Two Women Injured on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Monday Night.
The women had pulled over on the shoulder to secure items they were hauling in a trailer. The Highway Patrol reports an oncoming motorist was trying to move to the inside lane, but he didn't see a vehicle in his blind spot. He swerved and struck the women. Both were both taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, but we're unable to find out how they're doing. Their names were not made available, but reports are they're from Texas. The accident happened just southwest of Chickasha, near mile marker 77 about 5:45 last night. The crash closed the westbound lanes of the highway for about 15 minutes.
Highways 81 and 19 Tractor- Trailer intersection Accident
A semi hauling 73,000 pounds of dog food overturns, and takes out some traffic lights that will be out of commission for some time. The accident happened in Ninnekah about 8:15 yesterday morning, at the intersection of Highways 81 and 19. The driver of the semi, 56-year old Willie Brooks of Dallas was southbound on Highway 81, and trying to turn east bound on Highway 19. As he did, the semi tipped over on its right side. Brooks was not injured. Ninnekah Police Chief Scott Miller cautions motorists that ODOT won't be able to repair the traffic lights for two or three weeks. ODOT workers put up stop sings in the intersection, and Miller says it will be a four-way stop until sometime in mid-April. He said they were scrambling to get some electric signs to warn highway traffic to be cautious of the intersection.
A Chickasha City Councilman, to present a guest lecture at USAO.
Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander will talk about coming together in divided times, in a program called Creating a Beloved Community. Dr. A, as he his is known, is a life-long educator. In addition to serving as principal at Lincoln School, he is serving his second term on the city council; and he's president of the local NAACP. He will talk about how to create an interconnected community through mutual respect and understanding in the midst of corporate power-grabs; polarized politics, and greed. He'll also focus on the importance of education in developing the bonds that build a beloved community. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held this Thursday, March 30th, 7 p.m. in the USAO Ballroom.
Funeral for Blanchard teen who drowned at Lake Chickasha last week has been set.
The service for 19-year old Nathan Williams will be at 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Blanchard High School gym. Williams and some friends had gone to Lake Chickasha for an afternoon of fun on the lake. When a watercraft they were using became disabled on the water, and Williams tried to swim out to help. Williams was set to graduate in just a few weeks. He was going to serve his country in the National Guard, and had already gone through basic training. He was a football player, wrestled, and was on the power lifting team at school. Away from the classroom, he loved the outdoors, and enjoyed wakeboarding and fishing. Burial will be in the Blanchard Cemetery. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help the family pay for the funeral.
Planting Time Is Here!
It's almost time to plant those spring gardens, and many will plant some extra veggies and preserve them at harvest time. A long-time method of preserving vegetables and fruits is canning. Susan routh with Grady County OSU Extension says if you have never canned before, it may take a bit to get the hang of it, but that it’s worth the effort.
The National Center for Home Food Preservation has a website that has all the USDA information about home food preservation. Contact your local OSU extension office for more info.
Closing of Former City Manager Disagreement with City
Details released of the out-of-court settlement between the City of Chickasha and its former city manager. The City of Chickasha will pay former City Manager Alan Guard $30,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement approved by both Guard and the city council. That amounts to about four-month’ pay, on what was Guard's estimated $125,000 annual salary, that was approved last summer. The city will also pay for Guard's insurance until the end of next month. The agreement allows Guard to resign as of October 10th of last year, and the city will remove any reference of any involuntary termination. The seven-page agreement includes a stipulation that Guard is dismissing his lawsuit without prejudice. The council initially fired Guard, after allegations of a hostile work environment was reported at city hall.
Details of a contract between the city of Chickasha and new city manager John Noblitt have also been released. Noblitt will receive $130,000 in his first year at the helm of city hall. His first day on the job will be April 27th. The city will pay up to $5,000 in moving expenses, and he'll have six months in which to establish a home in the city. Noblitt also gets four weeks of vacation in his first year, and gets two weeks paid leave as soon as he starts. The council will also pay and contribute to the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund, which includes 14 percent paid by the city and 8 percent paid by Noblitt. The New Manager gets $500 a month for a car allowance, and the city will pay for any dues should Noblitt join a local civic club.
Chickasha City Council election is next week.
The candidates Ward 3 council were on our KOOL Konversation over the weekend, and both addressed the storm water management plan that was turned back by the council last summer. Phyllis Steelman is the current Ward 3 councilman who supported the initial program that would have placed a $7 per month fee on residents, and much higher fees for businesses.Cody Turpin says the protests raised by individuals led the way for the council to shut down that plan. He says he's been discussing the issue with several people.
Crude oil was lower, to $47.73 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude down to $50.75.
Natural gas was off a couple of pennies to $3.05 per million BTUs.