Mollman Media News Archives for 2018-11

2018, Nov. 19th-26th

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Chickasha Future Farmer of the week is Cody Bell.! Here is his story.

 

 

 

 

Monday, Nov. 26th

 

Death of Imprisoned Child Molester Ruled to be From Natural Causes

There is new information today regarding the prison death of long-time school administrator and Duncan preacher Jody Hilliard. Hilliard died in a state prison in Boley, Okla. back in October. Hilliard had been sent to prison after pleading no contest to child molestation charges. An autopsy from the state medical examiner's office said Hilliard's probable cause of death was atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Hilliard was 73 when he died. That was about three months after a Stephens County judge sentenced Hilliard to serve seven years for pleading no contest to five charges that stemmed from his  arrest back in 2016.

 

Crash Involving Semi Closes Highway

A traffic accident involving a semi shut down traffic on U.S. Highway 62 east of Chickasha last night. The accident happened near the Tabler Y just after 11:00 p.m. Sunday. The Highway Patrol said there were no injuries. The crash closed the highway for nearly two hours, and it was re-opened about 1:00 a.m. this morning.

 

Chickasha Water Fluoridation Process Recognized

Chickasha is among several Oklahoma communities recognized for maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in its drinking water. The State Health Department reports 13 cities across the state have been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control for their efforts. Health officials say adding fluoride to water is effective in preventing tooth decay. Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Authorities say studies indicate that for every one dollar a community invests in water fluoridation $20 are saved in dental treatment costs.

 

Governor-elect Transition Team Has Local Tie               

There is a local connection to Oklahoma Governor-elect Kevin Stitt's transition team. Blayne Arthur is one of nine additional members named to help Stitt with his Oklahoma Turnaround team. Arthur has family that lives in the Chickasha area. She is the executive director for the Oklahoma 4H Foundation. She previously served five years as the deputy commissioner for the state Department of Agriculture. The transition team will develop policy proposals for the 2019 legislative session and help put together Stitt's budget proposal. Stitt will take office in January.

 

Red Kettle Campaign Underway               

Nearly nine cents of every dime donated to the regional Salvation Army benefits needy families in Grady and Caddo County. Lt. David Brittle says the agency's biggest fund raiser of the year, the current Red Kettle Drive, helps its many programs.

 

               

 

While the church headquarters is in Chickasha, it is working with Southwest Youth and Family Services in Anadarko to help families in the Caddo County Area. Brittle says they are working to partner with a church in the Anadarko area by the first of the year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $50.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.80.

Natural gas is $4.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,226 and silver is $14.49.

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 24th

 

 

Denver Court Ruling Favors Native American Landowners

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has ruled in favor of tribal landowners in Caddo County, regarding a lawsuit they filed 20 years ago against an energy company. This week, the court ruled against an appeal filed by Enable Oklahoma Intrastate Transmission Company, previously known as Enogex. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports landowners withheld their consent to continue a right-of-way application for an easement of just under one acre of Kiowa allotted land near the Apache Y. Originally, a Bureau of Indian Affairs official ruled the landowners had to approve the new easement, however that was overturned by a BIA regional director. Enable then filed suit over THAT decision, THEN the U.S. joined the landowners who argued they had sovereign immunity. A judge agreed, awarding costs and attorney fees to landowners.  Enable appealed that decision saying the costs were too high because landowners obtained representation from east coast attorneys. The Denver court sided with the district judge who determined the landowners were unable to hire counsel or locate an attorney in Oklahoma who had expertise in Indian law.

 

STACK Play Activity Continues Booming               

Energy producers continue their active drilling in the STACK play, especially in the Kingfisher area. Newest reports show nearly 30 completions have been filed by Oklahoma Energy Acquisitions, a division of Alta Mesa Holdings out of Houston. Seven of those reports were for multi-well pads about eight to ten miles east of Kingfisher and south of State Highway 33. Each of the pads are producing 500 to nearly 1,250 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

               

Small Business Saturday Underway for Holiday Shoppers       Black Friday has come and gone, which focuses on holiday shopping at the country's major retail outlets. Created in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, encouraging bargain hunters to shop mom and pop stores nationwide. Fox News says the day is to celebrate the fact that it’s Main Street, not Wall Street that drives much of the nation’s economy. Small Business Saturday was created by American Express, to encourage shoppers to support brick-and-mortar businesses in their communities which in turn contribute to local school districts and non-profit groups in their region.

 

Tour of Homes to Benefit Homeless Shelter

An opportunity to step inside some of Chickasha's most elegant homes will benefit the city's homeless shelter. It's called the Tour of Homes. There are five homes and a local church on the tour this year. The spotlighted homes are Lynn and Renee Williams at 2831 Country Club Drive; Mike and Sheila Mosley, 109 Caulder; Andy and Carol Farl, 103 Maple Lane; Glen and Denise Vernon,  1116 South 8th; Toni Ludwell, at 102 Christopher Drive; and Grand Assembly of God, 102 East Almar. Tickets are $10 per person, with proceeds going to the Resurrection House. Tickets available at the Mosley Agency; First National Bank; Jay's Jewelry; Kendall's Flowers; Liberty National Bank; Handyman Home Outlet; The Casbah; Carolyn Kay's Flowers, Creme de la Creme; and Steel Velvet. The Tour of Homes is a one-day event, set for Saturday, December 15th.

 

No. 1 Tuttle Advances to 4A Football Title Contest

The top-ranked Tuttle Tigers advance to the Class 4A state football championship with a 21-11 win over No. 2-ranked Poteau in a game played at Jenks High School Friday night. Tuttle quarterback Carson Berryhill connected with Camden Periman on an 8-yard touchdown pass on 4th and goal with 3:22 remaining in the game to seal the victory. Tuttle will play Bethany in the championship game at Yukon High School next Friday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Friday, Nov. 23rd

3rd Battalion 2nd Air Defense Artillery makes it Home for turkey day.                                                

Nearly 300 soldiers returned to Ft Sill Wednesday night just in time for the holidays after being away from their families for seven months. Holding a uncasing ceremony at the Rinehart Fitness Center where they posted their colors to signify that they were back home and ready for business. Chad Forsythe, the executive officer, said, he was proud of what was accomplished in the joint exercise mission, and he was looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with family.”

Black Friday Blues

Black Friday is considered the start of the holiday shopping season, but the good cheer that brings in the holidays can be hard to find… in crowds demanding the best deals on everything from little Tommy’s bike’ to Susie’s dolly house. If you’re out braving the mall today, mentally prepare yourself and be ready for shoppers whose behavior could land them on Santa’s naughty list. And remember Saturday is Shop Local day! You could find just the right item by waiting, and shopping in the area for Christmas gifts, creating revenue that stays in Chickasha..

 

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 program. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week’s guest is Shean Rose with the Better  business bureau. The KOOL Conversation, airs right after the 8 o’clock news tomorrow morning. That is followed at 8:30 by Real Estate Today.

 

I 40 Challenge

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is joining the Tennessee Highway Patrol in their 6th annual

"I-40 Challenge" traffic safety initiative; consisting of increased patrols during the Thanksgiving holiday;  assigning troopers every 20 miles along I-40 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, during the busiest travel day. In the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, OHP investigated 38 crashes on the day before Thanksgiving. Two of those, alcohol related.  And on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, they investigated 31 crashes, 3 of which were alcohol related. Zone Commander, Major Garrett Vowell, of OHP has these tips Make all in your vehicle buckled up. Put away the cell phone and electronic equipment. And plan ahead, get a designate non-drinking driver; if you plan to indulge.

 

Flu This Season

The Oklahoma Health Department has reported 3 people have died of flu so far this season, and 71 have been hospitalized across the state, but Grady, Caddo and Kowa counties have been spared so far with 0 hospitalizations. Those highest risk of flu complications are  Adults older than 65 and children younger than 5. The Health Department urged everyone older than six months  to get a flu shot, and to stay home if you have flu symptoms, such as fever, chills, body aches, a sore throat or a cough.

 

Oklahoma City’s auditor investigating an ethics complaint

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City’s auditor is investigating an ethics complaint accusing the Oklahoma City police chief, Bill Citty, of retaliating against four deputy chiefs for seeking overtime pay, and also alleges Citty confronted them again last month after an arbitration hearing over their complaint. The Oklahoma city denied the grievance in April, ruling that deputy chiefs have been paid on a salary basis and The arbitrator’s ruling is expected early next year. Citty says he welcomes an investigation but declined to discuss the allegations.

 

Public Homelessness survey

The Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness is seeking the public's input for a plan to address homelessness across Oklahoma. The council is developing a five-year plan that will lay out the state's priorities for addressing homelessness. As a part of that process, the council is surveying the public on the issue of homelessness, how it's addressed and what obstacles prevent state and local officials from making progress.

To take the survey, go to gich.Ok.gov

 

CDC Warns Not To Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid New… E. Coli Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce as officials investigate a new outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 32 people from 11 states, including 13 who needed to be hospitalized. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak.

 

FOL

Chickasha’s Festival of Lights at Shannon Springs Park will be open to the public through the holiday evenings from6 p.m. to 11 p.m through Dec. 31. While your checking out the Christmas light display, there’s a variety of activities at the festival, including camel and carriage rides, Ferris wheel and more. There will also be a live nativity scene, and don’t forget to get a classic cinnamon roll. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the Gates.

 

 

Wednesday Nov. 21st

First Flu deaths reported in Oklahoma                  

The Oklahoma Health Department has reported 3 people have died of flu so far this season, and 71 have been hospitalized across the state, but Grady, Caddo and Kowa counties have been spared so far with 0 hospitalizations. Those highest risk of flu complications are  Adults older than 65 and children younger than 5.The Health Department urged everyone older than six months to get a flu shot, and to stay home if you have flu symptoms, such as fever, chills, body aches, a sore throat or a cough.

 

Ethics complaint on Oklahoma City Police Chief

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City’s auditor is investigating an , Bill Citty, of retaliating against four deputy chiefs for seeking overtime pay, and also alleges Citty confronted them again last month after an arbitration hearing over their complaint. The city denied the grievance in April, ruling that deputy chiefs have been paid on a salary basis and The arbitrator’s ruling is expected early next year. Citty says he welcomes an investigation but declined to discuss the allegations.

Homeless Survey

The Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness is seeking the public's input for a plan to address homelessness across Oklahoma.

The council is developing a five-year plan that will lay out the state's priorities for addressing homelessness. As a part of that process, the council is surveying the public on the issue of homelessness, how it's addressed and what obstacles prevent state and local officials from making progress.

To take the survey, go to gich.ok.gov

 

CDC Warns Not To Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid New… E. Coli Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce as officials investigate a new outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 32 people from 11 states, including 13 who needed to be hospitalized. "CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak.

 

Holiday and Pets

The Humane Society urges pet owners that, just because you partake in Thanksgiving, doesn't mean your pet should.  The Humane Society cautions pet parents: not to let those puppy dog eyes sucker you into giving your pet more table scraps than normal. Things like turkey bones, sweets, and alcohol can be toxic or dangerous for pets. Have a happy holiday

 

In a follow-up story about Addresses being posted on Oklahoma State Department of Health website.

The “Oklahomans for Transparency” Now Plans To Sue OSDH over Medical Marijuana Addresses postings. The head of the group says if the OHDH doesn't put the addresses back on the website by next week, they are filing a lawsuit. The Medical Marijuana Authority originally posted the names and addresses of growers, and processors on their website as a courtesy. And says when growers applied they agreed to posting information, but understanding those concerns, MMA removed address. Information is still public record, and be obtained through an open records request.

 

Chickasha FOL

Chickasha’s Festival of Lights at Shannon Springs Park will be open to the public through the holiday evenings from…. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m….. through Dec. 31. And while your checking out the Christmas light display, there’s a variety of activities at the festival, including camel and carriage rides, Ferris wheel and more. There will also be a live nativity scene, and don’t forget to get a classic cinnamon roll. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the Gates.

 

Free Thanksgiving Meal

The New Life Christian Church Chickasha Free Community Thanksgiving Meal Is at the new NLCC activity center, serving lunch Thanksgiving from 11am-1pm. There will a shuttle service running from The First Presbyterian Church to the New Life Christian Church; located at 1828 S 13th from 10:45pm - 1:00pm. For free deliveries to homebound residents in Chickasha, call 222-5433 and leave a message with your name, address, phone number, and number of people to serve. If you would like to donate or volunteer please call-361-9376

 

Obituaries Today Include

A Rosary Service for Robert Joseph Rempe, 67, of Anadarko, Will be at 6, tonight at the McRay Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 Friday afternoon, at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha. Interment will be in the Verden Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

 

Memorial service for Bettye Jean (Rushing) Hughes, 85, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday at the First Presbyterian Church. Bettye served on several boards and helped with numerous community activities such as Santa’s Workshop, Emergency Food Pantry, Grady County Historical Society, Community Action Council and the Nutrition Program for seniors. Memorial contributions may be made to the USAO Foundation, or the Emergency Food Pantry. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, No. 20th

Oklahoma City Students Suffer Minor Injuries in Dog Attack  

according to the AP/OKC Officials in Oklahoma City say about a dozen children suffered minor injuries when a dog attacked them on an elementary school playground. Authorities say about 28 students in the third and fourth grades, and three teachers were on the playground at Fillmore Elementary School at about 1 o’clock Monday. when a dog began attacking the children. Emergency crews say 12 children were taken local hospitals with superficial dog bites and other injuries received as they tried to run away from the dog. No teachers were injured, but the dog ran into the hallway where one teacher reportedly tackled the dog to get it away from the children. Then, got the dog put into a police car. An Officer said the dog is now in the custody of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.

 

Producers Address renoved from Oklahoma's  medical marijuana website.

The Oklahoma medical marijuana board has removes producers’ addresses from The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority online commercial license database Due to advocates becoming concern about information making them targets of crime. The authority had originally published the addresses of dispensaries, growers and processors on its website Oct. 31 because of Open Records Act requests. Chip Paul, a board member of Oklahomans for Health. Said "Because of the value of the product, it makes them very accessible to theft and security risks," For more information go to macon dot com

 

The Oklahoma blood Institute, and the Red Cross Need Holiday Donors!

Oklahoma is facing a “severe” blood shortage as we head into the holiday season! Donations were down in September and October, and typically drop at the end of the year. According to the Brookhaven National Laboratory; 32,000 pints of blood are necessary. Just think ,…Every three seconds,… and One out of every 10 people entering a hospital needs blood. So let’s do our part! Todays locations are:

Chickasha YMCA

  from 8:00 am – 11am

 


 

Glenhaven Retirement Village

from 1pm - 4pm

   
           

F.O.L

Chickasha’s Festival of Lights at Shannon Springs Park will be open to the public through the holiday evenings from…. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m….. through Dec. 31. And while your checking out the Christmas light display, there’s a variety of activities at the festival, including camel and carriage rides, Ferris wheel and more. There will also be a live nativity scene and don’t forget to get a classic cinnamon roll. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the Gates.

NLCC Thanksgiving Meal

The New Life Christian Church Chickasha Free Community Thanksgiving Mealfor several years has been at the First Presbyterian Church, but now will be in the new NLCC activity center, serving lunch Thursday from 11am-1pm Including, running a shuttle service, from The First Presbyterian Church to the New Life Christian Church at 1828 S 13th from 10:45pm - 1:00pm. For free deliveries to homebound residents in Chickasha, call 222-5433 and leave a message with your name, address, phone number, and number of people to serve. If you would like to donate or volunteer please call-361-9376

Obituaries today include

A Rosary Service for Robert Joseph Rempe, 67, of Anadarko, Will be at 6, Wednesday Night, November 21, at McRay Funeral Home Funeral service will be held at 1:30 Friday afternoon, at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha. Interment will be in the Verden Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

 

Memorial service for Bettye Jean (Rushing) Hughes, 85, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday November 26, at the First Presbyterian Church. Bettye served on several boards and helped with numerous community activities such as Santa’s Workshop, Emergency Food Pantry, Grady County Historical Society, Community Action Council and the Nutrition Program for seniors. Memorial contributions may be made to the USAO Foundation, or the Emergency Food Pantry. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

 

An Oklahoma music legend will be remembered this week. The public can celebrate Hee Haw’s

Roy Clark's 85 years of life, Wednesday morning at Rhema Bible Church, beginning at 11 in Broken Arrow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, in his honor.

 

Monday, Nov. 19th

Wardens on the Hunt

Deer Gun Season is open till Dec. 2nd,  and the Oklahoma Game wardens our watching. Saturday night Wardens arrested three hunters who were using 4 wheelers, ATVs, and spotlights, to include several high powered rifles and three whitetail bucks; all of which were seized, and cited for using motorized vehicles, headlighting, and possession of wildlife taken illegally using hand held lights. The deer were donated to area families in need.

 

5 Canadian County Officers are now back on the Job

Five Canadian County officers are now back on the jobafter being cleared by District Attorney Mike Fields in the Oct. 8 HWY 81 fatal shooting of 24 year old Alexander Lindahl. Authorities said, Lindahl, was shot after crashing a stolen pickup and exiting the vehicle armed with a handgun. Canadian County Sheriff Chris West, said Lindahl was driving a stolen vehicle and abandoned it near,…Braum’s Dairy Farm,… in Grady County; Then stole a business pickup, driving at speeds over 100 mph. Dashcam video released Friday showed Lindahl exiting the pickup, while holding an object in his hand, before he was fatally shot. The officers were placed on administrative leave for the investigation conducted by OS B I and were cleared for duty Friday.

OBI NEED

The Oklahoma blood Institute, and the Red Cross Need Holiday Donors! Oklahoma is facing a “severe” blood shortage as we head into the holiday season! Donations were down in September and October, and typically drop at the end of the year. According to the Brookhaven National Laboratory; 32,000 pints of blood are necessary. Just think, Every three seconds, and One out of every 10 people entering a hospital needs blood. So let’s do our part! Upcoming locations Tuesday are:

Chickasha YMCA

Are having a Mobile Drive Tuesday from 8:00 am – 11am

 


 

Glenhaven Retirement Village

Will have the Mobile Drive, from 1pm - 4pm

   
           


In The Arts

Upoming up,… the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is offering the Reduced Shakespeare Company,  performing a comical,  “The Ultimate Christmas Show” on the evening of Nov. 29 at 7:30. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. There will be a audience gift exchange where you can purchase a wrapped gift in the theatre lobby for $2.00, and place it under the tree, then select a different gift for yourself. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for students and seniors (60 and over); For more information, call 574-1310.

FFA in Community

Local Future Farmers of America visited with Local Widows over the weekend; In support of the Chickasha Masonic Lodge # 94 Thanksgiving widow’s visit, The Chickasha FFA students teamed up with The Masons to give flowers to un-expecting widows in the Chickasha Area. The young men and women ordered vases.. and arraigned flowers for 17 widows who have lost their masonic spouses. Each was excited to have visitors at their home, and the students were able to provide an uplifting presence when many would not have family in for the Holiday.

Christmas time is coming, 

It is time to get your Parade entries in before November the 27th  over At Jays Jewelry or Tom Cook Insurance. The theme this year is “Christmas Magic” and the Parade will be the evening of  December 6th at 7. Entry fees are only 25 Dollars this year. The procession will start at the YMCA, and head East on Chickasha Ave. to the depot.

Obituaries today include:

77 - year old Thurman Slayton of Chickasha. The funeral will be at 10 Wednesday morning at McRay Funeral Home. Thurman was a veteran of the National Guard.


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Chickasha Future Farmer of the week is Lane Cade! Here is his story.

 

 

Monday, Nov. 19th

Wardens on the Hunt

Deer Gun Season is open till Dec. 2nd,  and the Oklahoma Game wardens our watching. Saturday night Wardens arrested three hunters who were using 4 wheelers, ATVs, and spotlights, to include several high powered rifles and three whitetail bucks; all of which were seized, and cited for using motorized vehicles, headlighting, and possession of wildlife taken illegally using hand held lights. The deer were donated to area families in need.

 

5 Canadian County Officers are now back on the Job

Five Canadian County officers are now back on the jobafter being cleared by District Attorney Mike Fields in the Oct. 8 HWY 81 fatal shooting of 24 year old Alexander Lindahl. Authorities said, Lindahl, was shot after crashing a stolen pickup and exiting the vehicle armed with a handgun. Canadian County Sheriff Chris West, said Lindahl was driving a stolen vehicle and abandoned it near,…Braum’s Dairy Farm,… in Grady County; Then stole a business pickup, driving at speeds over 100 mph. Dashcam video released Friday showed Lindahl exiting the pickup, while holding an object in his hand, before he was fatally shot. The officers were placed on administrative leave for the investigation conducted by OS B I and were cleared for duty Friday.

OBI NEED

The Oklahoma blood Institute, and the Red Cross Need Holiday Donors! Oklahoma is facing a “severe” blood shortage as we head into the holiday season! Donations were down in September and October, and typically drop at the end of the year. According to the Brookhaven National Laboratory; 32,000 pints of blood are necessary. Just think, Every three seconds, and One out of every 10 people entering a hospital needs blood. So let’s do our part! Upcoming locations Tuesday are:

Chickasha YMCA

Are having a Mobile Drive Tuesday from 8:00 am – 11am

 


 

Glenhaven Retirement Village

Will have the Mobile Drive, from 1pm - 4pm

   
           


In The Arts

Upoming up,… the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is offering the Reduced Shakespeare Company,  performing a comical,  “The Ultimate Christmas Show” on the evening of Nov. 29 at 7:30. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. There will be a audience gift exchange where you can purchase a wrapped gift in the theatre lobby for $2.00, and place it under the tree, then select a different gift for yourself. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for students and seniors (60 and over); For more information, call 574-1310.

FFA in Community

Local Future Farmers of America visited with Local Widows over the weekend; In support of the Chickasha Masonic Lodge # 94 Thanksgiving widow’s visit, The Chickasha FFA students teamed up with The Masons to give flowers to un-expecting widows in the Chickasha Area. The young men and women ordered vases.. and arraigned flowers for 17 widows who have lost their masonic spouses. Each was excited to have visitors at their home, and the students were able to provide an uplifting presence when many would not have family in for the Holiday.

Christmas time is coming, 

It is time to get your Parade entries in before November the 27th  over At Jays Jewelry or Tom Cook Insurance. The theme this year is “Christmas Magic” and the Parade will be the evening of  December 6th at 7. Entry fees are only 25 Dollars this year. The procession will start at the YMCA, and head East on Chickasha Ave. to the depot.

Obituaries today include:

77 - year old Thurman Slayton of Chickasha. The funeral will be at 10 Wednesday morning at McRay Funeral Home. Thurman was a veteran of the National Guard.

 

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 17th

Festival of Light Opens Tonight

Chickasha's Festival of Light opens its 2018 season tonight. This is the 26th year for the holiday spectacular at Shannon Springs Park, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from across the country. It's estimated that 3 million lights will be shining in the park, which includes the tallest lighted Christmas tree in the state at 160-feet tall. There are dozens of lighted displays but there is more than just lights to look at. Elizabeth Allen with the festival says they've added some new attractions.

 

               

 

Also new this year, a “Will You Marry Me” lighted sign for those who want to pop the big question. Santa Claus will be on hand, there are carriage rides and later on, a live nativity. The festival will run nightly through New Year’s Eve.

 

Bouncing Bridges to be Replaced

The bouncing bridges on the Kilpatrick Turnpike near Yukon are being replaced. It's a costly project estimated at $55 million. The bridges over the North Canadian River have about a dozen "waves" where cars bounce over several sections. The bouncing is so bad that heavy trucks often leave a series of black tire marks. One person even made a YouTube video of the bouncing bridges and called it the Bobblehead Bridge. Engineers with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said the waves were a design flaw, but that it didn't mean the bridges were unsafe. There's actually a similar bridge in Broken Arrow. Turnpike officials say it will take about two years to replace decks and steel beams on the bridges once the work begins.

 

Dog Show, Celebration of Crafts Show Continue

About 900 dogs are expected to be shown in today’s Day 3 of the Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows at the Grady County Fairgrounds. About 850 were led through show rings yesterday. Owners are competing for points in hopes of qualifying their dogs for the big Westminster or Eukanuba Dog Shows next spring. The event runs through tomorrow. Also at the fairgrounds is the OHCE Celebration of Crafts Show. Today is the final day for that event which features about 40 vendors with holiday gift items, and homemade foods and desserts you can freeze and use later for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

 

Iowa Firm Acquires Cimarron Trailers

A local livestock trailer manufacturer has been purchased by a firm in the Midwest section of the country. Cimarron Trailers is now part of a group call Folience based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Folience is a 100 percent employee-owned holding company, and Cimarron will also be employee-owned. Folience Chief Executive Officer Daniel Goldstein said Cimarron is a successful company that delivers a superior product with competent management and a great workforce. Goldstein said Cimarron is poised to continue its growth. Previous owners Mike and Lynn Terry are retiring but the company will be run locally by long-time employee Ben Janssen, who will now be Cimarron's president. Tony Hackney will serve as Director of Operations.  Goldstein said the Terrys will stay on for a short time to help with the transition. Cimarron employs 120 full-time and 15 part-time employees. Its dealer network stretches across the country and includes one in Canada.

 

High School Football Scores

(Second round of the playoffs)

Tuttle 42, Hilldale 14

Poteau 36, Blanchard 14

Hobart 30, Minco 23

Shattuck 55, Alex 6

 

 

Friday, Nov. 16th

 

 

Consumer Spending in Chickasha Remains Strong

Consumer spending in the City of Chickasha continues at a good pace.  The level was up slightly from July to August to just over $29 million. The number is up nearly 23 percent compared to the same time a year ago. We estimate consumer spending when we see sales tax revenue for the city which was $1.1 million from those August sales. Here's where the sales tax revenue goes: $590,000 goes into the general fund; About $295,000 goes to the municipal authority for water and sewer services; and $220,000 is for capital improvement projects like street upgrades. The city also picked up $79,000 in use tax collections which are paid on Internet purchases. That figure is down about 23 percent from the previous month and off about 10 percent compared to the same time a year ago.

 

Anadarko Police Seek Pick-up Arson Suspect               

Investigators in Anadarko are asking the public for help in finding a person who set a truck on fire in a church parking lot. The fire happened about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. Video surveillance shows a 2018 white Chevy Silverado pulling into the parking lot of the First Assembly of God at 216 West Alabama. A few moments later, the video shows an individual lighting a fire inside the cab of the truck and running from the area. If you have information that can help police find the individual responsible you're asked to call Anadarko police.

 

FEMA Storm Shelter-Rebate Recipients Being Called

Grady County homeowners who applied to receive a FEMA rebate to help pay for the installation of a storm shelter may soon find out if they have been selected to receive the rebate. A lottery drawing was held earlier this week to determine the initial 230 recipients. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said they'll be contacting recipients the next few days. Thompson said applicants whose names weren't drawn may still have an opportunity to get a rebate, as some recipients may have moved, have already  installed a storm shelter, or would not qualify for the rebate. Once all the qualified recipients are notified a meeting will be scheduled to finalize the rebate process.

 

First Responders Hold Test to Improve Crisis Management            

First responders who respond to disasters met to discuss what they would do during an actual crisis. Grady County Emergency Management served as the host for an annual Earth, Wind, and Fire exercise to review what each agency would deal with an event. Counties across Oklahoma were linked in with the state office of emergency management, which would add some challenges to the situation each county was working on. In Grady County, officials had to deal with an anhydrous ammonia leak from a railroad car next to the Grady County Fairgrounds crowded with people attending a rodeo. First responders were having to treat individuals with numerous health problems and even fatalities. At the same time, a severe thunderstorm warning had just been issued, and while the hospital  is operational, ambulances can't get there because its cut-off by floodwater. Representatives from Grady Memorial Hospital, the health department, Red Cross and a local energy company were on hand for the exercise.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Jeff Hargave with the non-profit group Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) is this week’s guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week’s guest is Chickasha City Planner Gene Winsett. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. You’ll find them under the Community Tab.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was up slightly to $56.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude was up to $66.62.

Natural gas was down to $4.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,216 and silver is $14.27.

 

 

Thursday, Nov. 15th

 

County Sales Tax Revenue Hits Record High               

For the first time ever monthly sales tax revenue in Grady County surpasses $1 million. Last month, the county received close to $1.1 million. That's an increase of about 13 percent from the previous month and a huge jump of 75 percent from October of last year. The sales tax revenue comes from consumer spending at county retail outlets from August which was estimated at nearly $143 million. The tax revenue is distributed to several voter-approved projects. The Grady County Fairgrounds receives nearly $370,000; Grady Memorial Hospital, $311,000; 20 fire districts share $175,000 so each one collects almost $8,800; seven senior nutrition sites divide $175,000 and each one receives $25,000; Tuttle Emergency Medical Services receives $32,000 and Rush Springs EMS gets nearly $8,100. Grady County received an additional $244,000 in use tax revenue, which are sales taxes paid on Internet purchases. That revenue is a 50 percent increase over last month and more than three times the amount from a year ago.

 

Woman Dies in Turnpike Crash

We have information about that terrible crash on the H.E. Bailey turnpike yesterday that killed one person and sent three others to hospitals. The highway patrol reports that 31-year old Analyssa Orjuela of Oklahoma City died in the crash which happened southwest of Newcastle Wednesday morning. 49-year old Robert Beasley of Blanchard and 49-year old Michael Morris of Newcastle were in a flatbed truck. Beasley suffered head injuries and was admitted to an Oklahoma City hospital in serious condition. Morris and 42-year old Edwardo Garcia of Lawton - who was in a third vehicle - were taken to a hospital and released with minor injuries. The accident happened when the flatbed truck attempted a U-turn on the interstate. It was hit by a car driven by Garcia. That collision caused a large metal box to be thrown from the truck and into a car driven by Orjuela. The accident closed the interstate for about four hours.

 

One Arrested in Domestic Violence Investigation

An Amber man is in jail accused of committing domestic violence in front of his children. 44-year old Christopher Michael Bass has been formally charged with a misdemeanor following an incident that occurred earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit from a Grady County Sheriff's deputy alleges that Bass dragged his estranged wife out of her home. Tuttle EMS was summoned to the scene but the victim refused treatment. Bass remains in the Grady County in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

 

Gross Production Tax Collections Short of Estimates

Oklahoma's gross production tax collections missed official estimates this month and that has one state official concerned. Denise Northrup with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services says nothing seems to indicate the state will have significantly more money for agency appropriations. Collections were more than $34 million for the month but that’s about $1.5 million below estimates. Northrup said for the first four months of the fiscal year, total oil collections are about 50 percent below estimates. She said this year's gross production forecast is built on oil priced at about $53 a barrel and natural gas near $3 per million BTU. And with oil prices falling over the last three weeks, that could impact future revenues.

 

Tips for Shipping Holiday Foods               

Holiday cooks are making preparations for Thanksgiving dinner. Many will be sending cookies, candies, and other goodies to relatives who won't be able to attend family gatherings. If you will be mailing goodie baskets, take care in making sure those delectable delights make it to their destination without any harmful bacteria. Beth Armstrong, Grady County 4H President has some tips from Grady County OSU Extension.

 

               

 

She says if you’re not sending packages overnight that it's recommended you mail packages at the beginning of the week so they won't sit at the post office over the weekend.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is up to $56.25 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude climbs to $66.12.

Natural gas skyrockets 14 percent yesterday to $4.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,210 and silver is $14.10.

 

 

 

Wednesday, Nov. 14th

 

Mother in Court Facing Child Neglect Charges

A mom arrested last week on child neglect and endangerment complaints has her first day in court. Rebekkah Sterling went before a judge in Grady County District Court yesterday for her initial appearance on a half dozen felony charges in connection with her arrest. She remains in jail after a judge set her bond at $100,000. Chickasha police arrested Sterling last Friday after being called to a local convenience store. Sterling called authorities because her three small children were having seizures. Police allege Sterling’s car was defective and that the children were suffering from high levels of carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities say it was the third time in the last few weeks that authorities were summoned to check on the children for the same illness. The children, ranging in age from 2 to 7, were taken to the hospital for treatment then placed into protective custody. Sterling is to be back in court Nov. 29th to announce her attorney, with a preliminary hearing conference set for Dec. 12th.

 

Correction Regarding Story of Body Found at Lake Burtchi

KOOL News needs to make a correction to a previous story we aired about a USAO student whose body was found at Lake Burtchi over the weekend. We erroneously reported the name of the individual who died. The student was identified as Lucian McCollin, not what we had reported earlier. KOOL News regrets the error.

 

CHS Students Learn of Opioid Epidemic

An Oklahoma non-profit group is attacking the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse. The group is called FATE, an acronym for Fighting Addiction Through Education. Spokesman Jeff Hargrave spent the day at Chickasha High School yesterday-

 

               

 

FATE got its start when the son of attorney Reggie Witten died from opioid abuse at just 25 years old. Brandon Witten was Hargrave's best friend through school. Hargrave says there are a series of videos to watch on-line on fighting opioid addiction. You can find them at www.killing pain.com and additional information from www.fate.org

 

Anita Hill to Keynote USAO Fundraiser

She was the center of the confirmation hearings of a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Anita Hill was a professor of law at the University of Oklahoma during the 1991 confirmation hearings of now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Hill will be headlining a program in February to benefit a new academic program at USAO called the Dr. Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher Center for Social Justice and Racial Healing. In a press release, the university indicates the center will educate and inspire individuals who are dedicated to the pursuit of social justice and advancing the common good. Hill will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser which will be held at the Oklahoma History Center on Feb. 22nd of next year.

 

Dog Shows, OHCE Craft Show to hit County Fairgrounds

Two big events will take place simultaneously at the Grady County Fairgrounds this weekend. One of them is the Sooner Circuit Cluster of Dog Shows, which returns to Chickasha for its four-day run. Kennel clubs out of Norman and El Reno will hold their annual shows. Pure bred dog owners  from across the country will compete for points in hopes of qualifying for national dog shows next spring. Also this weekend, Grady County OHCE will host its annual Celebration of Crafts Show. About 40 vendors will have items for sale for Christmas, and many OHCE groups will have homemade rolls, pies, cakes, and other items for sale for holiday dinners. The dog show opens at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning and runs through Sunday in the indoor arena. The Celebration of Crafts Show is Friday and Saturday in the north exhibit building. There's free admission to both events.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX falls to $55.69 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $65.47.

Natural gas climbs past $4 to $4.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is up slightly to $1,200 and silver is down to $13.94.

 

 

Tuesday, Nov. 13th

 

Body Discovered at Lake Burtchi

(Editor's note - includes correction from a previously published story)

The body of a USAO student is discovered at Lake Burtchi. Authorities say the student apparently took his own life. A motorist driving by the lake early Sunday morning saw the victim and called the Grady County Sheriff's Office. The student has been identified as 23-year old Lucian McCollin of Beaver, Okla. Undersheriff Phil Blevins says McCollin was an art student at the university. Blevins said a vehicle  found at the lake was traced to McCollin's parents. Local authorities contacted officials in northwest Oklahoma and an individual there knew the family. Blevins says no foul play is suspected. Blevins said that McCollin was last seen alive Saturday night.

 

Retired Master Sergeant Addresses Veterans

The annual Veterans Day ceremony in Chickasha yesterday brought together local soldiers and their families. Veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam  war, Desert Storm and other Middle East operations were among them. Retired Master Sergeant Cynthia Givens was the speaker. Givens followed her father and older brothers to the military. She recently retired after a 37-year career.  Givens encouraged veterans to continue to follow the early lessons they learned when they enlisted.

 

               

 

Givens was a 17-year old Chickasha High School student when she decided to enlist in the Army Reserves. She also spent time with the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

 

Chix School Board to Schedule Annual Election               

Three seats on the Chickasha school board will be up for election in early 2019. The board of education is expected to schedule the election when the panel meets for its regularly scheduled November meeting tonight. Seats up for election are currently held by Julie Hibbard, Shawna Covington, and Ginny Howell. Hibbard’s five-year term is expiring. Covington and Howell were appointed to the board earlier this year. The filing period will be early next month, with the election to be held in February. The school board will recognize site teachers of the year. They include Michelle Finck at the high school, Kathryn Russell at the middle school, Jennifer Blalock and Christina Cook at Lincoln School, Raylee Butler at Grand Elementary, and Janella Mendenhall at Bill Wallace. Employees of the month are also to be recognized. They are Lincoln School Assistant Principal Angie Morgan and Rose Halcomb who works in child nutrition. The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the school administration building.

 

Public Hearings Set for Planning Commission               

Several public hearings for re-zoning requests will go before the Chickasha Planning Commission this afternoon. Among them is a final plat for what’s called the Shadow Valley development along Country Club Road. Another is for Jimmy Johnson and Beck Properties to re-zone part of Honda Lane from general commercial to light industrial use. Another hearing is for Justin Moudy who is asking to re-zone property from residential to commercial use, and a similar request from Elmer Smith Oil Company. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon at city hall.

 

CHS Freshmen to Hear About Opioid Addiction

The nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction will be discussed with Chickasha High School students today. It's part of a National Night of Conversation on the issue developed by Health Corps, founded by TV doctor Mehmet Oz. All high school freshmen will be hearing from Jeff Hargrave, who is with the non-profit group Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE).  Hargrave will provide information about how families can prevent opioid abuse from spreading. The idea is to have the students talk to their parents about drug and alcohol addiction during the National Night of Conversation. More than 150 students are expected to participate.

 

Annual Lincoln School Bean Dinner, Fundraiser Tonight

An Oklahoma tradition, beans and cornbread, will get things started at the Lincoln School PTO fundraiser tonight. It's an annual event which also features a silent auction of baskets of goodies put together by each class at the school. If beans and cornbread aren't appealing, you can have hot dogs instead, and the meals come with drinks and cookies. Meal cost is $5 per person. Also, Lincoln School t-shirts and hoodies will be on sale. The fundraiser is open to the public, and it's from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln School cafeteria.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX falls below $60 to $59.93.

London-based Brent crude is down to $70.12.

Natural gas is up to $3.79 per million BTUs.

Gold falls to $1,199 and silver is down to $14.00

 

 

Monday, Nov. 12th

 

State Jobless Rate Continues Plunge

The jobless rate in the Sooner State continues a downward trend. Statewide unemployment for September was 3.5 percent according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC). It's below 3 percent in several area counties. In Grady County the jobless rate for September was down to 2.7 percent. That's down from 3.1 percent in August and down from 3.8 percent for September of last year. The labor force in Grady County is listed at 26,500 - with 724 people without a job but seeking employment through OESC. Caddo County unemployment was down to 3.2 percent from 3.7 percent which is down a full percentage point from the same time in 2017. That Caddo County labor market stands a little more than 12,000 with just under 400 individuals not working. Stephens County joblessness was down to 3.6 percent from 4.1 percent, Garvin County is 2.8 percent which is down from 3.6, and McClain County was 2.4 percent, down from 2.8

 

Today a Federal Holiday for Veterans Day; Programs Set

While Veterans Day was yesterday, federal, state, and county government offices are closed today to mark the national holiday. Chickasha City Hall is closed as well. There are a few Veterans Day programs at area schools today including Rush Springs this morning and at Alex this afternoon. The Veterans Day ceremony in Chickasha will be held at the Elks Lodge at 11:00 a.m. Guest speaker is U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cynthia Givens (Ret.). Music performance is from Chickasha High School's Steppin' Out, and Gavin Johnston from the CHS band will play Taps. Pastor Lynn Walker with Cowboy Country Church will have the prayer. The Elks Lodge will serve lunch to veterans and their spouses after the program. Tonight, Boy Scout Troop 4306 will hold a flag retirement ceremony. That will be at 6:30 p.m. at the troop headquarters in Chickasha at 17th and Iowa.

 

No Powers Issues with First Snow but PSO Crews Ready

Our first winter weather of the season serves as a reminder that there are occasions when widespread power outages occur. It’s not necessarily snow, but freezing rain and ice that really take a toll on power lines. Tim Hushbeck with Public Service Company of Oklahoma says crews have already gone through a drill to help them get ready should such a power outage take place.

 

               

 

Hushbeck says PSO has an agreement with the Grady County Fairgrounds to serve as a staging area should extra crews from other electric utilities need to be called in to help.

 

State, Nation Rig Counts Climb

Oklahoma's rig count grew by four last week, to a total of 148. That number is up 25 rigs from the same time a year ago. The count was up nationwide as well, with a dozen more rigs in operation to 1,081.

 

Cheniere Energy Reports 3rd Quarter Earnings               

Cheniere Energy, the company that will build a 200-mile natural gas pipeline through the region, reports $65 million in net income for the third quarter which will pay about 26 cents a share. That's a far cry from the 3rd quarter of last year when Cheniere reported a loss. The firm reports revenue from the first nine months of 2018 has grown about 45 percent topping $5.5 billion. The value of Cheniere Energy shares has climbed 15 percent since the first of the year and its stock has grown 24 percent over the last 12 months.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is down to $60.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $70.18.

Natural gas is up to a 2-year high, to $3.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is down to $1,206 and silver dips to $14.11.

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Monday, Nov. 12th

 

State Jobless Rate Continues Plunge

The jobless rate in the Sooner State continues a downward trend. Statewide unemployment for September was 3.5 percent according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC). It's below 3 percent in several area counties. In Grady County the jobless rate for September was down to 2.7 percent. That's down from 3.1 percent in August and down from 3.8 percent for September of last year. The labor force in Grady County is listed at 26,500 - with 724 people without a job but seeking employment through OESC. Caddo County unemployment was down to 3.2 percent from 3.7 percent which is down a full percentage point from the same time in 2017. That Caddo County labor market stands a little more than 12,000 with just under 400 individuals not working. Stephens County joblessness was down to 3.6 percent from 4.1 percent, Garvin County is 2.8 percent which is down from 3.6, and McClain County was 2.4 percent, down from 2.8

 

Today a Federal Holiday for Veterans Day; Programs Set

While Veterans Day was yesterday, federal, state, and county government offices are closed today to mark the national holiday. Chickasha City Hall is closed as well. There are a few Veterans Day programs at area schools today including Rush Springs this morning and at Alex this afternoon. The Veterans Day ceremony in Chickasha will be held at the Elks Lodge at 11:00 a.m. Guest speaker is U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cynthia Givens (Ret.). Music performance is from Chickasha High School's Steppin' Out, and Gavin Johnston from the CHS band will play Taps. Pastor Lynn Walker with Cowboy Country Church will have the prayer. The Elks Lodge will serve lunch to veterans and their spouses after the program. Tonight, Boy Scout Troop 4306 will hold a flag retirement ceremony. That will be at 6:30 p.m. at the troop headquarters in Chickasha at 17th and Iowa.

 

No Powers Issues with First Snow but PSO Crews Ready

Our first winter weather of the season serves as a reminder that there are occasions when widespread power outages occur. It’s not necessarily snow, but freezing rain and ice that really take a toll on power lines. Tim Hushbeck with Public Service Company of Oklahoma says crews have already gone through a drill to help them get ready should such a power outage take place.

 

               

 

Hushbeck says PSO has an agreement with the Grady County Fairgrounds to serve as a staging area should extra crews from other electric utilities need to be called in to help.

 

State, Nation Rig Counts Climb

Oklahoma's rig count grew by four last week, to a total of 148. That number is up 25 rigs from the same time a year ago. The count was up nationwide as well, with a dozen more rigs in operation to 1,081.

 

Cheniere Energy Reports 3rd Quarter Earnings               

Cheniere Energy, the company that will build a 200-mile natural gas pipeline through the region, reports $65 million in net income for the third quarter which will pay about 26 cents a share. That's a far cry from the 3rd quarter of last year when Cheniere reported a loss. The firm reports revenue from the first nine months of 2018 has grown about 45 percent topping $5.5 billion. The value of Cheniere Energy shares has climbed 15 percent since the first of the year and its stock has grown 24 percent over the last 12 months.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is down to $60.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $70.18.

Natural gas is up to a 2-year high, to $3.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is down to $1,206 and silver dips to $14.11.

 

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 10th

 

Mother Jailed in Child Neglect Probe               

An upsetting child neglect investigation by Chickasha police. Three small children were taken to the hospital for treatment for what authorities say were very high levels carbon monoxide poisoning. A police affidavit indicates their mother made them ride in a defective car that had exhaust leaks. The affidavit states that police and paramedics were called out three times over the last several weeks to check on the same children having seizures in a vehicle. The mother admitted knowing the car was defective and had taken it to a mechanic, but it hadn't been fixed. Police say the car was also trashed with dirty clothes, had an awful odor, and cockroaches coming out of the center console. The children who are 2, 3, and 7 years old were placed in protective custody. The mother, 35-year old Rebekkah Sterling, was arrested on complaints of child neglect. Prosecutors have charged her with six felonies including neglect and endangerment. Her bond was set at $100,000.

 

Chickasha EMS to Get New Heart Monitors              

Several new cardiac monitors will soon help paramedics with the Chickasha Fire Department. The city council approved the purchase of seven new Advanced Life Support cardiac monitors from a state contract this week. Fire Chief Brian Zalewski said the current monitors are three years beyond their recommended usable life. The council approved trading the old monitors in on the new ones.  Even with the trade-in the cost of each monitor is $33,000 for a total price of almost $190,000. However, Zalewski said the entire cost will be reimbursed by the Grady County Emergency  Medical Services through an agreement with that agency. The monitors will be placed in three ambulances, three fire trucks and a supervisor's vehicle. Delivery is expected in 90 and 120 days.

 

Cemetery Fence to Be Repaired; 2nd Project Rejected

The city has received an insurance settlement from a traffic accident that destroyed a lengthy section of the fence at Rosehill Cemetery this summer. The city council approved going out for bids to repair the damaged fence along Grand Avenue. Vendors will be required to replace 19 fence panels and 13 posts that were destroyed, and provide six additional panels and posts for future use. The council also rejected four bids submitted to repair the Fairlawn Cemetery maintenance building. The cemetery board  recommended rejecting the bids as all came in over budget. Bids ranged from $52,000 to nearly $100,000 for work on the building, electrical upgrades, a cooling fan, and a gun safe. The project may be re-bid at a later date.

 

Papa Johns Pizza Said to be Opening in Chickasha 

Another pizzeria is coming to Chickasha. Papa Johns is expected to locate in the new construction underway next to the Cotton Patch Cafe in the Shoppes at Chisholm Trail near 4th and Grand. The announcement was made in a recent newsletter from the city's Economic Development Council. There's no timeline on when the store may be open. The restaurant is the second of two eateries that will be setting up shop in that new construction. Tropical Smoothie Cafe previously announced it will be opening a location there.             

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Blake Elliott and Elizabeth Allen with the Festival of Light are on our KOOL Konversation program. The 26th annual festival opens next week. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week's guest is Tim Hushbeck with Public Service Company of Oklahoma. There are links to both programs elsewhere on this website. You’ll find them under the Community tab.

 

 

Friday, Nov. 9th

 

Ninnekah School Board Backs Superintendent

The Ninnekah Board of Education is standing behind its superintendent, who is charged with domestic violence. Todd Bunch is facing a misdemeanor assault and battery charge in Garvin County. A woman told Lindsay police that Bunch tried to smother her with a pillow. The school board released a statement last night that says while the panel in no way condones any form of domestic violence, they believe a person is innocent until proven guilty. The statement reads that Bunch should be afforded the constitutional right to due process. It also says that contrary to media reports, the board has not requested nor accepted any terms of voluntary administrative leave for Bunch, and that no termination process has begun. The statement says that it's in the best interest of the school district for Bunch to be in his office performing his duties. Once the court determines Bunch’s guilt or innocence the board may re-address the issue. Bunch was scheduled to have court appearance on the charge earlier this week, but prosecutors continued the case to December 19th, in order to further consult with the alleged victim.

 

Veterans Day Programs Set

Veterans Day will be Sunday, November 11th. Several area schools will honor veterans today including Verden, Pioneer, Friend, Amber-Pocasset and Ninnekah.  Two area schools, Rush Springs and Alex, will honor veterans on Monday. Since November 11th is on Sunday, the national holiday is on Monday, November 12th. The Veterans Day  ceremony usually held at Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park has been moved to the  Chickasha Elks Lodge, because of the forecast of bad weather. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Elks Lodge serving veterans and their spouses free lunch after the program.

 

GOP Calls to Remove Campaign Signs

With the mid-term election over, officials are asking candidates and their supporters to take down campaign signs. Randy Brindley is the vice chairman for the Grady County Republican Party. He's asking GOP members to remove party signs from both public and private property. However, he says if signs are on private property to get the property owner's permission first. For information, you can contact Brindley by calling 859-816-8586.

 

Oklahoma Centennial Farms Sought              

The search is on for centennial farms in the Sooner State. The Oklahoma Historical Society is publishing a new book to document agriculture in Oklahoma, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Oklahoma Centennial Farm and Ranch program. The book is being written by a team of the state's most prominent authors. For information, you might contact the Oklahoma Historical Society.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is down to $60.67 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude falls to $70.65.

Natural gas is off a penny to $3.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,219 and silver is $14.32.

 

 

Thursday, Nov. 8th

 

New Harbor Freight Store Leads New Construction

New construction in Chickasha in October was close to the $1 million mark. The city's Community Development Department issued 15 permits for a total of $923,000 which includes both  commercial and residential sectors. The monthly building report shows about a half-dozen commercial projects, including a $220,000 project for the new  Harbor Freight store which will be opening soon in the Chickasha Square Shopping Center by Atwoods. Other commercial permits included a $50,000 work oder for checkout remodeling at Wal-Mart, and a $10,000 remodel for contractor Tony Tuthill at 406 West Chickasha Avenue for a new location for the DePriest Insurance company. The report included several new single family homes ranging from $120,000 to $160,000. That includes three new homes in the expansion at Sleepy Hollow for Home Creations and one in the 1300 block of Carolina for H and H Siding. It also includes $6,000 for the remodeling of a store in the Grandview Shopping Center for the city’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Total new construction in Chickasha for 2018 is just over $23 million.

 

Family Dispute Leads to School Lockdowns

Two Chickasha schools were placed on lockdown for a short time Wednesday after a school employee and her adult son got into a heated argument before school. Grand Avenue School and the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center went on lockdown about 9:30 a.m. Superintendent Jack Herron said the son came to the school looking for his mother and police were called. Officials at both schools say the incident happened outdoors and that the children never in danger and were safe in their classrooms. Police Lt. Scott Weaver said no arrest was made as it was a verbal confrontation between the mother and son. The lockdown was lifted at both schools by 11:00 a.m.

 

County Firefighter Training Underway

Volunteer fire fighters throughout Grady County are conducting a drill near Alex this morning. As many as 30 firefighters from  10 departments with  two dozen trucks are working to hone their skills at the Chitwood plant just south of Alex. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said the training is expected to run until noon.

 

Police Veteran Earns Promotion

A long-time Chickasha police officer earns a promotion. Gillian O'Brien was promoted to Sergeant recently and a pinning ceremony was held at this week's city council meeting. Police Chief Greg Anderson said O'Brien holds an associate's degree in police science and an advanced law enforcement certification. She’s also an alumnae of the Leadership Chickasha program. O'Brien has been with the police department for 10 years and has served as a field training officer, hostage negotiator, and has spent four years  as detective.

 

Drive Underway for USAO Food Pantry

A month-long food drive is underway to fill a food pantry which is beneficial to USAO students. The campus co-op set up the food pantry a couple of years ago. It comes in handy when the cafeteria is closed.  Alexis Avery tells how the project got started.

 

               

 

The food pantry is open year-round, and is especially helpful when international students have nowhere to go during the holidays. Among the items needed are soups on the go, microwavable pastas, small cartons of milk, single serving cereals, fruit cups, and toiletries. Items can be dropped off in Room 118 of Troutt Hall or at the front desk of the Nash Library.

 

ATV Safety Course Set

A lot of families have four-wheelers they use for work or play. However, Hunter Kelsey with Amber-Pocasset 4H says-

 

               

 

Grady County 4H will hold a free ATV safety workshop for all ages this Saturday, Nov. 10th. It's scheduled for 10:00 a.m. in the north exhibit building at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is down to $61.67 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $72.07.

Natural gas is steady at $3.55 per million BTUs.

Metals were lower, with gold down to $1,223 and silver down to $14.46.

 

 

Wednesday, Nov. 7th

 

Mystery Substance Forces Courthouse Evacuation

Quite the scare yesterday when the Grady County Courthouse was evacuated because of a white power found in the treasurer's office. About 100 people in the building were ordered out about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday when the mystery substance was found in some mail in the treasurer's office. Haz-mat crews and bomb-sniffing dogs were called in and a few employees went through a decontamination procedure as a precaution, but no one was taken to the hospital. Grady County Undersheriff Phil Blevins said there were concerns about the timing of the issue, especially because of the importance of the day.

 

               

 

Blevins said it was eventually determined that the substance was from paper. He said a mechanical letter-opening device had produced some debris and the machine had never done that before. The courthouse was closed for the day but is open for business today.

 

Perryman Re-Elected; Hasenbeck Wins House Seat

Now for results of yesterday's elections. State Representative David Perryman wins re-election to his fourth term in House District 56. Perryman collected about 60 percent of the vote in defeating Charles Wells of Anadarko. The Chickasha Democrat is the minority leader in the house. He says he looks  forward to working with Republican governor-elect, Kevin Stitt.

 

               

 

In House District 65, Republican Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin wins the post, picking up about 59 percent of the vote over Democrat Brandon Thompson of Cyril. Hasenbeck will take the post previously held by Scooter Park.

 

Whitworth Re-Elected as Caddo County Assessor

In Caddo County, assessor Ed Whitworth wins re-election. Whitworth collected 55 percent of the vote in defeating Belita Byrd.

 

Grady County State Lawmaker Wins Labor Commish Race

In other election results, State Representative Leslie Osborn whose district 47 includes part of Grady County, will be Oklahoma's next Labor Commissioner. In her first statewide race she picked up nearly 62 percent of the vote.

 

Cole, Lucas Re-Elected; Horn Upsets Russell

In federal elections, 4th District Congressman Tom Cole and 3rd District Congressman Frank Lucas easily won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the biggest upsets came in the 5th Congressional District, where Democrat Kendra Horn defeated incumbent Steve Russell. Republicans have held that office in the Oklahoma City region for more than 40 years. Horn has some Chickasha connections. Her parents are Kent and Brenda Horn of Chickasha.

 

Today Marks Anniversary of the Beginning

of Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Civil Rights Case

November 7th marks a significant day in the very early days of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. It’s an event that happened in Chickasha. It was 71 years ago on this date in 1947 that Chickasha resident Ada Sipuel met with a number of local, state, and national NAACP members to begin preparations to take her lawsuit against the University of Oklahoma to the U.S. Supreme Court. OU had denied Sipuel admission to the OU Law School because she was black. The NAACP team met at Chickasha’s Miles-Brown CME Chapel that day. The nation's high court would go on to rule in favor of Ada Sipuel and she broke the color barrier at the university.  Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander with the Chickasha NAACP chapter said the case was the springboard to another important Supreme Court ruling for civil rights several years later.

 

               

 

One of the attorneys for Ada Sipuel was Thurgood Marshall, who would go on to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ashanti-Alexander believes that Marshall was in Chickasha Nov. 7, 1947 to help prepare Sipuel's case.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is down for the 7th straight day, to $62.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $72.17.

Natural gas slips to $3.55 per million BTUs.

Metals with a slight gain, with gold up to $1,236 and silver up to $14.71

 

Tuesday, Nov. 6th

 

Jury Convicts Police Shootout Suspect

Guilty. That's the verdict on all 10 counts in the trial of Alex Warren Klingler, accused of barricading himself inside his Chickasha home and shooting at law enforcement in a 2 ½ hour stand-off last year. After 10 days of testimony, a Grady County jury spent about three hours deliberating the charges last night. The charges included three counts of shooting with intent to kill, six counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of maiming. Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks said the jury saw past the defense team’s efforts to discredit the efforts of the officers involved.

 

               

 

 The shootout occurred in September of 2017, when Chickasha police tried to issue a search warrant on Klingler's home. The jury recommended life in prison on each count. Formal sentencing will be held at a later date.

 

Superintendent Takes Voluntary Leave of Absence

Ninnekah School Superintendent Todd Bunch agrees to take voluntary administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence. Ninnekah Assistant School Board President Dale Thompson said Bunch agreed to take paid leave last Friday.  Bunch is charged with a misdemeanor count of assault and battery in Garvin County District Court, following an incident that occurred in Lindsay back in June. Bunch has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is denying the allegation. Public records show that it’s not the first time Bunch has been accused of domestic violence. Three years ago, a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse was filed against him following a previous investigation by Lindsay police. That charge was dismissed. Bunch asked that the 2015 case be expunged from his record, but the request was denied. The Ninnekah School Board will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to discuss hiring an interim superintendent until Bunch's legal issue is settled.

 

Oklahomans Casting Ballots in Mid-Term Elections

It's election day. Oklahoma voters are going to the polls to elect a new governor and several other state officials. There are several state questions and a couple of regional races for state house of representatives. Democratic State Representative David Perryman of Chickasha is facing Republican challenger Charles Wells of Anadarko for the House District 56 seat the Perryman has held for six years. The district includes Chickasha, Anadarko, and runs into Kiowa County. A new state representative will be elected to serve House District 65. Democrat Brandon Thompson of Cyril is facing Republican Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin for the seat previously held by Scooter Park and includes parts of Rush Springs, Cyril, and Elgin. In Caddo County, voters are electing a county assessor. Incumbent Democrat Ed Whitworth is facing Republican challenger Belita Byrd. Polls are open until 7:00 p.m. By the way, there's a change in locations in Grady County for voters in Precinct 31. Voters who previously cast ballots at the Naples Fire Department now vote at the Tabler Gospel Tabernacle Church, which is just west of State Highway 39 and the Alex Highway.

 

Tremor Forces Well Operator to Permanently Halt Work

A fracking operation near Bridge Creek has been permanently shut down after Sunday night's earthquake. Roan Resources told the Oklahoma Corporation Commission that it will end its work. Commission chairman Dana Murphy said the agency's oil and gas division will be able to develop further revisions in the requirements operators must follow when there is seismic activity around well completion operations. Roan Resources is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in the SCOOP, STACK, and Merge plays. It was formed last year with contributions from Linn Energy and Citizen Energy on about 140,000 net acres combined in the three areas. After taking over field operations this past January, Roan was producing about 40,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day in the first quarter.

 

Some Damage Now Reported from Earthquake

By the way, there was some minor damage to homes following Sunday night's tremor. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said three homes had some cracked bricks, including the home of Bridge Creek Fire Chief John Craft. Originally reported as a 3.7 magnitude on the Richter Scale, the quake was revised to 3.4.

 

Energy and Metals              

Crude oil on the NYMEX was down to $63.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude was up to $73.17.

Natural gas soars to $3.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is higher to $1,236 and silver is lower to $14.57.

 

 

Monday, Nov. 5th

 

Earthquake Shuts Down Grady County Well

An earthquake shakes the Bridge Creek area. While there are no reports of damage, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission told operators drilling a well in the area to cease operations for the time being. The tremor hit the area just before 7:00 p.m. Sunday and was initially reported as 3.7 on the Richter Scale. The U.S. Geological Survey later revised it to 3.1. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 1.2 miles south-southwest of Bridge Creek at a depth of about three miles. Within an hour of the tremor, the corporation commission's oil and gas division ordered the well operator, Roan Resources, to cease operations immediately pending further investigation and data review.

 

Chickasha Signal Light Upgrades Hit Snafu               

There's a snag in the City of Chickasha's effort to improve traffic flow through town. This past summer, the city council approved paying nearly $140,000 to upgrade signal lights along 4th Street from Grand Avenue to Choctaw Avenue. Originally, the project called for a new controller at 4th and Grand Avenue with connections at Chisholm Drive and Choctaw Avenue. Engineers said after reviewing the equipment already installed, that some of it was part of a pilot project that was started a couple of years ago and that the city does not own that equipment. It likely won’t be covered by a maintenance agreement. The proposed changes are not expected to increase the  cost of the project.

               

City Lawsuits to be Reviewed in Executive Session

The council will be going behind closed doors to discuss a couple of lawsuits. One of them is the city's lawsuit against Tom Word. The city is trying to re-coup a $250,000 economic development loan issued to Word and his company. The loan was supposed to help him move his company to Chickasha but the move never occurred. A second lawsuit is one filed against the city last year by James Merrick and others. The panel will also consider selling five acres of land near the sports complex to Jerry and Sheila Layman. The council is to honor Courtney Mayall with the Chickasha Public library as the city's employee of the month, and a pinning ceremony will be held by the police department. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.

 

Robbery Suspect Behind Bars

A Chickasha man is in custody in connection with a recent robbery. 22-year old Michael Anthony Romero was arrested by police early Sunday morning. A felony arrest warrant for 2nd degree robbery was issued by a judge Oct. 24th. There was no information available regarding the robbery that Romero is alleged to have been involved in.

 

One Injured in Caddo County Crash

A Caddo County man is hospitalized after an SUV and pickup collide. 21-year old Grayson Cornforth of Lookeba had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with leg injuries. He was last in good condition. The accident happened on State Highway 152 southeast of Eakly just after 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Cornforth was the driver of the SUV. A passenger, 34 year old Levy Taylor, also of Lookeba, refused treatment at the scene. The driver of the pickup was identified as 65-year old Ricky Powell of Yukon. He was not hurt. The trooper's report on the accident didn't say what happened, but did say the crash is still under investigation.

 

Separate Accidents Shut Down State Roadways

A Sunday morning crash shut down the highway north of Rush Springs for about an hour and a half. No information was released about the one-vehicle accident that happened just before 6 a.m. Sunday at U.S. Highway 81 and CR 1500, which four miles north of Rush Springs. A two-vehicle crash shut down a state highway near Anadarko early Sunday. That crash happened just after 2:00 am. at State Highway 8 and CR 1360 two miles south of Anadarko. The roadway was closed for about two hours after that accident. No information regarding that accident was released.

 

Iowa Street Repars Scheduled this Week

A Chickasha street project will impact traffic on Iowa Street for much of the week. Storm drain replacement in the 1500 block of Iowa will start Tuesday morning, and traffic will be down to one lane for several days. Traffic will be diverted one block during the project.

 

Preparations Underway for Community Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving is a little more than two weeks away and some Chickasha churches are again teaming up to host a community Thanksgiving dinner. New Life Christian and First Presbyterian churches will be preparing and serving the meal. The churches are in search of volunteers to help prepare all the food that will be served. The meal will be served at the New Life Christian Church Activity Center at 1828 S. 13th from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 pm. on Thanksgiving Day. The meal previously was served at the Presbyterian Church over the last 20 years. Shuttle service will be available from the Presbyterian Church to New Life if needed. Homebound individuals can call to have meals delivered.  The number is 405-222-5433.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX slips to $63.14 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $72.83.

Natural gas is up to $3.28 per million BTUs.

Metals had an up week. Gold is $1,233 and silver is $14.74.


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Saturday, Nov. 3rd

 

Pursuit Suspect Behind Bars

A man suspected of trying to elude police last month is in jail. Stephen Dale Franks was arrested by Chickasha police Thursday night. Franks is the man who had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after crashing his pick-up near Anadarko after a 30-minute pursuit. Franks was in critical condition for a couple of days after the crash which occurred Oct. 22nd. It wasn't clear when he was released. The Chickasha police blotter indicates an officer came in contact with Franks at Braum's Thursday night. A source with knowledge of the arrest says that Franks allegedly starting banging his head against an unknown object and was taken to Grady Memorial hospital for obversation, with a police guard at his door. He was released from the hospital Friday afternoon and taken to the Grady County Jail. Police say Franks had outstanding warrants in both Grady and Caddo counties.

 

Alex School Fire Traced to Electrical Short

A fire at Alex High School was quickly snuffed out by fire crews. Smoke filled the commons area at the school Friday afternoon about the time students were leaving for the weekend. The fire was traced to a maintenance room, where officials say an electrical short led to the fire. Damage estimate was about $2,500.

 

 Pedestrian Hit by Pickup Remains Critical              

A Verden woman is still fighting for her life after being hit by a pickup. 69-year old Kaylene Slatten remains in critical condition at OU Medical Center. Slatten was walking along U.S. Highway 62 west of Verden when she was hit by a pick up Thursday night. She suffered head, trunk, arm, and leg injuries and had to be air-lifted to Oklahoma City.

 

Runaway Teen Reunited With Family

Now an update to a story we had last week about a runaway teenager. Authorities say that 13-year old Jimi Lee Jorski has been found and is back with relatives. Jorski was living in the Cogar area when her mom reported her missing last week. Caddo County Undersheriff Spencer Davis says it wasn't clear where or when Jorski was found.

 

State Environmental Grants Available 

Student groups studying the environment might consider applying for a grant to help their work. The state Department of Environmental Quality will be issuing thousands of dollars to students, teachers, and schools in January. The DEQ's Education Committee is urging groups to apply for the grant to promote enthusiasm for learning about the environment and natural resources. Groups could receive up to $1,000 for their programs. Projects could include outdoor classroom re-vitalization, recycling and composting programs, edible school gardens, and green school efforts. Applications are due December 15th with grant winners to be notified by January 31st.

 

Last Day for Early Voting

Oklahoma voters have one more day to cast ballots early, ahead of next week's gubernatorial election. Election boards statewide will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to allow voters to avoid long lines at polling place on Tuesday. You'll have to fill out a one-page form stating that you are voting early and present your voter identification or driver's license. In addition to the governor's race, there is the lieutenant governor, state attorney general, and state school superintendent on the ballot. There are several state questions, judicial retentions, and a lot of races for state house and senate seats.

 

High School Football Scores

Anadarko 34, Chickasha 13

Blanchard 49, Harrah 6

Tuttle 49, Cushing 14

Newcastle 56, Elgin 7

Cashion 26, Minco 13

Dibble 50, Velma-Alma 0

Alex 78, Burns Flat-Dilly City 28

Snyder 46, Cyril 0

 

 

Friday, Nov. 2nd

 

Pedestrian Critical After Being Hit by Pickup

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a pickup near Verden. 69-year old Kaylene Slatten of Verden was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after the accident, which happened just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 62 about a mile west of Verden. The highway patrol reports that the pickup was driven by 58-year old Susan Routh of Tuttle, who was not injured. Routh spent several years as the family and consumer science director for the Grady County OSU Extension Service. She recently accepted a new job in Lawton. The accident is still under investigation. The trooper called to the accident said Routh's condition was normal and she was wearing her seat belt. The condition of the pedestrian is under investigation.

 

Space Heater Burns Eldery Woman

An elderly woman suffers second- and third-degree burns when a space heater set her clothing on fire. Chickasha Fire Chief Brian Zalewski said the woman was taken to the burn center in Oklahoma City. Zalewski said HIPPA laws prevented him from releasing the woman's name. It's not clear if she's still in the hospital. Fire crews and paramedics were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of Nevada about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The woman, said to be in her 80s, was home alone when her clothing caught fire. Relatives returned a short time later to find the woman trying to put water on her back. There was some minor damage to the carpet and some curtains in the home. Zalewski said the fire was so hot that it melted the wheels on the woman's walker.

 

Trial of Police Shootout Suspect Continues

The trial of Alex Warren Klingler continues into its 9th day today. Klingler is the man accused of injuring three police officers in a shootout at his Chickasha home more than a year ago. District Attorney Jason Hicks said he was calling 17 witnesses to testify, and was hoping to rest his case late yesterday or today. Then the defense will then take over to plead its case. Klinger is facing 10 felony charges, including shooting with intent to kill, maiming, and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

 

Festival of Light About to Begin

It's hard to believe but Chickasha's holiday spectacular, the Festival of Light, will be opening in a couple of weeks. Some 3 million lights will twinkle at Shannon Springs Park for what will be the 26th year for the event. Blake Elliott said they need some volunteers to help put the finishing touches on the festival before it opens.

 

               

 

All you have to do is show up at Shannon Springs Park on Friday or Saturday the next couple of weeks. Lunch will be provided. The festival opens Saturday, Nov.17th and runs nightly through New Year’s Eve.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Our KOOL Konversation guests are Joyce Stockton, Jyme Tiner, and Shirley Burns with Grady County OHCE and will talk about their upcoming Celebration of Crafts Show and quilt exhibit. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley our guest is Jen Jantzen with the Chickasha Public School Foundation. We have links to both programs elsewhere on this website. You’ll find them under the Community tab.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is down to $63.69 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is up to $75.50.

Natural gas is down a couple of pennies to $3.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,237 and silver is $14.81

 

 

Thursday, Nov. 1st

 

Child Abuse Supect Jailed After Missing Court Date

A Chickasha man accused of child abuse is back in jail, after authorities say he failed to show up in court. 55-year old Everett Ray Buchanan, Jr. was initially arrested in February of 2017 for the alleged abuse of a five-year old boy. He was also charged with felony drug possession at the time. Buchanan’s trial was originally scheduled in September of this year, but Buchanan was a no-show, so a warrant was issued for his arrest. Chickasha police had him back in custody last week.  Buchanan is being held in the Grady County Jail on a new bond of $100,000 and the case now scheduled on a disposition docket in Grady County District Court on December 18th.

 

Early Voting Begins

In-person, absentee voting is underway in Oklahoma. Voters can stop in to the election board in the county in which they live to cast ballots ahead of next week's gubernatorial election. Voting times are until 6:00 p.m. today, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Regular precincts will be open next Tuesday. There is one precinct change in Grady County. It's precinct 31, where voters previously cast ballots at the Naples Fire Department. The new voting location is the Tabler Gospel Tabernacle Church, which is just west of State Highway 39 and the Alex Highway. Election board officials say this will be a permanent change.

 

EMS District Bond Issue to be Decided

Some area voters will decide if a rural ambulance service should expand. It's a $900,000 special bond issue for the Grady and McLain EMS District which includes part of Blanchard, Dibble, and Newcastle. If approved the bond issue would allow the district to build a new EMS facility in Newcastle to include a 24-hour truck. Officials say the addition would reduce response times. If voters pass the bond issue, property taxes in the district would increase about $20 per year on properties valued at $100,000.

 

Seniors Should Review Medicare Options

This time of year is when senior citizens should review their Medicare plans. There are numerous changes to the program for 2019. Ray Walker with the State of Oklahoma's Medicare Assistance Program says there are a lot of choices.

 

               

 

The open enrollment period for Medicare programs runs through December 7th. Individuals can get help in finding what changes could benefit them by calling the Medicare Assistance Program toll free at 1-800-763-2828. The number is answered by a real person 24 hours a day.

 

Home Heating Systems Should be Checked

We've already had one cold spell this fall and more are on the way as we head toward winter. Hunter Kelsey with Amber Pocasset 4H says now is a good time to have your home heating system checked by a professional service technician.

 

               

 

If you use space heaters, Kelsey reminds you to keep flammable materials at least three feet away from them. Space heaters also pose a danger to children and pets.

 

Long-Time Restaurant Operator Passes Away

The long-time owner and operator of Vivian's Restaurant in Verden has died.  Vivian Hughes passed away yesterday. She would have celebrated her 99th birthday on Friday. Funeral will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Verden First Baptist. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX drops 10 percent in October, to $65.31 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude falls nearly 9 percent to $75.47.

Natural gas was up for the month, to $3.26 per million BTUs.

Gold was up slightly for the month, to $1,225 and silver was down a bit to $14.42

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 31st

 

Superintendent Faces Domestic Violence Charge

The superintendent of Ninnekah Public Schools is accused of assault and battery in connection with an incident that occurred in Lindsay earlier this year. KWTV News 9 is reporting that Todd Bunch is charged with assault and battery, several months after the assault was first reported. Court documents filed just three  weeks ago say Lindsay police were called to a Love's store back in June, were a woman was visibly upset. She told police she was sleeping at home and alleges Bunch came into her bedroom and tried to smother her with a pillow. She told police she fought Bunch off, then ran nearly a mile to the store. Police said there were no visible marks on the woman’s body and that she smelled of alcohol. Bunch surrendered to Lindsay police Oct. 16th accompanied by an attorney where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. He's scheduled to be in court this afternoon. The News9 report indicates some parents of Ninnekah school children were concerned that Bunch was still working. A statement from Ninnekah School Board vice president Dale Thompson indicated the district was made aware of the allegations and  is working to verify the information. The statement said the district would meet with the state school board association to see what, if any action could be taken.

 

Continental Reports 3rd Quarter Net Income

Continental Resources reports a big jump in net income for the third quarter of 2018. Officials say the number sky-rocketed to $314 million and will pay about 84-cents a share. That $314 million compares to just $10.5 million from the third quarter of last year.  Third quarter production totaled more than 27 million barrels of oil-equivalent, or nearly 300,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day in Continental's explorations in Oklahoma and North Dakota. Continental's Project Springboard, which is its operation in the SCOOP play on 45,000 acres in the Chickasha area, is on schedule with 14 rigs drilling right now. Eight are targeting the Springer reservoir and 6 are working the Woodford and Sycamore reservoirs.

 

Drivers Injured in Crash Near Verden

Two people were hurt in a high-speed rear-end collision near Verden yesterday. The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 62 a mile east of Verden. The highway patrol reported an SUV crashed into the back of pick-up. The SUV ran off the highway, rolled several times, and caught fire. The SUV driver was taken by ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital. The driver of the pickup was taken by ambulance to Grady Memorial hospital. Troopers did not release the names of either driver and it wasn’t clear how seriously they were injured.

 

Ft. Sill Soldiers Head Overseas

More Ft. Sill soldiers are headed overseas. About 300 soldiers with the 3rd Battalion 13th Field Artillery Division said goodbye to family and friends at a deployment ceremony this week. The troops will initially go to Alaska before moving on to Afghanistan, where they will serve about nine months.

 

Chickasha FFA Team Performs Well at State Competition

Some Chickasha High School FFA students turn in a good showing at the state opening ceremonies competition. The team placed fifth out of about 50 teams at the contest in Stillwater last night. The team qualified for state after winning the regional competition at Amber-Pocasset earlier this month. Team members are A.J. Scifres, Hannah Downs, Emma Victery, Logan McKinney, Bailey White, and Miana Moon.

 

USAO Resident Advisor Named to State Regents Program

A USAO resident advisor has been selected to take part in a State Regents for Higher Education program. Bobbie Shores has been selected to be part of the Council on Student Affairs Leadership Academy. The program is designed to enhance professional development, leadership skills, further career opportunities, and help in career advancement for student affairs specialists. Shores will attend several workshops throughout the school year. Shores is a 2008 graduate of USAO and has worked for the university for about nine years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX stands at $66.18 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.91.

Natural gas is $3.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,218 and silver is $14.32.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 30th

 

Woman Injured in Traffic Accident with Semi Dies

A woman critically injured in a traffic accident with a semi over the weekend has died. 77-year old Caren Storck of Oklahoma City passed away from injuries she suffered in the accident. Storck was a passenger in a sedan that struck the trailer of a semi near Tabler Saturday night. The highway patrol reported that the semi was pulling on to U.S. Highway 62 from a private drive when the car hit the semi’s trailer. Storck was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where she later passed away from her injuries.

 

Suggestions Pour in for Chickasha Study

Chickasha residents hoping to see a more vibrant community met with OU students last night, giving their input on activities and development they would like to see. Students with the OU Institute for Quality Communities held an informal gathering to get ideas on a project they are working on. The Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) received a grant from the Oklahoma Municipal League to assist in funding the research project. Shane Hampton is the director of the institute.

 

               

 

Among the suggestions were an all-night diner, biking and walking trails, a dog park, good water, and department stores. Hampton said the group will hold similar sessions over the next few months. Students will submit a plan to the EDC in April or May of next year. You can see some video from the workshop on our Facebook page

 

Firm Asks Feds to Allow Pipeline Construction to Start

The company wanting to build a 200-mile, $1 billion natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma is asking a federal agency to allow construction to begin. Last Friday, Houston-based Cheniere Energy asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to start work on the Midship pipeline.The company plans on building the 234-mile pipeline from Kingfisher to Durant in three segments, and hope to have it completed next year. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that this past summer, both Gulfport Energy and Marathon Oil previously asked federal regulators to approve the pipeline’s construction. The pipeline will carry natural gas from the SCOOP and STACK plays into the current gas infrastructure in Oklahoma. Officials say the current infrastructure is unable to handle the demand from the two areas.

 

ATV Safety Workshop on Tap

ATVs and UTVs have grown in popularity for recreation as well as for work. Many large ATVs can be particular dangerous to ride, especially for children, if they don't know how to properly use the vehicle, or are driving one that may be too big for them. An ATV safety workshop for children and adults will be held by Grady County OSU Extension and the 4H youth development program next month. The workshop will be led by Mike Klumpp, who is an instructor with the ATV Safety Institute, in conjunction with ATV Ride Safe Oklahoma. The workshop is free will be held Saturday November 10th at 10 a.m. at the Grady County Fairgrounds. For information, contact the extension office by calling 405-224-2216.

 

Research Indicates Breakfast Helps Kids at School

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's really important for the kids who need something to get them ready for school. Here is Grady County 4H ambassador Beth Armstrong.

 

               

 

If your kids don't eat breakfast at school, something as simple as a piece of whole wheat toast and a glass of milk can get them started. Boiling eggs the night before can also save you a little time.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was lower to $67.04 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is down to $77.34.

Natural gas was fairly steady at $3.18 per million BTUs.

Metals were also lower with gold down to $1,223 and silver down to $14.42.

 

 

Monday, Oct. 29th

 

Woman Critical After Car Collides with Semi

A car slams into a semi Saturday night sending an elderly Oklahoma City couple to the hospital with one in critical condition. 77-year old Caren Storck was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was last in critical condition. 76-year old Kenneth Storck was taken by ambulance to Oklahoma City where he was admitted in fair condition but has since been released. The accident happened about 9:00 p.m. Saturday about 10 miles east of Chickasha on U.S. 62 between Tabler and Blanchard. The highway patrol reports that the Storck vehicle was eastbound on Highway 62 when it struck a semi that was entering the highway from a private drive. The semi was driven by 21-year old Payden Miller of Chickasha. Miller was not injured. The accident closed the highway for five hours.

 

Sleepy Driver Crashes on Turnpike; Passenger Injured           A tired driver crashes on the H.E. Bailey turnpike and sends a passenger in the car to the hospital. 26-year old Samatha Phanthanousy of Moore was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she is in serious condition this morning. The accident happened just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday near mile marker 77 about four miles southwest of Chickasha. The highway patrol reports that the driver of the car, 29-year old Dustin Quisenberry also of Moore, was eastbound on the turnpike when he ran off the highway and hit a culvert. Quisenberry was not injured.

 

Trial of Police Shootout Suspect Enters Second Week

The trial of a man accused of injuring several police officers during a shootout continues into its second week. Alex Warren Klinger is now facing 10 felony charges. He was originally facing 15 charges, however four were dismissed this past February and a fifth charge was dismissed as the trial started last Tuesday. The charges include shooting with intent to kill, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and maiming. Klinger, 62, has been held in the Grady County Jail without bond since his arrest following the shootout which occurred in September of 2017.

 

Dowtown Chickasha Development Ideas Sought

Chickasha residents are being asked to put on their thinking caps and discuss what the downtown area might look like in the future. OU students with the Institute for Quality Communities will be in Chickasha tonight for a come-and-go meeting to discuss development ideas for downtown. Chickasha was one of just two communities selected to take part in the program this year. The meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Grady County Fairgrounds Community Building.

 

CV Tech's Gay Pettit Up for National Award

A career guidance counselor with Canadian Valley Technology Center is a finalist for a national award. Gay Pettit is among five candidates for the honor which will be announced next month at the national meeting of the Association for Career and Technology Education. Pettit has been in education for nearly 35 years. She created CV Tech’s Mentor Match program, which allows career tech students to get on-the-job work experience with business and industry. The national meeting will be held in San Antonio Nov. 28th.

 

Energy and Metals

The price of crude oil on the NYMEX was down for the third straight week to $67.59 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude was down to $77.62.

Natural gas also had a down week to $3.18 per million BTUs.

Metals were up slightly for the week with gold up to $1,231 and silver to $14.65.

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