Downtown Chickasha will be buzzing with activities tomorrow for the annual Open Streets, Chickasha event. It's part of an international campaign to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy quality time together. Lewis Knisley with the Chickasha Area YCMA says there will be a lot of vendors that will have different activities.

 

              

 

Chickasha Avenue will be blocked off between the Rock Island Railroad Depot and 4th Street. Food trucks will be available and free water will be on hand. Admission is free and participants can register to win door prizes. Open Streets Chickasha will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Certified Healthy Organizations Listed

A number of regional schools, businesses, and government offices have been designated as certified healthy organizations by the State Health Department. In Grady County they include the University of Science and Arts, Standley Systems, and the City of Minco. In Caddo County, they include Sunset Elementary School in Anadarko, the City of Anadarko, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and the Caddo County Health Department. In McClain County, they include Delta Head Start at Dibble and Blanchard; both the Blanchard and Newcastle libraries; and the City of Newcastle. The state department of health began a public health initiative in 2003 to recognize businesses, organizations, and communities which implement practices and policies that support improved health and wellness.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Beth Ann Meyer will be on the KOOL Konversation to talk about the annual walk to Stillwater that she and her husband Stewart do every year. This marks the 22nd year that the Meyers will make the journey on foot to benefit Oklahoma Special Olympics. On Real Estate Today, we'll talk to Bill Geist of DMOProz who is the  guest speaker at tonight's annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet discussing destination marketing for communities. Look for links to the programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.59.

Natural gas is $6.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,917 and silver is 23.58.

 

Thursday, April 28th

 

Leak in Chix Main Water Supply Line May be Repaired Soon

City of Chickasha officials say repairs to broken water line that brings water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir to the city could get started in a couple of weeks. Last month the Chickasha City Council approved the purchase of some very large O-rings that are needed for repairs. The break in the line is near a holding pond just north of Anadarko. Officials discovered the break when some land nearby flooded. The rupture is not affecting the flow of water to Chickasha. The large O-rings are about two feet in diameter but only about 8 to 12 inches in length. An Oklahoma City company had to custom-make the parts. Public Works Director David Buchanan said the parts are expected to be delivered sometime this week or next and that the project will start soon after. Buchanan believes the repairs will take one or two days to complete. He said during repairs the water flow to the city would be disrupted but that service to residents and businesses is not expected to be interrupted as there are holding ponds in Chickasha and Anadarko that have a 10-14 day supply of water on hand.

 

Foundation Honors Chix Teacher, Support Employee

Two Chickasha Public School employees were honored at the Chickasha Public School Foundation gala this week. High school special needs teacher Sharita Brown was named the District Teacher of the Year. She was one of five instructors who were recognized as the top teachers at their respective schools. Also honored was Eric Golightly as the District Support Employee of the Year. Golightly is a para-professional at Lincoln School.

 

Longtime CV Tech Superintendent Inducted into Hall of Fame

Also in education news, former Canadian Valley Technology Center superintendent Greg Winters is one of the newest members of the Oklahoma Career Tech Hall of Fame. Winters spent 44 years in education and spent his last 10 years at CV Tech before he retired in 2018. He also was superintendent at Eastern Oklahoma County and Kiamichi Technology Centers. His education career included teaching, coaching, adjunct professor, principal and assistant superintendent. Winters was superintendent at CV Tech when one of the largest tornadoes on record nearly wiped out the entire El Reno campus in 2013.

 

Caddo County First Responders Set Meet-and-Greet

First responder groups throughout Caddo County will join forces to hold a meet-and- greet to get to know each other as well as the communities they serve. The Fraternal Order of Police Local 118 in Anadarko along with area police and fire departments will be on hand including the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, highway patrol, Bureau of Indian Affairs, nurses from Physician's Hospital, the Air Evac Lifeteam and one of its helicopters. The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce and Anadarko Community Relations Board will be on hand as well. Officials say it will be an opportunity to show the public and especially children that they can have a positive interaction with first responders. There will be live taser demonstrations, a K9 officer demonstration, and a hands-on program with Anadarko fire department. The event will Saturday, May 7th at the Anadarko Police Department from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free hotdogs will be served.

 

Prescribed Burn Association Schedules Meeting

A group of regional agriculture producers and land owners have united to form the Grady and Caddo County Prescribed Burn Association. An organizational meeting was held last week with a representative from the state association. According to the state organization's website the goal is to increase landowner's capacity to do neighbor-to-neighbor prescribed burns to reduce fuel loads, improve wildlife habitat, increase grassland production, enhance public health and safety, and provide landowners with access to support, training, and equipment to safely implement prescribed burns. The Grady and Caddo county group will meet Wednesday  May 3rd at 8:00 a.m. at the Grady County OSU Extension Office. The meeting will be available on the Zoom platform but it may be delayed because of an ag producers meeting scheduled earlier that morning. For information contact the extension offices either in Chickasha or Anadarko.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $105.32.

Natural gas is $7.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,889 and silver is $23.26.

 

Obituary

Celestia Smith Roberts

Funeral service for Celestia Smith Roberts, 90, formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 2nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 27th

 

Spending at Grady County Retailers is Down

Consumer spending was down for the second straight month in Grady County according to the most recent numbers available. Consumer spending for January was estimated at $82.4 million which was down 8.4 percent from December. We estimate consumer spending when we see the monthly county sales tax report from the county. The March sales tax revenue, which was paid on retail purchases made by consumers in January, was just under $620,000. The sales tax revenues are distributed a number of ways, all approved by county voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $206,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received $183,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $103,000 ($15,000 each); the 20 county fire departments shared $103,000 ($4,300 each); Tuttle EMS received $19,000; and Rush Springs EMS recevied $5,000.

Consumer Spending in Chickasha also Lower

In recent reports from the City of Chickasha it's April sales tax revenues were just under $1.2 million which is down about 6.4 percent from March. However it is up by more than 25 percent compared to the same period last year. Estimated consumer spending at Chickasha retail outlets was etimated at $29.3 million. Officials say the recent increase in prices for many products due to inflation is one of the reasons for higher sales tax receipts.

 

State Election Board Voids Candidacy of State House Challenger

State Representative Toni Hasenbeck (R-Elgin) will not have an opponent in her re-election bid. The State Election Board ruled that a challenger who filed against Hasenbeck was not a qualified candidate. Hasenbeck challenged the qualifications of Democrat Jennifer Kerstetter of Marlow who had filed for the House District 65 post. The state panel ruled that Kerstetter did not live in the district and is ineligible. Since no other candidate filed for the post the ruling means that Hasenbeck will serve another two-year term in the state house.

 

Voter ID Cards Mailed; Many to Cast Ballots in New Precincts

Oklahomans are receiving new voter identification cards in the mail. Election board officials say that due to the 2020 census and statewide redistricting many voters will be casting ballots in different precincts in the upcoming elections. In Grady County, some 10,000 voter ID cards were mailed out. Officials urge individuals to verify their polling places before heading out to vote in the June 28th primary election. Anyone who hasn’t received a new voter ID card can find out where to cast ballots on the state election board website at www.elections.ok.gov or by calling the election board in their county.

 

4Her Encourages More Adults to Volunteer

The number of adults volunteering has been on the decline in recent years. Grady County 4Her Maggie Evans addressed the issue in a recent speech. Citizenship is one of her program areas and she says donating even a small amount of time is beneficial.

 

              

 

Evans says a Tufts University study indicated that 4H members are four times more likely to volunteer than non-members. Evans said among the projects Grady County 4Hers have helped with include donating supplies to animal shelters, making coloring packs for children in distress, and picking up limbs after ice storms.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $101.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.99.

Natural gas is $6.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,896 and silver is $23.67.

 

Obituaries

Elnora Rock

Funeral service for Elnora Rock, 85, of Chickasha will held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Janice Ford

Funeral service for Janice Ford, 44, of the Lawton area will be held at noon Saturday, April 30th at the New Hope Church of God in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 26th

 

Dallas Firm Purchases Southern Plains Medical Clinics 

The Southern Plains Medical Clinic and its facilities in Anadarko and Pauls Valley have been purchased by a Texas-based medical firm. Epic Medical Group of Dallas recently purchased Southern Plains Medical Group which includes 20 medical specialties and a new ambulatory surgery center in Chickasha. One of Epic's leaders is Dr. Haresh Boghara who is a renowned family medicine physician. Boghara says Epic has a proven track record in the ‘patient first’ health care model within a multi-state clinic system. The current Southern Plains facilities will re-named CareFirst Wellness Associates as of May 1st.  Boghara says they are in the process of hiring new doctors.

 

              

 

Epic also owns clinics in Texas and Arkansas and has plans to expand into other states. Officials say new and additional resources aim to provide a rejuvenated physical appearance with a heavy focus on primary care services especially for older patients. In addition to a more patient-friendly practice Boghara says current employees will experience an uplifting cultural change which will allow them to focus more attention on patient care than in the past. Epic Medical Group is led by Dr. Boghara, Executive Vice President Don McCoy, and Chief Operating Officer Linda Vasquez of Dallas. Existing Southern Plains employees have been promoted into local leadership roles. Shauna Boxley will serve as director of operations, April Rowell will serve as director of clinical services, and Yami Nygaard will serve as director of patient services.

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested 

A Chickasha man is arrested and charged with burglary after being caught breaking into a local business. Police were dispatched to the 300 block of South 4th Street last Thursday after getting a call about a suspicious person removing items from a building. The man had a number of items in a crate that was tied to a bicycle. He was confronted by the individuals and the man told them he had permission to be there. A probable cause affidavit indicates that when police arrived the man again said he had permission to be there and that the items were his. The individual also said he had been staying in the building because he was homeless. The property owner was called and when he arrived he said the suspect did not have permission to be there. Authorities arrested 36-year old Jimmy Don Robertson who has been in trouble numerous times in the past for crimes which include attempted burglary, obstruction, and assaulting an officer. Robertson remains in the Grady County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

 

Bills Benefitting Military Veterans Sent to Governor

Several pieces of legislation designed to benefit Oklahoma's military veterans and their families have been sent to the governor for his consideration. HB 1067 known as the Dignity in Burial Act directs the state Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a program to provide grants of up to $1,000 to families of veterans to help with burial expenses. HB 3050 would exclude the sales price of a purchased vehicle from the $25,000 annual sales tax allowance that is provided to veterans who are 100 percent disabled. And HB 1800 extends the eligibility for in-state tuition to Oklahoma colleges and universities for veterans who left the service within the past ten years. This would also be available to veterans’ spouses and dependents. If signed by the governor all three measures would become law November 1st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $98.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.32.

Natural gas is $6.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,907 and silver is $23.86.

 

Obituary

Raymond Berry

A memorial service for Raymond Berry, 60, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 29th  at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 25th

 

Weekend Tornados Touchdown in Tuttle, Harrah

Strong thunderstorms that pummeled Oklahoma Saturday night are responsible for a couple of tornado touchdowns. The National Weather Service says crews surveyed an area of damage about five miles northwest of Tuttle and the preliminary indication is that the tornado was rated at EF-Zero which is winds between 65 and 85 mph. That tornado was spawned by a storm that dropped golf-ball sized hail in Minco. Another tornado path was surveyed east of Oklahoma City near Harrah. Several tornado warnings were issued Saturday night including one for the Rush Springs and Marlow area as a thunderstorm was moving up from the Lawton area. That warning was canceled a few minutes after it was issued. There have been no reports of damage from that storm. Some areas did receive some heavy rainfall from those storms. The Oklahoma Mesonet site west of Rush Springs at Acme showed nearly three inches of rain, Minco picked up about 1.6 inches of rain, while Chickasha received just over one-half inch of rain.

 

Suspect Who Shot BIA Officer Incompetent to Aid in Defense

A Caddo County man accused of shooting at law enforcement officers and wounding one of them has been found incompetent to assist with his defense. 29-year old Taaron Jay Burchum of Carnegie was arrested last October after a stand-off with numerous law enforcement officials including Carnegie Police, the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A BIA officer was injured when Burchum is alleged to a have fired a shot from a .22-calibre rifle. Burchum was charged with shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm after conviction. The Lawton Constitution reports that a preliminary hearing was scheduled last week but Burchum was found incompetent and in need of treatment at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita. Burchum had only been out of prison for about a month prior to the standoff after serving time for convictions of burglary and eluding police.

 

Former Chix Councilman, USAO Prof Alan Todd Dies

Former Chickasha City Councilman and USAO professor Alan Todd has died. Todd was 74 years old when he passed away last Friday. He grew up in the Cox City area, earned a bachelor's degree in education with a minor in special education from Oklahoma State University, then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his service he worked at a Tulsa boys home then worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools. He went on to earn mis master's degree and his doctorate’s degree in philosophy. He was a professor at USAO for 34 years retiring in 2010. He spent about four years on the city council and served one year as vice mayor. He also served as president of the Chickasha Public Schools Foundation. Alan is survived by his wife Frances, their son Adam and his family, and a sister, Cheryl Sehon and husband Dwain. Memorial contributions may be made to the USAO Child Development Center. Funeral for Alan Todd will be at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon at Chickasha's First Christian Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Hwy 81 Project Through Minco to Begin Soon

Road work scheduled on U.S. Highway 81 through and north of Minco will impact traffic in the area for several months. A resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 9th. Crews will be resurfacing Highway 81 starting one mile south of Minco and then north to the Canadian River Bridge. Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) say the work will be done in the evening and overnight hours between 6 p.m. through 7 a.m. Motorists should expect lane shifts and reduced speed limits. Area residents should be prepared for construction noise and short-term overnight driveway closures. It is a more than $2 million project which was awarded to The Cummins Construction Company of Enid.

 

Grady Memorial to Hold Free Foot Screenings

Grady Memorial Hospital will be providing free foot screenings. Individuals with foot-related concerns or those having difficulty with their feet are welcome to stop in. The hospital's wound care center will offer the free screenings from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Team members will take a look at the skin on your feet and suggest proper footwear. The screenings are available for everyone. Walk-ins are welcome but they suggest calling ahead to make an appointment at 877-295-2273.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.65.

Natural gas is $6.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,918 and silver is $23.80.

 

Obituaries

Harvey Davidson

Funeral service for Harvey Davidson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27th at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Aubrey ‘Grant’ Nelson

A graveside service for ‘Grant’ Nelson, 73, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are also with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Saturday, April 23rd

 

'A Cowgirl's Song' Premieres

The City of Chickasha was front-and-center this week with the release of a movie which was filmed entirely in the city. 'A Cowgirl's Song' premiered at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City Tuesday night and opened in select theatres nationwide last night. The film features Hollywood actresses Cheryl Ladd and Savannah Lee May as well as Edmond teenager Darci Lynn Farmer who was a big winner on America's Got Talent a few years ago. The film was written and directed by Timothy Armstrong with Shane Henry and Maggie McClure (The Imaginaries) and local film maker Reagan Elkins as co-producers. While Shane and Maggie had been in television commercials and other small roles while they were in California Maggie said this was their first venture into feature films.

 

              

 

Shane recalled shooting one scene that ended rather abruptly.

 

              

 

The film features original music written and performed by the Imaginaries and also performend by Ladd, May, and Farmer. In addition to being shown in theatres nationwide the film is also available  on I-Tunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Voodoo. Numerous Chickasha residents are extras in the film. Crews spent three weeks in Chickasha filming last year and it's estimated they poured about $140,000 into the local economy. The work helped Chickasha become a certified Film Friendly City by the Oklahoma Film Office which is expected to bring more film makers to this area.

 

'Ava's Law' Designed to Help New Parents Learn Infant CPR

From tragedy springs hope that new parents can learn CPR to save the lives of infants. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Ava's Law this week, which is designed to educate new parents on infant cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). SB 1462 was authored by Senator Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) and is named in memory of Ava, the daughter of Garvin’s close friend. Ava died just a few weeks after she was born. Struggling with whether they could have saved Ava had they known CPR, the family requested the legislation to help prevent other parents from experiencing such a devastating loss. The law will require anyone licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state - or those licensed as Advanced Registered Practice Nurses like Certified Nurse-Midwives, to provide expectant mothers with contact information about infant CPR, basic first aid, cord-blood banking, and donation information. Ava's Law will go into effect November 1st.

 

Energy Industry Helps Oklahomans Become Billionaires

You may not be surprised about this story about Oklahomans who have made a lot of money in the energy industry. Forbes magazine reports that oil and gas is responsible for most of the Sooner State's billionaires. The richest Oklahoman is Continental Resources founder Harold Hamm who is No. 98 on the Forbes 500 list. He has a $17.2 billion fortune. The magazine says he is a rags-to-riches story as Hamm was the 13th child of Oklahoma sharecroppers and as a child picked cotton barefoot. George Kaiser is No. 201 on the list with a fortune of just under $10 billion. Tom and Judy Love with the Love's convenience stores are at No. 213 with a $9.7 billion fortune. And Hobby Lobby's David Green is No. 324 with a fortune worth $7.3 billion. Green is also a rags-to-riches story, who took out a $600 loan to open his first craft shop in 1970.

 

Friday, April 22nd

 

New Superintendent Hired for Ninnekah Public Schools

The new superintendent for Ninnekah Public schools is Dr. Ashley Davis. Davis is currently the superintendent for Drumright, Oklahoma Public Schools which is east of Stillwater. The Ninnekah School Board announced the hire following a 10-minute executive session held during a special meeting last night. Davis has spent 25 years in education teaching in Yukon, Moore, and Oklahoma City and has also served as a principal, instructional facilitator, and curriculum coordinator. She has been superintendent at Drumright for the last four years. Ninnekah School Board President Dustin Tate and says Davis was selected from a competitive pool of candidates and that she is a student-driven administrator.

 

              

 

Davis said after spending much of her career in large school districts she likes how smaller communities rally behind their schools.


              

The school board approved a 13-month contract with Davis who will start June 1st. Her base salary will be $115,000. Interim Superintendent Robyn Morse will remain with the district through May.

 

Chickasha Man Arrested, Charged with Rape

A Chickasha man has been charged with first-degree rape after the victim tells police she suffered from unwanted advances from the man for years. 32-year old Jesse Minyard was arrested by Chickasha police Wednesday morning after the victim went to the police department to report the assaults. In a probable cause affidavit the victim said she and Minyard are not in a relationship but that she had been letting him stay in her apartment. She said she told Minyard to leave about a month ago but he refused to do so. The victim said she was afraid of Minyard and that she stays awake for days at a time until she eventually falls into an exhausted deep sleep. She alleged that the sexual assaults occurred while she was sleeping. Minyard is in the Grady County Jail awaiting his initial appearance on the rape charge.

 

Science and Arts Regents Issue Faculty Awards

Three faculty members at the University of Science and Arts have been recognized for their work. Dr. Christopher Garneau received the Superior Teaching Award from university regents. Garneau is an associate professor of sociology. Dr. Shelley Rees received the regents' Faculty Service Award. She is an English professor who chairs the university's inter-disciplinary studies program, is coordinator of language literature, and director of undergraduate research. Dr. Zach Simpson received the regents' Scholarly Activity Award. He is a professor of philosophy and religious studies.

 

First National Bank Announces Personnel Moves

The First National Bank and Trust has announced some personnel moves. Vice President Greg Dakil will be taking the helm at the bank's Minco branch next week. Dakil has nearly 30 years’ experience in the banking industry and has spent much of his career in consumer lending. Tonya Holding, who has spent the last two years as Minco branch manager and was previously assistant manager, has been promoted to bank auditor.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Lewis Knicely with the Chickasha Area YMCA is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. Chickasha High School Athletic Director Jerry Don Bray and new high school football coach Eric Gibson are this week’s guests on Real Estate Today. Finds links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $103.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $108.33.

Natural gas is $6.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,944 and silver is $24.32.

 

Thursday, April 21st

 

Man Rescued from OKC Lake is Wanted for Murder

Authorities are surprised to learn that a man rescued from Lake Overholser was wanted for murder out of Caddo County. There aren't a lot of details available. What is known is that Oklahoma City police were called out to the lake yesterday afternoon and it wasn't until after the man was rescued that they found out about the warrant. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 reported that the individual has not been identified and information about the murder he is wanted for has not yet been released.

 

Motorcycle Rider Critically Injured in Crash with Pickup

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This is a corrected version from a story that was previously posted. We regret the error) A motorcycle rider was critically injured after crashing into a pick-up yesterday. The accident happened just before noon Wednesday on U.S. Highway 81 about one-half mile south of Country Club Road. 63-year old Daniel Capri of Fletcher was taken by an air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital with head and internal injuries. He was wearing a helmet. The highway patrol reports that Capri was southbound on U.S. Highway 81 when he hit a pickup which failed to yield from a service road stop sign. The pickup driver was identified as 33-year old Stephanie Galvan of Chickasha. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released.

 

Suspect Wanted for Hold Up of Anadarko Pizzeria

A man who robbed an Anadarko pizzeria at gunpoint and got less than $100 for his effort has a warrant out for his arrest. Anadarko police are looking for 25-year old Charles Whitewolf. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents indicating that Whitewolf held up a teenaged employee of the Pizza Hut Sunday night. Police identified Whitewolf from video surveillance obtained from the restaurant and the teen also identified Whitewolf out of a photo lineup. Whitewolf has previous felony convictions for burglary. Due to his prior convictions he faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted on the robbery charge.

 

New Ninnekah Superintendent May Be Hired Tonight

Ninnekah Public Schools are expected to have a new superintendent tonight. The board of education will initially go behind closed doors to discuss entering into a contract with the new administrator who has not been named. The panel has been seeking a new superintendent after Todd Bunch resigned from the post. Bunch resigned after a federal lawsuit was filed against the district over allegations that former girls basketball coach Ron Akins sexually assaulted players. Robyn Morse has been serving as interim superintendent since January. Tonight's meeting will be held at the school cafeteria starting at 6 o'clock and will be followed by a reception to welcome the new superintendent.

 

State Representative Challenges Candidacy of Opponent

A state representative is challenging the candidacy of an opponent who filed against her. State Representative Toni Hasenbeck (R-Elgin) who serves House District 65 submitted the challenge with the state election board this week. Hasenbeck said the home address listed for Democrat Jennifer Kerstetter of Marlow is not within the boundary of district 65 and therefore she is not a registered voter in the district.  The state election board will hold a hearing on the challenge on Monday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.80.

Natural gas is $6.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,946 and silver is $24.97.

 

Obituaries

Gerald Smith

No service is scheduled at this time for Gerald Smith, 77, of Verden. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Peggy Sites

Funeral service for Peggy Sites, 85, of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23rd at the Cement First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

John Merritt

A memorial service John Merritt, 31, of Yukon and formerly of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

 

Wednesday, April 20th

 

Child Sex Crimes Suspect Accused of Violating Protective Order

A man arrested last month for alleged lewd acts to a child is facing some new accusations. 39-year old Travis Ray Smith of Tuttle was arrested this past weekend for violating a protective order. Smith was first arrested March 3rd and charged with two felony counts of lewd acts to a child under 16-years old, and a third charge of soliciting sexual conduct and communication with a minor. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office alleges that Smith sent nearly 80 messages making sexual advances to the 15-year old girl. Smith was out of jail after posting a $100,000 bond on those charges and is alleged to have gone to the girl's home where she lives with her mother on Sunday and tried to make contact with them. Smith was arrested Sunday afternoon for violating a protective order and has been formally charged with two misdemeanors in connection with that allegation. A judge set a new bond of $250,000 for Smith and he remains in the Grady County Jail.

 

One Dead, Several Injured in Crash

A deadly crash near Marlow kills the driver of one vehicle and injures several others including a young child. 42-year old Matthew Graham of Comanche was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened just after 7 o'clock last night two miles west of Marlow on State Highway 7. The state trooper investigating the crash said Graham was westbound on the highway when a southbound Jeep driven by 22-year old Austin Windsor of Marlow failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed in to the SUV.  Windsor was taken to a Duncan hospital where he was treated and released with a head injury. A 4-year old boy from Cyril and a 14-year old girl from Cache riding in Graham's vehicle were both taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. A 15-year old boy from Cache and 38-year old Makinzie Ash of Rush Springs also in the Graham vehicle were taken to a hospital where both were treated for their injuries and released.

 

Congressman Tom Cole Visits Chickasha

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) spent much of the day in Chickasha yesterday meeting with city and business leaders. Cole is seeking re-election for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He says he is motivated to combat some of the decisions made by the Biden administration.

 

              

 

Cole has two Republican challengers. They are James Taylor of Norman and Frank Blacke of Oklahoma City and all will be on the June 28th Republican Primary ballot. One Democrat, Mary Brannon of Washington, has also filed for the post.

 

Consumer Energy Choice Act Sent to Governor

A bill that would ensure Oklahomans have access to the energy of their choice to power their cars and trucks has been sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. SB1352 would create the Consumer Energy Choice Act. It would prohibit cities, towns, and counties from adopting rules that limit consumer access to energy sources. State Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) carried the bill in the house. In a prepared statement he said energy policies should be determined at the state level and that the free market should be allowed to work according to consumer demands. Boles said the issue has been a problem in other states where cities and towns have banned some fuel types. He said the bans create confusion for energy companies trying offer services as well as for consumers wanting access to those services.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.25.

Natural gas is $7.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,953 and silver is $25.33.

 

Obituary

Thomasita Rivas

A graveside service for Thomasita Rivas, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22nd at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 19th

 

Local Company to Finish County Courthouse Flooring Work

A flooring project at the Grady County courthouse will finished by a Chickasha firm. After a previous company was fired from the project Grady County Commissioners awarded the remaining work to All-American Home Center. The price is just over $8,500 and includes labor and most of the materials. Commissioners fired the original company. Carpet Masters of Oklahoma City was dismissed after asbestos was detected in an air sample after employees suffered from some respiratory problems. Officials said Carpet Masters didn't property seal off the room they were working in. Carpet Masters will be paid for the work that was completed before it was terminated.

 

Chix City Council Reps Sworn In

(EDITOR'S NOTE - A previous story wrongly indicated that a Ward 2 seat on the city council was vacant. While no candidates ran for the office in the recent city council election, Nate McAlla, who was previously appointed to the post will remain on the panel. We regret the error) Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley, Ward 4 Councilman Zach Grayson, Ward 3 Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, and new Ward 1 Councilwoman Kea Ginn took their oaths of office during last night's city council meeting and will serve two-year terms. Ward 2 Councilman Nate McCalla, who was appointed to the post earlier this year will continue to serve in that capacity.

Former Councilwoman Nationally Recognized For Volunteer Service

Also during last night's meeting, former councilwoman Kim Loggins was recognized for being one of the nation's top volunteers. Loggins was recently named second runner-up in the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Awards presented by a group called CivicPlus.

 

Grady County Fire Board to Hold Monthly Meeting Tonight

The Grady County Fire Board which governs the county volunteer fire departments will hold its monthly meeting tonight. The panel will consider taking action on property belonging to the Grady County Fire Department paid for by county tax dollars which is still in possession of former fire department volunteers. The group will ask each department for an inventory list of all equipment for insurance purposes, and will consider a request to raise daily limits on fuel cards for some equipment. The group will also consider electing new board officers, the resignation of Delmer Barthelme from administration, and the resignations of Silke Barthelme and Cody Wood from the Farwell Station. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management office.

 

Grady, Caddo County Prescribed Burn Association Proposed

Farmers, ranchers, and land owners in the Grady and Caddo County region will meet tonight to discuss forming a local Prescribed Burn Association. There are several local associations including groups in McClain County, Lawton, and Geary. Harry Fritzler with the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association will be one of the speakers for the organizational meeting that will be held in Chickasha tonight. An organized local association would be eligible to get a grant from the state board to get some equipment needed for prescribed burns.

 

              

 

Also speaking tonight is John Weir who is a fire specialist with OSU Extension. Fritzler also said that volunteer firefighters are welcome to join the local group. Tonight's meeting will get underway at 6 o'clock at the Grady County OSU Extension Office.

 

Library Converts Newspaper Archives to Digital Storage

Searching the archives of local newspapers can be a tedious task. But some of that work is now much easier thanks to a recently completed project by the Chickasha Library. The library’s collection of local newspapers originally stored on micro-film has been digitized and is available on-line. The library was awarded a $20,000 grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program to make that possible. The Friends of the Library also contributed nearly $4,000 towards the project. Nearly 475 microfilm rolls containing Chickasha newspaper records from 1923 through 2018 have been digitized. They are available on the Gateway to Oklahoma History site which can be access for free. That website is: gateway.okhistory.org

Chickasha newspapers prior to 1923 were already available on Gateway.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.16.

Natural gas is $7.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,979 and silver is $26.20.

 

Monday, April 18th

 

New Chix City Council Rep, Others to be Sworn In

A swearing-in ceremony is part of tonight's city council meeting. Among those taking their oaths of office is Kea Ginn who won the Ward 1 seat on the council in the recent city council election. Also to be sworn in are Mayor Chris Mosley, Zack Grayson, and Dr. R.P. Ashanti- Alexander - all of whom ran un-opposed for re-election. All will serve two-year terms.

Council to Consider Agreement to Remove Part of U.S. 81 from State Highway System

The council will consider an agreement with the State Department of Transportation to remove a portion of U.S. Highway 81 from the state highway system once the Highway 81 bypass project is completed. The section of roadway would be from Choctaw Avenue south to Almar Drive. Currently, the state is responsible for maintaining the roadway. If the agreement is approved the city would take over the maintenance for snow removal and other general maintenance. It will still be some time before that would occur. ODOT officials say the first road grading work to build the bypass isn't scheduled to begin until next year.

Hiring New Firefighters, Repairs to Police Car to be Considered

The council will also consider hiring six new firefighters and awarding a nearly $10,000 bid to Parham's Body Shop to repair a police cruiser damaged in an accident that occurred last October. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

New State Director for Rural Development for USDA

Says Federal Funds Available for Numerous Projects

The new state director for rural development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has hit the ground running. Former Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn was appointed to the post just a few weeks ago. He's already promoting the numerous federal grants and low-interest loans that are available for cities, towns, and small businesses. He talks about a recent project approved for Grady Memorial Hospital.

 

            

 

There are also programs for individuals to get low-interest loans to help them buy their own homes. For information go to the website: rd.usda.gov

 

Two State Reps Run Unopposed for Re-election

State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) will continue to serve in the state legislature. Neither drew an opponent during last week's filing period. Lowe serves District 56 which includes the western half Grady County and much of Caddo County. Boles serves District 51 which is the eastern half of Grady County and parts of Stephens County. For Lowe it is his second two-year term and it is the fourth for Boles. In a prepared statement Boles said he is humbled and honored to serve. Boles said he plans to focus on economic development and protecting the state against unconstitutional federal over-reach. He'll also work to improve the state's infrastructure, support education, public safety officers, and veterans, and fight for Oklahoma's vital agriculture and energy industries.

 

2022, April 18th-23rd

Saturday, April 23rd

 

'A Cowgirl's Song' Premieres

The City of Chickasha was front-and-center this week with the release of a movie which was filmed entirely in the city. 'A Cowgirl's Song' premiered at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City Tuesday night and opened in select theatres nationwide last night. The film features Hollywood actresses Cheryl Ladd and Savannah Lee May as well as Edmond teenager Darci Lynn Farmer who was a big winner on America's Got Talent a few years ago. The film was written and directed by Timothy Armstrong with Shane Henry and Maggie McClure (The Imaginaries) and local film maker Reagan Elkins as co-producers. While Shane and Maggie had been in television commercials and other small roles while they were in California Maggie said this was their first venture into feature films.

 

              

 

Shane recalled shooting one scene that ended rather abruptly.

 

              

 

The film features original music written and performed by the Imaginaries and also performend by Ladd, May, and Farmer. In addition to being shown in theatres nationwide the film is also available  on I-Tunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Voodoo. Numerous Chickasha residents are extras in the film. Crews spent three weeks in Chickasha filming last year and it's estimated they poured about $140,000 into the local economy. The work helped Chickasha become a certified Film Friendly City by the Oklahoma Film Office which is expected to bring more film makers to this area.

 

'Ava's Law' Designed to Help New Parents Learn Infant CPR

From tragedy springs hope that new parents can learn CPR to save the lives of infants. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Ava's Law this week, which is designed to educate new parents on infant cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). SB 1462 was authored by Senator Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) and is named in memory of Ava, the daughter of Garvin’s close friend. Ava died just a few weeks after she was born. Struggling with whether they could have saved Ava had they known CPR, the family requested the legislation to help prevent other parents from experiencing such a devastating loss. The law will require anyone licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state - or those licensed as Advanced Registered Practice Nurses like Certified Nurse-Midwives, to provide expectant mothers with contact information about infant CPR, basic first aid, cord-blood banking, and donation information. Ava's Law will go into effect November 1st.

 

Energy Industry Helps Oklahomans Become Billionaires

You may not be surprised about this story about Oklahomans who have made a lot of money in the energy industry. Forbes magazine reports that oil and gas is responsible for most of the Sooner State's billionaires. The richest Oklahoman is Continental Resources founder Harold Hamm who is No. 98 on the Forbes 500 list. He has a $17.2 billion fortune. The magazine says he is a rags-to-riches story as Hamm was the 13th child of Oklahoma sharecroppers and as a child picked cotton barefoot. George Kaiser is No. 201 on the list with a fortune of just under $10 billion. Tom and Judy Love with the Love's convenience stores are at No. 213 with a $9.7 billion fortune. And Hobby Lobby's David Green is No. 324 with a fortune worth $7.3 billion. Green is also a rags-to-riches story, who took out a $600 loan to open his first craft shop in 1970.

 

Friday, April 22nd

 

New Superintendent Hired for Ninnekah Public Schools

The new superintendent for Ninnekah Public schools is Dr. Ashley Davis. Davis is currently the superintendent for Drumright, Oklahoma Public Schools which is east of Stillwater. The Ninnekah School Board announced the hire following a 10-minute executive session held during a special meeting last night. Davis has spent 25 years in education teaching in Yukon, Moore, and Oklahoma City and has also served as a principal, instructional facilitator, and curriculum coordinator. She has been superintendent at Drumright for the last four years. Ninnekah School Board President Dustin Tate and says Davis was selected from a competitive pool of candidates and that she is a student-driven administrator.

 

              

 

Davis said after spending much of her career in large school districts she likes how smaller communities rally behind their schools.


              

The school board approved a 13-month contract with Davis who will start June 1st. Her base salary will be $115,000. Interim Superintendent Robyn Morse will remain with the district through May.

 

Chickasha Man Arrested, Charged with Rape

A Chickasha man has been charged with first-degree rape after the victim tells police she suffered from unwanted advances from the man for years. 32-year old Jesse Minyard was arrested by Chickasha police Wednesday morning after the victim went to the police department to report the assaults. In a probable cause affidavit the victim said she and Minyard are not in a relationship but that she had been letting him stay in her apartment. She said she told Minyard to leave about a month ago but he refused to do so. The victim said she was afraid of Minyard and that she stays awake for days at a time until she eventually falls into an exhausted deep sleep. She alleged that the sexual assaults occurred while she was sleeping. Minyard is in the Grady County Jail awaiting his initial appearance on the rape charge.

 

Science and Arts Regents Issue Faculty Awards

Three faculty members at the University of Science and Arts have been recognized for their work. Dr. Christopher Garneau received the Superior Teaching Award from university regents. Garneau is an associate professor of sociology. Dr. Shelley Rees received the regents' Faculty Service Award. She is an English professor who chairs the university's inter-disciplinary studies program, is coordinator of language literature, and director of undergraduate research. Dr. Zach Simpson received the regents' Scholarly Activity Award. He is a professor of philosophy and religious studies.

 

First National Bank Announces Personnel Moves

The First National Bank and Trust has announced some personnel moves. Vice President Greg Dakil will be taking the helm at the bank's Minco branch next week. Dakil has nearly 30 years’ experience in the banking industry and has spent much of his career in consumer lending. Tonya Holding, who has spent the last two years as Minco branch manager and was previously assistant manager, has been promoted to bank auditor.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Lewis Knicely with the Chickasha Area YMCA is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. Chickasha High School Athletic Director Jerry Don Bray and new high school football coach Eric Gibson are this week’s guests on Real Estate Today. Finds links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $103.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $108.33.

Natural gas is $6.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,944 and silver is $24.32.

 

Thursday, April 21st

 

Man Rescued from OKC Lake is Wanted for Murder

Authorities are surprised to learn that a man rescued from Lake Overholser was wanted for murder out of Caddo County. There aren't a lot of details available. What is known is that Oklahoma City police were called out to the lake yesterday afternoon and it wasn't until after the man was rescued that they found out about the warrant. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 reported that the individual has not been identified and information about the murder he is wanted for has not yet been released.

 

Motorcycle Rider Critically Injured in Crash with Pickup

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This is a corrected version from a story that was previously posted. We regret the error) A motorcycle rider was critically injured after crashing into a pick-up yesterday. The accident happened just before noon Wednesday on U.S. Highway 81 about one-half mile south of Country Club Road. 63-year old Daniel Capri of Fletcher was taken by an air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital with head and internal injuries. He was wearing a helmet. The highway patrol reports that Capri was southbound on U.S. Highway 81 when he hit a pickup which failed to yield from a service road stop sign. The pickup driver was identified as 33-year old Stephanie Galvan of Chickasha. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released.

 

Suspect Wanted for Hold Up of Anadarko Pizzeria

A man who robbed an Anadarko pizzeria at gunpoint and got less than $100 for his effort has a warrant out for his arrest. Anadarko police are looking for 25-year old Charles Whitewolf. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents indicating that Whitewolf held up a teenaged employee of the Pizza Hut Sunday night. Police identified Whitewolf from video surveillance obtained from the restaurant and the teen also identified Whitewolf out of a photo lineup. Whitewolf has previous felony convictions for burglary. Due to his prior convictions he faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted on the robbery charge.

 

New Ninnekah Superintendent May Be Hired Tonight

Ninnekah Public Schools are expected to have a new superintendent tonight. The board of education will initially go behind closed doors to discuss entering into a contract with the new administrator who has not been named. The panel has been seeking a new superintendent after Todd Bunch resigned from the post. Bunch resigned after a federal lawsuit was filed against the district over allegations that former girls basketball coach Ron Akins sexually assaulted players. Robyn Morse has been serving as interim superintendent since January. Tonight's meeting will be held at the school cafeteria starting at 6 o'clock and will be followed by a reception to welcome the new superintendent.

 

State Representative Challenges Candidacy of Opponent

A state representative is challenging the candidacy of an opponent who filed against her. State Representative Toni Hasenbeck (R-Elgin) who serves House District 65 submitted the challenge with the state election board this week. Hasenbeck said the home address listed for Democrat Jennifer Kerstetter of Marlow is not within the boundary of district 65 and therefore she is not a registered voter in the district.  The state election board will hold a hearing on the challenge on Monday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.80.

Natural gas is $6.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,946 and silver is $24.97.

 

Obituaries

Gerald Smith

No service is scheduled at this time for Gerald Smith, 77, of Verden. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Peggy Sites

Funeral service for Peggy Sites, 85, of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23rd at the Cement First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

John Merritt

A memorial service John Merritt, 31, of Yukon and formerly of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

 

Wednesday, April 20th

 

Child Sex Crimes Suspect Accused of Violating Protective Order

A man arrested last month for alleged lewd acts to a child is facing some new accusations. 39-year old Travis Ray Smith of Tuttle was arrested this past weekend for violating a protective order. Smith was first arrested March 3rd and charged with two felony counts of lewd acts to a child under 16-years old, and a third charge of soliciting sexual conduct and communication with a minor. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office alleges that Smith sent nearly 80 messages making sexual advances to the 15-year old girl. Smith was out of jail after posting a $100,000 bond on those charges and is alleged to have gone to the girl's home where she lives with her mother on Sunday and tried to make contact with them. Smith was arrested Sunday afternoon for violating a protective order and has been formally charged with two misdemeanors in connection with that allegation. A judge set a new bond of $250,000 for Smith and he remains in the Grady County Jail.

 

One Dead, Several Injured in Crash

A deadly crash near Marlow kills the driver of one vehicle and injures several others including a young child. 42-year old Matthew Graham of Comanche was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened just after 7 o'clock last night two miles west of Marlow on State Highway 7. The state trooper investigating the crash said Graham was westbound on the highway when a southbound Jeep driven by 22-year old Austin Windsor of Marlow failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed in to the SUV.  Windsor was taken to a Duncan hospital where he was treated and released with a head injury. A 4-year old boy from Cyril and a 14-year old girl from Cache riding in Graham's vehicle were both taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. A 15-year old boy from Cache and 38-year old Makinzie Ash of Rush Springs also in the Graham vehicle were taken to a hospital where both were treated for their injuries and released.

 

Congressman Tom Cole Visits Chickasha

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) spent much of the day in Chickasha yesterday meeting with city and business leaders. Cole is seeking re-election for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He says he is motivated to combat some of the decisions made by the Biden administration.

 

              

 

Cole has two Republican challengers. They are James Taylor of Norman and Frank Blacke of Oklahoma City and all will be on the June 28th Republican Primary ballot. One Democrat, Mary Brannon of Washington, has also filed for the post.

 

Consumer Energy Choice Act Sent to Governor

A bill that would ensure Oklahomans have access to the energy of their choice to power their cars and trucks has been sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. SB1352 would create the Consumer Energy Choice Act. It would prohibit cities, towns, and counties from adopting rules that limit consumer access to energy sources. State Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) carried the bill in the house. In a prepared statement he said energy policies should be determined at the state level and that the free market should be allowed to work according to consumer demands. Boles said the issue has been a problem in other states where cities and towns have banned some fuel types. He said the bans create confusion for energy companies trying offer services as well as for consumers wanting access to those services.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.25.

Natural gas is $7.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,953 and silver is $25.33.

 

Obituary

Thomasita Rivas

A graveside service for Thomasita Rivas, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22nd at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 19th

 

Local Company to Finish County Courthouse Flooring Work

A flooring project at the Grady County courthouse will finished by a Chickasha firm. After a previous company was fired from the project Grady County Commissioners awarded the remaining work to All-American Home Center. The price is just over $8,500 and includes labor and most of the materials. Commissioners fired the original company. Carpet Masters of Oklahoma City was dismissed after asbestos was detected in an air sample after employees suffered from some respiratory problems. Officials said Carpet Masters didn't property seal off the room they were working in. Carpet Masters will be paid for the work that was completed before it was terminated.

 

Chix City Council Reps Sworn In

(EDITOR'S NOTE - A previous story wrongly indicated that a Ward 2 seat on the city council was vacant. While no candidates ran for the office in the recent city council election, Nate McAlla, who was previously appointed to the post will remain on the panel. We regret the error) Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley, Ward 4 Councilman Zach Grayson, Ward 3 Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, and new Ward 1 Councilwoman Kea Ginn took their oaths of office during last night's city council meeting and will serve two-year terms. Ward 2 Councilman Nate McCalla, who was appointed to the post earlier this year will continue to serve in that capacity.

Former Councilwoman Nationally Recognized For Volunteer Service

Also during last night's meeting, former councilwoman Kim Loggins was recognized for being one of the nation's top volunteers. Loggins was recently named second runner-up in the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Awards presented by a group called CivicPlus.

 

Grady County Fire Board to Hold Monthly Meeting Tonight

The Grady County Fire Board which governs the county volunteer fire departments will hold its monthly meeting tonight. The panel will consider taking action on property belonging to the Grady County Fire Department paid for by county tax dollars which is still in possession of former fire department volunteers. The group will ask each department for an inventory list of all equipment for insurance purposes, and will consider a request to raise daily limits on fuel cards for some equipment. The group will also consider electing new board officers, the resignation of Delmer Barthelme from administration, and the resignations of Silke Barthelme and Cody Wood from the Farwell Station. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management office.

 

Grady, Caddo County Prescribed Burn Association Proposed

Farmers, ranchers, and land owners in the Grady and Caddo County region will meet tonight to discuss forming a local Prescribed Burn Association. There are several local associations including groups in McClain County, Lawton, and Geary. Harry Fritzler with the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association will be one of the speakers for the organizational meeting that will be held in Chickasha tonight. An organized local association would be eligible to get a grant from the state board to get some equipment needed for prescribed burns.

 

              

 

Also speaking tonight is John Weir who is a fire specialist with OSU Extension. Fritzler also said that volunteer firefighters are welcome to join the local group. Tonight's meeting will get underway at 6 o'clock at the Grady County OSU Extension Office.

 

Library Converts Newspaper Archives to Digital Storage

Searching the archives of local newspapers can be a tedious task. But some of that work is now much easier thanks to a recently completed project by the Chickasha Library. The library’s collection of local newspapers originally stored on micro-film has been digitized and is available on-line. The library was awarded a $20,000 grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program to make that possible. The Friends of the Library also contributed nearly $4,000 towards the project. Nearly 475 microfilm rolls containing Chickasha newspaper records from 1923 through 2018 have been digitized. They are available on the Gateway to Oklahoma History site which can be access for free. That website is: gateway.okhistory.org

Chickasha newspapers prior to 1923 were already available on Gateway.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.16.

Natural gas is $7.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,979 and silver is $26.20.

 

Monday, April 18th

 

New Chix City Council Rep, Others to be Sworn In

A swearing-in ceremony is part of tonight's city council meeting. Among those taking their oaths of office is Kea Ginn who won the Ward 1 seat on the council in the recent city council election. Also to be sworn in are Mayor Chris Mosley, Zack Grayson, and Dr. R.P. Ashanti- Alexander - all of whom ran un-opposed for re-election. All will serve two-year terms.

Council to Consider Agreement to Remove Part of U.S. 81 from State Highway System

The council will consider an agreement with the State Department of Transportation to remove a portion of U.S. Highway 81 from the state highway system once the Highway 81 bypass project is completed. The section of roadway would be from Choctaw Avenue south to Almar Drive. Currently, the state is responsible for maintaining the roadway. If the agreement is approved the city would take over the maintenance for snow removal and other general maintenance. It will still be some time before that would occur. ODOT officials say the first road grading work to build the bypass isn't scheduled to begin until next year.

Hiring New Firefighters, Repairs to Police Car to be Considered

The council will also consider hiring six new firefighters and awarding a nearly $10,000 bid to Parham's Body Shop to repair a police cruiser damaged in an accident that occurred last October. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

New State Director for Rural Development for USDA

Says Federal Funds Available for Numerous Projects

The new state director for rural development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has hit the ground running. Former Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn was appointed to the post just a few weeks ago. He's already promoting the numerous federal grants and low-interest loans that are available for cities, towns, and small businesses. He talks about a recent project approved for Grady Memorial Hospital.

 

            

 

There are also programs for individuals to get low-interest loans to help them buy their own homes. For information go to the website: rd.usda.gov

 

Two State Reps Run Unopposed for Re-election

State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) will continue to serve in the state legislature. Neither drew an opponent during last week's filing period. Lowe serves District 56 which includes the western half Grady County and much of Caddo County. Boles serves District 51 which is the eastern half of Grady County and parts of Stephens County. For Lowe it is his second two-year term and it is the fourth for Boles. In a prepared statement Boles said he is humbled and honored to serve. Boles said he plans to focus on economic development and protecting the state against unconstitutional federal over-reach. He'll also work to improve the state's infrastructure, support education, public safety officers, and veterans, and fight for Oklahoma's vital agriculture and energy industries.

 

Drug Trafficking Suspect Arrest Twice in Seven Months

A suspected drug dealer is facing a new charge of trafficking. 34-year old Joshua Jovan Nickson of Oklahoma City was arrested by state drug agents and Grady County Sheriff's deputies last week. The arrest came after authorities allege Nickson sold prescription pain killing drugs laced with fentanyl to a confidential informant. Nickson was previously arrested following a traffic stop on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Chickasha last September. Agents alleged then that Nickson was in transit to sell counterfeit pain killers in the area. His bond at that time was set at $350,000 but was reduced to $175,000 which was posted in December. Nickson remains in the Grady County Jail on a $750,000 bond set on the newest drug charge.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.70.

Natural gas is $7.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,997 and silver is $26.23.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Stewart

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Kenneth Stewart, 88, of Amber. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Saturday, April 16th

 

Suspect in Amber Illegal Grow Operation Arrested, Charged

We have some details of an arrest made by a state drug agent after a confidential informant said he was able to purchase thousands of dollars in marijuana from an illegal grow operation in Grady County. A probable cause affidavit shows that the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics gave the informant $25,000 to purchase 30 pounds of marijuana from Forest Lake Farms in Amber. The informant met with the suspect at the farm just before Thanksgiving last year. The informant told the suspect and others at the farm that he was going to take the product to Maryland to sell. The informant said it was clear it was a black market marijuana sale. Among the arrest warrants issued was one for Chung Sing Pang of California. He was arrested this week on a charge of drug trafficking. He was released from the Grady County Jail after posting a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled for May 11th.

 

Incumbent Grady County Comissioners Draw Opponents

A third candidate has filed for the District 3 County Commissioner post in Grady County. Gary Bray submitted his documents on the final day of the filing period yesterday. Bray, a retired law enforcement officer, filed as a Republican and joined John Williams as a challenger to incumbent County Commissioner Ralph Beard. If there are no challenges or withdrawals Monday or Tuesday of next week, the three candidates will be on the Republican Primary ballot in June. The only other race that developed was for District One County Commissioner where incumbent Mike Walker is being challenged by Zachary Davis of Minco. They also will be on the Republican primary ballot in June. Grady County Assessor Bari Firestone and Treasurer Robin Burton drew no challengers so each will retain their offices for another four years.

Caddo County filings

There were no additional filings in Caddo County yesterday. Assessor LaDonna Phillips and Treasurer Gina Moser drew no opponents so they will keep their offices for four more years. Two new county commissioners will be elected. District Three Commissioner Brent Kinder and District One Commissioner Benny Bowling did not run for re-election. In district three, Democrats Robert Weaver of Ft. Cobb and Mark Taylor of Carnegie will face off in the Democratic primary election in June. Republican Ricky Schuermann of Ft. Cobb also filed. Three Republicans filed for the district one commissioner post. Bobby Lynn and Mike Belter, both of Lookeba and James Buck Brown of Binger all filed. They will be on the Republican primary ballot in June. Treasurer Gina Moser and Assessor Ladonna Phillips will remain in office as neither drew an opponent. There is a two-day period to allow candidates to withdraw or challenge the qualifications of those who have filed.

District Attorney Jason Hicks Runs Un-opposed

District Attorney Jason Hicks has filed unopposed for a fourth term as DA in District 6 which includes Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Jefferson Counties.

 

Regional State House, Senate Filings

In the state house races, Amber Republican Dick Lowe did not get a challenger in House District 56 so he will serve another two years. The same is true for Marlow Republican Brad Boles who did not get an opponent for his seat in House District 51. In House District 65, Republican State Representative Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin is being challenged by Marlow Democrat, Jennifer Kerstetter. 

Sen. Darcy Jech Faces Two Challengers

In state senate races, Republican State Senator Darcy Jech of Kingfisher in District 26 which includes Caddo County has two GOP challengers. They are Brady Butler of Fay and JJ Stitt of Kingfisher.

 

Injured Chix Funny Car Driver Faces Long Recovery

A medical team of more than 30 doctors and nurses are treating Chickasha funny car driver Kendall Singleton in a Dallas hospital. Singleton suffered critical burns when his car caught fire at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. A post on Singleton's High Risk Racing Facebook page says his vision may not return for several months and he won't be able to work for at least a year. Singleton is a welder by trade. Friends and associates will hold a Coffee and Cars for Ken event today for the community to show its support. His racing team will be there, there will be live music and activities, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute will have a blood drive. That's from 9 to 2 today at the Harbor Freight and Atwoods parking lot.

 

Wind-Generated Electricity Surges

It has been extremely windy in Oklahoma and across the nation over the last few weeks. So much so that electricity produced by wind farms across the country spiked one day last month.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Oklahoma is among the nation's leaders in wind-generated electricity.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Stewart

A private memorial service for Kenneth Stewart, 88, of Amber will be held by the family at a later date. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, April 15th

 

Day Two of Filings Sees Few New Candidates

Today is the final day candidates can file to run for county, state, and federal offices. There was one new filing in Grady County yesterday where District One Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker filed for re-election. Earlier this week, Zachary Davis of Minco had also filed for that post. Both Walker and Davis are Republicans. The District 3 County Commissioner post has incumbent Ralph Beard being challenged by John Williams of Rush Springs. They are also both Republicans. Treasurer Robin Burton and Assessor Bari Firestone have not yet drawn any opponents.

Caddo County Update

In Caddo County, there was one new filing for the District Three County Commissioner post. Republican Ricky Schuermann of Ft. Cobb has filed. Two Democrats have also filed for that post and they are Mark Taylor of Carnegie and Robert Weaver of Ft. Cobb. Three Republicans have filed for the District One County Commissioner seat. James Bucky Brown of Binger, and Bobby Lynn and Mike Belter both of Lookeba have filed. Treasurer Gina Moser and Assessor Ladonna Phillips so far have filed un-opposed.

State House, Senate Filings              

For offices in the State House of Representatives, Republican Dick Lowe of Amber has filed un-opposed to this point in House District 56. And Republican Brad Boles of Marlow has filed unopposed in District 51. Republican State Representative Toni Hasenbeck in District 65 has drawn a Democratic opponent in Jennifer Kerstetter of Marlow. For state senate, Senator Darcy Jech of Kingfisher who serves Caddo County in Senate District 26 has drawn two Republican challengers. They are JJ Stitt of Kingfisher and Brady Butler of Fay.

 

Event Supporting Chix Funny Car Driver this Weekend

Friends and associates of Chickasha funny car driver Ken Singleton are ready for a big day tomorrow. A number of activities are scheduled for his hometown to show support and raise funds for Singleton who suffered severe burns when his car caught fire at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. An event called Coffee and Cars for Ken will be held at the Chickasha Square Shopping Center from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. That's behind Jake's Rib and in the parking lot of Atwoods and Harbor Freight. There's a car show, live music, activities for the kids, and food trucks. The Oklahoma Blood institute will also be on-site for a blood drive and donors can give their credit to Singleton. There's also a large get well sign that people can sign which will be taken to Singleton who is still in a Dallas hospital being treated for his burns.

 

Chickasha School's Pre-K Enrollment Next Week

Parents who want their children to attend pre-Kindergarten classes at Chickasha Public Schools next year can enroll the kids on-line. The process will start Tuesday evening April 19th. Officials say parents should go to the district's website to get log-in information over the next few days. Parents can log-in anywhere they have Internet or Wi-Fi access. The website is: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

For those who don't have a computer or Internet access, in-person enrollment will take place next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the district's enrollment center, at 7th and Kansas Avenue, across the street from the post office.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland with the Salvation Army that serves Grady and Caddo Counties are this week’s guests on the KOOL Konversation. Kenneth Corn, with the USDAs Oklahoma Office of Rural Development is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.70.

Natural gas is $7.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,974 and silver is $25.79.

 

Thursday, April 14th

 

Trial Ordered in County Commissioner Case

A judge says there is enough evidence for a county commissioner and his assistant to stand trial on charges of intimidation and spying on employees. A judge ordered a trial for District One Grady Commissioner Mike Walker and his assistant Neal Locke following a preliminary hearing in Grady County District court yesterday. Both Walker and Locke are accused of illegally installing video surveillance equipment at the Tuttle county barn. They also face charges of intimidating witnesses. Former employees allege that they were fired for cooperating with an OSBI investigation. Walker's attorney Bret Burns said the cameras were installed for security purposes. A trial date has not yet been set. Walker is also facing a charge of embezzlement for allegedly using county materials and equipment to improve a road leading to his home. A trial on the embezzlement charge is scheduled for August. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 say it is possible that all the charges could be combined into one trial.

 

Father of Injured Infant Accused of Child Abuse

A little baby is fighting for its life and its father is arrested for child abuse. 29-year old Kyle Butcher of Cement was taken into custody after authorities received a 9-1-1 call about a four-month old having trouble breathing. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the child was first taken by ambulance to a Lawton hospital then air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where doctors said the infant suffered multiple brain injuries. Butcher is being held in the Caddo County Jail on a child abuse complaint.

 

Ninnekah School Board Delays Hiring Superintendent

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story was updated from the morning newscast which indicated that a new superintendent MAY be hired tonight) 

The hiring of a new superintendent at Ninnekah Public Schools has been delayed. Interim superintendent Robyn Morse indicated a few weeks ago that the school board had hoped to announce the new administrator in the panel's monthly meeting tonight. However, the agenda for the meeting only calls for an update on the search for a new superintendent. The school board held special meetings to interview finalists on March 23rd and 25th. Morse said the delay is because all the documents associated with a proposed contract for the candidate have not been completed. Morse said they hope to have a special meeting next week to formally hire the district's new leader. 

 

Candidates Begin Filing for County Government Posts

The filing period is underway for candidates wanting to run for county, state, and federal offices. First-day filings in Grady County include Republican Bari Firestone, seeking re-election as county assessor; and Republican Robin Burton, seeking re-election as treasurer. District 3 County Commissioner Ralph Beard has also filed for re-election and he has a challenger in 37-year old John Williams of Rush Springs. Both are Republicans. Also up for election is the District 1 county commissioner post held by Republican Mike Walker. Walker has not yet filed but one challenger has already come forward. That's 36-year old Republican Zachary Paul Davis of Minco.

Caddo County Filings

In Caddo County, three candidates have filed for District One county commissioner. Mike Belter of Lookeba; Bobby Lynn, also of Lookeba; and James Bucky Brown of Binger are all Republicans who have filed for the post currently held by Benny Bowling who did not file for re-election on Wednesday. Two Democrats have filed for the District 3 county commissioner post. They are Robert Weaver of Ft. Cobb and Mark Steven Taylor of Carnegie. The post is currently held by Brent Kinder who also did not file for re-election yesterday. Also in Caddo County, Republican Ladonna Phillips has filed for re-election for county assessor; and Democrat Gina Moser has filed for re-election as county treasurer. The filing period runs through tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.25 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $108.78.

Natural gas is just under $7.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,971 and silver is $25.75.

 

Obituaries

Marqurito Hernandez

 A funeral service for Marqurito Hernandez, 84, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Shed Euwins

Funeral service for Shed Euwins, 36, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 18th at Emmaus Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 13th

 

Flooring Company Fired After Asbestos Detected in Courthouse

Grady County Commissioners fired a company that was installing new carpet and tile in the county courthouse. The action comes after asbestos was detected while the company was grinding up old tile in a second-floor courtroom. Asbestos is believed to cause cancer. The courthouse was evacuated last Thursday afternoon and then closed Friday and Monday to allow another company to come in and clean up the mess. In a special meeting yesterday, commissioners terminated the work order for Carpet Masters of Oklahoma City. Commissioner Ralph Beard said it appeared the company 'cut corners' by not sealing off the area. Beard said-

 

              

 

Carpet Masters was one of a few companies that submitted quotes to replace carpet and tile in the area of Judge Gina Lowe's courtroom and office. Commissioners did not go out for bid on the project saying it was below the dollar amount required to do so. After the asbestos was discovered authorities issued an emergency purchase order to bring in a company that specializes in asbestos removal. That company is Crystal Creek out of Edmond. The final cost of the clean-up is not yet known. Officials say Carpet Masters will be paid for the work they completed. Commissioners may also sue Carpet Masters for the cost of the clean-up. In the mean-time another company will be brought in to finish the flooring project.

 

CHS Teacher, Coach Credits Police for Finding Stolen Pickup

A Chickasha High School teacher and coach is grateful after police found his stolen pickup. Wrestling and golf coach Chad Randle was up early Tuesday morning to be a substitute school bus driver but discovered his pick-up was missing. Randle posted the news on Facebook and asked friends to be looking for his black 2012 Toyota Tundra with a Chickasha wrestling tag on the front. Randle later posted that he was notified by police Lieutenant Jeremy Alexander that the truck was found at Parkview Christian Church near Shannon Springs Park. That's a couple of miles away from Randle's home. Randle said it didn't appear his truck was damaged but a laptop and some sunglasses were taken.

 

New Officer Joins Chickasha Police Force

There's a new police officer patrolling the streets of Chickasha. Alan Pinette joined the force last week. He is a California native who holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He's a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the NAPA Valley Police Academy. He has served with the Winters Police Department and the Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department. He and his wife and son recently moved to Oklahoma.

 

New Police Chief Named in Union City

There's a new police chief in place at Union City. Adam Taylor, who had been serving as interim chief, was named chief by the town's board of trustees this week. Taylor was appointed interim chief after former Chief Richard Stephens died after a battle with COVID-19. Taylor has been with Union City for seven years and has nearly 15 years’ experience in law enforcement. He previously worked with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, served in the Oklahoma National Guard, and is currently active in the Army Reserves. He's also a volunteer with the Union City Fire Department. Taylor and his wife Kayla  have a 3-year old daughter, Nora.

 

Filing Period Underway for County, State, Federal Elections

Individuals seeking county, state, and federal offices will be flooding county and state election board offices over the next few days. The filing period for those offices begins today and runs through Friday. Several county offices will be up for election, all state house of representative offices and some state senate seats are also to be filled. Candidates running for governor, state superintendent of schools, and U.S. House and Senate seats will be filing as well. Candidates for county offices file at county election boards while candidates for state and federal offices file at the state election board.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $100.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.64.

Natural gas is $6.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,977 and silver is $25.79.

 

Obituaries

David Sims

A graveside service for David Sims, 37, of Burlington, Iowa and formerly of the Minco area will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 15th at Pleasant Hill/ Woods Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Aubrey ‘Grant’ Nelson

A graveside service for Aubrey ‘Grant’ Nelson, 73, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 12th

 

Dispute Leads to Chase, Gun Shots, Arrest

An argument over the phone and social media leads to a fight, a high speed chase, gun shots, and one man in custody. It happened late Thursday and early Friday. A probable cause affidavit indicates two men agreed to meet at an area called The Crooked Bridge east of Ninnekah. The suspect is alleged to have tried to run over the victim with his truck. That led to a pursuit to the Rush Springs area to an oil lease location. The two men got out of their vehicles and the suspect fired two rounds but the victim was not hit. Investigators later arrested 21-Michael Anthony Crawford of Chickasha on complaints of shooting with intent to kill and assault. Crawford has been formally charged with felonies which include assault and battery with intent to kill and use of a vehicle to discharge a weapon. Crawford remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Grady County Courthouse Re-opens

The Grady County Courthouse is open today after being closed the previous two days. Several courthouse employees became ill last Thursday as a contractor was doing some re-modeling. The courthouse closed as a precaution as officials tried to determine what made the employees sick. County commissioners are holding a special meeting this morning to consider firing the contractor, Carpet Masters.

 

Festival of Light has New Leader

Chickasha's Festival of Light has a new director. Billy Elkins will lead the festival in 2022, which will be its 30th year of featuring the popular holiday light display at Shannon Springs Park. Elkins was hired for the post by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He takes over for Whitney Palesano who recently accepted another position within the chamber. Chamber President Jim Cowan said Elkins understands the impact the festival has on the local economy and shares the vision and passion the chamber has for the city. Elkins has previously served as a customer service representative for HSI Sensing, has worked for the First National Bank, and is a well-known musician. Elkins work will not be exclusive to the Festival of Light. He'll also assist with chamber events including the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and some new events that will be coming to Chickasha next year. He'll also oversee the chamber's social media accounts and the Visit Chickasha app.

 

Youth Rodeo Groups Seeks Funds for Fairgrounds Events

A Chickasha panel will consider giving several thousand dollars to the Oklahoma High School and Jr. High School rodeo associations. The groups have asked for $20,000 from the Chickasha Industrial Authority's Tourism Promotion Program. The rodeo groups have held their state competitions at the Grady County Fairgrounds over the last couple of years. In addition, they host a couple of regional competitions at the fairgrounds each year. Each event brings about 300 participants and others to Chickasha over several days. The groups will be in Chickasha this weekend for one of their regular season competitions. The junior high state finals will be May 19th through 22nd and the high school state finals will be June 1st through the 5th. The groups will return to Chickasha in November for a three-day event.

 

ODOT to Host Small Business Forum

Oklahoma small businesses looking to grow and thrive might take advantage of a program later this month. The State Department of Transportation will host its  Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Contractors program. It's not only for contractors and businesses but also city and town officials and individuals. The theme of the conference is Obstacles Are Opportunities and will feature federal, state, and local speakers. The one-day conference will be held all day Friday, April 29th at the National Center for Employee Development conference center in Norman. Visit the website: oklahoma.gov/business-center

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $94.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude fell below $100 to $98.48.

Natural gas is $6.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,958 and silver is $25.20.

 

Obituaries

Joan Sehon

A graveside service for Joan Sehon, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 15th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Shed Euwins

A funeral service is pending for Shed Euwins, 36, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 11th

 

County Courthouse Closed Again Today;

Commissioners to Consider Terminating Contractor

Grady County officials will consider firing the company that may have caused county courthouse employees to suffer some respiratory problems last week. The courthouse closed early last Thursday after some workers became ill as a contractor was doing some remodeling in a courtroom. The building was closed Friday and is closed again today because of those issues. With the courthouse being closed, today's Grady County Commissioner's meeting has been canceled. The panel has scheduled a special meeting tomorrow morning to consider terminating a contract with Carpet Masters. That meeting will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning in the district attorney's conference room which is across the street from the courthouse. Officials say the courthouse will be open tomorrow.

 

Chix School Board to Consider Selling Bonds 

A resolution to consider the sale of some general obligation bonds is expected to get the approval of the Chickasha Board of Education tonight. The panel will consider selling more than $5.2 million in bonds which would be used for certain capital improvement projects associated with a larger bond that was approved in 2010. Officials say there will be one more section of bonds to be sold in a couple of years associated with that bond issue approved 12 years ago.

Policy Revisions, Child Nutrition Program to be Discussed

The school board will also consider revisions in the district’s Race and Sexual Discrimination policy. The policy will be updated with help from the Center for Education law to support recent changes in laws regarding discrimination. The group will also take a look at the child nutrition program and discuss hours of operation during the summer.

State Champion Powerlifters, Employees of the Month to be Recognized

The panel will recognize a number of state champion weightlifters, including the boys which won the 4A team title, and Aidan Gonzalez and Alli Bordwine who were individual state champs. The panel will also recognize Sandy Ford at the Quality Academy as the Chicken Express Certified Employee of the Month and bus driver Lynn Lee as the Support Employee of the Month. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

Board Work Session Scheduled

The school board will have a special meeting tomorrow night to hold a work session to review and discuss possible projects that may be part of a school bond election later this year. Tomorrow night's meeting will get underway at 5:30 p.m. also at the school administration building.

 

School Foundation Annual Gala Nears

The Chickasha Public School Foundation is preparing for its biggest event of the year. The spring gala will be later this month where officials will give a review of the many projects that help teachers and students throughout the district. Foundation President Gab Shepard said they start out the school year by awarding grants to teachers.

 

              

 

The district also spends about $30,000 a year to provide free school supplies to all students from crayons, to glue, to paper. The Foundation gala will be on Tuesday, April 26th. Check out the Chickasha Public School Foundation Facebook page for info.

 

Chix Community Blood Drive is Today

The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be back in Chickasha today for another community blood drive. The blood mobile will be in the YMCA parking lot today for a drive co-hosted by KOOL-RANCH radio stations and the YMCA. The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Donors get a mini-health check for blood pressure, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol level. Donors also get a free t-shirt and a free ticket to the Oklahoma City Zoo. You can save the lives of three people with your donation. Donors can also designate their contributions to specific individuals. Regular donors are encouraged to go to the Donor Express portal on the blood institute's website www.obi.org

The next community blood drive will be Saturday, April 30th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $98.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.78.

Natural gas is $6.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,961 and silver is $25.21.

2022, April 4th-9th

Saturday, April 9th

 

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle

A pedestrian trying to cross I-35 in Norman is struck and killed by a car. 42-year old Christopher Paxton of Blanchard was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit near mile marker 106 just before 11 o'clock last night. The highway patrol said Paxton was hit by a southbound car driven by 64-year old Jerry Sims of Norman who was not hurt.

 

Source of Mystery Illness at Courthouse Still Unknown

Crews will be working through the weekend to solve some problems associated with a remodeling project at the Grady County Courthouse. The courthouse closed early Thursday and all day Friday after several courthouse employees suffered some respiratory issues while a contractor was doing some work in the courtroom of Judge Gina Lowe. Late yesterday, Grady County Assistant Emergency Management Director Amanda Wilkerson said officials were still trying to determine what caused the employees to fall ill and that the work will continue through the weekend. Officials are hoping the courthouse can re-open on Monday.

 

USAO 'Giving Day' Successful

A one-day fund-raising campaign for USAO resulted in more than $100,000 in contributions to the university. Simply called 'Giving Day,' university supporters, alumni, faculty, employees, and students pledged the funds that will benefit numerous programs. USAO Vice President JP Audas said it was inspiring and energizing to see the outpouring of support. The $104,000 was well above the $75,000 goal set for the day. There were more than 327 individual contributions. The Division of Science and Physical Education received the highest dollar amount of donations while the Division of Arts and Humanities had highest number of contributions.

 

Kiowa Tribe Chairman Won't Seek Re-election

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will have a new chairman this summer. Current chairman Matt Komalty will not be running for re-election. In a statement, Komalty said the reason is due to illness. Komalty said he's been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder which causing his health to suffer and forcing him to work remotely. Komalty was elected to the post in June of 2018. In 2020 he faced impeachment over allegations that included the mishandling of CARES Act funds, wrongful termination of Kiowa gaming employees, the wrongful and unapproved appointment of an executive director, and giving salary increases without approval. He also survived a recall election that year. Among those who filed for the post during this week’s filing period are tribal vice chairwoman Rhonda Ahhaitty, Lawrence Spottedbird, and Charles Eisenberger. A complete list of candidates will be available on Monday.

 

New Kiowa Indian Council (KIC) Coordinator Elected

Kiowa Tribal members have elected a new Kiowa Indian Council Coordinator. Kristi Wolf-Norris of Tulsa was elected to a two-year term last week. She picked up nearly 54 percent of the vote out of five candidates on the ballot. Wolf-Norris received 110 votes; Deborah Schrock Wilson, 39; Modina Waters, 30; Hanley Short, 15; and Bryan Womack, 10. Wolf-Norris is a retired federal employee who worked with the Department of Homeland Security in areas of administration, policy, and procedure.

 

Obituaries

Cathey Ann Jester

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Cathey Ann Jester, 68, of Alex.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Sara Mostajabi

Funeral service for Sara Mostajabi, 37, of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14th at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Friday, April 8th

 

Grady County Courthouse Closed for 'Mechanical' Issue

The Grady County Courthouse is closed today as officials determine the cause of what was called a mechanical issue. County Commissioner Kirk Painter said a contractor was taking up some carpet on the second floor of the courthouse and a number of courthouse employees began coughing near the close of business yesterday. Painter said they hope to re-open on Monday but will wait to make a decision.

 

Caddo County Mother Faces Child Abuse Allegation

An Anadarko woman is arrested for allegedly abusing her 10-year old son. 43-year old Franda Franklin, also known as Franda Camargo, was taken into custody after police were dispatched to her home. The Lawton Constitution cited court documents saying the boy initially called his father and told him his mother was going to hurt herself. The suspect's sister actually called police and said Franklin was threatening suicide. When police arrived they found the boy bleeding from a head injury suffered when Franklin allegedly pushed him against a door. It was also alleged that Franklin choked the youth. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment. Franklin has been formally charged with child abuse and abuse by strangulation. She remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Bid for U.S. Highway 81 Improvements in Minco Approved

A portion of U.S. Highway 81 in Grady County will be getting some upgrades this summer. The State Transportation Commission approved some resurfacing work for nearly five miles of the roadway in the Minco area. The project was awarded to The Cummins Construction Company of Enid for its bid of nearly $2.4 million.

 

New Superindent Named for Marlow Public Schools

Marlow Public Schools will have a new superintendent next year. Corey Holland has been hired as the new administrator. He'll take over the post from George Coffman who is retiring after a 20-year career at Marlow and a total of 35-years in education. KSWO-TV reports that Holland is currently the assistant superintendent at Cache. Holland will spend the next three months transitioning to Marlow with his start date expected to be July 1st.

 

Ft. Sill Soldiers Return from Deployment

A number of Ft. Sill soldiers have returned home after serving a deployment in southeast Asia. Members of the 313th Battalion of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, known as the Red Dragons, were re-united with family and friends after spending the last nine months in South Korea. The soldiers worked with the 210th Field Artillery Brigade practicing their war-fighting skills with various live-fire exercises.

 

Movie Makers Have 24-hours to Produce Short Films

Can you produce a five-minute film in 24-hours? If so, you could win as much as $1,000! Local film producer Reagan Elkins and Intellego Media is teaming up with USAO's Wrecking Ball Art Studio for the competition. Today is the final day to sign up with the last call being from 5:30 to 10:30 tonight at the Art Wrecker Studio downtown Chickasha. The 24-hour period begins at 11:59 p.m. tonight and ends at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night. Producers will have some props and prompts to use in their videos. The top three short films win cash prizes with first place receiving $1,000; second place will receive $500; and third place receives $250. On Saturday, April 16th the inaugural Wrecking Ball Film Festival will feature the top 10 films at the Wrecking Ball Art Studio. The event sponsors include Itellego Media, the Art Wrecker Studio, USAO's Nesbtit Gallery, the Chickasha Economic Development Council, and The Canadian River Brewery.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Michael Pettijohn with the OSU Research Station will be on our KOOL Konversation discussing the Wheat Field Day that will be held later this month. On Real Estate Today, Jim Cowan with the Chamber of Commerce and Zach Boles with Life Skills Institute will discuss the new community alliance that has been formed as well as upcoming events in the city. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.03 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $100.58.

Natural gas is $6.36 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,936 and silver is $24.81.

 

Thursday, April 7th

 

Suspect Arrested for Transporting Illegal Marijuana

Authorities in Union City arrest a man for transporting illegal marijuana. A post on the Union City Police Department's Facebook page indicates that officers pulled over a vehicle and found about 36 pounds of illegal pot. The social media site indicates the driver, Yu Gen Weng of New York, had not been issued a license from the state medical marijuana authority and was transporting the drugs outside of the state agency's rules. Weng was taken to the Canadian County Jail on complaints of drug trafficking and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. It wasn’t clear why Weng was pulled over.

 

Semi Driver Hurt When Wind Blows Big Rig Off Highway

High winds are being blamed on a semi being blown off the highway in Grady County yesterday. The truck driver was rushed to a hospital. The accident happened on State Highway 19 just west of Alex about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, 37-year old Jack West of Ada, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was admitted with head and leg injuries. He was last in fair condition. The trooper called out to the accident said Davis lost control of the big rig and it ran off the highway and hit an embankment.

 

Evening Crash Closes Tuttle Highway

An injury accident shut down State Highway 4 south of Tuttle last night. The highway patrol was dispatched to investigate a two-vehicle crash with injury just before 9:00 p.m. The accident happened about two miles south of Tuttle. There was no information available about the accident other than it closed down the highway for a little over an hour.

 

Droverstock Returns to USAO

Hundreds of high school and junior high students from across the state are in Chickasha today for what's called the biggest one-day event of the year at USAO. For most, the event is simply called Droverstock – an featuring live music, art, food, games, and a huge sidewalk chalk art competition. The sidewalk chalk art event kicked the event off this morning. The music festival will start about mid-day and run through the evening. In the past the event also included an academic competition but that event is not taking place as officials still have concerns about the coronavirus. There is a new event called Junior Day which gives high school juniors and others the opportunity to explore the campus, interact with students, faculty, and staff and enjoy  all the activities taking place. Admission is free.

 

Group to Resume 'Keep Chickasha Beautiful' Campaign

With temperatures warming up there are a lot of spring cleaning projects underway for residents and businesses. An effort to support a community beautification program in Chickasha last year will look to continue in 2022. The Chickasha Economic Development Council will host a meeting tomorrow for residents who would like to serve on its Keep Chickasha Beautiful Committee. Officials say preliminary plans are to have some activities for Earth Day (April 22nd) and a city-wide clean-up campaign the first week of May. Those attending tomorrow’s meeting will be asked to suggest other activities that could be held and what areas of town need attention. Local businesses are encouraged to send a representative to the meeting. It will be held at noon tomorrow at the Chamber of Commerce. Anyone wanting to participate should RSVP the chamber by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Anadarko City-Wide Clean-Up April 11th-16th

The City of Anadarko will have its city-wide clean-up next week. Residents are asked to have debris bagged or contained and placed on the curb for pick-up. City crews will only make one pass in each neighborhood. Large items like furniture, appliances, and other bulky items can also be placed on the curb or taken to a central roll-off site at 201 NE 1st Street. Large items can also be taken to the Alex landfill at no charge as long as residents have a copy of a recent utility bill and a photo ID. For other information check out the City of Anadarko's Facebook page or reach out to city hall.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $101.07.

Natural gas is $6.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,930 and silver is $24.53.

 

Obituaries

Veronica Wilson

A funeral service for Veronica Wilson, 83, of Indiahoma is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Barbara Ann Lewis

Funeral service for Barbara Ann Wilson, 68, of Oklahoma City will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9th at the Divine Wisdom Worship Center. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 6th

 

Kea Ginn Wins Seat on Chix City Council

It was a light turnout at many of the polls yesterday for municipal and school elections. Less than 300 voters turned out to elect a new Ward 1 representative on the Chickasha City Council. Kea Ginn defeated David Lucas by a wide margin, 196 to 82. Ginn will take the post currently held by David Sikes who did not run for re-election. Ginn will be sworn in next month.

Aaron McElroy Re-elected as Tuttle Mayor

In Tuttle, Aaron McElroy was re-elected as mayor. McElroy defeated Judy Preston, 261 to 100. And Dewey Buck won a close race for an unexpired term on the Tuttle City Council winning by just 17 votes over Darrell Alcorn, 54 to 37.

Trio Elected to Lindsay City Council

In Lindsay, The top three candidates in the city council election were Bart Drennan (242), Tom Inman (228), and Bev Barker (171).

 

Blanchard Voters Nix Two Bond Issues

In school elections, Blanchard voters overwhelmingly turned down two bond proposals. Proposition 1 was a $35 million plan which failed by a two-to-one margin - with 708 no votes and only 451 yes votes. Proposition 2 was a $1 million transportation bond issue which failed with 54 percent of the voters casting ballots against the issue - 637 no votes and 522 yes votes. In the Blanchard school board election Justin Smith won with 54 percent of the vote over Kristi Mitchell, 602 to 504.

Pioneer School Bond Issue Passes Easily

Pioneer school district voters approved a $635,000 bond issue for school upgrades by a landslide with 93 percent of the vote, 62 to 5.

Other School Board Election Results

At Amber-Pocasset, DeAnn Middlestaedt was re-elected to the school board defeating Jeanette Parham 52-39. At Bridge Creek, Danielle Epps defeated Jeana Ely, 162 to 56. At Dibble, Brandon Hedrick won a by a wide margin over Jason Ott, 110 to 41. At Cyril, Derek Cocheran defeated Kenny Gray, 152 to 112. At Carnegie, Shannon Ware defeated Brad Holsted, 180 to 124. At Marlow, Mark O'Neal won defeated Gena Webb, 178 to 59.

 

Events Supporting Ken Singleton Set

The support for Chickasha Funny Car champion Kendall Singleton continues to grow. Singleton faces a long recovery after suffering burns when his car caught fire at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. He has already undergone a number of skin grafts after suffering second and third degree burns. A big fund raiser has been scheduled for Saturday, April 16th for an event called Coffee and Cars for Ken. It will feature a car show and live music from The T.A. Brauer Band and Dallas recording artist Scott Sturgeon. Another event is this Sunday, April 10th as Bible Baptist Church will hold a blood drive and donors can pledge their donations to Singleton. The blood drive will be after Sunday's service from noon to 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or donors can schedule appointments by contacting Beverly Sales by calling or texting 405-779-5374.

 

OSBI Seeks Info About Missing Caddo County Man

The OSBI is hoping the public can help provide information about a missing Caddo County man. 50-year old Billy Joe Lange went missing in March of 2016. He worked as a ranch hand and surveillance video showed him making a routine stop at a convenience store in Binger. His abandoned Chevy Trailblazer was found the next day along I-40 near the Caddo and Canadian County line. The agency’s authorized Facebook page says agents have followed numerous leads but have not yet determined what happened to him. Anyone with information can contact the OSBI anonymously via e-mail: tips@osbi.ok.gov

 

Energy Prices

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $101.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.64.

Natural gas is $6.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,933 and silver is $24.47.

 

Tuesday, April 5th

 

Suspect Wanted for Ramming State Trooper's Car Arrested in Chickasha 

In a joint effort by numerous law enforcement groups officials arrested a man in Chickasha yesterday who is accused of ramming into a state trooper's vehicle and exchange gunfire with authorities. Chickasha and Oklahoma City police, U.S. Marshals, and state troopers were on hand for the arrest of 35-year old Gabriel Yeatman yesterday. Authorities say Yeatman was arrested about 1:00 p.m. Monday in a Chickasha neighborhood and was allegedly holding a homeowner against his will. No information was available about why Yeatman was in Chickasha or how officials tracked him down. Yeatman was wanted for crashing into a state trooper's car in Oklahoma City early Friday morning. Yeatman was driving the wrong way on I-240 and shots were fired.  The trooper involved in the crash was not injured. Authorities say Yeatman may also face kidnapping charges in Grady County as a result of taking the homeowner hostage.

 

Some City Council, School Board Elections Today

Today is election day in Oklahoma but not everyone is going to the polls. There are a few city council elections and a number of school board or school bond elections in the area. Chickasha voters are electing a new Ward One city councilman. David Lucas and Kea Ginn are both seeking the seat. There are also city council elections in Tuttle and Lindsay. There are school board elections in Amber-Pocasset, Blanchard, Dibble, Bridge Creek, Cyril, Carnegie, and Marlow school districts. Pioneer School district voters will be deciding a $385,000 bond issue. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight. We’ll post some results on our Facebook page tonight.

 

Chix City Council OKs Advertising for Bids For Festival of Light Expansion

Last night, the Chickasha City Council gave officials the OK to go out for bids for a project to expand the Festival of Light. The Festival wants to expand into the area north of the dam at Shannon Springs Park. The Festival will donate $120,000 to the city for the installation of several electric panels and a control box to add even more lights to the holiday spectacle which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.  The city council also approved the purchase of a John Deere Gator from P and K Equipment for just under $9,000 from state contract, bypassing normal bidding requirements. During the meeting, Councilman Oscar Nelson asked about the city having a spring clean-up day. Jim Cowan with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council said he is working with the city's community development department and Waste Connections to coordinate the event which is expected to be held the first full week of May.

 

Chix Parks and Rec Director Steps Down

The City of Chickasha is looking for a new parks and recreation director. Kyle Marks has stepped down from the post to take a similar position in Newcastle. Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks informed the council during last night’s meeting that Marks was leaving. Marks has been with Chickasha for the last two and a half years. He tells KOOL-RANCH News that he'll start his new job next week.

 

Single-Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Turnpike

Traffic was shut down on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike southwest of Chickasha for a short time yesterday. State troopers responded to a non-injury accident involving one vehicle. Both the westbound and eastbound lanes were blocked. The accident happened just after 5:00 p.m. between mile markers 76 and 77 about four miles southwest of the city.  The roadway was shut down for about 30 minutes. No information about the accident was available.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $103.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.33.

Natural gas is $5.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,933 and silver is $24.81.

 

Obituaries

Geary Green

A graveside service for Geary Green, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 7th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Treehouse in Wichita, Kansas.

William Thomas

Funeral service for William Thomas, 86, of the Snyder area and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9th at the First Baptist Church of Snyder. Survivors include his son Casta Thomas of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 4th

 

Chickasha's Festival of Light Looks to Expand

The Festival of Light is looking to grow. The festival, which is one of the state's top destinations for families in November and December, wants to expand their displays to the open area north of the dam at Shannon Springs Park. The group is asking the city council to expand electrical service to that area with nine new electrical panels and one control box. The Festival of Light is donating $120,000 for the work and the city will not have to pay for the installation. The only cost to the city is the electric bill. Officials say the average cost of electricity during the Festival is $30 to $40 per month. The Chickasha City Council is to consider going out for bids for the project when the panel meets tonight. Background information indicates that the city will not recommend a bid until the Festival of Light's contribution is received.

Purchase of  UTV, Airport Engineer to be Considered

The city council is also to consider waiving the bidding process and purchase a John Deere UTV from state contract with P and K Equipment. The cost of the Gator is just under $9,000. The panel will also consider awarding a contract to Parkhill Engineering for services at the city airport. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the city to review design services every five years and submit their selection for approval. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Caddo County Woman Hospitalized After Rollover

An Apache was woman taken to the hospital after crashing her pickup over the weekend. 60-year old Sophia Vasquez suffered head injuries and was last in fair condition at a Lawton hospital. The accident happened five miles north of Apache about 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The trooper investigating the accident said that Vasquez was driving at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the truck, ran off the road, and overturned. The trooper reported that Vasquez may have been driving under the influence.

 

Grants Help Museum with Artifact Preservation

The Grady County Historical Society and Museum has been able to take advantage of a number of grants over the last few years. Museum curator Pat Cunningham says some of the grants came from the Oklahoma History Center-

 

              

 

She says they get phone calls and visitors from all over the country as individuals trace some family history to the Grady County area. She says she recently received a call from Canada. Cunningham said the museum entrance will soon have a buckboard on display.

 

USAO Schedules Summer Food Camp

Parents in search of activities for the kids to take part in during summer vacation might check out a unique camp that will be hosted by USAO. 8th and 9th grade students will learn about where food comes from and get hands-on experience in food preparation during the university's food camp. It's a free camp that will have the student follow the progress of food from the garden to the kitchen and the pantry, learn basic cooking techniques, the nutrients in food, visit local farms and farmers markets. It’s a residential camp meaning the students will stay on campus the entire week. The camp is run by USAO biology professor Jeanette Loutsch. There are two camps with the first being June 20th through 24th and second is July 11th through 15th. For information go on-line to usao.edu/foodcamp

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $99.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.67.

Natural gas is $5.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,930 and silver is $24.84.

2022, March 28th-April 2nd

Saturday, April 2nd

 

Crowbar Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Formal sentencing was held in U.S. Federal Court  in the Western District of Oklahoma this week for a man convicted of a heinous crime that occurred more than three years ago. 34-year old Isaiah Whitefox Redbird had been convicted of premeditated murder and assault causing serious bodily injury in connection with the attack that occurred in Carnegie in September of 2018. Prosecutors say Redbird used a crowbar to attack Byron 'Subee' Tongkeamah, Jr. and his girlfriend Kayleigh Roughface. Tongkeamah died and Roughface somehow survived massive head injuries. She has no memory of the attack. Prosecutors say Redbird believed he had a duty to kill the couple based on rumors he had heard about them.

 

Elderly Driver Dies in Rollover

A driver is killed in a rollover crash in eastern Stephens County. 81-year old Joe Compton of Foster died in the accident that happened near the town of Bray yesterday. The highway patrol reports that Compton veered off State Highway 29 then careened off the other side of the road and rolled several times. Compton was trapped in the wreckage for about two hours.

 

Regional Food Bank Seeks Sites for Summer Food Distribution

The countdown is on for students and teachers as the end of school is just a few weeks away. The Regional Food Bank is again preparing to help struggling families get through the summer by providing meals when school is not in session. But food bank officials are expecting a decline in sites that will be available to distribute food this summer due to some USDA requirements. Officials say waivers that had been put in place during the pandemic will expire next month and some distribution sites don't have enough space, staff, or funds. The food bank is seeking groups that meet the USDA guidelines to help with the distribution. Sites can be schools, non-profit groups, churches, community centers, libraries, or even parks. The program offers the meals to all children up to 18 years old each weekday during the summer break. Last year the agency provided nearly 230,000 meals at 127 sites throughout central and western Oklahoma. Groups can reach out to the regional food bank at www.rfbo.org/summer-meals

 

City of Chix to Begin Weekly Storm Siren Testing

The City of Chickasha will begin weekly tests of the city's storm sirens. The tests are scheduled each Wednesday at noon if the weather is fair and mild. The sirens will not be tested if it’s cloudy or if there is a forecast of severe weather that day. Officials say they will issue posts on social media if the tests will not be conducted.

 

Route 66 Communities Get OK to Make Mother Road Markings

Oklahoma communities along the Mother Road of Route 66 will be allowed to make improvements to the highway to get ready for its centennial. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has released new pavement marking guidelines. A number of cities and towns had reached out to the state agency to try and bring more attention to the historic road. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell says Oklahoma has more than 400 miles of Route 66 and appreciates the enthusiasm of all the communities and ODOT's approval of the guidelines. Each community will have to come up with the funds to pay for the upgrades. They will be black-and-white markings that are 21 feet long and 8 feet wide and are intended for areas where speeds are no more than 35 miles per hour. The 100th anniversary of Route 66 is coming up in 2026.

 

USAO Softball Pitcher Breaks Career Wins Mark

History was made at USAO yesterday. Emily Cerny became the winningest softball pitcher in the NAIA with her 127th career victory. The Drovers defeated Cottey College of Nebraska, Missouri 3-0 in the first game of a double header at Bill Smith Ballpark. The win breaks a record that stood for 20 years. Cerny says she's had a lot of help in setting the new record.

 

              

 

Cerny allowed only two hits, struck out 14 batters, walked two and hit two. The Drovers got an unearned run in the bottom of the 5th inning when Cottey College misplayed a force-out at home which would have ended the inning. Darcy Chester hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard in the 6th inning to extend the lead.

 

Friday, April 1st

 

Driver Injured After Rear-ending Semi

An SUV crashes into the back of a semi on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, sending the SUV driver to the hospital. The accident happened just after six o'clock last night near the toll booth at mile marker 97. 56-year old Michael Weaver of Edmond was last in fair condition with head and leg injuries. The investigating trooper said both vehicles were eastbound approaching the toll both when the semi began to slow down and Weaver’s SUV struck the big rig. The truck driver was identified as 62-year old William Schmitz of Kansas and he was not hurt.

 

Kiowa Tribal Members Prepare for KIC Meeting

Members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma have a big meeting in Carnegie tomorrow. The Kiowa Indian Council (KIC) will hold its first meeting since the pandemic. Members will be electing a new KIC coordinator, a post which has been empty for about a year after previous coordinator Steve Smith was removed. There are five candidates running including Deborah Shrock Wilson, Hanley Eugene Short, Kristi Wolf Norris, Modina Waters, and Bryan Womack.  A quorum of 150 tribal members who are at least 18 years old must be present. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Red Buffalo Hall at the Kiowa Complex.

 

April Events Include Open Streets-Chix, Rotary Run

As we turn the calendar to a new month plans have been underway for a couple of events in Chickasha later this month. The Chickasha Area YMCA is preparing for its annual Open Streets-Chickasha campaign which is a little earlier this year. The event is normally held in May but the date was going to fall on Mother's Day weekend so it was moved up a couple of weeks. The event is now set for Saturday, April 30th downtown. The event is an effort to get families together for a day of exercise and activities. Officials are still looking for vendors. There is no charge for vendors who are asked to have some type of activity for kids and adults. All participants can register at no charge to win some nice prizes.  Contact the YMCA for information by calling 405-224-2281. Open Streets - Chickasha will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30th. Also that day, The Chickasha Rotary Club will have its annual 5K and one mile fun run/walk prior to Open Streets. Costumes are encouraged.  Participants can register in advance at www.raceentry.com or register that morning at 7 a.m. The 5K will begin and end at the Rock Island Railroad Depot with a starting time of 8:30 a.m.

 

Easter Pageant Set for Holy City of the Wichitas

Easter Sunday is just a couple of weeks away. For the last couple of months the Holy City of the Wichitas has been preparing for its 97th annual Easter pageant. It's said to be the oldest Easter pageant in the country. Officials say they could still use some cast members. No acting experience is required and there are no speaking roles. There is a dress rehearsal this weekend followed by the two performances. The first is Saturday, April 9th and the second is Saturday, April 16th with both performances starting 8:30 p.m. Get information about the Easter pageant on the Holy City of the Wichitas Facebook page.

 

First Quarter Energy Prices Up Sharply 

The prices of West Texas Intermediate crude oil and London-based Brent crude fell yesterday. The drop was blamed on President Biden's announcement to release 1 million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves over the next six months. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation says despite the drop yesterday, oil prices have been on the rise.

 

              

 

At the close yesterday, crude oil on the NYMEX was at $100.28 per barrel and London-based Brent crude was $107.91. Natural gas rose 28 percent in March and is up 51 percent for the first quarter, to $5.64 per million BTUs.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Gab Shepard with the Chickasha Public School Foundation will be on our KOOL Konversation and Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society and Museum will be on Real Estate Today. Look for links to the programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Thursday, March 31st

 

Drug Trafficking Supect Held on Six-Figure Bond

A Grady County man is in jail on a six-figure bond after being charged with drug trafficking. 53-year old Robert Hershell Leach of Tuttle was picked up by Tuttle police early Tuesday morning. Leach was pulled over on a traffic stop because a brake light was out on his pick-up. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Leach had a suspended license and had a warrant for his arrest out of Canadian County. The officer found nearly 115 grams of meth in the pickup. On-line court records indicate that Leach was on probation after pleading guilty to Canadian County drug charges in 2019. Authorities there issued a warrant for his arrest last August for failure to comply.  Leach is now facing a felony drug trafficking charge and a misdemeanor for driving under suspension in Grady County. His bond is $100,000.

 

Early Voting Available Ahead of Next Week's Election

Oklahomans can cast ballots ahead of next Tuesday's school and municipal elections. In person, absentee voting can be done at county election board offices today and tomorrow. Among school board elections in the region include Amber-Pocasset, Blanchard, Dibble, Bridge Creek, Cyril, Carnegie, and Marlow. There are school bond elections for Pioneer, Blanchard, and Sterling school districts. There are city council elections in Chickasha and Tuttle. Early voting can be done at county election boards from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow otherwise voters can cast ballots at their normal precincts on Tuesday.

 

Group Looks to Save Artifacts of Ukraine History

Historians and librarians around the world are working to preserve cultural artifacts that are at-risk in the Russian war against the Ukraine. At USAO’s Nash Library, Anne Tsontekoy is among them. She is part of a volunteer group of more than 500 specialists taking part in the Saving Ukraine Cultural Heritage On-line program. The group is working to identify and archive at-risk sites, digital content, and data in throughout the Ukraine. Tsonetokoy decided to take part after receiving an e-mail seeking volunteers. She says while she is a small part of the effort she is happy to help and encourages others to assist. She said if computer servers in the war-torn country are damaged or destroyed the group will ensure the country’s history will not be lost forever.

 

Friends of Chickasha Library Host Book Sale

It's a book bonanza at the Chickasha Public Library. The Friends of the Library are having a used book sale as they clear the shelves of older books and raise funds to purchase new books and materials. Recommended donation is a dollar a book except for children's books. Patrons can browse the selection during regular library hours which includes Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The book sale runs through Saturday, April 9th.

 

Northern Lights May Appear in Oklahoma Tonight

Some Oklahomans may get a rare opportunity to see Northern Lights tonight. It’s a phenomenon usually only seen in the arctic, Canada, and northern tier states in the U.S. The lights don't normally appear as for south as the Sooner State. Officials say the lights could be visible as far south as I-40. They may be visible on the northern horizon after sunset although any cloud cover may obscure them.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $107.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.45.

Natural gas is $5.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,929 and silver is $24.90.

 

Obituary

Johnny Banks

A service for Johnny Banks of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, March 30th

 

Suspect in Illegal Grow Operation Raid in 2021 Arrested

Just a few weeks ago state drug agents and local law enforcement raided several illegal medical marijuana growing operations across the state including two in Grady County. Earlier this week, authorities arrested a suspect in connection with a similar raid that took place at an illegal grow facility in Grady County last summer. 32-year old Helen Carillo was booked into the Grady County jail on Monday. A warrant had been issued for her arrest last August after the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant on the operation near Rush Springs. Authorities said that the property was never granted registration to be a grow operation. Carillo was listed as the property owner and authorities said she had a stake in the operation. Carillo has been formally charged with conspiracy and cultivation of a controlled substance. She is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

Second Chix City Council Candidate Discusses Candidacy

Today we have the second segment of our interviews with candidates running for the Ward One post on the Chickasha City Council. Kea Ginn is a life-long resident of Chickasha. She works with the family business in the health care industry and says she wants to help the city get better.

 

              

 

Ginn currently serves on the Chickasha Economic Development Council. Ginn and David Lucas are the candidates on the ballot for next Tuesday's city council election. We talked to both candidates on last weekend's KOOL Konversation program and we have a link to the program on our website. Look under the Community tab for the KOOL Konversation.

 

Pioneer School District Voters to Decide Bond Issue

Also next Tuesday, school elections will be held throughout the state. In the Pioneer School district voters will decide a $635,000 bond issue. Superintendent Tod Harrison said the bonds would help make numerous improvements. He said they plan to shore up some drainage issues as water is getting into some of buildings. New flooring would be installed in the main building, classrooms, and the gymnasium. He also said some of the flooring would be no-wax flooring to reduce maintenance costs. The funds would also be used to update bathrooms and the district's electrical system. If approved, property taxes for those in the Pioneer School district would increase about 5 percent. The bond issue would be paid off in six years.

 

Driver Arrested After Weekend Accident

Now an update to a story we first aired over the weekend about a traffic accident west of Minco where a car drove through a bridge and tumbled into a ravine. We now know the driver was arrested for DUI and three children in the car were taken to a hospital. The accident happened early Saturday morning near the Grady and Caddo County line west of Minco.  A probable cause affidavit indicates that 34-year old Kesha Files of Union City told authorities she swerved to miss a deer.  Witnesses at the scene told investigators that Files and the car smelled like alcohol. The trooper dispatched to the scene said Files failed a field sobriety test. The three children ranged in age from two to ten years old. They were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital to be treated for scrapes and bruises. Files was also taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries and she was released and taken to the Grady County Jail. Files was charged with a felony for child endangerment by DUI as well as a misdemeanor DUI. She is out of jail after posting a $20,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.23.

Natural gas is $5.34 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,924 and silver is $24.98.

 

Obituary

Ruby Boyce

A private family service will be held at a later date for Ruby Boyce, 77, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, March 29th

 

Chick Police Tell How They Found Child Porn Suspect

We have some details today on how Chickasha police arrested a man wanted for manufacturing child porn. Last Friday, authorities arrested 51-year old Charles Phillip Gelpi. The Cyril man was wanted out of Comanche County for allegedly video recording a 16-year old girl without her knowledge. Chickasha Police Lt. Gillian O'Brien said the police department received a phone call from another law enforcement agency saying that Gelpi was in Chickasha. He was found in the 2000 block of Iowa and taken into custody. Gelpi remains in the Grady County Jail and It's believed he'll be taken to Lawton to face the charge awaiting him in Comanche County.

 

Chix City Council Candidate Discusses Candidacy

Chickasha voters will be going to the polls next week to select a new city council representative in Ward One. Two candidates - David Lucas and Kea Ginn - are running for the post. We’ll have comments from both candidates over the next couple of days. Today, Lucas says the council needs to focus more on long-term solutions to problems that previous councils have kicked down the road.

 

              

 

Lucas also believes that all portions of city council meetings - even executive sessions - should be open to the public. Both Lucas and Ginn were on our KOOL Konversation program last weekend. We have a link to the program under the Community tab on this website. We'll have comments from Ginn tomorrow.

 

Burn Bans Lifted, But Wind Advisory is Forecast

Burn bans have been lifted in a couple of area counties even as high wind advisories will be in effect today. Commissioners in both Grady and Caddo Counties have lifted the bans as much of the region picked up one to two inches of rain last week and more rain is expected tonight as thunderstorms are in the forecast. But prior to that, the National Weather Service says critical to extremely critical fire conditions are expected in all of western Oklahoma this afternoon. The agency has issued a wind advisory that will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 pm. with south winds gusting to 45 miles per hour.

 

Darko Continues Feral Hog Fight

A portion of the city park in Anadarko is closed due to the on-going threat of wild hogs in the area. Officials say the north side of Randlett Park is closed to the public all week. A post on the city's Facebook page advises park users to stay on the south side of the river which flows through the park and to stay alert as the animals should be considered dangerous. Officials say the feral hogs have been an off and on problem over the last year or so. They recently returned about three weeks ago. Officials have reached out to the state department of agriculture in hopes of getting the animals removed.

 

Vietnam Veterans Honored for Their Service 

Military veterans who served during the Vietnam War era are getting the recognition deserved for their work in that controversial confrontation. Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day honoring those veterans, many of whom were shunned in their return home from battle. The day was created in 2017. It was March 29, 1973 that the U.S. Military Command was officially disbanded and the final combat troops left the country. The average age of Vietnam veterans is now 67 years old. Authorities say there are still 1,600 soldiers believed to still be missing from that era.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.48.

Natural gas is $5.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,918 and silver is $24.75.

 

Obituaries

Lydia ‘Ann’ Foster

Funeral service for Ann Foster, 93, of Chickasha was held at 1 o'clock this afternoon at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Paula Bevill

A memorial service for Paula Bevill, 81, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 2nd at Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Resurrection House and Life Skills Institute or the Lupus Foundation.

 

Monday, March 28th

 

Chix Schools to Give Personal Learning Devices to Students

Chickasha Public Schools is putting together a program to provide every student in the district with a personal learning device. In a newsletter released to patrons officials say the reason for doing so is to help students improve academically and learn the skills they'll need to succeed once they get out of school. Authorities say technology helps enhance and re-define how students interact with curriculum, teachers, and peers. The decision to take this step is motivated by the desire to increase student achievement and prepare students to excel in the paths they will pursue. Officials are hoping to have the learning devices in the hands of students for the start of classes this fall.

 

Local Funny Car Driver Hospitalized After Crash

Chickasha funny car driver Ken Singleton is hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in a weekend accident at a race track in Texas. A post on Singleton's High Risk Racing Facebook page indicates that Singleton suffered second and third degree burns on about 25 percent of his body. He's being treated at the Parkland Burn Center in Dallas. Reports indicate that Singleton could spend up to five weeks in the hospital.

 

Rural Water District Seeks Fire Hydrant Repair, Installations

An effort to repair broken fire hydrants and to get new hydrants installed in a rural water district will be discussed during a meeting tonight. The proposal will be heard by Rural Water District Six in Grady County which serves the Pocasset area. The meeting will be held at 7 o'clock tonight in the District Six office building in Amber.

 

Chix Lions Club Seeks Members to Continue Projects

The Chickasha Lions Club is one of the oldest civic clubs in town. The group has been serving the community for 105 years. It was one of 23 Lions clubs nationwide that helped to form Lions Club International. The group's main mission to collect used eye glasses which are sent to third-world countries. They support the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Meadows of Hope foster care home in Perkins which serves as transitional housing for youth in DHS care. They assist the Festival of Light, the Food for Kids programs in area schools, and host the kiddie tractor pull contest at the county fair. The group's main fundraisers are a pancake breakfast in the fall and they sell nuts during the holidays. The group meets each Tuesday at noon at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Contact Joan Brown or Wayne Leu for information.

 

Participants Sought For Short-Film Festival Competition

A challenging competition for those who enjoy producing short films is coming up. Participants will have just 24-hours to put together a film of two-to-five minutes in length with the top winners to be shown at what's called the Wrecking Ball Film Festival. The event is being organized by local film maker Reagan Elkins and Intellego Media and Jordan Vinyard, a USAO art professor and the director of USAO's Art Wrecker Studio. Participants will be given some props, a list of prompts, and a line of dialogue to use.  The application fee is $5 with cash prizes being awarded to the top three films with $1,000 going to the winner. The sign up is between April 1st and April 8th and the 24-hour period will begin at 11:59 p.m. Friday April 8th. The top 10 films will be shown at the inaugural Wrecking Ball Film Festival on April 16th. For information e-mail wreckingballfilmfestival@gmail.com

 

Great Golden Egg Hunt Promotion Set in April

There will be an ‘eggs’-citing new shopping promotion that will be held just in time for Easter. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council will have a Great Golden Egg Hunt. Starting April 11th, individuals will be encouraged to shop at participating merchants where 1,000 eggs will be up for grabs. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a Golden Egg with a grand prize of more than $500 in local gift cards and prizes. Other details are expected to be out this Friday. Retailers who would like to take part in the promotion should contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $113.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $120.65.

Natural gas is $5.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,933 and silver is $25.21.

 

Obituaries

Burley Givens

Funeral service for Burley Givens of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 am. Friday April 1st at the First and Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

2022, March 21st-26th

Saturday, March 26th

 

More Fallout from Volunteer Firefighters Dispute

The resignations of four more Grady County Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were accepted by the Grady County Fire Board during a special meeting last night. The meeting was held after Perry Wenzel was dismissed as Chief of the Grady County Fire Department in a fire board meeting last month, a move which is being protested by a number of Wenzel supporters. Wenzel told KWTV News 9 that the board did not tell him why he was fired. Here's are some of Perry's comments with a TV reporter-

 

             

 

Fire board president Story Duffle issued a prepared statement saying Wenzel did know why he was being fired-

 

              

 

Duffle said many of the firefighters resigned because they missed too many meetings. She said all were contacted and asked if they still wanted to serve and only one of 18 firefighters responded. Residents are concerned about the lack of fire protection due to the resignations but Duffle said neighboring departments will be able to respond. The fire board accepted the resignations of Farwell station chief Jeffrey Blankenship and fellow firefighters Tony Ledrick, Justin Wenzel, and David Lara. The panel also appointed Grady County Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Gregory to serve as interim fire chief until further notice.

 

Chix Water Line Repair About A Month Away

Chickasha officials are hoping the purchase of some large coupling rings can repair a leak in the city's water supply line from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir. The city council approved the purchase of four of the adapter rings at a total cost of about $10,000 during a special meeting this week. Those adaptors have to be custom-made as the fractured water line is slightly larger in diameter than current standard sized lines. The rings are about two feet in diameter and just 8- to 12-inches long. It will take as long as three weeks for the couplers to be made by Central Oklahoma Winnelson of Oklahoma City. Once they are delivered it will take one or two days to make repairs at the site of the leak which is near a holding pond north of Anadarko. The water line will have to be shut down during repairs but city officials the water supply should not be interrupted as there are retention ponds and towers which hold enough water to supply the city for about two weeks.

 

One Hurt After Vehicle Crashes in Ravine

At least one person was injured when a vehicle crashed through a bridge and plummeted into a ravine. The accident happened west of Minco on State Highway 152 about 3 o'clock this morning near the Grady and Caddo county line. The roadway was blocked for about an hour and half as wrecker crews recovered the vehicle. No details about the crash were available and there's no word on how serious the injuries of the person or persons involved were.

 

Child Porn Suspect Jailed

Now a KOOL News follow-up to a story we told you about yesterday regarding a Cyril man wanted for manufacturing child porn. 51-year old Charles Phillip Gelpi was arrested by Chickasha police last night. Gelpi was booked into the Grady County Jail about 7:30. Gelpi was wanted out of Comanche County for secretly recording videos of a teenage girl in May of 2021. Details on how and where authorities found Gelpi weren't available.

 

Alleged Drug Trafficker Arrested After Traffic Stop 

A Caddo County traffic stop leads to the arrest of a man on drug complaints - who was also wanted on numerous felony warrants out of Lawton. 51-year old Jovon Allen Tolliver of Lawton was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a partially covered tag in southern Caddo County this week. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents which say Tolliver was found with more than 65 grams of cocaine. Tolliver is now facing a drug trafficking charge in Caddo County where he remains in jail on a $250,000 bond. He's facing eight drug-related charges out of Comanche County. The driver of the car was given a warning about the tag and was not arrested.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. On the KOOL Konversation are the two candidates running for the Ward One Chickasha City Council seat in the upcoming city council election. On Real Estate Today is Larry Weatherford from the U.S. Small Business Administration office in Oklahoma City. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

Friday, March 25th

 

Amber Road Repair Project Has Been on Hold 6 Years

The waiting continues for Amber Mayor Craig Parham and county commissioners regarding a proposed road-improvement project. Parham asked commissioners this week for an update on plans to repair County Road 1280 which is known as the Amber Road that runs from Amber west to U.S. Highway 81. The road and two bridges along the four-mile stretch are in bad condition. Parham is especially worried because it’s a school bus route and says an accident could happen at any time. The project was first proposed in 2016 when the estimated cost for repairs was about $4 million. Officials now believe the estimated cost would be more than twice that at $9 million. The project is included on road and bridge projects in a nine-county region which are all waiting for state funding. Commissioner Kirk Painter said the project is currently third on that list and they may have to do the work in phases. Painter said all the right-of-way has been acquired to re-locate utilities and is hopeful that some work could begin next year.

 

Cyril Man Sought for Allegedly Making Child Porn

Authorities are seeking a Caddo County man who is alleged to have secretly recorded video of a nude teenager. An arrest warrant was issued this week for 51-year old Phillip Charles Gelpi, Sr. of Cyril who is wanted for manufacturing child pornography. The warrant was issued out of Comanche County as the alleged act took place at a home there. The Lawton Constitution reports that authorities were notified by the 16-year old girl's mother about the allegations in May of last year. The OSBI was called in to help with the investigation. Authorities found three videos of the girl changing clothes in her bedroom and in the bathroom. The maximum sentence for a conviction is 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

 

Festival of Light is Top Event in Chickasaw Country, Again

Chickasha's Festival of Light (FOL) has again been voted as the Best Festival in Chickasaw Country. It's the second straight year FOL has been awarded the honor in a survey put together by The Chickasaw Nation. The Festival received 42 percent of the 25,000 votes cast - more than twice the number of the runner-up event which was the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley.

 

Rural Broadband Act OK'd in State House

A proposal to get broadband service into much of rural Oklahoma has passed a hurdle at the state capital. House Bill 3363 known as The Rural Broadband Act was passed out of the State House of Representatives this week. If approved the act would create a state office which would distribute all funding available for broadband expansion. The proposal calls for 95 percent of Oklahoma to have broadband (Internet) access within five years. The measure will now be considered in the state senate.

 

Plan Would Freeze Property Taxes for Senior Citizens

Also at the state capital there is an effort to help senior citizens save money on their property taxes. The house of representatives passed a joint resolution that would freeze the assessed value of homes for property owners 65 and older. The plan is now eligible to be heard by the senate. If approved the measure would be put on a statewide ballot.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $112.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.03.

Natural gas is $5.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,962 and silver is $25.90.

 

Thursday, March 24th

 

Leak in Chickasha's Water Supply Line  a Concern at City Hall

A leak in the raw water line that brings water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir to Chickasha has Chickasha officials concerned. The leak is by the holding pond in Anadarko and officials with the public works department say its flooding farm land leased to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They say the extent of the damage is unknown and they are hesitant to dig it up without the proper parts on-site as it could result in a complete interruption of bringing water to the city. The issue is one of several to be discussed by the city council in a special meeting tonight. Officials are recommending that the council waive bidding requirements in order to purchase about $10,000 in materials that may be needed to make repairs.

FOP Contract, Computer Equipment, Air Show also to be Discussed

The council will also go behind closed doors to get an update on negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 regarding its contract for the current fiscal year. Also to be discussed is waiving the bidding process to purchase computer equipment from Dell Computers using the state contract, and approving an agreement with Curt Richmond Air Shows for just over $4,000 for the air show that will take place at the airport in June. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Commissioners Schedule Emergency Meeting on Burn Ban

Grady County Commissioners will hold an emergency meeting this afternoon to re-affirm the continuation of the county's burn ban. At their regular meeting earlier this week commissioners extended the burn ban through next Monday. At the time, the panel did approve a  provision that allows farmers to hold prescribed burns so they can comply with USDA programs they are participating in. The Grady County Fire Department reported that numerous volunteer departments were in the field for more than 14 hours last Sunday battling wildfires throughout the region. The emergency meeting will be at 2:30 today at the commissioner's office in the county courthouse.

 

FNB Joins Donors Paying to Build New Downtown Chix Park

The effort to create a new park in downtown Chickasha gets a financial boost. The First National Bank and Trust has kicked in $25,000 to go toward the construction of the proposed park south of the Rock Island Railroad Depot downtown. The park will be developed in a partnership between the Chickasha Community Foundation and USAO. It is being launched with a $1.5 million investment for the first phase of construction which is expected to start soon and plans are to have the first phase completed by the time the Festival of Light opens in November. Officials say all the money needed pay for the construction is coming from private donations.

 

Darko Lifts Boil Order; Issues Traffic Advisory

A voluntary boil order issued in Anadarko this week has been lifted. City officials were recommending that residents boil their tap water after repairs were made to a water distribution line last weekend. The announcement was posted on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page. City officials also are letting the public know that traffic on State Highway 9 west of Anadarko will be down to one lane starting Monday March 28th. ODOT crews will be doing some work on the highway from the west edge of Anadarko to the Apache Y and urge motorists to use caution for the duration of the project.

 

Grady County Veterans Council is Being Formed

A number of area groups that support military veterans will be expanding their efforts. Grady County Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the American Legion are forming a Grady County Veterans Council. Tommy Hammons is the adjutant for DAV Chapter 17 and is also active the other veterans groups-

 

              

 

Howell said they are working with the Comanche County Veterans Council and the state council to kick-off the local group which will assist veterans and their dependents. An organizational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night (Friday, March 25th) at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. They'll have free pizza for all attending.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $114.93.

London-based Brent is $121.60.

Natural gas is $5.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,947 and silver is $25.25.

 

Obituaries

Linda Carpenter

Funeral service for Linda Carpenter, 78, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. March 28th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Wanda Asper-McMahan

Funeral service Wanda Asper-McMahan, 98, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 28th at McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, March 23rd

 

Ninnekah School Board Begins Superintendent Interviews

A new superintendent could be named at Ninnekah Public Schools within the next few weeks. The school board is beginning interviews with some of the candidates who applied for the post. Interim Superintendent Robyn Morse issued a prepared statement saying that the school board is pleased with the applications that were received and feels confident that they will find a great fit for the district. The board selected a small number of finalists who met the profile that district stakeholders and the school board established in focus groups and an on-line survey. Morse said a new superintendent could be named during the April 14th school board meeting. A new superintendent is being sought after previous superintendent Todd Bunch resigned following the sexual assault scandal that rocked the district.

 

Chix Schools Set Meeting for Johnson O'Malley Program

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story was revised from the original which aired on the morning news. That version contained some erroneous information that did not pertain to this meeting. We apologize for the error)

The Native American education program at Chickasha Public Schools will hold a public hearing regarding its Title VI Indian Education plan. The Johnson O’Malley (JOM) organization will conduct an on-line session to review and get input on the Title VI plan. The on-line session is being held in order to maximize community input. The meeting will also include discussion on the Title VI grant process and voting for the grant budget approval. Those interested in being part of the on-line meeting should contact the administration office for information on how to access the meeting or see the announcement on the Chickasha school’s Facebook page.

 

Chickasha City Council Election Set

Chickasha voters will elect a new Ward One city councilman in a couple of weeks. Kea Ginn and David Lucas are running for the seat currently held by David Sikes who did not run for re-election. Ginn is a health care professional and is a Chickasha native who holds a master's degree in Business administration. Lucas is a retired plumber who has lived in Chickasha for the last six years. He says he is a Christian conservative Republican who hates government waste. The city council election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th.

 

Benefit Breakfast Scheduled for Fallen Firefighter

Firefighters throughout the region are banding together to support the family of a fallen comrade. A benefit breakfast will be held this Saturday for the family of April Partridge. She died while fighting a  wildfire near Lake Ellsworth on Sunday. Bobby Claborn is the chief at the Apache Volunteer Fire Department. He says he's getting assistance from volunteer departments including Cement, Cyril, and New Hope.

 

              

 

The breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, and orange juice. The breakfast is by donation with all proceeds going to Partridge's family and the Masonic Lodge in Apache will match all contributions. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Apache Warrior Event Center at the high school and Claborn says they hope to serve 400 or more and they will continue serving after 11 o’clock if needed.  

 

Paw Paw's Hamburgers Re-opens

A long-time Chickasha restaurant that has been closed the last couple of years has re-opened. Paw-Paw's Hamburgers served its first customers in two years yesterday. It's a third generation family business that was started in 1968 by Wayne and Juanita Payne. Their son Rex ran the restaurant for about 30 years and then Rex's nephew, Dustin took over. Dustin died unexpectedly in the fall of 2019 and his wife, Alicia took over. She said she had to close the restaurant to raise her children and then the pandemic hit. Paw Paw’s is still in its same location at 1028 South 4th Street.

 

Grady County Cattle Producers to Hold Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Grady County Cattle Producers Association is coming up. The group will get an overview of the previous year and hear the results of the steer carcass contest that started last fall. Jake Grossnicklaus is hoping for a turnout of about 200 people. The meeting will be Friday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Annual membership is $50 per family. Individuals who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by April 7th by contacting the Grady County OSU Extension Office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $111.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $115.48.

Natural gas is $5.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,935 and silver is $25.23

 

Obituary

Willie Johnson, Jr.

A memorial service for Willie Johnson, Jr., 75, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 28th at the First Baptist Church at 1st and Dakota Avenue. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, March 22nd

 

Some Fire Crews Angry at Fire Board, County Commssioners

Volunteer firefighters from at least one rural Grady County station are angry over recent actions taken by the county fire board and county commissioners. Reports are that a number of members from the Farwell Fire Department have either been dismissed or left on their own. One of the reasons they aren't happy is the recent dismissal of long-time Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel who was relieved of his duties last month. Then yesterday, county commissioners removed Farwell fire fighter Tom Clements from his post on the fire board. District 2 Commissioner Kirk Painter alleged that Clements violated the state's Open Meetings Act in a recent fire board meeting. Clements was present at yesterday's county commissioner's gathering and said that Painter had no proof of such a violation. Stormy Duffle with the fire board said that the complaints are coming from three or four disgruntled firefighters out of about 130 volunteers throughout the county. Painter called for a state audit of the County Fire Department and all 12 of the county's volunteer departments. Commissioners tabled a decision on calling for the audit saying they were to meet with officials from the state auditor's office in the next couple of weeks on a separate issue.

 

Grady County Burn Ban Extended; Prescribed Burns OK'd

Grady County commissioners approved a one-week extension of the county-wide burn ban. There was a revision approved which will allow farm operators to conduct prescribed burns. Producers who take part in USDA programs are supposed to conduct prescribed burns in order to be eligible for agency programs. However, they must follow certain guidelines from the state forestry division. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said among the guidelines are notifying neighboring property owners, local fire departments, the sheriff's office, and the county barn in their district.

 

Firefighter Killed While Battling Wildfire Identified

Officials have identified the firefighter who died while battling a wildland fire near Lake Ellsworth over the weekend. 55-year old April Partridge was a volunteer for the Edgewater Park Fire Department. Reports indicate that Partridge became separated from her truck while fighting the flames. The Lawton Constitution reports that she is the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in Comanche County. Her death is being investigated by the State Medical Examiner's Office. Officials say there is no evidence that the fire was set intentionally but the State Fire Marshall's Office is working to determine how it started.

 

Suspect Arrested in Alledged Verden Kidnapping Case

A Verden man is facing kidnapping and weapons charges following his arrest this past weekend. 31-year old Stephen Lee Martin was taken into custody by Verden police after authorities were called to investigate a domestic disturbance at a home. However the officer was notified that no one was at the home when the call came in. The officer had knowledge of the individuals and said he would be on the lookout for them. About 4 a.m. Sunday the officer spotted Martin and the victim driving back into town in a pickup and pulled them over. The victim told police that Martin kidnapped her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her so Martin was taken into custody. Martin has been charged with four felonies along with a misdemeanor for domestic abuse. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Area Youth Show Some Top Animals at OYE

A number of regional youth had some of the top animals shown at the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) last week. Sadie Winn of Newcastle had the grand champion market steer with her crossbred which brought $102,000 in the sale.  Also in the market steer show, Ladd Turner of Amber-Pocasset had the reserve-grand market steer which brought $51,000. Ladd also had the reserve-breed champion Limousin and Madilyn Norvell also of Amber-Pocasset had the breed champion Charolais. In the market lamb show, Kobi Scoggins of Tuttle had the breed champion Shropshire. In the market goat show, Kolton Kohler of Alex had the reserve-breed champion in Division Four. Overall, the OYE Sale of Champions brought in a record $1.5 million.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $112.12 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $115.62.

Natural gas is $4.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,932 and silver is $25.26.

 

Monday, March 21st

 

One Firefighter Dead, Two Hurt Battling Fires

Dozens of firefighters were dispatched to battle numerous wildfires which erupted from Sunday's high winds. One fire fighter died and two others were injured battling flames in Comanche County where a mandatory evacuation was ordered. The name of the firefighter who died was not available. Another fire was south of Apache near the Caddo and Comanche county line. Fires also sprang up in the Alex and Lindsay areas and some homes were damaged in Lindsay. Other fires erupted east of Blanchard and east of Tuttle. The Tuttle Fire Department called in help from the Oklahoma City to help put down those flames.

 

Audit May Be Called to Look Into Volunteer Fire Departments

A proposal to audit the Grady County Fire Department and all 12 of the county’s volunteer departments will be considered by Grady County Commissioners in their weekly meeting this morning. The panel will also consider removing Tom Clements from the Grady County Fire Board as the Falwell department’s representative. The panel is also to consider awarding a bid for the removal of asbestos from the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center.

 

Anadarko Residents Encouraged to Boil Water

Anadarko residents are being urged to boil the water they drink out the tap and use for cooking. A voluntary boil order was issued by the city yesterday. The boil order published on the City of Anadarko’s Facebook page is being recommended after work crews repaired a broken water line at 7th and Kansas over the weekend. It's not clear how long the voluntary boil order will be in effect.

 

Chix Firefighters Get Training at Tinker

Chickasha firefighters spent some time with the Tinker Fire Department last week. Crews trained on a piece of equipment called a 'flashover simulator’. The training is with live fire. A post on the City of Chickasha's Facebook page says the training is vital for city firefighters to become better at what they do. Other members of the fire department will take part in the training over the next few months. The social media post included a thank you message to those who donated to make the training possible.

 

Groups Combine Efforts to Help Fight Poverty

A couple of non-profit organizations and a business group are joining efforts to help residents affected by poverty. The Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo Counties and the Resurrection House are uniting with the Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) to form what will be called the Chickasha Community Alliance Committee. The new group was announced in a recent media column form EDC president Jim Cowan. He says the three agencies are inviting all organizations that work with people dealing with poverty to see how they can all assist each other. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland with the Salvation Army and Zack Bowles from the Resurrection House will co-chair the committee. The first meeting of the new committee will be held next Wednesday, March 30th at 2 p.m. at the Economic Development Council office inside the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. For information contact Cowan by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.72 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.93.

Natural gas is $4.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,933 and silver is $25.20.

2022, March 7th-12th

Saturday, March 12th

 

Part of Caddo County Cold Case Solved;

Investigators Now Seek Info on Killer

Human remains found in Caddo County more than 25 years ago have finally been identified. Now investigators are now hoping someone has information on who may have killed 20-year old Katrina Bentivegna. Her body was found partially buried near Route 66 and Highway 281 in April of 1995. Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said DNA taken from the remains was matched to her relatives. Authorities initially had trouble identifying the remains as Bentivegna's body was dismembered. She lived in Midwest City at the time but was originally from Colorado. She came to Oklahoma less than two years before her disappearance. It wasn't clear how she was murdered. Officials are asking anyone who may have information to contact the OSBI anonymously. Information can be e-mailed to: tips@osbi.ok.gov

 

Production Reports Out on Regional Oil and Gas Wells

We have production numbers on some oil and gas wells in the region. The website OK Energy Today reports that Gulfport Midcon has two Grady County wells with very good numbers. They are the Hale wells east of Rush Springs in Section One of Township 3 North and Range 6 West. The wells were producing nearly 1,900 barrels of oil and more than 45,000 Mcf of natural gas daily from a depth of nearly 26,000 feet. The wells had spud dates of May of 2020. In Canadian County north of Tuttle along the Canadian River, Citizen Energy filed a report on two McNeff wells on a single pad. They were producing more than 600 barrels of oil and nearly 3,000 Mcf of natural gas per day from a depth of 19,000 feet. They had a spud date of September of last year. In Canadian County, Cimarex Energy filed a report on the Carel well west of Union City. That was bringing in nearly 800 barrels of oil and 5,000 Mcf of natural gas per day from a depth of more than 21,000 feet.

 

Anadarko City Manager Bids Farewell

Anadarko residents bade a fond farewell to their city manager last night. A going-away reception was held for Kenneth Corn who spent the last seven years at the post. Corn is leaving to serve as the state director of rural development for the United States Department of Agriculture. Corn posted a nearly four-minute farewell address on the City of Anadarko’s Facebook page. Among his comments-

 

              

 

Corn said the city made a lot of upgrades on water and sewer lines and the city's electric grid during his time and that more improvements are on the horizon for the new city manager to follow up on. Corn thanked all the city employees for their dedication and said residents should be proud of what they do for their community.

 

'Spring Forward' With Time Change

The State of Oklahoma and most others across the country return to standard time tonight. Analog clocks and watches should be set forward one hour before you go to bed tonight (Remember the adage – Spring Forward, Fall Back). It means most of us will lose an hour of sleep. For those who work the graveyard shift it's one less hour you have to work. Computers, tablets, cell phones, and many digital appliances automatically change time.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Antwone Robinson and Taylor Smith with the Department of Human Services Foster Care program are on the KOOL Konversation. The guests on Real Estate Today are Joel Kintsel with the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and Tommy Howell with several local veterans organizations. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Barbara Sanders

A private graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery for Barbara Sanders, 79, of Duncan and formerly of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, March 11th

 

Man Facing Drug Charges in Grady County

Has Arrest Warrant for Murder out of Stephens County

A Chickasha man facing drug trafficking charges in Grady County is wanted for murder out of Stephens County. 50-year old Mark Lamar James Richardson was arrested by state drug agents and Grady County sheriff's deputies last October. It's alleged he sold opioids laced with fentanyl to 31-year old Joshua Edgar of Duncan who died after taking drugs he purchased from Richardson. Yesterday, Stephens County authorities issued a warrant for Richardson's arrest in connection with Edgar's death. Richardson has been in the Grady County Jail since his arrest last fall and has a preliminary hearing conference next month on the Grady County charges.

 

Unwanted Wild Animals Find Home in Anadarko Park

The City of Anadarko is battling issues with feral hogs and black vultures. Officials are warning residents that wild hogs have invaded Randlett Park for the second time in the last year. The city's Facebook page indicates that officials have contacted the state department of agriculture in hopes of getting the animals removed. Also, officials say recent power outages are the result of a number of black vultures that have decided to make the city park their home. The post said 85 of the vultures have been roosting on power lines causing them to arc and set utility poles on fire. The vultures are protected by federal law and officials have reached out to state and federal agencies to re-locate the birds.

 

Stolen Backhoe Found in Oklahoma City

A happy ending for a Chickasha man whose backhoe was stolen from Fairlawn Cemetery. Jeff Wynn reported his backhoe was taken from the cemetery early Monday morning. He had posted the information on Facebook offering a reward for information. Wynn got a call from the Oklahoma City Police Department about 1:30 a.m. Thursday who told him the backhoe and a flat-bed trailer were found abandoned at Southwest 44th and Walker in Oklahoma City. Wynn said authorities didn’t believe the backhoe was damaged.

 

              

 

Wynne is hoping there is video surveillance from stores in the area the backhoe was found that could show the pickup and/or tag number as well as any individuals who may have been in the truck.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.02 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.33.

Natural gas is $4.63 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,982 and silver is $26.01.

 

Obituaries

Cathey Desire

Funeral service for Cathey Desire, 67, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Saquan Hensley

Funeral service for Saquan Hensley, 21, of Lawton is also pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, March 10th

 

Blind Plea Ends Caddo County Murder Trial

A Caddo County man charged with murder has decided to enter a blind plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter. 20-year old John Paul Williams-Ryan entered the plea as his murder trial was underway in Anadarko. Williams-Ryan was arrested in November 2019 in connection with the shooting death of 19-year old Payden McCullar that occurred south of Apache. The Lawton Constitution reports that Williams-Ryan was sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but three years suspended.

 

Father Accused of Threatening Family, State Trooper

A Chickasha man is in jail - accused of threatening the lives of family members and a state trooper. 33-year old Antonio William Ramirez is facing felony charges of planning, attempting, or conspiring to commit violence. The arrest came after it was alleged that Ramirez violated a protective order. Arrest warrants indicate he had been threatening and harassing his family between February 23rd and March 7th. He's also accused of threatening to kill a state trooper who is a neighbor of his estranged family. Grady County deputies arrested Ramirez this past Monday. Ramirez is being held in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond.

 

Gravedigger Seeks Stolen Backhoe

(UPDATE) – The Oklahoma City Police Department recovered the backhoe early Thursday morning) A man's livelihood is at risk unless he can find his backhoe that was stolen from a Chickasha cemetery. Jeff Wynne bought the backhoe just six months ago which he uses to dig graves for the City of Chickasha. Wynne says if he can't find the backhoe he could lose his job. He tells our partners at KWTV News 9 that someone was able to provide some video surveillance that showed a white or silver four-door pickup that might have been used to take the backhoe from Fairlawn Cemetery which is near the airport. Wynne has worked in the cemetery for 20 years and is offering a reward to get it back.

 

Sales Price for Homes Up in Chix, Grady County

The average sales price for homes in Chickasha and throughout Grady County increased in 2021. Reports made available to KOOL/RANCH News from Century 21/Mosley Real Estate indicate that average sales price for homes in Chickasha climbed more than 29 percent - from $139,000 to $180,000. The price for a home in the city peaked in June at more than $189,000. The average sales price for homes in Grady County were up nearly 17 percent - from $221,000 to $258,000. The average price for a home in Grady County peaked at $268,000 in May of last year.

 

State Rep. to Run for Second Term

State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) has announced his plans to run for re-election. Lowe is wrapping up his first two years at the state capital but has tackled a lot of issues head-on.

 

              

 

Lowe says there is always more work to be done and he's committed to fighting for traditional, rural values and God-given rights.

 

Chickasaw Nation to Distribute Meals to Students Today

Spring break for Oklahoma schools is next week. Students in the Chickasha area will be getting some meals to take home to help them get through the time off. The Chickasaw Nation is providing meals and milk to students up to 18 years old today even if they aren't enrolled in Chickasha schools. The meals will be available for pick-up from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It will be a drive-through service with pick-up taking place at the high school in the bus lane.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.70.

London-based Brent crude is $111.14.

Natural gas is $4.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,006 and silver is $26.18.

 

Wednesday, March 9th

 

Chix School Busses to be Converted to CNG

Chickasha schools will be converting many of its school buses from gasoline and diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG). The board of education approved the measure this week at the recommendation of Tansportation and Maitenance Director Dan Turner. He said he has contacted officials at other districts including Blanchard, Lindsay, and Noble and all are happy with the switch.

 

              

 

Turner said the cost of CNG is much cheaper as current diesel prices are about $3 a gallon compared CNG at under a dollar a gallon. He said gas mileage is much better as gas and diesel fuel-powered busses get just under four miles per gallon while CNG busses gets about 8 miles per gallon. Turner said the busses will have 'dual fuel' capacity usage, meaning they could still use what the bus was orginally designed for. The district is getting a grant to pay for the conversion. B and H Construction of Goldsby will do the conversion work and install CNG stations at the bus barn. Turner hopes to convert 15 school buses to CNG over the next few months.

 

Fire, Police Department Purchases OK'd

The Chickasha City Council this week approved the purchase of some new equipment for the fire and police departments. The council approved the purchase of 11 Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) for the fire department for just under $15,000. It's on a state contract from Sterling Medical. The panel also approved the purchase of four ballistic shields or body armor costing about $6,500 from Security Pro USA, also from state contract. Also approved was the purchase of sixty batteries for hand-held radios for just over $5,000.

Benefit Walk, Festival of Light Contract Approved

The council also put its stamp of approval on a request to hold a Walk to End Alzheimer's downtown on Sept. 25th and waived all the fees normally associated with such a request. The panel also approved an annual agreement for the Festival of Light to use Shannon Springs Park for this year's event.

 

Chix City Clerk Achieves 'Certified' Status

Chickasha City Clerk Susan McDaniel can now put a few letters after her name. McDaniel recently earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk after completing a program with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. The designation is awarded to those who complete demanding education requirements and have a record of significant contributions to their communities. A statement from the non-profit group says it's necessary for everyone in local government to keep pace with growing demands and changing needs. The institute was founded in 1947 and has grown to 14,000 members worldwide.

 

Widlife Refuge to Hold Prescribed Burn

Residents in southwest and central Oklahoma may see a lot of smoke that will appear to be from the Lawton area today. Officials with the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will have a prescribed burn if weather permits. The burn area will be west of State Highway 49 in the Quanah Unit of the refuge. Traffic along the highway may be delayed and traffic control measures will be in place. Officials say smoke will likely be visible from a long distance and that residual smoke may persist over the next several days. A press release indicates that such burns are implemented under a strict set of guidelines and weather parameters in order to provide for public and firefighter safety and limit potential smoke impacts to residents and visitors.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $123.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $127.98.

Natural gas is $4.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,017 and silver is $26.59.

 

Obituary

Nobue Ueichi (pronounced ‘Nobles Which’)

A memorial service for ‘Nobles Which’, 81, of Jenks and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12th at McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, March 8th

 

RV Storage Ordinance Additions Approved

The Chickasha City Council unanimously approved some changes to the city's recreational vehicle storage ordinance last night. No one addressed the council during a public hearing on the proposed changes which were recommended by the city's Planning Commission last month. It calls for all types of recreational vehicles including coaches, all-terrain vehicles, boats, watercraft and trailers to be parked on a hard surface in the front and side yards of homes. The vehicles cannot extend into the city easement and must be in visible operating condition. The ordinance is expected to go into effect by the first of the month.

Use--on-Review For Winery Passes

A second public hearing was held to consider a use-on-review request to open a winery in the 500 block of Kansas Avenue. Applicant DJ Jenks addressed the council-

 

              

 

The use-on-review was necessary because the location is within 300 feet of a church by 10 feet. Church officials did not oppose the request. The council approved the use-on-review. Jenks hopes to be open in less than 60 days.

Cost-Share with New Tea Shop to Install New Water Lines OK'd

The council also approved a cost-sharing agreement with a company that is bringing a new business to Chickasha. Moonlight Ownership Company will be building a tea shop called HTeaToo at the corner of 4th and Missouri. The city and the company will share the cost of about $60,000 to replace some water lines but they will have to bore under 4th Street from the Sherwin-Williams parking lot across the street. The project has been awarded to Van Dyck Mechanical. City officials said because of the bad water lines the fire hydrant on the corner of 4th and Missouri doesn’t work. Authorities say a new water line would allow that fire hydrant to work and would also help improve water pressure issues in that area. City officials also said  they will be applying for a matching Community Development Block Grant of nearly $200,000 to make upgrades to water lines in order to improve water pressure east of 4th Street and in the downtown area.

Council Holds Lengthy Closed-Door Session on City Manager's Performance

The council went behind closed doors for nearly two hours to hold an executive session to evaluate the performance of City Manager Tyler Brooks. Brooks has been on the job for about six months. After returning from the meeting the council took no action.

 

Chix Mayor Declares 'Joe Molder Day'

A Chickasha school bus driver was recognized for his work in saving students’ lives when the bus he was driving caught fire. Joe Molder was honored with a proclamation from Mayor Chris Mosley at last night's Chickasha school board meeting. Mosley officially declared yesterday as Joe Molder Day. Molder was taking some high school students home last week when the bus caught fire. No one was hurt. The panel also recognized high school freshman Dylan Bratt for his undefeated season and winning a state championship in his weight class. Bratt was 28-0 and is the first freshman at Chickasha High School to win a state championship.

 

Burn Ban Updates

Burn bans have been extended in a couple of area counties. County commissioners in Grady and Stephens counties extended bans through next Monday, March 14th. However, officials in Caddo County allowed its burn ban to expire Monday night. Most counties review burn bans every week to determine if they should be extended or dropped. Despite recent precipitation much of western Oklahoma remains in extreme drought which is a D-3 designation by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Hospital, Five Oaks Accepts Medicare for Chiropractic Care

Grady Memorial Hospital and the Five Oaks Medical Group are now accepting Medicare and Medicaid to help patients needing chiropractic care. Dr. Rory Troub who has been with the hospital and Five Oaks for about six months, says chiropractic is beneficial for a lot of patients.

 

              

 

She said Medicare, commercial insurance, and self-pay patients do not need a referral but Medicaid patients will need a referral from a primary care physician.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $119.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $123.21.

Natural gas is $4.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,012 and silver is $26.38.

 

Monday, March 7th

 

RV Storage Ordinance Proposal to get Public Hearing

A public hearing to consider some revisions to Chickasha's recreational vehicle storage ordinance will be held during tonight's city council meeting. The changes would be effective for boats and trailers, watercraft and trailers, ATVs, travel trailers, and coaches. In residential areas the proposal calls for RVs to be on a paved surface no smaller than the RV if it will be stored in the front or on the side of the home. All RVs must be maintained in a visibly operable condition. The ordinance also deals with RV parking in commercial and industrial-zoned areas. The city's Planning Commission recommended the changes at its meeting last month. The council will also have a public hearing on a proposal to operate a winery at 6th and Kansas. The group is also to recognize James Weidenmaier who recently retired after a 20-year career with the police department. The group will also have a closed-door session to discuss the performance of city manager Tyler Brooks. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Blanchard Family Escapes Fire Thanks to Neighbors

A Blanchard family is counting its blessings after a fire destroyed their mobile home over the weekend. The Johnson family was home with a couple of grandchildren when neighbors came knocking on the door and told them that a fire was closing in. Amanda Johnson said they had no idea a fire was about to engulf their home. KWTV News 9 reported that neighbor Michele Smith ran through thick smoke to warn the family of the approaching flames. Several other area homes were also consumed by the fire. While the Johnson's escaped injury the family pet suffered severe burns and is being treated at a local veterinary clinic.

 

Anadarko School Board Member Resigns

The Board of Education for Anadarko Public Schools will be seeking a new representative. The school board is expected to accept the resignation of Charlie McLemore - effective immediately - when the panel meets tonight. The panel is also expected to accept the resignation of middle school teacher Mshell Cheek which will be effective at the end of the school year. The panel is also to consider approving a bid package on an artificial turf field and retaining walls for the football field; an overnight trip to Tulsa for the robotics team; fund raisers for the high school band and yearbook program; and for Sunset Elementary.  The Anadarko school board meets at 6 o’clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

State ARPA Portal to Close

State officials will soon be closing the portal which is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Since the portal opened last October more than 800 projects have been submitted for consideration. House Speaker Pro Tempore Kyle Hilbert (R-Bristow) talks about one project submitted which is designed to help with Oklahoma’s nursing shortage.

 

              

 

That project is requesting $10 million in ARPA funds which would be matched with a private donation of $4.5 million and a sales tax proposal by the City of Weatherford. The dollar value for the projects that have been submitted is more than $12 billion and the state only has $1.8 billion to use. The ARPA portal will be closing at the end of the month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $115.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $118.11.

Natural gas is $5.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,005 and silver is $26.23.

 

Obituaries

Julia Ann Jones-Sledge-Terry

Funeral service for Julia Ann Jones-Sledge-Terry, 76, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8th at the Church of the Living God, P.G.T. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

‘Gene’ Bullard

A memorial service for Robert ‘Gene’ Bullard, 71, of Norman and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 9th at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman. Arrangements are with Havenbrook Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the OU Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City.

2022, Feb. 28th-March 5th

Saturday, March 5th

 

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Concerns State Official

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel said while Russia's attack on Ukraine is causing death and destruction in Ukraine, it represents an unacceptable threat to the economic stability all across America, including Oklahoma. The invasion has fueled an upsurge in oil prices and the spillover effect of Russian sanctions are expected to impact inflation in the months ahead. McDaniel said that while gross receipts to the treasury department in February were up by almost 12 percent compared to the same time last year, it is the slowest rate of growth in seven months. He said the repercussions from the invasion are just beginning to be felt.

State Senate Passes Resolution Opposing Invasion

In the meantime, the Oklahoma State Senate unanimously approved a resolution condemning the Russian invasion. Senator Roger Thompson of Okemah said Ukraine is similar to Oklahoma, with people who believe in freedom and people who are born with resilience. The resolution noted Oklahoma's history of Ukranian immigrants searching for land, farming opportunities, and jobs in the coal industry, and that many Oklahomans with Ukraine heritage still have family and friends in that country.

 

Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center Re-opens

After being closed for two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, the visitors center at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is re-opening. The refuge will welcome visitors today for the first time since closing in March of 2020. Jim Meyer is the president of the Friends of the Wichitas and says they have been working hard over the last week to get the center ready for visitors. They are taking extra precautions to ensure everyone's safety. That includes adding sneeze guards at the front desk and hand sanitizer stations and masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. The visitor center will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Street Striping Project to be Overnight Monday, Tuesday

Parts of 4th Street and Choctaw Avenue in Chickasha are getting some upgrades from the State Department of Transportation. Officials are conducting lane striping projects and will continue their work early next week. Some work was done last night. The striping project will be along Choctaw Avenue through the downtown area - from 2nd Street west to 12th Street - and the 4th Street striping work will be from Choctaw Avenue south to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. Most of the work will be done from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Motorists should expect delays and be alert to slow-moving equipment in those areas.

 

Luke Holland Seeks Jim Inhofe's U.S. Senate's Seat

A number of individuals have announced their intentions of running for the Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated with the announced retirement of Jim Inhofe. Among them is Luke Holland who served as Inhofe's Chief of Staff for more than 12 years. Holland made a brief stop in Chickasha yesterday and tells KOOL News that he hopes to use what he's learned to try and get Republicans and Democrats to stop being so divisive and work together for the good of the country.

 

              

 

Holland is being endorsed for the post by Inhofe. Two other Republicans who have announced their intentions to run are Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin and State Senator Nathan Dahm. Candidates will file next month with a primary election in June and the general election in November.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. State Rep. Kyle Hilbert, Speaker Pro Tem of the State House of Representatives, is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs on this website under the Community tab.

 

Obituary

Julia Ann Jones-Sledge-Terry

Funeral service for Julia Ann Jones-Sledge-Terry, 76, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8th at the Church of the Living God, P.G.T. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Friday, March 4th

 

State Lawmakers Consider Tax-Relief Measures

Republicans in the State House of Representatives have advanced several proposals they say will help Oklahoman's deal with inflation. House Speaker Charles McCall (R-Atoka) says the GOP has five options they say could provide relief without causing any budget problems. Among them, a one-time income tax rebate of $125 for individuals and $250 per household; a permanent income tax rate reduction of 1/4 of 1 percent; a two-year suspension of the sales tax on groceries; a two-year enhancement of the grocery sales tax-credit for low-income families; and an eight-year phase out of the corporate income tax. The measures were passed out the House rules committee yesterday and will now be heard on the House floor.

 

Anadarko Man Wanted for Suspected Child Abuse

An arrest warrant has been issued for an Anadarko ex-con accused of child abuse. Authorities are looking for 42-year old Brian Leroy Wetselline. Caddo County Judge David Stephens issued the arrest warrant earlier this week. Wetselline is accused of dragging a girl around by her hair. The Lawton Constitution cites a probable cause affidavit filed by Anadarko police that says the incident happened at the home of the child's grandmother in January. The grandmother told investigators it's not the first time Wetselline had attacked the girl. The grandmother alleged the assault occurred when Wetselline was coming down from the effects of being high on drugs. Wetselline has a lengthy criminal record including arrests for drugs, grand larceny, and assault on a peace officer.

 

Premium Auction Brings Big Bucks for Stock Show Exhibitors

It was a big night at the premium auction at the Grady County Junior Livestock Show last night. Nearly a quarter-million dollars was paid to the youth exhibiting animals this week. The combined payout for the auction and the add-ons totaled $249,599. Many of the animals will now be shown at the Oklahoma Youth Expo, which begins next Monday and runs through March 18th at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

 

Cyril Teen to Perform on American Idol

A Cyril teenager is showing off her talents on a national TV show. 17-year old Skylie Thompson is competing on American Idol. She’s been singing ever since she could talk and won Cyril's Miss Pirate Pageant contest when she was three-year old. Thompson and her family moved to California in 2018 where she won a talent show on the YouTube channel Brat Productions. Thompson's audition will be aired on American Idol this Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. on ABC.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $107.67 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.46.

Natural gas is $4.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,950 and silver is $25.39.

 

Thursday, March 3rd

 

Another State Board Approves Bonds for State Utilities

to Re-coup Costs from Record Low Temps in Feb. 2021

Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Summit Utilities of Oklahoma (formerly Centerpoint Energy) are closer to getting long-term bonds approved to pay for the extremely high heating costs that occurred during the Polar Vortex of February of 2021. The website NonDoc reports that the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority has given its approval allowing the utilities to obtain bonds and pass their costs on to their customers. PSO is asking for $725 million in bonds which would be paid off over a 20-year period. Summit Utilities is seeking $95 million in bonds which would be paid off over 15 years. Bills for customers of each utility would increase between $4 and $5 per month over that time. There are still two more steps that need to be taken before the bonds get final approval. The requests must be reviewed by the Council on Bond Oversight which is scheduled to meet next week and the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

 

Record Drug Busts Praised by State Lawmakers

A number of state lawmakers have praised the work of state drug agents and other law enforcement groups for their recent success in executing what is considered to be the largest single-day drug bust in state history. State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) are among those who authored House Resolution 1044 which recognizes the effort. On February 22nd drug agents executed 12 search warrants on nine farms and three homes simultaneously, including two farms in Grady County. Authorities seized more than 100,000 plants and more than a ton of processed marijuana along with $500 million in assets from the illegal operations. Lowe said the resolution is a small token of the state legislature's gratitude for the service of the estimated 300 law enforcement personnel that took part in the raids.

 

Storm Spotter Training in Chickasha Next Week

The first week of March is considered 'meteoroligical spring' as temperatures begin warming up. It’s also a time for weather officials to start planning for the severe weather season that will be here before you know it. Severe weather incidents like violent thunderstorms and tornadoes peak during April, May, and June in Oklahoma. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson says the National Weather Service will be offering a storm spotter training course in Chickasha next week.

 

              

 

The program will be led by Rick Smith with the National Weather Service out of Norman. The program is free and will be Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Canadian Valley Technology Center.

 

Beef Results from County Livestock Show

At the beef show at the Grady County Junior Livestock Show, Ladd Turner of Ampo had the grand champion market steer. Ladd also had the champion county bred-and-owned steer. Lane Smith of Ampo had the reserve champion market steer. The grand champion heifer was shown by Braedon Callis of Minco who also had the champion county bred-and-owned heifer. The reserve champion heifer was shown by Hayes Devine of Verden. Senior showman was Sage Schenk of Ampo, intermediate showman was Caden Bracher of Rush Springs, and junior showman was Hayes Devine. Tonight is the highlight of the week-long show as the premium sale will be held. The top 125 animals will be auctioned although the exhibitors will get to keep their animals to exhibit at other spring livestock shows, including the Oklahoma Youth Expo. It's expected that the sale and add-ons will top $125,000 which will be awarded to the exhibitors.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.93.

Natural gas is $4.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,936 and silver is $25.51.

 

Obituaries

Jacquelyn Harger

Funeral service for Jacquelyn Harger, 57, of Duncan is pending. Memorial contributions may be provided to help with funeral expenses. Information is on Facebook by doing a search for Jacqueline Harger.

Mary Stewart

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Mary Stewart, 81, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, March 2nd

 

Second Union City Police Officer Dies from COVID-19

The Union City Police Department is mourning the death of a second police officer who died from the coronavirus. Lt. Brandon Owens had been in the Intensive Care Unit in an Oklahoma City hospital for nearly two months. A post on the police department's Facebook page said Owens was the epitome of a servant. He was a U.S. Army veteran and during his time in the military served multiple tours overseas - and he brought that leadership and servitude with him into the law enforcement profession. A funeral service has not yet been announced. Just a few weeks ago, Union City Police Chief Richard Stephens also died as a result of the coronavirus.

 

More Info Shared on Last Week's Murder-Suicide

New information has been released regarding a murder-suicide which ended with a fatal traffic accident in Chickasha last week. Investigators say the body of 28-year old Jasmine Smith was found in an Oklahoma City apartment last Thursday. They say she died after being struck with a dumbbell and may also have been stabbed with a knife. The alleged suspect was 29-year old Christopher Johnson. They were in a relationship and had two children together. Authorities say Johnson dropped the children off at the home of relatives and told them he was going to kill himself. Johnson later died in the traffic accident where witnesses say he intentionally drove off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Chickasha and hit the end of a guardrail.

 

Road Striping Project to Affect Chix Traffic Thursday

Highway striping projects will have traffic narrowed to one-lane in Chickasha tomorrow. Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews will be working on 4th Street between Choctaw Avenue and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. They will also be re-striping Choctaw Avenue between 2nd Street and 12th Street. The work is expected to take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Highway Near Apache to Close for Railroad Crossing Work

ODOT also says that in Caddo County, a portion of U.S. Highway 281 near Apache will be shut down for three days. Union Pacific Railroad will be doing some railroad crossing work about a mile north of Apache from Thursday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 5th. Traffic will be detoured around the closure on State Highway 19 and State Highway 8 through Cyril and Anadarko.

 

Sheep, Goat Show Results from County Livestock Show

We have the results from the sheep and goat shows from the Grady County Junior Livestock Show. For the sheep, the grand champion ewe was shown by Kobi Scroggins of Tuttle and the reserve was shown by Kayla Venable of Alex. The grand champion market lamb was shown by Brody Scroggins of Tuttle and the reserve was shown by Braelyn Brassfield of Minco. Senior showman was Brody Scroggins, intermediate showman was Kobi Scroggins, and junior showman was Dani Patterson of Verden. There were 66 sheep in the show.

Goat Show

The grand champion doe was shown by Macie McKinney of Minco and the reserve belonged to Destiny Emerson of Tuttle. The grand champion wether was shown by Destyn Emerson of Tuttle and the reserve shown by Jack Ferrell of Ampo. The senior showman was Destyn Emerson, the intermediate showman was Macie McKinney, and the junior showman was Kolton Kohler of Alex. There were 49 goats in the show.. The beef show will be held today.

 

Energy Prices Soar

Tuesday was a big day for energy  prices as oil surged to prices not seen in nearly eight years.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Natural gas climbed to $4.57 per million BTUs. Prices for metals were up as well. Gold was up to $1,930 and silver moved up to $25.14.

 

Tuesday, March 1st

 

No Injuries in School Bus Fire; Driver Called A Hero

Some tense moments on a Chickasha school bus as the bus caught fire as children were being taken home from school yesterday. Thankfully nobody was hurt. Superintendent Rick Croslin said it happened just outside of the town of Norge on Mockingbird Road about 3:15 p.m. There were six high school students on board. Croslin said bus driver Joe Molder noticed the bus over-heating and pulled the bus over.  He got all the students off the bus and when he opened the hood, saw a fire in the engine compartment. The fire quickly engulfed the entire bus. Molder moved the children further away from the bus and called 9-1-1 and the Chickasha Fire Department was dispatched. A small grass fire was also sparked but caused no property damage.  Croslin said the maintenance records of the bus had been kept up to date. School patrons were notified of the fire via the district's automated calling service. Croslin called Molder, who is the district's instructional technology coordinator, a hero for his quick action. Croslin said that the 17-year old Blue Bird bus was totally destroyed.

 

Retired Police Officer Starts New Career

A recently retired Chickasha police officer didn't stay retired very long. Former police lieutenant James Weidenmaier retired last week after 20 years of service. Yesterday, Weidenmaier was named as a new deputy with the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jim Weir said Weidenmaier had an opportunity to work for another agency for more money but he decided to join the sheriff's office to continue serving the local community. Weir said Weidenmaier will be a vital asset to his department.

 

Grady County Junior Livestock Show Underway

FFA and 4H students are hoping their hard work over the last few months pays off at the Grady County Junior Livestock Show this week. Cattle, swine, sheep, and goats will all be led through the show rings at the Grady County Fairgrounds. At the swine show yesterday, the grand champion gilt was shown by Hadley Cooper of Ampo and the reserve grand was shown by Garrison Bass of Minco. The grand champion barrow was shown by Kaylee White of Rush Springs and the reserve was shown by Olivia Bradford of Ampo. Champion senior showman was Cheyenne Emerson of Tuttle; champion intermediate showman was Olivia Bradford; and champion junior showman was Kendall Dunn of Alex. A total of 210 hogs were shown. Today both the sheep and goat shows will be held. After all the animals are shown the top 125 animals will be selected to be in the premium sale Thursday night. The sale and additional payments provided by family, friends, and businesses has resulted in more than $125,000 being paid out to the youth in each of the last two years.

 

Science and Arts Teacher Education Program Grows

While some colleges and universities have suspended their teacher education programs, the University of Science and Arts reports its program has shown increases in enrollment and admission numbers and officials expect that trend to continue. Dr. Sarah Layman is an associate professor of education and the division chair and director of teacher education at the university. She says the small class sizes allows Science and Arts to build faculty and student relationships which prepare teacher candidates for success. Minco School Superintendent Kevin Sims said the Science and Arts program is second to none. He says in this day of teacher shortages that securing a teacher trained in the USAO program is a top priority at Minco schools.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $97.93.

Natural gas is $4.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,926 and silver is $24.68.

 

Obituaries

Wanda Jo Pendleton

Funeral service for Wanda Jo Pendleton, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2nd at McRay Funeral Home.

Lois Prickett

A memorial service for Lois Prickett, 82, of Anadarko will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Feb. 28th

 

Caddo County Murder Trial Scheduled

A first-degree murder trial is on the docket for Caddo County District Court in Anadarko this week. The jury selection for 20-year old John Paul Williams-Ryan of Apache is scheduled. He is accused in the shooting death of a man near the Caddo-Comanche County line more than two years ago. Caddo County court documents indicate that Williams-Ryan and 19-year old Payden McCullar were fighting in November of 2019 prior to the fatal shooting. The Lawton Constitution reports that jurors likely won't hear about another charge Williams-Ryan is facing. He is among several inmates accused of trying to break out of the Caddo County jail last month.

 

Workforce Board Helps Businesses

Pay Training Costs for New Employees

Oklahoma businesses looking to hire new employees can get some assistance from the South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board. The board gets federal funding to provide help for businesses looking for qualified employees. Erin Glass says the board will pay some of the costs of training new workers.

 

              

 

Glass said the workforce board can also help individuals find better jobs. Information about the workforce board is available through the Workforce Oklahoma office or the Chickasha Adult Learning Center. By the way, the board will be hosting a job fair featuring more than a dozen companies and employment agencies. The job fair will be at the Canadian Valley Technology Center on Friday, March 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Public Hearing set for Residential Golf Practice Building

A Chickasha resident hopes to build an oversize building at his home that would be used as an indoor golf practice facility. John Holt is seeking a building permit from the City of Chickasha to construct the 3,200 sq. ft. metal building which will be nearly 18 feet tall. Holt is requesting a building permit from the city's Community Development Department to build the estimated $90,000 structure at his home in the 2400 block of South 24th. In his application Holt said it would be for family use. A public hearing regarding the request will be held during the Tuesday, March 8th Planning Commission meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at city hall.

 

Some Disabled Military Vets Needing Long Term Care

Can Live at Oklahoma Veteran's Homes at No Cost

A new program is underway to help disabled American veterans. It's called the 70 percent-plus Outreach Initiative. The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) wants to contact veterans who are at least at the 70 percent level with their service-connected disability who need long-term care. Veterans within that category can live at one of the state's seven veteran’s homes at no cost. The state has more than 1,400 beds in seven locations which include Lawton, Norman, Clinton, and Ardmore. To be eligible, veterans must have served at least 90 days and received a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable. ODVA maintains an admissions waiting list for veterans who may want to take advantage of the program at a later date.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $97.93.

Natural gas is $4.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,906 and silver is $24.43.

 

Obituary

Nathan Pipes

A graveside service for Nathan Pipes, 80, of Oklahoma City will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 1st at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice in Oklahoma City or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Fund. 

KOOL News, Feb. 21st-26th

Saturday, Feb. 26th

 

Fatal Crash May Have Been End Result of Murder-Suicide

Law enforcement officials say a deadly traffic accident in Chickasha this week may have been the end result of a murder-suicide. Authorities say a man killed his girlfriend in Oklahoma City then minutes later intentionally crashed his vehicle and died. KOCO-TV reports that on Thursday, Oklahoma City police were called to do a welfare check on a woman in an apartment complex near Britton and MacArthur Road. They found the body of 28-year old Jasmine Smith whose injuries were consistent with homicide. About 15 minutes later Smith’s boyfriend, 29-year old Christopher Smith, died after driving his Jeep off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Chickasha where he hit the end of a guard rail and died. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says witnesses stated that Johnson intentionally ran off the road and crashed.

 

More on 'Darko City Manager's New USDA Appointment

We have more information today about Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn's new job. Corn has been appointed to serve as the new State Director of Rural Development for the USDA. Corn said with the work he has done in Anadarko over the last seven years he knows first-hand what rural communities are facing as far as their infra-structure needs. He was able to renew partnerships with federal, state, and tribal governments to generate more than $2 million in grants which helped to upgrade Andarko's water and sewer systems. Corn was appointed to the post by President Joe Biden and tells how the appointment came about.

 

              

 

Corn's last day on the job in Anadarko is March 13th and he'll begin his new job in Stillwater March 14th. Corn said he would assist the Anadarko City Council as the group transitions to a new city manager.

 

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe Formally Announces Retirement

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe formally announced his retirement plans yesterday. Reports than Inhofe was leaving his long-time post surfaced on Thursday. Inhofe served nearly 50 years in politics, first running for Congress in 1987 then for the U.S. Senate in 1994. He also served 10 years in the Oklahoma State legislature. 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole praised Inhofe’s work saying that no one has done more to defend America, build infra-structure, and fiercely defend and advance the interests of Oklahoma. Inhofe's retirement is effective at the end of the year. HIs post will be filled in a special election set for the November mid-terms. Among the possible Republican candidates are current state house speaker Charles McCall, former house speaker T.W. Shannon, and Oklahoma Congressmen Kevin Hern and MarkWayne Mullin. Possible Democratic candidates include former Congresswoman Kendra Horn and former Congressman Dan Boren.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Paul Frable with the Holy City of the Wichitas is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. Erin Glass with the South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, Feb. 25th

 

Driver Dies in Fatal Turnpike Crash

The highway patrol is investigating a deadly crash that happened on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Chickasha yesterday. 29-year old Christopher Johnson of Oklahoma City died when his Jeep ran off the interstate and crashed into the end of a guardrail. The accident happened just after 3:00 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 80 in the westbound lanes of the highway. The turnpike was wet from the recent winter storm. The trooper dispatched to the accident reported that Johnson was not wearing his seat belt.

 

Anadarko City Manager Leaving to Take USDA Post

Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn is moving on. Corn has been named the USDA State Director for Rural Development. Corn has spent the last seven years at Anadarko. He previously spent 12 years at the state capital serving in both the house and senate. Prior to that Corn worked in the oil and gas industry. Corn said his time in Anadarko has been special as he learned about the history and the culture of the region. Corn was appointed to the USDA post by President Joe Biden. He's expected to be sworn in March 14th.

 

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe to Announce Resignation

There are numerous reports indicating that Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe will be stepping down. An announcement is expected next week that he will wrap up a long political career at the end of the current congressional session which is in December. Inhofe is 87 years old and was first elected to the senate in 1994. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives and also served in both houses of the Oklahoma state legislature and served as the mayor of Tulsa. Currently, Inhofe is the ranking Republican on the Senate's armed services committee and previously was the committee chairman. It is expected the seat will be filled in the November mid-term election. Inhofe is endorsing his chief of staff Luke Holland to replace him.

 

Preparations for Longtime Easter Pageant Underway

The Holy City of the Wichitas is already preparing for its annual Easter Pageant. Practice sessions started last week however officials say there are still a lot of roles to be filled. Paul Frable is the president of the board of directors for the non-profit group.

 

             

 

This will be the 97th year for the pageant which is held at the Holy City near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. There will be two performances which will be the Saturday before Palm Sunday, April 9th and the Saturday before Easter, April 16th at 8:30 p.m. both evenings. For information visit the Holy City of the Wichitas Facebook page.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $99.08.

Natural gas is $4.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,913 and silver is $24.33.

 

Obituary

Ella Mae Brownlee-Cook

Funeral service for Ella Mae Brownlee-Smith, 74, of Lawton will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 28th at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Feb. 24th

 

Winter Weather Update

Oklahoma's winter weather is easing a bit this morning. The forecast is for a minimal amount of freezing drizzle, snow, and sleet through mid-morning and partly sunny skies this afternoon with highs in the upper-20s. However, roads continue to be slick and hazardous. About an inch of sleet was recorded throughout much of the area Wednesday forcing many schools to go to virtual learning or canceling classes all together. Many government offices were closed and will be closed again today. They include the Grady County Courthouse; the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center; Waste Connections will not be picking up trash in Chickasha; and Anadarko City Hall is closed. The Southern Oaks Church of Christ Food Room will be closed tonight and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Southwest District meeting in Lawton tonight has been postponed.

Very Few Power Outages Reported

There were minimal power outages in the region as a result of yesterday's winter weather. Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and electric co-ops combined to report less than 50 outages in the Grady, McClain, and Caddo county areas. PSO issued a statement saying there were nearly 1,000 line workers, tree crews, and support staff ready to respond which included out-of-state line workers from Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia joining PSO crews mainly in southeast Oklahoma.

 

Reports Shows Chickasha's Economic 'Health'

A recent report shows the City of Chickasha's sales tax revenues were down from month-to-month totals. The report compiled by the Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) indicated that the February sales tax distribution from the Oklahoma Tax Commission shows the number down about 4.9 percent from January to just over $1.1 million. Officials say it important to note that the January number was believed to be the biggest month ever for sales tax revenues. Hotel-motel tax collections were down 16 percent from October to November to just over $50,000. The EDC report also showed the city's unemployment rate dropped from 1.7 percent in November to 1.6 percent in December citing numbers from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. The report also indicated that the city’s Community Development Office issued nine building permits in January including six for commercial projects – two for new construction and four for remodeling. There were three residential building permits issued - one for a new home and two for re-modeling projects.

 

Governor Appoints New USAO Regent

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a new member to the Board of Regents for USAO. J.J. Francais, the mayor of Elgin and an assistant vice president for Hillary Communications was recently named to the panel. The appointment requires confirmation of the state senate. Francais is a graduate of the university and credits a chance meeting with the late Ingrid Shafer at USAO for changing the trajectory of his life and inspiring him to serve as a regent. Francais’ term will begin July 1st and run for seven years through June of 2029.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.84.

Natural gas is $4.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,973 and silver is $25.54.

 

Obituary

Walter Bailey

Funeral service for Walter Bailey, 89, of Ninnekah. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 26th at McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 23rd

 

Round One of Winter Storm Arrives

Moderate to heavy bands of sleet are making their way through central Oklahoma this morning as a winter storm is just getting started. Much of central Oklahoma, including Grady County, is under a winter storm warning for about the next 36 hours. The National Weather Service says parts of the region could see ½-inch to 1 ½-inches of sleet and snow accumulation by noon making travel virtually impossible. Another round of precipitation is expected tomorrow morning. Many schools are closed or are having remote-learning classes today. Closings include the Grady and Caddo County Courthouses. Waste Connections is delaying trash pic-up in Chickasha; and the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center will be closed both today and tomorrow. The winter storm warning is in effect until 6:00 p.m. Thursday. In addition, a wind-chill advisory is effect for central Oklahoma until 10 o'clock this morning. Dangerous wind chills to ten-below zero are likely. Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing until Saturday afternoon.

 

Marijuana Grow Houses Targeted in Statewide Raid

More than 200 state, federal, and local law enforcement officials raided nine marijuana-growing operations across the state yesterday and had arrest warrants for more than a dozen individuals. Two grow operations were targeted in Grady County. Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said they were targeting criminal organizations that transport black market marijuana nationwide. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said local officials met before dawn Tuesday to discuss the raids which occurred simultaneously about 8 a.m. The sites were Forest Lake Farms near U.S. Highway 81 south of Pocasset and Space Queen Farms just east of Chickasha near Cottonwood Road and Union Hill. Boggess talks about what they found.

 

              

 

Boggess said they did make arrests at each location. Overall, state drug agents said they collected about 100,000 plants and thousands of pounds of bulk, processed marijuana that had a street value of about $500 million.

 

Rural Broadband Service Bill Filed at State Capital

A bill has been introduced at the state capital designed to enhance the development of broadband service to rural Oklahoma. HB 3363 calls for broadband service to be in place for 95 percent of the state within five years. The bill would create an Oklahoma Broadband Office which would distribute all funding available for broadband expansion. House Speaker Charles McCall said the office would be self-funded and exist only until the job is done and would end in 2028 if it becomes law.  The bill is expected to get a hearing in the State House of Representatives this week.

 

State Treasurer Candidate's Visit Postponed

An announced candidate for state treasurer has postponed a meeting that was to be held in Chickasha today. A meet-and-greet with Clark Jolley was supposed to held at the Chamber of Commerce but it has been delayed because of the weather. No make-up date has been announced.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.84.

Natural gas is $4.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,895 and silver is $24.15.

 

Obituary

Ella May Brownlee-Cook

A funeral service for Ella May Brownee-Cook, 74, is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 22nd

 

Another Winter Storm Headed to Oklahoma

Oklahomans are bracing for the arrival of another winter storm. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Oklahoma for a 36-hour period - from 6 o'clock Wednesday morning through 6 o'clock Thursday evening. The advisory area includes Grady, Caddo, and Canadian counties. Arctic air made its way through much of the Sooner State overnight after a round of rain and thunderstorms moved through the region.

Travel to be Hazardous; Dangerous Wind Chill Values Expected

The weather service is expecting a wintry mix of mostly sleet and snow and perhaps up to an inch of accumulation. A light glaze of ice could also cause dangerous driving conditions and officials say motorists should plan on slippery roads during morning and evening commutes tomorrow. In addition, a wind chill advisory for the region has been issued for Wednesday morning from 1:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for life-threatening wind-chill values as low as five-below zero.

 

Burn Ban Re-Instated in Grady County

Grady County Commissioners have re-instated a burn ban. The panel lifted the ban a couple of weeks ago but voted to put it back in place today. The burn ban is for two weeks and will be in effect through Tuesday, March 8th. Burn bans are also in effect for Caddo, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, McClain and Canadian counties.

 

Four Men Honored for Helping Chix Police Department

Four individuals were recognized for volunteering their time to help the Chickasha Police Department. Wade McKnight, Doug Doan, Alex Warnes, and David Boiles spent a day going to Kansas City, Missouri recently to get five Dodge Durangos the city purchased from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Assistant Police Chief G.G. Music honored the men during last night's city council meeting.

 

              

 

Boiles actually made two trips to Kansas City.

SUV's to get Police Package Upgrade

The council also approved a sole-source bid of up to $50,000 to upgrade the newly acquired SUVs with police packages from Metro Emergency Upfitters. The panel also accepted a grant from the Chickasaw Nation which was awarded to the police department. Mayor Chris Mosley said th3 grant was nearly twice the amount that was originally proposed. Police Chief Dee Rowell said the donation was not connected to installing the police packages in the previously mentioned SUVs.

 

Airport 'Land Transfer' Approved

The council also approved the transfer of 240 acres next to the Chickasha airport from the Chickasha Industrial Authority to the Chickasha Airport Authority. It was a paper transfer among city boards with no money being exchanged. The transfer was recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration. Officials say the move could help to bring some aviation-related businesses to the airport.

 

Driver Hospitalized in Pick-up Rollover

A driver had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after crashing her pick-up. 35-year old Erin Davis of Marlow was admitted in fair condition. The accident occurred just after 9:00 p.m. Monday on State Highway 29 about six miles east of Bray. The highway patrol reports that it wasn’t clear why Davis ran off the road. The vehicle overturned an unknown number times and came to rest on its wheels. Davis was wearing her seat belt.

 

Semi Overturns in Caddo County

A semi rollover in Caddo County blocked traffic on a state highway for about an hour yesterday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that accident occurred at State Highway 152 and CS 2520 - that's about three miles east of Eakly - about 4:45 p.m. Monday. The trooper investigating the crash said there were no injuries. It wasn't clear what caused the big rig to overturn.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.54.

Natural gas is $4.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,897 and silver is $24.30.

 

Obituary

Lenford Don ‘Buster’ Austin, Jr.

A graveside service for 68-year old ‘Buster’ Austin of the Bridge Creek area was held earlier today at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, Feb. 21st

 

Chix Police Department Upgrades Fleet

The Chickasha City Council recently approved the purchase of some newer vehicles for the police department. Tonight, the council is expected to approve a payment of nearly $90,000 to the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) for three used Dodge Durangos bringing the total number of vehicles purchased from the KHP to five.  The panel is also expected to approve the receipt of a $50,000 grant from the Chickasaw Nation to the police department. Most of that money is expected to be used to 'up-fit' all five of those vehicles. The council will consider waiving the competitive bidding process for that work to a sole-source vendor, Metro Emergency Upfitters which is on a state contract.

Airport Industrial Park 'Ownership' to Transfer to Another City Board

The council will consider a proposal to accept the transfer of 240 acres adjacent to the Chickasha Airport from the city's Industrial Authority to its Airport Authority. The Industrial Authority recently gave its approval to transfer the property at no cost. The acreage is just west of the airport and was partially developed several years ago for a proposed industrial park. The council is also to authorize the city manager to solicit requests for proposals from qualified consulting firms to develop that park.

Citizen Commendations Are Among Other City Council Considerations

Four Chickasha residents will receive citizen commendation awards from the city council. David Boiles, Alex Warnes, Doug Doan and Wade McKnight will all be recognized. The panel is also expected to approve city-wide yard sales for the weekend of May 12th through the 14th which is during the Chickasha Antique Auto Club's Spring Swap meet. Garage sale permit fees would be waived that weekend if it is approved. The council is also expected to approve holding the annual Relay for Life fundraiser on Saturday, June 4th in the downtown area.

 

Dr. Ada Sipuel-Fisher's Work Recognized as part of Black History Month

One of the early champions of the civil rights movement in America was Chickasha's own Dr. Ada Sipuel-Fisher. She was the first black student to be accepted in the OU Law School though it took several years for that to happen. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled in her favor. As part of Black History Month Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Lincoln School Principal and city councilman, says Dr. Fisher paved the way for black students to attend OU regardless of their studies.

 

              

 

Coincidentally, Dr. Fisher’s birthday is this month. She was born in Chickasha on February 8th, 1925. She was 71 when she passed away in October of 1995.

 

State Senator Honored for Support of Ag and History

A state senator who represents Caddo County is being recognized for his support of agriculture and history at the state capital. Senator Darcy Jech (R-Kingfisher) was named a legislative champion by the American Farmers and Ranchers. He was also named the state senate champion by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Jech will also be receiving the Guardian of History Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society. Agriculture officials say Jech has helped to make sure a number of agriculture projects were funded. The state history group selected Jech for its honor for his impact on helping the group collect, preserve, and share Oklahoma history.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.54.

Natural gas is $4.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,899 and silver is $23.87.

2022, Feb. 14th-19th

Saturday, Feb. 19th

 

State Lawmaker Hears from Legendary OU Coach

About the National Child Identification Program

There are reports that more than 800,000 children are reported missing in America every year.  State Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow) whose district includes areas of Grady, McClain, and Stephens counties, met with legendary OU football coach Barry Switzer this week to discuss the National Child ID Program which the coach is helping to promote. In his media column this week, Boles said the program provides the tools that parents need to collect their children's information. That includes documentation about physical characteristics, fingerprints, and DNA which can then be given to law enforcement. Parents can keep the information in a secure place at home. More information is available from the website: www.childidprogram.com

 

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Visits Chickasha

Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford spent some time visiting with Chickasha area residents yesterday. KOOL-Ranch News had the opportunity to talk with him about a number of issues including the national debt. Lankford said that number is now $30 trillion which is more than the total U.S. economy - but no one, Democrats nor Republicans, want to talk about it.

 

              

 

Missing Caddo County Woman Found

A Silver Alert that had been issued for a missing Caddo County woman earlier this week has been canceled. Apache police issued the alert for 59-year old Wanda Fowler after she left her son's home for a walk and never returned. Assistant Apache Police Chief Chelsey Gordon said they put together a search team and looked for Fowler for several hours Monday. Then authorities received a call from an individual who said she saw Fowler in Lawton. Lawton police and Fowler's daughter found Fowler at that location. She was in good condition and returned home.

 

No Grady County Jury Duty Next Week

Grady County residents who received a summons for jury duty next week do not have to report. District Judge Kory Kirkland said the lone case that was scheduled to go to trial was settled out of court, so anyone who received a jury duty notice will not have to appear at the Grady County courthouse Monday, February 21st.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander is our guest on KOOL Konversation talking about Black History Month. Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford is our guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Lois Edwards

Funeral service for Lois Edwards, 95, of Anadarko will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 21st at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Feb. 18th

 

Rush Springs Community Unites to Help Local Family

The Rush Springs community is pitching in to help a long-time local family whose business was destroyed by fire. Miller's Fruit Stand was a total loss in the fire early Thursday morning. Fire officials say lightning from thunderstorms that moved through the area before dawn was likely to blame. The Millers have been part of the community for years and always has a big presence at the annual watermelon festival each August. In addition to the destruction of the fruit stand, KSWO-TV reports that Todd Miller is hospitalized with second and third degree burns over nearly 30 percent of his body that he suffered while burning trash last month. A lot of people are stepping up to lend a hand. One business has offered to rebuild the fruit stand and Rush Springs school students will help build fruit racks. Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard and others will spend the next few days cleaning up the debris so that rebuilding can begin. A ‘Help the Millers Rebuild’ Facebook page has been created to accept donations and a GoFundMe account has been established to help the family with Todd's medical expenses.

 

Chickasha Police Officers Receive Promotions

Two Chickasha police officers are being rewarded for their work and service. Master Sergeant Jason Myrko has been promoted to lieutenant and Corporal Eric Burkhart has been promoted to sergeant. Police Chief Dee Rowell said a formal ceremony will be held next week and the promotions will be effective Feb. 26th.

 

Grady County Events Nominated for Best in Chickasaw Country

Several events in the region have been nominated as best events in their respective categories. The Chickasaw Nation recently accepted nominations of attractions, restaurants, and businesses in 14 categories. Nominees from Grady County include Chickasha's Festival of Light as Best Festival; Chickasha's Rock Island Ride as best run or ride; the Grady County Museum as best museum; the Washita Theater and the Chickasha Community Theatre as best live performance venue; Salt Creek Casino as best casino; and The Plantation at Coal Creek in Tuttle as best wedding venue. Voting is open to anyone who lives within the Chickasaw Nation and the last day to cast ballots is Monday, Feb. 28th. Voting can be done on-line on the website: www.chickasawcountry.com

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.97.

Natural gas is $4.48 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $23.82.

 

Obituaries

Miranda Schwandt

Funeral service for Miranda Schwant, 20, of Chickasha is pending with Sevier Funeral Home.

Alberta Butler

Funeral service for Alberta Butler, 68, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 19th at the First Baptist Church at 1st and Dakota. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

‘Renee’ Minton

A memorial service for 60-year old Charlotte ' Renee' Minton of Alex will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 21st at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Alex Public Schools.

 

Thursday, Feb. 17th

 

Chix Sports Complex Gets Facelift

The Chickasha Sports Complex has hosted hundreds of baseball and softball tournaments and local events over the years.  City officials say that a half-million people nationwide come to town for the tournaments held there each year. The complex features more than a dozen baseball, softball, and youth soccer fields. The facility has been undergoing major upgrades over the last few weeks. The city recently spent about $100,000 to hire United Turf and Track out of Arcadia, Okla. to make improvements which include leveling fields. The sprinkler system has been upgraded, and the bathrooms have new plumbing and sinks. There's also new lighting along the walkways. The sports complex will welcome its first teams of the spring and summer schedule this weekend as the No. 3 ranked USAO softball team will host the Southern Collegiate Sports NAIA Invitational. Teams from nine universities and colleges including three ranked in the top ten will be playing tomorrow and Saturday.

 

Chix Native to be Honored by Tulsa Theater

A theater in Tulsa will be adding the name of a Chickasha native to its Walk of Fame. The Circle Cinema will be adding a medallion and star to honor Cleavon Little later this year. Little is known for his role as Sheriff Bart in the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles. He starred in the 1970s TV series Temperatures Rising and was also in a number of productions on and off Broadway. He was born in Chickasha in 1939 and The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains says his family moved to California in 1953 when Little was about 13 years old. His acting honors include a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.  He does have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts created an endowment for a Cleavon Little Scholarship which provides help to minority students. Little passed away from cancer 1992 at the age of 53.

 

Community Meeting with U.S. Sen. Lankford Moved

Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford will be in Chickasha tomorrow for a community meeting. Originally, the meeting was to be held at the chamber of commerce. However, due to the high demand of constituents wanted to hear from him the meeting has been moved to the Grady County Fairgrounds. Lankford's program will be in the Community Building from about 1:30 to 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.

 

Oklahoma Leads the Nation in Number of Military Veterans

Receiving Service-Connected Disability Benefits

There's a new report that shows Oklahoma is No. 1 in the country for the number of veterans that receive federal, service-connected disability benefits. The State Department of Veterans Affairs says Oklahoma military veterans receive $2.4 billion in benefits. In a press release, Department of Veterans Affairs director Joel Kintzel said about 100,000 veterans have some level of service-connected disability which is one out of every three veterans. State officials from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Paralyzed American Veterans all praised the news. Officials say there are still many veterans who are eligible for disability benefits who have not applied for them. Locally, individuals can contact the Grady County DAV chapter in Chickasha at 6th and Chickasha Avenue or visit the website: oklahoma.gov/veterans

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $93.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.81.

Natural gas is $4.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,887 and silver is $23.76.

 

Obituary

Sondra Jarvis

Funeral service for Sondra Jarvis, 79, of Cement will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 21st at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 16th

 

County Commissioner Faces New Charges

District 1 Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker is facing additional felony charges associated with allegations that he embezzled county funds and materials. Arrest warrants were issued yesterday for Walker and Neal Locke, who is Walker's assistant at the county barn in Tuttle. Both men voluntarily surrendered to authorities. They were photographed, fingerprinted, and processed at the jail and were released on their own recognizance after their arraignments. Walker was first charged two years ago of embezzling about $30,000 in county funds and materials to pave a private road to his Tuttle home and is awaiting trial on that charge. He's now facing five new felonies which include illegally recording conversations of county employees. The charges include unlawful use of communication, intimidation of a witness, and conspiracy. Locke has been charged with two counts of unlawful communication for installing devices to secretly record conversations and conspiracy. Their court appearances on these charges are scheduled in April.

 

Anadarko Sinkhole Will Lead to Costly Repairs

A sinkhole discovered in Anadarko is expected to be a costly fix. City Manager Kenneth Corn posted a video of the sinkhole on the city's Facebook page. Corn said the sewer line collapse at the intersection of 7th and Kansas Avenue could cost upwards of $600,000 to repair. He said some of the problems are that the sewer was line improperly installed, and that instead of sewer water being sent to the waste water treatment plant it was actually flowing backwards. Corn said it could take four to six weeks to complete repairs.

 

Science and Arts to Host 'Children of The Civil Rights' Film

To commemorate Black History Month, the University of Science and Arts will hold a screening of the film 'Children of The Civil Rights.' The documentary highlights the efforts of several Oklahoma City youth who spent years going into segregated restaurants and asking for service. After six years, the group was successful in desegregating every restaurant but one and it all happened before the 1964 Civil Rights Act was signed into law. The university's Fisher Center for Social Justice and Racial Healing, as well as the university’s Student Services Department are hosting the film. It will be followed by a panel discussion which will include some of the original sit-in participants. The program is free and open to the public and will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22nd at Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. It will also be live-streamed at usao.edu/black-heritage

 

Grady County GOP sets Meeting 

The Grady County Republican Party will host some candidates for national offices this week. Jackson Lahmeyer of Tulsa is an announced candidate for U.S. Senate and James Taylor of Oklahoma City is an announced candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. The group normally meets at Bible Baptist Church but this meeting has been moved to seminar center at the Canadian Valley Technology Center tomorrow night. A light spaghetti dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7:00 p.m. More information is available on the group's Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.28.

Natural gas is $4.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,856 and silver is $23.54.

 

Obituary

Marsha Jean Lewis

A graveside service for Marsha Jean Lewis, 57, of Chickasha was held at 11:00 a.m. today (Wednesday, February 16th) at Pioneer Cemetery. Arrangements were with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 15th

 

Extreme Fire Threat will be in Effect Today

Chickasha and Grady County firefighters spent several hours battling fires yesterday and the threat for wildfires will be extremely high today. Fire crews from Chickasha and a number of Grady County volunteer departments were called out just east of Chickasha Monday where several structures burned. The fire broke out about 1:30 on Jay's Arena Road just south of U.S. Highway 62. Fire crews also battled a grass fire was reported just south of Chickasha. Much of western Oklahoma will be under a red-flag fire warning this afternoon because of high winds, warm temperatures and low humidity levels. Among the areas in the red-flag fire warning area from noon to 7:00 p.m. are Canadian, Caddo, and Comanche counties and points west. Grady County is under a wind advisory from noon to 6:00 p.m. Afternoon highs will be around 70 with sustained south winds to 25-30 miles per hour and gusts to 45 mph. Many counties do have burn bans in effect. See a map of the counties with burn bans on this website: https://forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info

 

Longtime Doctor Linda Johnson Dies

Long-time Chickasha physician Dr. Linda Johnson has died. She was 78 when she passed away at her home this past weekend. She was born in San Antonio, Texas and then the family moved to Chickasha. She battled polio as a child. She graduated from Chickasha High School and the Oklahoma College for Women, now USAO, and was the first woman to attend the surgical program at OU. She worked at the Chickasha Clinic which is now the Southern Plains Medical Group and Grady Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 2017. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to any of her favorite charities which include Relay for Life of Grady and Caddo Counties; Special Young Adults; the Alzheimer's Association; and the Parkinson Foundation.

 

Silver Alert Still in Affect for Missing Apache Woman

Officials in Apache say a Silver Alert remains in effect for a woman who hasn't been seen since last Friday. Authorities are hoping someone can provide information about 59-year old Wanda Fowler. Apache Police Chief Brian Barnett tells KOOL/RANCH News that Fowler walked away from her son's home last Friday afternoon to go for a walk and never returned. Barnett said as of Monday that no tips had been called in and they may soon coordinate a search party to locate her. He said there is a wooded area near the home. Anyone with information about Wanda Fowler is asked to contact Apache police, the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office, or a local law enforcement agency.

 

Companies Sought for March Job Fair

Businesses looking for employees and individuals looking for work can meet in a job fair that will be in Chickasha next month. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board will hold the job fair on Friday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. The group is inviting employers to reach out as soon as possible as there are limited booth spaces available. For information send an e-mail to: erin@scworkforceboard.org

 

Repeat 'America's Got Talent' Group in Chickasha This Week

A popular act from the NBC Reality Show America's Got Talent will perform in Chickasha this week. A Denver, Colorado based group called the Silhouettes, which is a shadow dance group, will be part of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at USAO Thursday night. Lynne Waggoner-Patton is the founder of the group which has been on AGT several times.

 

              

 

Waggoner-Patton says the group gives back to communities in a number of ways including raising more than $100,000 for homeless children in America. Thursday's performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase at the USAO Business Office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $95.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $96.48.

Natural gas is $4.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,856 and silver is $23.43.

 

Obituaries

Robbie James

Funeral service for Robbie James, 68, Tuttle is pending with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Frances Green

A graveside service for Frances Green, 87, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Chickasha was held yesterday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Feb. 14th

 

Grady County Sees Spike in Consumer Spending

Consumer spending in Grady County was up significantly in the most recent report available. It's estimated that nearly $95 million was spent on taxable goods and services last November and its the highest level in nearly two years. It’s up 35 percent from October and up 76 percent compared to November of 2020. As a result of that consumer spending Grady County received nearly $710,000 in sales tax revenues. Here is how the money was divvied up, all of which received the approval of Grady County voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $236,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received $209,000; each of the seven senior nutrition centers shared $118,000 ($17,000 each); the 20 county fire districts shared $118,000 ($6,000 each); Tuttle EMS received $22,000; and Rush Springs EMS received $5,500.

 

Silver Alert in Place for Missing Apache Woman

A Silver Alert remains in effect for a missing Caddo County woman. The Apache Police Department issued the alert for Wanda Fowler, a 59-year old white female. A photo shows her to have shoulder-length brown hair. The alert indicated that Fowler has a medical or physical disability and is in imminent danger. Fowler was last seen at 616 West Apache Trail Road about 4:30 Friday afternoon. She was wearing a blue knit sweater, blue jeans, and possibly a dark blue or black jacket. It wasn't clear if she was driving or on foot. Anyone with information about Wanda Fowler is asked to contact Apache Police or their local law enforcement agency.

 

Teen Driver Hospitalized Following Rollover

A teen-aged driver is in critical condition after a weekend crash. 19-year old Gentry Kiley of Mountain View was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital after the Saturday crash that happened near the junction of State Highways 58 and 152 north of Carnegie. The highway patrol said Kiley was driving too fast to go around a curve, ran off the road and rolled three times, throwing him and two passengers of the truck. The passengers were identified as 19-year old Adrien Kodaseet and 36-year old James Chalepah both of Carnegie and neither were hurt.

 

Firefighters Take Part in Destry Horton Fire School

A number of volunteer firefighters across the state took part in the annual Destry Horton Fire School in Lawton over the weekend. The school is named in honor of the Rush Springs volunteer firefighter who died after being critically injured while battling a wildfire in 2004. This was the 11th year for the school which was a three-day event held at the Great Plains Technology Center. Firefighters received training in areas that included Downed Firefighter Rescue and Driving Emergency Vehicles.

 

Swine Results from Southwest District Livestock Show

Here are the results from the swine show held during the Southwest District Livestock show at the Grady County Fairgrounds over the weekend. For the purebred gilts, Mason Pritchart of Weatherford had the grand champion; Garrison Bass of Minco had the reserve; and Kaitlyn Bryant of Weatherford had the bronze. For commercial gilts, Rhett Sites of Granite had the grand champion; Hadley Cooper of Amer-Pocasset had the reserve; and Jackson Bow of Merritt had the bronze. For the barrows, Kinley Bratcher of Rush Springs had the grand; Madeline Norvell of Amber-Pocasset had the reserve; and Brinliee Williams of  Merritt had the bronze.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $93.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $94.44.

Natural gas is $3.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,857 and silver is $23.68.

 

Obituary

Betty Koenig

A graveside service for Betty Lou Graham Koenig of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 15th at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

 

2022, Feb. 7th-12th

Saturday, Feb. 12th

 

Energy Companies' Plans to Recoup Storm Costs From Consumers Ok'd

Customers of Centerpoint Energy and Public Service Company of Oklahoma will be paying the massive costs that both utilities experienced in purchasing the fuel needed for customers during an extended period of sub-freezing temperatures in February last year. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted 2-1 this week to approve the plans. Commissioners Dana Murphy and Todd Hiett voted in favor of the plans while Commissioner Bob Anthony voted against them. The utilities can sell bonds to recover their costs and their customers will see their monthly bills increase over 15 or 20 years to pay for those bonds. Centerpoint Energy is passing along nearly $88 million in costs. The average residential consumer will be required to pay an extra $4.36 per month for the next 15 years. Centerpoint customers enrolled its voluntary fixed price billing plan and low-income households that receive assistance to pay their bills will not have to pay the extra costs. PSO will re-coup nearly $690 million in costs. Residential consumers using 1100 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month will see their monthly bills increase by just over $4.00 per month for the next 20 years.

 

Shooting Suspect Released from Hospital, Taken to Jail

An Anadarko man accused of three separate shootings is now in jail. Garrick Boyiddle had been hospitalized after being injured in an officer-involved shooting following a high speed chase back in December. Boyiddle is facing three charges of shooting with intent to kill. They stem from three separate incidents that took place in Anadarko over a 30-day period from November to December. The OSBI is still investigating the officer-involved shooting. Boyiddle is being held in the Caddo County Jail on a $500,000 bond. In addition, Boyiddle has a revocation conference in March to determine the status of his 2016 conviction of assault with a dangerous weapon.

 

Former Grady County Sheriff Larry Crabb Passes Away

Former Grady County Sheriff Larry Crabb has died. Crabb was 64 years old when he passed away on Wednesday. He spent more than 20 years in law enforcement. He was the under-sheriff for Kieran McMullen and served as sheriff for several months after McMullen resigned and before Art Kell won the 2008 election. He also worked for the Grady County Jail and the Grady County and Rush Springs fire departments. Crabb was born in Duncan and lived in the Rush Springs area most of his life.  Survivors include his wife Gennifer. They were married for more than 22 years. Funeral service for Larry Crabb will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 17th at the Vimy Ridge Baptist Church near Rush Springs.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Results

We have the winners of the sheep and goat shows from this week's Southwest District Livestock Show at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The grand champion wether lamb was shown by Colt Randall of Canute; reserve grand was shown by Sayde Allen also of Canute; and the bronze was shown by Ashlyn Maddox. Sayde Allen also had the grand champion ewe; while Kolby Scroggins of Tuttle had the reserve and Laray Cox of Elgin had the bronze.

Goat Show

In the goat show, the grand champion wether was shown by Kenna Gay of Canadian County; Sayde Allen of Canute had the reserve; and Emry Lee of Elgin had the bronze. The grand champion doe goat was also shown by Kenna Gay of Canadian County; Addyson Schneberger of Carnegie had the reserve; and Destyn Emerson of Tuttle had the bronze. The show concludes today at the conclusion of the swine show.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lewis Knisley with the Chickasha Area YMCA is on the KOOL Konversation. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley, City Manager Tyler Brooks, and Public Works Director David Buchanan are on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Chester Heavin

Funeral service for Chester Heavin, 97, of Norman and formerly of the Chickasha and Grady County area will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 15th at the First Baptist Church of Ninnekah. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Feb. 11th

 

Chix Mayor Optimistic About His Next Two Years in Office

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley says he's looking forward to continued growth and making improvements in the city's overall infrastructure over the next couple of years. Mosley ran un-opposed for his third two-year term as mayor this week. Mosley spent much of last year as the acting city manager and since Tyler Brooks was brought on board for that position last fall, Mosley said city hall has a great team of administrators that will be able to make some things happen.

 

              

 

Mosley is anticipating more commercial development and the building of more new homes over the next couple of years. He says residents will be seeing information about proposed water rate increases in the next few months that he says are needed to help pay for the repair and/or replacement of aging water lines and higher costs the city is facing for water and water treatment.

 

Another Drug Trafficking Suspect Arrested

A Chickasha woman is arrested for allegedly selling pain pills laced with fentanyl. 18-year old Marcia Luna was arrested this week after a confidential informant working with law enforcement was able to buy the pills at the Castle Inn. A probable cause affidavit indicates the informant met with officials with the Drug Enforcement Agency at the Grady County Sheriff's Office to set up the buy. The informant told authorities that they had purchased about 50 of the pills from Luna over the last six months. Luna has been charged with distribution of a controlled and dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute. She remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

U.S. Senator Schedules Chickasha Visit

Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford will be in Chickasha for a meet-and-greet with constituents. Lankford will be at the Chamber of Commerce to discuss recent events in Washington, D.C. next Friday, Feb. 18th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is open to anyone who would like to hear from Lankford.

State Treasurer Candidate Also to be in Chix

The chamber will be hosting an open program with Clark Jolley who has announced his candidacy for Oklahoma State Treasurer. The former state senator will be at the chamber on Wednesday, February 23rd at 8:30 a.m.

 

Top Cattle Winners at the Southwest District Livestock Show

We have the results of the cattle show at the Southwest District Livestock Show that's underway at the Grady County Fairgrounds. For the market steers Claire Collins of Frederick had grand champion; Tommy Glover of Elgin had the reserve; and Madison Short of El Reno had the bronze. For prospect steers Taylor Glover of Elgin had the grand champion; Madison Short of El Reno had the reserve; and Cierra Collins of Frederick had the bronze. In the heifer show, Reagon Wilburn of Tuttle had the grand champion; Madilyn Norvell of Amber-Pocasset had the reserve, and Hays Devine of Verden had the bronze. Over 1,000 youth throughout southwest Oklahoma are showing animals this week. This is the 20th year for the show to be back in Chickasha and the show has been on-going for more than 50 years.

 

'Orphan Train' Program Set For Chix Library

It was called the largest child migration in the history of the United States. Known as the Orphan Train, more than 250,000 orphaned and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across the country between 1854 and 1929. The Chickasha Public Library will host a program about the Orphan Train next month. Alison Arthur, a humanities scholar who wrote a book called The Riders of the Orphan Train, will be part of the program. Many of the children weren't orphans - they were surrendered by parents who were too poor to keep them. The 76-year so-called 'experiment' is filled with the spectrum of human emotion and reveals a lot of information about the successes and failures of the American Dream. The event is a one-hour multi-media program which combines a dramatic reading by Arthur of her novel, live music, and a video montage of photographs and interviews of survivors. The program will be held Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 at the library. It is free and open to the public.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.41.

Natural gas is $3.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $22.95.

 

Thursday, Feb. 10th

 

Commercial Building Damaged by Fire

There were some anxious moments for the owners and operators of a commercial building that caught fire Wednesday. The Chickasha Fire Department was called out to the single-story bulding at 4th and Washington just before 10:00 a.m. The building housed Bad Boy Signs and Brothers Roofing. The building had just been purchased by Blaise and June James who own a used appliance store next door. June said as she drove up she saw some white smoke coming out of the roof...then saw smoke inside the building and called it in. No one was inside the building when the fire started. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said a preliminary investigation indicated that the fire started from an electrical short in the ceiling. Damage was estimated at $40,000.

 

Chix Mayor, Two Councilmen, Run Opposed for Re-Election

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will continue to be at the helm of city government for another two years. Mosley filed unopposed for his post during the three-day filing period which ended yesterday. Two other city council members also ran unopposed and will serve two more years on the panel. They are Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander in Ward 3 and Zach Grayson in Ward 4. There will be just one city council seat that will be filled in the April 5th city council election. That will be in Ward 1 where Kea Ginn and David Lucas filed for the post. The winner will take the seat currently held by David Sikes who did not run for re-election. No candidates filed for the Ward 2 post that was also available. Nate McCalla, who was recently appointed to the post did not file.

 

Inmates Face Charges in Connection with Jail-Break Attempt

Several inmates at the Caddo County Jail are accused of trying to break out of jail. Eight inmates have been charged in connection with the attempted jail break that occurred last month. The Lawton Constitution cites documents that indicate the inmates tried to escape the night of January 13th. Arrest warrants have been issued for Charles Esposito, Micah Christopher, Sentrell Johnson, and Jirschelle Britton, all of Anadarko; John Paul Williams-Ryan of Apache; Jesse Couturier of Carnegie; Tyler Cuccias of Clinton; and Terrence Sherrills of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Search Begins for Ninnekah School Superintendent

The search for a new superintendent is underway for Ninnekah Public Schools. A press release from the school district indicates the school board has approved a partnership with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to conduct the search. Previous superintendent Todd Bunch resigned after allegations of the sexual assault of girls basketball players arose last summer. A federal lawsuit was filed against the district, Bunch, former girls basketball coach Ron Akins, and others in connection with those allegations. Robyn Morse has been serving as the interim superintendent. The school district has launched on on-line survey to get feedback from the public on what qualities and experiences they would like to see from the new administrator. School board president Dustin Tate said they want to keep the public informed and involved regarding school board decisions. The survey is on the school district's website and will be available until Monday, March 7th. The district will be accepting applications and resumes through March 10th and they hope to have a new superintendent in place as soon as possible after the application period ends.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Begins

More than 1,000 youth will be leading about 2,500 animals through show rings at the Grady County Fairgrounds over the next several days. The Southwest District Livestock Show is underway today and runs through Saturday. The youth will be competing for as much as $1,500 that will be awarded to those who show some of the top animals. Cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and chickens are all being shown. There is also an agriculture mechanics show where individuals and teams will display their talents. Officials say this stock show is the second largest youth show in Oklahoma. The only one larger is the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.55.

Natural gas is $4.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,834 and silver is $23.39.

 

Obituary

Pauline Crow

A graveside service for Pauline Crow, 91, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 11th at the Rush Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 9th

 

Regional Election Results

Bridge Creek School Bond Comes up Short

A proposal to build a new early childhood center in the Bridge Creek School District came up a few votes short of the super majority needed for passage in yesterday's school bond election. The $44 million plan needed 60 percent approval but picked up just over 57 percent (426 for and 318 against) so the measure failed by 20 votes. Officials were hoping to build not only a new early childhood center with a safe room but also some additional classrooms for the high school and middle school.

Marlow School Bond Issue Passes

Marlow school district voters passed a $34 million bond issue by a 3-to-1 margin (780 to 260), The plan will allow the district to build a new performing arts center, a new fieldhouse, and some new classrooms. It is a 20-year plan and property taxes will increase nearly 10 percent with the approval.

Blanchard Voters Approve Sales Tax Hike for Road Improvements

In Blanchard, city voters approved a one-cent increase in the municipal sales tax that will be dedicated to street and road improvements. The measure passed by a more than two-to-one margin (627 to 299).

Run-offs Needed for Blanchard, Carnegie School Board Races

In the Blanchard school board primary there will be a run-off between Kristi Mitchell and Justin Smith. Mitchell picked up 42 percent of the vote (371); Smith received 37 percent (327); and a third candidate, Lonnie Bewley, received just under 21 percent (182). In the Carnegie school board primary there will be a run-off between Shannon Ware and Brad Holsted. Ware received 47 percent of the vote (196); Holsted collected 39 percent (163); and William Boettger, Jr. received 13.5 percent (56).

Voters Say 'No' to Caddo County Tech Center Bond Levy Proposals

Voters in the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center school district voted down two proposals by huge margins. Nearly eight out of every 10 voters turned down a building fund levy measure (1,729 no votes and 481 yes votes) and seven out of every eight voters turned down a proposal to make any approved building levy funds permanent (1,844 no votes and 353 yes votes).

 

Chickasha City Council Filings, Day Two

Today is the final day of the filing period for candidates who want to run for a seat on the Chickasha City Council. No candidates filed yesterday so only the three candidates who filed on Monday are official candidates. They are Mayor Chris Mosley, Ward 4 incumbent Zach Grayson, and resident David Lucas who has filed in Ward 1. Candidates have until 5 o'clock this afternoon to file at city hall.

 

Union City Police Chief Funeral Service is Friday

The funeral service for Union City Police Chief Richard Stephens will be held later this week. Stephens died last Friday after a six-week battle with COVID-19. The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 11th at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City with burial to follow in the Mustang cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mission 22 which is a charity to help prevent soldier suicide or to a local charity in his name. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, February 10th) at McNeil Funeral Service in Mustang.

 

Suspect Accused of Assaulting Parents, Animal Cruelty

A Tuttle man is behind bars accused of locking his parents out of their home during last week’s winter storm and for mistreating animals. 44-year old Chad Tylor Watts was arrested following an investigation by the Tuttle Police Department and Grady County Sheriff’s Office. A probable cause affidavit alleges Watts was high on PCP and cocaine at the time. He argued with his parents that they had poisoned him when he came back from time traveling. Watts believed he was Dr. Who and had an IQ of 2500. The affidavit also alleges Watts assaulted his parents and locked them out of the house when the wind-chill temperature was 10-below zero. It's also alleged that Watts put a puppy in a refrigerator and then took it outside into the winter weather with some other animals. Watts has been formally charged with four felonies - two for assault and battery and two for animal cruelty. Watts was already facing felony charges of domestic abuse stemming from an arrest back in December. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $40,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $89.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.78.

Natural gas is $4.25 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $23.22.

 

Obituaries

Devon Stephens

Funeral service for Devon Stephens, 23, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 10th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Michael Mosley and Jeanne Mosley

A joint memorial service for Michael Mosley, 53, and Jeanne Mosley, 57, of Oklahoma City will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 11th at the First Baptist Church of Verden. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Connie McKenna

Funeral service for Connie McKenna, 76, of Alex will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 12th at Sevier Funeral Home of Chickasha.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 8th

 

Burn Ban Lifted in Grady County; Continues in Others

A burn ban for Grady County was lifted by county commissioners yesterday while commissioners in neighboring counties extended similar bans. Commissioners opted to lift the ban in Grady County which was first implement in late December. Authorities will allow outdoor burning but ask that no burning take place if the wind is blowing over 5 mph. Individuals who decide to do a controlled burn should contact the sheriff's office ahead of time so as to prevent fire departments from responding. County commissioners will re-visit the burn ban issue at next week's meeting. Commissioners in Caddo and Comanche counties have extended burn bans for another two weeks which will be through February 21st. Stephens, Garvin, and McClain counties also still have burn bans in place.

 

Alleged Arsonist Arrested

A suspected arsonist is arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a Chickasha home. The FBI was called in to lead the investigation as the suspect is of Native American descent. Authorities were called to a home in the 1000 block of South 20th Street last Thursday morning. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said police officers arrested a suspect who was running from the area. Samaniego said the home had a value estimated at $125,000 and that it was a total loss. The fire chief said it was believed the suspect had been living in the home. A preliminary investigation indicated the fire started in the living room and that an accelerant was likely used. Samaniego credited the quick response of the police department to catch the suspect. The name of the suspect was not immediately available.

 

Chickasha City Council Filings, Day One

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley was one of three people to file for Chickasha city council yesterday. Mosley is seeking his third term as mayor. Also filing yesterday was Ward 4 councilman and vice mayor Zach Grayson. One other candidate to file was David Lucas who filed in Ward 1. The filing period runs through 5 p.m. tomorrow at city hall.

 

Chickasha City Council OKs Penalty for

Excessive Late Payments of Water Bills

The Chickasha City Council made quick work of a number of ordinance updates during its meeting last night. The panel took just under 30 minutes to approve a change in the enforcement of the non-payment of water bills. Customers who have been disconnected for non-payment four or more times in a calendar year will be subject to a chronic disconnect service charge of $75 which was included as part of a new fee schedule the council approved last night.

 

Former Grady County Assessor Passes Away

Long-time Grady County Assessor Weldon Foster has died. Foster spent 20 years as the county assessor, retiring in 1991. He was 92 when he passed away last Friday. Foster was a U.S. Army veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart after being injured in Korea. Foster spent more than 30 years in the assessor’s office, starting in 1960 and winning his first election in 1971. He was also a long-time member of the Chickasha Lions Club. Survivors include his wife Fern. They were married for 71 years. Funeral service for Weldon Foster will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 10th at Trinity Baptist Church in Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Some Voters Casting Ballots Today

Today is election day for some voters. Bridge Creek school district voters will decide on a $44 million bond issue which would allow the district to build an early childhood center with a safe room, and additional classrooms at the high school and middle school. Voters in the Marlow school district will decide on a $34 million bond proposal for projects which include a new performing arts center, new classrooms, and safe rooms. Patrons in the Friend school district will decide two bond issues. One is for $385,000 to renovate the gymnasium and install technology equipment district-wide. The second is for $215,000 to purchase two school buses. In Blanchard, city voters are deciding on a proposed 1-cent sales tax increase with the funds dedicated to road and street improvements.  There are school board primary elections for voters in the Blanchard and Carnegie school districts. Voters in the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center school district which includes Verden and much of Caddo County have two propositions - one for a building fund levy and another to make any approved building fund levy permanent. Polls are open until 6 o'clock tonight.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $91.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.62.

Natural gas is $4.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,819 and silver is $22.89.

 

Obituaries

John Schlecht

 Funeral service for John Schlecht, 82, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 10th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Dewey Wilson

Funeral service for Dewey Wilson, 76, of Oklahoma City will be held at 11:00 Saturday, February 12th at the Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Feb. 7th

 

Chix Schools to Release Info on Long-Range Study

Last year Chickasha Public Schools partnered with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the K20 Center at OU to develop a long-range plan for the district. School officials and a group of about 30 residents have been reviewing some of the ideas over the last few months. School Superintendent Rick Croslin said a proposed plan should be out in a few weeks.

 

              

 

Croslin said some of the ideas will be culminated into a proposed bond issue that will be taken to school district voters this fall.

 

Filing Period for Chix City Council Underway

The filing period is open for candidates wanting to run for Chickasha City Council. The post for mayor and one seat in each of the city's four wards are up for election. The filing period runs through Wednesday and candidates will file at city hall. Candidates must have lived in their respective wards for the previous six months. The city council election will be held in April.

 

Chix City  Council to Consider Ordinance Changes

A number of proposed changes to city ordinances will be discussed by the city council tonight. Among them are water fees and excessive false alarms. The council will also consider changes to the master fee schedule. The group will consider the third in a series of payments for the construction of the city's dog park. Bordwine Development has submitted documents for $23,000 for the most recent work completed. The panel will consider approving the YMCA’s annual Open Streets program for Saturday, April 30th and will consider approving activities in October which include the Rock Island Ride Bicycle Tour and the annual Oklahoma Food Truck Championships, both of which are during the Rock Island Arts Festival the first weekend in October. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

State Legislative Session Opens

Oklahoma's lawmakers will be gathering at the state capital today for the beginning of the 2022 legislative session. Gov. Kevin Stitt will open the session with his state-of-the-state address and outline some of his proposed budget items. Lawmakers are expected to have more than $10 billion to dole out. Amber State Representative Dick Lowe says most if not all state agencies are hoping for additional money.

 

              

 

The legislative session runs through the end of May.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $92.31 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $93.27.

Natural gas is $4.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $22.74.

 

Obituary

Daisy Sprowls

Funeral service for Daisy Sprowls, 78, of Pocasset will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 12th at the Pocasset First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

2022, Jan. 31st-Feb. 5th

Saturday, Feb. 5th

 

Union City Police Chief Dies from COVID

Union City Police Chief Richard Stephens has died. Stephens passed away Friday after battling COVID-19 for the last six weeks. The Union City Police Department posted on its Facebook page that Stephens was the epitome of a great leader. He put his people first and inspired everyone around him. Stephens served 30 years as a first responder and in law enforcement. Prior to Union City he worked with the Logan County Sheriff's Office. Tributes have been sent by numerous law enforcement agencies and even officials from the Center for Law Enforcement, Education, and Training (CLEET). Officials with the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial said that Stephens is the third line-of-duty death from the coronavirus this year. A date for a funeral service has not been announced.

 

Chickasha Residents to get Trash Pick-up Service Today

It looks like enough snow and ice has melted to allow Waste Connections to run their trucks through Chickasha neighborhoods for trash pick-up today. The City of Chickasha indicates that the company will be servicing residents who missed their pick-ups on Thursday and Friday. Officials say if trucks are unable to get down a street residents are asked to leave their dumpsters out until they are collected.

 

SCOOP Drilling Permits Issued

There's new drilling activity in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP). In Grady County, Gulfport MidCon received a permit to drill east of Rush Springs and southwest of Lindsay in Section 30 of Township 4 North and Range 5 West.  A company called Warwick-Jupiter received a permit to drill nearby in Section 19 of Township 3 North and Range 5 West. A few miles south of those locations in Stephens County Hays Production was awarded a permit to drill west of Velma.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today guests are Amber State Representative Dick Lowe and Marlow State Representative Brad Boles. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Faustin Lowery

A funeral service for Faustin Lowery, 23, of the Del City area was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 5th at Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements were with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Feb. 4th

 

Impact of Winter Storm Still Being Felt

While the snow storm has moved past Oklahoma, the state continues to suffer the lingering effects of this week's winter weather. There are numerous school closings again today or schools have gone to remote learning, many government offices are closed, and dangerous driving conditions continue. Among the closings, Chickasha City Hall and the Grady County Courthouse, and the Five Oaks Medical Group clinics in Chickasha, Rush Springs, and Tuttle. Trash pick-up services in Chickasha will resume when Waste Connections officials believe it is safe for drivers to go through neighborhoods. They are hoping trash service can resume tomorrow (Saturday). Among activities that have been re-scheduled, The Chickasha Optimist Club Pancake Day that was supposed to be today is now scheduled for next Friday, February 11th. And the Rush Springs Ag Booster fund-raiser that was scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Saturday, February 19th.

 

National Guard Assists OHP

The Oklahoma National Guard is helping out the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) with the hundreds of calls about traffic accidents and stranded motorists. The guard has assembled Stranded Motorist Assistance Recovery Teams (SMART). Each team includes a trooper, 10 National Guardsmen, two Humvees, and a wrecker. At the height of the storm OHP says troopers responded to almost 900 calls statewide. That's more than double the number of calls they would take over a two-day period. Most of the accidents they've seen are single-vehicle crashes where motorists get stuck on the side of the road, or slide in to concrete barriers and ditches. Officials still encourage Oklahomans to stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary.

 

Some Brave Storm to Cast Early Ballots

A handful of voters braved the cold and snowy weather yesterday to cast ballots in the first day of in-person, absentee voting ahead of next Tuesday's scheduled elections. Individuals can cast ballots early at their county election board offices again today until 6:00 p.m even if their county courthouse is closed.

 

Blanchard Voters to Decide Sales Tax for Street Upgrades

Blanchard voters will be going to the polls next Tuesday to decide a proposed one-cent city sales tax increase. If approved, the funds would pay for needed street and road improvements. City Manager Robert Floyd says a citizens committee recommended the sales tax as a way to get the funds needed to pay for the projects.

 

              

 

Floyd said if the sales tax passes some projects could start as early as this summer.

 

Replacement Found for Canceled Science and Arts Show

It didn't take long for the University of Science and Arts to find a replacement act for an upcoming performance of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series. Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions the scheduled performance of The Peking Acrobats was canceled. But officials have announced that they have been able to book a show with The Silhouettes for Thursday, Feb. 17th. The Silhouettes is a shadow-dancing group which was the first runner-up on season six of America's Got Talent (AGT) in 2011 and also the Golden Buzzer winners on AGT's The Champions just two years ago. Season ticket holders and others who have previously purchased tickets for the Feb. 17th show will just need to show their tickets at the door. Individual tickets will be available for purchase once the university re-opens Monday.

 

Community Blood Drive Scheduled Today

The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be in Chickasha today for a community blood drive. The bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot across from the KOOL-RANCH studios at 7th and Chickasha Avenue. The blood drive will be from 1:30 to 5:30 this afternoon. A number of appointments are scheduled but officials say walk-ins will be welcome though donors may have to wait to be worked in. There were a few openings between 3 and 5:30 this afternoon. All donations will be tested for coronavirus antibodies. The next Chickasha community blood drive is scheduled for Valentine’s Day on Monday, Feb. 14th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $90.27 per barrel

London-based Brent crude is $91.11.

Natural gas is $4.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $22.60.

 

Thursday, Feb. 3rd

 

Winter Storm Continues

A winter storm warning continues for all of Oklahoma through 6:00 p.m. today. Much of central Oklahoma has received 2-4 inches of snow with another 1-2 inches of snow possible today. Roads are snow-packed and slick and officials are discouraging travel. Among the accidents overnight, a snow plow driver was injured when his plow ran off State Highway 4 north of Tuttle near the Canadian River. The driver was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Wind Chill Advisory Remains in Effect

In addition to more snow, temperatures will remain in the teens over the next 36 hours or longer. A wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in place through noon tomorrow. Wind chills will range from zero to ten- or 15-below with north winds gusting to 30 miles per hour at times.

Some Good News; No Power Outages 

There are no power outages to report this morning. The websites for Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the electric co-ops in the region show no outages in Grady, Caddo, McClain, Garvin, or Stephens counties.

Some Closings, Cancellations

The winter weather has forced the cancellation of schools. The Grady County Courthouse will be closed again today, and Chickasha City Hall, the library, and the administrative offices of the police and fire departments will all be closed today. The Five Oaks Medical Clinic is closed, although they will accept tele-medicine calls. The Grady Memorial Hospital Emergency Room is open. The Southern Oaks Church of Christ Food Pantry will be closed tonight.

Election Board Offices Open for In-Person, Absentee Voting

While some county courthouses are closed, election board offices are expected to be open today for in-person, absentee voting ahead of next Tuesday's elections. In Grady County, there are school bond elections for Friend, Bridge Creek, and Marlow school patrons. In Blanchard, city voters will decide a one-cent sales tax to fund road improvement projects. There is also a school board primary election for Blanchard school district patrons. Some Verden residents will cast ballots in the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center millage election. In-person, absentee voting is available from 8-6 both today and tomorrow.

 

Tuttle City Manager Steps Down

Tuttle City Manager Tim Young has resigned. Young's resignation was accepted after a nearly 90-minute closed door session that was part of a special Tuttle City Council meeting on Tuesday, according to the Tuttle Times.  Young had served as city manager for more than 13 years. He was hired in September of 2013 after spending a couple of years as the assistant city manager in Durant. Tuttle Police Chief Don Cluck was appointed acting city manager. 

 

Science and Arts Receives Arts Grant

USAO is the beneficiary of a grant to help with its Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series. The university received a $20,000 grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance. It was made possible by the National Endowment of the Arts as part of its allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The grant will be used to support costs of presenting workshops, educational outreach performances, and performances by world-class professional performing artists. By the way, the university announced that an upcoming Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series program has been canceled. The Peking Acrobats were scheduled to perform on Feb. 17th. However the group is not able to leave Taiwan for an undisclosed reason. Officials were working to get a replacement act but one has not yet been scheduled.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.47.

Natural gas is $5.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $22.40.

 

Obituary

Patsy DeVilliers

A memorial service for Patsy DeVilliers, 77, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd

 

Winter Storm Begins Impact on Sooner State

A powerful winter storm is already making life miserable for some Oklahomans and the storm is just getting started. About 1,300 PSO customers were without power in northern Grady and central McClain County for a short time this morning including areas of Minco, Pocasset, Amber, Tuttle, Blanchard, and the Bridge Creek area. Power was restored by 8:00 a.m. About 130 CK Energy customers in Caddo County were also without power. Gov. Kevin Stitt has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties as the storm is expected to bring freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Many schools have declared snow days or in the case of Chickasha Public Schools and some others, distance learning from home will take place today. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin made that call before noon yesterday. He said officials will be monitoring the weather to determine what steps to take after today.

 

              

 

Among the latest closings to report this morning are the Grady County Courthouse, the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center, and Washita Valley Transit. Forecasters say drizzle and freezing drizzle will be around this morning turning to sleet and snow this afternoon. Areas of central Oklahoma could get six inches of snow or more by the time the snow ends tomorrow afternoon.

 

Chickasha Officials Urge Motorists to Use Snow Routes

Chickasha officials remind motorists to use snow routes once the snow begins impacting traffic. The main east-west routes are Country Club Road, Grand Avenue, Iowa Avenue, and Frisco Avenue. North-south routes are 1st Street; 8th Street from Choctaw Avenue to Grand Avenue; 9th Street from Grand Avenue to Country Club Road; 16th Street from Grand Avenue to Country Club Road; 17th Street from Iowa Avenue to Grand Avenue;  and 29th Street from U.S. Highway 62 to Grand Avenue. A map that shows all the city's snow routes can be found on the city's website and Facebook page.

 

Manslaughter Suspect Apprehended

Caddo County authorities say they have captured a suspect who was wanted for felony manslaughter. Authorities say Shawn Michael Tillman was taken into custody in Watonga yesterday. A post on the Caddo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page indicates that numerous law enforcement agencies were involved in Tillman's arrest including sheriff's offices in Canadian, Blaine, and Kingfisher counties, along with the highway patrol and Watonga Police Department. A woman alleged to have been harboring Tillman was also arrested. Tillman is charged with two counts of felony manslaughter in Caddo County in connection with a fatal traffic accident that occurred near Lookeba in May of last year.

 

Wanted Verden Couple Arrested

A Grady County couple has been arrested after warrants were issued for their arrests. 39-year old Joshua David Kitchens and 41-year old Monica Cherie Kitchens of Verden were arrested by Grady County sheriff's deputies last week. Joshua Kitchens was wanted for burglary after it was alleged he broke into a neighbor's home last November. He has had some previous run-ins with the law for knowingly receiving or concealing stolen merchandise and larceny. Joshua Kitchens remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Monica Kitchens had old warrants dating back to 2012 for child abuse and 2014 for aggravated DUI. She remains in jail on a $20,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.29.

Natural gas is $4.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $22.81.

 

Obituaries

Alice Roberts

A memorial service for Alice Roberts, 97, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 5th at Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Tonja Turner

A memorial service for Tonja Turner, 49, of Chickasha will be held Saturday, February 5th at Full Gospel Church. A lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the service at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, February 1st

 

Winter Storm Watch Issued for Much of Oklahoma

Weather forecasters are urging Oklahomans to get prepared ahead of a winter storm that is expected to hit the Sooner State tomorrow and Thursday. A winter storm watch has been posted for much of the state with the possibility of freezing rain, sleet, ice, and snow over the course of a nearly 48-year period. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said the most recent model from the National Weather Service shows the I-44 corridor between Lawton and Oklahoma City could get about a tenth of an inch of ice followed by 4-6 inches of snow which would make travel difficult. Thompson said power companies are preparing for possible power outages. He said Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has been in contact with the Grady County Fairgrounds to have that facility serve as a staging area for its crews should they be needed. A winter storm watch is posted from 9 o'clock tonight until 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening. Rain is expected late tonight with a wintry mix anticipated to arrive between 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow, followed by 4-6 inches of snow from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. Dangerous wind chills to 10-below zero are forecast Thursday and Friday mornings.

 

Public Hearings Set for Boat-RV Storage Ordinance,

Use-on-Review for Proposed Winery in Chickasha

A public hearing to get input about a revised boat and recreational vehicle storage ordinance for the City of Chickasha will be held by the city's Planning Commission next week. The ordinance discusses storage regulations in both residential and commercially-zoned areas. The Planning Commission will have a second public hearing to consider a use-on-review for a winery at 524 Kansas Avenue. The applicant is DJ Jenks of Shakespeare Wine Company. Jenks is proposing that wine be made and manufactured at the location and plans to offer wine tastings, wine by the glass, and various snacks. Officials say while the business would be located within 300 feet of two nearby churches Jenks says the churches have no opposition to the proposed business. Regardless of how the Planning Commission votes on the two issues they will be sent to the city council for final rulings. The Planning Commission will meet at 4:00 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 8th at Chickasha City Hall.

 

Tuttle City Manager's Job May be on the Line

The Tuttle City Council will hold a special meeting later today to consider firing city manager Tim Young. The council will go behind closed doors to discuss the city manager's performance and employment. Included on the agenda is an item to discuss the continued employment, disciplining, demotion, re-assignment, resignation, or termination of the city manager. Another item is to discuss the appointment and the terms of appointment for an interim city manager in the event a vacancy occurs. The meeting will be held at 5 o'clock this afternoon at Tuttle City Hall.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued for Manslaughter Suspect

Caddo County authorities are searching for a suspect who was involved in a fatal car crash that killed two people last year. Authorities have issued a felony manslaughter arrest warrant for Shaun Michael Tillman. The accident happened in May have last year near Lookeba and the warrant was issued last September. Tillman is facing two charges of first-degree manslaughter and well as driving with a suspended license. Anyone with information about Tillman is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff's office by calling 405-247-5700.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.21.

Natural gas is $4.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,808 and silver is $22.83.

 

Monday, Jan. 31st

 

Lawmakers Look to Reduce Robo Calls, Phone Scams

State lawmakers may have an opportunity to do something about the nuisance robo calls and telephone scams that plague almost anyone who has a phone. State Reps. Logan Phillips (R-Mounds) and Danny Williams (R-Seminole) and Sen. Zack Taylor (R-Seminole) hope HB 1386 and HB1891 get some traction during the upcoming legislative session. The Federal Trade Commission reports that phone scams cost older Americans nearly $3 billion every year. HB 1386 would require companies to get an individual’s written consent before placing automated calls or texts. The proposal would have the violators pay their victims up to $500 as a penalty. HB 1891 would allow district attorneys and the state attorney general to prosecute bad actors who spoof or mask their telephone numbers. A fine of up to $10,000 per occurrence is proposed in that bill.

GOP, Dems Seek Elimination of State Sales Tax on Groceries

Also at the state capitol, there appears to be bi-partisan support to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries. The Oklahoman reports that both Republican and Democratic leaders have filed bills regarding the subject. However, the lawmakers say they have no intention of eliminating local grocery taxes, as cities and towns are almost entirely dependent on sales tax revenues to fund local government. For the upcoming fiscal year, that state tax commission projects that the state could earn more than $300 million in the sales taxes levied on groceries. Officials say if lawmakers do eliminate the sales tax they would still have to decide which food and beverage items would be considered groceries.

 

Filing for Chix City Council Posts set Feb. 7th-9th

Five seats on the Chickasha city council will be up for election this spring including that of mayor. The filing period for candidates will be next week. The posts held by Mayor Chris Mosley; Ward 1 councilman David Sikes; Ward 2 councilman Nate McCalla; Ward 3 councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander; and Ward 4 councilman Zach Grayson are all set to be filled. The filing period is Monday, February 7th through Wednesday, February 9th at city hall. The city council election will be held in April.

 

Blanchard Voters to Decide Sales Tax for Road Repairs

Voters in the City of Blanchard will decide if a new sales tax should be implemented to pay for road and bridge repairs. The proposed one-cent sales tax is expected to bring in $25 million. Officials say if the measure passes the city would issue low-interest bonds in order to get the projects started as soon as possible. City officials say under Blanchard's current street maintenance budget, it would take decades to fund pay-as-you-go projects. The issue goes before voters next Tuesday, February 8th.

 

'Christmas Town' Meeting Today

A community meeting to get input about growing Chickasha's Christmas Town image will be held this afternoon. Jim Cowan with the city's Economic Development Council is reaching out to see what new events, or even activities from years past might be added to the 2022 Festival of Light that will start in mid-November. The meeting will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.03.

Natural gas is $4.63 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $22.53.

 

Obituaries

Joan Ely

Funeral service for Joan Ely, 63, of Amber was held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 31st at Sevier Funeral Home.

Jerry Winstone

Funeral service for Jerry Winstone, 87, Ninnekah will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 1st at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Otis Culpepper

Funeral service Otis Culpepper, 85, of Lindsay will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 1st at the Blanchard Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

James Lane

Funeral service for James Lane, 82, of Oklahoma City will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 8th at McRay Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.

 

2022, Jan. 24th-29th

Saturday, Jan. 29th

 

Military Medical Teams to Assist with COVID-19 Patient Surge

Three military medical teams are coming to Oklahoma to help some hospitals deal with the surge of patients being treated for the omicron variant of the coronavirus. KWTV News 9 reports that an Army medical team of 25 will work with OU Medical Center and two Air Force teams with 45 personnel will work with Integris Health in Oklahoma City. They include doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and technicians. The teams could all be arriving as early as next week. The Oklahoman reported that COVID-19 hospitalizations hit an all-time high in Oklahoma this past week, and hospitals are also dealing with staff shortages. The Oklahoman also reported that the four major health systems in Oklahoma City had no open intensive-care-unit beds. The state health department reported the three-day average was nearly 2,100 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

 

Earthquake Recorded Near Blanchard

Some residents in the town of Cole which is near Blanchard may have felt a small earthquake Friday morning. The Oklahoma Geological Survey said a tremor measuring 3.1 on the Richter Scale was detected about 6:15 a.m. Friday about four miles east of Blanchard. There were no reports of damage. Individuals who felt the tremor are asked to contact the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

 

Jury Duty for Grady County Residents Canceled

Grady County residents who received a summons for jury duty for the week of January 31st will not have to report. District Judge Kory Kirkland said that all the cases scheduled have been resolved so there is no need for individuals to appear at the county courthouse on Monday.

 

Tuttle Oil, Gas Wells Up and Running

We have more oil and gas well completions and production reports to tell you about today. Citizen Energy of Tulsa filed a report with the Corporation Commission on the completion of three wells on a single pad about a mile south of Tuttle. The three wells were producing about 1,200 barrels of oil and nearly 5,000 Mcf of natural gas per day. Completion dates were last November and drilled to depths of about 19,000 feet.

 

Tribe Receives Grant for Transit Program

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribe of Oklahoma has received a grant to develop a transit plan. The tribe received more than $24,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration. The project is expected to improve access to and within the community so the tribe may better serve its members and the rural communities throughout Caddo County.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s part of what we’re talking about this weekend. Danny Wedel with the Southwest District Livestock Show is this week’s guest on our KOOL Konversation program. Christi Chambers with the Oklahoma Blood Institute is the guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Doris Wright

A graveside service for Doris Wright, 93, of Tuttle will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 31st at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Jerry Winstone

Funeral service for Jerry Winstone will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 1st at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Jan. 28th

 

Former Grady County Sheriff Ron Taylor Dies

Former Grady County Sheriff Ron Taylor, who spent his entire life in law enforcement, passed away this week. Taylor, a member of the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association Hall of fame, was 82 when he died at his home on Tuesday. He was born in Minco in 1939 and was a life-long Grady County resident. His first job in law enforcement was with the police department in Garden City, Kansas then he joined the Grady County sheriff's office as a deputy in the 1960s. He served a few years as chief investigator for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. He was elected sheriff in 1974 and spent 20 years at the post until his retirement in 1994. He was inducted into the sheriff's association Hall of Fame in 2001. Taylor is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maxine; daughter Connie Browder and spouse Gregg; and daughter Karla Brooks and spouse Perry and their families. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29th at the First Missionary Baptist Church of Pocasset. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association scholarship fund.

 

Man Critical After Crash with Semi

A driver is critically injured when he tried to pass a semi in eastern Grady County last night. 39-year old Danny Alambar of Lindsay was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. The accident happened on State Highway 19 west of Alex about 8:45 last night. The highway patrol reports that Alambar was following the semi and tried to pass it just as the big rig tried to turn onto a county road. The semi then collided with Alambar's truck which caused the pickup to roll several times, ejecting Alambar from his vehicle. The driver of the semi, 49-year old Scott Reynolds of Oklahoma City, was not injured.

 

Fugitive Captured After Being on the Run for Years

A fugitive from Caddo County has been found in Alabama nearly 15 years after failing to register as a sex offender. 49-year old David Warren Toyekoyah of Carnegie had been wanted since 2008. The Oklahoman reports that in addition to failing to register as a sex offender in Caddo County, Toyekoyah was wanted for violating terms of his probation for crimes out of Seminole and Pottawattamie counties. Officials said Toyekoyah was located in a rural area in northern Alabama about half-way between Birmingham and Nashville, Tennessee a couple of weeks ago and that he was arrested Wednesday. Johnny Kuhlman, a U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma, said the arrest comes after a multi-state collaboration between federal and local law enforcement.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.34.

Natural gas skyrockets to $6.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,781 and silver is $22.41.

 

Obituaries

Sally Snodgrass

A graveside service for Sally Snodgrass, 85, of Chickasha, was held at 11:00 a.m. today (Friday, January 28th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Clarence Lowrey, Jr.

Funeral service Clarence Lowrey Jr., 74, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 31st at McRay Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and early in life spent 10 years as a Chickasha police officer before going to work in the oilfield.

 

Thursday, Jan. 27th

 

New Convalescent Plasma Available for COVID Patients

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says new and improved COVID-19 convalescent plasma is now available to treat individuals who are currently battling the coronavirus. Officials say the timing couldn't be better as the Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn some drugs that are now ineffective against the omicron variant of COVID. Convalescent plasma comes from the blood donations of individuals who have recovered from the coronavirus within the last six months. The OBI indicated that a study of more than 1,200 cases showed those who received the convalescent plasma were hospitalized half as often as those who did not. They say it’s the best data available in studying the out-patient benefit of 'borrowing' the immune strength of a recovered patient to help boost the defense system of newly-infected one. OBI President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. John Armitage asks individuals who have recently recovered from the coronavirus to consider donating their convalescent plasma. The donation must be made a minimum of ten days after being fully recovering from COVID. Anyone donating blood between now and Feb. 6th will have their blood automatically tested for the anti-bodies at no charge.

 

Caddo County Suspect Sought for Rape of Teenager

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for an Anadarko man accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year old girl. Caddo County authorities are seeking 20-year old Ashton Martin. He's wanted for second degree rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that say Anadarko police began their investigation in early December after getting a call from the girl's mother. The mother said it appeared the relationship was consensual and while she did not want to ruin Martin's life, she does want him to know it’s not OK for him to have had sex with a 14-year old. If convicted of the rape charge Martin could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

 

Runaway Tuttle Teen Sought

Tuttle police are reaching out for help to find a runaway teen. Authorities say it's believed that 16-year old James Rocky Carroll left his home very early Wednesday morning. Our partners at KWTV News 9 reported that authorities believe Carroll was seen in Weatherford about 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. He could be headed to Denver or perhaps to Montana. Carroll may be driving a maroon 2013 Chevy pickup with Oklahoma tag number JHK-158. Anyone with information about James Rocky Carroll is asked to reach out to Tuttle police.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Returns to Chix

The largest livestock show for youth in the southwest part of the state will be in Chickasha in a couple of weeks. The Southwest District Livestock Show will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds Feb. 8th through 12th. Superintendent Danny Wedel talks about some of the prize money the youth will be competing for.

 

         

 

Wedel said last year that more than 1,000 youth pre-registered 2,500 animals and they are expecting that or more pre-entries this year. Pre-registration ends tomorrow night.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.96.

Natural gas is $4.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,811 and silver is $23.18.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 26th

 

State Lawmakers Prepare for Legislative Session

Literally hundreds of bills have been filed at the state capitol ahead of the legislative session which begins February 7th. Among the measures filed is one to remove the state sales tax on groceries. State Rep. Sean Roberts (R-Hominy) says he will continue his push for a referendum to have voters decide the issue. Roberts says Oklahoma is one of only six states in the country that allows full taxes on groceries. He says since the state currently has a surplus of funds and revenues are up, now is the time to bring much-needed relief to Oklahoma families. State Senator Roland Pederson (R-Burlington) has filed a bill that should help farmers and ranchers renew their agriculture sales tax exemptions. He said SB 1655 would simplify the renewal process for those who have already met the initial requirements to qualify. State Senator Adam Pugh (R-Edmond) wants to continue working to make Oklahoma the top state in the country for retired and active military veterans. He has filed SB 401 which would exempt military retirement pay from state income taxes. He said Oklahoma has one of the highest active and retired military populations in the country but continues to be ranked one of the least tax-friendly states for military retirees. He said there are currently 33 states that don’t tax military retirement pay.

 

Production Report Filed on Rush Springs Oil, Gas Wells

Completion reports on a couple of Grady County oil and gas wells show some good production numbers. Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy reports that two wells on a single pad east of Rush Springs were bringing in more than 1,400 barrels of oil and nearly 30,000 Mcf of natural gas per day. The production is from the Frick Wells located in Section 26 of Township 4 North, Range 6 West. The wells were drilled to depths of between 23,000 and 24,000 feet. The wells were completed last June but the production reports were just recently released.

 

Chix Library Offers Series on Money Managing

For individuals wanting to improve their financial well-being the Chickasha Public Library will hold a short series to help. There will be four weekly sessions that will cover a range of topics which include Becoming Fiscally Fit; Becoming Credit-Worthy; Becoming Debt-Free; and Building Savings for Now, for Investments, and Retirement. The programs will be led by Leslie Sledge who is a certified financial counselor and credit restoration specialist. It is a virtual series and will be held each Friday from 3-6 p.m. beginning Feb. 4th and running through March 4th. Space is limited and participants are encouraged to register early to reserve a seat. For information call the library at 405-222-6075 or e-mail: library@chickasha.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.20.

Natural gas is $4.05 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,847 and silver is $23.94.

 

Obituaries

John ‘Dale’ Otey

A graveside service for ‘Dale’ Otey, 85, of Cement will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 28th at Laverty Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Melvin

Funeral service for ‘Dot’ Melvin, 85, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 29th at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 25th

 

Regional Burn Bans Extended

County commissioners throughout the region have extended burn bans, many of which have been in effect for more than a month. The bans have been extended for two more weeks in Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Comanche counties through Monday, February 7th. There are burn bans in 33 Oklahoma counties as the dry weather pattern continues for much of the state. The drought is also worsening throughout much of western Oklahoma. Most of Grady County and parts of McClain, Garvin, Stephens and Comanche counties are in a D-3 designation which is extreme drought. The northern part of Grady County and nearly all of Caddo and Canadian counties are in a D-2 designation or severe drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. There is a slight chance for snow Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night with forecast calling for less than a half-inch of snow. Much of the region has gone more than 60 days with less than a half-inch of rain.

 

Utilities Still Asked to Provide Info on Feb. 2021 Storm Costs

A group within the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is continuing to require five major utilities in the Sooner State to reveal more details about their costs from the February, 2021 deep freeze. The Public Utilities Division is asking the commission to have PSO, Center Point Energy, ONG, OG&E, and Summit Utilities 'publicly disclose certain documents and information related to the extreme weather emergency’. The website OK Energy Today reports that the request asks for the total amount each utility paid to natural gas providers, transportation services, purchased power, and other related expenses. Officials say it would allow the general public to view information. It’s anticipated that it would not give an unfair competitive advantage to providers of these services, and should not have a negative impact on any future requests for competitive bids.

 

Group Looks to Capitalize on Chix 'Christmas Town' Success

Chickasha officials look to build upon the recent success of the city's Christmas Town promotion. Economic Development Council (EDC) Director Jim Cowan will hold a community meeting next week to get input on how to make the Christmas Town moniker even better. Last season the EDC launched a campaign with the Christmas Town music video from The Imaginaries. Cowan said the video was streamed nearly 250,000 times, it was featured on more than 50 podcasts, and shown on television stations from Tulsa to Austin, Texas. Cowan says 2022 will be the 30th anniversary for the Festival of Light, and wants public input on what more the city can do to promote tourism city wide throughout the six-week holiday season from mid-November to New Year's Eve. The meeting will be Monday, Jan. 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Mentors Sought for 5th Grade Student Programs

A couple of programs designed to have community members interact with fifth grade students will be happening next month. The Chickasha Public School Foundation will hold its Diamonds in the Rough program for girls and its Gentlemen of Distinction program for boys. Gab Shephard with the Foundation says she is looking for community members who would like to share their success stories with the fifth graders. The events will include a motivational speaker. The Diamonds in the Rough program will be Tuesday, February 8th and the Gentlemen of Distinction Program on Tuesday, February 22nd. Interested persons are asked to contact Shepard by next Monday, Jan. 31st. Find more information on the Chickasha Public Schools Foundation website or Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.31 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.27.

Natural gas is $4.02 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,839 and silver is $23.75.

 

Monday, Jan. 24th

 

DA Hicks Appointed to Chair Children's Advocacy Group

District Attorney Jason Hicks has been chosen to lead a support group that helps Oklahoma's children. Hicks will be serving as the commissioner for the District Attorneys Council for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. Hicks was appointed to the post last week by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The post does not include any pay and he will continue his role as the top prosecutor in Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Jefferson counties. The commission has been around for 40 years and has helped to bring accountability and independent oversight into the state's child and youth service system. Hicks said the appointment is an honor and that providing guidance on how state law affects families, children, and youth is essential to successful leadership. Learn more about the commission at #OklahomaKids or #thrivingfamiliesok

 

ICAN Program Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

A group supporting victims of sexual and domestic violence has been serving the region for more than 40 years. The Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN) has been operating in Grady and Canadian counties since the early 1980s. The program was initially known as the Women's Service Center but also is open to help male victims of domestic violence. Mark Whetzel is the director of ICAN. The program offers emergency shelters to get victims quickly out of harm’s way. He said many times victims don't want to leave a relationship because of they don't want to break up their family-

 

              

 

There is a 24-hour crisis line for abuse victims to call. It's 405-222-1818.

 

Marlow Voters to Decide $34 Million, 20-year School Bond Proposal

Marlow school officials are proposing a multi-million dollar bond issue over 20 years to build a number of new buildings and safe rooms. It's a $34 million bond proposal that school district voters will decide in a couple of weeks. The plan calls for the demolition of a 94-year old auditorium and to build a state-of-the-art performing arts center; construction of a new wrestling facility; and some renovations for the high school football field. Eight new classrooms would be built at the high school and officials also plan to build safe rooms at the high school and middle schools. Each safe room would hold up to 800 people that the community could access. School officials say that 75 percent of the cost of the safe rooms would be paid for by grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If voters approve the measure property taxes would increase by nearly 10 percent.  The issue will be decided in the upcoming the school bond election on Feb. 8th.

 

Anadarko Selected to Participate in COVID Vax Discussion

The City of Anadarko has been selected to be one of three communities to take part in a conversation about COVID-19 vaccinations. It will be a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and individuals will be able to watch the discussion live at the Anadarko library. One of the panelists is KWTV-News 9's Amanda Taylor. Questions can be submitted in advance in a drop box at the library. There will also be an opportunity to watch a recording of the discussion after the initial presentation. For other information visit the website: www.smo.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.89.

Natural gas is just under $4.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $24.10.

 

Obituary

Todd Abel

A funeral service for Todd Abel, 27, of Alex will be held by the family at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 25th at the Assembly of God on State Highway 19 in Lindsay. Arrangements are through Ferguson Funeral Home.

2022, Jan.17th-22nd

Saturday, Jan. 22nd

 

DA Jason Hicks Appointed to Lead Youth Advocacy Panel

District Attorney Jason Hicks has been selected to be the leader of a support group to help Oklahoma's children. Hicks will be serving as the commissioner for the District Attorneys Council for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. Hicks was appointed to the post yesterday by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The post does not include any compensation. Hicks will continue his role as the top prosecutor in Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Jefferson counties. The commission has been around for 40 years and has helped to bring accountability and independent oversight into the state's child and youth services system. The mission of the panel is to improve services to Oklahoma kids by planning, coordinating, and communicating with communities and public and private agencies. In a prepared statement, Hicks said the appointment is an honor and that providing guidance on how state law affects families, children, and youth is essential to successful leadership. Learn more about the commission at #oklahomakids or #thrivingfamiliesok

 

Anadarko Community to Participate in COVID Conversation

The City of Anadarko has been selected to be one of three communities to take part in a conversation about COVID-19 vaccinations. It will be a virtual panel discussion with one of the panelists being KWTV-News 9's Amanda Taylor. Questions can be submitted in advance and participants can do so anonymously. The event will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3rd and individuals can watch the discussion live at the Anadarko library. There will also be an opportunity watch the program at a later date. There is a drop box for questions at the library. For other information visit the website: www.smo.org

 

University to Host Religious Reconciliation Lecture

The University of Science and Arts will host a renowned author for its upcoming Ableson Religious Reconciliation lecture. Dr. Benjamin Zeller will discuss ‘New Religious Movements and Religious Radicalism in America’. He'll examine the growth of new and alternative currents in religious thought in the United States and how they have been used to justify extreme points of view about politics, ethics, education, and society at-large. Zeller is an associate professor and chair of religion at Lake Forrest College. The lecture will be on Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Science and Arts Ballroom. There is no charge to attend the program.

 

Friday, Jan. 21st

 

Civil Suit Filed Against County Commish Accused of Embezzlement

One current and some former employees of the Tuttle county commissioner's district have formally filed a civil lawsuit against County Commissioner Mike Walker. An attorney for five individuals claims that Walker set up surveillance equipment to spy on employees who were cooperating with state investigators looking into embezzlement allegations against Walker. Attorney Mark Hammons tells our partners at KWTV-New 9 that Walker took steps to find out who it was that was supplying information, including unlawfully bugging some of the offices. Walker's attorney Bret Burns said the surveillance equipment was installed as a standard security measure and there was no bad intent and nothing illegal about a county barn operating a security system. The fired employees were identified as office manager Janna Titler and road workers Jeff Autry, Zachary Davis, and Larry Brown. Zane Terry still works for District One but claims that Walker has harassed him to the point where he's had to take off work. Walker's criminal embezzlement trial is scheduled to begin in March.

 

Chickasha Fire Department to Receive Another New Truck

We have another segment today with Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego. A new fire engine was recently purchased to replace an older model. And firefighters will also be getting a new rescue truck. It's a 2022 ½-ton, 4-wheel drive Dodge Ram, which the chief says is more suitable for their work for calls outside the city limits.

 

              

 

The Grady County 522 EMS District is supplying nearly $70,000 to purchase and outfit the truck. The district also provided about $30,000 to buy battery-operated jaws-of-life equipment for the department.

 

Jury Duty Canceled for Next Week

Grady County residents who received a summons for jury duty next week are off the hook. District Judge Kory Kirkland said all the felony cases on the docket have been resolved. However the judge said that the following week of jury duty that starts the week of January 31 is still on as scheduled.

 

AARP Monitors Storm Cost Cases at Corporation Commission

An advocacy group for senior citizens is carefully watching the cases at the Corporation Commission that are related to the massive storm costs from a year ago. A representative from AARP believes the storm costs could top $6 billion. The website OK Energy Today reports that attorney Deborah Thompson spoke of AARPs effort to fight the moves of state utilities to put the enormously high storm costs on the backs of consumers. That includes the use of securitization and state bonds to spread the costs over two decades or longer.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.90.

London-based Brent crude is $88.38.

Natural gas is $3.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,838 and silver is $24.45.

 

Obituaries

Mario Hernandez, Sr.

A funeral service for Mario Hernandez, Sr., 75, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 22nd at New Life Christian Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Myrl Bird

Funeral service for Myrl Bird, 90, of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 22nd at the First Assembly of God Church in Tuttle. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Janet Rumbaugh

A graveside service for Janet Rumbaugh of Tuttle will be held Monday at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Cindy Swopes

A service for Cindy Swopes, 61, of Tuttle will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Thursday, Jan. 20th

 

Former Jailer Pleads Guilty to Inmate Abuse Charge

A one-time sergeant at the Grady County jail pleads guilty to a federal charge of using unreasonable force against an inmate. Johnnie Drewery faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The incident happened in July of 2020. KSWO-TV cites court documents filed by FBI investigators that say Drewery was in charge of changing an inmate into a suicide smock and moving him into a holding cell where the inmate spit on him. Drewery then demanded the door be re-opened and he punched and kneed the inmate causing the inmate to suffer a fractured rib. Drewery’s formal sentencing will be held within the next three months.

 

Murder Trial Scheduled for Caddo County Man

A Caddo County man will stand trial for first degree murder. 20-year old John Paul Williams-Ryan is accused of the November, 2019 shooting death of 19-year old Payden McCullar that took place south of Apache. The Lawton Constitution reports that the cut-off date for a plea deal ended earlier this week and the trial is now scheduled to begin Feb. 28th.

 

Chix Fire Chief Discusses Department Expansion

There have been a number of recent retirements from the Chickasha Fire Department and the help-wanted sign is out. Chief Tony Samaniego says the department will be expanding for the first time since the mid-1980s.

 

              

 

Candidates can find applications on the city of Chickasha's website: www.chickasha.org and the application deadline is February 4th.

 

Anadarko School Board to Sell Bonds

The board of education for Anadarko Public Schools will hold a special meeting tomorrow to consider a resolution to sell some previously approved general obligation bonds. The group will consider awarding the $830,000 in bonds to the lowest bidder. The meeting is set for 6:00 p.m. Friday at the school administration building.

 

University Fundraiser Tops Six Figures

A year-end fundraiser hits the six-figure mark for the University of Science and Arts. The December campaign brought in $120,000 all of which will be distributed to several areas. Officials say donations ranged from just a few dollars to $60,000. Vice President for Advancement JP Audas said that with state appropriations providing less than 35 percent of the university's annual operating budget, fundraisers like this help to bridge the gap to allow students to have a better college experience. The contributions will be going to the campus co-op food pantry; various alumni scholarships; the Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity; The John Feaver Student Success Fund, and others.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.44.

Natural gas is $4.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,839 and silver is $24.24.

 

Obituaries

Rose Marie Crumm

A private graveside service will be held at a later date for Rose Marie Crumm, 89, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Geraldine Hughes

A memorial service for Geraldine Hughes, 71, of Seattle, Washington will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 24th at Grand Assembly of God.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 19th

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenues Show Mixed Results

Sales tax revenues in December for Grady County were the 4th highest month in 2021. It topped $520,000...and represents the purchases of taxable goods and services sold at retail outlets throughout the county last October. The December revenues were down about 12 percent from November - but up a huge 45 percent from December of 2020. The funds are distributed to several areas which were approved by voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $174,000; Grady Memorial Hospital collected $154,000; each of the seven senior nutrition centers received $13,000; and each of the 20 county fire districts picked up about $4,400. Tuttle EMS collected $16,000 and Rush Springs EMS received $4,000.

 

More Counties Added to Burn Ban List

There are now more than 30 counties in the state that have issued burn bans. Oklahoma County is one of the most recent areas to put a ban in effect. The only two counties in the region that do not have burn bans are McClain and Cleveland counties. There has been very little rain over the last few months, and January is typically the driest month of the year. The threat for wildfires will be up over the next couple of days, with winds out of the north today gusting to 40 miles per hour.

 

Update on Monday Crash in Amber

We have a follow-up regarding that semi accident that happened in Amber late Monday night. Amber Police Chief Daniel Fulton said it was a single vehicle accident...and a sand truck driver was seriously injured. Fulton said the truck was northbound on U.S. Highway 92...and was  traveling too fast to go around  a curve. The truck rolled on its side and slid several hundred feet. Fulton did not have the name of the driver, who was taken by air to an Oklahoma City hospital but his condition was unknown. Grady County sheriff's deputies and a state trooper assisted with traffic control, as the highway was narrowed to one lane through Amber for a couple of hours.

 

One Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash That Included Semi

One person is hospitalized in a three-vehicle crash which included a semi that happened south of Goldsby yesterday. 67-year old Ronald Coffman of Oklahoma City was admitted in fair condition at an Oklahoma City hospital. A Blanchard couple involved in the accident, 44-year old David Swanson and 38-year old Tiffany Swanson were not hurt. The accident happened just before 9 o'clock last night. The highway patrol reports that Coffman was southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35 then tried to make a U-turn. The Swanson's pickup and the semi both hit Coffman's truck. The trooper investigating the crash reported that Coffman was driving under the influence.

 

State Rep Appointed to National Panel

State Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow) will be serving on the Energy and Environment Committee on the Council of State Governments (CSG). Boles currently serves as chairman of the house energy and natural resources committee and was appointed to the CSG by house speaker Charles McCall. The CSG is the largest non-partisan group that serves all three branches of state elected and appointed officials. A press release indicates that the committee Boles will serve on hosts regional summits to exchange ideas for effective legislation, and organizes programs to create regional strategies to address common energy and environmental concerns. Oklahoma City will host the group's southern legislative conference this summer.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.30.

Natural gas is $4.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,818 and silver is $23.83.

 

Obituaries

Vickie Trout

A funeral service for Vickie Trout, 63, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Laray Uzochukwa

Funeral service Laray Uzochuckwa, 39, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 18th

 

City of Chickasha Prepares to Move Water Lines

in Conjuction with the U.S. Highway 81 West Bypass

A proposal for the City of Chickasha and the State Department of Transportation to jointly spend nearly $1 million to re-locate city-owned water lines will be discussed by the city council tonight. Background information provided to the council shows this is the first of a three-phase project to re-locate the water lines in connection with U.S. Highway 81 west bypass project. ODOT is expected to pay about 60 percent of the total cost, or about $575,000. The first phase is just under $500,000 and includes installing new fire hydrants and valves on the line along the west city limits about a half-mile north of Iowa Avenue; relocating about 530 feet of water line along the west city limits at Iowa Avenue; and about 900 feet of water line along U.S. Highway 62 at U.S. Highway 81. Four bids were received for this phase and officials are recommending the low bid submitted by Miller Construction of Comanche.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Lawsuit; OK CPR Equipment Purchase

The council will go behind closed doors to discuss a lawsuit filed against the city last year by the Water Quality Division of the state Department of Environmental Quality. The panel is expected to waive bidding requirements and authorize the purchase of nearly $80,000 in automated CPR equipment from a sole source provider (Stryker). The funds come from Grady County's American Rescue Plan Act monies. The group is also expected to approve the receipt of a $2,400 grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation to provide privatized mental health services. The council will also consider appointing James Schoppa to the Planning Commission. The commission had a vacancy after former member Nate McCalla was appointed to the city council. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

One Injured After Semi Topples onto Mail Vehicle

One person was reportedly injured when a semi overturned on a mail delivery vehicle in Amber. The highway patrol reports that the accident happened about 10:00 p.m. last night. No details about the accident were available from the highway patrol as they were called in to assist Amber authorities. There was no word on how seriously the individual was hurt.

 

Anadarko Re-Instates Mask Mandates in City Buildings

The City of Anadarko is again requiring that individuals wear masks when entering city buildings. Officials cite the rising corona virus infection rate as the reason. A post on the city's Facebook page indicates that masks are required regardless of vaccination status and is designed to protect the public and city employees. The mask mandate is in effect until further notice.

 

Future Geothermal Demo Funding Projects Threatened

Continued funding of a federal program for geothermal demonstration projects could be in jeopardy. While OU recently received such a grant to develop geothermal heat from oil and gas wells near Tuttle, additional funding and billions of dollars in tax incentives and research funding nationwide are in limbo. The website OK Energy Today cites the information in a report from Politico. You can access that report by going to the OK Energy Today website and look for the headline 'Tax Credits in Doubt for Geothermal Projects'.

 

More Oil, Gas Drilling Permits Approved

More permits to drill for oil and gas in the region get the approval of the Corporation Commission. Citizen Energy Company obtained two permits to drill in the STACK play in Canadian County. One will be just south of Union City and the other in the southwest part of the county between Union City and Hinton. Camino Natural Resources and Continental Resources have received permits to drill in the SCOOP play in Stephens County. Both are in an area northeast of Velma.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.06.

Natural gas is $4.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,810 and silver is $22.87.

 

Monday, Jan. 17th

 

Red Cross Issues National Blood Emergency

A national blood emergency has been issued by the American Red Cross. It's the first time in the agency's history that a national emergency has been declared. Officials say the omicron variant of the coronavirus has caused the worst blood shortage in more than 10 years. Officials also say doctors are being forced to make difficult decisions about  who gets blood transfusions and who will have to wait until the products become available. Misti McClellan with the Red Cross which services central and southwest Oklahoma says they are simply unable to supply hospitals with the amount of blood they need.

 

              

 

She says the agency normally has a five-day supply of blood available but that has dwindled down to a one-day supply. She said there is a big need for O-negative blood which is a universal blood type that can be used no matter what blood type an individual may be.

 

New Interchange Design Chosen for Busy Norman Area

A new design for a highway interchange at I-35 and State Highway 9 in Norman has been selected by the state department of transportation. ODOT says the design is known as a diverging diaming interchange which was was selected after input from the public and stakeholders. The option was the preferred choice of the City of Newcastle and the town of Goldsby and is expected to alleviate traffic backups on southbound I-35 during peak travel times. Officials say the traffic volume in that area is about 82,000 vehicles per day and its projected it could reach nearly 130,000 vehicles per day by the year 2050. The estimated cost of the interchange is about $20 million and it is scheduled to go to bid next year.

 

Bullock Memorial Center holds MLK Drive-Thru Fundraiser

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day. It’s a federal holiday with city, county, state, and federal offices closed to commemorate the life of the slain civil rights leader. He led a more than year-long bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama and in August of 1963 delivered his 'I Have a Dream' address to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 1968 was assassinated at the age of 39. Chickasha's Bullock Memorial Center is marking the day with a fund-raiser for its programs. They'll be serving drive-through meals of chicken wings, beans, cornbread, dessert, and drink for $10 per plate. The serving time will be from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The center is located at 917 S. 1st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.06.

Natural gas is $4.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,821 and silver is $23.06.

 

Obituaries

Lena Byrd-Johnson

A graveside service for Lena Byrd-Johnson, 89, formerly of Chickasha will be held at noon Tuesday, January 18th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Laveta Loveless

A graveside service for Laveta Loveless, 52, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 18th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

James Brookshire

A graveside service for James Brookshire, 54, of Chickasha will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18th at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Park Anderson

Funeral service for Park Anderson, 63, of Alex will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 19th at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

2022, Jan. 10th-15th

Saturday, Jan. 15th

 

State Panel Wants Utilities to Provide Information

on Who 'Gets Rich' From the 2021 February Freeze

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants to know who is profiting from the huge increases in energy costs that were a result of the deep freeze which occurred in February of last year. The panel is asking utility companies including PSO and OG&E to provide that information. The Oklahoman and our partners at KWTV News 9 report that officials want to know who got rich as prices for natural gas, transportation, and storage spiked - and even financial penalties that were charged. One official said those costs are typically not provided saying it is believed it would disrupt the competitive bidding process. State lawmakers approved a measure that allows energy companies to obtain long-term bonds to pay the estimated $4.5 billion in heating costs that led to a shortage of natural gas needed to produce electricity. There were also rolling black-outs throughout Oklahoma and Texas. The monthly bills of customers some of the larger energy companies like PSO and OG&E will be increasing between $4 and $5 a month for the next 20 to 30 years to pay for those costs. The state's 10 largest public utility companies were asked to provide the information. They have 20 days to do so or explain why they can't.

 

Homeless Man Suspected in Burglary, Assault

A homeless Chickasha man is behind bars for violating a protective order and breaking into a relative's home. Chickasha Police arrested 30-year old Roger Gavin Roach after the relative called authorities saying Roach entered her home, woke her up, and assaulted her. A probable cause affidavit indicates she has had an active protective order against Roach for more than two years. Prosecutors have charged Roach with felony counts of burglary and violation of a protective order. He remains in jail on a $15,000 bond.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend: Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego is our guest on the KOOL Konversation and Misti McClellan with the American Red Cross serving central and southwest Oklahoma is our guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Lena Byrd-Johnson

A graveside service for Lena Byrd-Johnson, 89, formerly of Chickasha will be held at noon Tuesday, January 18th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Laveta Loveless

A graveside service for Laveta Loveless, 52, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday January 18th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Jan. 14th

 

Chix' Sales Tax Revenues May be a Record

A new report shows the City of Chickasha may have had its best month ever for sales tax revenues. The report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission shows the city received more than $1.2 million this month. The sales taxes come from consumer spending at retail outlets during the last half November and projected retail business for the first half of December. The total represents estimated consumer spending of $32 million at Chickasha stores during that 30-day period. The $1.2 million is up more than 30 percent from the same time period last year, and up about 20 percent from the pre-COVID period of 2019. The city also collected more than $63,000 in hotel-motel tax revenue in October of last year, which is more than triple from the previous year but down about 15 percent from 2019. A summary of the city's economic indicators compiles by the Chickasha Economic Development Council shows unemployment for November at 1.7 percent, and that the city issued three commercial and 13 residential building permits in December. There were 10 building permits for remodeling projects and three for new single-family homes.

 

Multi-County Drug Ring Arrests Made

Drug agents have broken up another multi-county drug ring. This one including suspected drug traffickers operating in Grady, Stephens, Comanche, Jefferson, and Pontotoc counties. District Attorney Jason Hicks said a number of law enforcement agencies including his District 6 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics had been investigating the group's drug activity for more than a year. Hicks said agents seized more than 1,200 grams of meth, nearly 250 grams of heroin, multiple pills laced with fentanyl, and some firearms.

 

State Senator Chastises Second Amendment Group Director

State Senator Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle says the leader of a state group supporting the Constitutional right to bear arms should be removed after the individual made some controversial comments. Paxton, who is the chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, said the comments were made by Don Spencer, the director of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association. Paxton said the comments could put the lives of state lawmakers and other elected officials in danger. In a prepared statement, Paxton said Spencer told an audience that “we win at the ballot box so we don't have to go to the ammo box.” Paxton while he supports the work of the association, Spencer's comment crossed every conceivable line of decency and that the words can be seen as a direct threat against elected state officials and even city council and school board members.

 

Suspicious Caddo County Death Under Investigation

The OSBI is investigating the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found outside of Apache this week. The body of 38-year old Crystal Thiessen was found in a field behind a home in the Stecker area Tuesday. Investigators say there appeared to be a campfire and the body had been burned. The state medical examiner's office is working to determine how Thiessen died.

 

Grady County Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.12 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.47.

Natural gas is $4.27 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,823 and silver is $23.16.

 

Thursday, Jan. 13th

 

County Commissioner's Embezzlement Trial Re-scheduled

District One Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker has had his embezzlement trial pushed back. The trial was supposed to begin this month but has been re-scheduled for March 21st. Walker is facing the charge for allegedly using about $30,000 in county funds and resources to make improvements to a private road on which Walker lives. Walker has pleaded not guilty to the charge and has remained on the job since the charge was filed last May. Walker has a new attorney handling his case....Bret Burns. Our partners at KWTV-New 9 report that a group of current and former employees at District One are preparing to file a civil lawsuit against Walker. News 9 reports that attorney Mark Hammons represents five individuals who allege they were fired or harassed by Walker after they spoke with investigators.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Special Meeting, Work Session

Discussions of proposed fee increases at Chickasha city hall and planning for road projects are on tap in a couple of special gatherings for the city council tonight. The panel will hold a special work session to discuss fees, road projects, replacing street signs, and hear a report on improvements at the wastewater treatment plant. The work session will also include discussion on the concessions contract at the sports complex. The council will also have a brief special meeting to consider an ordinance that would increase small purchases for the city from  $1,000 to $5,000 and an emergency clause to enact the change if approved. The council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall.

 

New ISP Begins Chix Home Installations  

Chickasha residents will soon have a new option for an internet service provider. Hillary Communications has announced that installation of fiber-to-the-home broadband service is underway. The service is first being installed at city hall, after the city council approved a bid for the service for all city-owned buildings. More than 100 homes are expected to be hooked up by the end of the month. A news release from the company says its fiber-to-the-home service provides customers with one of the fastest and most reliable broadband services on the market. It is expected to allow users to stream video as well as download and upload large files quickly. Individuals can pre-register for fiber installation by visiting the website hillcom.net/chickasha

 

Church to Open Community Clothes Closet

A Chickasha church will be opening a clothing closet to serve the community. Michigan Avenue Baptist Church will hold a grand opening on Saturday. The church will have gently-used clothing and household items available for those in need. The grand opening will be at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Starting next week, the clothes closet will be open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and every third Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 8th and Michigan Avenue. The church will also accept donations and is looking for volunteers. You can contact Amy Willoughby at the church by calling 405-224-5379.

 

Bullock Center to Offer MLK Lunch Fundraiser

Chickasha's Bullock Memorial Center will hold a fund raiser to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The event is on Monday, January 17th which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The center will be serving chicken wings, beans, cornbread, dessert and a drink for $10 per plate. This will be drive-through service only, and will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center, which is at 917 S. 1st Street. The Bullock Memorial Center is a non-profit group with a mission to educate and inspire younger generations. For information, contat Charlotte Oliver by calling 405-274-6268 or Bruce Alexander, 405-650-4521.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.67.

Natural gas is $4.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,822 and silver is $23.20.

 

Obituaries

Zelma Buser

Funeral for Zelma Buser, 96, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 14th at Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha Food Pantry.

Oleta Julian

A graveside service for Oleta Julian, 88, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 14th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Clyde Bennett

Funeral service for Clyde Bennett, 76, of Ninnekah will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15th at the Chickasha Christian Center. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 12th

 

Home Intruder is Fatally Shot by Resident

In what the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is calling a homicide, an intruder forced his way into a Chickasha home and was shot and killed by one of the residents. State and local investigators spent all day yesterday gathering evidence at the home near 5th and Missouri Avenue. Chickasha police initially responded to a 9-1-1 call made by the resident just after 5:00 a.m. The OSBI reported that the suspect who was fatally shot was also responsible for crashing a vehicle into the KFC restaurant just a couple of blocks away then driving the vehicle across neighboring yards, and backing into and striking the home where the shooting occurred. The man went to several nearby homes banging on windows and doors. One of the residents came out to see what was going on an encountered the suspect. The suspect then assaulted the man's wife and forced his way into the home. The resident then fatally shot the intruder. The intruder's name has not been released and the residents are cooperating with the investigation.

 

Fire Damages Motorcyle, ATV Dealership

Last night, a massive fire races through the warehouse and shop areas of a Chickasha motorcycle and ATV dealership causing perhaps millions of dollars in damage. Multiple fire departments were dispatched to Morris Motorsports at U.S. Highway 81 and Pikes Peak Road just after 6 o'clock last night. Ninnekah, Pioneer, and Chickasha fire departments all responded with numerous fire trucks and personnel. Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel said the show room did not sustain any damage however the warehouse and shop areas sustained heavy fire, smoke, and water damage. Crews were initially on the scene for about four hours but were called back about 2 o'clock this morning when the fire re-kindled.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Man Escapes Fire That Destroys Mobile Home

A Grady County man escapes a fire that destroyed his mobile home and all of its contents. The fire broke out about 4:30 Tuesday morning west of Rush Springs and not far from the Farwell Fire Department. Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel said the home was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived. The man living in the trailer was unhurt. Sparks from a fireplace are suspected of causing the blaze.

 

Wildland Fire Scorches 100 Acres Near Landfill

Four volunteer fire departments were summoned to a wildland fire near the Alex landfill Tuesday. The Ninnekah, Alex, Bradley, and Bailey volunteer departments were dispatched to the fire about 10:30 a.m. about three miles south of the landfill. No property was threatened. Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel said the fire scorched about 100 acres and crews spent a couple of hours dousing the flames. The cause of the fire appeared to be a flare from an oil and gas location.

 

Mother Faces Child Neglect Charges

An infant and two toddlers are left at home alone and their mother has been arrested and charged with child neglect. Chickasha police were called to a home in the 200 block of South 11th early Monday morning to do a welfare check on the children. The officer saw a seven-month old lying face down on a blanket and two-year old twins in the home with no adult supervision. It was believed the children had been left alone about an hour. A police affidavit indicates that officers had previous knowledge about the mother, 28-year old Caitlin Lea Long. Other officers located Long in her van and made a traffic stop and she was reportedly intoxicated. Long was arrested and the children released to relatives. Long has formally been charged with felony child neglect and remains in jail on a $30,000 bond.

 

Some Chickasha School Students Go to Remote-Learning

Students at Chickasha's Grand Elementary school are moving to remote learning today and for the rest of the week. Superintendent Rick Croslin said it’s due to the number of staff and students who are ill. Croslin sent a letter home to parents saying that Chromebooks and hot spots are available for students to use at home. Students who have a technology device release form on file were allowed to take Chromebooks home yesterday. Others can pick-up their devices at school until noon today. The students will return to classes next Tuesday, Jan. 18th. There is no school Monday because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

Panel OKs Funding for Sports Complex Improvements

The Chickasha Industrial Authority yesterday approved using nearly $94,000 in funds to help the city pay for upgrades at the Chickasha Sports Complex. Chickasha Parks and Recreation Department Director Kyle Marks expects the work to begin in a few weeks and hopes it can be completed before the start of the busy spring and summer baseball, softball, and soccer seasons.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.72.

Natural gas is $4.25 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,817 and silver is $22.78.

 

Obituary

Charles Thompson

Funeral for Charles Thompson, 71, of Alex will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 13th at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 11th

 

OSBI, Chix Police Investigate 'Incident'

(UPDATE - The OSBI reports a suspect in a home invasion was shot and killed by a resident in the home. This story will be updated on Wednesday, January 12th)

Chickasha police are investigating an unspecified incident that was called in this morning. Officers were called to a home at 5th and Missouri just after 6:00 a.m. The home and area around it is cordoned off with crime scene tape and 5th Street between Missouri and Florida Avenues is closed to through traffic. Assistant Police Chief G.G. Music did not have any information to release.

 

Arrests Made After Police Officer Shot

Three people are in custody in connection with the shooting of Lawton police officer. A Blue Alert was issued Monday afternoon after the officer was shot during a high-speed pursuit that went from Lawton to Apache and Lake Ellsworth. The Lawton Constitution reports that the pursuit began when Lawton police were watching a home for suspected drug activity and began following some suspects as they drove away. Apache schools were placed on lockdown as the chase reached that community. The shots were fired by the suspects after they ran a road block with the gunshots striking the Lawton officer and his car. The unidentified officer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. The suspects were all taken to the Comanche County jail on unspecified complaints. The investigation has been turned over to the OSBI.

 

Burn Bans Extended in at Least Two Counties

Burn bans in Grady County and Caddo counties have been extended. Commissioners in both counties are continuing the bans through Jan. 24th.  Weather conditions over the next few days will be such that it won't take much for wildland fires to spread quickly.  

 

Chix Group Meets to Discuss Funds for Sports Complex Upgrades

Officials with the Chickasha Industrial Authority will meet this morning to consider providing nearly $94,000 in funds to pay for upgrades at the Chickasha Sports Complex. The panel will hold a special meeting at the bottom of the hour (7:30 a.m.) to consider the proposal. Last week, the city council approved a bid from United Turf and Track of Arcadia, Oklahoma - provided the funds be approved by the Industrial Authority.

 

Public Hearing Today for Chix Boat, RV Storage Ordinance

Changes in the City of Chickasha's boat and recreational vehicle storage ordinance will be discussed in a public hearing by the city's Planning Commission this afternoon. The city council postponed a decision on some changes in the ordinance late last year to allow for further discussion about some of the proposed modifications. It's the only issue to be reviewed by the Planning Commission today.

 

New Time, Location for Next Week's County Commish Meeting

Grady County commissioners have changed their meeting time and location for next week. The panel was originally scheduled to meet at the county courthouse at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18th but will now meet in the community building at the Grady County Fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held Tuesday morning as the courthouse is closed Monday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil is $78.73 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.87.

Natural gas is $4.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,804 and silver is $22.54.

 

Obituary

'Dub' Chaney

A memorial service for W.L. ‘Dub’ Chaney of Ninnekah will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 15th at Vimy Ridge Baptist Church in Rush Springs. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Jan. 10th

 

Burn Bans Expected to Continue

With warm temperatures and another week of dry weather in the forecast, county officials throughout the state will likely continue burn bans which have been in place for the last few weeks. Burn bans are now in place in 25 Oklahoma counties. There has been no rain in this region in the last seven days and no rain is in the forecast for the upcoming week. The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to show much of the area in either a D2 or D3 drought designation which indicate extreme to severe drought. Individuals who violate the burn ban can be charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

 

Policy Updates, Heat and Air Work Talks set for Chix School Board

Updates of sexual harassment and civil rights policies within the Chickasha school district will be considered by the board of education tonight. Superintendent Rick Croslin is recommending that the panel approve the updates issued by the Center for Education Law. The panel will consider some change orders in some heat and air work including replacing the system at the hospitality room at Myers Fieldhouse and the middle school band room. The group will recognize robotics instructor Brandon Willis for being selected as the State Coach of the Year by the Oklahoma First LEGO League. The school board will also recognize the Chicken Express Employees of the Month who work at the high school. They are teacher Jen Jantzen and support employee Pam Brandt. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Grady County Fairgrounds to Continue Hectic Schedule

The Grady County Fairgrounds hosted more than 350 event days last year and officials say they are on track for even more activities this year. Director Andy Maher says the Oklahoma High School and Junior High School Rodeo Associations will again hold their state finals there and another multi-day national junior cattle show will be held this summer. Maher said the word continues to spread across the country about the assets of the fairgrounds.

 

              

 

Events scheduled over the next few weeks include the Southwest Oklahoma Toy Show January 29th; the Southwest District Livestock Show February 8th through the 12th; and the Grady County Junior Livestock Show February 28th through March 3rd.

 

Anadarko Property Owners, Residents Asked to Clean Alleys

The City of Anadarko is asking residents and property owners to clear out their alley ways. Tree limbs, brush, trash, and other debris will have to be removed or property owners will face fines issued by the city's Code Enforcement Department. A post on the city's Facebook page indicates that officials will be driving the alleys over the next few weeks and property owners who are in violation of the ordinance will have notices mailed to them. Individuals will have 10 days in which to remove the debris before enforcement action begins. Officials say with the potential of experiencing hazardous and damaging winter weather over the next few weeks, it’s important that the alleys remain clear so utility crews have access through them. Property owners and individuals can take limbs and brush to the airport while any trash or bulky items can be taken to the city roll-off site Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Property owners will have to show their utility bills to use the service.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.75.

Natural gas is $3.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,799 and silver is 22.48.

 

Obituaries

Leonard Milo-Holder

Funeral for Leonard Milo-Holder, 55, of Lawton was held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 10th at New Hope Church of God in Lawton. Arrangements were with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Juanita Adams

A graveside service for Juanita Adams, 99, was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 10th at the Elmore City Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Jetty Evans

Funeral for Jetty Evans, 99, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

2022, Jan. 3rd-8th

Saturday, Jan. 8th

 

Ex-con on Probation is a Suspect Connected to New Crimes

A man on probation for committing violent crimes is a suspect in some new crimes just weeks after he was released from prison. He is also believed to be the man injured in an officer-involved shooting near Verden last week. 33-year old Garrick Boyiddle was released from prison last September. He served five years of a nearly nine-year sentence for assault with a weapon. Caddo County authorities issued arrest warrants for Boyiddle in November and December in connection with two separate investigations by Anadarko police. The most recent investigation was after Boyiddle was identified as a suspect who shot a man outside the Anadarko Dollar General Store on Christmas Eve. Then just a few days later, Boyiddle is reported to have been the driver of a vehicle that led authorities on a pursuit from Anadarko to Verden - where the driver was hospitalized after being injured in the officer-involved shooting. Boyiddle remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and will be taken into custody when he's medically cleared. The OSBI is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Grady County authorities say one of their deputies, and officers from the Verden and Anadarko police departments were involved in the shooting. None of them have been identified. A state trooper involved in the pursuit was not involved in the officer-involved shooting.

 

Crash Injures Two Drivers, One in Serious Condition

A Caddo County man is in serious condition and another suffered minor injuries in a Friday traffic accident. 67-year old Michael Roper of Hinton was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with internal injuries. 62-year old William Bartlebaugh of Ft. Cobb was taken to a Yukon hospital where he was treated and released. The accident happened on State Highway 152 between Cogar and Minco near the Grady and Caddo county line just before 8:00 a.m. Friday. The highway patrol reports that Roper attempted to make a U-turn and his truck was broadsided by the van driven by Bartlebaugh. Both men were wearing their seat belts.

 

Energy Firm Issued Drilling Permits; Announces Well Completion

An Oklahoma-based energy company has been issued permits to drill for oil and gas in the region. Citizen Energy of Tulsa has the go-ahead to drill five wells including three on a single pad south of Mustang. That’s just north of the Canadian River along State Highway 4. The company has also received a permit to drill a few miles northwest of that location, and an amended permit to drill south of Union City. Citizen also filed a completion report for a well on the same Union City site. The well is bringing in more than 200 barrels of oil and more than 1,500 Mcf of natural gas per day. The well was drilled to a depth of nearly 19,000 feet.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Matt Whetzel with the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network is on our KOOL Konversation program. Andy Maher and Jamie Jones with the Grady County Fairgrounds are on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, Jan. 7th

 

Hospitals Say Don't Go to the Emergency Room for COVID Testing

Grady Memorial Hospital is among many hospitals across the state urging people to not go to the emergency room if they want a COVID-19 test. Officials say due to the mutation of the virus some infusions are not effective against the omicron variant. Hospital officials say to get coronavirus testing at their primary care physician, quick-care clinics, or local health departments.

 

Verden Casino Held-up at Knife-point

Someone held up the Kiowa Casino near Verden at knife-point earlier this week and investigators are offering a big reward for information about the individual(s) responsible. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is offering $2,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and capture of the suspect. BIA Chief Micah Ware said a masked individual walked into the casino about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, January 4th. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken mainly in denominations of $20 and $100 bills. There is video surveillance of the individual who is believed to be a short male. Anyone with information is asked to call Chief Ware at 405-638-4413 or BIA Dispatch in Anadarko at 405-247-6712. You will not have to give your name.

 

Crews Battle Frigid Weather to Repair Water Line Break

A water line break near Grand Elementary School kept Chickasha city crews busy during the bitter sub-freezing temperatures yesterday. The break was reported about 9:00 a.m. and crews isolated the problem to 15th Street between Grand Avenue and Missouri Avenue. Traffic in the area was detoured because of the icy conditions caused by the freezing water running down the street. An undetermined number of homes had low or no water pressure until the break was repaired. Officials say they were able complete the project just before 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

 

Two Chix Police Officers Earn Promotions

Two Chickasha police officers have been promoted following the retirement of Lt. Scott Weaver. Gillian O'Brien was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Lauren Jewell was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. It's the first time in the history of the department for women to be in all ranks of leadership. Chief Dee Rowell said she struggled her way throughout her career and says there are still barriers for women in law enforcement today. Nationwide only about one in eight full-time police officers are women. O'Brien has been with the department for nearly 14 years and is now the commander of one of the midnight shifts. She will continue helping get grants for the communications department while training Jewell on recruiting and training processes. Jewell has been with the department for nearly 12 years and will be supervising the communications department and training others to manage the sex offender registry.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is just under $82.

Natural gas is $3.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $22.18.

 

Obituary

Brandon Jackson

Funeral service for Brandon Jackson, 29, of Oklahoma City will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 12th at the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Jan. 6th

 

Southwest Oklahoma Firm Announces Growth

2022 is off to a great start for Hillary Communications and the Hillary Media Group. The companies have announced the acquisition of two telecommunications companies and several statewide media outlets. The communications side acquired Southwest Telephone Company and Southwest Oklahoma Telephone Company (aka SWOI Wireless) which serve southwest Oklahoma. The acquisitions have the approval of all regulatory agencies. Dustin Hillary, the managing partner of Hillary Communications, said in a press release that the acquisition continues the company's core mission to improve internet access and quality across rural America. The Hillary Media Group has acquired the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, Oklahoma Farm Report, Oklahoma Energy Today, and Road to Rural Prosperity news sites. Their collective names will change to the Rural Oklahoma Network. Long-time ag news broadcaster Ron Hays and other well-known broadcasters including Jerry Bohnen will remain with the network.

 

Judge Recommends Corp. Comm. Approve PSO Plan

A plan to allow Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) to spread its costs from last year's massive freeze over two decades is being recommended for approval. At the end of a day-long hearing at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission yesterday, an administrative law judge told the panel that his decision was one of the hardest of his career and that he took no pleasure in making the recommendation. The website OK Energy Today reports that Judge Dustin Mercer urged the Corporation Commission to adopt the proposal which would result in a more than $4 per month increase for ratepayers over a 20-year period. That's on top of a previously approved rate hike for PSO, meaning rate payers would see an overall increase of between $9 and $10 per month if the panel approves the recommendation. Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal in the near future.

 

Suspect May Enter Plea to Child Pornography Charges

A Caddo County man is expected to plead guilty to several counts of possession of child pornography. 66-year old Dave Olen Carter of Apache is slated to enter the plea before District Judge Kory Kirkland next week. Carter was charged following an OSBI investigation that lasted for more than a year. The Lawton Constitution reports that the agency was looking into allegations of child molestation in 2018. Investigators confiscated a computer from Carter's home and arrested him in May of 2019. Carter faces up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on each of six counts.

 

Chix Fire Department Accepting Applications

The Chickasha Fire Department is seeking applicants interested in being a firefighter/EMT and firefighter/paramedic. A Facebook post indicates that the department is expanding for the first time in 35 years. They are seeking self-motivated, goal-oriented team players who want to work in a fast-paced environment. The application deadline is February 5th. Candidates can apply on-line at the City of Chickasha's website: www.chickasha.org

 

Substitute Teacher Session Set for Chix Schools

Chickasha Public Schools are always in search of substitute teachers. A workshop for new substitutes is scheduled for next week. It will be held at the school administration building Thursday, January 13th at 9:00 a.m. Candidates should contact the administration for more information office by calling 405-222-6500.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.80.

Natural gas is $3.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $22.28.

 

Obituary

Julie DeBard

Funeral for Julie DeBard, 62, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 7th at First Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 5th

 

PSO Customers to Learn of Monthly Bill Increase

Stemming from the 2021 Polar Vortex Issue

A settlement between Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission regarding the tremendous heating costs related to last year’s record- breaking cold weather could be wrapped up today.  The issue was supposed to be finalized during the commission’s meeting on Monday. However, the issue was postponed to today (Wednesday) as PSO and other parties wanted time to file the appropriate paperwork. PSO was asking for more than $57 million in carrying charges and a 20-year bond plan which would result in a $4 per month increase for PSO customers who use 1,100 kilowatt hours of electricity each cycle. The hearing resumes this morning in Oklahoma City.

 

Shooting Suspect Sought in Anadarko

Anadarko police are looking for a man they say shot another while the victim was shopping on Christmas Eve. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for 34-year old Garrick Boyiddle who is facing a felony charge of shooting with intent to kill. Our partners at KWTV News 9 report that Boyiddle and the victim served time in prison together. T.he victim told investigators he believed he was shot because he made a mistake while they were behind bars. The victim also said Boyiddle is a member of the Indian Brotherhood Gang. Boyiddle is still on probation for a previous assault with a dangerous weapon conviction. Anadarko Police Chief Eric Harlan said Boyiddle is not someone they want on the streets.

 

Chickasha Resident Joins Police Department

A new police officer was sworn in to serve and protect Chickasha residents. Marcus Nieto joined the police department a couple of weeks ago and he took his oath of office yesterday. Nieto is a Chickasha native, a graduate of Chickasha High School, and also attended USAO and St. Gregory's University. The last seven years he was employed at Livestock Nutrition Center. Nieto be attending CLEET training in Oklahoma City for the next several weeks. Marcus and his wife Rebecca have three children.

 

Anadarko Road Project Resumes

After several months of delays, road crews are back in Anadarko to finish work on the McLemore Road (formerly Petree Road) project between Mission Boulevard and State Highway 8. The project was put on hold after guard rails for a bridge over a creek were lost in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida in October. City officials say the work is expected to be completed next week.

 

Rural Areas to be Served by Health Department Mobile Units

State department of health mobile units will be in Binger, Elgin and several other southwest Oklahoma communities this month. The mobile wellness unit will make a dozen stops throughout Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, and seven other counties. The Mobile ‘Health-on-the-Go’ unit is part of a statewide fleet developed to help under-served rural areas. The mobile unit will be in Binger next Thursday, Jan. 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Church of God.  It will be in Elgin on Tuesday, January 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of I Street and 2nd Street.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $80.00.

Natural gas is $3.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $23.12.

 

Obituaries

‘Dale’ Osborn

 A private graveside service was held Tuesday, January 4th for Obed ‘Dale’ Osborn of Chickasha. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Young Adults in Chickasha.

Marvin Harvey

Funeral for Marvin Harvey, 65, of Chickasha were scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, January 5th) at Sevier Funeral Home.

Ronnie Pyles

Funeral for Ronnie Pyles, 39, of Lawton are pending with Brown Thomas Funeral Home.

Brandon Jackson

Funeral for Brandon Jackson, 29, of Oklahoma City are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 4th

 

Driver Admits Drinking Prior to Causing Fatal Crash

A driver accused of causing a head-on crash near Purcell that killed three people last month is reported to have been drinking before the crash occurred. Reports indicate that 39-year old Patricia Lynn McCloed was drinking THC-laced vodka for medical reasons. McCloed was recently released from the hospital after being treated for injuries she suffered in the crash. Our partners at KWTV News 9 reported that McClain County prosecutors have charged her with three counts of manslaughter and she surrendered to authorities after she left the hospital. Her bond was set at $200,000. Court records indicate that McCloed's blood-alcohol level was 0.10. The accident claimed the lives of 39-year old Kimberly Hartline and two teenagers, 18-year old Madysun Faber and 15-year old Tyler Durham, all of whom were affiliated with the Dibble school district.

 

Burn Bans Extended in Several Counties

Burn bans remain in effect for many counties along the U.S. Highway 81 corridor and throughout much of Western Oklahoma. Grady County Commissioners yesterday extended ban for another week and will review the status each Monday morning until the fire threat eases. There are now 22 Oklahoma counties with burn bans in effect. In addition to Grady County, others along U.S. Highway 81 area with burn bans include Canadian, Stephens, and Jefferson counties. Other counties in the region with burn bans are Caddo, Comanche, and Garvin counties.

 

Chix City Council OKs Internet Provider Change

Improved internet service at Chickasha City Hall is expected to be available this week. Last night, the city council approved a contract with Hillary Communications to provide internet service at all city buildings. The contract is for just under $17,000. City Manager Tyler Brooks says the internet service from current provider Suddenlink has not been up to par.

 

              

 

City Hall, public works, the library, the sports complex, and the two fire stations will all be switching over to Hillary Communications internet service over the next few weeks.

 

New Chix City Councilman Takes Oath

A new city council representative was sworn in to office last night. Nate McCalla took his oath of office to fill a vacant seat in Ward 2. McCalla is a Chickasha native who moved away for a few years but returned about five years ago. McCalla works for the sales leadership team of a medical supply company. He spent a few months on the city's Planning Commission before being asked by Mayor Chris Mosley to serve on the council. McCalla says he'll spend a few weeks learning about city government  before he focuses on any specific issues.

 

              

 

McCalla and his wife Natalie have two small children. Natalie is also a Chickasha native.

 

Funerals Held for Veterans with No Claimed Relatives

Four unclaimed U.S. military servicemen will be laid to rest at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery today. They are Karl Neff, Jon Lewis, Raymond Stow, and David Bamberger – all of whom served in the Navy. Bamberger also spent some time in the Air Force. The cemetery and the Office of Veterans Affairs encouraged the public to attend the services.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.08.

London-based Brent is $78.98.

Natural gas is $3.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,802 and silver is $22.80.

 

Obituaries

Nina Cummings

A graveside service for Nina Cummings, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 6th at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Keith Doss

A service for Keith Doss, 63, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Kimberly Ross

A service for Kimberly Ross, 58, of Lindsay is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Jan. 3rd

 

New Rep May be Appointed to Chix City Council

The Chickasha City Council meets for the first time in 2022 tonight and the first time in about a month. The panel will consider appointing Nate McCalla to the vacant Ward 2 council post which was previously held by Clark Van Dyck. The panel will consider approving a nearly $17,000 contract with Hillary Communications to install broadband internet service at all city buildings. The city requested bids after having unspecified problems with current internet service provider, Suddenlink.

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Panel to Consider Upgrades to Sports Complex

Also to be considered is a proposal to spend about $94,000 for field leveling and repairs at the Chickasha Sports Complex. Officials say the bid from United Turf and Track of Arcadia, Oklahoma is about $2,500 more than the low bid submitted by Simonize Sports Field Services of Mustang.  The United bid is being recommended because officials say its meets the minimum bid requirements provided in the bid package. The high bid came in at more than $230,000 from Mid America Sports Construction of Missouri.

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Motorist Claims City Streets Damaged Car

The council is expected to deny a nearly $1,800 claim from Delores Campbell who said her car was damaged due to some bad streets. The panel will also recognize recently-retired police Lt. Scott Weaver, who spent more than 20 years with the department.

 

Probe of Fatal Crash Continues

There's no update regarding the investigation into a double-fatality accident that occurred between Tuttle and Newcastle on State Highway 37 last Thursday. The highway patrol reports that 36-year old Mariscka McCorkle of Blanchard was one of the crash victims. She was the driver of one of three vehicles involved in the deadly crash. Also killed was 19-year old Clayton Jones of Oklahoma City who was a passenger in one of the other vehicles. Two unidentified children riding with McCorkle - a 15-year old boy and an 11-year old girl - were last in good condition at an Oklahoma City hospital. Two Blanchard residents in the third vehicle involved were not hurt. They were identified as 61-year old Steven Jevons and 23-year old Emily Jevons.

 

Grady County Burn Ban Back on Commish Agenda

Grady County Commissioners will meet this morning to consider extending a burn ban the panel implemented last week. Grady County is among more than 20 counties which have put burn bans into effect over the last 30 days. Canadian, Caddo, Comanche, Stephens, and Garvin counties also have burn bans enacted. A number of wildland fires erupted last week including one that burned about 1,000 acres near Fletcher. The Chickasha area received about a half-inch of rain last week which is the only measurable precipitation that has fallen in the last three months. Much of the region is experiencing severe to extreme drought conditions and are in either a D-2 or D-3 drought designation according the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.20.

Natural gas is $3.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,826 and silver is $23.29.

 

Obituaries

Harvey Berry

A memorial service for Harvey Berry, of Ninnekah was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 3rd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Valera Jean Southwell

A memorial service for Valera Southwell, 89, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Danny Buck Haile, Jr.

Funeral for Danny Haile, Jr. 69 of Chickasha was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 3rd at Sevier Funeral Home.

Treva Buchanan

Funeral for Treva Buchanan, 42, of Chickasha were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 3rd at McRay Funeral Home.

2022, January 3rd-8th

Saturday, Jan. 8th

 

Ex-con on Probation is a Suspect Connected to New Crimes

A man on probation for committing violent crimes is a suspect in some new crimes just weeks after he was released from prison. He is also believed to be the man injured in an officer-involved shooting near Verden last week. 33-year old Garrick Boyiddle was released from prison last September. He served five years of a nearly nine-year sentence for assault with a weapon. Caddo County authorities issued arrest warrants for Boyiddle in November and December in connection with two separate investigations by Anadarko police. The most recent investigation was after Boyiddle was identified as a suspect who shot a man outside the Anadarko Dollar General Store on Christmas Eve. Then just a few days later, Boyiddle is reported to have been the driver of a vehicle that led authorities on a pursuit from Anadarko to Verden - where the driver was hospitalized after being injured in the officer-involved shooting. Boyiddle remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and will be taken into custody when he's medically cleared. The OSBI is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Grady County authorities say one of their deputies, and officers from the Verden and Anadarko police departments were involved in the shooting. None of them have been identified. A state trooper involved in the pursuit was not involved in the officer-involved shooting.

 

Crash Injures Two Drivers, One in Serious Condition

A Caddo County man is in serious condition and another suffered minor injuries in a Friday traffic accident. 67-year old Michael Roper of Hinton was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with internal injuries. 62-year old William Bartlebaugh of Ft. Cobb was taken to a Yukon hospital where he was treated and released. The accident happened on State Highway 152 between Cogar and Minco near the Grady and Caddo county line just before 8:00 a.m. Friday. The highway patrol reports that Roper attempted to make a U-turn and his truck was broadsided by the van driven by Bartlebaugh. Both men were wearing their seat belts.

 

Energy Firm Issued Drilling Permits; Announces Well Completion

An Oklahoma-based energy company has been issued permits to drill for oil and gas in the region. Citizen Energy of Tulsa has the go-ahead to drill five wells including three on a single pad south of Mustang. That’s just north of the Canadian River along State Highway 4. The company has also received a permit to drill a few miles northwest of that location, and an amended permit to drill south of Union City. Citizen also filed a completion report for a well on the same Union City site. The well is bringing in more than 200 barrels of oil and more than 1,500 Mcf of natural gas per day. The well was drilled to a depth of nearly 19,000 feet.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Matt Whetzel with the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network is on our KOOL Konversation program. Andy Maher and Jamie Jones with the Grady County Fairgrounds are on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, Jan. 7th

 

Hospitals Say Don't Go to the Emergency Room for COVID Testing

Grady Memorial Hospital is among many hospitals across the state urging people to not go to the emergency room if they want a COVID-19 test. Officials say due to the mutation of the virus some infusions are not effective against the omicron variant. Hospital officials say to get coronavirus testing at their primary care physician, quick-care clinics, or local health departments.

 

Verden Casino Held-up at Knife-point

Someone held up the Kiowa Casino near Verden at knife-point earlier this week and investigators are offering a big reward for information about the individual(s) responsible. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is offering $2,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and capture of the suspect. BIA Chief Micah Ware said a masked individual walked into the casino about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, January 4th. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken mainly in denominations of $20 and $100 bills. There is video surveillance of the individual who is believed to be a short male. Anyone with information is asked to call Chief Ware at 405-638-4413 or BIA Dispatch in Anadarko at 405-247-6712. You will not have to give your name.

 

Crews Battle Frigid Weather to Repair Water Line Break

A water line break near Grand Elementary School kept Chickasha city crews busy during the bitter sub-freezing temperatures yesterday. The break was reported about 9:00 a.m. and crews isolated the problem to 15th Street between Grand Avenue and Missouri Avenue. Traffic in the area was detoured because of the icy conditions caused by the freezing water running down the street. An undetermined number of homes had low or no water pressure until the break was repaired. Officials say they were able complete the project just before 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

 

Two Chix Police Officers Earn Promotions

Two Chickasha police officers have been promoted following the retirement of Lt. Scott Weaver. Gillian O'Brien was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Lauren Jewell was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. It's the first time in the history of the department for women to be in all ranks of leadership. Chief Dee Rowell said she struggled her way throughout her career and says there are still barriers for women in law enforcement today. Nationwide only about one in eight full-time police officers are women. O'Brien has been with the department for nearly 14 years and is now the commander of one of the midnight shifts. She will continue helping get grants for the communications department while training Jewell on recruiting and training processes. Jewell has been with the department for nearly 12 years and will be supervising the communications department and training others to manage the sex offender registry.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is just under $82.

Natural gas is $3.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $22.18.

 

Obituary

Brandon Jackson

Funeral service for Brandon Jackson, 29, of Oklahoma City will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 12th at the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Jan. 6th

 

Southwest Oklahoma Firm Announces Growth

2022 is off to a great start for Hillary Communications and the Hillary Media Group. The companies have announced the acquisition of two telecommunications companies and several statewide media outlets. The communications side acquired Southwest Telephone Company and Southwest Oklahoma Telephone Company (aka SWOI Wireless) which serve southwest Oklahoma. The acquisitions have the approval of all regulatory agencies. Dustin Hillary, the managing partner of Hillary Communications, said in a press release that the acquisition continues the company's core mission to improve internet access and quality across rural America. The Hillary Media Group has acquired the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, Oklahoma Farm Report, Oklahoma Energy Today, and Road to Rural Prosperity news sites. Their collective names will change to the Rural Oklahoma Network. Long-time ag news broadcaster Ron Hays and other well-known broadcasters including Jerry Bohnen will remain with the network.

 

Judge Recommends Corp. Comm. Approve PSO Plan

A plan to allow Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) to spread its costs from last year's massive freeze over two decades is being recommended for approval. At the end of a day-long hearing at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission yesterday, an administrative law judge told the panel that his decision was one of the hardest of his career and that he took no pleasure in making the recommendation. The website OK Energy Today reports that Judge Dustin Mercer urged the Corporation Commission to adopt the proposal which would result in a more than $4 per month increase for ratepayers over a 20-year period. That's on top of a previously approved rate hike for PSO, meaning rate payers would see an overall increase of between $9 and $10 per month if the panel approves the recommendation. Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal in the near future.

 

Suspect May Enter Plea to Child Pornography Charges

A Caddo County man is expected to plead guilty to several counts of possession of child pornography. 66-year old Dave Olen Carter of Apache is slated to enter the plea before District Judge Kory Kirkland next week. Carter was charged following an OSBI investigation that lasted for more than a year. The Lawton Constitution reports that the agency was looking into allegations of child molestation in 2018. Investigators confiscated a computer from Carter's home and arrested him in May of 2019. Carter faces up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on each of six counts.

 

Chix Fire Department Accepting Applications

The Chickasha Fire Department is seeking applicants interested in being a firefighter/EMT and firefighter/paramedic. A Facebook post indicates that the department is expanding for the first time in 35 years. They are seeking self-motivated, goal-oriented team players who want to work in a fast-paced environment. The application deadline is February 5th. Candidates can apply on-line at the City of Chickasha's website: www.chickasha.org

 

Substitute Teacher Session Set for Chix Schools

Chickasha Public Schools are always in search of substitute teachers. A workshop for new substitutes is scheduled for next week. It will be held at the school administration building Thursday, January 13th at 9:00 a.m. Candidates should contact the administration for more information office by calling 405-222-6500.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.80.

Natural gas is $3.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $22.28.

 

Obituary

Julie DeBard

Funeral for Julie DeBard, 62, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 7th at First Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 5th

 

PSO Customers to Learn of Monthly Bill Increase

Stemming from the 2021 Polar Vortex Issue

A settlement between Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission regarding the tremendous heating costs related to last year’s record- breaking cold weather could be wrapped up today.  The issue was supposed to be finalized during the commission’s meeting on Monday. However, the issue was postponed to today (Wednesday) as PSO and other parties wanted time to file the appropriate paperwork. PSO was asking for more than $57 million in carrying charges and a 20-year bond plan which would result in a $4 per month increase for PSO customers who use 1,100 kilowatt hours of electricity each cycle. The hearing resumes this morning in Oklahoma City.

 

Shooting Suspect Sought in Anadarko

Anadarko police are looking for a man they say shot another while the victim was shopping on Christmas Eve. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for 34-year old Garrick Boyiddle who is facing a felony charge of shooting with intent to kill. Our partners at KWTV News 9 report that Boyiddle and the victim served time in prison together. T.he victim told investigators he believed he was shot because he made a mistake while they were behind bars. The victim also said Boyiddle is a member of the Indian Brotherhood Gang. Boyiddle is still on probation for a previous assault with a dangerous weapon conviction. Anadarko Police Chief Eric Harlan said Boyiddle is not someone they want on the streets.

 

Chickasha Resident Joins Police Department

A new police officer was sworn in to serve and protect Chickasha residents. Marcus Nieto joined the police department a couple of weeks ago and he took his oath of office yesterday. Nieto is a Chickasha native, a graduate of Chickasha High School, and also attended USAO and St. Gregory's University. The last seven years he was employed at Livestock Nutrition Center. Nieto be attending CLEET training in Oklahoma City for the next several weeks. Marcus and his wife Rebecca have three children.

 

Anadarko Road Project Resumes

After several months of delays, road crews are back in Anadarko to finish work on the McLemore Road (formerly Petree Road) project between Mission Boulevard and State Highway 8. The project was put on hold after guard rails for a bridge over a creek were lost in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida in October. City officials say the work is expected to be completed next week.

 

Rural Areas to be Served by Health Department Mobile Units

State department of health mobile units will be in Binger, Elgin and several other southwest Oklahoma communities this month. The mobile wellness unit will make a dozen stops throughout Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, and seven other counties. The Mobile ‘Health-on-the-Go’ unit is part of a statewide fleet developed to help under-served rural areas. The mobile unit will be in Binger next Thursday, Jan. 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Church of God.  It will be in Elgin on Tuesday, January 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of I Street and 2nd Street.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $80.00.

Natural gas is $3.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $23.12.

 

Obituaries

‘Dale’ Osborn

 A private graveside service was held Tuesday, January 4th for Obed ‘Dale’ Osborn of Chickasha. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Young Adults in Chickasha.

Marvin Harvey

Funeral for Marvin Harvey, 65, of Chickasha were scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, January 5th) at Sevier Funeral Home.

Ronnie Pyles

Funeral for Ronnie Pyles, 39, of Lawton are pending with Brown Thomas Funeral Home.

Brandon Jackson

Funeral for Brandon Jackson, 29, of Oklahoma City are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 4th

 

Driver Admits Drinking Prior to Causing Fatal Crash

A driver accused of causing a head-on crash near Purcell that killed three people last month is reported to have been drinking before the crash occurred. Reports indicate that 39-year old Patricia Lynn McCloed was drinking THC-laced vodka for medical reasons. McCloed was recently released from the hospital after being treated for injuries she suffered in the crash. Our partners at KWTV News 9 reported that McClain County prosecutors have charged her with three counts of manslaughter and she surrendered to authorities after she left the hospital. Her bond was set at $200,000. Court records indicate that McCloed's blood-alcohol level was 0.10. The accident claimed the lives of 39-year old Kimberly Hartline and two teenagers, 18-year old Madysun Faber and 15-year old Tyler Durham, all of whom were affiliated with the Dibble school district.

 

Burn Bans Extended in Several Counties

Burn bans remain in effect for many counties along the U.S. Highway 81 corridor and throughout much of Western Oklahoma. Grady County Commissioners yesterday extended ban for another week and will review the status each Monday morning until the fire threat eases. There are now 22 Oklahoma counties with burn bans in effect. In addition to Grady County, others along U.S. Highway 81 area with burn bans include Canadian, Stephens, and Jefferson counties. Other counties in the region with burn bans are Caddo, Comanche, and Garvin counties.

 

Chix City Council OKs Internet Provider Change

Improved internet service at Chickasha City Hall is expected to be available this week. Last night, the city council approved a contract with Hillary Communications to provide internet service at all city buildings. The contract is for just under $17,000. City Manager Tyler Brooks says the internet service from current provider Suddenlink has not been up to par.

 

              

 

City Hall, public works, the library, the sports complex, and the two fire stations will all be switching over to Hillary Communications internet service over the next few weeks.

 

New Chix City Councilman Takes Oath

A new city council representative was sworn in to office last night. Nate McCalla took his oath of office to fill a vacant seat in Ward 2. McCalla is a Chickasha native who moved away for a few years but returned about five years ago. McCalla works for the sales leadership team of a medical supply company. He spent a few months on the city's Planning Commission before being asked by Mayor Chris Mosley to serve on the council. McCalla says he'll spend a few weeks learning about city government  before he focuses on any specific issues.

 

              

 

McCalla and his wife Natalie have two small children. Natalie is also a Chickasha native.

 

Funerals Held for Veterans with No Claimed Relatives

Four unclaimed U.S. military servicemen will be laid to rest at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery today. They are Karl Neff, Jon Lewis, Raymond Stow, and David Bamberger – all of whom served in the Navy. Bamberger also spent some time in the Air Force. The cemetery and the Office of Veterans Affairs encouraged the public to attend the services.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.08.

London-based Brent is $78.98.

Natural gas is $3.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,802 and silver is $22.80.

 

Obituaries

Nina Cummings

A graveside service for Nina Cummings, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 6th at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Keith Doss

A service for Keith Doss, 63, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Kimberly Ross

A service for Kimberly Ross, 58, of Lindsay is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Jan. 3rd

 

New Rep May be Appointed to Chix City Council

The Chickasha City Council meets for the first time in 2022 tonight and the first time in about a month. The panel will consider appointing Nate McCalla to the vacant Ward 2 council post which was previously held by Clark Van Dyck. The panel will consider approving a nearly $17,000 contract with Hillary Communications to install broadband internet service at all city buildings. The city requested bids after having unspecified problems with current internet service provider, Suddenlink.

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Panel to Consider Upgrades to Sports Complex

Also to be considered is a proposal to spend about $94,000 for field leveling and repairs at the Chickasha Sports Complex. Officials say the bid from United Turf and Track of Arcadia, Oklahoma is about $2,500 more than the low bid submitted by Simonize Sports Field Services of Mustang.  The United bid is being recommended because officials say its meets the minimum bid requirements provided in the bid package. The high bid came in at more than $230,000 from Mid America Sports Construction of Missouri.

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Motorist Claims City Streets Damaged Car

The council is expected to deny a nearly $1,800 claim from Delores Campbell who said her car was damaged due to some bad streets. The panel will also recognize recently-retired police Lt. Scott Weaver, who spent more than 20 years with the department.

 

Probe of Fatal Crash Continues

There's no update regarding the investigation into a double-fatality accident that occurred between Tuttle and Newcastle on State Highway 37 last Thursday. The highway patrol reports that 36-year old Mariscka McCorkle of Blanchard was one of the crash victims. She was the driver of one of three vehicles involved in the deadly crash. Also killed was 19-year old Clayton Jones of Oklahoma City who was a passenger in one of the other vehicles. Two unidentified children riding with McCorkle - a 15-year old boy and an 11-year old girl - were last in good condition at an Oklahoma City hospital. Two Blanchard residents in the third vehicle involved were not hurt. They were identified as 61-year old Steven Jevons and 23-year old Emily Jevons.

 

Grady County Burn Ban Back on Commish Agenda

Grady County Commissioners will meet this morning to consider extending a burn ban the panel implemented last week. Grady County is among more than 20 counties which have put burn bans into effect over the last 30 days. Canadian, Caddo, Comanche, Stephens, and Garvin counties also have burn bans enacted. A number of wildland fires erupted last week including one that burned about 1,000 acres near Fletcher. The Chickasha area received about a half-inch of rain last week which is the only measurable precipitation that has fallen in the last three months. Much of the region is experiencing severe to extreme drought conditions and are in either a D-2 or D-3 drought designation according the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.20.

Natural gas is $3.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,826 and silver is $23.29.

 

Obituaries

Harvey Berry

A memorial service for Harvey Berry, of Ninnekah was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 3rd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Valera Jean Southwell

A memorial service for Valera Southwell, 89, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Danny Buck Haile, Jr.

Funeral for Danny Haile, Jr. 69 of Chickasha was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 3rd at Sevier Funeral Home.

Treva Buchanan

Funeral for Treva Buchanan, 42, of Chickasha were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 3rd at McRay Funeral Home.

 

2021, Dec. 20th-24th

Friday, Dec. 24th

 

Grady County Commissoners to Consider Burn Ban

Extremely warm and windy conditions will be around throughout the three-day Christmas holiday weekend. Near record-high temperatures are forecast  especially today and Sunday – and coupled with dry south winds gusting to 30 mph-plus - that will enhance the threat for wildfires in central and western regions. A number of counties have already implemented burn bans and Grady County could be next. County commissioners will consider a issuing a burn ban when they meet for their weekly meeting Monday morning. Eleven counties have burn bans in effect including Garvin, Stephens, Jefferson, and Carter counties in the south-central part of the state. Five counties in north central Oklahoma and two in the Panhandle also have burn bans in place.

 

Suspect Arrested in Connection with Caddo County Crimes

A suspect sought in connection with a number of crimes that took place in Carnegie this week is in custody and it’s not his first time to be arrested this year. The Caddo County Sheriff's Office says that 33-year old Clifford Guoladdle is in the Caddo County jail though details of his capture were not available. The sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that they were seeking the public's help in identifying a man caught on video committing a number of crimes which included rummaging through a number of homes and pouring what was believed to be a flammable liquid on a pick-up and trying to set it on fire. Guoladdle is being held on a burglary complaint for his alleged involvement with these most recent accusations. Carnegie police arrested Guoladdle back in July for drug possession and he’s facing a felony charge in connection with that incident.

 

Grady Memorial Staff Encourage COVID Vaccinations

Doctors and staff members at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Five Oaks Medical Clinic are again urging individuals to get their coronavirus vaccinations. In a letter addressed to the community and signed by 30 staff members this week, officials say that Grady County is experiencing another steep rise in COVID cases and hospitalizations and that those being treated have not been vaccinated. Officials say all the hospital and clinic doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants have had their shots and they urge everyone else to do so as well - even if individuals had a previous COVID infection or if they are healthy and young. They say it’s especially important because of the rising number of coronavirus variants that are spreading. Officials urge adults of all ages to get vaccinated and ask parents to vaccinate their children as young as five years of age.

 

EPA Seeks Take-Over of State Enviornmental Issues

A federal agency wants to take over an area being overseen by the State of Oklahoma.  Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has this report.

 

              

 

The EPA will be taking comment on the matter through the end of January.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.85.

Natural gas is $3.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,811 and silver is $22.94.

 

Thursday, Dec. 23rd

 

'Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over' Campaign Underway

A lot of families will be on the road over the next week or so celebrating the holidays. Local and state law enforcement agencies will be focusing their attention on getting impaired drivers off the highways. Authorities say the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in force through Saturday, January 1st. Police departments, sheriff's offices, and state troopers will be watching for impaired motorists. They say not only is drunk driving illegal, it's a matter of life and death. Officials say that in 2019 more than 10,000 people died nationwide in accidents involving drunk or impaired drivers. That's almost one death every hour. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office say the holidays are a special time and ask drivers to commit to keeping the roads free of impaired motorists.

 

Man Finds Burglary Suspect in Camper

A Minco man surprises a burglar who broke into his camper. It happened Monday when the victim told Minco police he opened the door to his camper to find the suspected thief inside. The victim managed to keep the suspect at bay for a few moments while calling police. The suspect tried to leave but the victim followed him and an officer was on the scene moments later. A probable cause affidavit indicates the officer discovered the camper door had been pried open and its contents were thrown about or some destroyed. The suspect said he broke into the trailer to get out of the cold and he put on some clothing that was being kept inside because his were wet. The officer arrested 36-year old Travis Lee Sneed of Minco on a burglary complaint. Prosecutors have charged Sneed with felony burglary and he remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

 

Anadarko Police Name Robbery Suspects;

One in Custody, One Remains at-Large

In Anadarko, one suspect is in custody and authorities are searching for a second man who robbed two women at a motel. The robbery took place at the Castle Inn on Thursday, Dec. 9th. The Lawton Constitution cites a probable cause affidavit from Anadarko police indicating the victims recognized two of three men who forced their way into their room. One of the men was armed with a knife and they got away with a bank card and a wallet. Earlier this week, arrest warrants were issued for 27-year old Jordan Lee Lindsey and 18-year old Seth Domebo both of Anadarko. Lindsey is in custody but authorities continue their search for Domebo. Lindsey spent some time in jail within the last couple of years after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges stemming from a 2018 arrest. He's being held in the Caddo County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Domebo was previously arrested by Anadarko police about a month ago and is facing a misdemeanor drug charge in connection with that incident.

 

Salvation Army Nears Red Kettle Drive Goal

Only two days remain in the Salvation Army's Red Kettle bell-ringing campaign. Officials with the Grady and Caddo County Salvation Army say they are very close to their goal of collecting more than $110,000 - all of which will be used to help needy families throughout 2022. Lt. Crystal McFadden said that Santa Claus is expected to take a brief break from his work at the North Pole to visit with children at the Chickasha Wal-Mart tomorrow morning from 9 a.m. to noon. The bell-ringing campaign will end at 6 o'clock tomorrow night.

 

Chix Firm, Employees, and sub-Contractors

Dig Deep to Help Needy Families

For the second straight year a Chickasha firm has partnered with its employees and subcontractors to help out the Salvation Army. CMS Willowbrook Development Company and its partners collected nearly $25,000 over the past month which will go directly to the Army's programs in the two counties. Workers at 14 jobsites took part. The crews on the Blanchard High School performing arts center project led the way with more than $5,100 in contributions. Running a close second was the crew on the Classen Curve project who brought in more than $5,000.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent is crude $75.29.

Natural gas is $3.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806 and silver is $22.85.

 

Obituary

Kathy Harris

Funeral for Kathy Harris of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 28th at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 22nd

 

Regional Drilling Permits on the Rise

A number of permits to drill for oil and gas in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP) play have been given the go-ahead. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission signed off on permits in Grady, McClain, and Canadian counties. The website OK Energy Today reports that Continental Resources received permits to drill five wells on a single pad east of Chickasha on State Highway 19 in section 17 of Township 6 North, Range 6 West. Gulfport MidCon has received permits to drill in two locations - one east of Rush Springs for a two-well pad in Section 31 of Township 4 North, Range 5 West, and another nearby in Section 30 of Township 4 North, Range 5 West. In McClain County south of Blanchard, Warwick Minerva received a permit to drill in Section 6 of Township 7 North, Range 4 West. In Canadian County, Citizen Energy received a permit to drill 18 wells on the same pad southwest of Mustang, and Chaparral Energy received a permit to drill east of El Reno along Route 66.

 

Caddo County Fire Destroys One Business, Damages Another

One business was destroyed and another had significant damage after a fire in Lookeba on Monday. A number of fire departments were called out to beat back the flames on the historic buildings which were more than 100 years old. The fire destroyed Holly J's Antiques and Treasures while CD's Soups and Sandwiches next door sustained a lot of smoke and water damage. Fire crews were on the scene for about two hours. Our partners at KWTV News 9 reported that the antique store received a $1,000 award from the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful non-profit group just last month. The sandwich shop will have some extensive repairs to make but they hope to reopen in a couple of months. Officials are still looking into the cause of the fire however they don't suspect arson.

 

Anadarko Awarded Grant for Sewer System Improvements

Some needed water and sewer line upgrades will be possible in Anadarko in the coming months thanks to a large grant. The Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) has awarded the city a $45,000 grant from its Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP). The city will match that grant which will give the city a total of $90,000 to make the improvements. A post on the city's Facebook page says the city has experienced major infiltration of its sewer distribution system due to ground water and that the problem is worse during times of heavy rainfall. It causes the system to reach capacity for long periods of time. Engineers are recommending that the city replace manholes and concrete liners especially those that have vents and pick-holes in them. Mayor Kelly McGlothin says the city is grateful for the grant and that its one of many infrastructure projects underway.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.12 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.98.

Natural gas is $3.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,789 and silver is $22.62.

 

Obituaries

Jerry Scarbarough

Funeral for Jerry Scarbarough, 63, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 23rd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Rachel Whitlow

Funeral for Rachel Whitlow, 86, of Ninnekah will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 23rd at the Ninnekah Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 21st

 

Grady Memorial Hospital Sees Increase in COVID Cases

COVID numbers are rising across the country and Grady Memorial Hospital officials say it is not any different in this area. Hospital administrator Kean Spellman recently reported a shortage of beds for coronavirus patients and had to transfer one patient to a hospital in south Texas. Spellman said about 95 percent of those hospitalized were not vaccinated. Most coronavirus cases have had the Delta variant. There have not yet been any confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in Oklahoma which is said to be a milder strain but it spreads more quickly. Spellman said that in general the reasons for increases in the coronavirus haven’t changed. People who aren't vaccinated are choosing not to do so. Spellman said the hospital also continues to work with staffing shortages. He said a lot of health care professionals have decided to retire or simply leave the medical field.

 

Deputy Unhurt in Pursuit Crash; Cold, Wet Suspect Surrenders 

A Grady county deputy was uninjured after an accident during a weekend pursuit.  And the suspect eventually surrendered after trying to escape by wading across the Washita River in sub-freezing temperatures. Undersheriff Gary Boggess said that Deputies Brittany Mayer and Chris Kennell were both part of the chase in separate vehicles early Sunday morning. Mayer was patrolling near an oil lease in the area of State Highway 19 and Dell Street between Ninnekah and Alex where there had been some recent thefts. She spotted a vehicle without a tag light so she attempted to pull the driver over and that's when the chase began with speeds reaching 85 miles per hour on gravel roads. Kennell joined the pursuit and was behind the suspect vehicle when both came upon a large hole in the middle of the road. The suspect vehicle avoided the hole but because of the blowing dust Kennell didn't see it and crashed his 2020 Dodge Durango into it, causing a flat tire and some under-carriage damage.  The entire pursuit lasted about 15 minutes. The unidentified suspect abandoned his vehicle but gave himself up after being in the cold water with air temperatures in the 20-degree range. He told the deputies he tried to get away because he had been drinking. The suspect was turned over to the Lighthorse Police Department and taken to jail in another county. Boggess said the insurance company is still trying to  determine if the SUV will have to be totaled.

 

Chickasha Chamber of Commerce President Steps Down

The president of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will be stepping down at the end of the month. Cassandra Ersland-Robnett notified chamber leaders several weeks ago that she would be stepping down in order to focus on her family business. Brad Wilkerson, the chairman of the chamber's board of directors, said the chamber thrived under her leadership. Ersland-Robnett spent three years creating a number of projects that Wilkerson said were beneficial to the community. Among them are the Buy Chickasha campaigns; a Chamber Chatter podcast; Lunch and Learn programs, and the creation of the Successful Women's Breakfast and Video series. Ersland-Robnett thanks all chamber members, the board, and staff members she's worked with during her time. The chamber will undergo a re-organization with Ersland-Robnett's departure. Starting January 1st, Economic Development Council President Jim Cowan will oversee the chamber operations as well as continue EDC work and Festival of Light manager Whitney Palesano will be moving into chamber membership development and a new Festival of Light director will be hired. Cassie Poole will remain as the chamber's marketing manager. A reception for Ersland-Robnett will be Thursday, December 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the chamber.

 

USAO Grad Provides Scholarship Endowment

The estate of a USAO graduate has provided a large contribution to the university foundation. The Debra Worley estate has donated more than $330,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in the name of Worley and her late husband, Willis. Both Debra and Willis graduated from the university. Willis graduated in 1980 and would return home to grow his family’s funeral home business. Debra graduated in 1982 and managed many rural Southwest Oklahoma clinics. She finished her career at the Clinics of North Texas Cardiology Department. The scholarship will be awarded to students based on their financial need. The preference is that students be in the business administration program and maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average.

 

Groups to Serve Free Christmas Meal Early

A Chickasha organization will be serving free Christmas meals to the community this week. Life Skills Institute and Resurrection House will also send boxes of food home with families. Zack Bowles is the director of the institute and says dine-in and take-out meals will be available on Thursday, Dec. 23rd. Dine-in times will be from noon to 2 p.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The take-out meals will be available all afternoon and food boxes will be available while the supply lasts. Bowles said the food is being provided by donations from the community as well as the Regional Food Bank.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.51.

Natural gas is $3.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $22.74.

 

Obituary

Eldon Fitzpatrick

Funeral service for Eldon Fitzpatrick, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 27th at New Song Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Monday, Dec. 20th

 

Resignation 'Agreements' Approved 

for Suspended Ninnekah School Administrators

Two administrators suspended from Ninnekah Public Schools who were implicated in the molestation scandal involving basketball players have had resignation agreements approved by the school board. The agreements for suspended superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts were approved last week following a closed door meeting of the board. Both Bunch and Pitts are among several defendants named in a federal lawsuit alleging the cover-up of sexual assaults of girls basketball players. The Chickasha Express-Star reported that the terms of the agreements weren't released. Both men were suspended by the school board earlier this year pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations brought forth by several former basketball players who say they were assaulted by former coach Ron Akins. Akins is facing rape and sexual battery charges in connection with the allegations.

 

State Leads the Country in Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Oklahoma leads the country in its number of marijuana dispensaries. With more than 2,100 dispensaries, Oklahoma has almost twice as many dispensaries as next two states combined. Oregon and California together have about 2,500 dispensaries. The study published in The Oklahoman shows there are more than 400,000 total medical marijuana licenses in the state which includes about 385,000 individual licenses. That's up from 365,000 last year and accounts for one in every 13 Oklahomans. The licenses also include nearly 9,500 growers; more than 1,700 processors; more than 100 transportation firms; and nearly 30 laboratories. The study shows that Grady, McClain, Garvin, and Comanche counties each have more than 200 medical marijuana facilities.  The number of care-giver licenses was down from just under 2,600 last year to just under 2,000 this year. Medical marijuana tax revenue in Oklahoma has grown from $24 million in 2019 to more than $61 million so far this year (January through November). State and local sales tax revenues have grown from $30 million in 2019 to nearly $76 million in the first 11 months of this year. Nearly 60 percent of the tax revenue goes to disadvantaged public school districts as well as charter schools; about 35 percent goes to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority for regulating the industry; and about 5 percent goes to the state health department for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Any collections over $65 million will go into the state's general fund.

 

Two Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree

Two people were sent to the hospital - one with life-threatening injuries - after a car ran off the road near Dibble and hit a tree over the weekend. An unidentified 17-year old girl was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted in critical condition. She was a passenger in a car driven by 21-year old Austyn Thomas of Lindsay. Thomas was taken by ground ambulance to a hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened about six miles southwest of Dibble in McClain County just before noon Saturday. The highway patrol reports that Thomas was northbound on May Avenue when the accident happened. The trooper investigating the crash said some kind of distraction inside the vehicle was the cause of the crash.

 

HUD Sends $5 Million to Oklahoma Tribes

Several million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds have been awarded to tribal groups in Oklahoma. Each of five tribes will equally share $5 million which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Officials with the Apache and Kiowa Tribes say they'll use the money for housing upgrades and construction. Officials with the Apache Housing Authority said they will use the money to clean, modify, or replace air ducts in homes. They may also enclose garages to create extra bedrooms, renovate rental units, and even upgrade broadband infrastructure. Officials with the Kiowa Housing Authority said they'll use the funds to build as many as 14 new homes around Carnegie. Other Oklahoma tribes to receive the funds are the Seminole, Seneca-Cayuga, and Modoc Nation.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.83 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.52.

Natural gas is $3.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $22.35.

 

Obituaries

Mary Vananda

No service is scheduled for Mary Vananda, 80, of Chickasha.  Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Frances Hackworth

A private graveside service for Frances Hackworth, 77, of Verden will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 21st at the Laverty Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Michael Jones

Funeral for 66-year old Michael Jones of Oklahoma City and formerly of Amber will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 21st at the Amber Mission Holiness Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

‘Angie’ Whitlow

Funeral for Angela ‘Angie’ Whitlow, 50, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 22nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

2021, Dec. 13th-18th

Saturday, Dec. 18th

 

Resignation 'Agreements' Approved 

for Suspended Ninnekah School Administrators

There are reports that the Ninnekah Board of Education has approved resignation agreements with two suspended school administrators. The agreements are with suspended superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts, both of whom are among several defendants named in a federal lawsuit alleging the cover-up of sexual assaults of girls basketball players. The Chickasha Express-Star reports the school board approved the agreements following a closed-door meeting Thursday night. Terms of the agreements weren't released. Bunch and Pitts were suspended by the school board earlier this year, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations brought  forth by several former basketball players who say they were assaulted by former coach Ron Akins. Akins is facing rape and sexual battery charges in connection with the allegations. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled in Grady County District Court in March.

 

Long-time Law Enforcement Officer Lewis Roller Dies

The local law enforcement community is mourning the death of Lewis Roller. Roller passed away Thursday just a few days after his 57th birthday. Roller spent is entire adult life in law enforcement as a Chickasha Police Officer, an investigator with the district attorney's office, as a parole officer in Grady and Caddo Counties, and as the drug court coordinator in both counties. District Attorney Jason Hicks posted a comment on Facebook saying Roller touched countless lives and served as a mentor, counselor, and friend to his staff. A post on the Chickasha police department's Facebook page said they lost a brother and a  friend and that Roller was a hero in their hearts and to the Chickasha community. Roller is survived by his wife Leslie, their two children and their families. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21st at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends Fur Change.

 

HUD Sends $5 Million to Oklahoma Tribes

Several million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds have been awarded to tribal groups in Oklahoma. Each of five tribes will equally share $5 million which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Officials with the Apache and Kiowa Tribes say they'll use the money for housing upgrades and construction. Kristopher Killsfirst with the Apache Housing Authority tells KSWO-TV many homes have air ducts that need to be cleaned, modified, or even replaced. They may also enclose garages to create extra bedrooms, renovate rental units, and even upgrade broadband infrastructure. Billy Komahcheet with the Kiowa Housing Authority said they'll use the funds to build as many as 14 new homes around Carnegie. Other Oklahoma tribes to receive the funds are the Seminole, Seneca-Cayuga, and Modoc Nation.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Brande Bradford and Courtney Mayall with the Chickasha Public Library are on our KOOL Konversation program. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, Dec. 17th

 

Grady County Sees Top Month in Consumer Spending 

Consumer spending throughout Grady County was brisk in the most recent reporting period available from county officials. Retailers rang up an estimated $26.4 million in business during September. The previous best month was in April when consumer spending was estimated at $24.1 million. The September number was up 15 percent compared to August - and it was up 13 percent compared to September of last year. Grady County collected nearly $600,000 in sales tax revenue from that consumer spending. The sales tax revenue is distributed to several areas, all of which received approval of Grady County voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds collected $198,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received $175,000; the seven senior nutrition centers each collected $14,000; each of the 20 fire districts received nearly $5,000; Tuttle EMS received $18,000; and Rush Springs EMS received about $4,500

 

Firetruck Involved in Crash While Responding to Fire

We have a correction to make and some new details to add to a story we aired this morning about a traffic accident that occurred on the H.E. Bailey turnpike last night. We reported that the accident involved a semi. The vehicle was actually a 2002 Freightliner fire engine belonging to the Pioneer Fire Department. We apologize for the error. Pioneer Fire Chief Clay Elrod tells KOOL/RANCH News that volunteer firefighters Rick Gortney and Jeremy Unruh were en route to a vehicle fire on the turnpike. Elrod said the fire truck had its lights and sirens activated and they were trying to maneuver through an emergency turn-around when the fire engine was hit by a car. Gortney was not hurt but Unruh suffered a head injury and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. The driver of the car that hit the fire engine was identified as 50-year old Wendy Flowers of Topeka, Kansas. She was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in good condition with trunk and leg injuries.

 

Ex-con Back in Custody on Drug, Weapons Charges

An ex-con is back in jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest. 31-year old Dylan Thomas Palmer of Chickasha was picked up by Grady County sheriff's deputies last week after the warrant was issued back in October. On-line court records show Palmer was arrested on two separate occasions earlier this year for drug possession and for having a sawed-off shotgun after a former conviction. At his arraignment, a judge set Palmer's bond at $103,000 and he remains in the Grady County Jail. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for January 12th.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

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

 

              

                                    

 

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

 

More COVID Funds OK'd for Kiowa Tribal Members

Another round of COVID-19 relief funds will be available to Kiowa tribal members. It's the second of two economic hardship payments provided by the American Rescue Plan (ARPA). District 7 Legislator Jacob Tsotigh said several drive-through sites will be open next week. The checks can be picked up on Monday in Tulsa at the Riverspirit Casino; on Tuesday in Norman at the Optimist Club; and on Wednesday at Anadarko High School. Pick up times are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each of those days. A valid government photo ID will need to be shown and officials encourage that masks be worn during at the time of the pick-up.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.02.

Natural gas is $3.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,807 and silver is $22.57.

 

Thursday, Dec. 16th

 

Arrest Warrants Issued in Cement Child Abuse Probe

Two children in Cement say they suffered burns were choked by their mother's boyfriend. Now authorities are seeking the couple after warrants were issued for their arrests. The children's grandmother called authorities in September to report the alleged abuse. A probable cause affidavit filed by a Caddo County sheriff's deputy indicates an 8-year old and a 9-year old suffered burns from a steamer, had freezing water poured on them, and were placed in choke holds. A 1-year old child was also in the home. The Lawton Constitution cites information from the affidavit indicating that one of the children said the man is mean. Officials have issued arrest warrants for 38-year old Brandon Scott Roberts and 28-year old Linda Pelzer. Roberts is wanted for three counts of child abuse and Pelzer is wanted for three counts of enabling child abuse.

 

Chickasha Company Named a Top Place to Work

A Chickasha firm is named one of Oklahoma's top places to work. CMS-Willowbrook was noted for its employee-friendly atmosphere by The Oklahoman. The company was ranked No. 6 in the mid-size company category. Not only that, CEO Carey Dehart was presented the Leadership Award in that same category. The list of top 10 places to work is compiled through employee-based feedback provided through a third-party survey. It is an anonymous survey and measures 15 areas said to be critical to the success of any organization.  In a press release announcing the results, DeHart says the longevity of employees is what sets the company apart. The average length of service is over 20 years and many have been with the firm for more than 30 years. DeHart said the staff care about each other, their work, and the companies they work with.

 

Liz Taylor Earns National Award for 4H Work

A Grady County 4H leader receives a national award. Liz Taylor, extension educator with the Grady County OSU Extension Center, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4H Agents. Taylor picked up the award at the group's annual conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Taylor has served as the Grady County 4H educator for nine years and has provided more than 1,600 hours of school enrichment programs and partnered with several after-school programs. Under her leadership, Grady County 4Hers have earned more than $84,000 in 4H scholarships.

 

Holiday Break Upcoming for Chickasha Schools;

Principal Retires After a Nearly 40-year Career

Today is the last day of classes for students in Chickasha Public Schools for a couple of weeks as the district will shut down for the holidays. It's also the last day on the job for Tressia Meeks, who is retiring after a nearly 40-year career in education. For the last 14 years, Meeks has served as principal at the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center. The Chickasha school board honored Meeks for her service. Meeks says she plans to spend time with her family and perfect the art of ‘grand-parenting’.

 

Holiday Fundraiser Set for Chix Public School Foundation

There's a unique holiday fund-raiser this weekend for the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Carrie Chavers and the Chickasha Art Center will host a paint-on-canvas project. It's a painting of Old Saint Nick called ‘It's Santa Time!’ The fundraiser will be Saturday, December 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Art Center at 624 West Chickasha Avenue. The cost is $40 and participants are asked to pre-register on-line: www.paintoncanvas.net

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.88.

Natural gas is $3.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $22.21.

 

Obituary

Jimmy Pearman, Sr.

Funeral service for Jimmy Pearman, Sr., 74, of Tuttle was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. today (Thursday, December 16th) at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 15th

 

Drug Trafficking Supect in Custody

A joint investigation of several law enforcement agencies has led to the arrest of yet another suspected drug trafficker in the region. 60-year old Chris Bernard Bryant of Chickasha was arrested Monday after authorities allege he made a number of transactions with a confidential informant. Bryant has previous drug possession convictions. An arrest affidavit indicates the Grady County Sheriff's Office, the District Attorneys Drug Task Force, and the Bureau of Narcotics were involved with the investigation over the last several weeks. The document indicates the informant was able to purchase more than 30 grams of methamphetamine and a number of counterfeit pain pills believed to contain fentanyl. At his initial appearance in Grady County District Court yesterday, Bryant was charged with one count of drug trafficking and his bond was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing conference was scheduled for January 12th. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess says this investigation was separate from a previous operation conducted with the help of the State Bureau of Narcotics and the Drug Enforcement Administration which led to numerous arrests of individuals believed to be connected to a drug pipeline between Chickasha and Oklahoma City and took millions of dollars in illicit drugs off the streets.

 

Child Predator Sentenced After Pleading Guilty

A child predator accused of committing lewd acts with children in two counties will spend a long time behind bars. A Grady County judge sentenced 21-year Skylar Jay Biby of Duncan to 40 years in prison with 20 of those years suspended. The sentence was handed down yesterday after Biby pleaded guilty to four counts of lewd acts with children. Biby was initially arrested by the District Attorneys Task Force in Duncan in the summer of 2019 in connection with an incident that occurred in Stephens County. Biby pleaded guilty to one count of lewd acts to a child in connection with that arrest and received a 30-year prison sentence with 10 years suspended.

 

New Anadarko Mayor Sworn In

Anadarko has another new mayor. Kelley McGlothlin was sworn in as mayor this week. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page indicates that McGlothlin will succeed former mayor Tanner Salyer who spent just a few months at the post. Salyer took the post in August, succeeding long-time mayor Kyle Eastwood. The Facebook post indicated that while Salyer stepped down as mayor he will continue to be active in the community. The post also says McGlothlin has been a long time active member with the city council.

 

Wildland Fire Risk Extremely High Today

The risk for wildland fires will be elevated again today. With afternoon temperatures reaching near 80 degrees and winds gusting 40-50 miles per hour, officials are urging Oklahomans to do what they can to minimize the chances of starting a fire. A huge fire east of Lawton last week burned nearly 1,500 acres and destroyed several homes, barns, and untold personal property. Officials urge residents to delay the burning of trash and brush, and motorists who may be towing trailers should be sure safety chains do not drag on the highway in order to prevent any sparks from setting fires. Stephens County is the only county in the region which has implemented a local burn ban which is in effect through December 27th.

 

'Buy Chickasha' Gift Cards All Claimed

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story has been updated from the news broadcasts this morning where only two of the gift cards had been claimed) All three gift cards bundles in the Chickasha Chamber Commerce 'Buy Chickasha' campaign have been claimed. Paige Elliott won the $5,000 gift card bundle on a ticket she received for making a purchase at The Polished Boutique. Vivian Jones was the winner of the $3,000 gift card bundle with her winning ticket recevied from a purchase made at Ross True Value. Jessi Tollett won the $2,000 gift card bundle which was a ticket that came from a purchase made at Wing T's. The winners were announced by Chamber President Cassandra Ersland.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.73 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.70.

Natural gas is $3.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,768 and silver is $21.77.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 14th

 

Burn Ban Issued in Stephens County

Stephens County officials have implemented a burn ban. County Commissioners declared the ban to be effectively immediately and will be in effect for at least 14 days. Warmer than normal temperatures, dry vegetation, and high winds in the forecast over the next couple of days are prime ingredients for wildfires. Just last weekend Garvin County fire crews battled a 200-acre wildland fire. The ban includes trash, brush, bonfires and campfires, or any controlled burns. There are a few exceptions as long as safety measures are taken. They include welding, cutting torch, and grinding activities related to road construction. The work should be done over at least a 10-foot square non-combustible surface with welding blankets or screens to cover flammable vegetation along with having pressurized water or fire extinguishers nearby.

 

Medical Issue Causes Crash

A one-vehicle crash sends a Chickasha woman to the hospital after she fell ill behind the wheel. 42-year old Treva Buchanan was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in good condition with injuries that weren't related to the crash. The accident happened about 8:00 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 62 just east of Chickasha. The highway patrol reports that Buchanan's Jeep veered off the road and hit a sign then crossed over the highway and hit another sign. Two children in the vehicle, ages 14 and 11, were not hurt.

 

More Meals to be Distributed to Area School Students

The Chickasaw Nation and Chickasha Public Schools will hold another food giveaway for area school students today. Students at Chickasha Middle School can pick up five meals each which will help families during their two-week break during the upcoming holidays. Also, parents of Lincoln School students can pick up their meal packs at the school today. Parents of students who attend Friend and Pioneer schools will be able to pick up meals at Chickasha High School either today or tomorrow. The pick-up will be in the bus lane at the high school between 3 and 7 p.m.

 

Long-time Minister Charles Watson Dies

Longtime Methodist minister Rev. Charles Watson has died. Watson was 84 when he passed away this past Saturday. Watson spent more than 50 years serving in churches in central and western Oklahoma. He was a long-time volunteer with the Easter pageant at the Holy City of the Wichitas and was an advocate for senior citizens through the Silver Haired Legislature in Oklahoma and the Silver Haired Congress in Washington, D.C. He also spent many years ministering with the Boy Scouts of America and was an associate of Santa Claus. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

'Buy Chickasha' Gift Card Numbers Drawn

The winning numbers for the Chamber of Commerce 'Buy Chickasha' campaign have been drawn. The number for the $5,000 in gift cards is 015297; the number for the $3,000 in gift cards is 004166; and the number for the $2,000 in gift cards is 044688. Ticket holders have until 3:00 p.m. today (Tuesday, December 14th) to claim their prizes or more drawings will be held. Ticket winners should contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 405-224-0787.

 

More Well Completions Reported

A few well completions have been reported in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, what we know as the SCOOP. Citizen Energy recently completed two Keeler wells on a single pad southeast of Dibble. The wells are producing about 280 barrels of oil and 80 Metric cubic feet of natural gas per day at a depth of 16,000 feet. Donray Petroleum reported a completion from 2020 of the Apache Gas Unit in Caddo County two miles west of Apache. It was producing more than 200 barrels of oil and nearly 1,150 Mcf of natural gas per day. Camino Natural Resources has one of the largest wells in Garvin County northwest of Elmore City and Continental Resources completed a Carter County well southeast of Elmore City.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.39.

Natural gas is $3.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,784 and silver is $22.16.

 

Obituary

Mary Alice Gibbons

Funeral service for Mary Alice Gibbons, 89, of the Norman, Anadarko, and Chickasha area will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 16th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha Soup Kitchen.

 

Monday, Dec. 13th

 

Website Established to Help with Investigations

of Missing and Murdered Native Americans

Officials with the Bureau of Indian Affairs say a new website has been created which is designed to help with cold cases involving missing and murdered indigenous people. Last month Ida's law went into effect in Oklahoma directing the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to dedicate more resources to help solve the many cases of missing and murdered Native Americans. Information provided through the website will be shared with the FBI and connected to the National Missing and Unidentified person's system. The website includes photos of individuals whose cases are still open. A link to the website is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs website at: www.bia.gov or the website: www.nativenewsonline.net

 

Southern Plains Clinic to Open Out-Patient Surgery Center

Southern Plains Medical Center in Chickasha will be opening a new ambulatory surgery center after the first of the year. CEO Len Lacefield says it will be a 4,000 sq. ft. facility with two operating rooms.

 

              

 

Lacefield said the fees will be lower than traditional hospital fees and no overnight stays would be required although if a situation arose where that would be necessary the clinic has an agreement with Grady Memorial Hospital for any patient to spend the night there.

 

Some Chix School Administrators Seek Union Status

A petition calling for an election to create a bargaining unit for certified Chickasha school administrators has been submitted to the board of education. The agenda for tonight's school board meeting indicates the petition was received in a sealed packet. Background information provided to school board members says the legal process requires that the packet be turned over to a judge to verify the signatures. The court would have 30 days to determine if there are enough verified signatures in order for an election to be held. Other items to be considered include officially naming Dr. Demeka Norwood the interim principal for Bill Wallace School. Norwood is the district’s federal programs coordinator and would maintain her current duties while also serving as interim principal. She will fill in for longtime principal Tressia Meeks who is retiring at the end of the month.

School Employees to be Recognized

Teachers-of-the-year at each school site will be recognized. They are Nancy Ragain at Bill Wallace; Chris Albrecht at Grand Avenue; Megan Drennan at Lincoln Elementary; Michael Voyles  at the middle school; and Sharita Brown at the high school. Also, two middle school employees will be recognized as the Chicken Express Employees of the month. They are math teacher Stacy O'Neal and support employee Eric Golightly. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

School Students to Receive Meals for Holiday Break

The Chickasaw Nation and Chickasha Public Schools will be distributing some 20,000 meals to youth in Chickasha and area schools this week. Students through the age of 18 can pick up boxes that include five meals each to help the students get through the upcoming two-week holiday break. High school students can pick up the meals today. Parents of students at Friend and Pioneer schools can pick up the meals at the high school tomorrow and Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Cyril School Board Candidate Withdraws

A candidate who filed for a seat on the Cyril school board last week has withdrawn her name from consideration. Connie Clayborn was one of three candidates who filed for Office No. 2 during last week's filing period. With Clayborn's withdrawal, there will be two candidates on the ballot for Cyril’s spring school election. They are 38-year old Derek Cocheran and 63-year old Kenny Gray.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.67 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.15.

Natural gas is $3.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $22.25.

 

Obituary

Patricia Farley

Funeral for Patricia Farley, 71, of Chickasha was held at 10:30 this morning (Monday, Dec. 13th) at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Dec. 6th-11th

Saturday, Dec. 11th

 

Thousands of Meals to be Distributed to Area Students

Some 20,000 meals will be provided to youth in the region next week. The Chickasaw Nation and Chickasha Public Schools are teaming up to provide the meals for children 18 years old and under to help make sure the youth have something to eat over the two-week Christmas break. Students in Chickasha, Pioneer, and Friend schools will be receiving the meals. Donya Charlson leads the Johnson O'Malley Native American program at Chickasha High School. She says the distribution will be held over several days next week. Each student will get enough food for five meals. The distribution will be held over several days. Chickasha High School students will be able to pick up the meals at the high school on Monday; Middle School and Lincoln School students can pick up the meals at their schools on Tuesday; parents of Grand Elementary students can pick up the meals at the school on Wednesday; and parents of Bill Wallace students can pick up the meals at the school on Thursday. Charlson said parents of students in Pioneer and Friend schools can pick up the meals at Chickasha High School either Tuesday or Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the bus lane at the high school.

 

Continental Resources 3rd in Active Rig Locations

Continental Resources is among the most active rig operators in the country right now. Numbers from Enverus Rig Analytics show that the Oklahoma City-based company has 22 rigs in operation nationwide which is third best behind Pioneer Natural Resources (26) and EOG Resources (25).

Regional Oil, Gas Activity

Recent well completions include two in Canadian County. Citizen Energy III has one of them near Union City. It was producing more than 200 barrels of oil and 1,500 metric cubic feet of natural gas per day at a depth of nearly 19,000 feet. The spud date for that location was November of 2020 and the completion date was this past May. Devon Energy reported a completion of a well three miles south of Calumet. That location reported daily production of 860 barrels of oil and nearly 8,000 Mcf of natural gas at a depth of 22,000 feet. The spud date was this past February with completion in August. Both are in the Mississippian play.

 

Energy Group Hosts Sheep, Goat Show

Today is a big day at the Grady County Fairgrounds as the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma holds its SCOOP Winter Classic Sheep and Goat Show. About 200 youth will be showing a combined 400 or more animals. The alliance is a trade association created by the merger of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association. Its board of directors includes executives with oil and gas companies which operate in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP). Bray Haven, who works with the Oklahoma Youth Expo and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, coordinates the show. It's a counterpart to the STACK Classic Swine Show that's held in Kingfisher in the summer. Haven said the youth have the opportunity to show their animals twice to different judges. The top prizes are $300 in cash to the grand champions however Haven said more than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

 

More Christmas Parades Tonight

Christmas parades are on tap for a couple of area communities tonight. Anadarko and Blanchard are holding lighted Christmas parades. In Blanchard, local merchants have special sales and activities this afternoon with food trucks, train rides, and photos with Santa. The chamber of commerce will have Shop Blanchard giveaways and Kindergarten students will sing. The city's parks and recreation department will hold a Cajun Christmas, Mardis Gras-style at 6 o'clock. In Anadarko, the theme for the parade is Favorite Christmas movies. That's also set for 6 o'clock tonight.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. District 3 Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard is on our KOOL Konversation program. Len Lacefied and Hal Brock with the Southern Plains Medical Group are on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, Dec. 10th

 

Former Cop Gets Deferred Sentence for Child Abuse

A former Ninnekah police officer will spend two weeks in jail and gets a deferred sentence after pleading guilty to child abuse. 52-year old Doug Mabry was sentenced by a Caddo County judge this week. Mabry was arrested in April of 2020 after Chickasha police were called to a home where Mabry was accused of using excessive force to discipline a teenager who he said had been disrepectful. Mabry entered a blind plea to the charge back in September and Judge David Stephens handed down the sentence Monday, December 6th. In addition to spending 14 days in jail, on-line court records indicate Mabry was also issued a five-year deferred sentence.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued for Mother 

of Developmentally-Disabled Son

An Anadarko woman is accused of misusing benefits intended for her developmentally disabled son, who was reportedly living in a shed. A felony arrest warrant was isssued for 39-year old Rebecca Ann Payne who is being sought for alleged abuse by a caretaker. The Lawton Constitution reports the warrant was issued following an investigation by Adult Protective Services. Officials say the victim is an Anadarko high school student. School officials reported he had bad hygiene but it had gotten worse from him not bathing for days. A probable cause affidavit indicates the victim told authorities he lives in the shed because there's no room in the house. In an interview with Anadarko police, Payne said her son wanted to stay in the shed because it was like having a place of his own. It has heat and air conditioning and he had access to the house. Payne said she used her son's monthly $459 disability payment to pay for gas and bills and his monthly $245 SNAP benefits to buy food. Authorities have since relocated the victim to his own apartment.

 

Marlow Women Hospitalized After Crash

Two Marlow women are hospitalized following a traffic accident. 55-year old Joy Shepard was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was last in critical condition. 22-year old Kaylee Shepard was taken to a Lawton hospital where she was last in poor condition. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday four miles east of Lawton. The highway patrol reports that Kaylee Shepard drove her car into the intersection of a couple of roads and the car was hit by a pick-up driven by 36-year old Kyle Byington of Elgin. Byington refused medical treatment.

 

Utility Bills to Increase in Apache

Residents in Apache will be paying more for water and other city utilities after the first of the year. The town board of trustees the approved the increases which will be about 14 percent. A typical residential bill will go up more than $7 to nearly $60 per month for water, sewer, and trash pick-up. KSWO-TV reports that officials indicated the increase will cover necessary repairs and equipment as designated by the six-year budget plan of the Public Works Authority.

 

Another Busy Weekend on Tap For Festival of Light;

Downtown Shuttles Available to Reduce Wait Time

With two weeks left before Christmas, Chickasha is preparing for another big weekend for Festival of Light visitors. Long lines are anticipated both tonight and tomorrow night for families, school, church and tour buses, and even limousines that patiently wait for the opportunity to drive and/or walk through Shannon Springs Park. It's also another weekend for December at the Depot. There are activities in downtown Chickasha at the Rock Island Railroad Depot from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night with activities for the kids, pop-up vendors inside and around the depot, and some downtown merchants are open late. Downtown visitors can also ride a shuttle to the park without sitting in the long line of traffic waiting to get in the park.  Tickets are just $2 per person for the round trip while children three years and younger ride free.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.42.

Natural gas is $3.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,770 and silver is $21.88.

 

Thursday, Dec. 9th

 

 

ARPA Funds Still Available in Grady County

Grady County Commissioners have already distributed more than $3 million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds received from the federal government. The funds were allocated to assist with groups negatively impacted by the pandemic. Commissioners have approved $1.3 million for Grady Memorial Hospital; 1.3 million for Life Skills Institute/Resurrection House; and $500,000 to county fire departments. District 3 County Commissioner Ralph Beard said there is still about $2 million left in the first allocation of ARPA funds and encourages groups to apply. Applications are available on the on the county's website: www.gradycountyok.com

 

              

 

Applications are screened by a legal firm to make sure they fall within federal guidelines. Beard said the county will receive another allocation of $5 million in ARPA funds next summer.

 

Dr. A to Chair State NAACP Education Committee

Chickasha Lincoln School Principal Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander has been named chairman of the state NAACP education committee. Dr. A is a life-long educator and pastor having spent 45 years in both fields. As a member of the Oklahoma Education Association, he founded the OEA Black Caucus and is president of Chickasha's Tri-County Branch of the NAACP. He works to increase participation in communities to advocate the pursuit of racial justice with a platform to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all individuals and to eliminate race and ethnic-based discrimination.

 

Filing Period Ends for School Boards, Some Town Councils

Yesterday was the final day for candidates to file for school board posts or some town council seats.

Grady County

Laurie Allen filed unopposed for her seat on the Chickasha Board of Education; DeAnn Mittelstaedt is being opposed for her post on the Amber-Pocasset school board by Jeanette Parham; Danielle Epps is being opposed for her Bridge Creek school board seat by Jeana Ely; and Tuttle school board member Tim Hogland is being opposed by Casey Clark. Filing unopposed were Brock Perryman for the seat he was appointed to at Ninnekah; Steven Burton, Jr. at Alex; Chad Tharp at Verden; Garrin Bratcher at Rush Springs; Shaylee Chester at Minco; Scott Taylor at Friend; Jeff Martin at Pioneer; Mark Shaw at Middleberg; and Jimmie Vickery of Minco for Office 4 for the Canadian Valley Technology Center school board. In the Tuttle city council filings, Mayor Aaron McElroy is being opposed by Judy Preston; and two candidates have filed for Ward 3. Dewey Trey Buck and Darrell Alcorn have filed for the seat currently held by Todd Littleton who did not seek re-election.

McClain County

Lonnie Bewley, Kristi Mitchell, and Justin Smith have filed for a seat on the Blanchard school board; Jason Ott and Brandon Hedrick have filed for Dibble school board; and Valory Dalton filed unopposed at Newcastle.

Caddo County

Renee Hill and Clarissa Davilla filed un-opposed for their seats on the Anadarko school board; three candidates have filed for Office No. 2 at Cyril including Kenny Gray, Derek Cocheran, and Connie Clayborn; three candidates have filed at Carnegie including Brad Holsted, Shannon Ware, and William Boettger, Jr. Candidates filing un-opposed were Kellie Hoofard at Cement; Clint Brower at Gracemont; Wesley Hedrik at Binger-Oney; Brent Venable at Ft. Cobb-Broxton; Chaz Hurt at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center; Nicole Josey at Apache; Sarah Farr at Lookeba-Sickles; Kenneth Spady at Hinton;  and Keith Propps at Hydro-Eakly.

Garvin County

Clint Simonton filed unopposed for his post on the Lindsay school board.

Stephens County

At Marlow schools, incumbent Mark O'Neal is opposed by Gena Webb; Courtney Barton filed unopposed at Central High; and Eric Dorman filed unopposed at Bray-Doyle. There is a two-day period to protest applications or for candidates to withdraw.

 

P and K Equipment Purchases Standridge Equipment

Standridge Equipment Company, the long-time John Deere dealership with locations in Chickasha and Duncan, is under new ownership. The businesses have been purchased by P and K Equipment. The Standridge dealership was locally owned and operated by the Standrige family for more than 50 years. A press release announcing the acquisition indicates that many of the Standridge employees will join P and K. They include Trey Adams and Josh Adams who will continue to lead the Chickasha and Duncan locations. P and K Equipment General Manager Scott Eisenauer said the Standridge family has a long history in the John Deere business and they are honored to continue their legacy. With the addition of the Chickasha and Duncan locations P and K has 20 locations with 18 in Oklahoma and two in Arkansas.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.28.

Natural gas is $3.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $22.31.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 8th

 

OHP Continues Probe of Fatal Traffic Accident Near Minco

State troopers are continuing their investigation a fatal crash between a garbage truck and a car in northern Grady County. 55-year old Tammy Pool of Minco died in the accident which happened just before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday one mile east of Minco on State Highway 37. The driver of the trash truck, 25-year old Brandon Ataddlety of Anadarko, was not hurt. Authorities say Ataddlety's condition was apparently normal and he was wearing his seatbelt. Pool was not wearing her seat belt and her condition is under investigation. The accident shut down traffic on the highway for more than five hours.

 

School Board, Town Council Filing Updates

We have updates after day two of school board and town council filings.

Grady County

No candidates have yet filed for the post up for election on the Chickasha Board of Education. Brock Perryman has filed at Ninnekah; Scott Taylor has filed at Friend; Garrin Bratcher has filed at Rush Springs; Mark Shaw has filed at Middleberg; Jeana Ely and Danielle Epps have filed for Office No. 2 at Bridge Creek. There have been no additional filing at Alex where Steve Burton filed nor at Ampo where DeAnn Middelstaadt and Jeanette Parham have filed for Office No. 2; and Tim Hogland has not yet drawn an opponent at Tuttle. There also has not been any new candidates come forward for Tuttle City Council. Aaron McElroy has filed for mayor and Darrel Alcorn has filed for Ward 3.

McClain County

Brandon Hedrick has filed for Dibble school board and as of late afternoon yesterday there had been no filings for Blanchard or Newcastle school board.

Caddo County

Renee Hill and Clarissa Davilla are still the only candidates who have filed for separate seats on the Anadarko School Board; Wesley Headrick filed for Binger-Oney schools; Brent Venable has filed at Ft. Cobb-Broxton; Clint Brower has filed at Gracemont; two candidates filed at Carnegie, William Boetgger Jr. and Brad Holsted filed for Office No. 2. Sarah Farr has filed at Lookeba-Sickles. There have been no additional filings at Cement where Kelly Hoofard has filed; nor at Cyril where Connie Clayborn has filed. And Chaz Hurt is the only candidate to file for the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center school board.  Today is the final day for candidates to file for school board or town council elections.

 

Bill Would Allow School Districts to Carry Over Local Funding

A state lawmaker wants to remove carryover limits for school district budgets and penalties for violating those limits. State Sen. Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) has filed SB 1126 which she says would improve accountability and transparency of local school district funding. In a press release, Garvin said she's bothered by the fact that the school funding formula penalizes districts for carryover funds. She says it often leads to impulse purchases that may not be needed just so they don't lose those funds. Garvin said by allowing the funds to be carried over districts could create long-term strategic plans for improving educational outcomes. Those could include facility upgrades, new technology, and incentives for hiring and retaining teachers and support personnel.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.44.

Natural gas is $3.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $22.45.

 

Obituaries

Phil Gordon

A memorial service for Phil Gordon, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 9th at First Baptist Church. He was a long-time attorney and civic leader. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

‘Denise’ Adair

Funeral for Ruby 'Denise' Adair, 48, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 9th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Walter Hayes

Funeral for Walter Hayes, 80, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 10th at Sevier Funeral Home.

‘Susan’ Kester

A memorial service for Terry 'Susan' Kester, 70, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 10th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Dorothy Jolley

Funeral for Dorothy Jolley, 94, of Blanchard will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 10th  at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 7th

 

City Council Flips Vote, Approves Cell Phone Tower Permit

By a one-vote margin, the Chickasha City Council approves a special use permit to allow the installation of a cell phone tower in a mostly residential area. It was the same permit the council unanimously denied early this year. Residents in the neighborhood of 520 S. 8th Street protested the permit. However, the approval came after an attorney for Branch Communications said the Federal Communications Act of 1996 takes away much of a municipal government’s discretion in such matters. David Box said that includes concerns of neighbors against the development.

 

              

 

It was also mentioned that city code is not strong enough to prevent the tower from being installed. Speaking against the permit was attorney Josh Armor representing property owners.

 

              

 

City Manager Tyler Brooks said while he wouldn't necessarily want a cell phone tower in his back yard it was in the best interest of the city to approve it.

 

              

 

The council voted 5-2 to approve the permit during last night's city council meeting with Mayor Chris Mosley and council representatives Zack Grayson, Brian Gerdes, Kelly Boyd, and Georgianne Hebbelthwaite changing their votes to approve the permit while Oscar Nelson and Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander maintained their votes against it.

Other Council Decisions

In other city council action the panel approved a more than $18,000 payment to Bordwine Development for the latest phase of construction of the Badgett Dog Park; approved the appointment of Councilman Brian Gerdes to the Chickasha Industrial Authority; approved the veterinary service contract with the Verden Veterinary Clinic; and deemed outdated police department radio equipment as surplus. The council postponed a decision regarding the final plat of Phase 3 of the home construction project in the Sleepy Hollow Addition.

 

Filing Period Continues for School Board, Council Posts

Monday was the first day of a three-day period for candidates to file for school board seats and some municipal offices. In Grady County, no one filed for the Chickasha school board post although incumbent Laurie Allen says she intends to run. For Amber-Pocasset schools, DeAnn Middelstaadt and Jeanette Parham both filed for Office 2; For Alex schools, Steve Burton has filed; and for Tuttle schools, Tim Hogland has filed. For Tuttle city council, Aaron McElroy has filed for mayor and Darrel Alcorn has filed for Ward 3. In Caddo County, for Anadarko schools, current school board members Renee Hill and Clarissa Davilla have filed for their respective seats; at Cement schools, Kelly Hoofard has filed; at Cyril schools, Connie Clayborn has filed; at Apache schools, Nicole Josey has filed; and for Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, Chaz Hurt of Carnegie has filed. In McClain County there have been no school board filings for Blanchard, Dibble, or Newcastle. The filing period runs through tomorrow afternoon.

 

Contributions Sought for Non-Profits Supporting Children

There are a couple of worthy programs seeking contributions to help their missions today. The Darren Cook Foundation is one of them. Cook was the long-time owner of J and W Grill who passed away last year. J and W Grill and several other locally-owned restaurants will donate proceeds of today's sales to Santa's Workshop. The other participating restaurants are Jake's Rib, A and E Grill, and InterUrban. Another program you can support is the Beautiful Day Foundation. Every month, the foundation holds joint birthday partys at area schools serving pizza and drinks, delivering cupcakes to all students, but most importantly, letting each child feel loved by the community. The Foundation is working with Lincoln, Grand, and Bill Wallace schools in Chickasha while Verden and Rush Springs schools have started chapters this year. The group is seeking corporate and individual contributions. Find information on Facebook and Instagram or on the website: www.beautifulday.net

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.08.

Natural gas is $3.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $22.42.

 

Obituaries

Phil Gordon

Funeral service for Phil Gordon of Chickasha is pending with Sevier Funeral Home.

Susan Hankins

Funeral service for Susan Hankins, 75, of Chickasha was held Tuesday, December 7th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Lloyd Parrett

Funeral service for Lloyd Parrett of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 8th at the First Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Dec. 6th

 

Another Public Hearing Scheduled

for Controversial Cell Phone Tower

A company wanting to build a cell phone tower in a Chickasha neighborhood is again trying to get approval for the project. Branch Communications is looking to construct the tower in the 500 block of South 8th Street. The city council has already turned down the project once. Residents in the area have spoken out against the proposal in previous public hearings held by the city's planning commission and city council and both panels rejected the plan. The city council will hold another public hearing on the special use permit application during tonight's city council meeting.

Other Council Agenda Items

The council will go behind closed doors to discuss a pending investigation, claim, or action regarding the city's economic development agreement and sales tax agreement with Chisholm Trail Development. The group will also get a re-cap of the past year's efforts of the Economic Development Council from the group’s president, Jim Cowan; make an appointment to the Chickasha Industrial Authority; and approve a resolution to schedule the annual city council election next April. The group is also to consider a second payment to Bordwine Development for the company’s continuing work on the Badgett Dog Park. The payment is more than $18,000. Prior to the council meeting Mayor Chris Mosley is to issue a proclamation declaring Chickasha as Christmas Town, recognizing all the holiday events and activities that have taken place and are taking place this time of year. The city council holds its only regularly scheduled December meeting tonight at city hall starting at 6:30.

 

Board of Education Filings Underway

School board filings are underway in Oklahoma today. For Chickasha Public Schools Office No. 2, the post currently held by Laurie Allen, is a five-year term that is up for election. In Anadarko, there are two seats to be filled. Office No. 2, the seat currently held by Renee Hill is for a five-year term, and Office No. 5 currently held by Clarissa Davilla, is for a 3-year unexpired term. There are school board elections in nearly every school district and career tech district in the state. The filing period  runs through 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Candidates will file at the county election board in the county seat where their school district is located. If any races develop school board elections will be held next spring.

 

Elk Hunts to Temporarily Close Parts of Wildlife Refuge

The State Department of Wildlife will be conducting some controlled elk hunts at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge over the next few weeks.  The refuge will temporarily close part of the refuge during those periods. The first hunt will be held tomorrow through Thursday. Among the areas to be closed will be the public use areas west of the Visitor Center. The public areas east of the visitor center will remain open. There will be additional elk hunts next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Dec. 13th-15th); and then again on January 3rd-5th. Get more information from the refuge's Facebook page or website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.88.

Natural gas is $4.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $22.37.

 

Obituary

Ramon Alfaro

Funeral service for Ramon Alfaro, 38, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 8th at the First and Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

2021, Nov. 29th-Dec. 4th

Saturday, Dec. 4th

 

Family, Friends Mourn Deaths of Accident Victims

A Dibble family is faced with having to deal with the tragic deaths of three people killed in a head-on collision near Purcell Thursday night. 39-year old Kimberly Hartline, her daughter 18-year old Madysun Faber both of Dibble, and a 15-year old teen identified as Tyler Durham of Moore died in the crash. Faber had just recently graduated from Dibble High School and Durham was a junior who played on the football team. They all were headed to a basketball game when the accident happened. A statement issued by Dibble school officials says everyone is deeply saddened by the tragedy and that they have taken measures to facilitate a grieving and healing process for students and staff. The note said they appreciate the many expressions of sympathy that have been sent. Memorial funds may be contributed to accounts for both families which have been established at the First National Bank in Blanchard. Donations may also be made to Dibble agriculture teacher Jeff Evans at Dibble High School. In the mean-time, the driver of the pickup that hit their vehicle is still in the hospital. 34-year old Patricia McLeod of Blanchard suffered serious injuries and is expected to be hospitalized for several days. Investigators noticed an odor of alcohol in her vehicle and believe she may have been impaired while behind the wheel.

 

Controversial Cel Phone Tower Up for Discussion Again

A company wanting to build a controversial cell phone tower in a Chickasha neighborhood is again trying to get approval to do so. Branch Communications is looking to construct the tower in the 500 block of South 8th Street but the permit has already been denied. Residents in the area have spoken out against the proposal in public hearings with the city's planning commission and city council and officials have rejected the permit in those meetings. The city council will hold another public hearing on the special use permit application during Monday night's city council meeting.

 

Chickasha Christmas Parade is Tonight

Chickasha's annual nighttime Christmas parade is tonight. The Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event will have the usual holiday-themed floats and entries following the traditional east-west route along Chickasha Avenue. The grand marshal is KFOR-TV meteorologist Emily Sutton and other special entries are the Express Clydesdale horses. There's an extra special event happening after the parade. The musical duo of The Imaginaries - Maggie McClure and Shane Henry - will perform a benefit acoustic concert and will also have a screening of their newly-released holiday music video Christmas town which was filmed entirely in Chickasha with local actors. That will start after the parade about 8:00 p.m. and will be indoors at the Chickasha Community Theatre. Admission is $10 with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the Resurrection House and The Chickasha Soup Kitchen.

 

Anadarko Welcomes Walking Trail Ideas

In Anadarko, officials are asking for input on a proposed walking trail for the community. The city has received a grant to build the trail and is looking for recommendations to identify points of interest, trail types, and future construction. Chisholm Trail Consulting is requesting the input prior to designing the trail which could include shade and rest areas, drinking fountains, exercise stations, or other additions to make the trail attractive and useful. The survey is available at Anadarko City Hall or can be downloaded from the City of Anadarko's website.

 

Obituary

Alan McCroskey

A graveside service for Alan McCroskey, 61, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 6th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Friday, December 3rd

 

Three Die in Head-on Collision

Three people were killed and two others - including a toddler - are hospitalized following a multi-vehicle traffic accident between Dibble and Purcell. The highway patrol reports that a pick-up tried to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone and hit an SUV head on. The accident happened just after 6:00 p.m. Thursday on State Highway 39 about 3 1/2 miles west of Purcell. The three people who died were all riding in the SUV. They were identified as 39-year old Kimberly Hartline and 18-year old Madysun Faber both of Dibble, and a 15-year old unidentified male from Moore. A two-year old girl also in the SUV was hospitalized with minor head and internal injuries. The driver of the pick-up, 34-year old Patricia McLeod of Blanchard, was last in serious condition. The trooper investigating the crash reported the McLeod tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone and crashed into the SUV driven by Hartline. The driver of the third vehicle, 34-year old Keith Frazier of Purcell, was not injured.

 

Suspects Arrested After Fight at Illegal Pot Farm

In Garvin County, the owner of an illegal marijuana growing operation and two of his employees were arrested after a fight erupted outside the facility. Authorities received a 9-1-1 call Monday afternoon about the suspects dragging a man along a county road near Elmore City. When sheriff's deputies arrived the victim told authorities he was being forced to stay there so the suspects could extort money from a wealthy family. Our partners at KWTV News 9 reports that Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett said investigators found more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana that had a street value of about $2 million. They also found over $32,000 in cash and numerous weapons. Mullet said his office would work with the State Bureau of Narcotics to destroy the illegal marijuana.

 

FOL's 'December at the Depot' Debuts Tonight

A new addition to Chickasha's Festival of Light is designed to attract more visitors to the downtown area over the next few weekends. It's called December at the Depot. Several downtown stores will be open into the evening, pop-up vendors will be around the railroad depot, there are children's activities, and photos with Santa. The iconic leg lamp from The Christmas Story movie and a 60-foot tall lighted Christmas tree are also there. December at the Depot also allows Festival of Light visitors to park near the depot and take a shuttle to the Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park and they won't have to wait in the long traffic line. December at the Depot will be every Friday and Saturday night through December 25th.

 

Minco Honey Festival is Tomorrow

The town of Minco will be hosting its annual Honey Festival tomorrow. It's a day full of activities with tours of the honey plant and cotton gin, nearly 100 vendors, free samples of cheese and milk products, carriage rides, and photos with Santa. A morning breakfast kicks off the day the First Methodist Church from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

Salvation Army National Challenge is Today

The Salvation Army which serves the Grady and Caddo County region has a big day today. Officers are taking part in the Salvation Army National Commander's Red Kettle Challenge. The goal is to raise $1 million nationwide during a four-hour period. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland with the local Salvation Army will be ringing the bells at Chickasha Wal-Mart from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The McFarland's have a goal of raising more than $115,000 locally throughout the local Red Kettle drives underway in Chickasha, Anadarko, and Newcastle. All the funds collected will stay in the area to help needy families in Grady and Caddo counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.67.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,769 and silver is $22.27

 

Obituaries

Devin Harris

Funeral service for Devin Harris, 25, of Altus will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 6th at Spirit of the Lord Church in Altus. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Rosalind Givens

Funeral service for Rosalind Givens, 40, of Chickasha will be at 12:00 p.m. Monday, December 6th at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Dec. 2nd

 

Former Janitor Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Assault

A one-time janitor facing charges of the sexual assault of a 14-year old girl has pleaded guilty to those charges. A trial for 31-year old Richard Dayton Pewenofkit of Anadarko was supposed to be held in Caddo County District Court this week but Pewenofkit entered his plea prior to the trail getting underway. Pewenofkit, who worked for Anadarko Public Schools, was arrested nearly two years ago after the victim and her grandmother reported the incident. The Lawton Constitution reports that Pewenofkit admitted giving the teen alcohol and marijuana. He pleaded guilty to felony charges of rape and sodomy and a misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A judge sentenced Pewenofkit to two concurrent terms of 15-years in prison with seven years suspended.

 

Overturned Semi Slows Traffic on H.E. Bailey Turnpike

An overturned semi on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike between Chickasha and Newcastle is backing up traffic this morning. The big rig overturned near mile marker 100 - right underneath the overpass of State Highway 4. There was no immediate word of injuries. Traffic was being diverted on to State Highway 4.

 

Lawmaker Proposes Change to Fatality Crash Probe Process

A state lawmaker hopes to make some changes in how fatality traffic accidents are handled. Sen. George Burns (R-Pollard) says under current law, a body cannot be removed from an accident scene until a medical examiner arrives and conducts an investigation. Burns says there are not enough medical examiners to cover all 77 Oklahoma counties. That has resulted in some instances where a body remains at an accident scene for several hours and there have been times when family members have arrived long before the medical examiner.  Burns’ Senate Bill 1123 would allow Emergency Medical Technicians to transport bodies to hospitals where the medical examiners would conduct their investigations. Burns says it’s about dignity for those who died and it would reduce trauma experienced by loved ones.

 

Chickasha Police Receive OneOk Grant

A grant to the Chickasha Police Department will help the agency purchase some life-saving equipment. OneOk delivered a nearly $1,400 Emergency Responder grant to the department. Assistant Police Chief G.G. Music says the grant will be used to purchase AED pads, tourniquets, and crime scene tape.

 

Chix Library Begins Annual Food-for-Fines Campaign

It's the time of year when the Chickasha Library and its patrons help re-stock the shelves of the Emergency Food Pantry. Every December the library has its Food-for-Fines campaign. It allows individuals who have failed to return materials in a timely manner to have their fines waived by donating some non-perishable food items. Librarian Lillie Huckaby said the donation does not have to match the fine. Library patrons who don't have fines also contribute to the food drive and the general public is also invited to participate. Huckaby said if any materials have been lost the fine will be waived with a food donation, but the monetary value of the lost item will have to be paid. The Food for Fines program runs through the end of December.

 

Rush Springs Sets 'Back Home for Christmas'

Saturday will be a big day in Rush Springs where downtown merchants will be offering sales for holiday shoppers, inviting local vendors to set up booths at no cost, serving free refreshments, and holding drawings for numerous prizes. The theme is Back Home for Christmas and it will also feature a toy run and parade. Officials are inviting car clubs, motorcycle groups, horse riding clubs, and farmers to have their tractors in the parade. All parade participants are asked to bring a new toy or gift for children of any age. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for pictures with proceeds donated to charity. Parade participants should begin lining up at the high school and toward the football field starting about 12:30 p.m. with the parade to start at 1:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.57 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.54.

Natural gas is $4.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,777 and silver is $22.40.

 

Obituaries

Phillip Wilson

Funeral service for Phillip Wilson, 63, of Mustang will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 3rd at the First Baptist Church of Verden. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Mitchell West

Funeral service for Mitchell West of Austin, Texas and formerly of Ninnekah will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4th at Sevier Funeral Home. He was a military veteran having served in the U.S. Marines. Memorial contributions may be made to the Semper Fi and Americas Foundation at www.thefund.org/donate

 

Wednesday, Dec. 1st

 

Water Line Break Repairs Made

Crews for the City of Chickasha worked for several hours Monday on a water line break that left many with no or low water pressure. Residents and businesses in the southwest part of the city were affected in the area south of Grand Avenue from 24th Street west to University in the Harbors Addition (west of 29th and Grand). Officials say repairs were completed about 6:30 last night.

 

Some Grady County ARPA Fund Spending Approved

Grady County Commissioners have approved the use of some of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds the county has received. Chickasha's homeless shelter, the Resurrection House, will receive about $1.2 million to help finance the construction of new dormitories for men, women, and families. Four county fire departments will share in $500,000 in ARPA funds – those being Chickasha, Tuttle, Bridge Creek and Grady County fire departments. Funds will be used to purchase equipment, new radios, and AEDs. The Chickasha Express-Star reported that legal consultants look over requests for ARPA funds. The county still has about $2.5 million funds remaining from the first ARPA distribution. The county will receive another $5 million next summer.

 

OSBI Seeks Info in Stephens County Cold Case

Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are re-opening an investigation from the 1980s out of Stephens County. The agency's official Facebook page shows photographs of two unidentified women they are looking for. Agents say they are not suspects or persons of interest in connection with their investigation. The agency did not disclose details about the case they are looking into. You can see photographs of the women on the OSBI official Facebook page. Anyone with information can e-mail the agency at tips@osbi.ok.gov or call a toll-free number, 800-522-8017.

 

Chickasha Certified as 'Film Friendly' City

Chickasha has been a popular spot for filming Hollywood movies over the last couple of years. Now, the Oklahoma Film and Music Office has designated Chickasha a certified Film Friendly City. Tava Sofsky is the director of the state office. She says city leaders have worked hard to diligently support the state's film and music industries in a way that benefits the region. This past summer, crews were in town filming ‘A Cowgirl's Song’, written and directed by Timothy Armstrong which will be distributed world-wide by Samuel Goldwyn. The film stars Cheryl Ladd and features music from local musical duo The Imaginaries and is being co-produced by Chickasha’s Reagan Elkins. Film crews were in Chickasha over the last couple of years to film scenes for movies like 'Infamous' and 'What Josiah Saw'. Jim Cowan with the Chickasha Economic Development Council says the city has embraced film and music to help tell the story of why it makes sense to live, work, and play in Chickasha.

 

School Board Filings are Next Week

Individuals who are considering opportunities to serve on their local school boards have just a few days to decide whether or not they want to do so. Filing for annual school board elections will be Monday, December 6th through Wednesday, Dec. 8th. If school board elections are needed they will be held next spring. School board candidates will file at the county election board office in the county in which their school district is located.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.18 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.57.

Natural gas is $4.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $22.92.

 

Obituaries

Evelyn Reed

A memorial service for Evelyn Reed, 62, of Chickasha will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 6th at Full Gospel Church. She worked for many years in the mail room for the Chickasha Express-Star.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 30th

 

Suspect Faces Multiple Child Porn Charges

A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children leads local investigators to a Chickasha man accused of having numerous files of child pornography. In custody is 40-year old Samuel Elijah Young who was arrested by Grady County sheriff's deputies last week. A probable cause affidavit indicates the sheriff's office received the tip on November 3rd. The suspected user had an e-mail address linked to Young. Authorities obtained a couple of search warrants for Young's home in the 1600 block of South 5th Street where he was arrested last Monday. Prosecutors have charged Young with more than 25 felonies in connection with the investigation. Young remains in the Grady County Jail. Bond has not yet been set as he has not had his initial appearance on the charges.

 

Man Suspected of Pawning Neighbor's Generator

A Verden man is accused of having of stolen property in connection with a couple of break-ins which occurred at his neighbor's home.  39-year old Joshua David Kitchens is charged with misdemeanors in connection with the break-ins that occurred over the last couple of months. A probable cause affidavit from the Verden Police Department indicates witnesses saw Kitchens break a window at the home in October. The victim said some meat from a freezer and a generator were taken. Police were able to locate the generator at a Chickasha pawn shop. Kitchens is facing charges of possession of stolen property and false declaration of ownership and he remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

 

Researcher Seeks Chix National Guard Photos

Chickasha once served as one of three home bases for the 158th Field Artillery Battalion of the Oklahoma National Guard. Chickasha was known as Charlie Battery which was housed at the airport and what is now the YMCA. There is an effort by an individual to collect photographs of the troops from area residents. John Jensen has been researching the unit and is looking for pictures that may include local soldiers or those of anyone whose parents or grandparents who may have served. A poster requesting the photos says when National Guard soldiers went to summer camp they took unit photos to commemorate the training. Cell phone photos or scanned copies can be e-mailed to:

onefiveeightregiment@yahoo.com

 

Chix Schools Re-Stocking Food Pantries

Chickasha schools are collecting non-perishable food items to stock their food pantries. Officials are looking for foods like Ramen noodles; macaroni and cheese; granola and breakfast bars; cereal and oatmeal; canned soups, vegetables, and meats; peanut butter; crackers; beans; rice; and tortillas. Each school is collecting food for their respective pantries and an award will be presented to the school which collects the most food.

 

Local Salvation Army Accepts National Challenge

A challenge has been issued to Salvation Army locations nationwide - and the division that serves the Grady and Caddo County region has accepted. It's the national commander's Red Kettle Challenge. The goal is to raise $1 million in a four-hour period nationwide. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland with the Grady and Caddo county group say it's a rallying cry for their supporters and a boost of excitement for the campaign. The event winner will be recognized by the national Salvation Army leadership and a with special spotlight video of one of their local programs. All the funds raised in the Grady and Caddo County region will remain in the area. The McFarlands will be at Chickasha's Wal-Mart Friday, December 3rd from 3-7 p.m. for their challenge. The McFarland's have a goal of raising more than $115,000 during the Red Kettle drive to help the missions in the two counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.44.

Natural gas is $4.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $22.88.

 

Obituary

Edward ‘Mr. D’ Deplois

No services are scheduled for Edward 'Mr. D' Deplois, 96, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkview Christian Church Women's Ministries. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Nov. 29th

 

Study: Okla. Kids Suffer Nation's Highest Rate of Trauma

Oklahoma children experience more trauma, including abuse and neglect than most children in America. Joe Dorman with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy points to a study that indicates the alarming statistic.

 

              

 

Dorman said the issue was one of many discussed in the OICA's fall forum, where advocates put together a legislative agenda to present to state lawmakers to try and reduce the child trauma, abuse, and neglect numbers.

 

Fees, Purchasing Discussions on Tap for Chix City Council

Discussions of fees charged by the City of Chickasha, along with city purchasing practices will be held during an informal work session of the city council tonight. The work session will get underway at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

City of Anadarko Plans to E-mail Utility Bills

The City of Anadarko will be changing its utility billing process for many of its users after the first of the year. Officials say beginning in January the bills will be e-mailed to customers who have e-mail addresses. Those without e-mail service will still get their bills through the regular mail. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page indicates that individuals can opt-out of the e-mail process and continue receiving bills through the regular mail. The forms to opt-out are available at Anadarko city hall or can be found on the website www.cityofanadarko.org

 

'Deck the Streets' Campaign Adds to Chix Holiday Theme

Chickasha businesses are being encouraged to increase their holiday spirit through a window decorating contest. It's called "Deck the Streets" and it’s just one more way the Chamber of Commerce is encouraging merchants to show their holiday cheer. Business owners and operators can decorate their store fronts with painted holiday scenes, lights and lighted displays, animated figures or whatever holiday scene they might come up with. The entry fee is $10 per business with all proceeds donated to a local charity selected by the winner. Judging will be decided by the community through likes or reactions to the displays on the chamber's Facebook page. The deadline for entries is Monday, December 6th with the winner announced Friday, December 10th. For information visit the chamber's Facebook page or website.

 

Christmas Parade, Benefit Concert This Week

Speaking of the holidays, Chickasha's annual lighted Christmas parade will be later this week. The parade will be downtown Saturday night and will begin at the YMCA and end at the railroad depot. Today is the deadline for groups to submit applications. The grand marshals for the parade are Emily Sutton with KFOR-TV and the Express Clydesdales. The parade will start at 7 p.m. After the parade, The Imaginaries will perform in concert at the Chickasha Community Theatre and will host a screening of their new music video. Admission is $10 to the concert with proceeds benefitting The Soup Kitchen and Life Skills Institute.

 

Girls Earn Boy Scouts of America Top Honor 

Two southwest Oklahoma teenaged girls are among the first in the state to receive Eagle Scout awards from the Boy Scouts of America. The Lawton Constitution reports that Erika 'Mili' Miller of Fletcher and Isabella Lengel of the Lawton area were recently recognized for their work during a formal ceremony. Both are in the Black Beaver Council which includes most of southwest Oklahoma. The Boy Scouts began admitting girls in February of 2019. Only about one out of every 100 Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout designation. They have to earn 49 merit badges and complete a public service project.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.72.

Natural gas is $5.44 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,796 and silver is $23.34.

2021, Nov. 22nd-27th

Saturday, Nov. 27th

 

45-Year Old Cold Case Investigation Resumes

Back in 1976 the United States of America was celebrating its bi-centennial, a man-made space craft landed on Mars, and Jimmy Carter was elected president. It's also the year that an Elmore City man went missing and has never been heard from. Garvin County authorities recently renewed the cold case investigation into the disappearance of Jimmy Don Robinson reported missing October 1st of that year. Robinson's sister Phyllis Hines of Lindsay and her nephew, Joshua Shawn, said they wanted to be more pro-active in finding out what happened to Robinson. Hines was a little girl when her brother vanished and said she made a promise to her parents to keep searching for him. The Pauls Valley Democrat reports that Hines and Shawn thought the story was compelling and has almost become an urban legend. There was one report that indicated Robinson was killed and his body dumped in a lake and that his vehicle was recovered - but no body or vehicle has ever been found. Hines said they're not trying to have anyone arrested in connection with the disappearance – they just want to find out what happened to him.

 

Drilling Permits OK'd for STACK

With prices hovering around $80 a barrel exploration for crude oil has been increasing in parts of the STACK play which includes parts of Caddo, Canadian, and Kingfisher counties. The website OK Energy Today reports that Lynx Oklahoma Operating Company has received a permit to drill about a mile west of Gracemont. It’s the Old Glory location in Section 5 of Township 8 North and 10 West which is in the Hoxbar formation. Ovintiv is having a lot of success in the Kingfisher area and has received permits to drill two more wells southeast of Kingfisher. That's in an area where the firm had several large producing wells on a single pad in previous drilling operations. Crews will drill into the Mississippian play in hopes of finding a new pool of crude.

 

Small Business Saturday Shopping Underway

Today is another big day of shopping for gift givers. While yesterday's Black Friday deals focused on large retailers nationwide, today is Small Business Saturday where individuals are encouraged to direct their holiday shopping to their local stores. American Express launched Small Business Saturday at the height of the Great Recession in 2010. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that consumers have been eager to support businesses in their home towns. Last year, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported Americans spent $20 billion on Small Business Saturday. American Express estimates that 67 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in that community.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Midshipman First Class Gage Vernon, a student at the U.S. Naval Academy is on the KOOL Konversation. Joe Dorman, director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Patricia Shatwell

A graveside service for Patricia Shatwell, 74, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 29th at Tuttle's Fairview Cemetery. Services are will Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Friday, Nov. 26th

 

Woman Critically Injured in Collision

A Thanksgiving Day traffic accident near Alex sends two people to hospitals and one of them was admitted in critical condition. 82-year old Benita Parker of Bradley suffered internal injuries and was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. She was a passenger in a car driven by 84-year old Albert Parker. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. The accident happened on State Highway 19 about a mile west of Alex just before 5:00 p.m. The highway patrol reports that the Parker vehicle pulled onto the highway from a county road and was hit in the drivers' side by a Jeep driven by 29-year old Justin Bennett of Oklahoma City. Bennett was not injured. Seat belts were in use by all occupants in both vehicles.

 

Chix Native Returns to Perform Free Christmas Concert

Chickasha native Jami Smith will return to her hometown to perform a free Christmas concert this weekend. Bible Baptist Church will host the outdoor concert Sunday night at the Festival of Light in Shannon Springs Park. She has a new Christmas album called "All This is Christmas'. It is her third Christmas album and it includes contributions from her 9-year old son King, as well Brennin Hunt, Gabe and Dameon Aranda, Charlie Hall, Ryan Smith, and Erick Alexander. The free concert will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 28th at the Shannon Springs Park Amphitheatre.

 

Some Government Offices Closed Thru Weekend

Some local and county government offices are closed today as they have an extended Thanksgiving break. Chickasha City Hall and the Grady County Courthouse are both closed today and will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 29th.

 

More Reasons for Shoppers to Visit Local Merchants

Many shoppers are hitting the stores for Black Friday shopping deals today as Christmas is now less than 30 days away.  During the Buy Chickasha season with Chickasha retailers the Chamber of Commerce is holding Festive Fridays. Each Friday through Dec. 10th the chamber will hold drawings for $100 gift card bundles at 3:00 p.m. Festive Fridays also double as longer shopping hours by participating merchants who are extending hours through 7:00 p.m. each Friday through Dec. 10th. For a full list of participating merchants visit the chamber's Facebook page or website.

 

Carnegie Movie Theatre Re-opens

A historic Caddo County movie theater has re-opened. The Liberty Theater in Carnegie had been closed for more than a year and a half due to the pandemic. Owner Jerry Applewhite said prior to closing it had been advertised as the longest continuously running theater in the state. KSWO-TV reports the theater opened in 1915 for silent movies. Sound wasn’t added to films until more than a decade later, in 1928. The theatre re-opened Wednesday and perhaps the most popular feature may not be the movies but the hot dogs that are served. A few early customers were at the door before the theater opened to get their first show dogs in 20 months. Applewhite said before the pandemic that about 2,000 patrons would be in for a weekend and that he would serve 2,000 show dogs each day.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.39 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.25.

Natural gas is $5.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $23.66.

 

Obituaries

Troy Wood

A memorial service for Troy Wood, 59, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 27th at Parkview Christian Church. He owned and operated Coastless Customs and was known for building hot rods. Those attending are asked to drive their hot rods. Arrangements are will Sevier Funeral Home.

Roger Saxon

Funeral service for Roger Saxon, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2nd at Sevier Funeral Home. He was a long-time Chickasha firefighter and a Marine Corps veteran. He also served as the commander for the local American Legion and VFW posts for many years. Memorial contributions may be made to either of those veterans groups.

 

Thursday, Nov. 25th

No news due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 24th

 

Missing Woman May be With Man Wanted for Murder

The McClain County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of a woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks. Authorities say she may be with her boyfriend who has a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a murder that occurred in San Antonio three years ago. Our partners at KWTV News 9 say relatives of 36-year old Tallen Shyann Treto-Padilla reported her missing on Friday, Nov. 5th. She was last seen driving a white 2009 GMC Acadia with Oklahoma Tag No. LPV-540 when she left her work near Wayne. Investigators believe she could be with Francisco Velasquez who also goes by the name of Mike ‘Paco’ Mendoza. U.S. Marshals are helping with the investigation. Since the missing person report was filed authorities say they've received information that Treto-Padilla may have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border but they don't know if she is in the U.S. or Mexico. Investigators say they are weighing on the side that she is voluntarily absent because they have no indication that she was taken against her will or was forced to leave.

 

Support Shown for Veteran Who Had No Known Relatives

A U.S. military veteran who died with no known relatives was laid to rest at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery yesterday. Veterans from all branches of the military and veteran's motorcycle organizations were on hand for the funeral of Navy veteran Kenneth Stokely who served in Vietnam. KSWO-TV reported that not much is known about Stokely but those attending said all they needed to know was that he served honorably. Veteran Stephen Lewis said the oath that service men and women take never expires and all are heroes who have protected America. An American flag which would have been presented to Stokely's family was presented to VFW Post 1193.

 

Freshmen State Lawmakers to Attend Conference

State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) is one of two state lawmakers being touted for their leadership abilities. Lowe and Representative Mike Dobrinski (R-Okeene) were selected to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures' Emerging Leaders Conference in Virginia next month. Both lawmakers are serving their first terms in the state house and were asked by House Speaker Charles McCall to attend. The conference offers new legislators the chance to meet with their peers, discuss putting together the best public policy, and how to communicate with Congress and key administration officials. Lowe said he looks forward to finding out what is working in other states and bring the best ideas back to the Sooner State.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.31.

Natural gas is $4.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $23.62.

 

Obituaries

Roger Saxon

 A memorial service for retired Chickasha firefighter Roger Saxon will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2nd at Sevier Funeral Home. He was 75 when he passed away last Friday. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Leiloni Dearinger

A memorial service for LeiLoni Dearinger, 59, of Chickasha is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions of dog food may be given to local animal shelters.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 23rd

 

Investigators Break Up Illicit Drug Supply Line between Chix, OKC

More than 20 people have been arrested and more than $7 million in drugs taken off the streets in a joint investigation into a drug supply line between Chickasha and Oklahoma City. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess credits the results to a joint investigation of the sheriff's office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a press release, Boggess said the investigation began in mid-September as officials sought to disrupt the distribution of deadly and highly-addictive prescription drugs laced with fentanyl. Boggess said the emphasis in Chickasha resulted in 21 arrests. Authorities have seized more than 50 fentanyl-laced pills, 11 pounds of Ecstasy tablets, eight ounces of heroin, four ounces of methamphetamine, and twelve pounds of illicitly-produced marijuana. Boggess said investigators found more than $5 million worth of drugs alone at Oklahoma City home. Boggess says the investigation is on-going and more arrests are anticipated.

 

Suspect Faces Child Porn Charges 

A Chickasha man is arrested and charged for allegedly having child pornography. 35-year old John Raymond Brewster was taken into custody at his home by Grady County sheriff's deputies last week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cyber-tip in July of 2020 which alleged someone was storing child porn on the Google g-mail infrastructure. The document indicated that the information was traced to Brewster who admitted the g-mail account was his. Prosecutors have charged Brewster with two counts of possessing child porn. His bond was set at $25,000.

 

Suspects Sought After Pursuit Tops 100 mph

A high-speed chase reached speeds estimated at nearly 140 miles per hour between Verden and Anadarko earlier this week. Verden Police Chief Jason Cox said an officer's radar indicated a vehicle was cruising westbound through Verden at more than 15 miles over the speed limit about 1:00 a.m. Monday. The officer attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle's speed increased significantly. The officer notified Caddo County authorities and Anadarko police that a vehicle believed to be a 2003 Acura was headed their way. Anadarko police spotted the car as it got into town and followed it to an apartment complex where two suspects bailed out of the car and managed to get away. Cox said the suspects may have left their wallets and some suspected drugs and open containers in the car. Authorities are looking for the individuals whose wallets and IDs were found in the vehicle.

 

BC/BS Offers Help During Open Enrollment

The open enrollment period for health insurance will be ending soon. Representatives from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma will be in Chickasha tomorrow to assist with enrollment for health insurance for calendar year 2022. They are hosting one-on-one appointments with their licensed, local specialists to help individuals choose the right plan for their families. Some may qualify for financial help. The reps will be at the Fairfield Inn just off of 4th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Visit the website www.bluenearyouOK.com for information.

 

Groups to Match Donations to Regional Food Bank

Today is Giving Tuesday which is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It's a global event which kicks off the charitable-giving season by inspiring people to give back. You will be able to double your gift if you decide to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Several groups are combining efforts to match all donations to the food bank up to $500,000. This holiday match campaign will continue through January 15th. Every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank helps to provide eight meals to Oklahomans living in hunger. The food bank serves more than 40 counties in central and Western Oklahoma including Grady and Caddo counties. Donations can be made on-line at www.rfbo.org/ give

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.70.

Natural gas is $4.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is just under $1,800 and silver is $23.96.

 

Obituary

Victor Valdez

A funeral service for Victor Valdez, 77, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 27th at McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Nov. 22nd

 

Volunteer Receives National Recognition

Former Chickasha City Council woman Kim Loggins finishes runner-up for a national award. Loggins was among three candidates in the running for the National Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award. She was among 100 individuals nominated from communities with populations of less than 25,000. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said Loggins is a trailblazer, willing to speak her mind and work hard for the benefit of the city. He said she'll go against the crowd if it means doing what is best. Loggins volunteers to help a number of groups and events throughout the year including the Salvation Army, The Festival of Light, the Rock Island Ride, and the Wings and Wheels airplane and car show.

 

CHS Students Attend UCO Black Male Summit

A number of Chickasha High School students attended the 6th annual Black Male Summit at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) last week. 12 young men joined Chickasha schools graduation coach Cristie Oliver and curriculum coordinator Milton Bowens at the summit. The theme for the event was The Bigger Picture. The event is held each year to allow those attending to discover their identities and re-imagine their futures regardless of cultural and systemic barriers. Chickasha High School alum and current UCO student Diallo Foster was among the student organizers for the event.

 

Community Thanksgiving Set; Meals to be Delivered

Preparations are underway for Chickasha's community Thanksgiving dinner. This is the 40th year for the event which provides free Thanksgiving meals to residents. Normally served at one of the local churches, the meals will be available by delivery only for the second straight year. Individuals who would like a meal can call First Presbyterian Church at 405-224-6205 or New Life Christian Church at 405-222-5433. The deadline to order meals is tomorrow and the meals will be delivered Thanksgiving Day between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meals are free but donations are welcome.

 

Suspect Accused of Animal Cruelty

An Anadarko woman is accused of the mistreatment of animals. An arrest warrant was issued last week for 36-year old Laura Mayall for the alleged neglect of some dogs and pigs. The Lawton Constitution points to court documents that indicate Mayall's estranged husband received a phone call from an individual who said the animals were in poor condition and that one dog had died. Laura Mayall is said to have left the state for a couple of weeks and did not have anyone look after the animals. A Caddo County deputy said there was no food, one dog was skin and bones, and others appeared to be malnourished. The deputy also said the pig pen was dry, the food bowls were full of dirt, and another bowl contained only a small amount of dirty, green water. Prosecutors have charged Laura Mayall with two felony counts of animal cruelty and each is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Mayall is out of jail after posting bond. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for Jan. 14th.

 

Community Blood Drive Today

KOOL-RANCH Radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute are hosting a community blood drive today and one lucky donor will receive a $250 gift card. Each donor will receive a chocolate bar and one of them has a golden ticket which is the gift card. All donors will also receive a pecan pie and a t-shirt. The bloodmobile will be at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. For information on future blood drives in your area see the Oklahoma Blood Institute's website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.10 per barrel.

London-based crude is $78.89.

Natural gas is $5.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $24.84.

 

Obituary

Patty Crowder

A memorial service for Patty Crowder, 85, of Midwest City and formerly of the Chickasha area will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23rd at Sevier Funeral Home.

2021, Nov. 15th-20th

Saturday, Nov. 20th

 

Report Critical of Oklahoma Highways

A new report shows Oklahoma in the bottom half of the national rankings for its highway conditions. The Sooner State is No. 36 in the poll published in the Annual Highway Report released by The Reason Foundation. That's down two spots from last year. Oklahoma ranks in the bottom half of all 13 categories that are judged and it's the only state to not have a single ranking in the top 25. The state ranks in the bottom ten in its overall fatality rate, rural arterial pavement condition, and structurally-deficient bridges. The report is critical of the work that is being done, saying the infrastructure should be better considering what is being spent. The report shows the state spends more than $88,000 per mile of state-controlled roads and has the 18th largest highway system in the country. The survey indicated that Oklahoma commuters spend near 12 hours a year in traffic jams.

 

Anadarko Christens New Fire Engine

The City of Anadarko has its first new firetruck in more than 30 years. Firefighters and the community helped to christen the brand new Sutphen fire engine yesterday. Fire Chief Greg Stone says tells how technology changes over the years will help firefighters.

 

              

 

The price tag for the truck was about $700,000 and the city was able to obtain a federal grant to pay just over half of that cost, with a local bond paying for the rest. Also during the ceremony, Dr. John Flynn was recognized for his work with the city to provide much of the funding to train the first emergency medical technicians for the department more than 30 years ago. Today, the department has fulll-fledged paramedics.

 

Weekend Events Continue at County Fairgrounds

A couple of weekend events are continuing at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows is being held inside the event center, with hundreds of the top animals in their breeds competing. That event runs through tomorrow. The Grady County OHCE Celebration of Crafts show is being held in the North Exhibit building with more than 30 vendors on hand, and OHCE groups with cakes, pies, rolls, candy and other treats...many of which can help families reduce their preparation time for the upcoming holidays. Admission and parking are free for both events.

 

Festival of Light Opens Tonight

Chickasha's Festival of Light opens for the holiday season tonight. Through the years the festival has been named one of the top holiday light displays in the state and has also received national recognition. The festival is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization with a small board of directors which meets throughout the year. All contributions are used to make improvements for the following year's event. It's open every night through New Year's Eve. Hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland with the Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo counties are this week's guests on the KOOL Konversation. Ray Walker with the Medicare Assistance Program with the Oklahoma Insurance Department is our guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Dr. Pat Kennedy

A memorial service for 77-year old Rev. Pat Kennedy, the pastor of Chickasha's First Presbyterian Church was held today. He spent 50 years in the ministry and was with the Presbytery of Indian Nations. Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Fund.

Patty Crowder

A memorial service for Patty Crowder, 85, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23rd at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Nov. 19th

 

The Festival of Light Opens This Weekend

Chickasha will roll out the welcome mat to tens of thousands of visitors over the next few weeks. The Festival of Light begins tomorrow night at Shannon Springs Park. This is the 29th year for the event as the 43-acre park will once again twinkle with millions of lights. Festival director Whitney Palesano says the work to prepare the park started several weeks ago-

 

              

 

The 160-foot tall lighted Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the festival. There are a number of attractions including an ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, carriage rides, and a gift shop. The Festival will be open seven days a week through New Year’s Eve.

Dowtown Events Scheduled During Festival

Downtown Chickasha will have some activities during the festival. They include the 40-foot inflatable leg lamp made famous in the classic holiday film The Christmas Movie and a tall tree at the depot. The depot will also have activities every Friday and Saturday in December which will include pop-up vendors, food trucks, and photos with Santa. To help reduce the long traffic line to the Festival, a shuttle service will be available to and from the park. Chickasha Wings is also offering flights over the Festival each night that originate from the airport north of town. For information follow the Chickasha Festival of Light on Facebook or its website.

 

Animal Shelter Open House Tomorrow

The Chickasha Animal Shelter will have an open house tomorrow afternoon to display a number of recent improvements. The shelter has replaced some kennels that were 40-plus years old thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation. Shelter manager Layce Graham says they work with non-profit groups around the country to find forever homes for the many animals that pass through the shelter and that they have occasional spay-and-neuter clinics-

 

              

 

The open house will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. The shelter is just north of the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Anadarko to Dedicate New Fire Truck

The City of Anadarko will be putting a new fire engine into service today. Officials say it’s the first new pumper truck for the city in more than 30 years. A dedication ceremony will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The city will also honor Dr. John Flynn for his many years of service as medical director and for his role in the development of emergency medical services for the community.

McLemore Road Project Update

Anadarko officials have a new estimate on completion of upgrades to McLemore Road, formerly Petree Road between Mission Boulevard and State Highway 8. If you remember, the guardrails for the bridge were in transit back in October when Hurricane Ida struck the New Orleans area and the guard rails were never found. Officials now believe the work could be completed by the end of next month. The guard rails are needed to meet federal standards as the project is being paid for with federal funds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.24.

Natural gas is $4.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,864 and silver is $24.88.

 

Obituaries

Gregory Lee

A funeral service for Gregory Lee, 63, of Ninnekah will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 20th at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Larry McCoy

Funeral service for Larry McCoy, 71, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 22nd at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

Thursday, Nov. 18th

 

Two Suspects Charged After Child Abuse Probe

Two people are facing felony charges in connection with a Grady County child abuse investigation. 32-year old Brandon Byrd of Blanchard and his girlfriend - 31-year old Camilla Chapman-Rutledge of Cyril - were arrested by Grady County deputies Tuesday afternoon. No details of the investigation were immediately available. Byrd is charged with child abuse while Chapman-Rutledge is charged with failure to report the incident. Both remain in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond each.

 

COVID Closes Minco Schools

Minco schools have shut down for the rest of the week due to a spike in COVID cases. The district only had three reported cases last Friday but in a Facebook live video posted Wednesday afternoon Superintendent Kevin Sims said the number of cases grew dramatically.

 

              

 

Sims said many of those who are ill have the Delta variant which he said spreads very quickly. Minco schools will not be back in session until Nov. 29th. The district was previously scheduled to be out all next week for Thanksgiving Break. Sims is hoping the extended break will allow those who are sick will be enough time for them to get better. Sims said a junior high basketball game that Minco was supposed to play against Alex tonight has been postponed. The high school football team is scheduled to play in the second round of the playoffs tomorrow night and Sims says that game will be played.

 

Pikes Peak Road Repair Nears Completion

Upgrades to a road which is shared by the City of Chickasha and Grady County is nearing completion. Crews are in the final stages of the work to improve one mile of Pikes Peak Road between Highway 81 and 16th Street. The city and District 3 of Grady County are sharing the costs. District 3 County Commissioner Ralph Beard said crews initially ground up the old asphalt and are replacing it with new materials and will complete the road building with a 5 ½-inch layer of asphalt. The estimated cost of the project is about $250,000. The contractor is SWH Construction of Goldsby.

 

Musical Duo Releases Holiday Music Video

The Imaginaries, the local singing duo of Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, have released a new music video in time for the holidays. 'Christmas Town' was filmed entirely in Chickasha and features local performers throughout the nearly 5 1/2 minute video. McClure talks about the video and why they wanted to feature the community.

 

              

 

The video was produced in collaboration with the Chickasha Economic Development Council and directed by Reagan Elkins with Intellego Media. The music video debuted this morning and can be seen on The Imaginaries Facebook page and YouTube.

 

Dog Shows, Crafts Featured at Grady County Fairgrounds

Many of the top show dogs in the country will be paraded through the Grady County Fairgrounds this weekend. The Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows runs today through Sunday. The owners and handlers of these prized animals are working to score points that would qualify them to compete in national dog shows including The American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship and the Westminster Kennel Club national show. There are two separate kennel clubs hosting shows this weekend - one from Norman and one from El Reno. The event is being held in the Events Center at the fairgrounds. Admission is free for anyone who wants to watch the shows. Also at the fairgrounds this weekend is the Grady County OHCE Celebration of Crafts Show. More than 30 vendors will have gift items for sale and many of them are hand-made. Others will have home-made food items just in time for the upcoming holidays. The craft show will be in the north exhibit building of the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. Admission to that event is also free and concessions will be available. Proceeds from the craft show funds scholarships that are awarded to high school and college students in Grady County.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.28.

Natural gas is $4.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,867 and silver is $25.13.

 

Obituary

Betty Jean Lambert

A memorial service for Betty Jean Lambert, 74, formerly of Chickasha will be held Saturday, November 20th in Vine Grove, Kentucky. The service was announced locally by Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Hope for Kids in Elizabethtown, Kentucky or You Cannot Be what You Cannot See in Radcliff, Kentucky.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 17th

 

Chickasha Teacher Wins National Award

An agriculture teacher for Chickasha schools earns national recognition. Emily Schmidt will receive the Ideas Unlimited Award from the National Association of Agriculture Education during the group’s annual convention in a couple of weeks. Schmidt is being recognized for her Barn Flix Livestream Project. Her agriculture communications and ag leadership classes live-streamed livestock and horse shows and other community events over the last year. In doing so, the students learned how to use technology while the community was able to access the events without traveling. A press release says the project fits within the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Language Arts which demonstrates the value of the agriculture education program beyond its own walls.

 

Cyril Man Faces Child Sex Crime Charges

An 18-year old Caddo County man is charged with child sex crimes after reportedly admitting he had been molesting children for over a year. Prosecutors have charged Manny Gene Russell of Cyril with rape and lewd and indecent acts to a child. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that say Russell admitted to his grandmother that he was a pedophile and that he may have committed the acts 150 times over the course of a year. Both Russell and his grandmother met with Cyril police last week. It's reported that Russell told investigators he had been having bad thoughts since he was 15 and that he tried to divert his attention through hobbies. Russell remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He's to be back in court for a preliminary hearing conference on January 13th.

 

Public Input Sought on I-35 and Highway 9 Interchange

State transportation officials are seeking input on proposed upgrades to the interchange at I-35 and State Highway 9 in Norman. Authorities say improvements are needed to accommodate an increase in traffic and to address local congestion. Authorities will have four design alternatives to review during a public hearing that will be held tomorrow night. The hearing will be held at the Goldsby Community Building from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individuals wanting to comment but can't attend the meeting will be able take part in a virtual open house on-line. Go to the website: www.oklahoma.gov/odot/programs to find the link. The virtual open house will be available starting Friday and will run through December 9th.

 

Pioneer School, USAO Choir to Hold Holiday Concert

Pioneer School and USAO will be combining efforts to hold a join holiday concert next month. The Pioneer School Honor Choir and the USAO Concert Choir will join their collective voices for a concert that will be free and open to the public. Crystal Wyatt is the director of the Pioneer Honor Choir which includes students in the third through 8th grades. The group rehearses two mornings each week before classes start. The concert will feature music for chorus, strings, piano, flute, and hand bells. The performance will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5th at Chickasha’s First Christian Church. The church's organ, a 903-pipe Miles Organ installed in 1985, will be featured in a couple of the songs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.43.

Natural gas is $5.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,863 and silver is $25.20.

 

Obituaries

Keith Urban, Sr.

 A graveside service for Keith Urban, Sr., 84, of Rush Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 18th at the Rush Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral home.

Ted Bingham

A funeral mass for Ted Bingham, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 22nd at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mobile Meals or the Center of Family Love in Okarche.

Sheila Hayes

Funeral service Sheila Hayes, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 22nd at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 16th

 

Chix City Council OKs Firefighters Union Contract

A new collective bargaining agreement is in place between the City of Chickasha and the Chickasha Firefighters Association. The city council unanimously approved the contract after a 30-minute closed-door session that was part of last night's council meeting. City Manager Tyler Brooks said while there were some changes the agreement is about the same financially. Last year, the city contributed a lump-sum of $1,500 per firefighter for their longevity. This year, there is no longevity payment, however the city will pay $1,000 a year for a uniform allowance and $500 toward post-employment health insurance which was not part of last year's contract.

 

City Council Flips Decision on Starbucks' Sign Variance

The city council reverses its decision that may have prevented a Starbucks coffee shop from expanding to the area. Earlier this month the council voted 9-0 to deny a request for the store to have an 80-foot sign. The city currently has an ordinance limiting sign height to 45 feet. During the November 1st council meeting Kaylee Hurych, a representative from Starbucks' parent company Vaquero Ventures, said the chain might not build a store here if the variance wasn't approved. Huryck was back at last night's council meeting to apologize.

 

              

 

After about a 10-minute public hearing the council voted 8-1 to approve the variance. The only councilman who did not change his vote was Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander who was disappointed in Huryck's earlier comments.

 

              

 

Huryck said the company is working with engineers to make sure the sign can hold up against high winds with designs that include a 12-foot underground structure. Huryck hopes construction can begin in early 2022 and that the store could be open by next summer.

 

Suspect Accused of Growing Illegal Marijuana Plants

A Ninnekah man is facing a felony charge for allegedly growing marijuana illegally. Grady County deputies received a tip in early September that 39-year old Ronald Edwin Ryans might have the illegal crop. Court documents filed following the investigation indicate Ryans told investigators that he had a medical marijuana card. Such a card allows the holder to have six mature plants and six seedlings. However deputies counted nearly 35 plants on the property and said that neither Ryans nor anyone else at the home had a card. Authorities arrested Ryans last week and he has been formally charged with cultivating a controlled drug. He was also wanted for an arrest in Rush Springs this past January for actual physical control of a vehicle and misdemeanor drug possession. Ryans is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond and he has court dates for both cases next month.

 

Grady County Property Tax Statements Mailed 

Ad valorem tax statements have been mailed out to Grady County property owners. County Treasurer Robin Burton said more than 30,000 tax statements were sent out in three separate batches last week. The tax statements total almost $79 million which is up about $1 million from last year or 1.2 percent. Burton said many of the statements were sent to mortgage companies which will pay the taxes from escrow accounts of property owners. For others, Burton said individuals can pay the entire amount by January 15, 2022 or pay half the amount owed by that date. The balance would then be due April 15, 2022. Payments may be made at the treasurer’s office in the county courthouse. Burton said if a credit or debit card, or e-check is used there will be a fee however none of the fee goes to the treasurer’s office. Checks and statements can also be placed in the drop-box just outside the courthouse entrance. Burton said if property owners have not received their statements in the mail by December 1st to contact her office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.05.

Natural gas is $5.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,875 and silver is $25.24.

 

Obituary

Kaylan Grimes

Funeral service for Kaylan Grimes, 72, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 17th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Nov. 15th

 

Chix City Council to Reconsider Starbucks' Sign Variance

Hopes for a new Starbucks coffee shop in Chickasha are re-newed. During tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting the panel is expected to reconsider a decision that Starbucks representatives said would prevent them from expanding to the city. At the November 1st council meeting the panel unanimously voted against a variance in the city's ordinance regarding how tall a store sign could be. The maximum height is 45 feet and Starbucks officials said they needed an 80-foot tall sign to draw traffic off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The issue was brought up during an informal work session last week where City Manager Tyler Brooks recommended the council reconsider its decision. The council will have a public hearing on the issue before a formal vote.

 

Council to Get Update of Firefighter Union Talks

The city council is also to go behind closed doors to discuss the status of the collective bargaining negotiations with the Chickasha Firefighters Association for the current fiscal year. The council is also to present a retirement watch to Kelly Crowder for his 10 years of service with the department. The council will also present a plaque to Ward 2 Councilman Clark VanDyck for his service. Vandyck has spent nearly two years on the city council but is stepping down at the end of the month as he recently moved out of the city limits. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Caddo County Driver Hospitalized After Crash

A Caddo County driver is hospitalized after suffering a medical problem behind the wheel. 60-year old Betty Harley of Apache suffered trunk and facial injuries after her SUV ran off the road, crashed through two fences, and hit a house. The Highway Patrol reports that Harley was taken by ground ambulance to a Lawton hospital where she was last in stable condition. The accident happened just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday on Highway 277 north of Elgin.

 

Obituary

Marla Howell

Funeral service for Marla Howell, 65, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 16th at Bible Baptist Church. She worked as a Realtor for more than 20 years with Century 21/Mosley Real Estate. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

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