Saturday, October 3rd
Chix City Council to Consider Mask Ordinance and Fine
Monday night, the Chickasha City Council will consider implemeting a city-wide mask ordinance. The item was placed on the agenda after a request by Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, who believes the city needs to take steps to prevent the community-spread of the coronavirus. A proposal on the agenda calls for a fine of $100 for individuals if they are ticketed for the violation. Mayor Chris Mosley said it would be virtually impossible to implement a mask ordinance. Monday night's meeting will get underway at 6:30 at city hall.
Chix, Lawton DPS Offices to Temporarily Close
The Chickasha and Lawton offices of the Department of Public Safety will be temporarily closed starting next week. A DPS news release says the offices will be shut down for about two weeks after employees at each office had been exposed to the coronavirus. That means anyone needing to obtain or renew their driver's licenses, or to even take a test, will have to go to another office. Officials said that license renewals can be done at tag offices, although they suggest calling ahead to determine hours and availability. Licenses may also be renewed on-line on the website: www.ok.gov/dps and click on the "on-line services" link. The closest office to Chickasha that is open is in Norman, and individuals can try to be seen on a walk-in basis. Many offices are booking appointments two months down the road. The news release indicates the offices could re-open on Thursday, Oct. 15th.
Coach Battling COVID-19 Leaves Hospital; Heads to Rehab
The last three months have been a struggle for Ft. Cobb-Broxton basketball coach Scott Hines, who has been battling COVID-19 in an Oklahoma City hospital. But some great news for the family and community yesterday, as Hines was released from the hospital. After spending several weeks on a ventilator, his wife Becky tells our partners at KWTV-News 9 that there were some days when they didn't know if he would pull through.
The couple's two sons, Cameron and Kellen got to see their dad yesterday for the first time since he went to the hospital in July. While out of the hospital, he'll spend a couple of weeks at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center, and he could finally be able to go home in a couple of weeks.
Driver Injured in Big Rig Crash in Caddo County
A semi driver injured when his big rig runs off a Caddo County Road and crashes. 42-year old Buddy King of Okeene suffered head, arm, and trunk injuries in the accident that happened near the small town of Albert Friday morning. He was taken to the hospital in Carnegie where he was admitted in fair condition. The highway patrol reports that King failed to go around a curve, ran off the highway and hit an embankment and a fence. King was not wearing a seat belt. The trooper summoned to the crash said driver inattention may have been the reason that King ran off the road.
Rock Island Arts Festival Underway
Chickasha's Rock Island Arts Festival is off to a great start. Today will be the most active day of the three-day event. In addition to all the art vendors, live music and entertainment, and children's activities, there's the Rock Island Ride Bicycle tour and the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship, with about 30 food trucks competing for $10,000 in prizes. The festival runs through 9 o'clock tonight, and tomorrow the festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The festival is centered around the city's historic Rock Island Railroad Depot downtown...with food trucks taking up about four blocks of Chickasha Avenue.
Funeral service for Keith Singleterry, 73, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 5th at Parkview Christian Church. He taught for Chickasha Public Schools for 30 years and created the Middle School Drama Club and also served on the board of directors for the Chickasha Community Theatre. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Wednesday, September 30th
Driver Hospitalized After Truck Hits Bridge
A box truck driver was hospitalized after he veered off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and crashed into a bridge. 32-year old Donovan Pickett of Oklahoma City suffered trunk, internal, and leg injuries and was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday near Mile Marker 70 on the turnpike which is southwest of Chickasha. The highway patrol reports that Pickett was traveling eastbound on the interstate when he became distracted reaching down for something in the cab when he swerved off the roadway and hit a bridge support beam. The turnpike was down to one lane for about 3 1/2 hours after the crash.
Funeral for Grady County Pilot Held
A funeral for a Grady County pilot who died while battling a forest fire in Idaho was held this afternoon. Ricky Fulton was 58 years old when he passed away last week. Fulton grew up in the Ninnekah and graduated from Amber-Pocasset High School in 1980. He then attended airplane mechanic school and would eventually obtain licenses to fly planes and helicopters. He flew crop dusters in the region and began his own business in Alex. Fulton worked as a bush pilot in Alaska and also worked for the Department of Defense to train pilots for the South American country of Columbia. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Community Foundation of the Oklahoma Pilots Association Scholarships in Oklahoma City.
ODOT Discusses Bridge Maintenance Projects
We told you yesterday about a construction project getting underway on U.S. Highway 81 near Minco. KOOL-RANCH News contacted the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) office in Duncan to get the details. An ODOT spokesman told us it’s a maintenance project for the bridge over Buggy Creek. Expansion joints will be replaced and some concrete patching will be done. The more than $300,000 project was awarded to Built-Right Construction which will have 45 days to complete the project. There will be a temporary signal light installed to help with traffic flow as the highway will be down to one lane. A similar bridge maintenance project will take place in Caddo County over Cache Creek on U.S. Highway 62 south of Apache. That is also a more than $300,000 project awarded to Built-Right Construction. That work will start after the Buggy Creek bridge project is finished, perhaps some time in late November or early December.
12th Annual Rock Island Arts Festival Set This Weekend
Everything is a go for Chickasha's Rock Island Arts Festival this weekend. The Chickasha Area Arts Council has been working on the event for months and it will be one of the few arts festivals that have been held this year. Many have been canceled because of COVID-19. The three-day event will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with activities centered around and near the city's historic Rock Island Railroad Depot. Two other big events will be held during the festival on Saturday - the Oklahoma Food Truck Championships and the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour.
Bullock Memorial Center Festival Canceled
While the Rock Island Arts Festival will be held, an event that was scheduled for the following weekend has been canceled. Organizers of the Bullock Memorial Center fall festival have decided to call off the event that was scheduled for October 10th, pointing to the increasing coronavirus cases in Grady County. In a press release, committee member Secrett Braziel said they regretfully made the decision to cancel. She said the committee felt it would be in the best interest of everyone involved. She said they look forward to visiting with the community, but at this time they would rather not risk the health of their supporters and their families. Another festival will be scheduled at a later time but no definite date has been set.
Grady County Ag Producers to Resume Meetings
Grady County agriculture producers will resume meeting next week after a number of meetings were canceled over the spring and summer because of the pandemic. The first meeting back will be next Tuesday, Oct. 6th at the Grady County OSU Extension Office. The guest speaker will be Jeff Robe with the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network. Those attending are asked to wear masks. The program will start at 7:00 a.m. Normally, a light breakfast is served, but no meal will be available at this meeting.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $39.29 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $41.03.
Natural gas is $2.56 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,889 and silver is $23.87.
A memorial service for Carolyn Hall, 81, formerly of Chickasha will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1st at the First Presbyterian Church in Edmond. She was a science teacher in Chickasha Public Schools and also was a Realtor with Century 21/Mosley Real Estate for many years. Her husband was Jim Hall who was a long-time area dentist. The couple had moved to Edmond after their retirement. Memorial contributions may be made to Chickasha's Epworth Methodist Church.
Tuesday, September 29th
Arrest Made in Connection with 2018 Fatal Crash
A fatal accident that occurred near Rush Springs 2 ½ years ago has resulted in felony charges being filed against the driver believed to have been responsible for causing the crash. Just last month, prosecutors requested a warrant for the arrest of 41-year old Crystal Renee Hodge of Marlow. This past weekend she was taken into custody by Grady County deputies and booked into the Grady County Jail. The accident occurred in April of 2018. Documents filed at the Grady County Courthouse allege that Hodge was driving a car that failed to yield from a stop sign and hit a pickup on Highway 81 north of Rush Springs. 68-year old Ernest Tullos of Comanche died in the crash and his wife was seriously injured. Initially, Hodge's boyfriend said he was driving the car but a witness told authorities they saw a woman running from the scene of the accident after it happened. Hodge has been charged with felony counts of first degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. She's also facing misdemeanor counts of driving under suspension and failure to have insurance. Hodge remains in jail on a $200,000 bond.
Duncan Reaches Out to Children
Whose Parents Died in Traffic Accident
The Duncan community is rallying behind two children whose parents were killed in a traffic accident with a drunk driver over the weekend. KSWO-TV reports that hundreds turned out for a soccer game last night where one of the children was supposed to be playing. Remmy and Erica Cabrera, however, are still hospitalized with injuries they suffered in the crash. Their parents, Eric Gutierrez and Isaura Cabrera died in the crash that happened in Lawton Saturday night when authorities say a drunk driver ran a stop sign and hit the family's pickup. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to pay for the funeral expenses and to help the children.
Bridge Project Planned on Hwy 81 Near Minco
Looks like some bridge work will begin soon on U.S. Highway 81 south of Minco. According to a post on the Minco Police Department Facebook page, crews are setting up the construction zone for some work to be done on the Buggy Creek Bridge. Authorities expect there will be a lane closing and temporary signal lights. It's not clear how long the project may take. The post asks motorists to be alert and attentive for those workers who will be in the construction zone.
U.S. Census Work Extended
The census count continues. The U.S. Census Bureau has some additional time to determine the number of people living in America. Joe Dorman with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy said you can thank the coronavirus for that.
Enumerators are those individuals visiting households that have not been notified about the census. Dorman says the state gets about $1,700 per year per person living in Oklahoma at the time the census is taken. He said Oklahoma is running a little behind in its count. At the state level, leaders are hoping Oklahoma can top the 4 million mark in population when the count is complete at the end of October.
Journalist, Author Alex Newman to Speak
An award-winning international journalist and speaker will be in Chickasha this afternoon to share his views on how he believes the coronavirus and riots across the country are being used to steal liberty from Americans. Alex Newman will be speaking outdoors at the amphitheatre in Shannon Springs Park. A press release says Newman seeks to glorify God in everything he does. Newman is president of a group called Liberty Sentinel Media and is said to have a global reputation for hard-hitting reporting. Recent columns appearing on the Liberty Sentinel Media website include "9/11 and How You Lost Your God-given Constitutional Rights"; and a story indicating that a coup is planned against President Trump should he win re-election in November. The program is free and no RSVP is necessary. Newman will speak at Shannon Springs Park at 3:00 p.m. today.
Firefighters Contain Ft. Sill Wildfire
A huge wildfire that erupted at Ft. Sill yesterday has been contained but smoke from the flames could still impact parts of southwest Oklahoma today. The fire broke out about 1:00 p.m. Monday with four brush trucks with nine firefighters and five road graders called out to contain the flames. It wasn't clear what started the fire.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.60 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $42.43.
Natural gas is $2.10 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,889 and silver is $23.93.
Monday, September 28th
The City of Chickasha is close to having 600 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus. The State Health Department reported that the number this past weekend grew to 571 cases which is 53 percent of the 1,076 cases throughout Grady County. Chickasha has 164 active cases which is about 29 percent of the total. 401 people have recovered which is 70 percent of the total. Six people in Chickasha have died from the illness. Grady County has 308 active cases which is more than 28 percent of the total number of positive tests. 757 people have recovered which is more than 70 percent and there have been 11 deaths. Blanchard has 325 positive tests and 84 are active. Tuttle is at 213 positive tests with 47 active cases. Anadarko has had 328 positive tests and 42 are active. Caddo County has 759 total cases with 116 of them active. Caddo County has had 21 deaths.
Chix Chamber Urges Businesses to Support Mask Usage
While Chickasha does not have a mandatory mask ordinance, business leaders are asking merchants to consider asking employees and patrons to wear masks in an attempt to minimize community spread. Cassandra Ersland with the Chamber of Commerce says a new catch phrase is "Love Where You Live." The chamber has a number of signs that businesses can download from the chamber website that are a friendly request for patrons and employees to "mask up" as the saying goes in Oklahoma City. One says “Love Where You Live - Help Keep Our Community Safe and Open for Business”. Another says “If We Can Do it, So Can You - Please Wear a Mask”. One is a takeoff of Freddy Mercury and Queen's smash hit We Will Rock You. It says “No Mask On Your Face; You Big Disgrace; Spreading Your Germs All over the Place”. See the chamber website for information.
Voter Registration Deadline for November Election Nears
The 2020 Presidential Election is about 37 days away. Individuals wanting to vote or who need up update their voter registration only have a couple more weeks to do that. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 9th. Applications are available from county election board offices, tag offices, the post office, and libraries. Applications are also available on the state election board website which is: www.elections.ok.gov Grady County Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes also encourages voters who want to vote by mail to apply for absentee ballots as soon as possible.
Many absentee ballots have already been mailed out. Prospective voters may also request an absentee ballot on the state election board website.
Rock Island Arts Festival Set This Weekend
The 12th annual Rock Island Arts Festival will be held in downtown Chickasha this weekend. It's hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council which will have dozens of artists on hand with their items for sale. The arts council will also have a special consignment sale at its booth. There's live entertainment all three days, lots of food trucks, and a children's area. Piggybacking on the arts festival is the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour. The arts festival itself runs Friday, Oct. 2nd through Sunday, Oct 4th. See many of the activities on-line at www.rockislandartsfestival.org
The food truck championship and Rock Island Ride are Saturday only events.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.25 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $41.92.
Natural gas is $2.14 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,862 and silver is $23.07.