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2021, Nov. 22nd-27th

Saturday, Nov. 27th

 

45-Year Old Cold Case Investigation Resumes

Back in 1976 the United States of America was celebrating its bi-centennial, a man-made space craft landed on Mars, and Jimmy Carter was elected president. It's also the year that an Elmore City man went missing and has never been heard from. Garvin County authorities recently renewed the cold case investigation into the disappearance of Jimmy Don Robinson reported missing October 1st of that year. Robinson's sister Phyllis Hines of Lindsay and her nephew, Joshua Shawn, said they wanted to be more pro-active in finding out what happened to Robinson. Hines was a little girl when her brother vanished and said she made a promise to her parents to keep searching for him. The Pauls Valley Democrat reports that Hines and Shawn thought the story was compelling and has almost become an urban legend. There was one report that indicated Robinson was killed and his body dumped in a lake and that his vehicle was recovered - but no body or vehicle has ever been found. Hines said they're not trying to have anyone arrested in connection with the disappearance – they just want to find out what happened to him.

 

Drilling Permits OK'd for STACK

With prices hovering around $80 a barrel exploration for crude oil has been increasing in parts of the STACK play which includes parts of Caddo, Canadian, and Kingfisher counties. The website OK Energy Today reports that Lynx Oklahoma Operating Company has received a permit to drill about a mile west of Gracemont. It’s the Old Glory location in Section 5 of Township 8 North and 10 West which is in the Hoxbar formation. Ovintiv is having a lot of success in the Kingfisher area and has received permits to drill two more wells southeast of Kingfisher. That's in an area where the firm had several large producing wells on a single pad in previous drilling operations. Crews will drill into the Mississippian play in hopes of finding a new pool of crude.

 

Small Business Saturday Shopping Underway

Today is another big day of shopping for gift givers. While yesterday's Black Friday deals focused on large retailers nationwide, today is Small Business Saturday where individuals are encouraged to direct their holiday shopping to their local stores. American Express launched Small Business Saturday at the height of the Great Recession in 2010. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that consumers have been eager to support businesses in their home towns. Last year, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported Americans spent $20 billion on Small Business Saturday. American Express estimates that 67 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in that community.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Midshipman First Class Gage Vernon, a student at the U.S. Naval Academy is on the KOOL Konversation. Joe Dorman, director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Patricia Shatwell

A graveside service for Patricia Shatwell, 74, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 29th at Tuttle's Fairview Cemetery. Services are will Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Friday, Nov. 26th

 

Woman Critically Injured in Collision

A Thanksgiving Day traffic accident near Alex sends two people to hospitals and one of them was admitted in critical condition. 82-year old Benita Parker of Bradley suffered internal injuries and was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. She was a passenger in a car driven by 84-year old Albert Parker. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. The accident happened on State Highway 19 about a mile west of Alex just before 5:00 p.m. The highway patrol reports that the Parker vehicle pulled onto the highway from a county road and was hit in the drivers' side by a Jeep driven by 29-year old Justin Bennett of Oklahoma City. Bennett was not injured. Seat belts were in use by all occupants in both vehicles.

 

Chix Native Returns to Perform Free Christmas Concert

Chickasha native Jami Smith will return to her hometown to perform a free Christmas concert this weekend. Bible Baptist Church will host the outdoor concert Sunday night at the Festival of Light in Shannon Springs Park. She has a new Christmas album called "All This is Christmas'. It is her third Christmas album and it includes contributions from her 9-year old son King, as well Brennin Hunt, Gabe and Dameon Aranda, Charlie Hall, Ryan Smith, and Erick Alexander. The free concert will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 28th at the Shannon Springs Park Amphitheatre.

 

Some Government Offices Closed Thru Weekend

Some local and county government offices are closed today as they have an extended Thanksgiving break. Chickasha City Hall and the Grady County Courthouse are both closed today and will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 29th.

 

More Reasons for Shoppers to Visit Local Merchants

Many shoppers are hitting the stores for Black Friday shopping deals today as Christmas is now less than 30 days away.  During the Buy Chickasha season with Chickasha retailers the Chamber of Commerce is holding Festive Fridays. Each Friday through Dec. 10th the chamber will hold drawings for $100 gift card bundles at 3:00 p.m. Festive Fridays also double as longer shopping hours by participating merchants who are extending hours through 7:00 p.m. each Friday through Dec. 10th. For a full list of participating merchants visit the chamber's Facebook page or website.

 

Carnegie Movie Theatre Re-opens

A historic Caddo County movie theater has re-opened. The Liberty Theater in Carnegie had been closed for more than a year and a half due to the pandemic. Owner Jerry Applewhite said prior to closing it had been advertised as the longest continuously running theater in the state. KSWO-TV reports the theater opened in 1915 for silent movies. Sound wasn’t added to films until more than a decade later, in 1928. The theatre re-opened Wednesday and perhaps the most popular feature may not be the movies but the hot dogs that are served. A few early customers were at the door before the theater opened to get their first show dogs in 20 months. Applewhite said before the pandemic that about 2,000 patrons would be in for a weekend and that he would serve 2,000 show dogs each day.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.39 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.25.

Natural gas is $5.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $23.66.

 

Obituaries

Troy Wood

A memorial service for Troy Wood, 59, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 27th at Parkview Christian Church. He owned and operated Coastless Customs and was known for building hot rods. Those attending are asked to drive their hot rods. Arrangements are will Sevier Funeral Home.

Roger Saxon

Funeral service for Roger Saxon, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2nd at Sevier Funeral Home. He was a long-time Chickasha firefighter and a Marine Corps veteran. He also served as the commander for the local American Legion and VFW posts for many years. Memorial contributions may be made to either of those veterans groups.

 

Thursday, Nov. 25th

No news due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 24th

 

Missing Woman May be With Man Wanted for Murder

The McClain County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of a woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks. Authorities say she may be with her boyfriend who has a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a murder that occurred in San Antonio three years ago. Our partners at KWTV News 9 say relatives of 36-year old Tallen Shyann Treto-Padilla reported her missing on Friday, Nov. 5th. She was last seen driving a white 2009 GMC Acadia with Oklahoma Tag No. LPV-540 when she left her work near Wayne. Investigators believe she could be with Francisco Velasquez who also goes by the name of Mike ‘Paco’ Mendoza. U.S. Marshals are helping with the investigation. Since the missing person report was filed authorities say they've received information that Treto-Padilla may have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border but they don't know if she is in the U.S. or Mexico. Investigators say they are weighing on the side that she is voluntarily absent because they have no indication that she was taken against her will or was forced to leave.

 

Support Shown for Veteran Who Had No Known Relatives

A U.S. military veteran who died with no known relatives was laid to rest at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery yesterday. Veterans from all branches of the military and veteran's motorcycle organizations were on hand for the funeral of Navy veteran Kenneth Stokely who served in Vietnam. KSWO-TV reported that not much is known about Stokely but those attending said all they needed to know was that he served honorably. Veteran Stephen Lewis said the oath that service men and women take never expires and all are heroes who have protected America. An American flag which would have been presented to Stokely's family was presented to VFW Post 1193.

 

Freshmen State Lawmakers to Attend Conference

State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) is one of two state lawmakers being touted for their leadership abilities. Lowe and Representative Mike Dobrinski (R-Okeene) were selected to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures' Emerging Leaders Conference in Virginia next month. Both lawmakers are serving their first terms in the state house and were asked by House Speaker Charles McCall to attend. The conference offers new legislators the chance to meet with their peers, discuss putting together the best public policy, and how to communicate with Congress and key administration officials. Lowe said he looks forward to finding out what is working in other states and bring the best ideas back to the Sooner State.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.31.

Natural gas is $4.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $23.62.

 

Obituaries

Roger Saxon

 A memorial service for retired Chickasha firefighter Roger Saxon will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2nd at Sevier Funeral Home. He was 75 when he passed away last Friday. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Leiloni Dearinger

A memorial service for LeiLoni Dearinger, 59, of Chickasha is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions of dog food may be given to local animal shelters.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 23rd

 

Investigators Break Up Illicit Drug Supply Line between Chix, OKC

More than 20 people have been arrested and more than $7 million in drugs taken off the streets in a joint investigation into a drug supply line between Chickasha and Oklahoma City. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess credits the results to a joint investigation of the sheriff's office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a press release, Boggess said the investigation began in mid-September as officials sought to disrupt the distribution of deadly and highly-addictive prescription drugs laced with fentanyl. Boggess said the emphasis in Chickasha resulted in 21 arrests. Authorities have seized more than 50 fentanyl-laced pills, 11 pounds of Ecstasy tablets, eight ounces of heroin, four ounces of methamphetamine, and twelve pounds of illicitly-produced marijuana. Boggess said investigators found more than $5 million worth of drugs alone at Oklahoma City home. Boggess says the investigation is on-going and more arrests are anticipated.

 

Suspect Faces Child Porn Charges 

A Chickasha man is arrested and charged for allegedly having child pornography. 35-year old John Raymond Brewster was taken into custody at his home by Grady County sheriff's deputies last week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cyber-tip in July of 2020 which alleged someone was storing child porn on the Google g-mail infrastructure. The document indicated that the information was traced to Brewster who admitted the g-mail account was his. Prosecutors have charged Brewster with two counts of possessing child porn. His bond was set at $25,000.

 

Suspects Sought After Pursuit Tops 100 mph

A high-speed chase reached speeds estimated at nearly 140 miles per hour between Verden and Anadarko earlier this week. Verden Police Chief Jason Cox said an officer's radar indicated a vehicle was cruising westbound through Verden at more than 15 miles over the speed limit about 1:00 a.m. Monday. The officer attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle's speed increased significantly. The officer notified Caddo County authorities and Anadarko police that a vehicle believed to be a 2003 Acura was headed their way. Anadarko police spotted the car as it got into town and followed it to an apartment complex where two suspects bailed out of the car and managed to get away. Cox said the suspects may have left their wallets and some suspected drugs and open containers in the car. Authorities are looking for the individuals whose wallets and IDs were found in the vehicle.

 

BC/BS Offers Help During Open Enrollment

The open enrollment period for health insurance will be ending soon. Representatives from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma will be in Chickasha tomorrow to assist with enrollment for health insurance for calendar year 2022. They are hosting one-on-one appointments with their licensed, local specialists to help individuals choose the right plan for their families. Some may qualify for financial help. The reps will be at the Fairfield Inn just off of 4th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Visit the website www.bluenearyouOK.com for information.

 

Groups to Match Donations to Regional Food Bank

Today is Giving Tuesday which is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It's a global event which kicks off the charitable-giving season by inspiring people to give back. You will be able to double your gift if you decide to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Several groups are combining efforts to match all donations to the food bank up to $500,000. This holiday match campaign will continue through January 15th. Every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank helps to provide eight meals to Oklahomans living in hunger. The food bank serves more than 40 counties in central and Western Oklahoma including Grady and Caddo counties. Donations can be made on-line at www.rfbo.org/ give

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.70.

Natural gas is $4.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is just under $1,800 and silver is $23.96.

 

Obituary

Victor Valdez

A funeral service for Victor Valdez, 77, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 27th at McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Nov. 22nd

 

Volunteer Receives National Recognition

Former Chickasha City Council woman Kim Loggins finishes runner-up for a national award. Loggins was among three candidates in the running for the National Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award. She was among 100 individuals nominated from communities with populations of less than 25,000. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said Loggins is a trailblazer, willing to speak her mind and work hard for the benefit of the city. He said she'll go against the crowd if it means doing what is best. Loggins volunteers to help a number of groups and events throughout the year including the Salvation Army, The Festival of Light, the Rock Island Ride, and the Wings and Wheels airplane and car show.

 

CHS Students Attend UCO Black Male Summit

A number of Chickasha High School students attended the 6th annual Black Male Summit at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) last week. 12 young men joined Chickasha schools graduation coach Cristie Oliver and curriculum coordinator Milton Bowens at the summit. The theme for the event was The Bigger Picture. The event is held each year to allow those attending to discover their identities and re-imagine their futures regardless of cultural and systemic barriers. Chickasha High School alum and current UCO student Diallo Foster was among the student organizers for the event.

 

Community Thanksgiving Set; Meals to be Delivered

Preparations are underway for Chickasha's community Thanksgiving dinner. This is the 40th year for the event which provides free Thanksgiving meals to residents. Normally served at one of the local churches, the meals will be available by delivery only for the second straight year. Individuals who would like a meal can call First Presbyterian Church at 405-224-6205 or New Life Christian Church at 405-222-5433. The deadline to order meals is tomorrow and the meals will be delivered Thanksgiving Day between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meals are free but donations are welcome.

 

Suspect Accused of Animal Cruelty

An Anadarko woman is accused of the mistreatment of animals. An arrest warrant was issued last week for 36-year old Laura Mayall for the alleged neglect of some dogs and pigs. The Lawton Constitution points to court documents that indicate Mayall's estranged husband received a phone call from an individual who said the animals were in poor condition and that one dog had died. Laura Mayall is said to have left the state for a couple of weeks and did not have anyone look after the animals. A Caddo County deputy said there was no food, one dog was skin and bones, and others appeared to be malnourished. The deputy also said the pig pen was dry, the food bowls were full of dirt, and another bowl contained only a small amount of dirty, green water. Prosecutors have charged Laura Mayall with two felony counts of animal cruelty and each is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Mayall is out of jail after posting bond. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for Jan. 14th.

 

Community Blood Drive Today

KOOL-RANCH Radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute are hosting a community blood drive today and one lucky donor will receive a $250 gift card. Each donor will receive a chocolate bar and one of them has a golden ticket which is the gift card. All donors will also receive a pecan pie and a t-shirt. The bloodmobile will be at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. For information on future blood drives in your area see the Oklahoma Blood Institute's website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.10 per barrel.

London-based crude is $78.89.

Natural gas is $5.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $24.84.

 

Obituary

Patty Crowder

A memorial service for Patty Crowder, 85, of Midwest City and formerly of the Chickasha area will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23rd at Sevier Funeral Home.

2021, Nov. 15th-20th

Saturday, Nov. 20th

 

Report Critical of Oklahoma Highways

A new report shows Oklahoma in the bottom half of the national rankings for its highway conditions. The Sooner State is No. 36 in the poll published in the Annual Highway Report released by The Reason Foundation. That's down two spots from last year. Oklahoma ranks in the bottom half of all 13 categories that are judged and it's the only state to not have a single ranking in the top 25. The state ranks in the bottom ten in its overall fatality rate, rural arterial pavement condition, and structurally-deficient bridges. The report is critical of the work that is being done, saying the infrastructure should be better considering what is being spent. The report shows the state spends more than $88,000 per mile of state-controlled roads and has the 18th largest highway system in the country. The survey indicated that Oklahoma commuters spend near 12 hours a year in traffic jams.

 

Anadarko Christens New Fire Engine

The City of Anadarko has its first new firetruck in more than 30 years. Firefighters and the community helped to christen the brand new Sutphen fire engine yesterday. Fire Chief Greg Stone says tells how technology changes over the years will help firefighters.

 

              

 

The price tag for the truck was about $700,000 and the city was able to obtain a federal grant to pay just over half of that cost, with a local bond paying for the rest. Also during the ceremony, Dr. John Flynn was recognized for his work with the city to provide much of the funding to train the first emergency medical technicians for the department more than 30 years ago. Today, the department has fulll-fledged paramedics.

 

Weekend Events Continue at County Fairgrounds

A couple of weekend events are continuing at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows is being held inside the event center, with hundreds of the top animals in their breeds competing. That event runs through tomorrow. The Grady County OHCE Celebration of Crafts show is being held in the North Exhibit building with more than 30 vendors on hand, and OHCE groups with cakes, pies, rolls, candy and other treats...many of which can help families reduce their preparation time for the upcoming holidays. Admission and parking are free for both events.

 

Festival of Light Opens Tonight

Chickasha's Festival of Light opens for the holiday season tonight. Through the years the festival has been named one of the top holiday light displays in the state and has also received national recognition. The festival is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization with a small board of directors which meets throughout the year. All contributions are used to make improvements for the following year's event. It's open every night through New Year's Eve. Hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland with the Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo counties are this week's guests on the KOOL Konversation. Ray Walker with the Medicare Assistance Program with the Oklahoma Insurance Department is our guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Dr. Pat Kennedy

A memorial service for 77-year old Rev. Pat Kennedy, the pastor of Chickasha's First Presbyterian Church was held today. He spent 50 years in the ministry and was with the Presbytery of Indian Nations. Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Fund.

Patty Crowder

A memorial service for Patty Crowder, 85, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23rd at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Nov. 19th

 

The Festival of Light Opens This Weekend

Chickasha will roll out the welcome mat to tens of thousands of visitors over the next few weeks. The Festival of Light begins tomorrow night at Shannon Springs Park. This is the 29th year for the event as the 43-acre park will once again twinkle with millions of lights. Festival director Whitney Palesano says the work to prepare the park started several weeks ago-

 

              

 

The 160-foot tall lighted Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the festival. There are a number of attractions including an ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, carriage rides, and a gift shop. The Festival will be open seven days a week through New Year’s Eve.

Dowtown Events Scheduled During Festival

Downtown Chickasha will have some activities during the festival. They include the 40-foot inflatable leg lamp made famous in the classic holiday film The Christmas Movie and a tall tree at the depot. The depot will also have activities every Friday and Saturday in December which will include pop-up vendors, food trucks, and photos with Santa. To help reduce the long traffic line to the Festival, a shuttle service will be available to and from the park. Chickasha Wings is also offering flights over the Festival each night that originate from the airport north of town. For information follow the Chickasha Festival of Light on Facebook or its website.

 

Animal Shelter Open House Tomorrow

The Chickasha Animal Shelter will have an open house tomorrow afternoon to display a number of recent improvements. The shelter has replaced some kennels that were 40-plus years old thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation. Shelter manager Layce Graham says they work with non-profit groups around the country to find forever homes for the many animals that pass through the shelter and that they have occasional spay-and-neuter clinics-

 

              

 

The open house will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. The shelter is just north of the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Anadarko to Dedicate New Fire Truck

The City of Anadarko will be putting a new fire engine into service today. Officials say it’s the first new pumper truck for the city in more than 30 years. A dedication ceremony will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The city will also honor Dr. John Flynn for his many years of service as medical director and for his role in the development of emergency medical services for the community.

McLemore Road Project Update

Anadarko officials have a new estimate on completion of upgrades to McLemore Road, formerly Petree Road between Mission Boulevard and State Highway 8. If you remember, the guardrails for the bridge were in transit back in October when Hurricane Ida struck the New Orleans area and the guard rails were never found. Officials now believe the work could be completed by the end of next month. The guard rails are needed to meet federal standards as the project is being paid for with federal funds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.24.

Natural gas is $4.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,864 and silver is $24.88.

 

Obituaries

Gregory Lee

A funeral service for Gregory Lee, 63, of Ninnekah will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 20th at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Larry McCoy

Funeral service for Larry McCoy, 71, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 22nd at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

Thursday, Nov. 18th

 

Two Suspects Charged After Child Abuse Probe

Two people are facing felony charges in connection with a Grady County child abuse investigation. 32-year old Brandon Byrd of Blanchard and his girlfriend - 31-year old Camilla Chapman-Rutledge of Cyril - were arrested by Grady County deputies Tuesday afternoon. No details of the investigation were immediately available. Byrd is charged with child abuse while Chapman-Rutledge is charged with failure to report the incident. Both remain in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond each.

 

COVID Closes Minco Schools

Minco schools have shut down for the rest of the week due to a spike in COVID cases. The district only had three reported cases last Friday but in a Facebook live video posted Wednesday afternoon Superintendent Kevin Sims said the number of cases grew dramatically.

 

              

 

Sims said many of those who are ill have the Delta variant which he said spreads very quickly. Minco schools will not be back in session until Nov. 29th. The district was previously scheduled to be out all next week for Thanksgiving Break. Sims is hoping the extended break will allow those who are sick will be enough time for them to get better. Sims said a junior high basketball game that Minco was supposed to play against Alex tonight has been postponed. The high school football team is scheduled to play in the second round of the playoffs tomorrow night and Sims says that game will be played.

 

Pikes Peak Road Repair Nears Completion

Upgrades to a road which is shared by the City of Chickasha and Grady County is nearing completion. Crews are in the final stages of the work to improve one mile of Pikes Peak Road between Highway 81 and 16th Street. The city and District 3 of Grady County are sharing the costs. District 3 County Commissioner Ralph Beard said crews initially ground up the old asphalt and are replacing it with new materials and will complete the road building with a 5 ½-inch layer of asphalt. The estimated cost of the project is about $250,000. The contractor is SWH Construction of Goldsby.

 

Musical Duo Releases Holiday Music Video

The Imaginaries, the local singing duo of Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, have released a new music video in time for the holidays. 'Christmas Town' was filmed entirely in Chickasha and features local performers throughout the nearly 5 1/2 minute video. McClure talks about the video and why they wanted to feature the community.

 

              

 

The video was produced in collaboration with the Chickasha Economic Development Council and directed by Reagan Elkins with Intellego Media. The music video debuted this morning and can be seen on The Imaginaries Facebook page and YouTube.

 

Dog Shows, Crafts Featured at Grady County Fairgrounds

Many of the top show dogs in the country will be paraded through the Grady County Fairgrounds this weekend. The Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows runs today through Sunday. The owners and handlers of these prized animals are working to score points that would qualify them to compete in national dog shows including The American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship and the Westminster Kennel Club national show. There are two separate kennel clubs hosting shows this weekend - one from Norman and one from El Reno. The event is being held in the Events Center at the fairgrounds. Admission is free for anyone who wants to watch the shows. Also at the fairgrounds this weekend is the Grady County OHCE Celebration of Crafts Show. More than 30 vendors will have gift items for sale and many of them are hand-made. Others will have home-made food items just in time for the upcoming holidays. The craft show will be in the north exhibit building of the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. Admission to that event is also free and concessions will be available. Proceeds from the craft show funds scholarships that are awarded to high school and college students in Grady County.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.28.

Natural gas is $4.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,867 and silver is $25.13.

 

Obituary

Betty Jean Lambert

A memorial service for Betty Jean Lambert, 74, formerly of Chickasha will be held Saturday, November 20th in Vine Grove, Kentucky. The service was announced locally by Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Hope for Kids in Elizabethtown, Kentucky or You Cannot Be what You Cannot See in Radcliff, Kentucky.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 17th

 

Chickasha Teacher Wins National Award

An agriculture teacher for Chickasha schools earns national recognition. Emily Schmidt will receive the Ideas Unlimited Award from the National Association of Agriculture Education during the group’s annual convention in a couple of weeks. Schmidt is being recognized for her Barn Flix Livestream Project. Her agriculture communications and ag leadership classes live-streamed livestock and horse shows and other community events over the last year. In doing so, the students learned how to use technology while the community was able to access the events without traveling. A press release says the project fits within the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Language Arts which demonstrates the value of the agriculture education program beyond its own walls.

 

Cyril Man Faces Child Sex Crime Charges

An 18-year old Caddo County man is charged with child sex crimes after reportedly admitting he had been molesting children for over a year. Prosecutors have charged Manny Gene Russell of Cyril with rape and lewd and indecent acts to a child. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that say Russell admitted to his grandmother that he was a pedophile and that he may have committed the acts 150 times over the course of a year. Both Russell and his grandmother met with Cyril police last week. It's reported that Russell told investigators he had been having bad thoughts since he was 15 and that he tried to divert his attention through hobbies. Russell remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He's to be back in court for a preliminary hearing conference on January 13th.

 

Public Input Sought on I-35 and Highway 9 Interchange

State transportation officials are seeking input on proposed upgrades to the interchange at I-35 and State Highway 9 in Norman. Authorities say improvements are needed to accommodate an increase in traffic and to address local congestion. Authorities will have four design alternatives to review during a public hearing that will be held tomorrow night. The hearing will be held at the Goldsby Community Building from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individuals wanting to comment but can't attend the meeting will be able take part in a virtual open house on-line. Go to the website: www.oklahoma.gov/odot/programs to find the link. The virtual open house will be available starting Friday and will run through December 9th.

 

Pioneer School, USAO Choir to Hold Holiday Concert

Pioneer School and USAO will be combining efforts to hold a join holiday concert next month. The Pioneer School Honor Choir and the USAO Concert Choir will join their collective voices for a concert that will be free and open to the public. Crystal Wyatt is the director of the Pioneer Honor Choir which includes students in the third through 8th grades. The group rehearses two mornings each week before classes start. The concert will feature music for chorus, strings, piano, flute, and hand bells. The performance will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5th at Chickasha’s First Christian Church. The church's organ, a 903-pipe Miles Organ installed in 1985, will be featured in a couple of the songs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.43.

Natural gas is $5.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,863 and silver is $25.20.

 

Obituaries

Keith Urban, Sr.

 A graveside service for Keith Urban, Sr., 84, of Rush Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 18th at the Rush Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral home.

Ted Bingham

A funeral mass for Ted Bingham, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 22nd at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mobile Meals or the Center of Family Love in Okarche.

Sheila Hayes

Funeral service Sheila Hayes, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 22nd at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 16th

 

Chix City Council OKs Firefighters Union Contract

A new collective bargaining agreement is in place between the City of Chickasha and the Chickasha Firefighters Association. The city council unanimously approved the contract after a 30-minute closed-door session that was part of last night's council meeting. City Manager Tyler Brooks said while there were some changes the agreement is about the same financially. Last year, the city contributed a lump-sum of $1,500 per firefighter for their longevity. This year, there is no longevity payment, however the city will pay $1,000 a year for a uniform allowance and $500 toward post-employment health insurance which was not part of last year's contract.

 

City Council Flips Decision on Starbucks' Sign Variance

The city council reverses its decision that may have prevented a Starbucks coffee shop from expanding to the area. Earlier this month the council voted 9-0 to deny a request for the store to have an 80-foot sign. The city currently has an ordinance limiting sign height to 45 feet. During the November 1st council meeting Kaylee Hurych, a representative from Starbucks' parent company Vaquero Ventures, said the chain might not build a store here if the variance wasn't approved. Huryck was back at last night's council meeting to apologize.

 

              

 

After about a 10-minute public hearing the council voted 8-1 to approve the variance. The only councilman who did not change his vote was Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander who was disappointed in Huryck's earlier comments.

 

              

 

Huryck said the company is working with engineers to make sure the sign can hold up against high winds with designs that include a 12-foot underground structure. Huryck hopes construction can begin in early 2022 and that the store could be open by next summer.

 

Suspect Accused of Growing Illegal Marijuana Plants

A Ninnekah man is facing a felony charge for allegedly growing marijuana illegally. Grady County deputies received a tip in early September that 39-year old Ronald Edwin Ryans might have the illegal crop. Court documents filed following the investigation indicate Ryans told investigators that he had a medical marijuana card. Such a card allows the holder to have six mature plants and six seedlings. However deputies counted nearly 35 plants on the property and said that neither Ryans nor anyone else at the home had a card. Authorities arrested Ryans last week and he has been formally charged with cultivating a controlled drug. He was also wanted for an arrest in Rush Springs this past January for actual physical control of a vehicle and misdemeanor drug possession. Ryans is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond and he has court dates for both cases next month.

 

Grady County Property Tax Statements Mailed 

Ad valorem tax statements have been mailed out to Grady County property owners. County Treasurer Robin Burton said more than 30,000 tax statements were sent out in three separate batches last week. The tax statements total almost $79 million which is up about $1 million from last year or 1.2 percent. Burton said many of the statements were sent to mortgage companies which will pay the taxes from escrow accounts of property owners. For others, Burton said individuals can pay the entire amount by January 15, 2022 or pay half the amount owed by that date. The balance would then be due April 15, 2022. Payments may be made at the treasurer’s office in the county courthouse. Burton said if a credit or debit card, or e-check is used there will be a fee however none of the fee goes to the treasurer’s office. Checks and statements can also be placed in the drop-box just outside the courthouse entrance. Burton said if property owners have not received their statements in the mail by December 1st to contact her office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.05.

Natural gas is $5.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,875 and silver is $25.24.

 

Obituary

Kaylan Grimes

Funeral service for Kaylan Grimes, 72, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 17th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Nov. 15th

 

Chix City Council to Reconsider Starbucks' Sign Variance

Hopes for a new Starbucks coffee shop in Chickasha are re-newed. During tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting the panel is expected to reconsider a decision that Starbucks representatives said would prevent them from expanding to the city. At the November 1st council meeting the panel unanimously voted against a variance in the city's ordinance regarding how tall a store sign could be. The maximum height is 45 feet and Starbucks officials said they needed an 80-foot tall sign to draw traffic off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The issue was brought up during an informal work session last week where City Manager Tyler Brooks recommended the council reconsider its decision. The council will have a public hearing on the issue before a formal vote.

 

Council to Get Update of Firefighter Union Talks

The city council is also to go behind closed doors to discuss the status of the collective bargaining negotiations with the Chickasha Firefighters Association for the current fiscal year. The council is also to present a retirement watch to Kelly Crowder for his 10 years of service with the department. The council will also present a plaque to Ward 2 Councilman Clark VanDyck for his service. Vandyck has spent nearly two years on the city council but is stepping down at the end of the month as he recently moved out of the city limits. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Caddo County Driver Hospitalized After Crash

A Caddo County driver is hospitalized after suffering a medical problem behind the wheel. 60-year old Betty Harley of Apache suffered trunk and facial injuries after her SUV ran off the road, crashed through two fences, and hit a house. The Highway Patrol reports that Harley was taken by ground ambulance to a Lawton hospital where she was last in stable condition. The accident happened just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday on Highway 277 north of Elgin.

 

Obituary

Marla Howell

Funeral service for Marla Howell, 65, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 16th at Bible Baptist Church. She worked as a Realtor for more than 20 years with Century 21/Mosley Real Estate. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

2021, Nov. 8th-13th

Saturday, Nov. 13th

 

Hospital Officials Continue Urging COVID Vaxx

Grady Memorial Hospital officials say coronavirus numbers have declined in recent weeks. Positive test rates in the lab were down to 10 percent last month although officials say through the first two weeks of November they have increased slightly. In a hospital news release, Infection Control Specialist Brad Warden says positive tests are up to 14 percent. Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Abby Houseman says while the numbers are moving in the right direction and the likelihood of patients getting deathly ill are low, they continue to stress the importance of vaccinations saying it's the best defense against contracting the illness. Officials say policies and practices for COVID are fluid and are continuously evolving. The hospital is monitoring and adapting to the changes and mandates related to the virus. Emergency Department Director Beth Malone said they will  continue to be transparent with the public and hospital employees as changes take place to ensure everyone is kept up to date.

 

State Gas Prices Lowest in the Country

While gasoline prices in Oklahoma now average more than $3 a gallon officials say they are the lowest in the country. According to the website OK Energy Today the average price for a gallon of regular dropped two cents last week to $3.02. That's up about ten cents from a month ago but a year ago at this time the average price was $1.80 per gallon. Fuel prices are lowest in the Lawton area where it is $2.86 while Oklahoma City's average price is $2.98 per gallon.

 

Alpaca Blast-Off! Show Underway

Alpaca ranchers from across the country are in Chickasha this weekend. They are showing off their animals in an event called the Alpaca Blast Off Show. Debbie Ashley is the president of the board of directors for Alpacas of Oklahoma, a group that supports the ethical promotion of all things alpaca. Ashley says ranchers from 17 states are taking part in the event, from as far west as Washington and Oregon to as far east as Tennessee. She talks about part of the weekend activities-

 

              

 

She says alpacas are gentle and an easy livestock to raise. They are sheared about once a year and the fleece is used to make sweaters, gloves, scarves, socks and other items. The show runs through tomorrow at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Admission is free and there are a number of vendors who have alpaca products for sale.

 

Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive Begins

The Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo Counties has begun it's red kettle campaign which will run through the upcoming holidays. The first kettle of the Christmas season opened at Williams Foods in downtown Chickasha yesterday. Look for the familiar red kettles in Chickasha, Anadarko, and Newcastle in the coming days and weeks. Officials hope to collect more than $50,000 in these local red kettle drives and more than $115,000 overall with all the funds staying in the Grady and Caddo County area. Individuals and groups who would like to volunteer to ring the bells can go on-line to: www.registertoring.com and pick the days and times to help. The Salvation Army also hires part-time help to ring bells. Get more information from the Salvation Army's website or Facebook page.

 

Obituaries

Marla Howell

Funeral service for Marla Howell of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November at Bible Baptist Church. She was a long-time Realtor with Century 21-Mosley Real Estate. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Carolyn Hatchett

Funeral service Carolyn Hatchett, 81, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 16th at Parkview Christian Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Nov. 12th

 

Grady County Veterans Honored

For the first time since the pandemic, a ceremony honoring the area’s military veterans was held yesterday at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park. The guest speaker was U.S. Army Sgt. Major James Hesston of Rush Springs (Ret) who also served in the Army National Guard-

 

              

 

Hesston said that most veterans would be ready to return to active duty if called to do so-

 

              

 

Sherrie Lewis with the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee said the day marked the 26th anniversary of the dedication of the memorial. Lewis also said there are local support groups for veterans including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Disabled American Veterans and that both groups meet monthly.

 

Amber Farm Earns Recognition

A Grady County farm family is recognized for its work. Steve and Donna Standridge were named the District Three Farm Family of the Year by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. The Standridges operate a fourth-generation farm in the Amber area. They grow alfalfa, wheat, corn, and forage sorghums used primarily for their stocker cattle operation and grow yard. Steve Standridge said they want to be known for selling a quality product of cattle - because in the end your name is what you have to sell, and if you have a quality product, buyers will come back over and over again. The Standridges are certified in the Beef Quality Assurance program.  Steve said there is no more nobler profession than one in agriculture and helping to feed the world. Donna said they could retire but they enjoy what they do and look to meet  new challenges every day.

 

Kiowa Tribe to Hold Ground-Breaking for Hobart Casino

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will be breaking ground on a new casino today. The casino will be built in Hobart and it will be its fourth casino joining other locations in Verden, Carnegie, and near Devol in southwestern Oklahoma. The Kiowa Tribe and the Hobart Economic Development Council worked for several years to arrange for property in Hobart's industrial park to be used. The Lawton Constitution cites chief operating officer Jon Peters as saying it’s an exciting new page for tribal members, many of whom live in the Hobart area. Plans are to build a 17,000 sq. ft. facility that will have slot machines, table games, a restaurant, and a gift shop. It's expected to employ up to 160 people and bring in more than 300,000 customers each year, with gross revenue projections of $13 million per year.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Debbie Ashley, the president of the Alpaca Association of Oklahoma will be on our KOOL Konversation program talking about the Alpaca industry and the National Alpaca Blast Off being held in Chickasha this weekend. On Real Estate Today this week's guests are Gayla Lutts, superintendent of the Canadian Valley Technology Center, Chickasha campus director Ronnie Bogle, and marketing director Jessica Limestall. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.87 per barrel.

Natural gas is $5.15 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $24.96.

 

Obituary

Barbara Schmidt

Funeral service for Barbara Schmidt, 76, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 15th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Nov. 11th

 

America Pays Tribute to Military Veterans

America pauses today to honor veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Initially called Armistice Day it marked the end of World War One with the signing of the armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Veterans Day pays tribute to all veterans living or dead and is a time to give thanks to those who served honorably whether in a military conflict or peace-time. Among the Veterans Day ceremonies today, The Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee will hold a ceremony at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Shannon Springs Park. Guest speaker is James Hesston, retired Army Sgt. Major. On Saturday, the City of Blanchard will have a Veterans Day parade. Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs thank all veterans for their service. Director Joel Kintsel said the freedoms we enjoy as Oklahomans and Americans exist because of their willingness to serve, and encourages all to reflect, respect, and honor veterans and show appreciation of the courage, commitment, and sacrifices the veterans freely gave to the country.

 

Two Injured in Armored Car Rollover

A Chickasha man is one of two people hospitalized following the crash of an armored car. 30-year old Evander Yanito was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with internal and external injuries and was last in stable condition. A passenger, 30-year old Nicole Gonzales of Oklahoma City was also last in stable condition. The accident happened northwest of Kingfisher about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The highway patrol said Yanito was driving the armored car. The trooper investigating the accident said it was raining at the time and the vehicle ran off the road and rolled. Yanito was pinned inside the vehicle for an unknown amount of time.

 

Woman Sought in Alleged Attack on her Mother

Caddo County authorities are looking for an Anadarko woman wanted for an alleged attack on her mother. An arrest warrant was issued for 27-year old Mackenzie Cook after authorities say she assaulted her mom and threatened to burn her house down. The warrant is for felony burglary and misdemeanor charges of assault and battery, threatening to perform acts of violence, and vandalism. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents indicating the assault took place Oct. 21st. The documents indicate the two women initially got into a minor altercation at a casino and later the confrontation turned physical at the home of Cook's parents. Cook told investigators that her mother started the fight at the home but prosecutors have not filed any charges against her.

 

'Rhythmic Circus' to Perform Tonight

A combination of dancing, music, and humor hits the stage at USAO tonight. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Rhythmic Circus is the second performance for the university's Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series. The group is an internationally renowned 12-member live music and tap dance ensemble which brings a high-energy show with a lot of positive messages. The show is sold out but some limited-seating tickets will be available.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.64.

Natural gas is $4.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,864 and silver is $25.14.

 

Obituaries

Matthew Adair

Funeral service for Matthew Adair, 48, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 12th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Otto Kuhlman

A private graveside service for Otto Kuhlman, 104, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13th at the Evergreen Cemetery in Minco. He was a U.S. military veteran having served during World War Two.

Kathryn Bayne

A graveside service for Kathryn Bayne, 81, of Ninnekah will be held at 10:30 Monday, Nov. 15th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 10th

 

Chix Sales Tax Revenue Holding its Own

Sales tax revenue for the City of Chickasha is holding fairly steady as officials hope the numbers will eventually return to pre-COVID levels. November receipts from the State Tax Commission show Chickasha received just over $1 million in sales tax revenue. That’s based on a 30-day period from mid-September through mid-October. That number is down about 5.7 percent from last month but it is up more than 12 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The number is slightly lower than the same period in November of 2019 in the weeks before the pandemic. The sales tax revnue represents consumer spending of about $27 million at retail outlets during that 30-day period. We also have updated numbers from the city's hotel-motel tax which shows just over $57,000 collected in August. That's up about 1 percent from July but down more than 17 percent compared to last year.

 

Gas Line 'Rupture' Exercise Set Today

Grady County first responders will get their skills tested today. Grady County emergency management officials are teaming with pipeline company Targa Resources to conduct an emergency response exercise. Crews will respond to a report of a ruptured gas line east of Chickasha in the Tabler-Naples area between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. David McQuade with Targa Resources says these exercises are held to insure that in the rare instance a problem might occur that procedures in place are effective to protect people and property. Fire departments, the sheriff’s office, and police departments will all be taking part in today's drill.

 

Caddo County Voters OK Ambulance Sales Tax Extension

Caddo County voters give their overwhelming approval to extend a county-wide sales tax that funds the county ambulance service. The measure passed with 85 percent of the vote, 620 to 104. The sales tax is a one-quarter-of-a-penny sales tax which will be extended through June of 2027. Voters in Ft. Cobb and Hydro approved 25-year extensions for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Ft Cobb voters passed the extension with every single vote, 46-0. Hydro voters passed the extension, 41-1.

 

Chix Public School Foundation Awards Annual Grants

There are a lot of happy teachers and students in Chickasha schools. The Chickasha Public School Foundation issued its annual fall grants, distributing $40,000 to purchase equipment and needed supplies. Foundation Director Gab Shepard says the Foundation presented grants to teachers in every school - nine at Grand Elementary; seven at the high school; five each at Bill Wallace and the Middle School; and four at Lincoln School. The largest grants issued were $5,000 each to the Robotics program and to the middle school to use towards the purchases of a new projector and screen for the auditorium. Shepard said there were a total of 42 grant requests submitted for nearly $78,000 in projects. The Foundation has provided $940,000 in grants throughout its 35 year history.

 

Funeral set for Chiropractor 'Doc' Adams

Longtime Chickasha chiropractor ‘Doc’ Adams has died. Adams was 67 when he passed away at his home Sunday. Born in New Zealand, Richard Adams moved to the U.S. in the late 1970s and graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic in Iowa. He opened his Chickasha office in 1982 and served patients for nearly 40 years. He played rugby at OU. The funeral service for ‘Doc’ Adams will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 11th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

New Member Appointed to Anadarko School Board

A new member was sworn in to serve on the Anadarko board of education Monday night. The panel appointed Clarissa DeVilla to fill the Office No. 5 post which was vacant. Devilla takes the seat previously held by Derrell Sanders who stepped down as he moved out of state. DeVilla will fill the post until April of 2022. The school board also approved the retirement of long-time maintenance director David Webb. He's retiring next month after a 30-year career with the district.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $84.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.78.

Natural gas is $4.98 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,825 and silver is $24.20

 

Obituaries

Brent Hughes

A graveside service for Brent Hughes, 70, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 12th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Kevin Hair

A memorial service for Kevin Hair, 65, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 9th

 

Caddo County Voters to Decide

Ambulance Sales Tax Extension 

Today is election day in some Oklahoma communities. There's a county-wide election in Caddo County where voters are being asked to continue a one-fourth-of-a-penny sales tax to fund the county ambulance service. Anadarko voters who normally cast ballots at the Anadarko hospital will instead be voting at the OSU Extension office. Residents in Ft. Cobb and Hydro are voting on the extension of franchise agreements with Public Service Company of Oklahoma. If approved, the agreements would be extended 25 years. Polls will be open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Starbucks Sign Discussed Again in Council Work Session

Could the Chickasha City Council re-consider its decision to deny a popular coffee shop an over-sized sign? Last week, the council voted unanimously to approve a re-zoning request that would allow Starbucks to build a new store near Highway 81 and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. However, the council unanimously denied the restaurant's request for a variance to install an 80-foot sign in order to attract traffic off of the turnpike. The city has a maximum height restriction of 45 feet - however McDonald's, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens all have signs that are well above that restriction. A representative of Vaquero Ventures, the parent company of Starbucks, told the council last week that the 80-foot sign was a make-or-break-deal for the coffee shop to open a local store.  The issue came up during a city council work session last night. The Chickasha Express-Star reports that a different representative of Starbucks' parent company discussed the benefits of the taller sign, pointing out that a 2018 traffic study indicated that 22,000 vehicles travel on the turnpike every day, and that the location could attract other businesses. The newspaper report says that City Manager Tyler Brooks is recommending approval of the Starbucks sign along with a revision of the city's sign ordinance. The city council is expected to reconsider its decision during the Nov. 15th council meeting.

 

CV Tech Program Receives Grant

One of the programs on the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center receives a grant to help students. The Precision Machining class picked up a $12,000 grant from the California-based Gene Haas Foundation. Haas is the founder of a machine tool manufacturing company who also has a presence in motorsports including NASCAR and Formula One racing. The grant will be used to purchase industry-standard tools, and provide tuition and book assistance.

 

Veteran Teacher, USAO Alumni Director Passes Away

The longtime director of the USAO Alumni association and area high school teacher has died.  Myrtle Stevens was 96-years old when she passed away at her Gracemont home last Thursday. She earned a bachelor's degree at the Oklahoma College for Women, a master’s degree from OU, then earned another bachelor's degree from USAO. She taught at Ninnekah, Riverside, and Gracemont high schools and at USAO. She was the alumni director for USAO for 12 years and the university's alumni house is named in her honor. Funeral service for Myrtle Stevens will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 10th at the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Anadarko.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.93 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $83.43.

Natural gas is $5.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,825 and silver is $24.48.

 

Obituaries

Kevin Joe Hansens

Funeral service for Kevin Joe Hansens, 62, of Amber will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday November 11th at the Pocasset First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Lois Singletary

Funeral service for Lois Singletary, 95, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 11th at Snowhill Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Sharon Pennington

Funeral service for Sharon Pennington, 58, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13th at Full Gospel Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Nov. 8th

 

Fatal Pedestrian-Pickup Accident Under Investigation

State troopers are continuing their investigation of an accident where a pedestrian died after being hit by a pick-up. The highway patrol reports that 72-year old Johnie Adams of Tuttle was pronounced dead after being taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. The accident happened about 6:45 p.m. Sunday about a half-mile south of Highway 37 on Sara Road. The driver of the pick-up, 52-year old Brad Lewis of Blanchard was not hurt. The trooper called out to the accident said the conditions of both men are still under investigation. Lewis was wearing his seatbelt. The roadway was closed for more than an hour following the accident.

 

Chix Schools Admission Policy to be Updated

A revision of Chickasha schools admission, transfer, and withdrawal policy will be considered by the board of education tonight. Officials are expected to approve the revisions as they are in conjunction with a new student transfer law that goes into effect on January 1st. The panel will also consider a proposed contract with an Oklahoma City firm to help officials begin working on the planning for a proposed bond issue which is expected to be presented to school district patrons next spring. Superintendent Rick Croslin is asking the school board to use $27,000 in the district’s building fund to contract with LWPB Architecture. Officials with the firm would tour all district buildings, evaluate existing programs, and meet with staff to discuss options of needs and possible future remodeling and expansion. The school board is also to recognize Tish Kennedy and Sue Stuke of Lincoln School as the Chicken Express employees of the month. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building. The meeting will also be streamed on the school district's website.

 

Appointee May be Named to Anadarko School Board

A new school board member is expected to be appointed to the Anadarko board of education tonight. The panel is filling a vacant post for Office No. 5 which was previously held by Derrell Sanders. The Anadarko school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the Anadarko school administration office.

 

Chickasha Chamber Readies for 'Buy Chickasha' Campaign

Many individuals have already started their gift shopping for the upcoming holidays. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will again be offering a program to encourage individuals to shop with local merchants. This will be the third straight year for the Buy Chickasha campaign where this year $12,000 in gift cards will be given away. There will be three main drawings with the top prize being $5,000 in gift cards. No purchase is necessary. Individuals can get one ticket into the drawing from each participating merchant simply by stopping in and asking for one. Customers will get one additional ticket into the drawing for every $10 in merchandise purchased at each participating store, up to 100 tickets per purchase. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The Buy Chickasha campaign starts  Monday, November 15th and runs through Sunday, December 12th. The drawings will be live on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page on Monday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prizes or other names will be selected.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.74.

Natural gas is $5.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,816 and silver is $24.26.

 

Obituary

Jack Mink

Funeral service for Jack Mick, 80, of Blanchard and formerly of Cement will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 10th at the Cement First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Nov. 1st-6th

Saturday, Nov. 5th

 

Legal Aid Helps Sort Health Care Options

We are hearing and seeing a lot of commercials about the open enrollment period for Medicare as well as the Healthcare Marketplace for non-senior citizens. A non-profit group is offering assistance to low-income residents to help Oklahomans sort through the numerous options that are available. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma offers assistance from individuals they call 'navigators'. They are individuals who have received training and are certified to help. The program was made possible by a federal grant. Navigators can help with SoonerCare, the state's Medicaid program, and Medicare. Help is available in all 77 Oklahoma counties. Individuals can call or text 405-313-1780 to see if they  qualify.

 

State Senator Named to National Women's Panel

A regional state senator will represent the Sooner State as a director for a national all-women panel. Sen. Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) whose district includes parts of Grady County will serve on the non-partisan Women in Government board of directors. A press release indicates that directors are 'go-to' ambassadors for women in public office. The panel is a non-profit group based in Washington, D.C. which provides leadership opportunities, expert forums, and educational resources to address and resolve public policy issues.. Garvin said with more women getting elected to offices across the country the organization helps them become strong leaders who can drive sound policy. She said she looks forward to learning how she can be a better leader and be successful in advancing policies to improve the lives of Oklahomans and to make the state better.

 

Daylight Savings Time Returns Tonight

The first weekend in November brings with it Daylight Savings Time. Most of the country will be adjusting clocks backward one hour tonight. The actual time change will be at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Newer watches, clocks, and computers will change time automatically but analog clocks will have to be adjusted manually. That means an extra hour of sleep for most but there will be an extra-hour of work for those who are on the overnight shift. It also means more daylight in the morning and less in the evening. Sunset on Sunday night will be about 5:30 p.m. Triple A of Oklahoma says motorists should be extra careful especially when driving in the early evening. They say the time change can have a negative impact on sleep patterns. Officials cite studies indicating that drivers who get less than five hours of sleep are comparable to someone driving drunk. The time change is also a reminder to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Fire officials say to change your clocks and change your batteries in those devices.

 

Obituary

Dennis Horn

A graveside service for Dennis Horn, 78, of Gracemont will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 8th at the Carnegie Cemetery. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Elgin 49, Chickasha 27

Tuttle 14, Blanchard 13

Anadarko 54, Kingfisher 14

Minco 53, Hobart 13

Elk City 28, Newcastle 14

Perkins-Tryon 47, Bridge Creek 0

Dibble 35, Wynnewood 27

Healdton 48, Rush Springs 14

Marlow 57, Tishomingo 18

Lindsay 32, Comanche 15

Apache 44, Carnegie 8

Empire 54, Cyril 8

Mt. View-Gotebo 54, Thackerville 6

Thursday

Strother 37, Alex 8

 

Friday, Nov. 5th

 

OBN: State Leads U.S. in Number of Black Market Pot Farms

The Sooner State leads the country in the number of black market suppliers of illegal marijuana. That's according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN). Agency officials say there are 8,500 medical marijuana grow licenses in the state which is more than double the number of licenses in California. Authorities believe that one out of every four of Oklahoma’s grow facilities are run by criminal organizations from China, Mexico, and Russia. Authorities say that buyers from those countries (and others) are making offers for land that's up to 10 times the asking price - and they want to pay cash and want a closing within two weeks. The OBN says true ownership of medical marijuana farms is hard to determine because illegal operations use ghost owners. That’s where shell corporations hide the true ownership of farms even though it may be listed under the name of an Oklahoman.

 

Centerpoint Energy Says Expect to Pay More for Heating Bills

Centerpoint Energy customers may be paying higher home heating bills during the upcoming cold weather season. Company officials announced that if even if Oklahoma has normal winter weather that heating bills could increase nearly $25 a month on average over the next several months compared to last year. Officials say monthly bills from November of 2020 through March of 2021 averaged about $71. The estimate for the similar period during the upcoming winter months is expected to average about $95 per month. Centerpoint officials say they expect their fuel costs to be higher than in recent years because of increases in wholesale natural gas prices. Representatives said actual bills will vary based on the size and age of homes, the level of insulation, the number of gas appliances, and thermostat settings.

 

First National Bank Receives National Award

First National Bank and Trust receives some national recognition for its long-time service to the region. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Kansas presented its Community Leader Award for 2021 to First National. The award was presented to the bank for its 129 years of service to community needs. The award was announced at a reception for stakeholders last month. State Senator Lonnie Paxton and State Representatives Dick Lowe and Brad Boles presented a resolution honoring the bank for its efforts in building community life and economic development throughout central and southwest Oklahoma. In addition, the Federal Home Loan Bank issued a $5,000 award to Life Choices of Chickasha as a salute to First National's long record of service to non-profit groups.

 

Caddo County In-Person, Absentee Voting Ends Today

Today is the final day of early voting for residents in Caddo County who want to cast ballots ahead of next Tuesday's elections. All county voters will decide a proposal to extend a one-quarter of a penny sales tax with proceeds funding county ambulances services. If approved, the sales tax would be extended through June of 2027. Also, residents in Ft. Cobb and Hydro will decide on extending franchise agreements with Public Service Company of Oklahoma for an additional 25 years. In-person, absentee voting can be done until 6 p.m. today at the Caddo County Election Board at the county courthouse. Otherwise, voters will cast ballots at their normal precincts on Tuesday, November 9th. In Anadarko, residents who normally vote at the Anadarko hospital will instead cast ballots at the OSU Extension Service.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Whitney Palesano with Chickasha's Festival of Light is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. State Senators Lonnie Paxton and Darcy Jech are this week’s guests on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $80.54.

Natural gas is $5.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,795 and silver is $23.85.

 

Obituary

David Malone

A memorial service for David Malone, 70, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Nov. 4th

 

Patient Arrested After Alleged Attack on Paramedics

Chickasha paramedics treating a patient for low blood sugar were attacked by the patient this week. Grady County sheriff's deputies were called to assist paramedics after they responded to a call Monday night.  A probable cause affidavit indicates that the Chickasha Fire Department was dispatched to meet a vehicle that was on the way to the hospital with an individual who was having a medical  problem. The ambulance met the vehicle on U.S. Highway 62 about a mile east of the Tabler Y and a man with no pants on jumped out of the passenger side and told the paramedic he was having a low-blood sugar issue. The paramedics thought the man might be on meth. When the EMTs asked if he could start an IV the patient said ‘yes’, but when the needle was displayed he became irate and a scuffle began. That's when sheriff's deputies were called to help. The patient was eventually subdued and taken to the hospital where he was treated with insulin and then cleared to be taken to jail. The paramedics were not seriously injured. 38-year old Daniel Ryan Palmer has been charged with two felony counts of assault on a medical care provider. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $25,000 bond. It's the second time Palmer has been arrested in the last few weeks. He was picked up last month for having firearms after former conviction.

 

Suspect In Custody for Brandishing Knife at Dispensary

A Chickasha man is arrested for pulling a knife on an employee at a dispensary. Chickasha police were called to the Merchants of Marijuana on West Choctaw Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Court document indicate that employees asked the man to leave the premises and they began arguing. The man pulled out a knife and threatened to stab the employee. The man eventually left the store. Employees called police who found the man a few minutes later. Officers arrested 19-year old Jimmy Don Rogers who is facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in jail on a $7,500 bond.

 

Early Voting Underway in Caddo County

Early voting is underway in Caddo County today as voters decide on a measure that would extend a county-wide sale tax. There is also a special municipal election for Fort Cobb residents. In-person, absentee voting will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow at the election board office in the Caddo County Courthouse. Regular precincts will be open next Tuesday and officials say one precinct in Anadarko has changed due to last month's tornado. Individuals who normally vote at the Anadarko hospital will instead cast ballots at the OSU Extension Office.

 

Bridge Work to Delay Traffic East of Chickasha

A reminder that traffic will be slow-going at the Washita River Bridge east of downtown Chickasha today. Crews will be installing a large bridge beam on the second bridge that is being built near the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. Flaggers will be on site and traffic may be stopped from time-to-time. The on and off ramps of the turnpike will be open but officials say motorists should expect congestion.

 

Congressman Sets Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) will hold a telephone town hall meeting next week. Constituents in the state's 4th Congressional District throughout southwest Oklahoma will hear Cole discuss current events in Washington, D.C. and he will also take questions. The town hall will be streamed on the website cole.house.gov/telephone-town-hall The telephone town hall will be Tuesday, Novemver 9th from noon to 1 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.86 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.99.

Natural gas is $5.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,777 and silver is $23.69.

 

Obituary

Billy Ray McLean

(A previous version of this obituary included some incorrect information. This is the corrected version. We apologize for the error.) Funeral service for Billy Ray McLean, 44, of Cement will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd

 

Details Released Regarding Chickasha Homicide

Investigators have released some details regarding the death of a Chickasha man last month. Authorities say the man's son beat his father in the head with a concrete block. The FBI identified the victim as Charles Ray. His son, Phillip Ray, was arrested at the residence the night of October 19th. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 cite court documents indicating that Phillip Ray told investigators that his father stared at the moon and didn't suffer. Authorities say Phillip Ray has a history of substance abuse and mental illness. A motive has not yet been determined. Federal officials are prosecuting the case as Phillip Ray is a member of a federally-recognized Native American tribe.

 

Robbery Suspect Faces New Drug Charges

A Chickasha man who was arrested for robbery earlier this year is back in jail for allegedly selling counterfeit pain pills. 26-year old Trevan DeSaun Brown was taken into custody last Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics say a confidential informant purchased pills laced with fentanyl from Brown on two occasions this past summer. His previous arrest was this past April. Brown is facing a felony robbery charge in connection with that arrest after two women alleged he held them at gunpoint while they were trying to buy two expensive puppies. Brown was out of jail on a $75,000 bond in connection with that arrest. He is now being held on a $100,000 bond in connection with his most recent arrest where he faces two felony drug charges.

 

Churches to Again Deliver Free Thanksgiving Dinners

Thanksgiving is just three weeks away - and a couple of Chickasha churches are again combining efforts to serve free Thanksgiving dinners. The First Presbyterian Church and New Life Christian Church will provide meals throughout the community on Thanksgiving Day. For many years the churches combined efforts to serve the dinner at one of their locations but that changed with the pandemic last year. The churches will again deliver meals to anyone who would like them. You can call either church to get meals delivered and the deadline for orders is Tuesday, Nov. 23rd. The numbers to call are 405-224-6205 and 405-222-5433. The meals will be delivered Thanksgiving Day between 10:30 a.m. and noon. The meals are free but donations will be accepted.

 

Continental Resources to Produce More Natural Gas

A new report shows Continental Resources is focusing on natural gas development in the Sooner State. The website OK Energy Today cites Chief Executive Officer Bill Berry as saying that's due to favorable market conditions. Natural gas prices surged to more than $6.00 per million BTUs in recent weeks. Continental generated more than $1 billion of cash flow from operations and a company record of nearly $670 million of free cash flow for the third quarter. Company officials have scheduled a conference call to discuss third quarter earnings tomorrow morning.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.72.

Natural gas is $5.55 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $23.58.

 

Obituaries

Neil O’Neal

Funeral service for Neil O’Neal, 78, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 5th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Hearl Mink

Funeral service Hearl Mink, 82, formerly of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 5th at the Assembly of God Church in Cyril. He was a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 2nd

 

Chix City Council OK's Lease for New Park

The Chickasha City Council gives its unanimous approval to lease land near the Rock Island Railroad Depot to the Chickasha Community Foundation (CCF) to build a new city park. The Council ok'd a 15-year lease with the CCF to develop nearly seven acres south of the depot. Pat Brooks is the president of the foundation board of trustees and said the goal of the park is to generate tourism with a permanent version of the World's Tallest Leg Lamp. An inflatable version of a 40-foot leg lamp debuted in the downtown area during the Christmas season last year. Brooks echoed comments made by the city’s Economic Development Council President Jim Cowan during the October 18th city council meeting that private money and grants will be used the develop the park. While the council unanimously passed the lease agreement Ward 4 councilman Kelly Boyd was hoping to see some preliminary designs.

 

              

 

Brooks said officials are meeting with architects later this week to come up with some preliminary drawings which will be presented to the council at a later date. Brooks said they hope to create a downsized version of places like Scissortail Park in Oklahoma City and The Gathering Place in Tulsa to hold outdoor events to increase tourism to the city.

 

Council Votes Down Sign Variance Request for Starbucks

Chickasha residents hoping that a new Starbucks coffee shop would be locating in the city got their hopes shot down during last night's council meeting. The panel unanimously approved a re-zoning request for the coffee shop to build south of 4th and Grand Avenue at the former location of the Ranch House Motel. However, the council then voted unanimously to deny a special exemption to allow a variance on the height of the sign developers were asking for. A representative of Vaquero Ventures of Ft. Worth said Starbucks needed an 80-foot tall sign so it would be visible from the turnpike. The city has a 45-foot height limit for signs. Kaylee Huryck with Vaquero Ventures said developers indicated the taller sign was a requirement for them to bring open a location in Chickasha.

Grant Reimbursement, ARPA Library Funds Approved

The city council approved a $50,000 grant reimbursement to Cody White for his remodeling of a downtown building which is now a new bicycle shop. The grant comes from economic development funds and was recommended for approval by the Economic Development Council. The city council also approved the receipt of more than $21,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds for the library which will include the purchase of WiFi hot spots and children's computers. The council also recognized the retirement of Robert Jackson, Jr. after 19 years of service with the park's department.

 

Festival of Light to Expand with December at the Depot

The Festival of Light is adding some new features for the upcoming season. Officials have created some weekend activities at the railroad depot downtown. They are calling it December at the Depot with events every Friday and Saturday nights in December. There will be pop-up shops, food trucks, amusement park rides for children, and photos with Santa. In addition, downtown visitors can purchase $2 tickets to take a shuttle to Shannon Springs Park and will not have to wait in line.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $84.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.38.

Natural gas is $5.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,795 and silver is $24.04.

 

Obituaries

Courtney Otey

Funeral service for Courtney Otey, 31, of Alex will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 3rd at the Southern Baptist Chapel in Alex. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to help the family with funeral expenses at the First National Bank of Alex.

Janice Wehling

Funeral service Janice Wehling, 82, Chickasha will be held at 10:30 Thursday, November 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Amanda Mahsetky

A graveside service for Amanda Mahsetky, 32, of Minco will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 4th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Delgado Gutierrez

Viewing and visitation for Delgado Gutierrez, 57, of Oklahoma City will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6th at Sevier Funeral Home. A memorial mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13th at 2 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church.

 

Monday, Nov. 1st

 

Chix City Council to Consider New Park

A plan to build a new park near Chickasha's Rock Island Railroad depot will be reviewed by the city council tonight. The panel heard a proposal about the idea during its October 18th meeting to lease a portion of seven acres to two separate groups. One proposal would lease just over 6 1/2 acres to the Chickasha Community Foundation and a second proposal would lease just over 1/2-acre to the USAO Foundation. The proposed lease with the Chickasha Community Foundation would be for 15 years at a cost of $10 per year with the understanding that the first phase of the park construction would be completed by this time next year. The proposed lease with the USAO Foundation would provide an area for a university arts plaza with construction to begin within one year and completed within two years following. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council says the park could include a number of things-

 

             

 

Cowan said no public money would be used as it is to be provided by a combination of private funds and grants. During the Oct. 18th meeting Ward 3 Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander said that if the park becomes a reality that it needs to represent the Black community as well-

 

              

 

Ashanti-Alexander said the in the late 1950s, Chickasha had one of the few integrated Little League baseball teams in the country. He said the team had played a championship game in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1958 but were denied a chance to play for the Southern Regional championship because a team from Mississippi would not play an integrated team.

 

Starbucks to Open Chickasha Location

It looks like Chickasha will be getting a Starbucks. The city council will hold a public hearing tonight to re-zone the area where the old Ranch House Motel sits to allow the construction of the coffee shop. The Planning Commission has recommended that the property be rezoned from residential to commercial use for that purpose. Another public hearing will be held to allow a special exemption for the store’s sign. Current regulations limit the height to 45 feet but officials are asking for an 80-foot sign in order that it would be visible from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The council will also consider using $50,000 in economic development funds to reimburse Cody White for the remodeling of a downtown building which is now Legendary Bicycles. The panel is also to consider accepting the development contracts to install water and sewer lines for the Shadow Valley housing development. The lines would run on the north side of Country Club Road between 16th and 25th Streets. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Washita River Bridge Work to Slow Traffic Thursday

Traffic on U.S. Highway 62 east of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike will be slow going on Thursday. Crews with the State Department of Transportation say a large bridge beam will be installed on the new bridge under construction over the Washita River. Traffic could be stopped from time to time and motorists should expect delays and might plan alternate routes. The ramps on and off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike will be open but congestion will be likely. Hours for the work will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weather permitting.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.57 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.38.

Natural gas is $5.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,789 and silver is $23.96.

 

Obituary

Linda Richards

A graveside service for Linda Richards, 78, of Maysville will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 2nd at the Bradley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

2021, Oct. 25th-30th

Saturday, Oct. 30th

 

Officials Continue Natural Gas Shortage Debate

Record cold temperatures and low supplies of natural gas led to rolling blackouts throughout much of Oklahoma and Texas this past February. Eight months later officials are still debating what caused a natural gas shortage which forced power companies to shut down production when it was needed most. In a report from the website OK Energy Today officials say the problem has still not been solved. A hearing was held in the U.S. Senate this week where officials  were told that a couple of reasons for the shortage was that natural gas wasn't available and that prices were too high. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford chaired the hearing and he asked officials with the Southwest Power Pool what needs to be done to avoid a similar catastrophe in the future. Lanny Nickell, executive Vice President and CEO of the power pool, said the gas and electricity industries have to talk to each other and they haven't done a good job of doing that.

 

Wildlife Refuge to Donate Bison

to Help Revitalized Tribal Land Herds

Officials with the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be thinning out its bison herd over the next few weeks. The animals will be donated to Native American groups across the country. The Department of the Interior created the Bison Conservation Initiative in an attempt to restore bison herds on tribal lands. Refuge Ranger Quinton Smith says there are about 800 bison currently at the refuge which is a higher number than they like to manage.

 

Hallowe'en Weekend Activities

Ghosts and goblins and princesses and superheroes will be roaming the streets looking for sweet treats this weekend. While Hallowe'en falls on Sunday this year, some communities have formal trick-or-treating tonight while many neighborhoods will be awaiting visitors tomorrow night. In Chickasha, the annual Chamber of Commerce Ne'ewollah Festival will be from 5-7 tonight with as many as 30 downtown businesses handing out candy. The YMCA will have carnival games and there is a virtual costume contest. The University of Science and Arts Art Department has a haunted house downtown at the Art Wrecker studio next to MidFirst Bank. That will be open from 7 to 10:30 and there is a $10 admission. The Bullock Memorial Center is having a fall festival from 6-8 p.m. and will be serving free hot dogs, nachos, and candy. Several churches will have trunk-or-treat events tomorrow afternoon.

 

Friday, Oct. 29th

 

State Board of Ed Lifts Emergency Suspension

of Teaching Credentials for Ninnekah Principal

The State Board of Education has lifted an emergency suspension of the teaching certification of suspended Ninnekah High School Principal David Pitts. The Oklahoman reports that while the panel lifted the emergency suspension, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister indicated that the revocation of Pitts' teaching license is still possible. The board took similar action against suspended superintendent Todd Bunch. Both men are among the defendants named in a federal lawsuit filed by more than a dozen former Ninnkeah girls basketball players who say they were sexually assaulted by coach Ron Akins. Akins has been charged with sex crimes in connection with the allegations. The state panel will schedule hearings to discuss revoking the teaching certifications of both Pitts and Bunch.

 

Drill to Test Response to Pipeline Breach Set

First responders throughout Grady County will be taking part in an emergency response drill next month. County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said the drill will be in conjunction with pipeline company Targa Resources. Thompson shared a letter from Targa officials which indicates the drill will replicate a gas line leak caused by a third party. The drill will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10th on Highway 62 east of Chickasha in the Friend and Naples area. Thompson said the drill will test response times, capabilities, notifications, and interaction with company officials.

 

Open House Today for Heidi Helping the Homeless

An open house will be held today for the new location of a non-profit that reaches out to help those who are in need. Heidi Helping the Homeless is having its grand opening at its 3rd and Minnesota Ave. location. The operation was working out of a Chickasha home for the last couple of years. The open house will run from 3-6 this afternoon and they'll be serving free hamburgers. The chamber of commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 o'clock.

 

Traffic Delays Expected East of Chickasha Next Week

Construction on the new Washita River Bridge east of Chickasha will slow down traffic in that area next Thursday. Traffic on Highway 62 will be narrowed to one lane from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4th to allow crews to install a bridge beam, weather permitting. Flaggers will be on location and traffic will be stopped from time to time. Motorists can expect lengthy delays and may choose to use an alternate route. The ramps on and off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike will be open but congestion will be likely.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Zack Bowles with the Life Skills Institute and the Resurrection House is on our KOOL Konversation. Mark Jernigan and David Sikes with Jerico, Inc. will be on Real Estate Today to talk about the oil and gas industry. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.80 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.32.

Natural gas is $5.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,796 and silver is $24.05.

 

Thursday, Oct. 28th

 

Man Arrested for Selling Fake Opioids That Led to a Death

A Chickasha resident is behind bars on a $500,000 bond after agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) say he sold opioids laced with fentanyl - drugs that may be responsible for the death of a Comanche, Okla. man. An arrest warrant had been issued for 49-year old Mark Lamar James Richardson and he was taken into custody at his Chickasha home Tuesday. Court documents indicate that agents met with the widow of man who died after taking drugs allegedly purchased from Richardson. The documents indicate the man had driven to Chickasha about ten times between August and October to purchase the counterfeit drugs. The last purchase was made Oct. 1st and the victim was found dead on Oct. 7th. Richardson is charged with two drug-related felonies.

 

Man Arrested After Causing Convenience Store Disturbance

A confrontation at a convenience store lands a man in jail. Chickasha police were called to Love's North on Choctaw Tuesday night. An employee told officers a man who appeared to be intoxicated was trying to buy drugs and fight with customers. The employee said she asked the man to leave and a fight ensued between the two and the man used a racial slur. An officer arrested the man on a public intoxication complaint. During the book-in process at the Grady County Jail the man became irritated and said wanted to die. He turned to some African-American federal inmates being processed and used racial slurs and threatened to kill them. Prosecutors have charged 31-year old Colten Paul Weeks of Chickasha with felonies of attempted robbery and malicious intimidation or harassment as well as a misdemeanor of public intoxication. Weeks remains in jail on a $12,000 bond.

 

Tip Leads to Arrest of Wanted Man

A tip leads Grady County authorities to arrest a Chickasha man who had a warrant for his arrest. In custody is 32-year old Eric Michael Bunch who was being sought for drug possession and other charges. Sheriff's deputies saw Bunch's unoccupied pickup at the Wal-Mart parking lot late Tuesday night. It wasn't long before Bunch arrived on foot and when he spotted the officers he tried to run though officers quickly had him in custody. Bunch is facing more than a half-dozen charges which include drug possession with intent to distribute and having weapons. Bunch remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

New Members to be Named to S&A Alumni Hall of Fame

Two individuals will be inducted into the University of Science and Arts Alumni Hall of Fame during the university’s homecoming festivities next week. Among them is the school’s athletic director Mike Ross who is a 2002 graduate. After spending a few years as a baseball coach at Vernon, Texas Junior College, Ross returned to his alma mater and spent 18 years with the Drover baseball program as either head coach or assistant coach. He is the university’s winningest baseball coach and led teams to two NAIA College World Series appearances. Also to be inducted is Dr. Toby Hamilton who spent more than 30 years teaching at the OU Health Sciences Center. The alumni association will also present Jarred Turner with the Young Alumni Award. He's currently a history teacher in Moore. All three will be honored in a program next Saturday, Nov. 6th.

 

Chickasha's Festival of Light Coming Soon

It doesn't seem possible but we are only about three weeks away from the opening of Chickasha's Festival of Light (FOL). The annual holiday event will feature some 3 million lights shining in Shannon Springs Park and this is the 28th year for the event. The festival will run Saturday, November 20th through December 31st and FOL director Whitney Palesano says the call is out for volunteers to help put the final touches on the lights the first two weekends in November. They'll start at 8 o'clock in morning on Fridays and Saturdays and local restaurants will provide free lunch. Individual and group volunteers can register on-line at: www.chickashafestivaloflight.org/volunteer Also, expect an announcement about some new offerings for this year’s festival within the next few days.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.58.

Natural gas is $6.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,798 and silver is $24.12.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 27th

 

Tornadoes, Funnel Clouds Spotted in Overnight Storms

Powerful thunderstorms brought hail and high winds to central Oklahoma late last night and early this morning. Storm trackers spotted funnel clouds and a possible tornado near Union City just after midnight. KWTV News 9 meteorologist David Payne issued a tornado warning for that storm which was tracking toward Mustang and Yukon. There were no reports of injuries and some reports of damage. About 1,000 OG&E customers were without power as the storms moved through. Previous to last night’s wild weather there had already been 28 tornadoes in the state this month. Precipitation totals in the area show eight-tenths of an inch of rain west of Rush Springs at Acme; about two-thirds of an inch of rain in Chickasha and Apache; a half-inch of rain in Minco; and about one-third of an inch of rain in Ft. Cobb.

 

Semi Rollover Temporarily Closes Highway

A semi rollover closed a section of U.S. Highway 81 near Rush Springs this morning. The accident happened about 2 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway. The road was closed for about 30 minutes while wrecker crews worked to get the big rig upright. The highway patrol reported that the driver was not hurt but did not provide any more details about the accident.

 

BIA Officer Shot in Caddo County Stand-off

A Caddo County man on probation is back in jail after a weekend stand-off with law enforcement which resulted in an officer being shot. Taaron Jay Burcum, 29, of Carnegie was taken into custody after holding police at bay for several hours. Carnegie police, the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs all responded to a report of shots being fired at a trailer just before midnight. The Lawton Constitution cities court records that indicate that at some point during the stand-off a BIA officer suffered a gunshot wound. It wasn’t clear how serious the officer was injured. Burcum had just been released from jail on probation for previous Caddo County convictions which include eluding, burglary, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Burcum is facing new charges of shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm while on probation in connection with this most recent arrest.

 

Groundbreaking Held for Blanchard School Auditorium

Blanchard school officials were joined by contractors and others for a ground-breaking ceremony for the school district’s new performing arts center. It will be a 43,000 sq. ft. facility that will include a FEMA-rated storm shelter and practice rooms for the band and choir. The project is part of a 2019 bond issue approved by voters. The new auditorium is being dedicated to Grammy-award winner Jody Miller who was present for the ground-breaking as was her close friend Wanda Jackson. CMS Willowbrook Construction is the contractor for the project working with Prairie Rock Architects.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $84.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.40.

Natural gas is $5.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,788 and silver is $24.01.

 

Obituaries

‘Lauren’ Johnson

A graveside service for Berta Lee ‘Lauren’ Johnson, 89, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 29th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Rev. Maurice Ford, Sr.

Funeral service for Rev. Maurice Ford, Sr., 69, of Lawton will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 29th at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 26th

 

Father of Teen Accused of Child Abuse

A Grady County man is charged with felony child abuse for allegedly beating his teenaged daughter with an extension cord. 49-year old Amos Corralez of Tuttle was taken into custody after his 14-year old daughter told authorities her father got mad at her for having a boy in their home.  Court documents indicate this happened last Friday night. The girl alleged that Corallez threw a plate at her and hit her in the head and legs with what she believed was an extension cord.  The girl ran out of the house and to the high school where she hid in the bushes and called 9-1-1. Corralez told Tuttle police that he believed the teen was selling cigarettes and that he hit the girl with a belt. The teen was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was treated for her injuries then released to the custody of a family member. Corralez has been charged with a felony count of child abuse and he was released on a $10,000 bond.

 

Camera Helps Catch Theft Suspect

A camera placed in a deer stand helps authorities nab a suspect accused of stealing the device. Grady County deputies were called to a home in the Cement area last week where a man said he leases some land and is allowed to hunt there. He had set up a camera in a deer stand and that the camera was missing. However, he was able to remotely access the video which showed a man thought to have stolen it. Deputies spotted a man walking down the road with what appeared to be the device. At first the suspect said he bought it, then that he found it in the woods. When the deputy asked if the suspect thought he could be seen on the camera, he initially said no. Then the suspect admitted taking it. Authorities arrested 40-year old Dustin Levi Bartgis of Oklahoma City. He spent the weekend in jail and was formally charged with misdemeanors of knowingly concealing stolen property and having drugs. His bond was set at $3,000.

 

ARPA Funds May be Paid to Some County Employees

Some Grady County employees might be receiving some extra pay for working during the pandemic. Grady County commissioners discussed using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to compensate workers who performed essential duties from March of 2020 through May 4th of this year. The Chickasha Express-Star reports that an attorney providing legal advice to the commissioners about the use of ARPA funds said that a large segment of the workforce did not have the option to social distance or work at home - and that the employees may have lower-pay, hourly wage-jobs and couldn't afford to miss work. Retired employees may also be eligible. County commissioners will consider offering the extra funds after the first of the year.

 

University to Host STEM Program for Girls

An effort to encourage fifth and sixth grade girls to consider careers in technology and science will be offered on the campus of the University of Science and Arts next month. The university will hold its annual Women in Technology and Science (WITS) day. The program is coordinated by Dr. Jeanette Loutsch who is an associate professor of biology. She said that encouraging girls to explore science, technology, engineering, and math is critical for their future success no matter what career they may choose. There will be a number of inter-active workshops all led by female professionals in a STEM field. Cost is just $5 for the day and those attending should bring a sack lunch. The program will be held Saturday, November 6th on the University of Science and Arts campus at Austin Hall starting at 8 a.m. For information contact Dr. Loutsch at the university or register on-line at www.usao.edu/wits

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.99.

Natural gas climbs to $5.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,804 and silver is $24.39.

 

Obituaries

Earl Miracle

Funeral service for Earl Miracle, 69, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 27th at The Christian Center. He was a veteran of the Oklahoma National Guard. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Maurice Ford, Sr.

Funeral service for Pastor Maurice Ford Sr., 69, are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Oct. 25th

 

New Chix City Manager to Use Team Leadership Concept

Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks has been on the job all of two weeks and he's learning the ropes of his new post. The eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force says he will rely on department heads and the city council to be part of a team effort.

 

              

 

Brooks says his experience in the military prepared him for his new career.

 

              

 

Oct. 25th Grady County Jury Term Canceled

Grady County residents who received a summons for jury duty this week (Oct. 25th) will not have to appear. The jury term that was supposed to begin this morning has been canceled. Officials say that all other weeks will continue as scheduled.


Minco Wind Farm Included in Acquisition

The wind farm at Minco is part of more than $800 million acquisition. Next Era Energy has sold the properties to its parent company - Next Era Energy Partners LP. The website OK Energy Today reports that the wind farm is part of an $824 million acquistion for Next Era Energy Partners to obtain 50 percent ownership in 13 wind and solar energy sites in Oklahoma and six other states. The Minco site which is known as Minco Wind Energy III is a nearly 107-megawatt wind farm with 66 turbines.

 

Lt. Gov. Says People Still Attracted to 'The Mother Road'

Oklahoma’s most famous highway is one of the Sooner State’s top tourist attractions. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell says more people are spending time on ‘The Mother Road.’

 

 

The Lt. Gov. was on our KOOL Konversation program over the weekend.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.53.

Natural gas is $5.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,800 and silver is $24.45.

 

Obituary

‘Kelley’ Morris

A graveside service for Peggy Sue ‘Kelley’ Morris, 64, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 30th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Oct. 18th-23rd

Saturday, Oct. 23rd

 

Suspect Accused of Child Neglect Arrested on New Charges

A Chickasha man arrested for child neglect and drug possession earlier this year is back behind bars. 34-year old Matthew Dale Lane was arrested by Chickasha police this week for alleged domestic violence and having a firearm after former felony conviction. Lane was taken into custody Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his alleged assault of a woman in the presence of a child. Lane has been formally charged with a misdemeanor in connection with that arrest. He's also facing a felony charge for having a firearm after former  conviction following an arrest near Rush Springs earlier this year. Lane is awaiting trial on the child neglect and drug charges that stem from an investigation by Chickasha police this past January. Bond for Lane on the most recent charges has been set at $100,000 and prosecutors have filed documents to revoke his bond on the previous charges.

 

Suspects in Blanchard Homicide Case Arrested in Wyoming

A mother and her son have been arrested in connection with the death of a Blanchard man. The OSBI say they are suspects in the death of 47-year old Michael McDuffie. McDuffie's body was found in the remnants of his burned out home earlier this month. 47-year old Debbie Senft - who is McDuffie's half-sister - and 26-year old Zachary Mussett were arrested in Wyoming. Both are charged with murder and arson in connection with McDuffie's death.

 

Driver Arrested for Speeding Through Verden

A driver allegedly speeding through Verden leads police on a pursuit at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour. Verden Police Chief Jeff Goucher says an officer attempted to make a traffic stop just before 4:00 a.m. Friday on a motorist going about 80 miles per hour through town where the speed limit is 35 mile per hour. The driver increased his speed as he drove west of town on Highway 62.  The motorist finally pulled over about three miles west of Verden. The officer arrested 37-year old Jorey Brooks Stockton who lists an Edmond address. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony DUI and misdemeanors of reckless driving and driving under restriction. He's in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $7,500 bond.

 

High School, Jr. High Rodeo Contestants in Chickasha

Highly-skilled teenaged cowboys and cowgirls from across the state and nearby states are in Chickasha this weekend. The members of the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association and the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association are competing in one of their final fall events of the year. The members meet at different locations once or twice a month. They were in Lawton in August, in Stigler in September, and in Woodward earlier this month. The fall season wraps up with the Fall Bash at the Lazy-E Arena in Guthrie in a couple of weeks. The associations bring their competitions to Chickasha  each spring and fall. They'll also return to Chickasha in June for the state finals where they will compete to earn a spot in the National High School and Junior High rodeos.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley and City Manager Tyler Brooks are our guests on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

'Kelly' Morris

A graveside service for Peggy Sue 'Kelley" Morris, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 30th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Bethany 38, Chickasha 20

Heritage Hall 45, Anadarko 22

Cushing 27, Blanchard 13

Tuttle 53, Ada 6

Bridge Creek 27, Douglass 6

Newcastle 44, Elgin 21

Ringling 43, Dibble 6

Mangum 26, Minco 14

Wynnewood 36, Rush Springs 0

Apache 40, Hobart 20

Walters 30, Carnegie 8

Marlow  58, Marietta 19

Frederick 46, Lindsay 34

SW Covenant 46, Alex 32

Cyril 58, Central High 8

Mt. View-Gotebo 68, Fox 6

 

Friday, Oct. 22nd

 

Tow Truck Driver Hospitalized After Hit-and-Run

A wrecker driver from Blanchard faces a long recovery after being injured in a hit-and-run while working an accident. Family members say 47-year old Troy Stewart was loading a vehicle on to his wrecker Wednesday when he was struck by another motorist who left the scene. KFOR-TV reports Stewart’s pelvis was broken as were both of his ankles, one leg, and he has several neck fractures. Robert Blankenship, the owner of R and R Towing and Recovery Service where Stewart works, said Stewart had only been on the job about a week. Blankenship asks motorists to heed the state's Move Over Law, requiring them to slow down and move over when emergency vehicles are in service. It was reported that Stewart’s wrecker did have its emergency lights activated at the scene.

 

Suspected Love Triangle Leads to Stabbing, Arrest

One man is hospitalized and another is in jail in connection with a stabbing that occurred as a result of a suspected love triangle. 32-year old Richard Charles Zane Hancock is in the Stephens County Jail in Duncan on a $150,000 bond after being charged with felony assault. The Lawton Constitution reports the stabbing occurred at a Marlow home where Hancock was in his ex-girlfriend's garage smoking meth when the woman and her new boyfriend came to the house. The two men started fighting and that's when the victim was stabbed. Hancock fled the scene but he was eventually apprehended. The unidentified victim - reportedly from Fletcher - was taken by air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital with a knife wound to his chest where he was last in stable condition.

 

Anadarko Prepares for Kids, Kites, and Frights Fall Fest

Tomorrow is a big day in Anadarko with the Kids, Kites, and Frights Fall Festival. It starts at the airport at 10:00 a.m. with some of the largest kites in the world - some are 30 feet tall and 200 feet long and can pull a full-size truck. There will also be some hot air balloons taking to the sky about 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. There will be a petting zoo, inflatable games, pumpkins and hayrides. There is a tee-pee building demonstration, Native American dancing, a car show, and town wide garage sales. Admission to the event is free. There are food trucks and vendors and activities where entry fees are required including corn hole and arm wrestling tournaments. There's also live music tomorrow night.

 

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 $82.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.61.

Natural gas is $5.11 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,794 and silver is $24.44.

 

Thursday, Oct. 21st

 

Homicide Investigation Continues

Tribal, state, and federal officials continue their investigation into the brutal death of a man whose body was found in the backyard of a Chickasha home. Chickasha police were dispatched to the 900 block of South 13th Street late Wednesday to a home within walking distance of the middle school. Authorities say the victim had trauma injuries but have not indicated how the as-yet unidentified man may have died. Police said he is Native American so the Lighthorse Patrol, OSBI, and FBI were called in. A suspect is in custody. 43-year old Phillip Keith Ray is being held in the Grady County Jail on a murder complaint. On-line court records indicate that Ray pleaded guilty to misdemeanor alcohol-related charges in 2015.  Back in 2003 he pleaded guilty to felony assault and battery and drug possession charges out of Grady County.

 

Tuttle School Officials Begin Talks for New Construction

In Tuttle, school officials are meeting this week to discuss how to proceed with the new construction projects approved with the passage of a big bond issue last week. The projects include a new barn for the agriculture program and numerous improvements in and around the high school football stadium. Superintendent Keith Sinor says they will be re-locating the ag barn since the current facility will be demolished and new locker rooms, a weight room, and classrooms will be built at its current location.

 

              

 

Sinor said the plan is to start construction of new bleachers at the football field after the first of the year depending on how long it might take to get the needed materials. He said they do not want to move any home football games so they want to make sure that the work can be finished in time for football season next year. The stadium will be expanding to 2,000 seats on the home side and 1,000 seats on the visitor’s side.

 

Benefits of Permanent Daylight Savings Time Discussed

We have an update on an interim study held at the state capital this week regarding a proposal to make Daylight Savings Time permanent in Oklahoma. Part of the discussion included benefits that may include better health, extra daylight for farmers and ranchers to work safely during the evening hours, as well as more time for families to be active outdoors. The study was led by State Senator Blake Stephens (R-Tahlequah). He said while it’s not a drastic change in our day-to-day lives it could make a huge impact on the state's health and productivity. Stephens says he will re-introduce a bill filed this past legislative session to make Daylight Savings Time permanent. If passed and signed by the governor the state would still have to wait for federal approval before the change could be made.

 

Medicine Park Aquarium Has New Director

A new director has been named for the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center near Lawton. Rainette Rowlands, previously the deputy director of the center, will take over the post previously held by Doug Kemper. Kemper passed away recently but had selected Rowlands to be his successor. Kemper and Rowlands were both instrumental in the development and construction of the habitat which was first proposed 15 years ago. It took 11 years before the center would become a reality starting with an aquarium and now featuring a dozen exhibits. Rowlands says she has big shoes to fill but that Kemper left behind a lot of information to help with the continued growth of the center including drawings and 20-year marketing plans.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.82.

Natural gas is $5.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $24.33.

 

Obituary

Sharon Roper

A funeral service has not yet been scheduled for Sharon Roper, 80, of Fletcher. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 20th

 

Breaking-

A homicide investigation is underway in Chickasha. Police say a body showing obvious signs of trauma was found in the yard of a home of 909 S. 13th. The victim is a member of a federally-recognized tribe so the Chickasaw Nation’s Lighthorse Patrol, OSBI, and FBI were called into investigate. A suspect is in custody. Authorities have not identified the victim nor the suspect.

 

Chickasha Officials to Consider Water Meter Fee

Chickasha city officials will consider implementing a water meter fee next month - a move that Mayor Chris Mosley says is needed to keep the city from losing money on city services provided to residents and businesses. In his State-of-the-City address yesterday, Mosley said while the city made more $6 million in water, sewer, and sanitation revenues in fiscal year 2020 the city actually was in the red after expenses-

 

              

 

Mosley said he's frustrated that the city can't make any progress since a lot of attention is devoted to repairing and replacing decades-old water and sewer lines-

 

              

 

The city council will consider the meter fee during its Nov. 8th council meeting.

 

Crashes Halt Traffic on H.E. Bailey Turnpike

A couple of simultaneous traffic accidents involving multiple vehicles shut down a portion of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike last night. The eastbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 92 south of the toll gate were closed about 8:30 p.m. The highway patrol reports the roadway was reopened just after 10:00 p.m. after being closed for more than an hour-and-a-half. There was no word on any injuries in those accidents.

 

Reward Offered in Stephens County Cold Case

A $10,000 reward has been offered in a more than 20-year old cold case out of Stephens County. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is asking for information about the shooting death of George ‘Dale’ Turner. A son discovered Turner's body in a bedroom at the family ranch between Marlow and Bray just a few days before Christmas in 2000. The only clue that investigators had was a pair of brown work boots that were found outside the home. Turner's son Jeff is hoping the reward can help bring some closure to his father's murder. Turner said it's his job to honor his father’s memory and it’s the OSBI's job to solve his father's case and bring justice. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI by e-mailing information anonymously at: tips@osbi.ok.gov

 

University Receives U.S. Dept. of Education Grant

The University of Science and Arts is the beneficiary of a federal grant that will be used to boost distance-learning capabilities and improve services for students and faculty. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) awarded a more than $2 million grant to the university ‘s Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions program. The university previously received a more than $1.5 million grant from the Title III program bringing the total amount of grants to nearly $4 million from USDE within the last four years. The program assists non-tribal universities where at least 10 percent of the student population are members of federally-recognized tribes.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.08.

Natural gas is $5.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $23.97.

 

Obituary

Rick Young

Funeral service for Rick Young, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 22nd at Sharon Baptist Church. He was a long-time water well driller.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

 

Tuesday, October 19th

 

Chix City Council Gets Info on Proposed Train Depot Park

A proposal to build a new park next to Chickasha's Rock Island Railroad depot was discussed during last night's city council meeting. Economic Development Council President Jim Cowan said he represented several groups that support the idea including the Chamber of Commerce and the non-profit Chickasha Community Foundation. Cowan said that no city funds would be requested to develop the park which could cost anywhere from $6 million to $10 million. He said private money and grants could be used including funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

 

              

 

Cowan said citizens would have input on what should be in the park and that there could be tributes to the city's history and paint a picture for the future.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Crashing into Barn

A Chickasha woman is hospitalized after her SUV ran off the road, crashed through a fence, and hit a barn. 68-year old Lynda Scott was last in fair condition with arm injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital. The accident happened about 2:15 p.m. Monday east of Ninnekah on State Highway 19 near Dell Street (CR 1420). The state trooper called out to investigate the accident reports that Scott may have been sleepy.

 

Medicare Enrollment Period Now Open

Oklahoma senior citizens are urged to take some time over the next few weeks to review their Medicare insurance plans. The open enrollment period for coverage in 2022 is open through December 7th. Ray Walker is the Director of the Medicare Assistance Program with the State Insurance Department.


              

Walker says the state insurance department's website is hosting a series of weekly webinars to help seniors in making their decisions. The webinars can be seen on: www.oid.ok.gov and all previous and future webinars will be available on the website.

 

Anadarko Schedules Proposed Walking Trail Meeting

The City of Anadarko will hold a public meeting to get input about a proposed master walking-biking trail. Anadarko has received a grant to develop the trail from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's Southwestern Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization. Those attending the meeting will be able to view maps of the city; answer a brief questionnaire; and provide input on what items might be placed along the trail. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18th at the Anadarko Library from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Individuals who plan on attending should contact the library by calling 405-247-7351.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.33.

Natural gas is $4.99 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $23.76.

 

Obituaries

William Green

Funeral service for William Green, 91, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Chickasha was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 19th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a pastor for more than 25 years and also was a military veteran serving in both the Army and Air Force for a total of more than 35 years.

Madison Preciado

A funeral service for Madison Preciado, of Yuma, Arizona the infant daughter of Armando and Elizabeth Preciado are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Cynthia Webster-Long

A funeral service Cynthia Webster-Long, 59, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Oct. 18th

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Proposed Park

There has been some discussion over the last couple of years to create a new Chickasha park which would be located on city-owned property next to the Rock Island Railroad depot. Tonight, the Chickasha City council will discuss a proposal to lease the property to the non-profit Chickasha Community Foundation for that purpose. A draft of a proposed lease calls for the foundation to begin construction of the park within three years of when the lease might be approved and that all the projects in the park would be completed within five years of the proposed agreement. The city would lease the land to the Foundation for $10 per year. The proposal will be discussed during the Chickasha Municipal Authority portion of tonight's city council meeting. No formal action will be taken tonight.

Council to Consider Grant to Upgrade Police Department Fleet

The council is expected to give final approval to receive a grant that will allow the police department to obtain four or five SUVs to replace part of its fleet. The grant is for nearly $300,000 which will allow the department to purchase some used SUV's from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Council to Surplus Firetrucks, Ambulances

The council is expected to approve getting rid of several old vehicles within the fire department. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego is recommending the council surplus a nearly 30-year old pumper which has not been used in two years; a nearly 20-year old pumper that was in an accident this summer and has been deemed inoperable; a nearly 15-year old ambulance that has been out of service for three years; and a six-year old ambulance that has not been in service since it was in traffic accident on the turnpike.

Sports Complex, Dog Park Issues to be Reviewed

The council is also expected to approve going out for bids to repair the sidewalk path lighting at the city's sports complex and to pay the first installment of the current construction of the new dog park at just over $26,000.

Chickasha's New City Manager to Attend First Council Meeting

New Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks will be in attendance for his first city council meeting tonight. He started last week and was part of the ceremony putting the city's new fire engine into service. A come-and-go reception to welcome Brooks will be held before the council meeting tonight at city hall from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Mayor Chris Mosley is expected to sign a couple of proclamations shortly after the reception and the council meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m..

 

Family Injured in Crash with Anadarko Truck Driver

A woman and two children were injured in a Friday afternoon traffic accident with an Anadarko truck driver. 47-year old Kendall Willhite of Anadarko was not injured in the crash which occurred west of Hennessey. The highway patrol reports that Willhite had initially stopped at a stop sign but then pulled out in front of an oncoming SUV which hit Willhite's truck. The driver of the SUV, 30-year old Samantha Winegart of Okeene, and two children in the vehicle with her were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. Winegart suffered an ankle injury and one child suffered head, trunk, and internal injuries. Both were in stable condition and the other child was not hurt.                            

 

Duncan Woman Awarded New Home Heating, Cooling System

A Chickasha-based company and one of its suppliers has again helped to provide a free heating and air conditioning system to an Oklahoma family. DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning spent all day Friday in Duncan installing a new system at the home of Clara Ferguson. Ferguson was selected to receive the new system with the DeHart and Lennox ‘Feel the Love’ program. Ferguson was one of many individuals nominated to receive the new HVAC system. Winners are selected based on their need and how they treat others in their communities. Sheri Rice, the regional manager for the DeHart office in Duncan, says they focus on heroes, families, and people who give of themselves and don't ask for anything in return. Ferguson said it was a blessing to receive the new system.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.86.

Natural gas is $5.41 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,761 and silver is $23.26.

 

Obituaries

Hope Owens

A wake service for Hope Owens, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 19th at Holy Name Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 20th at the church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Betty Jo Scarbarough

A graveside service for Betty Jo Scarbarough, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 20th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral home.

Bobby West

Funeral service for Bobby West, 69, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 21st at Sevier Funeral Home.

2021, Oct. 11th-16th

Saturday, Oct. 16th

 

Suspicious Grady County Death Under Investigation

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) are looking into a suspicious death in eastern Grady County. The agency reports that a body was found in the 8300 block of Garvin Drive on Friday.  A mapping app indicates that is an area about two miles east of Bridge Creek schools. The individual has not been identified. Officials did not indicate if there was any trauma to the body. Agency officials said the state medical examiner's office will determine the cause and manner of death.

 

Suspended Superintendent's Teaching Certificate Re-instated;

State Board to Move Forward with Plans to Revoke the Document

A suspended Ninnekah school administrator was able to get his teaching certificate re-instated but officials still want to revoke that certification. The State Board of Education initially suspended the teaching license of Superintendent Todd Bunch on Sept. 30th as a result of that federal lawsuit filed against Bunch and others over allegations of years of alleged sexual assaults of girls basketball players by a former coach. On Friday, the board voted 4-0 to reinstate Bunch's certification following a recent recommendation of a judge who ruled that Bunch presents no immediate harm and doesn't fit the bill for emergency action.  The judge advised the state board to schedule a hearing to potentially revoke Bunch's certification. An attorney for the board said the group will proceed immediately with that hearing although no date has yet been set.

 

State Senate Group to Consider Daylight Savings Time Year 'Round

A group of Oklahoma state lawmakers will consider a proposal to establish Daylight Savings Time year round. The Senate's General Government Committee will have an interim study on the measure next week. State Senator Blake Stephens (R-Tahlequah) and others will review the health and work-day benefits of not having to change times in the spring and fall. Individuals to address the meeting include representatives from the agriculture industry, business sector, health and mental health fields, and even a retired meteorologist. The interim study will get underway at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 19th in Room 230 at the State Capital. It will be live-streamed on the state senate's website: www.oksenate.gov

 

Home Heating Bills Could be Higher for Natural Gas Users

Home heating bills are expected to be higher this coming winter especially if you use natural gas. A couple of reasons for that are the prediction of a colder than normal winter and that natural gas prices are on the rise. A report from the Energy Information Administration indicates that natural gas prices will be at their highest levels in nearly 15 years. Officials say among the reasons for the recent price hike for natural gas is that storage levels are at below-average levels heading into the winter months.

 

Obituary

Betty Jo Scarbarough

A graveside service for Betty Jo Scarbarough, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Oct. 15th

 

Suspended Ninnekah School Administrator

Fights Ruling Pulling his Teaching Certificate

The suspended superintendent at Ninnekah Public Schools may have his teaching license reinstated today. However, the state board of education still wants to revoke his certification. The Oklahoman reports that Todd Bunch is expected to have his teaching license re-instated after a judge recommended that the suspension be lifted. The state panel is meeting today to vote again on the matter. Bunch remains on paid suspension from Ninnekah schools after several current and former girls basketball players filed a federal lawsuit against Bunch, other administrators, and the school district, alleging that they ignored complaints that they were being sexually assaulted by a coach. The Oklahoman reports that Bunch's attorney said his client was never told of any concrete allegations about the actions of former coach Ron Akins who is facing charges of rape and sexual assault in connection with the alleged attacks.

 

Chickasha's New Fire Engine in Service

The Chickasha Fire Department now has its new fire engine ready when needed. It's a demonstration 2020 model Pierce Enforcer that Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says is one of the best engines available. It can pump more than 1,200 gallons of water per minute. Samaniego talks about one of the many features of the engine.

 

              

 

Mayor Chris Mosley and City Manager Tyler Brooks joined current and retired firefighters in long-standing traditions of washing the engine and pushing it into the fire station prior to a radio call indicating the engine is now in service. The engine came in at a total cost of just over $500,000 and will replace an older engine which is being kept to serve as a back-up.

 

Site Teachers Selected for Chickasha Schools

Five Chickasha school teachers are being recognized for their work in the classroom. All have been selected as teachers of the year at their respective school. Sharita Brown is an instructor for special needs students at the high school; Michael Boyles is a language arts teacher at the middle school; Megan Drennon is a 6th grade teacher at Lincoln School; Chris Albrecht is a 4th grade teacher at Grand; and Nancy Ragain is a pre-K teacher at Bill Wallace. All are now candidates for the district teacher of the year with the winner to be announced in the spring.

 

Ag Producers Meeting to Address Winter Cattle Needs

Cattle producers who would like to make sure their animals will be getting adequate and proper minerals during the upcoming winter can get helpful information at the next Grady County OSU Extension ag producers meeting. Dr. Paul Beck will discuss winter supplementation for cattle herds at the next meeting, which will be Tuesday, Oct. 19th at 7 a.m. Producers can attend in person or via the Zoom platform. Contact the extension office for more information by calling 405-224-2216.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Kimmie Loggins and Julie Bohannon-Dais with the Salvation Army and attorney David Ratcliff are on our KOOL Konversation discussing estate planning. On Real Estate Today this week's guest is Ray Walker, the director of the Medicare Assistance Program at the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.31 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.

Natural gas is $5.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,784 and silver is $23.34.

 

Thursday, Oct. 14th

 

Woman Accused of Taking Child from Neighbor's Yard

A Chickasha woman is behind bars after allegedly taking a two-year old from her neighbor's backyard. 44-year old Brandi Denise Bennett was arrested by Chickasha police after the incident Monday afternoon. A probable cause affidavit filed by police indicates that the child was playing in the backyard alone while his teenaged sister was inside. Witnesses saw Bennett reach over the chain-link fence and take the boy and the witnesses went to tell the teen what had happened. The teen went to Bennett's house to get the child and Bennett refused to let the boy go. Bennett told police that she had seen a baby crying and thought the child was home alone and that the child had a dirty diaper. Bennett told investigators she went to the take the child home but no one answered the door. However, witnesses said Bennett did not try to return him. Bennett was originally arrested on a kidnapping complaint but prosecutors have charged her with a felony of forcibly taking a child. Bond for Bennett has not yet been set. On-line court records indicate that she has been un-cooperative and has not yet had her initial appearance on the charge.

 

Embezzlement Hearing for County Commissioner Delayed

A Grady County commissioner accused of allegedly using county resources for personal gain has had his preliminary hearing delayed. District One Commissioner Mike Walker was to be in Grady County District Court today but officials have postponed the hearing to November 24th. This past May, Walker was charged with one count of felony embezzlement following a nine-month investigation by the OSBI. It's alleged he used county materials, equipment, and labor to pave a private road to his Tuttle home. Walker called the investigation a witch hunt. Walker remains on the job while the case is being adjudicated. Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks recused himself from the case and officials named Brian Hermanson of Newkirk as the prosecutor. Also, Judge Gina Lowe has also stepped down from hearing the case which will now be presided over by David Stephens of Caddo County.

 

Tornado Clean-up Continues in Anadarko

The clean-up continues in Anadarko where a tornado caused alot damage in the downtown area and downed trees and limbs throughout the city. The city has opened a roll-off site for trash and debris that will be open through Saturday. Residents can take brush and limbs to an area south of the hangars at the airport or put them on the curb. Starting on Monday, city crews will start picking them up, beginning in the Shady Acres area and working their way north. Crews will only be making one pass through the city. Officials say this will be for brush pick up and not for other trash or debris.

 

Section of Chickasha Street Temporarily Closed

A short section of a Chickasha street is temporarily closed for repairs. It’s 16th Street from Grand Avenue south to California Avenue. City crews are making improvements to a section of the street where they repaired a water line a few weeks ago. Streets are accessible to local traffic. Repairs are expected to be completed Friday afternoon and the street re-opened Saturday morning.

 

Swap Meet, Team Roping Highlight Weekend Events

There is a lot going on in Chickasha this weekend. The 53rd annual Chickasha Antique Auto Club’s fall swap meet is underway. Vendors started setting up shop yesterday with many more expected to arrive today. The meet draws thousands of antique car and truck enthusiasts from across the country. The event runs through Saturday at the Chickasha Antique Auto Club property next to the Grady County Fairgrounds. There are also vendors in the north exhibit building of the fairgrounds where a craft show is also being held.

The Capitalist Team Roping

Also getting underway today, many of the top team ropers in North and South America will be competing in what's called the pro bowl of team ropers. It's called the Capitalist Team Roping event which will run through Sunday in the two indoor arenas at the fairgrounds. The ropers come from as far away as Brazil and Canada to compete for cash prizes and $80,000 added money. There are men's, women's and youth divisions. There is no admission for anyone who wants to check out the competition which is in Chickasha for the fourth straight year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.18.

Natural gas is $5.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,799 and silver is $23.30.

 

Obituary

Elizabeth Nitzel

Funeral service for Elizabeth Nitzel, 90, of Oklahoma City will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 15th at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 13th

 

Power in Anadarko Almost Completely Restored

Dozens of power crews were back in Anadarko yesterday working to get electricity restored after Sunday night's fierce storms. The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes in and near Anadarko and Verden which are among seven confirmed twisters statewide Sunday night. Five other suspected tornadoes were still being assessed. Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn posted another video message on the City of Anadarko’s Facebook page and said only a few customers are still without power today.

 

              

 

Crews from Purcell, Lexington, Edmond and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Association were on hand to help Anadarko crews in their efforts.

 

Tuttle Voters Approve School Bond Issue

Voters in the Tuttle school district approved a special bond issue that will help fund nearly $10 million in improvements. Unofficial results from yesterday's special election show a $4.7 million bond issue passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin. The measure needed a super-majority 60 percent approval and it picked up more than 67 percent of the vote. Less than 600 voters turned out to pass the plan with the unofficial tally being 394 to 194. The bonds will be combined with a $4.7 million contribution from the Richison Family. It will allow the district to build a new agriculture building and will provide a big facelift for athletics - including a 2,000 seat home grandstand with a two-story press box, a 1,000-seat visitor's grandstand, a video scoreboard and LED sports lighting. Also included are a new weight room and locker room which will include classrooms and offices.

 

New Chickasha City Manager On Board

Chickasha's new city manager is on the job. Tyler Brooks officially started this past Monday. There will be an informal meet-and-greet for the former Air Force captain next Monday, Oct. 18th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. before the regularly scheduled city council meeting at 6:30 p.m..

 

Chix Mayor to Give 'State of the City' Address

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will be giving a State of the City address next week. In a public forum put together by the Chamber of Commerce Mosley is expected to address recent achievements for the city as well as future plans. The State of the City address will be Tuesday, Oct. 19th at noon at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Alexander Eats will cater a meal with the cost for chamber members at $20 and the cost for prospective chamber members is $25. Individuals who plan on attending are asked to RSVP the chamber by noon Monday.

 

Chix High School Band Gets Top Rating

Congratulations are in order for the Pride of Chickasha High School marching band! The band received a superior rating at the OSSAA regional marching contest yesterday. The rating is the highest a band can receive. Regionals are the highest competition at the state level for high school bands.

 

Oil Lease Vandal Suspect Also Faces Eluding Charges

A Lindsay man already behind bars is wanted in Stephens County for crimes  that allegedly took place when he tried to elude the law. 34-year old Seth Daniel Coots is wanted in the Duncan court for damaging an oil and gas lease.  The Lawton Constitution cites an arrest warrant that indicates Coots was running from Garvin County authorities two weeks ago when he drove into the eastern Stephens County lease. Coots is accused of causing nearly $5,000 dollars in damage which shut down the site for several hours. Coots is being held in the Garvin County Jail in Pauls Valley where he is facing felony charges of endangering others while eluding and DUI. Coots has prior felony convictions out of Stephens County.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.42.

Natural gas is $5.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,771 and silver is $22.82.

 

Obituary

Harvey Reed

Funeral service for Harvey Reed, 84, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18th at Sevier Funeral Home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 12th

 

Power Returns to Parts of Chickasha After Brief Outage 

An early morning power outage forced Chickasha school officials to make a snap decision about whether to have classes at one of its schools. The power outage about 6:15 this morning impacted Grand Avenue school and superintendent Rick Croslin said PSO estimated that power would not be back on until 11 a.m. Croslin initially said Grand would be closed just before 7 a.m. however power was back on at the school at 7:05 - so officials said classes would go on as scheduled. About 800 PSO customers were without power for about 45 minutes. A PSO spokesman said an equipment malfunction caused the outage. The outage area was between 4th and 29th Streets and between Almar Drive and Georgia Avenue.

 

Most Eletricity Back On in Anadarko After Storms

Most of the City of Anadarko has power restored after Sunday night's violent storms. City Manager Kenneth Corn kept residents up to date with a number of Facebook live posts with the last coming just before midnight last night.

 

              

 

Corn said most of the central circuit should be also on while the south part of the city is still without electricity. All the crews that were working yesterday were to be back today and Corn is hopeful that power can be fully restored today.

 

Corn Credits New System for Saving Lives

There were no deaths or serious injuries as a result of that Anadarko storm and Corn credits part of that to the city's new hyper-reach notification system that sends out text messages, phone calls, and e-mails about emergencies. A link to that hyper-reach notification system can be accessed from Anadarko's Facebook page or website: www.cityofanadarko.org

 

Teenager in Critical Condition After ATV Crash

Two Lindsay teenagers were injured and one is in critical condition following an ATV accident near Dibble. The highway patrol reports that a 14-year old female passenger was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head injuries. The 16-year old male driving the ATV was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was treated and released. State troopers do not identify juveniles who are involved in accidents. The crash happened southwest of Dibble near 170th Street and Council Avenue Saturday afternoon.

 

Tuttle School Patrons Deciding Bond Issue Today

Voters in the Tuttle school district are going to the polls today to decide a unique bond issue. On the ballot is a $4.7 million supplemental bond with proceeds going toward improvements to athletic facilities and a new agriculture barn. Among the athletic facility improvements are seating for 3,000 fans at the football field, a two-story press box, a video scoreboard, and LED sports lighting. Also additional classrooms, offices, locker rooms, and a weight room would be built. If approved, the district would get a matching $4.7 million donation from the Richison family. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

State Auditor Schedules Visit with Grady County GOP

Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd will be in Chickasha to address Grady County Republicans next week. Byrd is expected to discuss wasteful spending and the upcoming first-ever audit of the State Department of Education. Byrd will address the county GOP members at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 21st at Bible Baptist Church. There is no charge to attend the meeting.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.65.

Natural gas is $5.34 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,759 and silver is $22.62.

 

Monday, Oct. 11th

 

Storms, Tornadoes Leave Trail of Damage

Last night's severe storms left a lengthy trail of damage from southwest to central Oklahoma. Storms that began in Hobart late yesterday afternoon tracked eastward through Anadarko, to Verden, north of Chickasha and to Amber, Blanchard, and Norman. KWTV News 9 weather coverage reported a tornado in Anadarko just before 7:00 p.m. Sunday where power was knocked out and there were reports of damage.  Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn issued on update on the city's Facebook page.

 

              

 

The National Weather Service issued a number of tornado warnings throughout the evening. A tornado warning in Chickasha was issued just before 7:00 p.m. and stretched until 7:45 p.m. In Amber there were reports of power poles being snapped and a shop building, a house, and an old grain silo in town damaged. The storm tracked to the Blanchard area and into Norman where there were more reports of damage.

 

Many Still Without Power in Storm's Aftermath

Thousands of households were without electricity for a period of time. Last night there were reports of 10,000 customers throughout Grady County and about 5,000 customers with no power in Caddo County. As of this morning, Grady County still had about 1,000 customers without power, including PSO customers at Verden, near the Chickasha Airport, and in Amber. About 1,800 CK Energy customers were still without power throughout Caddo County.

 

Chickasha School Principal Honored

A big honor for a Chickasha educator and city councilman. Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander is one of the newest members of the Oklahoma African-American American Educators Hall of Fame. He is the principal at Lincoln School and also serves as a city councilman. Dr. A as he is known is a Chickasha native and a graduate of Chickasha High School. He has worked in the education field for more than 40 years in Nebraska and Oklahoma.

 

Annual School Land, Mineral Lease Auctions Underway

Oklahoma's School Land Commission is beginning its annual auction of land and mineral leases today. Those auctions begin in the Panhandle and will continue through other sections of the state over the next couple of weeks. An auction for school land in Caddo, Kiowa, Washita, and Beckham counties will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18th at the Elk City Convention Center. An auction for land in Grady, Comanche, Cotton, Jackson, and Tillman counties will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19th at the Comanche County Fairgrounds in Lawton. For information about the leases that are available visit the website: www.clo.ok.gov

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.39.

Natural gas is $5.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,756 and silver is $22.58.

 

Obituaries

Sharron Carlisle

Funeral service for Sharron Carlisle, 64, of Ninnekah was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Eleanor Koehler

Funeral service for Eleanor Koehler, 93, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13th at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Cement. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Guwanna ‘Kay’ Moore

A memorial service for Kay Moore, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Oct. 4th-9th

Saturday, Oct. 9th

 

Federal Grants to Help Rural Oklahoma Water Projects

A couple of federal grants totaling more than $7 million are expected to help rural Oklahoma with fresh water and waste-water infrastructure projects. The National Rural Water Association which is based in Duncan received the grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist with projects and training to solve water and waste-related issues. 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) said along with paving the way for the creation of jobs and increasing economic opportunities, the investment in rural Oklahoma will help maintain safe water and modern and sustainable infrastructure for the future. One of the grants is a $2.6 million award that will support projects in Stephens County. A second grant of more than $4.5 million was awarded to Payne County, a portion of which will establish a set of highly skilled water workers to ensure infrastructure is strong, modern, safe, and sustainable. Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Cheyenne) said that in addition to creating jobs the grants will improve the public health and safety of rural communities and lay the groundwork for innovative water systems across the state.

 

Gypsy Horse Show Underway at Grady County Fairgrounds

For the second straight weekend there is a horse show at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Last week was the Welsh Pony show and today and tomorrow it’s the South Central Region Gypsy Horse Show.  Colin Stanley with Deerinwater Farms in Pocasset is with The Gypsy Horse Show Association. He says the Gypsy horse is a lot like a Clydesdale but smaller. Stanley says gypsies are draft horses that are about the size of a quarterhorse but they are bigger boned and weigh a little more.  Exhibitors from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and Arizona are expected. There are halter, riding, and cart classes for adult and youth divisions. This is one of several shows for Gypsy horse owners held throughout the year and this is the second straight year the South Central show has been held at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Admission is free for spectators. Check out the Gypsy Horse Show Association's Facebook page for info.

 

OSU Research Station to Host Recycle Day

The OSU Research Station in Chickasha will have its annual recycling day next week. Residents and ag producers will be able to take their used tires, batteries, motor oil, and plastic ag containers to the research station. Any tires must be off the wheels and the plastic ag containers must be triple rinsed and dry with the labels and caps removed. The items can be taken to the Research Station Wednesday, Oct. 13th from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The research station is on the east edge of Chickasha, off the Grand Avenue Extension.

 

Obituaries

Shannon Carlisle

Funeral service for Shannon Carlisle, 64, of Ninnekah will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Guwanna ‘Kay’ Moore

A memorial service for ‘Kay’ Moore, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Oct. 8th

 

More Highway, Bridge Projects Discussed

Earlier this week, we reported on the state Department of Transportation's (ODOT) continuing work on the U.S. Highway 81 west bypass of Chickasha. Today, we'll report on some of the other ODOT projects in progress or approved for the region. Officials say the U.S. Highway 62 bridge replacements over the Washita River east of Chickasha is more than 50 percent complete. A resurfacing project south of Tuttle on State Highway 4 between the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and State Highway 37 should be completed within the next few weeks. Officials are also obtaining right-of-way to widen State Highway 19 between Chickasha and Lindsay with utility relocations starting later in the fiscal year. Sometime in 2022 or 2023, a project to widen State Highway 39 from State Highway 76 west to the East Winter Creek Bridge should take place, as well as an upgrade to a section of State Highway 37 just west of Tuttle. All are among the $8 billion in projects in the 8-year road plan for ODOT approved by the state Transportation Commission this week.

 

AARP Speaks Against Proposed PSO Rate Hike

A rate-hike request by Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is getting some push back. The Oklahoma Chapter of AARP reports that more than 1,500 of its Oklahoma members have contacted the Oklahoma Corporation Commission opposing the request. The website OK Energy Today reports that AARP describes the more than $172 million proposal as a ‘bloated rate hike’. An AARP official said the group was troubled to learn that PSO signed a settlement agreement to shift more of the proposed rate increase to residential customers and away from large electricity consumers like industrial plants. AARP also says PSO wants to maintain its high fixed monthly charge of $20 which is assessed to consumers even before using electricity. AARP says that's on top of the fact that PSO will be seeking another rate increase in December.

 

Water Costs, RV Storage Discussion Set for City Council Work Session

A discussion of the City of Chickasha's water costs and more detailed talk of proposed changes to the city's recreational vehicle storage ordinance are part of a special city council work session next week. The work session agenda also calls for discussion of public work fees. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11th at city hall. No formal action can be taken during a work session.

 

Chix Community Blood Drive Tomorrow

Another Chickasha community blood drive is scheduled tomorrow. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will have its bloodmobile at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Donors will get free COVID-19 anti-body and A1C Blood sugar tests. The blood sugar test will help donors monitor their risk for diabetes. Officials say that every two seconds there is someone who needs blood.  For information on upcoming blood drives in your area, check out the website: www.obi.gov

 

Chix High School Band Scores High Marks

The Chickasha High School band had a good showing at the Southwest Showdown marching contest in Elgin last weekend. The band placed second in the 4A division and the color guard was presented with the outstanding auxiliary award.

 

Talk Show Topics

Bud Andrus with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club  is our guest on this week's KOOL Konversation regarding the group's fall swap meet coming up next weekend. Jay Earp, Division 7 Engineer with the ODOT office in Duncan will be 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 $78.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.95.

Natural gas is $5.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,758 and silver is $22.51.

 

Obituary

Bobbie Jean Evans

A memorial service for Bobbie Jean Evans, 92, of Ninnekah will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 10th at the Main Street Church of Christ in Alex.

 

Thursday, Oct. 7th

 

Fire Damages Downtown Chickasha Store

Numerous fire departments were summoned to downtown Chickasha yesterday when a department store caught fire. Smoke and flames raged through The Dollar General Store at 3rd and Kansas Avenue starting about 3:30 p.m. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego-

 

              

 

Fire crews from Grady County, Verden, Anadarko, and Tuttle were all dispatched and as many as 30 firefighters were there, including some off-duty Chickasha firefighters who were called back to work.  Samaniego said there were about six people in the store when the fire started, but everyone got out safely. Samaniego said the fire began in a back storage room. There was no information at the time about how the fire started or the amount of damage that was done.

 

Chickasha Area Mourns Death of Larry Sevier

The Chickasha and Grady County community is mourning the death of Larry Sevier. He was the owner and operator of Sevier Funeral Home. He passed away at his home Monday morning at the age of 76. He was the second of now four generations of the Sevier family to operate the funeral home. Larry’s father, Jodie, started the funeral home in the 1940s. He was a lifelong Chickasha resident and played on Chickasha High School’s 1963 state championship basketball team. He started working at the funeral home when he was 10 years old. He was active with the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, supported Little League baseball and Mighty Might football, and was directly involved in the early years of the USAO basketball team. He was a Deacon at the First Baptist Church. He and his wife Linda were married for 46 years. She passed away in 2012 and their son Todd died in 2010. Survivors include three sisters; daughter April and husband Jeff; and grandchildren Jeremy, Austin, and Brayden. Austin recently completed his degree in funeral service and was brought in as the fourth generation of the family to operate the funeral home, although Larry said he wasn't planning on retiring any time soon. The funeral service for Larry Sevier will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11th at the First Baptist Church. Visitation with family will be from 4-6 this afternoon and on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Community Church or to Gideons International.

 

Regional Youth, Animals Take Top Honors at Tulsa State Fair

A couple of regional ag students took some top honors with their animals at the Tulsa State Fair. We get the news from Farm Broadcaster Ron Hays with the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network-

 

              

 

There was no premium sale for the top animals this year but the students received an equivalent amount of what they might have collected had there been a sale.

 

USDA Ups Guaranteed Loans For Producers

Ag producers have the opportunity to apply for a slightly higher USDA loan to help with their operations. Guaranteed farm loans now top out at just over $1.8 million - about $500,000 more than the previous limit. In a USDA press release, Farm Service Agency officials say farm loans are critical for operating and family living expenses, emergency needs, and cash flow. The loans offer access to funding to help with securing land as well as financing the purchase of equipment. The loans are financed and serviced by commercial lenders. FSA provides up to a 95 percent guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest. The loans can be used for operating purposes as well as farm ownership. Producers can get more information from their local USDA service center or on-line: www.fsa.usda.gov

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.08.

Natural gas is $5.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,760 and silver is $22.71.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 6th

 

Update on the Highway 81 Bypass of Chickasha

This week The State Transportation Commission approved its eight-year construction work plan for Oklahoma roads and bridges. The plan runs through the end of the decade in 2029. Jay Earp, the Division 7 Engineer for the Duncan Office of the Department of Transportation, says a lot of work is schedule for the U.S. Highway 81 re-alignment project which most people call the Highway 81 west bypass of Chickasha. Earp says some of the big work could begin within a couple of years.

 

             

 

The transportation commission this week approved spending about $8 billion for highway, road and bridge projects over the next eight years. A map of the proposed projects can be viewed on the Department of Transportation's website: www.odot.org

 

City of Chickasha Hosts Coat Drive

With cooler fall weather here, colder winter weather is not that far off. The City of Chickasha is again having its Coats for Chickasha drive to collect warm clothing items that will be given to students in the Chickasha school district. The city is collecting new or gently used coats, jackets, warm hats, gloves, and scarves - and is accepting packages of new socks. Donations can be dropped off at city hall, the police department, fire station No. 1, the library, or the airport. The clothing drive runs through next Friday, Oct. 15th.

 

Rock Island Ride Had Record Number of Riders

Organizers of the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour were happy with the turnout at the ride last weekend. Nearly 300 riders registered and that is believed to be a record number of entries. For the first time there were competitions inside the race, including a climb KOM (King/Queen of the Mountain) and a sprint KOM. In the men's KOM climb there was a tie for first place between Christopher Hattendorf of Wichita Falls, Texas and Chris Shelton of Bethany, both of whom made the climb in 45 seconds. In the sprint KOM which was just over 1 1/2 miles, the winner was Chad Shanks with a time of 3:46. For the women, Hristina Brown of Moore won both events, making the climb in 1:15 and the sprint in 5:40. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three placers in each event. Taylor and Sons Pipe and Steel provided the prize money for the sprint and Mosley Insurance Agency provided the prize money for the climb.

 

Science and Arts Instructor Honored

A music instructor at the University of Science and Arts is recognized for his work. Kaleb Benda was named one of NextGen's 30 under 30 honorees. NextGen selects 30 individuals under the age of 30 who have demonstrated career leadership qualities and service to their communities. Candidates are nominated by the general public. Benda was nominated for his work with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. He has been with Science and Arts for two years where he leads the concert band. Benda also serves as the assistant conductor of the Enid Symphony Orchestra and is the music director of the Mt. St. Mary Instrumental Music Ensemble.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.93 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.56.

Natural gas is $6.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,749 and silver is $22.29.

 

Obituaries

Kenneth Baker

Funeral service for Kenneth Baker, 83, of Alex will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 7th at the Alex Southern Baptist Chapel. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

‘Tootsie’ Hopper

Funeral service for Billie ‘Tootsie’ Hopper, 85, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 8th at Trinity Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Bobby Sons

A memorial service for Bobby Sons, 85, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Royal Rangers at the church.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 5th

 

City Council Delays Vote on Boat, RV Storage Ordinance

Revisions to Chickasha's boat and RV storage ordinance were put on hold last night after some city council members voiced concerns about enforcement and language within the regulation. Councilman Clark Van Dyck was concerned about how future city officials might look at the ordinance.

 

              

 

There was also a concern about the definition of an 'inoperable' boat or RV and how city officials would have to prove that a vehicle was not in operating condition. The measure will be tweaked for future consideration and it was mentioned that the council might hold a work session on the issue.

New City Manager Attends Meeting

Attending last night's meeting was new city manager Tyler Brooks. Brooks does not officially begin working until next week but he took the opportunity to see how the council inter-acted. Brooks and his family moved to Chickasha from South Daytona, Florida last week.

Council Approves Adjusted Work Schedule for Police

Chickasha police officers will be working seven days on and seven days off following action by the city council last night. The council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129. The move was suggested as there is a shortage of police officers which is a concern of a lot of police departments across the state and nation. Officers will work 12-hour shifts for seven consecutive days then get seven days off. The proposal will be reviewed every three months as officials work to hire more officers.

State Attorney General Awards Grant to Chix PD

The council also approved the receipt of a $40,000 grant to the police department from the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office with the funds to be used for violent crime prevention. The panel also approved the purchase of three heating-ventilation and air conditioning units for the library at a cost of nearly $37,000 from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning.

Council OKs Food Truck Court Use-on-Review

By a 6-2 vote, the council approved a use-on-review to build a food truck court near the downtown area. It's at the intersection of 4th and Iowa Avenue where developer Ken Carpenter will tear down a current building to allow for the location of four or five food trucks. Carpenter told the council he's also willing to demolish another building on the lot to increase parking for customers. He would install electrical outlets for the food trucks which would lease spots for a pre-determined amount of time. There were some concerns about providing water and sewer services and Carpenter said he would be willing to install those lines. City officials are working with the county health department to discuss other guidelines. Councilmen Clark Van Dyck and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander voted against the use-on-review.

 

Wendy's Restaurant Opens

A new restaurant will be opening its doors in Chickasha today. Wendy's will have a ribbon-cutting this morning with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant is near 4th and Minnesota Avenue (1101 S. 4th St.) in the former location of Long John Silvers and Sam's Southern Eatery.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.26.

Natural gas is $5.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,757 and silver is $22.57.

 

Obituaries

Steve Barboza

A graveside service for Steve Barboza, 68, of Chickasha was held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 5th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with McRay Funeral Home.

Yvette Schlehuber

Funeral service for Yvette Schlehuber, 58, of Ninnekah will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 8th  at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Oct. 4th

 

Revised Boat, RV Storage Ordinance

to Get Public Hearing by Chix City Council

Proposed changes to Chickasha's boat and recreational vehicle storage ordinance will be among one of three public hearings to be held by the Chickasha City Council this evening. The panel will discuss recommendations that boats and RVs should be parked on a paved surface in the front and side yards of residential areas, while they can be parked behind a fence on any surface in backyards. They would have to be kept in operable condition and could not be dismantled in a way to cause a public nuisance. Background information provided by the Community Development Department indicates there are proposed updates in every zoning district and the changes would allow for new development in commercial and industrial areas.

Public Hearing Also set for Proposed 'Food Truck' Court

There is also a public hearing to discuss a proposed use-on-review for a food truck court at 401 S. 4th. Ken Carpenter is proposing that a current building at that site be demolished and that the area could serve four or five food trucks. Carpenter would be required to have a bathroom that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Planning Commission has recommended that the use-on-review be approved.

Third Public Hearing for Proposed Storage Development

A third public hearing is scheduled to consider a request from Lance Mills and Cedar Creek Consulting to vacate a roadway and utility easement along Genevieve Street to build a new storage development. This proposal is also being recommended for approval.

 

Council to Consider New Squad Truck for Fire Department

The council will also consider a proposal to purchase a new squad truck for the fire department. The truck is a 2022 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab from the Merit Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership at a state contract price of nearly $50,000. The funds would be reimbursed by the Grady EMS 522 District. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says the purchase could save the city about $15,000 per year in operating costs. Another proposal for the council to review is a more than $18,000 bid from state contract from Metro Emergency Upfitters for that truck for lights, sirens, a bed cover, and other equipment, with those funds also to be reimbursed by the County EMS 522 District. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.

 

Food Truck Competition Winners Are...

The winners from the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship from this past weekend included Pop's Pockets with its Caramel Apple Egg Roll. It was the first place winner in the Sweets Category and also the overall winner of the competition. In second place in the Sweets Category was Metro Minis OKC with its pumpkin with cream donut. In the Savory Division, first place winner was Creek Bottom Burgers with its fried onion burger and in second place was Geaux Cajun with its blackened fish-and-shrimp platter called The Louisiana Purchase. The Most Creative winner was Boss'n Hogs Barbecue with its Barbecue sundae.

 

Centenarian is Oldest to Finish 5K at OKC Memorial Run

A Chickasha man was the oldest participant in Saturday's 5K division of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Burrell Gambel also was the oldest person ever to finish the race in the history of the event.  Gambel and his friend, 92-year old Irene Park, held hands as they crossed the finish line together

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.19.

Natural gas is $5.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,750 and silver is $22.37.

 

Obituaries

Sharon Robinson

Funeral service for Sharon Robinson, 74, of Rush Springs will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 5th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Ronald Varva

Funeral service for Ronald Varva, 73, Ninnekah are pending with Sevier Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

DeLois Hunter

A memorial service for DeLois Hunter, 72, of Ninnekah is pending with the family. Cremation arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, 27th-Oct. 2nd

Saturday, Oct. 2nd

 

More Details on Interim Study Addressing

Protested Property Tax Assessments

State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and members of the State House Energy and Natural Resources Committee held at interim study last month on the topic of protested ad valorem tax assessments. The protests are affecting many school districts which rely on the property taxes paid on those assessments. A recent report from CNHI said when a wind farm was built around Minco the school district's assessed tax base grew by nearly $50 million in ten years. That allowed the district to build a new high school, middle school, and improve its athletic facilities. CNHI reports that Minco  School Superintendent Kevin Sims addressed the interim study, saying his district's budget is in shambles after learning that about $1.5 million in expected ad valorem revenue was placed into escrow until the county assessor and the wind company can agree on the assessment. Minco taxpayers had been promised a 4 percent tax cut but will instead face a 4 percent increase to cover bond debt. For years the state offered qualifying manufactures - including wind developers - a tax credit to build in Oklahoma and the state paid the tax bill for five years. But with those exemptions now expiring energy companies now say that county assessors and school districts have relied on years of over-inflated property valuations. Oklahoma counties are holding about $80 million in escrow in disputed property taxes for more than 100 school districts. Grady County has the highest amount of any county in the amount held in escrow at more than $10 million.

 

Rain Clears Out for Weekend Chix Activities

After some early morning rain it looks like today's weather will be ideal for Chickasha's Rock Island Arts Festival and all the events connected with it. The arts festival includes more than 60 vendors along with live entertainment, a children's play area, food, and a wine and beer garden. The Rock Island Ride bicycle tour may be a little cool and damp to get started this morning  but no rain is expected for the duration of the event. The Together We Heel walk to end domestic violence will also have cool, damp conditions. And Mother Nature is expected to be in a good mood for the Oklahoma Food Truck championship with 35 food trucks lining Chickasha Avenue today. Weather will not be a factor for the continuing performance of The Last of the Guacamole Queens with the Chickasha Community Theater nor for the Southwest Regional Welsh Pony show going on at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Thieves Break In to Apache Football Fieldhouse

In Apache, thieves broke into the high school football fieldhouse and stole a number of computers - and they tried to get away with a big screen TV. A post on the town of Apache's Facebook page says the break in occurred just before 4:30 a.m. Friday. The perpetrators took four desk computers and a lap-top. They tried to steal an 84-inch big screen TV but dropped it on the way out. There were no signs of forced entry. Video surveillance shows a black four-door sedan with black wheels which was on the school campus for about 45 minutes leaving shortly after 5 a.m. Friday. Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact Apache City Hall or the Caddo County Sheriff's Office.

 

Input Sought for Proposed Wildlife Refuge Upgrades

Officials at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge are seeking public comment on some proposed changes. Among the revisions suggested by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include the demolition of infrastructure around the current administrative compound, the abandoned Treasure Lake Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center site, and some wilderness access points. It also includes building a new administrative compound near the current visitors’ center. Other proposals are to consolidate a number of facilities in order to improve efficiency and to update transportation infrastructure. The projects would be paid for with funds from the Great American Outdoors Act. Comments can be made on-line by doing a search for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The deadline for comments is Nov. 1st.

 

Obituaries

Sharon Robinson

Funeral service for Sharon Robinson, 74, of Rush Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 5th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Ronald Varva

Funeral service for Ronald Varva, 73, of Ninnekah is pending with Sevier Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

DeLois Hunter

A memorial service for DeLois Hunter, 72, of Ninnekah is pending with the family. Cremation arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Oct. 1st

 

Ninnekah Schools Placed on Probation

The Ninnekah Public School district was placed on probation by the state board of education yesterday. The Oklahoman reports that State Superintendent Joy Hoffmeister said district leaders had a total breakdown of Title IX protections for students, and that it was plainly astonishing that a certified public school administrator failed to respond to such concerns. The move comes after more than a dozen current and former female student athletes at Ninnekah filed a federal lawsuit against the district and others, alleging they told school officials they were being sexually assaulted by a coach and that the administrators did nothing about it. In addition to the district being placed on probation the state school board suspended the teaching certificates of Superintendent Todd Bunch and High School Principal David Pitts, both of whom are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the sexual assault allegations. Hoffmeister said  Bunch and Pitts failed to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against then coach Ron Akins from when Akins coached at Friend School. Akins resigned from Ninnekah in June and has been formally charged with sex crimes against juveniles. The Oklahoman reports that since the lawsuit was field that the Ninnekah School Board has approved new procedures for processing complaints, hearings, and discipline regarding sexual harassment of students. The Ninnekah board has also established a three-person Title IX team which will investigate discrimination complaints.

 

Chickasha Schools Await Results of Community Survey

Chickasha schools will soon be moving into the second phase of an in-depth study designed to make improvements throughout the district. A nearly month-long survey was completed yesterday and Superintendent Rick Croslin said there were about 400 responses from the community and about 1,000 responses all together including school personnel and students.

 

              

 

Croslin said the next phase is to compile all the data and issue a report to the school board and the community. The detailed review is in conjunction with the state school boards association and the K20 Center out of OU. Croslin said the district paid $40,000 to participate in the study which has received national recognition for helping communities improve their school systems.

 

Hurricane Blamed on Missing Guard Rails for Anadarko Project

A strange case of missing guard rails for a street improvement project in Anadarko. The upgrades to McLemore Road between Mission Boulevard and State Highway 8 (previously named Petree Road) have been delayed because the guard rails for the project can't be found. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page indicates that Hurricane Ida could be to blame. The guard rails were on a truck in Louisiana when the hurricane hit the New Orleans area earlier this year. New guard rails have been ordered and the estimated delivery time is about six weeks. The roadway will remain closed until the guard rails are delivered and installed.

 

Reception Today for New Anadarko Chamber Director

The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Alicia White was recently named to the post. A reception to welcome her to the chamber will be held today. Her office is in the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians. The reception will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today and free hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be served.

 

Continental Resources Completes Wells Drilled in 2019

Continental Resources reports the completion of some Grady County oil wells. The McBryde Wells are about four miles southwest of Dibble in section 23 of Township 6 North and Range 5 West. Continental reports three additional wells have been completed at a site where one had already been completed. The website OK Energy Today reports that the newest completions may have been drilled two years ago but that Continental didn't carry out completion until this year. The wells have a combined production of about 353 barrels of oil and more than 1,100 MCF of natural gas per day.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin is on our KOOL Konversation program. Our guests on Real Estate Today are coaches and players for the University of Science and Arts basketball programs. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.03 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.52.

Natural gas is $5.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,754 and silver is $22.22.

 

Thursday, Sept. 30th

 

City of Chickasha Ready for Arts Festival, Other Events

Months of planning for the numerous events in Chickasha this weekend is wrapping up. The Rock Island Arts Festival and related activities will be getting underway for most of the events tomorrow. Volunteers are finishing work on the cleanup effort for Civic Pride Week, from volunteers with the Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce. The three-day arts festival will get underway tomorrow morning, rain or shine and will feature more than 60 vendors with items for sale, a play area for kids, food trucks, and live entertainment at the historic Rock Island Railroad Depot.  A list of vendors and a schedule of performers can be found on the Rock Island Arts Festival Facebook page or on-line: www.rockislandartsfestival.org

Rock Island Ride

On Saturday, the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour will get underway. More than 200 riders have pre-registered and organizers believe the final count could be 250 to 300 riders. Participants can pick up their packets at the Canadian River Brewery tomorrow night between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. where riders can still register. A potato bar will also be available during that time. Final registration for the ride will be Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Oklahoma Food Truck Championship

Also Saturday is the 4th annual Oklahoma Food Truck Championship where 35 food trucks will be competing for $10,000 in prize money and bragging rights. There will also be live music in the food truck area all day with Dollar-98 playing Saturday night.

Together We 'Heel' Walk

Also Saturday, an awareness campaign to end domestic violence with the Together We Heel Walk. The district attorney's office, law enforcement groups, and agencies that provide help and support for domestic violence victims will walk from the YMCA to the depot.

Live Theatre

Among other events are weekend performances from the Chickasha Community Theater which offers The Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens with performances tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday night and a matinee Sunday afternoon. Also tonight, the University of Science and Arts has its opening Davis Waldorf Performing Arts series program.

 

Pipeline Donation Helps County Emergency Management

Grady County's Emergency Management Agency gets some help to allow workers to communicate with numerous groups when responding to disasters. Plains All-American Pipeline came forward with a $3,600 contribution to purchase six 800 Megahertz hand-held radios. County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said the radios will help his team communicate with dispatch centers and responders throughout the county, the state emergency management office, and the National Weather Service. Thompson said his office trains with companies like Plains All-American Pipeline to be prepared for pipeline emergencies should they arise. Thompson reminds individuals and businesses to call 8-1-1 before doing any kind of digging to ensure they don't hit the numerous pipelines which run through the county.

 

One More Thing for This Weekend

In addition to the activities going on downtown Chickasha this weekend is a multi-day event at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It’s the regional Welsh Pony and Cob Show which will include competitors from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. One exhibitor is coming from as far away as Oregon. It's a free event for spectators with youth, novice, and experienced participants putting their skills to the test.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.83 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.64.

Natural gas is $5.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $21.64.

 

Obituaries

Marvin Jessen

A graveside service for Marvin Jessen, 83, of Rush Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 2nd at the Rush Springs Cemetery. He started the Rush Springs Manufacturing Company and was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Rondie Lee Surber

A memorial service for Rondie Surber, 79, of Comanche will be held at a later date. He owned and operated a speed shop and a salvage yard. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 29th

 

Shots Fired During Attempted Break-in Near Chix

A suspect is in custody accused of trying to break in to a barn in the Tabler area over the weekend. Shots were fired by the property owners and a couple of suspects fled on foot. The property owners said they believed someone tried to break in to the barn Friday night and decided to stay in the barn Saturday night. A probable cause affidavit indicates that just before 9 p.m. the property owners saw a couple of individuals drive up in a pickup and one of them used bolt cutters cut a lock on a gate. One of the property owners let the air out of all the tires of the truck. The property owners then encountered the suspects and shots were fired and the suspects ran off. Grady County sheriff's deputies, Ninnekah, Dibble, and Lindsay police and the Lighthorse Patrol were called in to help in a manhunt for the suspects which was called off about midnight. Authorities traced the pickup to a man in Amber who said he sold the pickup and gave authorities the name of that individual. Sunday night, authorities were able to contact him at a home in Amber took him in to custody. 24-year old Johnnie Lee Jones has been formally charged with felonies which include burglary and having a firearm while committing a felony. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

 

One Dead, One Hospitalized After Motorcycle Crash

One person died and another is hospitalized following a motorcycle crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. 59-year old Terri Hawk of Fletcher suffered fatal injuries in the accident. 56-year old Phillip Hawk also of Fletcher was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in fair condition. The accident happened about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the westbound lanes of the turnpike near Mile Marker 101. The highway patrol reports that the bike left the highway for an unknown reason then came back on the highway where it rolled on to its side. Neither passenger was wearing a helmet.

 

Thieves, Vandals Destroy Lake Chickasha Bar

Thieves and vandals go to extreme levels to destroy a business at Lake Chickasha. Someone drove a pick up through the entire Branding Iron Saloon late Monday or early Tuesday and caused thousands of dollars in damage and took the ATM. Owner Johnny Kurtz said he got a phone call Tuesday morning that the bar was in shambles.

 

              

 

Kurtz estimated damage between $10,000 and $15,000. He said the thieves somehow dragged the ATM about a mile away to the opposite side of the lake, took about $2,000 out of the machine then abandoned the truck. Kurtz said authorities determined the pickup had been stolen out of Chickasha. No suspects have been identified. Kurtz said the Caddo County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation and asks anyone with information to call Caddo County or local law enforcement.

 

New Chickasha Firm Makes Electronic Filters

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday to celebrate the grand opening of a new company that has re-located to Chickasha. Genisco Filter, originally based in California with an office in Wisconsin, was purchased by HSI Sensing in 2013. CMS Willowbrook Construction recently completed a new 25,000 sq. ft. facility just west of Norge Highway and Country Club Road. Ryan Posey tells what they manufacture.

 

             

 

Posey said some of those electronic filters can be as large as refrigerators.  The company currently has a dozen employees and hope to add more in the future.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.09.

Natural gas is $5.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,742 and silver is $22.32.

 

Obituaries

Eddra Ann ‘Gammy’ Husley

Funeral service for ‘Gammy’ Hulsey, 79, of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 30th at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Marty Smith

Funeral service for Marty Smith, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 2nd at the Pioneer School gymnasium. He was known as Mr. ‘Marty’ at the school. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer School.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 28th

 

Driver Dies in Rollover Crash

A Chickasha man lost his life in a rollover accident yesterday. 61-year old Marty Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. Monday two miles west of Norge on State Highway 92. The highway patrol reports that Smith's pickup ran off the road, went through a fence, struck a pole, and rolled several times.

 

Proposed PSO Rate Hike Hearing is Today

A proposed rate hike for Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) goes before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission today. A hearing for the requested $243 million increase will be heard by an administrative law judge. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that many PSO customers and consumer groups are opposed to the rate hike request. PSO filed the request to address a revenue deficiency based on a test year that ended last December. Officials say the utility has increased its operations by more than $700 million from the amount of operations the current rates are based on. If approved, the increase would provide PSO with a more than 7 percent rate of return which would be about $243 million in additional revenue.

 

State Rep Selected for Leadership Program

A state lawmaker from Grady County has been chosen to take part in a national leadership program. The southern office of the Council of State Governments has selected State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) to be part of its Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills. Lowe said he's honored to be selected to take part in the highly respective program. The organization brings together officials from all three branches of state government from 15 southern states. The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas Oct. 2nd through 6th.

 

Chix Police Officers Receive Appreciation Gifts

Some Chickasha police officers were recipients of gifts of appreciation from a couple of law enforcement organizations. A group called Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) is a national program that provides training to law enforcement agencies and offers support for officers' families. COPS will be hosting its National Law Enforcement Conference in Oklahoma City in November. A group called LA Police Gear, founded in Los Angeles, has helped more than 1 million officers worldwide by providing them with police gear and services.

 

Dark Water Ranch Offers Fall Family Fun

A good family activity for the fall is a trip to a local pumpkin patch. Dark Water Ranch is between Ninnekah and Rush Springs and will be opening this weekend with a lot of activities which include its pumpkin patch and a hay maze. The ranch also has a petting zoo and visitors can feed the pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens. Philip Anneler says other activities include a pumpkin slingshot as well as a trebuchet-

 

              

 

The ranch will be open mainly on the weekends but welcomes school and church groups during the week. Admission is $10 and everyone gets a souvenir pumpkin. For information about Dark Water Ranch, checkout the website www.Oklahomafarmfun.com or find Dark Water Ranch on Facebook.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $79.53.

Natural gas is $5.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,736 and silver is $22.30.

 

Obituaries

Everett Hulsey

A private memorial service will be held for Everett Hulsey, 68, of Chickasha. Arrangements are will Ferguson Funeral Home.

Charlene Brunson

Funeral service for Charlene Brunson, 59, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 29th at the First Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Georgia Johnson

A graveside service for Georgia Johnson, 87, of Ninnekah will be at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, September 30th at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Sept. 27th

 

Emergency Preparedness Kits Needed at all Times

With the fall season now here it’s a good time to make preparations for the cold weather that will eventually follow. September is emergency preparedness month which is a good time to prepare for whatever emergency could happen. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson reminds us that its a good time to have your home heating system tested.

 

              

 

If you have a fireplace, have your chimney cleaned by a chimney sweep service and if you have a portable generator it’s a good time to get that serviced as well. Thompson said families should put together a disaster preparedness kit which would provide necessities to get through a lenghty power outage. Get a large plastic tote for water, non-perishable food, a flashlight with new batteries. For information on putting together a disaster kit check the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website: www.fema.gov

 

Chickasha Hosts Numerous Events This Week

It's a big week for Chickasha as the community gets ready for one its busiest weekends of the year. The headliner is the three day Rock Island Arts Festival (Oct. 1st-3rd) along with the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and the Rock Island Bicycle Tour (both on Oct. 2nd). Also taking place will be a four-day performance with the Chickasha Community Theatre, the University of Science and Arts has its first Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series program, and there's the Together We Heel walk against domestic violence on Saturday. The Grady County Fairgrounds is also hosting the South Central Regional Welsh Pony and Cob Show (Oct. 1st-3rd).

 

Chix Civic Pride Week Underway

The Chickasha Economic Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and numerous volunteers are encouraging residents and businesses to spruce up their neighborhoods and properties for Civic Pride Week which runs through Thursday, Sept. 30th. Groups will be working to clean up various areas of downtown and entry points to the city. They are also painting the light poles downtown, and painting some artwork in downtown crosswalks in advance of everything going on downtown this weekend.

 

Chix Fire Department's New Engine Arrives Soon

The City of Chickasha's new fire engine should be arriving this week. A Facebook post from the Chickasha Fire Department and Emergency Management indicates the $500,000 machine could be in place in a few days if everything goes as planned. All three fire department crews will get some initial training on the engine before it’s placed into service. The community will then be invited to help wash and put the new engine into service at Station No. 2. We’ll let you know when that will take place.

 

Study Reviews Transportation Needs for the Disabled

State leaders say there is a need to help the more than 600,000 disabled Oklahomans who struggle with transportation needs. The State Senate Business, Commerce, and Tourism Committee reviewed the issue during a recent interim study. In a press release, Senator Mary Boren (D-Norman) said she was disturbed about the lack of adequate transportation needs for the disabled. She said while some do have a network of family and friends to get them around many do not. Presenters during the interim study urged state lawmakers to invest in and develop a statewide on-demand transportation service. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has established the Office of Mobility and Public Transit program to ensure that individuals with disabilities are included during the planning of the state's long-term transit plan.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.09.

Natural gas is $5.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,748 and silver is $22.54.

 

Obituaries

Bernice Brewer

Funeral service for Bernice Brewer, 93, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Lorene Beasley-Leverett

A graveside service for Lorene Beasley-Leverett, 84, of Duncan and formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 28th at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha. She was a graduate of Friend High School. Arrangements are with Whitt Funeral Home of Duncan. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Denton Reace Walker Scholarship Fund at Liberty National Bank.

David 'Mike' Halcomb

A memorial service for Mike Halcomb, 67, of Cement will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

2021, Sept. 20th-25th

Saturday, Sept. 25th

 

Work Still Needed Regarding Property Tax Protests

We have a follow-up to the story we brought you this week about state officials who are concerned about energy companies protesting their ad valorem taxes. State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) was among those with the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee holding an interim study on the matter. On his Facebook page Lowe said among those presenting information were Minco School Superintendent Kevin Sims and Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Superintendent Tony Hancock. One of the reasons for the interim study is that Grady County has the highest dollar value of protested property taxes of any county in the state at $10.2 million which is mainly owed by pipeline and wind energy companies. The ad valorem taxes are paid to school districts which Lowe says need the funds to operate. Lowe said there is still some work to do but they are moving in a positive direction to find a solution. A recording of the interim study is available on the website www.okhouse.gov and you can search for the energy and natural resources committee.

 

Teacher's Aide Arrested for Raping Male Student

A teacher's aide is booked in to the Grady County Jail on a rape complaint. 24-year old Morgan Moore, a teacher’s aide at Maysville High School, was arrested late Thursday. She's accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a senior male student. Maysville Police Chief Paul Bush says Moore initially told a teacher about the incident. The teacher then told the principal and the principal contacted police. Authorities interviewed the victim who said he accepted an invitation from Moore to go to her home where they had consensual sex. Bush said Moore initially denied the allegation but then admitted the deed. Bush told authorities she is a member of the Choctaw tribe so federal authorities including the Bureau of Indian Affairs are now part of the investigation due to the McGirt Decision.

 

Woman Flees Courthouse During Bond Hearing

There was a strange incident at the Caddo County Courthouse in Anadarko this week. A woman taking care of some legal business with her attorney and a bail bondsman ran out of the building after being old her bond was revoked. The Lawton Constitution reports that officers received a tip that she was hiding in the bed of a nearby pickup where she was found and taken into custody. 39-year old Sarah Virginia Knauss of Weatherford has prior felony convictions out of Oklahoma County in connection with burglary and drug arrests. She's now facing Caddo County charges of felony escape and her bond is $100,000.

 

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's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

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

 

Obituary

David ‘Mike’ Halcomb

A memorial service for 67-year old Mike Halcomb of Cement will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Sept. 24th

 

Suspect Arrested in Brutal Domestic Violence Case

A Blanchard-area man is in jail on domestic violence charges after woman was taken to a hospital with a possible broken arm and facial injuries that may include a fractured eye socket. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates a deputy was called to a Mustang hospital early Sunday, September 19th where the woman was being treated for her injuries. Also at the hospital was 41-year old Michael James Powell from the Bridge Creek area. The affidavit indicates that Powell and the victim were arguing and the confrontation became physical. The affidavit also states that Powell was arrested back in April on a domestic violence complaint and is facing a misdemeanor charge in connection with that incident. Powell is now facing felony charges of domestic abuse, preventing a witness from giving testimony, and possession of a firearm after a previous conviction. Powell is in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Anadarko Drive-by Shooting Suspect in Custody

An Anadarko man faces weapons charges in connection with a drive-by shooting that took place a residence where children were inside the home. 50-year old Marshall Cantrell Taylor was arrested in connection with the shooting rampage that occurred Thursday, Sept. 16th. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that say Taylor drove by a home in the 400 block of East Central Boulevard in Anadarko and fired six to nine shots. Nobody at the home was hurt. A man at the home identified the driver as Taylor. Taylor told officers that individuals at the home had previously shot at him. Taylor is charged with felonies which include shooting with intent to kill, firing a weapon into a dwelling, and having a firearm after a previous conviction. He's being held in the Caddo County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

Pioneer School Named National Blue Ribbon School

Pioneer School is one of just six Oklahoma schools chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School. The honor is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps. The award comes from the U.S. Department of Education. A press release from the agency says it affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Officials say it also demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create cultures where teaching and learning can flourish.

 

Master Cattleman Program Being Considered

For cattle producers in the region, officials are testing the waters to see if there is interest in offering a master cattleman program. Grady County OSU Extension is considering offering the series which officials say can enhance the profitability of beef operations. The series includes business planning, risk management, and marketing. The curriculum is based on the Oklahoma Beef Cattle manual. The cost is $100 and pays for instructional materials. For information contact the Grady County OSU Extension office or visit the website: www.extension.okstate.edu and search for the master cattleman program.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Phillip Anneler and Kasey Wilkerson with the Dark Water Ranch are on our KOOL Konversation talking about the ranch's hay maze and pumpkin patch that will be opening next week. On Real Estate Today, this week's guest is Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.25.

Natural gas is $4.98 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,754 and silver is $22.85.

 

Obituary

Robert McCullough

A memorial service for Robert McCullough, 65, of Oklahoma City will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Integris Cancer Institute in Oklahoma City.

 

Thursday, Sept. 23rd

 

Supporters of Ninnekah Sexual Assault Victims

to Hold Rally at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park

A rally to support victims of sexual assault and to create awareness of the issue will be held at Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park this weekend. Shelby Ross is among the supporters of current and former female athletes at Ninnekah and Friend schools who have filed a federal lawsuit in connection with allegations that they were molested or were being groomed for sex by coaches. Ross says since the lawsuit was filed there have been reports of sexual assault in other school districts.

 

              

 

The rally is also to provide information on how to be aware of sexual predators and show some self-defense techniques. Among the groups at the rally will be the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN), The Red Cord, The American Indian Movement, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Bikers Against Child Abuse, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chickasha Fire Department. The rally will be held Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m.

 

Suspect Charged for Civil War Memorabilia Theft

A Chickasha man is charged with burglary after being accused of breaking into a shop and stealing some Civil War memorabilia. 30-year old Cory Don Robertson is facing three felony charges in connection with the break-in which occurred in Norge last weekend. Some of the items taken include medals of war, uniform patches, and jewelry. Prosecutors have charged Robertson with burglary, knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Robertson is being held in the Grady County Jail pending a $30,000 bond which includes bond on a 2018 felony charge of possession of contraband by an inmate.

 

Roy's Barbecue Owners Retire

One of Chickasha’s long-time family-owned barbecue restaurants is closed until further notice. Roy's Barbecue has been in business for more than 50 years. A letter posted on the door says the restaurant is closed until further notice and that Roy and Clara Bryant say they can no longer be involved in operating the restaurant and have decided to retire. The letter states that they are still evaluating whether other family members want to continue. The letter states that it has been their great pleasure to welcome and serve so many guests and friends. It says what started as a little one room restaurant grew into a place that welcomed thousands of guests and employed hundreds of people over the years and they are humbled that so many embraced the restaurant and that they were able to succeed as long as they have.

 

Chix High School Cheerleaders Qualify

for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Some Chickasha High School cheerleaders will be taking part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in November. Monica Mills, Naudia McDaniel, and Breauna Thibodeaux-Benoi were among nine Chickasha cheerleaders who qualified as part of the Spirit of America productions event. The company will have two groups in the parade, each with about 650 cheerleaders from across the country. In addition to the parade, the students tour the 9-11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, climb to the top of the Empire State Building, and see a Broadway show. The cheerleaders have to raise about $3,000 each to make the trip. They are having a number of fund-raisers to help out. Individuals and businesses can message the group on Facebook at Chickasha Cheer 2021-2022 to help.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.19.

Natural gas is $4.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,772 and silver is $22.80.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd

 

New Chix City Manager Looks Forward to Role

Facing challenges head on is something that Chickasha's new city manager has a lot of experience with. U.S. Air Force Capt. Tyler Brooks was announced as the city's top administrator yesterday. Brooks, who will be coming to Chickasha from South Daytona, Florida, has spent the last eight years in the Air Force and has most recently been a flight commander. The press release making the announcement indicates Brooks has led more than 200 employees in public works and IT infrastructure, human resources, and has worked with project and records management. He served two deployments to Kuwait where he created the first back-up communications circuit for the U.S.  in the Middle East. KOOL-RANCH  News had the first media interview with Brooks. He said while this will be his first role in public life as a city manager his military background will help him get started quickly.

 

              

 

Brooks holds a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in local government. Mayor Chris Mosley said the city council was looking for a great communicator and believes they have one. He said Brooks knows how to lead and manage large teams with diverse backgrounds. Brooks and his wife Gail have five children - one in college and four in public schools. He said they will be in town next week and his expected start date is Oct. 11th.

 

Lawmakers Hold Interim Study

on Protested Ad Valorem Tax Payments

State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) says Grady County has the highest dollar value of ad valorem tax protests in the state. Officials say more than $10 million in property taxes payments are being protested - mainly by energy companies - and that is hampering school districts which rely on ad valorem taxes for operations. Lowe and members of the House Energy and Natural Resources committee are holding an interim study on the issue at the state capital today. In a press release, Lowe said it is growing funding issue that is crippling some public schools and counties and the legislature must soon find a solution. During the study, valuation standards and protest procedures will be discussed and reviewed and the costs of the protests to schools, counties, and the state will be detailed. Presenters include representatives of the state's oil, gas, and wind industries; county assessors; public school; and career tech representatives. There two times for the interim study today, one at 9:30 a.m. and other at 1:30 p.m. The study will be live-streamed on the website: www.okhouse.gov and individuals should search for the energy and natural resources committee.

 

Chix Police Officers Asked to Work Extended Shifts

A shortage of Chickasha police officers is leading to an increased number of hours for those who are on staff. The Chickasha City Council will have a special meeting tomorrow night to discuss a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 regarding the matter. Among the considerations is a call for union members to work seven 12-hour shifts and have seven days off in a 14-day, 80-hour work period.  The city would pay time-and-a-half for all authorized overtime work in excess of 80 hours during a two-week time span. The two sides will meet at least once every 90 days to discuss any progress made in hiring additional officers. The department currently has 19 fully qualified officers with two officers slated for retirement at the start of 2022. The memorandum states that hiring new officers is a challenge facing police departments across the state. Also during tomorrow night's special meeting the council is expected to approve a resolution to receive more than $21,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the library. Tomorrow night’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Armed Robbery Suspect Jailed

A suspect accused of holding up a Tuttle store has been charged with armed robbery. 30-year old Octavious Zevelle Thompson of Oklahoma City was arrested by Tuttle police last Thursday night after a store east of Tuttle reported that workers were held up at gunpoint by a man wearing a blonde wig. Thompson has been charged with robbery, possession of a firearm after conviction, and eluding. He's being held in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.36.

Natural gas is $4.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,775 and silver is $22.70.

 

Obituaries

Sandra Travis

A memorial service for Sandra Travis, 53, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23rd at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Choices of Chickasha.

Marsha Schmidt

Funeral service for Marsha Schmidt, 46, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 24th at the Plainview Mennonite Church of Verden. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 21st

 

Air Force Captain Named New Chix City Manager

(BREAKING - This story was not available for the 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on-air news) A United States Air Force captain has been named Chickasha's next city manager. Capt. Tyler Brooks of South Daytona, Florida was one of four finalists interviewed for the post. The announcement was made in a press release issued by the city this morning. Brooks has been with the Air Force for eight years and has been serving as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies. In a prepared statement, Brooks said the city as an organization is similar to what he's been doing as a flight commander. He said there will be a learning curve transitioning from the military to city government, but he has several mentors in Oklahoma who have reached out to offer their support. He holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Brooks is expected to be on the job in early October. He and his wife Gail have five children. The city council has been looking for a new city manager since January, following the resignation of John Noblitt. Mayor Chris Mosley has been filling in as the interim city manager for the last eight months.

 

Chickasha Receives Nearly $3 million in ARPA Funds

The City of Chickasha has received nearly $3 million in coronavirus relief funds from the federal government. The city council approved a resolution accepting the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds during last night's council meeting. The money can be used for responses to the public health and economic emergency; providing premium pay to essential workers; replacing revenue lost during the pandemic; and making necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. The city council did not indicate what the city funds might be used for. ARPA funds must be allocated for specific projects by December of 2024 and fully spent by December of 2026. By the way, Grady County received just under $11 million in ARPA funds.

Council Oks Funding for Joint Road Project with County Commissioners

The council approved an agreement with Grady County commissioners to make improvements to a road in the south part of Chickasha. The project is for Pikes Peak Road from U.S. Highway 81 west to 16th Street. The agreement calls for the city to pay $100,000 for the asphalt materials that will be needed and the county will pay the costs of the remaining materials and supply the labor. The contract calls for the two governments to loan any equipment to the other if needed. The agreement runs through June of next year. It's not clear when that project might get underway.

Final Red Bud Ridge Plat Approved

The city council also approved the final plat for what will be known as Red Bud Ridge, a new housing development planned for an area southwest of 16th and Country Club Road. The approval followed a four-minute public hearing where engineer Dan Andrulonis addressed a few questions regarding rain water drainage. The council unanimously approved the plat submitted by Shayla Crawford.

Animal Shelter to get New Water Heater

The council approved a bid of nearly $2,600 to replace a water heater at the animal shelter. The bid from Copeland Plumbing was not the lowest bid but Mayor Chris Mosley suggested it was the best of the three bids submitted.

Memorandum with Police Union Delayed

The council took no action on a proposed memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 regarding 12-hour shifts. It will be addressed at a later date.

 

Chickasha Groups Organize 'Civic Pride Week'

There’s another effort to encourage Chickasha residents and businesses to spruce up their properties. The Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce will promote Chickasha Civic Pride Week September 26-30th. The groups are encouraging residents to take pride in the community by pledging to Keep Chickasha Beautiful. Volunteer groups will work to spruce up specific areas of town including cleaning up entry-ways, picking up trash, weeding flowerbeds, painting street lights, and painting art in downtown crosswalks. Officials want the community to look good for all the events set for October 1st through 3rd which include The Rock Island Arts Festival, The Rock Island Ride, and The Oklahoma Food Truck Championship. Other activities will be Chickasha High school Homecoming activities and reunions, a performance with the Chickasha Community Theatre, a theatrical event at the University of Science and Arts, and the Together We Heel walk to stop domestic violence. For information contact the chamber or economic development council.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.92.

Natural gas is $4.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,767 and silver is $22.55.

 

Obituaries

Ronald Wood

A memorial service for Ronald Wood, 84, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 22nd at Parkview Christian Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Betty Sparks

Funeral service for Betty Sparks, 60, of Dibble will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22nd at the Free Will Baptist Church in Dibble. Arrangements are with Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.

Clifford Hosley

A graveside service for Clifford Hosley, 79, of Tuttle will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22nd at Tuttle's Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Dennis Sparkman

A graveside service for Dennis Sparkman, 69, of Tuttle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 23rd at the Mustang Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, Sept. 20th

 

Chickasha School Board Member Named

Interim Superintendent for Ninnekah Schools

A member of the Chickasha Board of Education has been hired to serve as the interim superintendent at Ninnekah schools. Robyn Morse was hired during last Thursday's Ninnekah Board of Education meeting. Morse is a long-time educator and administrator who retired from Chickasha schools several years ago and has been serving on the Chickasha school board for a few years. Morse says she is allowed to fill both positions without stepping down from the Chickasha school board. Morse was hired at Ninnekah after Todd Bunch was suspended pending an investigation into the federal lawsuit filed by former female student athletes who said they were sexually assaulted by coaches - and that administrators turned a deaf ear to the allegations. The Chickasha Express-Star reported that Morse does not plan on becoming a permanent employee for Ninnekah. She said her main goal is to help the district move forward amongst uncertainty, unanswered questions, and investigations. She said she'll focus on deadlines and help fill current and future vacancies.

 

Chix City Council Meets Tonight

While the Chickasha City Council has not formally hired a new city manager the panel is taking steps to put the proposed candidate in charge of some city business. One item to be considered during tonight's city council meeting calls for the acceptance and approval of an employment agreement with Tyler Brooks to serve as Trust manager for the city. The item is under the consent docket on the municipal authority agenda. The council will also consider an inter-local agreement with Grady County Commissioners to help make repairs to Pikes Peak Road. The council is expected to approve $100,000 to pay for asphalt materials for that work. The panel is also to consider approving issuing the final $40,000 economic development payment to Mark McPherson and Great Plains Land and Cattle Company for the restoration of the former Chickasha Star Newspaper building. The group will also consider approving a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 concerning 12-hour shifts. The panel is also expected to approve the consumption of beer and wine in a specified area during the upcoming Rock Island Arts Festival. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Ft. Cobb Man Injured in Crash

A Ft. Cobb man was hospitalized after his car crashed into an unoccupied pickup. 28-year old Jeremy Koomsa was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in fair condition with head injuries. The highway patrol reports that Koomsa was westbound on Main Street and his car ran off the road for more than 150 feet before hitting the legally parked truck. The crashed happened about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

 

City of Blanchard gets Grant to Replace Some Waterlines

In Blanchard, the city has received a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant to help replace some of the city's old water lines. The city will have to provide an additional $250,000 to make it a $500,000 project. Blanchard City Manager Robert Floyd-

              

                

 

Floyd said Blanchard is also working with communities including Chickasha to find a secondary water source to support existing sources. Blanchard gets its water from Oklahoma City while Chickasha gets water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.34.

Natural gas is $5.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,759 and silver is $22.46.

 

Obituaries

Mary Goodson Smith

Funeral service for Mary Goodson Smith, 82, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Travis Palmertree

A graveside service for Travis Palmertree, 75, of Verden, will be at noon Saturday, September 25th at the Carnegie Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He owned Palmertree Trenching in Verden for more 40 years.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, Sept. 18th

 

Some Sheriffs Oppose Vaccination Mandate

Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney both say they will not be requiring their employees to get a coronavirus vaccination. They join a number of other county sheriffs in the state who say the vaccination is a personal choice and should not be mandated by the federal government. Statements issued by the sheriffs indicate that since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, division has become more widespread and intense between those who believe in the vaccine and those who don't. They say just like the flu shot it is a personal decision and that they are appalled of the dictator-like tactics from the federal government.

 

Chix Dog Park Construction Begins

The City of Chickasha has broken ground on a new dog park. Contractors began clearing the way for the facility at Centennial Park in the 600 block of Oregon Avenue. A private donation from a local family is fulling funding the $100,000 project. The Badgett Family contributed the funds. Bordwine Development is the contractor and the project is expected to be completed by late October or early-to-mid-November.

 

First Americans Museum Opens

The long-awaited opening of the First Americans Museum has arrived. The Oklahoma City museum is a monument dedicated to the dozens of indigenous Native American tribes who lived in North America many years before the arrival of Europeans and others.  The Oklahoman reports that the first ideas of the museum were discussed in the mid-1980s. It endured a number of setbacks to become a Smithsonian-affiliated destination which compares only to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The 175,000 sq. ft. museum was built at a cost of $175 million. The opening was initially expected to attract 20,000 visitors but will be capped at 3,500 both today and tomorrow to prevent over-crowding and to minimize the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. There are plans for future development near the museum. The Chickasaw Nation owns adjoining land which could be turned in to commercial development and Oklahoma City officials are excited to see what the next round of MAPS 4 projects may be included to connect the museum with Bricktown.

 

Sheriff's Office Most Wanted

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 reach out to the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

DHS Warns of Possible Text-messaging Scam

Officials with the Department of Human Services are warning Oklahomans about a text-messaging scam. They say the texts specifically mentions some of the agency's benefits programs which can allow the scam artists to obtain credit and banking information. The text message congratulates the recipient as being among a select number of people who could benefit from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and that families on the SNAP, SSI, or TANF programs may be automatically eligible. The recipient is then asked to click on a hyper-link to a website seeking personal information including Social Security numbers and banking info. Anyone who may have provided information is urged to contact their financial institution to freeze their accounts and get new credit or debit cards. Potential victims should also contact the major credit bureaus and the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint.

 

Obituaries

Mary Goodson Smith

Funeral service for Mary Goodson Smith, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Travis Palmertree

A graveside service for Travis Palmertree, 75, of Verden will be at noon Saturday, September 25th at the Carnegie Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He owned Palmertree Trenching in Verden for more 40 years.

 

High School Football Scores

Chickasha 43, Anadarko 39

Blanchard 20, Newcastle 13

Watonga 46, Minco 41

Apache 30, Rush Springs 0

Bridge Creek 34, Lexington 6

Walters 22, Dibble 20

Davenport 48, Alex 0

Cyril 24, Temple 8

Tecumseh 27, Elgin 14

Mt. View-Gotebo 70, Waurika 38

Elmore City 2, Carnegie 0(fft)

Marlow 42, Atoka 10

Tuttle, Lindsay idle

 

Friday, Sept. 18th

 

Chix School Officials Encourage Response to Survey

Chickasha public school officials continue seeking the public's input about the district, from classrooms and curriculum to the physical condition of schools. A community meeting to help get the feedback will be held Monday evening. The district is partnering with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the K20 Center at OU to get detailed information about the good and bad things patrons perceive about Chickasha schools. Monday's meeting will be held at the school administration building starting at 6 p.m. and it will be live-streamed on the district’s website. Individuals can also respond to the survey on-line: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

Vehicle Fire Shuts Down Turnpike

A vehicle fire involving a semi shut down part of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike this morning. It took place in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike near Mile Marker 91 just after 1:30 a.m. Both eastbound lanes were closed for more than 2 1/2 hours. A highway patrol dispatcher said there were no injuries.

 

State Senator to File Bill to Ensure Ag Sales Tax Exemption

A state lawmaker says he hopes to make it easier for farmers and ranchers to renew their state sales tax exemption cards. Sen. Casey Murdock (R-Felt) says he will file a bill to consider the proposal at the state capital next spring.  The action comes following an interim study which looked into problems producers were having renewing their sales tax exemptions. That occurred when the state tax commission began requiring new information. According to a press release from Murdock's office, some producers were concerned that they might lose their sales tax exemptions altogether but Murdock said that is not the case. He said he'll do everything he can to keep the agriculture sales tax exemption intact. He said doing away with it would be a death sentence to small towns especially those that border nearby states which also offer a sales tax exemption.

 

Anadarko to Upgrade Historic Preservation Guidelines

The City of Anadarko is looking to update the guidelines used by the city's Historic Preservation Commission. The city has received a federal grant to help with that effort through the state historic preservation office. The city is looking for requests for proposals (RFPs) for professional services to review the current regulations. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page indicates they are looking for proposals from qualified professionals who have a history and reputation in preparing design guidelines and rehabilitation techniques for historic structures. The deadline to file RFPs is November 4th and the winning bid is expected to be awarded Nov. 8th.

 

Two Groups Prepare for One Big Car Show

Two groups are combining efforts for one huge car and truck show tomorrow. Members of the Saturday Night Cruisers and Coffee and Cars Chickasha will be out in full force. It's the 11th annual custom and classic car show for the Saturday Night Cruisers. There will be muscle cars, street rods, antiques, and motorcycles competing for top awards. Coffee and Cars Chickasha which is normally held the third Saturday of each month will also have their antique vehicles on display. The car show is open to all who want to show off their vehicles with entry fees at $25 per vehicle. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and it will run until 2 p.m. tomorrow. The event will be held at Chickasha's 1st Baptist Church parking lot at 4th and Colorado Avenue.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Blanchard City Manager Robert Floyd and Parks and Recreation Director Chris Wittenbach are on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today we have Luke Holland, chief of staff for Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.67.

Natural gas is $5.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,765 and silver is $23.07.

 

Obituaries

Gary VanSant

Funeral service for Gary VanSant, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18th at  Hope Tabernacle Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Sept. 16th

 

City Council Tweaks Proposed Contract

with City Manager Candidate

The Chickasha City Council continues making a few minor changes to a proposed contract that has been offered to an individual who has agreed in principal to be the next city manager. The council met behind closed doors for about 30 minutes during a special meeting last night. Afterwards, the council approved a change that would allow the candidate to live within the Chickasha school district instead of within 10 miles of the city limits. The revised contract was to be sent to the candidate for his review. Mayor Chris Mosley says the contract could be approved in the next few days and an announcement should come soon. Mosley said the candidate is expected to be in town by mid-October.

 

Lake Chickasha Patrons Without Fresh Water Wednesday

A few Lake Chickasha residents and campers were without fresh water yesterday. City officials say a problem developed with the pressure tanks Wednesday morning. About a dozen families were affected. After investigating it was determined that the tanks had to be replaced. A post on the city's Facebook page indicated water service was restored by about 6 o'clock last night.

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenues Fluctuate

Grady County sales tax revenues continue their roller coaster ride in 2021. Sales tax numbers for August were estimated at $500,000 which is up about 10 percent from July. The total is up more than 20 percent compared to the same time last year. Here's the breakdown of how that money is spent: The Grady County Fairgrounds received $168,000; Grady Memorial Hospital collected $148,000; the 20 county fire districts shared $84,000 with each once getting 4,200; the seven senior nutrition centers also shard $84,000 and each one received $12,000; Tuttle EMS received more than $15,000; and Rush Springs EMS received about $3,900.

 

Tipsters Help Task Force in Catching Wanted Suspect

A Chickasha man accused of terrorizing families is in custody. 22-year old Price Lee Shells was picked up by the Grady County Fugitive Task Force after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said Shells has been giving a number of families difficulties over the last few weeks. A probable cause affidavit indicates the task force got a tip about Shells location Tuesday morning. Task force members found him close to the Valero gas station and 4th and Texas...and that Shells ran into a nearby residential area. With the help of residents, officers found Shells and took him into custody. However, a handcuffed Shells managed to pull away from a deputy and again tried to run - but he was caught a couple of blocks away. Prosecutors have charged Shells with misdemeanors for obstruction, escape, and possession of marijuana. Shells was arrested back in July for possession of stolen property after it was alleged he took someone’s cell phone and is facing a misdemeanor charge in connection with that incident. He remains in the Grady County jail on an $18,000 bond.

 

Live Performances Return to Science and Arts

Live theatre will return to the University of Science and Arts over the next few months. That includes the annual Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series which will begin later this month. There were virtual performances individuals could watch on-line last year due to the pandemic. Professor of Theatre Katie Davis says the series seemed to attract a younger audience.

 

              

 

Davis said all students in Grady County as well as Science and Arts students on campus will again get free tickets for the upcoming season but recommends they sign up to get a season ticket as they will limit attendance to allow for social distancing. The opening performance for the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series will be Thursday, Sept. 30th with an improvised unscripted show called Broadway's Next Hit Musical. The group will use suggestions from the audience to create spontaneous scenes. For ticket information and a schedule of all five shows for the upcoming season visit the website: www.usao.edu/dwpas

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude tops $75 to 75.46.

Natural gas is $5.46 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,778 and silver is $23.50.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 15th

 

More Drug Trafficking Suspects In Custody

That joint investigation between the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration into drug trafficking in Chickasha has led to at least five arrests in the past week. The most recent arrests include 43-year old Lantone JeQuaye Garrett of Chickasha; along with 33-year old Joshua Jovan Nickson and 33-year old Aushia Shantell Pendarvis, both of Oklahoma City. Nickson and Pendarvis are being held in the Grady County Jail on $250,000 bond each while Garrett is being held on a $100,000 bond. Two other arrests previously reported include 39-year old Antwon Laray Owens and  19-year old Kadee Lynn Hall, both of Chickasha who also remain in the county jail.

 

Rally Supporting Ninnekah Girls Basketball Players

Scheduled for Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park

Parents and supporters of current and former Ninnekah girls basketball players who allege they were sexually assault by coaches have organized a rally to get the word out about identifying sexual predators. A rally will be held at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park later this month. Shelby Ross says the rally will include speakers from a number of organizations who will provide information not only on how to identify predators but also how victims can reach out for help. Among the groups expected to be on hand include the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network; The Red Cord; Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women; The American Indian Movement; Bikers Against Child Abuse; The Grady County Sheriff's Office; and the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Patrol. Ross says the group has received a permit from the City of Chickasha to hold the rally which will be at the amphitheatre at Shannon Springs Park on Saturday, September 25th from 1-3 p.m.

 

Jeff Boren Wins Caddo County Commissioner Race

By an overwhelming margin, Jeff Boren wins the Caddo County Commissioner District 2 post in yesterday's special election. The Gracemont Democrat picked up more than 9 out of every 10 votes in defeating Cogar Republican Belita Jo Byrd, 231 to 19. Boren will fill the unexpired term left on the office previously held by Commissioner Randy McLemore who died from COVID-19 last December. Boren has been working for the district the last five years and has been the district’s road foreman the past three years.

 

More Chix Police Officers Cross-Deputized with BIA

Two more Chickasha police officers have been sworn in to assist the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) with law enforcement efforts on Native American lands. Walker Powell and Andrew Kammerlocher took their oaths to work with the BIA's Special Law Enforcement Commission. Law enforcement officers across the state are being cross-deputized with the BIA as a result of the McGirt Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. To earn the cross-deputization, officers must complete a three-day course on Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country Training and pass a rigorous three-hour test. Chickasha now has 15 officers who have been cross-deputized with the BIA to assist with law enforcement efforts mainly in the Chickasaw Nation, of which the City of Chickasha and segments of Grady County are a part of.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.60.

Natural gas is $5.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $23.84.

 

Obituaries

Tim Lambrose

A memorial service for Tim Lambrose, 58, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18th at Full Gospel Church.

Richard ‘Ricky’ Pace

A graveside service for Ricky Pace, 64, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Gary VanSant

Funeral service for Gary VanSant, 61, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 14th

 

New Chix City Manager may be Hired Tomorrow

The next city manager for the City of Chickasha is expected to be formally hired tomorrow night. The city council has scheduled a special meeting to formally hire the candidate who has not yet been named. The council will go behind closed doors to have final discussions to approve a contract. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 15th at city hall. The city council has been looking for a new manager for eight months after previous city manager John Noblitt stepped down in January. Mayor Chris Mosley has been serving as the interim city manager since then.

 

District Two Caddo County Voters

to Elect New County Commissioner

Some Caddo County voters are going to the polls in a special election today to elect a new county commissioner. Voters in District Two are choosing between Democrat Jeff Boren and Republican Belita Jo Byrd. The winner will fill the remaining months of the term for the seat previously held by Randy McLemore who passed away last December. Polls will be open until 7 p.m. today.

 

Chix PD Helps Child Diagnosed with Leukemia

Here’s a nice gesture from members of the Chickasha Police Department. Officers recently stepped up to help a 9-year old boy diagnosed with leukemia. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 provided a $500 contribution to help with the medical costs of Michael Dixon, Jr., who was diagnosed with the blood disorder on Valentine's Day of this year. Dixon was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has been on chemotherapy. He requires around-the-clock care through March of next year while he's under-going treatment and his immune system recovers. A GoFundMe account has been established to help. Michael is the great-grandson of lifelong Chickasha residents Roy and Clara Bryant.

 

New Pesticide May Help Control Feral Hog Population

Oklahoma farmers have a new weapon in their fight against feral hogs. The state department of agriculture has approved the use of a new pesticide which is said to reduce the fertility of male feral hogs. It's called HogStop which was recently registered with the ag department. Officials say male hog fertility is reduced within five days of consumption of the bait and maintained for at least 30 days after five feedings. A press release indicates it is a non-fatal bait and will not kill hogs or other animals that might consume it. Officials warn that HogStop may be harmful to humans if swallowed and that dust from the bait may cause eye and respiratory irritation. Gloves should be worn when handling. HogStop is available from a number of agriculture supply outlets.

 

Science and Arts Blood Drive Today

If you haven't donated blood in a while there is a community blood drive at the University of Science and Arts today. The university is teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Donors will receive a limited edition Bigfoot-inspired t-shirt...with a silhouette of the legendary man-beast in front of a mountain, with the phrase ‘The Hunt is On...for Blood Donors’. Donors will also get a free A1C blood sugar tests to help them monitor their risk for diabetes. The blood drive is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today at the Science and Arts Student Center. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area visit the website: www obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.51 per barrel.

Natural gas is $5.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $23.59.

 

Obituaries

Larry Muncrief

Funeral service for Larry Muncrief, 70, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

William ‘Larry’ Nelson

A graveside service for Larry Nelson, 69, of Tuttle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 16th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, Sept. 13th

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Future Public Works Projects

The Chickasha City Council will be discussing possible infrastructure projects in the future during a special work session tonight. There are no specific projects listed on the agenda as the description only mentions ‘public works projects and their associated costs’. A second issue with no details listed is the ‘city's water cost, fees, and treatment’. The work session will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix Utility Bills May Have Errors

Late Friday, Chickasha officials said that some utility bills that were sent out may have some errors. Authorities said there were some problems with the electronic meter reading process. The errors are on statements which were sent out Thursday, Sept. 9th. The issue mainly affected some commercial accounts. Anyone who thinks their utility bill is not correct can contact city hall during regular business hours by calling 405-222-6015.

 

Chix Schools Policies to be Revised Due to New State Laws

The Chickasha Board of Education meets tonight to revise a number of school policies. The adjustments are being made as a result of new state laws that have gone or will be going into effect. They include an emergency action plan for each school facility and athletic events including practices. Each sport will have to have its own plan that will be reviewed and rehearsed with school officials and local emergency personnel, and a plan that will be shared with visiting schools. Another new state law requires having a trained staff member at each site to administer or assist with seizure rescue medication for students and staff and to recognize the signs and symptoms of those issues and the appropriate action to take. That will start in January. Another revision is to require schools to make a private, sanitary, and secure location for an employee to express breast milk. Another revision relates to the enrollment of students of military families. The students must meet residency requirements before enrolling. The school board is also to consider the retirement of Bill Wallace principal Tressia Meeks which will be effective Jan. 1st if approved.

 

Square Dance Group Seeking New Dancers, Members

Square dancing is a unique past time that continues to be a part of mostly western American culture. For more than 50 years the Swingin' Chicks Square Dance Club has been active in the Chickasha area. The group meets each Monday night for a couple of hours and is welcoming new members who would like to learn the traditional dance. Darrell Cheshier says it takes several weeks before becoming an accomplished square dancer.

 

              

 

There are 70 calls that have to be learned. The first night of lessons is tonight and the group will welcome new dancers again next Monday night as well. Membership is $8 per person for the whole year, and children as young as 12 years old can be part of the group with a parent or guardian. The square dancers meet at Parkview Christian Church each Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Find information on the group’s Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.72 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.92.

Natural gas is $4.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,791 and silver is $23.72.

 

Obituaries

Tom Holding

A memorial service for Tom Holding, 82, of Blanchard was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 13th at the First Baptist Church of Blanchard. He was a long-time banker, working at Oklahoma National Bank in Chickasha and at the First National Bank in Blanchard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blanchard First Baptist Church building fund.

Joey ‘Jojo’ Bonds

Funeral service for 40-year old Joey 'Jojo' Bonds of Chickasha will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 14th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Helpless Hounds of Tulsa.

Larry Muncrief

Funeral service for Larry Muncrief, 70, of Chickasha is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Sept. 7th-11th

Saturday, Sept. 11th

 

State Politicians Respond to President's Vaccine Mandate

Many of Oklahoma's politicians are sounding off about President Biden's mandate requiring large companies to have their workers get the COVID-19 vaccination. Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a statement saying there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) have also issued statements following the president's announcement. Lowe turned to Facebook to say that he does not believe the government has the right to force private business owners to require their employees to get vaccinated. Lowe said that it is up to individuals to decide if they get vaccinated or not. Boles made his announcement through a press release, saying it is not the government's role to mandate to private businesses that their employees must receive the coronavirus vaccine. He also said individuals should have the freedom to make a personal choice. Boles said that's one reason state lawmakers approved HB 1236 this past spring which was signed by the governor. It establishes a process for legal challenges of federal rules, executive orders, or Congressional actions believed to be harmful to the rights of Oklahomans and the state.

 

Ag Sales Tax Exemption to Get Interim Study 

Also from the state capital, a senate panel will take a look at who should qualify for farm sales tax exemptions. Sen. Roland Pederson (R-Burlington) and the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee will hold an interim study on the topic on Monday. In a press release, Pederson said the state tax commission recently changed the process for getting an agriculture sales tax exemption card, and producers are having problems renewing those cards or getting the card for the first time. Pederson said they want to conduct a fair assessment to verify legitimate farmers and ranchers when approving the exemption. He said they don't want to prohibit exemptions for those trying to make a living in ag but they don't want to grant exemptions to those who don't qualify. Monday's meeting gets underway at 10:30 a.m. and will be live-streamed at www.oksenate.gov

 

Family, Friends Mourn Death of Diner Operator's Father

The Chickasha community is mourning the death of Larry Muncrief. Muncrief is the father of Brandi Terry with J and W Grill. Muncrief passed away as a result of the coronavirus this week. He and the family had recently celebrated Muncrief's 70th birthday. Funeral service is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Chix Businesses, Residents May Have Utility Bill Errors

The City of Chickasha says some residents and businesses may have errors in their monthly utility bill. The city sent out a notice saying that the bills that were sent out Thursday, Sept. 9th may be wrong. Officials say it was caused by a problem in the electronic meter reading process. A press release from the city indicates that clerks were working to correct the affected accounts and they believe that most of the errors occurred with commercial accounts. Anyone who believes their utility bill is not correct can contact city hall during regular business hours by calling 405-222-6015.

 

Friday, Sept. 10th

 

Suspects Arrested for Selling Alleged Fentanyl-laced Pills

An investigation by the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has led to the arrests of two individuals suspected of selling prescription pain pills laced with Fentanyl. 39-year old Antwon Laray Owens and 19-year old Kadee Lynn Hall, both of Chickasha, were booked into the Grady County Jail early Wednesday morning. Both have been formally charged with felonies for drug possession with intent to distribute. Owens has previous drug convictions. An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that DEA agents and sheriff's deputies met with a confidential informant who was given $300 to purchase the meds. The informant was able to purchase ten tablets at home near 10th and Colorado Tuesday afternoon - tablets which tested positive as having fentanyl. Both Owens and Hall remain in jail on $50,000 bond each.

 

Progress Continues on Chix Sewer, Water Line Project

The installation of water and sewer lines for a new commercial and residential development for the City of Chickasha continues. The city council this week approved a payment of more than $130,000 to WEB Construction for the project which has an estimated overall cost of nearly $500,000. Officials say the water lines are in and crews are currently working on the sewer line installation. This project is near the intersection of Ada Sipuel Avenue and Grand Avenue Extension next to the Grady County Fairgrounds. The site is expected to have a couple of hotels, some permanent residential homes, and a number of spaces for retail development including restaurants.

 

Several Area Events Set this Weekend

There are a lot of activities in the region this weekend. In Chickasha, the annual Open Streets program will be held tomorrow. Chickasha Avenue will be closed down from the Rock Island Railroad Depot to 3rd Street to let families play in the street. It's part of an international program which encourages families to play together and get a little exercise. You can bring your bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates and nearly 30 groups will have activities for the young and old. Lewis Knisely with the YMCA has a few examples.

 

           

 

All the activities are free and there will be plenty of free bottled water available as the weather is expected to be sunny and hot with into the 90s. Food trucks will also be on hand. Open Streets will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Alex Founders Day

The Town of Alex will have its Founders Day celebration. There's a fishing tournament in the morning, then starting at 10 o’clock there will be a car show, vendors, a parade, and a community dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Alex community park.

Jesse James Festival

In Cement, the annual Jesse James Festival will take place with vendors, a car show, and a street dance. There will be treasure hunters, historians, and trick ropers. There are tales that Jesse James hid some of his bounty in the hills in the Cement area.  That all starts at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Katie Davis is a professor of theater at the University of Science and Arts. She's also the coordinator for the university’s Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series which begins later this month. She's on our KOOL Konversation to review the season and its return to live performances. On Real Estate Today, our guest is Oklahoma Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell. Look for links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.45.

Natural gas is $5.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $24.18.

 

Thursday, Sept. 9th

 

Welder Dies Following Explosion

A welder working on tanker truck in Minco died in an explosion. It happened just before noon Wednesday at Firestone Trucking on Main Street in Minco. The explosion shook many businesses and homes nearby and KWTV New 9 reported that a lot of people said it felt like an earthquake. The name of the welder was not released. Reports indicate the welder was working on the end cap of a tanker truck when the explosion occurred.

 

Suspect Accused of Child Sex Crimes in Two Counties

A Chickasha man wanted in Caddo County for an alleged child sex crime is in the Grady County jail on similar allegations. 31-year old Bryan Cody Snook was arrested by Chickasha police back in April and is facing felony charges of using his phone to solicit sexual conduct or communication with a minor, and for having juvenile porn on his phone. Last week, Caddo County authorities issued an arrest warrant for Snook for lewd acts with a boy under 16 years old, for an incident that allegedly occurred at Lake Chickasha in March. Snook is being held in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing conference on the Grady County charges scheduled for September 22nd.

 

Survey Underway for Chickasha School District Patrons

Patrons of the Chickasha Public School district are being asked to take part in a survey designed to help develop long-range plans for the district. Administrators are working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma to get input. Superintendent Rick Croslin says it is a program widely known for helping school districts determine their strengths and weaknesses.

 

              

 

The survey is available on-line on the district's website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us and is under the Community Feedback Survey tab on the home page. A city-wide meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 20th to get more input with the final day to receive comments on Sept. 30th. Croslin said they want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about the school system. Additional meetings will be held over the next several months as the survey moves through four phases of information gathering. A formal plan will be presented to the school board next spring and Croslin said they’ll use the information to develop a proposed bond issue to present to district patrons.

 

Grant to Help Chix PD Get 'New' Used SUVs

The Chickasha Police Department will be getting some new used vehicles in the next few weeks. The city council this week approved the receipt of a federal community facilities grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to purchase the vehicles from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Police Chief Dee Rowell says the grant is for more than $280,000 and will allow the department to purchase four or five Dodge Durangos. The Kansas Highway Patrol retires its vehicles after 50,000 miles and then sells them. The Grady County Sheriff's Office has been purchasing vehicles from Kansas for several years. This is a 65-35 grant and the city will first have to pay the $280,000 then get about $100,000 reimbursed. City officials say they are working to find the money to purchase the vehicles.

 

Chix Water Rates May be On the Rise

Chickasha residents might get ready for an increase in their water rates. The city council will hold a special work session next week to discuss water costs, fees, and treatment - as well as public works projects and their associated costs. Mayor Chris Mosley said the city is now paying more for the water the city receives from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir. The Ft. Cobb Master Conservancy District which oversees the reservoir increased the costs recently. The special work session will be Monday, Sept. 13th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Caddo County Fair Premium Sale, Horse Show Tonight

Today will be a big payday for a number of Caddo County FFA and 4Hers who exhibited the top animals at last week's Caddo County Fair. 71 youth will lead their animals through the show ring one more time for the premium sale. Businesses, family members, and friends will all bid on the animals with all the money going to the exhibitors, and the youth get to keep their animals to take to future livestock shows. There is a buyer's dinner at 6 o'clock with the sale starting at 7 p.m. Also, the horse show portion of the Caddo County Fair will also be held this evening at the Caddo County Fairgrounds in Anadarko.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.60.

Natural gas is $4.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $24.16.

 

Obituary

Jerrel Toles

Funeral service for Jerrel Toles, 69, of Anadarko will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11th at Grace Church in Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 8th

 

Chix City Council OKs Settlement

of Firefighters' Union Lawsuit

The Chickasha City Council voted unanimously to settle a lawsuit filed against the city by the local firefighters union. The panel voted 6-0 to approve the out-of-court settlement. The vote came after a 23-minute executive session during last night's council meeting. Mayor Chris Mosley said the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2041 previously approved the settlement. Mosley said the city agreed to pay more than $141,000. That includes $52,000 in longevity pay, $44,000 in damages, and $38,000 for the union's attorney’s fees. The settlement won't be finalized until it is approved by the federal court where the lawsuit was filed. Officials say that should be a formality as both sides have agreed to the terms discussed. KOOL/ RANCH News needs to make a correction and clarification regarding the story we aired yesterday about the lawsuit. The suit was filed against the city of Chickasha, and we were wrong when we said that then-city manager John Noblitt withheld retirement benefits owed to the fire fighters. We apologize for the error.

 

Thrift Shop Permit OK'd for Heidi Helping the Homeless             

The council also unanimously approved a use-on-review permit for Heidi Harrison for her request to operate a thrift store at 3rd and Minnesota Avenue. The vote came after a short public hearing. Harrison told the council she plans to continue her outreach mission with Heidi Helping the Homeless. She wanted to move out of her residential location in order to serve more people. In addition to operating a thrift store the location will also have showers, laundry, and provide food and beverage services.

 

Downtown 'Streateries' Get Approval              

The council also approved guidelines that will allow downtown restaurants to have outdoor dining areas. The so-called 'streateries' will allow restaurants to create a mini patio in the parking spaces directly in front of their locations. City Planner Rachel Bernish worked with Economic Development Director Jim Cowan on the plan. They used similar guidelines in communities where the outdoor venues are popular including Edmond; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Asheville, N.C. The restaurants will have to follow strict guidelines for construction. Permits will have to be renewed annually and the city will only charge restaurants for the building permit and related costs to the construction.

 

Matching Grant to Help Anadarko

with Major Sewer Line Improvements              

In Anadarko, city officials have received a huge grant which help the community pay for some badly needed sewer system upgrades.  The State Department of Commerce approved a grant of just under $300,000 to help replace the main line that feeds the waste water treatment plant and some equipment at the plant. The city will pay an additional $500,000 for the project with the funds coming from a revenue bond passed last year. The news was posted on the city's Facebook page. The post indicates the funds will allow the city to replace the sewer line which extends nearly the length of two football fields which has been collapsing and on the verge of failing. The State Department of Environmental Quality had recently placed Anadarko under a consent order due to the potential environmental issues which would have resulted had the sewer line failed.  Mayor Tanner Salyer said the project is not only important for the health and safety of residents but also for any real potential future growth.

 

Wife of Chickasha Auto Dealer Passes Away

Lorie Holt, the wife of Chickasha auto dealer John Holt, has died. She was 64 when she passed away Tuesday morning. She had worked as a Realtor before joining the dealership where she served as the secretary-treasurer for many years. She served on the board of trustees for the Salvation Army and with Redlands Community College. She and John were married for 46 years. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 9th a Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude on the NYMEX is $68.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.69.

Natural gas is $4.57 per million BTUs.

Gold $1,799 and silver is $24.40.

 

Obituaries

‘Rozella” Hargus

A graveside service for Thelma ‘Rozella” Hargus of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 9th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Paul Nightingale

Funeral for Paul Nightingale, 91, of Verden will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 10th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Martin Resendez

Funeral for Martin Resendez, 78, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 10th at First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Johnny Crutcher

A graveside service for Johnny Crutcher, 81, of Amber will be at  10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 14th at the Amber Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran where he served for 27 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 7th

 

Chix Firefighters Lawsuit Against the City

May Get Final Out-of-Court Settlement

(EDITOR'S NOTE) - This version contains clarified and corrected information that was part of original story. We apologize for any errors) A lawsuit filed by the Chickasha Firefighters Association against the City of Chickasha may finally be settled out of court. The city council tonight will go behind closed doors to discuss approving the settlement. Last month, the council approved a payment of more than $140,000 which was presented to the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 for its consideration. The lawsuit was filed last December after the union claimed that the city withheld longevity benefits. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss the status of negotiations with the firefighters union for the current fiscal year.

 

Council to Consider Use-on-Review Permit,

Allow Tuttle Police to use Chix PD Gun Range             

During the open portion of tonight's meeting, the council will hold a public hearing to discuss a use-on-review permit for Heidi Harrison of Heidi Helping the Homeless at 3rd and Minnesota Ave. The panel will also discuss a memorandum of understanding that would allow the Tuttle Police Department to use the Chickasha Police Department's gun range. The council is expected to accept an agreement with the Festival of Light for the upcoming season; approve a request from Epworth United Methodist Church to hold a movie in Shannon Springs park on Oct. 8th; and to allow the Optimist Club to hold a 5K run on December 4th. The council is also to honor long-time firefighter Richard Prather on his recent retirement. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Animal Rescue Transport Group Fundraiser Today

A group that helps save the lives of lost and abandoned animals will hold a fundraiser today. The Chickasha Animal Rescue Transport Association (CARTA) will hold a silent auction and a local restaurant will be helping its cause. InterUrban will be donating a dollar from every hamburger sold to the organization. The silent auction starts at 5:30 tonight and will include items from numerous local businesses including Ross True Value; the Jungle Ice Fun Zone; Jake's Rib;  The Okie Mountain Trading Company; Brandt's; Chicken Express; Hicks Western Wear, and others. CARTA works with other pet adoption groups to find forever homes for the animals in the city's animal shelter.

 

WWII Aircraft to Visit Duncan This Week

An historic World War Two aircraft will be visiting Duncan this week. A B-29 bomber will be on display and some visitors will have the opportunity to take a flight on the four-engine aircraft. It's the type of aircraft that flew over Europe during the war and eventually dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that ended the war. Paul Hlavaty of Marlow, who is with The Commemorative Air Force, says the visit is more than just cool planes.  It's about the people who flew in them. He said many were farm boys from  Oklahoma who were shipped off to Europe. Hlavaty's father was a POW during the war for more than a year. The B-29 arrives at the Duncan Regional Airport on Thursday and will be on display until Sunday. For information, visit the website: www.airpowerssquadron.org/duncan-ok

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.61.

Natural gas is $4.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $24.37.

 

Obituaries

Verna Myers

A graveside service for Verna Myers, 91, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 8th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Susan Daugherty

Funeral for Susan Daugherty, 68, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Septembert 11th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Jerrel Toles

Funeral service for Jerrel Toles, 69, of Anadarko is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Sept. 6th

No news due to the Labor Day holiday.

 

 

2021, Aug. 30th-Sept. 4th

Saturday, Sept. 4th

 

Convicted Killer's Sentence Re-instated

A man whose initial conviction in a triple-murder case was overturned because of the McGirt Decision is back on death row after a review by the state court of criminal appeals. Shaun Michael Bosse was convicted and sentenced to death for the killings of Katrina Griffin, her four-year old daughter Chasity, and 8-year old son Christian at their Dibble home in 2010. Bosse’s conviction was among several that were tossed out by the appellate court because of the McGirt Decision. But that same court this week re-instated Bosse's conviction and those of three other death row inmates - giving Oklahoma a partial victory as officials continue working to argue that the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt Decision was wrongly decided and should be overturned.

 

 Tips Sought in Anadarko Park Vandalism             

Vandals strike the public restrooms at Anadarko's Randlett Park. The perpetrators removed the plumbing to the toilets. According to the city's Facebook page it may have occurred early Friday morning. A reward is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call the Anadarko Police Department at 405-247-2411.

 

Alpaca Show Coming to the Grady County Fairgrounds

A new event will be coming to the Grady County Fairgrounds this fall. It will feature Alpacas. There is an official Alpaca organization in Oklahoma and it’s an industry that got its start in the 1980s but didn't really get going until the 90s. About 20 years ago, there were 14 Alpaca farms in the state and it was determined that those pioneers could best be served by forming their own Alpaca group. The organization is now known as Alpacas of Oklahoma (A-OK). The group supports the ethical promotion of all things Alpaca. There are several farms in the region that are members, including Jolly Roger Alpacas of Blanchard; Answered Prayers Ranch in Tuttle; Magnolia Blossom Ranch of Newcastle; Circle of Dreams Ranch in Fletcher; and Busy Bees Alpaca Farm of Norman. The group will meet in Chickasha for what it calls a Blast Off show in mid-November. You can check out the group on Facebook or visit the website: www.alpacasofoklahoma.com

 

Obituary

Verna Myers

A graveside service for Verna Myers, 91, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Marlow 40, Chickasha 14

Noble 41, Blanchard 23

Elgin 55, Anadarko 41

Tuttle 21, Plainview 13

Minco 41, Dibble 14

Cordell 34, Rush Springs 26

Community Christian 19, Bridge Creek 2

Tipton 62, Alex 22

Burns Flat-Dill City 38, Carnegie 12

Mt. View-Gotebo 54, Snyder 12

Purcell 20, Lindsay 14

 

Friday, Sept. 3rd

 

OSBI Takes Over Ninnekah Schools Sexual Assault Investigation

The OSBI will now lead the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and the lack of action after it was reported at Ninnekah Public Schools. A press release issued by the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates that Sheriff Jim Weir requested that the agency take over the investigation. Weir and former deputy Phil Blevins are among those named in a federal lawsuit filed in connection with the allegations. The Oklahoman reports that an OSBI official confirmed that the agency will take over the case. 15 current and former girls basketball players at Ninnekah have filed a federal lawsuit against both Ninnekah and Friend schools and coaches and administrators who are implicated in what amounts to a cover-up of sexual abuse complaints against former coach Ron Akins. Akins coached at both Ninnekah and Friend schools. He resigned from Ninnekah after being arrested and charged for rape and sexual battery alleged to have taken place over the last several years. In his press release, Sheriff Weir said he's confident that at the end of the investigation the public will see that his office stands for the highest standards and that any allegations of wrong-doing by him or his office are simply not true. The Oklahoman reported that attorney's representing the girls demanded that District Attorney Jason Hicks turn the investigation over to the OSBI and had given the DA a deadline of 5 o'clock yesterday to do so, or they would take their demand to the state's attorney general or the governor's office. Attorneys said the mere possibility that the sheriff's office may investigate the matter created an unacceptable conflict of interest.

 

Grady County Among Nation's Top Areas for Oil, Gas Drilling

Here's more good news from the energy industry in the region. Reports indicate that Grady County is in the top 20 most active counties in the country for oil and gas drilling. That's according to Enverus Rig Analytics which indicates there are 11 active rigs in the Anadarko basin which does include Grady County. The basin also experienced an increase in the rig count which is at 48. The website OK Energy Today reports that the Anadarko Basin contains untapped areas of production. We reported earlier this week that the corporation commission approved a permit for Citizen Energy to drill wells in the Bridge Creek area and that EOG Resources filed a completion report on the Cole Farms Well south of Blanchard. It was producing more 350 barrels of oil and nearly 600 MCF of natural gas per day.

 

Arts Council Seeks Co-Director for Summer Arts Camp

The Chickasha Area Arts Council - already preparing for the Rock Island Arts Festival next month - is also in search of a co-director for a popular summer arts camp it hosts for kids. ArtScope is a two-week day camp held every June. Responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the program, fundraising, and writing and submitting grants. Interested individuals can send an e-mail to chickashaarts@gmail.com Deadline to apply is September 30th.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lewis Knicely with the Chickasha Area YMCA will be on our KOOL Konversation to discuss the Open Streets Chickasha event set for Saturday, September 11th. On Real Estate Today, Anadarko Mayor Tanner Salyer and city manager Kenneth Corn will discuss many projects underway in that community. We have links to both programs under the community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.03.

Natural gas is $4.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $24.07.

 

Obituary

Ricky Pace

A graveside service for Richard ‘Ricky’ Pace, 64, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the SLO-RSH Foundation.

 

Thursday, Sept. 2nd

 

Law Enforcement Look to Keep Roads Safe This Weekend

State and federal officials are implementing a safety campaign for the upcoming holiday weekend. It's the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign encouraging motorists to not drive while under the influence of alcohol or illegal or prescription drugs. Cody McDaniel with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office says there is no excuse for driving impaired or distracted. State troopers and local law enforcement will be on the roads and on the lakes over the next few days looking for impaired drivers and boaters. Last year, six people died on Oklahoma roadways during the Labor Day weekend and there were more than 50 crashes that were alcohol or drug-related.

 

Grants for Potential Walking, Bike Trails Issued

Chickasha and Anadarko are among communities in central and southwest Oklahoma that may be developing future walking and biking trails. Both cities are recipients of grants from the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page says Duncan also received a grant. Anadarko picked up a $25,000 grant which officials say would be used for the engineering and planning of a potential walking and bicycle trail to run from Randlett Park to Rotary Park. Chisholm Trail Consulting has been selected to work with residents to design the route, what type of surface should be used, and what kind of amenities could be added along the trail. Initial plans are to use the abandoned railroad right-of-way. Mayor Tanner Salyer said the city would be looking into getting additional funds from state, federal, and private sources for this project and other infrastructure needs.

 

Museum Closed for Pandemic Re-opens

Also in Anadarko, the Anadarko Heritage Museum is re-opening today. The museum has been closed for about 18 months because of the pandemic. The museum received a $15,000 grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to re-open.

 

More Sooner State Families May Qualify

for Oklahoma's Promise Scholarships

Chickasha school officials are sharing some news which impacts all Oklahoma school students. Oklahoma's Promise, a scholarship program for low-to-median income households, has raised the household income limit to $60,000. The program offers qualified students in the 8th through 11th grades the opportunity to earn scholarships for college tuition. The program is currently accepting applications. Students and parents should contact their middle school or high school counselor or visit the website: www.okpromise.org

 

Caddo County Fair Ends

The Caddo County Fair wraps up its four-day run today. Still exhibits will be on display for a short time today. The horse show which was originally scheduled for today was re-scheduled for next Thursday evening. Also next Thursday will be the premium sale for the top livestock animals shown this week. The final event of the fair today will be the drawing for the OHCE block challenge quilt at noon.

 

State Ranks High in Several National Wind-Power Segments

A new report shows Oklahoma is a top five-state in several categories when it comes to one alternative energy source.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.94.

Natural gas is $4.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $24.26.

 

Obituaries

Terry Myers

A memorial service for Terry Myers, 69, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at McRay Funeral Home.

Dan Jones

Funeral for Dan Jones, 70, of Chickasha and Amber will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 3rd at the Pocasset First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Carlton Wagner

A graveside service for Carlton Wagner, 72, of Owasso will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 4th at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 1st

 

Changes Made at Ninnekah Schools

Recent resignations from the Ninnekah Board of Education and the suspensions of two school administrators has resulted in several changes for the school district. In a special meeting yesterday, school board vice president Dustin Tate was named president; Delanie Barry was named vice president; and Diane Carroll was named clerk. The action was taken after former school board president Rusty Garrett and board clerk Scott Miller stepped down in light of a federal lawsuit filed against the district. The board also named Marie Foot as a new dean of students after superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts were suspended. Foot will have the authority to take any action and/or sign any documents on behalf of the school district. Fifteen former girls basketball players filed the federal lawsuit alleging they were sexual assault victims of former basketball coaches. The lawsuit claims that school officials were told of the allegations and did nothing.

 

Tanker Truck Fire Results in Lockdown at Minco Schools

Minco schools were placed on lockdown yesterday when a fuel tanker caught fire in front of the high school. Superintendent Kevin Sims said it got very intense. Sims posted on his Facebook page that everyone was taken to the middle school safe rooms while fire fighters doused the flames. He credited the work of the Minco Fire and Police Departments, Grady County Sheriff's Office, and the Union City Fire Department for their efforts. Sims also credited Minco high school senior Garrison Bass for his work. Bass is a volunteer with the Minco Fire Department.

 

Activity in the SCOOP Increases

A number of drilling permits in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP) have been issued by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Citizen Energy has been awarded a permit to drill three wells on a single pad in Grady County between Bridge Creek and State Highway 37. That is in Section 10 of Township 9 North and 5 West. Revolution Operating Company has permits for two wells on a single pad in Canadian County. The permits are for the Cogburn Wells in Canadian County west of Yukon near the CE Page Airport. There has been a completion for EOG Resources on the Cole Farms well three miles south of Blanchard in Grady County. That's in Section 16 of Township 7 North and Range 4 West. Production was just over 350 barrels of oil and nearly 600 Mcf of natural gas per day from a depth of just over 20,000 feet.

 

New 'American Heritage Girl' Program to Begin

A new youth development program for girls will be starting up next week. It's called American Heritage Girls which is a national faith-based program. It will be hosted by Maranatha Baptist Church. It's designed to help the girls learn life skills, have them get involved in their communities, and develop leadership skills. David Edwards is the pastor of the church and breaks down the age groups.

 

              

 

The program is open to girls throughout the Grady and Caddo county area. An informational program and sign-up will be held at the church at 1505 S. 29th Street Tuesday, Sept. 7th at 6:30 p.m. Weekly meetings will start Sept. 14th. For information contact John Smith by calling 405-473-3968 or visit the website: www.americanheritagegirls.org

 

Caddo County Fair Update

Here's what's happening at the Caddo County Fair today. Still exhibits will be open for viewing until 7 p.m. and the OHCE snack bar will be open. The winner of last night’s food truck competition was K-I-G Cue. The horse show which was scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) has been re-scheduled for next Thursday, September 9th with registration at 5:00 p.m. and the show starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.99.

Natural gas is $4.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $23.93.

 

Obituary

Donald Shipley

Funeral service for Donald Shipley, 77, of Rush Springs will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Navy and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

 

Tuesday, August 31st

 

Chix City Council Makes Offer to City Mgr Candidate

The Chickasha city council is making an offer to one of the city manager candidates who were in town for interviews last weekend. Mayor Chris Mosley tells KOOL/RANCH News that the council agreed to make an offer to the individual. The city attorney is drawing up a contract which will be presented to the candidate later this week. Mosley said if they can come to terms that the candidate said he could start the first week of October. Mosley has been acting city manager since January.

 

Council OKs Purchase Option for New Fire Engine

The city council also approved a payment option to purchase a new fire engine. In a special meeting last night the panel approved a proposal from the First National Bank which was one of four options which were presented. The First National plan has a 2.09 percent interest rate with seven annual payments of nearly $74,000 each. The first payment would be due in August of next year. The cost of the 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine is $474,000 and the interest over the course of the note is more than $40,000 which brings the total cost to more than $515,000. The city still has payments remaining on two other fire trucks. One is $5,000 a month for the rescue squad truck which will be paid off in December of next year. The other is a semi-annual payment of more than $23,000 on  a pumper truck which will be paid off in May of 2023. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said the engine is currently in Wisconsin and that it could be delivered in about three weeks.

 

Caddo County Fair Update

It's Day Two of the Caddo County Fair. The swine show will be held this morning and still exhibits will be on display starting at 10 o'clock. There are a couple of new events to the fair this year and both will be held tonight – a food truck competition and a car show. Food trucks that have entered are K-I-G Que; Sugar Shane’s Kettlecorn and Pork Rinds; The Twisted Taco; and Wing Nuts. Both events get underway at 5:30 p.m.. There is also a kiddie-tractor pull at 6:00 p.m.

 

Anadarko Museum to Re-open

An Anadarko museum that has been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic is re-opening. The Anadarko Heritage Museum has received a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Mayor Tanner Salyer said the museum has played a significant role in providing the history of Anadarko, Caddo County, and tribal nations. The $15,000 grant was made through the National Endowment for the Humanities. City Manager Kenneth Corn says it is a shot in the arm to help not only re-open the museum but also to strengthen it for future generations. The museum is scheduled to reopen this Thursday.

 

National Guard Troops Head to Louisiana

The Oklahoma National Guard is sending 500 citizen-soldiers to aid in the relief effort of Hurricane Ida.  Soldiers and airmen will focus on route clearance, security, levee reinforcement, and general support operations. In a press release, Col. Bob Walker said situations like this are what the National Guard is for. Troops were also sent to help following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. The Louisiana Office of Emergency Management requested support under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. That’s a national disaster relief agreement that offers help during states of emergencies and disasters.

 

Obituaries

Marian ‘Rae’ McIlroy

A memorial service will be held at a later date for ‘Rae’ McIlroy, 65, of Chickasha. She recently retired from Cherokee Temp Service. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Lena May Pitchford

A graveside service for Lena May Pitchford, 102, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Arietta Hightower

A memorial service for Arietta Hightower, 100, of Newcastle will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at Snow Hill Baptist Church. She worked as a Rosie the Riveter at Tinker Air Force Base during WWII and also taught at Chickasha, Tuttle, and Newcastle schools. Memorial contributions may be made to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karen Cox-Grammer

A memorial service for Karen Cox-Grammer, 58, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Aug. 30th

 

Human Bones Identified as Missing Chickasha Man

If you missed some of the news from this past weekend - a human skeleton found in Caddo County two years ago has been identified as a man missing from Chickasha for over 30 years. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the remains were those of Alvin Stark. A laboratory at the University of North Texas identified the remains. Stark's sister, Rebecca Fowler, reported him missing in May of 1988.  She said her brother had planned to go fishing with her husband but never showed up.  While she's sad she will never see him again the news brought her some peace as the family prepares to lay him to rest. Stark's death was believed to have been a homicide. Chickasha police identified a suspect during their investigation but without Stark's remains there was not enough evidence to charge that individual. Authorities say that suspect has since died.

 

Oklahomans to Help in Aftermath of Hurricane

Hurricane Ida unleashed its wrath on Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday and several Oklahomans have been deployed to help. A Chickasha firefighter, a representative the local Salvation Army, and a group from Carnegie will all be part of the effort to help the victims. Chickasha firefighter Dallas Smith is among 50 individuals with the Oklahoma Urban Search and Rescue Teams out of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Smith is a water rescue specialist and left with group Saturday for a 14-day deployment. They are staged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lt. Bobby McFarland with the Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, will be deployed tomorrow to help with recovery efforts. Two members of Carnegie's Emergency Medical Services were dispatched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist. Jeremy Justus and Alex Garland made the 13-hour drive to their destination over the weekend.

 

Roadway Blocked when Sand Truck Overturns

A sand truck overturned near the Tabler Y yesterday but there no reports of injuries. The accident happened about 9 a.m. at State Highway 39 and CS 2940 which is State Highway 19C or the Alex Highway in the Naples area. The roadway was closed for about an hour.

 

Traffic Narrows on State Highway 9 in Newcastle

We have a traffic advisory to tell you about. State Highway 9 through Newcastle will be narrowed to one lane in various locations between Western Avenue and the U.S. 62/H.E. Bailey Turnpike spur junction today through Thursday in order for crews to complete surface repairs.

 

Chix Area Arts Council to get New Home

The Chickasha Area Arts Council will be moving soon. The group will be moving downtown and will be across the street from the historic Washita Theater which is where the Chickasha Community Theatre is housed. Sue Getman with the arts council says the move will give them a lot more space to help local artists and to expand the classes they offer.

 

              

 

The arts council has been at the old South School at 7th and Arkansas for the last several years. The move will likely take place after the Arts Council's big event which is just a few weeks away. The Rock Island Arts Festival will be Oct. 1st through 3rd. Getman said there are still a few vendor spaces available. Along with the festival that weekend will be the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and the Rock Island Ride.

 

Congressman Cole to Hold Telephone Town Hall Tonight

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) will hold a telephone town hall meeting tonight. Cole will hold an hour-long meeting to discuss concerns of constituents and address current events, including the situation in Afghanistan where there are still a number of Americans who are hoping to get out of the country by tomorrow's deadline. The telephone town hall will start at 6 o’clock tonight. The number to call is 833-305-1727. A live audio feed of the town hall meeting will be on-line at cole.house.gov/telephone-town-halls

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.70.

Natural gas is $4.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,819 and silver is $24.12.

2021, Aug. 23rd-28th

Saturday, August 28th

 

Human Bones Id'd as Long-time Missing Chickasha Man

A human skeleton found in Caddo County two years ago has been identified as a man who had been missing from Chickasha for more than 30 years. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the remains were those of Alvin Stark. A laboratory at the University of North Texas identified the remains. Stark's sister, Rebecca Fowler, reported him missing in May of 1988.  She said Stark had planned to go fishing with her husband the day he went missing but never showed up. Fowler told the Oklahoman that she never lost hope that she would find her brother. She said that while she will never see him again the news brought her some peace as the family prepares to lay him to rest. Stark's death was believed to have been a homicide. Chickasha police identified a suspect during their investigation but without Stark's remains at the time there was not enough evidence to charge that individual. Authorities say the suspect has since died.

 

Teen Charged with Rape to be Tried as Adult

A teenager will be tried as an adult after prosecutors say he violently raped his girlfriend. 15-year old Paden Lane Herrmann of Binger was charged as a youthful offender in Caddo County District Court yesterday. The Lawton Constitution reports Herrmann faces two rape charges and will be tried as an adult due to the violent nature of the allegations. The charges stem from two separate incidents that occurred in June. Herrmann is being held at a Lawton juvenile detention center on a $100,000 bond. He's scheduled to be back in court September 30th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Finalists for Chix City Manager Post Have Interviews

Four finalists for the vacant Chickasha city manager post are in town for interviews this weekend. The candidates and their families are spending the weekend in town and are expected to tour the community to test the waters should they be hired. There's a lot going on for the candidates to experience. Last night, the high school football team won its season opener, the Grady County Fair wraps up today, there's a truck and tractor pull at the fairgrounds, the city's sports complex has a big tournament, and the University of Science and Arts soccer teams have home games tonight. A special meeting of the city council will be held today where the group will go behind closed doors for the formal interviews. There's no word on when a new city manager may be named.

 

106th Grady County Fair Wraps Up Today

As we just mentioned today is the final day of the 106th Grady County Fair. The rabbit, poultry, and cattle shows are all today. The carnival opens at noon and the commercial booths are open much of the day. There is a children's pet show at 4:30 this afternoon and the kiddie tractor pull is this evening. The final event at the Grady County Fairgrounds will be the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull at the outdoor rodeo arena. The pit area opens at 4:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate.

 

High School Football Scores

Chickasha 51, Altus 7

Tuttle 28, Sulphur 0

Newcastle 40, Cleveland 0

Destiny Christian 64, Alex 18

Lindsay 20, Pauls Valley 0

Casasdy 29, Carnegie 0

Wayne 37, Apache 6

 

Friday, August 27th

 

Body Found Outside Marlow Cemetery

Authorities are investigating a body found near the Marlow Cemetery. A utility crew discovered the body yesterday. Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney tells KSWO-TV that the body appears to be that of a male and that it had been there for some time. McKinney did not give an estimate on how old the individual may have been. Officials are working to identify the remains and the cause of death.

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign Winding Down

There are a couple more days left for the Cleanup Chickasha campaign. Residents and business owners can dispose of large debris at a couple of sites which have those large roll-off dumpsters to put furniture, old lumber, limbs or other items into. There are two dumpsters at 6th and Frisco Avenue until 3 p.m. today and again from 9:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow. There are four roll-off dumpsters at the city's public works headquarters which will be available until 5:00 p.m. today and 9:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow. Items that should not be placed in the dumpsters are hazardous materials, tires, paint, insecticides, herbicides, and motor oil.

 

Grady County Fair Continues

Here's what's happening at the Grady County Fair today. The commercial booths will get going at 10 o'clock this morning and the swine show will be this afternoon. The OHCE will have Indian tacos, sandwiches, and home-made cinnamon rolls in the north exhibit building. The noon meal from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the community building is beans and cornbread and the evening meal is southern fried chicken.The carnival will open at 6:00 p.m. and it will be armband night once again. Live music tonight will be Billy Davis and the Band of Brothers. Tomorrow is the big day for activities with the rabbit, poultry, and swine shows, the pet show for the little ones in the afternoon, the 4H and FFA tractor driving contest, and the ag Olympics. The carnival will open at noon and tomorrow night the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull will put an exclamation point on the weekend of activities at the fairgrounds. Gates for the truck and tractor pull open at 4:30 p.m. to visit the pit area and the pull starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be $20 per person at the gate.

 

Chix Chamber to Host 34th Annual Golf Tournament

The annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is just a couple of weeks away. The 34th annual event will be Friday, Sept. 10th at the Club at Chickasha - formerly the Chickasha Golf and Country Club. The chamber is registering four-person teams and there will be shotgun starts at both 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There will be breakfast for the morning players and lunch for the afternoon players and everyone will get a swag bag full of goodies from chamber members. Teams can register on-line at the chamber's website: www.chickashachamber.com or by reaching out to the chamber office for more information.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend.  Daniel Edwards and John Smith with Maranatha Baptist Church will be on the KOOL Konversation discussing a new American Heritage Girls program. It’s a national faith-based program for girls ages 5 to 18. On Real Estate Today, we'll be talking with Sue Getman with the Chickasha Area Arts Council about the Rock Island Arts Festival and Phillip and Katy Wint about the Rock Island Ride that will be held in conjunction with the festival. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.18.

Natural gas is $4.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,798 and silver is $23.72.

 

Obituaries

Susan Clark

Funeral service for Susan Clark, 66, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 28th at Son Rise Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Merwin Turner

Funeral service for Merwin Turner, 68, of Alex will be at 2:00 pm. Tuesday, August 31st at Sevier Funeral Home.

Wanda Willis

A graveside service for Wanda Willis, 88, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 31st at the Comanche Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, August 30th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 26th

 

Two Ninnekah School Board Members Resign;

Two Administrators Suspended in Light of Fed Lawsuit

The fallout begins at Ninnekah public schools in light of a federal lawsuit filed against the district regarding rape and sexual assault allegations against a former coach. Two school board members resigned in a special school board meeting yesterday and the superintendent and high school principal were both suspended. School board President Rusty Garrett and board clerk Scott Miller resigned. The remaining board members suspended Superintendent Todd Bunch and High School Principal David Pitts with pay, pending the outcome into an investigation related to the lawsuit. The action comes after a dozen former girls basketball players alleged their coach sexually assaulted them, and that administrators were told of the allegations but took no action. Also, three more former players have come forward alleging that then-coach Ron Akins molested them. Both Garrett and Miller were long-time members of the school board. In Garrett's resignation letter he said the passion he once had for serving the district is not what it should be. Miller wrote that he hopes this small step might aid in the healing process for the community and further dispel any possible conflicts of interest. About 60 people attended yesterday's meeting. One patron said the board's action was a big relief.

 

Crash Claims Life of Apache Woman; Injures Another

A Caddo County woman has died and another is hospitalized with numerous injuries following a traffic accident in southeast Oklahoma. 68-year old Betty Daugherty of Apache died in the crash that happened west of Hugo Wednesday morning. She was a passenger in a pickup driven by 70-year old Phyllis Davis also of Apache. Davis was last in stable condition. The highway patrol reports that Davis failed to yield to oncoming traffic and hit another pickup. Two individuals in the other truck were from Antlers. They were taken to a hospital and treated and released.

 

Cel Phone Search in Truck Leads to Accident

A Caddo County man is hospitalized after his one-ton truck runs off a county road rolls onto its side. 40-year old William Traywick of Apache was injured in the accident that happened about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near Alfalfa which is north of Carnegie. The trooper investigating the accident reported that Traywick was looking for his cel phone when the truck ran off the road. The trooper reported there was an odor of alcohol at the scene.

 

Artists Sought to Paint Murals in Downtown Chix

Attention artists! An effort to paint some murals on buildings in downtown Chickasha is underway. The Economic Development Council and the Chickasha Area Arts Council are looking for requests for proposals to paint the first of several murals near the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Individual artists and groups are encouraged to apply. They are looking for original works that will be selfie-friendly for visitors and encourage the promotion of tourism. Requests for proposals are due by Sept. 20th and artists will be notified by Sept. 30th. The projects need to be completed by Nov. 24th which is about the time the Festival of Light will begin. The proposals may be sent to: chickashaarts@gmail.com or jim@chickashaedc.com

 

Grady County Fair Begins

The Grady County Fair gets underway today. The commercial exhibits will open at 11 o'clock with the goat and sheep shows to be held this afternoon. Those submitting cakes for the cake show can drop them off between noon and 2:30 with judging to follow and the cakes auctioned tonight. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. with wristband nights both tonight and tomorrow night. Wristbands are $25. The formal ribbon-cutting to open the fair is at 7 o'clock tonight. Live music tonight is Tim Brauer and First Look. Admission and parking to the 106th Grady County Fair are free. The event runs through Saturday at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.25.

Natural gas is $3.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $23.75.

 

Obituaries

Mary Cole

A memorial service may held at a later date for Mary Cole, 64, of Verden. She was a long-time trustee for the town of Verden. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karen Cox-Grammer

Funeral service for 59-year old Karen Cox-Grammer of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Robert ‘Rob’ Mack

A graveside service for Rob Mack, 81, of Rancho Palos Verdes, California will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Rush Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, August 25th

 

Ninnekah School Board to Consider Suspending

Superintendent, High School Principal

The Ninnekah Board of Education will hold a special meeting this afternoon to consider suspending the district's superintendent and the high school principal. Superintendent Todd Bunch and school principal David Pitts were both named in a federal lawsuit filed against the district by former girls basketball players who allege their one-time coach Ron Akins sexually assaulted them. One item on the agenda calls for accepting any resignations that may have been received. Another item is to consider hiring an attorney at the cost of $185 per hour to serve as an additional legal counsel for the district concerning the investigation of the conduct of school employees alleged in the lawsuit. The school board then has a proposed closed-door meeting to discuss the possible suspensions of the two administrators. The meeting was scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon.

 

Grady County Fair Opens Tomorrow

We are on the eve of the Grady County Fair! Officials have scheduled a full three days of events after last year's fair was scaled back due to the pandemic. Commercial vendors can set up their booth spaces today and fair officials are judging the still exhibits that were brought in yesterday. Also, the alfalfa hay show is this morning and they will be accepting bids on that hay. The un-official opening of the fair is tomorrow morning with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow night. The cake show, cake auction, sheep, and goat shows are among the highlights tomorrow. There are live bands both Thursday  and Friday nights.

 

PSO Prepares for Street Light Inventory

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is looking to improve the street lights in all 232 cities and towns it serves. PSO officials say they are getting ready for new and innovative lighting systems. The utility will start with a physical inventory of every street light in every community which is expected to wrap up by the end of the year or early next year. Officials say they'll be taking a look at about a dozen attributes of every streetlight and collect more accurate GPS coordinates. A press release indicates the work will help PSO personnel to more efficiently and effectively upgrade and restore the lights. PSO Customer Service Manager Brandon Sirman said that field personnel will be in PSO-served communities looking at every street light and even taking pictures of poles.

 

Science and Arts Has Near-Record Freshmen Enrollment

The University of Science and Arts is welcoming its largest freshman class in about 20 years. The number is a more than 80 percent increase over last year when the pandemic impacted enrollment at universities nationwide. Officials credit the increase at Science and Arts to a new scholarship program focused on accessibility and affordability, a more pro-active and assertive outreach, and a campus-wide commitment to improving the university through fund-raising and improved branding. Over the next five years officials aim to increase total enrollment to 1,200 students.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.05.

Natural gas is $3.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,796 and silver is $23.64.

 

Obituaries

Lorene Jobe

Funeral service for Lorene Jobe, 85, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 27th at the First Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Alexander Bickley

Funeral service Alexander Bickley, 24, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, August 24th

 

Man Arrested for Beating Death of Girlfriend

A Chickasha man has been arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend to death. 57-year old Russell Foreshee was arrested nearly two weeks after the woman's body was found in their home. Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) tell KWTV-News 9 that Chickasha police were called to a home in the 1300 block of West Washington Avenue in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 11th and found Teresa McClellan unresponsive. It wasn't clear when she died. The state medical examiner determined that McClellan suffered numerous broken bones and blunt force trauma injures. Foreshee reportedly told investigators he had been beating McLellan for several days after finding out she was having an affair. Authorities allege Foreshee found McClellan unresponsive but waited before calling 9-1-1. It's also alleged Foreshee moved some items around the home which indicates he may have tampered with evidence. The report said Foresee has a history of drug use.

 

Chix School Officials Surveying Patrons

The Chickasha Public School district is collaborating with a couple of groups to hold a community survey about improvements that patrons believe are needed. The district is working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and a University of Oklahoma group called the K20 Center for Education Community Renewal. The information compiled while help develop a continuous strategic improvement plan to help develop long-term priorities and goals. Questions in the survey include what patrons value in the district; the five greatest challenges the district faces over the next 5-10 years; and what skills and abilities students need to have for their future success. You can find the survey on the Chickasha Public Schools Facebook page.

 

Areas of Chickasha May Have No or Low Water Pressure

Some areas in Chickasha may experience no or low water pressure today. Officials say the city's water treatment contractor USW will be flushing fire hydrants around town as a part of routine maintenance. Officials say this is not related to the blue-green algae problem in the lake at Shannon Springs Park.

 

Caddo County Man Accused of Trafficking Meth

A Caddo County man pulled over on a traffic stop was arrested on a complaint drug trafficking. Jacob McCurtain of Apache was pulled over by police in Lawton after driving left of center. KSWO-TV cites court documents that Lawton police summoned K9 officers which indicated that there may be narcotics in the vehicle. Authorities found about 84 milligrams of methamphetamine and seized more than $2,000 in cash. At his initial appearance in Comanche County District Court McCurtain was charged with drug trafficking, driving left of center, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, possession of drug items, and having proceeds derived from illegal drug activity.

 

Tuttle Senior Named Grady County Fair Princess

The Grady County Fair Princess hails from Tuttle this year. Addilyn Lingle, a senior, was crowned following last night's pageant. Lingle was among a 11 candidates competing. Lingle will have a lot of work to do during the fair which opens in Thursday. 1st runner-up was Cassie Thompkins of Tuttle; second runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Kiera Link of Tuttle; third runner-up was Clara Duncan of Chickasha; and Miss Photogenic was Abbie Savage of Amber-Pocasset. By the way, still exhibits and ag mechanics projects can be entered at the fair from 3-5:30 this afternoon, with judging tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.75.

Natural gas is $3.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806 and silver is $23.76.

 

Obituary

Donald Monroe

Funeral service for Donald Monroe, 91, of Amber, a U.S. Army veteran, will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home. 

 

Monday, August 23rd

 

Ninnekah Students to Continue Protest

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Following our morning news broadcast, the student rally scheduled for Monday was postponed in order to get a permit for the rally. The event was re-scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 24th)

Ninnekah school students will have a second day of protests against the district. As many as 50 students walked out of class Friday to support former female student athletes who say they were sexually assaulted by their coach and that school officials were told about it and did nothing. Friday's rally came about when numerous people attending a Ninnekah School Board meeting Thursday night called for the resignations of the superintendent, high school principal, and the school board president.  Sandy Smyth was among those at that meeting and at Friday's student march.

 

              

 

Expected to join the demonstration is a local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) which is part of a worldwide charitable organization that works to empower abused children. 

 

Grady County Court Docket Begins

Jury selection for a felony domestic violence trial is expected to get underway this morning in Grady County District Court. Caleb James Kelley is facing a charge of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon stemming from a 2019 arrest. That case is to be heard by District Judge Kory Kirkland. Also scheduled is jury selection for a violation of a protective order trial against Jared Mikel Heger who is charged with a number of felonies dating back to 2015. That case is being heard by Associate District Judge Joey Young. Also scheduled is a child abuse trial for Jeffrey Scott Rasmussen who was arrested following a 2019 investigation.

 

Blue-Green Algae Still a Problem at Shannon Springs Park

Chickasha officials say a blue-green algae bloom in the lake at Shannon Springs Park still presents a problem after it was discovered last Friday. Mayor Chris Mosley said city crews, the Grady County Fire Department, and county emergency management tried to pump the affected water out of the lake and move it through Congo Creek. Mosley said people should still not fish at Shannon Springs and keep pets from drinking the water and swimming in it. The Mayor said it wasn't clear how long the blue-green algae might remain.

 

              

 

They mayor did say it is OK for families to use the splash pad at the park since it uses chlorinated water that comes from the water treatment plant.

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign Underway

A city-wide cleanup for Chickasha begins today as officials encourage residents and businesses to dispose of unwanted and unsightly items. Two large roll-off dumpsters will be located at 6th and Frisco Avenue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday. Those dumpsters will be picked up each afternoon and replaced the next morning. Four roll-off dumpsters will be available at the city's public works headquarters and will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday. The dumpsters at both locations will also be available Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. For information follow Keep Chickasha Beautiful on Facebook.

 

Grady County Fair About to Begin

The 106th Grady County Fair opens later this week. Tonight, 12 young ladies will compete for the title of Fair Princess. A reception and interviews will get underway at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds followed by the talent show at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Last year's fair princess was A.J. Jenkins.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.18.

Natural gas is $3.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $23.41.

 

Obituaries

Faye Giles

A graveside service for Faye Giles, 70, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25th at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Sarah Ann Dotson

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

 

2021, Aug. 16th-21st

Saturday, August 21st

 

Ninnekah Students March in Support of Former Players

About 30 Ninnekah High School students walked out of class Friday to hold a demonstration to support the alleged victims of sexual assault they suffered from former coaches and to call for changes within the district. The students - supported by parents and other adults - called for the resignation or dismissal of Superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts. Both are named in a federal lawsuit filed against the district after former players came forward saying they were raped or molested when they were in school by coach Ronald Akins, who has been charged with rape and sexual battery. Parent Sandy Smyth, who has two children attending Ninnekah schools, said the march came about after Thursday night's decision by the board of education to allow Bunch and Pitts to remain on the job.

 

              

 

There are reports that some parents may be organizing a petition drive to re-call every member elected to the Ninnekah school board.

 

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Forms at Shannon Springs Park

Blue-green algae blooms have been found in the pond at Shannon Springs Park. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said officials discovered the toxic algae Friday and warned users to not go fishing or swim in the water or allow pets to swim in or drink the water at the park until further notice. Mosley said the splash pad at the park is safe to use since the water comes from the city’s distribution system and is chlorinated. He said the city’s drinking water is also OK as it comes from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir and is processed at the city's water treatment plant before being distributed. Mosley said city crews from public works, parks and recreation, community development, police, fire, and USW were assisted by the Grady County Fire Department and the county’s Emergency Management Agency to pump the affected water out of the Shannon Springs pond and into Congo Creek. Fire hydrants were flushed in neighborhoods along the creek in attempt to move the water through town and into the Washita River. Go to the RANCH News recorded link to hear an interview with Mayor Mosley.

 

Blanchard Bluegrass Festival Underway

It looks to be a great weekend for the Blanchard Bluegrass Festival. A number of groups have been invited by the Blanchard Parks and Rec Department including The Hunt Brothers, Clifftop Bluegrass, Southbound Mule, Pearl Grace and Company and others. The 11th annual festival opens at 11:00 o’clock this morning and runs until 10:00 p.m. Admission is free and be sure to take lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will on site.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland, the new commanders for the Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, are our guests on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today the guests are State Representative Brad Boles and State Senator Jessica Garvin. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Faye Giles

A graveside service for Faye Giles, 70, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25th at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Sarah Ann Dotson

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

 

Friday, August 20th

 

GMH Staff Urges Coronavirus Vaccinations

You've heard that the number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma is rising again especially the Delta variant. Grady Memorial Hospital administrators and staff issued a letter to the public asking those who have not yet been vaccinated to get their shot(s). The letter is signed by 30 hospital doctors and healthcare professionals. It states that most of the patients who are currently being treated at the hospital with the virus did not get vaccinated. It also indicates that if the influx of patients continues at its current pace they are worried that they won't have enough nurses, doctors, and supplies to take care of everyone. Hospital administrator Kean Spellman said unvaccinated people are going to get the virus and that we are not able to 'mask' or ‘social distance’ our way out of it. He said that there are a lot of people who don't want to get the vaccine because they are afraid there is something in it that's not safe. Spellman says that's total baloney. Individuals can get vaccinated at most pharmacies any day or at the Grady County Health Department on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

              

New Salvation Army Commanders Appointed

The new commanders of the local Salvation Army have hit the ground running. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland were assigned to the Grady and Caddo County region just a few weeks ago. They were able to host a two-week summer day camp/vacation bible school for children and Crystal said in a couple of weeks they will host an after-school program for kids.

 

              

 

The Salvation Army has opened a service center in Anadarko which is open a couple of days a month in a site provided by Bethel Baptist Church. The McFarlands have already helped a couple of local families that suffered losses due to fires. They are also making plans for the annual Angel Tree program and the red kettle drive coming up during the Christmas season.

 

Officials Hope to Save Apache Museum

An effort to rehabilitate a more than 100-year old historic Caddo County museum continues as officials worry that the building may collapse. The Apache Museum was built in 1901 and has been affected by extreme weather events over the last year. Officials say they need about $250,000 to make repairs. Rob Swanda is the president of the museum board. He tells the Lawton Constitution that the north wall of the building began to bulge out after last winter's freezing weather. The rocks that make up the wall can't just be pushed back into place. They have to be removed one-by-one and numbered in order to put them back exactly where they were. The museum board is working with an Altus engineering firm and a brick-and-masonry repair company out of Kansas. Immediate needs include stabilizing the wall with angle braces that are anchored to the sidewalk. Swanda said they are working with the Oklahoma Preservation Society and the National Parks Service to get funding for the project. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places but is not registered with the state of Oklahoma.

 

University of Science and Arts Pays Off Some Student Debt

Colleges and universities nationwide are using COVID relief funds to eliminate student debt. At the University of Science and Arts officials have been able to erase more than $770,000 owed by 383 students. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund went to current and former students who attended from the spring trimester of 2020 through the summer of 2021. A press release from the university said the funds were paid for debt that was owed directly to the institution rather than private loans owed to a lender or for federal student loans owed to the government. Science and Arts president John Feaver said the impacted students will be able to continue their education and focus on their studies.

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Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.45.

Natural gas is $3.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $23.13.

 

Obituaries

Peggy Jo Crutcher

A graveside service for Peggy Jo Crutcher, 86, of Duncan was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 20th at the Duncan Cemetery. Arrangements were with McRay Funeral Home.

Mitchell Johnson

Funeral service for Mitchell Johnson of Hobart and Oklahoma City, a U.S. Air Force veteran, will be at noon Saturday, August 21st at the St. Emanuel Baptist Church in Hobart. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, August 19th

 

Former Ninnekah Coach, Teacher Suspended from New Job

After Federal Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault of Players

Charles Yackeyonney, a former Ninnekah school teacher and coach named in a federal lawsuit against two school districts and several school officials, has been suspended from his newest job. Yackeyonney resigned from Ninnekah in June and was then hired by Lawton Public Schools to teach social studies at Lawton Eisenhower. He was hired before being named in a federal lawsuit alleging that he and other defendants did nothing to stop the sexual assault of female basketball players at Ninnekah. The Lawton Constitution cites the lawsuit as indicating Yackeyonney was grooming a player for a sexual relationship. The paper reported that one of the 12 Jane Does filing the lawsuit alleged that when she was working at restaurant he left her tips of $100 at least five times and tried to flirt and establish a relationship with her. A statement from Lawton Public Schools said the safety of their students is the district's number one priority and that Yackeyonney has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

 

Federal Agency Investigates Chickasha Pet Food Plant

A pet food manufacturer in Chickasha is under a federal investigation over allegations that toxic food made at the plant killed or sickened hundreds of pets across the country. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been looking into the work of Midwestern Pet Foods since the first of the year. Recalls of some of the foods made at the plant started last December after numerous animals became sick and/or died due to aflatoxins which is a mold fungus that forms in grain like corn and wheat used to make pet food. While a small level of aflatoxins are allowed the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture reported that some of Midwestern’s products had extremely high levels. Media reports indicate that state ag officials found errors in how the incoming corn was tested. The plant closed briefly after the re-call but has re-opened after state ag officials indicated the company was meeting requirements but authorities say they will monitor the situation to make sure the firm is following procedures they agreed to. The FDA investigation is continuing and the company could face more penalties.

 

Interviews set for Chix City Manager Finalists

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley tells KOOL/RANCH News that the city council will soon interview four finalists for the vacant city manager post. Mosley said a special city council meeting will be held all day Saturday, Aug. 28th for interviews. The finalists and their spouses will spend the weekend in Chickasha with the city council going behind closed doors for formal interviews with the candidates. Mosley has been the acting city manager since January following the resignation of previous city manager John Noblitt who has since been named city manager in Sanger, Texas.

 

Rock Island Ride Returns for 5th Year

The first weekend in October is about six weeks away and officials are finalizing plans for all the activities that will be held in Chickasha that weekend The Rock Island Arts Festival is the headline event but one of the other main attractions is the Rock Island Ride - a bicycle ride throughout the city and the region. Johnny Trammell is among the organizers for the ride which will include routes for serious riders.

 

              

 

There were more than 300 riders last year. Families can sign up to take part in a 10-mile ride that is all inside the Chickasha city limits. Trammell said cyclists like the Rock island Ride because there is a lot to do when they finish their route. In addition to the arts festival, the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship will be going on with at least 35 current entries. The arts festival is Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 1st through 3rd and The Rock Island Ride and the food truck championship are both on Saturday, the 2nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.23.

Natural gas is $3.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $23.37.

 

Obituary

Rolland Webb

Funeral service for Rolland Webb, 84, of Chickasha is pending with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, August 18th

 

Minco School Super Address COVID Issues

At Minco Public Schools, Superintendent Kevin Sims says the number of COVID cases is on the rise. Simms posted on his Facebook page that they are not in a panic mode but are monitoring the situation closely. He said that they are quarantining those who have the virus and their siblings and that parents may quarantine their children if they wish. Simms said while masks are not required he is recommending that students wear masks if parents want them to. He said the district is sanitizing and cleaning buildings daily. He said the district will be transparent and open about what they have to do to mitigate the virus as the numbers increase.

 

Chickasha to Get New Fire Engine

The City of Chickasha will be getting a new fire engine. The city council on Monday approved the purchase of a 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine at a cost not to exceed $485,000. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said it’s a demonstrator model that only has about 4,000 miles on it. Samaniego favored a brand new Sutphen engine which would have cost a little more but that the department needs a new engine sooner rather than later. He said the Pierce engine could be delivered as early as this week while a Sutphen model that is currently being built might not be ready for another two to six months or longer.

 

              

 

The council voted unanimously to purchase the Pierce Enforcer and agreed to look at purchasing a Sutphen engine in the future. Samaniego said the new engine will be a traditional red fire engine and that any fire trucks he recommends in the future will also be red.

 

'Clean Up Chickasha' Campaign Info Released

We have the details today about the Clean Up Chickasha campaign that will be held next week. There will be two sites with the huge roll-off dumpsters that residents and businesses can use. There will be two dumpsters at 6th and Frisco Avenue where items can be taken during the day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They will be picked up at the end of the day and returned the next morning. Four of the roll-off dumpsters will be at the city's Public Works Headquarters north of the animal shelter. Those dumpsters will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Both sites will accept debris on Saturday, Aug. 28th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council told the city council this week that the effort is needed to give a good impression to individuals and businesses who may be thinking about re-locating here.

 

              

 

Items that cannot be placed in the dumpsters include hazardous materials, paint, oil, pesticides, tires, and batteries. Cowan said the EDC, Chamber of Commerce, and Waste Connections are working with the Department of Environmental Quality to offer a location in the future to take some of those items. For information about the Clean Up Chickasha campaign follow Keep Chickasha Beautiful on Facebook.

 

Regional Students Earn American FFA Degree

A number of regional FFA students have earned the top award possible within the national organization. All are recipients of the American FFA degree which is earned by one in every 100 FFA students across the country. From Chickasha they are Marissa Cross, Rianne Tuthill, and Jay Grossnicklaus; from Ninnekah they are Jett Berry, Cammie Stehr, and Mariah Watson; from Verden, Kylee Tallent; From Rush Springs, Destiny Hall; from Union City they are Jamie Schieber and Jason Schieber; from Mt. View-Gotebo it’s Kate Jackson; and from Hydro-Eakly they are Raegan Klassen, Tayten Lierle, Dylan Propps, and Garrett Slagell.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.03.

Natural gas is $3.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,728 and silver is $23.77.

 

Obituaries

David Lewis

A graveside service for David Lewis, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 19th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Luiz Brown

Funeral service for Luiz Brown, 79, of Oklahoma City will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 21st at Divine Wisdom Worship City in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown- Thomas Funeral Home.

Dorothea Eldridge-Hutchinson

Funeral service for Dorothea Eldridge-Hutchinson, 63, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, August 17th

 

Woman Accused of Assaulting Her Mother

A Chickasha woman is accused pulling out her 71-year old mother's hair, hitting her in the forehead, and strangling her. Police were called to a home in the 1100 block of South 14th Street last Thursday to investigate a report of abuse. A police affidavit indicates a 15-year old boy in the home told police that his mother had been drinking and got into a fight with her boyfriend. After the fight, the woman attacked her mother who was sitting in a recliner. The mother only weighs 115 pounds and has multiple health issues and unable to defend herself. Authorities found a wad of the mother's hair in a trash can. Police arrested 42-year old Jennifer Ann Holden and prosecutors have charged her with a felony count of aggravated assault and battery. She remains in jail on a $30,000 bond.

 

Police Dep't Dispatch Center to get New AC

A new air conditioning system will be installed at the Chickasha Police Department's dispatch center. The dispatch center is in the basement of Fire Station No. 2. Police Chief Dee Rowell said the current system failed the last week of July and that it was 12-15 years old. During last night's city council meeting, Rowell submitted quotes from three contractors and recommended a bid from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning even though the bid was about $50 higher than the low bid. She said the DeHart bid included a 10-year parts warranty. But City Councilman Clark Van Dyck, who owns a heat and air company, questioned the statement about the warranty and recommended the bid be awarded to another local company.

 

              

 

Van Dyck made a motion to approve the bid from Drennan Heat and Air which was approved by a 7-1 vote. Councilman David Sikes voted against the motion.

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign Set

The City of Chickasha will be having another clean-up campaign next week. Jim Cowan with the city's Economic Development Council discussed the plan during last night's city council meeting.

 

              

 

The EDC and the Chamber of Commerce are working with Waste Connections to coordinate the effort. Cowan said workers picked up more than 58 tons of waste in the spring campaign. Cowan said that effort was a little bumpy but they will be doing things a little differently like picking up the big roll-off dumpsters every night and dropping off new ones in the morning. More details of the plan will be released later this week.

 

Vacant Home Goes Up in Flames

A vacant Chickasha home was destroyed by fire over the weekend. Crews were called to the blaze at the one-story, wood frame home near 11th Street and Oregon Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and crews spent about two hours dousing the flames. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said they were called back before dawn Monday when it appeared the fire re-kindled. Samaniego said the fire started in the kitchen and that the cause is under investigation.

 

Obituaries

James Meli, III

Funeral service for James Meli, III of Chickasha and formerly of Blair will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 18th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lone Wolf. Arrangements are with Peoples Funeral Home in Lone Wolf. Meli was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Bob Ramage, Jr.

A wake service for Bob Ramage, Jr., 67, of Cement will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19th at Holy Name Catholic Church with a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 20th at the church. Burial will be in the Ft. Sill National Cemetery on Monday, August 23rd. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Ramage spent more than 21 years in the Air Force.

 

Monday, August 16th

 

Federal Lawsuit Filed in Connection with

Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Players

Two Grady County school districts, several school administrators, and even the Grady County sheriff's office are targets of a federal lawsuit filed in connection with allegations of a high school girls basketball coach accused of having inappropriate relations with players. The Sunday Oklahoman reports that 12 women say they reported the sexual assaults but nothing was ever done about it. The suit alleges a “systemic failure by school staff and administrators to report or investigate the allegations”. One alleged victim reported the coaches' behavior to the sheriff's office back in 2015 but the investigation went nowhere. 54-year old Ron Akins, who coached at both Ninnekah and Friend schools, was arrested in June and charged with rape and sexual assault.  Both schools have been named in that lawsuit. Since Akins arrest, the women - named Jane Doe 1-12 - have come forward to provide additional information implicating Akins of inappropriate contact with them. The newspaper reported that Cameron Spaulding, an attorney representing the women, called for the OSBI to lead a sweeping investigation, saying “we can't trust local law enforcement to protect those kids at this school”. The State  Department of Education is aware of the accusations and the Oklahoman reported that Ninnekah's standing as a school district could be at risk.

 

Chickasha Water, Sewer Line Relocations for

Hwy 81 Bypass Expected to Exceed $1 Million

It's expected that the relocation of Chickasha's water and sewer lines due to the Highway 81 Bypass of the city will surpass $1 million. The Chickasha City Council is expected to approve going out for bids for the projects when the council meets this evening. The engineering for the work has already been completed. The anticipated cost to relocate the water lines is nearly $900,000 while the expected cost to move the sewer lines is nearly $250,000. The council is also expected to approve spending nearly $500,000 for a new fire engine. In background information to the council from Fire Chief Tony Samaniego, he said Engine 3 was involved in a traffic accident during the 4th of July weekend. The council declared an emergency earlier this month and officials say they've researched options for a new engine to be delivered within 45 to 60 days of the purchase agreement. Samaniego is recommending the purchase of a 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine at a cost not to exceed $485,000. In other action, the council is expected to approve a coronavirus response grant of $13,000 for the airport. The group is also expected to select a company to install new air conditioning for the communications area of the police department in the basement of Fire Station No. 2. Officials are recommending a more than $10,000 bid from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning for that project even though it's $50 higher than the low bid. Officials say the Dehart bid includes 10-year warranty on parts. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Mask Mandate Returns for City of Anadarko Today

The City of Anadarko is returning to mask mandates today. Officials say due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in Anadarko and Caddo County individuals will have to wear masks while visiting any city-operated building. That includes city hall, the police and fire stations, the library and city operated museums.

 

FFA Programs Awarded STEM Grants

A couple of regional FFA programs will benefit from STEM grants from the non-profit foundation of a local utility. Alex and Apache schools will receive a share of more than $38,000 in grants from The American Electric Power Foundation. American Electric Power (AEP) is the parent company of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Grants between $1,000 and $2,500 were awarded to more than a dozen FFA programs. Priorities were given to programs which benefit more than one chapter and that are sustainable over several years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.59.

Natural gas is $3.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,778 and silver is $23.53.

2021, Aug. 9th-14th

Saturday, August 14th

 

The Imaginaries to Kick-Off Nationwide Album Tour

The Imaginaries - Grady County's up-and-coming musical duo of Shane Henry and Maggie McLure - will be kick off a nationwide tour to promote their self-titled debut album soon. And the tour will include a stop in Chickasha. There are 11 dates scheduled between Aug. 20th and November 5th. The first stop on the tour will be at Maggie's Music Box in Jenks. The Chickasha stop will be at the Rock Island Grill on Saturday, Sept. 18th. They also have stops in Dallas, Arizona, and Los Angeles before returning to the Sooner State to play at VZD's in Oklahoma City. The tour will wrap up at a Songwriters Festival in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in November.

              

Watermelon Festival Underway

The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival is getting underway this morning. There have been a few showers which should make conditions a little damp for the 5K and 10K runs that are just getting underway, but the temperature is just right for the morning run. This is the 76th year for the festival which was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. Opening ceremonies will get underway at 9 o'clock. There is a carnival, over 100 arts and crafts vendors and food booths, live entertainment, a tiny tots contest, and the biggest and best watermelons will be on display in the watermelon exhibit barn. Did we mention there's a seed spitting contest? They'll be serving watermelon for $3 a wedge until 4 o'clock and then it’s free! There's free admission to the festival and visitors are encouraged to park at the high school football field and ride a shuttle to the park.

 

Friday, August 13th

 

Suspect Arrested in Connection with Illegal Grow Facility Posts Bond

We have an update to a story we reported earlier this week, about the man arrested in connection with that illegal marijuana growing operation in Rush Springs. Guang Si Li is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond after being formally charged with drug trafficking and weapons charges in connection with the investigation. He's to announce his attorney later this month with his next court appearance to be Sept. 8th at a preliminary hearing conference. On-line court records indicate that the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation have also filed a seizure and intended forfeiture notice against Li and six other defendants who list home towns in New York, Georgia, and Florida.

 

Chickasha Man Faces Felony in Connection with Domestic Violence Case

A Chickasha man is behind bars accused of strangling his girlfriend. 31-year old Brian Thomas Doro was arrested by Chickasha police earlier this week. Officers were called to the 1000 block of South 8th Street to investigate a domestic violence report. A probable cause affidavit filed by officers indicates Doro and the woman had been fighting for a couple of days. The victim had numerous bruises over her entire body. Witnesses said Doro had gone out the back door of the home and police found him hiding in a garage where he initially said they would have to kill him. Authorities were able to talk him out and arrested him without incident. Doro has been formally charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney on Aug. 26th with a preliminary hearing conference on Sept. 8th.

 

Donors to Pay for Repairs to Damaged Football Field

Chickasha school officials and police are still looking for the vandals who drove on to the high school football field and caused thousands of dollars in damage last Sunday night. In the meantime, some local individuals say they will foot the bill for the costs of repairing the field. Ashley Rayburn with the football team's booster club posted on her Facebook page that a couple of un-named individuals offered to pay the estimated $4,000 needed to fix the field.

 

1st National Bank Opens New Tuttle Branch

In Tuttle, First National Bank and Trust is holding a grand opening for a new building today. First National President and CEO John Gorten said they had outgrown their previous location.

 

              

 

The bank acquired numerous photographs of the history of Tuttle by meeting with members of the Tuttle and Grady County historical societies and even the Oklahoma Historical Society to obtain more than 100 photos that document the history of the community.

 

City of Anadarko to Re-instate Mask Mandate

The City of Anadarko will be re-instating mask mandates for all city-owned buildings. The announcement was made Thursday on the city's Facebook page. The post indicates that masks will be required when visiting city hall, the library, the police or fire departments, and any city-operated museum or building. The post indicates that it is due to the developing trend of increasing coronavirus infections in the city and Caddo County. The mandate will go into effect Monday, Aug. 16th.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. John Gorten and Randy Talley with the First National Bank will be on our KOOL Konversation to talk about the grand opening of the bank’s new Tuttle branch. On Real Estate today, our guest is Mike Ross, athletic director for the University of Science and Arts. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.31.

Natural gas is $3.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,759 and silver is $23.27.

 

 

Thursday, August 12th

 

Students Return to Classrooms Today

Summer vacations are over for many students. Today is the first day of classes for Chickasha, Anadarko and a lot of other area schools. The Chickasha school board this week adopted Superintendent Rick Croslin's Continuity of Services plan. It includes daily wellness screenings at each school where families and staff members are to screen children for fever and/or other COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are optional for students and staff. Current CDC guidelines recommend three-feet of social distancing in classrooms. Visitors are welcome at all school sites but could have limited access depending on current conditions. Quarantines will not be required for students or staff who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. If conditions change school officials will reconsider quarantines.

 

Vandals Damage Chickasha High School Football Field

Chickasha school officials are outraged about vandalism that occurred at the high school football field last weekend. Someone drove a vehicle onto the field and spun about a dozen donuts into the grass playing surface causing an estimated $4,000 in damage.  Croslin said crews spent most of Sunday preparing the field but a gate to the field that is normally locked but was not locked that night. In addition to the damage, a 24-pack of beer as well as empty beer cans were scattered around the field. Chickasha police are investigating and are working some leads. A reward is being offered to find the culprits. Officials say the field is expected to be repaired in time for the start of the season, which is in two weeks. Anyone with information about the vandalism can call the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers hot-line at 405-224-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip on the groups Facebook page.

 

Area Highway Maintenance Projects Approved

A few highway maintenance projects in the region were approved by the state transportation commission this week. In Grady County, a proposal to resurface about 4 1/2 miles of State Highway 4 from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike north to Bridge Creek is a nearly $1.3 million project which was awarded to Haskell Lemon Construction of Oklahoma City. In Caddo County, a project to re-surface about six miles of U.S. Highway 62 from the State Highway 9 junction to Anadarko was approved. That is a nearly $1.4 million project that was awarded to T and G Construction of Lawton. In Stephens County, a right-of-way clearance along a 5 1/2 mile stretch of State Highway 29 west of the border with Garvin County was awarded to M and M Wrecking of Blanchard at a cost of about $52,000.

 

State Regents Recognize Partnership

with Science and Arts, Local Contractor

A partnership between the University of Science and Arts and a local contractor gets recognition from the State Regents for Higher Education. The partnership with RCE General Contractors, owned and operated by Tony Tuthill, received the regents Business Partner Excellence Award. Tuthill has teamed with the university on a number of projects in recent years and is currently involved in a number of construction and rehabilitation work. Tuthill is also developing a broad-based internship for students interested in construction and small-business management providing students with hands-on experience in plumbing, electrical, construction, and other aspects of running a small business.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.25 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.44.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,754 and silver is $23.41.

 

Obituary

Marilyn ‘Gay’ Young

Funeral service for Gay Young, 61, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 13th at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Baptist Church.

 

Wednesday, August 11th

 

Missing Anadarko Woman's Truck Found;

Officials Work to Identify Body Found Nearby

The pickup of a missing Anadarko woman has been found and the state medical examiner is working to identify a body found nearby. 55-year old Dawn Sherill went missing three weeks ago today. She had just had brain surgery a couple of days before her disappearance on July 21st when she left her Anadarko home in her boyfriend's pickup. Caddo County authorities issued a Silver Alert to help find her. The pickup was found in the Fletcher area about 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. Sherrill's son Dylan and other family members and friends held a massive search a couple of weeks ago. They followed up on some tips that she may have been seen in the Weatherford and Clinton area but those did not pan out.

 

Rush Springs' Illegal Grow House Suspect Charged

One of the men arrested in connection with the illegal marijuana growing operation found in Rush Springs has been formally charged with drug trafficking. 59-year old Guang Si Li was taken into custody earlier this week. A warrant for his arrest was issued July 30th. Li is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The State Bureau of Narcotics, Grady County Sheriff's deputies and numerous other law enforcement agencies raided the grow facility back in June. Li has not yet had his initial appearance on the charges. Authorities destroyed more than 17,000 plants and about 80 pounds of finished marijuana product found at the facility.

 

Chickasha Man Charged with Drug Trafficking

A Chickasha man is also facing drug trafficking charges in an unrelated case. 58-year old Robert Earl Givens was taken into custody this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest following a traffic stop by Grady County deputies on July 20th. It's not the first time Givens has been in trouble for trafficking. He was on probation for a 2010 conviction for the same offense. At his initial appearance in Grady County District Court on the new charge this week, a judge set Givens bond at $125,000. Prosecutors have also set a revocation hearing on Givens probation for the 2010 sentence. Givens is to announce his attorney August 19th and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Aug. 27th.

 

Grady County OHCE Wins Big at State Meeting

It was a big day for Grady Oklahoma Home Community and Education (OHCE) groups at the state OHCE annual meeting. Several county groups and individuals received some top awards. Members of the Rural Neighbors OHCE noted for their work included Jyme Tiner, who was presented the Heart of OHCE Award; Mary Parrish was named Rookie of the Year; and Joyce Stockton won first place for her Family Committee report on activities that took place during OHCE Week. Grady County took third place for Madaline's Special award; and the county organization was second in the Southwest District for producing 2,000 COVID-19 masks. The Ninnekah and Spring Creek OHCE groups were recognized for their Centennial anniversaries. Pat King from Spring Creek was recognized for 50 years of service.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.63.

Natural gas is $4.09 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,735 and silver is $23.32.

 

Obituaries

Marilyn Herndon

A memorial service for Marilyn Herndon, 77, of Minco, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 14th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Chickasha. She worked at the Grady County courthouse in the county clerk’s office and later worked for more than 20 years as the officer manager for the county commissioners. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Vivian Dixon-Martin

A graveside service for Vivian Dixon-Martin, 83, of Oklahoma City will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 13th at Riverside Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home of Chickasha.

Mitchell Johnson

Funeral service for Mitchell Johnson, 69, of Oklahomama City is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, August 10th

 

Consumer Spending Erratic for the First Half of 2021

Consumer spending throughout Grady County has had its ups and downs in the first half of 2021. There's been no clear trend in either direction. For the month of May consumer spending was estimated at $61.3 million - which is down about 15 percent from April but up about 26 percent compared to May of last year. Grady County received about $460,000 in sales tax revenue from that retail business. Here's the breakdown of where that money is allocated all of which were approved by Grady County voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $153,000; Grady Memorial Hospital collected $136,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $77,000 so each one received $11,000; The 20 fire districts including municipal departments shared $77,000 so each collected $3,800; Tuttle EMS received $14,000; and Rush Springs EMS obtained $3,500.

 

Chickasha School Employees Welcomed Back

Teachers and support employees for Chickasha Public Schools were given an enthusiastic welcome back to the district yesterday. All those attending the convocation were met by a lively group of cheerleaders and pom squad members cheering as the employees walked through a spirit line. A competitive cheer contest was won by Chickasha High School teachers in a cheer-off with Grand Avenue School teachers. Last year's District Teacher of the Year Jennifer Phillips told the group that collectively they met the challenges of COVID head-on last year and that everyone should use that as motivation to make the coming year better for students and each other-

 

              

 

Superintendent Rick Croslin said the district is ready to face any challenge head on and that this past June the district settled the last of several lawsuits filed against Chickasha schools in recent years. He also said the district has had its best audits in a long time. Two employees were recognized for their 40-plus years with the district - high school administrative assistant Elaine Murray and bus driver Louise Plummer. Chickasha students return to the classroom on Thursday.

 

Senator Lankford Blocks ICE Proposal

to House Illegal Migrants in Caddo County              

A proposal from the Biden administration to house migrants at a former private prison in Caddo County has been shot down. The website OK Energy Today reports that Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford blocked a plan from the immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office from opening a ‘surge overflow temporary facility’ at the former Great Plains Correctional Center at Hinton. It would have been used to process migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and then release them into Western Oklahoma. 24-hours after Lankford spoke on the Senate floor and contacted the Department of Homeland Security Leadership directly with his objection, the agency announced it would not transfer illegal immigrants to Hinton. Lankford said that Oklahomans are concerned with what has been happening at the border in recent months and that they did not want an ICE facility designed to process and release undocumented individuals. Lankford said President Biden should spend more time focusing on how to stop the record number of illegal crossings rather than developing new places to release individuals after they have illegally entered the country.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.48 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.04.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $23.40.

 

Obituary

James Hall Jr.

Funeral service for James Hall, Jr. 65, of Pocasset will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 13th morning at Sonrise Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, August 9th

 

Chickasha Schools Prepare for Day 1

Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin says the district is making final preparations for the school year as students return to class this Thursday. New teachers reported last week and all teachers  return today for three days of in-service training before school starts. Croslin said the district will have in-person learning but that there is a virtual learning option still available.

 

              

 

Croslin said there are only about 10 virtual students at this point. The superintendent said masks are optional for students and staff as the nation battles the new strain of COVID-19. Chickasha school staff will meet in a celebration of a return to classes this morning with the high school band, cheerleaders, and pom squads performing, and students will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Last year's district teacher of the year Jennifer Phillips is the speaker. By the way, all Chickasha school sites will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today as everyone attends this morning's event. Chickasha high school seniors will be able to pick up their schedules between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. this afternoon at the high school. Freshman orientation is tomorrow from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting at the high school activity center with meetings for parents at either 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. and freshmen students are urged to attend.

 

Ward 4 Chickasha Residents Meet Tonight

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 4 can meet with their city council representatives and other city officials tonight. City hall officials hold these informal sessions with residents in each of the city's four wards each year. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall. Meetings for the city's other three wards were held earlier this year.

 

Leadership Chickasha Program Starts in September

The next Leadership Chickasha program will be getting underway Sept. 9th. The chamber of commerce-based program meets one day per month over a seven-month period. Those attending learn a lot about the community, themselves, and each other. Paul Lewis has helped to coordinate the annual program for several years. He says the first session is among his favorites.

 

              

 

This is the final week that the chamber is accepting applications for the program. Contact the chamber for more information.

 

Salvation Army Fan Drive Successful

A Chickasha business is thanking the community for its support of a Salvation Army project. Todd Morris and his staff at Todd's Tire and Auto held a fan drive in June and July asking residents to donate fans or contributions to purchase fans. The effort came through with more than 50 fans and more than $1,000 to purchase additional fans. The fans and contributions were given to the Salvation Army to distribute to needy families in the Grady and Caddo county region.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.70.

Natural gas is $4.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,744 and silver is $23.87.

 

2021, Aug. 2nd-7th

Saturday, Aug. 7th

 

Drilling Increases in the Region

We're seeing an increase in drilling for oil and gas in the South Central Oil Province (SCOOP) region. Marathon Oil has received permits to drill five wells on a single pad near Alex. They are all called the Gretzky wells and are in Section 11 of Township 4 North and Range Six West which is about three miles south of Alex.

 

Scam Artists Put New Spins on Old Plans to Get Your Money

Oklahomans need to be aware of some new versions of popular scams looking to take their hard-earned money. One that has been around for a while is an e-mail or fax indicating that a prince in a foreign country has died and ask potential victims to send some money and in return receive a fortune. Now, scammers are sending the notices through direct mail which look like a subpoena or other official document telling individuals they need to show up as part of a grand jury - and if you don't show up - you have to pay a fine or go to jail. There's another scam where individuals get a phone call from a loved-one saying they've been kidnapped in Mexico and a ransom needs to be paid. The potential victim is told to wire money and their loved one will be released. Individuals who experience these or similar con games should ignore the requests then contact local law enforcement and provide as much information as they can.

 

ODOT Seeks Input on U.S. Highway 277 Project

The state department of transportation is seeking public input about a proposed project to improve U.S. Highway 277 in Elgin. Officials are considering upgrading the section of the highway between the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and State Highway 17. The area in question is a two-lane highway with heavy left-turning traffic and there are drainage issues and a lack of pedestrian access. Proposed improvements include the construction of a center turn lane, curbs and gutters, and sidewalks. ODOT is holding a virtual open house on the project through August 17th. The presentation is web-based only and no in-person meetings will be held. The presentation can be viewed on ODOT's website. Individuals without Internet access can call the state office in Oklahoma City.

 

Science and Arts Prof Part of Archaeological Dig

An associate professor at the University of Science and Arts is spending part of her summer at an archaeological dig in Israel. Dr. Rachel Jones was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to join the effort held at an area many say preserves some of the earliest traces of humans. Jones will use techniques combined with the team's data that hope to answer questions about how early humans impacted the development of eco-systems. A media release from Science and Arts says Jones will be able to use her experiences to enhance her classroom instruction and create future courses that will focus on anthropology and archaeology as well as develop outreach for regional schools. She hopes to raise awareness of quality research projects which can be done at smaller universities.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dr. Rory Troub, a new chiropractor at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Five Oaks Medical group, is this week’s guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today, this week's guests are Paul Lewis, Mary Ann Burrus, and Cassandra Ersland with the Leadership Chickasha program, which gets underway next month. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Viola Pippins

Funeral service for Viola Pippins, 90, of Tuttle will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 9th at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Friday, August 6th

 

Former Police Chief Faces Misdemeanor Charges

The former police chief at Cyril is accused of misdemeanor crimes. Alvin Pickens, III has been charged with one count of knowingly concealing stolen property and two counts of petty larceny. On-line court records indicate an arrest warrant for Pickens was issued last Thursday, July 29th and he turned himself in earlier this week. Pickens posted bond a $2,500 bond and his case has been placed on the October 28th disposition docket in Caddo County District Court. KSWO-TV cites an OSBI report which indicates Pickens admitted taking a Blue Tooth speaker and some night goggles he confiscated in a couple of traffic stops. Pickens stepped down from his post in June and resigned last month.

 

COVID Hits Blanchard PD Hard; 9-1-1 Calls Being Transferred

In Blanchard, there's been an outbreak of COVID-19 within the police department's emergency dispatch services. A notice was posted on the department's Facebook page yesterday. The department's 9-1-1 system and phones will be temporarily rolled over to the McClain County Sheriff's Office regular dispatch telephone number in Purcell. Blanchard authorities still encourage residents to call 9-1-1 with emergencies. The front door of the police department will be locked in order that decontamination can take place.

 

Grady County 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.

 

All Chickasha School Employees to Return Monday

Students across the state are preparing to return to the classroom. A few Chickasha schools have held meet-and-greets this week and others will hold similar programs next week. Teachers and support staff will officially report on Monday, Aug. 9th with classes to begin next Thursday. A post on the Chickasha schools Facebook page indicates that all schools will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday as school employees gather for a back-to-school meeting. Sites will re-open at 1:00 p.m. High school seniors will be able to pick up their schedules Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Freshmen orientation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Middle School open house is Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Lincoln School’s open house is Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Pioneer School Hosts Enrollment, Open House Today

Pioneer School is having enrollment and an open house today. Both activities will run until 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Pioneer School also will have its first day of classes next Thursday, Aug. 12th.

 

Grady County Youth Nabs Top State Honor

A Grady County youth wins a top honor from a state organization. 11-year old Madilyn Norvell of Tuttle was named the All-Around Junior Cattleman of the Year at the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association annual awards luncheon this week. Members earn points for participating in contests like speech and sales; and placing in the Top 10 Triple Crown Heifers and Steers Shows and the top 10 of the steer feed-out contest. Madilyn has been showing cattle, pigs, and goats for several years. She also judges livestock, is involved in public speaking, and finds time to play basketball, tumble, and take piano lessons. She's even started her own cattle herd and plans to begin showing bred and owned heifers next year. She and her younger sister Saylor work together every day to help each other succeed with their livestock projects. Madilyn will be a 6th grader at Amber-Pocasset this year. She and Saylor are the daughters of Tyler and Beth Norvell.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.29.

Natural gas is $4.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,799 and silver is $25.09.

 

Thursday, August 5th

 

Public Hearing Set for Proposed Boat, RV Storage Regulations

The City of Chickasha’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week to get comments about boat and recreational vehicle storage requirements in all city zoning classifications. The topic is one of three public hearings scheduled during next Tuesday's meeting. Others are to get comments on the final plat for Red Bud Ridge, a gated community project for Shayla Crawford. The city council just approved a zoning change this week for the Red Bud Ridge project. The other public hearing is for a use-on-review permit for a community outreach center being proposed by Heidi Harrison who operates the non-profit group Heidi Helping the Homeless. Harrison wants to operate the center at 3rd and Minnesota Avenue. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 10th at city hall.

 

Grady County Fair to Have Full Schedule This Year

The Grady County Fair is just three weeks away. The fair is expected to return to its normal schedule after the pandemic forced officials to cut back on many events last year. The theme for the fair is County Nights and Carnival Lights and as the theme suggests there will be a carnival. A new carnival vendor will be at the fair. The Pride of Texas Carnival is based in Elm Mott which is not far from the Texas Motor Speedway. One of the newest attractions will be a tractor pull with the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. Fair officials are currently looking for fair princess candidates. Candidates need to be a high school student living in the county or attending a county public, private, or home school. The top candidates of the fair princess contest will win cash prizes. Applications are due next Monday and an orientation for the candidates will be Tuesday, Aug. 10th. The actual princess contest will be Monday, Aug. 23rd. The fair will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Aug. 26th through 28th. Applications for the fair princess contest and information about the fair is available on the website: www.gradycountyfairgrounds.com

 

Anadarko Schools Back-to-School Expo Tonight

Students who will be attending Anadarko Public Schools for the upcoming year are encouraged to take part in the 9th annual back-to-school expo and meet-and-greet tonight. Students can pick up class schedules and learn about school programs; there will be college, career tech, and career information; and community outreach services. Student-athletes can get free sports physicals and the first 80 students can get free haircuts. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks and drawings for door prizes. Anyone living in Caddo County who are 12 years old and older can stop by and get their COVID vaccination. Those who get their COVID shots and who have already been vaccinated can be entered into a drawing to win cash prizes that will be given away tomorrow morning. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to one person 18-and-over and two $500 prizes will be awarded to individuals in the 12-to-17 year old division. The expo and meet-and-greet is from 5 to 7 tonight at Anadarko's Warrior Fieldhouse.

 

Faith-Based Girls Youth Group Forming

A new faith-based leadership program for girls and young women will be getting underway soon. It's called The American Heritage Girls and has programs for children five through 18 years old. The program will be sponsored by Maranatha Baptist Church and there will be a kick-off meeting September 7th. A flyer for the program indicates it enables girls to grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, and enjoy outdoor experiences. For information, contact John Smith at 405-473-3968 and visit the national organization's website: www.americanheritagegirls.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.15.

London-based Brent crude is $70.38.

Natural gas climbs to $4.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $25.47.

 

Wednesday, August 4th

 

Domestic Violence Suspect Faces Several Charges

A man arrested for holding his family against their will at their Alex home heard formal charges against him in Grady County District Court yesterday. 31-year old Jeffery Waylon Gregory was arrested Sunday on more than 20 complaints but prosecutors have charged him with four felonies which include child abuse by injury, domestic assault resulting in bodily harm, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. At his initial appearance on the charges in Grady County district court Tuesday a judge set Gregory's bond at $250,000. He's to announce his attorney Aug. 26th and a preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for Sept. 8th.

 

Silver Alert Canceled for Missing Blanchard Woman

A Blanchard family is breathing a collective sigh of relief after a missing woman was found safe. Blanchard police issued a Silver Alert for 78-year old Shirley Pickard on Monday. Officials canceled the alert after she was located late Tuesday afternoon. Officials did not indicate where Pickard was found.

 

Search Continues for Missing Anadarko Woman

An Anadarko family continues their search for Dawn Sherrill. She's been missing for two weeks after undergoing surgery for brain cancer. The family held an extensive search last weekend but had no success. There were unconfirmed reports that she may have been seen in Weatherford and Clinton and family members were following up on those tips. Anyone with information about Sherrill is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office, Anadarko Police, or local law enforcement.

 

Beloved Chickasha Man Dies in Freak Accident

A beloved member of the Chickasha community died in a freak accident this week. Jay Spradlin was riding his motorized bicycle Monday morning when the motor froze and threw him to the pavement where he suffered a fatal head injury. Spradlin was 71 years old. Spradlin worked for nearly 40 years with a Chickasha grocery store first known as Dunn's Food Center, then Spencer’s and now Williams Grocery. He was also a longtime member of the Chickasha Optimist Club and an elder at the First Christian Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Jay is survived by his wife Carolyn, a daughter and son and their families. A visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 8th at the First Christian Church and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 9th at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Chix City Council to Review City Manager Candidates

As the search for a new Chickasha city manager continues the Chickasha City Council will have a special meeting tonight to review some of the applicants. The panel will go behind closed doors to discuss the resumes and qualifications of some of the candidates. The council may schedule some interviews with some of the candidates which would be held at a later date. The council will also have a brief open meeting to discuss declaring an emergency to waive competitive bidding and get quotes for a new fire truck. The council will also consider declaring a 2007 Ford F-150 truck as surplus. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Two New Officers Sworn In to Serve Chix Police Department

Two new police officers have been sworn in to serve with the Chickasha Police Department. Zebadiah Wilson and Zach Banker both took their oaths of office yesterday. Both are 27 years old. Wilson has been with the department for four years and has served with the Oklahoma National Guard for nearly 10 years. He recently completed a nearly year-long combat deployment to Afghanistan and he has a degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Banker also has a military background having served in the U.S. Army. He holds a degree in history from the University of Science and Arts. Banker will be attending the CLEET Academy later this month.

 

Anadarko Mayor Steps Down

In Anadarko, Mayor Kyle Eastwood is stepping down. Eastwood has spent the last six years at the helm of the city council there. According to a post on the city's Facebook page, Eastwood said he has to put the needs of his children ahead of his desire to serve. He said he has an opportunity to move closer to his parents and seek new opportunities for his kids. Eastwood said he promised change to the city and that he hopes and believes they've made improvements and restored financial order and accountability to the City of Anadarko.

 

Chix Schools Change Enrollment Location for New Students

Chickasha schools have changed the enrollment site for students who will be new to the district for the upcoming year. Officials announced yesterday that the new students now should enroll at the school the student will be attending. Enrollment for new students runs all this week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at each school. For information on which school students will attend - contact the administration office by calling 405-222-6500. Chickasha schools open next Thursday, August 12th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.41.

Natural gas is $4.02 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,816 and silver is $25.73.

 

Tuesday, August 3rd

 

Chix City Council OKs Firefighter Lawsuit Settlement

A lawsuit filed against the City of Chickasha by the Chickasha Firefighters Association is being settled out of court. The Chickasha City Council authorized a settlement following a seven-minute closed-door session during last night's city council meeting. Ward 2 Councilwoman Georgianne Hebblethwaite made the formal move to end the suit.

 

              

 

The suit had been in the court system for the last nine months after the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 filed suit against the city last December. In a statement posted on the firefighters’ Facebook page at that time the group said the city failed to repay the firefighters annual longevity pay they were owed under contract. We reached out to the firefighters association for comment but have not heard back from them yet. In a related issue, the council also approved a memorandum of understanding with the firefighters that addresses confidential employee matters pending the approval of a new collective bargaining agreement.

 

Re-Zoning Requests Approved, Other Council Action              

The council unanimously approved three re-zoning requests following public hearings last night. No one spoke against any of them. Two of the hearings were for the southeast corner of 29th and Grand Avenue where EP Leasing out of Norman asked to re-zone about 12 acres from residential to commercial use.  Part of the acreage will be commercial development and another section will be for 55 residential lots to be called Scissortail Crossing. The council also approved a rezoning request from Shelby Crawford to re-zone property near Pondridge Road to build some homes in a gated community to be called Redbud Ridge. The council also approved a $71,000 grant reimbursement to Gail Bush as recommended by the city's Economic Development Council. The re-imbursement was for the installation of a new elevator and some renovations in the Petroleum Building. The council also approved an 18-month extension of an economic development project by a group called Chickasha Today for work underway on a building near the Rock Island Railroad depot.

 

Alex Man Suspected in Brutal Domestic Violence Act

An Alex man is in custody facing more than 20 complaints in connection with a brutal domestic violence investigation. 31-year old Jeffery Gregory was arrested early Sunday morning after numerous law enforcement officials responded to a 9-1-1 call. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said an 11-year old boy had called to say he, his sister, and his mother were in trouble. Boggess said Gregory has a criminal past and describes some of the allegations against the suspect.

 

              

 

Gregory was arrested without incident. Boggess said the mother and children were taken to the hospital and that it appeared the woman had bruises on about 85 percent of her body. All were treated and released and the children were placed in DHS custody. Gregory could have his initial appearance on the complaints filed against him today.

 

Deputy OK After Crashing Car 

A Grady County deputy was injured when his cruiser crashed while responding to that domestic violence call in Alex. Undersheriff Boggess says Corey Loftice was heading east on Highway 19 Sunday morning when he swerved to miss some oilfield equipment that was in the middle of the highway. Loftice veered around the debris and ended up rolling his new sheriff's car. Loftice was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. The new car was totaled.

 

Silver Alert Issued for  Missing Blanchard Woman

A Silver Alert remains active for a Blanchard woman who went missing from her home. 78-year old Shirley Pickard was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Monday near North Main and Northeast 10th Street. Blanchard police say she has Alzheimer's and dementia and becomes disoriented. The only available description is that she is Caucasian with dark brown hair with some gray and she walks with a limp due to a bowed right leg. Anyone with information is asked to call Blanchard police or local law enforcement.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72. 89.

Natural gas is $3.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $25.52.

 

Obituary

John Carroll

Obituaries today include John Carroll, 79, of Chickasha. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 6th in the St. Thomas More University Parish Church in Norman. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Aug. 2nd

 

Public Hearings Set to Re-zone Several Chix Properties

Public hearings to re-zone about 12 acres of residential property to commercial use will be held by the Chickasha City Council tonight. E-P Leasing out of Norman is requesting the re-zoning at the southeast corner of 29th Street and Grand Avenue for a development to be called Scissortail Crossing. There are two public hearings for that property.  The council will also hold a public hearing to re-zone property to build a gated community along the south end of Pond Ridge Road. The request is from Shelby Crawford. The city’s Planning Commission is recommending that all the re-zoning requests be approved. The council will also present retirement watches to fire fighters Chris Calhoun and Randy Brown. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix Schools Schedule Open Houses, Meet-and-Greets

Many Oklahoma school districts will be opening their doors for the upcoming school year over the next couple of weeks. Chickasha schools will welcome students on Thursday, August 12th. For new students who will be in Chickasha schools, enrollment takes place all this week at the administration building at 9th Street and Choctaw Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on-line at the district website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us New students will needs their birth certificates, immunization records, Social Security cards, and proof of residency. Various meet-and-greets will be held over the next week. Tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 4th), Bill Wallace will hold its meet-and-greet for Pre-K students at 5:30 p.m.; 1st graders will be at 6:00 p.m.; and kindergarten students at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, August 5th, Grand Avenue Elementary will have its meet-and-greet from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Friday, August 6th, the middle school will have a schedule pick up from 1:00-3:00 p.m.; and an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lincoln School will also have a meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Aug. 10th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. At the high school, seniors pick up their schedules Monday August 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday is freshman orientation from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. - with parents meetings at either 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Sophomores and juniors can get their schedules on Wednesday, Aug. 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or  from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All the information is posted on the Chickasha school district website.

 

Chix Schools Foundation Names New Director

There is a changing of the guard at the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Gab Atwell has been named the foundation’s new executive director. She'll be taking over the post previously held by Jen Jantzen who has accepted a teaching position at Chickasha High School. Atwell previously worked at Arvest Bank and she has been serving on the board of directors for the Foundation. Among the projects for the foundation is providing all Chickasha school students with most of their classroom supplies for the entire year. Atwell says it’s a big help to families since school supplies typically cost about $100 per student  per year.

 

              

 

The only supplies not provided are back-packs and napping-mats for pre-K students. Teachers pick up the supplies they need and will distribute them to their students. The foundation is in its 35th year and is funded entirely by private contributions.

 

OBI Offers Free Pre-Diabetes Screenings

for Blood Donors for a Limited Time 

We see and hear a lot of information about diabetes and pre-diabetes these days. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be offering free A1C hemoglobin testing for all donors for a limited time. The test monitors average blood sugar levels and can help monitor diabetes risk. One in three adults has pre-diabetes. There are a number of upcoming blood drives in the region so you can go to the Oklahoma Blood Institute website to find one close to you to make an appointment: www.obi.org KOOL-RANCH radio stations and the YMCA are hosting a bedlam blood drive next Tuesday, Aug. 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call George Plummer at 405-224-1560 to schedule your appointment for that day. All donors will receive either an OU or OSU t-shirt.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.33.

Natural gas is $3.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,811 and silver is $25.52.

2021, July 26th-31st

Saturday, July 31st

 

Family Survives Early-morning Fire Set by Neighbor

Seven members of a Chickasha family escape serious injury after their neighbor set their mobile home and attacked them with a baseball bat. Firefighters and police were dispatched to the 800 block of Nevada Avenue just before 5:00 a.m. Friday. Mandi Ferrell tells KOOL-RANCH News that they were awakened by the smoke alarms. Ferrell and her family - including children who are 8, 3 and 1-year old - tried to get out of the home but she said her neighbor was on their porch swinging a baseball bat at them. Teddy Willis was one of the individuals inside the home and he fought the neighbor but was stabbed in the arm with a knife. Police were able to take the neighbor into custody and turned him over to the Lighthorse Police Department where he was taken to an Ada jail. Willis was taken to the hospital where he received six stitches and was released. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says the fire was intentionally set and estimated damage at $10,000. In the meantime, Ferrell's family has been able to find temporary housing thanks to their landlord. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing assistance and others have also reached out to help.

 

Cash Drawing Set for Anadarko Residents

Who Have Had COVID-19 Vaccinations

Anadarko residents who get their COVID 19 vaccinations could win up to $1,000 in a special drawing next week. The City of Anadarko, Anadarko Public Schools, the Caddo County Health Department, and Physician's Hospital are sponsoring the cash give-away. A total of $2,000 will be given away. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page indicates that a $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to one person in the 18-years and older category and two $500 cash awards will be awarded in the 12-17 year old age group. Individuals will have to show their vaccination card or get vaccinated by next Thursday, August 5th. Individuals can enter at Anadarko City Hall or at Warrior Fieldhouse during the back-to-school expo and meet-and-greet next Thursday evening. Winners will be announced live on the city's Facebook page at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6th.

 

Pastor Celebrates 50 Years in the Pulpit

There was a special celebration at a Chickasha church last night. Sister Alice Wendling at Full Gospel Church has been preaching for 50 years! Family, friends, and special guests took part in a special service which was followed by a reception to recognize her remarkable career. Sister Alice says she was active in church as a teenager and young adult and that it was her mother who encouraged her accept the challenge of being a pastor.

 

              

 

Wendling said at the time there weren't very many female pastors and was able to overcome the obstacles that came with that. Sister Alice spent more than 30 years doing prison ministry and ministered to inmates at the Grady County Jail for 34 years. She says she's not planning on retiring any time soon and will continue her work until health won't let her.

 

Craig's Walk for Special Olympics is Today

Supporters of Special Olympics will gather today for a virtual walk to Stillwater. Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer are hosting their 15th annual Craig's Walk. The event will be held at the Chickasha High School football field with participants joining efforts to walk a combined 125 miles - which is the distance from Chickasha to Boone-Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Stewart and Beth Ann traditionally make the actual walk to Stillwater in May but the effort has been canceled the last two years because of the pandemic. Craig's Walk is named in honor of their son who died in a plane crash. Craig was always helping his parents with their Special Olympics work even when he was in high school. Tim Brauer and First Look will be providing entertainment for Craig’s Walk.

 

Friday, July 30th

 

Chickasha Family Survives Fire, Assault

A Chickasha family escapes serious injury after their neighbor set their mobile home on fire and attacked them with a baseball bat. Chickasha police and fire were called out to the fire in the 800 block of Nevada Avenue just before 5:00 a.m. this morning. A suspect has been arrested. Listen for details later today on KOOL 105.5FM. The story will be updated here tomorrow.

 

Expanded Search for Missing Woman to be Held Today

Dozens of volunteers have joined the search for Dawn Sherrill, the Anadarko woman who went missing last week. Sherrill's brother-in-law, Larry Moffitt, tells KOOL-RANCH News that the Oklahoma City Metro Search and Rescue Team helped to coordinate the search. They will comb the area within a 50-mile radius of Sherrill's home. Volunteers meet at the Anadarko First Baptist Church this morning and will be appointed to teams of two people each - one being a driver and one being a looker. Teams will be assigned a four-square mile area in urban areas and a 25-square mile area in rural areas. Each team is asked to download a GPS tracking app and record the track during their search. In the meantime, Dawn Sherrill could be driving a red or maroon 2007 Ford-F150 pickup with a black tailgate and it may have a smoker in the back. Anyone who thinks they've seen Sherrill and/or the truck is asked to call 9-1-1 or local law enforcement.

              

Former Chix City Manager Finds New Job in Texas

Former Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt has been hired for the same position in North Texas. Noblitt began his new post this week in Sanger, Texas. A press release on the Sanger city website says the city council unanimously approved Noblitt for the post earlier this month. Noblitt resigned his post with the city of Chickasha in January. The Chickasha City council is still searching for a replacement. Mayor Chris Mosley is currently serving as acting city manager.

              

Fire Ants Continue Moving in to Oklahoma

Fire ants are marching into Oklahoma. 21 counties in the Sooner State are on a quarantine list put together by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The quarantine prevents producers from selling hay that has been lying directly on the ground in those counties. The counties are mostly in the southern part of the state but now include Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Jefferson counties. USDA officials say there are some exceptions. As long as the hay is cut baled without first being stored that it can be shipped and moved. Officials say there's no way to get rid of the fire ants but they can be managed. A bait laced with slow-acting insecticide that the ants will carry back to their nest can reduce the fire ant colonies.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Terry Banks and Zach Love with the state department of human services are on our KOOL Konversation discussing the need for foster families in Oklahoma. On Real Estate Today our guests are Jen Jantzen and Gab Atwell with the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.05.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,831 and silver is $25.58.

 

Thursday, July 29th

 

Manhunt Suspect in Custody

A suspect wanted for shooting at a Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Patrol officer, and who was the subject of a manhunt in Chickasha yesterday, is in custody. Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said the suspect was found in the small southeastern Stephens County town of Loco sometime last night. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) reports it all began when the Lighthorse officer tried to pull over a stolen pickup near Marlow. The pickup pulled into a convenience store parking lot at the Lawton-Duncan Y where three people got into a shootout with the officer. Two of the individuals were arrested but the third got away. Officials pinged the suspect's phone near Grady Memorial Hospital. Chickasha police, Grady County sheriff's deputies, the highway patrol, and the Lighthorse Police tactical team locked down the hospital and evacuated the high school nearby. The search was called off about 6:00 p.m. Sheriff McKinney said the suspect did have a gunshot injury from the shootout with the Lighthorse officer. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital but it wasn't clear how seriously he was wounded.

              

Amber Woman Dies in Multi-vehicle Crash

A multi-vehicle crash just south of Chickasha claims the life of a Grady County woman. 36-year old Samantha Gunnoe of Amber was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she died. Four vehicles were involved in pile-up that happened just south of U.S. Highway 81 and Country Club Road Wednesday morning about 9:00 a.m. The highway patrol reports that Gunnoe was eastbound in the cut-through of the highway and drove into the path of a southbound car. The collision sent Gunnoe's car into the northbound lanes where it was struck by an oncoming pick-up. Gunnoe's car then crossed the southbound lanes of traffic and hit a parked truck. One of the other drivers identified as 60-year old Don Melot of Shawnee was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. A third driver identified as 68-year old Carolyn McGruder of Chickasha was not hurt. The accident shut down the highway for several hours.

 

OSBI Describes Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

Here is an update to an OSBI investigation into that deadly officer-involved shooting in Chickasha Tuesday night. Agents say Chickasha police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a suicidal woman who had a gun. Officers found the woman and a man outside the home when they arrived. Officers tried to get the woman to put the gun down, but she ran into the home and fired multiple shots. At one point, the woman raised the gun and pointed it at officers, who fired their weapons. Later, officers saw the woman walking around inside the home and again she refused commands to put the gun down. Officers heard another gunshot and when the officers entered the house they found that the woman had died. No names have been released and OSBI says the officers names will not be released unless charges are filed by the district attorney. The medical examiner will determine how the woman died.

 

Back-to-School Programs Scheduled

Here are a couple of back-to-school programs for some area students. Anadarko Public Schools will have its back-to-school expo and meet-and-greet on Thursday, Aug. 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Warrior Fieldhouse. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks, free school supplies and books, free haircuts for the first 80 students, and they will have door prize giveaways. COVID vaccinations will be available for everyone 12 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must be with each student. Individuals must have their identification for the vaccinations. In Chickasha, Michigan Avenue Baptist Church will have a back-to-school bash and resource fair on Saturday, Aug. 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They will be giving away more than 250 backpacks, supplies, and personal care items. They will also provide free haircuts and clothing, and they will have a free lunch and sno-cones. The state health department will provide free COVID vaccinations for everyone 12 years of age and older and will also provide free sports physicals. All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.39 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.74.

Natural gas is $4.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $25.57.

 

Obituary

Dorothy Dixon

A graveside service for Dorothy Dixon, 82, of Oklahoma City will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, July 28th

 

OSBI Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been summoned to look into a deadly officer-involved shooting that took place in Chickasha last night. OSBI officials tell our partners at KWTV News 9 that agents were called out to the neighborhood of 12th and Tennessee Avenue between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It wasn't clear why police were sent to the area. Very little information has been released. OSBI has only reported that shots were fired, one person has died and officers were involved. The names of the individual who died and the police officers involved have not been released

 

Trooper Investigates Crash

State troopers were called out to a motor vehicle accident east of Ninnekah yesterday. The accident happened at State Highway 19 and CR 1420 which is also known as Dell Street. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and the intersection was shut down for about 90 minutes. No information was available about the crash.

 

Teens Critically Hurt in Accident

A car full of teenagers runs a stop sign and crashes into a pick-up - and two of the teens were critically injured. The accident happened north of Medicine Park about 10:00 p.m. Monday. The teens were all 15 to 17 years old and the 17-year old driver was from Fletcher. The OHP does not release the names of juveniles who are involved in accidents. The two critically-injured teens were air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital while the other two were taken by ground ambulance to a Lawton Hospital. None of the teens were wearing seat belts. The driver of the pick-up identified as 51-year old Denis Delcamp of Elgin was taken by a private vehicle to a Lawton hospital where he was treated and released. Delcamp was wearing his seat belt.

 

One Critical After Head-on Collision

A head-on crash between two pickups critically injured one driver near Elgin Monday morning. 52-year old Thomas Morse of Sterling was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital following the crash. He was pinned in the wreckage for about 30 minutes. The driver of the other truck identified as 49-year old Kayle Klinekole of Elgin was taken to a Lawton Hospital where she was treated and released. The trooper investigating the accident said Klinekole failed to yield to oncoming traffic while trying to turn on to State Highway 17. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

 

Report: Fuel Shortage Led to 'Rolling Blackouts'

Those rolling blackouts that took place when a polar vortex hit Oklahoma and Texas in February were mostly due to fuel shortages. The website OK Energy Today cites a report from the Missouri Independent that the shortage was mostly in natural gas. Officials with The Southwest Power Pool have spent the last few months reviewing reasons for the blackouts. It found that less than half of the power pool's 'accredited' natural gas-powered electricity was available at the height of the extremely cold weather.

 

Two Blood Drives Being Held Today

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is in Chickasha for a couple of blood drives today. One is at Around the Clock Home Care at 313 Chickasha Avenue which is from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The other is at the University of Science and Arts Ballroom which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed at either location.

 

Rock Island Arts Fest, Related Events to Return

One of the next big events in Chickasha is just a couple of months away. The city will host the 13th Rock Island Arts Festival the first weekend in October. The festival is three events rolled into one weekend. The Arts Festival is a three-day event, while Saturday brings the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour and the Oklahoma Food Truck competition. Word is there are already 35 food trucks that could take part with $10,000 in prize money to be paid out. For the arts festival, it is hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council and vendor spaces are still available. This Sunday, August 1st is the last day to purchase a space without a late fee. Applications and information about the festival is available on the festival’s website: www.rockislandartsfestival.org and you can also check out social media for info.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.58.

Natural gas is $3.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,804 and silver is $24.85.

 

Tuesday, July 27th

 

Missing Woman May Have Been Seen in Chickasha

The Caddo County Sheriff's Office continues following up on tips about 55-year old Dawn Sherrill who went missing from her rural Anadarko home last week. Sheriff Spencer Davis says one of those tips led authorities to a Chickasha fast food restaurant. Davis says they are working to get video surveillance from Taco Bell to determine if Sherrill may have been there. Davis said a tip that Sherrill may have been seen in Oklahoma City didn't pan out. Today is Day Six of the search for Sherrill who was recently diagnosed and had surgery for brain cancer. Her son said she may be confused or disoriented. Sherrill left her home in a 2007 red Ford F-150 pickup that had a black tailgate and a barbecue smoker in the bed. Anyone with information about Dawn Sherrill is asked to reach out to the Caddo County Sheriff's Office or local police.

              

Equipment Stolen from Chickasha Sports Complex

Thousands of dollars in equipment was stolen from the Chickasha sports complex last week. Kyle Marks, the city's Parks and Recreation Director says thieves managed to steal a UTV and a chain saw and that he's trying to determine of anything else is missing. Marks estimates the value of the stolen merchandise is anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. The break-in occurred about 4:00 a.m. Friday, July 23rd. Marks says the culprits worked pretty fast as they were in and out in just a matter of a few minutes. He said video surveillance inside the building shows two hooded individuals rolling a Gator out of the building. Marks said video cameras outside of the building weren't working. Chickasha police are investigating. Anyone with information about the break-in can call Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS and anonymous tips can also be sent to the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Open Transfer Coming to Oklahoma Public Schools

There are a lot of benefits for students who attend small school districts. Among them is that the student-to-teacher ratio is much lower which allows for additional one-on-one instruction. But a new state policy that will go into effect next year could change that. Alex School Superintendent Keith Weldon tells KOOL-RANCH News-

 

              

 

Weldon said Alex is fortunate to have one teacher and a teacher's assistant in every classroom.

 

Anadarko Town Hall Meeting Scheduled

A town hall meeting will be held in Anadarko next week to discuss a number of infrastructure projects proposed to improve areas like water and sewer services. A post on the city's Facebook page indicates residents will also be able to bring their ideas for improvements which city leaders may consider. The town hall meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the library. Also at Anadarko, city officials recognized long-time city employee Rodney Green for 30 years of service. Green, who is the supervisor of the city's electric department began his career as a meter reader in 1991.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.50.

Natural gas is $4.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,801 and silver is $25.22.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Pace, Jr.
A graveside service for Kenneth Pace, Jr., 61, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the SLO/RSH Foundation in Fargo, North Dakota.

 

Monday, July 26th

 

Storms Bring Heavy Rains, Power Outages

Midsummer thunderstorms dropped anywhere from a half- inch to an inch of rain throughout Grady and Caddo counties last night. One weather reporting service showed the rainfall rate in Chickasha was more than 3 1/2 inches per hour. There were also power outages with a number of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) customers in the west and southwest parts of Chickasha going dark last night.  PSO reports there are still a handful of outages this morning near the Nazarene Church and the Chickasha school's agriculture barns. There are also scattered outages throughout the region for some CK Energy and Rural Electric Cooperative customers.

 

Silver Alert Still Active for Missing Anadarko Woman

Authorities are continuing their search for Dawn Sherrill, the Anadarko woman who has been missing since last Wednesday. The Caddo County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for Sherrill, who was diagnosed with brain cancer just a few weeks ago. She had surgery to remove one mass and another was said to have been inoperable. Over the weekend, ground and air searches were conducted by family members, law enforcement, and pilots from the Chickasha Wings Flying School. She could be driving a red Ford F-150 pickup that had a smoker in the back. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff's Office or local law enforcement.

              

Cleveland County Silver Alert Canceled              

In a related story a Silver Alert issued for a missing Lexington woman over the weekend was canceled after she was located. 71-year old Shirley Coker was reported missing about 10:30 p.m. Saturday by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office. The alert was canceled early Sunday morning. There was no information available about where she may have been found.

 

Grady County Rancher Named 'Cattleman of the Year'

A Grady County rancher is honored for his long service to his trade. Harold Gillenwaters was named Cattleman of the Year at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association annual convention over the weekend. Harold and his wife Donna own and operate a ranch where they raise Angus cattle. The Gillenwaters have been active not only with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association but the Grady County Cattlemen's Association as well. Gillenwaters just completed a term on the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association executive committee where he served as the southwest district's vice president.

 

Verden Schools to Offer Shooting Sports, Fishing

Oklahoma school districts will be opening their classrooms in the next couple of weeks. At Verden, Superintendent Mickey Edwards said they are offering a number of non-traditional extra-curricular activities.

 

              

 

All the programs are offered through the State Department of Wildlife. The first day of classes for Verden Public Schools is Thursday, August 12th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.10.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $25.45.

 

Obituary

Donald Habener

Funeral service for Donald Habener, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, July 19th-24th

Saturday, July 24th

 

Search Continues for Missing Anadarko Woman

The search for a missing Anadarko woman is expanding. Today is day three of the search for 55-year old Dawn Sherrill. She was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and had surgery just a few weeks ago. She left her home in her boyfriend's pickup Wednesday night and hasn't been seen since. KFOR-TV reports that pilots from the Chickasha Wings Flying School were part of an air search yesterday. Pilot Brandon Albert said three pilots covered about 900 square miles over the region and they'll be out again today. Sherrill's son Dylan told KFOR that he's worried and is hoping that someone knows where she might be.

 

              

 

Dylan said his mother could be disoriented or confused after having brain surgery and she's supposed to go to the doctor Monday. Dylan says he has reached out to mail carriers, sanitation workers, and wind farmers to be on the lookout in rural areas and he's also reached out to Ft. Sill for help. Dawn Sherrill could be driving a 2007 red Ford F-150 pickup with a smoker in the back. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff's office or local  law enforcement.

 

Caddo County Livestock Killed; Reward Offered

Ranchers in Caddo County are reporting that their livestock are being killed and properties vandalized over the last few weeks. Many reports are from the Ft. Cobb and Broxton area. In addition, a new wind farm under construction in the region has also been victimized by theft and vandalism. Residents in the area are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. A post on the Caddo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page says tips can be submitted on the agency's website:

www.caddocountysheriff.com

 

City of Chix Seeks Code Enforcement Officer

The City of Chickasha is in search of a new Code Compliance Officer. Responsibilities include inspecting residential, commercial, and industrial properties in need of cleaning, clearing, alterations, or remodeling. The candidate will also enforce property maintenance codes, inspect structures for safety violations, and provide guidance to citizens on codes and general appearance questions. The officer also investigates citizen complaints to determine if there are health or safety hazards and nuisances. A complete job description and applications are available on the city's website: www.chickasha.org

 

Grady County Sheriff 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.

 

Obituary

Donald Habener

Funeral service for Donald Habener, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 23rd

 

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Anadarko Woman

The search continues for a missing Anadarko woman who recently had brain cancer surgery. The Caddo County Sheriff's Office has issued a Silver Alert for 55-year old Dawn Sherrill. She was last seen at her home south of Anadarko Wednesday night. Sherrill's son, Dylan, tells KFOR-TV that doctors found masses on his mother's brain just a few weeks ago.  One mass was removed and another was inoperable. Dylan said shortly after his mother's diagnosis, he took her car keys away because driving would be too dangerous. But Dawn left Wednesday night in her boyfriend's dark red, 2007 Ford F-150 pickup with Oklahoma tag number DLN-579. It has a smoker in the back and a black tailgate. Authorities say Dawn could be anywhere in the Anadarko, Carnegie, Apache, Fletcher, Elgin or Lawton area. Dawn Sherrill is Caucasian, with brown hair past her shoulders and wears glasses. She was last wearing tan Capri pants, and a smokey-gray scrub top that says Anadarko Vet - a top she wears at her work at a local veterinary clinic. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff’s office or local law enforcement.

 

Minco Man Wanted for Child Molestation

Caddo County authorities are looking for a Minco man alleged to have molested two young girls. An arrest warrant has been issued for 59-year old Warner Watt who is facing felony charges of lewd molestation. The Lawton Constitution cites Caddo County court documents indicating Watt told the children's parents that he was drunk on moonshine and got “handsy” with the girls who are 10- and 14-years old. Watt faces up to 25 years in prison on each felony lewd molestation count if convicted.

 

Chix Police Officer Commended for Life-Saving Skills

A Chickasha police officer is credited for her life-saving skills. According to a post on the Chickasha Police Department Facebook page, Officer Kristen Thomas was dispatched to a call about an unresponsive person on Sunday, July 11th.  Thomas began live-saving measures which included CPR. The post says that Thomas' quick thinking, calm demeanor, and decisive actions saved the life of the individual.

 

D'town Chix to Host 'Christmas Cool Down' and Block Party

The Leg Lamp has returned to downtown Chickasha to highlight the city's Christmas in July retail promotion. The 40-foot tall leg lamp received international attention last fall with mostly rave reviews about the iconic lamp featured in the holiday movie, The Christmas Story. The lamp is part of a Christmas Cool Down and Block Party that will be held downtown tomorrow night. It's a free event that will be held at the Rock Island Railroad Depot starting at 5:00 p.m. with kids activities which include inflatable slides, arts and crafts, and face painting and food trucks will be on hand. At 6:00 p.m. there will be free Jungle Ice Snow cones with the Summer Santa Snow Cone Social, and free photos with Summer Santa. A free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with Billy Davis and the Band of Brothers opening before the featured duo of Maggie McLure and Shane Henry, also known as The Imaginaries. A short fireworks show will follow the concert. Officials encourage those who plan on attending to bring lawn chairs.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Ahsha Morin with The Red Cord, southwest Oklahoma's anti-human trafficking group, will be on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today, guests are Verden School Superintendent Mickey Edwards and Alex School Superintendent Keith Weldon. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.79.

Natural gas is $4.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,801 and silver is $25.26.

 

Thursday, July 22nd

 

Arrests Made in Connection with Multi-County Crime Spree

A lengthy investigation by the Grady County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies has helped officials solve a multi-county crime spree. The crimes include identity theft, forgery, eluding, and porch piracy. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess issued a press release saying the investigation had been on-going for several months and credits the work of Deputy Stacy Carpenter. Carpenter worked with the Grady County Fugitive Task Force and officials from Moore, Del City, Midwest City, and Shawnee. The investigation led to arrest warrants being issued for Nicole Stowers of Del City and Michael Ramsey of Shawnee.  Authorities arrested Stowers last week while she attempted to elude police in Moore. Stowers is in the Grady County Jail pending a $100,000 bond and Ramsey is currently in the Pottawattamie County Jail. Both are also being held in connection with similar crimes in Canadian County.

 

The Red Cord Sets 'Stop (human) Trafficking' NOW Event

A southwest Oklahoma group is leading the battle against human trafficking.It's called The Red Cord, a non-profit group whose mission is to help victims trying to escape their captors and to educate law enforcement, first responders, and teachers to recognize warning signs of human trafficking. Ahsha Morin with The Red Cord says-

 

              

 

The Red Cord will hold its third annual Stop the Traffic Night of Worship, or, Stop the Traffic NOW program in Lawton next week. It is a free, family-friendly event with live music from local worship bands, face-painting, sno-cones and inflatable games for the kids. The event will be Friday, July 30th at Lawton's Elmer Thomas Park and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For information visit the website www.theredcord.org or see the Red Cord on Facebook or # Stop Human Trafficking

 

Protesters March on Kiowa Tribal Complex

A protest was held at the Kiowa Tribe Complex in Carnegie yesterday as members of the tribe’s executive and legislative branches disagree over the use of COVID-19 funds. A group estimated at between 100 and 150 people - including three trbial legislators - marched through Carnegie and to the Kiowa Complex, which was closed to the public. The Lawton Constitution reports that members of the legislative branch say that Chairman Matt Komalty is violating the tribe’s constitution under his plan to spend nearly $51 million in ARPA COVID-19 funds. Legislator Anita Johnson says the funds cannot be distributed without first being approved by a vote of tribal members. Komalty was out of town and not available for comment. The newspaper reported that a second protest is to be held in the near future at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Headquarters in Anadarko.

 

E-Sports, Skeet Shooting to be Offered at Chix High School

Students at Chickasha high school will have a couple of new extra-curricular activities to take part in during the upcoming school year. The board of education has approved E-Sports and clay-target shooting programs. E-Sports is a video-game competition that is growing in popularity among public schools, and a number of Oklahoma school districts already have organized teams. Chickasha will take part in The Western Oklahoma E-Sports League with competition to start this fall. Regarding the clay-target shooting program, the school district's resource officer, Deputy Mark Ingram with the Grady County Sheriff's Office will direct the program. It will be part of the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program and the Oklahoma State High School Clay Target League. The shooting sports season will begin after archery season ends.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.23.

Natural gas is $3.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,800 and silver is $25.13.

 

Wednesday, July 21st

 

Arrests Made After 125 mph Pursuit

A woman and a man were taken into custody following a high-speed chase through parts of two counties on Tuesday. The chase began in Mustang in the noon hour and ended just north of Chickasha about 1:15 p.m. Authorities say the pursuit began after a woman was accused of writing a bad check at a bank in Mustang. The pursuit went west out of Mustang and into Union City, then south on U.S. Highway 81 through Minco. Union City police, Grady County sheriff’s deputies, and state troopers were all part of the pursuit with speeds reaching 125 miles per hour. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 and helicopter pilot Jim Gardner had live coverage of the pursuit. The car veered into oncoming traffic several times forcing a number of cars and trucks off the highway. The pursuit came to an end just north of the Chickasha airport after authorities deployed stop sticks which disabled the vehicle. With guns drawn authorities removed a female driver and a male passenger without incident. The names of the two individuals were not immediately available.

 

Nathan McCalla Joins Chix Planning Commission 

A new member has been appointed to the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission. Nathan McCalla will serve the remaining months of an unexpired term on the panel which runs through June 30, 2022. Mayor Chris Mosley nominated McCalla to fill the vacancy left after Marilyn Feaver stepped down from the post. The city council unanimously approved McCalla's appointment this week.

 

Open Streets Program set for September

The city council also approved a request to hold an annual Open Streets program. Normally held in the spring, the event was canceled last year and this past spring due to the pandemic. The request came from the YMCA which has served as one of the main sponsors of the event for the previous three years. Open Streets is a family-friendly event designed to get people outdoors and encourage physical activity. The event will be held on Saturday, September 11th along Chickasha Avenue from the Rock Island Railroad Depot to 3rd Street. Individuals are encouraged to bring their bicycles, roller skates, and skateboards, and about two dozen vendors will be on hand. The event will run from about 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

Misty McClellan Joins American Red Cross Staff

The newest member of the American Red Cross that serves central and southwest Oklahoma is looking forward to her new duties. Misty McClellan was named the region’s executive director earlier this month. McClellan previously served as the director of alumni services at the University of Science and Arts. McClellan will be in many communities to discuss the work of the Red Cross.

 

              

 

She said many local volunteers deploy to national emergencies including disasters following hurricanes that occur this time of year.

 

Rep. Boles Appointed to Hydrogen Task Force

State Representative Brad Boles has been appointed to serve on a state task force. The Marlow Republican is serving on the Hydrogen Production, Transportation, and Infrastructure Task Force. Boles said the hydrogen industry has the potential to be a multi-billion dollar industry for the state, but right now there is not a lot of working knowledge of that sector. He said the task force wants to create a positive business atmosphere where Oklahoma can be a national leader in that area. He said it will allow lawmakers the chance to learn more about hydrogen and how it could be utilized to create new jobs and diversify the state's economy.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.35.

Natural gas is $3.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,305 and silver is $25.23.

 

Tuesday, July 20th

 

Home Invasion Suspect Shot by Homeowner

A man suspected of a home invasion is hospitalized after being shot by the homeowner, after authorities say the suspect broke in to confront his estranged wife. The break-in occurred before dawn on Saturday, July 10th at a home east of Chickasha near Cimarron Trailers. In a press release issued by the Grady County Sheriff's Office, authorities were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call to investigate a report that a man shot an intruder. Chickasha and Ninnekah police and Grady County sheriff's deputies all responded and an OSBI crime scene investigator was also summoned. Authorities reviewed video from a doorbell camera system that showed a man ring the doorbell and repeatedly tried to turn the knob on the door, which the homeowner said he had locked. The suspect broke the front door glass and reached through to unlock the door to get inside. A woman inside said she heard the glass breaking and told the unidentified home owner that someone had just broken in and the homeowner got a handgun from a nightstand drawer. The intruder forced a bedroom door open and the homeowner fired one shot and the suspect fell onto the hallway floor, and was held at gunpoint until authorities arrived. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess identified the suspect as Blake Hill who was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he is in serious condition this morning. Details of the investigation have been turned over to the district attorney's office and no formal charges have yet been filed.

 

Update on Grady County Courthouse 'Wet Well'

Now an update to a story we aired yesterday about work being done at the Grady County Courthouse that should prevent future issues of sewage back up in the building. Work crews are installing what amounts to a super-sized septic tank. The tank is 16 feet tall and four feet in diameter and will be buried on the west side of the courthouse. It will be made of concrete and will have a capacity of about 1,250 gallons of sewage. We initially reported that northbound traffic on 4th Street would be closed off, but emergency management director Dale Thompson said that likely won't happen. However, the breezeway area between the courthouse and the jail will be inaccessible. The “wet well’ as officials call it is similar to a lift station which will pump the sewage into the city's sewer lines. Officials will be also able use a septic tank service to remove the sewage. The $300,000 project is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

 

Waste Connections has New Bulk Pick-up Days in Chix

Chickasha residents now have new bulk pick-up days for large trash items they want to get rid of. Waste Connections, the city's private trash contractor, made the changes last month. For residents who have their trash picked up on Mondays, the bulk pick up is on the first and third Monday's of the month. For those who have trash service on Tuesday, the bulk pick up service is the first and third Wednesdays of the month. For customers whose normal trash pick-up day is Wednesday, the bulk service is the 2nd and 4th Mondays. And for customers with a Thursday service, bulk pick up is the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Calendars that show the new service days can be picked up at city hall. Waste Connections will pick up as much as two cubic yards of bulk items each day which can include appliances, furniture, and mattresses. They will pick up limbs but they must be cut, then tied and bundled in less than 4-foot lengths. They will not pick up hazardous materials, liquids, tires, batteries or paint. Call Waste Connections for info at 405-222-0109.

 

Chix City Council Revises Sidewalk Ordinance

to Allow for Crosswalk Murals Downtown

The Chickasha City Council has approved some changes to the city's sidewalk ordinance which clears the way to improve crosswalks in downtown Chickasha. The panel unanimously approved the change following a three minute public hearing during last night’s council meeting. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council was the only person who addressed the council during the hearing, saying the changes will help the city match similar codes in cities like Ardmore. Cowan hopes to take advantage of grants to paint murals in the city's downtown crosswalks which he says would trigger more economic development in the area. Cowan is hoping some of the work can be completed prior to the Rock Island Arts Festival and the State Food Truck Championships which will be held the first weekend in October.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.62.

Natural gas is $3.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,817 and silver is $25.22.

 

Monday, July 19th

 

Project Underway to Prevent Raw Sewage

from Backing Up into Grady County Courthouse

Grady County Commissioners recently approved a nearly $300,000 project they hope will put an end to the sewer back-up problems that caused the Grady County Courthouse to close for nearly two weeks. Commissioners approved a bid from H and H Plumbing and Utilities of Oklahoma City to install what is called a wet well, which will hold waste water from the courthouse before it is pumped into the city's sewer system. The project will include the installation of a grinder to break up debris into small particles which is expected to prevent the sewage from back-flowing into the courthouse. The wet well will be placed on the west side of the courthouse off of 4th Street so northbound traffic on 4th will be blocked off for about two weeks. Individuals needing to access the courthouse should use 3rd Street to get to the courthouse parking lot. Signage is expected help guide traffic in that direction.

 

Chix City Council to Consider Agreements

with Lawton and OU Police Departments

The Chickasha City Council will discuss a couple of agreements for the police department tonight. One is a memorandum of understanding with the Lawton Police Department regarding the use of Lawton's police academy. The other is a memorandum of understanding with the University of Oklahoma and the university's police department. The council will hold a public hearing regarding the revision of city ordinances as they pertain to decorative sidewalks, discuss some changes for the use of the city's sports complex by various leagues, and consider adopting an agreement with an E-Sports group called Mission Control to create a video gaming network. The panel will also go behind closed doors to discuss the status of negotiations with both the Chickasha Fraternal Order of Police and the Chickasha Firefighters Association, as well as memorandums of understanding with the two unions that address confidential employee matters. The group will also discuss the ongoing lawsuit filed against the city by the firefighters. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Heat and Air System Upgrades on Agenda

for Anadarko School Board Special Meeting

A bid for the continued heating, ventilation, and air conditioning replacement plan for Anadarko schools will be considered by the Anadarko school board in a special meeting tonight. The panel will meet to review Phase Two of the program - with alternates - and assign the bid packages to general contractor Joe Hall.  The meeting will be held at the Anadarko school administration building at 6 o'clock tonight.

 

KOOL-RANCH Hosts Community Blood Drive

KOOL-RANCH radio stations will be hosting another community blood drive with the Oklahoma Blood institute tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. An OBI bloodmobile will be at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Ave. Donors will get a free t-shirt and a mini-health check. Call George Plummer at the KOOL-RANCH business line at 405-224-150 for an appointment however, an appointment is not needed.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.59.

Natural gas is $3.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $25.40.

 

Obituary

Lillian Steelman

A wake service for Lillian Steelman, 72, of the Amber-Pocasset area will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 20th at Holy Name Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 21st at the church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ampo School Library.

2021, July 6th-10th

Saturday, July 10th

 

Motorcyclist Critically Hurt in Crash

A Ninnekah man is hospitalized in critical condition after being injured in a motorcycle accident. 40-year old Brandon Mann was initially taken to Grady Memorial Hospital then air-lifted to an Oklahoma City Hospital. The accident happened just after 9 o’clock last night about a mile east of Ninnekah near the intersection of Peach Street and County Street 2860. The highway patrol reports that Mann failed to stop at a stop sign, laid his bike down, and was thrown from the bike. He was not wearing a helmet. The trooper on the scene reported there was an odor of alcohol at the scene.

 

Man Faces Firearms Charges After Argument over Truck

A Rush Springs man is charged with shooting with intent to kill following a dispute over a pickup. 64-year old Albert Leon Brookshire was arrested Monday afternoon after a confrontation at his home. A Rush Springs police affidavit indicates two men had gone to Brookshire's home to get a pickup that one man said belonged to him. Brookshire told authorities it was his pickup and that the other man hadn't paid for it. Brookshire had a gun and claimed he fired a warning shot at the two men and told them to get off his property. The two men went to the Rush Springs EMS building and called police. Authorities initially arrested Brookshire on a complaint of firing a weapon inside the city limits. Prosecutors have charged Brookshire with felonies that include shooting with intent to kill and pointing a firearm. Brookshire had a previous conviction for drug possession. He is out of jail after posting a $75,000 bond and is to announce his attorney on July 29th with a preliminary hearing conference set for Aug. 11th.

 

DHS: Beware of Text-Messaging Scam

Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) officials are warning of a text messaging scam falsely claiming that individuals may have been selected to receive $500. A press release from DHS says the text message specifically mentions the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Social Security (SSI). The message is coming from a random number, telling individuals that they have been randomly selected to receive the money, and asks individuals to click on a hyperlink. They are then taken to a website which appears to phish for personal information including Social Security numbers and banking information. Officials say to delete the text. Individuals who have gone to the link should contact their bank and take steps to address possibly identity theft - including freezing their credit - and to contact credit reporting agencies such as Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego is on our KOOL Konversation program and District 3 Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard is on Real Estate Today. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Margaret Thornton

Funeral service for Margaret "Nanny" Thornton, 84, of Marlow will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 12th at Vimy Ridge Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.

Jessie Bennett

Funeral service for Jessie Bennett, 95, of Ninnekah will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 13th at Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 9th

 

Grady County Courthouse Re-Opens

Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard says the county courthouse is open today but that the cleaning needed due to a massive sewage back up in the building's basement is continuing. The courthouse has been closed for almost two weeks after last month's heavy rains caused sewer lines to back up. Beard said crews thought they had the problem taken care of several times but raw sewage continued to seep into the building causing a terrible odor to emanate to all three floors of the courthouse causing several people to become ill. Beard said at one time, there was at least 12 inches of raw sewage in Judge Joseph Young's courtroom in the basement. Beard said over the last couple of days a commercial cleaning company has been brought in and that crews have disinfected every room and are running a disinfectant through the heat and air system. While the courthouse will be open to the public only the first and second floors will be accessible with the basement closed off. The county commissioners have hired an Oklahoma City firm under an emergency request to install some one-way valves on the sewer line which are designed to prevent sewage from backing up. That company was scheduled to start today. Beard said the county's insurance company is going to send out an adjuster to determine how much damage has been done.

 

Ninnekah Residents Meet to Support

Alleged Victims of Girls Basketball Coach

In Ninnekah, Grady County sheriff's deputies met with concerned parents, educators, and supporters of teenaged girls alleged to have been molested by girls basketball coach Ron Akins. In a meeting at the community center, organizers told our partners at KWTV-News 9 that they wanted to offer resources and encourage individuals to speak out at the next school board meeting which is Thursday, July 15th. Parent Shelby Ross said they wanted to show the victims that they believe them and they will do everything they can to lift their voices. Ross said had Akins been given more power there would be a lot more victims and they probably wouldn't have heard about it for years. No one from the Ninnekah school district was invited to the meeting. Organizers said they wanted to create a safe place to meet. Akins has been charged with four felonies after being accused of molesting and sexting players. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the court case. A post on the Ninnekah schools website indicates the district has made arrangements for licensed professional counselors to be available Monday, July 12th to speak with any student or adult who wants to talk.

 

City of Chix Won't Spray for Mosquitos

The City of Chickasha will not be spraying for mosquitos. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley says the city doesn't have the equipment or chemicals needed to do so. Mosley said one chemical alone costs $80 a gallon and estimates it would cost about $20,000 for what they would need and the equipment costs about $8,000. The Mayor also said that the weather has to be just right in order for the fogging to work. It can't be too windy, or too humid, and they can't spray if there is rain. Mosley said he talked to Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn about borrowing that city's sprayer but they are using it over the next couple of nights. Mosley said he’s not aware of too many Oklahoma communities that still spray for mosquitos and that the only ones he is aware of are Anadarko and Lawton.

 

Science and Arts Alumni Director Accepts Red Cross Post

The director of Alumni and Community Relations at the University of Science and Arts is beginning a new chapter in her life. Misty McClellan is now the Chapter Executive Director of the Oklahoma and Kansas region of the American Red Cross. The Lawton Constitution reports that she will work with communities to build connections and administer any services that may be needed. McClellan said she wants people to know that Red Cross is more than just medical services. She said the new post checks off all the boxes of what she wants to do with her life and that it is the perfect opportunity for her.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.12.

Natural gas is $3.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,804 and silver is $26.12.

 

Obituary

Janice Haney

Funeral service for Janice Haney, 55, of Amber will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10th at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, July 8th

 

Chix Inks Deal with New EMS Billing Contractor

The Chickasha City Council gave its approval to contracting with a new company that is expected to improve the city's EMS billing services and collections. The council approved a new contract with a firm called Quick Med Claims which Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says could bring in an additional $100,000 to the city. Samaniego also said the firm’s rate is lower than the current contractor - just 4.95 percent compared to a 6 percent rate with the previous contractor. Samaniego said Quick Med Claims has worked well for cities like Anadarko and Ponca City and has a good track record of working with Native American tribes.

 

$300,000+ Payment to Chix A 'Mistake'

Now an update to a report we had yesterday about the Chickasha City Council giving back more than $330,000 that officials believed was from one of the city's Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts. Vice Mayor Zach Grayson told the Chickasha Express-Star that it was an accidental payment from Grady County. Grayson was quoted as saying the funds were designated as ad valorem taxes which actually go to school districts. Grayson said the city council was simply giving back money that wasn't the city's in the first place. Grayson said the city was only supposed to receive a percentage of that money which is then passed on to TIF District developers as a partial reimbursement for the costs of building within the TIF district.

 

Suspect Accused of Terrorizing Neighbors

A Caddo County man is accused of terrorizing his neighbors. 43-year old David Keith Gonzalez of Ft. Cobb had been arrested and charged with intimidating a witness and violating a protective order after the neighbors reported several perceived threats from Gonzalez. The Lawton Constitution reports that a woman asked for protective order against Gonzalez last month and while doing so, he took of photo of her at the hearing. Gonzalez is alleged to have continued to intimidate and harass the couple, to include shining bright lights into their home and playing predator phone calls on a loudspeaker in the middle of the night. Gonzalez had his initial appearance on the charges in Caddo County District Court earlier this week and a judge set his bond at $40,000. If convicted of the felony for intimidating a witness Gonzalez faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

Anadarko to Fog Neighborhoods for Mosquitos Again

Mosquitos have been a big problem over the last few weeks as a result of all the rain we’ve had. At least one community in the area will be going through neighborhoods with fogging machines in an attempt to reduce their numbers. The City of Anadarko has already been through neighborhoods once and announced on its Facebook page that crews will be fogging again tonight.  The post indicates they typically spray at night because that's when the mosquitos are most active. It does say that the spray is only effective in open areas and does not do as well in areas with trees, bushes, or tall grass. The chemical kills the pests on contact but does not kill larvae in water. Officials ask residents to dump any stagnate standing water, dump and re-fill bird baths and non-treated swimming pools with fresh water often, and keep grass mowed. They also urge residents to have their porch lights on when they spray saying the lights encourage the mosquitos to be active and fly into the fog. There's no word if the City of Chickasha will be spraying for the mosquitos. We'll contact city hall today to find out.

 

4th Generation Joins Sevier Funeral Home

A longtime Chickasha business will continue with a fourth generation of a local family joining the company. Austin Kile is now working with his grandfather Larry Sevier at Sevier Funeral Home. Kile recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma and earned his funeral director’s and embalmer's licenses. Sevier Funeral Home opened as the Chickasha Funeral Home in 1941 by Jodi and Virginia Sevier (Larry's parents and Austin's great-grandparents). The late Todd Sevier, Larry's son and Austin's uncle, also worked at the funeral home. Larry will continue as the licensee-in-charge and Austin's father, Jeff Kile, will continue serving as the office manager at both the Chickasha and Tuttle funeral homes.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.43.

Natural gas is $3.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,811 and silver is $26.13.

 

Wednesday, July 7th

 

Permit for Cell Phone Tower Denied

The Chickasha City Council unanimously voted against issuing a special use permit to build a cell phone tower in a residential area. Following a 24-minute public hearing during last night’s city council meeting, the council voted to deny the permit for Branch Communications. The company wanted to build a 150-foot tower near 9th and Dakota Ave. that would have been used by Verizon to improve cell phone coverage in the area. Officials said they looked at other proposed sites and believed they were not feasible. Many of the same residents who spoke out against the project at a city council meeting last month were back to let their feelings be known. Mary Francis Hathaway was one of them.

 

              

Troy Williams with Branch Communications said the county assessor told them property values should not fall as his company and Verizon combined were going to invest nearly $500,000 at the site.

 

              

 

In the end, the council voted 8-0 to deny the special use permit. Mayor Chris Mosley was absent from the meeting which was conducted by Vice Mayor Zack Grayson.

 

City Council Pays Back TIF Funds

The Chickasha City Council also settled a dispute over the amount of money the city received from one of its Tax Increment Finance districts. After about a 30-minute closed-door meeting City Councilman David Sikes made the motion to approve turning over more than $300,000 to the county.

 

              

 

It wasn't clear what error may have occurred that forced the council to make that decision. It was a unanimous vote of the council to make that payment.

              

Chix Ward 3 Meeting Scheduled

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 3 will be able to meet their council representatives and other city officials to discuss concerns as well as ideas about making the city a better place to live. The third of four Ward meetings this year will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 12th at city hall. Ward Three council representatives Dr. R. P. Ashanti-Alexander and Oscar Nelson will be on hand. Residents can e-mail questions to info@chickasha.org or bring them to the meeting. Similar meetings have already been held for residents in Wards 1 and 2 while residents in Ward 4 will have their meeting next month.

 

Cong. Lucas Co-Sponsors Broadband Expansion Plan

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas is co-sponsoring a bill in the nation's capitol to expand rural broadband service for rural states like Oklahoma. It's the Broadband for Rural America Act designed to bridge the digital divide nationwide by providing more than $7 billion for USDA broadband connectivity programs. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that Lucas said the act provides important investments to USDA broadband programs which will in turn provide critical modern infrastructure to countless rural communities. The Broadband for Rural America Act would authorize $3.7 billion per year for critical rural broadband programs, including the ReConnect Rural Broadband Program, the Middle Mile Broadband Program, and the Innovative Broadband Advancement Program; it would target limited resources so assistance is focused on the most rural and least-connected residents, which are often the most expensive to connect; and it would promote borrower accountability and protects taxpayers with new tools to ensure promised services are delivered to rural communities.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.53.

Natural gas is $3.63 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,807 and silver is $26.52.

 

Obituary

Billie Jean Griffin

A memorial service for Billie Jean Griffin, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, July 6th

 

Public Hearing Tonight for Proposed Cell Phone Tower

A plan to erect a cell phone tower in a Chickasha neighborhood is getting some push back by residents in the area. The Chickasha City Council will hold a public hearing on the controversial issue tonight. Branch Communications wants to build the tower near 8th and Dakota Ave. Several residents spoke against the proposal at the June 21st city council meeting while developers were also on hand to support the project. The city's Planning Commission voted against the project earlier this year. The council is also to discuss a proposed Emergency Operations Plan and an agreement between Emergency Medical Services and the Grady EMS District Board of Trustees. The panel will also have a closed-door session regarding an investigation into the city's Tax Increment Finance District payments. The council meets tonight at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Courthouse Continues Dealing with Sewer Back Ups

The Grady County Courthouse will be closed again today. The courthouse has been dealing with sewer back-up issues for over a week. The county emergency management office sent out a text last night saying the office would be closed today. This morning's regularly scheduled county commissioners meeting has been moved to the Grady County Fairgrounds community building at 9 a.m. In the meantime some meetings that were scheduled tomorrow at the courthouse have been canceled. The county excise board and the tax roll correction board meetings that were scheduled for tomorrow have been called off and have not yet been re-scheduled.

 

Sheriff's Office Hopes to Add New Investigator

A new fiscal year is underway for city, county, and state governments. July 1st is when those offices begin with new budgets for the next 12 months. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir, whose budget is the largest of the departments at the county level, is asking commissioners and the excise board for a budget increase in order to hire a new employee.

 

              

 

Weir said over-worked employees probably don't do as good a job as they could and that it's fair to the public to hire a new investigator as some cases don't get as much attention as they should.

 

Area Lawmakers Honored by Children's Group

State Representative Cindy Roe (R-Lindsay) is among several lawmakers named Children's Legislators of the Year. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) recently announced that Roe and other lawmakers had made the group's Honor Roll for supporting children's issues at the state capitol. In a press release issued by OICA, Roe said there is no more important role of government than to protect and nurture children. Other regional state lawmakers recognized for their work for kids were Rep. Sherrie Conley (R-Newcastle) awarded with a Special Attention Award and Sen. Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) who was named one of the Freshmen Legislators of the Year. The OICA is led by former state representative Joe Dorman of Rush Springs. He said he is already working with lawmakers on measures to consider for the 2022 legislative session.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.11.

Natural gas is $3.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806 and silver is $26.76.

 

Obituaries

Albert Darnell

 A graveside service for Albert Darnell, 86, of Chickasha will be at 2 o'clock this afternoon (Tuesday, July 6th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Linda Jansen

A graveside service for Linda Fay Jansen, 79, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 7th at the Erin Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. She owned and operated Lee's Beauty School.

2021, June 28th-July 3rd

Saturday, July 3rd

 

END-DUI Campaign Underway

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, Oklahoma law enforcement agencies will be working to make highways and lakes safer. The Oklahoma Highway patrol's END DUI team is partnering with a number of agencies throughout the state with high visibility patrols and to conduct sobriety checkpoints. Officials say five people died on state highways during last year’s July 4th weekend and four of them were involved in either alcohol or drug-related crashes. OHP says a DUI conviction can cost a driver up to $10,000. Officials ask those who chose to drink this weekend to have a designated driver, call a friend or family member or call a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft.

 

World War I Traveling Museum is Back on Tour

A traveling museum featuring artifacts from the first world war will be on display at this weekend's Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration in Marlow. It will be the first time in a year-and-a-half for the World War I 100th anniversary mobile museum to visit communities. Curator Keith Colley tells the Lawton Constitution he's really stoked to get back on the road. Colley's collection includes uniforms, binoculars, television sets, typewriters that soldiers used to write letters on to send home, and even bi-planes. There's information about Alvin York, the most decorated soldier of the war, and Jacob "Pappy" Stevens who served as a runner. “Pappy” actually ran messages to the general in the middle of battle. Colley says he started the museum to help Alzheimer's patients, taking them items that they could see and feel for mental connectivity. The museum is open all day today during Marlow's Old Fashioned Independence Day celebration and will be open tomorrow and Monday from 1-5. Admission is free. Other 4th of July events in the region include Apache’s Freedom Festival starting at 5 o’clock tonight and there will be fireworks only in Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park tomorrow night (Sunday, July 4th)

 

Muscle Car Ranch Hosts 'BliserFest'

Chickasha's Curtis Hart is a resilient individual. While his annual TwisterFest music festival at the Muscle Car Ranch was rained out last week, he has another event this 4th of July weekend which has a much better weather forecast. Hart calls this event the BlisterFest. Hart has a number of bands from the Austin, Texas area coming in which include Ramsay Midwood who has written a song about the county seat of of Grady County.

 

              

 

All the bands will play at the Trail Boss Amphitheatre. Tickets are $10 per day and there is plenty of RV and primitive camping available on the 82-acre Muscle Car Ranch. For information on the bands performing, see Curtis Hart's Facebook page.

 

 

Friday, July 2nd

 

Child Molesation Charges Filed Against Ninnekah Man

The Grady County District Attorney's Office has filed formal charges against a Ninnekah man for alleged child molestation. 41-year old Clay Dietrich, a former reserve police officer, is facing three charges of child sexual abuse. A judge set Dietrich's bond at $250,000 and he remains in the Grady County Jail. Dietrich is to announce his attorney July 15th and with a preliminary hearing conference scheduled July 28th.

 

Courthouse Flooding Issues Persist

The Grady County Courthouse will be closed again today. Officials are battling flooding problems from backed up sewer lines because of all this week’s rain. Other than a few hours on Monday the courthouse has been closed all week. And with next Monday being a holiday because of the Independence Day weekend the courthouse is not scheduled to re-open until next Tuesday.

 

Semi Fire Shuts Down Highway

A semi on fire shut down U.S. Highway 81 near Minco last night. No details are available other than the OHP said traffic was shut down just before 10:00 last night. The fire occurred three miles south of Minco at CR 1220. The highway was closed for about an hour and a half and re-opened about 11:30.

 

Regional Independence Day Celebrations

There are a number of 4th of July celebrations in the region this weekend. Tonight in Blanchard there's live music, kids games, and fireworks behind the Sonic Drive In. All the activities start at 6:00 p.m. Tomorrow in Apache, the chamber of commerce is hosting a Freedom Fest which gets underway at 5:00 p.m.  with activities downtown, including awards for the best patriotic display, activities for the kids, and fireworks. And Sunday evening Chickasha's 4th of July fireworks will be held at Shannon Springs Park.

 

Marlow Teen's Artwork Wins Award

A Marlow teenager will have a piece of her artwork on display in Washington, D.C. Alayna Hill was named the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Oklahoma's District Four. That's Congressman Tom Cole's district. Hill's submission called Still Life in Graphite was among more than 100 entries submitted by high school students throughout Cole’s district. Hill's entry done with a No. 2 pencil will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building. A reception for all top prize winners will be held later this year in the nation's capitol.

 

Community Blood Drive Today

KOOL/RANCH radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute are holding a community blood drive today. Before heading out on your Independence Day weekend celebration we ask that you take a few minutes to help the blood institute re-stock their shelves. Officials say a blood emergency is still in effect. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot across the street from the stations at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 to 5:30 today. No appointment is needed.

 

Propane Prices May be Higher This Winter

While air conditioners are hard at work keeping us cool this summer not too many people are thinking ahead to next winter. But there is speculation that propane prices could be higher. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says that summer propane prices are climbing which experts say is unusual. Skinner discusses reasons why propane prices are on the rise.

 

              

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and the sheriff’s office public information officer Lisa Hatchett are this week’s guests on our KOOL Konversation. Find a link to teh program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.11.

Natural gas is $3.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is 1,783 and silver is $26.25.

 

Thursday, July 1st

 

Reserve Cop Arrested on Child Molestation Complaint

A reserve officer for the Ninnekah Police Department is arrested on a complaint of child sexual abuse. 41-year old Kenneth "Clay" Dietrich was arrested by Grady County authorities Tuesday night. Dietrich is being held in the Grady County Jail and is accused of rape and child sexual abuse. No formal charges have been filed at this time. Ninnekah Police Chief Scott Miller said Dietrich had been an unpaid reserve officer for about 18 months. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said that a 14-year old girl and her mother filed a report alleging that the sexual abuse occurred several times over the last six months.  Boggess said that Dietrich has turned in all of reserve officer certifications.

 

County Courthouse Closed A 4th Day

Ongoing plumbing issues have forced officials to close the Grady County Courthouse again today. Heavy rains from this past weekend are to blame as several offices were flooded. Officials say the problems are the result of a small sewage line that can't handle the volume of waste water from the courthouse and the jail. There is only a 4-inch sewer line in place and some officials say it needs to be replaced with an 8-inch line.

 

City of Chix has New Finance Director

A new finance director is on board at Chickasha City Hall. Cindy Rogers begin her new duties this week. She previously served as the vice president and chief financial officer at the Oklahoma State Fair for 16 years. As a Certified Public Accountant, Rogers has also worked in finance with a social services non-profit organization. Rogers has extended family members who live in the Chickasha area. In a prepared statement Rogers said there is a great team in place at city hall and she's excited to be part of it. Mayor Chris Mosley said that Rogers has a long track record of establishing solid financial standards. He also said her experience with help city officials understand the city's true cost of services, assist with accurately setting rates, and that she will continue to improve the transparency of the city's financial records.

 

Chix Public Schools has New Enrollment Office

Public schools statewide are in the midst of preparing for the new school year that will be starting in August. The Chickasha Public School district has opened a new site that will be used for many student services. The district will be in an office building at 7th and Kansas Avenue which is across the street from the post office. Superintendent Rick Croslin said that's where Mona Greenfield, who was recently named the district's student accounting, assessment, and communications coordinator will be.

 

              

 

Chickasha schools are scheduled to open Thursday, August 12th.

 

Study Requested to Remove Grocery Sales Tax

Should state officials eliminate Oklahoma's sales tax on groceries? A state lawmaker has filed an interim study request to consider the issue. House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) wants to examine the benefits of ending the tax. She says doing so would keep money in the pockets of low- and middle-income Oklahomans. Virgin also said many parents are stretching every dollar in order to feed their children and they shouldn't have to calculate a cut for the state in their grocery bills. Oklahoma is one of just 13 states to impose sales taxes on groceries. Virgin said if 37 states can fund their governments without a tax on milk and bread then Oklahoma can, too. She said the measure has bi-partisan support of lawmakers and voters.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.13.

Natural gas is $3.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,776 and silver is $26.37.

 

Obituary

Billie Marie Hayes

Funeral service for Billie Marie Hayes, 83, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 2nd at First Christian Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 30th

 

Coach Faces Four Felony Counts of Child Sex Crimes

A girls basketball coach accused of having inappropriate contact with players is charged with four felonies in connection with the allegations. Grady County prosecutors have charged Ninnekah coach Ron Akins with two counts of rape by instrumentation and two counts of sexual battery. A judge set bond at $100,000 and Akins is to announce his attorney July 15th with a preliminary hearing conference set for July 28th. Akins was arrested last Friday after a former player came forward with the allegations. Ninnekah schools have placed Akins on administrative leave. In a prepared statement, Superintendent Todd Bunch said the district is cooperating with law enforcement and will take appropriate steps based on the results of the investigation.

 

Sewer Problems Close County Courthouse Again

The Grady County Courthouse is closed again today due to sewer back-up issues related to the heavy rains over the last few days. The courthouse closed at noon on Monday and officials tried to open the doors yesterday but sent employees home. Several meetings scheduled at the courthouse this week have been cancelled and rescheduled as emergency meetings. Those included a joint meeting with county commissioners and the excise board. Others are individual meetings of the commissioners and excise board. All of the canceled meetings have been rescheduled for tomorrow morning and will be held at the district attorney's office across the street.

 

Leg Lamp Named State's 'Outstanding New Attraction'

Last year's Christmas Leg Lamp promotion in Chickasha lands a top award for the city's Economic Development Council. It received a Redbud Award from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association as the state's Outstanding New Attraction during an awards ceremony in Edmond yesterday. The 40-foot tall inflatable leg lamp was the brainchild of Tim Elliott and the Economic Development Council and drew attention from around the world. The EDC's Hometown Christmas music video with the Imaginaries and a short film produced about Chickasha's home town charm were also nominated for Red Bud awards.

 

State Rep Named to Energy Council

State Representative Brad Boles has been appointed to an international energy panel. The Marlow Republican will be working with the Energy Council which is a non-partisan legislative group formed to promote a balanced national energy strategy and related environmental policies. Boles, who serves as chairman of the house energy and natural resources committee, was appointed to the council by house speaker Charles McCall. Boles says he's spent much of his career away from state government focused on energy and that he's honored to have been selected to serve. The Energy Council also works to promote an understanding of energy and its role in the global economy and also gives legislative policy makers a chance to learn even more about energy issues.

 

DHS Accepting LIHEAP Applications

Low-income families needing help to pay for summer cooling bills can now apply for assistance on-line through the state Department of Human Services (DHS). It's known as LIHEAP or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. DHS receives federal funds for LIHEAP. Eligible households that already receive DHS assistance are pre-qualified and won't have to apply. Native American families may apply with either DHS or their tribal program but not both. The program assists families with one month of their cooling expenses. The website to apply is: www.okdhslive.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.76.

Natural gas is $3.63 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,758 and silver is $25.94.

 

Obituary

Diana Cooper-Freeman

Funeral service for Diana Francis Cooper-Freeman, 51, of Lawton will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 2nd at the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 29th

 

State Fire Marshall Investigates Blaze

at Home of Coach Accused of Child Sex Crimes

State officials have been summoned to investigate a suspicious fire that destroyed the home of a girls basketball coach who was arrested last week on allegations that he molested players. The Friend Volunteer Fire Department was paged about 7:00 a.m. Monday to the home of Ron Akins. The home was a complete loss. Akins was arrested last Friday night after a former player alleged that he had been inappropriate with her and other girls. Akins remains in the Grady County Jail on complaints of rape and sexual battery. Prosecutors have not yet filed any formal charges.

 

Courthouse Re-opens After Being Closed Monday Afternoon

The Grady County Courthouse closed its doors Monday afternoon after heavy weekend rains caused some plumbing problems. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said several rooms in the basement flooded and were being cleaned and sanitized. The courthouse did open for business at its regular time today.

 

Chix Sees Increase in Home Construction

There has long been a need for newer homes in Chickasha. Building contractors are working on a number of projects to address that need. Mayor Chris Mosley discusses some of them.

 

              

 

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley.

 

Area Blood Drives Scheduled to Deal with Blood Emergency

In response to Oklahoma's blood emergency the Oklahoma Blood Institute has scheduled a number of blood drives in the region. On Thursday, July 1st the Friend community will have a blood drive at Sharon Baptist Church from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Friday, July 2nd KOOL/RANCH radio stations will have a community blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot across the street from the radio stations at 7th and Chickasha Avenue. On Tuesday, July 6th Southern Plains Medical Center in Chickasha will have a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also on Tuesday, July 6th the City of Tuttle will have a blood drive at city hall on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall.  On Wednesday, July 7th, the annual Boots and Badges blood drive for Grady County law enforcement and fire fighters will be at the Grady County Fairgrounds from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Friday, July 9th in Anadarko, Western Farmers Electric Co-op will have a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to noon. To find a blood drive in your area visit the website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.91.

London-based Brent crude is $74.68.

Natural gas is $3.62 per million BTUs

Gold is $1,770 and silver is $26.06.

 

Obituaries

Anna Jenell Campbell

Funeral service for Anna Jenell Campbell, 88, of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 1st at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Roger Wagner

A graveside service for Roger Wagner, 78 of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 2nd at the El Reno Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 28th

 

Coach Arrested on Rape, Sex Complaints

Ninnekah girls basketball coach Ron Akins has been arrested on complaints of rape and sexual battery. Akins was arrested by Grady County sheriff's deputies Friday night and booked into the county jail. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess told KFOR-TV that a former student told investigators that Akins had been inappropriate with her and that deputies found enough evidence to talk to the coach but that he would not speak with them. A former team member told KFOR that she was not surprised about the arrest. She said Akins would make comments about them and about their bodies and even talk about the women he was dating or sleeping with. She said she and her friends didn't come forward earlier because they were scared what would happen if school officials didn't believe them. She is encouraging others who may have been victims to tell their truth. Boggess says anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Search for Chix City Manager Continues

The search for a new Chickasha city manager continues. Mayor Chris Mosley has been filling in as the acting city manager for about five months since previous city manager John Noblitt stepped down in January. The city has hired a search firm to find some candidates and Mosley says they have narrowed down the list.

 

              

 

Interviews could begin soon and a new city manager could be on board by the end of the summer.

 

Anadarko Residents Warned of 'Fake' City Facebook Page

Officials in Anadarko say residents should beware of a fake City of Anadarko Facebook page that has been created. On the city's official Facebook page a post indicates that a scammer created the fake page and that users should not accept a friend request and to never give out personal information. Officials urge users to report the fake page to Facebook as a fraud and delete the message.

 

Amber Alert for Missing Moore Children Canceled

That Amber Alert issued over the weekend for two missing children from Moore has been canceled. Authorities say the six-year old girl and the two-year old boy were found in Jenks Saturday afternoon. The children were with their grandmother Twila Brinlee who failed to return them to their parents Friday. They were found at a motel next to a restaurant where an alert worker saw a woman with two children and notified authorities. The children have been reunited with their father and Brinlee was taken to the Moore police department.

 

Chix 'Christmas in July' Promotion Begins Thursday

A major summer promotion involving Chickasha merchants will get underway this week. Christmas in July begins Thursday with a month-long campaign designed to increase sales at retail outlets. It’s a joint effort of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. Cassandra Ersland with the chamber of commerce says among them is a scavenger hunt with an interesting twist-

 

              

 

Individuals can take a selfie with the character and get their name in a drawing for $50 in gift cards from the participating merchants. The 160-foot tall Christmas tree at Shannon Springs Park will be lit up all month and the Chickasha Community Theater will show free Christmas movies every Thursday night at 7 p.m. The first movie will be shown this Thursday, July 1st and will be The Grinch with Jim Carrey. Starting July 22nd the inflatable leg lamp will be standing at the depot downtown (weather permitting) and on Saturday, July 24th there will be a free concert at the depot downtown featuring The Imaginaries along with Billy Davis and the Band of Brothers. For information about Chickasha's Christmas in July celebration visit the chambers website at www.chickashachamber.org

 

Energy and Metals              

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.18.

Natural gas is $3.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,778 and silver is $26.21.

2021, June 21st-26th

Saturday, June 26th

 

Fight Over Steering Wheel Leads to Crash

Two people were hurt and one hospitalized in serious condition after a near head-on collision west of Ninnekah this morning. The accident happened just after midnight on State Highway 277 about four miles west of U.S. Highway 81. 25-year old Cheyanne Walker of Duncan was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted with leg and internal injuries. Walker was a passenger in a car driven by 42-year old James Mayberry of Tulsa who was not injured. The driver of the other car, 57-year old Lawassa Riggs of Dibble, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The highway patrol reports that Walker and Mayberry were fighting over control of the steering wheel of their vehicle which crossed the center line and hit the Riggs vehicle.

 

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Moore Children

An Amber Alert has been issued for two missing children. Moore police issued the alert early this morning for 6-year old Kathryn Glad and 2-year old Cory Glad. Authorities say the children are believed to be with their biological grandmother Twana Brinlee. She reportedly has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is without her medication and may be in a state of crisis. Authorities say Brinlee may have a gun and previously attempted to conduct religious acts with the kids. Brinlee may be driving a gray 2020 Toyota Tacoma with Oklahoma Tag KBQ-254. Police say she may have been headed to a lake or Arkansas to visit family. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moore Police Department.

 

Lawmakers Named to 'Honor Roll' of Children's Group

A number of state lawmakers in the region get good marks for their support of children's issues at the state capital this past legislative session. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) released its annual report card for all members of the house and senate. Joe Dorman is the CEO of the group and says lawmakers were scored on how their votes compared to the OICAs position on various bills related to the youth. Regional lawmakers named to the OICA Honor Roll include Representatives Toni Hasenbeck of Lawton, Cindy Roe of Lindsay, Brian Hill of Mustang, and Daniel Pae of Lawton and Senator Jessica Garvin of Duncan. Dorman also complimented Gov. Kevin Stitt for signing a number of pro-child measures into law and the OICA is grateful for his leadership and vision. The scorecards of all state lawmakers can be seen on the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's website: www.oica.org

 

Most 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 Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Cassandra Ersland with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council are the KOOL Konversation talking about a Christmas in July promotion. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 25th

 

Man Charged with Domestic Violence Back in Custody

A man charged with felony domestic violence earlier this year is in more hot water with the law. 41-year old Jessie Arevalo of Noble was arrested by state troopers earlier this week after a short pursuit. Arevalo was out of jail after posting bond on the February charges. Court documents indicate that a couple of state troopers were conducting a driver's license and safety checkpoint at Cottonwood and Sooner Roads southeast of Chickasha Wednesday morning when they saw a motorcycle make an improper turnabout.  The troopers attempted to make a traffic stop but he did not pull over. The biker turned into a mobile home park and drove through a number of yards before he laid the bike down and started running on foot - but the troopers were able to catch up to him. Arevalo was arrested on complaints which include attempting to elude and drug possession. Arevalo has been formally charged with misdemeanors and is being held on a $25,000 bond in connection with this arrest.

 

Suspect Arrested on Stalking, Assault Complaints

A man on probation is arrested by Verden police on complaints of stalking and assault. 41-year old Caleb Tallent of Cement was taken into custody this week after two confrontations with an ex-girlfriend earlier this month. Court documents say that Tallent crashed his pick-up into the woman's truck and almost hit her in the process and that he threatened to burn her house down. It's also alleged that Tallent broke into the woman's home by kicking in the front door. Tallent was on probation after pleading no contest to a felony charge of child endangerment following a 2017 arrest. Tallent remains in jail on a nearly $40,000 bond.

 

Sex Offender Arrested for Failing to Register

A Grady County man is jailed on a $50,000 bond for failing to register as a sex offender. Authorities arrested 34-year old Dustin Roger Crump at a Tuttle home earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit shows that the Grady County Sheriff's Office received a tip about Crump living in the Tuttle area. Crump had been living in Oklahoma City and was delinquent in his registration in Oklahoma County. Crump did not check out from Oklahoma County nor check in with Grady County as required. In a written statement Crump admitted he had been in Grady County for about three weeks without letting officials know where he was. Crump is on probation after pleading no contest to a sex crime out of Canadian County.

 

Chickasha Rodeo is This Weekend

The dust will be flying at the Grady County Fairgrounds the next couple of nights with area cowboys and cowgirls competing in the 82nd annual Chickasha rodeo. Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling is the stock contractor bringing its rough stock to challenge the contestants. All the familiar rodeo events will be held including barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf roping, and bull and bronc riding. The colorful and patriotic grand entry will kick things off at 8 o'clock both nights. There will be a rodeo parade downtown Chickasha at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

 

Anadarko's Honor America Fireworks Tonight

There's an early 4th of July fireworks show in Anadarko tonight. The annual Honor America fireworks will be at the Caddo County Fairgrounds. Officials with Limelight Productions say there will be about 1,400 aerials, booms, and blasts. The fireworks are a free event and those attending may want to take lawn chairs and blankets. Also, our sister station New Country 98.5 KACO will play patriotic music that will be synchronized with the fireworks. The show will start about 9:45 tonight.

 

Duncan Job Fair Today

Employers and job seekers alike will get an opportunity to connect at the Duncan job fair today. More than a dozen companies looking for qualified employees will be taking applications and in some cases conducting interviews on the spot. The job fair is hosted by the Duncan Economic Development Foundation and is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Duncan Simmons Center.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.76.

Natural gas is $3.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.30.

 

Thursday, June 24th

 

Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Shut Down

An illegal marijuana growing operation in Rush Springs has been shut down. Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and Grady County sheriff's deputies hit the operation Wednesday morning. KOKH-Fox 25 reports that there were 52 greenhouses and that by noon officials had counted over 20,000 plants valued at $30 million. OBN officials posted photographs on its Facebook page asking anyone with information about the operation to reach out to them. OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said there were about 30 Asian workers at the facility and believes all are victims of human trafficking brought to the United States from China. Woodward tells The Oklahoman that all 77 Oklahoma counties are now a source for black market pot. Woodward said that the illegal weed can be cultivated in the state at a cost between $300 and $400 per pound and then sold for as much as $2,500 per pound on the east coast. Woodward said it appears that illegal grow operations often appear to be legitimate by obtaining a  license and complying with ownership requirements while In reality they are shell corporations for established criminal drug rings.

 

State Senators Ask for Investigation

Into Sky-High Building Supply Prices

A number of Oklahoma state senators want to look into the skyrocketing prices of building supplies. Officials are asking the state attorney general's office to investigate allegations of price gouging and market manipulation during the pandemic. One senator said the price spikes have been a top concern for several months and that the increases have caused project delays and financial hardships. Senator Cody Rogers (R-Tulsa) said lumber prices have shot up four to six times from the price it was 18 months ago. Sheets of oriented strand board that were previously $11 now cost $48 even though they can be made for $4. The cost of hot-rolled coil steel has climbed by nearly 300 percent in less than a year. Rogers says the state's Emergency Price Stabilization Act prohibits any increase of more than 10 percent for the price of goods during a declared emergency. Rogers also said other business practices or agency regulations relating to interstate commerce in the building trades industry could be abused to create market manipulation.

 

OU Softball Co-Captain to Lead Chix Rodeo Parade

The annual Chickasha rodeo is coming up this weekend and there's a special grand marshal for the rodeo parade. Former Chickasha High School all-state softball player Linnsie Elam is now a national champion after helping the OU Sooner softball team win the NCAA Women’s College World Series earlier this month. Elam is one of the co-captains for the Sooners and is also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection. While at Chickasha High School Elam was part of the Lady Chicks back-to-back state champion softball teams. The rodeo itself will be both Friday and Saturday nights at the Grady County Fairgrounds at 8 p.m. each night. The parade is 4:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon downtown.

 

Lots of Live Music in Chickasha this Weekend

It's going to be a big weekend for music lovers in Chickasha with a couple of music venues blasting out the tunes. Curtis Hart’s Muscle Car Ranch will again host TwisterFest, a three-day music festival which will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The ranch has expanded to 80 acres and includes 20 acres of lakes to camp around. 70 bands will perform on five stages over the weekend with local favorite Dollar98 playing Saturday night. Christian bands will perform all day Sunday. The other concert venue is Fred McNatt’s Legends Event Park which will have a Friday night only concert with Kody West; Giovanni and the Hired Guns; and Carson Jeffry. Tickets for both events will be available at the gate.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.19.

Natural gas is $3.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.13.

 

Wednesday, June 23rd

 

Drug Ring Taken Down in Southwest Oklahoma

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and numerous law enforcement groups have eliminated an illegal drug distribution ring in southwest Oklahoma. Officials made nearly 20 arrests in the Lawton and Comanche County region following an 18-month investigation. The Lawton Constitution reports that the arrests include the alleged kingpin who was leading the illicit drug trade.  OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said it is one of many drug operations they've been able to eliminate statewide in the last few months. In the Lawton probe, 42-year old Ronnie Davis was said to have been at the helm of the operation. Davis was already on federal probation after convictions of previous crimes related to this particular methamphetamine distribution network. He was arrested last month after investigators found nearly 1,100 grams (2 1/2 pounds) of meth at his home. Later in the investigation, authorities said they found more than 12 pounds of meth in a storage unit. Davis has been charged with aggravated drug trafficking and faces up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted. Other agencies involved in the investigation included the Elgin Police Department, Comanche County Sheriff's Office, Drug Task Forces in Districts 2 and 3, and the Federal Office of Probation and Parole. Woodward said the combination of cheap land and looser marijuana laws in the state are attracting drug organizers to Oklahoma.

 

Blood 'Emergency' Declared

A nationwide shortage of blood has officials issuing a blood emergency. Dr. John Armitage with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says the supply is the worst he has seen in his more than 25 years with the agency. Armitage said they are down to about one day's supply of blood which is highly unusual. He said they'd like to have a three-to-five day supply on hand. The OBI provides over 90 percent of the blood needed in Oklahoma hospitals and other medical facilities. Blood centers nationwide are also facing shortages and that means that blood can't be borrowed. Armitage said should the area experience a mass trauma event that everyone who needs blood may not be able to get it immediately. Current and new blood donors are urged to help re-stock the shelves. Information on blood drives in your area visit the website: www.obi.org

 

Missionary's Death Mourned

Longtime missionary Jeanne Jones has died. Jones and her husband Dwain Jones served as pastors of Chickasha's First Assembly of God Church in the 1980s and then he traveled the world for 30 years raising money for the Calcutta Mercy Ministries. Jeanne Jones was 78 when she passed away at her Chickasha home on Sunday. Dwain Jones died in 2016 and the couple were married for 57 years. A memorial service for Jeanne Jones will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 26th at Chickasha’s First Assembly of God. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calcutta Mercy Ministry.

 

Duncan Job Fair is Friday

There are a lot of companies that have job openings right now - and there are also a lot of people who are looking for work or maybe a better job. The Duncan Economic Development Foundation hopes to unite the employers and the job-seekers with a job fair later this week. Nicole Punnoe says numerous companies will be at the job fair taking applications.

 

              

 

Punnoe also said some companies will have interviews on-site. The Duncan job fair is this Friday (June 25th) at the Simmons Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Companies wanting to join the job fair should contact the Duncan Economic Development Foundation.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.06.

Natural gas is $3.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $26.04.

 

Tuesday, June 22nd

 

Chix City Budget Approved

The City of Chickasha has a $48 million budget for the fiscal year that begins next week (July 1st). Following a public hearing that last about three minutes Monday night, the city council unanimously approved the plan. Only one person discussed the budget during the public hearing. Tory Wise said there are about $5.5 million in street improvement projects set aside for a couple of streets that would be better spent elsewhere.

 

              

 

Wise also said there was also $100,000 set aside for improvements at the city's sports complex that were initially designated for critical infrastructure work. The council approved the budget without any changes saying that the issues that Wise brought up could be considered in the future.

 

Chix Residents Oppose Cell Phone Tower

The council also heard from a number of residents who are opposed to placing a new cell phone tower in their neighborhood. Earlier this year, the city’s Planning Commission denied Branch Communications a special use permit for the tower in the area of 8th and Dakota. The issue was on the agenda for last night's meeting and among the residents speaking against it was Mary Hathaway.

 

              

 

A Branch Communications representative said initially they sent 42 notices to area property owners and only had two oppose the project at the Planning Commission meeting. While the issue was on the city council agenda last night it was not listed as a public hearing so a council decision on the matter was postponed. The hearing will be scheduled for the council's July 6th meeting.

 

Chix City Council OKs Southgate Zoning Changes

A developer's requests to re-zone some property in the Southgate Addition to build some duplexes and commercial projects get unanimous approval from the city council. The panel approved the requests for Bryce Binyon who applied to re-zone residential property in order to build six duplexes – and to re-zone residential property to commercial use to build a Family Dollar Store and some self-storage units. The council also unanimously approved of hosting the city's annual fireworks show at Shannon Springs Park on Sunday, July 4th. Western Enterprises of the Enid area produces the show every year. Mayor Chris Mosley pointed out that the more than $10,000 needed to pay for the fireworks is all private money donated by local businesses and individuals.

 

Chix School Administrator Leaves for New Job

A Chickasha school administrator is moving on. Seth Meier, who has served as the district's director of curriculum and personnel, has been hired as an elementary school principal in Moore. On a social media post, Meier said he will be at Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary school. Meier said he enjoyed his time in Chickasha but that he missed kids, the buzz of the school day, and the excitement of feeling like every day was an episode of Saturday Night Live. He said he will eventually return to an administrative role in education but that right now his heart is in the school house.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.90.

Natural gas is $3.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,781 and silver is $26.06.

 

Obituaries

Wayne Robnett

A private graveside service will be held for Wayne Robnett, 83,  of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Mary Harruff

A celebration of life for Mary Harruff, 86, of Chickasha was held at Grace Baptist Fellowship Hall. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 21st

 

Another Public Hearing for Proposed Chix Budget,

Southgate Rezoning Hearings set for City Council

Another public hearing for the City of Chickasha's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year will be held by the city council tonight. The hearing had been set for the June 7th meeting but was postponed to allow the public to get a better look at the plan. Officials have put together a $48 million spending plan for review. The council will also have a couple of public hearings on some re-zoning proposals for businessman Bryce Binyon. He's asking to re-zone some residential property in the Southgate Addition to allow for the construction six new duplexes. The other public hearing for Binyon is to rezone some residential property in the Southgate Addition to commercial use for the construction of a Family Dollar store and some storage units. The Planning Commission has recommended that both issues be approved. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss two issues. One is a lawsuit filed against the city by the Chickasha Firefighters Association. The topic of the other issue is vague, saying only that it is for discussion of an issue which could seriously impair the ability of the council to process the claim or pending investigation if it was done in a public setting. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

One Dead in Caddo County Accident

A weekend crash in Caddo County claims the life of a Lawton man. Kenneth Deshong, 39, died when the car he was driving ran off the road and hit a concrete bridge. The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 152 near State Highway 58 about 14 miles west of Binger.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Southeast Okla Crash

A Blanchard woman was taken to a Texas hospital after crashing her pickup into a creek in southeast Oklahoma. 33-year old Leigha Parsons was air lifted to a Plano, Texas hospital with head injuries and was admitted in stable condition. The accident happened just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday between Hugo and Idabel in Choctaw County. The highway patrol said Parsons ran off the road, hit a culvert, crashed through a fence and landed in the creek.

 

Silver Alert Canceled for Missing Lawton Man

A Silver Alert issued for a Lawton area man has been canceled.  The Comanche County Sheriff's Office issued the alert for Henry Fred Whitehead, 78, just before noon Saturday saying he had a medical or physical disability and was in imminent danger of serious injury or death. He was driving a dually pickup. Authorities canceled the alert about 5:30 this morning saying he had been located but gave no details.

 

Turnpike Authority to Automate All State Toll Roads

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is making plans to fully automate all of its toll plazas. What that means is that you won't have to dig in your pockets to find all the change you need to pay your toll. The authority will soon begin a five-year plan to switch all turnpikes to the new system which will still include the PikePass system as well as a new PlatePay program. The PlatePay system which will take a picture of your tag then use the registration information on file to send the owner an invoice for the toll. Oklahoma City's Kilpatrick Turnpike will be first on the list with the conversion expected to be in place by the end of summer. The turnpike authority is seeking vendors to make the transition on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike but that change won't happen for another couple of years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.51.

Natural gas is $3.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.05.

 

Obituaries

Cory Westbury

Funeral service for Cory Westbury, 51, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Elizabeth (Jones) Farmer

A graveside service for Elizabeth (Jones) Farmer, 79, of Comanche and formerly of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22nd. Viewing is today at the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home in Duncan.

2021 June, 14th-19th

Saturday, June 19th

 

Anadarko Police Officers Cleared of Wrong-Doing

The Anadarko police officers suspended after being involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting have been cleared of wrong-doing. At a press conference yesterday, Police Chief Eric Harlan said the Caddo County District Attorney’s Office cleared the officers and that a police department internal review found that officers Charles Maldonado and Sooner Harmon acted appropriately and did not violate the law or department policy. Harlan did not identify the officers. Harlan re-capped the shooting that occurred just before 1:00 a.m. Monday, April 5th. He said the officers responded to a report of a man suffering from a drug overdose. Another man, Silas Lambert, became aggressive toward one of the officers and pointed a gun at him. The other officer tried to tase Lambert but the taser didn't work. Lambert then began shooting and hit one officer in the arm and both officers returned fire. Lambert was pronounced dead at the hospital. The man who overdosed also died. The injured police officer was seriously wounded and has had several surgeries but is expected to fully recover.

 

America Celebrate Juneteenth

Numerous ceremonies are being held nationwide today to commemorate Juneteenth. It’s an event which marks the day that the last African-Americans being held in bondage in the mid-1800s finally find out  they were free. It came 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Chickasha historian R.P. Ashanti-Alexander says it’s now one of numerous events which celebrate the diverse cultures that are now part of the United States.

 

              

 

While Chickasha is not having a Juneteenth celebration this year there are events scheduled in Duncan, Lawton, and Oklahoma City.

 

Activities Abound in Chickasha

There is a lot going on in Chickasha this weekend. The City of Chickasha is hosting its annual Wings and Wheels Fly-in, Car Show, and air show at the Chickasha Airport. Things get started this morning with free airplane rides for kids and a car and an aircraft show. The actual air show starts at noon. Food trucks will be on site and free bottled water will be available. Grand Assembly of God is hosting its annual car and craft show with car registration starting at 8 a.m. and more than 50 arts and crafts vendors will be there. At the Grady County Fairgrounds, two national youth cattle groups begin a five-day run with more than 700 youth from 28 states expected to show more than 1,000 head of cattle. The National Youth Chianina and the National Youth Maine-Anjou Associations are having their annual shows here for the first time.

 

Grady County PRIDE Group Organized

There is now an organized group in Grady County that supports the LGBT community. Grady County PRIDE has been formed to support the group. It was formed with the help of the Stephens County PRIDE organization which has been active for a couple of years. Jacob, who did not want to use his last name, says the PRIDE groups are for anyone who feel they are outcasts or alone. Jacob said since June is PRIDE month they decided to organize a Grady County PRIDE walk which will be held downtown Chickasha tomorrow afternoon. They'll be walking in front of the Grady County Courthouse from about 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and will have a couple of individuals speak about the challenges they face. There are Facebook pages for both the Grady County and Stephens County PRIDE groups.

 

Friday, June 18th

 

This Date in History: U.S. Supreme Court Allows

Chickasha Woman to Break Color Barrier at OU

Today marks an important anniversary in the 20th century civil rights movement. It was on this date in 1948....73 years ago that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a black student could attend the OU Law School. That student was Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher of Chickasha, who challenged the university's policy and state law regarding segregation. However, Sipuel-Fisher still faced discrimination even after being allowed to attend OU. Chickasha city councilman and Lincoln School Principal Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander says-

 

              

 

Sipuel-Fisher would go on to become a successful lawyer and even a member of the OU board of regents. She died in 1995 at the age of 71. Last fall, USA Today Network named Sipuel-Fisher among Oklahoma’s top 10 women of the 20th century.

 

Juneteenth Celebrations Set, and its now a Nat'l Holiday

The anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision for Ada Sipuel-Fisher falls just before another major event for African-Americans - Juneteenth. It was on June 19th, 1865 that African-Americans who were still in bondage in Texas finally received word that they were free. General Gordon Granger delivered the news in Galveston, Texas and it came 2 1/2 years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation that abolished slavery. A number of programs are scheduled nationwide this weekend to commemorate the event. However, The Chickasha Juneteenth celebration was canceled for a second straight year due to the pandemic. By the way, Juneteenth is now a national holiday. President Biden has signed a bill passed by the House and Senate this week setting aside June 19th as America’s 12th national holiday.

 

Joint Panel to Ensure Rescue Plan Act Funds Spent Wisely

An area state lawmaker will serve on a panel to make sure federal relief funds for Oklahoma will be used for the right reasons. Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow) will serve on a joint legislative committee to help prioritize proposals for the state's $1.9 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funds are to be used to respond to the public health emergency and negative economic effects caused by the pandemic. It can include payments to state agencies, non-profits, industry, households, and can include investments in public infrastructure. 12 members from both the state house and senate were appointed to the panel.

 

Masonic Lodge Foundation Grant to Help Bond

Students, Admin at University of Science and Arts

An effort to help connect students and administrators at the University of Science and Arts has received support from the Masonic Lodge Foundation of Oklahoma. The group awarded the university a $5,000 grant to help host regular events to foster those relationships. One of the first projects planned is a monthly Pizza on the Patio event for a casual gathering to allow for interactions and forge a stronger sense of family and community. Student surveys have shown that they want more social activities and a better understanding of the university's services and programs.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Christie Chambers, the executive director with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, is on the KOOL Konversation. Boyd Lee with CK Energy is this week's guest 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 $71.04 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.08.

Natural gas is $3.25 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $26.44.

 

Thursday, June 17th

 

Pursuit Lands Wanted Man in Jail

A high-speed pursuit leads to the arrest of a Tuttle man who has outstanding warrants in three counties. 61-year old Richard Dale Mayes was one of two people taken into custody after the chase on Saturday, June 12th. Mayes was arrested after speeding away from Minco police who attempted to pull him over on a minor speeding violation. A probable cause affidavit indicates the pursuit went north on U.S. Highway 81 to the Union City area then to El Reno at speeds of 110 miles per hour. Union City Police and Canadian County Sheriff's deputies were summoned to assist. The chase finally came to an end at an El Reno convenience store near Highway 81 and Route 66. Mayes has outstanding warrants in Grady, Custer, and Oklahoma counties, and is facing new Grady County charges that include felony eluding and misdemeanor drug possession. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Also arrested was 38-year old Virgina Dawn Raniag of Oklahoma City, who also had an outstanding Grady County warrant on a misdemeanor drug charge. She's facing new misdemeanor drug charges and remains in jail on a $20,000 bond.

 

National Youth Cattle Shows Coming to Chickasha

Two national youth cattle groups will be taking over the Grady County Fairgrounds over the next week.  The American Junior Maine-Anjou and the American Junior Chianina Associations will be at the fairgrounds. It will be a big shot in the arm for the Grady County economy. About 650 youth from 28 states will be showing over 1,000 head of cattle, looking to earn some bragging rights with their animals. The exhibitors are all 21-years old and younger with some competitions for kids as young as three-years old.  There's more than just livestock shows including a livestock judging competition, a quiz bowl, queen and princess contest, and a concert. Fairgrounds crews are getting all the pens set up for the animals this week and the youth and their families will be arriving Saturday. Officials expect the show to bring as many as 3,000 people per day to the fairgrounds through Thursday, June 24th.

 

Adult Learning Center Graduation Tonight

Graduation ceremonies will be held tonight for individuals who have earned their GED from the Chickasha Adult Learning Center. The center works to help individuals who didn't finish high school to earn the general education certificate which is equal to a high school diploma. The center, which is housed at the former Southwest School, also provides English as a Second Language courses and like public schools this past year offered distance-learning options. The commencement ceremony will be at 7 o'clock tonight at the Chickasha High School Activity Center.

 

Southwest Oklahoma Aquarium Marks Anniversary

The Medicine Park Aquarium recently celebrated its 4th anniversary. Of course, it's grown to be much more than just an aquarium. Director Doug Kemper discusses two other exhibits-

 

             

 

They've also opened a Snake Shack which features the seven venomous snakes that are found in Oklahoma. The aquarium is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.39.

Natural gas is $3.25 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $26.79.

 

Obituaries

Tracy Cranton

A memorial service for Tracy Cranton, 65, of Chickasha  will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 22nd at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made the Chickasha Soup Kitchen.

Rodney Parks

Funeral service for Rodney Parks, 44, of Oklahoma City are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 16th

 

Teen Says He Killed Brother, Burned his Body

A 13-year old Bridge Creek teen has told authorities he killed his older brother and then set his body on fire in what is said to be an assisted suicide. KWTV-News 9 reports that investigators were called to a home south of Bridge Creek back in March. Firefighters found the body of a 16-year old in a garage with an air compressor hose wrapped around his neck. The younger brother is reported to have told investigators that the two had planned the assisted suicide at least a month before it happened. The name of the 13-year old has not been published. The report says he is being charged as adult although a court motion has been filed requesting that he be tried as a juvenile. The youth is in the Grady County Jail charged with first degree murder and desecration of a human corpse. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

 

OU Selected for New Weather Research Project

Here is a big announcement for the City of Norman and the University of Oklahoma. Already home to the National Weather Center, OU has been selected to host a new weather research project for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The university will be home to what's called the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High Impact Weather Research and Operations. OU will receive nearly $210 million in funding over five years and will have the potential for renewal of another five years. Oklahoma Congressmen Tom Cole and Frank Lucas issued statements supporting the choice. Cole said OU is well positioned to host the institute which will improve the understanding of severe and high-impact weather. Lucas said he's proud to see the research funding going to an institution that has a long history of helping NOAA achieve its mission of severe storm forecasting.

 

Leadership Chickasha Applicants Sought

Finding the next generation of community leaders is the goal of the long-running Leadership Chickasha program which is part of the Chamber of Commerce. A new class will be starting up this fall and applications are now being accepted. Accepted candidates spend one day each month for seven months attending seminars, inter-active learning courses, and touring various city, county, and educational facilities. Typically, the candidates are business or professional individuals who already hold leadership positions with their companies. Tuition fee is $350 for chamber members and $450 for non-chamber members. The program will run from September, 2021 through March, 2022. Applications are on the Chamber of Commerce website or can be picked up at the Chamber office.

 

Funny Cars to be Part of Grand Assembly Car, Craft Show

Muscle car and antique car and truck enthusiasts will have a couple of car shows to check out in Chickasha this weekend. In addition to the car show at the Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show at the airport on Saturday, Grand Assembly of God will host its annual car and craft show at the church at 102 E. Almar Dr. Two-time CHAOS funny car champion Ken Singleton and his high-risk racing team will be on hand and there will be more than 50 arts and craft vendors. Car show registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and awards will be issued at 2:00 p.m.

 

COVID Vaccinations, Food for Kids

Offered by Grady County Health Dep't.

The Grady County Health Department will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations at a couple of Chickasha sites today. Those locations will be at Washita Valley Park from 11 to noon and at the Chickasha Library from noon to 1. The vaccinations are for anyone 12 years and older and youth under 18 will have to have a parent or guardian with them. In addition to the vaccinations, the health department will be providing some extra meals to youth with the help of the Regional Food Bank. The food bank and the library are already offering daily meals to all youth 18-and-under at the two locations but the health department will provide an extra meal for them today as well as each of the next two Wednesdays.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.12 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.99.

Natural gas is $3.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,860 and silver is $27.87.

 

Obituaries

Jimmy Lee Jenkins

Funeral service for Jimmy Lee Jenkins, 67, of Altus will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 18th at The Lord's House in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 15th

 

Chix Sales Tax Revenues Climb

Chickasha officials are cautiously optimistic about recent sales tax revenues for the city which reflect an increase in consumer spending. The Oklahoma Tax Commission this month sent the city more than $1.1 million in sales tax revenue which were paid on an estimated $29.3 million which was spent on taxable goods and services at city retailers. The sales tax receipts are based on actual sales tax collections for the last half of April and projections for the first half of May. Officials say the sales tax collections for both May and June were the best for those months in the past five years - and without major oil and gas traffic. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said some of the consumer spending was generated by federal stimulus funds and that the city is still 'limping along.'

 

Anadarko Gets New Ambulance; Awaits New Firetruck

In Anadarko, there is some good news for the city’s fire department. The city just received a new ambulance which was put in to service yesterday. And, officials are anticipating the arrival of a new pumper truck. City Manager Kenneth Corn made the announcement about the firetruck on the city's Facebook page-

 

              

 

Corn said the truck is expected to be delivered in October and it will be the first new firetruck in more than 30 years. Corn also outlined a number of infrastructure projects in his 10-minute video. Among them, replacing the main line into the city's sewer plant and installing a number of lift stations to help get waste water to the plant. A Community Development Block Grant and another grant from Indian Health Services and the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will help pay for those projects.

 

Air Show Set Saturday at Chickasha Airport

Father's Day weekend will feature quite a treat at the Chickasha airport. The City of Chickasha and the Chickasha Wings Flying School are again combining efforts to host the annual Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show. The last couple of years they have brought in some historic World War Two aircraft but Mitch Williams of Chickasha Wings says they shifted gears this year-

 

              

 

The air show will be Saturday, June 19th and will feature an aerobatics pilot; an experimental aircraft flying formation; races between a motorcycle and an airplane; and radio controlled planes. There will be free airplane rides for children 8 to 17 years old and awards for car show and fly-in participants. Food trucks will be on site. Registration for the free airplane rides for children will start at 8:30 a.m. with flights from 9 a.m. to noon and again after 2 p.m. The actual air show will get underway about noon. Admission is free and individuals are urged to bring lawn chairs, hats, and sunscreen.

 

Science and Arts' Regents Hold Tuition, Fees Steady

Good news for students who will be returning to the University of Science and Arts this fall. The university’s board of regents voted to keep tuition and fees at current levels. In a prepared statement, university president John Feaver said that as they begin to resume more normal operations after the pandemic, it is his hope that keeping rates flat will take some of the pressure off students and allow them to concentrate on their classroom work. On average, Oklahoma students enrolled in 15 credit hours at Science and Arts can expect to pay a little more than $4,000 per trimester.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.86.

Natural gas is $3.35 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,865 and silver is $27.73.

 

Obituary

David Tobey

A graveside service for David Tobey, 83, formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 16th at the Alex Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army Reserves veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 14th

 

PSO Re-Thinking Proposed Ft. Sill Power Plant

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSA) officials may be re-considering their plans to build an emergency power plant at Ft. Sill. We reported last week that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved the project with some restrictions. The Oklahoman is reporting that the panel approved a plan that is about half of the cost of the original proposal put forth by the utility. PSO was seeking $118 million to build the power plant which would provide emergency power to Ft. Sill for about two weeks. The corporation commission only approved a $60 million plan saying they didn't object to the plans to help the base upgrade its abilities to operate during emergency situations. The panel did take issue with its estimated cost. PSO indicated that the revisions would add less than one dollar per month to their customers’ monthly bills.

 

Chix' Ward 2 Residents to Meet with Council Reps

Chickasha residents who live in Ward 2 will have their annual meeting with their city council representatives and other city officials tonight. The meeting will be at city hall with Councilwoman Georgianne Hebblethwaite and Councilman Clark Van Dyck on hand to discuss issues, concerns, and ideas for a better city. That meeting will be at 6:30 tonight in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Chix School Board to Consider Resource Officer Contract

A contract with the Grady County Sheriff's Office and revisions to handbooks for foster families and English learners are to be considered by the Chickasha school board tonight. The panel contracts with the sheriff's office to pay for a school security officer. The proposal calls for the officer to be paid nearly $4,000 per month from August 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022. The officer would work no more than 171 hours per month. The panel will also consider some personnel changes which include adding Dr. Demeka Norwood as the district’s Federal Programs Coordinator; moving Milton Bowens from the Graduation and Instructional Coach position at the high school to Curriculum Coordinator in administration; and hiring Tammie Swinburne as the district's Special Education Counselor. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building. The meeting will be video-streamed on the school district's website.

 

Anadarko School Board to Consider Elem School Changes

Anadarko school administrators are considering changing the grade spans in their elementary schools. The Anadarko school board will consider changing Sunset Elementary to Pre-K and Kindergarten; East Elementary to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades; and Mission Elementary to 4th and 5th grades. The panel will also consider a number of fund raisers and an overnight stay for FFA members in Stillwater to participate in a livestock judging contest. The Anadarko school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Choctaw Avenue Repairs Underway

Here's a reminder that ODOT will have a portion of Choctaw Avenue narrowed to one lane in each direction for a highway improvement project. This will be at 11th and Choctaw Ave. near Love's and the Plaza North shopping center. Repairs are expected to take place much of the week.

 

FAA Extends Spaceport License

Oklahoma's Spaceport has had its license renewed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that the license for the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority was renewed for five years. It authorizes the Authority to operate a launch site at the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark in Burns Flat. The article indicates that the FAA's top priority in regulating commercial space transportation is that launch and re-entry operations are safe for the public. The Oklahoma Spaceport is one of only 12 such sites in the country. Others are in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Alaska, Florida, and Virginia.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.69.

Natural gas is $3.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,857 and silver is $27.82.

 

 

2021, June 7th-12th

Saturday, June 12th

 

Early-Morning Storms Rumble Through the Region

Much of the Grady and Caddo county region was struck with gale-force winds and up to quarter-sized hail in thunderstorms that tracked across the area this morning. The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings just after 2 a.m. for storms that packed near hurricane-force winds at 60 mile per hour. The Oklahoma Mesonet site indicates that the peak wind speeds in Chickasha was 59 miles per hour while at Acme, which is west of Rush Springs, winds topped out at 74 miles per hour. Minco had wind speeds of 52 miles per hour. One early report of wind damage in Chickasha is that part of the roof of Jimmy's Cleaners at 8th and Minnesota Ave. had peeled back. Public Service Company of Oklahoma and several electric coops reported a number of power outages. As far as rainfall is concerned, the Mesonet shows that Minco received the heaviest rainfall with more than an inch-and-a-half of precipitation; Chickasha received just under an inch; Ft. Cobb and Apache got about two-tenths of an inch; and the Acme site collected one-tenth of an inch of rain.

 

Some Chix Police Officers Commissioned by BIA

Some Chickasha police officers have been cross-deputized to also serve with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt Decision. BIA Assistant Special Agent In Charge Bryan Stark gave the oath of office to 13 officers in a Friday ceremony-

 

              

 

Police Chief Dee Rowell and Assistant Chief G.G. Music were among those sworn in. Stark tells KOOL/RANCH News-

 

              

 

Chickasha will be working specifically with the Chickasaw Nation of which Chickasha was orIginally a part of.

 

Highway Construction Projects Approved

Several highway and bridge construction projects for the area are expected to get underway later this year after bids were approved by the state transportation commission this week. Projects in McClain County include one to widen and re-surface a five-mile stretch of State Highway 76 north of Lindsay. That's a nearly $3.5 million project awarded to Silver Star Construction out of Moore. Also in McClain County, construction of bridges and approaches on a county road over Walnut Creek north of the state highway 74B junction near Blanchard. That's just over a $1 million project awarded to H and H Bridge Company of Joplin, Mo. A third McClain county project is to grade, drain, surface, and build a bridge on a 2 ¼-mile section of a county road from the State Highway 59 junction to just west of Criner. That's a $5 million project awarded to Trease Construction out of Coalgate. In Stephens County, a right-of-way clearance on State Highway 29 west of Bray is a nearly $90,000 project awarded to Robin Hausner House Movers and Demolition out of Sperry, Okla. They were all among 32 contracts awarded totaling nearly $118 million to improve the state's highways, roads, and bridges.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Shae Mortimer with the City of Chickasha and Mitch Williams with the Chickasha Wings Flying school are our guests on the KOOL Konversation talking about next week's air show, car show, and fly-in at the Chickasha Airport. And Doug Kemper with the Medicine Park Aquarium is this week’s guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 11th

 

Water Service Returns to Anadarko;

Precautionary Boil Recommended

Contractors have made temporary repairs to a broken water line in Anadarko which caused officials to urge residents to conserve water earlier this week. City Manager Kenneth Corn says residents can now use water but the city has issued a precautionary boil recommendation before drinking or cooking with it. Corn said that a more permanent repair will be needed.

 

              

 

Corn said the problem arose when a valve on the water line broke. He said they will be replacing about a 20-foot section of a 16-inch pipe once they get the parts they need. Corn said that officials would be letting residents know when that work would take place but could not give a time frame on when that might occur.

 

Wanted Man Leads Police on High-Speed Pursuit

A Ninnekah man who had a warrant out for his arrest is behind bars after leading law enforcement on high-speed chase. 53-year old Scott Grady Leatherwood had a warrant for a misdemeanor drug possession charge stemming from an arrest last summer. A probable cause affidavit indicates that a Chickasha police officer spotted Leatherwood driving down the street Monday night and tried to pull him over and that's when the chase began. Speeds reached 60 miles per hour through several neighborhoods, then south on 16th Street to U.S. Highway 81. A Grady County deputy joined the pursuit which went south of Ninnekah with speeds reaching 110 mph. Leatherwood turned on to a county road about six miles south of Ninnekah and bailed out of the truck and managed to get away. It's not clear how or when authorities discovered Leatherwood's whereabouts but he was booked into jail just early Thursday morning. In addition to his arrest last summer, Leatherwood was also arrested just a few weeks ago for having firearms after a previous conviction and was out of jail after posting bond. Leatherwood is now facing a new felony charge of endangering others while eluding and he remains in jail on a $55,000 bond.

 

Chickasha's Mental Health to be Discussed

What is the state of Chickasha's mental health? The Chickasha Public Library will host licensed mental health counselor Virginia Savage in a program next week. Savage says we've all been through many struggles this past year-and-a-half and that now is a good time to reflect on our strengths and challenges to assess how we've done and how we might do better. She said they will be talking about the meaning of mental health and what contributes to and detracts from it. The free program is geared toward adults and older teens. It’s made possible through a grant from the State Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19th. Pre-registration is required due to limited space.

 

Counties to Sell Properties with Delinquent Taxes

County treasurers across the state are making final preparations for a Monday auction of properties which have delinquent property taxes. The current owners of these properties are at least four years delinquent in paying the taxes owed. Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton says this is a 'buyer beware' sale and all properties are sold 'as-is' and no warranties will be given. There are about 70 properties available in Grady County and about 60 properties available in Caddo County. The properties will be sold for the taxes owed in addition to costs and fees; or two-thirds of the assessed value plus costs and fees, whichever is less. Current property owners can still pay the delinquent taxes owed prior to the sale. Available properties statewide can be seen on the website: www.oktaxrolls.com Interested buyers should contact their local county treasurer's office for other information.

 

Chix High School Counselor Has New Role

A long-time Chickasha school counselor will have a new role with the district. Mona Greenfield will be the new student accounting, assessment, and communications coordinator. A post on the district's Facebook page shows that her duties will include focusing on the student information system, enrollment, state testing coordination, and website development. Greenfield has spent her entire 26 year career in education with Chickasha schools. In addition to being the high school counselor the last few years she served as the vocal music teacher for the high school and Grand Elementary.

 

Elks Lodge to Host Kids Fishing Day

Tomorrow will be a good day to get the kids hooked on fishing. The Chickasha Elks Lodge will hold its annual kids fishing day at Shannon Springs Park. The lake was just stocked with 2,000 pounds of catfish yesterday. It's a free event for kids 16-and-under and there are three age divisions. The kids will need to bring their own fishing poles however bait will be provided. Officials are encouraging foster families and military veterans to take part. They'll get started about 9 o'clock and run until noon. The Elks will be serving free hot dogs and chips afterwards.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Shae Mortimer and Mitch Williams are on the KOOL Konversation discussing next weekend’s Wings and Wheels Fly-in, Air Show, and Car Show at the Chickasha Airport. Doug Kemper with the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Science Center is our guest 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 $70.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.52.

Natural gas is $3.15 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,895 and silver is $26.29.

 

Thursday, June 10th

 

Anadarko Deals with Water Line Break

Working through the night, crews in Anadarko have made some progress with a water line break which caused officials to ask residents and businesses to conserve water. The break was discovered about noon Wednesday between the city’s water towers and the pumps which are used to get the water into distribution system. City Manager Kenneth Corn has been keeping residents updated on the situation on The City of Anadarko’s Facebook page.

 

 

Officials are hoping water service can return to normal later today but continue asking individuals to use tap water only for drinking and that no water be used for bathing, car washing, or watering lawns and gardens. Corn said the water may be discolored after the repairs are made and suggests that residents open their taps for a few minutes to allow their lines to clear up.

 

Street Project May Slow Downtown Chix Traffic

A traffic advisory has been issued for motorists driving through downtown Chickasha. State Department of Transportation crews are repairing a section of Choctaw Avenue around 11th Street. Officials say traffic will be down to one lane in both directions perhaps through the end of the week. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through that work zone.

 

Retiring CV Tech Employees Heralded for Service

Three longtime employees with Canadian Valley Technology Center have announced their retirements. Assistant Superintendent Bill Bradley has spent a total of 40 years in education with 37 of those at CV Tech. He started has a construction trades teacher on the Chickasha campus and has served as an administrator for the last 23 years. Superintendent Gayla Lutts says Bradley was among those who helped rebuild the El Reno campus after a massive tornado destroyed many of its buildings in 2013.

 

              

 

Lutts said a seminar center on the technology center's Cowan Campus in Yukon will be named in Bradley’s honor later this month. A couple of long-time employees on the Chickasha campus also announced their retirements. Carla Estep who has been serving as an events coordinator is retiring after 25 years and Betty Henderson who has worked as an instructional coach is retiring after 14 years.

 

Chickasha Efforts Nominated for State Tourism Awards

The Chickasha Leg Lamp that was part of last year's Festival of Light was a big hit across the state. It even drew the attention of Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell who said it was ideas like that which generate tourism in the Sooner State. The 40-foot tall inflatable Leg Lamp was sparked by Tim Elliott and the Chickasha Economic Development Council and is one of three local tourism projects up for an award from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. Another is the Hometown Christmas music video and movie produced which featured Chickasha's small town charm. The Redbud Awards will be awarded July 29th in Edmond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.22.

Natural gas is $3.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $27.81.

 

Wednesday, June 9th

 

Grady County Consumer Spending, Sales Tax Numbers

Good news and bad news for consumer spending throughout Grady County. The numbers are up from the month-to-month totals but down from the same time a year ago. It's estimated that nearly $67 million was spent on taxable goods and services in March. That's up 26.5 percent from February but it’s off 16 percent compared to March of 2020. The consumer spending estimate is based on the sales tax revenue turned over to the county by the state tax commission. Grady County received just over $500,000 in sales tax revenues this month which was paid on the taxable goods and services that were purchased in March. Sales tax revenues are designated for several areas all of which received the approval of Grady County voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds picked up $167,000; Grady Memorial Hospital obtained $148,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $83,000 with each one getting nearly $12,000; the 20 fire districts also shared $83,000 with each one getting $4,100; Tuttle EMS collected $15,000; and Rush Springs EMS received $3,800.

 

Chix Police to Take Oaths with BIA

A number of Chickasha police officers will officially be crossed-deputized with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) this week. 13 officers will be sworn in to serve on the Special Law Enforcement Commission.  Police officers and sheriff's deputies in many parts state are being cross-deputized with the BIA as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt Decision. Being part of the special law enforcement commission will allow officers to file cases in federal court when an incident includes victims or suspects of crimes involving members of federally-recognized Native American tribes. The swearing-in ceremony will be held Friday afternoon at the Chickasha Police Department.

 

With Restrictions, PSO Gets OK for Ft. Sill Energy Center

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has obtained approval to build that huge energy center at Ft. Sill although state regulators have placed restrictions on the proposal. Earlier this week, the Corporation Commission OK'd the $118 million plan which has been in discussion for seven years. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that the question is: 'will PSO and the U.S. Army moved ahead with what turned out to be something of a controversial proposal to create secure emergency electrical power for the post?’ The project involves the creation of a solar facility as well as something called a Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) facility. The Corporation Commission order found that PSO's choice of that facility imposes unreasonable and unjust costs to PSO customers. PSO ratepayers would pay $108 million of the $118 million project. Monthly bills would increase about $1 per month starting in 2023 if PSO decides to move ahead. The article states that PSO does not need corporation commission approval to begin construction but was seeking pre-approval to pass the costs along to its customers.

 

Some Ag Producers May Get Crop Insurance Discount

Agriculture producers who planted cover crops last fall may be eligible for savings on their crop insurance premiums. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program has been implemented by the USDA. Kate Henson is with the Center for Rural Affairs who focuses on agriculture, conservation, risk management and federal programs-

 

              

 

Producers have until next Tuesday, June 15th to sign up for the discount and are encouraged reach out to their local Farm Service Agency for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.22.

Natural gas is $3.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $27.68.

 

Obituary

Jimmy Jenkins

Funeral service for Jimmy Jenkins, 67 of Altus is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 8th

 

Lake Chickasha Resident Takes Concerns to City Council

A resident at Lake Chickasha has been bringing her concerns about the conditions at the lake to the Chickasha City Council for the last several months. Kathy Martin was back in front of the panel last night addressing those issues.

 

              

 

Martin said she and other lake residents are getting ready to sign new leases and wants the city to make a better effort to make it a cleaner, safer place.

 

City Budget Approval Postponed

The final approval of a proposed budget for the City of Chickasha has been postponed. The city council delayed a formal decision on the $48 million spending plan in order that the public have more time to view the spending plan. A brief public hearing for the budget was held during last night's meeting but resident Torry Wise asked for more time to look at the proposal. The city attorney said that last night's public hearing was legally required but that another hearing could be held during the June 28th council meeting to get public input. The council awarded the construction of a dog park to Bordwine Development. The panel approved the company’s $110,000 bid after altering the base bid of more than $150,000. Mayor Chris Mosley said the park is being paid for by donated funds. Mosley said the Badgett Family which initially donated $50,000 and has agreed to provide the additional funds needed to build the facility.

 

City Funds Approved for Petroleum Building Upgrades              

The council also approved the use of $86,000 in economic development funds to help make improvements to the Petroleum Building. Owner Gail Bush said upgrades to the building will cost about $260,000 to include a new elevator. Economic Development Director Jim Cowan attended the meeting and said the improvements also include remodeling the fifth floor of the building to add some retail space and to develop a BB gun museum.

 

Mayor Proclaims 'A Cowgirl's Song' Day

With the filming of a Hollywood movie in Chickasha complete, Mayor Chris Mosley proclaimed Monday, June 7th as "A Cowgirls Song" Day. The proclamation was issued prior to last night's city council meeting. Crews spent the better part of three weeks filming at various locations around town. The proclamation credits accomplished filmmaker Timothy Armstrong for bringing in an all-star cast to include Cheryl Ladd, Savannah Lee May, and Darci Lynne Farmer - and that local business individuals including Reagan Elkins, Maggie McClure, and Shane Henry and local investors were instrumental in having Chickasha being chosen for the film. It also states that Chickasha has been recognized as a 'film-friendly' city by the Oklahoma Film Commission.

 

Chix Businessman Ben Milam Dies

Longtime Chickasha business owner Ben Milam has died. Milam opened a heat and air business in the early 1980s and ran the company which still bears his name for more than 20 years. Milam was 83 when he passed away yesterday. He was born in Verden and graduated high school there. Before graduation he joined the Army Reserves where he served as a radio operator. Before starting his own business he worked for PSO, Perdue Industries, and Maremont. He served as an auxiliary police officer for Chickasha, and while living in Tuttle served on the city council, and also served as a volunteer firefighter at both Tuttle and Rush Springs. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 11th at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.23.

London-based Brent crude is $71.49.

Natural gas is $3.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,896 and silver is $27.81.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Davies

A graveside service for Kenneth Davies, 89, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 11th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a retired U.S. Marine. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 7th

 

Morning Storms Bring High Winds, Hail

Thunderstorms with some intense winds and hail made their way through central and eastern Grady County and western McClain County early this morning. The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm warnings for storms near Agawam and Alex about 5:00 a.m. Radar indicated the storms packed 60 mile-per-hour winds and quarter-sized hail. The storms were slowly moving northeast at 15 miles per hour toward the Middleberg, Dibble, and Blanchard areas.  The warnings were allowed to expire about 5:45 a.m. There were no preliminary reports of damage.

 

Chix Officials to Finalize Budget Work; Public Hearing Set

A proposed budget for the City of Chickasha will be heard in a public hearing during tonight's city council meeting. Prior to the formal council meeting, the panel will hold a work session on the spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget in its current form provides for nearly $48 million in expenditures over the next 12 months. The fund balance to start the fiscal year is projected at nearly $45 million with an anticipated $36 million in revenue. The work session, which is also open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber at city hall. The formal city council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

Dog Park Project Could be Awarded

Construction of a new dog park for Chickasha could begin in a few weeks. The city council is expected to award a bid for the project to Bordwine Development tonight. The base bid submitted is just under $152,000 which is about $40,000 more than the engineer's estimate. However, the council will consider a change order which would make the contract about $110,000. The change would be planting fewer trees and purchasing items from the specified vendor in lieu of a substitute project vendor. Officials say the project is being paid by donated funds. To date the Badgett Family has provided $50,000 for the dog park which will be built at Centennial Park. It is expected to feature dog play stations, picnic tables, and landscaping along with 1,000 sq. ft. of concrete sidewalk and 1,300 feet of fencing.

 

New Elevator Proposed for Petroleum Building

The council is also to consider an economic development funding proposal to help install a new elevator in the Petroleum Building. The Economic Development Council is recommending the city use grant funds set aside for economic development projects. Building owner Gail Bush says the cost of the new elevator would be about $260,000 and she's asking the city to provide about $86,000 to help pay for the project. The economic development fund provides one dollar for every three dollars in private funds invested.

 

Teen Hospitalized Following Motorcycle-Car Crash

A teenager was hospitalized after being thrown out of a pickup in a traffic accident south of Rush Springs over the weekend. The unidentified 14-year old Duncan boy was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, trunk, and internal injuries and admitted in fair condition. The accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 81 about four miles south of Rush Springs. The Highway Patrol reports that a pick-up driven by 43-year old Crissy Butler of Duncan ran off the highway, over-corrected, then hit a cable barrier in the median. Butler and two other passengers were not injured. The injured teen was not buckled up.

 

Three Hospitalized After Sunday Accident

Two Newcastle residents are hospitalized after the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a car making a U-turn in front of them. 56-year old Coy Stevens and 59-year old Sheryl Jones were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, arm, and leg injuries and were admitted in stable condition. The accident happened south of Watonga on U.S. Highway 270 yesterday afternoon. The highway patrol reports that the driver of the car was having a medical issue and attempted a U-turn. Stevens attempted to avoid a collision but crashed into the passenger side of the car. The driver of the car, 84-year old Earl Boyd of Watonga, was also hospitalized for a medical condition not related to the accident. His condition was not included in the accident report.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.89.

Natural gas is $3.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,887 and silver is $27.70.

2021, May 31st-June 5th

Saturday, June 5th

 

Proposed City of Chickasha Budget Released

A nearly $50 million budget for the City of Chickasha will have a public hearing in next week's Chickasha City Council meeting. The projected expenses for the fiscal year that starts July 1st are just under $48 million. The budget summary shows the city will have about $45 million in various accounts to start the fiscal year, and it’s projected that revenues will bring in just under $36 million. The hearing will be held during the Monday, June 7th council meeting which will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Prior to that meeting the council will have an informal work session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the plan. The council is expected to adopt the final spending plan during its June 21st council meeting. A summary of the budget can be seen on the agenda for the Monday, June 7th meeting which is posted on the city's website: www.chickasha.org and is under the Agenda tab.

 

Suspect Wanted for Taser Attack

A Caddo County man is wanted for allegedly using a taser to rob a woman outside a Lawton bar. An arrest warrant has been issued for 30-year old Michael Christopher Bowen of Apache. The Lawton Constitution cites court records which indicate the victim told police she was waiting for a friend to pick her up outside the night club on May 15th. A man drove up and asked if she called an Uber and she said no but that the driver made her feel uncomfortable. The driver got out of the car and produced a taser, and the victim said she jumped out of the way and ran across the street. Video surveillance from the bar was post to a number of social media sites and Bowen was identified as the suspect.

 

'A Cowgirl's Song' Work Ends This Weekend

Film crews will be wrapping up their work in Chickasha this weekend on A Cowgirls Song. The city has been abuzz over the last two weeks with the arrival of actress Cheryl Ladd who plays a grandmother in the movie. Also in the film are Savannah Lee May who is a budding actress along with Oklahoma's own Darci Lynn Farmer, the young ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent almost four years ago. Farmer says it's great to work with her co-stars.


              

There are even more local ties to the film as The Imaginaries, the husband and wife due of Shane Henry and Maggie McLure, are co-producers and are writing original music for the film. Reagan Elkins with his Intellego Media group is also a co-producer of the film.

 

State High School Rodeo Finals Tonight

State champions of high school rodeo will be decided tonight at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It’s the final round of competition for the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association. Cowboys and cowgirls are also looking for a top four finish in their respective events which will earn them a trip to the national high school finals rodeo in Lincoln, Neb. in July. Among them are team ropers Creek Williams of Colony and Wyatt Peterson of Wister. Williams says they have been working together the last couple of years and talks how the two cowboys from opposite sides of the state managed to get together.

 

              

 

Tonight's championships get underway at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Cassandra Ersland and Whitney Palesano with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce are on our KOOL Konversation program. State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) are on Real Estate today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 4th

 

Judge Issues 600+ Year Sentence

Grady County District Judge Kory Kirkland follows a jury's recommendation to sentence a man to more than 600 years in prison. Kirkland formally sentenced 35-year old Eric Zeiset to 620 years behind bars yesterday.  Zeiset was convicted on 20 counts which included possession of explosives and firearms after conviction, and possession of stolen vehicles. The sentences ranged from 10 to 60 years on each count and they will run consecutively, meaning Zeiset will spend the rest of his life in prison. Oftentimes, individuals convicted of multiple crimes serve their sentences concurrently (at the same time).  It's believed to be a record-long sentence issued by a Grady County judge. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Brink prosecuted the case-

 

              

 

A jury convicted Zeiset following a four-day trial this past March. He was arrested in February of 2019 after authorities found explosives and weapons at a home outside of Verden.

              

New Law Will Allow Cities, Towns to Call Elections

for Property Tax Increases to Fund Public Safety

Cities and towns across the state in the coming months will be able to ask their residents to decide on property tax increases to help fund police and fire protection. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 838, which would allow municipalities to schedule elections to have residents vote on increasing ad valorem taxes for that purpose. State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) said the measures would need a super majority for approval

 

              

 

Currently, cities and towns only operate on sales tax revenues for funding. The law goes into effect Nov. 1st.

 

Utility Group May Vote on Proposed Ft. Sill Energy Center

The state panel which regulates utilities may vote next week on a proposal from Public Service Company of Oklahoma to build a multi-million dollar energy center at Ft. Sill. The $118 million plan is being debated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that Commissioners Todd Hiett and Dana Murphy are expressing doubts whether the proposal would survive a legal review from the state supreme court.  Commissioner Bob Anthony is in favor of the proposal, calling it a security issue. Commissioners are planning a meeting Monday to consider a possible vote on the plan. If approved, PSO rate payers would pay $108 million of the total with Ft. Sill paying $10 million.

 

More Youth Rodeo State Finals in Chickasha

A couple of weeks ago, the Grady County Fairgrounds hosted the Oklahoma Jr. High School Rodeo Association State Finals. This weekend, the high school rodeo association is holding its state finals. More than 150 participants will be looking to earn enough points in their respective events to qualify for the national finals. Rodeo action begins at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and admission is free. Tickets for the Saturday night’s championship round are $5 per person.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.31.

Natural gas is $3.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,874 and silver is $27.50.

 

Obituary

Brian Branch

A funeral service for Brian Branch, 50, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, June 3rd

 

Formal Sentencing Today for Man Convicted

of Having Cache of Explosives, Weapons

A man convicted of more than two dozen counts of having explosives, weapons, and stolen vehicles is to hear is formal sentence today. A Grady County jury recommended that 35-year old Eric Casey Zeiset of Amber spend more than 600 years behind bars. A judge is scheduled to issue Zeiset's formal sentencing in Grady County District Court this afternoon. Zeiset was arrested for having a cache of explosives and weapons at a home south of Verden in February of 2019 following an investigation by the District Attorney's Task Force, Verden police, and the state bureau of narcotics. District Attorney Jason Hicks said at the time of the conviction that while the jury's recommendation may seem excessive Zeiset is a dangerous man.

 

Chickasha Firm to Add Jobs Thanks to State Program

A Chickasha area company will be adding a number of jobs to its workforce. Cimarron Trailers is adding 40 positions to its payroll with the help of the state Department of Commerce Quality Jobs Act. Cimarron currently has about 123 employees. Taking part in the Quality Jobs Act is expected to allow the employee-owned company to increase its workforce by about one-third over the next five years. In a prepared statement, Cimarron Trailers president Ben Janssen thanked the Department of Commerce for its leadership in helping to encourage growth for existing Oklahoma companies. Janssen said the new jobs will be a positive impact for the community. Cimarron Trailers was founded more than 20 years ago and its trailers are sold in 22 states. The company was acquired by Iowa-based Folience in 2018.

 

Discussion Continues on City of Chickasha Budget

Budget talks at the City of Chickasha are continuing. The city council will have a work session Monday to continue hammering out a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in less than a month. Monday's work session will get underway at 5:30 p.m. prior to the council's regularly-scheduled meeting. The council must hold a public hearing on the proposed spending plan before it can be approved. Also at city hall, officials have posted an opening for a finance director. The individual is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the city's financial activities, supervising the finance and utility billing staff, and help the city manager in putting together the annual budget. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree and five years’ experience in managing fiscal operations (preferably in a local government setting), and CPA certification is preferred. A complete job description and applications are available on the city's website.

 

Festival of Light Has New Leader

There's a new director for Chickasha's Festival of Light. Whitney Palesano has taken the reins of the holiday light display. The announcement was posted on the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Facebook page which stated that Palesano is the newest employee at the Chamber. In addition to her Festival of Light duties she will also help with chamber events and tourism. Palesano is a life-long Chickasha resident and has served on the Festival of Light and chamber boards of directors.

 

Chickasha Municipal Swimming Pool Now Open

Temperatures have been a little cool to take a dip in the pool but the Chickasha Municipal Swimming Pool is open for the season. The pool in Shannon Springs Park opened this past Tuesday and will have open swimming from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The pool is managed by the Chickasha YMCA and Y members get to swim free while the cost for non-members is $5 per day. Private parties can be booked any evening or all day on Sunday by contacting the YMCA. The Y also will offer a series of swimming lessons through the summer and that information is also available by contacting the Y by calling 405-224-2281. The pool will be open through mid-August.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.35.

Natural gas is $3.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,897 and silver is $27.97.

 

Obituaries

Betty McBride

A graveside service for Betty McBride, 84, of Tuttle will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 4th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Bobby May

A memorial service for Bobby May, 69, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5th at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

 

Wednesday, June 2nd

 

Tuesday Morning Pursuit Involved Stolen Vehicle

That pre-dawn pursuit we reported yesterday was the result of law enforcement getting word about a stolen pick-up out of Anadarko. Anadarko police say they received a call just after 5:00 a.m. Tuesday  about a 2019 Chevy Silverado that had been stolen from a home in the 400 block of West Central Boulevard. Authorities issued a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert to law enforcement. A few minutes later, a Grady County deputy spotted the truck in the Minco area and attempted to make a traffic stop and that's when the chase began. The pursuit topped speeds of 100 miles per hour and the driver of the truck used the backroads in Grady County to get from Minco to Tuttle and then on to Newcastle. The pursuit then went into Oklahoma City on I-44 where the suspect managed to elude authorities. On Star was able to locate the truck at a home in southwest Oklahoma City but the vehicle had been abandoned by the time officers arrived.  There's no word on a possible suspect.

 

Wind Farm to Get Major Upgrade

A Caddo County wind farm will be getting some upgrades in the coming months. Many of the turbines at the Blue Canyon Two Wind Farm near Carnegie will be outfitted with new blades and generators. Officials say 73 of the 84 turbines in Caddo and Kiowa counties will be repowered. The wind farm is owned and operated by EDP Renewable North America. The Lawton Constitution quotes project manager Christopher Morris as saying it’s a critical step toward extending the longevity and efficiency of the company's projects. The repowering of the wind farm will ensure that economic benefits and affordable energy will continue. Officials believe the effort will create an annual 30 percent increase in power production and extend the life of the project an additional 20 to 30 years. The wind farm has already been in operation more than 15 years. The wind farm powers the equivalent of 94,000 average Oklahoma homes with electricity each year. Through 2019 it has paid more than $17 million to local governments and more than $25 million to landowners.

 

Summer Food Programs Begin

Youth in the Chickasha area can now get free lunches throughout much of the summer. The Chickasha Public Library and the Regional Food Bank have teamed up to provide healthy meals every Monday through Friday for all youth 18-and-under. There are two pick-up locations although the youth will only be able to get lunches at one of them each day. The meals can be picked up at Washita Valley Park from  11:00 a.m. to noon at Washita Valley Park and from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Chickasha Public Library. The meals will be available through July 30th. In a related story, the Chickasaw Nation is providing an opportunity for families of students eligible for free or reduced meals at participating public schools. Information posted on the Chickasha schools website says it’s for First Americans and non-First Americans. Families can apply to receive an EBT card to purchase healthy food. Application are available on the website www.Chickasaw.net/SummerEBT and the deadline to apply is August 4th. Families can also call 580-272-1178 during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

 

FFA Groups Encouraged to Apply for PSO STEM Grants

FFA programs might consider applying for science and technology grants being offered by Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The STEM grants are being provided by PSO's parent company and it's non-profit American Electric Power Foundation. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 for projects involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). A news release indicates that priorities will be given to applications that benefit more than one chapter and that are sustainable over a number of years. The AEP Foundation has set aside a total of $40,000 for grants. Chapters have until July 9th to apply. Applications can be found on the state FFA website at www.okffa. org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.72.

London-based Brent crude is $70.25.

Natural gas is $3.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,898 and silver is $27.88.

 

Obituaries

Carol ‘Sue’ (Porter) Beck

A graveside service for Sue Beck, 69, of Mustang and formerly of the Amber-Pocasset area will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3rd at Chickasha’s Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Marion Pinkerton

Funeral service for Marion Pinkerton, 74, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 1st

 

Morning Pursuit Crosses Several Counties

Law enforcement officers in at least four counties were part of a high-speed pursuit this morning. It's reported that speeds reached 110 miles per hour at one point. The first scanner reports came in just after 5:45 a.m. from northern Caddo County. The chase continued into northern Grady County from Minco to Tuttle and then into Newcastle in McClain County. From there, the chase continue onto I-44 into Oklahoma County. Authorities were trying to reach On Star to shut down the vehicle. The last report was that On Star had located the pick up at a home in Oklahoma City. Listen to KOOL/RANCH News later today for an update.

 

Grady County Memorial Day Ceremony Held

A good crowd gathered for the Grady County Memorial Day ceremony at the Chickasha Elks Lodge yesterday. The ceremony is normally held at the county veterans memorial at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park but was moved indoors because of the rain. U.S. Army veteran Brad Bates was the guest speaker. He's part of four generations of his family who have served. His grandfather served in WW I; an uncle served in WW2 and Vietnam; another uncle died in a naval training exercise after Korea; his brother Bruce served in the Marines; his son Daniel is currently serving in the Air Force; and he has a nephew who served in the Marines after attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Bates said the U.S. stands ready to defend freedom around the world with an astounding number of military bases.

 

              

 

Also during the ceremony, the names of the 129 Grady County men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces were read. Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee chairwoman Sherri Lewis said we should also remember the nearly 82,000 men and women who remain missing in action.

 

Enrollment Underway for OK's Medicaid Expansion

Oklahoma families eligible for health coverage through the state's Medicaid expansion can begin applying for benefits today. The Oklahoman reports that Medicaid, also known as SoonerCare, has covered children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and disabled individuals. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority estimates an additional 200,000 people will be eligible. Under the expansion individuals ages 19-64 who meet income guidelines can enroll. For one person the maximum income is just under $1,500 per month or nearly $18,000 per year. For a family of four it’s just over $3,000 per month or $36,500 per year. Individuals can apply on-line at www.MySoonerCare.org or call the SoonerCare Helpline, 800-987-7767.

 

WIC Recipients Get Added Benefits

Families who are part of the State Health Department's Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) program get some good news. Officials say there is a temporary increase to the Cash Value Benefit as well as a permanent addition of canned fruits and vegetables to the approved food list. The Cash Value Benefit will increase from $9 to $35 per month per participant from June 1st through Sept. 30th. The funds come from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Regarding the new foods allowed for purchase, previously clients could only buy fresh or frozen fruits and veggies. Clients can now purchase canned fruits and vegetables as long as they meet Food and Drug Administration standards.

 

Rig Count Up in Nation, State

With energy prices on the rise there's more work in the oil patches across the country.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.63.

Natural gas is $2.99 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,909 and silver is $28.33.

 

Monday, May 31st

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