Mollman Media News Archives for 2018-07

2018 July 23rd-29th

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In Getting to know your Chickasha Fire Department we meet Captain Chris Calhoun

 

 


Monday, July 30th

 

 

 

OHP Releases Information on Fatal Hit-and-Run

The investigation into last Friday’s tragic hit-and-run near Ninnekah in which a man died is continuing. Over the weekend, the highway patrol identified the victim as 43-year old Michael Allen Jenkins of Fletcher. State troopers say there were two semis in the area at the time of the crash, and that at least one of them struck Jenkins. Investigators say a rig driven by 32-year old Kenneth Milton Harrison of Lawton struck Jenkins. Jenkins may also have been hit by another semi driven by 35-year old Joey Dale Graham of Cyril. Officials have not indicated why the truck drivers did not stop.

 

Several Administrative Changes at Chickasha Public Schools

A top administrator with Chickasha Public Schools has resigned. Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schmidt has stepped down. The board of education accepted Schmidt's resignation during a special meeting last Thursday. The school board also gave final approval to a two-year contract with Superintendent Jack Herron. The board voted to keep Herron as superintendent just a few weeks ago. The school board also hired Jennifer Stegman as assistant superintendent over Financial Operations, and Kim Haney as Director of Elementary Curriculum Development. The district will be looking for a new middle school principal. Dan Turner, who has served in that post for several years, was named the district's new Director of Maintenance and Facilities. Elizabeth Ketchum-Fechner was named assistant athletic director to work with Jerry Don Bray. In other personnel issues Yvonne Kennedy, who had been the assistant principal at Lincoln, will now be an assistant principal at the high school; and Derek Harrison, who had been an elementary teacher was named principal at Grand School. It was also announced that Bill Wallace School received a $30,000 grant from the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma with the funds to be used to construct an awning. The school board also approved getting an architectural proposal for the awning from local contractor, Char-Don Builders.

 

Health Care Worker Shortage to be Addressed

An Oklahoma group wants to lend a hand to fill a shortage of workers in the health care field. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board has received a grant to work with health care professionals and educators. Trina Southard is the director of the workforce board.

 

                

 

There is a program tomorrow for the workforce board to hear from those in the health care field in this region. The program will be held at the Canadian Valley Technology Center from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board serves Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and several other counties.

 

Myrtle Elston, Mark Rathe to be Honored at Grady County Fair

Two people will receive special recognition during the upcoming Grady County Fair. Myrtle Elston with the Grady County Home and Community Education group, and Chickasha Chamber of Commerce President Mark Rathe will be honored for their contributions. They will be spotlighted during the opening ceremonies at the fair which on Thursday, August 23rd. The three-day fair runs Aug. 23rd through the 25th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. In other fair news, applications for fair princess candidates are now being accepted. Applications can be found on the Grady County Fairgrounds website or may be picked up at the fairgrounds business office. A mandatory orientation for all princess candidates will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, with the competition set for Monday, Aug. 20th. Also, alfalfa entries for the Grady County and the state fairs are due on Wednesday, Aug. 8th. Contact the OSU Extension office for information.

 

Summer Library Youth Patrons Log Hundreds of Reading Hours

Children who participated in the Chickasha library summer reading program spent a combined 1,733 hours reading at the library or at home. That's about 104,000 minutes for the youth. The library wanted to thank all the businesses and individuals who provided funds and incentives for its reading program during June and July.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down Friday but up for the week to $68.69 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude experienced a gain as well, to $74.29.

Natural was stronger, to $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,230 and silver is $15.50.

 

 

Saturday, July 28th

 

 

 

Deadly Hit-and-Run Info Still Being Sought

Investigators continue asking for information regarding the tragic death of a man who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The accident happened early Friday morning on U.S. Highway 277 west of Ninnekah. The victim still has not been identified. The state medical examiner is sifting through its records working to find out who he is. The victim is a Caucasian male between 30 and 45 years old. He was wearing a blue t-shirt with the name "McKesson" on the front. Ninnekah police and the highway patrol determined that the vehicle that hit him was traveling west on the highway. They have released photographs of the victims tattoos – one on his chest which is a cross – and one on his back which appears to be the grim reaper with a dog on a chain. Information we posted on our Facebook page has been shared more than 300 times and has reached 16,000 people. If you have information, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS, Ninnekah police or the highway patrol.

 

PSO's Windcatcher Project Canceled

There's a lot of disappointment following the news that PSO and its related partners are canceling the Windcatcher project. The announcement was made after the Texas Public Utility Commission ruled against what would have been the largest wind farm in the country. The plan had already won the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and regulators in Arkansas and Louisiana. The plan was still under review in Oklahoma. State Representative David Perryman, D-Chickasha is among those disappointed to hear about the cancellation. The minority floor leader said it’s a huge loss for Oklahoma and the U.S. Perryman said much of the equipment for the infrastructure was to be manufactured in America, and many components would have been made in Oklahoma and surrounding states. Perryman said the project has been under attack by the fossil fuel industry as well as politicians who are funded by fossil fuel companies.

 

Some Caddo County Roadways to Close for Railroad Work

We want to remind you of some highway closures in the Anadarko and Apache areas that are taking place over the next few days. In Anadarko today, Central Boulevard just east of 1st Street - and, U.S. Highway 281 about a mile north of Highway 19 near Apache are closed. Tomorrow near Apache, U.S. 281 just east and just south of the Highway 19 junction will be closed. Then on Monday, U.S. 281 about two miles south of Highway 19 will be closed. The closings are due to work on union pacific railroad crossings.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. On our KOOL Konversation, we'll discuss the annual clean out of Chickasha water lines with Debbie Seagroves, Rick Jones, and Mike Jump from USW, the private contractor for the city’s water treatment plants. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guests are Greg Winters and Gayla Lutts with Canadian Valley Technology Center. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. Find them under the Community tab.

 

 

Friday, July 27th

 

 

 

Driver Sought in Deadly Hit-and-Run

Investigators are on the scene of a deadly hit-and-run accident in the Ninnekah area this morning. The highway patrol says a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle and the vehicle left the scene. Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim. The highway patrol and Ninnekah police are investigating. The accident happened about a mile-and-a-half west of the U.S. Highway 81 and State Highway 277 junction about 1:30 a.m. The highway was closed for more than six hours while officials combed the scene for evidence. If you have information about the accident, you're asked to call the highway patrol. Listen to 106.1 The Ranch for more details as they become available. 

 

Charges Filed Against Man Found Driving a Stolen Pickup

Now the latest about this week's arrest of a man who was driving a stolen pickup. Prosecutors have filed a felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle against 24-year old Anthony Shane Brooks. He's also facing a misdemeanor charge of driving under suspension, which is his second such offense. Chickasha police stopped Brooks for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and discovered the truck was stolen out of Newcastle earlier this month. Brooks remains in jail in lieu of a $7,500 bond. While Brooks lists a Tulsa address, he's a familiar face with local law enforcement. The website on-demand court records  indicates he pleaded guilty to a previous charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle out of Chickasha 2016; and got a deferred sentence for pleading  guilty to a drug charge from a 2015 Chickasha police investigation. He also received several traffic tickets from a state trooper this past May, including leaving the scene of an accident and speeding.

 

Energy Sector Continues Growth

A new report shows Oklahoma's energy sector continues to see on-going growth.  Researchers say the expansion is driving widespread economic growth and stronger than expected fiscal conditions.  The Oklahoma Energy Index shows a 2 percent increase over the previous month, mainly due to gains in crude oil prices which is leading to more rig activity.  The website OK Energy Today indicates the index has grown by 14 percent in the last year. The industry added 2,000 jobs in May alone and some 9,000 jobs over the last 12 months. That doesn't include new jobs related to energy - manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation, and professional services. Some say that Grady County is the second largest natural gas producing county in North America right now.

 

Railroad Work to Detour Traffic in Anadarko, Apache

Work on railroad crossings will be shutting down some major traffic routes in Anadarko and Apache over the next several days. Crews will be making some upgrades along the Union Pacific Railroad line. In Anadarko, Central Boulevard just east of 1st Street will be closed Saturday, July 28th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the Apache area on Saturday, July 28th, U.S. Highway 281 a mile north of State Highway 19 will also be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. More work in the Apache area on Sunday, June 29th will close U.S. 281 just east AND just south of the State Highway 19 junction from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then on Monday, July 30th one more Apache project will close U.S. 281 about two miles south of State Highway 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's not clear what kind of work crews will be performing.

 

Weekend Concerts Set

There are a couple of concerts in the area to check out this weekend. Tonight, USAO will host the second concert of its summer series, Listen Local at the Greek.  It's a free outdoor concert at the USAO Greek Theatre just off 17th and Grand. Performing tonight is Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and you're welcome to have a picnic if you'd like. Tomorrow (Saturday, July 28th) in Rush Springs, it’s an entire afternoon of performers, with proceeds to help victims of wildfires and the Rush Springs Fire Department. The Oklahoma Wildfire Relief Gathering will include entertainers from musicians to cowboy poets and more. That will be held from noon to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Rush Springs Lions Club and the Southern Baptist Church Family Life Center. There will be food, dessert, and an auction. Ron Secoy is the promoter.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was higher to $61.61 a barrel.

London-based Brent tops $74 to $74.54.

Natural gas sees a slight increase to $2.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,227 and silver is $15.36.

 

Thursday, July 26th

 

 

 

 

Chickasha Water Lines to be Cleaned Out

Officials who operate the City of Chickasha's water treatment plant will be conducting an annual clean out of the city’s water system. Debbie Seagroves is the project manager for USW utility group, the city's private contractor for water treatment. Starting next Wednesday, Seagroves said technicians will be introducing chlorine only into the system. The chlorine rids the city's water pipes of bacteria and algae growth that can lead to water issues.

               

 

Seagroves says there could be a temporary discoloration and a slight odor in drinking water when the chlorine is first introduced. If you notice that, simply run your tap water for a few minutes to clear your water line. The clean out will last the entire month of August. A similar discoloration will occur the first of September when officials change back to chloramines, which are the usual chemicals used. The water will be safe to drink. Dialysis centers will have to modify their filtration systems. If you have an aquarium, you'll also have to modify the filter to protect the fish.

 

Stolen Pickup Discovered During Traffic Stop

Sometimes, the most minor traffic violations can have surprising results. Such was the case yesterday for Chickasha police. Officer Clayton Hobbs made a traffic stop on a motorist going the wrong way on a one-way street. Come to find out, the pickup had recently been stolen. The truck was pulled over in a residential area near Washita Valley Community Action Council, the old Bill Wallace School, near 11th and Minnesota. The truck was reported stolen out of Newcastle about three weeks ago. Police arrested 24-year old Austin Brooks of Tulsa on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle, a suspended driver's license, and driving the wrong way. A female passenger in the truck was not arrested.

 

New: Chickasha Golf Course Sold

Now an update to a story we had yesterday regarding Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. Businessman Max Stewart, who initially told us he was going to lease the golf course, has instead bought the golf course. Stewart said a lot had happened in the 24 hours that followed when he and previous golf course owner Jerry Morris discussed a long-term lease. Now, Stewart owns the 9-hole course, buildings, and carts on seven acres, which is located at 16th and Country Club. The purchase price was not disclosed. The course will be open to the public, and Stewart will be offering memberships in the very near future. Stewart said the first thing that has to be done is repairing or replacing the air conditioner in the clubhouse.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.30 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.93.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,237 and silver is $15.58.

 

 

Wednesday, July 25th

 

Swather Blamed for Grady County Fire

Firefighters were summoned to put down a grass fire between Amber and Middleberg yesterday. Four departments were called out to what was once known as Giles Ranch about 2:30 p.m. Crews battled temperatures in the 90s, a brisk wind, and rough terrain. About 60 acres of grassland burned, and some hay was destroyed. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers said a mechanical failure on a swather was to blame. Crews from the Amber, Friend, Naples, and Blanchard fire departments had the fire contained after a couple of hours.

 

State Officials Warn of Increasing Fire Danger

Fire danger is increasing across the Sooner State. Myers said weeds and grass have been growing from recent rains is among the reasons why fire fighters are on a higher alert.

 

                

 

Currently, only two Oklahoma counties have burn bans in effect. They are the Waurika area in Jefferson County in the southern part of the state; and the Altus area and Jackson County in the southwest. Officials urge individuals in rural areas to delay any burning until weather conditions improve. Motorists should avoid dragging chains while driving and/or towing vehicles. State forestry officials also ask that you use extra care when using charcoal and gas grills, and make sure campfires are completely out.

 

New Economic Development Director Hired

A new leader will soon be in place with Chickasha's Economic Development Council (EDC). Cody Mosley of Broken Arrow was extended an offer of employment in a special meeting of the EDC board of directors this morning. Mosley, who is not related to Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley, previously served as the director of community development for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce for the last two years. He’s also served as the director of city planning and economic development for the City of Guthrie. He’s expected to begin August 13th.   He takes the post previously held by Christy Elkins, who stepped down last month. She is now working in economic development for OG and E.

 

Crash Victim Critical After Accident Near Marlow

Two people are injured, and one remains in critical condition after being thrown out of a pickup that crashed near Marlow. 20-year old Zachary Thompson of Duncan was taken by air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital with critical injuries. 19-year old Barry Grooms of Alabama was taken to a Duncan hospital where he was treated and released. The accident happened just after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday about four miles west of Marlow. The highway patrol reports that Thompson was driving the pickup when it left the roadway and rolled. Neither were buckled up and were ejected. Officials say there was an odor of alcohol at the crash site.

 

Businessman Leases Chickasha Golf Course

Good news for area golfers. A Chickasha native will be leasing Cottonwood Creek Golf Course and re-opening the course to the public. Max Stewart, who played golf at Chickasha High School, tells KOOL/RANCH News he signed a one-year lease with owner Jerry Morris. While the course is playable, Stewart said there are some improvements that need to be made. He's hoping to get everything ready to go by next week. Stewart previously worked at Winter Creek Golf and Country Club in Blanchard. He earned a degree in finance, and recently started his own investment firm. Golf course hours have not yet been established, and Stewart hopes to eventually be open seven days a week.

 

Nomination Deadline Nears for FSA County Committees

Only a few more days remain for farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to serve on their local county committees for the Farm Service Agency in their area. In Grady County, the northern part of the county is where an office is up for election. In Caddo County, its the central district. Mark Jackson with the Grady County FSA office-

 

                

 

If an election is needed, it will be held later this fall. Winners will serve a three-year term, starting in January.

 

Energy Company Reports Increase in Oil Production

Continental Resources is reporting an active second quarter. Company officials have announce a 25 percent increase in oil production compared to the same period in 2017. OK Energy Today reports the Oklahoma City-based company says it produced nearly 26 billion barrels of oil equivalent  (BOE) during that three-month period, or about 284,000 BOE per day. Actually daily production was about 157,000 barrels. Continental Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm said officials are expecting a good second half of 2018, mainly with the company’s large Bakken pads in North Dakota, and by the Springer, Woodford and Sycamore assets in what's known as Project Springboard.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.52 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.44.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,240 and silver is $15.60.

 

 

Tuesday, July 24th

 

 

Tips Help Police Nab Church Burglary Suspect

Chickasha police credit the public as well as alert employees of a local store for the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into College Heights Baptist Church. The police department issued a press release thanking residents for providing the tips. Investigators posted pictures from the church’s video surveillance cameras on mass media and social media. A police affidavit indicates a Wal-Mart employee thought he spotted the individual and called police. After spending the weekend in jail, 29-year old Patrick Donn French was formally charged with second degree burglary in Grady County District Court yesterday. He remains in jail pending a $15,000 bond. Police did find some of the stolen equipment at a couple of local homes and returned it to the church.

 

Cock-Fighting Ring Raided

More than 20 people are arrested when officials break up a cockfighting ring in western Oklahoma. It happed near the small Kiowa County town of Cooperton, which is south of Hobart. Officers from the Kiowa County Sheriff's Office, Snyder Police Department, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol converged on the site Sunday. Authorities found 16 dead roosters and 50 other birds were rescued.  Investigators received an anonymous tip which led to the raid. Authorities are searching for several other suspects in connection with the investigation.

 

Panel Looks to Ensure Quality Health Care for the Elderly

The health care industry is growing by leaps and bounds. A state group looks to assure patients are treated with quality health care. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board will be meeting in Chickasha next week to hear concerns from professionals and educators. Trina Southard is the director of the workforce board. She says while there is a need to grow the workforce in all job sectors, this program is geared only for health care. The panel wants to provide opportunities for education, training,  and employment - which some Oklahomans believe may be out of reach for them. The program will be at the Canadian Valley Technology Center next Tuesday, July 31st from 11:30 to 1 p.m. There is no cost and lunch will be provided. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board serves eight counties in the region which inclues Grady, Caddo, Comanche, Stephens, and McClain counties.

 

Fall Event Planning Continues

While we are in the middle of Oklahoma's searing summer, planning has been underway for several months regarding a couple of events scheduled this fall. The annual Rock Island Arts Festival is a three-day event that will feature a lot of family-friendly events. Something new this year will be a food truck competition. Returning for its second year will be the Rock Island Ride, an opportunity for bike-riding enthusiasts to spend a day in the area. The Rock Island Arts Festival will be held at Chickasha's Rock Island Railroad depot during the final weekend in September. Also being planned is the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce fall celebration. The business community will gather to celebrate the city's future, with entertainment provided by local band Dollar 98. The chamber is looking for investors to help with the event. Business and corporations should RSVP chamber president Mark Rathe to assist with the effort. The fall celebration is just before the Rock Island Arts Festival, on September 27th.

 

Energy Firms Report Higher 2nd Quarter Earnings

A couple of energy firms with Oklahoma ties report big earnings for the second quarter of 2018. Halliburton reports earnings from continuing operations of $511 million, or 58 cents a share. That's a far cry from the first quarter, where the company only reported $1 million in earnings. Operating income was more than double, up to $789 million. OK Energy Today reports Halliburton officials said total company revenue was $6.1 billion, which was a 7 percent increase over the first quarter. Schlumberger announced revenue of $8.3 billion for the second quarter, an increase of 6 percent. Last week, the firm's board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of 50 cents per share.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is down slightly to $67.89 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is fairly steady at $73.06.

Natural gas is down to $2.72 per million BTUs.

Metals were down, too. Gold is $1,294 and silver is $15.50.

 

 

Monday, July 23rd

 

 

Suspect in College Heights Baptist Church Burglary Arrested

The man accused in the most recent Chickasha church break-in may be formally charged with the crime today. Police arrested 29-year old Patrick Donn French on a burglary complaint on Friday. Chickasha police say information about their investigation was passed on to the district attorney’s office over the weekend. Officials at the DA’s office will decide what, if any charges French may face. KOOL/RANCH News are the only media outlets to report the arrest, which we broke over the weekend. Details of the arrest are not yet available. French's mug shot on the Grady County jail log is very similar to the photo of the man shown on the church's video surveillance. The church reported the burglary the morning of Saturday, July 14th. Investigators say it appeared a window was broken to get inside. Among the items taken were a guitar, a DVD-Blue Ray player and a laptop. French's last known address was in Moore. He's been in trouble before in Grady County, pleading guilty to a felony charge for false personation, in which he received a five-year deferred sentence.  He also pleaded guilty to some misdemeanor drug charges.

 

Grady County Commissioner Posts on Aug. 28th Run-Off Ballot

The August 28th primary run-off election is now just five weeks away. Included on some of the Grady County ballots will be run-offs for two county commissioner posts, both of which include the incumbents. In the southern region which is District 3, Democrats will choose between current commissioner Ralph Beard and challenger Lee Dorman. In the northern region which is District 1, Republicans will choose between incumbent Windle Hardy and opponent Michael Walker. In each race, the winner will earn a four-year term as commissioner. For state offices, Republicans in House District 47 which is the northern part of the county have two candidates to choose from - Brian Hill and Beverly Adams. They are running for the post currently held by Leslie Osborn, who is running for Labor Commissioner.

 

Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Run-Off Aug. 3rd

Prospective voters wanting to cast ballots on August 28th should update their voter registration soon. County election board officials say the deadline to do so is coming up next week, Friday, August 3rd. Also, anyone who has not yet registered to vote, but would like to do so next month should apply by that same date.

 

Fightin' Chick Football Coach in Dual Role as Athletic Director

Chickasha High School football coach Jerry Don Bray has some new duties. Bray continues to serve as head coach of the Fightin' Chicks, but now he's also the district's athletic director. Bray thanked former athletic director Yohance Brown for his work, and for giving him the opportunity to return to his alma mater.

 

                

 

Brown is now working in the Edmond Public School system. Coach Bray says Chickasha student athletes will be able to get their physicals on Saturday, August 4th at the Five Oaks Medical Clinic. Football practice begins August 6th, the first scrimmage is against Blanchard on Aug. 17th, and the first football game will be a home game on Friday, Aug. 31st with Marlow. Chickasha will have six home games this year.

 

Grady County Fair About a Month Away

'The Grady County Fair is about a month away. Along with the carnival, great food, commercial exhibit booths, and the stock show will be competitions to see who grows the best tomatoes, who makes the best cakes and cookies, who takes the best photographs, and who can make the best hand-sewn quilts and clothing. Individuals will be finishing up those projects over the next several weeks. All exhibitors will have to pick up an exhibitor number from the Grady County OSU Extension office. Fair booklets are not in just yet, but are expected to be available in early August. Also, organizers are getting ready for the fair princess contest, which will be in early August. The county fair runs August 23rd through 25th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX starts the week at $68.26.

London-based Brent crude is $73.07.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,299 and silver is $15.50

 

 

Thursday, July 26th

 

 

 

Chickasha Water Lines to be Cleaned Out

Officials who operate the City of Chickasha's water treatment plant will be conducting an annual clean out of the city’s water system. Debbie Seagroves is the project manager for USW utility group, the city's private contractor for water treatment. Starting next Wednesday, Seagroves said technicians will be introducing chlorine only into the system. The chlorine rids the city's water pipes of bacteria and algae growth that can lead to water issues.

               

 

Seagroves says there could be a temporary discoloration and a slight odor in drinking water when the chlorine is first introduced. If you notice that, simply run your tap water for a few minutes to clear your water line. The clean out will last the entire month of August. A similar discoloration will occur the first of September when officials change back to chloramines, which are the usual chemicals used. The water will be safe to drink. Dialysis centers will have to modify their filtration systems. If you have an aquarium, you'll also have to modify the filter to protect the fish.

 

Stolen Pickup Discovered During Traffic Stop

Sometimes, the most minor traffic violations can have surprising results. Such was the case yesterday for Chickasha police. Officer Clayton Hobbs made a traffic stop on a motorist going the wrong way on a one-way street. Come to find out, the pickup had recently been stolen. The truck was pulled over in a residential area near Washita Valley Community Action Council, the old Bill Wallace School, near 11th and Minnesota. The truck was reported stolen out of Newcastle about three weeks ago. Police arrested 24-year old Austin Brooks of Tulsa on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle, a suspended driver's license, and driving the wrong way. A female passenger in the truck was not arrested.

 

New: Chickasha Golf Course Sold

Now an update to a story we had yesterday regarding Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. Businessman Max Stewart, who initially told us he was going to lease the golf course, has instead bought the golf course. Stewart said a lot had happened in the 24 hours that followed when he and previous golf course owner Jerry Morris discussed a long-term lease. Now, Stewart owns the 9-hole course, buildings, and carts on seven acres, which is located at 16th and Country Club. The purchase price was not disclosed. The course will be open to the public, and Stewart will be offering memberships in the very near future. Stewart said the first thing that has to be done is repairing or replacing the air conditioner in the clubhouse.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.30 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.93.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,237 and silver is $15.58.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 28th

 

 

 

Deadly Hit-and-Run Info Still Being Sought

Investigators continue asking for information regarding the tragic death of a man who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The accident happened early Friday morning on U.S. Highway 277 west of Ninnekah. The victim still has not been identified. The state medical examiner is sifting through its records working to find out who he is. The victim is a Caucasian male between 30 and 45 years old. He was wearing a blue t-shirt with the name "McKesson" on the front. Ninnekah police and the highway patrol determined that the vehicle that hit him was traveling west on the highway. They have released photographs of the victims tattoos – one on his chest which is a cross – and one on his back which appears to be the grim reaper with a dog on a chain. Information we posted on our Facebook page has been shared more than 300 times and has reached 16,000 people. If you have information, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS, Ninnekah police or the highway patrol.

 

PSO's Windcatcher Project Canceled

There's a lot of disappointment following the news that PSO and its related partners are canceling the Windcatcher project. The announcement was made after the Texas Public Utility Commission ruled against what would have been the largest wind farm in the country. The plan had already won the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and regulators in Arkansas and Louisiana. The plan was still under review in Oklahoma. State Representative David Perryman, D-Chickasha is among those disappointed to hear about the cancellation. The minority floor leader said it’s a huge loss for Oklahoma and the U.S. Perryman said much of the equipment for the infrastructure was to be manufactured in America, and many components would have been made in Oklahoma and surrounding states. Perryman said the project has been under attack by the fossil fuel industry as well as politicians who are funded by fossil fuel companies.

 

Some Caddo County Roadways to Close for Railroad Work

We want to remind you of some highway closures in the Anadarko and Apache areas that are taking place over the next few days. In Anadarko today, Central Boulevard just east of 1st Street - and, U.S. Highway 281 about a mile north of Highway 19 near Apache are closed. Tomorrow near Apache, U.S. 281 just east and just south of the Highway 19 junction will be closed. Then on Monday, U.S. 281 about two miles south of Highway 19 will be closed. The closings are due to work on union pacific railroad crossings.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. On our KOOL Konversation, we'll discuss the annual clean out of Chickasha water lines with Debbie Seagroves, Rick Jones, and Mike Jump from USW, the private contractor for the city’s water treatment plants. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guests are Greg Winters and Gayla Lutts with Canadian Valley Technology Center. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. Find them under the Community tab.

 

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Saturday, July 21st

 

 

Suspect Arrested in Connection with Church Break-in

Investigators have made an arrest in connection with the recent break-in at College Heights Baptist Church. Chickasha police arrested 29-year old Patrick Donn French on a burglary complaint and he was booked into the Grady County jail Friday night. No details of the arrest were available. The church was burglarized about a week ago. Authorities publicized several pictures from video surveillance showing the suspect and the vehicle he may have been driving. French's mug shot closely resembles the suspect seen in the video. French, who was last known to be from the Moore area, has a prior record. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge for false personation in which he received a five-year deferred sentence. He also pleaded guilty to some misdemeanor drug charges. While arrested on a burglary complaint, it will be up to prosecutors to decide what, if any charges he may face. French's initial court appearance could be as early as Monday.

 

$500,000 Bond Set for Domestic Violence Suspect

A Chickasha man is jailed on a $500,000 bond after his arrest following a volatile domestic disturbance. 47-year old Michael Shane McConnell faces a half-dozen charges including burglary and assault. A police affidavit filed in Grady County District Court indicates Chickasha police were called to a home near 13th and Florida Thursday afternoon. A woman alleged McConnell choked her, broke into her house, and grabbed her cell phone while she tried to call police.  McConnell then left the home in a car with another woman. While police were investigating that case, officers were told that McConnell and the other woman were west of Norge, and that McConnell was threatening to shoot himself. McConnell fled the area on foot, but he was located following a brief search by Ninnekah police and Grady County deputies. McConnell surrendered without incident. McConnell is to return to court August 27th to announce his attorney, and a preliminary hearing conference set September 5th.

 

Firefighters Treated for Heat Exhaustion Battling Cyril Fire

Firefighters battled flames and oppressive heat for several hours in a huge grass fire north of Cyril Friday. A few firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion as the temperature rose to near record highs, about 110 degrees. Dozens of fire crews from Cyril, Cement, Anadarko, Apache, New Hope, and Fletcher were also forced to battle rugged terrain. Crews did get some air support to aid their mission. There was minimal property damage however the flames did destroy an abandoned home and a children's playhouse. In all, about 200 acres of charred grassland was left behind. Fire officials say the area may smolder for several days. The fire was reportedly caused by a blown powerline transformer. A handful of homes lost power.

 

Chickasha Mayor Looks to the Future in Address

Chickasha's future growth relies on supporting existing business and industry and developing a vibrant downtown area.  Mayor Chris Mosley made the suggestions in his first State-of-the-City address to business leaders yesterday. Mosley said it's very difficult to recruit companies that provide 100 or more good-paying jobs. Instead of going after those companies, Mosley said -

 

                

 

Mosley and city leaders are also aggressively looking at ways to make big improvements to downtown Chickasha, like creating an arts and entertainment venue to attract tourism dollars. The plan includes applying for grants and seeking private funding that can revitalize downtown.

 

New Economic Development Director May be Named

A business development group has wasted no time in finding a new leader. The Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) is expected to name a new director soon. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said the EDC is expected to hold a special meeting next week to announce the new administrator. Former EDC director Christy Elkins resigned the post last month after nearly six years on the job. She is now the Economic Development Manager for Oklahoma Gas and Electric.

 

Monster Truck Fans Treated to Big Show

Screaming engines, flying dirt and appreciative fans were all part of a big monster truck event at the Grady County Fairgrounds Friday night. Fans were treated to more than two hours of these over-built trucks in the Monster Truck Summer Nationals, with drivers competing for $50,000 in prize money. The show included the world's largest monster truck, Sgt. Smash, and a truck that transforms into a fire-breathing, car eating dinosaur. Two-time world champion Equalizer is also part of the weekend show. If you missed Friday night's show, there's another one tonight (Saturday) at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The pit area opens at 6:30 p.m. for pictures, and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Michael Chavers, Andrea Chavers, and Tommy Howell with the Grady County Disabled American Veterans are on our KOOL Konversation Program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week's guest is Chickasha Schools athletic director and high school football coach, Jerry Don Bray. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. Find them under the Community Tab.

 

 

Friday, July 20th

 

 

 

Gas Well in Alex Puts up Big Numbers

More big news in the energy sector for the region. It's another top-producing well in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, commonly called the SCOOP. A well near Alex is producing 10 million cubic feet feet of natural gas per day in the Woodford play. It's the North Cheyenne 4-10X3H well about three miles south of Alex in Township 4 North, Range 6 West in Section 10. The well was drilled by Gulfport Mid-Con of Oklahoma City. In addition to the large volume of natural gas production, it's also bringing up more than 450 barrels of oil a day.  OK Energy Today reports the well had a spud date of January, 2017 and it wasn't finished until last August and finally completed this past January. There have been an additional 14 permits to drill in Grady County that have recently been approved, including three each for Gulfport Mid-Con and Marathon; and two each by Roan Resources and Traveis Peak Resource. In the STACK play around Kingfisher, 19 permits to drill have recently been approved.

 

Ninnekah Voters to Decide School Bond Issues

Ninnekah school patrons will have two special bond issues to decide when they go to the polls for the August 28th primary run-off election. The two issues total $550,000, with one bond to make improvements to the high school science laboratory, and the other to take care of some transportation needs. Superintendent Todd Bunch says the science lab was part of the original construction at the high school more than 40 years ago. He says students have not been able to do any experiments because of non-working gas and plumbing lines. The bonds would also allow the district to purchase some equipment and furniture for the lab. The second bond issue would allow the district to purchase some new buses and people movers. Should the bond issues be approved, Bunch said there would not be an increase in property taxes, since a current bond will be paid off at the end of this year.

 

Anadarko Back-to-School Expo Nears

Also in education news, students in Anadarko Public Schools will return to the classroom in less than a month. School officials are preparing for the 7th annual back-to-school expo. In addition to meeting teachers and picking up class schedules, the students can get free dental exams and student athletes will be able to get free physicals. There will be numerous organizations with information on ACT testing, special services, Indian education, and college and career information. Also scheduled is a meet-and-greet with new superintendent Jerry McCormick. The first 80 students can get free haircuts, and there will be free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. Participants can also register to win some very nice door prizes. The Anadarko back-to-school expo is Thursday, August 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Warrior Fieldhouse. Anadarko students go back to school the following Thursday, August 9th.

 

DAV May Host Tommy Franks Traveling Museum

An Oklahoman who was the central commander of the U.S. campaign in Iraq is expected to bring an exhibit to Chickasha next month. General Tommy Franks will be hauling his traveling museum to the headquarters of the Grady County Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 17. His permanent museum is in Hobart. Michael Chavers with the Grady County DAV says he's done all the preliminary work to get the traveling museum to the local chapter.

 

                

 

The tentative date for the program is Wednesday, August 22nd. The Grady County DAV Chapter recently re-established a local office, and is assisting veterans in Grady and Caddo counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.46 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.79.

Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,225 and sliver is $15.43.

 

Thursday, July 19th

 

City Manager Won't be Getting Raise

Chickasha's city manager won't be getting a pay hike this year. The city council opted against the increase for top administrator John Noblitt. The council met behind closed doors for about 45 minutes during this week's council meeting to discuss Noblitt's pay. Noblitt has been the city manager since the spring of 2017.

 

Boat and RV Storage; Home Beauty Salon OK'd

Also during this week's meeting, the council approved a re-zoning request that would allow a boat and RV storage business to be developed. Businessman Todd Morris of Todd’s Tire and Auto asked for the re-zoning at the southwest corner of 3rd and Texas to be re-zoned to allow for the storage, as well as the construction of some storage units. The measure passed unanimously. The council also approved a use-on-review for Heather Schenk to operate a beauty shop with a massage therapy practice in the 1200 block of South 18th. Schenk told the council she is licensed and insured, and has been a certified massage therapist for 15 years, with the last eight of them in Chickasha. She said she would not place any advertising signs in her yard. The vote to approve the use-on-review was also unanimous.

 

Utility Donates Former Substation Property to City

Public Service Company of Oklahoma is donating some property it owns to the City of Chickasha. The utility has a couple of lots around 13th and Tennessee that it no longer uses. PSO spokesman Tim Hushbeck explained the matter at this week's city council meeting.

 

                

 

City Councilman Jim Hopkins expressed concern about any an hazardous materials or chemicals on the site, but Hushbeck said he would ensure the lots would be safe for city use. City officials are considering moving a nearby park at 12th and Alabama to that location, with the possibility of expanding Rose Hill Cemetery.

 

This Website to Stream Mayor's 'State-of-the-City' Speech 

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will address city leaders tomorrow morning in his inaugural State of the City address. Mosley's presentation is part of a special chamber of commerce program at InterUrban restaurant. We'll stream the mayor's speech live on this website starting about 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. Look for the Community tab on this website, and find the 'KOOL City Infomation' link.

 

Fire Chief Presented with Distinguished Service Award

Chickasha Fire Chief Brian Zalewski is recognized for going above and beyond his normal duties. City Manager John Noblitt presented the fire chief with a Distinguished Service Award after spent time on a day off to clean the sidewalks at Shannon Springs Park. Noblitt said Zalewski volunteered his own time on the July 4th holiday to spray bird feces off the sidewalks to make pedestrian traffic safer for the thousands of people visited the park to enjoy the fireworks show. Zalewski said he spent about three hours hosing down the sidewalks.

 

Panel to Use Funds to Rehabilitate HUD-type Homes

A local group has received more than a half-million dollars to purchase and renovate houses for  low-income housing needs. Washita Valley Community Action Council has been awarded $500,000 from the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, as part of its Home Investment Partnerships Programs. The state panel is part of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program. Washita Valley will be able to purchase and rehabilitate three rental homes in Chickasha. The group collected an additional $50,000 for operations. Other groups receiving similar funds are the Tri-County Indian Nations Community Development Corporation which will build homes in Garvin and other south-central counties. Groups in Altus, Choctaw, and Muskogee were also awarded funds for affordable housing projects.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.75 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.90.

Natural gas is $2.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,215 and silver is $15.26.

 

 

Wednesday, July 18th

 

 

 

City Officials to Develop Plan to Eliminate Brush, Limb Piles

It doesn't take long for anyone driving through Chickasha neighborhoods to see huge piles of brush and tree limbs on curbs or in center medians. Some of them have been there for weeks if not months. City Councilman Zach Grayson brought up the issue at this week's city council meeting.  City Manager John Noblitt says the city and its private sanitation contractor Waste Connections have brush pick-up programs, but each has limitations. Noblitt says they are working on a plan to encourage residents to remove the brush on their own.

 

                

 

We'll be sure to let you know when that program may take place.

 

New Police Car Purchase Delayed

It will be a while before the Chickasha Police Department can get a new vehicle for its detective division. The department was hoping to get one newer vehicle to replace two damaged vehicles. One was involved in an accident and the other damaged in a shootout. But the city council voted down a plan to purchase a vehicle from an out of town dealer. Here are comments from City Councilman Mark Keeling.

 

                

 

With councilman David Sikes absent from the meeting, the council voted four-four on the issue and five votes needed for passage. Officials will now go out for bid for the new unmarked vehicle for detectives but that won't happen until next month, and a bid may not be awarded until September or later.

 

Teens Arrested, Charged on Robbery, Assault Allegations

A couple of Anadarko teenagers accused of some violent crimes have been charged as youthful offenders.16-year old Raymonda Wetselline and 15-year old Michael Jamael Chase James are facing felony counts of robbery with a weapon, burglary, and aggravated assault and battery. The Lawton Constitution reported the story but provided no details about the allegations. If convicted, the teens are facing at least five years behind bars.

 

Roast Set for Retiring Educator

A lifetime in education will be recognized next month. Greg Winters, superintendent of the Canadian Valley Technology Centers in Chickasha, El Reno, and Yukon, is retiring after spending 40 years in the field. A retirement roast for Winters will be held Tuesday, August 7th on the El Reno Campus. Winters was instrumental in leading the El Reno campus through the aftermath of a huge tornado that destroyed nearly every one of it's buildings in 2013. While there was millions of dollars in damage, there were no fatalities or injuries on the campus. Winters retires at the end of this month. The roast is an invitation-only event, and individuals are asked to RSVP Michelle Hester at the El Reno campus by July 27th by calling 405-422-2285.

 

Ag Producers Facing Deadlines for USDA Programs

Agriculture producers only have a couple more weeks to sign up for USDA programs for the upcoming crop year. Amanda Tye with the Caddo County Farm Service Agency said August 1st is the deadline for both the ARC and PLC programs.

 

                

 

She also said that August 1st is the deadline to request a reconstitution of farming operations. Producers who have sold or purchased a farm or farms in the past year are asked to contact their local FSA office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.08 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.60.

Natural gas is $2.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,223 and silver is $15.47.

 

 

Tuesday, July 17th

 

 

 

Second Chickasha Church Burglarized

Another Chickasha church has been burglarized. Police were called out to College Heights Baptist Church Saturday morning when the burglary was discovered. It's the second church in town to have experience a break-in within the last few weeks.  At the College Heights break-in, someone broke a window to gain entry and is said to have spent a couple of hours inside. Among the items taken were a bass guitar, a laptop and a DVD-Blu Ray player. Officials are not sure if this break-in is related to a similar burglary that occurred at First Assembly of God early this month, where three people were arrested in connection with that burglary. If you have information that can help solve the College Heights Baptist Church break-in, contact Chickasha police by calling 405-222-6050 or the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers at  405-224-TIPS. You can also provide anonymous tips on the Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Texas Murder Suspect Found Dead in Anadarko

A suspect wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide in Texas has been found dead in Anadarko. Anadarko police were summoned to the Wal-Mart parking lot Saturday night, where the suspect's vehicle was said to have been located. The suspect was inside and is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Texas Rangers were looking for 37-year old Jeremy Judd Owens. He was a suspect in the death of a man in the northeastern Texas town of Cromwell, about 300 miles away and east of Tyler, Texas. That’s where a man's body was found in a local cemetery last Friday. There's no word if Owens had any connections in Anadarko.

 

Tuttle Man Faces Rape, Incest Charges

A Grady County man is facing formal charges of rape and incest in connection with an attack on a 16-year old girl. 42-year old Donald Wayne Attebery, Jr. was arrested by Tuttle police last Friday. A probable cause affidavit filed by Tuttle police indicates the assault occurred in March. It state's Attebery walked into the girl's bedroom and forcibly attacked her. During questioning, Attebery denied the assault, but did provide some DNA samples. Tuttle police received word last month that the sample matched DNA on a bed sheet taken from the girl's bedroom. Attebery remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

 

Traffic Light Project Gets Approval

Despite a cost that was 40 percent higher than budgeted, the Chickasha City Council approves a plan expected to improve the flow of traffic through the city. The panel will spend $140,000 to upgrade signal lights and video cameras along 4th Street. The upgraded lights and cameras will be at 4th and Grand, 4th and Chisholm Drive and 4th and Choctaw. City Manager John Noblitt:

 

               

 

Work on the project is expected to start this fall.

 

Poverty 'Exercise' Planned

Many Oklahomans living in poverty face difficult decisions every day. Do you buy food for your family or pay your electricity bill? Do you pawn your wedding ring to get medicine for your kids? Dozens of community leaders will meet in Lawton this week to try and experience those issues. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension says a Poverty Simulation exercise has been developed by the state cooperative extension service.

 

                

 

The exercise allows participants to look at poverty from several angles, then recognize and discuss the potential changes which may be made in their communities.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX drops below $70, down to $68.06.

London-based Brent crude falls to $71.84.

Natural gas was off a penny to $2.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,242 and silver is $15.81.

 

Monday, July 16th

 

 

 

4th Street Traffic-Flow Upgrade Project to be Reviewed

The City of Chickasha may be spending nearly $140,000 on a project officials say would improve the flow of traffic along 4th Street. Officials are recommending a bid from a firm called Traffic Signals of Edmond, which would install a new controller at 4th and Grand, and new video detection at 4th and Grand, 4th and Chisholm Drive, and 4th and Choctaw. The bid from Traffic Signals is the lowest of two bids received. The other was for about $154,000. City Manager John Noblitt said the project is over budget, likely due to an increase in the cost of video equipment. The city budgeted $100,000 and Noblitt is recommending the rest of the funds come from a little-used sidewalk fund. The council will review the plan when it meets tonight.

 

City Council to Discuss City Manager Salary, Re-zoning Issues

The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss a salary review for the city manager. The panel will also consider a request to re-zone some property at 3rd and Texas to allow boat and RV storage and some storage units; and another proposal to allow a use-on-revue for home beauty shop in the 1200 block of South 18th, to include massage therapy services. The Planning Commission recommended that both of those requests be approved. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

U.S. Highway 81 Road, Bridge Upgrades Underway

A number of highway improvement projects are underway along U.S. Highway 81 in Grady County. Jay Earp with the Duncan office of the State Department of Transportation says contractors have just started upgrades on three bridges over the Washita River north of Chickasha. He says one of the bridges had been identified as structurally deficient. Earp says the number of structurally-deficient bridges has been reduced quite a bit over the last several years.

 

                

 

Another U.S. Highway 81 project underway is between Ninnekah and Rush Springs. Contractors are doing an asphalt overlay and repairing the concrete base underneath if needed. Earp said contractors will also soon install cable barriers in the center median along that stretch of highway.

 

Chickasha Mayor to Discuss 'State of the City'

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley is preparing his State of the City address which he will be delivering later this week. Mosley will give his overview of the city this Friday morning in a special program offered by the Chamber of Commerce. Officials ask anyone interested in attending to RSVP by the close of business today (Monday). The program will be at the InterUrban Restaurant this Friday, July 20th with breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. and the program to start about 8:00 a.m. Cost is $10 if you'd like to attend. Chamber president Mark Rathe says 40 people have already signed up to hear the mayor's presentation.

 

Energy Industry Boom Continues

The Sooner State continues to benefit from a surging energy sector. Here's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

               

 

Skinner said the weekly rig count in Oklahoma remained unchanged at 141, while the national rig count grew by two to 1,054.

 

Libraray Moves 'How to Talk to Your Doctor' Program

There has been a change in the date of an upcoming program at the Chickasha Library. It's about how to talk to your doctor and health care professionals more effectively. The original date was Tuesday, July 31st but the date has been moved up a week to Tuesday, July 24th. It's for individuals and care-givers who want to have a more positive inter-action with their health-care providers. It's a free one-hour program that will start at 3:00 p.m. that day but you must register ahead of time. Visit the library or call 405-222-6075.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was lower last week to $71.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude was down to $75.33.

Natural gas was down to $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,244 and silver is $15.84.

 

 

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Saturday, July 14th

 

 

'Vacuum Salesman' Arrested for Break-in Attempt

Frightening moments for some Chickasha residents, when a man who said he was selling vacuum cleaners tries to force his way into their home. It happened Thursday afternoon around 15th and Iowa. A woman told police the man asked if he could clean her floor, and she told him she wasn't interested. A police affidavit alleges the man pulled the porch door open and tried to get in the house. The woman kicked the man in the leg, and locked the door and called 9-1-1. The man walked away cursing, and told the woman she'd be sorry if she called police. The woman gave police a description of the van the man was driving, and authorities located the vehicle just a few blocks away, and arrested the suspect on a burglary complaint. 31-year old Abel Rodriguez of Moore spent the night in jail. On Friday, prosecutors charged him with a misdemeanor of breaking and entering. He is out of jail after posting a $2,500 bond.

 

Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Investigation

Tuttle police are investigating a sexual assault in which a man has been arrested on a rape complaint. No details of the case are available, but we can tell you a 62-year old man was booked into the Grady County Jail Friday night on complaints of rape, incest, and destroying evidence. He'll spend the weekend behind bars. Formal charges could be filed on Monday. We're not releasing his name until prosecutors file formal charges, which could be as early as Monday.

 

Accident Victim Dies Several Days After Crash

An Anadarko man has died from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident earlier this month. 57-year old Scott Tsoodle was hurt in a crash west of Anadarko on July 1st. The Highway Patrol says the car Tsoodle was driving went through a T intersection, then hit both a culvert and a tree. He was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head injuries. The Highway Patrol said Tsoodle died this past Monday.

 

Fire-damaged Home Burns Again

Fire erupts at a vacant home that had previously been gutted by fire. Chickasha fire crews responded to a call in the 600 block of Colorado about 12:30 p.m. Friday. A couple of nearby homes and businesses were threatened by the flames, but none were damaged. The home had been uninhabitable after a previous fire which happened about a year ago. It wasn't clear what started Friday’s fire. We have some video of the fire on our Facebook page, and other viewers have also posted additional video.

 

Sheriff's Office 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, contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. The next Leadership Chickasha training series with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will begin in September. Coordinators Paul Lewis, Kimmie Loggins, and Johnny Trammel will discuss the program on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guest is Jay Earp, division engineer with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. Find them under the Community Tab.

 

Friday, July 13th

 

 

Proposed U.S. Highway 81 Bypass Update

The estimated cost of a U.S. Highway 81 bypass of Chickasha is increasing. Jay Earp is the state Department of Transportation's division engineer for the region that includes Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Comanche counties. Earp says it's believed the project will cost upwards of $200 million. Earp says officials have started the process of purchasing property along the route of the bypass.

 

                

 

Construction is not expected to start for at least two years.  Follow this link to see the proposed route:

https://www.odot.org/cwp-8-year-plan/cwp_ffy2018-ffy2025/8_year_cwp_division7_map.pdf

 

Work on New Aldi's Grocery Store May Begin Soon

A lot of people have been asking about the status of a new grocery store that announced it will be coming to the Chickasha area. We have an update this morning about the Aldi's store. City of Chickasha officials say developers have taken several months to select a general contractor, which has taken place in recent days. The contractor is expected to pick up the design plans from the city's Community Development office within the next week or so, and there's a possibility work could begin by the end of the month. Developers purchased the old Staples store near Highway 81 and H.E. Bailey Turnpike last fall, and in December city officials issued a $2 million permit to renovate that building. There's no word on how long the renovation may take or when the store may by open.

 

Chickasha School District Releases 2018-19  Calendar

Chickasha Public School officials have released the district’s 2018-19 school calendar. The first day of school will be Thursday, August 16th which is just five weeks away. Teachers and many school personnel will have three days of in-service training that will start Monday, August 13th which is 31 days from today. Fall break will be Oct. 18th and 19th; the district will be closed an entire week for Thanksgiving in November. There's a two-week Christmas break, and a full week for spring break in March of 2019. Graduation for seniors will be May 17th, with the last day of school for the rest of the students on May 24th.

 

Bill Wallace School Enrollment Set

By the way, enrollment for students who will attend Bill Wallace school is just a couple of weeks away. Students who will be in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or 1st grade can enroll Wednesday, July 25th or Thursday, July 26th. A flyer announcing the enrollment says if children were students at the school last year, no information is needed unless you've changed your address. Parents of new students will need their children's birth certificates, immunization records; Social Security numbers, and proof of residence. An open house and orientation at Bill Wallace will be on August 9th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.45.

Natural gas is $2.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,241 and silver is $15.83.

 

Thursday, July 12th

 

 

Consumer Spending Stays Strong

Business is booming in Grady County. Recent reports indicate that consumer spending topped $105 million in the month of April. That's a gain of 11 percent from March, and it’s an increase of 66 percent compared to April of last year. We estimate consumer spending when we see the sales tax revenue collected by the county, and factor in the county's sales tax rate. The county collected about $793,000 in sales tax funds based on a sales tax rate of 3/4 of a penny. Here's how that money is spent, all approved by county voters. Nearly $255,000 goes to the Grady County Fairgrounds; another $255,000 is for Grady Memorial Hospital; 20 local fire districts divide $127,000 - so each one gets more than $6,000; seven senior nutrition centers split $127,000 – so each one receives $14,000; Tuttle EMS receives $23,000; and Rush Springs EMS collects almost $5,800.

 

Church Burglary Suspect Charged with Felonies

Formal charges have been filed against one of three people arrested in connection with recent break-ins at Chickasha's First Assembly of God Church. 18-year old Clayton Grigg has been charged with two felonies -  burglary and vandalizing a church. He's being held in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond. A court-appointed attorney has requested a mental competency hearing for Grigg. A 17-year old and a 15-year old were also arrested in connection with the break-in, where some equipment was stolen and thousands of dollars in damage was done. A Chickasha police affidavit indicates the 17-year-old claims that Grigg and the 15-year old did all the damage. There's no word on whether either of the juveniles will be charged as an adult in connection with the crimes.

 

New Chickasha Mayor to Discuss State of the City

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will give his first State of the City address next week. Mosley, who was just elected in March, will discuss the city's status to business leaders as part of a Chamber of Commerce program at InterUrban Restaurant on Friday, July 20th. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m, with Mosley's presentation starting about 8:00 a.m. Cost is $10. Individuals planning to attend are asked to RSVP the chamber by the close of business Monday, July 16th.

 

USAO Regent to be Inducted into State Hall of Fame

A regent for USAO will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Mo Anderson will be added to the hall later this year. Anderson serves as vice chairman for Keller-Williams Realty, and has helped the firm grow from 35 market centers to 530 across the country. Anderson has served as a regent since 2012. She's even a former student. Anderson studied piano as a student when it was known as the Oklahoma College for Women.

 

Road Construction in Elgin Causing Problems

A road construction project is causing some traffic issues just off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike at Elgin. A contractor is widening Highway 277 at the I-44 junction, causing some big-time problems for northbound turnpike traffic exiting at Elgin. Officials estimate as many as 500 vehicles are using that off ramp during the afternoon rush hour drive. The ramp has been narrowed to just one lane for about three weeks while crews work to extend a right turn lane. 

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.38 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.40.

Natural gas is $2.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,244 and silver is $15.90.

 

Wednesday, July 11th

 

 

Chickasha Sees Good Construction Numbers

There has been a lot of new construction in Chickasha in the first half of 2018. About $17.3 million in new projects were approved by the city's Community Development Department. For June, 19 permits totaling $1.1 million were authorized. The largest project is for more construction at the Shoppes at Chisholm Trail. It's a new building going up next to the Cotton Patch Restaurant. Developers will put up a nearly 6,000 sq. ft. building valued at $440,000. Officials have not yet announced what new stores may be locating there. A second project in that area is near Jimmy's Egg, a new 1,400 sq. ft. building valued at $5,000. That will be another mobile phone business, called Boost Mobile. Other commercial projects approved include $70,000 in renovations to Southern Hills Baptist Church near 25th and Country Club, which was damaged by a powerful thunderstorm this spring; Canadian Valley Technology Center will build a new paint booth for its auto body program, a $75,000 effort; and a cell phone tower is to be built at 101 East Grand for $35,000. In residential construction, authorities issued permits to Home Creations to build two new single family homes in the Sleepy Hollow Two addition. Each of them valued near $150,000. Also approved, the construction of a duplex in the 200 block of South 15th Street to a firm called Deda Homes, which is a $140,000 project. Authorities also approved the construction of a pole barn north of 29th and Georgia, a $20,000 project.

               

$7.8 Million in Budget Requests Issued by County Leaders

Officials with Grady County government offices have submitted budget  requests for the 2019 fiscal year that are nearly 8 percent higher than last year’s actual spending plan. Department heads submitted requests at a recent excise board meeting. The requests add up to more than $7.8 million, which is up from the $7.2 million from the 2018 fiscal year that ended last month. The Grady County Sheriff's Office has the largest budget of any department. The agency is asking for $1.8 million, up from $1.4 million from last year. Sheriff Jim Weir is hoping to purchase body cameras for his deputies. Also asking for increases, emergency management asking to nearly double its budget, from $164,000 to nearly $320,000; the  court clerk budget is seeking a nearly $25,000 increase to $544,000; and the assessor's office asking for a $30,000 bump to $417,000. The county clerk budget request is lower by $20,000 to $730,000. Budgets for county commissioners and the district attorney’s office are not included. The proposed budget also includes a $600,000 payment to the Grady County Jail. Officials are also budgeting $250,000 for courthouse repairs, the same as last year. The budget proposal will be reviewed at the next county excise board meeting, where accountants will give an estimate of projected revenue for the coming year, and many of these requests will more than likely be revised.

 

Seminar on Human Trafficking Set

A local church hopes to increase awareness about the problem of human trafficking. Grand Assembly of God will host a couple of speakers to discuss the issue and how to recognize potential victims. Michael Snowden with the Human Trafficking Division of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics; and Joni Middleton a missionary with Project Rescue will lead the discussion. The program will be Saturday, July 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Grady County OSU Alumni Schedule Senior Send-Off

Only a few more weeks of summer vacation remain for public school and college students. For last year's high school seniors in Grady County who will be headed to Oklahoma State, the Grady County OSU Alumni Association will have a senior send-off. Pistol Pete and a guest speaker from OSU will be part of the program. There will be live and silent auctions, and all current OSU students from Grady County can enter a drawing for a scholarship. The senior send-off is open to all OSU alumni and students. It will be at the Byford Buick-GMC dealership in Chickasha next Thursday, July 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

               

Grady, Caddo County FSA Offices Have Job Openings               

If you're interested in a career related to agriculture, there are openings in both the Grady and Caddo County Farm Service Agencies. Mark Jackson is with with the Grady county office.

 

                

 

Jackson said the positions include full federal benefits.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.11 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.86.

Natural gas is $2.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,250 and silver is $15.97.

 

Tuesday, July 10th

 

 

 

Long-term Contract Expected for Chix School Superintendent

The Chickasha school board is expected to approve a two-year contract with the district's superintendent. Last month, the board approved hiring Jack Herron, who has been serving as the district’s interim superintendent since January. Much of the discussion of Herron's contract will be done behind closed doors, but the final vote will be made in an open forum. The board is also expected to name Renee Jacques as the new principal at Grand Avenue Elementary School. Jacques has been the assistant principal at the school. She'll take over for Cindy Stone, who stepped down from the post to accept a similar position at a Norman school. The board of education may also accept the resignations of administrative assistant Jolinda Brown, who had been working in the administration building; and Denise Burns who had been employed as a school counselor. The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the school administration building.

 

Hearing Set for Proposed RV, Boat Storage Business

A request to rezone some commercial property is among several issues that will have public hearings in front of the Chickasha Planning Commission today. Todd Morris is asking that some property on the southwest corner of 3rd and Texas be re-zoned to allow boat and RV storage, as well as some storage units. The site is already zoned C-1, but Morris is asking to re-zone the area as C-2. A second public hearing will be held for James Stephens, who is asking for a variance of the city's building code. Stephens wants to build an accessory building over the maximum size of 600 sq. ft. that's allowed in a residential area. A third public hearing will be held on a request by Heather Schenk, who is seeking a use-on-review in order to operate a massage therapy clinic at her home. Regardless of the planning commission's decisions regarding these issues, they all must get city council approval at a later date before moving forward. The planning commission meets at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon at city hall.

 

One Critical After Cyril Crash               

A traffic accident near Cyril yesterday sends three people to the hospital, with one in critical condition. The driver of one vehicle, 22-year old Karli Garrett from the Ft. Worth, Texas area, was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, trunk, and internal injuries. Two Apache residents in an SUV, including the driver - identified as 52-year old Astrid Smith - and an un-named 14-year old boy were taken to a Lawton hospital where they were treated and released. The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. Monday, about two miles west of Cyril on State Highway 19. The Highway Patrol reports that Garrett failed to stop at a stop sign, and was broadsided by the SUV. The accident closed the highway for nearly an hour-and-a-half.

 

Grady County Woman Receives State Award

A Grady County woman receives a state honor. Peggy Eiss is awarded the Oklahoma Home and Community Education State Rookie of the Year Award. As the Southwest Oklahoma district rookie-of-the-year, Eiss was one of four finalists. The award was announced during the state OHCE conference last night. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension says Eiss is an active member with the Spring Creek group.

 

                

 

Eiss, who has been an OHCE member for three years, works at the county level as reporter and chairs the public relations committee. She has a passion for helping those in need, especially the elderly.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.85 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.07.

Natural gas is to $2.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,253 and silver is $16.03.

 

Monday, July 9th

 

 

Two Die in Separate Semi Crashes Along I-40 in Caddo County

Two deadly accidents involving semis occurred along a stretch of I-40 near Hinton over the weekend. The accidents occurred within a few hours of each other. The first happened about 9:30 a.m. Friday, a mile west of Hinton. The drive shaft of a semi broke, and four cars behind the rig all hit the debris.  30-year old Landon Sayers of Altus died as a result of the accident. The highway patrol reports he lost control of his vehicle, ran off the highway and rolled several times, and was pinned in the vehicle for about 15 minutes. None of the other drivers were injured. The other accident was a fiery head-on collision involving two semis. That happened three miles east of Hinton about 7:00 p.m. Friday.  34-year old Justin James Schneider of Elk City died in the crash. State troopers say Schneider was westbound on the interstate when a tire blew.  He crashed through the cable barrier in the median and hit the on-coming big rig. Schneider was ejected from his cab. The other driver, 50-year old Tirso Leyva of Phoenix, Arizona managed to escape uninjured. The crash closed the east bound lanes of the interstate for nearly 10 hours.

 

Amber Truck Driver Involved in Serious Crash

Also on Friday, an Amber truck driver was involved in traffic accident in eastern Oklahoma. 34-year old Cynthia Rittenberry, - driving a 2016 Peterbilt - was not hurt, however the driver of the other vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries. That accident happened Friday afternoon south of Wagoner on U.S. Highway 69 and the Muskogee Turnpike. The highway patrol reports that Rittenberry was northbound, when the other vehicle tried to merge onto the highway and drove into Rittenberry's path. The other driver, identified as 45-year old Samantha Otterbine of Muskogee, was last in critical condition with head, neck, and internal injuries in a Tulsa hospital.

 

Drowning Reported Near Bray

A Marlow woman has drowned in eastern Stephens County. 61-year old Beverly Ann Cook was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical examiner. The drowning occurred just after 9:00 p.m. Sunday about four miles east of Bray. The Highway Patrol sais she was not using a flotation device.

 

OU Wrestling Legend Found OK After Silver Alert Issued

Family, friends, and fans of an Oklahoma wrestling legend are breathing a collective sigh of relief. A Silver Alert for Danny Hodge was issued by Perry police Saturday night. Hodge is 86 years old and suffers from dementia.  The alert was canceled late Sunday afternoon. The website Intermat reported that Hodge’s granddaughter, Stacy Wilson, posted a message on Facebook saying that Hodge had been located in Tulsa, about 90 miles from his home. Hodge was a three-time NCAA champion at OU and went 46-0 from 1955-57. He was a member of the U.S. men's freestyle wrestling teams in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, and won a Silver Medal in 1956.

 

Alex School Expansion Continues

Some new elementary classrooms, a library and other new buildings are in the future at Alex Public Schools. Patrons approved a $15 million bond issue earlier this year to expand the elementary school to include six additional classrooms and a new library. Superintendent Jason James also says it will allow the district to have a state-of-the-art facility for high-tech courses.

 

                

 

The district has already purchased I-pads and lap tops for students to use with their classes.

 

Now 8 Thailand Kids Rescued from Cave

More good news out of Thailand this morning. Four more members of a boys soccer team trapped in a cave for more than two weeks have been rescued. So far, eight of the 12 youngsters have been saved. Four more youth and their coach remain trapped 2 1/2 miles from the cave's entrance.

 

Rig Count Rises in Oklahoma and the Nation

The rig count is up slightly both in Oklahoma and across the country this week. Oklahoma's rig count was up one to 141 this past week. Nationwide, the rig count grew by five, up to 1,052. Texas has the most active rigs with 526. Oklahoma is second with its 141, with New Mexico, third at 99. Kansas has 50 active rigs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down last week to $73.80 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude was lower as well, to $77.11.

Natural gas slid to $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,264 and silver is $16.25.

 

Saturday, July 7th

 

 

'Vacuum Salesman' Arrested for Break-in Attempt

Frightening moments for some Chickasha residents, when a man who said he was selling vacuum cleaners tries to force his way into their home. It happened Thursday afternoon around 15th and Iowa. A woman told police the man asked if he could clean her floor, and she told him she wasn't interested. A police affidavit alleges the man pulled the porch door open and tried to get in the house. The woman kicked the man in the leg, and locked the door and called 9-1-1. The man walked away cursing, and told the woman she'd be sorry if she called police. The woman gave police a description of the van the man was driving, and authorities located the vehicle just a few blocks away, and arrested the suspect on a burglary complaint. 31-year old Abel Rodriguez of Moore spent the night in jail. On Friday, prosecutors charged him with a misdemeanor of breaking and entering. He is out of jail after posting a $2,500 bond.

 

Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Investigation

Tuttle police are investigating a sexual assault in which a man has been arrested on a rape complaint. No details of the case are available, but we can tell you a 62-year old man was booked into the Grady County Jail Friday night on complaints of rape, incest, and destroying evidence. He'll spend the weekend behind bars. Formal charges could be filed on Monday. We're not releasing his name until prosecutors file formal charges, which could be as early as Monday.

 

Accident Victim Dies Several Days After Crash

An Anadarko man has died from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident earlier this month. 57-year old Scott Tsoodle was hurt in a crash west of Anadarko on July 1st. The Highway Patrol says the car Tsoodle was driving went through a T intersection, then hit both a culvert and a tree. He was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head injuries. The Highway Patrol said Tsoodle died this past Monday.

 

Fire-damaged Home Burns Again

Fire erupts at a vacant home that had previously been gutted by fire. Chickasha fire crews responded to a call in the 600 block of Colorado about 12:30 p.m. Friday. A couple of nearby homes and businesses were threatened by the flames, but none were damaged. The home had been uninhabitable after a previous fire which happened about a year ago. It wasn't clear what started Friday’s fire. We have some video of the fire on our Facebook page, and other viewers have also posted additional video.

 

Sheriff's Office 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, contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. The next Leadership Chickasha training series with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will begin in September. Coordinators Paul Lewis, Kimmie Loggins, and Johnny Trammel will discuss the program on our KOOL Konversation. We have a link to the program elsewhere on this website. Find it under the Community Tab.

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Saturday July 7th

 

 Confirmed case of Human West Nile

     The Oklahoma City-County Health Department has confirmed a human case of West Nile Virus in Oklahoma County. OCCHD Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby said, “Residents should be vigilant  by getting rid of any sources of stagnant water and always wear repellent containing DEET.” Residents should check their property carefully. Empty buckets, flower pots, old tires …anything that Retains water. And don’t forget to Empty and refill your pet’s outdoor water bowl daily. West Nile symptoms include fever, headache, body ache, and sometimes a rash. If symptoms are severe, please contact your doctor immediately.

 

A Sunday night kidnapping and assault allegation

has a 21-year-old James Camaron Carter sitting in jail on $50,000 bond.

Carter made his initial appearance Monday in Stephens County District Court

and was charged with a felony count of kidnapping, and a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse. The kidnapping charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

 

Wheat harvest is wrapping up across the state.

According to Oklahoma Wheat Commission Report, Southwest Oklahoma was listed at 99 percent complete with harvest earlier in the week. Cody Gerlach manager for Consolidated Grain and Barge reports, “It seems this harvest yield was a lot smaller, but overall prices stayed moderate, allowing  farmers to take advantage of higher prices to offset the lower production. USDA currently estimates the Oklahoma wheat crop to at 52 million bushels, down 47 percent from last year," "Yields per acre is at 26 bushels, with 2 million acres that were harvested."

 

Horse Show

If you Love Horses, the American Stock Horse Association Show is today and Sunday at the Grady County Fair Grounds Event Center. Point of contact is Jason at 580-399-6878

Here’s an update to last weekend’s church robbery.

Chickasha police arrested 3 people in connection to the First Assembly of God Church break in’s According to the Chickasha Police Department, a 15 year old male, a 17 year old male and 18 year old Clayton Griggs were arrested July 4th. Griggs was booked into Grady county on charges of 1 count of burglary in the 2nd degree and 1 count of destruction of church, or other contents. No information on bond or arraignment at this time

 

The Chickasha public library is starting their July Programs.

Preschool Storytime for 5 and under. It’s year round Wednesday mornings from 10:10 to 11, or 11:10 to 12.

Story time with Grandpa is Tuesday afternoons at 3, and it is all free for the public.

 

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend.

Lt. David Brittle with the Salvation Army, serving both Grady and Caddo County’s, is this week’s guest on our KOOL Conversation. He’s talking about July being Energy Aid Month and other programs. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week’s guest is Alex School Superintendent Jason James. The KOOL Conversation, airs right after the 8 o’clock news this morning. That is followed at 8:30 by Real Estate Today. If you miss the shows, we have links on our website at KOOL1055FM.COM and under the community tab. 


 

 Friday July 6th

Church robbery Suspects caught and awaiting arraignment.                   

     Here’s an update to last weekend’s church robbery. Chickasha police arrested 3 people in connection to the First Assembly of God Church break in’s According to the Chickasha Police Department, a 15 year old male, a 17 year old male and 18 year old Clayton Griggs were arrested the afternoon of July 4th. Griggs was booked into Grady county on charges of 1 count of burglary in the 2nd degree and 1 count of destruction of church, or other contents. CPD officers developed leads in the crime through an early morning Auto burglary, which lead officers to two locations containing the church’s stolen items. No information on bond or arraignment at this time

 

If you Love Horses, 

the American Stock Horse Association Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Grady County Fair Grounds Event Center For more information contact Jason at 580-399-6878

 

Duncan man Battles over a bicycle resulting in injuries.

Charles Vestle Cox Jr., 42 has been jail on $75,000 bond following a bloody battle over a bicycle. Cox made his initial appearance Tuesday in Stephens County District Court for a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Court records indicate Cox has a former conviction for a felony. His prior record makes him eligible for 10 years to life in prison, if convicted.

 

4th of July Signs for PTSD Veterans’ in MUSTANG

According to a Mustang city leader, City Hall passed out signs for combat veterans struggling with fireworks. The idea came from a few resident who have flash-backs when fireworks go off in their vicinity. According to Scotty Deathe-rage …the executive director of Honoring America’s Warriors in Oklahoma City. “Not all veterans are impacted by fireworks on Fourth of July, many enjoy them.”….And he says, “The signs showed our veterans we appreciate and support them.”

 

The Chickasha public library is starting their July Programs.

Preschool Storytime for 5 and under is year round Wednesday mornings from 10:10 to 11, or 11:10 to 12. Story time with Grandpa is Tuesday afternoons at 3, and it is all free for the public.

 

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend.

Lt. David Brittle with the Salvation Army, serving both Grady and Caddo County’s, is this week’s guest on our KOOL Conversation. He’s talking about July being Energy Aid Month and other programs. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week’s guest is Alex School Superintendent Jason James. The KOOL Conversation, airs right after the 8 o’clock news tomorrow morning. That is followed at 8:30 by Real Estate Today. We have links on our website so go to KOOL1055FM.COM and you’ll see them under the community tab. 

 

Thursday July 5th

An update on Last weekend’s Church Vandalism         

 

Chickasha police arrested 3 people in connection to the First Assembly of God Church break in’s According to the Chickasha Police Department, a 15 year old male, a 17 year old male and 18 year old Clayton Griggs  were arrested the afternoon of July 4th . Griggs was booked into Grady county at 1:54 that afternoon 1:on 1 count of  burglary in the 2nd degree and 1 count of destruction of church, or other contents CPD officers were able to developed leads in the crime through an early morning Auto burglary, Which lead officers to two locations containing the church’s stolen items. The church suffered thousands of dollars in damage, and Electronic equipment was stolen.

 

American Stock Horse Show

If you Love Horses, the American Stock Horse Association Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Grady County Fair Grounds Event Center For more information contact Jason at 580-399-6878

 

Apache man arrested for shooting father.

41-year-old Travis Martin Koehn is in jail on a $1 million bond

after he was found, investigators say, after shooting his father in the chest and himself in the foot.

Koehn made his initial appearance in Caddo County District Court where he was charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony; and a misdemeanor count of resisting police,. He faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

 

4th of July Signs for PTSD Veterans’ in MUSTANG

According to a Mustang city leader, City Hall passed out signs for combat veterans struggling with fireworks. The idea came from a few resident who have flash-backs when fireworks go off in their vicinity. According to Scotty Deathe-rage …the executive director of Honoring America’s Warriors in Oklahoma City. “The signs are important to a small percentage of those who need them, Not all veterans are impacted by fireworks on Fourth of July,

many enjoy it.” And he says, “The signs showed our veterans we appreciate and we support them.”

 

Tuition is set to increase at many higher education institutions.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved an increase of tuition and fees for colleges and universities. The increases range from $130 dollars at Carl Albert State College to $480 at both Oklahoma Panhandle State University and the U S A O. Oklahoma State University increase by $280 dollars. According to “college tuition compare.com”

School Name

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Credit Hour

In-State

In-State

 

 

 

USAO…University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences

     $7,153

           $160

 

University of Oklahoma-Norman

     $9,063

           $160

         

 

 If you traveled for Independence Day you noticed pump prices continuing to rise.

According to AAA, prices are at their highest mark since 2014. At a national average $2.86 per gallon,  63 cents higher than a year ago, And lower than 2008, of $4.09. But Prices have been typical of the spring peak, and are remaining stable.

 

 

Tuesday, July 3rd

 

Chickasha City Audit OK, with Caution 

A detailed look at the financial situation at Chickasha City Hall gives the city an above-average grade. The results of a lengthy audit of city books were presented during last night’s city council meeting. The audit reviewed records about 2012 to 2017. Frank Crawford of Crawford and Associates accounting firm of Oklahoma City said he whittled the 120-page audit down to a  20-page summary. Overall, Crawford said on a scale of zero to ten, the city is above satisfactory. However…

 

 

The city got a score of zero when it comes to utilities like water and sewer. He said for every one dollar in cost the city is only getting 72 cents in revenue. Other categories that were less than favorable included the level of the unassigned general fund balance; capital asset condition; sales tax growth; and revenue dispersion.  The city’s sales tax rate of 3.75 percent received a 4. The review said in their model, a 2 percent tax rate is considered excellent, and a 5-percent rate was high.  The city received 10s in several categories including rainy day funds; asset-to-debt; ability to pay employees and vendors on time; short-term cash position; and property tax per capita. In that last category, the city had no outstanding general obligation bonds, so no property taxes are in effect.

 

$1 Million Bond for Man Who Alledgely Shoots His Father

An update to a story we aired last week about a shooting in Apache. One person has been arrested and being held on a $1 million bond for allegedly shooting his father.  41-year old Travis Martin Koehn is in the Caddo County Jail after being charged with felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and having a firearm after felony conviction. He’s also charged with a misdemeanor of resisting police. It’s alleged Koehn shot is father in the chest, and also shot himself in the foot. Koehn was on probation after pleaded no contest to assaulting an Apache police officer in 2016, stemming from an incident that occurred in September of 2014. He was sentenced to five years, and served one year in the county jail. Koehn’s father, Raymond Felton Koehn, was still in critical condition in an Oklahoma City hospital this morning. It’s not clear what prompted the shooting.

 

Manhunt Suspect Who Was Arrested is Charged

Now an update regarding a story we had this past weekend, about the man arrested following a manhunt in the Verden area. 22-year old Angel Jimenez is facing Grady County charges of drug trafficking, intent to distribute drugs, and having a firearm while on probation. Jimenez, of Anadarko, was in a vehicle that was pulled over on a traffic stop north of Verden last Thursday. He fled the area on foot, leading to a seven-hour manhunt by more than dozen law enforcement officers. Jimenez was arrested about a mile from the scene early Friday morning. He remains in the Grady County Jail pending a $50,000 bond.

 

Boots and Badges Blood Drive; Water Sought, Too

A friendly but important competition today among local first responders. A boots and badges blood drive will be held this afternoon, with firefighters and law enforcement officers and their supporters urged to roll up their sleeves. Donors will be asked which group they want to receive credit for the donation. Donors will get two t-shirts at today's blood drive, along with tickets to an Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball game and two tickets to the Oklahoma Science Museum. In addition to the blood drive, individuals and businesses are asked to donate bottled water to help the crews stay hydrated when they are working a fire or emergency situation. The Grady County Sheriff's Office will have its Humvee on site, so officials are asking to fill the Hummer with water. USW officials have already donated the first 20 cases of water. The blood and water drive is from 1:00-6:00 p.m. today at Chickasha's first Baptist Church at 4th and Colorado.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.94 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.30

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,247 and silver is $15.99Monday, July 2nd

 

Packaging Firm Expected to Be Open After Weekend Fire

A three-alarm blaze kept fire crews busy at Chickasha's Greenbay Packaging Company over the weekend. The fire started a few minutes after the plant closed Friday night. Chickasha fire officials called in Anadarko and Tuttle to help battle the flames which were contained inside the building. There was one person in the office when the fire started, however she was able to escape without injury. Crews were on the scene for about three hours. Chickasha Fire Chief Brian Zalewski said the fire started at a malfunctioning compressor. Plant Manager Mark Hoppenjanz says it appears a part in the compressor over-heated, and caused some material around the unit to catch fire. He said they had a back-up compressor they were able to install, and believed the plant would be back in operation this morning with no work lost.

 

Youth Can Take Advantage of Summer Food Program

Children of needy families can get free daily meals this summer in a number of communties, thanks to the Regional Food Bank. The program runs almost every weekday through the summer. The food bank provides back packs filled with food for the kids for weekends during school. Angie Doss with the food bank says they offer the summer program while the youth are out of class.

 

                

 

In Chickasha, the program is held at the YMCA from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a snack also provided in the afternoon. In Anadarko, kids can go to the city's library. The programs will be closed this Wednesday for the 4th of July. Anadarko's summer program will end July 31st. The Chickasha program runs through Aug. 10th.

 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Successful

By the way, the spring food drive for the Regional Food Bank held by the mail men and women in Oklahoma was again a big success. It brought in more than 745,000 pounds of food and nearly $155,000 in cash donations. Postal patrons placed bags of food at their mailboxes in May for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Letter Carriers, and the United States Postal Service. The donated food will be distributed to nearly 200 communities in central and western parts of the state.

 

Accounting Firm to Give Info to Chickasha City Council

The Chickasha City Council meets tonight for the first time in the new fiscal year. City, county, and state governments turned the page to the 2019 fiscal year, which runs July 1st through June 30th of next year. The council is to hear a presentation from the accounting firm of Crawford and Associates, and may authorize city hall to go out for bids for a sidewalk improvement program. The panel is also expected to recognize Robert Jackson of the Parks Department as the city's employee of the month. The city council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Son of Grady County Sheriff Promoted by OKC PD

The son of Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir has earned a promotion. Ben Weir was recently promoted to lieutenant for the Oklahoma City Police Department. The sheriff was able to attend the ceremony.

 

July 4th Celebrations Continue

A number of communities celebrated the 4th of July early, with activities and fireworks over the weekend. Other areas are marking America's 242nd birthday tonight. In Blanchard, activities will start about 6:00 p.m. with live music to include Blanchard's own Grammy-award winning Jody Miller, with other performances from Banana Seat and the Oklahoma Symphonic Band. Fireworks will start at dusk, which will be about 9:45 p.m. Chickasha's Independence Day party will be Wednesday, July 4th. The Chickasha Area Arts Council will host activities at Shannon Springs Park starting at 4:00 p.m. Local businesses have contributed some $15,000 for the fireworks display at the park whick will include 3,500 fireworks.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX up to $74.15 a barrel, which is an increase of  11 percent in June and up 23 percent since January. London-based Brent crude  up to $79.44 a barrel, about a 13 percent increase since January.

Natural gas is $2.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,249 and silver is $16.00

 

 

 

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Saturday, June 30th

 

Three-Alarm Fire at Chickasha's Industrial Park

A fire breaks out at a Chickasha firm that manufactures cardboard shipping containers. It was a three-alarm fire at Green Bay Packaging Company, in the city's industrial park near the Chickasha schools bus barn. The fire started just after 5:30 p.m. Friday and fire departments from Anadarko and Tuttle were summoned to help in beating back the flames. Chickasha fire chief Brian Zalewski.

 

                

 

One person was in an office when the fire started and she was able to escape without injury. Officials traced the fire to a large 8-foot-by-8-foot-by-10-foot compressor inside the large one-story metal frame building. A damage estimate was not available.

 

One in Custody Following 7-Hour Manhunt

A manhunt in western Grady County Thursday night. More than a dozen law enforcement officials were part of the nearly seven-hour search. Verden police, state troopers, Grady and Caddo county sheriff's deputies, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs searched a wide area from north of Verden to Lake Chickasha. The highway patrol brought in a helicopter and deputies also had the help of a K9 officer. The manhunt stemmed from a traffic stop made about 7:00 p.m. Thursday. An officer is alleged to have discovered drugs and a weapon in the vehicle and handcuffed the driver and two passengers. One of the passengers fled on foot still in handcuffs. Officials found 22-year old Angel Jimenez of Andarko about 2:00 a.m. Friday about a mile from where the traffic stop was made. Caddo County authorities had just issued an arrest warrant for Jimenez earlier Thursday. He pleaded guilty to burglary charges out of Anadarko last year, and was wanted for an application to impose judgement and sentence. Jimenez was given a five-year deferred sentence. Jimenez is now in the Grady County Jail where he is being held on complaints including escape from arrest and drug possession. The driver of the car, 21-year old Jacy Wall, is being held on complaints of drug possession and speeding. The other passenger was not arrested.

 

Two Injured in Apache Shooting

Details are scarce regarding a shooting in Caddo County this week. Two people were transported to hospitals after the shooting, which occurred at a home on the east edge of Apache Thursday night. Reports indicated that one person was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, and the other to a hospital in Lawton. Their names and conditions are not known. Apache police, the Caddo County Sheriff's office and OSBI were all part of the initial investigation. Unconfirmed reports are that the shooting victims are related, and that one may have shot the other. Apache police have not been available for comment.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Angie Doss with the Regional Food Bank is on our KOOL Konversation program. She'll be discussing the free summer food programs available to youth in the region, and the farm-to-food bank program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guest is Gary Caimano with Western Enterprises, the company that provides the fireworks for Chickasha's 4th of July celebration. There are links to both programs elsewhere on this website. Find them under the Community tab.

 

Friday, June 29th

 

Oil Well One of the State's Top Producers

Grady County has one of the largest producing oil wells in Oklahoma this week. The well northeast of Cement was bringing in more than 2,300 barrels of oil a day. The Schenk Trust No. 1-17HXL belongs to Unit Petroleum. The well was completed in January. The website www.okenergytoday.com  reports it's among eight completed wells in the county. The well is one of many in the SCOOP play which includes much of Grady, McClain, and Garvin counties. There were big producers in the STACK play, too. Devon Energy also had a well producing more than 2,300 barrels of oil a day north of Watonga. Cimarex Energy and Continental Resources had wells producing well over 1,100 barrels of oil a day, also in the Watonga area.

 

Attorney General Backs PSO Tax Cut Ruling

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter backs a recommendation that Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) pass its federal income tax cut on to its customers. Administrative law judge Mary Candler made the recommendation. Hunter wants the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to act on the ruling as soon as possible. Hunter said the tax cut provides an opportunity for real savings for PSO customers, especially with rising utility bills during the heat of the summer. If approved, it's estimated that the average PSO residential customer would get about $24. School districts and business would also see energy savings.

 

U.S. Senate OK's Farm Bill; Inhofe, Lankford Vote Against It

The U.S. Senate has passed its version of the farm bill, but both Republican Oklahoma senators, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, voted against it. Inhofe says that he was sure the bill was going to pass, but said many senators try to add un-necessary changes.

 

                

 

Inhofe says that 80 percent of the farm bill is connected to welfare, and particularly SNAP benefits. He said liberals measure compassion by the number of people on welfare, and that conservatives measure compassion by the number of people who get off of welfare. The farm bill will now go to a house and senate conference committee.

 

Bulls and Barrel Racing Abound 

Some of the top bull riders in the three-state region will be in Chickasha looking to earn a big paycheck. The Firecracker Bull Bash is a one-night event at the Grady County Fairgrounds tomorrow night. 40 riders and 40 bulls will come out of the chutes, with the riders gunning for $3,000 in added money. One of the promoters is two-time Texas state bull-riding champ, Tanner Biddy. The other is Jason Cox of Blanchard.

 

                

 

The Firecracker Bull Bash is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the outdoor arena on the Grady County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $8 at the gate; seniors 65 and over $4; and children 12-and-under are free. The same promoters are putting on one of richest barrel-racing competitions at the fairgrounds tomorrow morning. About 200 contestants of all ages are expected to compete for $3,000 added money in that event as well. There is free admission to the Firecracker Barrel Bash, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX climbs to $73.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude rises to $77.85.

Natural gas was down to $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,252 and silver is $16.11

 

Thursday, June 28th

 

Unemployment Up Slightly in Grady County; Steady Statewide

Oklahoma's jobless rate remains at a very low level. Unemployment was steady from April to May at 4 percent.  In Grady County the jobless rate was up slightly, from 3.3 percent in April to 3.5 percent in May. It’s down compared to May of last year, when unemployment was 4.2 percent. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports that Grady County's total labor force is more than 26,300 workers. Of those, 924 were out of work and actively seeking employment through that state agency. In surrounding areas, Caddo County unemployment was 4 percent; Comanche County, 4.3 percent; Stephens County, 4.8 percent; Garvin County, 3.8 percent; and McClain County, 3.2 percent.

 

Woman Sought for Theft of Deputy's Credit Card

Caddo County authorities are looking for a woman accused of two crimes - one for stealing a deputy sheriff's credit card and the other for running a con game on a dating website. An arrest warrant has been issued for 22-year old Seneca Eufamia Wilder. She is charged with felonies that include bogus checks, taking or receiving stolen credit cards, and using a computer while committing a crime. She's also facing a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a credit card The Lawton Constitution reports Wilder is accused of implementing the con game with a man from Texas on the Sugar Daddy website.

 

Energy Group Honors Halliburton

Halliburton is recognized by a state energy group. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association awarded its annual Partner Award to the Houston-based firm, which has operations in Duncan. Halliburton is the first two-time recipient of the award. OIPA officials say Halliburton does extraordinary work in the community, disaster relief, and responds every time they are needed. Halliburton will celebrate 100 years in business next year. It's one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry, which employs more than 55,000 people worldwide.

 

Long-time Career Tech Administrator to Retire

A 40-year career in education will be celebrated later this summer. Greg Winters is retiring after spending nearly his entire adult life in the career tech field. For the last several years, Winters has been the superintendent for Canadian Valley Technology Center campuses in Chickasha, El Reno, and Yukon. Winters legacy will be leading the El Reno campus through the destruction left behind in what is believed to be the largest tornado on record - a 2 1/2 mile wide tornado spinning at more than 300 miles per hour - that destroyed nearly every building on the campus five years ago. Winters will be honored at a retirement roast on the El Reno campus on August 7th. It's called the Rock Around the Clock 2018 World Tour.

 

Local Student Earns Trip to Washington, D.C.

A Grady County 4Her is home after a visit to the nation's capital. Beth Armstrong was part of this year's Citizenship Washington Focus. It's a 10-day trip that included tours of numerous landmarks and learning about how they can help their own communities.

 

                

 

Armstrong said the Oklahoma 4H delegation received a $500 grant which will be used to make blankets and other items for children who are placed in protective custody.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.62.

Natural gas is $2.99 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,252 and silver is $16.16

 

Wednesday, June 27th

 

 

Kory Kirkland Wins District Judge Post

Grady and Caddo County voters opt to keep Kory Kirkland as District Judge. Kirkland defeated two candidates to win the judicial election in Tuesday's primary election.  Kirkland picked up nearly 54 percent of the vote over challengers Ryland Rivas II and Doug Carel. Kirkland garnered 10,282 votes of the more than 19,000 cast. Rivas II and Carel nearly split the remaining votes. Carel received 4,502 or 23.5 percent and Rivas collected 4,387 or 23 percent. Kirkland was appointed to the post by Gov. Mary Fallin in May of 2017 following the retirement of Richard Van Dyck. Kirkland will serve a four-year term beginning in January.

 

Incumbent County Commissioners Will be in Run-offs

Two incumbent Grady County commissioners were forced into a run-off in the primary. In District 3, incumbent Ralph Beard will face fellow Democrat Lee Dorman in the August run-off. Dorman picked up about 100 more votes - 1,009 or 47 percent - while Beard received 905 or 42 percent. A third candidate, Jefferey Cramer, received 214 or 11 percent. Beard and Dorman will face off in the August 28th run-off. The winner will be the District Three commissioner since no Republicans filed for the office. In District One, Republican incumbent Windle Hardy will be in a run-off with Michael Walker. The two men finished within five votes of each other.  Hardy received 1,236 votes, or 37.8 percent. Walker received 1,231 votes or 37.6 percent. A third candidate, Billy Clapper, picked up 736 tallies or 25 percent. Hardy and Walker will meet in the August run-off, with that winner being elected. No Democrats filed for the office.

 

Caddo County Assessor Ekes Out Primary Win

In Caddo County, assessor Edward Whitworth held off a Democratic challenger, and will go on to the November general election. Whitworth picked up 53 percent of the vote in defeating Kelly Caye Ratzlaff. Whitworth wil face Republican challenger Belita Jo Lee Byrd in November.

 

Liquor-by-the-Drink Passes in Caddo County

Caddo County voters also passed liquor-by-the-drink. The measure passed with more than 65 percent approval - 4,045 to 2,239.

 

McClain County Commissioner Election Results

In McLain County, Terry Daniel will be the new county commissioner in District 3. Daniel won the Republican primary in a close race, defeating Jim McClain by 70 votes, 991 to 921, or 52 percent of the vote. There were no Democratic candidates. Daniel will take over for Shorty Foster. In District One, Republican Glen Murray will face Democrat Larry Davis for the seat in November. Murray defeated Chuck Spray in the GOP primary with 64 percent of the vote, 996 to 562. Davis defeated Chris Sheehy in the Democratic primary by 35 votes, 670 to 635, or 51 percent of the vote.

 

State Rep. Scooter Park Defeated By Toni Hasenbeck

In state legislative races, State Representative Scooter Park in House District 65 was defeated in the Republican primary in a close race with Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin. Hasenbeck won by 124 votes, 1,738 to 1,624 or just under 52 percent.  Hassenbeck will go on to face Democrat Brandon Thompson of Cyril who defeated  challenger Sonia England of Elgin with 64 percent of the vote – 2,123 to 1,135. Park served two terms in the state house. He was elected in 2014.

 

Cornett, Stitt Advance in Governor's Race; Lt. Gov. Lamb Out

In gubernatorial races, in what many consider an upset, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb did not make the Republican run-off. Lamb finished third in the voting against the top two contenders, former OKC Mayor Mick Cornett, and Tulsa businessman, Kevin Stitt. They will face off in the August run-off. Former attorney general Drew Edmondson obtained 65 percent majority in the Democratic gubernatorial vote, defeating Connie Johnson. Edmondson will be on the November ballot.

 

Oklahoma Voters Say 'Yes' to Medical Marijuana

Oklahoma will have legalized medical marijuana. SQ 788 passed with nearly 57 percent of the statewide vote. In Grady and Caddo counties, SQ 788 barely wins voter approval. Grady County had about 300 more yes votes – 7,066 to 6,779; while in Caddo County, there were about 140 more favorable votes – 3,221 to 3,080.

 

Acreage Numbers Due Soon

Grain producers only have a couple more weeks to report acreage numbers to their local farm service agencies. Mark Jackson with the Grady County office.

 

                

 

Jackson also said many producers planted millet or sudan to try and make up for low hay inventories. He said those crops also must be reported by July 16th in order for producers to maintain eligibility in USDA programs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX up to $70.53 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude up to $76.31.

Natural gas bumps up to $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,259 and silver is $16.31

 

Tuesday, June 26th

 

 

Ft. Cobb Man Dies in Grady County Crash

Investigators are still looking into yesterday's fatal crash involving a car and two semis near Tuttle. 19-year old Jordan McClayne Shaw of Ft. Cobb died in the crash, which happened about 3:30 p.m. Monday on State Highway 4 near Bridge Creek school. The highway patrol reports that Shaw was driving a car northbound on the highway, when he crossed into oncoming traffic. His car was hit by one semi, then the car went into a broadslide and was hit by the second semi. The big rig drivers, 58-year old Elbert Miles of Wichita Falls, Texas and 38-year old Aaron Eichelberger of Grandview, Missouri were not injured. Traffic on the highway was shut down for nearly 5 1/2 hours.

 

Teen Charged in Connection with Anadarko Shooting Death

A teenager accused of being at the scene of the shooting death of an Anadarko man earlier this month is charged in connection with the crime. The Lawton Constitution reports that 18-year old Jaydin Tselee is being held in the Caddo County jail on a $1 million bond.  Tselee is charged with accessory to murder in connection with the June 12th shooting death of Duane Hugar, Jr. It's reported that Tselee admitted being the driver of a vehicle that was seen at the home where the shooting occurred. If convicted, Tselee faces up to 45 years in prison.

 

Oklahomans Casting Ballots in Primary Election

It's election day in Oklahoma. Republicans and Democrats will be casting votes in races for a number of state offices, including governor and lieutenant governor. There are also races for a number of federal, state, and county offices. The primary election will decide candidates who will be each party's representative in the general election this fall. Several races have more than two candidates. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will be in a run-off in August. Among the regional county offices to be decided include District Judge for Grady and Caddo counties where there are three candidates on the ballot.  In Grady County, Republicans in District One and Democrats in District Three each have three county commissioner candidates to choose from. In Caddo County, there are two Democrats on the ballot for county assessor. Polls are open until 7 o’clock tonight. We'll have live special reports on the regional races on the radio after the polls close tonight

 

Chix PD to Try Installing New Phone Software Again 

Software installers will be back at the Chickasha Police Department today, hoping to upgrade the department's 9-1-1 phone system. Crews ran into some difficulty trying to upgrade the system last week. Officials say incoming phone calls to the non-emergency phone numbers may be disrupted during the process, which is expected to last much of the day. 9-1-1 calls are being re-routed and should not be affected by the upgrade.

 

Grady County OHCE Awards Thousands in Scholarships

More than $3,000 in scholarships were awarded to area students.Thee Grady County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) groups issued five $750 scholarships at its summer conference. Among them are Nathan Ratcliff of Amber-Pocasset, and Mckenzie Reherman of Ninnekah. Ratcliff will attend Oklahoma State University and wants to major in business. Reherman will attend OSU-OKC and study ultrasound technology courses. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension tells of other scholarship recipients.

 

                

 

Also awarded a scholarship was Emily Taylor, a student at East Central University, majoring in Family and Consumer Science.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.08 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.73.

Natural gas is $2.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,259 and silver is $16.30.

 

Monday, June 25th

 

 

City of Chickasha Uses Two Accounting Firms

Two accounting firms are now being used to review financial records at Chickasha city hall. For several years the city has used  the local firm of Angel, Johnston, and Blasingame to do the annual audit of city books. This past year, the city council employed Crawford and Associates of Oklahoma City to also review the city's books. City Manager John Noblitt tells one reason why he recommended a second firm.

 

                

 

Noblitt said the local firm is used primarily to report on the financials and that he likes the separation that a second firm provides, saying it allows the city to be more above board in its spending.

 

Thousands Vote Early, Ahead of Primary Election

Oklahoma's mid-term primary election is tomorrow. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents can cast ballots for many top state offices, some state house and senate seats, and some county government posts. Grady and Caddo County voters have three candidates for District Judge on the ballot. State Question 788, which concerns legalizing medical marijuana, is also to be decided. Independents can vote in the Democratic primary, but not the Republican primary. State election board officials said about 40,000 voters cast ballots early in last week's in-person, absentee voting. Precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Bridge Creek Fire Board Filing Canceled

Any candidates who may have been considering a run for the Bridge Creek Fire Protection District board need to put those thoughts on hold. The filing period for the post has been canceled. The filing period originaly was scheduled to start today, but Grady County Election board officials said it has been put on hold. No word on when the filing period will be re-scheduled.

 

K-12 Schools to Get Additional Funds

School districts across the state will be getting some extra funds. The School Land Commission will dole out more than $7 million to common schools that get funds from that agency. A press release from the group says the distribution was to make sure that K-12 schools had funding at their same levels as last year. Officials said every income source of the commission were stable or above average in the past year, with the exception of oil and gas lease-bonus revenues.

 

Student Fees to Increase, but Not Tuition at USAO

There won't be any tuition increases for USAO students in the coming school year. However, regents did approve an increase in some fees. In-state students taking a full schedule of classes will spend about $7,700 in tuition for the year. Fees will be going up by about $250 per semester, or about $500 for the school year. The increase in fees includes a new educational network connectivity fee of $12 per credit hour. A student activity fee will increase $2 to $11 per credit hour. A student government fee - which previously was part of the activity fee – now will be an additional $2 per credit hour. Fall classes for USAO will start August 27th. New student orientation will run Aug. 24th through 26th.

 

2018 CHS Grads Can Pick Up Diplomas

Recent graduates of Chickasha High School can pick up their diplomas. The documents are available at the high school, and may be picked up Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.55.

Natural gas is $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,268 and silver is $16.45.

 

 

Friday, June 29th

 

Oil Well One of the State's Top Producers

Grady County has one of the largest producing oil wells in Oklahoma this week. The well northeast of Cement was bringing in more than 2,300 barrels of oil a day. The Schenk Trust No. 1-17HXL belongs to Unit Petroleum. The well was completed in January. The website www.okenergytoday.com  reports it's among eight completed wells in the county. The well is one of many in the SCOOP play which includes much of Grady, McClain, and Garvin counties. There were big producers in the STACK play, too. Devon Energy also had a well producing more than 2,300 barrels of oil a day north of Watonga. Cimarex Energy and Continental Resources had wells producing well over 1,100 barrels of oil a day, also in the Watonga area.

 

Attorney General Backs PSO Tax Cut Ruling

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter backs a recommendation that Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) pass its federal income tax cut on to its customers. Administrative law judge Mary Candler made the recommendation. Hunter wants the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to act on the ruling as soon as possible. Hunter said the tax cut provides an opportunity for real savings for PSO customers, especially with rising utility bills during the heat of the summer. If approved, it's estimated that the average PSO residential customer would get about $24. School districts and business would also see energy savings.

 

U.S. Senate OK's Farm Bill; Inhofe, Lankford Vote Against It

The U.S. Senate has passed its version of the farm bill, but both Republican Oklahoma senators, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, voted against it. Inhofe says that he was sure the bill was going to pass, but said many senators try to add un-necessary changes.

 

                

 

Inhofe says that 80 percent of the farm bill is connected to welfare, and particularly SNAP benefits. He said liberals measure compassion by the number of people on welfare, and that conservatives measure compassion by the number of people who get off of welfare. The farm bill will now go to a house and senate conference committee.

 

Bulls and Barrel Racing Abound 

Some of the top bull riders in the three-state region will be in Chickasha looking to earn a big paycheck. The Firecracker Bull Bash is a one-night event at the Grady County Fairgrounds tomorrow night. 40 riders and 40 bulls will come out of the chutes, with the riders gunning for $3,000 in added money. One of the promoters is two-time Texas state bull-riding champ, Tanner Biddy. The other is Jason Cox of Blanchard.

 

                

 

The Firecracker Bull Bash is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the outdoor arena on the Grady County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $8 at the gate; seniors 65 and over $4; and children 12-and-under are free. The same promoters are putting on one of richest barrel-racing competitions at the fairgrounds tomorrow morning. About 200 contestants of all ages are expected to compete for $3,000 added money in that event as well. There is free admission to the Firecracker Barrel Bash, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX climbs to $73.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude rises to $77.85.

Natural gas was down to $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,252 and silver is $16.11

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