Mollman Media News Archives for 2017-11

2017 November 20th - 24th

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Our Chickasha Schools Academic Persons of the week is Deborah Reed

Tune in to hear Deborah’s story!

 

 

 

 

Saturday November 25th

3 have died, and 3 critically injured on local roads so far over the thanksgiving holiday.

     Accident 1. Was Yesterday afternoon on The H.E. Bailey Turnpike westbound at mile marker 89 a 2 vehicle injury collision occurred, and Mediflight was called. Names have not been released from OHP.

     #2. A crash thanksgiving afternoon on State Highway 4 at Tyler Rd. north of Tuttle left An elderly couple dead, and another driver injured. A unidentified, 26-year-old male driver of a SUV crossed the center line and hit a car head-on about 5:30. The 82-year-old driver Loren McKeown of the other car died… and his 79-year-old wife Rebecca was taken to OU Medical Center where she also passed.

       #3. A single vehicle,.. injury accident occurred Thanksgiving day around noon on Highway 19 about 1 and ½ miles east of Apache.

        And #4. There was a Fatality Collision Tuesday night around  1024…. on HWY 81 .

1 mile south of County Road 1280….. just 2 ….and ½  miles south of Pocasset. Where a rear tandem came off a pickup.. and caused an oncoming tractor trailer to flip. Closing the road for several hours…and killing the Simi driver.

**In an update…on last weeks Duncan shooting …

     (Jeremy Jason Lee Graham faces charges in shooting; last Friday night. Officers were call to the scene of a reported, man shooting at a woman while running down the road in the 1600 block. The woman told the detective, she didn’t remember what happened because she was too drunk.  Witnesses said, Graham grazed a man on the right side of his head when he fired the shotgun. Investigators found a discharged 20 gage shell at the scene. An OSBI residue test found powder on Graham’s hands, and he had three 20-gauge shotgun shells in his pocket. Graham is charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and obstructing a police officer.A bond has not been set.

 

Rush Springs Emergency Services are  holding a toy & coat drive through December 15th for local children.

     You can help by donating new, unwrapped child toys …or new coats. in the Donation boxes placed at the Rush Springs Fire Department, and City Hall,

 

Chickasha is growing!

    Chickasha is seeing a boom in hotel building due to the oil industry and our Grady County Fair Grounds events. Fairfield Inn is building on Hwy 81 south, and ground breaking is set to start on another hotel. Christy Elkins, CEO of Chickasha Economic Development said at this time we have 500 hotel rooms in Chickasha, with an occupancy rate of more than 80 percent. This boom will help Chickasha with economical growth, and Local Jobs.

 

Today is National Shop small Business day!

     Local stores will have Gifts and Stocking for all, and rather than buying generic presents, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and more fulfilling.

For example; make a list of their hobbies ….and relate your gift to customizing that Task. This holiday season, thoughtful gift-giving from a local stores can add personalized fun to your loved ones’ busy lifestyles. So…Shop smart/…Shop Local

 

Don’t miss the KOOL Konversation and Real estate today on KOOL 105.5

     Right after the 8 O’clock news, George Plummer will talk with Grady County Emergency Management Agency Director Dale Thompson about winter weather preparedness on your the KOOL Conversation, and Real-estate Today with John Mosley, George Plummer will have Lewis Nicely, director of the Chickasha Area YMCA.

If you miss the shows don’t worry you can find them at KOOL1055fm.com under the News Tab

 

Local Football Games

     Minco varsity football team lost Friday's neutral playoff game against Afton 30-6..

The Bulldogs end the year  11-2

     Blanchard beat Wagoner Last week!... and is in the semi-finals

of the… 4A… Football playoffs. The game is today, against Heritage Hall at Western Heights High School about 1 this afternoon. Pre-game will be at 12:45. on KOOL 105.5 Radio…and online at KOOL1055fm.com under the sports tab.

 

In USAO Sports https://www.usaoathletics.com/

     The Festival of Lights Basketball Classic is this weekend at the Field House.

Last night the tournament kicked off with USAO winning against LSU Alexandrea 86 to 83. today The clash kicks off at 3 in the afternoon and finishes upwith USAO VS University of the Southwest at 5.

 

IN OSU football

     The #18 Oklahoma State Cowboys Host the Kansas Jayhawks in a this morning at 11 on FS 1, and Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington is… 1 of 10 semifinalist for the 2017 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

 

In OU Football

   This afternoon at 2:45 on ESPN the # 3 Sooners Host the West Virginia Mountaineers. Due to TCU beating Baylor on Black Friday, 45-22, the Big 12 Championship against the Sooners is set for next week.

 

In Pro Basketball

     Last night The OKC Thunder Lost by 1 against the Detroit Pistons 99 to 98 at OKC.

Tonight the Thunder travel to take on the Dallas Mavericks @ 730 …aired on FS OK.

 

Friday, November 24th.

 

Apache and Cyril Fire departments Rescued a driver Thanksgiving day.

     According to Trooper Brent Lankister of Troop "G" A single vehicle injury accident occurred Thanksgiving day around noon.on Highway 19 about 1and ½  miles east of Apache. 64 year old Barney Reed of Choctaw, driving a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, was eastbound on State Highway 19 when his vehicle departed the roadway then struck a drainage ditch, went airborne and overturned 1 ¼ times before landing on its side. Reed was pinned approximately 15 minutes before being freed by the Jaws of Life tool implemented by Apache and Cyril Fire Departments. Reed was Transported by Survival Flight to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City in fair condition with internal injuries.

 

In an update to Wednesdays report of a Duncan shooting last weekend.

     Jeremy Jason Lee Graham has been charged in connection the shooting last Friday night.

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of North 17th Street. Witnesses said Graham shot and grazed a man, and a woman who ran away from the scene. Graham charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and obstructing a police officer. He Told police he was drunk, and at the time and didn’t remember anything. A bond not been set.

 

Temporary fix to Oklahoma Health Agency cuts is only a Delay.

      State agency overseeing Medicaid in Oklahoma will delay planned rate cuts for providers and nursing homes for another month. Oklahoma Health Care Authority officials warned Wednesday they're still planning cuts January. Saying, it will delay reimbursement rate cuts of 9 percent for most health providers and 4 percent for nursing facilities set to take effect Dec. 1st. Now, officials are planning cuts of 6 percent for most providers and 1 percent for nursing facilities effective Jan. 1. Even with the cuts, their budget shortfall is nearly $10 million dollars.

 

Chickasha is seeing a boom in hotel building

     The oil industry seems to be giving our town a Minnie boom. At this time Fairfield Inn is being built south on Hwy 81, and ground is set to break on another. Christy Elkins, CEO of Chickasha Economic Development says “A lot of people who working in the oil service, or on drilling rigs are staying in our hotels.” At this time we have 500 hotel rooms in Chickasha,with an occupancy rate of more than 80 percent. Another key reason for the explosion is we host Events here at the Grady County Fairgrounds that people want to attend.

 

 

Rush Springs Emergency Services are  holding a toy & coat drive

    The Rush Springs Police, Fire, and EMS departments are having a drive through December 15th for local children. You can help by donating new, unwrapped child toys, or new coats. in the Donation boxes placed at the Rush Springs Fire Department, and City Hall, For information call the Rush Springs Fire Department.

 

Troops Make it Home for Holadays

     The Oklahoma National Guard’s welcomed home nearly 250 members of 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Broken Arrow Armed Forces Reserve Center this week after a deployment to Ukraine. The unit deployed to Ukraine as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group where they provided training support for Ukrainian Forces. They were the second of two six-month rotations to Ukraine consisting of 500 Soldiers. The other half of the 1-279th IN, will return back to Oklahoma in the following weeks.

 

This Saturday is National Shop small Business day

     Our local mom and pop stores have Gifts and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies. It’s the gift-giving season and rather than buying generic presents, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and more fulfilling. For example; make a list of their hobbies and relate your gift to customizing that Task. This holiday season, thoughtful gift-giving from a local stores can add personalized fun to your loved ones’ busy lifestyles. So…Shop smart/Shop Local!

 

Local Obit.

     George DeWayne “Wayne” Mize, 74, of Blanchard, passed Monday, in Oklahoma City. George was a US Army veteran and worked as a truck driver. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Trinity Holiness Church in Blanchard. Burial will follow in the Noble IOOF Cemetery in Noble. Arrangements are under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard. Online obituary and guestbook are available at www.eisenhourfh.com.

 

In Local Sports

     Minco Bulldogs will be in action this evening at… 7… in the Class A quarterfinals. Minco will be looking to avenge last year's loss as they take on the Eagles. The Bulldogs are undefeated in class A with a 11-1 record, and have won… the last 11 games.

 

     Last week Blanchard beat Wagoner!... and is now in the semi-finals of the 4A Football playoffs.

The game will be SATURDAY, against Heritage Hall at Western Heights High School about 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Pre-game will be at 12:45. on KOOL 105.5 Radio and online at KOOL1055fm.com under the sports tab.

 

In USAO Sports

     The Festival of Lights Basketball Classic is this weekend at the Field House.tonightthe Games start  at 6 kicking off the tournament; ending the night with a 8  home town USAO game. Then Saturday The clash kicks off at 3 in the afternoon and finishes up with USAO VS University of the Southwest at 5.

 

IN OSU football

      The #18 Oklahoma State Cowboys Host the Kansas Jayhawks in a Saturday morning 11 o’clock game on FS 1

 

In OU Football

      Saturday afternoon @ 245 on ESPN the # 3 Sooners Host the West Virginia Mountaineers.

 

In Pro Basketball

     The OKC Thunder won against the Golden state Warriors Oklahoma 108 to 91 Wednesday night. Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Warriors. Tonight The Detroit Pistons will be at OKC to play the Thunder @ 7 aired on FS OK. Then Saturday Night the Thunder travel to take on the Dallas Mavericks @ 730

 

In the NFL

     The top 5  bleacher report  Power Rankings are out:

At       #1. Philadelphia Eagles @ (9-1)

           #2. Pittsburgh Steelers @ (8-2)

           #3. Minnesota Vikings @ (8-2)

           #4. New England Patriots with (8-2)

And at #5. The New Orleans Saints (8-2)

 

Wednesday, November 22nd

 

Fatality Crash takes Life

     There was a Fatality Collision last night around  1024…. on US 81 one mile south of County Road 1280 just 2 .and ½  miles south of Pocasset. In a report by OHP troop G,a  2008 Ford F550 pick-up driven by Christopher D. Flood was northbound on US 81, and a 2018 Peterbuilt tractor/trailer driven by Brian D. Akins was southbound on US 81. The rear dual tires on the driver’s side of Flood’s vehicle  came off crossing into the southbound lane of HWY 81 causing Akins to swerve right and off the roadway and overturning before coming to rest. Driver o Brian D. Akins was pinned and partially ejected. After rescque he was Transported by the Medical Examiner’s Office and Pronounced dead at the scene. Trooper Russell Boswell of Troop G  reported…Seat belts were used in both vehicles. The seen was assisted by Troop S, the grady county sherrif office, fire department and EMSalong with chickasha PD and EMS

 

Oil and Gas Partnerships could boost job growth in Grady County

     According to “business insider Dot com… M S E P”, part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and "Durango Midstream announced a strategic partnership with Durango Midstream

to support the growth of the Company’s in the Midcontinent region of the United States. The Companies are expected to focus on expansion of its gathering and processing system in Grady County, to support producers in the SCOOP-STACK plays of Central Oklahoma. Robert Lee, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners, said, "We are delighted … the business is uniquely positioned for growth (in the Area).”

 

No OKDHS Program will receive Cuts On Dec. 1, but a long term Solutions Still Needs to be found!

     According to DHS, The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will not have to reduce or eliminate service programs for seniors and people with disabilities on Dec. 1 and Jan. 1 as previously planned. Gov. Fallin approved $26.9 million dollars in short-term funding for the agency. Ed Lake, DHS Director said… "The funding stops devastating cuts and continue providing critical services beyond December 1st. DHS will begin sending official notices to service recipients, and providers in the many programs. For more details go to ok dhs.org

 

Here’s an update on the Friday night shooting in Duncan

     We reported earlier this week, Duncan Police responded to a shooting about 8 o’clock Friday evening in the 1400 Block of 17th Street. Duncan PD said the shot victim was taken to the hospital and declined to provide. Although an unnamed suspect was arrested on other charges; the suspect has not been captured!.. Police are gathering information on the incident. So anyone with information call the Stephens County Crime Stoppers at (580) 252-4636.

 

Chickasha Comes together to enjoy Thanks giving

     The Chickasha Community Thanksgiving meal hosted by 1st Presbyterian, 1st Christian, and Local churches will be served between 1130 and 1 Thursday morning at the first Presbyterian Church at 6th and Minnesota. The meal is free, but donations are welcome!

**If your home bound you can get a meal delivered by calling 222-5433**

 

Roadside Scanner to catch Uninsured Drivers will soon start Automatic Ticketing

     According to Gat-so USA Oklahoma has finalized a deal to use license-plate scanners to catch uninsured drivers,…The firm expects to issue 20,000 citations a month starting as early as next year. According to the District Attorneys Council, The program will set up automated high-speed cameras on highways to detect uninsured vehicles and mail citations… with a fine of $184 dollars

to your Home of record. Drivers who pay the fees will avoid having a charge on their permanent record. A 2015 Pew Charitable Trusts survey found that 26 percent of all drivers in the state are uninsured!

 

This Saturday is National Shop small Business day and our local mom and pop Stores

     Have Gifts and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies. According to State Point Media… It’s the gift-giving season and rather than buying generic presents, Consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and more fulfilling. For example; make a list of their hobbies, and relate your gift to customizing that Task. This holiday season, thoughtful gift-giving from a local stores can add personalized fun to your loved ones’ busy lifestyles. So Saturday …Shop smart…Shop Local!

 

Tuesday, November 21st

 

Gas Leak Forces Bank Evacuation

A building in downtown Chickasha was evacuated Monday, after construction crews rupture a natural gas line. The First National Bank main branch at 3rd and Chickasha was evacuated around 2 o'clock, after a two-inch gas line was ruptured. About 20 bank employees were evacuated. No other nearby businesses were evacuated, as officials say the wind helped to disperse the gas. Officials say this particular gas line was a two-way line, and Centerpoint Energy had to call in an extra crew to shut it down. The ruptured gas line was in the same area where another natural gas line was ruptured by construction crews just a couple of weeks ago. No evacuations were necessary in that incident. First National Bank Vice President of Communications, Randy Talley, said the main branch did have to close yesterday, though other locations remained open. However, phone calls to the bank were limited, as the call center was re-located to the Minco branch.

 

City Council Settles Civil Rights Lawsuit

A federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the City of Chickasha is being settled out of court. The city council approved the settlement following a 30-minute closed door meeting last night. The suit was filed in 2015 by Shavonna Moore. Her attorney, Tyler Perriman, said Moore alleged her civil rights were violated when the city partially bulldozed her home. The city had ruled that the home did not meet city codes. The council has agreed to remove the remaining structures on the property down to the foundation and fill in the water well and cistern within 90 days at no cost to Moore.

 

Council Approves Storage Business Over Objections

A controversial storage facility will be built, despite opposition from local residents. The city council unanimously approved a re-zoning request for Brice Binyon and Jared Ellis, to build the business at 115 East Almar. The issue was discussed for more than 30 minutes, with comments from residents and business owners concerned about the plans. Business owner John Holt has his car dealership nearby, and he also lives in the area. Holt said he was speaking for many of his neighbors who were opposed to the development.

 

                

 

Ellis told the council that the storage facility would not create as much traffic as a number of other possible developments that would be allowed within the current zoning codes.

 

                

 

Ellis and Binyon said they hopes to break ground on the new facility after the first of the year, with an estimated completion date in late June or early July.

 

Council Rejects Mineral Rights Bid

The council also rejected a bid by a company seeking mineral rights on city-owned land near Lake Chickasha. Bearcat Energy out of Oklahoma City was the only bidder on the 200 acres in last night's meeting. The bid of $750 an acre, with a three-year, 3/16ths royalty was unanimously rejected.

              

Shop With a Cop OK'd

Some needy kids in Chickasha will have some presents to open on Christmas, thanks to the generosity of local donors. The Chickasha Police Department's inaugural Shop with a Cop program was approved by the city council last night. Acting Police Chief G.G. Music says donors have contributed about $6,000 to buy presents for kids in Kindergarten through 4th grade. He said the kids will be shopping with police officers, which will create a positive interaction with officers. The recipients are chosen based on information provided by school teachers and counselors. The shopping day will be on Friday, Dec. 8th.

 

Tips to Keep from Gaining Holiday Pounds

'Tis the season to overeat. The time between Thanskgiving and New Year's presents a lot of opportuniies to enjoy foods that we enjoy only a couple of times a year. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension.

 

               

 

She says a couple of ways to do that is to log the foods you eat, eat slowly and in moderation and increase physical activity, which can be as simple as two or three walks per day, about 10 to 15 minutes each.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down Monday to $56.09 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude down to $62.22.

Natural gas dips to $3.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,279 and silver is $16.95.

 

Monday, November 20th

 

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed vs. Chickasha City Hall

A closed-door meeting of the Chickasha City Council today to have more discussion about a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the city. Shavonna Moore filed the lawsuit in 2015. The reason for the lawsuit isn't clear. On-line court records indicate a jury trial in the case is scheduled for January 9th.

 

Re-Zoning Plans to be Reviewed

The city council will also review a number of projects that were considered by the city's planning commission. Among them, two properties requesting industrial zoning. One is between 4th and 8th Streets along the Stillwater National Railroad and the second is some land near the fresh water treatment plant north of the city's Public Works headquarters. The council will also discuss commercial re-zoning applications along Almar Drive for a new storage business and a one near 4th and Grand near Wal-Green's for a new Verizon store.

 

City-owned Mineral Rights may be Auctioned

The council will be holding an auction to lease mineral rights on about 200 acres in the Lake Chickasha area. This is the same region where the council held a similar auction just a few weeks ago. The company that won the bid is wanting to bid on some additional acreage in that region.

 

DAV May Lease Chickasha's Old City Hall

The council is expected to approve a lease with the Disabled American Veterans to lease the former city hall at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. The group is expected to approve a five-year lease at a cost of just $1 per year. The agreement calls for work to be performed on the building, as long as it follows city codes. DAV would be responsible for utilities.

 

Boil-Order Suggested in Minco

Water line breaks in Minco has city officials urging residents to boil water. The water may be unsafe for consumption, so officials have called for a voluntary and precautionary boil order. Officials say there are a number of water main breaks that can't be fixed. A temporary water line has been installed to bypass the problem area. Officials urge residents to boil water for a full minute before using it for consumption, food preparation, and even bathing infants, who may ingest the bad water. Water should also be boiled before washing dishes, brushing your teeth, or treating wounds. The advisory is in effect until further notice. The Department of Environmental Quality is aware of the problems.

 

Firms to Match Food Bank Contributions

Several food pantries in the region will benefit from a matching grant agreement between several companies and the Regional Food Bank. The groups will match up to $600,000 in donations in a program called the Holiday Match. From now through January 15th, APMEX, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy will help fill those food pantries. Local food pantries that will benefit include Grady County Department of Human Services, First Baptist Church of Chickasha; Southern Hills Church of Christ; the Ressurection House; Red Rock Behavioral Health Services; Minco First Assembly of God; and Snowhill Baptist Church in the Tuttle area. For information on contributions go to the website www.regionalfoodbank.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down last week to $56.55 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude also down to $62.72.

Natural gas slips to $3.09 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,292 and silver is $17.20.


 

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Our Chickasha Schools Academic Persons of the week is Deborah Reed

Tune in to hear Deborah’s story!

 


 

 

 

Saturday, November 18th

 

Gov's Partial Veto May Lead to Another Special Session

Drama over budget issues at the state capital continue. After lawmakers finally passed a make-shift budget bill following eight weeks of turmoil in a special session, Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes part of the plan. And, Fallin wants lawmakers to return for another special session to iron out some issues that weren't addressed over the last two months. The governor said the bill doesn't provide a long-term solution to recurring budget deficits. And within three months, lawmakers will be facing a $600 million shortfall when the next regular session of the legislature begins. Fallin said the constant budget crisis has put lawmakers in survival mode, and that she wants the state to thrive. She said that can only happen when officials can adequately and consistently fund core services. And that will only happen when they find sustainable and predictable revenue sources. Among programs that Fallin kept in place were funding for the DHS Advantage Waiver program, the Health Care Authority won't have to reduce SoonerCare provider rates, and mental health cuts won't be as severe as first thought.

 

Ninnekah Man Arrested Again on Burglary Allegations

For the second time in two weeks, a Ninnekah man is arrested on allegations of burglary. 56-year old Tommy Overstreet was picked up on a warrant from the Grady County sheriff's office late Thursday. The most recent complaint stems from a break-in that occurred in Ninnekah on Oct. 30th. An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that Overstreet is seen on video surveillance breaking into a building, and stealing an airbrush and art supplies. His photo was placed on social media where someone identified him. Overstreet was out of jail after posting bond on recent charges of breaking into a shed at another Ninnekah home, where he's accused of taking a generator, a welder, and some shop tools.

 

Holiday Lights Begin to Shine

Many Oklahoma communities are already in the holiday spirit, with several light displays opening this weekend. Chickasha's Festival of Light opens its 25th year at Shannon Springs Park tonight with some 3 million lights adorning the 43-acre park. A ferris wheel has been added to the attractions this year, and the event has the tallest lighted Chrismas tree in the state at more than 160 feet tall. In Lawton, they'll start their holiday spectacular with a lighted parade tonight. More than 60 entries will start at Central Mall and finish at Elmer Thomas Park. Yukon is also among central Oklahoma towns putting up light displays to create holiday cheer and attract visitors to their community with Christmas in the Park, where they boast 4 million lights. Each of the light displays will be open nightly through New Year's Eve.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. You'll be seeing the Salvation Army red kettles in many areas soon. Lt. David Brittle with the Salvation Army division which serves the Grady and Caddo county areas is on our KOOL Konversation Program to talk about their efforts, and how you can help needy families. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and public information officer Lisa Hatchett will give an update on the new security room under construction at the Grady County courthouse, and other topics. We have links to both programs on this website. Find them under the Community tab.

 

 

Friday, November 17th

 

 

Festival of Light Begins Silver Season

Chickasha's Festival of Light will open its 2017 campaign this weekend. This is the 25th year for the attraction, which features about 3 million lights at Shannon Springs Park. Among the new features this year are a new animated display, and a new design for the archway that enters the park. There's also a Christmas village and food truck vendors. However, Jen Jantzen with the festival is really enthusiastic about one particular addition.

 

               

 

Of course, you can't miss Oklahoma's tallest lighted Christmas tree, which is more than 160 feet tall. The festival opens tomorrow night, and runs every night through New Year's Eve.

 

Family Recovering After Fire

The joy of the holidays, however won't be as happy for one family. Three generations, though, are counting their blessings after a fire leaves them homeless. Betty Austin had lived in the wood-framed home for nearly 40 years. Now she, her daughter, two grandchildren and a nephew are picking up the pieces. Austin said she was sleeping when the fire started. Her nephew was able to wake her up and get her out, and neither were injured. Austin said many household items were damaged or destroyed, however said those can be replaced. She did lose alot of family photos, including some of her late husband. The Red Cross and Salvation Army have helped to provide a room at a local motel as well as some clothing for her family, which includes granddaughters who are 10 and 16. The fire came just a few days after another tragic loss - the death of Austin's mother-in-law. The funeral was just held last Friday. Austin and the family are trying recover on a limited income. She's a three-time cancer survivor and on disability, and her nephew is also disabled. Her daughter works at a local convenience store.

               

Railroad Work to Temporarily Close Highway

U.S. Highway 81 between Chickasha and Minco will be closed to through traffic Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st. Union Pacific Railroad will be doing some maintenance on their line just north of the junction of Highways 81 and 62. The highway will be open to local traffic, however passenger cars and trucks will have to detour at Reding Road. Southbound truck traffic will be detoured at Minco, east on Highway 37 to Tuttle, then south on Highway 92. Northbound truck traffic will be detoured downtown Chickasha, at Highway 62, east to Highway 92, and north to Highway 37. The maintenance work is expected to be completed late Tuesday afternoon.

 

Sheriff's Office Food Drive Underway

The Grady County Sheriff's Office will again help to make sure hungry children have enough to eat over the Thanksgiving holiday. For the last several years, the agency has partnered with Chickasha's Homeland grocery store to help youth that participate in the backback programs at their schools. Lisa Hatchett with the sheriff's office says they work with every school in the county.

 

                

 

Last year the drive provided food to about 1,000 children. When you shop at Homeland, you can pay an extra $5 to donate a bag of food to the drive. Sheriff Jim Weir and some deputies will be at Homeland for the drive tomorrow, from 10 to 1.

 

Dogs and Craft Show at County Fairgounds

Today marks the second of four days of the Sooner Circuit Cluster of dogs shows at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Today is the final day for the show hosted by the Canadian Valley Kennel Club of El Reno. Tomorrow and Sunday are set aside for the Sooner Kennel Club out of Norman. Also at the fairgrounds is the Grady County OHCE Celebration of Crafts show. That’s a two-day event today and tomorrow in the north exhibit building. More than 40 vendors on hand, and a concession stand will be open. Admission is free to both the dog shows and craft show and sale.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX down to $55.14 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude falls to $61.35.

Natural gas down to $3.05 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,283 and silver is $17.09.

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Your Local News

Our Chickasha Schools Academic Persons of the week is Deborah Reed

Tune in to hear Deborah’s story!

 


 

Friday, November 17th

 

Festival of Light Begins Silver Season

Chickasha's Festival of Light will open its 2017 campaign this weekend. This is the 25th year for the attraction, which features about 3 million lights at Shannon Springs Park. Among the new features this year are a new animated display, and a new design for the archway that enters the park. There's also a Christmas village and food truck vendors. However, Jen Jantzen with the festival is really enthusiastic about one particular addition.

 

               

 

Of course, you can't miss Oklahoma's tallest lighted Christmas tree, which is more than 160 feet tall. The festival opens tomorrow night, and runs every night through New Year's Eve.

 

Family Recovering After Fire

The joy of the holidays, however won't be as happy for one family. Three generations, though, are counting their blessings after a fire leaves them homeless. Betty Austin had lived in the wood-framed home for nearly 40 years. Now she, her daughter, two grandchildren and a nephew are picking up the pieces. Austin said she was sleeping when the fire started. Her nephew was able to wake her up and get her out, and neither were injured. Austin said many household items were damaged or destroyed, however said those can be replaced. She did lose alot of family photos, including some of her late husband. The Red Cross and Salvation Army have helped to provide a room at a local motel as well as some clothing for her family, which includes granddaughters who are 10 and 16. The fire came just a few days after another tragic loss - the death of Austin's mother-in-law. The funeral was just held last Friday. Austin and the family are trying recover on a limited income. She's a three-time cancer survivor and on disability, and her nephew is also disabled. Her daughter works at a local convenience store.

               

Railroad Work to Temporarily Close Highway

U.S. Highway 81 between Chickasha and Minco will be closed to through traffic Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st. Union Pacific Railroad will be doing some maintenance on their line just north of the junction of Highways 81 and 62. The highway will be open to local traffic, however passenger cars and trucks will have to detour at Reding Road. Southbound truck traffic will be detoured at Minco, east on Highway 37 to Tuttle, then south on Highway 92. Northbound truck traffic will be detoured downtown Chickasha, at Highway 62, east to Highway 92, and north to Highway 37. The maintenance work is expected to be completed late Tuesday afternoon.

 

Sheriff's Office Food Drive Underway

The Grady County Sheriff's Office will again help to make sure hungry children have enough to eat over the Thanksgiving holiday. For the last several years, the agency has partnered with Chickasha's Homeland grocery store to help youth that participate in the backback programs at their schools. Lisa Hatchett with the sheriff's office says they work with every school in the county.

 

                

 

Last year the drive provided food to about 1,000 children. When you shop at Homeland, you can pay an extra $5 to donate a bag of food to the drive. Sheriff Jim Weir and some deputies will be at Homeland for the drive tomorrow, from 10 to 1.

 

Dogs and Craft Show at County Fairgounds

Today marks the second of four days of the Sooner Circuit Cluster of dogs shows at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Today is the final day for the show hosted by the Canadian Valley Kennel Club of El Reno. Tomorrow and Sunday are set aside for the Sooner Kennel Club out of Norman. Also at the fairgrounds is the Grady County OHCE Celebration of Crafts show. That’s a two-day event today and tomorrow in the north exhibit building. More than 40 vendors on hand, and a concession stand will be open. Admission is free to both the dog shows and craft show and sale.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX down to $55.14 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude falls to $61.35.

Natural gas down to $3.05 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,283 and silver is $17.09.

 

Thursday, November 16th

 

Three File for State House Seat

Two Republicans and one Democrat are seeking the post in the state House of Representatives vacated by Chickasha's Scott Biggs last month. The three-day filing period ended yesterday for House District 51, where Chickasha restaurant owner Dustin Payne and Marlow Mayor Brad Boles filed on the Republican side. Retired educator Chuck Murdock, also of Marlow, filed for the Democrats. A primary election for the Republican candidates will be held January 9th. The winner will face Murdock in a special election March 6th. The term runs through 2018.

 

Meet Another Candidate for Governor

Another Republican gubernatorial candidate will be in Chickasha tonight. State Auditor Gary Jones is on the program for USAO's on-going meet-the-candidate forum. All candidates are given the opportunity to discuss their background and reasons for running, and there is time for questions from the audience. The forum gets underway at 7:00 p.m., and takes place in the USAO ballroom. The public is invited to attend.

 

Man Faces Charges in Bat Attack

A Tuttle-area man accused hitting two people with a bat has been charged with two felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. 35-year old Gentry Jay Peery was arrested this past weekend, the day after the attack is alleged to have taken place. An arrest warrant affidavit indicates Grady County deputies were called to a home near Tuttle Saturday, when a woman said Peery hit her in the head. She suffered a knot on her head and refused medical treatment. It's also alleged Peery used the bat to hit a male victim in the head and shoulder with the bat. Peery left the home after the attack. Authorities caught up with Peery when he returned to the home the next morning. Perry is out of jail after posting a $15,000 bond. He's to be back in court Nov. 29th to announce his attorney.

 

Pinging GPS Helps Police Find Stolen Van, AWOL Soldier

A GPS signal from a stolen van leads to the arrest of a Ft. Sill soldier who was AWOL from basic training. Early Tuesday morning, Chickasha police were called by authorities in Lawton about the vehicle. The van's GPS tracker indicated it was near the 1600 block of South Shepherd. Police found the van and the AWOL soldier in the Wal-Mart parking lot. 25-year old Matthew Taylor McGonigal told investigators he was trying to get back go his home in Kentucky. McGonigal was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle. He remains in jail pending a $50,000 bond. The van was released to its owner. No word on whether McGonigal could also be court-martialed.

 

Old Mo' Betta Store Collapses

A historic building in Apache has collapsed. The former location of the Mo' Betta store was damaged beyond repair when a wall fell in earlier this week. The building had been empty for several years, and the roof had already fallen in. The shirt was made famous by country music artist Garth Brooks, and were popular among many other country stars, and well as pro rodeo cowboys. Owner Maury Tate was sad to see the building fall. He said people in town would rush to the store to see whose tour bus or limouisine was parked in front of the store. The remnants of building, built in the early 1900s, will be demolished by the City of Apache.

 

Top Dogs Show in Chickasha

Top dog breeds across the country will be in Chickasha the next several days. It's the Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows, with some 1,500 dogs expected to be judged at the Grady County Fairgrounds. among the exibitors, Odebt Massy from Colorado.

 

                

 

Kennel clubs from El Reno and Norman are hosting the show once again this year, about the 10th year for the show to be in Chickasha. Showing begins at 9:00 a.m. today, tomorrow, and Saturday mornings, at 8:00 a.m. Sunday. The show is free and open to the public. There are numerous dog product vendors on site, and you're welcome to talk the the exhibitors and take photos.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX down Wednesday to $55.33 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude slips to $61.87.

Natural gas down to $3.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,278 and silver is $17.05.

 

Wednesday, November 15th

 

Unions Air Complaints about School Board, Superintendent

Leaders of the two unions that represent many Chickasha school employees give their reasons for recent "no confidence" votes of the school board and Superintendent Emeritus Dave Cash. The statements were made during a standing room-only meeting of the Chickasha Board of Education last night. Renee Stallings, president of the Chickasha United Teachers Association (CUTA), read a prepared joint statement from both CUTA and the Chickasha Association of Support Employees. The complaint addressed the school board allowing Cash to take a leave of absence to work with the Oklahoma Public School Resource Company, while still working part-time for the Chickasha school district.

 

                

 

Stallings asked that the district retain a neutral investigator in order to determine if Cash has engaged - or is engaging in - activities which constitute a conflict of interest with respect to his dual positions. Following Stallings’ statement, there was a brief exchange between her and school board attorney Richard O'Carroll, who was hired by the school board recently. O'Carroll asked about the number of employees who participated in the recent no-confidence votes. Stallings said about 215 individuals cast ballots. O'Carroll said that's less than half of the 440 employees in the district. In a prepared statement, the school board said the vote unfairly isolated many employees, and that no evidence of wrong-doing that would merit a no-confidence vote was adequately presented to employees. School board president Chris Ludwell was asked to make a public comment, but declined.

 

Opportunity Center to Shut Down

The Chickasha Opportunity Center will close its doors at the end of the month. Director Thomas Hannon tells RANCH News one reason is the funding crisis facing health care as a result of an impasse among state lawmakers. For 55 years, the center has provided employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. As many as 45 individuals are affected. Hannon says the center would probably lose about $500,000 in funding because the on-going budget talks at the state capital. The center has contracts with Green Bay Packaging, HSI Sensing, and the Festival of Light. Hannon has been the director of the center for the last 14 years. He hopes to keep the socialization aspect of the center alive, perhaps having workers meet every couple of weeks so they can keep in touch with their friends. Hannon said the goal of the center has always been to integrate those with disabilities into the community, and hopes to find competitive employment for those who want to continue working.

 

Tuttle, Bridge Creek Voters, Approve School Bonds

Voters in Tuttle and Bridge Creek overwhelmingly approve school bond issues in yesterday's special elections. In Tuttle, nearly four out of every five voters approved two bond issues totaling about $3.2 million. Proposition 1, a nearly $1.6 million bond issue, passed 407 to 107. It will allow the district to purchase iPads and lap tops for students and upgrade Internet technology. Proposition 2, a nearly $1.6 million bond issue, passed by an almost identical vote, 407 to 108. It will allow the purchase of school buses and SUVs. In Bridge Creek, more than 70 percent of voters approve a $3 million bond issue. The vote was 394 to 164. The funds will be used to improve classrooms, upgrade concession stands and restrooms at athletic facilities, and install a new track around the football field.

 

Stokes Wins Fire Protection District Post

Bridge Creek voters also elected Anthony Stokes to fill an unexpired term on the Fire Protection District Board. Stokes picked up 65 percent of the vote, defeating NaRissa Anderson, 360 to 191.

 

Farmers Should Report Grass Acreages Today

Today is the last day for farmers to report next summer's grass acreages. Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency encourages producers who have not yet done so, to call and schedule an appointment today in order to avoid a fine.

 

 

 

Jackson said today's deadline also applies to alfalfa acreages. He said even though alfalfa stands normally last about five years, it still must be reported every year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX down to $55.70 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude down to $62.62.

Natural gas down to $3.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,285 and silver is $17.12.

 

Tuesday, November 14th

 

Complaints to be Aired Regarding School Board, Superintendent

Officials with the two unions representing many Chickasha school employees will tell why they gave votes of "no confidence" to the district's superintendent and the school board tonight. The Chickasha United Teachers Association, and the Chickasha Association of Support Employees are to give statements. The unions are unhappy that Superintendent Dave Cash was allowed to take a leave of absence in order to pursue another career, but still have control of school finances and policy on a part-time basis. Also on the agenda, a proposed contract with attorney Richard O'Carroll, which will be followed by a closed-door meeting with O'Carroll to discuss a  pending lawsuit by some patrons and employees of the district. The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the school adminstration building.

               

Three File for Open House of Representatives Seat

Three candidates have filed for the vacant House District 51 seat in the state Fouse of Representatives. On the first day of filing Monday, two Republicans; 35-year old Dustin Payne of Chickasha and 34-year old Brad Boles of Marlow; entered the race. One Democrat, 71-year old Chuck Murdock of Marlow, also filed. The candidates are seeking the house seat vacated by Scott Biggs who resigned his post to take a new position with the Farm Service Agency with the United States Department of Agriculture. The filing period runs through tomorrow. A primary election will be held in January.

 

Special School Bond, Fire District Elections Today

Special bond elections are getting underway today for voters in the Tuttle and Bridge Creek school districts. There's also a general election for the Bridge Creek Fire Protection District board. In Tuttle, voters are deciding two issues totalling nearly $3.2 million. The first is a $1.6 million upgrade for technology and textbooks. The second is a nearly $1.6 million bond for student transportation, including buses and SUVs. Superintendent Bobby Waitman says there would be no increase in property taxes should both measures pass. For Bridge Creek schools, officials are seeking a $3 million bond to upgrade classrooms; and to make improvements to rest rooms and concession stands at the football field. It will also allow the district to build a track around the football field. For the Bridge Creek Fire Protection District, NaRissa Anderson and Anthony Stokes are running to complete an unexpired erm in Office No. 4. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Open Streets Planning Begins

Some community groups are beginning preparations for the Chickasha's next Open Streets program. Open Streets is an international program promoting outdoor activities and exercise. Officials with the TSET Healthy Living Program Serving Grady County held their first meeting yesterday. Initial plans are to hold the event the first Saturday in May, with events happening around the railroad depot. The hope to utlitize space better next year, and to do more aggressive marketing to increase attendance.

 

The Big Turkey Thaw About to Begin

We're a little more than a week away from Thanksgiving. For those of you charged with preparing the annual feast, take care that you thaw out the turkey properly.

 

              

 

Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.76 a barrel.

London-based Brent crudeis  $63.17.

Natural gas is $3.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,273 and silver is $16.93.

 

Monday, November 13th

 

Veterans Receive Honors

Veterans Day ceremonies nationwide this past weekend paid tribute to those who served and are serving in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt addressed those gathered at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Shannon Springs Park.

 

 

Noblitt also thanked the families of military veterans who made sacrifices to support those whose service helped protect our freedom and values.

 

City Codes on Council Work Session Agenda

Zoning codes are among the issues to be discussed during an informal work session of the Chickasha City Council later today. The council got a lot of feedback over controversial city codes during last week's council meeting. The panel will also discuss the possibility of leasing a city-owned building. There have been talks with military veterans groups to lease the old police department and city hall at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. The council will also discuss a police and fire consultant; the city's bid process; and the sports complex. The work session gets underway at 5:30 this afternoon at city hall.

 

Filing Period Underway for Vacant HD 51 Post

Candidates interested in the seat in the state House of Representatives left vacant by the recent resignation of Scott Biggs can begin filing for the office today. It's House District 51, which includes eastern Grady, western McClain, and northeastern Stephens County. Candidates who have already announced they are running include Republican Dustin Payne, a Chickasha businessman; and Democrat Chuck Murdock, a retired educator from Marlow. The filing period runs through Wednesday. Candidates file at the state election board. 

 

Gubernatorial Candidates Schedule Chickasha Stops

Two Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates will be in Chickasha this week Republican Kevin Stitt of Tulsa will have a meet-and-greet at the Chickasha library today, from 1:30 to 2:30. On Thursday of this week, State Auditor and inspector Gary Jones, also running as a Republican, will speak at USAO. Jones is part of the on-going public forums being offered by the university over the next several weeks. Jones will discuss his platform and will also field questions. That program is Thursday night at 7 o'clock at the USAO ballroom and is open to the public.

 

Energy Sector Still Doing Well

There is still alot of activity in this region in the oil and gas indsutry. Jay Freede with the Oklahoma Division of the National Assocation of Royalty Owners says there is an increasing number of leases coming about in Grady County.

 

 

Freede said the Oklahoma School Land Commission recently announced their group received about $7,500 an acre in bonus money for mineral rights leased in Grady County. 

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is 56.74 a barrel.

London-based Brent crudeiso $63.52.

Natural gas is $3.21 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,279 and silver is $16.89.  

 

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Saturday, November 11th

 

Pursuit Involved Stolen Truck from Grady County

A Grady County man who called police after seeing his stolen pick up leads to a lengthy high speed pursuit in the Oklahoma City area. Shane Jones of Bridge Creek says his pickup was stolen while he was at a doctor's appointment last week. Friday morning, November 10th, he spotted the truck towing a trailer in southwest Oklahoma City, so he called police. After about a three-hour chase, authorities managed to take 25-year old Brenton James Hager into custody after he crashed the pick up into a Cleveland County pond. Hager is on probation on previous charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and drug possession, and had served time behind bars for similar crimes.

               

Crash With Semi Injures SUV Driver

An Anadarko woman is hospitalized in serious condition after a traffic accident involving a semi. 64-year old Margo Stephenson was flown by helicopter to an Oklahoma City hospital suffering from head, trunk, and internal injuries. The crash that happened on U. S. Highway 281 about a mile north of Anadarko about 1:00 p.m. Friday. The Highway Patrol reports Stephenson was eastbound on a county road and failed to yield at a stop sign, broadsiding the semi's trailer. She was trapped in her SUV for about 20 minutes. The driver of the semi, 27-year old Bryson Baker of Comanche, was not injured.

 

Crashes With Big Rigs on the Rise

It's at least the third accident within the last 10 days involving semis. Two of the them resulted in deaths. 89-year old Donald Taylor of Minco died when his pick up was hit by a semi in Union City earlier this week. A semi rollover near Gracemont recently claimed the life of 28-year old Tobias Martinez of Anadarko.

 

Fatal Crash Near Apache

One man dies and another hospitalized when a pick up crashes into a creek in southern Caddo County. 50-year old Kendall Coker of Mt. View succumbed to his injuries in the crash that happened northwest of Apache about 4:30 a.m. Friday. The driver of the truck, 38-year old George Kodaseet, also of Mt. View was taken to an OKC hospital, and was last in fair condition. The Highway Patrol said it wasn't clear what caused Kodaseet to veer off the road and crash.

 

One Behind Bars in Embezzelment-Theft Probe

Tuttle police have made an arrest in connection with an alleged embezzlement and/or theft. In custody is 30-year old Christopher Sean Danle who taken into Friday on complaints of embezzlement and receiving, possessing or concealing stolen property. No details about his arrest were availalbe. Danley will spend the weekend in jail, and is expected to go before a judge Monday morning to hear the complaints against him.

 

K-9 Officer Grants Awarded

The votes have been counted in a one-month on-line national campaign for police departments hoping to get grants for their K-9 officer programs. Unfortunately, the Chickasha Police Department was not among the top agencies in the effort. The waste-disposal company Aftermath awarded more than $15,000 in grants to eight departments which were selected to participate. Dozens of agencies were depending on votes from their local citizens. A police department in Illinois was selected to receive the top $5,000 grant. Other grants went to departments in Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Georgia, Ohio, and Florida.

 

Weekend Program

Here's what we're talking about this weekend: Christy Clift and Whitney Brooks with the literacy group Altrusa are on our KOOL Konversation. They'll be talking about their work to help adults and youth to improve their reading skills and education, as well as their 25th annual Hall of Trees Fundraiser that's coming up. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, Rick Howell and Jay Freede with the Oklahoma branch of the National Association of Royalty Owners will discuss their work, and the continuing mini-boom underway in the SCOOP and STACK oil and gas plays in the region. The KOOL Konversation, coming up about this time next hour, followed at 8:30 by Real Estate Today. We have links to both programs in our website, KOOL 1055 fm - dot - com.

 

Friday, November 10th

 

Minco Man Dies in Crash With Semi

That fatal crash in Union City Thursday morning involving a semi and a pick-up kills a Minco resident. Donald Taylor, 89, died in the crash. It happened at a particularly dangerous intersection, near the Love's store just north of Union City on U.S. Highway 81. Taylor was trying to turn onto the highway when his truck was hit by the big rig. The identity of the truck driver wasn't available, and it wasn't known if he or she was injured. Officials say there have been seven major accidents at that location in the last two years. Union City officials and the state Department of Transporation have been working to lessen the risk of bad accidents there. ODOT has lowered the speed limit in that area from 70 to 55 mph, but there are still motorists who speed through that region.

 

Person of Interest in Mysterious Death Arrested

Authorities in Caddo County have arrested a man who is a person of interest in connection with the death of a Carnegie woman. Byron Yeahquo, 32, also known as Byron Tongkeamah, was arrested by Carnegie Police on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant this week. He's being held in the Caddo County Jail. The OSBI was looking for Yeahquo, and are wanting to talk to him about the death of Cindy Kaudlekaule, whose body was found along a county road east of Carnegie a couple of weeks ago. The Lawton Constitution reports the Caddo County Sheriff's Office indicates Yeahquo is connected to a gang called the Indian Brotherhood.

 

Coffee Cup Assault Suspect Charged

A Chickasha man is accused of smashing a coffee cup on the head of a woman so hard, the cup shattered into pieces. Police arrested Quentin Griffith, 63, after answering a 911 call about a domestic disturbance. A woman claimed she and Griffith were arguing prior to the attack. After being struck the woman grabbed her cel phone and ran outside to hide in the bushes, where she called police. Griffith spent some time in jail, then posted bond after being charged with a misdemeanor. A probable cause affidavit on file did not indicate if the woman went the hospital, though she did have a knot on her head.

 

Alex Landfill Expansion Update

Here's a follow-up to a story you've only heard on Ranch News. We reported a couple of weeks ago that the Southern Plains Landfill in Alex is wanting to expand its operation. We talked to District Manager Jeff Bedick about the plans. He says there is still plenty of room on their 76-acre landfill and he estimates it could last another 15 years. The landfill owner, Waste Connections, is trying to plan for the future. An application for expansion has been on file at the State Department of Environmental Quality for about a year. Bedick said a copy of that permit can be seen at the Chickasha Library. Bedick says they have worked to verify the location of any ground water sources, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has surveyed the area. Right now, he says they are waiting for a response from the DEQ before the process can continue. Bedick said property owners near the landfill have been sent notifications on the request to expand.

 

New Pipe Storage Company Expands Here

A new pipe storage facility will be coming to the region. C-TAP, a Colorado-based company for casing, tubing, trucking, and storage has purchased 29 acres in the north part of Chickasha, near the city's water treatment plant. Economic Development Director Christy Elkins made the announcement at yesterday's meeting of the Economic Development Council.

 

                

 

Elkins compares it to the Garrett yard in Amber. Before they can get started, a new rail spur must be built off the Stillwater National rail line. CTAP's website indicates it been in business for nearly 30 years. It has sales offices in Oklahoma City and Dallas, and pipeyards in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah as well as in the northeast part of the country. Elkins expects the move to generate about 15 jobs that will pay an average of $16 an hour. However, the hiring process won't start until some time next year.

 

Academic Person

Time to highlight an individual putting in some extra effort for Chickasha Public Schools. Our Dennis Linam has that story.

 

                

 

Veterans Day Program

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and a number of programs are being held throughout the region to honor the men and women who have, or are currently serving in the armed forces. In Chickasha, the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee will have its program at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Shannon Springs Park. Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt is the guest speaker. The program will start at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX surges past $57 to $57.17 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is just under $64.

Natural gas up to $3.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,284 and silver is $17.02

 

Thursday, November 9th

 

Another Candidate to Run for Vacant House Seat

A retired educator from Marlow has announced he'll be running for a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives. Charles Murdock, 71, says he's a candidate for House District 51, the seat previously held by Chickasha's Scott Biggs, who stepped down from the post last week. Murdock is a Democrat, who ran for the seat unsuccessfully in 2016. Murdock says many house Republicans are not willing compromise because of party politics.

 

                

 

Also announcing their candidacy for the post this week was Chickasha businessman Dustin Payne who will run as a Republican. The filing period for the vacant seat is next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Candidates will file at the State Election Board. A special primary election will be held January 9, 2018.

 

Missing Man Found

A man missing from Chickasha earlier this week has been found, and he's OK. Chickasha Police issued a Silver Alert for 67-year old Gene Burgess early Wednesday. He and his wife had stopped at a convenience store late Tuesday. Burgess has early-onset Alzheimer's and lost the keys to the couple's car. His wife had walked to a nearby motel, where Burgess was supposed to meet her, but Burgess never arrived. The alert canceled after Burgess was in Edmond mid-day Wednesday at a home the couple owns there.

 

Property Tax Statements in the Mail

Property owners throughout Grady County should be receiving their 2017 property tax statements in the mail. County treasurer Robin Burton says her office put thousands of statements in the mail last week.

 

                

 

Those statements represent about $56 million in property taxes, most of which goes to fund local school districts. Property owners who have their property taxes included in their monthly mortage payments should not get a statement. You can pay the entire amount, or, pay half by January 15th. If you choose that option, the second half is due by April 15th.

 

Historic Downtown Building Needs Repair

Supporters of the historic Washita Theatre in downtown Chickasha say the aging building may have to close, if some desperately needed repairs aren't made. The building is home to the Chickasha Community Theatre. It's estimated that about $100,000 is needed for structural repairs, a new roof, and water-proofing work. A local family is jump-starting a big fund-raising campaign to repair the building. The Elmer DeHart family will match the first $50,000 donated to the rehabilitation of the theatre. Kristy Jarnagin says the theatre will also need additional funds for interior repairs. For information, contact Jarnagin at Jay's Jewelry. All contrubtions are tax-deductible.

 

Tuttle, Bridge Creek to Hold Elections

Voters in Tuttle and Bridge Creek will be going to the polls next week. However, they can cast ballots early if they want. In-person, absentee voting will be available today and tomorrow at the Grady County Election Board. For Tuttle school district patrons, there's a special election to decide two issues. One would allow the district to purchase laptops and iPads for students, as well as purchase text books. It would also fund technology upgrades to improve wifi access and internet service. A second issue would allow the district to upgrade transportation, including busses and suburbans.  The combined value of the bond issues is just over $3 million. Bridge Creek voters will also decide a special bond issue, and the Bridge Creek Fire Protection District general election will also be held. Early voting at the election board from 800 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. Otherwise, regular polling places will be open next Tuesday.

 

FFA Student Places High in Speech Contest

A Chickasha High School FFA student turned in a good performance at a recent speech contest. Clay Grossnicklaus was third in the Intermediate Division of Southwest District competition hosted by American Farmers and Ranchers. His speech was on the topic of Science and Natural Resources.

 

4H Share the Fun Results

4H youth throughout Grady County put their talents on display at the annual Share the Fun event at Minco last weekend. 34 youth took part in a dozen acts, which included singing, dancing, or acting. Brooke White lists some of the winners.

 

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.81 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.49.

Natural gas is $3.17 per million BTUs

Gold is $1,288 and silver is $17.15.

 

Tuesday, November 7th

 

Residents Discuss Pros, Cons of Code Enforcement

Chickasha residents both for and against some code enforcement ordinances addressed last night's Chickasha City Council meeting. And while the council took no action following more than an hour of discussion, the panel opened the door for compromise. Torry Wise was among those opposed to the ordinance that deals with parking on the grass.

 

            

 

Speaking for the enforcement of the issue was Rick Johnston.

 

            

 

Mayor Hank Ross and City Manager John Noblitt both said the city has not issued any tickets for not painting homes over the last few years; and only a few tickets for parking on the grass. Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander said the city needs to be honest, fair, and credible, and that city officials are willing to work with citizens. He also said the community needs to work as a whole in order to create a city everyone wants. Councilman Cody Turpin says there are a lot of scared people, and that the city needs to do a better job of informing the public of its proposals.

 

City Manager Has Council Backing

Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt gets a vote of confidence from the city council. After spending an hour and a half in a closed-door meeting, Mayor Hank Ross said Noblitt has the full support of the council. Noblitt's been on the job for about six months.

 

No Action on Wind Farm Proposals

Also after the exectuvie session, Ross also said there was no action taken concerning the appraisal of city-owned land at Lake Chickasha, regarding a proposed wind farm lease.

 

Woman Makes Good Calls in Attempted Robbery

A woman sitting in her vehicle in a church parking lot waiting to go to work gets a scare. Police say a man with a gun tried to get inside her SUV. But the woman quickly locked her doors, and backs away from the suspect and calls police. Chickasha police quickly answer, find the suspect nearby, and take him into custody without incident. This all unfolded before dawn last Friday morning at Epworth Methodist Church. A probable cause affidavit from Chickasha police say responding officers found the suspect did have had a loaded 9mm.  When officers took the suspect to jail,they found suspected meth and PCP in his possession. Lawrence Paul Anderson, 38, was arrested on complaints of possession of a firearm after conviction; and drug possession. The website On Demand Court Records indicates Anderson pleaded guilty to drug charges from a 2010 arrest. Anderson remains in jail. Bond has not yet been established.

 

Motorcycle Rider Recuperates

A Chickasha man remains hospitalized after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a pick-up. John Hunter was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with what police called serious injuries. Hunter was last in good condition. The accident happened in front of the Jimmy's Egg Restaurant east of 4th and Grand about 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say Hunter was eastbound on Grand Avenue, when the pick-up pulled out from Wal-Mart and hit him. The driver of the pick-up, 19-year old Dalton Chaney, was not injured. Officials say no tickets were issued, as the accident remains under investigation.

 

Author Receives National Recognition

An Oklahoma author wins a national award. Duncan native John Dwyer picks up two gold medals during the annual Will Rogers Medalion Awards ceremony in Ft. Worth recently. The gold medals are for Dwyer's book entitled, The Oklahomans:  The Story of Oklahoma and its People, Volume One." Dwyer was the speaker at last night's Grady County Historical Society annual meeting, and tells our Dennis Linam:

 

            

 

It took Dwyer more than 10 years to write the book. He's already working on a sequel.

           

Fire Departments to Receive Unexpected Cash

Some volunteer fire departments in the region will be getting a boost in funding. The money will be donated by Midship Pipeline, which will be building a natural gas pipeline through the region over the next several months. The company will be donating $200,000 to 64 fire departments, including some in Canadian, Grady, Garvin, and Stephens counties. in Grady County 17 volunteer fire departments each will receive a little more than $3,000. When completed, the pipeline will extend 200 miles, and wil connect new gas production from the SCOOP and STACK plays to growing markets in the Gulf Coast of Southeast regions of the country. A formal presentation will be held in Oklahoma City tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX jumped to $57.35 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude climbs to $64.37.

Natural gas was up to $3.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,277 and silver is $17.05.

 

Monday, November 6th

 

Code Enforcement Ordinances Back for Discussion

The Chickasha City Council will again tackle the sensitive issue of enforcing certain city codes when it comes to maintaining personal property. Two issues are to be reviewed during tonight's council meeting. One pertains to the exterior of homes, especially when it comes to peeling, flaking, and chipping paint. Another deals with parking on the grass. Approved parking surfaces currently are gravel driveways installed before 2008, or hard-surface driveways. The city council is also to discuss holding yet another public auction to lease mineral rights. The latest section expected to go up for auction is about 200 acres near Lake Chickasha. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss the performance of city manager John Noblitt; and to discuss the appraisal of property near Lake Chickasha, regarding a proposed wind farm lease. The city council meets at 5:30 this afternoon at city hall.

 

New Construction Slows

October was a slow month for new construction in Chickasha. The city's Community Development Department approved just $105,000 in new construction, the lowest month for new construction projects this year. Only seven total permits were issued. The largest was awarded to Char-Don Builders for a $57,000 commercial remodel at 126 Kansas Avenue. The remaining six permits were for residential additions and remodels. New building permits through the first 10 months of 2017 total more than $49.1 million.

 

Man Injured in Chickasha Crash

A serious traffic accident in Chickasha yesterday. We don't have any details, but we know the crash happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Jimmy's Egg restaurant. There were unconfirmed reports of at least one injury. Chickasha police confirmed they were investigating the crash, but provided no additional information.

 

Motorcycle Accident Hospitalizes Blanchard Man

A Blanchard man is critically injured in a motorcycle accident. 31-year old Michael Goldsmith was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City Hospital with numerous arm, leg, trunk, and internal injuries. The crash happened near Davis in southern Oklahoma yesterday. The highway patrol reports Goldsmith was speeding along a state highway and failed to go around a curve. He laid the bike on its side and hit a guardrail. He was wearing a helmet.

 

Salvation Army Bell-Ringing Campaign Here Soon

The Salvation Army division which serves the Grady and Caddo County areas is preparing for its annual Red Kettle campaign. All the proceeds will benefit needy families in the two-county region. The kick-off will be this Thursday at the Salvation Army’s new location, 2402 S. 16th in Chickasha. Meet the new commanders, Lt. David and Amanda Brittle, the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and needy families can still sign up for the Angel Tree program. The open house is Thursday, November 9th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Substitute Teachers Sought

Chickasha schools are seeking substitute teachers. The school board recently approved an increase in substitute pay, $75 a day for certified subs, and $65 a day for non-certified. A workshop for substitute teachers will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 at the school administration building. Candidates should have two forms of identification. Contact Susan Parr by calling 222-6500.

 

Agriculture Info

In agriculture news, Marty New, who is a livestock specialist with Oklahoma State, will be in Chickasha tomorrow. He'll be speaking at the Grady County Ag producers meeting in the morning. New will address the impacts of forage quality in a supplementation program. That meeting at 7 a.m. at the OSU extension office in Chickasha. In a couple of weeks, Laura Goodman, who is a range specialist with OSU extension, will address a joint gathering of Grady and Caddo county cattle producers. Goodman will discuss pasture grass identification at the Caddo County Fairgrounds on Monday, Nov. 20th at 6:30 that evening. You're asked to contact the extension office in Anadarko if you plan to attend.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX up last week to $55.64 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude up to $62.07.

Natural gas is $2.98 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,273. Silver is $16.91.

Saturday, November 4th


 

Our Chickasha Schools Academic Person of the week is Shane Harris! Tune in to 106. The Ranch at 7 and 8 AM Friday Nov. 3rd  to hear Shane’s story!

 

 Governor Sets Special Election for Biggs' House Seat

Gov. Mary Fallin wasted little time in scheduling a special election for the vacant District 51 seat in the State House of Representatives. And the filing period will be in a few days. The post was previously held by Chickasha Republican Scott Biggs, who resigned from the seat this week. The filing period will be November 13-15. The special primary election will be January 9th, and if needed, the special general election is March 6th. If the special general election is not needed, it will be January 9th. The district includes the eastern part of Grady County, western McClain County, and part of Stephens County.

 

Jury Awards Millions in Wrongful Death Suit

The family of a Blanchard teen who died in house fire is awarded a multi-million dollar judgement. A Grady County jury returns an $8.5 million wrongful death verdict in the death of 19-year old Kylie Andrews. She and one other person died in the fire that occurred in Murray County in 2013. The Andrews family alleged the rented home the two were staying in was unsafe, because the landlord did not provide a smoke detector. The jury awarded $5 million in compensatory damages, and $3.5 million in punitive damages.

 

Fundraiser Set for Ninnekah Police Chief

Ninnekah Police Chief Scott Miller is recovering after suffering a severe hand injury from a power saw. Miller cut off part of the thumb and forefinger on his right hand, while putting a roof on his home recently. Supporters are holding a barbecue dinner and silent auction this afternoon (Saturday) to help him with medical expenses.

 

Charges Filed in Ninnekah Theft

Also in Ninnekah, police arrest a suspect in connection with a residential burglary. The suspect has a prior record of theft and drug possession. Tommy Overstreet, 56, of Ninnekah is alleged to have taken a generator, a welder, and other shop tools from a shed. Overstreet was formally charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor concealing stolen property charges. The website On Demand Court Records indicates Overstreet spent some time in jail on 2008 Grady County charges of declaration of false ownership in a pawn as well as unidentified charges out of Stephens County. He's also scheduled to enter a plea on an unrelated drug charge, stemming from a 2016 arrest. Overstreet is out of jail after posting a $20,000 bond.

               

Most-Wanted Person Behind Bars

One of the individuals featured on this week's Grady County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List is in custody. Michael Owen Gillleland, 42, was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a motion to revoke the sentence he received after pleading guilty to rape in connection with a 2006 charge. He spent a few years in prison and was still on probation. Gilleland was arrested by Chickasha police late last night on a misdemeanor warrant for shoplifting. He’s also facing an unrelated misdemeanor charge of assault and battery in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident following an arrest just last month.

 

Weekend Interview

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton is on our KOOL Konversation program. The 2017 tax statements have just been mailed out, and she'll have information about that and other duties of her office. We have the interview linked to our website, so you can listen to them whenever you want. Go to www.1061theranch.com and you'll find the link under the Community tab.

 

Friday, November 3rd

 

Fatal Semi Rollover

An Anadarko truck driver dies when his big rig crashes on a Caddo County road. Tobias Martinez, 28, died in the accident that happened east of Gracemont about 10 o'clock Thursday morning. The highway patrol reports the semi failed to go around a curve, ran off the road and rolled one-half time. Martinez died at the scene. Officials say Martinez was hauling the toxic chemical, hydrogen sulfide. The chemical did not leak, and officials had to bring in another tanker to transfer the chemical.  The trooper called to the scene is still investigating as to what might have caused Martinez to run of the road.

 

State Lawmaker Steps Down

Chickasha State Representative Scott Biggs has abruptly resigned his seat in the state legislature. Biggs submitted a letter to house leaders yesterday, saying the resignation is effective immediately. Biggs was in his second term in the House of Representatives. He said he was taking a job with the federal government. He didn’t provide details, but we have this from Farm Broadcaster Ron Hays

 

                

 

Lindel Stoop has been acting state director for the Farm Service Agency. A special election will be held to fill Biggs' House District 51 seat, which includes most of eastern Grady County.

 

Lt. Gov. Candidate Stops By

Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy spent some time in Chickasha yesterday. She has announced that she will be a candidate for Lieutenant Governor next year.

 

                

 

Murphy has been on the corporation commission for nine years. She says if Oklahomans want something different at the state capital, she's ready to be part of something different.

 

Grady County Fairgrounds has New Marketer

A new marketing director is in place at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Andy Maher is on the job. He was among a dozen candidates who applied for the post. Maher says he knew a little about Grady County's new indoor arena that just opened a couple of months ago, and was excited to see it for the first time.

 

                

 

Maher spent three years as the general manager with the Woodward County Fairgrounds and Events Center. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as facility director for Mooreland schools. He takes over the Grady County Fairgrounds marketing duties from Peggy McMahan, who retired last month. Maher and his wife Sharyse have three sons. Hayes  is a freshman at OSU, Logan is a senior at Mooreland High School and Grant is a 4th grader.

 

Academic Person of the Week

Our Dennis Linam spotlights an individual doing exceptional work in Chickasha Public Schools.

 

 

Thanks, Dennis!

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX climbs to $54.51 a barrel, the highest price in 2 1/2 years.

London-based Brent crude up to $60.62.

Natural gas up to $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold fairly steady at $1,276 and silver up to $17.13.

 

Thursday, November 2nd

 

Update on Unrest in Chickasha Schools

Teachers and support employees of Chickasha schools have released a statement regarding their recent "no-confidence" votes against the district's school board and superintendent. While they haven't talked to the media, a news release from members of the Chickasha United Teachers Association, and the Chickasha Association of Support Employees say they are concerned about the district's financial situation. The joint statement by the unions says they are concerned with the school board's decision to allow Superintendent Dave Cash to take a leave of absence and continue to be paid by the district, even though he's employed by another company. The statement says the unions are also concerned that the board is interviewing for an interim superintendent who would also be paid. The statement also says union members don't understand the school board's thinking, since there are already two assistant superintendents who are qualified, and would not be an extra salary to pay. The school board is not paying Cash his regular salary, but are paying what the board calls a stipend of $2,500 per month to continue overseeing school finances and policy.

 

Mixed News on Consumer Spending

Consumer spending was down across Grady County in August. It's estimated that spending was down about 6.8 percent from July to August of this year, to about $81.6 million. However,it is the third best month in the calendar year. Also, the number is up more than 50 percent compared to August of last year. We estimate consumer spending when we see the sales tax revenue for the county, and factor in a three-quarters of a penny sales tax. The county received over $614,000 in sales tax revenue in October, paid on August retail purchases. Here's the breakdown:

 -The Grady County Fairgrounds receives $204,000;

 -Grady Memorial, $180,000

-20 fire districts share in $102,000; each one receives $5,100;

-7 senior nutrition centers share $102,000, each one gets $14,000;

-Tuttle EMS receives, $19,000;

-Rush Springs EMS receives $4,700.

 

Also use tax collections, sales taxes paid on Internet purchases were $70,000 which is up from $55,000 last year.

 

City of Chickasha Consumer Spending

Consumer spending in Chickasha for August was steady from July to August, about $24 million. That number is up about 20 percent compared to the same time last year. The city collected $894,000 on those August retail purchases. use tax collections were more than double from last year, to more than $85,000.

 

Injured Officer Surprised by Help

More support for Chickasha Police Sgt. Matt Schoolfield. The national Soldier's Wish campaign surprised Schoolfield yesterday, telling him the organization will renovate his bathroom to help him with the injuries he suffered in a shootout in September. Mark Ochsenbein is the director of the Soldier's wish campaign.

 

                

 

Schoolfield says the amount of support his family has received in the last few weeks is indescribable.

 

                

 

The Soldier's Wish campaign is supported by Subway Restaurantw.A good portion of the materials and labor for the bathroom have been donated. Plus, the local Galleria Furniture store donated a new recliner.

               

Gas Line Ruptured

A gas leak at a contruction site in downtown Chickasha this morning. Emergency crews were called out to main branch of First National Bank at 3rd and Chcikasha Ave. Unofficial reports are that contractors digging up some concrete in the alley ruptured a Centerpoint Energy natural gas line, about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Chickasha Police, fire department, and Centerpoint Energy crews responded, but there were no evacuations. Traffic on one block of 3rd Street was shut down for about an hour.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX down slightly, to $54.30 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.29.

Natural gas was steady at $2.89 per million BTUs.

gold is $1.277 and silver is $17.10.

 

2017, Week of Oct. 9th Through 13th        

              

 

 

   

Our Chickasha Schools Academic Persons of the week is Larry Abram! Tune in to

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Friday, October 20th

 

Man Pleads Guilty to Negligent Homicide

                A man who pleaded guilty to a negligent homicide charge will spend six months in jail. 32-year old Jesse Jones entered the plea in Grady County District Court this week, in connection with a fatal traffic accident that occurred in Minco more than 2 1/2 years ago. Jones, from Bartlesville, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge which was filed after the February, 2015 crash killed Linda Garner. Court documents indicate that Jones was driving a box truck that rear-ended Garner's vehicle. She died at the scene. In addition to spending six months behind bars, Jones will be on probation an additional six months. He was also ordered to pay about $600 in fines and all court costs.

 

Cole Supports Bump-Stock Ban

                4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole says bump stocks on assault rifles should be banned. Cole made the comment during a stop in Chickasha yesterday. Cole said that even the National Rifle Association supports the bump stock ban. The issue came to light after the deadly shooting in Las Vegas concert recently.  Cole said he did not support a ban on assault rifles.

 

                

 

                Cole believes President Trump and Congress will take action to ban the bump stocks, which make a legal weapon, illegal. Cole said the president should take administrative action immediately to ban bump stocks, and that Congress could follow with the legislative action later.

 

Long-tme Hotelier Dies

                Freddie Thompson-Frederickson, long-time owner-operator of the Chickasha Hotel Coffeeshop has died. She was 97 when she passed away on Wednesday. Freddie and her husband Hayes moved to Chickasha in the early 60s when the purchased a car dealership. They bought the Chickasha Hotel in 1965, to keep it from closing. Freddie ran the apartments and coffeeshop for 40 years. Hayes passed away in 1991. Several years later, she married Sherman Frederickson. He passed away back in June of this year. Funeral service for Freddie Thompson-Frederickson will be at at 1:30 this afternoon at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

A Call to Help Domestic Violence Victims

               Domestic abuse is a problem nationwide. Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks says his offices in the region sees it every week,. In addition to prosecuting those who commit domestic violence crimes, Hicks supports a local non-profit agency that helps those who suffer from the crime.

 

                

 

                ICAN is the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network, which serves the Grady and Canadian County areas. The group is starting a fundraiser next week, to raise $200,000 to purchase the new shelter and offices the organization recently moved into to. The first fund-raiser kicks off with a benefit dinner next Thursday, October 26th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Individual tickets are $25 and the group is also seeking corporate donors.  For information call 405-224-8256.

 

Antique Auto Swap Meet Underway

                The 49th annual Chickasha Antique Auto Club swap meet is underway. The event draws thousands of antique car buffs from around the world. There are several hundred vendors hawking their parts, and some have fully restored antique vehicles for sale. The meet going on just east of the Grady County Fairgrounds, with some vendors on the fairgrounds proper. There's no admission, but there is a parking fee, which goes to local charities. The swap meet runs through tomorrow.

 

Conservation Districts to Meet

                   In agriculture news, area conservation districts are getting ready for their annual meetings. The Grady County Conservation District will meet on Thursday, November 2nd at the Grady County Fairgrounds. That includes all of southwest Oklahoma, including Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Comanche counties The Garvin Conservation District will meet Tuesday, November 14th at Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne. For infomation, contact your local conservation district.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX with a big drop yesterday, down to $51.29 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude down to $57.23.

Natural gas was up a couple of cents to $2.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,282 and silver is $17.11.

 

Thursday, October 19th

 

Shooting Suspect Due in Court

                Warren Klingler, the man arrested following a shootout with Chickashapolice last month, is to be back in court today. Klinger is to announce his attorney in a Grady County courtroom this afternoon. He is accused of barricading himself inside his Chickasha home last month, as police tried to issue a search warrant. Klinger is charged with more than a dozen counts of shooting with intent to kill and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Several police officers were targeted by Klinger, and two suffered gunshot wounds. Klinger is being held without bail. A second man arrested in connection with the shootout, 19-year old Kevontay Markell Allen, is charged with assaulting an officer. He is also to announce his attorney today.

 

Autopsy Released on Body Found

                The state medical examiner has released autopsy results of a Chickasha man found dead in his home this past spring. The body of Houston Harper was found by his landlord. Authorities believe he may have been dead for up to two weeks before his body was found. The autopsy indicates Harper died from natural causes, but that he likely died from chronic alcoholism. Harper's body was found about two weeks after his 35th birthday.

 

Thief Caught with Loot and Fruit

                An unusual theft at a local convenience store, where a man takes cash and some bananas. It happened at the Love's store on 4th street early Tuesday morning. Chickasha police say a man put two bananas on the counter. When the clerk opened the cash register, he produced a knife. He then fled the store with the cash and the bananas. The alleged thief was caught a few minutes later, after his van broke down. It addition, authorites found he had an oustanding warrant for an outstanding traffic ticket for not wearing a seat belt. 18-year old Peyton Fowler of Chickasha has been charged with a felony count of robbery with a weapon. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

More Energy News

                We've spent a lot of time this week talking about all the oil field activity in the region, and there's more news today. A Colorado-based company is expandings its operations. Simmerex Energy of Duncan is investing heavily in an area northwest of Chickasha.

 

                

 

Jerry Bohnen with that report.

 

4H Sign-up Underway

                4H youth throughout the region are taking advantage of fall break, by attending the 4H Youth Action Conference in Stillwater. Several 4Hers from Grady and Caddo counties are taking part. Grady County 4H Educator Liz Taylor says parents can still sign-up their children in 4H, and says there are some new guidelines this year.

 

                

 

                Taylor says there are nine traditional 4H clubs in Grady County, and four that specialize in just one project area. Those four groups are Good Eats and Healthy Living, Shooting Sports, Lego robotics and community service; and the Livestock Club.

 

Energy Prices

Crude oil on the NYMEX surpassed $52 a barrel, to $52.04.

London-based Brent crude topped $58 to $58.15.

Natural gas dropped about a dime to $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,288 and silver is $17.09.
 
Wednesday, October 18th
 
Energy Industry Update
We have a little more information about a town hall meeting in Chickasha next week, regarding the energy activity in the region. We talked to Jay Freeze, with the Oklahoma Division of the National Association of Royalty Owners. That's the group holding the  meeting. Freeze says the work that's been underway over the last several years in the SCOOP should continue for several years, and that it's expanding.
 
Freeze will be one of the speakers at the town hall meeting. It will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24th at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. For information, visit the website www.naro-us.org.
 
Caddo County Youths Injured
A Carnegie teenager remains hospitalized after a traffic accident. The unidentifed 15-year old boy was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital, and was last in fair condition. He was one of four youth riding in a pickup that ran off the road and overturned west of Highways 58 and 152. The accident happened about 4:30 Tuesday morning. The three other youth were not seriously injured. The driver, 18-year old Trenton Wilson of Carnegie, refused treatment at the scene. Two other boys, ages 15 and 12 whose names were withheld, were taken to a Weatherford hospital, where they were treated and released.The Highway Patrol reports that Wilson may have been speeding prior to the accident.
 
City Council Appoints New CIA Member
A new member has been appointed to the Chickasha Industrial Authority. Ward 4 Chickasha City Councilman Jim Hopkins was named to the panel by the city council. Hopkins takes the place of former councilman, Phyllis Steelman. the vote to appoint Hopkins was approved by a vote of 8-1, with Hopkins recusing himself from the vote. The appointment is effective immediately, and runs through June 30th of next year.
 
Museum to Receive Paintings
A new acquisition for the Grady County Museum will be part of an upcoming annual meeting for area history buffs. The museum will unveil a collection of oil paintings of The Five Civilized Tribes, from artist Brunetta Bernard Griffith. The gift is from Leland Boren. The speaker for the gathering of the Grady County Historical Society is John Dwyer. He's an Oklahoma native, historian and author of a new Oklahoma history book. The meeting will be Monday, November 6th at the USAO ballroom. Contact museum director Pat Cunningham for ticket information.
 
Civil Rights Pioneer Remembered
Today marks the anniversary of the death of Chickasha civil rights pioneer, Ada Lois Sipuel. She broke the color barrier at the OU School of Law in the 1940s. In 1946, Fisher and her attorney, Thurgood Marshall, who would be a future U.S. Supreme Court justice, filed a lawsuit against OU which started a three-year legal battle, according to the Oklahoma Historical Society. She was finally admitted to the university in 1949, where she would earn her law degree. Eventually, she became a regent at OU. Sipuel was 71 years old when she passed away, October 18, 1995.
 
Wheat Producers Receive Funds
Wheat producers are getting some extra cash if they were part of USDA programs. Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency has the rate for producers on the ARC option.
 
 
Jackson said the yields used to determine the ARC rates were 35 bushels an acre for Grady County, and 32 bushels per acre for Caddo county. For producers who signed up for the PLC option, Jackson said  the rate was $1.61 per bushel.
 
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX fairly steady, at $51.88 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude up to $57.88.
Natural gas was up to $2.96 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,281 and silver is $16.97.
 

Tuesday, October 17th

 

City Council Debates Bidding Process

There was lengthy debate at last night's Chickasha City Council meeting about hiring local businesses for projects, even when they don't have the lowest bid. The issue came up when the council discussed awarding a bid for janitorial services for different city buildings. Councilman Mark Keeling said a local company submitted a bid only slightly higher than the low bid. He said despite the price difference, the council should award the bid to that firm.

 

 

Mayor Hank Ross said the situation isn't new.

 

 

By a 6-3 vote, the council turned down the higher bid from the local company, T and S Cleaning. by the same 6-3 vote, the council approved going for the low bids from National Facilities of Oklahoma City, which was just under $5,600 a month.

 

Council Changes Meeting Times

The council also approved changing its meeting times. Beginning in January, the council will hold its meetings at 6:30, which is an hour later than their current time. The panel will also hold work sessions prior to those meetings.

 

SCOOP Update Next Week

An update on the energy industry in the regional SCOOP play will be reviewed next week. The Oklahoma branch of the National Association of Royalty Owners will meet in Chickasha next week. The SCOOP, which is short for the South Central Oklahoma Oil Play, includes the area from El Reno to Marietta...a regional called the Springer Fairway. Among the speakers will be Rick Howell, the president of the Oklahoma NARO group, and Jay Freede, the group's director. There will also be discussion of Leasing Essentials and Surface issues. The meeting will be held next Tuesday night from 6-8 on the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. The program is free for NARO members. Cost is $15 for non-members. Dinner is provided. Check out their website: naro-us.org

           

Exercise for Arthritis Sufferers 

With cooler weather now upon us, it’s starting to affect those who suffer from arthritis. Moving those achy joints may actually help to ease the pain. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension says a new exercise class will be starting soon that could help.

 

 

The class begins next Wednesday, Oct. 25th at the extension office in Chickasha. They will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays for about three months. Classes are free and will last about an hour. Routh says the exercises are designed to be pain-free, and can be done while standing or sitting.

           

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was up Monday to $51.87 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude up to $57.82.

Natural gas was down to $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold slipped back under $1,300 to $1,291...and silver was down to $17.14.

 

Monday, October 16th

 

 

Grady County community deals with the death of a teenager.

         Tragedy hit the town of Tuttle this weekend, when residents learned of the death of a middle school student. Cade Boles died in an ATV accident Friday afternoon. The accident happened near Hinton. Boles death hit the community hard. He was an exceptional student and athlete. His father, David, is an assistant coach for the high school football team. The team learned of Cade's death just a few minutes before they were to play Ada in a home game at Tuttle. Coaches throughout the region reached out to Tuttle coach Brad Ballard and the Boles family. At Oklahoma State University, Coach Mike Gundy and some players sent condolences. Cade's older brother, Rhett, is a walk-on freshman at OSU. There's no word on funeral services for Cade Boles.

 

Chickasha City council changing times for their twice-a-month meetings?

            The panel is to consider meeting one hour later, changing the meeting times from 5:30 to 6:30 on the first and third Mondays of each month. City Manager John Noblitt said it would allow for work sessions to be held prior to the meetings. If approved, the change will take place after the first of the year.

           The council will also consider auctioning off more mineral rights. It's for 120 acres of mineral rights east of Lake Chickasha. The sale could be scheduled at the first council meeting in November.

            The panel will also discuss the expansion of a grant program, to help property owners install sidewalks and driveway approaches. The measure would match up to $2,500 for sidewalks and approaches, and up to $5,000 for curbs. If approved, the project would be funding with $75,000 this year. The council meets at 5:30 this afternoon at city hall. You can watch the meeting on Suddenlink Channel 3.

 

 A Chickasha police officer is recognized for his work.

          Officer Andrew Peck was presented a Law Enforcement Officer award at a recent conference held by the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network. The group includes member organizations such as Red Rock Behavioral Health Services. Law enforcement, substance abuse prevention groups and others met to develop programs and strategies to prevent substance abuse. Peck was honored for his work in 2015 and 2016, for making numerous arrests for hazardous driving violations; including DUI and drug possession. Conference leaders say by making the arrests, Peck protected the safety of motorists and citizens. Peck has graduated from an intense Drug Recognition Expert program, which included classroom and clinical work.

 

A big year for Chickasha's Festival of Light.

           This will be the 25th year for the festival...which is about 30 days away from opening. About 3 million lights will twinkle in Shannon Springs Park this year. Elizabeth Allen says there will be a few changes this year.

          

The festival will open Saturday, Nov. 18th, and run through New Year’s Eve.

 

Cattle producers Report

        Cattle producers in the region are combining efforts to get more youth involved in that industry. The Grady County Cattle Producers, and the Caddo County Cattlemen are teaming up for what's called the Performance Steer Contest. Youth throughout the region will compete over the next five months to raise a high-quality steer, with some big money going to the winners. David Nowlin with the Grady and Caddo county extension offices.

          

There is no cost for youth to enter. Students must be in a public, private, or home school in the Grady or Caddo county region. Contact either extension office in Chickasha or Anadarko for more info.

 

NYMEX

Crude oil gained 4 percent last week, up to $51.45 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude up to $57.17.

Natural gas gained 5 percent last week, to $3.00 per million BTUs.

Gold was higher, topping $1,300 to $1,307.

Silver went over $17 to $17.46.

 

2017 July

 July 5th, Through 7th

An Armed Robbery Suspect Hears Formal Charges Today.

            A woman accused in the hold-up of a Chickasha discount store is expected to hear formal charges against her today. 25-year old Autumn Deanne Ford of Carrolton, Missouri was arrested by Chickasha police Monday. She's suspected of robbing the Dollar General Store at 3rd and Kansas. Police say they found Ford about a mile away from the site of the robbery, at the Chickasha Travel Plaza. They found a weapon, and also discovered she was driving a van stolen out of Carrolton, Missouri. Police and emergency responders were praised for their actions by city councilman Howard Carpenter during Monday night's council meeting.

           

Ford is being held on complaints of robbery or attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon; using a weapon while committing a felony; and possession of a stolen vehicle.

 Police arrested another individual on robbery complaints early yesterday. Twenty-year old Korran Hall, whose hometown is not known, was booked into the Grady County jail on complaints of robbery and unauthorized use of a vehicle. It's not known the Hall's arrest is connected to the hold up at the Dollar General.

 

Beware of Scams

            Chickasha officials encourage residents to beware of scam artists who may be trying to take advantage of those who suffered damage from last week's strong storms. Baseball to softball sized hail hit the Chickasha area Friday night. Mayor Hank Ross says an ordinance that has been in effect for several years required roofing contractors to be licensed with the city and the state.  At this week's city council meeting, the Mayor said he was approached by a couple of individuals over the weekend.

           

Ross said contractors should also have a permit to go door-to-door to solicit business.

 

D&BCI Show Tonight          

Tonight, Chickasha will serve as host of competition for some of the nation's top drum and bugle corps. Three bands will be performing...they are practicing all day today at three different locations, but will all play tonight. Three groups will perform Wednesday. The Academy, out of Tempe, AZ. The Phantom Regiment out of Rockford, Ill; and The Santa Clara Van Guard from Santa Clara, CA. The bands are being hosted by the Chickasha high school band, which is selling tickets and will have concessions as a fundraiser to help with some of its projects. Tickets are $10 and $15. Buy them on-line at " https://liveinchickasha.ticketbud.com/ Tickets will be available at the gate, starting at 3:30 Wednesday. Performances start at 7 p.m.

 

NYMEX

Crude oil tops $47 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $47.87

Natural gas down to $2.95 per million BTUs.

Gold down to $1,218

Silver falls below $16 to $15.90.

2017 June

Three Injured in a Weekend Crash, Still in Hospital.

            Cyril police officer Bryan Janz has been upgraded from critical to fair condition in an Oklahoma City hospital. Diego Arevalo of Anadarko was listed in stable condition in a Lawton hospital this morning. The Highway Patrol has still not given any details about the crash, which happened early Saturday morning. The crash happened at the intersection of a couple of county roads northwest of Cyril. It was raining at the time. Initial reports were that Arevalo's wife, Marianne, was hospitalized, but officials later said she was treated and released.

 

H.E. Bailey Accident

            An accident early Sunday morning on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike sends a woman and a young boy believed to be her son to the hospital. The 11-year old boy was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City facility, where he was last in critical condition. 41-year old Jennifer Foulk of Oklahoma City was last in fair condition. Both were wearing their seatbelts. That crash happened in the westbound lanes of I-44 near mile marker 87 just before 1:30 Sunday morning. The Highway patrol says the cause of that crash also still under investigation. Both westbound lanes of traffic were shut down for about two hours.

 

911 Up and Running

            An all-new, 911 phone system will be activated at the Chickasha police department this morning. Sgt. Kori Brewer, who supervises the communications department, says the switch will take place about 9:30 this morning. Brewer says they've already run some tests, and the system is works great. He said the system will even allow dispatchers to follow a cell phone through what's called the re-bid program.

            The New 911system has three 911 lines; there are three non-emergency administration lines; and the Grady County Crime-stoppers line. The Motorola system cost $300,000; and will be paid for over 10 years, and it includes all new equipment in five years.

 

Fishing lands a Weekend in Jail

            A Chickasha man spent the weekend in jail for not paying his fine for fishing without a license. 20-year old Travis Anthony Steven HIitter was ticketed for fishing without a license in April of 2015. Court records indicate he was fined about $350, and had paid about $200. However, he had not paid anything since August of 2015. Grady County deputies picked him up Friday, and he spent the weekend in the Grady County jail. He was released this morning.

 

A long-time vice president at USAO has died.

              Bill Smith passed away last week at the age of 92. Smith's career at USAO spanned four decades...beginning in 1973...until his retirement in 2000. Smith served as vice president for administration; and later served as special assistant to the president. Smith was instrumental in reviving the baseball program at the university, and starting the softball team. He was a US marine veteran, serving during World War two and received two purple hearts. A graveside service will be held in Miami tomorrow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bill and Pat Smith scholar athlete award and scholarship fund at USAO.

 

NYMEX

 

Crude oil on the up Friday but down for the week, $43.01.

Fifth straight losing week for oil, longest skid in two years.

London-based Brent crude is $45.54 a barrel.

Natural gas was up Friday, but down for the week to $2.93 per million BTUs.

Precious metals down for the week as well.

Gold is $1,243

Silver is $16.54.

Week of June 19th, Through 23rd

Lawsuits Filed Against the City of Chickasha to be Reviewed by City Council Monday.

              Two lawsuits will be among the discussions in a closed door session of the Chickasha City Council later today. One of them is a lawsuit over an agriculture lease at Lake Chickasha. Phillip Willis claims his family has had an agreement with the city for 60 years; allowing him to lease the land. Last summer, the council awarded the lease to someone that submitted a higher bid. Willis says his family's agreement allows him to match the bid.

            Another confidential matter to be discussed with city attorneys is an Equal Opportunity Claim filed by former police officer, Anna Van Dyck. The council will also meet in private regarding negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129; and the International association of Firefighters, Local 2041.

            Also in the closed door meeting, discussion about hiring a new city judge. The previous judge, Kory Kirkland, was named Grady County District Judge last month. During the open portion of the afternoon's council meeting, the panel is expected to put its stamp of approval on a proposed $15 million budget for Fiscal year, 2018, which starts next week. The group is also expected to OK an independent contract with retired city employee Steve Chapman, to serve as a part time public safety coordinator. The group is also scheduling a July auction of mineral rights leases in Grady County; and present a commendation to animal control officer, Layce Graham.

 

Construction of the New Surgery Wing at G. M. H. Appears to be on Schedule.

            Administrator Kean Spellman says some vertical construction is underway, as the new addition begins to take shape. Spellman talks about what visitors can expect to see when the work is completed.

      

Spellman says he is anticipating a mid-January opening. There have been no invasive surgeries at the hospital since August of 2014, when state and federal health officials shut down the old surgery rooms.   

 

New Appointments for Military Academies

A number of recent high school graduates have been accepted into various military academies. Students require a nomination from their congressman, and 4th district Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole announced the appointments in a news release. Two students are from Tuttle. Beau Guffey has been accepted into the U.S. Military Academy, and Tanner Johnson has been accepted into the Air Force Academy. Makenzie Brooke Mabry of Bridge Creek has also been accepted into the Air Force Academy; and Tyler Gregory Cox has been accepted into the Naval Academy. The nomination process is quite competitive. Applicants are evaluated for academic performance which includes class rank; SAT/ACT scores, and school records. Other considerations include leadership potential; extra-curricular activities; recommendations; athletics; and physical fitness.

 

Chickasha Rodeo

Local cowboys and cowgirls can get their names in the hat for the 78th annual Chickasha Open Rodeo this weekend. Entries into the rodeo are open tonight and tomorrow with stock contractor, Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling. Bull riding, team roping, barrel racing; calf roping and other events are on tap. Call Rafter D at 580-512-4682 this evening.

 

NYMEX

Crude oil on the up Friday, but down for the week to $44.74 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $47.37 a barrel.

Natural gas held steady for the week, at $3.03 per million BTUs.

Gold starts the week at $1,252

Silver is $16.63.

Week of June 12 th, Through 16th

New Construction in Chickasha Down.

            After four straight months of topping the million dollar mark, new construction in Chickasha took a downturn in May. The combined value of commercial and residential construction projects were just under $425,000 last month. The community development department approved 15 total permits. Only four were in the commercial sector. Tops on the list was $120,000 in renovations to the Salvation Army in the 2400 block of S. 16th. A $30,000 upgrade at Hicks Western Wear downtown was approved; a $20,000 remodel to a commercial building in the 800 block of South 3rd; and $10,000 in remodeling near 9th and Chickasha. Since the first of the year, more than $21 million in construction projects have been approved in the city.

 

Elderly Ft. Cobb man Hospitalized

            An elderly Ft. Cobb man hospitalized, and a woman and a two-year old child are injured in a crash outside Anadarko. 81-year old Edgar Johnson of Ft. Cobb was last in fair condition

in a Lawton hospital with head, trunk, arm, and leg injuries. 21-year old Jada Meeks of Anadarko, and a two-year old girl in her car, were taken to hospitals in Lawton and Anadarko. Both were treated and released. The accident happened at the intersection of a couple of county roads about 2 1/2 miles west of Anadarko just before 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The Highway Patrol reports that Johnson collided with Meeks vehicle, when Meeks failed to yield at a stop sign.

 

Weekend Arrests

            A weekend arrest made by Grady County sheriff's deputies comes after a man scuffles with an officer of the law. 34-year old Ricky Lee Buchanan is being held on complaints that include possessing, receiving, or concealing stolen property; aggravated assault on a police officer; drug possession; and resisting arrest. No details are available about the arrest. Buchanan was booked into the Grady County Jail Saturday afternoon.

 

            Chickasha police arrest a man wanted for violating probation on a burglary conviction out of Pottawatamie County. 34-year old Dale Ray Stidham was taken into custody Saturday night. The website On Demand Court Records indicate Stidham received a 10-year deferred sentence after pleading guilty to a 2014 burglary. A warrant was issued for his arrest last month.

 

Budget Agreement

             State lawmakers did finally agree on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Some wanted to see higher fuel taxes to help fill a gap. State Senator Lonnie Paxton said while nobody likes high taxes, he supports fair taxes...and gives this example regarding the fuel tax.

           

Paxton was on our Real Estate Today program with John Mosley over the weekend.

 

Freewheel Oklahoma Coming to Chickasha

         The Oklahoma Freewheel is underway! Each June, hundreds of long-distance bicycle enthusiasts take about a 400-mile, week-long trip through the Sooner State. The ride started in Wichita Falls, Texas yesterday, with riders making a stop in Comanche. Today, they'll take a short trip up Highway 81 to Duncan, and then tomorrow, they'll be arriving in Chickasha. An estimated 350 cyclists will be arriving in Chickasha tomorrow morning...with a welcoming site at Shannon Springs Park. The riders will spend much of the day in town...and will head out early Wednesday morning for the ride to Kingfisher. The whole thing will end in South Haven, kansas on Saturday. The Freewheel is taking a route very similar to the historic Chisholm

Trail, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

 

NYMEX

Crude oil  drops nearly 4 percent last week to $45.83.

That's down 15 percent from the first of the year.

London-based Brent crude is $48.15.

Natural gas was up slightly to $3.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,271

Silver is $17.10.

Week of June 5th, Through 9th

Unemployment Rates are Down.

              Jobless rates are down in just about every county, The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports unemployment in Grady County fell from 4 percent in March, to 3.7 percent in April. That's down one full percentage point from the same time a year ago. The report shows that about 960 workers out of the more than 26,000 in the labor market didn't have a job in April, but were seeking employment through the state agency.

                The Caddo County jobless rate drops from 4.4 percent in March, to 4.3 percent in April. Just over 500 of the nearly 12,000 people in that labor market were without a job. In Stephens County, unemployment was down to 6.5 percent, about 1,100 workers of their more than 17,000 in the labor pool. Garvin County unemployment down to 4 percent.  With 500 individuals out of a labor force of 12,000-plus without work. Comanche County was down to 4 percent, with some 2,000 individuals out of a labor force of 50,000 without a job.

 

Steve Chapman is Back

                Long-time city of Chickasha parks and rec director Steve Chapman is back at city hall. Chapman has agreed to serve as a part-time emergency management director. The city dissolved the full-time position that was held by Crystal Kuhn a couple of months ago. Chapman retired last year after working for the city for 36 years. Chapman will serve as an independent contractor through the end of the year .The contract will allow Chapman to purchased health insurance and pay the same amount that full-time employees pay. That rate is less expensive than for retirees. The contract is expected to be approved by the city council, when that panel meets later today. The city will have to spend more than a quarter-million dollars to cut off abandoned water lines along 4th street. This comes after the city replaced the eight- and 12-inch water lines from Kansas to Tennessee. Officials are recommending that the contractor cut off the abandoned lines by boring under 4th street, in order to avoid any traffic problems. A less expensive alternative would only cost about $125,000, but it would impact traffic, and the contractor would have to cut into the recent concrete upgrades on the roadway. The low bid for both options come from Danny Wick Excavating.

 

The Heat and Air Still Out a CPD

                 The heat and air system at Chickasha Police Headquarters has not been working for some time. The cost to replace the system has a big price tag...nearly $90,000. The outage impacted all the administrative offices, including that of the police chief and assistant chief; the front lobby; records areas; neighborhood services; and the municipal courtroom. Four companies submitted bids for the system, but officials say the only bid that met the requirements came from DeHart Heating and Air. The city council is expected to approve the bid. The panel is also expected to approve an emergency purchase for the fire department. The agency had a catastrophic failure of the compressor that fills the SCUBA tanks that fire fighters use when entering buildings on fire. The cost of the compressor is about $17,000.

 

NYMEX

Crude oil falls to $47.20 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude down to $49.35.

Natural gas dips just under $3 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,282

Silver is $17.50.

2017 May

Week of May 30th, Through July 2nd

Governor to Decide Grady County Lawmaker's Bill on drones.

                     A bill designed to give property owners more rights regarding drones made it through last week's hectic schedule at the state capitol. HB 1326 from Tuttle Senator Lonnie Paxton says it’s similar to a hunter who is on private property and shouldn't be. Anyone with a drone would have to get a rural landowners permission before flying over the property. Paxton said the bill does need some tweaking, and plans on adding guidelines to include property owners in metropolitan areas. Paxton said the legislation would not give a landowner the right to shoot down a drone if it was flying over their property without their permission.

 

Impact of State Legislative Session.

            The energy industry took a hit from state lawmakers during the recently completed legislative session. The oil and gas sector faces more $140 million in new taxes in the coming year. Officials say it’s the third straight year for the industry to see tax hikes. The increase comes in the form of the repeal of some tax breaks. The wind energy also saw some tax breaks disappear.

 

Scammers return due to Storm Damage in Oklahoma

            Tornadoes have caused millions of dollars in damage in Oklahoma, a lot of that in the devastating storms that hit Elk City earlier this month. It's a good time to remind you of unscrupulous contractors who are out to make an easy buck. If you're ever in a situation where your home or business needs repairs after any disaster, make sure to check the backgrounds of individuals you come in contact with. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension.

           

Get a written estimate from several contractors. Most will give you a free estimate, though some do charge. When you choose a contractor, get a written contract that shows all aspects of the work, who is paying for materials; and who is applying for any necessary permits. Don't pay for the entire job up-front.

 

Grady County Farmers Market is Open.

Stop by and Get your Farm fresh produce from local growers at 7th and Choctaw North of Sevier Funeral Home. They have Local honey, cabbage, early-spring greens; turnips, green onions, potatoes, maybe some carrots.

Open = 7AM – Noon Tuesdays and Saturdays

             3PM – 6PM    Thursdays

Venders call: 224 - 2216

 

NYMEX

July Crude oil e just under $50 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude just over $52.

Natural gas opens the week at $3.23. per million BTUs.

Gold down Friday, but up for the week, $1,266.

Silver steady Friday, and up for the week, to $17.31.

Week of May 22nd, Through 26th

Chickasha's Airport Industrial Park in Hopes of Creating New Jobs!

            More than $1 million has been spent on improvements at Chickasha airport industrial park. The City of Chickasha and the Economic Development Council has been working to develop city-owned property west of the airport to attract expanding companies.

            Christy Elkins has been the CEO of the economic development council for five years. She talks about the recent work in that area.

           

Elkins says officials are working on plans to build a shell building at the park in hopes of recruiting firms that can bring 50 to 100 new jobs to the region. She says it has an issue, since an economic development sales tax was discontinued last year, and an increase in the city's hotel-motel tax set aside for economic development hasn't made up the difference.

 

Click it, or Ticket Campaign

             Law enforcement agencies across the country, watching for buckled up motorists for the next couple of weeks. The nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign begins today and runs through June 4th. That includes the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Officials say 223 people lost their lives in auto accidents in Oklahoma in 2015...because they weren't wearing a seat belt. 87 of those victims were ejected from their vehicles. Officers won't accept any excuses if you're not buckled up. So as the campaign slogan says...Click it, or Ticket.

 

Livingston Machinery’s 30th

            A big anniversary celebration in Chickasha today, as one of the region's oldest farm equipment dealership reaches a milestone. Livingston Machinery is marking its 30th anniversary today. The profile on the company's website indicates that Earl and Sharon Livingston opened a small shop to buy and sell used equipment locally, and a year later, was awarded the Hesston contract for the region. By 1996, Livingston expanded his company to the Fairview area; and in 2009, offered employees a stock ownership plan. And just three years ago, Livingston expanded to the Texas panhandle town of Muleshoe. The company employs more than 165 workers in its three locations. You're invited to stop by the Chickasha location Monday from 10-2 for an open house and celebration.

 

Top CV Tech Students

            Two CV Tech students recognized for their achievements. Angelica Herrera and Cameron Smiley are both recipients of the school foundation's outstanding scholar award. Herrera came to CV Tech last year, when Wright Business School went bankrupt. CV Tech gave her credit for much of the nurses training she had received, and now is ready for her state licensing exam for LPN. Smiley was named post-secondary recipient of the outstanding scholar award,. He attended the schools automotive service technology program.

 

NYMEX

Crude oil up 11 percent over the last two weeks, $50.33

London-based Brent crude is $53.60.

Natural gas was higher Friday, but down for the week at $3.25 per million BTUs.

Precious metals higher Friday, and up for the week, gold up to $1,255.

Silver just under $17.

 Week of May 15th, Through 19th

Request to Expand an RV Park to be heard Monday Night by the Chickasha City Council.

            Owners of the Pecan Grove RV Park have purchased property next to their business. They are asking to re-zone the property as commercial, in order to grow their company. The RV Park is also asking for an exemption to the city's facilities requirement for the construction of a second service building that would reduce the number of toilet facilities for the park. The council will also hear a request to rezone property near 15th and Missouri from residential to commercial use.

            The Salvation Army is asking the city to let it use siding to make improvements to its new location in the 2400 block of South 16th. The church wants to use a material called AG Panel, which is a metal product with a painted durable finish. It's a material that is not listed as an approved material in city codes. The planning commission recommended approval of all of these requests; and the city council is expected to approve them all when the group meets this afternoon.

            The council is also to go behind closed doors to discuss on-going negotiations with the police union. The talks regarding the 2017-18 contract for the Fraternal Order of Police, Local 129. The panel will also appoint a new vice-mayor to serve for the next year. John Toland, who served as vice mayor the last couple of years, was defeated in his re-election bid.

            The council is also expected to approve an emergency repair to the city's main water line from the Ft. Cobb reservoir. Officials detected a leak near the water plant on April 24th, and officials had three contractors give their opinion on repair or replacement. Officials had to replace nearly 20 feet of the main water line at a cost of just over $33,000.

 

Grady County officials are looking to help families of autistic children.

            The sheriff's office wants to create a registry for the youth that deal with the issue. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said it's an easy process. Parents are asked to fill out a four-page questionnaire that asks if the child responds to certain songs or toys; or if they have a fascination with certain objects or places. Weir said the questionnaire can be a handy tool in case a child does go missing, officials have the information readily available, instead of having to ask numerous questions if a parent would ever have to call.

            Right now, a temporary data base will just be a hard copy of the questionnaire. He hopes it will eventually be transferred to a digital database, which can be uploaded to a national registry to help find lost children.

 

Caddo County wins Lawsuit

            A Caddo County community has won a lawsuit filed against it by a wind energy company wanting to expand. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Next Era Energy, against the town of Hinton. Next Era was wanting to expand its operation in the Minco and northern Caddo County region. Earlier this year, Hinton officials created an ordinance that bans wind farms within two miles of its city limits. While the lawsuit by Next Era was dismissed, the company can still re-file or amend its original lawsuit.

 

Josh White places in Lexington, KY.

           One member of the state champion archery team from Chickasha High School took part in the National archery in the schools program in Lexington, Kentucky over the weekend. Josh White finished 54th out of 458 high school seniors in the competition. The numbers are posted on the national archery competition in the schools program website. His score of 287 included 19 bulls-eyes. He was listed as 173rd out of more than 2,400 competitors in high school boys.

 

NYMEX

 

Crude oil at $47.84 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $50.84 a barrel.

natural gas up to $3.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,231

Silver is $16.60.

 Week of May 8th, Through 12th

Developers are Planning the Next Phase of Retail Venue in Chickasha.

      More than $60 million in new construction is underway in Chickasha. City building inspector Gene Winsett says that includes the nearly completed indoor arena at the Grady County Fairgrounds and the surgery suite at Grady Memorial Hospital. Just last month, Winsett signed off on more than $4 million in new projects, including another new motel. That's a $3.5 million project going in right next to the Byford GMC-Buick dealership. Winsett says developers of the newest retail sector, the Shoppes at Chisholm Trail, may consider its next project soon.

          

Winsett is anticipating another big project in the next couple of months. A Best Western Plus has been eyeing a location near the county fairgrounds for some time.

 

Rezoning Public Hearings.

            Plans to expand an RV park and to re-zone some residential property to commercial use are among a number of public hearings for the Chickasha Planning Commission tomorrow. The Pecan Grove RV Park on Almar Drive will have two hearings. Winsett said the owners have purchased property adjacent to their park, and hope to add more spaces.

            One of the other hearings will be held to re-zone property at 1418 Missouri from residential to general commercial.

            The planning commission will also consider a variance for the Salvation Army to replace existing siding with material that is not listed as an allowable material. The planning commission meets at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at city hall.

            One more matter of Chickasha city hall business this morning. Garage sale permit fees are being waived for this coming weekend. The waivers are in conjunction with the Chickasha Antique auto club pre-war Swap Meet that will be this Thursday through Saturday. Normally, individuals are supposed to obtain a $5 permit to hold a garage sale, but that won't be necessary this weekend.

 

A lot going on this coming week.

          In addition to the Pre-War Swap meet, Chickasha's Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer will begin their annual walk to Stillwater. The couple makes the 125-mile trip on foot every year to support Special Olympics. Thursday afternoon, they'll start with Craig's Walk, which is a memorial for their son, which also raises money for Special Olympics. And a new book about Craig has just been published, and that will be available Thursday. Craig's walk will be from 5-8 p.m. at the high school football field. Ahead of Craig's Walk will be a Law Enforcement Torch Run, from 4th and Country Club to the football field. Sign up for that on-line at letr.org. The walk to Stillwater starts Friday morning.

 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

            Letter carriers nationwide are asking for your help to feed hungry families in your hometown. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a one-day effort by the National Association of Letter Carriers to fill local food pantries. Steve Riggs is the state spokesman for the letter carriers.

          

Riggs says they hope to collect 100 million pounds of food nationwide on Saturday. You will receive a plastic bag in the mail on Wednesday or Thursday. Letter carriers ask that you put some non-perishable items in them. Put them by your mail box, on Saturday, and they'll pick them up on Saturday.  

 

OHCE Celebrates its 102nd

           This week is Oklahoma Home and Community Education week throughout the state. Grady County OHCE celebrates its 102nd birthday this year.

 

NYMEX

June crude oil up Friday, but down for the week, $46.22.

London-based Brent crude is just over $49.

Natural gas for June is $3.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,236

Silver is $16.39.

 Week of May 1st, Through 5th

Silver Alert has been Issued for a Missing Lawton Man.

             Lawton police are looking for an 87-year old man who went missing last night. A Silver Alert has been issued for 87-year old Louis Encalade. He was last heard from about 11 o'clock last night. Authorities say relatives said he was on his way to Oklahoma City, and that he was on I-44. But the family did not know which direction he was traveling. The only description available is that he is African-American, and that he may be wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket. He may be driving a maroon, 2017 Chevy Silverado; Tag No. HV 647. If you have information, you’re asked to call local law enforcement, or Lawton Police.

 

In Cyril,

A public meeting will be held next week regarding the continuing efforts to clean up of a former oil refinery that's been closed for 30 years. Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency and the state department of environmental quality will discuss the former Oklahoma Refining Company. The company was among numerous sites across the country that were part of the EPA's Superfund program to clean-up closed energy-related sites that were blamed for contaminating the area. The Cyril refinery opened in 1920, and was in operation through 1984. There were intermittent attempts to re-start its operations over the next 10 years. However, the site was added to the Superfund list in 1988. The public hearing will include information about recent sampling, and any progress being made on contamination on the northern section of the site, and impact on surface and ground water. The public hearing will be at Cyril City Hall Tuesday night starting at 6 o'clock.

 

A Caddo County man died in a weekend pick up crash near Elgin.

            Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Bain was killed in a crash that happened about 8 o'clock Saturday morning. The highway patrol reports that Bain was southbound on Trail Road southeast of Elgin. It was raining at the time. The report shows Bain's pickup veered off the road and hit a fence. It traveled another 350 feet into a pasture, hit a creek bed and rolled several times. The roadway was shut down for nearly three hours.

 

Ninnekah High School students will be Traveling this Summer.

A group of Ninnekah High School students are learning about natural resources and will be putting their knowledge to the test at an international event this summer. The Enviro-thon team has been doing research on the areas of soil wildlife, forestry, and aquatics. The group recently won the state Enviro-thon competition. Connie Taylor is the instructor.

           

The Enviro-thon competition is supported by the Grady County Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service. A lot of the funding is provided by the Noble Foundation..

 

NYMEX

Crude oil for May at $49.33 a barrel.

Price dipped about 2 percent for April.

London-based Brent crude is $51.73.

Natural gas was up for April, starts this month at $3.27 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,246 fairly steady over the last month.

Silver down 5 1/2 percent last month, it’s at $17.14.

2017 April

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2017,  April

A New Face at Chickasha City Hall.

            Chickasha's new city manager will be in the office today. John Noblitt was hired by the city council last month. He spent the previous four years in Lindsay as the city manager there. Prior to that, he worked has a city planner in Texas. Noblitt's salary is $125,000 for his first year. Noblitt takes over the city manager duties, after Alan Guard was allowed to resign the post last fall. Guard was among the center of controversy after allegations arose of a hostile work environment at city hall.

 

CPSF Annual Event

            A group formed to provide equipment and supplies for Chickasha school students is getting ready for its biggest fund raiser of the year. The Chickasha Public School Foundation is in its 31st year. Over the years, the endowment fund for the foundation has grown to $1 million. The interest earned on that endowment funds teacher grants; and almost $5,000 in scholarships to high school seniors heading to college. Jen Jantzen is the executive director of the Foundation. She says contributions also put thousands of dollars in school supplies to the Classroom Closet, which provides all school supplies for students throughout the year. Jantzen says the supplies are available throughout the year.

           

The Foundation's annual gala is set for Saturday, May 6th at USAO. It's a western theme, and will focus on the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. Tickets are $35 per person.

 

Coffee with a Cop

            Chickasha residents are invited to meet the city's police chief and a couple of officers this morning. It's coffee with a cop. Chief Stewart Steele invites residents to meet law enforcement in a non-formal setting, and get to know their local police. That's from 9-11 this morning, and the donut store located next to Brandt's.

 

Special Olympics coming up!

            As Chickasha's Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer prepare for their walk to Stillwater for Special Olympics in a couple of weeks, another group will help kick off that event. Law enforcement groups throughout the state will have a torch run, which also raises money for the organization. There will be such a run in Chickasha. Elip Moore, a retired police officer, now a personal trainer, invites any avid runner to take part in the Chickasha leg of the torch run.

           

The torch run will be Thursday, May 11th, which coincides with Craig's Walk, which is held the night before Stewart and Beth Ann begin their 125-mile walk. All runners are asked to make a contribution to Special Olympics. Find information on line at letrok.org

 

OSURS Annual Field Day

Wheat producers have a couple of opportunities to see a lot of different varieties of their crop this week. The OSU Research Station just east of Chickasha will have its annual Field Day on Thursday. Michael Pettijohn is the director of the research station.        

           

 

 

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