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2018, February 27th - March 3rd

2018,  February 27th - March 3rd   





Our Chickasha Schools Academic Person of the week is Ty Rayburn

Here's Ty’s story!







Saturday, March 3rd.


Oklahoma adds 3 drilling rigs to production count.                                                                                                                                   

(The AP Reports) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 981…exceeding the 756 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma increased by three rigs, Alaska and Pennsylvania each gained two rigs and New Mexico and Texas increased by one. The most active area after the Permian, is South Texas' Eagle Ford shale with 70 rigs, and then Oklahoma's Cana-Woodford shale with 68 rigs. Oklahoma is home to 124 rigs at this time. Nationally Services Company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 800 rigs drilled for oil this week and 181 for gas. The U.S. rig count in 1981 was 4,530 and bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.


Duncan youth services cut.

In DUNCAN,  State budget cuts have resulted in the closing of Youth Services for Stephens County Friday. The decision came from the agency's board of directors as the result of budget and funding issues. According to the Lawton Construction, Youth Services Board Chair Joe Henderson said, …the history of budget cuts and revenue shortfalls at the state level, as well as the additional announcement of a two percent cut, the board did not feel the agency could withstand the additional cuts, and …felt there was no other option. 


Not Home Yet?

The welcome home celebration for some Fort Sill soldiers has been delayed again.

The 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery troops were set to come home from South Korea

Thursday but the flight was grounded in Alaska due to mechanical issues. No estimated time of arrival is set, but The 12:30 Friday afternoon Rinehart Fitness Center reunion was extended to be announced at a later date For the formal ceremony.


National Flu

The worst of the flu season is over, according to CDC and U.S. health officials, but the toll of children dying has rose to  17 more since Friday; bring the total to 114. Southern states have been hit with 33 of the pediatric deaths. At this time Flu activity remains active in 45 states and Puerto Rico. This Flu season started early…. was more intense …and the flu vaccine only 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu severe issues. If you have become suddenly, and hard with a high fever between 102- and 106-degrees, Breathing Difficulty, cold chills caused by sweating, or you notice muscle tenderness in the back, arms, legs, and chest seek medical advice.


Looking for a grand weekend outing…

The CHICKASHA Community Theatre is present "Peril on the High Seas,” this weekend

At 7:30 Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at 2 in the historic Washita Theatre

Tickets are only $12 for adults and $6 for ages 4-18.



Funeral services for Nathan (Zi-set) Zeiset, 90, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:30. Monday, in the Plainview Mennonite Church, Chickasha, Interment will be in Plainview Mennonite Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.


Memorial services will be held for 85 year old Janice Elliott Crum at

Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norman, OK at 11:00 on March 12., and are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.


Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend…

At 8 right after the News. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim IN-hoff

is this week’s guest on our KOOL Konversation program.

And At 830 this morning on Real-estate today, with John Mosley,

we discuss Senior Fraud prevention workshops coming to the area with

 Rochelle Covington from the Oklahoma Insurance Department. If you missed the shows, just click on the Community tab and find your show.


In Local Sports

The Amber-Pocasset Panther baseball team was selected as one of the top teams in

Class A this year, receiving… 576 points, and 5th, in the first set of Class A rankings from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. Becoming the only area team ranked in Class A.. or Class B.


In USAO Sports

Yesterday The Drovers Softball team beat Bethel College  11 to 2 at Wichita, KS

And in the 2nd  game…USAO… Played. Kansas Wesleyan University. They won 11 TO 2     

The USAO Women's Basketball team won against John Brown University

In the SAC Tournament Semifinals 72 to 62 at Siloam Springs, Ark.


In Drover Baseball against. Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ at 6:00 last night in Chickasha, USAO won  26 TO 2, And have a game against Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Chickasha,

At 1 this afternoon.


In OSU Sports

The Cowboys Wrestling team is at Big 12 Championships in Tulsa, today and tomorrow.


In OU Basketball

The sooners host TCU  at 11:00 aired on FS 1


In Pro Basketball

The OKC Thunder battled the Phoenix suns at 8. At the talking stick resort in AZ.

Winning 124 TO 116 and play Portland tonight at 9 aired on FS Oklahoma.




Friday, March 2nd


Grocery Store Tops New Chix Construction Projects

The recent announcement of a new grocery store coming to Chickasha bolstered the city's new construction permits for February. Contractors for Aldi's were awarded a $2 million building permit to renovate the former Staples store. There's no word on when that work might begin. That permit provided the bulk of the more than $2.6 million in new construction that was approved by the city's Community Development Department. A total of 14 permits were approved. Two other commercial construction projects were authorized. One was for $35,000 to American Tower Corporation for the cel phone tower at 13th and Choctaw. The other was for $5,000 for a remodel at Brandt's Ace Hardware. In residential projects, Elite Construction was approved for the renovation of the Jimmie and Ruth Johnson home at 16th and Country Club for nearly $190,000. The Johnson home received considerable damage in a fire in December. Also, two more new homes will be built in the Sleepy Hollow Two addition. Home Creations received permits to build the homes, each valued around $130,000. In the first two months of 2018, city officials have approved more than $6.3 million in new construction.


Lindsay Motorist Hurt in Crash

A motorist is hospitalized following a traffic accident south of Lindsay. 69-year old Tommy Shelton of Lindsay suffered head and internal injuries and was last in stable condition in a Norman hospital. The accident happened about 7 o'clock Thursday morning, a mile-and-a-half south of Lindsay on Highway 76. The Highway Patrol reports that Shelton failed to yield while entering the highway. His pickup was broadsided in the driver's side by another pickup driven by 34-year old Zachary Benefield of Sprio. Benefield was not hurt.


Flu Continues in Oklahoma

Another 157 cases of the flu have been reported in Oklahoma in the past week. However there were no new deaths related to the flu. The state health department reports the total flu numbers since last September have topped the 4,100 mark, with 194 deaths. In this region, Grady County has had 68 flu cases; Stephens County has had 64; McClain County has had 57; Garvin County reports 35; and Caddo County has had just 23 flu cases since the first of September.


Middle School Student Claims Honors

Let's check in now with Dennis Linam, who will tell us about one of the outstanding students in Chickasha Public Schools.





Stock Show Premium Sale Another Huge Success

A lot of money changed hands at the Grady County Fairgrounds last night. The premium sale capped the week-long Grady County Junior Livestock show. At last count, more than $160,000 was paid to the youth who had the top animals this week. The auction alone brought nearly $90,000. Add-ons were at $75,000 and climbing. The animal that commanded the highest bid was the grand champion market barrow shown by Tyler Waitman of Tuttle, which brought $2,500. The grand champion market steer shown by Blake Janssen of Amber-Pocasset, brought $2,000. Each of the 123 animals in the sale sold for at least $500.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.99 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.71.

Natural gas is $2.69 per million BTU.

Gold is $1,323 and silver is $16.50.


Thursday, March 1st


New Rules in Place Regarding Quake, Fracking Link

Energy companies working in the SCOOP and STACK plays have some new rules to follow regarding earthquakes that may come from hydraulic fracturing. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says the agency has developed a new seismicity protocol.




The SCOOP and STACK are the state's largest oil and gas plays. Tim Baker heads the commission's Oil and Gas Conservation Division. Baker said the changes are part of the panel's effort to learn how to mitigate the risk of causing earthquakes. The new rules have the support of the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Read more about the new standards at


Retailers to Restrict Gun Sales

Two national retailers are taking action regarding the sale of guns and automatic weapons in light of the tragic school shooting in Florida last month. Dick's Sporting Goods has announced they have stopped the sale of assault-style rifles and have banned the sale of all guns to  anyone under 21. Wal-Mart has also announced they will not sell firearms and ammunition to anyone under 21. Wal-Mart also said it will remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. Wal-Mart stopped selling AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015.


Anadarko Schools, Police Form Alliance

A partnership between the Anadarko Police Department and  Anadarko Public Schools hopes to provide added safety for Anadarko students. The partnership will create a school resource officer program. Superintendent Cindy Hackney says it's designed to be both preventive and supportive. She said while providing the district with more resources for safety programs, it will also serve as a platform to develop positive interactions and relationships between students and law enforcement. Anadarko Mayor Kyle Eastwood said the safety of students  is an essential part of delivering a good education. He also said improving the quality of life in Anadarko and the quality of education in the district are keys for the city's economic development.


Early-Voting Underway in Next Week's Elections         

A number of special elections are coming up next Tuesday, and voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots early. In-person, absentee voting is available at county election boards. There's a special election for House District 51 in the State House of Representatives, which involves most of eastern Grady County, north-central and eastern sections of Stephens County, and one precinct in Newcastle. In Minco, voters will decide a special bond issue. A  new middle school would be built if it is approved. In all of Caddo County, voters will decide if a county-wide quarter-cent sales tax to fund numerous county services should continue. Voting is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at county election boards.


Top Beef Show Winners at Grady County Stock Show

We have results of the beef show portion of the Grady County Junior Livestock Show. Of the 33 market steers shown, Blake Jansen of Amber-Pocasset had grand champion, while Konner Shebester of Alex had the reserve grand. There were 44 heifers, and Clay Grossnicklaus of Chickasha had the grand champion, while McKenzie Layton of Ampo had the reserve. The 82nd annual show wraps up today with the livestock judging contest, and the highlight of the week tonight with the premium sale. 125 animals will be sold, and while youth may have shown several animals this week, they only get one in the sale. The buyer's dinner will get underway about 5:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 6:45. The auction starts at 7 o'clock. Brian McIntire is the auctioneer.


Goat Show Winners for Caddo County Stock Show

We have the final results from the Caddo County Junior Livestock Show that was held in Anadarko earlier this week. In the goat show, the grand and reserve grand champion wethers were shown by Preston Garner. The grand and reserve grand champion does were shown by Jennica Williams. There is no sale for the spring livestock show in Caddo County. The premium sale is held in the fall.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.64 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.78.

Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTU.

Gold is $1,311 and silver is $16.29.


Wednesday, February 28th


Korean War Vet May be Added to Veterans Memorial

Earlier this month we told you that the remains of a soldier who died during the Korean Conflict had been buried in a Grady County cemetery. The remains of Sgt. Ollie Shepard were buried in the Bradley Cemetery. Shepard was reported missing in action more than 60 years ago. Officials with the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee say Sgt. Shepard's name should be added to the Veterans Memorial in Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park. We contacted Shepard's sister, Henrietta Spangler, who lives in Oklahoma City. She said Shepard was 19-years old when he joined the Army, and he was 22 when he was reported missing in action. Spangler said one of her siblings supplied the DNA which led to the identification of her brother’s remains. Spangler said they spent part of their childhood in the Bradley and Lindsay area, and that her brother was buried alongside their parents in Bradley. Sherri Lewis with the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee said she hopes to add Sgt. Shepard's name to the memorial before the group's Memorial Day ceremony.


PSO Crews Assist in Puerto Rico Power Restoration               

Work crews from Public Service Company of Oklahoma are among hundreds of utility workers across the country who are working to restore electricity in Puerto Rico. The country was left in ruins after Hurricane Maria decimated the island nation last September. Maria was a Category 5 storm. A few PSO workers have just returned after spending about a month on the massive project. PSO spokesman Tim Hushbeck said it was quite an ordeal just to get vehicles and equipment there.




Crews are working 16-hour days in the effort to rebuild the country’s electrical system.


Numerous Events Coming to Grady County Fairgrounds

While the annual Grady County Junior Livestock Show continues at the Grady County Fairgrounds, fairgrounds officials are making plans for several upcoming events, including a couple of first-time activities. Coming up in March is one of several antique auto swap meets. March 16th and 17th will be the Pre-War Swap Meet, which is for vehicles before World War II. It celebrates the first 50 years of motorized transportation. One of the new events will be the Oklahoma High School and Junior High Rodeo March 23rd through 25th. About 250 competitors are expected. A first-of-its-kind event for the entire state is the Oklahoma Slick Shear Expo on March 31st. A total of $15,000 will be paid to the top 15 steers, with a $5,000 prize to the grand champion. In mid-April, the Sooner Ponies of America Show returns to the fairgrounds. Later in the spring, the Chickasha Antique Auto Club will hold its spring swap meet in mid-May, and in late May and early June,  the state finals of the Oklahoma High school rodeo association are scheduled.


Beef Show Highlights Grady County Stock Show

The beef show highlights the Grady County Junior Livestock Show today. On Thursday, 4H and FFA teams will compete in the livestock judging contest. Thursday night will be the buyer’s dinner and the premium sale of the top 125 animals shown. However, exhibitors are only allowed to have one animal in the sale.


More Caddo County Stock Show Results

Here are more results from this week's Caddo County Junior Livestock Show in Anadarko. In the swine show, the grand champion barrow was shown by Gavin Seibold, and the reserve was shown by Angela Ramming. The grand champion gilt was shown by Angela Ramming, and the reserve gilt  was shown by Journey Miller.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.01 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.63.

Natural gas is $2.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,320 and silver is $16.43.


Tuesday, February 27th


School Threat Suspect was a Middle School Student

The person arrested this past weekend for making threats toward a Grady County school district was a student there. Officials with the Grady County Sheriff's Office said the 15-year old boy was a student at the Bridge Creek Middle School. The sheriff's office was notified about the threats made on social media sites on Sunday. The sheriff's office posted information on its Facebook page, and received a number of tips from that post that helped lead to the teen's arrest. He was found in the Bridge Creek area. Investigators did not reveal detailed information about  the threats, and have not said what charges the youth may be facing.  Security was amped up at Bridge School schools yesterday.


Caddo County Woman's Death Called 'Suspicious'

Authorities in Caddo County are looking into a suspicious death in Carnegie. The body of 55-year old Carla Renee Turney was found by Carnegie police in her apartment Sunday afternoon. Authorities called in the OSBI and the district attorney's task force to help with the investigation. Carnegie police were called to Turney's apartment to do a welfare check. Investigators did not indicate if she suffered any trauma. A number of individuals were interviewed and officials collected evidence, but gave no indication of what that might be.


December Another Huge Month for Consumer Spending

Consumer spending in Grady County continued at a brisk pace last December, to the tune of $105 million. That's up about 4.4 percent from November, and up more than 70 percent from December of 2016. We estimate consumer spending when we see the sales tax revenue collected by the county. The February sales tax report from the state tax commission shows more than $790,000 in sales tax collections, which is based on the purchase of taxable goods and services from December. The sales tax is distributed to a number of areas, all of which were approved by county voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds receives more than $263,000; Grady Memorial Hospital receives $233,000. The 20 fire districts share more than $130,000 (each one collects nearly $6,600); the seven senior nutrition sites also divide $130,000 (each one receives nearly $19,000). Tuttle EMS receives $24,000 and Rush Springs EMS gets about $6,000.


Elections Are One Week from Today; You Can Vote Early

Voters in several areas will cast ballots next week. Sample ballots are available for the House District 51 special election, where Democrat Charles Murdock faces Republican Brad Boles. Both are from Marlow. The winner takes over the seat in the State House of Representatives previously held by Scott Biggs. Voters in the Minco school district will decide two bond issues. One is for $14.5 million and would build a new middle school. A second bond issue for $450,000 is for transportation. In Caddo County, voters will decide if a quarter-cent county-wide  sales tax should be extended another five years. Voters can cast ballots ahead of next Tuesday's election. In-person, absentee voting will be available this Thursday and Friday  at county election board offices.


Tuttle Youth Top Grady County Swine Show

More than 250 swine were shown during the first day of the Grady County Junior Livestock Show on Monday. Tyler Waitman of Tuttle had the grand champion market barrow, and Brylee Jarboe of Verden had the reserve. There were 205 barrows led through the show ring. Hunter Hines of Tuttle had the grand champion gilt, and Kayla Moody had the reserve. There were 49 gilts in the show. Today, both the sheep and the goats will be shown. The show is being held in Chickasha at the Grady County Fairgrounds.


Cattle Show Results from Caddo County Stock Show

The entire Caddo County Junior Livestock Show was held in Anadarko yesterday. Grand champion market steer was shown by Alexia Carney; and the reserve was shown by Tucker Freie. The Grand Champion Prospect steer was shown by Tucker Freie; and Emma Farmer had the reserve. Tucker Freie also had the grand champion heifer; and Cody Courtney had the reserve. Jordyn Jackson had the bred-and-owned champion heifer. We'll have other results of the Caddo County stock show later this week.


Blood Drives Set to Help Re-Stock Dwindling Supply

The Oklahoma Blood Institute says blood supplies are low because of last week's bad weather. There are a couple of blood drives in Chickasha the next couple of days. One of them gets underway at 9 o'clock this morning at the Chickasha High School Activity Center. That's being held until 2 o'clock this afternoon. Tomorrow, Grady Memorial Hospital will host a blood drive from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.91 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.50.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,334 and silver is $16.65.


Monday, February 26th


Arrest Made in Threat Made to a Local School

Grady County investigators make an arrest in connection with some weekend threats made toward the Bridge Creek School District. A post on the sheriff's office Facebook page late Sunday evening indicates that Sheriff Jim Weir and Undersheriff Phil Blevins made the arrest last night. There was no information immediately available about the suspect. A statement on the Bridge Creek School’s website this morning said there would be an increased presence of law enforcement today. School officials thanked the sheriff's office for its hard work. Sheriff's office Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett said she received some tips on Facebook regarding the suspect. The post says the suspect ultimately confessed to making the threats.


Chickasha Police to Enforce Seat Belt Law

Commuters in Chickasha are encouraged to buckle up. Over the next two weeks, police officers will be making a concerted effort to make sure that motorists are using their seat belts, especially when it comes to school zones. Today through March 9th, Chickasha police will join with other law enforcement groups in an attempt to reduce fatality accidents and those leading to serious injury, especially when it comes to teenagers. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports that in 2016, 38 Oklahoma teenagers died in motor vehicle crashes. Most of them could have increased their chances of surviving had they been buckled up. The theme for the next couple of weeks is Buckle up, Every Trip, Every Time. Authorities say they will issue tickets to anyone who is pulled over for not wearing their safety belts.    


Chix Chamber Issues Awards; Announces 2018 Plans

A number of awards were handed out at the 95th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet last Friday. The Humanitarian Award was posthumously presented to Ada Sipuel-Fisher. The Hall of Fame Legacy Awarded was posthumously awarded to Elmer DeHart. The Living Legacy Award was presented to Eleanor Miller. The Citizen of the Year Award was issued to Tim Elliott and Volunteer of the Year Award  was given to Katey Chambers. Also during the banquet, Ed Stanton, the new chairman of the chamber's board of directors, said several groups will be re-unified with the chamber this year.




Stanton takes over the Chamber board chairmanship from Jeff McClure, who will remain on the panel as past-chairman.


Grady County Jr. Livestock Show Underway

County bragging rights are up for grabs for 4H and FFA youth this week. The 82nd annual Grady County Junior Livestock Show gets underway today. More than 200 youth will bring their sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle to the Grady County Fairgrounds over the next several days, hoping to be named the Grand Champion. The big night for the show is Thursday, where the premium auction will be held. The top 125 animals will be sold. Over the past several years, the auction has paid more than $100,000 to the youth.


Deadline Nears to Change Political Affiliation

There will be a number of state and federal elections this fall. Anyone wanting to change their political affiliation ahead of the June primary elections should do so soon. Officials with the Oklahoma State Election Board say the deadline to change party affiliation is Saturday, March 31st. Oklahoma has three recognized political parties: Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian. Voters can register as Independent, but may not vote in the primary elections, unless a recognized party allows them to do so. The Democratic Party will let Independents vote in the June primary election. Changes can be made in person at your local county election board through March 30th. If you want to mail in your status change, applications must be post-marked by Saturday, March 31st.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.55 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.31.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,340 and silver is $16.71.


Saturday, February 24th


 Chix Chamber Issues Humanitarian, other Awards              

A national civil rights pioneer and several community leaders were honored for their work as part of the 95th annual banquet of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce last night. Ada Sipuel-Fisher, who broke the color barrier at the OU Law School in the 1940s, was posthumously honored with the Humanitarian Award. Fisher, along with attorneys that included future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, took their battle all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in her favor. The award was presented to her children, Bruce Fisher and Charlene Factory. Bruce Fisher, says the work of his mother is now getting worldwide recognition.




Also honored was the late Elmer DeHart, whose family was presented the Hall of Fame Legacy Award. DeHart and his his father started DeHart Air Conditioning. Eleanor Miller was presented the Living Icon Award. She and her late husband Bill owned and operated the Dixie Store for many years. Tim Elliott of Standley Systems was named Citizen of the Year, and Katey Chambers of First National Bank was named Volunteer of the Year. Ed Stanton was also sworn in as the new chairman for the Chamber of Commerce board of directors.


Burn Ban Lifted for Some Counties

A burn ban implemented by Gov. Mary Fallin has been lifted for much of western Oklahoma. The ban was put into place for 40 counties earlier this month, then expanded to 52 counties. While the ban has been lifted for central and southwest parts of the state, it is still active in extreme western Oklahoma and in parts of the Panhandle. Officials with the state forestry service say while the moisture received with this week's winter storm has given the state a reprieve, the fire season is not over. State Forester George Geissler says Oklahoma could be right back into high fire danger within a couple of weeks. He said long-range forecasts are calling for the winter and spring fire season to continue through April.


Medical Examiner Says Man Hangs Himself

A man whose body was found in a downtown Chickasha alley died by hanging himself. A preliminary report from the State Medical Examiner indicates that 30-year old James Wilson of Duncan used a belt to take his own life. Wilson's body was found near a vacant building south of the 600 block of Chickasha Avenue last week.


Deadline Soon for Conservation Stewardship Program

Landowners wanting to preserve and improve their cropland and wildlife habitat may be able to get help from a federal program. It's called the Conservation Stewardship Program. The United States Department of Agriculture looks to enroll up to 10 million acres in the program nationwide this year. Participants earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation efforts. That includes cover crops, pollinator and beneficial insect habitat, buffer strips, and even ecologically-based pest management. Some benefits of the program could include better resilience to extreme weather, improvements in wildlife population, and an increase in crop yields. USDA accepts applications into the program year-round. However, applications must be received by next Friday, March 2nd in order to be considered for funding this year. Landowners can contact their local office of the Natural Resources Conservation District for information.


Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Organizers are putting together Chickasha's second annual Open Streets event. Mary Kate Henson and Jennifer Mikesell with TSET and the Grady County Coalition will talk about how groups can participate in this free event on our KOOL Konversation program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, Tim Hushbeck with Public Service Company of Oklahoma will talk about the proposed Windcatcher project that is being considered by the Oklahoma Corporatioan Commission, and PSO's efforts to help restore electricity to Puerto Rico after last year's hurricane.




Friday, February 23rd



PSO Hopes to be Part of America's Largest Wind Farm

Public Service Company of Oklahoma is looking to be part of what would be the largest wind farm in the country. It's called the Windcatcher Project, which would build 800 wind turbines in the Oklahoma Panhandle and transmit electricity to the Tulsa area. It's a $4.5 billion project, with PSO partnering with Southwestern Electric Power. Both are subsidiaries of American Electric Power. The electricity generated by the wind farm would be sold to a number of surrounding states. Tim Hushbeck with PSO is hopeful the plan will be approved soon.




Friday, February 23rd


PSO Hopes to be Part of America's Largest Wind Farm

Public Service Company of Oklahoma is looking to be part of what would be the largest wind farm in the country. It's called the Windcatcher Project, which would build 800 wind turbines in the Oklahoma Panhandle and transmit electricity to the Tulsa area. It's a $4.5 billion project, with PSO partnering with Southwestern Electric Power. Both are subsidiaries of American Electric Power. The electricity generated by the wind farm would be sold to a number of surrounding states. Tim Hushbeck with PSO is hopeful the plan will be approved soon.




An administrative law judge with the Corporation Commission is recommending the proposal not be approved. Should the panel go ahead  approve the plan, Hushbeck believes the project could be completed by the spring of 2021. Once completed, it's estimated that it could save PSO customers $2 billion over 25 years.


Flu Numbers Still on the Rise

The flu continues to hit Oklahoma hard. Another five deaths in the state reported within the last week, bringing flu-related deaths to 173 since last September. In all, another 168 flu cases reported last week, with the total number of hospitalized flu cases up to nearly 3,900. In this region, there have been 52 flu cases in Grady County; Stephens County has had 60; McClain County reports 51; and Garvin County is at 34. Comanche County is now in triple digits with 104. Caddo County has had 20 flu reports this season.


Blood Supply Near Critical Low Level

The winter weather has taken its toll on Oklahoma's blood supply. Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say only about half of the donors needed to maintain the blood supply have been able to contribute this week. Donor centers statewide are extending their hours over the next couple of days. Donors may want to take part in blood drives in their communities. There are a couple of blood drives in Chickasha next week. On Tuesday, Feb. 27th, there's one at the Chickasha High School from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the activity center foyer. On Wednesday, Feb. 28th, Grady Memorial Hospital will have one from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Coming up in a couple of weeks, KOOL 105.5/106.1 The Ranch, Mollman Media and the Chickasha Area YMCA will combine effforts have a blood drive on Friday, March 16, at the YMCA. Find a blood drive in your area by going to the website,


Sheriff's Office Releases Most-Wanted List

Each week, the Grady County Sheriff's Office issues a 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.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.77 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.39.

Natural gas is $2.63 per million BTUs.


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