Saturday, Sept. 10th
Former State Sen. Justice Honored for Lifetime of Service
Former State Senator Ron Justice of Chickasha is among several individuals being honored for their lifetime of service this weekend. Justice is among six OSU alumni being honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. The award recognizes those who attain distinctive success in their profession and/or perform outstanding service to their communities. Justice earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in agriculture education at OSU. He spent a few years in Kansas as a 4H agent then moved back to Oklahoma to work in the same position for both Muskogee and Alfalfa counties. He then became the county extension director for Grady County where he served for 24 years, retiring in 2003. He then spent 12 years in the state senate and then served as vice president of public policy at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Justice is still active today as he serves on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Oklahoma 4H Foundation board of trustees.
Ninnekah Schools to Help Family
of Students Injured in Crash
Ninnekah school officials released a statement about that crash that injured three children Thursday night. All are students at Ninnekah. School officials say a second-grader was air lifted to the OU Trauma Center. Facebook posts from friends and family say she suffered a fractured pelvis and had to have part of her intestine removed. A first grader and a fifth grader were also hurt. The fifth grade student, an 11-year old boy, suffered a broken arm. Social media posts say he managed to climb out the ravine to get help. The statement from Ninnekah schools said they are planning to have a spaghetti dinner to benefit the family next week.
Winter Home Heating Bills Expected to Increase
Home and business heating bills this coming winter are forecast to be the highest in 15 years. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says part of the reason is that demand remains high and inventories are low. The website OK Energy Today cites the EIA report which indicates that natural gas spot prices could rise to a monthly average of more than $9 per million BTUs by January. Officials said there are limited options for replacing natural gas in the short term especially the natural gas that's needed to generate electricity. The report predicts that demand will remain high despite the high prices.
Volunteer Fire Departments to Host Community Dinner
The Pocasset and Harold Volunteer Fiire Departments are hosting a community appreciation dinner tomorrow. They'll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with sides and drinks available. It is free but donations are welcome. There will also be a bounce house for the kids. It will be held at the Pocasset Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday).
Local Photographer to be Featured at Art Wrecker Studio
Motorcycle fans and those who enjoy photographs of bikes and their owners might check out the work of local photographer Johnny Trammell. The USAO Art Wrecker Studio will feature Trammell's artistry over the next few weeks. The theme of the show is Pics, Pistons, and Dirty Thunder. The studio is in downtown Chickasha next to Midfirst Bank. There will be an opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tonight and the Shakespeare Wine Company will be on hand. The show will run through Saturday, Oct. 1st where a closing reception will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A graveside service for Cynthia Bramblett, 66, of the Chickasha and Verden area will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12th in the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
Tuttle 61, Noble 41
Piedmont 28, Blanchard 13
Minco 53, Apache 20
Newcastle 30, Piedmont 13
Mangum 35, Rush Springs 34
SW Covenant 36, Alex 8
Cyril 35, Mt. View-Gotebo 12
Texhoma 21, Carnegie 12
Lindsay 28, Atoka 7
Marlow 62, Comanche 0
Dibble 8, Little Axe 7
Friday, Sept. 9th
Biker Critically Injured in Crash Near Rush Springs
A motorcycle rider is hospitalized in critical condition after crashing his bike north of Rush Springs. 34-year old Parker Jordan of Duncan was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, trunk, arm, and leg injuries. The accident happened about 1:15 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 81 about 2 1/2 miles north of Rush Springs. The trooper responding to the crash reported that for an unknown reason Jordan's 2019 Harley Davidson veered off the highway and rolled several times. He was not wearing a helmet.
3 Children Injured After Car Rolls into Ravine
Three Ninnekah children are taken to a hospital after a car runs off a county road and crashes into a ravine. A seven- year old girl was admitted to Children's Hospital and was last in fair condition. A six-year old girl and an 11- year old boy were treated and released. The accident happened just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday about 3 1/2 miles north of Chickasha near the intersection of CR 1320 and CS 2840. The driver of the car, 31-year old Melinda Crumb of Ninnekah, refused medical treatment. Crumb and all the children were buckled up. The state trooper investigating the crash reported that Crumb approached a curve and ran off the road. The car hit and embankment and overturned into the ravine. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Dobson Fiber to Expand in Chickasha
Chickasha residents will have another Internet Service Provider to choose from in the future. Dobson Fiber has announced the company will begin construction of a network that will offer up to 10 gigabits-per-second internet speeds. A ground-breaking ceremony was held yesterday with representatives from the City of Chickasha, Chamber of Commerce, and Saxon Allton, Gov. Kevin Stitt's State Field Director. In a press release, officials said the network will be built in geographic zones. Once each zone nears completion residents will be notified when they can begin signing up for service. Dobson's website allows individuals to input their addresses and get notified if their address is on their fiber build-out plan. The website is: www.dobson.net
Dobson also announced a dozen more fiber network commitments including the Marlow area.
New Street Signs Purchased for Chix Cemeteries
The Chickasha City Council this week approved the purchase of a number of new street signs for the city's two cemeteries. The council approved a bid of just under $18,000 from Barco Municipal Products for green signs with white capital letters that will be installed in both Rose Hill and Fairlawn Cemeteries. Barco's bid was the lowest of three bids submitted with the highest from Luther Signs at just over $25,000.
Final Payment Approved for Chix Dog Park
The council also approved the final payment for the construction of the Badgett Dog Park. A payment some $41,000 was approved for Bordwine Development Company after the firm submitted the maintenance bond and other paperwork needed for the project to be considered complete. The Badgett Family of Chickasha donated $100,000 to build the park.
One-Stop Center Created for Grady County Veterans
The Grady County Disabled American Veterans (DAV) headquarters is now a one-stop location for several veterans organizations. Daryl Jacobs with DAV Chapter 17 says the center now also houses the VFW, American Legion, and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. The Grady County Veterans Center is downtown Chickasha at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. Hours of operation are Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Information is available on the Grady County DAV Chapter 17 Facebook page.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.54 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $89.15.
Natural gas is $7.91 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,738 and silver is $18.71.
Funeral for Rholando Dickerson, 29, of Lawton will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10th at Cameron Baptist Church in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Thursday, Sept. 8th
Rush Springs Shooting Suspect at Large
Grady County authorities say a suspect remains at large this morning after a shooting occurred at a home west of Rush Springs Wednesday night. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess tells KOOL/RANCH News that they are looking for 41-year old Michael Pearson. Boggess said authorities were called to a home about two miles west of Rush Springs near State Highway 17 and CS 2800 about 6:40 p.m. Authorities say Pearson got in to an argument with his father and that Pearson fired a shot and fled the home. The father was not hurt. Rush Springs police, sheriff's deputies, and Rush Springs and other volunteer fire departments were summoned to conduct a manhunt. They had a couple of drones with infrared cameras to help in the search in a wooded and brushy area but Pearson managed to get away. Last night’s search was called off about 9:30 p.m. Boggess said Pearson has prior convictions on charges of assault and domestic abuse. Boggess says Rush Springs residents should take precautions and are asked to call 9-1-1 if they have any information on Pearson's whereabouts. Authorities are expected to request a warrant for Pearson's arrest this morning.
Pursuit Suspect Allegedly Stole Pickup at Gunpoint
Now an update to a story we had last week about a man wanted in southern Oklahoma arrested after a lengthy pursuit which ended in Grady County. Authorities arrested Kevin Bryant Melton last Wednesday night. A probable cause affidavit indicates Melton allegedy stole a pickup at gunpoint in Carter County. The pursuit topped 100 miles per hour as the truck reach Pauls Valley then headed west on State Highway 19 through Maysville and Lindsay. Troopers eventually performed a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) maneuver to force the pickup off the road near the Washita River west of Lindsay. But Melton took off on foot and eventually went into the river in waste-high water where the suspect got into a scuffle with authorities. Melton was eventually taken into custody. Melton is facing Grady County charges which include endangering others while attempting to elude and assault with a deadly weapon. Also, while in the Grady County Jail Melton was alleged to have been seen smoking contraband tobacco in a bathroom so he's also charged with having contraband in jail. His bond has been set at $300,000.
Verden Police Make Unrelated Drug Trafficking Arrests
Verden police made a couple of unrelated drug trafficking arrests this week. Chief Jason Cox made a traffic stop on a vehicle this past Monday night. Cox allegedly found methamphetamine in the vehicle and arrested 43-year old Zargosa Hernandez of Hobart. Hernandez is charged with trafficking and is being held on a $150,000 bond. Later that evening authorities arrested a woman in connection with meth trafficking case they were investigating. Authorities allegedly found a number of tablets believed to be counterfeit Percoset tablets laced with fentanyl. Police arrested 30-year old Heather Johnelle Glass of Chickasha. She has been formally charged with aggravated trafficking and her bond was also set at $150,000.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.84 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $88.
Natural gas is $7.84 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,731 and silver is $18.50.
A private burial will be held for Howard Oaks, 73, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
No service is scheduled for Billy Byrum, 69, of Chickasha. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Wednesday, Sept. 7th
Chix City Council OKs Plan to Design
New Raw Water Treatment Plant
A proposal to build a new raw water treatment plant for the City of Chickasha is okayed by the city council. The panel gave its blessing to develop a conceptual design and feasibility study for the first phase of the project. It’s being created by Guernsey and Associates at a cost of just under $150,000. Officials say the State Department of Environmental Quality has $35 million in loans available for the city to build the new plant but the concept plans and other information is needed before the loans can be made available. The plan is expected to be completed by early December and the council will be given progress reports over the next few months. Officials are considering two sites for the new plant one near the current location on north 4th Street and another at the city’s industrial park.
Waste Connections Rate Increase Approved
The council also approved a rate increase for the sanitation services provided by contractor Waste Connections. The current contract with the firm allows for a rate increase when the company's costs are higher than expected. City officials haven't said if this will mean an increase in residential and commercial trash pick-up services.
Pact with Delaware Nation Approved
The council also approved an agreement with the Delaware Nation to allow the tribe to provide low-income Chickasha residents who are members of the tribe some assistance in paying their water and sewer bills.
Council Backs CV Tech Plan to Build Public Safety Traing Center
The council approved a letter of support for the Canadian Valley Technology Center which is applying for a federal grant to build a public safety training center. The letter states that it’s important to help and support the center in providing training education for those in the public safety sector and that the city is committed to assist and advise CV Tech when needed or requested. The letter also states that with the facilities and training staff available that there is no doubt they will turn out some of the finest police officers, communications specialists, corrections officers, firefighters, and emergency service personnel in the state.
First Phase of Permanent Leg Lamp Structure Completed
Chickasha gets a leg up both literally and figuratively as a nearly 25-foot fiberglass leg was put into place yesterday. It will eventually be a permanent leg lamp similar to the one made popular in the classic holiday film ‘A Christmas Story’. An inflatable version of the leg lamp had been used for the Festival of Light over the last couple of years but it frequently had to be repaired. With the help of Johnson’s Cranes, the gray leg - complete with a high heel - was lifted high above a steel foundation then lowered over about a 25 foot tall steel centerpiece designed to keep the leg lamp in place. The leg was manufactured at Midwest Towers and took about two months to put together. The leg itself weighs about 2,800 pounds. Still to come, a 15- foot tall lamp shade to go on top of the leg. The entire leg lamp will sit on a ten-foot pedestal to make it a 50-foot tall structure. The structure will be painted - complete with a fishnet stocking - and is expected to be ready for the grand opening of the first phase of a new city park being built next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot in early November.
Chix School Foundation Teacher Grant Applications Needed
Teachers in Chickasha Public Schools only have a few more days to submit applications for fall grants that will be issued by the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Foundation Director Gab Atwell says the deadline to apply is next Monday, Sept. 12th. The foundation will be awarding grants in early November. Each year, the foundation awards an estimated $40,000 in grants which pay for supplies, equipment, and materials not provided by the district.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.88 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $92.83.
Natural gas is $8.14 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,716 and silver is $18.10.
Richard ‘Dicky’ Pearcy
A graveside service for ‘Dicky’ Pearcy, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Thomas ‘Tommy’ Busby
A memorial service for Tommy Busby, 78, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Tuesday, Sept. 6th
(Burn bans are still in effect for Garvin and Comanche counties)
Chix City Council to Auction Mineral Rights at Lake Chix
A public auction to sell the mineral rights on land at Lake Chickasha is scheduled for tonight’s Chickasha City Council meeting. There are several tracts up for bid ranging from 80 to more than 660 acres. The panel will go behind closed doors to discuss the possibility of awarding a bid later in the evening. The panel will also have a closed-door meeting to interview a prospective candidate for the vacant city manager post. The group is also to consider accepting the Badgett Dog Park as complete. The panel will also consider making a final payment of more than $41,000 to Bordwine Development which is the contractor that was awarded the project nearly a year ago.
New Water Treatment Plant to be Discussed
(Editor's note - This story has been corrected from an earlier version that contained erroneous information. We apologize for the error) There is a big project to be discussed tonight - a proposal for the first phase of the construction of a new raw water treatment plant. Officials say the city has $35 million reserved in what's known as the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program through the State Department of Environmental Quality. To access the loan the project must be ready to proceed. Officials will consider a nearly $150,000 proposal from Guernsey and Associates for this first phase. Officials say the city has $35 million reserved in what's known as the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program through the State Department of Environmental Quality. To access the loan the project must be ready to proceed. Officials will consider a nearly $150,000 proposal from Guernsey and Associates for this first phase.
Council to Look for Bids for Sewer Line Project
The council will also consider going out for bids for a sewer line replacement in the area of Highway 62 and 16th Street. Officials say the sewer line there has been in bad shape for the last four years.
Waste Connections Contract Up for Review
The panel will also consider a proposal to increase the price the city pays to Waste Connections for sanitation services. Waste Connections officials told the council last month that a rate increase was necessary due to unusual changes in their operations. The increase is allowed under the company's current contract. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.
Commissioners Cancel Grady County Burn Ban
Grady County's burn ban has been lifted. Grady County Commissioners canceled the ban at their meeting this morning. The ban has been in effect since mid-July when temperatures topped 100 degrees and there had been no rain for an extended period of time. Burn bans in Comanche and Garvin counties are still in place. Commissioners in Comanche County will meet this morning to consider whether to continue the ban. The ban in Garvin County is in effect for another week although commissioners could decide to end the ban when they meet today.
Oil and Gas Well Completions
We have some oil and gas well completions to report this morning. Gulfport Midcon has a couple of wells in the Alex area bringing in more than 460 barrels of oil per day and an abundant amount of natural gas - nearly 33,000 Mcf per day. These are the Nelda wells which are in Section 4 of Township 4 North and 6 West. The wells are in the Woodford formation and were drilled to a depth of nearly 13,000 feet.
Completions in Canadian County
Camino Natural Resources has a couple of active wells in Canadian County about three miles southeast of El Reno. They are the Black Kettle wells which are bringing in about 430 barrels of oil and just over 1,100 Mcf of natural gas per day. They were drilled to a depth of about 17,500 feet. Red Bluff Resources has a well northwest of Piedmont although no production numbers were available. It was drilled to a depth of nearly 14,000 feet.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.87 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $93.02.
Natural gas is $8.79 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,723 and sliver is $18.35.
Funeral for Buelah Hill, 84, of Ninnekah was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home.
Monday, September 5, 2022
(No news due to the Labor Day holiday)