Saturday, Dec. 3rd
One Arrested Following Early-Morning Pursuit
A pursuit that started in Rush Springs and ended in Chickasha before dawn this morning lands one person behind bars. Scanner reports indicated the pursuit began around 4:30 a.m. when Rush Springs police attempted to make a traffic stop. The motorist opted to make a run for it and headed north on U.S. Highway 81. The pursuit continued through Ninnekah and in to Chickasha and at some point got to the area of 16th and Country Club Road. The chase continued north on 16th Street and ended near 16th and Grand Ave. after authorities deployed stop sticks to disable the vehicle. In custody is 31-year old Adrianna Laue. No hometown was available. She is being held in the Grady County Jail on complaints of eluding and speeding.
State Office Urges Oklahomans to Check FCC Map
to Confirm or Update Accuracy of Broadband Service
A new state agency that will oversee the expansion of broadband service across the state needs your help. The Oklahoma Broadband Office would like Oklahomans to check their addresses on a map made available by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to see if it matches what the FCC has listed for you. Kirk Martin is the interim director of the Oklahoma Broadband Office. He said they have reason to believe that some of the information on the map is not accurate and in some cases lists service where it isn't even available. Users will be able correct any inaccurate data that may be listed. This process will help determine how much federal funding Oklahoma will receive to improve broadband service especially in rural areas. Broadband service varies widely from county to county. The map shows that only about 19 percent of Grady County residents have reliable internet service while only 8 percent of Caddo County residents do. The deadline to check the map is Jan. 13th of 2023. The website is:
Grady County Lawmaker to Lead State Senate Panel
A Grady County state lawmaker will serve as chairman of a state senate committee during the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle will chair the Energy and Telecommunications panel. Paxton was appointed to the post by Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat. Paxton was also appointed to serve on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee as was Kingfisher State Senator Darcy Jech.
Community Christmas Parades Held Today
Several communities in the region have Christmas parades today. Marlow had its parade this morning while Chickasha and Anadarko have parades tonight. In Chickasha, the theme is Christmas Movies and will feature about 50 entries. The parade route is along Chickasha Avenue and will start near the YMCA and head east to 1st and Chickasha to Avenue and end at the Leg Lamp and the railroad depot. Anadarko’s parade theme is Elf on the Shelf and will start at the railroad tracks and run west on Main Street. Both parades start at 6 p.m.
John ‘Rick’ Everly
Funeral for ‘Rick’ Everly, 76, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard.
Louis ‘Javare’ Lipscomb
Funeral for ‘Javare’ Lipscomb, 34, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Friday, Dec. 2nd
USAO President to Retire
USAO president John Feaver will be stepping down from his post. Feaver announced his decision to retire yesterday though his retirement is not effective until December of 2023. For more than 20 years Feaver has led the university to great heights and worked to preserve the history of what was the first all-women's college west of the Mississippi River. Feaver is currently the longest tenured president of all of the state's colleges and universities with 22 years at the post. However he's been associated with USAO over the course of five decades. He was appointed to the faculty in 1980; named a vice president in 1988; and became just the 12th president in USAO's 114-year history in 2000 succeeding Roy Troutt. In a prepared statement, Feaver said it is not enough to say that leading the university has been the honor of his life. He said the college has stood the test of time despite many headwinds and that he will always be humbly thankful to have been part of the institution for so long. The university's board of regents will begin its search immediatetly for the next president.
Gracemont Crash Victims Identified
The highway patrol has released the names of three people previously unidentified who died or suffered life-threatening injuries in that head-on collision north of Gracemont Wednesday night. 47-year old Jennifer Embree and 24-year old Aaron Wipf - both of Oklahoma City - perished in the accident. 52-year old Christopher Mosley of Elk City continues to battle life-threatening injuries. All were in a vehicle that investigators say crossed the center line of the highway and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that vehicle, 27 year old Antoinette Evilsizor of Arizona, also died.
Suspect Charged After Second Arrest
for Alleged Illegal Transportation of Drugs
A man initially arrested in October for the alleged illegal transportation of marijuana, then released after prosecutors dismissed the case, has been re-arrested. Verden police arrested Xulin Zheng of Elmore City on October 6th. A probable cause affidavit indicates that an officer made a traffic stop on a van speeding through a school zone. Zheng was behind the wheel of the van and the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana inside. There were some language barriers between the two men and they tried to use a translation app to help communicate. Zheng did ask to talk to his attorney. In a search of the vehicle, authorites found more than 34 pounds of marijuana. Prosecutors this time have formally charged Zheng with one felony count of trafficking. He is out of jail after posting a $30,000 bond.
Minco Honey Festival is Tomorrow
The town of Minco will host its annual honey festival tomorrow. This is the 32nd year for the festival always held the first Saturday in December. There will be tours of the Ross Honey Company; the Great Plains Cotton Gin; and the wind turbines that surround the community. There's a honey bake-off, a morning pancake breakfast, and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. Minco's Favorite Son, Emmy Award-winning Lucas Ross from Freedom 43's Rise and Shine morning television show will also be on hand.
Grant Issued to Friends of the Chickasha Library
Here's an early Christmas present for the Friends of the Chickasha Library. The group has received a $5,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation. Arvest Bank representatives Leslie Sanchez and Zac Robbins presented the contribution which will help distribute free books to children throughout Grady County. The library recently partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library which mails free books to the homes of children five years old and younger each month. Cindy Wheeler with the Friends of the Library said early literacy is important for children and the funds will make a huge difference to families in the area.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.22 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $85.42.
Natural gas is $6.74 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,813 and silver is $22.88.
Thursday, Dec. 1st
Three Die in Caddo County Head-on Crash
A head-on collision in Caddo County killed three people and left one person in critical condition. The accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30th on U.S. Highway 281 about five miles north of Gracemont. The highway patrol reports the driver of one vehicle crossed over the center line of the highway and hit an oncoming car. The only deceased victim to be named is 27-year old Antoinette Evilsizor of Cottonwood, Arizona. She was driving the car that was hit by the vehicle which crossed into her lane of travel. None of the three individuals in the other vehicle have been identified as investigators have been unable to notify relatives. A 47-year old woman from Oklahoma City who was driving the car and a 24-year old Oklahoma City man perished. A 52-year old man from Elk City who was also a passenger had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in critical condition.
Suspect Arrested After High-Speed Chase
A high-speed pursuit from Pocasset to Amber last week lands a man in jail. 40-year old Trent Proctor of Norman was arrested following the pursuit last Friday afternoon. A probable cause affidavit indicates that a Grady County deputy spotted a vehicle with an expired tag leaving the Salt Creek Casino. When the deputy tried to make a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle sped away southbound of Highway 81 then turned east onto CR 1280 toward Amber. Speeds topped 100 miles per hour as the suspect vehicle forced motorists to pull of the narrow road. The vehicle reportedly went airborne over the railroad tracks in Amber and continued east through town and put several more motorists in harms’ way. The pursuit ended when the suspect turned onto a dead-end road and crashed into a tree. Proctor was not seriously injured but an ambulance from Tuttle was dispatched and he was taken to a Norman hospital for treatment. After being treated Proctor was taken to the Grady County Jail. During a routine search of the car deputies allegedly found Fentanyl-laced pain pills and meth. Prosecutors have charged Proctor with felony trafficking and eluding. He remains in jail on a $300,000 bond.
New Chickasha Police Officer Sworn In
A new officer has joined the Chickasha Police Department. Justin Veach was sworn in to his new post recently. Veach is a 2017 Chickasha High School graduate and in just three years earned a degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. After his 2020 graduation from Southwestern Veach began his law enforcement career in Gracemont. A Chickasha Police Department Facebook post indicates Veach is passionate about law enforcement and he is excited to be back in his hometown.
Chix Library Again Offers Food-for-Fines in December
We’ve turned the calendar to the month of December and as has been the case for more than 20 years, the Chickasha Public Library offers its food-for-fines program. Anyone who has overdue books or materials they have borrowed from the library and have not returned, they can pay their fine by donating non-perishable food items which will be given to the Chickasha Emergency Food Pantry. No minimum donation required. Last year, more than $1,600 in fines were forigven. Library patrons who don’t have overdue items and the general public are invited to help out with the food drive.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.55 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $85.43.
Natural gas is $6.93 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,793 and silver is $22.30.
Roy True, Jr.
Funeral service for Roy True, Jr., 91, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Jan Bailey, 76, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3rd at McRay Funeral Home.
Wednesday, Nov. 30th
Lawsuit Claims Negligence in Minco Welder's Death
It was September of last year when Joey Bonds of Minco died in a welding accident after a tanker-trailer he was working on exploded. Bonds widow, Kristin, has filed a civil lawsuit in Grady County District Court alleging negligence in connection with her husband’s death. The Oklahoman reports that the tanker-trailer Joey Bonds was working on carried hazardous materials the day before the explosion - one so violent that many believed it was an earthquake. Named in the lawsuit are Firestone Trucking Company, which owned the tanker-trailer; CFT LLC which is a transport company also owned by Firestone; and Zurich American Insurance Company. The Oklahoman reports that CFT had been cited by a federal agency for three serious safety violations that resulted in Bonds' death. Attorney Bret Burns is seeking a judgement of more than $75,000 for Firestone's alleged negligence of safety laws.
Two Drivers Injured in Separate Crashes with Animals
Separate traffic accidents involving vehicles hitting animals sends two people to hospitals. One crash happened northeast of Lindsay just before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. 24-year old Cheyenne Watson of Krebs swerved to avoid a deer, ran off the road, flipped end-over-end, and landed upside down off the roadway. Krebs was taken to a Norman hospital with neck injuries and was admitted in fair condition.
A truck driver ran into some cattle standing in the road near Gotebo. That accident happened Monday evening about 2 1/2 miles south of that Kiowa County town. 72-year old Ronald Nabors of Eufaula was driving his semi northbound on State Highway 54 when he hit three cows. The semi ran off the road and overturned and Nabors was pinned in the cab for about 20 minutes. He was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with arm and internal injuries and was last in stable condition.
Chickasha Schools Create 'Wall of Honor'
Chickasha Public Schools has created a new Wall of Honor to recognize former students and/or employees. Superintendent Rick Croslin said candidates should be those who have made a difference in the district or the community-
Croslin said nominees must have brought unusual positive attention to CHS or modeled the highest personal and professional qualities for students. Nominations are due by Jan. 20th. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the school district's website.
Rock Island Ride Distributes Funds to Non-Profits
Back in October more than 300 cycling enthusiasts spend some time in the Chickasha area for the annual Rock Island Ride bicycle tour. Tour organizers recently distributed more than $10,000 raised during the event to several non-profit organizations. The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, the Emergency Food Pantry, and the Mobile Meals program each received $3,000; the Shop with a Cop program for the Chickasha Police Department received $1,000; and the Rock Island Ride 4H group was awarded $200 for having the most enthusiastic stop during the ride. The funds were made possible by a portion of the entry fees in the ride and corporate donors.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.20 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $83.03.
Natural gas is $7.24 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,773 and silver is $21.67.
Funeral service for Clifford Hartman, 92, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2nd at Laverty Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Mildred 'Micki' Kiser, 100, of Palestine, Texas and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon at McRay Funeral Home.
Tuesday, Nov. 29th
New Natural Gas Processing Plant to be Built
A Texas-based energy firm announces plans to build a natural gas cryogenic processing plant just outside Chickasha next year. Iron Horse Midstream officials report the plant will be able to process 200 million cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas per day. The website OK Energy Today reports that the plant is expected to be operational in about a year. The company already has an existing 120-acre complex in Grady County and the two plants combined will be able to process up to 425 Mcf of natural gas per day. Officials also say the plants should be able to produce even more depending on customer needs. Iron Horse CEO Tim Roberts said as production activity in the area continues to increase that building this second plant is a natural and necessary growth opportunity. He added that expanding their processing provides capacity where it is needed - in the core of the basin - where they have access to numerous high-quality, residue gas markets. The Iron Horse system includes some 300 miles of high- and low-pressure natural gas gathering pipelines.
GMH, Five Oaks Begin Software Upgrades
Software upgrades are underway at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Five Oaks Medical Group. Officials say they are converting to a new patient record system to provide faster service and the most accurate records and charts which is expected to dramatically increase the ability to serve their patients. Officials say as with all new systems there will be an adjustment period and there may be some delays over the next 60 to 90 days. Officials thank everyone for their understanding as the improvements are being made.
Chickasha's Lighted Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Chickasha's annual lighted Christmas parade will be one of the largest ever. Nearly 50 entries have registered for the parade which will be held this Saturday night Dec. 3rd. Chamber of Commerce officials say the parade is expected to last about an hour. The theme of the parade is Christmas movies and entries are to feature decorations based on a holiday film. Parade participants can begin checking in about 5:00 p.m. at 7th and Chickasha Avenue and line up west toward the high school. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the route running east on Chickasha Avenue and ending at the Leg Lamp and the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Judges will be selecting a first, second, and third place float or entry with first place winning $300; second place winning $200; and 3rd place winning $100. The parade honorees are Dr. Abby Housmann and Dr. Luke Toho from Grady Memorial Hospital.
Pesticide Application Certification Program Offered
Ag producers wanting to earn their pesticide application certification have a chance to do that this week. Topics to be covered include an herbicide program for wheat producers and new products that are available; a review of required regulations that private applicators in Oklahoma have to meet; and aspects of CoAXium wheat production and Agressor AX herbicide. The program will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds Thursday, Dec. 1st with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. and the program running until about 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided. The certification is being hosted by the Apache Farmers Co-op.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.24 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $83.19.
Natural gas is $6.71 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,766 and silver is $21.47.
Funeral service for Charles Butler, 79, of Lawton will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30th at the Greater Faith Apostolic Church in Lawton. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Monday, Nov. 28th
City of Chix to Apply for Grant for Upgrades at Shannon Springs Park
With the Festival of Light (FOL) underway at Shannon Springs Park the Chickasha City Council is applying for a grant that –if approved - would help pay for some needed upgrades at the park. During last week’s council meeting the panel passed a resolution to apply for a $2 million grant from the State Department of Transportation to improve sidewalks and other infrastructure at the park which has been eroding over the years. If approved, the city would have to provide a 20 percent match or $400,000 toward the grant to help improve the 'walkability' of the park.
Another Payment Made for Shannon Springs Park Electrical Work
The council also approved the third installment of paying for additional electrical panels at the park needed for more lights for FOL. This installment was for more than $47,000 payable to Electrical Technologies, Inc. of Chickasha.
Inflation Blamed on Cost Increase for H-Tea-O Project
The council gave its approval to change an economic development agreement with Moonlight Ownership Company. That firm is bringing in the H-Tea-Oh business which is being located at 4th and Missouri. Officials with the State Department of Transportation indicated that inflation caused costs of some items to increase by an additional $5,700 which increases the project to more than $37,000.
Council OK's Lease For Site to Collect Limbs, Brush
The council also approved leasing some city-owned land to Waste Connections which is the contractor that provides the city's trash pick-up services. Waste Connections will lease about 10 acres of property near the Public Works Headquarters for $2,000 a month. The area will be used as a storage site for limbs and brush until the debris can be properly disposed of. The agreement is for one year and is to automatically be renewed each year unless the lease is terminated.
Tattoo Parlor Permit Issued
Following a brief public hearing the council also approved a use-on-review permit for a new tattoo parlor in the downtown area for Garrett Hall. The permit did have the support of the Planning Commission. Fees are $1,100 per year and $275 per artist. It allows the city to check the parlor for up-to-date state health licensing.
Teens Hospitalized After Caddo County Crash
Two teenagers are hospitalized after a car ran off a Caddo County road, hit guard rail, and landed in a creek. 19-year old Samuel Lankister of Ft. Cobb and 18-year old Jesse Hefley of Elgin were both air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and were last in fair condition. The highway patrol reports the accident occurred on CR 1325 about a half-mile east of Ft. Cobb just after 1:00 a.m. this morning. Both teens were wearing their seatbelts. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Driver Hospitalized After Roll-Over Accident Near Alex
A Lindsay woman was hospitalized after being thrown out of her car after it crashed and rolled in foggy conditions. 23-year old Krystal Torres was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened about 7:30 Saturday night near the intersection of SH 19 and CS 2890 which is three miles west of Alex. The trooper investigating the accident alleged Torres had been drinking.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.28 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $83.63.
Natural gas is $7.02 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,776 and silver is $21.74.
A graveside service for J.B. Shaw, 94, of Lawton and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Charles Butler, 79, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.