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2018,  January 15th - 19th  

Our Chickasha Schools Academic Persons of the week is

High school student, …. Jakob Kennedy!

 

Wednesday, January 17th

 

Chix School Board President Resigns

Saying he was being blackmailed and bullied, Chickasha Board of Education president Chris Ludwell resigns. The resignation came during a special meeting of the school board last night. He read from a prepared statement which lasted about five minutes. Ludwell called some patrons cowards, and said they made it clear that they would spread innuendos and sinister suggestions about him, even though the patrons know the allegations are false.

 

                

 

A video of Ludwell's resignation was posted on Facebook. Ludwell said he had hoped to be a peacemaker between the district and some angry patrons over recent suspensions of school employees, and some charges of grade tampering and attendance irregularities regarding the personalized learning curriculum. Regarding the suspended employees, Ludwell said the school board did not initiate the suspensions. He said there were two inappropriate events which caused the suspensions, and that any administrator would have been negligent to ignore them. Previously, attorneys for the school district claimed allegations of embezzlement, and failure to report child abuse. After Ludwell's statement he immediately left the room, and board vice president Doug Brown presided over the rest of the meeting. It was reported that the school board did hire a long-term interim superintendent, but we have not been able to confirm the name of that individual.

 

City Council OKs Sales Tax Rebate Plan for Retail Expansion

By a 7-0 vote, the Chickasha City Council approves a sales tax rebate incentive proposal that paves the way for more retail development in the city. Without debate, the panel OK'd the plan with local developer Steve LaForge to make millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements south of Grand Avenue between 4th and 9th Streets. Councilman Mark Keeling and R.P. Ashanti Alexander did not attend last night's meeting. LaForge's plans include building up low-lying areas out of the flood plain, installing water and sewer lines, and building a new road behind the Grandview Shopping Center. The rebate incentive calls for LaForge to receive a portion of the sales tax revenue that comes in from any new business which locates within the improved area. It's an agreement similar to one LaForge had with the city for the development of the Shoppes at Chisholm Trail development, east of 4th and Grand. The agreement runs through 2040.

 

Chickasha Firefighters Get New Contract

After a 15-minute closed-door session, the city council approved a collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters, Local 2041. The agreement runs through June 30, 2018.

 

Councilman Praises DAV

City Councilman Howard Carpenter likes what has been done to renovate a city building into a permanent home for veterans.

 

                

 

DAV Post 17 just opened this week. The post has a five-year lease with the city to use the former police department and city hall at 6th and Chickasha Ave.

 

City Honors Employee of the Month

The council also recognized Darren Martin as the city's employee of the month. Martin has worked in the Community Development Department  for three years, and previously worked in the fire department for 27 years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.73 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.15.

Natural gas is $3.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,337 and silver is $17.24.

 

Tuesday, January 16th

 

Chix City Council to Review Development Proposal

Chickasha officials call it a sales tax rebate incentive which supporters say would create more retail business. The plan will be reviewed by the city council when the panel meets later today (Tuesday). The proposal calls for the development of property south of Grand Avenue between 4th and 9th Streets. After major infrastructure improvements are made, the developer would receive a small percentage of sales tax revenue which results from any new business that locates within that area. That could be up to $3 million, with the agreement running through 2040. The infrastructure  improvements would include elevating land out of the flood plain, and building a new east-west road behind Homeland. Also on tonight's city council agenda, a closed-door discussion to get an update on negotiations with the International Assocation of Fire Fighters Local 2041, with the possible approval of a contract for the current fiscal year. The council will also consider granting an easement to a Colorado firm which recently purchased land in the north part of the city to build a pipe yard. The group needs the  easement to build a rail spur.

 

Interim Super May be Hired for Chix Schools

A new long-term interim superintendent may be hired for Chickasha schools tonight. The board of education has a special meeting to discuss a possible contract with one of three individuals who were interviewed last month. The contract discussion will be held behind closed doors, with any announcement to come after the panel returns to open session. The school board is also to consider putting a halt to its $2,500 per month payment to Superintendent Emeritus Dave Cash. Cash is expected to continue some part-time work for the district without pay or benefits.

 

Veterans Center Opens

The new Grady County DAV Center is now open. The Disabled American Veterans Post 17 welcomed its first group of veterans yesterday. The DAV recently obtained a five-year lease for the former Chickasha Police Headquarters and city hall at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. Volunteers spent the last 2 ½ months making improvements to the building, which had been empty for about three years. Michael Chavers and Chris Mackey have spent a lot of time making repairs. Chavers says they want to help all the veterans in the area.

 

                

 

Right now, the center will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a goal of being open five days a week, once they get staff trained.

 

Exercise of Any Kind Beneficial for the Elderly

Falling is one of the most frequent ways that senior citizens get hurt. It not only costs them their freedom and mobility but many times also leads to expensive medical bills. Susan Routh with Grady  County OSU Extension points to a new study suggesting that seniors who get even a minimal amount of exercise benefit from the activity.

 

                

 

Right now, there are free Tai Chi classes at the Chickasha Library, held in cooperation of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative. You might also check with local senior nutrition centers, or YMCA or other health clubs.

               

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.30 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.87.

Natural gas $3.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,334 and silver is $17.05.

 

Monday, January 15th

 

Chix School Board May Halt Supe's Pay

There's another special meeting of the Chickasha Board of Education tomorrow. On the agenda is a proposal to stop paying Superintendent Emeritus Dave Cash a monthly $2,500 payment for his services. Cash will remain as superintendent emeritus without pay, and his financial services to the district would also end, if the item is approved. Cash was allowed to take an extended leave of absence to work with another company to recruit other schools to implement the controversial Personalized Learning Curriculum he brought to Chickasha schools. His pay was reduced from his normal salary to  $2,500 per month. The school board is also expected to name a long-term interim superintendent to fill in for the rest of the school year for Cash. The board interviewed three candidates last month. Cindy Schmidt has been the interim superintendent for the last couple of months. The special meeting will be at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon at the school administration building.

 

Duncan Girl Dies after Dog Attack

A Duncan girl has died after being attacked by a family dog. KSWO-TV reports that Duncan police were called to a home about 3 o'clock yesterday. The child was taken to a hospital where she died. It wasn't known how old the child was. When police arrived, the medium-sized mixed breed dog ran away, but officers were able to track it down. Reports indicate the dog started toward an officer, who then shot the animal. It wasn't clear if the animal also died, but it has been taken to a veterinarian to determine its breed.

 

CHS Robotics Team Begins Project

Over the next several weeks, several Chickasha High School students will be building a robot for a couple of upcoming competitions. The team will once again build the robot for the international FIRST Robotics competition. FIRST is an acronym meaning For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Teams just learned of their assignment last week, and have only six weeks in which to put their project together. The team has other responsibilities, too.  Lexi Hendricks is in her third year with the program.

 

                

 

The team only works on the project after school and weekends.

 

Wildfire Scorches Marlow Area

We've been talking about the risk for wildfires, and there was one near Marlow yesterday that had fire crews busy for quite a while. Firefighters from Rush Springs, Marlow, Duncan, Bray, and Central High responded. Officials said the fire had the potential to threaten some structures, but there were no reports of damage.

 

Donation Benefits Chix Animal Shelter

Another donation to the Chickasha police department. This one will help out the animal shelter. The state branch of the Humane Society of the United States sent items that included a cat den, a couple of traps, protective bite gloves, and about 25 leashes. Lt. Traye Alexander, who is the animal control division commander, said he was going to purchase some bite gloves, but now he doesn't have to. The delivery arrived with a note which thanked the department for its work for animals.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.30 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.87.

Natural gas is $3.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,342 and silver is $17.36.
 

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