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2021, Sept. 7th-11th

Saturday, Sept. 11th

 

State Politicians Respond to President's Vaccine Mandate

Many of Oklahoma's politicians are sounding off about President Biden's mandate requiring large companies to have their workers get the COVID-19 vaccination. Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a statement saying there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) have also issued statements following the president's announcement. Lowe turned to Facebook to say that he does not believe the government has the right to force private business owners to require their employees to get vaccinated. Lowe said that it is up to individuals to decide if they get vaccinated or not. Boles made his announcement through a press release, saying it is not the government's role to mandate to private businesses that their employees must receive the coronavirus vaccine. He also said individuals should have the freedom to make a personal choice. Boles said that's one reason state lawmakers approved HB 1236 this past spring which was signed by the governor. It establishes a process for legal challenges of federal rules, executive orders, or Congressional actions believed to be harmful to the rights of Oklahomans and the state.

 

Ag Sales Tax Exemption to Get Interim Study 

Also from the state capital, a senate panel will take a look at who should qualify for farm sales tax exemptions. Sen. Roland Pederson (R-Burlington) and the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee will hold an interim study on the topic on Monday. In a press release, Pederson said the state tax commission recently changed the process for getting an agriculture sales tax exemption card, and producers are having problems renewing those cards or getting the card for the first time. Pederson said they want to conduct a fair assessment to verify legitimate farmers and ranchers when approving the exemption. He said they don't want to prohibit exemptions for those trying to make a living in ag but they don't want to grant exemptions to those who don't qualify. Monday's meeting gets underway at 10:30 a.m. and will be live-streamed at www.oksenate.gov

 

Family, Friends Mourn Death of Diner Operator's Father

The Chickasha community is mourning the death of Larry Muncrief. Muncrief is the father of Brandi Terry with J and W Grill. Muncrief passed away as a result of the coronavirus this week. He and the family had recently celebrated Muncrief's 70th birthday. Funeral service is pending with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Chix Businesses, Residents May Have Utility Bill Errors

The City of Chickasha says some residents and businesses may have errors in their monthly utility bill. The city sent out a notice saying that the bills that were sent out Thursday, Sept. 9th may be wrong. Officials say it was caused by a problem in the electronic meter reading process. A press release from the city indicates that clerks were working to correct the affected accounts and they believe that most of the errors occurred with commercial accounts. Anyone who believes their utility bill is not correct can contact city hall during regular business hours by calling 405-222-6015.

 

Friday, Sept. 10th

 

Suspects Arrested for Selling Alleged Fentanyl-laced Pills

An investigation by the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has led to the arrests of two individuals suspected of selling prescription pain pills laced with Fentanyl. 39-year old Antwon Laray Owens and 19-year old Kadee Lynn Hall, both of Chickasha, were booked into the Grady County Jail early Wednesday morning. Both have been formally charged with felonies for drug possession with intent to distribute. Owens has previous drug convictions. An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that DEA agents and sheriff's deputies met with a confidential informant who was given $300 to purchase the meds. The informant was able to purchase ten tablets at home near 10th and Colorado Tuesday afternoon - tablets which tested positive as having fentanyl. Both Owens and Hall remain in jail on $50,000 bond each.

 

Progress Continues on Chix Sewer, Water Line Project

The installation of water and sewer lines for a new commercial and residential development for the City of Chickasha continues. The city council this week approved a payment of more than $130,000 to WEB Construction for the project which has an estimated overall cost of nearly $500,000. Officials say the water lines are in and crews are currently working on the sewer line installation. This project is near the intersection of Ada Sipuel Avenue and Grand Avenue Extension next to the Grady County Fairgrounds. The site is expected to have a couple of hotels, some permanent residential homes, and a number of spaces for retail development including restaurants.

 

Several Area Events Set this Weekend

There are a lot of activities in the region this weekend. In Chickasha, the annual Open Streets program will be held tomorrow. Chickasha Avenue will be closed down from the Rock Island Railroad Depot to 3rd Street to let families play in the street. It's part of an international program which encourages families to play together and get a little exercise. You can bring your bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates and nearly 30 groups will have activities for the young and old. Lewis Knisely with the YMCA has a few examples.

 

           

 

All the activities are free and there will be plenty of free bottled water available as the weather is expected to be sunny and hot with into the 90s. Food trucks will also be on hand. Open Streets will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Alex Founders Day

The Town of Alex will have its Founders Day celebration. There's a fishing tournament in the morning, then starting at 10 o’clock there will be a car show, vendors, a parade, and a community dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Alex community park.

Jesse James Festival

In Cement, the annual Jesse James Festival will take place with vendors, a car show, and a street dance. There will be treasure hunters, historians, and trick ropers. There are tales that Jesse James hid some of his bounty in the hills in the Cement area.  That all starts at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Katie Davis is a professor of theater at the University of Science and Arts. She's also the coordinator for the university’s Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series which begins later this month. She's on our KOOL Konversation to review the season and its return to live performances. On Real Estate Today, our guest is Oklahoma Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell. Look for links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.45.

Natural gas is $5.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $24.18.

 

Thursday, Sept. 9th

 

Welder Dies Following Explosion

A welder working on tanker truck in Minco died in an explosion. It happened just before noon Wednesday at Firestone Trucking on Main Street in Minco. The explosion shook many businesses and homes nearby and KWTV New 9 reported that a lot of people said it felt like an earthquake. The name of the welder was not released. Reports indicate the welder was working on the end cap of a tanker truck when the explosion occurred.

 

Suspect Accused of Child Sex Crimes in Two Counties

A Chickasha man wanted in Caddo County for an alleged child sex crime is in the Grady County jail on similar allegations. 31-year old Bryan Cody Snook was arrested by Chickasha police back in April and is facing felony charges of using his phone to solicit sexual conduct or communication with a minor, and for having juvenile porn on his phone. Last week, Caddo County authorities issued an arrest warrant for Snook for lewd acts with a boy under 16 years old, for an incident that allegedly occurred at Lake Chickasha in March. Snook is being held in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing conference on the Grady County charges scheduled for September 22nd.

 

Survey Underway for Chickasha School District Patrons

Patrons of the Chickasha Public School district are being asked to take part in a survey designed to help develop long-range plans for the district. Administrators are working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma to get input. Superintendent Rick Croslin says it is a program widely known for helping school districts determine their strengths and weaknesses.

 

              

 

The survey is available on-line on the district's website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us and is under the Community Feedback Survey tab on the home page. A city-wide meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 20th to get more input with the final day to receive comments on Sept. 30th. Croslin said they want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about the school system. Additional meetings will be held over the next several months as the survey moves through four phases of information gathering. A formal plan will be presented to the school board next spring and Croslin said they’ll use the information to develop a proposed bond issue to present to district patrons.

 

Grant to Help Chix PD Get 'New' Used SUVs

The Chickasha Police Department will be getting some new used vehicles in the next few weeks. The city council this week approved the receipt of a federal community facilities grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to purchase the vehicles from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Police Chief Dee Rowell says the grant is for more than $280,000 and will allow the department to purchase four or five Dodge Durangos. The Kansas Highway Patrol retires its vehicles after 50,000 miles and then sells them. The Grady County Sheriff's Office has been purchasing vehicles from Kansas for several years. This is a 65-35 grant and the city will first have to pay the $280,000 then get about $100,000 reimbursed. City officials say they are working to find the money to purchase the vehicles.

 

Chix Water Rates May be On the Rise

Chickasha residents might get ready for an increase in their water rates. The city council will hold a special work session next week to discuss water costs, fees, and treatment - as well as public works projects and their associated costs. Mayor Chris Mosley said the city is now paying more for the water the city receives from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir. The Ft. Cobb Master Conservancy District which oversees the reservoir increased the costs recently. The special work session will be Monday, Sept. 13th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Caddo County Fair Premium Sale, Horse Show Tonight

Today will be a big payday for a number of Caddo County FFA and 4Hers who exhibited the top animals at last week's Caddo County Fair. 71 youth will lead their animals through the show ring one more time for the premium sale. Businesses, family members, and friends will all bid on the animals with all the money going to the exhibitors, and the youth get to keep their animals to take to future livestock shows. There is a buyer's dinner at 6 o'clock with the sale starting at 7 p.m. Also, the horse show portion of the Caddo County Fair will also be held this evening at the Caddo County Fairgrounds in Anadarko.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.60.

Natural gas is $4.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,797 and silver is $24.16.

 

Obituary

Jerrel Toles

Funeral service for Jerrel Toles, 69, of Anadarko will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11th at Grace Church in Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 8th

 

Chix City Council OKs Settlement

of Firefighters' Union Lawsuit

The Chickasha City Council voted unanimously to settle a lawsuit filed against the city by the local firefighters union. The panel voted 6-0 to approve the out-of-court settlement. The vote came after a 23-minute executive session during last night's council meeting. Mayor Chris Mosley said the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2041 previously approved the settlement. Mosley said the city agreed to pay more than $141,000. That includes $52,000 in longevity pay, $44,000 in damages, and $38,000 for the union's attorney’s fees. The settlement won't be finalized until it is approved by the federal court where the lawsuit was filed. Officials say that should be a formality as both sides have agreed to the terms discussed. KOOL/ RANCH News needs to make a correction and clarification regarding the story we aired yesterday about the lawsuit. The suit was filed against the city of Chickasha, and we were wrong when we said that then-city manager John Noblitt withheld retirement benefits owed to the fire fighters. We apologize for the error.

 

Thrift Shop Permit OK'd for Heidi Helping the Homeless             

The council also unanimously approved a use-on-review permit for Heidi Harrison for her request to operate a thrift store at 3rd and Minnesota Avenue. The vote came after a short public hearing. Harrison told the council she plans to continue her outreach mission with Heidi Helping the Homeless. She wanted to move out of her residential location in order to serve more people. In addition to operating a thrift store the location will also have showers, laundry, and provide food and beverage services.

 

Downtown 'Streateries' Get Approval              

The council also approved guidelines that will allow downtown restaurants to have outdoor dining areas. The so-called 'streateries' will allow restaurants to create a mini patio in the parking spaces directly in front of their locations. City Planner Rachel Bernish worked with Economic Development Director Jim Cowan on the plan. They used similar guidelines in communities where the outdoor venues are popular including Edmond; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Asheville, N.C. The restaurants will have to follow strict guidelines for construction. Permits will have to be renewed annually and the city will only charge restaurants for the building permit and related costs to the construction.

 

Matching Grant to Help Anadarko

with Major Sewer Line Improvements              

In Anadarko, city officials have received a huge grant which help the community pay for some badly needed sewer system upgrades.  The State Department of Commerce approved a grant of just under $300,000 to help replace the main line that feeds the waste water treatment plant and some equipment at the plant. The city will pay an additional $500,000 for the project with the funds coming from a revenue bond passed last year. The news was posted on the city's Facebook page. The post indicates the funds will allow the city to replace the sewer line which extends nearly the length of two football fields which has been collapsing and on the verge of failing. The State Department of Environmental Quality had recently placed Anadarko under a consent order due to the potential environmental issues which would have resulted had the sewer line failed.  Mayor Tanner Salyer said the project is not only important for the health and safety of residents but also for any real potential future growth.

 

Wife of Chickasha Auto Dealer Passes Away

Lorie Holt, the wife of Chickasha auto dealer John Holt, has died. She was 64 when she passed away Tuesday morning. She had worked as a Realtor before joining the dealership where she served as the secretary-treasurer for many years. She served on the board of trustees for the Salvation Army and with Redlands Community College. She and John were married for 46 years. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 9th a Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Grady and Caddo counties.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude on the NYMEX is $68.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.69.

Natural gas is $4.57 per million BTUs.

Gold $1,799 and silver is $24.40.

 

Obituaries

‘Rozella” Hargus

A graveside service for Thelma ‘Rozella” Hargus of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 9th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Paul Nightingale

Funeral for Paul Nightingale, 91, of Verden will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 10th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Martin Resendez

Funeral for Martin Resendez, 78, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 10th at First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Johnny Crutcher

A graveside service for Johnny Crutcher, 81, of Amber will be at  10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 14th at the Amber Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran where he served for 27 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 7th

 

Chix Firefighters Lawsuit Against the City

May Get Final Out-of-Court Settlement

(EDITOR'S NOTE) - This version contains clarified and corrected information that was part of original story. We apologize for any errors) A lawsuit filed by the Chickasha Firefighters Association against the City of Chickasha may finally be settled out of court. The city council tonight will go behind closed doors to discuss approving the settlement. Last month, the council approved a payment of more than $140,000 which was presented to the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 for its consideration. The lawsuit was filed last December after the union claimed that the city withheld longevity benefits. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss the status of negotiations with the firefighters union for the current fiscal year.

 

Council to Consider Use-on-Review Permit,

Allow Tuttle Police to use Chix PD Gun Range             

During the open portion of tonight's meeting, the council will hold a public hearing to discuss a use-on-review permit for Heidi Harrison of Heidi Helping the Homeless at 3rd and Minnesota Ave. The panel will also discuss a memorandum of understanding that would allow the Tuttle Police Department to use the Chickasha Police Department's gun range. The council is expected to accept an agreement with the Festival of Light for the upcoming season; approve a request from Epworth United Methodist Church to hold a movie in Shannon Springs park on Oct. 8th; and to allow the Optimist Club to hold a 5K run on December 4th. The council is also to honor long-time firefighter Richard Prather on his recent retirement. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Animal Rescue Transport Group Fundraiser Today

A group that helps save the lives of lost and abandoned animals will hold a fundraiser today. The Chickasha Animal Rescue Transport Association (CARTA) will hold a silent auction and a local restaurant will be helping its cause. InterUrban will be donating a dollar from every hamburger sold to the organization. The silent auction starts at 5:30 tonight and will include items from numerous local businesses including Ross True Value; the Jungle Ice Fun Zone; Jake's Rib;  The Okie Mountain Trading Company; Brandt's; Chicken Express; Hicks Western Wear, and others. CARTA works with other pet adoption groups to find forever homes for the animals in the city's animal shelter.

 

WWII Aircraft to Visit Duncan This Week

An historic World War Two aircraft will be visiting Duncan this week. A B-29 bomber will be on display and some visitors will have the opportunity to take a flight on the four-engine aircraft. It's the type of aircraft that flew over Europe during the war and eventually dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that ended the war. Paul Hlavaty of Marlow, who is with The Commemorative Air Force, says the visit is more than just cool planes.  It's about the people who flew in them. He said many were farm boys from  Oklahoma who were shipped off to Europe. Hlavaty's father was a POW during the war for more than a year. The B-29 arrives at the Duncan Regional Airport on Thursday and will be on display until Sunday. For information, visit the website: www.airpowerssquadron.org/duncan-ok

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.61.

Natural gas is $4.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $24.37.

 

Obituaries

Verna Myers

A graveside service for Verna Myers, 91, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 8th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Susan Daugherty

Funeral for Susan Daugherty, 68, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Septembert 11th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Jerrel Toles

Funeral service for Jerrel Toles, 69, of Anadarko is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Sept. 6th

No news due to the Labor Day holiday.

2021, Aug. 30th-Sept. 4th

Saturday, Sept. 4th

 

Convicted Killer's Sentence Re-instated

A man whose initial conviction in a triple-murder case was overturned because of the McGirt Decision is back on death row after a review by the state court of criminal appeals. Shaun Michael Bosse was convicted and sentenced to death for the killings of Katrina Griffin, her four-year old daughter Chasity, and 8-year old son Christian at their Dibble home in 2010. Bosse’s conviction was among several that were tossed out by the appellate court because of the McGirt Decision. But that same court this week re-instated Bosse's conviction and those of three other death row inmates - giving Oklahoma a partial victory as officials continue working to argue that the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt Decision was wrongly decided and should be overturned.

 

 Tips Sought in Anadarko Park Vandalism             

Vandals strike the public restrooms at Anadarko's Randlett Park. The perpetrators removed the plumbing to the toilets. According to the city's Facebook page it may have occurred early Friday morning. A reward is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call the Anadarko Police Department at 405-247-2411.

 

Alpaca Show Coming to the Grady County Fairgrounds

A new event will be coming to the Grady County Fairgrounds this fall. It will feature Alpacas. There is an official Alpaca organization in Oklahoma and it’s an industry that got its start in the 1980s but didn't really get going until the 90s. About 20 years ago, there were 14 Alpaca farms in the state and it was determined that those pioneers could best be served by forming their own Alpaca group. The organization is now known as Alpacas of Oklahoma (A-OK). The group supports the ethical promotion of all things Alpaca. There are several farms in the region that are members, including Jolly Roger Alpacas of Blanchard; Answered Prayers Ranch in Tuttle; Magnolia Blossom Ranch of Newcastle; Circle of Dreams Ranch in Fletcher; and Busy Bees Alpaca Farm of Norman. The group will meet in Chickasha for what it calls a Blast Off show in mid-November. You can check out the group on Facebook or visit the website: www.alpacasofoklahoma.com

 

Obituary

Verna Myers

A graveside service for Verna Myers, 91, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8th at Celestial Gardens Cemetery in Cyril Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Marlow 40, Chickasha 14

Noble 41, Blanchard 23

Elgin 55, Anadarko 41

Tuttle 21, Plainview 13

Minco 41, Dibble 14

Cordell 34, Rush Springs 26

Community Christian 19, Bridge Creek 2

Tipton 62, Alex 22

Burns Flat-Dill City 38, Carnegie 12

Mt. View-Gotebo 54, Snyder 12

Purcell 20, Lindsay 14

 

Friday, Sept. 3rd

 

OSBI Takes Over Ninnekah Schools Sexual Assault Investigation

The OSBI will now lead the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and the lack of action after it was reported at Ninnekah Public Schools. A press release issued by the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates that Sheriff Jim Weir requested that the agency take over the investigation. Weir and former deputy Phil Blevins are among those named in a federal lawsuit filed in connection with the allegations. The Oklahoman reports that an OSBI official confirmed that the agency will take over the case. 15 current and former girls basketball players at Ninnekah have filed a federal lawsuit against both Ninnekah and Friend schools and coaches and administrators who are implicated in what amounts to a cover-up of sexual abuse complaints against former coach Ron Akins. Akins coached at both Ninnekah and Friend schools. He resigned from Ninnekah after being arrested and charged for rape and sexual battery alleged to have taken place over the last several years. In his press release, Sheriff Weir said he's confident that at the end of the investigation the public will see that his office stands for the highest standards and that any allegations of wrong-doing by him or his office are simply not true. The Oklahoman reported that attorney's representing the girls demanded that District Attorney Jason Hicks turn the investigation over to the OSBI and had given the DA a deadline of 5 o'clock yesterday to do so, or they would take their demand to the state's attorney general or the governor's office. Attorneys said the mere possibility that the sheriff's office may investigate the matter created an unacceptable conflict of interest.

 

Grady County Among Nation's Top Areas for Oil, Gas Drilling

Here's more good news from the energy industry in the region. Reports indicate that Grady County is in the top 20 most active counties in the country for oil and gas drilling. That's according to Enverus Rig Analytics which indicates there are 11 active rigs in the Anadarko basin which does include Grady County. The basin also experienced an increase in the rig count which is at 48. The website OK Energy Today reports that the Anadarko Basin contains untapped areas of production. We reported earlier this week that the corporation commission approved a permit for Citizen Energy to drill wells in the Bridge Creek area and that EOG Resources filed a completion report on the Cole Farms Well south of Blanchard. It was producing more 350 barrels of oil and nearly 600 MCF of natural gas per day.

 

Arts Council Seeks Co-Director for Summer Arts Camp

The Chickasha Area Arts Council - already preparing for the Rock Island Arts Festival next month - is also in search of a co-director for a popular summer arts camp it hosts for kids. ArtScope is a two-week day camp held every June. Responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the program, fundraising, and writing and submitting grants. Interested individuals can send an e-mail to chickashaarts@gmail.com Deadline to apply is September 30th.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lewis Knicely with the Chickasha Area YMCA will be on our KOOL Konversation to discuss the Open Streets Chickasha event set for Saturday, September 11th. Find a link to the program under the community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.03.

Natural gas is $4.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $24.07.

 

Obituary

Ricky Pace

A graveside service for Richard ‘Ricky’ Pace, 64, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18th at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the SLO-RSH Foundation.

 

Thursday, Sept. 2nd

 

Law Enforcement Look to Keep Roads Safe This Weekend

State and federal officials are implementing a safety campaign for the upcoming holiday weekend. It's the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign encouraging motorists to not drive while under the influence of alcohol or illegal or prescription drugs. Cody McDaniel with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office says there is no excuse for driving impaired or distracted. State troopers and local law enforcement will be on the roads and on the lakes over the next few days looking for impaired drivers and boaters. Last year, six people died on Oklahoma roadways during the Labor Day weekend and there were more than 50 crashes that were alcohol or drug-related.

 

Grants for Potential Walking, Bike Trails Issued

Chickasha and Anadarko are among communities in central and southwest Oklahoma that may be developing future walking and biking trails. Both cities are recipients of grants from the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page says Duncan also received a grant. Anadarko picked up a $25,000 grant which officials say would be used for the engineering and planning of a potential walking and bicycle trail to run from Randlett Park to Rotary Park. Chisholm Trail Consulting has been selected to work with residents to design the route, what type of surface should be used, and what kind of amenities could be added along the trail. Initial plans are to use the abandoned railroad right-of-way. Mayor Tanner Salyer said the city would be looking into getting additional funds from state, federal, and private sources for this project and other infrastructure needs.

 

Museum Closed for Pandemic Re-opens

Also in Anadarko, the Anadarko Heritage Museum is re-opening today. The museum has been closed for about 18 months because of the pandemic. The museum received a $15,000 grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to re-open.

 

More Sooner State Families May Qualify

for Oklahoma's Promise Scholarships

Chickasha school officials are sharing some news which impacts all Oklahoma school students. Oklahoma's Promise, a scholarship program for low-to-median income households, has raised the household income limit to $60,000. The program offers qualified students in the 8th through 11th grades the opportunity to earn scholarships for college tuition. The program is currently accepting applications. Students and parents should contact their middle school or high school counselor or visit the website: www.okpromise.org

 

Caddo County Fair Ends

The Caddo County Fair wraps up its four-day run today. Still exhibits will be on display for a short time today. The horse show which was originally scheduled for today was re-scheduled for next Thursday evening. Also next Thursday will be the premium sale for the top livestock animals shown this week. The final event of the fair today will be the drawing for the OHCE block challenge quilt at noon.

 

State Ranks High in Several National Wind-Power Segments

A new report shows Oklahoma is a top five-state in several categories when it comes to one alternative energy source.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.94.

Natural gas is $4.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $24.26.

 

Obituaries

Terry Myers

A memorial service for Terry Myers, 69, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at McRay Funeral Home.

Dan Jones

Funeral for Dan Jones, 70, of Chickasha and Amber will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 3rd at the Pocasset First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Carlton Wagner

A graveside service for Carlton Wagner, 72, of Owasso will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 4th at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 1st

 

Changes Made at Ninnekah Schools

Recent resignations from the Ninnekah Board of Education and the suspensions of two school administrators has resulted in several changes for the school district. In a special meeting yesterday, school board vice president Dustin Tate was named president; Delanie Barry was named vice president; and Diane Carroll was named clerk. The action was taken after former school board president Rusty Garrett and board clerk Scott Miller stepped down in light of a federal lawsuit filed against the district. The board also named Marie Foot as a new dean of students after superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts were suspended. Foot will have the authority to take any action and/or sign any documents on behalf of the school district. Fifteen former girls basketball players filed the federal lawsuit alleging they were sexual assault victims of former basketball coaches. The lawsuit claims that school officials were told of the allegations and did nothing.

 

Tanker Truck Fire Results in Lockdown at Minco Schools

Minco schools were placed on lockdown yesterday when a fuel tanker caught fire in front of the high school. Superintendent Kevin Sims said it got very intense. Sims posted on his Facebook page that everyone was taken to the middle school safe rooms while fire fighters doused the flames. He credited the work of the Minco Fire and Police Departments, Grady County Sheriff's Office, and the Union City Fire Department for their efforts. Sims also credited Minco high school senior Garrison Bass for his work. Bass is a volunteer with the Minco Fire Department.

 

Activity in the SCOOP Increases

A number of drilling permits in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP) have been issued by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Citizen Energy has been awarded a permit to drill three wells on a single pad in Grady County between Bridge Creek and State Highway 37. That is in Section 10 of Township 9 North and 5 West. Revolution Operating Company has permits for two wells on a single pad in Canadian County. The permits are for the Cogburn Wells in Canadian County west of Yukon near the CE Page Airport. There has been a completion for EOG Resources on the Cole Farms well three miles south of Blanchard in Grady County. That's in Section 16 of Township 7 North and Range 4 West. Production was just over 350 barrels of oil and nearly 600 Mcf of natural gas per day from a depth of just over 20,000 feet.

 

New 'American Heritage Girl' Program to Begin

A new youth development program for girls will be starting up next week. It's called American Heritage Girls which is a national faith-based program. It will be hosted by Maranatha Baptist Church. It's designed to help the girls learn life skills, have them get involved in their communities, and develop leadership skills. David Edwards is the pastor of the church and breaks down the age groups.

 

              

 

The program is open to girls throughout the Grady and Caddo county area. An informational program and sign-up will be held at the church at 1505 S. 29th Street Tuesday, Sept. 7th at 6:30 p.m. Weekly meetings will start Sept. 14th. For information contact John Smith by calling 405-473-3968 or visit the website: www.americanheritagegirls.org

 

Caddo County Fair Update

Here's what's happening at the Caddo County Fair today. Still exhibits will be open for viewing until 7 p.m. and the OHCE snack bar will be open. The winner of last night’s food truck competition was K-I-G Cue. The horse show which was scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) has been re-scheduled for next Thursday, September 9th with registration at 5:00 p.m. and the show starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.50 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.99.

Natural gas is $4.38 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $23.93.

 

Obituary

Donald Shipley

Funeral service for Donald Shipley, 77, of Rush Springs will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Navy and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

 

Tuesday, August 31st

 

Chix City Council Makes Offer to City Mgr Candidate

The Chickasha city council is making an offer to one of the city manager candidates who were in town for interviews last weekend. Mayor Chris Mosley tells KOOL/RANCH News that the council agreed to make an offer to the individual. The city attorney is drawing up a contract which will be presented to the candidate later this week. Mosley said if they can come to terms that the candidate said he could start the first week of October. Mosley has been acting city manager since January.

 

Council OKs Purchase Option for New Fire Engine

The city council also approved a payment option to purchase a new fire engine. In a special meeting last night the panel approved a proposal from the First National Bank which was one of four options which were presented. The First National plan has a 2.09 percent interest rate with seven annual payments of nearly $74,000 each. The first payment would be due in August of next year. The cost of the 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine is $474,000 and the interest over the course of the note is more than $40,000 which brings the total cost to more than $515,000. The city still has payments remaining on two other fire trucks. One is $5,000 a month for the rescue squad truck which will be paid off in December of next year. The other is a semi-annual payment of more than $23,000 on  a pumper truck which will be paid off in May of 2023. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said the engine is currently in Wisconsin and that it could be delivered in about three weeks.

 

Caddo County Fair Update

It's Day Two of the Caddo County Fair. The swine show will be held this morning and still exhibits will be on display starting at 10 o'clock. There are a couple of new events to the fair this year and both will be held tonight – a food truck competition and a car show. Food trucks that have entered are K-I-G Que; Sugar Shane’s Kettlecorn and Pork Rinds; The Twisted Taco; and Wing Nuts. Both events get underway at 5:30 p.m.. There is also a kiddie-tractor pull at 6:00 p.m.

 

Anadarko Museum to Re-open

An Anadarko museum that has been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic is re-opening. The Anadarko Heritage Museum has received a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Mayor Tanner Salyer said the museum has played a significant role in providing the history of Anadarko, Caddo County, and tribal nations. The $15,000 grant was made through the National Endowment for the Humanities. City Manager Kenneth Corn says it is a shot in the arm to help not only re-open the museum but also to strengthen it for future generations. The museum is scheduled to reopen this Thursday.

 

National Guard Troops Head to Louisiana

The Oklahoma National Guard is sending 500 citizen-soldiers to aid in the relief effort of Hurricane Ida.  Soldiers and airmen will focus on route clearance, security, levee reinforcement, and general support operations. In a press release, Col. Bob Walker said situations like this are what the National Guard is for. Troops were also sent to help following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. The Louisiana Office of Emergency Management requested support under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. That’s a national disaster relief agreement that offers help during states of emergencies and disasters.

 

Obituaries

Marian ‘Rae’ McIlroy

A memorial service will be held at a later date for ‘Rae’ McIlroy, 65, of Chickasha. She recently retired from Cherokee Temp Service. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Lena May Pitchford

A graveside service for Lena May Pitchford, 102, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2nd at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Arietta Hightower

A memorial service for Arietta Hightower, 100, of Newcastle will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at Snow Hill Baptist Church. She worked as a Rosie the Riveter at Tinker Air Force Base during WWII and also taught at Chickasha, Tuttle, and Newcastle schools. Memorial contributions may be made to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karen Cox-Grammer

A memorial service for Karen Cox-Grammer, 58, of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Aug. 30th

 

Human Bones Identified as Missing Chickasha Man

If you missed some of the news from this past weekend - a human skeleton found in Caddo County two years ago has been identified as a man missing from Chickasha for over 30 years. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the remains were those of Alvin Stark. A laboratory at the University of North Texas identified the remains. Stark's sister, Rebecca Fowler, reported him missing in May of 1988.  She said her brother had planned to go fishing with her husband but never showed up.  While she's sad she will never see him again the news brought her some peace as the family prepares to lay him to rest. Stark's death was believed to have been a homicide. Chickasha police identified a suspect during their investigation but without Stark's remains there was not enough evidence to charge that individual. Authorities say that suspect has since died.

 

Oklahomans to Help in Aftermath of Hurricane

Hurricane Ida unleashed its wrath on Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday and several Oklahomans have been deployed to help. A Chickasha firefighter, a representative the local Salvation Army, and a group from Carnegie will all be part of the effort to help the victims. Chickasha firefighter Dallas Smith is among 50 individuals with the Oklahoma Urban Search and Rescue Teams out of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Smith is a water rescue specialist and left with group Saturday for a 14-day deployment. They are staged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lt. Bobby McFarland with the Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, will be deployed tomorrow to help with recovery efforts. Two members of Carnegie's Emergency Medical Services were dispatched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist. Jeremy Justus and Alex Garland made the 13-hour drive to their destination over the weekend.

 

Roadway Blocked when Sand Truck Overturns

A sand truck overturned near the Tabler Y yesterday but there no reports of injuries. The accident happened about 9 a.m. at State Highway 39 and CS 2940 which is State Highway 19C or the Alex Highway in the Naples area. The roadway was closed for about an hour.

 

Traffic Narrows on State Highway 9 in Newcastle

We have a traffic advisory to tell you about. State Highway 9 through Newcastle will be narrowed to one lane in various locations between Western Avenue and the U.S. 62/H.E. Bailey Turnpike spur junction today through Thursday in order for crews to complete surface repairs.

 

Chix Area Arts Council to get New Home

The Chickasha Area Arts Council will be moving soon. The group will be moving downtown and will be across the street from the historic Washita Theater which is where the Chickasha Community Theatre is housed. Sue Getman with the arts council says the move will give them a lot more space to help local artists and to expand the classes they offer.

 

              

 

The arts council has been at the old South School at 7th and Arkansas for the last several years. The move will likely take place after the Arts Council's big event which is just a few weeks away. The Rock Island Arts Festival will be Oct. 1st through 3rd. Getman said there are still a few vendor spaces available. Along with the festival that weekend will be the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship and the Rock Island Ride.

 

Congressman Cole to Hold Telephone Town Hall Tonight

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) will hold a telephone town hall meeting tonight. Cole will hold an hour-long meeting to discuss concerns of constituents and address current events, including the situation in Afghanistan where there are still a number of Americans who are hoping to get out of the country by tomorrow's deadline. The telephone town hall will start at 6 o’clock tonight. The number to call is 833-305-1727. A live audio feed of the town hall meeting will be on-line at cole.house.gov/telephone-town-halls

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.70.

Natural gas is $4.37 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,819 and silver is $24.12.

2021, Aug. 23rd-28th

Saturday, August 28th

 

Human Bones Id'd as Long-time Missing Chickasha Man

A human skeleton found in Caddo County two years ago has been identified as a man who had been missing from Chickasha for more than 30 years. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the remains were those of Alvin Stark. A laboratory at the University of North Texas identified the remains. Stark's sister, Rebecca Fowler, reported him missing in May of 1988.  She said Stark had planned to go fishing with her husband the day he went missing but never showed up. Fowler told the Oklahoman that she never lost hope that she would find her brother. She said that while she will never see him again the news brought her some peace as the family prepares to lay him to rest. Stark's death was believed to have been a homicide. Chickasha police identified a suspect during their investigation but without Stark's remains at the time there was not enough evidence to charge that individual. Authorities say the suspect has since died.

 

Teen Charged with Rape to be Tried as Adult

A teenager will be tried as an adult after prosecutors say he violently raped his girlfriend. 15-year old Paden Lane Herrmann of Binger was charged as a youthful offender in Caddo County District Court yesterday. The Lawton Constitution reports Herrmann faces two rape charges and will be tried as an adult due to the violent nature of the allegations. The charges stem from two separate incidents that occurred in June. Herrmann is being held at a Lawton juvenile detention center on a $100,000 bond. He's scheduled to be back in court September 30th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Finalists for Chix City Manager Post Have Interviews

Four finalists for the vacant Chickasha city manager post are in town for interviews this weekend. The candidates and their families are spending the weekend in town and are expected to tour the community to test the waters should they be hired. There's a lot going on for the candidates to experience. Last night, the high school football team won its season opener, the Grady County Fair wraps up today, there's a truck and tractor pull at the fairgrounds, the city's sports complex has a big tournament, and the University of Science and Arts soccer teams have home games tonight. A special meeting of the city council will be held today where the group will go behind closed doors for the formal interviews. There's no word on when a new city manager may be named.

 

106th Grady County Fair Wraps Up Today

As we just mentioned today is the final day of the 106th Grady County Fair. The rabbit, poultry, and cattle shows are all today. The carnival opens at noon and the commercial booths are open much of the day. There is a children's pet show at 4:30 this afternoon and the kiddie tractor pull is this evening. The final event at the Grady County Fairgrounds will be the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull at the outdoor rodeo arena. The pit area opens at 4:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate.

 

High School Football Scores

Chickasha 51, Altus 7

Tuttle 28, Sulphur 0

Newcastle 40, Cleveland 0

Destiny Christian 64, Alex 18

Lindsay 20, Pauls Valley 0

Casasdy 29, Carnegie 0

Wayne 37, Apache 6

 

Finalists for Chix City Manager Post to be Interviewed

Four finalists for the vacant Chickasha city manager post are in town for interviews this weekend. The candidates and their families are spending the weekend in town and are expected to tour the community to test the waters should they be hired. There's a lot going on for the candidates to experience. Last night, the high school football team won its season opener, the Grady County Fair wraps up today, there's a truck and tractor pull at the fairgrounds, the city's sports complex has a big tournament, and the University of Science and Arts soccer teams have home games tonight. A special meeting of the city council will be held today where the group will go behind closed doors for the formal interviews. There's no word on when a new city manager may be named.

 

106th Grady County Fair Wraps Up

As we just mentioned today is the final day of the 106th Grady County Fair. The rabbit, poultry, and cattle shows are all today. The carnival opens at noon and the commercial booths are open much of the day. There is a children's pet show at 4:30 this afternoon and the kiddie tractor pull is this evening. The final event at the Grady County Fairgrounds will be the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull at the outdoor rodeo arena. The pit area opens at 4:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate.

 

Friday, August 27th

 

Body Found Outside Marlow Cemetery

Authorities are investigating a body found near the Marlow Cemetery. A utility crew discovered the body yesterday. Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney tells KSWO-TV that the body appears to be that of a male and that it had been there for some time. McKinney did not give an estimate on how old the individual may have been. Officials are working to identify the remains and the cause of death.

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign Winding Down

There are a couple more days left for the Cleanup Chickasha campaign. Residents and business owners can dispose of large debris at a couple of sites which have those large roll-off dumpsters to put furniture, old lumber, limbs or other items into. There are two dumpsters at 6th and Frisco Avenue until 3 p.m. today and again from 9:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow. There are four roll-off dumpsters at the city's public works headquarters which will be available until 5:00 p.m. today and 9:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow. Items that should not be placed in the dumpsters are hazardous materials, tires, paint, insecticides, herbicides, and motor oil.

 

Grady County Fair Continues

Here's what's happening at the Grady County Fair today. The commercial booths will get going at 10 o'clock this morning and the swine show will be this afternoon. The OHCE will have Indian tacos, sandwiches, and home-made cinnamon rolls in the north exhibit building. The noon meal from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the community building is beans and cornbread and the evening meal is southern fried chicken.The carnival will open at 6:00 p.m. and it will be armband night once again. Live music tonight will be Billy Davis and the Band of Brothers. Tomorrow is the big day for activities with the rabbit, poultry, and swine shows, the pet show for the little ones in the afternoon, the 4H and FFA tractor driving contest, and the ag Olympics. The carnival will open at noon and tomorrow night the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull will put an exclamation point on the weekend of activities at the fairgrounds. Gates for the truck and tractor pull open at 4:30 p.m. to visit the pit area and the pull starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be $20 per person at the gate.

 

Chix Chamber to Host 34th Annual Golf Tournament

The annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is just a couple of weeks away. The 34th annual event will be Friday, Sept. 10th at the Club at Chickasha - formerly the Chickasha Golf and Country Club. The chamber is registering four-person teams and there will be shotgun starts at both 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There will be breakfast for the morning players and lunch for the afternoon players and everyone will get a swag bag full of goodies from chamber members. Teams can register on-line at the chamber's website: www.chickashachamber.com or by reaching out to the chamber office for more information.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend.  Daniel Edwards and John Smith with Maranatha Baptist Church will be on the KOOL Konversation discussing a new American Heritage Girls program. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.18.

Natural gas is $4.18 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,798 and silver is $23.72.

 

Obituaries

Susan Clark

Funeral service for Susan Clark, 66, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 28th at Son Rise Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Merwin Turner

Funeral service for Merwin Turner, 68, of Alex will be at 2:00 pm. Tuesday, August 31st at Sevier Funeral Home.

Wanda Willis

A graveside service for Wanda Willis, 88, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 31st at the Comanche Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, August 30th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 26th

 

Two Ninnekah School Board Members Resign;

Two Administrators Suspended in Light of Fed Lawsuit

The fallout begins at Ninnekah public schools in light of a federal lawsuit filed against the district regarding rape and sexual assault allegations against a former coach. Two school board members resigned in a special school board meeting yesterday and the superintendent and high school principal were both suspended. School board President Rusty Garrett and board clerk Scott Miller resigned. The remaining board members suspended Superintendent Todd Bunch and High School Principal David Pitts with pay, pending the outcome into an investigation related to the lawsuit. The action comes after a dozen former girls basketball players alleged their coach sexually assaulted them, and that administrators were told of the allegations but took no action. Also, three more former players have come forward alleging that then-coach Ron Akins molested them. Both Garrett and Miller were long-time members of the school board. In Garrett's resignation letter he said the passion he once had for serving the district is not what it should be. Miller wrote that he hopes this small step might aid in the healing process for the community and further dispel any possible conflicts of interest. About 60 people attended yesterday's meeting. One patron said the board's action was a big relief.

 

Crash Claims Life of Apache Woman; Injures Another

A Caddo County woman has died and another is hospitalized with numerous injuries following a traffic accident in southeast Oklahoma. 68-year old Betty Daugherty of Apache died in the crash that happened west of Hugo Wednesday morning. She was a passenger in a pickup driven by 70-year old Phyllis Davis also of Apache. Davis was last in stable condition. The highway patrol reports that Davis failed to yield to oncoming traffic and hit another pickup. Two individuals in the other truck were from Antlers. They were taken to a hospital and treated and released.

 

Cel Phone Search in Truck Leads to Accident

A Caddo County man is hospitalized after his one-ton truck runs off a county road rolls onto its side. 40-year old William Traywick of Apache was injured in the accident that happened about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near Alfalfa which is north of Carnegie. The trooper investigating the accident reported that Traywick was looking for his cel phone when the truck ran off the road. The trooper reported there was an odor of alcohol at the scene.

 

Artists Sought to Paint Murals in Downtown Chix

Attention artists! An effort to paint some murals on buildings in downtown Chickasha is underway. The Economic Development Council and the Chickasha Area Arts Council are looking for requests for proposals to paint the first of several murals near the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Individual artists and groups are encouraged to apply. They are looking for original works that will be selfie-friendly for visitors and encourage the promotion of tourism. Requests for proposals are due by Sept. 20th and artists will be notified by Sept. 30th. The projects need to be completed by Nov. 24th which is about the time the Festival of Light will begin. The proposals may be sent to: chickashaarts@gmail.com or jim@chickashaedc.com

 

Grady County Fair Begins

The Grady County Fair gets underway today. The commercial exhibits will open at 11 o'clock with the goat and sheep shows to be held this afternoon. Those submitting cakes for the cake show can drop them off between noon and 2:30 with judging to follow and the cakes auctioned tonight. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. with wristband nights both tonight and tomorrow night. Wristbands are $25. The formal ribbon-cutting to open the fair is at 7 o'clock tonight. Live music tonight is Tim Brauer and First Look. Admission and parking to the 106th Grady County Fair are free. The event runs through Saturday at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.25.

Natural gas is $3.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,787 and silver is $23.75.

 

Obituaries

Mary Cole

A memorial service may held at a later date for Mary Cole, 64, of Verden. She was a long-time trustee for the town of Verden. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karen Cox-Grammer

Funeral service for 59-year old Karen Cox-Grammer of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Robert ‘Rob’ Mack

A graveside service for Rob Mack, 81, of Rancho Palos Verdes, California will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Rush Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, August 25th

 

Ninnekah School Board to Consider Suspending

Superintendent, High School Principal

The Ninnekah Board of Education will hold a special meeting this afternoon to consider suspending the district's superintendent and the high school principal. Superintendent Todd Bunch and school principal David Pitts were both named in a federal lawsuit filed against the district by former girls basketball players who allege their one-time coach Ron Akins sexually assaulted them. One item on the agenda calls for accepting any resignations that may have been received. Another item is to consider hiring an attorney at the cost of $185 per hour to serve as an additional legal counsel for the district concerning the investigation of the conduct of school employees alleged in the lawsuit. The school board then has a proposed closed-door meeting to discuss the possible suspensions of the two administrators. The meeting was scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon.

 

Grady County Fair Opens Tomorrow

We are on the eve of the Grady County Fair! Officials have scheduled a full three days of events after last year's fair was scaled back due to the pandemic. Commercial vendors can set up their booth spaces today and fair officials are judging the still exhibits that were brought in yesterday. Also, the alfalfa hay show is this morning and they will be accepting bids on that hay. The un-official opening of the fair is tomorrow morning with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow night. The cake show, cake auction, sheep, and goat shows are among the highlights tomorrow. There are live bands both Thursday  and Friday nights.

 

PSO Prepares for Street Light Inventory

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is looking to improve the street lights in all 232 cities and towns it serves. PSO officials say they are getting ready for new and innovative lighting systems. The utility will start with a physical inventory of every street light in every community which is expected to wrap up by the end of the year or early next year. Officials say they'll be taking a look at about a dozen attributes of every streetlight and collect more accurate GPS coordinates. A press release indicates the work will help PSO personnel to more efficiently and effectively upgrade and restore the lights. PSO Customer Service Manager Brandon Sirman said that field personnel will be in PSO-served communities looking at every street light and even taking pictures of poles.

 

Science and Arts Has Near-Record Freshmen Enrollment

The University of Science and Arts is welcoming its largest freshman class in about 20 years. The number is a more than 80 percent increase over last year when the pandemic impacted enrollment at universities nationwide. Officials credit the increase at Science and Arts to a new scholarship program focused on accessibility and affordability, a more pro-active and assertive outreach, and a campus-wide commitment to improving the university through fund-raising and improved branding. Over the next five years officials aim to increase total enrollment to 1,200 students.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.05.

Natural gas is $3.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,796 and silver is $23.64.

 

Obituaries

Lorene Jobe

Funeral service for Lorene Jobe, 85, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 27th at the First Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Alexander Bickley

Funeral service Alexander Bickley, 24, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, August 24th

 

Man Arrested for Beating Death of Girlfriend

A Chickasha man has been arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend to death. 57-year old Russell Foreshee was arrested nearly two weeks after the woman's body was found in their home. Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) tell KWTV-News 9 that Chickasha police were called to a home in the 1300 block of West Washington Avenue in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 11th and found Teresa McClellan unresponsive. It wasn't clear when she died. The state medical examiner determined that McClellan suffered numerous broken bones and blunt force trauma injures. Foreshee reportedly told investigators he had been beating McLellan for several days after finding out she was having an affair. Authorities allege Foreshee found McClellan unresponsive but waited before calling 9-1-1. It's also alleged Foreshee moved some items around the home which indicates he may have tampered with evidence. The report said Foresee has a history of drug use.

 

Chix School Officials Surveying Patrons

The Chickasha Public School district is collaborating with a couple of groups to hold a community survey about improvements that patrons believe are needed. The district is working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and a University of Oklahoma group called the K20 Center for Education Community Renewal. The information compiled while help develop a continuous strategic improvement plan to help develop long-term priorities and goals. Questions in the survey include what patrons value in the district; the five greatest challenges the district faces over the next 5-10 years; and what skills and abilities students need to have for their future success. You can find the survey on the Chickasha Public Schools Facebook page.

 

Areas of Chickasha May Have No or Low Water Pressure

Some areas in Chickasha may experience no or low water pressure today. Officials say the city's water treatment contractor USW will be flushing fire hydrants around town as a part of routine maintenance. Officials say this is not related to the blue-green algae problem in the lake at Shannon Springs Park.

 

Caddo County Man Accused of Trafficking Meth

A Caddo County man pulled over on a traffic stop was arrested on a complaint drug trafficking. Jacob McCurtain of Apache was pulled over by police in Lawton after driving left of center. KSWO-TV cites court documents that Lawton police summoned K9 officers which indicated that there may be narcotics in the vehicle. Authorities found about 84 milligrams of methamphetamine and seized more than $2,000 in cash. At his initial appearance in Comanche County District Court McCurtain was charged with drug trafficking, driving left of center, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, possession of drug items, and having proceeds derived from illegal drug activity.

 

Tuttle Senior Named Grady County Fair Princess

The Grady County Fair Princess hails from Tuttle this year. Addilyn Lingle, a senior, was crowned following last night's pageant. Lingle was among a 11 candidates competing. Lingle will have a lot of work to do during the fair which opens in Thursday. 1st runner-up was Cassie Thompkins of Tuttle; second runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Kiera Link of Tuttle; third runner-up was Clara Duncan of Chickasha; and Miss Photogenic was Abbie Savage of Amber-Pocasset. By the way, still exhibits and ag mechanics projects can be entered at the fair from 3-5:30 this afternoon, with judging tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.75.

Natural gas is $3.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806 and silver is $23.76.

 

Obituary

Donald Monroe

Funeral service for Donald Monroe, 91, of Amber, a U.S. Army veteran, will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home. 

 

Monday, August 23rd

 

Ninnekah Students to Continue Protest

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Following our morning news broadcast, the student rally scheduled for Monday was postponed in order to get a permit for the rally. The event was re-scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 24th)

Ninnekah school students will have a second day of protests against the district. As many as 50 students walked out of class Friday to support former female student athletes who say they were sexually assaulted by their coach and that school officials were told about it and did nothing. Friday's rally came about when numerous people attending a Ninnekah School Board meeting Thursday night called for the resignations of the superintendent, high school principal, and the school board president.  Sandy Smyth was among those at that meeting and at Friday's student march.

 

              

 

Expected to join the demonstration is a local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) which is part of a worldwide charitable organization that works to empower abused children. 

 

Grady County Court Docket Begins

Jury selection for a felony domestic violence trial is expected to get underway this morning in Grady County District Court. Caleb James Kelley is facing a charge of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon stemming from a 2019 arrest. That case is to be heard by District Judge Kory Kirkland. Also scheduled is jury selection for a violation of a protective order trial against Jared Mikel Heger who is charged with a number of felonies dating back to 2015. That case is being heard by Associate District Judge Joey Young. Also scheduled is a child abuse trial for Jeffrey Scott Rasmussen who was arrested following a 2019 investigation.

 

Blue-Green Algae Still a Problem at Shannon Springs Park

Chickasha officials say a blue-green algae bloom in the lake at Shannon Springs Park still presents a problem after it was discovered last Friday. Mayor Chris Mosley said city crews, the Grady County Fire Department, and county emergency management tried to pump the affected water out of the lake and move it through Congo Creek. Mosley said people should still not fish at Shannon Springs and keep pets from drinking the water and swimming in it. The Mayor said it wasn't clear how long the blue-green algae might remain.

 

              

 

They mayor did say it is OK for families to use the splash pad at the park since it uses chlorinated water that comes from the water treatment plant.

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign Underway

A city-wide cleanup for Chickasha begins today as officials encourage residents and businesses to dispose of unwanted and unsightly items. Two large roll-off dumpsters will be located at 6th and Frisco Avenue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday. Those dumpsters will be picked up each afternoon and replaced the next morning. Four roll-off dumpsters will be available at the city's public works headquarters and will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday. The dumpsters at both locations will also be available Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. For information follow Keep Chickasha Beautiful on Facebook.

 

Grady County Fair About to Begin

The 106th Grady County Fair opens later this week. Tonight, 12 young ladies will compete for the title of Fair Princess. A reception and interviews will get underway at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds followed by the talent show at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Last year's fair princess was A.J. Jenkins.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.18.

Natural gas is $3.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $23.41.

 

Obituaries

Faye Giles

A graveside service for Faye Giles, 70, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25th at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Sarah Ann Dotson

A private memorial service for Sarah Ann Dotson, 81, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

2021, Aug. 16th-21st

Saturday, August 21st

 

Ninnekah Students March in Support of Former Players

About 30 Ninnekah High School students walked out of class Friday to hold a demonstration to support the alleged victims of sexual assault they suffered from former coaches and to call for changes within the district. The students - supported by parents and other adults - called for the resignation or dismissal of Superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts. Both are named in a federal lawsuit filed against the district after former players came forward saying they were raped or molested when they were in school by coach Ronald Akins, who has been charged with rape and sexual battery. Parent Sandy Smyth, who has two children attending Ninnekah schools, said the march came about after Thursday night's decision by the board of education to allow Bunch and Pitts to remain on the job.

 

              

 

There are reports that some parents may be organizing a petition drive to re-call every member elected to the Ninnekah school board.

 

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Forms at Shannon Springs Park

Blue-green algae blooms have been found in the pond at Shannon Springs Park. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said officials discovered the toxic algae Friday and warned users to not go fishing or swim in the water or allow pets to swim in or drink the water at the park until further notice. Mosley said the splash pad at the park is safe to use since the water comes from the city’s distribution system and is chlorinated. He said the city’s drinking water is also OK as it comes from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir and is processed at the city's water treatment plant before being distributed. Mosley said city crews from public works, parks and recreation, community development, police, fire, and USW were assisted by the Grady County Fire Department and the county’s Emergency Management Agency to pump the affected water out of the Shannon Springs pond and into Congo Creek. Fire hydrants were flushed in neighborhoods along the creek in attempt to move the water through town and into the Washita River. Go to the RANCH News recorded link to hear an interview with Mayor Mosley.

 

Blanchard Bluegrass Festival Underway

It looks to be a great weekend for the Blanchard Bluegrass Festival. A number of groups have been invited by the Blanchard Parks and Rec Department including The Hunt Brothers, Clifftop Bluegrass, Southbound Mule, Pearl Grace and Company and others. The 11th annual festival opens at 11:00 o’clock this morning and runs until 10:00 p.m. Admission is free and be sure to take lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will on site.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland, the new commanders for the Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, are our guests on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Faye Giles

A graveside service for Faye Giles, 70, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25th at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Sarah Ann Dotson

A private memorial service for Sarah Ann Dotson, 81, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, August 20th

 

GMH Staff Urges Coronavirus Vaccinations

You've heard that the number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma is rising again especially the Delta variant. Grady Memorial Hospital administrators and staff issued a letter to the public asking those who have not yet been vaccinated to get their shot(s). The letter is signed by 30 hospital doctors and healthcare professionals. It states that most of the patients who are currently being treated at the hospital with the virus did not get vaccinated. It also indicates that if the influx of patients continues at its current pace they are worried that they won't have enough nurses, doctors, and supplies to take care of everyone. Hospital administrator Kean Spellman said unvaccinated people are going to get the virus and that we are not able to 'mask' or ‘social distance’ our way out of it. He said that there are a lot of people who don't want to get the vaccine because they are afraid there is something in it that's not safe. Spellman says that's total baloney. Individuals can get vaccinated at most pharmacies any day or at the Grady County Health Department on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

              

New Salvation Army Commanders Appointed

The new commanders of the local Salvation Army have hit the ground running. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland were assigned to the Grady and Caddo County region just a few weeks ago. They were able to host a two-week summer day camp/vacation bible school for children and Crystal said in a couple of weeks they will host an after-school program for kids.

 

              

 

The Salvation Army has opened a service center in Anadarko which is open a couple of days a month in a site provided by Bethel Baptist Church. The McFarlands have already helped a couple of local families that suffered losses due to fires. They are also making plans for the annual Angel Tree program and the red kettle drive coming up during the Christmas season.

 

Officials Hope to Save Apache Museum

An effort to rehabilitate a more than 100-year old historic Caddo County museum continues as officials worry that the building may collapse. The Apache Museum was built in 1901 and has been affected by extreme weather events over the last year. Officials say they need about $250,000 to make repairs. Rob Swanda is the president of the museum board. He tells the Lawton Constitution that the north wall of the building began to bulge out after last winter's freezing weather. The rocks that make up the wall can't just be pushed back into place. They have to be removed one-by-one and numbered in order to put them back exactly where they were. The museum board is working with an Altus engineering firm and a brick-and-masonry repair company out of Kansas. Immediate needs include stabilizing the wall with angle braces that are anchored to the sidewalk. Swanda said they are working with the Oklahoma Preservation Society and the National Parks Service to get funding for the project. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places but is not registered with the state of Oklahoma.

 

University of Science and Arts Pays Off Some Student Debt

Colleges and universities nationwide are using COVID relief funds to eliminate student debt. At the University of Science and Arts officials have been able to erase more than $770,000 owed by 383 students. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund went to current and former students who attended from the spring trimester of 2020 through the summer of 2021. A press release from the university said the funds were paid for debt that was owed directly to the institution rather than private loans owed to a lender or for federal student loans owed to the government. Science and Arts president John Feaver said the impacted students will be able to continue their education and focus on their studies.

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Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.45.

Natural gas is $3.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $23.13.

 

Obituaries

Peggy Jo Crutcher

A graveside service for Peggy Jo Crutcher, 86, of Duncan was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 20th at the Duncan Cemetery. Arrangements were with McRay Funeral Home.

Mitchell Johnson

Funeral service for Mitchell Johnson of Hobart and Oklahoma City, a U.S. Air Force veteran, will be at noon Saturday, August 21st at the St. Emanuel Baptist Church in Hobart. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, August 19th

 

Former Ninnekah Coach, Teacher Suspended from New Job

After Federal Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault of Players

Charles Yackeyonney, a former Ninnekah school teacher and coach named in a federal lawsuit against two school districts and several school officials, has been suspended from his newest job. Yackeyonney resigned from Ninnekah in June and was then hired by Lawton Public Schools to teach social studies at Lawton Eisenhower. He was hired before being named in a federal lawsuit alleging that he and other defendants did nothing to stop the sexual assault of female basketball players at Ninnekah. The Lawton Constitution cites the lawsuit as indicating Yackeyonney was grooming a player for a sexual relationship. The paper reported that one of the 12 Jane Does filing the lawsuit alleged that when she was working at restaurant he left her tips of $100 at least five times and tried to flirt and establish a relationship with her. A statement from Lawton Public Schools said the safety of their students is the district's number one priority and that Yackeyonney has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

 

Federal Agency Investigates Chickasha Pet Food Plant

A pet food manufacturer in Chickasha is under a federal investigation over allegations that toxic food made at the plant killed or sickened hundreds of pets across the country. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been looking into the work of Midwestern Pet Foods since the first of the year. Recalls of some of the foods made at the plant started last December after numerous animals became sick and/or died due to aflatoxins which is a mold fungus that forms in grain like corn and wheat used to make pet food. While a small level of aflatoxins are allowed the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture reported that some of Midwestern’s products had extremely high levels. Media reports indicate that state ag officials found errors in how the incoming corn was tested. The plant closed briefly after the re-call but has re-opened after state ag officials indicated the company was meeting requirements but authorities say they will monitor the situation to make sure the firm is following procedures they agreed to. The FDA investigation is continuing and the company could face more penalties.

 

Interviews set for Chix City Manager Finalists

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley tells KOOL/RANCH News that the city council will soon interview four finalists for the vacant city manager post. Mosley said a special city council meeting will be held all day Saturday, Aug. 28th for interviews. The finalists and their spouses will spend the weekend in Chickasha with the city council going behind closed doors for formal interviews with the candidates. Mosley has been the acting city manager since January following the resignation of previous city manager John Noblitt who has since been named city manager in Sanger, Texas.

 

Rock Island Ride Returns for 5th Year

The first weekend in October is about six weeks away and officials are finalizing plans for all the activities that will be held in Chickasha that weekend The Rock Island Arts Festival is the headline event but one of the other main attractions is the Rock Island Ride - a bicycle ride throughout the city and the region. Johnny Trammell is among the organizers for the ride which will include routes for serious riders.

 

              

 

There were more than 300 riders last year. Families can sign up to take part in a 10-mile ride that is all inside the Chickasha city limits. Trammell said cyclists like the Rock island Ride because there is a lot to do when they finish their route. In addition to the arts festival, the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship will be going on with at least 35 current entries. The arts festival is Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 1st through 3rd and The Rock Island Ride and the food truck championship are both on Saturday, the 2nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.23.

Natural gas is $3.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $23.37.

 

Obituary

Rolland Webb

Funeral service for Rolland Webb, 84, of Chickasha is pending with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, August 18th

 

Minco School Super Address COVID Issues

At Minco Public Schools, Superintendent Kevin Sims says the number of COVID cases is on the rise. Simms posted on his Facebook page that they are not in a panic mode but are monitoring the situation closely. He said that they are quarantining those who have the virus and their siblings and that parents may quarantine their children if they wish. Simms said while masks are not required he is recommending that students wear masks if parents want them to. He said the district is sanitizing and cleaning buildings daily. He said the district will be transparent and open about what they have to do to mitigate the virus as the numbers increase.

 

Chickasha to Get New Fire Engine

The City of Chickasha will be getting a new fire engine. The city council on Monday approved the purchase of a 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine at a cost not to exceed $485,000. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said it’s a demonstrator model that only has about 4,000 miles on it. Samaniego favored a brand new Sutphen engine which would have cost a little more but that the department needs a new engine sooner rather than later. He said the Pierce engine could be delivered as early as this week while a Sutphen model that is currently being built might not be ready for another two to six months or longer.

 

              

 

The council voted unanimously to purchase the Pierce Enforcer and agreed to look at purchasing a Sutphen engine in the future. Samaniego said the new engine will be a traditional red fire engine and that any fire trucks he recommends in the future will also be red.

 

'Clean Up Chickasha' Campaign Info Released

We have the details today about the Clean Up Chickasha campaign that will be held next week. There will be two sites with the huge roll-off dumpsters that residents and businesses can use. There will be two dumpsters at 6th and Frisco Avenue where items can be taken during the day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They will be picked up at the end of the day and returned the next morning. Four of the roll-off dumpsters will be at the city's Public Works Headquarters north of the animal shelter. Those dumpsters will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Both sites will accept debris on Saturday, Aug. 28th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council told the city council this week that the effort is needed to give a good impression to individuals and businesses who may be thinking about re-locating here.

 

              

 

Items that cannot be placed in the dumpsters include hazardous materials, paint, oil, pesticides, tires, and batteries. Cowan said the EDC, Chamber of Commerce, and Waste Connections are working with the Department of Environmental Quality to offer a location in the future to take some of those items. For information about the Clean Up Chickasha campaign follow Keep Chickasha Beautiful on Facebook.

 

Regional Students Earn American FFA Degree

A number of regional FFA students have earned the top award possible within the national organization. All are recipients of the American FFA degree which is earned by one in every 100 FFA students across the country. From Chickasha they are Marissa Cross, Rianne Tuthill, and Jay Grossnicklaus; from Ninnekah they are Jett Berry, Cammie Stehr, and Mariah Watson; from Verden, Kylee Tallent; From Rush Springs, Destiny Hall; from Union City they are Jamie Schieber and Jason Schieber; from Mt. View-Gotebo it’s Kate Jackson; and from Hydro-Eakly they are Raegan Klassen, Tayten Lierle, Dylan Propps, and Garrett Slagell.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.03.

Natural gas is $3.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,728 and silver is $23.77.

 

Obituaries

David Lewis

A graveside service for David Lewis, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 19th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Luiz Brown

Funeral service for Luiz Brown, 79, of Oklahoma City will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 21st at Divine Wisdom Worship City in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown- Thomas Funeral Home.

Dorothea Eldridge-Hutchinson

Funeral service for Dorothea Eldridge-Hutchinson, 63, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, August 17th

 

Woman Accused of Assaulting Her Mother

A Chickasha woman is accused pulling out her 71-year old mother's hair, hitting her in the forehead, and strangling her. Police were called to a home in the 1100 block of South 14th Street last Thursday to investigate a report of abuse. A police affidavit indicates a 15-year old boy in the home told police that his mother had been drinking and got into a fight with her boyfriend. After the fight, the woman attacked her mother who was sitting in a recliner. The mother only weighs 115 pounds and has multiple health issues and unable to defend herself. Authorities found a wad of the mother's hair in a trash can. Police arrested 42-year old Jennifer Ann Holden and prosecutors have charged her with a felony count of aggravated assault and battery. She remains in jail on a $30,000 bond.

 

Police Dep't Dispatch Center to get New AC

A new air conditioning system will be installed at the Chickasha Police Department's dispatch center. The dispatch center is in the basement of Fire Station No. 2. Police Chief Dee Rowell said the current system failed the last week of July and that it was 12-15 years old. During last night's city council meeting, Rowell submitted quotes from three contractors and recommended a bid from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning even though the bid was about $50 higher than the low bid. She said the DeHart bid included a 10-year parts warranty. But City Councilman Clark Van Dyck, who owns a heat and air company, questioned the statement about the warranty and recommended the bid be awarded to another local company.

 

              

 

Van Dyck made a motion to approve the bid from Drennan Heat and Air which was approved by a 7-1 vote. Councilman David Sikes voted against the motion.

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign Set

The City of Chickasha will be having another clean-up campaign next week. Jim Cowan with the city's Economic Development Council discussed the plan during last night's city council meeting.

 

              

 

The EDC and the Chamber of Commerce are working with Waste Connections to coordinate the effort. Cowan said workers picked up more than 58 tons of waste in the spring campaign. Cowan said that effort was a little bumpy but they will be doing things a little differently like picking up the big roll-off dumpsters every night and dropping off new ones in the morning. More details of the plan will be released later this week.

 

Vacant Home Goes Up in Flames

A vacant Chickasha home was destroyed by fire over the weekend. Crews were called to the blaze at the one-story, wood frame home near 11th Street and Oregon Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and crews spent about two hours dousing the flames. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said they were called back before dawn Monday when it appeared the fire re-kindled. Samaniego said the fire started in the kitchen and that the cause is under investigation.

 

Obituaries

James Meli, III

Funeral service for James Meli, III of Chickasha and formerly of Blair will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 18th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lone Wolf. Arrangements are with Peoples Funeral Home in Lone Wolf. Meli was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Bob Ramage, Jr.

A wake service for Bob Ramage, Jr., 67, of Cement will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19th at Holy Name Catholic Church with a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 20th at the church. Burial will be in the Ft. Sill National Cemetery on Monday, August 23rd. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Ramage spent more than 21 years in the Air Force.

 

Monday, August 16th

 

Federal Lawsuit Filed in Connection with

Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Players

Two Grady County school districts, several school administrators, and even the Grady County sheriff's office are targets of a federal lawsuit filed in connection with allegations of a high school girls basketball coach accused of having inappropriate relations with players. The Sunday Oklahoman reports that 12 women say they reported the sexual assaults but nothing was ever done about it. The suit alleges a “systemic failure by school staff and administrators to report or investigate the allegations”. One alleged victim reported the coaches' behavior to the sheriff's office back in 2015 but the investigation went nowhere. 54-year old Ron Akins, who coached at both Ninnekah and Friend schools, was arrested in June and charged with rape and sexual assault.  Both schools have been named in that lawsuit. Since Akins arrest, the women - named Jane Doe 1-12 - have come forward to provide additional information implicating Akins of inappropriate contact with them. The newspaper reported that Cameron Spaulding, an attorney representing the women, called for the OSBI to lead a sweeping investigation, saying “we can't trust local law enforcement to protect those kids at this school”. The State  Department of Education is aware of the accusations and the Oklahoman reported that Ninnekah's standing as a school district could be at risk.

 

Chickasha Water, Sewer Line Relocations for

Hwy 81 Bypass Expected to Exceed $1 Million

It's expected that the relocation of Chickasha's water and sewer lines due to the Highway 81 Bypass of the city will surpass $1 million. The Chickasha City Council is expected to approve going out for bids for the projects when the council meets this evening. The engineering for the work has already been completed. The anticipated cost to relocate the water lines is nearly $900,000 while the expected cost to move the sewer lines is nearly $250,000. The council is also expected to approve spending nearly $500,000 for a new fire engine. In background information to the council from Fire Chief Tony Samaniego, he said Engine 3 was involved in a traffic accident during the 4th of July weekend. The council declared an emergency earlier this month and officials say they've researched options for a new engine to be delivered within 45 to 60 days of the purchase agreement. Samaniego is recommending the purchase of a 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine at a cost not to exceed $485,000. In other action, the council is expected to approve a coronavirus response grant of $13,000 for the airport. The group is also expected to select a company to install new air conditioning for the communications area of the police department in the basement of Fire Station No. 2. Officials are recommending a more than $10,000 bid from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning for that project even though it's $50 higher than the low bid. Officials say the Dehart bid includes 10-year warranty on parts. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Mask Mandate Returns for City of Anadarko Today

The City of Anadarko is returning to mask mandates today. Officials say due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in Anadarko and Caddo County individuals will have to wear masks while visiting any city-operated building. That includes city hall, the police and fire stations, the library and city operated museums.

 

FFA Programs Awarded STEM Grants

A couple of regional FFA programs will benefit from STEM grants from the non-profit foundation of a local utility. Alex and Apache schools will receive a share of more than $38,000 in grants from The American Electric Power Foundation. American Electric Power (AEP) is the parent company of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Grants between $1,000 and $2,500 were awarded to more than a dozen FFA programs. Priorities were given to programs which benefit more than one chapter and that are sustainable over several years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.59.

Natural gas is $3.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,778 and silver is $23.53.

2021, Aug. 16th-21st

Saturday, August 21st

 

Ninnekah Students March in Support of Former Players

About 30 Ninnekah High School students walked out of class Friday to hold a demonstration to support the alleged victims of sexual assault they suffered from former coaches and to call for changes within the district. The students - supported by parents and other adults - called for the resignation or dismissal of Superintendent Todd Bunch and high school principal David Pitts. Both are named in a federal lawsuit filed against the district after former players came forward saying they were raped or molested when they were in school by coach Ronald Akins, who has been charged with rape and sexual battery. Parent Sandy Smyth, who has two children attending Ninnekah schools, said the march came about after Thursday night's decision by the board of education to allow Bunch and Pitts to remain on the job.

 

              

 

There are reports that some parents may be organizing a petition drive to re-call every member elected to the Ninnekah school board.

 

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Forms at Shannon Springs Park

Blue-green algae blooms have been found in the pond at Shannon Springs Park. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said officials discovered the toxic algae Friday and warned users to not go fishing or swim in the water or allow pets to swim in or drink the water at the park until further notice. Mosley said the splash pad at the park is safe to use since the water comes from the city’s distribution system and is chlorinated. He said the city’s drinking water is also OK as it comes from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir and is processed at the city's water treatment plant before being distributed. Mosley said city crews from public works, parks and recreation, community development, police, fire, and USW were assisted by the Grady County Fire Department and the county’s Emergency Management Agency to pump the affected water out of the Shannon Springs pond and into Congo Creek. Fire hydrants were flushed in neighborhoods along the creek in attempt to move the water through town and into the Washita River. Go to the RANCH News recorded link to hear an interview with Mayor Mosley.

 

Blanchard Bluegrass Festival Underway

It looks to be a great weekend for the Blanchard Bluegrass Festival. A number of groups have been invited by the Blanchard Parks and Rec Department including The Hunt Brothers, Clifftop Bluegrass, Southbound Mule, Pearl Grace and Company and others. The 11th annual festival opens at 11:00 o’clock this morning and runs until 10:00 p.m. Admission is free and be sure to take lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will on site.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland, the new commanders for the Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo counties, are our guests on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Faye Giles

A graveside service for Faye Giles, 70, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25th at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Sarah Ann Dotson

A private memorial service for Sarah Ann Dotson, 81, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, August 20th

 

GMH Staff Urges Coronavirus Vaccinations

You've heard that the number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma is rising again especially the Delta variant. Grady Memorial Hospital administrators and staff issued a letter to the public asking those who have not yet been vaccinated to get their shot(s). The letter is signed by 30 hospital doctors and healthcare professionals. It states that most of the patients who are currently being treated at the hospital with the virus did not get vaccinated. It also indicates that if the influx of patients continues at its current pace they are worried that they won't have enough nurses, doctors, and supplies to take care of everyone. Hospital administrator Kean Spellman said unvaccinated people are going to get the virus and that we are not able to 'mask' or ‘social distance’ our way out of it. He said that there are a lot of people who don't want to get the vaccine because they are afraid there is something in it that's not safe. Spellman says that's total baloney. Individuals can get vaccinated at most pharmacies any day or at the Grady County Health Department on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

              

New Salvation Army Commanders Appointed

The new commanders of the local Salvation Army have hit the ground running. Lts. Bobby and Crystal McFarland were assigned to the Grady and Caddo County region just a few weeks ago. They were able to host a two-week summer day camp/vacation bible school for children and Crystal said in a couple of weeks they will host an after-school program for kids.

 

              

 

The Salvation Army has opened a service center in Anadarko which is open a couple of days a month in a site provided by Bethel Baptist Church. The McFarlands have already helped a couple of local families that suffered losses due to fires. They are also making plans for the annual Angel Tree program and the red kettle drive coming up during the Christmas season.

 

Officials Hope to Save Apache Museum

An effort to rehabilitate a more than 100-year old historic Caddo County museum continues as officials worry that the building may collapse. The Apache Museum was built in 1901 and has been affected by extreme weather events over the last year. Officials say they need about $250,000 to make repairs. Rob Swanda is the president of the museum board. He tells the Lawton Constitution that the north wall of the building began to bulge out after last winter's freezing weather. The rocks that make up the wall can't just be pushed back into place. They have to be removed one-by-one and numbered in order to put them back exactly where they were. The museum board is working with an Altus engineering firm and a brick-and-masonry repair company out of Kansas. Immediate needs include stabilizing the wall with angle braces that are anchored to the sidewalk. Swanda said they are working with the Oklahoma Preservation Society and the National Parks Service to get funding for the project. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places but is not registered with the state of Oklahoma.

 

University of Science and Arts Pays Off Some Student Debt

Colleges and universities nationwide are using COVID relief funds to eliminate student debt. At the University of Science and Arts officials have been able to erase more than $770,000 owed by 383 students. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund went to current and former students who attended from the spring trimester of 2020 through the summer of 2021. A press release from the university said the funds were paid for debt that was owed directly to the institution rather than private loans owed to a lender or for federal student loans owed to the government. Science and Arts president John Feaver said the impacted students will be able to continue their education and focus on their studies.

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Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.45.

Natural gas is $3.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $23.13.

 

Obituaries

Peggy Jo Crutcher

A graveside service for Peggy Jo Crutcher, 86, of Duncan was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 20th at the Duncan Cemetery. Arrangements were with McRay Funeral Home.

Mitchell Johnson

Funeral service for Mitchell Johnson of Hobart and Oklahoma City, a U.S. Air Force veteran, will be at noon Saturday, August 21st at the St. Emanuel Baptist Church in Hobart. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, August 19th

 

Former Ninnekah Coach, Teacher Suspended from New Job

After Federal Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault of Players

Charles Yackeyonney, a former Ninnekah school teacher and coach named in a federal lawsuit against two school districts and several school officials, has been suspended from his newest job. Yackeyonney resigned from Ninnekah in June and was then hired by Lawton Public Schools to teach social studies at Lawton Eisenhower. He was hired before being named in a federal lawsuit alleging that he and other defendants did nothing to stop the sexual assault of female basketball players at Ninnekah. The Lawton Constitution cites the lawsuit as indicating Yackeyonney was grooming a player for a sexual relationship. The paper reported that one of the 12 Jane Does filing the lawsuit alleged that when she was working at restaurant he left her tips of $100 at least five times and tried to flirt and establish a relationship with her. A statement from Lawton Public Schools said the safety of their students is the district's number one priority and that Yackeyonney has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

 

Federal Agency Investigates Chickasha Pet Food Plant

A pet food manufacturer in Chickasha is under a federal investigation over allegations that toxic food made at the plant killed or sickened hundreds of pets across the country. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been looking into the work of Midwestern Pet Foods since the first of the year. Recalls of some of the foods made at the plant started last December after numerous animals became sick and/or died due to aflatoxins which is a mold fungus that forms in grain like corn and wheat used to make pet food. While a small level of aflatoxins are allowed the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture reported that some of Midwestern’s products had extremely high levels. Media reports indicate that state ag officials found errors in how the incoming corn was tested. The plant closed briefly after the re-call but has re-opened after state ag officials indicated the company was meeting requirements but authorities say they will monitor the situation to make sure the firm is following procedures they agreed to. The FDA investigation is continuing and the company could face more penalties.

 

Interviews set for Chix City Manager Finalists

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley tells KOOL/RANCH News that the city council will soon interview four finalists for the vacant city manager post. Mosley said a special city council meeting will be held all day Saturday, Aug. 28th for interviews. The finalists and their spouses will spend the weekend in Chickasha with the city council going behind closed doors for formal interviews with the candidates. Mosley has been the acting city manager since January following the resignation of previous city manager John Noblitt who has since been named city manager in Sanger, Texas.

 

Rock Island Ride Returns for 5th Year

The first weekend in October is about six weeks away and officials are finalizing plans for all the activities that will be held in Chickasha that weekend The Rock Island Arts Festival is the headline event but one of the other main attractions is the Rock Island Ride - a bicycle ride throughout the city and the region. Johnny Trammell is among the organizers for the ride which will include routes for serious riders.

 

              

 

There were more than 300 riders last year. Families can sign up to take part in a 10-mile ride that is all inside the Chickasha city limits. Trammell said cyclists like the Rock island Ride because there is a lot to do when they finish their route. In addition to the arts festival, the Oklahoma Food Truck Championship will be going on with at least 35 current entries. The arts festival is Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 1st through 3rd and The Rock Island Ride and the food truck championship are both on Saturday, the 2nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.23.

Natural gas is $3.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,790 and silver is $23.37.

 

Obituary

Rolland Webb

Funeral service for Rolland Webb, 84, of Chickasha is pending with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, August 18th

 

Minco School Super Address COVID Issues

At Minco Public Schools, Superintendent Kevin Sims says the number of COVID cases is on the rise. Simms posted on his Facebook page that they are not in a panic mode but are monitoring the situation closely. He said that they are quarantining those who have the virus and their siblings and that parents may quarantine their children if they wish. Simms said while masks are not required he is recommending that students wear masks if parents want them to. He said the district is sanitizing and cleaning buildings daily. He said the district will be transparent and open about what they have to do to mitigate the virus as the numbers increase.

 

Chickasha to Get New Fire Engine

The City of Chickasha will be getting a new fire engine. The city council on Monday approved the purchase of a 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine at a cost not to exceed $485,000. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said it’s a demonstrator model that only has about 4,000 miles on it. Samaniego favored a brand new Sutphen engine which would have cost a little more but that the department needs a new engine sooner rather than later. He said the Pierce engine could be delivered as early as this week while a Sutphen model that is currently being built might not be ready for another two to six months or longer.

 

              

 

The council voted unanimously to purchase the Pierce Enforcer and agreed to look at purchasing a Sutphen engine in the future. Samaniego said the new engine will be a traditional red fire engine and that any fire trucks he recommends in the future will also be red.

 

'Clean Up Chickasha' Campaign Info Released

We have the details today about the Clean Up Chickasha campaign that will be held next week. There will be two sites with the huge roll-off dumpsters that residents and businesses can use. There will be two dumpsters at 6th and Frisco Avenue where items can be taken during the day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They will be picked up at the end of the day and returned the next morning. Four of the roll-off dumpsters will be at the city's Public Works Headquarters north of the animal shelter. Those dumpsters will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Both sites will accept debris on Saturday, Aug. 28th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council told the city council this week that the effort is needed to give a good impression to individuals and businesses who may be thinking about re-locating here.

 

              

 

Items that cannot be placed in the dumpsters include hazardous materials, paint, oil, pesticides, tires, and batteries. Cowan said the EDC, Chamber of Commerce, and Waste Connections are working with the Department of Environmental Quality to offer a location in the future to take some of those items. For information about the Clean Up Chickasha campaign follow Keep Chickasha Beautiful on Facebook.

 

Regional Students Earn American FFA Degree

A number of regional FFA students have earned the top award possible within the national organization. All are recipients of the American FFA degree which is earned by one in every 100 FFA students across the country. From Chickasha they are Marissa Cross, Rianne Tuthill, and Jay Grossnicklaus; from Ninnekah they are Jett Berry, Cammie Stehr, and Mariah Watson; from Verden, Kylee Tallent; From Rush Springs, Destiny Hall; from Union City they are Jamie Schieber and Jason Schieber; from Mt. View-Gotebo it’s Kate Jackson; and from Hydro-Eakly they are Raegan Klassen, Tayten Lierle, Dylan Propps, and Garrett Slagell.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.03.

Natural gas is $3.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,728 and silver is $23.77.

 

Obituaries

David Lewis

A graveside service for David Lewis, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 19th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Luiz Brown

Funeral service for Luiz Brown, 79, of Oklahoma City will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 21st at Divine Wisdom Worship City in Midwest City. Arrangements are with Brown- Thomas Funeral Home.

Dorothea Eldridge-Hutchinson

Funeral service for Dorothea Eldridge-Hutchinson, 63, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

 

Tuesday, August 17th

 

Woman Accused of Assaulting Her Mother

A Chickasha woman is accused pulling out her 71-year old mother's hair, hitting her in the forehead, and strangling her. Police were called to a home in the 1100 block of South 14th Street last Thursday to investigate a report of abuse. A police affidavit indicates a 15-year old boy in the home told police that his mother had been drinking and got into a fight with her boyfriend. After the fight, the woman attacked her mother who was sitting in a recliner. The mother only weighs 115 pounds and has multiple health issues and unable to defend herself. Authorities found a wad of the mother's hair in a trash can. Police arrested 42-year old Jennifer Ann Holden and prosecutors have charged her with a felony count of aggravated assault and battery. She remains in jail on a $30,000 bond.

 

Police Dep't Dispatch Center to get New AC

A new air conditioning system will be installed at the Chickasha Police Department's dispatch center. The dispatch center is in the basement of Fire Station No. 2. Police Chief Dee Rowell said the current system failed the last week of July and that it was 12-15 years old. During last night's city council meeting, Rowell submitted quotes from three contractors and recommended a bid from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning even though the bid was about $50 higher than the low bid. She said the DeHart bid included a 10-year parts warranty. But City Councilman Clark Van Dyck, who owns a heat and air company, questioned the statement about the warranty and recommended the bid be awarded to another local company.

 

              

 

Van Dyck made a motion to approve the bid from Drennan Heat and Air which was approved by a 7-1 vote. Councilman David Sikes voted against the motion.

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign Set

The City of Chickasha will be having another clean-up campaign next week. Jim Cowan with the city's Economic Development Council discussed the plan during last night's city council meeting.

 

              

 

The EDC and the Chamber of Commerce are working with Waste Connections to coordinate the effort. Cowan said workers picked up more than 58 tons of waste in the spring campaign. Cowan said that effort was a little bumpy but they will be doing things a little differently like picking up the big roll-off dumpsters every night and dropping off new ones in the morning. More details of the plan will be released later this week.

 

Vacant Home Goes Up in Flames

A vacant Chickasha home was destroyed by fire over the weekend. Crews were called to the blaze at the one-story, wood frame home near 11th Street and Oregon Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and crews spent about two hours dousing the flames. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said they were called back before dawn Monday when it appeared the fire re-kindled. Samaniego said the fire started in the kitchen and that the cause is under investigation.

 

Obituaries

James Meli, III

Funeral service for James Meli, III of Chickasha and formerly of Blair will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 18th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lone Wolf. Arrangements are with Peoples Funeral Home in Lone Wolf. Meli was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Bob Ramage, Jr.

A wake service for Bob Ramage, Jr., 67, of Cement will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19th at Holy Name Catholic Church with a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 20th at the church. Burial will be in the Ft. Sill National Cemetery on Monday, August 23rd. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Ramage spent more than 21 years in the Air Force.

 

Monday, August 16th

 

Federal Lawsuit Filed in Connection with

Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Players

Two Grady County school districts, several school administrators, and even the Grady County sheriff's office are targets of a federal lawsuit filed in connection with allegations of a high school girls basketball coach accused of having inappropriate relations with players. The Sunday Oklahoman reports that 12 women say they reported the sexual assaults but nothing was ever done about it. The suit alleges a “systemic failure by school staff and administrators to report or investigate the allegations”. One alleged victim reported the coaches' behavior to the sheriff's office back in 2015 but the investigation went nowhere. 54-year old Ron Akins, who coached at both Ninnekah and Friend schools, was arrested in June and charged with rape and sexual assault.  Both schools have been named in that lawsuit. Since Akins arrest, the women - named Jane Doe 1-12 - have come forward to provide additional information implicating Akins of inappropriate contact with them. The newspaper reported that Cameron Spaulding, an attorney representing the women, called for the OSBI to lead a sweeping investigation, saying “we can't trust local law enforcement to protect those kids at this school”. The State  Department of Education is aware of the accusations and the Oklahoman reported that Ninnekah's standing as a school district could be at risk.

 

Chickasha Water, Sewer Line Relocations for

Hwy 81 Bypass Expected to Exceed $1 Million

It's expected that the relocation of Chickasha's water and sewer lines due to the Highway 81 Bypass of the city will surpass $1 million. The Chickasha City Council is expected to approve going out for bids for the projects when the council meets this evening. The engineering for the work has already been completed. The anticipated cost to relocate the water lines is nearly $900,000 while the expected cost to move the sewer lines is nearly $250,000. The council is also expected to approve spending nearly $500,000 for a new fire engine. In background information to the council from Fire Chief Tony Samaniego, he said Engine 3 was involved in a traffic accident during the 4th of July weekend. The council declared an emergency earlier this month and officials say they've researched options for a new engine to be delivered within 45 to 60 days of the purchase agreement. Samaniego is recommending the purchase of a 2020 model Pierce Enforcer engine at a cost not to exceed $485,000. In other action, the council is expected to approve a coronavirus response grant of $13,000 for the airport. The group is also expected to select a company to install new air conditioning for the communications area of the police department in the basement of Fire Station No. 2. Officials are recommending a more than $10,000 bid from DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning for that project even though it's $50 higher than the low bid. Officials say the Dehart bid includes 10-year warranty on parts. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Mask Mandate Returns for City of Anadarko Today

The City of Anadarko is returning to mask mandates today. Officials say due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in Anadarko and Caddo County individuals will have to wear masks while visiting any city-operated building. That includes city hall, the police and fire stations, the library and city operated museums.

 

FFA Programs Awarded STEM Grants

A couple of regional FFA programs will benefit from STEM grants from the non-profit foundation of a local utility. Alex and Apache schools will receive a share of more than $38,000 in grants from The American Electric Power Foundation. American Electric Power (AEP) is the parent company of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Grants between $1,000 and $2,500 were awarded to more than a dozen FFA programs. Priorities were given to programs which benefit more than one chapter and that are sustainable over several years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.59.

Natural gas is $3.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,778 and silver is $23.53.

 

2021, Aug. 9th-14th

Saturday, August 14th

 

The Imaginaries to Kick-Off Nationwide Album Tour

The Imaginaries - Grady County's up-and-coming musical duo of Shane Henry and Maggie McLure - will be kick off a nationwide tour to promote their self-titled debut album soon. And the tour will include a stop in Chickasha. There are 11 dates scheduled between Aug. 20th and November 5th. The first stop on the tour will be at Maggie's Music Box in Jenks. The Chickasha stop will be at the Rock Island Grill on Saturday, Sept. 18th. They also have stops in Dallas, Arizona, and Los Angeles before returning to the Sooner State to play at VZD's in Oklahoma City. The tour will wrap up at a Songwriters Festival in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in November.

              

Watermelon Festival Underway

The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival is getting underway this morning. There have been a few showers which should make conditions a little damp for the 5K and 10K runs that are just getting underway, but the temperature is just right for the morning run. This is the 76th year for the festival which was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. Opening ceremonies will get underway at 9 o'clock. There is a carnival, over 100 arts and crafts vendors and food booths, live entertainment, a tiny tots contest, and the biggest and best watermelons will be on display in the watermelon exhibit barn. Did we mention there's a seed spitting contest? They'll be serving watermelon for $3 a wedge until 4 o'clock and then it’s free! There's free admission to the festival and visitors are encouraged to park at the high school football field and ride a shuttle to the park.

 

Friday, August 13th

 

Illegal Grow Facility Suspect Posts Bond

We have an update to a story we reported earlier this week, about the man arrested in connection with that illegal marijuana growing operation in Rush Springs. Guang Si Li is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond after being formally charged with drug trafficking and weapons charges in connection with the investigation. He's to announce his attorney later this month with his next court appearance to be Sept. 8th at a preliminary hearing conference. On-line court records indicate that the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation have also filed a seizure and intended forfeiture notice against Li and six other defendants who list home towns in New York, Georgia, and Florida.

 

Chickasha Man Faces Felony Charge
in Connection with Domestic Violence Case

A Chickasha man is behind bars accused of strangling his girlfriend. 31-year old Brian Thomas Doro was arrested by Chickasha police earlier this week. Officers were called to the 1000 block of South 8th Street to investigate a domestic violence report. A probable cause affidavit filed by officers indicates Doro and the woman had been fighting for a couple of days. The victim had numerous bruises over her entire body. Witnesses said Doro had gone out the back door of the home and police found him hiding in a garage where he initially said they would have to kill him. Authorities were able to talk him out and arrested him without incident. Doro has been formally charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney on Aug. 26th with a preliminary hearing conference on Sept. 8th.

 

Donors to Pay for Repairs to Damaged Football Field

Chickasha school officials and police are still looking for the vandals who drove on to the high school football field and caused thousands of dollars in damage last Sunday night. In the meantime, some local individuals say they will foot the bill for the costs of repairing the field. Ashley Rayburn with the football team's booster club posted on her Facebook page that a couple of un-named individuals offered to pay the estimated $4,000 needed to fix the field.

 

1st National Bank Opens New Tuttle Branch

In Tuttle, First National Bank and Trust is holding a grand opening for a new building today. First National President and CEO John Gorten said they had outgrown their previous location.

 

              

 

The bank acquired numerous photographs of the history of Tuttle by meeting with members of the Tuttle and Grady County historical societies and even the Oklahoma Historical Society to obtain more than 100 photos that document the history of the community.

 

City of Anadarko to Re-instate Mask Mandate

The City of Anadarko will be re-instating mask mandates for all city-owned buildings. The announcement was made Thursday on the city's Facebook page. The post indicates that masks will be required when visiting city hall, the library, the police or fire departments, and any city-operated museum or building. The post indicates that it is due to the developing trend of increasing coronavirus infections in the city and Caddo County. The mandate will go into effect Monday, Aug. 16th.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. John Gorten and Randy Talley with the First National Bank will be on our KOOL Konversation to talk about the grand opening of the bank’s new Tuttle branch. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.31.

Natural gas is $3.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,759 and silver is $23.27.

 

Thursday, August 12th

 

Students Return to Classrooms Today

Summer vacations are over for many students. Today is the first day of classes for Chickasha, Anadarko and a lot of other area schools. The Chickasha school board this week adopted Superintendent Rick Croslin's Continuity of Services plan. It includes daily wellness screenings at each school where families and staff members are to screen children for fever and/or other COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are optional for students and staff. Current CDC guidelines recommend three-feet of social distancing in classrooms. Visitors are welcome at all school sites but could have limited access depending on current conditions. Quarantines will not be required for students or staff who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. If conditions change school officials will reconsider quarantines.

 

Vandals Damage Chickasha High School Football Field

Chickasha school officials are outraged about vandalism that occurred at the high school football field last weekend. Someone drove a vehicle onto the field and spun about a dozen donuts into the grass playing surface causing an estimated $4,000 in damage.  Croslin said crews spent most of Sunday preparing the field but a gate to the field that is normally locked but was not locked that night. In addition to the damage, a 24-pack of beer as well as empty beer cans were scattered around the field. Chickasha police are investigating and are working some leads. A reward is being offered to find the culprits. Officials say the field is expected to be repaired in time for the start of the season, which is in two weeks. Anyone with information about the vandalism can call the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers hot-line at 405-224-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip on the groups Facebook page.

 

Area Highway Maintenance Projects Approved

A few highway maintenance projects in the region were approved by the state transportation commission this week. In Grady County, a proposal to resurface about 4 1/2 miles of State Highway 4 from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike north to Bridge Creek is a nearly $1.3 million project which was awarded to Haskell Lemon Construction of Oklahoma City. In Caddo County, a project to re-surface about six miles of U.S. Highway 62 from the State Highway 9 junction to Anadarko was approved. That is a nearly $1.4 million project that was awarded to T and G Construction of Lawton. In Stephens County, a right-of-way clearance along a 5 1/2 mile stretch of State Highway 29 west of the border with Garvin County was awarded to M and M Wrecking of Blanchard at a cost of about $52,000.

 

State Regents Recognize Partnership

with Science and Arts, Local Contractor

A partnership between the University of Science and Arts and a local contractor gets recognition from the State Regents for Higher Education. The partnership with RCE General Contractors, owned and operated by Tony Tuthill, received the regents Business Partner Excellence Award. Tuthill has teamed with the university on a number of projects in recent years and is currently involved in a number of construction and rehabilitation work. Tuthill is also developing a broad-based internship for students interested in construction and small-business management providing students with hands-on experience in plumbing, electrical, construction, and other aspects of running a small business.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.25 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.44.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,754 and silver is $23.41.

 

Obituary

Marilyn ‘Gay’ Young

Funeral service for Gay Young, 61, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 13th at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Baptist Church.

 

Wednesday, August 11th

 

Missing Anadarko Woman's Truck Found;

Officials Work to Identify Body Found Nearby

The pickup of a missing Anadarko woman has been found and the state medical examiner is working to identify a body found nearby. 55-year old Dawn Sherill went missing three weeks ago today. She had just had brain surgery a couple of days before her disappearance on July 21st when she left her Anadarko home in her boyfriend's pickup. Caddo County authorities issued a Silver Alert to help find her. The pickup was found in the Fletcher area about 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. Sherrill's son Dylan and other family members and friends held a massive search a couple of weeks ago. They followed up on some tips that she may have been seen in the Weatherford and Clinton area but those did not pan out.

 

Rush Springs' Illegal Grow House Suspect Charged

One of the men arrested in connection with the illegal marijuana growing operation found in Rush Springs has been formally charged with drug trafficking. 59-year old Guang Si Li was taken into custody earlier this week. A warrant for his arrest was issued July 30th. Li is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The State Bureau of Narcotics, Grady County Sheriff's deputies and numerous other law enforcement agencies raided the grow facility back in June. Li has not yet had his initial appearance on the charges. Authorities destroyed more than 17,000 plants and about 80 pounds of finished marijuana product found at the facility.

 

Chickasha Man Charged with Drug Trafficking

A Chickasha man is also facing drug trafficking charges in an unrelated case. 58-year old Robert Earl Givens was taken into custody this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest following a traffic stop by Grady County deputies on July 20th. It's not the first time Givens has been in trouble for trafficking. He was on probation for a 2010 conviction for the same offense. At his initial appearance in Grady County District Court on the new charge this week, a judge set Givens bond at $125,000. Prosecutors have also set a revocation hearing on Givens probation for the 2010 sentence. Givens is to announce his attorney August 19th and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Aug. 27th.

 

Grady County OHCE Wins Big at State Meeting

It was a big day for Grady Oklahoma Home Community and Education (OHCE) groups at the state OHCE annual meeting. Several county groups and individuals received some top awards. Members of the Rural Neighbors OHCE noted for their work included Jyme Tiner, who was presented the Heart of OHCE Award; Mary Parrish was named Rookie of the Year; and Joyce Stockton won first place for her Family Committee report on activities that took place during OHCE Week. Grady County took third place for Madaline's Special award; and the county organization was second in the Southwest District for producing 2,000 COVID-19 masks. The Ninnekah and Spring Creek OHCE groups were recognized for their Centennial anniversaries. Pat King from Spring Creek was recognized for 50 years of service.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.63.

Natural gas is $4.09 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,735 and silver is $23.32.

 

Obituaries

Marilyn Herndon

A memorial service for Marilyn Herndon, 77, of Minco, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 14th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Chickasha. She worked at the Grady County courthouse in the county clerk’s office and later worked for more than 20 years as the officer manager for the county commissioners. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Vivian Dixon-Martin

A graveside service for Vivian Dixon-Martin, 83, of Oklahoma City will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 13th at Riverside Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home of Chickasha.

Mitchell Johnson

Funeral service for Mitchell Johnson, 69, of Oklahomama City is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, August 10th

 

Consumer Spending Erratic for the First Half of 2021

Consumer spending throughout Grady County has had its ups and downs in the first half of 2021. There's been no clear trend in either direction. For the month of May consumer spending was estimated at $61.3 million - which is down about 15 percent from April but up about 26 percent compared to May of last year. Grady County received about $460,000 in sales tax revenue from that retail business. Here's the breakdown of where that money is allocated all of which were approved by Grady County voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $153,000; Grady Memorial Hospital collected $136,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $77,000 so each one received $11,000; The 20 fire districts including municipal departments shared $77,000 so each collected $3,800; Tuttle EMS received $14,000; and Rush Springs EMS obtained $3,500.

 

Chickasha School Employees Welcomed Back

Teachers and support employees for Chickasha Public Schools were given an enthusiastic welcome back to the district yesterday. All those attending the convocation were met by a lively group of cheerleaders and pom squad members cheering as the employees walked through a spirit line. A competitive cheer contest was won by Chickasha High School teachers in a cheer-off with Grand Avenue School teachers. Last year's District Teacher of the Year Jennifer Phillips told the group that collectively they met the challenges of COVID head-on last year and that everyone should use that as motivation to make the coming year better for students and each other-

 

              

 

Superintendent Rick Croslin said the district is ready to face any challenge head on and that this past June the district settled the last of several lawsuits filed against Chickasha schools in recent years. He also said the district has had its best audits in a long time. Two employees were recognized for their 40-plus years with the district - high school administrative assistant Elaine Murray and bus driver Louise Plummer. Chickasha students return to the classroom on Thursday.

 

Senator Lankford Blocks ICE Proposal

to House Illegal Migrants in Caddo County              

A proposal from the Biden administration to house migrants at a former private prison in Caddo County has been shot down. The website OK Energy Today reports that Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford blocked a plan from the immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office from opening a ‘surge overflow temporary facility’ at the former Great Plains Correctional Center at Hinton. It would have been used to process migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and then release them into Western Oklahoma. 24-hours after Lankford spoke on the Senate floor and contacted the Department of Homeland Security Leadership directly with his objection, the agency announced it would not transfer illegal immigrants to Hinton. Lankford said that Oklahomans are concerned with what has been happening at the border in recent months and that they did not want an ICE facility designed to process and release undocumented individuals. Lankford said President Biden should spend more time focusing on how to stop the record number of illegal crossings rather than developing new places to release individuals after they have illegally entered the country.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.48 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.04.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,729 and silver is $23.40.

 

Obituary

James Hall Jr.

Funeral service for James Hall, Jr. 65, of Pocasset will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 13th morning at Sonrise Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, August 9th

 

Chickasha Schools Prepare for Day 1

Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin says the district is making final preparations for the school year as students return to class this Thursday. New teachers reported last week and all teachers  return today for three days of in-service training before school starts. Croslin said the district will have in-person learning but that there is a virtual learning option still available.

 

              

 

Croslin said there are only about 10 virtual students at this point. The superintendent said masks are optional for students and staff as the nation battles the new strain of COVID-19. Chickasha school staff will meet in a celebration of a return to classes this morning with the high school band, cheerleaders, and pom squads performing, and students will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Last year's district teacher of the year Jennifer Phillips is the speaker. By the way, all Chickasha school sites will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today as everyone attends this morning's event. Chickasha high school seniors will be able to pick up their schedules between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. this afternoon at the high school. Freshman orientation is tomorrow from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting at the high school activity center with meetings for parents at either 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. and freshmen students are urged to attend.

 

Ward 4 Chickasha Residents Meet Tonight

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 4 can meet with their city council representatives and other city officials tonight. City hall officials hold these informal sessions with residents in each of the city's four wards each year. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall. Meetings for the city's other three wards were held earlier this year.

 

Leadership Chickasha Program Starts in September

The next Leadership Chickasha program will be getting underway Sept. 9th. The chamber of commerce-based program meets one day per month over a seven-month period. Those attending learn a lot about the community, themselves, and each other. Paul Lewis has helped to coordinate the annual program for several years. He says the first session is among his favorites.

 

              

 

This is the final week that the chamber is accepting applications for the program. Contact the chamber for more information.

 

Salvation Army Fan Drive Successful

A Chickasha business is thanking the community for its support of a Salvation Army project. Todd Morris and his staff at Todd's Tire and Auto held a fan drive in June and July asking residents to donate fans or contributions to purchase fans. The effort came through with more than 50 fans and more than $1,000 to purchase additional fans. The fans and contributions were given to the Salvation Army to distribute to needy families in the Grady and Caddo county region.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.70.

Natural gas is $4.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,744 and silver is $23.87.

2021, Aug. 2nd-7th

Saturday, Aug. 7th

 

Drilling Increases in the Region

We're seeing an increase in drilling for oil and gas in the South Central Oil Province (SCOOP) region. Marathon Oil has received permits to drill five wells on a single pad near Alex. They are all called the Gretzky wells and are in Section 11 of Township 4 North and Range Six West which is about three miles south of Alex.

 

Scam Artists Put New Spins on Old Plans to Get Your Money

Oklahomans need to be aware of some new versions of popular scams looking to take their hard-earned money. One that has been around for a while is an e-mail or fax indicating that a prince in a foreign country has died and ask potential victims to send some money and in return receive a fortune. Now, scammers are sending the notices through direct mail which look like a subpoena or other official document telling individuals they need to show up as part of a grand jury - and if you don't show up - you have to pay a fine or go to jail. There's another scam where individuals get a phone call from a loved-one saying they've been kidnapped in Mexico and a ransom needs to be paid. The potential victim is told to wire money and their loved one will be released. Individuals who experience these or similar con games should ignore the requests then contact local law enforcement and provide as much information as they can.

 

ODOT Seeks Input on U.S. Highway 277 Project

The state department of transportation is seeking public input about a proposed project to improve U.S. Highway 277 in Elgin. Officials are considering upgrading the section of the highway between the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and State Highway 17. The area in question is a two-lane highway with heavy left-turning traffic and there are drainage issues and a lack of pedestrian access. Proposed improvements include the construction of a center turn lane, curbs and gutters, and sidewalks. ODOT is holding a virtual open house on the project through August 17th. The presentation is web-based only and no in-person meetings will be held. The presentation can be viewed on ODOT's website. Individuals without Internet access can call the state office in Oklahoma City.

 

Science and Arts Prof Part of Archaeological Dig

An associate professor at the University of Science and Arts is spending part of her summer at an archaeological dig in Israel. Dr. Rachel Jones was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to join the effort held at an area many say preserves some of the earliest traces of humans. Jones will use techniques combined with the team's data that hope to answer questions about how early humans impacted the development of eco-systems. A media release from Science and Arts says Jones will be able to use her experiences to enhance her classroom instruction and create future courses that will focus on anthropology and archaeology as well as develop outreach for regional schools. She hopes to raise awareness of quality research projects which can be done at smaller universities.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dr. Rory Troub, a new chiropractor at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Five Oaks Medical group, is this week’s guest on our KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Viola Pippins

Funeral service for Viola Pippins, 90, of Tuttle will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 9th at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Friday, August 6th

 

Former Police Chief Faces Misdemeanor Charges

The former police chief at Cyril is accused of misdemeanor crimes. Alvin Pickens, III has been charged with one count of knowingly concealing stolen property and two counts of petty larceny. On-line court records indicate an arrest warrant for Pickens was issued last Thursday, July 29th and he turned himself in earlier this week. Pickens posted bond a $2,500 bond and his case has been placed on the October 28th disposition docket in Caddo County District Court. KSWO-TV cites an OSBI report which indicates Pickens admitted taking a Blue Tooth speaker and some night goggles he confiscated in a couple of traffic stops. Pickens stepped down from his post in June and resigned last month.

 

COVID Hits Blanchard PD Hard; 9-1-1 Calls Being Transferred

In Blanchard, there's been an outbreak of COVID-19 within the police department's emergency dispatch services. A notice was posted on the department's Facebook page yesterday. The department's 9-1-1 system and phones will be temporarily rolled over to the McClain County Sheriff's Office regular dispatch telephone number in Purcell. Blanchard authorities still encourage residents to call 9-1-1 with emergencies. The front door of the police department will be locked in order that decontamination can take place.

 

Grady County Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here’s Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

All Chickasha School Employees to Return Monday

Students across the state are preparing to return to the classroom. A few Chickasha schools have held meet-and-greets this week and others will hold similar programs next week. Teachers and support staff will officially report on Monday, Aug. 9th with classes to begin next Thursday. A post on the Chickasha schools Facebook page indicates that all schools will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday as school employees gather for a back-to-school meeting. Sites will re-open at 1:00 p.m. High school seniors will be able to pick up their schedules Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Freshmen orientation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Middle School open house is Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Lincoln School’s open house is Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Pioneer School Hosts Enrollment, Open House Today

Pioneer School is having enrollment and an open house today. Both activities will run until 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Pioneer School also will have its first day of classes next Thursday, Aug. 12th.

 

Grady County Youth Nabs Top State Honor

A Grady County youth wins a top honor from a state organization. 11-year old Madilyn Norvell of Tuttle was named the All-Around Junior Cattleman of the Year at the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association annual awards luncheon this week. Members earn points for participating in contests like speech and sales; and placing in the Top 10 Triple Crown Heifers and Steers Shows and the top 10 of the steer feed-out contest. Madilyn has been showing cattle, pigs, and goats for several years. She also judges livestock, is involved in public speaking, and finds time to play basketball, tumble, and take piano lessons. She's even started her own cattle herd and plans to begin showing bred and owned heifers next year. She and her younger sister Saylor work together every day to help each other succeed with their livestock projects. Madilyn will be a 6th grader at Amber-Pocasset this year. She and Saylor are the daughters of Tyler and Beth Norvell.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.29.

Natural gas is $4.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,799 and silver is $25.09.

 

Thursday, August 5th

 

Public Hearing Set for Proposed Boat, RV Storage Regulations

The City of Chickasha’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week to get comments about boat and recreational vehicle storage requirements in all city zoning classifications. The topic is one of three public hearings scheduled during next Tuesday's meeting. Others are to get comments on the final plat for Red Bud Ridge, a gated community project for Shayla Crawford. The city council just approved a zoning change this week for the Red Bud Ridge project. The other public hearing is for a use-on-review permit for a community outreach center being proposed by Heidi Harrison who operates the non-profit group Heidi Helping the Homeless. Harrison wants to operate the center at 3rd and Minnesota Avenue. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 10th at city hall.

 

Grady County Fair to Have Full Schedule This Year

The Grady County Fair is just three weeks away. The fair is expected to return to its normal schedule after the pandemic forced officials to cut back on many events last year. The theme for the fair is County Nights and Carnival Lights and as the theme suggests there will be a carnival. A new carnival vendor will be at the fair. The Pride of Texas Carnival is based in Elm Mott which is not far from the Texas Motor Speedway. One of the newest attractions will be a tractor pull with the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. Fair officials are currently looking for fair princess candidates. Candidates need to be a high school student living in the county or attending a county public, private, or home school. The top candidates of the fair princess contest will win cash prizes. Applications are due next Monday and an orientation for the candidates will be Tuesday, Aug. 10th. The actual princess contest will be Monday, Aug. 23rd. The fair will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Aug. 26th through 28th. Applications for the fair princess contest and information about the fair is available on the website: www.gradycountyfairgrounds.com

 

Anadarko Schools Back-to-School Expo Tonight

Students who will be attending Anadarko Public Schools for the upcoming year are encouraged to take part in the 9th annual back-to-school expo and meet-and-greet tonight. Students can pick up class schedules and learn about school programs; there will be college, career tech, and career information; and community outreach services. Student-athletes can get free sports physicals and the first 80 students can get free haircuts. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks and drawings for door prizes. Anyone living in Caddo County who are 12 years old and older can stop by and get their COVID vaccination. Those who get their COVID shots and who have already been vaccinated can be entered into a drawing to win cash prizes that will be given away tomorrow morning. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to one person 18-and-over and two $500 prizes will be awarded to individuals in the 12-to-17 year old division. The expo and meet-and-greet is from 5 to 7 tonight at Anadarko's Warrior Fieldhouse.

 

Faith-Based Girls Youth Group Forming

A new faith-based leadership program for girls and young women will be getting underway soon. It's called The American Heritage Girls and has programs for children five through 18 years old. The program will be sponsored by Maranatha Baptist Church and there will be a kick-off meeting September 7th. A flyer for the program indicates it enables girls to grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, and enjoy outdoor experiences. For information, contact John Smith at 405-473-3968 and visit the national organization's website: www.americanheritagegirls.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.15.

London-based Brent crude is $70.38.

Natural gas climbs to $4.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,815 and silver is $25.47.

 

Wednesday, August 4th

 

Domestic Violence Suspect Faces Several Charges

A man arrested for holding his family against their will at their Alex home heard formal charges against him in Grady County District Court yesterday. 31-year old Jeffery Waylon Gregory was arrested Sunday on more than 20 complaints but prosecutors have charged him with four felonies which include child abuse by injury, domestic assault resulting in bodily harm, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. At his initial appearance on the charges in Grady County district court Tuesday a judge set Gregory's bond at $250,000. He's to announce his attorney Aug. 26th and a preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for Sept. 8th.

 

Silver Alert Canceled for Missing Blanchard Woman

A Blanchard family is breathing a collective sigh of relief after a missing woman was found safe. Blanchard police issued a Silver Alert for 78-year old Shirley Pickard on Monday. Officials canceled the alert after she was located late Tuesday afternoon. Officials did not indicate where Pickard was found.

 

Search Continues for Missing Anadarko Woman

An Anadarko family continues their search for Dawn Sherrill. She's been missing for two weeks after undergoing surgery for brain cancer. The family held an extensive search last weekend but had no success. There were unconfirmed reports that she may have been seen in Weatherford and Clinton and family members were following up on those tips. Anyone with information about Sherrill is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office, Anadarko Police, or local law enforcement.

 

Beloved Chickasha Man Dies in Freak Accident

A beloved member of the Chickasha community died in a freak accident this week. Jay Spradlin was riding his motorized bicycle Monday morning when the motor froze and threw him to the pavement where he suffered a fatal head injury. Spradlin was 71 years old. Spradlin worked for nearly 40 years with a Chickasha grocery store first known as Dunn's Food Center, then Spencer’s and now Williams Grocery. He was also a longtime member of the Chickasha Optimist Club and an elder at the First Christian Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Jay is survived by his wife Carolyn, a daughter and son and their families. A visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 8th at the First Christian Church and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 9th at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Chix City Council to Review City Manager Candidates

As the search for a new Chickasha city manager continues the Chickasha City Council will have a special meeting tonight to review some of the applicants. The panel will go behind closed doors to discuss the resumes and qualifications of some of the candidates. The council may schedule some interviews with some of the candidates which would be held at a later date. The council will also have a brief open meeting to discuss declaring an emergency to waive competitive bidding and get quotes for a new fire truck. The council will also consider declaring a 2007 Ford F-150 truck as surplus. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Two New Officers Sworn In to Serve Chix Police Department

Two new police officers have been sworn in to serve with the Chickasha Police Department. Zebadiah Wilson and Zach Banker both took their oaths of office yesterday. Both are 27 years old. Wilson has been with the department for four years and has served with the Oklahoma National Guard for nearly 10 years. He recently completed a nearly year-long combat deployment to Afghanistan and he has a degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Banker also has a military background having served in the U.S. Army. He holds a degree in history from the University of Science and Arts. Banker will be attending the CLEET Academy later this month.

 

Anadarko Mayor Steps Down

In Anadarko, Mayor Kyle Eastwood is stepping down. Eastwood has spent the last six years at the helm of the city council there. According to a post on the city's Facebook page, Eastwood said he has to put the needs of his children ahead of his desire to serve. He said he has an opportunity to move closer to his parents and seek new opportunities for his kids. Eastwood said he promised change to the city and that he hopes and believes they've made improvements and restored financial order and accountability to the City of Anadarko.

 

Chix Schools Change Enrollment Location for New Students

Chickasha schools have changed the enrollment site for students who will be new to the district for the upcoming year. Officials announced yesterday that the new students now should enroll at the school the student will be attending. Enrollment for new students runs all this week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at each school. For information on which school students will attend - contact the administration office by calling 405-222-6500. Chickasha schools open next Thursday, August 12th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.41.

Natural gas is $4.02 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,816 and silver is $25.73.

 

Tuesday, August 3rd

 

Chix City Council OKs Firefighter Lawsuit Settlement

A lawsuit filed against the City of Chickasha by the Chickasha Firefighters Association is being settled out of court. The Chickasha City Council authorized a settlement following a seven-minute closed-door session during last night's city council meeting. Ward 2 Councilwoman Georgianne Hebblethwaite made the formal move to end the suit.

 

              

 

The suit had been in the court system for the last nine months after the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041 filed suit against the city last December. In a statement posted on the firefighters’ Facebook page at that time the group said the city failed to repay the firefighters annual longevity pay they were owed under contract. We reached out to the firefighters association for comment but have not heard back from them yet. In a related issue, the council also approved a memorandum of understanding with the firefighters that addresses confidential employee matters pending the approval of a new collective bargaining agreement.

 

Re-Zoning Requests Approved, Other Council Action              

The council unanimously approved three re-zoning requests following public hearings last night. No one spoke against any of them. Two of the hearings were for the southeast corner of 29th and Grand Avenue where EP Leasing out of Norman asked to re-zone about 12 acres from residential to commercial use.  Part of the acreage will be commercial development and another section will be for 55 residential lots to be called Scissortail Crossing. The council also approved a rezoning request from Shelby Crawford to re-zone property near Pondridge Road to build some homes in a gated community to be called Redbud Ridge. The council also approved a $71,000 grant reimbursement to Gail Bush as recommended by the city's Economic Development Council. The re-imbursement was for the installation of a new elevator and some renovations in the Petroleum Building. The council also approved an 18-month extension of an economic development project by a group called Chickasha Today for work underway on a building near the Rock Island Railroad depot.

 

Alex Man Suspected in Brutal Domestic Violence Act

An Alex man is in custody facing more than 20 complaints in connection with a brutal domestic violence investigation. 31-year old Jeffery Gregory was arrested early Sunday morning after numerous law enforcement officials responded to a 9-1-1 call. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said an 11-year old boy had called to say he, his sister, and his mother were in trouble. Boggess said Gregory has a criminal past and describes some of the allegations against the suspect.

 

              

 

Gregory was arrested without incident. Boggess said the mother and children were taken to the hospital and that it appeared the woman had bruises on about 85 percent of her body. All were treated and released and the children were placed in DHS custody. Gregory could have his initial appearance on the complaints filed against him today.

 

Deputy OK After Crashing Car 

A Grady County deputy was injured when his cruiser crashed while responding to that domestic violence call in Alex. Undersheriff Boggess says Corey Loftice was heading east on Highway 19 Sunday morning when he swerved to miss some oilfield equipment that was in the middle of the highway. Loftice veered around the debris and ended up rolling his new sheriff's car. Loftice was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. The new car was totaled.

 

Silver Alert Issued for  Missing Blanchard Woman

A Silver Alert remains active for a Blanchard woman who went missing from her home. 78-year old Shirley Pickard was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Monday near North Main and Northeast 10th Street. Blanchard police say she has Alzheimer's and dementia and becomes disoriented. The only available description is that she is Caucasian with dark brown hair with some gray and she walks with a limp due to a bowed right leg. Anyone with information is asked to call Blanchard police or local law enforcement.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72. 89.

Natural gas is $3.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,813 and silver is $25.52.

 

Obituary

John Carroll

Obituaries today include John Carroll, 79, of Chickasha. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 6th in the St. Thomas More University Parish Church in Norman. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, Aug. 2nd

 

Public Hearings Set to Re-zone Several Chix Properties

Public hearings to re-zone about 12 acres of residential property to commercial use will be held by the Chickasha City Council tonight. E-P Leasing out of Norman is requesting the re-zoning at the southeast corner of 29th Street and Grand Avenue for a development to be called Scissortail Crossing. There are two public hearings for that property.  The council will also hold a public hearing to re-zone property to build a gated community along the south end of Pond Ridge Road. The request is from Shelby Crawford. The city’s Planning Commission is recommending that all the re-zoning requests be approved. The council will also present retirement watches to fire fighters Chris Calhoun and Randy Brown. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix Schools Schedule Open Houses, Meet-and-Greets

Many Oklahoma school districts will be opening their doors for the upcoming school year over the next couple of weeks. Chickasha schools will welcome students on Thursday, August 12th. For new students who will be in Chickasha schools, enrollment takes place all this week at the administration building at 9th Street and Choctaw Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on-line at the district website: www.chickasha.k12.ok.us New students will needs their birth certificates, immunization records, Social Security cards, and proof of residency. Various meet-and-greets will be held over the next week. Tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 4th), Bill Wallace will hold its meet-and-greet for Pre-K students at 5:30 p.m.; 1st graders will be at 6:00 p.m.; and kindergarten students at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, August 5th, Grand Avenue Elementary will have its meet-and-greet from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Friday, August 6th, the middle school will have a schedule pick up from 1:00-3:00 p.m.; and an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lincoln School will also have a meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Aug. 10th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. At the high school, seniors pick up their schedules Monday August 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday is freshman orientation from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. - with parents meetings at either 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Sophomores and juniors can get their schedules on Wednesday, Aug. 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or  from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All the information is posted on the Chickasha school district website.

 

Chix Schools Foundation Names New Director

There is a changing of the guard at the Chickasha Public School Foundation. Gab Atwell has been named the foundation’s new executive director. She'll be taking over the post previously held by Jen Jantzen who has accepted a teaching position at Chickasha High School. Atwell previously worked at Arvest Bank and she has been serving on the board of directors for the Foundation. Among the projects for the foundation is providing all Chickasha school students with most of their classroom supplies for the entire year. Atwell says it’s a big help to families since school supplies typically cost about $100 per student  per year.

 

              

 

The only supplies not provided are back-packs and napping-mats for pre-K students. Teachers pick up the supplies they need and will distribute them to their students. The foundation is in its 35th year and is funded entirely by private contributions.

 

OBI Offers Free Pre-Diabetes Screenings

for Blood Donors for a Limited Time 

We see and hear a lot of information about diabetes and pre-diabetes these days. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be offering free A1C hemoglobin testing for all donors for a limited time. The test monitors average blood sugar levels and can help monitor diabetes risk. One in three adults has pre-diabetes. There are a number of upcoming blood drives in the region so you can go to the Oklahoma Blood Institute website to find one close to you to make an appointment: www.obi.org KOOL-RANCH radio stations and the YMCA are hosting a bedlam blood drive next Tuesday, Aug. 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call George Plummer at 405-224-1560 to schedule your appointment for that day. All donors will receive either an OU or OSU t-shirt.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.33.

Natural gas is $3.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,811 and silver is $25.52.

2021, July 26th-31st

Saturday, July 31st

 

Family Survives Early-morning Fire Set by Neighbor

Seven members of a Chickasha family escape serious injury after their neighbor set their mobile home and attacked them with a baseball bat. Firefighters and police were dispatched to the 800 block of Nevada Avenue just before 5:00 a.m. Friday. Mandi Ferrell tells KOOL-RANCH News that they were awakened by the smoke alarms. Ferrell and her family - including children who are 8, 3 and 1-year old - tried to get out of the home but she said her neighbor was on their porch swinging a baseball bat at them. Teddy Willis was one of the individuals inside the home and he fought the neighbor but was stabbed in the arm with a knife. Police were able to take the neighbor into custody and turned him over to the Lighthorse Police Department where he was taken to an Ada jail. Willis was taken to the hospital where he received six stitches and was released. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says the fire was intentionally set and estimated damage at $10,000. In the meantime, Ferrell's family has been able to find temporary housing thanks to their landlord. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing assistance and others have also reached out to help.

 

Cash Drawing Set for Anadarko Residents

Who Have Had COVID-19 Vaccinations

Anadarko residents who get their COVID 19 vaccinations could win up to $1,000 in a special drawing next week. The City of Anadarko, Anadarko Public Schools, the Caddo County Health Department, and Physician's Hospital are sponsoring the cash give-away. A total of $2,000 will be given away. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page indicates that a $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to one person in the 18-years and older category and two $500 cash awards will be awarded in the 12-17 year old age group. Individuals will have to show their vaccination card or get vaccinated by next Thursday, August 5th. Individuals can enter at Anadarko City Hall or at Warrior Fieldhouse during the back-to-school expo and meet-and-greet next Thursday evening. Winners will be announced live on the city's Facebook page at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6th.

 

Pastor Celebrates 50 Years in the Pulpit

There was a special celebration at a Chickasha church last night. Sister Alice Wendling at Full Gospel Church has been preaching for 50 years! Family, friends, and special guests took part in a special service which was followed by a reception to recognize her remarkable career. Sister Alice says she was active in church as a teenager and young adult and that it was her mother who encouraged her accept the challenge of being a pastor.

 

              

 

Wendling said at the time there weren't very many female pastors and was able to overcome the obstacles that came with that. Sister Alice spent more than 30 years doing prison ministry and ministered to inmates at the Grady County Jail for 34 years. She says she's not planning on retiring any time soon and will continue her work until health won't let her.

 

Craig's Walk for Special Olympics is Today

Supporters of Special Olympics will gather today for a virtual walk to Stillwater. Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer are hosting their 15th annual Craig's Walk. The event will be held at the Chickasha High School football field with participants joining efforts to walk a combined 125 miles - which is the distance from Chickasha to Boone-Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Stewart and Beth Ann traditionally make the actual walk to Stillwater in May but the effort has been canceled the last two years because of the pandemic. Craig's Walk is named in honor of their son who died in a plane crash. Craig was always helping his parents with their Special Olympics work even when he was in high school. Tim Brauer and First Look will be providing entertainment for Craig’s Walk.

 

Friday, July 30th

 

Chickasha Family Survives Fire, Assault

A Chickasha family escapes serious injury after their neighbor set their mobile home on fire and attacked them with a baseball bat. Chickasha police and fire were called out to the fire in the 800 block of Nevada Avenue just before 5:00 a.m. this morning. A suspect has been arrested. Listen for details later today on KOOL 105.5FM. The story will be updated here tomorrow.

 

Expanded Search for Missing Woman to be Held Today

Dozens of volunteers have joined the search for Dawn Sherrill, the Anadarko woman who went missing last week. Sherrill's brother-in-law, Larry Moffitt, tells KOOL-RANCH News that the Oklahoma City Metro Search and Rescue Team helped to coordinate the search. They will comb the area within a 50-mile radius of Sherrill's home. Volunteers meet at the Anadarko First Baptist Church this morning and will be appointed to teams of two people each - one being a driver and one being a looker. Teams will be assigned a four-square mile area in urban areas and a 25-square mile area in rural areas. Each team is asked to download a GPS tracking app and record the track during their search. In the meantime, Dawn Sherrill could be driving a red or maroon 2007 Ford-F150 pickup with a black tailgate and it may have a smoker in the back. Anyone who thinks they've seen Sherrill and/or the truck is asked to call 9-1-1 or local law enforcement.

              

Former Chix City Manager Finds New Job in Texas

Former Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt has been hired for the same position in North Texas. Noblitt began his new post this week in Sanger, Texas. A press release on the Sanger city website says the city council unanimously approved Noblitt for the post earlier this month. Noblitt resigned his post with the city of Chickasha in January. The Chickasha City council is still searching for a replacement. Mayor Chris Mosley is currently serving as acting city manager.

              

Fire Ants Continue Moving in to Oklahoma

Fire ants are marching into Oklahoma. 21 counties in the Sooner State are on a quarantine list put together by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The quarantine prevents producers from selling hay that has been lying directly on the ground in those counties. The counties are mostly in the southern part of the state but now include Garvin, Stephens, Comanche, and Jefferson counties. USDA officials say there are some exceptions. As long as the hay is cut baled without first being stored that it can be shipped and moved. Officials say there's no way to get rid of the fire ants but they can be managed. A bait laced with slow-acting insecticide that the ants will carry back to their nest can reduce the fire ant colonies.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Terry Banks and Zach Love with the state department of human services are on our KOOL Konversation discussing the need for foster families in Oklahoma. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.05.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,831 and silver is $25.58.

 

Thursday, July 29th

 

Manhunt Suspect in Custody

A suspect wanted for shooting at a Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Patrol officer, and who was the subject of a manhunt in Chickasha yesterday, is in custody. Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said the suspect was found in the small southeastern Stephens County town of Loco sometime last night. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) reports it all began when the Lighthorse officer tried to pull over a stolen pickup near Marlow. The pickup pulled into a convenience store parking lot at the Lawton-Duncan Y where three people got into a shootout with the officer. Two of the individuals were arrested but the third got away. Officials pinged the suspect's phone near Grady Memorial Hospital. Chickasha police, Grady County sheriff's deputies, the highway patrol, and the Lighthorse Police tactical team locked down the hospital and evacuated the high school nearby. The search was called off about 6:00 p.m. Sheriff McKinney said the suspect did have a gunshot injury from the shootout with the Lighthorse officer. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital but it wasn't clear how seriously he was wounded.

              

Amber Woman Dies in Multi-vehicle Crash

A multi-vehicle crash just south of Chickasha claims the life of a Grady County woman. 36-year old Samantha Gunnoe of Amber was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she died. Four vehicles were involved in pile-up that happened just south of U.S. Highway 81 and Country Club Road Wednesday morning about 9:00 a.m. The highway patrol reports that Gunnoe was eastbound in the cut-through of the highway and drove into the path of a southbound car. The collision sent Gunnoe's car into the northbound lanes where it was struck by an oncoming pick-up. Gunnoe's car then crossed the southbound lanes of traffic and hit a parked truck. One of the other drivers identified as 60-year old Don Melot of Shawnee was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. A third driver identified as 68-year old Carolyn McGruder of Chickasha was not hurt. The accident shut down the highway for several hours.

 

OSBI Describes Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

Here is an update to an OSBI investigation into that deadly officer-involved shooting in Chickasha Tuesday night. Agents say Chickasha police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a suicidal woman who had a gun. Officers found the woman and a man outside the home when they arrived. Officers tried to get the woman to put the gun down, but she ran into the home and fired multiple shots. At one point, the woman raised the gun and pointed it at officers, who fired their weapons. Later, officers saw the woman walking around inside the home and again she refused commands to put the gun down. Officers heard another gunshot and when the officers entered the house they found that the woman had died. No names have been released and OSBI says the officers names will not be released unless charges are filed by the district attorney. The medical examiner will determine how the woman died.

 

Back-to-School Programs Scheduled

Here are a couple of back-to-school programs for some area students. Anadarko Public Schools will have its back-to-school expo and meet-and-greet on Thursday, Aug. 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Warrior Fieldhouse. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks, free school supplies and books, free haircuts for the first 80 students, and they will have door prize giveaways. COVID vaccinations will be available for everyone 12 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must be with each student. Individuals must have their identification for the vaccinations. In Chickasha, Michigan Avenue Baptist Church will have a back-to-school bash and resource fair on Saturday, Aug. 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They will be giving away more than 250 backpacks, supplies, and personal care items. They will also provide free haircuts and clothing, and they will have a free lunch and sno-cones. The state health department will provide free COVID vaccinations for everyone 12 years of age and older and will also provide free sports physicals. All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.39 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.74.

Natural gas is $4.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,827 and silver is $25.57.

 

Obituary

Dorothy Dixon

A graveside service for Dorothy Dixon, 82, of Oklahoma City will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, July 28th

 

OSBI Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been summoned to look into a deadly officer-involved shooting that took place in Chickasha last night. OSBI officials tell our partners at KWTV News 9 that agents were called out to the neighborhood of 12th and Tennessee Avenue between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It wasn't clear why police were sent to the area. Very little information has been released. OSBI has only reported that shots were fired, one person has died and officers were involved. The names of the individual who died and the police officers involved have not been released

 

Trooper Investigates Crash

State troopers were called out to a motor vehicle accident east of Ninnekah yesterday. The accident happened at State Highway 19 and CR 1420 which is also known as Dell Street. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and the intersection was shut down for about 90 minutes. No information was available about the crash.

 

Teens Critically Hurt in Accident

A car full of teenagers runs a stop sign and crashes into a pick-up - and two of the teens were critically injured. The accident happened north of Medicine Park about 10:00 p.m. Monday. The teens were all 15 to 17 years old and the 17-year old driver was from Fletcher. The OHP does not release the names of juveniles who are involved in accidents. The two critically-injured teens were air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital while the other two were taken by ground ambulance to a Lawton Hospital. None of the teens were wearing seat belts. The driver of the pick-up identified as 51-year old Denis Delcamp of Elgin was taken by a private vehicle to a Lawton hospital where he was treated and released. Delcamp was wearing his seat belt.

 

One Critical After Head-on Collision

A head-on crash between two pickups critically injured one driver near Elgin Monday morning. 52-year old Thomas Morse of Sterling was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital following the crash. He was pinned in the wreckage for about 30 minutes. The driver of the other truck identified as 49-year old Kayle Klinekole of Elgin was taken to a Lawton Hospital where she was treated and released. The trooper investigating the accident said Klinekole failed to yield to oncoming traffic while trying to turn on to State Highway 17. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

 

Report: Fuel Shortage Led to 'Rolling Blackouts'

Those rolling blackouts that took place when a polar vortex hit Oklahoma and Texas in February were mostly due to fuel shortages. The website OK Energy Today cites a report from the Missouri Independent that the shortage was mostly in natural gas. Officials with The Southwest Power Pool have spent the last few months reviewing reasons for the blackouts. It found that less than half of the power pool's 'accredited' natural gas-powered electricity was available at the height of the extremely cold weather.

 

Two Blood Drives Being Held Today

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is in Chickasha for a couple of blood drives today. One is at Around the Clock Home Care at 313 Chickasha Avenue which is from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The other is at the University of Science and Arts Ballroom which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed at either location.

 

Rock Island Arts Fest, Related Events to Return

One of the next big events in Chickasha is just a couple of months away. The city will host the 13th Rock Island Arts Festival the first weekend in October. The festival is three events rolled into one weekend. The Arts Festival is a three-day event, while Saturday brings the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour and the Oklahoma Food Truck competition. Word is there are already 35 food trucks that could take part with $10,000 in prize money to be paid out. For the arts festival, it is hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council and vendor spaces are still available. This Sunday, August 1st is the last day to purchase a space without a late fee. Applications and information about the festival is available on the festival’s website: www.rockislandartsfestival.org and you can also check out social media for info.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.58.

Natural gas is $3.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,804 and silver is $24.85.

 

Tuesday, July 27th

 

Missing Woman May Have Been Seen in Chickasha

The Caddo County Sheriff's Office continues following up on tips about 55-year old Dawn Sherrill who went missing from her rural Anadarko home last week. Sheriff Spencer Davis says one of those tips led authorities to a Chickasha fast food restaurant. Davis says they are working to get video surveillance from Taco Bell to determine if Sherrill may have been there. Davis said a tip that Sherrill may have been seen in Oklahoma City didn't pan out. Today is Day Six of the search for Sherrill who was recently diagnosed and had surgery for brain cancer. Her son said she may be confused or disoriented. Sherrill left her home in a 2007 red Ford F-150 pickup that had a black tailgate and a barbecue smoker in the bed. Anyone with information about Dawn Sherrill is asked to reach out to the Caddo County Sheriff's Office or local police.

              

Equipment Stolen from Chickasha Sports Complex

Thousands of dollars in equipment was stolen from the Chickasha sports complex last week. Kyle Marks, the city's Parks and Recreation Director says thieves managed to steal a UTV and a chain saw and that he's trying to determine of anything else is missing. Marks estimates the value of the stolen merchandise is anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. The break-in occurred about 4:00 a.m. Friday, July 23rd. Marks says the culprits worked pretty fast as they were in and out in just a matter of a few minutes. He said video surveillance inside the building shows two hooded individuals rolling a Gator out of the building. Marks said video cameras outside of the building weren't working. Chickasha police are investigating. Anyone with information about the break-in can call Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS and anonymous tips can also be sent to the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Open Transfer Coming to Oklahoma Public Schools

There are a lot of benefits for students who attend small school districts. Among them is that the student-to-teacher ratio is much lower which allows for additional one-on-one instruction. But a new state policy that will go into effect next year could change that. Alex School Superintendent Keith Weldon tells KOOL-RANCH News-

 

              

 

Weldon said Alex is fortunate to have one teacher and a teacher's assistant in every classroom.

 

Anadarko Town Hall Meeting Scheduled

A town hall meeting will be held in Anadarko next week to discuss a number of infrastructure projects proposed to improve areas like water and sewer services. A post on the city's Facebook page indicates residents will also be able to bring their ideas for improvements which city leaders may consider. The town hall meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the library. Also at Anadarko, city officials recognized long-time city employee Rodney Green for 30 years of service. Green, who is the supervisor of the city's electric department began his career as a meter reader in 1991.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.50.

Natural gas is $4.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,801 and silver is $25.22.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Pace, Jr.
A graveside service for Kenneth Pace, Jr., 61, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the SLO/RSH Foundation in Fargo, North Dakota.

 

Tuesday, July 27th

 

Missing Woman May Have Been Seen in Chickasha

The Caddo County Sheriff's Office continues following up on tips about 55-year old Dawn Sherrill who went missing from her rural Anadarko home last week. Sheriff Spencer Davis says one of those tips led authorities to a Chickasha fast food restaurant. Davis says they are working to get video surveillance from Taco Bell to determine if Sherrill may have been there. Davis said a tip that Sherrill may have been seen in Oklahoma City didn't pan out. Today is Day Six of the search for Sherrill who was recently diagnosed and had surgery for brain cancer. Her son said she may be confused or disoriented. Sherrill left her home in a 2007 red Ford F-150 pickup that had a black tailgate and a barbecue smoker in the bed. Anyone with information about Dawn Sherrill is asked to reach out to the Caddo County Sheriff's Office or local police.

              

Equipment Stolen from Chickasha Sports Complex

Thousands of dollars in equipment was stolen from the Chickasha sports complex last week. Kyle Marks, the city's Parks and Recreation Director says thieves managed to steal a UTV and a chain saw and that he's trying to determine of anything else is missing. Marks estimates the value of the stolen merchandise is anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. The break-in occurred about 4:00 a.m. Friday, July 23rd. Marks says the culprits worked pretty fast as they were in and out in just a matter of a few minutes. He said video surveillance inside the building shows two hooded individuals rolling a Gator out of the building. Marks said video cameras outside of the building weren't working. Chickasha police are investigating. Anyone with information about the break-in can call Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS and anonymous tips can also be sent to the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.

 

Open Transfer Coming to Oklahoma Public Schools

There are a lot of benefits for students who attend small school districts. Among them is that the student-to-teacher ratio is much lower which allows for additional one-on-one instruction. But a new state policy that will go into effect next year could change that. Alex School Superintendent Keith Weldon tells KOOL-RANCH News-

 

              

 

Weldon said Alex is fortunate to have one teacher and a teacher's assistant in every classroom.

 

Anadarko Town Hall Meeting Scheduled

A town hall meeting will be held in Anadarko next week to discuss a number of infrastructure projects proposed to improve areas like water and sewer services. A post on the city's Facebook page indicates residents will also be able to bring their ideas for improvements which city leaders may consider. The town hall meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the library. Also at Anadarko, city officials recognized long-time city employee Rodney Green for 30 years of service. Green, who is the supervisor of the city's electric department began his career as a meter reader in 1991.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.50.

Natural gas is $4.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,801 and silver is $25.22.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Pace, Jr.

A graveside service for Kenneth Pace, Jr., 61, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the SLO/RSH Foundation in Fargo, North Dakota.

 

Monday, July 26th

 

Storms Bring Heavy Rains, Power Outages

Midsummer thunderstorms dropped anywhere from a half- inch to an inch of rain throughout Grady and Caddo counties last night. One weather reporting service showed the rainfall rate in Chickasha was more than 3 1/2 inches per hour. There were also power outages with a number of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) customers in the west and southwest parts of Chickasha going dark last night.  PSO reports there are still a handful of outages this morning near the Nazarene Church and the Chickasha school's agriculture barns. There are also scattered outages throughout the region for some CK Energy and Rural Electric Cooperative customers.

 

Silver Alert Still Active for Missing Anadarko Woman

Authorities are continuing their search for Dawn Sherrill, the Anadarko woman who has been missing since last Wednesday. The Caddo County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for Sherrill, who was diagnosed with brain cancer just a few weeks ago. She had surgery to remove one mass and another was said to have been inoperable. Over the weekend, ground and air searches were conducted by family members, law enforcement, and pilots from the Chickasha Wings Flying School. She could be driving a red Ford F-150 pickup that had a smoker in the back. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff's Office or local law enforcement.

              

Cleveland County Silver Alert Canceled              

In a related story a Silver Alert issued for a missing Lexington woman over the weekend was canceled after she was located. 71-year old Shirley Coker was reported missing about 10:30 p.m. Saturday by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office. The alert was canceled early Sunday morning. There was no information available about where she may have been found.

 

Grady County Rancher Named 'Cattleman of the Year'

A Grady County rancher is honored for his long service to his trade. Harold Gillenwaters was named Cattleman of the Year at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association annual convention over the weekend. Harold and his wife Donna own and operate a ranch where they raise Angus cattle. The Gillenwaters have been active not only with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association but the Grady County Cattlemen's Association as well. Gillenwaters just completed a term on the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association executive committee where he served as the southwest district's vice president.

 

Verden Schools to Offer Shooting Sports, Fishing

Oklahoma school districts will be opening their classrooms in the next couple of weeks. At Verden, Superintendent Mickey Edwards said they are offering a number of non-traditional extra-curricular activities.

 

              

 

All the programs are offered through the State Department of Wildlife. The first day of classes for Verden Public Schools is Thursday, August 12th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.10.

Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,812 and silver is $25.45.

 

Obituary

Donald Habener

Funeral service for Donald Habener, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

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Saturday, July 24th

 

Search Continues for Missing Anadarko Woman

The search for a missing Anadarko woman is expanding. Today is day three of the search for 55-year old Dawn Sherrill. She was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and had surgery just a few weeks ago. She left her home in her boyfriend's pickup Wednesday night and hasn't been seen since. KFOR-TV reports that pilots from the Chickasha Wings Flying School were part of an air search yesterday. Pilot Brandon Albert said three pilots covered about 900 square miles over the region and they'll be out again today. Sherrill's son Dylan told KFOR that he's worried and is hoping that someone knows where she might be.

 

              

 

Dylan said his mother could be disoriented or confused after having brain surgery and she's supposed to go to the doctor Monday. Dylan says he has reached out to mail carriers, sanitation workers, and wind farmers to be on the lookout in rural areas and he's also reached out to Ft. Sill for help. Dawn Sherrill could be driving a 2007 red Ford F-150 pickup with a smoker in the back. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff's office or local  law enforcement.

 

Caddo County Livestock Killed; Reward Offered

Ranchers in Caddo County are reporting that their livestock are being killed and properties vandalized over the last few weeks. Many reports are from the Ft. Cobb and Broxton area. In addition, a new wind farm under construction in the region has also been victimized by theft and vandalism. Residents in the area are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. A post on the Caddo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page says tips can be submitted on the agency's website:

www.caddocountysheriff.com

 

City of Chix Seeks Code Enforcement Officer

The City of Chickasha is in search of a new Code Compliance Officer. Responsibilities include inspecting residential, commercial, and industrial properties in need of cleaning, clearing, alterations, or remodeling. The candidate will also enforce property maintenance codes, inspect structures for safety violations, and provide guidance to citizens on codes and general appearance questions. The officer also investigates citizen complaints to determine if there are health or safety hazards and nuisances. A complete job description and applications are available on the city's website: www.chickasha.org

 

Grady County Sheriff Updates Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett.

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you’re asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Obituary

Donald Habener

Funeral service for Donald Habener, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 23rd

 

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Anadarko Woman

The search continues for a missing Anadarko woman who recently had brain cancer surgery. The Caddo County Sheriff's Office has issued a Silver Alert for 55-year old Dawn Sherrill. She was last seen at her home south of Anadarko Wednesday night. Sherrill's son, Dylan, tells KFOR-TV that doctors found masses on his mother's brain just a few weeks ago.  One mass was removed and another was inoperable. Dylan said shortly after his mother's diagnosis, he took her car keys away because driving would be too dangerous. But Dawn left Wednesday night in her boyfriend's dark red, 2007 Ford F-150 pickup with Oklahoma tag number DLN-579. It has a smoker in the back and a black tailgate. Authorities say Dawn could be anywhere in the Anadarko, Carnegie, Apache, Fletcher, Elgin or Lawton area. Dawn Sherrill is Caucasian, with brown hair past her shoulders and wears glasses. She was last wearing tan Capri pants, and a smokey-gray scrub top that says Anadarko Vet - a top she wears at her work at a local veterinary clinic. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff’s office or local law enforcement.

 

Minco Man Wanted for Child Molestation

Caddo County authorities are looking for a Minco man alleged to have molested two young girls. An arrest warrant has been issued for 59-year old Warner Watt who is facing felony charges of lewd molestation. The Lawton Constitution cites Caddo County court documents indicating Watt told the children's parents that he was drunk on moonshine and got “handsy” with the girls who are 10- and 14-years old. Watt faces up to 25 years in prison on each felony lewd molestation count if convicted.

 

Chix Police Officer Commended for Life-Saving Skills

A Chickasha police officer is credited for her life-saving skills. According to a post on the Chickasha Police Department Facebook page, Officer Kristen Thomas was dispatched to a call about an unresponsive person on Sunday, July 11th.  Thomas began live-saving measures which included CPR. The post says that Thomas' quick thinking, calm demeanor, and decisive actions saved the life of the individual.

 

D'town Chix to Host 'Christmas Cool Down' and Block Party

The Leg Lamp has returned to downtown Chickasha to highlight the city's Christmas in July retail promotion. The 40-foot tall leg lamp received international attention last fall with mostly rave reviews about the iconic lamp featured in the holiday movie, The Christmas Story. The lamp is part of a Christmas Cool Down and Block Party that will be held downtown tomorrow night. It's a free event that will be held at the Rock Island Railroad Depot starting at 5:00 p.m. with kids activities which include inflatable slides, arts and crafts, and face painting and food trucks will be on hand. At 6:00 p.m. there will be free Jungle Ice Snow cones with the Summer Santa Snow Cone Social, and free photos with Summer Santa. A free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with Billy Davis and the Band of Brothers opening before the featured duo of Maggie McLure and Shane Henry, also known as The Imaginaries. A short fireworks show will follow the concert. Officials encourage those who plan on attending to bring lawn chairs.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Ahsha Morin with The Red Cord, southwest Oklahoma's anti-human trafficking group, will be on our KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.79.

Natural gas is $4.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,801 and silver is $25.26.

 

Thursday, July 22nd

 

Arrests Made in Connection with Multi-County Crime Spree

A lengthy investigation by the Grady County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies has helped officials solve a multi-county crime spree. The crimes include identity theft, forgery, eluding, and porch piracy. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess issued a press release saying the investigation had been on-going for several months and credits the work of Deputy Stacy Carpenter. Carpenter worked with the Grady County Fugitive Task Force and officials from Moore, Del City, Midwest City, and Shawnee. The investigation led to arrest warrants being issued for Nicole Stowers of Del City and Michael Ramsey of Shawnee.  Authorities arrested Stowers last week while she attempted to elude police in Moore. Stowers is in the Grady County Jail pending a $100,000 bond and Ramsey is currently in the Pottawattamie County Jail. Both are also being held in connection with similar crimes in Canadian County.

 

The Red Cord Sets 'Stop (human) Trafficking' NOW Event

A southwest Oklahoma group is leading the battle against human trafficking.It's called The Red Cord, a non-profit group whose mission is to help victims trying to escape their captors and to educate law enforcement, first responders, and teachers to recognize warning signs of human trafficking. Ahsha Morin with The Red Cord says-

 

              

 

The Red Cord will hold its third annual Stop the Traffic Night of Worship, or, Stop the Traffic NOW program in Lawton next week. It is a free, family-friendly event with live music from local worship bands, face-painting, sno-cones and inflatable games for the kids. The event will be Friday, July 30th at Lawton's Elmer Thomas Park and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For information visit the website www.theredcord.org or see the Red Cord on Facebook or # Stop Human Trafficking

 

Protesters March on Kiowa Tribal Complex

A protest was held at the Kiowa Tribe Complex in Carnegie yesterday as members of the tribe’s executive and legislative branches disagree over the use of COVID-19 funds. A group estimated at between 100 and 150 people - including three trbial legislators - marched through Carnegie and to the Kiowa Complex, which was closed to the public. The Lawton Constitution reports that members of the legislative branch say that Chairman Matt Komalty is violating the tribe’s constitution under his plan to spend nearly $51 million in ARPA COVID-19 funds. Legislator Anita Johnson says the funds cannot be distributed without first being approved by a vote of tribal members. Komalty was out of town and not available for comment. The newspaper reported that a second protest is to be held in the near future at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Headquarters in Anadarko.

 

E-Sports, Skeet Shooting to be Offered at Chix High School

Students at Chickasha high school will have a couple of new extra-curricular activities to take part in during the upcoming school year. The board of education has approved E-Sports and clay-target shooting programs. E-Sports is a video-game competition that is growing in popularity among public schools, and a number of Oklahoma school districts already have organized teams. Chickasha will take part in The Western Oklahoma E-Sports League with competition to start this fall. Regarding the clay-target shooting program, the school district's resource officer, Deputy Mark Ingram with the Grady County Sheriff's Office will direct the program. It will be part of the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program and the Oklahoma State High School Clay Target League. The shooting sports season will begin after archery season ends.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.30 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.23.

Natural gas is $3.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,800 and silver is $25.13.

 

Wednesday, July 21st

 

Arrests Made After 125 mph Pursuit

A woman and a man were taken into custody following a high-speed chase through parts of two counties on Tuesday. The chase began in Mustang in the noon hour and ended just north of Chickasha about 1:15 p.m. Authorities say the pursuit began after a woman was accused of writing a bad check at a bank in Mustang. The pursuit went west out of Mustang and into Union City, then south on U.S. Highway 81 through Minco. Union City police, Grady County sheriff’s deputies, and state troopers were all part of the pursuit with speeds reaching 125 miles per hour. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 and helicopter pilot Jim Gardner had live coverage of the pursuit. The car veered into oncoming traffic several times forcing a number of cars and trucks off the highway. The pursuit came to an end just north of the Chickasha airport after authorities deployed stop sticks which disabled the vehicle. With guns drawn authorities removed a female driver and a male passenger without incident. The names of the two individuals were not immediately available.

 

Nathan McCalla Joins Chix Planning Commission 

A new member has been appointed to the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission. Nathan McCalla will serve the remaining months of an unexpired term on the panel which runs through June 30, 2022. Mayor Chris Mosley nominated McCalla to fill the vacancy left after Marilyn Feaver stepped down from the post. The city council unanimously approved McCalla's appointment this week.

 

Open Streets Program set for September

The city council also approved a request to hold an annual Open Streets program. Normally held in the spring, the event was canceled last year and this past spring due to the pandemic. The request came from the YMCA which has served as one of the main sponsors of the event for the previous three years. Open Streets is a family-friendly event designed to get people outdoors and encourage physical activity. The event will be held on Saturday, September 11th along Chickasha Avenue from the Rock Island Railroad Depot to 3rd Street. Individuals are encouraged to bring their bicycles, roller skates, and skateboards, and about two dozen vendors will be on hand. The event will run from about 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

Misty McClellan Joins American Red Cross Staff

The newest member of the American Red Cross that serves central and southwest Oklahoma is looking forward to her new duties. Misty McClellan was named the region’s executive director earlier this month. McClellan previously served as the director of alumni services at the University of Science and Arts. McClellan will be in many communities to discuss the work of the Red Cross.

 

              

 

She said many local volunteers deploy to national emergencies including disasters following hurricanes that occur this time of year.

 

Rep. Boles Appointed to Hydrogen Task Force

State Representative Brad Boles has been appointed to serve on a state task force. The Marlow Republican is serving on the Hydrogen Production, Transportation, and Infrastructure Task Force. Boles said the hydrogen industry has the potential to be a multi-billion dollar industry for the state, but right now there is not a lot of working knowledge of that sector. He said the task force wants to create a positive business atmosphere where Oklahoma can be a national leader in that area. He said it will allow lawmakers the chance to learn more about hydrogen and how it could be utilized to create new jobs and diversify the state's economy.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.35.

Natural gas is $3.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,305 and silver is $25.23.

 

Tuesday, July 20th

 

Home Invasion Suspect Shot by Homeowner

A man suspected of a home invasion is hospitalized after being shot by the homeowner, after authorities say the suspect broke in to confront his estranged wife. The break-in occurred before dawn on Saturday, July 10th at a home east of Chickasha near Cimarron Trailers. In a press release issued by the Grady County Sheriff's Office, authorities were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call to investigate a report that a man shot an intruder. Chickasha and Ninnekah police and Grady County sheriff's deputies all responded and an OSBI crime scene investigator was also summoned. Authorities reviewed video from a doorbell camera system that showed a man ring the doorbell and repeatedly tried to turn the knob on the door, which the homeowner said he had locked. The suspect broke the front door glass and reached through to unlock the door to get inside. A woman inside said she heard the glass breaking and told the unidentified home owner that someone had just broken in and the homeowner got a handgun from a nightstand drawer. The intruder forced a bedroom door open and the homeowner fired one shot and the suspect fell onto the hallway floor, and was held at gunpoint until authorities arrived. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess identified the suspect as Blake Hill who was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he is in serious condition this morning. Details of the investigation have been turned over to the district attorney's office and no formal charges have yet been filed.

 

Update on Grady County Courthouse 'Wet Well'

Now an update to a story we aired yesterday about work being done at the Grady County Courthouse that should prevent future issues of sewage back up in the building. Work crews are installing what amounts to a super-sized septic tank. The tank is 16 feet tall and four feet in diameter and will be buried on the west side of the courthouse. It will be made of concrete and will have a capacity of about 1,250 gallons of sewage. We initially reported that northbound traffic on 4th Street would be closed off, but emergency management director Dale Thompson said that likely won't happen. However, the breezeway area between the courthouse and the jail will be inaccessible. The “wet well’ as officials call it is similar to a lift station which will pump the sewage into the city's sewer lines. Officials will be also able use a septic tank service to remove the sewage. The $300,000 project is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

 

Waste Connections has New Bulk Pick-up Days in Chix

Chickasha residents now have new bulk pick-up days for large trash items they want to get rid of. Waste Connections, the city's private trash contractor, made the changes last month. For residents who have their trash picked up on Mondays, the bulk pick up is on the first and third Monday's of the month. For those who have trash service on Tuesday, the bulk pick up service is the first and third Wednesdays of the month. For customers whose normal trash pick-up day is Wednesday, the bulk service is the 2nd and 4th Mondays. And for customers with a Thursday service, bulk pick up is the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Calendars that show the new service days can be picked up at city hall. Waste Connections will pick up as much as two cubic yards of bulk items each day which can include appliances, furniture, and mattresses. They will pick up limbs but they must be cut, then tied and bundled in less than 4-foot lengths. They will not pick up hazardous materials, liquids, tires, batteries or paint. Call Waste Connections for info at 405-222-0109.

 

Chix City Council Revises Sidewalk Ordinance

to Allow for Crosswalk Murals Downtown

The Chickasha City Council has approved some changes to the city's sidewalk ordinance which clears the way to improve crosswalks in downtown Chickasha. The panel unanimously approved the change following a three minute public hearing during last night’s council meeting. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council was the only person who addressed the council during the hearing, saying the changes will help the city match similar codes in cities like Ardmore. Cowan hopes to take advantage of grants to paint murals in the city's downtown crosswalks which he says would trigger more economic development in the area. Cowan is hoping some of the work can be completed prior to the Rock Island Arts Festival and the State Food Truck Championships which will be held the first weekend in October.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.62.

Natural gas is $3.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,817 and silver is $25.22.

 

Monday, July 19th

 

Project Underway to Prevent Raw Sewage

from Backing Up into Grady County Courthouse

Grady County Commissioners recently approved a nearly $300,000 project they hope will put an end to the sewer back-up problems that caused the Grady County Courthouse to close for nearly two weeks. Commissioners approved a bid from H and H Plumbing and Utilities of Oklahoma City to install what is called a wet well, which will hold waste water from the courthouse before it is pumped into the city's sewer system. The project will include the installation of a grinder to break up debris into small particles which is expected to prevent the sewage from back-flowing into the courthouse. The wet well will be placed on the west side of the courthouse off of 4th Street so northbound traffic on 4th will be blocked off for about two weeks. Individuals needing to access the courthouse should use 3rd Street to get to the courthouse parking lot. Signage is expected help guide traffic in that direction.

 

Chix City Council to Consider Agreements

with Lawton and OU Police Departments

The Chickasha City Council will discuss a couple of agreements for the police department tonight. One is a memorandum of understanding with the Lawton Police Department regarding the use of Lawton's police academy. The other is a memorandum of understanding with the University of Oklahoma and the university's police department. The council will hold a public hearing regarding the revision of city ordinances as they pertain to decorative sidewalks, discuss some changes for the use of the city's sports complex by various leagues, and consider adopting an agreement with an E-Sports group called Mission Control to create a video gaming network. The panel will also go behind closed doors to discuss the status of negotiations with both the Chickasha Fraternal Order of Police and the Chickasha Firefighters Association, as well as memorandums of understanding with the two unions that address confidential employee matters. The group will also discuss the ongoing lawsuit filed against the city by the firefighters. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Heat and Air System Upgrades on Agenda

for Anadarko School Board Special Meeting

A bid for the continued heating, ventilation, and air conditioning replacement plan for Anadarko schools will be considered by the Anadarko school board in a special meeting tonight. The panel will meet to review Phase Two of the program - with alternates - and assign the bid packages to general contractor Joe Hall.  The meeting will be held at the Anadarko school administration building at 6 o'clock tonight.

 

KOOL-RANCH Hosts Community Blood Drive

KOOL-RANCH radio stations will be hosting another community blood drive with the Oklahoma Blood institute tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. An OBI bloodmobile will be at the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Ave. Donors will get a free t-shirt and a mini-health check. Call George Plummer at the KOOL-RANCH business line at 405-224-150 for an appointment however, an appointment is not needed.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.59.

Natural gas is $3.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $25.40.

 

Obituary

Lillian Steelman

A wake service for Lillian Steelman, 72, of the Amber-Pocasset area will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 20th at Holy Name Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 21st at the church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ampo School Library.

 

2021, July 6th-10th

Saturday, July 10th

 

Motorcyclist Critically Hurt in Crash

A Ninnekah man is hospitalized in critical condition after being injured in a motorcycle accident. 40-year old Brandon Mann was initially taken to Grady Memorial Hospital then air-lifted to an Oklahoma City Hospital. The accident happened just after 9 o’clock last night about a mile east of Ninnekah near the intersection of Peach Street and County Street 2860. The highway patrol reports that Mann failed to stop at a stop sign, laid his bike down, and was thrown from the bike. He was not wearing a helmet. The trooper on the scene reported there was an odor of alcohol at the scene.

 

Man Faces Firearms Charges After Argument over Truck

A Rush Springs man is charged with shooting with intent to kill following a dispute over a pickup. 64-year old Albert Leon Brookshire was arrested Monday afternoon after a confrontation at his home. A Rush Springs police affidavit indicates two men had gone to Brookshire's home to get a pickup that one man said belonged to him. Brookshire told authorities it was his pickup and that the other man hadn't paid for it. Brookshire had a gun and claimed he fired a warning shot at the two men and told them to get off his property. The two men went to the Rush Springs EMS building and called police. Authorities initially arrested Brookshire on a complaint of firing a weapon inside the city limits. Prosecutors have charged Brookshire with felonies that include shooting with intent to kill and pointing a firearm. Brookshire had a previous conviction for drug possession. He is out of jail after posting a $75,000 bond and is to announce his attorney on July 29th with a preliminary hearing conference set for Aug. 11th.

 

DHS: Beware of Text-Messaging Scam

Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) officials are warning of a text messaging scam falsely claiming that individuals may have been selected to receive $500. A press release from DHS says the text message specifically mentions the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Social Security (SSI). The message is coming from a random number, telling individuals that they have been randomly selected to receive the money, and asks individuals to click on a hyperlink. They are then taken to a website which appears to phish for personal information including Social Security numbers and banking information. Officials say to delete the text. Individuals who have gone to the link should contact their bank and take steps to address possibly identity theft - including freezing their credit - and to contact credit reporting agencies such as Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego is on our KOOL Konversation program. We have a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Margaret Thornton

Funeral service for Margaret "Nanny" Thornton, 84, of Marlow will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 12th at Vimy Ridge Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.

Jessie Bennett

Funeral service for Jessie Bennett, 95, of Ninnekah will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 13th at Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Friday, July 9th

 

Grady County Courthouse Re-Opens

Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard says the county courthouse is open today but that the cleaning needed due to a massive sewage back up in the building's basement is continuing. The courthouse has been closed for almost two weeks after last month's heavy rains caused sewer lines to back up. Beard said crews thought they had the problem taken care of several times but raw sewage continued to seep into the building causing a terrible odor to emanate to all three floors of the courthouse causing several people to become ill. Beard said at one time, there was at least 12 inches of raw sewage in Judge Joseph Young's courtroom in the basement. Beard said over the last couple of days a commercial cleaning company has been brought in and that crews have disinfected every room and are running a disinfectant through the heat and air system. While the courthouse will be open to the public only the first and second floors will be accessible with the basement closed off. The county commissioners have hired an Oklahoma City firm under an emergency request to install some one-way valves on the sewer line which are designed to prevent sewage from backing up. That company was scheduled to start today. Beard said the county's insurance company is going to send out an adjuster to determine how much damage has been done.

 

Ninnekah Residents Meet to Support

Alleged Victims of Girls Basketball Coach

In Ninnekah, Grady County sheriff's deputies met with concerned parents, educators, and supporters of teenaged girls alleged to have been molested by girls basketball coach Ron Akins. In a meeting at the community center, organizers told our partners at KWTV-News 9 that they wanted to offer resources and encourage individuals to speak out at the next school board meeting which is Thursday, July 15th. Parent Shelby Ross said they wanted to show the victims that they believe them and they will do everything they can to lift their voices. Ross said had Akins been given more power there would be a lot more victims and they probably wouldn't have heard about it for years. No one from the Ninnekah school district was invited to the meeting. Organizers said they wanted to create a safe place to meet. Akins has been charged with four felonies after being accused of molesting and sexting players. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the court case. A post on the Ninnekah schools website indicates the district has made arrangements for licensed professional counselors to be available Monday, July 12th to speak with any student or adult who wants to talk.

 

City of Chix Won't Spray for Mosquitos

The City of Chickasha will not be spraying for mosquitos. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley says the city doesn't have the equipment or chemicals needed to do so. Mosley said one chemical alone costs $80 a gallon and estimates it would cost about $20,000 for what they would need and the equipment costs about $8,000. The Mayor also said that the weather has to be just right in order for the fogging to work. It can't be too windy, or too humid, and they can't spray if there is rain. Mosley said he talked to Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn about borrowing that city's sprayer but they are using it over the next couple of nights. Mosley said he’s not aware of too many Oklahoma communities that still spray for mosquitos and that the only ones he is aware of are Anadarko and Lawton.

 

Science and Arts Alumni Director Accepts Red Cross Post

The director of Alumni and Community Relations at the University of Science and Arts is beginning a new chapter in her life. Misty McClellan is now the Chapter Executive Director of the Oklahoma and Kansas region of the American Red Cross. The Lawton Constitution reports that she will work with communities to build connections and administer any services that may be needed. McClellan said she wants people to know that Red Cross is more than just medical services. She said the new post checks off all the boxes of what she wants to do with her life and that it is the perfect opportunity for her.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.12.

Natural gas is $3.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,804 and silver is $26.12.

 

Obituary

Janice Haney

Funeral service for Janice Haney, 55, of Amber will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10th at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, July 8th

 

Chix Inks Deal with New EMS Billing Contractor

The Chickasha City Council gave its approval to contracting with a new company that is expected to improve the city's EMS billing services and collections. The council approved a new contract with a firm called Quick Med Claims which Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says could bring in an additional $100,000 to the city. Samaniego also said the firm’s rate is lower than the current contractor - just 4.95 percent compared to a 6 percent rate with the previous contractor. Samaniego said Quick Med Claims has worked well for cities like Anadarko and Ponca City and has a good track record of working with Native American tribes.

 

$300,000+ Payment to Chix A 'Mistake'

Now an update to a report we had yesterday about the Chickasha City Council giving back more than $330,000 that officials believed was from one of the city's Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts. Vice Mayor Zach Grayson told the Chickasha Express-Star that it was an accidental payment from Grady County. Grayson was quoted as saying the funds were designated as ad valorem taxes which actually go to school districts. Grayson said the city council was simply giving back money that wasn't the city's in the first place. Grayson said the city was only supposed to receive a percentage of that money which is then passed on to TIF District developers as a partial reimbursement for the costs of building within the TIF district.

 

Suspect Accused of Terrorizing Neighbors

A Caddo County man is accused of terrorizing his neighbors. 43-year old David Keith Gonzalez of Ft. Cobb had been arrested and charged with intimidating a witness and violating a protective order after the neighbors reported several perceived threats from Gonzalez. The Lawton Constitution reports that a woman asked for protective order against Gonzalez last month and while doing so, he took of photo of her at the hearing. Gonzalez is alleged to have continued to intimidate and harass the couple, to include shining bright lights into their home and playing predator phone calls on a loudspeaker in the middle of the night. Gonzalez had his initial appearance on the charges in Caddo County District Court earlier this week and a judge set his bond at $40,000. If convicted of the felony for intimidating a witness Gonzalez faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

Anadarko to Fog Neighborhoods for Mosquitos Again

Mosquitos have been a big problem over the last few weeks as a result of all the rain we’ve had. At least one community in the area will be going through neighborhoods with fogging machines in an attempt to reduce their numbers. The City of Anadarko has already been through neighborhoods once and announced on its Facebook page that crews will be fogging again tonight.  The post indicates they typically spray at night because that's when the mosquitos are most active. It does say that the spray is only effective in open areas and does not do as well in areas with trees, bushes, or tall grass. The chemical kills the pests on contact but does not kill larvae in water. Officials ask residents to dump any stagnate standing water, dump and re-fill bird baths and non-treated swimming pools with fresh water often, and keep grass mowed. They also urge residents to have their porch lights on when they spray saying the lights encourage the mosquitos to be active and fly into the fog. There's no word if the City of Chickasha will be spraying for the mosquitos. We'll contact city hall today to find out.

 

4th Generation Joins Sevier Funeral Home

A longtime Chickasha business will continue with a fourth generation of a local family joining the company. Austin Kile is now working with his grandfather Larry Sevier at Sevier Funeral Home. Kile recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma and earned his funeral director’s and embalmer's licenses. Sevier Funeral Home opened as the Chickasha Funeral Home in 1941 by Jodi and Virginia Sevier (Larry's parents and Austin's great-grandparents). The late Todd Sevier, Larry's son and Austin's uncle, also worked at the funeral home. Larry will continue as the licensee-in-charge and Austin's father, Jeff Kile, will continue serving as the office manager at both the Chickasha and Tuttle funeral homes.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.20 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.43.

Natural gas is $3.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,811 and silver is $26.13.

 

Wednesday, July 7th

 

Permit for Cell Phone Tower Denied

The Chickasha City Council unanimously voted against issuing a special use permit to build a cell phone tower in a residential area. Following a 24-minute public hearing during last night’s city council meeting, the council voted to deny the permit for Branch Communications. The company wanted to build a 150-foot tower near 9th and Dakota Ave. that would have been used by Verizon to improve cell phone coverage in the area. Officials said they looked at other proposed sites and believed they were not feasible. Many of the same residents who spoke out against the project at a city council meeting last month were back to let their feelings be known. Mary Francis Hathaway was one of them.

 

              

Troy Williams with Branch Communications said the county assessor told them property values should not fall as his company and Verizon combined were going to invest nearly $500,000 at the site.

 

              

 

In the end, the council voted 8-0 to deny the special use permit. Mayor Chris Mosley was absent from the meeting which was conducted by Vice Mayor Zack Grayson.

 

City Council Pays Back TIF Funds

The Chickasha City Council also settled a dispute over the amount of money the city received from one of its Tax Increment Finance districts. After about a 30-minute closed-door meeting City Councilman David Sikes made the motion to approve turning over more than $300,000 to the county.

 

              

 

It wasn't clear what error may have occurred that forced the council to make that decision. It was a unanimous vote of the council to make that payment.

              

Chix Ward 3 Meeting Scheduled

Residents in Chickasha's Ward 3 will be able to meet their council representatives and other city officials to discuss concerns as well as ideas about making the city a better place to live. The third of four Ward meetings this year will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 12th at city hall. Ward Three council representatives Dr. R. P. Ashanti-Alexander and Oscar Nelson will be on hand. Residents can e-mail questions to info@chickasha.org or bring them to the meeting. Similar meetings have already been held for residents in Wards 1 and 2 while residents in Ward 4 will have their meeting next month.

 

Cong. Lucas Co-Sponsors Broadband Expansion Plan

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas is co-sponsoring a bill in the nation's capitol to expand rural broadband service for rural states like Oklahoma. It's the Broadband for Rural America Act designed to bridge the digital divide nationwide by providing more than $7 billion for USDA broadband connectivity programs. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that Lucas said the act provides important investments to USDA broadband programs which will in turn provide critical modern infrastructure to countless rural communities. The Broadband for Rural America Act would authorize $3.7 billion per year for critical rural broadband programs, including the ReConnect Rural Broadband Program, the Middle Mile Broadband Program, and the Innovative Broadband Advancement Program; it would target limited resources so assistance is focused on the most rural and least-connected residents, which are often the most expensive to connect; and it would promote borrower accountability and protects taxpayers with new tools to ensure promised services are delivered to rural communities.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.53.

Natural gas is $3.63 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,807 and silver is $26.52.

 

Obituary

Billie Jean Griffin

A memorial service for Billie Jean Griffin, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, July 6th

 

Public Hearing Tonight for Proposed Cell Phone Tower

A plan to erect a cell phone tower in a Chickasha neighborhood is getting some push back by residents in the area. The Chickasha City Council will hold a public hearing on the controversial issue tonight. Branch Communications wants to build the tower near 8th and Dakota Ave. Several residents spoke against the proposal at the June 21st city council meeting while developers were also on hand to support the project. The city's Planning Commission voted against the project earlier this year. The council is also to discuss a proposed Emergency Operations Plan and an agreement between Emergency Medical Services and the Grady EMS District Board of Trustees. The panel will also have a closed-door session regarding an investigation into the city's Tax Increment Finance District payments. The council meets tonight at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Courthouse Continues Dealing with Sewer Back Ups

The Grady County Courthouse will be closed again today. The courthouse has been dealing with sewer back-up issues for over a week. The county emergency management office sent out a text last night saying the office would be closed today. This morning's regularly scheduled county commissioners meeting has been moved to the Grady County Fairgrounds community building at 9 a.m. In the meantime some meetings that were scheduled tomorrow at the courthouse have been canceled. The county excise board and the tax roll correction board meetings that were scheduled for tomorrow have been called off and have not yet been re-scheduled.

 

Sheriff's Office Hopes to Add New Investigator

A new fiscal year is underway for city, county, and state governments. July 1st is when those offices begin with new budgets for the next 12 months. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir, whose budget is the largest of the departments at the county level, is asking commissioners and the excise board for a budget increase in order to hire a new employee.

 

              

 

Weir said over-worked employees probably don't do as good a job as they could and that it's fair to the public to hire a new investigator as some cases don't get as much attention as they should.

 

Area Lawmakers Honored by Children's Group

State Representative Cindy Roe (R-Lindsay) is among several lawmakers named Children's Legislators of the Year. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) recently announced that Roe and other lawmakers had made the group's Honor Roll for supporting children's issues at the state capitol. In a press release issued by OICA, Roe said there is no more important role of government than to protect and nurture children. Other regional state lawmakers recognized for their work for kids were Rep. Sherrie Conley (R-Newcastle) awarded with a Special Attention Award and Sen. Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) who was named one of the Freshmen Legislators of the Year. The OICA is led by former state representative Joe Dorman of Rush Springs. He said he is already working with lawmakers on measures to consider for the 2022 legislative session.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.11.

Natural gas is $3.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,806 and silver is $26.76.

 

Obituaries

Albert Darnell

 A graveside service for Albert Darnell, 86, of Chickasha will be at 2 o'clock this afternoon (Tuesday, July 6th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Linda Jansen

A graveside service for Linda Fay Jansen, 79, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 7th at the Erin Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. She owned and operated Lee's Beauty School.

2021, June 28th-July 3rd

Saturday, July 3rd

 

END-DUI Campaign Underway

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, Oklahoma law enforcement agencies will be working to make highways and lakes safer. The Oklahoma Highway patrol's END DUI team is partnering with a number of agencies throughout the state with high visibility patrols and to conduct sobriety checkpoints. Officials say five people died on state highways during last year’s July 4th weekend and four of them were involved in either alcohol or drug-related crashes. OHP says a DUI conviction can cost a driver up to $10,000. Officials ask those who chose to drink this weekend to have a designated driver, call a friend or family member or call a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft.

 

World War I Traveling Museum is Back on Tour

A traveling museum featuring artifacts from the first world war will be on display at this weekend's Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration in Marlow. It will be the first time in a year-and-a-half for the World War I 100th anniversary mobile museum to visit communities. Curator Keith Colley tells the Lawton Constitution he's really stoked to get back on the road. Colley's collection includes uniforms, binoculars, television sets, typewriters that soldiers used to write letters on to send home, and even bi-planes. There's information about Alvin York, the most decorated soldier of the war, and Jacob "Pappy" Stevens who served as a runner. “Pappy” actually ran messages to the general in the middle of battle. Colley says he started the museum to help Alzheimer's patients, taking them items that they could see and feel for mental connectivity. The museum is open all day today during Marlow's Old Fashioned Independence Day celebration and will be open tomorrow and Monday from 1-5. Admission is free. Other 4th of July events in the region include Apache’s Freedom Festival starting at 5 o’clock tonight and there will be fireworks only in Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park tomorrow night (Sunday, July 4th)

 

Muscle Car Ranch Hosts 'BliserFest'

Chickasha's Curtis Hart is a resilient individual. While his annual TwisterFest music festival at the Muscle Car Ranch was rained out last week, he has another event this 4th of July weekend which has a much better weather forecast. Hart calls this event the BlisterFest. Hart has a number of bands from the Austin, Texas area coming in which include Ramsay Midwood who has written a song about the county seat of of Grady County.

 

              

 

All the bands will play at the Trail Boss Amphitheatre. Tickets are $10 per day and there is plenty of RV and primitive camping available on the 82-acre Muscle Car Ranch. For information on the bands performing, see Curtis Hart's Facebook page.

 

Friday, July 2nd

 

Child Molesation Charges Filed Against Ninnekah Man

The Grady County District Attorney's Office has filed formal charges against a Ninnekah man for alleged child molestation. 41-year old Clay Dietrich, a former reserve police officer, is facing three charges of child sexual abuse. A judge set Dietrich's bond at $250,000 and he remains in the Grady County Jail. Dietrich is to announce his attorney July 15th and with a preliminary hearing conference scheduled July 28th.

 

Courthouse Flooding Issues Persist

The Grady County Courthouse will be closed again today. Officials are battling flooding problems from backed up sewer lines because of all this week’s rain. Other than a few hours on Monday the courthouse has been closed all week. And with next Monday being a holiday because of the Independence Day weekend the courthouse is not scheduled to re-open until next Tuesday.

 

Semi Fire Shuts Down Highway

A semi on fire shut down U.S. Highway 81 near Minco last night. No details are available other than the OHP said traffic was shut down just before 10:00 last night. The fire occurred three miles south of Minco at CR 1220. The highway was closed for about an hour and a half and re-opened about 11:30.

 

Regional Independence Day Celebrations

There are a number of 4th of July celebrations in the region this weekend. Tonight in Blanchard there's live music, kids games, and fireworks behind the Sonic Drive In. All the activities start at 6:00 p.m. Tomorrow in Apache, the chamber of commerce is hosting a Freedom Fest which gets underway at 5:00 p.m.  with activities downtown, including awards for the best patriotic display, activities for the kids, and fireworks. And Sunday evening Chickasha's 4th of July fireworks will be held at Shannon Springs Park.

 

Marlow Teen's Artwork Wins Award

A Marlow teenager will have a piece of her artwork on display in Washington, D.C. Alayna Hill was named the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Oklahoma's District Four. That's Congressman Tom Cole's district. Hill's submission called Still Life in Graphite was among more than 100 entries submitted by high school students throughout Cole’s district. Hill's entry done with a No. 2 pencil will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building. A reception for all top prize winners will be held later this year in the nation's capitol.

 

Community Blood Drive Today

KOOL/RANCH radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute are holding a community blood drive today. Before heading out on your Independence Day weekend celebration we ask that you take a few minutes to help the blood institute re-stock their shelves. Officials say a blood emergency is still in effect. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot across the street from the stations at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 to 5:30 today. No appointment is needed.

 

Propane Prices May be Higher This Winter

While air conditioners are hard at work keeping us cool this summer not too many people are thinking ahead to next winter. But there is speculation that propane prices could be higher. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says that summer propane prices are climbing which experts say is unusual. Skinner discusses reasons why propane prices are on the rise.

 

              

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and the sheriff’s office public information officer Lisa Hatchett are this week’s guests on our KOOL Konversation. On Real Estate Today our guests are Chickasha school superintendent Rick Croslin and district operations director Dan Turner. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.11.

Natural gas is $3.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is 1,783 and silver is $26.25.

 

Thursday, July 1st

 

Reserve Cop Arrested on Child Molestation Complaint

A reserve officer for the Ninnekah Police Department is arrested on a complaint of child sexual abuse. 41-year old Kenneth "Clay" Dietrich was arrested by Grady County authorities Tuesday night. Dietrich is being held in the Grady County Jail and is accused of rape and child sexual abuse. No formal charges have been filed at this time. Ninnekah Police Chief Scott Miller said Dietrich had been an unpaid reserve officer for about 18 months. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess said that a 14-year old girl and her mother filed a report alleging that the sexual abuse occurred several times over the last six months.  Boggess said that Dietrich has turned in all of reserve officer certifications.

 

County Courthouse Closed A 4th Day

Ongoing plumbing issues have forced officials to close the Grady County Courthouse again today. Heavy rains from this past weekend are to blame as several offices were flooded. Officials say the problems are the result of a small sewage line that can't handle the volume of waste water from the courthouse and the jail. There is only a 4-inch sewer line in place and some officials say it needs to be replaced with an 8-inch line.

 

City of Chix has New Finance Director

A new finance director is on board at Chickasha City Hall. Cindy Rogers begin her new duties this week. She previously served as the vice president and chief financial officer at the Oklahoma State Fair for 16 years. As a Certified Public Accountant, Rogers has also worked in finance with a social services non-profit organization. Rogers has extended family members who live in the Chickasha area. In a prepared statement Rogers said there is a great team in place at city hall and she's excited to be part of it. Mayor Chris Mosley said that Rogers has a long track record of establishing solid financial standards. He also said her experience with help city officials understand the city's true cost of services, assist with accurately setting rates, and that she will continue to improve the transparency of the city's financial records.

 

Chix Public Schools has New Enrollment Office

Public schools statewide are in the midst of preparing for the new school year that will be starting in August. The Chickasha Public School district has opened a new site that will be used for many student services. The district will be in an office building at 7th and Kansas Avenue which is across the street from the post office. Superintendent Rick Croslin said that's where Mona Greenfield, who was recently named the district's student accounting, assessment, and communications coordinator will be.

 

              

 

Chickasha schools are scheduled to open Thursday, August 12th.

 

Study Requested to Remove Grocery Sales Tax

Should state officials eliminate Oklahoma's sales tax on groceries? A state lawmaker has filed an interim study request to consider the issue. House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) wants to examine the benefits of ending the tax. She says doing so would keep money in the pockets of low- and middle-income Oklahomans. Virgin also said many parents are stretching every dollar in order to feed their children and they shouldn't have to calculate a cut for the state in their grocery bills. Oklahoma is one of just 13 states to impose sales taxes on groceries. Virgin said if 37 states can fund their governments without a tax on milk and bread then Oklahoma can, too. She said the measure has bi-partisan support of lawmakers and voters.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.13.

Natural gas is $3.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,776 and silver is $26.37.

 

Obituary

Billie Marie Hayes

Funeral service for Billie Marie Hayes, 83, of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 2nd at First Christian Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 30th

 

Coach Faces Four Felony Counts of Child Sex Crimes

A girls basketball coach accused of having inappropriate contact with players is charged with four felonies in connection with the allegations. Grady County prosecutors have charged Ninnekah coach Ron Akins with two counts of rape by instrumentation and two counts of sexual battery. A judge set bond at $100,000 and Akins is to announce his attorney July 15th with a preliminary hearing conference set for July 28th. Akins was arrested last Friday after a former player came forward with the allegations. Ninnekah schools have placed Akins on administrative leave. In a prepared statement, Superintendent Todd Bunch said the district is cooperating with law enforcement and will take appropriate steps based on the results of the investigation.

 

Sewer Problems Close County Courthouse Again

The Grady County Courthouse is closed again today due to sewer back-up issues related to the heavy rains over the last few days. The courthouse closed at noon on Monday and officials tried to open the doors yesterday but sent employees home. Several meetings scheduled at the courthouse this week have been cancelled and rescheduled as emergency meetings. Those included a joint meeting with county commissioners and the excise board. Others are individual meetings of the commissioners and excise board. All of the canceled meetings have been rescheduled for tomorrow morning and will be held at the district attorney's office across the street.

 

Leg Lamp Named State's 'Outstanding New Attraction'

Last year's Christmas Leg Lamp promotion in Chickasha lands a top award for the city's Economic Development Council. It received a Redbud Award from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association as the state's Outstanding New Attraction during an awards ceremony in Edmond yesterday. The 40-foot tall inflatable leg lamp was the brainchild of Tim Elliott and the Economic Development Council and drew attention from around the world. The EDC's Hometown Christmas music video with the Imaginaries and a short film produced about Chickasha's home town charm were also nominated for Red Bud awards.

 

State Rep Named to Energy Council

State Representative Brad Boles has been appointed to an international energy panel. The Marlow Republican will be working with the Energy Council which is a non-partisan legislative group formed to promote a balanced national energy strategy and related environmental policies. Boles, who serves as chairman of the house energy and natural resources committee, was appointed to the council by house speaker Charles McCall. Boles says he's spent much of his career away from state government focused on energy and that he's honored to have been selected to serve. The Energy Council also works to promote an understanding of energy and its role in the global economy and also gives legislative policy makers a chance to learn even more about energy issues.

 

DHS Accepting LIHEAP Applications

Low-income families needing help to pay for summer cooling bills can now apply for assistance on-line through the state Department of Human Services (DHS). It's known as LIHEAP or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. DHS receives federal funds for LIHEAP. Eligible households that already receive DHS assistance are pre-qualified and won't have to apply. Native American families may apply with either DHS or their tribal program but not both. The program assists families with one month of their cooling expenses. The website to apply is: www.okdhslive.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.76.

Natural gas is $3.63 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,758 and silver is $25.94.

 

Obituary

Diana Cooper-Freeman

Funeral service for Diana Francis Cooper-Freeman, 51, of Lawton will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 2nd at the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Lawton. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 29th

 

State Fire Marshall Investigates Blaze

at Home of Coach Accused of Child Sex Crimes

State officials have been summoned to investigate a suspicious fire that destroyed the home of a girls basketball coach who was arrested last week on allegations that he molested players. The Friend Volunteer Fire Department was paged about 7:00 a.m. Monday to the home of Ron Akins. The home was a complete loss. Akins was arrested last Friday night after a former player alleged that he had been inappropriate with her and other girls. Akins remains in the Grady County Jail on complaints of rape and sexual battery. Prosecutors have not yet filed any formal charges.

 

Courthouse Re-opens After Being Closed Monday Afternoon

The Grady County Courthouse closed its doors Monday afternoon after heavy weekend rains caused some plumbing problems. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said several rooms in the basement flooded and were being cleaned and sanitized. The courthouse did open for business at its regular time today.

 

Chix Sees Increase in Home Construction

There has long been a need for newer homes in Chickasha. Building contractors are working on a number of projects to address that need. Mayor Chris Mosley discusses some of them.

 

              

 

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley.

 

Area Blood Drives Scheduled to Deal with Blood Emergency

In response to Oklahoma's blood emergency the Oklahoma Blood Institute has scheduled a number of blood drives in the region. On Thursday, July 1st the Friend community will have a blood drive at Sharon Baptist Church from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Friday, July 2nd KOOL/RANCH radio stations will have a community blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot across the street from the radio stations at 7th and Chickasha Avenue. On Tuesday, July 6th Southern Plains Medical Center in Chickasha will have a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also on Tuesday, July 6th the City of Tuttle will have a blood drive at city hall on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall.  On Wednesday, July 7th, the annual Boots and Badges blood drive for Grady County law enforcement and fire fighters will be at the Grady County Fairgrounds from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Friday, July 9th in Anadarko, Western Farmers Electric Co-op will have a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to noon. To find a blood drive in your area visit the website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.91.

London-based Brent crude is $74.68.

Natural gas is $3.62 per million BTUs

Gold is $1,770 and silver is $26.06.

 

Obituaries

Anna Jenell Campbell

Funeral service for Anna Jenell Campbell, 88, of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 1st at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Roger Wagner

A graveside service for Roger Wagner, 78 of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 2nd at the El Reno Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 28th

 

Coach Arrested on Rape, Sex Complaints

Ninnekah girls basketball coach Ron Akins has been arrested on complaints of rape and sexual battery. Akins was arrested by Grady County sheriff's deputies Friday night and booked into the county jail. Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess told KFOR-TV that a former student told investigators that Akins had been inappropriate with her and that deputies found enough evidence to talk to the coach but that he would not speak with them. A former team member told KFOR that she was not surprised about the arrest. She said Akins would make comments about them and about their bodies and even talk about the women he was dating or sleeping with. She said she and her friends didn't come forward earlier because they were scared what would happen if school officials didn't believe them. She is encouraging others who may have been victims to tell their truth. Boggess says anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Search for Chix City Manager Continues

The search for a new Chickasha city manager continues. Mayor Chris Mosley has been filling in as the acting city manager for about five months since previous city manager John Noblitt stepped down in January. The city has hired a search firm to find some candidates and Mosley says they have narrowed down the list.

 

              

 

Interviews could begin soon and a new city manager could be on board by the end of the summer.

 

Anadarko Residents Warned of 'Fake' City Facebook Page

Officials in Anadarko say residents should beware of a fake City of Anadarko Facebook page that has been created. On the city's official Facebook page a post indicates that a scammer created the fake page and that users should not accept a friend request and to never give out personal information. Officials urge users to report the fake page to Facebook as a fraud and delete the message.

 

Amber Alert for Missing Moore Children Canceled

That Amber Alert issued over the weekend for two missing children from Moore has been canceled. Authorities say the six-year old girl and the two-year old boy were found in Jenks Saturday afternoon. The children were with their grandmother Twila Brinlee who failed to return them to their parents Friday. They were found at a motel next to a restaurant where an alert worker saw a woman with two children and notified authorities. The children have been reunited with their father and Brinlee was taken to the Moore police department.

 

Chix 'Christmas in July' Promotion Begins Thursday

A major summer promotion involving Chickasha merchants will get underway this week. Christmas in July begins Thursday with a month-long campaign designed to increase sales at retail outlets. It’s a joint effort of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. Cassandra Ersland with the chamber of commerce says among them is a scavenger hunt with an interesting twist-

 

              

 

Individuals can take a selfie with the character and get their name in a drawing for $50 in gift cards from the participating merchants. The 160-foot tall Christmas tree at Shannon Springs Park will be lit up all month and the Chickasha Community Theater will show free Christmas movies every Thursday night at 7 p.m. The first movie will be shown this Thursday, July 1st and will be The Grinch with Jim Carrey. Starting July 22nd the inflatable leg lamp will be standing at the depot downtown (weather permitting) and on Saturday, July 24th there will be a free concert at the depot downtown featuring The Imaginaries along with Billy Davis and the Band of Brothers. For information about Chickasha's Christmas in July celebration visit the chambers website at www.chickashachamber.org

 

Energy and Metals              

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.18.

Natural gas is $3.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,778 and silver is $26.21.

 

2021, June 21st-26th

Saturday, June 26th

 

Fight Over Steering Wheel Leads to Crash

Two people were hurt and one hospitalized in serious condition after a near head-on collision west of Ninnekah this morning. The accident happened just after midnight on State Highway 277 about four miles west of U.S. Highway 81. 25-year old Cheyanne Walker of Duncan was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted with leg and internal injuries. Walker was a passenger in a car driven by 42-year old James Mayberry of Tulsa who was not injured. The driver of the other car, 57-year old Lawassa Riggs of Dibble, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The highway patrol reports that Walker and Mayberry were fighting over control of the steering wheel of their vehicle which crossed the center line and hit the Riggs vehicle.

 

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Moore Children

An Amber Alert has been issued for two missing children. Moore police issued the alert early this morning for 6-year old Kathryn Glad and 2-year old Cory Glad. Authorities say the children are believed to be with their biological grandmother Twana Brinlee. She reportedly has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is without her medication and may be in a state of crisis. Authorities say Brinlee may have a gun and previously attempted to conduct religious acts with the kids. Brinlee may be driving a gray 2020 Toyota Tacoma with Oklahoma Tag KBQ-254. Police say she may have been headed to a lake or Arkansas to visit family. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moore Police Department.

 

Lawmakers Named to 'Honor Roll' of Children's Group

A number of state lawmakers in the region get good marks for their support of children's issues at the state capital this past legislative session. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) released its annual report card for all members of the house and senate. Joe Dorman is the CEO of the group and says lawmakers were scored on how their votes compared to the OICAs position on various bills related to the youth. Regional lawmakers named to the OICA Honor Roll include Representatives Toni Hasenbeck of Lawton, Cindy Roe of Lindsay, Brian Hill of Mustang, and Daniel Pae of Lawton and Senator Jessica Garvin of Duncan. Dorman also complimented Gov. Kevin Stitt for signing a number of pro-child measures into law and the OICA is grateful for his leadership and vision. The scorecards of all state lawmakers can be seen on the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's website: www.oica.org

 

Most Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Cassandra Ersland with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council are the KOOL Konversation talking about a Christmas in July promotion. On Real Estate Today, Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley and Vice Mayor Zack Grayson will discuss some of the goings-on at Chickasha City Hall. Find links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 25th

 

Man Charged with Domestic Violence Back in Custody

A man charged with felony domestic violence earlier this year is in more hot water with the law. 41-year old Jessie Arevalo of Noble was arrested by state troopers earlier this week after a short pursuit. Arevalo was out of jail after posting bond on the February charges. Court documents indicate that a couple of state troopers were conducting a driver's license and safety checkpoint at Cottonwood and Sooner Roads southeast of Chickasha Wednesday morning when they saw a motorcycle make an improper turnabout.  The troopers attempted to make a traffic stop but he did not pull over. The biker turned into a mobile home park and drove through a number of yards before he laid the bike down and started running on foot - but the troopers were able to catch up to him. Arevalo was arrested on complaints which include attempting to elude and drug possession. Arevalo has been formally charged with misdemeanors and is being held on a $25,000 bond in connection with this arrest.

 

Suspect Arrested on Stalking, Assault Complaints

A man on probation is arrested by Verden police on complaints of stalking and assault. 41-year old Caleb Tallent of Cement was taken into custody this week after two confrontations with an ex-girlfriend earlier this month. Court documents say that Tallent crashed his pick-up into the woman's truck and almost hit her in the process and that he threatened to burn her house down. It's also alleged that Tallent broke into the woman's home by kicking in the front door. Tallent was on probation after pleading no contest to a felony charge of child endangerment following a 2017 arrest. Tallent remains in jail on a nearly $40,000 bond.

 

Sex Offender Arrested for Failing to Register

A Grady County man is jailed on a $50,000 bond for failing to register as a sex offender. Authorities arrested 34-year old Dustin Roger Crump at a Tuttle home earlier this week. A probable cause affidavit shows that the Grady County Sheriff's Office received a tip about Crump living in the Tuttle area. Crump had been living in Oklahoma City and was delinquent in his registration in Oklahoma County. Crump did not check out from Oklahoma County nor check in with Grady County as required. In a written statement Crump admitted he had been in Grady County for about three weeks without letting officials know where he was. Crump is on probation after pleading no contest to a sex crime out of Canadian County.

 

Chickasha Rodeo is This Weekend

The dust will be flying at the Grady County Fairgrounds the next couple of nights with area cowboys and cowgirls competing in the 82nd annual Chickasha rodeo. Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling is the stock contractor bringing its rough stock to challenge the contestants. All the familiar rodeo events will be held including barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf roping, and bull and bronc riding. The colorful and patriotic grand entry will kick things off at 8 o'clock both nights. There will be a rodeo parade downtown Chickasha at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

 

Anadarko's Honor America Fireworks Tonight

There's an early 4th of July fireworks show in Anadarko tonight. The annual Honor America fireworks will be at the Caddo County Fairgrounds. Officials with Limelight Productions say there will be about 1,400 aerials, booms, and blasts. The fireworks are a free event and those attending may want to take lawn chairs and blankets. Also, our sister station New Country 98.5 KACO will play patriotic music that will be synchronized with the fireworks. The show will start about 9:45 tonight.

 

Duncan Job Fair Today

Employers and job seekers alike will get an opportunity to connect at the Duncan job fair today. More than a dozen companies looking for qualified employees will be taking applications and in some cases conducting interviews on the spot. The job fair is hosted by the Duncan Economic Development Foundation and is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Duncan Simmons Center.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.76.

Natural gas is $3.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.30.

 

Thursday, June 24th

 

Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Shut Down

An illegal marijuana growing operation in Rush Springs has been shut down. Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and Grady County sheriff's deputies hit the operation Wednesday morning. KOKH-Fox 25 reports that there were 52 greenhouses and that by noon officials had counted over 20,000 plants valued at $30 million. OBN officials posted photographs on its Facebook page asking anyone with information about the operation to reach out to them. OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said there were about 30 Asian workers at the facility and believes all are victims of human trafficking brought to the United States from China. Woodward tells The Oklahoman that all 77 Oklahoma counties are now a source for black market pot. Woodward said that the illegal weed can be cultivated in the state at a cost between $300 and $400 per pound and then sold for as much as $2,500 per pound on the east coast. Woodward said it appears that illegal grow operations often appear to be legitimate by obtaining a  license and complying with ownership requirements while In reality they are shell corporations for established criminal drug rings.

 

State Senators Ask for Investigation

Into Sky-High Building Supply Prices

A number of Oklahoma state senators want to look into the skyrocketing prices of building supplies. Officials are asking the state attorney general's office to investigate allegations of price gouging and market manipulation during the pandemic. One senator said the price spikes have been a top concern for several months and that the increases have caused project delays and financial hardships. Senator Cody Rogers (R-Tulsa) said lumber prices have shot up four to six times from the price it was 18 months ago. Sheets of oriented strand board that were previously $11 now cost $48 even though they can be made for $4. The cost of hot-rolled coil steel has climbed by nearly 300 percent in less than a year. Rogers says the state's Emergency Price Stabilization Act prohibits any increase of more than 10 percent for the price of goods during a declared emergency. Rogers also said other business practices or agency regulations relating to interstate commerce in the building trades industry could be abused to create market manipulation.

 

OU Softball Co-Captain to Lead Chix Rodeo Parade

The annual Chickasha rodeo is coming up this weekend and there's a special grand marshal for the rodeo parade. Former Chickasha High School all-state softball player Linnsie Elam is now a national champion after helping the OU Sooner softball team win the NCAA Women’s College World Series earlier this month. Elam is one of the co-captains for the Sooners and is also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection. While at Chickasha High School Elam was part of the Lady Chicks back-to-back state champion softball teams. The rodeo itself will be both Friday and Saturday nights at the Grady County Fairgrounds at 8 p.m. each night. The parade is 4:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon downtown.

 

Lots of Live Music in Chickasha this Weekend

It's going to be a big weekend for music lovers in Chickasha with a couple of music venues blasting out the tunes. Curtis Hart’s Muscle Car Ranch will again host TwisterFest, a three-day music festival which will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The ranch has expanded to 80 acres and includes 20 acres of lakes to camp around. 70 bands will perform on five stages over the weekend with local favorite Dollar98 playing Saturday night. Christian bands will perform all day Sunday. The other concert venue is Fred McNatt’s Legends Event Park which will have a Friday night only concert with Kody West; Giovanni and the Hired Guns; and Carson Jeffry. Tickets for both events will be available at the gate.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.19.

Natural gas is $3.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.13.

 

Wednesday, June 23rd

 

Drug Ring Taken Down in Southwest Oklahoma

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and numerous law enforcement groups have eliminated an illegal drug distribution ring in southwest Oklahoma. Officials made nearly 20 arrests in the Lawton and Comanche County region following an 18-month investigation. The Lawton Constitution reports that the arrests include the alleged kingpin who was leading the illicit drug trade.  OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said it is one of many drug operations they've been able to eliminate statewide in the last few months. In the Lawton probe, 42-year old Ronnie Davis was said to have been at the helm of the operation. Davis was already on federal probation after convictions of previous crimes related to this particular methamphetamine distribution network. He was arrested last month after investigators found nearly 1,100 grams (2 1/2 pounds) of meth at his home. Later in the investigation, authorities said they found more than 12 pounds of meth in a storage unit. Davis has been charged with aggravated drug trafficking and faces up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted. Other agencies involved in the investigation included the Elgin Police Department, Comanche County Sheriff's Office, Drug Task Forces in Districts 2 and 3, and the Federal Office of Probation and Parole. Woodward said the combination of cheap land and looser marijuana laws in the state are attracting drug organizers to Oklahoma.

 

Blood 'Emergency' Declared

A nationwide shortage of blood has officials issuing a blood emergency. Dr. John Armitage with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says the supply is the worst he has seen in his more than 25 years with the agency. Armitage said they are down to about one day's supply of blood which is highly unusual. He said they'd like to have a three-to-five day supply on hand. The OBI provides over 90 percent of the blood needed in Oklahoma hospitals and other medical facilities. Blood centers nationwide are also facing shortages and that means that blood can't be borrowed. Armitage said should the area experience a mass trauma event that everyone who needs blood may not be able to get it immediately. Current and new blood donors are urged to help re-stock the shelves. Information on blood drives in your area visit the website: www.obi.org

 

Missionary's Death Mourned

Longtime missionary Jeanne Jones has died. Jones and her husband Dwain Jones served as pastors of Chickasha's First Assembly of God Church in the 1980s and then he traveled the world for 30 years raising money for the Calcutta Mercy Ministries. Jeanne Jones was 78 when she passed away at her Chickasha home on Sunday. Dwain Jones died in 2016 and the couple were married for 57 years. A memorial service for Jeanne Jones will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 26th at Chickasha’s First Assembly of God. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calcutta Mercy Ministry.

 

Duncan Job Fair is Friday

There are a lot of companies that have job openings right now - and there are also a lot of people who are looking for work or maybe a better job. The Duncan Economic Development Foundation hopes to unite the employers and the job-seekers with a job fair later this week. Nicole Punnoe says numerous companies will be at the job fair taking applications.

 

              

 

Punnoe also said some companies will have interviews on-site. The Duncan job fair is this Friday (June 25th) at the Simmons Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Companies wanting to join the job fair should contact the Duncan Economic Development Foundation.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.06.

Natural gas is $3.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,783 and silver is $26.04.

 

Tuesday, June 22nd

 

Chix City Budget Approved

The City of Chickasha has a $48 million budget for the fiscal year that begins next week (July 1st). Following a public hearing that last about three minutes Monday night, the city council unanimously approved the plan. Only one person discussed the budget during the public hearing. Tory Wise said there are about $5.5 million in street improvement projects set aside for a couple of streets that would be better spent elsewhere.

 

              

 

Wise also said there was also $100,000 set aside for improvements at the city's sports complex that were initially designated for critical infrastructure work. The council approved the budget without any changes saying that the issues that Wise brought up could be considered in the future.

 

Chix Residents Oppose Cell Phone Tower

The council also heard from a number of residents who are opposed to placing a new cell phone tower in their neighborhood. Earlier this year, the city’s Planning Commission denied Branch Communications a special use permit for the tower in the area of 8th and Dakota. The issue was on the agenda for last night's meeting and among the residents speaking against it was Mary Hathaway.

 

              

 

A Branch Communications representative said initially they sent 42 notices to area property owners and only had two oppose the project at the Planning Commission meeting. While the issue was on the city council agenda last night it was not listed as a public hearing so a council decision on the matter was postponed. The hearing will be scheduled for the council's July 6th meeting.

 

Chix City Council OKs Southgate Zoning Changes

A developer's requests to re-zone some property in the Southgate Addition to build some duplexes and commercial projects get unanimous approval from the city council. The panel approved the requests for Bryce Binyon who applied to re-zone residential property in order to build six duplexes – and to re-zone residential property to commercial use to build a Family Dollar Store and some self-storage units. The council also unanimously approved of hosting the city's annual fireworks show at Shannon Springs Park on Sunday, July 4th. Western Enterprises of the Enid area produces the show every year. Mayor Chris Mosley pointed out that the more than $10,000 needed to pay for the fireworks is all private money donated by local businesses and individuals.

 

Chix School Administrator Leaves for New Job

A Chickasha school administrator is moving on. Seth Meier, who has served as the district's director of curriculum and personnel, has been hired as an elementary school principal in Moore. On a social media post, Meier said he will be at Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary school. Meier said he enjoyed his time in Chickasha but that he missed kids, the buzz of the school day, and the excitement of feeling like every day was an episode of Saturday Night Live. He said he will eventually return to an administrative role in education but that right now his heart is in the school house.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.90.

Natural gas is $3.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,781 and silver is $26.06.

 

Obituaries

Wayne Robnett

A private graveside service will be held for Wayne Robnett, 83,  of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Mary Harruff

A celebration of life for Mary Harruff, 86, of Chickasha was held at Grace Baptist Fellowship Hall. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 21st

 

Another Public Hearing for Proposed Chix Budget,

Southgate Rezoning Hearings set for City Council

Another public hearing for the City of Chickasha's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year will be held by the city council tonight. The hearing had been set for the June 7th meeting but was postponed to allow the public to get a better look at the plan. Officials have put together a $48 million spending plan for review. The council will also have a couple of public hearings on some re-zoning proposals for businessman Bryce Binyon. He's asking to re-zone some residential property in the Southgate Addition to allow for the construction six new duplexes. The other public hearing for Binyon is to rezone some residential property in the Southgate Addition to commercial use for the construction of a Family Dollar store and some storage units. The Planning Commission has recommended that both issues be approved. The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss two issues. One is a lawsuit filed against the city by the Chickasha Firefighters Association. The topic of the other issue is vague, saying only that it is for discussion of an issue which could seriously impair the ability of the council to process the claim or pending investigation if it was done in a public setting. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

One Dead in Caddo County Accident

A weekend crash in Caddo County claims the life of a Lawton man. Kenneth Deshong, 39, died when the car he was driving ran off the road and hit a concrete bridge. The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 152 near State Highway 58 about 14 miles west of Binger.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Southeast Okla Crash

A Blanchard woman was taken to a Texas hospital after crashing her pickup into a creek in southeast Oklahoma. 33-year old Leigha Parsons was air lifted to a Plano, Texas hospital with head injuries and was admitted in stable condition. The accident happened just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday between Hugo and Idabel in Choctaw County. The highway patrol said Parsons ran off the road, hit a culvert, crashed through a fence and landed in the creek.

 

Silver Alert Canceled for Missing Lawton Man

A Silver Alert issued for a Lawton area man has been canceled.  The Comanche County Sheriff's Office issued the alert for Henry Fred Whitehead, 78, just before noon Saturday saying he had a medical or physical disability and was in imminent danger of serious injury or death. He was driving a dually pickup. Authorities canceled the alert about 5:30 this morning saying he had been located but gave no details.

 

Turnpike Authority to Automate All State Toll Roads

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is making plans to fully automate all of its toll plazas. What that means is that you won't have to dig in your pockets to find all the change you need to pay your toll. The authority will soon begin a five-year plan to switch all turnpikes to the new system which will still include the PikePass system as well as a new PlatePay program. The PlatePay system which will take a picture of your tag then use the registration information on file to send the owner an invoice for the toll. Oklahoma City's Kilpatrick Turnpike will be first on the list with the conversion expected to be in place by the end of summer. The turnpike authority is seeking vendors to make the transition on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike but that change won't happen for another couple of years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.51.

Natural gas is $3.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.05.

 

Obituaries

Cory Westbury

Funeral service for Cory Westbury, 51, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Elizabeth (Jones) Farmer

A graveside service for Elizabeth (Jones) Farmer, 79, of Comanche and formerly of Chickasha will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22nd. Viewing is today at the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home in Duncan.

2021, June 14th-19th

Saturday, June 19th

 

Anadarko Police Officers Cleared of Wrong-Doing

The Anadarko police officers suspended after being involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting have been cleared of wrong-doing. At a press conference yesterday, Police Chief Eric Harlan said the Caddo County District Attorney’s Office cleared the officers and that a police department internal review found that Officers Charles Maldonado and Sooner Harmon acted appropriately and did not violate the law or department policy. Harlan re-capped the shooting that occurred just before 1:00 a.m. Monday, April 5th. He said the officers responded to a report of a man suffering from a drug overdose. Another man, Silas Lambert, became aggressive toward one of the officers and pointed a gun at him. The other officer tried to tase Lambert but the taser didn't work. Lambert then began shooting and hit one officer in the arm and both officers returned fire. Lambert was pronounced dead at the hospital. The man who overdosed also died. The injured police officer was seriously wounded and has had several surgeries but is expected to fully recover.

 

America Celebrate Juneteenth

Numerous ceremonies are being held nationwide today to commemorate Juneteenth. It’s an event which marks the day that the last African-Americans being held in bondage in the mid-1800s finally find out  they were free. It came 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Chickasha historian R.P. Ashanti-Alexander says it’s now one of numerous events which celebrate the diverse cultures that are now part of the United States.

 

              

 

While Chickasha is not having a Juneteenth celebration this year there are events scheduled in Duncan, Lawton, and Oklahoma City.

 

Activities Abound in Chickasha

There is a lot going on in Chickasha this weekend. The City of Chickasha is hosting its annual Wings and Wheels Fly-in, Car Show, and air show at the Chickasha Airport. Things get started this morning with free airplane rides for kids and a car and an aircraft show. The actual air show starts at noon. Food trucks will be on site and free bottled water will be available. Grand Assembly of God is hosting its annual car and craft show with car registration starting at 8 a.m. and more than 50 arts and crafts vendors will be there. At the Grady County Fairgrounds, two national youth cattle groups begin a five-day run with more than 700 youth from 28 states expected to show more than 1,000 head of cattle. The National Youth Chianina and the National Youth Maine-Anjou Associations are having their annual shows here for the first time.

 

Grady County PRIDE Group Organized

There is now an organized group in Grady County that supports the LGBT community. Grady County PRIDE has been formed to support the group. It was formed with the help of the Stephens County PRIDE organization which has been active for a couple of years. Jacob, who did not want to use his last name, says the PRIDE groups are for anyone who feel they are outcasts or alone. Jacob said since June is PRIDE month they decided to organize a Grady County PRIDE walk which will be held downtown Chickasha tomorrow afternoon. They'll be walking in front of the Grady County Courthouse from about 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and will have a couple of individuals speak about the challenges they face. There are Facebook pages for both the Grady County and Stephens County PRIDE groups.

 

 

Friday, June 18th

 

This Date in History: U.S. Supreme Court Allows

Chickasha Woman to Break Color Barrier at OU

Today marks an important anniversary in the 20th century civil rights movement. It was on this date in 1948....73 years ago that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a black student could attend the OU Law School. That student was Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher of Chickasha, who challenged the university's policy and state law regarding segregation. However, Sipuel-Fisher still faced discrimination even after being allowed to attend OU. Chickasha city councilman and Lincoln School Principal Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander says-

 

              

 

Sipuel-Fisher would go on to become a successful lawyer and even a member of the OU board of regents. She died in 1995 at the age of 71. Last fall, USA Today Network named Sipuel-Fisher among Oklahoma’s top 10 women of the 20th century.

 

Juneteenth Celebrations Set, and its now a Nat'l Holiday

The anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision for Ada Sipuel-Fisher falls just before another major event for African-Americans - Juneteenth. It was on June 19th, 1865 that African-Americans who were still in bondage in Texas finally received word that they were free. General Gordon Granger delivered the news in Galveston, Texas and it came 2 1/2 years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation that abolished slavery. A number of programs are scheduled nationwide this weekend to commemorate the event. However, The Chickasha Juneteenth celebration was canceled for a second straight year due to the pandemic. By the way, Juneteenth is now a national holiday. President Biden has signed a bill passed by the House and Senate this week setting aside June 19th as America’s 12th national holiday.

 

Joint Panel to Ensure Rescue Plan Act Funds Spent Wisely

An area state lawmaker will serve on a panel to make sure federal relief funds for Oklahoma will be used for the right reasons. Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow) will serve on a joint legislative committee to help prioritize proposals for the state's $1.9 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funds are to be used to respond to the public health emergency and negative economic effects caused by the pandemic. It can include payments to state agencies, non-profits, industry, households, and can include investments in public infrastructure. 12 members from both the state house and senate were appointed to the panel.

 

Masonic Lodge Foundation Grant to Help Bond

Students, Admin at University of Science and Arts

An effort to help connect students and administrators at the University of Science and Arts has received support from the Masonic Lodge Foundation of Oklahoma. The group awarded the university a $5,000 grant to help host regular events to foster those relationships. One of the first projects planned is a monthly Pizza on the Patio event for a casual gathering to allow for interactions and forge a stronger sense of family and community. Student surveys have shown that they want more social activities and a better understanding of the university's services and programs.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Christie Chambers, the executive director with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, is on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.04 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.08.

Natural gas is $3.25 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,792 and silver is $26.44.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 17th

 

Pursuit Lands Wanted Man in Jail

A high-speed pursuit leads to the arrest of a Tuttle man who has outstanding warrants in three counties. 61-year old Richard Dale Mayes was one of two people taken into custody after the chase on Saturday, June 12th. Mayes was arrested after speeding away from Minco police who attempted to pull him over on a minor speeding violation. A probable cause affidavit indicates the pursuit went north on U.S. Highway 81 to the Union City area then to El Reno at speeds of 110 miles per hour. Union City Police and Canadian County Sheriff's deputies were summoned to assist. The chase finally came to an end at an El Reno convenience store near Highway 81 and Route 66. Mayes has outstanding warrants in Grady, Custer, and Oklahoma counties, and is facing new Grady County charges that include felony eluding and misdemeanor drug possession. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Also arrested was 38-year old Virgina Dawn Raniag of Oklahoma City, who also had an outstanding Grady County warrant on a misdemeanor drug charge. She's facing new misdemeanor drug charges and remains in jail on a $20,000 bond.

 

National Youth Cattle Shows Coming to Chickasha

Two national youth cattle groups will be taking over the Grady County Fairgrounds over the next week.  The American Junior Maine-Anjou and the American Junior Chianina Associations will be at the fairgrounds. It will be a big shot in the arm for the Grady County economy. About 650 youth from 28 states will be showing over 1,000 head of cattle, looking to earn some bragging rights with their animals. The exhibitors are all 21-years old and younger with some competitions for kids as young as three-years old.  There's more than just livestock shows including a livestock judging competition, a quiz bowl, queen and princess contest, and a concert. Fairgrounds crews are getting all the pens set up for the animals this week and the youth and their families will be arriving Saturday. Officials expect the show to bring as many as 3,000 people per day to the fairgrounds through Thursday, June 24th.

 

Adult Learning Center Graduation Tonight

Graduation ceremonies will be held tonight for individuals who have earned their GED from the Chickasha Adult Learning Center. The center works to help individuals who didn't finish high school to earn the general education certificate which is equal to a high school diploma. The center, which is housed at the former Southwest School, also provides English as a Second Language courses and like public schools this past year offered distance-learning options. The commencement ceremony will be at 7 o'clock tonight at the Chickasha High School Activity Center.

 

Southwest Oklahoma Aquarium Marks Anniversary

The Medicine Park Aquarium recently celebrated its 4th anniversary. Of course, it's grown to be much more than just an aquarium. Director Doug Kemper discusses two other exhibits-

 

             

 

They've also opened a Snake Shack which features the seven venomous snakes that are found in Oklahoma. The aquarium is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.39.

Natural gas is $3.25 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,803 and silver is $26.79.

 

Obituaries

Tracy Cranton

A memorial service for Tracy Cranton, 65, of Chickasha  will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 22nd at Sharon Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made the Chickasha Soup Kitchen.

Rodney Parks

Funeral service for Rodney Parks, 44, of Oklahoma City are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, June 16th

 

Teen Says He Killed Brother, Burned his Body

A 13-year old Bridge Creek teen has told authorities he killed his older brother and then set his body on fire in what is said to be an assisted suicide. KWTV-News 9 reports that investigators were called to a home south of Bridge Creek back in March. Firefighters found the body of a 16-year old in a garage with an air compressor hose wrapped around his neck. The younger brother is reported to have told investigators that the two had planned the assisted suicide at least a month before it happened. The name of the 13-year old has not been published. The report says he is being charged as adult although a court motion has been filed requesting that he be tried as a juvenile. The youth is in the Grady County Jail charged with first degree murder and desecration of a human corpse. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

 

OU Selected for New Weather Research Project

Here is a big announcement for the City of Norman and the University of Oklahoma. Already home to the National Weather Center, OU has been selected to host a new weather research project for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The university will be home to what's called the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High Impact Weather Research and Operations. OU will receive nearly $210 million in funding over five years and will have the potential for renewal of another five years. Oklahoma Congressmen Tom Cole and Frank Lucas issued statements supporting the choice. Cole said OU is well positioned to host the institute which will improve the understanding of severe and high-impact weather. Lucas said he's proud to see the research funding going to an institution that has a long history of helping NOAA achieve its mission of severe storm forecasting.

 

Leadership Chickasha Applicants Sought

Finding the next generation of community leaders is the goal of the long-running Leadership Chickasha program which is part of the Chamber of Commerce. A new class will be starting up this fall and applications are now being accepted. Accepted candidates spend one day each month for seven months attending seminars, inter-active learning courses, and touring various city, county, and educational facilities. Typically, the candidates are business or professional individuals who already hold leadership positions with their companies. Tuition fee is $350 for chamber members and $450 for non-chamber members. The program will run from September, 2021 through March, 2022. Applications are on the Chamber of Commerce website or can be picked up at the Chamber office.

 

Funny Cars to be Part of Grand Assembly Car, Craft Show

Muscle car and antique car and truck enthusiasts will have a couple of car shows to check out in Chickasha this weekend. In addition to the car show at the Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show at the airport on Saturday, Grand Assembly of God will host its annual car and craft show at the church at 102 E. Almar Dr. Two-time CHAOS funny car champion Ken Singleton and his high-risk racing team will be on hand and there will be more than 50 arts and craft vendors. Car show registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and awards will be issued at 2:00 p.m.

 

COVID Vaccinations, Food for Kids

Offered by Grady County Health Dep't.

The Grady County Health Department will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations at a couple of Chickasha sites today. Those locations will be at Washita Valley Park from 11 to noon and at the Chickasha Library from noon to 1. The vaccinations are for anyone 12 years and older and youth under 18 will have to have a parent or guardian with them. In addition to the vaccinations, the health department will be providing some extra meals to youth with the help of the Regional Food Bank. The food bank and the library are already offering daily meals to all youth 18-and-under at the two locations but the health department will provide an extra meal for them today as well as each of the next two Wednesdays.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.12 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.99.

Natural gas is $3.24 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,860 and silver is $27.87.

 

Obituaries

Jimmy Lee Jenkins

Funeral service for Jimmy Lee Jenkins, 67, of Altus will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 18th at The Lord's House in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 15th

 

Chix Sales Tax Revenues Climb

Chickasha officials are cautiously optimistic about recent sales tax revenues for the city which reflect an increase in consumer spending. The Oklahoma Tax Commission this month sent the city more than $1.1 million in sales tax revenue which were paid on an estimated $29.3 million which was spent on taxable goods and services at city retailers. The sales tax receipts are based on actual sales tax collections for the last half of April and projections for the first half of May. Officials say the sales tax collections for both May and June were the best for those months in the past five years - and without major oil and gas traffic. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley said some of the consumer spending was generated by federal stimulus funds and that the city is still 'limping along.'

 

Anadarko Gets New Ambulance; Awaits New Firetruck

In Anadarko, there is some good news for the city’s fire department. The city just received a new ambulance which was put in to service yesterday. And, officials are anticipating the arrival of a new pumper truck. City Manager Kenneth Corn made the announcement about the firetruck on the city's Facebook page-

 

              

 

Corn said the truck is expected to be delivered in October and it will be the first new firetruck in more than 30 years. Corn also outlined a number of infrastructure projects in his 10-minute video. Among them, replacing the main line into the city's sewer plant and installing a number of lift stations to help get waste water to the plant. A Community Development Block Grant and another grant from Indian Health Services and the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will help pay for those projects.

 

Air Show Set Saturday at Chickasha Airport

Father's Day weekend will feature quite a treat at the Chickasha airport. The City of Chickasha and the Chickasha Wings Flying School are again combining efforts to host the annual Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show. The last couple of years they have brought in some historic World War Two aircraft but Mitch Williams of Chickasha Wings says they shifted gears this year-

 

              

 

The air show will be Saturday, June 19th and will feature an aerobatics pilot; an experimental aircraft flying formation; races between a motorcycle and an airplane; and radio controlled planes. There will be free airplane rides for children 8 to 17 years old and awards for car show and fly-in participants. Food trucks will be on site. Registration for the free airplane rides for children will start at 8:30 a.m. with flights from 9 a.m. to noon and again after 2 p.m. The actual air show will get underway about noon. Admission is free and individuals are urged to bring lawn chairs, hats, and sunscreen.

 

Science and Arts' Regents Hold Tuition, Fees Steady

Good news for students who will be returning to the University of Science and Arts this fall. The university’s board of regents voted to keep tuition and fees at current levels. In a prepared statement, university president John Feaver said that as they begin to resume more normal operations after the pandemic, it is his hope that keeping rates flat will take some of the pressure off students and allow them to concentrate on their classroom work. On average, Oklahoma students enrolled in 15 credit hours at Science and Arts can expect to pay a little more than $4,000 per trimester.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.86.

Natural gas is $3.35 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,865 and silver is $27.73.

 

Obituary

David Tobey

A graveside service for David Tobey, 83, formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 16th at the Alex Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army Reserves veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 14th

 

PSO Re-Thinking Proposed Ft. Sill Power Plant

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSA) officials may be re-considering their plans to build an emergency power plant at Ft. Sill. We reported last week that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved the project with some restrictions. The Oklahoman is reporting that the panel approved a plan that is about half of the cost of the original proposal put forth by the utility. PSO was seeking $118 million to build the power plant which would provide emergency power to Ft. Sill for about two weeks. The corporation commission only approved a $60 million plan saying they didn't object to the plans to help the base upgrade its abilities to operate during emergency situations. The panel did take issue with its estimated cost. PSO indicated that the revisions would add less than one dollar per month to their customers’ monthly bills.

 

Chix' Ward 2 Residents to Meet with Council Reps

Chickasha residents who live in Ward 2 will have their annual meeting with their city council representatives and other city officials tonight. The meeting will be at city hall with Councilwoman Georgianne Hebblethwaite and Councilman Clark Van Dyck on hand to discuss issues, concerns, and ideas for a better city. That meeting will be at 6:30 tonight in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Chix School Board to Consider Resource Officer Contract

A contract with the Grady County Sheriff's Office and revisions to handbooks for foster families and English learners are to be considered by the Chickasha school board tonight. The panel contracts with the sheriff's office to pay for a school security officer. The proposal calls for the officer to be paid nearly $4,000 per month from August 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022. The officer would work no more than 171 hours per month. The panel will also consider some personnel changes which include adding Dr. Demeka Norwood as the district’s Federal Programs Coordinator; moving Milton Bowens from the Graduation and Instructional Coach position at the high school to Curriculum Coordinator in administration; and hiring Tammie Swinburne as the district's Special Education Counselor. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building. The meeting will be video-streamed on the school district's website.

 

Anadarko School Board to Consider Elem School Changes

Anadarko school administrators are considering changing the grade spans in their elementary schools. The Anadarko school board will consider changing Sunset Elementary to Pre-K and Kindergarten; East Elementary to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades; and Mission Elementary to 4th and 5th grades. The panel will also consider a number of fund raisers and an overnight stay for FFA members in Stillwater to participate in a livestock judging contest. The Anadarko school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Choctaw Avenue Repairs Underway

Here's a reminder that ODOT will have a portion of Choctaw Avenue narrowed to one lane in each direction for a highway improvement project. This will be at 11th and Choctaw Ave. near Love's and the Plaza North shopping center. Repairs are expected to take place much of the week.

 

FAA Extends Spaceport License

Oklahoma's Spaceport has had its license renewed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that the license for the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority was renewed for five years. It authorizes the Authority to operate a launch site at the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark in Burns Flat. The article indicates that the FAA's top priority in regulating commercial space transportation is that launch and re-entry operations are safe for the public. The Oklahoma Spaceport is one of only 12 such sites in the country. Others are in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Alaska, Florida, and Virginia.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.69.

Natural gas is $3.30 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,857 and silver is $27.82.

 

 

2021, June 7th-12th

Saturday, June 12th

 

Early-Morning Storms Rumble Through the Region

Much of the Grady and Caddo county region was struck with gale-force winds and up to quarter-sized hail in thunderstorms that tracked across the area this morning. The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings just after 2 a.m. for storms that packed near hurricane-force winds at 60 mile per hour. The Oklahoma Mesonet site indicates that the peak wind speeds in Chickasha was 59 miles per hour while at Acme, which is west of Rush Springs, winds topped out at 74 miles per hour. Minco had wind speeds of 52 miles per hour. One early report of wind damage in Chickasha is that part of the roof of Jimmy's Cleaners at 8th and Minnesota Ave. had peeled back. Public Service Company of Oklahoma and several electric coops reported a number of power outages. As far as rainfall is concerned, the Mesonet shows that Minco received the heaviest rainfall with more than an inch-and-a-half of precipitation; Chickasha received just under an inch; Ft. Cobb and Apache got about two-tenths of an inch; and the Acme site collected one-tenth of an inch of rain.

 

Some Chix Police Officers Commissioned by BIA

Some Chickasha police officers have been cross-deputized to also serve with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt Decision. BIA Assistant Special Agent In Charge Bryan Stark gave the oath of office to 13 officers in a Friday ceremony-

 

              

 

Police Chief Dee Rowell and Assistant Chief G.G. Music were among those sworn in. Stark tells KOOL/RANCH News-

 

              

 

Chickasha will be working specifically with the Chickasaw Nation of which Chickasha was orIginally a part of.

 

Highway Construction Projects Approved

Several highway and bridge construction projects for the area are expected to get underway later this year after bids were approved by the state transportation commission this week. Projects in McClain County include one to widen and re-surface a five-mile stretch of State Highway 76 north of Lindsay. That's a nearly $3.5 million project awarded to Silver Star Construction out of Moore. Also in McClain County, construction of bridges and approaches on a county road over Walnut Creek north of the state highway 74B junction near Blanchard. That's just over a $1 million project awarded to H and H Bridge Company of Joplin, Mo. A third McClain county project is to grade, drain, surface, and build a bridge on a 2 ¼-mile section of a county road from the State Highway 59 junction to just west of Criner. That's a $5 million project awarded to Trease Construction out of Coalgate. In Stephens County, a right-of-way clearance on State Highway 29 west of Bray is a nearly $90,000 project awarded to Robin Hausner House Movers and Demolition out of Sperry, Okla. They were all among 32 contracts awarded totaling nearly $118 million to improve the state's highways, roads, and bridges.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Shae Mortimer with the City of Chickasha and Mitch Williams with the Chickasha Wings Flying school are our guests on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 11th

 

Water Service Returns to Anadarko;

Precautionary Boil Recommended

Contractors have made temporary repairs to a broken water line in Anadarko which caused officials to urge residents to conserve water earlier this week. City Manager Kenneth Corn says residents can now use water but the city has issued a precautionary boil recommendation before drinking or cooking with it. Corn said that a more permanent repair will be needed.

 

              

 

Corn said the problem arose when a valve on the water line broke. He said they will be replacing about a 20-foot section of a 16-inch pipe once they get the parts they need. Corn said that officials would be letting residents know when that work would take place but could not give a time frame on when that might occur.

 

Wanted Man Leads Police on High-Speed Pursuit

A Ninnekah man who had a warrant out for his arrest is behind bars after leading law enforcement on high-speed chase. 53-year old Scott Grady Leatherwood had a warrant for a misdemeanor drug possession charge stemming from an arrest last summer. A probable cause affidavit indicates that a Chickasha police officer spotted Leatherwood driving down the street Monday night and tried to pull him over and that's when the chase began. Speeds reached 60 miles per hour through several neighborhoods, then south on 16th Street to U.S. Highway 81. A Grady County deputy joined the pursuit which went south of Ninnekah with speeds reaching 110 mph. Leatherwood turned on to a county road about six miles south of Ninnekah and bailed out of the truck and managed to get away. It's not clear how or when authorities discovered Leatherwood's whereabouts but he was booked into jail just early Thursday morning. In addition to his arrest last summer, Leatherwood was also arrested just a few weeks ago for having firearms after a previous conviction and was out of jail after posting bond. Leatherwood is now facing a new felony charge of endangering others while eluding and he remains in jail on a $55,000 bond.

 

Chickasha's Mental Health to be Discussed

What is the state of Chickasha's mental health? The Chickasha Public Library will host licensed mental health counselor Virginia Savage in a program next week. Savage says we've all been through many struggles this past year-and-a-half and that now is a good time to reflect on our strengths and challenges to assess how we've done and how we might do better. She said they will be talking about the meaning of mental health and what contributes to and detracts from it. The free program is geared toward adults and older teens. It’s made possible through a grant from the State Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19th. Pre-registration is required due to limited space.

 

Counties to Sell Properties with Delinquent Taxes

County treasurers across the state are making final preparations for a Monday auction of properties which have delinquent property taxes. The current owners of these properties are at least four years delinquent in paying the taxes owed. Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton says this is a 'buyer beware' sale and all properties are sold 'as-is' and no warranties will be given. There are about 70 properties available in Grady County and about 60 properties available in Caddo County. The properties will be sold for the taxes owed in addition to costs and fees; or two-thirds of the assessed value plus costs and fees, whichever is less. Current property owners can still pay the delinquent taxes owed prior to the sale. Available properties statewide can be seen on the website: www.oktaxrolls.com Interested buyers should contact their local county treasurer's office for other information.

 

Chix High School Counselor Has New Role

A long-time Chickasha school counselor will have a new role with the district. Mona Greenfield will be the new student accounting, assessment, and communications coordinator. A post on the district's Facebook page shows that her duties will include focusing on the student information system, enrollment, state testing coordination, and website development. Greenfield has spent her entire 26 year career in education with Chickasha schools. In addition to being the high school counselor the last few years she served as the vocal music teacher for the high school and Grand Elementary.

 

Elks Lodge to Host Kids Fishing Day

Tomorrow will be a good day to get the kids hooked on fishing. The Chickasha Elks Lodge will hold its annual kids fishing day at Shannon Springs Park. The lake was just stocked with 2,000 pounds of catfish yesterday. It's a free event for kids 16-and-under and there are three age divisions. The kids will need to bring their own fishing poles however bait will be provided. Officials are encouraging foster families and military veterans to take part. They'll get started about 9 o'clock and run until noon. The Elks will be serving free hot dogs and chips afterwards.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Shae Mortimer and Mitch Williams are on the KOOL Konversation discussing next weekend’s Wings and Wheels Fly-in, Air Show, and Car Show at the Chickasha Airport. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.29 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.52.

Natural gas is $3.15 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,895 and silver is $26.29.

 

Thursday, June 10th

 

Anadarko Deals with Water Line Break

Working through the night, crews in Anadarko have made some progress with a water line break which caused officials to ask residents and businesses to conserve water. The break was discovered about noon Wednesday between the city’s water towers and the pumps which are used to get the water into distribution system. City Manager Kenneth Corn has been keeping residents updated on the situation on The City of Anadarko’s Facebook page.

 

 

Officials are hoping water service can return to normal later today but continue asking individuals to use tap water only for drinking and that no water be used for bathing, car washing, or watering lawns and gardens. Corn said the water may be discolored after the repairs are made and suggests that residents open their taps for a few minutes to allow their lines to clear up.

 

Street Project May Slow Downtown Chix Traffic

A traffic advisory has been issued for motorists driving through downtown Chickasha. State Department of Transportation crews are repairing a section of Choctaw Avenue around 11th Street. Officials say traffic will be down to one lane in both directions perhaps through the end of the week. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through that work zone.

 

Retiring CV Tech Employees Heralded for Service

Three longtime employees with Canadian Valley Technology Center have announced their retirements. Assistant Superintendent Bill Bradley has spent a total of 40 years in education with 37 of those at CV Tech. He started has a construction trades teacher on the Chickasha campus and has served as an administrator for the last 23 years. Superintendent Gayla Lutts says Bradley was among those who helped rebuild the El Reno campus after a massive tornado destroyed many of its buildings in 2013.

 

              

 

Lutts said a seminar center on the technology center's Cowan Campus in Yukon will be named in Bradley’s honor later this month. A couple of long-time employees on the Chickasha campus also announced their retirements. Carla Estep who has been serving as an events coordinator is retiring after 25 years and Betty Henderson who has worked as an instructional coach is retiring after 14 years.

 

Chickasha Efforts Nominated for State Tourism Awards

The Chickasha Leg Lamp that was part of last year's Festival of Light was a big hit across the state. It even drew the attention of Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell who said it was ideas like that which generate tourism in the Sooner State. The 40-foot tall inflatable Leg Lamp was sparked by Tim Elliott and the Chickasha Economic Development Council and is one of three local tourism projects up for an award from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. Another is the Hometown Christmas music video and movie produced which featured Chickasha's small town charm. The Redbud Awards will be awarded July 29th in Edmond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.22.

Natural gas is $3.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $27.81.

 

Wednesday, June 9th

 

Grady County Consumer Spending, Sales Tax Numbers

Good news and bad news for consumer spending throughout Grady County. The numbers are up from the month-to-month totals but down from the same time a year ago. It's estimated that nearly $67 million was spent on taxable goods and services in March. That's up 26.5 percent from February but it’s off 16 percent compared to March of 2020. The consumer spending estimate is based on the sales tax revenue turned over to the county by the state tax commission. Grady County received just over $500,000 in sales tax revenues this month which was paid on the taxable goods and services that were purchased in March. Sales tax revenues are designated for several areas all of which received the approval of Grady County voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds picked up $167,000; Grady Memorial Hospital obtained $148,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $83,000 with each one getting nearly $12,000; the 20 fire districts also shared $83,000 with each one getting $4,100; Tuttle EMS collected $15,000; and Rush Springs EMS received $3,800.

 

Chix Police to Take Oaths with BIA

A number of Chickasha police officers will officially be crossed-deputized with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) this week. 13 officers will be sworn in to serve on the Special Law Enforcement Commission.  Police officers and sheriff's deputies in many parts state are being cross-deputized with the BIA as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt Decision. Being part of the special law enforcement commission will allow officers to file cases in federal court when an incident includes victims or suspects of crimes involving members of federally-recognized Native American tribes. The swearing-in ceremony will be held Friday afternoon at the Chickasha Police Department.

 

With Restrictions, PSO Gets OK for Ft. Sill Energy Center

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has obtained approval to build that huge energy center at Ft. Sill although state regulators have placed restrictions on the proposal. Earlier this week, the Corporation Commission OK'd the $118 million plan which has been in discussion for seven years. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that the question is: 'will PSO and the U.S. Army moved ahead with what turned out to be something of a controversial proposal to create secure emergency electrical power for the post?’ The project involves the creation of a solar facility as well as something called a Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) facility. The Corporation Commission order found that PSO's choice of that facility imposes unreasonable and unjust costs to PSO customers. PSO ratepayers would pay $108 million of the $118 million project. Monthly bills would increase about $1 per month starting in 2023 if PSO decides to move ahead. The article states that PSO does not need corporation commission approval to begin construction but was seeking pre-approval to pass the costs along to its customers.

 

Some Ag Producers May Get Crop Insurance Discount

Agriculture producers who planted cover crops last fall may be eligible for savings on their crop insurance premiums. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program has been implemented by the USDA. Kate Henson is with the Center for Rural Affairs who focuses on agriculture, conservation, risk management and federal programs-

 

              

 

Producers have until next Tuesday, June 15th to sign up for the discount and are encouraged reach out to their local Farm Service Agency for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.22.

Natural gas is $3.13 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,891 and silver is $27.68.

 

Obituary

Jimmy Jenkins

Funeral service for Jimmy Jenkins, 67 of Altus is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 8th

 

Lake Chickasha Resident Takes Concerns to City Council

A resident at Lake Chickasha has been bringing her concerns about the conditions at the lake to the Chickasha City Council for the last several months. Kathy Martin was back in front of the panel last night addressing those issues.

 

              

 

Martin said she and other lake residents are getting ready to sign new leases and wants the city to make a better effort to make it a cleaner, safer place.

 

City Budget Approval Postponed

The final approval of a proposed budget for the City of Chickasha has been postponed. The city council delayed a formal decision on the $48 million spending plan in order that the public have more time to view the spending plan. A brief public hearing for the budget was held during last night's meeting but resident Torry Wise asked for more time to look at the proposal. The city attorney said that last night's public hearing was legally required but that another hearing could be held during the June 28th council meeting to get public input. The council awarded the construction of a dog park to Bordwine Development. The panel approved the company’s $110,000 bid after altering the base bid of more than $150,000. Mayor Chris Mosley said the park is being paid for by donated funds. Mosley said the Badgett Family which initially donated $50,000 and has agreed to provide the additional funds needed to build the facility.

 

City Funds Approved for Petroleum Building Upgrades              

The council also approved the use of $86,000 in economic development funds to help make improvements to the Petroleum Building. Owner Gail Bush said upgrades to the building will cost about $260,000 to include a new elevator. Economic Development Director Jim Cowan attended the meeting and said the improvements also include remodeling the fifth floor of the building to add some retail space and to develop a BB gun museum.

 

Mayor Proclaims 'A Cowgirl's Song' Day

With the filming of a Hollywood movie in Chickasha complete, Mayor Chris Mosley proclaimed Monday, June 7th as "A Cowgirls Song" Day. The proclamation was issued prior to last night's city council meeting. Crews spent the better part of three weeks filming at various locations around town. The proclamation credits accomplished filmmaker Timothy Armstrong for bringing in an all-star cast to include Cheryl Ladd, Savannah Lee May, and Darci Lynne Farmer - and that local business individuals including Reagan Elkins, Maggie McClure, and Shane Henry and local investors were instrumental in having Chickasha being chosen for the film. It also states that Chickasha has been recognized as a 'film-friendly' city by the Oklahoma Film Commission.

 

Chix Businessman Ben Milam Dies

Longtime Chickasha business owner Ben Milam has died. Milam opened a heat and air business in the early 1980s and ran the company which still bears his name for more than 20 years. Milam was 83 when he passed away yesterday. He was born in Verden and graduated high school there. Before graduation he joined the Army Reserves where he served as a radio operator. Before starting his own business he worked for PSO, Perdue Industries, and Maremont. He served as an auxiliary police officer for Chickasha, and while living in Tuttle served on the city council, and also served as a volunteer firefighter at both Tuttle and Rush Springs. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 11th at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.23.

London-based Brent crude is $71.49.

Natural gas is $3.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,896 and silver is $27.81.

 

Obituary

Kenneth Davies

A graveside service for Kenneth Davies, 89, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 11th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a retired U.S. Marine. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, June 7th

 

Morning Storms Bring High Winds, Hail

Thunderstorms with some intense winds and hail made their way through central and eastern Grady County and western McClain County early this morning. The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm warnings for storms near Agawam and Alex about 5:00 a.m. Radar indicated the storms packed 60 mile-per-hour winds and quarter-sized hail. The storms were slowly moving northeast at 15 miles per hour toward the Middleberg, Dibble, and Blanchard areas.  The warnings were allowed to expire about 5:45 a.m. There were no preliminary reports of damage.

 

Chix Officials to Finalize Budget Work; Public Hearing Set

A proposed budget for the City of Chickasha will be heard in a public hearing during tonight's city council meeting. Prior to the formal council meeting, the panel will hold a work session on the spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget in its current form provides for nearly $48 million in expenditures over the next 12 months. The fund balance to start the fiscal year is projected at nearly $45 million with an anticipated $36 million in revenue. The work session, which is also open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber at city hall. The formal city council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

Dog Park Project Could be Awarded

Construction of a new dog park for Chickasha could begin in a few weeks. The city council is expected to award a bid for the project to Bordwine Development tonight. The base bid submitted is just under $152,000 which is about $40,000 more than the engineer's estimate. However, the council will consider a change order which would make the contract about $110,000. The change would be planting fewer trees and purchasing items from the specified vendor in lieu of a substitute project vendor. Officials say the project is being paid by donated funds. To date the Badgett Family has provided $50,000 for the dog park which will be built at Centennial Park. It is expected to feature dog play stations, picnic tables, and landscaping along with 1,000 sq. ft. of concrete sidewalk and 1,300 feet of fencing.

 

New Elevator Proposed for Petroleum Building

The council is also to consider an economic development funding proposal to help install a new elevator in the Petroleum Building. The Economic Development Council is recommending the city use grant funds set aside for economic development projects. Building owner Gail Bush says the cost of the new elevator would be about $260,000 and she's asking the city to provide about $86,000 to help pay for the project. The economic development fund provides one dollar for every three dollars in private funds invested.

 

Teen Hospitalized Following Weekend Crash

A teenager was hospitalized after being thrown out of a pickup in a traffic accident south of Rush Springs over the weekend. The unidentified 14-year old Duncan boy was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, trunk, and internal injuries and admitted in fair condition. The accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 81 about four miles south of Rush Springs. The Highway Patrol reports that a pick-up driven by 43-year old Crissy Butler of Duncan ran off the highway, over-corrected, then hit a cable barrier in the median. Butler and two other passengers were not injured. The injured teen was not buckled up.

 

Three Hospitalized After Motorcyle-Car Accident

Two Newcastle residents are hospitalized after the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a car making a U-turn in front of them. 56-year old Coy Stevens and 59-year old Sheryl Jones were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with head, arm, and leg injuries and were admitted in stable condition. The accident happened south of Watonga on U.S. Highway 270 yesterday afternoon. The highway patrol reports that the driver of the car was having a medical issue and attempted a U-turn. Stevens attempted to avoid a collision but crashed into the passenger side of the car. The driver of the car, 84-year old Earl Boyd of Watonga, was also hospitalized for a medical condition not related to the accident. His condition was not included in the accident report.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.89.

Natural gas is $3.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,887 and silver is $27.70.

 

2021, May 31st-June 5th

Saturday, June 5th

 

Proposed City of Chickasha Budget Released

A nearly $50 million budget for the City of Chickasha will have a public hearing in next week's Chickasha City Council meeting. The projected expenses for the fiscal year that starts July 1st are just under $48 million. The budget summary shows the city will have about $45 million in various accounts to start the fiscal year, and it’s projected that revenues will bring in just under $36 million. The hearing will be held during the Monday, June 7th council meeting which will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Prior to that meeting the council will have an informal work session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the plan. The council is expected to adopt the final spending plan during its June 21st council meeting. A summary of the budget can be seen on the agenda for the Monday, June 7th meeting which is posted on the city's website: www.chickasha.org and is under the Agenda tab.

 

Suspect Wanted for Taser Attack

A Caddo County man is wanted for allegedly using a taser to rob a woman outside a Lawton bar. An arrest warrant has been issued for 30-year old Michael Christopher Bowen of Apache. The Lawton Constitution cites court records which indicate the victim told police she was waiting for a friend to pick her up outside the night club on May 15th. A man drove up and asked if she called an Uber and she said no but that the driver made her feel uncomfortable. The driver got out of the car and produced a taser, and the victim said she jumped out of the way and ran across the street. Video surveillance from the bar was post to a number of social media sites and Bowen was identified as the suspect.

 

'A Cowgirl's Song' Work Ends This Weekend

Film crews will be wrapping up their work in Chickasha this weekend on A Cowgirls Song. The city has been abuzz over the last two weeks with the arrival of actress Cheryl Ladd who plays a grandmother in the movie. Also in the film are Savannah Lee May who is a budding actress along with Oklahoma's own Darci Lynn Farmer, the young ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent almost four years ago. Farmer says it's great to work with her co-stars.


              

There are even more local ties to the film as The Imaginaries, the husband and wife due of Shane Henry and Maggie McLure, are co-producers and are writing original music for the film. Reagan Elkins with his Intellego Media group is also a co-producer of the film.

 

State High School Rodeo Finals Tonight

State champions of high school rodeo will be decided tonight at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It’s the final round of competition for the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association. Cowboys and cowgirls are also looking for a top four finish in their respective events which will earn them a trip to the national high school finals rodeo in Lincoln, Neb. in July. Among them are team ropers Creek Williams of Colony and Wyatt Peterson of Wister. Williams says they have been working together the last couple of years and talks how the two cowboys from opposite sides of the state managed to get together.

 

              

 

Tonight's championships get underway at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Cassandra Ersland and Whitney Palesano with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce are on our KOOL Konversation program. Find a link to program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, June 4th

 

Judge Issues 600+ Year Sentence

Grady County District Judge Kory Kirkland follows a jury's recommendation to sentence a man to more than 600 years in prison. Kirkland formally sentenced 35-year old Eric Zeiset to 620 years behind bars yesterday.  Zeiset was convicted on 20 counts which included possession of explosives and firearms after conviction, and possession of stolen vehicles. The sentences ranged from 10 to 60 years on each count and they will run consecutively, meaning Zeiset will spend the rest of his life in prison. Oftentimes, individuals convicted of multiple crimes serve their sentences concurrently (at the same time).  It's believed to be a record-long sentence issued by a Grady County judge. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Brink prosecuted the case-

 

              

 

A jury convicted Zeiset following a four-day trial this past March. He was arrested in February of 2019 after authorities found explosives and weapons at a home outside of Verden.

              

New Law Will Allow Cities, Towns to Call Elections

for Property Tax Increases to Fund Public Safety

Cities and towns across the state in the coming months will be able to ask their residents to decide on property tax increases to help fund police and fire protection. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 838, which would allow municipalities to schedule elections to have residents vote on increasing ad valorem taxes for that purpose. State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) said the measures would need a super majority for approval

 

              

 

Currently, cities and towns only operate on sales tax revenues for funding. The law goes into effect Nov. 1st.

 

Utility Group May Vote on Proposed Ft. Sill Energy Center

The state panel which regulates utilities may vote next week on a proposal from Public Service Company of Oklahoma to build a multi-million dollar energy center at Ft. Sill. The $118 million plan is being debated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that Commissioners Todd Hiett and Dana Murphy are expressing doubts whether the proposal would survive a legal review from the state supreme court.  Commissioner Bob Anthony is in favor of the proposal, calling it a security issue. Commissioners are planning a meeting Monday to consider a possible vote on the plan. If approved, PSO rate payers would pay $108 million of the total with Ft. Sill paying $10 million.

 

More Youth Rodeo State Finals in Chickasha

A couple of weeks ago, the Grady County Fairgrounds hosted the Oklahoma Jr. High School Rodeo Association State Finals. This weekend, the high school rodeo association is holding its state finals. More than 150 participants will be looking to earn enough points in their respective events to qualify for the national finals. Rodeo action begins at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and admission is free. Tickets for the Saturday night’s championship round are $5 per person.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.31.

Natural gas is $3.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,874 and silver is $27.50.

 

Obituary

Brian Branch

A funeral service for Brian Branch, 50, of Chickasha is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, June 3rd

 

Formal Sentencing Today for Man Convicted

of Having Cache of Explosives, Weapons

A man convicted of more than two dozen counts of having explosives, weapons, and stolen vehicles is to hear is formal sentence today. A Grady County jury recommended that 35-year old Eric Casey Zeiset of Amber spend more than 600 years behind bars. A judge is scheduled to issue Zeiset's formal sentencing in Grady County District Court this afternoon. Zeiset was arrested for having a cache of explosives and weapons at a home south of Verden in February of 2019 following an investigation by the District Attorney's Task Force, Verden police, and the state bureau of narcotics. District Attorney Jason Hicks said at the time of the conviction that while the jury's recommendation may seem excessive Zeiset is a dangerous man.

 

Chickasha Firm to Add Jobs Thanks to State Program

A Chickasha area company will be adding a number of jobs to its workforce. Cimarron Trailers is adding 40 positions to its payroll with the help of the state Department of Commerce Quality Jobs Act. Cimarron currently has about 123 employees. Taking part in the Quality Jobs Act is expected to allow the employee-owned company to increase its workforce by about one-third over the next five years. In a prepared statement, Cimarron Trailers president Ben Janssen thanked the Department of Commerce for its leadership in helping to encourage growth for existing Oklahoma companies. Janssen said the new jobs will be a positive impact for the community. Cimarron Trailers was founded more than 20 years ago and its trailers are sold in 22 states. The company was acquired by Iowa-based Folience in 2018.

 

Discussion Continues on City of Chickasha Budget

Budget talks at the City of Chickasha are continuing. The city council will have a work session Monday to continue hammering out a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in less than a month. Monday's work session will get underway at 5:30 p.m. prior to the council's regularly-scheduled meeting. The council must hold a public hearing on the proposed spending plan before it can be approved. Also at city hall, officials have posted an opening for a finance director. The individual is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the city's financial activities, supervising the finance and utility billing staff, and help the city manager in putting together the annual budget. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree and five years’ experience in managing fiscal operations (preferably in a local government setting), and CPA certification is preferred. A complete job description and applications are available on the city's website.

 

Festival of Light Has New Leader

There's a new director for Chickasha's Festival of Light. Whitney Palesano has taken the reins of the holiday light display. The announcement was posted on the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Facebook page which stated that Palesano is the newest employee at the Chamber. In addition to her Festival of Light duties she will also help with chamber events and tourism. Palesano is a life-long Chickasha resident and has served on the Festival of Light and chamber boards of directors.

 

Chickasha Municipal Swimming Pool Now Open

Temperatures have been a little cool to take a dip in the pool but the Chickasha Municipal Swimming Pool is open for the season. The pool in Shannon Springs Park opened this past Tuesday and will have open swimming from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The pool is managed by the Chickasha YMCA and Y members get to swim free while the cost for non-members is $5 per day. Private parties can be booked any evening or all day on Sunday by contacting the YMCA. The Y also will offer a series of swimming lessons through the summer and that information is also available by contacting the Y by calling 405-224-2281. The pool will be open through mid-August.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.35.

Natural gas is $3.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,897 and silver is $27.97.

 

Obituaries

Betty McBride

A graveside service for Betty McBride, 84, of Tuttle will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 4th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Bobby May

A memorial service for Bobby May, 69, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5th at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

 

Wednesday, June 2nd

 

Tuesday Morning Pursuit Involved Stolen Vehicle

That pre-dawn pursuit we reported yesterday was the result of law enforcement getting word about a stolen pick-up out of Anadarko. Anadarko police say they received a call just after 5:00 a.m. Tuesday  about a 2019 Chevy Silverado that had been stolen from a home in the 400 block of West Central Boulevard. Authorities issued a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert to law enforcement. A few minutes later, a Grady County deputy spotted the truck in the Minco area and attempted to make a traffic stop and that's when the chase began. The pursuit topped speeds of 100 miles per hour and the driver of the truck used the backroads in Grady County to get from Minco to Tuttle and then on to Newcastle. The pursuit then went into Oklahoma City on I-44 where the suspect managed to elude authorities. On Star was able to locate the truck at a home in southwest Oklahoma City but the vehicle had been abandoned by the time officers arrived.  There's no word on a possible suspect.

 

Wind Farm to Get Major Upgrade

A Caddo County wind farm will be getting some upgrades in the coming months. Many of the turbines at the Blue Canyon Two Wind Farm near Carnegie will be outfitted with new blades and generators. Officials say 73 of the 84 turbines in Caddo and Kiowa counties will be repowered. The wind farm is owned and operated by EDP Renewable North America. The Lawton Constitution quotes project manager Christopher Morris as saying it’s a critical step toward extending the longevity and efficiency of the company's projects. The repowering of the wind farm will ensure that economic benefits and affordable energy will continue. Officials believe the effort will create an annual 30 percent increase in power production and extend the life of the project an additional 20 to 30 years. The wind farm has already been in operation more than 15 years. The wind farm powers the equivalent of 94,000 average Oklahoma homes with electricity each year. Through 2019 it has paid more than $17 million to local governments and more than $25 million to landowners.

 

Summer Food Programs Begin

Youth in the Chickasha area can now get free lunches throughout much of the summer. The Chickasha Public Library and the Regional Food Bank have teamed up to provide healthy meals every Monday through Friday for all youth 18-and-under. There are two pick-up locations although the youth will only be able to get lunches at one of them each day. The meals can be picked up at Washita Valley Park from  11:00 a.m. to noon at Washita Valley Park and from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Chickasha Public Library. The meals will be available through July 30th. In a related story, the Chickasaw Nation is providing an opportunity for families of students eligible for free or reduced meals at participating public schools. Information posted on the Chickasha schools website says it’s for First Americans and non-First Americans. Families can apply to receive an EBT card to purchase healthy food. Application are available on the website www.Chickasaw.net/SummerEBT and the deadline to apply is August 4th. Families can also call 580-272-1178 during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

 

FFA Groups Encouraged to Apply for PSO STEM Grants

FFA programs might consider applying for science and technology grants being offered by Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The STEM grants are being provided by PSO's parent company and it's non-profit American Electric Power Foundation. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 for projects involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). A news release indicates that priorities will be given to applications that benefit more than one chapter and that are sustainable over a number of years. The AEP Foundation has set aside a total of $40,000 for grants. Chapters have until July 9th to apply. Applications can be found on the state FFA website at www.okffa. org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $67.72.

London-based Brent crude is $70.25.

Natural gas is $3.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,898 and silver is $27.88.

 

Obituaries

Carol ‘Sue’ (Porter) Beck

A graveside service for Sue Beck, 69, of Mustang and formerly of the Amber-Pocasset area will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3rd at Chickasha’s Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Marion Pinkerton

Funeral service for Marion Pinkerton, 74, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, June 1st

 

Morning Pursuit Crosses Several Counties

Law enforcement officers in at least four counties were part of a high-speed pursuit this morning. It's reported that speeds reached 110 miles per hour at one point. The first scanner reports came in just after 5:45 a.m. from northern Caddo County. The chase continued into northern Grady County from Minco to Tuttle and then into Newcastle in McClain County. From there, the chase continue onto I-44 into Oklahoma County. Authorities were trying to reach On Star to shut down the vehicle. The last report was that On Star had located the pick up at a home in Oklahoma City. Listen to KOOL/RANCH News later today for an update.

 

Grady County Memorial Day Ceremony Held

A good crowd gathered for the Grady County Memorial Day ceremony at the Chickasha Elks Lodge yesterday. The ceremony is normally held at the county veterans memorial at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park but was moved indoors because of the rain. U.S. Army veteran Brad Bates was the guest speaker. He's part of four generations of his family who have served. His grandfather served in WW I; an uncle served in WW2 and Vietnam; another uncle died in a naval training exercise after Korea; his brother Bruce served in the Marines; his son Daniel is currently serving in the Air Force; and he has a nephew who served in the Marines after attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Bates said the U.S. stands ready to defend freedom around the world with an astounding number of military bases.

 

              

 

Also during the ceremony, the names of the 129 Grady County men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces were read. Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee chairwoman Sherri Lewis said we should also remember the nearly 82,000 men and women who remain missing in action.

 

Enrollment Underway for OK's Medicaid Expansion

Oklahoma families eligible for health coverage through the state's Medicaid expansion can begin applying for benefits today. The Oklahoman reports that Medicaid, also known as SoonerCare, has covered children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and disabled individuals. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority estimates an additional 200,000 people will be eligible. Under the expansion individuals ages 19-64 who meet income guidelines can enroll. For one person the maximum income is just under $1,500 per month or nearly $18,000 per year. For a family of four it’s just over $3,000 per month or $36,500 per year. Individuals can apply on-line at www.MySoonerCare.org or call the SoonerCare Helpline, 800-987-7767.

 

WIC Recipients Get Added Benefits

Families who are part of the State Health Department's Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) program get some good news. Officials say there is a temporary increase to the Cash Value Benefit as well as a permanent addition of canned fruits and vegetables to the approved food list. The Cash Value Benefit will increase from $9 to $35 per month per participant from June 1st through Sept. 30th. The funds come from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Regarding the new foods allowed for purchase, previously clients could only buy fresh or frozen fruits and veggies. Clients can now purchase canned fruits and vegetables as long as they meet Food and Drug Administration standards.

 

Rig Count Up in Nation, State

With energy prices on the rise there's more work in the oil patches across the country.

 

              

 

That's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.63.

Natural gas is $2.99 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,909 and silver is $28.33.

 

Monday, May 31st

No news due to Memorial Day holiday

2021, May 24th-29th

Saturday, May 29th

 

Search for 'Possible' Drowning Victim Canceled

Authorities in Tuttle have called off the search for a possible drowning victim. After Thursday night's heavy rains two boys reported seeing a child in Coal Creek north of Tuttle on Sara Road. Search crews spent a couple of hours Thursday night looking for a little girl and they were out at the break of dawn Friday morning. Ground and air searches were made with the help of the Oklahoma City Fire Department and the Chickasaw Nation brought in drones to search along the creek bank. The creek feeds into the Canadian River which was also searched from the air with a helicopter but nothing was found. Michael Scott with the Tuttle Police Department said there were no calls about missing children and no other reports were made. Scott tells our partners at KWTV-News 9 that there was no reason to doubt the boys.


              

The search was called off about noon Friday.

 

Teen Uses Baseball Bat to Fend of Mother's Attacker

A teenager uses a baseball bat to fight off a suspect alleged to have sexually assaulted and threatened her mother with a knife. This happened in Carnegie last weekend. The Lawton Constitution cites documents filed by Carnegie police indicating that officers responded to a call about a man with a knife. When they arrived police heard yelling inside the home and made a forcible entry. A man with blood on his hands approached the officer and the suspect was arrested. It was reported the women barricaded themselves in a room but the suspect kicked in the door and held a knife to the mother's throat. The teen hit the suspect with the bat and was able get him out of the room before police arrived. Authorities arrested 46-year old Kevin Scott Hill of Oklahoma City. Caddo County prosecutors have charged him with sexual battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is out of jail after posting a $20,000 bond and Hill is to be back in court June 24th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Wild Hogs Reported at Anadarko Park

In Anadarko, officials believe wild hogs are invading the city park. City Manager Kenneth Corn says while no one has seen the animals they have seen some tell-tale signs at Randlett Park.

 

              

 

Corn said the wild hogs must be coming in late at night or early in the morning. They have set up some traps but haven't caught any of the animals. City officials say the park is being used quite a bit with youth baseball programs and individuals walking around the park. Corn said anyone who might see the wild animals to avoid contact with them and call police.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Friday, May 28th

 

'Possible' Drowning in Tuttle Under Investigation

Authorities in Tuttle are investigating a report of a possible drowning. KWTV-News 9 reports multiple agencies were summoned to aid in the search last night. An official stated that two boys said they saw a girl who appeared to be six or seven years old in Coal Creek near North Sara Road and State Highway 152. The boys said the girl had a cut on her cheek and a pink shoe. Tuttle police and the Oklahoma City Fire Department's dive team were called out about 8:30 p.m. Thursday with the search was suspended about 11:00 p.m. Michael Scott with the Tuttle Police Department said that no one has called in to report a missing child. The search was expected to resume sometime this morning.

 

Grady County Commissioner Faces Embezzlement Charge

A Grady County Commissioner has been charged with embezzlement for allegedly using county resources for personal gain. District One Commissioner Mike Walker is charged with one felony count of embezzlement. Walker says he is innocent and calls an OSBI investigation a witch hunt. The charge was filed in Grady County District Court Thursday following a nearly nine-month investigation by the state agency. An OSBI affidavit indicates that Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks asked the OSBI to work a misconduct case involving Walker. It's alleged he used an estimated $30,000 in county materials, equipment, and labor to pave a private road to his Tuttle home. Walker's attorney, Doug Carel said-

 

              

 

The charge was filed by special prosecutor Brian Hermanson, District 8 District Attorney for Payne and Noble counties who was appointed to the case by the state attorney general’s office. Walker was taken to jail where he was photographed and fingerprinted then released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14th. Walker says will remain on the job as he maintains his innocence. If convicted Walker could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison, pay up to a $10,000 fine, and restitution.

 

Info Still Sought for Chickasha Cold Case

It's been more than 24 years since a three-year old Chickasha girl was abducted by her non-custodial mother. A group identifying itself as Oklahoma Cold Case posted information on Facebook requesting any new information about the kidnapping of Bethany Maria Tiner. Tiner was taken by her mother Teresa Kennedy on January 1st, 1997. It was believed that Teresa took the child to Washington State and that they may have been with Teresa's girlfriend, Rachel Lewis. The post says Bethany's father, Joe has never stopped looking for his daughter who would now be 27 years old. It's believed Bethany may be using the last name of Barlow or Kennedy and could be in California, Colorado, or Canada. Anyone with information about the abduction is asked to contact the Chickasha Police Department.

 

Turnpike Crash Injures Driver

A driver is seriously injured when his car ran of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. 53-year old Greg Sanders of Blanchard was hospitalized with head, arm, leg, and internal injuries after the Thursday morning crash. Sanders was trapped in the vehicle for about 20 minutes before being rescued by the Newcastle Fire Department. The crash happened just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday at Mile Marker 95 in the Newcastle city limits. The trooper investigating the accident said it wasn't clear what caused Sanders to run off the highway, go airborne near a county road, then crash into a concrete embankment and overturn.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Lt. Chris Liles with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.46.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,895 and silver is $27.78.

 

Thursday, May 27th

 

Proposed PSO Energy Security Center at Ft. Sill Debated

State regulators this week debated a proposal by PSO to build a $118 million energy security center at Ft. Sill. The plan would have PSO ratepayers foot most of the cost at $108 million with Ft. Sill paying only $10 million. Members of Corporation Commission were on both sides of the issue. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that Commissioner Bob Anthony spoke in favor of the project. He fears that if it’s rejected the federal government might retaliate against the state in future military base realignment discussions. Anthony said that if Oklahoma tells Ft. Sill to go fly a kite it would be a big mistake. Commissioner Dana Murphy spoke against the measure, questioning if taxpayers paying a premium was reasonable. Murphy said while supporters say it would help all PSO customers she struggled with seeing how it would. The project has been under consideration for nearly seven years. Among the groups opposed to the project are the corporation commission's own Public Utilities Division, the state attorney general's office, and an industrial consumer's group.

 

Suspect Wanted for Shooting Deaths of Ex's Puppies

A man accused of the shooting deaths of his ex-wife's puppies is being sought by law enforcement. An arrest warrant has been issued for 41-year old Jimmy Lloyd Burch of Marlow. The Lawton Constitution cites a probable cause affidavit from a Stephens County sheriff's deputy that Burch fatally shot two pit bull puppies with his rifle. Burch told investigators he thought the dogs were going to hurt his horses. The investigating deputy said the puppies were only four to six months old and not likely to run anywhere near the speed of a horse and were not a nuisance.  Burch is facing two counts of cruelty to animals.

 

Fed Group Asks to Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is again recommending that the lesser prairie chicken be placed under the Endangered Species Act. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has consistently been opposed to the idea. Inhofe believes the animal is thriving and that the voluntary public-private conservation partnerships are working. Supporters say populations of the bird in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico are threatened.

 

Firms to Get Tax Credits to Hold Employee Blood Drives

Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill that supporters say will help increase blood donations. SB 905 creates a tax-credit for Oklahoma companies that hold blood drives for their employees. The bill indicates that any company hosting a blood drive by a non-profit blood donation organization will get a $20 income tax credit for each verified employee donation. The blood drive cannot be open to non-employees. Total credits would be capped at $500,000 per year. Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute asked for the measure in an attempt to reach more potential blood donors. One state lawmaker said having continual blood drives is crucial to maintaining blood reserves and ensures that Oklahomans have life-saving blood in times of need. It's hoped that having more businesses host blood drives makes the process more accessible and convenient and will ultimately increase the state's blood supply. The new law will go into effect Nov. 1st.

 

RANCH/KOOL Blood Drive Today

Speaking of blood drives, KOOL/RANCH radio stations are hosting another community blood drive with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) today. An OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot across from the radio station studios from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today. No appointment is necessary. Donors will have their names entered into a drawing to win a Traeger grill as well as a Ranger boat. For information on upcoming blood drives in your area visit the website www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.77.

Natural gas is $2.98 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,898 and silver is $27.75.

 

Obituary

Ocelee Maytubby-Givens

Funeral service for Ocelee Maytubby-Givens, 86, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m., May 29th at the First and Georgia Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 26th

 

Hostage Situation Details Released

We have some details of the hostage stand-off that ended peacefully at a Chickasha home on Sunday. A probable cause affidavit from Chickasha police indicates that Terry Gunnoe hit his wife in the head with a metal pipe and tied her to a chair with an extension cord and bungie cords. Authorities say Gunnoe told them he didn't want his wife to take a planned trip to Texas and also believed his daughter had been saying bad things about him. Gunnoe surrendered after several hours of talking to a hostage negotiator from the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office. Gunnoe and his wife were taken to the hospital where she was treated for a gash on her head and released. Gunnoe was kept at the hospital overnight to be treated for a pre-existing medical condition and upon his release was taken to the Grady County Jail. Prosecutors have charged Gunnoe with kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and he remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

Suspect Jailed After Baseball Bat Attack

One man is in jail and another in the hospital after a confrontation at a Chickasha home. The victim suffered broken bones in his face and was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. In custody is 27-year old Ronnie "Boomer" Self who is charged with firearms and assault charges. Officers were dispatched a report of an assault at 502 S. 9th which occurred Saturday, May 22nd.  A probable cause affidavit from Chickasha police cites witnesses as saying the suspect initially pulled a gun on the victim then hit him in the face with a baseball bat. Prosecutors have filed weapons and assault charges against Self who remains in the Grady County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

Man Injured, Jailed in Shootout with Cousin

A shootout between cousins lands one man in jail and with a gunshot wound to his chest. According to a probable cause affidavit filed by the OSBI, 58-year old Dwayne Keith White was allegedly vandalizing his cousin’s property. White is alleged to have pulled a pistol and fired a gun at his cousin and then blocked him in the driveway as he tried to leave. It’s alleged that White fired shots into the man’s vehicle and the cousin returned fire with an AR-15 and hit White in the chest at which point White left the home. The other man was not injured. It wasn’t clear how authorities tracked White down but he was arrested and booked into the Caddo County Jail. Prosecutors have charged White with shooting with intent to kill and he remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.

 

Youths Recognized in Steer Carcass Contest

More than 150 people turned out for the annual Grady County Cattle Producers Association meeting recently. New president Jake Grossnicklaus says a trade show was part of the event and the guest speaker was Chickasha native Dr. Rossalynn Biggs who now works at the OSU Veterinary Department. One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the youth steer carcass contest. Youngsters enter their steers into the program each fall. Awards issued in the spring are based on daily weight gain of the steers and the quality of the beef of those steers which is judged by an independent panel. Grossnicklaus says there were a record number of participants in the contest and one of them made it to a big sale in Oklahoma City.

 

             

 

7-year old Grady Stamps of Tuttle took the top award, with 16-year old Blake Janssen of Ampo earning second place, and 7-year old Brady Mitchell of Friend placed third.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.65.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,910 and silver is $28.17.

 

Obituary

Carrie Marsh-Rodriguez

Funeral service for Carrie Marsh-Rodriguez, 29, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 27th at Full Gospel Church. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 25th

 

Gov. Stitt OKs State Budget

A state budget of more than $9 billion received the signature of Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt yesterday.  The plan is about an 8 percent increase from the current budget. Officials say the increase makes up for some of the cuts and decreased spending in last year’s spending plan caused by the negative impact on the economy from the pandemic. Education gets nearly one-third of the total - a record $3.2 billion - with common education getting an increase of more than $200 million. The budget also puts $800 million into rainy day savings accounts which will increase those savings to more than $1.2 billion. The budget includes reductions in all personal income tax brackets and lowers the corporate income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent.

 

'Click It or Ticket' Seatbelt Campaign Underway

Law enforcement groups want to remind families to buckle up on the roadways during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has implemented the Click It or Ticket campaign, urging motorists and passengers to wear their seat belts. Officials say wearing a seat belt is the No. 1 thing you can do to help save your life in a crash. In 2019 there were 208 people who died in Oklahoma traffic accidents were not wearing seat belts. The National Highway Safety Administration cites statistics that show there is a 50 percent increase in surviving a traffic accident if you’re buckled up. More than 55 agencies across the state will be adding extra personnel who will be on the lookout for those not wearing seat belts. They’ll be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement and say tickets will be issued day and night. The campaign runs through Sunday, June 6th.

 

Chix Resident to Serve on State Library Panel

A Chickasha woman has been selected to serve on a state panel which supports Oklahoma libraries. Angie Lewis will be serving on the board of directors for the Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO). Lewis has been with the Friends of the Chickasha Library for nearly 30 years. She’s helped to organize the library’s annual chocolate festival and assisted with getting a state library landmark plaque for the late Chickasha author Bill Wallace which was placed at Centennial Park last year. FOLIO has been around for more than 40 years with a mission to help local Friends of the Library groups to assist their local libraries, promote the development and improvement of libraries, and encourage wider use of library facilities by the public.

 

Teens Finish Bank 'Student Board of Directors' Program

A local financial institution recognized some high school students for their work.  The students were part of The First National Bank's Student Board of Directors program. Monthly meetings were held to give students an in-depth learning experience on the foundations of banking operations and career opportunities that exist in community banking and finance. Chickasha High School juniors who took part were Abbegail Morvant-Pettit, Brianna Alexander, Baylee Bradford, and Brooklyn Green.

 

Goodyear Blimp to Arrive in Lawton Today

If the skies clear up in southwest Oklahoma today some folks might be able to get a glimpse of the Goodyear blimp. The Wingfoot Three is scheduled to make a stop at the Lawton/Ft. Sill Regional Airport this afternoon. The blimp is making a cross country trip from its home base in Carson, California to Goodyear's headquarters in Akron, Ohio. KSWO-TV reports the Wingfoot Three is the newest of more than 300 blimps that Goodyear has built since 1917. This particular blimp has been in use for the last three years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.46.

Natural gas is $2.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,886 and silver is $27.75.

 

Obituary

George Brinkman

Funeral service for George Brinkman, 87, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5th at McRay Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 24th

 

Hostage Standoff Ends Peacefully

Dozens of law enforcement officials were summoned to help Chickasha police with a hostage stand-off yesterday. Authorities were called out to 816 S. 20th just before 5:00 a.m. Sunday. Here's Chickasha police spokesman Lt.  Scott Weaver-


              

Inside the house were 70-year old Terry Gunnoe and his wife. Authorities called in Mike Davenport, the negotiation team leader with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office. He spent several hours on the phone with Gunnoe trying to get him to surrender. Several of Gunnoe's children were on the scene trying to help when they could. About 3:30 p.m. Gunnoe surrendered peacefully to Davenport. Neither Gunnoe nor his wife were injured but were taken to the hospital. Weaver talks about the reason so many Special Response Team (SRT) members were called out to support the effort.

 

              

 

Weaver said Gunnoe would be arrested on a kidnapping complaint.

 

Council Special Sessions Include City Budget 

Chickasha City Council members have some extra work to put in this week. Special work sessions are scheduled tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight the panel will hear a presentation from the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group. Tomorrow night the group will discuss a proposed city budget for the 2022 fiscal year that will begin in just over a month.  Both meetings will be held at city hall and are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m..

 

Chix School Students Ready for Summer

Today is the last day of classes for Chickasha Public Schools. The original last day of school was scheduled to be last Thursday, but a couple of extra days were added because of the polar vortex that put the state in a deep freeze in February. School officials announced that a virtual learning pathway will be offered for the first semester next year. However, students will have to apply to be accepted into the program and applications need to be turned into the school they will be attending June 7th. Officials said there will not be a blended system next school year. They also announced that any student wanting to participate in sports, band, FFA, or any extra-curricular program will have to be in the classroom for face-to-face instruction with teachers. The first day of school this fall will be Thursday, Aug. 12th.

 

Chix Relay for Life Set June 5th

Chickasha will be having a Relay for Life fundraiser to assist the American Cancer Society this year. As you know last year's program was canceled because of COVID. Officials will have a block party downtown Chickasha on Saturday, June 5th, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be games, music, vendors, food trucks, and some of the traditional Relay for Life events including recognition of cancer survivors. For information, see the Relay for Life Facebook page or contact Barbara Pelley.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.44.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $27.80.

2020, Aug. 17th-22nd

Saturday, May 22nd

 

State Lawmakers Send Proposed Budget to Gov. Stitt

State lawmakers in both the house and senate have passed an $8.8 billion spending plan for state government for fiscal year 2022. The measure now goes to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. Marlow State Representative Brad Boles writes in his media column that the plan includes the largest budget ever for public education at $3.2 billion. It includes more money for textbook and school activity funds. Boles said there are also bills still being considered which would create funding equity for school districts with low property tax bases, and increase per-pupil funding by eliminating duplicate student counts in the school funding formula should they be approved and signed by the governor. Boles also said transportation funding would increase, including a $200 million plan to speed up the 8-year highway construction plan through federal programs. The proposal also includes more than $40 million to expand broadband service in rural areas that don't have access to high-speed Internet. It also includes a reduction in personal income taxes by one-fourth of 1 percent and reduces the corporate income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent.

 

Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Having Explosives

A Caddo County man already in trouble with the law is in jail for allegedly having the materials needed to make Molotov cocktails. 30-year old Gregory Ahhaitty of Carnegie was arrested this week after a police officer saw him riding his bicycle erratically. A probable cause affidavit filed by Carnegie police indicates that Ahhaitty was uncooperative and belligerent when stopped by the officer who had reason to believe that Ahhaitty was under the influence of an intoxicant. Ahhaitty was arrested without incident and while at the police department was found to allegedly have a couple vodka bottles filled with gasoline, toilet paper, a lighter, electrical tape, and a 12-inch knife. Ahhaitty was arrested just a few weeks ago and charged with a felony for assault on a police officer. Ahhaiitty was out of jail after posting bond on that charge and now faces an additional felony charge of threatening the use of an explosive. He remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $60,000 bond and is to be back in court on June 15th.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant list

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

New Rush Springs Watermelon Queen Selected

There's royalty in Rush Springs today. Jerricka Funk was selected to hold court as the queen of 2021 Rush Springs Watermelon Festival this summer. The announcement is posted on the festival's Facebook page. Funk will preside over the event which returns this year after last year's festival was canceled. Jerricka will spend the next couple of months traveling across the state and promoting the festival which will be held on Saturday, August 14th.

 

State Junior High Rodeo Finals Wrapping Up

Today's the final day of competition of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association state finals at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The top 15 competitors in each event will be looking to earn enough points to finish in the top four which will qualify them for the national junior high rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa next month. Gretchen Todd, an 8th-grade student from Tuttle, has been to nationals before. In 2019 she finished 7th overall in pole bending also qualified for nationals last year though nationals was canceled because of the pandemic. While she was disappointed Todd she said she didn't lose her focus.

 

              

 

Heading into this weekend Todd was third in ribbons, third in pole bending, and 7th in all-around. After today's final round (called the short-go) the group will have an awards ceremony tomorrow to crown the state champions and will find out who has qualified for nationals.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Reagan Elkins with Intellego Media is our guest on the KOOL Konversation talking about the filming of The Cowgirl’s Song, a Hollywood movie that is being filmed entirely in Chickasha. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, May 21st

 

Police Warn About the Dangers of Teen Drinking

Law enforcement officials everywhere are warning about the dangers of teen-aged drinking and drinking and driving - especially as high school seniors celebrate after graduation this time of year. Verden police have made some recent arrests of teens who had been partying at Lake Chickasha. Police Chief Jeff Goucher says the teens were ticketed but more importantly warned about the more serious consequences associated with drinking at the lake and drinking and driving. Goucher recalls a tragedy that occurred at Ft. Cobb Lake a few years ago.

 

              

 

Goucher also said he has a cousin who is in a wheelchair for life after  she was injured in a drinking and driving incident.

              

Suspected Rapist Arrested

A man wanted for the alleged rape of a teen-aged girl is behind bars. An arrest warrant for 19-year old Ronald Douglas Merritt, Jr. of Chickasha was issued earlier this week and was taken into custody. The arrest warrant affidavit from Chickasha police indicates the 17-year old victim went to the police department to report the assault. She told investigators that Merritt raped her several times between September and December of last year. Prosecutors have charged Merritt with one count of first degree rape and he remains in the Grady County Jail pending a $40,000 bond.

 

Couple Arrested Following Molestation Investigation

A husband and wife from northeastern Oklahoma are jailed in connection with child sex crimes and related offenses which allegedly occurred in Grady County. 53-year old Scott Allen Hickman and 51-year old Laura Hickman of Skiatook are in the Grady County Jail after warrants were issued for their arrests. A probable cause affidavit from Tuttle police indicates investigators were contacted by the couple’s now 23-year old daughter. She alleged she was sexually abused by her biological father Scott Hickman from the time she was seven years old and through high school when the family lived in Tuttle. The victim said Hickman told her she would get in trouble if she told anyone. Prosecutors have charged Hickman with felonies of lewd acts with a child and sexual battery. Laura Hickman was arrested on a misdemeanor for allegedly failing to report child abuse. The victim told investigators that that Laura Hickman knew about the molestation but told her that if they went to the police they would be poor. The Hickman’s are out of jail after posting bond.

 

Chickasha High School Graduation is Tonight

It's a big day for the senior class at Chickasha High School. Graduation ceremonies will be held tonight, with about 130 seniors crossing the stage to receive their diplomas. For the second straight year, they are breaking tradition of selecting three students to talk about the past, present, and future. Two of the Valedictorians – Aubree Wright and Joseph Shaw - will address their classmates. Both were also selected as the best all-around students. Several students are Oklahoma Academic Scholars including Claire Carver, Jordan Wallace, Hunter Puryear, Brian Green-Young, Aubree Wright, Nevaeh King, and Lexi Albright. Numerous students were awarded scholarships for the next level of their education. In addition to scholarships from civic groups, businesses, and individuals, this year's senior class will benefit from more than $93,000 in scholarships from colleges and universities. Graduation ceremonies will be held at the high school activity center starting at 7 o'clock tonight. Afterwards, the new alumni will have an opportunity for one last hurrah together with Project Graduation hosted by the Chickasha Optimist Club at the YMCA.

              

Junior High Rodeo State Finals in Chickasha

Middle school rodeo competitors from across state are in Chickasha this weekend for the state finals of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association. About 70 individuals will be competing in one or more of a dozen events at the Grady County Fairgrounds. All have hopes of winning state titles in their events and qualifying for the National Junior High School Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa this summer. Kennadee Bickerstaff is an 8th-grade student from Ada. She is the president of the junior high rodeo association and is among the leaders in a couple of her events.

 

              

 

Bickerstaff trails Merrick Moyer of Woodward in the All-around by 18 points. Gretchen Todd of Tuttle is 7th in the all-around. For the boys, Keaton Kellum of Antlers leads the boys all-around and has nearly a 100 point lead over Foreman Casebolt of Ryan who is in second place. Chizm Kuykendall of Carnegie holds down 4th place and Trip Taylor of Pocasset is 8th. The top 15 in each event Friday and Saturday qualify for the short go-round on Sunday. The top four placers in each event qualify for the national rodeo.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.11.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,879 and silver is $27.89.

 

Thursday, May 20th

 

New Under-Sheriff Named for Grady County

A veteran law enforcement officer has been tabbed as the No. 2 man at the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Gary Boggess will officially join the sheriff's office next week as the new Under-Sheriff.  Sheriff Jim Weir recently named Boggess to the post.

 

              

 

Boggess has also spent some time as a reserve officer with the sheriff's office. Weir says Boggess has been responsible for obtaining a number of grants at Newcastle and believes that will be helpful for the sheriff's office.

 

Grady County Veteran Honored at State Capital

A Grady County military veteran was recognized for his service at the state capital this week. Matthew Schoolfield was honored as Veteran of the Week for the State House of Representatives. Amber State Representative Dick Lowe nominated Schoolfield for the honor.

 

              

 

Marlow State Representative Brad Boles, whose district also includes a section of Chickasha, was also part of the ceremony. In addition to the citation Schoolfield received a United States Flag that has recently flown over the state capital building. As a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, Schoolfield was deployed to combat three times during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent 2 1/2 years in Iraq and another year in Afghanistan. As a Chickasha police officer Schoolfield was shot six times while executing a search warrant and received the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor as a result.

 

Film Crews in Chickasha for New Movie

Film crews are in Chickasha working on a number of scenes for a new movie. They are coordinating with Reagan Elkins of  Intellego Media who is arranging days and times for the locations. Elkins has been working with the Oklahoma Film Commission to bring Hollywood film producers to the city. Some locations include the Grady County Fairgrounds, the county courthouse, and even the KOOL-RANCH studios. Grady County Commissioners and the Chickasha City Council have special meetings over the next couple of days to discuss approving contracts with production companies including one called Cowgirl Productions out of Dallas, Texas. Officials did not want to announce the dates or locations of the sites being used in order to prevent a lot people from showing up on the sets.

 

More Delays Possible Due to Bridge Construction

Here's another reminder that work on the Washita River bridges on U.S. Highway 62 east of Chickasha today will have traffic stopped at intermittent times. Crews are installing huge steel beams across the span of the river on one of the bridges currently under construction. Traffic is already affected as it is one lane in both directions. Flaggers will assist so state department of transportation officials encourage motorists to use caution and perhaps find an alternate route.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.26.

London-based Brent crude is $66.66.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,866 and silver is $27.70.

 

Obituary

Bruce Bedoka

Viewing for Bruce Bedoka, 63, of Chickasha will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 28th also at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 19th

 

Chix Officials Update Regulations

for New Dispensaries Locating Here
Revised regulations for future medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities have been approved by the Chickasha City Council. The panel approved the changes in its meeting Monday night and will soon be in effect. Among the changes are that dispensaries and commercial growers will not be allowed to operate outside an approved zoning area unless the applicant has obtained a use-on-review permit. And no dispensaries shall allow the consumption of medical marijuana, related products, or alcohol in the dispensary. Use-on-review permits will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Community Development director. The permits will only be active for the duration that the tenant or property owner uses that location. The new regulations were approved by a 6-2 vote with Councilmen Clark Van Dyck and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander casting the no votes.

 

New Dispensary, Fire Fighter Lawsuit

on Agenda for Special Council Meeting             

A proposal to consider a use-on-review for a new dispensary was pulled from the city council agenda Monday night. Officials said there was an error in the paperwork. The request is from Brannan Bordwine for a location at 420 West Grand and it will be considered in a special city council meeting later today. Other items on the agenda include a behind-closed-doors discussion regarding the lawsuit filed against city by the Chickasha Firefighters Association regarding the allegations of the city's refusal to compensate firefighters for overtime pay as part their contract agreement. The council will also consider a $44,000 payment to a firm to burn the remaining debris collected from last October's ice storm. Today's special meeting will get underway at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Suspect Accused of Setting Fire to His Home

A Rush Springs man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged his mobile home. The state fire marshal's office issued an arrest warrant for 46-year old Jeffrey Allen Clark last Friday and he was arrested on Monday. Clark is accused of starting the fire at his home south of Rush Springs in July of last year. A probable cause affidavit from the investigator states that evidence from the fire was identified as an ignitable fluid similar to gasoline. Other possible causes for the fire were eliminated including electrical problems, unattended cooking, or lit candles, cigarettes, or cigars that may have fallen on the floor. Clark's daughter, who was living with him at the mobile home, told investigators her father had removed a lot of items from the home two days before the fire and that Clark admitted to her that he started the fire. Prosecutors have formally charged Clark with second degree arson and he is out of jail after posting a $25,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 23rd.

 

Chix Library Sets Summer Reading Program

The Chickasha Public Library is getting ready to offer another summer reading program for kids. Children's Librarian Courtney Mayall says sign-ups are underway and talks about this year's theme-


              

The “Tails and Tales” program is free and begins June 1st and runs through July 30th.

 

Congressman Schedules Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Oklahoma 4th District Congressman Tom Cole will hold a telephone town hall meeting next week. In a press release, Cole says he wants to provide an update on legislative news and updates from Washington, D.C. He said between recent legislative developments and more misguided and expensive policies put forth by the Biden Administration there is a lot to discuss. The Congressman has set aside one hour to visit with Oklahomans in his district which includes parts of central and southwest Oklahoma. It will be Monday, May 24th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Constituents can call 833-305-1727. Individuals can contact Cole's Oklahoma office in Norman for other information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.71.

Natural gas is $3.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,858 and silver is $27.77.

 

Obituary

Patricia Williams

A memorial service for Patricia Williams, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 18th

 

Councilman: 1930 Chix Lynching Should be Condemned

It's reported that the last lynching in Oklahoma occurred in Chickasha nearly 100 years ago. City Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander wants the city council to pass a resolution condemning the act. The Ward 3 councilman brought up the issue during last night's city council meeting. He said as the state prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre that it was appropriate that the city take the action. Ashanti-Alexander said that Henry Argo died in the attack on May 30th, 1930. No one was ever arrested for the hate crime. On-line records show that Argo was killed by a mob at the Chickasha jail. He had been arrested for the alleged attack on a white woman and her child. It was reported that a sniper made his way into Argo's cell and shot him in the head.

              

Chix Water Bills Going Up

Chickasha residents will be paying more for their drinking water. The city council approved a wide range of fee increases during last night's meeting. The minimum cost for water will be $15 for up to 2,000 gallons used. Basic sewer rates inside the city limits, which is based on water consumption, will be $4.35 per month plus $3.30 per 1,000 gallons. The new rates are expected to be implement July 1st. Mayor Chris Mosley said the rate hike is needed as the city's cost to purchase water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir will increase substantially. That's because the city has not had a new contract with the Ft. Cobb Master Conservancy District which operates the reservoir in nearly three decades.

 

              

 

Mosley said a federal audit discovered the failure by both sides for not having a new contract for that length of time.

 

Traffic Delays Expected Due to Bridge Work

Today is the day that crews working on the Washita River Bridge Replacement project will be putting a new bridge beam into place. This is on U.S. Highway 62 near the H.E. Bailey Turnpike east of Chickasha. Traffic will be stopped occasionally while crews maneuver the giant piece of steel. Officials expect there will be delays and motorists should find an alternate route.

 

Power Line Replacement Postponed

Some electrical line work on Choctaw Avenue that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. Officials had announced that traffic would be detoured between 4th Street and 16th Street for a brief time Wednesday morning. Public Works Director David Buchanan said that the work has been delayed as there was an issue with the detour route. Contractors for Public Service Company of Oklahoma will be replacing some power lines which is associated with the Highway 81 West Bypass project.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.46.

Natural gas is $3.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,869 and silver is $28.62.

 

Obituaries

Ron Reynolds

A private graveside service for 72-year old Ron Reynolds of Chickasha will be held at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Justice Oliver

Funeral service for 24-year old Justice Oliver of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 21st at The Christian Center. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 17th

 

Downpour Causes Flooding in Rush Springs Area

Torrential rains caused some flooding in the Rush Springs area yesterday. District 3 Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard says there were reports of more than six inches of rain in a wide area in southern Grady and northern Stephens counties. And, there has been some damage to county roads.

 

              

 

Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson posted a number of photos on the agency's Facebook page showing water running over county roads. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for all of central and southern Oklahoma through 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning as more rain is forecast for the region. Officials say additional flooding is possible south of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Dispensary Regulations

Updates to the City of Chickasha's code regarding medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities will be discussed by the Chickasha City Council tonight. The panel will also consider a use-on-review request for yet another dispensary at 420 West Grand Avenue. The council will also consider rezoning several lots in the Southgate Addition from residential to commercial use. The Planning Commission is recommending the changes for applicant Bryce Binyon. The council will also consider declaring expired protective body armor and law enforcement uniform equipment no longer used by the police department as surplus property. The group will also consider a proposal to purchase additional quarantine cages for the city’s animal shelter at a cost of $8,000. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Several People Hurt in Collision

One person was hospitalized and several others suffered minor injuries after a crash in Stephens County. 20-year old Braden Wright of Duncan was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. 20-year old Addy Elroy, 18-year old Michael Elroy, and 20-year old Kaytlyn Smock all of Marlow were taken to a Duncan hospital where they were treated and released. The accident happened about 5:30 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 81 south of Duncan. The highway patrol reports all the crash victims were in the same vehicle when a pickup driven by 56-year old Antonio Alvarez of Duncan ran a stop sign and crash into them.

              

Bridge Construction to Slow Traffic

The Washita River bridge re-construction on U.S. Highway 62 east of Chickasha could cause some traffic delays this week. State department of transportation officials say crews will be putting one of the new bridge beams in place. Flaggers will be out on Tuesday and Thursday to stop traffic occasionally. Motorists can expect delays and should be prepared to stop or find an alternate route. Future bridge beam placements will be taking place over the next few weeks and officials say they will announce them in advance. The two bridges over the river are being replaced at a cost of $12.5 million. The project is expected to take another 14 months to complete.

 

IRS Tax Deadline Extended for Some

You may hear news reports that today is the deadline in most states to file 2020 tax statements with the IRS. However, that's not the case in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Steve Grodecki with the Chickasha H and R Block office says an extension was granted to residents in those states due to the federal disaster declared in those states as a result of the polar vortex that paralyzed the three states in February. The deadline to file taxes for residents in those states was extended to June 15th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.71.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $27.74.

2021, May 17th-22nd

Saturday, May 22nd

 

State Lawmakers Send Proposed Budget to Gov. Stitt

State lawmakers in both the house and senate have passed an $8.8 billion spending plan for state government for fiscal year 2022. The measure now goes to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his consideration. Marlow State Representative Brad Boles writes in his media column that the plan includes the largest budget ever for public education at $3.2 billion. It includes more money for textbook and school activity funds. Boles said there are also bills still being considered which would create funding equity for school districts with low property tax bases, and increase per-pupil funding by eliminating duplicate student counts in the school funding formula should they be approved and signed by the governor. Boles also said transportation funding would increase, including a $200 million plan to speed up the 8-year highway construction plan through federal programs. The proposal also includes more than $40 million to expand broadband service in rural areas that don't have access to high-speed Internet. It also includes a reduction in personal income taxes by one-fourth of 1 percent and reduces the corporate income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent.

 

Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Having Explosives

A Caddo County man already in trouble with the law is in jail for allegedly having the materials needed to make Molotov cocktails. 30-year old Gregory Ahhaitty of Carnegie was arrested this week after a police officer saw him riding his bicycle erratically. A probable cause affidavit filed by Carnegie police indicates that Ahhaitty was uncooperative and belligerent when stopped by the officer who had reason to believe that Ahhaitty was under the influence of an intoxicant. Ahhaitty was arrested without incident and while at the police department was found to allegedly have a couple vodka bottles filled with gasoline, toilet paper, a lighter, electrical tape, and a 12-inch knife. Ahhaitty was arrested just a few weeks ago and charged with a felony for assault on a police officer. Ahhaiitty was out of jail after posting bond on that charge and now faces an additional felony charge of threatening the use of an explosive. He remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $60,000 bond and is to be back in court on June 15th.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant list

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

New Rush Springs Watermelon Queen Selected

There's royalty in Rush Springs today. Jerricka Funk was selected to hold court as the queen of 2021 Rush Springs Watermelon Festival this summer. The announcement is posted on the festival's Facebook page. Funk will preside over the event which returns this year after last year's festival was canceled. Jerricka will spend the next couple of months traveling across the state and promoting the festival which will be held on Saturday, August 14th.

 

State Junior High Rodeo Finals Wrapping Up

Today's the final day of competition of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association state finals at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The top 15 competitors in each event will be looking to earn enough points to finish in the top four which will qualify them for the national junior high rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa next month. Gretchen Todd, an 8th-grade student from Tuttle, has been to nationals before. In 2019 she finished 7th overall in pole bending also qualified for nationals last year though nationals was canceled because of the pandemic. While she was disappointed Todd she said she didn't lose her focus.

 

              

 

Heading into this weekend Todd was third in ribbons, third in pole bending, and 7th in all-around. After today's final round (called the short-go) the group will have an awards ceremony tomorrow to crown the state champions and will find out who has qualified for nationals.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Reagan Elkins with Intellego Media is our guest on the KOOL Konversation talking about the filming of The Cowgirl’s Song, a Hollywood movie that is being filmed entirely in Chickasha. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, May 21st

 

Police Warn About the Dangers of Teen Drinking

Law enforcement officials everywhere are warning about the dangers of teen-aged drinking and drinking and driving - especially as high school seniors celebrate after graduation this time of year. Verden police have made some recent arrests of teens who had been partying at Lake Chickasha. Police Chief Jeff Goucher says the teens were ticketed but more importantly warned about the more serious consequences associated with drinking at the lake and drinking and driving. Goucher recalls a tragedy that occurred at Ft. Cobb Lake a few years ago.

 

              

 

Goucher also said he has a cousin who is in a wheelchair for life after  she was injured in a drinking and driving incident.

              

Suspected Rapist Arrested

A man wanted for the alleged rape of a teen-aged girl is behind bars. An arrest warrant for 19-year old Ronald Douglas Merritt, Jr. of Chickasha was issued earlier this week and was taken into custody. The arrest warrant affidavit from Chickasha police indicates the 17-year old victim went to the police department to report the assault. She told investigators that Merritt raped her several times between September and December of last year. Prosecutors have charged Merritt with one count of first degree rape and he remains in the Grady County Jail pending a $40,000 bond.

 

Couple Arrested Following Molestation Investigation

A husband and wife from northeastern Oklahoma are jailed in connection with child sex crimes and related offenses which allegedly occurred in Grady County. 53-year old Scott Allen Hickman and 51-year old Laura Hickman of Skiatook are in the Grady County Jail after warrants were issued for their arrests. A probable cause affidavit from Tuttle police indicates investigators were contacted by the couple’s now 23-year old daughter. She alleged she was sexually abused by her biological father Scott Hickman from the time she was seven years old and through high school when the family lived in Tuttle. The victim said Hickman told her she would get in trouble if she told anyone. Prosecutors have charged Hickman with felonies of lewd acts with a child and sexual battery. Laura Hickman was arrested on a misdemeanor for allegedly failing to report child abuse. The victim told investigators that that Laura Hickman knew about the molestation but told her that if they went to the police they would be poor. The Hickman’s are out of jail after posting bond.

 

Chickasha High School Graduation is Tonight

It's a big day for the senior class at Chickasha High School. Graduation ceremonies will be held tonight, with about 130 seniors crossing the stage to receive their diplomas. For the second straight year, they are breaking tradition of selecting three students to talk about the past, present, and future. Two of the Valedictorians – Aubree Wright and Joseph Shaw - will address their classmates. Both were also selected as the best all-around students. Several students are Oklahoma Academic Scholars including Claire Carver, Jordan Wallace, Hunter Puryear, Brian Green-Young, Aubree Wright, Nevaeh King, and Lexi Albright. Numerous students were awarded scholarships for the next level of their education. In addition to scholarships from civic groups, businesses, and individuals, this year's senior class will benefit from more than $93,000 in scholarships from colleges and universities. Graduation ceremonies will be held at the high school activity center starting at 7 o'clock tonight. Afterwards, the new alumni will have an opportunity for one last hurrah together with Project Graduation hosted by the Chickasha Optimist Club at the YMCA.

              

Junior High Rodeo State Finals in Chickasha

Middle school rodeo competitors from across state are in Chickasha this weekend for the state finals of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association. About 70 individuals will be competing in one or more of a dozen events at the Grady County Fairgrounds. All have hopes of winning state titles in their events and qualifying for the National Junior High School Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa this summer. Kennadee Bickerstaff is an 8th-grade student from Ada. She is the president of the junior high rodeo association and is among the leaders in a couple of her events.

 

              

 

Bickerstaff trails Merrick Moyer of Woodward in the All-around by 18 points. Gretchen Todd of Tuttle is 7th in the all-around. For the boys, Keaton Kellum of Antlers leads the boys all-around and has nearly a 100 point lead over Foreman Casebolt of Ryan who is in second place. Chizm Kuykendall of Carnegie holds down 4th place and Trip Taylor of Pocasset is 8th. The top 15 in each event Friday and Saturday qualify for the short go-round on Sunday. The top four placers in each event qualify for the national rodeo.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.11.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,879 and silver is $27.89.

 

Thursday, May 20th

 

New Under-Sheriff Named for Grady County

A veteran law enforcement officer has been tabbed as the No. 2 man at the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Gary Boggess will officially join the sheriff's office next week as the new Under-Sheriff.  Sheriff Jim Weir recently named Boggess to the post.

 

              

 

Boggess has also spent some time as a reserve officer with the sheriff's office. Weir says Boggess has been responsible for obtaining a number of grants at Newcastle and believes that will be helpful for the sheriff's office.

 

Grady County Veteran Honored at State Capital

A Grady County military veteran was recognized for his service at the state capital this week. Matthew Schoolfield was honored as Veteran of the Week for the State House of Representatives. Amber State Representative Dick Lowe nominated Schoolfield for the honor.

 

              

 

Marlow State Representative Brad Boles, whose district also includes a section of Chickasha, was also part of the ceremony. In addition to the citation Schoolfield received a United States Flag that has recently flown over the state capital building. As a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, Schoolfield was deployed to combat three times during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent 2 1/2 years in Iraq and another year in Afghanistan. As a Chickasha police officer Schoolfield was shot six times while executing a search warrant and received the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor as a result.

 

Film Crews in Chickasha for New Movie

Film crews are in Chickasha working on a number of scenes for a new movie. They are coordinating with Reagan Elkins of  Intellego Media who is arranging days and times for the locations. Elkins has been working with the Oklahoma Film Commission to bring Hollywood film producers to the city. Some locations include the Grady County Fairgrounds, the county courthouse, and even the KOOL-RANCH studios. Grady County Commissioners and the Chickasha City Council have special meetings over the next couple of days to discuss approving contracts with production companies including one called Cowgirl Productions out of Dallas, Texas. Officials did not want to announce the dates or locations of the sites being used in order to prevent a lot people from showing up on the sets.

 

More Delays Possible Due to Bridge Construction

Here's another reminder that work on the Washita River bridges on U.S. Highway 62 east of Chickasha today will have traffic stopped at intermittent times. Crews are installing huge steel beams across the span of the river on one of the bridges currently under construction. Traffic is already affected as it is one lane in both directions. Flaggers will assist so state department of transportation officials encourage motorists to use caution and perhaps find an alternate route.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.26.

London-based Brent crude is $66.66.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,866 and silver is $27.70.

 

Obituary

Bruce Bedoka

Viewing for Bruce Bedoka, 63, of Chickasha will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 28th also at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 19th

 

Chix Officials Update Regulations

for New Dispensaries Locating Here
Revised regulations for future medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities have been approved by the Chickasha City Council. The panel approved the changes in its meeting Monday night and will soon be in effect. Among the changes are that dispensaries and commercial growers will not be allowed to operate outside an approved zoning area unless the applicant has obtained a use-on-review permit. And no dispensaries shall allow the consumption of medical marijuana, related products, or alcohol in the dispensary. Use-on-review permits will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Community Development director. The permits will only be active for the duration that the tenant or property owner uses that location. The new regulations were approved by a 6-2 vote with Councilmen Clark Van Dyck and R.P. Ashanti-Alexander casting the no votes.

 

New Dispensary, Fire Fighter Lawsuit

on Agenda for Special Council Meeting             

A proposal to consider a use-on-review for a new dispensary was pulled from the city council agenda Monday night. Officials said there was an error in the paperwork. The request is from Brannan Bordwine for a location at 420 West Grand and it will be considered in a special city council meeting later today. Other items on the agenda include a behind-closed-doors discussion regarding the lawsuit filed against city by the Chickasha Firefighters Association regarding the allegations of the city's refusal to compensate firefighters for overtime pay as part their contract agreement. The council will also consider a $44,000 payment to a firm to burn the remaining debris collected from last October's ice storm. Today's special meeting will get underway at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Suspect Accused of Setting Fire to His Home

A Rush Springs man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged his mobile home. The state fire marshal's office issued an arrest warrant for 46-year old Jeffrey Allen Clark last Friday and he was arrested on Monday. Clark is accused of starting the fire at his home south of Rush Springs in July of last year. A probable cause affidavit from the investigator states that evidence from the fire was identified as an ignitable fluid similar to gasoline. Other possible causes for the fire were eliminated including electrical problems, unattended cooking, or lit candles, cigarettes, or cigars that may have fallen on the floor. Clark's daughter, who was living with him at the mobile home, told investigators her father had removed a lot of items from the home two days before the fire and that Clark admitted to her that he started the fire. Prosecutors have formally charged Clark with second degree arson and he is out of jail after posting a $25,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 23rd.

 

Chix Library Sets Summer Reading Program

The Chickasha Public Library is getting ready to offer another summer reading program for kids. Children's Librarian Courtney Mayall says sign-ups are underway and talks about this year's theme-


              

The “Tails and Tales” program is free and begins June 1st and runs through July 30th.

 

Congressman Schedules Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Oklahoma 4th District Congressman Tom Cole will hold a telephone town hall meeting next week. In a press release, Cole says he wants to provide an update on legislative news and updates from Washington, D.C. He said between recent legislative developments and more misguided and expensive policies put forth by the Biden Administration there is a lot to discuss. The Congressman has set aside one hour to visit with Oklahomans in his district which includes parts of central and southwest Oklahoma. It will be Monday, May 24th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Constituents can call 833-305-1727. Individuals can contact Cole's Oklahoma office in Norman for other information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.71.

Natural gas is $3.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,858 and silver is $27.77.

 

Obituary

Patricia Williams

A memorial service for Patricia Williams, 61, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 18th

 

Councilman: 1930 Chix Lynching Should be Condemned

It's reported that the last lynching in Oklahoma occurred in Chickasha nearly 100 years ago. City Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander wants the city council to pass a resolution condemning the act. The Ward 3 councilman brought up the issue during last night's city council meeting. He said as the state prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre that it was appropriate that the city take the action. Ashanti-Alexander said that Henry Argo died in the attack on May 30th, 1930. No one was ever arrested for the hate crime. On-line records show that Argo was killed by a mob at the Chickasha jail. He had been arrested for the alleged attack on a white woman and her child. It was reported that a sniper made his way into Argo's cell and shot him in the head.

              

Chix Water Bills Going Up

Chickasha residents will be paying more for their drinking water. The city council approved a wide range of fee increases during last night's meeting. The minimum cost for water will be $15 for up to 2,000 gallons used. Basic sewer rates inside the city limits, which is based on water consumption, will be $4.35 per month plus $3.30 per 1,000 gallons. The new rates are expected to be implement July 1st. Mayor Chris Mosley said the rate hike is needed as the city's cost to purchase water from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir will increase substantially. That's because the city has not had a new contract with the Ft. Cobb Master Conservancy District which operates the reservoir in nearly three decades.

 

              

 

Mosley said a federal audit discovered the failure by both sides for not having a new contract for that length of time.

 

Traffic Delays Expected Due to Bridge Work

Today is the day that crews working on the Washita River Bridge Replacement project will be putting a new bridge beam into place. This is on U.S. Highway 62 near the H.E. Bailey Turnpike east of Chickasha. Traffic will be stopped occasionally while crews maneuver the giant piece of steel. Officials expect there will be delays and motorists should find an alternate route.

 

Power Line Replacement Postponed

Some electrical line work on Choctaw Avenue that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. Officials had announced that traffic would be detoured between 4th Street and 16th Street for a brief time Wednesday morning. Public Works Director David Buchanan said that the work has been delayed as there was an issue with the detour route. Contractors for Public Service Company of Oklahoma will be replacing some power lines which is associated with the Highway 81 West Bypass project.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.46.

Natural gas is $3.22 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,869 and silver is $28.62.

 

Obituaries

Ron Reynolds

A private graveside service for 72-year old Ron Reynolds of Chickasha will be held at the Verden Cemetery. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Justice Oliver

Funeral service for 24-year old Justice Oliver of Chickasha will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 21st at The Christian Center. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 17th

 

Downpour Causes Flooding in Rush Springs Area

Torrential rains caused some flooding in the Rush Springs area yesterday. District 3 Grady County Commissioner Ralph Beard says there were reports of more than six inches of rain in a wide area in southern Grady and northern Stephens counties. And, there has been some damage to county roads.

 

              

 

Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson posted a number of photos on the agency's Facebook page showing water running over county roads. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for all of central and southern Oklahoma through 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning as more rain is forecast for the region. Officials say additional flooding is possible south of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Dispensary Regulations

Updates to the City of Chickasha's code regarding medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities will be discussed by the Chickasha City Council tonight. The panel will also consider a use-on-review request for yet another dispensary at 420 West Grand Avenue. The council will also consider rezoning several lots in the Southgate Addition from residential to commercial use. The Planning Commission is recommending the changes for applicant Bryce Binyon. The council will also consider declaring expired protective body armor and law enforcement uniform equipment no longer used by the police department as surplus property. The group will also consider a proposal to purchase additional quarantine cages for the city’s animal shelter at a cost of $8,000. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Several People Hurt in Collision

One person was hospitalized and several others suffered minor injuries after a crash in Stephens County. 20-year old Braden Wright of Duncan was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. 20-year old Addy Elroy, 18-year old Michael Elroy, and 20-year old Kaytlyn Smock all of Marlow were taken to a Duncan hospital where they were treated and released. The accident happened about 5:30 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 81 south of Duncan. The highway patrol reports all the crash victims were in the same vehicle when a pickup driven by 56-year old Antonio Alvarez of Duncan ran a stop sign and crash into them.

              

Bridge Construction to Slow Traffic

The Washita River bridge re-construction on U.S. Highway 62 east of Chickasha could cause some traffic delays this week. State department of transportation officials say crews will be putting one of the new bridge beams in place. Flaggers will be out on Tuesday and Thursday to stop traffic occasionally. Motorists can expect delays and should be prepared to stop or find an alternate route. Future bridge beam placements will be taking place over the next few weeks and officials say they will announce them in advance. The two bridges over the river are being replaced at a cost of $12.5 million. The project is expected to take another 14 months to complete.

 

IRS Tax Deadline Extended for Some

You may hear news reports that today is the deadline in most states to file 2020 tax statements with the IRS. However, that's not the case in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Steve Grodecki with the Chickasha H and R Block office says an extension was granted to residents in those states due to the federal disaster declared in those states as a result of the polar vortex that paralyzed the three states in February. The deadline to file taxes for residents in those states was extended to June 15th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.71.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,850 and silver is $27.74.

2021, May 10th-15th

Saturday, May 15th

 

Suspect Arrested Following Child Porn Investigation

A four-month investigation by the OSBI into allegations of a man obtaining child pornography has resulted in an arrest. 21-year old Chance Arlan Mason was arrested by agents at his Blanchard apartment Thursday morning. Mason is accused of downloading more than one hundred photos and videos of child porn. He is charged with possession of child porn and violating the computer crimes act. He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond. Court documents indicate the investigation began January 21st when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report of an individual suspected of electronically obtaining child porn. The affidavit filed by the OSBI indicates that Mason admitted he had been downloaded and purchasing child and adult porn for about three years and spent about $1,000 a month on porn sites.

 

Coach's Death Leads to Passage of New State Law

The death of beloved Rush Springs football coach Barry Foster helped to serve as a springboard to pass a new state law called the No Patient Left Alone Act. The measure allows hospital patients to designate one visitor to have unrestricted visitation. Foster, who died as a result of the coronavirus, was alone when he passed away from the illness. Foster's wife and children were among many who were unable to be present in the final moments of their loved one's lives because of restrictions in place. State Representative Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin authored the bill who said adding isolation on top of health struggles drastically affects the patient's mental health. The bill prohibits the termination, suspension, or waiver of visitation rights by hospitals, the state health department, or any government agency regardless of declarations of emergency by the governor or the legislature. The measure does allow for hospitals to have certain restrictions but they are prohibited from requiring patients to waive their rights specified in the No Patient Left Alone Act.

 

Bridge Construction Work May Cause Traffic Delays

The Washita River bridge construction work on US Highway 62 east of Chickasha could cause some traffic delays next week. State Department of Transportation officials say flaggers will be out on Tuesday and Thursday to stop traffic occasionally for a bridge beam placement. Motorists can expect delays and should be prepared to stop or find an alternate route. Future bridge beam placements will take place over the next few weeks and will be announced as schedules are finalized. The two bridges are being replaced at a cost of $12.5 million. Manhattan Road and Bridge Company of Tulsa is the firm that was awarded the project which is expected to be completed in late summer 2022.

 

Science and Arts Names Top Grad

A number of outstanding graduates were recognized at the University of Science and Arts commencement program this spring but one was named the Distinguished Graduate for 2021. Genevieve Gordon graduated summa cum laude with a GPA of 3.99. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and sociology. Gordon will be moving on to Pennsylvania State University this fall as a fully-funded teaching assistant in that university's master's program which is considered to be the most prestigious such program in the country.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Courtney Mayall and Brandi Bradford with the Chickasha Public Library are on our KOOL Konversation program. Find a link to the program under the community tab on this website.

 

Friday, May 14th

 

State Lawmakers Discuss $8.3 Billion State Budget Plan

Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican leaders at the state capital are backing a proposed $8.3 billion state budget for the fiscal year that will start in July. If approved, it would be an increase from the $7.8 billion budget for the current fiscal year. Officials say the plan would increase funding for education, allow the state to put away hundreds of millions into state savings accounts, and cut corporate and personal income taxes. Officials say an unexpected surge in state revenues means that instead of cutting budgets, leaders can make investments and increase state agency budgets by about 7 percent on average. The plan would reduce the top personal income tax rate from 5 percent to 4.75 percent and reduce the corporate income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent. It would also place $800 million into savings accounts. State Democrats say some of money targeted for savings accounts could be used to end sales taxes on groceries and would restore and increase the Earned Income Credit which puts money into the pockets of Oklahomans. Democrats said they could not vote for any budget that sends $25 million of taxpayer money to private schools.

 

Chickasha Summer Food Program Set

There will be summer food program for youth in the Chickasha area. The Chickasha Library is teaming up with the Regional Food Bank to offer food packs for children starting June 1st. Food will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of holidays) for all of June and July. No income verification or proof of residency is required. There will be two pick-up locations including Washita Valley Park from 11:00 a.m. to noon and at the library from noon to 1:00 p.m. The summer food program will run June 1st through July 30th.

 

Community Blood Drive This Afternoon

KOOL and RANCH radio stations are again joining with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for a community blood drive today. Those who donate will be eligible to win a Ranger boat or a Traeger grill. Donors will receive a  special summer t-shirt and a voucher for either two tickets to Safari Joe's H20 Water park or one ticket to Frontier City. The OBI bloodmobile will be set up across the street from the stations in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 to 5:30 this afternoon. Many appointments have been scheduled but walk-ups are welcome.

 

OBI Urges Support for SB 905

Speaking of the blood institute, the agency is asking for Oklahomans to contact their state lawmakers and urge them to support proposed legislation that would help increase blood donations. It's SB 905 which would offer tax credits to businesses that contribute work time and space for employee blood drives. Officials say it would also strengthen the state's disaster preparedness by increasing locations where emergency blood drives can be held, and foster a public-private partnership to improve patient care and strengthen communities. Timing is critical to reach out to state lawmakers as the legislative session is scheduled to end May 27th.

 

Blanchard May Daze Underway

Town-wide garage sales, a carnival, and numerous vendors are on hand for the City of Blanchard’s annual May Daze celebration. Dozens of vendor booths line the downtown area, there are food trucks,, Blanchard Idol is back, and there is a cornhole tournament. The Blanchard Chamber of Commerce hosts the event with sponsors that include Knippelmeier Chevrolet, The Pioneer Telephone Corporation, Ovintiv, and Sutterfield Land Surveying. Blanchard May Daze runs today through Sunday, May 16th.

 

Coffee and Cars Event is Saturday Morning

Fans of classic cars and trucks can spend part of their Saturday morning tomorrow with the monthly Coffee and Cars gathering. It's held the third Saturday of every month. It's a free event held at Bates Repair at Highway 81 and Cottonwood Road. There's free coffee and donuts while they last. You can bring your classic car or truck as well.  Coffee and Cars runs from 9 to 11 tomorrow morning.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.05.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,834 and silver is $27.29.

 

Obituaries

Loretta Moore

Service for Loretta Moore, 84, of Chickasha are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.

Voncille Daniel

Graveside service for Voncille Daniel, 91, of Pocasset will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15th at the Pocasset Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, May 13th

 

Woman, Child Killed in Caddo County Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a head on collision that killed a woman and a six-year old girl in Caddo County yesterday. A five-year old boy in the car with them survived but was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. The trooper investigating the crash said all three were in a car that collided with a Dodge 3500 truck at the crest of a hill east of Lookeba. The accident happened about 8 o'clock Wednesday morning near the intersection of two county roads. Killed in the crash was 28-year old Gena Evans of Hinton. The children were both from Ft. Cobb and their names were not released. The driver of the truck, 27-year old Shawn Tillman also of Hinton, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was treated and released.

 

Suspect Arrested in Child Sexual Assault Case

A suspect wanted on charges of child sexual abuse is behind bars. Caddo County officials issued an arrest warrant for 36-year old Dustin Kyle Taylor of Binger last week. The Lawton Constitution reports that Taylor was wanted for the ongoing molestation of a girl. The warrant for three felony counts of child sexual assault was issued last Friday. It wasn't clear when Taylor was arrested but on-line court records indicate that he had his initial appearance in Caddo County District Court yesterday. His bond was set at $20,000. A preliminary hearing conference was scheduled for June 25th.

 

Energy Companies Return to Drilling

Several energy companies are trying to make a comeback in the aftermath of the pandemic. Continental Resources has received drilling permits in both the SCOOP and STACK plays. In Grady County, Continental will be drilling the Linton No. 2 Well due east of Ninnekah in Section 32 of Township 6 North and Range 6 West. Continental also received a permit to drill in Blaine County, southeast of Thomas. Kaiser-Francis Oil Company received a permit to drill two wells in Caddo County southwest of Binger. They are the Cart and Gunter Wells in Section 20 of Township 9 North and Range 11 West. Red Rocks Oil and Gas received a permit to drill the Elizabeth Norvill Well northeast of Lindsay in McClain County in Section 29 of Township 5 North and Range 4 West. Redland Resources received a permit to drill the Hilltop Well southeast of Sterling in Comanche County.

 

Chickasha's Miniature Golf Course Opens

Chickasha's newest entertainment venue is now open! The Jungle Ice Fun Zone, the city's 18-hole putt-putt golf course is located on Grand Avenue south, near the city's sports complex. In addition to miniature golf there are video games, pool tables and concessions. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The Jungle Ice Fun Zone is owned and operated by Jerry and Sheila Layman and Steven Layman and Jennifer Cable. Find the Jungle Ice Fun Zone on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Cattle Poisoning Problem to be Discussed

Cattle producers concerned with prussic acid poisoning that might affect their herds can get an update in the next Grady County agriculture producers meeting. OSU Extension beef cattle specialist Jason Banta will discuss the issue next week at the Grady County OSU extension office.  Banta also works with AgriLife and A&M faculty to conduct beef cattle research in the areas of ruminant nutrition, cow-calf stocker managements, and animal health. He also helps to coordinate and teach an applied beef cattle nutrition course at the OSU College of Veterinary medicine. Producers can attend in person or watch on the Zoom platform. The program will be Tuesday, May 18 at 7 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $66.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.32.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,810 and silver is $26.85.

 

Obituary

Rev. Joseph Ross

Father Joseph Ross, longtime priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at the age of 76. He was the oldest brother of former Chickasha Mayor Hank Ross. Fr. Ross was a priest for more than 50 years, ordained into the priesthood in Chickasha in 1969. A  vigil service will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 17th at The Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Funeral mass will be at noon Tuesday, May 18th at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name Catholic Church in Chickasha.

 

Wednesday, May 12th

 

Anadarko to Host Opioid Awareness Program

Several groups in Anadarko are joining forces to fight opioid and fentanyl addiction. A number of Native American tribes, the City of Anadarko, local organizations, and volunteers are coming together to battle what they say is an epidemic. A group called TOR - which stands for Tribal Opioid Response - has organized an opioid awareness event for this Saturday, May 15th. There will be guest speakers, free NARCAN training, and groups will have a lot of information to make individuals aware of the dangers associated with the abuse of pain-killing drugs. Participants will also be able to turn in old or unused prescription drugs. The opioid awareness event will be an open street program on West Broadway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and it is suggested that those attending wear masks and follow social-distancing measures. Among the tribal groups taking part are the Delaware Nation, The Kiowa Tribe, the Apache Tribe, the Ft. Sill-Apache Tribe, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and the Comanche Nation.

 

Suspect Accused of Taking Guns from Chix Home

Chickasha police arrest a man for allegedly breaking into a local home and taking some firearms. Police were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of North 11th Street last Thursday to investigate. A resident there said he came home to find a known suspect in the house. A police affidavit indicated the suspect did not have permission to be inside the home. The suspect ran out of the house and got into an SUV and drove away. A few minutes later, a state trooper had the SUV pulled over southeast of town. The suspect was in the vehicle but when contacted denied taking anything. Authorities arrested 24-year old Christian Benson on a burglary complaint. Prosecutors charged him with a felony for second degree burglary and Benson remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Handful of Voters Cast Ballots in Rush Springs Election

There was a special municipal election in Rush Springs yesterday but hardly anybody cast ballots. Less than 10 individuals decided on the extension of a franchise agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma.  The unofficial results had the issue passing unanimously, 7-0.

 

Chickasha Seeks Festival of Light Director

Officials are searching for a new director for one of Oklahoma's favorite destinations for Christmas light displays. Chickasha's Festival of Light is looking for someone to accept that responsibility. The individual is responsible for coordinating the program; organizational structure and procedures; the motivation and recruitment of volunteers; income and expenses; employment and training of staff and volunteers; and long-range planning. The successful candidate will have to live in Chickasha and be available to work nights from mid-November to the end of December. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in marketing are preferred along with five years of working knowledge of non-profit groups or chamber of commerce experience. It is a full-time position with the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce and includes benefits. Application review is already underway and the target date to have a new director in place is June 1st.

 

CV Tech Students Earn Top Honors

A couple of students at the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center have been honored for their work. Amos Gonzales and Parker Shaffer have been named the CV Tech Foundation's Outstanding Scholars. Gonzales, of Chickasha is the top post-secondary student; while Shaffer, a home school student from Chickasha is the high school winner. Gonzales will soon complete CV Tech's Digital Media program. He's among the members of the school's state champion quiz bowl team which won the top spot at the recent SkillsUSA competition. Shaffer is in the service careers area and plans to attend a Bible college and become a missionary.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.55.

Natural gas is $2.95 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,835 and silver is $27.51.

 

Obituary

Ronnie ‘Dogg’ Fulton, Jr.

A celebration of life for Ronnie "Dogg" Fulton, Jr. 53, of Cement will be at noon Friday, May 14th at the Cement High School Auditorium. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 11th

 

Consumer Spending Sluggish in Grady County

For a second consecutive month, consumer spending in Grady County was down from the previous month. Back in February, it's estimated that county-wide consumer spending was just under $53 million.  That's down 13 percent from January and off nearly 21 percent from February of last year. Consumer spending estimates are based on sales tax revenues returned to the region. Grady County received about $396,000 in sales tax revenues in April - funds which were collected on the purchase of taxable goods and services in February. Here's the breakdown of how the $396,000 is spent, all of which were approved by county voters. The Grady County Fairgrounds received $132,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received $117,000; the seven senior nutrition centers shared $66,000 with each one collecting about $9,500; the 20 county fire districts shared $66,000 with each getting $3,300; Tuttle EMS received $12,000; and Rush Springs EMS collected $3,000.

 

Chix Dispensary Ordinance to be Reviewed              

A number of public hearings are scheduled for today's meeting of the Chickasha Planning Commission. One is to consider changes and updates to the city ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities. Another is to consider a use-on-review for a medical marijuana dispensary for Brannan Bordwine at 420 W. Grand Avenue. Several public hearings are scheduled to consider rezoning lots in the Southgate Addition from residential to commercial use at the request of Bryce Binyon. The panel will also discuss a request for re-zoning changes for the Planned Unit Development for The Villas at Grand Avenue. Any recommendations by the Planning Commission are not final. All the rulings are sent to the city council for its consideration.

 

Chix Seeks Applicants for Community Development Posts              

The City of Chickasha is looking to fill a couple of positions in its Community Development Department. Officials are seeking applicants for a Chief Building Official and a Building Inspector. Candidates for the Chief Building Official should have a bachelor's degree and/or four years related experience and training along with continuing education and certifications. The individual will oversee and participate in the plan review and inspection of all properties to ensure compliance with building codes; serve as an in-house expert on building code interpretation; and regulating the minimum standards of the safety, health, and welfare of the community. Building Inspector candidates should have an Associate's Degree in construction or a related field, two years’ experience in building construction, and two years’ experience as a building inspector. Duties include performing inspections; enforcing building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical codes; and ensuring that all codes and ordinances regarding construction, building safety, and the general welfare of the community are observed. The openings are posted on the City of Chickasha's website and applicants can file at city hall.

 

Chix School Students Recognized for Achievements

As the school year begins to wind down, dozens of Chickasha students were recognized for their extra-curricular achievements by the Chickasha school board last night. Numerous student athletes, band members, and ag students were honored for their accomplishments. The panel also recognized Aubree Wright as an Academic All-Stater. The school board also recognized Stephanie Riley in transportation and Mark Crowder in maintenance as the Chicken Express’ Employees of the Month. Also the support employees union, the Chickasha Association of Support Employees, was recognized by the Oklahoma Education Association with its 2021 Collective Bargaining award. Next week will be senior week with a number of activities for the graduates-to-be. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 21st. The last day of classes for the rest of Chickasha school students is Monday, May 24th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.92 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.32.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $27.59.

 

Obituary

Hugh Malicoat

A memorial service for Hugh Malicoat, 43, of Chickasha will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12th at Full Gospel Church.

 

Monday, May 10th

 

Elderly Woman Dies in Caddo County Rollover

A weekend rollover accident in Caddo County claims the life of a Weatherford woman. 70-year old Donna Chasenah died at an Oklahoma City hospital as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. Chasenah was a passenger in an SUV which ran off the road and overturned. Two other people in the SUV were taken to a Weatherford hospital where they were treated and released. They were identified as 23-year old Jamie Deevers and 24-year old Isaiah Harjo, both also of Weatherford. The accident happened about 1:30 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 58 north of Carnegie and southwest of Eakly. The highway patrol reports that Deevers was driving and that she turned to speak to one of the passengers. The vehicle ran off the highway and rolled twice.

 

Truck Driver Hurt in McClain County Accident

A truck driver was hospitalized after his semi ran off a McClain County road east of Dibble. 58-year old Glen Grumbles of Duncan was taken by ground ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was admitted in good condition. The accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 59 south of Criner. The trooper dispatched to the crash site reported that Grumbles was trying to take a curve too fast then ran off the road and rolled an unknown number of times. Grumbles was trapped in the cab for about 20 minutes before being freed by the Dibble Fire Department.

 

Chix Schools 'Restoring Excellence' Projects to Start Soon

Agreements between Chickasha Public Schools and a couple of firms will be discussed by the board of education tonight. Superintendent Rick Croslin is proposing the agreements which are in connection with projects included in the Restoring Excellence Bond issues passed by school district voters earlier this year. One proposal is for architectural services with a firm known as LWPB and the other is for civil engineering services from the firm Smith, Roberts, and  Baldischwiler. Croslin said both companies are being recommended after a committee interviewed several companies and discussed the work with contractor CMS Willowbrook. School board meetings have returned to the school administration building after the last few have been held at the high school activity center. Masks are optional for those who want to attend in person. The meeting can also be viewed on the district's YouTube channel which can be accessed from the district's website. The meeting will get underway at 6 p.m.

 

Archers On Target at National Competition

The Chickasha schools archery program had a number of students turn in some great performances at the National Archery in the Schools competition. For the boys, Joseph Shaw turned the best score for the Chickasha High School team with a 291 out of possible 300. That qualified him for the world archery in the schools competition. The top boys score from the Chickasha Middle School team came from Nolan Myrko with a 282. The top boys score for the Chickasha Elementary School team was turned in by Jaxon Bowman with a 256. For the girls, Danielle Adair had Chickasha High School's best score with a 256; the best Chickasha Middle School girl’s score came from Whitley Rey with a 266; the top score from the Chickasha Elementary School team was from Zoe Reyes with a 256. Several students received academic honors, including high school archers Joseph Shaw, Thomas Shaw, and Trenten Rippy and middle school archer Nolan Myrko.

 

Anadarko City-Wide Clean-up May 17th-22nd

The City of Anadarko will have its clean-up Anadarko campaign all of next week. The campaign runs Monday, May 17th through Saturday, May 22nd. The city is being divided into four sections and residents can check the city's Facebook page for those sections and the pick-up days. Officials say debris must be bagged or contained and placed at the curb prior to your particular pick-up day. They will pick up large items like refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and furniture. Or, residents can take those items as well as tires to a roll-off site at the police department. No hazardous items will be accepted. Officials also stress that they will only be making one stop at each address. Any properties not cleaned up by May 24th will be subject to code violations.

 

Grady County DAV to Meet Tuesday

The Grady County DAV chapter will hold its monthy meeting tomorrow night. The meeting will be held at the DAV headquarters in Chickasha at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 11th. All veterans are welcome.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.28.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,838 and silver is $27.87.

 

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Saturday, May 8th

 

Jury Convicts Man of Murder

Guilty. That's the verdict in the murder trial of Baltazar Sanchez-Garcia who was accused of killing his estranged wife. The body of Linday Salazar was found in Marlow in November of 2016 the day after she was reported missing. Her throat had been slashed. After the brutal killing, Sanchez-Garcia fled to Mexico where he was arrested. According to the Duncan Banner, Sanchez-Garcia was brought back to Oklahoma after conditions of his extradition included that the death penalty would not be an option for punishment. A Stephens County jury only took an hour to convict Sanchez-Garcia and the panel recommended life without parole. Formal sentencing is set for June 22nd.

 

New Law Expected to Release More Non-Violent Offenders

More non-violent Oklahoma offenders may soon be able to be released from prison early if they qualify for electronic monitoring. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 456 into law which officials say addresses some community sentencing issues. One is to help non-violent offenders re-enter society and the other would keep predators out of the program. The bill was requested by the state department of corrections. A non-violent offender with a sentence of 10 years or less would be eligible once they are within three years of release. Inmates ineligible for home monitoring would include those convicted of child abuse and/or neglect, or the exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Inmates must apply to get into the program and meet certain standards before enrolling. The law goes into effect Nov. 1st.

 

More Wind Turbines Coming to Southern Oklahoma

Another wind farm will be built in the region. Enel Green Power has announced plans to erect the new turbines in Garvin and Carter counties. It will be called the Rockhaven wind project and is expected to produce 140 megawatts of electricity. Rockhaven is the 11th wind farm in Oklahoma for Enel Green Power and officials anticipate commercial operations to begin by the end of the year. And it’s not the only new construction proposed by the company. The website OK Energy Today reports the project is part of a total 1.5 gigawatt production capability with four other renewable energy projects in Texas and Illinois. One of them will be Enel's largest solar plant in the U.S. and others will include three hybrid renewable energy projects. Officials say the company has more than 2.3 gigawatts of new renewable generation projects under construction and will have more than 600 megawatts of battery-storage capacity under construction in the U.S. later this year.

 

Obituary

Gail Donnellan

Funeral service for Gail Donnellan, 65, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 10th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Chickasha Mobile Meals, or the St. Luke's Memorial Fund.

 

Friday, May 7th

 

Appelate Court Overturns Murder Conviction

District Attorney Jason Hicks is disappointed with a state court ruling which overturns the murder conviction of a man accused of killing a teenager. The state court of criminal appeals overturned the conviction of Miles Bench who was convicted of killing Velma-Alma convenience store clerk Braylee Henry in 2012. The appellate court ruling cited the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision as its reasoning for overturning the conviction. In a press conference, Hicks disagreed that the Bench case applied to the McGirt decision.

 

              

 

Hicks said the state attorney general could ask for a stay in the matter. The Bench case is now expected to be heard in tribal or federal court.

 

City of Chickasha Schedules Ward Meetings

Officials at Chickasha City Hall say they always welcome comments from citizens. Starting next week, officials will have a series of meetings for residents in each of the city's four wards. The first such meeting will be for individuals who live in Ward 1. Ward One City Councilmen David Sikes and Brian Gerdes will be in attendance and residents can share their concerns as well as their ideas about what can be done to make the city better. The Ward 1 meeting will be Monday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall. Meetings for residents in the other three wards will follow over the next few months. The Ward 2 meeting will be Monday, June 14th; the Ward 3 meeting will be Monday, July 12th; and the Ward 4 meeting will be Monday, August 9th.

 

Bids Sought for Grady County Fairgrounds Contracts

The Grady County Fairgrounds is soliciting bids for several contracts which expire next month. Those contracts include concession management in the indoor arena; concession and beverage management in the event center; mobile concession and beverage management for the outdoor arena; and lawn maintenance and landscape service. Bids must be received by May 24th. For information, contact Jamie Jones at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Chix Chamber to Hold Ribbon-Cuttings

A number of new Chickasha businesses have opened their doors in the last few months and the Chamber of Commerce is catching up on ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new chamber members – ceremonies which were delayed because of the pandemic. Today, officials will be at Tammie's Bling Boutique downtown at 123 West Chickasha Ave. Friday, May 14th there's a ribbon-cutting at the Salvation Army to celebrate some recently completed renovations. Thursday, May 20th, it’s with Hillary Communications which is bringing high-speed Internet to the community. Friday, May 21st, they'll be at Viridian Coffee, where the chamber will have its first ChamberConnects program in over a year. ChamberConnects is a monthly program for members to network. Check out the chamber's website or Facebook page for more info.

 

PEO Groups Award Scholarships

High school students face a daunting task when applying for scholarships to continue their education. Filling out dozens of documents is a time-consuming task in hopes of getting some help to pay for tuition and books. The work paid off in a big way for three Chickasha High School students. Jordan Wallace, Bailey White, and Logan McKinney have all been awarded $2,500 STAR scholarships from the PEO sisterhood. PEO stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization and there are three such chapters in Chickasha. The STAR scholarship is for exceptional high school senior women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, and potential for future success.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. David Nowlin with OSU Extension discusses the pecan industry with horticulturist Becky Carroll on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community Tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.09.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,821 and silver is $27.45.

 

Thursday, May 6th

 

GOP House Members Support Education Funding Increase

Republicans in the State House of Representatives are supporting an increase in education spending. Officials say the house has prioritized funding reform for K-12 schools to include measures that increase per-student funding and equalize appropriations for all districts. In a press release, GOP house members support at least $135 million more for common education. They say the increase could reduce the number of students in each classroom especially in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The plan would restore funds from one-time pandemic-related reductions from last year, and add money to the funding formula to trigger the class-size reductions. State lawmakers only have a few more days left in the legislative session which is required to adjourn by the end of the month.

 

GMH Adds New General Surgeon

Grady Memorial Hospital has a new general surgeon on staff. Dr. Robert Buchanan has been on board since last fall. He’s a native Texan who graduated from Texas A and M and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He had his residency training at the University of North Carolina. Buchanan discusses one of his primary duties.

 

              

 

Buchanan joins longtime general surgeon Dr. Amish Patel at Grady Memorial.

 

Auto Club Swap Meet Underway

The Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet is underway. The event attracts thousands of visitors from across the country every year. There are hundreds of vendors with everything from boxes of parts to sort through to fully restored cars and trucks for sale. There's also a lot of transportation-related memorabilia for collectors and individuals share stories about their projects and favorite memories of their work and travels. The swap meet is on the auto club grounds next to the Grady County Fairgrounds and there are also indoor vendors at the fairgrounds east of downtown Chickasha. There will also be an arts and crafts show at the fairgrounds tomorrow and Saturday. There are city-wide garage sales in both Chickasha and Anadarko through the weekend. Both cities are waiving permit fees. Chickasha residents don't have to have a permit but Anadarko residents should pick up a permit at the Utility Billing Department at City Hall., Anadarko's town wide garage sales start tomorrow.

 

Chix Residents Urged to Promote Local Tourism

This week has been set aside as National Travel and Tourism Week. As proved by the antique auto club's spring and fall swap meets, the Festival of Light, and all the events at the Grady County Fairgrounds throughout the year, tourism is a big deal for Chickasha. In his "The Good Stuff" column this week, Chickasha Economic Development Council Director Jim Cowan writes that there are many other events that bring people to Chickasha. One of them is the annual Oklahoma Shop Hop which runs from June 1st through July 31st. It's a travel event hosted by nearly 30 quilt shops across the state and is estimated to bring about 1,000 people to visit Chickasha’s two shops downtown, Steelman's and Quilts by Gail. Cowan echoed thoughts from Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell during his recent visit to the city that residents must tell Chickasha's story to people everywhere and recognize what tourism means to the local economy.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.96.

Natural gas is $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,793 and silver is $26.81.

 

Obituary

Susan Bliss

Graveside service for Susan Bliss, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. It’s a casual gathering for family and friends. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to any pet rescue organization.

 

Wednesday, May 5th

 

Pair Charged in Connection with Teen's Overdose Death

A Chickasha man and his girlfriend have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the overdose death of a teenager last fall. KWTV News 9 reports that 23-year old Lawrence Anderson, Jr. and 25-year old Krishel Cowan were formally charged with murder last week. The two are accused of selling 18-year old Austin Fox counterfeit oxycodone pills which led to his death. Court records show that Fox purchased blue M-30 tablets from the suspects at least three times. Anderson is the son of Lawrence Anderson, who is the suspect in a gruesome triple homicide that occurred in Chickasha earlier this year.

 

Trio Accused of Taking Expensvie Puppies in Hold-Up

Three armed robbery suspects are arrested for an alleged hold-up regarding some expensive puppies. Chickasha police were summoned to Country Park Apartments last Wednesday by two Kansas women who said they were held up at gunpoint. A probable cause affidavit indicates they women brought four American Bully puppies to sell with each puppy valued at $1,200. The next day, police served an arrest warrant on a man at the Castle Inn and Suites where they arrested 31-year old DeAngelo Donta Cheatham. The warrants were for robbery and firearms charges out of Comanche County. Two of the stolen puppies were found in Cheatham’s room. That led authorities to 25-year old Trevan Desaun Brown of Chickasha and 20-year old Jasmine Lesslie Greer of Lawton. All three were taken into custody and face robbery-related charges. Cheatham is being held on a $150,000 bond in addition to the charges out of Comanche County; Brown is being held on a $75,000 bond; and Greer is being held on a $50,000 bond.

 

Spring Antique Auto Swap Meet About to Begin

Vendors for the annual Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet begin arriving today. The vendors come from all over the country and there may also be some international vendors and buyers. Bud Andrus with the auto club says there will be a wide variety of vehicles and individual parts for sale or trade.

 

              

 

Vendors can set up their spaces today and the swap meet officially opens tomorrow at dawn and runs through Saturday. It’s being held east of downtown Chickasha. Admission is free and paid parking benefits local charities.

 

Lyric-Writing Workshop Scheduled

For those with an interest in writing song lyrics the Chickasha Public Library has a program for you. An upcoming workshop is designed to develop techniques for songwriting lyrics through a process called sensory writing. It's called “Sing a New Song: Changing Lives Through Music”. It will be led by Peter Markes, an award-winning music educator and performer out of Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road Band and has performed in over 30 countries. The free one-hour workshop will be held at the library on Saturday, May 22nd. It's geared toward adults and teens. While the workshop is free seating is limited so registration is required. Stop by the library or call 405-222-6075.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.88.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,777 and silver is $26.45.

 

Obituary

Richard Singleton

Funeral service for Richard Singleton, 76, of Verden will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 7th at the Verden First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 4th

 

Clean-Up Chickasha Campaign Reviewed

Those who organized the weekend Clean up Chickasha Campaign said they were happy with the overwhelming efforts of local residents but know there is room for improvement. Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) President Jim Cowan said all the big roll-off dumpsters were over-filled over the four-day period even though Waste Connections officials say they emptied the dumpsters several times. A lot of debris was stacked up around the dumpsters Monday morning and Waste Connections brought in additional roll-off dumpsters to pick up what was left on the ground. There was so much debris that they couldn't finish up yesterday, so Cowan said they expect to finish their work today. He said there is obviously a need to have another clean-up campaign but they will have to do it differently.

              

Chix City Council OKs McGirt Decision Updates

The Chickasha City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the FBI and the Western District Safe Trails Task Force last night as part of the re-organization needed with the police department because of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. The panel also approved an updated agreement with the Chickasaw Nation Law Enforcement Commission as a result of that decision. The council accepted a $4,000 grant from the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) Foundation. The funds will be used to purchases protective gloves and pay for professional mental health counseling for officers and staff. The group also renewed the contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District, and approved vacating property owned by the city in two locations. One of them is 2020 Missouri Ave. and came at the request of John and Gina Smith; the other was at 1128 S. 21st Street and came at the request of Sherrie Carter. The council also announced a reorganization of the panel’s Finance Committee. The group approved the mayor's recommendation of councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Oscar Nelson, Brian Gerdes, and David Sikes to serve on the committee with Sikes being the chairman.

 

Verden Burglary Suspects Arrested

Verden and Chickasha police have arrested two men who have been subsequently charged with felonies following a recent break-in at a Verden home. 26-year old Sinjin David Moore and 37-year old Ryan Keith Chase - both of Chickasha - were both taken into custody after the break-ins last Thursday. A post on the Verden Police Department Facebook page alleges the two men drove their pick-up into the backyard of a home, backed up to a storage shed, and loaded large tool boxes into the truck. When they left they ran over a gas meter which left gas spewing into the neighborhood. Fortunately, the homeowner had a security system and alerted police about the burglary. Case was arrested at a home in Verden and Chickasha police picked up Moore. Moore has been charged with burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. He is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Case remains in the Grady County Jail. Case has also been charged with burglary and Verden police say he has refused to follow book-in procedures at the jail and will see a judge when he decides to cooperate.

 

Okla. Congressman Tom Cole Has Chickasha Stop

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole made a stop in Chickasha yesterday. He met with Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin, University of Science and Arts President John Feaver, and Grady County Fairgrounds director Andy Maher. He also spent a few minutes with us at the KOOL/RANCH studio. Cole talked about the efforts of President Joe Biden in the first three months of his administration-


              

You can listen to our interview with Congressman Cole on our Real Estate Today program this Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on KOOL 105.5FM.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.29.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.88.

 

Obituary

Ernestean Warden

A graveside service for Ernestean Warden, 84, of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 7th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, May 3rd

 

Chix PD Begins Cross-Deputization Process

Chickasha police officers will soon be able to file cases with tribal courts as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. Chickasha and many areas of eastern Oklahoma have returned to Native American territory as a result of the ruling. Because of the decision police departments have limited authority in legal issues with individuals who are members of recognized tribes in the state. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell has been working with the Chickasaw Nation regarding the issue. The Chickasha City Council tonight is expected to approve an agreement with the Chickasaws to allow officers to fully investigate incidents involving tribal members. The agreement would allow police officers to continue performing as they normally do, though officers would not need to wait for a member of the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department to arrive before making an arrest. In a related issue, the city council is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as officers are cross-deputized with that agency. It would allow officers to file criminal cases with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

Ft. Cobb Reservoir Contract Up for Renewal

The council is also expected to renew the city's contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District. The city has contracted with the district for 55 years to get the city's water from the reservoir. The last contract renewal was in May of 2010. Officials are expected to give city representatives the authority to negotiate rates. The panel is also expected to approve the appointment of two new representatives to the Chickasha Industrial Authority. Mayor Chris Mosley is recommending that Zach Grayson and Clark Van Dyck be appointed to the panel. They would replace former council representatives Jim Hopkins and Kim Loggins. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix School Employees to Receive CARES Act Stipends

Most Chickasha school employees will see a little extra in their paychecks. The Chickasha Board of Education approved a stipend for qualified employees made possible by federal CARES act funds. Stipends of $1,500 and $750 were approved for both certified and support employees based on their hire date. The bonuses are dependent upon the completion of a COVID-19 professional development program. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the past 15 months have been nothing short of challenging, hectic, and tough. Chickasha Public Schools have been in session the entire school year serving students from multiple platforms and district employees pulled together to overcome barriers and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the students and the community.

 

First-Year State Lawmaker Has Success

A freshman state lawmaker has had a banner year at the state capital. A number of bills written by or co-sponsored by State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) have been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. In a statement Lowe said he was glad he could help some of these important pieces of legislation across the finish line. Among them is HB 2465 which is expected to reduce the backlog of driver’s license testing. It authorizes the Department of Public Safety to work with local school districts, career techs, and colleges and universities to act as approved written exam proctors for driver’s licenses. SB 128 creates the Seizure Safe Schools Act. It would require a school district to employ someone who has met the training requirements to administer medication to a student with a seizure disorder, should a district have a student with that need. HB 2462 authorizes the State Department of Education to enter into contracts and agreements for the payment of food, lodging, and other expenses to host, conduct, sponsor, or participate in conferences, meetings, or training sessions. Lowe said some of these bills may not be the flashiest but they accomplish his goal of getting legislation passed that truly helps Oklahomans.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.25.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,775 and silver is $26.17.

 

2021, May 3rd-8th

Saturday, May 8th

 

Jury Convicts Man of Murder

Guilty. That's the verdict in the murder trial of Baltazar Sanchez-Garcia who was accused of killing his estranged wife. The body of Linday Salazar was found in Marlow in November of 2016 the day after she was reported missing. Her throat had been slashed. After the brutal killing, Sanchez-Garcia fled to Mexico where he was arrested. According to the Duncan Banner, Sanchez-Garcia was brought back to Oklahoma after conditions of his extradition included that the death penalty would not be an option for punishment. A Stephens County jury only took an hour to convict Sanchez-Garcia and the panel recommended life without parole. Formal sentencing is set for June 22nd.

 

New Law Expected to Release More Non-Violent Offenders

More non-violent Oklahoma offenders may soon be able to be released from prison early if they qualify for electronic monitoring. Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed SB 456 into law which officials say addresses some community sentencing issues. One is to help non-violent offenders re-enter society and the other would keep predators out of the program. The bill was requested by the state department of corrections. A non-violent offender with a sentence of 10 years or less would be eligible once they are within three years of release. Inmates ineligible for home monitoring would include those convicted of child abuse and/or neglect, or the exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Inmates must apply to get into the program and meet certain standards before enrolling. The law goes into effect Nov. 1st.

 

More Wind Turbines Coming to Southern Oklahoma

Another wind farm will be built in the region. Enel Green Power has announced plans to erect the new turbines in Garvin and Carter counties. It will be called the Rockhaven wind project and is expected to produce 140 megawatts of electricity. Rockhaven is the 11th wind farm in Oklahoma for Enel Green Power and officials anticipate commercial operations to begin by the end of the year. And it’s not the only new construction proposed by the company. The website OK Energy Today reports the project is part of a total 1.5 gigawatt production capability with four other renewable energy projects in Texas and Illinois. One of them will be Enel's largest solar plant in the U.S. and others will include three hybrid renewable energy projects. Officials say the company has more than 2.3 gigawatts of new renewable generation projects under construction and will have more than 600 megawatts of battery-storage capacity under construction in the U.S. later this year.

 

Obituary

Gail Donnellan

Funeral service for Gail Donnellan, 65, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 10th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Chickasha Mobile Meals, or the St. Luke's Memorial Fund.

 

Friday, May 7th

 

Appelate Court Overturns Murder Conviction

District Attorney Jason Hicks is disappointed with a state court ruling which overturns the murder conviction of a man accused of killing a teenager. The state court of criminal appeals overturned the conviction of Miles Bench who was convicted of killing Velma-Alma convenience store clerk Braylee Henry in 2012. The appellate court ruling cited the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision as its reasoning for overturning the conviction. In a press conference, Hicks disagreed that the Bench case applied to the McGirt decision.

 

              

 

Hicks said the state attorney general could ask for a stay in the matter. The Bench case is now expected to be heard in tribal or federal court.

 

City of Chickasha Schedules Ward Meetings

Officials at Chickasha City Hall say they always welcome comments from citizens. Starting next week, officials will have a series of meetings for residents in each of the city's four wards. The first such meeting will be for individuals who live in Ward 1. Ward One City Councilmen David Sikes and Brian Gerdes will be in attendance and residents can share their concerns as well as their ideas about what can be done to make the city better. The Ward 1 meeting will be Monday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at city hall. Meetings for residents in the other three wards will follow over the next few months. The Ward 2 meeting will be Monday, June 14th; the Ward 3 meeting will be Monday, July 12th; and the Ward 4 meeting will be Monday, August 9th.

 

Bids Sought for Grady County Fairgrounds Contracts

The Grady County Fairgrounds is soliciting bids for several contracts which expire next month. Those contracts include concession management in the indoor arena; concession and beverage management in the event center; mobile concession and beverage management for the outdoor arena; and lawn maintenance and landscape service. Bids must be received by May 24th. For information, contact Jamie Jones at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Chix Chamber to Hold Ribbon-Cuttings

A number of new Chickasha businesses have opened their doors in the last few months and the Chamber of Commerce is catching up on ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new chamber members – ceremonies which were delayed because of the pandemic. Today, officials will be at Tammie's Bling Boutique downtown at 123 West Chickasha Ave. Friday, May 14th there's a ribbon-cutting at the Salvation Army to celebrate some recently completed renovations. Thursday, May 20th, it’s with Hillary Communications which is bringing high-speed Internet to the community. Friday, May 21st, they'll be at Viridian Coffee, where the chamber will have its first ChamberConnects program in over a year. ChamberConnects is a monthly program for members to network. Check out the chamber's website or Facebook page for more info.

 

PEO Groups Award Scholarships

High school students face a daunting task when applying for scholarships to continue their education. Filling out dozens of documents is a time-consuming task in hopes of getting some help to pay for tuition and books. The work paid off in a big way for three Chickasha High School students. Jordan Wallace, Bailey White, and Logan McKinney have all been awarded $2,500 STAR scholarships from the PEO sisterhood. PEO stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization and there are three such chapters in Chickasha. The STAR scholarship is for exceptional high school senior women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, and potential for future success.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. David Nowlin with OSU Extension discusses the pecan industry with horticulturist Becky Carroll on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community Tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.09.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,821 and silver is $27.45.

 

Thursday, May 6th

 

GOP House Members Support Education Funding Increase

Republicans in the State House of Representatives are supporting an increase in education spending. Officials say the house has prioritized funding reform for K-12 schools to include measures that increase per-student funding and equalize appropriations for all districts. In a press release, GOP house members support at least $135 million more for common education. They say the increase could reduce the number of students in each classroom especially in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The plan would restore funds from one-time pandemic-related reductions from last year, and add money to the funding formula to trigger the class-size reductions. State lawmakers only have a few more days left in the legislative session which is required to adjourn by the end of the month.

 

GMH Adds New General Surgeon

Grady Memorial Hospital has a new general surgeon on staff. Dr. Robert Buchanan has been on board since last fall. He’s a native Texan who graduated from Texas A and M and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He had his residency training at the University of North Carolina. Buchanan discusses one of his primary duties.

 

              

 

Buchanan joins longtime general surgeon Dr. Amish Patel at Grady Memorial.

 

Auto Club Swap Meet Underway

The Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet is underway. The event attracts thousands of visitors from across the country every year. There are hundreds of vendors with everything from boxes of parts to sort through to fully restored cars and trucks for sale. There's also a lot of transportation-related memorabilia for collectors and individuals share stories about their projects and favorite memories of their work and travels. The swap meet is on the auto club grounds next to the Grady County Fairgrounds and there are also indoor vendors at the fairgrounds east of downtown Chickasha. There will also be an arts and crafts show at the fairgrounds tomorrow and Saturday. There are city-wide garage sales in both Chickasha and Anadarko through the weekend. Both cities are waiving permit fees. Chickasha residents don't have to have a permit but Anadarko residents should pick up a permit at the Utility Billing Department at City Hall., Anadarko's town wide garage sales start tomorrow.

 

Chix Residents Urged to Promote Local Tourism

This week has been set aside as National Travel and Tourism Week. As proved by the antique auto club's spring and fall swap meets, the Festival of Light, and all the events at the Grady County Fairgrounds throughout the year, tourism is a big deal for Chickasha. In his "The Good Stuff" column this week, Chickasha Economic Development Council Director Jim Cowan writes that there are many other events that bring people to Chickasha. One of them is the annual Oklahoma Shop Hop which runs from June 1st through July 31st. It's a travel event hosted by nearly 30 quilt shops across the state and is estimated to bring about 1,000 people to visit Chickasha’s two shops downtown, Steelman's and Quilts by Gail. Cowan echoed thoughts from Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell during his recent visit to the city that residents must tell Chickasha's story to people everywhere and recognize what tourism means to the local economy.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.96.

Natural gas is $2.94 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,793 and silver is $26.81.

 

Obituary

Susan Bliss

Graveside service for Susan Bliss, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. It’s a casual gathering for family and friends. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to any pet rescue organization.

 

Wednesday, May 5th

 

Pair Charged in Connection with Teen's Overdose Death

A Chickasha man and his girlfriend have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the overdose death of a teenager last fall. KWTV News 9 reports that 23-year old Lawrence Anderson, Jr. and 25-year old Krishel Cowan were formally charged with murder last week. The two are accused of selling 18-year old Austin Fox counterfeit oxycodone pills which led to his death. Court records show that Fox purchased blue M-30 tablets from the suspects at least three times. Anderson is the son of Lawrence Anderson, who is the suspect in a gruesome triple homicide that occurred in Chickasha earlier this year.

 

Trio Accused of Taking Expensvie Puppies in Hold-Up

Three armed robbery suspects are arrested for an alleged hold-up regarding some expensive puppies. Chickasha police were summoned to Country Park Apartments last Wednesday by two Kansas women who said they were held up at gunpoint. A probable cause affidavit indicates they women brought four American Bully puppies to sell with each puppy valued at $1,200. The next day, police served an arrest warrant on a man at the Castle Inn and Suites where they arrested 31-year old DeAngelo Donta Cheatham. The warrants were for robbery and firearms charges out of Comanche County. Two of the stolen puppies were found in Cheatham’s room. That led authorities to 25-year old Trevan Desaun Brown of Chickasha and 20-year old Jasmine Lesslie Greer of Lawton. All three were taken into custody and face robbery-related charges. Cheatham is being held on a $150,000 bond in addition to the charges out of Comanche County; Brown is being held on a $75,000 bond; and Greer is being held on a $50,000 bond.

 

Spring Antique Auto Swap Meet About to Begin

Vendors for the annual Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet begin arriving today. The vendors come from all over the country and there may also be some international vendors and buyers. Bud Andrus with the auto club says there will be a wide variety of vehicles and individual parts for sale or trade.

 

              

 

Vendors can set up their spaces today and the swap meet officially opens tomorrow at dawn and runs through Saturday. It’s being held east of downtown Chickasha. Admission is free and paid parking benefits local charities.

 

Lyric-Writing Workshop Scheduled

For those with an interest in writing song lyrics the Chickasha Public Library has a program for you. An upcoming workshop is designed to develop techniques for songwriting lyrics through a process called sensory writing. It's called “Sing a New Song: Changing Lives Through Music”. It will be led by Peter Markes, an award-winning music educator and performer out of Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road Band and has performed in over 30 countries. The free one-hour workshop will be held at the library on Saturday, May 22nd. It's geared toward adults and teens. While the workshop is free seating is limited so registration is required. Stop by the library or call 405-222-6075.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.88.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,777 and silver is $26.45.

 

Obituary

Richard Singleton

Funeral service for Richard Singleton, 76, of Verden will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 7th at the Verden First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, May 4th

 

Clean-Up Chickasha Campaign Reviewed

Those who organized the weekend Clean up Chickasha Campaign said they were happy with the overwhelming efforts of local residents but know there is room for improvement. Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) President Jim Cowan said all the big roll-off dumpsters were over-filled over the four-day period even though Waste Connections officials say they emptied the dumpsters several times. A lot of debris was stacked up around the dumpsters Monday morning and Waste Connections brought in additional roll-off dumpsters to pick up what was left on the ground. There was so much debris that they couldn't finish up yesterday, so Cowan said they expect to finish their work today. He said there is obviously a need to have another clean-up campaign but they will have to do it differently.

              

Chix City Council OKs McGirt Decision Updates

The Chickasha City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the FBI and the Western District Safe Trails Task Force last night as part of the re-organization needed with the police department because of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. The panel also approved an updated agreement with the Chickasaw Nation Law Enforcement Commission as a result of that decision. The council accepted a $4,000 grant from the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) Foundation. The funds will be used to purchases protective gloves and pay for professional mental health counseling for officers and staff. The group also renewed the contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District, and approved vacating property owned by the city in two locations. One of them is 2020 Missouri Ave. and came at the request of John and Gina Smith; the other was at 1128 S. 21st Street and came at the request of Sherrie Carter. The council also announced a reorganization of the panel’s Finance Committee. The group approved the mayor's recommendation of councilmen R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Oscar Nelson, Brian Gerdes, and David Sikes to serve on the committee with Sikes being the chairman.

 

Verden Burglary Suspects Arrested

Verden and Chickasha police have arrested two men who have been subsequently charged with felonies following a recent break-in at a Verden home. 26-year old Sinjin David Moore and 37-year old Ryan Keith Chase - both of Chickasha - were both taken into custody after the break-ins last Thursday. A post on the Verden Police Department Facebook page alleges the two men drove their pick-up into the backyard of a home, backed up to a storage shed, and loaded large tool boxes into the truck. When they left they ran over a gas meter which left gas spewing into the neighborhood. Fortunately, the homeowner had a security system and alerted police about the burglary. Case was arrested at a home in Verden and Chickasha police picked up Moore. Moore has been charged with burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. He is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Case remains in the Grady County Jail. Case has also been charged with burglary and Verden police say he has refused to follow book-in procedures at the jail and will see a judge when he decides to cooperate.

 

Okla. Congressman Tom Cole Has Chickasha Stop

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole made a stop in Chickasha yesterday. He met with Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin, University of Science and Arts President John Feaver, and Grady County Fairgrounds director Andy Maher. He also spent a few minutes with us at the KOOL/RANCH studio. Cole talked about the efforts of President Joe Biden in the first three months of his administration-


              

You can listen to our interview with Congressman Cole on our Real Estate Today program this Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on KOOL 105.5FM.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $64.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.29.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,782 and silver is $26.88.

 

Obituary

Ernestean Warden

A graveside service for Ernestean Warden, 84, of Tuttle will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 7th at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

Monday, May 3rd

 

Chix PD Begins Cross-Deputization Process

Chickasha police officers will soon be able to file cases with tribal courts as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. Chickasha and many areas of eastern Oklahoma have returned to Native American territory as a result of the ruling. Because of the decision police departments have limited authority in legal issues with individuals who are members of recognized tribes in the state. Chickasha Police Chief Dee Rowell has been working with the Chickasaw Nation regarding the issue. The Chickasha City Council tonight is expected to approve an agreement with the Chickasaws to allow officers to fully investigate incidents involving tribal members. The agreement would allow police officers to continue performing as they normally do, though officers would not need to wait for a member of the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department to arrive before making an arrest. In a related issue, the city council is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as officers are cross-deputized with that agency. It would allow officers to file criminal cases with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

Ft. Cobb Reservoir Contract Up for Renewal

The council is also expected to renew the city's contract with the Ft. Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy District. The city has contracted with the district for 55 years to get the city's water from the reservoir. The last contract renewal was in May of 2010. Officials are expected to give city representatives the authority to negotiate rates. The panel is also expected to approve the appointment of two new representatives to the Chickasha Industrial Authority. Mayor Chris Mosley is recommending that Zach Grayson and Clark Van Dyck be appointed to the panel. They would replace former council representatives Jim Hopkins and Kim Loggins. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Chix School Employees to Receive CARES Act Stipends

Most Chickasha school employees will see a little extra in their paychecks. The Chickasha Board of Education approved a stipend for qualified employees made possible by federal CARES act funds. Stipends of $1,500 and $750 were approved for both certified and support employees based on their hire date. The bonuses are dependent upon the completion of a COVID-19 professional development program. Superintendent Rick Croslin said the past 15 months have been nothing short of challenging, hectic, and tough. Chickasha Public Schools have been in session the entire school year serving students from multiple platforms and district employees pulled together to overcome barriers and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the students and the community.

 

First-Year State Lawmaker Has Success

A freshman state lawmaker has had a banner year at the state capital. A number of bills written by or co-sponsored by State Representative Dick Lowe (R-Amber) have been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. In a statement Lowe said he was glad he could help some of these important pieces of legislation across the finish line. Among them is HB 2465 which is expected to reduce the backlog of driver’s license testing. It authorizes the Department of Public Safety to work with local school districts, career techs, and colleges and universities to act as approved written exam proctors for driver’s licenses. SB 128 creates the Seizure Safe Schools Act. It would require a school district to employ someone who has met the training requirements to administer medication to a student with a seizure disorder, should a district have a student with that need. HB 2462 authorizes the State Department of Education to enter into contracts and agreements for the payment of food, lodging, and other expenses to host, conduct, sponsor, or participate in conferences, meetings, or training sessions. Lowe said some of these bills may not be the flashiest but they accomplish his goal of getting legislation passed that truly helps Oklahomans.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.25.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,775 and silver is $26.17.

 

2021, April 26th-May 1st

Saturday, May 1st

 

Two Suspects Accused of Robbery

Two people arrested by Chickasha police have been formally charged with felonies in connection with a recent robbery. 25-year old Trevan Desaun Brown of Chickasha and 20-year old Jasmine Lesslie Greer of Lawton were both taken into custody Thursday. The website On Demand Court Records indicates that Grady County prosecutors charged Brown with first degree robbery. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. Greer was charged with being an accessory to robbery. She remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Details of their arrests were not available.

 

PSO Seeks Rate Increase

Public Service Company of Oklahoma is seeking a rate increase. It's a move that would allow the utility to recover $700 million in new investments which officials say have been made to serve its customers. If approved officials say the increase would be about a penny per kilowatt-hour. PSO filed an application with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to consider the request. A press release from PSO indicates the investment was part of the company's grid Security, Transformation, and Efficiency Plan. It's designed to strengthen the electric grid, which is expected to result in fewer and shorter power outages. The utility said the upgrades have already been made but are not included in current prices. If approved, PSO said the new rates will remain competitive with state and regional averages. PSO said its rates are 24 percent below the national average.

 

Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Finals Underway

The Grady County Fairgrounds is all about youth rodeo this weekend. It's the final competition of the year for the Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association. About 150 youth will be working to claim the top spots in their respective events or perhaps win the overall top cowboy and cowgirl award for the season. Cassie Crouch of El Reno leads the association which has members from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, and even as far away as Mississippi. Crouch says it’s gratifying to see the efforts of the youth pay off.

 

              

 

There are categories for six-and-under up to 18-and-under. These are all timed events like barrel racing, pole bending, and goat-tying. There will be an awards luncheon tomorrow. Spectators can attend for free.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Friday, April 30th

 

Missing Anadarko Teen Found Safe

A teenager missing from Anadarko for nearly a month has been located and authorities say she is safe. Anadarko police say 19-year old Sierra Kay Hunter-Isaacs was recently found in Austin, Texas. The news was posted on the department's Facebook page. Authorities had issued a reward for information about the whereabouts of Hunter-Isaacs. She was reported missing April 8th after family members reported getting a phone call from her and they said it sounded like she was in trouble. Investigators traced the phone call to Austin, Texas.  The social media post did not indicate how authorities were able to locate the girl.

 

Weather Service Reps to Examine Storm Damage              

The National Weather Service will be spending some time in Grady County to determine whether a tornado may have touched down during Wednesday night's strong storms. Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson initially attributed some minor damage to straight-line winds. Thompson and KWTV-New 9 meteorologist David Payne reported that weather officials were going to review the damage to see if there may have been a tornado. A severe thunderstorm moved from just south of Pocasset to the Amber area Wednesday evening destroying or damaging sheds, barns, outbuildings, and fences. OEC had more than a dozen power poles knocked down. Thompson said winds topped 75 miles per hour during the storm and that speed is considered to be hurricane-force winds. There were reports of funnel clouds in the area but no tornado warning was issued.

 

Clean-up Chickasha Campaign Begins

The clean-up Chickasha campaign is underway. The weather will be superb this weekend for residents and property owners to rid their homes, rental, and business properties of unsightly items. Large roll-off dumpsters can be found at 18th and Grand Ave. at the University of Science and Arts; the old tennis courts on Iowa Avenue across from the high school baseball field; 6th and Frisco Ave.; Washita Valley Park; and Centennial Park. Items you can't place in the dumpsters include tires, hazardous materials, liquids (which include motor oil, paint, and insecticides). Refrigerators and freezers must have the freon removed by a licensed technician. Also no dirt, concrete, or hot coals from barbecue grills or fireplaces are allowed. The dumpsters will be available for use through the weekend.

 

4Her Promotes Outdoors

With warmer spring weather finally here, it's time to get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature. Maggie Evans with the Grady County 4H is a healthy living ambassador and her main projects are health and wildlife and fisheries. She says there are numerous benefits to being outdoors and spending time fishing.

 

              

 

She also said fishing is a good stress reliever and that many organizations are using the therapeutic benefits of fishing to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Bud Andrus and Candace Wilson with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club are on our KOOL Konversation to talk about the group’s spring swap meet next weekend. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $65.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $68.56.

Natural gas is $2.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,766 and silver is $25.96.

 

Thursday, April 29th

 

Gov. Stitt Signs Bills Related to Payments

of Heating Costs Stemming from Cold Weather

Two bills at the state capital to help Oklahomans pay high heating costs from the polar vortex that put the state in the deep freeze earlier this year have been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Senate Bills 1049 and 1050 helps not only consumers but also the utilities that provided the extra resources needed to keep households and businesses warm during the bitterly cold weather. The increased costs for consumers will be spread out over several years. Utility companies will still receive the full amount is due to them which is estimated to be $4.5 billion.

 

USAO to be Known as 'Science and Arts'

USAO is going through a transformation that officials say will better describe the university's mission. As many of you know, USAO is short for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. However, individuals who are not familiar with the university may not know that. President John Feaver says the university has begun a new marketing effort to simply call the university Science and Arts. He says students take a combination of those courses which gives them an edge once they get out of school.

 

              

 

Feaver said the mission of the university is to teach students how to critically think about the facts they encounter and adapt to the ever-evolving globalized society.

 

Red Steagall Honored at State Capital              

Renowned cowboy poet Red Steagall, whose family has deep roots in the Chickasha area, has been honored for his work at the state capital. Steagall was awarded with a citation from the state house of representatives following a short performance at the State Capital Rotunda as part of National Poetry Month. The citation was issued by State Rep. Jay Steagall of Yukon, who is Red Steagall's nephew. Rep. Steagall said his uncle is beloved by people all over the world. Red Steagall has entertained fans for more than 45 years as a music industry executive, recording artist, songwriter, and TV and motion picture personality. Plus, he's credited with discovering Reba McEntire. Steagall was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 2003. You can listen to a weekly program with Red Steagall called Cowboy Corner on 106.1 The Ranch which airs every Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

 

Optimists 'Project Graduation' Nears

Some high school seniors are within a couple of weeks of their graduation. For Chickasha high school seniors, graduation will be Friday, May 21st. To help the Chickasha seniors with their celebration after getting their diplomas, the Chickasha Optimist Club has a program they call Project Graduation. It's a time for many seniors to get together for what may be their last time to see classmates as they embark on their lives. Pam Ladyman with the Optimist Club says it's a few hours of music, food, games, and activities.


              

The group gets help from the Junior Optimist Club at the high school to organize activities. Ladyman says community groups who would like to help with contributions to help with the program can contact her at the Chickasha schools administration building by calling 405-222-6500.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.86 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.27.

Natural gas is $2.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,774 and silver is $26.35.

 

Obituaries

Mary Lou Cole

A viewing for Mary Lou Cole, 64, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Margaret “Sue” Group

A viewing for “Sue” Group of Chickasha will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

Donald “Larry” Weedn

Funeral service for “Larry” Weedn, 72, of Cement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 30th at Grand Assembly of God. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 28th

 

Chix Officials Propose Regs for New Dispensaries

There are currently 33 medical marijuana establishments in Chickasha. The business has been on a rapid rise statewide since the legalization of medical marijuana a couple of years ago. Community Development Director Rachel Bernish says state law prohibits communities from limiting the number of dispensaries, so officials are looking to add a few more restrictions for future stores. Bernish says property owners currently have to ask to re-zone a proposed dispensary site as commercial use. Instead, Bernish is proposing that the city adopt a use-on-review policy. A use-on-review would be a temporary approval for a dispensary to operate at a certain location as long as it remains open. Should that dispensary close and another type of business want to move in, the property would have to come back for another use-on-review. The proposed change will be reviewed by the Chickasha Planning Commission at its next meeting on May 11th. During that meeting, the commission will consider a use-on-review for yet another proposed dispensary to be located at 420 West Grand.

 

Southern Plains Opens Garvin County Clinic

Southern Plains Medical Group (SPMG) has announced its expansion to the Pauls Valley area. SPMG Chief Executive Officer Len Lacefield says his team has completed the seemingly impossible task of re-opening a rural health hospital to individuals in that region. The facility will be known as the Southern Plains Medical Center of Garvin County and it opened its doors this morning. In a press release, Lacefield said the new facility stands as a beacon of hope for those who have been in jeopardy of being more than 40 miles away from a hospital emergency room. Lacefield said SPMG has been working to re-establish health care services in that area since the Pauls Valley General Hospital suddenly ceased operations two and a half years ago. The chief executive officer of the Southern Plains Medical Center of Garvin County will be Richard Mathis, who worked as the general contractor in charge of addressing all the issues which arose when the hospital initiallly closed. Mathis said re-opening the hospital has been a complete team effort, with everyone working towards the common goal of restoring life-saving health services to the Garvin County area.

 

Epworth Vaccination Pod to Close

The state health department reports that the COVID-19 vaccination pod at Epworth United Methodist Church will be moving to the Grady County Health Department in the near future. The vaccinations will be given at the church this Friday but Sara King with the health department says large-scale demand for appointments has decreased. She said that vaccines will continue to be available for the long-term. It wasn't clear when the final day of the Epworth vaccinations will be.

 

GMH to Offer J and J Vaccine

Grady Memorial Hospital will be offering the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination next week. The vaccine will be given next Wednesday, May 5th in the hospital lobby from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The hospital will only have 100 doses available. Individuals will need to make an appointment by calling 405-224-2100, ext. 9.

 

County Road to Close Southeast of Chix Thursday

Some engineering work on a bridge will close a county road southeast of Chickasha on Thursday. Grady County Commissioner Kirk Painter said they'll be shutting down a short section on Cottonwood Road, which is CR 1390, from about 8:30 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. The road will be closed east of Union Hill Electric between CS 2880 and CS 2890. Painter said the road should re-open before the Ninnekah school buses run tomorrow afternoon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.94 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.42.

Natural gas is $2.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,765 and silver is $26.01.

 

Obituary

Judith Carter

A memorial service for Judith Carter, 73, Carter of Ninnekah will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 30th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 27th

 

Chix Mayor Promotes Clean-up Campaign

A city-wide clean-up campaign set for this weekend has Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley asking everyone to participate. In his recent Minute with the Mayor segment on the city’s Facebook page, he starts by asking individuals to keep from blowing grass clippings into city streets-

 

              

 

City officials would hope that grass and weeds be kept to a minimal height. The Community Development Department will send out notices to property owners where grass and weeds are over 12-inches high. Mosley said individuals unable to mow their lawns can reach out to the Community Development Department (405-222-6010) and they have a list of individuals who can help. The city-wide clean-up begins Thursday, April 29th and runs through Sunday, May 2nd.

 

29th Street Repairs Nearly Finished

Chickasha city crews are making progress on the repairs of a small bridge on 29th Street near Frisco Avenue. A sinkhole was discovered about a week and a half ago and a portion of 29th Street was closed. Chickasha Public Works director David Buchanan said they'll be wrapping up their work in a couple of days. He said crews dug down about eight feet to the bottom of the creek and put some rock and concrete at the base. They are currently pouring concrete in a couple of 5’ X 8’ approaches on either side of the creek on 29th Street, and hope to have one lane open as crews anticipate rain over the next couple of days. Buchanan said the total cost of repairs is about $3,000. He hopes to budget a more permanent fix to that location in the future.

 

Caddo Nation Voters Elect New Chairman

A new slate of officers has been elected to serve the Caddo Nation. Bobby Gonzales is the new chairman-elect, defeating three other candidates for the post. Gonzales is appreciative of all those to cast ballots in last weekend's elections and outlines his initial plan.

 

              

 

Other officers elected included Kelly Howell Factor as vice chairman; Jennifer Reeder, secretary; Verna Whitebead Castillo, treasurer; Phillip Martin, Anadarko representative; Arlene Kay O'Neal, Ft. Cobb representative; Travis Threlkeld, Binger representative, and Jennifer Wilson, Oklahoma City representative. The results of the election are pending certification from the Caddo Nation Election Board.

 

State Program Begins to Help Businesses Expand

Oklahoma businesses can begin applying for what's known as the Oklahoma Innovation Expansion Program. The state department of commerce has $10 million set aside for the program, which makes monthly cash payment awards in the form of payroll tax rebates to help existing companies grow and boost business expansion. Officials say new projects must expand the capabilities of an existing company, lead to supply chain resiliency, or target new markets. Qualifying companies must have a minimum annual payroll of $625,000 and a minimum capital investment of $50,000. Companies can qualify for a maximum award of $150,000. Applications are due by May 7th. Information is available on the website: www.okcommerce.gov

 

Community Blood Drive Tomorrow

KOOL/RANCH radio stations and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are hosting another community blood drive tomorrow. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and walk-ins are welcome. For information on other blood drives throughout the region visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.65.

Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,781 and silver is $26.35.

 

Monday, April 26th

 

Upgrades Scheduled for Chix Animal Shelter

Officials at Chickasha's animal shelter are getting ready to see a lot of upgrades. The city council approved a bid of nearly $90,000 this spring to install some new kennels and dog runs, replacing some of which are more than 40 years old. And last week, officials learned the shelter was the recipient of a $7,500 grant from a national company which will help with other improvements. Layce Graham with the animal shelter said the funds from the newly created Petco Love Foundation were unexpected and will be put to good use.

 

              

 

The city applied for a Petco grant about a year and a half ago and hadn't heard anything until recently. Petco Love officials say the grant is part of its commitment to create a future in which no pet is euthanized for no reason. The shelter also received a $500 grant from the Chickasha Junior Social Workers. Graham said the shelter cared for more than 1,100 animals last year and only put down 28. All those animals were either very ill or a danger to the public.

 

Man Hospitalized After ATV Crash

A weekend ATV accident sends one person to the hospital with head and other injuries. 29-year old Keegan Kenyon had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. He was admitted in fair condition with head, trunk, and internal injuries. The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday south of Sterling in Comanche County. The highway patrol says Kenyon was traveling too fast on a gravel road, ran off the road and rolled. Kenyon, from Roosevelt, Okla. was not wearing a seat belt or a helmet.

 

Chix Firm Awarded for School Construction Projects

Last week, we told you about a CMS Willowbrook employee who was recognized for her work. Today, we can tell you that two CMS Willowbrook projects in Oklahoma have won awards from a national panel. A project for Deer Creek schools won the award in the $50 million-plus category for education projects. Also, the new Student Union for Rose State College in Midwest City won the award for the $10-million to $20-million category for education projects. The awards were from the Association of General Contractors of America and are called Build Oklahoma Awards. CMS Willowbrook employs more than 150 individuals in offices in Chickasha, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa.

              

Cattle, Wheat Programs in the Area This Week

There are a number of events for the agriculture community this week. The Grady County Cattle Producers Association holds its annual meeting tomorrow night. Guest speaker is Dr. Rosalyn Biggs from Oklahoma State University. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Also this week, OSU wheat specialists will be in the area Thursday and Friday for their annual wheat field tours. Thursday evening, they'll be at the Brian Vail farm south of Apache and Friday morning they'll be at the OSU Research Station in Chickasha. A number of new wheat varieties will be examined and officials will have updates on the current Oklahoma wheat crop and other information. The Apache program will get underway at 5:00 p.m. Thursday while the Chickasha program will begin at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.11.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $26.17.

 

2021, April 19th-24th

Saturday, April 24th

 

Two Die as a Result of Separate Accidents with Semis

It's been a deadly 48 hours on southwest Oklahoma roads. Two people have died and one is hospitalized after three separate traffic accidents involving semis. Friday morning, an Anadarko man died after slamming into the back of a big rig near Verden. 37-year old Thomas Machahty-Ware was pronounced dead at the scene, about a mile east of Verden on U.S. 62. The driver of the semi, Galen Oliphant of Ft. Cobb, was not hurt. The highway patrol reports that both vehicles were eastbound on the highway. Machahty-Ware's vehicle was approaching the semi from behind at a high rate of speed when he suddenly switched lanes and crashed into the back of the truck. The trooper said the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Marlow area              

In Marlow, a man died in a head-on collision with a semi Thursday afternoon. KSWO-TV reports Elton Colbert, whose hometown was not listed, lost his life in the accident that happened near the high school baseball field on U.S. Highway 81. Two others were injured but niether their names nor the seriousness of their injuries were reported. After hitting the car the semi ran off the road and also hit a car in a restaurant parking lot.

Medicine Park area              

The third accident happened north of Medicine Park on U.S. Highway 62 Friday afternoon. A truck driver was hospitalized after swerving to miss a vehicle that pulled out in front of him. 27-year old Joshua Lee Wood of Sterling was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where was admitted in good condition with head injuries. After missing the vehicle, Wood over-corrected, ran off the road and overturned. The driver of the other vehicle, 73-year old Elton Ware of Elmer, was not hurt.

 

10-Digit Calling in 405 Area Code Begins

If you have trouble making phone calls today, it's because the mandatory 10-digit dialing of local calls is now in effect for the 405 area code. The move is necessary to enable the addition of another area code for Oklahoma. A new area code is needed to ensure there will be enough telephone numbers for the central part of the state. Current users with the 405 area code will keep their same number and area code. Individuals and businesses need to check all devices that use phone numbers, such as security systems and fax machines make sure they are set up for 10-digit calling. The new 572 area code will be added to the region on May 24th.

 

Sheriff's Office Updates Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has updated its list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here's Public information Officer Lisa Hatchett-

 

              

 

If you have information regarding any of these individuals you're asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Pam Ladyman with the Chickasha Optimist Club is on our KOOL Konversation discussing the group’s upcoming Project Graduation program for soon-to-be Chickasha High school graduates. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Frankie Baxter

Funeral service for Frankie Baxter, 86, of Cement will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Laverty Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Friday, April 23rd

 

Fatal Crash Near Verden Under Investigation

The highway patrol is investigating a deadly crash near Verden. The accident happened about 6:30 this morning on U.S. Highway 62 one mile east of Verden. No details of the crash were available at the time of this posting. Get updates on RANCH News at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

 

Sales Tax Revenue 'Uptick' Ends

Sales tax revenues across Grady were down slightly in March. The decline followed three straight months of increases. The county collected just over $436,000 in sales taxes last month which were paid on consumer spending in January. That was down about 7 percent from February and off more than 28 percent from the same time a year ago. How is the sales tax revenue spent? It is divided among several voter-approved projects. The Grady County Fairgrounds received just over $152,000; Grady Memorial Hospital received about $135,000; the 20 county fire districts shared $76,000 with each one collecting about $3,800; each of the seven senior nutrition centers also shared $76,000 with each one benefitting from just under $11,000; Tuttle EMS received about $14,000; and Rush Springs EMS picked up about $3,500. The City of Chickasha collected $907,000 in sales tax revenues in March. That's down more than 17 percent from February and off about 1.8 percent from March of 2020. In use tax revenues, Grady County received $71,000 and Chickasha received $77,000. Use taxes are those paid on Internet purchases.

 

State House Re-Districting Plan Revealed

The boundaries of three districts in the state house of representatives in the region would see some changes if a proposal by the house gets final approval. In Grady County, Chickasha would remain split between two districts - those being in District 56 which is represented by Amber's Dick Lowe, and House District 51 which is represented by Marlow's Brad Boles. The plan would move District 56 north to include part of Tuttle on the east, as well as Amber and Minco, most of northern Caddo County, and the southwest corner of Canadian County. District 51 would move out of McClain County, and include the south part of Tuttle and much of Grady County southeast of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, and about the northern 1/3rd of Stephens County. House District 65, represented by Toni Hassenbeck of Elgin, will expand to about the southern half of Caddo County to Include Anadarko, Ft. Cobb and Carnegie, and the northeastern corner of Comanche County. The proposed changes are contained in HB 1198 which will be reviewed by both the state house and senate. Officials say there is still time for public input on the plan. The map can been seen on the state house of representatives website: www.okhouse.gov

 

Clean Up Chickasha Campaign to Begin

Chickasha residents are being asked to be part of a city-wide clean-up campaign. It's the start of a long-term effort in which city leaders hope to Keep Chickasha Beautiful. The City of Chickasha, the Economic Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and the city's private trash pickup contractor, Waste Connections are leading the way. The campaign will officially begin next week. Economic Development Director Jim Cowan says they want potential new businesses and visitors to have a good impression when they come to town. With the help of a grant from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, roll-off dumpsters will be placed at several locations to help residents get rid of trash and unwanted items. However, there are some items which cannot be accepted, and a list will be published on the Keep Chickasha Beautiful Facebook page, as well as on the EDC and Chamber Facebook pages. The dumpsters will be placed at Washita Valley Park, Centennial Park, Borden Park, 6th and Frisco, and at USAO at 18th and Grand Avenue. The dumpsters will be placed at those locations next Thursday, April 29th through Sunday, May 2nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.40.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,785 and silver is $26.20.

 

Obituary

“Evelyn” Caples

Funeral service for Lea “Evelyn” Caples of Ninnekah was held at 10:30 a.m. this morning at  Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, April 22nd

 

Mom, Son Accused of Robbing Woman's Boyfriend

A Cyril woman and her 19-year old son are facing felony robbery charges. The two are accused of robbing the woman's boyfriend after he denied the woman a request for sex. The Lawton Constitution reports that 37-year old Olivia Sonnier and 19-year old Caleb Sonnier have both been charged with conjoint robbery. The paper cites a probable cause affidavit which indicates the woman and her boyfriend were at a Cyril motel when they got into an argument. The mother called her son who brought a friend and allegedly assaulted the victim then stole his cel phone, keys, and car. The victim claimed that his girlfriend was running from charges in multiple states but that has not been confirmed. In the meantime, the mother and son were arrested and are being held in the Caddo County Jail on $50,000 bond each. If convicted they could be sentenced from 5 to 50 years in prison. The other man alleged to have been involved in the attack has not been charged.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Anadarko, Chickasha

There are a number of walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the Chickasha and Anadarko areas today and tomorrow. In Anadarko today, the Caddo County Health Department will have the vaccines at Riverside Indian School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is for anyone 16-and-older and youth under 18 will have to have a parent or guardian with them. They will have the first and second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available. Tomorrow, the Caddo County Health Department will also have the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the old National Guard Armory from 9 a.m. until noon. Walk-ins are welcome, or individuals can schedule appointments on-line at www.vaccinate.ok.gov

Also tomorrow in Chickasha, Grady Memorial Hospital will have a walk-in clinic for the Moderna vaccine from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the hospital's main entrance.

 

Chix Chamber Begins 'Restaurant Rush'

A new promotion to support Chickasha area restaurants is underway. It's called Restaurant Rush and encourages patrons to visit restaurants which are members of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. Restaurant Rush will feature a different restaurant every day with a special deal for that day only.  Anyone can get the deal of the day, however patrons must say they are there for the Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Rush. Find out which restaurant is featured on the Chamber’s Facebook page or Instagram, or information is also posted on the Chamber's website. Restaurants that are chamber members that are not yet signed up can contact the chamber to participate. The promotion will run through the month of June.

 

Chix School Administrator Honored              

A Chickasha Public School administrator is recognized for his work. Dan Turner has been named the Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year for District 14 which includes a number of school districts throughout central and southern Oklahoma.

 

Freshman Preview set for Chix High School

Chickasha High School will be hosting a freshmen preview for next year's freshman class tonight. Parents and students will get tours of the high school, meet teachers and get an idea of the extra-curricular programs available. There are information programs for parents every 30 minutes, and there are free snow cones and hot dogs for students who have vouchers. The program will get started in the high school activity center about 4:30 p.m. and will run until 6 o'clock tonight.

 

USAO Habitat Received Grant

USAO has received another generous grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation for the university's 140-acre habitat facility. The most recent gift of $50,000 will help purchase equipment needed for research as well as connecting the habitat to the main campus IT infrastructure. Associate professor Rachel Jones who oversees the habitat says the grant is a game-changer. They will be able to expand what they are currently doing and help in its future outreach to programs for high school students and local groups interested in the environment. The habitat, called the Jean McLaughlin Outdoor Education and Research Center, is just west of Chickasha.  The Kirkpatrick Foundation has now contributed a total of $75,000 towards the development of the habitat.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $65.32.

Natural gas is $2.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,789 and silver is $26.51.

 

Obituary

Floyd Reedy

A graveside service for Floyd Reedy, 84, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 24th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 21st

 

Hospital to Hold Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Grady Memorial Hospital will offer a walk-in clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations later this week. The hospital will have the first doses of the Moderna vaccine available to anyone 18-years old and older. No appointment will be necessary, but you can make an appointment by calling 405-224-2100, ext. 9. The walk-in clinic will be in the main entrance of the hospital this Friday,  April 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Fundraiser Set to Purchase Hospital MRI

Grady Memorial and its Foundation have announced an aggressive fundraising campaign to purchase a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI unit. The cost of the new machine is about $1.5 million and officials want to raise $500,000 a year over the next three years. A hospital press release indicates the new MRI will include a breast coil which will provide a new way to treat breast cancer and perform surgical breast biopsies. The hospital also wants to establish an endowment fund to help in recruiting the future OB-GYN physician. The foundation's annual membership drive will run the entire month of May. The foundation will also be having a Cinco de Mayo on-line auction with numerous items up for bid including vacation destinations, electronics, and sports memorabilia. The items can be viewed on-line. Individuals can set up a bidding account right now by going to: YourCharityAuction.com/gradymemorial

 

State Re-districting Plan Goes Up for Review

At the state capital, house and senate leaders will have a joint press conference this afternoon to show a proposed re-districting plan. Sen. Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle, who chairs the senate select committee on re-districting, will be joined by his counterpart in the house, Rep. Ryan Martinez of Edmond. State legislative and congressional district boundaries are reviewed every 10 years following the national census. The press conference will be live-streamed on the state house of representatives Facebook page starting at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Previous meetings can be viewed on the websites www.okhouse.gov and www.oksenate.gov

 

Another Call for Blood Donations

The Oklahoma Blood institute is again issuing a call for blood donations. OBI president Dr. John Armitage says there is a nationwide shortage of blood and donations have fallen to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic. Armitage said local blood supplies are being pushed to their limits by increased blood usage from hospitals. After battling COVID-19 for more than a year, he said they could never have expected the last few months would bring the organization's most critical need for blood. He said America is coming back to life but there is not a stable blood supply locally or nationally. For information about blood drives throughout the region go to the website: www.obi.org

 

CMS Willowbrook has 'Project Manager of the Year'

An employee for a Chickasha-based construction management firm is recognized at the state level for her efforts. Brenna Wells with CMS Willowbrook was named Project Manager of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma. The award is presented to an individual who has shown skill and creativity in bringing a complex project to completion. Wells was recognized for her work at Bixby Public Schools for 155,000 sq. ft. of new construction which included more than 50 classrooms, two gymnasiums, a library, two elevators, 10 offices, a kitchen, and a cafeteria. The Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma is a non-profit organization for construction professionals. Member contractors perform 80 percent of all commercial and industrial construction projects in the state.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.57.

Natural gas is $2.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,779 and silver is $25.91.

 

Tuesday, April 20th

 

Earthquake Shakes Dibble Area

A lot of Oklahomans in the Dibble area reported feeling an earthquake yesterday. The U.S. Geological Survey confirms the quake hit about 5:11 p.m. Monday. One service measured the earthquake at 3.5 on the Richter scale at a depth of about one mile. The epicenter of the quake was about 5 1/2 miles southwest of Dibble. The Geological Survey says generally no significant damage follows a tremor of that low magnitude. Other areas where the earthquake may have been felt include Chickasha, Alex, Blanchard, Norman and Moore.

 

Chix City Council Members Sworn In

Four members of the Chickasha City Council were sworn in during last night's council meeting. Brian Gerdes, Oscar Nelson, Georgianne Hebblethwaite, and Kelly Boyd all took their oaths.

 

              

 

Mayor Chris Mosley recognized outgoing council representatives Kimmie Loggins and Jim Hopkins.

 

Grayson Elected Vice Mayor;

Firm Hired to find CM Candidates

The council elected Zach Grayson as vice-mayor. Loggins had served that post for the last three years. As expected, the group hired a search firm to find candidates for the vacant city manager post. The cost of the service from Strategic Government Resources of Texas is about $25,000. The panel also heard from representatives of Waste Connections which is the city's private contractor for trash pick-up services. Officials want to change the bulk pick-up days from the first and third Fridays of the month to sometime in the middle of the week. Details will be forthcoming and officials are estimating the change may occur the first of June or July.

              

Water, Sewer Line Installation Project Delayed

Councilors delayed action on a bid to install water and sewer lines at the development near Grand Avenue South and Ada Sipuel Avenue. The bid from W.E.B. Construction was misplaced on the city council agenda and officials say it should have been on the Chickasha Municipal Authority agenda. A special meeting has been scheduled for Thursday evening to deal with that issue. The council also voted to waive garage sale permit fees during the weekend of May 6th, 7th, and 8th in conjunction with the Chickasha Antique Auto Clubs’ spring swap meet.

 

Closed Street May Re-open Soon              

We have an update on anticipated repairs for a Chickasha street closed over the weekend due to a sinkhole. It’s 29th Street between U.S. Highway 62 and Frisco Avenue. Mayor Chris Mosley said officials are confident that city crews may be able to make repairs by the end of the week. Mosley said the ground underneath the street washed out but that the structure is stable. The plan is to replace the asphalt over that section of the street with concrete. Mosley said the estimated cost is expected to be about $10,000.

 

FNB Donates to Community Theatre              

The Chickasha Community Theatre will be renovating the historic neon sign that graces the front of the building. The theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the First National Bank and Trust. Funds will be used to make needed electrical repairs to the sign and the building. Bank officials say the contribution is part of its commitment to community re-investment.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.38 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $67.05.

Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,767 and silver is $25.88.

 

Monday, April 19th

 

Chix City Council to Get Two New Members

Two new individuals will join the Chickasha City council tonight. Georgianne Hebblethwaite and Kelly Boyd will be among those who will be sworn in to serve two-year terms on the panel. Hebblethwaite ran unopposed for the Ward 2 post and will take the seat held by Kimmie Loggins. Boyd ran unopposed for the Ward 4 seat held by Jim Hopkins. Also to be taking their oaths of office will be Ward 1's Brian Gerdes and Ward 3's Oscar Nelson. The panel will also select a new vice mayor. Loggins has served in the post for the last few years.

 

Items Posted on the City Council Agenda              

The council is expected to hire a firm to recruit candidates to interview for the vacant city manager post and approve a final payment of $71,000 to Greenbelt Turf Management for the emergency storm debris removal project. The group will also consider approving city-wide yard sales for the weekend of May 6th through 8th which is the same weekend the Chickasha Antique Auto Club will hold its annual spring Swap Meet. Typically, the city council waives garage sale permit fees for that weekend. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Portion of 29th Street Closed Due to 'Sinkhole'

A sinkhole has forced the City of Chickasha to close a portion of 29th Street indefinitely. The sinkhole was discovered early Saturday morning on the small bridge between U.S. Highway 62 and Frisco Avenue. Public Works Director David Buchanan says out of an abundance of caution they decided to close that section of the street. Buchanan said he'll be reaching out to a professional engineer to investigate the situation. The city temporarily filled the sinkhole however the street is impassable and barricaded in an attempt prevent traffic from driving over the bridge.

 

 Turnpike Crash Sends Three to Hospital             

A crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike sends three people to the hospital with two of them admitted with head and trunk injuries. The accident happened just after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon near Mile Marker 73 southwest of Chickasha. The highway patrol reported that a pick-up rear-ended a car that was traveling at a reduced speed because of mechanical issues. Three people in the car were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital including the driver, 29-year old Britanika Thompson and an unidentified 16-year old boy, both of Lawton. The teen was last in fair condition and Thompson was reported in good condition. Another passenger in the car, 56-year old John Norwood of Lincoln, Nebraska, was initially air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital but was treated and released. The driver of the pickup, 35-year old James Thomas of Carl Junction, Missouri was not injured.

 

2nd Round of Moderna Vaccines  Available to Some

A second round of coronavirus vaccines will be available today for those who received their initial Moderna shots last month. Southern Oaks Church of Christ and Anadarko Indian Health Services will offer those second shots today. Individuals who received their first doses at the church on March 22nd are asked to return today at the same time they received their vaccines last month. Individuals should also have their vaccination card with them.

 

Chickasha School Calendar Extended;

Freshman Class of 2025 Preview Scheduled              

Students attending Chickasha Public Schools will have a couple more days of classes this year. School officials say Friday, May 21st and Monday, May 24th have been added due to the ice storm from last October and the polar vortex that affected school time in February. Graduation for the class of 2021 will still be held on Friday, May 21st. Also, next year's freshman class at Chickasha High School can take a tour of the school and meet teachers in a special event this week. Students can visit with sports teams and other extra-curricular programs and parents can attend informational meetings every 30 minutes. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, and snow cones for those with vouchers. The preview for the Class of 2025 will be held Thursday, April 22nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students and parents will first meet at the activity center.

              

Masonic Lodge Honors Three for Lengthy Service

Three men with a combined 170 years of service to the Masonic Lodge were recognized for their contributions this weekend. Carey "Cabo" Wilkerson of Chickasha and the late Delbert Jump of Cyril were both honored for 60-years of service to the organization while David Richardson of Pocasset was recognized for 50-years of service. The men were recognized by Grand Master Robert Davis and Grand Marshall Ron Minshall in a ceremony at the Chickasha Masonic Lodge yesterday.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $66.77.

Natural gas is $2.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,789 and silver is $26.25.

 

2021, April 12th-17th

Saturday, April 17th

 

Police, Relatives Seek Missing Anadarko Woman

The sister of a missing Anadarko woman thinks her younger sibling may be in trouble. Anadarko police and relatives of Sierra Kay Hunter-Isaacs plea for any information on her whereabouts. She's only 19-year old and her 20th birthday just a couple of weeks away. Sierra's sister, Chelsey Hunter, tells our news associates at KWTV-News 9 that Sierra has been missing since Easter Sunday. Family members got a phone call from her about a week ago (Thursday, April 8th) and Hunter says it sounded like her sister was hysteric. She said things that didn't make any sense and got the idea that Sierra couldn't tell them what she wanted to because someone monitoring her call. A private investigator traced the phone to Austin, Texas where it is registered to an individual who has a violent criminal history. A photo of Sierra is posted on the Anadarko Police Department's Facebook page. She's 5'9" and weighs about 100 pounds. She is a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribe with Kiowa descent and has a light complexion. The photo shows her with dyed light brown hair, though she may now have a shaved head. She has green eyes and a rose tattoo on her right shoulder. Her case has drawn the attention of the Oklahoma Chapter of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. Anyone with information should call 9-1-1, Anadarko police, or local law enforcement.

 

Ida's Law Passed on to Gov. Stitt              

In the meantime, a bill sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt this week is designed to help in the search for missing and murdered Native Americans. SB 172 received bi-partisan support in the state house and senate. It's called Ida's Law, named for an El Reno woman who has been missing since 2015. The bill would create an Office of Liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. It would also have the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation work with federal agencies to obtain federal funds to help in their efforts. Officials say there are more than 200 Native Americans who are missing and due to a lack of data and the lack of communication between the agencies the cases haven't been able to get addressed. Officials are hopeful the governor will sign the bill.

 

Chix Street Closed Due to Bridge Damage

A damaged bridge has forced the City of Chickasha to close down a portion of a busy street. 29th Street between U.S. Highway 62 and Frisco Avenue has been shut down because of the problem. The Grady County Fire Department Facebook page indicates that a sinkhole has opened. Motorist will have to use an alternate route until repairs can be made but it's not known how long that might take.

 

Chix City Council to Again Consider Firm

to Find Candidates for City Manager Post

The Chickasha City Council will again talk about hiring a professional company to look for candidates to fill the vacant city manager post. At the group's last meeting April 12th a proposal to employ a head-hunting firm was tabled after Mayor Chris Mosley said he had received a good resume. The proposal is back on the agenda for the Monday, April 19th meeting. The council will have its newest members on board in Georgianne Hebblethwaite in Ward 2 and Kelly Boyd in Ward 4 after they are sworn in. Also taking their oaths will be Mayor Chris Mosley, Ward 1 Councilman Brian Gerdes, Ward 2 Councilman Zach Grayson, and Ward 3 Councilman Oscar Nelson.

 

Moore Firm Recommended for Chix Project              

The council is expected to award a nearly half-million dollar bid to a company to install water and sewer lines at the new residential and commercial development near the Grady County Fairgrounds. Engineers are recommending that W.E.B. Construction of Moore be awarded the project to install nearly a half-mile each of water and sewer lines near the intersection of Grand Avenue South and Ada Sipuel Avenue. It was the lowest of five bids submitted with the highest being nearly $1 million. The council will also consider approving the final plat for Phase Three of the Shadow Valley Development going on near 25th and Country Club Road.

 

National Lineworker Day set April 18th

It's time to salute the men and women who work in all types of nasty weather to make sure we have electricity to heat and cool our homes and businesses. Tomorrow (April 18th) is National Lineworker Appreciation Day. The day was established in 2013 to honor those who put their lives literally on the line to keep power flowing. There are an estimated 115,000 employee and contract lineworkers across the country. In a press release, Public Service Company of Oklahoma says the company has about 700 employees and contract workers who keep electricity flowing in its service areas in the Sooner State. Officials say they are out in all weather conditions around-the-clock and they safely maintain PSO’s more than 22 thousand miles of distribution lines and more than 3,700 miles of transmission lines. You can honor lineworkers on social media by using #ThankALineworker

 

Friday, April 16th

 

McGirt Decision Impacts Dibble Murder Conviction

Oklahoma's attorney general is expected to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the case of a man convicted in the 2010 killing of a Dibble family. Attorney General Mike Hunter is challenging a recent ruling in the case of Shaun Bosse. Bosse was convicted of the 2010 murders of Katrina Griffin, her 8-year old son, and 6-year old daughter. It's due to the McGirt Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which indicates that state prosecutors lack authority to pursue criminal cases on Native American lands. Griffin and the children lived in an area considered to be part of the Chickasaw Nation and all were members of that tribe. The State Court of Criminal Appeals threw out Bosse's conviction as a result of the McGirt Decision. Hunter argues that the state should have jurisdiction over non-Native American defendants even if the crime occurred on Native American land. The Court of Criminal Appeals issued a 45-day stay on the state's case against Bosse who is on death row. The ruling keeps Bosse in state custody for now instead of transferring him to federal custody.

 

State Lawmakers Work to Help Oklahomans

Impacted by High Heating Costs During Polar Vortex

That polar vortex in February led to sky-rocketing heating costs in Oklahoma and many other states. In Oklahoma, state lawmakers are working on a plan to help consumers faced with those monumental bills. Senate Bills 1049 and 1050 would allow families and businesses to pay those costs over several months or even years. Officials estimate ratepayers are obligated to pay $4.5 billion in increased energy costs due to the sub-zero temperatures that lasted for about two weeks. One state lawmaker said the bills strike a good balance between protecting the interest of families and businesses, while ensuring the utility companies receive what they are owed. The measures would allow the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority to issue ratepayer-backed bonds, which would not increase bond indebtedness of the state or cause harm to the state budget.

 

Fletcher Animal Control Officer Faces Cruelty Charge

An animal control officer in Fletcher has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. 54-year old Timothy Peek is accused of leaving several animals outside with no food and frozen water during the extremely cold weather that occurred in February. The charge has been filed in Comanche County District Court. The dogs were discovered by a passer-by and another individual took charge to rescue the animals. The Lawton Constitution reports that a video from a witness shows an excessive amount of urine and feces in the kennel. A police affidavit indicated there was no insulation or bedding, and kennel entrances had no covers to prevent snow and wind from blowing in. Peek admitted he could have sheltered the dogs elsewhere during the extremely cold weather. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Peek’s bond is set at $100,000.

 

FNB Assists Court Appointed Special Advocates

A group that helps Grady County children in DHS custody gets some unexpected assistance. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) was provided $1,000 from the First National Bank and Trust. FNB Vice President Randy Talley said grants to CASA have been reduced over the past year and First National and other groups stepped in to provide some needed funds. Donna Stamper with the Grady County CASA group was on hand to accept the contribution.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.84.

Natural gas is $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,774 and silver is $26.19.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here’s part of what we we’re talking about this weekend. Jake Grossnicklaus with the Grady County Cattle Producers Association is our KOOL Konversation guest as that group prepares for its annual meeting. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Thursday, April 15th

 

Chix Fly-in, Car Show set for June

The annual Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show has become a big event at the Chickasha airport over the last few years. This summer, there will be a number of new activities which will wow spectators. Among the guests will be the father-son duo of Paul and Curt Richmond. The two have a unique airplane and motorcycle race. The City of Chickasha has posted a YouTube video of a previous race on the city’s Facebook page. The event is Saturday, June 19th which is Father's Day weekend. It will include a radio control plane demonstration, free airplane rides for children, a car and truck show with the Chickasha Antique Auto Club, and food trucks.

 

Public Urged to Comment on Re-districting Effort

Among the work state lawmakers are charged with this year is re-districting the state house and senate districts. The House of Representatives will hold a public comment session this afternoon. The house received seven maps from the public for review and that will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the state capitol. The session will also be live-streamed on the website: www.okhouse.gov Officials say the process will determine legislative and congressional districts.  State legislative districts have to be completed by May 28th. There is no deadline for Congressional re-districting though state lawmakers are expected to have a special session this summer to complete that work in time for the 2022 election cycle.

 

Salvation Army to Open Office in Anadarko

The Salvation Army which serves Grady and County counties will have a new social services office in Caddo County later this year. The organization is working with Bethel Baptist Church in Anadarko to make it easier for Caddo County families to get help. Sgt. Bryan Brinlee says crews are remodeling an office in the church right now.

 

              

 

Brinlee said they received donations to help with the remodeling. Initially, they plan on having the office open the first two Thursday's of each month and they hope to have the office open by summer. There is no phone in the office yet so anyone needing to reach out can call the Chickasha Salvation Army headquarters by calling 405-224-5647.

 

Apache Rattlesnake Festival Underway

There's a lot of excitement in Apache this weekend with the return of the annual Rattlesnake Festival. This is the 37th year for the event which was canceled last year because of the pandemic. The four-day event is underway with one of the largest outdoor flea markets you'll ever see. There are guided rattlesnake hunts in the nearby Slick Hills, the snake pit is an interesting area to learn about snakes in general, you can try some deep-fried rattlesnake, and get your picture taken with one of the slithery serpents. There's a carnival, a rodeo, and live bands tonight, Friday, and Saturday nights.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $66.58.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,747 and silver is $25.67.

 

Obituaries

Fred Hill

Visitation for Fred Hill, 60, formerly of Verden, will be at McRay Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17th which will be followed immediately by the funeral service.

Molena Henderson

A graveside service for Molena Henderson, 87, of Tuttle will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17th at Fairview Cementery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Sandra Meeks

Funeral service for Sandra Meeks, 58, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 14th

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Successful

A coronavirus vaccination clinic served about 50 people at Chickasha's Bullock Memorial Community Center yesterday (Tuesday). Charlotte Oliver with the Bullock Center was happy with the turnout. The shots were provided by the Anadarko Indian Health Clinic. They were supposed to have the Johnson and Johnson vaccine but before the clinic opened the Federal Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control put a pause on the vaccine due to a rare blood-clotting side effect. Those who received the Moderna vaccine received their vaccination card and were asked to return on May 11th for the second vaccine. Officials with Anadarko Indian Health Services will be back in Chickasha next Monday, April 19th to issue the second round of the Moderna vaccine to those who received their first vaccination at Southern Oaks Church of Christ last month.

 

Blood Institute Nears Blood Emergency

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say they are nearing a blood emergency. Christi Chambers is the director of the institute. She says an emergency is issued when there is less than a one-day supply of blood available for the more than 150 hospitals they serve. Among the reasons for dwindling supply is that hospitals are using more blood for patients who are having voluntary surgeries that had to be delayed because of the pandemic. She also said some regular donors may be postponing their normal contributions because they received a COVID-19 vaccine. Chambers said the vaccine does not affect the blood.

 

              

 

Individuals who have never donated blood are asked to begin the life-saving process. Every unit of blood donated saves up to three lives. Find a blood drive in your region by going to the website: www.obi.org

 

Ida's Law Advances to Governor for Consideration

State lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Kevin Stitt designed to bring federal dollars to the state to address the issue of missing and murdered indigenous people. It's SB 172 which is called Ida's Law. It directs the OSBI to coordinate with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain federal funding to gather data. The legislation also would create an Office of Liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. Officials with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women say four out of five Native American women are affected by violence and face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.18 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.67.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,742 and silver is $25.37.

 

Obituaries

Stella Smith

A graveside service for Stella Smith, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15th at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Joshawa Moore-Shelton

Funeral service for Joshawa Moore-Shelton, 35, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 16th at Full Gospel Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Ruth Tallent

Funeral service for Ruth Tallent, 89, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 13th

 

Driver in Fatal Crash Faces Manslaughter Charge

Grady County prosecutors have filed a felony manslaughter charge against a driver accused hitting and killing a pedestrian. We reported yesterday that 20-year old Brian McConnell of Tuttle had been arrested following a weekend accident near Minco. 77-year old Artemio Moreno of Anadarko died of his injuries at the scene. McConnell was initially arrested on a DUI complaint. A probable cause affidavit filed by the trooper investigating the accident indicates that McConnell admitted having a couple of beers several hours prior to the accident. The trooper said McConnell had a strong odor of alcohol about him when he arrived on scene to investigate. McConnell failed a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test and refused to take a field sobriety test. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital to get a blood sample drawn to determine his blood-alcohol content. The blood-alcohol level was not included in the affidavit. McConnell remains in jail on a $75,000 bond.

 

Woman Hurt in Rollover Accident

A Rush Springs woman is hospitalized in fair condition after her car runs off the road and overturns. 49-year old Cary Darr suffered arm injuries in the crash that happened on State Highway 29 near the Stephens and Garvin County line near Elmore City Monday morning. The highway patrol reports that the accident happened after Darr dropped her medication then unfastened her seat belt to reach down and find it.

 

Oklahoma Arts Institute Moves to USAO for 2021

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is moving from southwest Oklahoma to Chickasha this summer. The two-week summer camp for the state's budding artists will be held at USAO in July. For 40 years, the camp has been held at Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center. Arts Institute president Julie Cohen says they are still deeply connected to that facility but said that USAO’s 75-acre campus will allow the institute to safely serve the students by providing for a greater variety of housing, classroom, and rehearsal space to ensure social distancing. The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization that has partnered with the state for more than 30 years to provide high-quality fine arts training. World class artists are part of the camp to mentor hundreds of young Oklahomans in acting, chorus, creative writing and dance, drawing and painting, film and video, orchestra, and photography.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.28.

Natural gas is $2.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,726 and silver is $24.98.

 

Obituaries

Reginald Cates

Funeral service for Reginald Cates, 34, of Midwest City will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 14th at Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Charla Mogg

Funeral service for Charla Mogg, 66, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 16th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 12th

 

Man Arrested in Connection with Fatal Accident

A Tuttle man is in custody following a weekend accident in which an elderly man was struck and killed. 20-year old Brian McConnell was taken to the Grady County Jail on a DUI complaint following the accident that occurred early Saturday. 77-year old Artemio Moreno of Anadarko died in the accident. It happened just before 4:00 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 37 east of Minco. The highway patrol reports that Moreno was trying to hook up a car to a dolly behind his pickup. The trooper investigating the accident indicated that McConnell swerved but ended up striking Moreno and his two vehicles. There were two passengers in the pickup with McConnell. They were 19-year old Sadon Dunkle of Minco and 18-year old Erica Schuringa of Newcastle. None of them were injured.

              

Driver Hospitalized Following One-Car Crash              

A driver is hospitalized after her car runs off a southern Grady County road and hits two trees. 45-year old Anita Ward of Pauls Valley was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted in fair condition. That accident happened seven miles south of Rush Springs about 12:30 this morning (Tuesday). The highway patrol reports that Ward initially went left-of-center, then over-corrected and ran off the road where the car crashed into two trees. The trooper said Ward may have been under the influence of illegal drugs.

 

Chickasha School Board to Consider

Opposing State Funding of Charter Schools

Chickasha Public Schools may be joining the list of other public schools in a fight regarding the state school board’s recent decision to fund charter schools. Chickasha Superintendent Rick Croslin has a resolution for the Chickasha school board to consider when that panel meets tonight. Croslin said the decision negatively impacts the district's gross production and mileage tax collections. He said the ruling requires funding to be shared for all students enrolled in any charter school if they live within the boundaries of the Chickasha school district. Croslin said attorneys for the state superintendent of schools and state department of education say that the state school board's ruling is unconstitutional. Croslin said over the last five years, gross production tax revenues in the distrtict are down $2.5 million. The local school board is also to consider a proposal to increase teacher pay from $20 an hour to $25 an hour, and a proposal to provide 5 percent incentive pay for math and science teachers. The school board meets at 6:00 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

 

Awards Bestowed During Chix Chamber Banquet

A number of individuals and businesses were recognized for their achievements at the 98th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet last Friday night. The Binyon Family received the top honor of being named to the Civic Hall of Fame. The Binyons helped to jump start the Festival of Light in the mid-1980s. The Business of the Year award went to DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning which celebrated its 100th year in business in 2020. The Small Business of the Year is Grand Care Pharmacy; the Event of the Year is the Junior Social Workers Spaghetti Day; the Citizen of the Year is Heidi Harrison, who created Heidi Helping the Homeless; the Woman of the Year is Donna Elledge with Chickasha Monument Company; the Volunteer of the Year is Ashley Rayburn; and the Public Servant of the Year is Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley.

 

Blood Institute Calls Need for Blood Donations Urgent

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute say there is an urgent need for blood donations. They say multiple local traumas have created an immediate need for blood donors of all types. There are two blood drives today. Badgett’s is holding a blood drive until 11:00 a.m. and KOOL-RANCH radio stations will have another from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.95.

Natural gas is $2.53 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,741 and silver is $25.24.

2021, April 5th-10th

Saturday, April 10th

 

Lt. Gov. Touts State's Recovery from Pandemic

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell is thrilled that the state's economy is beginning to rebound as the nation slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Pinnell was the keynote speaker at the 98th annual Chickasha Chamber of Commerce banquet last night and said it was refreshing to be able to be face-to-face with people once again.

 

              

 

Pinnell’s main focus is tourism and says Oklahomans need to do better in promoting their home state.

 

              

 

Pinnell made reference to Chickasha's leg lamp which drew so much attention last Christmas. He credited Tim Elliott and others for thinking out of the box to create an attraction which brought so much national and even international recognition to the city and hopes it continues.

 

Chamber Banquet Award Recipients

A number of businesses and individuals were recognized for their achievements at the chamber banquet last night. The Binyon Family received the top honor which was being named to the Civic Hall of Fame. The Binyons helped to jump start the Festival of Light in the mid-1980s.The Business of the Year is DeHart Heating and Air Conditioning which celebrated its 100th year in business in 2020. The Small Business of the Year is Grand Care Pharmacy; the Event of the Year is the Junior Social Workers Spaghetti Day; the Citizen of the Year is Heidi Harrison who created Heidi Helping the Homeless; the Woman of the Year is Donna Elledge with Chickasha Monument Company; the Volunteer of the Year is Ashley Rayburn; and the Public Servant of the Year is Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley.

 

Refuge Home Restoration Complete

The finishing touches have finally been made on the years-long renovation of an historic home in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The final piece for The Ferguson home was a 3 1/2 ton boulder. The home was almost entirely destroyed in a wildfire in 2010 with the only remnants being its cobblestone walls and the foundation. The restoration work began in 2014. The Lawton Constitution reports that a group called the Friends of the Wichitas collected about $70,000 in donations for the project. Since the home was on the National Register of Historic Places, they had to coordinate the re-build with the state's historic preservation office. The group spent a year looking for just the right boulder to serve as a marker describing the history of the home.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Sgts. Bryan and Tracy Brittle with the Salvation Army serving Grady and Caddo counties are this week’s guests on the KOOL Konversation program. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Friday, April 9th

 

OHP Probes Fatal SUV Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal SUV crash that happened near Rush Springs yesterday. The accident claimed the life of 35-year old Whitney Blakes of Chickasha. Two children - an 11-year old girl and an 8-year old boy whose names were not released - were air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted in serious condition. The accident happened two miles north of Rush Springs on U.S. Highway 81 about 4:00 p.m. Thursday. The trooper dispatched to the crash reported that the SUV was southbound when it veered off the road and rolled several times. Blakes and the two children were all thrown out of the vehicle.

 

Man Arrested for Soliciting Illicit Photos from Teen

A Chickasha man is accused of soliciting x-rated photos on his phone from a teenager. Chickasha police arrested 31-year old Bryan Cody Snook Wednesday night. Prosecutors have charged him with a felony for soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond. A police affidavit filed in connection with the investigation provides graphic details of a teenager sharing a photo of male genitals with Snook. The teen's mother called police when she saw the photo on her son's phone. Snook told investigators he was only joking when he asked the teen to send him a picture but did not say why he continued to ask for the photo. The teen said the photo he sent was one he found on the Internet. Snook is to announce is attorney on April 15th with a preliminary hearing conference set for May 12th.

 

Chix Chamber Annual Banquet is Tonight

Tonight is the biggest night of the year for the Chickasha business community. The chamber of commerce is holding its 98th annual awards banquet. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be the guest speaker for the sellout event which will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Among the awards to be presented are the Civic Hall of Fame, Small Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, and Event of the Year. A silent auction will also help serve as a fundraiser for the chamber.

 

Anadarko Road Project to Begin Soon

Construction will be starting soon on a road project in Anadarko. Petree Road between State Highway 8 and Mission Boulevard will be widened and a small bridge will be replaced. Reece Knight with the Anadarko Department of Transportation office says it’s a joint project of ODOT, Caddo County, and the City of Anadarko. The $836,000 project was awarded to Paradigm Construction out of Sapulpa. Construction is scheduled to start April 19th and the contractor will have 120 working days to complete the project. When finished, it will be dedicated to the memory of the late Caddo County Commissioner Randy McLemore.

 

Steer Wrestling Event in Chix Tomorrow

Many of the top steer wrestlers in the country will be in Chickasha this weekend for a big jackpot competition. Longtime NFR cowboy Blake Mindemann of Blanchard is holding the event tomorrow at the Grady County Fairgrounds. He talks about some of the cowboys that he's been in contact with.

 

              

 

Mindemann said there is $5,000 added money to entice as many as 100 cowboys to be part of the competition. There will also be a junior competition with as many as 50 youngsters expected to participate. It will all take place at the outdoor rodeo arena at the Grady County Fairgrounds tomorrow (Saturday). The junior event will start at 9 a.m. with the open competition about 1 p.m. There is a $5 fee for spectators, and children 7-and under are free.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.20.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,744 and silver is $25.15.

 

Obituaries

Reginald Cates

Funeral service for Reginald Cates, 34, of Midwest City is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Charles Harrold

Funeral service for Charles Harrold, 78, of Lawton are pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

 

Thursday, April 8th

 

Blanchard Man Faces Assault Charges

A Blanchard man who has a long history of violence is in custody following a brutal attack on his ex-girlfriend. 34 year old Lance Emerson Adkins was taken into custody last weekend. He's been formally charged with two felony counts of assault and battery including one for using a dangerous weapon. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. A probable cause affidavit filed by Blanchard police indicates the victim had a black eye and bruises all over her face and neck. She alleged that Adkins choked her and also put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger several times. She was able to get away and go to a neighbor's home and call for help. Just a few weeks ago Adkins was arrested in February and charged with a misdemeanor for domestic abuse. He was released from custody after posting a $2,500 bond. In 2006, Adkins pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges where he was given a one-year suspended sentence and 24 hours of community service.

 

Ninnekah Police Arrest Suspect with Stolen Car

A Ninnekah woman is facing a charge of having a stolen vehicle. 39-year old Jamie Wheeler was arrested by Ninnekah Police at the Washita Valley RV Park north of Ninnekah Monday. A probable cause affidavit indicates a police officer saw a car in the park with a lot of damage. The officer called in the New Hampshire tag on the vehicle and learned the car had been stolen out of Lawton last month. The officer stopped the car when it started to move and Wheeler was driving. Wheeler has been charged with a felony for being in possession of stolen vehicle and is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

COVID-19 Clinic to Provide Choice of Vaccines

Here is an update to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic that will be held at Chickasha’s Bullock Memorial Community Center next week. Officials say both the single-dose Johnson and Johnson and the first dose of the Moderna vaccines will be available. The Anadarko Indian Health Services Clinic will be providing the vaccines on Tuesday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bullock Memorial Center located at 917 S. 1st. This is for anyone 18 years old and older and no appointment is needed.

 

OSU Research Station to Host Annual Wheat Field Day

Area wheat producers can get an update about the commodity at the annual wheat field day coming to the region. Chickasha's OSU Research Station will hold the event on Friday, April 30th. Speakers include OSU wheat specialists Amanda Silva, Brett Carver, and Bob Hunger and OSU nutrient management specialist Brian Arnall. Individuals have the option of attending in person or via YouTube. Those who plan to attend in person are asked to wear masks. The Wheat Field Day will start at 9 a.m.

 

SPMC Hosts Blood Drive

A community blood drive will be held at the Southern Plains Medical Center today. The clinic is teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) for the event. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the clinic parking lot from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. They can accept convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from the coronavirus. Free t-shirts will be given to all donors.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $63.16.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,744 and silver is $25.33.

 

Obituaries

Paul Ernest

A memorial service for Paul Ernest, 48,  of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10th at Chickasha’s First Christian Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Mark Byrne

Funeral service for Mark Byrne, 69, of Alex will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10th at Alex High School. He was the Public Works Director and the fire chief at Alex for many years. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, April 7th

 

Election Results

Brian Gerdes Wins Chickasha City Council Post

In a light turnout in yesterday's Chickasha City Council election, Ward 1 councilman Brian Gerdes was elected to a full two-year term. Gerdes, who was appointed to the post about a year ago, picked up nearly 75 percent of the vote in his win over challenger David Lucas, 178 to 66.

Dennis Crawford tops Travis Posey in Close CV Tech School Board Race

In a very tight race for a post on the Canadian Valley Technology Board of Education, Dennis Crawford narrowly defeated incumbent Travis Posey. With more than 8,800 votes cast less than 50 votes separated the two candidates.

Jim Rice Appears to Win Tight Minco City Council Election

In Minco, only three votes separated the three candidates running for the Ward 3 city council post. Incumbent Jim Rice received 40 votes, Carrie McMullen received 38, and Christopher Meyers received 37 in the unofficial results. There will not be a run-off so Rice will be re-elected pending a recount. A recount request must be submitted to the Grady County Election Board by 5 p.m. Friday.

Holder, Patterson Win Posts on Verden Trustee Board

In Verden, David Holder and Don Patterson were the top two vote-getters of five candidates for the town board of trustees. Holder received 49 votes and Don Patterson received 44.

John Williams Takes Seat with Alex Town Trustees

In Alex, John Williams defeated Shelby Johnson 37 to 25 for a post on the town board of trustees.

Salyer Wins Re-election as Anadarko's Vice Mayor

In the Anadarko city council election, Tanner Salyer was re-elected vice mayor defeating Patrick Michael Hayes, 106 to 21.

Jeff Boren Tops Democratic Primary for Caddo County Commissioner Post

In the Democratic primary for District 2 Caddo County Commissioner, Jeff Boren received nearly 75 percent of the vote in a 3-person race. Boren collected 174 votes, while Jamie Williams had 49, and Darren Farmer had 19. Boren will now face Republican Belita Byrd in a special general election on Sept. 14th. The winner will fill the post previously held by Randy McLeMore who died last year.

Newcastle School Bond Issues Fail by Narrow Margins

Two special bond elections for Newcastle Public Schools failed to get the 60 percent super-majority needed for passage with one of them falling short by just two votes. A $100,000 transportation bond failed 631 to 425 and it needed 633 votes to pass. A $1 million bond issue for capital improvements and instructional materials failed by 44 votes, 591 to 467. Among the capital improvements being sought were $400,000 for a heating and cooling system in the high school gym and $400,000 to install field turf on school athletic fields.

Lookeba-Sickles School Bond Issues Pass

Voters in the Lookeba-Sickles school district passed two bond issues totaling $490,000. Both passed with more than 84 percent approval. A $245,000 plan to upgrade security entrances and surveillance equipment, purchase maintenance equipment, and repair buildings passed 53 to 10. A second $245,000 bond to purchase school buses passed 54-10.

 

Earthquakes Shake Union City Area

A couple of small earthquakes rattled an area near Union City this morning. The Oklahoma Geological Survey indicated that a 3.1 magnitude tremor was measured southeast of Union City about 3:45 a.m. A smaller tremor which measured at 1.8 on the Richter Scale occurred at 4:25 a.m. at a location just south of the first earthquake. There have been no reports of damage.

 

Cost-Sharing Conservation Applications Accepted

Grady County landowners may consider applying for cost-share assistance to help improve their conservation efforts. The Grady County Conservation District is accepting applications for up to 50 percent cost-share assistance for projects which include brush management, cover crop, critical area planting, forage and bio mass planting, grade stabilization, prescribed grazing, range planting, water wells and other projects. Application deadline is April 23rd. Applications can be picked up at the Grady County Conservation District office or they can be downloaded from the district's Facebook page.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $59.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.74.

Natural gas is $2.46 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,739 and silver is $25.06.

 

Obituaries

Charles Johnson

No services are scheduled for Charles Johnson, 90, of Chickasha. He was a military veteran who served during the Korean War. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Shirley Werthen

Funeral service for Shirley Werthen, 74, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 9th at College Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday, April 6th

 

City, Town Council, and School Elections Underway

There are a number of city council, town council, and school elections throughout the state today. In Chickasha there is one city council race where Brian Gerdes and David Lucas are running for the Ward 1 post. Gerdes was appointed to the seat last year. In other Grady County communities, there are town council elections in Alex, Minco, and Verden. In school elections, the Canadian Valley Technology Center has a post on its school board on the ballot. It’s in office No. 3 where incumbent Travis Posey is facing Dennis Crawford. In McClain County there are two seats up for election on the Blanchard City Council and Dibble Public Schools have a school election. In Caddo County, there is a Democratic primary for County Commissioner District 2 where Jeff Boren, Jamie Williams, and Darren Farmer are on the ballot. In Anadarko there is one city council election where Patrick Michael Hayes faces Tanner Salyer for vice mayor. There are also town council elections in Cement, Ft. Cobb, Apache, and Hinton. Also in Caddo County there are school board elections in Apache and Binger-Oney while voters in the Lookeba-Sickles school district have two propositions to decide. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Mask Mandate Lifted on City of Chickasha Buildings

The mask mandate at Chickasha City Hall has been abolished. Last night, the city council voted 7-1 to repeal the mask requirement on all city-owned property with Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander the lone councilman to vote against it. The council also approved an emergency clause with the repeal which is effective immediately upon the signature of the city clerk. The council delayed a decision about hiring a head-hunting firm to help find a city manager. Mayor Chris Mosley asked for the delay because-


              

Mosley said he wanted to get more information about the individual and perhaps schedule an interview before considering the professional services. If it doesn't work out the council could have an emergency meeting to consider the proposed contract with Strategic Government Resources out of Texas.

 

Kennels, Concessions Vendor OK'd

The city council approved the purchase of some new kennels for the city's animal shelter. The vote was 8-0 to purchase the kennels from Shor-Line which will remove the old kennels and install the new ones. Some of the old kennels are 40 years old. The council also renewed a concessions services contract at the city's sports complex with JW Concessions. The vote to approve was 6-2 with councilmen Zack Grayson and Brian Gerdes recusing their votes.

 

CPD Earns Accreditation             

The Chickasha Police Department was recognized as being an accredited agency during last night's council meeting. Officials with the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program say the department has had its written policies and procedures evaluated to ensure they meet statutory requirements. The program is endorsed by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group, The Oklahoma Municipal League, and the City Management Association of Oklahoma.

 

Bullock Center to Hold Walk-in COVID-19 Clinic              

A walk-in clinic for individuals who would like to get a coronavirus vaccine has been scheduled. Chickasha's Bullock Memorial Community Center is teaming up with Indian Health Services of Anadarko to offer the first of the two Moderna vaccines. The walk-in clinic will be Tuesday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bullock Memorial Community Center located at 917 S. 1st. The clinic is for anyone 18-years and older. No appointment is necessary but individuals might call the Anadarko Indian Health Clinic at 405-247-7989. Depending on participation the second round of the Moderna vaccine could be scheduled in about a month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $58.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $62.15.

Natural gas is $2.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,732 and silver is $24.95.

 

Obituary

Carol Lister

Funeral service for Carol Lister, 88, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Monday, April 5th

 

OSBI Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

One person has died and a police officer is recovering from injuries as a result of an officer-involved shooting in Anadarko early this morning. The OSBI reports that officers were called out about 1:00 a.m. to look into a report of an individual suffering from a drug overdose at a home near the 100 block of Nixon Drive. The agency indicated that while officers were attempting to perform life-saving measures on one person another individual pulled out a gun. Gunfire was exchanged between police and the individual who was identified as 25-year old Sila Lambert was taken to the hospital where was pronounced dead. The unidentified officer suffered non-life threatening injuries. The unidentified individual who suffered the overdose also died.

 

Mask Mandate at Chickasha City Hall May be Lifted

A plan to remove the mask requirement at Chickasha City Hall and city-owned property will be considered by the city council tonight. The move is believed to be a result of the reduced number of coronavirus cases in the county and state. The council will also consider repealing the mask mandate as an emergency so if approved it would be effective immediately. Also on the agenda is a proposal to hire a firm to perform a national search for a new city manager. The recommendation is to use a company called Strategic Government Resources out of Keller, Texas. The anticipated cost is just over $24,000. The council is also to consider spending nearly $90,000 to purchase new kennels for the city's animal shelter. The bid is from a company called Shor-Line and includes removing the old kennels and installing the new ones. The council is also to consider creating a mobile app for the city. The proposal from a company called SeeClickFix would cost about $10,000 a year. The city council will also recognize firefighter Rodney Peters who recently retired after a 25-year career. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Chix Water Treatment Process Change is Underway              

Officials at Chickasha's water treatment plant say water users may be noticing a chlorine taste in the water the next few days but they say it should be temporary. City officials said last week that the drinking water is being treated differently the entire month of April. Instead of using a combination of chlorine and ammonia they are using free chlorine only to disinfect the water. The reason for the change is because free chlorine will remove sediment that has built up in the water lines. That sediment causes the water to fall out of compliance with state Department of Environmental Quality standards.  Officials say while the process started last week it takes a few days for the chlorine to make it through the water distribution system. Should you notice cloudy water, or water that tastes like chlorine, run all the taps in your home or business for a couple of minutes. You may also flush your toilets a couple of times and run one cycle of cold water through your washing machine. This free chlorine process will continue through the entire month of April and they'll return to the chlorine and ammonia treatment the first of May.

 

State Lawmakers Consider Bill Limiting

Foreign-ownership of Land in Oklahoma

Among the bills being considered at the state capital is HB1497 which would prohibit property ownership in Oklahoma by people from countries which ban the United States from owning property in their countries. State Representative Brad Boles of Marlow who represents parts of Grady, Stephens, and McClain counties says that non-U.S. citizens and foreign business groups can acquire titles to real property in the U.S. and says it has been taking place at an alarming rate in Oklahoma. In a recent media column Boles says it has the potential to threaten the security of the state and nation. Boles says he was among a number of lawmakers supporting Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter who wants to get information on questionable land purchases to see if illegal activity is occurring with these property transfers.

 

National Library Week Underway

This is National Library Week and the Chickasha Public Library has a number of activities scheduled. Patrons can enter drawings to win prizes by using the library's new book-tracking app or by dropping by the library. Tuesday is National Library Workers Day with patrons invited to give workers a round of applause in a special ceremony set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday is National Outreach Day which will feature pop-up bookmobiles at Washita Valley Park and Shannon Springs Park. On Thursday the American Library Association encourages individuals to support the Build America's Library Act which is designed to raise funds for upgrades to the nation's library infrastructure. Friday is Volunteer Appreciation Day with a ceremony set for 3:30 p.m. to recognize those who serve on the library board and the Friends of the Library.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.45 per barrel.

London-based Brent Crude is $63.60.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,725 and silver is $24.85.

 

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