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2022, June 27th-July 2nd

Saturday, July 2nd

 

Construction of New Chix City Park Underway

Groundbreaking was held this week for a new park in downtown Chickasha. City, business, and civic leaders with the Chickasha Community Foundation were on hand to turn over the first shovels of dirt for the park being built next to the historic Rock Island Railroad Depot. The first phase of construction will include remodeling the old Freight or Mill Building into public restrooms, creating a USAO Arts Plaza, and erecting a more permanent version of the now iconic 40-foot tall leg lamp that has been a feature of downtown the last two holiday seasons. The Leg Lamp is larger-than-life version of the leg lamp made popular by the classic holiday movie, The Christmas Story. The lamp has received international attention including a story in the London Daily News as well as on TV stations in Tokyo. Pat Brooks, president of the Community Foundation says the park is being built entirely with private funds and grants. This first phase of construction is expected to be completed by mid-November which will mark the start of the 30th anniversary of the city’s Festival of Light. Brooks says fund-raising efforts are continuing in order to complete future amenities that may include tributes to local residents who have made an impact on a national and international level, an amphitheatre; walking and jogging trails; a children's play area; and a food truck court.

 

America's Birthday Parties Underway

America's annual birthday party is underway. The 4th of July commemorates the efforts of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and their declaration of independence for 13 colonies which had previously been under British rule. The country's 246th birthday is being celebrated with parades, community events, and fireworks nationwide. In this region, the Blanchard Independence Day celebration is this evening. Activities will start at 6 p.m. off of U.S. Highway 62 behind the Sonic Drive In. There are kids games, food trucks, live music, and fireworks. Salt Creek Casino in Pocasset will have inflatable games and activities for children tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. followed by fireworks.

Chickasha July 4th Fireworks to be held Monday

Chickasha's 4th of July celebration will be Monday night at Shannon Springs Park. The fireworks display is funded by private donations with some $18,000 contributed for the numerous displays. Among them are a 600-shot red-white-and-blue 'zipper pattern' barrage; a nearly 560-shot crackling with red pearl barrage; a 300-shot pattern of red and green crossette barrages; and a 210-shot red rhyme dancing barrage. The Grand Finale will include two 90-shot silver coconut barrages; five gold brocade flower chains; two 49-shot quick salute barrages; and an 88-shot twilight-glitter to red-white-and blue tip fan barrage.

 

Obituaries

‘Gordon’ Reinhart, I

Funeral service Otto ‘Gordon’ Reinhart I, 73, of Blanchard, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home of Chickasha.

Alicia Spencer

A memorial service for Alicia Spencer will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 1st

 

DA Pleased with U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this week returned some power to the State of Oklahoma concerning the prosecution of non-Native Americans in crimes against indigenous people. In a 5-4 vote, the nation's high court ruled in favor of Oklahoma in the Castro-Huerta Decision.  In a prepared statement, District Attorney Jason Hicks - who serves Grady, Caddo, Stephens and Jefferson counties in District 6 - said the decision is great news for victims of crimes statewide. He said due to the McGirt Decision, the state could not prosecute non-Indians in crimes against Indians. He said there have been multiple cases where the state did not have jurisdiction due to the Native American status of victims and that it has been difficult for him to explain to them that there was nothing his office could do. Hicks said such cases will now remain with the state instead of being sent to another location for prosecution. He said the Supreme Court's decision was a monumental moment and a giant step in re-storing the state's ability to keep the public safe.

One Tribe Speaks out Against Court Ruling

Some tribal groups disagreed with the decision. Quapah Nation Business Committee Chairman Joseph Byrd said the court rendered a decision that is an affront to tribal sovereignty and erodes centuries of well-settled federal Indian law. He went to say that by inserting itself into an area reserved specifically for Congress the high court signals that absolute power is no longer absolute when it comes to Indian affairs.

 

Chix Mayor Named Chairman of USAO Regents

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will be a champion multi-tasker over the next few months. Mosley was recently named the chairman of the board of regents for USAO. Mosley has been member of the regents since 2012. He'll be guiding the panel for the next 12 months. That will be in addition to his work as mayor and as Chickasha's acting city manager while the city council looks for a new manager. He's also involved with the family insurance business. Other officers for the USAO  regents include Cale Walker who will serve as vice chairman. Walker was appointed to the panel in 2019 and is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Kelly Wilkerson will serve as clerk for the regents. Wilkerson is in her third year with the regents and is co-owner of the Chicken Express franchises in Chickasha, Duncan, and Lawton.

 

Where to Watch Fireworks this July 4th Weekend

There will be numerous fireworks shows in the region this weekend. Anadarko will hold its Honor America Day celebration today. They'll have activities starting at 11 o'clock this morning at the Caddo County Fairgrounds. There are arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and free games and activities for the kids. The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 tonight, and music will be synchronized with the fireworks on our sister station New Country 985. Blanchard will hold its Independence Day celebration tomorrow evening. Activities start at 6 p.m. with food trucks, kids’ games, and live music from Squad Live and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band. Salt Creek Casino will have activities Sunday evening starting at 5 p.m. with face painting and inflatable games followed by fireworks; and the City of Chickasha will have its fireworks display on Monday night, July 4th at Shannon Springs Park. There will be food trucks at the park prior to the fireworks.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today we have Kenneth Corn, Oklahoma's Rural Development Director for the United States Department of Agriculture. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.81.

Natural gas is $5.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,791 and silver is $19.68.

 

Thursday, June 30th

 

Verden Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Weapons Charges

A Verden man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges. 31-year old Stephen Lee Martin entered the plea in Federal court earlier this month. The plea made in connection with his arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred at his home in March of this year. An investigation by Verden police alleged that Martin had discharged a shotgun near the head of a female victim and used the shot gun to force her into his pickup. It's also alleged Martin tried to hide the shotgun by throwing it and some ammunition into a ditch however investigators were able to find the items. Martin has prior felony convictions and wasn't supposed to have any firearms. Earlier this month a federal grand jury issued a three-count indictment against Martin including being a felon in possession of a firearm; being a felon in possession of ammunition; and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to the firearms and ammunition charges. Sentencing is expected to take place within 90 days. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge and a $250,000 fine. Martin has been in federal custody since mid-April.

 

Tip Leads to Child Porn Arrest

An Amber man has been arrested for having child pornography. 32-year old Carl Lee Moore was arrested Tuesday following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation (OSBI). Court documents indicate that the OSBI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last fall regarding 90 child sexual abuse files, including videos and pictures being downloaded. Investigators traced the IP address to Moore's Amber home. Grady County prosecutors have charged Moore with felony counts of having child pornography and unlawful use of a computer system. During his arraignment on the charges yesterday Moore's bond was set at $300,000 and he remains in the Grady County Jail.

 

Suspect Accused of Violating Burn Ban

A Blanchard man is accused of violating a burn ban. 72-year old Lawrence Julian Carroll was arrested by a Grady County deputy this week. Court documents indicate that authorities were called out to a home in the Blanchard area in March to investigate a property damage report.  A woman told the deputy that her neighbor, Carroll, had been burning while a burn ban was in effect. She alleged the fire spread to her home where it damaged or destroyed several lawn mowers that were being repaired by her husband. Carroll admitted starting the fire but told officials with the Bridge Creek Fire Department he thought he had fully extinguished the blaze. Carroll is facing misdemeanor charges of unlawful burning and burning in drought emergency conditions. He is out of jail after posting a $2,500 bond. The case has been set for the July 22nd disposition docket in Grady County District Court.

 

Former USAO Hoopsters in New Adam Sandler Movie

Some former USAO basketball players are in the new Adam Sandler movie. Elvin Rodriguez, Bookie Diakete, and Richard McCalop can been seen in Hustle. Sandler is an NBA scout who discovers a raw but talented player in Spain and tries to get him ready for the NBA draft. The movie also features some big name NBA stars including LeBron James as well as Hollywood actors Queen Latifah and Robert Duvall. Rodriguez has the most prominent role of the three Drovers in the nearly two-hour film. He said it took several weeks of going through the audition process before he was offered his role.

 

              

 

The film is currently available on Netflix.

 

Restaurants Touted by State Tourism Department

Several area restaurants have been recognized by the state department of tourism. They include J and W Grill which was praised for its onion burgers, chili-cheese coneys, and old-fashioned breakfast meals. Crazy Eight Cafe and Coffee House was awarded for its early dining option;, full-service coffee bar; and homemade desserts. Ken's Steak House and Ribs of Amber is known for its appetizer ribs and expertly cooked steaks and prime rib. Burrito Grill in Blanchard is touted as the home of the one-pound burrito, and is also noted for its tacos, quesadillas, and salads.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $116.26.

Natural gas is $6.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $20.57.

 

Obituary

Delphia Malone

Funeral service for Delphia Malone, 64, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9th at First at the Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

 

Voters Oust One Grady County Commissioner

Embattled Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker was defeated by one of his former workers in yesterday's primary elections. Zachary Davis picked up nearly 60 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in the District One county commissioner race - 1,432 to 995. Walker is facing charges of embezzlement and spying on employees stemming from an investigation which alleged he used county resources and labor to pave a private road. His trial is scheduled to begin in August. With no candidates in the Democratic primary Davis will assume the post in January.

Second Commissioner Goes to a Run-off

In the District three Grady County commissioner race incumbent Ralph Beard and challenger Gary Bray will meet in a run-off as neither picked up a majority of votes in a three-candidate Republican primary. Both received a nearly equal amount of votes - Bray with 746 and Beard with 742 - both collected about 42 percent of the vote. The third candidate in the field, John Williams, received 271 votes or 15 percent. Beard and Bray will meet in a run-off on August 23rd with the winner to take office in January as there were no Democratic candidates.

Caddo County Voters Elect Two New Commissioners

In Caddo County two new county commissioners were elected. In District 3, Robert Weaver defeated Mark Taylor in the Democratic primary picking up about 55 percent of the vote, 334 to 279. There were no Republican candidates for the post. Mike Belter won a three-person race in District 1, avoiding a run-off by 10 votes. Belter received 443 votes or 51 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. Bobby Lynn and James Bucky Brown were within five votes of each other. Lynn received 214 votes and Brown 209 votes. Belter will be the new commissioner as there were no Democratic candidates. Weaver and Belter will be sworn in to office in January.

State Senator Forced into a Run-off

State Senator Darcy Jech (R-Kingfisher), who represents much of Caddo County in District 26, will have to go to a run-off to try to retain his seat. He will meet Brady Butler in the August run-off. Jech received just under 43 percent of the vote while Butler received about 38 percent. A third candidate, JJ Stitt, received about 20 percent of the vote.

Stephens County Judicial Post to be Decided in November

In Stephens County, the race for District judge in District 5 will be decided in the general election in November. Neil West and Jay Walker both received about 33 percent of the vote in a four-person race. with Steven Crow collecting about 21 percent and Tommy Sims about 14 percent.

 

Food Trucks Sought for Chickasha July 4th Fireworks

The City of Chickasha is putting the call out for food trucks to be in Shannon Springs Park for the July 4th celebration on Monday. There are five spaces available in the food truck court at the park. There is no charge to set up however food trucks must have an active permit with the city, must be self-contained, and will have to undergo an inspection. The spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no activities prior to the fireworks Monday night but food trucks can set up anytime that day. Most people will start arriving at the park after 6 p.m. Food trucks interested in participating should contact city hall by the close of business today.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $111.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $117.98.

Natural gas is $6.55 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,818 and silver is $20.79.

 

Obituary

Dorothy Kauffman

The life of Dorothy Kauffman, 88, of Lake Chickasha will be honored at her home at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 1st which will be followed by a private burial. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 28th

 

Primary Elections Underway

Oklahomans are heading to the polls to cast ballots in primary elections today. Republicans and Democrats are voting in their respective primaries and Independent voters can cast ballots in the Democratic primary. There are numerous candidates for state and federal offices and several county primary elections in the region.

Grady County Has Two County Commissioner Primaries

In Grady County, there are Republican primaries for two county commissioner posts. In District Three, incumbent Ralph Beard is facing two challengers in Gary Bray and John Williams. In District One, incumbent Mike Walker is facing former district one employee Zachary Davis.

Caddo County has County Commissioner, State Representative Primaries

In Caddo County, there is a Republican primary for District One County Commissioner between Bobby Lynn, Mike Belter, and James 'Bucky' Brown. There is a Democratic primary for District Three County Commissioner between Robert Weaver and Mark Steven Taylor, the winner of which will be the new District Three commissioner. There is a Republican Primary for State Senate District 50 where incumbent Darcy Jech is facing two challengers in JJ Stitt and Brady Butler; and a Republican Primary for State Representative in District 55 between Jeff Sawatsky, Nick Archer, and Tad Boone.

Two State House Posts on the Ballot in McClain County

In McClain County, there is a Republican Primary for State Representative in District 20 between Anthony Mackey and Sherrie Conley; and a Republican primary for State Representative in District 42 between Cindy Roe and Matthew Huggans.

Garvin County Also has Two State Representative Primaries

Garvin County also has a Republican primary for State Representative in District 42 between Cindy Roe and Matthew Huggans; and for State Representative in District 48 between April Brown and Tammy Townley.

Stephens County has State Rep, District Judge Primaries

In Stephens County, there is a Republican primary for State Representative in District 50 between Jennifer Sengstock, Marcus McEntire, and Deborah Campbell. There is also a primary election for District Judge in District 5 between Tommy Simms, Neil West, Steven Crow, and Jay Walker. Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight.

 

State Election Board Says to Check Location of Precincts

State election board officials recommend that voters should verify their polling places as some precincts have either closed or changed due to redistricting that took place earlier this year. Many voters were mailed new voter registration cards which indicate their precincts. You can check your precinct by going to the state election board website www.elections.ok.gov and click on the OK Voter Portal link. Individuals may also call their county election board office.

 

Funeral Set for Anadarko Man Fatally Shot by Deputy

Family and friends of an Anadarko man shot and killed by a Caddo County sheriff's deputy are saying their final goodbyes to the victim today. 48-year old Roy Sink died on Father's Day after a deputy was called to his home to investigate a disturbance. It was reported that Sink had a machete in his possession and there has been no word on why the deputy fired his weapon. A funeral service for Sink was held this morning at J.J. Methvin Methodist Church in Anadarko. A lot of individuals are speaking out about Sink’s death and want answers about the shooting. The name of the deputy involved has not been released. The OSBI is continuing its investigation and when finished will turn over its final report to District Attorney Jason Hicks who will determine if the shooting was justified.

 

Wildlife Refuge Lifts Hiking Restrictions

Hiking restrictions put in place at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge last week have been lifted. An Emergency Heat Closure was implemented due to excessive heat. Officials announced yesterday (Monday) that they have resumed normal activities and hours of operation. However, officials say that temperatures will still be hot enough to pose a safety risk and they ask visitors to use caution. Visitors planning on visiting the refuge can get information on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $117.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.81.

Natural gas is $6.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,826 and silver is $21.32.

 

Monday, June 27th

 

OSBI Re-Opens Garvin County Cold Case

In June of 1987, the remains of an unidentified woman were found in Garvin County. The case has never been solved. The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation (OSBI) has re-opened the case hoping anyone can provide some information. The remains were found southwest of the I-35 exit at Goldsby in Short Creek on June 24th of that year. The woman had been shot in the head. The OSBI reports that she was Caucasian, about 5-feet, three inches tall and had brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI by calling 800-522-8017 or send an e-mail to: tips@osbi.gov

 

Fire Board to Consider Buying Thermal Imaging Devices

The Grady County Fire Board meets tonight and will discuss the purchase of 12 hand-held thermal imaging cameras. The panel will also consider becoming an EMR agency under the direction of Heartland Medical Direction, and will discuss the use of lights and sirens in fire department vehicles. The panel will also discuss the state of inventories from all volunteer stations. The group will go behind closed doors to discuss a potential property damage claim; the release of some firefighters; and to consider the applications of new volunteers at Ninnekah and Friend. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management Agency.

 

Woman Allegedly Uses Truck as Weapon

A Marlow woman is out of jail on bond after being accused of using her pickup as a weapon.  56-year old Tammy Sue Balthrop was arrested earlier this month following a confrontation with her husband, which allegedly included her ramming her pickup head-in into her husband's truck while he was in it. The Lawton Constitution cites Stephens County court documents that allege she also assaulted Stephens County deputies when they arrived to investigate. Balthrop has been formally charged with felonies that include assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer. She's also charged with a misdemeanor for obstruction. Balthrop is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond and she's to undergo a mental evaluation prior to her next court appearance which is scheduled for Aug. 24th.

 

Salvation Army Says Requests for Help Rise

The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo Counties says more families are requesting help. Officials say the financial strain of lost income, medical expenses, and now inflation have all impacted family budgets. Lt. Bobby McFarland said the demand for food boxes and utility assistance is growing and he's concerned that the food pantry will soon be depleted. He's asking for contributions of non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help needy families in both counties. Food contributions can include canned fruit, vegetables, and meat; beans; rice; and peanut butter. All contributions can be dropped off at the Salvation Army headquarters at 2402 S. 16th which is near Bill Wallace School.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.12.

Natural gas is $6.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $21.53.

2022, June 20th-25th

Saturday, June 25th

 

OHP Continues Probe of Deadly Accident

The highway patrol is investigating a deadly rollover crash that killed a young driver. 20-year old Patrick Olinger of Duncan died in the accident that occurred just before 6:30 a.m. Friday north of Marlow. The trooper dispatched to the crash reported that Olinger was driving an SUV that failed to go around a curve, ran off the road, overturned several times, and that Olinger was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing his seatbelt. The trooper reported he was still looking into what may have caused Olinger to run off the road.

 

Ex-Con Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence

A man with a history of domestic violence is back in jail in connection with another attack. 38-year old Robert Dewayne White was arrested by Chickasha police June 16th after the victim called authorities to a home in the 900 block of South 3rd and told them that White had slammed her head against the wall and threatened to kill her. Court documents indicate that a 12-year old boy witnessed the brutality. Investigators say White had been drinking and they found drugs and drug items in his possession. Prosecutors have charged White with felony assault and battery and two misdemeanors for having drugs. White remains in the Grady County jail on a $75,000 bond. He was convicted of a previous domestic assault charge out of Canadian County in 2014 and was sentenced to three years behind bars.

 

Group Seeks Info On Missing, Murdered Indigenous People

A southwest Oklahoma group is working to raise awareness about the unsolved murders of Native Americans as well as Native Americans who have gone missing. The group is part of a statewide panel called Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). There are 10 chapters across the state and the southwest chapter has been around since 2015. Cindy Famero is the vice president and she told KSWO-TV this week-

 

              

 

She said the group welcomes information from anyone regardless of their ethnicity. She said MMIP is inclusive and wants everyone to be safe and all children to be free from harm. Famero said they are working to raise funds to obtain a building in southwest Oklahoma to create a regional office. The state group is hosting its 4th annual MMIP powwow in Lawton at the Comanche Nation Powwow Grounds today which runs through the afternoon and evening.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Whitney Palesano and Jim Cowan from the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council are on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today our guests are USAO baseball coach Tyle Hankins and Drover softball coach Jadyn Wallis. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Geneva May Fredricks

Arrangements for Geneva May Fredricks, 77, of Chickasha are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, June 24th

 

Chix City Council to Begin Formal Search for City Manager

A special Chickasha City Council meeting has been scheduled to formally begin the search for the city's next top administrator. The panel will meet Monday night at city hall and is expected to authorize the search for a new city manager. The move was prompted by the sudden and unexpected resignation of Tyler Brooks earlier this week. No reason was given for Brooks' early departure. He had only been on the job for about six months. While the council searches for candidates Mayor Chris Mosley will fill in as the acting city manager.

Council to Consider Paying IRS Penalty; Buy Mowers

The council is expected to pay a penalty to the IRS related to payroll taxes from 2014. The council will consider whether to pay a more than $5,500 civil penalty. The panel is also expected to approve the purchase of three mowers for the Public Works Department at a cost of just under $11,000. Monday's meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Suspect Accused of Theft From Deputy's New Home Site

A Grady County man is behind bars for allegedly stealing some materials from a site where a law enforcement officer is building a new home. 57-year old Raymond Dale Arterberry of Minco surrendered to authorities this week after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Grady County sheriff's deputies were called to the Bridge Creek area in early May where a Cleveland County deputy was building a new home. He discovered about $2,000 in building materials were missing. Fortunately, he had some video surveillance of the property, and he had placed tracking devices on some of the items to help find them in case they did get stolen. Investigators tracked the stolen goods to Arternberry's home in Minco. Arterberry has been charged with grand larceny and remains in the Grady County Jail on a $5,000 bond. The arrest comes after a previous felony conviction. In 2009 Arterberry was convicted in Greer County for taking contraband into a jail or penal institution.

 

Freshmen Lead Large Summer Enrollment at USAO

Officials at USAO say there has been a big increase in students taking summer classes. Overall enrollment is up by more than 12 percent compared to last year. The increase was bolstered by freshmen enrolled for the summer with the number more than double that of 2021. Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Miles said that while many students needed to work during the summer a lot of them were still interested in taking classes. The faculty responded by offering more classes on-line. The university is also working on new initiatives and partnerships to allow students to complete additional degrees and certifications with other universities through a digital platform called Coursera.

 

Chickasha Rodeo Opens Tonight

The summer rodeo season is upon us and the annual Chickasha rodeo is this weekend. There are two performances, with action tonight and tomorrow night at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Local cowboys and cowgirls will compete in events that include steer wrestling, team roping, bronc busting, barrel racing, and bull riding. Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling has been the longtime stock contractor for the rodeo. The event begins at 8 o'clock each evening with the Grand Entry. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Advance tickets can be purchased at Hicks Western Wear. There will be a rodeo parade in downtown Chickasha tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock.

 

Town of Amber to Host Summer Fest

The town of Amber will hold a Summer Fest at the town park tomorrow. There will be family activities and the fire department will oversee water activities for the kids. There will be a cornhole tournament, and concessions will be available with proceeds to bring more events to the park. A couple of food trucks will also be on hand. The Amber Summer Fest will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.05.

Natural gas is $6.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,826 and silver is $20.95.

 

Obituaries

Jesse Higgins

A memorial service for Jesse Higgins, 44, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25th at Sevier Funeral Home.

‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick

Viewing for Oral ‘Fitz” Fitzpatrick, 92, of Rockwall, Texas will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sevier Funeral Home of Chickasha which will be followed by a graveside service at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Vergie Conner

Funeral service for Vergie Conner, 101, of Tuttle will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 27th at the Tuttle First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Thursday, June 23rd

 

Contractor Accused of Embezzlement

A contractor who is alleged to have bilked customers out of thousands of dollars is facing several felony charges of embezzlement.  40-year old Norman Thomas Gomes - also known as Buddy Gomes - is facing five felony counts of embezzlement and one felony for a pattern of criminal offenses. The charges were filed in Grady County District Court after an investigation by the state attorney general’s office. Documents filed in district court say Gomes took more than $20,000 from customers and failed to perform the work he was hired to do. Gomes, doing business as BNV Construction, is accused of victimizing customers in Grady, Caddo, Oklahoma, and Beckham counties between January of 2021 and March of 2022. A warrant for Gomes’ arrest was issued on June 9th and he was arrested June 17th. If convicted he faces 1-5 years of jail time and up to $5,000 in fines on each of the embezzlement charges and up to two years behind bars and a $25,000 fine for the pattern of criminal offenses charge. Gomes remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He's to back in court August 4th to announce his attorney and again August 10th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Suspected Gas Thief Caught in the Act

A man suspected of trying to steal gasoline out of the trucks of a local business is caught red handed by the business owner. 45-year old Michael Wayne Bearman was arrested by Chickasha police last week after they responded to a report of a larceny in progress at Gonzalez Pest Control at 806 West Choctaw. Court documents say when police arrived they saw a suspect in a fenced area sitting next to a truck with a gas can and a hose. The suspect tried to runaway but business owner Joseph Gonzalez was able to tackle the man and hold him until the officer caught up to him. Bearman has previous felony convictions which include assault and battery with a weapon; placing body fluids on government employees; and false personation dating back to 2009. He's facing two new felonies of second and third degree burglary in connection with this most recent arrest. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He's being represented by a court-appointed attorney and he is to return to court July 27th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

In-Person, Absentee Voting Available Ahead of Primary

Oklahoma's primary election is next Tuesday but voters can cast ballots early if they choose. In-person, absentee voting can be done at county election board offices. Republican and Democratic voters will cast ballots in their respective primaries and independent voters are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary. There are a number of state and federal candidates on the ballots including governor, attorney general, state treasurer, and state superintendent of schools as well as U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. There are several county office primary elections. In Grady County there are Republican primaries for the District One and District Three county commissioner posts. In Caddo County, there is a Republican primary for county commissioner in District One and a Democratic primary for county commissioner in District Three. Also in Caddo County there is a Republican primary for State Senate District 26 and for State Representative District 55. In-person, absentee voting can be done from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Veterans Administration Officials in Anadarko Thursday

Military veterans, their spouses, widows, or surviving children can get information about any benefits they may be entitled to without having to drive to Oklahoma City. Representatives with the Department of Veterans Affairs will be in Anadarko tomorrow. Individuals will be able to talk to a VA representative and get answers about claims or benefits. Representatives will also help file claims. Individuals may be able to get same-day decisions after sharing complete information. The event will be held in the Iscani Gymnasium at 1 Coronado Circle behind the Anadarko Walmart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.19 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.74.

Natural gas is $6.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $21.18.

 

Obituary

Jim White

A memorial service for Jim White, 75, of Anadarko will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25th at the First Baptist Church of Anadarko. He was a long-time teacher and coach for Anadarko and Chickasha schools and was the long-time public address announcer for Chickasha High School wrestling. He earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma and was a U.S. Army veteran. In recent years he served as a blue-gold officer with the U.S. Naval Academy. Arrangements are with Ray and Martha's Funeral Home in Anadarko.

 

Wednesday, June 22nd

 

ARPA Funds to Pay to Develop Long-Range Plan for Chix

The Chickasha City Council signs off on the creation of an extensive and expensive plan designed to make city-wide improvements over the next 20 years. A lengthy public hearing held during this week's council meeting outlined a proposed plan of action from Oklahoma City-based C. H. Guernsey and Company. It's a firm the city has used for several projects. During the course of the nearly hour-long hearing, city officials said the last comprehensive long-range plan for the city was done nearly 70 years ago (in 1955) and was last updated in 1973. Officials presented a number of studies done over the last 10 years that have cost the city more than $700,000 - and no action has ever been taken on any of those plans. Guernsey representatives said they will get the entire community involved in the planning process. Once they get started it will take up to 18 months to complete the plan. The city council approved using nearly $150,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to pay for the work. The proposal did not get unanimous approval from the council. It passed by a 7-2 vote with councilmen Brian Gerdes and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander voting against it.

 

Suspect Jailed in Connection with December Robberies

A Chickasha man is in custody, accused of committing a couple of robberies last fall. 22-year old Jake Tyler Holcomb is in jail facing two felony charges of robbery. He is being held in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Court documents indicate that Holcomb is accused of robbing a convenience store clerk the night of December 4th. The following night Holcomb is accused of robbing a USAO professor at knifepoint at the university, taking her cell phone and credit cards. Holcomb is scheduled to be back in court July 21st to announce his attorney and again July 27th for a preliminary hearing conference

 

Fairgrounds Hosts National Junior Red Angus Event 

Hundreds of youth from around the country and even some from Canada are in Chickasha this week. The North American Junior Red Angus Event (NAJRAE) is underway at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It's the first time this national show has been in Chickasha. Some 500 youth are exhibiting their animals, competing in quiz bowls, and attempting to win scholarships. The national event is held in different states each year. The youth also perform a community service project in the host city. The project for Chickasha was building some beds for the Life Skills Institute and Resurrection House. Mason Krey who is from the Chickasha area and part of the Red Angus group talks about the project.

 

             

 

The youth built four twin beds and four toddler beds which are on display at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The NAJRAE runs through Saturday. Admission is free for anyone who would like to stop by and see any of the events or get more information about the organization.

 

Wildlife Refuge Limits Hiking Due to Heat

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is limiting hiking activities due to the summer heat. The refuge has enacted an Emergency Closure Order. Early morning hiking is allowed but officials say visitors will have to exit trails and Mt. Scott Roadway by 10 a.m. for the duration of the order. Fishing, wildlife photography, kayaking, picnics, and limited camping are all activities still allowed. Officials say there are 24,000 acres of public use lands which complicates search-and-rescue operations. Officials recommend that individuals hydrate several days prior to visiting the refuge and to wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. They also recommend not placing all your trust in a cell phone because service isn't a guarantee.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.65.

Natural gas is $6.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,831 and silver is $21.45.

 

Tuesday, June 21st

 

Chix City Manager Resigns After Six Months on the Job

Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks suddenly resigned from his post following last night's city council meeting. Brooks, who was hired just six months ago, submitted his resignation following a closed-door meeting with the council. His resignation is effective immediately. No explanation was provided regarding Brooks' decision. Brooks was hired last fall after a lengthy search for a city manager following the resignation of previous city manager, John Noblitt. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley issued a prepared statement saying the council will be moving forward with the plans and progress which have been set in motion.  He said the council trusts the city's leadership team to continue pressing toward meeting the priorities and goals that the council has laid out. Mosley said the council passed a very promising budget and approved the start of an exciting new comprehensive plan last night. Mosley will serve as interim city manager while the council begins the search for its next administrator.

 

Chix City Employees Work on Federal Juneteenth Holiday

Federal and state offices and banks were closed yesterday to commemorate Juneteenth, which officially became a federal holiday last year. However, employees with the City of Chickasha were on  the job yesterday, even though the city council approved the paid holiday last fall. City Councilman Zach Grayson talked about the oversight during last night's city council meeting.

 

              

 

City Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander was more critical of the oversight-

 

 

Ashanti-Alexander said if city leaders want to project a positive image they should follow examples of cities which see their communities unite racially, economically, and culturally.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree

A Chickasha woman is hospitalized after her car runs off a Caddo County road and hit a tree. 67-year old Jamie Oberlag was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in serious condition. The accident happened just before 5:00 p.m. Monday about three miles southeast of Anadarko. The OHP reports that Oberlag was driving at a high rate of speed when her car hit a bump, veered off the road, and hit the tree broadside. She was trapped in the vehicle for about 20 minutes. The trooper alleged there was an odor of alcohol in the vehicle.

 

OSBI Names Victim Who Died in Officer-Involved Shooting

Investigators have identified the man who was fatally shot by a Caddo County deputy sheriff over the weekend. The OSBI reports that 48-year old Roy Sink suffered a fatal gunshot wound when the deputy responded to a 9-1-1 call about a disturbance at an Anadarko home on Sunday. The OSBI said Sink had a machete when the deputy arrived.  Sink was taken to a hospital where he died. The OSBI says the investigation is on-going and that a final report will be submitted to the district attorney's office where DA Jason Hicks will determine if the shooting was justified.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.12.

Natural gas is $6.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,838 and silver is $21.79.

 

Obituaries

Leta May Wallace

A graveside service for Leta May Wallace, 88, of Chickasha was held yesterday at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Barbara Kuntz

A memorial service for Barbara Kuntz, 87, of Austin, Texas and formerly of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Jean Dickson

Funeral service for Jean Dickson, 68, of Frederick will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25th at Calvary Community Church in Hollis. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 20th

 

State Agency Looks Into Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is looking into a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place in Anadarko yesterday. The OSBI reports that a Caddo County deputy sheriff responded to a 9-1-1 call to the home about 1:00 p.m. A relative of the victim had called authorities to the home to investigate a disturbance. When the deputy arrived the man was standing in the front yard with a machete. At some point the deputy fired his weapon and hit the man. The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Neither the name of the deputy nor the man who was fatally shot have been released.

 

Caddo County Man Dies in Weekend Rollover

A Ft. Cobb man died over the weekeend when his pickup ran off the road and overturned. 26-year old Ryan Sperle died in the crash that happened southeast of Ft. Cobb just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The state trooper dispatched to the accident said Sperle failed to go around a curve, ran off the road and overturned an undetermined number of times. Sperle, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was thrown out the truck.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Second

Hearing on Proposed City Budget 

Another public hearing on the proposed 2023 fiscal year budget for the City of Chickasha is scheduled during tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting. It's the second public hearing to be held in as many meetings to get public input about the spending plan. After the hearing, the council will consider a resolution to approve or reject the spending plan and any amendments which may be suggested.

Hearing Also Scheduled to Consider Firm to Help with Long-Range Plan

The council is also to hold a separate public hearing regarding the development of a long-range plan for the city. A representative from C.H. Guernsey and Company will present a proposal to help city officials put together a 20-year plan for development. The firm has helped communities like Yukon, Moore, Guymon, and Grove develop long-range plans. City officials are recommending the council approve the proposal to allow Guernsey officials to lead the project at a cost of just under $150,000.

Additional Airport Advisory Board Members Recommended

The council is also to consider appointing two new members to the city’s Airport Advisory Board. Greg Jacobi and Ronny Hightower are being recommended for two new positions that have been created for the airport group. During the council’s June 6th meeting, the panel approved increasing the number of members on the airport panel from five to seven. The council is also expected to approve the annual July 4th fireworks display at Shannon Springs Park.

Closed-Door Meetings Set to Discuss 

Union Memorandums; City Manager's Work

The group will also go behind closed doors to discuss Memorandums of Understanding with both the Fraternal Order of Police, Local 129 and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 2041. Also during the closed-door session, the council will conduct a review of the performance of City Manager Tyler Brooks. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Saddle Up for the Chickasha Rodeo

The 83rd annual Chickasha rodeo is coming up this week. It is an open rodeo and cowboys and cowgirls can sign up for their respective events from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling is the stock contractor and the number to call is 580-678-3583. Rodeo performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at the Grady County Fairgrounds outdoor rodeo arena with the Grand Entry at 8 p.m. each night. Advance tickets can be purchased at Hicks Western Wear. There will be a rodeo parade Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.12.

Natural gas is $6.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $21.69.

 

Obituaries

Dorothy Unruh

Funeral service for Dorothy Unruh, 92, of Chickasha was held at 10:00 a.m. this morning (Monday, June 20th) at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Tommi Jo King

Funeral service for Tommi Jo King, 52, of Tuttle will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 21st at Life Church in Mustang. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Betty Jo Gibson

Funeral service for Betty Jo Gibson, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Thomas Woods, Jr.

A memorial service for Thomas Woods, Jr., 71, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

 

2022, June 6th-11th

Saturday, June 11th

 

OSBI Investigates Murder-Suicide 

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) are looking into fatal shooting that took place at a home east of Tuttle yesterday. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess tells KOOL-RANCH News that the initial investigation by deputies is that it is a murder-suicide. Boggess said an elderly couple lived in the home east of Tuttle near Morgan Road and East Rock Creek Road. The OSBI hasn't released any details about their investigation and no names have been released.

 

Child Drowns at Ft. Cobb Lake

A family outing turns tragic after a five-year old child drowns at Ft. Cobb Lake. Authorities were called out to the Deer Run Splash Pad and playground just after 7 o'clock last night. The highway patrol reports that a five-year old boy wandered away from his family and went to an area bordered by water that surrounded a play area. The child was found in about three feet of water and individuals began CPR. The child was transported by private vehicle to meet an ambulance which took him to the Carnegie hospital where the child was pronounced dead.

 

One in Custody After Raid on Chickasha Homes

A Chickasha man is behind bars after law enforcement officers raid a couple of homes early Friday morning. 58-year old Trent Lyle Johnson was arrested after agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Grady County Sheriff's office special response team activated search warrants simultaneously in the 1000 block of South 1st and the 900 block of South 2nd. Undersheriff Gary Boggess said about 15 law enforcement personnel met about 4:30 Friday morning to discuss what he called the high-risk search warrants. The team, which did use the sheriff's office armor-plated MRAP vehicle, struck the houses about 6:00 a.m. Johnson was arrested on a drug trafficking complaint at the home on South 1st Street. Boggess said the house on South 2nd Street was abandoned and was what he called a ‘stash’ house. Boggess said Johnson has had several prior drug arrests .

 

New Casino Allowed to Open in Spite of Lawsuit

A federal judge will allow a new Caddo County casino to open in spite of a lawsuit that has been filed against the operation. The Warm Springs Casino west of Anadarko was built by the Ft. Sill Apache Tribe. However, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation have filed a joint lawsuit saying the casino would violate federal laws and harm their own gaming operations by taking business away. The Oklahoman reports that U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin turned down the Kiowa and Comanche tribes' requests to the delay the opening while the lawsuit works its way through the legal process. The casino is built on land originally allotted to a Kiowa citizen. The Ft. Sill- Apache Tribe acquired it in 2001 and built the convenience store then spent $2 million building a 3,000 sq. ft. casino next door. It wasn't clear when the casino might open.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Cathy Nestlen with the Regional Food Bank is on our KOOL Konversation program. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley and City Manager Tyler Brooks are on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 10th

 

Reports: Restaurant Fire Caused 'Significant' Damage

That fire at a Tuttle barbecue restaurant Thursday morning caused a lot of damage. Tuttle fire crews were called out to B-Ray's Barbecue just before 7 a.m. Thursday and they called in several other departments for assistance. A post on the Tuttle Fire Department's Facebook page indicates they quickly had the fire under control. A post on B-Ray's Facebook page says the restaurant had significant damage but gave no details. B-Rays thanked the fire department, the Tuttle community, their customers, and Taco Mayo for their help. The business began out of a food truck and the restaurant just opened in August of last year.

 

H.E. Bailey Turnpike's 'Cashless' System to Start Soon

The H.E. Bailey Turnpike is expected to go to a cashless pay system by the end of the month. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority approved new PlatePay rates for the highway from Lawton to Oklahoma City. For motorists who don't have a PikePass here is how the system works - a camera will take a photograph of the vehicle tag and then a bill will be mailed to the owner the vehicle. It will be more expensive than PikePass. Right now, a one-way trip from Lawton to Oklahoma City with a PikePass is $3.50. The same trip is $4.25 for those who pay cash. The cost using the PlatePay System will be $7.45. The action by the turnpike authority moves up the transition to the cashless system by about five weeks.

 

TwisterFest Among Numerous Weekend Events

Here are a few of the activities going on in the area this weekend. Chickasha's Muscle Car Ranch will be hosting its 8th annual TwisterFest. More than 40 bands from the Oklahoma and Texas region will be playing on five stages scattered throughout the nearly 100-acre ranch. Rock, blues, indie rock, country, and hip hop bands are all scheduled. The three-day, family friendly, outdoor concert runs through Sunday. RV and primitive campsites are available near any of the five lakes on the ranch. Day and weekend passes are available. Muscle cars are welcome and drivers of the muscle cars get free admission.

Legends Event Center

The Legends Event Center will host Cody Hibbard with Chickasha native T.J. Wicks tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. That is for individuals 21 and older.

Chickasha Community Theater

The Chickasha Community Theater is presenting another weekend of Disney's The Little Mermaid Junior. Performance times are 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night and the final performance will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

St. Luke's Art Appreciation, Wine -Tasting

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will host an art appreciation, sale, and wine-tasting event. That will be both tonight and tomorrow night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. with wine provided by the Shakespeare Wine Company. It’s free and open to the public. The church is known for its 120-year old auditorium that is still being used today.

Elks Lodge Fishing Derby

The Chickasha Elks Lodge holds its annual fishing derby tomorrow morning at Shannon Springs Park. They will be giving away four lifetime Oklahoma fishing licenses - one for each of four age groups. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with fishing from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $121.51 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $123.07.

Natural gas is $8.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,845 and silver is $21.54.

 

Obituaries

Tiffany Swafford

No public services are scheduled for Tiffany Swafford, 50, of Tuttle. A Gofundme account has been established to help the family. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Trevor Rivera

Funeral service for 25-year old Trevor Rivera of Norman is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, June 9th

 

Fire Crews Battle Flames at Tuttle Restaurant

Firefighters from multiple departments are working to douse flames at a Tuttle restaurant this morning. The Tuttle Fire Department was dispatched to B-Ray's Barbecue at 151 East Main Street just before 7:00 a.m. Tuttle officials called in nearby fire departments for help. Listen to KOOL/RANCH News for upates.

 

Gas Prices Continue Historic Climb

Gas prices have hit an all-time high in Oklahoma as well as across the country. Gasoline prices broke the $5 a gallon mark for the first time in the Sooner State this week. A gas station in southern Oklahoma near Davis posted a price of $5.03 per gallon and a station in southwest Oklahoma had its price at $4.99. The highest price we've seen in Chickasha is nearly $4.90 a gallon. The average price for a gallon of gas in Oklahoma is up to a record $4.54 per gallon in the most recent report from Triple-A. That's 33 cents higher than just a week ago and $2.75 higher than the same time one year ago. The national average is $4.95 per gallon.

 

Trafficking Suspect Also Faces Attempted Escape Charge

A Chickasha man is facing a drug trafficking charge after authorities say they found him with more than 300 tablets laced with fentanyl. The tablets are highly addictive and fatal overdoses have occurred locally and nationally. 33-year old Tyler Celeste Miller was taken into custody following a joint operation involving the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. The sheriff's office reports that Miller was taken into custody May 26th. Miller admitted swallowing 20 of the pills and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Authorities say Miller tried to escape while at the hospital but was quickly taken back into custody. After treatment, Miller was taken to the Grady County Jail. He is charged with drug trafficking and attempted escape. His bond was set at $300,000.

 

Pursuit Suspect Formally Charged

The suspect accused of leading Caddo County law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit this week has been formally charged in connection with the incident. Prosecutors have charged 37-year old Dustin Lee Beard of Cyril with eluding or attempting to elude, obstructing an officer, and driving with a suspended license. Beard was arrested Tuesday after the chase that had speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. He remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $15,000 bond. That includes bond on a previous felony burglary charge Beard is facing in connection with a break-in that occurred in Cyril in July of last year.

 

Ex-Con Faces New Charge of Domestic Violence

A Marlow man with a history of domestic violence is facing more allegations of assault. 39-year old Eddie Lewayne Hall, Jr. is accused of assaulting his estranged wife in connection with his most recent arrest. The Lawton Constitution reports that Hall has previous felony convictions, including a 2015 conviction out of Stephens County for domestic abuse. Hall is now facing another felony charge of assault.  He is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond.

 

Chix Officials Schedule Annual Ward 4 Meeting

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 4 can meet with their city council representatives next week. Residents can share their concerns about city issues and talk about what they'd like to see in the city's future. Council representatives Zack Grayson and Kelly Boyd will be on hand for the meeting which will be held Monday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Chickasha Police Department. Questions can be submitted ahead of time by sending an e-mail to info@chickasha.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $122.11 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $123.58.

Natural gas is $8.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,851 and silver is $22.01.

 

Obituary

Annie Williams

Funeral service for Annie Williams, 90, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 8th

 

Chix Officials Address Lack of Care at Cemeteries

Some city officials received complaints about the appearance of Chickasha's cemeteries over the Memorial Day weekend. City Councilwoman Georgianne Hebbelthwaite brought up the issue during this week's city council meeting.

 

              

 

City Manager Tyler Brooks says he has already had discussions about whether to hire another contractor or hire more city employees to do the work.

 

              

 

Brooks also said he has asked the Parks and Recreation Department to assist the Public Works Department in maintaining the cemeteries.

 

Storms Damage Grady County Jail

The Grady County Jail sustained some minor damage in the strong thunderstorms that moved through the area yesterday morning. Some of the building's exterior was ripped from the structure. Jail administrator Jim Gerlach said a large patch of the 22-year old jail's external insulation and finishing system (EIFS), which is an alternative to stucco, was blown off the outside of the second story of the four-story jail. No inmates had to be moved as the area where the damage occurred is secured. Gerlach had no estimate of damage.

 

Robbery Suspect In Custody Following Pursuit

A Cyril man wanted for robbery out of Texas is in custody after leading police on a high-speed pursuit in Caddo County. 37-year old Dustin Beard was arrested following a joint effort of Apache and Cyril police departments and the Caddo County Sheriff's Office. According to a post on the Apache Police Department's Facebook page, Beard led authorities on a pursuit that topped 100 miles per hour, endangering others throughout the chase. The post indicates that Beard jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in gear which resulted in the vehicle hitting a bridge. Beard then fled on foot down a creek but was eventually taken into custody and then to the Caddo County Jail where he is being held on complaints of felony eluding, obstruction, and driving under suspension.

 

Grady County Sheriff's Staff Honored for 20 Years of Service

Some long-time employees with the Grady County Sheriff's Office are recognized for their service. Lts. Chuck Berryhill and Carrie Boggess, and Deputy Dale Thompson were honored for 20 years of service. Sheriff Jim Weir and Undersheriff Gary Boggess say 20 years in law enforcement is a big milestone. All three individuals have sacrificed thousands of hours to serve and protect Grady County residents and have made the sheriff's office reserve program one of most elite programs of its kind in the state.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $119.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $120.57.

Natural gas is $9.29 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,853 and silver is $22.04.

 

Obituary

Dwain Boothe

Obituaries today include Dwain Boothe, 87, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha. He was a pharmacist, a missionary, and a U.S. Army veteran. Viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. today at Sevier Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 13th at Quail Springs Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Pregnancy Center in care of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children in Oklahoma City.

 

Tuesday, June 7th

 

Morning Thunderstorms Cause Flash Flooding

Strong thunderstorms bring flooding rains and hail to much of Grady, Caddo and surrounding counties as well as parts of the Oklahoma City metro area. A flood warning was in effect until 10:30 this morning for northern Grady, western McClain, and Cleveland counties. Main roads in Chickasha were flooded including 3rd and 4th Streets from Choctaw south to Idaho Avenue and residential areas prone to flooding also had high-water issues. The flood-warned area included the H.E. Bailey Turnpike between Chickasha and Newcastle. Mesonet sites recorded more than one inch of rain in Chickasha and nearly two inches of rain in Minco. In northern Caddo County the town of Hinton recorded the heaviest rainfall total in the region at more than 4 inches of rain.

 

Concerns Arise over Planned Drilling Rigs in Chickasha

An energy company looking to drill oil and gas wells in the Chickasha city limits gets some criticism. Camino Natural Resources has obtained drilling permits from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to drill at least two wells on property near Sooner and Cottonwood Roads. The permits were on the agenda for last night’s Chickasha City Council meeting for consideration. Chickasha businessman and resident Jacobi Jarnagin expressed concern that company officials were pretty aggressive in getting property owners to sign off on the drilling.

 

              

 

Jarnagin said Camino has plans to drill four wells on a single pad at that location. Mayor Chris Mosley said he supported the drilling but that he is concerned about the road damage that will occur.

 

              

 

The company is to pay a $25,000 bond on each of the permits to the city. The council voted 7-1 to approve the permits. Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander cast the only no vote.

 

Proposed Budget for City of Chickasha to be On-line

The council spent about 15 minutes discussing the proposed 2023 fiscal year budget for the city during a public hearing last night. No residents came forward during the hearing. Officials said while only a brief summary of the plan is currently available for public view on the city’s website, the entire proposal – more than 20 pages long - will be posted on the city’s website within a view days to allow for more public scrutiny. The $48 million plan will be placed on the agenda for the council's June 20th meeting to give the budget final approval.

 

Chickasha Seeks New Public Works Director

The City of Chickasha is looking for a new public works director. David Buchanan resigned from the post last month. City Manager Tyler Brooks said Buchanan left for personal reasons. Buchanan spent more than two years in that post. Last night, the city council approved a contract with Oklahoma Municipal Management Services to bring in an interim public works director. His hourly rate will be just over $35 an hour. Brooks says a candidate has been selected and will be on the job this morning. His name has not yet been made public.

 

Chix Fire Department to get Two New Ambulances

The Chickasha Fire Department will have two new ambulances in service later this year. The city council approved the purchase of a new ambulance and cab-and-chassis for the fire department during last night's meeting. The vehicles are being purchased from Emergency Vehicle Sales and Service of Oklahoma. The price tag for the 2022 model ambulance is just under $244,000. The cost of the 2022 Dodge Ram 5500 is about $65,000. The costs of both vehicles will be reimbursed by the county's 522 EMS District. The fire department will build the second ambulance onto the cab-and-chassis that is being purchased. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said the new ambulance is expected to be delivered in October.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $118.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.51.

Natural gas is $9.32 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,852 and silver is $22.09.

 

Obituaries

Josephine Guererro

Funeral service for Josephine Guererro, 83, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 10th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

‘Dale’ Riddle

A private family service will be held at a later date for Quenton "Dale" Riddle, 82, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 6th

 

Public Hearing to be held Tonight

for Proposed City of Chickasha Budget

A proposed budget of nearly $49 million for the City of Chickasha for fiscal year 2023 will be discussed during a public hearing that will be held the Chickasha City Council tonight. After the public hearing, the council will consider a resolution to adopt the budget which would go into effect next month.

Energy Company Seeks Drilling Permits

The council will also consider approving drilling permits for Camino Resources to drill two wells in the southeast part of the city near Sooner and Cottonwood Roads.

Purchase of New Ambulances to be Considered

The council will also consider purchasing a new ambulance and a cab-and-chassis for the fire department. It's proposed that the council purchase a 2022 ambulance at a cost of just under $244,000 and a 2022 Dodge Ram 5500 cab-and-chassis at a cost of no more than $65,000 from Emergency Sales and Service of Oklahoma. The fire department will use the cab-and-chassis to build a second ambulance. The city would be reimbursed for the cost of both vehicles by the 522 EMS district.  Also to be discussed is a proposal to retire K9 officer Jax and sell him to his handler at a cost of $100. The group will also consider a request for the temporary closing of the 100 block of Chickasha Avenue the evening of Saturday, July 2nd for a multi-class reunion celebration. The group will also consider a proposal to allow the Chickasha Area Arts Council to use the Rock Island Railroad depot area from Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd for its annual Rock Island Arts Festival.

 

Oklahoma to Participate in Kid Governor Program

Oklahoma is the 4th state in the country to participate in what's called the Kid Governor program. It's a civics lesson project for 5th grade students. Joe Dorman with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy gives a brief description.

 

              

 

Seven finalists will be selected and then ballots will be sent to participating 5th grade classes across the state who will vote and elect a Kid Governor for the following year. For information about the program teachers can visit the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's website: www.oica.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $118.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.72.

Natural gas is $8.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,857 and silver is $22.37.

 

Obituaries

Hazel Taylor

A graveside service for Hazel Taylor, 96, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Beth Kizzia

Funeral service for Beth Kizzia, 61, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

2022, June 1st-4th

Saturday, June 4th

 

Man Critically Injured in Turnpike Crash

A driver is fighting for his life after a one-vehicle accident on the H.E Bailey Turnpike. 45-year old Maximiliano Olvera of Oklahoma City suffered numerous injuries in the crash which happened about 2:30 this morning in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 97 - not far from the toll booth. The highway patrol reports that Olvera struck a guard rail cushion and a concrete barrier.  He was trapped in the truck for about 30 minutes before being rescued by the Bridge Creek Fire Department. The trooper called out to the crash said Olvera had fallen asleep at the wheel.

 

Suspect  Allegedly Has 25+ Pounds of Fentanyl

A traffic stop leads to the arrest of a man for allegedly having more than 25 pounds of the deadly pain-killing drug Fentanyl. An agent with the state bureau of narcotics pulled over a pickup on the H.E. Bailey turnpike in Chickasha Thursday afternoon when the driver made an improper lane change. A probably cause affidavit indicates the agent's K9 partner indicated that drugs may be inside the vehicle. The agent found nearly a dozen bundles wrapped in black tape which the agent said field tested as positive for Fentanyl. The driver, 21-year old Carlos Floriano-Torres of El Paso, Texas was arrested on a drug complaint and taken to the Grady County Jail. Prosecutors have formally charged Floriano-Torres with aggravated drug trafficking. He has not yet had his initial appearance on the charge.

 

Longtime Newspaper Publisher Frances Settle Dies

Frances Settle, a longtime co-owner and publisher of a number of Grady County newspapers has died. She was 86 when she passed away at her home in Lyons, Kansas earlier this week. Frances and her husband Marshall published the Chickasha Star, Minco Minstrel, and Tuttle Times from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. The couple also published a number of Kansas newspapers. Frances was born in Walters, Oklahoma in 1935 and graduated from Anadarko High School. She and Marshall were married for more than 50 years until his passing in 2006. Survivors include son John and his wife Paula and their family of Oklahoma City; and son David and his wife Anita and their family of Lyons, Kansas. A memorial service will be held in Chickasha at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Press Association.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here is what we're talking about this weekend. USAO history professor James Finck is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. The guest on Real Estate Today is Joe Dorman, the director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Vera Taylor

A graveside service for Vera Taylor, 101, of Chickasha and formerly of Rush Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 6th at the Rush Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, June 3rd

 

New Court Date Set for Coach Charged with Child Rape

Former high school and junior high school girls basketball coach Ron Akins was back in a Grady County Courtroom yesterday. Akins is facing a number of charges for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting players he was coaching. Back in May, Akins' attorney waived his client's right to a preliminary hearing. Yesterday's court date was to schedule Akins' next court date. Online court records show that the case has been placed on a disposition docket Sept. 13th. Akins is charged with 10 felonies which includes rape, sexual battery, and lewd or indecent acts to children under 16. Several of Akins’ alleged victims have also filed a federal lawsuit against Akins and a number of others for failing to take action when they were notified about the allegations against the former coach.

 

Woman Uses Sister's Name to Avoid Arrest

A woman wanted for driving a stolen vehicle is accused of using her sister's identity in an attempt to avoid arrest. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for 36-year old Amy Lynn Barnes last month. Grady County Sheriff’s deputies had reached out to Barnes' sister about a pending court case against her. The sister said Barnes suspected her sister had given her name because she had done it previously. Authorities were able to locate Barnes and arrested her last week. She's facing felony charges of having a stolen vehicle and false impersonation and a misdemeanor for having marijuana. Barnes remains in the Grady County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

 

Shannon Springs' Park Pool Opening Delayed

Mechanical issues have delayed the opening of the City of Chickasha's public pool at Shannon Springs Park. Officials initially filled the pool on Tuesday in hopes of opening on Wednesday. However, crews found a faulty valve that had to be replaced. They had to drain some of the water out of the pool in order to replace make repairs. It’s not clear when the pool may open.

 

Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma Has Special Election Tomorrow

Members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will go to the polls tomorrow in a special election. The election is to fill a vacant seat on the Kiowa Tribe's legislative body. It's for District 7, where former legislator Jacob Tsotigh resigned to run for the vice chairman post alongside chairman candidate Lawrence Spottedbird. Spottedbird and Tsotigh did win the election and will take office next month. There are five candidates on tomorrow’s ballot - Joshua Tonacut, Shane Tartsah, Warren Queton, Spencer Onco, and Mark Cody.

 

State High School Rodeo Finals in Chickasha

Oklahoma high school rodeo’ers are in Chickasha this weekend. It's the state finals for the cowboys and cowgirls as they look to earn enough points to qualify for the national high school rodeo which will be held in Gillette, Wyoming this summer. More than 125 competitors are at the Grady County Fairgrounds looking to make the top 15 in their respective events. The first go-round was held yesterday and the second go-round is today. The top 15 in each event after today’s competition advance to the short-go tomorrow where the top four in each event will advance to the national high school finals rodeo next month. An awards ceremony will wrap up the event on Sunday.

 

Other Weekend Events

Other goings-on in Chickasha this weekend...The Chickasha Community Theatre is hosting the first of back-to-back weekends of shows. Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. opened last night. There are shows at 6:30 tonight and tomorrow night and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The show will also run next Thursday through Sunday.

Wings and Wheels Air Show is Tomorrow

Also, the City of Chickasha is hosting its Wings and Wheels Air Show at the airport tomorrow. There will be vintage airplanes on display, a number of acrobatic acts, and a veteran's parachute jump. The airport opens at 8 a.m. for the vintage plane display, the car and truck show, and registration for free plane rides for children ages 8-17. The free plane rides run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The air show events start at noon starting with the veteran’s parachute jump bringing in an American flag. There are food trucks on hand and free water will be available. Admission and parking are free.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $116.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $117.61.

Natural gas is $8.48 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,869 and silver is $22.43.

 

Thursday, June 2nd

 

OSBI Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting in Chickasha

Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) are looking into an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Chickasha Tuesday night. The OSBI reports that Chickasha police were dispatched to a neighborhood near 18th and Idaho about a shirtless man in the street yelling obscenities. The man did not comply with officers and retreated inside his home. A few minutes later, he came out of the house with a rifle. Again, the man did not comply with police and an officer fired an undetermined number of shots with at least one of them striking the man. The man was identified as 34-year old Justin Keith Henderson who was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The name of the officer who discharged his weapon was not released.

 

Two Suspects Arrested for Having Stolen Pickup

Two Chickasha men are facing felony charges after they were found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle. One of the men is also accused of having a firearm after a previous conviction. The arrests of 24-year old Justin Chance Knight and 20-year old Steven Ryburn started with a Grady County Sheriff's Office investigation of pickup stolen from Chickasha last week. A probable cause affidavit indicates the owner had posted a photo of the truck on Facebook and offered a reward. The owner told deputies that he was contacted by an unknown person about setting up a meeting. The owner then called authorities to let them know that they were going to get together at Hawkins Church north of Alex. As the owner met with two individuals, deputies converged on the church and arrested the pair.  Authorities found a .22 caliber revolver that was alleged to have been in Knight's possession. Knight has a previous conviction of endangering others while attempting to elude stemming from a 2019 arrest. Knight remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond. Ryburn is out of jail on a $7,500 bond.

 

Lawsuit Delays Opening of New Caddo County Casino

A new casino in Caddo County may be temporarily barred from opening. The Warm Springs Casino at the Apache Y is the subject of a federal lawsuit that has been filed against leaders of the Ft. Sill Apache tribe and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Oklahoman reports that the Kiowa and Comanche nations have jointly filed the lawsuit. A federal judge heard arguments in the case earlier this week. The Oklahoman reports that the case begins a new chapter in a long dispute over the Ft. Sill-Apache tribe's gaming rights in southwest Oklahoma - on land promised to the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache tribes in an 1867 treaty. Decades after that treaty, Ft. Sill-Apache descendants were forced to the area as prisoners of war. The new lawsuit contends the Ft. Sill-Apache tribe has no jurisdiction over the land under Warm Springs Casino. But federal regulators have already given verbal approval to the casino. The Oklahoman reports that government funding fueled by gaming operations is at stake on both sides. While the Ft. Sill-Apache tribe wants to grow its economic base, the Kiowa and Comanche tribes both want to maintain their own revenue streams. Both the Kiowa and Comanche tribes have casinos within 30 miles of Warm Springs Casino.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $115.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $122.61.

Natural gas is $8.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,859 and silver is $22.13.

 

Obituary

Peggy Jo Conner

Funeral service for Peggy Joe Conner, 64, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 3rd at Snow Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Wednesday, June 1st

 

Some Damage Reported from Early Morning Storms

Strong thunderstorms rumbled across much of Oklahoma last night and this morning and there is a report of at least one home damaged in the Chickasha area. A roof was blown off the home of Mike Parham in the Norge area. Parham posted a photo of the damage on his Facebook page. He also said a shed had been blown away. Fortunately no one was injured. There were no tornado warnings issued for Grady County in the storms that moved through between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Television meteorologists reported that radar-indicated winds in parts of Grady County reached 80 miles per hour. Chickasha and Apache received the most rain in the region at about 1.5 inches; Rush Springs collected an inch of rain; Minco about seven-tenths; and Ft. Cobb's rain gauge showed about three-quarters-of-an-inch. Rain and thunderstorms are again forecast for much of the region tonight. A flash flood watch is in effect until 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

 

Truck Driver Sentenced in Connection with 2018 Fatal Crash

A semi driver charged with a misdemeanor in connection with a fatal traffic accident that occurred four years ago is sentenced to one year in jail with six months suspended. 30-year old Koby Keaton Griffin of Childress, Texas entered a blind plea of guilty to a misdemeanor charge of negligent homicide in Grady County District Court. 60-year old Joyce McDaniel was killed in the three-vehicle crash just south of Minco on U.S. Highway 81 in March of 2018. The Highway Patrol reported at the time that McDaniel had stopped on the highway to allow traffic to clear before turning on to a county road. Her car was rear-ended by Griffin’s semi and pushed into oncoming traffic where McDaniel's car was then hit by an oncoming pickup. Griffin told authorities that the brakes on his big rig failed. In addition to his jail sentence Griffin was also ordered to pay $750 in fines, perform 100 hours of community service, and to complete a driver improvement course.

 

Suspect Charged in Theft of Lawn Mowing Equipment

A Chickasha man is facing a charge of grand larceny in connection with the theft of more than $11,000 in lawn maintenance equipment. 32-year old Andrew Marcus Middleton, also known as Andrew Morris, was arrested by Chickasha police over the weekend. A probable cause affidavit indicates that an officer was called out to check out a suspicious vehicle towing a trailer. Just minutes before, the sheriff's office received a call about a trailer with the equipment being pulled by a white SUV. A few minutes later a state trooper stopped the SUV just east of Chickasha near Jay’s Mini Stop. Middleton was the driver and told authorities he had purchased the items although he didn't have any receipts. The owner of the trailer and equipment identified the items as his. Prosecutors have charged Middleton with a felony and he remains in the Grady County Jail on a $7,500 bond. Just last year, Middleton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a previous theft in Chickasha. He was given a 30-day suspended sentence in connection with that case.

 

State Rig Count Up Slightly

Oklahoma's rig count continues a slow climb, which bucked the national trend for last week. The Sooner State now has 59 active oil and gas rigs, up one from the previous week. Nationwide, the rig count fell by one to a total of 727. That number is about 50 percent higher than a year ago when it was 442 rigs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $114.67 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $122.84.

Natural gas is $8.15 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,833 and silver is $21.50.

 

USAO Softball Team Finished Third in National Tournament

The USAO softball team came within one win of playing for a national championship at the NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Georgia last night. Needing two victories to get to the title game, the No. 5-ranked Drovers defeated No. 11-ranked Southeastern of Florida 2-1 in 10 innings in their first game. The Drovers then played No. 1-ranked Mobile, Alabama in a game that also went 10 innings and was won by Mobile, 4-3. The Drover season ends with a 53-10 record and a third place finish in the national tournament. Mobile will go on to play Oklahoma City University for the NAIA national title this afternoon.

 

Tuesday, May 31st

 

Memorial Day Ceremony Held at Shannon Springs Park

Memorial Day ceremonies nationwide yesterday paid tribute to the men and women in the armed forces who died while serving their country. One of those ceremonies was held at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Shannon Springs Park. The names of the 162 Grady County military veterans who died while on active duty were read aloud. Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks, a U.S. Air Force veteran, said the memories of battles fought by soldiers are never over and talked about the War of 17.

 

 

Brooks said while we take time to honor those who have died, we need to remember the living as well. He said help is available for veterans who may be struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans, or anyone who knows a veteran suffering with PTSD can reach out to veterans groups such as the Grady County Disabled American Veterans, VFW, or American Legion for help.

 

Grady County GOP to Host Education Forum

The three Republican candidates for State Superintendent of Schools will be part of an education forum in Chickasha this week. April Grace, Superintendent at Shawnee Public Schools; John Cox, Superintendent at Peggs Public Schools; and Ryan Walters, state education secretary will speak. Others include Deborah Campbell, a Republican candidate for House District 50 which includes the Duncan area; Jenni White from Reclaim Oklahoma Power Empowerment (ROPE) who will discuss SB 1647 which is the school choice bill; certified teacher and doctoral student Mark Ousley will discuss critical race theory and social and emotional learning in the classroom; and Sandy Harrell, who is a member of the state Republican party’s education committee is also part of the forum. The program will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4th at the USAO Ballroom. The forum is open to the public and not just members of the Republican Party.

 

State Wheat Harvest Begins

The wheat harvest is underway in Oklahoma. Most of the work is taking place in southern and southwest Oklahoma like Altus, Chattanooga, and Walters - with some test cuttings as far north as Piedmont and Okarche. Farm broadcaster Ron Hays says projections for this year's crop are low.

 

              

 

On the other end of the spectrum though Hays said a test cutting in the tri-city area is showing some promise. One location in Newcastle was in full harvest with about 50 bushels per acre and test weights at 60 pounds per bushel.

 

Food Bank Has Two Grady County Sites for Summer Program

The Regional Food Bank is working to make sure Oklahoma children have something to eat this summer. A couple of sites in Grady County will offer food to youth while school is out. The Chickasha YMCA will be serving lunch Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a snack from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Rush Springs Baptist Church will serve a morning snack between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). All the meals and snacks are prepared and packaged by volunteers in Hope's Kitchen which is the Regional Food Bank's production kitchen.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $115.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $119.43.

Natural gas is $8.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,852 and silver is $21.83.

 

Drovers Continue Play in NAIA Softball World Series

The USAO softball team picks up another win at the NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Georgia. After suffering a 3-0 loss to Mobile, Alabama on Saturday, the Drovers bounced back with a 6-0 win over Freed-Hardeman, Tennessee yesterday. USAO is among the final four teams remaining in the tournament. The Drovers will face Southeastern Florida in an elimination game this afternoon. 

 

Obituary

Debra Wallin

A graveside service for Debra Wallin, 64, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1st at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 30th

No news due to the Memorial Day Holiday

 

2022, May 23rd-28th

Saturday, May 28th

 

Stitt, Legislative Leaders Trade Barbs

Regarding Proposed State Budget

In a rare instance of in-party bickering made public, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and leaders of the state house and senate argue over some components of the state’s $9.8 billion budget. All are members of the Republican party. The governor criticized the spending plan sent to him by the legislature on May 16th. The Oklahoman reported that Stitt said the entire proposal was put together by backroom deals. He also said some of the proposed tax-relief measures were inadequate for Oklahoma families and called for a special session to hammer out an agreement. The Oklahoman also reported that House Speaker Charles McCall was disappointed and appalled at the governor's accusations that state lawmakers were making backroom deals and were pandering to special interest groups. While state lawmakers did over-ride six of the governor's vetoes the house held up an over-ride vote on the two tax relief proposals that were vetoed, both of which will be revisited in the special session that begins June 13th. However, McCall was quoted as saying lawmakers aren't doing it for the governor because legislators work for the people of Oklahoma and not Stitt. The governor vetoed proposals to give sales tax rebate checks to tax payers and to eliminate the sales tax on vehicle purchases. Stitt favors the elimination of the sales tax on groceries and cutting individual income taxes. McCall wants to amend the special session to include all tax relief options not just those proposed by the governor. The amendment would have to be approved by a two-thirds majority of both the house and senate.

 

Toddler Hospitalized After Being Hit by SUV

A toddler was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after being struck by an SUV. The two-year old boy was hit in a private driveway west of Elgin yesterday afternoon. The highway patrol reports that the child was running in between parked vehicles and ran directly into the path of the SUV, driven by 61-year old Paula Ackley of Cyril. The child suffered head and trunk injuries and was last reported in good condition.

 

Couple Faces Animal Cruelty Charges for Neglected Horses

A Ft. Cobb couple is charged with animal cruelty after their neighbor provided investigators with video of horses that were allegedly neglected. 72-year old Judy Wall and 64-year old Kenneth Wall are both facing three counts of animal cruelty. They are out of jail after each posted a $5,000 bond. The Lawton Constitution reports that deputies with the Caddo County Sheriff's Office were called out to a home between Ft. Cobb and Carnegie where horses appeared to be neglected. It's alleged that Kenneth Wall shot one horse and hauled it off. Judy Wall said the horse was old and had worms. Judy also said other animals also had worms. Judy Wall is also facing a misdemeanor charge of assault after its alleged she attacked the neighbor who confronted her about the mistreated animals.

 

Town of Cement Celebrates 120 Years

There are big goings-on in Cement today as the community celebrates its 120th birthday. The celebration is held on Memorial Day weekend every five years. According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, the town was named by workers at the nearby Acme Cement and Plaster Company. The company had hoped to make cement from indigenous rock. Instead, the crushed gypsum was used for plaster to build houses. One of the town's claims to fame is that outlaw Jesse James and his gang left some of their bounty at Buzzard's Roost east of town. Stories also imply that Frank James lived in Cement before he built a home near Fletcher in 1906. The celebration is put together by the Cement Community Association. Activities start with a parade at 10 o'clock this morning. Downtown stores will be open and there will be other vendors and food trucks. The Cement Historical Society and Jesse James Visitor Center will be open. The party concludes with a street dance to start at 7 o'clock.

 

USAO Wins First Game of NAIA Softball World Series

The USAO Drovers won their opening round game of the NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Georgia Friday. The Drovers defeated Oregon Tech 3-0 – scoring all three runs in the top of the 7th inning. Pitcher Emily Cerny tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters. USAO plays Mobile, Alabama in a second-round game today.

 

Obituary

Gregory Gibson

Funeral service for Gregory Gibson, 39, is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. Gibson was born in Altus and recently passed away in Seattle, Washington.

 

Friday, May 27th

 

Governor, Lawmakers Wrangle Over Tax Cut Proposals

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has vetoed parts of the proposed $9.8 billion budget sent to him by state lawmakers. The Oklahoman reports that the governor has called lawmakers into a special session next month to eliminate the sales tax on groceries and also cut individual income taxes. The governor has an issue with a sales tax rebate plan that legislators did include in the budget plan. Stitt called it a political gimmick in an election year. The governor also vetoed a proposal that eliminated the sales tax on all vehicle sales. State lawmakers are expected to attempt to override the vetoes today which is the final day of the legislative session. Two-thirds of both the state house and senate are needed to over-ride any vetoes.

 

Bills Addressing Protests of

Property Tax Assessments OK'd

Among the bills passed by the legislature is one dealing with the protests of property tax assessments. State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) says protests by mainly energy companies have had a negative impact on school districts as the protests have held up critical funding needed by schools.

 

              

 

 Lowe said the compromise legislation included support by a number of groups that normally don't agree with each other.

 

             

 

The bills deal with protests of tax assessments on property valued at $3 million or more.

 

One Hospitalized After Car-Cow Collision

A car runs into a herd of cattle standing in the middle of a highway which sent one person to the hospital. The accident happened on State Highway 9 west of Anadarko about 10:15 last night. The highway patrol said the driver of the car hit one of the animals. Injured was 68-year old Janine Lonewolf of Edmond who was a passenger in the car. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with a head injury and was admitted in good condition. The car was driven by 50-year old Dana Lugo-Vargas of Anadarko who was not injured. Another passenger, 39-year old John Jones of Anadarko, also was not injured. The report did not indicate if the cow survived. The accident closed the highway for about an hour.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Zelda Sullivan with the Oklahoma Blood Institute is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. She'll discuss the on-going need for blood donations and how you can help. On Real Estate Today are State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) to talk about some of their work at the state capital. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $114.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $117.40.

Natural gas is $8.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,863 and silver is $22.31.

 

USAO Softball World Series Game Rained Out

Rain in Columbus, Georgia yesterday washed out three of four first-round games in the NAIA Softball World Series. Among those games was the USAO Drover contest with Oregon Tech. The game was re-scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. CDT today.

 

Thursday, May 26th

 

Dr. Don Hess to Retire After Lengthy Career

Dr. Don Hess is retiring. Hess has helped thousands of patients over a 50-year career - all at Grady Memorial Hospital. Hospital administrator Kean Spellman said Hess has been a great leader but is an even better person.

 

              

 

The reception will be Saturday, May 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the USAO Ballroom. Hess will continue to serve in an administrative role with the hospital.

 

State Supreme Court OKs Ratepayer Bonds for Utilities

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has signed off on more than $2.2 billion in ratepayer bonds for three utility companies. Those companies are seeking approval to raise their monthly rates in order to recover costs associated with record-breaking cold weather that occurred in March of 2021. The court approved $725 million in bonds for Public Service Company of Oklahoma; nearly $1.5 million in bonds for Oklahoma Natural Gas; and $95 million in bonds for Summit Utilities. The decision follows a previous favorable ruling for OG&E for nearly $1 billion in bonds. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has already approved the plans. The website OK Energy Today reports that one justice expressed reservations about the new law that was used to allow the utilities to get financial help. The justice said that Oklahomans will be saddled with financial obligations and there's nothing he can do about it. Each utility will be increasing their monthly rates over a period of several years to re-coup enormous costs they experienced due to circumstances that stemmed from that lengthy cold spell.

 

Former Chickasha Fire Chief Dies

Former Chickasha Fire Chief Bill Harris has died. Harris was 91 when he passed away Monday. Harris spent about nine years as fire chief and retired in 1980. Prior to serving with the fire department he spent a short time with the police department. He also owned a trucking business and was a home builder. A private graveside service was held yesterday at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Road Repairs to Impact Traffic on H.E. Bailey Turnpike

Traffic on a section of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike is down to one lane due to a road improvement project. The area being repaired is southwest of Chickasha from mile marker 80 to mile marker 62 at the Cyril and Sterling gate. Officials with the state department of transportation say the speed limit will be reduced and there will be a rough driving surface for the duration of the project.

 

Chix Library Offers 'Oceans of Possibilities' Reading Program

The Chickasha Public Library will once again offer a summer reading program for students. This year's theme is "Oceans of Possibilities." The programs are for students from pre-school through young adult. The program offers more than reading as there will also be science and engineering experiments, group games, ocean-related crafts, and art projects. The summer reading program begins Thursday, June 2nd and it is a free program. Registration is underway and that can be done using the Beanstalk app or in person during regular library hours.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.03.

Natural gas is $8.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,851 and silver is $21.85.

 

USAO Softball Team Competes in NAIA Softball World Series

The USAO Drovers are in Columbus, Georgia for the NAIA Softball World Series. The Drovers are the No. 5 seed in the 10-team tournament. They are scheduled to play the No. 4 seed Oregon Tech Owls. Both teams have won titles - the Drovers won in 2018 and Oregon Tech won in 2011. Oregon Tech finished runner-up in the NAIA Softball World Series last year. The Drovers are in their third Softball World Series in the last five years.

 

Wednesday, May 25th

 

Injured Teen Speaks Out About Lake Chickasha Fight

One of the teenagers injured in that fight at Lake Chickasha last week is talking about what happened. The 17-year old tells KFOR-TV that he was attacked while trying to help a fellow student. It was reported that the fight was initially between a Chickasha football player and a Verden baseball player. The teen's mother, Jennifer Warren, told KFOR that videos of the melee shows her son trying to separate two individuals fighting and that he was jumped by six boys. Warren said her son was kicked and stomped in the face and knocked unconscious. He suffered a concussion, whiplash, a scratched eye, and a broken tooth. The teen said he had a feeling something bad was going to happen last Thursday night. One of his friends was repeatedly being harassed by a student from Chickasha High School and they were going to meet to settle the dispute. Warren's son said he said he wanted to be there to help break up a fight if one occurred. Chickasha police did arrest one teenager in connection with the incident. Warren said the City of Chickasha (which owns and operates Lake Chickasha) and Chickasha Public Schools need to take the situation seriously. She said the students who attacked her son should get counseling and pay the medical bills. Verden School Superintendent Mickey Edwards issued a statement saying violence is unacceptable and there's nothing more important than the safety of their students - before, during and after school. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin previously issued a statement saying that the district does not condone the actions of anyone who were part of the fight. He also said the school is cooperating with the police investigation and will cooperate toward a resolution of the matter.

 

Festival of Light Could Expand Under Proposal

A proposal to expanded electrical service at Shannon Springs Park for Chickasha's Festival of Light will be discussed during a special city council meeting tomorrow night. The panel will consider giving city hall the authority to go out for bids to install new lines north of the dam at the park. The Festival of Light has pledged upwards of $120,000 pay for the project. If approved, the work is expected to be completed in time for this year’s festival when it starts in November. It's expected to allow for more light displays and other events to the more than the estimated two million lights that are already part of the popular holiday attraction. This will be the 30th year for the festival.

 

New Physician Joins CaresFirst Team

A new doctor has joined team at Chickasha’s CaresFirst Wellness clinic. Dr. Terry Lakin will be seeing primary care patients - including family and occupational medicine. He has more than 10 years of service in the field. Lakin earned his doctorate's degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences out of Bethesda, Maryland. Lakin is a U.S. Army veteran and joined the Army after receiving his doctorate's degree. He served as a Squadron Flight Surgeon while deployed to Afghanistan and was a Chief Family Practice Physician and Chief of Primary Care at a medical facility at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

 

New Rush Springs Watermelon Queen Named

There's new royalty in Rush Springs. The community has selected Taylor Abbott to be the queen of this year's Watermelon Festival. She was one of three finalists vying for the post. Taylor is 17 years old and will be a senior at Rush Springs High School. She is the daughter of Josh and Sarah Abbott. She'll spend the next couple of months promoting the festival which will be held at Rush Springs Jeff Davis Park all day on Saturday, August 13th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.56.

Natural gas is $8.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,859 and silver is $21.84.

 

Obituary

George Durington

A graveside and memorial service for George Durington, 67, of Lindsay will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 27th at Chickasha's Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 24th

 

Some Details Emerge About Lake Chickasha Brawl

Chickasha police are continuing their investigation of a fight that included adults and juveniles that occurred at Lake Chickasha. The brawl broke out last Thursday night and may have been a graduation party that got out of hand. Confidential sources tell KOOL/RANCH news that students from Chickasha and Verden schools were involved. An unknown number of participants were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries and at least one unidentified student was seriously injured. Sources say that the video of the fight was graphic and that the student is at home recovering. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin issued a prepared statement saying that the district is working with local authorities in their investigation, that the district does not condone the actions of anyone involved, and they will fully cooperate towards a resolution. Police said at least one person was arrested but did not indicate if the individual was an adult or a juvenile. Police continue to ask anyone who may have information about the incident to contact Chickasha police by calling 405-222-6051.

 

Arrest Made in 25-year Old Child-Stealing Case

A 25-year old cold case of a child stealing incident out of Chickasha may have been solved. Authorities in Tennessee recently arrested Teresa Louise Tiner Kennedy. A warrant for her arrest was issued in May of 1997 after it was alleged Kennedy disappeared with a three-year old child. Court documents available from 1997 say there was a custody dispute between Kennedy and her estranged husband. The husband was granted custody of two children in December of 1996. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said Kennedy was arrested by the FBI in Tennessee earlier this month. KOOL/RANCH News has reached out to the FBI for information on Kennedy's arrest but we have not heard back from them. The child, now 28 year’s old, was still believed to be living with her mother. Kennedy was extradited back to Grady County where she has been arraigned on the felony child stealing charge and was released on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to be back in court on June 22nd for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Fuel Prices Continue Climb; Oklahoma has Lowest Price

Gasoline prices continue climbing nationwide. Triple-A's fuel price report for the week shows the average price for a gallon of regular was up another 11 cents to $4.59. That's $1.55 more than a year ago. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says there's a bit good news for fuel prices in the Sooner State.

 

              

 

Despite the high gas prices officials say many families will be hitting the road for the long Memorial Day Holiday weekend. GasBuddy says in its annual summer travel survey that 58 percent of Americans intend to have a road trip. Most say they'll spend between three and five hours travelling by car.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.42.

Natural gas is $8.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,861 and silver is $21.88.

 

Obituaries

Edsel Pool

Funeral service for Edsel Pool, 97, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII and was assigned to the Island Queen B-25 bomber and stationed in New Guinea.

Edilynn Card

Funeral service for Edilynn Card, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 27th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 23rd

 

Chix Police Continue Probe of Brawl at Lake Chickasha

Several people were reportedly injured during a brawl that took place at Lake Chickasha over the weekend. Chickasha police said officers were called to an undisclosed hospital where several individuals were being treated for injuries. In a press release issued by police Saturday afternoon authorities said they were made aware of the brawl when individuals began sharing videos taken during the fight. Investigators say they believe both adults and juveniles were involved and they are working will local school officials to try to identify some of those involved. One person was arrested but that individual was not identified. It also wasn’t disclosed if the person arrested was an adult or a juvenile. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the altercation to contact Chickasha police by calling 405-222-6051.

 

Some Voting Precincts Changed, Some Closed;

Voters Urged to Check Status Before June Election

The June 28th primary election is about a month away. There are some county commissioner elections in the region, specifically in Grady and Caddo counties. Republicans and Democrats will be casting ballots in some state house and senate races. There are also a number of candidates for governor, attorney general, and U.S. House and Senate seats. Grady County Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes said many voters will be casting ballots in new precincts. Hughes said the 2020 census led to the re-drawing of precinct lines. She also said that a number of precincts have closed. Hughes says thousands of new voter identification cards were recently mailed out.

 

              

 

Hughes recommends that voters should check those cards to see if their precincts have changed. Registered voters can also go to the state election board website to find out if there has been a change. That website is: elections.ok.gov

Individuals can also call or stop by their county election board office to find out if there have been any changes.

 

State Legislative Session Coming to a Close

State lawmakers are preparing to wrap up the 2022 legislative session this week. State Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) said a few of the highlights of the nearly $10 billion budget being considered by the governor includes pay raises for state troopers - their first in seven years. Employees with the Department of Corrections and Pardon and Parole will also be getting pay hikes. Boles touted a plan that would put an additional $5 million per year over the next five years into the fund to make improvements to county roads and bridges. That would eventually raise the cap on those funds from the current $125 million per year to $150 million per year. This is the fund that allowed for the recent construction of new roadways in and around Ninnekah. Boles also said the budget proposal includes more money in the state's Rainy Day Fund which will increase that fund to $2.6 billion which is the most in state history.

Special Session Called to Consider ARPA Funding

State lawmakers were called into a special session last week to determine how the state should spend nearly $2 billion in federal stimulus funds. The Oklahoman reports that the special session appears to put lawmakers and not the governor in control of deciding which projects get funded with this round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Lawmakers gave initial approval to bills that would create a fund to hold the stimulus dollars and move the first allotment of $930 million. However it could be several months before any final decisions are made. The special session will resume later this year.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $113.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.55.

Natural gas is $8.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,868 and silver is $22.12.

2022, May 16th-21st

Saturday, May 21st

 

Ninnekah Road Project Nears Completion

Roadways in and around Ninnekah are safer now after work crews have nearly finished a project that was first proposed about 15 years ago. A ceremony dedicating the completion of the work was held yesterday, with a number of town, school, county, and state officials attending along with the contractor, engineering and architectural teams there as well. Ninnekah Mayor Vernon Riddle says it's made a big difference.

 

              

 

Former District 3 County Commissioner Jack Porter first proposed the project back in 2007. Current commissioner Ralph Beard said it was first put on the county's six-year road plan in 2010 and was delayed several times. The money for the improvements came from a state fund to improve county roads and bridges.  An estimated five miles of roads and streets were upgraded including old Highway 81 from State Highway 19 south to Ninnekah; Main Street from Old 81 east to the town limits; the Highway 277 extension from New Highway 81 to east old Highway 81; and Old Fred Road. Two new bridges were built over the Little Washita River. One of the improved intersections was the Nelsonville Y which is now a T-intersection. Beard said a short punch-list of items need to be taken care of before its finalized.

 

              

 

When it was first proposed the estimated cost of the project was about $5.2 million. The final price tag was about $9.2 million making it one of the largest small-town projects paid for from the state's county road and bridge fund. Officials had to obtain 113 rights-of-way to relocate utilities. The  construction started in January of 2021 and was finished last month. Sewell Brothers of Oklahoma City was the contractor for the project.

 

Kiowa Black Leggings Society Honors Veterans, Doctor

Several military veterans of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma are being honored this weekend in a century's old tradition by the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society. Among them are Retired Army Sgt.-Major Richard Rocha, III who will be initiated into the revered society. Rocha served nearly 29 years of distinguished service. Dr. Everett Rhoades, who is already a member of the Black Leggings Society, will be honored for his years of dedicated service to the group. Rhoades currently serves as a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the OU Health Sciences Center. Previously he  served as the first Indian Director of the U.S. Indian Health Service and also was Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. Parker Emhoolah will receive a South Korean Peace Medal; and Army veteran Orville Paukei will be recognized by his family for his service in the Vietnam War. Paukei was a Specialist 4th Class of the 5th Special Forces Group. Frank Palmer, served as Chief Aviation Boatsman mate for Aviation and Surface Warfare will also be honored by his family. He retired from the Navy after serving nearly 21 years. The ceremonies will be held at Indian City south of Anadarko both today and tomorrow.

 

Friday, May 20th

 

Judge Issues 150-year Prison Sentence in Child Porn Case

A Caddo County man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after submitting a blind plea of no-contest to numerous charges of having child porn and obscene material. 66-year old Dave Olen Carter of Apache was sentenced to 150 years behind bars. Despite entering the blind plea and asking for mercy from the court District Judge Kory Kirkland issued the maximum sentences possible for each count. The Lawton Constitution reports that Carter was sentenced to 20 years on each of five counts of possession of child porn and 10 years on each of five counts of having obscene material. The charges stem from a lengthy investigation by the OSBI which began looking into child molestation allegations against Carter in 2018. The investigation led to the OSBI seizing Carter's computer where numerous disturbing images were found on its hard drive.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Budget Work Session

The fiscal year is winding down for city, county, and Oklahoma state governments. All only have six weeks to get their 2023 fiscal year budgets in place before the year begins July 1st. The Chickasha City Council will have a special work session tomorrow to work on the budgets for the City of Chickasha, the Chickasha Municipal Authority, and the Chickasha Airport Authority. The work session is open to the public and it will get underway at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at City Hall. All three budget proposals will have to be presented in a public hearing during a regular city council meeting next month before the budgets can be approved.

 

Blood 'Emergency' Still in Effect;

Several Blood Drives Scheduled

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) say there is still a critical need for blood. The agency is well below their three-to-four-day supply of blood. Zelda Sullivan with the OBI says the institute needs 1,200 units of blood daily for the hospitals they serve including those throughout central and southwest Oklahoma and north Texas. There is a Chickasha community blood drive tomorrow from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue and walk-ups are welcome. Future blood drives in the area include one at the Marlow First Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 24th and another Chickasha community blood drive will be Tuesday, May 31st also at the YMCA. Find a blood drive in your area by going to the Oklahoma Blood Institute's website: www.obi.org

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes will be on our KOOL Konversation discussing recent precinct changes and what voters should do ahead of the June 28th primary election. On Real Estate Today this week's guests are Shae Mortimer with the City of Chickasha and Mitch Williams with the Chickasha Wings Flying School. They'll be providing information about the Wings and Wheels Air Show that will be held at the Chickasha Airport on Saturday, June 4th. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $112.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.04.

Natural gas is $8.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,851 and silver is $22.06.

 

Obituary

Luther ‘Pat’ Hodges

Funeral service for ‘Pat’ Hodges, 90, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21st at the Amber First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, May 19th

 

A $9.8 Billion Budget Proposal Sent to Gov. Stitt

A record $9.8 billion budget proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year budget for the State of Oklahoma has been sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. It includes an increase in spending for education, pay raises for some state workers (including a 30 percent raise for state troopers), and direct sales tax-rebate payments to taxpayers of up to $150 to help offset inflation. The proposal does not include the elimination of sales taxes on groceries. While the governor and leaders in both parties supported the idea officials said it would be more expensive than the tax rebate plan. The measure does include eliminating the sales tax on the purchase of cars and trucks. Among the issues getting overwhelming bi-partisan support is historic funding intended to eliminate the 13-year waiting list for developmental disability services. If the rebate plan remains in the final budget approved by the governor the rebate payments would be sent out later this year.

 

Chickasha Hosts Junior High Rodeo Association State Finals

Dozens of junior high school rodeo competitors are arriving in Chickasha today for the state finals of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association. About 70 competitors will be checking in at the Grady County Fairgrounds. They'll be looking to earn enough points to qualify for the national junior high school rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa next month.  Initially, the contestants will be working to get into the top 15 in their respective events where they would qualify for the short-go on Saturday. The top four in each event after Saturday’s go-round will qualify for nationals.  Events include team roping, saddle bronc riding, ribbon roping, pole pending, goat tying, and bull riding. The first rodeo events will start at 4:30 this afternoon and there will be a grand entry parade. The competition runs through Saturday with awards handed out on Sunday. There is free admission to all the events.

 

Chix High School Seniors Earn Numerous Scholarships

A number of Chickasha High School seniors were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships which were announced at the senior awards banquet earlier this week. Several were recognized as Oklahoma Academic Scholars including Embry Josey, Clayton Edwards, Baylee Bradford, Pike Butler, and Amelia Bond.  Bond and Butler were named the best All-Around Students. The Chickasha Public School Foundation issued the Dunnell Scholarship to Pike Butler; an Academic Scholarship to Sydney Stockstill; and the Jan Storms Memorial Scholarship to Lana James. Emry Josey and Matt Yokum received Rod Carroll Memorial Scholarships and Josey and Abbegail Pettit were awarded Denton Reese Walker Scholarships. Yokum, Kazia Miller, and Alexa Snyder were presented with Diane and Larry Brown Family Scholarships; Snyder was also awarded the H.F. and Mary Ellen Virgin Scholarship. Keaton McKinney and Matt Yokum were awarded the Shelter Foundation Scholarship; Ethan Brooks and Emry Josey were presented with the Tims/Drummond Memorial Scholarship. Brianna Alexander received the Mildred Kasper Pay-it-Forward Scholarship. Emry Josey received the Chickasha United Teaching Association Scholarship. Josey, Pike Butler, Quentin Mantooth and Matt Yokum all received Craig Meyer Memorial Scholarships; Timmy Pursley was awarded the Dave Tapp Memorial Scholarship; and Clayton Edwards and Abbegail Pettit were awarded the Duane and Villa Rae Carter Scholarship.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.11.

Natural gas is $8.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,834 and silver is $21.54.

 

USAO Softball Team Qualifies for NAIA

Women's College World Series

The USAO Drover softball team has earned a spot in the NAIA Women’s College World Series. The Drovers defeated College of Idaho 5-2 at USAO’S Bill Smith Ballpark yesterday to win one of the opening rounds of the NAIA National Softball Tournament. It is the sixth time in school history for the team to qualify for the NAIA version of the Women’s College World Series. The team will be looking to win its second national championship. The first one was in 2018.

 

Wednesday, May 18th

 

Nearly 50 Pounds of Illegal Pot Seized During Traffic Stop

A state trooper finds nearly 50 pounds of illegal marijuana during a traffic stop. The trooper pulled over a pickup on the H.E. Baley Turnpike in Caddo County Monday morning for not signaling to change lanes. The Lawton Constitution cites a probable cause affidavit indicating the trooper noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the truck. The trooper found three large trash bags with 47 pounds of pot which allegedly was for illicit distribution. There was no indication that the driver had a medical marijuana license. The trooper arrested 53-year old Guang Lian Li who listed a Cyril address. Prosecutors have charged Li with trafficking, which carries maximum penalties of 20 years to life in prison and a $100,000 fine. Li is being held in the Caddo County Jail on a $250,000 bond and a preliminary hearing conference is set for July 28th.

 

Survey Seeks Input on Future Transportation Needs

Time is running out to take part in a survey regarding the future of transportation in the region. A group called the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization is looking for input. The area includes much of central and western Oklahoma including Grady, Caddo, Comanche, Stephens, and McClain counties. The Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) and the Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) are also involved. The group is looking to address future road, transit, and freight needs as well as bicycle and pedestrian travel needs in the next 20 years. Officials say the survey takes about five minutes to complete. Survey responses need to completed by tomorrow night. The link is: https://surveymonkey.com/r/6VV9GTL

 

Partnership Formed to Keep Downtown Chix Clean

There is a new effort to keep downtown Chickasha free of trash, debris, and weeds. The Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) and Life Skills institute (LSI) are working together to make that happen. The area getting the attention is from 1st Street to 6th Street along both Chickasha and Choctaw Avenues. The EDC will be asking downtown merchants to sponsor one month of the clean-up by contributing to LSI’s work program. Life Skills institute is a non-profit agency. EDC director Jim Cowan says as work on revitalizing downtown continues it's important to focus on the small details.  Cowan said in addition to this project other cosmetic improvements are planned to get ready for block parties like Christmas in July; The Oklahoma Food Truck Championship, Rock Island Arts Festival, and Rock Island Ride all in October; and the opening of the new park next to the Rock Island Railroad depot.

 

New Law Designed to Allow Firefighters

to Transport Injured People to Hospitals

A new law will keep firefighters from facing disciplinary action if they transport injured patients to a hospital. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 1515 which gives firefighters legal authority to transport patients. State lawmakers passed the bill which was proposed after a firefighter was disciplined for driving a 3-year old burn victim to a hospital in his fire truck after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance. State Senator Darrell Weaver (R-Moore) said the new law will ensure that important protocols are followed but does allow for flexibility in emergency situations. The law will go into effect in November.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $112.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.92.

Natural gas is $8.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,817 and silver is $21.73.

 

Tuesday, May 17th

 

Chix Water Transmission Line

from Ft. Cobb Reservoir Repaired

City of Chickasha work crews have repaired the main water line that brings water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir to Chickasha. City Manager Tyler Brooks said crews were able to make repairs last Friday without any disruption of the city’s water service. The break in the line was discovered near a holding pond north of Anadarko earlier this spring. City officials had to special order some large custom-made O-rings about two feet in diameter to make repairs. It took about a month for those parts to be manufactured at an Oklahoma City plant. Officials had the company make several of the coupling joints so the city could have some on hand in case of future breaks.

Council Moves Forward with Plan to Allow 'Congregate' Housing

The Chickasha City Council has given its preliminary approval to suggest changing some zoning ordinances to allow for what's called congregate housing. The proposal was discussed during a short public hearing during last night's city council meeting. Developer Josh Woods remodeled a home in the 1800 block of Grand Avenue across from USAO and he petitioned the council to modify residential zoning ordinances to allow property owners to apply for a use-on-review permit. It would allow for college students or other un-related adults to live in a home. The city’s Community Development Department will work with the planning commission to suggest the revision and bring it back to the council for final approval.

More Funds OK'd to Help Bring More Planes to City Air Show

The council also approved spending about $8,400 to bring some additional aircraft in for the city's wings and wheels air show on June 4th. The contracts are mainly to help pay fuel costs for some of the groups as most are performing at no cost. City Manager Tyler Brooks says the air show will have more events in the air and the ground than ever before.

YMCA to Manage pool; DAV Lease Renewed;

Elks Lodge Fishing Derby is a 'Go'

The council approved a contract with the Chickasha Family YMCA to manage the swimming pool at Shannon Springs Park this summer. The pool is expected to be open after Memorial Day. The group also approved a lease with the Grady County Disabled American Veterans to continue using its current headquarters at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. The panel also approved a request from the Chickasha Elks Lodge to hold its annual fishing derby at Shannon Springs Park on June 11th.

 

Fire Board to Discuss Status of Norge Firefighter

A closed-door session scheduled during tonight’s monthly Grady County Fire Board meeting concerns the status of a Naples fire fighter. No details were available, however the agenda for tonight’s meeting calls for discussing the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, disciplining or resignation of Robert Keith Henry. The panel will acknowledge Cassandra Anderson and Ethan Warren as new firefighters at Naples. The group will also consider an application from John Journeycake to serve with the Harold department.  The fire board will get reports from county fire chiefs; discuss and possibly take action on inventory for all stations and firefighter gear; and get an update on the Pioneer Fire Department’s insurance claim and invoice on repairs for a damaged engine. There will also be discussion of American Rescue Plan Act monies and requests and an update on a new part-time assistant for the office. The group will also hear a presentation from Blake Braden, the NRP Director of Operations of Heartland Medical Direction. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management complex.

 

Chix High School Seniors Celebrate 'Senior Week'

This is the last week of classes for students in Chickasha schools. High School seniors had their final day yesterday with semester tests and now they get ready for graduation later this week. Last night, the seniors had their parade through downtown Chickasha with family and friends gathering for a salute. This morning, they had what's called the Senior Walk-through. They donned their caps and gowns and strolled through the hallways of Lincoln School, Bill Wallace, and Grand Elementary. Tonight is the senior academic and athletic awards banquet; they’ll have a play-day in Norman tomorrow; and the class picnic and wall painting will be Thursday on the back of the concrete wall that has the football schedule on it. The senior breakfast will be Friday morning at Bible Baptist Church with graduation Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The top two Valedictorians, Amanda Bond and Pike Butler, will give speeches.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $114.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.24.

Natural gas is $7.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $21.81.

 

Obituaries

Beth Ann Anderson

Funeral service for Beth Ann Anderson, 64, of Alex was held at 2:00 p.m. today at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

‘June’ Hendrix

Funeral service Inez ‘June’ Hendrix, 92, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Ella Marie Chapman

Funeral service for Ella Marie Chapman, 100, of Cushing and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 20th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 16th

 

Grady County Sheriff Hopes to Hire Additional Deputies

An increase in crime throughout Grady County has Sheriff Jim Weir concerned. He's looking to add some additional deputies in the coming months. Weir already has a budget of more than $2 million a year but says he needs more deputies to handle an increasing number of calls.

 

              

 

Weir also said a number of deputies have accumulated comp time from working overtime. Weir and other county officials will be submitting their budget requests soon which will be reviewed by the county excise board. The 2023 fiscal year begins in July.

Sheriff's Office to Hold K9 Fundraiser

Also, the sheriff's office is revitalizing its K9 officer program. There will be a spaghetti lunch and dinner fundraiser to benefit that program tomorrow. That will be at the Grady County Fairgrounds and is a donation event.

 

'Congregate' Housing Proposal to Get Public Hearing

A proposal to change a Chickasha zoning ordinance to allow congregate living facilities will get a public hearing during tonight's city council meeting. Josh Woods has petitioned the city for the change. The revision calls for a use-on-review permit which would allow university students or other un-related individuals to live in a home in R-1 single-family housing areas. Following the public hearing the city council is expected to hand off the proposal to the city’s Planning Commission to get the process started.

More Police Department Equipment to be Discussed

The council will also consider buying some hand-held radios with lapel microphones for the police department. The estimated cost of nearly $41,000 would be reimbursed by the county's 522 EMS district.

Development Agreement for New Tea Shop Proposed

The group will also consider a development agreement with Moonlight Ownership Company for a cost-sharing project not to exceed $32,000.  That is for the new H-Tea-Oh business proposed for the corner of 4th and Missouri.

Wings and Wheels Event to Expand

The council will also consider some additional activities for the upcoming Wings and Wheels air show on June 4th. That includes a contract with the Oklahoma Museum of Flying to provide up to $3,000 in fuel costs. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Comanche Nation Receives HUD Funds

More than $1 million in federal funds will help the Comanche Nation build some new homes. The Comanche Nation Housing Authority was awarded the funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for COVID relief. It would help the authority with its prevention, preparation, and response efforts to the pandemic through new housing construction as well as rehabilitating older homes. The Lawton Constitution reports that the grant is part of the Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent-Threat American Rescue Plan. Plans are to build 12 new homes and install ventilation systems in 15 homes. The housing authority serves Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Cotton, and Tillman Counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.55.

Natural gas is $7.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,802 and silver is $21.14.

 

Obituaries

‘Rita’ Davis

Funeral service for Mareitta ‘Rita’ Davis, 83, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Mary Threadgill

Funeral service for Mary Threadgill, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18th at Sevier Funeral Home.

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.

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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.

 

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