Thursday, Jan. 27th
New Convalescent Plasma Available for COVID Patients
The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says new and improved COVID-19 convalescent plasma is now available to treat individuals who are currently battling the coronavirus. Officials say the timing couldn't be better as the Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn some drugs that are now ineffective against the omicron variant of COVID. Convalescent plasma comes from the blood donations of individuals who have recovered from the coronavirus within the last six months. The OBI indicated that a study of more than 1,200 cases showed those who received the convalescent plasma were hospitalized half as often as those who did not. They say it’s the best data available in studying the out-patient benefit of 'borrowing' the immune strength of a recovered patient to help boost the defense system of newly-infected one. OBI President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. John Armitage asks individuals who have recently recovered from the coronavirus to consider donating their convalescent plasma. The donation must be made a minimum of ten days after being fully recovering from COVID. Anyone donating blood between now and Feb. 6th will have their blood automatically tested for the anti-bodies at no charge.
Caddo County Suspect Sought for Rape of Teenager
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for an Anadarko man accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year old girl. Caddo County authorities are seeking 20-year old Ashton Martin. He's wanted for second degree rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that say Anadarko police began their investigation in early December after getting a call from the girl's mother. The mother said it appeared the relationship was consensual and while she did not want to ruin Martin's life, she does want him to know it’s not OK for him to have had sex with a 14-year old. If convicted of the rape charge Martin could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
Runaway Tuttle Teen Sought
Tuttle police are reaching out for help to find a runaway teen. Authorities say it's believed that 16-year old James Rocky Carroll left his home very early Wednesday morning. Our partners at KWTV News 9 reported that authorities believe Carroll was seen in Weatherford about 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. He could be headed to Denver or perhaps to Montana. Carroll may be driving a maroon 2013 Chevy pickup with Oklahoma tag number JHK-158. Anyone with information about James Rocky Carroll is asked to reach out to Tuttle police.
Southwest District Livestock Show Returns to Chix
The largest livestock show for youth in the southwest part of the state will be in Chickasha in a couple of weeks. The Southwest District Livestock Show will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds Feb. 8th through 12th. Superintendent Danny Wedel talks about some of the prize money the youth will be competing for.
Wedel said last year that more than 1,000 youth pre-registered 2,500 animals and they are expecting that or more pre-entries this year. Pre-registration ends tomorrow night.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $87.35 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $89.96.
Natural gas is $4.28 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,811 and silver is $23.18.
Wednesday, Jan. 26th
State Lawmakers Prepare for Legislative Session
Literally hundreds of bills have been filed at the state capitol ahead of the legislative session which begins February 7th. Among the measures filed is one to remove the state sales tax on groceries. State Rep. Sean Roberts (R-Hominy) says he will continue his push for a referendum to have voters decide the issue. Roberts says Oklahoma is one of only six states in the country that allows full taxes on groceries. He says since the state currently has a surplus of funds and revenues are up, now is the time to bring much-needed relief to Oklahoma families. State Senator Roland Pederson (R-Burlington) has filed a bill that should help farmers and ranchers renew their agriculture sales tax exemptions. He said SB 1655 would simplify the renewal process for those who have already met the initial requirements to qualify. State Senator Adam Pugh (R-Edmond) wants to continue working to make Oklahoma the top state in the country for retired and active military veterans. He has filed SB 401 which would exempt military retirement pay from state income taxes. He said Oklahoma has one of the highest active and retired military populations in the country but continues to be ranked one of the least tax-friendly states for military retirees. He said there are currently 33 states that don’t tax military retirement pay.
Production Report Filed on Rush Springs Oil, Gas Wells
Completion reports on a couple of Grady County oil and gas wells show some good production numbers. Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy reports that two wells on a single pad east of Rush Springs were bringing in more than 1,400 barrels of oil and nearly 30,000 Mcf of natural gas per day. The production is from the Frick Wells located in Section 26 of Township 4 North, Range 6 West. The wells were drilled to depths of between 23,000 and 24,000 feet. The wells were completed last June but the production reports were just recently released.
Chix Library Offers Series on Money Managing
For individuals wanting to improve their financial well-being the Chickasha Public Library will hold a short series to help. There will be four weekly sessions that will cover a range of topics which include Becoming Fiscally Fit; Becoming Credit-Worthy; Becoming Debt-Free; and Building Savings for Now, for Investments, and Retirement. The programs will be led by Leslie Sledge who is a certified financial counselor and credit restoration specialist. It is a virtual series and will be held each Friday from 3-6 p.m. beginning Feb. 4th and running through March 4th. Space is limited and participants are encouraged to register early to reserve a seat. For information call the library at 405-222-6075 or e-mail: email@example.com
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.60 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $88.20.
Natural gas is $4.05 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,847 and silver is $23.94.
John ‘Dale’ Otey
A graveside service for ‘Dale’ Otey, 85, of Cement will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 28th at Laverty Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
Dorothy ‘Dot’ Melvin
Funeral service for ‘Dot’ Melvin, 85, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 29th at Shepherd Street Christian Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Tuesday, Jan. 25th
Regional Burn Bans Extended
County commissioners throughout the region have extended burn bans, many of which have been in effect for more than a month. The bans have been extended for two more weeks in Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Comanche counties through Monday, February 7th. There are burn bans in 33 Oklahoma counties as the dry weather pattern continues for much of the state. The drought is also worsening throughout much of western Oklahoma. Most of Grady County and parts of McClain, Garvin, Stephens and Comanche counties are in a D-3 designation which is extreme drought. The northern part of Grady County and nearly all of Caddo and Canadian counties are in a D-2 designation or severe drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. There is a slight chance for snow Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night with forecast calling for less than a half-inch of snow. Much of the region has gone more than 60 days with less than a half-inch of rain.
Utilities Still Asked to Provide Info on Feb. 2021 Storm Costs
A group within the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is continuing to require five major utilities in the Sooner State to reveal more details about their costs from the February, 2021 deep freeze. The Public Utilities Division is asking the commission to have PSO, Center Point Energy, ONG, OG&E, and Summit Utilities 'publicly disclose certain documents and information related to the extreme weather emergency’. The website OK Energy Today reports that the request asks for the total amount each utility paid to natural gas providers, transportation services, purchased power, and other related expenses. Officials say it would allow the general public to view information. It’s anticipated that it would not give an unfair competitive advantage to providers of these services, and should not have a negative impact on any future requests for competitive bids.
Group Looks to Capitalize on Chix 'Christmas Town' Success
Chickasha officials look to build upon the recent success of the city's Christmas Town promotion. Economic Development Council (EDC) Director Jim Cowan will hold a community meeting next week to get input on how to make the Christmas Town moniker even better. Last season the EDC launched a campaign with the Christmas Town music video from The Imaginaries. Cowan said the video was streamed nearly 250,000 times, it was featured on more than 50 podcasts, and shown on television stations from Tulsa to Austin, Texas. Cowan says 2022 will be the 30th anniversary for the Festival of Light, and wants public input on what more the city can do to promote tourism city wide throughout the six-week holiday season from mid-November to New Year's Eve. The meeting will be Monday, Jan. 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.
Mentors Sought for 5th Grade Student Programs
A couple of programs designed to have community members interact with fifth grade students will be happening next month. The Chickasha Public School Foundation will hold its Diamonds in the Rough program for girls and its Gentlemen of Distinction program for boys. Gab Shephard with the Foundation says she is looking for community members who would like to share their success stories with the fifth graders. The events will include a motivational speaker. The Diamonds in the Rough program will be Tuesday, February 8th and the Gentlemen of Distinction Program on Tuesday, February 22nd. Interested persons are asked to contact Shepard by next Monday, Jan. 31st. Find more information on the Chickasha Public Schools Foundation website or Facebook page.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.31 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $86.27.
Natural gas is $4.02 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,839 and silver is $23.75.
Monday, Jan. 24th
DA Hicks Appointed to Chair Children's Advocacy Group
District Attorney Jason Hicks has been chosen to lead a support group that helps Oklahoma's children. Hicks will be serving as the commissioner for the District Attorneys Council for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. Hicks was appointed to the post last week by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The post does not include any pay and he will continue his role as the top prosecutor in Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Jefferson counties. The commission has been around for 40 years and has helped to bring accountability and independent oversight into the state's child and youth service system. Hicks said the appointment is an honor and that providing guidance on how state law affects families, children, and youth is essential to successful leadership. Learn more about the commission at #OklahomaKids or #thrivingfamiliesok
ICAN Program Helps Victims of Domestic Violence
A group supporting victims of sexual and domestic violence has been serving the region for more than 40 years. The Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN) has been operating in Grady and Canadian counties since the early 1980s. The program was initially known as the Women's Service Center but also is open to help male victims of domestic violence. Mark Whetzel is the director of ICAN. The program offers emergency shelters to get victims quickly out of harm’s way. He said many times victims don't want to leave a relationship because of they don't want to break up their family-
There is a 24-hour crisis line for abuse victims to call. It's 405-222-1818.
Marlow Voters to Decide $34 Million, 20-year School Bond Proposal
Marlow school officials are proposing a multi-million dollar bond issue over 20 years to build a number of new buildings and safe rooms. It's a $34 million bond proposal that school district voters will decide in a couple of weeks. The plan calls for the demolition of a 94-year old auditorium and to build a state-of-the-art performing arts center; construction of a new wrestling facility; and some renovations for the high school football field. Eight new classrooms would be built at the high school and officials also plan to build safe rooms at the high school and middle schools. Each safe room would hold up to 800 people that the community could access. School officials say that 75 percent of the cost of the safe rooms would be paid for by grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If voters approve the measure property taxes would increase by nearly 10 percent. The issue will be decided in the upcoming the school bond election on Feb. 8th.
Anadarko Selected to Participate in COVID Vax Discussion
The City of Anadarko has been selected to be one of three communities to take part in a conversation about COVID-19 vaccinations. It will be a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and individuals will be able to watch the discussion live at the Anadarko library. One of the panelists is KWTV-News 9's Amanda Taylor. Questions can be submitted in advance in a drop box at the library. There will also be an opportunity to watch a recording of the discussion after the initial presentation. For other information visit the website: www.smo.org
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.14 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $87.89.
Natural gas is just under $4.00 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,840 and silver is $24.10.
A funeral service for Todd Abel, 27, of Alex will be held by the family at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 25th at the Assembly of God on State Highway 19 in Lindsay. Arrangements are through Ferguson Funeral Home.