Mollman Media News Archives for 2020-01

2020, Jan. 20th-25th

Saturday, January 25th

 

Ex-con Charged with Stalking, Assault

A Chickasha man who has been in and out of trouble with the law for the last decade is back in jail. The latest allegations against 30-year old Cody Loveless is that he was stalking an ex-girlfriend and rammed her car with his pick-up while chasing her through a residential area. Just last August, Chickasha police arrested Loveless on weapons complaints, after which he was charged with felony counts of pointing a firearm. He was out of jail on bond and was scheduled for a court appearance on those charges this past week. In connection with his latest arrest, prosecutors have charged Loveless with felony stalking and assault. He remains in the Grady County jail on a $100,000 bond. Loveless previously pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2010 and 2015.

 

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole on President Trump's Impeachment

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole is critical of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The Republican from Moore voted against impeachment of the president. None-the-less, the Democrat-controlled house approved two articles of impeachment which was passed along a party-line vote. In an exclusive interview with KOOL/RANCH News Cole says the outcome of the president's impeachment trial underway in the U.S. Senate is a foregone conclusion.

 

              

 

You can hear our interview with Congressman Cole on our KOOL Konversation program. There is a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Silver Alert Remains for Missing Tuttle Man

A Silver Alert is still in effect for a Grady County man who went missing from his home this week. 67-year old Mark Brown of Tuttle drove away from his home Wednesday afternoon. He recently suffered a stroke and is on medications. He may be driving a 2003 white Ford van with Oklahoma tag number CGJ-512. He is Caucasian with blond hair, a gray mustache, and a close-shaven goatee. He also wears glasses. Call Tuttle police at 405-381-4467 or local law enforcement if you know anything about Mark Brown.

 

Restoration Complete of Historic Refuge Home

An historic home in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge which was nearly torn down a few years ago has been restored. Contractors have completed their work on the Ferguson Home. Work crews have wrapped up the exterior repairs which were needed to meet the requirements of the state historical preservation office. Bobby Williamson, whose parents once lived in the nearly 100-year old home, tells KSWO-TV that he's glad the community came together to rebuild the home. It was severely damaged by fire 10 years ago. A group called the Friends of the Wichitas spent the last six years raising money to bring the home back from the brink of destruction. The group collected about $70,000 that included contributions and grants.

 

Obituaries

Joyce McCoy

Graveside services for 86-year old Joyce McCoy of Tuttle will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 27th at the Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

James Lincoln, Jr.

Funeral for 85-year old James Lincoln, Sr. of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 27th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

 

 

Friday, January 24th

 

Murder Suspect Held Without Bond; Mental Exam Ordered

A week after his arrest, a Chickasha man was formally charged with murder in connection with the shooting deaths of his mother and step-father. At his arraignment in Grady County District Court yesterday, Corwyn Lane King was charged with two counts of first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. King's mother, Deborah Hisle and step-father, Stanley Hisle were shot to death in their Chickasha home last Thursday. The charge of shooting with intent to kill was filed after investigators say King fired four times at police when they arrived at the scene. The probable cause affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates there were three other people in the home when the shooting occurred but they managed to escape. On-line court records show that bond was denied and an order for a mental competency exam has been issued. King was provided a court-appointed attorney and an application to stop prejudicial pre-trial publicity was filed. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for March 10th.

 

Early-Morning Fire Destroys Unoccupied Structures              

Chickasha firefighters were called out early this morning to battle a couple of structure fires. Crews were called out about 2:30 a.m. to the 1500 block of Dakota Avenue. Fire Chief Brian Zalewski says no one was living in the structures. Crews from the Grady County Fire Department and Tuttle firefighters were summoned to support with tankers. Zalewski said there was no electricity or gas service to the structures and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Silver Alert Issued for Tuttle Resident

A Silver Alert is still in effect for a Tuttle man. 67-year old Mark Wood was last seen Wednesday afternoon. Tuttle police say he recently had a stroke and is on medication. Wood is reported to have left his home in a 2003 White Ford work van Model 3DC. It has Oklahoma tag number CGJ-512. It wasn't clear what he may have been wearing, other than possibly some house shoes. Wood is Caucasian and photograph shows him with blond hair, a gray mustache and goatee, and wearing glasses. If you have information about Mark Wood you’re asked to contact Tuttle police or local law enforcement.

 

Long-time Verden School Superintendent to be Honored

A long-time educator is being honored for his work. David Davidson, who spent many years as superintendent for Verden Public Schools will be inducted into the Grady County Educators Hall of Fame. He spent about 15 years at Verden and has been superintendent at Cement Public Schools the last couple of years. Davidson previously served as superintendent at Hardesty Public Schools. A formal induction ceremony will be held during the Grady County high school basketball tournament at Alex tomorrow night.

 

Adult Learning Center Declares 'Love 4 Learning' Month

There are many reasons some students don't graduate from high school but some do return to the classroom to earn their general education diploma (GED). Chickasha’s Adult Learning Center has helped hundreds of individuals obtain their GED. Lisa Johnson is the director of the center and says February is designated as Love 4 Learning month. The school is offering free enrollment all month long and all pre-testing fees will be waived. There are morning, afternoon, and evening classes available. The Adult Learning Center is at the old Southwest School at 17th and Missouri. You can message the school through social media on Facebook@ALC or by calling 405-222-6562.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Oklahoma 4th District Congressman Tom Cole is our guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, we have the Rick Croslin, the soon-to-be superintendent for Chickasha schools, and Zack McGill who is president of the Chickasha School Board. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.04.

Natural gas is $1.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,564 and silver is $17.81.

 

Thursday, January 23rd

 

Dad Arrested For Alleged Abuse of Infant Daughter

A father is behind bars for the alleged abuse of his infant daughter. Chickasha police say the three-week old child suffered bleeding on the brain after being under the man's care. A DHS caseworker called Chickasha police after the child was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital on Christmas Eve. An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that a CAT scan showed the baby had bleeding on and outside the brain. The baby was then taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. The affidavit states that during their investigation officers spoke with the child's parents and neither said they knew how the child was injured. Investigators determined that the child had been left alone for a time with the father, identified as 21-year old Devin Christopher Bunnell of Anadarko. An arrest warrant was issued for Bunnell last week and he was taken into custody this past weekend. Prosecutors have charged Bunnell with felony child abuse. He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney February 20th and a preliminary hearing conference is set for March 10th.

 

Town of Alex to Get Expanded Broadband Service

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole spent a lot of time in Grady County yesterday, addressing a town hall forum in Chickasha and he also had a stop in Alex to announce a program to  improve Internet service in that community. Alex officials applied for and received a loan from USDA to improve broadband service. Cole said it's one of the programs Congress can actually agree on.

 

              

 

Cole said other communities can apply for the program, and can get in touch with USDA officials or Cole's office for information. Cole will be our guest on our KOOL Konversation program this weekend.

 

Chix 5th Graders to Meet Community Leaders

Fifth grade students in the Chickasha school district will have an opportunity to interact with community leaders. Each February, the Chickasha Public School Foundation holds a girls-only program called Diamonds in the Rough and a boys-only program called Gentlemen of Distinction. The goal of the events is to connect students with individuals in business, education, or  government. Jen Jantzen is the director of the Foundation and tells what the programs include.

 

              

 

Should you be interested in taking part in either program, contact Jantzen at the Chickasha Public School Foundation, either through its Facebook page or the school administration office.

 

Aviation, Aeronautics Curriculum Available to Schools

Teachers and school administrators who would like to introduce students to career opportunities in aviation and aerospace can get free curriculum for those studies. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is offering the curriculum developed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Schools need to commit to using the curriculum in its entirety for both semesters of a school year, and provide credit which would count toward the students’ graduation. Instructors who will teach the program must take part in a three-day professional development workshop. Officials with the state aeronautics panel say Oklahoma is third in the nation in the number of high school students taking the course. They say its the foundation which will help to build the next generation of aviation professionals. Application deadline is February 28th. Check out the website, www.oac.ok.gov

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.21.

Natural gas is $1.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,553 and silver is $17.67.

 

Obituaries

Tim Ryans

Funeral for 35-year old Tim Ryans of Chickasha will be at 1 o'clock this afternoon (Thursday, January 23rd) at Grand Assembly of God Church.

Bonnie Mahan

Graveside service for 86-year old Bonnie Mahan of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, January 24th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Wednesday, January 22nd

 

Consumer Spending Rises

Consumer spending throughout Grady County was up slightly from September to October of last year. Spending was up about 5.7 percent to $101 million to start the 4th quarter of 2019. That number is down more than 16 percent from the previous year. In the City of Chickasha, consumer spending for the same month was up about 6 percent to just under $30 million. That number is up about 3 percent from October of 2018.

 

Monthly Sales Tax Revenue Numbers Climb

As far as the sales tax revenue from that consumer spending, Grady County received $756,000 in December. That’s up from $715,000 the previous month, but down from $908,000 in December of 2018. The City of Chickasha's sales tax revenue last month was about $1.1 million - up $60,000 from the previous month. The breakdown of where the county sales tax dollars go includes: $253,000 for the county fairgrounds; $223,000 for Grady Memorial Hospital; $18,000 for each of the seven senior nutrition centers;  $6,300 for each of the 20 fire departments; Tuttle EMS receives $30,000; and Rush Springs EMS picks up $6,800. Each of those projects won approval from county voters. Use tax collections last month for Grady County were $102,000, down from $126,000 in November. For Chickasha, December use tax collections were $136,000 which is up from $96,000 the previous month. Use taxes are paid on Internet purchases.

 

 Local Teacher Sits in on President's Impeachment Trail             

A Minco school teacher is taking advantage of a rare opportunity. Tracy Allen, a middle school history teacher, was selected to go to Washington, D.C. where she will witness part of the impeachment trial of President Trump. Allen will spend one day in the nation's capitol as U.S. Senators are deciding the president's fate on two articles of impeachment brought forth by the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

State Rep. Brad Boles Pre-Files Several Bills

State lawmakers are gearing up for the 2020 legislative session. Members of the house and senate combined to file more than 2,000 bills, a number which doesn't include several pieces of legislation carried over from last year. In his media column this week, State Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow) discusses several bills he has filed. HB 3269 would change municipal audit requirements which Boles said would lead to better financial transparency; HB 3270 modifies the law that allows motorists to keep their tag when they purchase a new vehicle; HB 3271 would allow county governments to use on-line bidding for projects; and HB 3273 would change the current salary formula for elected county officials, increasing the base salary to just under $50,000 a year. The second year of the 57th Legislative Session starts Feb. 3rd.

 

Group Calls for More Counselors in Public Schools

A state group that works to help disadvantaged youth looks to increase the number of counselors in public schools. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is asking state lawmakers to provide additional funding for schools for that purpose. OICA Director Joe Dorman says in Oklahoma, there is only one counselor for every 439 students. The recommended ratio by the American School Counselor Assocation is one counselor for every 250 students. Dorman says that sometimes schools are the only safe haven for children who are experiencing trauma at home, and that more properly-trained counselors are needed to handle those situations and help prevent chaos in the classroom. Dorman also is asking state lawmakers to modernize school suspension laws to reduce the number of students sent home. He says it’s important to find ways to help children deal with the issues that are causing them to lash out.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.38 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.59.

Natural gas is $1.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,557 and silver is $17.83.

 

Obituaries

Vivian Holder

Funeral service for 67-year old Vivian Holder of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 23rd at Sevier Funeral Home. She worked for Delta Faucet for 26 years.

 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 21st

 

Groups Look to Develop Agri-Tourism Events            

Agri-tourism is a growing industry in Oklahoma. Such activities include events like the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival, the Apache Rattlesnake Festival, and even school field trips to a pumpkin patch in Cyril. Agriculture producers are thinking out of the box to create other events which would bring business to their communities. Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center and the Caddo County Extension Office are partnering together to generate ideas. The goal is to recognize the region as a key place to seek agriculture education and entertainment and ultimately increase tourism and local economies. The first meeting is set for Thursday, January 30th at 2:30 p.m. at the Caddo County Extension Office in Anadarko. Contact David Nowlin for information by calling 405-247-3376.

 

Street Improvements to be Discussed by City Council

Street upgrades in Chickasha will be part of the discussion during tonight's city council meeting. The panel will consider giving City Manager John Noblitt the authority to approve an agreement with Chisholm Trail Consulting regarding bid services for a resurfacing project this year. The estimated cost is about $7,000. A survey of the city's Lake Chickasha property is also up for discussion. It's being recommended that the city enter into a contract with Brunt Surveying at an estimated cost of $40,000. The panel will also consider changing a master plan for city parks developed in 2013 to include property south of the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Officials are in negotiations with private investors which include the Chickasaw Nation and The Oklahoma City Energy Football Club to create a new park in that area. The council will also consider going out for bids for some equipment for the police department’s Special Response Team. The police department received a grant of $5,700 from the Grady County District Attorney's office. The funds were taken from drug seizures made by Chickasha police. The city council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Chocolate and Birthday Celebrations Set for Library

A couple of big events are coming up for the Chickasha library. First is the annual Chocolate Celebration hosted by the Friends of the Library. Literally thousands of servings of chocolate will be available during the fundraiser. The library is seeking groups to be part of the event with groups asked to provide at least 200 servings of chocolatey goodies. The event will be on Thursday, Feb. 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church. During the come-and-go event, you can purchase a container of six servings of chocolate for six dollars. Many patrons carry out several containers. Proceeds from last year’s celebration allowed the library to install new front doors. Coming up in March, the library will be celebrating its 115th birthday. That event will be discussed during the quarterly meeting of the library trustees which will be held at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the library tonight.

 

Business Leaders Developing 'First Impression Training'

A program is being developed by business leaders to help project a positive image of Chickasha. The Leadership Chickasha program through the Chamber of Commerce is developing a First Impression Training program (FIT). It's designed for convenience store and restaurant workers who many times are the first people to greet visitors when they come to town. Suehzen Mosley, who is part of the Leadership Chickasha program is credited with the idea.

 

              

 

Officials are in the process of creating the FIT program. Contact the chamber of commerce for information by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.85.

Natural gas is $2.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,554 and silver is $17.97.

 

Obituary

Billy Rhodes

Funeral services for 85-year old Billy Rhodes of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jnaury 24th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran which included a couple of years at Andrews Air Force Base with the same squadron assigned to Air Force One.

 

 

Monday, January 20th

 

Fire Destroys Grady County Home

An attic fire is to blame for the total destruction of a home and its contents. The fire occurred last Friday afternoon in the Pocasset area in the 1400 block of CS 2802. It was the home of Kendall Bennett. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said Bennett was notified by his alarm company that the smoke alarm had activated. Fire crews from Pocasset, Amber, Friend, and Minco all responded. Myers said the metal roof on the home caused the fire to spread throughout the entire attic which made it difficult for firefighters to control, and there was no safe way to keep the fire out of the living area. Damage estimate was about $300,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Congressman Tom Cole in the Area This Week

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole has scheduled a couple of stops in Grady County this week. On Wednesday morning, he'll be in Alex to talk to officials about the effort to improve rural broadband service. That afternoon, he'll be in Chickasha to hold a town-hall type forum. That will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Cole is expected to discuss the upcoming impeachment trial of President Trump, and the trade agreements approved by the president last week. KOOL/RANCH News will also have an exclusive one-on-one interview with Cole, which we'll air on our KOOL Konversation program this coming weekend.

 

Continental Resources Reports More SCOOP Activity

More oil continues to be pumped out of the ground in Grady County. Continental Resources reports a couple of sister wells bringing in a combined 1,500 barrels of oil and nearly 2,000 mcf of natural gas per day. These are the Kathryn and Phelps wells which are about three miles east of Chickasha. They are in Section 31 of Township 7 North and Range 6 West in what's known as the Springer formation. The website www.okenergytoday.com cites completion reports from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as saying the spud dates were in January of last year and the completion dates were last July. Drilling depths are 21,000 feet to nearly 28,000 feet. The report said one of the wells was a dramatically long horizontal well. Continental also reported a well completion in Stephens County six miles northeast of Velma in the Mississipian formation. The Leon well was producing about 630 barrels of oil and about 1,000 mcf of natural gas per day from a depth of about 18,000 feet.

 

Healthy Lifestyle Program Set

If you're trying to live a healthier lifestyle there are a lot of challenges to overcome. Dr. Tom Essex is an internist at Grady Memorial Hospital who will offer some suggestions to help you stay on track. Essex will lead a discussion tomorrow night to address a number of issues that are important in helping you to achieve your goals.

 

              

 

This is a free program which will be held in the classroom at Grady Memorial Hospital tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. It should run about an hour and there will be time for a question-and-answer session.

 

Chickasha Chamber Seeks Award Nominations

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its annual banquet. A number of awards will be presented and the business group is looking for nominations. There are awards for Civic Hall of Fame, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Citizen of the year, Volunteer of the Year, Event of the Year, Woman of the Year, and Public Servant of the Year. Nominations are being accepted on-line at the chamber's website, www.chickashachamber.com or forms are available at the chamber office. Nominations are due by next Monday, January 27th. The chamber's annual banquet will be Friday, February 21st at USAO and sponsorships are available for the event.

              

Marketing Meeting for Ag Producers Tuesday              

Grady County ag producers are reminded of a marketing meeting which will be held tomorrow at the Grady County OSU Extension office. The guest speaker is Jake Grossnicklaus. The meeting will get underway at 7:00 a.m. at the Extension Office in Chickasha at 9th and Choctaw Avenue.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.85.

Natural gas is $2.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,560 and silver is $18.06.

 

2020, Jan. 13th-18th

Saturday, January 18th

 

Shooting Victims Identified

We now know the names of the two people who died in a Thursday morning shooting at a Chickasha home. The bodies of 66-year old Stanley Hisel and his wife, 67 year old Deborah were discovered after police responded to reports of gunfire in the 400 block of Colorado Avenue. Authorities have arrested 36-year old Corwyn Lane King in connection with their deaths. Chickasha police and OSBI investigators have not revealed any more information. Neighbors say that Deborah was Corwyn's mother and that Stanley was his step-father. King was arrested at the home moments after the shooting. Police say he shot at police as they arrived, but his gun jammed and he threw down the weapon and was taken into custody. Initially, King was being held on a first degree murder complaint. Now he's also being held on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill for firing at officers.

 

Driver Dies in Rollover Accident              

A deadly crash just west of Chickasha. 35-year old Tim A. Ryans of Chickasha died in the crash that happened west of Chickasha about 8:15 a.m. Friday. The accident happened about two miles west of the Norge Highway and Country Club Road. The state trooper investigating the crash believed that Ryans was driving at a high rate of speed when his car went off the road, rolled 2 1/2 times, and landed upside down. Ryans died at the scene.

 

Schools Locked Down When Gunman is Seen Nearby              

A couple of Chickasha schools were placed on lockdown this week when a man with a firearm was seen nearby. The Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center and Grand Elementary Schools were closed by police Thursday afternoon. The Chickasha Police blotter shows authorities received a report of a suspicious man in the area of 12th Street and Grand Avenue just after 2:00 p.m. Thursday. That's just two blocks from the elementary school. Officers quickly had the gunman in custody, with unconfirmed reports saying they tackled him in the area of Shannon Springs Park. Pam Ladyman with the school administration office said the lockdown only lasted about 20 minutes and was lifted about 2:30 which was just before school was to be dismissed. Police arrested 23-year old Lane Garrett Reed on complaints of possession of a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, obstructing an officer, and for outstanding warrants. It's unclear what the warrants are for. Reed pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to elude. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to felony domestic violence and misdemeanor drug charges in separate arrests.

 

Sheriff's Office New Warrant 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 reach out to the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Paul Lewis, Johnny Trammell, Cassandra Ersland and Suehzen Mosley with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Leadership Chickasha program are on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, Jen Jantzen, with the Chickasha Public School Foundation is our guest. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Wilma Little

Obituaries today include 83-year old Wilma Little, whose family includes her daughter Cindy Robinson and husband Don of Chickasha. A memorial service will be held at Green Lawn Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas on March 7th. Local arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, January 17th

 

Double-homicide Investigation Continues

Chickasha police haven't released any more information about the shooting deaths of two people yesterday. The names of the victims still have not been released nor have investigators revealed a motive. The OSBI has been called in to assist. Police were called to a home at 420 Colorado Thursday morning when neighbors reported hearing gunshots. Police Chief Dee Rowell said the first officer on the scene came under attack by the gunman.

 

              

 

Authorities say the suspect dropped the weapon because it malfunctioned. No officers were hurt. Police arrested 36-year Corwyn Lane King, who is being held in the Grady County Jail on a first-degree murder complaint.

 

Fire Destroys Ninnekah Home

Fire destroys a home in Ninnekah. The call came in just before noon Thursday at 111 S. Grand. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said the single-story, wood-frame home was fully engulfed when fire crews got there. Initial reports were that people were inside the burning home, but Myers said the four occupants were outside. None of them suffered any injuries. Ninnekah, Pioneer, Alex and Chickasha fire fighters responded as about 15 personnel and 10 trucks tried to beat back the flames. Myers said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but the occupants said there had been some issues with the central heating unit. The Red Cross is helping the victims.

 

Cyril Man Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Murder

A Cyril man is sentenced to life in prison after he pleads guilty to murder and shooting with intent to kill. A Comanche County judge announced the sentence for Johnny Ray Jones yesterday. Jones was arrested in connection with the shooting death of one man, and shooting and injuring another. His case was set to go to trial later this month. KSWO-TV reports that Jones will have the possibility of parole at the end of his sentence.

 

Anadarko School Custodian Charged with Raping a Student

An Anadarko school custodian is accused of raping a 14-year old student. 29-year old Richard Dayton Pewenofkit was arrested this week after the girl reported the allegations. The Lawton Constitution cites police documents that allege Pewenofkit gave the girl alcohol and marijuana, which led to them having an intimate relationship. The incident reportedly occurred in May of last year. The girl said she didn't tell anyone about it at the time because she thought it was her fault. Pewenofkit has been charged with rape by instrumention and forcible sodomy. He's out of jail after posting a $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled for Feb. 20th.

 

Burglary Charge Filed in Ninnekah Theft Report             

A Ninnekah woman is accused of breaking into a pickup during a basketball game. A Ninnekah police officer reports doing a walk-through in the parking lot at the gym this week when he saw a dome light on in a pickup. He approached a woman who said she wanted to see the inside of the pickup because it looked nice. The officer ran the tag, and discovered the owner was inside the gym, and asked her to come out. At first, the owner said it didn't appear anything was missing but then saw her checkbook on the ground underneath the pickup. She said the checkbook had been in the console. Police arrested 43-year old Alisha Mae Snow on a burglary complaint. Prosecutors have charged her with a felony of third degree burglary. Snow remains in the Grady County Jail on a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing conference has been set for March 10th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.62.

Natural gas is $2.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,556 and silver is $18.07.

 

Obituary

Lois Merrell

Obituaries today include 84-year old Lois Merrell of Chickasha. Funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 17th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Thursday, January 16th

 

BREAKING - Chickasha Police Investigate Deaths

Two people were found deceased in a Chickasha home this morning and one person is in custody. KOOL/RANCH News talked to Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell at the scene-

 

              

 

Officials have not released the names of the victims nor the person who was arrested.

 

Man Hospitalized After Fiery Crash with Semi

A semi and pickup burst into flames following a late-night crash east of Chickasha. Both drivers were able to escape from their vehicles, however the pickup driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The crash happened just before midnight on U.S. Highway 62 about four miles east of Chickasha. It was near the area known as Hibarger Hill. The highway patrol reports an empty water tanker was attempting to turn into a private drive and failed to yield to the oncoming pickup. The driver of the pick-up, 70-year old Ronald Coffee of Pauls Valley, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was admitted in fair condition with internal and arm injuries. The driver of the semi, 44-year old Marcus Coleman of Wynn, Arkansas was not hurt. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said Chickasha Fire and EMS, along with Friend, Naples, and Alex fire departments were called out. The roadway was closed for about three hours.

              

Program Aims to Help HS Students Plan Future              

High school students are being encouraged to make plans for what they want to do in life well before they get their diplomas. Canadian Valley Technology Center (CV Tech) is working to help them under a state law passed in 2017. The measure is called the Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP). It was supported by the state department of education and is even backed by a $2 million private grant. In a news release CV Tech officials say they are working with administrators and counselors from sending schools to encourage students to advance beyond a high school diploma - whether it’s learning a skill in career tech, attending college, or maybe both. Goals for students include self-discovery, career exploration, academic planning, and personal financial literacy. Parents and family members are urged to help and support students in their growth and development.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Scheduled 

One of the largest spring livestock shows in Oklahoma will be returning to Chickasha next month. About 1,000 youth will be exhibiting more than 2,000 animals during the Southwest District Livestock Show. The event will be held Feb. 12th through 15th at the Grady County Fairgrounds.  The only show larger is believed to be the Oklahoma Youth Expo, which will be in Oklahoma City in March. The Chickasha show is for youth from 14 southwest Oklahoma counties only, with 4H and FFAers from areas that include Yukon, Elk City, and Altus. Exhibitors can earn up to $1,000 with their animals. The show has a grand champion, reserve grand, and bronze or third place prizes for cattle, sheep, swine, and goats. A new event this year is an agriculture mechanics contest. Youth are also encouraged to apply for the Vernon Crose Memorial Scholarship. Pre-registration for exhibitors is due by Feb. 1st.

 

Chickasha Sports Complex Prepares for Spring 

Another active spring and summer is anticipated at the City of Chickasha's sports complex. Officials are already forming a number of sports leagues. For youth, there is flag football, baseball, and softball leagues. For adults there’s flag football and slow-pitch softball. Registration for all the sports is open through Feb. 21st. For information, contact city hall or find registration forms on the city's website, www.chickasha.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $57.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.

Natural gas is to $2.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,555 and silver is $18.00.

 

 

Wednesday, January 15th

 

 

Middleberg Student Suspended; Threats Alleged

A Middleberg School student has been suspended after it's alleged he threatened to stab and shoot another student. The mother of the 11-year old victim called the Grady County Sheriff's Office after the incident occurred last Friday. The mom said school officials did not tell her about the incident. KFOR-TV reports that the fellow student threatened to stab the boy in the face with a pencil and the confrontation escalated to the point where the other student said quote 'I'm gonna shoot you with my shotgun and I don't miss.' Grady County Undersheriff Phil Blevins said the sheriff's office wasn't notified of the threat until Monday, and doesn't know why school officials waited to report the incident. A statement issued by the school indicated that at no time was a student stabbed or almost stabbed, and that at no time were any students in danger. The statement did indicate that school officials were notified of a verbal threat and that the suspected student was removed from the classroom and sent home with parents until further investigation. The victim's mother said she's contacted State School Superintendent Joy Hoffmeister because she's not happy with how the school handled the situation.

              

Rush Springs Voters Fail to Pass School Bond Issue

Rush Springs voters have turned down another school bond issue. A proposed $3.9 million bond issue failed to get the super-majority of votes needed for passage in yesterday’s special election. The measure received 54 percent of yes votes, 282 to 249 - but fell 36 votes shy of the 60 percent voter approval needed for passage. School officials had hoped to make some needed improvements to the school auditorium, install a new track around the football field, and upgrade the parking lot at the football stadium.

 

Man Arrested After Social Media Phone Deal Goes Wrong

The grab-and-go theft of a cell phone and some cash lands a Rush Springs teen behind bars. 19-year old Bryce Alexander Gray was arrested after a woman tried to buy her granddaughter a new phone through social media. A probable cause affidavit indicates that the victims met Gray at the Rush Springs Library last Friday. Gray is alleged to have gotten into the victim's vehicle where they went to his home because he had forgotten the phone charger. It's alleged Gray took $200 in cash and the phone and ran from the scene. Authorities managed to track the suspect down and take him in to custody on Sunday. The district attorney’s office has charged Gray with a felony count of grand larceny. He remains in the Grady County jail pending a $50,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney Feb. 20th and a preliminary hearing conference is scheduled set for March 10th.

 

Alleged Shoplifter Faces Drug Charge

A Chickasha man faces a felony drug charge after being caught for alleged shoplifting. Prosecutors have charged 29-year old Tryan Brown with possession with intent to distribute. A probable cause affidavit indicates police were called to Wal-Mart last Saturday to investigate a shoplifting complaint. Store authorities had detained Brown after he failed to pay for all of the $84 in items he had taken through the self-checkout. The items included Red Bull drinks, a cheesecake, and a piece of furniture for a desk. Brown became combative and told police he paid for the items, and resisted officers when they tried to detain him. Officers said they found marijuana though Brown said he had a medical card, but police didn't find it. Officers also found about 19 grams of methamphetamine. Brown remains in the Grady County jail on a $25,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney Feb. 20th with his next court date on March 6th.

 

Grain Producers Face Crop Reporting Deadline

Small grain producers need to take action today to report their acreage numbers to their local Farm Service Agency. Mark Jackson with the Grady County office says it's important to make a call today to avoid a financial penalty.

 

              

 

Jackson said all acreage of cropland must be reported in order for producers to be eligible for USDA's ARC and PLC programs.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.49.

Natural gas is $2.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,553 and silver is $17.87.

 

Obituary

Donal Leverett, Sr.

Obituaries today include 85-year old Donal Leverett, Sr. of Chickasha. Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. He served in the Army reserves, and he and his twin brother Ronal were part of the 1954 Amber basketball team which won a state championship.

 

Tuesday, January 14th

 

New Chix School Superintendent To Start Early

New Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin will be on board earlier than first planned. July 1st was originally going to be Croslin's first official day but that has been moved up to March 23rd. School board president Zack McGill made the announcement during last night's school board meeting that Croslin will begin the week following spring break. Until then, Croslin will spend a couple of days a week in the district.

 

Supt's First Order of Business - Building Relationships

KOOL/RANCH News had an exclusive interview with the new superintendent yesterday. We asked him about his 100-day plan he proposed to the school board during his interviews. Croslin said the first thing is building relationships with the community and to restore trust between the community and the school district. Croslin said it will be a team effort.

 

              

 

Croslin said he and his wife Jennie met about 300 people in his first day in Chickasha on Monday. He said he was impressed with many of the school facilities and that he'll work with teachers to improve academic performances at all grade levels.

 

Potential School District Land Sale Delayed              

A proposal to sell about 2.5 acres of land owned by the Chickasha school district to the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center was tabled at last night's school board meeting. The land sits on the east side of the high school campus where the nutrition center and the Borden Park Community Center are located. School board president Zack McGill said the district is considering selling the property as the district has budget challenges. With the oil and gas industry on a downward trend, officials wanted to explore some financial options. He said a long-term strategic planning process will begin in the spring. Interim Superintendent Jennifer Stegman, who was at last night's meeting, said the district's mid-term allocation from the State Department of Education was down nearly a half-million dollars from last year. That was due to an increase in ad valorem funding. She said when there is an increase in ad valorem revenues that state funding falls. Stegman said the district funding was only down about $2,000 from the same time a year ago.

 

Anadarko School Superintendent's Contract Extended              

In Anadarko, School Superintendent Jerry McCormick has had his contract extended for three years. Anadarko school board president Skip Hamill said the new agreement will keep McCormick at Anadarko through June of 2023. Assistant Superintendent Danny Pittman’s contract was extended through June of 2021. The Anadarko panel also formally accepted the resignation of head football coach Chris Paddlety. Officials are currently searching for a new head coach for the Warriors. The board also approved fund-raising efforts for the high school band to travel to the Citrus Bowl next year.

 

Rush Springs Voters Decide Bond Issue Today              

Voters in the Rush Springs school district are heading to the polls today. A nearly $4 million bond issue would pay for upgrades to the auditorium, a new track around the football field, and parking lot upgrades at the football stadium. The measure needs 60 percent voter approval for passage. Polls will be open until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

 

Construction Worker Critically Injured

A freak accident occurred near Binger where a construction worker was critically injured. 34-year old Jose Ramirez of Oklahoma City was part of a four-man crew working just south of U.S. 281 and Highway 152 about 1:00 p.m. Monday. The highway patrol reports that Ramirez was riding in the back of a Ford F550 pickup. The wind caught a construction sign in the back of the truck which hit Ramirez in the head. Ramirez was knocked out of the truck where his head then hit the pavement. He was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.20.

Natural gas is $2.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,545 and silver is $17.80.

 

Obituaries

Jerry Buckner

Obituaries today include 81-year old Jerry Buckner of Chickasha. Funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 15th at Full Gospel Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Norma Jean Hubblethwaite

Graveside service for 82-year old Norma Jean Hubblethwaite of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Monday, January 13th

 

Chickasha Schools' New Superintendent in Town Today

It was a week ago today that the Chickasha school board announced the employment of a new superintendent. The new administrator will be in town today to meet school employees and the community. Rick Croslin has worked the last several years with the Putnam City school district. He's currently working on his master's degree at OU. Croslin will first meet with school employees personnel, making the rounds throughout the district this afternoon. Tonight, there is a meet-and-greet community reception for Croslin and his wife Jennie. That will be held from 5:00 p.m. to about 6:00 p.m. at the high school commons area. Croslin is tentatively set to start on July 1st, but Croslin and school officials say it could be earlier. In the meantime, Croslin is expected to spend a couple of days a week in Chickasha. Croslin and his wife will be moving to Chickasha later this year.

 

Bid from Sr. Ctr; Newer Car Buy on School Board Agenda              

After the meet-and-greet with the new superintendent, the Chickasha school board will hold its first regular meeting of 2020. The meeting will be held at the high school auditorium, and will get underway at 6:00 p.m. The panel will discuss a proposal to approve the bid for the Senior Citizens Center. The group will also review the possible purchase of a school vehicle to replace one which was totaled in an accident. The purchase price is not to be more than $18,000. The school board will also recognize Homer Hulme, who recently donated $36,000 to support numerous extra-curricular activities. Hulme's contribution will help 18 extra-curricular programs. The board of education will also recognize employees of the month. Middle school teacher Kerrie Edwards and Middle school receptionist Charlotte Tapp will receive gift certificates from Chicken Express for being recognized as school district employees of the month.

 

Highway 81 Cable Barrier Installation Begins

A road construction project on U.S. Highway 81 between Rush Springs and Marlow will occasionally narrow traffic to one lane for several months. Contractors for the State Department of Transportation will be installing cable barriers in the median of the highway, similar to what was recently completed south of Ninnekah. Traffic will be down to one lane intermittently from State Highway 17 in Rush Springs south the State Highway 29 in Marlow starting today and running for possibly the next three months. The project is expected to be completed around mid-April. The estimated cost of the project is $1.6 million and it was awarded to Action Safety Supply Company of Oklahoma City.

 

National Guard Soliers Heading to Kuwait

About 130 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers have been deployed for a mission to the Middle East. The men and women of the First Battalion of “A” Battery with the 158th Field Artillery Division will be spending about a year in Kuwait. A deployment ceremony was held at the gymnasium at Lawton High school yesterday. KSWO-TV reports that Lt. Charles Neely said he's proud of this group of soldiers and that they are better equipped than he was during his deployment 15 years ago. The troops will initially spend a month at Ft. Bliss, Texas before heading overseas.

 

Vehicles, Including Church Van, Spray-Painted in Tuttle              

In Tuttle, police are trying to find the culprits who spray-painted several cars and even a church vehicle over the weekend. The vandalism was discovered Sunday morning. A total of five vehicles were damaged including a van owned by the Tuttle Christian Church. The vandals used yellow spray paint to write profanities on some of the vehicles. KFOR-TV reports that the vandalism was confined to about a three-block area. Residents think that teenagers are responsible.

 

Cong. Tom Cole Schedules Grady County Stops

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole has a couple of stops in Grady County next week. On Wednesday, January 22nd, Cole will be stopping in Alex that morning to discuss expansion of rural broadband service and he’ll be in Chickasha that afternoon for a community forum. Cole will be addressing the public at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. The program is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, contact the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX fell nearly 6.5 percent last week to $59.04 per barrel. London-based Brent crude tumbled about 5 percent to $64.98. Natural gas gained about 3.5 percent to $2.20 per million BTUs. Gold starts the week at $1,551 and silver opens at $17.98.

 

 

2020, Jan. 6th-11th

aturday, January 11th

 

Winter Weathers Hits

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the region. The advisory includes all of central and parts of western and southern Oklahoma including Grady, Caddo, Garvin, and Stephens counties. It also includes the Oklahoma City metro area which includes Norman, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and El Reno. Some areas could see one to two inches of snow this morning. Roads and bridges will be slick and hazardous. Temps are in the 20s this morning, with wind chills in the single digits and teens in many areas. Afternoon highs are expected to reach the mid-30s.Things will be a lot better tomorrow, when temperatures are expected to return to the low- to mid-50s.

 

Caddo County Authorities Seek Suspected Arsonist

A number of wildland fires erupted in Oklahoma this past week and in Caddo County, authorities believe some fires were intentionally set. Arson is suspected in fires that broke out in the Ft. Cobb and Carnegie areas.  Caddo County Sheriff Spencer Davis tells KFOR-TV that investigators suspect arson because the fires have all started in the same area. Davis says an anonymous donor has come forward with a $5,000 reward for information which can lead to the arrest and conviction of who is responsible. Information can be provided anonymously through the Caddo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page or by calling the sheriff's office, 405-247-5700.

              

 Prosecutors Oppose SQ 805             

District Attorney Jason Hicks is speaking out against a proposal he says would allow violent offenders to serve less time behind bars. Hicks, who is president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, writes in a media column that the group is opposed to SQ 805. An initiative petition is currently being circulated in an attempt to get the proposal on a statewide ballot. Hicks says if it's approved, it would take away the ability of prosecutors, the courts, and even juries to lengthen sentences for repeat offenders of so-called non-violent crimes. Hicks specifically mentions domestic violence, which under Oklahoma law is considered non-violent. Hicks says district attorneys know better. He said domestic violence includes beating someone with a deadly weapon like a gun or knife, or a dangerous weapon like a bat, golf club, a skillet or a ceramic mug. He said even strangling someone to the point of them passing out is technically a non-violent crime. Hicks says if SQ 805 becomes law, repeat felony offenders of such domestic violence crimes would be treated as a first-time offender. He also believes that under the proposal, one of the only ways to ever get such an offender out of society for a significant period of time is if their domestic violence leads to death.

              

Wet Highway, Speed Blamed on Crash

A Grady County man is hospitalized after crashing his pickup on a rain-slickened highway. 34-year old Chance Charton of Tuttle suffered head and leg injuries in the accident that happened south of Shawnee about 8:30 p.m. Friday. Charton was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in good condition. The highway patrol reports that Charton's pickup ran off a state highway and into a ditch just west of Earlsboro. The trooper investigating the accident indicated that Charton was driving too fast for the wet conditions.

 

Updated Warrant 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.

 

Obituaries

Bonnie Burns

Obituaries today include 70-year old Bonnie Burns, formerly of Chickasha. Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11th at the Pocasset Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Raymond Janz

Funeral service for 75-year old Raymond Janz of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 13th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, January 10th

 

Grant Helps Homeless Students in Chickasha Schools

One out of every 10 students in the Chickasha school district might be considered homeless. Pam Ladyman is the Director of Special Services for the district. She says about 200 of the district's nearly 2,100 students are in some type of temporary housing. Chickasha is one of only a few school districts in Oklahoma which have qualified for a federal grant to help these students. The funds are part of what's called the McKinney-Vento Act.

 

              

 

The grant provides the district with $50,000 a year in each of the next three school years to help students pay for materials, clothing, or other items approved by an oversight committee. Ladyman said one representative from each school serves on the committee, which meets once a month. For information about the program, contact Ladyman at the Chickasha schools administration building. Ladyman is this weekend’s guest on the Real Estate Today program. We have a link to that interview under the Community tab on this website.

 

Public Hearing Set For Sleepy Hollow Addition Project

A public hearing is scheduled for next week regarding some proposed changes in a new home construction project underway in a Chickasha housing addition. The Chickasha Planning Commission will hold the hearing for applicant Crafton Tull, which is building homes in the Sleepy Hollow addition. The company is asking to change the preliminary plat of the Third Addition to that project. After the public hearing, the Planning Commission will consider whether the changes should be recommended. That will then be sent to the city council, which has the final say-so in the matter. The Planning Commission will also consider approving the final plat of the Phase Two plan of that Third Addition at Sleepy Hollow. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14th at city hall.

 

Historic Preservation Group to Consider Biz Signs              

Another city panel will consider sign requests from businesses which are locating downtown. The Historic Preservation Commission will review one request from Susan Ford and Carmon Nolan with Crazy 8 Cafe. They are asking for a sign at the restaurant's soon-to-be new location at 424 West Chickasha Ave. A second sign request is from Bad Boy Signs, asking for a sign for Whiplash Salon and Boutique at 120 N. 5th Street. The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 14th, also at city hall.

 

Group Works to Stop Human Trafficking

A group in southwest Oklahoma is part of a national effort working to stop human trafficking. It's called The Red Cord, and it’s the only non-profit group in the region whose mission is to increase awareness about the issue. The Red Cord was formed in 2015 by individuals concerned about women and children who are victims of sex trafficking. Ahsha Morin is the vice president of the group. She says tomorrow is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and encourages individuals to do something symbolic to help promote their cause, like wearing something blue.

 

              

 

The group will have its annual fund-raising Freedom Gala on Saturday, Jan. 25th in Lawton. The guest speaker is Tim Ballard, a former employee of the Department of Homeland Security who founded a group called Operation Underground Railroad. The group works to rescue victims of human trafficking and to bait and capture traffickers worldwide. For information, check out the website www.theredcord.org or check out the group’s Facebook page. Morin, and Ashley Chapman, also with The Red Cord, are this week’s guests on our KOOL Konversation program. Find a link to that interview under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $65.37.

Natural gas is $2.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,551 and silver is $17.95.

 

 

Thursday, January 9th

 

Firefighters Battle Numerous Wildand Fires

A number of wildland fires erupted throughout parts of the state yesterday, spread by gusty winds and dry vegetation. One of the largest fires was west of Lawton near the Cache community, where some people were forced to evacuate their homes. At least two homes were destroyed and six other buildings were lost in the flames. It took about five hours for firefighters to get things under control. In Grady County, fire crews responded to a wildland fire south of Alex last night. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said four volunteer departments were paged out just before 9:30 p.m.

 

              

 

Volunteer firefighters from Alex, Bradley, Naples, and Ninnekah spent about an hour getting that fire under control. Myers said there was no property damage and only about 40 acres of pasture land was scorched. Myers said there will be a medium wildfire threat today because there will still be gusty winds and warmer than normal temperatures, however humidity levels are expected to be higher and that should be a deterrent for any fires that break out.

 

More Oil, Gas is Found in the SCOOP

A lesser-known energy company finds success in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP). Red Wolf Operating Company has five wells on a single pad near Alex, bringing a combined 3,200 barrels of oil and more than 40,000 MCF of natural gas per day. The pad is about four miles north of Alex in Section 27 of Township 6 North and Range 6 West. These are the Adams wells in the Mississippian play and were drilled to a depth of about 24,000 feet.

 

Reception is Monday for New Chix School Superintendent

A reminder that Chickasha school district patrons can meet the district's new superintendent next week. A meet-and-greet reception with Rick Croslin and his wife Jennie will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 13th at the high school commons area. Croslin was hired by the school board earlier this week, after a more than six month search for a new superintendent. Croslin has spent the last several years working the Putnam City School District. After the reception, the school board will hold its regular monthly meeting in the high school auditorium. School board meeting days and times have changed for 2020. The panel's regular meetings are now scheduled the second Monday of the month and will start 30 minutes earlier at 6:00 p.m.

 

Rush Springs Voters Can Vote Early in Election

Early voting is underway today for a special school election in Rush Springs. School patrons are deciding a nearly $4 million bond issue which would pay for security upgrades throughout the district, remodeling the auditorium, installing an all-weather track around the football field, and improvements to the parking lot at the football field. Early voting can only be done at the Grady County Election Board office in Chickasha. Ballots may be cast from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, January 9th) and tomorrow (Friday, January 10th) or on Saturday (January 11th)  from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Otherwise, Rush Springs precincts will be open for regular voting on Tuesday, January 14th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

2020 Calendars Show Chickasha Trash,

Recycling, and Bulk Pick-up Schedules

The City of Chickasha has an updated calendar available for residents that indicate the schedules for trash and recycling pickups. Waste Connections, the city's private sanitation contractor, picks up the blue trash bins every week, while the green recycling bins are picked up every other week. That can cause some confusion if there are five weeks in a month.  You can pick up a calendar from city hall or download one from the city’s website, www.chickasha.org City officials also remind residents about the free bulk pick-up service that is available twice a month. Those whose normal trash pick-up days are Monday and Tuesday, the bulk pick up is on the first and third Fridays. For residents with either a Wednesday or Thursday trash service, the bulk pick-up is the second and fourth Fridays. Bulk pickup is limited to four cubic yards and any brush must be under four feet long. Crews cannot take liquids, tires, batteries, or paint. If you have questions, call Waste Connections at 405-785-2600.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.61.

London-based-Brent crude is $65.44.

Natural gas is $2.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,548 and silver is $17.97.

 

Wednesday, January 8th

 

State Unemployment Numbers Rise

The jobless rate is on the rise in the Sooner State, up in every county but one last November. Grady County's unemployment grew from 3 percent in October to 3.5 percent in November. That compares to 2.5 percent from November of 2018. Statewide unemployment for November was 3.4 percent. Records from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show about 80 more Grady County residents without work that month, up to about 940. The total labor force for Grady County is at 26,500. In neighboring counties - the jobless rate in Caddo County rose from 3.8 percent in October to 4 percent in November out of a labor force of just under 12,000 individuals; in Garvin County, up from 3.2 percent in October to 3.5 percent in November out of a labor force of just under 13,000;  in Stephens County, unemployment climbs from 3.3 percent in September, to 4.4 percent in October, and now 5 percent in November. The Stephens County labor force is just under 19,000 people.

 

New Construction in Chickasha Down in 2019

December is typically a slow month for new construction permits in Chickasha and last month was no different. The city's Community Development Department only approved six permits for new construction totaling just over $420,000 in projects. The largest of the permits was for the renovation of the old Save-A-Lot and Goodwill store locations in the Southland Shopping Center. That is for a new Burke's Outlet Store. It's a departament store operated by the Beall's company. That building permit was for $400,000. The one other commercial permit approved was for $1,500 for improvements at 116 South 5th Street. Four residential building permits were issued for some minor new construction. For the 2019 calendar year, new construction in Chickasha totaled just over $13 million. That was down from $23.5 million in 2018.

 

State's First Lady Backs Effort to Support Youth

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy has a big supporter on its side in the First Lady for the State of Oklahoma, Sarah Stitt, wife of Governor Kevin Stitt. She knows first-hand about some of the issues that youth face, according to Joe Dorman, director for the institute.

 

              

 

Dorman says he's hoping state lawmakers will continue efforts to help working families, which he said would include restoring the refundability of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other incentives to cover early childhood care costs. Dorman says the agency has started the new year with shared mission that we can all be better and do better for the state and the nation.

 

Bill Filed to Increase State's Minimum Wage

A proposal to increase the state's minimum wage may be discussed at the state capital. Sen. George Young (D-Oklahoma City) has filed Senate Bill 1165 which calls for increasing the Oklahoma minimum wage to $10.50 per hour - or match the federal minimum wage - whichever is higher. Right now, the state’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The minimum wage hasn't been increased in Oklahoma in more than 10 years. Young says Oklahomans deserve to be paid fairly, so they can offset the rising costs of healthcare, housing, and food.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is 62.70.

London-based Brent crude is $68.27.

Natural gas is $2.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,580 and silver is $18.43.

 

Obituaries

Imogene Rice

Obituaries today include 99-year old Imogene Rice of Chickasha. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11th at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, January 7th

 

Superintendent Hired For Chickasha Schools

The new superintendent for Chickasha Public Schools has worked in the Putnam City school district for several years. Rick Croslin was announced as the district’s new superintendent in a special meeting of the Chickasha school board last night. Croslin has spent the last seven years as Executive Director of Secondary Education for Putnam City Schools. He's previously served as both a high school and middle school principal and began his education career as a special education teacher. Chickasha School Board president Zach McGill says the board believes that Croslin is a good fit for the district.

 

              

 

Croslin is set to begin on July 1st but McGill said he could be on board as early as April. Croslin is expected to be visiting schools and attending school events almost immediately. The school board approved a 3-year contract with Croslin which includes an annual salary of $140,000 per year, plus additional benefits that put his total compensation package at about  $170,000 per year. McGill says that’s comparable to school districts of similar size. A meet-and-greet reception for Croslin will be held next Monday, January 13th from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Commons Area at Chickasha High School.

 

Fire Damages Building Owned by County Jail

Fire breaks out at a building owned by the Grady County Jail. The fire ignited just before 7:00 p.m. Monday at the former Salvation Army Church at 4th and Pennsylvania Avenue. That's right across the street from the county jail. Fire Chief Brian Zalewski, who was attending the city council meeting at the time, left the meeting to assist. He said the building is used to store maintenance equipment and also is a laundry facility for the jail. No one was inside the building when the fire started. Zalewski said one of the commercial dryers malfunctioned causing the clothes inside to ignite. Zalewski said there was video surveillance of the fire. The damage estimate was not immediately available.

 

City Council OKs Alley Closing              

The Chickasha City Council clears the way to help a developer with his efforts to open more businesses in the downtown area. The council approved a request to close the alley behind the old Chickasha Star newspaper building. Mark McPherson with the Great Plains Land and Cattle Company purchased the building last year, a building that the city at one time considering tearing down. McPherson hopes to install a drive-through for a coffee shop that is interested in locating in that building. Plans also include a restaurant in that building - as officials look to encourage business growth in the downtown area. City Manager John Noblitt said closing the alley was the first of two phases that must be completed before the project can move forward. Noblitt said there is concern about the east-west alley next to the building, saying it has already been repaired once due to a sink hole, and says it will likely fail again with the additional traffic that is expected if the development becomes a reality.

 

Library's Food for Fines Program Successful

The Chickasha Public Library's Food for Fines program last month was another success. Every December, the library allows patrons to donate food instead of paying late fees. Librarian Lillie Huckaby says the drive collected 21 boxes of food which was donated to local food pantries. The total donations paid off about $2,000 in fines and also resulted in about 100 overdue books being returned.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $68.91.

Natural gas is $2.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,568 and silver is $18.15.

 

Obituaries

Johnny Livingston

Obituaries today include 83-year old Johnny Livingston. No public services are scheduled. He was a U.S Army veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Walter Rogers

Funeral for 82-year old Walter Rogers of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 8th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Mary Brown

Graveside service for 89-year old Mary Brown of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Monday, January 6th

 

Murder Suspect Found Dead at Wildlife Refuge

A murder suspect who was the subject of an intense manhunt in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was found dead in the park over the weekend. Authorities found the body of Christopher James Trent Saturday morning at an area near Quetone Point, which is about a mile and a half west of Mt. Scott. Trent was wanted for the New Year's Day death of a two-year old boy in Norman. Authorities say Trent had hanged himself. KSWO TV reported that officials believe Trent killed himself late Friday or early Saturday. Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said officials had previously searched the area where the body was found. Stradley said it appeared that Trent started to build a fire but never lit it.

 

New Superintendent for Chickasha Schools may be Hired

We may know who the next superintendent of Chickasha schools will be tonight. The school board will hold a special meeting to consider employing an individual. The district has been without a permanent superintendent since last spring, after the school board and former superintendent Jack Herron parted ways. Jenifer Stegman has been serving as interim superintendent since then. After opening tonight’s meeting, the board will go immediately into a closed-door session. When the panel returns to open session a public vote is expected to hire the candidate. School board president Zack McGill recently said the five-member panel was unanimous in their choice following a second round of interviews with applicant last month. Should a new superintendent be hired, McGill said a meet-and-greet will be scheduled ahead of next Monday night's regular school board meeting. Tonight’s special meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the school administration building.

 

Public Hearings on Tap for First Council Meeting of 2020

The Chickasha City Council has its first meeting of the new year tonight. The meeting will include a couple of public hearings. One is to consider a request to close a portion of the 2800 block of West Frisco Avenue. The second is to consider closing part of the easement in the alley south of the 300 block of Chickasha Avenue. The Planning Commission has recommended that both proposals be approved. The council is expected to approve of going out for bids for the sidewalk construction program along 1st Street from Wal-Mart north to the downtown area. The panel is also expected to approve a contract extension with Jeffrey Winn for the maintenance of city cemeteries. The council will also consider soliciting bids to repair part of the roof at the Rock Island Railroad Depot. The council is also to recognize Elgin Rich, Jr. of the Street Maintenance Department as the city's employee of the quarter. Prior to tonight's meeting, the council will hold an informal work session in which City Manager John Noblitt will discuss plans for 2020. The work session begins at 5:00 p.m. and the city council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. with both meetings to be held at city hall.

 

OSU Weed Specialist Schedules Chickasha Stop

A weed specialist from OSU will be in Chickasha tomorrow to discuss some timely topics. Dr. Misha Manuchehri is the small grains and canola weed specialist at Oklahoma State. She will be the guest speaker at the Grady County OSU Extension Office for a marketing meeting at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 7th. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Caddo County Fair Board Sets Meeting

Tomorrow morning in Anadarko, the Caddo County Fair Board will hold its monthly meeting at 7:00 a.m. at the Baldwin Building on the Caddo County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.60.

Natural gas is $2.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,579 and silver is $18.43.

 

Obituaries

Roger "Dale" Stinnett

Obituaries today include 73-year old Dale Stinnett of Cement.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

David Sampson

A memorial service for David Sampson of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11th at Epworth Methodist Church.

 

 

2019-20, Dec. 30th-Jan. 4th

Saturday, Jan. 4th

 

New Chickasha School Superintendent May be Named

The Chickasha board of education is expected to name a new superintendent of schools Monday night. The panel will hold a special meeting with the only order of business on the agenda being to discuss the possible employment of a superintendent. School board president Zack McGill previously said that the board was unanimous in their pick for the post after a second round of interviews with finalists a couple of weeks ago. The district has been without a permanent superintendent for about nine months, after Jack Herron was offered a separation agreement. The district has been under the direction of interim superintendent Jenifer Stegman, though she is still recovering from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Stegman is able to work from home, and is in touch with other administrators as she recovers. While a new superintendent may be named Monday night, it’s not clear when that individual may actually take over the post.

 

Manhunt Continues for Murder Suspect

It's day three of manhunt for a murder suspect believed to be hiding out in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Officials are continuing their search for Christopher James Trent, the suspect who is wanted in connection with the New Year's Day death of a two-year old boy in Norman. Roads are re-open through the refuge at the Lake Elmer Thomas area, however several sections remain closed. That includes Mt. Scott, and the area north of Highway 49 between the Medicine Park exit and Highway 115. Trent's pickup was found near Medicine Park Wednesday evening. Authorities say he is familiar with the refuge.

 

Continental Reports More SCOOP Production Numbers

A group of wells drilled in the SCOOP are bringing in more than 2,500 barrels of oil per day. Four sister wells on one pad are bringing in a combined 2,300 barrels a day for Continental Resources. These are the Lang wells, which are about eight miles south of Lindsay in Garvin County. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports the largest of the wells is bringing in almost 1,100 barrels of oil and more than 3,500 MCF  of natural gas daily. They are in the Sycamore formation and drilling depth is just over 23,000 feet. Continental also had some completions in Grady County. A couple of sister wells are in Section 1 of Township 6 North, Range 5 West which is about three miles west of Dibble. The Green Acre wells were producing a combined total of about 300 barrels of oil per day.

 

Price for Crude Oil Climbs in 2019

Crude oil prices were up significantly in 2019 as we hear from Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

              

 

Skinner said the news was not so good for natural gas as prices were off about 24 percent for the year.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Joe Dorman, the director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, is our guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guest is District 3 Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard. We have links to both programs under the Community Tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Dale Stinnett

Viewing for 73-year old Dale Stinnett of Cement will be Monday, January 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ted Williams

Funeral service for 67-year old Ted Williams, formerly of Chickasha, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 6th at the First Baptist Church of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

David Sampson

Memorial services for David Sampson of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11th at Epworth Methodist Church.

Claudia Bates

A private memorial will be held for 66-year old Claudia Bates of Mt. View. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, January 3rd

 

Search Resumes for Suspected Child Killer

A second day of searching is underway at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for a man suspected in the New Year’s Day death of a toddler. Searchers brought in bloodhounds to help in their search for 38-year old Christopher James Trent. His pickup was found in the Medicine Park area Wednesday night. Trent is a suspect in the death of a two-year old boy in Norman. Authorities closed the 60,000-acre refuge while the search continues. Authorities say Trent should be considered armed and dangerous. Comanche County officials say residents in the area should be cautious when leaving their homes and report any suspicious activity to local authorities or call 9-1-1. Anyone with information about the Christopher James Trent is asked to contact Norman Crimestoppers by calling 405-366-STOP.

              

OSBI Investigates Body Found in Blanchard              

Blanchard authorities have asked the OSBI to help with an investigation of a body found early Thursday morning. There's not a lot of information available about this case. Blanchard police received a 9-1-1 call regarding a fight between two men. When officers arrived, they discovered the body. The victim's name has not been released and it wasn't clear how he may have died.

 

Drug Trafficking Charges Filed in Separate Arrests

The first two felony crimes filed in Grady County District Court in the new year result from drug trafficking arrests. Prosecutors filed the first of those charges against 38-year Edward Roy Hutto of Chickasha. He was arrested by Chickasha police late Wednesday night. His bond was set at $250,000. Hutto is also facing a misdemeanor charge for a second offense for driving under suspension. Chickasha authorities arrested Hutto just a few weeks ago on a possession of a stolen vehicle complaint. He was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Hutto previously pleaded guilty to violent crimes in 2000 and 2009. The second drug trafficking case filed resulted from an arrest by Tuttle police. 28-year old Caleb Joseph Wallace of Shawnee was arrested just after midnight on New Year’s Day. Wallace faces additional felony charges of eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle. His bond is also $250,000.

 

Food Stolen from Anadarko Senior Center              

Thieves break into the senior nutrition center in Anadarko and take a large amount of food. Anadarko police are asking for the public's help in finding the perpetrators. Police posted the information on the department's Facebook page. It says officers took a report Thursday morning about the burglary at the nutrition center at 417 West Main. If you have information about the break-in you're asked to contact Anadarko police by calling 405-247-2411.

 

Woman Hospitalized After Crash Near Rush Springs

A Lindsay woman was hospitalized after crashing her pickup in the southern part of Grady County. 24-year old Brittany Lujan was last in fair condition at an Oklahoma City hospital. A state trooper and Rush Springs fire and rescue were summoned to the crash just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday about four miles east of Rush Springs. The trooper investigating the crash said Lujan's pick up ran off the road, hit a fence, and rolled onto the driver's side. The trooper stated that Lujan was driving too fast for the oily road conditions.

 

Fairgrounds to Host SCOOP Winter Classic Stock Show              

About 300 youth from across the state are expected in Chickasha this weekend for the first stock show of the year at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It's the SCOOP Winter Classic, a sheep and goat show hosted by the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma. 100 percent of the entry fees will be paid back and there are $10,000 in added prizes. The grand champion exhibitors receive $500 and reserve-grand exhibitors receive $250. The barns open at 8 a.m. Saturday with exhibitors served a free lunch and the stock shows starting at 1:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.25.

Natural gas is $2.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,550 and silver is $18.25.

 

Obituary

Helen Tumelson

Funeral service for 83-year of Helen Tumelson of Chickasha will be at 1:30 next Wednedsay, Jan. 8th at Ferguson Funeral home.

 

Thursday, Jan. 2nd

 

 

Manhunt Underway for Suspected Child Killer

An intense manhunt continues at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for an accused child killer. A number of law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for Christopher Trent, who officials say should be considered armed and dangerous. He's Caucasian, about six feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds. A photo shows him with short, black hair, a goatee, and a thin mustache. The refuge has been closed as deputies with the Comanche County Sheriff's Office, refuge officials, the highway patrol, and Norman police search for Trent. Trent's car was found in the refuge about 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and authorities spent the night looking for him, including the use a helicopter with infra-red technology. The refuge is closed while the search for Trent continues. No details have been released about the child's death.

              

Early-Morning Crash Injures Fletcher Man

An early-morning crash on New Year's Day sends an elderly Fletcher man to the hospital. 71-year old Ronald Morgan was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened a couple of miles south of Elgin about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. The highway patrol reports that Morgan ran his pickup off the road, then hit a dirt embankment and a sign. He was pinned in the pickup for about an hour.

 

Wife of Prominent Doctor Dies              

The wife of longtime Chickasha doctor Ron Orr has died. Judy Orr was 80-years old when she passed away on Monday, about a week shy of her birthday. The couple had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Judy was born in Anadarko and was Valedictorian at Anadarko high School. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from OU. She taught children in Sunday school at the Nazarene Church for more than 50 years and played the organ for the church as well. She also owned the Attic Antiques and Gifts store in downtown Chickasha. Funeral service for Judy Orr was Thursday, Jan. 2nd. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha Nazarene Church or Life Choices.

 

Ag Producers Reminded of ARC, PLC Revisions

Agriculture producers should start finding out the details of the revised ARC and PLC  programs offered through USDA and Farm Service Agencies. That’s the recommendation of Dr. Amy Hagerman, who is a farm policy specialist at Oklahoma State University. She says there are some new wrinkles in both programs.

 

              

 

Producers have until March 15th to get signed up for either ARC or PLC.

 

'First Day Hike' Set for Ft. Cobb State Park

Ft. Cobb State Park will host what officials are calling the First Day Hike of 2020. It will be Saturday, January 4th and will be about three miles long on the Western Oaks Trail. The park's Facebook page says the hike will start at the Eagle Nest Community Building on the west side of the lake, which is near CR 2530 and just south of CS 1270.  Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing and shoes and it will be held regardless of rain or cold weather. Right now, the forecast for Saturday morning calls for temperatures to be in the low 30s with light winds and no rain. Officials ask that you arrive by 9:15 a.m. for the hike that will start at 9:30 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.38.

Natural gas is $2.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,524 and silver is $17.97.

 

Obituary

Imogene Rice

Funeral for 99-year old Imogene Rice of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11th at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Wednesday, January 1st

No news due to the holiday

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 31st

 

Texas Church Shooter Had Criminal Past in Grady County

The man who shot and killed two parishioners in a Texas church this past Sunday had a criminal past in Grady County. Our partners with KWTV News 9 report that Keith Kinnunen pleaded guilty to charges in 2012 which included aggravated assault and battery and arson. The crimes were said to have taken place in the Tuttle area. The report also said there was a Grady County warrant for his arrest.  The report stated that  Kinnunen was found mentally incompetent and was released after being given credit for time served. The report also stated that Kinnunen also had an extensive criminal history in Texas and New Jersey. Kinnunen was shot and killed by a member of the church.

 

 Woman Jailed for Threatening Police             

A woman who crashed her car and then fought with paramedics and threatened police is behind bars. Chickasha police responded to a vehicle roll-over at 17th and Georgia last week. In a probable cause affidavit officers alleged the woman was combative as paramedics tried to put her in an ambulance and that she swore at and threatened police. Police say they found several bottles of alcohol in the car. While at the hospital the woman went through mood swings, continued to curse at police and even threatened to kill them. The woman refused treatment and was then taken to jail. Prosecutors have charged 43-year old Meagan DeWoody of Oklahoma City with a felony DUI and a misdemeanor for threatening acts of violence. She remains in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

 

Suspect Arrested For Trying to Sell Stolen Car Hauler             

Authorities recover a stolen car hauler and arrest a man for having stolen property. State troopers were called to the E-Z Go Convenience Store on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike northeast of Chickasha last week. Authorities had learned that a suspect had the intent of selling the car hauler, which had been reported stolen from Choctaw earlier this month. Authorities say the suspect knew the trailer was stolen and that he had picked it up from a friend. Court documents say the suspect didn't want to say who he got it from or where, fearing what might happen to him in jail if it was known he was a snitch. Prosecutors have charged 24-year old Michael Anthony Romero of Chickasha with misdemeanors of knowingly concealing stolen property and drug possession. He remains in jail pending a $5,000 bond.

 

First Woman OKC Fire Chief Dies              

The first female chief for the Oklahoma City Fire Department has died. Kellie Sawyers of Tuttle was 58 when she passed away on Christmas Eve.  Sawyers retired from the department in 2017 after a nearly 35-year career. She also was the department's first female fire marshal and earned an executive officer  distinction from the National Fire Academy. Memorial contributions may be made in Sawyer’s name to the  Oklahoma Fallen and Living Firefighters Memorial.

 

 Donor Helps to Expand USAO Habitat Research

A 140-acre site west of Chickasha set aside to be used as research for USAO students and professors will be getting some improvements. It's known as the USAO Habitat. University President John Feaver said the upgrades will be possible thanks to a contribution from one of the school's regents. Feaver said David McLaughlin has provided a $300,000 gift to help with the development.

 

              

 

Feaver said McLaughlin has donated about $1.3 million to the university over the last several years, with much of the funding used to install lights at the soccer, baseball, and softball fields. The habitat is located about a mile west of 29th and Idaho. Feaver says USAO also has 100 acres north of Granite in southwest Oklahoma that will feature another habitat with a different eco-system for research.

 

Salvation Army Exceeds Red Kettle Goal              

With a big push over the last couple of days of its Red Kettle Drive, the Salvation Army which serves the Grady and Caddo Counties surpassed its fund-raising goal. The Kettle Drive brought in more than $72,000 which was about $5,000 more than they had hoped. Randy Talley, who is a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, posted the news on his Facebook page. The funds will be used for the Salvation Army's many programs over the next year in the two-county area including help following any disasters, utility assistance, and food for needy families. Talley also said the Salvation Army was able to help 650 needy children in the region during the holidays with its Angel-to-Angel program.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.38 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.67.

Natural gas is $2.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,525 and silver is $18.11.

 

Obituary

Virgil McCool

Obituaries today include 85-year old Virgil McCool of Chickasha. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

Monday, Dec. 30th

 

Blanchard Man Dies in Mutli-Vehicle Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol continues its investigation into a fatal weekend crash involving a pickup, a jeep, and a semi. The accident claimed the life of Robert Hicks of Blanchard. A second driver was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. He was identified as 75-year old Terrill Sarter of Sayre. The accident happened on I-40 about 2 1/2 miles east of Weatherford, just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The trooper on the scene reported that Hicks was driving his pickup westbound in the eastbound lanes of the interstate. He struck a jeep driven by Sarter, and a semi driven by a California man then also hit Sarter's jeep. Niether the driver nor a passenger in the semi were hurt.

              

Road to Close for Lake Burtchi Bridge Replacement              

A section of a county road near Lake Burtchi will be closed for several months as crews will be replacing a bridge. It's Lake Burtchi Road, also known as County Street 2760.  A one-mile stretch of the road will be closed from CR 1410 south to CR 1420 beginning in January. Crews from County Commissioner District 3 have put up a couple of signs saying the road will be closed. District 3 County Commissioner Ralph Beard said contractors will be out next Monday, January 6th to put up additional signage regarding detours. County workers have also been working to widen some nearby county roads in order to handle the detoured traffic. Beard said the county is working with the State Department of Transportation on the bridge replacement. The bridge is 28-feet long and 24 feet wide. The bridge was built in 1986 and the weight limit was 10 tons. The project is expected to cost upwards of $800,000. The new bridge is not expected to be finished until sometime in May.

 

Chickasha Native Recognized for State Capital Work

A Chickasha native who holds a post on the governor's cabinet has been awarded for her work at the state capital. Blayne Arthur, who is the director of the state agriculture department, was named the Person of the Year by the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network. In addition to leading the ag department, Arthur says her duties include serving on the board of regents for Oklahoma State and its A and M colleges, the State Equalization Board, and the School Land Commission.

 

              

 

Arthur is wrapping up her first year as state agriculture director.

 

Chix African-American History Program Set              

Plans are already in place for the annual celebration of African-American history in the Chickasha area. Loretta Jackson's 11th annual Story Telling and Soul Food Evening is about six weeks away. The featured story teller is Derrick Dean and other entertainment will be provided by singer Courtney Boone. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by contacting Jackson by calling 405-224-5297. The event will be held Saturday Feb. 8th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the USAO Ballroom. The event is jointly sponsored by the Loretta Jackson African-American Historical Society and the Oklahoma Department of Tourism.

 

Band Releases First Music Video

A local band is releasing its first music video. Dollar 98 recently filmed two music videos entirely in Chickasha. The first of the two videos is called "Neon Haze." Local video producer Reagan Elkins also helped to coordinate the videos.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.72 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.16.

Natural gas is $2.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,514 and silver is $17.88.

 

 

2019-20, Dec. 30th-Jan. 4th

Saturday, Jan. 4th

 

New Chickasha School Superintendent May be Named

The Chickasha board of education is expected to name a new superintendent of schools Monday night. The panel will hold a special meeting with the only order of business on the agenda being to discuss the possible employment of a superintendent. School board president Zack McGill previously said that the board was unanimous in their pick for the post after a second round of interviews with finalists a couple of weeks ago. The district has been without a permanent superintendent for about nine months, after Jack Herron was offered a separation agreement. The district has been under the direction of interim superintendent Jenifer Stegman, though she is still recovering from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Stegman is able to work from home, and is in touch with other administrators as she recovers. While a new superintendent may be named Monday night, it’s not clear when that individual may actually take over the post.

 

Manhunt Continues for Murder Suspect

It's day three of manhunt for a murder suspect believed to be hiding out in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Officials are continuing their search for Christopher James Trent, the suspect who is wanted in connection with the New Year's Day death of a two-year old boy in Norman. Roads are re-open through the refuge at the Lake Elmer Thomas area, however several sections remain closed. That includes Mt. Scott, and the area north of Highway 49 between the Medicine Park exit and Highway 115. Trent's pickup was found near Medicine Park Wednesday evening. Authorities say he is familiar with the refuge.

 

Continental Reports More SCOOP Production Numbers

A group of wells drilled in the SCOOP are bringing in more than 2,500 barrels of oil per day. Four sister wells on one pad are bringing in a combined 2,300 barrels a day for Continental Resources. These are the Lang wells, which are about eight miles south of Lindsay in Garvin County. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports the largest of the wells is bringing in almost 1,100 barrels of oil and more than 3,500 MCF  of natural gas daily. They are in the Sycamore formation and drilling depth is just over 23,000 feet. Continental also had some completions in Grady County. A couple of sister wells are in Section 1 of Township 6 North, Range 5 West which is about three miles west of Dibble. The Green Acre wells were producing a combined total of about 300 barrels of oil per day.

 

Price for Crude Oil Climbs in 2019

Crude oil prices were up significantly in 2019 as we hear from Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

              

 

Skinner said the news was not so good for natural gas as prices were off about 24 percent for the year.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Joe Dorman, the director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, is our guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, our guest is District 3 Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard. We have links to both programs under the Community Tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Dale Stinnett

Viewing for 73-year old Dale Stinnett of Cement will be Monday, January 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ted Williams

Funeral service for 67-year old Ted Williams, formerly of Chickasha, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 6th at the First Baptist Church of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

David Sampson

Memorial services for David Sampson of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11th at Epworth Methodist Church.

Claudia Bates

A private memorial will be held for 66-year old Claudia Bates of Mt. View. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, January 3rd

 

Search Resumes for Suspected Child Killer

A second day of searching is underway at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for a man suspected in the New Year’s Day death of a toddler. Searchers brought in bloodhounds to help in their search for 38-year old Christopher James Trent. His pickup was found in the Medicine Park area Wednesday night. Trent is a suspect in the death of a two-year old boy in Norman. Authorities closed the 60,000-acre refuge while the search continues. Authorities say Trent should be considered armed and dangerous. Comanche County officials say residents in the area should be cautious when leaving their homes and report any suspicious activity to local authorities or call 9-1-1. Anyone with information about the Christopher James Trent is asked to contact Norman Crimestoppers by calling 405-366-STOP.

              

OSBI Investigates Body Found in Blanchard              

Blanchard authorities have asked the OSBI to help with an investigation of a body found early Thursday morning. There's not a lot of information available about this case. Blanchard police received a 9-1-1 call regarding a fight between two men. When officers arrived, they discovered the body. The victim's name has not been released and it wasn't clear how he may have died.

 

Drug Trafficking Charges Filed in Separate Arrests

The first two felony crimes filed in Grady County District Court in the new year result from drug trafficking arrests. Prosecutors filed the first of those charges against 38-year Edward Roy Hutto of Chickasha. He was arrested by Chickasha police late Wednesday night. His bond was set at $250,000. Hutto is also facing a misdemeanor charge for a second offense for driving under suspension. Chickasha authorities arrested Hutto just a few weeks ago on a possession of a stolen vehicle complaint. He was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Hutto previously pleaded guilty to violent crimes in 2000 and 2009. The second drug trafficking case filed resulted from an arrest by Tuttle police. 28-year old Caleb Joseph Wallace of Shawnee was arrested just after midnight on New Year’s Day. Wallace faces additional felony charges of eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle. His bond is also $250,000.

 

Food Stolen from Anadarko Senior Center              

Thieves break into the senior nutrition center in Anadarko and take a large amount of food. Anadarko police are asking for the public's help in finding the perpetrators. Police posted the information on the department's Facebook page. It says officers took a report Thursday morning about the burglary at the nutrition center at 417 West Main. If you have information about the break-in you're asked to contact Anadarko police by calling 405-247-2411.

 

Woman Hospitalized After Crash Near Rush Springs

A Lindsay woman was hospitalized after crashing her pickup in the southern part of Grady County. 24-year old Brittany Lujan was last in fair condition at an Oklahoma City hospital. A state trooper and Rush Springs fire and rescue were summoned to the crash just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday about four miles east of Rush Springs. The trooper investigating the crash said Lujan's pick up ran off the road, hit a fence, and rolled onto the driver's side. The trooper stated that Lujan was driving too fast for the oily road conditions.

 

Fairgrounds to Host SCOOP Winter Classic Stock Show              

About 300 youth from across the state are expected in Chickasha this weekend for the first stock show of the year at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It's the SCOOP Winter Classic, a sheep and goat show hosted by the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma. 100 percent of the entry fees will be paid back and there are $10,000 in added prizes. The grand champion exhibitors receive $500 and reserve-grand exhibitors receive $250. The barns open at 8 a.m. Saturday with exhibitors served a free lunch and the stock shows starting at 1:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.25.

Natural gas is $2.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,550 and silver is $18.25.

 

Obituary

Helen Tumelson

Funeral service for 83-year of Helen Tumelson of Chickasha will be at 1:30 next Wednedsay, Jan. 8th at Ferguson Funeral home.

 

Thursday, Jan. 2nd

 

 

Manhunt Underway for Suspected Child Killer

An intense manhunt continues at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for an accused child killer. A number of law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for Christopher Trent, who officials say should be considered armed and dangerous. He's Caucasian, about six feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds. A photo shows him with short, black hair, a goatee, and a thin mustache. The refuge has been closed as deputies with the Comanche County Sheriff's Office, refuge officials, the highway patrol, and Norman police search for Trent. Trent's car was found in the refuge about 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and authorities spent the night looking for him, including the use a helicopter with infra-red technology. The refuge is closed while the search for Trent continues. No details have been released about the child's death.

              

Early-Morning Crash Injures Fletcher Man

An early-morning crash on New Year's Day sends an elderly Fletcher man to the hospital. 71-year old Ronald Morgan was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened a couple of miles south of Elgin about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. The highway patrol reports that Morgan ran his pickup off the road, then hit a dirt embankment and a sign. He was pinned in the pickup for about an hour.

 

Wife of Prominent Doctor Dies              

The wife of longtime Chickasha doctor Ron Orr has died. Judy Orr was 80-years old when she passed away on Monday, about a week shy of her birthday. The couple had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Judy was born in Anadarko and was Valedictorian at Anadarko high School. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from OU. She taught children in Sunday school at the Nazarene Church for more than 50 years and played the organ for the church as well. She also owned the Attic Antiques and Gifts store in downtown Chickasha. Funeral service for Judy Orr was Thursday, Jan. 2nd. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha Nazarene Church or Life Choices.

 

Ag Producers Reminded of ARC, PLC Revisions

Agriculture producers should start finding out the details of the revised ARC and PLC  programs offered through USDA and Farm Service Agencies. That’s the recommendation of Dr. Amy Hagerman, who is a farm policy specialist at Oklahoma State University. She says there are some new wrinkles in both programs.

 

              

 

Producers have until March 15th to get signed up for either ARC or PLC.

 

'First Day Hike' Set for Ft. Cobb State Park

Ft. Cobb State Park will host what officials are calling the First Day Hike of 2020. It will be Saturday, January 4th and will be about three miles long on the Western Oaks Trail. The park's Facebook page says the hike will start at the Eagle Nest Community Building on the west side of the lake, which is near CR 2530 and just south of CS 1270.  Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing and shoes and it will be held regardless of rain or cold weather. Right now, the forecast for Saturday morning calls for temperatures to be in the low 30s with light winds and no rain. Officials ask that you arrive by 9:15 a.m. for the hike that will start at 9:30 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.38.

Natural gas is $2.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,524 and silver is $17.97.

 

Obituary

Imogene Rice

Funeral for 99-year old Imogene Rice of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11th at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Wednesday, January 1st

No news due to the holiday

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 31st

 

Texas Church Shooter Had Criminal Past in Grady County

The man who shot and killed two parishioners in a Texas church this past Sunday had a criminal past in Grady County. Our partners with KWTV News 9 report that Keith Kinnunen pleaded guilty to charges in 2012 which included aggravated assault and battery and arson. The crimes were said to have taken place in the Tuttle area. The report also said there was a Grady County warrant for his arrest.  The report stated that  Kinnunen was found mentally incompetent and was released after being given credit for time served. The report also stated that Kinnunen also had an extensive criminal history in Texas and New Jersey. Kinnunen was shot and killed by a member of the church.

 

 Woman Jailed for Threatening Police             

A woman who crashed her car and then fought with paramedics and threatened police is behind bars. Chickasha police responded to a vehicle roll-over at 17th and Georgia last week. In a probable cause affidavit officers alleged the woman was combative as paramedics tried to put her in an ambulance and that she swore at and threatened police. Police say they found several bottles of alcohol in the car. While at the hospital the woman went through mood swings, continued to curse at police and even threatened to kill them. The woman refused treatment and was then taken to jail. Prosecutors have charged 43-year old Meagan DeWoody of Oklahoma City with a felony DUI and a misdemeanor for threatening acts of violence. She remains in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

 

Suspect Arrested For Trying to Sell Stolen Car Hauler             

Authorities recover a stolen car hauler and arrest a man for having stolen property. State troopers were called to the E-Z Go Convenience Store on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike northeast of Chickasha last week. Authorities had learned that a suspect had the intent of selling the car hauler, which had been reported stolen from Choctaw earlier this month. Authorities say the suspect knew the trailer was stolen and that he had picked it up from a friend. Court documents say the suspect didn't want to say who he got it from or where, fearing what might happen to him in jail if it was known he was a snitch. Prosecutors have charged 24-year old Michael Anthony Romero of Chickasha with misdemeanors of knowingly concealing stolen property and drug possession. He remains in jail pending a $5,000 bond.

 

First Woman OKC Fire Chief Dies              

The first female chief for the Oklahoma City Fire Department has died. Kellie Sawyers of Tuttle was 58 when she passed away on Christmas Eve.  Sawyers retired from the department in 2017 after a nearly 35-year career. She also was the department's first female fire marshal and earned an executive officer  distinction from the National Fire Academy. Memorial contributions may be made in Sawyer’s name to the  Oklahoma Fallen and Living Firefighters Memorial.

 

 Donor Helps to Expand USAO Habitat Research

A 140-acre site west of Chickasha set aside to be used as research for USAO students and professors will be getting some improvements. It's known as the USAO Habitat. University President John Feaver said the upgrades will be possible thanks to a contribution from one of the school's regents. Feaver said David McLaughlin has provided a $300,000 gift to help with the development.

 

              

 

Feaver said McLaughlin has donated about $1.3 million to the university over the last several years, with much of the funding used to install lights at the soccer, baseball, and softball fields. The habitat is located about a mile west of 29th and Idaho. Feaver says USAO also has 100 acres north of Granite in southwest Oklahoma that will feature another habitat with a different eco-system for research.

 

Salvation Army Exceeds Red Kettle Goal              

With a big push over the last couple of days of its Red Kettle Drive, the Salvation Army which serves the Grady and Caddo Counties surpassed its fund-raising goal. The Kettle Drive brought in more than $72,000 which was about $5,000 more than they had hoped. Randy Talley, who is a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, posted the news on his Facebook page. The funds will be used for the Salvation Army's many programs over the next year in the two-county area including help following any disasters, utility assistance, and food for needy families. Talley also said the Salvation Army was able to help 650 needy children in the region during the holidays with its Angel-to-Angel program.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.38 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.67.

Natural gas is $2.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,525 and silver is $18.11.

 

Obituary

Virgil McCool

Obituaries today include 85-year old Virgil McCool of Chickasha. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

Monday, Dec. 30th

 

Blanchard Man Dies in Mutli-Vehicle Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol continues its investigation into a fatal weekend crash involving a pickup, a jeep, and a semi. The accident claimed the life of Robert Hicks of Blanchard. A second driver was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. He was identified as 75-year old Terrill Sarter of Sayre. The accident happened on I-40 about 2 1/2 miles east of Weatherford, just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The trooper on the scene reported that Hicks was driving his pickup westbound in the eastbound lanes of the interstate. He struck a jeep driven by Sarter, and a semi driven by a California man then also hit Sarter's jeep. Niether the driver nor a passenger in the semi were hurt.

              

Road to Close for Lake Burtchi Bridge Replacement              

A section of a county road near Lake Burtchi will be closed for several months as crews will be replacing a bridge. It's Lake Burtchi Road, also known as County Street 2760.  A one-mile stretch of the road will be closed from CR 1410 south to CR 1420 beginning in January. Crews from County Commissioner District 3 have put up a couple of signs saying the road will be closed. District 3 County Commissioner Ralph Beard said contractors will be out next Monday, January 6th to put up additional signage regarding detours. County workers have also been working to widen some nearby county roads in order to handle the detoured traffic. Beard said the county is working with the State Department of Transportation on the bridge replacement. The bridge is 28-feet long and 24 feet wide. The bridge was built in 1986 and the weight limit was 10 tons. The project is expected to cost upwards of $800,000. The new bridge is not expected to be finished until sometime in May.

 

Chickasha Native Recognized for State Capital Work

A Chickasha native who holds a post on the governor's cabinet has been awarded for her work at the state capital. Blayne Arthur, who is the director of the state agriculture department, was named the Person of the Year by the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network. In addition to leading the ag department, Arthur says her duties include serving on the board of regents for Oklahoma State and its A and M colleges, the State Equalization Board, and the School Land Commission.

 

              

 

Arthur is wrapping up her first year as state agriculture director.

 

Chix African-American History Program Set              

Plans are already in place for the annual celebration of African-American history in the Chickasha area. Loretta Jackson's 11th annual Story Telling and Soul Food Evening is about six weeks away. The featured story teller is Derrick Dean and other entertainment will be provided by singer Courtney Boone. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by contacting Jackson by calling 405-224-5297. The event will be held Saturday Feb. 8th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the USAO Ballroom. The event is jointly sponsored by the Loretta Jackson African-American Historical Society and the Oklahoma Department of Tourism.

 

Band Releases First Music Video

A local band is releasing its first music video. Dollar 98 recently filmed two music videos entirely in Chickasha. The first of the two videos is called "Neon Haze." Local video producer Reagan Elkins also helped to coordinate the videos.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.72 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.16.

Natural gas is $2.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,514 and silver is $17.88.

 

 

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