Saturday, Nov. 27th
45-Year Old Cold Case Investigation Resumes
Back in 1976 the United States of America was celebrating its bi-centennial, a man-made space craft landed on Mars, and Jimmy Carter was elected president. It's also the year that an Elmore City man went missing and has never been heard from. Garvin County authorities recently renewed the cold case investigation into the disappearance of Jimmy Don Robinson reported missing October 1st of that year. Robinson's sister Phyllis Hines of Lindsay and her nephew, Joshua Shawn, said they wanted to be more pro-active in finding out what happened to Robinson. Hines was a little girl when her brother vanished and said she made a promise to her parents to keep searching for him. The Pauls Valley Democrat reports that Hines and Shawn thought the story was compelling and has almost become an urban legend. There was one report that indicated Robinson was killed and his body dumped in a lake and that his vehicle was recovered - but no body or vehicle has ever been found. Hines said they're not trying to have anyone arrested in connection with the disappearance – they just want to find out what happened to him.
Drilling Permits OK'd for STACK
With prices hovering around $80 a barrel exploration for crude oil has been increasing in parts of the STACK play which includes parts of Caddo, Canadian, and Kingfisher counties. The website OK Energy Today reports that Lynx Oklahoma Operating Company has received a permit to drill about a mile west of Gracemont. It’s the Old Glory location in Section 5 of Township 8 North and 10 West which is in the Hoxbar formation. Ovintiv is having a lot of success in the Kingfisher area and has received permits to drill two more wells southeast of Kingfisher. That's in an area where the firm had several large producing wells on a single pad in previous drilling operations. Crews will drill into the Mississippian play in hopes of finding a new pool of crude.
Small Business Saturday Shopping Underway
Today is another big day of shopping for gift givers. While yesterday's Black Friday deals focused on large retailers nationwide, today is Small Business Saturday where individuals are encouraged to direct their holiday shopping to their local stores. American Express launched Small Business Saturday at the height of the Great Recession in 2010. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that consumers have been eager to support businesses in their home towns. Last year, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported Americans spent $20 billion on Small Business Saturday. American Express estimates that 67 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in that community.
Talk Show Topics
Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Midshipman First Class Gage Vernon, a student at the U.S. Naval Academy is on the KOOL Konversation. Joe Dorman, director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.
A graveside service for Patricia Shatwell, 74, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 29th at Tuttle's Fairview Cemetery. Services are will Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.
Friday, Nov. 26th
Woman Critically Injured in Collision
A Thanksgiving Day traffic accident near Alex sends two people to hospitals and one of them was admitted in critical condition. 82-year old Benita Parker of Bradley suffered internal injuries and was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. She was a passenger in a car driven by 84-year old Albert Parker. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. The accident happened on State Highway 19 about a mile west of Alex just before 5:00 p.m. The highway patrol reports that the Parker vehicle pulled onto the highway from a county road and was hit in the drivers' side by a Jeep driven by 29-year old Justin Bennett of Oklahoma City. Bennett was not injured. Seat belts were in use by all occupants in both vehicles.
Chix Native Returns to Perform Free Christmas Concert
Chickasha native Jami Smith will return to her hometown to perform a free Christmas concert this weekend. Bible Baptist Church will host the outdoor concert Sunday night at the Festival of Light in Shannon Springs Park. She has a new Christmas album called "All This is Christmas'. It is her third Christmas album and it includes contributions from her 9-year old son King, as well Brennin Hunt, Gabe and Dameon Aranda, Charlie Hall, Ryan Smith, and Erick Alexander. The free concert will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 28th at the Shannon Springs Park Amphitheatre.
Some Government Offices Closed Thru Weekend
Some local and county government offices are closed today as they have an extended Thanksgiving break. Chickasha City Hall and the Grady County Courthouse are both closed today and will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 29th.
More Reasons for Shoppers to Visit Local Merchants
Many shoppers are hitting the stores for Black Friday shopping deals today as Christmas is now less than 30 days away. During the Buy Chickasha season with Chickasha retailers the Chamber of Commerce is holding Festive Fridays. Each Friday through Dec. 10th the chamber will hold drawings for $100 gift card bundles at 3:00 p.m. Festive Fridays also double as longer shopping hours by participating merchants who are extending hours through 7:00 p.m. each Friday through Dec. 10th. For a full list of participating merchants visit the chamber's Facebook page or website.
Carnegie Movie Theatre Re-opens
A historic Caddo County movie theater has re-opened. The Liberty Theater in Carnegie had been closed for more than a year and a half due to the pandemic. Owner Jerry Applewhite said prior to closing it had been advertised as the longest continuously running theater in the state. KSWO-TV reports the theater opened in 1915 for silent movies. Sound wasn’t added to films until more than a decade later, in 1928. The theatre re-opened Wednesday and perhaps the most popular feature may not be the movies but the hot dogs that are served. A few early customers were at the door before the theater opened to get their first show dogs in 20 months. Applewhite said before the pandemic that about 2,000 patrons would be in for a weekend and that he would serve 2,000 show dogs each day.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.39 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $82.25.
Natural gas is $5.06 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,813 and silver is $23.66.
A memorial service for Troy Wood, 59, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 27th at Parkview Christian Church. He owned and operated Coastless Customs and was known for building hot rods. Those attending are asked to drive their hot rods. Arrangements are will Sevier Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Roger Saxon, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2nd at Sevier Funeral Home. He was a long-time Chickasha firefighter and a Marine Corps veteran. He also served as the commander for the local American Legion and VFW posts for many years. Memorial contributions may be made to either of those veterans groups.
Thursday, Nov. 25th
No news due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Wednesday, Nov. 24th
Missing Woman May be With Man Wanted for Murder
The McClain County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of a woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks. Authorities say she may be with her boyfriend who has a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a murder that occurred in San Antonio three years ago. Our partners at KWTV News 9 say relatives of 36-year old Tallen Shyann Treto-Padilla reported her missing on Friday, Nov. 5th. She was last seen driving a white 2009 GMC Acadia with Oklahoma Tag No. LPV-540 when she left her work near Wayne. Investigators believe she could be with Francisco Velasquez who also goes by the name of Mike ‘Paco’ Mendoza. U.S. Marshals are helping with the investigation. Since the missing person report was filed authorities say they've received information that Treto-Padilla may have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border but they don't know if she is in the U.S. or Mexico. Investigators say they are weighing on the side that she is voluntarily absent because they have no indication that she was taken against her will or was forced to leave.
Support Shown for Veteran Who Had No Known Relatives
A U.S. military veteran who died with no known relatives was laid to rest at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery yesterday. Veterans from all branches of the military and veteran's motorcycle organizations were on hand for the funeral of Navy veteran Kenneth Stokely who served in Vietnam. KSWO-TV reported that not much is known about Stokely but those attending said all they needed to know was that he served honorably. Veteran Stephen Lewis said the oath that service men and women take never expires and all are heroes who have protected America. An American flag which would have been presented to Stokely's family was presented to VFW Post 1193.
Freshmen State Lawmakers to Attend Conference
State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) is one of two state lawmakers being touted for their leadership abilities. Lowe and Representative Mike Dobrinski (R-Okeene) were selected to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures' Emerging Leaders Conference in Virginia next month. Both lawmakers are serving their first terms in the state house and were asked by House Speaker Charles McCall to attend. The conference offers new legislators the chance to meet with their peers, discuss putting together the best public policy, and how to communicate with Congress and key administration officials. Lowe said he looks forward to finding out what is working in other states and bring the best ideas back to the Sooner State.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.50 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $82.31.
Natural gas is $4.97 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,792 and silver is $23.62.
A memorial service for retired Chickasha firefighter Roger Saxon will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2nd at Sevier Funeral Home. He was 75 when he passed away last Friday. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
A memorial service for LeiLoni Dearinger, 59, of Chickasha is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions of dog food may be given to local animal shelters.
Tuesday, Nov. 23rd
Investigators Break Up Illicit Drug Supply Line between Chix, OKC
More than 20 people have been arrested and more than $7 million in drugs taken off the streets in a joint investigation into a drug supply line between Chickasha and Oklahoma City. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess credits the results to a joint investigation of the sheriff's office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a press release, Boggess said the investigation began in mid-September as officials sought to disrupt the distribution of deadly and highly-addictive prescription drugs laced with fentanyl. Boggess said the emphasis in Chickasha resulted in 21 arrests. Authorities have seized more than 50 fentanyl-laced pills, 11 pounds of Ecstasy tablets, eight ounces of heroin, four ounces of methamphetamine, and twelve pounds of illicitly-produced marijuana. Boggess said investigators found more than $5 million worth of drugs alone at Oklahoma City home. Boggess says the investigation is on-going and more arrests are anticipated.
Suspect Faces Child Porn Charges
A Chickasha man is arrested and charged for allegedly having child pornography. 35-year old John Raymond Brewster was taken into custody at his home by Grady County sheriff's deputies last week. A probable cause affidavit indicates that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cyber-tip in July of 2020 which alleged someone was storing child porn on the Google g-mail infrastructure. The document indicated that the information was traced to Brewster who admitted the g-mail account was his. Prosecutors have charged Brewster with two counts of possessing child porn. His bond was set at $25,000.
Suspects Sought After Pursuit Tops 100 mph
A high-speed chase reached speeds estimated at nearly 140 miles per hour between Verden and Anadarko earlier this week. Verden Police Chief Jason Cox said an officer's radar indicated a vehicle was cruising westbound through Verden at more than 15 miles over the speed limit about 1:00 a.m. Monday. The officer attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle's speed increased significantly. The officer notified Caddo County authorities and Anadarko police that a vehicle believed to be a 2003 Acura was headed their way. Anadarko police spotted the car as it got into town and followed it to an apartment complex where two suspects bailed out of the car and managed to get away. Cox said the suspects may have left their wallets and some suspected drugs and open containers in the car. Authorities are looking for the individuals whose wallets and IDs were found in the vehicle.
BC/BS Offers Help During Open Enrollment
The open enrollment period for health insurance will be ending soon. Representatives from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma will be in Chickasha tomorrow to assist with enrollment for health insurance for calendar year 2022. They are hosting one-on-one appointments with their licensed, local specialists to help individuals choose the right plan for their families. Some may qualify for financial help. The reps will be at the Fairfield Inn just off of 4th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Visit the website www.bluenearyouOK.com for information.
Groups to Match Donations to Regional Food Bank
Today is Giving Tuesday which is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It's a global event which kicks off the charitable-giving season by inspiring people to give back. You will be able to double your gift if you decide to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Several groups are combining efforts to match all donations to the food bank up to $500,000. This holiday match campaign will continue through January 15th. Every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank helps to provide eight meals to Oklahomans living in hunger. The food bank serves more than 40 counties in central and Western Oklahoma including Grady and Caddo counties. Donations can be made on-line at www.rfbo.org/ give
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.75 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $79.70.
Natural gas is $4.79 per million BTUs.
Gold is just under $1,800 and silver is $23.96.
A funeral service for Victor Valdez, 77, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 27th at McRay Funeral Home.
Monday, Nov. 22nd
Volunteer Receives National Recognition
Former Chickasha City Council woman Kim Loggins finishes runner-up for a national award. Loggins was among three candidates in the running for the National Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award. She was among 100 individuals nominated from communities with populations of less than 25,000. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said Loggins is a trailblazer, willing to speak her mind and work hard for the benefit of the city. He said she'll go against the crowd if it means doing what is best. Loggins volunteers to help a number of groups and events throughout the year including the Salvation Army, The Festival of Light, the Rock Island Ride, and the Wings and Wheels airplane and car show.
CHS Students Attend UCO Black Male Summit
A number of Chickasha High School students attended the 6th annual Black Male Summit at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) last week. 12 young men joined Chickasha schools graduation coach Cristie Oliver and curriculum coordinator Milton Bowens at the summit. The theme for the event was The Bigger Picture. The event is held each year to allow those attending to discover their identities and re-imagine their futures regardless of cultural and systemic barriers. Chickasha High School alum and current UCO student Diallo Foster was among the student organizers for the event.
Community Thanksgiving Set; Meals to be Delivered
Preparations are underway for Chickasha's community Thanksgiving dinner. This is the 40th year for the event which provides free Thanksgiving meals to residents. Normally served at one of the local churches, the meals will be available by delivery only for the second straight year. Individuals who would like a meal can call First Presbyterian Church at 405-224-6205 or New Life Christian Church at 405-222-5433. The deadline to order meals is tomorrow and the meals will be delivered Thanksgiving Day between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meals are free but donations are welcome.
Suspect Accused of Animal Cruelty
An Anadarko woman is accused of the mistreatment of animals. An arrest warrant was issued last week for 36-year old Laura Mayall for the alleged neglect of some dogs and pigs. The Lawton Constitution points to court documents that indicate Mayall's estranged husband received a phone call from an individual who said the animals were in poor condition and that one dog had died. Laura Mayall is said to have left the state for a couple of weeks and did not have anyone look after the animals. A Caddo County deputy said there was no food, one dog was skin and bones, and others appeared to be malnourished. The deputy also said the pig pen was dry, the food bowls were full of dirt, and another bowl contained only a small amount of dirty, green water. Prosecutors have charged Laura Mayall with two felony counts of animal cruelty and each is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Mayall is out of jail after posting bond. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for Jan. 14th.
Community Blood Drive Today
KOOL-RANCH Radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute are hosting a community blood drive today and one lucky donor will receive a $250 gift card. Each donor will receive a chocolate bar and one of them has a golden ticket which is the gift card. All donors will also receive a pecan pie and a t-shirt. The bloodmobile will be at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. For information on future blood drives in your area see the Oklahoma Blood Institute's website: www.obi.org
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.10 per barrel.
London-based crude is $78.89.
Natural gas is $5.07 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,843 and silver is $24.84.
A memorial service for Patty Crowder, 85, of Midwest City and formerly of the Chickasha area will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23rd at Sevier Funeral Home.