Today we close out the Chickasha Future Farmer of the week with President Blake White and FFA Reporter Cody Bell closing out the year.
Wednesday, Dec. 12th
Driver Avoids Serious Injury After Stray Bullet Hits Car
An odd story today about a Chickasha man who says a stray bullet hit his car while he was driving down the highway. Gene Diaz said he was a split-second away from being hit by the bullet. Instead, after the bullet entered the passenger side of his car, it hit the steering column. Hot pieces of shattered metal fell and hit his leg and Diaz did suffer some burns. He told KFOR-TV that it felt like someone poured hot oil on him. Grady County Deputy Sheriff Phillip McCarthey say the incident happened at night, and that the bullet may have come from someone illegally hunting deer, coyotes, or wild hogs. Investigators don't have any leads and are asking anyone who may have information about the incident to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085. In the meantime, Diaz says everyone who handles a firearm should have gun safety training.
Lindsay Teen Dies in Near Head-on Collision
Sad news to report out of Lindsay, where a teenager lost her life in a near head-on collision. The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, on State Highway 76 about three miles south of Lindsay. We don't know the name of the girl, who was only 17. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol does not release the names of juveniles who are involved in traffic accidents. The OHP reports the teen was northbound on the highway when her car crossed the center line and collided with a southbound pick-up. The driver of the pick-up, 31-year old Justin Murphy, and a passenger, 35-year old Renoldo Flores, who are both from Texas were not hurt.
Man Charged With Assault in Golf Club Attack
A Blanchard-area man is charged with felony assault for allegedly breaking a man's arm with a golf club. 55-year old Jerry Lynn Buchanan has been formally charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Grady County District Court. Buchanan was arrested late last week after a deputy sheriff was called to Grady Memorial Hospital to investigate an assault complaint. A man suffered a broken arm after being hit several times with a golf club. Buchanan told investigators he was defending himself when he and the victim got into a scuffle. Buchanan suffered minor head injury that did not require medical treatment. Buchanan remains in the Grady County Jail pending a $100,000 bond.
GPS Aids Police in Finding Stolen Car
A GPS tracking device leads police to a stolen car, and authorities arrest the driver on a number of complaints. A woman called Chickasha Police last week to report that her car was stolen. Authorities called the dealer where the car was purchased. Thanks to the satellite technology, the car was detected a couple of hours later in the area of 29th Street and Highway 62. The man driving the car said he had just borrowed it, and was about to return it. Police also found items in the car that were reported stolen in a previous burglary. Authorities arrested 19-year old Dalton Cordell Null of Chickasha and he has been formally charged with felonies of unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of stolen property. Null remains in jail on a $25,000 bond. Null had been arrested for burglary about a year ago and was scheduled to enter a plea on the charge next month.
Inhofe Tells How Funding for Border Wall is Possible
Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe says President Trump does have a plan to come up with the money he's requesting to build a wall to secure the nation's border with Mexico. Inhofe says the Joint Committee on Taxation has evaluated The Wall Act, which has been sent to the president.
Inhofe said the bill would not impact legal immigrants who have been approved to receive tax credits.
FSA County Committee Election Results
Ag producers throughout Oklahoma cast ballots last month in their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections. Mark Jackson with the Grady County FSA Office has the results for both Caddo and Grady counties.
The members will serve three-year terms on their county committees beginning January 1st.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was up to $51.65 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude rose to $60.20.
Natural gas was down slightly to $4.40 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,249 and silver is $14.74.
Tuesday, Dec. 11th
CHS Locked Down for Drug Search; Nothing Found
Chickasha school officials and Grady County law enforcement say no contraband was found during a random search at Chickasha High School yesterday. A lockdown was put in place Monday morning as a Grady County deputy sheriff and his drug dog searched a few classrooms and went through the parking lot. Deputy Phillip McCarthey and his partner Ice performed the search. Officials say while Ice had several hits on backpacks and vehicles, nothing was found. High School Principal Rhonda Snow described the situation as a ‘regular’ lockdown, where classes continued normally, but students were not allowed to leave the campus. Snow said there is a higher-level of lockdown status which she called "lockdown-plus" which is one where the school takes precautions for potential intruders.
Southern Plains Med Center Expands to Pauls Valley
The Pauls Valley area was devastated with the closing of the hospital in that community a couple of months ago. However some medical services are resuming in Pauls Valley this morning, as Southern Plains Medical Center will be working with some doctors in that area to establish a clinic. Southern Plains CEO Len Lacefield said they will initially partner with Drs. Tammy Jarvis and Susan Jones. Lacefield said Jarvis was left without an office when the hospital closed.
Lacefield said Southern Plains is also working to offer laboratory and radiology services. He said they are also working with the City of Pauls Valley to try and re-open the hospital on a limited basis.
CHS Activity Center May Get New Name
The Chickasha High School Activity Center, which includes a 1,200-seat sports arena and a 1,000-seat auditorium, could bear a new name soon. The board of education will consider naming the activity center after someone in the community. Superintendent Jack Herron would not release any names being considered. He did say a list of possible candidates was compiled by school and community leaders for the board to review. The school board meets at 6:30 tonight at the school administration building.
Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearings
A number of public hearings are scheduled for the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission today. One is a request is to re-zone a former church at 2902 Country Club Road from residential to general commercial use. Another is to consider approval of an alternate exterior facade for the proposed USAO softball facility improvements. Another hearing is to consider a one-chair home beauty salon at 505 S. 22nd Street. The group will also hold a hearing on a request to vacate an alley in the 400 block of West Missouri for the planned Domino's Convenience Store that has been approved for that site. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon at city hall.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX fell to $51 a barrel yesterday.
London-based Brent crude dropped to $59.97.
Natural gas was up to $4.54 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,252 and silver is $14.70.
Monday, Dec. 10th
Missing Elderly Blanchard Man is Found
A Silver Alert issued for a missing Blanchard senior citizen has been canceled. The McClain County Sheriff’s Office had issued the alert for 85-year old Walter Heironimus. Authorities said he had left his home in his pick-up Sunday morning and didn’t return. Our partners at KWTV News 9 are reporting that Heironimus was located sometime last night, but it wasn't clear where or when he was found. Reports indicate that Heironimus is OK and was to be reunited with his family.
City Sales Tax Revenues Grow
Sales tax revenues are soaring in the region and the energy industry is the main factor. For the City of Chickasha, sales tax revenues have been right around $1 million each month for 2018. City Manager John Noblitt says it's a big help in taking care of some financial concerns he's faced in his nearly two years on the job.
Noblitt is projecting the city will collect about $12 million in sales tax revenue this year.
Chickasha School Board Candidate Withdraws
One of the candidates who filed for Chickasha school board last week has withdrawn her candidacy. Ginny Howell has decided not to run for the post she was appointed to earlier this year. That means Cara Gerdes, the only other candidate to file for that ofice, will serve the remaining years that are left in that post. Howell tells KOOL/RANCH News that she talked to Gerdes about her reasons for wanting to serve and that their ideals are very similar. Plus, Howell said Gerdes does have children attending Chickasha schools. Gerdes will take over Howell's post after the school election in February.
Thieves Burglarize Volunteer Fire Department
Investigators are still looking for individuals who burglarized the Porter Hill volunteer fire department over the weekend. Thieves broke in Friday night and stole several thousand dollars in bunker gear, life-saving equipment, and radios. One firefighter called the thieves low-lives, and that the individuals must be in sad shape to steal from a fire department. An on-line fund-raiser is underway to help replace the equipment.
Grady County OHCE to Provide Holiday Dinner to Veterans
The Grady County DAV chapter will hold a Christmas dinner for all military veterans and their families this coming weekend. Grady County OHCE will prepare the meal, and welcome all veterans to stop by and enjoy the food and fellowship. The dinner will be held Saturday, December 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the DAV headquarters at 6th and Chickasha Avenue.
Caddo County Ag Programs on the Horizon
There are a number of programs for livestock and grain producers in the Caddo County area scheduled in the next few weeks. Cattle producers will meet Monday, December 17th for a program with OSU Livestock Specialist Marty New. He will discuss winter supplements for cattle. That's a 6:30 p.m. meeting. The next morning, at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 18th, OSU Grain Marketing Specialist Kim Anderson will provide some updates. Also coming up, all current restricted-use pesticide licenses will be expiring at the end of the month, so there are a couple of training programs on the calendar. One will be held in Hinton on Thursday, December 20th at noon at The Hot Spot, and one will be held Thursday, January 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Ft. Cobb. Packets are $20. For information on these programs contact the OSU Extension Office in Anadarko.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was up last week to $52.61 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude was also up to $61.67.
Natural gas was up Friday but down for the week to $4.49 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,252 and silver is $14.64.