Today Let’s meet Canadian Valley Technology Center “Spotlight person of the week’” Kandice Roberts. Kandice goes to Chickasha High School, and is studying Early Care Education at CV Tech. Tune in Friday the 8th, to KOOL 105,5 FM, (the 7AM and 8AM News) to hear her story.
Saturday, Feb. 9th
Panel Looks to Stop Opioid Crisis in Oklahoma
A state panel created in 2017 is working to help Oklahomans who are victims of the national epidemic of opioid addiction. The Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse has been working with many groups to try and end the crisis in the Sooner State. Under the guidance of Attorney General Mike Hunter, the group has teamed up with doctors, law enforcement, treatment and addiction specialists, business leaders, and state lawmakers to study the impact of opioid addiction in Oklahoma. Last year, seven bills recommended by the group were signed in to law. A press release from the attorney general indicates that the new laws should help to prevent future addicts. That includes limiting initial prescriptions for patients with acute pain, preventing the diversion of opioid prescriptions from flooding the market, and holding distributors, manufacturers, and businesses accountable through oversight.
Lawton-Ft. Sill VA Clinic Expands
Some new services are available to help the thousands of military veterans in the region. The Lawton-Ft. Sill Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic recently held a grand opening to show off an addition to the center. The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System oversees the Lawton-Ft. Sill clinic. Stacy Rine is the Public Affairs Officer for the Oklahoma City group. Rine says the Lawton-Ft. Sill clinic is adding a lot of specialty care options which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics, a women's clinic, vision and hearing treatment, and expanded tele-health services.
Kiowa Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Earns Another Honor
A prominent Kiowa author receives recognition from a high-profile film maker. Dr. N. Scott Momaday will be awarded this year's Ken Burns American Heritage prize. Momaday is a prolific author and poet. He won a Pultizer Prize in fiction for his 1969 novel "House Made of Dawn." Momaday is credited with writing the first major work of the Native American Renaissance. Momaday was among the first members to be inducted into the National Native American Hall of Fame last year. Momaday will receive the Ken Burns award later this spring, which will include remarks from Burns and Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep,
Sheriff's Office Releases Warrant List
The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has released a list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here’s Public information Officer Lisa Hatchett-
One of these individuals was arrested early Saturday morning. Douglas Marshall Sanders was taken into custody by a deputy sheriff for failure to register as a sex offender. If you have information regarding any of the others, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085.
Farm Bill Update Set Monday
Looking ahead to Monday, agriculture producers can get an update on the new farm bill. A joint meeting of the Grady County Cattle Women and the local ag marketing program will be held Monday evening. Shianne Burns with Grady County OSU Extension says state ag marketing specialists will be on hand to provide important information. The program will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday at the Grady County Extension Office.
Friday, February 8th
Error Results in $2 Million Underpayment to Chix Schools
The Chickasha Public School district is expected to get more than $2 million in ad valorem taxes owed to the district, after an error was found in the Grady County Treasurer's Office. Superintendent Jack Herron said officials became concerned when the ad valorem tax receipts last fall were much lower than anticipated. In a press release, Herron said assistant superintendent Jennifer Stegman went to the treasurer's office to look for answers this week. It was determined that an error caused nearly $2.2 million meant for Chickasha schools to go to the county instead. Herron said that County Treasurer Robin Burton has apologized for the mistake. Burton is expected to meet with County Commissioners on Monday and deliver the check to the school district Monday afternoon. School board President Doug Brown said it is alarming that an error of this magnitude could be made and go un-noticed for several months. Brown said the county's decision to immediately acknowledge the error and promise to get the district paid is the right step. Brown also said paying the interest on the funds the county retained for the last three months would be another step in the right direction.
Jan. Construction in Chickasha Down from Previous Years
A number of permits for new construction in Chickasha were approved in January, but the combined dollar value of the new projects is down. 21 permits for commercial and residential projects were approved by the city’s community development department last month for a total of just under $410,000. That's way down from the January totals of both 2018 and 2017, when building permits were around $3 million. Topping the January projects in the commercial sector was a $150,000 permit for the Tropical Cafe, which will be locating in the Shoppes at Chisholm Trail, near the Cotton Patch Cafe. A $50,000 permit was issued to Enable Midstream to remodel a 4,500 sq. ft. building in the 4300 block of South 4th Street, near the District 2 Grady County barn. A $4,000 remodel permit was awarded to Maria's Mexican Kitchen in downtown Chickasha for a new awning. Absent from the building report were new single family homes. Among the residential projects approved were the installation of storm shelters for nine homes.
History of African-American Farmers to be Celebrated
There’s an opportunity to learn about the history of Grady County agriculture this weekend. Loretta Jackson's annual fund raiser for her African-American Historical Society will focus on the early days of African-American land-owners and farmers. One family started their farm by purchasing 10 acres for $10 back in 1921. The evening includes a banquet and a night of story-telling. It will be held in the USAO Ballroom Saturday, Feb. 9th beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program is sponsored in part by the State Department of Tourism.
Talk Show Topics
Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Volunteers are needed to serve as advocates for nursing home residents throughout Oklahoma. Kim Rhodes and Dacia Nix with the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) are this week’s guests on our KOOL Konversation program to talk about ASCOG’s Nursing Home Ombudsman program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week’s guest is USAO President John Feaver. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.64 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $61.63.
Natural gas is $2.55 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,315 and silver is $15.77.
Thursday, Feb. 7th
Two Chix City Council Reps Challenged in Re-election Bids
Some additional candidates came forward in the final day of filing for the spring Chickasha city council election Wednesday. Two candidates are unopposed while two incumbents will be facing challenges in their re-election bids. In Ward 2, current councilman Kim Loggins is being challenged by George Hector. In Ward 4, current councilman Jim Hopkins has two opponents, Kelly Boyd and Devin Gagliardo. There is a two-day protest and withdrawal period before the elections will be set. Two current councilmen, both of whom were appointed to their seats within the last few months, ran un-opposed. Tom Rose will serve in Ward 1 and Oscar Nelson will serve in Ward 3. Both will serve two-year terms.
Anadarko Mayor Draws Opponent in Re-Election Bid
In Anadarko, Mayor Kyle Eastwood has drawn an opponent in his re-election bid. Patrick Michael Hayes filed for the post yesterday. In the meantime, Patrick Redbird ran un-opposed for the Ward 2 post.
Cel Phone Found Under Store Changing-Room Door
An uncomfortable situation discovered at a Chickasha thrift store. A customer found a cel phone believed to have been slipped underneath the door of a changing room at the Goodwill Store. According a Facebook post from Goodwill Industries of Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas, the customer reported the incident to management. Officials reviewed video surveillance which showed a male suspect shopping in the store who may have placed the phone there. There was also surveillance of what may have been his pick-up in the parking lot. Chickasha police say a report was made of the incident.
Man Charged with Trying to Burn Down Ex's Home
A Ninnekah man is arrested for allegedly trying to burn down his ex-girlfriend's home. 43-year old Joseph Brian Delk is accused of setting a pile of trash on fire and kicking next to the woman's home. Court documents say the incident happened in the Pioneer area in December. A warrant was issued for Delk's arrest, and he was taken into custody earlier this week. Delk has been formally charged with felony fourth-degree arson, and he remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
Ampo Voters to Decide on Bonds for School Construction
Voters in the Amber-Pocasset school district will go to the polls next week to decide if new high school and junior high classrooms should be built. It's a $23.4 million bond issue that will also include upgrades to the elementary school in Pocasset and security improvements at both locations. Superintendent Jerime Parker-
Parker said the work would be done in phases if the bonds are approved. It's a 17-year bond issue, and property taxes would increase 8 percent if the measure is approved. The special bond election is next Tuesday.
In-Person, Absentee Voting Begins
By the way, early voting can be done today and tomorrow in the Ampo special school bond election as well as a special bond election in the Lindsay school district. There are also a number of school board elections to be decided, including Chickasha, Ninnekah, Dibble, and Newcastle. Early voters can cast ballots at their county election board offices until 6 p.m. today or 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.
Longtime Chickasha Minister Dies
Rev. Raymond McDowell has died. Rev. McDowell spent several years at College Heights Baptist Church in Chickasha. He was 82 when he passed away Feb. 3rd. His funeral will be at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 8th. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adam Residence Fund in care of the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.01 per barrel
London-based Brent crude is $62.69.
Natural gas was steady at $2.66 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,307 and silver is $15.72.
Wednesday, Feb. 6th
Morning Earthquake Rattles Chickasha Area
An earthquake shakes the Chickasha region this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey indicates a 2.7 magnitude tremor was registered about 7:21 a.m. The epicenter of the temblor was about six miles northeast of Chickasha and was about three miles below the earth's surface. We received one call here at the station about the earthquake. There have been no reports of damage. If you felt the tremor you're asked to let the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey know what you experienced.
OSBI Offers Reward for Info in Chickasha Man's Death
Two teenagers wanted for last week's shooting death of 18-year old Trey Adams are still eluding authorities. Now, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps put them behind bars. 16-year old Dmillion "NinePoint" Williams and 18-year old Malcolm "HighLife" Jackson are being sought for their roles in Adams’ death. Four other teenage suspects are already in custody. Investigators say Williams and Jackson hid in the bed of a pickup as all six teens went to Adams’ home to make a drug deal, then shot him just outside his home. Anyone with information regarding Williams or Jackson should call the OSBI, 1-800-522-8017. Authorities say both teens should be considered armed and dangerous.
Second 2017 Homicide Suspect Pleads Guilty
A second defendant charged with the 2017 shooting death of a Chickasha man has pleaded guilty to murder. 21-year old Rico Lamar Doss pleaded guilty to the charge in Grady County District Court last week. He was implicated in the shooting death of Dan Beall, at Beall's home in August of 2017. A judged sentenced Doss to 20 years in prison. A second defendant, Steven Lail, Jr. of Blanchard, also pleaded guilty to Beall's death last month and he was sentenced to life in prison.
City Council Filings Unchanged in Chickasha, Anadarko
There are still only three candidates who are formally running for spots on the Chickasha City Council in the upcoming election. There were no new candidates to file at city hall yesterday. The only ones to file are Kimmie Loggins, who is running for re-election in Ward 2 and two candidates in Ward 4, including Devin Gagliardo and Kelly Boyd. There are four seats up for election, one in each of the city's four wards. Today is the final day of the filing period. Candidates file at city hall. In Anadarko, there were also no additional candidates to file for a seat on the council. Mayor Kyle Eastwood is running for re-election, and Patrick Redbird has filed for Ward 2.
School Board Candidate Hopes to Make Improvements
We're wrapping up our series today regarding the three candidates running for Chickasha school board. Laurie Allen has long been a supporter of the district, volunteering while her children were in school, serving as a substitute teacher, and she has served on the board of trustees for the public school foundation. Allen said a disturbing trend was discussed in last month's school board meeting, regarding a college remediation report.
Allen says she'll work with teachers, administrators, and the community to reverse that trend. Challenging Allen for a spot on the board of education are Tim Miller and Bruce Storms. The election is next Tuesday, with early voting tomorrow and Friday at the Grady County Election Board.
Chix Neighborhood to be Without Water This Morning
A reminder that a Chickasha neighborhood will be without water for a few hours this morning. This is southwest of 16th and Country Club Road. The area between Fieldcrest Drive and Sheridan Place will have no water between 9 a.m. and noon today, as crews replace a master water meter.
CHS Alum to Attend Leadership Academy
A Chickasha high school graduate has earned a top honor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Jaycie Brown was awarded a spot with the George and Donna Nigh Leadership Academy. Brown was among Southwestern's 2017-18 President's Leadership Class, and will be among 24 students taking part in the leadership academy this month. This is the 20th year for the Nigh Leadership Academy, named for the former Oklahoma governor and his wife. Jaycie is the daughter of Yohance and Jolinda Brown.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.66 per barrel.
London-based Brent is $61.98.
Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,316 and silver is $15.74.
Tuesday, Feb. 5th
Three Candidates File for Chickasha City Council
Only three candidates filed paperwork to run for Chickasha City Council on Monday, the first day of a three-day filing period. The only incumbent to file was Ward 2 councilman Kimmie Loggins. Two candidates filed to run for Ward 4. They are Kelly Boyd and Deven Gagliardo. There were no filings in Wards One or Three. The filing period runs through tomorrow. Candidates can file at city hall and there is a $25 filing fee.
'Darko Mayor runs for Re-Election; One Files for Seat 2
In Anadarko, Mayor Kyle Eastwood has filed for re-election, with no challengers coming forward on Day One. Also in Anadarko, Patrick Redbird has filed for the Ward 2 city council seat.
Two Hospitalized Following Crash with Semi
Two people are hospitalized in a crash involving three vehicles, including a semi, east of Lindsay. The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. Monday on State Highway 19. The Highway Patrol reports a pickup driven by 27-year old Adam Gregory of Blanchard went left-of-center and hit an on-coming semi driven by 63-year old Harry Jacobs of Fletcher. Debris from the semi struck a third vehicle driven by 35-year old Jeffrey Grisham of Sulphur, who sources tell us was headed to work at the John Holt Auto Group when the accident happened. Both Jacobs and Grisham were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where they were admitted in stable condition with head injuries. Gregory was not hurt.
Arrest Made in Machete Attack
A machete-wielding man is arrested following an attack at a Grady County home. 67-year old Ernie Lee Norman was taken into custody following the attack on Saturday. A deputy sheriff's affidavit alleges the attack was un-provoked. The victim managed to hide in a bedroom until Norman left. The victim suffered a cut on his hand and was able to drive himself to the hospital, where his injury required stitches. It wasn't clear where Norman was arrested. He was formally charged with a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Norman remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
Tort Claims Denied by Chickasha City Council
A couple of tort claims filed against the City of Chickasha were denied by the city council last night. Monnie Hughes wants the city to pay for damage done to his home when a water line broke, flooded his home, and washed out the foundation. Pat Fraser wants the city to pay for more than $700 in damages done to her car when she hit a pothole. The city's insurance carrier recommended the council deny the claims. The council also waived competitive bidding and approved the purchase of some equipment for park maintenance from state contract with local company Standridge Equipment. Approved for purchase were three riding lawn mowers at a total coast of some $28,000 and a heavy-duty flail mower for $5,000.
Former Chix School Board Member Hopes to Return
A former member of the Chickasha Board of Education wants to return to the panel. Dr. Bruce Storms previously spent about 12 years on the school board. It's been six years since he's served. Storms says he helped the district get through some turmoil when he first served in the early 2000s. He says transparency is important, and that means getting the community involved, including when it comes to what teachers are teaching.
Storms is one of three candidates for Office No. 2 for the Chickasha school board. Laurie Allen and Tim Miller are also candidates. The school election is one week from today.
Voting Precinct to Change
By the way, there is a precinct change for voters who used to cast ballots at the Aggreko Cooling Tower rental company east of Chickasha. That is Precinct No. 11, and the Grady County Election Board says the new venue will be Grand Assembly of God at 102 East Almar. This will be a permanent change, starting with the school board election next Tuesday.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.56 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $62.51.
Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,317 and silver is $15.87.
Monday, Feb. 4th
Two Homicide Suspects Still on the Run
It was one week ago today that 18-year old Trey Adams was shot to death outside his Chickasha home. While Adams’ funeral is this afternoon authorities are still looking for two men wanted in connection with Adam's death. Dmillion Williams and Malcolm Jackson are still at large, and should be considered armed and dangerous. Four others are already in custody alleged to have conspired to kill Adams and all are charged with murder. Adams funeral will be at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Ferguson Funeral Home.
Filing Period Begins for Chickasha City Council Election
The filing period is underway for the spring Chickasha City Council election. For posts are up for election, including Tom Rose in Ward 1; Kimmie Loggins in Ward 2; Oscar Nelson in Ward 3; and Jim Hopkins in Ward 4. The filing period runs through Wednesday. Candidates will file at city hall. There is a $25 filing fee. The city council election will be held in April.
Council to Review Traffic Signal Management System
The council meets for one of its two regular meetings in February tonight. Among the issues to be reviewed is an agreement with a firm for a traffic signal central management system. The proposal calls for $30,000 in city funds to be paid to a company called Signal System Management of Oklahoma City. Hardware is currently being installed at a number of intersections along 4th Street, as officials work to improve traffic flow along that corridor. Other measures to be considered include waiving fees for several local youth sports groups to use the city's sports complex. The council is also to recognize Steven Adams with the Public Works Department as the city's employee of the month. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.
Chix Neighborhood to be Without Water Wed. Morning
A portion of Chickasha will be without water for a few hours on Wednesday. Crews will be changing a master water meter in the south part of the city. This will impact the area between Fieldcrest Drive and Sheridan Place southwest of 16th and Country Club Road. Officials say there will be no water from about 9:00 a.m to noon.
Chickasha School Board Election is One Week Away
Three candidates are on the ballot in next week's Chickasha school board election. We'll be featuring each of the candidates during our news this week. One of the candidates is Tim Miller, a lifelong Chickasha resident who wants to give back to his community. Miller, a former employee of the school district, says the safety of the children is among his top priorities. He says he discovered an unnerving situation one day while working for the district.
Miller will face Laurie Allen and Bruce Storms in next week's election. Early voting is available this Thursday and Friday at the Grady County Election Board.
School Board Candidate Forum is Tuesday Night
By the way, a forum of all Chickasha school board candidates will be held tomorrow evening. The meet-and-greet will be held at the Canadian Valley Technology Center seminar center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Robyn Morse and Cara Gerdes, who are running un-opposed for two other seats on the school board, are also expected to attend.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.26 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $61.87.
Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,315 and silver is $15.75.