Mollman Media News Archives for 2021-09

2021, Sept. 20th-25th

Saturday, Sept. 25th

 

Work Still Needed Regarding Property Tax Protests

We have a follow-up to the story we brought you this week about state officials who are concerned about energy companies protesting their ad valorem taxes. State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) was among those with the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee holding an interim study on the matter. On his Facebook page Lowe said among those presenting information were Minco School Superintendent Kevin Sims and Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Superintendent Tony Hancock. One of the reasons for the interim study is that Grady County has the highest dollar value of protested property taxes of any county in the state at $10.2 million which is mainly owed by pipeline and wind energy companies. The ad valorem taxes are paid to school districts which Lowe says need the funds to operate. Lowe said there is still some work to do but they are moving in a positive direction to find a solution. A recording of the interim study is available on the website www.okhouse.gov and you can search for the energy and natural resources committee.

 

Teacher's Aide Arrested for Raping Male Student

A teacher's aide is booked in to the Grady County Jail on a rape complaint. 24-year old Morgan Moore, a teacher’s aide at Maysville High School, was arrested late Thursday. She's accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a senior male student. Maysville Police Chief Paul Bush says Moore initially told a teacher about the incident. The teacher then told the principal and the principal contacted police. Authorities interviewed the victim who said he accepted an invitation from Moore to go to her home where they had consensual sex. Bush said Moore initially denied the allegation but then admitted the deed. Bush told authorities she is a member of the Choctaw tribe so federal authorities including the Bureau of Indian Affairs are now part of the investigation due to the McGirt Decision.

 

Woman Flees Courthouse During Bond Hearing

There was a strange incident at the Caddo County Courthouse in Anadarko this week. A woman taking care of some legal business with her attorney and a bail bondsman ran out of the building after being old her bond was revoked. The Lawton Constitution reports that officers received a tip that she was hiding in the bed of a nearby pickup where she was found and taken into custody. 39-year old Sarah Virginia Knauss of Weatherford has prior felony convictions out of Oklahoma County in connection with burglary and drug arrests. She's now facing Caddo County charges of felony escape and her bond is $100,000.

 

Grady County Sheriff's Office Updates Wanted 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 on any of these individuals contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Obituary

David ‘Mike’ Halcomb

A memorial service for 67-year old Mike Halcomb of Cement will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, Sept. 24th

 

Suspect Arrested in Brutal Domestic Violence Case

A Blanchard-area man is in jail on domestic violence charges after woman was taken to a hospital with a possible broken arm and facial injuries that may include a fractured eye socket. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates a deputy was called to a Mustang hospital early Sunday, September 19th where the woman was being treated for her injuries. Also at the hospital was 41-year old Michael James Powell from the Bridge Creek area. The affidavit indicates that Powell and the victim were arguing and the confrontation became physical. The affidavit also states that Powell was arrested back in April on a domestic violence complaint and is facing a misdemeanor charge in connection with that incident. Powell is now facing felony charges of domestic abuse, preventing a witness from giving testimony, and possession of a firearm after a previous conviction. Powell is in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Anadarko Drive-by Shooting Suspect in Custody

An Anadarko man faces weapons charges in connection with a drive-by shooting that took place a residence where children were inside the home. 50-year old Marshall Cantrell Taylor was arrested in connection with the shooting rampage that occurred Thursday, Sept. 16th. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that say Taylor drove by a home in the 400 block of East Central Boulevard in Anadarko and fired six to nine shots. Nobody at the home was hurt. A man at the home identified the driver as Taylor. Taylor told officers that individuals at the home had previously shot at him. Taylor is charged with felonies which include shooting with intent to kill, firing a weapon into a dwelling, and having a firearm after a previous conviction. He's being held in the Caddo County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

Pioneer School Named National Blue Ribbon School

Pioneer School is one of just six Oklahoma schools chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School. The honor is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps. The award comes from the U.S. Department of Education. A press release from the agency says it affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Officials say it also demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create cultures where teaching and learning can flourish.

 

Master Cattleman Program Being Considered

For cattle producers in the region, officials are testing the waters to see if there is interest in offering a master cattleman program. Grady County OSU Extension is considering offering the series which officials say can enhance the profitability of beef operations. The series includes business planning, risk management, and marketing. The curriculum is based on the Oklahoma Beef Cattle manual. The cost is $100 and pays for instructional materials. For information contact the Grady County OSU Extension office or visit the website: www.extension.okstate.edu and search for the master cattleman program.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Phillip Anneler and Kasey Wilkerson with the Dark Water Ranch are on our KOOL Konversation talking about the ranch's hay maze and pumpkin patch that will be opening next week. On Real Estate Today, this week's guest is Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.25.

Natural gas is $4.98 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,754 and silver is $22.85.

 

Obituary

Robert McCullough

A memorial service for Robert McCullough, 65, of Oklahoma City will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Integris Cancer Institute in Oklahoma City.

 

Thursday, Sept. 23rd

 

Supporters of Ninnekah Sexual Assault Victims

to Hold Rally at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park

A rally to support victims of sexual assault and to create awareness of the issue will be held at Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park this weekend. Shelby Ross is among the supporters of current and former female athletes at Ninnekah and Friend schools who have filed a federal lawsuit in connection with allegations that they were molested or were being groomed for sex by coaches. Ross says since the lawsuit was filed there have been reports of sexual assault in other school districts.

 

              

 

The rally is also to provide information on how to be aware of sexual predators and show some self-defense techniques. Among the groups at the rally will be the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN), The Red Cord, The American Indian Movement, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Bikers Against Child Abuse, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chickasha Fire Department. The rally will be held Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m.

 

Suspect Charged for Civil War Memorabilia Theft

A Chickasha man is charged with burglary after being accused of breaking into a shop and stealing some Civil War memorabilia. 30-year old Cory Don Robertson is facing three felony charges in connection with the break-in which occurred in Norge last weekend. Some of the items taken include medals of war, uniform patches, and jewelry. Prosecutors have charged Robertson with burglary, knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Robertson is being held in the Grady County Jail pending a $30,000 bond which includes bond on a 2018 felony charge of possession of contraband by an inmate.

 

Roy's Barbecue Owners Retire

One of Chickasha’s long-time family-owned barbecue restaurants is closed until further notice. Roy's Barbecue has been in business for more than 50 years. A letter posted on the door says the restaurant is closed until further notice and that Roy and Clara Bryant say they can no longer be involved in operating the restaurant and have decided to retire. The letter states that they are still evaluating whether other family members want to continue. The letter states that it has been their great pleasure to welcome and serve so many guests and friends. It says what started as a little one room restaurant grew into a place that welcomed thousands of guests and employed hundreds of people over the years and they are humbled that so many embraced the restaurant and that they were able to succeed as long as they have.

 

Chix High School Cheerleaders Qualify

for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Some Chickasha High School cheerleaders will be taking part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in November. Monica Mills, Naudia McDaniel, and Breauna Thibodeaux-Benoi were among nine Chickasha cheerleaders who qualified as part of the Spirit of America productions event. The company will have two groups in the parade, each with about 650 cheerleaders from across the country. In addition to the parade, the students tour the 9-11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, climb to the top of the Empire State Building, and see a Broadway show. The cheerleaders have to raise about $3,000 each to make the trip. They are having a number of fund-raisers to help out. Individuals and businesses can message the group on Facebook at Chickasha Cheer 2021-2022 to help.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.19.

Natural gas is $4.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,772 and silver is $22.80.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd

 

New Chix City Manager Looks Forward to Role

Facing challenges head on is something that Chickasha's new city manager has a lot of experience with. U.S. Air Force Capt. Tyler Brooks was announced as the city's top administrator yesterday. Brooks, who will be coming to Chickasha from South Daytona, Florida, has spent the last eight years in the Air Force and has most recently been a flight commander. The press release making the announcement indicates Brooks has led more than 200 employees in public works and IT infrastructure, human resources, and has worked with project and records management. He served two deployments to Kuwait where he created the first back-up communications circuit for the U.S.  in the Middle East. KOOL-RANCH  News had the first media interview with Brooks. He said while this will be his first role in public life as a city manager his military background will help him get started quickly.

 

              

 

Brooks holds a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in local government. Mayor Chris Mosley said the city council was looking for a great communicator and believes they have one. He said Brooks knows how to lead and manage large teams with diverse backgrounds. Brooks and his wife Gail have five children - one in college and four in public schools. He said they will be in town next week and his expected start date is Oct. 11th.

 

Lawmakers Hold Interim Study

on Protested Ad Valorem Tax Payments

State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) says Grady County has the highest dollar value of ad valorem tax protests in the state. Officials say more than $10 million in property taxes payments are being protested - mainly by energy companies - and that is hampering school districts which rely on ad valorem taxes for operations. Lowe and members of the House Energy and Natural Resources committee are holding an interim study on the issue at the state capital today. In a press release, Lowe said it is growing funding issue that is crippling some public schools and counties and the legislature must soon find a solution. During the study, valuation standards and protest procedures will be discussed and reviewed and the costs of the protests to schools, counties, and the state will be detailed. Presenters include representatives of the state's oil, gas, and wind industries; county assessors; public school; and career tech representatives. There two times for the interim study today, one at 9:30 a.m. and other at 1:30 p.m. The study will be live-streamed on the website: www.okhouse.gov and individuals should search for the energy and natural resources committee.

 

Chix Police Officers Asked to Work Extended Shifts

A shortage of Chickasha police officers is leading to an increased number of hours for those who are on staff. The Chickasha City Council will have a special meeting tomorrow night to discuss a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 regarding the matter. Among the considerations is a call for union members to work seven 12-hour shifts and have seven days off in a 14-day, 80-hour work period.  The city would pay time-and-a-half for all authorized overtime work in excess of 80 hours during a two-week time span. The two sides will meet at least once every 90 days to discuss any progress made in hiring additional officers. The department currently has 19 fully qualified officers with two officers slated for retirement at the start of 2022. The memorandum states that hiring new officers is a challenge facing police departments across the state. Also during tomorrow night's special meeting the council is expected to approve a resolution to receive more than $21,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the library. Tomorrow night’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Armed Robbery Suspect Jailed

A suspect accused of holding up a Tuttle store has been charged with armed robbery. 30-year old Octavious Zevelle Thompson of Oklahoma City was arrested by Tuttle police last Thursday night after a store east of Tuttle reported that workers were held up at gunpoint by a man wearing a blonde wig. Thompson has been charged with robbery, possession of a firearm after conviction, and eluding. He's being held in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.36.

Natural gas is $4.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,775 and silver is $22.70.

 

Obituaries

Sandra Travis

A memorial service for Sandra Travis, 53, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23rd at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Choices of Chickasha.

Marsha Schmidt

Funeral service for Marsha Schmidt, 46, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 24th at the Plainview Mennonite Church of Verden. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 21st

 

Air Force Captain Named New Chix City Manager

(BREAKING - This story was not available for the 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on-air news) A United States Air Force captain has been named Chickasha's next city manager. Capt. Tyler Brooks of South Daytona, Florida was one of four finalists interviewed for the post. The announcement was made in a press release issued by the city this morning. Brooks has been with the Air Force for eight years and has been serving as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies. In a prepared statement, Brooks said the city as an organization is similar to what he's been doing as a flight commander. He said there will be a learning curve transitioning from the military to city government, but he has several mentors in Oklahoma who have reached out to offer their support. He holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Brooks is expected to be on the job in early October. He and his wife Gail have five children. The city council has been looking for a new city manager since January, following the resignation of John Noblitt. Mayor Chris Mosley has been filling in as the interim city manager for the last eight months.

 

Chickasha Receives Nearly $3 million in ARPA Funds

The City of Chickasha has received nearly $3 million in coronavirus relief funds from the federal government. The city council approved a resolution accepting the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds during last night's council meeting. The money can be used for responses to the public health and economic emergency; providing premium pay to essential workers; replacing revenue lost during the pandemic; and making necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. The city council did not indicate what the city funds might be used for. ARPA funds must be allocated for specific projects by December of 2024 and fully spent by December of 2026. By the way, Grady County received just under $11 million in ARPA funds.

Council Oks Funding for Joint Road Project with County Commissioners

The council approved an agreement with Grady County commissioners to make improvements to a road in the south part of Chickasha. The project is for Pikes Peak Road from U.S. Highway 81 west to 16th Street. The agreement calls for the city to pay $100,000 for the asphalt materials that will be needed and the county will pay the costs of the remaining materials and supply the labor. The contract calls for the two governments to loan any equipment to the other if needed. The agreement runs through June of next year. It's not clear when that project might get underway.

Final Red Bud Ridge Plat Approved

The city council also approved the final plat for what will be known as Red Bud Ridge, a new housing development planned for an area southwest of 16th and Country Club Road. The approval followed a four-minute public hearing where engineer Dan Andrulonis addressed a few questions regarding rain water drainage. The council unanimously approved the plat submitted by Shayla Crawford.

Animal Shelter to get New Water Heater

The council approved a bid of nearly $2,600 to replace a water heater at the animal shelter. The bid from Copeland Plumbing was not the lowest bid but Mayor Chris Mosley suggested it was the best of the three bids submitted.

Memorandum with Police Union Delayed

The council took no action on a proposed memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 regarding 12-hour shifts. It will be addressed at a later date.

 

Chickasha Groups Organize 'Civic Pride Week'

There’s another effort to encourage Chickasha residents and businesses to spruce up their properties. The Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce will promote Chickasha Civic Pride Week September 26-30th. The groups are encouraging residents to take pride in the community by pledging to Keep Chickasha Beautiful. Volunteer groups will work to spruce up specific areas of town including cleaning up entry-ways, picking up trash, weeding flowerbeds, painting street lights, and painting art in downtown crosswalks. Officials want the community to look good for all the events set for October 1st through 3rd which include The Rock Island Arts Festival, The Rock Island Ride, and The Oklahoma Food Truck Championship. Other activities will be Chickasha High school Homecoming activities and reunions, a performance with the Chickasha Community Theatre, a theatrical event at the University of Science and Arts, and the Together We Heel walk to stop domestic violence. For information contact the chamber or economic development council.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.92.

Natural gas is $4.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,767 and silver is $22.55.

 

Obituaries

Ronald Wood

A memorial service for Ronald Wood, 84, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 22nd at Parkview Christian Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Betty Sparks

Funeral service for Betty Sparks, 60, of Dibble will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22nd at the Free Will Baptist Church in Dibble. Arrangements are with Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.

Clifford Hosley

A graveside service for Clifford Hosley, 79, of Tuttle will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22nd at Tuttle's Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Dennis Sparkman

A graveside service for Dennis Sparkman, 69, of Tuttle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 23rd at the Mustang Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, Sept. 20th

 

Chickasha School Board Member Named

Interim Superintendent for Ninnekah Schools

A member of the Chickasha Board of Education has been hired to serve as the interim superintendent at Ninnekah schools. Robyn Morse was hired during last Thursday's Ninnekah Board of Education meeting. Morse is a long-time educator and administrator who retired from Chickasha schools several years ago and has been serving on the Chickasha school board for a few years. Morse says she is allowed to fill both positions without stepping down from the Chickasha school board. Morse was hired at Ninnekah after Todd Bunch was suspended pending an investigation into the federal lawsuit filed by former female student athletes who said they were sexually assaulted by coaches - and that administrators turned a deaf ear to the allegations. The Chickasha Express-Star reported that Morse does not plan on becoming a permanent employee for Ninnekah. She said her main goal is to help the district move forward amongst uncertainty, unanswered questions, and investigations. She said she'll focus on deadlines and help fill current and future vacancies.

 

Chix City Council Meets Tonight

While the Chickasha City Council has not formally hired a new city manager the panel is taking steps to put the proposed candidate in charge of some city business. One item to be considered during tonight's city council meeting calls for the acceptance and approval of an employment agreement with Tyler Brooks to serve as Trust manager for the city. The item is under the consent docket on the municipal authority agenda. The council will also consider an inter-local agreement with Grady County Commissioners to help make repairs to Pikes Peak Road. The council is expected to approve $100,000 to pay for asphalt materials for that work. The panel is also to consider approving issuing the final $40,000 economic development payment to Mark McPherson and Great Plains Land and Cattle Company for the restoration of the former Chickasha Star Newspaper building. The group will also consider approving a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 concerning 12-hour shifts. The panel is also expected to approve the consumption of beer and wine in a specified area during the upcoming Rock Island Arts Festival. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Ft. Cobb Man Injured in Crash

A Ft. Cobb man was hospitalized after his car crashed into an unoccupied pickup. 28-year old Jeremy Koomsa was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in fair condition with head injuries. The highway patrol reports that Koomsa was westbound on Main Street and his car ran off the road for more than 150 feet before hitting the legally parked truck. The crashed happened about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

 

City of Blanchard gets Grant to Replace Some Waterlines

In Blanchard, the city has received a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant to help replace some of the city's old water lines. The city will have to provide an additional $250,000 to make it a $500,000 project. Blanchard City Manager Robert Floyd-

              

                

 

Floyd said Blanchard is also working with communities including Chickasha to find a secondary water source to support existing sources. Blanchard gets its water from Oklahoma City while Chickasha gets water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.34.

Natural gas is $5.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,759 and silver is $22.46.

 

Obituaries

Mary Goodson Smith

Funeral service for Mary Goodson Smith, 82, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Travis Palmertree

A graveside service for Travis Palmertree, 75, of Verden, will be at noon Saturday, September 25th at the Carnegie Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He owned Palmertree Trenching in Verden for more 40 years.

 

 

 

 

 

2021, Sept. 13th-18th

Saturday, Sept. 18th

 

Some Sheriffs Oppose Vaccination Mandate

Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney both say they will not be requiring their employees to get a coronavirus vaccination. They join a number of other county sheriffs in the state who say the vaccination is a personal choice and should not be mandated by the federal government. Statements issued by the sheriffs indicate that since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, division has become more widespread and intense between those who believe in the vaccine and those who don't. They say just like the flu shot it is a personal decision and that they are appalled of the dictator-like tactics from the federal government.

 

Chix Dog Park Construction Begins

The City of Chickasha has broken ground on a new dog park. Contractors began clearing the way for the facility at Centennial Park in the 600 block of Oregon Avenue. A private donation from a local family is fulling funding the $100,000 project. The Badgett Family contributed the funds. Bordwine Development is the contractor and the project is expected to be completed by late October or early-to-mid-November.

 

First Americans Museum Opens

The long-awaited opening of the First Americans Museum has arrived. The Oklahoma City museum is a monument dedicated to the dozens of indigenous Native American tribes who lived in North America many years before the arrival of Europeans and others.  The Oklahoman reports that the first ideas of the museum were discussed in the mid-1980s. It endured a number of setbacks to become a Smithsonian-affiliated destination which compares only to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The 175,000 sq. ft. museum was built at a cost of $175 million. The opening was initially expected to attract 20,000 visitors but will be capped at 3,500 both today and tomorrow to prevent over-crowding and to minimize the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. There are plans for future development near the museum. The Chickasaw Nation owns adjoining land which could be turned in to commercial development and Oklahoma City officials are excited to see what the next round of MAPS 4 projects may be included to connect the museum with Bricktown.

 

Sheriff's Office Most Wanted

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 reach out to the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

DHS Warns of Possible Text-messaging Scam

Officials with the Department of Human Services are warning Oklahomans about a text-messaging scam. They say the texts specifically mentions some of the agency's benefits programs which can allow the scam artists to obtain credit and banking information. The text message congratulates the recipient as being among a select number of people who could benefit from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and that families on the SNAP, SSI, or TANF programs may be automatically eligible. The recipient is then asked to click on a hyper-link to a website seeking personal information including Social Security numbers and banking info. Anyone who may have provided information is urged to contact their financial institution to freeze their accounts and get new credit or debit cards. Potential victims should also contact the major credit bureaus and the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint.

 

Obituaries

Mary Goodson Smith

Funeral service for Mary Goodson Smith, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Travis Palmertree

A graveside service for Travis Palmertree, 75, of Verden will be at noon Saturday, September 25th at the Carnegie Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He owned Palmertree Trenching in Verden for more 40 years.

 

High School Football Scores

Chickasha 43, Anadarko 39

Blanchard 20, Newcastle 13

Watonga 46, Minco 41

Apache 30, Rush Springs 0

Bridge Creek 34, Lexington 6

Walters 22, Dibble 20

Davenport 48, Alex 0

Cyril 24, Temple 8

Tecumseh 27, Elgin 14

Mt. View-Gotebo 70, Waurika 38

Elmore City 2, Carnegie 0(fft)

Marlow 42, Atoka 10

Tuttle, Lindsay idle

 

Friday, Sept. 18th

 

Chix School Officials Encourage Response to Survey

Chickasha public school officials continue seeking the public's input about the district, from classrooms and curriculum to the physical condition of schools. A community meeting to help get the feedback will be held Monday evening. The district is partnering with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the K20 Center at OU to get detailed information about the good and bad things patrons perceive about Chickasha schools. Monday's meeting will be held at the school administration building starting at 6 p.m. and it will be live-streamed on the district’s website. Individuals can also respond to the survey on-line: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

 

Vehicle Fire Shuts Down Turnpike

A vehicle fire involving a semi shut down part of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike this morning. It took place in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike near Mile Marker 91 just after 1:30 a.m. Both eastbound lanes were closed for more than 2 1/2 hours. A highway patrol dispatcher said there were no injuries.

 

State Senator to File Bill to Ensure Ag Sales Tax Exemption

A state lawmaker says he hopes to make it easier for farmers and ranchers to renew their state sales tax exemption cards. Sen. Casey Murdock (R-Felt) says he will file a bill to consider the proposal at the state capital next spring.  The action comes following an interim study which looked into problems producers were having renewing their sales tax exemptions. That occurred when the state tax commission began requiring new information. According to a press release from Murdock's office, some producers were concerned that they might lose their sales tax exemptions altogether but Murdock said that is not the case. He said he'll do everything he can to keep the agriculture sales tax exemption intact. He said doing away with it would be a death sentence to small towns especially those that border nearby states which also offer a sales tax exemption.

 

Anadarko to Upgrade Historic Preservation Guidelines

The City of Anadarko is looking to update the guidelines used by the city's Historic Preservation Commission. The city has received a federal grant to help with that effort through the state historic preservation office. The city is looking for requests for proposals (RFPs) for professional services to review the current regulations. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page indicates they are looking for proposals from qualified professionals who have a history and reputation in preparing design guidelines and rehabilitation techniques for historic structures. The deadline to file RFPs is November 4th and the winning bid is expected to be awarded Nov. 8th.

 

Two Groups Prepare for One Big Car Show

Two groups are combining efforts for one huge car and truck show tomorrow. Members of the Saturday Night Cruisers and Coffee and Cars Chickasha will be out in full force. It's the 11th annual custom and classic car show for the Saturday Night Cruisers. There will be muscle cars, street rods, antiques, and motorcycles competing for top awards. Coffee and Cars Chickasha which is normally held the third Saturday of each month will also have their antique vehicles on display. The car show is open to all who want to show off their vehicles with entry fees at $25 per vehicle. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and it will run until 2 p.m. tomorrow. The event will be held at Chickasha's 1st Baptist Church parking lot at 4th and Colorado Avenue.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Blanchard City Manager Robert Floyd and Parks and Recreation Director Chris Wittenbach are on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today we have Luke Holland, chief of staff for Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.67.

Natural gas is $5.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,765 and silver is $23.07.

 

Obituaries

Gary VanSant

Funeral service for Gary VanSant, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18th at  Hope Tabernacle Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, Sept. 16th

 

City Council Tweaks Proposed Contract

with City Manager Candidate

The Chickasha City Council continues making a few minor changes to a proposed contract that has been offered to an individual who has agreed in principal to be the next city manager. The council met behind closed doors for about 30 minutes during a special meeting last night. Afterwards, the council approved a change that would allow the candidate to live within the Chickasha school district instead of within 10 miles of the city limits. The revised contract was to be sent to the candidate for his review. Mayor Chris Mosley says the contract could be approved in the next few days and an announcement should come soon. Mosley said the candidate is expected to be in town by mid-October.

 

Lake Chickasha Patrons Without Fresh Water Wednesday

A few Lake Chickasha residents and campers were without fresh water yesterday. City officials say a problem developed with the pressure tanks Wednesday morning. About a dozen families were affected. After investigating it was determined that the tanks had to be replaced. A post on the city's Facebook page indicated water service was restored by about 6 o'clock last night.

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenues Fluctuate

Grady County sales tax revenues continue their roller coaster ride in 2021. Sales tax numbers for August were estimated at $500,000 which is up about 10 percent from July. The total is up more than 20 percent compared to the same time last year. Here's the breakdown of how that money is spent: The Grady County Fairgrounds received $168,000; Grady Memorial Hospital collected $148,000; the 20 county fire districts shared $84,000 with each once getting 4,200; the seven senior nutrition centers also shard $84,000 and each one received $12,000; Tuttle EMS received more than $15,000; and Rush Springs EMS received about $3,900.

 

Tipsters Help Task Force in Catching Wanted Suspect

A Chickasha man accused of terrorizing families is in custody. 22-year old Price Lee Shells was picked up by the Grady County Fugitive Task Force after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said Shells has been giving a number of families difficulties over the last few weeks. A probable cause affidavit indicates the task force got a tip about Shells location Tuesday morning. Task force members found him close to the Valero gas station and 4th and Texas...and that Shells ran into a nearby residential area. With the help of residents, officers found Shells and took him into custody. However, a handcuffed Shells managed to pull away from a deputy and again tried to run - but he was caught a couple of blocks away. Prosecutors have charged Shells with misdemeanors for obstruction, escape, and possession of marijuana. Shells was arrested back in July for possession of stolen property after it was alleged he took someone’s cell phone and is facing a misdemeanor charge in connection with that incident. He remains in the Grady County jail on an $18,000 bond.

 

Live Performances Return to Science and Arts

Live theatre will return to the University of Science and Arts over the next few months. That includes the annual Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series which will begin later this month. There were virtual performances individuals could watch on-line last year due to the pandemic. Professor of Theatre Katie Davis says the series seemed to attract a younger audience.

 

              

 

Davis said all students in Grady County as well as Science and Arts students on campus will again get free tickets for the upcoming season but recommends they sign up to get a season ticket as they will limit attendance to allow for social distancing. The opening performance for the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series will be Thursday, Sept. 30th with an improvised unscripted show called Broadway's Next Hit Musical. The group will use suggestions from the audience to create spontaneous scenes. For ticket information and a schedule of all five shows for the upcoming season visit the website: www.usao.edu/dwpas

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude tops $75 to 75.46.

Natural gas is $5.46 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,778 and silver is $23.50.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 15th

 

More Drug Trafficking Suspects In Custody

That joint investigation between the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration into drug trafficking in Chickasha has led to at least five arrests in the past week. The most recent arrests include 43-year old Lantone JeQuaye Garrett of Chickasha; along with 33-year old Joshua Jovan Nickson and 33-year old Aushia Shantell Pendarvis, both of Oklahoma City. Nickson and Pendarvis are being held in the Grady County Jail on $250,000 bond each while Garrett is being held on a $100,000 bond. Two other arrests previously reported include 39-year old Antwon Laray Owens and  19-year old Kadee Lynn Hall, both of Chickasha who also remain in the county jail.

 

Rally Supporting Ninnekah Girls Basketball Players

Scheduled for Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park

Parents and supporters of current and former Ninnekah girls basketball players who allege they were sexually assault by coaches have organized a rally to get the word out about identifying sexual predators. A rally will be held at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park later this month. Shelby Ross says the rally will include speakers from a number of organizations who will provide information not only on how to identify predators but also how victims can reach out for help. Among the groups expected to be on hand include the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network; The Red Cord; Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women; The American Indian Movement; Bikers Against Child Abuse; The Grady County Sheriff's Office; and the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Patrol. Ross says the group has received a permit from the City of Chickasha to hold the rally which will be at the amphitheatre at Shannon Springs Park on Saturday, September 25th from 1-3 p.m.

 

Jeff Boren Wins Caddo County Commissioner Race

By an overwhelming margin, Jeff Boren wins the Caddo County Commissioner District 2 post in yesterday's special election. The Gracemont Democrat picked up more than 9 out of every 10 votes in defeating Cogar Republican Belita Jo Byrd, 231 to 19. Boren will fill the unexpired term left on the office previously held by Commissioner Randy McLemore who died from COVID-19 last December. Boren has been working for the district the last five years and has been the district’s road foreman the past three years.

 

More Chix Police Officers Cross-Deputized with BIA

Two more Chickasha police officers have been sworn in to assist the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) with law enforcement efforts on Native American lands. Walker Powell and Andrew Kammerlocher took their oaths to work with the BIA's Special Law Enforcement Commission. Law enforcement officers across the state are being cross-deputized with the BIA as a result of the McGirt Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. To earn the cross-deputization, officers must complete a three-day course on Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country Training and pass a rigorous three-hour test. Chickasha now has 15 officers who have been cross-deputized with the BIA to assist with law enforcement efforts mainly in the Chickasaw Nation, of which the City of Chickasha and segments of Grady County are a part of.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.60.

Natural gas is $5.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $23.84.

 

Obituaries

Tim Lambrose

A memorial service for Tim Lambrose, 58, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18th at Full Gospel Church.

Richard ‘Ricky’ Pace

A graveside service for Ricky Pace, 64, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Gary VanSant

Funeral service for Gary VanSant, 61, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 14th

 

New Chix City Manager may be Hired Tomorrow

The next city manager for the City of Chickasha is expected to be formally hired tomorrow night. The city council has scheduled a special meeting to formally hire the candidate who has not yet been named. The council will go behind closed doors to have final discussions to approve a contract. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 15th at city hall. The city council has been looking for a new manager for eight months after previous city manager John Noblitt stepped down in January. Mayor Chris Mosley has been serving as the interim city manager since then.

 

District Two Caddo County Voters

to Elect New County Commissioner

Some Caddo County voters are going to the polls in a special election today to elect a new county commissioner. Voters in District Two are choosing between Democrat Jeff Boren and Republican Belita Jo Byrd. The winner will fill the remaining months of the term for the seat previously held by Randy McLemore who passed away last December. Polls will be open until 7 p.m. today.

 

Chix PD Helps Child Diagnosed with Leukemia

Here’s a nice gesture from members of the Chickasha Police Department. Officers recently stepped up to help a 9-year old boy diagnosed with leukemia. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129 provided a $500 contribution to help with the medical costs of Michael Dixon, Jr., who was diagnosed with the blood disorder on Valentine's Day of this year. Dixon was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has been on chemotherapy. He requires around-the-clock care through March of next year while he's under-going treatment and his immune system recovers. A GoFundMe account has been established to help. Michael is the great-grandson of lifelong Chickasha residents Roy and Clara Bryant.

 

New Pesticide May Help Control Feral Hog Population

Oklahoma farmers have a new weapon in their fight against feral hogs. The state department of agriculture has approved the use of a new pesticide which is said to reduce the fertility of male feral hogs. It's called HogStop which was recently registered with the ag department. Officials say male hog fertility is reduced within five days of consumption of the bait and maintained for at least 30 days after five feedings. A press release indicates it is a non-fatal bait and will not kill hogs or other animals that might consume it. Officials warn that HogStop may be harmful to humans if swallowed and that dust from the bait may cause eye and respiratory irritation. Gloves should be worn when handling. HogStop is available from a number of agriculture supply outlets.

 

Science and Arts Blood Drive Today

If you haven't donated blood in a while there is a community blood drive at the University of Science and Arts today. The university is teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Donors will receive a limited edition Bigfoot-inspired t-shirt...with a silhouette of the legendary man-beast in front of a mountain, with the phrase ‘The Hunt is On...for Blood Donors’. Donors will also get a free A1C blood sugar tests to help them monitor their risk for diabetes. The blood drive is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today at the Science and Arts Student Center. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area visit the website: www obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.51 per barrel.

Natural gas is $5.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $23.59.

 

Obituaries

Larry Muncrief

Funeral service for Larry Muncrief, 70, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

William ‘Larry’ Nelson

A graveside service for Larry Nelson, 69, of Tuttle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 16th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, Sept. 13th

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Future Public Works Projects

The Chickasha City Council will be discussing possible infrastructure projects in the future during a special work session tonight. There are no specific projects listed on the agenda as the description only mentions ‘public works projects and their associated costs’. A second issue with no details listed is the ‘city's water cost, fees, and treatment’. The work session will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix Utility Bills May Have Errors

Late Friday, Chickasha officials said that some utility bills that were sent out may have some errors. Authorities said there were some problems with the electronic meter reading process. The errors are on statements which were sent out Thursday, Sept. 9th. The issue mainly affected some commercial accounts. Anyone who thinks their utility bill is not correct can contact city hall during regular business hours by calling 405-222-6015.

 

Chix Schools Policies to be Revised Due to New State Laws

The Chickasha Board of Education meets tonight to revise a number of school policies. The adjustments are being made as a result of new state laws that have gone or will be going into effect. They include an emergency action plan for each school facility and athletic events including practices. Each sport will have to have its own plan that will be reviewed and rehearsed with school officials and local emergency personnel, and a plan that will be shared with visiting schools. Another new state law requires having a trained staff member at each site to administer or assist with seizure rescue medication for students and staff and to recognize the signs and symptoms of those issues and the appropriate action to take. That will start in January. Another revision is to require schools to make a private, sanitary, and secure location for an employee to express breast milk. Another revision relates to the enrollment of students of military families. The students must meet residency requirements before enrolling. The school board is also to consider the retirement of Bill Wallace principal Tressia Meeks which will be effective Jan. 1st if approved.

 

Square Dance Group Seeking New Dancers, Members

Square dancing is a unique past time that continues to be a part of mostly western American culture. For more than 50 years the Swingin' Chicks Square Dance Club has been active in the Chickasha area. The group meets each Monday night for a couple of hours and is welcoming new members who would like to learn the traditional dance. Darrell Cheshier says it takes several weeks before becoming an accomplished square dancer.

 

              

 

There are 70 calls that have to be learned. The first night of lessons is tonight and the group will welcome new dancers again next Monday night as well. Membership is $8 per person for the whole year, and children as young as 12 years old can be part of the group with a parent or guardian. The square dancers meet at Parkview Christian Church each Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Find information on the group’s Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.72 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.92.

Natural gas is $4.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,791 and silver is $23.72.

 

Obituaries

Tom Holding

A memorial service for Tom Holding, 82, of Blanchard was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 13th at the First Baptist Church of Blanchard. He was a long-time banker, working at Oklahoma National Bank in Chickasha and at the First National Bank in Blanchard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blanchard First Baptist Church building fund.

Joey ‘Jojo’ Bonds

Funeral service for 40-year old Joey 'Jojo' Bonds of Chickasha will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 14th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Helpless Hounds of Tulsa.

Larry Muncrief

Funeral service for Larry Muncrief, 70, of Chickasha is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Sept. 7th-11th

Saturday, Sept. 11th

 

State Politicians Respond to President's Vaccine Mandate

Many of Oklahoma's politicians are sounding off about President Biden's mandate requiring large companies to have their workers get the COVID-19 vaccination. Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a statement saying there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) have also issued statements following the president's announcement. Lowe turned to Facebook to say that he does not believe the government has the right to force private business owners to require their employees to get vaccinated. Lowe said that it is up to individuals to decide if they get vaccinated or not. Boles made his announcement through a press release, saying it is not the government's role to mandate to private businesses that their employees must receive the coronavirus vaccine. He also said individuals should have the freedom to make a personal choice. Boles said that's one reason state lawmakers approved HB 1236 this past spring which was signed by the governor. It establishes a process for legal challenges of federal rules, executive orders, or Congressional actions believed to be harmful to the rights of Oklahomans and the state.

 

Ag Sales Tax Exemption to Get Interim Study 

Also from the state capital, a senate panel will take a look at who should qualify for farm sales tax exemptions. Sen. Roland Pederson (R-Burlington) and the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee will hold an interim study on the topic on Monday. In a press release, Pederson said the state tax commission recently changed the process for getting an agriculture sales tax exemption card, and producers are having problems renewing those cards or getting the card for the first time. Pederson said they want to conduct a fair assessment to verify legitimate farmers and ranchers when approving the exemption. He said they don't want to prohibit exemptions for those trying to make a living in ag but they don't want to grant exemptions to those who don't qualify. Monday's meeting gets underway at 10:30 a.m. and will be live-streamed at www.oksenate.gov

 

Family, Friends Mourn Death of Diner Operator's Father

The Chickasha community is mourning the death of Larry Muncrief. Muncrief is the father of Brandi Terry with J and W Grill. Muncrief passed away as a result of the coronavirus this week. He and the family had recently celebrated Muncrief's 70th birthday. Funeral service is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Chix Businesses, Residents May Have Utility Bill Errors

The City of Chickasha says some residents and businesses may have errors in their monthly utility bill. The city sent out a notice saying that the bills that were sent out Thursday, Sept. 9th may be wrong. Officials say it was caused by a problem in the electronic meter reading process. A press release from the city indicates that clerks were working to correct the affected accounts and they believe that most of the errors occurred with commercial accounts. Anyone who believes their utility bill is not correct can contact city hall during regular business hours by calling 405-222-6015.

 

Friday, Sept. 10th

 

Suspects Arrested for Selling Alleged Fentanyl-laced Pills

An investigation by the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has led to the arrests of two individuals suspected of selling prescription pain pills laced with Fentanyl. 39-year old Antwon Laray Owens and 19-year old Kadee Lynn Hall, both of Chickasha, were booked into the Grady County Jail early Wednesday morning. Both have been formally charged with felonies for drug possession with intent to distribute. Owens has previous drug convictions. An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that DEA agents and sheriff's deputies met with a confidential informant who was given $300 to purchase the meds. The informant was able to purchase ten tablets at home near 10th and Colorado Tuesday afternoon - tablets which tested positive as having fentanyl. Both Owens and Hall remain in jail on $50,000 bond each.

 

Progress Continues on Chix Sewer, Water Line Project

The installation of water and sewer lines for a new commercial and residential development for the City of Chickasha continues. The city council this week approved a payment of more than $130,000 to WEB Construction for the project which has an estimated overall cost of nearly $500,000. Officials say the water lines are in and crews are currently working on the sewer line installation. This project is near the intersection of Ada Sipuel Avenue and Grand Avenue Extension next to the Grady County Fairgrounds. The site is expected to have a couple of hotels, some permanent residential homes, and a number of spaces for retail development including restaurants.

 

Several Area Events Set this Weekend

There are a lot of activities in the region this weekend. In Chickasha, the annual Open Streets program will be held tomorrow. Chickasha Avenue will be closed down from the Rock Island Railroad Depot to 3rd Street to let families play in the street. It's part of an international program which encourages families to play together and get a little exercise. You can bring your bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates and nearly 30 groups will have activities for the young and old. Lewis Knisely with the YMCA has a few examples.

 

           

 

All the activities are free and there will be plenty of free bottled water available as the weather is expected to be sunny and hot with into the 90s. Food trucks will also be on hand. Open Streets will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Alex Founders Day

The Town of Alex will have its Founders Day celebration. There's a fishing tournament in the morning, then starting at 10 o’clock there will be a car show, vendors, a parade, and a community dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Alex community park.

Jesse James Festival

In Cement, the annual Jesse James Festival will take place with vendors, a car show, and a street dance. There will be treasure hunters, historians, and trick ropers. There are tales that Jesse James hid some of his bounty in the hills in the Cement area.  That all starts at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Katie Davis is a professor of theater at the University of Science and Arts. She's also the coordinator for the university’s Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series which begins later this month. She's on our KOOL Konversation to review the season and its return to live performances. On Real Estate Today, our guest is Oklahoma Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell. Look for links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.45.

Natural gas is $5.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $24.18.

 

Thursday, Sept. 9th

 

Welder Dies Following Explosion

A welder working on tanker truck in Minco died in an explosion. It happened just before noon Wednesday at Firestone Trucking on Main Street in Minco. The explosion shook many businesses and homes nearby and KWTV New 9 reported that a lot of people said it felt like an earthquake. The name of the welder was not released. Reports indicate the welder was working on the end cap of a tanker truck when the explosion occurred.

 

Suspect Accused of Child Sex Crimes in Two Counties

A Chickasha man wanted in Caddo County for an alleged child sex crime is in the Grady County jail on similar allegations. 31-year old Bryan Cody Snook was arrested by Chickasha police back in April and is facing felony charges of using his phone to solicit sexual conduct or communication with a minor, and for having juvenile porn on his phone. Last week, Caddo County authorities issued an arrest warrant for Snook for lewd acts with a boy under 16 years old, for an incident that allegedly occurred at Lake Chickasha in March. Snook is being held in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing conference on the Grady County charges scheduled for September 22nd.

 

Survey Underway for Chickasha School District Patrons

Patrons of the Chickasha Public School district are being asked to take part in a survey designed to help develop long-range plans for the district. Administrators are working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma to get input. Superintendent Rick Croslin says it is a program widely known for helping school districts determine their strengths and weaknesses.

 

              

 

The survey is available on-line on the district's website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us and is under the Community Feedback Survey tab on the home page. A city-wide meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 20th to get more input with the final day to receive comments on Sept. 30th. Croslin said they want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about the school system. Additional meetings will be held over the next several months as the survey moves through four phases of information gathering. A formal plan will be presented to the school board next spring and Croslin said they’ll use the information to develop a proposed bond issue to present to district patrons.

 

Grant to Help Chix PD Get 'New' Used SUVs

The Chickasha Police Department will be getting some new used vehicles in the next few weeks. The city council this week approved the receipt of a federal community facilities grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to purchase the vehicles from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Police Chief Dee Rowell says the grant is for more than $280,000 and will allow the department to purchase four or five Dodge Durangos. The Kansas Highway Patrol retires its vehicles after 50,000 miles and then sells them. The Grady County Sheriff's Office has been purchasing vehicles from Kansas for several years. This is a 65-35 grant and the city will first have to pay the $280,000 then get about $100,000 reimbursed. City officials say they are working to find the money to purchase the vehicles.

 

Chix Water Rates May be On the Rise

Chickasha residents might get ready for an increase in their water rates. The city council will hold a special work session next week to discuss water costs, fees, and treatment - as well as public works projects and their associated costs. Mayor Chris Mosley said the city is now paying more for the water the city receives from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir. The Ft. Cobb Master Conservancy District which oversees the reservoir increased the costs recently. The special work session will be Monday, Sept. 13th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Caddo County Fair Premium Sale, Horse Show Tonight

Today will be a big payday for a number of Caddo County FFA and 4Hers who exhibited the top animals at last week's Caddo County Fair. 71 youth will lead their animals through the show ring one more time for the premium sale. Businesses, family members, and friends will all bid on the animals with all the money going to the exhibitors, and the youth get to keep their animals to take to future livestock shows. There is a buyer's dinner at 6 o'clock with the sale starting at 7 p.m. Also, the horse show portion of the Caddo County Fair will also be held this evening at the Caddo County Fairgrounds in Anadarko.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.60.

Natural gas is $4.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $24.16.

 

Obituary

Jerrel Toles

Funeral service for Jerrel Toles, 69, of Anadarko will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11th at Grace Church in Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 8th

 

Chix City Council OKs Settlement

of Firefighters' Union Lawsuit

The Chickasha City Council voted unanimously to settle a lawsuit filed against the city by the local firefighters union. The panel voted 6-0 to approve the out-of-court settlement. The vote came after a 23-minute executive session during last night's council meeting. Mayor Chris Mosley said the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2041 previously approved the settlement. Mosley said the city agreed to pay more than $141,000. That includes $52,000 in longevity pay, $44,000 in damages, and $38,000 for the union's attorney’s fees. The settlement won't be finalized until it is approved by the federal court where the lawsuit was filed. Officials say that should be a formality as both sides have agreed to the terms discussed. KOOL/ RANCH News needs to make a correction and clarification regarding the story we aired yesterday about the lawsuit. The suit was filed against the city of Chickasha, and we were wrong when we said that then-city manager John Noblitt withheld retirement benefits owed to the fire fighters. We apologize for the error.

 

Thrift Shop Permit OK'd for Heidi Helping the Homeless             

The council also unanimously approved a use-on-review permit for Heidi Harrison for her request to operate a thrift store at 3rd and Minnesota Avenue. The vote came after a short public hearing. Harrison told the council she plans to continue her outreach mission with Heidi Helping the Homeless. She wanted to move out of her residential location in order to serve more people. In addition to operating a thrift store the location will also have showers, laundry, and provide food and beverage services.

 

Downtown 'Streateries' Get Approval              

The council also approved guidelines that will allow downtown restaurants to have outdoor dining areas. The so-called 'streateries' will allow restaurants to create a mini patio in the parking spaces directly in front of their locations. City Planner Rachel Bernish worked with Economic Development Director Jim Cowan on the plan. They used similar guidelines in communities where the outdoor venues are popular including Edmond; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Asheville, N.C. The restaurants will have to follow strict guidelines for construction. Permits will have to be renewed annually and the city will only charge restaurants for the building permit and related costs to the construction.

 

Matching Grant to Help Anadarko

with Major Sewer Line Improvements              

In Anadarko, city officials have received a huge grant which help the community pay for some badly needed sewer system upgrades.  The State Department of Commerce approved a grant of just under $300,000 to help replace the main line that feeds the waste water treatment plant and some equipment at the plant. The city will pay an additional $500,000 for the project with the funds coming from a revenue bond passed last year. The news was posted on the city's Facebook page. The post indicates the funds will allow the city to replace the sewer line which extends nearly the length of two football fields which has been collapsing and on the verge of failing. The State Department of Environmental Quality had recently placed Anadarko under a consent order due to the potential environmental issues which would have resulted had the sewer line failed.  Mayor Tanner Salyer said the project is not only important for the health and safety of residents but also for any real potential future growth.

 

Wife of Chickasha Auto Dealer Passes Away

Lorie Holt, the wife of Chickasha auto dealer John Holt, has died. She was 64 when she passed away Tuesday morning. She had worked as a Realtor before joining the dealership where she served as the secretary-treasurer for many years. She served on the board of trustees for the Salvation Army and with Redlands Community College. She and John were married for 46 years. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 9th a Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude on the NYMEX is $68.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.69.

Natural gas is $4.57 per million BTUs.

Gold $1,799 and silver is $24.40.

 

Obituaries

‘Rozella” Hargus

A graveside service for Thelma ‘Rozella” Hargus of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 9th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Paul Nightingale

Funeral for Paul Nightingale, 91, of Verden will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 10th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Martin Resendez

Funeral for Martin Resendez, 78, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 10th at First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Johnny Crutcher

A graveside service for Johnny Crutcher, 81, of Amber will be at  10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 14th at the Amber Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran where he served for 27 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 7th

 

Chix Firefighters Lawsuit Against the City

May Get Final Out-of-Court Settlement

(EDITOR'S NOTE) - This version contains clarified and corrected information that was part of original story. We apologize for any errors) A lawsuit filed by the Chickasha Firefighters Association against the City of Chickasha may finally be settled out of court. The city council tonight will go behind closed doors to discuss approving the settlement. Last month, the council approved a payment of more than $140,000 which was presented to the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 for its consideration. The lawsuit was filed last December after the union claimed that the city withheld longevity benefits. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss the status of negotiations with the firefighters union for the current fiscal year.

 

Council to Consider Use-on-Review Permit,

Allow Tuttle Police to use Chix PD Gun Range             

During the open portion of tonight's meeting, the council will hold a public hearing to discuss a use-on-review permit for Heidi Harrison of Heidi Helping the Homeless at 3rd and Minnesota Ave. The panel will also discuss a memorandum of understanding that would allow the Tuttle Police Department to use the Chickasha Police Department's gun range. The council is expected to accept an agreement with the Festival of Light for the upcoming season; approve a request from Epworth United Methodist Church to hold a movie in Shannon Springs park on Oct. 8th; and to allow the Optimist Club to hold a 5K run on December 4th. The council is also to honor long-time firefighter Richard Prather on his recent retirement. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Animal Rescue Transport Group Fundraiser Today

A group that helps save the lives of lost and abandoned animals will hold a fundraiser today. The Chickasha Animal Rescue Transport Association (CARTA) will hold a silent auction and a local restaurant will be helping its cause. InterUrban will be donating a dollar from every hamburger sold to the organization. The silent auction starts at 5:30 tonight and will include items from numerous local businesses including Ross True Value; the Jungle Ice Fun Zone; Jake's Rib;  The Okie Mountain Trading Company; Brandt's; Chicken Express; Hicks Western Wear, and others. CARTA works with other pet adoption groups to find forever homes for the animals in the city's animal shelter.

 

WWII Aircraft to Visit Duncan This Week

An historic World War Two aircraft will be visiting Duncan this week. A B-29 bomber will be on display and some visitors will have the opportunity to take a flight on the four-engine aircraft. It's the type of aircraft that flew over Europe during the war and eventually dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that ended the war. Paul Hlavaty of Marlow, who is with The Commemorative Air Force, says the visit is more than just cool planes.  It's about the people who flew in them. He said many were farm boys from  Oklahoma who were shipped off to Europe. Hlavaty's father was a POW during the war for more than a year. The B-29 arrives at the Duncan Regional Airport on Thursday and will be on display until Sunday. For information, visit the website: www.airpowerssquadron.org/duncan-ok

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.61.

Natural gas is $4.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $24.37.

 

Obituaries

Verna Myers

A graveside service for Verna Myers, 91, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 8th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Susan Daugherty

Funeral for Susan Daugherty, 68, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Septembert 11th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Jerrel Toles

Funeral service for Jerrel Toles, 69, of Anadarko is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Sept. 6th

No news due to the Labor Day holiday.

 

 

2021, Aug. 30th-Sept. 4th

Saturday, Sept. 4th

 

Convicted Killer's Sentence Re-instated

A man whose initial conviction in a triple-murder case was overturned because of the McGirt Decision is back on death row after a review by the state court of criminal appeals. Shaun Michael Bosse was convicted and sentenced to death for the killings of Katrina Griffin, her four-year old daughter Chasity, and 8-year old son Christian at their Dibble home in 2010. Bosse’s conviction was among several that were tossed out by the appellate court because of the McGirt Decision. But that same court this week re-instated Bosse's conviction and those of three other death row inmates - giving Oklahoma a partial victory as officials continue working to argue that the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt Decision was wrongly decided and should be overturned.

 

 Tips Sought in Anadarko Park Vandalism             

Vandals strike the public restrooms at Anadarko's Randlett Park. The perpetrators removed the plumbing to the toilets. According to the city's Facebook page it may have occurred early Friday morning. A reward is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call the Anadarko Police Department at 405-247-2411.

 

Alpaca Show Coming to the Grady County Fairgrounds

A new event will be coming to the Grady County Fairgrounds this fall. It will feature Alpacas. There is an official Alpaca organization in Oklahoma and it’s an industry that got its start in the 1980s but didn't really get going until the 90s. About 20 years ago, there were 14 Alpaca farms in the state and it was determined that those pioneers could best be served by forming their own Alpaca group. The organization is now known as Alpacas of Oklahoma (A-OK). The group supports the ethical promotion of all things Alpaca. There are several farms in the region that are members, including Jolly Roger Alpacas of Blanchard; Answered Prayers Ranch in Tuttle; Magnolia Blossom Ranch of Newcastle; Circle of Dreams Ranch in Fletcher; and Busy Bees Alpaca Farm of Norman. The group will meet in Chickasha for what it calls a Blast Off show in mid-November. You can check out the group on Facebook or visit the website: www.alpacasofoklahoma.com

 

Obituary

Verna Myers

A graveside service for Verna Myers, 91, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Marlow 40, Chickasha 14

Noble 41, Blanchard 23

Elgin 55, Anadarko 41

Tuttle 21, Plainview 13

Minco 41, Dibble 14

Cordell 34, Rush Springs 26

Community Christian 19, Bridge Creek 2

Tipton 62, Alex 22

Burns Flat-Dill City 38, Carnegie 12

Mt. View-Gotebo 54, Snyder 12

Purcell 20, Lindsay 14

 

Friday, Sept. 3rd

 

OSBI Takes Over Ninnekah Schools Sexual Assault Investigation

The OSBI will now lead the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and the lack of action after it was reported at Ninnekah Public Schools. A press release issued by the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates that Sheriff Jim Weir requested that the agency take over the investigation. Weir and former deputy Phil Blevins are among those named in a federal lawsuit filed in connection with the allegations. The Oklahoman reports that an OSBI official confirmed that the agency will take over the case. 15 current and former girls basketball players at Ninnekah have filed a federal lawsuit against both Ninnekah and Friend schools and coaches and administrators who are implicated in what amounts to a cover-up of sexual abuse complaints against former coach Ron Akins. Akins coached at both Ninnekah and Friend schools. He resigned from Ninnekah after being arrested and charged for rape and sexual battery alleged to have taken place over the last several years. In his press release, Sheriff Weir said he's confident that at the end of the investigation the public will see that his office stands for the highest standards and that any allegations of wrong-doing by him or his office are simply not true. The Oklahoman reported that attorney's representing the girls demanded that District Attorney Jason Hicks turn the investigation over to the OSBI and had given the DA a deadline of 5 o'clock yesterday to do so, or they would take their demand to the state's attorney general or the governor's office. Attorneys said the mere possibility that the sheriff's office may investigate the matter created an unacceptable conflict of interest.

 

Grady County Among Nation's Top Areas for Oil, Gas Drilling

Here's more good news from the energy industry in the region. Reports indicate that Grady County is in the top 20 most active counties in the country for oil and gas drilling. That's according to Enverus Rig Analytics which indicates there are 11 active rigs in the Anadarko basin which does include Grady County. The basin also experienced an increase in the rig count which is at 48. The website OK Energy Today reports that the Anadarko Basin contains untapped areas of production. We reported earlier this week that the corporation commission approved a permit for Citizen Energy to drill wells in the Bridge Creek area and that EOG Resources filed a completion report on the Cole Farms Well south of Blanchard. It was producing more 350 barrels of oil and nearly 600 MCF of natural gas per day.

 

Arts Council Seeks Co-Director for Summer Arts Camp

The Chickasha Area Arts Council - already preparing for the Rock Island Arts Festival next month - is also in search of a co-director for a popular summer arts camp it hosts for kids. ArtScope is a two-week day camp held every June. Responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the program, fundraising, and writing and submitting grants. Interested individuals can send an e-mail to chickashaarts@gmail.com Deadline to apply is September 30th.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lewis Knicely with the Chickasha Area YMCA will be on our KOOL Konversation to discuss the Open Streets Chickasha event set for Saturday, September 11th. On Real Estate Today, Anadarko Mayor Tanner Salyer and city manager Kenneth Corn will discuss many projects underway in that community. We have links to both programs under the community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.03.

Natural gas is $4.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $24.07.

 

Obituary

Ricky Pace

A graveside service for Richard ‘Ricky’ Pace, 64, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the SLO-RSH Foundation.

 

Thursday, Sept. 2nd

 

Law Enforcement Look to Keep Roads Safe This Weekend

State and federal officials are implementing a safety campaign for the upcoming holiday weekend. It's the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign encouraging motorists to not drive while under the influence of alcohol or illegal or prescription drugs. Cody McDaniel with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office says there is no excuse for driving impaired or distracted. State troopers and local law enforcement will be on the roads and on the lakes over the next few days looking for impaired drivers and boaters. Last year, six people died on Oklahoma roadways during the Labor Day weekend and there were more than 50 crashes that were alcohol or drug-related.

 

Grants for Potential Walking, Bike Trails Issued

Chickasha and Anadarko are among communities in central and southwest Oklahoma that may be developing future walking and biking trails. Both cities are recipients of grants from the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page says Duncan also received a grant. Anadarko picked up a $25,000 grant which officials say would be used for the engineering and planning of a potential walking and bicycle trail to run from Randlett Park to Rotary Park. Chisholm Trail Consulting has been selected to work with residents to design the route, what type of surface should be used, and what kind of amenities could be added along the trail. Initial plans are to use the abandoned railroad right-of-way. Mayor Tanner Salyer said the city would be looking into getting additional funds from state, federal, and private sources for this project and other infrastructure needs.

 

Museum Closed for Pandemic Re-opens

Also in Anadarko, the Anadarko Heritage Museum is re-opening today. The museum has been closed for about 18 months because of the pandemic. The museum received a $15,000 grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to re-open.

 

More Sooner State Families May Qualify

for Oklahoma's Promise Scholarships

Chickasha school officials are sharing some news which impacts all Oklahoma school students. Oklahoma's Promise, a scholarship program for low-to-median income households, has raised the household income limit to $60,000. The program offers qualified students in the 8th through 11th grades the opportunity to earn scholarships for college tuition. The program is currently accepting applications. Students and parents should contact their middle school or high school counselor or visit the website: www.okpromise.org

 

Caddo County Fair Ends

The Caddo County Fair wraps up its four-day run today. Still exhibits will be on display for a short time today. The horse show which was originally scheduled for today was re-scheduled for next Thursday evening. Also next Thursday will be the premium sale for the top livestock animals shown this week. The final event of the fair today will be the drawing for the OHCE block challenge quilt at noon.

 

State Ranks High in Several National Wind-Power Segments

A new report shows Oklahoma is a top five-state in several categories when it comes to one alternative energy source.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.94.

Natural gas is $4.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $24.26.

 

Obituaries

Terry Myers

A memorial service for Terry Myers, 69, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at McRay Funeral Home.

Dan Jones

Funeral for Dan Jones, 70, of Chickasha and Amber will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 3rd at the Pocasset First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Carlton Wagner

A graveside service for Carlton Wagner, 72, of Owasso will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 4th at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 1st

 

Changes Made at Ninnekah Schools

Recent resignations from the Ninnekah Board of Education and the suspensions of two school administrators has resulted in several changes for the school district. In a special meeting yesterday, school board vice president Dustin Tate was named president; Delanie Barry was named vice president; and Diane Carroll was named clerk. The action was taken after former school board president Rusty Garrett and board clerk Scott Miller stepped down in light of a federal lawsuit filed against the district. The board also named Marie Foot as a new dean of students after superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts were suspended. Foot will have the authority to take any action and/or sign any documents on behalf of the school district. Fifteen former girls basketball players filed the federal lawsuit alleging they were sexual assault victims of former basketball coaches. The lawsuit claims that school officials were told of the allegations and did nothing.

 

Tanker Truck Fire Results in Lockdown at Minco Schools

Minco schools were placed on lockdown yesterday when a fuel tanker caught fire in front of the high school. Superintendent Kevin Sims said it got very intense. Sims posted on his Facebook page that everyone was taken to the middle school safe rooms while fire fighters doused the flames. He credited the work of the Minco Fire and Police Departments, Grady County Sheriff's Office, and the Union City Fire Department for their efforts. Sims also credited Minco high school senior Garrison Bass for his work. Bass is a volunteer with the Minco Fire Department.

 

Activity in the SCOOP Increases

A number of drilling permits in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP) have been issued by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Citizen Energy has been awarded a permit to drill three wells on a single pad in Grady County between Bridge Creek and State Highway 37. That is in Section 10 of Township 9 North and 5 West. Revolution Operating Company has permits for two wells on a single pad in Canadian County. The permits are for the Cogburn Wells in Canadian County west of Yukon near the CE Page Airport. There has been a completion for EOG Resources on the Cole Farms well three miles south of Blanchard in Grady County. That's in Section 16 of Township 7 North and Range 4 West. Production was just over 350 barrels of oil and nearly 600 Mcf of natural gas per day from a depth of just over 20,000 feet.

 

New 'American Heritage Girl' Program to Begin

A new youth development program for girls will be starting up next week. It's called American Heritage Girls which is a national faith-based program. It will be hosted by Maranatha Baptist Church. It's designed to help the girls learn life skills, have them get involved in their communities, and develop leadership skills. David Edwards is the pastor of the church and breaks down the age groups.

 

              

 

The program is open to girls throughout the Grady and Caddo county area. An informational program and sign-up will be held at the church at 1505 S. 29th Street Tuesday, Sept. 7th at 6:30 p.m. Weekly meetings will start Sept. 14th. For information contact John Smith by calling 405-473-3968 or visit the website: www.americanheritagegirls.org

 

Caddo County Fair Update

Here's what's happening at the Caddo County Fair today. Still exhibits will be open for viewing until 7 p.m. and the OHCE snack bar will be open. The winner of last night’s food truck competition was K-I-G Cue. The horse show which was scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) has been re-scheduled for next Thursday, September 9th with registration at 5:00 p.m. and the show starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.99.

Natural gas is $4.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $23.93.

 

Obituary

Donald Shipley

Funeral service for Donald Shipley, 77, of Rush Springs will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Navy and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

 

Tuesday, August 31st

 

Chix City Council Makes Offer to City Mgr Candidate

The Chickasha city council is making an offer to one of the city manager candidates who were in town for interviews last weekend. Mayor Chris Mosley tells KOOL/RANCH News that the council agreed to make an offer to the individual. The city attorney is drawing up a contract which will be presented to the candidate later this week. Mosley said if they can come to terms that the candidate said he could start the first week of October. Mosley has been acting city manager since January.

 

Council OKs Purchase Option for New Fire Engine

The city council also approved a payment option to purchase a new fire engine. In a special meeting last night the panel approved a proposal from the First National Bank which was one of four options which were presented. The First National plan has a 2.09 percent interest rate with seven annual payments of nearly $74,000 each. The first payment would be due in August of next year. The cost of the 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine is $474,000 and the interest over the course of the note is more than $40,000 which brings the total cost to more than $515,000. The city still has payments remaining on two other fire trucks. One is $5,000 a month for the rescue squad truck which will be paid off in December of next year. The other is a semi-annual payment of more than $23,000 on  a pumper truck which will be paid off in May of 2023. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said the engine is currently in Wisconsin and that it could be delivered in about three weeks.

 

Caddo County Fair Update

It's Day Two of the Caddo County Fair. The swine show will be held this morning and still exhibits will be on display starting at 10 o'clock. There are a couple of new events to the fair this year and both will be held tonight – a food truck competition and a car show. Food trucks that have entered are K-I-G Que; Sugar Shane’s Kettlecorn and Pork Rinds; The Twisted Taco; and Wing Nuts. Both events get underway at 5:30 p.m.. There is also a kiddie-tractor pull at 6:00 p.m.

 

Anadarko Museum to Re-open

An Anadarko museum that has been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic is re-opening. The Anadarko Heritage Museum has received a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Mayor Tanner Salyer said the museum has played a significant role in providing the history of Anadarko, Caddo County, and tribal nations. The $15,000 grant was made through the National Endowment for the Humanities. City Manager Kenneth Corn says it is a shot in the arm to help not only re-open the museum but also to strengthen it for future generations. The museum is scheduled to reopen this Thursday.

 

National Guard Troops Head to Louisiana

The Oklahoma National Guard is sending 500 citizen-soldiers to aid in the relief effort of Hurricane Ida.  Soldiers and airmen will focus on route clearance, security, levee reinforcement, and general support operations. In a press release, Col. Bob Walker said situations like this are what the National Guard is for. Troops were also sent to help following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. The Louisiana Office of Emergency Management requested support under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. That’s a national disaster relief agreement that offers help during states of emergencies and disasters.

 

Obituaries

Marian ‘Rae’ McIlroy

A memorial service will be held at a later date for ‘Rae’ McIlroy, 65, of Chickasha. She recently retired from Cherokee Temp Service. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Lena May Pitchford

A graveside service for Lena May Pitchford, 102, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Arietta Hightower

A memorial service for Arietta Hightower, 100, of Newcastle will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at Snow Hill Baptist Church. She worked as a Rosie the Riveter at Tinker Air Force Base during WWII and also taught at Chickasha, Tuttle, and Newcastle schools. Memorial contributions may be made to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karen Cox-Grammer

A memorial service for Karen Cox-Grammer, 58, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Aug. 30th

 

Human Bones Identified as Missing Chickasha Man

If you missed some of the news from this past weekend - a human skeleton found in Caddo County two years ago has been identified as a man missing from Chickasha for over 30 years. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the remains were those of Alvin Stark. A laboratory at the University of North Texas identified the remains. Stark's sister, Rebecca Fowler, reported him missing in May of 1988.  She said her brother had planned to go fishing with her husband but never showed up.  While she's sad she will never see him again the news brought her some peace as the family prepares to lay him to rest. Stark's death was believed to have been a homicide. Chickasha police identified a suspect during their investigation but without Stark's remains there was not enough evidence to charge that individual. Authorities say that suspect has since died.

 

Oklahomans to Help in Aftermath of Hurricane

Hurricane Ida unleashed its wrath on Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday and several Oklahomans have been deployed to help. A Chickasha firefighter, a representative the local Salvation Army, and a group from Carnegie will all be part of the effort to help the victims. Chickasha firefighter Dallas Smith is among 50 individuals with the Oklahoma Urban Search and Rescue Teams out of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Smith is a water rescue specialist and left with group Saturday for a 14-day deployment. They are staged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lt. Bobby McFarland with the Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, will be deployed tomorrow to help with recovery efforts. Two members of Carnegie's Emergency Medical Services were dispatched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist. Jeremy Justus and Alex Garland made the 13-hour drive to their destination over the weekend.

 

Roadway Blocked when Sand Truck Overturns

A sand truck overturned near the Tabler Y yesterday but there no reports of injuries. The accident happened about 9 a.m. at State Highway 39 and CS 2940 which is State Highway 19C or the Alex Highway in the Naples area. The roadway was closed for about an hour.

 

Traffic Narrows on State Highway 9 in Newcastle

We have a traffic advisory to tell you about. State Highway 9 through Newcastle will be narrowed to one lane in various locations between Western Avenue and the U.S. 62/H.E. Bailey Turnpike spur junction today through Thursday in order for crews to complete surface repairs.

 

Chix Area Arts Council to get New Home

The Chickasha Area Arts Council will be moving soon. The group will be moving downtown and will be across the street from the historic Washita Theater which is where the Chickasha Community Theatre is housed. Sue Getman with the arts council says the move will give them a lot more space to help local artists and to expand the classes they offer.

 

              

 

The arts council has been at the old South School at 7th and Arkansas for the last several years. The move will likely take place after the Arts Council's big event which is just a few weeks away. The Rock Island Arts Festival will be Oct. 1st through 3rd. Getman said there are still a few vendor spaces available. Along with the festival that weekend will be the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and the Rock Island Ride.

 

Congressman Cole to Hold Telephone Town Hall Tonight

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) will hold a telephone town hall meeting tonight. Cole will hold an hour-long meeting to discuss concerns of constituents and address current events, including the situation in Afghanistan where there are still a number of Americans who are hoping to get out of the country by tomorrow's deadline. The telephone town hall will start at 6 o’clock tonight. The number to call is 833-305-1727. A live audio feed of the town hall meeting will be on-line at cole.house.gov/telephone-town-halls

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.70.

Natural gas is $4.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,819 and silver is $24.12.

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