Wednesday, October 21st
Police Officer Talks Down Domestic Violence Suspect
A Minco police officer is credited with diffusing a tense domestic violence situation this past weekend after a father is alleged to have used his own son as a human shield. Corporal Ryan Clanton was called to investigate the disturbance Sunday morning, after a woman called police and told them her daughter had endured several hours of physical and verbal abuse. A probable cause affidavit indicates the victim tried to call 9-1-1 but the suspect took the phone and broke it. The victim eventually found a way to call her mother and ask her to come by to take her and the kids to safety. When the mother arrived, the suspect is alleged to have threatened to shoot and kill the victim. The mother then called police. When the officer arrived, that's when the suspect is reported to have grabbed the child and sat down on the porch with the child in front of him. The officer was able to talk the suspect into surrendering without incident. In custody is 35-year old Brenton Christopher Sanders. Prosecutors have charged him with felony counts child abuse and domestic assault and battery in the presence of a child, and two misdemeanor charges of interrupting an emergency phone call. Sanders remains in the Grady County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
Salvation Army Prepares for Red Kettle Drive
The Salvation Army which serves the Grady and Caddo County areas are like all Salvation Army locations across the country, preparing for the annual Red Kettle Drive. Bryan Brynlee with the regional agency says the bell-ringing will begin November 19th. As always, they are seeking volunteers to ring the bells. He says there is any easy way to sign up. Just go to the website: www.registertoring.com
The Salvation Army will also hire bell ringers at $9 per hour and they’ll be able to work up to 40 hours per week. Last year, the Grady and Caddo County Red Kettle drive collected $75,000 and was one of just two locations in the Oklahoma and Arkansas region to meet their goals. The bell-ringing campaign will run through Christmas Eve.
Several Chickasha Teachers Honored
Several teachers in the Chickasha school district are being recognized for their work in the classroom. Each school has selected their Teachers of the Year. At the high school its social studies teacher Bo Steele; at the Middle School it’s another social studies teacher Betsy Phillips; at Lincoln its 5th grade teacher Joanie McDonald; at Grand Elementary its 3rd grade teacher Jennifer Phillips; and at Bill Wallace its pre-K teacher Donna Osborn. Later in the school year one of them will be named the District Teacher of the Year and will go on to compete for State Teacher of the Year honors.
Grady County OHCE Holds Fall Conference
The Grady County OHCE groups have been trying to get a few things done during the pandemic. The groups spring and summer conferences were canceled as were their home-cooked meals and Indian Tacos at the Grady County Fair, and the annual Celebration of Crafts Show in November. The group managed to hold a combined spring, summer, and fall conference at the Grady County Fairgrounds yesterday. County president Myrtle Elston said they recognized two military veterans with Quilts of Honor including Rick Stitt, an Air Force Veteran who has been volunteering to mow lawns for needy families and Air Force veteran Homer Hulme who is a regular contributor to worthy causes.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $41.46 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $43.16.
Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,921 and silver is $25.15.
Gerald Scott, II
A graveside service for Gerald Scott, II, 46, of Oklahoma City will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22nd at the Amber Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
Elizabeth “Ann” Erwin
A graveside service for Ann Erwin, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 23rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
A graveside service for Alyssa Seevers, the infant daughter of Derek and Amanda Seevers of Chickasha, will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24th at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
Tuesday, October 20th
Water Company VP Discusses Chickasha Water Problems
For more than an hour last night, an official with Chickasha's water treatment plant talked to the city council about why the city's drinking water was in such bad condition last month. Aaron Voss is Vice President of Operations for U.S. Water Services Corporation, the private company which operates the city's water treatment plants. Voss blamed part of the problem on issues that have affected the drinking water for many years. The city gets its water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir and officials say the water in the reservoir "turns over" every summer and in doing so introduces high levels of various minerals into the pipelines. Voss said-
Voss also said that the minerals adhere to the water lines and that chemicals introduced cause those minerals to 'slough off' the lines and into the water which presents more challenges. He said the current treatment plant is unable to properly treat a large volume of water which contains an excessive level of minerals.
The water problems surfaced around the Labor Day weekend in early September. Voss said they were finally able to get the problems to subside around September 29th. However, some council reps say there are still some neighborhoods experiencing problems. Voss also stated that way to solve some of the problems is to build some new water treatment facilities but he did not say what the cost of those new facilities might be. City officials will be posting Voss's presentation on the city's website and on social media in the next few days.
Another Drug Trafficking Suspect in Custody
Local law enforcement officials arrest another individual on complaints of drug trafficking. Ninnekah police and Grady County Sheriff's deputies arrested 35-year old Eric Hooper of Chickasha following a traffic stop in Ninnekah last Thursday morning. A probable cause affidavit indicates the officers were at the Valero station at U.S. Highway 81 and U.S. Highway 277 when they witnessed a driver revving his engine and screeching his tires heading north. The driver pulled over and officers recognized Hooper from previous encounters. Hooper is said to have told officers they knew he doesn't have a driver's license. The officers detained Hooper because in previous run-ins he had tried to elude them. Hooper gave consent to search the car and authorities found several baggies of a substance that tested for methamphetamine. Hooper was taken to the Grady County Jail on a complaint of drug possession. At his initial appearance in district court yesterday Hooper was charged with a felony for drug trafficking and his bond was set at $50,000.
Historical Society Prepares for Annual Meeting
The Grady County Historical Society is preparing for its annual membership meeting. Normally the group holds a formal banquet and has a guest speaker but the pandemic has changed that format. Instead, the group will hold an informal gathering and urges current and new members to pay their annual dues and also donate the cost of last year's banquet ticket. Museum curator Pat Cunningham said the membership meeting will be held Monday, November 2nd starting at 4:30 p.m. at the museum at 415 W. Chickasha Ave. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at Alexander Eats which is inside the museum. The historical society has a number of membership options with individual annual memberships starting at $50 and business memberships starting at $200. Memberships for students are only $10. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Oct. 30th by calling 405-224-6480 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.83 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $42.62.
Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,910 and silver is $24.78.
Monday, October 19th
Washita River Bridge Reconstruction OK'd for 2021
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a multi-million dollar bridge construction project just east of Chickasha. Earlier this month, the panel signed off on nearly $12.5 million project to replace both U.S. Highway 62 bridges over the Washita River which are just east of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. The bid came under the engineer’s estimated cost of nearly $14 million. The low bid on the project was awarded to Manhattan Road and Bridge Company of Tulsa which was one of six bids submitted. Construction is expected to start after the first of the year. State Department of Transportation officials say they'll work on one bridge at a time so traffic will be narrowed to one lane in each direction during construction. It's the second big project for Grady County awarded by the commission over the last couple months. Also getting started next year will be the widening of Old U.S. Highway 81 between Chickasha and Ninnekah.
Chickasha Water Issues On Tap for Council Meeting
The Chickasha City Council will get an update on the city's drinking water issues when it meets tonight. Officials with USW, the private contractor hired by the city to treat the city's water, will try to explain why the city's water was in bad shape last month. For an extended period of time the city's tap water was discolored and smelled and tasted bad. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.
Festival of Light Opens Nov. 21st
The 28th annual Chickasha Festival of Light is just over one month away. The event at Shannon Springs Park has drawn visitors from across the country and around the globe. An estimated 3 million lights will shine at the park which includes the estimated 25,000 lights on the more than 160-foot tall Christmas tree. Elizabeth Allen with the Festival of Light says the ice skating rink is coming back.
The Ferris wheel and horse-drawn carriage rides will also return. The Festival of Light will open the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 21st and run nightly through Thursday, December 31st.
United Way of SW Oklahoma Fundraiser Set
The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma is gearing up for its annual fundraising campaign. The Great Plains Technology Center of Lawton is hosting a golf tournament at the Ft. Sill Golf Course. It is a four-person scramble set for Friday, November 6th. Organizers are also seeking teams and corporate sponsors with all proceeds going to the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma. Contact coordinator Jenna Alston at the Lawton tech center for information by calling 580-250-5612 or email@example.com
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $40.88 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $42.93.
Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,916 and silver is $24.92.
Ralph Frederick “Rick” Ford
Funeral service for Rick Ford, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 21st at First Baptist Church. He ran Ford Energy Company and served as president and treasurer of Chickasha's Little League baseball program for many years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.