Saturday, November 14th
State Asks for Federal Major Disaster Declaration
Gov. Kevin Stitt is requesting that a federal major disaster declaration be issued for more than a dozen counties in central and western Oklahoma following last month's destructive ice storm. Grady, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, and Oklahoma counties are included in the request. A press release from the governor's office says the cleanup estimate from the storm is already at $27 million and climbing. Officials said they hope the Feds will act quickly and approve the request so communities can begin to recover some of the extensive costs associated with responding to the storm. If approved, the declaration would deliver federal funds to help municipalities, counties, tribes, and rural electric co-ops with costs associated with debris removal and infrastructure repairs. Other counties could be included in the declaration later.
Teen Hospitalized After Officer-Involved Crash
Authorities are investigating an officer-involved crash in Elgin where a teenager had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. A Facebook post from the Elgin Police Department indicated the unidentified officer did not have any obvious injuries but was sore and at home. The accident happened just after 7:00 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 277 in Elgin. The 17-year old girl was transported by helicopter from the Elgin football field and her condition is unknown. No details of the accident were listed on the Elgin Police Department’s Facebook post.
Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List
The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett.
If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.
Ag Marketing Meeting Tuesday
Area cattle producers may want to take part in an ag marketing meeting at the Grady County OSU Extension office next week. Trent Milacek, an area agriculture economics specialist will have an update on livestock risk insurance and cattle markets. The meeting will be held at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17th at the extension office. Ranchers can attend in person or via the Zoom platform. Interested producers need to register by 4:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16th.
Pesticide Container Recyling Day Also on Tuesday
Also on Tuesday, ag producers are reminded of the pesticide container recycling day at the OSU Research Station. All containers must be triple-rinsed with the labels and lids removed. That will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday morning.
Talk Show Topics
Dawn Sullivan, the Deputy Director for the State Department of Transportation, will be on our KOOL Konversation to talk about the proposed Public Transit Policy Plan. On Real Estate Today, Ray Walker with the state insurance department will talk about the agency's Medicare Assistance Program. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.
A graveside service will be held for Kristy Calhoun, 46, of Chickasha at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
High School Football Scores
Tuttle 42, Chickasha 14
Blanchard 54, Elgin 7
Newcastle 28, John Marshall 21
Minco 34, Merritt 0
Dibble 43, Watonga 32
Apache 32, Fairview 22
Anadarko, Alex, Marlow all idle
Purcell at Lindsay
Friday, November 13th
Update on Arrest of Child Sex Crimes Suspect
Earlier this week, KOOL-RANCH news reported the arrest of a Grady County man for alleged lewd acts with a child. We obtained the probable cause affidavit filed in the case by Tuttle police. Authorities say a 13-year old girl alleged that 53-year old Jeffrey Jack Bowen had touched her inappropriately on several occasions. The girl told investigators that it had been going on for a while, but she didn't tell anyone because she was afraid he would get mad and that she would get in trouble. Authorities questioned Bowen about the allegations back in September. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday and he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning. Bowen is facing three felony charges of lewd acts with a child. He is out of jail after posting $35,000 bond.
Suspect Accused of Having Child Porn on Phone
Grady County authorities arrested a suspect in connection with a child pornography investigation by the OSBI. Deputies arrested 30-year old Brandon Michael Kyle of Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon. He was wanted out of Greer County in southwest Oklahoma following an investigation that took place a year ago. A probable cause affidavit filed by the OSBI alleges that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report about child porn on the Tumblr social media site which was traced to Kyle's cel phone. Investigators contacted Kyle at the Braum's Dairy in Tuttle last November and seized the phone. It's alleged the phone contained numerous photos and videos of young children. Kyle remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. According to on-line court records, just last week Kyle pleaded no contest to a charge of lewd acts with a child which was also out of Greer County.
COVID-19 Shuts Down County Treasurer's Office
There's been another positive test of COVID-19 at the Grady County Courthouse. The treasurer's office will be closed today as an employee there tested positive. The rest of the courthouse will be open during regular business hours today.
Chix Distance-Learning Students May Opt Out of Program
Parents of Chickasha school students who have been taking part in the distance-learning or blended learning programs for the first semester have a decision to make. School officials say they have the option of returning to the classroom full time after Christmas break. The announcement is posted on the school district's Facebook page. Officials say parents have until December 4th to make the change. Schools will be in contact with parents, or parents can go ahead and reach out to the school to let them know. There is a one-page form which must be completed and returned should students want return to the classroom full-time.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.12 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $43.53.
Natural gas is $2.98 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,876 and silver is $24.31.
A graveside service for Martha Robinson, 88, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Jim Martin, 74, of Amber will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16th at First Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
A graveside service for Ruthie Johnson, 73, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Thursday, November 12th
Sooner Circuit Dog Show Returns to Chickasha
Every November for the last 11 years a couple of Oklahoma kennel clubs have come to Chickasha to host two of the largest dogs shows in the region. The Canadian Valley Kennel Club and the Town and Country Kennel Club will be taking over one of the arenas at the Grady County Fairgrounds for what's known as The Sooner Circuit of Dog Shows. Between 750 and 800 of dogs in the country will be shown over the next four days. Dog owners and handlers are working to earn the dogs enough points that would qualify them to be in some of the top dog shows in the nation next spring. Terri Galle with the Southern Handlers Charity League says many dog shows earlier in the year were canceled due to the pandemic.
Galley said shows began in June and have been held almost every weekend since with no instances of the virus. The dog shows run from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, today through Sunday. There is no admission fee for specators. Masks will be required.
Festival of Light Volunteers Sought
There is just over a week left before the opening of Chickasha's holiday light display, The Festival of Light. Organizers are still working to repair the tree damage done at Shannon Springs Park because of last month’s ice storm. Crews had been working since September to hang lights in preparation of the show. Officials are calling for volunteers to help out, with volunteer days Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th. Lunch will be provided by A and E Grill and InterUrban. To help, sign up on-line at:
The festival will begin its 28th season on Saturday, November 21st.
Foundation Established in Memory of Restaurant Owner
Co-workers and friends of the late Darren Cook - longtime owner of J and W Grill - have set up a non-profit foundation to ensure Cook's legacy in the Chickasha community. Cook died unexpectedly this past summer. Brandi and Travis Terry and supporters have designed a t-shirt that is now on sale. The gray t-shirts feature the restaurant’s logo, a depiction of J and W’s classic hamburger, and the phrase “For the Love of Our Future”. A number of other locally owned restaurants have also helped to get the fundraiser started including Jake's Rib, InterUrban and China Moon. There are also donation boxes located at J and W Grill, Jake's, InterUrban, and B.J.s Pizza where patrons can donate toys which will be given to Santa's Workshop. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be given to Santa's Workshop on Dec. 7th. T-shirts can be purchased at J and W Grill or on-line at www.imagodeiapparel.com
"Fight Night" Set for Saturday Night
Fans of boxing, mixed martial arts, and kick-boxing are looking forward to a big night at the Grady County Fairgrounds this weekend. It's dubbed Super Fight Night, with both professional and amateur fights which will include MMA cage fighting and the original toughman boxing competition. There are several local contestants, including Chickasha's Marcus "Milk" Sanchez. Event promoter Jim Morris says Sanchez has had a lot of success.
Also on the card is Chickasha resident Brandon "Bubba" Wright, who is known as “The Warrior” in the ring. The action starts at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The event is sanctioned by the Oklahoma Boxing Commission. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance at www.showclix.com
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.45 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $43.80.
Natural gas is $3.03 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,870 and silver is $24.39.
A private family service will be held for Eula Sprowls, 98, of the Minco area. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to any Evangelical Foreign Missions program.
Wednesday, November 11th
Three Arrested Following Pursuit, Manhunt
State troopers arrest an individual who was the subject of an intense manhunt yesterday and two others are also in custody after authorities say they led police on pursuit on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. OHP Spokeswoman Sarah Stewart said a trooper tried to pull over a motorist running about 95 miles per hour on the turnpike about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The motorist left the turnpike at Mile Marker 83, which is U.S. Highway 62 east of downtown Chickasha. The driver stopped the car after leaving the interstate and one of the occupants fled on foot. The two others were quickly detained. A ground and air search took place for a couple of hours but the third suspect was eventually found. Those arrested include 31-year old Eddie Lee Moore Junior, who was taken into custody on complaints of eluding, speeding, driving without a license, and transporting an open container. 37-year old McCollvin Tray Mitchell and 26-year old Jessica Nicole Wright were both arrested on complaint of obstruction.
Suspect Arrested for Alleged Child Sex Crimes
A Tuttle man is in custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest for alleged lewd acts with children. On-line court records indicate that the warrant for 53-year old Jeffrey Jack Bowen was issued on Monday. A Tuttle police officer booked him into the Grady County Jail early Wednesday. Bowen is charged with three counts of lewd acts with children under 16 years old.
Brush Dump Site Established for Northern Grady County
Residents in the northern part of Grady County now have a place to take their downed trees and limbs from last month's ice storm. The site known as the Tree Debris Disposal Center is just outside Tuttle on what's known as Silver City Ridge Road. The site is a joint effort of District One County Commissioner Mike Walker and the City of Tuttle. There is no charge for residents to take their limbs and brush to that location. Individuals will have to show an ID in order to log the information should FEMA funding become available. The site is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon although the site may occasionally close because of weather. The debris should be cut into six-foot lengths. No help will be available to unload. Commercial tree and brush removal companies are not allowed to use the site. Officials also said that county crews WILL NOT be picking up debris from rural areas and that no brush should be placed in bar ditches along the roadway so as not to impede traffic.
Blanchard Schools Switch to All Distance-Learning
A rising number of COVID-19 cases in Blanchard Public Schools has officials switching to all distance-learning for the rest of this week. Officials say the increase has been mainy with school staff, although a number of students have also tested positive. In a letter posted on the school district's website, Superintendent Brady Burns said distance-learning will run through Friday, and they will assess the issue on a daily basis all of next week. Meals will be provided to students, and school activities will continue as scheduled. That does include the high school football playoff game with Elgin on Friday night.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.36 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $43.61.
Natural gas is $2.95 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,872 and silver is $24.27.
Dr. Ed Whitmill
A graveside service for Dr. Ed. Whitmill, 78, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 13th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
Funeral service for 96-year old Marvin Rice of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14th at Erin Springs Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was known for repairing sewing machines in his later years. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
Tuesday, November 10th
County Sales Tax Revenue Report
A quarter-of-a-penny sales tax for Grady County benefits a number of programs all of which were approved by county voters over the years. Revenues have tumbled dramatically over the last year but they have rebounded a bit over the last few months. Last month's sales tax revenue was just over $440,000. That’s less than half the total from October of 2019. It’s up about 17 percent from this past September. Here's how those funds were distributed. The Grady County Fairgrounds received nearly $147,000. Grady Memorial Hospital collected almost $130,000. Each of the seven senior nutrition centers received more than $10,000; and each of the 20 fire districts took in about $3,700. Tuttle EMS received more than $13,000 and Rush Springs EMS received nearly $3,400.
RV Parking Regs to be Discussed by City Panel
A public hearing to discuss changes and updates to the City of Chickasha's RV parking and storage ordinance will be held by the city's Planning Commission this afternoon. The discussion will include RV parking in residential, commercial, and industrial-zoned areas. An RV is defined as a coach, travel trailer, pickup campers, boats and boat trailers; watercraft and watercraft trailers; and all-terrain vehicles. The panel will also hold a public hearing to change the zoning on property in the 3400 block of Frisco from residential to light industrial use. Applicant Jeff McVey was operating a medical marijuana growing facility which was previously licensed with the state. However, due to new regulations and zoning requirements the city is unable to give him a certificate of compliance. City officials are recommending that the zoning change occur. Any ruling by the planning commission will go before the city council which has the final say-so in re-zoning issues.
New Community Center Discussion Resurfaces
The idea of building a new community center in Chickasha is being discussed again. Supporters are calling it a grass-roots effort to determine if residents would like to move forward with the plan. Mark McPherson serves on the local advisory board for the Chickasha YMCA.
An exploratory meeting will be held next week to get public input. The meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the Chickasha High School activity center.
Deadly Crash Reported in Caddo County
A pick-up rear-ends a semi on I-40 in Caddo County, killing the driver of the pickup. 59-year old Martin Hoselton of El Reno died in the crash that happened about three miles west of Hinton just before 3:30 p.m. Monday. The highway patrol reports that traffic on the interstate was being diverted to the inside lane because of a previous accident. Hoselton crashed into the semi driven by 54-year old Otis Baker of Hinton. Baker was taken to a Weatherford hospital where he was treated and released.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.29 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $42.40.
Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,874 and silver is $24.20.
Monday, November 9th
Spring Hail Storm Caused Millions in Damage
To Chickasha Public Schools Districtwide
Chickasha school officials estimate more than $3.8 million in damage occurred throughout the district during a spring hail storm. The school district has filed an insurance claim regarding the damage and the board of education tonight will review a proposal for the district to become a member of a group known as The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS), and to consider approving a vendor by the name of Exterior Solution. TIPS has been approved by the state attorney general's office as well as school attorneys. The school board will also consider adding one day of classes to the calendar, after two days of classes were missed due to last month's ice storm. Officials will consider using December 18th as that make-up day. The panel will also recognize all the site teachers of the year as well as the Chicken Express employees of the month - certified employee Courtney Matlock and support employee Mindy Crow, both of the middle school. The school board will also recognized FFA student Emma Victery who was a national proficiency winner. The school board meets at 6:00 o'clock tonight at the school administration building. The meeting will be video-streamed on the school's You Tube page which can be accessed from the district's website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us
Property Tax Statements to be Mailed Soon
Property owners will soon be getting their 2020 tax statements in the mail. Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton says her office will be sending out more than 38,000 statements which represent about $78.5 million in ad valorem tax revenues. In Caddo County, treasurer Regina Moser says her office will be sending out some 27,500 statements representing about $18.5 million in ad valorem tax revenues. For some property owners, their mortgage companies will receive the statements as the property owners’ taxes are included in their monthly mortgage payments. Property owners have the option paying the entire amount at once, or by paying half now and half later. In Caddo County, the first half is due Dec. 30th with the second half due March 30th. In Grady County, the first half is due by Jan. 15th with the second half due April 15th. Officials urge the taxes be paid by mail or by using drop boxes outside the county courthouses. Grady County tax payers can pay on-line by going to the website www.oktaxrolls.com while Caddo County tax payers can use the website www.okcountytreasurers.com
Chickasha Veterans Day Program Canceled
Veterans Day will be Wednesday, a time set aside to honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a national holiday and a number of city, county, and state offices will be closed. Many Veterans Day ceremonies will be held as well however the Chickasha Veterans Day program has been canceled. Coordinator Sherri Lewis was disappointed in having to make the announcement since this is the 25th anniversary of the installation of the memorial. However, Lewis said since there has been a recent spike in coronavirus cases and that Shannon Springs Park is closed for ice storm clean up, the program will not be held. While the ceremony has been canceled the Chickasha Elks Lodge will serve lunch to veterans and their spouses as the group normally does. They'll serve both dine-in and to-go meals starting at 12:30 p.m. Wendesday.
OHP Marks 'Move Over' Week
This week, Nov. 9th-15th is designated as National Traffic Incident Response Month. As part of the activities scheduled the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will focus on the "Move Over" Law. The law requires motorists on a four-or-more-lane highway to move over if they encounter an emergency vehicle with activated blue/red lights; a wrecker or tow truck with activated emergency lights; or any vehicle with its flashing/hazard lights on. For motorists on a two-lane road like a city street or county road that encounter a vehicle on the side of the road - and the driver can't move over - they must slow down and proceed with caution around the vehicle. Failure to move over or slow down can result in a ticket and fine.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $37.14 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $39.45.
Natural gas is $2.89 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,958 and silver is $25.87.
Craig Ann Ummel
A graveside service for Craig Ann Ummel, 77, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.