Mollman Media News Archives for 2019-06

2019 June 17-22

Saturday, June 22nd

 

City, Business Owners Meet Over Alley Concerns

Some Chickasha business owners took their complaints of the terrible condition of the alley they share to the Chickasha City Council this week. The business owners had been told that they would have to make the repairs. The business owners say the city is responsible to do so. The complaints led to a meeting between the business owners and a city official yesterday. Public Works Director David Buchanan discussed both short-term and long-term solutions. The alley is south of Dakota Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, and is shared by Bombay Liquor, Chinese Express, Nana Sue's Laundromat and other businesses. Buchanan said initially the city could make some temporary repairs, like bringing in some pea gravel to fill in the numerous potholes,  some of which were said to be 18-inches deep. Buchanan said a long-term solution would be costly, including hiring a contractor to put in a concrete base. Buchanan said the city might ask the businesses to share the cost of that project.

 

Group to Protest Plan to House

Migrant Children at Ft. Sill

A protest is scheduled in Lawton today, as the U.S. government prepares to use Ft. Sill to house hundreds of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border. A group known as Tsuru for Solidarity - a Japanese American organization - compares the proposal to the concentration camps documented during World War Two. Many Japanese Americans were held at Ft. Sill during the war. They say the protest is to honor their ancestors who were held in those camps. Protesters from all over the country are expected. Because the protest was planned so quickly, the city of Lawton had to grant special permission, since the group didn't have time to file a permit. Earlier this month, federal officials announced that about 1,400 migrant children from the border would be temporarily housed at Ft. Sill for up to three months.

 

Outdoor Concert Planned Downtown Chix Tonight              

There will be live music in downtown Chickasha tonight with what's called the 3C Concert Series. Levi Parham takes the stage for a free concert for the latest of these small town Saturday night performances. Parham is a native Oklahoman who is recognized for his song-writing skills. After his performance in Chickasha, he'll be performing in Guthrie, Tulsa, and on the Memphis-based TV network DittyTV, which is dedicated to Americana and Roots music. The event sponsored by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce, the City of Chickasha, The Chickasha Main Street Association, and the First National Bank. Tonight's activities start at 6:00 p.m. with kid games and activities and there are food trucks on site. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Donna Stamper with Grady County Court Appointed Special Advocates is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, the guest is Jay Earp with the State Department of Transportation. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Updated Warrant List Released

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's public information officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

              

 

If you have information about any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

 

Friday, June 21st

 

Tuition Increase Approved for USAO Students

Some USAO students will be paying more for tuition this fall. The USAO Board of Regents approved increases of 4.7 percent for in-state students and 4.8 percent for non-resident students enrolled in 15 credit hours. A press release from the university said even with the increases, USAO student costs are still 20 percent below the national peer group average. The regents also approved the 2019-20 fiscal year budget which includes a pay increase for faculty for the first time in four years. Thanks to additional state funding, faculty will get a 3.5 percent salary hike.

 

Fireworks Illegal in the City of Chickasha              

The 4th of July holiday is about two weeks away, and City of Chickasha officials are reminding residents that it is against the law to set off fireworks in the city limits. Officials say the sale, use, or exploding of fireworks is illegal and that the police and fire departments will combine efforts to address the unauthorized use of fireworks. Depending on the violation, you could be fined between $100 and $200 for setting off fireworks. And, any fireworks could be confiscated.

 

State Panel Approves New Rules for Railroads

The state Corporation Commission has approved some new rules designed to penalize railroads for blocking railroad crossings. The panel approved a fine of $1,000 for every time a train blocks a crossing for more than 10 minutes without good reason. The fine was part of a bill signed into law by the governor last month. Railroad companies can be ticketed by local law enforcement agencies. Railroads can protest tickets in a hearing at the corporation commission. 75 percent of the fine would go to the law enforcement group that writes the ticket.

 

Man Jailed for Alleged Protective Order Violations              

A Grady County man accused of violating a protective order is jailed on a $250,000 bond. 40-year old Shawn Keith Mayo of Rush Springs was arrested by authorities this week. A warrant had been issued for Mayo's arrest, after officials say he violated the protective order twice within the last few weeks. Mayo is facing two felony charges of violating the protective order. The victim was approved for a five-year protective order back in March, and later Mayo was arrested for domestic abuse. At that time, prosecutors filed a felony charge of domestic abuse and a misdemeanor charge for threatening to perform acts of violence against Mayo. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled in August.

 

Chickasha Rodeo Opens Tonight

The first go-round of the annual Chickasha rodeo is set for tonight. This is the 80th year for the event put on by the Chickasha Rodeo Foundation. It is an open rodeo, so local cowboys and cowgirls will be competing in timed events like barrel racing, calf-roping, and steer wrestling. Others hope to score big in rough stock events like bull riding and bronc busting. The rodeo runs tonight and tomorrow night at the Grady County Fairgrounds, with the grand entry opening the event at 8:00 p.m. both nights.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. The rodeo parade will be downtown Chickasha at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

 

Chickasha Hosts Militaria Show and Sale

Also at the fairgrounds this weekend, an exhibit and sale of military artifacts and collectibles from around the world. It's called the Heartland Militaria Show, with more than 300 tables of items from about 100 vendors from as far away at Florida and California. Items from Vietnam, Korea, both World Wars and even the Civil War will be on display and for sale. Some military vehicles will also be on display. General admission is $10 for adults with kids 11-and-under free. Military veterans get in for $9. The militaria show is Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

              

Arts Council to Host Show and Silent Auction

The Chickasha Area Arts Council will hold an art exhibit and fundraising silent auction Sunday afternoon. The proceeds will help with the group's annual Rock Island Arts Festival this fall. The art work for the silent auction is being donated by arts council members and others throughout the community. There are drawings, paintings, pottery, sculpture, quilts and wall hangings available. The event will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 23rd at the home of the Arts Council at 1301 S. 7th.

 

Anadarko's Juneteenth Celebration is Saturday

The Anadarko community will hold its Juneteenth celebration tomorrow. Activities will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rotary Park with live entertainment, games and activities for the kids like the water and skateboard parks. There's volleyball, dominoes, and horseshoes, and the winners of essay and art contests will be announced. It's all free and open to the public.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.25 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.45.

Natural gas is $2.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,391 and silver is $15.26.

 

 

Thursday, June 20th

 

Teen Arrested Following Grady County Manhunt

A truck stolen from the Bridge Creek school district leads to a manhunt not far from the school yesterday. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir says he and several deputies, officers from the Tuttle and Blanchard police departments, and state troopers were all part of the manhunt that started about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Weir said a maintenance worker from the school spotted an individual driving the truck, started following it and called authorities. A deputy arrived and a short pursuit began. The truck crashed at the intersection of a couple of county roads and the driver fled on foot. Officers set up a perimeter and were able to close in on the suspect, who walked out of a creek bed and surrendered without incident. The suspect is a 17-year old Tuttle teenager whose name was not released. Weir says authorities have had contact with the teen before.

 

Grady County Distributes Tax Revenue

Sales tax revenues at the Grady County level continue to fund several programs approved by county voters. In the month of May, the county received about $895,000 in sales tax revenue. The Grady County Fairgrounds received more than $280,000 of that total and Grady Memorial Hospital collected nearly $250,000. Each of seven senior nutrition centers picked up $20,000 and each of the 20 fire districts received about $7,000. Tuttle Emergency Medical Services received almost $26,000 and Rush Springs EMS took in almost $6,500.

 

School Board Seeks Candidates to Fill Open Seat              

The Chickasha school board is looking for candidates to fill a vacant post on that panel. With last month's resignation of Doug Brown, the panel is looking to appoint an individual to serve in Office  No. 5, which includes the area north of Choctaw Avenue, and much of district east of 9th Street between Choctaw Avenue and Arkansas Avenue.  Interested individuals should contact the school administration office, or one of the current school board members who are Zack McGill, Robyn Morse, Laurie Allen, or Cara Gerdes. The office could be filled at the next regularly scheduled board of education meeting on July 8th. The candidate will serve through the spring of next year.

 

Marathon Reports Two Huge Producing STACK Wells

Two oil wells in the STACK play are both producing more than 2,000-plus barrels of oil per day. Marathon Petroleum Company reports one of the wells had an initial production of more than 2,500 barrels of oil and 2,500 metric cubic feet of natural gas per day. The other was producing 2,100 barrels of oil and 2,400 metric cubic feet of natural gas each day. The wells are one the same pad in Blaine County, north of Watonga. Each were drilled to a depth of about 20,000 feet. Spud dates for the wells were last September, with drilling finished in November and December, and completions taking place this past February.

 

Train-Related Law to be Discussed by State Panel

Move that train, or pay up. Rules on how to enforce a new state law which would fine railroads for blocking street intersections will be considered by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission today. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed HB 2472 last month, which would fine railroads up to $1,000 if they blocked railroad crossings for more than 10 minutes without a good reason. The corporation commission wants the ability to conduct a compliance audit should a train violate the law. The audit would look into how often crossings are blocked, the pattern, and whether the blocked crossing was justified. The law will go into effect in November.

              

Okie Native to Take Stage at 3C Concert Series

Another outdoor concert is scheduled for downtown Chickasha Saturday night. The 3C Concert Series features Levi Parham, a native Oklahoman with influences from genres that range from rock and roll and country, to folk, soul, and the blues. It's a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public. Officials are closing the streets at 3rd and Chickasha for the concert. Starting at 6:00 p.m. and there will be games and activities for the kids like face painting, a moon bounce and games. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and a food truck and beer vendor will be on hand. A monthly concert is scheduled for the series which is sponsored by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce, the Chickasha Main Street Association, the City of Chickasha, and the First National Bank. Upcoming concerts will feature Beau Jennings and The Tigers on July 13th, Travis Linville on August 17th, and Weston Horn and The Hush on September 21st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.82.

Natural gas is $2.27 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,386 and silver is $15.39.

 

 

Wednesday, June 19th

 

Storms Down Trees, Power Lines              

High winds from early morning thunderstorms toppled trees and caused some power outages in the area. Reports of winds topping 75 miles per hour moved through the Grady County region after midnight. News reports that winds blew over three semis in Garvin County on I-35 near Pauls Valley. In the southern part of Grady County, several large trees blocked county roads and damaged power lines west of Rush Springs. District Three County Commissioner Ralph Beard said his crews are already out removing the trees that blocked roadways. He also warned early-morning motorists to watch for trees blocking county roads. Beard said one tree damage power lines belonging to Cotton Electric Co-op, and crews were out early making repairs. PSO reported scattered power outages in Verden, Cyril, Rush Springs, and Alex. Rainfall from the storms ranged from about a half-inch in Chickasha and Acme (west of Rush Springs) to 7/10s of an inch at Minco and over inch of rain in Apache.

 

One Hurt in Pipeline Blast

An explosion of a natural gas pipeline near Ninnekah sent one person to the hospital yesterday. The blast happened as crews were trying to install a new pipeline. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said a worker on a ditching machine was installing a new pipeline when it struck a pipeline that was already buried there, ripped it open and created a flash fire.


               

 

The explosion occurred just off Highway 19 and Dell Street, which is between Ninnekah and Alex. The fire was in a rural area and no homes were threatened nor evacuated. The fire was allowed to burn itself out. We have some video of the fire on our Facebook page.

 

Neighbors Help Domestic Violence Victim

Neighbors come to the aid of a domestic violence victim, who was allegedly beaten and choked by a man. A suspect is in custody. Chickasha police received a 9-1-1 call Sunday afternoon and were dispatched to a home near 16th and Grand. The victim told police she and the suspect got into an argument, and that he hit her and choked her to the point that she couldn't breathe. The victim was able to run out of the home where her neighbors intervened. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Authorities arrested 25-year old Keith Wayne Dalton of Chickasha. Prosecutors have charged him with felony domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He remains in jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond. Dalton is also facing felony and misdemeanor burglary charges stemming from previous arrests by Chickasha police this past January.

 

Anadarko to Add Service Fee, Increase Utility Prices              

Anadarko residents will be paying about $350 more a year for utility services. The city council last week approved a new monthly service fee and increases in electric, water, sewer, and trash roll-off services. The increases will take effect July 1st. City Manager Kenneth Corn says the increases were necessary to overcome an $800,000 deficit in the general budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Corn hopes to avoid laying off more than a dozen city employees, including some police officers and firemen with the increases. All Anadarko residents and business will pay a new $20 service fee per month. And costs for each of the city’s four utilities will go up $2 per month. Anadarko provides electricity to its residents and businesses. Corn said despite complaints that electric costs are already high, he said the costs compare favorably to rates charged by PSO and some nearby electric co-ops. The Anadarko City Council will meet tonight to possibly finalize the 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.14.

Natural gas is $2.32 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,346 and silver is $14.94.

 

 

Tuesday, June 18th

 

Properties Proposed for De-Annexation

Remain in the Chickasha City Limits

Lengthy battles by a couple of property owners against the City of Chickasha will continue.  In Monday’s night’s city council meeting, a proposal to de-annex about 57 acres of property owned by Jerry and Elaine Knox failed 4-2 (Five votes are needed for the council to approve any issue). Voting for the de-annexation were Tom Rose, Jim Hopkins, Kim Loggins, and David Sikes. Joe Molder voted no and Mayor Chris Mosley recused himself from voting. Absent from the meeting were Oscar Nelson, R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, and Zack Grayson. A proposal to de-annex Curtis Hart's Muscle Car Ranch from the city limits was postponed. Councilman Loggins wanted the missing council members to be present when the matter was discussed. It may be placed on the agenda for the July 1st council meeting.

 

Business Owners Want City to Repair Alley              

A couple of Chickasha business owners complained to the council about the condition of the alley that runs by their front door. Tammy and Steve Durham of Bombay Liquor say the alley has potholes that are 18 inches deep. Tammy Durham told the council that up until a couple of years ago, the city maintained the alley - but says officials have told them they would have to pay for maintenance. Durham told the council-

 

              

 

Durham says the alley is in such bad shape that delivery trucks cannot use it, and that trucks have to stop on 4th Street to make deliveries, and that isn't safe.

 

 Loggins Re-elected Vice-Mayor;

Sewer Truck Repairs OK'd

The council re-elected Kimmie Loggins to serve as vice-mayor for another year. She has served in that role the last two years. The panel also approved nearly $8,000 in repairs to the city's sewer-cleaning truck.

 

Double-Amputee Veteran to Get Free Home

A military veteran who lost both of his legs while serving in Iraq is getting a new home at no cost to him. Army Specialist Adam Putt of Newcastle was severely injured in August of 2007 when his unit encountered an IED, or improvised explosive device. A non-profit group called Homes for Our Troops is building the home for Putt. KOCO-TV reports the home includes 40 special adaptations like wide doors for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and a kitchen with pull-down shelving and lowered countertops. Putt said he'll be able to regain his freedom and independence and enjoy activities with his children. Homes for Our Troops has more than 80 similar projects under construction across the country. For information, visit the website www.hfotusa.org

 

Tips for Storing Wheat

The Oklahoma wheat harvest is underway and producers need to keep a close eye on their crop in storage. Shiann Burns with Grady County OSU Extension discusses aeration of the grain.

 

              

 

Burns said that while aeration is typically not used to dry grain, it should be used to provide continuous movement of dry air, until the grain moisture is lowered to safe storage levels.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $51.93 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.94.

Natural gas is $2.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,349 and silver is $14.88.

 

 

Monday, June 17th

 

Chickasha City Limits May Shrink a Little

A couple of properties may be de-annexed from the Chickasha city limits when the city council meets tonight. The council is to consider removing the Muscle Car Ranch, which is south of 16th and Country Club Road. The panel is also to discuss releasing about 55 acres just east of U.S. Highway 62 and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.

 

 Police, Fire Union Contract Talks Continue             

Also on tap for the meeting, the panel is to have a closed-door session to hear about the progress of collective bargaining negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 and the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The council may also select a vice mayor to serve over the next several months. Kimmie Loggins has served as vice mayor over the last couple of years.

 

Federal Grant to Upgrade Some City Sidewalks

Look for some sidewalk improvements in the future in some Chickasha neighborhoods. The city has received a federal grant to make upgrades along 1st Street. The city has been earmarked about $144,000 from the Community Development Block Grant program. The city council is expected to approve a contract with an engineering firm to design the project. Engineering fees may be paid for by the grant. The city is expected to award the project to Chisholm Trail Consulting at a cost of about $46,000. The city council meets tonight at 6:30 at city hall.

 

'Living Wage' Supported by State Lawmaker

There's a lot of debate about increasing the minimum wage in Oklahoma and across the country. State Representative David Perryman of Chickasha says there are many families who are trying to make an honest living, but some companies that pay low wages also don't offer health insurance to their workers.

 

              

 

Perryman said the number one cause of personal bankruptcy is medical bills, and that a person must have a living wage to be able to take care of their families.

 

Highway 37 Improvements Begin East of Tuttle

Some upgrades on State Highway 37 between Tuttle and Newcastle will affect traffic over the summer. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be making improvements on the highway from the Grady County line east to I-44. Parts of the highway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day through August. There will be intermittent closures of the I-44 on and off-ramps at State Highway 37 later in the summer. The contractor for the $1.2 million project is Haskell Lemon Construction out of Oklahoma City.

 

Chickasha Rodeo Set June 21-22

The 80th annual Chickasha rodeo is set for this coming weekend. The Chickasha Rodeo Foundation hosts the two-day event Friday and Saturday at the Grady County Fairgrounds outdoor arena. Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling is the stock contractor. It is an open rodeo, so local cowboys and cowgirls can sign up tomorrow and Wednesday between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. by calling 580-512-4682. There's $2,000 added money for the cowboys this weekend. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Parking is free. Grand entry is 8:00 p.m. both nights and the rodeo parade is downtown Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.51 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.01.

Natural gas is $2.38 per million BTUs

Gold is $1,337 and silver is $14.78.

2019, June 10-15

Saturday, June 15th

 

State Agency to Review Train-Delay Law

A new state law designed to prevent trains from blocking railroad crossings for an extended period of time will be reviewed by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission next week. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed HB 2472 last month. It allows local law enforcement agencies to fine railroads up to $1,000 if a train blocks an intersection for more than 10 minutes. The new law won't go into effect until November. The Corporation Commission will take comments and vote on a proposed emergency rule next Thursday. The law states that when a violation is believed to have occurred, the law enforcement agency should file it with the corporation commission. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that the complaint must be filed within one calendar year  of the alleged violation, otherwise the case will be dismissed.

 

Fly-in, Juneteenth Activities in Chickasha Today

There is a lot going on in Chickasha today. The city hosts a Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show at the airport. Pilots from the region will be participating, landing at the airport around mid-morning. A car show is part of the festivities, along with drone and radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations. The featured aircraft is a B-25 bomber that survived 15 bombing missions in World War II. Youth 8 to 17 years old can get free airplane rides from local pilots. Food trucks will be on site. The event is free and open to the public. Also today, Chickasha celebrates the time when slavery officially came to an end in the United States. It's called Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, and it commemorates the day that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to finally give slaves the news that they were free. It came two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. There is a parade from Lincoln School to Washita Valley Park followd by a formal ceremony that includes guest speaker Adj. Gen. Michael Thompson with the Oklahoma National Guard. There's live music, free food, and games and activities for the entire family at Washita Valley Park.

 

OKC Thunder Event Supports El Reno Storm Victims              

The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball organization is always reaching out to support many worthy programs across the Sooner State. Last night, representatives from the team were in El Reno to help residents who are re-building their lives after a killer tornado and devastating flooding hit that community this spring. Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls were on hand for a Thunder Up event to support not only storm victims but to honor the first responders who spent many hours helping those affected by Mother Nature. The event at Jenks-Simmons Fieldhouse helped to relieve a lot of stress storm victims have been dealing with, and to lift their spirits during their lengthy recovery.

 

Amtrak Celebrates Anniversary

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Amtrak, when passenger rail service returned to Oklahoma. Dubbed the Heartland Flyer, Amtrak service has run daily between Oklahoma City and Ft. Worth, Texas. It was created by federal funds received by the state department of transportation. ODOT and the Texas Department of Oklahoma provide funds for the rail service each year. Amtrak service in Ft. Worth connects to lines to Austin and San Antonio as well as Little Rock, Arkansas and St. Louis, Missouri. More than 1.4 million passengers have been served by Amtrak since it was created in 1999.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's public information officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals, you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-6085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Kyle Perry, who is a double-organ transplant recipient, is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, we're talking to State Representative David Perryman of Chickasha. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, June 14th

 

Consumer Spending Strong,

But Down from Record Levels

Consumer spending numbers still remain strong at Grady County retail outlets but it's not at the record levels that were seen last summer. The most recent numbers available show consumer spending in April was $119 million. That's up about 5 percent compared to March. The biggest month for consumer spending in the county appears to have occurred in August of last year, when it hit about $148 million. We estimate consumer spending when we see sales tax revenue at the county level. Sales taxes paid on this past April's consumer spending at the county level was about $890,000. The county received more than $1 million in sales tax revenue from that big month of consumer spending in August of last year. For the City of Chickasha, consumer spending in April was estimated at $26.7 million. The city's sales tax sales tax revenue from that consumer spending was just over $1 million.

 

WWII Bomber Remains on Display

A B-25 bomber that saw action during World War II is on display at the Chickasha Airport. The plane affectionately known as 'Maid in the Shade' flew a number of missions in the latter part of the war. Paul Hlavaty of Marlow is part of the Commemorative Air Force. He says the plane rolled out of a Kansas City factory in 1944 and was put into service in June of 1945.

              

              

 

Hlavaty said on one of those bombing missions, three planes went out but ‘Maid in the Shade’ was the only one that returned. The bomber is on display until Sunday. It will be one of the main attractions at the Wings and Wheels fly-in and car show tomorrow, a family event that's free and open to the public. Children ages 8 to 17 can get free airplane rides on private planes starting at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.

 

Crews Work to Clear 'Discolored' Water             

Some Chickasha residents are complaining of discolored water. City officials and the city's water treatment contractor are working to resolve the problem. USW is the company responsible for treating the water. Officials say the water is safe to drink. Crews are flushing water lines by running water through fire hydrants. Residents can get updates on the water on the city's Facebook page.

 

Man Arrested on Two Indecent Exposure Complaints

A Chickasha man has been arrested twice in the last few weeks on indecent exposure complaints. 35-year old Matthew Sorter is now charged with two felonies in connection with those arrests. Details weren't available this morning. What we've learned from the Chickasha police blotter is that Sorter’s most recent arrest about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 of Grand Avenue. Police previously arrested him on a similar complaint on May 21st. On-line court records indicate Sorter was released on a $10,000 bond after the first arrest. On his most recent charge, he remains in jail on a substantially higher bond of $250,000.

 

Ft. Sill Soldiers Deployed 

Soldiers from Ft. Sill are headed overseas. Troops with the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery took part in their deployment ceremony Thursday. They’ve spent the last year training for their mission. Over the next nine months, the troops will support the U.S. Central Command by providing air and missile defense to protect U.S., allied, and partner assets from ballistic missile attacks and unmanned aerial systems.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.31.

Natural gas is $2.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,358 and silver is $15.04.

 

 

Thursday, June 13th

 

Ft. Sill to House Migrant Children from U.S. Border

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans on placing as many as 1,400 unaccompanied children from Central America at Ft. Sill. The Office of Refugee Resettlement says it is dealing with a dramatic spike in the number of children without parents who are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Oklahoma's congressional delegation said the action is needed to address an increasing problem on the southern border. 4th District Congressman Tom Cole said the usual facilities and resources used to handle the surge of migrants are being overwhelmed. While the announced use of Ft. Sill is temporary, Cole said it highlights the need for a permanent solution to manage the border crisis. Sen. Jim Inhofe said he's confident there is an organized, responsible plan in place which will not have an adverse impact to Ft. Sill’s readiness or missions. Sen. James Lankford said its further proof that the crisis at the border needs the immediate attention of Congress to address the growing humanitarian need, and to fix the loopholes in America's immigration process. Ft. Sill was previously used as a shelter for migrant children five years ago.

 

Two Charged with Alleged Trailer Theft

Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with a theft in the Tuttle area. 28-year old Bryan Cason and 24-year old Kyndra Cason are facing charges which include grand larceny and knowingly concealing stolen property. They were arrested by Grady County authorities last Sunday, when a flatbed trailer stolen from a business was seen on their property. The trailer was stolen in early May. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Bryan Cason admitting stealing the trailer. Cason told investigators that he took the trailer to haul scrap to make money to feed his family. Both Bryan and Kyndra Cason are out of jail after posting $5,000 bond each. They are to announce their attorneys by June 27th with preliminary hearing conferences set for July 10th.

 

Lawmakers Praised for Supporting Youth

State lawmakers from this region get good marks for their support of Oklahoma youth during the 2019 legislative session. Report cards for all state lawmakers were released by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy which is led by Rush Springs’ native Joe Dorman. In the House, State Rep. David Perryman of Chickasha and Rep. Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin were among a few getting a perfect score of 100. State Rep. Brad Boles of Marlow scored a 92. In the Senate, Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle scored 100 and Darcy Jech of Kingfisher, who represents Caddo County, scored a 96. Overall, Dorman said state lawmakers got a B. He said lawmakers were rewarded for passing a budget that includes funding for more immunizations at county health departments, and more services for children with disabilities. He also credited lawmakers for restoring a tax credit for families with foster children, and the adoption of a healthy-relationship curriculum in public schools.

              

Chix School Employees Earn Recognition

Several employees of Chickasha Public Schools were recognized at this week's school board meeting. Glenda Smith was honored as the district's Support Employee of the Year. She worked as a para-professional at Bill Wallace School for a number of years, and recently retired. Crystal Beach was recognized as the Support Employee of the Quarter. She's a bus monitor for special needs students. Chicken Express selected Elizabeth Richardson as its Teacher of the Month. Richardson is a first grade teacher at Bill Wallace. And Lacy Broyles is the Chicken Express Support Employee of the Month. She also works at Bill Wallace.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $51.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $59.97.

Natural gas is $2.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,340 and silver is $14.81.

 

 

Wednesday, June 12th

 

 Chix School Board, Superintendent Part Ways             

Chickasha School Superintendent Jack Herron is heading down the road. Herron and the Chickasha Board of Education signed off on a 'separation agreement' during last night's school board meeting. The agreement was reached following a more than two-hour, behind-closed-doors meeting of the board. The panel voted 4-0 to accept the agreement. School board president Zach McGill issued a short statement after the vote.

 

              

 

Herron will step down from his post on July 1st. He had just signed a two-year extension of his contract earlier this spring. The agreement calls for the district to pay Herron nine month's severance pay, or about $120,000. Herron's salary and benefits package combine to about $160,000 a year. Herron said the district is poised for success.

 

              

 

Herron said his health was one of the factors in accepting the agreement. He recently had cancer surgery and faces another surgery in the future. The school board also gave its approval to contract with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to recommend potential candidates to serve as the next superintendent. The school board named assistant superintendent Jennifer Stegman the district’s interim superintendent, until a new administrator can be found.

 

School Board Member's Resignation Approved

The school board also formally accepted the resignation of board of education member, Doug Brown. Brown stepped down last month, expressing disappointment with new board members whom he said wanted to dismiss Herron. The school board said they'll take applications and seek recommendations for Brown's replacement for Office No. 5. The candidate will serve only a few months, as the office comes up for election next spring. The board of education could appoint a replacement at its next regular school board meeting in July.

 

Tuttle Schools Also Seeking New Superintendent

The Tuttle school district is also looking for a new superintendent. Bobby Waitman has stepped down to accept a similar position in Tishomingo. Waitman's resignation was approved by the Tuttle School Board earlier this week. Waitman said it was a family decision to move to southeast Oklahoma. Waitman spent six years at Tuttle. He's worked in education for 24 years, including stops in Milburn, Oklahoma and in Wichita Falls, Texas. Waitman recently worked to pass a $35 million bond issue for the district to include new construction, and the installation of artificial turf for the football, baseball, and softball fields.

 

Chix Voters Sign-off on PSO Franchise Extension

In a very light turnout, Chickasha voters approved the extension of a franchise agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma in yesterday's special election. The measure passed by an 8-to-1 margin, with less than 300 people casting ballots. The measure passed 249 to 37 and extends the  agreement for 25 years. The agreement will allow PSO to continue providing electricity to the community, and the utility will continue upgrading the city's electrical system, repairing damage that occurs during severe weather and ice storms, and investing in a tree management program.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.29.

Natural gas is $2.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,339 and silver is $14.79.

 

 

Tuesday, June 11th

 

Chickasha School Superintendent May Step Down

Chickasha School Superintendent Jack Herron is more than likely on his way out. On the agenda for tonight's Chickasha Board of Education meeting is the consideration of a separation agreement between the board and Herron. Herron was first hired in January of 2018 following the resignation of Dave Cash, who brought in a controversial curriculum which led to a lot of uproar from parents and school patrons. Herron was awarded a two-year contract earlier this year, but the school board has three new members since that contract was approved. A fourth school board member who voted to extend Herron’s contract has since resigned. That was Doug Brown, who stepped down prior to last’s month’s special school board meeting in which Herron’s employment was discussed in a two-hour closed-door meeting. In his resignation letter, Brown said Herron was man of integrity, and that Brown did not want to have his name associated with his possible dismissal. In addition to Herron’s possible separation agreement, the board will discuss naming an interim superintendent, and may take action on searching for a new administrator. The school board is also to formally accept Doug Brown's resignation from the school board, and may take action to appoint an individual to fill the vacancy. The school board is also expected to re-new an agreement with the Grady County Sheriff's Office for a school resource officer. The school board meets at 6:30 tonight at the school administration building.

 

Chickasha Voters to Decide PSO Franchise Extension

Chickasha voters are going to the polls to decide whether to extend the City of Chickasha’s franchise agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma. It calls for the city to continue paying the PSO for providing electricity. The agreement also calls for PSO to continue to upgrade the city's electrical system, mitigate damage following severe storms and other inclement weather, and invest in tree management. If approved, the agreement would be extended 25 years. The election is for residents inside the Chickasha City limits. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Two Face Burglary Charges for Alleged Break-in

Two men face burglary charges after allegedly breaking into a Chickasha business. Both were arrested after a break-in at an oil field company on Honda Lane west of downtown Chickasha late last Thursday. Police were summoned to the business when a company official viewing video surveillance spotted two men inside. A police affidavit indicates the suspects had loaded numerous tools into a vehicle which officials say may have been stolen. 46-year old Samuel David Turner, IV - who is listed as homeless – has been formally charged with burglary, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and resisting arrest. He's being held on a $255,000 bond. 40-year old Dustin Bruce Pierce of Chickasha is charged with burglary. His bond was set at $100,000. Both have criminal histories.

 

Library Offers Free Access to Thousands of Films
The Chickasha Library has a new service which allows its patrons free access to thousands of films and educational programs. It's called Kanopy, and works much like subscription services like NetFlix and Hulu, however it’s free. Brande Bradford with the library-

 

              

 

The New York Times calls Kanopy "a garden of cinematic delights," with more than 30,000 of the world's best films. The only requirement to take advantage of Kanopy is to have a library card and there's no charge to be a library patron.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.29.

Natural gas is $2.35 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,325 and silver is $14.67.

 

 

Monday, June 10th

 

More Oklahoma Counties OK'd Federal Aid

Seven more Oklahoma counties have been added to the growing list of areas which qualify for federal help because of the severe weather over the last few weeks. In central Oklahoma, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the state's request for disaster assistance in Canadian County and the El Reno area, as well as Logan County and the Guthrie area. Most of the counties approved for the federal relief are in the northeastern part of the state. What that means is that residents are eligible for federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing. Plus, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to residents and businesses to repair or replace damaged property. Disaster unemployment assistance is also available. Gov. Kevin Stitt said the state will continue to ask that additional counties be added to the declaration as damage assessment continues. To apply for disaster assistance go on-line to www.disasterassistance.gov

FEMA also has disaster assistance teams in the designated counties to help victims register for help.

 

Pothole Sends to Motorcyclists to Hospitals

Two motorcyclists are taken to hospitals and one of them was last in serious condition, when they collide after one of them hits a pothole. 23-year old Lane Berten of Ninnekah was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after the crash Saturday afternoon southeast of Rush Springs. A second rider, 23-year old Mason Freeman of Chickasha, was taken to a Duncan hospital where he was treated and released. Neither was wearing a helmet. The highway patrol reports both men were eastbound on a county road when Berten hit the pothole and crashed. Freeman, who was following, then crashed into Berten's bike. The trooper on the scene said the condition of both men appeared to be normal and that they may have been driving at an unsafe speed for the type of roadway.

 

Crash Sends Anadarko Woman to Hospital

An Anadarko woman was hospitalized in serious condition over the weekend after her van rear-ended a pickup. 72-year old Brenda Pulis was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with numerous injuries. An un-named 16-year old girl riding with her was not hurt. The accident happened just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 62 in Caddo County between Verden and Anadarko. The Highway Patrol reports that a pick-up driven by 53-year old Tammy Carpenter of Cement failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of the van. The trooper investigating the accident reported the condition of both drivers appeared to be normal and everyone was buckled up.

 

Sink Hole Repairs Continue

Traffic on 4th Street near downtown Chickasha is still down to one lane in each direction, as crews wrap up their work to repair a sink hole. The sink hole opened Thursday afternoon near 4th and Colorado Avenue. Crews for the City of Chickasha worked over the weekend to replace about a 20-foot section of a 12-inch sewer line and a man hole. The two northbound lanes of traffic on 4th are closed from about Iowa Avenue to Kansas Avenue. There is one lane of traffic in both directions in the southland lanes of 4th Street.

 

Public Hearings Set for Planning Commission

Proposed changes regarding height regulations in some of Chickasha’s commercial areas will be heard during a public hearing of the city’s Planning Commission tomorrow. It's not clear what the proposed changes are. The Planning Commission will also hold public hearings regarding variances for the maximum size of storage buildings in residential areas. One request is for a home at 3303 Pondridge and the other is at 1401 S. 9th. Both property owners are requesting the installation of storage buildings larger than the 599 square feet allowed. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.

 

WWII Bomber to be in Chickasha All Week

An historic World War II bomber arrives in Chickasha today. The B-25 was used mainly as a low-altitude strafe and skip bomber. The plane is one of only 34 B-25s still flying out of the 10,000 such planes that were produced. The plane was purchased by the Arizona Commemorative Air Force and is flown around the country to be put on display at numerous air shows. The plane will be at the Chickasha Airport all week, and will be the featured plane of the Wings and Wheels event at the airport on Saturday, June 15th. By the way, the monthly Coffee and Cars show by the Chickasha Antique Auto Club set for the same day has been canceled, to allow members to take part in the car show at the airport.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.29.

Natural gas is $2.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,332 and silver is $14.72.

2029, June 3-8

 

Saturday, June 8th

 

Sinkhole Repairs Continue

Chickasha work crews are spending at least part of their weekend continue the repair of a sink hole that opened up downtown earlier this week. The problem was discovered at 4th and Colorado Avenue Thursday afternoon. Public Works Director David Buchanan said an old manhole collapsed and opened a 12-inch sewer line. About a 20-foot section of the pipe was to be installed last night. Buchanan tells what crews will be doing today.

 

              

 

City Manager John Noblitt did declare an emergency to expedite the repairs. Buchanan said the city had the pipe and other materials on hand. They did have to buy a new manhole from a contractor. Buchanan is estimating repair costs at about $10,000. Early repair estimates were as high as $30,000.

 

2019's First Human Cases of West Nile Confirmed

The first human cases of The West Nile Virus of the year have been confirmed in Oklahoma. West Nile is a debilitating disease caused by mosquitos infected with the Cutex virus. The state health department says the confirmed cases include one each in Canadian, Tulsa and Grant counties. West Nile can be deadly or cause serious health problems including paralysis. Officials say to ward off mosquitos when outdoors by using an insect repellent that has DEET. Also remove any stagnant, standing water around your home. Clean water bowls of outdoor pets often and even scrub bird baths a couple of days a week. Also, clean leaves and debris from gutters to prevent standing water.

 

Soldiers Unite to Prepare for Summer Training             

Local National Guard troops worked with the Air Force base at Altus this past week to prepare for an annual training program. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Field Artillery Brigade and Air Force personnel conducted a joint inspection of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). Each vehicle weighs 35,000 pounds. Crews had to measure and weigh each one, then calculate the weight in order to balance the aircraft they were being placed in. The Air Mobility Wing of the Air Force flew two sorties - each with three of the HIMARS vehicles - to Ft. Smith, Arkansas in preparation for the training called Western Strike, which tests the National Guard troops’ readiness.

 

Officers Find Wanted Man at the Police Department

A man with outstanding warrants is arrested after he stopped by the police department, however the arrest didn't come easy for Chickasha police. It happened Wednesday morning, when 28-year old Brian Clinton Cooper was at police headquarters. It wasn't clear why Cooper was there. A probable cause affidavit indicates an officer recognized Cooper and knew Cooper had outstanding warrants. The warrants were for separate misdemeanor charges of domestic abuse and stalking. It's alleged Cooper resisted arrest and ran out of the police station, where he was intercepted by another officer. The officer tased Cooper from his patrol car, and that's when officers finally were able to take Cooper into custody. In addition to the misdemeanor warrants, Cooper is now charged with felonies that include assault and battery on a police officer and having a firearm after felony conviction. He was also charged with another misdemeanor for resisting arrest. Cooper was on probation after receiving a five-year deferred sentence after pleaded guilty to a burglary charge stemming from an arrest in Chickasha last December.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Mitch Williams with the Chickasha Wings Flying School and Shae Mortimer with the City of Chickasha are this week's guests on our KOOL Konversation. They'll be discussing the fly-in at the Chickasha Airport next weekend which will include an historic WWII B-25 bomber. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week's guest is David Sikes with the National Association of Royalty Owners. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Most Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has an updated list of individuals with outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals, you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

 

Friday, June 7th

 

Sinkhole Opens in Downtown Chickasha

Recent rains may be to blame for a sinkhole that opened up in downtown Chickasha Thursday afternoon. A collapsed sewer line at 4th and Colorado Avenue was discovered and city crews spent much of the afternoon digging up the street and trying to make repairs. 4th Street is open but traffic is narrowed to one lane in each direction through that area. Northbound traffic on 4th Street is being merged into the one of the southbound lanes from Iowa Avenue to Colorado Avenue. It's not yet clear how long it might take to make repairs.

 

 Lightning Sparks Fire Near Alex             

Fire destroys some equipment at a saltwater disposal well near Alex yesterday. Lightning was said to have sparked the blaze just south of State Highway 19 and Chitwood Road Thursday morning. Several explosions were heard during the course of the fire at S and S Saltwater Solutions. About 40 firefighters from four Grady County volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the site. There were no reports of injuries. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said much of the above-ground equipment was destroyed. The office building was saved. Crews were on the scene for a little over two hours. We have some photos from the fire posted on our Facebook page.

 

Suspect Arrested for Assaulting Police Officer              

A Chickasha man is jailed on a $75,000 bond for allegedly assaulting a police officer. 28-year old Brian Clinton Cooper was arrested at Chickasha police headquarters Wednesday morning. Details were not immediately available. The Chickasha police blotter indicates Cooper had outstanding warrants. He has been formally charged with felonies that include assault and battery on a police officer and having a firearm after felony conviction. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for resisting an officer. Cooper pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge stemming from an arrest in Chickasha last December. He was given a five-year deferred sentence. He's also facing a misdemeanor stalking charge from an unrelated incident last year.

 

Highway Closed Briefly

After Power Line Pulled Down

U.S. Highway 62 near Apache and Lake Elsworth was closed for a short time Thursday evening, when an oversize load knocked down a power line. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the line was pulled down just after 6:00 p.m. - just south of the Caddo and Comanche county line. There were no reports of injuries, and it wasn't known if there were any power outages. The roadway was re-opened after about an hour.

 

USAO's Greek Theatre Hosts First Summer Concert

The first of a series of free outdoor concerts at USAO is scheduled for tonight. Grammy-nominated artist John Fullbright will perform at the opening Listen Local at the Greek series. Fullbright is from the Okemah, Oklahoma area and is heavily influence by Woody Guthrie. The series is organized by the USAO Alumni Association. The association director is McClellan.

 

              

 

The concert is a family-friendly event, and will get underway at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the university's historic Greek Theatre just off 16th and Grand Avenue. You'll want to park behind the Alumni house on the USAO campus. Be sure to take lawn chairs and blankets.

 

Elks Lodge Fishing Derby is Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a big day at Shannon Springs Park as youngsters from the area will try their hands at catching fish. The annual Chickasha Elks Lodge Fishing Derby is for kids 12 years old and younger. Local businessman Steve LaForge just re-stocked the pond with about 2,000 pounds of catfish yesterday. The fishing derby is free. Sign-up begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with fishing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free hotdogs will be served after the event.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $61.67.

Natural gas is $2.32 per million BTUs

Gold is $1,337 and silver is $14.88.

 

 

Thursday, June 6th

 

Marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

The turning point of World War II began 75 years ago today. Operation Overlord, or D-Day - when 175,000 soldiers hit the beaches of Normandy in northern France - began the push back against Nazi Germany, which had spread across Europe. There were 10,000 Allied casualties in the first 24 hours, including more than 6,600 Americans. 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole writes that it’s important to acknowledge the Allied efforts would not have been possible without the help of British, French, and Canadian forces. He says commemorating events like D-Day reminds us that freedom isn't free, and that multiple generations throughout American history have been willing to lay down their lives on the front lines. Among those in France commemorating the anniversary of D-Day are members of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association. A delegation made the trip to Normandy to participate in ceremonies. Part of the group’s effort is to recognize the Comanche Code Talkers who were instrumental in liberating France.

 

Chickasha Voters To Decide PSO Franchise Extension

Chickasha voters are going to the polls next week to decide if the city should extend the Public Service Company of Oklahoma franchise agreement to provide electric service to the city. The proposal calls for extending the agreement for an additional 25 years. In-person, absentee voting on the measure will be today until 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Grady County Election Board. Otherwise, the 13 precincts within the city will be open for voting next Tuesday, June 11th.

 

Annual Civil War Symposium Set

USAO has taken a lead role in recent years to focus on the Civil War, and how the events of more than 150 years ago continue to shape the United States of America. The university's annual one-day symposium on the war is this Saturday. Associate History Professor James Finck says among the discussion is the role that Native Americans played, including one battle in Oklahoma.

 

              

 

He's talking about USAO's Lee Hester who is one of three speakers. Hester opens the symposium at 2:00 p.m.; followed at 4:00 p.m. by Dr. Chris Mackowski of St. Bonaventure. The keynote speaker at 7:00 p.m. is Dr. George Rable, a professor emeritus at Alabama. The symposium will be held at the Davis Hall Littlle Theater and is free and open to the public.

 

Correction

KOOL/RANCH News needs to correct a story we aired earlier this week regarding how some Chickasha City Council members voted on a couple of issues. We wrongly reported that R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Oscar Nelson, and Zach Grayson voted against a proposal to hire an architect to draw up designs for a proposed park in downtown Chickasha. They did vote in favor of the plan, which was approved. The three councilmen did vote against a proposal to adopt a new fee schedule for various city services. That fee schedule was approved by a 5-3 vote. We apologize for the error.

 

Hunting Expansion Proposed at Wildlife Refuge

There is discussion about expanding hunting at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and officials are reaching out to the public for input. The proposal would maintain big-game programs like elk and deer, but would add water fowl, feral hog, and coyote hunting. The 2019 plan would open all public waters - with the exception of Quannah Parker Lake - to water fowl hunting during the proper seasons. The plan can be seen on-line at www.fws.gov

You can comment on-line or mail comments to the refuge. The deadline for comment is July 7th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $51.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.63.

Natural gas is $2.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,340 and silver is $14.93.

 

 

Wednesday, June 5th

 

Grady County State Lawmakers Write Bill

to Prevent Overpayment of County Elected Officials

The state investigation continues into the overpayment of elected Grady County officials in recent years. As you know, several current and former elected officials were overpaid a total of nearly $750,000 over several years. Two state lawmakers from Grady County worked on a bill at the state capital this year to keep that from happening again. Rep. Brad Boles and Senator Lonnie Paxton got the bill passed and signed by the governor. Rep. Boles says-

 

              

 

Boles said he worked with the state auditor's office to write the bill. Boles said several other counties were also found to have overpaid elected officials.

 

Chix to Implement Fee for Brush Pick-up

Chickasha residents will soon be charged a fee if they want the city to pick up brush and limbs. This week, the Chickasha City Council set the fee at $50 at the recommendation of city administrators. The new fee will take effect July 1st. City Manager John Noblitt told the council why he wanted the fee put in place.

 

              

 

That grappler truck is currently in the shop. The council this week did approve paying nearly $10,000 to make repairs, which are expected to take several days. Noblitt said the fee would not be implemented after severe weather when lots of tree damage occurs, or, during times of city-wide clean-up efforts. Noblitt also said residents are not taking advantage of the free brush pick up services offered by the city’s private sanitation contractor, Waste Connections. The company offers two bulk pick-ups each month at no cost.

 

 Chix New Construction Tops $1 Million             

New construction in Chickasha topped $1.3 million last month. The Community Development Department approved 16 permits for new construction in May. Leading the commercial category were a couple of building permits for the development of new businesses downtown. A $150,000 remodel project at 117 Chickasha Avenue, and a $130,000 remodel across street at 114 Chickasha Avenue. Both permits were issued to CMS Willowbrook. One other commercial remodel project was for ETI, at 1217 S. 4th, next to DeHart Heat and Air. The largest building permit issued last month was for a new single-family home. It's an $800,000 home to be built for Weston DeHart at 2502 Carolina. New construction in Chickasha through the first five months of the year is $6.4 million.

 

CPD Writes 60+ Tickets During 'Click It or Ticket'

Chickasha police officers wrote more than 60 tickets for seat belt violations in the recent Click It or Ticket Campaign. Chickasha joined law enforcement agencies nationwide for the campaign that ran from May 20th through June 2nd. Assistant Police Chief G.G. Music said officers issued 64 citations to drivers this year, which is one more than last year. Also, 16 tickets were issued to front seat passengers who weren't strapped in. Chickasha police also issued six speeding tickets and four individuals were ticketed for driving without insurance.

 

Study Shows Energy's Impact on State Economy

Need more proof of the oil and gas industry's impact on Oklahoma's economy? Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports on a recent study done for the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

 

              

 

The study also shows that the industry supported nearly 348,000 jobs last year and added $37 billion in economic value.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.48 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $61.97.

Natural gas is $2.41 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,342 and silver is $14.88.

 

 

Tuesday, June 4th

 

Tax Hikes May be Sought to Pay for City Projects

Chickasha officials may be asking residents for some kind of tax hikes in the coming months. Leaders say current revenue sources are not enough to pay for needed street and drainage projects. The city council had a lengthy discussion during its meeting last night on how to deal with issues they'll be facing next year at this time. The council did approve a $19 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st, but the projected income falls about $3 million short of that figure. City Manager John Noblitt said either a sales tax increase or the sale of general obligation bonds -- which would be paid for  through an increase in property taxes -- are a couple of options. City Councilman Tom Rose said people don't like tax increases but it something that may have to happen.

 

              

 

Any proposed sales tax increase or bond issue must be approved by voters before being implemented. The council did approve a revised fee schedule for several departments to start July 1st but those increases won't come close to filling the $3 million gap.

 

 

 

Council Hires Architect for Park Project              

(Editor's note - This is a corrected version to the original story that was published. We mistakenly reported that City Councilmen Zack Grayson, Oscar Nelson and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander voted against the proposal, when in fact they did vote "yes." We regret the error - GP)

The council approved hiring an architectural firm to draw up a master plan for a proposed park and event area in downtown. Officials are looking at about a three-block area south of the railroad depot. The council voted 8-0 to hire Winterrowd Talley Architects based in Ponca City at a cost of more than $6,000 for the specifications. The city manager said the city has been approached by several unidentified private groups that are interested in forming a public-private partnership with the city for the development. 

 

Gas Pipelines Explode Near Alex

A natural gas pipeline explosion near Alex yesterday sent smoke and flames into the air that were seen for miles. Two pipelines belonging to Enable Midstream ruptured just after noon yesterday. There were no reports of injuries. The explosions occurred near Cox City Road and County Street 2920. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported that a six-inch and an eight-inch line ruptured, though the cause was not immediately known. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said that the lines were shut down on both sides of the ruptures and the fire was allowed to burn itself out.

 

OHP Investigates Fatal Tuttle Crash

The highway patrol is investigating a fatal crash near Tuttle. This is the accident we reported early Monday morning. 21-year old Spencer Horton of Norman died as a result of the accident. The highway patrol reports that Horton's pickup ran off the road and hit two power poles.

 

Beware of False Charities Seeking Donations

When disasters strike, many people want to help relief efforts through financial contributions. However, there are unscrupulous groups that will take advantage of your generosity. Beth Armstrong from Grady County OSU Extension says-

 

              

 

Do some research on the organization you want to send money to. Among the top reputable groups include the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.45.

Natural gas is $2.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,330 and silver is $14.74.

 

 

Monday, June 3rd

 

City Manager's Annual Review on Tap for Council

The annual evaluation of the Chickasha city manager is up for discussion by the city council tonight. A closed-door session to discuss the work of John Noblitt is just part of the overall agenda for the panel. During the open session, a public hearing is to be held on the proposed 2019-20 fiscal year budget, which will go into effect next month. The entire 100-plus page document is posted on the city's website. The council is also to consider re-zoning requests for several properties in the 700 block of South 4th Street, and a use-on-review to operate a beauty salon at a home in the 1900 block of West Country Club Road. The group is also expected to approve the annual Chickasha Rodeo parade for Saturday, June 22nd, and the city's annual fireworks display on July 4th at Shannon Springs Park. Also, police dispatcher Zack Nickels will be recognized as the city's employee of the month. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Morning Crash Closes County Intersection

An early morning traffic accident in northern Grady County shut down traffic for nearly 2 1/2 hours. The highway patrol reports the single vehicle crash happened just before 4:00 a.m. at the intersection of Fox Lane and Garden Road. That's about three miles south of Tuttle near State Highway 4. The roadway was re-opened just before 6:30 a.m. Details of the crash weren't immediately available.

 

 Garvin County Sheriff Accepts New Post             

Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes is leaving his post to take a job with a state agency. Rhodes tells the Garvin County News Star that he's retiring after a more that 30-year career in law enforcement to join the Oklahoma Medical Board. Rhodes has spent the last eight years as the sheriff of Garvin County. His last day on the job will be July 14th. Rhodes says he'll be the director of investigations at the state medical board, which will allow him to spend more time with family. A formal announcement is expected to be made at this morning's Garvin County commissioner's meeting.

 

Chamber Program for Women Leaders Set

The second in a series of programs supporting women in leadership roles is scheduled later this month. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will host its Successful Women Breakfast series on June 27th. The speaker for the event is Kym Koch-Thompson from Koch Communications. The former television reporter and press secretary to Gov. Brad Henry started her company in 2005. Cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for potential members. The event will be held at the USAO Ballroom at 7:30 a.m. that Thursday, June 27th. Contact the chamber for more information.

 

Pulitzer-Winning Kiowa Author to be Honored              

Pulitzer prize-winning Kiowa Tribe author Dr. N. Scott Momaday will be recognized for his accomplishments this week. Momaday won the Pulitzer for Fiction for his 1969 novel, "House Made of Dawn.” He was also honored as the Oklahoma Centennial Poet Laureate from 2007 to 2009. The evening will also include a showing of the film "Return to Rainy Mountain" by Jill Momaday. Also to be shown in the American Masters Film "Words from a Bear" directed by another Kiowa Tribal member, Jeffrey Palmer. The event will be held at the Kiowa Tribal Complex in Carnegie Wednesday night from starting at 6:00 p.m. and it is open to the public. Individuals are asked to RVSP in advance if they plan on attending.

 

Matt Damon Causes a Stir with Local Appearance

Social media was all abuzz this weekend as actor Matt Damon spent some time in Chickasha, doing research for a role for an upcoming film. A photo of Damon with an employee of Roy's Barbecue was on Facebook, and another local restaurant, China Moon, posted on their outdoor sign that ‘Matt Damon Almost Ate Here’. It was also said he made an appearance at the Campus Corner convenience store. Other social media posts indicated that Damon was also in Bray and Stillwater. It was said that Damon is preparing for an upcoming movie about the oilfield.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is at $53.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.49.

Natural gas is $2.45 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,322 and silver is $14.71.

 

2019, May 28-31

 

Friday, May 31st

 

Public Hearing Set for City of Chix 2020 Budget

Officials at Chickasha city hall have put together a proposed $19 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that will begin July 1st. City Manager John Noblitt says it includes about $15 million in projected revenue for the coming year, combined with about $4.5 million in carry-over funds. City Councilman Jim Hopkins says there is not a lot of excess in the budget.

 

              

 

One source of funding has been removed from the general fund budget completely. For several years, officials would transfer money from the Chickasha Municipal Authority (CMA) branch of city government. Noblitt said previously, the CMA was providing more than $1.5 million a year to the general fund. Last year, that was cut to about $775,000. A copy of the budget plan can be seen on the home page of the city's website, www.chickasha.org

The public hearing will be held during Monday night's city council meeting.

 

 Event Area Proposed Near Chix Railroad Depot             

Also at Monday's meeting, the council will discuss hiring an architectural firm to design a proposed event space and park for downtown Chickasha. The panel will consider hiring Winterrowd Talley Architects at a cost of a little more than $6,000. City Manager John Noblitt says he and Mayor Chris Mosley have met with an unidentified private partnership group to develop a pavilion, a permanent stage, and food truck area on city-owned property just south of the Rock Island Railroad depot. Noblitt said the firm would design a proposed master plan, determine what the project might cost, and prepare fund-raising efforts.

 

Washita River Flood Threat Continues

The flood threat continues along the Washita River from Anadarko to Chickasha. Flood waters are receding from levels that been as high as  3 ½ feet above flood stage. The latest from the National Weather Service shows the river at Anadarko has fallen about a foot, however it is still 2 1/2 feet  above flood stage. The flood warning at Anadarko has been extended to Monday afternoon. The river is expected to fall below flood stage at Anadarko Monday morning. At Chickasha, the river is down considerably but is still slightly above flood stage. The flood warning at Chickasha will continue through late tonight.

 

'Boil Order' Issued for Tuttle Business 

Contaminated well water has been detected at a Grady County business. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a boil order for Apex Fitness which is east of Tuttle. The boil order was issued after E.Coli bacteria was found during a routine test. The DEQ says any drinking water, or water used in food preparation, dishwashing or even for brushing teeth from that well should be brought to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute. Otherwise, consumers should use bottled water. District One Grady County Commissioner Michael Walker confirmed the boil order. He said business owners have already bleached the water system a couple of times to try to eliminate the bacteria. The owners of the fitness center will be providing additional test samples to the DEQ in the next few days. State officials say users will be notified when the well water is safe to drink.

 

 Anadarko Store Marks 70th Year in Business             

An Anadarko business celebrates a big anniversary today. George's Department Store has been around since 1949 - that's 70 years! The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is hosting a downtown business appreciation for the family-owned store from noon to 2 p.m.  today. Special guests will be the Thunder girls and the Thunder drummers from the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. The event is open to the public.      

 

Weekend Events in Chickasha             

There is a lot going on in Chickasha this weekend. The annual Twisterfest outdoor concert is a two-day event today and tomorrow at the Muscle Car Ranch. The Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association is hosting its state finals through Sunday at the Grady County Fairgrounds Event Center, and the Relay for Life for Grady and Caddo counties will be tomorrow night at the Chickasha High School Football field.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil in the NYMEX is $56.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.87.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,303. Silver is $14.52.

 

 

Thursday, May 30th

 

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle Near Marlow

A teenager walking along a U.S. Highway near Marlow is struck and killed by a vehicle. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the 17-year old boy died from massive injuries at the scene. The teen's name was not disclosed as the OHP does not release the name of juveniles. The accident happened about a mile south of Marlow on U.S. Highway 81, just before 1:00 a.m. this morning. The trooper dispatched to the scene said the accident is still under investigation. He said the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time. The driver of the SUV was 42-year old Cristy Rose of Chickasha. The trooper said Rose's condition at the time of the accident was apparently normal. Both Rose and a passenger in the SUV were wearing seatbelts.

 

Washita River Flooding Continues in Chix, Anadarko

Flood warnings are still in effect for the Washita River at both Chickasha and Anadarko. The river is about 4 1/2 feet above flood stage at both locations. Some county roads north and west of Chickasha are closed due to high water, and there is some flooding of crop and pasture land along the river between Chickasha and Tabler and further downstream. The National Weather Service says some fields may be under as much as six feet of water. There appears to be no flooding threat from Line Creek which runs through the residential area in the north part of Chickasha. The river at Chickasha is near crest and should begin falling around mid-day. It is expected to fall below flood stage Saturday afternoon. The river in Anadarko is also cresting and should also begin falling around mid-day. However,  it is not expected to fall below flood stage there until late Sunday. The floodwaters are preventing Anadarko city officials from getting to their water and waste water treatment facilities. The waste water plant is over-filled because of the flooding. Officials are still warning residents to avoid going into gray-colored water.

 

Water Wells May be Contaminated;

State Agency Offers Free Testing

Many rural families have water wells that have been submerged with flooding rains this month. Officials with the State Department of Environmental Quality say not to drink well water as it is likely contaminated. The DEQ is now offering free bacteriological testing of well water in all 77 Oklahoma counties. For disinfection and sampling instructions and supplies, go on-line to www.deq.state.ok.us

You can call the agency toll-free at 800-522-0206. The free testing will be available until July 15th.

 

 'Re-Sale' of Grady County Property Nears             

Some Grady County property could be purchased for pennies on the dollar. County Treasurer Robin Burton said the annual re-sale of property will be on Monday, June 10th. These are properties in which the owners are at least four years behind in paying their property taxes. Burton says right now there are 46 properties available though that number could change should the delinquent property taxes be paid before the sale. Burton says it is a "buyer-beware" sale. All properties are sold "as-is" and no warranties of any kind will be offered. Pre-registration is required before the sale. Information can be seen on the website www.oktax rolls.com or by stopping by the treasurer's office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is 58.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.45.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,280 and silver is $14.39.

 

 

Wednesday, May 29th

 

No Damage Reported Following Tornado Warning

Severe weather tracked across Oklahoma again last night, and it had many in the Grady, McClain, and Garvin county area on edge. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a storm moving from Rush Springs to the Lindsay area. The warning was in effect from about 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tornado sirens wailed in Lindsay. It was the second tornado warning for parts of Grady County within the last week. Saturday night, the weather service issued a tornado warning for northern Grady County when radar detected a possible tornado in the Minco area. Minco School Superintendent Kevin Sims said nearly 30 people took shelter in the safe room at the school. There were unconfirmed reports of five inches of rain in the Ninnekah area last night, with a couple of inches of rain in Rush Springs. There have been no reports of widespread damage, other than some road closings. Anyone experiencing storm damage should report to local emergency managers, or go on-line to www.damage.ok.gov

A state of emergency is in place statewide because of all the severe storms this month.

 

Anadarko Water Systems Hampered by Flooding

Flooding in Anadarko is causing some problems for the city's water and waste water systems. On its Facebook page, city officials say the system has been overfilled and that the waste water plant is inaccessible due to flooding. Officials say they are working to address the issues. In the meantime, officials warn that people and pets should not go into any water that is gray in color.

 

 Chickasha Men on Board Train that Struck Pedestrian             

Two Chickasha railroad workers were on a train which hit a pedestrian walking along the railroad tracks in Kingfisher yesterday. The pedestrian survived. He was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in stable condition with head and trunk injuries. The Highway Patrol reports that 23-year old Dakota Welch of Okeene was walking on the tracks listening to music, and didn't hear the train coming from behind. Welch was knocked a few feet off the tracks. 45-year old Jerry Burrowes and 40-year old Dwayne Crawford both of Chickasha were on the Union Pacific train and they were not hurt. Burrowes was the engineer and Crawford was the conductor.

 

High Bond Set for Domestic Violence Suspect

A call to the Grady Memorial Hospital emergency room leads police to arrest a man on a domestic violence complaint. Now the suspect is facing felony charges which include assault with a dangerous weapon. The Chickasha police blotter indicates that officers were dispatched to the emergency room about 2:00 a.m. Sunday. The female victim said the assault began at the Chickasha Villa Apartments near 4th and Country Club Road. Authorities arrested 56-year old Patrick Joseph Ruth, Jr. in connection with the attack. Ruth remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Ruth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer in connection with a previous arrest this past February.

 

One Arrested After Cyril Store Robbed at Knifepoint

A Cyril woman is in custody for allegedly robbing a convenience store at knifepoint. Prosecutors have charged 46-year old Rocky Jockel Blackwell with felony charges of robbery and assault and battery on a peace officer. She also faces a misdemeanor public drunk charge. The robbery occurred at the Cyril Dollar General Store last Thursday afternoon. The Lawton Constitution reports that police were called after Blackwell left the store, and authorities located her a short time later. It's alleged Blackwell got just under $170 in the robbery. Blackwell remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.11.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,288 and silver is $14.35.

 

 

Tuesday, May 28th

 

Man Drowns at Lake Chickasha

A Memorial Day outing at Lake Chickasha turns tragic for a local family. 34-year old Zachary Tryon of Chickasha drowned at the lake Monday afternoon. The Highway Patrol reports Tryon and two others were on the boat dock just before 5:30 p.m. yesterday, when they saw a young female struggling in the water nearby. All three men went to help the young lady, who managed to get back to shore safely - but Tryon went under the water and did not resurface. His body was recovered a little after 10:00 p.m. Monday only about 10 feet from the boat dock where the water was 8 1/2 feet deep.

 

Memorial Day Ceremonies Honor Fallen Soldiers

The Memorial Day holiday is set aside to honor the men and women in the Armed Forces who died while serving their country. One of many ceremonies was held at the Grady County Veteran's Memorial at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park. Sherri Lewis with the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee

 

              

 

Guest speaker for the ceremony was Homer Hulme, who was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War. Hulme was a pilot on a B-47 fighter-bomber. He says his crew relied on the stars to fly safely.

 

              

 

Hulme's plane carried a 3-megaton nuclear bomb which was to fly to Moscow had order ever been given to do so.

 

 Couple Hospitalized When Two Bikes Hit Trailer

Two motorcycles crash into a pick-up pulling a gooseneck trailer near Minco yesterday, seriously injuring two riders on one of the bikes. 49-year old Jeffrey Swanson and 44-year old Sheila Swanson, both of Tuttle, were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, arm, leg, and internal injuries. They were wearing helmets. The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. Monday about 1 1/2 miles west of Minco on State Highway 152. The highway patrol reports all three vehicles were traveling in the same direction, with the motorcycles trailing the pickup. The pickup took a wide turn to go into a private drive, when the Swanson bike hit the truck and both passengers were thrown off the motorcycle. Somehow, the rider of the second bike, 45-year old Barney Neely of Yukon avoided injury, as he managed to jump off the bike and land on his feet before his bike slid underneath the trailer. The driver of the truck was 71-year old Donna Smith of Hinton. Two children in the pickup were a 14-year old boy and a 12-year old girl whose names were not released. No one in the pickup was hurt.

 

Amber Man Named to SWOSU Foundation Board

A local banker will serve on the board of directors for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation. David Ferrell of Amber holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Finance from Southwestern as well as a Master’s degree in business administration from Cameron University. Ferrell currently serves as president and chief operations officer for the Bank of Commerce and its locations in Chickasha, Anadarko, Carnegie, Duncan, and Lawton. Ferrell previously served as a regent for USAO. Ferrell was appointed to the Finance and Audit committees of the Southwestern Foundation.

 

 Special Guest to Appear at Thunder Hoop Camp             

Thursday is a big day at the Chickasha Area YMCA. The first of the statewide Oklahoma City Thunder youth camps will be held that day.  A special guest from the Thunder will make an appearance. The team's mascot Rumble the Bison will be there about 11:00 a.m. Also, the YMCA is registering teams for the Thunder youth basketball program, which will consist of six games to be played weeknights at the Y starting next month. Contact the YMCA for information about these Thunder-related programs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.69.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,288 and silver is $14.47.

2019 May 28-31

 

Friday, May 31st

 

Public Hearing Set for City of Chix 2020 Budget

Officials at Chickasha city hall have put together a proposed $19 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that will begin July 1st. City Manager John Noblitt says it includes about $15 million in projected revenue for the coming year, combined with about $4.5 million in carry-over funds. City Councilman Jim Hopkins says there is not a lot of excess in the budget.

 

              

 

One source of funding has been removed from the general fund budget completely. For several years, officials would transfer money from the Chickasha Municipal Authority (CMA) branch of city government. Noblitt said previously, the CMA was providing more than $1.5 million a year to the general fund. Last year, that was cut to about $775,000. A copy of the budget plan can be seen on the home page of the city's website, www.chickasha.org

The public hearing will be held during Monday night's city council meeting.

 

 Event Area Proposed Near Chix Railroad Depot             

Also at Monday's meeting, the council will discuss hiring an architectural firm to design a proposed event space and park for downtown Chickasha. The panel will consider hiring Winterrowd Talley Architects at a cost of a little more than $6,000. City Manager John Noblitt says he and Mayor Chris Mosley have met with an unidentified private partnership group to develop a pavilion, a permanent stage, and food truck area on city-owned property just south of the Rock Island Railroad depot. Noblitt said the firm would design a proposed master plan, determine what the project might cost, and prepare fund-raising efforts.

 

Washita River Flood Threat Continues

The flood threat continues along the Washita River from Anadarko to Chickasha. Flood waters are receding from levels that been as high as  3 ½ feet above flood stage. The latest from the National Weather Service shows the river at Anadarko has fallen about a foot, however it is still 2 1/2 feet  above flood stage. The flood warning at Anadarko has been extended to Monday afternoon. The river is expected to fall below flood stage at Anadarko Monday morning. At Chickasha, the river is down considerably but is still slightly above flood stage. The flood warning at Chickasha will continue through late tonight.

 

'Boil Order' Issued for Tuttle Business 

Contaminated well water has been detected at a Grady County business. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a boil order for Apex Fitness which is east of Tuttle. The boil order was issued after E.Coli bacteria was found during a routine test. The DEQ says any drinking water, or water used in food preparation, dishwashing or even for brushing teeth from that well should be brought to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute. Otherwise, consumers should use bottled water. District One Grady County Commissioner Michael Walker confirmed the boil order. He said business owners have already bleached the water system a couple of times to try to eliminate the bacteria. The owners of the fitness center will be providing additional test samples to the DEQ in the next few days. State officials say users will be notified when the well water is safe to drink.

 

 Anadarko Store Marks 70th Year in Business             

An Anadarko business celebrates a big anniversary today. George's Department Store has been around since 1949 - that's 70 years! The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is hosting a downtown business appreciation for the family-owned store from noon to 2 p.m.  today. Special guests will be the Thunder girls and the Thunder drummers from the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. The event is open to the public.      

 

Weekend Events in Chickasha             

There is a lot going on in Chickasha this weekend. The annual Twisterfest outdoor concert is a two-day event today and tomorrow at the Muscle Car Ranch. The Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association is hosting its state finals through Sunday at the Grady County Fairgrounds Event Center, and the Relay for Life for Grady and Caddo counties will be tomorrow night at the Chickasha High School Football field.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil in the NYMEX is $56.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.87.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,303. Silver is $14.52.

 

 

Thursday, May 30th

 

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle Near Marlow

A teenager walking along a U.S. Highway near Marlow is struck and killed by a vehicle. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the 17-year old boy died from massive injuries at the scene. The teen's name was not disclosed as the OHP does not release the name of juveniles. The accident happened about a mile south of Marlow on U.S. Highway 81, just before 1:00 a.m. this morning. The trooper dispatched to the scene said the accident is still under investigation. He said the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time. The driver of the SUV was 42-year old Cristy Rose of Chickasha. The trooper said Rose's condition at the time of the accident was apparently normal. Both Rose and a passenger in the SUV were wearing seatbelts.

 

Washita River Flooding Continues in Chix, Anadarko

Flood warnings are still in effect for the Washita River at both Chickasha and Anadarko. The river is about 4 1/2 feet above flood stage at both locations. Some county roads north and west of Chickasha are closed due to high water, and there is some flooding of crop and pasture land along the river between Chickasha and Tabler and further downstream. The National Weather Service says some fields may be under as much as six feet of water. There appears to be no flooding threat from Line Creek which runs through the residential area in the north part of Chickasha. The river at Chickasha is near crest and should begin falling around mid-day. It is expected to fall below flood stage Saturday afternoon. The river in Anadarko is also cresting and should also begin falling around mid-day. However,  it is not expected to fall below flood stage there until late Sunday. The floodwaters are preventing Anadarko city officials from getting to their water and waste water treatment facilities. The waste water plant is over-filled because of the flooding. Officials are still warning residents to avoid going into gray-colored water.

 

Water Wells May be Contaminated;

State Agency Offers Free Testing

Many rural families have water wells that have been submerged with flooding rains this month. Officials with the State Department of Environmental Quality say not to drink well water as it is likely contaminated. The DEQ is now offering free bacteriological testing of well water in all 77 Oklahoma counties. For disinfection and sampling instructions and supplies, go on-line to www.deq.state.ok.us

You can call the agency toll-free at 800-522-0206. The free testing will be available until July 15th.

 

 'Re-Sale' of Grady County Property Nears             

Some Grady County property could be purchased for pennies on the dollar. County Treasurer Robin Burton said the annual re-sale of property will be on Monday, June 10th. These are properties in which the owners are at least four years behind in paying their property taxes. Burton says right now there are 46 properties available though that number could change should the delinquent property taxes be paid before the sale. Burton says it is a "buyer-beware" sale. All properties are sold "as-is" and no warranties of any kind will be offered. Pre-registration is required before the sale. Information can be seen on the website www.oktax rolls.com or by stopping by the treasurer's office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is 58.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.45.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,280 and silver is $14.39.

 

 

Wednesday, May 29th

 

No Damage Reported Following Tornado Warning

Severe weather tracked across Oklahoma again last night, and it had many in the Grady, McClain, and Garvin county area on edge. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a storm moving from Rush Springs to the Lindsay area. The warning was in effect from about 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tornado sirens wailed in Lindsay. It was the second tornado warning for parts of Grady County within the last week. Saturday night, the weather service issued a tornado warning for northern Grady County when radar detected a possible tornado in the Minco area. Minco School Superintendent Kevin Sims said nearly 30 people took shelter in the safe room at the school. There were unconfirmed reports of five inches of rain in the Ninnekah area last night, with a couple of inches of rain in Rush Springs. There have been no reports of widespread damage, other than some road closings. Anyone experiencing storm damage should report to local emergency managers, or go on-line to www.damage.ok.gov

A state of emergency is in place statewide because of all the severe storms this month.

 

Anadarko Water Systems Hampered by Flooding

Flooding in Anadarko is causing some problems for the city's water and waste water systems. On its Facebook page, city officials say the system has been overfilled and that the waste water plant is inaccessible due to flooding. Officials say they are working to address the issues. In the meantime, officials warn that people and pets should not go into any water that is gray in color.

 

 Chickasha Men on Board Train that Struck Pedestrian             

Two Chickasha railroad workers were on a train which hit a pedestrian walking along the railroad tracks in Kingfisher yesterday. The pedestrian survived. He was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in stable condition with head and trunk injuries. The Highway Patrol reports that 23-year old Dakota Welch of Okeene was walking on the tracks listening to music, and didn't hear the train coming from behind. Welch was knocked a few feet off the tracks. 45-year old Jerry Burrowes and 40-year old Dwayne Crawford both of Chickasha were on the Union Pacific train and they were not hurt. Burrowes was the engineer and Crawford was the conductor.

 

High Bond Set for Domestic Violence Suspect

A call to the Grady Memorial Hospital emergency room leads police to arrest a man on a domestic violence complaint. Now the suspect is facing felony charges which include assault with a dangerous weapon. The Chickasha police blotter indicates that officers were dispatched to the emergency room about 2:00 a.m. Sunday. The female victim said the assault began at the Chickasha Villa Apartments near 4th and Country Club Road. Authorities arrested 56-year old Patrick Joseph Ruth, Jr. in connection with the attack. Ruth remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Ruth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer in connection with a previous arrest this past February.

 

One Arrested After Cyril Store Robbed at Knifepoint

A Cyril woman is in custody for allegedly robbing a convenience store at knifepoint. Prosecutors have charged 46-year old Rocky Jockel Blackwell with felony charges of robbery and assault and battery on a peace officer. She also faces a misdemeanor public drunk charge. The robbery occurred at the Cyril Dollar General Store last Thursday afternoon. The Lawton Constitution reports that police were called after Blackwell left the store, and authorities located her a short time later. It's alleged Blackwell got just under $170 in the robbery. Blackwell remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.11.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,288 and silver is $14.35.

 

 

Tuesday, May 28th

 

Man Drowns at Lake Chickasha

A Memorial Day outing at Lake Chickasha turns tragic for a local family. 34-year old Zachary Tryon of Chickasha drowned at the lake Monday afternoon. The Highway Patrol reports Tryon and two others were on the boat dock just before 5:30 p.m. yesterday, when they saw a young female struggling in the water nearby. All three men went to help the young lady, who managed to get back to shore safely - but Tryon went under the water and did not resurface. His body was recovered a little after 10:00 p.m. Monday only about 10 feet from the boat dock where the water was 8 1/2 feet deep.

 

Memorial Day Ceremonies Honor Fallen Soldiers

The Memorial Day holiday is set aside to honor the men and women in the Armed Forces who died while serving their country. One of many ceremonies was held at the Grady County Veteran's Memorial at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park. Sherri Lewis with the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee

 

              

 

Guest speaker for the ceremony was Homer Hulme, who was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War. Hulme was a pilot on a B-47 fighter-bomber. He says his crew relied on the stars to fly safely.

 

              

 

Hulme's plane carried a 3-megaton nuclear bomb which was to fly to Moscow had order ever been given to do so.

 

 Couple Hospitalized When Two Bikes Hit Trailer

Two motorcycles crash into a pick-up pulling a gooseneck trailer near Minco yesterday, seriously injuring two riders on one of the bikes. 49-year old Jeffrey Swanson and 44-year old Sheila Swanson, both of Tuttle, were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, arm, leg, and internal injuries. They were wearing helmets. The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. Monday about 1 1/2 miles west of Minco on State Highway 152. The highway patrol reports all three vehicles were traveling in the same direction, with the motorcycles trailing the pickup. The pickup took a wide turn to go into a private drive, when the Swanson bike hit the truck and both passengers were thrown off the motorcycle. Somehow, the rider of the second bike, 45-year old Barney Neely of Yukon avoided injury, as he managed to jump off the bike and land on his feet before his bike slid underneath the trailer. The driver of the truck was 71-year old Donna Smith of Hinton. Two children in the pickup were a 14-year old boy and a 12-year old girl whose names were not released. No one in the pickup was hurt.

 

Amber Man Named to SWOSU Foundation Board

A local banker will serve on the board of directors for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation. David Ferrell of Amber holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Finance from Southwestern as well as a Master’s degree in business administration from Cameron University. Ferrell currently serves as president and chief operations officer for the Bank of Commerce and its locations in Chickasha, Anadarko, Carnegie, Duncan, and Lawton. Ferrell previously served as a regent for USAO. Ferrell was appointed to the Finance and Audit committees of the Southwestern Foundation.

 

 Special Guest to Appear at Thunder Hoop Camp             

Thursday is a big day at the Chickasha Area YMCA. The first of the statewide Oklahoma City Thunder youth camps will be held that day.  A special guest from the Thunder will make an appearance. The team's mascot Rumble the Bison will be there about 11:00 a.m. Also, the YMCA is registering teams for the Thunder youth basketball program, which will consist of six games to be played weeknights at the Y starting next month. Contact the YMCA for information about these Thunder-related programs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.69.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,288 and silver is $14.47.

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