Mollman Media News Archives for 2021-05

2021, May 17th-22nd

Saturday, May 22nd

 

State Lawmakers Send Proposed Budget to Gov. Stitt

State lawmakers in both the house and senate have passed an $8.8 billion spending plan for state government for fiscal year 2022. The measure now goes to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. Marlow State Representative Brad Boles writes in his media column that the plan includes the largest budget ever for public education at $3.2 billion. It includes more money for textbook and school activity funds. Boles said there are also bills still being considered which would create funding equity for school districts with low property tax bases, and increase per-pupil funding by eliminating duplicate student counts in the school funding formula should they be approved and signed by the governor. Boles also said transportation funding would increase, including a $200 million plan to speed up the 8-year highway construction plan through federal programs. The proposal also includes more than $40 million to expand broadband service in rural areas that don't have access to high-speed Internet. It also includes a reduction in personal income taxes by one-fourth of 1 percent and reduces the corporate income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent.

 

Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Having Explosives

A Caddo County man already in trouble with the law is in jail for allegedly having the materials needed to make Molotov cocktails. 30-year old Gregory Ahhaitty of Carnegie was arrested this week after a police officer saw him riding his bicycle erratically. A probable cause affidavit filed by Carnegie police indicates that Ahhaitty was uncooperative and belligerent when stopped by the officer who had reason to believe that Ahhaitty was under the influence of an intoxicant. Ahhaitty was arrested without incident and while at the police department was found to allegedly have a couple vodka bottles filled with gasoline, toilet paper, a lighter, electrical tape, and a 12-inch knife. Ahhaitty was arrested just a few weeks ago and charged with a felony for assault on a police officer. Ahhaiitty was out of jail after posting bond on that charge and now faces an additional felony charge of threatening the use of an explosive. He remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $60,000 bond and is to be back in court on June 15th.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant list

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

 

              

 

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

 

New Rush Springs Watermelon Queen Selected

There's royalty in Rush Springs today. Jerricka Funk was selected to hold court as the queen of 2021 Rush Springs Watermelon Festival this summer. The announcement is posted on the festival's Facebook page. Funk will preside over the event which returns this year after last year's festival was canceled. Jerricka will spend the next couple of months traveling across the state and promoting the festival which will be held on Saturday, August 14th.

 

State Junior High Rodeo Finals Wrapping Up

Today's the final day of competition of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association state finals at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The top 15 competitors in each event will be looking to earn enough points to finish in the top four which will qualify them for the national junior high rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa next month. Gretchen Todd, an 8th-grade student from Tuttle, has been to nationals before. In 2019 she finished 7th overall in pole bending also qualified for nationals last year though nationals was canceled because of the pandemic. While she was disappointed Todd she said she didn't lose her focus.

 

              

 

Heading into this weekend Todd was third in ribbons, third in pole bending, and 7th in all-around. After today's final round (called the short-go) the group will have an awards ceremony tomorrow to crown the state champions and will find out who has qualified for nationals.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Reagan Elkins with Intellego Media is our guest on the KOOL Konversation talking about the filming of The Cowgirl’s Song, a Hollywood movie that is being filmed entirely in Chickasha. On Real Estate today, Third District Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas talks with guest host David Nowlin. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, May 21st

 

Police Warn About the Dangers of Teen Drinking

Law enforcement officials everywhere are warning about the dangers of teen-aged drinking and drinking and driving - especially as high school seniors celebrate after graduation this time of year. Verden police have made some recent arrests of teens who had been partying at Lake Chickasha. Police Chief Jeff Goucher says the teens were ticketed but more importantly warned about the more serious consequences associated with drinking at the lake and drinking and driving. Goucher recalls a tragedy that occurred at Ft. Cobb Lake a few years ago.

 

              

 

Goucher also said he has a cousin who is in a wheelchair for life after  she was injured in a drinking and driving incident.

              

Suspected Rapist Arrested

A man wanted for the alleged rape of a teen-aged girl is behind bars. An arrest warrant for 19-year old Ronald Douglas Merritt, Jr. of Chickasha was issued earlier this week and was taken into custody. The arrest warrant affidavit from Chickasha police indicates the 17-year old victim went to the police department to report the assault. She told investigators that Merritt raped her several times between September and December of last year. Prosecutors have charged Merritt with one count of first degree rape and he remains in the Grady County Jail pending a $40,000 bond.

 

Couple Arrested Following Molestation Investigation

A husband and wife from northeastern Oklahoma are jailed in connection with child sex crimes and related offenses which allegedly occurred in Grady County. 53-year old Scott Allen Hickman and 51-year old Laura Hickman of Skiatook are in the Grady County Jail after warrants were issued for their arrests. A probable cause affidavit from Tuttle police indicates investigators were contacted by the couple’s now 23-year old daughter. She alleged she was sexually abused by her biological father Scott Hickman from the time she was seven years old and through high school when the family lived in Tuttle. The victim said Hickman told her she would get in trouble if she told anyone. Prosecutors have charged Hickman with felonies of lewd acts with a child and sexual battery. Laura Hickman was arrested on a misdemeanor for allegedly failing to report child abuse. The victim told investigators that that Laura Hickman knew about the molestation but told her that if they went to the police they would be poor. The Hickman’s are out of jail after posting bond.

 

Chickasha High School Graduation is Tonight

It's a big day for the senior class at Chickasha High School. Graduation ceremonies will be held tonight, with about 130 seniors crossing the stage to receive their diplomas. For the second straight year, they are breaking tradition of selecting three students to talk about the past, present, and future. Two of the Valedictorians – Aubree Wright and Joseph Shaw - will address their classmates. Both were also selected as the best all-around students. Several students are Oklahoma Academic Scholars including Claire Carver, Jordan Wallace, Hunter Puryear, Brian Green-Young, Aubree Wright, Nevaeh King, and Lexi Albright. Numerous students were awarded scholarships for the next level of their education. In addition to scholarships from civic groups, businesses, and individuals, this year's senior class will benefit from more than $93,000 in scholarships from colleges and universities. Graduation ceremonies will be held at the high school activity center starting at 7 o'clock tonight. Afterwards, the new alumni will have an opportunity for one last hurrah together with Project Graduation hosted by the Chickasha Optimist Club at the YMCA.

              

Junior High Rodeo State Finals in Chickasha

Middle school rodeo competitors from across state are in Chickasha this weekend for the state finals of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association. About 70 individuals will be competing in one or more of a dozen events at the Grady County Fairgrounds. All have hopes of winning state titles in their events and qualifying for the National Junior High School Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa this summer. Kennadee Bickerstaff is an 8th-grade student from Ada. She is the president of the junior high rodeo association and is among the leaders in a couple of her events.

 

              

 

Bickerstaff trails Merrick Moyer of Woodward in the All-around by 18 points. Gretchen Todd of Tuttle is 7th in the all-around. For the boys, Keaton Kellum of Antlers leads the boys all-around and has nearly a 100 point lead over Foreman Casebolt of Ryan who is in second place. Chizm Kuykendall of Carnegie holds down 4th place and Trip Taylor of Pocasset is 8th. The top 15 in each event Friday and Saturday qualify for the short go-round on Sunday. The top four placers in each event qualify for the national rodeo.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.11.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,879 and silver is $27.89.

 

Thursday, May 20th

 

New Under-Sheriff Named for Grady County

A veteran law enforcement officer has been tabbed as the No. 2 man at the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Gary Boggess will officially join the sheriff's office next week as the new Under-Sheriff.  Sheriff Jim Weir recently named Boggess to the post.

 

              

 

Boggess has also spent some time as a reserve officer with the sheriff's office. Weir says Boggess has been responsible for obtaining a number of grants at Newcastle and believes that will be helpful for the sheriff's office.

 

Grady County Veteran Honored at State Capital

A Grady County military veteran was recognized for his service at the state capital this week. Matthew Schoolfield was honored as Veteran of the Week for the State House of Representatives. Amber State Representative Dick Lowe nominated Schoolfield for the honor.

 

              

 

Marlow State Representative Brad Boles, whose district also includes a section of Chickasha, was also part of the ceremony. In addition to the citation Schoolfield received a United States Flag that has recently flown over the state capital building. As a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, Schoolfield was deployed to combat three times during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent 2 1/2 years in Iraq and another year in Afghanistan. As a Chickasha police officer Schoolfield was shot six times while executing a search warrant and received the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor as a result.

 

Film Crews in Chickasha for New Movie

Film crews are in Chickasha working on a number of scenes for a new movie. They are coordinating with Reagan Elkins of  Intellego Media who is arranging days and times for the locations. Elkins has been working with the Oklahoma Film Commission to bring Hollywood film producers to the city. Some locations include the Grady County Fairgrounds, the county courthouse, and even the KOOL-RANCH studios. Grady County Commissioners and the Chickasha City Council have special meetings over the next couple of days to discuss approving contracts with production companies including one called Cowgirl Productions out of Dallas, Texas. Officials did not want to announce the dates or locations of the sites being used in order to prevent a lot people from showing up on the sets.

 

More Delays Possible Due to Bridge Construction

Here's another reminder that work on the Washita River bridges on U.S. Highway 62 east of Chickasha today will have traffic stopped at intermittent times. Crews are installing huge steel beams across the span of the river on one of the bridges currently under construction. Traffic is already affected as it is one lane in both directions. Flaggers will assist so state department of transportation officials encourage motorists to use caution and perhaps find an alternate route.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.26.

London-based Brent crude is $66.66.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,866 and silver is $27.70.

 

Obituary

Bruce Bedoka

Viewing for Bruce Bedoka, 63, of Chickasha will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 28th also at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 19th

 

Chix Officials Update Regulations

for New Dispensaries Locating Here
Revised regulations for future medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities have been approved by the Chickasha City Council. The panel approved the changes in its meeting Monday night and will soon be in effect. Among the changes are that dispensaries and commercial growers will not be allowed to operate outside an approved zoning area unless the applicant has obtained a use-on-review permit. And no dispensaries shall allow the consumption of medical marijuana, related products, or alcohol in the dispensary. Use-on-review permits will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Community Development director. The permits will only be active for the duration that the tenant or property owner uses that location. The new regulations were approved by a 6-2 vote with Councilmen Clark Van Dyck and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander casting the no votes.

 

New Dispensary, Fire Fighter Lawsuit

on Agenda for Special Council Meeting             

A proposal to consider a use-on-review for a new dispensary was pulled from the city council agenda Monday night. Officials said there was an error in the paperwork. The request is from Brannan Bordwine for a location at 420 West Grand and it will be considered in a special city council meeting later today. Other items on the agenda include a behind-closed-doors discussion regarding the lawsuit filed against city by the Chickasha Firefighters Association regarding the allegations of the city's refusal to compensate firefighters for overtime pay as part their contract agreement. The council will also consider a $44,000 payment to a firm to burn the remaining debris collected from last October's ice storm. Today's special meeting will get underway at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Suspect Accused of Setting Fire to His Home

A Rush Springs man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged his mobile home. The state fire marshal's office issued an arrest warrant for 46-year old Jeffrey Allen Clark last Friday and he was arrested on Monday. Clark is accused of starting the fire at his home south of Rush Springs in July of last year. A probable cause affidavit from the investigator states that evidence from the fire was identified as an ignitable fluid similar to gasoline. Other possible causes for the fire were eliminated including electrical problems, unattended cooking, or lit candles, cigarettes, or cigars that may have fallen on the floor. Clark's daughter, who was living with him at the mobile home, told investigators her father had removed a lot of items from the home two days before the fire and that Clark admitted to her that he started the fire. Prosecutors have formally charged Clark with second degree arson and he is out of jail after posting a $25,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 23rd.

 

Chix Library Sets Summer Reading Program

The Chickasha Public Library is getting ready to offer another summer reading program for kids. Children's Librarian Courtney Mayall says sign-ups are underway and talks about this year's theme-


              

The “Tails and Tales” program is free and begins June 1st and runs through July 30th.

 

Congressman Schedules Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Oklahoma 4th District Congressman Tom Cole will hold a telephone town hall meeting next week. In a press release, Cole says he wants to provide an update on legislative news and updates from Washington, D.C. He said between recent legislative developments and more misguided and expensive policies put forth by the Biden Administration there is a lot to discuss. The Congressman has set aside one hour to visit with Oklahomans in his district which includes parts of central and southwest Oklahoma. It will be Monday, May 24th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Constituents can call 833-305-1727. Individuals can contact Cole's Oklahoma office in Norman for other information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.71.

Natural gas is $3.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,858 and silver is $27.77.

 

Obituary

Patricia Williams

A memorial service for Patricia Williams, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 18th

 

Councilman: 1930 Chix Lynching Should be Condemned

It's reported that the last lynching in Oklahoma occurred in Chickasha nearly 100 years ago. City Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander wants the city council to pass a resolution condemning the act. The Ward 3 councilman brought up the issue during last night's city council meeting. He said as the state prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre that it was appropriate that the city take the action. Ashanti-Alexander said that Henry Argo died in the attack on May 30th, 1930. No one was ever arrested for the hate crime. On-line records show that Argo was killed by a mob at the Chickasha jail. He had been arrested for the alleged attack on a white woman and her child. It was reported that a sniper made his way into Argo's cell and shot him in the head.

              

Chix Water Bills Going Up

Chickasha residents will be paying more for their drinking water. The city council approved a wide range of fee increases during last night's meeting. The minimum cost for water will be $15 for up to 2,000 gallons used. Basic sewer rates inside the city limits, which is based on water consumption, will be $4.35 per month plus $3.30 per 1,000 gallons. The new rates are expected to be implement July 1st. Mayor Chris Mosley said the rate hike is needed as the city's cost to purchase water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir will increase substantially. That's because the city has not had a new contract with the Ft. Cobb Master Conservancy District which operates the reservoir in nearly three decades.

 

              

 

Mosley said a federal audit discovered the failure by both sides for not having a new contract for that length of time.

 

Traffic Delays Expected Due to Bridge Work

Today is the day that crews working on the Washita River Bridge Replacement project will be putting a new bridge beam into place. This is on U.S. Highway 62 near the H.E. Bailey Turnpike east of Chickasha. Traffic will be stopped occasionally while crews maneuver the giant piece of steel. Officials expect there will be delays and motorists should find an alternate route.

 

Power Line Replacement Postponed

Some electrical line work on Choctaw Avenue that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. Officials had announced that traffic would be detoured between 4th Street and 16th Street for a brief time Wednesday morning. Public Works Director David Buchanan said that the work has been delayed as there was an issue with the detour route. Contractors for Public Service Company of Oklahoma will be replacing some power lines which is associated with the Highway 81 West Bypass project.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.46.

Natural gas is $3.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,869 and silver is $28.62.

 

Obituaries

Ron Reynolds

A private graveside service for 72-year old Ron Reynolds of Chickasha will be held at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Justice Oliver

Funeral service for 24-year old Justice Oliver of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 21st at The Christian Center. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 17th

 

Downpour Causes Flooding in Rush Springs Area

Torrential rains caused some flooding in the Rush Springs area yesterday. District 3 Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard says there were reports of more than six inches of rain in a wide area in southern Grady and northern Stephens counties. And, there has been some damage to county roads.

 

              

 

Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson posted a number of photos on the agency's Facebook page showing water running over county roads. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for all of central and southern Oklahoma through 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning as more rain is forecast for the region. Officials say additional flooding is possible south of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Dispensary Regulations

Updates to the City of Chickasha's code regarding medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities will be discussed by the Chickasha City Council tonight. The panel will also consider a use-on-review request for yet another dispensary at 420 West Grand Avenue. The council will also consider rezoning several lots in the Southgate Addition from residential to commercial use. The Planning Commission is recommending the changes for applicant Bryce Binyon. The council will also consider declaring expired protective body armor and law enforcement uniform equipment no longer used by the police department as surplus property. The group will also consider a proposal to purchase additional quarantine cages for the city’s animal shelter at a cost of $8,000. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Several People Hurt in Collision

One person was hospitalized and several others suffered minor injuries after a crash in Stephens County. 20-year old Braden Wright of Duncan was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. 20-year old Addy Elroy, 18-year old Michael Elroy, and 20-year old Kaytlyn Smock all of Marlow were taken to a Duncan hospital where they were treated and released. The accident happened about 5:30 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 81 south of Duncan. The highway patrol reports all the crash victims were in the same vehicle when a pickup driven by 56-year old Antonio Alvarez of Duncan ran a stop sign and crash into them.

              

Bridge Construction to Slow Traffic

The Washita River bridge re-construction on U.S. Highway 62 east of Chickasha could cause some traffic delays this week. State department of transportation officials say crews will be putting one of the new bridge beams in place. Flaggers will be out on Tuesday and Thursday to stop traffic occasionally. Motorists can expect delays and should be prepared to stop or find an alternate route. Future bridge beam placements will be taking place over the next few weeks and officials say they will announce them in advance. The two bridges over the river are being replaced at a cost of $12.5 million. The project is expected to take another 14 months to complete.

 

IRS Tax Deadline Extended for Some

You may hear news reports that today is the deadline in most states to file 2020 tax statements with the IRS. However, that's not the case in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Steve Grodecki with the Chickasha H and R Block office says an extension was granted to residents in those states due to the federal disaster declared in those states as a result of the polar vortex that paralyzed the three states in February. The deadline to file taxes for residents in those states was extended to June 15th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.71.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $27.74.

 

2021, May 10th-15th

Saturday, May 15th

 

Suspect Arrested Following Child Porn Investigation

A four-month investigation by the OSBI into allegations of a man obtaining child pornography has resulted in an arrest. 21-year old Chance Arlan Mason was arrested by agents at his Blanchard apartment Thursday morning. Mason is accused of downloading more than one hundred photos and videos of child porn. He is charged with possession of child porn and violating the computer crimes act. He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond. Court documents indicate the investigation began January 21st when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report of an individual suspected of electronically obtaining child porn. The affidavit filed by the OSBI indicates that Mason admitted he had been downloaded and purchasing child and adult porn for about three years and spent about $1,000 a month on porn sites.

 

Coach's Death Leads to Passage of New State Law

The death of beloved Rush Springs football coach Barry Foster helped to serve as a springboard to pass a new state law called the No Patient Left Alone Act. The measure allows hospital patients to designate one visitor to have unrestricted visitation. Foster, who died as a result of the coronavirus, was alone when he passed away from the illness. Foster's wife and children were among many who were unable to be present in the final moments of their loved one's lives because of restrictions in place. State Representative Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin authored the bill who said adding isolation on top of health struggles drastically affects the patient's mental health. The bill prohibits the termination, suspension, or waiver of visitation rights by hospitals, the state health department, or any government agency regardless of declarations of emergency by the governor or the legislature. The measure does allow for hospitals to have certain restrictions but they are prohibited from requiring patients to waive their rights specified in the No Patient Left Alone Act.

 

Bridge Construction Work May Cause Traffic Delays

The Washita River bridge construction work on US Highway 62 east of Chickasha could cause some traffic delays next week. State Department of Transportation officials say flaggers will be out on Tuesday and Thursday to stop traffic occasionally for a bridge beam placement. Motorists can expect delays and should be prepared to stop or find an alternate route. Future bridge beam placements will take place over the next few weeks and will be announced as schedules are finalized. The two bridges are being replaced at a cost of $12.5 million. Manhattan Road and Bridge Company of Tulsa is the firm that was awarded the project which is expected to be completed in late summer 2022.

 

Science and Arts Names Top Grad

A number of outstanding graduates were recognized at the University of Science and Arts commencement program this spring but one was named the Distinguished Graduate for 2021. Genevieve Gordon graduated summa cum laude with a GPA of 3.99. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and sociology. Gordon will be moving on to Pennsylvania State University this fall as a fully-funded teaching assistant in that university's master's program which is considered to be the most prestigious such program in the country.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Courtney Mayall and Brandi Bradford with the Chickasha Public Library are on our KOOL Konversation program. Our guest on Real Estate Today is John Feaver, president of the University of Science and Arts. Find links to both programs under the community tab on this website.

 

Friday, May 14th

 

State Lawmakers Discuss $8.3 Billion State Budget Plan

Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican leaders at the state capital are backing a proposed $8.3 billion state budget for the fiscal year that will start in July. If approved, it would be an increase from the $7.8 billion budget for the current fiscal year. Officials say the plan would increase funding for education, allow the state to put away hundreds of millions into state savings accounts, and cut corporate and personal income taxes. Officials say an unexpected surge in state revenues means that instead of cutting budgets, leaders can make investments and increase state agency budgets by about 7 percent on average. The plan would reduce the top personal income tax rate from 5 percent to 4.75 percent and reduce the corporate income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent. It would also place $800 million into savings accounts. State Democrats say some of money targeted for savings accounts could be used to end sales taxes on groceries and would restore and increase the Earned Income Credit which puts money into the pockets of Oklahomans. Democrats said they could not vote for any budget that sends $25 million of taxpayer money to private schools.

 

Chickasha Summer Food Program Set

There will be summer food program for youth in the Chickasha area. The Chickasha Library is teaming up with the Regional Food Bank to offer food packs for children starting June 1st. Food will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of holidays) for all of June and July. No income verification or proof of residency is required. There will be two pick-up locations including Washita Valley Park from 11:00 a.m. to noon and at the library from noon to 1:00 p.m. The summer food program will run June 1st through July 30th.

 

Community Blood Drive This Afternoon

KOOL and RANCH radio stations are again joining with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for a community blood drive today. Those who donate will be eligible to win a Ranger boat or a Traeger grill. Donors will receive a  special summer t-shirt and a voucher for either two tickets to Safari Joe's H20 Water park or one ticket to Frontier City. The OBI bloodmobile will be set up across the street from the stations in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 to 5:30 this afternoon. Many appointments have been scheduled but walk-ups are welcome.

 

OBI Urges Support for SB 905

Speaking of the blood institute, the agency is asking for Oklahomans to contact their state lawmakers and urge them to support proposed legislation that would help increase blood donations. It's SB 905 which would offer tax credits to businesses that contribute work time and space for employee blood drives. Officials say it would also strengthen the state's disaster preparedness by increasing locations where emergency blood drives can be held, and foster a public-private partnership to improve patient care and strengthen communities. Timing is critical to reach out to state lawmakers as the legislative session is scheduled to end May 27th.

 

Blanchard May Daze Underway

Town-wide garage sales, a carnival, and numerous vendors are on hand for the City of Blanchard’s annual May Daze celebration. Dozens of vendor booths line the downtown area, there are food trucks,, Blanchard Idol is back, and there is a cornhole tournament. The Blanchard Chamber of Commerce hosts the event with sponsors that include Knippelmeier Chevrolet, The Pioneer Telephone Corporation, Ovintiv, and Sutterfield Land Surveying. Blanchard May Daze runs today through Sunday, May 16th.

 

Coffee and Cars Event is Saturday Morning

Fans of classic cars and trucks can spend part of their Saturday morning tomorrow with the monthly Coffee and Cars gathering. It's held the third Saturday of every month. It's a free event held at Bates Repair at Highway 81 and Cottonwood Road. There's free coffee and donuts while they last. You can bring your classic car or truck as well.  Coffee and Cars runs from 9 to 11 tomorrow morning.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.05.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,834 and silver is $27.29.

 

Obituaries

Loretta Moore

Service for Loretta Moore, 84, of Chickasha are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.

Voncille Daniel

Graveside service for Voncille Daniel, 91, of Pocasset will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15th at the Pocasset Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, May 13th

 

Woman, Child Killed in Caddo County Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a head on collision that killed a woman and a six-year old girl in Caddo County yesterday. A five-year old boy in the car with them survived but was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The trooper investigating the crash said all three were in a car that collided with a Dodge 3500 truck at the crest of a hill east of Lookeba. The accident happened about 8 o'clock Wednesday morning near the intersection of two county roads. Killed in the crash was 28-year old Gena Evans of Hinton. The children were both from Ft. Cobb and their names were not released. The driver of the truck, 27-year old Shawn Tillman also of Hinton, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was treated and released.

 

Suspect Arrested in Child Sexual Assault Case

A suspect wanted on charges of child sexual abuse is behind bars. Caddo County officials issued an arrest warrant for 36-year old Dustin Kyle Taylor of Binger last week. The Lawton Constitution reports that Taylor was wanted for the ongoing molestation of a girl. The warrant for three felony counts of child sexual assault was issued last Friday. It wasn't clear when Taylor was arrested but on-line court records indicate that he had his initial appearance in Caddo County District Court yesterday. His bond was set at $20,000. A preliminary hearing conference was scheduled for June 25th.

 

Energy Companies Return to Drilling

Several energy companies are trying to make a comeback in the aftermath of the pandemic. Continental Resources has received drilling permits in both the SCOOP and STACK plays. In Grady County, Continental will be drilling the Linton No. 2 Well due east of Ninnekah in Section 32 of Township 6 North and Range 6 West. Continental also received a permit to drill in Blaine County, southeast of Thomas. Kaiser-Francis Oil Company received a permit to drill two wells in Caddo County southwest of Binger. They are the Cart and Gunter Wells in Section 20 of Township 9 North and Range 11 West. Red Rocks Oil and Gas received a permit to drill the Elizabeth Norvill Well northeast of Lindsay in McClain County in Section 29 of Township 5 North and Range 4 West. Redland Resources received a permit to drill the Hilltop Well southeast of Sterling in Comanche County.

 

Chickasha's Miniature Golf Course Opens

Chickasha's newest entertainment venue is now open! The Jungle Ice Fun Zone, the city's 18-hole putt-putt golf course is located on Grand Avenue south, near the city's sports complex. In addition to miniature golf there are video games, pool tables and concessions. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The Jungle Ice Fun Zone is owned and operated by Jerry and Sheila Layman and Steven Layman and Jennifer Cable. Find the Jungle Ice Fun Zone on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Cattle Poisoning Problem to be Discussed

Cattle producers concerned with prussic acid poisoning that might affect their herds can get an update in the next Grady County agriculture producers meeting. OSU Extension beef cattle specialist Jason Banta will discuss the issue next week at the Grady County OSU extension office.  Banta also works with AgriLife and A&M faculty to conduct beef cattle research in the areas of ruminant nutrition, cow-calf stocker managements, and animal health. He also helps to coordinate and teach an applied beef cattle nutrition course at the OSU College of Veterinary medicine. Producers can attend in person or watch on the Zoom platform. The program will be Tuesday, May 18 at 7 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.32.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,810 and silver is $26.85.

 

Obituary

Rev. Joseph Ross

Father Joseph Ross, longtime priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at the age of 76. He was the oldest brother of former Chickasha Mayor Hank Ross. Fr. Ross was a priest for more than 50 years, ordained into the priesthood in Chickasha in 1969. A  vigil service will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 17th at The Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Funeral mass will be at noon Tuesday, May 18th at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name Catholic Church in Chickasha.

 

Wednesday, May 12th

 

Anadarko to Host Opioid Awareness Program

Several groups in Anadarko are joining forces to fight opioid and fentanyl addiction. A number of Native American tribes, the City of Anadarko, local organizations, and volunteers are coming together to battle what they say is an epidemic. A group called TOR - which stands for Tribal Opioid Response - has organized an opioid awareness event for this Saturday, May 15th. There will be guest speakers, free NARCAN training, and groups will have a lot of information to make individuals aware of the dangers associated with the abuse of pain-killing drugs. Participants will also be able to turn in old or unused prescription drugs. The opioid awareness event will be an open street program on West Broadway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and it is suggested that those attending wear masks and follow social-distancing measures. Among the tribal groups taking part are the Delaware Nation, The Kiowa Tribe, the Apache Tribe, the Ft. Sill-Apache Tribe, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and the Comanche Nation.

 

Suspect Accused of Taking Guns from Chix Home

Chickasha police arrest a man for allegedly breaking into a local home and taking some firearms. Police were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of North 11th Street last Thursday to investigate. A resident there said he came home to find a known suspect in the house. A police affidavit indicated the suspect did not have permission to be inside the home. The suspect ran out of the house and got into an SUV and drove away. A few minutes later, a state trooper had the SUV pulled over southeast of town. The suspect was in the vehicle but when contacted denied taking anything. Authorities arrested 24-year old Christian Benson on a burglary complaint. Prosecutors charged him with a felony for second degree burglary and Benson remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Handful of Voters Cast Ballots in Rush Springs Election

There was a special municipal election in Rush Springs yesterday but hardly anybody cast ballots. Less than 10 individuals decided on the extension of a franchise agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma.  The unofficial results had the issue passing unanimously, 7-0.

 

Chickasha Seeks Festival of Light Director

Officials are searching for a new director for one of Oklahoma's favorite destinations for Christmas light displays. Chickasha's Festival of Light is looking for someone to accept that responsibility. The individual is responsible for coordinating the program; organizational structure and procedures; the motivation and recruitment of volunteers; income and expenses; employment and training of staff and volunteers; and long-range planning. The successful candidate will have to live in Chickasha and be available to work nights from mid-November to the end of December. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in marketing are preferred along with five years of working knowledge of non-profit groups or chamber of commerce experience. It is a full-time position with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and includes benefits. Application review is already underway and the target date to have a new director in place is June 1st.

 

CV Tech Students Earn Top Honors

A couple of students at the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center have been honored for their work. Amos Gonzales and Parker Shaffer have been named the CV Tech Foundation's Outstanding Scholars. Gonzales, of Chickasha is the top post-secondary student; while Shaffer, a home school student from Chickasha is the high school winner. Gonzales will soon complete CV Tech's Digital Media program. He's among the members of the school's state champion quiz bowl team which won the top spot at the recent SkillsUSA competition. Shaffer is in the service careers area and plans to attend a Bible college and become a missionary.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.55.

Natural gas is $2.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,835 and silver is $27.51.

 

Obituary

Ronnie ‘Dogg’ Fulton, Jr.

A celebration of life for Ronnie "Dogg" Fulton, Jr. 53, of Cement will be at noon Friday, May 14th at the Cement High School Auditorium. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 11th

 

Consumer Spending Sluggish in Grady County

For a second consecutive month, consumer spending in Grady County was down from the previous month. Back in February, it's estimated that county-wide consumer spending was just under $53 million.  That's down 13 percent from January and off nearly 21 percent from February of last year. Consumer spending estimates are based on sales tax revenues returned to the region. Grady County received about $396,000 in sales tax revenues in April - funds which were collected on the purchase of taxable goods and services in February. Here's the breakdown of how the $396,000 is spent, all of which were approved by county voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $132,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received $117,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $66,000 with each one collecting about $9,500; the 20 county fire districts shared $66,000 with each getting $3,300; Tuttle EMS received $12,000; and Rush Springs EMS collected $3,000.

 

Chix Dispensary Ordinance to be Reviewed              

A number of public hearings are scheduled for today's meeting of the Chickasha Planning Commission. One is to consider changes and updates to the city ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities. Another is to consider a use-on-review for a medical marijuana dispensary for Brannan Bordwine at 420 W. Grand Avenue. Several public hearings are scheduled to consider rezoning lots in the Southgate Addition from residential to commercial use at the request of Bryce Binyon. The panel will also discuss a request for re-zoning changes for the Planned Unit Development for The Villas at Grand Avenue. Any recommendations by the Planning Commission are not final. All the rulings are sent to the city council for its consideration.

 

Chix Seeks Applicants for Community Development Posts              

The City of Chickasha is looking to fill a couple of positions in its Community Development Department. Officials are seeking applicants for a Chief Building Official and a Building Inspector. Candidates for the Chief Building Official should have a bachelor's degree and/or four years related experience and training along with continuing education and certifications. The individual will oversee and participate in the plan review and inspection of all properties to ensure compliance with building codes; serve as an in-house expert on building code interpretation; and regulating the minimum standards of the safety, health, and welfare of the community. Building Inspector candidates should have an Associate's Degree in construction or a related field, two years’ experience in building construction, and two years’ experience as a building inspector. Duties include performing inspections; enforcing building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical codes; and ensuring that all codes and ordinances regarding construction, building safety, and the general welfare of the community are observed. The openings are posted on the City of Chickasha's website and applicants can file at city hall.

 

Chix School Students Recognized for Achievements

As the school year begins to wind down, dozens of Chickasha students were recognized for their extra-curricular achievements by the Chickasha school board last night. Numerous student athletes, band members, and ag students were honored for their accomplishments. The panel also recognized Aubree Wright as an Academic All-Stater. The school board also recognized Stephanie Riley in transportation and Mark Crowder in maintenance as the Chicken Express’ Employees of the Month. Also the support employees union, the Chickasha Association of Support Employees, was recognized by the Oklahoma Education Association with its 2021 Collective Bargaining award. Next week will be senior week with a number of activities for the graduates-to-be. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 21st. The last day of classes for the rest of Chickasha school students is Monday, May 24th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.92 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.32.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $27.59.

 

Obituary

Hugh Malicoat

A memorial service for Hugh Malicoat, 43, of Chickasha will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12th at Full Gospel Church.

 

Monday, May 10th

 

Elderly Woman Dies in Caddo County Rollover

A weekend rollover accident in Caddo County claims the life of a Weatherford woman. 70-year old Donna Chasenah died at an Oklahoma City hospital as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. Chasenah was a passenger in an SUV which ran off the road and overturned. Two other people in the SUV were taken to a Weatherford hospital where they were treated and released. They were identified as 23-year old Jamie Deevers and 24-year old Isaiah Harjo, both also of Weatherford. The accident happened about 1:30 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 58 north of Carnegie and southwest of Eakly. The highway patrol reports that Deevers was driving and that she turned to speak to one of the passengers. The vehicle ran off the highway and rolled twice.

 

Truck Driver Hurt in McClain County Accident

A truck driver was hospitalized after his semi ran off a McClain County road east of Dibble. 58-year old Glen Grumbles of Duncan was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in good condition. The accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 59 south of Criner. The trooper dispatched to the crash site reported that Grumbles was trying to take a curve too fast then ran off the road and rolled an unknown number of times. Grumbles was trapped in the cab for about 20 minutes before being freed by the Dibble Fire Department.

 

Chix Schools 'Restoring Excellence' Projects to Start Soon

Agreements between Chickasha Public Schools and a couple of firms will be discussed by the board of education tonight. Superintendent Rick Croslin is proposing the agreements which are in connection with projects included in the Restoring Excellence Bond issues passed by school district voters earlier this year. One proposal is for architectural services with a firm known as LWPB and the other is for civil engineering services from the firm Smith, Roberts, and  Baldischwiler. Croslin said both companies are being recommended after a committee interviewed several companies and discussed the work with contractor CMS Willowbrook. School board meetings have returned to the school administration building after the last few have been held at the high school activity center. Masks are optional for those who want to attend in person. The meeting can also be viewed on the district's YouTube channel which can be accessed from the district's website. The meeting will get underway at 6 p.m.

 

Archers On Target at National Competition

The Chickasha schools archery program had a number of students turn in some great performances at the National Archery in the Schools competition. For the boys, Joseph Shaw turned the best score for the Chickasha High School team with a 291 out of possible 300. That qualified him for the world archery in the schools competition. The top boys score from the Chickasha Middle School team came from Nolan Myrko with a 282. The top boys score for the Chickasha Elementary School team was turned in by Jaxon Bowman with a 256. For the girls, Danielle Adair had Chickasha High School's best score with a 256; the best Chickasha Middle School girl’s score came from Whitley Rey with a 266; the top score from the Chickasha Elementary School team was from Zoe Reyes with a 256. Several students received academic honors, including high school archers Joseph Shaw, Thomas Shaw, and Trenten Rippy and middle school archer Nolan Myrko.

 

Anadarko City-Wide Clean-up May 17th-22nd

The City of Anadarko will have its clean-up Anadarko campaign all of next week. The campaign runs Monday, May 17th through Saturday, May 22nd. The city is being divided into four sections and residents can check the city's Facebook page for those sections and the pick-up days. Officials say debris must be bagged or contained and placed at the curb prior to your particular pick-up day. They will pick up large items like refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and furniture. Or, residents can take those items as well as tires to a roll-off site at the police department. No hazardous items will be accepted. Officials also stress that they will only be making one stop at each address. Any properties not cleaned up by May 24th will be subject to code violations.

 

Grady County DAV to Meet Tuesday

The Grady County DAV chapter will hold its monthy meeting tomorrow night. The meeting will be held at the DAV headquarters in Chickasha at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 11th. All veterans are welcome.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.28.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,838 and silver is $27.87.

 

2021, May 3rd-8th

Saturday, May 8th

 

Jury Convicts Man of Murder

Guilty. That's the verdict in the murder trial of Baltazar Sanchez-Garcia who was accused of killing his estranged wife. The body of Linday Salazar was found in Marlow in November of 2016 the day after she was reported missing. Her throat had been slashed. After the brutal killing, Sanchez-Garcia fled to Mexico where he was arrested. According to the Duncan Banner, Sanchez-Garcia was brought back to Oklahoma after conditions of his extradition included that the death penalty would not be an option for punishment. A Stephens County jury only took an hour to convict Sanchez-Garcia and the panel recommended life without parole. Formal sentencing is set for June 22nd.

 

New Law Expected to Release More Non-Violent Offenders

More non-violent Oklahoma offenders may soon be able to be released from prison early if they qualify for electronic monitoring. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 456 into law which officials say addresses some community sentencing issues. One is to help non-violent offenders re-enter society and the other would keep predators out of the program. The bill was requested by the state department of corrections. A non-violent offender with a sentence of 10 years or less would be eligible once they are within three years of release. Inmates ineligible for home monitoring would include those convicted of child abuse and/or neglect, or the exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Inmates must apply to get into the program and meet certain standards before enrolling. The law goes into effect Nov. 1st.

 

More Wind Turbines Coming to Southern Oklahoma

Another wind farm will be built in the region. Enel Green Power has announced plans to erect the new turbines in Garvin and Carter counties. It will be called the Rockhaven wind project and is expected to produce 140 megawatts of electricity. Rockhaven is the 11th wind farm in Oklahoma for Enel Green Power and officials anticipate commercial operations to begin by the end of the year. And it’s not the only new construction proposed by the company. The website OK Energy Today reports the project is part of a total 1.5 gigawatt production capability with four other renewable energy projects in Texas and Illinois. One of them will be Enel's largest solar plant in the U.S. and others will include three hybrid renewable energy projects. Officials say the company has more than 2.3 gigawatts of new renewable generation projects under construction and will have more than 600 megawatts of battery-storage capacity under construction in the U.S. later this year.

 

Obituary

Gail Donnellan

Funeral service for Gail Donnellan, 65, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 10th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Chickasha Mobile Meals, or the St. Luke's Memorial Fund.

 

Friday, May 7th

 

Appelate Court Overturns Murder Conviction

District Attorney Jason Hicks is disappointed with a state court ruling which overturns the murder conviction of a man accused of killing a teenager. The state court of criminal appeals overturned the conviction of Miles Bench who was convicted of killing Velma-Alma convenience store clerk Braylee Henry in 2012. The appellate court ruling cited the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision as its reasoning for overturning the conviction. In a press conference, Hicks disagreed that the Bench case applied to the McGirt decision.

 

              

 

Hicks said the state attorney general could ask for a stay in the matter. The Bench case is now expected to be heard in tribal or federal court.

 

City of Chickasha Schedules Ward Meetings

Officials at Chickasha City Hall say they always welcome comments from citizens. Starting next week, officials will have a series of meetings for residents in each of the city's four wards. The first such meeting will be for individuals who live in Ward 1. Ward One City Councilmen David Sikes and Brian Gerdes will be in attendance and residents can share their concerns as well as their ideas about what can be done to make the city better. The Ward 1 meeting will be Monday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall. Meetings for residents in the other three wards will follow over the next few months. The Ward 2 meeting will be Monday, June 14th; the Ward 3 meeting will be Monday, July 12th; and the Ward 4 meeting will be Monday, August 9th.

 

Bids Sought for Grady County Fairgrounds Contracts

The Grady County Fairgrounds is soliciting bids for several contracts which expire next month. Those contracts include concession management in the indoor arena; concession and beverage management in the event center; mobile concession and beverage management for the outdoor arena; and lawn maintenance and landscape service. Bids must be received by May 24th. For information, contact Jamie Jones at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Chix Chamber to Hold Ribbon-Cuttings

A number of new Chickasha businesses have opened their doors in the last few months and the Chamber of Commerce is catching up on ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new chamber members – ceremonies which were delayed because of the pandemic. Today, officials will be at Tammie's Bling Boutique downtown at 123 West Chickasha Ave. Friday, May 14th there's a ribbon-cutting at the Salvation Army to celebrate some recently completed renovations. Thursday, May 20th, it’s with Hillary Communications which is bringing high-speed Internet to the community. Friday, May 21st, they'll be at Viridian Coffee, where the chamber will have its first ChamberConnects program in over a year. ChamberConnects is a monthly program for members to network. Check out the chamber's website or Facebook page for more info.

 

PEO Groups Award Scholarships

High school students face a daunting task when applying for scholarships to continue their education. Filling out dozens of documents is a time-consuming task in hopes of getting some help to pay for tuition and books. The work paid off in a big way for three Chickasha High School students. Jordan Wallace, Bailey White, and Logan McKinney have all been awarded $2,500 STAR scholarships from the PEO sisterhood. PEO stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization and there are three such chapters in Chickasha. The STAR scholarship is for exceptional high school senior women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, and potential for future success.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. David Nowlin with OSU Extension discusses the pecan industry with horticulturist Becky Carroll on the KOOL Konversation. 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole is 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 $64.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.09.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,821 and silver is $27.45.

 

Thursday, May 6th

 

GOP House Members Support Education Funding Increase

Republicans in the State House of Representatives are supporting an increase in education spending. Officials say the house has prioritized funding reform for K-12 schools to include measures that increase per-student funding and equalize appropriations for all districts. In a press release, GOP house members support at least $135 million more for common education. They say the increase could reduce the number of students in each classroom especially in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The plan would restore funds from one-time pandemic-related reductions from last year, and add money to the funding formula to trigger the class-size reductions. State lawmakers only have a few more days left in the legislative session which is required to adjourn by the end of the month.

 

GMH Adds New General Surgeon

Grady Memorial Hospital has a new general surgeon on staff. Dr. Robert Buchanan has been on board since last fall. He’s a native Texan who graduated from Texas A and M and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He had his residency training at the University of North Carolina. Buchanan discusses one of his primary duties.

 

              

 

Buchanan joins longtime general surgeon Dr. Amish Patel at Grady Memorial.

 

Auto Club Swap Meet Underway

The Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet is underway. The event attracts thousands of visitors from across the country every year. There are hundreds of vendors with everything from boxes of parts to sort through to fully restored cars and trucks for sale. There's also a lot of transportation-related memorabilia for collectors and individuals share stories about their projects and favorite memories of their work and travels. The swap meet is on the auto club grounds next to the Grady County Fairgrounds and there are also indoor vendors at the fairgrounds east of downtown Chickasha. There will also be an arts and crafts show at the fairgrounds tomorrow and Saturday. There are city-wide garage sales in both Chickasha and Anadarko through the weekend. Both cities are waiving permit fees. Chickasha residents don't have to have a permit but Anadarko residents should pick up a permit at the Utility Billing Department at City Hall., Anadarko's town wide garage sales start tomorrow.

 

Chix Residents Urged to Promote Local Tourism

This week has been set aside as National Travel and Tourism Week. As proved by the antique auto club's spring and fall swap meets, the Festival of Light, and all the events at the Grady County Fairgrounds throughout the year, tourism is a big deal for Chickasha. In his "The Good Stuff" column this week, Chickasha Economic Development Council Director Jim Cowan writes that there are many other events that bring people to Chickasha. One of them is the annual Oklahoma Shop Hop which runs from June 1st through July 31st. It's a travel event hosted by nearly 30 quilt shops across the state and is estimated to bring about 1,000 people to visit Chickasha’s two shops downtown, Steelman's and Quilts by Gail. Cowan echoed thoughts from Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell during his recent visit to the city that residents must tell Chickasha's story to people everywhere and recognize what tourism means to the local economy.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.96.

Natural gas is $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,793 and silver is $26.81.

 

Obituary

Susan Bliss

Graveside service for Susan Bliss, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. It’s a casual gathering for family and friends. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to any pet rescue organization.

 

Wednesday, May 5th

 

Pair Charged in Connection with Teen's Overdose Death

A Chickasha man and his girlfriend have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the overdose death of a teenager last fall. KWTV News 9 reports that 23-year old Lawrence Anderson, Jr. and 25-year old Krishel Cowan were formally charged with murder last week. The two are accused of selling 18-year old Austin Fox counterfeit oxycodone pills which led to his death. Court records show that Fox purchased blue M-30 tablets from the suspects at least three times. Anderson is the son of Lawrence Anderson, who is the suspect in a gruesome triple homicide that occurred in Chickasha earlier this year.

 

Trio Accused of Taking Expensvie Puppies in Hold-Up

Three armed robbery suspects are arrested for an alleged hold-up regarding some expensive puppies. Chickasha police were summoned to Country Park Apartments last Wednesday by two Kansas women who said they were held up at gunpoint. A probable cause affidavit indicates they women brought four American Bully puppies to sell with each puppy valued at $1,200. The next day, police served an arrest warrant on a man at the Castle Inn and Suites where they arrested 31-year old DeAngelo Donta Cheatham. The warrants were for robbery and firearms charges out of Comanche County. Two of the stolen puppies were found in Cheatham’s room. That led authorities to 25-year old Trevan Desaun Brown of Chickasha and 20-year old Jasmine Lesslie Greer of Lawton. All three were taken into custody and face robbery-related charges. Cheatham is being held on a $150,000 bond in addition to the charges out of Comanche County; Brown is being held on a $75,000 bond; and Greer is being held on a $50,000 bond.

 

Spring Antique Auto Swap Meet About to Begin

Vendors for the annual Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet begin arriving today. The vendors come from all over the country and there may also be some international vendors and buyers. Bud Andrus with the auto club says there will be a wide variety of vehicles and individual parts for sale or trade.

 

              

 

Vendors can set up their spaces today and the swap meet officially opens tomorrow at dawn and runs through Saturday. It’s being held east of downtown Chickasha. Admission is free and paid parking benefits local charities.

 

Lyric-Writing Workshop Scheduled

For those with an interest in writing song lyrics the Chickasha Public Library has a program for you. An upcoming workshop is designed to develop techniques for songwriting lyrics through a process called sensory writing. It's called “Sing a New Song: Changing Lives Through Music”. It will be led by Peter Markes, an award-winning music educator and performer out of Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road Band and has performed in over 30 countries. The free one-hour workshop will be held at the library on Saturday, May 22nd. It's geared toward adults and teens. While the workshop is free seating is limited so registration is required. Stop by the library or call 405-222-6075.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.88.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,777 and silver is $26.45.

 

Obituary

Richard Singleton

Funeral service for Richard Singleton, 76, of Verden will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 7th at the Verden First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 4th

 

Clean-Up Chickasha Campaign Reviewed

Those who organized the weekend Clean up Chickasha Campaign said they were happy with the overwhelming efforts of local residents but know there is room for improvement. Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) President Jim Cowan said all the big roll-off dumpsters were over-filled over the four-day period even though Waste Connections officials say they emptied the dumpsters several times. A lot of debris was stacked up around the dumpsters Monday morning and Waste Connections brought in additional roll-off dumpsters to pick up what was left on the ground. There was so much debris that they couldn't finish up yesterday, so Cowan said they expect to finish their work today. He said there is obviously a need to have another clean-up campaign but they will have to do it differently.

              

Chix City Council OKs McGirt Decision Updates

The Chickasha City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the FBI and the Western District Safe Trails Task Force last night as part of the re-organization needed with the police department because of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. The panel also approved an updated agreement with the Chickasaw Nation Law Enforcement Commission as a result of that decision. The council accepted a $4,000 grant from the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) Foundation. The funds will be used to purchases protective gloves and pay for professional mental health counseling for officers and staff. The group also renewed the contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District, and approved vacating property owned by the city in two locations. One of them is 2020 Missouri Ave. and came at the request of John and Gina Smith; the other was at 1128 S. 21st Street and came at the request of Sherrie Carter. The council also announced a reorganization of the panel’s Finance Committee. The group approved the mayor's recommendation of councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Oscar Nelson, Brian Gerdes, and David Sikes to serve on the committee with Sikes being the chairman.

 

Verden Burglary Suspects Arrested

Verden and Chickasha police have arrested two men who have been subsequently charged with felonies following a recent break-in at a Verden home. 26-year old Sinjin David Moore and 37-year old Ryan Keith Chase - both of Chickasha - were both taken into custody after the break-ins last Thursday. A post on the Verden Police Department Facebook page alleges the two men drove their pick-up into the backyard of a home, backed up to a storage shed, and loaded large tool boxes into the truck. When they left they ran over a gas meter which left gas spewing into the neighborhood. Fortunately, the homeowner had a security system and alerted police about the burglary. Case was arrested at a home in Verden and Chickasha police picked up Moore. Moore has been charged with burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. He is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Case remains in the Grady County Jail. Case has also been charged with burglary and Verden police say he has refused to follow book-in procedures at the jail and will see a judge when he decides to cooperate.

 

Okla. Congressman Tom Cole Has Chickasha Stop

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole made a stop in Chickasha yesterday. He met with Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin, University of Science and Arts President John Feaver, and Grady County Fairgrounds director Andy Maher. He also spent a few minutes with us at the KOOL/RANCH studio. Cole talked about the efforts of President Joe Biden in the first three months of his administration-


              

You can listen to our interview with Congressman Cole on our Real Estate Today program this Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on KOOL 105.5FM.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.29.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.88.

 

Obituary

Ernestean Warden

A graveside service for Ernestean Warden, 84, of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 7th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, May 3rd

 

Chix PD Begins Cross-Deputization Process

Chickasha police officers will soon be able to file cases with tribal courts as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. Chickasha and many areas of eastern Oklahoma have returned to Native American territory as a result of the ruling. Because of the decision police departments have limited authority in legal issues with individuals who are members of recognized tribes in the state. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell has been working with the Chickasaw Nation regarding the issue. The Chickasha City Council tonight is expected to approve an agreement with the Chickasaws to allow officers to fully investigate incidents involving tribal members. The agreement would allow police officers to continue performing as they normally do, though officers would not need to wait for a member of the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department to arrive before making an arrest. In a related issue, the city council is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as officers are cross-deputized with that agency. It would allow officers to file criminal cases with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

Ft. Cobb Reservoir Contract Up for Renewal

The council is also expected to renew the city's contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District. The city has contracted with the district for 55 years to get the city's water from the reservoir. The last contract renewal was in May of 2010. Officials are expected to give city representatives the authority to negotiate rates. The panel is also expected to approve the appointment of two new representatives to the Chickasha Industrial Authority. Mayor Chris Mosley is recommending that Zach Grayson and Clark Van Dyck be appointed to the panel. They would replace former council representatives Jim Hopkins and Kim Loggins. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix School Employees to Receive CARES Act Stipends

Most Chickasha school employees will see a little extra in their paychecks. The Chickasha Board of Education approved a stipend for qualified employees made possible by federal CARES act funds. Stipends of $1,500 and $750 were approved for both certified and support employees based on their hire date. The bonuses are dependent upon the completion of a COVID-19 professional development program. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the past 15 months have been nothing short of challenging, hectic, and tough. Chickasha Public Schools have been in session the entire school year serving students from multiple platforms and district employees pulled together to overcome barriers and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the students and the community.

 

First-Year State Lawmaker Has Success

A freshman state lawmaker has had a banner year at the state capital. A number of bills written by or co-sponsored by State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) have been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. In a statement Lowe said he was glad he could help some of these important pieces of legislation across the finish line. Among them is HB 2465 which is expected to reduce the backlog of driver’s license testing. It authorizes the Department of Public Safety to work with local school districts, career techs, and colleges and universities to act as approved written exam proctors for driver’s licenses. SB 128 creates the Seizure Safe Schools Act. It would require a school district to employ someone who has met the training requirements to administer medication to a student with a seizure disorder, should a district have a student with that need. HB 2462 authorizes the State Department of Education to enter into contracts and agreements for the payment of food, lodging, and other expenses to host, conduct, sponsor, or participate in conferences, meetings, or training sessions. Lowe said some of these bills may not be the flashiest but they accomplish his goal of getting legislation passed that truly helps Oklahomans.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.25.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,775 and silver is $26.17.

 

2021, April 26th-May 1st

Saturday, May 1st

 

Two Suspects Accused of Robbery

Two people arrested by Chickasha police have been formally charged with felonies in connection with a recent robbery. 25-year old Trevan Desaun Brown of Chickasha and 20-year old Jasmine Lesslie Greer of Lawton were both taken into custody Thursday. The website On Demand Court Records indicates that Grady County prosecutors charged Brown with first degree robbery. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. Greer was charged with being an accessory to robbery. She remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Details of their arrests were not available.

 

PSO Seeks Rate Increase

Public Service Company of Oklahoma is seeking a rate increase. It's a move that would allow the utility to recover $700 million in new investments which officials say have been made to serve its customers. If approved officials say the increase would be about a penny per kilowatt-hour. PSO filed an application with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to consider the request. A press release from PSO indicates the investment was part of the company's grid Security, Transformation, and Efficiency Plan. It's designed to strengthen the electric grid, which is expected to result in fewer and shorter power outages. The utility said the upgrades have already been made but are not included in current prices. If approved, PSO said the new rates will remain competitive with state and regional averages. PSO said its rates are 24 percent below the national average.

 

Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Finals Underway

The Grady County Fairgrounds is all about youth rodeo this weekend. It's the final competition of the year for the Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association. About 150 youth will be working to claim the top spots in their respective events or perhaps win the overall top cowboy and cowgirl award for the season. Cassie Crouch of El Reno leads the association which has members from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, and even as far away as Mississippi. Crouch says it’s gratifying to see the efforts of the youth pay off.

 

              

 

There are categories for six-and-under up to 18-and-under. These are all timed events like barrel racing, pole bending, and goat-tying. There will be an awards luncheon tomorrow. Spectators can attend for free.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

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

 

              

 

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

 

Friday, April 30th

 

Missing Anadarko Teen Found Safe

A teenager missing from Anadarko for nearly a month has been located and authorities say she is safe. Anadarko police say 19-year old Sierra Kay Hunter-Isaacs was recently found in Austin, Texas. The news was posted on the department's Facebook page. Authorities had issued a reward for information about the whereabouts of Hunter-Isaacs. She was reported missing April 8th after family members reported getting a phone call from her and they said it sounded like she was in trouble. Investigators traced the phone call to Austin, Texas.  The social media post did not indicate how authorities were able to locate the girl.

 

Weather Service Reps to Examine Storm Damage              

The National Weather Service will be spending some time in Grady County to determine whether a tornado may have touched down during Wednesday night's strong storms. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson initially attributed some minor damage to straight-line winds. Thompson and KWTV-New 9 meteorologist David Payne reported that weather officials were going to review the damage to see if there may have been a tornado. A severe thunderstorm moved from just south of Pocasset to the Amber area Wednesday evening destroying or damaging sheds, barns, outbuildings, and fences. OEC had more than a dozen power poles knocked down. Thompson said winds topped 75 miles per hour during the storm and that speed is considered to be hurricane-force winds. There were reports of funnel clouds in the area but no tornado warning was issued.

 

Clean-up Chickasha Campaign Begins

The clean-up Chickasha campaign is underway. The weather will be superb this weekend for residents and property owners to rid their homes, rental, and business properties of unsightly items. Large roll-off dumpsters can be found at 18th and Grand Ave. at the University of Science and Arts; the old tennis courts on Iowa Avenue across from the high school baseball field; 6th and Frisco Ave.; Washita Valley Park; and Centennial Park. Items you can't place in the dumpsters include tires, hazardous materials, liquids (which include motor oil, paint, and insecticides). Refrigerators and freezers must have the freon removed by a licensed technician. Also no dirt, concrete, or hot coals from barbecue grills or fireplaces are allowed. The dumpsters will be available for use through the weekend.

 

4Her Promotes Outdoors

With warmer spring weather finally here, it's time to get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature. Maggie Evans with the Grady County 4H is a healthy living ambassador and her main projects are health and wildlife and fisheries. She says there are numerous benefits to being outdoors and spending time fishing.

 

              

 

She also said fishing is a good stress reliever and that many organizations are using the therapeutic benefits of fishing to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Bud Andrus and Candace Wilson with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club are on our KOOL Konversation to talk about the group’s spring swap meet next weekend. On Real Estate Today, Grady Memorial Hospital administrator Kean Spellman and the hospital’s new general surgeon Dr. Bob Buchanan are on the program. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.56.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,766 and silver is $25.96.

 

Thursday, April 29th

 

Gov. Stitt Signs Bills Related to Payments

of Heating Costs Stemming from Cold Weather

Two bills at the state capital to help Oklahomans pay high heating costs from the polar vortex that put the state in the deep freeze earlier this year have been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Senate Bills 1049 and 1050 helps not only consumers but also the utilities that provided the extra resources needed to keep households and businesses warm during the bitterly cold weather. The increased costs for consumers will be spread out over several years. Utility companies will still receive the full amount is due to them which is estimated to be $4.5 billion.

 

USAO to be Known as 'Science and Arts'

USAO is going through a transformation that officials say will better describe the university's mission. As many of you know, USAO is short for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. However, individuals who are not familiar with the university may not know that. President John Feaver says the university has begun a new marketing effort to simply call the university Science and Arts. He says students take a combination of those courses which gives them an edge once they get out of school.

 

              

 

Feaver said the mission of the university is to teach students how to critically think about the facts they encounter and adapt to the ever-evolving globalized society.

 

Red Steagall Honored at State Capital              

Renowned cowboy poet Red Steagall, whose family has deep roots in the Chickasha area, has been honored for his work at the state capital. Steagall was awarded with a citation from the state house of representatives following a short performance at the State Capital Rotunda as part of National Poetry Month. The citation was issued by State Rep. Jay Steagall of Yukon, who is Red Steagall's nephew. Rep. Steagall said his uncle is beloved by people all over the world. Red Steagall has entertained fans for more than 45 years as a music industry executive, recording artist, songwriter, and TV and motion picture personality. Plus, he's credited with discovering Reba McEntire. Steagall was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 2003. You can listen to a weekly program with Red Steagall called Cowboy Corner on  our sister station 106.1FM The Ranch which airs every Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

 

Optimists 'Project Graduation' Nears

Some high school seniors are within a couple of weeks of their graduation. For Chickasha high school seniors, graduation will be Friday, May 21st. To help the Chickasha seniors with their celebration after getting their diplomas, the Chickasha Optimist Club has a program they call Project Graduation. It's a time for many seniors to get together for what may be their last time to see classmates as they embark on their lives. Pam Ladyman with the Optimist Club says it's a few hours of music, food, games, and activities.


              

The group gets help from the Junior Optimist Club at the high school to organize activities. Ladyman says community groups who would like to help with contributions to help with the program can contact her at the Chickasha schools administration building by calling 405-222-6500.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.86 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.27.

Natural gas is $2.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,774 and silver is $26.35.

 

Obituaries

Mary Lou Cole

A viewing for Mary Lou Cole, 64, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Margaret “Sue” Group

A viewing for “Sue” Group of Chickasha will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Donald “Larry” Weedn

Funeral service for “Larry” Weedn, 72, of Cement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 30th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 28th

 

Chix Officials Propose Regs for New Dispensaries

There are currently 33 medical marijuana establishments in Chickasha. The business has been on a rapid rise statewide since the legalization of medical marijuana a couple of years ago. Community Development Director Rachel Bernish says state law prohibits communities from limiting the number of dispensaries, so officials are looking to add a few more restrictions for future stores. Bernish says property owners currently have to ask to re-zone a proposed dispensary site as commercial use. Instead, Bernish is proposing that the city adopt a use-on-review policy. A use-on-review would be a temporary approval for a dispensary to operate at a certain location as long as it remains open. Should that dispensary close and another type of business want to move in, the property would have to come back for another use-on-review. The proposed change will be reviewed by the Chickasha Planning Commission at its next meeting on May 11th. During that meeting, the commission will consider a use-on-review for yet another proposed dispensary to be located at 420 West Grand.

 

Southern Plains Opens Garvin County Clinic

Southern Plains Medical Group (SPMG) has announced its expansion to the Pauls Valley area. SPMG Chief Executive Officer Len Lacefield says his team has completed the seemingly impossible task of re-opening a rural health hospital to individuals in that region. The facility will be known as the Southern Plains Medical Center of Garvin County and it opened its doors this morning. In a press release, Lacefield said the new facility stands as a beacon of hope for those who have been in jeopardy of being more than 40 miles away from a hospital emergency room. Lacefield said SPMG has been working to re-establish health care services in that area since the Pauls Valley General Hospital suddenly ceased operations two and a half years ago. The chief executive officer of the Southern Plains Medical Center of Garvin County will be Richard Mathis, who worked as the general contractor in charge of addressing all the issues which arose when the hospital initiallly closed. Mathis said re-opening the hospital has been a complete team effort, with everyone working towards the common goal of restoring life-saving health services to the Garvin County area.

 

Epworth Vaccination Pod to Close

The state health department reports that the COVID-19 vaccination pod at Epworth United Methodist Church will be moving to the Grady County Health Department in the near future. The vaccinations will be given at the church this Friday but Sara King with the health department says large-scale demand for appointments has decreased. She said that vaccines will continue to be available for the long-term. It wasn't clear when the final day of the Epworth vaccinations will be.

 

GMH to Offer J and J Vaccine

Grady Memorial Hospital will be offering the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination next week. The vaccine will be given next Wednesday, May 5th in the hospital lobby from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The hospital will only have 100 doses available. Individuals will need to make an appointment by calling 405-224-2100, ext. 9.

 

County Road to Close Southeast of Chix Thursday

Some engineering work on a bridge will close a county road southeast of Chickasha on Thursday. Grady County Commissioner Kirk Painter said they'll be shutting down a short section on Cottonwood Road, which is CR 1390, from about 8:30 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. The road will be closed east of Union Hill Electric between CS 2880 and CS 2890. Painter said the road should re-open before the Ninnekah school buses run tomorrow afternoon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.42.

Natural gas is $2.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,765 and silver is $26.01.

 

Obituary

Judith Carter

A memorial service for Judith Carter, 73, Carter of Ninnekah will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 30th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 27th

 

Chix Mayor Promotes Clean-up Campaign

A city-wide clean-up campaign set for this weekend has Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley asking everyone to participate. In his recent Minute with the Mayor segment on the city’s Facebook page, he starts by asking individuals to keep from blowing grass clippings into city streets-

 

              

 

City officials would hope that grass and weeds be kept to a minimal height. The Community Development Department will send out notices to property owners where grass and weeds are over 12-inches high. Mosley said individuals unable to mow their lawns can reach out to the Community Development Department (405-222-6010) and they have a list of individuals who can help. The city-wide clean-up begins Thursday, April 29th and runs through Sunday, May 2nd.

 

29th Street Repairs Nearly Finished

Chickasha city crews are making progress on the repairs of a small bridge on 29th Street near Frisco Avenue. A sinkhole was discovered about a week and a half ago and a portion of 29th Street was closed. Chickasha Public Works director David Buchanan said they'll be wrapping up their work in a couple of days. He said crews dug down about eight feet to the bottom of the creek and put some rock and concrete at the base. They are currently pouring concrete in a couple of 5’ X 8’ approaches on either side of the creek on 29th Street, and hope to have one lane open as crews anticipate rain over the next couple of days. Buchanan said the total cost of repairs is about $3,000. He hopes to budget a more permanent fix to that location in the future.

 

Caddo Nation Voters Elect New Chairman

A new slate of officers has been elected to serve the Caddo Nation. Bobby Gonzales is the new chairman-elect, defeating three other candidates for the post. Gonzales is appreciative of all those to cast ballots in last weekend's elections and outlines his initial plan.

 

              

 

Other officers elected included Kelly Howell Factor as vice chairman; Jennifer Reeder, secretary; Verna Whitebead Castillo, treasurer; Phillip Martin, Anadarko representative; Arlene Kay O'Neal, Ft. Cobb representative; Travis Threlkeld, Binger representative, and Jennifer Wilson, Oklahoma City representative. The results of the election are pending certification from the Caddo Nation Election Board.

 

State Program Begins to Help Businesses Expand

Oklahoma businesses can begin applying for what's known as the Oklahoma Innovation Expansion Program. The state department of commerce has $10 million set aside for the program, which makes monthly cash payment awards in the form of payroll tax rebates to help existing companies grow and boost business expansion. Officials say new projects must expand the capabilities of an existing company, lead to supply chain resiliency, or target new markets. Qualifying companies must have a minimum annual payroll of $625,000 and a minimum capital investment of $50,000. Companies can qualify for a maximum award of $150,000. Applications are due by May 7th. Information is available on the website: www.okcommerce.gov

 

Community Blood Drive Tomorrow

KOOL/RANCH radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are hosting another community blood drive tomorrow. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and walk-ins are welcome. For information on other blood drives throughout the region visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.65.

Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,781 and silver is $26.35.

 

Monday, April 26th

 

Upgrades Scheduled for Chix Animal Shelter

Officials at Chickasha's animal shelter are getting ready to see a lot of upgrades. The city council approved a bid of nearly $90,000 this spring to install some new kennels and dog runs, replacing some of which are more than 40 years old. And last week, officials learned the shelter was the recipient of a $7,500 grant from a national company which will help with other improvements. Layce Graham with the animal shelter said the funds from the newly created Petco Love Foundation were unexpected and will be put to good use.

 

              

 

The city applied for a Petco grant about a year and a half ago and hadn't heard anything until recently. Petco Love officials say the grant is part of its commitment to create a future in which no pet is euthanized for no reason. The shelter also received a $500 grant from the Chickasha Junior Social Workers. Graham said the shelter cared for more than 1,100 animals last year and only put down 28. All those animals were either very ill or a danger to the public.

 

Man Hospitalized After ATV Crash

A weekend ATV accident sends one person to the hospital with head and other injuries. 29-year old Keegan Kenyon had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. He was admitted in fair condition with head, trunk, and internal injuries. The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday south of Sterling in Comanche County. The highway patrol says Kenyon was traveling too fast on a gravel road, ran off the road and rolled. Kenyon, from Roosevelt, Okla. was not wearing a seat belt or a helmet.

 

Chix Firm Awarded for School Construction Projects

Last week, we told you about a CMS Willowbrook employee who was recognized for her work. Today, we can tell you that two CMS Willowbrook projects in Oklahoma have won awards from a national panel. A project for Deer Creek schools won the award in the $50 million-plus category for education projects. Also, the new Student Union for Rose State College in Midwest City won the award for the $10-million to $20-million category for education projects. The awards were from the Association of General Contractors of America and are called Build Oklahoma Awards. CMS Willowbrook employs more than 150 individuals in offices in Chickasha, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa.

              

Cattle, Wheat Programs in the Area This Week

There are a number of events for the agriculture community this week. The Grady County Cattle Producers Association holds its annual meeting tomorrow night. Guest speaker is Dr. Rosalyn Biggs from Oklahoma State University. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Also this week, OSU wheat specialists will be in the area Thursday and Friday for their annual wheat field tours. Thursday evening, they'll be at the Brian Vail farm south of Apache and Friday morning they'll be at the OSU Research Station in Chickasha. A number of new wheat varieties will be examined and officials will have updates on the current Oklahoma wheat crop and other information. The Apache program will get underway at 5:00 p.m. Thursday while the Chickasha program will begin at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.11.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $26.17.

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