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2018, 21st-26th

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Tuesday, May 29th

 

 

Retired Green Beret Addresses Memorial Day Ceremony

A solemn ceremony at the Grady County Veteran's Memorial in Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park Monday, as a small crowd gathered for a Memorial Day program. Guest speaker was retired Lt. Col. Mark Oschenbein, a Green Beret who spent time in special operations. He said the soldiers who laid down their lives should be honored by battling tyranny around the world, and supporting veterans who served our country.

 

                

 

Oschenbein spoke of the sacrifice of Walter Edmond Steele who was born in Chickasha and was in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Steele enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was serving on the USS Forestall when a rocket was fired from one aircraft and hit another. Steele was among more than 130 sailors who died, and another 160 were injured in the accident.

 

Retired Marine Walking Across America Attends Memorial

Also part of the Memorial Day program, retired Marine sergeant, Roy Brady. We told you about Brady last week and his mission to walk across America to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and to further research to improve prosthetics to help veterans who lost limbs while serving. Brady said individuals must make an effort to help veterans talk about their issues.

 

                

 

Brady walks 15-20 miles per day. He's on his way to Tulsa this week. He started his journey in California in March, and will be walking more than six months. He’s raising awareness and funds for the non-profit group, Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge.

 

Energy Prices Fluctuate               

Crude oil prices were lower last week. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission explains why prices have been fluctuating.

 

                

 

Skinner said the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in Oklahoma was up by two last week, to 140. That is an increase of 14 percent from the same time last year. Nationwide, the rig count grew by 13 to 1,059 which is also higher that for this time in 2017.

 

State High School Rodeo Finals in Chickasha This Week

The Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association state finals will be held in Chickasha this week. About 130 high school youth will be competing for spots in the national high school rodeo competition later this year. Many of the competitors will be arriving in Chickasha today. Official competition will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There's even a prom for participants tomorrow night and later in the week, the selection of a new OHSRA queen.

 

Food Preservation Program Set

There have been a lot of changes in the area of food preservation over the years. A workshop to provide updates on home canning of fruits and vegetables is coming up. Dr. Barbara Brown is the state extension food specialist at Oklahoma State University. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension describes what Brown will be discussing.

 

                

Dr. Brown's program will be at the Canadian Valley Technology Center on Tuesday, June 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program is limited to 25 participants, and individuals should pre-register by this Friday by calling the technology center, 405-222-7565.

               

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.44.

Natural gas is up to $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,307 and silver is $16.46.

 

Saturday, May 26th

 

 

Hospital Surgery Center Opening Delayed Again

The opening of the new surgery center at Grady Memorial Hospital is put on hold once again. State inspectors have still not signed off on the final punch- list of discrepancies that need to be dealt with before the hospital can move in. In a soft opening of the new center two weeks ago, Hospital Administrator Kean Spellman hoped the first surgeries could have been performed this week. However, Spellman said inspectors found a minor flaw in a closet, which Spellman said could be easily repaired with new sheet rock. Spellman said the fix could be confirmed by sending a photo to the inspector, so he wouldn't have to make a personal visit. When the hospital finally gets its occupancy permit, it will take a little over a week to move all the equipment into the center and sterilize all the surgical tools. Spellman now says the target date for the first surgery is Monday, June 4th. There have been no surgeries performed at the hospital since August of 2015, when federal and state regulators closed the previous operating rooms due to the hospital’s age. Grady County voters approved a 25-year, one-quarter-penny county sales tax to build the new $17 million addition. The new construction also includes a new imaging center. The imaging center won't be opening until the end of June.

 

Formal Charges Filed in Go-Cart Theft

A man arrested in connection with a stolen go-cart is now formally charged with grand larceny. In addition to that felony charge, 25-year old Chason Joseph Daniel Grigg  of Chickasha is charged with a misdemeanor for knowingly concealing stolen property. Grigg was arrested by Chickasha police earlier this week in connection with a Grady County Sheriff's investigation regarding the stolen go-cart. Grigg was also wanted for failure to pay on a 2015 guilty plea on a domestic violence case, in which he received a two-year deferred sentence. Grigg remains in jail on a $39,000 bond. He's to be back in court June 28th to announce his attorney with a preliminary hearing conference set for July 11th.

 

Alleged Stalker Faces Misdemeanor Charge

A man charged with stalking a department store employee is charged with a misdemeanor in connection with the alleged assault. 26-year old Brian Clinton Cooper of Chickasha was arrested at Wal-Mart this week when a worker complained that Cooper followed her around the store, hugged her and touched her hair, and lifted up her shirt to put money in her pants pocket without her permission. Cooper remains in jail pending a $2,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney June 28th, with the case scheduled for the misdemeanor disposition docket July 13th. Cooper pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence charges out of Alex in 2015.

 

Memorial Day Ceremony Features Special Forces Vet

A ceremony to remember military veterans who lost their lives in combat will be held at the Grady County Veterans Memorial on Monday. Memorial Day was originally set aside to honor those who died in the Civil War, then was expanded to include all men and women who died while serving their country. The Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee will hold the ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Veteran's Memorial in Shannon Springs Park. Guest speaker is Mark Oschenbein, retired from the Army Special Forces, who now works with the national Soldier's Wish Program. Following the Monday ceremony, the Chickasha Elks Lodge will serve free lunch to veterans and their spouses.

 

USDA Cost-Share Conservation Funds Available

Landowners wanting to implement conservation programs might consider taking advantage of a USDA program that will help fund those improvements. Eligible landowners can receive up to $5,000 with this cost share program. Funds may be used to implement soil conservation practices like cover-crop planting;  forage and bio-mass planting; critical area planting; and even ponds and water wells. The cost-share rate is 75 percent of the state average cost. Applications will be accepted through June 25th. Information is available from local Conservation District offices.

 

Grady County Sheriff's Most Wanted List

Each week, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office issues a list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here’s public information officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. State Representative David Perryman, D-Chickasha will re-cap some of the activity during the recently completed legislative session at the state capital on our KOOL Konversation program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, we're talking to Lee Ann Smith with the Oklahoma Home Finance Agency, which offers down-payment assistance to first-time homebuyers. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. Find them under the Community tab.

 

 

 

Friday, May 25th

 

 

 

Project to Revitalize Anadarko Gets EPA Approval

A project designed to make some big improvements in Anadarko will get help from a federal agency. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that its offering financial assistance to the Delaware Nation to improve Anadarko's quality of life. The help will come from a program called the Local Foods, Local Places Initiative. It's part of a Trump Administration plan to promote agriculture and rural prosperity. According to an article published on the website www.okenergytoday.com the Delaware Nation would create a community anchor for physical activities, and healthy, local food. Among the projects are a permanent farmers market; the development of a walking and biking trail; creating a community garden that will help manage stormwater run-off, improve air and soil quality, and reduce waste through composting. No dollar amount was revealed by the EPA. The program is also supported by the USDA, the Centers for Disease Control and the Delta Regional Authority.

 

Retired Marine Walking Across America

While many will take advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend with trips to the lake or other family gatherings, a retired Marine will continue his walk across the country to help wounded veterans. Retired Gunnery Sgt. Roy Brady is in Oklahoma this week. He spent the last couple of days at Ft. Sill, and will be walking toward Chickasha this weekend. Brady's cross-country walk started in San Diego in March. He'll wrap up his walk in New Jersey later this year. Brady is raising funds and awareness for a group called the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge. It's for those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Brady has some personal reasons for the journey. He says his brother and a friend both committed suicide after serving in the military. For information about Brady's mission, go to the website www.combatwounded.org  You can follow him on Facebook at Gunny Roy Brady's Walk 4 Warriors, or #majorwalk

 

Alleged Stalker Arrested After Following Woman at Work

A Chickasha man arrested on a stalking complaint has twice pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges. Plus, he's currently on probation after pleading guilty to felony charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and escape from custody. Chickasha police arrested 26-year old Brian Clinton Cooper Wednesday afternoon. He's accused of following a department store employee while she was working. It's alleged he hugged her, played with her hair, put money in her pants pocket, and even followed her to her car. The victim said she did not give the man permission to do so, and that his actions scared her. Cooper is in the Grady County Jail awaiting his initial appearance on any charges that may be filed by prosecutors.

 

Suspect in Custody in Connection with Go-Cart Theft               

A man wanted in connection with the theft of a go-cart is behind bars.  25-year old Chason Grigg was arrested by Chickasha police Thursday morning. The Grady County Sheriff's Office asked for the warrant after investigating the go-cart theft back in March. A few weeks ago, Chickasha police pursued a pick-up driven by Grigg which had a go-cart in the back that matched the description of the one that was stolen. Grigg is in the Grady County Jail pending his initial appearance on a misdemeanor count of knowingly concealing stolen property.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil is $70.71 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is$78.79.

Natural gas is $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,309 and silver is $16.70

 

 

 

Thursday, May 24th

 

 

Special Needs School Bus Driver Caught Texting, Driving

A Chickasha woman is in trouble for texting while driving a school bus filled with special needs students. It happened in Sulphur this week, where video believed to be from a student’s cell phone shows Darla Skinner texting while driving the bus. Skinner is a teacher at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur. School Superintendent Larry Hawkins says that Skinner was given a letter of reprimand. Our partners at KWTV News 9 also indicate the Department of Human Services may investigate. The incident happened Monday, while Skinner was taking some students on a field trip. Hawkins said they've never had any prior complaints about Skinner. A grandmother of one of the students says Skinner is not a bad person, but that people could be crying for the rest of their lives because someone was foolish enough to want to send a message while driving.

 

SUV Crashes into Cemetery Fence

There were some frightening moments for an SUV driver, when the vehicle jumps a curb and crashes through a fence at a cemetery. It happened about 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at Chickasha’s Rose Hill Cemetery in the 900 block of Grand Avenue. Normally there is a lot of traffic on that street however no other vehicles were involved. Chickasha police say the SUV was headed east on Grand Avenue and veered into the westbound lanes. The SUV jumped the curb and flipped, crashing on to and through the fence, and landed in the cemetery on its side. The SUV driver, whose name has not been released, was not hurt. No tombstones in the cemetery were damaged. City officials say more than 100 feet of the decorative fence will have to be replaced. Estimated cost is about $6,000. City Manager John Noblitt said it's not known when the fence can be replaced. They had a hard time finding the same style of fence when having to replace it from a previous crash.

 

State Rep Sounds off on Health Department Probe

A grand jury investigation into a scandal at the state health department apparently found no wrong-doing, but many state officials say the scandal is far from over. State Representative David Perryman D-Chickasha said officials put state money into hidden accounts, however says there was no misuse of funds.

 

                

 

No indictments were issued by the grand jury, and Perryman said that's because the panel said no laws were broken.

 

                

               

               

Weekly Food, Fun Program Starts Next Week

A program to make sure children don't go hungry during summer vacation will resume next week. It's the Summer Food and Fun program offered by the First Presbyterian Church. Volunteers meet on Wednesday evenings through the summer to assemble sack lunches and some healthy take-home snacks for the students. The children also get free books. The program will start next Thursday, May 31st at the church at 6th and Minnesota, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will run for 10 weeks. It’s for all school children under the age of 18.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.82 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.80.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,300 and silver is $16.56.

 

Wednesday, May 23rd

 

County Employee Survives Tractor Fire

A county worker mowing grass on a rural Grady County road is uninjured when his tractor burns. The tractor caught fire about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday while mowing in the Ninnekah area, just south of State Highway 19 on Sooner Road. The driver was identified as Alfred Smith, according to District 2 County Commissioner Kirk Painter. Painter said Smith tried to put the fire out himself but was unable to. The  Ninnekah Fire Department was called to put down the flames. Painter said the tractor is a total loss but they were able to save the mower. The tractor is a 2015 model, 115-horsepower 6115 M John Deere. Painter said they had just bought it from a sale in Elk City in March, and just got it out of the shop. He thought they got a good deal by paying $49,000 for a tractor with low miles, valued at $84,000. Painter said it wasn’t clear what started the fire.

 

Motorcyclist Dies From Crash Injuries

A motorcyclist involved in a crash near Elgin last month has died. 65-year old Stephen Jones of Duncan passed away of his injuries recently in an Oklahoma City hospital. The accident happened on April 19th about five miles south of Elgin. Jones was traveling on a county road when his 2017 Harley Davidson ran off the roadway and he was thrown from the bike. The highway patrol reports that Jones was wearing a helmet.

 

Blanchard Man Hurt in Cushing Collision

A Blanchard man is among several people hurt in a traffic accident near Cushing. 61-year old Charles English was taken to an urgent care clinic in Oklahoma City after the crash Tuesday morning. Two passengers in the other vehicle from Cushing - including a 9-year old girl - were hospitalized and last reported in stable condition. The Highway Patrol reports that English failed to yield at a four-way stop sign and collided with the driver’s side of the other vehicle.

 

Calls to Tobacco Quit Line Increase

Health officials say the news that the price of cigarettes will be going up later this year has led to an increase in the number of people wanting to kick the habit. John Woods is the director of the Oklahoma TSET program, the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. Woods says more smokers are calling the toll-free hot-line to get help.

 

                

 

Woods spoke to those attending a Chamber of Commerce program regarding the Grady County Healthy Living program, and TSET's mission to encourage all Oklahomans to live healthier lives. The helpline is 1-800-QUIT-NOW. First time callers can get free lozenges and patches to help them in their effort to stop tobacco use.

 

Chix Police Take Part in 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign

The Chickasha Police Department will be among numerous law enforcement groups taking part in the Click It or Ticket campaign over the next couple of weeks. More than 300 agencies will be enforcing the state's seat belt laws as part of the Memorial Day holiday. Officials say the effort is more about saving lives than it is handing out tickets for seat belt violations. The Click It or Ticket Campaign runs through June 3rd.

 

More Outdoor Concerts Set this Summer

There will be a lot of opportunities to enjoy music outdoors this summer. In addition to TwisterFest at the Muscle Car Ranch next month, the USAO Alumni Association will begin a summer concert series. It's called Listen Local at the Greek. Those tall columns you see on the USAO campus just off Grand Avenue is a Greek theatre. Starting June 22nd, the alumni association will hold a concert at the theatre once each month through August. USAO Director of Alumni Development Misti McClellean says nationally known recording artist with local roots, Travis Linville is the first artist.

 

                

 

The music programs are free and open to the public. They'll start at 7:30 each evening. You're invited to bring coolers with food and beverages, chairs, and blankets.

 

Wind Company With Local Interest Expands

NextEra Energy, said to be the most valuable power company in America, is expanding even more. The company owns wind farms in this region and throughout the state, and will spend several billion dollars to acquire power companies in Florida. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports Next Era will spend nearly $6.5 billion to purchase Gulf Power, Florida City Gas, and its interests a couple of natural gas plants. The purchase will be made with more than $5 billion in cash as well as some assets.  Next Era will also assume $1.4 billion in debt. Earlier this year, Next Era Energy Partners announced it had acquired almost 300 megawatts of wind power capacity in Oklahoma from its sponsor, Next Era Energy Resources

               

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.13 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.57.

Natural gas is $2.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,301 and silver is $16.55.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 22nd

 

New Housing Starts on the Rise

Local economic development officials say one of the big factors preventing new companies from expanding operations to the Chickasha area is a lack of housing. The Chickasha City Council takes another step toward helping to solve that problem. Last night, the panel approved the final plat to allow Home Creations to add more single-family homes in the on-going expansion of the Sleepy Hollow Addition. Home Creations has built a number of new homes in that neighborhood over the last couple of years. Earlier this year, the council previously approved the construction of about 35 new homes in the north part of the city. Officials are working on long-range plans to build high-end single family homes in the price range of $250,000 and higher.

 

TwisterFest Wins Council Approval

The council also approved a plan for Curtis Hart to hold  a three-day concert at his Muscle Car Ranch. The measure passed unanimously with minimal council debate. Hart and several supporters spoke about the benefits of TwisterFest, including long-time supporter and former City Councilman Howard Carpenter. Carpenter said Hart has had some previous issues with the city, but asked the current council look to the future.

 

                

 

TwisterFest will be held the weekend of June 15th, and will include the headliner band Firefall.

 

YMCA to Manage City's Swimming Pool

The council also approved a contract between the city and the Chickasha Area YMCA to let the organization manage the swimming pool at Shannon Springs Park. The group has managed the pool for several years.YMCA Director Lewis Knicely is hoping the pool can be open this weekend - and said if things go well - it could open as early as Friday. Right now, plans are for the pool to be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday. Normally, the pool is closed to the public on Sundays, although private parties can be scheduled. Knicely said YMCA members get free admission to the pool when it’s open to the public. Admission for non-YMCA members is $5.

 

Next Phase of Plans OK'd for New Storage Business

Construction is already underway for another storage business in the region. What will be known as Chickasha USA Storage is being built on Almar Drive next to Jake's Rib and J. Danielle Salon. The Chickasha City council approved an ordinance for the short-form plat for the business during last night's meeting.

 

Sun Screen Use Recommended

Oklahoma has already had some temperatures in the 90s and there's a lot of sun in the forecast for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Too much fun in the sun without protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays can spoil the long days out doors. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension says using sun screen properly will help.

 

                

 

Sun screen should have an SPF Factor of at least 15. Routh also says to check the expiration date if you have old tubes or bottles of sunscreen. Products without expiration dates typically have a shelf- life of about three years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.24 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.22.

Natural gas is $2.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,294 and silver is $16.61.

 

 

Monday, May 21st

 

Lindsay Woman Dies in Weekend Traffic Accident

From this past weekend, there was a fatal traffic accident at the Tabler Y east of Chickasha. 27-year old Kayla Blake Braziel of Lindsay died in the crash that happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Tabler Y is about six miles east of Chickasha. The Highway Patrol reports that Braziel was westbound on State Highway 39 and failed to yield from a stop sign. Her vehicle was hit by a pickup driven by 46-year old Niles Thomas of Fayetteville, Arkansas who was westbound on U.S. Highway 62. Thomas, and an unidentified nine-year old girl in the truck with him were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where they were both treated and released. Two other people in the pick-up, an adult woman and an unidentified eight-year old boy were not hurt.

 

Lighting Blamed for House Fire

Lightning is said to be the cause of a house fire in Chickasha yesterday. The fire erupted just after 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of West Iowa. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said they were called in to assist Chickasha firefighters with the blaze. Myers said the home was being remodeled. There was no word on damage.

 

Music Festival, Traffic Light Plan on Tap for City Council

A three-day music festival, and going out for bids for some traffic signal modifications are among the items to be discussed by the Chickasha City Council tonight. TwisterFest is scheduled for June 15th through 17th at the Muscle Car Ranch. The council will consider allowing that event to be held. Regarding the signalization project, officials want to see traffic move more smoothly on 4th Street between the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and Choctaw Avenue. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss the status of negotiations with the fire and police unions. The council may adopt a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 and the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 regarding new collective bargaining agreements for the 2019 fiscal year which starts July first. The council will also consider approving an ordinance for the final plat for more new home construction in the Sleepy Hollow Addition. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

County Mineral, Surface Rights Owners to Meet

Issues affecting mineral rights owners will be discussed during the annual banquet of the Grady County Mineral and Surface Owners Association tomorrow night. Guest speaker is Dr. Shannon Ferrell from Oklahoma State University, who is well-versed in contracts, as well as oil-and-gas, and agriculture. Ferrell will also review solar and wind issues as they relate to surface owners. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Grady County Fairgrounds. For information, call the Grady County Extension Office, 405-224-2216.  

 

Sample Ballots Out for June 26th Primary Election

Sample ballots are available for the June 26th primary election. The ballots can be seen at local county election boards. There are numerous Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. Locally, there are three candidates for District Judge in Grady and Caddo counties. There are also three Democratic candidates for Grady County Commissioner in District Three; and three Republican candidates for the District One Commissioner post. There is also a Republican primary for McClain County Commissioner in District 3, and both a Republican and Democratic primary for McClain County Commissioner in District 1. By the way, the final day to register to vote in the June 26th primary is Friday, June 1st. Register at your county election board, or pick up applications at most any tag office, post office, or library. Applications may also be downloaded from the state Election Board website which is www.elections.ok.gov

 

Water Needs for Livestock

Water needs for livestock increase during spring and summer months. Shiann Burns with Grady County OSU Extension talks about typical water needs for cattle.

 

               

 

Other factors which determine water consumption is whether the herd has any shade. Wind may also help animals get some relief from the heat.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.28 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.41.

Natural gas is $2.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,284 and silver is $16.36.

 

 

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Monday, May 21st

 

Lindsay Woman Dies in Weekend Traffic Accident

From this past weekend, there was a fatal traffic accident at the Tabler Y east of Chickasha. 27-year old Kayla Blake Braziel of Lindsay died in the crash that happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Tabler Y is about six miles east of Chickasha. The Highway Patrol reports that Braziel was westbound on State Highway 39 and failed to yield from a stop sign. Her vehicle was hit by a pickup driven by 46-year old Niles Thomas of Fayetteville, Arkansas who was westbound on U.S. Highway 62. Thomas, and an unidentified nine-year old girl in the truck with him were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where they were both treated and released. Two other people in the pick-up, an adult woman and an unidentified eight-year old boy were not hurt.

 

Lighting Blamed for House Fire

Lightning is said to be the cause of a house fire in Chickasha yesterday. The fire erupted just after 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of West Iowa. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said they were called in to assist Chickasha firefighters with the blaze. Myers said the home was being remodeled. There was no word on damage.

 

Music Festival, Traffic Light Plan on Tap for City Council

A three-day music festival, and going out for bids for some traffic signal modifications are among the items to be discussed by the Chickasha City Council tonight. TwisterFest is scheduled for June 15th through 17th at the Muscle Car Ranch. The council will consider allowing that event to be held. Regarding the signalization project, officials want to see traffic move more smoothly on 4th Street between the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and Choctaw Avenue. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss the status of negotiations with the fire and police unions. The council may adopt a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 and the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 regarding new collective bargaining agreements for the 2019 fiscal year which starts July first. The council will also consider approving an ordinance for the final plat for more new home construction in the Sleepy Hollow Addition. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

County Mineral, Surface Rights Owners to Meet

Issues affecting mineral rights owners will be discussed during the annual banquet of the Grady County Mineral and Surface Owners Association tomorrow night. Guest speaker is Dr. Shannon Ferrell from Oklahoma State University, who is well-versed in contracts, as well as oil-and-gas, and agriculture. Ferrell will also review solar and wind issues as they relate to surface owners. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Grady County Fairgrounds. For information, call the Grady County Extension Office, 405-224-2216.  

 

Sample Ballots Out for June 26th Primary Election

Sample ballots are available for the June 26th primary election. The ballots can be seen at local county election boards. There are numerous Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. Locally, there are three candidates for District Judge in Grady and Caddo counties. There are also three Democratic candidates for Grady County Commissioner in District Three; and three Republican candidates for the District One Commissioner post. There is also a Republican primary for McClain County Commissioner in District 3, and both a Republican and Democratic primary for McClain County Commissioner in District 1. By the way, the final day to register to vote in the June 26th primary is Friday, June 1st. Register at your county election board, or pick up applications at most any tag office, post office, or library. Applications may also be downloaded from the state Election Board website which is www.elections.ok.gov

 

Water Needs for Livestock

Water needs for livestock increase during spring and summer months. Shiann Burns with Grady County OSU Extension talks about typical water needs for cattle.

 

               

 

Other factors which determine water consumption is whether the herd has any shade. Wind may also help animals get some relief from the heat.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.28 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.41.

Natural gas is $2.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,284 and silver is $16.36.

 

 

Saturday, May 19th

 

Two Perish in Separate Traffic Accidents

Two people have lost their lives in separate traffic accidents in southwest Oklahoma. One of the accidents happened east of Chickasha at what is known as the Tabler Y. 27-year old Kayla Braziel of Lindsay died in the crash at the junction of U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 39. The accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday. The Highway Patrol reports Braziel was traveling east on Highway 39 and failed to yield from a stop sign. Her vehicle was hit by a pick-up driven by 46-year old Niles Thomas of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Braziel died at the scene. Thomas and a 9-year old girl who was a passenger in the truck were both taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released. Two other passengers in the truck, including an 8-year old boy, were not hurt.

 

The other fatal accident was yet another crash involving a semi, which killed a Cache teenager. That crash happened about 12:30 p.m Friday just west of Lawton. State troopers say the unidentified 17-year old girl also failed to yield from a stop sign, and her vehicle was hit by a semi driven by Brian Neugebauer of Indiahoma. He was not injured.

 

Van Rollover Injures Anadarko Man

A Caddo County man is hospitalized after his van ran off the highway and rolled. 29-year old Tony Toppan of Anadarko suffered head and leg injuries in the crash that happened on State Highway 9 between Carnegie and Mt. View just before 5 p.m. Friday. The Highway Patrol says Toppan fell asleep at the wheel and ran off the road. He was partially thrown out of the right rear door of the van, and his legs were pinned underneath the wreckage. Two Good Samaritans managed to free Toppan from underneath the van before paramedics arrived.

 

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Norman Man

A Silver Alert has been issued for a man missing from Norman. 75-year old Charles French was last seen about two weeks ago. The only physical description Norman police have is that he's Caucasian. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve green, blue, and beige plaid shirt, blue jeans and boots. French may be driving a gray, 1991 GMC SC-3 pickup with Oklahoma tag BZC-878. The Silver Alert was issued because police say French has a medical or physical disability and is in danger of serious injury or even death. If you come in contact with Charles French, call local police.

 

'Supernatural' Replica Car Reported Stolen 

Tuttle and Oklahoma City police are looking for a replica of a car on a popular TV show that was reported stolen this week. It's a 1967 Chevy Impala, restored to look exactly like the vehicle on Supernatural. Car owner Jan Ashworth said it took her four years just to find the car, which is a four-door hard top. It took another year and a half to restore the vehicle. Ashworth said the individual restoring the car was supposed to deliver it to her Wednesday night. He told her his truck had some engine trouble, and he pulled over on Highway 4, and got lost on his GPS. Four men stopped to admire the car, but then stole the man's truck, trailer, and the Supernatural car. Authorities have recovered the truck and the trailer, but not the classic Chevy. Ashworth is offering a reward for the return of the car.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. A free outdoor summer concert series is scheduled at USAO. Misti McClellan with the USAO Alumni Association will be on our KOOL Konversation to talk about that event, and other alumni programs. Chickasha City Planner and Building Inspector Gene Winsett is this week's guest on Real Estate Today with John Mosley. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. You can find them under the Community tab.

 

 

Friday, May 18th

 

Man With Violent Past Faces Charges in Two Counties

Grady County authorities say a man who has a violent past has been arrested and is facing charges in two counties. 34-year old Michael Lee Hassler is in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond. He was taken into custody earlier this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He’s accused of putting a tracking device on his ex-girlfriend's car. The Lindsay man is facing felony charges in Grady County for stalking in violation of a protective order and attempted intimidation of a witness. He's facing a felony firearms charge and misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and drug possession in Garvin County. Grady County authorities began an investigation of Hassler last Friday when it was alleged he was stalking his ex. An emergency protective order was issued against Hassler last month in Grady County. Officials also say a protective order had also been filed against him in Garvin County in March. Hassler and the victim have a five-month old child together. Documents filed in Grady County District Court allege that Hassler threatened to take the child from her. It's also alleged Hassler used credit cards belonging to the mother of his ex-girlfriend, and posted nude pictures of his ex on social media. Hassler faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted.

 

CHS Seniors Prepare to Receive Diplomas

About 160 Chickasha High School seniors will cross the stage to pick up their diplomas tonight. The 2018 graduating class will start the day with a breakfast at Bible Baptist Church, then they'll have one more practice of tonight's formal ceremony. As is the custom, the class votes to have three members talk to them during graduation about the past, present, and future. Grady McKnight will talk about the past; Brittany Alexander, the present; and Tamia Murray, the future. Two of the 13 valedictorians will also address their classmates. Sam Gerdts and Ian Turpin will present the class with challenges to make a difference in people's lives. The other valedictorians are Emiliee McKinley; Krishna Patel; Bailey Battershell; Ethan Christian; Vatrea Ellis; Erin Powell; Ashlin Tryczak; Madeline Roberson; Su Xhian Lim; Emily Friend, and Brayden Layman. The ceremony will be held at the high school sports arena and activity center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

Project Graduation Set for CHS Seniors

The seniors will again have a safe place to celebrate after receiving their diplomas. The Chickasha Optimist Club hosts Project Graduation, which offers a drug- and alcohol-free event. There will be food, games, a live DJ, a money machine, and drawings for thousands of dollars in door prizes, including a television and a dorm-sized refrigerator. Project Graduation will be held at the Chickasha Area YMCA from about 10 p.m. to midnight.

           

First National to Renovate Buffalo Branch Lobby

Chickasha's oldest financial institution will be upgrading one of its branches in a few weeks. First National Bank will be remodeling its Buffalo Branch in Chickasha at 6th and Grand Avenue. Randy Talley is Vice President of Marketing for First National.

           

            

 

Talley says the lobby will be closed starting Saturday, June 2nd and is expected to re-open on Monday, June 18th. The lobby and the west-side drive-through lanes will be closed during the renovation, however the motor banking center north of the bank will have normal operating hours. The drive-up ATM will also be available. The bank recently completed a more than $3 million renovation to the main branch in downtown Chickasha.

 

Alternative Energy Sources May Lower Mid-Day Utility Rates

If you look at your monthly electric bill closely, you know you pay a higher rate during the day than you do at night. A new report suggests that developments in alternative energy sources may change that.

 

            

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.49 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.30.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,286 and silver is $16.41.

 

 

Thursday, May 17th

 

Residents Warned About Fraudulent Roofing Companies

Chickasha officials say fly-by-night roofing companies are already contacting homeowners to solicit business in the aftermath of this week's storm. City Planner Gene Winsett warns property owners to be cautious of anyone who may be looking to make a quick buck.

 

                

 

Winsett said often times the swindlers will have someone climb on the roof of a home while another person tries to sell their services to the homeowner. Winsett said any door-to-door salesmen should have a solicitors permit from the city. Companies are also supposed to have city and state licenses. Winsett said if you think you have roof damage, start with a call to your insurance company. If you suspect a fraudulent roofer is in your neighborhood, contact police or city hall.

 

Record Gift Announced for USAO               

USAO announces the receipt of a big financial present on its 110th anniversary. The Nita Giles Estate has awarded the university $7 million, the largest gift USAO has ever received. The announcement was made to a group of university supporters in Lawson Hall yesterday, in a room now dedicated to the Giles family. Nita and her parents, the late State Senator Ray and Mary Giles, were all long-time backers of USAO. Johnny Shults was a long-time friend of Nita Giles, who said she was like a second mother to him when his parents passed away when he was young.

 

          

 

 USAO president John Feaver said the funds would be used for student scholarships and faculty and staff development.

 

CHS Seniors Wrapping Up Work

Chickasha High School seniors are now counting the hours until graduation. Today’s senior week activities include a picnic at Shannon Springs Park, and baccalaureate services tonight. Friday morning will be a senior breakfast at Bible Baptist Church and a final commencement practice. Graduation will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the high school activity center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

 

Click it or Ticket Campaign Set

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, law enforcement groups will be combining efforts to keep motorists safe. Another Click It or Ticket Campaign will run May 21st through June 3rd, with an emphasis  on making sure you're wearing your seat belt. Authorities say nearly half of all highway deaths in Oklahoma in 2016 were because seat belts weren't being used. Last year, more than 300 agencies took part in the Click It or Ticket campaign. More than 8,000 seat belt violations and nearly 250 child passenger restraint violations were found.

 

Energy Prices Continue Climb

It's been a bull market for oil prices in recent weeks. After starting Wednesday on a down note, Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says prices finished higher.

 

                

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.49 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79 to $79.28.

Natural gas is $2.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,286 and silver is $16.39.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 16th

 

Damage Mounts in the Wake of Severe Storms

It was chaos in Chickasha as torrential rains and gale-force winds blew through the city Tuesday. An estimated 2 1/2 inches of rain fell within an hour, and reports of 90 miles per hour winds caused a lot of damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries. One teenager survived a terrifying ordeal when his car ran off a city street and flipped into a creek bed which was raging with flood waters. Chickasha high school senior Kaleb Gray said he managed to get out safely.

 

                

 

The fast water pushed his 2002 Mercury Cougar through a storm drain under 16th Street near the entrance to Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. The storm also tore the roof off of Gator's Convenience Store, east of Highways 81 and 19. Owner Gator Pyle.

 

                

 

Pyle said he winds blew his satellite dish off the roof and into the windshield of a pickup in the parking lot, missing the driver by inches. The Southern Hills Baptist Church at 27th and Country Club Road had major roof damage. Pastor Kent Hibboard said one of his parishioners witnessed the damage.

 

                

 

Nearly 2,000 PSO customers were without electricity when several utility poles with high voltage power lines went down at Country Club and Sooner Road. There was a lot of residential and commercial street flooding. City of Chickasha officials tried to close down traffic on 4th Street between Grand Avenue and Choctaw. Fire trucks and ambulances had a difficult time getting through flooded streets. Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt says crews are still assessing damage to city streets in a number of residential and business areas. There is also a lot of tree damage. Noblitt asks residents to put their limbs on the curb and city crews will pick them up.

 

Man Sentenced After Blind Plea for Teen's Shooting Death

The man charged with the shooting death of a Chickasha teen last summer has entered a blind plea to a felony charge of second degree manslaughter charge. 31-year old Boone Buben entered the plea in Grady County District Court yesterday. A judge sentenced Buben to four years in prison, with one year suspended. Buben was arrested following the shooting death of 13-year old Andrew White last June. Buben said the shooting was accidental.

 

Chickasha Man Dies in Panhandle Crash

A Chickasha man has died when the car he was driving was hit by a semi in the Oklahoma Panhandle. 27-year old Alejandro Espino died the crash that happened last Wednesday south of Keyes in Cimarron County. The highway patrol reports that Espino was driving a car that failed to yield at a stop sign and was hit by the big rig. Authorities say Espino was identified following an autopsy by the state medical examiner. State troopers indicate they initially had been given false information about Espino's identity.

 

GOP Candidates to Stop in Chickasha

A handful of candidates running for state offices are slated to address the monthy meeting of Grady County Republicans. Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a candidate for governor; State Representative Leslie Osborn, a candidate for Labor Commissioner; and Charlie Prater, candidate for State Auditor and Inspector are all scheduled to attend tomorrow night's gathering. The Grady County GOP meets the third Thursday each month at Canadian Valley Technology Center. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m..

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.31 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.43.

Natural gas is $2.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,290 and silver is $16.27.

 

Tuesday, May 15th

 

 

Damage Reported From Monday Night Storms

A Rush Springs couple escapes injury after a large tree limb crashes into their home during last night's round of strong thunderstorms. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers says the 4-6 inch limb fell into their bedroom about 10:15 p.m. Monday while they were sleeping. Myers said volunteer fire crews removed the limb and covered the roof to prevent further damage. Myers said the damaged occurred at the home of David Thompson, which is about seven miles southwest of Rush Springs on the county line road with Stephens County.

 

District Attorney Among Those Opposed to SQ 788

Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks is among those opposed to State Question 788, which is a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. Hicks said many law enforcement groups are opposed to the issue, which will be on the June 26th primary election ballot. He says he's concerned that it will allow individuals to have a large amount of marijuana. He says that's unlike a prescription for pain killing drugs you get from your doctor.

 

                

 

Hicks says among the groups opposed to SQ 788 are the  state district attorneys association, the state sheriffs and police chief associations, and the Oklahoma Medical Association.

 

Car Slams in to Semi at Dangerous Intersection

At least two people were taken to the hospital when a car crashes into a tanker truck. The accident happened about noon Monday at U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 19C, also known as the Alex Highway. Injuries were not believed to be serious. It was actually the second of two crashes that happened at the intersection. The first was a minor fender-bender just south of Highway 62. While state troopers were investigating that accident, an eastbound car collided with the big rig. The names of those involved were not available. Authorities say the driver of the tanker truck failed to yield from a stop sign. 

 

Theives Break in to Home Through Doggie Doore

It took a pretty small thief to break into a vacant Chickasha home. Authorities say someone broke into the house through a doggie door. Chickasha police say there were indications of forced entry. Authorities say an electric stove and a refrigerator were stolen from the home in the 1200 block of South 6th. The home had been empty for some time. The last time the home was checked was about three weeks ago. The only description of the stolen appliances is that they were both white. If you have information about the break-in, you're asked to contact Chickasha police, by calling 405-222-6050 or Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS.

 

More Tips to Stay Safe During Severe Weather

Last night's strong thunderstorms are another reminder of the fierce spring weather that hits the Sooner State. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension says new technology lets you get the latest information on severe weather even when you are away from home.

 

                

               

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.96 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.23.

Natural gas is $2.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,309 and silver is $16.43

 

 

 

Monday, May 14th

 

One Dead When Motorcycle Hits Semi

Motorycle accidents are on the rise in the region and across the state. This past weekend in Grady County, a motorcyclist dies when he hits a semi head-on. 23-year old Forrest Smith of Lexington died in the accident that happened just after 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The accident happened  south of Tuttle on State Highway 4, about 3 1/2 miles south of State Highway 37. The highway patrol reports that Smith was southbound when he crossed over the center line and crashed into the semi. The driver of the semi, 56-year old William Campbell, Jr. of Dallas, was not hurt. The accident closed Highway 4 for nearly four hours.

 

Man Hospitalized in Caddo County Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle rider is critically injured in a crash in Caddo County. 49-year old James Reynolds of Westcliffe, Colorado suffered numerous injuries in the crash that happened about 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 40 north of Hinton. The highway patrol reports that Reynolds was eastbound on the interstate and tried to exit. He lost control of the bike and hit a sign. The highway patrol reports that neither Smith nor Reynolds were wearing a helmet.

 

SUV Rollover Sends Anadarko Man to the Hospital

A traffic accident involving an SUV sends an Anadarko man to the hospital with serious injuries. 26-year old Keanah Cozad was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after the crash. A passenger in the vehicle, 36-year old Kolette Holder of Gracemont, was not hurt. That accident happened about five miles north of Ft. Cobb on Primitive Road just before 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The highway patrol reports Cozad was driving at a high rate of speed when the vehicle went off the road and rolled one time, throwing Cozad out of the SUV. Holder was able to drive Cozad to Ft. Cobb State Park where first responders were summoned.

               

New Chickasha Police Officer Finishes CLEET Training

A Chickasha police officer has finished her CLEET training. Charli Nye wrapped up her 16-week academy in Ada, and is now ready to begin field training. CLEET certification includes classroom instruction on subjects from law and ethics to accident investigation, CPR and First Aid, and officer survival. There's also firearms training, defensive driving, and learning how to conduct standard field sobriety tests. Nye has previously worked as an administrative assistant with the police department and at city hall.

 

Three Groups Share Elks Lodge Grants

Several area non-profit groups are getting a boost courtesy of the Chickasha Elks Lodge. Mobile Meals, Special Olympics, and Santa's Workshop all share in $2,500 in grants provided by the Elks. Sherri Lewis with the Elks Lodge says local funds raised by the group are matched with funds from their national headquarters.

 

                

 

Grants are also used to help the Elks host their annual kids fishing derby which will be coming up on June 9th. Funds also help with the Grady County Veterans Memorial at Shannon Springs Park.

 

Growth Continues in Energy Sector

The number of active oil and gas rigs across the country is up for six consecutive weeks. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has the Sooner State numbers.

 

                

 

Skinner reporting Baker Hughes registers 1,045 rigs across the country, up 18 percent from the same time last year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down Friday, but up for the week to $70.70 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.12.

Natural gas is $2.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,320 and silver is $16.67.

 

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Monday, May 14th

 

 

One Dead When Motorcycle Hits Semi

Motorycle accidents are on the rise in the region and across the state. This past weekend in Grady County, a motorcyclist dies when he hits a semi head-on. 23-year old Forrest Smith of Lexington died in the accident that happened just after 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The accident happened  south of Tuttle on State Highway 4, about 3 1/2 miles south of State Highway 37. The highway patrol reports that Smith was southbound when he crossed over the center line and crashed into the semi. The driver of the semi, 56-year old William Campbell, Jr. of Dallas, was not hurt. The accident closed Highway 4 for nearly four hours.

 

Man Hospitalized in Caddo County Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle rider is critically injured in a crash in Caddo County. 49-year old James Reynolds of Westcliffe, Colorado suffered numerous injuries in the crash that happened about 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 40 north of Hinton. The highway patrol reports that Reynolds was eastbound on the interstate and tried to exit. He lost control of the bike and hit a sign. The highway patrol reports that neither Smith nor Reynolds were wearing a helmet.

 

SUV Rollover Sends Anadarko Man to the Hospital

A traffic accident involving an SUV sends an Anadarko man to the hospital with serious injuries. 26-year old Keanah Cozad was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after the crash. A passenger in the vehicle, 36-year old Kolette Holder of Gracemont, was not hurt. That accident happened about five miles north of Ft. Cobb on Primitive Road just before 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The highway patrol reports Cozad was driving at a high rate of speed when the vehicle went off the road and rolled one time, throwing Cozad out of the SUV. Holder was able to drive Cozad to Ft. Cobb State Park where first responders were summoned.

               

New Chickasha Police Officer Finishes CLEET Training

A Chickasha police officer has finished her CLEET training. Charli Nye wrapped up her 16-week academy in Ada, and is now ready to begin field training. CLEET certification includes classroom instruction on subjects from law and ethics to accident investigation, CPR and First Aid, and officer survival. There's also firearms training, defensive driving, and learning how to conduct standard field sobriety tests. Nye has previously worked as an administrative assistant with the police department and at city hall.

 

Three Groups Share Elks Lodge Grants

Several area non-profit groups are getting a boost courtesy of the Chickasha Elks Lodge. Mobile Meals, Special Olympics, and Santa's Workshop all share in $2,500 in grants provided by the Elks. Sherri Lewis with the Elks Lodge says local funds raised by the group are matched with funds from their national headquarters.

 

                

 

Grants are also used to help the Elks host their annual kids fishing derby which will be coming up on June 9th. Funds also help with the Grady County Veterans Memorial at Shannon Springs Park.

 

Growth Continues in Energy Sector

The number of active oil and gas rigs across the country is up for six consecutive weeks. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has the Sooner State numbers.

 

                

 

Skinner reporting Baker Hughes registers 1,045 rigs across the country, up 18 percent from the same time last year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down Friday, but up for the week to $70.70 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.12.

Natural gas is $2.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,320 and silver is $16.67.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 12th

 

 

Grady Memorial Construction Nearly Complete

There are still some minor details to be worked out before the Grady Memorial Hospital staff can move in to its new surgery and imaging center. Administrator Kean Spellman hosted a number of city and county officials for a walk-through of the new center last night. He's hoping they can start moving in as early as next week.

 

                

 

Spellman said the target date for the first surgery is now May 24th. The imaging center will not be open for another month. It's taken about a year and a half to build the $17 million addition. It came about after state and federal health officials closed the hospital's operating rooms nearly three years ago.

 

Special Olympics Walk Resumes

It's day number two for Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer's walk to Stillwater. Stewart is a retired state trooper and Beth Anne is a retired teacher. They walk from Chickasha to Stillwater every year to raise money for Special Olympics. Today, they'll leave Minco heading north on U.S. Highway 81 to El Reno, then east on the historic Route 66 to Yukon. They are being escorted by state troopers. Stewart said motorists along the route find the most unique way to help their cause.

 

                

 

In recent years, they've collected about $10,000 a year. Since they started the annual walk in 2000 they have collected more than $125,000. They'll arrive in Stillwater Wednesday, in time for the opening ceremonies for the state Special Olympic Games, where more than 6,000 athletes will compete in events like track and field, bowling, and bocce.

 

Antique Auto Swap Meet Concludes

Chickasha is the place to be this weekend if you're an antique car buff. The spring swap meet for the Chickasha Antique Auto Club will wrap up its three-day run today. A couple of hundred vendors are selling numerous parts for cars, trucks, and motorcycles, and there's lots of transportation memorabilia for sale, too. There's even an auction of a number classic cars and trucks scheduled today. An arts and crafts show is going on as well. The swap meet is at and near the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Food Drive to Fill Local Pantries

Today's a big day for letter carriers across the country. The stamp out hunger food drive is designed to re-stock food pantries. This is the 26th year for the National Association of Letter Carriers to hold the drive. Steve Riggs is the Oklahoma chairman of the food drive.

 

                

 

You're asked to put a few non-perishable food items in a bag and leave it by your mailbox today, and your letter carrier will pick it up. In Chickasha, contributions will go to the Emergency Food Pantry, the Southern Oaks Church of Christ, and the Resurrection House.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. District Attorney Jason Hicks is on our KOOL Konversation to discuss his opposition to State Question 788, the proposition to legalize medical marijuana. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, attorney Bob Hays is this week's guest. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. They are under the Community tab.

 

Friday, May 11th

 

 

Neighbor Saves Alex Family from House Fire

A family in Alex is counting its blessings after a fire damages their home. Kyle and Chelsey Thompson and their two small children escaped the fire un-injured, but the home has some major damage. The Grady County Fire Department was summoned to a home in the 200 block of West H in Alex just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday. A neighbor saw the flames and called 9-1-1. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department says firefighters from Alex and Bradley were able to knock down the flames and limit fire damage to the living room where the fire started, but there was also smoke and water damage to other areas of the home. Myers said an electrical problem may have sparked the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

 

Home-Alone Teen Calls 9-1-1 After Stranger Takes Rifle

A scared teenaged girl calls 9-1-1 when a stranger enters her home. Fortunately, the girl was not hurt, and police have made an arrest. The incident happened in Tuttle last week. The 17-year old girl told police she was home alone, when someone rang the doorbell. She said she hid from the man, who opened the door and said "hello" when nobody answered. The teen said the man took a rifle that was propped against the wall next to the door. The girl gave a good description of the suspect and the pick-up he was driving, and authorities found it at a gas station east of Tuttle a couple of hours later. A probable cause affidavit filed by Tuttle police alleges the suspect initially denied entering the house, but then admitted going in and taking the rifle. He said he tried to pawn the rifle in Mustang, but the clerk there refused to buy it. However, the suspect said he sold it to another customer in the store. Police arrested 22-year old Hunter Cole Bishop of Tuttle, who has been formally charged with felony burglary. He is out of jail after posting $30,000 bond. Bishop is to be back in court May 30th for a preliminary hearing conference.

               

Chickasha Couple Begin Walk to Stillwater

Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer will have the wind at their backs as they begin their annual walk to Stillwater today. This is the 18th year the couple will walk to OSU, as a benefit for Special Olympics. Over the years, they've raised more than $125,000. There was a good turnout for Craig's Walk hosted by the Meyers’ last night, which is always held before they begin their journey. The first leg of the trip will take them north on U.S. Highway 81 to Minco. They'll walk 20 to 25 miles per day and arrive in Stillwater next Wednesday, in time for the opening ceremonies of the state Special Olympic games.

 

Tuttle Students Place Second in National Wind Contest

For the second straight year, a team of Tuttle high school students finish runner-up in a national wind turbine competition. The team of Gage Loard, Kellen Riley, Austin Brown and Falcon McDoulett finished second to a Virginia team in the National KidWind competition in Chicago. It was the narrowest of margins as just 1 1/2 points separated the top two schools. There were 17 high school teams competing, but Tuttle was the only Oklahoma high school team. There were 40 middle school teams, including two from the Moore area. Tuttle sponsor Daneice Foster said they'll return home this afternoon.

 

Sheriff's Office Issues Most-Wanted List

Each week, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office issues a list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here’s public information officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

                

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.36 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.47.

Natural gas is $2.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,324 and silver is $16.30.

 

Thursday, May 10th

 

 

Third Tornado Confirmed in Grady County

National Weather Service officials have confirmed a total of three tornadoes in Grady County in the strong thunderstorms that caused some damage last week. The newest confirmation is from the storm that hit about four miles west of Rush Springs last Wednesday night. The weather service had previously confirmed tornadoes north of Chickasha and east of Amber. The tornado west of Rush Springs started 7:55 p.m. and was on the ground for about 11 minutes. The second tornado, north of Chickasha and west of Amber was recorded at 7:58 p.m. and was on the ground for about eight minutes. The third tornado was just east of Amber at 8:05 p.m. All were considered EF-1 tornadoes, with maximum winds of 110 miles per hour. Property damage occurred in each of those tornadoes.

 

Carnegie Man Dies When Pickup Overturns

A Caddo County man has died when his pick-up runs off the road and overturns. 53-year old Bill Holmes of Carnegie was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The Highway Patrol reports the accident happened about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, south of Weatherford on State Highway 54. The trooper investigating the accident said the pickup ran off the road, hit an embankment and overturned. Holmes was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown out of the truck.

 

Overnight Crash Closes Highway Through Dibble

A late night crash at Dibble shut down the state highway that runs through that town for quite a while. That accident happened about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at State Highway 76 and 250th Street. The highway was finally re-opened about two hours later, about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had no information about the accident.

 

Heavy Rains Open More Sink Holes 

More sink holes are being discovered on Chickasha streets. Maintenance crews on Wednesday spent time filling about a six-foot deep sink hole that opened near Jake's Rib and the John Holt Auto Group dealership. That's just one of three sink holes that have opened in that area, where the storm drain system is eroding. Earlier in the week, crews filled in a sink hole near 2nd and Illinois. Last week's heavy rains are partially to blame for the opening of these new sink holes as is the decaying infrastructure underneath city streets. Luckily, no major streets have been affected.

 

Walk to Stillwater About to Begin

On most days, it will take an hour and a half or two hours to drive from Chickasha to Stillwater. For a Chickasha couple, it will take them a little longer, as they take the scenic route - one step at a time. This is the 18th year that Stewart and Beth Anne Meyer will walk 125 miles between the two cities. It's a fundraiser for the state Special Olympic games. To date, they have walked more than 2,100 miles and have raised more than $125,000. Stewart says they have been joined by a lot of supporters.

 

                

 

Tonight, Stewart and Beth Ann will kick things off with Craig's Walk, which is another fund raiser established for Special Olympics. That will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Tim Brauer and the First Look Band will perform. Also, a leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run which also supports Special Olympics will start at 5:00 p.m. today at 4th and Country Club, where a group will run four miles to the football field. Beth Ann will be walking with a heavy heart this year. Her mother, Edna Meyer passed away last week. She was 98 years old.

 

Chickasha School Administrator to Return to Home Town

A Chickasha school administrator is moving on. Mickey Edwards, who has served as the district's curriculum specialist and federal programs coordinator the last three years, is headed back to his hometown of Verden. Edwards’ resignation was accepted by the Chickasha school board this week. His last day on the job is June 30th. He's been with Chickasha schools for 11 years, starting out as a science teacher at middle school and at high school. He also spent some time as assistant baseball coach. He began his administrative career as an assistant principal at Grand Elementary, and spent a short time as Grand principal before moving to the administration office. Edwards will be returning to the classroom at Verden, where he'll teach science again, and also help with the school’s athletic programs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.72 a barrel

London-based Brent crude is $77.21.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,315 and silver is $16.62.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 9th

 

Minco Police Officer OK After Pursuit

Frightening moments for a Minco police officer involved in a weekend chase. Officer Richard Rodgers was involved in a pursuit, when the car he was chasing spun around and sped toward him. Rodgers was able to avoid a collision, and the chase ended moments later in a residential area. Documents filed in Grady County District Court indicate the officer was on patrol early Saturday morning, when he noticed a car with a non-working tag light. Rodgers tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle led him on a pursuit through several neighborhoods. The driver nearly hit another vehicle head on, then drove in to the city's water plant. Rodgers says that's when the pursuit vehicle nearly hit him. The pursuit ended at a Minco home a few moments later, where the driver was arrested without incident. During a search of the vehicle, authorities found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The driver told Rodgers she was running because she thought she had a warrant out of Canadian County. Arrested was 29-year old Whitnie Goodman of Minco. She spent the weekend in the Grady County jail, and has been formally charged with felony counts of endangering others while eluding, and drug possession with intent to distribute. She remains in jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

 

Volunteer Fire Crews Aid Efforts Near El Reno

A number of Grady County volunteer firefighters were summoned to help battle a wildfire near El Reno. A task force of about a dozen firefighters, two water-hauling freightliners, and a number of brush trucks were dispatched to the Cedar Lake area west of El Reno Tuesday morning. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers said the team returned last night after spending about seven hours in the field. They were among fire departments from Union City, El Reno, Calumet, Geary, Hinton, Cedar Lake, and Canadian County Emergency Management called out. Myers said about 300 acres of mostly timber and grassland in a canyon had burned. Canadian County officials say the fire initially started last Friday and fire crews had it contained, but it re-ignited Monday afternoon. No homes or property were threatened.

 

Help You Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger

Letter carriers nationwide are preparing for their Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers hold the drive on the second Saturday of each May, to re-stock the food pantries in their local communities. Steve Riggs is the state coordinator for the food drive. They are asking their customers to leave some non-perishable food by their mail boxes. Riggs talks about the foods they need most.

 

                

 

Postal patrons should have already received a post card describing the food drive. Later this week, they will also be delivering a plastic bag in which to place your donated food. Letter carriers work with the Regional Food Bank to distribute food to local food pantries.

 

USAO to Mark 110th Anniversary

USAO is about to celebrate a milestone. A special ceremony commemorating it's 110th anniversary will be next week. The ceremony will include the dedication of the newly remodeled Giles Room in the Lawson Court Clubhouse. The room named in honor of the late Nita Giles, an attorney who was a big supporter of USAO, as were her parents, the late State Sen. Ray and Mary Giles. The celebration is set for next Wednesday. Officials are also to announce a major gift to the university.

 

Rural Neighbors OHCE to Honor Military Veterans

Military veterans will be honored with an informal program at the Grady County Disabled American Veterans chapter today. As part of their Oklahoma Home and Community Education week activities, the Rural Neighbors OHCE group will serve ice cream and cookies to veterans who stop by. Also, the Patriot Guard Riders will be on hand to share stories of their service to America. The program will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. today the Grady County DAV Chapter 17 headquarters in downtown Chickasha.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down to $69.06 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude slips to $74.85.

Natural gas down slightly to $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,306 and silver is $16.42.

 

Tuesday, May 8th

 

Councilman's Business Partnership with Bidder Questioned

A Chickasha city councilman's concern of a bid to run the concessions at the city's sports complex led to some intense discussion during last night's city council meeting. Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander said it may appear the council would be showing favoritism to one of the bidders, because the bidder has a business partnership with City Councilman Zach Grayson. Ashanti-Alexander said in order to be more transparent, the partnership should have been made public, in order to avoid any perception that the council  may be dealing with the situation unfairly.

 

               

 

The bid in question was submitted by J.W. Concessions, which is owned by Josh Woods. Woods and Councilman Grayson are business partners with the InterUrban Restaurant. However, Grayson said he does not have any ownership in J.W. Concessions.

 

                

 

There was one other bid submitted for the sports complex concessions, but city officials recommended the bid not be accepted, saying it was incomplete. That bidder, Matt Barnard of OYBA Concessions, said Grayson was present with Woods at a pre-bid meeting, and felt Grayson should have said so during the meeting.

 

               

 

Barnard is familiar with the sports complex, having served as the coordinator for scheduling games for the facility a couple of years ago.  After the discussion, the council voted 6-3 to accept the bid from J.W. Concessions. Ashanti-Alexander voted for the plan. Grayson recused himself from voting, while Joe Molder and Mark Keeling both voted no.

 

Council OK's Lease of Mineral Rights near Airport

The city council approved the only bid that was submitted during an auction for leasing mineral rights on city-owned property. After a 25-minute closed door meeting, the council approved the bid from RK Energy of Oklahoma City. The bid was for $3,000 an acre and 3/16ths royalty for three years. The city will receive $135,000 in advance on the lease.  The company had submitted an alternative bid of $2,000 per acre and 1/5th royalty for three years, but the council chose the first option. The council also re-elected Kimmie Loggins as vice-mayor.

 

Pipeline Through SCOOP, STACK Extended

The SCOOP and STACK plays are getting another big boost. Cardinal Midstream's Iron Horse Pipeline will be expanding. The region extends from central Canadian County to the south and east, and includes all of Grady and parts of McClain, Garvin, and Stephens counties. Cardinal handles the natural gas which is being produced in that region. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that the Dallas-based company is expanding its 100-mile system to 150 miles, after a recent pledge from Camino Natural Resources out of Oklahoma City. Camino officials were in Chickasha last month to announce it has acquired an estimated 100,000 acres of production. That region is being pledged to the Iron Horse system, and increases Cardinal's total acreage to 150,000 acres. Cardinal President and Chief Financial Officer Tim Roberts said dedications from Camino and Travis Peak provide a platform for significant and rapid expansion to its footprint. He says the company is also evaluating ways to add complementary crude and dry gas gathering services. Construction is already underway for the expansion and a processing plant is expected to be on-line later this year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.73 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.17.

Natural gas is $2.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,316 and silver is $16.53

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 7th

 

Weather Service Confirms Grady County Tornadoes

The National Weather Service reports that eight tornadoes  struck the Sooner State in those strong thunderstorms that hit last Wednesday night. Two of them were confirmed in Grady County. Both were considered EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour. The first tornado hit about 4 1/2 miles north of Chickasha  and destroyed a recreational vehicle and stayed on the ground  for about five miles. The second tornado touched down briefly just east of Amber,  causing damage to several homes. Strong storms west of Rush Springs destroyed an unoccupied mobile home and damaged several other homes, but there's no report on whether that was a tornado or straight-line winds.

 

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Train Identified

A follow-up now to a story we aired a couple of weeks ago about a pedestrian struck and killed by a train just west of Chickasha. The state medical examiner has identified the victim as 36-year old Dustin Kauley. No home town for Kauley was available. Authorities say that Kauley died from multiple blunt force trauma and that his death was an accident. The highway patrol reported that Kauley was a pedestrian on or near the tracks in the area of 29th Street and U.S. Highway 62 when he was hit by a train with three engines pulling 55 cars.

 

Semi Rollover Blocks State Highway for Hours

An overturned semi shut down State Highway 39 between Tabler and Dibble for several hours on Saturday. No one was injured when the big rig crashed. The highway patrol has not released the name of the driver nor any information on what caused the driver to lose control of the semi. The crash happened near the Grady-McClain county line about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Traffic was detoured around the crash site all day. The highway was shut down for 12 hours.

 

City Council to Auction Leases for Mineral Rights

A closed-door meeting of the Chickasha City Council tonight, to consider bids which may be received for mineral rights on city-owned property. The council will hold a public auction to lease the mineral rights on just over 47 acres of property near the Chickasha Airport when it meets for a regularly scheduled meeting tonight. After the public auction, the panel will go behind closed doors to review the bids, then return to open session to announce their decision.  The council is also to select a vice-mayor to serve in place of Mayor Chris Mosley when he is absent. The panel will consider approving a final payment of nearly $9,000 to Bordwine Development for recent improvements made to the amphitheater at Shannon Springs Park. Also to be reviewed, the request for a Special Use permit for Life Church of Chickasha to move to 2403 Ponderosa Drive; waiving fees for Bible Baptist Church to use Shannon Springs Park for a community event on June 3rd; a request from the Elks Lodge to hold its annual kids fishing derby at Shannon Springs on June 9th; and the city's annual fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4th. Administrative Assistant Beth Cranton will be recognized as the city's Employee of the Month. The city council meets at 6:30 p.m. this evening at city hall.

 

City Waives Yard Sale Permit Fees for Swap Meet

The spring swap meet for the Chickasha Antique Club is this weekend. In conjunction with that event, the city will waive the permit fees normally required for garage sales. Residents are normally supposed to purchase a $5 permit whenever they hold a yard sale. No permit will be necessary during the swap meet, which will run Thursday through Saturday.

 

Chickasha Public School Foundation Projects Reviewed

Last Friday night was purple pride night for the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Attendees wore Chickasha purple, and were greeted by high school cheerleaders and drum corps. Foundation director Jen Jantzen said the foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants since it began in 1986 and that over the last three years has provided $100,000 in school supplies which have been distributed to every student in the school district. A live auction helped to bring in an additional $20,000 to the foundation. Among the items sold were a pair of autographed running shoes from Camille Herron of Oklahoma City, who is the daughter of interim Chickasha school superintendent Jack Herron. Camille Herron holds five world records for ultra-marathons including the fastest time for a man or women running 100 miles.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.72 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.87.

Natural gas is $2.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,314 and silver is $16.49.

 

 

 

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Monday, May 7th

 

Weather Service Confirms Grady County Tornadoes

The National Weather Service reports that eight tornadoes  struck the Sooner State in those strong thunderstorms that hit last Wednesday night. Two of them were confirmed in Grady County. Both were considered EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour. The first tornado hit about 4 1/2 miles north of Chickasha  and destroyed a recreational vehicle and stayed on the ground  for about five miles. The second tornado touched down briefly just east of Amber,  causing damage to several homes. Strong storms west of Rush Springs destroyed an unoccupied mobile home and damaged several other homes, but there's no report on whether that was a tornado or straight-line winds.

 

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Train Identified

A follow-up now to a story we aired a couple of weeks ago about a pedestrian struck and killed by a train just west of Chickasha. The state medical examiner has identified the victim as 36-year old Dustin Kauley. No home town for Kauley was available. Authorities say that Kauley died from multiple blunt force trauma and that his death was an accident. The highway patrol reported that Kauley was a pedestrian on or near the tracks in the area of 29th Street and U.S. Highway 62 when he was hit by a train with three engines pulling 55 cars.

 

Semi Rollover Blocks State Highway for Hours

An overturned semi shut down State Highway 39 between Tabler and Dibble for several hours on Saturday. No one was injured when the big rig crashed. The highway patrol has not released the name of the driver nor any information on what caused the driver to lose control of the semi. The crash happened near the Grady-McClain county line about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Traffic was detoured around the crash site all day. The highway was shut down for 12 hours.

 

City Council to Auction Leases for Mineral Rights

A closed-door meeting of the Chickasha City Council tonight, to consider bids which may be received for mineral rights on city-owned property. The council will hold a public auction to lease the mineral rights on just over 47 acres of property near the Chickasha Airport when it meets for a regularly scheduled meeting tonight. After the public auction, the panel will go behind closed doors to review the bids, then return to open session to announce their decision.  The council is also to select a vice-mayor to serve in place of Mayor Chris Mosley when he is absent. The panel will consider approving a final payment of nearly $9,000 to Bordwine Development for recent improvements made to the amphitheater at Shannon Springs Park. Also to be reviewed, the request for a Special Use permit for Life Church of Chickasha to move to 2403 Ponderosa Drive; waiving fees for Bible Baptist Church to use Shannon Springs Park for a community event on June 3rd; a request from the Elks Lodge to hold its annual kids fishing derby at Shannon Springs on June 9th; and the city's annual fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4th. Administrative Assistant Beth Cranton will be recognized as the city's Employee of the Month. The city council meets at 6:30 p.m. this evening at city hall.

 

City Waives Yard Sale Permit Fees for Swap Meet

The spring swap meet for the Chickasha Antique Club is this weekend. In conjunction with that event, the city will waive the permit fees normally required for garage sales. Residents are normally supposed to purchase a $5 permit whenever they hold a yard sale. No permit will be necessary during the swap meet, which will run Thursday through Saturday.

 

Chickasha Public School Foundation Projects Reviewed

Last Friday night was purple pride night for the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Attendees wore Chickasha purple, and were greeted by high school cheerleaders and drum corps. Foundation director Jen Jantzen said the foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants since it began in 1986 and that over the last three years has provided $100,000 in school supplies which have been distributed to every student in the school district. A live auction helped to bring in an additional $20,000 to the foundation. Among the items sold were a pair of autographed running shoes from Camille Herron of Oklahoma City, who is the daughter of interim Chickasha school superintendent Jack Herron. Camille Herron holds five world records for ultra-marathons including the fastest time for a man or women running 100 miles.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.72 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.87.

Natural gas is $2.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,314 and silver is $16.49.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 5th

 

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Train Identified

We now know the name of the man who died after being hit by a train in Chickasha last month. The state medical examiner identifies the victim as 36-year old Dustin Kauley. No home town for Kauley was available. Kauley was struck and killed by a Union Pacific train near 29th and Highway 62 on April 22nd. The highway patrol said Kauley was a pedestrian on or near the tracks when he was hit by a train with three engines pulling 55 cars. The medical examiner reports that Kauley died from multiple blunt force trauma and that his death was an accident.

 

Escaped Inmate Captured

An inmate who escaped from the Garvin County jail in Pauls Valley last weekend is back in custody. 32-year old Jason Glen Willis attacked a detention officer and ran out of the Garvin County courthouse last Sunday night. It wasn't clear where or when Willis was found. He was awaiting a court appearance on a firearms charge when he escaped.

 

Chix School Foundation Gala Raises Thousands

Supporters of the Chickasha Public School Foundation literally put on their school colors for the foundation's annual gala last night. It was a Purple Pride Pep Rally to reflect on the foundation's efforts this past year and its 32-year existence. Foundation director Jen Jantzen said the foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants since it began in 1986. Over the last three years, $100,000 in school supplies has been distributed to every student in the school district. Supporters donated another $20,000 to the foundation last night. Four donors each paid $2,500 to purchase school supplies for one classroom for next year, eight donors each paid $1,000 to purchase crayons, and another eight donors contributed $100 each to supply one student with needed school items next year. Donated items sold at a live auction included a pair of autographed running shoes from Camille Herron of Oklahoma City. She is the daughter of interim Chickasha school superintendent Jack Herron. Camille Herron holds five world records for ultra-marathons, including the world record time for running 100 miles.

 

Open Streets Program Today

Area families are invited to play in the streets of downtown Chickasha today. The second annual Open Streets Chickasha program is part of a world-wide event to encourage families to live healthier by adding a little physical activity to their lives. A couple of blocks of Chickasha Avenue near the railroad depot will be blocked off to allow walking, running, riding bikes, or skateboarding. There will be demonstrations of tai chi and crossfit programs, face painting, a sand pit treasure hunt, and touch-a-truck activities. The Chickasha Area YMCA will also have its healthy kids day. The event is free, unless you want to visit one of the food truck vendors that will be on hand. Open Streets runs from 10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. today.

 

Down Payment Assistance Available for Home Buyers

Oklahomans looking to buy a new home or even their first home might be able to get some free money to help with their down payment and closing costs. The Oklahoma Home Finance Agency has added the federal agency Freddie Mac to its line of homebuyer down-payment assistance products. Depending on income, eligible home buyers may receive as much as $2,500 from the Freddie Mac HFA Home Possible program to go toward closing costs. The home buyer may also qualify for an additional 3.5 percent of the total home loan amount from the state agency. As an example, individuals wanting to purchase a $100,000 home could get $3,500 in OHFA assistance. Deborah Jenkins is the director of the Oklahoma Home Finance Agency. In a press release, she said the main barrier first-time home-buyers face is the lack of these up-front funds. Potential home buyers will have to qualify with an OHFA mortgage lender. Homes must be used as the buyer's primary residence. Find more information on the website www.ohfadownpayment.org

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer are preparing for their annual  pilgrimage to Stillwater. The couple walk 125 miles from Chickasha to Stillwater to benefit Special Olympics. The Meyers and Elip Moore are guests on this week’s KOOL Konversation program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week's guest is Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson. He'll give an update on this week's severe storms, and the FEMA storm shelter rebate program he's working on. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. Find them under the Community tab.

 

 

Friday, May 4th

New Homes Top Chickasha's April Building Report

April was another multi-million dollar month for new construction in the City of Chickasha. 53 building permits totaling nearly $4.9 million were approved through the city's Community Development Department. 35 of those permits are for new single-family homes to be built by Lance Windel Construction. These are all homes valued around $100,000 which will all be built in various locations in the north part of town. City Planner and Building Inspector Gene Winsett says the contractor plans on starting five homes every couple of weeks. In commercial construction, a nearly $1 million project for USA Storage was approved. That is being developed by Bryce Binyon next to Jake's Rib. Another commercial project is a $100,000 upgrade for the strip mall next to Brandt's Ace Hardware, where owner Jack Weaver is putting on a new facade. One other commercial project is a $45,000 remodel of one of the stores in the Southland Shopping Center, where a finance company currently officed in the downtown area will be relocating.  The $4.9 million in new construction is the best month to-date in 2018. It was slightly better than March which was $4.7 million. For the first four months of the year, new construction in Chickasha is nearly $16 million.

 

Wednesday Twisters Not Yet Confirmed by NWS

Grady County Emergency Management officials say two tornadoes may have touched down in the severe thunderstorms that moved through the area Wednesday night. Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said they are awaiting official word from the National Weather Service (NWS) on whether damage was straight-line winds or tornadoes. Thompson said NWS radar indicated possible tornadoes north of Chickasha – which also tracked to the Amber area – and a second possible tornado west of Rush Springs. Thompson said a recreational vehicle was destroyed four miles north of Chickasha. That same storm is blamed on damage at a couple of homes in Amber. The storm four miles west of Rush Springs destroyed an unoccupied mobile home and damaged several homes.

 

Man Wanted for Alleged Bomb Threats in Two Cities

A Caddo County man is accused of calling in bomb threats to a hospital and two schools. Officials in Lawton have issued an arrest warrant for 18-year old Keelan Ray Landers of Carnegie for making bomb threats to two Lawton schools. Landers is in custody in Weatherford, in connection with a bomb threat to a hospital there. KSWO-TV cites court records that allege Landers and a friend were smoking meth when they thought it might be a joke to call in the threats, all of which occurred on the same day in February.  Weatherford police arrested Landers after investigators say they traced the hospital bomb threat to Landers cell phone. Landers is facing felony charges of making bomb threats and conspiracy.

               

Top Chix School Employees, Retirees Honored

With the school year winding down, a number of long-time Chickasha school employees, as well as the district teacher and support employee of the year, were recognized at the district's end-of-year reception. Veteran teachers Gary Sampson and Mary Jeffries are retiring. Sampson, a 40-year veteran, has taught physical education at Grand School, and also spent many years as the high school track coach. Jeffries has taught language arts for 35 years at Lincoln Elementary. Michael Voyles, language arts teacher at the middle school was recognized as the district teacher of they year. Roberta Greenway, who has spent 48 years with the district as a teacher and support employee, was named Support Employee of the Year. Greenway currently is the in-school remediation instructor at the middle school.  Principal of the Year award was shared by Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander at Lincoln Elementary and Rhonda Snow the high school.

 

Top 10 Warrant List

Each week the Grady County Sheriff’s Office issues a list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here’s Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

                

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.43 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.62.

Natural gas is $2.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,309 and silver is $16.42.

 

Thursday, May 3rd

Tornado Damages Amber Home

At least one Grady County home was damaged by a tornado as strong thunderstorms moved through central Oklahoma last night. A tornado was reported to have touched down near Amber causing some damage. There were no injuries reported. Much of the Chickasha and Rush Springs areas received about two inches of rain while Minco collected more than three inches. Flash flood warnings were issued due to heavy rainfall. Additional heavy thunderstorms moved through the area this morning between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

 

Schools Receive Heart Association CPR Kits

School districts in Grady and Stephens counties now have a unique way to teach students the life-saving skill of CPR. Several businesses have combined efforts to provide the funding to put American Heart Association-certified CPR kits in the schools. Contributions from the Byford Auto Group, Le Norman Properties, and GoldKey Service Center made the kits possible. Denise Castelli with the Heart Association says they want to train a generation of life savers.

 

                

 

It's part of an effort to help school districts comply with an un-funded state law which requires all high school students complete CPR training before graduating. Each kit cost $5,000 and contains 10 modern versions of Annie, the inflatable mannequin used in CPR training. Up to 20 students can take the training at the same time. Costelli says the training only takes about an hour. Randy Byford, owner of the Byford Auto Group dealerships in both counties as well as in Major County, tells why he was compelled to make the contributions.

 

                

 

 About half of Oklahoma school districts have these kits and Costelli hopes that all districts will eventually have them.

 

Rush Springs Businessman

Announces County Commish Candidacy

Democratic voters in the southern portion of Grady County will have three candidates to choose from for District 3 county commissioner in next month's primary. Incumbent Ralph Beard is being challenged by Jeffrey Cramer and Lee Dorman. Cramer runs a small business and holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology. He previously worked as a diesel mechanics instructor at a community college, and worked as a diesel mechanic for construction and oil field companies.

 

                

 

Cramer says he understands how roads are built and how to maintain them. Cramer's wife Renessa is the principal at Rush Springs Middle School and they have an 8-year old daughter, Lorelei, who is a second grader at Rush Springs.

 

CHS Student Earns a Top State FFA Award

A Chickasha FFA member wins a top award at the state FFA convention held in Oklahoma City this week. Clay Grossnicklaus won the proficiency award for Agriculture Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship. His agriculture instructors at Chickasha High Schools are Kolby and Emily Schmidt.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.93 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.36.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,312 and silver is $16.51.

 

Wednesday, May 2nd

Amber Community Mourns Death of a Child

Hearts are heavy in Amber this week, as the community comes to grips with the death of 8-year old Landrie Turner.  She's the little girl who died in a UTV accident last weekend. Landrie was a second grader at Pocasset Elementary school. Principal Angie Morrison says she was sweet and helpful to others. She also said Landrie's smile could light up a room, and her antics kept students and teachers constantly laughing. Ampo Superintendent Jerime Parker said that on Monday, which was the first day of school after the fatal accident, teachers and administrators talked with students. Many of them wrote notes saying they loved her and would miss her. Parker said a therapy dog -  a labradoodle named Clyde - was also helpful in comforting the students. Landrie was active in the 4H program as a Cloverbud, where she showed animals at the county junior livestock show this spring. She played softball, was proud to be an Ampo Panther, and especially loved Oklahoma State University and Pistol Pete, where she gave a whole new  meaning to “Pistol's Firing”. Landrie is survived by her parents, Grant and Tiffany Turner, and older brother, Ladd. The funeral for Landrie Turner will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3rd at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Ampo schools will be closed Thursday to allow students and school personnel to attend the funeral. Teachers and others will wear orange in her honor.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Landrie Turner Memorial Fund at Liberty National Bank, and will be used to support participants at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and Pocasset Elementary School.

               

School Bus Driver Suffered Broken Bones in Crash

The driver of that Chickasha school bus involved in a traffic accident this week suffered broken bones. Alton Rawlins says that his left collar bone is broken  in three places. Both Rawlins and the driver of the other vehicle in the accident, identified by Chickasha Police as Steve Wilmon, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital  where both were treated and released. Rawlins has been driving a Chickasha school bus for about two years. He said he was relieved that none of the students suffered serious injuries. Chickasha police say Rawlins was issued a ticket for failing to yield from a stop sign.

 

Dana Murphy Stumps for Lt. Gov. Seat

Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy is among seven total candidates, including four Republicans, who running for lieutenant governor this year. Murphy was in Chickasha for a meet-and-greet and fundraiser yesterday. She discussed one group's protest of the state legislature's tax increase for teacher pay hikes. The opposing group, which includes former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, calls for the elimination of wasteful state spending. Murphy says state agencies are supposed to develop long-range plans, but nothing seems to take root.

 

                

 

Murphy is facing Republican challengers Eddie Fields, Dominique Block, and Matt Pinnell in the June 26th primary election.

 

Tuttle Students Prepare for National Wind Power Competition

Some Tuttle High School students will be competing for a national title next week. The teens are taking part in the National KidWind Challenge. It’s a wind turbine engineering contest. The team finished runner-up at the national competition last year. Their teacher, Daneice Foster, tells what they've been working on.

 

                

 

Foster says they have completed most of their fundraising, but still need about $2,000 to pay for general expenses once they get to Chicago. They'll leave on Monday, with the competition to run next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Contact Foster at Tuttle High School, 405-381-2396.

 

 Energy and Metals              

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.25 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.13.

Natural gas is $2.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,310 and silver is $16.38.

 

 

Tuesday, May 1st

 

Loaded Chickasha School Bus Involved in Crash

A pickup slams into a Chickasha school bus loaded with children. None of the estimated 20 children on the bus were seriously hurt, although two were taken to the hospital as a precaution. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to the hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Monday in a residential area at 8th and Dakota. The children were mostly middle school students who had just gotten on the bus a few minutes earlier. Rachael Cooper says her 14-year old son was on the bus, and was complaining that his back hurt.

 

                

 

The bus driver was identified as Alton Rawlins, while the name of the pick-up driver was not available.  Many Chickasha school officials rushed to the scene, including interim Superintendent Jack Herron, Middle School Principal Dan Turner, and Lincoln School Principal Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander. An official police report was not immediately available. It appeared the school bus may have pulled out from a stop sign. An extended cab pick-up crashed into the left-front portion of the bus. We have video of the crash site on our Facebook page.

 

Pursuit Starts in Elgin, Ends in Chickasha

A high-speed chase that started in Elgin early Sunday morning ended in Chickasha when a vehicle crashed into a field. A Chickasha police affidavit indicates Elgin police tried to make a traffic stop on a van and the vehicle sped northeast on the H.E. Bailey turnpike at speeds estimated at 130 miles per hour. A Chickasha police officer saw the van exit the turnpike at Highway 81, and pursued it north on 4th Street then west on Missouri, speeding through neighborhoods. During the pursuit, the van slowed just enough for a passenger to jump out, but the chase continued. It ended a few blocks later when the van crashed at 20th and Missouri. A female driver fled on foot and police were unable to find her, but found some identification in the van. Police did arrest the passenger who jumped out of the van. He was identified as 26-year old Jacob Daniel Farley who lists a hometown of Jay. Ha had active Grady County warrants.

 

 Garvin County Jail Escapee Considered Armed, Dangerous

A Garvin County jail inmate is on the run and authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Authorities are looking for 32-year old Jason Glen Willis. Media reports indicate he attacked a detention officer Sunday night and ran through an  emergency exit of the Garvin County courthouse in Pauls Valley.  Willis is a convicted felon from the Davis area  who was awaiting a court appearance on a weapons charge. Willis is Caucasian, about 5-feet, 11 inches tall weighing 150 pounds. He has a stocky build, hazel eyes and short brown hair and a slight brown beard. He also has tattoos on his chest and the back of both arms. If you have information about Jason Glen Willis, you're asked to call Garvin County Crimestoppers, 855-211-7867 or 9-1-1.

 

Arrest Made in Lawn Mower Theft

A Chickasha man wanted in connection with a residential burglary is in custody. 60-year old Steven Alan Parks was arrested by a Grady County sheriff's deputy over the weekend. The warrant for Parks arrest was issue last month, after a residential burglary March 20th where some lawn mowers were taken from a home in the 1200 block of Georgia. Parks is charged with felony burglary and a misdemeanor of knowingly concealing stolen property. He remains in jail pending $20,000 bond.

 

Silver Alert Issued for OKC Woman

A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Oklahoma City woman. 66-year old Paula Jaurez was last seen at her apartment in the 5900 block of South May last Saturday afternoon. There's not much of a description, other than she's Caucasian with very short gray hair. The Oklahoma City Police Department reports she left a suicide note and turned off her cell phone so she couldn’t be pinged. She may be driving a 2008 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup with Oklahoma tag AVB-478. If you have information about Paula Juarez, call Oklahoma City or local police.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.47 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.17.

Natural gas is $2.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,309 and silver is $16.28.

 

Monday, April 30th

 

Child Dies in UTV Rollover

A sad story out of Amber today, as an eight-year girl has died in a UTV accident. It happened on private property southeast of Amber just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The Highway Patrol reports the child was driving a 2018 Polaris Ranger and tried to make a turn. The vehicle overturned and rolled nearly two times, coming to rest on its passenger side. The child was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she died from head injuries. The girl was not wearing a helmet. State troopers did not release the girl’s name.

 

Semi Driver Critical After Fiery Crash

A truck driver remains in critical condition following a fiery crash in Caddo County. That accident happened at I-40 and U.S. Highway 281 which is north of Hinton, around mile marker 101. The highway patrol reports the driver fell asleep and ran of the interstate. The semi crashed into two retaining walls and caught fire. The driver, 61-year old Jose Manzanares of California was first taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, then transferred to a Tulsa hospital where he was last in critical condition. Portions of the highway were shut down for more than five hours.

 

Woman Arrested on Charges

of Child Neglect, Harboring Teen

A family found to be living in squalor, and a Grady County woman is facing charges of child neglect and harboring a runaway teen. The home was in such horrible condition that one investigator called it one of the worst he's seen in 10 years, saying every step was like slipping on mud. In a joint investigation by Minco police and the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, authorities found a Cogar home with piles of animal feces and a rancid odor of urine and waste. A cage with as many at 25 chickens was in one of the bedrooms. Acting on a tip called in to Minco police, authorities there called in Caddo County investigators since the home is in the Cogar area, in Caddo County just west of Minco. The Lawton Constitution reports that 48-year old Evelyn Posey of Minco was taken into custody, and was alleged to have been hiding a 13-year-old runaway. She faces both felony and misdemeanor charges in Caddo County District Court. Her bond was set at $50,000. Posey has prior convictions in Georgia for child sexual abuse and failure to register as a sex offender.

               

Funding Available to Weatherize Low-Income Homes

Two Grady County groups are combining efforts to help low-to-moderate income residents make their homes more energy efficient. The Grady County Home Finance Authority and Grady County Emergency Management  are offering the service. Cody White with the home finance authority discusses some of work that might be done.

 

                

 

There's a minimal amount of funding left in the program. Officials say they can probably help about 20 more families. Applications are available at many senior nutrition centers and at the Grady County Emergency Management Office, 315 W. Pennsylvania, Chickasha, Okla.

 

Tips to Control Pests in Garden, Landscape

Controlling bugs in the garden and landscape seems like a never-ending battle. In addition to spraying pesticides, you can do things like getting rid of infested plant and trash materials and cultivating the soil to expose and destroy pests that might be living just under ground. Shiann Burns with Grady County OSU Extension says the pests do have some natural enemies.

 

                

 

If you do decide to use a pesticide you might have to re-apply after two or three days. Burns encourages gardeners to limit pesticide use.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.10 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.64.

Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,317 and silver is $16.43.

 

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