Saturday, June 27th
Oklahoma State Fair Canceled
Citing public health concerns because of the COVID-19 virus officials have canceled the State Fair of Oklahoma this fall. The event had been scheduled for 10 days in September. A prepared statement from fair officials says the safety and well-being of visitors, participants, and community is the highest priority in producing the event each year. The board of directors made the decision after meeting with other state fairs, national touring acts, state and local officials, and public health agencies. Officials say they are heartbroken for the competitors, exhibitors, and staff members who've spent time preparing for the event. One of the main entertainment events for the fair, Disney on Ice, had previously canceled its performance dates.
The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma continues a steep climb - with more than 2,600 new confirmed tests in the last week. The number has grown from 9,700 to more than 12,300 in the previous seven days. There have been 10 additional deaths over the last week with now 377 fatal cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases has increased dramatically with more than 3,100 currently affected by the virus and there are more than 300 patients who are hospitalized. In Grady County, the latest report shows 128 total cases confirmed since mid-March while there are only 10 active cases. In Chickasha, there have been 67 total confirmed cases and there are only four current active cases. Caddo County has had a total of 186 confirmed tests, and there are only seven active cases.
Ex-Con Caught with Drugs Near School
A traffic stop by Chickasha police leads to a short foot pursuit followed by the arrest of a man on drug and weapons complaints. An officer pulled over a car for a non-working third brake light early Tuesday morning near 7th and Missouri Avenue which is just a few blocks away from the middle school. A police dispatcher advised the officer that the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Court documents indicate that when the officer told the man he was going to be arrested the suspect ran to a nearby home, threw a gun out of his pocket, and tried to hide. The officer found the driver and took him in to custody. Authorities found medical marijuana and also some methamphetamine in the car. The officer was also notified that the suspect had previous felony convictions out of Oklahoma County. 35-year old Tyreece Elix of Oklahoma City is now facing charges of drug distribution near a school, possession of firearm after conviction, and misdemeanor escape after arrest. Elix remains in jail pending a $50,000 bond.
Missing Woman Arrested for Stealing Grandma's Car
An 18-year old reported missing from Missouri is behind bars accused of stealing her grandmother's car. Kylee Kay Sandra Peterson was arrested by Rush Springs police this week after an officer pulled over a car for speeding. A probable cause affidavit indicates a routine check indicated the car was stolen from the St. Joseph, Missouri area earlier this month. Peterson was a passenger in the car and told police she stole her grandmother's car and that she and her 16-year old boyfriend drove to Oklahoma. Peterson told the officer that she didn't get out of Missouri much and that she had just gotten out of jail for previously stealing her grandmother's car back in January. Grady County prosecutors have formally charged Peterson with possession of a stolen vehicle and she remains in jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
Events in the area this weekend include the annual Chickasha rodeo. A second and final performance will be at 8:00 p.m. tonight at the Grady County Fairgrounds. There is a rodeo parade at 4 o'clock this afternoon downtown. Also at the Grady County Fairgrounds, a militaria show which is in the north exhibit building. There is a $10 admission to get in. Anadarko will have its Honor America fireworks show tonight. It's being held a week early as the annual 4th of July celebration was canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The free fireworks will be held at the Caddo County Fairgrounds with patriotic music to be played on our sister station, New Country 98.5 KACO.
Friday, June 26th
CHS Graduation Attendee Tests Positive for COVID-19
Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin says an individual who attended last week's graduation ceremony has tested positive for the coronavirus. Croslin said he received a call from the Grady County Health Department about the matter Thursday morning. He said about 700 people attended the ceremony which was held in the fieldhouse of the high school activity center. Croslin said they took a number of precautions to try to keep anyone with COVID-19 symptoms from attending.
Croslin recommends that those who attended the ceremony should monitor their health over the next few days for coronavirus symptoms which including a fever, cough, or trouble breathing. He also said that individuals might consider getting a test from their doctor or the county health department.
Early Voting Continues
In person, absentee voting continues throughout Oklahoma today. It's an opportunity for individuals to vote ahead of next Tuesday's primary election. Voters can cast ballots early at the election board office in the county where they are registered to vote. Offices will be open until 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Horse Dies After Being Struck by Car
State Highway 19 between Chickasha and Alex was shut down for nearly an hour last night, after a report that a vehicle hit a horse. It happened about 11:00 p.m. near Highway 19 and Dell Street. No details of the accident were available. A dispatcher with the Highway Patrol said the driver of the vehicle was uninjured but that the horse died. The highway was re-opened about midnight.
Rabbit Shows Banned Due to New Disease
Rabbit shows in Oklahoma have been banned for the next three months because of a disease that has affected the animals in nearby states. It's called Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD). The State Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that all rabbit exhibitions are banned until Sept. 24th to allow time to assess the scope and range of the illness. Officials say RHD is a highly contagious and lethal virus found in domestic and wild rabbits. It is not known to affect humans, or livestock or pets other than rabbits. The illness has been detected in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. Officials say those who raise rabbits for show or meat production should report any dead or sick animals to the Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Talk Show Topics
Here's what we're talking about this weekend. On our KOOL Konversation we have Randy Talley and Dick Lowe, the two Republican candidates for House District 56 who are on the ballot for next Tuesday’s primary election. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley this week's guest is State Representative Brad Boles who serves in House District 51. We have a link to both programs under the Community tab on this website.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $38.72 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $41.05.
Natural gas is $1.48 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,773 and silver is $18.08.
Thursday, June 25th
City Council, School Board Elections
Are Part of Tuesday's Primary Ballot
Early-voting is underway - ahead of Oklahoma's primary election next Tuesday. Voters will be seeing a lot more than just state and federal candidates on the ballot. There are also numerous city council and school board elections. Those elections were scheduled earlier this spring but were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the local elections to be decided include a city council race in Chickasha and several propositions for the City of Anadarko. There are school board elections in Ninnekah, Rush Springs, Pioneer, Friend, Anadarko, Binger-Oney, Carnegie, and the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center school districts. Grady County voters will decide whether to extend a county-wide sales tax to benefit senior nutrition centers. Republicans in Grady County will elect a county clerk candidate, with incumbent Jill Locke facing Kari Porter. The winner will face Democrat Frieda Willis in November. Grady County Republicans in District Two will elect a county commissioner, with incumbent Kirk Painter being challenged by Ron Reynolds. In-person, absentee voting is available at county election board offices until 6:00 p.m. today; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. You can find all the issues on your county ballot on the state election board website: www.elections.ok.gov
Report Gives Cautious Optimism
to Plan from PSO Parent Company
There is word that the parent company for Public Service Company of Oklahoma could be successful in its plan to distribute electricity from three Oklahoma wind farms. The $2 billion proposal by American Electric Power (AEP) would shift the utility’s ability to produce electricity from coal to renewable energy sources. The website OK Energy Today reported the information citing a report from E and E News. The proposal calls for AEP to acquire the wind farms known as the North Central Energy Facilities. Settlement agreements are pending in Oklahoma and Arkansas while proceedings are continuing in Texas and Louisiana. AEP is projecting long-term savings of about $3 billion for PSO and Southwestern Electric Power customers. The plan has its critics, as the publication said it could face some road blocks in Texas. The current plan is a smaller version of AEP's Windcatcher program which failed to get approval two years ago.
Early Start Time Set for Anadarko Fireworks
The City of Anadarko will be starting its fireworks display a few minutes earlier than first scheduled this Saturday night. Officials say the program at the Caddo County Fairgrounds will get underway about 9:40 p.m. Officials are asking that those attending to not gather in group of more than 10 and encourages everyone to wear masks. The program will last about 15 minutes. Patriotic music will accompany the fireworks on our sister station, New Country 98.5 KACO-FM.
Three Contestants Vie for Chix Rodeo Queen
Three young ladies will be vying for the title of Chickasha Rodeo Queen this weekend. Harlee Butler, a student at Pioneer School, and Shelbie Caveness and Shaddiah Phillps of Rush Springs have been selling advance tickets to the rodeo over the last couple of months. They put their horsemanship skills on display this week which is part of the queen contest. The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday nights at the Grady County Fairgrounds outdoor rodeo arena. There will be a rodeo parade downtown Chickasha at 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $38.01
London-based Brent crude is $40.31.
Natural gas is $1.60 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,768 and silver is $17.76.
A memorial service will be held at a later date for Doug Paddack, 60, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
A memorial service for LaDonna Mendenhall, 51, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27th at Bible Baptist Church.
Wednesday, June 24th
Firefighters Who Tested Positive
for COVID-19 Return to Work
Three Chickasha firefighters who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus are back on duty. The firefighters were notified of their tests just after the first of June and were off work and quarantined for about 10 days. Deputy Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said one of the firefighters had gone to the doctor for an allergy shot and decided to be tested. After it came back positive, all the firefighters and staff were tested, and that's when the two other firemen also tested positive. Samaniego said none of the firefighters experienced any symptoms before being tested and that they worked different shifts. They were unable to figure out how or when they may have contracted the illness.
Samaniego said the fire fighters have been back on duty since June 15th. He said the fire department is increasing sanitation procedures around both of the city’s fire stations.
Bond for Sex Crimes Suspect Set at $500,000
A man accused of committing sex crimes against a 12-year old girl was formally charged with those crimes in Grady County District Court yesterday. 43-year old Adam Farrell Scott Roberts of Oklahoma City is charged with four felonies stemming from an incident which allegedly occurred at a Bridge Creek area home in May. A judge set Roberts' bond at $500,000. Court documents indicate that Oklahoma City police began the investigation after being contacted by the victim and her mother. When Oklahoma City authorities found out the alleged crimes occurred in the Bridge Creek area they transferred the investigation to Grady County. Roberts is charged with two counts of lewd acts with a child, rape by instrumentation, and forcible sodomy. He is to announce his attorney July 23rd and a preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for Aug. 11th.
Military Aircraft Donated to CV Tech
A Vietnam War-era military aircraft has been donated to the Canadian Valley Technology Center. The North American Aviation T-28C was built in the mid-1950s to prepare pilots to fly jets in the conflict. About 300 of the planes were built for the Navy and were used almost exclusively as a pilot trainer on aircraft carriers. The plane was donated by John St. Germain of Houston, a retired U.S. Army combat infantryman. The plane will be used to prepare aircraft sheet metal workers and mechanics in CV Tech's aviation maintenance technology program at the El Reno campus.
Kiowa Tribe Budget Election Set in July
Members of the Kiowa Tribe will vote on the tribe’s 2021 fiscal year budget next month. The proposed budget is just under $18 million and covers the tribe's general, administrative, operational, and governmental programs. Officials say the budget was prepared prior to the tribe receiving federal funds related to coronavirus relief. Voters who would like ballots mailed to them need to have a valid address on file with the Kiowa enrollment office by July 10th. Some ballots will be mailed out this week. Election Day is July 18th. The budget can be reviewed on the website: www.kiowatribe.org
Chickasha to Host Townwide Garage Sales
The City of Chickasha is hosting city-wide garage sales this weekend. The event is being organized by the Chamber of Commerce and the city council last week agreed to waive permit fees for garage sales on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Normally, residents are charged $5 for the permits. The chamber is putting together a list of the garage sales and encourages residents having sales to go to the Chamber’s Facebook page to be included.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.37 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $42.63.
Natural gas is $1.63 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,794 and silver is $18.26.
A memorial service for Eddie Huddleston, 59, of Cement will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 25th at the Cement Assembly of God Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Tuesday, June 23rd
Child Sex Crimes Suspect Arrested
A man wanted for alleged sex crimes against a child in Grady County is in custody. 43-year old Adam Farrell Scott Roberts of Oklahoma City was arrested by Grady County Sheriff's deputies Monday morning. On-line court records indicate an arrest warrant was issued for Roberts last week. Roberts has been charged with two counts of lewd acts with a child, rape by instrumentation, and forcible oral sodomy. He could have his initial appearance on the charges in Grady County District Court today.
5th Grady County Resident Dies from COVID-19
Another Grady County resident has died from the coronavirus. The state health department reports that a Tuttle woman passed away recently but her death was not within the previous 24 hours of Monday's COVID-19 report. She was over 65-years old. Her death puts the number of Grady County residents to die from the coronavirus at five and she is the first Grady County resident outside of Chickasha to die from the infection. The health department reports that Grady County has had 125 individuals test positive for the illness and there are currently eight active cases in the county. Chickasha has had 67 people test positive and there are currently four active cases. Anadarko and Blanchard have each had 28 people test positive. Anadarko has four active cases and Blanchard has only one. Tuttle has had 24 people test positive and there are three active cases.
Drug Distribution Suspect Arrested Again
A Chickasha man arrested and charged with drug distribution earlier this year is back in jail. 30-year old T'Ryan Terayl Brown was arrested by Chickasha police early Saturday on an outstanding warrant. Brown was arrested in January and charged with a felony for possession of controlled dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. His initial bond was set at $25,000 but it was reduced to $13,000 and he was released after posting bail. Brown is also facing a new charge of possession of contraband by an inmate following his weekend arrest.
Anadarko Fireworks Display is This Saturday
The City of Anadarko canceled its annual 4th of July celebration this year because of the coronavirus but residents will still be able to enjoy a fireworks show. The fireworks display will be held this Saturday night at the Caddo County fairgrounds. Officials are asking those attending to stay in or around their vehicles and to not gather with more than 10 people. Groups should be restricted to family members and organizers are highly recommending that masks should be worn. Parking will be in designated areas of the fairgrounds and parking should be done to allow proper social distancing between vehicles. Patriotic music for the fireworks will be played on our sister station, New Country 98.5 KACO-FM. The show will start about 9:45 p.m. Saturday.
Absentee Ballot Application Deadline is Today
Today is the deadline to apply for absentee ballots ahead of next Tuesday's primary election. Applications are available from local county election boards or by going to the state election board website: www.elections.ok.gov Absentee ballot requests are due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23rd and the ballots will be mailed to you. County election boards will also have in-person, absentee voting Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sample ballots can be found on the state election board website.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.46 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $43.08.
Natural gas is $1.67 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,771 and silver is $18.11.
Funeral service for Nola McKee, 90, of Alex will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ferguson Funeral Home.
A memorial service for Eddie Huddleston, 59, of Cement will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Cement Assembly of God Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Monday, June 22nd
County Emergency Management Agency
Key in Local Coronavirus Battle
There's been a sharp increase in the number of new COVID-19 infections in Oklahoma over the last week. As front line workers deal with additional patients, Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson says his office stands ready to help. Thompson said while the office generally works with the short-term management of weather-related emergencies such as floods and tornados, his staff is meeting the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Thompson said the office works to pick up and deliver the personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed for medical facilities and first responders and is in constant contact with state and federal emergency management offices to get larger items that may be needed.
State COVID-19 Cases Top 10,000
Over the weekend, Oklahoma's number of coronavirus cases surpassed 10,000. On Sunday, the state health department reported an increase of 478 new cases taking the number to more than 10,500. The death rate from the illness is nearly 4 percent. About three in four Oklahomans who tested positive have recovered from the illness and officials say that current number of active cases is just over 2,600. According to health department statistics, Chickasha has four current cases and there have been four deaths. Blanchard and Anadarko each have one active case and Tuttle has three as of Sunday's report.
Chickasha's Economic Stimulus Agreements
To be Mailed to City's Utility Customers
We have updated information regarding the City of Chickasha's economic stimulus promotion. City Manager John Noblitt said the city will be mailing out Economic Development Agreements to households which have city utilities. The forms will have to be notarized and then mailed back to the city after which the city will mail out the $50 stimulus payments. Noblitt also said the agreements will soon be posted on the city's website at www.Chickasha.org Utility customers will have until the end of the year to return the notarized agreements to the city. Customers are asked to spend the money with Chickasha businesses. The city manager expects the first payments to go out after the first of July. The city is using $350,000 in economic development funds for the stimulus.
New CFO Named at CMS Willowbrook
CMS Willowbrook has a new Chief Financial Officer. Barry Carpenter will oversee a team of six project accountants and is responsible for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, and risk management for the construction management company. Carpenter has worked at CMS Willowbrook for the last three years as a controller. In a press release, Carpenter said he is excited for the opportunity and hopes to provide a mutual benefit for the company for years to come. Carpenter is a Certified Public Accountant and earned both a bachelor's and master's degree from OU. He and his wife Jennifer have four children.
Chix Rodeo Parade has Something New
The Chickasha Rodeo is just a few days away and in addition to the events at the Grady County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday nights is the rodeo parade Saturday afternoon. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council will team up to give away $2,000 in gift cards after the parade. The groups will be giving away several $100 gift cards. To participate in the drawing, individuals will need to spend $20 at any retail business or restaurant in Chickasha on Saturday, and show the receipt to get a ticket. The chamber and EDC will be located in front of the Canadian River Brewing Company from 3-5 p.m. and the drawings will start at 5 p.m. The rodeo parade will start at 4 p.m. and will run from the Rock Island Depot, west on Chickasha Avenue to 7th Street, and circle back on Kansas Avenue. The rodeo is Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil price on the NYMEX is $39.75 per barrel.
Brent crude is $42.19.
Natural gas is $1.67 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,760 and silver is $18.20.
A graveside service for Ann Threadgill, 84, of Alex will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 24th in the Alex Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
A graveside service for Ray Kortemeier, 85, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25th in the Pocasset Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran.