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Mollman Media News Archives for 2022-07

2022, July 18th-23rd

Saturday, July 23rd


Police Name Man Whose Body was Found

Chickasha police have released the name of the man whose body was found near a creek bed in the city this week. The body 37-year old Andrew Thomas Crawford was found in the 400 block of Grand Avenue near Congo Creek Wednesday morning. Police Chief Dee Rowell said Crawford's body was found by a couple of men who arrived at a nearby job-site. Rowell said that Crawford had a Chickasha mailing address but had most recently been in Nevada. Rowell said it wasn't clear how long the body may have been there but that it may have only been there a few hours. It wasn't clear why Crawford may have been at the creek. No foul play is suspected. The state medical examiner will determine how Crawford died.


Power Grid to Issue Another 'Advisory' Due to High Demand

Officials who oversee the power grid that provides electricity to Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states say the demand for electricity is still high as much of the country suffers from an extended heat wave. The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) had issued an advisory earlier this week which was allowed to expire on Thursday. But continued high demand will bring another advisory that will start on Monday. An advisory does not bring a requirement to conserve energy which could lead to rolling blackouts throughout the 14-state region. The website OK Energy Today reports that power generation companies and transmission operators should report any limitations, fuel shortages, or concerns to SPP if electricity demands continue to increase.


Woman Formally Charged with Lewd Acts with Children

A $500,000 bond has been set for a Chickasha woman arrested for alleged lewd acts to young girls. Caddo County Judge David Stephens established the high bond in Friday's arraignment for Cheyenne Lawanda Barnes. She was arrested earlier this week following an OSBI investigation. The agency alleges that Barnes had inappropriate contact with two 15-year old girls at Lake Chickasha during an unspecified time frame between 2020 and 2021. Barnes is charged with two counts of lewd acts with children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is to be back in court September 6th to announce her attorney.


New Bond Set for Woman Accused of Second Drug Offense

The woman arrested this week for selling counterfeit pain pills was out of jail on bond following a previous arrest in a similar incident earlier this year. 19-year old Marcia Illaree Luna was formally charged with drug trafficking and child neglect in connection with this week's arrest. She had been arrested in February on previous allegations of selling M-80 tablets which are prescription pain killers that include fentanyl. The drugs have led to a number of deaths across the country. In both arrests Luna is alleged to have sold the drugs to a confidential informant working with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Following her February arrest Luna was able to get out of jail after having her initial bond of $100,000 lowered to $35,000. As a result of this week's arrest a judge set a new bond of $285,000.


Talk Show Topics

Matt Whetzel with the Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN) is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. USAO Vice President JP Audus is the guest on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.


Friday, July 22nd


Chix School Officials Proposed $35 Million Bond Issue

Chickasha school district voters will decide a $35 million bond issue next month. The proposal calls for improvements for every school building in the district. Officials call it the 'safety and security bond'.  Major upgrades include a new gymnasium at Lincoln School which will double as a storm shelter; a new library at Grand School which will also double as a storm shelter; a new security area at the middle school; and renovations for a number of high school classrooms. It also includes major renovations at Memorial Stadium to include field turf, a new track, upgrades to the grandstands, press box, and other improvements. Other projects include the development of a district day care, new band instruments, uniforms and equipment for fine arts programs, and technology upgrades at all sites. There's also a second $1 million bond proposal for transportation needs to purchase school buses, people movers, fleet vehicles, and equipment. Officials say passage of the two measures will not increase property taxes. Complete information about the projects can be viewed on the Chickasha school's website. The bond issues will be on the August 23rd run-off election ballot.


Woman Accused of Sex Crimes Against Girls

A Chickasha woman is accused of sex crimes against under-aged girls. 22-year old Cheyenne Lawanda Barnes is facing charges of lewd acts with a child in Caddo County. An warrant for Barnes' arrest was issued July 8th and she was booked into the Grady County Jail early Thursday morning. A probable cause affidavit filed in Caddo County District Court by the OSBI alleges that Barnes had intimate contact with two 15-year old girls between 2020 and 2021. In addition to facing two charges of lewd acts with a child, she's charged with a misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Barnes has not yet had her initial appearance on the charges.


Suspect Arrested Second Time on Alleged Drug Charges

Grady County authorities again team up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to arrest another suspect with prescription drugs laced with lethal fentanyl. 19-year old Marcia Luna of Chickasha was booked into the Grady County Jail earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit indicates a confidential informant working with the sheriff's office and DEA arranged the purchase of a number of M-30 tablets from Luna on June 20th. It's the second time this year that Luna has been arrested and charged with drug possession with intent to distribute. The first arrest occurred in February and she has a preliminary hearing set in connection with that arrest next month.

Texas Man Also Arrested on Alleged Drug Charges

Minco police arrest a Texas man for allegedly having cocaine and other illegal drugs. 53 year old Raul Ernesto Leal was pulled over by an officer for driving erratically and having an expired tag. A probable cause affidavit indicates the officer detected an odor of marijuana in the truck and asked Leal if he had a medical marijuana card and he did not. The officer asked to search the vehicle and Leal is alleged to have become agitated and combative. The officer found a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine and also found nearly $12,000 in cash. Prosecutors have charged him with two felonies for drug possession with intent to distribute and misdemeanors including having drug items and operating a vehicle with an expired tag. Leal is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond. He's to be back in court August 8th to announce his attorney.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $103.86.

Natural gas is $7.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,741 and silver is $18.75.



Louise Rains

A memorial service for Louise Rains, 95, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. She and her husband Totsie Rains owned and operated an appliance store for many years, and she also worked for Ben Franklin and the Jeep/Army store. Viewing will be today and tomorrow at Sevier Funeral Home.

Russell Foster

A memorial service for Russell Foster, 80, of Alex will be held at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26th at the Lindsay First Baptist Church Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.


Thursday, July 21st


Body Discovered Near Busy Chickasha Roadway

Chickasha police continue looking into the unattended death of a man whose body was found yesterday. Police were called to the 400 block of Grand Avenue near Congo Creek about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The body of a Caucasian male was discovered. Police Chief Dee Rowell says dispatchers received a call about a man who was not breathing. Authorities remained on the scene while a medical examiner was brought in to confirm the death. Rowell said there were no obvious signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected at this time. The victim's name is being withheld until relatives are notified.


Suspect Arrested for Alleged Assault of Pregnant Girlfriend

A Chickasha man wanted for allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend is in custody. 22-year old Cade Aldrin Loggins was taken into custody at Autumn Brook Apartments Tuesday. A warrant was issued for Loggins' arrest the day after a July 4th incident where Aldrin is accused of trying to prevent the woman from calling 9-1-1. A probable cause affidavit indicates the victim was walking down the street in the area of 12th and Iowa. Loggins is alleged to have jumped on the victim's back and wrestle her $1,000 cell phone out of her hands and then smashed it onto the street. Loggins has been charged with a felony for malicious injury to property, and misdemeanors for domestic assault against a pregnant woman and disrupting and emergency phone call. Loggins remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.


Home Burglary Suspect Found in Shed

A suspect is in custody after a silent alarm alerts a homeowner of a potential burglar. Chickasha police were called to a home on Maple Lane Saturday evening. The homeowner told authorities he confronted a man with no shirt and that the man tried to break into his house.  A probable cause affidavit indicates the suspect then tried to climb the fence to get away and damaged a number of items in the yard. Officers found the suspect hiding in a shed. Authorities arrested 33-year old Phillip Brandon Anthony Foright of Chickasha. He's facing felony charges of burglary and vandalism and remains in jail on a $40,000 bond.


Rural School 'Crisis Management' Program Set

A program to help school officials and first responders deal with school shootings and other crisis situations will be offered by Grady County Emergency Management next month. It's called Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents. The program is from the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium and is designed for rural school officials, law enforcement, first responders, school safety and security personnel, and mental health personnel. It is an 8-hour program certified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Topics to be covered include pro-active threat mitigation, incident response, vulnerability assessments, and incident defusing and debriefing. The free, in-person program will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10th at the Canadian Valley Technology Center Chickasha campus. Officials say at least 20 people need to pre-register by next Wednesday (July 27th). For information contact the Grady County Emergency Management Office.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $99.88 per barrel.

London--based Brent crude is $106.92.

Natural gas is $8.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,697 and silver is $18.14.


Wednesday, July 20th


Grady County Burn Ban Issued

During an emergency meeting Tuesday, Grady County commissioners issued a two-week county-wide burn ban. The ban was issued due to the extremely hot and dry conditions and the recent fires near Cement and the massive Hitchcock fire north of Watonga which burned an estimated 10,000 acres. The ban came at the urging of Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson and municipal and volunteer fire departments. Thompson told KOOL/RANCH News-



Residents should not burn trash or brush piles - nor should there be campfires or bonfires. Fireworks are banned. Agriculture producers are asked to delay any prescribed burning of crop and rangeland and should follow State Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry guidelines. Welding is allowed as long as safety precautions are taken and outdoor grilling is allowed with charcoal and propane grills on a hard surface.


Grady County Fire Crews Assist with Cement Fire

Grady County volunteer firefighters were among the many departments in the region dispatched to help battle the fire in Cement last weekend. Officials with the Grady County Fire Department say more than 15 trucks and a number of firefighters helped to beat back the flames for more than eight hours on Saturday. In addition to volunteer departments from Ninnekah, Verden, and Bridge Creek, municipal fire departments in Chickasha and Tuttle also sent crews. That was in addition to being called out to 10 other fires in Grady County which occurred at the same time. The Ninnekah department shuttled water to Cement as the community's water supply was getting low. Officials urge county residents to support their local volunteer firefighters with donations of water, energy drinks, and even things like eye wash, lip balm, baby wipes, and non-perishable energy bars and snack items. Items can be dropped off at each department or at the county fire department office inside the county emergency management headquarters in Chickasha.


Chix Church to Host Back-to-School Expo

A local church will again be helping public school students get ready for classes that will be getting underway in the next few weeks. Michigan Avenue Baptist Church will host a back-to-school bash and resource fair. There will be free school supplies, backpacks, clothing, toiletry items, and haircuts. About 20 local service organizations will also be on hand. There will also be free lunch and snow cones. The event will be held Saturday, August 6th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church at 8th and Michigan Ave.


USAO Amphitheatre Gets Facelift

One of the most popular classrooms on the USAO campus is undergoing some major renovations this summer. The Davis Hall Amphitheatre is being remodeled thanks to the generosity of the estate of an alumna who graduated nearly 80 years ago. The Nancy Wier Estate contributed $100,000 to make the upgrade possible. USAO Vice President JP Audus says it will make the amphitheatre more student and teacher-friendly-




Officials hope to have the project completed by the time classes start next month. It's not the first time that the Wier Estate has helped the university. Previous contributions have enhanced student scholarships, faculty support initiatives, a lecture series, and athletic facilities.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.35.

Natural gas is $7.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $18.79.


Tuesday, July 19th


Grady County Burn Ban Approved

Grady County Commissioners enacted a burn ban today. The panel held an emergency meeting this morning to put the ban in place for two weeks. Listen to KOOL News at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today for the details.


Water, Sewer Service Rate Hikes OK'd by Chix City Council

Chickasha residents and businesses will be paying more for water and sewer services. The city council unanimously approved the increases during last night's council meeting. There was no discussion about the increases as they were included in an overall master fee schedule for all city departments. The base rate for residential water service will increase from $15 to $23.50 per month and the base rate for sewer service will increase from $4.35 per month to $9.60 per month. Even with those increases city officials say the fees paid will still not cover all the city's costs for providing water and sewer services. The increases are expected to go into effect in the next billing cycle.

Info Shared on New City Park

The council heard an update of the development of a new park being built on city-owned property next to the downtown railroad depot. Pat Brooks with the Chickasha Community Foundation gave about a 20-minute presentation of the history of the creation of the park and a 15-year lease between the City of Chickasha, the Community Foundation, and USAO. Brooks said they are on schedule to have a fiberglass replica of the iconic leg lamp from The Christmas Story movie in place for the start of the 30th year of the Festival of Light this fall. He also said that they would like to see more use of the depot.




The Foundation has helped to raise about $1.4 million in local funds to complete the first phase of the park's construction. Brooks said the remodeling of the Freight Building has been delayed because of supply chain and other issues but is hoping that project could be completed by the first of the year.

Mayer Appoints Assistant City Manager

Mayor Chris Mosley appointed the city's Chief Financial Officer to serve as assistant city manager. Cindy Rogers will be filling in for the mayor when he is out of town. Mosley currently serves as the interim city manager as the council continues its search for a new permanent manager.

Other Council Actions

The council did not take any action on a proposal to require registration of motorized and electric-operated bicycles and mopeds. The panel approved the purchase of a new 2022 Ford F150 Crew Cab pickup for the Community Development Department. The council waived the bidding process and authorized the $38,000 purchase of the truck from John Vance Fleet Services which under state contract. The council approved the installation of a sidewalk on 9th Street just south of Grand Avenue for Victory Family Church which will pay for the project and authorized a back-to-school party sponsored by USAO that will be open to the community in the downtown area on Saturday, August 20th.


Fire Board to Discuss Sheriff's Office Dispatch Fees

Discussion of a dispatch fee paid to the Grady County Sheriff's Office by all the county volunteer fire departments will be discussed during tonight's Grady County Fire Board Meeting. Fire board officials say each of the volunteer departments pay $300 per year for the fee - and fire board officials believe it should be a total of $300 to service all the departments. The group will also discuss becoming an EMR agency under the direction of Heartland Medical Direction, and will introduce Dustin Wynn as a new board member from the Farwell Station. The fire board will meet at 7 o'clock tonight in the Community Room of the Grady County Emergency Management Agency.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $106.27.

Natural gas is $7.48 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,711 and silver is $18.77.


Monday, July 18th


Chix City Council to Consider Water, Sewer Rate Hikes

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley has been saying that water and sewer bills in city will be going up - and that could happen within the next few weeks. The city council tonight will consider a proposal that would increase utility rates by nearly 50 percent. Currently, the minimum water rate is $15 per month for up to 2,000 gallons with additional costs for higher use. The minimum costs for sewer is $4.35 per month plus $3.30 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed. Add in the monthly cost for trash pickup and the minimum monthly cost for city utilities is about $40. The proposal calls for the minimum water bill to increase to about $23.50 per month and that sewer costs more than double to $9.60 per month plus $3.50 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed. Trash pick-up service remains at $21 so the minimum monthly cost would be about $55 month - an increase of an estimated $170 per year. Mosley says the increase is needed because the fees that have been charged for the last several years fall short of paying the costs of providing water and sewer and that the city has used sales tax revenues to cover the shortfall.

Council to Get Update on City's New Park

The council will also hear a presentation from Pat Brooks with the Chickasha Community Foundation who will give an update on the new downtown park that is being developed next to the Rock Island Railroad Depot. The panel is also expected to approve a new ordinance requiring electric-powered bicycles, motorized bicycles, and mopeds to be registered with the city with an annual cost of $25. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.


Wildland Fire Threat Continues

Wildfires have been a big concern over the last few days. Near Cement, dozens of firefighters were summoned to battle a blaze that burned several hundred acres on Saturday. The fire was in a heavily wooded area and crews battled rocky and hilly terrain in their efforts to suppress the flames. Reports indicated that the New Hope Fire Department lost one of its fire trucks. A huge fire in Blaine County continues burning out of control with more than 10,000 acres burned. Gov. Kevin Stitt has called in the National Guard to help with firefighting efforts.  


First Water Donation Received

Chickasha's first responders get one of their first deliveries of bottled water. The city kicked off a water drive last week to assist police, fire, public works, and parks and rec department employees to help them endure the extreme heat. First National Bank came through with 35 cases of water delivered to the police department on Friday. Water donations can be made at the police department, Fire Station No. 1, city hall, the library, and the public works headquarters.


Companies Sought for Job Fair

Central and southwest Oklahoma companies seeking new employees can take part in an upcoming job fair in Anadarko. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board will be hosting the job fair on Thursday, August 4th at the Anadarko Public Schools Activity Center. The job fair will take place the same day the school district hosts its back-to-school expo. The job fair will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there is no cost for companies to set up vendor space. For information, reach out to Erin Glass with the South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board:


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $97.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $101.16.

Natural gas is $7.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,719 and silver is $18.88.

2022, July 11th-16th

Saturday, July 16th


Suspect Accused of Shooting Girlfriend

A Chickasha man already on probation on a felony conviction is in more legal trouble after allegedly shooting his girlfriend and holding her captive. 27-year old Clifton Jermaine Holder was taken into custody this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A probable cause affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates that officers were called to a home in the 1700 block of South Henderson in the early-morning hours of June 19th where a woman was allegedly shot in the arm during a confrontation with Holder. The victim said that Holder was acting paranoid and believed someone was after him. The victim said she tried to leave but Holder waved a gun at her and would not let her out. At one point, she again tried to get out and as Holder pointed the weapon at her she tried grabbed the gun and he shot her in in the arm. The victim said she didn't know she was hurt until she went next door. She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she had surgery but was later released. Prosecutors have charged Holder with kidnapping, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and having a firearm after a previous conviction. Holder remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.


Suspect Arrested for Threatening to Kill his Mother

A man is behind bars facing an assault charge after allegedly threatening to kill his mother with knife. 29-year old Jeremy Edward Madison of Chickasha was taken into custody this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred three months ago. The arrest warrant affidavit indicates Chickasha police were called to a home in the 600 block of North 7th Street in April to investigate a disturbance. A woman said her son was burning wires on a barbecue grill and she asked him to stop. The son became angry, grabbed a knife, cursed her, and threatened to kill her. The woman yelled for help and a man working on the roof went inside to see what was going on. The man saw the son with a knife standing over his mother and threatening to kill her. The son eventually left the house. Prosecutors have charged Madison with a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He remains in jail on a $15,000 bond. He's had previous arrests on drug and assault and battery crimes.


Search Resumes for Missing Duncan Woman

The search continues for an elderly Duncan woman missing now for more than a month. 84-year old Margie Pickens was last heard from June 15th. She had sent a text message to her landlord saying she was headed to the family farm east of Duncan. KSWO-TV reports that Oklahoma City Search and Rescue has been active in trying to help find Pickens. Officials say she may have some mental health issues as there were reports that she thought the CIA was after her. This weekend, the search team plans on looking in road sides and ditches. Authorities also said she carried a black suitcase and satchel with her where ever she went and that they are looking for those items.. Anyone with information about Margie Pickens is asked to contact local law enforcement or Duncan police.


Talk Show Topics

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego and Assistant Police Chief G.G. Music are on the KOOL Konversation program. And Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society and Museum is on Real Estate Today. Find podcasts of both programs under the Community tab on this website.



Deborah Butler

A private memorial service will be held for Deborah Butler, 64, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.


Friday, July 15th


Officials Issue Advisory for Midwest Power Grid

The heat wave covering much of the Midwest has prompted an advisory notice from the board that oversees the power grid operation in the region. The Southwest Power Pool issued the advisory for more than a dozen states as extreme heat covers the area from Texas to North Dakota and Montana due to high electricity demand and resource availability. The website OK Energy Today reports the advisory does not require consumers to conserve electricity, an effort which would help prevent the need for rolling blackouts. The Conservative Operations Advisory will go into effect at noon today with an anticipated end at 10 o'clock tonight.


Rape Suspect Arrest for Failure to Appear

A Chickasha man accused of the rape of teen-aged girl nearly two years ago has been arrested for not showing up for a court appearance. 20-year old Ronald Merritt of was out of jail on bond after being arrested and charged with one count of rape in May of 2021. A 17-year old girl told Chickasha police that Merritt had raped her numerous times over a three-month time frame in 2020. Merritt was supposed to be in court this past April but he was a no-show and a warrant for his arrest was issued. A Grady County deputy picked him up Wednesday morning. Merritt remains in jail in lieu of an $80,000 bond. He is to announce his attorney next week and a preliminary hearing conference has been set for July 27th.


Minco Man Suspected of Drug Distribution

Minco police arrest a suspect for allegedly distributing methamphetamine. 58-year old Harold Lee Norman was taken into custody early Monday. A probable cause affidavit from Minco police indicates an officer initially questioned Norman about suspected criminal activity at a local business. The officer said Norman was nervous during the interview and thought he might have a weapon. During a routine pat down the officer found a knife and a couple of baggies that had about 30 grams of substances which field-tested positive for meth. Norman said he got the baggies from a friend and he was going to sell them for about $300. Prosecutors have formally charged Norman with a felony for drug possession with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor for having drug paraphernalia. Norman remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $40,000 bond.


Water Emergency Declared in Apache

A water emergency has been issued in Apache. Due to heavy water usage the community is experiencing low water pressure and there were concerns that there may not be enough water pressure to fight fires. Residents are asked to water their landscapes – but not their lawns - only once a week, with even-numbered addresses allowed to water on Tuesdays and odd-numbered addresses allowed to water on Thursdays. The school district can water athletic fields for two hours on Wednesdays. Apache Town Clerk and Treasurer Gena Montgomery told KSWO-TV that when water is scarce the fire department's ability to fight fires outweighs the need to water lawns. The emergency is in effect for 30 days during which time the splash pad at the town park will be closed.


New Kiowa Tribe Leaders to be Sworn In

The newly-elected chairman and vice chairman of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma will take their oaths of office today. Chairman-elect Lawrence Spottedbird and vice chairman-elect Jacob Tsotigh will be sworn during a ceremony at the tribe's headquarters in Carnegie. The new leaders began the day with a breakfast in Hobart then moved on to Carnegie for a mid-morning cedar ceremony, with the swearing in ceremony at noon. Spottedbird takes over the chairman's post from Matt Komalty who held the post the last four years. Komalty did not run for re-election due to health issues.


Chix Construction Firm Employees Honored

A couple of employees at a Chickasha company earn some state recognition. Dennis Downs and Zach Parnell of CMS Willowbrook pick up honors from the Journal Record as part of its Excellence in Construction and Real Estate Awards program. Downs is a project manager and was noted for his work with the construction of a new Homeland grocery store in Oklahoma City. Parnell is a project engineer and was presented with the Rising Star Award. His current project is a new housing development in Oklahoma City and he has also worked on a $135 million bond project for Mid-Del Schools.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $95.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $99.10.

Natural gas is $6.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,699 and silver is $18.17.


Thursday, July 14th


Bottled Water Drive for Chix City Workers Underway

The long-range weather forecast shows that much of Oklahoma will be impacted by an intense heat wave with several consecutive days with high temperatures over 100-degrees. That can take a toll on workers who may have to spend an extended amount time in the heat. The City of Chickasha has started a water drive to help the many city workers who will be out in the heat. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says the donations would be extremely helpful. His crews have been under-going some extensive training.




In addition to firefighters, police officers can also spend an extended amount of time in the heat. So do public works employees working on street and water line repairs, along with parks and recreation department crews with their mowing and other demands. Water donations can be dropped off at city hall, the police department, Fire Station No. 1, the public works department, and the library.


OSBI Warns of Phony Phone Calls

A scam alert has been issued by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). Officials say citizens have reached out to the agency complaining that they are getting phones calls from individuals posing as OSBI representatives. Some say the callers threaten to open an investigation into the potential victim. Others say that callers identify themselves as OSBI agents threatening arrests unless money or other things of value are provided. The authorized OSBI Facebook page says the OSBI will never ask for money or valuable items to make an investigation go away. If you are ever in doubt about who is contacting you, get the name of the caller if you can and hang up, then call the OSBI and ask for verification of the caller's identity.


Biker Hospitalized After Hitting Deer

A motorcycle rider is hospitalized after hitting a deer in southwest Oklahoma. 39-year old Seth McCool of Mt. View was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and was admitted in fair condition with head, trunk, and arm injuries. The highway patrol reports that the accident happened about 5:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon south of Mt. View and east of Cooperton in Kiowa County.


Grady County Health Board Adds New Rep

A new member has been appointed to the Grady County Board of Health. County Commissioners have appointed Kristi Keller to the panel. Her term begins immediately and will run through January 3rd of 2024. Keller also serves as a member of the Access Health Clinic Board, the Ninnekah Safe and Healthy Schools Committee, and was a medical volunteer at the Oklahoma City memorial marathon this year. Grady County Health Department Administrator Daryn Kirkpatrick says Keller will be actively involved in identifying public health problems and leading community efforts to solve them. Keller joins Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley, County Commissioner Ralph Beard, LaRonda McCarther, and Alton Rawlins on the five-member panel.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $96.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $99.57.

Natural gas is $6.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,711 and silver is $18.80.


Wednesday, July 13th


Anadarko Asked to Conserve Electricity

Residents in Anadarko were asked to conserve electricity Monday as demand for power is on the rise because of searing temperatures over the last couple of weeks. The City of Anadarko posted the news on its Facebook page. The city provides power to the community through the Anadarko Public Works Authority (APWA) which purchases electricity from Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC). The post indicated that WFEC advised that the heat wave that has settled on western Oklahoma and much of the U.S. is driving an increased demand for electricity and that other grid operators are under similar conservation measures.  In addition to the heat wave, low wind is a factor as wind-generated electricity is coming in at less than 10 percent capacity. Officials say ways to conserve electricity include turning up the thermostat a couple of degrees and by turning off or even unplugging non-essential lights and appliances. Other tips include - avoid running large appliances like washers, dryers, and electric ovens during peak energy use times between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Also, avoid watering lawns and washing cars during peak hours.


Man Suspected of Holding Loaded Gun to Woman's Head

A Rush Springs man is facing a weapons charge after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman. A probable cause affidavit from the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates a deputy was called to a convenience store in Ninnekah over the weekend where the distraught victim said she and the suspect had been arguing about money. She reported the suspect grabbed a gun, cocked it, then held the gun against her head. Investigators went to the suspect's home and arrested 48-year old Andrew Stephen Olivier. On Monday, prosecutors formally charged Olivier with feloniously pointing a firearm and misdemeanors of domestic violence and threatening violence. Olivier is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.


Monthly Household Bills in Chickasha

Less that State, National Averages

A new study shows Chickasha residents pay less than most Oklahomans on their most common household bills. The numbers were released in a recent state-by-state market report from a group called DOXO-Insights. The report shows that Chickasha households pay nearly 1,400 per month on things like mortgage or rent; utilities; auto loans; and cable and internet services. The cost is about 14 percent lower than the state average of about $1,635 and more than 30 percent below the national average of just over $2,000 per month. The study shows mortgage payments averaged nearly $790 and rent about $715 to make up more than half the cost of monthly bills. Auto loans were about $424; utilities which include lights, water, and gas were just over $225; auto insurance was $175; health insurance was $100; and life insurance was about $70. Mobile phone service was about $85 per month and cable and internet services were about $80. The report shows Chickasha is the 44th most expensive city in Oklahoma for household bills.


CV Tech Students Do Well in National Contests

Some Canadian Valley Technology Center students brought home some hardware from national competitions this summer. Kaitlyn Perkins of Minco won both gold and silver medals at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America contest in San Diego. James Mayhugh of Cement finished runner-up in the National CNC Technician contest. The Chickasha campus post-secondary Skills USA quiz bowl team of Cash Muncrief, Zayne Jiminez, Alysa Hughen-Green, Brock Voyle, Kyle Perry, Omar Arredondo, and Jarret Linden placed third. CNC Technician Andrew Martinez placed 7th; Trenten Rippey was 9th in prepared speech; and Josh Morris was 9th in Mobile Robotics.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $95.84.

London-based Brent crude is $99.49.

Natural gas is $6.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,726 and silver is $18.91.



Shelley Henderson

Funeral service for Shelley Henderson, 62, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.


Tuesday, July 12th


Truck Driver Dies in Crash with Train

A deadly crash occurred southwest of Amber yesterday when a train hit a semi hauling gravel. The accident claimed the life of 45-year old Troy Zielinski of Duncan. The accident occurred just before 4:30 Monday afternoon at an uncontrolled railroad crossing near CR 1300 and CS 2840. The highway patrol reports that Zielinski was westbound on CR 1300 and failed to yield to the southbound Union Pacific train. Two men on the train were not injured. They were identified as the engineer, 40-year old Michael Seller - and the conductor, 40-year old Brandon Walden both of Chickasha. The roadway was blocked for about six hours and was re-opened just before 10:30 last night.


Blanchard Residents Suffer Minor Injuries in Weekend Pile-up 

A Blanchard couple escaped serious injury in a multi-car pile-up in southern Oklahoma. 44-year old Kenya Gates and 42-year old Michaela Gates were among those involved in a five-car crash on I-35 in Thackerville Sunday evening. Several people were taken to hospitals and one was admitted in serious condition. Michaela Gates was taken by ground ambulance to a helipad but refused medical treatment or transport for a possible head injury. The highway patrol is still investigating that crash.


Pursuit Suspect Sought

A man who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup is being sought by authorities. The pursuit occurred last Friday after the truck was reported stolen from the NAPA Auto Parts store in Chickasha. The Grady County Sheriff's Office received a call from the father of the pickup owner who was following the truck in the Pocasset area. A press release from the sheriff's office indicates that Undersheriff Gary Boggess was in Amber when the call came in and headed to Pocasset and encountered the vehicle on the way. Boggess initially had the truck pulled over but the driver sped away, driving through a field and a church yard before crashing into a brick mail box. The suspect then fled on foot but was chased down about a 1/4 mile away. The suspect told Boggess he bought the truck at a casino. The suspect was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital after complaining of neck and back injuries and was later released. The sheriff's office was seeking an arrest warrant for 54-year old Randy Mitchel Reed who is being sought for eluding and other crimes.


Chickasha Water Restrictions Lifted

The City of Chickasha has lifted a call for voluntary water conservation efforts. Officials had asked residents to reduce outdoor watering as crews were installing and sanitized new water lines near the U.S. Highway 81 bypass route west of town. Officials issued a statement Monday afternoon saying the project had been completed and that residents could resume their normal water usage.

City Intersection Closed for Storm Sewer Repair

A storm sewer repair project in the north part of Chickasha has temporarily closed an intersection. The area of 10th and Frisco Avenue was shut down yesterday while repairs were made. The roadway was expected to be blocked through today.


Assistant Prosecutor to be Recognized

A big honor will be awarded to a member of District Attorney Jason Hicks' staff. Jeff Sifers will be recognized as the Professional Advocate of the Year by the Criminal Law Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Sifers is the managing assistant DA in Hicks’ Grady County office. Hicks said it’s a huge honor and speaks volumes about Sifers whom Hicks called an amazing prosecutor and person.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.10.

Natural gas is $6.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,733 and silver is $18.84.


Monday, July 11th


Chix Residents Still Asked to Conserve Water Use

Residents in Chickasha are still being asked to reduce their outdoor water usage. The city issued the request on Friday, saying they were re-routing water to the west side of town due to water line installation along the Highway 81 Bypass route. Officials said the extra water is needed to sterilize the lines. Officials are asking residents to not do any outdoor watering on their lawns, gardens, or landscapes during the day. They also ask residents to not wash their cars and trucks at home. Officials say the request would run into this week but did not give any indication when it might be lifted. We'll provide updates when the city makes them available to us and any new information will also be posted on the city's Facebook page and website at:


Annual Ward 3 Meeting With Council Reps is Tonight

Also from city hall - residents in Ward Three can meet with their city council representatives tonight. Each year the city schedules annual ward meetings so residents can discuss concerns in a non-formal setting. Ward 3 councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander and Oscar Nelson will meet with their constituents at 6:30 tonight in the community building at Washita Valley Park.


Chix Schools Begin Enrollment for 2022-23 School Year

Enrollment for fall classes at Chickasha Public Schools begins today. This is for returning and new students. Parents can enroll their children on-line on the school district's website or by visiting the enrollment center at 7th and Kansas Avenue which is across the street from the post office. The enrollment center is open Monday through Thursday through much of the summer.


Changes for Some for Chix School Lunch Program

School officials also say there will be some changes to meals provided to students to accommodate new program and federal guidelines. Meals for all pre-K through 8th grade will still be free. However, high school students will pay for meals unless they qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. School officials said that not enough high school students were identified in order for the high school to apply for the Community Eligible Provision of the USDA.  Families can apply for free or reduced-priced lunches when they enroll their children. Also changing at the high school, there will be a closed-campus at lunch for the freshmen class. The information is posted on the district's Facebook page.


Horrors of Native American Boarding School Abuse

Detailed in Dept. of Interior Meeting in Anadarko

Former students of Native American boarding schools detailed the torture they endured. Officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior began a nationwide ‘listening tour’ at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko on Saturday. '12 years of Hell' is how one former student described his time at St. Patrick’s Catholic school and at Riverside many years ago. Many of those speaking are now 60 and 70 years old and older. The Oklahoman reports that one of the individuals said he arrived at St. Patrick's Catholic School where they took off his clothes and poured green stuff all over him that stung, and when he cried they beat him. And when he spoke his native Kiowa language they washed his mouth with lye to make him stop. Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland says while recalling the abuse is painful, their stories must be told.




About 300 people were in attendance and only about an hour of the meeting was open to the media. The role of boarding schools has changed dramatically as most now focus on embracing and not erasing Native American cultures.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.79 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $107.02.

Natural gas is $6.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,732 and silver is $19.17.

2022, July 5th-9th

Saturday, July 9th


Chix Residents Asked to Voluntarily Reduce Water Use

Chickasha city officials are asking residents to voluntarily cut back on their outdoor watering for the next several days. City officials say the reason is because of the installation of water lines along the route of the U.S. Highway 81 bypass west of the city. In a prepared statement, officials said that the lines need to be sterilized and the city must to re-route a lot of water to the tower on West Idaho. Officials ask residents minimize outdoor water usage during the day. That includes watering lawns, gardens, and landscapes, and not filling in-ground swimming pools. They also ask residents to not wash their cars in their driveways. The voluntary conservation request is expected to run into next week. For updated information see the city's Facebook page or the city's website at


Mother Arrested for Suspect Child Neglect

A mother is accused of child neglect after her four-year old child wandered away from home while she slept. 33-year old Amanda Rae Anderson was taken into custody this week. The child had wandered to a home about a block away. A probable cause affidavit indicates the child walked to the home barefoot over broken glass on the sidewalk. The boy was only wearing a shirt with no underwear or shorts on, was soiled, and appeared to have had a number of mosquito bites.  The individual who found the child identified Anderson as his mother. Police went to Anderson's home where an officer found her asleep. She told the officer she had no idea the child was missing. Anderson was arrested and charged with felony child neglect. She is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond


Native American Boarding School Listening Tour Begins

Federal officials will be at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko today to begin a national listening tour to hear about the terrible treatment suffered by numerous Native American children who attended federal boarding schools in the late-1800s and into the mi-1900s. Deb Haaland, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, launched a widespread investigation last year which determined that generations of Native American youth were forced or compelled to attend the schools. Haaland said it was a way for the U.S. government to break up tribal nations and obtain their land.




Haaland said they have found 53 burial sites across the country that are tied to the boarding schools. Haaland is the first Native American to serve as the Interior Department Secretary. She plans to compile testimony she hears into an oral archive. The Oklahoman reported this week that Haaland said children were punished for speaking their Native languages and the schools often operated like the military with drills, marches, and strict rules. The investigation found that many of the schools did not focus on education but on manual labor and skills training designed to eradicate Indigenous cultures. Oklahoma had the most boarding schools of any state with 76.  Riverside is among the few off-reservation boarding schools that are still in operation today. Haaland said the schools are run much differently than they did in the past as they now focus on native cultures and education.


Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Jake Grossnicklaus with the Grady County Cattle Producers Association is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today are Wendy King, Patricia McConnell, and Sheri Thrash with Special Young Adults. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.



Larry Smith

Funeral service for Larry Smith, 66, of Dallas and formerly of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Patricia Moore

A memorial service for Patricia Moore, 31, formerly of Minco, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.


Friday, July 8th


Worker Dies in Oil Field Accident

An oilfield worker died while a crew was clearing a spot to locate an oil rig. 44-year old Matthew Kopf of Newcastle died in the accident that happened along the Washita River east of Ninnekah yesterday. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess says the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call just before noon and asked for an ambulance to respond. Boggess says a crew for Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation was clearing a spot for an oil rig when a skid steer got stuck on the riverbank. Crews used tow straps and a chain attached to a tractor in an attempt to free the skid steer. Kopf was driving the tractor when the chain broke under the stress of the pull, recoiled, and struck Kopf in the head, neck, and shoulder area. Kopf died at the scene.


Missing Man's Body Found at Lake Chickasha

The body of a man reported missing from Tuttle this week was found at Lake Chickasha. Undersheriff Boggess said the body of 43-year old Mark Barham was found Tuesday evening. Boggess said the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call from Barham’s mother early Tuesday. She said he may have gone to the lake to go kayaking. Deputies pinged Barham's cell phone which they traced to the west side of the lake. When investigators got there they found Barham's cell phone in his truck, but he and his kayak were not there. Caddo County deputies and Chickasha police were also summoned to the scene. Authorities did not find anything on an initial search of the lake. Later Tuesday afternoon, a Caddo County deputy returned to the lake. A civilian with a boat volunteered to take the deputy around the lake again, where they found Barham's body in his kayak. Boggess said there did not appear to be any sign of foul play. Barham's body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office where officials will determine his cause of death.


Another Suspect Arrested for Drug Trafficking

There's been another arrest in the on-going battle with drug dealers distributing pain pills laced with fentanyl. The latest arrest was made earlier this week when the Grady County Sheriff's Office combined efforts with the Drug Enforcement Administration to bring in 55-year old Chris Elroy Loveless of Chickasha. A probable cause affidavit indicates officials received a tip that alleged Loveless sold nearly 30 pills to an individual for $400. Loveless told investigators he has about 1,000 fentanyl-laced tablets delivered to his home every week and that he sells them for up to $20 each. Loveless has been formally charged with felonies which include trafficking and distribution. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $100,000 if convicted.


Silver Alert Issued for Missing Duncan Woman

The search continues for a Duncan woman who has been missing from her home for about three weeks. The Duncan Police Department issued a Silver Alert for 84-year old Margie Pickens in mid-June. There were reports that she was seen at the Lawton-Duncan Y and asked for a ride to Elk City. However, video surveillance did not show any evidence that she had been there. The last time anyone had contact with her was a text message she sent to her landlord, saying she was going to her family farm east of Duncan. Individuals were asking residents to check their storm cellars to see if she had taken shelter from the heat.  Pickens is Caucasian with hazel eyes and shoulder-length light brown hair and was on foot. Anyone with information about Margie Pickens is asked to contact the Duncan Police Department by calling 580-255-2112.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $102.73 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $104.65.

Natural gas is $6.29 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,735 and gold is $19.02.


Thursday, July 7th


Driver of Car Critical After Crash with Semi

A car rear-ended a semi in Alex yesterday and the driver of the car is hospitalized in critical condition. 31-year old Haley Kinsey of Bradley was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after being trapped in her car for more than 45 minutes. Crews from the Alex Fire Department had to use their Jaws of Life to free Kinsey from the wreckage. Somehow, a five-year old girl in the car with her escaped serious injury. The child was taken to Children's Hospital to be treated for a head injury and was allowed to go home. The accident happed about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at State Highway 19 and Main Street. The trooper investigating the accident said that Kinsey was behind the semi as both were westbound on the highway. The truck driver slowed to make a turn and Kinsey's car crashed into the semi. The truck driver identified as 33-year old Justin Hamilton of Lindsay was not hurt.


Reward Offered for Info Regarding Drilling Fluid Incident

A huge reward is being offered for information about the vandals who broke into the yard of a Cyril oilfield company and released thousands of gallons of drilling fluid. A $10,000 reward has been offered by Stellar Drilling Fluid Company. One or more persons gained entry into the yard by cutting a chain-link fence then opened valves on several storage containers to release nearly 6,000 barrels of fluid. The incident happened late Monday or early Tuesday of this week. Tips can be called in to the Caddo County sheriff's office at 405-247-5700.


Tuttle Begins Odd-Even Outdoor Watering

Tuttle residents are asked to conserve their water usage as the area deals with the triple-digit high temperatures. The city has gone to an odd-even system for residents who want to water their yards, landscapes, and gardens. Residents whose addresses end with an odd number can water on odd-numbered days and residents whose addresses end with an even number can water on even-numbered days. A post on the City of Tuttle's Facebook page says the reason for the cut back is that Tuttle buys its water from Newcastle which buys most of its water from Oklahoma City. So Tuttle is required to follow Oklahoma City's conservation measures. Oklahoma City requires odd-even outdoor watering year-round.


Chickasha Ward 3 Meeting Set

Chickasha residents who live in Ward 3 can meet with their city council representatives next week. A ward meeting will be held at the Washita Valley Park Community Building Monday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. Ward 3 councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander and Oscar Nelson will be on hand to discuss issues and share residents’ ideas about the city's future. Residents can e-mail questions ahead of the meeting so officials can have answers at that time. Questions can be e-mailed to:


Wildlife Refuge Again Issues Restrictions Due to Heat

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is again limiting some activities due to the excessive heat. Hiking is only allowed from sunrise until 10 a.m. each day and all visitors must be off the trails by that time. Also, there will be no back-country camping at Charon's Garden Wilderness area. Hiking is still allowed in established picnic areas and campgrounds. All roads are open to vehicles and bicycles. Officials are concerned that the extreme heat may cause health and safety issues with patrons and that could put emergency and search-and-rescue crews at risk if they are called to respond in dangerous heat conditions and traverse rough terrain. Individuals planning to visit the refuge can get updates on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge website.


Chickasha Schools to Begin Enrollment Next Week

There is only about a month of summer vacation left for many public school students. The first day of classes for Chickasha Public Schools is five weeks from today - Thursday, August 11th. The district will begin the enrollment process for returning and new students on Monday, July 11th. Parents have the option of enrolling their children in person at the district's enrollment center or on-line by going to the district's website. The enrollment center is at 7th and Kansas Avenue (across from the post office) and is open Monday through Thursday throughout the summer.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $98.53 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $100.69.

Natural gas is $5.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,742 and silver is $19.35.



‘Colene’ Talbert

Funeral for Alta ‘Colene’ Talbert, 95, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11th at the Northside Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.


Wednesday, July 6th


Vandals Cause Massive Drilling Fluid Spill in Cyril

A Cyril park is closed while officials clean up a drilling fluid spill that appears to be the work of vandals. Officials with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission say nearly 250,000 gallons of drilling fluid - the equivalent of some 6,000 barrels - leaked from the plant from Monday night into Tuesday. KWTV News 9 reports that Caddo County deputies suspect someone broke into the property of Stellar Drilling Fluids saying the chain-link fence surrounding the company was definitely cut. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said the spill is made more complicated by the fact that it happened within the city limits. The town of Cyril posted on its Facebook page that Keechi Trail and Park would be closed until further notice. The fluid got into the park's recreational ponds which are used for fishing. Investigators will review video surveillance to see if any suspects can be identified. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is also investigating. There was no estimate available regarding the clean up.


One Hospitalized, One Jailed After Man Hit by Truck

A Chickasha man suffered broken bones and another is in jail after a fight ends with one man driving his pick up into the other. Documents filed in Grady County District Court indicate Chickasha police were called to a home in the 600 block of North 9th Street just after midnight Tuesday to investigate a fight. Police arrested 41-year old Timothy Carl Stover of Oklahoma City...after its alleged he intentionally drove his SUV into the victim, pinning him against a pickup. Stover told police that the victim attacked him with a bat. The victim said Stover was threatening his family, so he hit the windshield of Stover's SUV with the bat. The victim was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital to be treated for a broken arm, a broken ankle and possible internal injuries. Stover has been formally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and felony DUI. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Just a couple of months ago, Stover pleaded guilty to a charge of having a firearm after conviction and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 90 days suspended.


July 4th Pursuit Suspect Identified

An Anadarko man was arrested for leading numerous law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase across three counties on Monday. Anadarko police say 38 year old Michael Ruban Brown was taken into custody following the pursuit from Anadarko to Newcastle which lasted about an hour. Brown is facing charges that include burglary, larceny of a vehicle, conspiracy to commit violence, and attempting to elude. He's not yet had his initial appearance on the charges.


New Chix Restaurants Win Approval to Sell Alcohol

A couple of new Chickasha restaurants get to go-ahead to serve alcohol when they open their doors. Public hearings for the restaurants' use-on-review applications were held during last night's city council meeting and neither received opposition. The applications for Brandi Terry to serve alcohol at 101 Chickasha Avenue and for Brett Kappus to serve alcohol next door at 117 Chickasha Avenue were passed unanimously in a 6-0 vote.

'Street Outlaws' Filming Passes; Legal Issues Still Being Discussed

After some debate, the council approved a temporary street closure to allow the Discovery Channel to film an episode of the popular 'Street Outlaws' program at the Airport Industrial Park. There are some legal details that still needed to be worked out but the measure passed by a 5-1 vote with councilman Brian Gerdes recusing his vote.

Chix Firm Wins Bid to Help Expand Festival of Light

The council approved a bid of just over $100,000 from Electrical Technologies of Chickasha to expand electrical service at Shannon Springs Park for the Festival of Light. The company will have to provide a performance bond and unit pricing which weren't included in their initial bid.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $97.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $102.77.

Natural gas is $5.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,763 and silver is $19.16.



Freddie Ogles

Funeral for Freddie Ogles, 83, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 8th at St. Johns AME Church in Arcadia. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Mary Johnson

Funeral for Mary Johnson, 77, of Alex will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9th at the Alex United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Jamie Hackney

A memorial service for Jami Hackney, 62, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the USAO Alumni Chapel. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.


Tuesday, July 5th


Driver Arrested Following Lengthy High-Speed Pursuit

A driver was arrested yesterday after a high-speed chase that covered three counties. During the chase through Caddo, Grady, and McClain County, a state trooper crashed and rolled his cruiser. There was no information regarding the status of injuries the trooper may have suffered. The pursuit began Monday morning in Anadarko where state troopers say the suspect was trying to break into a shed and get away from Anadarko police. Reports then indicate the suspect broke into a home, took some keys, stole a car, and drove off. During the pursuit, troopers say the suspect fired shots at them and tried to hit the cruisers of several troopers. The pursuit finally came to an end near Newcastle not far from the State Highway 37 and State Highway 76 junction. The roadway was closed for about three hours. The unidentified suspect was taken to the Caddo County Jail.


Officials Work to Name Victim of Fiery Crash

A fiery weekend crash which killed a driver near Carnegie remains under investigation. The unidentified driver died in the crash that happened just after midnight Sunday about two miles west of Carnegie in Kiowa County. The highway patrol reports that the driver was in a pickup which was southbound on a county road when the truck ran off the road, hit an embankment, and caught fire. The state medical examiner is working to identify the driver.


Public Hearings Dot Chix City Council Agenda

A number of public hearings are scheduled for tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting. Among them are a couple of use-on-review applications to sell alcohol. One is for Brandi Terry at 101 West Chickasha Avenue and the other is for Brett Kappus at 117 West Chickasha. A third hearing is to consider amendments to the final plat of the Red Bud Ridge housing addition. A fourth hearing is to discuss and consider changes to zoning ordinances as they pertain to congregate living facilities.

'Festival of Light' Electrical Expansion to be Considered

The council will also consider awarding a project to expand the electrical service in Shannon Springs Park for the Festival of Light. Three bids were submitted however none of them included all the required information. The engineering firm for the project, Chisholm Trail Consulting, indicates the council can declare a waiver to award a contract for just over $100,000 to Electrical Technologies, Inc. of Chickasha or reject all bids and re-start the process.

'Street Outlaws' May Film in Chickasha

The council is also to consider a temporary street closure to allow the filming of the popular Discovery channel program Street Outlaws. The proposal calls for the closure of the Airport Industrial Road during a two-week period between July 18th and August 6th. Producers would pay the expenses for any public safety overtime or they would hire off-duty public safety officials to fill their safety needs. The filming would be done at night. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.79.

Natural gas is $5.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,802 and silver is $19.82.



Leonard Hillary

A graveside service for Leonard Hillary, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Norma Chasten

Funeral for Norma Chasten, 80, of Anadarko will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9th at the Greater First Baptist Church of Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.


Monday, July 4th

No news due to the Independence Day holiday






2022, June 27th-July 2nd

Saturday, July 2nd


Construction of New Chix City Park Underway

Groundbreaking was held this week for a new park in downtown Chickasha. City, business, and civic leaders with the Chickasha Community Foundation were on hand to turn over the first shovels of dirt for the park being built next to the historic Rock Island Railroad Depot. The first phase of construction will include remodeling the old Freight or Mill Building into public restrooms, creating a USAO Arts Plaza, and erecting a more permanent version of the now iconic 40-foot tall leg lamp that has been a feature of downtown the last two holiday seasons. The Leg Lamp is larger-than-life version of the leg lamp made popular by the classic holiday movie, The Christmas Story. The lamp has received international attention including a story in the London Daily News as well as on TV stations in Tokyo. Pat Brooks, president of the Community Foundation says the park is being built entirely with private funds and grants. This first phase of construction is expected to be completed by mid-November which will mark the start of the 30th anniversary of the city’s Festival of Light. Brooks says fund-raising efforts are continuing in order to complete future amenities that may include tributes to local residents who have made an impact on a national and international level, an amphitheatre; walking and jogging trails; a children's play area; and a food truck court.


America's Birthday Parties Underway

America's annual birthday party is underway. The 4th of July commemorates the efforts of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and their declaration of independence for 13 colonies which had previously been under British rule. The country's 246th birthday is being celebrated with parades, community events, and fireworks nationwide. In this region, the Blanchard Independence Day celebration is this evening. Activities will start at 6 p.m. off of U.S. Highway 62 behind the Sonic Drive In. There are kids games, food trucks, live music, and fireworks. Salt Creek Casino in Pocasset will have inflatable games and activities for children tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. followed by fireworks.

Chickasha July 4th Fireworks to be held Monday

Chickasha's 4th of July celebration will be Monday night at Shannon Springs Park. The fireworks display is funded by private donations with some $18,000 contributed for the numerous displays. Among them are a 600-shot red-white-and-blue 'zipper pattern' barrage; a nearly 560-shot crackling with red pearl barrage; a 300-shot pattern of red and green crossette barrages; and a 210-shot red rhyme dancing barrage. The Grand Finale will include two 90-shot silver coconut barrages; five gold brocade flower chains; two 49-shot quick salute barrages; and an 88-shot twilight-glitter to red-white-and blue tip fan barrage.



‘Gordon’ Reinhart, I

Funeral service Otto ‘Gordon’ Reinhart I, 73, of Blanchard, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Ferguson Funeral Home of Chickasha.

Alicia Spencer

A memorial service for Alicia Spencer will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.


Friday, July 1st


DA Pleased with U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this week returned some power to the State of Oklahoma concerning the prosecution of non-Native Americans in crimes against indigenous people. In a 5-4 vote, the nation's high court ruled in favor of Oklahoma in the Castro-Huerta Decision.  In a prepared statement, District Attorney Jason Hicks - who serves Grady, Caddo, Stephens and Jefferson counties in District 6 - said the decision is great news for victims of crimes statewide. He said due to the McGirt Decision, the state could not prosecute non-Indians in crimes against Indians. He said there have been multiple cases where the state did not have jurisdiction due to the Native American status of victims and that it has been difficult for him to explain to them that there was nothing his office could do. Hicks said such cases will now remain with the state instead of being sent to another location for prosecution. He said the Supreme Court's decision was a monumental moment and a giant step in re-storing the state's ability to keep the public safe.

One Tribe Speaks out Against Court Ruling

Some tribal groups disagreed with the decision. Quapah Nation Business Committee Chairman Joseph Byrd said the court rendered a decision that is an affront to tribal sovereignty and erodes centuries of well-settled federal Indian law. He went to say that by inserting itself into an area reserved specifically for Congress the high court signals that absolute power is no longer absolute when it comes to Indian affairs.


Chix Mayor Named Chairman of USAO Regents

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley will be a champion multi-tasker over the next few months. Mosley was recently named the chairman of the board of regents for USAO. Mosley has been member of the regents since 2012. He'll be guiding the panel for the next 12 months. That will be in addition to his work as mayor and as Chickasha's acting city manager while the city council looks for a new manager. He's also involved with the family insurance business. Other officers for the USAO  regents include Cale Walker who will serve as vice chairman. Walker was appointed to the panel in 2019 and is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Kelly Wilkerson will serve as clerk for the regents. Wilkerson is in her third year with the regents and is co-owner of the Chicken Express franchises in Chickasha, Duncan, and Lawton.


Where to Watch Fireworks this July 4th Weekend

There will be numerous fireworks shows in the region this weekend. Anadarko will hold its Honor America Day celebration today. They'll have activities starting at 11 o'clock this morning at the Caddo County Fairgrounds. There are arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and free games and activities for the kids. The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 tonight, and music will be synchronized with the fireworks on our sister station New Country 985. Blanchard will hold its Independence Day celebration tomorrow evening. Activities start at 6 p.m. with food trucks, kids’ games, and live music from Squad Live and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band. Salt Creek Casino will have activities Sunday evening starting at 5 p.m. with face painting and inflatable games followed by fireworks; and the City of Chickasha will have its fireworks display on Monday night, July 4th at Shannon Springs Park. There will be food trucks at the park prior to the fireworks.


Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today we have Kenneth Corn, Oklahoma's Rural Development Director for the United States Department of Agriculture. Find podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $105.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $114.81.

Natural gas is $5.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,791 and silver is $19.68.


Thursday, June 30th


Verden Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Weapons Charges

A Verden man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges. 31-year old Stephen Lee Martin entered the plea in Federal court earlier this month. The plea made in connection with his arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred at his home in March of this year. An investigation by Verden police alleged that Martin had discharged a shotgun near the head of a female victim and used the shot gun to force her into his pickup. It's also alleged Martin tried to hide the shotgun by throwing it and some ammunition into a ditch however investigators were able to find the items. Martin has prior felony convictions and wasn't supposed to have any firearms. Earlier this month a federal grand jury issued a three-count indictment against Martin including being a felon in possession of a firearm; being a felon in possession of ammunition; and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to the firearms and ammunition charges. Sentencing is expected to take place within 90 days. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge and a $250,000 fine. Martin has been in federal custody since mid-April.


Tip Leads to Child Porn Arrest

An Amber man has been arrested for having child pornography. 32-year old Carl Lee Moore was arrested Tuesday following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation (OSBI). Court documents indicate that the OSBI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last fall regarding 90 child sexual abuse files, including videos and pictures being downloaded. Investigators traced the IP address to Moore's Amber home. Grady County prosecutors have charged Moore with felony counts of having child pornography and unlawful use of a computer system. During his arraignment on the charges yesterday Moore's bond was set at $300,000 and he remains in the Grady County Jail.


Suspect Accused of Violating Burn Ban

A Blanchard man is accused of violating a burn ban. 72-year old Lawrence Julian Carroll was arrested by a Grady County deputy this week. Court documents indicate that authorities were called out to a home in the Blanchard area in March to investigate a property damage report.  A woman told the deputy that her neighbor, Carroll, had been burning while a burn ban was in effect. She alleged the fire spread to her home where it damaged or destroyed several lawn mowers that were being repaired by her husband. Carroll admitted starting the fire but told officials with the Bridge Creek Fire Department he thought he had fully extinguished the blaze. Carroll is facing misdemeanor charges of unlawful burning and burning in drought emergency conditions. He is out of jail after posting a $2,500 bond. The case has been set for the July 22nd disposition docket in Grady County District Court.


Former USAO Hoopsters in New Adam Sandler Movie

Some former USAO basketball players are in the new Adam Sandler movie. Elvin Rodriguez, Bookie Diakete, and Richard McCalop can been seen in Hustle. Sandler is an NBA scout who discovers a raw but talented player in Spain and tries to get him ready for the NBA draft. The movie also features some big name NBA stars including LeBron James as well as Hollywood actors Queen Latifah and Robert Duvall. Rodriguez has the most prominent role of the three Drovers in the nearly two-hour film. He said it took several weeks of going through the audition process before he was offered his role.




The film is currently available on Netflix.


Restaurants Touted by State Tourism Department

Several area restaurants have been recognized by the state department of tourism. They include J and W Grill which was praised for its onion burgers, chili-cheese coneys, and old-fashioned breakfast meals. Crazy Eight Cafe and Coffee House was awarded for its early dining option;, full-service coffee bar; and homemade desserts. Ken's Steak House and Ribs of Amber is known for its appetizer ribs and expertly cooked steaks and prime rib. Burrito Grill in Blanchard is touted as the home of the one-pound burrito, and is also noted for its tacos, quesadillas, and salads.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $109.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $116.26.

Natural gas is $6.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $20.57.



Delphia Malone

Funeral service for Delphia Malone, 64, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9th at First at the Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.


Wednesday, June 29th


Voters Oust One Grady County Commissioner

Embattled Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker was defeated by one of his former workers in yesterday's primary elections. Zachary Davis picked up nearly 60 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in the District One county commissioner race - 1,432 to 995. Walker is facing charges of embezzlement and spying on employees stemming from an investigation which alleged he used county resources and labor to pave a private road. His trial is scheduled to begin in August. With no candidates in the Democratic primary Davis will assume the post in January.

Second Commissioner Goes to a Run-off

In the District three Grady County commissioner race incumbent Ralph Beard and challenger Gary Bray will meet in a run-off as neither picked up a majority of votes in a three-candidate Republican primary. Both received a nearly equal amount of votes - Bray with 746 and Beard with 742 - both collected about 42 percent of the vote. The third candidate in the field, John Williams, received 271 votes or 15 percent. Beard and Bray will meet in a run-off on August 23rd with the winner to take office in January as there were no Democratic candidates.

Caddo County Voters Elect Two New Commissioners

In Caddo County two new county commissioners were elected. In District 3, Robert Weaver defeated Mark Taylor in the Democratic primary picking up about 55 percent of the vote, 334 to 279. There were no Republican candidates for the post. Mike Belter won a three-person race in District 1, avoiding a run-off by 10 votes. Belter received 443 votes or 51 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. Bobby Lynn and James Bucky Brown were within five votes of each other. Lynn received 214 votes and Brown 209 votes. Belter will be the new commissioner as there were no Democratic candidates. Weaver and Belter will be sworn in to office in January.

State Senator Forced into a Run-off

State Senator Darcy Jech (R-Kingfisher), who represents much of Caddo County in District 26, will have to go to a run-off to try to retain his seat. He will meet Brady Butler in the August run-off. Jech received just under 43 percent of the vote while Butler received about 38 percent. A third candidate, JJ Stitt, received about 20 percent of the vote.

Stephens County Judicial Post to be Decided in November

In Stephens County, the race for District judge in District 5 will be decided in the general election in November. Neil West and Jay Walker both received about 33 percent of the vote in a four-person race. with Steven Crow collecting about 21 percent and Tommy Sims about 14 percent.


Food Trucks Sought for Chickasha July 4th Fireworks

The City of Chickasha is putting the call out for food trucks to be in Shannon Springs Park for the July 4th celebration on Monday. There are five spaces available in the food truck court at the park. There is no charge to set up however food trucks must have an active permit with the city, must be self-contained, and will have to undergo an inspection. The spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no activities prior to the fireworks Monday night but food trucks can set up anytime that day. Most people will start arriving at the park after 6 p.m. Food trucks interested in participating should contact city hall by the close of business today.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $111.76 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $117.98.

Natural gas is $6.55 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,818 and silver is $20.79.



Dorothy Kauffman

The life of Dorothy Kauffman, 88, of Lake Chickasha will be honored at her home at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 1st which will be followed by a private burial. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.


Tuesday, June 28th


Primary Elections Underway

Oklahomans are heading to the polls to cast ballots in primary elections today. Republicans and Democrats are voting in their respective primaries and Independent voters can cast ballots in the Democratic primary. There are numerous candidates for state and federal offices and several county primary elections in the region.

Grady County Has Two County Commissioner Primaries

In Grady County, there are Republican primaries for two county commissioner posts. In District Three, incumbent Ralph Beard is facing two challengers in Gary Bray and John Williams. In District One, incumbent Mike Walker is facing former district one employee Zachary Davis.

Caddo County has County Commissioner, State Representative Primaries

In Caddo County, there is a Republican primary for District One County Commissioner between Bobby Lynn, Mike Belter, and James 'Bucky' Brown. There is a Democratic primary for District Three County Commissioner between Robert Weaver and Mark Steven Taylor, the winner of which will be the new District Three commissioner. There is a Republican Primary for State Senate District 50 where incumbent Darcy Jech is facing two challengers in JJ Stitt and Brady Butler; and a Republican Primary for State Representative in District 55 between Jeff Sawatsky, Nick Archer, and Tad Boone.

Two State House Posts on the Ballot in McClain County

In McClain County, there is a Republican Primary for State Representative in District 20 between Anthony Mackey and Sherrie Conley; and a Republican primary for State Representative in District 42 between Cindy Roe and Matthew Huggans.

Garvin County Also has Two State Representative Primaries

Garvin County also has a Republican primary for State Representative in District 42 between Cindy Roe and Matthew Huggans; and for State Representative in District 48 between April Brown and Tammy Townley.

Stephens County has State Rep, District Judge Primaries

In Stephens County, there is a Republican primary for State Representative in District 50 between Jennifer Sengstock, Marcus McEntire, and Deborah Campbell. There is also a primary election for District Judge in District 5 between Tommy Simms, Neil West, Steven Crow, and Jay Walker. Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight.


State Election Board Says to Check Location of Precincts

State election board officials recommend that voters should verify their polling places as some precincts have either closed or changed due to redistricting that took place earlier this year. Many voters were mailed new voter registration cards which indicate their precincts. You can check your precinct by going to the state election board website and click on the OK Voter Portal link. Individuals may also call their county election board office.


Funeral Set for Anadarko Man Fatally Shot by Deputy

Family and friends of an Anadarko man shot and killed by a Caddo County sheriff's deputy are saying their final goodbyes to the victim today. 48-year old Roy Sink died on Father's Day after a deputy was called to his home to investigate a disturbance. It was reported that Sink had a machete in his possession and there has been no word on why the deputy fired his weapon. A funeral service for Sink was held this morning at J.J. Methvin Methodist Church in Anadarko. A lot of individuals are speaking out about Sink’s death and want answers about the shooting. The name of the deputy involved has not been released. The OSBI is continuing its investigation and when finished will turn over its final report to District Attorney Jason Hicks who will determine if the shooting was justified.


Wildlife Refuge Lifts Hiking Restrictions

Hiking restrictions put in place at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge last week have been lifted. An Emergency Heat Closure was implemented due to excessive heat. Officials announced yesterday (Monday) that they have resumed normal activities and hours of operation. However, officials say that temperatures will still be hot enough to pose a safety risk and they ask visitors to use caution. Visitors planning on visiting the refuge can get information on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $117.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $119.81.

Natural gas is $6.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,826 and silver is $21.32.


Monday, June 27th


OSBI Re-Opens Garvin County Cold Case

In June of 1987, the remains of an unidentified woman were found in Garvin County. The case has never been solved. The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation (OSBI) has re-opened the case hoping anyone can provide some information. The remains were found southwest of the I-35 exit at Goldsby in Short Creek on June 24th of that year. The woman had been shot in the head. The OSBI reports that she was Caucasian, about 5-feet, three inches tall and had brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI by calling 800-522-8017 or send an e-mail to:


Fire Board to Consider Buying Thermal Imaging Devices

The Grady County Fire Board meets tonight and will discuss the purchase of 12 hand-held thermal imaging cameras. The panel will also consider becoming an EMR agency under the direction of Heartland Medical Direction, and will discuss the use of lights and sirens in fire department vehicles. The panel will also discuss the state of inventories from all volunteer stations. The group will go behind closed doors to discuss a potential property damage claim; the release of some firefighters; and to consider the applications of new volunteers at Ninnekah and Friend. The fire board meets at 7 o'clock tonight in the community room of the Grady County Emergency Management Agency.


Woman Allegedly Uses Truck as Weapon

A Marlow woman is out of jail on bond after being accused of using her pickup as a weapon.  56-year old Tammy Sue Balthrop was arrested earlier this month following a confrontation with her husband, which allegedly included her ramming her pickup head-in into her husband's truck while he was in it. The Lawton Constitution cites Stephens County court documents that allege she also assaulted Stephens County deputies when they arrived to investigate. Balthrop has been formally charged with felonies that include assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer. She's also charged with a misdemeanor for obstruction. Balthrop is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond and she's to undergo a mental evaluation prior to her next court appearance which is scheduled for Aug. 24th.


Salvation Army Says Requests for Help Rise

The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo Counties says more families are requesting help. Officials say the financial strain of lost income, medical expenses, and now inflation have all impacted family budgets. Lt. Bobby McFarland said the demand for food boxes and utility assistance is growing and he's concerned that the food pantry will soon be depleted. He's asking for contributions of non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help needy families in both counties. Food contributions can include canned fruit, vegetables, and meat; beans; rice; and peanut butter. All contributions can be dropped off at the Salvation Army headquarters at 2402 S. 16th which is near Bill Wallace School.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $104.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $113.12.

Natural gas is $6.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $21.53.


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