Tuesday, Aug. 20th
Water Restrictions Possible in Chickasha
A major water line break and equipment problems at the city’s water treatment plant may force Chickasha officials to implement water restrictions. City Manager John Noblitt said a recent water line rupture in the west part of town allowed a significant amount of water to be released from two of the city's three water towers. Coupled with the equipment issues, Noblitt said the towers aren't filling up as quickly as they normally do.
Noblitt said water usage has been up because of the recent stretch of extremely hot weather. He said they'll know tomorrow afternoon if any water restrictions may be necessary. Officials could possibly implement an odd-even water restriction.
Council OK's FEMA Funding for City Drainage Study
The city council approved the funding for a major drainage study in its meeting last night. The council authorized the receipt of a matching grant from FEMA and the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency to fund the study. It's a $300,000 project, with $225,000 provided through FEMA and $75,000 from the city. Background information regarding the study indicated officials would have up to three years to complete the work, but Fire Chief Brian Zalewski said it might be able to be completed in about six months. The study is expected to provide an overall plan to improve water drainage throughout the city.
Chix Airport to see Improvements
The city council also approved a big project for the city's airport. The city is combining with the Federal Aviation Administration to build a new taxiway and aprons. The project was awarded to Contech, Incorporated of Broken Arrow for more than $550,000. It was not the low bid, which was disqualified as engineers said it did not meet all the bid requirements. The FAA will provide 90 percent of the project’s funding .
Domestic Violence Suspect Allegedly Breaks Victim's Ribs
In a brutal case of domestic violence, authorities say a man stomped on his girlfriend and broke her ribs - then waited several hours before taking her the hospital. And police say it wasn't the first time the man broke the victim's ribs. KOOL/RANCH News reported over the weekend that 44-year old Gary Lee Cabe, Jr. of Chickasha was taken into custody after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. The arrest warrant affidavit alleges Cabe got mad at his girlfriend because should wouldn't wake up to eat the food he brought home. It's alleged Cabe threatened the victim with a knife, then stepped on her torso. Authorities say Cabe took the victim's cell phone so she couldn't call 911. He eventually took her to the hospital about 12 hours later, then left her there, driving away in her car. Cabe was taken into custody last week. He has been charged with a felony for domestic violence resulting in great bodily injury. He remains in jail on a $75,000 bond.
Former Store Clerk Charged in Bogus Check Case
A former grocery store employee is behind bars after it’s alleged she cashed more than $4,500 in bogus checks. A Grady County judge issued an arrest warrant for 52-year old Susan Nicole Johnson of Oklahoma City. She was arrested yesterday and booked into the Grady County Jail. Tuttle police were called to the store in June after managers discovered that three large checks had been cashed, and the bank returned them as altered and fictitious. One check was for nearly $2,000 and the others were for nearly $1,300 each. Johnson told managers that she believed they were insurance settlement checks. Prosecutors have charged Johnson with one felony count of uttering a forged instrument.
Chickasha YMCA Closed One Day for Renovations
The Chickasha YMCA is closed today for some renovation work. A new front door is being installed along with new carpet and countertops, and improvements in the locker rooms. The upgrades are part of more than $50,000 of upgrades to the building, which at one time served as the headquarters for local National Guard troops. Some of the funds are from a grant from the Chickasha Community Foundation, which contributed more than $30,000. The Y will still have its after-school program this afternoon. The YMCA is expected to re-open for its regular hours on Wednesday.
Verden Student Named Fair Princess
The princess for the 104th Grady County Fair is Rylea Bennett of Verden. She was among 10 candidates vying for the title and will have a number of responsibilities at the fair. First runner-up was Morgan Matchen of Tuttle, second runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Cayden Copeland of Ampo, third runner-up was Miana Moon of Chickasha, and Miss Photogenic was Camryn Schroeder of Ampo. Today is the day that still exhibits need to be entered for the fair. That will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $56.21 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $59.74.
Natural gas is per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,513 and silver is $17.00.
Monday, Aug. 19th
Bicyclist Injured in Drive-by Shooting
Chickasha police are looking into a shooting late Sunday night where a man suffered a gunshot wound while riding his bicycle. The shooting occurred in a residential near 10th and Texas Avenue just before 10:00 p.m. The area is not far from the Chickasha Middle School. The victim, an unidentified 40-year old man, was shot in the chest and was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. Police have not released the victim’s name and his condition is unknown. In a written statement, police only said he was taken to Oklahoma City for advanced medical care. The victim told police he was riding his bicycle when vehicle drove past him and at least one shot was fired. No suspects are in custody. If you have information about the shooting, contact Chickasha Police by calling 405-222-6050 or the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS. Anonymous tips may also be placed on the Crimestoppers Facebook page.
Dick Lowe Announces Candidacy for House Seat
Another candidate has announced his intentions of running for office at the state level. Dick Lowe will be seeking the House District 56 post next year. Lowe has long been involved in agriculture and wants to use that background to make urban lawmakers be more knowledgeable about issues impacting the field.
In addition to his agriculture background, Lowe is the Industrial Coordinator for Business and Industry with Canadian Valley Technology Center. Lowe is running as a Republican. He joins fellow Republican Randy Talley who also announced he’s running for the post. The office is currently held by Democrat David Perryman of Chickasha who recently he will not run for re-election next year.
City Council to Consider FEMA Grant for Drainage Study
Some federal monies have been approved for a master drainage study for the City of Chickasha. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has award the city a $225,000 hazard mitigation grant. The city will provide an additional $75,000 for the review, should the city council approve the matching grant program. The review is expected to take about three years to complete.
Firm Seeks City Grant to Refurbish Downtown Building
The council is also to consider awarding $160,000 toward the rehabilitation of the former Chickasha Star newspaper building. City manager John Noblitt said the funds come from an account that's earmarked for downtown redevelopment. The city's Economic Development Council is recommending that the funding be approved. The request is from Mark McPherson and the Great Plains Land and Cattle Company. The firm is investing more than $500,000 of its own money for the project. The company will have to submit a letter of occupancy before the city funds would be awarded.
Council to Consider Incentive Funds for New Jobs
The city council will also consider awarding up to $100,000 to a company to bring some energy-related jobs to the area. The firm is Liquid Power Specialty Products, which recently purchased Optum Energy at the former Delta Faucet location. The council will consider issuing the company $2,000 per new employee, up to 50 workers. It requires the new workers to enter into a housing lease term of at least 12 months or purchase a home within the city limits. The incentive plan would expire next June. The city council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.
Grady County Fair Set This Week
The Grady County Fair starts later this week but tonight a princess will be selected to serve as ambassador and help promote the event. About 10 candidates will compete for the title. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top placers. The contestants will wear evening gowns during a reception which will be held at the fairgrounds community building starting at 5:00 pm. this afternoon. The competition starts at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the princess, judges will award a first- and second-runner-up, Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic. Fair officials will also be taking still exhibits from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and exhibitors can pick up their numbers and exhibit tags at the OSU Extension Office. The 104th Grady County Fair runs this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.87 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $58.64.
Natural gas is to $2.20 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,510 and silver is $16.90.