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Saturday, Jan. 26th
New Blanchard Resident Hit by Thieves
Thieves steal nearly $50,000 in heavy equipment, vehicles, and tools from the Blanchard area, and a reward has been offered to help find those responsible. A skid loader, ATV, welding equipment, and power tools were swiped from the home of Alan Patterson twice in the last few weeks. Patterson just moved to the area last month. To make things worse, Patterson was at the Mayo Clinic being treated for a stroke he suffered a couple of years ago when the thefts occurred. Grady County Undersheriff Phil Blevins says the thieves went through a lot of trouble. He tells KFOR-TV that they went through barbed-wire fences, used bolt cutters to break into a shop, and had to move a pickup parked in front the skid steer and ATV. The equipment did have Patterson's name on it. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assocation is offering a $1,000 reward for information that can lead to the arrest the person or persons responsible. Call 888-830-2333.
CPD Handles Several Firearms Complaints in One Day
Chickasha police were summoned to handle three firearms reports in one day and arrests were made at each location. It happened this past Tuesday. The first call came in about 1 o'clock in the morning, when officers were first dispatched to a report of shots fired at the Super 8 Motel at 4th and Almar Drive. Police arrested 49-year old Nickie Jordan of Rutlege, Alabama. He was formally charged with a misdemeanor for reckless conduct with a firearm. He is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond. About 9:30 Tuesday night, police responded to a domestic abuse call in the 1100 block of West Dakota. They arrested 35-year old Brandon Showalter of Chickasha, and he's been charged with a felony for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Then about 30 minutes later, police were sent to the Chickasha Hotel to investigate another domestic issue. 18-year old Trevor Brooks of Crossville, Tennessee was arrested and has been charged with a felony for possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and misdemeanors that include resisting arrest and drug possession. He's out of jail after posting an $8,000 bond.
Jury Duty Canceled for Some; Remains for Others
If you receive a jury duty notice from Grady County in the last few weeks, you'll need to know this. All jury trials that were scheduled for next week, Jan. 28th through Feb. 1st have been resolved, so jurors will not have to report. However, for those who received a letter for jury duty for the week of February 4th, you will still need to show up for that week.
200+ Take Advantage of Free Dental Services
More than 200 people took advantage of the free dental services provided by a Chickasha dentist, his employees, and numerous other volunteers. Dentistry from the Heart treated 211 patients, who collectively received an estimated $230,000 in free services. Dr. John Phillips and the 29th Street Dental Care staff were greeted by dozens of patients in the pre-dawn hours when they arrived at the clinic Friday morning, many of which spent the night in 20-degree weather. Since Phillips and his employees started this annual program in the mid-1990s, they've treated more than 3,000 patients and provided more than $2.5 million in free dental care.
Halliburton Employee's Career Spans Seven Decades
A senior secretary at Halliburton in Duncan has worked longer for that company than anyone else. Opal Wilson was recognized this week for her 65 years as a Halliburton employee, all at the Duncan office. She was 18 when she went to work for the company as a clerk in 1953. She could type 120 words per minute, which was well before electric typewriters. And she had to be letter perfect, with no erase marks or strikeovers. Her starting pay back then was $1 an hour. And no, she's not retiring. Now 83-years young, Wilson says she has no intentions of slowing down. She says her best days are when she goes to work.
Talk Show Topics
Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Skip Hamill and Charles Watson with the Holy City of the Wichitas are this week's guest on KOOL Konversation. Steven Taylor with Centerpoint Energy will join us on Real Estate Today with John Mosley. We have links to the programs under the Community tab of this website.
Grady County Tournament Results
Minco 60, Alex 40
Ampo 66 Okla. Chr. Aca. 54
Girls loser’s bracket
Alex 33, Dibble 17
Ninnekah 65, Verden 21
Friday, Jan. 25th
Gov. Stitt Wants to Sell State-Owned Airplane
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to sell the state-owned airplane used to fly previous governors around the state and around the country. It's one of four executive orders issued by Stitt on Thursday. Stitt said selling the King Air Beechcraft 300 will save the state money. State officials say it costs about $800 an hour to operate the plane. Stitt said if you're not flying 400 hours per year, it doesn't make sense to own your own airplane. He says he's also considering selling his own personal private plane. Stitt said he will rely on donations of private flights and if they can't be found, he'll fly commercial. The governor said he'll look at cost-effective ways to travel to all of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
Dentistry From the Heart Underway
With overnight temperatures dropping well below freezing, a number of people were willing to spend a cold night camping outside a Chickasha dental clinic, waiting to get free dental work done today. The morning low was 20 degrees in Chickasha, as the group arrived early for the annual Dentistry from the Heart campaign from Dr. John Phillips and 29th Street Dental Care. Phillips says they expect to treat more than 200 patients. They'll take an hour break for lunch then return to finish their work which will end at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Patients can get one of three services at no cost. Cleaning their teeth, a cavity filled or a tooth pulled. Oral surgeons and many other dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants have volunteered their time to help with the one-day free dental clinic.
Chickasha Area YMCA Fundraising Campaign Begins
The annual fund-raising campaign for the Chickasha Area YMCA is underway. The Y hopes to raise more than $75,000 in the coming weeks. The funds go toward the Y's Financial Assistance program. Last year, the local Y provided nearly twice that amount on services to families in the region. YMCA director Lewis Knicely says about 60 percent of the children who attend the Y's After-School and Summer Day Camp programs receive some level of financial help. The organization provides children a safe place to exercise and study while their parents are at work. Funds last year also provided life-saving drowning-prevention classes to nearly 300 second-grade students. Contributions may be made directly to the Y, or on-line at www.ymcaokc.org/give
If you donate on-line, be sure to check Chickasha.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was up Thursday to $53.13 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude was down to $61.09.
Natural gas was a little higher to $3.10 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,289 and silver is $15.38.
Grady County Tournament Results
Rush Springs 56, Minco 54 (2 OT)
Ampo 38, OCA 37
Boy’s loser’s bracket
Ninnekah 39, Dibble 37
Verden 59, Rush Springs 49
Ampo vs. OCA, 5:45
Minco vs. Alex, 8:15
Girls loser’s bracket
Ninnekah vs. Verden, 4:30
Alex vs. Dibble, 7:00
Thursday, Jan. 24th
Oregon Fugitive Captured in Blanchard
Blanchard police capture a man wanted out of Oregon after a high speed pursuit and ensuing crash. It happened Tuesday afternoon, when authorities got a call about from a woman who said she was the victim of an assault, and that her car had been stolen. While responding to the call, KWTV News 9 reports that Blanchard Deputy Chief Joe Beilouny spotted the stolen car, and a pursuit began. The chase ended on a dead-end road when the suspect crashed his vehicle into a fence in a pasture. Authorities arrested 53-year old Lloyd Lancaster, who authorities said has a history of violent acts, including attempted murder. It wasn’t clear why he was in Oklahoma. Lancaster was booked into the McClain County Jail.
Body of Mutilated Cow Discovered
A grisly scene in Fletcher, where a rancher discovers the body of a mutilated pregnant cow. The animal's uterus, milk bag, and right ear were cut off. Betty Bessire found the remains Sunday, and thinks the person responsible may have been making a sacrifice to the devil over the blood moon that occurred over the weekend. Bessire has lived on her ranch for more than 40 years and says she's never seen anything so horrible. It’s not believed that the animal was shot because no bullet wounds were found. Bessire tells KSWO-TV that she believes the culprit first tranquilized the animal, then gave her a shot to coagulate the blood before cutting her up. Comanche County authorities say they have seen similar cases of animal mutilation but nothing like this one. They don't have any leads, and think it’s unlikely they get any unless the public comes forward. The only crime a suspect could be charged with might be animal cruelty. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers of Southwest Oklahoma by calling 580-355-INFO.
Free Dental Services Available Tomorrow
A Chickasha dental clinic will open its doors for free dental services tomorrow. Dr. John Phillips and crew at 29th Street Dental Care call it Dentistry from the Heart. More than 100 volunteers, from oral surgeons to dental hygienist students will be shuffling through the clinic’s many treatment rooms to see more than 200 patients. Phillips says that everyone has an assignment and knows what to do.
Patients can choose to have a filling, a tooth pulled, or have their teeth cleaned. All patients will also get X-rays at no cost. A lot of people will brave the cold overnight temperatures and camp out in the clinic's parking lot to be first in line. The Grady County Sheriff's Office will be on hand for security overnight. The clinic will open at 7:30 tomorrow morning and run through 4 o'clock. Many businesses, churches and individuals bring coffee, food, and warm clothing to the patients who will be waiting in line.
Halliburton Earnings Report Shows Mixed News
Officials with energy giant Halliburton release the company’s earnings from the 4th quarter of 2018 and it shows some mixed news. Total revenue was down from the third quarter, however it did show an increase from the 4th quarter of 2017. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports the company announced total revenue of $5.9 billion, down about 4 percent from the previous three-month period. The income from continuing operations translated to 76 cents a share in earnings. Total revenue for the year was $24 billion, an increase of 16 percent from 2017. Chairman, president, and CEO Jeff Miller said demand for completion services dropped in the 4th quarter but the drop was expected.
Memorial Service Set for Pilot, Flying Instructor
A celebration of life for long-time local pilot and flying instructor Claude Rogers will be held this weekend. Rogers died unexpectedly a few weeks ago. A memorial will be held at 1:00 pm. Saturday at the Chickasha Airport in the Chickasha Wings hangar. Memorial contributions may be made to Chickasha Wings.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was down Wednesday to $52.62 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude fell to $61.14.
Natural gas dipped below $3 to $2,98 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,284 and silver is $15.31.
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd
New Chickasha City Councilman Appointed
Chickasha's newest city councilman has had an interest in public service for a couple of years. Retired military officer Tom Rose was appointed to a vacant seat on the council last night. Rose will fill the remaining months left on the term of former Ward One councilman Mark Keeling, who resigned a couple of weeks ago. Rose ran a couple of strong campaigns for mayor in 2016 and 2018 but came up short at the ballot box. The post Rose was appointed to will be up for grabs in the spring city council elections.
Grants, Airport Board Appointment Get Council Approval
The council approved funding requests for two economic development projects in downtown. As part of a public-private investment program initiated just last month, a $450,000 grant was awarded to Chickasha Today, LLC. The group will make some big improvements in the 100 block of Chickasha Avenue, investing more than $1 million of its own money for the renovations. The council also approved up to a $110,000 grant for the J.R. Trammell and D.J. Trammel Family Trust for upgrades to a store at 317 Chickasha Avenue, the former William’s Shoe Store. The trust is investing about $250,000 of its own money in the project. It's anticipated to be the new home of the Crazy 8 Cafe. The city council also appointed Mitch Williams of Chickasha Wings to serve on the airport advisory board through June of 2021.
FSA Offices Closed Today, will Re-Open Temporarily
Ag producers will have a few more days to do business with their Farm Service Agency offices. An agreement between USDA and the federal Office of Management and Budget will allow offices to re-open on a temporary basis. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says producers will be able to take care of –
State FSA director Scott Biggs says all Oklahoma FSA offices will be open for this temporary schedule, which does include the Chickasha and Anadarko offices. FSA offices are closed today, but will be open for regular business hours tomorrow and Friday, and weekdays through Feb. 8th. After that, offices will reduce services to three days a week, unless the partial government shutdown issue is resolved.
Bill Calls for Increasing State Speed Limit
Are you a speeder? If you drive at 80 miles per hour on Oklahoma highways, you know you're breaking the law. But a state lawmaker is proposing the speed limit go up. State Rep. Daniel Pae of Lawton has introduced HB 1071 that would increase the speed limit on state highways to 80 mph outside of city limits. Currently, the top speed limit on state highways is 70. It is 75 on state turnpikes. A number of rural states do have maximum speed limits of 80 mph. If the bill makes it through the legislative process and is signed by Gov. Stitt, it would go into effect in November.
Several Area Blood Drives on the Schedule
There are numerous blood drives in the region over the next few days. Oklahomans are encouraged to roll up their sleeves to assist the Oklahoma Blood Institute, which serves more than 160 hospital and air ambulance services. There are blood drives today at Verden High School until 11:30 this morning; Anadarko High School until 3:00 p.m.; and Ninnekah High School, also until 3:00 p.m. USAO will have a blood drive on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gary Hall Lounge. Find blood drives in your area by visiting the website www.obi.org
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was down to $52.57 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude falls to $61.50.
Natural gas took a hit, down to $3.04 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,284 and silver is $15.44.
Tuesday, Jan. 22nd
Chickasha Council to Consider Proposed Developments
Two projects designed to make improvements in downtown Chickasha will be reviewed by the city council tonight. Both are seeking some of the matching economic development funds reserved for upgrades throughout the city. If approved, the projects would take nearly half of the $1.2 million set aside for development. A local group called Chickasha Today, LLC is wanting to renovate five properties in the 100 block of Chickasha Avenue near the Rock Island Railroad Depot. That group plans on spending nearly $1 million in private funds and is seeking nearly $480,000 from the city. The group believes it could be a catalyst for further development in that area. A second local developer is asking for funds to help renovate a store in the 300 block of Chickasha Avenue. The developer would invest about $250,000 and is seeking up to $110,000 from the city. If approved, it’s proposed that the Crazy 8 Café would move to that location.
Appointment May be Made to City Council
A new representative could join the Chickasha City Council tonight. The agenda calls for the consideration of an appointment to finish the remaining few months for the Ward One office previously held by Mark Keeling, who resigned earlier this month. The agenda did not include the name of a potential candidate. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.
Rural Firefighters May Feel Affects of Gov't. Shutdown
The partial shutdown of the federal government could impact Oklahoma's volunteer fire departments. Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel says the shutdown could hurt rural fire departments in the event of a wildfire, should federal help be needed in such a crisis. Wenzel tells KFOR TV that large wildland fires can create hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. Such fires have a negative impact on small fire departments because they have to spend all their money on items they don't get reimbursed for in a timely fashion. Winter is the prime season for wildfires, because of dormant vegetation and not much precipitation. Wenzel said the fuel load is there, and while recent rains and snow have been beneficial, it has softened up the ground which can cause fire trucks to get stuck. Sheri Nickel with the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association said the biggest impact for that group deals with federal grants. That agency is administering more than $2 million in grants for the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters, but right now they aren't getting the funding like they should.
Vandals Cause Thousands of Dollars in Damage on Farm
Farm families everywhere take a lot of pride in what they do to feed America. A Stephens County producer is scratching his head over why someone would want to vandalize an expensive tractor. Justin Mangum said the windshield was broken and lights were shattered this past weekend. Estimated damage was about $20,000. Mangum says it’s not the first time his farm has been hit by vandals. Previously, thieves stole a radiator out of a two-ton truck on one side of the property, and the same night they took a radiator from a tractor on the other side. In the most recent vandalism, someone wrote the name "Randall" on the tractor. Stephens County authorities are investigating.
FSA Offices Open Again Today
Farm Service Agency offices in Chickasha and Anadarko will be open for one more day today, before closing up shop again because of the partial federal government shutdown. The offices will be open during regular business hours.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.80 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $62.70.
Natural gas is $3.48 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,283 and silver is $15.31.
Grady County Tournament Re-cap
In the opening round of the 101st Grady County Tournament in Minco, Ampo and Alex boys, and Ampo and Rush Springs girls score opening round wins Monday. The top seed Ampo girls scored a 76-6 win over Verden. Caleigh Jeffries had 12 points and Caton Muncey, 11 to lead Ampo. Rush Springs girls were 58-44 winners over Alex. Caitlynn Long led three Rush Springs players in double figures with 18. Three Alex players were also in double figures, led by freshman Kdeebeth Pettijohn who had 12. The Alex and Verden boys was the most competitive game of Day One. Verden rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to take the lead a couple of times in the 4th quarter, but the Longhorns prevailed with a 63-52 win. The Longhorns’ Nik Venable scored 15 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, including 11 of 12 free throws. Nick Smith led Verden with 22 points. Ampo boys beat Ninnekah 51-28 behind 26 points from Skyler Croskey. The remaining first round games are today, starting with the Ninnekah and Oklahoma Christian Academy girls at 4:30; Minco and Dibble girls play at 7. Boys games are Dibble vs. Oklahoma Christian Academy at 5:45, with top seed Minco facing Rush Springs in the late game at 8:15.
Caddo County Tournament at Anadarko
Cement 74, Hinton 70
Cyril 71, Mt. View-Gotebo 44
Apache 94, Gracemont 35
Binger-Oney 72, Lookeba-Sickles 62
Apache 54, Cement 47
Hinton 52, Gracemont 30
Mt. View-Gotebo 58, Binger-Oney 34
Lookeba-Sickles 49, Carnegie 45
Ft. Cobb-Broxton vs. Hinton, 4:00 p.m.
Cyril vs. Apache, 6:30 p.m.
Ft. Cobb-Broxton vs. Apache, 5:45 p.m.
Carnegie vs. Cement, 7:45 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21st
Unemployment Remains Near Historic Low
Oklahoma's jobless rate continues to hover around its lowest levels in decades. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports the December unemployment rate was 3.2 percent. It was also down for the 8th straight month. Grady County unemployment fell to 2.5 percent. McClain County had the regional low jobless rate at 2.2 percent, while Caddo County unemployment was down to 3 percent. Most county jobless rates are down one full percentage point compared to the same time a year ago.
More Jobs Continue to be Added to Energy Industry
The energy industry is taking a lot of credit for the low unemployment. The Mining and Logging sector which includes oil and gas added more than 1,500 jobs last month. The number of jobs grew more than 13 percent compared to December of 2017 to more than 56,000 jobs. Oklahoma is among 40 states nationwide where unemployment was less than 4 percent last month.
Nation Pauses to Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is set aside to recognize the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Federal, state, county, and city offices are closed today. The Chickasha city council meeting, normally held on the third Monday night of the month, will instead be held tomorrow night.
Chickasha Holds Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
There is a celebration of Dr. King's work in Chickasha today. The Bullock Memorial Center will have a free come-and-go event much of the day with live entertainment, with Chickasha native Ray Woods, aka Mister Woods the featured artist. Other musicians will play throughout the day. Beans and cornbread will be served for $6 per person. The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at The Bullock Memorial Center, 917 S. 1st.
One Dies in Weekend Fatal Crash
Authorities have not yet identified a man who died in a three-vehicle crash that involved a semi in El Reno over the weekend. The accident happened late Saturday night on I-40 at mile marker 119. The truck driver was not hurt. A family from California was in an SUV which was also involved. A woman in the SUV was admitted to a Yukon hospital. A 1-year old girl and a 13-year old girl also in the SUV were treated and released.
State Sen. Darcy Jech Prepares for Legislative Session
State Senator Darcy Jech, who serves Senate District 26 which includes much of Caddo and parts of Canadian County, is looking forward to the upcoming legislative session. In his media column, Jech says he has met with Gov. Kevin Stitt and attended his inauguration last week. Jech says Stitt's enthusiasm is energizing and his goals to lead the state to new levels of success are inspiring. Jech says he is looking forward to seeking opportunities to make Oklahoma stronger and more diverse. Jech says he's authoring a handful of bills in areas like education, corrections, and criminal justice reform. The legislative session with begin in two weeks.
National Guard Has New Commander
A new commander has been welcomed to lead Oklahoma National Guard troops. Lt. Col. Khalid Hussein is the new leader for the 180th Cavalry, 45th Infantry Brigade. The troops recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Hussein is from Edmond. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1994. In addition to welcoming the new commander, the unit bid farewell to out-going commander Lt. Col. Michael Urrutia of Edmond. He spent 30 years in the Army and joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 2002.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.80.
London-based Brent crude is $62.70.
Natural gas is $3.48 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,277 and silver is $15.25.