Saturday, January 2nd
Info Still Sought on Missing Marlow Teen
A Marlow teenager has now been missing for more than two months and officials are renewing their efforts to find her. 16-year old Kaylen Harrell was reported missing on October 30th. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a fax with her photo and description early this morning. There are no details about Kaylen's disappearance. She is Caucasian; five feet, six inches tall; brown hair and brown eyes; and at the time weighed 145 pounds. Officials believe she could be in the Marlow area and may travel to Rush Springs and Chickasha. Anyone with information regarding Kaylen Harrell is asked to contact local authorities or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-The-Lost.
Family Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Their Home
A Chickasha family is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their home. Bill and Geraldine Hodges purchased what is now known as the Huseman-Hodges home at 901 S. 17th Street back in 1970. The two-story, wood frame home is noticeable by its green-and-white striped awnings over the windows. Susan Hodges-Scott is the daughter of Bill and Geraldine. Susan and her husband Paul live in Duncan and said family members quietly marked the anniversary. A photo was submitted to the Chickasha Express-Star. The home was designed and built by architect A.G. Huseman in 1920. The article states that Huseman had the lumber pre-cut and shipped from Philadelphia and that his name was stamped on the back of each board. The home has two fireplaces with the letter "H" built into the brick on the hearth. While the home has been remodeled over the years, the history and character of the house remain. It has the original oak woodwork and flooring, original brick fireplaces (both downstairs and upstairs); three sets of original French doors; and original glass doorknobs. The Hodges are planning a Roaring 20s-style party when they can all be together.
Where Will U.S. Space Command Headquarters Locate?
Is Oklahoma still in the running to be the home of the new U.S. Space Command headquarters? Oklahoma City at one time considered applying to try and get the headquarters near Tinker Air Force Base. The website OK Energy Today cites a report from The Air Force Times that Oklahoma City did not formally apply. The Air Force is expected to announce the location early this year. Potential sites are Peterson Air Base in Colorado, which is currently the interim headquarters for the Space Command; Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico; and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Talk Show Topics
Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha Parks and Recreation Department Director Kyle Marks is on our KOOL Konversation program. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson is our guest on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.
A graveside service for Gene Pearson, 80, of Ada and formerly of Alex was held in the Alex Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 2nd.
Thursday, December 31st
Cyril Church Burglarized
Investigators are looking for an individual who broke in to the First Baptist Church of Cyril last weekend. The thief even stole one of the church vans. The break-in was discovered a couple of days after the church held its Christmas service. The thief also took about $40 in cash and a 10-pound bag of chicken strips. Pastor Donny Crittendon tells KSWO-TV that the thief had to be someone familiar with the church, because they avoided security cameras and seemed to know their way inside the church. Crittendon said it’s disappointing. Many church members told him they would have given the thief what he needed had he just asked. The van is a white, 2008 model, 15-passenger Chevrolet that has First Baptist Church, Cyril, Oklahoma on the back window. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cyril police.
Chix City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Flood Study
Chickasha residents will have an opportunity to comment publicly on a proposal designed to alleviate flooding in the city. On Monday, Jan. 4th, the city council will have the last of two public hearings on a master drainage study that was reviewed by the council earlier this month. The council hired an engineering firm to do a complete study of the region, and develop a detailed plan which engineers say may reduce flooding after times of extremely heavy rainfall. The estimated price tag of the proposal is between $9 million and $12 million. A PowerPoint presentation on the study can be viewed on the city's website: www.chickasha.org After the public hearing, the council will consider adopting the study. Also during Monday's meeting, the council will go behind closed doors for it’s annual evaluation of city manager John Noblitt. The group will also present a retirement watch to long-time parks and recreation department employee Troy Maloney.
Crash Shuts Down Turnpike
A crash on the H.E. Bailey turnpike shut down traffic on the interstate for over an hour yesterday. The highway patrol reported a rollover accident at mile marker 90 northeast of Chickasha about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The roadway was re-opened about an hour and a half later about 6:15 p.m.. No details of the accident were available.
Regional First Responders Get COVID-19 Vaccinations
The state health department is distributing the second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations to county health departments. Debra Johnson, with District 5 of the state health department, says about 150 first responders received their vaccinations at the Anadarko First Baptist Church on Tuesday. Yesterday, about 500 vaccines were sent to Hinton to vaccinate first responders there. In Grady County, officials are in the process of scheduling vaccinations for first responders, and are looking at some dates next week. Health department officials in District 8, which includes Stephens and Garvin counties, say first responders in those areas can get vaccinations in Ardmore today. Those in Stephens County may opt to wait to get their shots next week in Duncan. The Duncan Banner reports that a clinic will be set up at the Stephens County Fairgrounds next Thursday, Jan. 7th.
Housekeeper Arrested for Alleged Theft
A housekeeper accused of taking money from her employer is also accused of hitting him with her SUV. Rush Springs police and a Grady County deputy were called to a home just north of Rush Springs on Sunday. A man alleged a woman he had hired to clean his house had taken some money from the home, and when he confronted her with the allegation in the driveway, she hit him with her SUV and knocked him down. Authorities found the woman at a Rush Springs convenience store and brought her back to the man’s home and the two started arguing. The woman claimed she was a victim, saying the man forced himself on her. The woman, 50-year old Laura Renee Copeland of Rush Springs, was arrested but the man was not. Prosecutors have charged Copeland with assault with a dangerous weapon and petty larceny. She remains in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.40 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $51.34.
Natural gas is $2.42 per million BTUs.
Gold is just under $1,900 and silver is $26.66.
A graveside service for Martha Felton, 91, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
No services will be held for Orva Littrell, 86, of Chickasha. She worked for the ASCS office for 30 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
A private service will be held at a later date for Jim Whitcomb, 75, of Chickasha. He was a certified gemologist and served in the National Guard for 22 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
A private service will be held at a later date for 68-year old Jack Holt of Chickasha. He was a long-time auto salesman, the son of the late Alton Holt.
Wednesday, December 30th
Chickasha Mother Critical After Shooting
A Chickasha mother is fighting for her life after being shot by her husband on Christmas Eve. Ana Sanchez was listed in critical condition in an Oklahoma City hospital yesterday, five days after being shot in the chest and in one of her legs. In documents filed by Chickasha police at the Grady County Courthouse, officers were called to a home in the 1400 block of South 5th Street about 1:30 a.m. Christmas Eve morning. A teenaged boy in the home said his parents were arguing and that his father had shot is mother. When police arrived they found the injured woman, and the suspect went to the kitchen to get a knife and tried to stab himself. Authorities were able to take the man into custody without incident. Authorities arrested 70-year old Oseas Sanchez-Orta. Prosecutors have charged him with shooting with intent to kill. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $500,000 bond. The court documents did not indicate a motive for the shooting.
Suspects In Custody in Separate Molestation Investigations
Grady county authorities make arrests in separate child sexual abuse investigations. One stemmed from an incident first reported in October in the Norge area. A probable cause affidavit indicates the mother of an 11-year old girl reported the child had been molested. The child alleged the suspect molested her two years ago when he took her deer hunting. Authorities arrested 32-year old Nicholas Alexander Armstrong of Chickasha last week. Prosecutors have charged him with two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 years old. He remains in jail on a $150,000 bond. The other investigation began just before Thanksgiving in the Bridge Creek area where two girls who are 9- and 11-years old told an aunt that they had been molested. Investigators tracked down 51-year old Thomas Ray Steaveson of the Blanchard area. Prosecutors have charged him with two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 years old. Steaveson also remains in jail on a $150,000 bond.
Deputies Nab Suspect in Rural Burglary
A woman from the Dibble area is arrested in connection with a theft from a home in the east part of Grady County. One of the home owners reported on Dec. 15th that a safe and several guns had been taken. A few days after the burglary the safe was found in a barn at a nearby home. Investigators were made aware of a suspect while helping Chickasha police at a disturbance at the Maverick Inn on Christmas Eve. The suspect, 32-year old Stormy Jo Kirkland, had a warrant out for her arrest out of McClain County. Kirkland has been charged in Grady County with a felony count of possession of stolen property. She remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.
New Staff Member on Board at Grady OSU Extension
The Grady County OSU Extension Office has a new extension educator. Ally Minor joined the staff this week. She's originally from Arkansas, and has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State and is pursuing a master's degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Colorado State. She's also serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and volunteers for Oklahoma Blue Thumb helping people to protect water in their area. In addition to extension education, Minor will be working with 4H and youth development projects.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $51.09.
Natural gas is $2.44 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,883 and silver is $26.45.
A graveside service for Dalifan Huffines, 94, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Tuesday, December 29th
Senior Citizen Faces Felony Charge After Shooting
A 70-year old man is behind bars after a shooting at a Chickasha home last week. The suspect was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve which was last Thursday. Chickasha police have not released any information about their investigation. Unconfirmed reports indicate a woman was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. Oseas Sanchez-Orta of Chickasha was booked into the Grady County Jail on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. After spending the weekend in jail, prosecutors have charged Sanchez-Orta with felony of shooting with intent to kill. He remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney on Jan. 22nd with a preliminary hearing conference set for Feb. 10th.
Graveside Service Set for Hall-of- Fame Coach
A graveside service will be held Thursday for Coach Jerry Jobe who passed away over the weekend. Jobe, a Chickasha native who played and coached at Chickasha High School, then coached at Southwestern Oklahoma State and at Oklahoma Christian was 85 years old. Jobe was inducted into six halls of fame, including the Chickasha schools and Chickasha Athletic Halls of Fame, the Southwestern and Oklahoma Christian Halls of Fame, the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Jobe will be laid to rest at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31st at in Chickasha's Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
Group Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking
A southwest Oklahoma group's mission is to prevent human trafficking. The Red Cord is a non-profit group that brings education, awareness, and training to law enforcement groups, first responders, educators, and others to help them understand the nature of human trafficking. Ahsa Morin is with the Red Cord.
The group will be hosting is 4th annual Freedom Gala at the Comanche County Fairgounds in Lawton on Jan. 30th. For information visit the group’s website: www.theredcord.org
Ice Storm Outages Lead to Utility Questions
A number of Oklahoma utility companies came under fire after the October ice storms as thousands of homes and businesses went without power for days or even weeks. The Oklahoman reports that the Public Utilities Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is asking electric service providers how they handled outages and what they propose to do to prevent future situations. The panel is also reaching out to electric customers to get input. The Oklahoman reports some state lawmakers argue that utilities and regulators need to do more to improve electrical systems in order to handle future severe weather events.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $47.62 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $50.86.
Natural gas is $2.31 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,881 and silver is $26.36.
Graveside service for Derek Vaughn, 53 will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31st at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
No services will be held for 77-year old Linda Raikes. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Minco. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
A graveside service for Nancy Cole, 69 will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
Monday, December 28th
Chickasha Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Jobe Dies
He led the Chickasha High School boys basketball teams to state championships as both a player and a coach. Jerry Jobe passed away on Saturday at the age of 85. His death comes just two weeks after his wife Laura Beth passed away. Born and raised in Chickasha, Jobe helped the Fightin’ Chicks win a state title as a player in 1953. 10 years later, he coached the team to a state title. He would go on to coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford where he won 198 games in 11 seasons, then went to Oklahoma Christian where he won 211 games in eight seasons. He is in the Chickasha Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. After he retired from coaching he spent 13 years with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The funeral service for Jerry Jobe has not yet been scheduled.
Lawmaker Looks to Reduce DPS Logjam
A state lawmaker is working to reduce the long wait times at DPS offices when it comes to getting drivers licenses. Amber State Representative Dick Lowe says career tech schools may help to ease the pressure by offering the testing. He says the Moore-Norman Technology Center was first to offer the testing and that officials are looking to expand the testing to other career techs.
Lowe said it’s not career-tech's intent to take over all the testing but to be a partner with DPS to reduce wait times.
Chix Schools to Crack Down on Failing Distance Learners
Chickasha schools are cracking down on virtual students who aren't doing their assigned work. Superintendent Rick Croslin said nearly half of the district's virtual or blended-learning students - and about one in four remote-learning students are failing at least one class. In a memo sent to teachers and administrators, Croslin said the numbers are staggering and don't meet the district's expectations. He said more than 200 students will return to traditional classroom studies when classes resume next month. Croslin said that when students come back to school after the first of the year, virtual students who are not logging in and failing two or more classes will have to return to classroom study. He said principals will have the discretion to develop a plan to improve a student's performance. Blended students must have passed all courses to continue in that system. Students who are failing one or more courses will need to enroll in full-time traditional classes or virtual - although virtual students are not eligible to participate in sports, band, or other extra-curricular activities. Remote students must be passing all classes in order to continue with that option when the district is in the orange or red coronavirus status. Any remote student failing one or more classes will not be eligible to continue in that system. The only exception will be for student quarantines, snow days, or a principal's discretion.
OHP Seeks Cadets for 2021 Academy
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the next cadet training program. The 67th academy will begin in the summer of 2021. Currently 65 cadets have been accepted. Officials say about half the state's troopers are set to retire within the next three years so there is a need for replacements. DPS has entered into an agreement with Oklahoma Career Tech testing centers to provide entrance exams for trooper candidates so applicants can stay near their home town instead of traveling to Oklahoma City.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $48.23 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $51.29.
Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,883 and silver is $26.51.
Funeral service for Kathleen Askins, 76, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30th at Southern Hills Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Graveside service for Renae Jeter, 61, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Lawrence Richardson, 59 will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5th at the Church of the Living God PG & T. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Gregory Muse, 47 is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.