Saturday, September 26th
Stolen Welding Trailer Recovered; Suspects Being Sought
A custom-made welding trailer reported stolen from a rural Grady County home this week has been found and the owner is grateful. Glen McNatt called KOOL/RANCH News Friday to tell us that the trailer had a lot of sentimental value, because it was one of the last projects that he and his late father had worked on. McNatt was offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for taking the trailer from his mother's home near Ninnekah late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. He had called the Grady County Sheriff's office to report the crime. McNatt says he got some good news late Friday as the trailer was found at a pawn shop in Newcastle. He says that the McClain County Sheriff's Office is now helping with the investigation as the suspect or suspects have not yet been located.
Chix Police Investigate Reported Stabbing; Stolen Vehicle
A reported hit-and-run and stabbing is under investigation by Chickasha police. No details are available but the police blotter indicates that officers were summoned to the Regency Inn in the 700 block of South 4th Street about 11:00 p.m. Wednesday. One person was taken to the hospital for treatment but it wasn't reported how serious the injuries were or if the victim was admitted. The report indicated there was more than one suspect that fled the area. Police are also looking into a report of a vehicle stolen from a convenience store. This happened about 6:00 a.m. Thursday at the Bronco Corner at 4th and Country Club Road. Police say the victim had left the vehicle running when he went inside. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call police or Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS. Tips may also be given anonymously on the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.
Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List
The Grady County Sheriff's office has issued a list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public information Officer Lisa Hatchett-
If you have information regarding any of these individuals, contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.
A graveside service for Glenn Rooker, 90, of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 28th at Tuttle’s Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tuttle American Legion Post.
Friday, September 25th
Coronavirus Cases Continue Climb;
City Councilman Calls for Mask Ordinance
Grady County now has surpassed 1,000 positive coronavirus tests and there has been a rapid rise over the last couple of weeks. The State Health Department placed Grady County in the Orange category which means that individuals are at a moderate risk of contracting COVID-19. Many area counties are also in the Orange category including Caddo, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, and Oklahoma counties. Chickasha schools are also dealing with an increase in the number of students and staff who have tested positive. The district has postponed tonight's home football game with Weatherford because four coaches have tested positive including head coach Jerry Don Bray. At least one high school football player tested positive earlier this week and several players he was in contact with were quarantined. In Thursday’s report from the State Health Department, the City of Chickasha has had 531 positive coronavirus tests. Of those, 365 have recovered, there are 160 active cases, and there have been six people who have died from the illness. The recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Chickasha has one city councilman calling for a city-wide mask ordinance. Ward Three Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander brought it up at this week's city council meeting. Mayor Chris Mosley said there are issues with enforcing such an ordinance-
Ashanti-Alexander said the city has an obligation to do what it can to minimize community spread and that the penalty for not wearing a mask wouldn't have to be excessive-
The council may discuss a city-wide mask ordinance at its Oct. 5th meeting.
Junior Social Workers Host Annual Spaghetti Day
Spaghetti Day is here! Chickasha's Junior Social Workers are cooking up several hundred pounds of spaghetti and gallons and gallons of spaghetti sauce for the event. All the funds raised benefit a number of local charities. There are drive-through and delivery services only at the Grady County Fairgrounds with two serving times, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for kids.
Blanchard to Host Mufflers on Main
A big past time of years gone by was to go cruisin' on a Saturday night. The City of Blanchard will bring that tradition back with its annual Mufflers on Main event all day tomorrow. It features one of the largest car and truck shows in the region with dozens of trophies to be awarded and a $500 cash prize to the best in show. There will be live music and food trucks and admission is free. Mufflers on Main is from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. tomorrow in Blanchard.
Talk Show Topics
Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Katie Davis with USAO will be on the KOOL Konversation discussing the current Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series. On Real Estate Today this week’s guest is Joe Dorman with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy talking about the importance of filling out the census, with the deadline to do so coming up at the end of the month. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.31 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $41.94.
Natural gas is $2.25 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,867 and silver is $23.06.
Thursday, Sepember 24th
Man Arrested for Alledged Rape of a 12-year-old Girl
Grady County deputies arrested a man who had a warrant for his arrest for allegedly raping a 12-year old girl. 22-year old Dylan Kyle Miller was taken into custody at his Bridge Creek area home Tuesday afternoon. The warrant was issued out of Oklahoma County earlier this year. Oklahoma City Police Master Sergeant Gary Knight tells how and when their investigation began-
Knight said the 12-year old had indicated that she and Miller were in a relationship. Knight said that even if the relationship was consensual it is against the law for an adult to have sex with a child that young. Miller was taken to the Grady County Jail where he remains as of this morning.
Ninnekah Native Dies in Plane Crash
A former Ninnekah resident has died in a plane crash while helping fight wildfires in Idaho. Ricky Fulton was working as a contractor for the Bureau of Land Management at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Fulton graduated from Ninnekah High School in 1980. Reports from The Oregonian indicate that Fulton was flying a T-857 single-engine air tanker when it crashed Tuesday night. The cause of the crash has not been determined. The Department of the Interior Office of Aviation Services, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.
Women Pilots Group Continues Airport Upgrades
A group of pilots that made some upgrades at the Chickasha Municipal Airport last year have made some similar improvements at the Duncan airport. The Oklahoma 99s, an international organization of women pilots, spent part of last weekend painting special landmarks and what's known as a compass rose on the airport’s runway and taxiway. The Duncan Banner reports that there were 42 volunteers including 13 members of the 99s. The pilots also painted similar markings at the Hinton Municipal Airport.
Gas-Powered Vehicles to be Outlawed in California?
Movies like American Graffiti spotlighted muscle cars and other gas-guzzling vehicles on the west coast. But the sale of those classics and others that use fossil fuels are apparently going to be illegal to sell in California by the middle of the next decade-
That’s Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Utitlity Panel Seeks Comment on Future Energy Resources
Speaking of the Corporation Commission, the group is working on the future development of energy resources in Oklahoma and is asking for public input regarding electrical re-structuring. Brandon Wreath is the director of the commission's Public Utility Division. He said the project was a last-minute addition after a 2019 town hall meeting. The original town hall resulted in the agency opening a Notice of Inquiry that included battery storage; renewable natural gas and related infra-structure; electric and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles; statewide utility rate transparency and reporting; and increased bill information. Public comments will be welcomed past the original submission date of Oct. 19th. The group hopes to make a presentation to state lawmakers next year.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $39.93 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $41.77.
Natural gas is $2.12 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,856 and silver is $22.31.
Troy Maloney, Jr.
Funeral service for Troy Maloney, Jr., 71, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served a tour in Korea during the Vietnam War, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Oklahoma City for 40 years. Masks and social distancing will be required before and during the service.
Wednesday, September 23rd
Grady County Sees Big Drop in Economy From Last Year
Many sectors of the Grady County economy were doing quite well a year ago, when the energy sector was booming and the world was not impacted by the coronavirus. Recent figures for consumer spending and sales tax revenue reflect the changing times. For Grady County, sales tax collections for last month totaled $414,000. That's about one-third of the total from August of 2019 when tax collections were nearly $1.1 million. Those sales tax numbers represent consumer spending from June. Consumer spending across the county in June this year was estimated at $55 million. That compares to more than $155 million from June of 2019. Here's where the $414,000 in county sales tax collections were distributed last month. $138,000 went to the county fairgrounds; $122,000 was issued to Grady Memorial Hospital; nearly $10,000 was provided to each of the seven senior nutrition centers; about $3,500 went to each of the 20 fire districts; almost $13,000 went to Tuttle Emergency Medical Services; and nearly $3,000 was provided to the Rush Springs EMS.
COVID-19 Cases Continue Climb
Another Chickasha resident has died from the coronavirus. A woman in the 65 years and older category has died from the illness putting Chickasha's death toll from the infection at six. She is the fourth person to die in Grady County from COVID-19 in the last week. There have now been 11 deaths in Grady County. In addition to the six in Chickasha there have been four in Tuttle and one in Blanchard. Yesterday's update from the state health department shows there are now 312 active cases in Grady County with 174 in Chickasha. There are 85 in Blanchard and 45 in Tuttle. In Caddo County there are 104 active cases with 43 of them in Anadarko. Across the state 628 people are hospitalized out of the more than 12,600 active cases.
Prayer Service Set for Human Trafficking Victims, Survivors
A southwest Oklahoma group dedicated to stopping human trafficking will gather to pray for victims and survivors. The Red Cord will meet in Medicine Park on Friday night for an event called Stop the Traffic NOW (NOW is an acronym for Night of Worship). Organizers are encouraging individuals to fight trafficking which targets children and communities. The event will get underway at 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 25th on the main stage at Medicine Park. Recent news reports show that Oklahoma is among 34 states chosen to get a federal grant to aid sex trafficking survivors. Oklahoma will get $500,000 to help survivors with temporary housing, work programs, and other needs. The Red Cord is a non-profit group based in Lawton. For information visit the website: www.theredcord.org or see the group's Facebook page.
Arts Festivals Set for Chickasha in October
Oklahomans looking for activities in the first couple of weeks of October will want to include Chickasha in their plans. October 2nd-4th is the 12th annual Rock Island Arts Festival. The Chickasha Area Arts Council has a waiting list of artisans who want to take part, since many similar festivals have been canceled this summer because of the pandemic. The event includes the third annual Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour. For information visit the website: www.rockislandartsfestival.org The following weekend on Saturday, October 10th will be a relatively new fall festival hosted by the Bullock Memorial Center. Organizers are looking for vendors to bring arts and crafts and items for sale, and the Grady County Sheriff's Office will have a touch-a-truck event. By the way, the event will be held after the OU-Texas Football game from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Bullock Memorial Center was named for Dr. William Bullock, one of Chickasha's first surgeons and family physicians. He was a leader in working to improve race relations in the city. The center is located at 917 S. 1st Street.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil is $39.60 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $41.72.
Natural gas is $1.83 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,893 and silver is $23.69.
Funeral service for Michael Reynolds, 63, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
A memorial service for Lois Farmer, 89, of Minco will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 26th at Union City Baptist Church.
Tuesday, September 22nd
Chix City Council Gets Update on Water Woes
The poor quality of Chickasha's drinking water was discussed at length during last night's city council meeting. Parts of the city have dirty and foul-smelling and tasting water which were first noticed over the Labor Day weekend. City Manager John Noblitt said the contractor that runs the water treatment plant has been working to fix the problem. Noblitt tried to explain the challenges the contractor is facing.
While the water looks, smells, and tastes bad Noblitt said officials from the State Department of Environmental Quality said it is not a safety concern and even the Federal Environmental Protection Agency has given it a - quote - clean bill of health. Noblitt said residents are urged to report problems by going to the city’s website – www.chickasha.org – and use the Request Tracker link to do so. He said residents could also call city hall to report issues at 405-222-6045.
Council OK's Sale of Grand Lake Properties
The city council approved the sale of two lots the city owns at Grand Lake. The two lots sold for a combined $88,000. The lots were among six parcels of property the city obtained after a Tulsa company defaulted on $250,000 of the city's economic development funds which supposed to be used to move that company to Chickasha but the move never took place. So far, the city has been able to sell three lots for a total of $123,000 to recoup about half of those economic development funds. The city has hired a Realtor in the area to help sell the other three properties.
One Hospitalized After Turnpike Crash
A crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike sends one driver to the hospital with head injuries. 65-year old David Matthews of Purcell was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The accident happened just before 9:00 p.m. Monday near Mile Marker 77 just southwest of Chickasha. The highway patrol reports that two vehicles were eastbound on the interstate, when Matthews abruptly hit his brakes. A car behind him driven by 27-year old Jordan Robinson of Moore was following too close and rear-ended Matthews. Robinson was not hurt.
Fire Destroys Chickasha Restaurant
A Chickasha restaurant was virtually destroyed in a Sunday night fire. The fire gutted Sam's Southern Eatery near 4th Street and Missouri Avenue. The fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. after the restaurant had closed. Interim Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says the fire, smoke, and water damage is upwards of $300,000. Fire crews spent about three hours at the scene. Samaniego said they were able to determine the fire started in the kitchen area and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Woman and Her Mom Come Home to Find House on Fire
Chickasha fire crews also battled a house fire early Monday morning. The fire occurred in the neighborhood of 15th Street and Idaho Avenue. A woman and her mother came home about 1:30 a.m. and saw smoke coming from the home. Samaniego said fire crews were able to contain the fire to a bedroom where it started. The fire threatened nearby homes but fire crews were able to keep them from being damaged. Crews were on the scene of that fire for about two hours. Estimated damage to the one story home is about $10,000. The cause of that fire is also under investigation.
Bull Rider Dies from Fatal Rodeo Injury
A 20-year old Stephens County bull rider has died following a recent rodeo in Texas. Rowdy Swanson suffered fatal injuries at a PRCA event in Mineral Wells, Texas. KSWO-TV reports Swanson excelled as a student at Empire High School and was the president of the FFA his senior year. He had also received a state FFA degree and had gone to Oklahoma State University to be part of the rodeo program there. Empire schools honored Swanson before their football game with Grandfield last Friday. Swanson's funeral will be held tomorrow.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $39.31 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $41.44.
Natural gas is $1.83 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,909 and silver is $24.32.
Monday, September 21st
Chix City Council Returns to City Hall for Meeting
The Chickasha City Council meets at city hall for a formal meeting tonight for the first time since July. The panel has been meeting virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will consider accepting a nearly $12,000 coronavirus emergency supplemental funding grant. The funds are to be used for personal protective equipment such as infra-red thermometers and hand-held portable radios for the police department. As part of a consent docket, the council is expected to accept an agreement with the Festival of Light for the upcoming season. The panel will discuss the potential sale of two more lots the city owns at the Grand Lake resort. Also on the agenda is the discussion of awarding another $40,000 in economic development funds to The Great Plains Land and Cattle Company for its renovation work on a commercial building near 4th Street and Kansas Avenue. The council will also consider a request to exempt churches, schools, and qualified non-profit groups from the city's temporary sign regulations. Also to be discussed is allowing the sale and consumption of beer and wine at the Rock Island Arts Festival which is set for Oct. 2nd-4th. The council will meet at city hall tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Fire, Smoke Damage Alex Home
Volunteer firefighters from four departments were summoned to a house fire in Alex last night. 22 firefighters and nine trucks from the Alex, Bradley, Ninnekah, and Naples departments were dispatched to 302 West B Street about 7:00 p.m. The owners and occupants were not home when the fire started. Officials say it appeared the fire had been smoldering for some time before it was reported as there was smoke damage throughout the home. The preliminary investigation indicates the fire was caused by an electrical problem with the window air conditioner. The damage estimate is $28,000.
Kiowa Tribe Legislative Speaker Dies from COVID-19
One of the leaders of the Kiowa Tribe's legislative branch has died from the coronavirus. The Lawton Constitution reports that Angela Chaddlesone-McCarthy, who represented District One and served as the speaker of the tribe's legislature, had spent more than a month in intensive care at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was 49. While the legislative branch has been in a legal battle with Tribal Chairman Matt Komalty over the last few months, Komalty praised Chaddleson-McCarthy's dedication to the tribe. In a statement, Komalty said “her passion for her people and love for the tribe will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.” The funeral for Angela Chaddlesone-McCarthy will be at Indian City, USA in Anadarko tomorrow afternoon. Gates will open at 1:00 p.m. with a celebration of life starting at 2:00 p.m.. All who attend are asked to bring chairs, wear masks, and respect social distancing protocols.
Radio Station Blood Drives Set Today, Next Monday
The Oklahoma Blood Institute continues to put the call out for blood donations. KOOL 105.5 and The Ranch radio stations are co-sponsoring today's drive at the YMCA parking lot across the street from the radio stations at 7th and Chickasha Ave. The bloodmobile will be here from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's part of the OBI's Bedlam blood drive so donors can get their choice of an OSU or OU blood drive t-shirt. Plus, all donations will be tested for coronavirus anti-bodies. If you are unable to donate today the radio stations will host another blood drive next Monday. Call 405-224-1560 and ask for George.
Salvation Army Seeks Angel-to-Angel Applicants
The Salvation Army is now taking applications from families that would like to take part in the annual Angel to Angel program. The program provides Christmas presents for needy children during the upcoming holidays. The Salvation Army serves both the Grady and Caddo County areas. For applications contact the Salvation Army by calling 405-224-5647.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.11 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $43.30.
Natural gas is $2.05 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,936 and silver is $26.39.
A graveside service for Water Ferrell, 70, of Amber will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 23rd at the Amber Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.