Mollman Media News Archives for 2022-05

2022, May 23rd-28th

Saturday, May 28th

 

Stitt, Legislative Leaders Trade Barbs

Regarding Proposed State Budget

In a rare instance of in-party bickering made public, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and leaders of the state house and senate argue over some components of the state’s $9.8 billion budget. All are members of the Republican party. The governor criticized the spending plan sent to him by the legislature on May 16th. The Oklahoman reported that Stitt said the entire proposal was put together by backroom deals. He also said some of the proposed tax-relief measures were inadequate for Oklahoma families and called for a special session to hammer out an agreement. The Oklahoman also reported that House Speaker Charles McCall was disappointed and appalled at the governor's accusations that state lawmakers were making backroom deals and were pandering to special interest groups. While state lawmakers did over-ride six of the governor's vetoes the house held up an over-ride vote on the two tax relief proposals that were vetoed, both of which will be revisited in the special session that begins June 13th. However, McCall was quoted as saying lawmakers aren't doing it for the governor because legislators work for the people of Oklahoma and not Stitt. The governor vetoed proposals to give sales tax rebate checks to tax payers and to eliminate the sales tax on vehicle purchases. Stitt favors the elimination of the sales tax on groceries and cutting individual income taxes. McCall wants to amend the special session to include all tax relief options not just those proposed by the governor. The amendment would have to be approved by a two-thirds majority of both the house and senate.

 

Toddler Hospitalized After Being Hit by SUV

A toddler was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after being struck by an SUV. The two-year old boy was hit in a private driveway west of Elgin yesterday afternoon. The highway patrol reports that the child was running in between parked vehicles and ran directly into the path of the SUV, driven by 61-year old Paula Ackley of Cyril. The child suffered head and trunk injuries and was last reported in good condition.

 

Couple Faces Animal Cruelty Charges for Neglected Horses

A Ft. Cobb couple is charged with animal cruelty after their neighbor provided investigators with video of horses that were allegedly neglected. 72-year old Judy Wall and 64-year old Kenneth Wall are both facing three counts of animal cruelty. They are out of jail after each posted a $5,000 bond. The Lawton Constitution reports that deputies with the Caddo County Sheriff's Office were called out to a home between Ft. Cobb and Carnegie where horses appeared to be neglected. It's alleged that Kenneth Wall shot one horse and hauled it off. Judy Wall said the horse was old and had worms. Judy also said other animals also had worms. Judy Wall is also facing a misdemeanor charge of assault after its alleged she attacked the neighbor who confronted her about the mistreated animals.

 

Town of Cement Celebrates 120 Years

There are big goings-on in Cement today as the community celebrates its 120th birthday. The celebration is held on Memorial Day weekend every five years. According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, the town was named by workers at the nearby Acme Cement and Plaster Company. The company had hoped to make cement from indigenous rock. Instead, the crushed gypsum was used for plaster to build houses. One of the town's claims to fame is that outlaw Jesse James and his gang left some of their bounty at Buzzard's Roost east of town. Stories also imply that Frank James lived in Cement before he built a home near Fletcher in 1906. The celebration is put together by the Cement Community Association. Activities start with a parade at 10 o'clock this morning. Downtown stores will be open and there will be other vendors and food trucks. The Cement Historical Society and Jesse James Visitor Center will be open. The party concludes with a street dance to start at 7 o'clock.

 

USAO Wins First Game of NAIA Softball World Series

The USAO Drovers won their opening round game of the NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Georgia Friday. The Drovers defeated Oregon Tech 3-0 – scoring all three runs in the top of the 7th inning. Pitcher Emily Cerny tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters. USAO plays Mobile, Alabama in a second-round game today.

 

Obituary

Gregory Gibson

Funeral service for Gregory Gibson, 39, is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. Gibson was born in Altus and recently passed away in Seattle, Washington.

 

Friday, May 27th

 

Governor, Lawmakers Wrangle Over Tax Cut Proposals

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has vetoed parts of the proposed $9.8 billion budget sent to him by state lawmakers. The Oklahoman reports that the governor has called lawmakers into a special session next month to eliminate the sales tax on groceries and also cut individual income taxes. The governor has an issue with a sales tax rebate plan that legislators did include in the budget plan. Stitt called it a political gimmick in an election year. The governor also vetoed a proposal that eliminated the sales tax on all vehicle sales. State lawmakers are expected to attempt to override the vetoes today which is the final day of the legislative session. Two-thirds of both the state house and senate are needed to over-ride any vetoes.

 

Bills Addressing Protests of

Property Tax Assessments OK'd

Among the bills passed by the legislature is one dealing with the protests of property tax assessments. State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) says protests by mainly energy companies have had a negative impact on school districts as the protests have held up critical funding needed by schools.

 

              

 

 Lowe said the compromise legislation included support by a number of groups that normally don't agree with each other.

 

             

 

The bills deal with protests of tax assessments on property valued at $3 million or more.

 

One Hospitalized After Car-Cow Collision

A car runs into a herd of cattle standing in the middle of a highway which sent one person to the hospital. The accident happened on State Highway 9 west of Anadarko about 10:15 last night. The highway patrol said the driver of the car hit one of the animals. Injured was 68-year old Janine Lonewolf of Edmond who was a passenger in the car. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with a head injury and was admitted in good condition. The car was driven by 50-year old Dana Lugo-Vargas of Anadarko who was not injured. Another passenger, 39-year old John Jones of Anadarko, also was not injured. The report did not indicate if the cow survived. The accident closed the highway for about an hour.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Zelda Sullivan with the Oklahoma Blood Institute is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. She'll discuss the on-going need for blood donations and how you can help. On Real Estate Today are State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) to talk about some of their work at the state capital. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $114.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $117.40.

Natural gas is $8.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,863 and silver is $22.31.

 

USAO Softball World Series Game Rained Out

Rain in Columbus, Georgia yesterday washed out three of four first-round games in the NAIA Softball World Series. Among those games was the USAO Drover contest with Oregon Tech. The game was re-scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. CDT today.

 

Thursday, May 26th

 

Dr. Don Hess to Retire After Lengthy Career

Dr. Don Hess is retiring. Hess has helped thousands of patients over a 50-year career - all at Grady Memorial Hospital. Hospital administrator Kean Spellman said Hess has been a great leader but is an even better person.

 

              

 

The reception will be Saturday, May 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the USAO Ballroom. Hess will continue to serve in an administrative role with the hospital.

 

State Supreme Court OKs Ratepayer Bonds for Utilities

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has signed off on more than $2.2 billion in ratepayer bonds for three utility companies. Those companies are seeking approval to raise their monthly rates in order to recover costs associated with record-breaking cold weather that occurred in March of 2021. The court approved $725 million in bonds for Public Service Company of Oklahoma; nearly $1.5 million in bonds for Oklahoma Natural Gas; and $95 million in bonds for Summit Utilities. The decision follows a previous favorable ruling for OG&E for nearly $1 billion in bonds. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has already approved the plans. The website OK Energy Today reports that one justice expressed reservations about the new law that was used to allow the utilities to get financial help. The justice said that Oklahomans will be saddled with financial obligations and there's nothing he can do about it. Each utility will be increasing their monthly rates over a period of several years to re-coup enormous costs they experienced due to circumstances that stemmed from that lengthy cold spell.

 

Former Chickasha Fire Chief Dies

Former Chickasha Fire Chief Bill Harris has died. Harris was 91 when he passed away Monday. Harris spent about nine years as fire chief and retired in 1980. Prior to serving with the fire department he spent a short time with the police department. He also owned a trucking business and was a home builder. A private graveside service was held yesterday at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Road Repairs to Impact Traffic on H.E. Bailey Turnpike

Traffic on a section of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike is down to one lane due to a road improvement project. The area being repaired is southwest of Chickasha from mile marker 80 to mile marker 62 at the Cyril and Sterling gate. Officials with the state department of transportation say the speed limit will be reduced and there will be a rough driving surface for the duration of the project.

 

Chix Library Offers 'Oceans of Possibilities' Reading Program

The Chickasha Public Library will once again offer a summer reading program for students. This year's theme is "Oceans of Possibilities." The programs are for students from pre-school through young adult. The program offers more than reading as there will also be science and engineering experiments, group games, ocean-related crafts, and art projects. The summer reading program begins Thursday, June 2nd and it is a free program. Registration is underway and that can be done using the Beanstalk app or in person during regular library hours.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.03.

Natural gas is $8.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,851 and silver is $21.85.

 

USAO Softball Team Competes in NAIA Softball World Series

The USAO Drovers are in Columbus, Georgia for the NAIA Softball World Series. The Drovers are the No. 5 seed in the 10-team tournament. They are scheduled to play the No. 4 seed Oregon Tech Owls. Both teams have won titles - the Drovers won in 2018 and Oregon Tech won in 2011. Oregon Tech finished runner-up in the NAIA Softball World Series last year. The Drovers are in their third Softball World Series in the last five years.

 

Wednesday, May 25th

 

Injured Teen Speaks Out About Lake Chickasha Fight

One of the teenagers injured in that fight at Lake Chickasha last week is talking about what happened. The 17-year old tells KFOR-TV that he was attacked while trying to help a fellow student. It was reported that the fight was initially between a Chickasha football player and a Verden baseball player. The teen's mother, Jennifer Warren, told KFOR that videos of the melee shows her son trying to separate two individuals fighting and that he was jumped by six boys. Warren said her son was kicked and stomped in the face and knocked unconscious. He suffered a concussion, whiplash, a scratched eye, and a broken tooth. The teen said he had a feeling something bad was going to happen last Thursday night. One of his friends was repeatedly being harassed by a student from Chickasha High School and they were going to meet to settle the dispute. Warren's son said he said he wanted to be there to help break up a fight if one occurred. Chickasha police did arrest one teenager in connection with the incident. Warren said the City of Chickasha (which owns and operates Lake Chickasha) and Chickasha Public Schools need to take the situation seriously. She said the students who attacked her son should get counseling and pay the medical bills. Verden School Superintendent Mickey Edwards issued a statement saying violence is unacceptable and there's nothing more important than the safety of their students - before, during and after school. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin previously issued a statement saying that the district does not condone the actions of anyone who were part of the fight. He also said the school is cooperating with the police investigation and will cooperate toward a resolution of the matter.

 

Festival of Light Could Expand Under Proposal

A proposal to expanded electrical service at Shannon Springs Park for Chickasha's Festival of Light will be discussed during a special city council meeting tomorrow night. The panel will consider giving city hall the authority to go out for bids to install new lines north of the dam at the park. The Festival of Light has pledged upwards of $120,000 pay for the project. If approved, the work is expected to be completed in time for this year’s festival when it starts in November. It's expected to allow for more light displays and other events to the more than the estimated two million lights that are already part of the popular holiday attraction. This will be the 30th year for the festival.

 

New Physician Joins CaresFirst Team

A new doctor has joined team at Chickasha’s CaresFirst Wellness clinic. Dr. Terry Lakin will be seeing primary care patients - including family and occupational medicine. He has more than 10 years of service in the field. Lakin earned his doctorate's degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences out of Bethesda, Maryland. Lakin is a U.S. Army veteran and joined the Army after receiving his doctorate's degree. He served as a Squadron Flight Surgeon while deployed to Afghanistan and was a Chief Family Practice Physician and Chief of Primary Care at a medical facility at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

 

New Rush Springs Watermelon Queen Named

There's new royalty in Rush Springs. The community has selected Taylor Abbott to be the queen of this year's Watermelon Festival. She was one of three finalists vying for the post. Taylor is 17 years old and will be a senior at Rush Springs High School. She is the daughter of Josh and Sarah Abbott. She'll spend the next couple of months promoting the festival which will be held at Rush Springs Jeff Davis Park all day on Saturday, August 13th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.56.

Natural gas is $8.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,859 and silver is $21.84.

 

Obituary

George Durington

A graveside and memorial service for George Durington, 67, of Lindsay will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 27th at Chickasha's Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 24th

 

Some Details Emerge About Lake Chickasha Brawl

Chickasha police are continuing their investigation of a fight that included adults and juveniles that occurred at Lake Chickasha. The brawl broke out last Thursday night and may have been a graduation party that got out of hand. Confidential sources tell KOOL/RANCH news that students from Chickasha and Verden schools were involved. An unknown number of participants were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries and at least one unidentified student was seriously injured. Sources say that the video of the fight was graphic and that the student is at home recovering. Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin issued a prepared statement saying that the district is working with local authorities in their investigation, that the district does not condone the actions of anyone involved, and they will fully cooperate towards a resolution. Police said at least one person was arrested but did not indicate if the individual was an adult or a juvenile. Police continue to ask anyone who may have information about the incident to contact Chickasha police by calling 405-222-6051.

 

Arrest Made in 25-year Old Child-Stealing Case

A 25-year old cold case of a child stealing incident out of Chickasha may have been solved. Authorities in Tennessee recently arrested Teresa Louise Tiner Kennedy. A warrant for her arrest was issued in May of 1997 after it was alleged Kennedy disappeared with a three-year old child. Court documents available from 1997 say there was a custody dispute between Kennedy and her estranged husband. The husband was granted custody of two children in December of 1996. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said Kennedy was arrested by the FBI in Tennessee earlier this month. KOOL/RANCH News has reached out to the FBI for information on Kennedy's arrest but we have not heard back from them. The child, now 28 year’s old, was still believed to be living with her mother. Kennedy was extradited back to Grady County where she has been arraigned on the felony child stealing charge and was released on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to be back in court on June 22nd for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Fuel Prices Continue Climb; Oklahoma has Lowest Price

Gasoline prices continue climbing nationwide. Triple-A's fuel price report for the week shows the average price for a gallon of regular was up another 11 cents to $4.59. That's $1.55 more than a year ago. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says there's a bit good news for fuel prices in the Sooner State.

 

              

 

Despite the high gas prices officials say many families will be hitting the road for the long Memorial Day Holiday weekend. GasBuddy says in its annual summer travel survey that 58 percent of Americans intend to have a road trip. Most say they'll spend between three and five hours travelling by car.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.42.

Natural gas is $8.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,861 and silver is $21.88.

 

Obituaries

Edsel Pool

Funeral service for Edsel Pool, 97, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII and was assigned to the Island Queen B-25 bomber and stationed in New Guinea.

Edilynn Card

Funeral service for Edilynn Card, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 27th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 23rd

 

Chix Police Continue Probe of Brawl at Lake Chickasha

Several people were reportedly injured during a brawl that took place at Lake Chickasha over the weekend. Chickasha police said officers were called to an undisclosed hospital where several individuals were being treated for injuries. In a press release issued by police Saturday afternoon authorities said they were made aware of the brawl when individuals began sharing videos taken during the fight. Investigators say they believe both adults and juveniles were involved and they are working will local school officials to try to identify some of those involved. One person was arrested but that individual was not identified. It also wasn’t disclosed if the person arrested was an adult or a juvenile. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the altercation to contact Chickasha police by calling 405-222-6051.

 

Some Voting Precincts Changed, Some Closed;

Voters Urged to Check Status Before June Election

The June 28th primary election is about a month away. There are some county commissioner elections in the region, specifically in Grady and Caddo counties. Republicans and Democrats will be casting ballots in some state house and senate races. There are also a number of candidates for governor, attorney general, and U.S. House and Senate seats. Grady County Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes said many voters will be casting ballots in new precincts. Hughes said the 2020 census led to the re-drawing of precinct lines. She also said that a number of precincts have closed. Hughes says thousands of new voter identification cards were recently mailed out.

 

              

 

Hughes recommends that voters should check those cards to see if their precincts have changed. Registered voters can also go to the state election board website to find out if there has been a change. That website is: elections.ok.gov

Individuals can also call or stop by their county election board office to find out if there have been any changes.

 

State Legislative Session Coming to a Close

State lawmakers are preparing to wrap up the 2022 legislative session this week. State Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) said a few of the highlights of the nearly $10 billion budget being considered by the governor includes pay raises for state troopers - their first in seven years. Employees with the Department of Corrections and Pardon and Parole will also be getting pay hikes. Boles touted a plan that would put an additional $5 million per year over the next five years into the fund to make improvements to county roads and bridges. That would eventually raise the cap on those funds from the current $125 million per year to $150 million per year. This is the fund that allowed for the recent construction of new roadways in and around Ninnekah. Boles also said the budget proposal includes more money in the state's Rainy Day Fund which will increase that fund to $2.6 billion which is the most in state history.

Special Session Called to Consider ARPA Funding

State lawmakers were called into a special session last week to determine how the state should spend nearly $2 billion in federal stimulus funds. The Oklahoman reports that the special session appears to put lawmakers and not the governor in control of deciding which projects get funded with this round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Lawmakers gave initial approval to bills that would create a fund to hold the stimulus dollars and move the first allotment of $930 million. However it could be several months before any final decisions are made. The special session will resume later this year.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $113.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.55.

Natural gas is $8.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,868 and silver is $22.12.

2022, May 16th-21st

Saturday, May 21st

 

Ninnekah Road Project Nears Completion

Roadways in and around Ninnekah are safer now after work crews have nearly finished a project that was first proposed about 15 years ago. A ceremony dedicating the completion of the work was held yesterday, with a number of town, school, county, and state officials attending along with the contractor, engineering and architectural teams there as well. Ninnekah Mayor Vernon Riddle says it's made a big difference.

 

              

 

Former District 3 County Commissioner Jack Porter first proposed the project back in 2007. Current commissioner Ralph Beard said it was first put on the county's six-year road plan in 2010 and was delayed several times. The money for the improvements came from a state fund to improve county roads and bridges.  An estimated five miles of roads and streets were upgraded including old Highway 81 from State Highway 19 south to Ninnekah; Main Street from Old 81 east to the town limits; the Highway 277 extension from New Highway 81 to east old Highway 81; and Old Fred Road. Two new bridges were built over the Little Washita River. One of the improved intersections was the Nelsonville Y which is now a T-intersection. Beard said a short punch-list of items need to be taken care of before its finalized.

 

              

 

When it was first proposed the estimated cost of the project was about $5.2 million. The final price tag was about $9.2 million making it one of the largest small-town projects paid for from the state's county road and bridge fund. Officials had to obtain 113 rights-of-way to relocate utilities. The  construction started in January of 2021 and was finished last month. Sewell Brothers of Oklahoma City was the contractor for the project.

 

Kiowa Black Leggings Society Honors Veterans, Doctor

Several military veterans of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma are being honored this weekend in a century's old tradition by the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society. Among them are Retired Army Sgt.-Major Richard Rocha, III who will be initiated into the revered society. Rocha served nearly 29 years of distinguished service. Dr. Everett Rhoades, who is already a member of the Black Leggings Society, will be honored for his years of dedicated service to the group. Rhoades currently serves as a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the OU Health Sciences Center. Previously he  served as the first Indian Director of the U.S. Indian Health Service and also was Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. Parker Emhoolah will receive a South Korean Peace Medal; and Army veteran Orville Paukei will be recognized by his family for his service in the Vietnam War. Paukei was a Specialist 4th Class of the 5th Special Forces Group. Frank Palmer, served as Chief Aviation Boatsman mate for Aviation and Surface Warfare will also be honored by his family. He retired from the Navy after serving nearly 21 years. The ceremonies will be held at Indian City south of Anadarko both today and tomorrow.

 

Friday, May 20th

 

Judge Issues 150-year Prison Sentence in Child Porn Case

A Caddo County man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after submitting a blind plea of no-contest to numerous charges of having child porn and obscene material. 66-year old Dave Olen Carter of Apache was sentenced to 150 years behind bars. Despite entering the blind plea and asking for mercy from the court District Judge Kory Kirkland issued the maximum sentences possible for each count. The Lawton Constitution reports that Carter was sentenced to 20 years on each of five counts of possession of child porn and 10 years on each of five counts of having obscene material. The charges stem from a lengthy investigation by the OSBI which began looking into child molestation allegations against Carter in 2018. The investigation led to the OSBI seizing Carter's computer where numerous disturbing images were found on its hard drive.

 

Chix City Council to Hold Budget Work Session

The fiscal year is winding down for city, county, and Oklahoma state governments. All only have six weeks to get their 2023 fiscal year budgets in place before the year begins July 1st. The Chickasha City Council will have a special work session tomorrow to work on the budgets for the City of Chickasha, the Chickasha Municipal Authority, and the Chickasha Airport Authority. The work session is open to the public and it will get underway at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at City Hall. All three budget proposals will have to be presented in a public hearing during a regular city council meeting next month before the budgets can be approved.

 

Blood 'Emergency' Still in Effect;

Several Blood Drives Scheduled

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) say there is still a critical need for blood. The agency is well below their three-to-four-day supply of blood. Zelda Sullivan with the OBI says the institute needs 1,200 units of blood daily for the hospitals they serve including those throughout central and southwest Oklahoma and north Texas. There is a Chickasha community blood drive tomorrow from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue and walk-ups are welcome. Future blood drives in the area include one at the Marlow First Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 24th and another Chickasha community blood drive will be Tuesday, May 31st also at the YMCA. Find a blood drive in your area by going to the Oklahoma Blood Institute's website: www.obi.org

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Election Board Secretary Katrina Hughes will be on our KOOL Konversation discussing recent precinct changes and what voters should do ahead of the June 28th primary election. On Real Estate Today this week's guests are Shae Mortimer with the City of Chickasha and Mitch Williams with the Chickasha Wings Flying School. They'll be providing information about the Wings and Wheels Air Show that will be held at the Chickasha Airport on Saturday, June 4th. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $112.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.04.

Natural gas is $8.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,851 and silver is $22.06.

 

Obituary

Luther ‘Pat’ Hodges

Funeral service for ‘Pat’ Hodges, 90, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21st at the Amber First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, May 19th

 

A $9.8 Billion Budget Proposal Sent to Gov. Stitt

A record $9.8 billion budget proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year budget for the State of Oklahoma has been sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. It includes an increase in spending for education, pay raises for some state workers (including a 30 percent raise for state troopers), and direct sales tax-rebate payments to taxpayers of up to $150 to help offset inflation. The proposal does not include the elimination of sales taxes on groceries. While the governor and leaders in both parties supported the idea officials said it would be more expensive than the tax rebate plan. The measure does include eliminating the sales tax on the purchase of cars and trucks. Among the issues getting overwhelming bi-partisan support is historic funding intended to eliminate the 13-year waiting list for developmental disability services. If the rebate plan remains in the final budget approved by the governor the rebate payments would be sent out later this year.

 

Chickasha Hosts Junior High Rodeo Association State Finals

Dozens of junior high school rodeo competitors are arriving in Chickasha today for the state finals of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association. About 70 competitors will be checking in at the Grady County Fairgrounds. They'll be looking to earn enough points to qualify for the national junior high school rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa next month.  Initially, the contestants will be working to get into the top 15 in their respective events where they would qualify for the short-go on Saturday. The top four in each event after Saturday’s go-round will qualify for nationals.  Events include team roping, saddle bronc riding, ribbon roping, pole pending, goat tying, and bull riding. The first rodeo events will start at 4:30 this afternoon and there will be a grand entry parade. The competition runs through Saturday with awards handed out on Sunday. There is free admission to all the events.

 

Chix High School Seniors Earn Numerous Scholarships

A number of Chickasha High School seniors were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships which were announced at the senior awards banquet earlier this week. Several were recognized as Oklahoma Academic Scholars including Embry Josey, Clayton Edwards, Baylee Bradford, Pike Butler, and Amelia Bond.  Bond and Butler were named the best All-Around Students. The Chickasha Public School Foundation issued the Dunnell Scholarship to Pike Butler; an Academic Scholarship to Sydney Stockstill; and the Jan Storms Memorial Scholarship to Lana James. Emry Josey and Matt Yokum received Rod Carroll Memorial Scholarships and Josey and Abbegail Pettit were awarded Denton Reese Walker Scholarships. Yokum, Kazia Miller, and Alexa Snyder were presented with Diane and Larry Brown Family Scholarships; Snyder was also awarded the H.F. and Mary Ellen Virgin Scholarship. Keaton McKinney and Matt Yokum were awarded the Shelter Foundation Scholarship; Ethan Brooks and Emry Josey were presented with the Tims/Drummond Memorial Scholarship. Brianna Alexander received the Mildred Kasper Pay-it-Forward Scholarship. Emry Josey received the Chickasha United Teaching Association Scholarship. Josey, Pike Butler, Quentin Mantooth and Matt Yokum all received Craig Meyer Memorial Scholarships; Timmy Pursley was awarded the Dave Tapp Memorial Scholarship; and Clayton Edwards and Abbegail Pettit were awarded the Duane and Villa Rae Carter Scholarship.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.11.

Natural gas is $8.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,834 and silver is $21.54.

 

USAO Softball Team Qualifies for NAIA

Women's College World Series

The USAO Drover softball team has earned a spot in the NAIA Women’s College World Series. The Drovers defeated College of Idaho 5-2 at USAO’S Bill Smith Ballpark yesterday to win one of the opening rounds of the NAIA National Softball Tournament. It is the sixth time in school history for the team to qualify for the NAIA version of the Women’s College World Series. The team will be looking to win its second national championship. The first one was in 2018.

 

Wednesday, May 18th

 

Nearly 50 Pounds of Illegal Pot Seized During Traffic Stop

A state trooper finds nearly 50 pounds of illegal marijuana during a traffic stop. The trooper pulled over a pickup on the H.E. Baley Turnpike in Caddo County Monday morning for not signaling to change lanes. The Lawton Constitution cites a probable cause affidavit indicating the trooper noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the truck. The trooper found three large trash bags with 47 pounds of pot which allegedly was for illicit distribution. There was no indication that the driver had a medical marijuana license. The trooper arrested 53-year old Guang Lian Li who listed a Cyril address. Prosecutors have charged Li with trafficking, which carries maximum penalties of 20 years to life in prison and a $100,000 fine. Li is being held in the Caddo County Jail on a $250,000 bond and a preliminary hearing conference is set for July 28th.

 

Survey Seeks Input on Future Transportation Needs

Time is running out to take part in a survey regarding the future of transportation in the region. A group called the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization is looking for input. The area includes much of central and western Oklahoma including Grady, Caddo, Comanche, Stephens, and McClain counties. The Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) and the Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) are also involved. The group is looking to address future road, transit, and freight needs as well as bicycle and pedestrian travel needs in the next 20 years. Officials say the survey takes about five minutes to complete. Survey responses need to completed by tomorrow night. The link is: https://surveymonkey.com/r/6VV9GTL

 

Partnership Formed to Keep Downtown Chix Clean

There is a new effort to keep downtown Chickasha free of trash, debris, and weeds. The Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) and Life Skills institute (LSI) are working together to make that happen. The area getting the attention is from 1st Street to 6th Street along both Chickasha and Choctaw Avenues. The EDC will be asking downtown merchants to sponsor one month of the clean-up by contributing to LSI’s work program. Life Skills institute is a non-profit agency. EDC director Jim Cowan says as work on revitalizing downtown continues it's important to focus on the small details.  Cowan said in addition to this project other cosmetic improvements are planned to get ready for block parties like Christmas in July; The Oklahoma Food Truck Championship, Rock Island Arts Festival, and Rock Island Ride all in October; and the opening of the new park next to the Rock Island Railroad depot.

 

New Law Designed to Allow Firefighters

to Transport Injured People to Hospitals

A new law will keep firefighters from facing disciplinary action if they transport injured patients to a hospital. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 1515 which gives firefighters legal authority to transport patients. State lawmakers passed the bill which was proposed after a firefighter was disciplined for driving a 3-year old burn victim to a hospital in his fire truck after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance. State Senator Darrell Weaver (R-Moore) said the new law will ensure that important protocols are followed but does allow for flexibility in emergency situations. The law will go into effect in November.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $112.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.92.

Natural gas is $8.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,817 and silver is $21.73.

 

Tuesday, May 17th

 

Chix Water Transmission Line

from Ft. Cobb Reservoir Repaired

City of Chickasha work crews have repaired the main water line that brings water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir to Chickasha. City Manager Tyler Brooks said crews were able to make repairs last Friday without any disruption of the city’s water service. The break in the line was discovered near a holding pond north of Anadarko earlier this spring. City officials had to special order some large custom-made O-rings about two feet in diameter to make repairs. It took about a month for those parts to be manufactured at an Oklahoma City plant. Officials had the company make several of the coupling joints so the city could have some on hand in case of future breaks.

Council Moves Forward with Plan to Allow 'Congregate' Housing

The Chickasha City Council has given its preliminary approval to suggest changing some zoning ordinances to allow for what's called congregate housing. The proposal was discussed during a short public hearing during last night's city council meeting. Developer Josh Woods remodeled a home in the 1800 block of Grand Avenue across from USAO and he petitioned the council to modify residential zoning ordinances to allow property owners to apply for a use-on-review permit. It would allow for college students or other un-related adults to live in a home. The city’s Community Development Department will work with the planning commission to suggest the revision and bring it back to the council for final approval.

More Funds OK'd to Help Bring More Planes to City Air Show

The council also approved spending about $8,400 to bring some additional aircraft in for the city's wings and wheels air show on June 4th. The contracts are mainly to help pay fuel costs for some of the groups as most are performing at no cost. City Manager Tyler Brooks says the air show will have more events in the air and the ground than ever before.

YMCA to Manage pool; DAV Lease Renewed;

Elks Lodge Fishing Derby is a 'Go'

The council approved a contract with the Chickasha Family YMCA to manage the swimming pool at Shannon Springs Park this summer. The pool is expected to be open after Memorial Day. The group also approved a lease with the Grady County Disabled American Veterans to continue using its current headquarters at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. The panel also approved a request from the Chickasha Elks Lodge to hold its annual fishing derby at Shannon Springs Park on June 11th.

 

Fire Board to Discuss Status of Norge Firefighter

A closed-door session scheduled during tonight’s monthly Grady County Fire Board meeting concerns the status of a Naples fire fighter. No details were available, however the agenda for tonight’s meeting calls for discussing the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, disciplining or resignation of Robert Keith Henry. The panel will acknowledge Cassandra Anderson and Ethan Warren as new firefighters at Naples. The group will also consider an application from John Journeycake to serve with the Harold department.  The fire board will get reports from county fire chiefs; discuss and possibly take action on inventory for all stations and firefighter gear; and get an update on the Pioneer Fire Department’s insurance claim and invoice on repairs for a damaged engine. There will also be discussion of American Rescue Plan Act monies and requests and an update on a new part-time assistant for the office. The group will also hear a presentation from Blake Braden, the NRP Director of Operations of Heartland Medical Direction. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management complex.

 

Chix High School Seniors Celebrate 'Senior Week'

This is the last week of classes for students in Chickasha schools. High School seniors had their final day yesterday with semester tests and now they get ready for graduation later this week. Last night, the seniors had their parade through downtown Chickasha with family and friends gathering for a salute. This morning, they had what's called the Senior Walk-through. They donned their caps and gowns and strolled through the hallways of Lincoln School, Bill Wallace, and Grand Elementary. Tonight is the senior academic and athletic awards banquet; they’ll have a play-day in Norman tomorrow; and the class picnic and wall painting will be Thursday on the back of the concrete wall that has the football schedule on it. The senior breakfast will be Friday morning at Bible Baptist Church with graduation Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The top two Valedictorians, Amanda Bond and Pike Butler, will give speeches.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $114.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.24.

Natural gas is $7.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $21.81.

 

Obituaries

Beth Ann Anderson

Funeral service for Beth Ann Anderson, 64, of Alex was held at 2:00 p.m. today at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

‘June’ Hendrix

Funeral service Inez ‘June’ Hendrix, 92, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Ella Marie Chapman

Funeral service for Ella Marie Chapman, 100, of Cushing and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 20th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 16th

 

Grady County Sheriff Hopes to Hire Additional Deputies

An increase in crime throughout Grady County has Sheriff Jim Weir concerned. He's looking to add some additional deputies in the coming months. Weir already has a budget of more than $2 million a year but says he needs more deputies to handle an increasing number of calls.

 

              

 

Weir also said a number of deputies have accumulated comp time from working overtime. Weir and other county officials will be submitting their budget requests soon which will be reviewed by the county excise board. The 2023 fiscal year begins in July.

Sheriff's Office to Hold K9 Fundraiser

Also, the sheriff's office is revitalizing its K9 officer program. There will be a spaghetti lunch and dinner fundraiser to benefit that program tomorrow. That will be at the Grady County Fairgrounds and is a donation event.

 

'Congregate' Housing Proposal to Get Public Hearing

A proposal to change a Chickasha zoning ordinance to allow congregate living facilities will get a public hearing during tonight's city council meeting. Josh Woods has petitioned the city for the change. The revision calls for a use-on-review permit which would allow university students or other un-related individuals to live in a home in R-1 single-family housing areas. Following the public hearing the city council is expected to hand off the proposal to the city’s Planning Commission to get the process started.

More Police Department Equipment to be Discussed

The council will also consider buying some hand-held radios with lapel microphones for the police department. The estimated cost of nearly $41,000 would be reimbursed by the county's 522 EMS district.

Development Agreement for New Tea Shop Proposed

The group will also consider a development agreement with Moonlight Ownership Company for a cost-sharing project not to exceed $32,000.  That is for the new H-Tea-Oh business proposed for the corner of 4th and Missouri.

Wings and Wheels Event to Expand

The council will also consider some additional activities for the upcoming Wings and Wheels air show on June 4th. That includes a contract with the Oklahoma Museum of Flying to provide up to $3,000 in fuel costs. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Comanche Nation Receives HUD Funds

More than $1 million in federal funds will help the Comanche Nation build some new homes. The Comanche Nation Housing Authority was awarded the funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for COVID relief. It would help the authority with its prevention, preparation, and response efforts to the pandemic through new housing construction as well as rehabilitating older homes. The Lawton Constitution reports that the grant is part of the Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent-Threat American Rescue Plan. Plans are to build 12 new homes and install ventilation systems in 15 homes. The housing authority serves Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Cotton, and Tillman Counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $110.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $111.55.

Natural gas is $7.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,802 and silver is $21.14.

 

Obituaries

‘Rita’ Davis

Funeral service for Mareitta ‘Rita’ Davis, 83, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Mary Threadgill

Funeral service for Mary Threadgill, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18th at Sevier Funeral Home.

2022, May 9th-14th

Saturday, May 14th

 

Grand Jury Finds Mistakes Made

in Governor's 2021 Commutation Order

A scathing report from an Oklahoma County grand jury says accused Chickasha killer Lawrence Anderson should not have been released from prison in 2021 - a move that proved to have led to deadly consequences. Just a few weeks after his release, Anderson was arrested for the fatal stabbing of three people and is said to have admitted cutting out one of his victim's hearts to eat it. The Oklahoman this week reported that the state pardon and parole board knew that Anderson was not eligible for clemency but did nothing to keep him and others like him locked up. Anderson, serving time for a drug offense, was among 400 inmates whose sentences were commuted by Gov. Kevin Stitt in January of last year. The grand jury said evidence indicates that the overall push at the parole board was 'volume' over anything else; and that 'corners were cut' and 'processes ignored' in order to get the highest number of inmates possible onto commutation dockets. The governor described the commutations as giving non-violent, low-level offenders a second chance. The move came after the governor appointed three new members to the pardon and parole board. Prior to the new members taking office, the panel rejected a commutation request for Anderson in 2019. That decision should have prevented Anderson from applying for commutation again for three years. However, he was able to do so within just a few months after the new parole board members took office - and the group twice voted in Anderson's favor. The grand jury criticized the governor for putting improper political pressure on his appointees and that the action was grossly improper. The grand jury also reported that at least one high-level member of the administrative staff became aware of Anderson's case being placed on the pardon and parole docket in error - and that it was found early enough that it could have been easily corrected. However, a decision was made by an unidentified individual to not bring the error to the attention of the pardon and parole board or the governor. A statement from the governor's office called the grand jury report 'the latest in a string of unfounded hit jobs by the Oklahoma County district attorney and other political insiders’.

 

Continental Resources Revises

Expected Oil, Natural Gas Production

Officials with energy giant Continental Resources say that their production numbers from the SCOOP and STACK plays in central and southern Oklahoma were surprisingly good in the first quarter of 2022. So much so, that those officials have raised its overall natural gas and oil production guidance numbers.  Continental CEO Doug Lawler told investors this month that the natural gas guidance numbers were increased from 1.1 billion cubic feet to 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. And that the oil production guidance numbers were increased from 200,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels per day. Continental also has oil and gas locations in South Dakota and other parts of the country. Officials did say the company is challenged by inflation with pressure up 20 percent compared to last year. The firm will allocate up to $125 million toward the inflation concerns.

 

Obituaries

‘Wayne’ Moore

Funeral service for Forrest ‘Wayne’ Moore of Chickasha and formerly of Alex will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 16th at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Alumni Scholarship Fund in his name at the First National Bank.

‘Rita’ Davis

Funeral service Marietta ‘Rita’ Davis of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Saturday, May 14th

 

Grand Jury Finds Mistakes Made

in Governor's 2021 Commutation Order

A scathing report from an Oklahoma County grand jury says accused Chickasha killer Lawrence Anderson should not have been released from prison in 2021 - a move that proved to have led to deadly consequences. Just a few weeks after his release, Anderson was arrested for the fatal stabbing of three people and is said to have admitted cutting out one of his victim's hearts to eat it. The Oklahoman this week reported that the state pardon and parole board knew that Anderson was not eligible for clemency but did nothing to keep him and others like him locked up. Anderson, serving time for a drug offense, was among 400 inmates whose sentences were commuted by Gov. Kevin Stitt in January of last year. The grand jury said evidence indicates that the overall push at the parole board was 'volume' over anything else; and that 'corners were cut' and 'processes ignored' in order to get the highest number of inmates possible onto commutation dockets. The governor described the commutations as giving non-violent, low-level offenders a second chance. The move came after the governor appointed three new members to the pardon and parole board. Prior to the new members taking office, the panel rejected a commutation request for Anderson in 2019. That decision should have prevented Anderson from applying for commutation again for three years. However, he was able to do so within just a few months after the new parole board members took office - and the group twice voted in Anderson's favor. The grand jury criticized the governor for putting improper political pressure on his appointees and that the action was grossly improper. The grand jury also reported that at least one high-level member of the administrative staff became aware of Anderson's case being placed on the pardon and parole docket in error - and that it was found early enough that it could have been easily corrected. However, a decision was made by an unidentified individual to not bring the error to the attention of the pardon and parole board or the governor. A statement from the governor's office called the grand jury report 'the latest in a string of unfounded hit jobs by the Oklahoma County district attorney and other political insiders’.

 

Continental Resources Revises

Expected Oil, Natural Gas Production

Officials with energy giant Continental Resources say that their production numbers from the SCOOP and STACK plays in central and southern Oklahoma were surprisingly good in the first quarter of 2022. So much so, that those officials have raised its overall natural gas and oil production guidance numbers.  Continental CEO Doug Lawler told investors this month that the natural gas guidance numbers were increased from 1.1 billion cubic feet to 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. And that the oil production guidance numbers were increased from 200,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels per day. Continental also has oil and gas locations in South Dakota and other parts of the country. Officials did say the company is challenged by inflation with pressure up 20 percent compared to last year. The firm will allocate up to $125 million toward the inflation concerns.

 

Obituaries

‘Wayne’ Moore

Funeral service for Forrest ‘Wayne’ Moore of Chickasha and formerly of Alex will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 16th at the Alex High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Alumni Scholarship Fund in his name at the First National Bank.

‘Rita’ Davis

Funeral service Marietta ‘Rita’ Davis of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Friday, May 13th

 

Grants OK'd for Sheriff's Offices in Illegal Marijuana Fight

A new Oklahoma law has created a program where county sheriffs can get grants to fight illegal marijuana activities. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 3530 which creates $5 million in total grant funds which will come from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). Sheriffs offices can apply for up to $65,000 for one year. It would require that one deputy in each office be assigned to help OMMA compliance inspectors. The bill was proposed this legislative session after inspectors were denied access to properties more 180 times over the last year. Officials say county sheriffs are at ground-zero and they need the resources to enforce laws regulating medical marijuana. The State Bureau of Narcotics has agreed to conduct drug training for deputies.

 

'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive is Tomorrow

Letter carriers and post offices nationwide will participate in what is considered to be the largest one-day food drive in the country. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is tomorrow. The drive is held to re-stock food pantries in local communities. Steve Riggs is the state spokesman for the drive. He says letter carriers are busier on this one day than they are at Christmas but that they have a passion for battling hunger in their local communities.

 

              

 

All the food collected tomorrow will be distributed tomorrow afternoon and will be shared equally with food pantries in each area. Rural postal patrons are also asked to place food bags next to their mail boxes. Collection boxes can also be found in many post offices.

 

Kiowa Tribe Election Results Certified

The results of last week’s Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma election have been certified by the Kiowa Election Commission. Lawrence Spottedbird and Jacob Tsotigh are the chairman-elect and vice chair elect; Timothy Satepahoodle is the District 3 legislator-elect for the Medicine Bluff area; and Alana Quetone is the District 4 legislator-elect for the Jimmy Creek area. All will take office in July. There will be a run-off between Kyle Attaddelty and Marlon Toyekoyah for the District 1 legislator post which is the Anadarko area. The run-off will be held during the general election on Saturday, June 4th where tribal members will also vote on the 2022-23 fiscal year budget submitted by current tribal chairman Matt Komalty.

 

4Her Says Humans, Horses Have Similar Traits

Did you know that horses, like humans are family oriented? And also like humans they can experience loneliness? Sage Payne with the Grady County 4H Horse Club says even in the wild horses are pack animals and thrive in groups. She says horses can have a physical impact on humans.

 

              

 

She also said psychologists have demonstrated that horses could recognize a human's mood from their facial expressions and are able differentiate between anger and happiness.

 

Talk Show Guests

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and Undersheriff Gary Boggess are on our KOOL Konversation program. And on Real Estate Today, Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin is the guest. Look for podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $106.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.45.

Natural gas is $7.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,820 and silver is $20.80.

 

Thursday, May 12th

 

Chix Police Update Info on Weekend Hit-and-Run

Chickasha police continue their investigation of a hit-and-run accident involving a vehicle and woman riding bicycle from the past weekend. Authorities say the accident happened about 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Police say that a bystander heard the accident and saw what was believed to be dark-colored Chevy pickup driving away from the scene. The bystander found the bicycle rider and called 9-1-1. The woman was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. Police did not release her name and had no update on how seriously she was hurt. Police ask anyone who may have information that could lead to the identification of the pick-up driver to call 405-222-6051 or by calling Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip on the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Turnpike Panhandler Arrested for Driving a Stolen Vehicle

A state trooper arrests a man on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike following an odd confrontation. The trooper initially responded to a call about a man panhandling at the Newcastle toll both Monday morning. A probable cause affidavit indicates that the toll booth operator said the man was asking motorists for gas as they pulled up to pay their tolls. The man had left by the time the trooper arrived however the toll both worker described the vehicle as a dark-colored SUV. A few minutes later the trooper spotted the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway and when he stopped to investigate and called in the tag number, it was discovered that the SUV had been reported stolen. While trying to make contact with the driver, the man sped away and after a short pursuit pulled in to the travel plaza northeast of Chickasha. The man then got out of the SUV and fled on foot, running across the turnpike and was almost hit by oncoming traffic. The man tripped and fell on the shoulder of the roadway where the trooper was able to make the arrest. In custody is 34-year old Kyle Gene Brown of Tulsa. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony for unauthorized use of a vehicle and a misdemeanor for eluding. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $20,000 bond. An order for a competency evaluation for Brown has been issued.

 

Chix Antique Auto Club Swap Meet Underway

Chickasha becomes the antique car and truck capital of the state this weekend. The Chickasha Antique Auto Club hosts its spring swap meet. 200-plus vendors are expected to have a wide range of parts and some will have fully-restored antiques for sale or trade. The swap meet is on a 35-acre site owned by the club just east of the Grady County Fairgrounds. However, Chase O'Brien says there also some indoor vendors at the fairgrounds.

 

              

 

Also in the north exhibit building will be a Spring Fling craft show Friday and Saturday. Also on Saturday, the swap meet will host this month's Coffee and Cars Chickasha event Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Organizer Brad Bates says it will be another opportunity to help the family of Kendall Singleton - as Ken continues to recover from severe burns suffered when his funny car caught fire during a race at the Texas Motor Speedway back in May.

 

Grady, McClain Counties Considered 'Paycheck-Friendly'

A new study indicates that Grady and McClain counties are among the most paycheck-friendly places in the state. The survey from a group called Smart Asset shows that both counties are ranked in to the top 10 Oklahoma counties with that designation. The study measured each county’s income-to-cost of living ratio; unemployment rate; income growth; and tax rates. Harmon County was named the most paycheck-friendly county with a rating of 65.70; McClain County was third with a rating of 62.22; and Grady County was 7th with a rating of 60.53.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.51.

Natural gas is $7.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,848 and silver is $21.26.

 

Obituaries

Eveline Hare

A graveside service for Eveline Hare, 78, of Ninnekah will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 13th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Donald Lair

A graveside service for Donald Lair, 90, of Frisco, Texas and formerly of Verden will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 13th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Dorotha Jordan

A graveside service for Dorotha Jordan, 72, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 11th

 

Bicyclist Hospitalized in Hit-and-Run Accident

Chickasha police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that hit and seriously injured a bicycle rider then drove off. The hit-and-run occurred after midnight Sunday in the area of the 1100 block of South 3rd Street. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said that the woman riding the bicycle was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. Her name has not been released and no information about the accident was immediately available from police. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Chickasha Police or Grady County Crimestoppers hotline at 405-224-TIPS. Tips may also be given anonymously on the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Man Accused of Beating Grandmother with Clothes Hanger

A Caddo County man is accused of beating his ill grandmother. Apache police arrested 36-year old Cory Brent Heath after being called to the woman's home last week. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that allege Heath used a plastic clothes hanger to hit his grandmother in the face and legs and that he slapped and choked her. It's also alleged that Heath took the woman's cell phone so she couldn't call anybody. Prosecutors have charge Heath with a felony for caretaker abuse and a misdemeanor for domestic assault and battery. His bond was set at $50,000. If convicted of the felony Heath faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

New Law to Reduce Time Bodies Remain at Fatal Crash Sites

A new law will take effect later this year regarding how bodies in fatal automobile accidents are removed from the scene. Currently a body may not be moved until a medical examiner arrives to investigate, even if law enforcement has already conducted an investigation. In at least one instance, it prevented the removal of a body for hours because the medical examiner was unable to get to the scene in a timely manner. The new law will allow law enforcement to remove the body to minimize the trauma being experience by the victim's family. Gov. Kevin signed SB 1123 into law and it will go into effect Nov. 1st.

 

Grady County GOP to Host State, Federal Candidates

Three Republican Party candidates running for state or federal offices will be part of the next Grady County Republican Party meeting. Gubernatorial candidate Joel Kintzel, state treasurer candidate David Hooten, and U.S. Senate candidate Nathan Dahm will discuss their platforms. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 19th with a free dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church followed by the speakers at 7 p.m. The event is open to everyone regardless of political affiliation. The county GOP will also host an education forum at USAO on June 4th which will feature speakers to include some of the candidates for state school superintendent.

 

Grady County Teacher Awarded Grant for Greenhouse

An Alex teacher receives a grant from the parent company of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Nicole Bauman received one of 64 Teacher Vision grants awarded by American Electric Power (AEP). The company issues up to $70,000 in grants each year across its 11-state service area. The grants range from $100 to $500 and are designed to make creative projects possible for the teachers. Bauman will use her grant for a greenhouse. AEP-PSO says the grants are to help improve student academic achievement and that the firm has a special interest in science, math, technology, electrical safety, and the balanced study of energy and the environment.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $99.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.46.

Natural gas is $7.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $21.74.

 

Obituary

Mick Hendrix

A graveside service for Mick Hendrix, 71, of Modesto, California and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 13th at Fairlawn Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at InterUrban restaurant from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 10th

 

Chickasha School Board Approves Long-Range Plan

The Chickasha Board of Education unanimously approved an extensive five-year plan to make improvements throughout the school district. The panel approved the plan during last night's school board meeting. In a joint effort which included a large community group, the K20 Center at OU and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, numerous meetings and surveys were completed to get input on improvements needed at each school site. School board member Zach McGill said many hours have been invested in developing the plan over the last 10 months.

 

              

 

The first of four phases will focus on improved student achievement in language arts, math, science, and increasing student participation in college- and career-readiness programs. The second phase is to increase parent and community involvement at all schools; to positively recognize students, staff, and teachers; and to implement consistent discipline procedures at each school. The third phase is to recruit and retain personnel; and develop and enhance employees. The fourth and final phase is to develop and implement a technology plan; an on-going facilities and transportation plan; and maintain financial resources related to facilities, transportation, and technology.

 

Chix Surgery Center Receives National Accreditation

A new surgery center at a Chickasha medical facility has received national accreditation. CareFirst Wellness Associates reports that the SPMC Ambulatory Surgery Center has received the recognition from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. The commission is a non-profit group that has been around for more than 35 years and is dedicated to meeting more than 600 standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. CareFirst recently purchased the Southern Plains Medical Group facilities in Chickasha, Anadarko, and Pauls Valley. SPMC Ambulatory Surgery Center has a new two-room surgical suite which offers out-patient surgeries for patients in southwest Oklahoma. Officials say many times rural Oklahomans drive more than an hour to surgery centers in metropolitan areas where some specialty clinics are backed up six to eight weeks just for an initial appointment. The surgery center will provide corrective vision surgeries, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatric surgeries, women's services, urology, pain management, podiatry, ophthalmology and others.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $103.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $105.94.

Natural gas is $7.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,856 and silver is $21.79.

 

Obituaries

Marlon Charlson

A memorial service for Marlon Charlson, 74, of Ninnekah will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 11th at Sevier Funeral Home.

James Daughtry

A memorial service for James Daughtry, 44, formerly of Chickasha, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14th at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are also with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 9th

 

Chix School Board to Discuss District's 5-Year Plan 

For the last 10 months Chickasha school officials have been meeting with the community to discuss long-range plans for the district. Those plans are expected to be finalized tonight by the board of education. The district partnered with about 30 community members, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, and the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma to gather information and develop the five-year plan. Community forums were held and surveys were conducted. Four key areas were created including student achievement, culture and community, personnel, and resources. Time lines have been established in each area and if the overall plan is approved annual reviews will be held to measure progress and make adjustments. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Pre-teen Hospitalized After SUV Hits Tree

An SUV driven by a teenager runs off a Caddo County road and hits a tree sending a young passenger to the hospital. An 11-year old boy was taken by an air ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk, and internal injuries. The accident happened just after 3:00 p.m. Saturday about a mile-and-a-half south of Anadarko at the intersection of CS 2670 and CR 1380. The highway patrol reports that the 16-year girl behind the wheel was driving too fast, hit a curb, then ran off the road and hit the tree. The names of the youths were not released as the OHP does not identify juveniles involved in accidents.

 

Chix Ward 2 Annual Meeting is Tonight

Chickasha residents who live in Ward 2 can meet with their city council representatives this evening. Councilors Nate McCalla and Georgianne Hebbelthwaite will spend some time with their constituents fielding questions and discussing issues on making the city a better place to live. Tonight's meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Shannon Springs Park bath house. Similar meetings will be scheduled later this year for residents in Wards Three and Four and their council representatives.

 

City-wide Clean up Underway

Chickasha's City Wide Clean-up Campaign is getting underway today. Residents are encouraged to clean up their yards and neighborhoods and dispose of unwanted items. Large roll-off dumpsters can be found in strategic areas including Centennial Park; at USAO ( just off 18th and Grand); Washita Valley Park; 6th and Frisco; and across the street from the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center. The dumpsters will be emptied each night. Items that should not be placed in the dumpsters include batteries, tires, pesticides, liquids, (including motor oils), and any hazardous materials.

Town-wide Garage Sales to be held This Weekend

The city is also encouraging residents to have garage sales this weekend in conjunction with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club Swap Meet. Garage sale permits, normally $5 each, are being waived. And on Saturday, the Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents with left-over garage sale items to donate them to Goodwill. There will be a drop-off point in the parking lot next to the Shannon Springs Park swimming pool on Saturday only until 2:00 p.m.

 

Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma Voters Elect New Leadership Team

Members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma have elected Lawrence Spottedbird and Jacob Tsotigh as the tribe's new chairman and vice-chairman. In the unofficial results from Saturday's election Spottedbird and Tsotigh collected nearly 57 percent of the vote with 982 votes. The next closest team of current vice chair Rhonda Ahhaity and Kevin Squarcia received 22 percent of the vote or 388 votes. There is a three-day challenge period that runs through Wednesday before the results will be final. Should no challenges be filed Spottebird and Tsotigh will take office in July. Spottedbird will take over for current chairman Matt Komalty who did not run for re-election due to health issues. Also in Saturday's election, Alana Quetone defeated Cole Delaune in the race for District 4 legislator. Quetone received with 56 percent of the vote while Delaune received 44 percent, 83 to 65. A run-off will be needed between Kyle Ataddlety and Marlon Toyekoya in the race for District 1 legislator. Ataddlety picked up nearly 47 percent of the votes with 194 which was 14 votes shy of winning the seat outright. Toyekoyah picked up nearly 16 percent which was 66 votes; with Jared Tartsah finishing a closed third with just over 14 percent or 64 votes. Timothy Satepahoodle ran unopposed for the District 3 legislator.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $112.39.

Natural gas is $8.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,858 and silver is $21.76.

2022, May 2nd-7th

Saturday, May 7th

 

Salvation Army Deployed to Help Seminole Tornado Victims

A lot of organizations have come forward to lend a hand in Seminole where a tornado caused massive destruction this week. Lt. Crystal McFarland with the Grady and Caddo County Salvation Army was deployed to help the victims. A press release from the Salvation Army says McFarland is serving as an emotional and spiritual care officer. A disabled man in a wheelchair came out as soon as the Salvation Army team arrived. His family was able to take shelter at a neighbor's home as the tornado swept through town. Their mobile home and their vehicle were destroyed. McFarland ministered to the family which had grown to 13 people living in the damaged home next door. McFarland said it was humbling to see how grateful the family was even with their losses. She said it is a reminder that even when times are tough we need to rely on each other and the Lord sends us comfort when we need it.

 

Lindsay Celebrates Founders Day

The town of Lindsay is celebrating its birthday today. The Lindsay Founders Day will mark the 120th anniversary of the community. Records indicate that in December of 1901, the Rock Island Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad agreed to meet in an area about halfway between Chickasha and Pauls Valley and just a few months later Lindsay was born. Today’s celebration will include arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a car show, kids activities, live music from the Wyatt Zane Band, and a parade. Also, the Murray-Lindsay Mansion and the Ryan Taylor Dutton family museum will be open.

 

Company Reports McClain County Well Completions

We have some oil well completions to report in the area. Casillas Petroleum Resources Partners report the completions in McClain County north of Lindsay in Section 3 of Township 5 North and Range 4 West. Two wells on a single pad were bringing in more than 1,600 barrels of oil equivalent and more than 1,100 Mcf of natural gas per day. The spud date on the wells was last October and completion was in January. The wells were drilled to a depth of more than 18,000 feet.

 

Kiowa Tribe Chairman-Vice Chairman Election Today

Members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will be electing a new chairman and vice chairman today. Current chairman Matt Komalty who has served the last four years did not run for re-election due to health issues. It's a crowded ballot, with current vice chairman Rhonda Ahhaitty running for chairman along with her vice-chair running mate Kevin Squarcia. Other candidates include the combination of Leonard Spottedbird for chairman and Jacob Tsotigh as vice chair; Charles Eisenberger as chairman and Kylie Callahan as vice chair; and Enoch Kaulaity as chairman and Nylvia Holland as vice chair. There are also four candidates on the ballot for District 1 legislator and two for District 4 legislator.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Tommy Phillips with the Chickasha post office and Steve Riggs, the state chairman of the letter carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive are on the KOOL Konversation. A second segment of the program is with Chase O'Brien and Bud Andrus from the Chickasha Antique Club talking about the group's spring swap meet next week. On Real Estate Today this week’s guests are Wendy King, Patrisha McConnell, and Sheri Thrash with Special Young Adults. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, May 6th

 

Trial Date to be Set For Coach Alleged to have Raped Players

Former high school and junior high school girls basketball coach Ronald Gene Akins will go to trial on charges that he raped and sexually assaulted some of his players. Akins appeared electronically in front of a judge in Grady County District Court yesterday, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the 10 felonies he's been charged with. Akins is to be back in court June 2nd for an arraignment where a trial date will be scheduled. Akins was arrested last June after several former players accused him of coercing them to be intimate with him. Their attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit against Akins and others, saying they took their allegations to school officials and law enforcement but neither did anything about the complaints.

 

Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

A Grady County man is arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping an ex-girlfriend. 40-year old Brandon Keith Pendley of Rush Springs was booked into the Grady County Jail on Wednesday. A probable cause affidavit indicates a deputy sheriff was called to a Duncan hospital late Wednesday night where a woman was being treated for numerous injuries. She said she and Pendley had recently broken up after dating for a couple of years, and he had been following her around. The victim said she was at a friend's house near Lake Taylor south of Rush Springs when Pendley showed up. The two began fighting and the victim tried to leave, but alleged Pendley got in the car with her forced her to drive to his home. The woman said Pendley held her against her will for about 18 hours. The victim was able to escape when Pendley left and she called a relative. Authorities later found Pendley and took him to jail. Pendley has been charged with felony kidnapping and a misdemeanor for assault. He remains in jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

 

Grant Sought to Help Upgrade Some Chickasha Water Lines

At Chickasha city hall, the wheels are in motion to obtain a federal grant to help upgrade some of the city's water lines. After an 11-minute public hearing during last night’s city council meeting where no residents spoke either for or against the proposal, the city council approved a resolution to participate in the Community Development Block Grant small cities program. The city will apply for a nearly $200,000 grant to help fund the project. The city will have to match that dollar amount with the funds to be budgeted in the 2023 fiscal year that starts in July. The area where the improvements are planned are generally from Henderson to 4th Street and from Missouri to Alabama Avenue. Officials say once everything is in place it will take about two years for the work to be completed.

Negotations Approved to Consider Purchase of New Ambulances

The council also approved a plan to negotiate with the 522 EMS District to purchase two new ambulances at a cost not to exceed $325,000 each. If approved the EMS District would re-imburse the city for its costs. Any agreement that may be reached would have to return to the council for approval.

 

Annual Ward 2 Meeting is Monday

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 2 will be able to meet face-to-face with their city council representatives to discuss their concerns. Councilwoman Georgieanne Hebblethwaite and Councilman Nate McAlla will meet constituents at the Shannon Springs Park Bath House Monday evening at 6:30. Those who may have questions can submit them in advance. E-mails can be sent to info@chickasha.org To find out if you live in Ward 2, a map showing the city's four wards can be seen on the City of Chickasha's website.

 

Chickasha Farmers Market Opens Tomorrow

The Chickasha Farmers Market will be opening tomorrow. Locally grown produce and other items will be available to the public. The group's Facebook page indicates they will have potted plants, flowers, and seedlings, baked goods, breads, jellies, farm eggs, and honey. Wheeler Farms will be there with some of their products and the Four B’s food truck will be there. The market will once again be located in the parking lot at 7th and Choctaw Avenue across from Dairy Queen. They'll open at 7:00 a.m. and will be there until noon or so. Anyone who would like to be a vendor can get information from the Chickasha Farmers Market Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.90.

Natural gas is $8.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $22.46.

 

Obituary

Jack Grisham

A celebration of life for Jack Grisham, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 9th at the Chickasha Country Club. He served in the Army Reserves. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or Mobile Meals in Chickasha.

 

Thursday, May 5th

 

Former Coach Accused of Rape Has Court Appearance Today

Former Ninnekah and Friend girls basketball coach Ron Akins, accused of rape and indecent acts with some of his players, is due in court today. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Grady County District Court. Akins is facing 10 felony counts related to allegations that he groomed several players to have intimate contact with him. Formal charges were filed against Akins last summer. Also, a number of his alleged victims have filed a federal lawsuit against him and others related to the accusations. The victims said they had told school officials and law enforcement about Akins’ actions but nothing was done. Today's preliminary hearing is to determine if there is enough evidence for Akins to stand trial on the charges he's facing. Akins is being represented by Oklahoma City attorneys John Coyle and James Radford.

 

New Law Expected to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Legislation approved by the state house and senate designed to give greater protection to victims of human trafficking and child abduction has been signed into law. SB 1569 is called the Address Confidentiality for Child Survivors and their Families Act. Gov. Stitt has signed the bill and it will go into effect November 1st. The measure gives victims of human trafficking and child abduction the ability to keep their addresses confidential to better protect them from stalking, harassment, and from being re-victimized. Officials say it will help address victims' concerns that where they live could be easily discovered through government records. Officials say human traffickers can be relentless so their victims could use this extra layer of protection that the act is expected to provide.

 

Couple Resumes Walk to Stillwater for Special Olympics

A Chickasha couple will soon be headed to Stillwater...on foot! Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer will be walking to Stillwater in support of Special Olympics. This is the 22nd year for them to make the 125-mile walk. The last couple of years they have done a virtual walk because of COVID but they still made sure they walked the entire 125 miles. That’s the distance from Chickasha to Boone-Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University where the state Special Olympic games are held. Beth Ann says they will have help from state troopers on the journey.

 

              

 

The walk to Stillwater is preceded by Craig's Walk which will be held tonight. It is a memorial for Stewart and Beth Ann's son Craig who died in a plane crash several years ago. Craig's Walk will be held at the Chickasha High School football field from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where supporters will gather to also raise money for Special Olympics. Beth Ann said the goal tonight is to have all the participants walk a combined 125 miles to match her and Stewart's journey. The Tim Brauer and First Look Band will perform. The Myer's will start their walk to Stillwater tomorrow morning. They'll walk 20 to 25 miles each day and will arrive at OSU in time for the opening ceremonies of the state games next Wednesday.

 

Grady Cattle Group Becomes Unified with State Association

Grady County Cattle Producers have elected to become a unified county with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. The move was approved during the group's recent annual meeting. About 140 were in attendance. Harold Gillenwaters was recognized as being named the Cattleman of the Year by the state association and he received citations from State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) and State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle). In the carcass contest for the youth, Boston Schenk of Chickasha had the champion overall steer; Clair Janssen of Ampo had the reserve; and Ladd Turner, also of Ampo was third. Schenk also had the steer with best carcass; Brady Mitchell of Friend had the steer with the best weight gain; and Blake Janssen of Ampo had the best interview.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $107.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $110.14.

Natural gas is $8.41 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,896 and silver is $23.04

 

Obituary

Carolyn Seely

A graveside service for Carolyn Seely, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 6th at the Mount Olive Cemetery in Pauls Valley. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 4th

 

Chickasha Clean-up Days Set

Chickasha city and business leaders have again joined forces to hold a city-wide clean-up campaign. The clean-up will be next week starting Monday, May 9th and running through Sunday, May 15th. Chickasha City Manager Tyler Brooks said it’s an opportunity to show civic pride. Economic Development Council (EDC) director Jim Cowan said it’s much more than spring clean-up - it’s about growing a culture of being proud of where we work and live. In addition to the city and EDC, Cherokee Temps is helping to sponsor the event. Here's what is scheduled - several large roll-off dumpsters will be located throughout the city including Washita Valley Park; 6th and Frisco; Borden Park (on Iowa Avenue across from the high school baseball field); Centennial Park, and at Willard Hall at USAO (18th and Grand). Items that should not be put in the dumpsters include tires, batteries, oil, pesticides, liquids, hazardous materials, concrete or Freon. For information follow the Economic Development Council on Facebook.

 

Chix City Council Meeting Re-scheduled

A special meeting of the Chickasha City Council has been scheduled for tomorrow night. The panel's meeting this past Monday night was canceled because of severe weather. All the items that were supposed to be discussed at that time are to be reviewed at tomorrow night's meeting. That includes the public hearing on a nearly $200,000 Community Development Block Grant to improve part of the city's water distribution where low water pressure is an issue. The panel will also consider using American Rescue Plan Act funds to purchase a server and other computer equipment. The group will also consider approving a resolution to establish a crosswalk at 2nd and Michigan Avenue. The council will meet at 6:30 tomorrow night at City Hall.

 

Grady County Museum Curator Pat Cunningham

Earns Top Honor at Chamber of Commerce Banquet

A number of awards were doled out at the 99th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet. Pat Cunningham, the curator of the Grady County Historical Society Museum and long-time teacher was the top honoree as she was inducted into the Civic Hall of Fame. Josh Woods and Zach Grayson of the InterUrban restaurant, and who created the Oklahoma Food Truck Championships were named co-Citizens of the Year; Zack Bowles with the Life Skills Institute and Resurrection House is the Volunteer of the Year; the City of Chickasha's Public Works Director David Buchanan is the Public Servant of the Year; Kelly Wilkerson of Chicken Express who is also a USAO Regent is the Woman of the Year; Baity Screw Machine Products is the Small Business of the Year; Grady Memorial Hospital is the Business of the Year; and Kristen McGregor and Kristyn Allbritton with the Oh-18 Magazine are The Young Professionals of the Year. Margaret Davis received the Legacy Ambassador Award for 30 years of service to the Chamber Ambassadors and a surprise Chairman's award was presented to Chamber President and Economic Development Council Director Jim Cowan.

 

State FFA Convention Wraps Up in Tulsa

A lot of FFA students in the area are joining their colleagues at the State FFA Convention. For the first time the convention is being held in Tulsa. State Agriculture Secretary Blayne Arthur, who is a Chickasha native, says it is an opportunity to meet youth who will go on to do great things.


              

The state FFA convention will wrap up today with the naming of the Stars of Oklahoma and the announcement of the new state officer team.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.97.

Natural gas is $7.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,870 and silver is $22.67.

 

Obituaries

Erma Dee Harrison

Funeral service for Erma Dee Harrison, 98, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 6th at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

William Grimes

A graveside service for William Grimes, 82, Kent, Washington will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 3rd

 

Violent Storms Drop Twisters, Hail on the Region

As many as 10 tornadoes are reported to have touched down from the powerful thunderstorms that moved through much of Oklahoma Monday afternoon and evening. One of them was in Cyril where a mobile home was flipped over and a nearby brick home had heavy roof damage. Fortunately the residents were not at home. There were no reports of deaths nor serious injuries from any of the storms. A tornado watch was first issued for much of the state about 2:00 p.m. Monday and the first severe weather hit the north-central part of the state about 3:30 p.m. Tornado warnings were issued for Grady and Caddo counties from a storm that originated near Apache and moved east-northeast. Storm sirens wailed in Chickasha a couple of times as a supercell thunderstorm closed in on the city around 6:00 p.m. Much of the region was pummeled with pea- and marble-sized hail although much larger hail was witnessed throughout the county. While the Grady County Emergency Management Agency had reports of ping-pong ball sized hail, photos sent to our partners at KWTV News 9 showed a baseball- sized hail stone in Chickasha and a grapefruit-sized stone in Pocasset. Heavy rainfall caused some minor flooding in low-lying areas including a section of U.S. Highway 81 near Country Club Road.

Storm Forces Cancelation of City Council Meeting

The severe weather forced officials to cancel the Chickasha City Council meeting that was scheduled Monday evening. The agenda included a public hearing on a community development block grant for a project to improve a part of the city's water distribution system. The items scheduled to be considered will be placed on the agenda of another meeting to be scheduled later.

 

Storms Arrive the Day Before Anniversary of Deadly 1999 Tornado 

Today marks the anniversary of one of the largest tornadoes on record which swept through the Sooner State. It was May 3rd, 1999 when an F5 tornado killed 41 people and caused an estimated $1 billion in damage. Like yesterday’s weather that storm also started near Apache. It destroyed a home south of Verden then tracked to the Chickasha airport where a couple of hangars were damaged. The huge tornado formed near Amber then tore through Bridge Creek where four people died. The massive twister then moved on to Moore and Oklahoma City. Wind speeds were recorded at more than 300 miles per hour and the tornado was on the round for nearly an hour and a half and left a 38-mile path of destruction.

 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Set

It's called the largest one-day food drive in the country. The National Letter Carriers Association, rural mail carriers, and post offices across throughout America unite in what's called the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Nationwide, individuals are being asked to put some non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14th. The food drive was canceled the previous two years because of the coronavirus so letter carriers are excited about the return of the event.  All the food will be collected by mail carriers, family members, and other volunteers that day. The food will be distributed that afternoon to local food banks in each community. The food drive is supported by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma which serves hundreds of communities throughout central and western Oklahoma. A plastic bag will be sent out in the mail within the next few days that residents can use. A follow-up post card will also be sent reminding postal patrons of the food drive on the 14th. Food may also be taken to local post offices. Individuals can also donate money to the food drive with a simple text message. Individuals can text the word 'food' to 501-501 to make a $10 donation. Every dollar donated helps to provide four meals. In the 30 years since the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive first started in 1992 nearly 12 million pounds of food and $10 million has been donated to fight hunger in Oklahoma.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.36.

Natural gas is $7.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,860 and silver is 22.71.

 

Obituary

Mary Ann Vinyard

Funeral service for Mary Ann Vinyard, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6th at Epworth Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/donate or any charity of your choice.

 

Monday, May 2nd

 

Deadly Crash in Blanchard Under Investigation

A weekend rollover crash in Blanchard which claimed the life of Norman man remains under investigation. 44-year old James Daughtery died in the accident that happened just before 10:00 p.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 62 near South Truman and South Ford Avenues. The highway patrol reports that Daughtery failed to go around a curve on the highway, crossed the center median, crashed into a ditch, then the car rolled several times.

 

Water Line Upgrades Up for Discussion by Chix City Council

A public hearing concerning a grant to improve part of Chickasha's water distribution system will be held by the city council tonight. The city has been awarded a nearly $200,000 Community Development Block Grant for the project. The target area is between Henderson Street on the east and 4th Street on the west - and from Missouri Avenue on the north to Alabama Avenue on the south. It is a matching grant program so the city will also have to kick in an additional $200,000 to make it a nearly $400,000 project. The city will also consider approving an anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan in conjunction with the work. No residents are expected to lose their homes should the project be approved.

Ambulances, Public Pool, Volunteer Program Also up for Discussion

The council is also expected to approve a proposal to purchase two new ambulances at a total cost not to exceed $325,000. If approved, the county's 522 EMS district is expected to reimburse the city. The council is also expected to approve a contract with the Chickasha Area YMCA to manage the public pool at Shannon Springs Park this summer; and consider establishing a volunteer program for the city and approve an application and a handbook that includes guidelines and requirements for volunteers. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Doug Prince, Former Grady County Commissioner Dies

Former Grady County Commissioner Doug Prince has died. Prince was 78 when he passed away last Friday.  Prince served as county commissioner for eight years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He also worked as a truck driver. He grew up in Pauls Valley where he played high school basketball and led the state in scoring in his junior and senior years. He also coached Little League baseball, softball, and football teams for 50 years. Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Glorida; son Mark and wife Mechelle, son Ron; and daughter Angie. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5 at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Chix Tourism Work Touted

A lot of things have taken shape over the last few years to increase tourism in Chickasha. The Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and a replica of The Leg Lamp from the holiday film classic ‘A Christmas Story’ movie are just a couple of events that bring thousands of visitors to the city each year. Those events started with an idea from one person which grew to get community support. Bill Geist, a destination marketing coordinator with a group called DMOProz, addressed that very issue at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce annual banquet last Friday night. He said many times an idea is shot down because people who may oppose an idea are more vocal about it.

 

              

 

Geist said individuals who support ideas like a new park by the Rock Island Railroad Depot should share their thoughts with city leaders to get their opinions heard.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $109.34.

Natural gas is $7.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,879 and silver is $22.70.

 

Obituaries

Sheila Hart

Funeral service for Sheila Hart, 73, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3rd at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Barrett Rhyne

Funeral service for Barrett Rhyne, 23 months, will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3rd at the Alex High School Gymnasium. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital's Child Life and Expressive Therapies or the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Venita Fay Parker

Funeral service for Venita Fay Parker, 82, of Bradley will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4th at New Beginnings Church in Blanchard. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

KOOL News, April 25th-30th

Saturday, April 30th

 

Wind Energy Electric Transmission Line Approved

NextEra Energy, which has wind farms throughout Oklahoma including in Grady County, has received approval to build a 48-mile transmission line. The approval comes from the Southwest Power Pool board of directors. A 345-kilovolt line to connect the Minco and Draper substations is expected to be on-line in two years. The website OK Energy Today reports that the proposal had the support of an industry expert panel. The panel process is required under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order for some transmission projects. Officials say the transmission line will address economic needs in the region. Matt Valle, President of NextEra Transmission said the project furthers the company's goal of creating America's leading competitive transmission company. He also said it is consistent with the company's strategy of adding high-quality regulated assets to its portfolio which includes assets in six states and in Canada.

 

State Tourism Department Fallout Continues

The fallout continues regarding the news of that controversial contract between the state's tourism department and a barbecue restaurant that had been operating at several state tourism locations. The director of the state's tourism department, Jerry Winchester, turned in his resignation yesterday. His resignation was announced by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The governor also announced that the state will be filing a lawsuit against Swadley's Foggy Bottom Kitchen. Winchester's resignation came the day after the formation of a special State House of Representatives committee to investigate potential misuse of taxpayer funds through a vendor agreement. That agreement had the tourism and recreation department paying Swadley's more than $16 million to install restaurants and make capital improvements to lodges, structures, and parking lots.

 

Chix Rotary Run; Open Streets Program are Today

You may see some runners in Chickasha neighborhoods this morning, as the Chickasha Rotary Club is holding its 5K and one-mile fun runs. They'll be starting at the Rock Island Railroad depot and run a route south and west through town and back. The Rotary Run precedes the Open Streets Chickasha event which will get underway later this morning. More than 30 vendors will be on hand with family-oriented activities including an inflatable water slide. The Chickasha Fire Department and Grady County Sheriff's Office will be on hand along with the Chickasha Area Arts Council, the YMCA, and Grady County 4H and many others. Alpacas of Oklahoma will have some of their animals in the depot area. Chickasha Avenue will be blocked off from the depot to 4th Street. Food booths will include Jungle Ice and Popworth's Kettle Corn. It's a free event and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Blood Drive Also Scheduled Today

Also, the Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive today. The bloodmobile will be at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue. The OBI says a 'blood emergency' is still in effect and that the agency only has a one- or two-day supply of blood on hand. Normally OBI has a four- to five-day supply available. That will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome.

 

170+ USAO Grads Receive Diplomas

More than 170 USAO students were part of graduation ceremonies at the university this spring. President John Feaver said every one of them overcame incredible challenges, referring in part to the coronavirus pandemic. There were 108 Bachelor of Science degrees; 62 Bachelor of Arts degrees; and seven Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees awarded. Three students earned both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Outstanding graduate awards were issued to Joel Lane and Sidney Wilson from the Division of Arts and Sciences; Madison Homer, Mandy Ozment, and Daniel Roach from the Division of Social Science and Business; Mikaela Malloy and Lexie Sapp from the Division of Education and Speech Language Pathology; and Hunter Hamby, Emma Tripp, and Joseph Ummel from the Division of Science and Physical Education. Madison Homer was also awarded the USAO Alumni Association's distinguished graduate award with a bachelor's degree in economics and sociology.

 

Obituary

Venita Fay Parker

Funeral service for Venita Fay Parker, 82, of Bradley will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4th at the New Beginnings Church in Blanchard. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, April 29th

 

Bill Proposes Making Stalking a Felony

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase penalties for stalking. The state senate this week passed HB 3286 which would make stalking a felony. The bill calls for increasing prison time from one year to up to three years in prison for those convicted of the crime. It also would increase the fine from $1,000 to up to $10,000. Additional prison time and fines could be levied for repeat offenders. State Senator Michael Bergstrom says Oklahoma has the highest rate of domestic violence in the nation and also ranks high for violent crimes. He says stalking is strongly connected to homicide as well as physical and emotional violence. In a prepared statement he said that three out every four women murdered by an intimate partner had been stalked prior to their deaths. The bill also calls for law enforcement to issue a stalking warning letter to the accused when a complaint is made which is similar to what happens when a protective order is issued. After its passage in the senate the bill is back in the house to consider amendments before it can be sent to the governor.

 

Open Streets, Chickasha Event This Weekend

Downtown Chickasha will be buzzing with activities tomorrow for the annual Open Streets, Chickasha event. It's part of an international campaign to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy quality time together. Lewis Knisley with the Chickasha Area YCMA says there will be a lot of vendors that will have different activities.

 

              

 

Chickasha Avenue will be blocked off between the Rock Island Railroad Depot and 4th Street. Food trucks will be available and free water will be on hand. Admission is free and participants can register to win door prizes. Open Streets Chickasha will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Certified Healthy Organizations Listed

A number of regional schools, businesses, and government offices have been designated as certified healthy organizations by the State Health Department. In Grady County they include the University of Science and Arts, Standley Systems, and the City of Minco. In Caddo County, they include Sunset Elementary School in Anadarko, the City of Anadarko, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and the Caddo County Health Department. In McClain County, they include Delta Head Start at Dibble and Blanchard; both the Blanchard and Newcastle libraries; and the City of Newcastle. The state department of health began a public health initiative in 2003 to recognize businesses, organizations, and communities which implement practices and policies that support improved health and wellness.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Beth Ann Meyer will be on the KOOL Konversation to talk about the annual walk to Stillwater that she and her husband Stewart do every year. This marks the 22nd year that the Meyers will make the journey on foot to benefit Oklahoma Special Olympics. On Real Estate Today, we'll talk to Bill Geist of DMOProz who is the  guest speaker at tonight's annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet discussing destination marketing for communities. Look for links to the programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.59.

Natural gas is $6.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,917 and silver is 23.58.

 

Thursday, April 28th

 

Leak in Chix Main Water Supply Line May be Repaired Soon

City of Chickasha officials say repairs to broken water line that brings water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir to the city could get started in a couple of weeks. Last month the Chickasha City Council approved the purchase of some very large O-rings that are needed for repairs. The break in the line is near a holding pond just north of Anadarko. Officials discovered the break when some land nearby flooded. The rupture is not affecting the flow of water to Chickasha. The large O-rings are about two feet in diameter but only about 8 to 12 inches in length. An Oklahoma City company had to custom-make the parts. Public Works Director David Buchanan said the parts are expected to be delivered sometime this week or next and that the project will start soon after. Buchanan believes the repairs will take one or two days to complete. He said during repairs the water flow to the city would be disrupted but that service to residents and businesses is not expected to be interrupted as there are holding ponds in Chickasha and Anadarko that have a 10-14 day supply of water on hand.

 

Foundation Honors Chix Teacher, Support Employee

Two Chickasha Public School employees were honored at the Chickasha Public School Foundation gala this week. High school special needs teacher Sharita Brown was named the District Teacher of the Year. She was one of five instructors who were recognized as the top teachers at their respective schools. Also honored was Eric Golightly as the District Support Employee of the Year. Golightly is a para-professional at Lincoln School.

 

Longtime CV Tech Superintendent Inducted into Hall of Fame

Also in education news, former Canadian Valley Technology Center superintendent Greg Winters is one of the newest members of the Oklahoma Career Tech Hall of Fame. Winters spent 44 years in education and spent his last 10 years at CV Tech before he retired in 2018. He also was superintendent at Eastern Oklahoma County and Kiamichi Technology Centers. His education career included teaching, coaching, adjunct professor, principal and assistant superintendent. Winters was superintendent at CV Tech when one of the largest tornadoes on record nearly wiped out the entire El Reno campus in 2013.

 

Caddo County First Responders Set Meet-and-Greet

First responder groups throughout Caddo County will join forces to hold a meet-and- greet to get to know each other as well as the communities they serve. The Fraternal Order of Police Local 118 in Anadarko along with area police and fire departments will be on hand including the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, highway patrol, Bureau of Indian Affairs, nurses from Physician's Hospital, the Air Evac Lifeteam and one of its helicopters. The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce and Anadarko Community Relations Board will be on hand as well. Officials say it will be an opportunity to show the public and especially children that they can have a positive interaction with first responders. There will be live taser demonstrations, a K9 officer demonstration, and a hands-on program with Anadarko fire department. The event will Saturday, May 7th at the Anadarko Police Department from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free hotdogs will be served.

 

Prescribed Burn Association Schedules Meeting

A group of regional agriculture producers and land owners have united to form the Grady and Caddo County Prescribed Burn Association. An organizational meeting was held last week with a representative from the state association. According to the state organization's website the goal is to increase landowner's capacity to do neighbor-to-neighbor prescribed burns to reduce fuel loads, improve wildlife habitat, increase grassland production, enhance public health and safety, and provide landowners with access to support, training, and equipment to safely implement prescribed burns. The Grady and Caddo county group will meet Wednesday  May 3rd at 8:00 a.m. at the Grady County OSU Extension Office. The meeting will be available on the Zoom platform but it may be delayed because of an ag producers meeting scheduled earlier that morning. For information contact the extension offices either in Chickasha or Anadarko.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $105.32.

Natural gas is $7.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,889 and silver is $23.26.

 

Obituary

Celestia Smith Roberts

Funeral service for Celestia Smith Roberts, 90, formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 2nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 27th

 

Spending at Grady County Retailers is Down

Consumer spending was down for the second straight month in Grady County according to the most recent numbers available. Consumer spending for January was estimated at $82.4 million which was down 8.4 percent from December. We estimate consumer spending when we see the monthly county sales tax report from the county. The March sales tax revenue, which was paid on retail purchases made by consumers in January, was just under $620,000. The sales tax revenues are distributed a number of ways, all approved by county voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $206,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received $183,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $103,000 ($15,000 each); the 20 county fire departments shared $103,000 ($4,300 each); Tuttle EMS received $19,000; and Rush Springs EMS recevied $5,000.

Consumer Spending in Chickasha also Lower

In recent reports from the City of Chickasha it's April sales tax revenues were just under $1.2 million which is down about 6.4 percent from March. However it is up by more than 25 percent compared to the same period last year. Estimated consumer spending at Chickasha retail outlets was etimated at $29.3 million. Officials say the recent increase in prices for many products due to inflation is one of the reasons for higher sales tax receipts.

 

State Election Board Voids Candidacy of State House Challenger

State Representative Toni Hasenbeck (R-Elgin) will not have an opponent in her re-election bid. The State Election Board ruled that a challenger who filed against Hasenbeck was not a qualified candidate. Hasenbeck challenged the qualifications of Democrat Jennifer Kerstetter of Marlow who had filed for the House District 65 post. The state panel ruled that Kerstetter did not live in the district and is ineligible. Since no other candidate filed for the post the ruling means that Hasenbeck will serve another two-year term in the state house.

 

Voter ID Cards Mailed; Many to Cast Ballots in New Precincts

Oklahomans are receiving new voter identification cards in the mail. Election board officials say that due to the 2020 census and statewide redistricting many voters will be casting ballots in different precincts in the upcoming elections. In Grady County, some 10,000 voter ID cards were mailed out. Officials urge individuals to verify their polling places before heading out to vote in the June 28th primary election. Anyone who hasn’t received a new voter ID card can find out where to cast ballots on the state election board website at www.elections.ok.gov or by calling the election board in their county.

 

4Her Encourages More Adults to Volunteer

The number of adults volunteering has been on the decline in recent years. Grady County 4Her Maggie Evans addressed the issue in a recent speech. Citizenship is one of her program areas and she says donating even a small amount of time is beneficial.

 

              

 

Evans says a Tufts University study indicated that 4H members are four times more likely to volunteer than non-members. Evans said among the projects Grady County 4Hers have helped with include donating supplies to animal shelters, making coloring packs for children in distress, and picking up limbs after ice storms.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $101.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.99.

Natural gas is $6.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,896 and silver is $23.67.

 

Obituaries

Elnora Rock

Funeral service for Elnora Rock, 85, of Chickasha will held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Janice Ford

Funeral service for Janice Ford, 44, of the Lawton area will be held at noon Saturday, April 30th at the New Hope Church of God in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 26th

 

Dallas Firm Purchases Southern Plains Medical Clinics 

The Southern Plains Medical Clinic and its facilities in Anadarko and Pauls Valley have been purchased by a Texas-based medical firm. Epic Medical Group of Dallas recently purchased Southern Plains Medical Group which includes 20 medical specialties and a new ambulatory surgery center in Chickasha. One of Epic's leaders is Dr. Haresh Boghara who is a renowned family medicine physician. Boghara says Epic has a proven track record in the ‘patient first’ health care model within a multi-state clinic system. The current Southern Plains facilities will re-named CareFirst Wellness Associates as of May 1st.  Boghara says they are in the process of hiring new doctors.

 

              

 

Epic also owns clinics in Texas and Arkansas and has plans to expand into other states. Officials say new and additional resources aim to provide a rejuvenated physical appearance with a heavy focus on primary care services especially for older patients. In addition to a more patient-friendly practice Boghara says current employees will experience an uplifting cultural change which will allow them to focus more attention on patient care than in the past. Epic Medical Group is led by Dr. Boghara, Executive Vice President Don McCoy, and Chief Operating Officer Linda Vasquez of Dallas. Existing Southern Plains employees have been promoted into local leadership roles. Shauna Boxley will serve as director of operations, April Rowell will serve as director of clinical services, and Yami Nygaard will serve as director of patient services.

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested 

A Chickasha man is arrested and charged with burglary after being caught breaking into a local business. Police were dispatched to the 300 block of South 4th Street last Thursday after getting a call about a suspicious person removing items from a building. The man had a number of items in a crate that was tied to a bicycle. He was confronted by the individuals and the man told them he had permission to be there. A probable cause affidavit indicates that when police arrived the man again said he had permission to be there and that the items were his. The individual also said he had been staying in the building because he was homeless. The property owner was called and when he arrived he said the suspect did not have permission to be there. Authorities arrested 36-year old Jimmy Don Robertson who has been in trouble numerous times in the past for crimes which include attempted burglary, obstruction, and assaulting an officer. Robertson remains in the Grady County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

 

Bills Benefitting Military Veterans Sent to Governor

Several pieces of legislation designed to benefit Oklahoma's military veterans and their families have been sent to the governor for his consideration. HB 1067 known as the Dignity in Burial Act directs the state Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a program to provide grants of up to $1,000 to families of veterans to help with burial expenses. HB 3050 would exclude the sales price of a purchased vehicle from the $25,000 annual sales tax allowance that is provided to veterans who are 100 percent disabled. And HB 1800 extends the eligibility for in-state tuition to Oklahoma colleges and universities for veterans who left the service within the past ten years. This would also be available to veterans’ spouses and dependents. If signed by the governor all three measures would become law November 1st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $98.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.32.

Natural gas is $6.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,907 and silver is $23.86.

 

Obituary

Raymond Berry

A memorial service for Raymond Berry, 60, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 29th  at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 25th

 

Weekend Tornados Touchdown in Tuttle, Harrah

Strong thunderstorms that pummeled Oklahoma Saturday night are responsible for a couple of tornado touchdowns. The National Weather Service says crews surveyed an area of damage about five miles northwest of Tuttle and the preliminary indication is that the tornado was rated at EF-Zero which is winds between 65 and 85 mph. That tornado was spawned by a storm that dropped golf-ball sized hail in Minco. Another tornado path was surveyed east of Oklahoma City near Harrah. Several tornado warnings were issued Saturday night including one for the Rush Springs and Marlow area as a thunderstorm was moving up from the Lawton area. That warning was canceled a few minutes after it was issued. There have been no reports of damage from that storm. Some areas did receive some heavy rainfall from those storms. The Oklahoma Mesonet site west of Rush Springs at Acme showed nearly three inches of rain, Minco picked up about 1.6 inches of rain, while Chickasha received just over one-half inch of rain.

 

Suspect Who Shot BIA Officer Incompetent to Aid in Defense

A Caddo County man accused of shooting at law enforcement officers and wounding one of them has been found incompetent to assist with his defense. 29-year old Taaron Jay Burchum of Carnegie was arrested last October after a stand-off with numerous law enforcement officials including Carnegie Police, the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A BIA officer was injured when Burchum is alleged to a have fired a shot from a .22-calibre rifle. Burchum was charged with shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm after conviction. The Lawton Constitution reports that a preliminary hearing was scheduled last week but Burchum was found incompetent and in need of treatment at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita. Burchum had only been out of prison for about a month prior to the standoff after serving time for convictions of burglary and eluding police.

 

Former Chix Councilman, USAO Prof Alan Todd Dies

Former Chickasha City Councilman and USAO professor Alan Todd has died. Todd was 74 years old when he passed away last Friday. He grew up in the Cox City area, earned a bachelor's degree in education with a minor in special education from Oklahoma State University, then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his service he worked at a Tulsa boys home then worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools. He went on to earn mis master's degree and his doctorate’s degree in philosophy. He was a professor at USAO for 34 years retiring in 2010. He spent about four years on the city council and served one year as vice mayor. He also served as president of the Chickasha Public Schools Foundation. Alan is survived by his wife Frances, their son Adam and his family, and a sister, Cheryl Sehon and husband Dwain. Memorial contributions may be made to the USAO Child Development Center. Funeral for Alan Todd will be at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon at Chickasha's First Christian Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Hwy 81 Project Through Minco to Begin Soon

Road work scheduled on U.S. Highway 81 through and north of Minco will impact traffic in the area for several months. A resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 9th. Crews will be resurfacing Highway 81 starting one mile south of Minco and then north to the Canadian River Bridge. Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) say the work will be done in the evening and overnight hours between 6 p.m. through 7 a.m. Motorists should expect lane shifts and reduced speed limits. Area residents should be prepared for construction noise and short-term overnight driveway closures. It is a more than $2 million project which was awarded to The Cummins Construction Company of Enid.

 

Grady Memorial to Hold Free Foot Screenings

Grady Memorial Hospital will be providing free foot screenings. Individuals with foot-related concerns or those having difficulty with their feet are welcome to stop in. The hospital's wound care center will offer the free screenings from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Team members will take a look at the skin on your feet and suggest proper footwear. The screenings are available for everyone. Walk-ins are welcome but they suggest calling ahead to make an appointment at 877-295-2273.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.65.

Natural gas is $6.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,918 and silver is $23.80.

 

Obituaries

Harvey Davidson

Funeral service for Harvey Davidson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27th at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Aubrey ‘Grant’ Nelson

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

 

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.

 

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