Mollman Media News Archives for 2022-04

2022, April 18th-23rd

Saturday, April 23rd

 

'A Cowgirl's Song' Premieres

The City of Chickasha was front-and-center this week with the release of a movie which was filmed entirely in the city. 'A Cowgirl's Song' premiered at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City Tuesday night and opened in select theatres nationwide last night. The film features Hollywood actresses Cheryl Ladd and Savannah Lee May as well as Edmond teenager Darci Lynn Farmer who was a big winner on America's Got Talent a few years ago. The film was written and directed by Timothy Armstrong with Shane Henry and Maggie McClure (The Imaginaries) and local film maker Reagan Elkins as co-producers. While Shane and Maggie had been in television commercials and other small roles while they were in California Maggie said this was their first venture into feature films.

 

              

 

Shane recalled shooting one scene that ended rather abruptly.

 

              

 

The film features original music written and performed by the Imaginaries and also performend by Ladd, May, and Farmer. In addition to being shown in theatres nationwide the film is also available  on I-Tunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Voodoo. Numerous Chickasha residents are extras in the film. Crews spent three weeks in Chickasha filming last year and it's estimated they poured about $140,000 into the local economy. The work helped Chickasha become a certified Film Friendly City by the Oklahoma Film Office which is expected to bring more film makers to this area.

 

'Ava's Law' Designed to Help New Parents Learn Infant CPR

From tragedy springs hope that new parents can learn CPR to save the lives of infants. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Ava's Law this week, which is designed to educate new parents on infant cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). SB 1462 was authored by Senator Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) and is named in memory of Ava, the daughter of Garvin’s close friend. Ava died just a few weeks after she was born. Struggling with whether they could have saved Ava had they known CPR, the family requested the legislation to help prevent other parents from experiencing such a devastating loss. The law will require anyone licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state - or those licensed as Advanced Registered Practice Nurses like Certified Nurse-Midwives, to provide expectant mothers with contact information about infant CPR, basic first aid, cord-blood banking, and donation information. Ava's Law will go into effect November 1st.

 

Energy Industry Helps Oklahomans Become Billionaires

You may not be surprised about this story about Oklahomans who have made a lot of money in the energy industry. Forbes magazine reports that oil and gas is responsible for most of the Sooner State's billionaires. The richest Oklahoman is Continental Resources founder Harold Hamm who is No. 98 on the Forbes 500 list. He has a $17.2 billion fortune. The magazine says he is a rags-to-riches story as Hamm was the 13th child of Oklahoma sharecroppers and as a child picked cotton barefoot. George Kaiser is No. 201 on the list with a fortune of just under $10 billion. Tom and Judy Love with the Love's convenience stores are at No. 213 with a $9.7 billion fortune. And Hobby Lobby's David Green is No. 324 with a fortune worth $7.3 billion. Green is also a rags-to-riches story, who took out a $600 loan to open his first craft shop in 1970.

 

Friday, April 22nd

 

New Superintendent Hired for Ninnekah Public Schools

The new superintendent for Ninnekah Public schools is Dr. Ashley Davis. Davis is currently the superintendent for Drumright, Oklahoma Public Schools which is east of Stillwater. The Ninnekah School Board announced the hire following a 10-minute executive session held during a special meeting last night. Davis has spent 25 years in education teaching in Yukon, Moore, and Oklahoma City and has also served as a principal, instructional facilitator, and curriculum coordinator. She has been superintendent at Drumright for the last four years. Ninnekah School Board President Dustin Tate and says Davis was selected from a competitive pool of candidates and that she is a student-driven administrator.

 

              

 

Davis said after spending much of her career in large school districts she likes how smaller communities rally behind their schools.


              

The school board approved a 13-month contract with Davis who will start June 1st. Her base salary will be $115,000. Interim Superintendent Robyn Morse will remain with the district through May.

 

Chickasha Man Arrested, Charged with Rape

A Chickasha man has been charged with first-degree rape after the victim tells police she suffered from unwanted advances from the man for years. 32-year old Jesse Minyard was arrested by Chickasha police Wednesday morning after the victim went to the police department to report the assaults. In a probable cause affidavit the victim said she and Minyard are not in a relationship but that she had been letting him stay in her apartment. She said she told Minyard to leave about a month ago but he refused to do so. The victim said she was afraid of Minyard and that she stays awake for days at a time until she eventually falls into an exhausted deep sleep. She alleged that the sexual assaults occurred while she was sleeping. Minyard is in the Grady County Jail awaiting his initial appearance on the rape charge.

 

Science and Arts Regents Issue Faculty Awards

Three faculty members at the University of Science and Arts have been recognized for their work. Dr. Christopher Garneau received the Superior Teaching Award from university regents. Garneau is an associate professor of sociology. Dr. Shelley Rees received the regents' Faculty Service Award. She is an English professor who chairs the university's inter-disciplinary studies program, is coordinator of language literature, and director of undergraduate research. Dr. Zach Simpson received the regents' Scholarly Activity Award. He is a professor of philosophy and religious studies.

 

First National Bank Announces Personnel Moves

The First National Bank and Trust has announced some personnel moves. Vice President Greg Dakil will be taking the helm at the bank's Minco branch next week. Dakil has nearly 30 years’ experience in the banking industry and has spent much of his career in consumer lending. Tonya Holding, who has spent the last two years as Minco branch manager and was previously assistant manager, has been promoted to bank auditor.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Lewis Knicely with the Chickasha Area YMCA is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. Chickasha High School Athletic Director Jerry Don Bray and new high school football coach Eric Gibson are this week’s guests on Real Estate Today. Finds links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $103.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $108.33.

Natural gas is $6.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,944 and silver is $24.32.

 

Thursday, April 21st

 

Man Rescued from OKC Lake is Wanted for Murder

Authorities are surprised to learn that a man rescued from Lake Overholser was wanted for murder out of Caddo County. There aren't a lot of details available. What is known is that Oklahoma City police were called out to the lake yesterday afternoon and it wasn't until after the man was rescued that they found out about the warrant. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 reported that the individual has not been identified and information about the murder he is wanted for has not yet been released.

 

Motorcycle Rider Critically Injured in Crash with Pickup

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This is a corrected version from a story that was previously posted. We regret the error) A motorcycle rider was critically injured after crashing into a pick-up yesterday. The accident happened just before noon Wednesday on U.S. Highway 81 about one-half mile south of Country Club Road. 63-year old Daniel Capri of Fletcher was taken by an air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital with head and internal injuries. He was wearing a helmet. The highway patrol reports that Capri was southbound on U.S. Highway 81 when he hit a pickup which failed to yield from a service road stop sign. The pickup driver was identified as 33-year old Stephanie Galvan of Chickasha. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released.

 

Suspect Wanted for Hold Up of Anadarko Pizzeria

A man who robbed an Anadarko pizzeria at gunpoint and got less than $100 for his effort has a warrant out for his arrest. Anadarko police are looking for 25-year old Charles Whitewolf. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents indicating that Whitewolf held up a teenaged employee of the Pizza Hut Sunday night. Police identified Whitewolf from video surveillance obtained from the restaurant and the teen also identified Whitewolf out of a photo lineup. Whitewolf has previous felony convictions for burglary. Due to his prior convictions he faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted on the robbery charge.

 

New Ninnekah Superintendent May Be Hired Tonight

Ninnekah Public Schools are expected to have a new superintendent tonight. The board of education will initially go behind closed doors to discuss entering into a contract with the new administrator who has not been named. The panel has been seeking a new superintendent after Todd Bunch resigned from the post. Bunch resigned after a federal lawsuit was filed against the district over allegations that former girls basketball coach Ron Akins sexually assaulted players. Robyn Morse has been serving as interim superintendent since January. Tonight's meeting will be held at the school cafeteria starting at 6 o'clock and will be followed by a reception to welcome the new superintendent.

 

State Representative Challenges Candidacy of Opponent

A state representative is challenging the candidacy of an opponent who filed against her. State Representative Toni Hasenbeck (R-Elgin) who serves House District 65 submitted the challenge with the state election board this week. Hasenbeck said the home address listed for Democrat Jennifer Kerstetter of Marlow is not within the boundary of district 65 and therefore she is not a registered voter in the district.  The state election board will hold a hearing on the challenge on Monday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.80.

Natural gas is $6.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,946 and silver is $24.97.

 

Obituaries

Gerald Smith

No service is scheduled at this time for Gerald Smith, 77, of Verden. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Peggy Sites

Funeral service for Peggy Sites, 85, of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23rd at the Cement First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

John Merritt

A memorial service John Merritt, 31, of Yukon and formerly of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

 

Wednesday, April 20th

 

Child Sex Crimes Suspect Accused of Violating Protective Order

A man arrested last month for alleged lewd acts to a child is facing some new accusations. 39-year old Travis Ray Smith of Tuttle was arrested this past weekend for violating a protective order. Smith was first arrested March 3rd and charged with two felony counts of lewd acts to a child under 16-years old, and a third charge of soliciting sexual conduct and communication with a minor. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office alleges that Smith sent nearly 80 messages making sexual advances to the 15-year old girl. Smith was out of jail after posting a $100,000 bond on those charges and is alleged to have gone to the girl's home where she lives with her mother on Sunday and tried to make contact with them. Smith was arrested Sunday afternoon for violating a protective order and has been formally charged with two misdemeanors in connection with that allegation. A judge set a new bond of $250,000 for Smith and he remains in the Grady County Jail.

 

One Dead, Several Injured in Crash

A deadly crash near Marlow kills the driver of one vehicle and injures several others including a young child. 42-year old Matthew Graham of Comanche was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened just after 7 o'clock last night two miles west of Marlow on State Highway 7. The state trooper investigating the crash said Graham was westbound on the highway when a southbound Jeep driven by 22-year old Austin Windsor of Marlow failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed in to the SUV.  Windsor was taken to a Duncan hospital where he was treated and released with a head injury. A 4-year old boy from Cyril and a 14-year old girl from Cache riding in Graham's vehicle were both taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. A 15-year old boy from Cache and 38-year old Makinzie Ash of Rush Springs also in the Graham vehicle were taken to a hospital where both were treated for their injuries and released.

 

Congressman Tom Cole Visits Chickasha

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) spent much of the day in Chickasha yesterday meeting with city and business leaders. Cole is seeking re-election for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He says he is motivated to combat some of the decisions made by the Biden administration.

 

              

 

Cole has two Republican challengers. They are James Taylor of Norman and Frank Blacke of Oklahoma City and all will be on the June 28th Republican Primary ballot. One Democrat, Mary Brannon of Washington, has also filed for the post.

 

Consumer Energy Choice Act Sent to Governor

A bill that would ensure Oklahomans have access to the energy of their choice to power their cars and trucks has been sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. SB1352 would create the Consumer Energy Choice Act. It would prohibit cities, towns, and counties from adopting rules that limit consumer access to energy sources. State Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) carried the bill in the house. In a prepared statement he said energy policies should be determined at the state level and that the free market should be allowed to work according to consumer demands. Boles said the issue has been a problem in other states where cities and towns have banned some fuel types. He said the bans create confusion for energy companies trying offer services as well as for consumers wanting access to those services.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.25.

Natural gas is $7.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,953 and silver is $25.33.

 

Obituary

Thomasita Rivas

A graveside service for Thomasita Rivas, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22nd at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 19th

 

Local Company to Finish County Courthouse Flooring Work

A flooring project at the Grady County courthouse will finished by a Chickasha firm. After a previous company was fired from the project Grady County Commissioners awarded the remaining work to All-American Home Center. The price is just over $8,500 and includes labor and most of the materials. Commissioners fired the original company. Carpet Masters of Oklahoma City was dismissed after asbestos was detected in an air sample after employees suffered from some respiratory problems. Officials said Carpet Masters didn't property seal off the room they were working in. Carpet Masters will be paid for the work that was completed before it was terminated.

 

Chix City Council Reps Sworn In

(EDITOR'S NOTE - A previous story wrongly indicated that a Ward 2 seat on the city council was vacant. While no candidates ran for the office in the recent city council election, Nate McAlla, who was previously appointed to the post will remain on the panel. We regret the error) Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley, Ward 4 Councilman Zach Grayson, Ward 3 Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, and new Ward 1 Councilwoman Kea Ginn took their oaths of office during last night's city council meeting and will serve two-year terms. Ward 2 Councilman Nate McCalla, who was appointed to the post earlier this year will continue to serve in that capacity.

Former Councilwoman Nationally Recognized For Volunteer Service

Also during last night's meeting, former councilwoman Kim Loggins was recognized for being one of the nation's top volunteers. Loggins was recently named second runner-up in the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Awards presented by a group called CivicPlus.

 

Grady County Fire Board to Hold Monthly Meeting Tonight

The Grady County Fire Board which governs the county volunteer fire departments will hold its monthly meeting tonight. The panel will consider taking action on property belonging to the Grady County Fire Department paid for by county tax dollars which is still in possession of former fire department volunteers. The group will ask each department for an inventory list of all equipment for insurance purposes, and will consider a request to raise daily limits on fuel cards for some equipment. The group will also consider electing new board officers, the resignation of Delmer Barthelme from administration, and the resignations of Silke Barthelme and Cody Wood from the Farwell Station. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management office.

 

Grady, Caddo County Prescribed Burn Association Proposed

Farmers, ranchers, and land owners in the Grady and Caddo County region will meet tonight to discuss forming a local Prescribed Burn Association. There are several local associations including groups in McClain County, Lawton, and Geary. Harry Fritzler with the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association will be one of the speakers for the organizational meeting that will be held in Chickasha tonight. An organized local association would be eligible to get a grant from the state board to get some equipment needed for prescribed burns.

 

              

 

Also speaking tonight is John Weir who is a fire specialist with OSU Extension. Fritzler also said that volunteer firefighters are welcome to join the local group. Tonight's meeting will get underway at 6 o'clock at the Grady County OSU Extension Office.

 

Library Converts Newspaper Archives to Digital Storage

Searching the archives of local newspapers can be a tedious task. But some of that work is now much easier thanks to a recently completed project by the Chickasha Library. The library’s collection of local newspapers originally stored on micro-film has been digitized and is available on-line. The library was awarded a $20,000 grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program to make that possible. The Friends of the Library also contributed nearly $4,000 towards the project. Nearly 475 microfilm rolls containing Chickasha newspaper records from 1923 through 2018 have been digitized. They are available on the Gateway to Oklahoma History site which can be access for free. That website is: gateway.okhistory.org

Chickasha newspapers prior to 1923 were already available on Gateway.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.16.

Natural gas is $7.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,979 and silver is $26.20.

 

Monday, April 18th

 

New Chix City Council Rep, Others to be Sworn In

A swearing-in ceremony is part of tonight's city council meeting. Among those taking their oaths of office is Kea Ginn who won the Ward 1 seat on the council in the recent city council election. Also to be sworn in are Mayor Chris Mosley, Zack Grayson, and Dr. R.P. Ashanti- Alexander - all of whom ran un-opposed for re-election. All will serve two-year terms.

Council to Consider Agreement to Remove Part of U.S. 81 from State Highway System

The council will consider an agreement with the State Department of Transportation to remove a portion of U.S. Highway 81 from the state highway system once the Highway 81 bypass project is completed. The section of roadway would be from Choctaw Avenue south to Almar Drive. Currently, the state is responsible for maintaining the roadway. If the agreement is approved the city would take over the maintenance for snow removal and other general maintenance. It will still be some time before that would occur. ODOT officials say the first road grading work to build the bypass isn't scheduled to begin until next year.

Hiring New Firefighters, Repairs to Police Car to be Considered

The council will also consider hiring six new firefighters and awarding a nearly $10,000 bid to Parham's Body Shop to repair a police cruiser damaged in an accident that occurred last October. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

New State Director for Rural Development for USDA

Says Federal Funds Available for Numerous Projects

The new state director for rural development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has hit the ground running. Former Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn was appointed to the post just a few weeks ago. He's already promoting the numerous federal grants and low-interest loans that are available for cities, towns, and small businesses. He talks about a recent project approved for Grady Memorial Hospital.

 

            

 

There are also programs for individuals to get low-interest loans to help them buy their own homes. For information go to the website: rd.usda.gov

 

Two State Reps Run Unopposed for Re-election

State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) will continue to serve in the state legislature. Neither drew an opponent during last week's filing period. Lowe serves District 56 which includes the western half Grady County and much of Caddo County. Boles serves District 51 which is the eastern half of Grady County and parts of Stephens County. For Lowe it is his second two-year term and it is the fourth for Boles. In a prepared statement Boles said he is humbled and honored to serve. Boles said he plans to focus on economic development and protecting the state against unconstitutional federal over-reach. He'll also work to improve the state's infrastructure, support education, public safety officers, and veterans, and fight for Oklahoma's vital agriculture and energy industries.

 

Drug Trafficking Suspect Arrest Twice in Seven Months

A suspected drug dealer is facing a new charge of trafficking. 34-year old Joshua Jovan Nickson of Oklahoma City was arrested by state drug agents and Grady County Sheriff's deputies last week. The arrest came after authorities allege Nickson sold prescription pain killing drugs laced with fentanyl to a confidential informant. Nickson was previously arrested following a traffic stop on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Chickasha last September. Agents alleged then that Nickson was in transit to sell counterfeit pain killers in the area. His bond at that time was set at $350,000 but was reduced to $175,000 which was posted in December. Nickson remains in the Grady County Jail on a $750,000 bond set on the newest drug charge.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.70.

Natural gas is $7.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,997 and silver is $26.23.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Stewart

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Kenneth Stewart, 88, of Amber. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Saturday, April 16th

 

Suspect in Amber Illegal Grow Operation Arrested, Charged

We have some details of an arrest made by a state drug agent after a confidential informant said he was able to purchase thousands of dollars in marijuana from an illegal grow operation in Grady County. A probable cause affidavit shows that the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics gave the informant $25,000 to purchase 30 pounds of marijuana from Forest Lake Farms in Amber. The informant met with the suspect at the farm just before Thanksgiving last year. The informant told the suspect and others at the farm that he was going to take the product to Maryland to sell. The informant said it was clear it was a black market marijuana sale. Among the arrest warrants issued was one for Chung Sing Pang of California. He was arrested this week on a charge of drug trafficking. He was released from the Grady County Jail after posting a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled for May 11th.

 

Incumbent Grady County Comissioners Draw Opponents

A third candidate has filed for the District 3 County Commissioner post in Grady County. Gary Bray submitted his documents on the final day of the filing period yesterday. Bray, a retired law enforcement officer, filed as a Republican and joined John Williams as a challenger to incumbent County Commissioner Ralph Beard. If there are no challenges or withdrawals Monday or Tuesday of next week, the three candidates will be on the Republican Primary ballot in June. The only other race that developed was for District One County Commissioner where incumbent Mike Walker is being challenged by Zachary Davis of Minco. They also will be on the Republican primary ballot in June. Grady County Assessor Bari Firestone and Treasurer Robin Burton drew no challengers so each will retain their offices for another four years.

Caddo County filings

There were no additional filings in Caddo County yesterday. Assessor LaDonna Phillips and Treasurer Gina Moser drew no opponents so they will keep their offices for four more years. Two new county commissioners will be elected. District Three Commissioner Brent Kinder and District One Commissioner Benny Bowling did not run for re-election. In district three, Democrats Robert Weaver of Ft. Cobb and Mark Taylor of Carnegie will face off in the Democratic primary election in June. Republican Ricky Schuermann of Ft. Cobb also filed. Three Republicans filed for the district one commissioner post. Bobby Lynn and Mike Belter, both of Lookeba and James Buck Brown of Binger all filed. They will be on the Republican primary ballot in June. Treasurer Gina Moser and Assessor Ladonna Phillips will remain in office as neither drew an opponent. There is a two-day period to allow candidates to withdraw or challenge the qualifications of those who have filed.

District Attorney Jason Hicks Runs Un-opposed

District Attorney Jason Hicks has filed unopposed for a fourth term as DA in District 6 which includes Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Jefferson Counties.

 

Regional State House, Senate Filings

In the state house races, Amber Republican Dick Lowe did not get a challenger in House District 56 so he will serve another two years. The same is true for Marlow Republican Brad Boles who did not get an opponent for his seat in House District 51. In House District 65, Republican State Representative Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin is being challenged by Marlow Democrat, Jennifer Kerstetter. 

Sen. Darcy Jech Faces Two Challengers

In state senate races, Republican State Senator Darcy Jech of Kingfisher in District 26 which includes Caddo County has two GOP challengers. They are Brady Butler of Fay and JJ Stitt of Kingfisher.

 

Injured Chix Funny Car Driver Faces Long Recovery

A medical team of more than 30 doctors and nurses are treating Chickasha funny car driver Kendall Singleton in a Dallas hospital. Singleton suffered critical burns when his car caught fire at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. A post on Singleton's High Risk Racing Facebook page says his vision may not return for several months and he won't be able to work for at least a year. Singleton is a welder by trade. Friends and associates will hold a Coffee and Cars for Ken event today for the community to show its support. His racing team will be there, there will be live music and activities, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute will have a blood drive. That's from 9 to 2 today at the Harbor Freight and Atwoods parking lot.

 

Wind-Generated Electricity Surges

It has been extremely windy in Oklahoma and across the nation over the last few weeks. So much so that electricity produced by wind farms across the country spiked one day last month.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Oklahoma is among the nation's leaders in wind-generated electricity.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Stewart

A private memorial service for Kenneth Stewart, 88, of Amber will be held by the family at a later date. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, April 15th

 

Day Two of Filings Sees Few New Candidates

Today is the final day candidates can file to run for county, state, and federal offices. There was one new filing in Grady County yesterday where District One Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker filed for re-election. Earlier this week, Zachary Davis of Minco had also filed for that post. Both Walker and Davis are Republicans. The District 3 County Commissioner post has incumbent Ralph Beard being challenged by John Williams of Rush Springs. They are also both Republicans. Treasurer Robin Burton and Assessor Bari Firestone have not yet drawn any opponents.

Caddo County Update

In Caddo County, there was one new filing for the District Three County Commissioner post. Republican Ricky Schuermann of Ft. Cobb has filed. Two Democrats have also filed for that post and they are Mark Taylor of Carnegie and Robert Weaver of Ft. Cobb. Three Republicans have filed for the District One County Commissioner seat. James Bucky Brown of Binger, and Bobby Lynn and Mike Belter both of Lookeba have filed. Treasurer Gina Moser and Assessor Ladonna Phillips so far have filed un-opposed.

State House, Senate Filings              

For offices in the State House of Representatives, Republican Dick Lowe of Amber has filed un-opposed to this point in House District 56. And Republican Brad Boles of Marlow has filed unopposed in District 51. Republican State Representative Toni Hasenbeck in District 65 has drawn a Democratic opponent in Jennifer Kerstetter of Marlow. For state senate, Senator Darcy Jech of Kingfisher who serves Caddo County in Senate District 26 has drawn two Republican challengers. They are JJ Stitt of Kingfisher and Brady Butler of Fay.

 

Event Supporting Chix Funny Car Driver this Weekend

Friends and associates of Chickasha funny car driver Ken Singleton are ready for a big day tomorrow. A number of activities are scheduled for his hometown to show support and raise funds for Singleton who suffered severe burns when his car caught fire at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. An event called Coffee and Cars for Ken will be held at the Chickasha Square Shopping Center from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. That's behind Jake's Rib and in the parking lot of Atwoods and Harbor Freight. There's a car show, live music, activities for the kids, and food trucks. The Oklahoma Blood institute will also be on-site for a blood drive and donors can give their credit to Singleton. There's also a large get well sign that people can sign which will be taken to Singleton who is still in a Dallas hospital being treated for his burns.

 

Chickasha School's Pre-K Enrollment Next Week

Parents who want their children to attend pre-Kindergarten classes at Chickasha Public Schools next year can enroll the kids on-line. The process will start Tuesday evening April 19th. Officials say parents should go to the district's website to get log-in information over the next few days. Parents can log-in anywhere they have Internet or Wi-Fi access. The website is: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us

For those who don't have a computer or Internet access, in-person enrollment will take place next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the district's enrollment center, at 7th and Kansas Avenue, across the street from the post office.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland with the Salvation Army that serves Grady and Caddo Counties are this week’s guests on the KOOL Konversation. Kenneth Corn, with the USDAs Oklahoma Office of Rural Development is on Real Estate Today. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.70.

Natural gas is $7.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,974 and silver is $25.79.

 

Thursday, April 14th

 

Trial Ordered in County Commissioner Case

A judge says there is enough evidence for a county commissioner and his assistant to stand trial on charges of intimidation and spying on employees. A judge ordered a trial for District One Grady Commissioner Mike Walker and his assistant Neal Locke following a preliminary hearing in Grady County District court yesterday. Both Walker and Locke are accused of illegally installing video surveillance equipment at the Tuttle county barn. They also face charges of intimidating witnesses. Former employees allege that they were fired for cooperating with an OSBI investigation. Walker's attorney Bret Burns said the cameras were installed for security purposes. A trial date has not yet been set. Walker is also facing a charge of embezzlement for allegedly using county materials and equipment to improve a road leading to his home. A trial on the embezzlement charge is scheduled for August. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 say it is possible that all the charges could be combined into one trial.

 

Father of Injured Infant Accused of Child Abuse

A little baby is fighting for its life and its father is arrested for child abuse. 29-year old Kyle Butcher of Cement was taken into custody after authorities received a 9-1-1 call about a four-month old having trouble breathing. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the child was first taken by ambulance to a Lawton hospital then air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where doctors said the infant suffered multiple brain injuries. Butcher is being held in the Caddo County Jail on a child abuse complaint.

 

Ninnekah School Board Delays Hiring Superintendent

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story was updated from the morning newscast which indicated that a new superintendent MAY be hired tonight) 

The hiring of a new superintendent at Ninnekah Public Schools has been delayed. Interim superintendent Robyn Morse indicated a few weeks ago that the school board had hoped to announce the new administrator in the panel's monthly meeting tonight. However, the agenda for the meeting only calls for an update on the search for a new superintendent. The school board held special meetings to interview finalists on March 23rd and 25th. Morse said the delay is because all the documents associated with a proposed contract for the candidate have not been completed. Morse said they hope to have a special meeting next week to formally hire the district's new leader. 

 

Candidates Begin Filing for County Government Posts

The filing period is underway for candidates wanting to run for county, state, and federal offices. First-day filings in Grady County include Republican Bari Firestone, seeking re-election as county assessor; and Republican Robin Burton, seeking re-election as treasurer. District 3 County Commissioner Ralph Beard has also filed for re-election and he has a challenger in 37-year old John Williams of Rush Springs. Both are Republicans. Also up for election is the District 1 county commissioner post held by Republican Mike Walker. Walker has not yet filed but one challenger has already come forward. That's 36-year old Republican Zachary Paul Davis of Minco.

Caddo County Filings

In Caddo County, three candidates have filed for District One county commissioner. Mike Belter of Lookeba; Bobby Lynn, also of Lookeba; and James Bucky Brown of Binger are all Republicans who have filed for the post currently held by Benny Bowling who did not file for re-election on Wednesday. Two Democrats have filed for the District 3 county commissioner post. They are Robert Weaver of Ft. Cobb and Mark Steven Taylor of Carnegie. The post is currently held by Brent Kinder who also did not file for re-election yesterday. Also in Caddo County, Republican Ladonna Phillips has filed for re-election for county assessor; and Democrat Gina Moser has filed for re-election as county treasurer. The filing period runs through tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.25 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $108.78.

Natural gas is just under $7.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,971 and silver is $25.75.

 

Obituaries

Marqurito Hernandez

 A funeral service for Marqurito Hernandez, 84, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Shed Euwins

Funeral service for Shed Euwins, 36, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 18th at Emmaus Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 13th

 

Flooring Company Fired After Asbestos Detected in Courthouse

Grady County Commissioners fired a company that was installing new carpet and tile in the county courthouse. The action comes after asbestos was detected while the company was grinding up old tile in a second-floor courtroom. Asbestos is believed to cause cancer. The courthouse was evacuated last Thursday afternoon and then closed Friday and Monday to allow another company to come in and clean up the mess. In a special meeting yesterday, commissioners terminated the work order for Carpet Masters of Oklahoma City. Commissioner Ralph Beard said it appeared the company 'cut corners' by not sealing off the area. Beard said-

 

              

 

Carpet Masters was one of a few companies that submitted quotes to replace carpet and tile in the area of Judge Gina Lowe's courtroom and office. Commissioners did not go out for bid on the project saying it was below the dollar amount required to do so. After the asbestos was discovered authorities issued an emergency purchase order to bring in a company that specializes in asbestos removal. That company is Crystal Creek out of Edmond. The final cost of the clean-up is not yet known. Officials say Carpet Masters will be paid for the work they completed. Commissioners may also sue Carpet Masters for the cost of the clean-up. In the mean-time another company will be brought in to finish the flooring project.

 

CHS Teacher, Coach Credits Police for Finding Stolen Pickup

A Chickasha High School teacher and coach is grateful after police found his stolen pickup. Wrestling and golf coach Chad Randle was up early Tuesday morning to be a substitute school bus driver but discovered his pick-up was missing. Randle posted the news on Facebook and asked friends to be looking for his black 2012 Toyota Tundra with a Chickasha wrestling tag on the front. Randle later posted that he was notified by police Lieutenant Jeremy Alexander that the truck was found at Parkview Christian Church near Shannon Springs Park. That's a couple of miles away from Randle's home. Randle said it didn't appear his truck was damaged but a laptop and some sunglasses were taken.

 

New Officer Joins Chickasha Police Force

There's a new police officer patrolling the streets of Chickasha. Alan Pinette joined the force last week. He is a California native who holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He's a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the NAPA Valley Police Academy. He has served with the Winters Police Department and the Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department. He and his wife and son recently moved to Oklahoma.

 

New Police Chief Named in Union City

There's a new police chief in place at Union City. Adam Taylor, who had been serving as interim chief, was named chief by the town's board of trustees this week. Taylor was appointed interim chief after former Chief Richard Stephens died after a battle with COVID-19. Taylor has been with Union City for seven years and has nearly 15 years’ experience in law enforcement. He previously worked with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, served in the Oklahoma National Guard, and is currently active in the Army Reserves. He's also a volunteer with the Union City Fire Department. Taylor and his wife Kayla  have a 3-year old daughter, Nora.

 

Filing Period Underway for County, State, Federal Elections

Individuals seeking county, state, and federal offices will be flooding county and state election board offices over the next few days. The filing period for those offices begins today and runs through Friday. Several county offices will be up for election, all state house of representative offices and some state senate seats are also to be filled. Candidates running for governor, state superintendent of schools, and U.S. House and Senate seats will be filing as well. Candidates for county offices file at county election boards while candidates for state and federal offices file at the state election board.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $100.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.64.

Natural gas is $6.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,977 and silver is $25.79.

 

Obituaries

David Sims

A graveside service for David Sims, 37, of Burlington, Iowa and formerly of the Minco area will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 15th at Pleasant Hill/ Woods Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Aubrey ‘Grant’ Nelson

A graveside service for Aubrey ‘Grant’ Nelson, 73, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 12th

 

Dispute Leads to Chase, Gun Shots, Arrest

An argument over the phone and social media leads to a fight, a high speed chase, gun shots, and one man in custody. It happened late Thursday and early Friday. A probable cause affidavit indicates two men agreed to meet at an area called The Crooked Bridge east of Ninnekah. The suspect is alleged to have tried to run over the victim with his truck. That led to a pursuit to the Rush Springs area to an oil lease location. The two men got out of their vehicles and the suspect fired two rounds but the victim was not hit. Investigators later arrested 21-Michael Anthony Crawford of Chickasha on complaints of shooting with intent to kill and assault. Crawford has been formally charged with felonies which include assault and battery with intent to kill and use of a vehicle to discharge a weapon. Crawford remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Grady County Courthouse Re-opens

The Grady County Courthouse is open today after being closed the previous two days. Several courthouse employees became ill last Thursday as a contractor was doing some re-modeling. The courthouse closed as a precaution as officials tried to determine what made the employees sick. County commissioners are holding a special meeting this morning to consider firing the contractor, Carpet Masters.

 

Festival of Light has New Leader

Chickasha's Festival of Light has a new director. Billy Elkins will lead the festival in 2022, which will be its 30th year of featuring the popular holiday light display at Shannon Springs Park. Elkins was hired for the post by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He takes over for Whitney Palesano who recently accepted another position within the chamber. Chamber President Jim Cowan said Elkins understands the impact the festival has on the local economy and shares the vision and passion the chamber has for the city. Elkins has previously served as a customer service representative for HSI Sensing, has worked for the First National Bank, and is a well-known musician. Elkins work will not be exclusive to the Festival of Light. He'll also assist with chamber events including the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and some new events that will be coming to Chickasha next year. He'll also oversee the chamber's social media accounts and the Visit Chickasha app.

 

Youth Rodeo Groups Seeks Funds for Fairgrounds Events

A Chickasha panel will consider giving several thousand dollars to the Oklahoma High School and Jr. High School rodeo associations. The groups have asked for $20,000 from the Chickasha Industrial Authority's Tourism Promotion Program. The rodeo groups have held their state competitions at the Grady County Fairgrounds over the last couple of years. In addition, they host a couple of regional competitions at the fairgrounds each year. Each event brings about 300 participants and others to Chickasha over several days. The groups will be in Chickasha this weekend for one of their regular season competitions. The junior high state finals will be May 19th through 22nd and the high school state finals will be June 1st through the 5th. The groups will return to Chickasha in November for a three-day event.

 

ODOT to Host Small Business Forum

Oklahoma small businesses looking to grow and thrive might take advantage of a program later this month. The State Department of Transportation will host its  Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Contractors program. It's not only for contractors and businesses but also city and town officials and individuals. The theme of the conference is Obstacles Are Opportunities and will feature federal, state, and local speakers. The one-day conference will be held all day Friday, April 29th at the National Center for Employee Development conference center in Norman. Visit the website: oklahoma.gov/business-center

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $94.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude fell below $100 to $98.48.

Natural gas is $6.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,958 and silver is $25.20.

 

Obituaries

Joan Sehon

A graveside service for Joan Sehon, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 15th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Shed Euwins

A funeral service is pending for Shed Euwins, 36, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 11th

 

County Courthouse Closed Again Today;

Commissioners to Consider Terminating Contractor

Grady County officials will consider firing the company that may have caused county courthouse employees to suffer some respiratory problems last week. The courthouse closed early last Thursday after some workers became ill as a contractor was doing some remodeling in a courtroom. The building was closed Friday and is closed again today because of those issues. With the courthouse being closed, today's Grady County Commissioner's meeting has been canceled. The panel has scheduled a special meeting tomorrow morning to consider terminating a contract with Carpet Masters. That meeting will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning in the district attorney's conference room which is across the street from the courthouse. Officials say the courthouse will be open tomorrow.

 

Chix School Board to Consider Selling Bonds 

A resolution to consider the sale of some general obligation bonds is expected to get the approval of the Chickasha Board of Education tonight. The panel will consider selling more than $5.2 million in bonds which would be used for certain capital improvement projects associated with a larger bond that was approved in 2010. Officials say there will be one more section of bonds to be sold in a couple of years associated with that bond issue approved 12 years ago.

Policy Revisions, Child Nutrition Program to be Discussed

The school board will also consider revisions in the district’s Race and Sexual Discrimination policy. The policy will be updated with help from the Center for Education law to support recent changes in laws regarding discrimination. The group will also take a look at the child nutrition program and discuss hours of operation during the summer.

State Champion Powerlifters, Employees of the Month to be Recognized

The panel will recognize a number of state champion weightlifters, including the boys which won the 4A team title, and Aidan Gonzalez and Alli Bordwine who were individual state champs. The panel will also recognize Sandy Ford at the Quality Academy as the Chicken Express Certified Employee of the Month and bus driver Lynn Lee as the Support Employee of the Month. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

Board Work Session Scheduled

The school board will have a special meeting tomorrow night to hold a work session to review and discuss possible projects that may be part of a school bond election later this year. Tomorrow night's meeting will get underway at 5:30 p.m. also at the school administration building.

 

School Foundation Annual Gala Nears

The Chickasha Public School Foundation is preparing for its biggest event of the year. The spring gala will be later this month where officials will give a review of the many projects that help teachers and students throughout the district. Foundation President Gab Shepard said they start out the school year by awarding grants to teachers.

 

              

 

The district also spends about $30,000 a year to provide free school supplies to all students from crayons, to glue, to paper. The Foundation gala will be on Tuesday, April 26th. Check out the Chickasha Public School Foundation Facebook page for info.

 

Chix Community Blood Drive is Today

The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be back in Chickasha today for another community blood drive. The blood mobile will be in the YMCA parking lot today for a drive co-hosted by KOOL-RANCH radio stations and the YMCA. The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Donors get a mini-health check for blood pressure, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol level. Donors also get a free t-shirt and a free ticket to the Oklahoma City Zoo. You can save the lives of three people with your donation. Donors can also designate their contributions to specific individuals. Regular donors are encouraged to go to the Donor Express portal on the blood institute's website www.obi.org

The next community blood drive will be Saturday, April 30th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $98.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.78.

Natural gas is $6.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,961 and silver is $25.21.

2022, April 4th-9th

Saturday, April 9th

 

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle

A pedestrian trying to cross I-35 in Norman is struck and killed by a car. 42-year old Christopher Paxton of Blanchard was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit near mile marker 106 just before 11 o'clock last night. The highway patrol said Paxton was hit by a southbound car driven by 64-year old Jerry Sims of Norman who was not hurt.

 

Source of Mystery Illness at Courthouse Still Unknown

Crews will be working through the weekend to solve some problems associated with a remodeling project at the Grady County Courthouse. The courthouse closed early Thursday and all day Friday after several courthouse employees suffered some respiratory issues while a contractor was doing some work in the courtroom of Judge Gina Lowe. Late yesterday, Grady County Assistant Emergency Management Director Amanda Wilkerson said officials were still trying to determine what caused the employees to fall ill and that the work will continue through the weekend. Officials are hoping the courthouse can re-open on Monday.

 

USAO 'Giving Day' Successful

A one-day fund-raising campaign for USAO resulted in more than $100,000 in contributions to the university. Simply called 'Giving Day,' university supporters, alumni, faculty, employees, and students pledged the funds that will benefit numerous programs. USAO Vice President JP Audas said it was inspiring and energizing to see the outpouring of support. The $104,000 was well above the $75,000 goal set for the day. There were more than 327 individual contributions. The Division of Science and Physical Education received the highest dollar amount of donations while the Division of Arts and Humanities had highest number of contributions.

 

Kiowa Tribe Chairman Won't Seek Re-election

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will have a new chairman this summer. Current chairman Matt Komalty will not be running for re-election. In a statement, Komalty said the reason is due to illness. Komalty said he's been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder which causing his health to suffer and forcing him to work remotely. Komalty was elected to the post in June of 2018. In 2020 he faced impeachment over allegations that included the mishandling of CARES Act funds, wrongful termination of Kiowa gaming employees, the wrongful and unapproved appointment of an executive director, and giving salary increases without approval. He also survived a recall election that year. Among those who filed for the post during this week’s filing period are tribal vice chairwoman Rhonda Ahhaitty, Lawrence Spottedbird, and Charles Eisenberger. A complete list of candidates will be available on Monday.

 

New Kiowa Indian Council (KIC) Coordinator Elected

Kiowa Tribal members have elected a new Kiowa Indian Council Coordinator. Kristi Wolf-Norris of Tulsa was elected to a two-year term last week. She picked up nearly 54 percent of the vote out of five candidates on the ballot. Wolf-Norris received 110 votes; Deborah Schrock Wilson, 39; Modina Waters, 30; Hanley Short, 15; and Bryan Womack, 10. Wolf-Norris is a retired federal employee who worked with the Department of Homeland Security in areas of administration, policy, and procedure.

 

Obituaries

Cathey Ann Jester

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Cathey Ann Jester, 68, of Alex.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Sara Mostajabi

Funeral service for Sara Mostajabi, 37, of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14th at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Friday, April 8th

 

Grady County Courthouse Closed for 'Mechanical' Issue

The Grady County Courthouse is closed today as officials determine the cause of what was called a mechanical issue. County Commissioner Kirk Painter said a contractor was taking up some carpet on the second floor of the courthouse and a number of courthouse employees began coughing near the close of business yesterday. Painter said they hope to re-open on Monday but will wait to make a decision.

 

Caddo County Mother Faces Child Abuse Allegation

An Anadarko woman is arrested for allegedly abusing her 10-year old son. 43-year old Franda Franklin, also known as Franda Camargo, was taken into custody after police were dispatched to her home. The Lawton Constitution cited court documents saying the boy initially called his father and told him his mother was going to hurt herself. The suspect's sister actually called police and said Franklin was threatening suicide. When police arrived they found the boy bleeding from a head injury suffered when Franklin allegedly pushed him against a door. It was also alleged that Franklin choked the youth. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment. Franklin has been formally charged with child abuse and abuse by strangulation. She remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Bid for U.S. Highway 81 Improvements in Minco Approved

A portion of U.S. Highway 81 in Grady County will be getting some upgrades this summer. The State Transportation Commission approved some resurfacing work for nearly five miles of the roadway in the Minco area. The project was awarded to The Cummins Construction Company of Enid for its bid of nearly $2.4 million.

 

New Superindent Named for Marlow Public Schools

Marlow Public Schools will have a new superintendent next year. Corey Holland has been hired as the new administrator. He'll take over the post from George Coffman who is retiring after a 20-year career at Marlow and a total of 35-years in education. KSWO-TV reports that Holland is currently the assistant superintendent at Cache. Holland will spend the next three months transitioning to Marlow with his start date expected to be July 1st.

 

Ft. Sill Soldiers Return from Deployment

A number of Ft. Sill soldiers have returned home after serving a deployment in southeast Asia. Members of the 313th Battalion of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, known as the Red Dragons, were re-united with family and friends after spending the last nine months in South Korea. The soldiers worked with the 210th Field Artillery Brigade practicing their war-fighting skills with various live-fire exercises.

 

Movie Makers Have 24-hours to Produce Short Films

Can you produce a five-minute film in 24-hours? If so, you could win as much as $1,000! Local film producer Reagan Elkins and Intellego Media is teaming up with USAO's Wrecking Ball Art Studio for the competition. Today is the final day to sign up with the last call being from 5:30 to 10:30 tonight at the Art Wrecker Studio downtown Chickasha. The 24-hour period begins at 11:59 p.m. tonight and ends at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night. Producers will have some props and prompts to use in their videos. The top three short films win cash prizes with first place receiving $1,000; second place will receive $500; and third place receives $250. On Saturday, April 16th the inaugural Wrecking Ball Film Festival will feature the top 10 films at the Wrecking Ball Art Studio. The event sponsors include Itellego Media, the Art Wrecker Studio, USAO's Nesbtit Gallery, the Chickasha Economic Development Council, and The Canadian River Brewery.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Michael Pettijohn with the OSU Research Station will be on our KOOL Konversation discussing the Wheat Field Day that will be held later this month. On Real Estate Today, Jim Cowan with the Chamber of Commerce and Zach Boles with Life Skills Institute will discuss the new community alliance that has been formed as well as upcoming events in the city. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.03 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $100.58.

Natural gas is $6.36 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,936 and silver is $24.81.

 

Thursday, April 7th

 

Suspect Arrested for Transporting Illegal Marijuana

Authorities in Union City arrest a man for transporting illegal marijuana. A post on the Union City Police Department's Facebook page indicates that officers pulled over a vehicle and found about 36 pounds of illegal pot. The social media site indicates the driver, Yu Gen Weng of New York, had not been issued a license from the state medical marijuana authority and was transporting the drugs outside of the state agency's rules. Weng was taken to the Canadian County Jail on complaints of drug trafficking and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. It wasn’t clear why Weng was pulled over.

 

Semi Driver Hurt When Wind Blows Big Rig Off Highway

High winds are being blamed on a semi being blown off the highway in Grady County yesterday. The truck driver was rushed to a hospital. The accident happened on State Highway 19 just west of Alex about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, 37-year old Jack West of Ada, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was admitted with head and leg injuries. He was last in fair condition. The trooper called out to the accident said Davis lost control of the big rig and it ran off the highway and hit an embankment.

 

Evening Crash Closes Tuttle Highway

An injury accident shut down State Highway 4 south of Tuttle last night. The highway patrol was dispatched to investigate a two-vehicle crash with injury just before 9:00 p.m. The accident happened about two miles south of Tuttle. There was no information available about the accident other than it closed down the highway for a little over an hour.

 

Droverstock Returns to USAO

Hundreds of high school and junior high students from across the state are in Chickasha today for what's called the biggest one-day event of the year at USAO. For most, the event is simply called Droverstock – an featuring live music, art, food, games, and a huge sidewalk chalk art competition. The sidewalk chalk art event kicked the event off this morning. The music festival will start about mid-day and run through the evening. In the past the event also included an academic competition but that event is not taking place as officials still have concerns about the coronavirus. There is a new event called Junior Day which gives high school juniors and others the opportunity to explore the campus, interact with students, faculty, and staff and enjoy  all the activities taking place. Admission is free.

 

Group to Resume 'Keep Chickasha Beautiful' Campaign

With temperatures warming up there are a lot of spring cleaning projects underway for residents and businesses. An effort to support a community beautification program in Chickasha last year will look to continue in 2022. The Chickasha Economic Development Council will host a meeting tomorrow for residents who would like to serve on its Keep Chickasha Beautiful Committee. Officials say preliminary plans are to have some activities for Earth Day (April 22nd) and a city-wide clean-up campaign the first week of May. Those attending tomorrow’s meeting will be asked to suggest other activities that could be held and what areas of town need attention. Local businesses are encouraged to send a representative to the meeting. It will be held at noon tomorrow at the Chamber of Commerce. Anyone wanting to participate should RSVP the chamber by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Anadarko City-Wide Clean-Up April 11th-16th

The City of Anadarko will have its city-wide clean-up next week. Residents are asked to have debris bagged or contained and placed on the curb for pick-up. City crews will only make one pass in each neighborhood. Large items like furniture, appliances, and other bulky items can also be placed on the curb or taken to a central roll-off site at 201 NE 1st Street. Large items can also be taken to the Alex landfill at no charge as long as residents have a copy of a recent utility bill and a photo ID. For other information check out the City of Anadarko's Facebook page or reach out to city hall.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $101.07.

Natural gas is $6.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,930 and silver is $24.53.

 

Obituaries

Veronica Wilson

A funeral service for Veronica Wilson, 83, of Indiahoma is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Barbara Ann Lewis

Funeral service for Barbara Ann Wilson, 68, of Oklahoma City will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9th at the Divine Wisdom Worship Center. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 6th

 

Kea Ginn Wins Seat on Chix City Council

It was a light turnout at many of the polls yesterday for municipal and school elections. Less than 300 voters turned out to elect a new Ward 1 representative on the Chickasha City Council. Kea Ginn defeated David Lucas by a wide margin, 196 to 82. Ginn will take the post currently held by David Sikes who did not run for re-election. Ginn will be sworn in next month.

Aaron McElroy Re-elected as Tuttle Mayor

In Tuttle, Aaron McElroy was re-elected as mayor. McElroy defeated Judy Preston, 261 to 100. And Dewey Buck won a close race for an unexpired term on the Tuttle City Council winning by just 17 votes over Darrell Alcorn, 54 to 37.

Trio Elected to Lindsay City Council

In Lindsay, The top three candidates in the city council election were Bart Drennan (242), Tom Inman (228), and Bev Barker (171).

 

Blanchard Voters Nix Two Bond Issues

In school elections, Blanchard voters overwhelmingly turned down two bond proposals. Proposition 1 was a $35 million plan which failed by a two-to-one margin - with 708 no votes and only 451 yes votes. Proposition 2 was a $1 million transportation bond issue which failed with 54 percent of the voters casting ballots against the issue - 637 no votes and 522 yes votes. In the Blanchard school board election Justin Smith won with 54 percent of the vote over Kristi Mitchell, 602 to 504.

Pioneer School Bond Issue Passes Easily

Pioneer school district voters approved a $635,000 bond issue for school upgrades by a landslide with 93 percent of the vote, 62 to 5.

Other School Board Election Results

At Amber-Pocasset, DeAnn Middlestaedt was re-elected to the school board defeating Jeanette Parham 52-39. At Bridge Creek, Danielle Epps defeated Jeana Ely, 162 to 56. At Dibble, Brandon Hedrick won a by a wide margin over Jason Ott, 110 to 41. At Cyril, Derek Cocheran defeated Kenny Gray, 152 to 112. At Carnegie, Shannon Ware defeated Brad Holsted, 180 to 124. At Marlow, Mark O'Neal won defeated Gena Webb, 178 to 59.

 

Events Supporting Ken Singleton Set

The support for Chickasha Funny Car champion Kendall Singleton continues to grow. Singleton faces a long recovery after suffering burns when his car caught fire at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. He has already undergone a number of skin grafts after suffering second and third degree burns. A big fund raiser has been scheduled for Saturday, April 16th for an event called Coffee and Cars for Ken. It will feature a car show and live music from The T.A. Brauer Band and Dallas recording artist Scott Sturgeon. Another event is this Sunday, April 10th as Bible Baptist Church will hold a blood drive and donors can pledge their donations to Singleton. The blood drive will be after Sunday's service from noon to 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or donors can schedule appointments by contacting Beverly Sales by calling or texting 405-779-5374.

 

OSBI Seeks Info About Missing Caddo County Man

The OSBI is hoping the public can help provide information about a missing Caddo County man. 50-year old Billy Joe Lange went missing in March of 2016. He worked as a ranch hand and surveillance video showed him making a routine stop at a convenience store in Binger. His abandoned Chevy Trailblazer was found the next day along I-40 near the Caddo and Canadian County line. The agency’s authorized Facebook page says agents have followed numerous leads but have not yet determined what happened to him. Anyone with information can contact the OSBI anonymously via e-mail: tips@osbi.ok.gov

 

Energy Prices

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $101.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.64.

Natural gas is $6.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,933 and silver is $24.47.

 

Tuesday, April 5th

 

Suspect Wanted for Ramming State Trooper's Car Arrested in Chickasha 

In a joint effort by numerous law enforcement groups officials arrested a man in Chickasha yesterday who is accused of ramming into a state trooper's vehicle and exchange gunfire with authorities. Chickasha and Oklahoma City police, U.S. Marshals, and state troopers were on hand for the arrest of 35-year old Gabriel Yeatman yesterday. Authorities say Yeatman was arrested about 1:00 p.m. Monday in a Chickasha neighborhood and was allegedly holding a homeowner against his will. No information was available about why Yeatman was in Chickasha or how officials tracked him down. Yeatman was wanted for crashing into a state trooper's car in Oklahoma City early Friday morning. Yeatman was driving the wrong way on I-240 and shots were fired.  The trooper involved in the crash was not injured. Authorities say Yeatman may also face kidnapping charges in Grady County as a result of taking the homeowner hostage.

 

Some City Council, School Board Elections Today

Today is election day in Oklahoma but not everyone is going to the polls. There are a few city council elections and a number of school board or school bond elections in the area. Chickasha voters are electing a new Ward One city councilman. David Lucas and Kea Ginn are both seeking the seat. There are also city council elections in Tuttle and Lindsay. There are school board elections in Amber-Pocasset, Blanchard, Dibble, Bridge Creek, Cyril, Carnegie, and Marlow school districts. Pioneer School district voters will be deciding a $385,000 bond issue. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight. We’ll post some results on our Facebook page tonight.

 

Chix City Council OKs Advertising for Bids For Festival of Light Expansion

Last night, the Chickasha City Council gave officials the OK to go out for bids for a project to expand the Festival of Light. The Festival wants to expand into the area north of the dam at Shannon Springs Park. The Festival will donate $120,000 to the city for the installation of several electric panels and a control box to add even more lights to the holiday spectacle which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.  The city council also approved the purchase of a John Deere Gator from P and K Equipment for just under $9,000 from state contract, bypassing normal bidding requirements. During the meeting, Councilman Oscar Nelson asked about the city having a spring clean-up day. Jim Cowan with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council said he is working with the city's community development department and Waste Connections to coordinate the event which is expected to be held the first full week of May.

 

Chix Parks and Rec Director Steps Down

The City of Chickasha is looking for a new parks and recreation director. Kyle Marks has stepped down from the post to take a similar position in Newcastle. Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks informed the council during last night’s meeting that Marks was leaving. Marks has been with Chickasha for the last two and a half years. He tells KOOL-RANCH News that he'll start his new job next week.

 

Single-Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Turnpike

Traffic was shut down on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike southwest of Chickasha for a short time yesterday. State troopers responded to a non-injury accident involving one vehicle. Both the westbound and eastbound lanes were blocked. The accident happened just after 5:00 p.m. between mile markers 76 and 77 about four miles southwest of the city.  The roadway was shut down for about 30 minutes. No information about the accident was available.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $103.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.33.

Natural gas is $5.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,933 and silver is $24.81.

 

Obituaries

Geary Green

A graveside service for Geary Green, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 7th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Treehouse in Wichita, Kansas.

William Thomas

Funeral service for William Thomas, 86, of the Snyder area and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9th at the First Baptist Church of Snyder. Survivors include his son Casta Thomas of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 4th

 

Chickasha's Festival of Light Looks to Expand

The Festival of Light is looking to grow. The festival, which is one of the state's top destinations for families in November and December, wants to expand their displays to the open area north of the dam at Shannon Springs Park. The group is asking the city council to expand electrical service to that area with nine new electrical panels and one control box. The Festival of Light is donating $120,000 for the work and the city will not have to pay for the installation. The only cost to the city is the electric bill. Officials say the average cost of electricity during the Festival is $30 to $40 per month. The Chickasha City Council is to consider going out for bids for the project when the panel meets tonight. Background information indicates that the city will not recommend a bid until the Festival of Light's contribution is received.

Purchase of  UTV, Airport Engineer to be Considered

The city council is also to consider waiving the bidding process and purchase a John Deere UTV from state contract with P and K Equipment. The cost of the Gator is just under $9,000. The panel will also consider awarding a contract to Parkhill Engineering for services at the city airport. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the city to review design services every five years and submit their selection for approval. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Caddo County Woman Hospitalized After Rollover

An Apache was woman taken to the hospital after crashing her pickup over the weekend. 60-year old Sophia Vasquez suffered head injuries and was last in fair condition at a Lawton hospital. The accident happened five miles north of Apache about 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The trooper investigating the accident said that Vasquez was driving at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the truck, ran off the road, and overturned. The trooper reported that Vasquez may have been driving under the influence.

 

Grants Help Museum with Artifact Preservation

The Grady County Historical Society and Museum has been able to take advantage of a number of grants over the last few years. Museum curator Pat Cunningham says some of the grants came from the Oklahoma History Center-

 

              

 

She says they get phone calls and visitors from all over the country as individuals trace some family history to the Grady County area. She says she recently received a call from Canada. Cunningham said the museum entrance will soon have a buckboard on display.

 

USAO Schedules Summer Food Camp

Parents in search of activities for the kids to take part in during summer vacation might check out a unique camp that will be hosted by USAO. 8th and 9th grade students will learn about where food comes from and get hands-on experience in food preparation during the university's food camp. It's a free camp that will have the student follow the progress of food from the garden to the kitchen and the pantry, learn basic cooking techniques, the nutrients in food, visit local farms and farmers markets. It’s a residential camp meaning the students will stay on campus the entire week. The camp is run by USAO biology professor Jeanette Loutsch. There are two camps with the first being June 20th through 24th and second is July 11th through 15th. For information go on-line to usao.edu/foodcamp

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $99.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.67.

Natural gas is $5.72 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,930 and silver is $24.84.

2022, March 28th-April 2nd

Saturday, April 2nd

 

Crowbar Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Formal sentencing was held in U.S. Federal Court  in the Western District of Oklahoma this week for a man convicted of a heinous crime that occurred more than three years ago. 34-year old Isaiah Whitefox Redbird had been convicted of premeditated murder and assault causing serious bodily injury in connection with the attack that occurred in Carnegie in September of 2018. Prosecutors say Redbird used a crowbar to attack Byron 'Subee' Tongkeamah, Jr. and his girlfriend Kayleigh Roughface. Tongkeamah died and Roughface somehow survived massive head injuries. She has no memory of the attack. Prosecutors say Redbird believed he had a duty to kill the couple based on rumors he had heard about them.

 

Elderly Driver Dies in Rollover

A driver is killed in a rollover crash in eastern Stephens County. 81-year old Joe Compton of Foster died in the accident that happened near the town of Bray yesterday. The highway patrol reports that Compton veered off State Highway 29 then careened off the other side of the road and rolled several times. Compton was trapped in the wreckage for about two hours.

 

Regional Food Bank Seeks Sites for Summer Food Distribution

The countdown is on for students and teachers as the end of school is just a few weeks away. The Regional Food Bank is again preparing to help struggling families get through the summer by providing meals when school is not in session. But food bank officials are expecting a decline in sites that will be available to distribute food this summer due to some USDA requirements. Officials say waivers that had been put in place during the pandemic will expire next month and some distribution sites don't have enough space, staff, or funds. The food bank is seeking groups that meet the USDA guidelines to help with the distribution. Sites can be schools, non-profit groups, churches, community centers, libraries, or even parks. The program offers the meals to all children up to 18 years old each weekday during the summer break. Last year the agency provided nearly 230,000 meals at 127 sites throughout central and western Oklahoma. Groups can reach out to the regional food bank at www.rfbo.org/summer-meals

 

City of Chix to Begin Weekly Storm Siren Testing

The City of Chickasha will begin weekly tests of the city's storm sirens. The tests are scheduled each Wednesday at noon if the weather is fair and mild. The sirens will not be tested if it’s cloudy or if there is a forecast of severe weather that day. Officials say they will issue posts on social media if the tests will not be conducted.

 

Route 66 Communities Get OK to Make Mother Road Markings

Oklahoma communities along the Mother Road of Route 66 will be allowed to make improvements to the highway to get ready for its centennial. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has released new pavement marking guidelines. A number of cities and towns had reached out to the state agency to try and bring more attention to the historic road. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell says Oklahoma has more than 400 miles of Route 66 and appreciates the enthusiasm of all the communities and ODOT's approval of the guidelines. Each community will have to come up with the funds to pay for the upgrades. They will be black-and-white markings that are 21 feet long and 8 feet wide and are intended for areas where speeds are no more than 35 miles per hour. The 100th anniversary of Route 66 is coming up in 2026.

 

USAO Softball Pitcher Breaks Career Wins Mark

History was made at USAO yesterday. Emily Cerny became the winningest softball pitcher in the NAIA with her 127th career victory. The Drovers defeated Cottey College of Nebraska, Missouri 3-0 in the first game of a double header at Bill Smith Ballpark. The win breaks a record that stood for 20 years. Cerny says she's had a lot of help in setting the new record.

 

              

 

Cerny allowed only two hits, struck out 14 batters, walked two and hit two. The Drovers got an unearned run in the bottom of the 5th inning when Cottey College misplayed a force-out at home which would have ended the inning. Darcy Chester hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard in the 6th inning to extend the lead.

 

Friday, April 1st

 

Driver Injured After Rear-ending Semi

An SUV crashes into the back of a semi on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, sending the SUV driver to the hospital. The accident happened just after six o'clock last night near the toll booth at mile marker 97. 56-year old Michael Weaver of Edmond was last in fair condition with head and leg injuries. The investigating trooper said both vehicles were eastbound approaching the toll both when the semi began to slow down and Weaver’s SUV struck the big rig. The truck driver was identified as 62-year old William Schmitz of Kansas and he was not hurt.

 

Kiowa Tribal Members Prepare for KIC Meeting

Members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma have a big meeting in Carnegie tomorrow. The Kiowa Indian Council (KIC) will hold its first meeting since the pandemic. Members will be electing a new KIC coordinator, a post which has been empty for about a year after previous coordinator Steve Smith was removed. There are five candidates running including Deborah Shrock Wilson, Hanley Eugene Short, Kristi Wolf Norris, Modina Waters, and Bryan Womack.  A quorum of 150 tribal members who are at least 18 years old must be present. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Red Buffalo Hall at the Kiowa Complex.

 

April Events Include Open Streets-Chix, Rotary Run

As we turn the calendar to a new month plans have been underway for a couple of events in Chickasha later this month. The Chickasha Area YMCA is preparing for its annual Open Streets-Chickasha campaign which is a little earlier this year. The event is normally held in May but the date was going to fall on Mother's Day weekend so it was moved up a couple of weeks. The event is now set for Saturday, April 30th downtown. The event is an effort to get families together for a day of exercise and activities. Officials are still looking for vendors. There is no charge for vendors who are asked to have some type of activity for kids and adults. All participants can register at no charge to win some nice prizes.  Contact the YMCA for information by calling 405-224-2281. Open Streets - Chickasha will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30th. Also that day, The Chickasha Rotary Club will have its annual 5K and one mile fun run/walk prior to Open Streets. Costumes are encouraged.  Participants can register in advance at www.raceentry.com or register that morning at 7 a.m. The 5K will begin and end at the Rock Island Railroad Depot with a starting time of 8:30 a.m.

 

Easter Pageant Set for Holy City of the Wichitas

Easter Sunday is just a couple of weeks away. For the last couple of months the Holy City of the Wichitas has been preparing for its 97th annual Easter pageant. It's said to be the oldest Easter pageant in the country. Officials say they could still use some cast members. No acting experience is required and there are no speaking roles. There is a dress rehearsal this weekend followed by the two performances. The first is Saturday, April 9th and the second is Saturday, April 16th with both performances starting 8:30 p.m. Get information about the Easter pageant on the Holy City of the Wichitas Facebook page.

 

First Quarter Energy Prices Up Sharply 

The prices of West Texas Intermediate crude oil and London-based Brent crude fell yesterday. The drop was blamed on President Biden's announcement to release 1 million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves over the next six months. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation says despite the drop yesterday, oil prices have been on the rise.

 

              

 

At the close yesterday, crude oil on the NYMEX was at $100.28 per barrel and London-based Brent crude was $107.91. Natural gas rose 28 percent in March and is up 51 percent for the first quarter, to $5.64 per million BTUs.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Gab Shepard with the Chickasha Public School Foundation will be on our KOOL Konversation and Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society and Museum will be on Real Estate Today. Look for links to the programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Thursday, March 31st

 

Drug Trafficking Supect Held on Six-Figure Bond

A Grady County man is in jail on a six-figure bond after being charged with drug trafficking. 53-year old Robert Hershell Leach of Tuttle was picked up by Tuttle police early Tuesday morning. Leach was pulled over on a traffic stop because a brake light was out on his pick-up. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Leach had a suspended license and had a warrant for his arrest out of Canadian County. The officer found nearly 115 grams of meth in the pickup. On-line court records indicate that Leach was on probation after pleading guilty to Canadian County drug charges in 2019. Authorities there issued a warrant for his arrest last August for failure to comply.  Leach is now facing a felony drug trafficking charge and a misdemeanor for driving under suspension in Grady County. His bond is $100,000.

 

Early Voting Available Ahead of Next Week's Election

Oklahomans can cast ballots ahead of next Tuesday's school and municipal elections. In person, absentee voting can be done at county election board offices today and tomorrow. Among school board elections in the region include Amber-Pocasset, Blanchard, Dibble, Bridge Creek, Cyril, Carnegie, and Marlow. There are school bond elections for Pioneer, Blanchard, and Sterling school districts. There are city council elections in Chickasha and Tuttle. Early voting can be done at county election boards from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow otherwise voters can cast ballots at their normal precincts on Tuesday.

 

Group Looks to Save Artifacts of Ukraine History

Historians and librarians around the world are working to preserve cultural artifacts that are at-risk in the Russian war against the Ukraine. At USAO’s Nash Library, Anne Tsontekoy is among them. She is part of a volunteer group of more than 500 specialists taking part in the Saving Ukraine Cultural Heritage On-line program. The group is working to identify and archive at-risk sites, digital content, and data in throughout the Ukraine. Tsonetokoy decided to take part after receiving an e-mail seeking volunteers. She says while she is a small part of the effort she is happy to help and encourages others to assist. She said if computer servers in the war-torn country are damaged or destroyed the group will ensure the country’s history will not be lost forever.

 

Friends of Chickasha Library Host Book Sale

It's a book bonanza at the Chickasha Public Library. The Friends of the Library are having a used book sale as they clear the shelves of older books and raise funds to purchase new books and materials. Recommended donation is a dollar a book except for children's books. Patrons can browse the selection during regular library hours which includes Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The book sale runs through Saturday, April 9th.

 

Northern Lights May Appear in Oklahoma Tonight

Some Oklahomans may get a rare opportunity to see Northern Lights tonight. It’s a phenomenon usually only seen in the arctic, Canada, and northern tier states in the U.S. The lights don't normally appear as for south as the Sooner State. Officials say the lights could be visible as far south as I-40. They may be visible on the northern horizon after sunset although any cloud cover may obscure them.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $107.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.45.

Natural gas is $5.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,929 and silver is $24.90.

 

Obituary

Johnny Banks

A service for Johnny Banks of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, March 30th

 

Suspect in Illegal Grow Operation Raid in 2021 Arrested

Just a few weeks ago state drug agents and local law enforcement raided several illegal medical marijuana growing operations across the state including two in Grady County. Earlier this week, authorities arrested a suspect in connection with a similar raid that took place at an illegal grow facility in Grady County last summer. 32-year old Helen Carillo was booked into the Grady County jail on Monday. A warrant had been issued for her arrest last August after the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant on the operation near Rush Springs. Authorities said that the property was never granted registration to be a grow operation. Carillo was listed as the property owner and authorities said she had a stake in the operation. Carillo has been formally charged with conspiracy and cultivation of a controlled substance. She is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

Second Chix City Council Candidate Discusses Candidacy

Today we have the second segment of our interviews with candidates running for the Ward One post on the Chickasha City Council. Kea Ginn is a life-long resident of Chickasha. She works with the family business in the health care industry and says she wants to help the city get better.

 

              

 

Ginn currently serves on the Chickasha Economic Development Council. Ginn and David Lucas are the candidates on the ballot for next Tuesday's city council election. We talked to both candidates on last weekend's KOOL Konversation program and we have a link to the program on our website. Look under the Community tab for the KOOL Konversation.

 

Pioneer School District Voters to Decide Bond Issue

Also next Tuesday, school elections will be held throughout the state. In the Pioneer School district voters will decide a $635,000 bond issue. Superintendent Tod Harrison said the bonds would help make numerous improvements. He said they plan to shore up some drainage issues as water is getting into some of buildings. New flooring would be installed in the main building, classrooms, and the gymnasium. He also said some of the flooring would be no-wax flooring to reduce maintenance costs. The funds would also be used to update bathrooms and the district's electrical system. If approved, property taxes for those in the Pioneer School district would increase about 5 percent. The bond issue would be paid off in six years.

 

Driver Arrested After Weekend Accident

Now an update to a story we first aired over the weekend about a traffic accident west of Minco where a car drove through a bridge and tumbled into a ravine. We now know the driver was arrested for DUI and three children in the car were taken to a hospital. The accident happened early Saturday morning near the Grady and Caddo County line west of Minco.  A probable cause affidavit indicates that 34-year old Kesha Files of Union City told authorities she swerved to miss a deer.  Witnesses at the scene told investigators that Files and the car smelled like alcohol. The trooper dispatched to the scene said Files failed a field sobriety test. The three children ranged in age from two to ten years old. They were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital to be treated for scrapes and bruises. Files was also taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries and she was released and taken to the Grady County Jail. Files was charged with a felony for child endangerment by DUI as well as a misdemeanor DUI. She is out of jail after posting a $20,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.23.

Natural gas is $5.34 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,924 and silver is $24.98.

 

Obituary

Ruby Boyce

A private family service will be held at a later date for Ruby Boyce, 77, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, March 29th

 

Chick Police Tell How They Found Child Porn Suspect

We have some details today on how Chickasha police arrested a man wanted for manufacturing child porn. Last Friday, authorities arrested 51-year old Charles Phillip Gelpi. The Cyril man was wanted out of Comanche County for allegedly video recording a 16-year old girl without her knowledge. Chickasha Police Lt. Gillian O'Brien said the police department received a phone call from another law enforcement agency saying that Gelpi was in Chickasha. He was found in the 2000 block of Iowa and taken into custody. Gelpi remains in the Grady County Jail and It's believed he'll be taken to Lawton to face the charge awaiting him in Comanche County.

 

Chix City Council Candidate Discusses Candidacy

Chickasha voters will be going to the polls next week to select a new city council representative in Ward One. Two candidates - David Lucas and Kea Ginn - are running for the post. We’ll have comments from both candidates over the next couple of days. Today, Lucas says the council needs to focus more on long-term solutions to problems that previous councils have kicked down the road.

 

              

 

Lucas also believes that all portions of city council meetings - even executive sessions - should be open to the public. Both Lucas and Ginn were on our KOOL Konversation program last weekend. We have a link to the program under the Community tab on this website. We'll have comments from Ginn tomorrow.

 

Burn Bans Lifted, But Wind Advisory is Forecast

Burn bans have been lifted in a couple of area counties even as high wind advisories will be in effect today. Commissioners in both Grady and Caddo Counties have lifted the bans as much of the region picked up one to two inches of rain last week and more rain is expected tonight as thunderstorms are in the forecast. But prior to that, the National Weather Service says critical to extremely critical fire conditions are expected in all of western Oklahoma this afternoon. The agency has issued a wind advisory that will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 pm. with south winds gusting to 45 miles per hour.

 

Darko Continues Feral Hog Fight

A portion of the city park in Anadarko is closed due to the on-going threat of wild hogs in the area. Officials say the north side of Randlett Park is closed to the public all week. A post on the city's Facebook page advises park users to stay on the south side of the river which flows through the park and to stay alert as the animals should be considered dangerous. Officials say the feral hogs have been an off and on problem over the last year or so. They recently returned about three weeks ago. Officials have reached out to the state department of agriculture in hopes of getting the animals removed.

 

Vietnam Veterans Honored for Their Service 

Military veterans who served during the Vietnam War era are getting the recognition deserved for their work in that controversial confrontation. Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day honoring those veterans, many of whom were shunned in their return home from battle. The day was created in 2017. It was March 29, 1973 that the U.S. Military Command was officially disbanded and the final combat troops left the country. The average age of Vietnam veterans is now 67 years old. Authorities say there are still 1,600 soldiers believed to still be missing from that era.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.48.

Natural gas is $5.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,918 and silver is $24.75.

 

Obituaries

Lydia ‘Ann’ Foster

Funeral service for Ann Foster, 93, of Chickasha was held at 1 o'clock this afternoon at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Paula Bevill

A memorial service for Paula Bevill, 81, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 2nd at Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Resurrection House and Life Skills Institute or the Lupus Foundation.

 

Monday, March 28th

 

Chix Schools to Give Personal Learning Devices to Students

Chickasha Public Schools is putting together a program to provide every student in the district with a personal learning device. In a newsletter released to patrons officials say the reason for doing so is to help students improve academically and learn the skills they'll need to succeed once they get out of school. Authorities say technology helps enhance and re-define how students interact with curriculum, teachers, and peers. The decision to take this step is motivated by the desire to increase student achievement and prepare students to excel in the paths they will pursue. Officials are hoping to have the learning devices in the hands of students for the start of classes this fall.

 

Local Funny Car Driver Hospitalized After Crash

Chickasha funny car driver Ken Singleton is hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in a weekend accident at a race track in Texas. A post on Singleton's High Risk Racing Facebook page indicates that Singleton suffered second and third degree burns on about 25 percent of his body. He's being treated at the Parkland Burn Center in Dallas. Reports indicate that Singleton could spend up to five weeks in the hospital.

 

Rural Water District Seeks Fire Hydrant Repair, Installations

An effort to repair broken fire hydrants and to get new hydrants installed in a rural water district will be discussed during a meeting tonight. The proposal will be heard by Rural Water District Six in Grady County which serves the Pocasset area. The meeting will be held at 7 o'clock tonight in the District Six office building in Amber.

 

Chix Lions Club Seeks Members to Continue Projects

The Chickasha Lions Club is one of the oldest civic clubs in town. The group has been serving the community for 105 years. It was one of 23 Lions clubs nationwide that helped to form Lions Club International. The group's main mission to collect used eye glasses which are sent to third-world countries. They support the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Meadows of Hope foster care home in Perkins which serves as transitional housing for youth in DHS care. They assist the Festival of Light, the Food for Kids programs in area schools, and host the kiddie tractor pull contest at the county fair. The group's main fundraisers are a pancake breakfast in the fall and they sell nuts during the holidays. The group meets each Tuesday at noon at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Contact Joan Brown or Wayne Leu for information.

 

Participants Sought For Short-Film Festival Competition

A challenging competition for those who enjoy producing short films is coming up. Participants will have just 24-hours to put together a film of two-to-five minutes in length with the top winners to be shown at what's called the Wrecking Ball Film Festival. The event is being organized by local film maker Reagan Elkins and Intellego Media and Jordan Vinyard, a USAO art professor and the director of USAO's Art Wrecker Studio. Participants will be given some props, a list of prompts, and a line of dialogue to use.  The application fee is $5 with cash prizes being awarded to the top three films with $1,000 going to the winner. The sign up is between April 1st and April 8th and the 24-hour period will begin at 11:59 p.m. Friday April 8th. The top 10 films will be shown at the inaugural Wrecking Ball Film Festival on April 16th. For information e-mail wreckingballfilmfestival@gmail.com

 

Great Golden Egg Hunt Promotion Set in April

There will be an ‘eggs’-citing new shopping promotion that will be held just in time for Easter. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council will have a Great Golden Egg Hunt. Starting April 11th, individuals will be encouraged to shop at participating merchants where 1,000 eggs will be up for grabs. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a Golden Egg with a grand prize of more than $500 in local gift cards and prizes. Other details are expected to be out this Friday. Retailers who would like to take part in the promotion should contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 405-224-0787.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $113.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $120.65.

Natural gas is $5.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,933 and silver is $25.21.

 

Obituaries

Burley Givens

Funeral service for Burley Givens of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 am. Friday April 1st at the First and Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

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