Saturday, Nov. 5th
Opening Ceremony for Chix Leg Lamp Tonight
A big celebration will be held in downtown Chickasha tonight for the debut of the permanent version of the gigantic leg lamp which was recently constructed next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. The entire structure is 50-feet tall and is modeled from the leg lamp featured in the holiday movie 'A Christmas Story.' Jim Cowan with the economic development council says not everyone likes the leg lamp but it has received international attention.
The leg lamp is the first phase of a new downtown park that will be built in the next few years. Nearly $1.5 million in private funds were raised for this project. The opening ceremony will get underway about 5:30 this afternoon with entertainment from local children's dance studios, members of the Chickasha Community Theatre will perform excerpts from the groups upcoming holiday performance ‘A Christmas Story; The Musical’, and there will be a Red Ryder BB gun exhibit on display. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be on hand for the ceremony. Cowan said there are some surprises in store for the evening. The lamp will officially be lit at 7 o'clock followed by a free concert from The Imaginaries, Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, who have done a lot over the last few years to promote Chickasha in their music videos, and were co-producers of the motion picture A Cowgirl's Song which was filmed entirely in Chickasha.
Meet-and-Greet Set for New Chix City Manager
Chickasha's new city manager will have his first day on the job next week. Keith Johnson will officially take his post on Monday. A meet-and-greet reception for Johnson will be held before the city council meeting Monday evening, starting at 5:45 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall. In a prepared statement, Mayor Chris Mosley said the city council is excited to have Johnson continue moving the city in a positive direction. Mosley said his experience in finances will be an asset to the city. Johnson previously served as the county administrator in Franklin County, Washington.
Lamp Shades vs. Angels, Part 2
A proposal to put lampshades on some light poles in downtown Chickasha is back on the city council agenda Monday night. Last month, the council unanimously voted against purchasing some lamp shades to adorn the light poles. The lamp shades are somewhat similar to the lamp shade on the 50-foot leg lamp by the railroad depot. There were complaints at the last city council meeting about not using the lighted angels which have been a fixture during the Christmas season downtown for about 20 years. Officials say many of those angels had fallen into disrepair. Officials will ask the city council to consider a compromise by using both the angels and the lamp shades. The city council will meet at 6:30 Monday night at city hall.
KOOL-RANCH Radio Stations Mourn Death of Long-Time Associate
KOOL 105.5, 106.1 The Ranch and Mollman Media are saddened to hear of the death of our friend and colleague Guy Huggins. He passed away last night after having heart bypass surgery earlier in the week. Guy was part of our broadcasts of high school football games, the co-host of the Saturday morning football coaches show, and the Saturday morning Swap Shop program. Guy was a gentle giant who loved to help people, put a smile on their faces, and share stories of his days playing football at Kansas State. Funeral services have not yet been set.
Carey 'Cabo' Wilkerson Also Passes Away
We also have learned of the death of Carey 'Cabo' Wilkerson. He was a retired firefighter and best known as being one of Santa Claus' top assistants during the Christmas season for more than 40 years. Funeral arrangements are also pending for ‘Cabo’ Wilkerson.
Friday, Nov. 4th
What's on Area Ballots on Election Day?
As we draw closer to next Tuesday's mid-term elections there are national and state offices up for grabs but some areas have local races. That's not the case in Grady County, where voters will cast ballots in elections for governor, Lt. governor, attorney general, state treasurer, labor commissioner, state school superintendent, and corporation commissioner. There are also the two U.S. Senate seats, District 4 U.S. House of Representatives, and judicial retention posts to consider.
There is a county commissioner post to be filled. Republican Ricky Schuermann and Democrat Robert Weaver are on the ballot for the District 3 Commissioner seat. Voters in Apache will decide if the city sales tax should be increased by one-half of one percent.
There is a race for District 42 State Representative between Republican incumbent Cindy Rowe and Democratic challenger Steve Jarman. There are also a couple of local judicial posts up for election. District Judge candidates are incumbent Michael Tupper and challenger Patrick Crowe. Associate District Judge candidates are incumbent Charles Gray and challenger William Devereaux.
There is also the district judge race between Michael Tupper and Patrick Crowe and a race for Associate District Judge between incumbent Steven Kendall and challenger Laura McClain.
There are four judicial elections including District Judge in Office 2 of District 5 between Brent Russell and Bobby Lewis; in Office 3 of District 5 between Neil West and Jay Walker; and in office 4 of District 5 between Scott Meadors and Brad Cox. There is also a race for Associate District Judge between Anthony Sykes and Lawrence Wheeler.
Early Voting Continues through Tomorrow
Oklahoma voters can still cast ballots before next Tuesday's general election. In-person, absentee voting can be done at election boards until 6 p.m. today and again from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Regular voting precincts will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Foster Homes Needed Throughout the Region, State
There is a tremendous need for foster families in Oklahoma. There are an estimated 6,700 children in DHS custody statewide and officials say the children all need safe and secure homes. Lourie Myers is a DHS foster care recruiter for the region. She says there are 125 children from Grady and Caddo counties in foster care and most of them are under five years old. In addition, most of them are being cared for in other counties and more than 30 children are separated from their siblings.
For information on becoming a foster family visit the website: www.okfosters.org
Overturned Truck Temporarily Closed Caddo County Highway
An overturned dump truck closed down a highway near Anadarko last night. It happened at the intersection of State Highway 9 and CS 2580 six miles west of Anadarko just before 8:30 p.m. The highway patrol did not provide any details about what happened. The roadway was shut down for about an hour.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.17 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $94.67.
Natural gas is $5.97 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,648 and silver is $19.78.
Funeral service for Viola Bollman, 72, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5th at Sevier Funeral Home.
James ‘Sleekie’ Slater
Funeral service for ‘Sleekie’ Slater, 58, of Midwest City will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5th at the Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Thursday, Nov. 3rd
New Chix Park with Permanent Leg Lamp Grand Opening Set
The grand opening of the first phase of Chickasha's newest park will be this weekend. The downtown park features what officials say is the world's tallest permanent leg lamp. It’s a tribute to the leg lamp featured in the holiday movie classic "A Christmas Story." The lamp will officially be turned on Saturday night and the public is encouraged to attend. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council says-
Crews have spent the last year working on this first phase of the park which next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Nearly $1.4 million in private funds were raised to build this phase. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be on hand for the ceremony. Food trucks will also be available and entertainment includes actors from The Chickasha Community Theatre as they'll perform and sing segments from their upcoming performance of 'A Christmas Story: The Musical.’ Tim Elliott and Pat Brooks with the Chickasha Community Foundation will have short introduction with the flip-of-the-switch set for about 7 o'clock. Afterwards, the musical duo of The Imaginaries, Maggie McClure and Shane Henry will hold a free concert.
Anadarko Police Identify Suspect who Stole Ambulance
Anadarko police have identified the woman who stole an ambulance from the fire department and drove it to the hospital. 34-year old Thelma Rosalyn Sikes was taken into custody at the hospital. Police Chief Eric Harlan said the ambulance had a GPS tracker on it and they were able to find the unit within a couple of minutes after it was stolen. Harlan said she sideswiped a vehicle on Central Boulevard during the one-mile trip to the hospital. Sikes was arrested on complaints of larceny of a vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident; driving under the influence of intoxicants; and disturbing the peace. Harlan said they've had issues with Sikes before. On-line court records indicate she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault in the presence of a minor two years ago and was sentenced to 9 months in jail. She also had previous arrests for public intoxication. Sikes told police she wanted to go to the hospital because she was constipated.
Cyril Teen Allegedly Shoots His Dad
A Cyril teenager has been charged as a youthful offender after allegedly shooting his father last month. 17-year old Lance Moore appeared in Caddo County District Court in Anadarko this week. He's facing a charge of shooting with intent to kill. The Lawton Constitution reports that Moore shot his father in the back Oct. 23rd. Moore is to be back in court for a preliminary hearing conference on December 1st.
USAO, State Regents Team up for 'Teacher Pipeline' Program
USAO has teamed up with the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education to support what's called the teacher pipeline - an effort to encourage more individuals to be teachers. It's called the Oklahoma Future Teacher Scholarship and Employment Incentive program. It's also known as ‘Inspired to Teach’ which is a program created in the Oklahoma legislative session earlier this year. The program offers more than $5,000 scholarships to students. It includes scholarships of $1,000 per academic year for up to three years for full-time students who have earned less than 90 credit hours. The scholarship increases to $2,500 for the final academic year for full-time students with more than 90 credit hours. Dr. Sarah Layman is Dean of USAO's School of Education and also director of teacher education. She said the hope is the program will help ease the teacher shortage issue in the state by providing an incentive to attract candidates to the teaching field and help ensure they stay in Oklahoma.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is at an even $90 per barrel.
London-Based Brent crude is $96.16.
Natural gas is $6.27 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,621 and silver is $18.95.
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd
Chix PD Seeks Info on Dangerous Shoplifting Suspect
Chickasha Police are looking for information about two people involved in a shoplifting incident earlier this week and one of them should be considered armed and dangerous. A press release from the police department indicates that officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart Monday about a man and woman shoplifting. When store officials tried to make contact with the individuals a suspected identified as Justin Knight is alleged to have pulled a knife and started chasing the employee. The suspects ran out of the store and left in a green, older-model minivan driven by an unknown third person. Knight is Caucasian, about 6-1 and 140 pounds with short, black hair. He has a tattoo of an AK-47 on his right cheek, another tattoo near his right eyebrow, and another above the bridge of his nose. A photo of Knight, an unidentified woman, and the mini-van are all posted on the police department's Facebook page. Knight was just released from prison this past April after serving time for endangering others while eluding. A few weeks later, on-line court records show he was arrested on complaints of possession of a firearm after conviction and possession of a stolen vehicle but that case was dismissed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chickasha police at their non-emergency number: 405-222-6050.
'Persons-of-Interest' Sought for Theft are Identified
Police department officials also posted on Facebook that they have been able to identify two persons-of-interest wanted for questioning in connection with a theft from a local business. Authorities say they did get some leads from the public from the photos posted on social media over the last few days. Their names were not released.
OSBI Seeks Info on 30-year Old Chickasha Cold Case
The OSBI is asking for information about a Chickasha cold case. Kathyrine 'Mookie' Moore of Chickasha went missing in October of 1992. She was last seen about 8:00 p.m. on October 6th of that year walking from West Elementary School to her home in the 1200 block of Henderson. Her body was found five days later southwest of Ninnekah. The medical examiner determined she had been strangled. Anyone with information about the death of ‘Mookie’ Moore is asked to contact the OSBI anonymously by calling 800-522-8017 or by e-mailing information to email@example.com
Woman Steals Anadarko Ambulance, Drives to Hospital
A bizarre incident in Anadarko yesterday where a woman stole an ambulance. A post on the fire department’s Facebook page says the unidentified woman walked into the fire station just after 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, stole the ambulance, drove down Central Boulevard to Physicians Hospital and sideswiped at least one vehicle along the way. As she attempted to enter the hospital she was taken into custody. The social media post indicates there was minor damage to the ambulance and the other vehicle but no one was injured.
Early Voting Underway in Oklahoma
In-person, absentee voting begins today - ahead of next Tuesday's general election. You can cast ballots at the election board in the county in which you are registered to vote. Early voting can be done today, tomorrow, and Friday between 8 a.m. at 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You'll need your voter registration card and an ID.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.37 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $94.80.
Natural gas is $5.71 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,658 and silver is $19.70.
Tuesday, Nov. 1st
Gov. Kevin Stitt Campaigns in Chickasha
Gov. Kevin Stitt discussed issues ranging from the economy to school choice to economic development during a campaign stop in Chickasha yesterday. It was the second stop of the day for Stitt who was in Burns Flat Monday morning to announce that an aerospace company will be moving its headquarters from Mexico to Oklahoma. Stitt said Premium Aerospace Center will be investing millions of dollars at the Oklahoma Air and Space Port and creating hundreds of new jobs.
The company is expected to upgrade commercial airplanes including 737s and larger aircraft. Stitt addressed all the negative campaign ads being aired against him over the last few weeks and said that $50 million in dark money is being provided mostly by Native American tribes which are angry at the governor for his actions regarding gaming compacts between the tribes and the state. Stitt spent a few minutes with the media following his meeting with the public and discussed how the state was able to provide $23 million in drought relieve to agriculture producers.
Stitt is seeking a second term in office in next week's general election. His chief opponent is Democrat Joy Hoffmeister.
5 Arrested in Lindsay For Allegedly Selling Prescription Meds
Five people have been arrested in Lindsay after authorities say they were selling prescription pain-killing meds. Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullet says they believe the individuals were also selling the meds in Grady and Stephens counties. In custody are 68-year old Betty Williams who was prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other meds every 30 days. Mullet said the pills could be sold on the street for up to $20 each. Also arrested were 49-year old Karen Thompson, 34-year old Matthew Johnson, 25-year old Kalyn Steakly, and 25-year old Fury Stinnett. Mullet said they could also face racketeering charges. Investigators were led to the group after carrying out a search warrant for an unrelated child pornography investigation.
Former CHS Football Coach Steve Shklar Dies
Former Chickasha High School football coach Steve Shklar has died. Shklar was 71 when he passed away last Thursday. He was head coach for Chickasha a couple of years back in the 1980s and an assistant for previous head coach Dennis Cavalier. Shklar left Chickasha to coach at Yukon and he also coached at Alva and most recently was the head coach in Sperry, Oklahoma where he guided the team to the semi-finals of the Class 2A playoffs in 2019. A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Sperry High School Football Field. Arrangements are with Johnston Funeral Home in Sperry.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.53 per barrel.
London-based crude oil is $94.38.
Natural gas is $6.36 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,657 and silver is $19.93.
Monday, Oct. 31st
(Burn ban remains in effect for Oklahoma County)
Chickasha Police Seek Persons-of-Interest
The Chickasha Police Department is asking the public for help in locating two persons-of-interest in connection with a theft from a local business. Authorities are looking for a Caucasian male and female. In a photo posted on the police department's Facebook page, the male appears to be 25-35 years old. He has a short gray moustache and beard and appears to have brown hair. He was wearing a stocking cap and a blue-and-white plaid, long-sleeve shirt. The woman appears to be 30-40 years old with short, blond hair. She was wearing a black shirt and a blue-jean jacket and glasses. See the photo on the police department's Facebook page and if you have information about them call the police department's non-emergency number: 405-222-6050.
Gov. Kevin Stitt to be in Chickasha Today
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will be in Chickasha today for a mid-day meet-and-greet. The governor will be at Standley Systems for an informal gathering at noon. Standley Systems headquarters is at 6th and Iowa Ave. across the street from the Chickasha Library. The event is open to the public and a light lunch will be provided. Stitt is looking for a second term as governor in next week's election. His top challenger is Democrat Joy Hoffmeister with Independent Ervin Yen and Libertarian Natalie Bruno also on the ballot.
Early Voting Begins Wednesday for General Election
Early voting begins this Wednesday for next week's general election. Individuals can cast ballots at the election board office in the county in which they are registered to vote. Early voting is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Early voters will have to show their ID and voter registration cards. Regular precincts will be open next Tuesday, Nov. 8th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Chickasha Ne'ewollah Festival Tonight
Downtown Chickasha will be invaded by hundreds of trick-or-treaters tonight. The Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Ne'ewollah Festival with many businesses offering treats for the youngsters and a number of activities to be held including a carnival at the YMCA, disc golf, a petting zoo, and festive photo-booth opportunities.. Trick-or-treating will only be on Chickasha Avenue between 4th and 8th Streets. There is a costume and pet parade, and a costume contest with some cash prizes awarded. The costume contest will be held in front of the KOOL-RANCH studios on the corner of 7th and Chickasha Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. The Ne'ewollah Festival runs from 5 to 7 o'clock tonight.
State's Air and Space Port to Make 'Big' Announcement
State officials are being mum about what is said to be a big announcement for Oklahoma's Air and Space Port this morning. According to the OK Energy Today website the announcement is expected to bring significant jobs and investments to the region. Gov. Kevin Stitt is to be on hand for the announcement. The facility is the former Clinton-Sherman Air Base in Burns Flat.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.90 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $95.77.
Natural gas is $5.68 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,641 and silver is $19.02.