Mollman Media News Archives for 2019-10

2019, Oct. 21st-26th

Saturday, Oct. 26th

 

Suspect Faces Rape, Assault Charges

A domestic violence report leads to a man being arrested and charged with rape and assault. 37-year old Justin Barnett of Chickasha was arrested by Chickasha police after officers were asked to do a welfare check on a woman near 8th and Utah earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit indicates a woman at the home told officers Barnett had been hurting her. She reported that she and the suspect had been arguing and then things got physical. The victim alleged that Barnett tried to strangle her and then said he was going to kill her and himself. The victim was taken to Lawton for a sexual assault exam. Prosecutors have formally charged Barnett with rape by instrumentation and domestic assault and battery by strangulation. A judge set Barnett’s bond at $250,000.

 

No Injuries After Semi Crashes in to Camper-Trailer              

A semi slams into a camper trailer in Ninnekah and amazingly there were no injuries. The accident happened on U.S. Highway 81 about a mile south of State Highway 277 next to the Little Washita River Bridge about 3:00 p.m. Friday. Ninnekah Police Chief Scott Miller said a pick up pulling a camper-trailer was southbound on Highway 81 and attempted to make a U-turn. A semi following the camper-pulling truck collided with the camper. The accident closed the southbound section of the highway for a couple of hours.

 

Another Poaching Incident Reported at Ft. Sill

There's been another report of poaching at Ft. Sill. It's the second such report within the last month. Post authorities say they have received a number of calls but have yet made any arrests. KSWO-TV reports that hunting on the post is open only to service members, retirees, and civilians who work at Ft. Sill and that those eligible to hunt must have taken a safety class. They are to bring in their animals for harvest with the remains to be properly disposed of.

 

Chickasha Bakery Named State's 'Sweetest' - Again

For the second straight year, a Chickasha bakery is honored as part of a national contest. Shollie's Sweets was named the sweetest full-service bakery in Oklahoma. The national competition is put together by Dawn Foods, which a national bakery supplier of items which include mixes, frozen dough, icings, fillings, and glazes. Owner Shollie Pritchard thanks all those who cast ballots for the shop. Other Oklahoma winners were Busy B's Donuts of Shawnee as Oklahoma's favorite donut shop; and Frosted out of Jones which was named Oklahoma's favorite cupcake shop.

 

Well Site Near Newcastle Posting Big Numbers

Big production numbers reported on a two-well pad west of Newcastle. EOG out of Oklahoma City reports production of 1,800 barrels of oil per day. The Nighthawk 718 wells are about seven miles west of Newcastle. One of the wells was also producing about 1,000 metric cubic feet of natural gas per day. Both are in the Woodford formation and both wells were drilled to depths around 20,000 feet.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson is on our KOOL Konversation program to talk about winter weather preparedness. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, we have Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society and John Dwyer, an author-historian. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

High Shool Football Scores

Chickasha 15, Elgin 8

Tuttle 18, Blanchard 14

Clinton 21, Anadarko 20

Weatherford 35, Cache 26

Minco 35, Christian Heritage 19

Ringling 35, Rush Springs 0

Newcastle 55, Elk City 7

Perkins-Tryon 42, Bridge Creek 6

Dibble 35, Healdton 6

Apache 43, Elmore City 12

Lindsay 28, Comanche 7

Marlow 26, Sulphur 12

8-man scores

Alex 54, Carnegie 6

Burns Flat-Dill City 48, Cyril 0

Ryan 30, Bray-Doyle 14

Waurika 60, Central High 0

Mt. View-Gotebo 60, Grandfield 14

 

Friday, Oct. 25th

 

CV Tech  Superintendent Makes Top 50 List           

It’s quite the honor for the top administrator for the regional career tech schools. Gayla Lutts, superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Centers in Chickasha, El Reno and Yukon, was named one of the 50 women making a difference in Oklahoma. The list was compiled by the Journal Record. Lutts has been in education for nearly 30 years and has put on the top of her list of priorities the task of meeting workforce needs for Oklahoma businesses and working for the success of career-tech students. CV Tech is undergoing rapid growth at its campus sites in El Reno and Yukon. At El Reno, construction was recently completed on a new education wing. At Yukon, a transition is underway to create a health care education only facility.

 

Anadarko's Kids, Kites, and Frights Set for Tomorrow

Anadarko officials are hoping for some dry weather tomorrow for a huge day of activities. It's called Kids, Kites, and Frights. It will include a haunted house at the armory, Native American dancing exhibitions and competitions, and some of the largest kites in the world. Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn-

 

              

 

The kite event will be at the airport, with many events downtown. There's a 5K run in the morning; arts, crafts, and food vendors; an OU and OSU tailgating contest with big screen TVs to watch both games. There’s also mutton bustin’ at the Caddo County Fairgrounds. Events are free with the exception of the arts, crafts, and food vendors.

 

Ankle Monitor Helps Solve Burglary

An ankle monitor helps law enforcement solve a burglary. Police in Verden were called to a home last month to investigate the theft of a generator and a video game system. While investigating an unrelated larceny which occurred at a Chickasha hardware store, officials identified a suspect from the store’s video surveillance. That suspect was known to have lived near the thefts which took place in Verden. Officers checked the GPS coordinates on the suspect's ankle monitor which allegedly put him at the Verden home at the time of the burglary, and at a pawn shop where the stolen items had been sold. Authorities arrested 25-year old Kevin Lee Keeton of Verden and he has been formally charged with felony counts of burglary and false declaration of ownership. He remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Keeton had an ankle monitor because he was on probation for pleading guilty to a charge of escape from arrest back in 2017.

 

Sheriff's Office Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has released an updated 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 405-222-5085.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.67.

Natural gas is $2.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,507 and silver is $18.10.

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 24th

 

Consumer Spending Still Good, But Slipping

Consumer spending is still at a good level in the region but the numbers are trending downward. The latest numbers show consumer spending across Grady County for August was about $121 million. While that total is up about 9.6 percent on a month-to-month basis it is down about 14 percent compared to the same time last year. For the City of Chickasha consumer spending for August was estimated at $29 million which is down about 6.7 percent from the previous month and down about 4 percent from August of 2018. The state tax commission doled out the sales taxes paid on those numbers to cities and counties earlier this month. Grady County received about $906,000 and the City of Chickasha collected nearly $1.1 million.

 

Chickasha Walk to End Alzheimer's Set for Saturday

Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and it’s blamed on more deaths than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. There is no cure for the disease. The Alzheimer's Association of Oklahoma will have a walk to end Alzheimer's in Chickasha this weekend in an effort to raise funds for research and to provide support for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Lyndse Sager with the association talks about a couple of free services available, including a 24-7 help-line.

 

              

 

The Chickasha walk to end Alzheimer's will be Saturday morning at the Grady County Fairgrounds. They'll start at 8:30 a.m. Get information by e-mailing: chickashawalk@alz.org

 

Chix Police Seek Grant for K9 Officer Program              

The Chickasha Police Department is again participating in a nationwide competition which provides grants to law enforcement grants for K9 officer programs. It's called the Aftermath K-9 Grant. Only seven grants will be awarded and it all comes down to popular vote. Chickasha finished in the top 15 last year. You can vote every 24 hours and individuals can vote for any department on the list, so family and friends who live outside Chickasha can vote for Chickasha. Voting runs through November 3rd. Cast votes on-line at: aftermath.com/k9grant

 

Funeral Set for Long-time Maremont Plant Manager

The long-time plant manager of Maremont has died. Perry Ramsey died Wednesday, Oct. 23rd just one day shy of his 80th birthday. Ramsey was born in Chickasha and graduated from Central State College which is now the University of Central Oklahoma. He spent some time in the Air National Guard and then began his career in the automotive industry with General Motors. He worked for GM in both Oklahoma City and Detroit. He moved back to Chickasha to work for Maremont where he was the vice president of operations and plant manager for nearly 25 years. He is survived by his wife Virginia, two sons, and their families. Survivors also include a brother Dan Ramsey, a former member of the State House of Representatives. The funeral for Perry Ramsey will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25th at First Christian Church of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Author to Address Historical Society Annual Meeting

The Grady County Historical Society is preparing for its annual meeting. Author and historian John Dwyer is the guest speaker for the event which will be held Monday Nov. 4th at USAO. For information contact Pat Cunningham at the historical society museum in downtown Chickasha or call 405-224-6480.

 

More Big Oil Producing Wells Reported in the Region

In energy news, Marathon Oil reports a 1,000-barrel-a-day oil well in the STACK region. The location is about five miles north of El Reno. The well was also producing more than 1,800 metric cubic feet of natural gas per day. Production reports out of the SCOOP area in Grady County show two wells for Houston-based Riviera with one of them topping 775 barrels of oil per day.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.17.

Natural gas is $2.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,491 and silver is $17.52.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

 

More info on GMH-BCBSOK Contract Extension

Grady Memorial Hospital Administrator Kean Spellman says he's confident a long-term contract can be reached between the hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. This week's announcement that keeps the hospital and the Five Oaks Medical Group in-network with the insurance company was good news for local families which have that coverage. In an exclusive interview with KOOL-RANCH News, Spellman says it’s his belief that efforts to get higher reimbursement rates will pay off.

 

              

 

Spellman said with help from community leaders, State Senator Lonnie Paxton,  State Representative David Perryman and the governor's office, they were able to extend the current contract agreement through June 30th of next year.

 

              

 

In other hospital news, Spellman announced a new pediatric center will be built. Spellman said the funding for the $1.2 million project will come from the county-wide sales tax approved by voters in 2016. He also said that they are working to get obstetrics back at the hospital and Five Oaks, once the pediatric center construction is completed. The center will be located in the basement of the Five Oaks building. Estimated completion time is November of next year, with the obstetrics program to return after that.

 

Suspect Saught for Using Elderly Woman's Credit Cards

Caddo County authorities are looking for a man they say racked up several thousand dollars in credit card debt using cards belonging to an elderly woman. An arrest warrant has been issued for 37-year old Tom Gaylon Belase of Carnegie. Prosecutors have charged him with 12 counts of credit card fraud for buying more than $13,000 in items between January and July of this year. Authorities were contacted this past summer when the victim's son noticed money was missing from his mother's checking account. A probable cause affidavit lists some of the purchases as nearly $5,000 in Moneygram transfers; more than $4,000 for Facebook transfers; a nearly $2,000 Western Union transfer, more than $1,000 in utility bill payments; $500 to Amazon, and purchases at Sonic and for flowers. Belase has prior felony convictions and his facing up to life in prison if convicted on the most recent charges.

 

Ag Producers Face Deadline to Sign Up for Tariff Program

Ag producers hurt by the on-going trade negotiations between the U.S. and China can get some relief from USDA. The Market Facilitation Program is designed to offset the decrease in crop prices because of the tariff war between the two countries. Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency says the payment rates differ from county to county.

 

              

 

Jackson said applications for the Market Facilitation program need to be in by Dec. 6th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil is $54.16 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $59.10.

Natural gas is $2.27 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,495 and silver is $17.58.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd

 

Grady Memorial, BCBS-OK Extend Agreement

Families in the region with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma health insurance get some good news. Grady Memorial Hospital and the health insurance giant have reached an agreement to keep the hospital in-network through June of next year. An extension of the previous contract was set to expire next week. Grady Memorial administrator Kean Spellman posted on Facebook that he received a counter-signed agreement from company officials yesterday and that Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Oklahoma would be running some news releases indicating the two sides came to a mutual decision. In a press release Spellman said he'll continue working with Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Oklahoma to negotiate a new multi-year contract. He also thanked area residents and staff members of Grady Memorial and the Five Oaks Medical Group for their patience and support during the negotiations.

 

City Council OKs Firefighter Contract              

A new collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the City of Chickasha and the local firefighters union. After a 45-minute closed-door session during last night’s city council meeting, the panel voted to approve the contract with the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041. City Manager John Noblitt says it does include a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA).

 

              

 

The new contract runs through June 30th of next year. The council previously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129.

 

Re-Zoning Approved for More Medicinal Marijuana Shops              

The city council clears the way for two more medicinal marijuana dispensaries to open, approving zoning changes at a couple of locations - at 4th and Tennessee and 1111 West Choctaw Avenue. There was no opposition voiced during public hearings for either request. With the minimum number of council members attending, the panel voted 5-0 to approve both. With two more medicinal marijuana dispensaries approved, that would increase the number of dispensaries within the city limits to nine.

 

Council Passes Re-zoning for Miniature Golf Course              

The council also approved re-zoning some agriculture land near the Chickasha Sports Complex to allow for the development of a miniature golf course. There was no opposition for that proposal during a public hearing and that measure also passed with a 5-0 vote.

 

Site Teachers Named at Chickasha Schools

Several Chickasha teachers are recognized for their work as they have been named Teacher of the Year at their respective school. At the high school, it’s computer teacher and coach Joe Molder; at the Middle School, it’s English teacher Greg Gibson; at Lincoln School, it’s art teacher Allison Cofer; at Grand Elementary, it’s gifted and talented teacher Brandon Willis; and at Bill Wallace, it’s pre-K teacher Melissa Josey. All are now in the running to be teacher of the year for the entire school district, with the winner to be announced in the spring.

 

Team Roping Event Expects Hundreds of Competitors              

Many of the top team ropers in the country will be in Chickasha this week for the second annual Capitalist Classic, one of the richest team-roping events in the country. There's $85,000 added-money for the event and organizers are expecting about 300 teams to compete. Kollin VonAhn of Blanchard is one of the organizers. He says many of the ropers will be competing at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas later this year. The Capitalist Classic gets underway with open roping today, with competitions beginning about 9 a.m. each day through Sunday at the Grady County Fairgrounds Event Center. Admission is free.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil in the NYMEX is $53.31 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.96.

Natural gas is $2.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,491 and silver is $17.66.

 

Monday, Oct. 21st

 

Public Hearings Set for More Medical Marijuana Stores              

Numerous medical marijuana dispensaries have opened throughout Oklahoma since the sale of the product was legalized. Several are already open in Chickasha and the city council will hold public hearings tonight to re-zone properties for what could be two more. One location is 1111 W. Choctaw Avenue which is a former day care center. The other is at 4th and Tennessee Avenue which is a former restaurant. Both are currently zoned local commercial and are requesting a general commercial zoning classification. The city's planning commission recommended that both requests be approved. Another re-zoning request is for property near the city’s sports complex where applicants are hoping to build a miniature golf course. The land is currently zoned for agriculture use and the applicants are asking to re-zone it for general commercial use. The planning commission recommended that request be approved as well.

 

Council to Consider Economic Development Grants              

The city council will also consider issuing two economic development incentive grants totaling $135,000 to encourage a couple of business to open. A $50,000 grant would help Crazy 8 Cafe re-open at a new location at 424 Chickasha Avenue. This is part of a city program to offer companies one dollar from the city for every two dollars invested by the business. The other is an $85,000 incentive grant for Viridian Coffee to open a store in Chickasha. Viridian is a top-of-line coffee shop that might be compared to Starbucks. Viridian is based in Duncan. The Chickasha Economic Development Council recommended both grants be approved. The council will also consider approving the installation of a couple of fiber optic lines. One is for Trace Fiber Optics which is a division of the Chickasaw Nation. They are seeking a permit to install about 10 miles of fiber optics on the west side of the city which tribal officials say is a $250,000 construction project. The city would receive about $17,000. A second fiber optic project is a request from Dobson Technologies to install fiber along 4th Street for the new Domino’s Convenience Store at 4th and Missouri Ave. The council will also have a closed-door session to get an update on the contract negotiations with the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Funeral Set for Deputy Who Died After Brief Illness

A Grady County deputy who also served as the Rush Springs police chief has died. Paul Markham was just 46 years old when he passed away after a brief illness. Markham died in an Oklahoma City hospital last Friday. His body received an escort home from law enforcement including the Grady County Sheriff's Office, Chickasha, Rush Springs and Oklahoma City Police Departments, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Markham served as the police chief in Rush Springs for 3 1/2 years before joining the sheriff's office. He is survived by his wife Dawn and two children. Funeral for Cpl. Markham will be at 11:00 a..m. Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at Bible Baptist Church with burial in the Westview Cemetery in Rush Springs. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

              

City Holds Coat Drive for Chickasha Students              

A partnership between the City of Chickasha and Chickasha Public Schools will help needy students this winter. The city is asking residents to donate coats, jackets, gloves and other items in what is being called the Coats for Chickasha drive. There are donation boxes at city hall, the Chickasha police department, both fire stations, and the library. Other suggestions for donations are scarves, warm hats, and socks. Items can be new or gently used although officials ask that the socks be new. The Coats for Chickasha drive will run through Nov. 4th.

 

Water Disposal Company Continues Expansion

Bison, said to be the be No. 1 provider of water midstream solutions in Oklahoma, continues to grow. Bison officials announced a 15-year agreement with Chaparral Energy to manage produced water logistics within the SCOOP and STACK plays. That's on top of similar previously announced agreements with Paloma Operating Company which operates in the STACK, and Tapstone Energy. Bison trucks will now be hauling water from nearly 4.5 million acres throughout central and northwest Oklahoma.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $59.42.

Natural gas is $2.32 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,494 and silver is $17.74.

 

 

Oct. 14th-19th

Sat, Oct. 19th

 

Public Comment Sought on Mt. Scott Access              

There are concerns about the safety of visitors at Mt. Scott due to the increased use of the roadway by motorists, bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians. At one point officials with the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge tried to limit hiking up the roadway to the early morning hours, asking them do to so before 9:00 a.m. but that wasn't working out for a number of reasons. One park official said they are committed to keeping Mt. Scott accessible, yet safe to the public. An open meeting regarding the issue will be held at the Lawton Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30th at 6:30 p.m. Officials will also accept written comments through November 15th. Get information on the Wichita Mountains Facebook Page or e-mail comments to: wmr_publiccomment@fws.gov and add the comment “Mt. Scott.”

 

Tribal Groups Receive Federal Grants

Several Native American tribes based in Oklahoma have received federal grants to combat violence, help crime victims, and support youth programs. The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $270 million to tribes across the country. In Oklahoma, eight tribes will share in more than $8.5 million in grants. The Absentee Shawnee Tribe gets the largest grant at more than $2 million; the Chickasaw Nation and Kaw Nation both receive more than $1.5 million;  the Comanche Nation, and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe get grants of more than $1 million; The Otoe-Missouria Tribe gets more than $500,000; and the Citizen Pottawatomi Nation and the Tonkawa Tribe both receive nearly $200,000 in grants.

              

Groups Seek to Make Holidays Happier for Needy Youth

A lot of groups are already thinking about how to help needy families and children during the upcoming holidays. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will once again be joining forces will several organizations to make sure foster children have some happiness during that time. Starting November 1st, you're asked to check out the websites of the partnering agencies to help to fill wish lists of foster kids. The suggested spending limit is $75 per child. The groups working with DHS include the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy; Citizens Caring for Children; and the Citizens Advisory Board of Cleveland County. DHS also says the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is seeking donated warehouse space to process and distribute the children's wish lists. The group, headed by former Rush Springs State Representative Joe Dorman, is seeking a 35,000 sq. ft. building with loading docks, public access, and daily volunteer access from mid-November to the end of December. Contact Dorman via e-mail at  jdorman@oica.org Several other regional groups which help children and families in the area include the Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo counties and Santa's Workshop.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. He'll be discussing the upcoming Kids, Kites, and Frights events and the reason that Anadarko voters will be going to the polls next month. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, guests include Dave Rowland and Scott Smith with the Oklahoma Manufacturers Alliance, and Dick Lowe with Canadian Valley Technology Center's Business and Industry Services division. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, Oct. 18th

 

Driver Charged for Using Pit Maneuver on Motorist

A Chickasha driver is behind bars after authorities say he used a TVI, or a Tactical Vehicle Intervention move on a vehicle because he was mad at his parents. Authorities arrested 25-year old Zachary Ervin last weekend. Officers were summoned to a multi-vehicle accident near 11th and Grand Sunday afternoon. One woman was taken to the hospital after she says an SUV hit her vehicle, which made her car spin around and crash. The driver of the SUV was still on the scene as his vehicle crashed as well. Officers identified the driver as Ervin who told police he was angry at his parents - so he decided he would pick a car and perform the pit maneuver which he saw on TV. Ervin was taken to jail and prosecutors have charged him with a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. Ervin remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Ervin was arrested earlier this year for using a 2 X 4 to cause massive damage at a Chickasha convenience store which was shown on video surveillance on Oklahoma TV stations. Ervin pleaded guilty to a felony charge of malicious injury to property in connection with that incident and received a six-year deferred sentence. Prosecutors now want to accelerate that deferred sentence.

 

Anadarko Drinking Water Just Misses EPA Mark             

Tests run on Anadarko's drinking water supply indicate the water has a slightly elevated level of Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) which the federal Environmental Protection Agency says may cause health problems. The results are from water samples taken during the 12-month period from July of 2018 to June of 2019. Anadarko water users are being sent postcards in the mail describing the issue. The notice indicates the TTHM levels were barely over the standard set by the EPA at .081 milligrams per liter. The standard is .080 milligrams per liter. The notice goes on to say that the situation is not an emergency but that very young children, the elderly, and those with severely compromised immune systems may be at risk. Those invididuals should get advice from their health care provider on whether to drink the water. Water treatment officials say they have taken action to correct the problem by installing a mixing system to cut back on water age and detention time in the tower.

 

Poker Run Scheduled for Martin Family

Friends of the family involved in a fatal motorcycle crash continue to help raise money for the growing expenses the family members are faced with.  A poker run is scheduled tomorrow to help the Martin family. Four members of the family were on an outing over the Labor Day weekend when they crashed. The accident claimed the life of Bobbi Jo Martin. Her husband, Jack and cousins Jimmy and Sabra Martin suffered serious injuries. The poker run will start at Good Time Charlies with the first bike out at noon and the last bike out at 1 p.m. There are stops in Chickasha, Ninnekah, Anadarko, Cement, and Rush Springs. The last bike should be back at Good Time Charlies by 6:00 p.m. Saturday night.

 

Sheriff's Office Posts Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has issued an updated 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 405-222-5085.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.93 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $59.91.

Natural gas is $2.32 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,493 and silver is $17.50.

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 17th

 

Regional Manufacturers Get State Update

There are more than 3,400 manufacturing companies in Oklahoma which help to export more than $6.5 billion in Oklahoma-made products each year. Dave Rowland with the Oklahoma Manufacturers Alliance says his group is working to keep manufacturers on the cutting edge of technology. Rowland was in Chickasha yesterday to address a group of manufacturing and business representatives and talked about what some of the products are used for.

 

              

 

Rowland said robotics is a big trend in manufacturing right now and while many fear that robots are taking jobs away from people that the opposite is actually true. He said while manufacturing in America is in a recession, Oklahoma is considered to be in a growth-neutral stage, however some companies are not hiring nor investing as much as they were a year ago.

 

Mobile Home Leveled by Fire

Fire destroys a mobile home southeast of Chickasha. The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday just south of Union Hill Electric. Ninnekah, Grady County, and Chickasha fire crews were dispatched as the trailer was fully engulfed in flames. No one was home when the fire started as the mobile home had been vacant and uninhabited for some time. Neighbors say it had been severely vandalized over the last few months. Fire crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a couple of nearby homes and no evacuations were needed. Officials were unable to determine how the fire started.

              

Chickasha Antique Auto Swap Meet Underway              

Antique auto enthusiasts around the world are making their way to Chickasha this week for one of the largest auto parts swap meets of it’s kind in the southwest part of the country. This is the 51st year for the fall swap meet hosted by the Chickasha Antique Auto Club. Hundreds of vendors from across the country set up shop for the weekend to swap and sell parts and even fully restored vehicles. Many will tell you the best part about the event is swapping stories about the work they've put in to rebuilding an old car or truck and for many it has taken several years to do so. The swap meet runs through Saturday. It's just east of downtown Chickasha at the Auto Club's land next to the Grady County Fairgrounds, and there are vendors indoors and out at the fairgrounds, too.  Admission is free. There is a charge for parking which benefits local charities.

 

Bigfoot Story Telling Event Set in Anadarko

The legend of Bigfoot surfaces from time to time and there's a program in Anadarko tomorrow where believers can gather and hear more about the legend and share stories of supposed encounters. The Delaware Nation will host an afternoon and evening of activities at its annual Bigfoot Storytelling event. Guest speaker Pete Buffalohead with the Native Oklahoma Bigfoot Research Organization will discuss the group's recent work. Sonny Allen with the Delaware Nation says there have been reports of local sightings of Bigfoot.


              

 

There will be arts, crafts, and food vendors. There's a costume contest for kids, an adult Bigfoot costume contest, and a Bigfoot Calling Contest. Admission is free and it will be held at Anadarko's Randlett Park from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. For information, contact the Delaware Nation's Cultural Preservation Office by calling 405-247-1024.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $59.42.

Natural gas is $2.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,488 and silver is $17.43.

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 16th

 

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Underway

The open enrollment period for individuals to sign up for health insurance plans for next year through the Affordable Care Act has begun. Over the next six weeks, individuals and families have some decisions to make should they choose to get coverage. If you currently have a marketplace plan and don't select a new coverage, you'll be automatically re-enrolled in your current plan. However a report from Kiplinger's indicates you should shop around as premiums, provider networks, and drug coverage can change.  If you have Medicare, there are also some decisions to make. Ray Walker is the director of the Medicare Assistance Program, which is part of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

 

              

 

The open enrollment period runs through December 7th. The Medicare Assistance Program is free, and you can call a toll-free number: 1-800-763-2828 any time of day or night. You can also check out the website: www.map.oid.ok.gov

 

'Great American Shakeout' Set for Thursday              

Once a year, emergency managers across the country ask Americans to take part in an event designed to protect themselves should an earthquake occur. It's called The Great American Shake Out. The idea is to practice a drill officials have developed to prevent or minimize injury. The drill is called “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. “Drop” where you are and onto your hands and knees. That protects you from being knocked down. It also allows you to crawl to shelter if it’s nearby. “Cover” your head and neck with one arm and hand, then crawl under a sturdy desk or table, or to an interior wall away from windows. “Hold On” until the shaking stops. The drill will take place at the same time all across the country at 10:17 a.m. Thursday. Participating groups are asked to register on-line on the website: www.shakeout.org. You're asked to Drop, Cover, and Hold On for one minute. Some businesses and organizations may have more extensive drills that can last an hour or even all day.

              

USAO Prof Schedules STEM Day for Girls              

More and more women are entering science and technology career fields. Over the last several years there has been a more concerted effort to introduce elementary and middle school girls to STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) USAO professor Jeanette Loutsch is once again offering an introductory one-day program for 5th and 6th grade girls called Women in Technology and Science Day. A number of workshops will be held and the students will participate in a number of hands-on projects designed to encourage students to explore those career fields. The Women in Technology and Science Day will be held Saturday, November 2nd at USAO from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is only $5 and the students should bring a sack lunch. Contact Loutsch at USAO for more information by calling 405-574-1325.

 

CHS Marching Band Earns Top Rating at Competition

High school marching bands throughout southwest Oklahoma were in Lawton yesterday for one of the OSSAA regional band competitions held each fall. 25 bands from Class 2A, 3A, and 4A schools were part of the competition held on the football field at Cameron University. Bands weren't necessarily competing against each other, but against a scorecard from judges who awarded ratings of one through five, with one being the best or a 'superior' ranking. Among the competitors was the Pride of Chickasha High School marching band. Coach Kent Barker said they were awarded a Superior rating. Bands will have additional OSSAA competitions after the first of the year, including one for concert band, and another for sight-reading which is playing music they have not seen before.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.74.

Natural gas is $2.34 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,485 and silver is $17.27.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 15th

 

Man Dies in Fatal Crash Near Rush Springs              

A Rush Springs man has died in a late-night crash in southern Grady County. 35-year old Kyle Gene Gifford died in the crash which happened about 1/2 mile east of U.S. Highway 81 on CR 1590. That's two miles north of the Grady and Stephens county line. The accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Monday. The trooper investigating the crash says Gifford's pick up ran off the road and hit a tree. The trooper also reported that Gifford may have been drinking.

 

Drug Arrests in Anadarko              

A number of drug-related arrests were made in separate investigations by Anadarko police in the last week.  The information and photographs of confiscated items are posted on the department's Facebook page. The post indicates 28-year old Jeremy Harrison of Anadarko was arrested early Wednesday, Oct. 9th after officers responded to a disturbance at a home. Officers arrested Harrison for trafficking after allegedly finding nearly 50 grams of meth. Harrison served some jail time just last year for pleading guilty to drug and assault and battery charges. Prosecutors have now charged Harrison with trafficking in Caddo County District Court. He remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. In a second incident, three people were arrested late last Friday after a teenaged driver was pulled over for speeding. Officers allegedly found numerous drug and drug items in the car. 23-year old Emalia Ailana Trevino and two unidentified 16-year olds were taken into custody on complaints ranging from not having a driver's license, to intent to distribute, conspiracy, and child endangerment. Prosecutors have not yet formally charged Trevino.

 

Chickasha Group Sells Land Near City Airport

A Chickasha city panel has agreed to sell two large parcels of land to a real estate development company. The Chickasha Industrial Authority (CIA) authorized the sale of nearly 240 acres  to Oklahoma-based Chickasha Real Estate Holdings, LLC. The sale price of $1.75 million was approved following a lengthy closed-door meeting last week. While three city council members are on the authority's board of trustees, it is an independent arm of the city council.  City Manager John Noblitt said the transaction did not have to be approved by voters. The property is just west of the Chickasha airport which was developed as an industrial park several years ago, however there has not been any development there. The CIA met in an emergency meeting Monday to consider selling an additional 80 acres to the company. However, it was determined that the property is part of a buffer zone for the airport and the Federal Aviation Administration won't allow development in that area. An attorney representing the real estate company said they had a client interested in the property but did not identify the firm.

 

Regional Unemployment Steady

Grady County's unemployment rate was steady from July to August at 3.1 percent. The most recent report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission shows the jobless rate held steady for three straight months. The August percentage was up slightly from August of 2018 when it was 2.8 percent. The state agency reported nearly 27,000 Grady County residents were employed in August - with about 825 unemployed but seeking a job through that agency. In Caddo County, month-to-month unemployment was down from 3.9 percent in July to 3.6 percent in August. In Stephens County, unemployment was steady at 4.4 percent; Garvin County dipped from 3.2 percent to 3.1 percent; and McClain County was steady at 2.7 percent. Statewide unemployment for August was 3.3 percent.

 

Performing Arts Series Slated for USAO

The annual Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series at USAO is about to begin another season. Kicking off the season and in time for Hallowe'en is a performance of Dracula from Push Intimate Theatre. It features a combination of acrobatics, dance, and mime. The performance is suggested for adults only. The show is Thursday, Oct. 24th at 7:30 p.m. at Davis Hall Theatre. Season tickets for the series are available. Individual show tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the USAO business office or at the door. For a complete schedule of the 2019-20 season visit: www.usao.edu/dwpas

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $59.35.

Natural gas is $2.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,496 and silver is $17.70.

 

 

Monday, Oct. 14th

 

Chix Works to Change Perception of 'Code Enforcement'

Over the last four years property owners with overgrown grass and other eyesores in Chickasha neighborhoods would get a visit from a Code Enforcement Officer from the city’s police department. City officials have decided that the approach wasn't working very well so they have changed the name and the department from which the officers will be working. ‘Code Enforcement’ is now knowns as “Code Compliance’ and the division has been moved from the police department to the Community Development Department. City Planner Gene Winsett said the move is an attempt to have a kinder, gentler approach to ask property owners to keep their property mowed and within city guidelines.

 

              

 

Code Compliance will be under the direction of Building Inspector Darren Martin. Officials will have two new code compliance officers who will look for properties that are out of compliance. Anyone can report an overgrown or unsightly property by using the Request Tracker link on the city's website, www.chickasha.org or by contacting the Community Development Department at city hall by calling 405-222-6010.

 

Drivers Hospitalized After Separate Weekend Accidents

There were two weekend traffic accidents where drivers were hospitalized after running off the road and hitting a tree. On Sunday, a crash near Anadarko injured 64-year old Cliff Wall Jr. of Del City. He suffered head, trunk, and internal injuries and was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was last in fair condition. That accident happened at 4:15 p.m. Sunday about 3 1/2 miles east of Anadarko on U.S. Highway 62. The trooper on the scene was still investigating what caused Wall to veer off the highway. Wall was wearing his seat belt. The other crash happened late Friday night east of Minco. 31-year old Whitnie Goodman of Minco was trapped in her car for about an hour after the accident.  She suffered leg and internal injuries and was also air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in fair condition. That accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday about three miles east of Minco and about a mile north of State Highway 37. Goodman was not wearing her seat belt.

 

CIA Proposed Land Sale Delayed Due to Lack of Quorum

A special emergency meeting was scheduled for the Chickasha Industrial Authority this morning to discuss the potential of sale of land near the Chickasha airport. On the agenda was the discussion and possible sale of surface rights on 320 acres of land just west of the airport and possible action on an incentive agreement with a company called Newco (not the name of the company). The authority held a lengthy behind-closed-doors meeting about the issue last week. There was not a quorum for this morning’s meeting, and it was recessed until enough members would be available, perhaps as early as this afternoon.

 

State Manufacturing Group Leader Sets Chix Meeting              

The president and CEO of a new manufacturing group will be in Chickasha this week to discuss ways to help Oklahoma's manufacturing sector. Dave Rowland with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance will discuss industry news, trends, and development. The meeting will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. on the Chickasha Campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Individuals and groups who would like to attend should RSVP the Chamber of Commerce today. Tickets for chamber members are $30 and tickets for prospective chamber members are $40.

 

SCOOP, STACK 'Congress' Scheduled for December              

A December conference for the oil and gas sector will focus on events impacting work in central and northwestern Oklahoma. The second annual SCOOP and STACK Water Management Congress is set for Dec. 11th and 12th in Oklahoma City. Topics include produced water re-use, recycling case studies, seismic regulations, water quality for completions, and treatment technologies. Information about the Water Management Conference can be found on-line: www.okenergytoday.com

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.51.

Natural gas is $2.21 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,499 and silver is $17.66.

 

 

 

2019, Oct. 7th-12th

Saturday, Oct. 12th

 

Motorist Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree

A woman suffers leg and trunk injuries after her car runs off a Grady County road and hits a tree. 31-year old Whitnie Goodman of Minco was pinned inside the wreckage for about an hour. She had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in fair condition. The accident happened just after 11:30 p.m. Friday about three miles east of Minco and north of State Highway 37. The highway patrol reports that Goodman may have been distracted prior to the crash. She was not wearing her seatbelt.

 

Yes on 802 Supporters Report Successful Petition Drive              

Organizers of a petition drive trying to put Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma on a statewide ballot say they have the signatures needed to make that happen. Officials with the Yes on 802 campaign say they have the 178,000 signatures needed to put the issue to a vote of the people, ahead of the Oct. 28th deadline. Campaign Manager Amber England said over the last 10 years, Oklahoma has lost $1 billion every year because the state is not participating in Medicaid expansion. In addition, she said more than 200,000 Oklahomans are not getting the health care they need. There is opposition to the Medicaid expansion. Gov. Kevin Stitt wants state lawmakers to come up with an alternative plan and officials with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs say there are better ways to improve health care. England says they'll continue obtaining signatures through the petition deadline of October 28th. If enough signatures are certified the measure will be on the ballot in November of next year.

 

Fireplace Safety Urged              

Many folks will be stoking their fireplaces for the first time with this week's cold snap. Grady County fire officials recommend safety and caution for any fireplace, whether you may be burning wood or using a natural gas or electric fireplace. Be sure to have your chimney cleaned of soot and other buildup that can cause a fire. Schedule a professional chimney inspection and cleaning every year. To minimize the buildup of soot and creosote, use seasoned hard wood or manufactured logs which can burn cleaner than real wood. If you do use a manufactured log follow the directions, as they burn hotter than real wood. Use a fireplace screen and keep the area around the fireplace clean. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Also, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are must-haves. It is also time to change the batteries in those devices as we head to colder weather.

 

Sheriff's Office Has Updated Most-Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has an updated 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 405-222-5085.

 

Medicine Park Hosts Art Walk, Flute Festival

If you're looking to take a mini-trip with the family this weekend head to Medicine Park for the 11th annual Art Walk and Flute Festival. The honorary artist this year is 87-year old Kiowa Elder, Chester Horse. Horse is a silversmith who grew up in the Carnegie and Meers area and has traveled around the country. He recently settled in Shawnee where he lives on Potawatomi Nation land set aside for elders. More than 30 local and regional artists will display their talents with numerous items for sale, including pottery, sculpture, paintings, and jewelry. Food trucks will be on site. The event is both today and tomorrow.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. The Alzheimer's Association of Oklahoma will host a Chickasha Walk to End Alzheimer's later this month. Lyndse Sager with the Alzheimer's group is our guest on the KOOL Konversation and will talk about the event, and help that is available for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley our guest is Ray Walker with the Oklahoma Insurance Department's Medicare Assistance Program. He'll discuss some of the changes to Medicare and assistance that is available to help you make the right decisions for your specific needs. We have links to those programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, Oct. 11th

 

Continental Resources May Sell Part of Water Business              

There are reports that Continental Resources may be selling a non-controllable stake of its water infrastructure business. The website www.okenergytoday.com cites a Bloomberg News report that the potential sale could be upwards of $1 billion. The report says Continental is working with an advisor to solicit interest for that division. It helps to gather and dispose of water used in the drilling process. Infrastructure for handling the massive amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing has become valuable in recent years. Just a couple of months ago, Continental sold some of its Oklahoma water business to Lagoon Water Solutions for $85 million. Continental chairman Harold Hamm said the water business generates about $100 million in annual earnings before expenses.

 

Minco Town Council Candidate Disqualified              

The only candidate who filed for a seat on the Minco town council has been disqualified for the post. In a special meeting yesterday, the Grady County Election Board voted unanimously to disqualify Carrie McMullen. McMullen's candidacy was challenged by James Rice, who alleged that McMullen had not live in the ward for six months prior to the filing period. Rice provided evidence that showed McMullen purchased property in the ward in July of this year, just three months prior to the filing period. McMullen did not appear at yesterday's meeting. An assistant district attorney said since McMullen did not attend, she was deemed to be in  default and essentially admitted to the allegations.  Since McMullen was the only candidate to file for the post, it wasn't clear if the Minco town council will schedule another special election or if they'll wait until the annual town council election next spring.

 

Some Chickasha Water Customers May Have Bill Errors              

Some Chickasha water customers may have errors on their bills this month. The errors affect customers who only have meters for irrigation. The city posted a message on its Facebook page indicated that bills that have a due date of October 10th will not be subject to any fees or disconnects during the month. Anyone with questions should contact the water department at city hall by calling 405-222-6023.

 

Blue Cross, Blue Shield Reps in Chickasha Saturday

Families who have Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma health care coverage can meet with a Blue Cross representative in person tomorrow. Company representatives will be in Chickasha to discuss health care plans and even talk to individuals who don't have health insurance. Max McKenzie is one of the customer service representatives who will be on hand.

 

              

 

Tomorrow's come-and-go sessions will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. No appointment will be needed.

 

Williams Grocery Purchases Chickasha Store

A regional grocery store chain is growing. Williams Foods recently purchased Spencer's Grocery in downtown Chickasha. The new Williams store is the company’s 10th Oklahoma store. Williams also has stores in Anadarko, Tuttle, and Elgin. Owner Jeff Williams says he's always liked the Chickasha store even before he got into the grocery business.

 

              

 

Williams Foods has been around for more than 40 years. Williams’ father opened the Tuttle store in 1971 and Jeff took over 1989. Williams expects Chickasha customers to see lower prices on some items since the store is able to buy in bulk. The Chickasha store will also be open on Sundays, with what Williams says will be massive one-day savings on both Sunday, October 20th and Sunday, October 27th. Williams says he is retaining all the employees from the Spencer's store.

 

Ranch Horse Competition in Chickasha

There’s a big event at the Grady County Fairgrounds this weekend. It's the season-ending Western Oklahoma Ranch Horse Association competition. It's for all ages, and the group's Facebook page says they cater to the weekend warriors who want to have fun with their horses. There is added-money in the jackpots which have at least seven entries. Activities include a costume contest and a youth fundraiser. The competition runs both Saturday and Sunday, with the first event set for 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Admission is free for spectators.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $59.10.

Natural gas is $2.21 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,498 and silver is $17.62.

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 10th

 

Update on Proposed Highway 81 Bypass of Chickasha

The newest timeline for start of construction of the proposed U.S. Highway 81 bypass of Chickasha calls for dirt work to begin in calendar year 2021. We spoke with Jay Earp who is the region's engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). He said that ODOT has been able to purchase most of the right-of-way for the bypass, though a couple of condemnations are needed. He said the agency now has the right-of-entry so that work to move utilities can begin. Earp said for calendar year 2020, plans are to do a fencing project along the eight-mile route, and that sometime in 2021 the grading for the  roadway can begin. He said construction of the bypass will likely be done in pieces as funding becomes available.

 

Fire Destroys Shop Building

Fire destroys a large shop and its contents.  The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on Quail Road just southwest of Chickasha. It’s near the junction of 16th Street and U.S. Highway 81. Fire crews from Chickasha, Ninnekah, and Grady County were dispatched. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said the shop was fully engulfed when crews arrived. The single-story, wood-frame shop owned by Steve Largent had been there for 57 years. No one was home at the time the fire started. Myers said the cause of the fire was traced to an electrical problem.

 

Haz-Mat Crews Mop Up Crude Oil After Tanker Crash

Clean up crews spent much of Wednesday at the site of a tanker truck accident which happened Tuesday night. The tanker was hauling about 150 gallons of crude oil when the big rig struck two large bales which were in the middle of the highway. This accident happened about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday near U.S. Highway 81 and Giles Road, which is six miles north of Chickasha. Authorities say about 100 gallons of crude spilled onto the roadway and adjacent land. The Chickasha Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials unit was first dispatched to the site Tuesday night. Officials with the Grady County Fire Department said the unidentified truck driver was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with a broken leg and a broken collar bone. The highway patrol reported the driver was treated and released.

 

Trucker Critically Injured in Semi Rollover

A truck driver is critically injured when his semi runs off a highway north of Gotebo in Washita County. 32-year old Brody Harrison of Mt. View was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital following the crash which happened near State Highways 54 and 55 about noon Wednesday. Highway 54 was shut down for two hours after the crash. The highway patrol reports that Harrison ran off the highway, hit a private drive, rolled, and hit a culvert. The cause of the crash was listed as driver inattention. Harrison was not wearing his seat belt.

 

New Brewery Open for Business

The new Canadian River Brewing Company in downtown Chickasha is an interesting story. It's actually the second beer brewery for owners Nigel and Holly Dunham. The first was opened in Pocasset this past February. Nigel says he got the idea from when he was in the Army and stationed in Germany where he discovered craft beers, then couldn't find anything like it in the U.S. Nigel began coming up with recipes about 12 years ago and currently offers about 10 varieties.  He said their beers will soon be sold nationally.

 

              

 

The brewery in downtown Chickasha can make about 300 gallons at a time while the Pocasset location can make about 150 gallons. The downtown location came together quickly with the help of the City of Chickasha, the Economic Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and Willowbrook Development Company.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.32.

Natural gas is $2.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,511 and silver is $17.82.

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 9th

 

Chix Leaders Move Ahead with Plans to Build New Park

Community leaders say a plan to build a new park in downtown Chickasha is gaining momentum. Plans are to build the new park south of the Rock Island Railroad Depot on eight acres of city-owned land. The park would be built with a combination of public and private funds. At this week’s city council meeting City Manager John Noblitt said there are five private investors who are willing to support the project.  Mayor Chris Mosley identified two of those potential investors as the Chickasaw Nation and Oklahoma City Energy soccer team. In Monday night’s meeting the city council approved paying a $6,000 fee to an Oklahoma City-based firm to build a 3D model of the proposed park. Drawings show it would include a playground, a dog park, a splash pad, a stage, an area for food trucks, an art sculpture, and a mini soccer field for what is known as 'footsall'. City officials met with some private investors last month to look over the preliminary design and discussed some changes. Officials say a 3D model of the proposed park is needed to present to additional potential private investors to help it become a reality. If funding can be acquired officials believe the park can be completed in about two years.

 

Defense Attorney Pleased with 'Not Guilty' Verdict

in Grady County School Adminstrator's Jury Trial

In a KOOL/RANCH News follow-up, we reported last week that a Garvin County jury found Ninnekah school administrator Todd Bunch not guilty of felony domestic violence. We heard from Bunch's attorney, Larry Balcerak.              

 

              

 

A seven-man, five-woman jury exonerated Bunch of the charge after a 3 1/2 day trial in Pauls Valley last week. Bunch was accused of trying to smother an ex-girlfriend at a home they shared in Lindsay in June of 2018.

 

Anadarko Voters Extend ONG Franchise Agreement

Anadarko voters overwhelmingly approve an extension of the city's franchise agreement with Oklahoma Natural Gas in a special election on Tuesday. More than four out of every five voters approved the extension. It was a light turnout with only 80 ballots cast with the final tally of 67 to 13. The agreement was extended for 25 years.

 

Qualification of Minco Town Council Candidate Challenged

In Minco, a challenge has been filed regarding the qualifications of a candidate who filed for a seat on the town council. Carrie McMullen was the only candidate to file for the vacant spot of Office No. 2 in Ward 3 during last week's filing period. McMullen's candidacy is being challenged by James Rice, who alleges that McMullen has not lived in the ward for the required six months prior to filing.  The Grady County Election Board will hold a hearing on the challenge in a meeting at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at the election board office in Chickasha. Minco voters will be casting ballots in a special municipal election next month to decide another council post. Karen Dirickson and Mandy Addington have filed for the vacant Ward 2, Office 2 seat. The election will be held Nov. 12th.

 

USAO Allots Millions for College Scholarships              

Most college students rely on scholarships to help them pay for their education. For the current school year, USAO is providing more than $4 million in scholarships. A press release from the university indicates that $3 million has been awarded for academic, athletic, and talent-based achievements. More than $1 million was awarded by the USAO Foundation. The USAO Alumni Association provided nearly $90,000 in merit-based funds. President john Feaver said USAO is committed to providing as much assistance to as many students as possible to relieve the financial strain that might otherwise keep college out of the reach of under-served students.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $58.24.

Natural gas is $2.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,506 and silver is $17.81.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 8th

 

Zoning Change Requests OK'd by City Council

Two zoning change requests get unanimous approval from the Chickasha City Council. There were no positive or negative comments during public hearings held for both proposals during last night’s city council meeting. Bill McDuff was given the go-ahead to re-zone some residential property at 220 N. 6th to light industrial use. And Hoffman Properties at 1201 No. 16th was authorized to change some general commercial property to light industrial use. The proposed use of both properties is believed to be for medical marijuana growing facilities.

 

Public Hearings Set for City Planning Commission Today              

This afternoon, there are public hearings for several other re-zoning requests scheduled with the Chickasha Planning Commission. Jerry and Sheila Layman are asking to re-zone some agriculture property to general commercial use in order to build a miniature golf course near the Chickasha sports complex. Lynn Waldon is looking to re-zone property at 1111 Choctaw Avenue from local commercial to general commercial use. And Angel Rangel wants to re-zone two properties near 4th Street and Tennessee Avenue from local commercial to general commercial use. The planning commission meets at 4:00 p.m. today at city hall.

 

Class Calendar Change Up for Discussion by School Board              

Some changes to the Chickasha public school calendar are expected to get the approval of the local board of education tonight. Currently, students are to be in class for 175 days. The change calls for students to be in class a minimum of 1,080 hours. As many as 30 of those hours will be for professional  development. The school board is also expected to schedule a school election next spring for Office No. 5 on the school board. The post is currently held by Christy Clift who was appointed to the post earlier this year. The board of education is also to consider allowing out-of-state travel for FFA students to attend the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind. from Oct. 29th through Nov. 2nd. The school board will also consider allowing the high school cheerleaders to go an out-of-state competition in Las Vegas in February. The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the school administration building.

 

New Ice Skating Rink Added to Festival of Light

There will be a new attraction at Chickasha’s Festival of Light (FOL) this year. Visitors will be able to ice skate for the first time in the 27-year history of the event. Elizabeth Allen with FOL says a skating rink has been discussed for several years but it will finally be a reality for the upcoming season. The temporary rink will be located on the volleyball courts near the Shannon Springs Park Bath House (gift shop) and underneath the 160-foot tall Christmas tree. Allen says it will be a unique experience.

 

              

 

Allen said the City of Chickasha and Public Service Company of Oklahoma have worked to bring in three-phase electricity needed to operate the rink and the Chickasha Community Foundation awarded FOL a grant to help finance the project. A company called Ice Challenge Experience will operate the rink which has similar ice rinks in other communities. Skate rentals will be available but prices have not been set. The Festival of Light will run nightly from Saturday, November 23rd through Tuesday, December 31st. Allen also said FOL is currently accepting applications for seasonal help to work at the ice rink. Applications can be found on the website: www.chickashafestivaloflight.org/employment

 

Food Truck Competition Winners Announced

We have the winners from the Oklahoma Food Truck Competition held during the Rock Island Arts Festival last weekend. The overall winner was Contrabandz Ice Cream. I Don’t Know, I Don’t Care was 2nd; Metro Minis was 3rd; and Mob Grill was 4th. The Judge’s Choice was Werner’s Brats; Fan Favorite was Pizza Round Up; and Most Creative was Fried Taco.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.35.

Natural gas is $2.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,508 and silver is $17.59.

 

Monday, Oct. 7th

 

Re-zoning Requests Among City Council Discussions              

Two property owners are looking to change their zoning classifications in tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting. Public hearings are scheduled during the first of two regularly scheduled meetings this month. One of them is at 1201 N. 16th Street, where property owners are asking to change from its current general commercial district to light industrial.  The other is at 220 N. 6th Street where owners are seeking a change from its current residential classification to light industrial use. The Planning Commission recommended that both re-zoning requests be approved. The council will go behind closed doors to discuss a lawsuit filed against the owner of a company who went back on his promise to re-locate his firm to the area. The suit was filed against Tom Word after he was issued a $250,000 economic development loan to help move his company to the area but the move never occurred. The city is seeking to obtain ownership of property Word owns at Grand Lake which was put up as collateral for the loan. The council is also to discuss a current contract with a firm which is designing a proposed park near the Rock Island Railroad Depot. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

CEO of Manufacturing Alliance to be in Chickasha              

The leader of a statewide group developed to help Oklahoma's manufacturing sector will be in Chickasha next week to discuss the benefits of the organization. Dave Rowland is the president and chief executive officer of The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. He'll be the keynote speaker at a program co-hosted by the Chickasha Economic Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce. A press release from the chamber indicates Rowland is generating a community of manufacturers focused on research, development, and invention to transform the Sooner State. He most recently held a senior position at a Tulsa firm and also served as director of operations and general manager of Mercruiser in Stillwater. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16th on the Chickasha Campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available from the chamber. Individuals wanting to attend are asked to RSVP the chamber by next Monday, Oct. 14th.

 

Anadarko Voters to Decide ONG Franchise Extension              

Anadarko voters will go to the polls tomorrow to decide if the city should extend its franchise agreement with Oklahoma Natural Gas. If approved the agreement would be extended 25 years. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

              

Hearing-impaired Speaker to Address USAO Giles Forum 

A life-long hearing impairment couldn't stop Nyle Dimarco from being successful. Dimarco won the popular Dancing with the Stars competition, and also was a winner of America's Next Top Model. His was recognized by DEAF LIFE Magazine as the 2017 Deaf Person of the Year. Dimarco will be in Chickasha tomorrow for the 12th annual Ray, Mary, and Nita Giles Symposium for Citizenship and Pubic Service at USAO. Dimarco will discuss his efforts in overcoming his obstacles in the USAO Ballroom  beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.37

Natural gas is $2.35 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,507 and silver is $17.51.

 

 

2019, Sept. 30th-Oct. 5th

Saturday, Oct. 5th

 

Energy Sector Shows Signs of Slowing

More news seems to indicate that the energy industry is slowing not only in Oklahoma but across the country. The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas is down again in the last week. Oklahoma's rig count fell by three to just 63 locations which is less than half the number from the same time a year ago. Nationally, the rig count slipped to 855 which is about 200 fewer compared to a year ago. There is still exploration taking place in the SCOOP and STACK, although not at the level seen in the last few years. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission did approve at least three permits to drill in Grady County this past week. Continental Resources was awarded two permits to drill northeast of Tabler just off Highway 62. They are both in in Section 23 of Township 7 North and Range 6 West. They are called the Lowers No. 3 and No. 5 wells in the Goddard formation. Newfield Exploration was awarded a permit to drill not far from that location - just southwest of Middleberg in Section 7 of Township 7 North and Range 6 West.  That is the Ricks No. 7 well in the Woodford formation. State revenues from the energy industry are down.  Gross production tax revenues last month were off $2 million from August, and those tax revenues are down 30 percent compared to September of last year.

 

Two Recommended for Election Board Secretary Post              

Two candidates are being recommended to serve as the next Grady County Election Board secretary. Grady County commissioners are submitting the names of Janna Titler and Katrina Hughes as candidates for the post. The recommendations were made during a special meeting of the county commissioners on Friday. State Senator Lonnie Paxton will recommend one of those candidates to the state election board, which has the final decision on the county post. The post came open when previous election board secretary Joanne Hames was fired after just a couple of months on the job. Denise Robinett is currently filling in on an interim basis.

 

Rock Island Arts Fest Continues Through the Weekend              

The Rock Island Arts Festival is underway and there's a wide variety of events and activities to go along with some 50 vendors on hand with paintings, jewelry, clothing, photographs and art works for sale. There's live entertainment on three outdoor stages around  Chickasha's historic Rock Island Railroad Depot where the festival takes place.  Local musicians, youth dance groups and more are scheduled and the featured artist tonight is Travis Linville. There are even activities inside the depot plus numerous children's activities with inflatables, pumpkin painting, free art classes, face painting and a sand pit treasure dig. There are pottery and yarn-spinning demonstration and food trucks on site. Piggy-backing on the arts festival is the second annual Oklahoma Food Truck competition, with about 20 registered to take part. Creek Bottom Burgers of Verden won the inaugural competition last year. The festival runs through Sunday.

 

High School Football Scores

Cache 38, Chickasha 20

Blanchard 34, McLoud 0

Anadarko 24, Newcastle 17

Tuttle 55, Madill 7

Minco 39, Watonga 12

Dibble 33, Rush Springs 7

Bridge Creek 37, Mt. St. Mary 6

Apache 27, Walters 21

Alex 70, Empire 12

Central 44, Cyril 26

Mt. View-Gotebo 64, Corn Bible Academy 14

 

Thursday

Shattuck 49, Carnegie 6

 

 

Friday, Oct. 4th

 

Jury Finds Superintendent Not Guilty of Domestic Violence

Ninnekah school superintendent Todd Bunch has been found innocent of charges in connection with a domestic violence arrest from last year. A Garvin County jury found Bunch not guilty after a 3 1/2 day trial in Pauls Valley yesterday. The jury spent two hours in deliberations before returning the verdict. Bunch was accused of assaulting a woman at a Lindsay home during the summer of 2018. He was originally charged with a misdemeanor but prosecutors changed it to a felony. We tried to contact Bunch and his attorney for comment but we did not hear from them.

 

More Public Opinion Sought Regarding

Chickasha School Superintendent Opening

The consulting group that is seeking candidates for the vacant Chickasha school superintendent post continues to seek public input. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association has an on-line survey available. Anyone participating can do so anonymously. The survey will run for two weeks, starting Monday, Oct. 7th and ending Friday, Oct. 18th. The survey is on the website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020ChickashaSuptSearch

 

Salvation Army to Offer 'Pathway of Hope'              

A program designed to help poverty-stricken families become self-sufficient will be getting underway in the Grady and Caddo county areas soon. The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope is a national program designed to provide families with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty in their lives. The local Salvation Army has set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 to get the program started in the Chickasha and Anadarko area. A recent fund-raising kick-off brought in nearly $30,000 of that goal, including a $10,000 contribution from the First National Bank. Lts. David and Amanda Brittle with the local Salvation Army say they will partner with the Life Skills Institute and the Resurrection House to offer training and guidance to the individuals and families willing to commit to the program which is offered at no cost to the participants.

 

Rock Island Arts Festival Opens

Chickasha's Rock Island Arts Festival opens at the city's historic Rock Island Railroad Depot this morning. Dozens of artisans and crafters from around the state are featuring their work, there's live entertainment on three stages, and even roaming performers to entertain the masses. This is the 11th year for the festival hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council. There are many free activities for families to take part in. Local bands performing include First Look and Travis Linville. In addition to the festival, the third annual Rock Island Ride for bicycle enthusiasts is tomorrow, with nearly 150 riders pre-registered. And the second annual Oklahoma Food Truck Competition has about 20 vendors competing. The festival opens at 10:00 a.m. today and tomorrow, and at noon on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

 

Chickasha Elks Host Car Show, Concert              

Another event drawing a crowd to Chickasha will be the Elks Lodge car show. There's free admission for spectators from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at the lodge. After the car show, Matt Boone will be in concert at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the concert are $15.

              

Library Challenges Residents to 'Walk Around the World'              

The Chickasha Library has an interesting community challenge - to walk a combined 25,000 miles. The walking challenge has been issued to have residents combine their steps and walk around the world. The actual distance is 24,901 miles. It's a project from the State Department of Libraries, with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The library has selected four books in which the characters go on journeys that require walking. Those who sign up for the challenge can either use their own device to keep track of their steps, or the library will give them a free pedometer. The community is asked to walk a combined 49,802,000 steps by August of next year. Sign up at the library any time during its regular hours.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Chickasha City Planner Gene Winsett and Building Inspector Darren Martin are guests on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guests are with Canadian Valley Technology Center, including Superintendent Gayla Lutts and Chickasha Campus Director Ronnie Bogle. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $57.51.

Natural gas is $2.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,514 and silver is $17.63.

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 3rd

 

Woman Accused of Shooting Her Ex-Boyfriend              

A Grady County woman is jailed for allegedly shooting her estranged boyfriend. 28-year old Keeley Dawn Palmer of Tuttle was arrested last Sunday. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates that Palmer and the victim recently broke up, and that the victim had gone to Palmer's home to collect some belongings. It's alleged Palmer got a gun and chased the victim from the home and shot at him. The victim suffered a non-penetrating injury to his right side and was having chest pains. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Prosecutors have charged Palmer with one count of shooting with intent to kill. She remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Police Chief Hails Dispatchers for Their Work              

The unsung heroes of every police emergency are the police dispatchers who are the ultimate multi-taskers. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell says it’s a stressful job and credits the skills of those charged to handle 9-1-1 calls and coordinate emergency responders. Rowell says many times dispatchers don't get to see the end result of the crises they are charged with handling.

 

              

 

Rowell says she’s added a few part-time dispatchers to provide relief to the full-time workers in the police department’s communications center.

 

Applications Being Accepted for Anadarko Tag Agent              

The search for a new tag agent in Anadarko is underway. The state tax commission is accepting applications for the post through next Friday, Oct. 11th. Interviews will be held later this month, but officials would not pinpoint a particular date when the appointment will be made. The tax commission meets weekly. The Anadarko tag office closed recently when the previous tag agent retired. Candidates will have to pay a $100 non-refundable application fee. Applicants do have to pay a $100 non-refundable application fee. Anyone interested in applying can contact the state tax commission through its website www.tax.ok.gov

 

Chickasha Schools Adjust Schedules

Parents of students in Chickasha schools need to be aware of some early-release times scattered throughout the year. There are four days when students will only be going to school in the morning. A news release from the district says the afternoons will be for extra professional development for teachers. The first early release day is next Wednesday, Oct. 9th. High school and middle school students will be released at 11:45 a.m. while students at Lincoln, Grand, and Bill Wallace will be released at 12:30 p.m. Day care at Grand will start at 12:30 p.m. All school sites will serve both breakfast and lunch. The other early release days are Wednesday, December 4th; Wednesday, February 26th; and Wednesday, April 15th. The district has also decided to remove two snow days. May 1st and May 8th will now be regular school days. Contact your child's school if you have any questions.

 

Toni Hasenbeck Announces Re-Election Bid              

Oklahoma State Representative Toni Hasenbeck (R-Elgin) has announced she will be running for re-election next year. Hasenbeck represents House District 65 which includes Rush Springs, Apache, Elgin, and parts of Stephens, Comanche, and Cotton counties. A campaign kick-off will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15th at the Happy Hollow Animal Hospital in Elgin at 6:00 p.m. Helping with the kick-off will be House Speaker Charles McCall.

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60 to $57.69.

Natural gas is $2.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,505 and silver is $17.58.

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd

 

September New Construction in Chix Tops $1 Million

Two construction projects on the USAO campus helped to push new construction in Chickasha over the $1 million mark in September. New indoor practice facilities and locker rooms for the university's baseball and softball programs were approved by the City of Chickasha's community development department last month. Both are $400,000 projects. Only eight construction permits were approved last month. In addition to the work at USAO, the Grady County Fairgrounds was issued a permit to build an 8,000 sq. ft. storage facility valued at $90,000. A couple of industrial expansions were approved including a $75,000 project at LSPI (the former Delta Faucet plant), and $40,000 for Bordwine Development for additional offices for the Strike pipeline related firm on Pikes Peak Road. Authorities also approved a $20,000 remodel permit for Venture Pipe and Supply in the 1100 block of East Choctaw, the former longtime location for Albright Heat and Air. Officials also approved a $4,500 remodel for new electronic menu boards at the McDonald’s restaurant on the turnpike. Through the first nine months of 2019 Chickasha officials have approved nearly $10.5 million in commercial and residential construction.

 

Cole, Inhofe Attend BAE Systems Expansion Ceremony

An expansion of the BAE Systems plant in Elgin is expected to speed up production of a new, state-of-the art tank for the U.S. Army. The more than 52,000 sq. ft. expansion should increase the rate of the final assembly for the Paladin self-propelled howitzer. It's the Army's primary vehicle for indirect fire support. BAE officials said it was critical that they triple the size of the facility to keep up with the Army's increased demand for howitzers. Two members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation were on hand for the ceremony. 4th District Congressman Tom Cole said the safety of the country's soldiers depends on machinery like what BAE produces. He said the expansion is a giant step in making sure the U.S. isn't out-gunned. U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe said the country had previously fallen behind Russia and China in military capabilities but that the U.S. has dug out of that hole and looks to once again surpass those countries in military might.

 

Poachers Believed to Have Killed Elk at Ft. Sill

A disturbing discovery at Ft. Sill this past weekend as the carcass of an elk was found. Authorities believe the animal was killed by poachers. A graphic photo of the carcass was posted on Facebook. The animal was found on the Quanah Range near West Cache Creek on Sunday. Authorities ask anyone with information to call the Ft. Sill game warden hotline, 580-442-6050.

 

Grady County Teen Hired by Ship Builder

A Grady County teen will soon be working for what is believed to be America's largest ship builder. 19-year old Falcon McDoulett of Tuttle will be heading to the east coast soon. He was hired by Huntington Ingalls Industries which is the sole builder of aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy. It’s also one of two contractors building nuclear powered submarines. McDoulett, who studied at Canadian Valley Technology Center, finished 12th in a national contest this past summer. While he was there, he attended a career fair and dropped off his resume with a Huntington Ingalls representative. McDoulett was soon sent a formal application and offered a machinist position. McDoulett says he's both excited and nervous about the opportunity.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.75.

Natural gas is $2.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,490 and silver is $17.32.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 1st

 

What You Can Do to Avoid the Flu

Flu season is just getting underway across the country and health officials are recommending individuals get a flu shot. The State Health Department will be offering free flu shots at a number of locations next week. Officials say it’s a full-scale exercise with local county health departments to test the state's ability to respond and provide mass immunizations to communities in the event of a public health emergency. All next week there will be more than 20 locations providing these free flu shots. On Tuesday, October 8th one will be held at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, Oct. 10th they will be available in El Reno at Redlands Community College and in Norman at the Cleveland County Health Department. Flu shots are also available at many pharmacies and doctor's offices, although a fee may be charged (Medicare patients can get free flu shots from their primary care physician). The health department recommends that individuals six months and older get a flu shot, especially young children and senior citizens with chronic health issues who may be severely impacted by flu symptoms.

 

Effort Continues to Reduce Domestic Violence

Nearly 100 people died in Oklahoma in 2016 as a result of domestic violence. That's according to a report from the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Review Board which is a division of the state Attorney General's office. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and officials are calling attention to the issue in hopes of preventing future deaths and injuries. In the Chickasha area the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN) provides a number of  immediate services for domestic violence victims.  Eric Feuerborn is the director-

 

              

 

ICAN has offices in Grady and Canadian Counties. Each office has a 24-hour crisis line. In Grady County the number is 405-222-1818. In Canadian County it’s 405-262-4455

 

Anadarko Voters to Decide ONG Franchise Extension

Anadarko voters will go to the polls next week to decide if Oklahoma Natural Gas should be awarded an extension of its franchise agreement with the city. Voters will consider extending the agreement for 25 years. ONG pays the city a 4 percent franchise fee as part of the agreement. The election will be held next Tuesday, Oct. 8th.

 

Bison Expands Water Disposal Work

In energy news, Oklahoma City-based Bison has announced a multi-year agreement for water disposal in the STACK region. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports the 15-year agreement will put Bison in charge of disposing water needs with Houston's Palamo Operating Company. It covers 325,000 acres in Canadian, Blaine, and Kingfisher counties. Bison is a four-year old company that previously announced the acquisition of S and S Star Water Solutions and Cobalt Environmental Solutions. Bison also has a 15-year agreement for water disposal with Marathon Oil Co. Bison operates more than 35 commercial water disposal facilities in the SCOOP, STACK, and MERGE plays in the Anadarko basin.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.78.

Natural gas is $2.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,474 and silver is $17.14.

 

 

Monday, Sept. 30th

 

Caddo County Resident Dies in Pickup Rollover

A Cyril man has died when his pickup runs off the road and overturns near Elgin. 62-year old Frank Gutierrez, Jr. died in the crash that was discovered Sunday afternoon. The highway patrol reported it wasn't clear when the accident may have happened. The pickup was found about a mile and a half northwest of Elgin. The trooper dispatched to the area reported that the pickup ran off the road and hit a guard rail, then rolled down the embankment several times.

 

Threats Close Ft. Cobb-Broxton Schools              

Threats made toward a Caddo County school will force the closure of a school district today. Officials at Ft. Cobb-Broxton have canceled classes for today. A post was made on the district's Facebook page late last night, saying all classes and activities will be cancelled today. There's no word on the threat that was made. The Caddo County Sheriff's Office is looking into the threats.

 

Chickasha CV Tech Campus on Lockdown as 'Precaution'              

The Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center was placed on lockdown as a precaution this morning due to a threat at another technology center. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir would not identify the school that was threatened, but did say the sheriff’s office where the school is located is investigating. It wasn’t clear if the threat was connected to the one made at Ft. Cobb. Weir said that a student who had been dismissed from the technology center made a threat on Facebook that students should not attend classes today.

 

Search for Chix School Superintendent Starts Today

The official search for a new superintendent for Chickasha schools begins today. It's the first day that a consulting group hired by the local school board has posted the position to accept resumes and applications. The consulting group is with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association which will conduct a nationwide search. The post will be advertised over the next five weeks after which the consultants will recommend anywhere from four to eight candidates for the Chickasha school board to interview in November and early December. The timeline is for a new superintendent to be named is January or February, although the new administrator may not be on board until July.

 

State House Candidate Kicks Off Campaign

A candidate who has announced he is running for a seat in the state house of representatives is kicking off his campaign. Randy Talley will hold the kick-off in his hometown of Anadarko tonight. He is a Republican. Talley is seeking the House District 56 post which includes Chickasha, Anadarko, Ft. Cobb, Carnegie, and a portion of Kiowa County near Hobart. The post is currently held by David Perryman of Chickasha, who is not running for re-election (he will retain his seat through 2020). The Talley kick-off will be held at the Ridge Event Center west of Anadarko from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. today. It's open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Talley will hold a similar campaign kick-off for the Chickasha area at a later date.

 

Rock Island Arts Festival Set This Weekend              

A lot of people are anticipating the Rock Island Arts Festival that will converge on downtown Chickasha this weekend. It's three days of arts, music, food, and family activities hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council. It opens on Friday, with all the events centered around and near the city's historic Rock Island Railroad Depot. In addition to live entertainment and dozens of vendors with items for sale, there is the second annual Oklahoma Food Truck Competition, the third annual Rock Island Bike Ride, and the Together We Heel walk to end domestic violence. Admission to the festival is free. See the Rock Island Arts Festival Facebook page for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.91.

Natural gas is $2.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,493 and silver is $17.32.

 

 

 

2019, Sept. 23rd-28th

Saturday, Sept. 28th

 

Head-on Collision Near Anadarko Injures Two

An SUV and a car crash head-on in Caddo County sending two people to hospitals. 65-year old Lucille McMillan of Gracemont was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City and admitted in fair condition with internal and leg injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, 51-year old Terrie Dirickson of Anadarko, was taken by ground ambulance to a separate Oklahoma City hospital and admitted in fair condition with head, trunk, arm, and leg injuries. The accident happened about 8:00 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 281 near Gold River Casino. The highway patrol is investigating what caused Dirickson to cross the center line and hit McMillan's SUV. The accident shut down the highway for about an hour.

 

Anadarko Tag Office to Re-Open              

Some concern in Anadarko recently as state officials discussed the possibility of permanently closing the tag office there. Long-time tag agent Marleita Marlett recently retired. The state tax commission met in Tulsa on Thursday, and State Representative David Perryman was there to speak in support of keeping a tag office open. He said the commission's long-term plan is to phase out local tag offices and have individuals re-new tags on-line. Perryman said while the Anadarko tag office is closed temporarily, it will re-open as soon as a qualified individual can be found and appointed. That could be several weeks. Perryman said it wasn't clear if the new tag agent would be at the same location. Perryman also said the tax commission voted to keep the Marlow tag office open. The tag agent there announced conditional plans to retire if a successor could be designated, however the commission did not accept the conditional resignation.

 

Tuttle Police Seek Suspects Who Stole SUV              

Tuttle police are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects who stole an SUV from a local business. Officials posted on the department's Facebook page that a man and a woman rode up to the TH Rogers Lumber Company on bicycles and walked through the store. The man then drove away in a gray 2003 GMC Denali which belonged to a former employee. This happened just before noon on Thursday, September 26th. Both suspects are Caucasian and about 25 to 35 years old. The man has brown hair and a tattoo on his right arm. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, black jeans, and black shoes. The woman has short brown or black hair and was wearing a sleeveless gray hoodie, blue jeans, and black shoes and has a tattoo on her left arm. Anyone with information is asked to call the Tuttle Police Department, leave a tip on the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page or by calling 405-224-TIPS.

 

Tuttle Voters to Decide Tax Hike Proposals

Also in Tuttle, voters will decide a couple of tax increase proposals later this fall. One is a $2 million general obligation bond to build a new police department. The other is a 1/2-cent sales tax increase which would fund street improvements. City Manager Tim Young says the current police headquarters is an old house of about 1,800 square feet which is about 40 years old. If approved, property taxes would increase by two mils and would cost an extra $50 the first year on a home valued at $300,000. The cost would then decrease over the 20-year life of the bond.  The sales tax would be for 10 years and Young says it would allow the city to fix every street that is at least 15 years old. It's projected to bring in $3 million. Young said if approved that it would be an additional nickel on every $10 spent. It would increase the Tuttle city sales tax from 4 percent to 4 1/2 percent. The issues go before Tuttle voters on November 12th.

 

Benefit Set for Fallen Volunteer Firefighter              

The death of a Grady County volunteer firefighter has hit the family and his community pretty hard. Blaine Alexander was just 21-years old when he died in a traffic accident a couple of weeks ago. Organizers will hold a benefit barrel racing competition in a few weeks to help the family. It’s an open 5D barrel race that will be held at the Rafter D Arena near Marlow on Saturday, Oct. 26th. Organizers are looking for sponsors for prizes and added money, and they are also looking for items for silent auction. For information, contact Brittany Valentine by calling 580-951-0087.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Domestic violence is a concern in almost every community. Eric Feuerborn with the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network, and Tracy Dorman with the district attorney's office are this week's guests on our KOOL Konversation program. They'll be talking about the Together We Heel walk to end domestic violence and other issues on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell is the guest. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

High School Football Scores

Chickasha 48, Elk City 14

Cache 43, Anadarko 14

Bethany 17, Blanchard 8

Tuttle 43, Tecumseh 7

Minco 32, Rush Springs 7

Dibble 29, Elmore City 23

John Marshall 48, Bridge Creek 7

Apache 15, Healdton 14

Lindsay 49, Tishomingo 0

Marlow 41, Douglass 2

Alex 50, Destiny Chr. 0

Cyril 46, Empire 20

Carnegie 18, Central 6

Newcastle 28, Clinton 21 (Thurs)

 

 

 

 

Friday, Sept. 27th

 

Police Chief Comfortable in Her New Surroundings

Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell is settling in just fine after about six months on the job. Rowell is the city's first female police chief. She came to Chickasha this spring after a lengthy law enforcement career in Ft. Worth, Texas. The Chickasha police force went through a period of time with a shortage of officers but Rowell said they are almost back to full strength. She says two of the newest officers are ready to hit the streets by themselves, with more officers either participating in or preparing for Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET).

 

              

 

After the academy, new officers spend several weeks with a Field Training Officer to get them familiar with the community and following proper procedures.

 

Five-Year Old Left Alone at Day Care

A five-year old is reported to have been left alone at an Anadarko day care. Authorities are investigating the incident that occurred at the day care run by the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. The child's grandmother said the girl had fallen asleep before the day care closed and employees left the child by herself. Family members spent some frantic minutes contacting day care officials and getting back to the facility. The child was still asleep and unharmed when they returned about 45 minutes after closing. It's reported the day care self-reported the incident and that the state department of human services was notified. It's also reported that one employee was suspended.

 

Crash Shuts Down Highway Near Cement

A late-night crash near Cement forced the closing of State Highway 277 for quite a while last night. The highway patrol was dispatched to a non-injury accident about a mile west of the Grady and Caddo County line about 10:00 p.m. Thursday. The highway was re-opened about 11:30 p.m after wreckers were summoned to tow away the damaged vehicles. The OHP did not release any details about what happened.

 

First Oklahoma Case of Vaping Illness Reported              

Oklahoma has its first confirmed case of a vaping-related illness. The state health department says a Tulsa county youth under the age of 18 has been diagnosed with a lung-injury believed to have been  caused by using e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control says there are hundreds of lung-injury cases nationwide and that about a dozen deaths nationwide have been tied to the use of  e-cigarettes. The state of Massachusetts has issued a temporary ban of the sale of all vaping-related products.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Back in Business              

An upgraded pipeline is again sending natural gas produced in the SCOOP region to Texas. Candor Midstream of Houston purchased the system this past January, and the website OK Energy Today reports the company successfully completed testing to certify the pipeline’s safe return to commercial service. Officials say the upgrades included new equipment and adding monitoring systems which exceed industry standards. The system consists of about 100 miles of 20-inch gas-gathering pipeline between Ardmore and processing facilities in Bridgeport, Texas. Officials say it has an initial capacity of up to 200 million cubic feet per day.

 

Chickasha Group Hosts Spaghetti Day

Today is a day of pasta at the Grady County Fairgrounds as Chickasha's Junior Social Workers (JSW) have their annual Spaghetti Day fundraiser. Mayor Chris Mosley signed a proclamation designating today as Spaghetti Day in Chickasha. There are two serving times - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from Spaghetti Day fund a number of programs supported by JSW.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.74.

Natural gas is $2.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,501 and silver is $17.58.

 

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 26th

 

Group Formed to Battle Human Trafficking

and Find Missing and Exploited Children

An effort to raise awareness about human trafficking and also help find missing and exploited children is being held this weekend. Kevin Stewart is a former private investigator who has founded a non-profit group called World Wide Investigations - Missing and Lost, Inc. His hopes are to locate and rescue missing children and adults. Stewart also wants tougher laws on individuals caught trafficking humans.

 

              

 

The meeting is open to the public and Stewart has invited state lawmakers and several mayors. It will be held at The Station at 700 S. Broadway in Moore at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. For more information visit the website www.missingnlost.org

 

Man Jailed on Allegations of Child Sexual Assault

A Caddo County man is behind bars for the alleged sexual assault of an under-age girl. Prosecutors have charged 27-year old Chavez Wayne Kitchens Nail of Hydro with five counts of child sexual abuse. His bond was set at $250,000. Charges were filed following an investigation by the Caddo County Sheriff's Office after Nail wanted to turn himself in for the attacks on the 13-year old. Court documents indicate the assaults occurred between Aug. 1st and Sept. 16th of this year. Authorities wrote in the affidavit that Nail said he had a problem and needed help.

 

PSO to Lower Electricity Bills

There’s good news for Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) customers as lower electricity bills are in the near future. Starting next month, PSO is lowering its fuel cost adjustment fee. That's because PSO has realized lower costs for the natural gas it purchases to generate electricity. By law, PSO cannot make a profit on the fuel it uses to generate electricity, so when their fuel costs go down the savings are passed on to PSO customers. A press release from the utility indicates that a residential customer who uses about 1,100 kilowatts of electricity per month will see their bills go down by about $3.70 per month. For commercial and industrial users it will result in thousands of dollars in savings.

 

State Manufacturing Rep to Visit Chickasha              

A state leader in the manufacturing sector will be in Chickasha next month to give an overview of the industry. Dave Rowland is the president and CEO of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. He's part of a program which will be jointly sponsored by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. The program is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16th on the Chickasha Campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Table sponsorships are $250, individual tickets for chamber members are $30, and tickets for prospective chamber members are $40. Contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 405-224-0787 for more information.

              

Regulating Group to Provide Oil, Gas Info Update

An update on oil and gas rules and regulations will be held tomorrow by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The theme of the event is "Changing Dynamics in Oklahoma Oil and Gas Development: Looking Back to go Forward." A morning session will cover produced water while an afternoon session will have discussion about emergency order applications, saltwater disposal wells, and ethics. The program will get underway at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow at Oklahoma City University.

 

High School Cheer Team to Perform at College Bowl Game

A regional high school cheerleading team will get to perform at a college football bowl game in Florida. Cheerleaders from Marlow have been chosen to be part of the Citrus Bowl activities in Orlando on January 1st. The squad earned the trip at a three-day cheer camp this past summer. The team needs to raise about $5,000 for the trip.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.39.

Natural gas is $2.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,515 and silver is $18.00.

 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 25th

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenue Nears Record Level

Grady County sales tax revenue was very healthy last month. The county received nearly $1.1 million in August which is believed to be the second-highest month ever for sales tax collections. Previously, the county received just under $1.1 million in sales tax revenue in October of 2018. The county sales tax rate is 3/4ths of a penny, which is about 7 1/2 cents on every $10 spent on taxable goods and services. The sales tax revenue goes to several voter-approved projects. In last month's distribution, the Grady County Fairgrounds received more than $360,000. It's the 10th time in the last 14 months for the fairgrounds to get more than $300,000. Also sharing in the sales tax revenue is Grady Memorial Hospital which received $320,000; each of the seven senior nutrition centers received more than $20,000; each of the 20 fire districts collected $7,500; Tuttle EMS picked up $33,000; and Rush Springs EMS collected more than $8,300.

 

State Representative Honored by Sheriff's Association

A state lawmaker is recognized for his support of law enforcement. State Rep. Brad Boles who serves House District 51 was presented a Legislative Award from the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association. Boles received the award during the association's regional meeting in Chickasha last week. Ray McNair, the director of the Sheriff's group, said Boles took on the task of setting a basic salary range for elected county officials in the legislative session this past spring. McNair said the award is meant to honor those who keep their commitment to support sheriffs when difficult choices must be made.

 

Felony Charges Filed in Ft. Cobb Lake Confrontation

Here's a follow-up to a story you may have heard last month about an incident at Ft. Cobb Lake. A couple of college students said they were harassed and their boat was damaged after a confrontation over where they were fishing. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for one of two men alleged to have been responsible. Authorities are looking for 22-year old Austin Potts of Arkansas. Prosecutors have charged him with two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; as well as acts of gross injury, failure to register a boat, and failure to have proper equipment. A second person believed to have been involved has not been identified.

 

More on Farm Bill Meeting

(EDITOR'S NOTE - The time of this meeting changed after we first published this story on Tuesday. This version and the previous version contain the correct time for the meeting)

Yesterday, we told you about a program for agriculture producers coming up next week which will provide updated information about the farm bill. Today, Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency has more about what to expect.

 

              

 

By the way, the time of that meeting has changed from what we reported yesterday. It will get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30th at the Grady County OSU Extension Office.

 

Apache Stampede to Close Out PRCA Season

Professional rodeo returns to the region this weekend with the annual Apache Stampede. Among those competing is Blanchard's Blake Mindemann, a steer wrestler who grew up in Apache watching and learning the sport from his dad. Last year, Blake qualified for the National Finals Rodeo for the first time in his 15 years in the PRCA. He tells one reason he finally met that goal.

 

              

 

Blake is just out of the top 15 in earnings so far and has some work to do if he wants to qualify for the NFR a second straight year. This is the last week for cowboys and cowgirls to earn enough money to qualify for the NFR. Mindemann will be traveling to Kansas, Texas, Nebraska, and Utah this week before finishing up the season in Apache on Sunday. The Stampede will have slack and steer roping competition Friday night, with the Stampede set for Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. each day.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $57.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.10.

Natural gas is $2.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,536 and silver is $18.65.

 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 24th

 

One Dead, One Hurt When Pickup Hits Motorized Scooter

A Marlow man has died and a teenager is hospitalized in critical condition after a pickup hit a motorized scooter. 33-year old William Joseph Teshaw died in the accident that happened about 10:45 p.m. Monday. The highway patrol reports that Teshaw was on the scooter traveling west on Sandhill Road. The pickup driven by the teenager was headed east and struck the scooter, then the truck ran off the road and hit a tree. The unidentified 17-year old also from Marlow was pinned in the truck for almost two hours. He was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, leg, and trunk injuries. The trooper dispatched to the accident said it is still under investigation.

 

Second Victim Dies as a Result of Crash              

A second person has died from injuries he suffered in a head-on collision near Elgin earlier this month.  36-year old Bradley Upshaw of Elgin died in an Oklahoma City hospital yesterday. The accident also resulted in the death of 83-year old Teresa Nelson, also of Elgin. That crash happened on Sept. 10th. An oncoming car crossed the center line and crashed into the car that Upshaw and Nelson were in. The driver of the other vehicle, 32-year old Nina Holden of Arizona, was last in serious condition in an Oklahoma City hospital.

 

Superintendent's Trial Now Set for Next Week              

We reported last week that the domestic abuse trial for Ninnekah school superintendent Todd Bunch was going to start this week. Officials with the Garvin County Court Clerk's Office tell us that jury selection for Bunch's trial will instead start next Monday. Garvin County does have a docket of felony trials that started yesterday. Bunch is facing a felony charge of domestic abuse after it's alleged he assaulted a woman in Lindsay last year. The Ninnekah school board has allowed Bunch to keep his job, saying he was allowed due process and is innocent unless proven otherwise.

 

Woman Arrested on Assault, other Complaints              

A Chickasha woman is behind bars facing charges of assault and violating a protective order. Chickasha police arrested 38-year old Misty Michelle Hillbolt last Friday afternoon. Information about Hillbolt's arrest wasn't immediately available. Prosecutors have charged Hillbolt with a felony for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor for violating a protective order. A judge set bond at $20,000 during her initial appearance in Grady County District court yesterday. She is to announce her attorney Oct. 17th and a preliminary hearing conference set for Nov. 6th.

 

Farm Bill Meeting in Chickasha Sept. 30th              

(EDITOR'S NOTE - The time of this meeting changed after the initial publication of the story. This version contains the correct time)

A series of meetings regarding the farm bill are being held throughout the state with one of those meetings to be in Chickasha next week. USDA and Oklahoma State University are teaming up for these meetings for producers to get the most up-to-date information on federal farm programs. The meeting in Chickasha will be the only one of its kind in central Oklahoma.  Speakers include J.D. Elwood with the Farm Service Agency out of Stillwater and county FSA and NRCS officials. Other presenters will be Amy Hagerman, OSU Assistant Professor of Ag and Food Policy, and area agriculture economists who will provide a market outlook update. The meeting will be held at the Grady County OSU Extension Office on Monday, Sept. 30th starting at 8:30 a.m.. Register by calling the extension office, 405-224-2216.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.77.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,528 and silver is $18.66.

 

 

Monday, Sept. 23rd

 

State Seeks Jobs to Support Aerospace Industry

The aerospace sector is the second largest employer in Oklahoma. Authorities are working to create more jobs in that area by attracting companies that would support those firms already here. Brent Kisling is the director of the Oklahoma Department ofCcommerce. He said with Tinker Air Force Base being the nation's largest maintenance repair and overhaul operation for the Air Force, and with American Airlines in Tulsa having the largest commercial aircraft maintenance facility, there is room for growth.

 

              

 

Kisling was in Chickasha last week discussing activities with the state department of commerce.

 

Crash Injures Rush Springs Man

A Rush Springs man was hospitalized following a weekend accident in southeastern Oklahoma. 23-year old Carson Clements was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after the Sunday morning crash near Allen, which is about 20 miles northeast of Ada. The highway patrol reports that Clements' pickup was nearly hit head-on by another truck which was trying to pass a third vehicle. Both drivers were pinned in their pickups for about 45 minutes. Clements was last in stable condition with multiple injuries. The driver of the other truck was air-lifted to a Tulsa hospital where he was last in stable condition.

 

 Blanchard Residents Hurt in Accident             

A Blanchard man and woman were taken to a Durant hospital after they were hurt in a crash near Madill. Shawn and Susan Dennis were injured in the accident that happened Friday night. Susan was admitted in stable condition with leg injuries. Shawn was treated and released. The trooper investigating that crash reported that another pickup had stopped in the southbound flow of traffic. The Dennis vehicle was northbound and attempted to take evasive action but hit the other vehicle. The Texas driver of the other truck was taken to a Dallas, Texas area hospital and was last in stable condition.

 

1st National Bank to Build New Tuttle Center

First National Bank and Trust has announced plans to build a new bank in Tuttle. It will replace the current structure and will be located just east of the current bank. First National President and CEO John Gorton said a new design will allow the bank to 'right-size' the facility for optimal use and convenience. The new bank will be a total of 5,000 sq. ft. with four drive-through lanes, an ATM, and a community meeting room. First National Bank and Trust Mortgage Company will also move into the new building. The design-phase is just getting started. It wasn't clear when construction might begin. The current First National Bank building in Tuttle was built in 1985.

 

USAO to Host Deaf Rights Advocate              

The 2016 winner of the televised program Dancing with the Stars will be in Chickasha next month. Deaf rights advocate Nyle DiMarco will address the annual Ray and Mary Giles Symposium for Citizenship and Public Service. DiMarco was also named the 2015 winner of America's Next Top Model and in 2017 was named Deaf Person of the Year by DEAF LIFE Magazine. He also created the Nyle DiMarco Foundation to provide access to resources for deaf children and their families. He'll address the symposium at the USAO Ballroom on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day. Officials with the Oklahoma State Election Board encourage all who are eligible to register to vote. Also, they say it’s a good time for current registered voters to update their status if they have moved, or have changed their name. You can register to vote at your local county election board, or go on-line to the state election board website www.elections.ok.gov.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.28.

Natural gas is $2.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,526 and silver is $18.43.

 

 

 

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