Mollman Media News Archives for 2021-02

2021, Feb. 15th-20th

Saturday, February 20th

 

Chickasha Issues Voluntary Advisory to Boil Water

Many cities are urging residents to boil their tap water due to recent water line breaks. Chickasha is now included in that group as officials have issued a voluntary, precautionary, boil advisory. Officials with USW, the city’s private contractor for water treatment services, say the unprecedented weather and recent loss of water pressure could result in the potential for the water to be contaminated and unsafe for consumption.  Officials say the voluntary boil advisory is also in effect for residents on the Norge water system as Norge gets its water from the City of Chickasha. It is suggested that tap water be brought to a full rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, food preparation, washing dishes, and even brushing your teeth and taking baths and showers. Boiling tap water is also suggested to make baby formula and bathing babies (let the water cool to room temperature before using). The boil advisory is in effect until officials say the water is considered safe.

 

Water Line Repairs Expected to Continue              

Chickasha water line crews have finished repairs on the largest of the water line breaks that occurred this week due to the record breaking low temperatures. Crews wrapped up work on two projects Friday near USAO at 19th and Alabama and 20th and Nevada. That's about a half-dozen water line repairs in three days. Mayor Chris Mosley said water line crews will be on standby over the next couple of days.

 

              

 

Again the non-emergency police disptach number is 405-222-6052. Mosley also asked residents who do not have water pressure to reach out to their neighbors. If your neighbors have water pressure but you don't, you’re asked to go to the city’s website, www.chickasha.org and post the information on the Request Tracker link. That message will go directly to Public Works Director David Buchanan.

 

Fletcher Animal Control Officer Suspended

An animal control officer in Fletcher has been suspended and the town's animal shelter closed as authorities look in to allegations of animal neglect and cruelty. The Fletcher Police Department is investigating after an individual made a Facebook post regarding the conditions at the shelter. KSWO-TV reports that an individual took it upon herself to rescue four dogs that were left out in the snow and sub-zero temperatures this week. The woman said every water bucket was frozen and there was no food. The woman said one of the animals is believed to have been injured before being taken to the shelter, and didn't think it had received any treatment. The woman called the city to tell officials what she did and she was told she could be charged with trespassing. She replied that it would be worth it if she was. She said she can take the slander, the ticket, the fine or whatever, but she saved the animals. The animals have since been taken to the Rainbow Bridge Can Wait animal shelter in Elgin.

 

Wildlife Refuge Re-Opens; Mt. Scott Roadway Still Closed              

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has re-opened. The refuge closed last week out of an abundance of caution due to the record cold and snow. Hiking, wildlife photography, and other visitor activities may take place and recreation vehicles are again allowed at the Doris Campground and the wilderness area, however closures and restrictions in place due to COVID-19 are still in place, which include the closing of facilities and bathrooms at Camp Doris. Refuge officials also said the Mt. Scott roadway will remain closed to motor vehicles until road conditions improve. Pedestrians may use the roadway but are cautioned to watch for icy spots.

              

Obituary

Sammee Jean Elliott

A memorial service for Sammee Jean Elliott, 53, of Chickasha is pending. Contact the family for information. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, February 19th

 

Jail Water Line Break Forces County Courthouse Closing

The Grady County Courthouse will be closed again today due to a water line break at the county jail. The jail is adjacent to the courthouse and the water flooded the walkway between the two buildings. The courthouse has been closed all week. Monday was a holiday and the winter storm forced the courthouse to close Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Officials had planned on re-opening the courthouse today prior to last night’s water line problem, which was discovered sometime before 9:00 p.m.

 

Chickasha Water Line Repair Update

Water line crews for the City of Chickasha continue to make progress on the repairs of numerous water lines that ruptured as a result of this week’s extremely cold temperatures. Thursday, crews repaired lines at 10th and Virginia and 14th and Georgia. Officials had to drive to Oklahoma City to get the parts they needed for the 14th and Georgia project. Today, crews will begin work next to USAO at 19th and Alabama then go around the block for repairs at 20th and Nevada. However, the work will have to wait until other utilities such as phone, electric, and gas lines can be located. Mayor Chris Mosley said crews will be working into the weekend in an attempt to get water service fully restored. The mayor continues asking residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage until water line issues and problems at the city's three water towers have been resolved.

 

Residential Trash Pickup in Chickasha Still on Hold              

Chickasha officials also announced that Waste Connections will not be picking up residential trash again today. Trash pickup service has also been hampered by the cold weather and unsafe road conditions. The most recent post on the city's website indicates Waste Connections is monitoring the streets and will notify the city when residential trash pickup service will resume. Some business trash pickup service will take place today, however officials anticipate some dumpsters will be inaccessible.

 

Ninnekah Man Elected to AFR-OFU Board              

A Ninnekah agriculture producer has been elected to serve on the American Farmers and Ranchers and Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR-OFU) Board of Directors. Brett Morris defeated two other candidates for the Southwest District 2 post during the AFR-OFU state convention in Norman last weekend. A news release posted on the AFR-OFU website says Morris defeated Johnny Mann of Stratford and Ethan Treadwell of Frederick. Morris will take the seat previously held by AFR-OFU Director Joe Ed Kinder who retired this year and chose not to seek an additional term. The press release says Morris, a former dairyman, now operates a diversified farming and cattle operation along with a fertilizer company. He's been active with AFR-OFU for nearly 30 years and currently serves as the group's representative on the Oklahoma Beef Council. In 2017, Morris was elected chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and has been involved with the Beef Checkoff program for nearly 15 years.

 

Drilling Resumes in the SCOOP

With oil prices returning to pre-COVID-19 levels some energy companies are increasing their drilling activity. In the SCOOP region, Continental Resources and Camino Natural Resources have obtained permits to drill in Grady County. The website OK Energy Today reports that Continental Resources received five permits to drill between Rush Springs and Lindsay. They are the Sandy Creek Ranch wells in section 31 of Township 4 North and Range 5 West. Four of those wells will be drilled on a single pad. Camino Natural Resources received a permit to drill the Reba McEntire well which is northwest of Tuttle.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.52 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.93.

Natural gas is $3.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,770 and silver is $27.10.

 

Obituaries

Raymond Ferguson

A memorial service for Raymond Leroy Ferguson, 78, of Ninnekah will be held at a later date. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Richard “Kent” Barrington

Funeral service for Kent Barrington, 64, of the Alex and Bradley area will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24th in the Alex School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, February 18th

 

Chickasha Water Line Repairs Continue

Chickasha water line crews will be out in sub-freezing weather again today repairing broken water lines. Repairs were made at two locations yesterday - at Ada Sipuel Avenue and Shepherd Street as well as 1st and Georgia. Officials had hoped to start repairs near 14th and Arkansas yesterday, however that project was re-scheduled for today because the leak is close to a fire hydrant. Crews believed that potential complications could occur which may have extended repairs into the night, exposing workers to dangerous working conditions. Crews are also planning on repairing lines at 10th and Virginia and 20th and Alabama today. Officials say they are monitoring all the water line leaks around town to ensure that the largest and most impactful leaks are repaired first. Mayor Chris Mosley said his request for residents to conserve water will continue until further notice.

 

Third Homicide Victim Identified

Officials have identified the third victim of a triple-homicide that occurred in Chickasha last week. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports the body of 41-year old Angela Blankenship was found in her home - two days after 4-year old Kaeos Yates and her grandfather Leon Pye were found stabbed to death across the street. Pye's wife, Delci, remains hospitalized following the attack but is recovering. Blankenship was a single mother of two. Relatives of Blankenship say they are unaware of any relationship she may have had with the suspected killer, 42-year old Lawrence Paul Anderson. Anderson was initially hospitalized with unspecified injuries but is now in the Grady County Jail. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

 

Chix Chamber of Commerce Schedules Annual Banquet

The 98th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet is set for April 9th. During the event, a number of awards will be given out and nominations are now being accepted. Categories include Civic Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Woman of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, Event of the Year, Business of the Year, and Small Business of the Year. Nomination forms are available on the chamber's website and nominations are due March 15th. Chamber president Cassandra Ersland also said banquet sponsorships are available so individuals and business can contact the chamber for information. Individual tickets are $75 and table sponsorships for up to eight people are $750.

 

Seed Swap Set this Weekend

Everyone is looking forward to much better weather which will be here in the next few days. If you are making plans for spring gardens, a farm in the Dibble area is holding a seed swap event this weekend. 3J Farms southwest of Dibble will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days for gardeners looking for seeds and for those who have seeds to share. It's a good time for those of you who may want to start a garden for the first time to visit with other gardeners to get helpful tips. Garden supplies will be available and the warmer weather coming up will be a good time for preparing your garden area for planting. Girl Scout cookies will be available and Desserts by Marshelle and the S'Blended Coffee Trailer will be there. The seed swap will be held rain or shine inside the farm's heated greenhouses. Check out their website www.3Jfarmsok.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.16 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $64.34.

Natural gas is $3.21 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,784 and silver is $27.22.

 

Wednesday, February 17th

 

Chickasha Officials Urge Water Conservation

(EDITOR’S NOTE – This story has been updated from our 7:00 a.m. news broadcast to indicate areas where water line repairs are expected today) Chickasha officials are asking residents to cut back on their water usage as crews battle problems with no or low water pressure throughout the city.  Mayor Chris Mosley also said crews are battling a number of water leaks in residential areas, but are postponing most repairs in order prevent water lines from freezing. The mayor issued this statement on the city's website and Facebook page-

 

              

 

The mayor says priority areas they will be working on today include Ada Sipuel Avenue and Shepherd Street and 14th Street and Arkansas Avenue. Water pressure issues began on Sunday, when a frozen optic sensor on one of the city's three water towers is believed to have prevented it from re-filling. In the town of Walters, which is south of Lawton, a water main break has forced officials there to shut down all water into that community. Officials are hoping they can get the line fixed today. Once water is restored the town will be under a voluntary boil advisory, as the water may have become contaminated.

 

Corporation Commission OKs Directive

to Prioritize Delivery of Gas, Electricity to Residents

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has issued an emergency directive to Oklahoma utility companies asking them to prioritize the delivery of natural gas and electric power to customers amidst the extended winter weather. State officials requested to order saying they wanted to emphasize the health, public safety, and welfare of Oklahomans who rely on natural gas or electricity to help them survive the extremely cold temperatures. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that Oklahoma Public Utilities Division Director Brandy Wreath called it a dire situation, saying that large power plants have gone off line and can’t be brought back. Wreath said utilities need to choose human needs over anything else. The order will allow utilities to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure electrical power and natural gas are provided to Oklahomans – while allowing reduced power or gas supplies to industrial customers.

 

Animals Rescued from Puppy Mill

Treated for Numerous Effects of Neglect

Many of the dozens of mistreated animals rescued from a Marlow puppy mill last weekend are being treated for a wide range of medical issues including some that needed emergency surgery. Some needed anti-biotics for eye, ear, and skin infections, some had mange or fever, and some had to be sedated to remove feces- and urine-matted hair down to the skin. KSWO-TV reports that the Humane Society of Tulsa helped to rescue many of the estimated 200 animals. The Humane Society will care for the animals until the courts decide who will get custody of them. Officials say their hope is that many of them could eventually be adopted.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.35.

Natural gas is $3.12 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $27.13.

 

Obituaries

Pat Garvin

A memorial service for Pat Garvin, 87, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21st at McRay Funeral Home. The family strongly suggests wearing masks.

Tommy Farley

Funeral service for Tommy Farley, 75, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at Ferguson Funeral Home.He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

Tuesday, February 16th

 

Rolling Blackouts Likely Due to Strain on Power Grid

The record cold weather is putting a strain on the power grid in middle America. The demand for electricity exceeded supply for a time yesterday and many power companies were ordered to implement mandatory rolling blackouts. The Southwest Power Pool implemented the blackouts throughout the 14 states it serves. The order was lifted shortly thereafter, but it was implemented again this morning after officials declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 – the highest alert possible. Power companies which include PSO, Western Farmers Electric Coop , OEC, REC, CK Energy, and OG&E are all part of the power pool. In a news release, PSO said they would try to notify customers affected, although the immediacy of the request may keep them from doing so. Gov. Kevin Stitt and other state officials held a press conference Monday asking Oklahomans to conserve electricity which included turning down thermostats to 68 degrees in order to help minimize the demand on the grid.

 

Chix Mayor Hopes Water Pressure Issues Resolved

A lot of Chickasha residents had no water or very little water pressure over a two-day period Sunday and Monday. Mayor Chris Mosley is hoping crews have fixed the problem. During Monday night's virtual city council meeting, Mosley said an optic sensor that monitors the level on the water tower on Country Club Road may have frozen over. He said Public Works and USW officials indicated that two of the city's water towers were re-filling late yesterday.

 

              

 

Record or near-record low temperatures around minus-15 degrees are widespread in central Oklahoma this morning. Combine that with road conditions that are still treacherous, many schools remain closed and some government offices are shut down. Chickasha schools opted to take a snow day today so they are not even having virtual classes. The Grady County Courthouse will be closed today and this morning's county commissioners’ meeting was canceled. Waste Connections will not be picking up trash in Chickasha for a second straight day because of the extreme cold and unsafe driving conditions. They are also suspending bulk pick-up services until they get caught up on residential trash pick-up.

 

Chix City Council Accepts Flood Prevention Plan

A new flood prevention plan gets the backing of the Chickasha City Council. During last night's virtual council meeting, the panel held a second public hearing to get an update on what's called The Master Drainage Plan. Officials with the engineering firm of Smith, Roberts, and Baldischwiler spent about 45 minutes reviewing the plan and discussing changes made to the proposal which had been recommended by city officials and the public during a previous public hearing last month. The proposal is a five-phase plan to attempt to minimize flooding which commonly occurs during periods of high intensity, short duration rains. If fully implemented it would cost between $9 million and $12 million. Among the suggestions are to widen both Congo Creek and Line Creek to forty feet and by using a combination of concrete and grass channels. Another is to essentially create areas to hold flood waters and release it slowly into the drainage system after heavy rains. Officials say the project could be paid for through a combination of grants and general obligation bonds - bonds which would be paid for through an increase in property taxes that would need voter approval.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.43.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,822 and silver is $27.73.

 

Monday, February 15th

 

State Braces for Another Winter Storm

(EDITOR'S NOTE - Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley discusses the city's response to the first winter storm on the 8:00 a.m. recorded version of the news. Find the KOOL News Podcast under the News tab on this website) Life-threatening weather conditions continue throughout Oklahoma as one winter storm moves through the state with another one approaching. Single-digit temperatures and accompanying winds will take wind chill values to minus-20 and minus-30 degrees through noon Tuesday. Six to ten inches of snow were recorded in Chickasha over the weekend making travel difficult for anyone brave enough to get out. Many Chickasha residents experienced low-water pressure yesterday, after a sensor froze at the water treatment plant. That prevented at least one of the city's water towers from re-filling.

 

Storm Knocks out Power to Some

Power outages are minimal this morning. Public Service Company of Oklahoma reports about 15 outages in the Tuttle area. Rural Electric Coop reports 18 outages in Grady County and nearly 250 in Garvin County;  CK Energy reports 7 outages in Caddo County; and Cotton Electric Coop reports nearly 120 outages in Comanche County.

 

Chix Trash Pick-up Delayed; Library Closed              

The City of Chickasha announced on its Facebook page that Waste Connections will not be picking up trash today with the hope that service can resume tomorrow. It's the second time in the last week that trash pickup had to be suspended because of snow and cold weather. Any motorists who may be trying to get to work are asked to follow the snow routes, which are posted on the city's website. The Chickasha Public Library will be closed today.

 

Fire Crews Called to Oilfield Location Blaze

Grady County firefighters were called out to an oilfield fire in the Alex area. The fire occurred near the Alex landfill just before 9 p.m. Monday when the air temperature was 3 degrees above zero and the wind chill was 15-below. 17 firefighters from the Alex, Bradley, and Naples fire departments were called out. Officials say some oilfield equipment had frozen and caused the ignition of some of petroleum products. Some residual petroleum products were burning some of the wildland grasses in the area. Crews used water and oil field foam to knock down those flames. They were able to use hand-held fire extinguishers for mop-up work. Officials credited the efforts of the firefighters and the oil field crew as they had the flames snuffed out in about an hour. Estimated damage was about $50,000.

 

Deputies Find Body, Puppy Mill near Marlow

A Marlow woman is behind bars after a body is found at her home along with numerous neglected animals. 49-year old Karen Jean Pritchard was arrested after Stephens County authorities received a tip about a person being killed or severely injured at a home just north of Marlow. In addition to finding the body of 31-year old Ashley Nicole Anderson investigators found about 200 animals they say were part of a puppy mill. Authorities say Anderson was working for Pritchard. Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney tells KSWO-TV that all the animals have been removed and thanked rescue workers for helping with the effort.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.43.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $27.67.

 

2021, Feb. 8th-13th

Saturday, February 13th

 

Gov. Issues State of Emergency in Advance of Winter Storm

A state of emergency has been declared in all 77 Oklahoma counties  in anticipation of a massive winter storm. State and local officials are putting together their emergency reponse preparations in what many are calling life-threatening conditions. In a statement, the governor said the state is prepared and ready to respond. He encourages everyone to pay attention to the weather and to check on neighbors. The governor has called out the National Guard to assist state troopers, emergency management, homeland security, the state department of transporation, and the turnpike authority over the next several days. The highway patrol encourages residents to stay home to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Authorities say they will be prepared for rescues and reminds Oklahomans that the rescues are dangerous for all involved. ODOT is preparing for the worst-case scenario, and is anticipating several days of around-the-clock response to rescues.

 

Space Heater Blamed on Mobile Home Fire

Fire destroys a mobile home in the Farwell area. Ninnekah, Farwell, and Acme volunteer fire departments were called out Thursday night. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers said a resident was sleeping and woke up to the fire and tried to put it out. The man was unable to douse the flames and ran to his grandfather’s house about a half-mile way to call firefighters. The 1,000 sq. ft. mobile home was fully involved  when crews arrived. The cause of the fire was traced to a space heater, which was placed too close to some clothes that caught fire. It's the second space-heater related fire this week. Damage was estimated at $60,000.

 

Tip Leads to Arrest of Drug Trafficking Suspect

Drug trafficking charges have been filed against a woman accused of having meth moved between Oklahoma City, Chickasha and Duncan. It's reported the drugs were being moved for a prisoner. Stephens County authorities arrested Guadalupe Mechelle Thompson this week after getting a tip about what was happening. KSWO-TV reports that investigators got a warrant to track the mule's car via GPS. Police made a traffic stop on the vehicle and a K9 officer alerted officers that narcotics were present. Authorities seized more than a half-pound of methamphetamine. A probable cause affidavit indicates the driver provided information about Thompson, who was brought in for questioning. Thompson is said the mule was transporting the drugs because she had a driver's license.. Thompson is in the Stephens County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Filing Period for Caddo County Commissioner Post Delayed

The filing period for the vacant District 2 seat on the Caddo County Commissioner board has been re-scheduled because of the approaching winter storm. The filing period has been pushed back a week, and is now set for Monday, Feb. 22nd through Wednesday, Feb. 23rd. The seat became vacant following the death of former commissioner Randy McLemore. Candidates will file at the Caddo County Election board. If needed, a special primary election will be in April and a special general election would be held in September.

 

Wildlife Refuge Cancels Events Due to Storm Forecast

The Wichita Mountains Wildife Refuge has issued an emergency closure order to ban recreational activities like hiking and fishing in advance of the winter storm. Officials also said the road to the top of Mt. Scott is also closed because of icy conditions, and camping reservations have been canceled. Officials say the winter storm is a dangerous risk to visitors, refuge staff and first responders who may be called for search-and-rescue operations. The order goes into effect at sunset this evening and recreational activities will resume when it is safe to do so.

 

Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here is 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

Neal Hawthorne

A graveside service for Neal Hawthorne, 74, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, February 12th

 

OSBI Agents Follow-up on Double Homicide

For the second time in three days, OSBI agents were in Chickasha Thursday to determine if a third victim may have died at the hands of a suspected killer. The Oklahoman reports that murder suspect Lawrence Paul Anderson admitted to investigators that he killed a neighbor prior to his fatal attacks on his uncle and the uncle's four-year old granddaughter. The OSBI has not released any information regarding Thursday's follow-up investigation. The name of the potential third victim has not been revealed. The Oklahoman reports that Anderson was released from prison three weeks ago, after serving just three years of a 20-year sentence for having a gun and doing drugs. The Oklahoman also reports that Anderson was a convicted cocaine dealer, first sentenced in 2006 after arrests on drug and weapons charges and attacking his girlfriend. Anderson has been arrested but is still hospitalized after he also was injured in the fatal attacks on Leon Pye and four-year old Kaeos Yates.

 

Final Public Hearing Scheduled

for Chix' Master Drainage Proposal 

Despite the forecast of a winter storm, the Chickasha City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night. The meeting will be held via teleconference. On the agenda are several public hearings including one on a master drainage plan which was previously discussed last month. Individuals who want to comment during any public hearings or participate in the citizen comment section will have to create a free Zoom account in order to do so. Otherwise, individuals can watch the meeting on the city's website, www.chickasha.org The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

 

Local School Districts Set Bond Elections

Verden and Cement school district voters will go to the polls to decide special bond issues next month. Verden voters will decide a $250,000 transportation bond issue. If approved the bonds would be paid off within five years of their date of issuance. Cement voters will have two bond issues on the ballot. One is for $245,000 for constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling schools and acquiring furniture, fixtures, equipment, and improving school sites. The second is for $55,000 for transportation needs.  Those bonds also would be paid off in five years if approved by voters. Both elections are scheduled for March 2nd.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Continues

The Southwest District Livestock Show heads into its third day today as exhibitors will be leading their swine through the arena. The swine show typically has the largest number of animals and is held over two days. Danny Wedel is the general superintendent of the show and says while they had more animals register than ever before, many exhibitors opted to stay home this year because of the cold weather. He said they didn't want to take the chance of their animals getting sick ahead of the county stock shows and the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

 

              

 

The results of the Prospect Steer show are: Ryder Klaasen of Hydro-Eakly had the grand champion, Tucker Freie of Anadarko had the reserve, and Madison Shout of El Reno had the bronze. In the heifer show, Cierra Collins of Frederick had the grand, Hays Devine of the Friends 4H had the reserve, and Claire Collins of Frederick had the bronze. In the chicken show, Presley Johnson of Tipton had the grand, Cassi Ray of Cordell had the reserve, and Emma Ray also of Cordell had the bronze. In the Agriculture Mechanics show, Ryder Bailey of Ninnekah was grand champion; Brandon Stanford and Andy Bolanos of Erick were reserve, and Casen McKenzie and Corbin Davidson of Elgin were bronze.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $61.64.

Natural gas is $2.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $27.20.

 

Obituaries

Lavetta Ogle

A graveside service for Lavetta Ogle, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13th at Fairlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Oklahoma Baptist Homes or a charity of your choice.

LeBraun Marquis Brown

Funeral service for LeBraun Marquis Brown, 26, of Midwest City will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13th at the Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, February 11th

 

OSBI Investigates Double Homicide in Chickasha

Two people including a four-year old are dead and two others are hospitalized following a disturbance at Chickasha home Tuesday night. The OSBI is investigating but the agency hasn't released a lot of details of what happened. One person is in custody although he is one of the two people who were hospitalized. Authorities found the bodies of 67-year old Leon Pye and 4-year old Kaeos Yates in the home. Leon's wife Delci also suffered injuries and she was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Chickasha police say they received a 9-1-1 hang up call Tuesday evening at the home in the 200 block of Minnesota. When officers arrived they heard someone inside calling for help. Officers forced their way into the home where they found the four individuals. Authorities have not said what type of injuries were inflicted.  The injured suspect was identified as 42-year old Lawrence Paul Anderson. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries but is in police custody. The district attorney's office is reviewing the case to consider what charges may be filed. Authorities did not indicate a motive for the attack.

 

'Blood Emergency' Declared

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say there is an emergency blood shortage in the state. There is less than a one-day supply of blood available for hospitals. The wintry weather is one of the big reasons for a recent drop in donations. Here's Zelda Sullivan with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

 

              

 

Sullivan says the blood is also needed for cancer and burn patients and that convalescent plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 is needed to help current patients with the infection. Sullivan urges previous and new donors to find a blood drive in their community. Check out the website www.obi.org to find a blood drive near you.

 

Hillary Communications Announces Expansion

A southwest Oklahoma-based company has acquired a similar firm in Iowa. Hillary Communications announces in a news release that the company has acquired Prairieburg Telephone Company. The release states that Hillary's experience and expertise in serving rural communities will better serve the needs in its new market. Hillary Communications is a third-generation company that has been around for 60 years. It’s grown from serving one community with 100 access lines covering 22 square miles, to now more than 19,000 customers in 22 counties in Oklahoma and Texas. The firm offers Internet, voice, and Hillary TV.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Results

The first results are in from the Southwest District Livestock Show. Sayde Allen of Canute had the grand champion ewe in the sheep show. Mason Smith of Elk City had the reserve and Landi Brooking of Altus had the bronze. For the wether lambs, Colt Randall of Canute had the grand, Jack Thomas of Elk City had the reserve, and Avary Bellamy of Ft. Cobb-Broxton had the bronze. For the wether goats, Addy Schneberger of Carnegie had the grand, Sayde Allen of Canute had the reserve, and Kinley Pruett from Jackson County had the bronze. Show Superintendent Danny Wedel also said they added a chicken show to the event for the first time this year. It’s called the broiler show which will take place today, as will the cattle show. The Southwest District Livestock Show runs through Saturday at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.47.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,842 and silver is $27.17.

 

Wednesday, February 10th

 

Chickasha Homicide Under Investigation

Chickasha police confirm the city's third homicide of 2021. Lt. Scott Weaver said authorities have called in the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for assistance. Weaver said Chickasha police and fire fighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Minnesota about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a disturbance. A home was cordoned off with yellow police tape. Weaver did not say if the victim was male or female, and did not indicate how the person may have died. Weaver said a person of interest was taken into custody but did not identify that individual.

 

Chix Voters OK School Bond Issues

Chickasha voters approve the two Restoring Excellence Bond Issues for Chickasha Public Schools. Both issues passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin in yesterday’s special bond election. In a light turnout, less than 800 voters cast ballots. A $2.3 million bond issue for various upgrades on all Chickasha campuses passed 541 to 247. A $400,000 transportation bond passed 550 to 249. Superintendent Rick Croslin said he and the school board are humbled and grateful for the support. The bonds will allow the district to begin restoring schools, purchase curriculum and technology, and address many other needs. The passage of the bonds means that property taxes in the school district will go up next year. The annual increase on a home valued at $100,000 will be $35 per year.

 

Julie Martin Wins Seat on Lindsay School Board

In Lindsay, Julie Martin wins a seat on the school board. Martin picked up 83 percent of the vote in a three-person race. Just over 350 voters cast ballots. Martin collected 295, Jim Beckham received 32, and Landon Webb, 28.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Underway              

Youth throughout southwest Oklahoma will be in Chickasha over the next four days for the Southwest District Livestock Show. The youth come from the 14 counties south of I-40 and west of I-35. In addition to showing livestock, some individuals and groups have submitted entries into the agriculture mechanics competition. Today features judging for the ag mechanics projects and the sheep and goat shows. The cattle show will be tomorrow with the swine show taking up both Friday and Saturday.

 

Bullock Center to Mark Black History Month              

A Chickasha group will commemorate Black History Month with a drive-thru soul food fundraiser. The Bullock Memorial Community Center will hold this first-time event on Saturday, Feb. 20th. The theme of the event is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Charlotte Oliver is the president of the group. She says when their ancestors worked the fields, the women and children picked greens, potatoes, black-eyed peas, corn, and green beans. They cooked chicken, pig's feet, ears, tails and chitlins because that's all they had. At the end of the day, families thanked God for the food for their souls, which is how the term soul food was originated. The upcoming drive-thru soul food dinner will include chicken wings, greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. Donations are $10 per plate and volunteers will bring your food to your car. The Bullock Memorial Community Center is at 917 S. 1st. To order in advance, call or text 405-274-6268 or 405-905-7715 or e-mail; chickashabullock@gmail.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $61.09.

Natural gas is $2.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,841 and silver is $27.34.

 

Tuesday, February 9th

 

Fire Leaves A Grady County Family Homeless

A grandmother and her two teenaged grandchildren are without a home after a fire destroys their mobile home and belongings. The three were inside the mobile home when the fire erupted just before 8:00 p.m. Monday. It happened about eight miles south of Lake Burtchi. 12 fire trucks and 18 fire fighters from the Ninnekah, Pioneer, and Farwell volunteer departments were dispatched and spent about 2 1/2 hours at the scene. One of teens suffered minor burns on her hand but she did not have to be taken to the hospital. Investigators say the fire started in the living room from a faulty portable propane heater. Estimated loss is $120,000. The Red Cross was contacted to help the family who is staying with relatives.

 

Teens Injured When Pickup Hits Train

An icy road leads to a pick-up crashing into a freight train, sending two teenagers to the hospital. The accident happened yesterday afternoon north of Okarche in Kingfisher County. Two Chickasha men were aboard the Union Pacific train and were not injured. The engineer was identified as 43-year old Clinton Baxter and the conductor was identified as 56-year old David Johnson. The unidentified teens, 18-year old and 15-year old boys from Kingfisher, were taken to separate Oklahoma City hospitals where they were last in stable condition. The highway patrol reports that the 18-year old driver of the pickup slid on the slick roadway and struck the side of the train. The pickup then hit a railroad sign and spun around, ejecting the teens from the truck.

              

Air Show May be Coming to Chickasha

Chickasha officials are looking to bring an air show to the city this year. After an Oklahoma City air show scheduled for this summer was canceled, officials are looking to bring some of those participants to Chickasha. Chickasha has hosted an annual Wings and Wheels fly-in and car show in June the last several years. The Chickasha industrial Authority held a meeting this morning to consider a Tourism Promotion Program application for $5,000 to help promote the event.

 

Airport Advisory Panel to Meet              

Speaking of the Chickasha airport, the Airport Advisory Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon to also discuss providing funds to promote the air show which is scheduled for June 19th. The panel will also consider the construction of an awning for the airport courtesy vehicles, consider soliciting repairs for one of the hangars, and the installation of a flag pole.

 

Chickasha, Lindsay School District Voters Cast Ballots

Today is the day that Chickasha school district voters will decide two bond issues that officials call the Restoring Excellence Bond issue. There are two proposals which total $2.7 million on the ballot. Officials say it is the second phase of a three-phase program to make upgrades throughout the district. The first phase is underway, with a $4.5 million storm damage insurance claim which is allowing the district to replace the roofs on every school. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight. Also today, Lindsay school district voters are casting ballots for a post on the school board. Jim Beckam, Julie Martin, and Landon Webb are on the ballot. A run-off will be needed if none of the candidates get a majority of votes.

 

Anadarko Board of Education to Sell Bonds

The Anadarko school board has a special meeting today to sell $820,000 in general obligation bonds. The bonds are part of a larger voter-approved measure that allowed the district to build the new safe rooms and athletic facility at the football field.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $57.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $60.56.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $27.74.

 

Obituaries

Cindy Philpott

Funeral service for Cindy Philpott, 63, of Seminole and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10th at Chickasha's First Christian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. She was a U.S. Army veteran and was an elementary school teacher in Chickasha where she was known as Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Clouse.

 

Monday, February 8th

 

Chickasha Schools Special Bond Election is Tomorrow              

Two special bond issues totaling $2.7 million will be decided by voters in the Chickasha Public School district tomorrow. One bond issue is for $2.3 million which would be used for upgrades on every school campus. A second bond issue for $400,000 would assist the school with transportation needs. Both bonds need a super-majority of 60 percent voter approval to pass. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Wife of Anadarko Boys Basketball Coach Injured in Crash

The wife of Anadarko High School boys basketball coach Doug Schumpert was seriously injured in a head-on collision last weekend. Christine Schumpert was heading to Kingfisher to watch Anadarko play basketball Friday night, when a pick-up crossed over the center line of U.S. Highway 81 in El Reno and crashed into her car. Anadarko Superintendent Jerry McCormick said both her legs were broken, she has several broken ribs, and a fractured spine. She will have surgery on both legs.  Mrs. Schumpert was listed in fair condition at an Oklahoma City hospital this morning. She has taught at Mission Elementary School for several years.

 

Chix School Board to Consider Skeet Shooting Team              

(EDITOR'S NOTE - The school board meeting was postponed due to a winter weather advisory issued for central and southern Oklahoma. The meeting has been re-scheduled with the time to be announced later) A skeet shooting team for Chickasha Public Schools will be considered when the board of education meets for its regular February meeting tonight. Superintendent Rick Croslin, Athletic Director Jerry Don Bray, and School Resource Officer and Grady County Deputy Sheriff Mark Ingram will discuss the proposal. The school board will also hear staff reports on college readiness and drop-outs, consider renewing an agreement with the OU College of Nursing, and review a proposal to construct a brick backstop at Elliott Field. The board is also to recognize the Chicken Express Employees of the Month, both of whom are employed at the Quality Academy. Sandy Ford is to be honored as the Certified Employee of the Month and Whitney Molder as Support Employee of the Month. Also, the school board is to recognize Mindy Crow at the middle school as the support person of the quarter. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the high school auditorium. The meeting will be aired on the district's YouTube channel which can be accessed from the school's website, www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

Beef - It's What's up for Discussion

Beef will be the topic of a couple of agriculture marketing meetings with Grady County OSU Extension over the next week. Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Feb. 9th), extension beef specialist Dr. Jason Banta will discuss nutrition, cow-calf stocker management, and animal health. He also co-ordinates and teaches an applied beef cattle nutrition course at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Next Tuesday, Feb. 16th, Dr. John Riley will review cattle production and markets, futures markets, and risk management. Both programs will start at 7:00 a.m. Individuals may attend in person or via the Zoom platform. Contact the extension office for information.

 

Obituaries

Joseph Johnson, Jr.

The funeral service for Joseph Benjamin Johnston, Jr., 60, of Chickasha are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Bill Erwin

The funeral service for Bill Erwin of Chickasha has been moved indoors due to the forecast of extremely cold weather. Originally set for a graveside service it will now be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Feb. 2nd-6th

Saturday, February 6th

 

Chickasha Police Seek Information About Missing Teen

A Chickasha teen has been missing since November and Chickasha police and a national non-profit group are reaching out for help in finding her. 15-year old Janicea Dunlap has been missing for nearly two months. A post from a non-profit group called Peas in their Pod shared a photo of teen. Dunlap was reported missing on Nov. 18th of last year. Officials say anyone with information is asked to call the Chickasha Police Department by calling 405-222-6050. According to its website, Peas in Their Pods was founded in 2007 and its mission is to give a voice to missing children of color and their families, and to fight against child abuse and sexual exploitation. The group states that children of color do not receive adequate attention when they go missing, and the group works to provide assistance to families in their time of need through media campaigns, public alerts, and parent advocacy services.

 

HSI Sensing Breaks Ground on Expansion

A ground-breaking was held this week to expand a Chickasha company and bring new jobs to the region. HSI Sensing will build a 25,000 sq. ft. facility which will house a Wisconsin-based company which HSI owns. It's called Genisco Filter Manufacturing. The company designs and manufactures industrial power filters, including filters for military and aerospace contractors. The expansion is near the current HSI Sensing location on Norge Highway. HSI Vice President Travis Posey said the Madison, Wisconsin company had out-grown its facilities there, and the decision was made to re-locate the company to Chickasha. The new building will also allow for the continued growth of HSI Sensing, which manufactures reed switches which are used in things like hearing aids and microwave ovens, and also in aerospace technology. Posey said the expansion is great way to pay tribute to his grandfather and father who began the third-generation company more than 50 years ago. The construction management company selected for the construction is also a local company, CMS Willowbrook. Officials say they are honored to be part of the expansion and are excited to be building for another long-established company based in their home town. Construction is expected be completed by the end of June.

 

More Crude Oil May be Shipped by Rail Through Oklahoma

There's speculation that more oil from Canada will be passing through Oklahoma by rail. The website www.okenergytoday.com cites a story from S and P Global that the increase would likely occur since President Biden canceled the construction of the northern leg of the XL Energy Pipeline. The pipeline was going to carry crude oil from Canada through the central part of the United States into Oklahoma, and eventually to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The S and P Global article quoted Canadian railroad executives saying they believe there will be increased shipments of crude oil by rail. The article states that there are others who believe that the president's move will only help billionaire investor Warren Buffet, who owns Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, which carries oil through the Sooner State.

 

Friday, February 5th

 

Special Election Set for Caddo County Commissioner Post

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has called a special election in Caddo County to fill an open seat on the Caddo County board of commissioners. The election is to fill the District 2 County Commissioner office previously held by Randy McLemore who passed away this week after battling  the coronavirus. The filing period for the office will be Feb. 15th through 17th at the Caddo County Election Board. The special primary election will be April 6th and the special general election will be Sept. 14th.

 

Early Voting Underway for Chix School Bond Election

Chickasha school district voters can cast ballots early for the special bond election scheduled next week. In-person, absentee voting is available today at the Grady County Election Board. The voting is available until 6:00 p.m. today (Friday, Feb. 5th). Otherwise regular precincts will be open next Tuesday, Feb. 9th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Voters will decide two bond issues totaling $2.7 million with funds to be used for school improvements on every campus and to purchase school buses and people movers.

 

Chix High School has Record Number of Valedictorians

A record number of Chickasha High School seniors earned the right to be named Valectorian this year. Overcoming the challenges of distance learning and other pandemic restrictions, 27 students met the academic goals needed to earn the designation. Requirements include having a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and take at least four honors or AP courses. They are: Aubree Wright, Makylah Whitehead, Bailey White, Jordan Wallace and Emma Victery; Jennifer Veach, Tanner Thompson, Joseph Shaw; J.T. Richie, and Hunter Puryear; Madelyn Pendergraph, Miana Moon, Roseanna Medina, Logan McKinney, and Dao Kai Lim; Nevaeh King; Madison King, Brayden Kile, Hanna Kennedy, and Luke Johnson; Cash Jay, Hesston Jarvis, Brian Green-Young, Clair Carver, Rylan Burrows; Kali Bennett, and Lexi Albright.

 

Coronavirus Update

The state health department reports 27 new deaths from the coronavirus in their Thursday update. One of the deaths is in Grady County, a male in the 65-years and older category. Grady County has now had 59 COVID-19 related deaths. There are 331 active cases out of the more than 5,300 people who have tested positive. In Chickasha, there have been 34 deaths and there are 147 active cases of the 2,200 positive tests. In Blanchard, there have been 12 deaths and there are 160 active cases out of just over 2,000 positive tests. In Tuttle, there have been 10 deaths and there are 74 active cases out of nearly 1,400 positive tests. In Caddo County, the number of fatal COVID-19 cases is 49 and there are 255 active cases out more than 3,600 positive tests. In Anadarko, there have been 17 deaths and there are 89 active cases with 1,250 people testing positive. The state health department reports that the number of vaccines that have been given outnumber the cumulative cases of COVID-19. Officials say they have administered more than 500,000 vaccines while the total number of positive tests for the virus is just under 400,000.

 

Police "Quotas" Would be Banned if Senate Bill Passes

We've all heard stories about police officers having to write a minimum number of traffic tickets each month. A bill passed out of the state senate's general government committee this week would ban that practice. State Senator Natham Dahm is the author of SB 346 and says the practice is unfair to Oklahomans as well as the officers. In a press release, Dahm says it’s no secret that quotas exist in many cities and towns. He said it keeps law enforcement officers from focusing on more important issues to protect peace and public safety and it shouldn't be tolerated. The bill next goes to the full senate for further consideration.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $58.84.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806 and silver is $26.72.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we'll be talking about this weekend. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today, our guests are USAO baseball coach Mike Ross and softball coach Jadyn Wallis. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Kent Baldwin

A memorial service for Kent Baldwin, 74, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Feb. 4th

 

Chix City Council to Get at Least Two New Members

There will be at least two new representatives on the Chickasha City Council later this year. Vice Mayor Kim Loggins and Ward 4 Councilman Jim Hopkins did not run for re-election. Hopkins did file for re-election but withdrew his candidacy this morning. Hopkins’ withdrawal allows Kelly Boyd to take the post un-opposed. Boyd ran against Hopkins in 2017 and 2019 where he finished runner-up in a three-person race in each of those elections. The other first-time council representative will be Georgianne Hebblethwaite in Ward 2, the seat currently held by Loggins. Ward 3 Councilman Oscar Nelson ran unopposed for another two-year term. Pending any other withdrawals or protests of candidates today or tomorrow, there will be one race in the city council election in April. Ward 1 Councilman Brian Gerdes is being challenged by David Lucas.

                

Anadarko Vice Mayor Gets Opponent

In Anadarko, Vice Mayor Tanner Salyer drew an opponent for the city council election. Salyer will face Patrick Michael Hayes for the post. Two candidates ran un-opposed. Incumbent Ward 3 Councilwoman Kelley McGlothin will stay on the council. Matthew Vasquez filed unopposed for Ward 5 for the post currently held by Shelby Wall.

 

Caddo County Official Dies from COVID-19

Caddo County Commissioner Randy McLemore has died. McLemore had battled the coronavirus for several weeks. He passed away in a Yukon hospital on Monday at 54 years old. McLemore had been the District Two Caddo County Commissioner for 10 years and ran un-opposed for the post last year. He previously worked for District 2 for 30 years, including some time when his father was county commissioner. He is survived by his wife Shaunya, his parents, and children and grandchildren. McLemore is being laid to rest today. A funeral service will be at the Lost Cowboy Church in Gracemont with burial in the Gracemont Cemetery. A special election will be called to fill McLemore's post on the county commissioner's board.

 

ODOT Seeks Comment on State Highway 9 Project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is seeking public comment on a plan to widen State Highway 9 east of Norman. The proposal would widen the highway to five lanes - to include a center turn lane - near the community of Pink. Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation should begin later this year while construction is not expected to start for another six years. ODOT officials say it’s part of an overall plan to complete a four-lane corridor of State Highway 9 between Norman and Tecumseh. The agency is hosting a virtual open house on the proposal to provide updates and get public input. The presentation will only be available on-line at www.odot.org/Highway9 Individuals who do not have Internet access can contact ODOT’s Transportation Environmental Programs Division in Oklahoma City by calling 405-325-3269. The deadline to comment is Feb. 15th

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $55.79.

London-based Brent crude is $58.46.

Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $26.49.

 

Obituaries

Brenda Rex

Funeral service for Brenda Rex, 77, of Oklahoma City will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5th at the First Baptist Church of Newcastle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

David 'Grizz' Turner

Funeral service for David "Grizz" Turner, 65, of Cement will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5th at Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, February 3rd

 

City, Town Council Filings Continue

The three-day filing period for candidates seeking seats on city and town councils in spring elections comes to an end today. Some areas where elections are scheduled include Chickasha, Anadarko, and Blanchard. In Chickasha, there were no new filings Tuesday so only three candidates have filed and no races have developed. Oscar Nelson has filed for re-election in Ward 3, Brian Gerdes has filed for re-election in Ward 1, and Georgianne Hebblethwaite has filed in Ward 2. In Anadarko, Tanner Salyer has filed for re-election for vice mayor, Kelley McGlothlin has filed for Ward 3, and Matthew Vazquez has filed for Ward 5.  In Blanchard, a race has developed in Ward 4 where Steve Misenheimer and Chuck Kemper have filed. Joseph Davis has filed in Ward 1, Albert Ryans in Ward 3, and Eddie Odle has filed for council-at-large. The filing period ends at 5 o'clock this afternoon. The city council elections will be in April.

 

Pizzeria Staff Subdue Knife-Wielding Man

Employees at a local pizza restaurant take action against a belligerent man trespassing on the property. The workers at Domino's Pizza ganged up on the man after it's alleged the man caused a disturbance. According to an affidavit filed by Chickasha police the incident took place last Thursday afternoon. It’s alleged the man was riding a scooter through the parking lot and threw a paper bag with a beer can on the ground. One of the employees took exception to the man littering and a confrontation ensued. The man displayed a knife, and the employees, despite being threatened with a weapon were able to fend off the attack until police arrived moments later. Domino's General Manager Sherry Douglas credited her employees’ actions. Police arrested 29-year old Sean William Attocknie of Chickasha. He's been charged with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor for public intoxication. Attocknie remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

 

Chix Black History Month Program Canceled

A Chickasha event normally held each February as a Black History Month celebration has been canceled. The annual Story Telling and Soul Food Evening has been called off because of the pandemic. This year was to be the 12th annual event hosted by the Loretta Jackson African American Historical Society. Traditionally, it features the efforts of Chickasha African Americans in business, education, religion, agriculture, and the arts. Jackson thanks the sponsors and all supporters of the program in previous years and hopes to resume the program in 2022.

 

Patients Recovered From Coronavirus Who Get Vaccinated

Are Unable To Donate Plasma, According to Federal Group

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says the need for convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is urgent - but says individuals who have recovered and have received the coronavirus vaccine - are not eligible to donate the plasma right now. Officials say it’s based on guidelines issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The OBI said individuals who have recovered from the coronavirus or have COVID-19 antibodies and have not received the vaccine can donate plasma or any blood product, as long as they have been symptom-free for 14 days and are feeling well. By the way, KOOL 105.5 and 1061 The Ranch is teaming up with the OBI for another community blood drive today. That will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue, across the street from the studios. No appointment is needed.

 

Southwest District Stock Show Set for Next Week              

One of the largest regional spring livestock shows for 4H and FFA youth returns to Chickasha next week. The Southwest District Livestock Show will feature exhibitors with cattle, swine, sheep, and goats from 14 southwest Oklahoma counties. More than 2,000 animals are expected to be led through the show rings. The show is unique in that it pays big money to the exhibitors who show the top three animals in each breed. There is a Grand Champion, a Reserve-Grand Champion, and a Bronze Champion. Exhibitors of the top market steer and heifer, the market wether lamb, and barrow will each receive $1,000. For the second straight year, there will also be an ag mechanics competition with the top exhibitor or team picking up $500. The show runs Feb. 9th through 13th at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $57.46.

Natural gas is $2.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,837 and silver is $26.81.

 

Tuesday, February 2nd

 

Search Approved for Chix City Manager

The Chickasha City Council last night voted unanimously to begin searches for both an interim and a permanent city manager. Mayor Chris Mosley said it is his hope that an interim manager could be in place in 30 days. Mosley said he's already received a couple of resumes from candidates who have previously served as interim city managers elsewhere. Mosley said there is no timetable to hire a permanent city manager. The council approved advertising for both positions. He said the city will be working with a couple of municipal associations to find candidates. Currently, Mosley is filling in as acting-city manager with the help of Assistant City Manager Leesa Furr.

 

Furniture, Mower Purchases Approved              

The city council approved the purchase of some new furniture for the police department which is compatible with the new communications equipment that was recently installed. The $35,000 bid was slightly higher than the lowest bid. Police Chief Dee Rowell recommended the higher bid saying it was a better fit and while it wasn't the lowest bid, it was the best bid. The council unanimously approved the recommendation. The council also waived the bidding process and approved a state contract with a local implement dealer to purchase three lawn mowers and a 20-foot trailer. The bid of just over $34,000 was awarded to Standridge Equipment Company. The council also approved a one-year lease for a Duncan company to move its operations to the Chickasha Airport. Representatives of Aircraft Systems say they'll be installing aviation equipment in small general aviation aircraft. Jason Bivens said the FAA has issued new requirements for high tech equipment for aircraft and that Chickasha was a good central location.

 

New Chix Fire Chief Named

The City of Chickasha has a new chief of the fire department. Tony Samaniego, who had been serving as the interim chief, was formally named to the post yesterday. Mayor Chris Mosley said Samaniego was one of five finalists who were interviewed. Samaniego spent a couple of years as assistant fire chief under the previous chief Brian Zalewski, who was fired in a controversial move by former city manager John Noblitt last summer. Samaniego has been with the Chickasha fire department for several years and previously worked in Lawton.

 

City Council Filings Underway

The annual Chickasha City Council election is about two months away and the filing period for candidates is underway. Two incumbents have filed for re-election – they are Brian Gerdes in Ward One and Oscar Nelson in Ward 3. A first-time candidate - Georgianne Hebblethwaite - is a candidate for the Ward 2 post currently held by Kimmie Loggins. The other spot on the council up for election is the Ward 4 seat held by Jim Hopkins. The filing period runs through tomorrow with candidates filing at city hall.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.35.

Natural gas is $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $27.88.

 

Obituaries

Lowell Schneberger

A graveside service for Lowell Schneberger, 80, of Blanchard and formerly of Cyril will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. He played fast-pitch softball well into his 50s and is a member of the Oklahoma ASA Softball Hall of Fame. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Don Jeter Dunn

A graveside service for Don Jeter Dunn, 91, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a long-time lock smith. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, February 1st

 

Guidelines in Place at State Capital

for the 2021 Legislative Session

Pandemic protocols have been put in place as Oklahoma's legislative session gets underway. While state lawmakers will not be required to wear masks they will be strongly encouraged to do so. Committee room and chamber gallery capacities will be  limited to accommodate social distancing. State lawmakers and staff will get regular testing for COVID-19. All proceedings will be live streamed on the websites www.okhouse.gov and www.oksenate.gov Gov. Kevin Stitt will kick off the legislative session with his state-of-the-state address.

 

Formal Search for Chix City Manager to Begin              

The vacant city manager post for the City of Chickasha will be among the topics of discussion during tonight's city council meeting. The group will consider searching for both a permanent and an interim manager. Former City Manager John Noblitt resigned two weeks ago after nearly four years on the job. The city council will also consider waiving the competitive bidding process to purchase some new lawnmowers and approve a state contract with Standridge Equipment Company. The group is also to consider approving a lease for a hangar at the airport with a firm called Aircraft Systems. The hangar was previously leased by Air Methods which operated an air ambulance service. Aircraft Systems is described as a company in the field of avionics installations, inspections, component fabrication, and maintenance. If approved, the lease begins tomorrow and is for one year at $700 per month or $8,400 for the first year. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

              

Public Meeting set Ahead of Chix School Bond Election

A public meeting will be held tomorrow night to discuss the upcoming special bond election for Chickasha Public Schools. The district is proposing two bond issues totaling $2.7 million, with $2.3 million going toward school improvements and $400,000 for transportation needs. The meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the high school activity center auditorium. For those who can't attend it will be shown live on the Friends of Chickasha Public Schools Facebook page. Prior to the meeting, administrators will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions. The special bond election is next Tuesday, Feb. 9th.  

 

1st National and a Sr. VP Recognized for YMCA Support

A Chickasha financial institution receives recognition for its work with the YMCA. The First National Bank and Trust was awarded the Mission Partner Award from the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA which oversees the Chickasha organization. The bank collected the award for its long-time partnership with the Y in its support of healthy living activities. First National President and CEO John Gorton said the bank is pleased to partner with the YMCA and recognize that the support system it provides to young people is invaluable. Also, the bank's Senior Vice President, Mike Van Sickle was named Volunteer of the Year for all 15 Greater OKC YMCAs. Van Sickle is in his third year serving as chair for the Chickasha branch of the Y. Van Sickle said it's not a hard job to tell the story of how the Y encourages people young and old to work toward healthy-living goals. While the Y endured some hardships during the pandemic he said the need among local families did not change.

 

New Chickasha Chamber Board of Directors Elected              

A new board of directors has been elected to serve the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce for 2021. Brad Wilkerson with Chicken Express was named Chairman of Board. He takes over from 2020 board chairman Andy Maher with the Grady County Fairgrounds. Mike Van Sickle with the First National Bank will serve as Vice-Chair, and Frank Farmer from the Bank of Commerce will serve as treasurer. New board members include Troy Avant from Liberty National Bank, Rick Croslin with Chickasha Public Schools, Tim Hushbeck with PSO, Whitney Palesano with the Mosley Agency, Holly Dunham with the Canadian River Brewing Company, and Misti McClellan with USAO.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.04.

Natural gas is $2.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,862 and silver is $29.83.

 

Obituary

Royce Terry

A private memorial service for Royce Terry, 87, of Ringwood, Oklahoma and formerly of Chickasha was held Saturday, Jan. 30th at the First Baptist Church of Enid. He was a long-time insurance agent. Burial was in Chickasha’s Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Jan. 25th-30th

Saturday, January 30th

 

Caddo County Officer Arrested for Alleged Child Sex Crimes

The assistant police chief of a small Caddo County town has been arrested on a dozen complaints of child pornography. 35-year old Tyler Wesley Davis, the assistant police of at Hydro and also a reserve deputy for the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, was taken into custody by the OSBI Thursday and he was booked into the Grady County Jail in Chickasha.  According to a post on the OSBI's official Facebook page, investigators with the agency’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit said between April and September of last year, a social media platform reported a user uploading multiple sexually-explicit files of a young girl. The platform reported the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which traced the Internet provider address to Oklahoma. Davis is facing a dozen complaints in connection with the investigation including first-degree rape, sodomy, distributing obscene pictures and writings, and violating the state's computer crimes act.

 

Chickasha Firefighters Mourn Waynoka Fire Deaths              

Chickasha firefighters are joining first responders from across the state who are reaching out to the families of four people who died in a house fire in Waynoka early Friday morning. Two firefighters perished as did a couple in the home. The Chickasha Fire Department and Emergency Management posted on its Facebook page that their hearts and prayers go out to the Waynoka Fire Department, the City of Waynoka, and especially the families who tragically lost loved ones in the fire.  The two firefighters who died are being called heroes as they entered the burning home to try and rescue a man and woman trapped in a bedroom. The names of those who died have not been released. The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.

 

Meeting Set to Discuss Chix Schools Special Bond Election

A public meeting will be held next week to discuss the upcoming special bond election for Chickasha Public Schools. The district is proposing two bond issues totaling $2.7 million, with $2.3 million going toward school improvements and $400,000 for transportation needs if the bonds are approved. The meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the high school activity center auditorium. For those who can't attend, it will be shown live on the Friends of Chickasha Public Schools Facebook page. Prior to the meeting, administrators will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions. The special bond election is the following Tuesday, Feb. 9th.

 

Assault Suspect in Custody              

A man wanted for a violent attack that left another man with head injuries is in custody. 33-year old Ryan "Butch" Cassady, who lists a Verden address, was picked up by a Grady County deputy Thursday. An arrest warrant was issued for Cassady  in connection with the attack which occurred Dec. 27th at  a The Castle Inn Motel. An arrest warrant affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates that Cassady pistol-whipped the victim on his head and face for no reason, then fled the motel on foot. Cassady has been charged with a felony for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Cassady was arrested by Chickasha police in 2018 for possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony. He pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a 2008 arrest for assaulting a police officer. Cassady remains in jail on an $80,000 bond.

 

Pursuit Suspect Caught

A driver who led Chickasha police on a pursuit Thursday afternoon has been arrested. 48-year old Frank Ernest West of Chickasha was taken into custody after the pursuit came to an end. We don't have a lot of details about what happened. The Chickasha police blotter indicates the pursuit began about 1:00 p.m. Thursday in the area of 12th and Idaho Ave. Authorities also say West had a warrant out for his arrest but it wasn't clear why the warrant was issued. West has been charged with misdemeanor counts of eluding, driving under suspension, and operating a vehicle with defective equipment. West remains in jail pending a $4,000 bond.

 

Friday, January 29th

 

Lawmakers with Same Last Name May Confuse Some

There will be a lot of news coming out of the state capital over the next few months. The legislative session starts on Monday and two state lawmakers face an interesting situation. They both have the same last name - and one is a Republican and one is a Democrat. Newly elected State Representative Dick Lowe from Amber is the Republican. State Representative Jason Lowe from Oklahoma City is the Democrat.  Oklahomans will have to pay close attention to make sure they know which lawmakers are supporting which bills. For instance, Democrat Jason Lowe has filed a bill that would trigger a statewide mask mandate during the pandemic and charge large fines for not wearing masks. Republican Dick Lowe posted on his Facebook page that some people think he filed the bill, but wanted to let them know he did not. Not only are their last names spelled identically their offices at the state capital are just two doors part. Dick Lowe told his Facebook followers that the two lawmakers will probably have different views on many issues.

 

Officials Warn of Stimulus Check Scams

With another round of stimulus checks being sent to many Americans comes a reminder that scam artists are hard at work trying to take that money. The Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau report that American taxpayers have lost more than $200 million due to COVID-19 scams. In some cases, victims receive an e-mail prompting them to download an embedded link to receive their check, and then their computer is infected with malware. Another scam involves a phone call from a scammer saying they are from the IRS or another government agency demanding a processing fee before the check can be sent. Officials say to never give out personal information such as your Social Security Number or your bank account number to any unsolicited phone call or e-mail.

 

Coronavirus Update

Oklahoma's death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 3,400 yesterday. Another 35 fatal cases of the disease were reported by the state health department on Thursday. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is down from about 2,000 last week to around 1,400 in yesterday’s update. In Chickasha, there have been 31 deaths from the illness and there are 161 active cases out of more than 2,100 positive tests. In Blanchard, there have been 11 deaths and there are 159 active cases out of 2,100 positive tests. In Tuttle there have been 10 deaths and 76 active cases out of 1,300 positive tests. Throughout Grady County, there have been 55 deaths and there are 344 active cases out of 5,100 positive tests. In Anadarko, there have been 16 deaths and there are 102 active cases out of 1,200 positive tests. In all of Caddo County, there have been 48 deaths and there are 283 active cases out of 3,500 positive tests.

 

Blood Drives Scheduled

You have an opportunity to save lives today. USAO and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are teaming up for a blood drive on campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don't need an appointment to donate. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate convalescent plasma. If you are unable to donate today, KOOL 105.5 and 106.1 The Ranch will be host a blood drive with the OBI next Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. The OBI bloodmobile will in the YMCA parking lot across the street from our studios at 7th and Chickasha Ave. You don't need to make an appointment but if you'd like to do so call George Plummer during regular business hours at 405-224-1560.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin is this week's guest on Real Estate Today. There are links to both programs under the community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.10.

Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,862 and silver is $27.38.

 

Thursday, January 28th

 

Chix City Council to Start City Manager Search

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This version of the story was edited to show a correction in the previously published story, which indicated the discussion of the city manager most would be in executive session. We apologize for the error) The Chickasha City Council will begin the formal process of searching for a new city manager next week. In the Monday, Feb. 2nd city council meeting, the panel will discuss in open session the status of and the process of hiring the next top administrator. Former City Manager John Noblitt resigned his post last week after nearly four years on the job. Mayor Chris Mosley is filling in as acting city manager. The agenda for Monday night's meeting is already posted on the city's website. Other items to be discussed is to waive the bidding process and use a state contract to spend more than $34,000 to buy three John Deere mowers and a 20-foot trailer from Standridge Equipment Company. The group will also consider and possibly take action on renewing a generator contract for the police department, and will also consider purchasing some new furniture to use with the police department’s communication equipment. The group will also consider approving a lease agreement for one of the hangars at the airport. The city council will meet Monday, Feb. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Anadarko School Board to Sell Bonds

A special meeting of the Anadarko school board has been scheduled to sell $820,000 in general obligation bonds. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9th at noon and the board will take a look at the bids and award the bonds to the lowest bidder.

 

Paxton Bill Would Change How State

Would fill a Vacant U.S. Senate Seat

State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) is hoping the third time will be the charm for one of the bills he's been trying to get approved at the state capital. It concerns how Oklahoma would fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Paxton said Oklahoma is one of only  a handful of states that does not allow the governor to appoint someone to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Currently, a special election must be called, and Paxton says that costs upwards of $4 million. He said the bill would eliminate that expense.

 

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The measure is one of some 3,000 bills filed at the state capital ahead of the legislative session that starts next week.

 

Cole Not Pleased with Biden's New Energy Policies

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) calls President Biden's energy policies misguided. Cole says that Biden's executive order to freeze all new oil and gas drilling on federal land shows that the president is making political decisions to accommodate the most radical wing of the president's Democratic Party. Cole said Biden's actions will not only lead to the loss of thousands of jobs but also deny revenue to state and local governments and  raise the prices of gasoline and utilities for Americans.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.81.

Natural gas is $2.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $25.39.

 

Obituaries

Jamie Organ

The viewing for Jamie Organ, 42, of Chickasha will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29th at Ferguson Funeral Home. Burial will be in East Prairie, Missouri.

Bill Erwin

There has been a change in the service Bill Erwin, 84, of Chickasha. The graveside service is now set for Friday, Feb. 12th at 2:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Wednesday, January 27th

 

Thousands of Bills Filed at the State Capital

State lawmakers file nearly 3,000 bills ahead of the legislative session which starts on Monday. In the House of Representatives, members have filed nearly 2,000 pieces of legislation and 44 House Joint Resolutions and state senators have filed more than 1,000 bills and 26 Senate Joint Resolutions. All the measures can be viewed on-line at www.okhouse.gov and www.oksenate.gov State lawmakers will have about $8.4 billion to work with for the budget year that will start in July. Gov. Kevin Stitt will lead off the legislative session with his annual state of the state address.

 

Several Injured in Car-Pickup Collision

One person was hospitalized and several others suffered minor injuries in a car-truck collision last night. The accident happened about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday southwest of Sterling. Hospitalized was 25-year old Haley Kaudlekaule of Fletcher. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head injuries and was admitted in good condition. Also injured, 28-year old Chance McGregor of Cement who was taken to a Lawton hospital for treatment then released. The highway patrol reports that Kaudlekaule was passenger in a pickup that failed to yield at an intersection and crashed into a passing car. McGregor was a passenger in the car. The driver of the pickup, 22-year old Braydan Steckley of Frederick - and the driver of the car, 27 year old Kristan Scott of Elgin, were both transported to a Lawton hospital where they were treated and released.

 

Roommate Charged with Unauthorized Use of Vehicle             

A suspect accused of driving a vehicle without permission is behind bars on a $100,000 bond. The large bond was requested by prosecutors who want to revoke the suspect’s bond from previous charges filed against him. Blanchard police arrested the suspect on Saturday. A probable cause affidavit states that authorities received a call from an individual who said his car was taken by his roommate without permission. Authorities were at the victim's home when the suspect returned and he was arrested on the spot. The suspect told police he did have permission to drive the car. Authorities arrested 26-year old Zackary Charles Williams of Blanchard and he has been formally charged with a felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Williams was arrested in Chickasha in January of 2020 for driving a stolen vehicle and having a stolen handgun in the car. He was set to enter a plea in connection that arrest next month.

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug-related Arrest

A Grady County man is accused of intent to distribute drugs following a traffic stop. 38-year old Donald Heath Hightower of Ninnekah was arrested by a state trooper Saturday night in the area of 4th and Grand Ave. in Chickasha. A probable cause affidavit indicates the trooper saw Hightower driving a pick-up and due to previous encounters, knew that Hightower's license was suspended and pulled him over. Hightower had an undetermined amount of methamphetamine in his pocket, and authorities found drug items and a large amount of cash in the pickup. Hightower said he got the money from selling a vehicle and that he had won some money at a casino. Hightower was arrested without incident and spent the weekend in jail. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor for driving under suspension. He is out of jail after posting a $25,000 bond.

 

Grant Helps FFA Program Create Meat Processing Lab

An FFA program in the region is one of just a few programs statewide to have a meat processing lab. The Marlow FFA is one of 11 programs to get a grant for the operation.  A $50,000 grant from the state career-tech system helped the group purchase all the equipment needed for the lab. The students are learning a lot about safety, and going through the entire process from grinding, to tenderizing, to packaging. KSWO-TV reports that the program has already created some job opportunities for the students. FFA instructor Derek Mitchell said he has a friend who is a meat processor, and is interested in hiring a couple of students to work after school, on weekends, and during the summer. One of Mitchell's students already has experience in the field. Sophomore Corden Baker's family has been processing meat for years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $55.91.

Natural gas is $2.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,846 and silver is $25.34.

 

Obituaries

Kent Baldwin

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Kent Baldwin, 74 of Chickasha. He was the long time IT director for the Grady County Jail and also owned and operated a television repair shop. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Juanita Van Skike

A graveside service for Juanita Van Skike, 92, of Las Vegas and formerly of Cement will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28th at Chickasha's Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Demetria Johnson

Funeral service for Demetria Johnson, 55, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, January 26th

 

Blanchard Couple Hospitalized After Crash

A Blanchard man and his wife suffer head injuries in a traffic accident between Norman and Tecumseh. 70-year old Richard Hussfeldt and 69-year old Mary Hussfeldt were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and both were admitted in good condition. The accident happened just after 7:30 p.m. Monday near the community of Pink. The highway patrol reports that the Hussfeldts were westbound on State Highway 9 when they hit the passenger side of an eastbound SUV that tried to turned in front of them. The driver of the SUV, 45-year old Charity Spearman-Knight of Tecumseh, was treated and released for head injuries.

 

Real ID Program Starts in October

Oklahoma driver's licenses will no longer be accepted by TSA at airports beginning in October. Oklahomans are being encouraged to get their Real ID cards. Starting Oct 1st, individuals must have a Real ID to get on an airplane, or enter any federal building, military base, or nuclear facility. Grady County Tag Agent Mindy Walker says anyone wanting to apply for the Real ID can simply walk in to the tag office as no appointment is necessary. Individuals will have to have a birth certificate, a marriage license if they are married, and two documents that show an address such as utility bills. If your  regular driver's license is up for renewal the cost of the Real ID is $38.50. If you are not up for renewal, but want to switch to Real ID, the cost is $25. Walker said you can get the Real ID the same day you apply, however there could be an hour wait time. Stop in any time during regular business hours.

 

Dentistry from the Heart Canceled

The pandemic has forced the cancelation of a free one-day dental clinic that is usually held each February. Dentistry from the Heart, which has been running for about 15 years, won't take place this year. Dr. John Phillips, his staff with 29th Street Dental Care in Chickasha, dozens of dental students, oral surgeons and others have helped with the event over the years. The day was usually scheduled in February during National Dental Health Month. Typically, more than 200 patients would be treated, with the option of getting their teeth cleaned, getting a cavity filled, or getting a tooth pulled. Phillips hopes the event can return next year.

 

School Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

High school seniors should already be applying for scholarships if they plan on furthering their education in college or a technical school. Jen Jantzen with the Chickasha Public School Foundation reminds Chickasha seniors that the Foundation awards three scholarships each year - each scholarship is $1,500. Jantzen said applications are available on-line at: www.cfok.org/apply and find the Universal Scholarship Application. Scholarships will be awarded in May.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.88.

Natural gas is $2.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,855 and silver is $25.44.

 

Obituaries

Alejandro Orozco

Funeral service for Alejandro Orozco, 73, of Chickasha will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 30th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Janice Clayton

Funeral service for Janice Clayton, 50, formerly of Cement is pending with Brown- Thomas Funeral Home.

Bill Erwin

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This version has been updated to reflect a change in the date of the service that was previously published) A graveside service for Bill Erwin, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a longtime pilot and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Memorial contributions may be made to Mobile Meals of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, January 25th

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenue Declines

Sales tax revenues in Grady County fell to their lowest levels in 4 1/2 years in December. The $360,000 received is down more than 30 percent from November and it’s less than half the amount collected in December of 2019. It is at the lowest point since August of 2016. County sales tax revenues peaked the summer of 2019 when the level topped $1 million per month. Grady County has a 3/4ths of a penny sales tax which funds a number of areas - all of which were approved by voters. From the sales tax revenues last month, the Grady County Fairgrounds received $120,000 to pay for the construction of the climate-controlled event center; Grady Memorial Hospital received $106,000 to pay for the construction of the surgery center; Grady County Fire Departments share $60,000 with each of the 20 departments picking up $3,000; seven senior nutrition centers share $60,000 with each one getting $8,500; Tuttle EMS receives $11,000; and Rush Springs EMS collects $2,800.

 

Chix School District Voters to Decide Bond Issues              

Chickasha school district voters will go to the polls in two weeks to decide two bond issues totaling $2.7 million. Superintendent Rick Croslin calls it a Restoring Excellence Bond which, if approved, will be used for the restoration and preservation of buildings on every campus. Croslin said funds will also be used to upgrade technology and to purchase school buses and people movers. Croslin says voter approval would allow the district to move on to the second phase of a three-phase project for long-term school improvements. The first phase is underway right now as the district is completing nearly $4.5 million in roof repairs, thanks to an insurance claim awarded from damage done from a hail storm a couple of years ago. If the bond issues are approved there would be a property tax increase.  The increase would be about $35 per year on a $100,000 home.

 

Chix Superintendent to Hold Biz Town Hall Zoom Meeting              

Croslin, by the way, will address the Chickasha business community about the Restoring Excellence Bond in a Zoom town hall meeting later this week. The meeting was put together in a joint effort of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. The meeting will be Friday, Jan. 29th at 11:00 a.m.  A question-and answer session will follow. For information, contact the chamber.

 

Churches Jump In to Help Middle School Students

Several churches are helping the Chickasha Middle School help it's students. School officials say the basic clothing needs of many students have increased due to the pandemic. A number of churches were contacted and are offering assistance including the First Baptist Church, Hope Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, Trinity Baptist Church, and Victory Family Church. Students can ask for help in person or by e-mail, and school staff may also refer students who are then brought in for a confidential meeting to discuss their needs.

 

Grady County Ag Marketing Meeting Feb. 9th

Beef cattle research will be discussed at the next Grady County OSU Extension Office ag marketing meeting. Dr. Jason Banta is an extension beef cattle specialist. Topics for the program will be nutrition, cow-calf and stocker management, and animal health. Producers can attend in person or via Zoom, however, a limited number of in-person attendees are allowed. Contact the extension office for details. The meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 7:00 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.41

Natural gas is $2.44 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,865 and silver is $25.68.

 

Obituaries

Travis Grissam

Funeral service for Travis Grissam, 41, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Russell Cocheran

Funeral service for Russell Cocheran, 76, Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 27th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

2021, Jan. 18th-23rd

Saturday, January 23rd

 

New State Representative Ready for Legislative Session

State lawmakers will be returning to the state capital in just over a week for the start of the 2021 legislative session. Among them is State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber), a freshman state lawmaker who serves District 56. The district includes the Chickasha and Anadarko areas and stretches west to near Hobart. In his first ever media column, Lowe says he was appointed vice chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Education Sub-committee. He will also serve on the Education committee, the Higher Education and Career Tech Education Committee; and the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He'll also serve as the assistant majority whip. Lowe writes that since his election his office has already been able to help individuals receive unemployment benefits, resolve driver's license challenges, and schedule COVID-19 vaccinations. The legislative session begins Feb. 1st and will run through the end of May.

 

Donors Help Keep Holy City of the Wichitas Open

There’s a little good news for the Holy City of the Wichitas. After announcing that the City might have to close due to a lack of funding, some donors have come forth to keep the historic site open a while longer. Officials also said there will be an Easter pageant this year. The site was under financial strain after last year's pageant was moved to October and attendance and contributions were way down. The Lawton Constitution reported this week that members of the Holy City board of trustees - James Britt and David Dunsworth – said the City had been blessed by donors who want to keep the park open, and they are making every donated dollar stretch as far as possible. Dunsworth said even with the contributions that have come in, the City isn't out of the woods yet. The funds have been used to pay overdue bills and to restock the gift shop. They would like to see some annual support from a group or organization that would guarantee the city would never close. While the Easter pageant is the big attraction every year, The Holy City is open every day of the year except Christmas. By the way, Sign-up Sunday, which is for those who want to volunteer to be part of the pageant, will be on Sunday, Feb. 21st at The Holy City of the Wichitas.

 

Area Students Nominated to Military Academies

A couple of area high school students have been nominated for entry into America's prestigious military academies. Zachary Cox of Blanchard has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, and Dani Frost of Tuttle has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. The two were among 21 students nominated by 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. All the students attend schools within Cole's district. The academies provide for the undergraduate education and training of commissioned officers into the U.S. armed forces. In a press release, Cole said he was honored to nominate the students. He said their willingness and desire to answer the call of duty and serve on behalf of the country is inspiring, and that we can all draw strength from their patriotism.

 

Obituaries

Joyce Richardson

 A graveside service for Joyce Richardson, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Larry Hood

A graveside service for Larry Hood, 85, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Cement, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29th at the Cement Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, January 22nd

 

Minco Man Faces Manslaughter Charge

A fatal traffic accident last summer results in a manslaughter charge being filed against a Minco man. Aaron Christopher Boltshauser, 26, was taken into custody this week after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. The deadly crash took place in June of last year. A report from the highway patrol indicates that Boltshauser was behind the wheel of a car that crashed which resulted in the death of  Rickey Thierry, Jr. who was a passenger in the car. An affidavit filed by the trooper investigating the crash alleges that Boltshauser was drinking prior to the crash. His blood-alcohol content was 0.22 - which is nearly three times above the level considered to be drinking and driving. Boltshauser had his initial appearance on the manslaughter charge in Grady County District Court yesterday. A judge set his bond at $100,000. He's to announce his attorney Feb. 11th and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Feb. 24th.

 

Sen. Paxton Files Bill That Would Prevent

Questionable, Un-ethical Election Practices

State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) has filed a bill at the state capital which would ensure the continued integrity of Oklahoma's election system. SB 523 would prohibit any political subdivision, agency, or government official from entering into a legal agreement or court settlement prescribing election procedures which conflict with election laws. In a press release, Paxton said the legislation will make certain that the questionable and unethical election actions that took place in other states in the Presidential election last November will not happen in Oklahoma. He said that no office or individual in state government has the right to make changes to the state's election system without first getting approval from the legislature. Paxton said last-minute changes to election procedures which occurred in some states was wrong and state lawmakers need to make sure it never happens here.

 

National Livestock Show Comes to Chickasha

Youth livestock exhibitors from across the country will be making their way to Chickasha over the next few days. They'll be showing sheep, goats and swine at the Stockman's Showcase. Erin Dorsey of Colorado, who is coordinating the shows, discusses the event and why it's being held at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

               Dorsey, - "I  decided to create the Stockman Showcase Show to take place - but not replace the Denver show that was canceled. A lot of exhibitors had already purchased (animals) for that show. So I thought a way of giving them a chance to showcase their animals would be to put the show on (in Chickasha). One thing we've done different is we've added a gilt show for the swine people, and a commercial use show for the lamb people."

 

The exhibitors are all between 8 and 21 years old. Dorsey said she is expecting between 250 and 350 exhibitors from about 25 states and estimates 1,100 animals will be shown. Sheep and goat shows are today and tomorrow with the swine show set for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. All the shows will be held in the climate-controlled event center at the fairgrounds. There is no charge for spectators, concessions will be available, and there are also some trade show vendors.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lillie Huckaby with the Chickasha Library and Angie Lewis with the Friends of the Chickasha Library will be on our KOOL Konversation program. State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) and State Senator Darcy Jech (R-Kingfisher) are our guests on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.10.

Natural gas is $2.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,854 and silver is $25.38

 

Obituary

Mary Ann  Porter

A memorial service for Mary Ann Porter, 56, of Blanchard will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30th at Parkview Christian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, January 21st

 

COVID Precautions Still Urged

As Vaccine Arrives in Oklahoma

Health officials urge Oklahomans to continue to do what they can to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Grady Memorial Hospital Administrator Kean Spellman held a Zoom conference with local business leaders Wednesday. While there is not a mask mandate in Chickasha nor Grady County, he encouraged employers to have their workers wear masks and to encourage their customers to do so as well. As of yesterday, Chickasha has had nearly 2,000 positive coronavirus tests with 27 deaths. Across Grady County, there have been nearly 4,900 positive tests with 47 deaths. Spellman said the county and state health departments are doing all they can to get vaccinations to those who are eligible though vaccine numbers are limited. Epworth Methodist Church will be serving as a vaccination site over the next several Fridays, providing as many as 1,000 vaccines tomorrow. Spellman also said that the vaccines are safe-

 

              

 

Spellman said that intensive care units in hospitals statewide are filled with COVID-19 patients forcing new coronavirus patients to be sent out of state for treatment.

 

Vaccination Volunteers Sought

The call is out for medical and non-medical volunteers alike to help vaccination efforts. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps said help is needed at the more than 50 dispensing sites across the state. Volunteers can help with registration, traffic control, assisting the elderly, and sanitizing. Background checks are conducted on all volunteer applicants. For information visit the website: www.OKMRC.

 

Rural Firefighters Douse Mobile Home, Wildland Fires

Grady County volunteer firefighters were quick to respond to a mobile home fire and a wildland fire yesterday. County Fire Department Spokesman Buddy Myers said Pioneer and Ninnekah departments were dispatched to the mobile home fire near Pioneer School just before 10 a.m. The occupants were able to escape without injury. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the bedroom where it started. The cause of the fire was believed to be an electrical short. Damage was estimated at $5,000. Crews were there for about two hours. While crews were battling that fire, Pioneer also was called to a wildland fire southeast of Verden. Crews were quick to put down that blaze in about an hour with only one acre burned. Myers said the cause of that fire was a bird which shorted out an electrical line. The bird did not survive.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $53.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $56.08.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,875 and silver is $25.96.

 

Obituaries

Colton Wright

Funeral service for Colton Wright, 22, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23rd at the Cement High School Auditorium. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral home.

Valerie Renee Stephenson

A memorial service for Valerie Renee Stephenson, 63, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23rd at the Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, January 20th

 

Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt Resigns

The City of Chickasha is looking for a new city manager as John Noblitt has unexpectedly resigned. Mayor Chris Mosley made the announcement after an executive session during last night’s city council meeting. The council voted 7-0 to accept Noblitt's resignation. Councilmen Zack Grayson and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander were not in attendance. No reason was given for Noblitt's decision to step down. KOOL-RANCH News called Noblitt after the meeting for comment and he didn’t return our call. Noblitt spent just under four years at the post.  He was hired in March of 2017 after spending a few years as the city manager in Lindsay. Noblitt had come under fire over the last several months in a battle with the Chickasha Fire Fighters Association. The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2041 filed a federal lawsuit against the city after the group said Noblitt failed to pay firefighters for overtime and longevity as required by their contract. Last February, Noblitt was named the Public Servant of the Year for 2019 by the Chamber of Commerce. In light of Noblitt's resignation, Mayor Mosley will fill in as acting-city manager on a temporary basis as directed by the city charter. A formal search for a new city manager will begin soon.

 

Plat for New Duplex Development Approved

Noblitt did attend last night's council meeting, and discussed many of the issues that were on the agenda. The council approved both the preliminary and the final plat for a new residential development near Ada Sipuel Ave. and Grand Avenue extension. The plat for what is being called the Villas at Grand Avenue shows that 24 duplexes with 48 homes are proposed. It's part of a larger development where additional residential and commercial construction is proposed near the Grady County Fairgrounds. That includes proposals for new apartments, two hotels, and a restaurant.

 

RV Parking Ordinance Turned Down; Lake Lots Sold

The council turned down a proposed parking ordinance for recreational vehicles but did approve a re-zoning request at 4th and Texas Avenue for developer Brannan Bordwine. It would allow Bordwine to lease the building to a proposed medical marijuana dispensary. The council also approved the sale of lots the city owns at Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma. The sale of the four lots brought more than $100,000. The lots were among nine properties at Grand Lake the city received after the owner of a Tulsa oifield-related business failed to relocate his company here - after accepting a $250,000 economic development loan from city. Noblitt told the council before his resignation that the city re-couped about $200,000 of that loan through the sale of the lots. The council also approved a renewal of the contract for the vendor who maintains Rose Hill and Fairlawn cemeteries. The contract calls for Jeffery Winn to get a 1.7 percent increase based on the Consumer Price Index. The increase takes his annual contract to more than $97,500.

 

Pursuit Suspect Faces Formal Charges

The man alleged to have led Verden police on a pursuit through rural parts of Grady and Caddo counties last week has been formally charged in connection with the chase. 32-year old Trevor Jay Stevens of Anadarko has been charged in Grady County District Court with a felony for endangering others while eluding and a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license. He remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. Stevens sped away when Verden police attempted to make an unspecified traffic stop last Friday. The pursuit went south of Verden then west into Caddo County where Stevens crashed his car. He managed to get away on foot but was found by Anadarko police and a K9 team in a car at a storage unit parking lot the next morning.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.90.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,852 and silver is $25.46.

 

Obituaries

Gladys Selzer

A graveside service for Gladys Selzer, 74, of Lindsay will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22nd at the Bradley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Raymond Doughty

A memorial service for Raymond Doughty, 80, of Rush Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23rd at Chickasha's First Assembly of God.

 

Tuesday, January 19th

 

Chickasha City Council to Discuss

Employment Status of City Manager

The Chickasha City Council has a lot on its plate when the panel meets tonight. The group will have an executive session to discuss the employment status of City Manager John Noblitt. The vague description of the closed-door meeting is to discuss the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining, or resignation of the city manager. Also in the executive session, the council will discuss a federal lawsuit filed against the city by James Blue in the U.S. Western District Court. No information was immediately available regarding that lawsuit.

 

Other City Council Discussion Items              

The council will also consider selling more lots the city owns at Grand Lake Resort in northeastern Oklahoma. The city obtained the lots a few years ago when the owner of a Tulsa company reneged on his promise to re-locate part of his firm to Chickasha to create jobs. The owner was awarded a $250,000 economic development loan. The Grand Lake lots were used for collateral for the loan which the city was able to acquire. The group is expected to approve going out for bids to hire a contractor to help with cleaning up the debris which still remains from the ice storm that wreaked havoc in central Oklahoma almost three months ago. Also on the agenda, a proposed ordinance regarding the parking of recreation vehicles, and the possible approval of a plat for a new subdivision being proposed for the area southeast of the Grady County Fairgrounds. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Historic Anadarko Theater is Coming Down;

With Plan to Build Amphitheater in it's Place

A part of Anadarko history is being demolished this week. The Miller Theatre is being torn down as the building was in a state of disrepair. Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn said the building was full of asbestos and they had to hire a contractor to remove the material before the demolition could begin. Corn said they are keeping a sentimental part of the theatre, and that there are plans to make in a spot to hold community events.

 

              

 

Corn also said the city will begin some major capital improvement projects this year, including work on water treatment and waste water treatment facilities and infra-structure, the city's electrical grid, and that the fire department would be getting a new firetruck.

 

Library Friends to Host "Non-Event" Fundraiser

While the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library won't be having a full-blown Chocolate Celebration this year, organizers have put together what they are calling a Chocolate Celebration Non-Event. In years past, the celebration had literally thousands of chocolate servings for sale, which brought in several thousands of dollars use for library equipment and improvements. The Friends of the Library are asking that the businesses and organizations consider maintaining their previous financial or in-kind contributions related to the celebration. They said individuals can help by donating what they would have paid for the chocolate servings they would have purchased. Proceeds from previous year's celebrations allowed the library to purchase touch-screen computers, the total renovation of the children's area, mobile-device power stations and seating. Supporters can reach out to library director Lillie Huckaby or to Friends of the Library president, Angie Lewis for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.10

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,843 and silver is $25.41.

 

Obituary

Kay Burris

Funeral service for Kay Burris, 79, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21st at the First Baptist Church of Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, January 18th

 

Verden Pursuit Suspect Arrrested

A man wanted for eluding police after a pursuit through rural parts of Grady and Caddo counties is behind bars. Trevor Jay Stevens was found in Anadarko Saturday morning. A post on the Verden Police Department's Facebook page indicates that Stevens was apprehended with the help of Anadarko police and their K9 team. Media reports indicate that Verden police tried to pull Stevens over for unspecified traffic violations when he sped away and led authorities through the back roads of both counties.  Stevens crashed and rolled his car which landed upside down southeast of Anadarko and was able to get away from officers. Stevens was found hiding in the back of a vehicle at a storage unit parking lot. Reports say that he did have some injuries from the crash and was cold. He was taken to a hospital for treatment then was taken to the Grady County Jail. Stevens is being held on complaints of eluding and driving with a suspended license. The only public record immediately available on Stevens is that he had an emergency protective order filed against him in Grady County in May of 2019.

 

Saturday Morning Rollover Still Under Investigation

Authorities continue their investigation into a single vehicle crash east of the Tabler Y over the weekend. A passenger was hospitalized and authorities are trying to determine who was driving. The accident happened about 6:15 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 39 just west of the Alex Highway. 25-year old Faith Colver of Alex was last in serious condition with head injuries at an Oklahoma City hospital. The trooper investigating the accident reported that the car ran off the road, hit a re-inforced maibox and rolled twice, which ejected Colver from the vehicle. The driver was not at the scene when authorities arrived.

 

Retired Rush Springs Coaches Dies fom Coronavirus

The coronavirus has claimed the life of another area high school coach.  Barry Foster, long-time football coach and teacher at Rush Springs, passed away early Saturday morning. He was 59. The funeral service for Foster has not yet been announced. Last month, Union City basketball coach and longtime Minco coach Robert Duvall also passed away from COVID-19.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Hearing for Proposed Dispensary              

Another medical marijuana dispensary may soon be opening in Chickasha. The city council will consider a re-zoning request for property at 828 South 4th Street which would allow the operation. Brannan Bordwine is asking to re-zone the property from local commercial use to general commercial use. A public hearing will be held prior to the city council’s consideration of the issue during tomorrow night’s city council meeting. The Planning Commission and city administrators are all recommending the change take place. The council normally meets on Monday but the meeting was changed due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

              

Contract with Chix Cemetery Vendor May be Extended

The council will also consider renewing the city's contract with the individual who maintains the city's cemeteries. Jeffrey Winn of Ninnekah was originally awarded the contract in 2014 and has been performing that work ever since. Last year, Winn was paid more than $96,000 for the work. City administrators are recommending a 1.7 percent increase in the contract based on the annual Consumer Price index. If approved, the increase in cost would be just over $136 per month.

 

Blood Drive Set for Today              

Another KOOL-RANCH community blood drive will be held today. The Oklahoma Blood Institute's blood mobile will be across the street from the studios in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Ave. from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. today. You don't need an appointment. We will be having another blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. If you'd like an appointment to donate at that time George Plummer during regular business hours at 405-224-1560 and he'll take care of that for you.

 

Livestock Producer Conference Tuesday              

The Grady County OSU Extension Office will hold an ag marketing conference tomorrow morning. Dr. Justin Talley will discuss livestock production issues. The meeting will begin at 7 a.m. and producers can either meet in person at the extension office or via the zoom platform.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $52.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $55.10.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,835 and silver is $25.00.

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