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Wednesday, June 3rd

 

Peaceful Protestors March in Chickasha

While violent protests have occurred across the country after the death of George Floyd last week, there have been peaceful protests in Chickasha. Several people have been gathering at 4th and Grand Avenue the last several days waving signs and protesting racial discrimination. Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Last night, about 20 people marched along 4th Street from Grand Avenue to the downtown area and back which is about three miles. Here's one of the demonstrators-

 

              

 

The group had an escort by Chickasha police along the way, and many passers-by honked their horns in a show of support. The demonstration at 4th and Grand Avenue is expected to continue. A woman posted on social media last night that she'll be marching on Friday, June 5th and will end with a prayer vigil at 8:28 p.m. which is the time that George Floyd died.

 

Wife Arrested in Connection with Husband's Death              

A Grady County woman is behind bars accused in the shooting death of her allegedly abusive husband. 29-year old Meagan Danielle Seward is being held on a murder complaint in connection with the fatal shooting that occurred in the Bradley area over the weekend. Grady County Undersheriff Phil Blevins said authorities got a call from Seward about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. When deputies and police arrived they found the body of Bradley Seward in a bedroom but Mrs. Seward and the couple’s two-year old son were not there. Blevins said officers then-

 

              

 

Blevins said Seward's attorney contacted them on Monday and said she would turn herself in but that didn't happen. Blevins said investigators had an idea about the vehicles that Seward may be driving and she was arrested on a traffic stop in Ninnekah Monday night. Seward told authorities that she had suffered years of abuse from her husband and that he was violent toward her the morning of the shooting. While Meagan Seward is being held on a first degree murder complaint, it will be up to the district attorney to decide what, if any charges should be filed.

              

Home Burglary Suspect in Custody              

A Chickasha man is facing burglary and assault charges after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house. 39-year old James Lewis Stewart is accused of breaking into the home, holding the woman captive, and threatening to kill her. Police were called to the home in the area of 9th and Dakota Avenue on Tuesday, May 26th to take the complaint. A probable cause affidavit filed by police alleges that Stewart held a knife to the victim's throat and cut her leg. The victim's father happened to come by at the time and Stewart ran out the back door. Police caught up with Stewart the next day after being dispatched to a pawn shop where Stewart was alleged to have been trying to sell stolen property. Stewart had left the store but police tracked him down a few blocks away. Stewart remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. He has a long list of previous encounters with police.

 

Artscope Summer Camp Will be Held              

A lot of summer camps have been canceled this year, but one popular day camp in Chickasha will be held. Registration for Artscope is underway. Artscope is hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council and will be held July 20th-31st. The event is normally held at USAO but with the campus closed this summer, officials were able to relocate it to the Grady County Fairgrounds Event Center. Artscope is for kids 8-12 years old and features visual arts, music, and dance. Enrollment is limited to 80 students. The cost of the camp is $195 and scholarships are available. Find applications on-line at www.chickashaarts.org and get information by sending an e-mail to artscopedirector@gmail.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $36.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $39.57.

Natural gas is $1.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,725 and silver is $18.23.

 

 

Tuesday, June 2nd

 

Chickasha City Councilman Calls for

Improved Race Relations in the City

Ward 3 Chickasha City Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander says race relations in Chickasha need to get better. Ashanti-Alexander had this to say at last night's city council meeting.

 

              

 

Ashanti-Alexander presented the council and city manager information about what officials in Austin, Texas and Tacoma, Washington have done to address racial and cultural climates in their cities.

 

Supporters Rally for City Firefighters

Chickasha firefighters, family members, and supporters crowded into the Chickasha City Council chambers last night. All were calling for city officials to keep from cutting the fire department's budget. Over the last several weeks, there has been concern that City Manager John Noblitt is proposing a $1 million cut in the fire department's budget and laying off 10 firefighters, which Noblitt says is not true. Georgianne Hebblethwaite addressed the council, saying Noblitt has accused the International Assocation of Firefighters Local 2041 of being bullies and using scare tactics. She defended the firefighters, saying-

 

              

 

Noblitt said that the fire department is actually getting a budget increase next year, but that the funds are coming out of a different account.

 

              

 

Another firefighter supporter, Gina Downey, previously said Noblitt called firefighters bullies and demanded a public apology. She said she is still waiting for that apology. A public hearing on the proposed 2021 fiscal year budget for the City of Chickasha will be held next Monday night.

 

Council OKs Zoning Change, Church              

A century-old Chickasha business gets the go-ahead to continue its growth. The city council last night approved a zoning change for Ross Seed Company on property it recently acquired at 5th and Pennsylvania Avenue. Officials approved a recommendation to change the property from multi-family dwelling to light industrial use. The company plans are to build a warehouse and move the company's seed-cleaning process to that building. The council also approved a use-on-review for a church to be built in the 2900 block of Norge Highway. The panel also accepted a $30,000 grant from the federal government's CARES Act to help the Chickasha airport. City Manager John Noblitt said that the city could get some additional grant money from the federal government to help the city recover from a loss of funds due to the coronavirus.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $35.44 per barrel.

London-based crude is $38.32.

Natural gas is $1.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,750 and silver is $18.81.

 

Obituaries

Garry Givens

A graveside service for Garry Givens, 66, of Chickasha was scheduled for 1 p.m. today (Tuesday, June 2nd) at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and worked for Western Farmers Electric Coop for many years. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in Topeka, Kansas.

Melba Brown

A graveside service for Melba Brown, 85, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 3rd at the Westview Cemetery in Rush Springs. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. 

 

 

Monday, June 1st

 

Fatal Shooting is Under Investigation

Investigators with the Grady County Sheriff's Office are looking for answers after responding to a fatal shooting that occurred in the Ninnekah area this weekend. Officials have not released any details saying the incident is under investigation. Deputies were called to the home early Sunday morning. We'll report more information as it becomes available.

              

Proposed Business Expansion, Church

to be Discussed by Chix City Council              

Public hearings for a proposed zoning change and a use-on-review for a church are on the agenda for the Chickasha City Council tonight. The re-zoning proposal is for changing the zoning for property at 5th and Pennsylvania Avenue from multi-family residential use to light industrial use. Ross Seed Company wants to build a warehouse and relocate its seed-cleaning operations. The Use-on-Review for the church was submitted by Glenna Laird, who wants to build a church at 2912 Norge Highway. The area is currently zoned for residential use and churches are allowed within that zoning designation. The Planning Commission recommended that both proposals should be approved. The council will also consider accepting a $30,000 grant from the federal CARES Act to be used at the Chickasha Airport. The grant is to provide funding help to offset a decline in revenues because of diminished use of the airport in light of the coronavirus. The council is also to recognize former City Planner Gene Winsett who retired last week. Winsett spend a total of 42 years with the city including his time with the fire department. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

New Phase of State's COVID-19 Recovery Begins

Oklahoma enters Phase 3 of the governor's economic recovery plan as the state continues to see a manageable number of coronavirus cases. Businesses can resume unrestricted staffing at their worksites but must work to observe social-distancing, and increased cleaning and disinfecting practices. Businesses which had been operating by appointment only can now accept walk-ins at their discretion. Limited visitations are allowed at hospitals at their discretion. Summer camps are allowed to open provided they follow safety guidelines. However, the Oklahoma Baptist Association previously announced that their summer camp at Falls Creek was canceled this year.

 

Coronavirus Update

There were 160 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Oklahoma over the weekend which puts the overall number of cases up to 6,506. There were five additional deaths increasing that total to 334. The state health department reports the number of active cases as of Sunday was 680 which was up slightly from Friday's tally. The number of patients currently hospitalized with the illness is 154. The number of those patients who have recovered from the illness is now just short of 5,500.

 

Ampo Valedictorian Picks Up Scholarship              

An Amber-Pocasset graduate has been awarded a scholarship to help with his college studies. Jackson Caves, who was the valedictorian at Ampo last month, was presented an FFA scholarship sponsored by Domino's Pizza. Caves earned his State FFA Degree, took part in public speaking competitions, and was on Ampo's livestock showing and livestock judging teams.  He also served as the chapter vice president and treasurer. Shari Logan is the Domino's franchise owner in Chickasha and said she is glad they can help local students by sponsoring scholarships to help them achieve their dreams and develop a successful career in the agriculture industry. Caves will be studying mechanical engineering.

 

Feeding Programs Begin for Chix Youth              

Summer feeding programs for Chickasha youth begin today. Both the Chickasha Library and the YMCA are working with the Regional Food Bank to distribute food over the next couple of months. The library will offer a grab-and-go food bag from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while the YMCA program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both programs will be Monday through Friday and will run through July 31st. It's for all youth 18-years and younger.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $35.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $37.84.

Natural gas is $1.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,748 and silver is $18.66.

 

 

 

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