Mollman Media News Archives for 2020-05

2020 May, 18th-23rd

Saturday, May 23rd

 

Ex-Con Arrested for Alleged Drug Possession

A traffic stop leads to the arrest of an ex-con who is alleged to have had drugs in his possession. 34-year old Ricky East, Jr. of Chickasha was arrested by a state trooper near Minco on Wednesday. East was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a non-working brake light. The trooper's probable cause affidavit said because of the criminal history of both East and the driver, he asked to search the car. In a routine pat down, the trooper said he found drugs in East's pockets and found several containers in his backpack which combined had more than 450 grams methamphetamine. East was arrested while the driver was released. East has previous felony convictions out of Grady and Caddo Counties, including unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a firearm. He's now facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges in connection with this week's arrest.  East remains in the Grady County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

 

Manslaughter Charge Filed in Fatal Truck-Bike Crash

A felony manslaughter charge has been filed against a Chickasha man alleged to have struck and killed a bicycle rider with his pickup. 38-year old Bryan Bingham surrendered to authorities on Friday. The accident claimed the life of Scott Womack last August southwest of Chickasha in a neighborhood where both men lived. Court documents filed by investigators say Bingham was driving about 10 miles an hour over the posted 45 mph speed limit when the crash occurred. Investigators allege that Bingham finished a phone call seven seconds before impact. Bingham was released after posting a $75,000 bond. His attorney is Brett Burns and a preliminary hearing conference is set for July 14th. If convicted, Bingham faces a minimum sentence of four years in prison.

              

Two Hospitalized After UTV Wreck

Two people are taken to a hospital after a UTV accident near Bradley. 29-year old Cherakee Perez and 52-year old Tammie Harder, both of Lindsay were taken to a Norman hospital where they were admitted in fair condition with head injuries. The driver and one other passenger were not injured The accident happened about 9:00 p.m. Friday. The state trooper dispatched to the crash said the driver identified as 23-year old Tiffanie Harder was doing donuts when the UTV tipped over on its side.

 

Coronavirus Update

The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma now stands at 5,849. That’s after 169 new cases were confirmed on Friday. The state health department also attributed three more deaths to the illness, putting the death toll now at 309. The agency also said the number of active coronavirus cases is just over 1,000 and that the number of people hospitalized with the illness went down to 190. The agency also noted that there are more than 4,500 people who have recovered.  Grady County has had a total of 72 confirmed cases and Caddo County is at 132. Chickasha has had a total of 39, Blanchard is at 21, Tuttle remains at 15, and Anadarko is at 14 coronavirus cases.

 

Casinos Continue Re-Opening

More Oklahoma casinos are re-opening. The Chickasaw Nation says all their casinos will open doors beginning Wednesday, May 27th. That would include Salt Creek Casino north of Chickasha and Riverwind Casino in Norman. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said they'll open at 25 percent capacity and that they have developed a plan of protection for employees and patrons. There will be extensive testing and screening of employees. All customers will have their temperatures checked, and employees and guests will have to wear masks. All the casinos will be closed from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for cleaning and disinfecting. The Delaware Nation re-opened its casinos in Anadarko and Hinton and the Ft. Sill-Apache Tribe opened their casinos in Lawton welcomed patrons back yesterday.

 

OHP Looks to Shut Down Drinking Drivers, Boaters              

The Memorial Day weekend is known as the unofficial start of summer. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is urging those who are traveling to do so safely, and that social distancing and hand hygiene are still important to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Officials say troopers will be on the road looking for impaired drivers and the patrol's marine division will be working state lakes. All troopers are also working with local law enforcement as part of the ENDUI campaign to get impaired drivers and boaters off state roads and lakes.

 

 

Friday, May 22nd

 

Morning Storms Bring High Winds, Heavy Rain

Strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region this morning bringing high wind, heavy rains and resulting in some traffic accidents and power outages. Oklahoma Mesonet data recorded 50 mph wind gusts in Minco and 44 mph wind gusts in Chickasha. The winds may have caused one accident on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike however there were no reported injuries. About 250 PSO customers in the Tabler area were without power at the height of the storm, and about 270 CK Energy customers in Anadarko were also without electricity. Just under one inch of rain was recorded at Mesonet sites in Chickasha and Minco, while rainfall west of Rush Springs at Acme was .15 of an inch.

 

Suspect Arrested Following Stand-off

One man is in custody after firing multiple gunshots in what Chickasha police called a domestic violence situation. It unfolded about 6:00 a.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Elmhurst Drive. Police department spokesman Lt. Scott Weaver says a man had been drinking and got into an argument with his wife. The man got a gun and started shooting at her. The woman managed to get out of the house, call 911 and hide in a neighbor's yard. The police department's Special Response Team, sheriff's deputies, and state troopers all responded. Weaver tells KOOL/RANCH News-

 

              

 

The standoff ended about 8:30 a.m. when the suspect surrendered without incident. 33-year old Bryan Curtis Hassler was arrested on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill.

 

Governor Signs Matthew Schoolfield Act into Law              

The Sgt. Matthew Schoolfield Act has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The measure ensures police officers who are seriously injured in the line of duty can get full disability benefits. Schoolfield was on duty with the Chickasha Police Department when he was permanently disabled after being shot while trying to deliver a search warrant in September of 2017. State Representative David Perryman and State Senator Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle were the primary authors of the Sgt. Matthew Schoolfield Disability Act, which is HB 3330. Paxton said because of how disability benefits were figured in with the police retirement system, that Schoolfied couldn't get full disability. Paxton said the bill would ensure injured officers can get full disability when they suffer life-altering injuries on the job.

 

Stephens County has Big Increase in COVID-19              

There has been a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the Duncan and Stephens County area. The state health department says there has been a surge in the illness in nursing homes. The number of coronavirus cases in Stephens County jumped to 36 – with 25 of those in Duncan. The number of Grady County COVID-19 cases is up to 71 cases with 48 of those patients reported to have recovered. There have been two deaths in Grady County, both in Chickasha. Chickasha's total number of coronavirus cases is now at 39 while Tuttle remained unchanged at 15. The number of cases in Blanchard is now at 21. The number of Caddo County cases now stands at 132 with 97 of those patients reported to have fully recovered. There have been 10 deaths in Caddo County. Statewide, there are 5,680 confirmed COVID-19 cases which includes 304 deaths. The number of recovered patients is at 4,361. There are 1,105 active COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma.

 

Veteran Law Officer Joins Sheriff's Office

Longtime law enforcement officer Shayne Melton has joined the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Melton will serve as the School Resource Deputy for the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. He's been a commissioned peace officer in Oklahoma for nearly 20 years. Most recently, Melton worked with the Grady County District Attorney's office as both a special victims crime investigator and with the drug and violent crimes task force. He's also spent time with the Chickasha Police Department and the Comanche County Sheriff's Office. Melton has more than 1,700 hours of  training and is a state certified law enforcement instructor. He's developed and presented accredited law enforcement training to numerous local, county, state, federal, and tribal agencies.

 

Delaware Nation Re-Opens Casinos

The Delaware Nation is re-opening its casinos this weekend. Gold River Casino in Anadarko and Casino Oklahoma in Hinton will open on a limited basis. Nancy Mace is the marketing director for the casinos.

 

              

 

The casinos will open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. and will close after that for deep cleaning. The restaurants will also be open. It’s been 60 days since the casinos closed because of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Chickasha City Planner Gene Winsett is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. Winsett is retiring next week after a total of 42 years of combined service with the city. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week’s guest is Lewis Knicley with the Chickasha YMCA.  Find links to both programs under the community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals              

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $33.92 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $36.06.

Natural gas is $1.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,735 and silver is $17.45.

 

 

Thursday, May 21st

 

Breaking-

UPDATE (10:00 a.m.) - One person is in custody. 

Chickasha police were working a possible hostage situation in the south part of the city this morning. Authorities were called to home near Glenwood Drive and Elmwood Drive about 6:15 a.m. That’s east of Highway 81 and Country Club Road. Police, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol were all called to the area. Listen for updates on KOOL 105.5FM News at noon and 5:00 p.m. today.

 

State Manufacturers Work to 'Re-invent' Selves

Like all sectors of the state's economy, Oklahoma's manufacturers are working to keep their proverbial heads above water in dealing with what's being called a 'perfect storm' of difficulties. The plunge in the energy sector, the aerospace industry (because of problems with the Boeing 737), and the coronavirus are all taking their toll. Scott Smith with the Oklahoma Manufacturers Alliance says companies are working to re-invent themselves, and use available resources which can help make that happen.

 

              

 

Smith said the state's re-boot program launched last month is one program being accessed. Midwest Cooling Towers of Chickasha is of the companies approved to take part in that program, adding equipment to a new and expanded product line.

 

Motorcycle Crash Injures One              

A motorcycle crash near Dibble sends a man to the hospital with leg injuries. The accident happened on State Highway 39 about two miles east of Dibble yesterday. 31-year old Charles Cherry of Purcell was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The highway patrol reports that Cherry lost control, ran off the road and flipped, ejecting Cherry off the bike. He was wearing a helmet.

 

Coronavirus Update              

New numbers of the coronavirus in Oklahoma are down quite a bit compared to recent reports. Wednesday, the state health department reports only 43 new confirmations, which increases the total number of cases to 5,532. There were five new deaths attributed to the illness, increasing that number to 299. The number of people currently hospitalized with the infection rose to 209. The number of people who have recovered from the illness is up to 4,266. That puts the total number of active cases in the state at 967. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Chickasha grew by two and is up to 38; with 21 people recovering from the infection. There have been no new cases in Blanchard, Tuttle, Newcastle, or Anadarko.

 

Grady  County Treasurer Tax Sale Set              

The Grady County Treasurer's Office is making a change in its Tax Sale that is held every year. Treasurer Robin Burton says due to the coronavirus, the sale will be held outdoors on the lawn on the east side of the courthouse and that masks and social distancing will be required. The sale is scheduled for Monday, June 8th at 9 a.m. Individuals will need to register in advance to participate. If there is bad weather the sale will be moved to the Grady County Fairgrounds Community Building.

 

Newspaper Reduces Publication to Once-a-Week              

The newspaper industry nationwide has been struggling in recent years. Many have lost subscribers and advertising revenue as people turn to radio, TV, and the Internet for news. Small town newspapers are feeling the impact as well. The Chickasha Express-Star announced this week that it is going to a once-a-week publication. In last weekend's edition, Publisher Mark Millsap said the paper is restructuring its resources in order to continue to serve its readers. The paper will be published and delivered on Thursdays, starting today. Millsap said the paper will be utilizing its website to update local news and sports on a daily basis.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $33.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $.35.75.

Natural gas is $1.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,733 and silver is $17.70.

 

Obituary

Bill Terry

A memorial service will be held for Bill Terry, 69, of Chickasha. It will be an outdoor social distancing service at the Terry home at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23rd. Terry owned and operated Bill's Auto and Diesel for many years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Wednesday, May 20th

 

Grady Memorial Offers COVID-19 Antibody Test

Grady Memorial Hospital is now able to do antibody testing for individuals who want to find out if they've ever had the coronavirus. Dr. Bill Crowell is the medical director for that hospital and explains that it—

 

              

 

Antibodies are proteins produced by the body's immune system in response to an infection, and the proteins then help the immune system fight the infection. If antibodies are found, it would indicate that the individual had been infected at some point in the past. The antibody test requires a small amount of blood which can be obtained with a traditional lab draw. Officials anticipate a 48-hour turnaround time for results. The cost is covered by most insurance companies as well as Medicare.  The hospital and Five Oaks Medical Clinic can also perform tests for the actual coronavirus. Anyone experiencing symptoms like a fever or difficulty in breathing should call ahead to make an appointment to be tested. Crowell urges individuals to wear masks when going out in public, which health officials say prevents the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Coronavirus Update

Nearly 5,500 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed in Oklahoma. The Tuesday report from the state health department is 91 cases higher than the previous report. There were six more deaths which increases the death toll to 294. Current hospitalizations were down to 167 patients. The number of people who have recovered from the illness increased to 4,135.  The health department said the number of active cases fell to 1,060. Chickasha had one more confirmed case, with the total number now at 36. Twenty of those individuals have recovered. Blanchard's total increased by one and is now up to 20. Eighteen of those individuals have recovered. The number in Tuttle remained steady at 15 and 14 of those individuals have recovered. Anadarko has two more cases which takes it’s total to 13 and eight of those individuals have recovered.

 

Chickasha Drinking Water Tested Below

DEQ Standards Three Times in 2019

Chickasha's drinking water was below acceptable levels on three occasions last year. Officials say there was never a health emergency and the water has always been safe to drink. Letters describing the problems were included in this month's water bills sent out by the city of Chickasha. The problems occurred in July, August, and October of last year. In July, a piece of equipment malfunctioned to cause chlorine levels to fall below levels established by the Department of Environmental Quality. In August and September, a problem with a pump caused the water to fall out of compliance with turbidity, or the cloudiness of the water which leads to an increased risk of disease-causing organisms. The faulty parts were replaced at an estimated cost of about $500.

 

Man Jailed After Being Run Over by His Own Car

Chickasha police arrested a man on a drug complaint after he was run over by his own car. Officers were called out to the area of 4th Street and Almar Drive just after 2:00 a.m. Tuesday. It wasn't clear how serious the man's injuries were. A report on the Chickasha police blotter shows 24-year old Darrion Braxton Ledgerwood was taken into custody.  After spending the night in jail, prosecutors formally charged him with misdemeanors of being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Ledgerwood was released from jail after paying a $3,000 bond. The case has been set on a disposition docket on July 10th.

 

Ag Producers Can Apply Next Week for CFAP

Agriculture producers will soon be able to apply for relief through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Ron Hays with the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network has some of the details.

 

              

 

Sign-up begins at local Farm Service Agencies Tuesday, May 26th. Producers should call their local office to make an appointment or can apply on-line. The payments are expected to be made within a week of making the applications.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $32.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $34.65.

Natural gas is $1.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,754 and silver is $18.01.

 

Obituaries

Leroy Townsel

Funeral services are pending for Leroy Townsel, 82, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Arthur “Hoppy” Hargus

Funeral service for Arthur “Hoppy” Hargus, 69, of Byars will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home

 

Tuesday, May 19th

 

Residents Ask City Officials to Apologize

for Calling Firefighters 'Bullies'

A couple of Chickasha residents want a public apology from the city manager and the city council for disparaging remarks they say were made about the city's firefighters. Gina Downey and Kirstie Morton called for the apologies during last night’s city council meeting. Downey said City Manager John Noblitt called the firefighters bullies during the May 4th council meeting. At the time, Noblitt was talking about proposed budget cuts for both the fire and police departments. Noblitt said that the Chickasha Firefighters Association used scare tactics to frighten the public regarding those proposed cuts. Downey said Noblitt's comments don't adequately describe how citizens feel about the firefighters.

 

              

 

Neither Noblitt nor the council opted to apologize during the meeting.

 

Chickasha Street Improvement Program OK'd              

A summer street improvement program is approved by the city council. The council delayed awarding a bid on the project two weeks ago, over concerns that there are many streets in worse shape than those targeted for the work. City Manager John Noblitt said he knows that but also says the city doesn't have enough money to make all the repairs necessary.

 

              

 

The council voted 7-1 to award a $278,000 bid to Silver Star Construction of Moore. It will only allow the city to do maintenance work on about 7,500 linear feet of roadway which is about 1.5 miles.

Council OK's Sidewalk Project Payment, Jail Contract, EDC Agreements

The council also approved the first payment to the company installing a sidewalk on 1st Street that will connect the downtown area to WalMart. The council OK'd a payment of just over $59,000 to Luckinbill Development to pay for some of the work that has already been completed. The council also approved a contract between the city and the Grady County Jail to house city inmates. The contract is for $30,000 for fiscal year 2021 which represents a rate of $45 per day per inmate, or $28 per day for prisoners held for less than 24 hours. The council also approved a payment of $50,000 of the city's economic development funds to the Crazy 8 Cafe for its remodeling project. The panel also approved a 12-month extension to an economic development agreement with Great Plains Land and Cattle for its renovation work on the old Chickasha Star newspaper building.

 

Shannon Springs Park Pool Opening Set for June 8th

Memorial Day weekend is coming up but the City of Chickasha's swimming pool at Shannon Springs Park won't be open. Lewis Knisley with the Chickasha YMCA says the target date to open the pool is June 8th. The YMCA has managed the pool for several years. Knisley said the city and the Y have yet to approve a contract for pool operations this summer due mainly to the COVID-19 situation. It's not clear how the coronavirus will affect those who want to use the pool this summer.

 

Chickasha's July 4th Fireworks Expected to Be Held

Looks like things are full speed ahead for a 4th of July fireworks show in Chickasha. City officials in Lawton and Edmond canceled fireworks shows in those communities this year. Organizers of the local display did have concerns about what the coronavirus impact will be on large gatherings this summer since thousands of people usually attend the event at Shannon Springs Park. Officials say they have been assured by Mayor Chris Mosley that the event will happen. A number of local businesses and individuals have already said they were on board to help finance the fireworks.

 

Coronavirus Update

88 additional cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Oklahoma and the state health department reports no new deaths from the illness. The Tuesday report shows the total number of coronavirus cases has risen to 5,398; the number of deaths remains at 288; and the number of people hospitalized with the illness statewide is at 180. The number of people who have recovered from the illness is up to 4,008. The number of active cases for the COVID 19-virus is 1,102. Chickasha’s total number of confirmed cases remained at 35 with 19 of those inviduals now fully recovered. There have been two deaths so there 14 active cases. Tuttle had no additional cases and stays at 15 total and 14 of them have recovered. Blanchard's count has remained steady at 19 and 18 of them have recovered. Anadarko has 11 diagnosed cases with eight people fully recovered and there has been one death.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $31.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $34.81.

Natural gas is $1.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,736 and silver is $17.43.

 

Obituaries

Ed Chamberlain

A private graveside service for Ed Chamberlain, 88, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve and was the branch manager for the Chickasha Social Security office for many years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Rupert Johnson

Graveside service for Rupert Johnson, 94, of the Ninnekah and Cement area were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19th in the Cement Cemetery. Arrangements were with McRay Funeral Home.

Louise Bell

Graveside service for Louise Bell, 76, of Alex will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 20th at the Alex Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alex United Methodist Women.

 

Monday, May 18th

 

Grady County Courthouse Re-opens

After being closed to the public for the last two months, the Grady County Courthouse is allowing citizens back in the building today. There are some stipulations, however. Everyone entering the courthouse will have their temperature taken, and everyone will be required to wear masks which will be provided if visitors don't have their own. Gloves will also be available. Families and friends of anyone having a hearing with a judge will not be allowed in the courtroom. County commissioners will continue holding their weekly meetings at the Grady County Fairgrounds for the next two weeks. They will return to the commissioners’ office in the courthouse on June 1st.

 

Chix City Council Meetings Return to City Hall              

The Chickasha City Council will return to city hall for its regular city council meetings tonight. The panel has been holding virtual meetings for the last month. The panel will once again take a look at a street improvement program which was postponed from the May 4th meeting. The group tabled it’s decision after some councilors argued that the streets selected are in better shape than many others. The streets proposed for upgrades include Genevieve Street from near the city's animal shelter and north to Frisco Avenue; John Cowan Drive in front of the high school; Chickasha Avenue, from 18 Street to the high school; 16th Street, from Country Club Road north to Carolina Avenue; and Country Club Road, from 4th Street east to Glenwood. Officials are recommending that the council approve a $278,000 bid from Silver Star Construction Company of Moore for those upgrades.

Council to also Consider Economic Development Projects

The council will also consider awarding Crazy 8 Cafe $50,000 in economic development founds; and to extend an economic development agreement with the Great Plains Land and Cattle Company for the renovation work underway at the former Chickasha Star Newspaper building.

City's Agreement with County Jail up for Renewal

The group will also consider extending an agreement with the Grady County Jail to house city prisoners which calls for the city to pay the jail $30,000 per year. The council will also recognize records clerk Susan Earnest as the city's employee of the quarter. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Two County School Administrators Honored

In case you missed the news over the weekend, two Grady County school administrators were recognized for their work during the past year. The Oklahoma Association of School Administrators named Kevin Sims, superintendent for Minco schools, as its Superintendent of the Year for District 14. Jennifer Stegman of Chickasha schools was named the Assistant Superintendent of the Year, also for District 14. Stegman spent much of last year as the interim superintendent for Chickasha schools. Both Sims and Stegman are expected to be honored at the summer conference of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration next month.

 

Chix Chamber, EDC Announce 'Tunes in June'

Chickasha's two business groups are offering to help venues offer live music from local musicians. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Economic Development Council (EDC) are offering $500 scholarships to businesses as part of a program called Tunes in June. It’s one more effort to help local businesses in their recovery after the coronavirus economic shut down. It's also a way to support local artists. A calendar of the Tunes in June concerts will be released later. The EDC and chamber effort to help local businesses started in April with a restaurant bingo campaign which runs through June. They are also offering gift certificates to residents by asking them to promote their shopping experience with a selfie on social media.

 

Coronavirus Update             

Oklahoma's current number of active coronavirus cases stands at 1,039 according to the latest numbers provided by the state health department. The report shows the total number of confirmed cases was up 73 from Saturday to Sunday and is now at 5,310. The number of those who have recovered grew by 38 and is up to 3,983. The number of deaths has risen to 288 and there are currently 180 people in hospitals. Chickasha has 35 total COVID-19 cases and Grady County has a total of 64. The number of people recovering in Grady County is 42 and there have been two deaths. Caddo County has had 114 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 82 recoveries and 10 deaths.

 

Chix Library Revises Summer Reading Program              

The Chickasha Public Library is expanding some of its services. Starting today, patrons will be able to view all the items available for checkout. Visitors will still have to wear facial coverings and children still will not be allowed. Library hours will remain from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library will be offering free summer reading programs but there will be no in-person programs. There will be virtual and grab-and-go programs for children in several age categories. The reading program will run June 1st through July 31st and registration is underway.

              

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $29.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $32.50.

Natural gas is $1.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,771 and silver is $17.71.

 

2020, May 11th-16th

Saturday, May 16th

 

Bill Named for Injured Chickasha Police Officer

Passes State House, Senate; Heads to Governor

State lawmakers have given their approval to a measure designed to ensure police officers seriously injured in the line of duty can get full disability benefits. The measure is named for a Chickasha police officer. The Sgt. Matthew Schoolfield Disability Act has been sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt, after getting overwhelming approval in both the state house and senate. Schoolfield was permanently disabled after being injured in a shootout in September of 2017. State Representative David Perryman and State Senator Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle were the primary authors of HB 3330. Paxton said that because of how disability benefits are figured in with the police retirement system, Schoolfield can't get full disability, which would still get him less than half of his regular pay. He said the bill would ensure injured officers can get full disability when they sustain life-altering injuries.

 

Grady County School Administrators Honored

A couple of Grady County school administrators have been recognized for their work. Jennifer Stegman and Kevin Sims were both honored by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators in District 14. Stegman serves as the assistant superintendent for Chickasha Public Schools and served as interim superintendent for several months. She was named the Assistant Superintendent of the Year for District 14. Sims, the longtime superintendent at Minco Public Schools was named the Superintendent of the Year for District 14.

 

Coronavirus Update

The number of active coronavirus cases in Oklahoma seems to be on a downward trend. The latest report from the state health department shows about 1,000 individuals currently being treated for the illness. The number of new cases went over the 5,000 mark on Friday. There were 124 new cases, taking the total number of people who have been confirmed with the infection at 5,086. The report also shows that the number of new recoveries outpaced that of new cases. 141 more Oklahomans have been cleared and that total is now 3,801. There was one more death attributed to the illness and that total is now at 285. And the number of patients currently hospitalized is holding fairly steady at 215.  Chickasha now has 30 confirmed coronavirus cases and 17 of them have recovered. There have been two deaths in Chickasha and there are still 11 active cases in the city. Throughout Grady County the number is up to 58 and 40 people have recovered.

 

Drone Technology Bill in Governor's Hands

A bill designed to further drone technology in Oklahoma is headed to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. Senate Bill 1688 would create the Oklahoma Droneport Project Pilot Program. It would be under the guidance of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and would further the state's investment in innovative technologies. The program is expected to help Oklahoma create jobs in the emerging unmanned aerial systems industry. It could also include autonomous vehicles and taxi services, drone delivery in some areas, unmanned ground cargo deliveries, and a NASA challenge to test electric aircraft. Officials say it has the potential to positon the state as an emerging leader in cutting-edge drone technology.

 

Rain Postpones Class of 2020 Parades

Several parades scheduled to honor graduating high school seniors last night were called off due to the heavy rains in the area. Parades in Chickasha, Anadarko, and Tuttle were all rained out. Anadarko has re-scheduled its parade for 7:00 p.m. tonight. Chickasha has re-scheduled its parade for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m.  Tuttle has not yet announced a new date.

 

Deer, Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Revised

Deer and waterfowl hunters will have more hunting opportunities in their respective sports. The state wildlife commission recently approved the expansions. The new regulations for deer hunting affect antlerless harvest in all 10 of the state's deer management zones. Muzzleloader and rifle season antlerless bag limits increase in most zones although the total combined deer bag limit for each hunter will remain unchanged at a maximum of six. Antlered deer limits were unchanged. The antlerless deer season will increase from 10 to 14 days with the bag limit increasing to two.  Waterfowl seasons will be changed. The mid-season split will be reduced from 12 to five days which will allow opening day to fall later in the calendar year. Zones 1 and 2 will have the same dates, Nov. 14th through 29th and Dec 5th through Jan. 31st, 2021. There will be two youth-only hunting days, which will also allow active and retired military members to hunt those days. They are Nov. 7th and Feb. 6th of next year.

 

Obituaries

Curtis Johnson

Funeral service is pending for Curtis Johnson, 66, formerly of the Anadarko area. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

David Files

Graveside service for David Files, 85, of Cement will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19th at the Laverty Cemetery. He was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, May 15th

 

YMCA Closed After Positive COVID-19 Test

The doors of Chickasha's YMCA remain closed after someone tested positive for the coronavirus. Rachel Klein is the Vice President of Communications for the Oklahoma City YMCA, which the Chickasha organization is affiliated with. The Y was closed Wednesday night after an individual reported they had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Klein said they are following health department guidelines by closing for at least 24 hours. Crews spent all day Thursday fogging the building and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas every hour. There's no word on when the Y may re-open.

 

Coronavirus Update

Oklahoma's coronavirus count could surpass 5,000 when the state department of health releases its daily report later today. In Thursday's report, there were 110 new confirmations added to the growing list of Oklahomans with the illness - the total number now at 4.962. Six more people died from the illness putting that total now up to 284. The number of people who are currently being treated in hospitals dropped by one to 217. Another 100 Oklahomans have recovered from the illness with that number up to 3,660. The number of active COVID-19 cases is just over 1,000. Grady County's number is at 54 with 39 of them now fully recovered. Caddo County’s number is now at 110 with 63 patients now OK. McClain County’s number is 86 with 66 patients fully recovered. Stephens County has been coronavirus-free for several days. The total number of confirmed cases there remains at 22 with 21 people recovered and one person has died from the illness.

 

How Area Lawmakers Voted on Governor's Vetoes

State lawmakers this week voted to override Gov. Kevin Stitt's vetoes of several bills related to the state budget for fiscal year 2021. Lawmakers representing the Grady and Caddo County areas were near unanimous in their votes to over-ride those vetoes. Democratic State Representative David Perryman of Chickasha cast a no vote to override the veto of SB 1922 which was the $7.7 billion budget plan. Perryman did vote to override the vetoes on HBs 2741, 2742, and 2743. Republican State Representative Brad Boles of Marlow, and Republican State Senators Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle and Darcy Jech of Kingfisher who serves much of Caddo County cast votes to override all four of the governor's vetoes.

 

Storm Threat Changes Chix Class of 2020 Parade             

The threat of thunderstorms tonight has forced Chickasha school officials to move up the time for the parade to recognize the senior class of 2020. The new start time for the parade has been tentatively set for 6:00 p.m (Listen for updates this afternoon). The seniors will drive around the high school campus and then proceed east on Chickasha Avenue where the parade will end at the Rock Island Railroad Depot. All are welcome to line Chickasha Avenue to show support for the seniors. There is also a parade scheduled tonight for Tuttle High School seniors. School officials there will make a decision about that start time sometime this morning and post it on the school's Facebook page.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha school superintendent Rick Croslin and athletic director Jerry Don Bray are this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, this week's guest is Scott Smith with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. Find links to these programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $27.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $30.13.

Natural gas is $1.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,741 and silver is $16.64.

 

Obituary

Norma Jean Miller

Funeral for Norma Jean Miller, 80, of Verden will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 18th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Thursday, May 14th

 

Roof Repair Scammers May be on the Prowl

Here's another reminder for homeowners to be wary of unknown or unwanted solicitors offering to repair storm-damaged roofs. A resident called KOOL/RANCH News saying he received two telephone calls from a company saying they were inspecting roofs in the Chickasha area and were setting up appointments. When he asked for their telephone number the caller hung up. Chickasha City Planner Gene Winsett said if you suspect damage that the first person on your roof should be a representative from your insurance company. Then you can contact reputable companies on your own for estimates. If you get a suspicious phone call you can always hang up, or if someone is going door-to-door you can turn them away. In the City of Chickasha companies must be registered with the city. Roofing companies also must be licensed with the State of Oklahoma's Construction Industries Board. Before deciding on a roofer, call the board or go on-line to see if they are licensed at www.cib.ok.gov

 

USAO Gets $1 Million in CARES Act Funds

USAO has received about $1 million in federal funds as part of the CARES Act. University President John Feaver said about half of that amount is for students and the other half is for university needs. He said the university is getting money to students as quickly as possible.

 

              

 

USAO will be holding a virtual commencement program this spring. There will be a highlight video of each graduate and the event will include all the features of a traditional ceremony. The program will be Friday, May 22nd at 6 p.m. and will be available on-line at usao.stageclip.com

 

Coronavirus Update

Oklahoma's coronavirus count has grown by another 120 cases and is now up to 4,852. The state health department reported no new deaths in the previous 24 hours so the number fatal cases of the illness remains at 278. The number of people hospitalized was up slightly to 218. The number of people who have recovered from the illness has risen to 3,559. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Chickasha is now up to 25 and 16 of them have recovered. Tuttle remained steady at 15 and all but one has recovered. Blanchard was also unchanged at 18 and all but one has recovered. Anadarko has one more confirmed case with that total up to 11 and eight people have recovered. Binger was unchanged at 38 confirmed cases and 28 people have recovered.

 

Election Board Seeks Workers

The Grady County Election Board is looking for individuals to work at some of its precincts for upcoming elections. Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes says there are more than 100 positions available at the county's 28 precincts. They are paid positions and individuals can earn nearly $100 per day, plus mileage. You do have to be a registered voter and will have to attend a training session. Workers must be at their assigned precinct at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the election and work until after the polls close at 7:00 p.m. Contact the election board by calling 405-224-1430 or e-mail gradycounty@elections.ok.gov and they will e-mail you an application.

 

Summer Events Canceled due to Pandemic

More summertime events have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers have canceled Chickasha's annual Juneteenth celebration which was scheduled for Washita Valley Park on June 20th. The Chickasha Community Theater announced that they have postponed its summer performance of Frozen, Jr. and have put the remainder of the 2020 season on a temporary hold. The theatre group said they are discussing some other summer activities. Monitor the Chickasha Community Theater's Facebook page for information.

 

Auto Dealer Randy Byford Dies

Oklahoma businessman and car dealership owner Randy Byford has died. Byford was 61 when he passed away near Ninnekah Saturday night.  Byford owned dealerships in Chickasha, Duncan, Lawton and other areas for about the last 15 years. Born in Duncan in 1959, he grew up on the family's purebred swine operation in Stephens County. He graduated from Comanche High School and then Oklahoma State University. He was a big supporter of the university, and numerous 4H and FFA programs. He became a car salesman in 1983 at Bob Moore Cadillac in Oklahoma City. Byford purchased his first dealership in 2005 in Lawton, and expanded the Byford Auto Group to also include Elk City, Fairview, and Oklahoma City. Funeral services have been arranged with Whitt Funeral Home in Duncan. An on-line funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15th at www.newhopeduncan.com Memorial contributions may be made to the 4H or FFA programs in Comanche, or The Randy Byford Memorial Fund with Oklahoma State University Foundation.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $25.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $29.19.

Natural gas is $1.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,726 and silver is $15.83.

 

 

Wednesday, May 13th

 

Chickasha Teacher Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

An elementary teacher in Chickasha Public Schools has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the third grade teacher at Grand Avenue School notified officials of the test results yesterday. Croslin said the teacher was most recently at school last Thursday helping to bag classroom supplies and personal items of her students. She has not had any contact with students as they have been participating in distance learning. The teacher was also not involved in handling food that was being distributed to students as part of the meal distribution program. Croslin said they have placed the school on a 14-day quarantine. School officials are postponing the pick-up of all third grade students’ personal items,  as well as the return of library books and Chrome books that students are using for distance learning until sometime after June 1st. Personal items of 2nd and 4th grade students have already been picked up. Officials will be using the district's Clorox 360 spraying machine to sanitize the entire building as well as the students’ personal items.

 

Vandalism Suspect Faces Felony Charge

for Committing Crime During State of Emergency

A Chickasha man is charged with a felony for damaging property during a state of emergency. 62-year old Michael Shane Fitzpatrick is behind bars after allegedly throwing a fence post through the window of a neighbor's home. It happened near 22nd and Dakota Avenue Monday morning. A probable cause affidavit indicates there have been some on-going issues between Fitzpatrick and the neighbor. Fitzpatrick claimed the neighbor said he would buy him a new truck if he could break the window. Police say there is video surveillance showing Fitzpatrick failing the first time he threw an object at the window, but it broke on a second attempt. Fitzpatrick was arrested at his home. The affidavit states that an act of vandalism while under a state of emergency is a felony. Fitzpatrick remains in jail pending a $30,000 bond. Fitzpatrick is also facing an unrelated charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon from an incident that occurred in 2018. That case is scheduled for a disposition docket at the Grady County Courthouse in July.

 

Truck Driver Hurt in I-35 Crash

A Minco truck driver was hospitalized after a crash on I-35 yesterday. Billy Joslin was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with trunk, arm, and leg injuries and admitted in stable condition. The accident happened about two miles south of Wayne near Mile Marker 82 just before 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. The highway patrol reports that Joslin swerved off the highway to avoid hitting vehicles that had stopped in front of him. The semi rolled one time and pinned Joslin in the cab for nearly an hour.

 

Coronavirus Update

After a few days of minimal increases in the number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oklahoma, the number grew by nearly 120 in Tuesday’s report from the state health department. Now 4,732 people have tested positive for the infection and five more people died which increases the number of fatal cases to 278. There are currently 190 in state hospitals. The number those who have recovered now stands at 3,423. There have been 19 confirmed cases in Chickasha where 15 people have recovered and there have been two deaths. Tuttle has had 15 cases and all but one has recovered. Blanchard has had 18 cases and all but one has recovered. Anadarko has had a total of 10 cases with eight people recovering along with one death. In Binger, the total number of cases is 38 with 28 people recovering and eight deaths.

 

Parade Set for Chickasha Class of 2020

The Chickasha High School Class of 2020 will be parading around the high school campus and through downtown Chickasha Friday night. Residents are encouraged to come out and show their support for the students. Friday was supposed to be graduation night for the class but like many other ceremonies it was canceled because of the COVID-19 health crisis. The seniors will be decorating their cars and trucks, and are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns for the parade. Teachers and school officials will be lining the streets around the high school campus and the lights at Memorial Stadium will be on. The parade will start at 7:30 p.m. and wind around the high school campus, then head east on Chickasha Avenue and end at the Rock Island Railroad depot. Residents are encouraged to line up along Chickasha Avenue at appropriate social distances to congratulate the students. A formal graduation ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 19th at the high school football field.

 

Continental Reports Producing Well Amid Downturn

With the energy industry turned upside down there are only 13 working oil and gas rigs in Oklahoma this week. Continental Resources did report the completion of a well north of Alex. It’s in Section 28 of Township Range 6 North and 5 West. It was bringing in about 160 barrels of oil and nearly 560 MCF of natural gas per day. The spud date was August of last year with the completion date in late January. The well is drilled to a depth of nearly 23,000 feet.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $25.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is just under $30.

Natural gas is $1.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,706 and silver is $15.71.

 

Tuesday, May 12th

 

Mixed Numbers for Chickasha Sales Revenue

Sales tax revenues for the City of Chickasha were surprisingly higher this month but officials are still predicting a big drop in the number in the future. The city received $954,000 from the state tax commission this month which is a 6.8 percent increase from April. However, the number is down almost 10 percent from the more than $1 million that came in during May of last year. City Manager John Noblitt told the city council last week that he anticipates sales tax revenues could fall to about $700,000 a month as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The sales tax revenues for May were generated from retail business in March. The coronavirus hit Oklahoma in the middle of that month. Chickasha's use tax collections were up about 17 percent from last month, to $83,000. That’s about equal to the use tax collected at this time last year. Use tax collections are those paid on Internet purchases.

Grady County Sales Tax Revenue Numbers also Mixed

Grady County's sales tax revenue for May was $598,000 which was up about 19 percent from last month. But it was down more than 29 percent compared to May of 2019. Use tax collections for the county grew from $67,000 last month to $76,000 this month but that's nearly half of the total a year ago, when it was $138,000.

 

Chix Schools Face $2 Million Shortfall              

Chickasha Public School officials are expecting a $2 million shortfall in funding for next school year. Superintendent Rick Croslin told the board of education last night that no school employees will be without a job. He said he'd be rolling out a plan in the next few weeks on how he anticipates dealing with the shortfall. School board member Robin Morse was concerned that the district hadn't yet received about $2 million in federal funds. Officials said they are working to solve several issues and hope to get that funding by June 30th.

New School Administrator to Start Early
Croslin also said that the district's new director of curriculum and personnel would be on board a couple of weeks earlier than expected. Seth Meier was originally begin July 1st but will now begin June 15th. Meier was part of last night’s virtual school board meeting. Since Meier was hired last month he has been spending a couple of days a week in the district getting familiar with his new surroundings.

 

One Dead, Two Hurt in Caddo County Crash

A Caddo County woman died and two children were taken to a hospital following a single vehicle crash. 21-year old Michaela Whiteshire of Lookeba died at the scene of the accident. A 17-year old girl and a 2-year old girl who were passengers were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital for evaluation. Their names were not released and it was not known if they were admitted. The accident happened on a gravel county road just northwest of Lookeba about 7:00 p.m. last night. The highway patrol reports that Whiteshire went airborne at the crest of a hill and lost control. The vehicle ran off the road and rolled an undetermined number of times. Whiteshire and the teen were not wearing seatbelts but the toddler was in a child-restraint seat.

 

Homes Evacuated After Gas Line Ruptured

Several Chickasha homes were evacuated yesterday when a contractor hit a gas line near USAO. It happened just before noon in the area of 19th and Alabama Avenue. The fire department and other emergency crews  were called out after the 4-inch gas line was hit. Fortunately, no fire erupted and residents were allowed to return to their homes after the pipeline was repaired.

 

Camera Catches Thief Red Handed

A security camera helps to nab a suspect in a string of car burglaries in Tuttle.  A number of break-ins were reported from late Saturday, April 26th to early Sunday, April 27th. Some of the vehicles were unlocked, but at least one that was locked had a window broken and several items removed. One of the victims called police later saying they had video surveillance of the crime, and authorities were able to identify a suspect. An arrest warrant was issued and last Friday Tuttle police arrested 18-year old Jaxon Scott South on felony burglary charges and a misdemeanor of knowingly concealing stolen property. At his initial appearance in Grady County District Court yesterday South’s bond was set at $100,000.

 

Coronavirus Update

There were only 24 new cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma in Monday's report from the State Health Department. The total number of known COVID-19 cases is now at 4,613. There were two new deaths attributed to the illness with the death toll now at 274.  The number of those who have recovered is 3,241. The number of individuals currently hospitalized with the illness is down to 177.  Grady County's number was unchanged, staying at 45 with 38 people recovering and two deaths.  Caddo County is now up to 108 cases with 52 recoveries and eight deaths. McClain County was unchanged at 85 with 31 recoveries and two deaths. Stephens County stayed at 22 with 21 recoveries and one death. Garvin County is at 15 with 12 people recovering and one death.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $24.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $29.63.

Natural gas is $1.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,709 and silver is $15.79.

 

Obituaries

Della Jones

Services are pending for Della Jones, 56, formerly of the Chickasha and Anadarko area. Arrangements are with Brown Thomas Funeral Home.

Rita Christian

A private graveside service is scheduled for Rita Christian, 85, of Chickasha. Viewing will be at Ferguson Funeral Home on Thursday, May 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the graveside service to follow at the Pocasset Cemetery. An on-line funeral using the Zoom platform will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16th.

 

Monday, May 11th

 

Grady County Courthouse to Re-open to Public

The Grady County Courthouse will be re-opening to the public on a limited basis next week. County Commissioner Ralph Beard calls it a soft opening that will start next Monday, May 18th. Beard said there will be some strict guidelines.

 

              

 

Beard said masks will be provided if individuals do not bring them and that gloves will be provided should visitors want them. Everyone's temperature will be taken, and if it is over 100.4 those individuals will not be allowed in. He also said attendance will be limited for some court hearings.

 

              

 

The weekly county commissioners meeting will continue to be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds with officials anticipate returning the meetings to the courthouse on June 1st.

 

Coronavirus Update

The number of Oklahomans stricken by the coronavirus continues climbing. There were 66 new cases on Saturday and 99 new cases on Sunday taking the new total to 4,589. The state health department reports 272 deaths and that 3,204 individuals have recovered. Caddo County hit triple digits over the weekend with a total of 100 cases of COVID-19 with 9 deaths and 50 recoveries. McClain County has 85 cases with two deaths and 30 recoveries. Grady County is now at 45 with two deaths and 37 recoveries. Stephens County remains at 22 with one death and 21 recoveries so Stephens County has no active cases. Garvin County has 14 cases with one death and 12 people have recovered.

 

Chickasha Sports Complex to Re-open              

In case you missed the news over the weekend, the City of Chickasha announced that the city's sports complex will be re-opening. The complex is opening Friday, May 15th nearly two months to the day it was closed due to the coronavirus crisis. There will be increased safety measures. Only one entry will be used and everyone entering will have to wear a face covering, including players. Anyone not feeling well is asked to not visit the complex. Playgrounds will be closed and certain bleacher rows will be blocked off to help with  social distancing. The sports complex will be fogged twice a day. Officials are strongly recommending frequent hand washing. Snacks like sunflower seeds and similar foods that are spit out will not be allowed.

 

Small Biz Still Urged to Apply for CARES Act Funds

Small businesses throughout the state still have access to the Paycheck Protection Plan under the CARES Act to help them get through the COVID-19 crisis. In a press release, the Oklahoma Bankers Association says there are still funds available and that community banks are able to help. Officials say that the funds which come from the U.S. Small Business Administration are limited.

 

Kiowa Tribe Collects PPP              

The Kiowa Tribe picks up nearly $20 million in funds from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Plan. The nation’s 574 federally-recognized tribes started receiving their funds last week. Kiowa Tribe spokesman Neely Tsoodle said the tribe's funding will go directly to unbudgeted costs experienced during the pandemic. Tribal chairman Matt Komalty said the amount of the funds received were based on the tribe's population of more than 14,000 members.

 

Energy and Metals              

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $24.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $30.97.

Natural gas is $1.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,699 and silver is $15.64.

 

 

2020, May 4th-9th

Saturday, May 9th

 

Grady County Jail Inmates Dies from Coronavirus

An inmate at the Grady County jail is one of the two people in Chickasha who has died from the coronavirus. The Oklahoman reported that a federal inmate, 52-year old William Dean Brame, died on April 28th. Brame is the first inmate in Oklahoma known to have died from the illness. The newspaper reported that at least one other federal inmate and several detention officers at the jail had also tested positive for COVID-19 but all have recovered. Most of the 600 or so inmates at the jail are federal inmates who are being held prior to hearings at the Oklahoma City federal courthouse. The problem at the jail led to some delays in Oklahoma City. The delay came after a defense attorney was notified that federal inmates from the jail would not be transported to Oklahoma City because they were quarantined.

 

Coronavirus Update

The Friday report from the state health department shows the number of COVID-19 illnesses is now up to 4,424 which is an increase of 94 over Thursday’s report. There were six additional deaths including one in Caddo County. A total of 266 Oklahomans have now died from the infection while the number of recoveries has grown to 3,064. The number of people currently in the hospital was down slightly to 228. The Caddo County number of coronavirus cases is now up to 97. There are 85 in McClain County, 42 in Grady County, 22 in Stephens County, and 14 in Garvin County. For area communities, Binger has a total of 38 cases with 27 recoveries and eight deaths; Hinton has 35 cases with three recoveries and no deaths; Chickasha has 18 cases with 14 recoveries and two deaths. Blanchard also has 18 cases with 16 recoveries and no deaths. Tuttle has 15 cases with 14 recoveries and no deaths. Duncan has 14 cases and all have recovered. Anadarko has 10 cases with seven recoveries and one death.

 

Health Department Expands Coronavirus Testing

The state health department is expanding the coronavirus test to anyone who wants to be tested for the illness - even if they aren’t having any symptoms. State Health Commissioner Gary Cox said with the state entering the early phases of a measured re-opening, the testing becomes more vital. Cox said the goal is to test 90,000 Oklahomans this month. He said additional testing will improve early detection of any new hot spots and then allow officials to try and prevent further spread of the illness. Free curbside testing is available at many county health departments though supplies are limited. Individuals will need to call ahead to make an appointment, and then call again once they arrive before someone will come out to administer the test. Some private health care clinics offer the tests but there may be a fee.

 

Chickasha Sports Complex to Re-Open

The City of Chickasha sports complex will be re-opening next week. Officials announced that the complex will be back in operation on Friday, May 15th as part of Phase Two of Gov. Kevin Stitt's coronavirus economic recovery plan. There will be some increased safety measures which include anyone entering the sports complex - including players - must wear a facial covering at all times. Bleachers, dugouts, and bathrooms will be fogged twice a day with hydrochloric acid. Also, sunflower seeds and other food items that are normally spit on the ground or dugout areas will not be allowed. To help with social distancing, some bleacher rows will be blocked off and visitors are asked not to change them. Playgrounds at the sports complex will be closed.

 

Sheriff's Office Issues Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has an updated list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

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

 

Obituaries

Klova Dee Shaw

A private graveside service for Klova Dee Shaw, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Leva Joy Brantley

Funeral for Leva Joy Brantley, 96, of Sterling is pending with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, May 8th

 

City Council OKs Partial Payment

On Downtown Development Project

Renovation work is underway on a building in downtown Chickasha that was nearly destroyed a couple of years ago. The former Chickasha Star newspaper building was scheduled for demolition but was sold to a local company. This week, the city council approved awarding a partial payment of some economic development funds to Mark McPherson with the Great Plains Land and Cattle Company. McPherson presented plans last year to create space for a restaurant and some small retail stores in the building. The council unanimously approved a $40,000 payment of matching economic development funds for the work that has been completed. The council has approved a total of $160,000 of the economic development fund for the project. Councilman Zach Grayson said McPherson has already spent $173,000 of its own money on the project. Councilman Jim Hopkins asked when work on the facade might begin since that was one of main concerns for that building. Officials said they are addressing issues with the city’s historic preservation commission before work on the facade can begin.

 

City Council Extends Agreement with D'town Eatery

The city council this week also extended an agreement with the Crazy 8 Cafe which is in the process of remodeling its new location. The restaurant was awarded a $50,000 grant toward the renovation project. The agreement was extended through October of 2021. City Manager John Noblitt said it was hoped the restaurant could be re-opening sooner rather than later.

 

Virtual Chix City Council Meetings to End

City officials also announced at Monday’s meeting that they plan to discontinue the virtual council meetings that have been held  due to the coronavirus. Mayor Chris Mosley said the plan is for the council to resume meetings at city hall beginning with the Monday, May 18th council meeting.

 

Coronavirus Update

Oklahoma now has 4,330 confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma. The Thursday report from the state health department indicated there were about 130 new cases from the Wednesday report. There were also seven new deaths which increased the number of fatal cases of the illness to 260. The number of people in hospitals continues a downward trend with the latest number at 230. The number of people who have recovered from the illness is now at 2,985. Grady County has been fairly steady over the last week with the total number of cases at 41 with two deaths and 36 recoveries. Chickasha has had 17 cases with two deaths and 14 recoveries. Tuttle has 15 total cases with 12 recoveries. Caddo County now has 89 total cases with eight deaths and 45 recoveries. Binger has 37 cases with seven deaths and 25 recoveries. Anadarko has 10 cases with one death and four recoveries. McClain County has 84 cases with two deaths and 25 recoveries. Purcell has 58 cases with one death and eight recoveries. Blanchard has 18 cases with no deaths and 16 recoveries. Newcastle has five cases with one death and one person has recovered.

 

Better Broadband Service OK'd for Carnegie              

A portion of Caddo County will reap the benefits of a USDA program designed to help rural areas which have little or no broadband service. The Carnegie Telephone Company has been awarded a $1.2 million loan to add fiber to the infrastructure in that region. USDA is investing $71 million to provide broadband service in rural areas of Oklahoma and a part of Kansas. It wasn't immediately known when the Carnegie project might begin.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson and District Three Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard are our guests on the KOOL Konversation.  On Real Estate Today with John Mosley this week's guest is USAO president John Feaver. There are links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $23.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $29.46.

Natural gas is $1.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,733 and silver is $15.83.

 

Obituary

Mary Jolley

A graveside service with be held for Mary Jolley, 81, of Chickasha. The service will be at 1:00 Monday, May 11th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Thursday, May 7th

 

Chickasha Has Mini Housing Boom

While many sectors of the economy are struggling due to the coronavirus right now, there's a bit of a housing boom in Chickasha. New homes are under construction in the expansion of the Sleepy Hollow addition as well as the Shadow Valley development. The City of Chickasha's Community Development Department issued permits to build a number of new homes last month to help the April building report top the $1 million mark. Officials approved a total of 14 building permits last month which includes eight new homes in the Shadow Valley neighborhood.  Since the first of the year city officials have signed off on the construction of 26 homes. Only one commercial building was permit approved last month. That was for Walmart, which was awarded a $30,000 permit to install some security gates. New construction has topped $1 million in each of the first four months of 2020. The year-to-date total for new construction is $7 million.

 

Adult Video Filming Leads to Drug Arrest

The production of an adult video results in the arrest of a woman on drug complaints. Court documents indicate that an individual had gone to a home in Minco back in March to voluntarily engage in the production of  adult videos. The individual alleged they had smoked marijuana prior to filming and that they were injected with meth while filming. A judge approved a search warrant for the home last Friday. An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that Minco Police, the Grady County Sheriff's Office and Lighthorse Patrol found a large amount of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and imitation controlled drugs. Authorities arrested 53-year old Wynee Christi Mayfield on drug complaints and an arrest warrant was issued for a second individual. Mayfield has been charged with numerous felony and misdemeanor drug related charges. She is out of jail after posting bond.

 

Arrests Made in Connection with Rush Springs Thefts

Grady County investigators recover a lot of stolen property including some that was taken from a volunteer fire department. Numerous items had been reported stolen from a rent house in the Rush Springs area over the last six months.  A lot of the items were found at a Chickasha pawn shop. Also recovered were some flashlights taken from the Acme Volunteer Fire Department. Authorities arrested 29-year old Ashley Winkleblack and 20-year old Thomas Winkleblack who were renting the home. Both have been charged with misdemeanor counts of knowingly concealing stolen property and false declaration of ownership.

 

Coronavirus Update

In today's coronavirus update, Oklahoma now has 4,201 confirmed cases which is an increase of 74 from the previous day. There were six new deaths taking the number of fatal COVID-19 cases to 253. The number of people currently hospitalized was lower, down to 230 people. The health department also reports that more than 2,900 Oklahomans have recovered from the illness.

 

Anadarko High School Sets Class of 2020 Events

Anadarko High School announces a couple of events for its Class of 2020. A parade through Anadarko will be held on Friday, May 15th and a graduation ceremony is set for June 5th at the high school football field. There are 92 seniors in this year's class which includes 11 valedictorians. At the top of the class is Averi Zinn with a 4.25 GPA. Other valedictorians are Mallory Porter, Annabelle Hawkins, Paul Tointigh, Lyric Padgett, Darian Simmons, Cydnee Epton, Dekses Martinez, Lily Painter, and Josey Myers.

 

Donations Help Group that Helps First Responders

Many groups continue to support first responders who face a high risk of contracting the coronavirus. The Chickasha Police Department sends gratitude to groups that combined to donate $1,000 to the Emergency Responders Assistance Program (ERAP). ERAP is dedicated to providing post-critical care to first responders and their families who experience emotional trauma due to a critical incident. That includes training, education, and psychological help with a goal of fostering family relationships and extending careers. Assistant Chickasha Police Chief G.G. Music says that Arvest Bank, Century 21/Mosley Real Estate, and the Chickasha Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 combined to donate $1,000. Doug White is the director of the ERAP program which has provided over 1,400 gallons of free hand sanitizer to more than 210 first responder agencies in Oklahoma during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $23.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $29.72.

Natural gas is $1.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,698 and silver is $15.16.

 

Obituary

Pearl Conner

A private graveside service is scheduled for Pear Conner, 70, of Tuttle. The service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

 

Wednesday, May 6th

 

Man Accused of Having Sex with a Child              

A suspect accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a child is in the Grady County Jail. In custody is 42-year old John Eric Christopher Jones, who is alleged to have had sex with an 11-year old girl in Rush Springs last week. Jones was initially arrested last Saturday morning by Chickasha police for having outstanding warrants out of Grady County. Jones was then taken to the Rush Springs Police Department for questioning. A probable cause indicates Jones initially denied having an inappropriate relationship with the child but then confessed.  Prosecutors have formally charged Jones with a felony of lewd acts with a child. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Assault, Burglary Suspect Jailed              

A Chickasha man is behind bars facing assault and burglary charges. 40-year old Michael Leon Heath was arrested last week after a break-in at an Amber home. Grady County deputies were called to Grady Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 24th where a man was being treated for stab wounds. Authorities were then dispatched the home in Amber where the stabbing is alleged to have occurred. Heath was taken into custody at a Chickasha home the night of Thursday, April 29th. He has been formally charged with a number of felonies. He remains in jail in lieu of a $90,000 bond.

 

Coronavirus Update

The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma rose to 4,127 in the Tuesday report from the state health department. That's 83 more than the Monday report. The death toll grew by nine and is now up to 247. The number of patients currently hospitalized with the illness remain steady at 236. The health department reports that 2,830 people have recovered. Grady County reports 40 cases with 16 in Chickasha and 15 in Tuttle; Caddo County has a total of 72 with 36 in Binger and 10 in Anadarko;  McClain County has 77 with 52 in Purcell, 18 in Blanchard, and 5 in Newcastle;  Garvin County has 14 with seven in Pauls Valley and three in Lindsay; and Stephens County is steady at 22 cases with 14 in Duncan and two in Marlow.

 

Some Beef Producers Selling Direct to Consumers              

You've probably heard about some grocery stores running out of beef, poultry, and pork as a number of packing plants across the country are having to close because their employees are sick with the coronavirus. Here's some news for the beef industry in the Sooner State. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has introduced a program for its members to offer beef direct to consumers. However, customers may have to wait on the local processing plants. Harold Gillenwaters is with the Grady County Cattle Producers and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Assocation.

 

              

 

There are a number of beef producers in the region participating in the program, including Wheeler Farms of Chickasha; Victery Farms of Ninnekah; KTC Cattle Company of Tuttle; T3 Cattle Company in Blanchard;  Potter Cattle Company of Cyril; and Nunley Farms of Fletcher.

 

Chickasha High School Names Valedictorians

The class of 2020 at Chickasha High School has nearly two dozen valedictorians. The list of 23 seniors is topped by Carson Jones who posted a Grade Point Average of 4.315. Austin Allbright had the next highest GPA of 4.233. Both are expected to give speeches at the June 19th graduation ceremony at the high school football field. Other valedictorians are Kristen Zupper, Gracie Weber, and Riane Tuthill. Also Karson Smith, Katie Sanchez, Javier Rodriguez, Shayla Phillips, and Brandon Nottingham. Also on the list are Mollee McClary, Finnley Mantooth, Gema Longoria, Jenna Lewis, and Cameron Lessig. Others are Victor Juarez, Kiry Jones, Carson Jones, Valerie Inghram, and Serena Green. Also Abbigaile Gibson, Jacob  Finck, Krissa Buchanan, and Page Blue. The senior class will parade through the high school campus in their cars and truck on Friday night, May 15th, starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $24.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $30.97.

Natural gas is $2.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,705 and silver is $15.29.

 

Obituaries

Shirley Gabriel

A graveside service for Shirley Gabriel, 74, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 8th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Paula Rednose

A graveside service for Paula Rednose, 57, of Moore will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 8th at Chickasha's Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, May 5th

 

Children Found Wandering Near Busy Intersection

Two unattended children wander into a Chickasha convenience store and employees tell police it’s not the first time its happened. Chickasha police were called to the Domino's convenience store at 4th and Missouri Ave. last Friday. A three-year old and a two-year old had come to the store, neither wearing shoes, one wearing only a diaper and the other a shirt and a pair of shorts. A probable cause affidavit states a store employee said the children live at a house about a block away. When police went to the home they found the children's parents asleep. Authorities say they found drug items in the house. Police arrested 40-year old Tosha Morales and 40-year old Aaron Hall. They have been formally charged with felony child neglect. Both remain in jail on $50,000 bond each. They are to announce their attorneys on May 21st, with preliminary hearing conferences scheduled June 9th.

 

Arrested: Wife of ex-Cop Accused of Child Abuse

The wife of a former police officer charged with child abuse, is also facing charges in connection with the investigation. 43-year old Melissa Mabry has been charged with a misdemeanor for failure to protect a child. She was arrested by Chickasha police last Friday and spent the weekend in jail. She was formally charged with a misdemeanor at her initial appearance yesterday. Police arrested her husband, Doug Mabry last month after he and a teen got in to an argument, and he is alleged to have used excessive force in disciplining the teen. Both Doug and Melissa Mabry are out of jail after posting bond.

 

City of Chix to Mail 'Stimulus' Gift Cards

The City of Chickasha will be providing gift cards to all households in the community as part of an economic stimulus plan. The suggestion to use $350,000 of the city’s economic development funds came under some intense debate during last night's city council meeting. City Manager John Noblitt said providing each of the estimated 6,000 households in Chickasha with a $50 gift card would help businesses that are suffering because of the coronavirus. But City Councilman Kimmie Loggins said the plan offers no guarantee that residents would use those gift cards at local merchants. Here's an exchange between Loggins and Noblitt-

 

              

 

The measure passed on a 7-2 vote with Loggins and Oscar Nelson voting against the plan. It wasn't clear when the gift cards will be mailed out.

 

Street Repair List Critized, Council Postpones Project

The council postponed a decision to award a bid for a street improvement program. Some council members said the streets that were targeting for upgrades are not that bad. Council representatives Kimmie Loggins and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander both said there were several others streets that are in worse shape than those proposed for repairs. City Manager John Noblitt said the streets selected were part of an engineering study a few years ago which resulted in a long-term street improvement program. Loggins suggested that Noblitt or other city officials drive through neighborhoods before determining which streets need repair. Noblitt said the city tries to set aside $300,000 a year for street improvements but that doesn't go very far. The proposal to award the bid to a Moore construction company was tabled by a 6-3 vote, with Mayor Chris Mosley, and councilmen Zach Grayson and Jim Hopkins voting against postponing the bid award.

 

Coronavirus Update

An additional 72 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Oklahoma taking the total number of positive cases to 4,044. There were no new deaths in Monday’s update from the state health department so the death toll was unchanged 238. The number of those currently hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus is 236. The health department shows that 2,635 Oklahomans have recovered from the illness. Grady County has 40 cases with 28 recoveries and two deaths. Caddo County stands at 72 with 44 recoveries and now eight deaths. There are 77 in McClain County with 22 recoveries and two deaths. Garvin County is at 14 with 11 recoveries and one death. Stephens County is at 22 with 19 recoveries and one death.

 

Summer Watermelon Festival Canceled

The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival has been canceled this summer. The event was called off by the Rush Springs Lions Club yesterday over concerns of the coronavirus. The announcement was made on the Lions Club Facebook page with officials saying it’s heartbreaking. The festival is normally held on the second Saturday in August. The first festival was held in 1940 then was discontinued from 1943-1947 due to World War II. It had been held each year since 1948. Vendors who had already paid for booth space are being offered full credit for next year.

 

OSU Extension Offices to Remain Closed

OSU Extension offices across the state will remain closed to the public through mid-June. Grady County OSU Extension Director Liz Taylor says OSU guidelines for social distancing means that no large gatherings will take place through June 13th. That means no 4H or OHCE, or agriculture producer meetings. For Grady County there will be no meetings for the cattlemen and cattlewomen's associations, alfalfa growers, mineral owners, or farmers' market meetings. Taylor says the self-serve soil testing, and water and forage testing drop-offs  are still available at county offices. Taylor says extension staff will be working from their homes and will answer e-mails. You can also call your local extension office to leave a message and someone will get back with you.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $20.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $26.93.

Natural gas is $1.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,706 and silver is $14.87.

 

Obituaries

Dana Guy

A graveside service will be held for Dana Guy, 67, of Chickasha. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

Monday, May 4th

 

Street Improvement Plan on City Council Agenda

A street improvement program is expected to get final approval by the Chickasha City Council tonight. The panel is expected to award the project to Silver Star Construction Company of Moore which submitted a $278,000 bid. The city's engineering firm said Silver Star submitted the lowest responsive bid. The streets expected to see some upgrades include a portion of 16th Street, John Cowan Drive (in front of the high school), Chickasha Avenue, and Country Club Road. The council is also to consider rescinding the catastrophic health emergency issued April 10th in response to the coronavirus crisis. The panel is also to consider a request to award $40,000 in economic development funds to Great Plains Land and Cattle Co. for the project it’s working on at the old Chickasha Star newspaper office on South 4th Street. The council will also consider extending its economic development agreement with Crazy 8 Cafe for 12 months. The council will meet virtually tonight. It gets underway at 6:30 p.m. and will not be available on Suddenlink Channel 3 but can be viewed on the city's website: www.chickasha.org

 

Coronavirus Update              

There are now nearly 4,000 cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma. Sunday’s update from the state department of health shows 3,972 cases which is an increase of 228 from this past Friday. 238 Oklahomans have died from the illness, and 236 are currently being treated in state hospitals with the infection. Grady County now has 39 cases, Caddo County stands at 69, McClain County has 77, Garvin County reports 14, and Stephens County has 22. Chickasha and Tuttle both have 15 cases, while Blanchard is at 18, Anadarko is at 10, and Binger is at 36.

 

State Lawmakers Prepare for End of Session

State lawmakers only have four weeks left to finish business for the 2020 legislative session. State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) says the coronavirus problem has forced them to change the way they review and debate bills. Paxton is the assistant floor leader in the senate and says they are only considering the most important pieces of legislation.

 

              

 

Paxton said the senate received about 350 house bills and whittled that number down to about 100. He said the only thing they are required to do by the State Constitution is get a budget passed.

 

USAO to Re-open this Fall

USAO plans on re-opening its campus for classes this fall. Students have been taking on-line courses ever since spring break after the campus was closed due to the coronavirus health crisis. The campus remains closed through the summer months, with independent study and summer classes are also only available on-line. USAO President John Feaver said while they can't predict the future, the university will overcome the difficult time and find itself both stronger and kinder for it. USAO will be holding a virtual commencement program for its 2020 grads this week.

 

Blood Drive Underway; Others Scheduled

KOOL/RANCH radio stations are again working with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) for another blood drive today. The OBI’s bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot across from the studios at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today. Regular donors can go to the OBI website (www.obi.org) to fill out the Donor Express form before donating, which will save some time. All blood types are needed. Other blood drives coming up include one at Grady Memorial Hospital on Thursday, May 7th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at Western Farmers Electric Co-op in Anadarko on Friday, May 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $19.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $26.44.

Natural gas is $1.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,718 and silver is $15.12.

 

 

2020, April 27th-May 2nd

Saturday, May 2nd

 

Bomb Squad Checks Out Suspicious Briefcase

The Highway Patrol bomb squad was called to check out a suspicious briefcase left in the parking lot of the Grady County Courthouse Friday morning. The briefcase was found on the hood of a sheriff's office patrol car about 7:30 a.m. The car was parked next to a large natural gas line that feeds the courthouse and other nearby buildings. Undersheriff Phil Blevins said courthouse employees and workers at nearby businesses were not allowed to go into their buildings as they arrived for work. Blevins said officials did not want to take any chances.

              

 

The bomb squad arrived shortly after 9:00 a.m. and determined there were no explosives in the briefcase. Blevins says they reviewed video surveillance of the parking lot and recognized a man walking near the car about 10:00 p.m. Thursday night. The man was seen again about 5:00 a.m. Friday. Blevins said they have had some previous dealings with the individual, who is believed to be suffering from a mental illness.

 

WWII Vet Dies at 97

One of Grady County's last World War Two veterans has died. Delmer Conder, who served in the war along with his twin brother Elmer, passed away at his Chickasha home Thursday. He was 97. Delmer was about 20 years old when he began his military service in the Army. He was an MP in Africa from 1943 to 1946. Shortly after his discharge, he started a used car dealership in Oklahoma City, moved it to Chickasha, and renamed in Conder Motors which is still open at 7th and Choctaw Avenue. Conder was in the used car business for 73 years. Delmer is survived by three daughters and his brother Elmer. A private graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 4th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Coronavirus Update              

The number of Oklahoma's coronavirus cases now stands at 3,748. The Friday report from the state health department indicates the number is 130 more than on Thursday. There were eight more deaths recorded which increases the death toll from the illness in the state to 230. The number of people currently being treated in hospitals stands at 255 which was down from the previous day. Grady County has 36 reports of the illness, with 15 in Tuttle and 13 in Chickasha. There have been two deaths in Grady County, both in Chickasha. Caddo County is at 64 cases with 35 in Binger and 10 in Anadarko. Seven people have died in Caddo County. McClain County is now at 74 confirmed cases. There 54 in Purcell, 17 in Blanchard, and four in Newcastle. There have been two deaths in McClain County with one in Newcastle and one in Purcell. Stephens County has 22 cases with 14 in Duncan and two in Marlow. There's been one death in Stephens County which was in Comanche. Garvin county has 14 cases with 7 in Pauls Valley and 3 in Lindsay.

 

Sheriff's Office 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.

 

Obituary

Barbara Parham

A private graveside service is scheduled for Barbara Parham, 80, of Chickasha. The service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 

Friday, May 1st

 

Chickasha Has Second COVID-19 Related Death              

The state health department reports a second person in Chickasha has died from the COVID-19 virus. The victim was a 50 to 64 year-old man. He's the second casualty in Chickasha in the last two weeks. The first was recorded on April 15th - a man 65 or older. The number of confirmed statewide coronavirus cases in Thursday’s health department report is 3,618.  Grady County had 36 of those cases, with 13 in Chickasha and 15 in Tuttle. Caddo County has 62 confirmed cases with 35 in Binger and 10 in Anadarko. McClain County has 53 with 28 in Purcell, 17 in Blanchard, and 4 in Newcastle; Stephens County has 22 with 14 in Duncan and 2 in Marlow. Garvin County has 13 with 7 in Pauls Valley and 3 in Lindsay. There were 291 people currently hospitalized statewide with the illness.

 

Air Force Flyover Salutes Health Care Workers

U.S. military aircraft flew over a number of Oklahoma hospitals today to recognize and honor health care workers treating coronavirus patients. Aircraft from Altus Air Force Base and Vance Air Force Base in Enid took to the air this morning. Among the aircraft from Altus were four C-17s, two KC-135 Stratotankers, and two KC-46 Pegasus aircraft. From Vance were four T-38 Talons, two T-1 Jayhawks, and four T-6 Texan aircraft. The planes from Vance Air Force Base were to flyover hospitals in Enid, Edmond, Oklahoma City and Norman. Aircraft from Altus were to flyover hospitals in Altus and Lawton.  

 

Man Hospitalized After Pickup Crash

An Anadarko man is hospitalized after crashing his pickup. 28-year old Nathaniel Charlton was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with arm injuries after last night's accident and admitted in good condition. The accident happened about 8:00 p.m. Thursday in a rural area about six miles southwest of Verden. The highway patrol reports that Charlton was speeding down a county road when he lost control, ran off the road, hit an embankment and the truck rolled onto its side. Charlton was partially ejected and was pinned underneath the pickup. The trooper investigating the crash said Charlton was not wearing his seat belt.

 

More Oklahoma Businesses Re-opening

Some gymnasiums and exercise businesses are re-opening today as the first phase of Gov. Kevin Stitt's COVID-19 economic recovery plan begins. The Chickasha YMCA, which is part of the Oklahoma City YMCA program, will be re-opening to the public on Monday. Director Lewis Kniceley said individual workouts will resume, but group activities will not start right away. For instance, the noon basketball program is not going to start back up until the first of June. Kniceley also said that everyone, adults and youth, will have to sign a waiver before being allowed to work out. The waivers are available on the organizations website www.ymcaokc.org

 

Kiowa Tribe Approved for PPP Loan

The Kiowa Tribe will be getting more than $1 million from the federal government's small business economic stimulus plan. Chairman Matt Komalty says the tribe was approved for a $1.1 million loan that is part of the Paycheck Protection Program. The tribe provides about 160 jobs in Anadarko, Chickasha, Carnegie, and Lawton. Komalty said it will also allow the tribe to bring back 18 furloughed employees. Komalty also said the loan will help stabilize operations and will bring the group closer to easing the pain of lost revenues since the tribe's casinos have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Chickasha Business Support Plan Enters New Phase

A second phase of a local economic recovery plan for Chickasha businesses begins today. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Chickasha Economic Development Council are expanding a restaurant-themed program to now include retail, service, and entertainment businesses. Selected businesses will be handing out Shop Chickasha stickers to customers who spend at least $20 in their stores. The customer is asked to post a selfie on social media and will be eligible to win a $100 gift card. All businesses, not just chamber members can participate. Contact the chamber for information by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Harold Gillenwaters with the Grady County Cattle Producers Association, who is also the Southwest Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association is our guest on our KOOL Konversation. State Senator Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle is our guest on Real Estate Today with John Mosley. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $18.84 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $25.27.

Natural gas is $1.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,687 and silver is $15.00.

 

Thursday, April 30th

 

City Official Warns of Potential Scam Artists

Chickasha officials warn of potential scammers looking to take advantage of this week’s hail storm. City Planner Gene Winsett says there have been reports of unlicensed companies from outside the area going door-to-door offering to check for roof damage. Winsett said some of them are using drones to look at roofs without the homeowner’s permission.  Winsett advises that you don't allow any door-to-door rep to inspect your roof. If you suspect you may have damage, contact your insurance company which will send a rep to look for damage and will let you know if you need repairs or replacement. Winsett said companies should not be going door-to-door unless they have a solicitation permit from the city and that you should ask to see the permit. The companies also must be licensed with the city as well as the state construction board and you should ask for those documents as well. Report any complaints to the city's Community Development Department. You can also get a list of reputable companies that have the proper local and state requirements from city hall.

 

Coronavirus Update

Oklahoma's coronavirus cases grew by 63 in Wednesday's report from the state health department. The total number of illnesses since the first COVID-19 illness was discovered in mid-March is now up to 3,473. The death toll grew by seven and is now up to 214. There are fewer people hospitalized with the infection, with Wednesday’s number down to 283. Grady and McClain County coronavirus confirmations were steady at 35; Caddo County was steady at 61; Stephens County remained at 22; and Garvin County stayed at 13. Checking city numbers, Binger remained at 35; Blanchard at 17; Tuttle with 15; and Chickasha with 12. Anadarko has 9, and towns like Rush Springs, Minco, Cyril, Marlow, Ft. Cobb and Newcastle have four or fewer cases.

 

Voters to Decide Sales Tax Extension for Sr. Centers

Grady County voters will be asked to extend a sales tax proposal which benefits senior nutrition centers. The measure is on the June 30th primary election ballot. The proposal calls for a five-year extension of a 1/4th of a penny county-wide sales tax. The sales tax has been in effect for the last 10 years. If approved, it would extend the sales tax through December of 2025. The sales tax helps seven senior nutrition centers throughout Grady County, including Chickasha, Ninnekah, Alex, Rush Springs, Verden, Minco, and Tuttle.

 

Graduation Plans for Chickasha High School Seniors

This year’s senior class at Chickasha High School will have a couple of opportunities to be recognized for their accomplishments. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin said the first will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15th where the seniors can drive through the high school campus, with teachers and staff on the side of the street cheering them on. The seniors can wear their caps and gowns and decorate their cars and trucks. A community graduation ceremony has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19th outdoors at Memorial Stadium. Each senior will receive six tickets to give to family members or other guests. Officials will announce later how students can get those tickets. The ceremony will be live-streamed on social media. If the outdoor ceremony has to be canceled Croslin said a virtual graduation ceremony would be scheduled.

 

Bowling Alleys to Open Under Recovery Plan              

Bowling alleys will be allowed to open tomorrow (Friday, May 1st) in what is the beginning of the first phase of the governor's economic recovery plan. The Chickasha Bowling Center will be opening tomorrow afternoon and will implement social distancing measures as well as some added sanitation procedures. Owner Jimmy Houser said they will only have every other lane open to help keep groups six feet apart. He also said customers will leave the house bowling balls on the return racks so that employees can clean them with disinfectant wipes. The bowling alley will be open extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights. The bowling alley will open at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $15.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $22.54.

Natural gas is $1.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $15.73.

 

Obituary

Charles “Bud” Schwemley

A graveside service for Charles “Bud” Schwemley, 85, of Oklahoma City was held at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

 


Wednesday, April 29th

 

Strong Storms Drop Large Hail in Several Areas

Slow moving thunderstorms tracked through much of the Grady County and McClain County region Tuesday night. The storms dropped golf-ball to baseball-sized hail and brief heavy rain accompanied by 60- to 70-mile per hour winds.  Rainfall totals were minimal - only about two-tenths of an inch from Minco to Chickasha to west of Rush Springs. There were no immediate reports of serious damage.  The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area about 3:00 p.m. The Grady and McClain County storm system developed just after 6 p.m. and creeped from north to south moving about 30 miles per hour. A long-lived hail core stretched from Pocasset to Tuttle and moved south through Amber and Blanchard, Norge, Chickasha and Tabler, then further south through Ninnekah and Rush Springs. Oklahoma City television station storm trackers followed the storm to Marlow and Duncan. The large rotating storm system displayed the threat of producing tornadoes but none were reported.

 

Train Hits Semi Hauling Cattle; Some Animals Killed

A train hit a semi hauling cattle in Pocasset yesterday. The semi driver was not injured but several head of cattle died as a result of the accident. The crash happened just before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday on the south edge of Pocasset. It was at an uncontrolled railroad crossing just east of U.S. Highway 81 and CR 1260 which also known as Cardinal Road.  The semi was westbound and had nearly cleared the tracks when the train hit the cattle-filled trailer. The driver of the semi was identified as Will Osborn. The names of the individuals on the train were not available. The accident closed the county road for some time.

 

Man Charged for Allegedly Biting Off Woman's Lip

A man is accused of biting off a woman's lip. Chickasha police were called to a disturbance near 17th and Grand Avenue early Sunday morning. A probable cause affidavit filed by investigators indicates the two were arguing which led to a physical confrontation. The victim was taken to a trauma center in Oklahoma City where it was expected she would have to undergo plastic surgery. Authorities arrested 24-year old Austin Cody Boevers of Tuttle. Prosecutors have formally charged him with a felony count of aggravated assault and battery. If convicted he faces up to five years in prison. Boevers is out of jail after posting a $30,000 bond. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for June 9th.

 

State COVID-19 Cases Top 3,400

Another 130 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Oklahoma in Tuesday’s daily report from the state health department. That brings the total number of the illnesses in the state to 3,410. There were also 10 more deaths blamed on the illness taking that total to 207. Officials said the number of patients currently being treated in the hospital is 288. Grady County had four more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the latest report, bringing the number up to 35. There are 15 in Tuttle and 12 in Chickasha. The number in Caddo County increased to 61, with 35 in Binger and nine in Anadarko. McClain County has 35 cases, with 17 in Blanchard and 3 in Newcastle. There are 22 in Stephens County, with 14 in Duncan and two in Marlow. Garvin County reports 13 cases, including seven in Pauls Valley and three in Lindsay.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $12.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $19.19.

Natural gas is $1.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,721 and silver is $15.49.

 

Obituaries

Dickie Kluver

A graveside service for Dickie Kluver, 66, of Clinton and formerly of Chickasha be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 30th in the Clinton city cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral home.

Jo Marilyn Trent

A graveside service for Jo Marilyn Trent, 70, of Tulsa and  formerly of Chickasha will be a 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 1st at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Betty June Carty

A private graveside service will be held for Betty June Carty, 84, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, April 28th

 

Proposed Budget Cuts for Fire, Police Criticized

A projected shortfall in sales tax revenue for the City of Chickasha is forcing officials to ask all departments to slash budgets for the rest of the fiscal year, and for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. Those budget cuts are expected to be about $1 million for both the fire and police departments - a proposal that has many residents in an uproar. Social media comments over the last few days are critical of the proposal from City Manager John Noblitt. Noblitt said no firm decisions have been made at this point regarding budget cuts, as they are waiting to see next month's sales tax numbers. Noblitt says while the city has been receiving about $1 million per month in sales tax revenues over the last couple of years, he's expecting a dramatic drop in the near future.

 

              

 

The Chickasha Firefighters Association union is against any cuts that may impact public safety. In a letter from the union’s executive board written to Noblitt and Mayor Chris Mosley, union leaders say daily staffing cuts have shut down the department's essential rescue unit which responds to a wide range of emergencies. The letter states they fear the service cuts will increase response times and adversely affect the city's ability to successfully protect citizens from fires and medical emergencies. Noblitt said emergency crews will still respond to calls.

 

              

 

Noblitt said he disputes the claim that the city has a $10 million surplus.

 

Rise in Coronavirus Cases Slows              

There were less than 30 new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Oklahoma according to the latest report from the state health department. Monday's report showed only 27 new cases which puts the new total of Oklahomans sickened by the illness at 3,280.  There were also three more deaths attributed to the coronavirus, putting that number at 197. The number of hospitalizations has been below projections. As of last Friday, the health department reported just over 300 people currently hospitalized and that a total of 656 have spent at least some time in a hospital for treatment. Grady County remains at 34 confirmed cases, with 15 in Tuttle and 12 in Chickasha. Caddo County stays at 58, with 35 in Binger and 8 in Anadarko. McClain County holds at 30 cases with 17 in Blanchard, 9 in Purcell, and three in Newcastle.

 

State Rep. Brad Boles' Challenger Disqualified

State Representative Brad Boles will not have a challenger in the Republican Primary election this summer nor in the general election this fall. Boles contested the filing of Republican Gregory Dunson of Tuttle in House District 51 following the recent filing period for state office. In his challenge, Boles said Dunson had not been a registered voter in the district for six months prior to the filing period. Boles said that Dunson had only been a registered voter for about two months prior to filing. In a hearing on April 21st, the State Election Board ruled in favor of Boles, striking Dunson's name from the June 30th primary ballot. Since Boles has no Republican challenger and a Democrat did not file for the post, Boles will serve another two years at the state capitol. The district includes much of the eastern half of Grady County, as well as parts of Stephens and McClain counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $12.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $19.99.

Natural gas is $1.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,722 and silver is $15.35.

 

 

Monday, April 27th

 

Silver Alert Canceled for Missing Man

A Silver Alert issued for a missing Grady County man over the weekend has been canceled. 64-year old Jack Alton was reported missing from his home not far from Bridge Creek School Saturday afternoon. The Grady County Sheriff's Office reported that Alton had gone missing from his home about 8:00 a.m. Saturday. The sheriff's office canceled the Silver Alert about 9:00 p.m. Sunday (April 26th).

 

State COVID-19 Cases Top 3,200

The number of new coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is slowing. There were about 70 new cases from Friday to Saturday, and another 60 from Saturday to Sunday. The total number of coronavirus confirmations in the state is now 3,253. The number of deaths from the infection is up to 195. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Grady County now stands at 34 with Tuttle showing 15 cases and Chickasha with 12. Caddo County is up to 58 with Binger reporting 35 cases and Anadarko with 8. McClain County is up to 30 with Blanchard reporting 17 cases, Purcell with 9, and Newcastle with 3. Stephens County has 20 with Duncan showing 12 cases and Marlow with 2. Garvin County has 19 with Pauls Valley reporting 7 and Lindsay with 3.

 

Chix City Hall, Library Re-Open to Public

Chickasha City Hall and the library are re-opening to the public today. The buildings were closed last month in response to the coronavirus. Officials say visitors to those buildings will be required to wear masks. The library is opening this morning with modified hours. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a temporary basis. The library is also asking patrons to call ahead if they want to use an internet computer to schedule an appointment. Staff members will not be able to help computer users due to social distancing protocol. The computers will be disinfected after each use. There is free Wi-fi service available just outside the library, so individuals can use that in their cars. Plus, the library will continue its curbside pickup service. Grab bags of books are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

 

Chix Residents Offered Free Brush Pickup Service

Chickasha residents are temporarily not being charged a fee if they have brush that needs to be picked up. The city started charging for brush pickup services last year, asking residents instead to take advantage of the free bulk services available from the city's private sanitation contractor. David Buchanan is the city's public works director.

 

              

 

Buchanan also said residents can take brush and limbs to the city's public works headquarters and drop them off at no charge. Residents should call ahead before doing so and will have to show a current utility bill.

 

Chix Schools New Administrator

Looks Forward to Joining the District

Chickasha schools new director of curriculum and personnel says he's looking forward to joining the district. Seth Meier is currently an elementary school principal in the Moore school system. A press release issued by Chickasha schools indicates that Meier also worked as an assistant middle school principal at Mid-Del Schools where he supervised the special needs alternative program. He also previously taught special needs students and math. He holds a master's degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a doctorate's degree from OU. Meier said he believes in leading through transparency, optimism, and servant leadership. He said his passion is creating environments where positive relationships are fostered, children flourishing through authentic learning experiences; an engaged community through a collective responsibility; and teachers growing through instructional risk-taking. Meier will join the district in July. He and his wife Kristi have two children.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $16.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $21.44.

Natural gas is $1.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,735 and silver is $15.51.

 

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