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2024, April 8th-13th

Saturday, April 13th

 

Perry Ramsey, Carey DeHart are Top Honorees

at Chix Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

Individuals who have provided many years of volunteer service to Chickasha were the recipients of two of the top awards at the 101st annual Chamber of Commerce banquet last night. The late Perry Ramsey was inducted into the Legacy Hall of Fame. He spent 24 years with Maremont where he served several years at vice president. He was recognized for his public service for leadership roles with groups which include the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, the chamber and others.

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Inducted into the Civic Hall of Fame was Carey DeHart. The life-long Chickasha resident established Willowbrook Development Company. Known for numerous construction projects around the state DeHart also led local projects including the restoration of the historic Rock Island Railroad Depot; rebuilding the Chickasha High School after it was destroyed by fire; and renovating the historic administration building at USAO. Officials say it is DeHart’s commitment to volunteerism which stands as a testament to his legacy of service.

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Other award recipients included Sheriff Gary Boggess who was named the Public Servant of the Year; Chickasha Public Schools Operations Director Dan Turner was Citizen of the Year; Grady County Tag Agent Mindy Walker was named the Woman of the Year; Assistant Chickasha City Manager Rachel Bernish was named Young Professional of the Year; and U.S. Army veteran Eric Anderson was named Volunteer of the Year. The Business of the Year was Lifeline Home Health and Hospice and the Small Business of the Year was Blossom's Boutique. The Event of the Year was the Festival of Light which finished runner-up in a USA Today national poll of public holiday light displays.

 

Caddo County Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

A suspect is in custody after an armed robbery at a rural store north of Ft. Cobb Lake.  A post on the Caddo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page indicates that the Cobb Creek Store on State Highway 152 was held up at gunpoint just after 11 o'clock yesterday morning. The clerk called 9-1-1 and gave authorities a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving. Caddo County Sheriff Spencer Davis dispatched deputies and called in state troopers and other law enforcement agencies to help with the search. Authorities found the suspect identified as Cole Green near Weatherford about 6 o'clock last night.

 

Semi Driver Hospitalized After Truck Overturns

A Union City truck driver suffered head and internal injuries when his big rig ran off the road in northwest Oklahoma. 27-year old Cody Evans was air lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was last in stable condition. The accident happened Thursday evening east of Seiling. The highway patrol reports that Evans may have been going too fast while trying to turn on to a county road. The semi rolled 3/4 of a time and landed on its passenger side.  He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

Talk Show Topic

Jake Grossnicklaus and Whitney Shenk with the Grady County Cattle Producers are guests on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Anna Belle Hair

Funeral service for Anna Belle Hair, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 15th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ.  She and her husband Jerry ran a propane company. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Ethan Crista

A memorial service for Ethan Crista, 21, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a volunteer at the food bank.

 

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Friday, April 12th

 

State Testing Begins Soon for Public School Students

With just a few weeks left in the school year, state testing is getting underway for high school juniors and most elementary school students. A post on the Chickasha Public Schools Facebook page indicates the reason for state testing is to determine if students have mastered the skills expected for their grade level. They compare it to checking the sturdiness of the foundation they have been building throughout the year. They say parents should think of the skills their children are learning as building blocks and that each year new skills are added which build on the previous ones learned. State testing ensures students have a solid base in order to succeed in the next grade. Officials urge parents to build their children's confidence to help reduce test-taking anxiety, encourage them to have a positive outlook, and remind them that it’s a chance to show what they've learned throughout the year.

 

USAO, Redlands Work to Prepare Students

for Employment in High-Demand Occupations

A couple of regional higher education institutions are combining efforts to address needs in Oklahoma's workforce. USAO and Redlands Community College are expanding their current partnership to provide greater career-readiness support and increase the number of graduates with associates and bachelor's degrees. USAO president Kayla Hale said the initial effort is designed to address the teacher shortage in Oklahoma which will be followed by addressing shortages in high-demand occupations. Redlands President Jenna Marr said by pooling the resources of both schools they are ensuring that students receive the support they need to thrive both academically and professionally. USAO faculty will be embedded at Redlands to offer bachelor degrees at the El Reno campus.

 

Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Tonight

It's a big night for the Chickasha business community. The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet with numerous awards being issued. They include Small Business of the year, Public Servant of the Year, and Woman of the Year. One individual will be inducted into the Civic Hall of Fame. This is the 101st annual banquet which will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Research Station Schedules Wheat, Forage Field Day

Wheat producers in the region need to circle Friday, April 26th on their calendars. That's when the annual wheat and forage field day will be held at the OSU Research Station just east of Chickasha. OSU Extension specialists will discuss topics like weed control, the discovery of new sources of stripe rust resistance in OSU wheat, and wheat varieties for south-central Oklahoma. Check-in time starts at 8:30 a.m. and the program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with OK Ag Credit providing lunch. Participants are asked to register by April 23rd.  For information contact Michael Pettijohn by calling 405-224-4475.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.02 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.74.

Natural gas is $1.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,415 and silver is $29.25

 

Obituary

Johnny ‘Randy’ Dorman

A memorial service for 74-year old Randy Dorman of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13th at Bible Baptist Church. He worked at AT&T for nearly forty years. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, April 11th

 

First Responder Conference to Honor Former Chix Fire Chief

A summer conference to help first responders hone their skills will include a program that will honor Brian Zalewski, who served as Chickasha's fire chief for several years. Zalewski was only 50-years old when he passed away unexpectedly last summer. In addition to his duties as fire chief, he was a deputy sheriff, a flight nurse, and a critical care paramedic. The Heroes of the Heartland Conference is said to be the premier first responder conference in the state. It is hosted by Heartland Medical Direction and Survival Flight and will be held June 24th through 27th in Norman. The conference will include the inaugural Brian Zalewski Memorial Simulated (Sim) games. 16 two-person teams will compete with the winning team receiveing a traveling trophy.

 

Reception Set to Honor Out-Going Chix City Council Members

There will be a ceremonial passing of the gavel during next week's Chickasha City Council meeting. Mayor Chris Mosley is stepping down after serving six years in that leadership role. That responsibility will be passed on to Vice Mayor Zach Grayson who ran un-opposed for mayor. Prior to Monday's city council meeting officials will honor Mosley as well as two councilmen who will be finishing their service to the city. Ward 3 Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander is stepping down after serving 10 years on the council. Ward 2 Councilman Rick Croslin is stepping down after serving this past year after being appointed to that office. The reception will be held in the city council chambers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday, April 15th.

 

Lincoln Elementary Security Project Completed

A new entrance for Lincoln Elementary School is now complete. The entrance provides an extra level of security as visitors will first enter a vestibule before entering the building. Principal Angie Morgan said it keeps office traffic completely sealed off from school hallways and classrooms, and access to the hallways is only allowed to individuals who have a badge and identification. The project was included in the safety and security bond passed by voters a few years ago.

 

Music Therapy Treatment Available

for Native American Alzheimer's Patients

A program to help Native Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease is available in many parts of central and southwest Oklahoma. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has an Alzheimer's Disease Program Initiative. Among the goals is to implement a music and memory therapy program. Diane Hugar has information.

 

              

 

 

The program assists native elders who are enrolled in federally-recognized tribes. For information reach out on line at: www.wichitatribe.com or call 405-247-8654.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.48.

Natural gas is $1.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,348 and silver is $27.99.

 

Obituaries

Maxine Dyer

Funeral service for Maxine Dyer, 92, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 12th at First Christian Church. She drove a semi and also owned Maxine's Springcrest Draperies. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Nadean Troup

Funeral service for Nadean Troup, 90, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 12th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Willie Ray Dickson

Funeral service for Willie Ray Dickson, 67, of Hollis will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13th at Babers Temple in Hollis. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Sue Carter

Funeral service Sue Carter, 78, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She was a lab tech at Southern Plains Medical Center.

 

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Wednesday, April 10th

 

Mixed News for Consumer Spending in Grady County

Consumer spending throughout Grady County was up from the month-to-month totals in the most recent reporting period but down from the same time a year ago. It's estimated that consumers spent about $80.4 million on taxable goods and services from mid-February to mid-March. That number is up about 10 percent from last month but down about 11.6 percent from a year ago. The county collected $603,000 in sales tax revenues from those purchases. County use tax revenues - which are sales taxes paid by on-line shoppers - was $113,000 this month. That is down 6.6 percent from last month and off 22 percent from a year ago.

Chickasha numbers

For the City of Chickasha, estimated consumer spending during that same time frame was $28.2 million. That's down about 1 percent from the previous month and down about 10 percent from last year. The city received $1.2 million in sales tax revenue this month and about $129,000 in  use tax revenues.

 

Suspect Faces Numerous Forgery Charges

A Chickasha woman is accused of forging dozens of checks totaling more than $100,000. 38-year old Tasha Provence-Davis has been charged with two felonies and five misdemeanors of obtaining property by false pretenses. Grady County authorities arrested her last Thursday. KSWO-TV cites court documents indicating that she used counterfeit checks to purchase two vehicles, pay off credit cards, and purchase meals. It's reported she faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted. Davis is out of jail after posting a $15,000 bond. She's to be back in court April 24th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

National Guard Troops Honored at State Capital

State lawmakers gathered to recognize citizen soldiers in the Oklahoma National Guard on Tuesday. Members of the house and senate held a joint session for National Guard Appreciation Day. Last year nearly 2,000 guard members served deployments in various locations overseas which included the largest deployment in more than 10 years. Major General Thomas Mancino is the Adjutant General of the National Guard. He said from the battlefields of World War I, II, or Korea to the mountains of Afghanistan and the streets of Iraq, members of the army and air national guard have been there defending life, liberty, and freedoms from oppression around the world.

 

State Veterans Affairs Director Steps Down

The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a new director. Retired Admiral Greg Slavonic announced he'll be stepping down next month.  Slavonic was named interim director in March of 2023 and had anticipated serving about six months. He says he stayed with the agency to foster a supportive organizational climate, reduce reliance on contract personnel, and advance several initiatives. A search for a new director is now underway.

 

Grady County Cattle Producers Set Annual Meeting

Grady County Cattle Producers will meet for their annual business meeting later this month. The meeting will include guest speaker Dr. Mark Johnson of OSU, a purebred beef specialist. There will be a trade show for the first time with more than 20 vendors on hand. Also, the carcass contest results will be announced and scholarships will be awarded. The meeting will be Friday, April 26th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Members should RSVP the OSU Extension Center by Friday, April 19th by calling 405-224-2216.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.42.

Natural gas is $1.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,366 and silver is $28.17.

 

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Tuesday, April 9th

 

Teen Enters Blind Plea to Child Porn Charges

A man accused of sharing dozens of images of child pornography enters a blind plea to three felony charges in connection with his arrest nearly two years ago. 19-year old Ayden Isaac Jacob Tee entered the plea in Caddo County District Court last week. Tee had just turned 18 years old a few months before his arrest in October of 2022. A group known as Internet Crimes Against Children notified the Caddo County Sheriff's Office that Tee had been identified as receiving and distributing more than 100 graphic images. Tee faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.  A pre-sentencing investigation will be conducted by the state department of corrections and formal sentencing is set for June 21st.

 

Chickasha Neighborhood without Water Today

A reminder that a Chickasha neighborhood will be without water service today. Crews will be working on a water line improvement project in about a 20-square block area from First Street to Third Street and from Idaho Avenue to Alabama Avenue. Water is expected to be off until 5:00 p.m.

 

State Rep 'Honored' to Continue Serving

State Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) says he is humbled and honored to continue serving District 51 in the State House of Representatives. Boles did not draw an opponent during last week's filing period and will serve two more years at the state capital. It will be his fifth term which win run through 2026. Boles’ district includes much of Grady and Stephens counties. He said over the last six years officials have made historic progress to move the state forward but that their work is not done. In a prepared statement Boles says he prays that God will give state lawmakers wisdom and guidance as they make important decisions on how to best move the state forward.

 

Wrecking Ball Film Fest Returns

A 24-hour race to produce short movies is back for another year. The third annual Wrecking Ball Film Festival will be held later this month. The race begins at 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 12th and films must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 13th. Registration is $10 per team member and teams should have two to five members. The festival is a collaboration of Jordan Vinyard, dean of USAO's School of Visual and Performing Arts, and Reagan Elkins of Intellego Media. There is also new short film category this year with the films needing to be 5-10 minutes long and made within the last year. The top 10 films will be shown and awards announced on Saturday, April 20th at USAO's Davis Hall Amphitheatre. Registration is on-line at: www.alumni.usao.edu

 

Groups Combine Efforts to Give Away Free Trees

Oklahoma Electric Co-op (OEC) and the Arbor Day Foundation are combining efforts to give free trees to OEC members and consumers. 200 trees will be given away. The program called Energy Saving Trees is a research-based, easy-to-use, on-line mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of tree planting. By entering information about your home and yard it calculates where to strategically plant trees for the greatest energy and money saving benefits. Register at: www.arborday.org/OEC 

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.38.

Natural gas is $1.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,382 and silver is $28.28.

 

Obituary

Lucy Ladwig

Funeral service for Lucy Ladwig, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She worked at Grady Memorial Hospital. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Everest Center at the Oklahoma Children's Hospital.

 

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Monday, April 8th

 

Summer School Sessions Proposed for Chickasha Students

Summer school classes and some parking lot improvements are among the issues to be considered by the board of education for Chickasha Public Schools tonight. Proposed summer school for Bill Wallace and Grand Avenue students would be Monday through Thursday beginning June 3rd and running through 27th. Lincoln and middle school students would be later in the summer and only be for one week, July 29th through August 2nd. High school students would take summer school classes on-line.  The panel will consider extending the school year for special needs students which would run May 22nd through July 6th. Also proposed is a summer Playstation program for Bill Wallace and Grand Avenue students which would run Monday through Friday beginning May 20th and running through August 7th. There is a tuition fee that will be charged to help cover costs.

Some parking lot improvements suggested

The panel will also consider awarding a bid to pave parking lots at Grand Avenue and the middle school. Director of Operations Dan Turner is recommending nearly $200,000 bid from the Haskell-Lemon Group of Oklahoma City which he says was the low bid. The funds will come from the safety and security bond that voters passed a few years ago. Turner said if the bid is approved it would save the district nearly $100,000 on what was estimated. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Water Service Out Tomorrow for Part of Chickasha

A Chickasha neighborhood will be without water for much of the day tomorrow. Officials are continuing upgrades on a waterline project. The affected area is between First and Third Streets, and from Idaho Avenue to Arkansas Avenue. The outage is scheduled to be from about 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Companies Urged to Begin Apprenticeship Programs

Some companies are finding it difficult to find qualified employees to fill their openings. Officials with the South Central Workforce Board recommend that firms create apprenticeships to help train new workers. Erin Glass says by forming a partnership with career techs or other schools it would help bridge the gap.

 

              

 

The workforce board will be holding an apprenticeship summit to provide information. It's free and open to all businesses, community leaders, and economic and workforce development professionals. The summit will be Wednesday, April 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Canadian Valley Technology Center. For information, e-mail: erin@scworkforceboard.org

 

City of Anadarko Begins Clean-up Campaign

The City of Anadarko is beginning a week-long clean-up campaign today. Residents can place bulky items on the curb for pick-up or take items to a central roll-off site next to the police department. No hazardous materials will be allowed. Roll off hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today through Saturday. Large items may also be taken to the Alex landfill for free as long as residents show a photo ID and a copy of a recent utility bill.  For information see the city of Anadarko's Facebook page or website.

 

Friends of the Library Cancel Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Chickasha Library have had to cancel their spring book sale which was to get underway later this month. Officials say the event will be re-scheduled this fall.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude topped $90 to $91.17.

Natural gas is $1.78 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,355 and silver is $27.90.

 

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Saturday, April 6th

 

Trio Inducted into Chix Schools Hall of Honor

The work of several past educators and administrators for Chickasha Public Schools was heralded last night at the Chickasha Public School Foundation annual gala. Harly Day who was a teacher, coach, and principal; Jim Glaze, who was a teacher, coach, and superintendent; and  Judy Duprez who was a long-time high school English teacher were all inducted into the school district's Hall of Honor last night. Officials also named middle school teacher Greg Gibson as the District Teacher of the Year; and Alice Ketchum was named Support Employee of the Year. She has held several posts with the district for 28 years mostly in the central kitchen prior to her retirement in January.

 

Nine Candidates File for Grady County Offices

Grady County Republican voters will be choosing four elected county officials in the coming months. No Democrats came forward to run for the offices during the three-day filing period which ended yesterday. Three candidates filed for District 2 county commissioner as current commissioner Kirk Painter will be on the ballot with Ruth Bingham and Garland Terry. Sheriff Gary Boggess will face Jeff Franklin; County Clerk Jill Locke will go head-to-head with Neva Ford; and a new court clerk will be elected with Mica Selzer Hackney and Carolyn Bowens running for the post. Current Court Clerk Lisa Hannah will be retiring this year. The primary election will be June 18th.

Caddo County

In Caddo County, Republicans will decide who will serve as sheriff. Incumbent Spencer Davis will face Brynn Barnett of Carnegie in the June 18th primary. Three incumbents ran unopposed for their jobs - District 2 Commissioner Jeff Bowen, County Clerk Rhonda Johnson, and Court Clerk Patti Barger.

State Capital Filings

At the state capital, three Grady County Republican state lawmakers ran un-opposed for their seats. District 56 State Representative Dick Lowe of Amber and District 51 State Representative Brad Bowles of Marlow will stay in office for two more years (through the end of 2026); and District 23 State Senator Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle will serve his third and final term which will run through 2028.

 

Motorcyclist Injured Avoiding Animals

A Marlow motorcycle rider is hospitalized after crashing his bike while trying to avoid some animals. 44-year old Jimmy Burch suffered head and external injuries in the crash that happened in far southeastern Oklahoma near Poteau just before 1 o'clock this morning. He was not wearing a helmet. The Highway Patrol reports that Burch was taken to a hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he was admitted in stable condition.

 

Grass Fire Shuts Down Turnpike

A grass fire along the H.E. Bailey Turnpike shut down the interstate yesterday. The blaze erupted near Mile Marker 68 about 12 miles southwest of Chickasha just before 4:30 p.m. The highway was closed for about 90 minutes and re-opened about 6:00 p.m.

 

Traveling Art Exhibit Opens at Jacobson House Native Art Center

The works of Native American artists across the country are on display in a traveling exhibit in Norman. More than 30 artists are featured in the exhibit that is underway at the Jacobson House Native Art Center. A formal opening of the exhibit called 'Collective Wisdom' was held last night. During the opening the lifetime contributions of Caddo and Potawatomi artist Jeraldine 'Jeri' RedCorn were honored. Her work is displayed in the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Museum of History, and is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National  Museum of the American Indian. The exhibit runs through Aug. 2nd

 

Talk Show Topic

Diane Hugar with the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will discuss the tribes Alzheimer's Disease Program Initiative. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, April 5th

 

More Candidates File for Grady County Government Offices

Thursday saw two more candidates come forward to run for Grady County government offices in day two of the filing period. County Clerk Jill Locke filed to run for re-election as a Republican. She is being challenged by Republican Neva Ford who filed on Wednesday. Also yesterday, a third candidate entered the race for District Two County Commissioner. Ruth Bingham, who works in the county treasurer's office filed as a Republican. Bingham joins current commissioner Kirk Painter and Garland Terry both of whom also are Republicans. There were no additional filings for sheriff where current Sheriff Gary Boggess and challenger Jeff Franklin have both filed as Republicans. There were also no additional filings for court clerk where Carolyn Bowen and Mica Selzer Hackney have filed as Republicans.

Caddo County

There were no new filings in Caddo County. Sheriff Spencer Davis and challenger Brynn Barnett have both filed as Republicans. District 2 Commissioner Jeff Boren, Court Clerk Patti Barger, and County Clerk Rhonda Johnson have all filed un-opposed to this point. Today is the final day for candidates to file for county, state, and federal offices.

 

Chix Public School Foundation Annual Event is Tonight

Former Chickasha school administrators and teachers will be honored tonight at the Chickasha Public School Foundation Purple and Gold Gala. Three new members will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. Harly Day was a principal, teacher, and coach who spent more than 50 years in education. Jim Glaze was a first a teacher and a coach then served as principal and superintendent. He spent more than 30 years in education and all were in the Chickasha school district. Also being honored will be long-time high school English teacher Judy Duprez who also served as an adjunct professor at USAO. The site teachers of the year will be recognized with one of them to be named District Teacher of the Year; a support employee of the year will be announced; and new members of the Chickasha Athletic Hall of Fame will be named. The gala will be tonight at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Solar Eclipse Anticipation Grows

Excitement continues to build about the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday. A small part of Oklahoma will get to experience a total eclipse of the sun. Grady County 4Her Shane Williamson has information about the eclipse in this region and some interesting facts about solar eclipses.

 

             

 

Williamson says you should not look directly at the eclipse as it could damage your eyesight. There are specialized glasses available or a welding helmet would also provide suitable protection.

 

Youth Rodeo Associations Compete in Chix

Nearly 200 high school and junior high school rodeo-ers will be working to improve their skills at the Grady County Fairgrounds this weekend. Members of the Oklahoma High School and Junior High School Rodeo Associations will start arriving this afternoon with competitions to be held tomorrow and Sunday. This is the third of four spring competitions for the groups. They have had previous events in Ardmore and Guthrie and they will wrap up the regular season at Weatherford in a couple of weeks. Junior high association members will return to Chickasha May 16th-19th for their state finals and high school association members will be back May 28th through June 2nd for their state finals.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.92.

Natural gas is $1.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,312 and silver is $26.90.

 

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Thursday, April 4th

 

'Pinged' Stolen Truck Leads to Drug Suspect Arrests

Rush Springs police arrest two people after finding a stolen pickup and discovering they had illicit drugs. 28-year old Michael Brown and 44-year old Melissa Grantham, both of Rush Springs, were taken into custody late Monday. KSWO-TV cites court documents that say authorities pinged the truck to a home in Rush Springs. Officers went to investigate and found the truck in a barn in what might be considered a chop-shop operation as the truck had been dismantled. Both suspects were said to have had pills laced with fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. Both have been formally charged with trafficking and having a stolen vehicle with bond set at $150,000 each. If convicted Brown faces 24 years to life in prison; while Grantham faces seven years to life behind bars.

 

Races Form in First Day of Filing for County Offices

Races for three Grady County offices developed in the first day for candidates to file for public offices yesterday. Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess and challenger Jeff Franklin both filed as Republicans; District 2 Commissioner Kirk Painter and challenger Garland Terry both filed as Republicans; Mica Selzer Hackney and Carolyn Bowen filed as Republicans for court clerk (incumbent Court Clerk Lisa Hannah is retiring); and Neva Ford filed as a Republican for county clerk. Incumbent County Clerk Jill Locke has announced she's running for re-election but has not yet filed.

Caddo County

There is also a race for sheriff as Sheriff Spencer Davis and challenger Brynn Barnett of Carnegie have both filed as Republicans; District 2 Commissioner Jeff Boren has filed for re-election as a  Democrat; County Clerk Patti Barger has filed for re-election as a Democrat; and County Clerk Rhonda Johnson has filed for re-election as a Republican. The filing period runs through tomorrow.

 

Chickasha Police to Offer Citizens Academy

The Chickasha Police Department will host another citizens’ police academy. The 10-week program will offer attendees a better understanding of police training, procedures, and philosophy through both classroom and hands-on training. The free academy will begin Thursday, May 2nd and runs three hours each week. A background check will be required of all applicants. Applications are available on the City of Chickasha's website: www.chickasha.org or they can be picked up at the police department.

 

USAO Hosts Spring Triad; Including Chalk Art, Droverstock

It's a huge day at USAO as hundreds of high school and middle students converge on campus for several events the university calls the Spring Triad. Officials are expecting some 500 students from 40 schools for the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival. There are several age divisions including one for college students, non-students, and adults who can purchase a 10’ X 10’ square on the Oval. There are two judges who will select one entry as a best-in-show which will win a $250 top prize They will also select ‘Judges’ Favorites’ each of which will receive $100. In addition to the chalk art festival there is an academic competition and for the first time high school juniors have been invited to tour the university. Later today, the annual Droverstock festival and concert will get underway. It opens with activities and vendors including a mechanical bull and inflatables at 4:00 p.m. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. with five bands scheduled to play. There is no admission to attend any activities although food trucks will charge for their products.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.92.

Natural gas is $1.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,312 and silver is $27.16.

 

Obituaries

Douglas Unruh

Funeral service for Douglas Unruh, 61, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 8th at Plainview Mennonite Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Sundra Lee Brookshire

A memorial service for Sundra Lee Brookshire, 81, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha will be held by the family at a later date. She worked in the medical field and was co-owner of a laboratory. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, April 3rd

 

Chickasha City Council Election Results

One Chickasha city council representative wins re-election and two new councilors will take office as a result of yesterday's city council elections. Ward 1 Councilwoman Kea Ginn was elected to a second-term by defeating David Lucas, 444 to 256. For the Ward 2 post Charlie Burruss outlasted Daniel Terry by three votes, 363 to 360 in the unofficial results. Terry said he will not ask for a recount. For the Ward 4 office, John Smith defeated two opponents. Smith collected 404 votes (57 percent); Eric Anderson received 256 votes (36 percent); and Isaac DeLeon received 46 votes (6.5 percent).

School Board Elections

At Alex, Kelby Ketchum defeated Jonathan Mills 125 to 23.  At Minco, Jared Rumley defeated Mike Herrel 168 to 155. For District 6 of the Canadian Valley Technology Center, Dean Riddell wins re-election by defeating Cotton Ruzicka 3,123 to 1,860. At Blanchard, Barry Carpenter won over Cindy Spaulding, 236 to 147; at Dibble, Stephen Swaim defeated Sheri Phillips, 51 to 39; and at Binger-Oney, Cameron Stephens defeated Gary Farrow, 66 to 50.

Cement School Bond Issue Passes

Less than 75 voters cast ballots in the Cement school bond election but it passed overwhelmingly. The $4.2 million proposal received nearly eight out of every ten votes, 57 to 16. The bond will be used to build a kitchen and cafeteria addition which will double as a community storm shelter. There will also be a window replacement project at school sites.

 

Filing Period Opens for County, State Offices

The filing period for county and state offices gets underway this morning. In most counties the offices of sheriff, county clerk, and some county commissioner seats will be up for grabs. In Grady County, Sheriff Gary Boggess has announced his intention to run for the post he was appointed to last year. He is expected to be challenged by 30-year law enforcement veteran Jeff Franklin. District 2 County Commissioner Kirk Painter is running for re-election and is expected to be challenged by long-time businessman and rancher Garland Terry. Incumbent County Clerk Jill Locke is running for re-election and is expected to be challenged by Neva Ford. Filings at the county level take place at county election boards.

State offices

At the state level, State Representatives Dick Lowe (R-Amber) and Brad Boles (R-Marlow) and State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) are all expected to run for re-election. Filing for state office takes place at the state election board. The filing period runs through Friday.

 

Oil Site Crew Helps Nap Suspected Thief

A Chickasha man is accused of stealing copper from a Caddo County oil and gas location. 51-year old Lonnie Hatfield was arrested after workers at the site saw a man taking the copper and followed him as he drove away from the site. The workers called deputies who were able to catch up to the driver identified as Hatfield. Hatfield has been charged with grand larceny, conspiracy, and entering with intent to steal. His bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled for May 13th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.92.

Natural gas is $1.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,291 and silver is $26.37.

 

Obituaries

Gary Gwatney

A private memorial service will be held for Gary Gwatney, 69, of Blanchard. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Darrell Hickman

Funeral service for Darrell Hickman, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 4th at the Ninnekah Church of Christ. He owned and operated a dozer company. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Vern Wilkerson

A memorial service for Harry 'Vern' Wilkerson, 93, of Tuttle will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 4th at the Tuttle Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

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Tuesday, April 2nd

 

Chix Council OKs Flood Prevention Project

Last night, the Chickasha City Council approved spending more than three-quarters of a million dollars on a flood-prevention project. The panel approved spending $755,000 to purchase some property behind the Homeland Grocery store for a water retention structure. Assistant City Manager Rachel Bernish-

 

              

 

 

Bernish said the city had budgeted $500,000 for the project. The balance will be paid for with revenue from oil and gas leases.

Police Chief Gives Annual Report

Chickasha Police Chief G.G. Music gave his annual report of the department to the council. Music said officers responded to more than 13,000 calls in 2023. He praised the officers for their work and gave special recognition to the department's dispatchers.

 

              

 

 

Music also said the Animal Control Division processed nearly 1,000 animals last year and had a more than 90 percent live-release rate. He said more than half of the animals went to spay and neuter clinics.

 

Some Municipal and School Elections are Today

It's Election Day for some Oklahomans. There are municipal and school board elections throughout the region. In Chickasha, voters will be selecting three city council members. In Ward One, incumbent Kea Ginn faces David Lucas; in Ward Two Daniel Terry faces Charlie Burrus; and in Ward Four three candidates are on the ballot – Ron Smith, Isaac DeLeon, and Eric Anderson. All Chickasha voters will cast ballots in each of those races. There are school board elections in Alex, Minco, Blanchard, Dibble, and Binger-Oney; and for Office No. 1 for the Canadian Valley Technology Center board of education. Cement school district voters will decide a $4.2 million bond issue. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.42.

Natural gas is $1.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,277 and silver is $25.70.

 

Obituary

R.L. Fikes

A private memorial service will be held for R.L. Fikes, 87, of Chickasha. He worked for Chickasha Ford and Charles Allen Ford for more than 30 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, April 1st

 

Chix City Council to Consider Flood Prevention Project

The Chickasha City Council, acting as the Chickasha Municipal Authority tonight will consider purchasing a couple of lots in the Woodlands Section Two development to be used for water retention. The proposed payment of $750,000 is to a group called the Chickasha Development Company.

Payments recommended for sewer line projects

The Municipal Authority will also consider paying more than $450,000 to Matthews Trenching for a couple of sanitary sewer line replacement projects. One is along U.S. Highway 81 and another is near 16th Street and U.S. Highway 62.

Airport projects also to be reviewed

Construction is underway on some new hangars at the airport. During the Airport Authority portion of tonight's meeting the panel will consider paying more than $83,000 to Diversified Construction of Oklahoma for a T-Hangar project. The council will also consider applying for a more than $430,000 grant from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission which would be used to build two 75' x 75' hangars.

Other topics

The council will also consider selling surface rights only on several lots throughout the city. There will also be a presentation of the 2023 annual report from the police department. The council meeting will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting will also be available on the City's YouTube channel which is available on its website, and will be televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

 

Grant to Help USAO with STEM Programs

A grant from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma will help USAO with its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. The Masons provided a grant of more than $15,000 to purchase a new telescope for astronomy events; fund STEM workshops for middle school students which will cover topics like robotics energy, human health, and horticulture; and a summer camp for junior high students that will focus on healthy meals and stress relief. The university is currently working with teachers in several area school districts to provide STEM workshops at their schools.

 

Deputies Help Retrieve Pet Snake

A couple of Grady County deputies were summoned to a unique call last week. It seems a pet snake managed to get out of its enclosure in a Blanchard area home. The snake was a non-venomous Ball Python about 4 1/2 feet long. The snake was found inside the home and it took about 25 minutes for the deputies to retrieve the pet. A photo of the deputies with the reptile is posted on the Grady County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

 

Dan Stein to Address Grady County Agriculture Producers

Grady County agriculture producers meet for their first April meeting tomorrow morning. The speaker will be Dan Stein who is an OSU Extension animal breeding and reproduction specialist. The meeting will get underway at 7:00 a.m. at the Grady County OSU Extension Office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.48.

Natural gas is $1.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,272 and silver is $25.20.

 

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Saturday, March 30th

 

Suspect in Custody After Alleged Hammer Attack

A Blanchard man is being held in the Grady County Jail on a $250,000 bond after being arrested on several complaints including hitting his wife in the head with a hammer. Grady County deputies arrested 48-year old Stephen Dwight Holsey late Thursday after responding to a domestic violence report in a rural area northeast of Blanchard. A probable cause affidavit indicates a juvenile in the home called 911 after his dad had come home intoxicated and became physically aggressive. Undersheriff Kori Brewer said the victim initially ran into a wooded area. He said the woman later called and said she was in a safe place. Holsey has been charged with assault and battery, having weapons, and reckless handling of firearms. Holsey was on probation after pleading guilty to a previous charge of having weapons after a previous conviction.

 

Oklahoma  Among Nation's Top Renewable Energy Producers

The Sooner State is one of the top-producers of renewable energy in America. A study by Insider Monkey shows that Oklahoma ranks No. 6 in the country due mainly to wind power. The ranking is based on 2022 numbers which show Oklahoma produced just under 40 terrawatt hours of renewable energy - enough to fully power 2.8 million homes.  Texas tops the list of renewable energy producing states at 139 terrawatt hours which can power nearly 10 million homes..

 

Holy City to Wrap Up This Year's Easter Pageant Programs

The Holy City of the Wichitas will hold its final performance of the season of its annual Easter Pageant tonight. This the 99th year for the pageant which is held at the Holy City near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Admission is free however donations are welcome. The Holy City is a 66-acre replica of ancient Jerusalem. Paved parking is available and a free shuttle service is available at the refuge visitor center and Lake Elmer Thomas. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, sleeping bags, and coats and jackets. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed and food trucks will be on site. The pageant will begin about 8:30 and it runs about three hours.

 

Talk Show Topic

Zach Grayson, who will be Chickasha's next mayor and Erica Alexander, who will serve Ward 3 on the Chickasha city council, are this week’s guests on the KOOL Konversation. Both ran un-opposed for those seats. A podcast of the program can be found under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, March 29th

 

State Panel Extends Application Deadline 

for Some Drought-Related Cost-Share Projects

Oklahoma's Emergency Drought Commission has extended a deadline for property owners who are interested in applying for cost-share assistance for various projects. The deadline for practices related to water well drilling, pipeline, pumping plant, and water facilities have been extended to December 31st of this year. However, the website OK Energy Today reports the commission decided to maintain a June 30th deadline for pond-clean out practices. Producers who are unable to complete a project by that date will have priority during the next application period. Officials say if producers who have completed or are in the middle of those projects do not provide receipts by the June 30th deadline they will not be eligible for a reimbursement claim. State Climatologist Gary McManus attended the meeting and told the panel that while drought conditions are fading in the state that he is hesitant to say that the drought is over.

 

More Oklahoma Projects Approved for Federal Funding

In his stop in Chickasha this week Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) talked about some Oklahoma projects that will be receiving federal funds from the appropriations bills that were passed by Congress last week. He mentioned that nearly $2 million in funds will be for the City of Chickasha for projects to help minimize future flooding. Cole discusses some of the others-

 

             

 

 

He also said that Tinker Air Force Base and Ft. Sill also received funding for a number of projects.

 

Refuge Planning Another Prescribed Burn

Officials with the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge plan on having another prescribed burn. It will take place tomorrow if the weather is favorable. Officials say several roads will be closed and that signs will be posted. Roadways near the entry gate will close at sunset tonight and will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so. That is estimated to occur by 7 o'clock tomorrow night.

 

PSO Earns EPA Award

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is being recognized by a federal agency. PSO was named an Energy Star Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence by the Environmental Protection Agency.  PSO officials say the award reflects the long-lasting value and success of the utility's energy-efficiency programs. The award is presented to businesses and organizations which have demonstrated superior leadership and commitment for energy efficiency while at the same time helping to protect the environment.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.48.

Natural gas is $1.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,238 and silver is $24.92.

 

Obituaries

David Terry

No public service is scheduled for David Terry, 71, of Chickasha and formerly of Alex. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in combat in Vietnam where he was severely injured and awarded a Purple Heart. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, March 28th

 

Former Chix Resident Dies in Fatal Lawton Shooting

A deadly shooting at a Lawton convenience store claims the life of a former Chickasha resident. 25-year old Evan Jackson was one of two employees who were shot while working at the Stripes Convenience Store near E Avenue and Sheridan Road in Lawton early Sunday. KSWO-TV reports that the two men encountered an individual who had been banned from the store when the shooting occurred. Jackson died at the scene and his co-worker was taken to a hospital. A suspect is in custody. Jackson graduated from Chickasha High School in 2016. He was planning on attending a Harley-Davidson Mechanics training program in Arizona. He is survived by his fiancée Hannah and their three-month old son.

 

Suspected Speeder Arrested After Pursuit Tops 100 MPH

A Grady County man leads law enforcement on a pursuit that topped 100 miles per hour. Now he's facing charges of eluding and DUI. Tuttle police attempted to pull over a motorist for going 10 mph over the speed limit Sunday morning. Instead, the driver sped away and the chase was on. Court documents indicate the driver nearly crashed when his vehicle hit a dip in the road and he lost control, driving into on-coming traffic which caused a vehicle to run off the road. The driver eventually pulled over and arrested. He admitted drinking four or five beers and authorities found nearly 20 beers in the back seat. A field sobriety test showed the driver's blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. 20-year old Jacob Ignacio Gomez of Tuttle is now facing a felony charge of endangering others while eluding and a misdemeanor aggravated DUI municipal charge. He is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

 

In-Person, Absentee Voting Underway 

Early voting is underway for a number of municipal and school elections that are scheduled next week. Voters can cast ballots today and tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the county election board where they are registered to vote. Among the elections throughout the region are the Chickasha city council election, school board elections in Minco, Alex, Blanchard, Dibble, and Binger-Oney; and the Canadian Valley Technology Center school district. In Cement school district voters will decide a $4.2 million bond issue. Regular precincts will be open next Tuesday, April 2nd from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Chix Couple Preparing to Walk to Stillwater Again

Chickasha's Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer are gearing up for their annual walk to Stillwater. This will be the 24th year for the duo to take their annual 125-mile stroll to support Oklahoma's Special Olympics. It takes about a week for them to accomplish the task averaging about 25 miles a day. They'll be leaving on Friday, May 10th and will be arriving in Stillwater in time for the opening ceremonies of the games the next week. Since 2001 they have raised more than $200,000. In addition to the walk to Stillwater, the Meyers also hold their annual Craig Meyer Memorial Walk. That will be held Thursday, May 9th at the Chickasha High School football stadium.  Registration for Craig's Walk is $30 with proceeds going to Oklahoma Special Olympics. For information call 405-226-2507 or e-mail: bam30meyer@aol.com

 

4Hers to Finally Get Excused Absences from Schools

Starting next school year, 4H students in Oklahoma will be able to get excused absences from school when they take part in approved 4H activities. Gov. Kevin Stitt yesterday signed HB 1006 into law. It's been a four-year effort for State Rep. Rick West (R-Heavener). 4Hers previously could not get excused absences for attending 4H events during school days because 4H is an OSU Extension program and not part of public school activities. The measure will allow 4H students to make up school work they missed while attending an activity recognized by the county 4H facilitator.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.09.

Natural gas is $1.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,216 and silver is $24.58.

 

Obituary

Evan Jackson

Funeral service for Evan Jackson, 25, of Lawton and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2nd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, March 27th

 

Child Sex Crimes Suspect In Custody

Authorities have arrested a suspect wanted for child sex crimes. Grady County officials issued an arrest warrant for 30-year old Dalton Ralph Dorrough last October. Dorrough, who lists a Shawnee address, was wanted for two counts of lewd acts to a child under 12 years old. Grady County deputies booked Dorrough into the Grady County Jail last night. He could have his initial appearance on the charges in district court today.

 

Former Jail Inmate Sought for Alleged Assault on Officer

A Grady County Jail inmate is accused of assaulting a detention officer just days before the inmate was released. An arrest warrant has been issued for 26-year old Daniel James Thellis of Chickasha. He has been charged with a felony for assault and battery on a police officer. KSWO-TV cites court documents saying that a jailer was in front of Thellis' open cell trying to give him a cup of water and that Thellis refused several commands to move back so the door could be shut. A scuffle began and it's alleged that Thellis grabbed the officer's throat and threw the water at him. It was reported the incident happened Saturday, March 16th - two days before Thellis was released.

 

Women Accused of Neglecting Nursing Home Resident Charged

Two women accused of neglecting a nursing home resident are back on the streets after posting bond in connection with the formal charges they face. 38-year old Shelly Eaglin is charged with felonies of caretaker neglect, forgery, and use of a computer to violate state law. She posted a $15,000 bond. 34-year old Kimberly Eaglin faces a charge of felony caretaker neglect and she posted a $5,000 bond. Arrest warrants were issued for the two women last week following an investigation by the state attorney general's office and they were arrested late last week. It's alleged that a resident under their care suffered an injury when they did not check on him when they were employed at a Chickasha nursing home. Both are to be back in court May 4th to announce their attorneys and their preliminary hearing conferences have been set for May 24th.

 

Bill Would Ban Capital Punishment of Special Needs Students

There are still some Oklahoma public school districts which allow the corporal punishment of special needs students. Joe Dorman with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy says his organization is urging state lawmakers to support legislation that would ban the practice.

 

              

 

 

Dorman said the bill is one of more than 200 pieces of legislation still under consideration at the state capital this legislative session that would be beneficial for children if approved.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.26.

Natural gas is $1.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,211 and silver is $24.64.

 

Obituary

Opal Capshew

Funeral service for Opal Capshew, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 1st at Bible Baptist Church. She grew up in Minco and taught for more than 20 years at Sterling Public Schools. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, March 26th

 

Part of Chickasha to be Without Water Today

A Chickasha neighborhood will be without water today as crews work on some water lines. It's about a 10-square block area that includes an area from Henderson Street to 1st Street and from Ada Sipuel Avenue to Alabama Avenue. According to a post on the City of Chickasha's Facebook page, crews will be working on some water line improvement tie-ins. Water service is expected to be off until 5:00 p.m. today. Officials say the upgrades are being paid for with the help of Community Development Block Grants.

 

Federal Funds to Help Minimize Flooding in Chix

The City of Chickasha will be getting some federal funds which will be used to help minimize flooding. 4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) was in Chickasha yesterday and said the funds are included in last week's appropriations bills that were passed to avoid a government shut-down.

 

              

 

Cole said there were 12 basic bills approved over the last few weeks which will fund the government through September 30th. He said since it is an election year he believes Congress will have to pass another continuing resolution to fund the government until sometime after the November election.

 

USAO Seeks Federal Grant for Pedestrian Bridge

USAO is asking for a multi-million dollar federal grant to build a pedestrian bridge from the USAO campus over Grand Avenue. University President Kayla Hale says more than anything the $4.2 million project is a safety issue. During a special meeting tonight the Chickasha City Council will consider sending a letter of support of the project to Congressman Cole. In the letter, Mayor Chris Mosley writes that it would provide increased safety for students and student-athletes who need to cross the four-lane major artery to access baseball and softball fields and soccer practice fields that are separate from the main campus. It also states the bridge would improve campus and community wellness with the connection of sidewalks and trails on either side of Grand Avenue.

Council to consider ordinance to ban tobacco, e-cig products near parks

Also during tonight's meeting the panel will consider an ordinance which would ban the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette products near schools, parks, and playgrounds. Prior to the council meeting the Planning Commission will also have a special meeting to hold a public hearing on the matter.  If approved, current businesses that sell the items near those areas would be grandfathered in and not affected by the ordinance. The Planning Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. at city hall while the council will meet at 6:30 p.m..

 

Regional Prescribed Burn Association Meets Tonight

Agriculture producers interested in learning about controlled burns can get information in a meeting tonight. The Caddo and Grady County Prescribed Burn Association will meet at 6:30 tonight at the Grady County OSU Extension Office in Chickasha.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.75.

Natural gas is $1.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,215 and silver is $24.88.

 

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Monday, March 25th

 

Body Found in Vehicle Submerged in Anadarko

Authorities in Anadarko continue their investigation of a fatality where an individual appeared to have driven a car into the water at Randlett Park.  First responders were dispatched to a call of a submerged vehicle early Saturday morning. Reports indicated that they made several attempts to rescue a person trapped inside but were unsuccessful. The Anadarko Fire Department posted on its Facebook page that agencies first on the scene included Anadarko police, fire, and EMS and all went into full life-saving efforts and did not give up during a very difficult situation.  Also responding were Anadarko emergency management and park employees, Caddo County sheriff's deputies, state troopers, Caddo County District two employees, and a wrecker service. Authorities have not yet identified the victim.

 

'Wanted' Former Nursing Home Workers Arrested

Two former employees of a Chickasha nursing home who were wanted for allegedly neglecting a resident in their care have been arrested. In a follow-up to a story we aired last week, we reported that arrest warrants were issued for 34-year old Kimberly Eaglin and 38-year old Shelly Eaglin both of Marlow after an investigation by the state attorney general's office. The pair were picked up by Stephens County authorities and booked into the Grady County Jail Friday night. The two were working for Shannon Springs Nursing Home when it is alleged they failed to check on a resident during their shift and the resident suffered an undetermined injury. Both are facing felony charges of financial abuse, and neglect or exploitation by a caretaker; while Shelly is also charged with forgery and falsifying computer records.

 

Oklahoma Congressman Schedules Chickasha Visit

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) will be in Chickasha today. He'll be addressing business leaders at the Chamber of Commerce in a noon meeting and he'll be stopping by the KOOL/RANCH studios this afternoon. He's expected to discuss the passage of several appropriations bills late last week that helped to avoid a government shutdown. Cole may also discuss his announcement that he is running for the post of Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a panel he's served on for 15 years.

 

LIHEAP Program Now Accepting Applications

Low income families needing help paying their utility bills can now apply for assistance through the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Oklahoma Human Services (OHS) office says households that have cut-off notices - or a written notice from their utility provider refusing to deliver additional fuel without additional payment may apply. If eligible, households can receive a one-time payment for the minimum amount required to resolve their crisis. Maximum monthly gross income is based on a sliding scale based on how many people live in the home. For a household of four the maximum monthly income is $3,250 per month. Applications can be made on-line at OKDHSLIVE.org

Citizens of Native American tribes may apply for state benefits or through their tribal governments but cannot receive help from both during the same fiscal year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.43.

Natural gas is $1.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,191 and silver is $24.87.

 

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Saturday, March 23rd

 

Active Shooter Drill Held at Grady Memorial Hospital

First responders from a number of agencies were part of an active shooter drill at Grady Memorial Hospital yesterday. Officials with the Department of Public Safety said this was the first ever such drill at a hospital and it could be used as a model for other medical facilities. A previous exercise was held a few weeks ago at the hospital, and yesterday was the culmination of several days of hands-on training and classroom work to help officials should they have to respond to such a situation. The drill included all the hospital staff as well as Chickasha police, fire, and emergency management, Grady County sheriff's deputies and emergency management, and state troopers. A trooper told one media outlet that the number one thing that breaks down during critical incidents is communication. He said that five or six departments that will respond have different radio channels and that they have to work through those battles to communicate and coordinate effectively to remove everybody from the situation.

 

Juvenile Steals Golf Cart; Leads Police on 'Pursuit'

You may have seen the Facebook video of Chickasha police officers pursuing a golf cart through a Chickasha neighborhood. Chickasha police tell us that a juvenile stole the cart from the Chickasha Golf and Country Club Thursday. Authorities say that officers spotted the golf cart about a mile away at 29th and Country Club Road. The Facebook video shows four Chickasha police cars in pursuit of the golf cart. Police say it was a short pursuit and that officers arrested the driver. Among the numerous comments on the Facebook thread was one that said the golf cart went through her front and back yards, another that indicated the pursuit lasted about 30 minutes, and one that said the chase came to an end at 20th and Florida Avenue.

 

Lindsay Teens Hurt in ATV Crash with Pickup

A couple of Lindsay teenagers were injured when the ATV they were riding in ran a stop stop sign and was hit by a pickup. The accident happened just after noon Friday on State Highway 74 north of Elmore City in Garvin County. The highway patrol reports that both teens were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital in a private vehicle. A 14-year old girl who was a passenger was admitted with head, trunk, and internal injuries.  The 14-year old boy driving the ATV was treated and released. The highway patrol does not identify juveniles injured in accidents. Three Duncan residents in the pickup including an 8-year old girl were not hurt.

 

Okla Corp Comm Member Elected to Power Pool Committee Post

A member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has been elected to an office within the Southwest Power Pool, a group that oversees power distribution in Oklahoma and several Midwestern states. The website OK Energy Today reports that Todd Hiett will serve as vice president of the Regional State Committee of the power pool...which includes one utility commissioner from each of the 14 states that make up the pool which stretches from Texas to Montana. Oklahoma accounts for about 25 percent of the amount of electricity consumed in the power pool region. The website also reports that Hiett has also accepted an invitation to join the Washington Action Program of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. The group formulates and launches actions when proposed by federal officials or when existing policies impact those areas.

 

Talk Show Topic

The Ward One Chickasha City Council candidates are on the KOOL Konversation. Current councilwoman Kea Ginn and candidate David Lucas will discuss their reasons for running. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, March 22nd

 

Ban on Selling Tobacco Products Near Children's Areas

to be Considered by Chix Planning Commission, Council

A proposal to ban the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette products near Chickasha schools, parks, and playgrounds will be discussed by City of Chickasha officials next week. At a special meeting next Tuesday the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a petition asking the city to amend a city ordinance to ban the sale of those products within 300 feet of schools, parks, and playgrounds or anywhere people 21-and-under gather. Parks and Recreation Director Spencer Winzenreid will present information during the Planning Commission meeting which will be held at 4 o'clock next Tuesday afternoon at city hall.  That evening, the city council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to consider the planning commission's recommendation.

 

Facebook Video Show Chix Police in 'Pursuit' of Golf Cart

RANCH News is working to get information about a video on Facebook that shows several Chickasha police vehicles pursuing two individuals on a golf cart in a Chickasha neighborhood. We have reached out to Chickasha police for information but have not heard back from them.

 

Missing Duncan Man Seen; Kasey Alert Remains in Effect

A missing Duncan man who is the subject of a Kasey Alert has been seen in Texas. Authorities are looking for 62-year old Jerry Buono, who left Duncan more than two weeks ago and said he was walking to a homestead in Louisiana. The Alert was issued because Buono is considered to be at-risk due to health issues. He left without taking his medications. The group Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) said that Buono had been seen in Alvord and in Rhome, Texas and that he told authorities he was on his way to see family in Louisiana. The Kasey Alert is still in effect. Anyone with information about Buono is asked to contact MMIW or the  Duncan Police Department.

 

Auto Break-in Suspect Arrested After Hitting Horn on Vehicle

A suspected thief caught breaking into a car in Anadarko is arrested after she honks the horn of the vehicle she was rifling through. 19-year Gabriella Rodriguez was taken into custody on burglary and other complaints after the incident. KSWO-TV reports that Rodriguez was caught red-handed in the victim's car with a blanket full of items and a wallet that didn't belong to her.  On-line court records say Rodriguez was charged with burglary, obstructing an officer and public intoxication. Records indicate she waived her right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty. A judge gave her a 5-year deferred sentence as a youthful offender and also ordered her to pay nearly $1,000 in fines and fees.

 

Friends of Chix Library Seek Book Donations for Spring Sale

The Friends of the Chickasha Library are getting ready for their annual spring book sale. They are asking residents who are doing their spring cleaning to donate books they may have. They are looking for books for children and teens, adult fiction, non-fiction books and reference materials. They also welcome contributions of DVDs and Books on CD however they are not accepting cassette tapes nor video cassettes for the sale. If you have several sacks or boxes of books, call the library ahead of time and staff will help in getting the materials out of your vehicle. The spring book sale will be the week of April 15th. Contact the library by calling 405-222-6075.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.07 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.78.

Natural gas is $1.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,189 and silver is $24.77.

 

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Thursday, March 21st

 

Former Nursing Home Workers Charged with Neglect

Authorities are looking for two former nursing home employees who are charged with neglect. The Oklahoma Attorney General's office has filed felony charges against Kimberly Ann Eaglin and Shelly Nichole Eaglin, both of whom have Marlow addresses on court documents. Shelly is also charged with forgery and allegedly using a computer to try and cover up the neglect. KSWO-TV reports that the two were working at Shanoan Springs Nursing Home when they failed to check on a resident during their entire six-hour shift. The attorney general alleges the neglect led to injuries to the resident. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Department of Health alerted authorities that Shelly Eaglin entered false information into its database indicating that they did their routine checks even though they admitted to supervisors that they did not.

 

Crash Claims Life of Second Victim

A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash between a semi and an SUV earlier this month. 80-year old Joey Tannehill of Chickasha recently succumbed to his injuries. Tannehill and his wife Wanda were both hospitalized for several days after the accident which happened on U.S. Highway 81 south of Pocasset on Friday, March 8th. Wanda passed away just a few days before her husband. It was raining at the time of the crash.

 

Life Choices Schedules Client Appreciation Day

A non-profit group that helps expectant mothers will have a client appreciation day next week. Life Choices of Chickasha offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and free weekly classes. Director Kathie Talley-

 

              

 

 

Life Choices also helps moms and fathers after the baby is born. The center is funded entirely by donations and receives no government monies. The weekly classes last about 45 minutes. Clients can earn Baby Bucks to help them purchase diapers and other baby items. After finishing the classes local churches provide free baby cribs and car safety seats. The public is invited to Monday's event which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Life Choices which is at 1201 West Choctaw Ave.

 

Elvis Tribute Concert Tonight

An Elvis Presley tribute artist will be performing in Chickasha tonight. Joseph Hall brings his Rock and Remember tribute to the Washita Theatre. Hall was a top 10 finisher on America's Got Talent in 2008 and has been performing his tribute around the country since 2006. He talks about his favorite Elvis segment-

 

              

 

 

The Elvis Rock and Remember tribute show is at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Washita Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.95.

Natural gas is $1.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,233 and silver is $25.71.

 

Obituaries

Joey Tannehill

A memorial service for Joey Tannehill, 80, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Donald Shatwell

A graveside service for Donald Shatwell, 82, of Tuttle will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 22nd at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

Jason Pruner

 A memorial service for Jason Pruner, 49, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23rd at the Salvation Army Church. He was the chief executive officer of Creative IT Solutions and Indigenous Technologies. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Helen Andrews

A memorial service for Helen Andrews, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23rd at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, March 20th

 

Second Suspect Arrested in Connection with Anadarko Homicide

Two people are now accused of the shooting death of an Anadarko man that occurred back in December. Both are jailed in connection with the death of D'angelo Pollard. Investigators recently arrested 20-year old Esco Peteet in connection with Pollard's death. Prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge and a misdemeanor charge of drug possession against Peteet. His bond has been denied and a preliminary hearing conference is set for May 23rd. Devantae Winters is the other suspect arrested in connection with Pollard’s death and his preliminary hearing conference is set for May 10th.

 

Pursuit Suspect Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence if Convicted

A Chickasha man with a criminal history could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of his most recent alleged crime. 40-year old Benjamin Fisher is charged with felony eluding in Caddo County District Court. KSWO-TV cites Caddo County court records indicating that sheriff’s deputies tried to make a traffic stop on Fisher for allegedly swerving all over the roadway on U.S. Highway 277 near Cyril. Fisher is alleged to have run through several stop signs and stopped in a yard where he was arrested. Authorities also accused Fisher of drinking and driving but he refused a field sobriety test. Fisher has numerous previous convictions in both Grady and Caddo counties.

 

State Panel to Get Update on Rural Broadband Projects

Officials working to get high-speed Internet service into rural areas of the state will give an update on their efforts today. The Oklahoma Broadband Expansion Council will meet in Oklahoma City to get a progress report on the state's use of $374 million in federal ARPA funds for the expansion of broadband service. The latest reports are expected to focus on a recent decision to authorize projects in 57 counties including Grady, Caddo, Stephens, and Garvin counties. More than 140 projects were approved which would provide broadband to about 25 percent of the rural areas that don't currently have that service.

 

Prescribed Burn Association to Meet Next Week

Agriculture producers interested in learning about having controlled burns can get information in an upcoming meeting. The Caddo and Grady County Prescribed Burn Association will be holding its first meeting of the year. The meeting will be held next Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Grady County OSU Extension Office in Chickasha. Any questions before the meeting can be directed to Don West by calling 405-638-2297 or e-mail: dwests@tdsd.net

 

4Her Says Hard-Working Bees Could Use Help

Spring is finally here and it won't be long before we start seeing bees in search of pollen to make honey. Georgia Nelson is a Grady County 4Her who - along with her dad – is a beekeeper. Nelson says that bees must collect nectar from two million flowers in order to make just one pound of honey and that one bee only makes one-tenth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. Nelson tells how to help bees with their mission-


              

 

She also says that while dandelions and the purple-flowered henbit are considered weeds they are great food sources for bees and other pollinators.

 

Ninnekah Holds Community Blood Drive Today

A Ninnekah community blood drive will be held today. The Ninnekah First Baptist Church is teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for a Pot O' Gold blood drive. All donors will get their names put in a drawing to win a $100 or $200 gift card. The blood drive will be held at the Ninnekah High School cafeteria from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and no appointment is needed. For information on upcoming blood drives in the area visit the blood institute's website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.38.

Natural gas is $1.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,178 and silver is $25.02.

 

Obituaries

Carol Skaggs

No service will be held for Carol Skaggs, 84, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Brenda Newberry

A private memorial service will be held for Brenda Newberry, 71, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha. She worked for title and escrow companies. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, March 19th

 

New Sales Tax Rate Brings Added Funds to Chickasha;

Extra Money to Pay for City's New Water Treatment Plant

A slight increase in the City of Chickasha’s sales tax rate that began in January helped to bring in about $100,000 of additional sales tax revenue in its first full month of being in place. The city received just under $1.3 million in sales tax revenue from the State Tax Commission this month. It’s from sales taxes paid on retail purchases made in the last half of January and estimated sales in the first half of February. The $1.3 million is about 19 percent or $210,000 more than a year ago. Voters approved a ½-penny increase in the city’s sales tax with some of the proceeds to pay for the construction of a new $70 million water treatment plant. There was a slight decrease in use tax revenue paid on Internet purchases. It was down 4 ½ percent to $124,000. The sales tax revenue represents more than $30 million in consumer spending at Chickasha retail outlets.

Grady County Numbers Down

Consumer spending throughout Grady County during that same time was down about 6.6 percent to just under $73 million. The county received $547,000 in sales tax revenue with funds going to the Grady County Fairgrounds, Grady Memorial Hospital, fire departments, and senior nutrition centers.

 

Garland Terry Announces County Commissioner Candidacy

A long-time businessman and rancher has announced his candidacy for Grady county commissioner. Garland Terry says he'll seek the District 2 Commissioner's post. Terry is a lifelong resident of Grady County and his family has been in the area for six generations. Terry graduated from Oklahoma State University and has a background in agriculture, health care, and construction. Terry says he'll be filing as a Republican but pledges to be a commissioner for all the people. He said he believes that a resident's political party affiliation should not be considered in deciding what road to repair or maintain - or where public funds will be spent. Terry will be challenging current District 2 commissioner Kirk Painter who is running for re-election. The filing period will be April 3rd through 5th.

 

Veteran Educator Alton Rollins Passes Away

Longtime Grady County educator Alton Rollins has died. Rollins spent time as a school administrator at Chickasha, Friend, Alex, and Cheyenne schools and taught at Tuttle schools early in his career. He also coached football, basketball and track. In recent years he drove a school bus for Chickasha schools. Rollins was 69 when he passed away yesterday. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21st at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

State Panel Praises USAO, First National Bank Partnership

The State Regents for Higher Education have recognized a decades-long partnership between USAO and the First National Bank and Trust. The institutions have demonstrated a relationship for more than 100 years. The collaboration was noted at the regents’ recent Business Partnership Excellence Awards. First National provides real-world experiences for students through internship programs and nearly a dozen USAO graduates are now bank officers. USAO president Kayla Hale said the relationship proves how working together plays a vital role in expanding the economic opportunities and quality of life in the community. First National Executive Vice president Laurie Elzo says USAO is a vital player in business, education, arts and entertainment, and athletic competition and that the bank supports the university's mission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.27 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.89.

Natural gas is $1.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,177 and silver is $25.09.

 

Obituary

Ray Kettler

A graveside service for Ray Kettler, 76, of Tuttle will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21st at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. He was a U.S. Army veteran and an accomplished carpenter working for several home building companies and in the woodworking department at Hobby Lobby. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle.

 

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Monday, March 18th

 

One Dead, Two Hospitalized after Fatal Crash

One person died and two others were hospitalized following a traffic accident at the Tabler Y late Friday. The highway patrol is still investigating the accident which occurred at 11:56 p.m. at the junction of U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 39. No details of the crash were released other than the accident involved a pick-up and a car. Killed in the crash was 67-year old Jeffrey Crager of Jewett, Texas. The driver of the truck identified as 62-year old Kitty Bailey also of Jewett was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was last in critical condition. The driver of the car identified as 50-year old Samuel Turner of Chickasha was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was last in fair condition. The trooper investigating the accident reported that seat belts were being used in both vehicles.

 

Part of West Chickasha will be Without Water Tuesday

Water line work associated with the U.S. Highway 81 bypass of Chickasha will leave a portion of the city without water service tomorrow. The neighborhood west of 29th and Frisco Avenue will be impacted by the outage. The area is from 29th Street west to CS 2810 and north to about U.S. Highway 62. The outage will begin at 8:00 a.m. and is expected to last all day.

 

Learning Center to Begin Literacy Program

A program to help individuals who never learned to read or write will be starting soon. The Chickasha Adult Learning Center will be offering free literacy programs. Lisa Johnson is the director of the learning center.

 

              

 

 

The program will begin Wednesday, March 27th and will be held every Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It's open to anyone 16-years and older. The center is closed for Spring Break this week but individuals who would like more information can call 405-222-6562 and leave a message.

 

Chix Company Wins 'Build Oklahoma' Awards

A Chickasha firm has received a couple of lofty awards. Willowbrook Construction was presented with two Build Oklahoma Awards by the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma. The awards were presented at the AGC's Builders Bash Awards banquet in Tulsa earlier this month. The company was recognized for its work on The Muse - a five-story, 300-unit multi-family development in Oklahoma City which won in the $20 million to $50 million Commercial category. They were also recognized for a project at Oklahoma State University - an 85,000 sq. ft. renovation for Engineering South which was in the $20 million to $50 million Education category.

 

Ag Producers to Hear from Beef Quality Network Official

Grady County agriculture producers meet tomorrow morning and the guest speaker will be Paul Vining who is the program coordinator for the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network. The program will get underway at 7:00 a.m. at the Grady County OSU Extension Office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.05 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.34.

Natural gas is $1.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,159 and silver is $25.30.

 

Obituaries

Donna Ladd

Funeral service for Donna Ladd, 72, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Billy Nelson

Funeral service for Billy Nelson, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th at Bible Baptist Church. He served in the Marines and the Marine reserves, and he and his brother Don started the Chickasha Sod and Grass Farm. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Christian Church building fund.

Maria Lasseter

Funeral service for Maria Lasseter, 77, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22nd at Sevier Funeral Home. She owned and operated Mert's Bridal Shop.

 

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Saturday, March 16th

 

Biological Mother of Athena Brownfield Appears in Court

Several legal proceedings regarding the death of Athena Brownfield took place in an Anadarko courtroom this week. On Wednesday, a murder trial was scheduled Sept. 23rd for Alysia Adams who pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with Athena's death. Yesterday, Athena's biological mother pleaded not guilty to child neglect charges. Jasmin Brownfield is facing two such charges for alleged mistreatment of Athena and Athena's five-year old sister. Investigators say that Jasmin told them that she and the children's biological father did not believe they were adequate caregivers and left the children with Alysia and Ivon Adams in 2021.  It's alleged that Jasmin didn't check on the girls, provide any child support, nor inform anyone about any custody changes. Jasmin Brownfield's trial has also been scheduled to start Sept. 23rd.

 

Kasey Alert Issued for Missing Duncan Man

A Duncan man is missing and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has issued a Kasey Alert asking for assistance in finding him. 62-year old Jerry Wayne Buono was last seen the morning of Thursday, March 7th and was reportedly walking to a family homestead in Louisiana. A Kasey Alert is similar to a Silver Alert for missing seniors and an Amber Alert for missing children. Due to a medical issue, Buono's case is considered urgent. He is a citizen of the Comanche Nation, 6' 2" tall, weighs about 350 pounds, with long, black hair, brown eyes and a slight beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing a dark gray jacket, blue jeans, and white shoes. Among the agencies assisting with the search for Buono are the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the Duncan Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to MMIW, Duncan police, or the highway patrol.

 

Report Shows Energy Industry's Impact on State Economy

A new report indicates the state's oil and gas industry was responsible for 22 percent of the state's economic activity in 2023. The website OK Energy Today cites the report from the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. The report shows oil and gas contributed more than $55 billion to the state's Gross Domestic Product last year and that the industry contributed a record of nearly $3 billion in total taxes. Oil and natural gas provided more than $145 million to school districts and $177 million to county roads and bridges. The industry employs more than 200,000 workers with $31 billion in household earnings.

 

Final Day of Pre-War Swap Meet Underway

The search is on for hard-to-find parts for antique car enthusiasts. The 34th annual pre-war swap meet continues today at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The event is limited to transportation-related items dating before World War II and the first 50-years of the automobile which was first produced in 1895. There are even fully restored vehicles available. The swap meet is open to the public and today is the final day of the event.

 

Cars and Coffee at the Leg This Morning

Another auto-related event is underway this morning. The monthly Cars and Coffee at the Leg features some of the 'newer' classics, including muscle cars, custom builts, pick-ups, motorcycles, ATVs, and Utes. Cars and Coffee at the Leg is a free event held the third Saturday of every month, downtown Chickasha at the leg lamp from 8 to 11 a.m. There's free coffee and donuts while they last.

 

Talk Show Topic

Ward Two Chickasha City Council candidates Daniel Terry and Charlie Burruss are guests on the KOOL Konversation. Find a link to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Wanda Tannehill

Funeral service for Wanda Tannehill, 83, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 18th at Ferguson Funeral Home. While growing up she helped her mother operate a nursing home, and she also worked at the Chickasha Mattress Factory, Hermetic Switch, and Baggett's Machine Shop.

Donna Ladd

Funeral service for Donna Ladd, 72, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Maria Lasseter

Funeral service for Maria Lasseter, 77, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22nd at Sevier Funeral Home. She owned and operated Mert's Bridal Shop.

 

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Friday, March 15th

 

Two People Injured in Pickup Rollover

Two people were hospitalized after a pick-up ran off the road and overturned near Minco. The crash happened just before 9:00 p.m. Thursday about four miles west of Minco on State Highway 152. A passenger, 41-year old Benjamin West of Yukon suffered a head injury, and the un-named 16-year old girl who was driving suffered head, arm and leg injuries. Both were admitted in stable condition. The highway patrol reports that the teen-aged driver fell asleep at the wheel. Both occupants were pinned inside the truck for about 20 minutes before being freed by the Minco fire department.

 

Water Line Work on Highway 81 Bypass Project

to Create Water Outage For One Area Next Week

An area west of Chickasha that has city water service will be without water on day next week. Contractors will be tying in water lines associated with the U.S. Highway 81 bypass project. City officials say the area affected is along Frisco Ave. from 29th Street west to CS 2810 - and from just south of U.S. U.S. Highway 62 to just south of Frisco. The work will take place Tueday, March 19th beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will take most of the day. Officials anticipate that the outage will impact homes in the area but wanted to make businesses aware as well. The city has also posted information on its website: www.chickasha.org where there is a link at the top of the home page which has a photo of the area that will be affected.

 

County Firefighters Urge Residents to Register Storm Shelters

Officials with the Grady County Fire Department are encouraging property owners who have storm shelters and safe rooms to register them with the county. Officials say it would help first responders to find you if are trapped inside following severe weather. The registration is free. Go to the website: www.gradycountyok.com  and scroll down to find the Register Safe Room link. It asks for your address, how many people may use it, and a specific description of where it is located. You can even provide a photo, and the latitude and longitude. Officials say this is property owners outside the Chickasha city limits.

Naples Fire Department community appreciation day set

Another Grady County volunteer fire department will host a community appreciation event soon. The Naples Fire Department will have a fish fry on Sunday, April 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will have fish, chicken strips, French fries, hush puppies and dessert. There will also be a silent auction.

 

'Darko Police to Dispose of Found, Unclaimed Property

The Anadarko Police Department will soon be disposing found or unclaimed property, and even contraband items that the department has collected over the last several months. Police Chief Eric Harlan said depending on the value, the property will either be destroyed or sold using an on-line auction system. The items have been collected over the last 120 days. Anyone with questions can send an e-mail to: drichardson@cityofanadarko.org

 

'Passion Play' Set for Holy City of the Wichitas

The Holy City of the Wichitas has been preparing for its annual Easter Pageant. This will be the 99th year for the event said to be the longest running Passion Play which tells the life story of Jesus Christ. A dress rehearsal is scheduled for tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. and organizers are extending an invitation to those with disabilities to attend. Performances will be held Saturday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 30th also at 8:30 p.m. The Holy City of the Wichitas is just north of Lawton near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.42.

Natural gas is $1.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,174 and silver if $25.29.

 

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Thursday, March 14th

 

Murder Trial Date Set for Alysia Adams

Caretaker Alysia Adams pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Caddo County District Court in Anadarko yesterday. Adams was one of the individuals responsible for the welfare of 4-year old Athena Brownfield in 2022. The Cyril four-year old was reported missing in January of that year and her body found buried near Agawam a few days later. District Judge Kory Kirkland set the case on a felony disposition docket August 14th and a trial date Sept. 23rd. Adams is being held in the Grady County Jail in Chickasha. She has been held there after allegedly being intimate with a Caddo County Jail staff member. Adams’ husband Ivon is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge next month.

 

Victims Injured in Separate Crashes with Semis Perish

Two people who had been hospitalized after being hurt in separate traffic accidents involving semis have died. The highway patrol reports that Wanda Tannehill of Chickasha and Mindy Cates of Cyril passed away from injuries as a result of the accidents. Tannehill was hurt in an accident south of Pocasset Friday, March 8th. Cates was injured in a crash that happened south of Cyril the night of Monday, March 4th.

 

Motorcycle Crash Sends Driver to Hospital

A motorcycle rider was seriously injured in weekend crash near the Chickasha sports complex. 39-year old Levi Eden of Norman was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital following the accident that happened Saturday night. Sources say he was last in intensive care. Police say that Eden was traveling at an unsafe speed and ran off the roadway. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

Meet-Greet with Chix City Council Candidates is Tonight

Chickasha residents can talk to all the candidates running for city council in a meet-and-greet format tonight. The Chickasha Lions Club is hosting the informal event at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. All candidates are expected to be on hand including Zach Grayson who ran unopposed for Mayor; Ward One candidates Kia Ginn and David Lucas; Ward Two candidates Daniel Terry and Charlie Burruss; Ward Three candidate Erica Alexander, who ran unopposed; and Ward Four candidates John Smith, Isaac DeLeon, and Eric Anderson. The meet-and-greet will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The city council election is Tuesday, April 2nd.

 

Church Hits Big Number in Food Bank Effort

A Chickasha church reaches a big milestone in a years-long effort to help hungry families in the region. Southern Oaks Church of Christ has a free food pantry every Thursday evening. The program is nearly 20 years old and for about the last 10 years they've been getting semi-truck loads of food twice a month from the Regional Food Bank. Coordinator David Boiles says this week's delivery hit the 2 million pound mark. The trucks deliver 6,000 pounds or more of food each trip. Boiles says they serve much of Grady County and even a couple of Caddo County communities.

 

              

 

 

Boiles says families can get food once a month and they provide food to 75 or more families each week. Patrons do have to fill out a short form once a year. The pantry is in the 100 block of South 5th Street and is open Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Boiles says there is also a free clothing closet next door that is open on Tuesday of each week.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.72 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.03.

Natural gas is $1.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,174 and silver is $25.24.

 

Obituaries

Margaret Walker

Funeral service for Margaret Walker, 76, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was a nurse and also managed the Cement Senior Citizens Center. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Starri Briscoe

A graveside service for Starri Briscoe, 62, formerly of Chickasha was held at the Ninnekah Cemetery Tuesday, March 12th.  She was an LPN and worked at the veteran's hospital. Arrangements were with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, March 13th

 

Woman Accused of Child's Death to be in Court Today

A woman charged with murder in connection with the death of a child in her care is due in court today. Alysia Adams is to be arraigned on a murder charge in Caddo County District Court. Adams is one of two people authorities say is responsible for the death of four-year old Athena Brownfield...the Cyril girl first reported missing in January of 2022 and whose body was found buried in the Agawam about two weeks later. Adams was initially charged with child neglect, but prosecutors filed a murder charge against her earlier this year. Today will be the first day that Adams will formally hear about the murder charge. Adams has been in jail since being arrested in connection with Athena's death. Her husband, Ivon Adams is also charged with murder. He arraignment will be held next month.

 

Apprenticeships May Assist with Skilled-Labor Shortage

An effort to help companies fill skill gaps in Oklahoma's labor force will soon get underway. Several state agencies and the Canadian Valley Technology Center (CV Tech) will hold a program for companies to create registered apprenticeships. The State Department of Commerce; the South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board; and Oklahoma Works will have information. Officials say apprenticeships allows individuals to both receive training and work at the same time, and allows employers to 'grow their own' employees. The program will be Wednesday, April 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at CV Tech. It's for community leaders and economic development and workforce development professionals. To register, contact Erin Glass by e-mail: erin@scworkforceboard.org

 

USAO Names New Chief Financial Officer

USAO has a new chief financial officer. Nick Hathaway was recently named Vice President of Business and Finance. A university press release says Hathaway is the founder and CEO of Brio Data Group and pioneered workforce engagement through cutting-edge data analytics and artificial intelligence. He previously served as executive vice president at OU and as special assistant to president. Hathaway also spent time as a press secretary in the U.S. Senate. He currently serves as a board member for the Oklahoma City National Memorial. USAO President Kayla Hale said Hathaway's experience, visionary leadership, and commitment to innovation align perfectly with USAO's mission.

 

Tattoo Artists Earn Recognition

Several of Chickasha's premier tattoo artists brought home some top honors from the Homeward Bound Tattoo Expo in Tulsa this past weekend. From Downtown Tattoo, Garrett Hall had three first place and three second place awards and was named Best in Show; Greg Martinez was third in the dark-horror category; Lisa Boyd was third in the floral category; and Jayden Wahsabaugh brought home two first place and one third place award.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.92.

Natural gas is $1.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,163 and silver is $24.45.

 

Obituaries

Phyllis Russell

Funeral service for Phyllis Russell, 90, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16th at the Verden Baptist Church. She ran the Tiger's Den in Verden for many years.  Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Aletha Terry

Funeral service for Aletha Terry of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 18th at Middleberg Baptist Church. She worked as a telephone operator, sold shoes at Williams Shoes and worked for State Farm insurance agents in Chickasha and Lindsay. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, March 12th

 

Active-Shooter Drill Set for Grady Memorial Hospital

Multiple law enforcement groups will converge on Grady Memorial Hospital next week to test their response to an active shooter situation. In a press release from the Department of Public Safety officials say the training is crucial for enhancing the safety of the state's health care facilities. It's part of what's called the Active Threat Integrated Response Course for hospitals. The drill is included in a 24-hour course that takes place over several days which combines lectures and hands-on training that expose participants to realistic scenarios. This will be the first such drill at a hospital for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The exercise will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 22nd and will include all employees at the hospital, The Grady County Sheriff's Office, Grady County Emergency Management, Chickasha police and fire, and the Department of Homeland Security. Residents in the area may hear simulated gun fire and several helicopters will be in the air. Chickasha High School which is nearby will not be in session as it will be Spring Break. Officials say this exercise will be used as a model for similar drills across the state.

 

Bill Limiting Foreign Investment in U.S. Farmland Signed into Law

Third District Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Cheyenne) has had his Agricultural Risk Review Act signed in to law. The website OK Energy Today reports President Biden recently signed HR 3378 which protects U.S. farmland from foreign ownership especially Communist China. Lucas said with an increasing amount of potentially hostile foreign investment in U.S. farmland, protecting America's agriculture industry becomes more and more paramount to our national security. The act includes having the U.S. Ag Secretary serve as a permanent member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States for any transactions related to the purchase of land, bio-technology, or other purchases related to the ag industry.

 

'Bill the Banker' Has Died

Longtime area banker Bill Graves has died. Known as ‘Bill the Banker’ he spent 30 years in the industry. Graves was 87 when he passed away on Sunday. He worked for Chickasha Bank where he served as vice president and senior loan officer with many years at the Cement location. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years, was a deacon and Sunday School director at Ninnekah First Baptist Church, and served with the Chickasha Lions Club. He was also a big OU football and softball fan. Funeral service for Bill Graves will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 15th at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Absentee Ballot Requests Due Soon

Voters who would like absentee ballots mailed to them prior to the upcoming April 2nd elections need to get requests in to their county election board offices soon. There are numerous city and town council elections, school board elections, and special bond issues on ballots throughout the region. The deadline to request absentee ballots is 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 18th. The easiest way to request an absentee ballot is to go to the Oklahoma Election Board website to fill out an application: www.oklahoma.gov/elections

Voters may also visit the election board office in the county where they are  registered to vote to fill out an application.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.93 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.21.

Natural gas is $1.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,181 and silver is $24.62.

 

Obituaries

Winnie Janes

Funeral service for Winnie Janes, 93, of Chickasha was held at 10:00 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, March 12th) at Sevier Funeral Home.

Jimmy Browning

Funeral service for Jimmy Browning, 82, of Amber will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran, worked in hardware sales, and raised cattle on the family farm.

Wanda ‘Nadine’ Morris

A graveside memorial service for 90-year old Nadine 'Mimi' Morris of Ninnekah will be held by the family at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. She worked at the Grady County Courthouse and owned and operated a home day care. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to a church or local charity.

 

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Monday, March 11th

 

Assault Suspect Arrested; Already on Probation for Previous Crimes

A Grady County man already serving probation for convictions of violent crimes was arrested last week for allegedly strangling his mother. 46-year old Chad Tylor Watts of Tuttle was taken into custody after county deputies were called to the home of Watts' parents last Wednesday night. A probable cause affidavit said that Watts becomes violent when he drinks and that he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The suspect was said to be headed to Oklahoma City. Authorities issued an alert for police there to be on the lookout for him and officials pulled him over on a traffic stop, placed him in custody and he was then taken to the Grady County Jail. Watts has been charged with a felony for domestic assault and battery. He is on probation after a 2021 conviction for assault and battery and a 2022 conviction for animal cruelty. Watts remains in jail on a $200,000 bond.

 

Chix Schools, USAO Consider Concurrent Enrollment

A proposed agreement between Chickasha Public Schools and USAO is being considered for USAO to offer concurrent enrolment and dual-credit opportunities for Chickasha High School students. A memorandum of understanding will be considered by the school board tonight. If approved, students would not be charged tuition or fees to participate in the courses. Students would be responsible for the costs of textbooks and materials. The two schools would work together to minimize any student costs. The proposal calls for courses to be taught either by USAO faculty or qualifying Chickasha school teachers, with Chickasha teachers to receive professional development to ensure the courses meet the standards and rigor expected by both schools. The Chickasha board of education meets at 6'oclock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Anadarko Teacher in the Running For State Teacher of the Year

An Anadarko teacher is one of the nominees to be Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Laura Powell has been teaching high school English for more than 10 years. She says it’s quite an honor to represent Anadarko schools. The ten finalists will be interviewed over the next several weeks and a winner will be announced in July.

 

Duncan Museum Honors Rush Springs 'Spirit Rider'

There's quite a tribute for a Rush Springs man who now has a statue in his honor at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan. The statue was recently unveiled in honor of Raymond Rust who passed away last year. Rust was an accomplished spirit rider and the statue will allow children to saddle up and even lasso a roping dummy. Rust’s daughters Renee Hoover-Payton and Tammy Filipo say Raymond grew up on a horse and tell KSWO-TV that he loved to rope calves and steers. Their brother Rusty followed his father's passion which included competing as a spirit rider at Oklahoma State University.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.08.

Natural gas is $1.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,186 and silver is $24.56.

 

Obituary

Gwen Cox

Funeral service for Gwen Cox, 95, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 15th at Epworth Methodist Church. She taught school in Grady and Caddo counties and was a first-grade teacher in Chickasha schools for 25 years.  Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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2024 RANCH News, March 4th-9th

Saturday, March 9th

 

Two Hospitalized After SUV Hits Semi

Two Chickasha residents suffered life-threatening injuries after their SUV  crashed into a semi north of the city yesterday. 80-year old Joey Tannehill and 83-year old Wanda Tannehill were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and were last in critical condition. It was raining when the accident happened just before 3:00 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 81 near CR 1300 about four miles south of Pocasset. The highway patrol reports that the Tannehill vehicle went left of center and hit the semi which was driven by 57-year old Lonnie Coleman of Arapaho. He was not injured. Joey Tannehill was pinned in the SUV for about 20 minutes before being freed by the Chickasha Fire Department. The accident closed the highway for five hours.

 

Congressman Responds to President's Speech

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) had some harsh criticism for President Joe Biden after the president’s State of the Union Address Thursday night. In a prepared statement, the Cole said the Biden administration has been plagued with crisis after crisis over the last three years yet the president tried to persuade American people into believing the country is stronger today than when he took office. Cole said those who are bearing the brunt of his failed policies know better. Cole said inflation is up nearly 18 percent; over eight million illegal immigrants  have come into the country; and the president’s anti-domestic energy policies have  not been good for the country.

 

'Spring Forward' Into Daylight Savings Time

Oklahoma and much of the country return to Daylight Savings time this weekend. It's time to turn any analog clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed tonight, since the transition is at two o'clock tomorrow morning. Most digital items like computers, cell phones, and watches will automatically make the switch. You'll get one hour less of sleep and it will be darker in the morning with more light in the evening.

 

Talk Show Topic

The three candidates running for Ward 4 Chickasha City Council are this week's guests on the KOOL Konversation. They are Eric Anderson, Isaac DeLeon, and John Smith. There is a podcast of the interviews under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, March 8th

 

Fugitive Back in Custody After Stand-off

A wanted man who reportedly told people he was not going back to jail and threatened to harm anyone who might turn him in - was taken into custody without incident this week. 49-year old William Earl Bitsche was arrested Tuesday south of Lake Chickasha along the Grady and Caddo County Line. According to a post on the Grady County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, officials received information on Monday regarding Bitsche's location. The sheriff's office task force, state troopers, and Caddo County deputies went to the site where Bitsche was reported to be but he wasn't there. Tuesday, officials got another tip about where Bitsche might be which was a few miles south of the previously location and they did find him. Sheriff Gary Boggess said Bitsche was armed and held officials at bay for about an hour but eventually put down the weapon and was taken into custody. Bitsche was wanted for a 2022 arrest for having a firearm after former felony conviction. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

 

Amber Fire, Police Host Community Appreciation Dinner

Tomorrow is a big day in Amber as the police and fire departments combine efforts for the second annual Boots and Badges Community Appreciation Dinner. It’s a way for the agencies to thank area residents for their support. It is free, but patrons are asked to donate funds which can be used for needed equipment and supplies. Police Chief Daniel Fulton said they've receive a lot of support from business in and around the Amber and Chickasha areas.

 

             

 

 

It will be held at the Amber-Pocasset High School Cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, and there will be also be a silent auction of several items. There will be a free bounce house and pony rides for the kids and the  fire department and Grady County Sheriff's Office will have vehicles on the display.

 

Chix High School Robotics Team Competes at Regionals

The Chickasha High School robotics team is in Sedalia, Missouri for a regional competition. Team 3931, also known as the Cockadoodle Dominators, are part of the international FIRST Robotics program. FIRST is an acronym meaning For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Teams across the country have spent the last two months designing and building robots. The machines must meet size and weight specifications. You can watch the competition on-line at: www.thebluealliance.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.93 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.96.

Natural gas is $1.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,174 and silver is $24.73.

 

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Thursday, March 7th

 

Bill Calls for Digital Communications Between Students

and Teachers to be Shared with Parents

A proposal designed to require all electronic and digital communication between students and school officials to be shared with the student's parents is being considered at the state capital. HB 3958 is authored by State Rep. Sherrie Conley (R- Newcastle). She said the bill is intended to protect students from receiving anything inappropriate from an educator. Conley said it stipulates that school personnel should make reasonable efforts to use school-approved platforms, systems, or applications which allow automatic inclusion of parents or guardians. Conley also said it also protects educators from potential accusations of impropriety. The bill calls for school personnel who reportedly violate the measure to be placed on administrative leave while school officials investigate the complaint. The bill has passed in the house and now heads to the senate for consideration.

 

Man Bitten  by Dog While Walking to Work

A man walking to work is attacked and bitten by a dog. Chickasha police were called out to a home in the 200 block of West Minnesota about 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities say the medium-sized dog broke free from its chain and charged at the victim. The victim and a second man were able to gain control of the animal until police arrived. The victim was taken to the hospital and was treated for minor injuries and released. Officers sedated the animal to prevent further injuries and minimize the risk of the animal attacking someone else.

 

U.S. Rep Tom Cole Lauds Passage of Bill

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) has scheduled a visit to Chickasha later this month. Cole will be in town on Monday, March 25th to meet with business leaders at the Chamber of Commerce. In his recent media column, Cole discussed the passage of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill out of the House. Cole said the measure promotes economic development, ensures the safety of transportation systems, and cuts spending on programs he says have been recklessly over-funded in recent years. He said the measure also maintains housing assistance for the elderly, disabled, and military veterans; supports homeless assistance programs, which includes initiatives to provide shelter to victims of domestic violence and homeless youth; and provides essential funding to the Federal Aviation Administration to make air space safer and works to minimize flight delays.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.13 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.96.

Natural gas is $1.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,165 and silver is $24.40.

 

Obituaries

Peggy Thurston

Funeral service for Peggy Thurston, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 8th at the Alex High School. She was a teacher and school librarian. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Micaela Avila

Funeral mass for Micaela Avila, 63, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 8th at Holy Name Catholic Church. She was a Certified Nurse Assistant. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Marieta Raasch

Funeral service for Marieta Raasch, 80, of Cement will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ in Chickasha. Her family operated a dairy farm and she also worked in the banking industry. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, March 6th

 

Trump, Biden Dominate Presidential Primaries

In what was considered a low turnout, just over 400,000 Oklahomans went to the polls in the state's presidential primary elections yesterday. Former President Donald Trump collected more than 82 percent of the more than 310,000 voters in the Republican primary. Nikki Haley was next with only 16 percent of the vote. Trump was the overall winner in all of yesterday’s Super Tuesday primaries across the country causing Haley to end her campaign for the GOP nomination. President Joe Biden won Oklahoma's Democratic primary with 73 percent of the more than 91,000 ballots cast. Chase Oliver picked up just over 61 percent of the vote among the 929 Libertarians casting ballots in that race.

Grady County Results

Trump received nearly 86 percent of the more than 5,500 Republicans who went to the polls. Biden received just over 62 percent of the nearly 900 Democrats who voted; and of the 16 Libertarians in the county, Oliver picked up 12 votes.

 

Veterans' 'Families First' Bill Advances

A bill that would allow military veterans who need long-term care to stay in a  local nursing home instead of a distant state veteran's center was approved by  the State House of Representatives yesterday.  HB 3747 is called the Veterans' Families First bill. It calls for veterans who need long-term care to have the option of staying in a local nursing home - if they are located more than 100 miles from a state center. State Rep. Jim Grego is the author of the bill who said he worked with the State Department of Veterans Affairs on the proposal. He said he wanted to make sure that veterans have the option to remain close to their homes. He said family members should not have to drive a long way to visit their loved ones. The bill will now head to the senate for consideration.

 

USAO Readies for Big Day

USAO is preparing for an onslaught of campus visitors. The sidewalk chalk art festival draws students from dozens of school districts across the state to the university the first Thursday of every April. And there’s a new addition which should bring more high school students to campus that day. It’s designed specifically for high school juniors. They'll get an overview of campus life, an inter-active mock lecture from faculty members, and explore the campus through tours. Both events, along with the annual Droverstock concert will take place on Thursday, April 4th at USAO.

 

Grady County Fairgrounds Seeks Bidders for Paving Project

The Grady County Fairgrounds is accepting sealed bids for a paving project. It calls for asphalt paving and resurfacing over an existing 70’ X 400' asphalt entry and parking area. The fairgrounds Trust will accept sealed bids at the administrative office through 4 p.m. Monday, March 25th with the bid opening to be held at 5:00 p.m. To acquire bid packets and for further information call 405-224-2031.

 

Caddo County Citzens Police Academy to Start Next Week

Caddo County law enforcement groups have a few openings remaining in their upcoming citizens’ police academy. The Anadarko Police Department, Caddo County Sheriff's Office, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are jointly hosing the eight-week session. It's for individuals 18 and older, although 16- and 17-year olds may attend with parental approval. The program will run every Thursday night beginning next Thursday, March 14th and run through Thursday, May 2nd. Applications are available through the Anadarko police department.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.04.

Natural gas is $1.91 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,135 and silver is $23.93.

 

Obituaries

Diana Stewart

A graveside service for Diana Stewart, 79, of Ninnekah, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday March 7th at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha. She worked part-time as a substitute teacher. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Jerry McCorkle

A memorial service for 87-year old Jerry McCorkle of Lindsay will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7th at the Alex High School gymnasium. He was an evangelist for more than 60 years. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

 

Driver Critical After Head-on Crash with Semi

A Caddo County woman is in critical condition after a head-on crash between a semi and an SUV. 42-year old Mindy Cates of Cyril was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital to be treated for head, leg, and trunk internal injuries. The accident happened just after 7:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 277 south of Cyril. The highway patrol reported that Cates was northbound on the highway and for some reason went left-of-center and collided head-on with the semi. Cates was pinned in her car for about 25 minutes before being freed by the Cyril Fire Department. The driver of the semi, 71-year old Curtis Jackson of Chickasha, was taken by ground ambulance to a Lawton hospital where he was treated and released.

 

Chix Council OK's Sipuel-Fisher Resolution

The Chickasha City Council unanimously approved a resolution to ask the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) to name a bridge on I-44 in honor of Ada Sipuel-Fisher. She was a graduate of Chickasha's Lincoln High School in the 1940s and was the first black student to attend the OU School of Law. The resolution reads in part – ‘whereas she was a pioneering figure in the de-segregation of higher education in Oklahoma; and her commitment to equality and justice continued throughout her life as she became an influential civil rights activist, educator, and community leader; and the city recognizes the importance of preserving and celebrating her legacy for future generations; that a turnpike bridge over the Washita River should be named in her honor.' The OTA will address the resolution in a future meeting.

Tribal group seeks grant for Alzheimer's program

The council heard from Diane Hugar with the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, regarding the tribe's Alzheimer's Disease Program Initiative.  The tribe is seeking a grant to provide services to tribal citizens in a 10-county area including Grady, Caddo, Comanche, and Stephens counties.

Panel OKs payment for water distribution work

During the Chickasha Municipal Authority session the panel approved a payment of nearly $65,000 to Marsau Enterprises of Foster, Okla. for water distribution improvements. In the Municipal Airport Authority session the panel approved one of the exhibitions that will be part of the city's annual Wings and Wheels Air Show and Car Show in June. The panel authorized spending $9,500 for the NexGen Eagles which was one of the groups that performed last year.

 

Meet-and-Greet Set for Chix City Council Candidates

Chickasha residents will be able to meet all the candidates running for city council in one location. The Chickasha Lions Club will host the meet-and-greet on Thursday March 14th at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Lions Club member Joseph Nieto announced the program during last night's city council meeting. He said the candidates will not debate, but rather have materials on display and have casual discussions with residents. The forum will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Oklahomans Vote in Presidential Preferential Primary Today

Super Tuesday has arrived as Oklahoma joins several other states to choose presidential candidates for the November general election. There are Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian ballots. On the Republican ballot there are eight candidates including former President Donald Trump and the only GOP challenger remaining in the race in Nikki Haley. There are six candidates on the Democratic ballot including President Joe Biden, and there are two candidates on the Libertarian ballot in Chase Oliver and Jacob Hornberger. Polls are open until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.56.

Natural gas is $1.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,130 and silver is $24.12.

 

Obituary

Mike Austin

A graveside service for Mike Austin, 67, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He owned and operated a construction company.  Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, March 4th

 

Chix City Council to Consider Resolution to Request

Naming Turnpike Bridge in Honor of Dr. Ada Sipuel-Fisher

The Chickasha City Council will consider a resolution tonight to ask the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to name a bridge over the Washita River northeast of the city in honor of Dr. Ada Sipuel-Fisher. Fisher was the first black student to attend the OU Law School after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor in Fisher's 1946 lawsuit against OU. Fisher grew up in Chickasha and was a valedictorian at Lincoln High School. The ruling led the way for future decisions by the nation's high court to eliminate segregation in public schools and universities.

Equipment purchase, Lake Chickasha project also to be reviewed

The council will consider spending more than $145,000 on a John Deere compact track loader from state contract; and spend another $30,000 to remove some of the dilapidated docks at Lake Chickasha. The bid is from Washita Construction to remove all the poor structures was higher than anticipated and officials are asking to use the $30,000 budgeted to get started.

Date may be set to auction leases for mineral rights

The panel will consider publicizing a proposed auction date for some oil and gas mining leases for just over 3 acres of property on two sites in the downtown area; and consider scheduling city-wide garage sales for May 9th-11th and waiving permit fees for those dates. A new officer for the police department, Logan Bonds is expected to be sworn in. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting will be video streamed on the City of Chickasha’s YouTube channel which is available on the city's website. It will also be televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

Teen Critical Following ATV Crash

A Tuttle teenager was critically injured in an ATV accident. The unidentified 15-year old was a passenger on a 2023 Polaris driven by a 13-year old Tuttle teen who was not injured. The accident happened about 10:30 a.m. Sunday on private property in Caddo County seven miles east of Binger. The Highway Patrol reports that the driver hit an uneven area in a pasture, overturned, and pinned the passenger underneath.

 

Prescribed Burning Group Schedules Meeting

While the damage from devastating wildfires in northwest Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle is still mounting, a local group will have an upcoming meeting to help minimize the risk for wildfires in this region. The Caddo and Grady County Prescribed Burn Association will be having its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, March 26th. The group will meet at the Grady County OSU Extension office in Chickasha at 6:30 p.m. that night. For information contact Don West through the Grady and Caddo County OSU Extension offices for a phone number and e-mail address.

 

Grady County Ag Producers Meet Tomorrow Morning

OSU Extension breeding and reproductive specialist Dan Stein is tomorrow's speaker at the Grady County ag producers meeting. That will get underway at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning at the extension office.

 

Friend Fire Department has Benefit Tonight

The Friend Volunteer Fire Department is having its community appreciation dinner tonight. It will be held at the Friend School Cafeteria from 3:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.97 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.56.

Natural gas is $1.84 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,092 and silver is $23.36.

 

Obituary

Larry Roberson

Funeral service for Larry Roberson, 75, of Alex will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9th at Sevier Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Military veteran and worked in the oil field.

 

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RANCH News, Feb. 26th-Mar. 2nd

Saturday, March 2nd

 

Contractor Sought for Alleged Embezzlement

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accusing of scamming Grady County residents out of tens of thousands of dollars. The warrant stems from an investigation by the state attorney general's office into allegations against 43-year old Dustin Lee Roberts. It’s alleged Roberts entered into contracts with several people and was paid for work he never started. KSWO-TV cites court documents indicating that projects included swimming pools and metal buildings between March of 2022 and October of 2023 totaling more than $140,000. Roberts is charged with three felonies including embezzlement and having a pattern of criminal offenses. The documents also indicate that Roberts never returned calls when the victims tried to contact him.

 

Man Back in Jail Hours After Being Released 

A man who had been released from jail is back in custody just hours after being set free. 28-year old Colton Donald Kay of Lindsay was initially being held for public intoxication. On-line court records indicate that Kay was back in jail Thursday night accused of burglary. KSWO-TV cites documents filed in Grady County District Court saying a witness saw a man trying to break into his neighbor's home just outside of Chickasha. Grady County deputies were quick to respond and took Kay back to jail. He is now charged with a felony count of second degree burglary and faces up to three years behind bars if convicted. He remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

 

Area Ranchers Unite to Help Fellow Ranchers Victimized by Wildfires

Grady County ranchers have organized an effort to help fellow ranchers in northwest Oklahoma who suffered losses in this week's wildfires. The Grady County Cattle Producers Association says there are many orphaned calves that need to be fed because the momma cows either died or suffered injuries which don't allow the calves to nurse. Past-president Katie Luttrell said they are collecting donations of powdered milk replacement, feeding bottles, and other items. The products can be purchased at any farm supply store and taken to the Chickasha Country Store where the items will be taken to the ranchers who need assistance. Monetary donations may be made to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and that can be done on-line at the website: www.okcattlmen.org

 

State House Passes Controversial Bill

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved a controversial bill that supporters say would allow the state and not the federal government to have a say in the construction of new electric transmission lines - and that it would result in lower costs for consumers. However, opponents of HB 4097 said it would lead to increased rates. The website OK Energy Today reports the proposal would not require major utilities to go through the competitive bidding process for the projects. Supporters say would implement free market principles and assert states' rights in high-voltage transmission construction line and ownership. Among those opposed to the bill is AARP where officials say it is a rotten deal for residential utility customers and mandates an anti-competitive practice which would increase rates. The measure passed by a vote of 65 to 29 and now heads to the senate where it is being carried by Sen. Lonnie Paxton R-Tuttle).

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Ginna Waddell with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Foster Care program is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, March 1st

 

Fewer Kids are in Foster Care but More Foster Homes Still Needed

Thousands of Oklahoma children are in foster care with the state Department of Human Services (DHS). And while the numbers are down over the last decade officials said there is always a need for foster homes. Ginna Waddell is a DHS foster care recruiter for southwest Oklahoma-

 

              

 

 

There are more than two dozen foster homes in Grady County and many care for children from other parts of the state. DHS tries to keep the children as close to their hometowns as possible. It can take several months for prospective homes to go through the application process, a background check, and training before being approved. For information on becoming a foster parent or parent, visit the website: www.okfosters.org

 

Chix Library Hosts Artifact Identification Program

If you have arrow heads, crude bone tools, or other artifacts you may have found and would like to get information about, officials with the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will be in Chickasha tomorrow to provide some insight. Mel Phillips is one of those who will be on hand to give their opinions on those items-

 

              

 

 

Phillips says the Oklahoma Archeological Society has identified nearly 300 historic and pre-historic sites in Grady County alone where items have been found. The program is free and will be held at the Chickasha Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Jr. Livestock Show Brings Big Bids for Top Animals

The Grady County Junior Livestock Show wrapped up with the premium sale last night. The final numbers from the auction and the add-ons were not immediately available. Officials said they were still waiting for more add-ons to be contributed today. In the early bidding, the grand champion steer shown by Katlin Adams of Ampo brought in $4,250 but it was not the most money paid for an animal. The reserve grand champion steer shown by Madilyn Norvell of Ampo and the reserve grand champion barrow hog shown by Olivia Bradford also of Ampo both brought $5,000. Last year, the bonus sale brought a record $160,000 and add-ons of more than $150,000 were also a record.

 

Volunteer Fire Department Fundraisers Coming Up

Two Grady County volunteer fire departments will have fundraisers over the next few days. The Acme station west of Rush Springs will have a catfish and chicken strip lunch Sunday, March 3rd from noon to 3:00 p.m. The Friend Fire Station will have its annual community appreciation dinner Monday, March 4th at Friend School cafeteria. That will be a barbecue dinner and cake auction from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.26.

London-based Brent crude is $83.62.

Natural gas is $1.86 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,063 and silver is $22.90.

 

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Thursday, Feb. 29th

 

Drug Trafficking Suspect Pleads Guilty

A woman arrested nearly a year ago for drug trafficking pleads guilty. 29-year old Jessica Nicole Wright entered the plea in Grady County District Court last week prior to a jury trial that had been scheduled. Wright was arrested in March of 2023 after the Grady County Sheriff's Office received a tip that she was selling opioids laced with fentanyl out the motel room she was staying in. Wright was sentenced to 15 years in prison with seven years suspended and ordered to pay more than $500 in fines. She was also sentenced to a year in jail for pleading guilty to a felony drug possession charge and a misdemeanor for having drug paraphernalia.

 

Areas of Chickasha Without Water Today

Some Chickasha neighborhoods will be without water service for an undetermined amount of time today. The areas include the 100 through the 300 blocks of an area from Ada Sipuel Avenue to Tennessee Avenue, and the 300 blocks of Florida and Georgia Avenues. Crews are working on some water line improvements in that area. City crews are repairing water line breaks at 13th and Wisconsin and 17th and Dakota so homes in those areas may have low or no water pressure. Check the City of Chickasha Facebook page for updates.

 

Chix Schools Work to Increase Safety of Students, Staff

Chickasha public school officials have been working to improve security at all school sites. Today, high school students will be receiving identification badges that they will have to wear at all times on school grounds. They will also have to swipe the cards through an access panel located next to doors when they enter and leave the building. High school principal Debby Davis-

 

              

 

 

High school faculty and other employees have had their ID badges for about two months. Davis says there are plans to implement a similar system at the middle school.

 

Junior Livestock Show Closes with Bonus Sale Tonight

Today is the final day of the Grady County Junior Livestock Show at the Grady County Fairgrounds. In the beef show yesterday, Katlin Adams of Ampo had the grand champion steer and Madilyn Norvell of Ampo had the reserve grand. The grand champion county-bred steer was shown by Ladd Turner with the steer coming from Turner Farms.  Ladd also had both the grand and reserve grand champion prospect steers. The grand champion heifer was shown by Raegan Wilburn of Tuttle and the reserve grand was shown by Kylie Callis of Minco. Callis also had the grand champion county-bred heifer. The buyers’ dinner gets underway at 5:00 p.m. with an awards presentation at 6:15 p.m. and the bonus sale at 6:30 p.m. with 125 animals being led through the show ring.

 

Anadarko Library to Join Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Anadarko Public Library will soon join the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program which will be available to all Caddo County residents. The program allows youngsters from birth to five years old to receive a free book in the mail every month. Parton launched the program through her Dollywood Foundation nearly 30 years ago and today the Foundation mails more than two million high-quality, age-appropriate books around the world every month. The kick-off for the program will be Saturday, March 9th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Anadarko Library. Parents and guardians can also register children on line at: www.imaginationlibrary.com

Children will begin receiving their books about eight to ten weeks after registration.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.68.

Natural gas is $1.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,039 and silver is $22.56.

 

Obituaries

Patricia May

A graveside service for Patricia May, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd at the Alex Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

James Garvin

No service is scheduled for James Garvin, 89, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Feb. 28th

 

Burglary Suspect Jailed After Barricading Himself in RV

A Blanchard burglary suspect was arrested this week after holding law enforcement at bay. The incident happened Monday night with the Grady County Sheriff's Office reporting the suspect barricaded himself inside an RV. The sheriff's office posted information on its Facebook page saying the agency's SWAT team responded to a mutual aid call from Blanchard. The post indicates that at one point the suspect tried to start the RV but was unsuccessful. The suspect refused to follow the SWAT team's 'lawful direction' so the team entered the vehicle and took the suspect into custody without incident. The Facebook page has photos and a description of their work. The post does not identify the suspect. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

 

Mobile Meals to Shut Down; Other Groups Take Over

For more than four decades many homebound seniors in Chickasha have been able to get free meals delivered to their homes each weekday through a group called Mobile Meals. It's been announced that Mobile Meals will be shutting down however other groups will make sure the estimated 100 seniors being served will still be taken care of. The website Chickasha Today reports that all but three have been transferred to the Chickasha Senior Nutrition Center. The three who did not qualify due to age restrictions will be assisted by the Chickasha Soup Kitchen. Mobile Meals President Judith Jernigan said part of the reason they stopped was that meals had become too expensive. Mobile Meals had been getting contributions from churches, civic groups, businesses, and individual donors.

 

Grady County Junior Livestock Show Continues 

The first two days of the Grady County Junior Livestock Show are in the books. Yesterday was a big day for Kobi Scroggins of Tuttle. Kobi had both the grand champion market lamb and ewe in the sheep show; and the grand and reserve champion doe goats in the goat show. McKenna Hurley of Alex had the reserve-grand ewe in the sheep show which included 58 market lambs and 16 ewes.

Goat Show

In the goat show, Kolton Kohler of Alex had the grand champion wether and Jack Ferrell of Ampo had the reserve-grand. There were 24 wethers and 14 does in the goat show.

Swine Show

The grand champion barrow was a spot Poland shown by Adi Brumley of Ninnekah and the reserve-grand was a hampshire shown by Olivia Bradford of Ampo. There were 164 barrows shown. The grand gilt was a cross shown by Hallie Herrel of Minco and the reserve-grand was a cross shown by Kennedy Clark also of Minco. There were 38 gilts shown. 

 

Stock Show Judge Defines his Work

The judge for the first two days of the show was Mark Hoge from Illinois who teaches at Western Illinois University. He's been judging livestock across the country for many years and has judged at the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) in Oklahoma City. He described how he tells individuals without a livestock background what he does.

 

              

 

 

The beef show takes center stage at the junior livestock show today at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.65.

Natural gas is $1.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,036 and silver is $22.51.

 

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Tuesday, Feb. 27th

 

Silver Alert Canceled for Missing Woman

A Silver Alert that was issued for a missing Dibble woman has been canceled. The Grady County Sheriff's Office issued the alert Monday morning for 74-year old Elizabeth Gerold who had last been seen leaving DJs Convenience Store at the Dibble Crossroads about 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Late last night the sheriff's office said she had been located and was OK but gave no other details.

 

Wildfire Threat to be at Extreme Level Today

The threat for wildfires will be at its highest level today as much of the Sooner State will see record-high temperatures and near gale-force winds. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-to-upper 80s with some 90-degree temps.  There will also be sustained winds 20-30 miles per hour and gusts to 50 miles per hour. Humidity levels will be in the teens, vegetation is dry, and there has been little if any rain over the last couple of weeks. Grady County fire officials continue to ask residents to not burn anything, motorists towing trailers are urged to make sure tow chains will not drag the pavement, and smoking drivers are asked to not throw cigarette butts out the window. Anyone seeing smoke should call 9-1-1.

Firefighters squelch flames Monday

Several Grady County volunteer fire departments were summoned to battle a couple of grass fires yesterday. One was southwest of Rush Springs with the Acme, Bailey, Cox City, Farwell, and Ninnekah stations along with Marlow all dispatched to help Rush Springs. Crews were on that fire for about three hours. KWTV News 9 indicated a grass fire in the Amber area but no information was available on that blaze.

 

Grady County Junior Livestock Show Underway

The 89th annual Grady County Junior Livestock Show is underway. Goats and lambs will be weighed this morning with the shows later on this afternoon at The Grady County Fairgrounds. Several hundred animals will be led through the show rings this week with the top 125 animals going to the bonus sale Thursday night. Last year was a record year for the sale and add-ons with a combined total of nearly $313,000 paid out to the exhibitors. The sale brought in $160,000 and add-ons were $153,000. The buyers’ dinner will be Thursday night starting at 5:00 p.m.; the awards presentation at 6:15 p.m.; and the bonus sale starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

Time is now to Apply for Homestead Exemptions

Officials with the Grady County Assessor's office say property owners only have a couple of weeks left to apply for any property tax exemptions they may be eligible for in 2024. It's also time for those who have purchased a new home; opened a business; acquired or sold equipment for a business; acquired or sold farm equipment; or purchased or sold a mobile home to report those purchases. Homestead forms can be downloaded from the website www.okcountyassessors.org

Grady County Assessor Bari Firestone says March 15th is the deadline to apply for homestead exemptions. Also, seniors 65 and older and had a gross income of less than $90,000 in 2023 can have the market value of their property frozen. Military veterans who are 100 percent disabled and their unmarried widowed spouses can qualify their homestead property to be totally exempt from taxation (the disability must be service-related). For details on these programs and other information contact the assessor’s office at the Grady County Courthouse. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

USAO Hosts Hall-of-Fame Journalists

USAO is hosting a program which will discuss the evolving role of journalism in America. Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Famers Dick Pryor with KGOU radio and Ted Streuli with Oklahoma Watch will address the program called ‘Trust Me, I'm a Journalist’. They'll talk about where journalism started, where it is now, and where it's headed. It's a free program that will be held tonight in the USAO Regents Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.53.

Natural gas is $1.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,046 and silver is $22.84.

 

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Monday, Feb. 26th

 

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Dibble  Area Woman

(UPDATE, Tuesday, Feb. 27th -  The Grady County Sheriff's Office has canceled the Silver Alert. Officials say she has been located and is OK)

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has issued a Silver Alert for a missing senior from the Dibble Area. Authorities are looking for 74-year old Elizabeth Gerold. She was last seen about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25th when she left her home to go to DJ's Store in Dibble. She was driving a 2008 white Ford Crown Victoria with the numbers 750 on the roof. She is Caucasian, 5' 6" tall, weighs 135 pounds, and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a yellow long-sleeve shirt. She has scarring on her neck, face, and chest and has a tattoo of the Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil on her right bicep. She does experience memory loss and takes medication. Anyone with information about her should call 9-1-1 or the Grady County Sheriff's Office at 405-224-0984.

 

Fire Chiefs Warn of Fire Danger

The fire chiefs for all of Grady County's volunteer departments are warning of the risk of wildfires over the next few days. The county fire department Facebook page say they have declared War Days today through Wednesday because of the very warm temperatures and high winds in the forecast. The declaration calls for three departments to automatically be called out for each fire. The post indicates that many firefighters will be at their regular jobs, so resources will be thin. There is not a burn ban, but the chiefs ask that residents not burn nor do anything to cause a spark. They say that should anyone see smoke, or a vehicle dragging a chain that could create sparks and start a fire to call 911. Several departments were called out to battle fires over the weekend.

 

Auto-Ped Collision Kills Caddo County Woman

A woman walking along a dark rural Caddo County last night died after being hit by a car. The highway patrol reports 45-year old Tisha Pickard of  Apache was pronounced dead at the scene. It happened about five miles north of Apache on U.S. Highway 281 just after 9:15 p.m. The car was driven by 72-year old Charles Yeahquo of Apache. Neither he nor a passenger were injured. The highway patrol says the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

 

Correction to Child Sexual Assault Report

KOOL News has a correction to a story we aired last week concerning the child sexual abuse trial of Kenneth Clay Dietrich. We were wrong when we reported that Dietrich pleaded guilty. Dietrich, who was charged with three counts, was found to be guilty in a non-jury trial in front of District Judge Kory Kirkland. District Attorney Jason Hicks tells KOOL News that Kirkland found Dietrich guilty on two of the counts, while a third was demurred meaning there was not sufficient evidence to warrant a conviction. A representative of Dietrich's family said that Dietrich is planning to appeal the convictions.

 

Fire Fighters Concerned with New Training Requirements

We have more news about rural fire fighters today. Several rural fire coordinators met with state lawmakers last week over concerns about new mandatory training requirements. About a dozen coordinators met with State Representatives David Smith and Rick West last and a press release says it was a standing- room only meeting. Smith said fire officials are upset about some rumors they are hearing about what might be required of them from the state fire marshal regarding state laws. The lawmakers say they will facilitate discussion between coordinators, fire chiefs, and the state fire marshal so everyone can be on the same page about the new requirements. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13th in Room 450 at the state capital.

 

Volunteer Fire Departments Schedule Fundraisers

By the way, there are a several benefits for area fire stations coming up in the next few days. The Acme station west of Rush Springs will have a catfish lunch on Sunday, March 3rd to include not only catfish but chicken strips, fries and dessert. That will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Friend Fire Station will have its annual community appreciation dinner next Monday night, March 4th at Friend School cafeteria. That will be a barbecue dinner and cake auction from 3:30 to 8 p.m.  Also, the Amber fire and police departments will have their annual Boots and Badges Community Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, March 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the AmPo High School Cafeteria.

 

Tribes Recieve Purple Heart Reservation Designation

The Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache tribes are being recognized as a Purple Heart Reservation, honoring those who were killed or injured during times of war. Kiowa Tribal chairman Lawrence Spottedbird said it took several years for the designation to be authorized. Spottebird said there are about 30 Purple Heart recipients who are citizens of the tribes who are alive today.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.62.

Natural gas is $1.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,041 and silver is $22.81.

 

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Saturday, Feb. 24th

 

Proposed Bill Would Allow Utility Companies

to Avoid Competitive Bidding for Some Projects

For more than a year, some state lawmakers have been holding debate about a plan that would allow utilities to avoid the competitive bidding process for major transmission line projects. The State House of Representatives Utility Committee has held closed-door negotiations with parties on both sides of the issue. The measure is called the Right of First Refusal. Those against the plan say if the bill is approved it would result in higher costs for consumers. The website OK Energy Today cites State Rep. Trey Caldwell (R-Lawton) as saying the proposal is not a Right of First Refusal. He says a proposed amendment would protect rate-payers by removing control of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and place it in the hands of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. State Rep. Mickey Dollens (D-Oklahoma City) said that removing the competitive bidding process cuts out the competition. Officials with the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans for Prosperity said similar bills across the country have led to skyrocketing utility rates and opposes the measure.

 

Caddo County Driver Faces Manslaughter Charge

A Caddo County man is charged in connection with a deadly hit-and-run accident. Comanche County authorities have charged 46-year old Randy Allen Herring of Apache with manslaughter and other charges. The Lawton Constitution reports Herring was driving a pickup involved in a crash that claimed the life of 38-year old Gilbert Leon Crow-Mihecoby who died after his motorcycle crashed into the back of a pickup that Herring was driving. The fatal crash occurred near Fletcher last September. Herring allegedly left the area after the crash. Herring is also facing charges of  leaving the scene of a fatality accident and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

 

Local Diners Part of Oklahoma Onion Burger Trail

A couple of Grady County eateries are among a number of restaurants across the state recognized by the Oklahoma Beef Council. J and W Grill in Chickasha and Sid's Diner locations in Minco and El Reno are among nearly two dozen locations selected to be part of what’s being called the Oklahoma Onion Burger Trail. The beef council is encouraging individuals to visit the restaurants in order to earn points to get an 'I Conquered the Oklahoma Onion Burger Trail' t-shirt, an Oklahoma Burger Trail backpack, or a 'Beef. It's What's for Dinner' baseball cap. All entries will go into a drawing where one person will receive a $500 gift certificate for beef. The promotion will run March 1st through August 30th. You can sign up for a digital pass on-line or on your mobile device at www.oklabeef.org/burgertrail or you can download a paper pass to keep track of your visits.

 

Talk Show Topic

On the KOOL Konversation, Mel Phllips with the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will discuss the Artifact Identification Day that the group will be having at the Chickasha library next Saturday. There is a podcast of the program under the Community Tab on this website.

 

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Friday, Feb. 23rd

 

Two Hospitalized After Stabbing at Chickasha Home

A fight among several individuals at a Chickasha home last weekend resulted in two people being hospitalized with stab wounds and another with minor injuries. Two of the victims were said to be in stable condition. In a short statement released by the Chickasha Police Department, authorities say the attack occurred at a home in the 1100 block of South 20th in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 17th. Authorities did not release the names of anyone involved the fight. No one was arrested and the statement says no charges have been filed.

 

Parts of Anadarko to be Without Power Today

Some areas in Anadarko will be without power today as city crews will be installing a utility pole. Authorities say electricity will be out between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. this afternoon and will impact the east 100 blocks of Louisiana Ave. and Texas Ave; and the west 100 through 500 blocks of Louisiana Avenue and Texas Avenue. The outage will impact the even numbered addresses on Louisiana and the odd-numbered addresses on Texas.

 

Senators Clear Way for Eliminating State Grocery Sales Tax

It looks like Oklahomans will finally get some relief when it comes to their family food budgets. The Oklahoma State Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill to eliminate the 4 1/2 percent state sales tax rate on groceries. The Oklahoma House of Representatives already approved the measure and Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign the bill. Oklahoma is one of 13 states that still have state sales taxes on groceries. Officials say the average family would save about $400 per year. The sales tax won't be eliminated right away as it will remain in effect until the end of July. While the state sales tax will be eliminated, local and county sales taxes will still be charged as those funds pay for infrastructure improvements.

 

Contractors Sought for Chix Schools Paving Work

Chickasha Public Schools are now accepting bids for paving projects at the middle school and Grand elementary school. Some of the requirements will be site clearing, earth moving, asphalt and cement paving, concrete sidewalks, curbs, and gutters, pavement marking, traffic and handicapped parking signs, and sodding. Detailed descriptions are posted on the school district's website. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 27th and then sealed bids need to be mailed to or hand-delivered to the district by 2:00 p.m. Thursday,  March 14th with the bids to be opened at that time.

 

State Lawmaker Clarifies Intentions of Poultry Bill

A state lawmaker who wants to protect Oklahoma farmers and ranchers from sue-and-settle tactics says some false information is being spread about his proposal. Rep. David Hardin of Stillwell has filed HB 4118 and said Oklahoma producers are worried about the potential threat of wealthy, out-of-state activists suing them to promote a liberal environmental agenda. Hardin said his proposal will only shield the state's protein farmers, especially poultry producers who comply with the state's nutrient program. Hardin says there are strict laws in place for poultry producers who need to follow a state approved nutrient management plan that provides guidelines for the responsible handling of poultry waste. He said the sue-and-settle tactics are commonly used nationwide to impose regulations, and the lawyers behind them are known for targeting those who lack the means to defend themselves, like small family farmers.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.67.

Natural gas is $1.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,032 and silver is $22.96.

 

Obituaries

Pamela Doherty

A memorial service for Pamela Doherty, 75, of Yukon and formerly of Dibble will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24th at Southgate Baptist Church in Moore.

Jeffrey 'Wade' Morris

A memorial service for Wade Morris, 64, of Anadarko will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26th at the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Anadarko. He worked at a number of area restaurants and often sang at Trader's Steakhouse. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home of Chickasha.

 

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Thursday, Feb. 22nd

 

Investigators Re-open Five-Year Old Cold Case

It's been more than five years since the body of Roy Lee Fulton was found in his Ninnekah home. HIs body was discovered by his daughter in November of 2018. Media reports say she hadn't heard from Fulton in a couple of days and when she went to his house to check on him she saw him lying on the floor. She initially thought he had a heart attack but then discovered he had been shot to death. The Grady County Sheriff's Office has re-opened the case and is asking anyone who may have information to call Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS or the Grady County Sheriff's Office at 405 224-0984.

 

Accused Child Killers Have Hearings Postponed

Court hearings scheduled this week for the two defendants charged with murder in connection with death of Athena Brownfield were postponed. Alysia Adams and Ivon Adams are both accused of causing Brownfield’s death in January of 2022. They were supposed to be arraigned on the upgraded murder charges in Caddo County District Court yesterday but the hearings were re-scheduled due to a conflict. Alysia Adams is to return to court April 17th while Ivon Adams is to return April 26th.

 

Three Women Injured in Confrontation; One is Arrested

Three women were taken to a hospital and one of them was arrested following a violent confrontation in rural Caddo County. One woman suffered a gunshot wound and two others were stabbed. KSWO-TV reports deputies were dispatched to a home somewhere on CR 1360 Saturday.  It's alleged one of the women stabbed the other two with an unknown object - and then the attacker was shot. One of the stabbing victims suffered a seven-inch gash. Deputies arrested 27-year old Kylie Byfield of Chickasha on complaints of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. She was treated for a gunshot wound to her elbow. The Caddo County District Attorney's office charged Byfield with two felonies, both of which carry maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She is out of jail after posting bond and her next court appearance is set for April 22nd.

 

2024 Chickasha Community Theater Season Opens

The Chickasha Community Theatre (CCT) opens its 2024 season this weekend with a stage performance of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." The play is based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey which was a made into the 1975 Oscar Award winning-movie that earned actor Jack Nicholson a Best-Actor award. Marcus Bilyeu portrays Nicholson's character R.P. McMurphy-

 

              

 

 

Show times are 7:30 tonight, tomorrow night, and Saturday night with a Sunday matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. The show is part of CCT’s After Dark series and is for mature audiences.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.91 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.03.

Natural gas is $1.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,036 and silver is $23.31.

 

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Wednesday, Feb. 21st

 

Suspect Arrested for BB Gun Threat 

Chickasha police arrest a man for allegedly threatening people at a local business with an airsoft, or BB gun. It happened last Thursday when it's reported that 26-year old Kaylan Johnson fired some shots from the weapon that looked like a real one.  KSWO-TV reports that Johnson and threatened to kill individuals in the business. Police tracked down Johnson at a home where they recovered the gun. Johnson has been charged with a felony for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $40,000 bond.

 

Crash Causes Car to Flip

A bizarre crash occurred in a residential area of Chickasha yesterday where a vehicle flipped upside down. It happened at the intersection of 8th and Iowa Ave. just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Chickasha police say a pickup that was northbound on 8th Street failed to yield from the stop sign and broadsided a small westbound SUV. The collision caused the SUV to spin, hit a curb, and flip upside down. An ambulance was called to the scene but the SUV driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The accident closed the intersection for about an hour.

 

Grady County Trial Docket Revised

Grady County residents who have been called for jury duty for the upcoming two-week trial docket will not have to report next week. District Judge Kory Kirkland said that all the cases that were scheduled to be heard for Feb. 26th through March 1st have been resolved. However, as it stands right now, there are cases for the second week of the docket, March 4th through 8th, so prospective jurors will have to report on Monday, March 4th.

 

Program to Estimate Age of Historic Artifacts

Scheduled for Chickasha Public Library

Individuals who have collections of what they believe to be historic artifacts can get a good idea of how old they are in a program next month. Representatives from the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (OAS) will be in Chickasha to look at the items. Mel Phillips with OAS says there are numerous sites throughout Grady County alone where artifacts have been found-

 

            

 

 

Phillips and other OAS representatives will hold a free program at the Chickasha Public Library Saturday, March 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals can bring up to 20 artifacts and officials say they will identify them to the best of their ability and provide insights about their histories. However, they will not place a value on the items.

 

USAO Reports Enrollment Increase

There has been a big influx of students at USAO for the spring trimester that started last month. Officials report a double-digit increase in enrollment over last year. Officials say the number is up nearly 11 percent with the freshman class having a more than 28 percent increase. Officials say the university retained 87 percent of freshmen students who enrolled last fall. Representatives say the Student Success Center is a big reason for the increase. Director Kelli Monroe says it offers students a support system which underscores USAO's commitment to guiding students through their academic journey. Services include academic advising, career exploration, tutoring and mentoring which are all at no cost to students.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.18 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.34.

Natural gas is $1.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,041 and silver is $23.17.

 

Obituary

Wanda Ellis

A memorial service for Wanda Ellis, 93, of Norge will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24th at Trinity Baptist Church in Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneer Cemetery Fund.

 

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Tuesday, Feb. 20th

 

Chix Council OKs Next Phase of Water Treatment Plan Project

The next phase of development for Chickasha's new water treatment plant received approval from the city council last night. The green light was given for what is called the Master Service Task Agreement No. 2. It deals with the design and engineering of the plant with the firm of Freese and Nichols. Construction on the plant is not expected to begin for at least a year and it will take at least two years to build. The agreement calls for Freese and Nichols to perform general administrative duties and provide monthly progress reports. The firm will have a kick-off meeting to review to scope, schedule, and budget for the estimated $70 million project and determine if there are any special conditions which may affect the project.

Panel OKs grant for new downtown business

The city council approved a $40,000 Central Business District Building Grant for a firm that recently purchased a downtown building. The grant was awarded to Alora Real Estate. Alora CEO Brock Hoffman is a Chickasha native who told the council he is investing in the community with his purchase of the building at 411 Chickasha Avenue. He said the first floor will be for retail shops and the second floor would be use for office space. Hoffman also said he’s also flipping houses in the community.

Lack of day care centers concerns council rep

The lack of day care centers in the city was brought up by City Councilwoman Georgeianne Hebblethwaite last night. She said that the three day-care centers currently in Chickasha have waiting lists and a new center which will be opening later this year is expected be at capacity. Hebblethwaite asked Economic Development Council President Jim Cowan to focus efforts on opening additional day care centers to help with the city’s anticipated growth.

Airport manager to retire; replacement named

The longtime manager of the Chickasha Municipal Airport will be retiring this spring. Clint Ferguson has spent nearly 20 years at the airport. City Manager Keith Johnson announced during last night’s meeting that Darren Martin will assume that post after Ferguson's retirement. Martin has worked for the city for a number of years in the Community Development Department.

Two residents appointed to city boards 

The council also approved the appointments of two individuals to city boards. Brooklyn White and Nita Ladd were both appointed to the Planning Commission and White will also serve on the Board of Adjustments.

 

Medicine Park Venue a Great Place to Spend a Day

Families looking for a day trip with the kids might check out the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center. The center has been open nearly seven years and initially started with only an aquarium but has since expanded to include a number of exhibits. Rainette Rowland is the director of the center and says among them is one called Creepy Crawlies-

 

              

 

 

The center hosts a number of school field trips each year and is open seven days a week except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The center is north of Lawton near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.19 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.47.

Natural gas is $1.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,037 and silver is $23.10.

 

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Monday, Feb. 19th

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Next Phase of Water Plant Work

A proposal to approve a portion of an agreement with the firm that is designing and engineering the City of Chickasha's new water treatment plant is expected to get the go-ahead by the city council tonight. The proposal with the firm Freese and Nichols calls for the design of a plant that will be able to treat six million gallons of water per day and provide features to increase that to up to eight million gallons per day. Among the work to be done in the preliminary design phase is water quality testing, evaluating transmission lines, preliminary construction to transition service from the current plant to the new one; and evaluation of the current plant and recommendations of de-commissioning specific equipment and processes. The total cost of this phase is just over $2 million.

Grant for new downtown business proposed

The council will also consider approving a $40,000 Central Business District Building Grant for Alora Real Estate which recently renovated a building at 411 Chickasha Avenue for its new office. The grant is being recommended for approval by the city's economic development council.

Claim for car damaged by pothole likely to be denied

The council is also to consider denying a tort claim filed by Malory Wilson who said her car was damaged when she hit a sink hole at a manhole cover at 8th and Chickasha Avenue.  The city's insurance carrier recommends the council deny the $300 claim. The council will meet at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting will be video streamed on the city's YouTube channel which can be accessed on the city's website. The meeting will also be televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

 

State Panel Takes Steps to Prevent Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is an issue that doesn't get much media attention. Officials with the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women say that every year about 4,000 Oklahomans seek help from trafficking situations. Brenda Barwick is the chairwoman of the commission and says that trafficking is modern day slavery and a $150 billion a year industry.  She says the panel was initially formed to help support law enforcement efforts and for victim services. Now, the effort includes being pro-active and to offer programs to teach individuals - especially young adults and teens - about what to be aware of so they don’t become a victim-

 

              

 

 

Barwick calls the effort the Not Me, Not My Community initiative and promotes telephone hot lines, websites, and non-profit groups that provide services to survivors of human trafficking. She said victims can text 'HELP' to 233-2733 (BE FREE)

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Concludes

The swine show results are in from the Southwest District Livestock Show that was held at the Grady County Fairgrounds last week.

Purebred Gilts

Kennedy Clark of Minco had the grand champion; Wade Richey of Altus had the reserve grand; and Mattyson Lindsay of Mt. View-Gotebo had the bronze.

Commercial Gilts

Kennedy Clark also had the grand champion; while Josie Felton of El Reno had the reserve champion; and Bridger Lott of Hydro-Eakly had the bronze.

Barrows

Gavin Straka of Yukon had the grand champion; Carson New of Sterling had the reserve grand; and Saylor Norvell of Ampo had the bronze.

 

Darrell Peel to Speak with Local Ag Producers

Area agriculture producers will be able to meet with OSU Extension Livestock Specialist Darrell Peel tomorrow. Peel will be speaking at the Grady County Ag Producers meeting tomorrow morning. The meeting will be held at the Grady County OSU Extension Office starting at 7:00 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.19 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.47.

Natural gas is $1.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,030 and silver is $23.19.

 

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Saturday, Feb. 17th


State's Energy Sector Job Number Steady

Employment in Oklahoma's energy sector is down a fraction. A study shows the state had just over 49,000 jobs in that area last month. That number ranks third in the country behind Texas with more than 314,000 jobs and Louisiana with nearly 54,000. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nationwide the number of jobs was down less than one percent from December. Officials say the industry is being impacted by unprecedented attacks from federal regulations. But they are hopeful that as energy demand continues to grow the trend should be for the number of jobs to also increase.

 

Texas Man Suspected of Drug Trafficking

A Texas man is behind held in the Grady County Jail for alleged drug trafficking. 29-year old Daniel Lugo of Pearland, Texas - which is south of Houston - was arrested by a state trooper on Thursday. No details were available about why Lugo was pulled over or what prompted the arrest. On-line court records show that the Grady County District Attorney's office has charged Lugo with a felony for drug trafficking and a judge set his bond at $150,000.

 

Environmentalists Want Farmers to Report Emissions from Manure

Should farmers have to submit air emissions reports from manure? The Environmental Protection Agency is considering such a requirement. The website OK Energy Today writes that there is a bi-partisan effort to prevent it from happening. Nearly 50 members in the House of Representatives have signed a letter asking the EPA to not force producers to do so. None of the members of the Oklahoma delegation signed the letter. The letter states that it would be an unnecessary and unjustifiable burden to producers, that it would result in extensive paperwork backlogs, and divert resources away from actual emergencies. It also indicates that local and state emergency response officials say that receiving such reports is of no particular value. Former President Donald Trump exempted animal manure from a law that required reports on chemical releases. But environmental groups are now urging the EPA to revoke the exemption, claiming pollution from animal waste is making people sick in rural communities.

 

Talk Show Topic

On this week’s KOOL Konversation, Brenda Barwick with the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women is discussing the group’s effort to stop human trafficking. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Jerry Gibson

Funeral service for Jerry Gibson, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked in the grocery business for many years.

 

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Friday, Feb. 16th

 

Death Penalty Sought for Caretaker of Child Found Dead

The Caddo County District Attorney’s office will seek the death penalty for Alysia Adams. She's one of the caretakers who authorities say was responsible for the death of Athena Brownfield two years ago. The body of the four-year old Cyril girl was found buried in a field near Agawam about two weeks after she was reported missing.  Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty saying that Adams knowingly created a great risk of death to more than one person, and that Athena's death was especially heinous, atrocious, and cruel. The state medical examiner's office reported that Brownfield died from malnutrition and pneumonia. Adams is currently being held in the Grady County Jail.

 

Hospital the Site of 'Active Shooter' Training Today

Grady Memorial Hospital will be the site of some active shooter training today. The Grady County Sheriff's Office and state troopers will spend much of the day working on several different scenarios. Officials say there will be simulated gun shots throughout the day and residents in the area will see a big police presence. Grady County deputy Phillip McCarthy says as many as 15 law enforcement officers are taking part in the training along with about 100 Grady Memorial Hospital employees. The exercise is in advance of an active shooter drill that will take place at the hospital next month.

 

Speakers Scheduled for USAO Symposium on Autism

A scientist whose life was the subject of an Emmy-award winning film will be one of the keynote speakers at USAO's annual Emerson-Weir Symposium next week. Colorado State University Professor Dr. Temple Grandin, a prominent speaker on both autism and animal behavior, was featured in HBO's award-winning film An Open Door last year. Also speaking will be Tim Herbel who founded a non-profit group called Not Your Average Joe which works to help autistic individuals find meaningful employment. Grandin and Herbel will discuss their work at the symposium in conjunction with USAO's Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity. The program will be held Friday, Feb. 23rd in Davis Hall at 6:00 p.m. The program is free but registration is required.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Continues

Checking the results of the cattle and the broiler shows at the Southwest District Livestock Show.

Market Steers

The grand champion was shown by Madison Shout of Piedmont; the reserve-grand shown by Brett Sturgeon of Cordell; and the bronze shown by Paisley Visnieski of Canute.

Prospect Steers

Claire Collins of Tillman County had the grand champion; Maddox Shout of Piedmont had the reserve-grand; and Cierra Collins of Tillman County had the bronze.

Heifers

The grand champion was shown by Braden Buchwald of Chattanooga; the reserve-grand shown by Reagan Wilbourn of Tuttle; and the bronze shown by Kamden Fillipo of Rush Springs.

Broilers
The grand champion was exhibited by Drew Griffith of Clinton; the reserve-grand by Cassi Ray also of Clinton; and the bronze shown by Gage Stegall of Burns Flat-Dill City. The swine show will start today and will run through Saturday morning. The show will end about noon tomorrow at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.03 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.86.

Natural gas is $1.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,018 and silver is $23.07.

 

Obituary

Ila Watson

A memorial service for Ila Watson, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17th at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Feb. 15th

 

Power Outages Extend into Fourth Day

Utility crews are still working to restore power to areas that have been without electricity since Sunday night's winter weather. About 340 households and businesses throughout the CK Energy service area remain without power. The website which shows outages state wide (outages.oaec.coop) indicates CK Energy still has 233 outages in Caddo County; 58 outages in Canadian County; 38 in Washita County; and 12 in Comanche County.

 

Chix Chamber Seeks Nominees for Annual Awards

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce is now in its second century of serving the community and officials are preparing for the chamber’s 101st annual banquet. The organization is accepting nominations for a number of awards that will be presented. Among them will be an inductee into the Civic Hall of Fame, event of the year, business and small business of the year, citizen of the year, public servant of the year, volunteer of the year, and young professional of the year. Nominations need to be submitted by March 8th. The chamber banquet will be held April 12th.

 

City of Chix Dog Park Temporarily Closed

Chickasha city officials say the Badgett Dog Park will be closed for seasonal maintenance today and tomorrow. Crews sprayed a pre-emergent weed control chemical at the park earlier this week. The park is to re-open on Saturday.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show Underway

The first day of the Southwest District Livestock Show Wednesday featured the sheep and goat shows as well as the agriculture mechanics show.

Sheep Show

For the ewe lambs, LaRay Cox of Elgin had the grand champion; Sayde Allen of Canute had the reserve-grand; and Kobi Scroggins of Tuttle had the bronze.

For the wether lambs, Sayde Allen had the grand champion; Kobi Scroggins the reserve-grand; and Jack Thomas of Canute had the bronze.

Goat Show

For the doe goats, Kobi Scroggins had the grand champion; Jennica Williams of Ft. Cobb-Broxton had the reserve-grand; and McRae Waldon of Hinton had the bronze.

For the wether goats, Peyton Wimberly of Merritt had the grand champion; Sayde Allen had the reserve-grand; and Baylor Pearson of El Reno had the bronze.

Ag Mechanics

In Ag Mechanics, Elgin FFA had the grand champion; Stran Taylor of Canute had the reserve-grand; and Elgin FFA also had the bronze. The cattle show will be today at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

 

Big Band Era Music at USAO Tonight

USAO will have a night of big band music this evening as the World Famous Glen Miller Orchestra takes the stage as part of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series. The evening will get started with members of the Chickasha High School band opening the show. The concert begins at 7:30 at Te Ata Memorial Auditorium and tickets will be available at the door.

 

Darko Police Offers Unique Valentine's Day 'Gifts'

Anadarko police had an interesting way of encouraging individuals to turn in their exes on Valentine's Day. A post on the department's Facebook page said if exes had arrest warrants or are involved in illegal activities; the ex would get some limited edition platinum bracelets; free transportation with a chauffeur; glamour shots; and a room with dinner. 

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.64 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.60.

Natural gas is $1.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,007 and silver is $22.64.

 

Obituaries

Wilma Avant

A private memorial service will be held for Wilma Avant, 90, of Chickasha. She was a homemaker and worked at the Southern Plains Medical Clinic. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Pamela Doherty

A memorial service for Pamela Doherty, 75, of Yukon and formerly of the Dibble area will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17th at Southgate Baptist Church in Moore. She worked at Tinker Air Force Base. Arrangements are with Ireland Funeral Home in Moore.

 

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Wednesday, Feb. 14th

 

Power Outages Linger

Members of Oklahoma's electric co-ops were hit especially hard with Sunday's snow storm. There were thousands of power outages and a lot them were in Grady, Caddo, Canadian, and Comanche counties. There are still hundreds of CK Energy co-op members without power this morning with some 812 members still in the dark. That's way down from the estimated 7,000 who were without electricity at the peak of the outage. CK Energy spokesman Boyd Lee –

 

              

 

 

About 120 poles and numerous cross arms were damaged or destroyed. Lee said that employees from several other co-ops and private contractors have been helping to restore power. As of this morning, CK Energy reported 423 outages in Caddo County; 29 outages in Grady County; 145 in Canadian County; 75 in Kiowa County; and 26 in Comanche County.

 

Mixed Results in Tuesday’s School Bond Elections

Tuttle

Voters turned down two bond issues totaling about $1.3 million. Each needed 60 percent approval to pass however more than half of the voters said no to both proposals. A $1 million proposal for roof repairs and the purchase of several items received 244 no votes and only 203 yes votes. A $250,000 proposal to purchase two buses failed by a similar vote with 239 voting no and only 208 voting yes.

Ft. Cobb-Broxton

It was a better result for the Ft. Cobb-Broxton school district as voters overwhelmingly approved a $21 million bond issue for school improvements. It was a more than 80 percent approval with four out of every five giving their approval, 204 to 49. It will allow the district to renovate the middle and elementary schools and build a couple of new classrooms. It's the largest bond issue in the district's history.

Central High

Voters in the Central High school district approved a $6 million bond issue to build a new Career and Technology Education Center. It passed with 62 percent of the vote 172 to 104 with a slim seven-vote margin.

 

School Board Primary Election Results

There were primary elections for board of education offices in a couple of Grady County school districts yesterday.

Ninnekah

Incumbent Delanie Berry defeated three challengers to avoid a run-off and keep her seat on the school board. Berry received nearly 62 percent of the vote with 76 tallies. Mark Fulton received 26; Damon Stephens collected 16; and Jeff Chadrick had 3.

Minco

A run-off election will be needed as none of four candidates received a majority of the vote. The top two were Mike Herrell and Jared Rumley. Herrell received 141 votes; Rumley picked up 131 tallies; Paige Teel collected 40 votes; and David Brummel received 31. Herrell and Rumley will meet in the run-off on April 2nd with the winner to fill the office currently held by Lance McKee who did not run for re-election.

 

Grady County GOP Convention is Tomorrow Night

Grady County Republicans will hold their county convention tomorrow night. It's an event that could allow one of the members to be an Oklahoma delegate at the National Republican Convention in Milwaukee this summer. County Chairwoman Carrie Bertrand says any registered Republican can attend and she would like to have representation from all 28 county districts. The convention is open to all registered Republicans who can help draft recommendations to be considered for state and national platforms. Attendees will need to have identification such as a driver's license or passport and will also need their voter ID cards. The county convention will be held at Chickasha's First Baptist Church at 4th and Colorado. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. and a potluck dinner will be served. Precinct meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the county convention will follow at 7:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.77.

Natural gas is $1.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,005 and silver is $22.10.

 

Obituary

Robena Fuller

A memorial service for Robena Fuller, 60, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17th at Epworth Methodist Church. She served in the U.S. Navy, was a professional driver for Union Pacific Railroad, and worked as a receptionist. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Feb. 13th

 

Power Outages Remain after Winter Storm

There are still hundreds families and businesses in the region dealing with power outages in the aftermath of Sunday's winter storm. Many of them are in Grady, Caddo, and Canadian counties. CK Energy was one of the co-ops bearing the brunt of the storm with more than 4,000 members still without power. As of this morning the count was 215 in Grady County; more than 2,100 in Caddo County; about 1,200 in Canadian County; and about 100 in Comanche County. CK Energy spokesman Boyd Lee said more than 120 power poles and as many or more cross-arms were damaged or destroyed. Lee said a total of 100 workers including those from CK Energy, other co-ops, and a few contractors are making progress today. He expects that power should be restored to most areas by the end of the day.

 

Some Voters to Decide School Bond Issues Today

Voters in a few regional school districts are going to the polls today to decide special bond issues. There are two bond issues in Tuttle – the first is for almost $1 million to repair and replace roofs at the elementary and middle schools; purchase new playground equipment, a truck for the high school ag department, equipment for the auditorium, and equipment for most of the sports teams. The second is a $250,000 bond issue to purchase two buses, including a 77-passenger bus and a 44-passenger activity bus.

Ft. Cobb-Broxton

Voters will decide a nearly $21 million bond issue to renovate both the elementary and middle schools and build new classrooms to house new art and music classes.

Central High

Voters will decide a more than $6 million bond issue to build a new Career and Technology Education Center. Polls are open until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

 

Chix Schools Host Parent-Teacher Conferences

Chickasha Public Schools are holding parent-teacher conferences throughout the district this week. For the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Education Center, conferences will be this afternoon from 3:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; for Grand Avenue, they will be today and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.; for Lincoln Elementary they will be from 3:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. both tonight and Thursday (Lincoln school will also a fundraiser selling Bundt cakes along with a scholastic book fair at the library tonight); middle and high school conferences will be today and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is no school for Chickasha students Friday or next Monday so they’ll have a four-day weekend.  Teachers will have a professional development day Monday.

 

Southwest District Livestock Show About to Begin

Today is move-in day for the first of the youth who will be exhibiting animals and ag mechanics projects at the Southwest District Livestock Show at the Grady County Fairgrounds this week. About 1,500 youth from 14 southwest Oklahoma counties will be showing about 2,000 animals this year. Show chairman Jerry Renshaw talks about what will be coming in today.

 

              

 

 

More than $15,000 in prize money will be doled out by week's end. There will be more than 20 agriculture-related vendors on hand for the event which will run through Saturday.

 

Chix Library Chocolate Celebration Tonight

Everything is coming up chocolate for the Friends of the Chickasha Library chocolate celebration tonight. Thousands of servings of chocolaty goodies will be available. More than a dozen local groups are to have at least 200 servings each to choose from. Tickets are $6 with each ticket holder choosing six servings. There will also be a bake sale. The chocolate celebration will be held at the Epworth Methodist Church Life Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. tonight.

 

Disabled American Veterans Meet Tonight

Grady County DAV Chapter 17 will have its monthly meeting tonight. It's a Valentine's Day meeting and families are welcome. The meeting will get underway at 6:00 p.m. at the DAV headquarters downtown Chickasha at 6th and Chickasha Ave.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.92 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.00.

Natural gas is $1.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,040 and silver is $22.98.

 

Obituary

Christal Hopkins

Funeral service for Christal Hopkins, 48, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15th at New Life Christian Church. She was a substitute teacher and worked at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Feb. 12th

 

Three to be Inducted into Chix Schools Hall of Honor

Several long time educators will be inducted into Chickasha Public Schools’ Hall of Honor.

Jim Glaze

Glaze spent 30 years with the district as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. While serving as superintendent he was at the helm when the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Education Center and the Chickasha High School Activity Center were built.

Harly Day

Day coached several sports and guided boys basketball teams to two state titles in the 1950s. He was the high school principal for nearly 20 years and is already a member of the Grady County Administrators and the Oklahoma Coaches Association Halls of Fame.

Judy Duprez

Duprez was a high school English teacher for nearly 40 years and also served as an adjunct professor at USAO. She also was a member of the Oklahoma and the National Councils of English Teachers. All will be inducted into the Hall of Honor in April during the Chickasha Public School Foundation annual gala.

 

Study of Chix Public Pool Shows Upgrades will be Costly

The municipal swimming pool at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park has had its share of problems over the last several years. The pool is almost 40 years old and a company recently completed an inspection of the pool to provide recommendations on upgrades and repairs. The study from Paddock Enterprises of Oklahoma City shows that among the major problems are mechanical issues in the pump room and the chemical feed is not working; that neither the pool nor the bath house are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the pool loses more than 15,000 gallons of water per day when its open. The study recommends that between $2 million and $3 million in repairs and renovations are needed which include the construction of a new bath house and the addition of a splash pad. The study is expected to be reviewed by the city’s parks and recreation board which will make its recommendations to the city council. Officials expect the pool to be open this summer.

 

Crimestoppers Seeks Info on Missing Chickasha Man

Grady County Crimestoppers is seeking information about a missing Chickasha man. 46-year old Richard Clarence Houston was reported missing August 29th of last year. He was last seen in the area of Life Skills Institute at 7th and Colorado. He had been working at Dairy Queen prior to his disappearance. He is Caucasian with short, brown hair and may have a slight moustache and goatee. He has a prosthetic right leg and often walks with a cane. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Clarence Houston is asked to call Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip on the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page. A reward could be paid if the information leads to finding him.

 

Obituaries

Fred Wilcox

A memorial service for Fred Wilcox, 48, of Ninnekah will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 16th at First Church of Chickasha. He was a welder and drove modified stock and E Sprint cars. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Stanley Davis

A memorial service for Stanley Davis, 66, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17th at Sevier Funeral Home. He worked in the oilfield and was a car salesman.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.89 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.19.

Natural gas is $1.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,034 and silver is $22.98.

 

Friend Boys Basketball Team Wins State Title

The Friend Falcon boys basketball team won the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools (ORES) Division III state basketball tournament over the weekend. The Falcons defeated Holly Creek 35-21 for the title in Shawnee Saturday night. Karson Surber was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Blaine Keeton and Gabriel Garcia.

Middleberg Girls have All Tournament Team Member

Middlelerg's Bentli Brantley was named to the ORES Division II all-tournament team. Middleberg advance to the semi-finals of the state tournament.

 

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Saturday, Feb. 10th

 

Senate Bill Would Toughen Penalties for Fentanyl Makers

Among the many bills considered during the first week of the legislative session at the state capital is one aimed at more severe punishments for those who manufacture fentanyl. SB 1280 is authored by State Senator Darrell Weaver (R-Moore) who has ties to Grady and Stephens counties.  The bill calls for prison sentences ranging from seven years to life for those convicted of the crime. Weaver calls fentanyl a deadly scourge that is wreaking havoc on families and communities across the country. He said fentanyl-related deaths in Oklahoma have risen from 39 in 2019 to 619 in 2022. Weaver's bill received unanimous approval in the Senate Public Safety Committee and will be heard by the full senate later in the session.

 

Assault Suspect Jailed On $50,000 Bond 

A 20-year old Chickasha man was arrested and charged in connection with an assault that took place this week. Chickasha police arrested Marcus Salazar after responding to a call in the 600 block of South 7th Street just before 9:00 a.m. Thursday. No details were provided on the Chickasha police blotter. Salazar has been charged with a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and his bond was set at $50,000.

 

Police Take Plunge for Special Olympics

A few Chickasha police officers took a polar plunge for a good cause today. Law enforcement agencies across the state were challenged to take the plunge to support of Oklahoma Special Olympics. More than 12,000 athletes will take part in the state games in Stillwater in May. The Chickasha officers accepting the challenge are Assistant Police Chief Daiman Alexander, Lt. Gillian O'Brien, and officer recruits Martin Amerson and Eric Robledo. The plunge took place at Hurricane Harbor in Oklahoma City this morning. They’ll accept contributions through next week at the Chickasha Police Department.

 

Cheese-making, Other Workshops Offered at USAO

Have you ever tried to - or considered making your own cheese? It's one of three workshops to be held by USAO this spring. All are presentations with the Jean McLaughlin Outdoor Education and Research Center. The cheese workshop will be Saturday, Feb. 17th with a local dairy farmer providing the milk. Participants will explore various fermentation processes and craft their own cheese. There is a $30 registration fee.

Dye making

On Saturday, April 20th, participants can learn how to make their own dye from plants and use it to color fabric and create water colors for painting. The cost for that workshop is $10.

Bird watching and photography

The final workshop is Saturday, May 11th and is for bird watching and photography which is a free event. For information and to register for the workshops, visit the website usao.edu and scroll down to find the News and Events page.

 

Talk Show Topic

Lewis Knisley with the Chickasha Area YMCA is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community Tab on this website.

 

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Friday, Feb. 9th

 

Drug Trafficking Suspect On Probation for Previous Charges

The suspect arrested by the District Six Drug Task Force for alleged drug distribution this week is currently on probation after pleading guilty to similar charges a few years ago. 46-year old Lacey Nicole Montgomery of Chickasha was arrested Wednesday after the task force served a search warrant at the Quality Inn Motel where she was staying. Agents say they found nearly 400 grams of meth in the room. A probable cause affidavit indicates Montgomery was later arrested at work where she had more meth in her car. Montgomery previously pleaded guilty to drug charges stemming from arrests in 2016 and 2022. She remains in jail on a more than a half-million dollar bond and prosecutors want to revoke her probation on the previous charges.

 

Anadarko Murder Suspect Found in Caddo County Jail

A murder charge has been filed against a Caddo County jail inmate in connection with the shooting death of an Anadarko man. 23-year old Davantae Winters is accused of last December's death of D'angelo Pollard. Pollard's body was found slumped over in a car parked at an Anadarko home the night of December 7th. Winters was arrested a couple of weeks later in a separate case of domestic assault and battery. The Lawton Constitution cites court documents that say Anadarko police received several tips that the two men were involved in a number of confrontations before the shooting and that Winters had threatened to kill Pollard. The murder charge was filed yesterday afternoon and Winters may have his initial appearance in Caddo County District Court today.

 

Controlled Burns Set for Wildlife Refuge

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be conducting some controlled burns over the next couple of days. Officials say recent weather conditions have given them an opportunity to have the much-needed burns near the Lake Elmer Thomas Dam and on private lands along the western edge of the refuge. Traffic control will be implemented as needed and could cause some delays for area residents and refuge visitors. Authorities also say smoke from the controlled burns will likely be visible for several miles and residual smoke may hang around a for a few days.

 

Benefit for Fire Victims is Tonight

A fundraiser is set for a family that lost their home in a fire. The home of Billy King and Beth Riley in the Cement area was destroyed Jan. 20th. A benefit will be held at the Legends Pub House and Venue tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with live music starting at 7:00 p.m. A silent auction will be held as well. Tickets are $10 with ticket proceeds going to family.

 

Monthly Chickasha Art Walk Resumes

After a winter hiatus the monthly Chickasha Art Walk resumes tonight. This is the first anniversary of the event which began in February of last year. Reyna Ponce is the coordinator for the art walks this year and talks about some of the artisans who will be on hand.

 

              

 

 

The art walk will be downtown and mainly around the Leg Lamp with a food truck on hand and some restaurants will be open. Live entertainment will be provided by Mitch Williams, AKA Piano Mitch. The art walk is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and it is free to attend. They will be held the second Friday of each month.

 

4Hers Learn Job-Related Skills

Youth who take part in 4H learn many of skills they'll need when they eventually enter the work force. Mesa Payne is the vice president of Grady County 4H. She says problem solving and teamwork are just two of the areas they focus on.

 

              

 

 

Payne says she has presented more than 65 speeches since she's been a 4H member.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.63.

Natural gas is $1.92 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,047 and silver is $22.72.

 

Obituary

Lareesea Callahan

Funeral service for Lareesea Callahan, 68, of Amber will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13th at the Amber Mission Holiness Church. She worked at Delta Faucet, Ken's Steakhouse, and Salt Creek Casino. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Feb. 8th

 

Chix City Council Filings: Grayson Runs Unopposed for Mayor

Chickasha will have a new mayor and at least three new city council members this spring. The new mayor will be Zach Grayson who filed un-opposed for the post during this week's filing period which ended yesterday (Wednesday). Grayson, a businessman and a U.S. Army veteran, was first elected to the council in 2018 and currently serves as vice mayor. Grayson will take over for current Mayor Chris Mosley who did not run for re-election after serving six years as mayor.

Ward 4 Candidates

Grayson was serving in Ward 4 so there will be a new council representative in that post. Three candidates are in the field including Isaac DeLeon, John Smith, and Eric Anderson.

Ward 3 Has New Councilor

After serving 10 years on the city council Ward 3 councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander did not run for re-election. His successor will be Erica Alexander who filed un-opposed for the seat.

Ward 2 Candidates

Daniel Terry and Charlie Burruss have filed for Ward 2. The winner will move into the office currently held by Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin who was appointed to fill an unexpired term last year.

Ward 1 Incumbent has Challenger

Kea Ginn will face David Lucas for that post in the city council election which will be held April 2nd.

 

Drug Task Force Arrests Suspect After Serving Search Warrant

Law enforcement officials take down a suspected drug trafficker. The District Six Drug Task Force and the Grady County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at a Chickasha motel yesterday. A post on the Grady County Sheriff's Office Facebook page indicates the search warrant was served at the Quality Inn. Authorities seized nearly 450 grams of methamphetamine and suspected Psilocybin mushrooms. Arrested was 45-year old Lacey Nicole Montgomery of Chickasha who has a previous drug conviction. Late today (Thursday) she was charged with felony trafficking and bond was set at $550,000.

 

More State Highway 19 Upgrades About to Begin

Big improvements for State Highway 19 between Ninnekah and Bradley will get underway next week. Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) say the contractor for the project is expected to get started next Thursday. It's a more than $42 million project to widen the highway, add shoulders, reduce hills, and straighten curves. The improvements will begin near the Highway 19 and Dell Street intersection and run eight miles east to near the current project underway near Bradley. It's expected to take about three years to complete. ODOT officials say the contractor will have 930 working days to finish but Silver Star Construction officials have said they can do the work in about 700 days or about two years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.89 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.21.

Natural gas slips below $2 to $1.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,047 and silver is $22.45.

 

Obituary

Vera Polson

A graveside service will be held for Vera Polson, 92, of Tuttle at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9th at the Amber Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Feb. 7th

 

Chix City Council OK's Healthy Food Task Force in Split Vote

RANCH News reported yesterday that the Chickasha City Council approved a resolution to form a Healthy Food Task Force this week. The task force came as a recommendation from the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) program. The task force is to study the access that families have to both healthy and non-healthy foods. After the survey, the city will receive a $120,000 TSET grant which city officials say could be used to make improvements to city parks. AT Monday night’s city council meeting, Chickasha resident Tory Wise said the city has other things to worry about besides what families are eating-

 

              

 

 

In a split vote the measure passed 5-4. Mayor Chris Mosley cast the tie-breaking vote joining Oscar Nelson, Kia Ginn, Georgianne Hebblethwaite, and Zach Grayson in supporting the plan. Council members Kelly Boyd, Rick Croslin, Brian Gerdes, and Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander voted against it. The council unanimously approved all five members of the task force which includes health department employees Daryn Kirkpatrick and Zane Winters, Chickasha Police Chief G.G. Music, Public Works Director Jim Crosby, and Parks and Recreation Director Spencer Winzenreid.

 

Two Chix City Council Races Result After Day 2 of Filing

Two races have developed for the spring Chickasha City Council election. After the second day of filing for office Tuesday, three candidates have filed for Ward Four. They are Isaac DeLeon, Eric Anderson, and John Smith. Two candidates have filed for Ward Two - Charlie Burruss filed Tuesday and Daniel Terry who filed Monday. Vice Mayor Zach Grayson is still the only candidate to file for mayor and there have been no filings for the Ward One nor Ward Three offices up for election. Today is the final day candidates can file. Filing takes place at Chickasha City Hall until 5 p.m.

 

Former Firefighter Sought for Fire Station Break-in

A warrant for the arrest of a former Grady County firefighter has been issued after he allegedly broke into the fire department he used to work for. Authorities are looking for 29-year old Jordan Long of Oklahoma City who previously worked at the Tuttle fire department. KSWO-TV cites court documents which indicate that Long was identified through video surveillance at the station. A man identified as Long and an unidentified woman were seen rummaging through storage cabinets, fire trucks, and medical bags. The report says that a medical bag was found in a Chickasha motel room which was traced to a room rented by Long. It was reported that Long admitted to the fire chief that he broke into the station but didn't remember a lot of what happened.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.59.

Natural gas is $2.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,049 and silver is $22.31.

 

Obituary

Ila Watson

A memorial service for Ila Watson, 82, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. She was an award-winning artist and had some of her work displayed at the state capital. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha Area Arts Council.

 

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Tuesday, Feb. 6th

 

City Council Reps Criticized for Missing too Many Meetings

A couple of Chickasha City Council members were recently criticized for missing a lot of council meetings over the past year. Ward 4 Councilman Kelly Boyd and Ward 3 Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander had not attended 75 percent of the council meetings as required by the City Charter. In last night’s meeting, Mayor Chris Mosley showed the attendance records of all city council members over the course of the last 12 months. Boyd and Ashanti-Alexander were not pleased and the two had this exchange with the mayor-

 

              

 

 

The charter calls for those with excessive absences to be removed from the council. The mayor said after the meeting that he does not expect that to happen.

Council Narrowly OKs Healthy Food Task Force

In a split vote, the council voted 5-4 to approve a resolution to establish a Healthy Food Task Force. It calls for a community assessment of the availability of healthy foods vs. fast food. The city will receive a $120,000 grant from the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) program as part of the resolution which officials say does not include any new city ordinances or regulations.

 

City Council Filing Period off to a Slow Start

Only two candidates came forward to file for Chickasha City Council posts in the first day of filing yesterday. Ward 4 Councilman Zach Grayson filed to run for mayor. And Daniel Terry filed for the Ward 2 post. Terry owns and operates Pro Auto Care. Terry is filing for the post held by Chickasha School Superintendent Rick Croslin who was appointed to the post last year. Croslin said he will not be running for a full two-year term. The mayor's seat and one office in each of the city's four wards are up for election. The filing period runs through 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7th at city hall.

 

USAO to Host Discussion to Battle Human Trafficking

USAO will host a panel discussion this week to help high school and college students become aware of the early signs human trafficking. The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women will present the program which is open to parents and anyone wanting to learn how to stop trafficking. USAO professor Dr. Tonnia Anderson says in most cases victims fall prey to predators who at first form innocent relationships with teens and young adults.

 

              

 

 

Panelists for this community conversation include professionals and experts on several aspects of human trafficking which is said to be a $150 billion a year industry. The discussion is the first of a two-part series with the follow-up being a statewide Not Me, Not My Community initiative. The USAO program will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 9th at the USAO Ballroom.

 

Recording Artist Toby Keith Succumbs to Cancer

Oklahoma and country music star Toby Keith passed away overnight. Keith had been battling stomach cancer since 2022. He had 20 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Music Chart including How Do You Like Me  Now; Should've Been A Cowboy; As Good As I Once Was; and Beer for My Horses which was a duet with Willie Nelson. Toby Keith was 62.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.99.

Natural gas is $2.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,040 and silver is $22.36.

 

Obituary

Paula Fitzpatrick

A memorial luncheon for Paula Fitzpatrick, 71, of Lawton and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8th at Chickasha's First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

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Monday, Feb. 5th

 

Law Enforcement 'Swatted' with False Call

The Chickasha Police Department continues its investigation of a fake crime call they received early Sunday morning claiming an individual had just killed his parents, wanted to blow up his home, and would shoot officers if they responded. But when officers and numerous first responders did arrive on the scene, they found no crime had occurred.  Authorities say it’s called 'Swatting'. Police say they received call just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Among the agencies responding were the Chickasha Fire Department, Grady County Sheriff's Office, state troopers, Chickasaw Lighthorse authorities, and Ninnekah police. Investigators made contact with individuals inside the home who were safe and not involved in the call that was received. Authorities when to a second home that was reported to have been involved which was also cleared. Authorities say swatting calls are criminal offenses that violate state and federal laws and punishable by prison time and fines. Officials say in addition to the potential danger to first responders and residents, valuable resources are consumed during such calls. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to the Chickasha police department.

 

Filing Period Opens for Chickasha City Council

The filing period for Chickasha City Council is under way. Candidates will file their applications at city hall over the next three days. The mayor and four council seats are up for election, and Mayor Chris Mosley will not be running for re-election. Vice Mayor and Ward 4 Councilman Zach Grayson has announced his intentions to run. One council seat in each of the city’s four wards are also up for election. In Ward One it’s the office currently held by Kea Ginn, In Ward Two it’s the seat that Rick Croslin holds, and in Ward 3 its Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander. The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 7th. The city council election will be April 2nd.

 

Council to Get Capital Project Update 

The city council meets tonight and will be getting an update on capital projects from City Manager Keith Johnson and Public Works Director Jim Crosby. The panel will also consider a resolution to form a Healthy Food Task Force and appoint members to that panel. The panel will also consider accepting a donation to make some upgrades to the Badgett Family Dog Park. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting can be viewed on the city's YouTube channel accessible on the city's website and will be televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

 

Darci Lynne Gets Chickasha Help for New Venture

A talented Oklahoma teen has released her first record. You might remember Darci Lynne Farmer of Edmond wowed the country by winning America's Got Talent as a 12-year old ventriloquist in 2017. She also co-starred in the movie 'A Cowgirl's Song' with Cheryll Ladd that was filmed mainly in Chickasha. Now nineteen years old she is plying her talents in the music industry. The single called ‘Push Our Luck' was released today. She's been working on this latest artistic journey for a while.

 

         

 

‘Push Our Luck’ is a country-rock song with a lot of energy. The song was co-written by Maggie McLure and Shane Henry (who are The Imaginaries) and they play on the song as well. Chickasha filmmaker Reagan Elkins produced the music video. It premiered today on People.com.

 

Obituary

Bill 'BJ' Hartis

A memorial service for 'BJ' Hartis, 34, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked the last few years in the oil and gas industry. Memorial contributions may be made to First Tee.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.28 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.33.

Natural gas is $2.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,040 and silver is $22.54.

 

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RANCH News, Jan. 29th-Feb. 3rd

Saturday, Feb. 3rd

 

Mixed News for Oklahoma's Bank Account

Officials with the state treasurer's office say Oklahoma had an overall increase in tax revenue last month. A report on the website OK Energy Today shows more than $1.5 billion in taxes paid which is an overall increase of about 7 1/2 percent from December. The lion's share of that $1.5 billion came from corporate taxes at about $950 million. However, gross production taxes from the energy industry took a tumble. The $12.8 million figure was down about 12 1/2 percent from December. Taking a look at the bigger picture, total tax revenues for all of 2023 were just under $17 billion which was off about 3 percent from the 2022 calendar year.

 

Earthquake Rattles Central, Eastern Oklahoma

There was a whole lotta shakin' goin' on in central parts of the state overnight. An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 on Richter Scale rocked parts of Oklahoma about 11:30 p.m. The epicenter of the tremor was near Prague but it was felt from Chickasha to Tulsa and Tahlequah. A number of aftershocks have been shaking the ground since the initial earthquake.

 

Acclaimed Kiowa Author N. Scott Momaday Leaves Lasting Legacy

The literary world is mourning the death of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Dr. N. Scott Momaday. A member of the Kiowa Tribe, Momaday passed away at his New Mexico home last month at the age of 89. He was the first Native American to win the Pulitzer. It came in 1969 for his book 'House Made of Dawn'.  Momaday was born in Lawton in 1934 to Alfred Momaday, a Kiowa painter, and Natache Scott, a part-Cherokee writer. The family moved to a reservation in Arizona a year later and then to New Mexico in the mid-1940s where Momaday honed his writing skills. Kiowa Tribal Chairman Lawrence Spottedbird said Momaday's writing and life work have inspired other Kiowa citizens to write their own stories, and that he leaves behind an amazing legacy of story-telling that is unparalleled within the American Indian Community.

 

Talk Show Topic

Lilly Huckaby with the Chickasha Public Library and Angie Lewis with the Friends of the Library are on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Dana Stover

Funeral service for Dana Stover, 72, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5th at Sevier Funeral Home.

Bill ‘BJ’ Hartis

A memorial service for 'BJ' Hartis, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked the last few years in the oil and gas industry. Memorial contributions may be made to First Tee.

 

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Friday, Feb. 2nd

 

Fugitive Injured, Hospitalized in Shootout with Police

Shots were fired at a Gracemont home last night where a fugitive was injured and flown to a hospital in a medical helicopter. Law enforcement surrounded the home to serve an arrest warrant on 35-year old Preston Lange. He was on probation for having firearms after a previous conviction and had removed his ankle monitor back in mid-December. Our partners at KWTV News 9 report that a tactical team from the Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshalls tried to take Lange into custody. It's reported that Lange fired a weapon at the officers who then returned fire. No officers were injured in the shootout and Lange's condition is unknown.

 

OSBI Looks Into Alleged Misconduct at Caddo County Jail

The OSBI has been called to investigate alleged misconduct at the Caddo County Jail in Anadarko. It's reported a jailer has been fired for having an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate. The inmate is reported to be Alysia Adams. She is charged with murder in connection with the death of four-year old Athena Brownfield of Cyril in January of last year. It's reported that Adams was moved to the Grady County Jail. The name of the fired officer has not been disclosed.

 

Rollover Crash Claims Life of Gracemont Man

A deadly crash in Canadian County claims the life of a Gracemont man. 39-year old Cody Hermann died in the accident that happened north of Cogar just before 1:00 p.m. Thursday. The highway patrol reports that Hermann's Jeep ran off a county road and rolled nearly two times, throwing Hermann out of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Firefighters Beat Back Flames from Grass Fire

Grady County firefighters spent several hours battling a grass fire between Blanchard and Bridge Creek yesterday.  Crews from Pocasset, Friend, Naples, and Alex were summoned to assist. No property damage was reported.

 

Optimists Host Annual Groundhog Day Event 

A Groundhog Day tradition continues today. The Chickasha Optimist Club has its annual Pancake breakfast. They are serving pancakes and sausage, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Tickets are $7 each and kids five-and-under eat free. Pancake Day is going on at the First Baptist Church at 4th and Colorado until 1:00 p.m.

 

Bullock Memorial Center Fundraiser Tomorrow

A Chickasha group is marking two events in one with a benefit and program tomorrow. The Bullock Memorial Center will commemorate Black History Month and have its Martin Luther King fundraiser that was postponed last month due to cold weather. The MLK fish fry will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and tickets are $12. Following the fish fry there will be several guest speakers talking about how the community has impacted their success and how they are passing their values and what they've learned on to the next generation. Speakers include Chickasha high school teacher and coach, Cristie Oliver, minister Milton Bowens, Jr; Chickasha Police Lieutenant Traye Alexander; and retired fire fighter and businessman Bruce Alexander. The program will get underway at 2:00 p.m. and it is free and open to the public. The center is at 917 S. 1st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.74.

Natural gas is $2.05 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,071 and silver is $23.30.

 

Obituary

Tommy Hackney

A graveside service for Tommy Hackney, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He worked as a welder.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Feb. 1st

 

Hundreds of  the State's Abandoned Oil, Gas Wells to be Plugged

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will work to plug nearly 600 abandoned oil and gas wells in the state this year. The agency will use state and federal funds – the federal money is from the Biden Administration's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. The 597 wells targeted are just a fraction of the number of abandoned wells in the state. The Southwest Ledger reports that plugging orders have been issued for nearly 1,900 other wells and there are more than 18,000 additional wells waiting to go through the legal process to get plugged. The Ledger cities corporation commission officials as saying it costs about $20,000 to plug each well.

 

Charges Against Former Apache Town Clerk are now Felonies

In Caddo County, the former clerk for the town of Apache accused of embezzling town funds is now facing felony charges. 45-year old Kelly Lunsford was initially charged with two misdemeanors following her arrest last September. The charges were upgraded to felonies in Caddo County District Court this week. Lunsford is accused of taking about $400 in city funds which includes $280 that a resident paid on a utility bill and another $108 that an individual paid for the impoundment an animal. Lunnsford is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond. She is to be back in court March 8th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

SUV Driver Critical After Crash

A Marlow woman was critically injured after the SUV she was driving ran off the road and hit an embankment. 53-year old Dallas Rose-Strutton was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital with head injuries after the crash. The accident happened just after 4:00 a.m. Thursday west of Elmore City in Garvin County. The highway patrol reports she was northbound on State Highway 76 and failed to stop at a stop sign at the T-intersection at State Highway 29.

 

Special School Bond Elections on Ballots This Month

Several school districts in the region have special bond elections scheduled in February.

Tuttle

Voters will decide two bond issues totaling about $1.3 million. The first is for nearly $1 million for constructing, equipping, repairing, and remodeling buildings. The second is for $250,000 to purchases buses and other school vehicles.

Ft. Cobb-Broxton

Voters will decide a nearly $21 million bond issue to renovate the elementary and middle schools both of which were built in the 1950s. The bond will also will include adding two new classrooms to house new art and music classes.

Central High

Voters will decide a more than $6 million bond issue to build a new Career and Technology Education Center. All of these special elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13th.

 

Chix Police to Take 'Plunge' for Special Olympics

Some Chickasha police officers will be taking a polar plunge for charity. The department has been challenged to raise $2,500 for Oklahoma Special Olympics. The plunge will take place Saturday, Feb. 10th at the Hurricane Harbor water park in Oklahoma City. The officers were challenged by Assistant Police Chief Daimon Alexander who has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics. He was recently presented with the Tim Stafford Unsung Hero award for his work with the Law Enforcement Torch Run held every spring prior to the state Special Olympic Games in Stillwater.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.71.

Natural gas is $2.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,048 and silver is $22.75.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 31st

 

Onward Chickasha Project Continues Seeking Public Input

The Onward Chickasha project, an ongoing community involvement program to guide officials over the next 20 years, continues seeking public comment to assist with the effort. The latest phase concerns a Future Land Use Map which includes results from a previous community survey to develop three scenarios.  Laura Bergey with Guernsey and Associates is the project manager.

 

 

The maps can be viewed on-line at the website www.onwardchickasha.org and users can post their opinions about them to help create a final proposal that will be considered later by the city council, the planning commission and other city officials. The maps can also be seen at Chickasha City Hall.

 

Filing Period For Chix City Council Begins Soon

The filing period for the spring Chickasha City Council election is next week. Positions for mayor and one seat in each of the four wards will be decided. There will be a new mayor as Chris Mosley has already announced he will not be running for a fourth term. Mosley has served six years at the post. Vice Mayor Zach Grayson, who serves in Ward 4, has already announced his intention to run for the post.  In addition to Grayson's Ward 4 post, other seats up for election include Kea Ginn in Ward 1, Rick Croslin in Ward 2, and Dr. R.P. Ashanti- Alexander in Ward 3. The filing period is Monday, February 5th through Wednesday, Feb. 7th at city hall. The election will be held April 2nd.

 

Help Available For Communities to Apply for Federal Grants

Federal officials are encouraging rural communities to apply for grants to assist with infrastructure, energy, and conservation projects. However the application process can be tedious, challenging, and time-consuming. There is a new resource from the Center for Rural Affairs that can help grant writers with their efforts. The Grant Application Guide for Rural Communities is available. Officials say communities that invest in themselves can better keep and attract the people who energize communities and create new businesses. The center plans to host a webinar to walk communities through the guide and answer questions about grant applications. Officials can view and download the guide from the website www.cfra.org Officials will post information about the webinar when details are finalized.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.87.

Natural gas is $2.08 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,056 and silver is $23.24.

 

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Tuesday, Jan. 30th

 

Police Name Chickasha's Most Dangerous Intersections

Chickasha police have identified the city's most dangerous intersections. The top two on the list are 4th and Grand Avenue and 4th and Choctaw Avenue. Authorities say officers worked 27 accidents at 4th and Grand last year. 23 of the 27 accidents did not involve any injuries. 4th Choctaw had 21 accidents last year and nine did involve injuries. Assistant Police Chief Daimon Alexander says the best way to avoid accidents is by paying attention to what's happening around you.

 

              

 

Alexander says nearly half of all intersection crashes are caused by inattentive drivers and pedestrians. He encourages drivers to stop when a traffic light turns yellow (instead of trying to beat the light) and to keep a safe distance between them and the vehicle in front of them. He recommends that pedestrians only use crosswalks and to not jay-walk. Other dangerous intersections include 4th and Minnesota, 1st and Grand, 16th and Grand, 17th and Iowa, and 8th and Missouri.

 

$1 Million Bond Set for Child Sex Crimes Suspect

A Blanchard man charged with a dozen child sex crimes was in a Grady County courtroom yesterday. 24-year old James Dalton Horne had his initial appearance on charges which include rape of a child under 14, lewd acts to a child under 12, and child sexual abuse.  A judge set his bond at $1 million. Horne is to announce is attorney Feb. 8th with a preliminary hearing conference scheduled for Feb. 14th. Horne was booked into the Grady County Jail last Friday. He was transferred from the McCurtain County jail in southeastern Oklahoma where reports say he was serving a sentence for assaulting a police officer.

 

County Stop Sign Vandals Sought

Thousands of dollars in damage to stop signs in rural Grady County have authorities seeking information about the individuals responsible for the vandalism. District 3 County Commissioner Gary Bray said it’s been going on for the last year with many stop signs being shot or run over by vehicles. A photo of one stop sign shows about 30 bullet holes in it. Bray said the hardest hit areas have been near and south of Lake Burtschi and in the Alex area. Grady County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. Call the Crimestoppers hot-line at 405-224TIPS and all information is kept confidential.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.40.

Natural gas is $2.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,053 and silver is $23.22.

 

Obituary

Carolyn Hunter

Funeral service for Carolyn Hunter, 87, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31st at First Christian Church. She was a teacher, a Girl Scout leader. and member of the Junior Social Workers where she was part of the group's first Spaghetti Day fundraiser. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grady County Historical Society.

 

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Monday, Jan. 29th

 

Caddo County Authorities Seek Arson Suspect

A Cyril man is wanted for allegedly setting fires along some railroad tracks.  An arrest warrant was issued last Friday for 31-year old Nickolas Blaine Toahty who also goes by Nickolas Klinekole. The warrant was issued at the request of the Cyril Police Department. Toahty is wanted for two felony counts of third degree arson and misdemeanor counts of obstruction and drug charges. The Lawton Constitution reports that Toahty escaped from police custody and disappeared on to Tribal trust land. On-line court records show that in 2021, Toahty pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of threatening violence and petty larceny. In 2011 he pleaded guilty to felony burglary.

 

Chickasha Storm Siren Testing Underway

For the last several weeks the City of Chickasha has been testing its storm sirens. Every Wednesday at noon (when weather allows) the sirens blare for about three minutes. Next week, the city will be doing more extensive testing and some maintenance work on the alarm system. Officials say on Wednesday, Feb. 7th they plan to sound the sirens for an extended period of time - between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Officials say they will delay that work if there is stormy weather forecast for that day.

 

Citizens Law Enforcement Academy set in Caddo County

Caddo County residents will have an opportunity to get an inside look at the law enforcement agencies that serve the area. A Citizens Police Academy will be offered this spring. It will include the Anadarko Police Department, Caddo County Sheriff's Office, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. It will include information on criminal, accident, and DUI investigations, use of force, Internet safety, and SWAT teams. The eight-week academy will be held at the Caddo County OSU Extension Office every Thursday beginning March 14th through May 2nd and will run three hours each week. Applications will be accepted through March 8th. For information contact Anadarko Police Chief Eric Harlan.

 

Mentors Sought for Chix Public School Foundation Events

The Chickasha Public School Foundation is looking for a few mentors for its annual program for 5th graders in Chickasha schools. Foundation Director Gab Shepard says each February the Foundation holds a Diamonds in the Rough program for girls and a Gentlemen of Distinction program for boys. The program was created to encourage students with their goals and education plans, help them see their potential, and motivate them to do their best. The program includes a catered lunch shared between mentors and students, an etiquette lesson, and a special guest speaker. The Diamonds in the Rough program will be Tuesday, February 6th and the Gentlemen of Distinction program will be Tuesday, 27th and both will be at the USAO ballroom. For information contact Shepard through the Chickasha schools administration office.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.01 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.55.

Natural gas is $2.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,045 and silver is $23.09.

 

Obituary

Marilyn Darnell

Funeral service for Marilyn Darnell, 85, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31st at College Heights Baptist Church. She was an elementary school teacher for nearly 40 years. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Saturday, Jan. 27th

 

Regional Broadband Expansion Projects Approved

It was announced this week that the Oklahoma Broadband Office approved the very first projects to expand high-speed Internet to rural Oklahoma. We have some details of the number of households and businesses in the Grady and Caddo county regions that are included.

Grady County

More than 850 locations are included. Two projects have been awarded to Southern Plains Cable - one is for $2 million to get the service to 216 locations and the other is for $2.4 million to get the service to 179 locations. Dobson Fiber was awarded a $3.2 million project to run the service to 372 locations, and AMB Oklahoma ISP awarded a $260,000 contract to get high-speed Internet to 82 locations.

Caddo County

Southern Plains Cable was awarded a $1.6 million project to get broadband service to 29 locations, and AMG Oklahoma ISP awarded a $250,000 contract to assist 93 locations.

McClain County

CoxCom was awarded a $3.4 million project to assist 487 locations.

Garvin County

Dobson Fiber was awarded a $2 million project to serve 309 locations.

 

Anadarko K9 Officer Has Added Protection

A K9 officer with the Anadarko Police Department has some new life-saving gear. Officer Simba now has a bullet-proof vest. The department posted on its Facebook page that the vest was donated by Bradys K9 Fund, a group that is passionate about supporting the four-legged officers that work tirelessly to keep communities safe. The post indicates the fund was created by an 8-year old boy who felt K9 officers deserved to have body armor. Over the last five-plus years the fund has raised more than $1 million and has provided vests for 950 animals throughtout all 50 states.

 

PSO Seeks to Increase Power-Generating Efforts

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is looking to add to its power-generating capability. PSO has issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking additional generation resources. The RFP does not require the approval of the corporation commission.  PSO is hoping to add up to 1,500 megawatts of additional power-generating capacity by the end of 2018. The RFP includes sources like natural gas, wind, solar, and energy storage proposals and they'll give special consideration to Oklahoma projects. Officials say the request will help maintain a diverse, balanced generation portfolio that will serve PSO customers for many years.

 

Vintage Toy Show Has Something for Everyone

Toy collectors will be gathering at the Grady County Fairgrounds today for the annual Southwest Oklahoma Vintage Toy Show. Since the first show held in the fall of 2022 it has grown to include more than 65 vendors this year. There will be numerous toys, action figures, trading cards, and comic books available for sale or trade. There will be Hot Wheels, Barbies, Cabbage Patch dolls, and Legos as well as model trains, Atari, Nintendo, and Sega gaming systems, and antiques. Grady County 4H will have concessions with home-made cinnamon rolls while they last, baked potatoes, chili, and desserts. The show is in the north exhibit building at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3 and children 12-and-under are free.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, Jan. 26th

 

Gov. Stitt Continues Seeking Tax Cuts

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt continues his efforts to cut taxes in the Sooner State. The governor is calling legislators to the state capital for a special session next week to consider the plan. Stitt has been touting his tax cut plan to media outlets statewide and he spent some time with KOOL/RANCH News this week. Some lawmakers want to see how much money will be available for the next fiscal year before discussing tax cuts. The governor said that isn't an issue.

 

              

 

While the House of Representatives has supported the governor's efforts to reduce taxes senate leaders have balked at the suggestion. The governor said he wants the leadership to at least schedule a vote on the proposal but it doesn't appear likely that will happen.

 

Progress Made in Getting High-Speed Internet to Rural Areas

Improved high-speed Internet service to rural Oklahoma is another step closer to reality. The state broadband office yesterday authorized broadband infrastructure expansion projects in 57 counties. The counties weren’t named in a press release announcing the news. Officials say there are 142 approved projects that would include many areas that don't currently have broadband service. Grant funds of more than $370 million will be coupled with more than $90 million in matching funds from 31 Internet Service Providers that submitted approved proposals for the expansion. Officials say the projects approved are to be completed by the end of 2026.

 

Former Anadarko Mayor J.T. McCasland Passes Away

Former Anadarko Mayor and city councilman J.T. McCasland has died. McCasland, a life-long Anadarko resident, was 84-years old when he passed away Tuesday. He worked in the banking industry for 25 years and also served as the Caddo County Clerk for 12 years. Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years, Ginger; two sons and their wives and families. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27th at the First Baptist Church of Anadarko.

 

Man Now Considered Fugitive After Ditching Ankle Monitor

A Caddo County man is now considered as an escapee from the State Department of Corrections after taking off his ankle monitor. Authorities are searching for 35-year old Preston Lange of Gracemont who is on probation for having firearms after a former felony conviction. A warrant for his arrest was issued by Caddo County authorities earlier this week. KSWO-TV reports that Lange and hasn't been seen since Dec. 12th. The escapee charge carries a sentence of two to seven years in prison but because of previous convictions Lange faces six years to life behind bars.

 

Traffic Delays Expected Near Apache Y

Here's a traveler's advisory for Caddo County motorists who drive on State Highway 9 near the Apache Y. The highway will be narrowed to one lane just west of U. S. Highway 62 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 2nd for surface work and routine maintenance. Officials say the work will only take place if weather conditions are suitable.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.43.

Natural gas is $2.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,042 and silver is $23.08.

 

Obituary

Kathleen 'Denise' Tims

A graveside service for Denise Tims, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27th at Fairlawn Cemetery. She owned and operated Jimmy's Cleaners for many years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Jan. 25th

 

Proposed Chix TIF Districts Unveiled

The City of Chickasha's Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Committee saw two proposed such districts for the first time yesterday. The sites were shown during the inaugural meeting of the entire TIF committee which was organized just last month. The TIF No. 2 area makes up most of the downtown area – mainly from the leg lamp west to 6th Street and from Choctaw Avenue south to Iowa Avenue which would be part of a downtown re-vitalization effort. The TIF No. 3 district is along Highway 62 east to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and Grand Avenue Extension from Highway 62 and south to near the city's sports complex. Nate Ellis of the Public Law Group that is helping the city with the plan said officials are proposing the installation of more than $22.5 million in water and sewer lines combined in those areas. It would include a new water tower to be located near the OSU Research Station. Ellis said the infrastructure would not be needed all at once and could be done in stages as development occurs. Ellis said the funding would come from added sales tax and property tax revenues that are realized with new development. He said the likely scenario would be that a developer would pay the initial cost of the infrastructure work and the city could reimburse the developer for a portion of the work once the funds from the TIF District are received. The 90-minute program can be viewed on the city's YouTube channel which can be accessed on the city's website: chickasha.org The next TIF committee meeting is scheduled for Feb. 21st at 1:00 p.m. at city hall.

 

Man Nearly Released From Jail Faces Child Sex Crimes

A Blanchard man who was about to be released from a southeastern Oklahoma county jail is now facing dozen child sex crimes. KSWO-TV reports that 24-year old James Dalton Horne was serving time in the McCurtain County Jail for assaulting a police officer. He was scheduled to be released yesterday. However, a Grady County warrant for Horne’s arrest had been issued for charges that include rape, child abuse, and lewd acts with a child. It's alleged that Horne had been molesting children for the last five years.

 

Admitted Burglar Now Accused of Hit-and Run

A suspect who pleaded guilty to a number of car break-ins in Rush Springs last year is facing new charges after an alleged hit-and-run accident in Chickasha. 23-year old Robert Capone Clemons was initially arrested last summer for the auto burglaries which occurred last July. He was charged with six counts of felony third degree burglary. Clemons pleaded guilty to those charges in September and is scheduled to be sentenced in March.  Last weekend, Capone was arrested in Chickasha in connection with a hit-and-run that occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday morning. The new charges are all misdemeanors which include leaving the scene of an accident, resisting, obstruction, and not having a driver’s license.  He's out of jail after posting bond and his case is scheduled for a disposition docket Feb. 9th.

 

Chix Parks and Rec Board to Hold First Meeting

The City of Chickasha's new Parks and Recreation Board will hold its first meeting tonight. The panel will meet at Chickasha City Hall at 6:00 o'clock this evening and is expected to nominate and elect a chairman, vice chairman, and secretary.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.09 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.04.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,018 and silver is $23.01.

 

Obituary

Amy Williams

A memorial service for Amy Williams, 54, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27th at New Life Christian Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 24th

 

State Senators Seek Change in Virtual Learning System

A couple of state senators want to limit the amount of time public school students spend at home with virtual learning. State Senators Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) and Kristen Thompsen (R-Edmond) say there is a lack of learning when students are at home. They've heard complaints that students are on-line for as little as 30 minutes during those days. Paxton said if students are getting little or no educational instruction on remote learning days, the state is ignoring its responsibility to students and abusing the trust of taxpayers. Thompson said as a mother of three children she's seen first-hand the lack of quality instruction that occurs on remote learning days. The senators have jointly filed SB 1768 that would only allow virtual learning days in the event of bad weather, staff shortages caused by illness, building maintenance issues, or if found necessary by school administrators. The bill also calls for school districts to provide a minimum of 5 1/2 hours of virtual instruction per day to Kindergarten through 8th grade students and six hours per day for high school students.

 

Assault Suspect in Custody

A suspect wanted for the alleged assault of a woman last month is in custody. 38-year old James Trent Canfield of Noble is accused of an assault that occurred at the Love's Travel Stop on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike northeast of Chickasha. Documents filed in Grady County District Court indicate authorities were summoned to the convenience store Dec. 23rd. The alleged victim told investigators that Canfield hit her, grabbed her hair, and slammed her head into the ground because she would be intimate with him and a partner before he was scheduled to go to court. Canfield fled the area on foot. A warrant was issued for Canfield’s arrest and he was taken into custody last week. He has been charged with a felony for domestic assault and battery and a misdemeanor for transporting an open container. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

 

Grandfather Accused of Assaulting Teen Grandchildren

A Grady County man initially arrested on complaints of enabling child abuse has been formally charged with misdemeanors for domestic abuse. 73-year old Richard McCraw of Tuttle was arrested this past Sunday night. Tuttle police were called to the McCraw home to investigate a domestic violence complaint. Court documents indicate that three teenagers identified as McCraw's grandchildren were spending the weekend. The teens were outside burning brush when they were called inside to clean up a mess. McCraw is alleged to have assaulted the teens and even threatened to stab one of them. Prosecutors have charged McCraw with three counts of assault and battery and he remains in jail on a $5,000 bond.

 

Children's Book Authors, Illustrators to Have Meet and Greet

Young readers will get a chance to meet the authors and illustrators of books geared to young children and teens. The Chickasha Public Library will host a meet-and-greet story hour next month. Children's author Eileen Hobbs, teen author Aaron Allison, and comic book illustrators Charles Martin and Buck Berlin will be on hand for the program. The meet-and-greet will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8th beginning at 4:30 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.55.

Natural gas is $2.45 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,052 and silver is $22.86.

 

Obituary

Pamela Walker

A celebration of life for Pamela Walker, 68, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25th at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall. She worked for the Small Business Administration for many years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha Firefighters Association or Southwest Youth and Family Services.

 

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Tuesday, Jan. 23rd

 

State Senator Previews Legislative Session

State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) spent some time in Chickasha yesterday discussing several topics in a noon meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. Paxton said he's unsure of Gov. Kevin Stitt's timing of a special session next week, ahead of the legislative session that will start Feb. 5th. Paxton said early budget projections show the state could be within $250 million of the current year's budget. But he warned that at the start of the 2023 session there was a big drop in anticipated funds.

 

              

 

 

Paxton said he has filed three of an estimated 20 tax cut bills at the state capital however whether any of them will be considered depends on the final numbers.

 

             

 

 

The final budget projection will be out in mid-February. Paxton serves on the senate's energy, telecommunications, and utilities committee and said lawmakers are working to improve Oklahoma's power grid to prevent what happened during Winter Storm Uri.

 

              

 

 

Tuttle state senator Lonnie Paxton.

 

Deputy to Present Program on Dangers of Fentanyl

The number of deaths from counterfeit pain pills laced with fentanyl has increased by a large margin over the last few years. In Oklahoma alone the most recent numbers show the number skyrocketed from 47 deaths in 2019 to nearly 300 in 2021. Grady County Deputy Jim Peek works with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the battle to get deadly drugs off the streets. Peek says has a program he presents to schools, civic groups, and churches across the state which warns of the dangers of the drug.

 

              

 

 

Peek will have a couple of programs in the area this week. One will be Thursday afternoon at Pioneer School and another Thursday night at the Chickasha High School auditorium. The Chickasha program starts at 5:30 p.m. and both are open to the public.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.19 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.06.

Natural gas is $2.42 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,046 and silver is $22.41.

 

Obituaries

Donald Nowlin

A graveside service for Donald Nowlin, 71, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25th at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. He was a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and also served in the Army, National Guard, and Army reserves. He also worked at Gabriel and Walmart.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Stuart Meltzer

Funeral service for longtime USAO professor Stuart Meltzer, 83, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25th at the USAO Alumni Chapel. He taught at USAO for more than 40 years and was active in the Chickasha Community Theatre. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the USAO Stuart Meltzer Scholarship Fund or the Chickasha Animal Shelter.

 

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Monday, Jan. 22nd

 

Slick Roads Lead to School Closings and Delays;

Some Government Offices Closed or Will Open Late

Freezing rain and drizzle overnight has created hazardous driving conditions throughout much of the state today. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory through noon due to slick roads. City streets are also slick this morning. Numerous school districts canceled classes or opted to have virtual learning. The Grady and Caddo County courthouses closed for the day while Anadarko City Hall opened an hour later and Blanchard City Hall announced it would open at noon. Waste Connections in Chickasha said trash pick-up all week will be delayed by one day, with Monday service on Tuesday and so on with Friday’s trash pick-up to be on Saturday. The Chickasha Police Department announced it would only answer calls for traffic accidents with injury. Police Chief G.G. Music said drivers involved in non-injury accidents should exchange information on their own.

 

State Rep Discusses Upcoming Special Session

Gov. Kevin Stitt has called for a special session next week ahead of the regular legislative session which begins in two weeks. The governor again wants to discuss tax cuts for Oklahomans. While the house of representatives has supported the governor's tax cut plans over the last several years the state senate has blocked the governor's efforts. State Rep. Dick Lowe (R-Amber) says it’s no different this time.

 

              

 

 

Lowe says he is about to begin his fourth year at the state capital and during that time the governor has called nine special sessions. Among Lowe's work this session will be a follow-up to a task force he led last fall regarding the enforcement of regulations for commercial motor vehicles. He wants the Department of Public Safety to enforce those regulations.

 

State Not Quite Ready for Nuclear Power as Energy Source

Will nuclear power be a possible energy source in Oklahoma in the future? State Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow) held an interim study on nuclear energy last fall. While there are no immediate plans for the state to move in that direction he said the study was held mostly to gathering information.

 

              

 

 

He says nuclear power is now one of the safest and most reliable forms of energy production but that it’s also expensive. Boles said it doesn't make economic sense at this point to consider it for the near-term future.

 

OSU Extension, CV Tech Combine for Spring Courses

Grady County OSU Extension and Canadian Valley Technology Center are combining efforts to offer a few courses this semester. A food preservation class will provide information on canning, freezing, and dehydration. A money management course will help individuals with financial planning. It's open to anyone 16-and-older however teenagers 13-15 years old can also enroll but must be accompanied by an adult. There is also course on nutrition that will discuss the body's organs and their functions and the best foods to eat to feel your best. Contact the technology for more information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.56.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,046 and silver is $22.32.

 

Obituaries

Larry Mann

Funeral service for Larry Mann, 70, of the Tuttle and Minco area will be this afternoon (Monday, Jan. 22nd) at 2:00 p.m. at Sevier Funeral Home of Tuttle. He was a welder.

Richard Quillin

Funeral service for Richard Quillin, 55, of Chickasha will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at Full Gospel Church. He was involved with the Salvation Army. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Saturday, Jan. 20th

 

Air Force Veteran is Chickasha's New Emergency Management Director

The City of Chickasha now has its own emergency management director. Edward Perez has been on the job since the first of the year. He's a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has lived in the area for about 2 1/2 years. He says he's getting adjusted to the post with a lot of help.

 

 

 

 

Shae Mortimer is the public information officer for the city. Perez also said he’ll be working with Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson. Perez and his wife have four children and they live in the Ninnekah area.

 

City of Anadarko Warns of Utility Bill Scammers

The City of Anadarko is warning residents about a scam concerning telephone calls asking individuals to pay their utility bills. Officials say scammers are asking for payments related to water usage overage and meter issues. Officials say the city will not make phone calls requesting payment. Officials encourage anyone who may receive such a call to simply hang up. Representatives say customers can always call city hall to get the status of their utility bills at 405-247-2481

 

Bill Would Require VPO Defendants to Wear Ankle Monitors

A state lawmaker wants to put more teeth in Oklahoma’s victim protective orders (VPOs). State Sen. Darrell Weaver (R-Moore) would like to see VPO defendants wear ankle monitors ahead of their trials. And, he'd like to see repeat offenders held in jail without bond until their trials. Weaver has filed Senate Bill 1710 regarding the added measures. In a prepared statement, Weaver said VPOs are critical tools for safeguarding individuals from potential or further harm. He said the bill would provide an additional layer of protection for victims who have been through violence or trauma. If signed into law it would also require the defendant to pay for the costs related to the GPS device and monitoring.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. The City of Chickasha's new Emergency Management Director, Edward Perez and public information officer Shae Mortimer are on our KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program on this website under the Community tab.

 

Obituary

Mildred Blacksher

Funeral service for Mildred Blacker, 81, of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24th at Calvary Baptist Church. She worked at a nursing home, USAO, and Grady Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Jan. 19th

 

Chickasha Mayor says Area Planning for Growth

with Anticipation of a National Indian Hospital

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley says the city and others in the region are preparing for huge project which will impact the area. Mosley said the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the federal Indian Health Services are looking to build a huge national hospital for Native Americans in the Newcastle area.  Back in 2020, Congressman Tom Cole wrote that he was eager for the project to get off the ground and that it would greatly improve the health and well-being of Indian Country for years to come. Mosley says the hospital would employ thousands of people and that many would likely live in Chickasha. Mosley talks about the local impact.

 

              

 

 

Mosley said many have already checked out the community.

 

              

 

 

On-line information we've been able to track down is that the hospital is expected to be a 1 million sq. ft. facility and would be one of five such facilities across the country with others in Washington State, North Dakota, and two in Alaska.

 

Kidnapping Suspect Out of jail after Bond Reduced

A Cyril man arrested for alleged violent crimes while on meth is back on the streets after his six-figure bond was reduced by 75 percent. 41-year old William Lee Black had his initial appearance on charges in Caddo County District Court this week. Prosecutors charged him with kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic abuse, and pointing a firearm. The Lawton Constitution reports the crimes were committed against his girlfriend. A judge initially set bond at $100,000 but it was reduced to just $25,000 and Black has bonded out. He is to be back in court March 28th for a preliminary hearing conference. Black previously pleaded guilty to drug and firearms charges stemming from an arrest in 2017 where he received a one-year suspended sentence.

 

USAO Student to Attend Leadership Academy

A USAO student has been selected to take part in a state leadership program. Chloey Orosco will represent the university at the 2024 George and Donna Nigh Leadership Academy. Students selected for the program show strong leadership qualities, high academic achievement, and participate in meaningful community involvement. Students attending the academy will have access to professional workshops on expanding personal skills and understanding leadership and networking opportunities. Orosco is a senior majoring in English with an emphasis on literature and plans to pursue a master’s degree in library science after graduation.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.10.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,031 and silver is $22.92.

 

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Thursday, Jan. 18th

 

One Hospitalized Following Semi, Dump Truck Crash

A crash involving a semi and a dump truck closed U.S. Highway 81 north of Chickasha most of the day yesterday. The accident happened about 5 a.m. near Highway 81 and Giles Road which is three miles south of Pocasset. The highway patrol reports a semi driver hauling mud rear-ended the dump truck. Sources tell RANCH news that the dump truck turned onto the highway from a county road in front of the semi near a hill prior to the crash. The semi-driver identified as 24-year old Zane Foix of Foster, Oklahoma had to be extricated from the cab by the Chickasha Fire Department. He was taken to an Oklahoma City Hospital and admitted in stable condition with a broken leg, and head and arm injuries. The driver of the dump truck, 71-year old Curtis Jackson of Chickasha, was not hurt. The highway was not re-opened until just before 6 o'clock last night.

 

Caddo County Man Accused of Ramming Car, Hitting Cop

A Caddo County man is facing several charges for allegedly running his car into another vehicle, a trailer, and punching a police officer. The incident happened at Walmart in Anadarko early Tuesday. KSWO-TV cited Caddo County court documents indicating the man rammed into the car of a store employee while she was in the car taking a nap. It's reported the man also hit a trailer before driving off. Anadarko police managed to locate the suspect and he got out of his vehicle and struck an officer. Arrested was 73-year old Bill Parton of Apache. He's been charged with a number of felonies and misdemeanors including reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, assault on a police officer, resisting, and attempting to elude. He's facing more than 10 years behind bars if he's convicted.

 

Blood Donors Needed Following Cold Weather

The recent cold snap has put a damper on recent blood drives. Officials say they need 1,200 units of blood each day to supply hospitals throughout the state. Christi Chambers with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says blood has a limited shelf life-

 

              

 

 

Chambers encourages donors who may only give once a year to do so more often. Each unit of blood saves the lives of three people. There are a couple of Chickasha community blood drives coming up in the next few weeks. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking on Saturday, Jan. 27th and on Saturday, Feb. 10th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area visit the website obi.org By the way, January is national blood donor month which recognizes and celebrates those who donate.

 

State Senator Schedules Chickasha Chamber Program

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will host State Sen. Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) on Monday. Paxton is expected to preview the upcoming legislative session which will be getting underway in a couple of weeks. Paxton’s committee assignments include education, energy and tele-communications, agriculture and rural affairs, natural resources and regulatory services, and veterans and military affairs. The program is for Chamber members however seating is limited and individuals should RSVP the chamber to get a seat. The program will get underway at noon on Monday, Jan. 22nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.88.

Natural gas is $2.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,013 and silver is $22.74.

 

Obituary

David Milliken

A celebration of life for David Milliken, 63, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19th at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Ireland Funeral Home in Moore.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 17th

 

Semi Crash Closes Highway North of Chickasha

U.S. Highway 81 north of Chickasha is closed due to an accident involving a semi. The accident is at Giles Road six miles north of Chickasha. The accident happened just before 5:00 a.m. There's no word on injuries.

 

Chix Water Treatment Plant Compared to Old Car

The Chickasha City Council heard an update on the plans to build a new water treatment plant last night. Officials from Freese and Nichols, LLC - the engineering, planning, and consulting firm hired by the city to work on the project - spent about 20 minutes discussing concerns about the current water plant. Jason Cocklin said that while officials with USW - the contractor operating the plant - are doing as good as they can with the plant in its aging condition - it is time to build a new one.

 

              

 

 

Cocklin said that there are plans to use some of the current equipment and buildings in the construction of the new plant.

Bids to be taken to remove unsafe docks at Lake Chickasha

The council approved going out for bids to remove dilapidated docks at Lake Chickasha and the purchase of two new trucks for the meter fleet at a cost of just over $73,000. The group also approved the surplus of a 2014 Ford F150 truck. The panel made two appointments - Daniel Terry to the Chickasha Industrial Authority and Brandi Whitehead to the Board of Adjustments.

 

Former Lawton Mayor and Coach Cecil Powell Dies

Cecil Powell, the brother of the late Chickasha High School and USAO Hall of Fame baseball coach L.J. Powell has died. Cecil was a high school baseball and basketball coach in Lawton and was named coach of the year in both sports. He would go on to serve as the Mayor of Lawton from 1998 to 2004. Powell was 91 when he passed away Monday. He was born in Mt. View in 1932. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served during the Korean War. Funeral service will be at 10:0 a.m. Thursday, January 18th at St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Lawton.

 

DEA Agent to Host Program on Dangers of Deadly Fentanyl

A program discussing the dangers of counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl will be held at Chickasha High School next week. Grady County Deputy Sheriff Jim Peek, who works with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will present the program on Thursday, Jan. 25th at 5:30 p.m. at the Chickasha High School gymnasium. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.29.

Natural gas is $2.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,025 and silver is $22.94.

 

Obituaries

Sherri Schoolfield

Funeral service for Sherri Schoolfield, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19th at Trinity Baptist Church. She was a Registered Nurse. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Felicia Mulvaney

Funeral service Felicia Mulvaney, 58, of Blanchard will at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Ferguson Funeral Home. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse.

 

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Tuesday, Jan. 16th

 

Chix Water Treatment Plant Presentation to be Held

The firm assisting the City of Chickasha to design and build the city's new water treatment plant will give a presentation during tonight's city council meeting. Officials with Freese and Nichols will provide the update. Chickasha voters approved a 1 1/2-cent sales tax last year to pay for the estimated $70 million facility. Mayor Chris Mosley said it will take several years before the plant will be built.

 

            

 

 

The council is also expected to purchase a couple of regular cab Chevy 1500 pick-ups from state contract for the meter fleet at a cost of just over $73,000 for the two vehicles; and solicit bids to remove several dilapidated docks at Lake Chickasha. Sealed bids will be accepted through Feb. 16th at 1:30 p.m.

Council reps to be appointed to Parks and Rec Board

The panel will also consider appointing councilmen Brian Gerdes, Kelly Boyd, and Dr. R. P. Ashanti-Alexander to the Parks and Recreation Board. The group will also consider approving downtown grant qualifications for a company called Anautics, Inc. for the new Luigi's Restaurant under construction at 117 N. 2nd, the former location of Roberto's Mexican Restaurant.  The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall and the meeting can be accessed on the city's YouTube channel available on the city's website and televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

 

Second Caddo County C-Store Break-in Suspect in Custody

Both suspects accused of breaking into a Caddo County convenience store last month are now in custody. Authorities arrested 18-year old Hennesy Largent last night and she was booked into the Grady County Jail. KOOL/RANCH news reported yesterday that the Caddo County Sheriff's Office was looking for Largent who they say one of the suspects connected to the Christmas morning break in at the Caddo Nation Convenience Store in Gracemont. Arrest warrants were issued last Friday for both Largent and Jarret Michael Price for second degree burglary and vandalism. We've learned since yesterday that Price was already in the Grady County Jail after being arrested two days after Christmas on Grady County charges of robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.29.

Natural gas is $3.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,043 and silver is $23.17.

 

Obituaries

Eva Fikes

A graveside service for Eva Fikes, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18th at Fairlawn Cemetery. She worked at a Ft. Sill commissary for many years and also at Dunn's and Homeland. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Brenda Rogers

Funeral service for Brenda Rogers, 70, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25th at Full Gospel Church. She worked at Head Start and was a cook at USAO and the hospital. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Jan. 15th

 

Officials Deal with Fires, Power Outages in Frigid Temps

Grady County fire crews were called out to a structure fire in the Rush Springs area early Sunday. The Rush Springs and Farwell volunteer fire departments were first to respond and Ninnekah firefighters were asked to assist. The air temperature was 4 degrees at the time. A post on the Grady County Fire Department Facebook page said the fire was out by the time Ninnekah arrived however they stayed to help with overhaul and salvage operations. No details about the fire were available.

Much of Amber without power last night

More than 110 PSO customers in Amber were without electricity just after 7:30 last night. At about the same time scanner reports indicated there was a downed power line which sparked a grass fire about four miles west of Amber. It wasn't known if that was why power was out. Power was restored and PSO’s website is not showing any power outages throughout the Grady or Caddo county areas this morning. There are no electric co-op member power outages in the immediate area although about 52 CK Energy customers are without power in Canadian County and there is only one member without electricity in Comanche County.

 

One of Two Gracemont Burglary Suspects in Custody

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story is an edited version of a previous story that included erroneous information about the suspect's arrest. We apoligize for and regret the error)

One suspect is behind bars and authorities are searching for another in connection with the Christmas Day break-in of a Gracemont convenience store. An arrest warrant for 25-year old Jarret Michael Price of Chickasha was issued last Friday. The sheriff's office posted the information on its Facebook page that Price has been charged with a felony for second-degree burglary and a misdemeanor for vandalism. Authorities also have issued an arrest warrant for Hennesy Yates – also known as Hennesy Largent in connection with the break-in. Investigators say she is known to frequent the Chickasha, Cyril, and Lawton areas but they say she could be anywhere. Her photo is posted on the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Authorities say to call any law enforcement agency with information and that she should not be approached.

 

The Nation Recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday to recognize the slain civil rights leader. All federal and state offices are closed as are banks, the post office, Chickasha City Hall and the Grady County Courthouse. A number of schools including Chickasha are closed for the holiday but not all schools were out. One Chickasha activity that was scheduled for today has been postponed. Chickasha’s Bullock Memorial Center MLK Fish Fry has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3rd.

 

Obituaries

Odessa John

A memorial service for Odessa John, 103, of Wichita, Kansas and formerly of Chickasha and for her late husband Conway was held Saturday, Jan. 13th at Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Relief Fund.

Johnathan Lewis

No service is scheduled for Johnathan Lewis, 60, of Tuttle. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.29.

Natural gas is $3.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,058 and silver is $23.39.

 

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2024, Jan. 15th-20th

Saturday, Jan. 20th

 

Air Force Veteran is Chickasha's New Emergency Management Director

The City of Chickasha now has its own emergency management director. Edward Perez has been on the job since the first of the year. He's a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has lived in the area for about 2 1/2 years. He says he's getting adjusted to the post with a lot of help.

 

 

 

 

Shae Mortimer is the public information officer for the city. Perez also said he’ll be working with Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson. Perez and his wife have four children and they live in the Ninnekah area.

 

City of Anadarko Warns of Utility Bill Scammers

The City of Anadarko is warning residents about a scam concerning telephone calls asking individuals to pay their utility bills. Officials say scammers are asking for payments related to water usage overage and meter issues. Officials say the city will not make phone calls requesting payment. Officials encourage anyone who may receive such a call to simply hang up. Representatives say customers can always call city hall to get the status of their utility bills at 405-247-2481

 

Bill Would Require VPO Defendants to Wear Ankle Monitors

A state lawmaker wants to put more teeth in Oklahoma’s victim protective orders (VPOs). State Sen. Darrell Weaver (R-Moore) would like to see VPO defendants wear ankle monitors ahead of their trials. And, he'd like to see repeat offenders held in jail without bond until their trials. Weaver has filed Senate Bill 1710 regarding the added measures. In a prepared statement, Weaver said VPOs are critical tools for safeguarding individuals from potential or further harm. He said the bill would provide an additional layer of protection for victims who have been through violence or trauma. If signed into law it would also require the defendant to pay for the costs related to the GPS device and monitoring.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. The City of Chickasha's new Emergency Management Director, Edward Perez and public information officer Shae Mortimer are on our KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program on this website under the Community tab.

 

Obituary

Mildred Blacksher

Funeral service for Mildred Blacker, 81, of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24th at Calvary Baptist Church. She worked at a nursing home, USAO, and Grady Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Jan. 19th

 

Chickasha Mayor says Area Planning for Growth

with Anticipation of a National Indian Hospital

Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley says the city and others in the region are preparing for huge project which will impact the area. Mosley said the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the federal Indian Health Services are looking to build a huge national hospital for Native Americans in the Newcastle area.  Back in 2020, Congressman Tom Cole wrote that he was eager for the project to get off the ground and that it would greatly improve the health and well-being of Indian Country for years to come. Mosley says the hospital would employ thousands of people and that many would likely live in Chickasha. Mosley talks about the local impact.

 

              

 

 

Mosley said many have already checked out the community.

 

              

 

 

On-line information we've been able to track down is that the hospital is expected to be a 1 million sq. ft. facility and would be one of five such facilities across the country with others in Washington State, North Dakota, and two in Alaska.

 

Kidnapping Suspect Out of jail after Bond Reduced

A Cyril man arrested for alleged violent crimes while on meth is back on the streets after his six-figure bond was reduced by 75 percent. 41-year old William Lee Black had his initial appearance on charges in Caddo County District Court this week. Prosecutors charged him with kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic abuse, and pointing a firearm. The Lawton Constitution reports the crimes were committed against his girlfriend. A judge initially set bond at $100,000 but it was reduced to just $25,000 and Black has bonded out. He is to be back in court March 28th for a preliminary hearing conference. Black previously pleaded guilty to drug and firearms charges stemming from an arrest in 2017 where he received a one-year suspended sentence.

 

USAO Student to Attend Leadership Academy

A USAO student has been selected to take part in a state leadership program. Chloey Orosco will represent the university at the 2024 George and Donna Nigh Leadership Academy. Students selected for the program show strong leadership qualities, high academic achievement, and participate in meaningful community involvement. Students attending the academy will have access to professional workshops on expanding personal skills and understanding leadership and networking opportunities. Orosco is a senior majoring in English with an emphasis on literature and plans to pursue a master’s degree in library science after graduation.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.08 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.10.

Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,031 and silver is $22.92.

 

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Thursday, Jan. 18th

 

One Hospitalized Following Semi, Dump Truck Crash

A crash involving a semi and a dump truck closed U.S. Highway 81 north of Chickasha most of the day yesterday. The accident happened about 5 a.m. near Highway 81 and Giles Road which is three miles south of Pocasset. The highway patrol reports a semi driver hauling mud rear-ended the dump truck. Sources tell RANCH news that the dump truck turned onto the highway from a county road in front of the semi near a hill prior to the crash. The semi-driver identified as 24-year old Zane Foix of Foster, Oklahoma had to be extricated from the cab by the Chickasha Fire Department. He was taken to an Oklahoma City Hospital and admitted in stable condition with a broken leg, and head and arm injuries. The driver of the dump truck, 71-year old Curtis Jackson of Chickasha, was not hurt. The highway was not re-opened until just before 6 o'clock last night.

 

Caddo County Man Accused of Ramming Car, Hitting Cop

A Caddo County man is facing several charges for allegedly running his car into another vehicle, a trailer, and punching a police officer. The incident happened at Walmart in Anadarko early Tuesday. KSWO-TV cited Caddo County court documents indicating the man rammed into the car of a store employee while she was in the car taking a nap. It's reported the man also hit a trailer before driving off. Anadarko police managed to locate the suspect and he got out of his vehicle and struck an officer. Arrested was 73-year old Bill Parton of Apache. He's been charged with a number of felonies and misdemeanors including reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, assault on a police officer, resisting, and attempting to elude. He's facing more than 10 years behind bars if he's convicted.

 

Blood Donors Needed Following Cold Weather

The recent cold snap has put a damper on recent blood drives. Officials say they need 1,200 units of blood each day to supply hospitals throughout the state. Christi Chambers with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) says blood has a limited shelf life-

 

              

 

 

Chambers encourages donors who may only give once a year to do so more often. Each unit of blood saves the lives of three people. There are a couple of Chickasha community blood drives coming up in the next few weeks. The OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking on Saturday, Jan. 27th and on Saturday, Feb. 10th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area visit the website obi.org By the way, January is national blood donor month which recognizes and celebrates those who donate.

 

State Senator Schedules Chickasha Chamber Program

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce will host State Sen. Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) on Monday. Paxton is expected to preview the upcoming legislative session which will be getting underway in a couple of weeks. Paxton’s committee assignments include education, energy and tele-communications, agriculture and rural affairs, natural resources and regulatory services, and veterans and military affairs. The program is for Chamber members however seating is limited and individuals should RSVP the chamber to get a seat. The program will get underway at noon on Monday, Jan. 22nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.56 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.88.

Natural gas is $2.87 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,013 and silver is $22.74.

 

Obituary

David Milliken

A celebration of life for David Milliken, 63, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19th at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Ireland Funeral Home in Moore.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 17th

 

Semi Crash Closes Highway North of Chickasha

U.S. Highway 81 north of Chickasha is closed due to an accident involving a semi. The accident is at Giles Road six miles north of Chickasha. The accident happened just before 5:00 a.m. There's no word on injuries.

 

Chix Water Treatment Plant Compared to Old Car

The Chickasha City Council heard an update on the plans to build a new water treatment plant last night. Officials from Freese and Nichols, LLC - the engineering, planning, and consulting firm hired by the city to work on the project - spent about 20 minutes discussing concerns about the current water plant. Jason Cocklin said that while officials with USW - the contractor operating the plant - are doing as good as they can with the plant in its aging condition - it is time to build a new one.

 

              

 

 

Cocklin said that there are plans to use some of the current equipment and buildings in the construction of the new plant.

Bids to be taken to remove unsafe docks at Lake Chickasha

The council approved going out for bids to remove dilapidated docks at Lake Chickasha and the purchase of two new trucks for the meter fleet at a cost of just over $73,000. The group also approved the surplus of a 2014 Ford F150 truck. The panel made two appointments - Daniel Terry to the Chickasha Industrial Authority and Brandi Whitehead to the Board of Adjustments.

 

Former Lawton Mayor and Coach Cecil Powell Dies

Cecil Powell, the brother of the late Chickasha High School and USAO Hall of Fame baseball coach L.J. Powell has died. Cecil was a high school baseball and basketball coach in Lawton and was named coach of the year in both sports. He would go on to serve as the Mayor of Lawton from 1998 to 2004. Powell was 91 when he passed away Monday. He was born in Mt. View in 1932. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served during the Korean War. Funeral service will be at 10:0 a.m. Thursday, January 18th at St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Lawton.

 

DEA Agent to Host Program on Dangers of Deadly Fentanyl

A program discussing the dangers of counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl will be held at Chickasha High School next week. Grady County Deputy Sheriff Jim Peek, who works with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will present the program on Thursday, Jan. 25th at 5:30 p.m. at the Chickasha High School gymnasium. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.29.

Natural gas is $2.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,025 and silver is $22.94.

 

Obituaries

Sherri Schoolfield

Funeral service for Sherri Schoolfield, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19th at Trinity Baptist Church. She was a Registered Nurse. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Felicia Mulvaney

Funeral service Felicia Mulvaney, 58, of Blanchard will at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Ferguson Funeral Home. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse.

 

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Tuesday, Jan. 16th

 

Chix Water Treatment Plant Presentation to be Held

The firm assisting the City of Chickasha to design and build the city's new water treatment plant will give a presentation during tonight's city council meeting. Officials with Freese and Nichols will provide the update. Chickasha voters approved a 1 1/2-cent sales tax last year to pay for the estimated $70 million facility. Mayor Chris Mosley said it will take several years before the plant will be built.

 

            

 

 

The council is also expected to purchase a couple of regular cab Chevy 1500 pick-ups from state contract for the meter fleet at a cost of just over $73,000 for the two vehicles; and solicit bids to remove several dilapidated docks at Lake Chickasha. Sealed bids will be accepted through Feb. 16th at 1:30 p.m.

Council reps to be appointed to Parks and Rec Board

The panel will also consider appointing councilmen Brian Gerdes, Kelly Boyd, and Dr. R. P. Ashanti-Alexander to the Parks and Recreation Board. The group will also consider approving downtown grant qualifications for a company called Anautics, Inc. for the new Luigi's Restaurant under construction at 117 N. 2nd, the former location of Roberto's Mexican Restaurant.  The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall and the meeting can be accessed on the city's YouTube channel available on the city's website and televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

 

Second Caddo County C-Store Break-in Suspect in Custody

Both suspects accused of breaking into a Caddo County convenience store last month are now in custody. Authorities arrested 18-year old Hennesy Largent last night and she was booked into the Grady County Jail. KOOL/RANCH news reported yesterday that the Caddo County Sheriff's Office was looking for Largent who they say one of the suspects connected to the Christmas morning break in at the Caddo Nation Convenience Store in Gracemont. Arrest warrants were issued last Friday for both Largent and Jarret Michael Price for second degree burglary and vandalism. We've learned since yesterday that Price was already in the Grady County Jail after being arrested two days after Christmas on Grady County charges of robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.29.

Natural gas is $3.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,043 and silver is $23.17.

 

Obituaries

Eva Fikes

A graveside service for Eva Fikes, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18th at Fairlawn Cemetery. She worked at a Ft. Sill commissary for many years and also at Dunn's and Homeland. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Brenda Rogers

Funeral service for Brenda Rogers, 70, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25th at Full Gospel Church. She worked at Head Start and was a cook at USAO and the hospital. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Jan. 15th

 

Officials Deal with Fires, Power Outages in Frigid Temps

Grady County fire crews were called out to a structure fire in the Rush Springs area early Sunday. The Rush Springs and Farwell volunteer fire departments were first to respond and Ninnekah firefighters were asked to assist. The air temperature was 4 degrees at the time. A post on the Grady County Fire Department Facebook page said the fire was out by the time Ninnekah arrived however they stayed to help with overhaul and salvage operations. No details about the fire were available.

Much of Amber without power last night

More than 110 PSO customers in Amber were without electricity just after 7:30 last night. At about the same time scanner reports indicated there was a downed power line which sparked a grass fire about four miles west of Amber. It wasn't known if that was why power was out. Power was restored and PSO’s website is not showing any power outages throughout the Grady or Caddo county areas this morning. There are no electric co-op member power outages in the immediate area although about 52 CK Energy customers are without power in Canadian County and there is only one member without electricity in Comanche County.

 

One of Two Gracemont Burglary Suspects in Custody

(EDITOR'S NOTE - This story is an edited version of a previous story that included erroneous information about the suspect's arrest. We apoligize for and regret the error)

One suspect is behind bars and authorities are searching for another in connection with the Christmas Day break-in of a Gracemont convenience store. An arrest warrant for 25-year old Jarret Michael Price of Chickasha was issued last Friday. The sheriff's office posted the information on its Facebook page that Price has been charged with a felony for second-degree burglary and a misdemeanor for vandalism. Authorities also have issued an arrest warrant for Hennesy Yates – also known as Hennesy Largent in connection with the break-in. Investigators say she is known to frequent the Chickasha, Cyril, and Lawton areas but they say she could be anywhere. Her photo is posted on the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Authorities say to call any law enforcement agency with information and that she should not be approached.

 

The Nation Recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday to recognize the slain civil rights leader. All federal and state offices are closed as are banks, the post office, Chickasha City Hall and the Grady County Courthouse. A number of schools including Chickasha are closed for the holiday but not all schools were out. One Chickasha activity that was scheduled for today has been postponed. Chickasha’s Bullock Memorial Center MLK Fish Fry has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3rd.

 

Obituaries

Odessa John

A memorial service for Odessa John, 103, of Wichita, Kansas and formerly of Chickasha and for her late husband Conway was held Saturday, Jan. 13th at Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Relief Fund.

Johnathan Lewis

No service is scheduled for Johnathan Lewis, 60, of Tuttle. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.29.

Natural gas is $3.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,058 and silver is $23.39.

 

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2024, Jan. 8th-13th

Saturday, Jan. 13th

 

Arctic Air Arrives; Wind Chill Warning Issued

That polar air that has been discussed for the last week has arrived in Oklahoma. The National Weather Service has now issued a wind chill warning for much of the state which is in effect through noon Tuesday. Officials say dangerous wind chills of 15- to 25-below zero can be expected especially during early morning hours. The wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little has half an hour. High temperatures today will be in the mid-20s and morning lows through Tuesday will be in the single digits accompanied by gusty north-northwesterly winds. Some areas could see snow Sunday and Sunday night and roads could become slick and hazardous.

 

Chickasha Officials Say Call 911 Only in an Emergency

Officials with the City of Chickasha have issued recommendations on when to call the city if there are some water issues. Officials say to always call 911 for emergencies that require police, fire, and EMS assistance. For non-emergency issues including water flowing into streets or water meter leaks call the non-emergency dispatch line at 405-222-6050. For matters that don't require immediate attention like potholes and code violations individuals are asked to report them by using the Request Tracker link on the city's website at Chickasha.org.

 

County Commissioners Schedule Special Meeting, if Needed

The frigid weather has Grady County Commissioners considering their options for their regularly scheduled meeting next week. The group has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday morning in case the weather gets bad. The panel's regular meeting is set for Tuesday morning as the courthouse will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday. If officials decide to close the courthouse Tuesday that would force them to cancel that meeting. If the courthouse will be open Tuesday, the commissioners will meet and the special meeting Wednesday morning will be canceled.

 

Turnpike Closes After Brakes Catch Fire on Semi Trailer

A semi-trailer's brakes caught fire on the H.E. Bailey turnpike last night forcing officials to close the highway for a couple of hours. It happened in the east bound lanes near mile marker 93 west of Bridge Creek just after 7:30 p.m. The highway patrol reported that the interstate was re-opened just before 9:45 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.

 

Shoplifting Suspect Arrested Again

One of three suspects accused of shoplifting more than $2,000 in items from the Chickasha Wal-Mart store nearly a year ago is back in custody. 41-year old Crystal Villanueva Huerta of Lindsay was booked into the Grady County Jail Thursday afternoon. A warrant for Huerta's arrested was first issued last February in connection with the theft which occurred on Jan 27th of last year. Huerta was wanted for grand larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle, knowingly concealing stolen property and obstructing an officer. On-line court records indicate that she pleaded guilty to the charges in March and was released on her own recognizance. She was a no-show for her sentencing in April and another warrant was issued for her arrest in July. She skipped out on another sentencing date was scheduled in October. Two other suspects have also been charged. 50-year old Gene Richardson of Oklahoma City has a preliminary hearing conference scheduled at the end of this month. 38-year old Sharee Hicks, also of Oklahoma City has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley is on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, Jan. 12th

 

Polar Air to Impact Oklahoma for Several Days

A blast of arctic air has dropped temperatures into the teens this morning and with gusty winds the wind chill factor is in the single digits. And while there will be high temperatures in the 40s this afternoon they will be dropping to dangerous levels this weekend. The National Weather Service has posted a wind-chill watch for much of the state starting tomorrow night and running through early Tuesday morning with wind chills forecast to be 10- to 20-degrees below zero. Saturdays high temps in the region will be in the upper-20s with highs Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday dropping into the teens. Actual morning lows are expected to be between zero and five-below zero Monday and Tuesday. Very little snow is expected with this polar air that will be around through early Wednesday morning.

 

Utilities Issue Advisories During Cold Spell

Several utility groups have issued warnings about the extended frigid conditions. The website OK Energy Today reports that the Southwest Power Pool has declared several advisories for energy operators throughout the Midwest. Officials do say they are projecting to have sufficient capacity to meet anticipated energy demands. However, the cold weather early next week could create a higher than normal risk of outages. There are reports that there could be some rolling blackouts.

 

Tips to Help Prevent Water Pipes from Bursting

Officials urge residents to take precautions to make sure water pipes don’t freeze and burst during the extended cold spell. Wrap exposed pipes with towels or heat tape which is available at most hardware stores. Also, open indoor water faucets slightly to allow a small stream of water about the size of a pencil lead, and open cabinet doors underneath sinks to allow warmer air inside.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued after Razor Attack

Chickasha police are looking for a suspect who allegedly stabbed a man with a razor. An arrest warrant has been issued for 57-year old Eddie Nixon. A Grady County judge issued the warrant yesterday for a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. KSWO-TV cites court documents indicating that the victim was stabbed in a confrontation that erupted because he was too loud. If found guilty Nixon faces 20 years to life in prison due to previous convictions. He received a one-year suspended sentence for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in 2017. He was sentenced to four years behind bars after pleading guilty to a felony assault charge in 2021 that stemmed from an arrest in  2018.

 

Suspect Arrested for Having Drug Items; Assaulting Officer

An Anadarko man is facing charges of having drug items and assaulting an officer. 25-year old Christopher John Vasquez was arrested by Anadarko police Tuesday night after they made a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle. KSWO-TV reports a K9 officer alerted police of possible contraband. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Vasquez, a passenger in the vehicle, had 20 syringes in his pocket and a loaded weapon under the seat. While being booked into the Caddo County Jail it’s alleged Vasquez struck an officer in the face with his elbow. He faces eight years to life in prison due to previous felony convictions.  He's currently on probation after pleading guilty to an assault charge in 2018; and he was awaiting a preliminary hearing conference on charges of obstruction and eluding after an arrest just two months ago.  A judge set bond at $20,000 in connection with the new charges.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.02 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.41.

Natural gas is $3.10 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,050 and silver is $23.20.

 

Obituary

Theresa Clift

Funeral service for Theresa Clift, 67, of Cement will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13th at Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Jan. 11th

 

Chix Firm Again Named a Top Workplace in the State

A Chickasha company has once again been named one of the top firms to work for in Oklahoma. Willowbrook, formerly CMS Willowbrook, was listed as the 4th-best company to work for in the mid-size business category in a survey conducted by the Oklahoman. It's the fifth straight year for Willowbrook to make the list. Officials say the company's commitment to its employees' satisfaction and growth was recognized through feedback received from its workforce. Summer McClure with Willowbrook said the award is a testament to the efforts put forth by their team members day in and day out.  Willowbrook CEO Carey DeHart said he's proud of everyone and that they enjoy working together and doing their best for their clients and each other. Willowbrook is a full-service construction company with more than 150 employees and has offices in Chickasha, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. The firm is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

 

Kiowa Tribe Receives Opioid Settlement Funds

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma has received funds as part of a settlement with opioid manufacturers. The Kiowas are among numerous tribes across the country that filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of the drug - claiming they knew opioids were more addictive than had been stated. A federal judge recently ruled in favor of the tribes. KSWO-TV reports that the Kiowa Tribe has received $2 million from the Tribal Abatement Fund Trusts. Charles Nestell, director of the Kiowa Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (KADAP), says there are plans for a facility that will offer treatment for those with addiction and mental health issues. Nestell also said they are also looking at ways to treat opioid use disorder, support those who are in recovery, and connect individuals to the help they need.

 

Chix Schools' Resource Officers Name 'Golden Donut' Winner

Grady County deputies who serve as resource officers for Chickasha Public Schools have come up with a unique award. It's called the Golden Donut Award. Resource officers Mark Ingram and Brad Mills came up with the idea for a traveling trophy which celebrates faculty and staff members who go above and beyond for the safety and security of the district. This month the award goes to Operations Director Dan Turner. A media release on the school district’s website says Turner was instrumental in coordinating the installation of a new camera system, keyless card entry, security vestibules, and upgrading public address systems at each school. They said Turner's pro-active approach, grant-writing, and resourcefulness has transformed the district's security landscape.

 

Obituary

Norman Wood

A memorial service for Norman Wood, 72, of Verden will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home in Chickasha. He was a farmer and rancher and served more than 20 years on the Verden School Board.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.80.

Natural gas is $3.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,036 and silver is $23.34.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 10th

 

Minco Voters OK Council Appointment of Town Officers

Minco voters narrowly approve propositions to allow the city council to appoint both the city clerk/treasurer and the police chief. Unofficial results from yesterday's special election show that voters approved allowing the council to appoint the clerk-treasurer post by five votes, 66 to 61. Voters decided to allow the council to appoint the police chief, 68-61. Previously, the two posts had been elected positions.

 

Former VFW Commander Pleads Guilty

to Stealing Thousands from the Post

A former commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud. 65-year old Michael Colley of Marlow, who ran the Duncan VFW post, was accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from the post between January of 2018 and June of 2021. Media reports cite information from the Western District Court of Oklahoma indicating that Colley was charged with wire fraud in September of last year. He admitted making more than 30 unauthorized withdrawals for personal use with many of them taking place at Oklahoma casinos. Formal sentencing will be held at a later date where Colley faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

 

State Film Office Holds Workshop in Chickasha

Chickasha is one of just two Oklahoma communities selected to host workshops that will be led by the Oklahoma Film and Music Office. Representatives will have the workshop today at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce to provide local officials with information to help them be prepared when film representatives  come to town. Jeannette Stanton is the director of the film and music office-


              

 

The only other Oklahoma community selected to host a workshop is Owasso. Chickasha is a certified film-friendly city with the state office. All or part of at least two movies have been filmed here within the last few years. Most recently it was the Twisters sequel which completed filming just last month. In 2021 "A Cowgirls Song" was filmed in the Chickasha area. Officials are anticipating that another movie could be filmed in the area this summer.

 

Chick Library Hosts Financial Literacy Program

A series of free financial literacy programs are being offered by the Chickasha Public Library.  The series is led by Leslie Sledge who is a certified financial counselor and credit restoration specialist. She will lead discussions on the principles of building a strong financial house with an emphasis on worthiness, debt elimination, saving, and saving for retirement. Upcoming programs will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16th; Tuesday, Jan. 23rd; and Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 6 p.m. at the library.

Imagination Library program successful

Also at the library, officials say the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program has had a lot of success. Adopted in the fall of 2022, officials say more than 1,100 children throughout Grady County have registered to get a free book mailed to them every month. The program was created by the legendary country singer nearly 20 years ago in honor of her father who could neither read nor write. It’s for children through the age of five years old. The Imagination Library is a world-wide program and has had more than 2.8 million children participate. The Friends of the Chickasha Library helps provide funding for the local program and they welcome contributions. Parents, grandparents and guardians can sign up children at the library or can enroll on-line at: imagination library.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.59.

Natural gas is $3.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,041 and silver is $23.19.

 

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Tuesday, Jan. 9th

 

Task Force Recommends Pay-Per-Mile Road Tax

An Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) task force is recommending that state lawmakers implement a voluntary program where drivers would be taxed on the number of miles they drive, instead of paying fuel taxes. The Road User Task Force recommends that legislation be passed next year to create a full-scale pay-per-mile program. Officials say the proposal could be a solution to offset declining fuel tax revenues which have occurred due to vehicles becoming more fuel-efficient and the increasing popularity of electric and hybrid fuel cars and trucks. The Oklahoman reports the task force conducted a six-month pilot program last year where nearly 450 volunteers from 63 counties were recruited to take part. A little more than half of them reported mileage through a GPS-enabled device that took into account out-of-state mileage. Others submitted photos of their odometers each month. The pilot program indicated the average monthly invoice was just over $10 based on a fee of one cent per mile. If approved the program would not start until 2027 or later. ODOT officials say implementing a voluntary program at first would help them streamline the process before any consideration would be given to make the program mandatory.

 

Bill Would Remove Tag Agent Requirement

to Deny Car Registrations if Turnpike Toll is Owed

Among the hundreds of bills to be considered by state lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session is one that would prevent state officials from denying Oklahomans the opportunity to renew their vehicle registration if they have unpaid turnpike tolls. State Rep. Annie Metz (D-Norman) says she's heard from frustrated individuals who have gone to the tag office to renew their tags, only to find out that they have a minimal amount of unpaid tolls. Metz says its inconvenient for those who may take off work to stand in line at the tag  office, only to be told they can't update their registration because they may owe a couple of dollars in toll fees. She says at that point a person has missed work for nothing and are driving without proper documentation. She says lawful drivers mean safer roads and that it is a common-sense adjustment for working families.

 

Accident Closes I-44 Briefly

A traffic accident on the H.E. Bailey turnpike shut down an eastbound lane of the interstate early this morning. It was a single-vehicle accident that happened around mile marker 96 near the State Highway 4 junction about 4:45 a.m. No information was available.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.77 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.12.

Natural gas is $2.98 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,040 and silver is $23.30.

 

Obituaries

Dennis Akins

A come-and-go celebration of life for Dennis Akins, 76, of Chickasha will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked for many body shops and restored hot rods and classic cars.

Danny Johnson

A graveside service for Danny Johnson, 89, of Ninnekah will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11th at the Ninnekah Cemetery. He was a carpenter and a builder and worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.
Jimmy Yoder

Funeral service for Jimmy Yoder, 92, of Fletcher and formerly of the Chickasha area will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11th at First Baptist Church of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a teacher, and a computer analyst. Arrangements are with McCray Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Jan. 8th

 

One Hospitalized After Turnpike Crash

A strange accident southwest of Chickasha this weekend sent the driver of one car to a hospital. The crash happened on I-44 near mile marker 70 about 5:45 a.m. Sunday. The highway patrol reports that 53-year old Shannon Helton of Lawton was eastbound when she swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian on the shoulder – then struck a car that was upside down in the roadway. Helton was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was admitted with back injuries. There was no information about how the other car flipped upside down. Two unidentified people who were in that vehicle were not seriously hurt.

 

Suspect Enters Plea for Possessing Child Porn

A Chickasha man pleads guilty to possessing child porn. 23-year old John Wesley Burns, II entered a blind plea to the charge in Grady County District Court last week. Burns was arrested in October of 2022. That was nearly a year after court documents indicate the sheriff's office received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Burns had uploaded a photo onto a Snap Chat account. Burns was sentenced to 90 days behind bars followed by nearly 10 years’ probation.

 

Firm to Pay Off Unpaid Lunch Debt at Chix Schools

Several thousand dollars’ worth of unpaid school lunches in the Chickasha school district will be paid for. The Chickasha board of education is expected to accept a contribution from Camino Natural Resources tonight which will erase more than $8,300 in outstanding lunch payments.

New playground equipment to be purchased

The panel will also consider spending more than $640,000 to install new playground equipment with field turf at Lincoln, Grand, and Bill Wallace schools. Funds for the equipment were part of the last bond issue.

Non-school employees to get paid for working some school events

The panel is also to consider approve paying non-school employees who work in a non-certified position $12 an hour during athletic events or in maintenance. The panel is also to consider a proposal to increase the pay of support personnel who also work at athletic events from $10 to $12 an hour.

High school staff to be recognized

The school board will also recognize two high school staff members as the Chicken Express Employees of the Month. They are teacher and coach Chris Pechl as the certified employee and Teresa Russell as the support employee. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building. A podcast of the meeting is available on the school district’s YouTube channel which can be accessed on the district's website.

 

Bullock Memorial Center to Host MLK, Jr. Day Events

A Chickasha group will hold a couple of events next week to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Bullock Memorial Center will host the events on Monday, Jan. 15th which is Martin Luther King Day. The day will start with a fish fry lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. Following that will be a free program featuring speakers who will talk about how the community has impacted their success and how they pass their values and what they have learned on to the next generation. Speakers are Chickasha police Lt. Traye Alexander; Chickasha High School teacher and coach Cristie Oliver; minister Milton Bowens, Jr. with Shepherd Street First Christian Church; and retired Chickasha firefighter and businessman Bruce Alexander. The public is welcome to attend both events. The Bullock Memorial Center is at 917 S. 1st.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.76.

Natural gas is $2.89 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,032 and silver is $23.11.

 

Obituaries

Katherine ‘Alice’ Roberts

Funeral service for Alice Roberts, 61, of Nichols Hills and formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. this morning (Jan. 8th) at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Charley Cockrum

Funeral service for Charley Cockrum, 93, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9th at the Main Street Church of Christ in Alex. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Frank Paritee, Jr.

Funeral service for Frank Paritee, Jr. is pending with Brown Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Saturday, Jan. 6th

 

Gov. Stitt Opts State Out of Federal Summer Food Program

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt recently announced that the state would no longer participate in a federal summer feeding program. The Oklahoman reported this week that Stitt said no impact is expected with his decision. He said students who qualify for free- and reduced-price meals already qualify for the Summer Food Service Program which provides free healthy meals and snacks in low-income communities. The group Hunger-Free Oklahoma says one in five Oklahoma youth qualify for food assistance. The three largest Native American tribes in Oklahoma said they would be helping their members. Officials with the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee tribes say they will offer the program to native and non-native children on their reservations. In a prepared statement, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskins, Jr. said that it's regrettable and bewildering that the state is abandoning federal funding and losing an opportunity to address child food insecurity.

 

Allsups to Add New Oklahoma Stores, Including One in Blanchard

If you've ever traveled in Texas you may be familiar with the Allsups convenience stores which are known for their deep-fried burritos. Officials with Yesway, which purchased Allsups in 2019, say they will be opening several new locations in Oklahoma over the next couple of years including one in Blanchard. The Oklahoman reports that the 50-year old company is expected to break ground on the Blanchard location next month. The store will be located near the U.S. Highway 62 and State Highway 76 junction. In addition to the Blanchard location the company is expected to build a huge store on I-35 in Thackerville just north of the Red River border. It will be a nearly 6,300 sq. ft. facility costing about $3 million. There are already Allsups stores in Altus, Frederick, Madill, and Guymon.

 

Merger of Two Energy Giants Anticipated

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Oklahoma's Chesapeake Energy Company and Southwestern Energy Company could announce news of a merger in the coming days. The website OK Energy today cites the report indicating that negotiations have been underway for several weeks.  It's reported that the merger would create a nearly $17 billion company which would make it one of the largest  natural gas producers in the U.S. The company would be larger than Chesapeake's closest rival EQT Corporation and could put the firm in a strong position to capitalize on global demand.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's part of what we're talking about this weekend. Steve Taylor with the Chickasha Soup Kitchen is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Katherine ‘Alice’ Roberts

Funeral service for Alice Roberts, 61, of Nichols Hills and formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8th at Epworth Methodist Church. She was a court reporter and a massage therapist. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Frank Paritee, Jr.

Funeral service for Frank Paritee, Jr. is pending with Brown Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Jan. 5th

 

Biological Mother of Athena Brownfield

Waives Preliminary Hearing; Trial May Be Set

The biological mother of Athena Brownfield, the four-year old Cyril girl whose body was found buried near Rush Springs last January, was in a Caddo County Courtroom this week. Jasmin Brownfield was arrested last May on two charges of child neglect. While in court she waived her right to a preliminary hearing on those charges. It was nearly a year ago that Athena was first reported missing. The child’s body was found in a shallow grave in the Agawam area about two weeks later. KWTV-News 9 reports that a probable cause affidavit indicated that Jasmin left Athena and her sister in the care of Ivon and Alysia Adams in April of 2021. Prosecutors say Jasmin admitted having mental health issues and told investigators she didn't think she could care for the children. Documents indicate that Jasmin did not communicate with the Adamses to see how the children were doing or to provide them with any money. Jasmin remains in the Caddo County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 15th where she is to be arraigned on the two child neglect charges and a trial date could be scheduled.

 

Clues Sought in Gracemont Store Break-in

Investigators are reaching out for information about a Christmas Day break-in at a convenience store in Gracemont. The Caddo Nation Convenience Store was burglarized just before 5 a.m. A post on the Caddo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page indicates an ATM was damaged and several items were stolen. Authorities say it appears a four-door red pickup with a brake light out may have been used. There are several pictures of a masked individual and the pick up on the sheriff's office Facebook page. Tips can be called into the sheriff's office or shared anonymously on the Facebook page.

 

Chix Residents Urged to Be Aware of Possible Winter Weather

Chickasha officials are encouraging residents to prepare for wintry weather that is anticipated early next week. Emergency Management Director Edward Perez says a winter mix could begin Monday morning with freezing rain which may turn to a rain-and-snow mix that afternoon and continue into Tuesday. Perez said that residents should prepare for power outages and make sure electronic devices are fully charged in advance. He says to wrap exposed water pipes with insulation or towels to prevent freezing and that faucets be allowed to slowly drip. He also recommends winterizing your home and to ensure windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent drafts. When going outdoors dress in layers and limit outdoor exposure in the coldest temperatures. And he says to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbors and make sure that outdoor pets have adequate shelter and warmth.

 

Minco Voters to Decide if Town Hall Posts Should be Appointed

Voters in Minco will go to the polls in a special election next week to decide if two town hall posts should be appointed rather than elected. There are two separate issues on the ballot. One asks if the town council should appoint the clerk-treasurer and the other asks if the council should also appoint the police chief. Minco voters can vote ahead of Tuesday's election by visiting the Grady County Election board office in Chickasha today for in-person, absentee voting until 6 p.m. Otherwise regular voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9th.

 

Caddo County has New Election Board Secretary

There is a new election board secretary in Caddo County. Chelsea Bassham of Anadarko was appointed to the post by the state election board this week. Bassham spent the last four years teaching at Yukon Public Schools.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.19 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.59.

Natural gas is $2.82 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,047 and silver is $23.20.

 

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Thursday, Jan. 4th

 

Woman Sentenced for Role in Selling Fatal Pill

An Anadarko woman will serve more than 10 years in prison for selling a fentanyl-laced pain pill that killed a man. 21-year old Alyssa Marie Nimsey entered a blind guilty plea to second degree murder in Caddo County District Court yesterday.  The Lawton Constitution reports that Nimsey was originally charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 22-year old Colton Wright of Cement. It's been nearly three years to the day that Wright died after taking the fatal pill. Nimsey was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison followed by eight years’ probation. Previously, 26-year old Sentrell Damone Johnson also of Anadarko pleaded guilty to second- degree murder for selling the counterfeit Oxydone tablet to Wright. Johnson received a 10-year prison sentence to be followed by 10 years' probation.

 

New Duplex Addition Near USAO Approved

The final plat for a new housing addition was approved by the Chickasha City Council this week. The panel signed off on a 4 ½ acre plot for what will be the Haven Pointe Addition. It's in the area of 22nd and Nevada Avenue which is a couple of blocks north of Grand Avenue in the Sparks Second Addition. Remington Properties out of Yukon is the developer. Plans are to develop seven lots with a duplex on each lot.

Sewer plant to get new pump

The council also approved the purchase of a more than $77,000 pump for the waste water treatment plant. Public Works Director Jim Crosby says it’s one of several pumps that eventually will need to be replaced. The bid from Edwards Equipment Company was the only bid of the three submitted that met specifications.

Sealed bids to be accepted for airport ag lease

The council also approved going out for sealed bids for the agriculture land lease at the Chickasha Airport. There are two separate tracts - one is for nearly 400 acres and the other for just over 120 acres.

Parks and rec, library board members named

The panel appointed several residents to the newly formed Parks and Recreation Board. They are Jim Gleckler, George Hector, Jeanne Mather, and Parker Denton. The council also appointed Shelby Hurst to the Library Board.

Council discusses city manager's work

The council also spent nearly an hour behind closed doors for an evaluation of City Manager Keith Johnson. The council took no action and made no comment after returning to open session.

 

Soup Kitchen Able to Buy Building it has been Leasing

Officials with the Chickasha Soup Kitchen say they were able to reach their fund-raising goal and purchase the building they have been leasing. Steve Taylor is the vice moderator for the Soup Kitchen board. The group began their campaign in early November of raising some $150,000 to purchase the building at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave. The group raised about $50,000 and Taylor said an anonymous donor came forward to contribute the remaining funds needed. Taylor said all the paperwork has been signed and the building is theirs. The soup kitchen feeds up to 100 people per day Monday through Friday. It's run entirely by contributions with no state or federal funds or grants. Individuals from more than 20 churches, civic groups, and businesses contribute or volunteer their time each month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.25.

Natural gas is $2.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,055 and silver is $23.20.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 3rd

 

Chix Police Give Update on Missing Person

It's been more than four months since the disappearance of Richard Houston. The 46-year old was last seen Aug. 31st near Life Skills Institute and relatives filed a missing persons report with Chickasha police in mid-September. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) was called in to help with the investigation but there has been no word of his whereabouts. Chickasha Police Chief G.G. Music discussed the investigation during last night's city council meeting. He said at one point a K9 alerted officials to some potential evidence in the north part the city.

 

              

 

 

Music said the creek was too wide and too deep to go into so officials decided to build a dam and pump the water out of that area. It took several days and a lot of manpower to get that done but in spite of the efforts, no evidence was found.

Police chief issues commendations to those helping in the search

Music presented a number of civilian commendations to city employees and others who helped with that effort. Public Works employees recognized were Cliff Bayne, Dylan Byfield, Errick Peterson, and James Adamson. Also Jesse Ortiz, Marcus Brown, Robin Underwood, Senior Operations Manager Omar Fierro, and Public Works Director Jim Crosby. Others were Michael Whitaker with A.C. Owen Construction and Jacob Lowery with Mathews Trenching. Houston's sister, Kimberly Adair, was on hand to help present the commendations. Music asks anyone with information about Richard Houston to call the Chickasha Police Department.

 

Chix Council Again Postpones Purchase of Fire Trucks

The council again put off immediate plans to purchase a couple of new fire trucks. The panel followed the recommendation of City Manager Keith Johnson to reject all the bids submitted for a 100-foot ladder truck and an engine/pumper. Johnson said the more than $2.5 million price tag for the two trucks is pricey and he wants to wait a few more months to see what the kind of financial shape the city will be in-

              

 

 

Johnson said leasing the trucks is an option being considered.

 

Roy's Barbecue Re-opens

A once-popular Chickasha barbecue restaurant is re-opening today. Roy's Barbecue is now under new ownership. Rooster Cogburn has spent the last 13 months remodeling the restaurant which was previously owned by Roy and Clara Bryant for decades. Cogburn said they are using the same recipes as the Bryants and is offering homemade cobbler and ice cream today.

 

Obituary

David Glass

Funeral service for David Glass, 71, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5th at Sevier Funeral Home. He started roofing when he was 13 but he was known for his golf game. He was a former champion of the Washita Valley Golf Tournament and held the course record at the Chickasha Golf and Country Cub for many years.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $70.38 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.89.

Natural gas is $2.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,061 and silver is $23.61.

 

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Tuesday, Jan. 2nd

 

Chix City Council to Again Discuss Buying New Firetrucks

Should the City of Chickasha spend more than $2.5 million on a couple of new fire trucks? The city council will consider their options during the group's first regular meeting of 2024 tonight. The proposal was first brought to the panel in November but officials delayed any action on the purchase of a new 100-foot ladder truck as well as a new engine/pumper. City officials are recommending that the council reject all the bids received for both vehicles.

Other items of discussion

The council will also hold a public hearing to consider the final plat for the Haven Pointe residential addition at 22nd and Nevada for applicant Remington Properties. The council will also consider appointing a number of individuals to the newly-formed Parks and Recreation Board, and go behind closed doors to discuss the annual evaluation of city manager Keith Johnson. Also, police chief G.G. Music is to present some citizen commendations. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall and the meeting can be viewed on the city's YouTube channel which is available on the city’s website. The meeting will also be televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

 

Longtime Grady County Clerk Betty Ballard Dies

Former Grady County Clerk Betty Ballard has passed away. She was 95 years old.  She worked for Grady County for more than 25 years - first in the treasurer's office and then for more than 22 years as county clerk. She also worked at Oklahoma National Bank where she was the first woman to be named an officer. In 1981, she was named Woman of the Year by the American Business Women's Association. Funeral mass was held this morning at Holy Name Catholic Church. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Chickasha Mobile Meals or the Chickasha Nutrition Center.

 

Ex-con Back in Jail After Incident at Convenience Store

A Chickasha man is facing felony charges of domestic violence and for running into a pedestrian with his pick-up. 25-year old Jarrett Michael Price is facing the charges in connection with an incident which occurred at Love's North on December 14th. A probable cause affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates a witness saw Price choking a woman in a physical confrontation. The witness intervened and he was also attacked by Price. Price then got into his truck and struck a pedestrian in the parking lot. Neither the witness nor the pedestrian were seriously hurt. Authorities found Price's pick up in a nearby neighborhood but Price had fled the area. An arrest warrant was issued and Price was picked up last week. He has been charged with felonies which include strangulation, assault with a dangerous weapon, and leaving the scene of an accident. Officials also want to revoke his probation after he pleaded guilty to several previous run-ins with the law. They include one in 2020 for aggravated assault and battery and two in 2017 including eluding and possessing a weapon after former conviction. He remains in jail on a more than $300,000 bond. He is to have a McGirt Hearing in Grady County District court on Jan. 19th.

 

Obituaries

Zoey Grissam

Funeral service for Zoey Grissam, 7, of Verden will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3rd at the Verden School gymnasium. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Tami Ford

Funeral service for Tami Ford, 63, of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4th at the First Baptist Church of Chickasha. She and her husband Rick owned and operated an energy company. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.65 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.05.

Natural gas is $2.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,075 and silver is $24.12.

 

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Monday, Jan. 1st

No news due to the holiday

 

2023, Dec.18th-23rd

Saturday, Dec. 23rd

 

State Attorney General Seeks Input on Alleged

Natural Gas Price Manipulation in 2021 Storm

Oklahoma and much of the central part of the U.S. were locked in a lengthy period of extremely cold weather in February of 2021. Known as Winter Storm Uri temperatures were at record-low levels of 10 to 20 degrees below zero in Oklahoma alone for more than a week.  Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond is wanting to talk to people who may have had inside knowledge about how natural gas marketers handled the situation, or other questionable activity related to what many believe were artificially-inflated prices. That eventually led to utilities issuing the sale of long-term bonds to pay for the fuel. Those costs were then passed on to customers and will take decades to pay off. The Winter Storm Uri tip-line is available on the attorney general's website, however OK Energy Today says it’s not the easiest to find. The website is ok.ag.gov and it can be found under the tab ‘forms and tiplines.' It is the last of the five tip-lines on the site. Gentner said he is committed to holding bad actors accountable and to return what was taken from ratepayers.

 

More Tax Cuts to be Considered at State Capital in 2024

As 2023 comes to an end some state lawmakers have already begun making plans for the new year. There will be more discussion about cutting taxes when the legislative session begins in February. House Speaker Charles McCall says he'll be filing more than a half-dozen tax cut measures. In a media column McCall says they are the latest in a series of tax cut plans the house has filed and passed over the last three years. New proposals include cutting personal income taxes anywhere from 25 to 50 percent for 2024 and 2025; a flat 4.25 percent personal income tax effective in 2024; and a phase out of corporate income taxes over a five-year period. Tax cut plans previously approved in the House and awaiting action in the Senate include changing the current personal income taxing framework from a standard deduction to a flat-rate system at 4.25 percent and a 50 percent cut in personal income taxes effective Jan. 1, 2024.

 

Obituaries

Barbara June Thomas

Funeral service for Barbara June Thomas, 82, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She was a long-time member of the OHCE and Extension Homemakers and won the State Homemaker of the Year award.

Charles Mackey

No service is scheduled for Charles Mackey, 87, of Chickasha. He owned a number of manufacturing businesses and was involved in real estate. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Dec. 22nd

 

Chix Police Department Issues End-of-Year Awards

Several Chickasha police officers and civilians who work for the department were recognized for their efforts this week. Master Sgt. Chad King was named the Officer of the Year which is an award voted on by department employees. This past year, King earned his CLEET Advanced Law Enforcement Certification. Lt. Traye Alexander was recognized for 24 years of service. Police Chief G.G. Music said Alexander has done just about everything for the police department during his career. That includes hostage negotiations, investigations, field training; serving in the patrol division, and supervising records and the court clerk. Alexander is also the unofficial police department historian. Zack Nickels was named the Civilian of the Year. Nickels has worked in the communications division for several years. He was recognized at a state conference this year for his leadership in moving the dispatch center from Fire Station No. 2 to the police department headquarters. The Animal Control Division was recognized for its effort to be a no-kill facility for their more than 90 percent survival rate of the animals in their care.

 

Blanchard Family Surprised with New Home

A Blanchard family gets an unexpected Christmas present. Hugo Gonzales and his four sons are getting a new home. Gonzales is a single father and he and his children were given the key to their new home by Habitat for Humanity. It's an organization that Hugo and his oldest son, 24-year old Hugo, Jr., have been volunteering with. The three other boys range from 4 to 11 years ol. The family had been living in a one-bedroom home. Gonzales tells KOCO-TV that it was all God's timing to make his need for a bigger home become a reality. Gonzales says he's thankful and that it’s the best Christmas gift they family could receive.

 

Big Weekend Anticipated for Festival of Light

This is the last weekend before Christmas and there will once again be a lot of people coming to Chickasha for the Festival of Light and the Leg Lamp. Chamber of Commerce President Jim Cowan said last weekend might have been the largest turnout ever with an estimated 15,000 visitors!  Mild weather is forecast for tonight, however rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast tomorrow night. Many visitors will start downtown to see the Leg Lamp and will take advantage of the Santa Shuttles which will take visitors to Shannon Springs Park and back allowing them to avoid the long wait in line. Tonight and tomorrow night are the final nights for the Santa Shuttles this season. Other visitors can take a 20-minute airplane ride over the park with flights originating from the Chickasha Airport. The Festival of Light will run through next Sunday, Dec. 31st.

 

Police Department's 'Food for Fines' Program Deemed Successful

The Chickasha Municipal Court's Food for Fines program has been called a success. Officials say nearly 20 people took advantage of the opportunity to donate food in place of paying fines. Officials say about $1,800 in fines were forgiven and many of them brought in more items than was suggested. Officials waived $10 in fees for every one item that was donated. All the food was passed on to the Emergency Food Pantry. Officials expect they'll offer the program again.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Tom Zigler, the Community Economic Development Director for the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) will be on our KOOL Konversation program. He'll be discussing the recent Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grants that have been issued to numerous communities in the region. Look for a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.89 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.39.

Natural gas is $2.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,068 and silver is $24.75.

 

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Thursday, Dec. 21st

 

Lawmaker Says State Education a Big Winner in 2023

State Senator Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle) says the 2023 legislative session was a transformational one for education in Oklahoma. In a media column Paxton writes that lawmakers delivered what one education official said was the largest common education funding increase in state history. It included as much as a $6,000 pay increase for teachers and a $125 million increase to bolster support for schools in districts with low local tax revenues. He said the funding increase puts more resources into classrooms and help schools recruit new and talented educators. Lawmakers also allocated $150 million to support parents who home school their children. While Paxton said he's been a strong supporter of public schools, he recognizes that some children thrive in different environments and that's a decision best left to parents. He said the Oklahoma Parental Choice Tax Credits program that will be available next year will help make private and home-school options more affordable.

 

No Injuries Reported in Tank Battery Fire

Social media reports of an explosion at a tank battery east of Chickasha late Tuesday may have been exaggerated. Grady County Fire Chief Rodney Gregory said there was a fire at tank battery owned by Continental Resources on the Alex Highway between State Highway 39 and U.S. Highway 62. He said about six units from the Naples Fire Department were dispatched to the site about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The site is just down the road from the fire department. Gregory said there was not an explosion but a fire and that Continental workers had the fire out before the fire department arrived. There were no injuries.

 

Anadarko School to Ban Earbuds, Headphones 

Anadarko High School is banning the use of earbuds and headphones during school hours after the first of the year. A letter from high school principal Danny Harris has been posted on Facebook with Harris saying the devices have become a major distraction to the learning process and have caused some safety concerns. Harris said he witnessed first-hand that the safety of students wearing the items could be a danger. He pointed to an incident earlier this month when the high school was placed on lockdown as police were looking for an armed and dangerous suspect near the campus. He said a number of students did not hear a request for them to come inside. Harris said that the policy does not affect wearing ear buds and headphones during extra-curricular activities. A series of punishments have been listed for students who are found to have the items on them on campus during the school day.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.22 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.66.

Natural gas is $2.45 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,045 and silver is $24.50.

 

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Wednesday, Dec. 20th

 

Child Dies in SUV Crash

The highway patrol continues its investigation of an SUV crash that claimed the life of a seven-year girl and injured three other family members. The accident happened southwest of Pocasset Monday night. A 5-year old boy and a 10-year old girl were both hospitalized with head and internal injuries. The driver of the SUV, 53-year old Jera Smith of Verden, was last in critical condition. The names of the children were not released by OHP which is standard policy for the agency. The child who died was a second grader at Verden Elementary School. School Superintendent Mickey Edwards posted a statement on the district's Facebook page asking patrons to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers and that counselors would be available. The elementary school’s Christmas program which was supposed to be held last night was postponed and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

 

Murder Suspect Booked into Grady County Jail

The suspect accused of the horrific death of a Chickasha mother and her unborn child was booked in to the Grady County Jail last night. Prosecutors filed an arrest warrant for 37-year old Kenneth Johnson last month, nearly three years after the body of Ashley Cannon was found in her Chickasha apartment. Johnson had been in the Comanche County Jail on unrelated charges. He could have his initial appearance on the two murder charges in Grady County District Court today. Johnson's wife, Katrina, was also arrested in connection with Cannon's death. She has been formally charged with accessory to murder and she remains in the Grady County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

Second Suspect Arrested in Child Sexual Assault Case

A second person has been arrested in connection with a child sexual assault which was reported last month. An arrest warrant for 52-year old Angela Crichton of Marlow was issued on Monday and she was taken into custody Monday evening. She has been formally charged with enabling child sexual abuse. Court documents indicate that a 14-year old girl reached out to a women's crisis hot-line alleging David Crichton began molesting her at his Grady County home when she was 10-years old. David was arrested last month and charged with lewd or indecent acts to a child. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond while bond for Angela Crichton was set at $75,000.

 

Chix City Council OKs Grant for Downtown Venue

The Chickasha City Council this week approved a grant for a company that opened a new venue in the downtown area. The panel approved a more than $25,000 Central Business District Building Grant for GPP Development Company. The firm owns the building a 301 Chickasha Avenue which is the Wild Ox Axe Throwing venue.

City council OKs grant qualifications for other downtown sites

The council also approved qualifications for similar grants for three other locations although the actual grant requests haven't been submitted yet. One is for Alora Real Estate at 411 West Chickasha Avenue which is the former Steelman's location. Chickasha Economic Development Director Jim Cowan told the council that plans are to have three retail spaces on the first floor with office space on the second floor and possibly the third floor. The city council also approved two grant qualifications for developer Chet Hitt. One is at the Savoy 1902 Hotel at 1st and Chickasha Avenue he is renovating. That is expected to be a barbecue restaurant on the first floor and perhaps a haunted house on the second floor. The second is for work being done on the former Mill Building at the Rock Island Railroad Depot across the street.

 

LSI, Resurrection House to Provide Free Christmas Meals 

The Resurrection House and Life Skills institute will offer free Christmas Mission meals tomorrow. They will serve warm dine-in meals from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. and will offer take-out meals and food boxes from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. The agencies are located at 7th and Colorado Avenue.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.23.

Natural gas is $2.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,049 and silver is $24.29.

 

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Tuesday, Dec. 19th

 

Chix City Council OKs Purchase of Video Surveillance Systems

The Chickasha City Council gave its approval to spending nearly $420,000 to install security cameras at many city-owned buildings last night. The council signed off on a bid from Verkada to install cameras and video surveillance equipment at 12 city sites. City Manager Keith Johnson said the system has been needed for some time. He pointed to one instance where a security system might have helped to identify suspects who vandalized vehicles at city hall.

 

              

 

 

He also said there have been thefts at the Public Works Headquarters. Johnson said that Verkada is on a state contract and said the company's bid was solid. The company provides security systems for several Oklahoma companies, municipal governments and schools - including Chickasha Public Schools. The system comes with a 10-year warranty.

Bids to be accepted for waterline project

The panel gave city officials the approval to solicit bids for a water line replacement project near Ada Sipuel Avenue and the Union Pacific Railroad. This has been a years-long process to get that project started. Officials said it has taken a while for Union Pacific to approve the right-of-way. The water line will run underneath the railroad tracks to provide water to homes east of the railroad tracks. Officials say they have had to re-route other lines to provide water to those homes.

 

Reward Offered in Anadarko Homicide Investigation

Anadarko police are now offering a $1,000 reward for information about the shooting death of a man earlier this month. Police were called to a shots fired report in the 100 block of Moran Drive the night of Dec. 7th and found that 36-year old D'Angelo Pollard had died from a gunshot wound. Police Chief Eric Harlan said his detectives have been working with the District Attorney’s Office and the OSBI, have conducted more than a dozen interviews, and are following up on numerous leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Anadarko police at 405-247-2411 and use option 3 to leave a message with detectives. The agency can also be contacted on Facebook or e-mail: APD@cityofanadarko.org

 

Communities to Benefit from REAP Grants

Several regional communities will get financial help for some needed projects. The Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) issued grants totaling more than $2.5 million. They are Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grants which were applied for earlier this year. Here is a list of some of the grants - Verden will receive $45,000 for storm drain engineering; Minco will receive $45,000 for a sewer camera; District 3 in Grady County will get $50,000 for water well repair; Cement will get a $45,000 grant for water line repairs; Cyril will get a $45,000 grant for water line replacement; and Dibble will receive $60,000 for storm sirens. Each of the three Caddo County Commissioner districts will get $50,000 for community center parking at the Caddo County Fairgrounds; Gracemont will receive $45,000 for sewer lagoon repairs; Binger will receive $45,000 for sewer line replacement; Lookeba will get $45,000 to help obtain a new water source; and Apache will receive more than $136,000 to upgrade a community center.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.95.

Natural gas is $2.50 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,039 and silver is $24.23.

 

Obituary

Baylee Bradford

Funeral service for Baylee Bradford, 19, of Chickasha will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20th at Bible Baptist Church. She was attending the University of Central Oklahoma and pursuing a career in nursing. She was a member of the Chickasha High School cheerleading team that won a national competition in Las Vegas.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Dec. 18th

 

Water Main Project, Security Cameras

to be Considered by Chix City Council

There's a lot of work for the Chickasha City Council to get through in a special meeting at city hall tonight. Among the items is to give the public works department the authority to go out for bids for water line construction at Ada Sipuel Avenue along the Union Pacific Railroad. The council is also to consider spending more than $400,000 to install security cameras and equipment in all city-owned buildings. The contract is expected to be awarded to a company called Verkada which is on state contract.

Dowtown grants also to be discussed

Also up for discussion will be awarding a couple of Central Business District Building grants. One is for a maximum of $40,000 to Alora Real Estate at 411 Chickasha Avenue. Another is for more than $25,000 to GPP Development for upgrades on property at 301 Chickasha Avenue which is the Wild Ox Axe Throwing venue. Both are being recommended by the Economic Development Council (EDC). As part of its consent docket the council is expected to accept the recommendation of the EDC to NOT award a more than $83,000 grant requested for property at 117 N. 2nd.

Grant qualifications submitted for other projects

The panel will also consider approving the qualifications for Central District Building Grants requested by developer Chet Hitt. One is for a maximum of $266,000 to assist with renovations to the Savoy 1902 Hotel at 1st and Chickasha Ave. He's also requesting a grant of up to $52,000 to assist with renovations to the former Mill Building across the street. The EDC approved the grant requests and stressed this not for any funds to be disbursed at this time. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.

 

City of Chix 'Food for Fines' Program Begins

The City of Chickasha is offering a food for fines program this week. Anyone who has a traffic ticket or a fine can pay off some of that fine by donating non-perishable food items. For every one item donated - $10 will be knocked off the total fine. A maximum of $100 will be forgiven with the donation of 10 items. Items must be delivered by the person who has the fine. Individuals who have outstanding warrants can participate without fear of being arrested and will be set up on a payment plan if there is a remaining balance. Items can be donated at the police department from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday. All food donations will be given to the Chickasha Emergency Food Pantry.

 

Two Chamber of Commerce Gift Cards Still Available

There are still a couple of unclaimed gift cards from the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Buy Chickasha campaign which ended last week. A $2,000 gift card and a $500 gift card from Jay's Jewelry and Okie Mountain Trading Company have not been claimed. The number for the $2,000 gift card is 45232 and came from Jay's/Okie Mountain. The $500 gift card number is 32905 and came from Chick's Liquor. Ticket holders have until 3 o'clock this afternoon to verify their tickets otherwise there will be another drawing.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.55.

Natural gas is $2.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,033 and silver is $24.18.

 

Obituaries

James ‘J.V.’ Gregory, Jr.

A graveside service for ‘J.V.’ Gregory, Jr., 82, of Mustang and formerly of the Pocasset area will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19th at Rose Hill Cemetery. He owned a motor rebuilding company and was a long-time member of Kiwanis International.  Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

James Hegwald, Jr.

A memorial service for James Hegwald, Jr., 66, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked for Maremont and the Ninnekah Water Department.

Fannie McCoy

A graveside service for Fannie McCoy, 76, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21st in the Denison Cemetery in Idabel. She worked as an LPN in nursing homes. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Saturday, Dec. 16th

 

Anadarko Police Detail Arrest of Armed Suspect Near School

Anadarko police shared some details about their arrest of an armed man near the Anadarko high school this week. The search for the suspect forced the school to be locked down for a short time on Thursday. Police Chief Eric Harlan said they were notified by the highway patrol that 32-year old Devin Shane Davis of Woodward County was in Anadarko. Davis was wanted for allegedly brutally beating and strangling his girlfriend and stealing her gun late Monday night. Chief Harlan said OHP provided a vehicle description and a tag number, and officers located the vehicle in the Petree Plaza in the area of Braum's and McDonalds. Police, Caddo County Sheriff's deputies, and state troopers set up surveillance on the vehicle which would move a couple of blocks away to Wal-Mart and the AT&T store which is right next to the high school campus. Harlan said officers converged on Davis and were able to take him in to custody without incident. Authorities found the victim's gun, a 9MM Smith and Wesson in the car. It wasn't clear why Davis was in Anadarko which is a two-hour drive from Woodward County. Davis is currently on probation after pleading guilty to a burglary charge stemming from an arrest in Woodward County three years ago. He's facing new charges in Woodward County for domestic assault resulting in great bodily harm and larceny. He's also facing charges in Caddo County for having a firearm while on probation and knowingly receiving stolen property. A Caddo County judge set his bond at $10,000.

 

PSO Customers to See Savings in 2024

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) officials say their customers will see a reduction on the fuel portion of their bills starting next month. Residential customers who typically use 1,100 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will see their bills reduced by about $15.50 per month. Officials say the lower bills are the result of reduced natural gas prices the utility is paying as well as its investments in fuel-free generating facilities. A press release from the utility says PSO does not profit on the fuel it purchases to run those facilities - so when their natural gas prices fall - PSO passes the savings on to its customers. PSO officials say the recent high fuel costs have been challenging for many of their customers and they are happy that the lower prices will ease energy expenses. Officials say that over the last 10-plus years that PSO's residential prices have been consistently at or below regional and national prices.

 

Cars and Coffee at the Leg This Morning

Today is the third Saturday of the month, and that means its time for Cars and Coffee at the Leg this morning. A number of sports cars, modifieds, antique cars and trucks, along with ATVs and UTVs will be on display. It's free to anyone who wants to show off their vehicle and for anyone who would like to stop by and visit and take pictures. Cars and Coffee at the Leg is downtown Chickasha at the Leg Lamp from about 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and there's free coffee and donuts while they last. The next Coffee and Cars at the Lamp will be Saturday, Jan. 20th.

 

Obituaries

James ‘J.V.’ Gregory, Jr.

A graveside service for ‘J.V.’ Gregory, Jr., 82, of Mustang and formerly of Pocasset will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19th at Rose Hill Cemetery. He owned a motor rebuilding company and was a long-time member of Kiwanis International. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

James Hegwald, Jr.

A memorial service for James Hegwald, Jr., 66, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked for Maremont and the Ninnekah Water Department.

 

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Friday, Dec. 15th

 

Armed Suspect Report Leads to Lockdown of Anadarko School

The high school in Anadarko was placed on lockdown yesterday after a report that an armed and dangerous suspect was in the area. Anadarko Police Chief Eric Harlan said his office was notified by the highway patrol that an armed suspect out of Woodward County was near the campus just before noon. As a precaution Harlan said the high school was placed on lock down. In a post on the Anadarko Police Department's Facebook page, Harlan said officers were able to arrest the suspect without incident at Wal-Mart which is adjacent to the high school. The lockdown was lifted after the suspect was taken into custody. No information available about the suspect.

 

Effort Continues to Build a Blanchard Veterans Memorial

Blanchard officials are facing some challenges when it comes to raising money to build a veterans memorial.  The initial fund-raising campaign began in 2020 right when COVID hit and now projected costs have increased because of inflation. Blanchard City Manager Michael Scalf tells KOCO-TV that they have had to move back their target date for fund-raising twice. They initially raised about $300,000 but the estimated cost of the memorial has increased about 30 percent over the last two years. Some of the vendors they are working with have offered discounts but Scalf says they still need about $70,000 to reach the $402,000 they now need. Among the ways to contribute is to purchase a memorial brick for a veteran - and the vet doesn't have to be from Blanchard or even Oklahoma. Scalfsaid it could for any veteran across the country. The new target date for the dedication ceremony is about six months away, Memorial Day of 2024.

 

Report: Parts of U.S. 'At-Risk' for Rolling Blackouts

There is a concern that parts of the country might be at-risk for rolling blackouts during the upcoming winter should extremely cold weather hit. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission tells us-

 

              

 

 

The Winter Reliability Assessment included Oklahoma and other states within the Southwest Power Pool. It noted that the anticipated reserve margin is 30 percentage points lower than last winter.

 

'Buy Chickasha' Winning Ticket Numbers Drawn

No winners have yet been announced in the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Buy Chickasha $10,000 giveaway campaign. The first numbers were drawn yesterday (Thursday). The winning number for the $5,000 first place prize is 19898; the number for the $3,000 second place prize is 986; and the number for the $2,000 third place prize is 19766. There was also a fourth number drawn for a $500 gift card from Jay's Jewelry and the Okie Mountain Trading Company which is 3959. All the numbers are posted on our Facebook page as well as the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winning tickets must be verified at the Chamber by 3:00 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 15th). If these tickets are not claimed new drawings will be held this afternoon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.61.

Natural gas is $2.39 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,057 and silver is $24.55.

 

Obituary

Bonnie Fitzpatrick

Funeral service for Bonnie Fitzpatrick, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16th at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church. She worked for Head Start and was active in Girl Scouts. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Dec. 14th

 

TIF District Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

A panel has been formed to determine if the City of Chickasha should implement what's known as a Tax Increment Finance District (TIF). The group met for the first time yesterday and got an overview of what they'll be considering over the next several months. The city has hired a firm called the Public Finance Law group to guide the process. During a nearly 40-minute meeting, firm attorney Nate Ellis provided an outline of what a TIF is and how it’s supposed to work. He said it offers the potential to offset costs of infrastructure projects by using a portion of sales tax revenue and property taxes within the district; and even some leveraged funds from the state. Ellis said city officials have not said where the TIF district or districts might be located. City Manager Keith Johnson and other officials could have  some proposed sites to review when the group holds its second meeting next month.

Committee Members

The TIF committee is chaired by Vice Mayor Zach Grayson. Other members are John Grote from the city's Planning Commission; Jennifer Stegman, the assistant superintendent from the Chickasha School District; and Gayla Lutts, superintendent of the Canadian Valley Technology Center school district. Others are resident Bill Schwenk, appointed by Grady County; Chloe Berry, the director of the Grady County Emergency Medical Services District; and Daryn Patrick, the regional administrative director with the state health department. Lutts and Patrick were absent from yesterday’s meeting. Three at-large members were elected. They are Carol Bingham, a business owner; Mike Ross, the athletic director for USAO, and Parker Denton who works for a local bank. The group also named Buddy Hector as an alternate member. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 1:00 p.m. at city hall.

 

Chix Family Helps First-Generation College Students at USAO

Some first-generation college students at USAO are getting some help to pay for their education. Larry and Diana Brown of Chickasha recently donated funds to help students who are the first ever in their families to attend college. Adelina Flores of Noble and Rylee Wilkerson of Mustang were awarded the scholarships. In a press release, USAO senior vice president JP Audus said the commitment of the Browns to help first-generation students is remarkable and that their generosity also contributes to the broader goal of fostering inclusive and diverse educational opportunities. The Browns also work with a foundation to provide scholarships for graduating Chickasha High School seniors.

 

OHP Cadets to Graduate

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will soon have a number of new state troopers on the road. 19 cadets are graduating from the 72nd Highway Patrol Academy tomorrow.  OHP Chief Col. Pat Mays says the cadets completed 20 weeks of training. Areas covered included use of force, de-escalation tactics, firearms, and criminal interdiction. Also traffic and criminal law, arrest procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid, and even Spanish lessons. Next up for the cadets will be riding with another trooper for three months before they can work on their own.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.26.

Natural gas is $2.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,049 and silver is $24.31.

 

Obituary

Phillip Ferrell

No service is scheduled for Phillip Ferrell, 67, of Chickasha. He was a cook and owned a restaurant and was known for being an accomplished bass guitar player for local bands. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Dec. 13th

 

Pileup Results in Nearly 10 People Taken to Hospitals

A three-vehicle crash injured nearly 10 people including six children last night. The accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. at a dangerous intersection east of Chickasha on U.S. Highway 62 and CS 2880 which is known as Hibarger Hill. The highway patrol reports that an east-bound vehicle had slowed to turn off the highway and was rear-ended – then nearly hit head-on by an oncoming SUV. The vehicle that was rear-ended was driven by 26-year old Juana Castro of Chickasha who had three children in her vehicle all under the age of six. All were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and were treated and released. Driving the vehicle than nearly hit Castro's car head-on was 49-year old Leland Looper of Blanchard who had four other passengers in his vehicle, including three children ages 9 to 14. Looper was treated and released while the most seriously injured was 42-year old Marisoll Looper who was last in critical condition. One child was admitted in fair condition and two other youth were treated and released. The driver of the SUV that rear-ended the Castro vehicle was 36-year old Clay Scott of Blanchard who was not injured. The highway was shut down the highway for more than an hour.

 

Charges Revised for Those Charged with Cyril Child's Death

We have an update on the story of the death of a four-year old Cyril girl that drew state-wide attention earlier this year. Athena Brownfield was first reported missing in January and authorities eventually found her body buried in field near Agawam. The two caretakers who were arrested in connection with her death - Alysia Adams and Ivon Adams - have had their charges revised. Alysia was originally charged with child neglect but prosecutors have changed that to first degree murder. Investigators say gave them false information, saying that Ivon had beaten the child to death. The state medical examiner determined that Athena died from malnutrition and pneumonia. Ivon, who was originally charged with first degree murder, has had his charge changed to second-degree murder. Both defendants waived their rights to preliminary hearing conferences in Caddo County District Court yesterday. They are to be arraigned on the new charges in February.

 

Grady County Deputies Earn End-of-Year Honors

Several members of the Grady County Sheriff's Office earned promotions and other accolades for their work this year. Deputy James Weidenmaier has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Johnathan Cordell was named the Deputy of the Year; Allen Moore was named Reserve Deputy of the Year; and Brianna Newcomb was named Dispatcher of the Year. Sheriff Gary Boggess also announced the hiring of several new deputies including Timothy Romero, Max Rinehart, and Jonathan Moore. They will all begin  Basic Police Officer Certification classes next month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.24.

Natural gas is $2.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,997 and silver is $22.98.

 

Obituary

Thelma 'Joan' Leaverton

Funeral service for 'Joan' Leaverton, 90, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14th at College Heights Baptist Church. She worked for a CPA firm while in Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Dec. 12th

 

Onward Chickasha Open House Tonight

Another update regarding the Onward Chickasha project will be held tonight. Officials with the Guernsey Consulting group who are developing this long-range plan for the city will have an open house to bring residents up-to-date on their progress. Laura Bergey is the program manager for the study and tells what to expect-

 

              

 

 

The proposed Community Vision Statement will also be posted. Members of the Guernsey group and city officials will be on hand for the come-and-go open house. It will be held at the Canadian Valley Technology Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

First TIF District Review Committee Meeting is Wednesday

The first meeting of the City of Chickasha's Tax Increment District Review Committee will be held tomorrow afternoon. The panel will gather to discuss the merits of forming one or more districts which,  if approved, would set aside sales tax revenues produced from those districts to help pay for infrastructure projects within those districts. The meeting will get underway at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Two Public Hearings Set for Planning Commission 

A couple of public hearings are scheduled for the Chickasha Planning Commission’s monthly meeting today. One is to review the final plat for the Haven Point Addition near 22nd Street and Nevada Ave. The second is in regards to a request to close the existing 20 feet of utility easement containing a private water line at 2001 S. 1st Street.

 

Burglary Suspect Accused of Taking Coins, Family Urn

A Grady County man is accused of an unusual burglary. Tuttle police arrested 34-year old Justin Webb last Friday for allegedly stealing some rare coins and the cremated remains of the victim's relative. Webb is facing a half-dozen charges including felonies of unlawfully removing a dead body, burglary, knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property, and having a firearm after a former felony conviction. He's also facing misdemeanor charges of obstruction and drug possession. Webb remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.03.

Natural gas is $2.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,001 and silver is $23.24.

 

Obituaries

Donald Smith

Funeral service for Donald Smith, 85, of Corn and formerly of the Verden area will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. He was a farmer, a rancher, and a custom harvester. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karen Plummer-Lee

A memorial service for Karen Plummer-Lee will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Dec. 16th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Dec. 11th

 

State Broadband Board Re-Thinks Original Plan

The governing board that oversees the state broadband office meets tomorrow and may vote on what's called the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. The website OK Energy Today reports officials had planned to announce its initial plan on spending more than $380 million in federal funds for broadband expansion in the state this past August. However, they decided to take a second-look at it because some of the state's most challenging geographical areas would not have been served under the original criteria. There were also some complaints from Internet providers. Under the current definition set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Internet service counts as broadband if it delivers download speeds of at least 25 megabytes per second and upload speeds of at least 3 megabytes per second.

 

Chix City  Council to Hold Work Session on Parks, Recreation

A discussion of plans for Chickasha city parks and recreation areas will be held during a special City Council work session tonight. Last week, the council create a Parks and Recreation Board to include members of the community which would provide oversight and suggestions for park usage which includes Lake Chickasha. The informal work session will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Plan for Chickasha School Students to Use App

To Report Safety Concerns to be Heard by School Board

A proposal to create a system for students to anonymously report safety or misconduct concerns will be discussed by the Chickasha Board of Education tonight. It’s called the STOPit app. The app is monitored 24-7 and has a crisis text line feature to provide students with immediate access to mental health counselors. The panel will also consider changing the name of its Johnson O'Malley activity account to the Native American Culture Club. The Chicken Express December Employees of the Month are from the middle school. The certified employee is Sonjia Pierson and the support employee is Kendra Curtis. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Festival of Light Finishes Second in National Survey

In case you missed the news from over the weekend, Chickasha's Festival of Light finished second in a national on-line poll for the best public holiday light displays. The overall winner was Duluth, Minnesota. The poll was conducted by USA Today which said that FOL is the grand-daddy of all light shows and that it's all about superlatives. The Festival of Light is in its 31st year and has more than 250,000 visitors each year. The event now includes an estimated 4 million lights at Shannon Springs Park including a nearly 165-foot tall lighted Christmas tree and offers activities that include ice skating, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, carriage rides, and food trucks.  The festival is open nightly through New Year’s Eve.

 

USAO Prof Awarded Endowed Professorship

A longtime USAO professor is recognized for her work. Jeanette Loutch has been awarded the first-ever Giles Family Endowed Professorship in Biology. In addition to her work in the classroom she runs a Women in Technology and Science program for fifth- and sixth-grade girls each November. She also hosts a summer food camp.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.84.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,009 and silver is $23.20.

 

Obituary

Veda Phillips

Funeral service for Veda Phillips, 87, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12th at Calvary Baptist Church. She worked for Jimmy's Cleaners and Joes Cleaners. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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2023, Dec. 11th-16th

Saturday, Dec. 16th

 

Anadarko Police Detail Arrest of Armed Suspect Near School

Anadarko police shared some details about their arrest of an armed man near the Anadarko high school this week. The search for the suspect forced the school to be locked down for a short time on Thursday. Police Chief Eric Harlan said they were notified by the highway patrol that 32-year old Devin Shane Davis of Woodward County was in Anadarko. Davis was wanted for allegedly brutally beating and strangling his girlfriend and stealing her gun late Monday night. Chief Harlan said OHP provided a vehicle description and a tag number, and officers located the vehicle in the Petree Plaza in the area of Braum's and McDonalds. Police, Caddo County Sheriff's deputies, and state troopers set up surveillance on the vehicle which would move a couple of blocks away to Wal-Mart and the AT&T store which is right next to the high school campus. Harlan said officers converged on Davis and were able to take him in to custody without incident. Authorities found the victim's gun, a 9MM Smith and Wesson in the car. It wasn't clear why Davis was in Anadarko which is a two-hour drive from Woodward County. Davis is currently on probation after pleading guilty to a burglary charge stemming from an arrest in Woodward County three years ago. He's facing new charges in Woodward County for domestic assault resulting in great bodily harm and larceny. He's also facing charges in Caddo County for having a firearm while on probation and knowingly receiving stolen property. A Caddo County judge set his bond at $10,000.

 

PSO Customers to See Savings in 2024

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) officials say their customers will see a reduction on the fuel portion of their bills starting next month. Residential customers who typically use 1,100 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will see their bills reduced by about $15.50 per month. Officials say the lower bills are the result of reduced natural gas prices the utility is paying as well as its investments in fuel-free generating facilities. A press release from the utility says PSO does not profit on the fuel it purchases to run those facilities - so when their natural gas prices fall - PSO passes the savings on to its customers. PSO officials say the recent high fuel costs have been challenging for many of their customers and they are happy that the lower prices will ease energy expenses. Officials say that over the last 10-plus years that PSO's residential prices have been consistently at or below regional and national prices.

 

Cars and Coffee at the Leg This Morning

Today is the third Saturday of the month, and that means its time for Cars and Coffee at the Leg this morning. A number of sports cars, modifieds, antique cars and trucks, along with ATVs and UTVs will be on display. It's free to anyone who wants to show off their vehicle and for anyone who would like to stop by and visit and take pictures. Cars and Coffee at the Leg is downtown Chickasha at the Leg Lamp from about 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and there's free coffee and donuts while they last. The next Coffee and Cars at the Lamp will be Saturday, Jan. 20th.

 

Obituaries

James ‘J.V.’ Gregory, Jr.

A graveside service for ‘J.V.’ Gregory, Jr., 82, of Mustang and formerly of Pocasset will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19th at Rose Hill Cemetery. He owned a motor rebuilding company and was a long-time member of Kiwanis International. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

James Hegwald, Jr.

A memorial service for James Hegwald, Jr., 66, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked for Maremont and the Ninnekah Water Department.

 

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Friday, Dec. 15th

 

Armed Suspect Report Leads to Lockdown of Anadarko School

The high school in Anadarko was placed on lockdown yesterday after a report that an armed and dangerous suspect was in the area. Anadarko Police Chief Eric Harlan said his office was notified by the highway patrol that an armed suspect out of Woodward County was near the campus just before noon. As a precaution Harlan said the high school was placed on lock down. In a post on the Anadarko Police Department's Facebook page, Harlan said officers were able to arrest the suspect without incident at Wal-Mart which is adjacent to the high school. The lockdown was lifted after the suspect was taken into custody. No information available about the suspect.

 

Effort Continues to Build a Blanchard Veterans Memorial

Blanchard officials are facing some challenges when it comes to raising money to build a veterans memorial.  The initial fund-raising campaign began in 2020 right when COVID hit and now projected costs have increased because of inflation. Blanchard City Manager Michael Scalf tells KOCO-TV that they have had to move back their target date for fund-raising twice. They initially raised about $300,000 but the estimated cost of the memorial has increased about 30 percent over the last two years. Some of the vendors they are working with have offered discounts but Scalf says they still need about $70,000 to reach the $402,000 they now need. Among the ways to contribute is to purchase a memorial brick for a veteran - and the vet doesn't have to be from Blanchard or even Oklahoma. Scalfsaid it could for any veteran across the country. The new target date for the dedication ceremony is about six months away, Memorial Day of 2024.

 

Report: Parts of U.S. 'At-Risk' for Rolling Blackouts

There is a concern that parts of the country might be at-risk for rolling blackouts during the upcoming winter should extremely cold weather hit. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission tells us-

 

              

 

 

The Winter Reliability Assessment included Oklahoma and other states within the Southwest Power Pool. It noted that the anticipated reserve margin is 30 percentage points lower than last winter.

 

'Buy Chickasha' Winning Ticket Numbers Drawn

No winners have yet been announced in the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Buy Chickasha $10,000 giveaway campaign. The first numbers were drawn yesterday (Thursday). The winning number for the $5,000 first place prize is 19898; the number for the $3,000 second place prize is 986; and the number for the $2,000 third place prize is 19766. There was also a fourth number drawn for a $500 gift card from Jay's Jewelry and the Okie Mountain Trading Company which is 3959. All the numbers are posted on our Facebook page as well as the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winning tickets must be verified at the Chamber by 3:00 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 15th). If these tickets are not claimed new drawings will be held this afternoon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.58 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.61.

Natural gas is $2.39 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,057 and silver is $24.55.

 

Obituary

Bonnie Fitzpatrick

Funeral service for Bonnie Fitzpatrick, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16th at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church. She worked for Head Start and was active in Girl Scouts. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Dec. 14th

 

TIF District Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

A panel has been formed to determine if the City of Chickasha should implement what's known as a Tax Increment Finance District (TIF). The group met for the first time yesterday and got an overview of what they'll be considering over the next several months. The city has hired a firm called the Public Finance Law group to guide the process. During a nearly 40-minute meeting, firm attorney Nate Ellis provided an outline of what a TIF is and how it’s supposed to work. He said it offers the potential to offset costs of infrastructure projects by using a portion of sales tax revenue and property taxes within the district; and even some leveraged funds from the state. Ellis said city officials have not said where the TIF district or districts might be located. City Manager Keith Johnson and other officials could have  some proposed sites to review when the group holds its second meeting next month.

Committee Members

The TIF committee is chaired by Vice Mayor Zach Grayson. Other members are John Grote from the city's Planning Commission; Jennifer Stegman, the assistant superintendent from the Chickasha School District; and Gayla Lutts, superintendent of the Canadian Valley Technology Center school district. Others are resident Bill Schwenk, appointed by Grady County; Chloe Berry, the director of the Grady County Emergency Medical Services District; and Daryn Patrick, the regional administrative director with the state health department. Lutts and Patrick were absent from yesterday’s meeting. Three at-large members were elected. They are Carol Bingham, a business owner; Mike Ross, the athletic director for USAO, and Parker Denton who works for a local bank. The group also named Buddy Hector as an alternate member. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 1:00 p.m. at city hall.

 

Chix Family Helps First-Generation College Students at USAO

Some first-generation college students at USAO are getting some help to pay for their education. Larry and Diana Brown of Chickasha recently donated funds to help students who are the first ever in their families to attend college. Adelina Flores of Noble and Rylee Wilkerson of Mustang were awarded the scholarships. In a press release, USAO senior vice president JP Audus said the commitment of the Browns to help first-generation students is remarkable and that their generosity also contributes to the broader goal of fostering inclusive and diverse educational opportunities. The Browns also work with a foundation to provide scholarships for graduating Chickasha High School seniors.

 

OHP Cadets to Graduate

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will soon have a number of new state troopers on the road. 19 cadets are graduating from the 72nd Highway Patrol Academy tomorrow.  OHP Chief Col. Pat Mays says the cadets completed 20 weeks of training. Areas covered included use of force, de-escalation tactics, firearms, and criminal interdiction. Also traffic and criminal law, arrest procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid, and even Spanish lessons. Next up for the cadets will be riding with another trooper for three months before they can work on their own.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.26.

Natural gas is $2.33 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,049 and silver is $24.31.

 

Obituary

Phillip Ferrell

No service is scheduled for Phillip Ferrell, 67, of Chickasha. He was a cook and owned a restaurant and was known for being an accomplished bass guitar player for local bands. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Dec. 13th

 

Pileup Results in Nearly 10 People Taken to Hospitals

A three-vehicle crash injured nearly 10 people including six children last night. The accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. at a dangerous intersection east of Chickasha on U.S. Highway 62 and CS 2880 which is known as Hibarger Hill. The highway patrol reports that an east-bound vehicle had slowed to turn off the highway and was rear-ended – then nearly hit head-on by an oncoming SUV. The vehicle that was rear-ended was driven by 26-year old Juana Castro of Chickasha who had three children in her vehicle all under the age of six. All were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and were treated and released. Driving the vehicle than nearly hit Castro's car head-on was 49-year old Leland Looper of Blanchard who had four other passengers in his vehicle, including three children ages 9 to 14. Looper was treated and released while the most seriously injured was 42-year old Marisoll Looper who was last in critical condition. One child was admitted in fair condition and two other youth were treated and released. The driver of the SUV that rear-ended the Castro vehicle was 36-year old Clay Scott of Blanchard who was not injured. The highway was shut down the highway for more than an hour.

 

Charges Revised for Those Charged with Cyril Child's Death

We have an update on the story of the death of a four-year old Cyril girl that drew state-wide attention earlier this year. Athena Brownfield was first reported missing in January and authorities eventually found her body buried in field near Agawam. The two caretakers who were arrested in connection with her death - Alysia Adams and Ivon Adams - have had their charges revised. Alysia was originally charged with child neglect but prosecutors have changed that to first degree murder. Investigators say gave them false information, saying that Ivon had beaten the child to death. The state medical examiner determined that Athena died from malnutrition and pneumonia. Ivon, who was originally charged with first degree murder, has had his charge changed to second-degree murder. Both defendants waived their rights to preliminary hearing conferences in Caddo County District Court yesterday. They are to be arraigned on the new charges in February.

 

Grady County Deputies Earn End-of-Year Honors

Several members of the Grady County Sheriff's Office earned promotions and other accolades for their work this year. Deputy James Weidenmaier has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Johnathan Cordell was named the Deputy of the Year; Allen Moore was named Reserve Deputy of the Year; and Brianna Newcomb was named Dispatcher of the Year. Sheriff Gary Boggess also announced the hiring of several new deputies including Timothy Romero, Max Rinehart, and Jonathan Moore. They will all begin  Basic Police Officer Certification classes next month.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $68.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $73.24.

Natural gas is $2.23 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,997 and silver is $22.98.

 

Obituary

Thelma 'Joan' Leaverton

Funeral service for 'Joan' Leaverton, 90, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14th at College Heights Baptist Church. She worked for a CPA firm while in Chickasha. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Dec. 12th

 

Onward Chickasha Open House Tonight

Another update regarding the Onward Chickasha project will be held tonight. Officials with the Guernsey Consulting group who are developing this long-range plan for the city will have an open house to bring residents up-to-date on their progress. Laura Bergey is the program manager for the study and tells what to expect-

 

              

 

 

The proposed Community Vision Statement will also be posted. Members of the Guernsey group and city officials will be on hand for the come-and-go open house. It will be held at the Canadian Valley Technology Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

First TIF District Review Committee Meeting is Wednesday

The first meeting of the City of Chickasha's Tax Increment District Review Committee will be held tomorrow afternoon. The panel will gather to discuss the merits of forming one or more districts which,  if approved, would set aside sales tax revenues produced from those districts to help pay for infrastructure projects within those districts. The meeting will get underway at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the city council chambers at city hall.

 

Two Public Hearings Set for Planning Commission 

A couple of public hearings are scheduled for the Chickasha Planning Commission’s monthly meeting today. One is to review the final plat for the Haven Point Addition near 22nd Street and Nevada Ave. The second is in regards to a request to close the existing 20 feet of utility easement containing a private water line at 2001 S. 1st Street.

 

Burglary Suspect Accused of Taking Coins, Family Urn

A Grady County man is accused of an unusual burglary. Tuttle police arrested 34-year old Justin Webb last Friday for allegedly stealing some rare coins and the cremated remains of the victim's relative. Webb is facing a half-dozen charges including felonies of unlawfully removing a dead body, burglary, knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property, and having a firearm after a former felony conviction. He's also facing misdemeanor charges of obstruction and drug possession. Webb remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $76.03.

Natural gas is $2.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,001 and silver is $23.24.

 

Obituaries

Donald Smith

Funeral service for Donald Smith, 85, of Corn and formerly of the Verden area will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16th at the Plainview Mennonite Church. He was a farmer, a rancher, and a custom harvester. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karen Plummer-Lee

A memorial service for Karen Plummer-Lee will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Dec. 16th at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Dec. 11th

 

State Broadband Board Re-Thinks Original Plan

The governing board that oversees the state broadband office meets tomorrow and may vote on what's called the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. The website OK Energy Today reports officials had planned to announce its initial plan on spending more than $380 million in federal funds for broadband expansion in the state this past August. However, they decided to take a second-look at it because some of the state's most challenging geographical areas would not have been served under the original criteria. There were also some complaints from Internet providers. Under the current definition set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Internet service counts as broadband if it delivers download speeds of at least 25 megabytes per second and upload speeds of at least 3 megabytes per second.

 

Chix City  Council to Hold Work Session on Parks, Recreation

A discussion of plans for Chickasha city parks and recreation areas will be held during a special City Council work session tonight. Last week, the council create a Parks and Recreation Board to include members of the community which would provide oversight and suggestions for park usage which includes Lake Chickasha. The informal work session will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Plan for Chickasha School Students to Use App

To Report Safety Concerns to be Heard by School Board

A proposal to create a system for students to anonymously report safety or misconduct concerns will be discussed by the Chickasha Board of Education tonight. It’s called the STOPit app. The app is monitored 24-7 and has a crisis text line feature to provide students with immediate access to mental health counselors. The panel will also consider changing the name of its Johnson O'Malley activity account to the Native American Culture Club. The Chicken Express December Employees of the Month are from the middle school. The certified employee is Sonjia Pierson and the support employee is Kendra Curtis. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration building.

 

Festival of Light Finishes Second in National Survey

In case you missed the news from over the weekend, Chickasha's Festival of Light finished second in a national on-line poll for the best public holiday light displays. The overall winner was Duluth, Minnesota. The poll was conducted by USA Today which said that FOL is the grand-daddy of all light shows and that it's all about superlatives. The Festival of Light is in its 31st year and has more than 250,000 visitors each year. The event now includes an estimated 4 million lights at Shannon Springs Park including a nearly 165-foot tall lighted Christmas tree and offers activities that include ice skating, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, carriage rides, and food trucks.  The festival is open nightly through New Year’s Eve.

 

USAO Prof Awarded Endowed Professorship

A longtime USAO professor is recognized for her work. Jeanette Loutch has been awarded the first-ever Giles Family Endowed Professorship in Biology. In addition to her work in the classroom she runs a Women in Technology and Science program for fifth- and sixth-grade girls each November. She also hosts a summer food camp.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.23 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $75.84.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,009 and silver is $23.20.

 

Obituary

Veda Phillips

Funeral service for Veda Phillips, 87, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12th at Calvary Baptist Church. She worked for Jimmy's Cleaners and Joes Cleaners. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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2023, 4th-9th

Saturday, Dec. 9th

 

OHP Identifies Crash Victims

Three senior citizens, all in their 70s, were identified as those who died in that deadly crash on the H.E. Bailey turnpike Thursday afternoon. Officials say a total of nine vehicles including a semi were involved and 16 people, including three children, were in those vehicles. None of the children whose ages ranged from 2 to 15 years old were injured.  Among those who died were 77-year old Bedford 'Junior' Rowland, of Altus and his wife, 76-year old Marcia. The third fatality was 74-year old Phillip Stephens of Lubbock, Texas.  KOCO-TV reports that Junior was a well-known educator in southwest Oklahoma. He retired as campus director of the Southwest Technology Center. He was also a more than 45-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a board member of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and earned the organization's highest recognition, the Masonic Medal of Honor. 

 

Anadarko Police Seek Info on Fatal Shooting

An investigation into a fatal shooting is ongoing in Anadarko. Authorities say 36-year old D'Angelo Pollard was found dead Thursday night from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. A post on the department's Facebook page says they received several calls about shots being fired at a home in the 100 block of Moran Street near the Caddo County Fairgrounds about 10:15 Thursday night. Police are asking anyone who may have information to call 405-247-2211 and press Option 3. Information can also be e-mailed to APD@cityofanadarko.org

 

Festival of Light is Runner-up in National Light Display Poll

Chickasha's Festival of Light gets some major recognition from a national publication. The festival finished runner-up in an on-line national poll conducted by USA Today for the nation's top 10 best public holiday light displays. The top spot went to Duluth, Minnesota. The paper said that the festival is all about superlatives and calls it the granddaddy of all light shows. More than 250,000 visitors come from around the world to see the display at Shannon Springs Park. The festival is in its 31st year and is open every night through New Year’s Eve.

 

Energy Company Distributes Funds to Worthy Causes

A pipeline company has provided some Christmas cheer for projects in the region it serves. Midship Pipeline, partly owned by Cheniere Energy, is helping first responder groups and other charitable projects in regional counties. $8,500 was awarded to fire departments at El Reno and Calumet and another $8,500 was awarded to Canadian County Emergency Management. The company also gave $10,000 to plant trees in the new park being developed in downtown Chickasha. Other contributions were made to rural hospitals, agriculture education, and science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

 

Obituaries

Karen Plummer-Lee

A memorial service is pending for Karen Plummer-Lee, 83, of Chickasha. She worked at a nursing home and volunteered at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ food and clothing room. The service is pending with McRay Funeral Home.

Peggy Scott

A private memorial service is scheduled for Peggy Scott, 87, Chickasha. She worked at Gabriel for nearly 20 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

‘Gene’ Campbell

A memorial service for Charles 'Gene' Campbell, 79, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22nd at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked in the oil field for more than 50 years.

 

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Friday, Dec. 8th

 

Three Dead, Two Hospitalized After Multi-Vehicle Crash

Three people died and two others were taken to hospitals after that multi-vehicle pile-up on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike just outside Chickasha yesterday. The accident happened southwest of town in the east bound lanes near mile marker 76 about 1 p.m. Much of the highway was closed for several hours. The highway patrol has not released the names of those who died or were injured. Troopers believe the crash happened as a result of smoke from a grass fire just off the turnpike. Officials are still trying to determine what sparked that blaze.

 

Wind-whipped Fires Put Strain on Several Fire Stations

The turnpike fire was one of several in the region that erupted and quickly spread with the warm temperatures, high winds, and dry vegetation. Sources tell KOOL/RANCH News that crews battled as many as five fires in the Chickasha area alone yesterday. Numerous municipal and volunteer fire departments were summoned to help beat back the flames.  One was near Wheeler Farms west of 29th and Idaho; another east of Ninnekah in the area of Highway 19 and Dell Street.  The Amber Fire Department posted on its Facebook page that they were summoned to a structure fire north of town and called in Tuttle and Bridge Creek departments for help.

 

Regional School Board Filings

Some, but not all regional school districts will have school board elections early next year. Several races developed during the filing period that was held earlier this week.

Grady County

There will be school board elections for Ninnekah, Rush Springs, and Minco schools. At Ninnekah incumbent Delanie Berry drew three challengers in Damon Stephens, Mark Fulton, and Jeff Chadrick. At Rush Springs Joe Harris, Joe Jones, and Brittany McWilliams have all filed; and at Minco Paige Teel, Jared Rumley, David Brummell, and Mike Herrel have all filed.

No election will be needed for the Chickasha school district as incumbent Robyn Morse ran unopposed. At Amber-Pocasset both Tyler Lowe and Brad Hunter filed unopposed for their posts. At Verden Roxi Tallent filed unopposed; and at Tuttle, Randy Claypool filed un-opposed. At Pioneer Seth DeHart ran unopposed; at Friend Caleb McClung filed unopposed; and at Middleberg T.J. Murray filed unopposed.

Caddo County

There will be an election for the Binger-Oney school district as Gary Farrow and Cameron Stephens have filed for Office 4. In Anadarko Richard Ross and Greg Delaney filed unopposed for their school board seats; at Cement Darrell Williams filed unopposed; at Cyril Victoria Woodward filed unopposed; and at Gracemont Kathy Butler filed unopposed. At Ft. Cobb-Broxton Brent Bellamy was unopposed; at Carnegie Travis Goergen was unopposed; and at Apache Gregory Roberts was unopposed. At Lookeba-Sickles Michael Brown filed unopposed; at Hydro-Eakly Johnny Stotts filed unopposed; and for the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center Tom Haley of Binger filed unopposed.

Today is the final day for candidates to withdraw and for protests to be filed. The school board primary elections will be in February and if any run-offs are needed they will be in April.

 

Chix Wine and Craft Festival Tomorrow

The second annual Chickasha Wine and Craft Festival will be held tomorrow. More than 70 vendors will have arts and crafts, jewelry, woodworking, food, and of course hand-crafted wine and beer. Admission is free and it is a family-friendly event. The festival will be held at The Grady County Fairgrounds in the north exhibit building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

 

Area Christmas Celebrations

Blanchard will have its annual Christmas on Main Street event with Santa making an appearance and free rides on the city’s new train from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There’s a children’s Christmas concert at 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m. After the parade the City of Blanchard will issue a proclamation congratulating the Blanchard High School football team for winning the Class 4A championship last week.

Anadarko will have its Christmas Extravaganza parade tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $74.05.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,045 and silver is $24.12.

 

Obituary

Dennis Claflin, Jr.

A come-and-go celebration of life for 76-year old Dennis Claflin, Jr. of Ninnekah will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 9th) at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and also farmed and worked in the oilfield.

 

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Thursday, Dec. 7th

 

Lamp Shade 'Incident' Leads to Salvation Army Benefit

The latest lamp shade episode in downtown Chickasha is gaining a lot of traction on social media. Developer Chet Hitt was told by city officials to take down a lamp shade on a city-owned lamp post in front of Hitt's Savoy 1902 Hotel recently. One of Hitt's favorite sayings is that he likes to turn lemons into lemonade. As a result of the ‘incident’ he's using his social media platform to promote a T-shirt drive to benefit the Salvation Army. The shirts include a depiction of The Grinch sneaking away with a lamp shade with the inscription 'The Grinch Who Stole Chickasha's Lamp Shade'. Hitt would like to sell 1,000 t-shirts. During Monday night's Chickasha City Council meeting Hitt was critical of two people on social media who are outspoken opponents of some of the work being done by the city and the Economic Development Council - Torry Wise and Dwain Sehon. Hitt said they never have anything positive to say. After Monday's meeting, Sehon took exception to that comment and told KOOL-RANCH News that he has supported many community projects.

 

              

 

 

Sehon also said he supported the bond issue to help Chickasha schools build the high school activity center with a new auditorium and fieldhouse.

              

High Bond set for Sexual Assault Suspect

(EDITOR'S NOTE - A previous version of this story contained erroneous information which indicated that the suspect had pleaded guilty to previous unrelated charges. We apologize for and regret the error)

A Grady County judge has set bond at $100,000 for a sexual assault suspect. 61-year old Rex Sanders, Jr. was arrested this week in connection with an assault that occurred in October. It's alleged that the attack occurred when the victim fell unconscious after drinking alcohol and eating some edible marijuana. Sanders is to announce his attorney next week and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Dec. 20th. 

 

Fire Crews Attend Training for Oil, Gas Well Site Fires

Several Grady County and regional firefighters were able to sharpen their skills during some recent training. Crews from Amber, Friend, Pioneer, Minco, Blanchard, Bridge Creek, and Newcastle attended the training in Stillwater at the Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training program. Grady County Fire Chief Rodney Gregory said the training was hosted by Oklahoma Oil and Gas and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB). The training focused on the different types of dangers regarding oil and gas well sites.

 

Chix Municipal Court Offers Food for Fines Program

Individuals who have traffic tickets or fines with the City of Chickasha will be able donate food to help pay their fines. The Municipal Court will allow individuals to get $10 off their fines for every one item donated. A maximum of $100 will be taken off their fines. They will accept canned goods including vegetables, fruit, meat and tuna; and well as canned or bagged beans, bagged or boxed rice, cereal, boxed macaroni and cheese, boxed crackers, and even a four-pack of bathroom tissue. The individuals who have the tickets or fines will have to personally deliver the items. Anyone with outstanding warrants may participate without fear of being arrested and will be set up on a payment plan if money is still owed. All the food donated will be given to the Emergency Food Pantry. Items can be dropped at the Chickasha Police Department Monday, Dec. 18th through Thursday, Dec. 21st between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $69.38.

London-based Brent crude is $74.30.

Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,050 and silver is $24.28.

 

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Wednesday, Dec. 6th

 

Onward Chickasha Project Continues

A project called Onward Chickasha continues asking residents to share what they think the city should look like in the future. The 18th-month project is in its fourth of six phases and officials gave an overview of the work so far at this week's city council meeting. Laura Bergey of the Guernsey Consulting firm is the project manager. She said they've just developed a Community Vision Statement-

 

            

 

There are 10 areas that were created for the vision statement. They include being a healthy, safe, and inviting community; a thriving and inclusive community; growth and prosperity; distinctive character; and a good quality of life. Others are parks and public spaces; high quality infrastructure and public services; economic opportunities; a premier educational system; and a fiscally responsible community. There will be another open house for the public to continue discussion about the project. That will be next Tuesday, Dec. 12th at the Canadian Valley Technology Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The inter-active program can be accessed on-line at Onward Chickasha.org.

 

Remains of Soldier who Died at Pearl Harbor

to be Buried in  Carnegie on Attack's Anniversary

The remains of an Oklahoma soldier who died at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 have returned home. Private First Class Robert Taylor will be buried in the Carnegie cemetery tomorrow. His remains were identified through DNA provided by his nephew, William Biggers. Biggers tells KSWO-TV that he was asked to provide DNA eight years ago to see if it may match any of the remains of those who died. Biggers was notified two years ago of the match to his uncle. PFC Taylor was aboard the USS Oklahoma and had just turned 23 years old a couple of weeks before the attack.  PFC Taylor will be laid to rest tomorrow on the 82nd anniversary of the attack which killed 2,403 U.S. personnel (including 68 civilians) and destroyed or damaged 19 U.S. Navy ships which included eight battleships.

 

Kidnapping Suspect Jailed

A Blanchard man is accused of kidnapping and beating his girlfriend. 45-year old Russell Allen Poindexter was arrested early Monday morning. A probable cause affidavit shows that Grady County deputies and the highway patrol were with a domestic assault victim in a pickup on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike near mile marker 92 late Sunday night. It’s alleged Poindexter told the woman to get in the floorboard in the back seat of the pickup and be quiet. But she made herself visible and asked deputies to call an ambulance. She suffered facial injuries and had a bruised neck and said Poindexter threatened to kill her. The woman was taken to the hospital and Poindexter was taken to the Grady County Jail. He's been charged with kidnapping and domestic assault and battery by strangulation and remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Sexual Assault Suspect Behind Bars

A Grady County man is facing up to 10 years behind bars in connection with an alleged sexual assault against an unconscious victim. An arrest warrant was issued for 61-year old Rex Sanders, Jr. of Rush Springs last Friday and sheriff’s deputies picked him up yesterday. Court documents indicate that the assault occurred in October of this year after the victim consumed alcohol and a marijuana edible. Sanders remains in jail and bond has not yet been set.

 

Some School Board, Town Council Filings to-date

Today is the final day for candidates to file to run for some school board and town council posts. Some of the filings include:

Grady County

Chickasha School Board - Robyn Morse for Office 4

Alex School Board - Kelby Ketchum for Office 4

Amber-Pocasset School Board - Tyler Lowe for Office 2 and Brad Hunter for Office 4

Friend School Board - Caleb McClung for Office 1

Middleberg School Board - T.J. Murray for Office 1

Pioneer School Board - Seth DeHart for Office 1

 Minco School Board - Mike Herrel and Jared Rumley for Office 4

 Rush Springs School Board - Joe Harris for Office 4

Verden School Board - Roxi Tallent for Office No. 4

Caddo County

Anadarko School Board - Richard Ross for Office 3 and Greg Delaney for Office 4

Candidates have until five o'clock this afternoon to file their declarations of candidacy at the county election board offices where their districts are located.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.32 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $77.20.

Natural gas is $2.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,038 and silver is $24.47.

 

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Tuesday, Dec. 5th

 

Should Council Reps Vacate Seats

for Missing Too Many Meetings?

Two Chickasha city councilmen are being criticized for their lack of attendance at council meetings. Kelly Boyd and Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander have missed a lot of meetings over the past year.  Business owner Tim Elliott says the City Charter indicates that representatives should attend at least 75 percent of regularly scheduled meetings during a 12-month period. Boyd has only attended 64 percent and Ashanti-Alexander only 68 percent. The charter calls for the seats to be automatically vacated. Ashanti-Alexander says he’s being targeted and feels his family is in danger.

 

              

 

 

Elliott said he wasn’t attacking anybody and that his concern is that Ashanti-Alexander and Boyd are not satisfactorily doing the jobs they were elected to do. Mayor Chris Mosley cited an attorney general's opinion which says the accused incumbent office holder must be afforded due process before a decision is made. He said the issue would have to part of a future council meeting with discussion in an open session before any action could be taken.

 

Downtown Lamp Shade Draws More Discussion

There was more discussion about a lamp shade placed on a city-owned lamp post just before Thanksgiving. City Manager Keith Johnson said he initially didn't think there was a problem since business owners put Hallowe’en decorations on the lamp posts.

 

            

 

 

Developer Chet Hitt said he put up the lamp shade but was not coerced by anyone to do it. During last night's meeting Hitt he said the city council should let the city manager do his job.

 

              

 

Hitt said it’s no secret that the Leg Lamp is the reason he is investing in the community. He said the video he posted after taking the lamp shade down has received 70,000 views and an overwhelming number of people liked it.

 

Council OKs Purchase of Building for New Fire Station

The city council did authorize the purchase of the former Chief Fire and Safety building last night. The panel approved spending $995,000 for the buildings owned by Banner Fire Department. The site will be used for a new fire station and by the Chickasha Police Department. The city does not bear the entire cost of the property. The city manager said Grady County EMS will reimburse the city $500,000.

Purchase of new fire trucks delayed

The panel tabled action on the purchase of two new firetrucks, saying they need to discuss financing the more than $2.5 million cost for those vehicles.

 

Council OKs Demolition of Nuisance Property

The council did authorize the demolition of some public nuisance property at 616 Pennsylvania Avenue. The property owner asked for six more months to bring the dilapidated buildings up to code. But the council sided with Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director Rachel Bernish who said that the site had become detrimental to the health, benefit, and welfare of the public, it created a fire hazard, and that it was dangerous to other property.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.04 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $78.03.

Natural gas is $2.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,043 and silver is $24.73.

 

Obituary

Carolyn Hixon

A graveside service for Carolyn Hixon, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7th at Fairlawn Cemetery. She worked for the Chickasha Mattress Factory for nearly 35 years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Dec. 4th

 

City of Chix Plans for Third Fire Station

The Chickasha City Council will consider purchasing a building that is expected to be a third fire station for the community. The panel will consider purchasing the former Chief Fire and Safety Building for just under $1 million when the panel meets tonight. The council gave City Manager Keith Johnson approval to negotiate a purchase price for the site a few weeks ago. The proposal is to buy the building at 927 S. 4th Street from Banner Fire Equipment for $995,000.

Firetruck purchases proposed

The council is also to consider purchasing two new fire trucks. One is a 100-foot aerial truck for nearly $1.7 million and the other is an engine/pumper truck for more than $882,000. Both units are from Heartland Fire Trucks.

Public hearing set for nuisance property

The council will also hold a public hearing regarding dilapidated buildings at 616 Pennsylvania Ave. City officials have been working with property owners for more than year to get the property within city codes. The hearing will be held to determine if the site has become detrimental to the health, benefit, and welfare of the community.

Downtown grant proposal set for discussion

Also to be considered is a proposal to extend the city's central business building-grant rules. The proposal would allow current and past grant recipients to submit past projects that might be eligible under new rules recently adopted by the council. There will also be an update concerning the Onward Chickasha long-range comprehensive plan project, and the city's new Assistant Police Chief Daimon Alexander will take his oath of office. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting will be televised on Optimum Cable Channel 3.

 

Lifeskills Institute Opens Women's Shelter

Officials with Life Skills Institute held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new women's shelter over the weekend. Alicia Haan will lead the women's program which will be a little different from the men’s program.

 

             

 

 

The shelter was dedicated to Kent and Julie Hibbard who created the Resurrection House more than 30 years ago.

 

Filing Period Opens For School Board, Town Council Posts

The filing period for numerous school board posts and town council offices is underway. It's a three-day filing period which runs through Wednesday with elections to be held in early 2024. Candidates will file at the county election board office where their district is located.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.07.

London-based Brent crude is $78.88.

Natural gas is $2.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,087 and silver is $25.52.

 

Obituaries

Ola Mae Morrison

Funeral service for Ola Mae Morrison, 84, of Amber will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5th at the First Baptist Church of Amber. She and her husband Ken ran Ken's Steak House for many years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karin Boltz

No service is scheduled for Karin Boltz, 84, of Cody, Wyoming. She was an accomplished violinist, played in the Powell, Wyoming Orchestra and was a member of the Wyoming Fiddlers Association. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Kenard Swearingen, Jr.

Funeral service for Kenard Swearingen, Jr., 19, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Larry Middleton

Funeral service for Larry Middleton, 66, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

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2023, Nov. 27th-Dec. 1st

Saturday, Dec. 2nd

 

Minco Honey Festival Today

Minco is prepared for probably its busiest day of the year. It's the 33rd annual honey festival as the community celebrates the home of the largest honey processing facility in Oklahoma. The Ross Honey Plant opened in 1935 and produces honey from bee hives throughout the state. The plant will be open for tours and you can watch honey extraction, storage, and filtering processes, sample some honey products, and of course purchase some of the sweet treats. There are more than 80 arts and crafts vendors, and others on hand. There are also tours of the Great Plains Cotton Gin, carriages rides, and Santa will make an appearance. Minco also commemorates local dairy producers today so Minco really is the land of milk and honey.

 

Chickasha Lighted Christmas Parade Tonight

Chickasha's annual lighted Christmas parade is tonight. There are more than 50 entries which include floats, classic and antique cars, tractors, and walking groups. This year's them is Christmas's Past. The floats will begin lining up on Chickasha Avenue west of the YMCA starting about 5 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m. It will travel east through downtown and disburse near the Leg Lamp. The Salvation Army will provide hot cocoa and cider at 3rd and Chickasha Avenue. After the parade, there will be a Christmas concert with The Imaginaries at the Washita Theatre. Proceed from ticket sales will go towards the purchase of new audio and visual equipment for the Chickasha Community Theater.

 

New Soldiers Complete Basic Training

Nearly 150 new U.S. Army soldiers completed their basic training at Ft. Sill this week. They are graduates of F Battery, 1st Battalion 31st Field Artillery Division and C Battery of the 1st Battalion 79th Field Artillery Division. They now head to Advanced Individual Training which can range from field and air defense artillery, to medical, and other specialized areas.

 

Talk Show Topic

Zack Bowles and Alicia Haan with Life Skills Institute and the Resurrection House are this week's guests on the KOOL Konversation.  Find a podcast under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Ola Mae Morrison

Funeral service for Ola Mae Morrison, 84, of Amber will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5th at the First Baptist Church of Amber. She and her late husband Ken ran Ken's Steak House for many years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Karin Boltz

No service is scheduled for Karin Boltz, 84, of Cody, Wyoming. She was an accomplished violinist, playing with the Powell, Wyoming orchestra and a member of the Wyoming Fiddlers Association.

Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Kenard Swearingen, Jr

Funeral service for Kenard Swearingen, Jr., 19, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Larry Middleton

Funeral service for Larry Middleton, 66, of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

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Friday, Dec. 1st

 

USAO Receives Grant to Help Under-served Students

A nearly $2 million federal grant will help USAO continue its effort to assist Native American, low-income and disabled students. It's a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the agency's Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions program. It's the third such grant awarded to the university. A press release indicates that USAO will establish a financial literacy education program, improve disability services, and establish an experiential learning program. The overall goal is to improve the university's capacity to increase the retention, success, and graduation rates of Native American, low-income students, and disabled students who make up a big part of the university's student population. The grant is from the education department's Title III progam, which helps non-tribal universities whose student bodies include at least 10 percent of members of federally-recognized tribal governments.

 

Anadarko Authorities Seek Info on Business Break-in

Anadarko police are asking for help in identifying a suspect who broke into business last week. Officials have posted a video on the department's Facebook page of an individual breaking a window and crawling into the Greenhouse Dispensary and Supply Company. The incident happened last Friday, Nov. 24th. Take a look at the video, or, anyone with any information about the break-in is asked to call Anadarko police at 405-247-2411 or leave them a message on the agency's Facebook page.

 

Apache Man Arrested Following Pursuit 

 A Caddo County man is in jail after allegedly leading Lawton police on a high-speed pursuit. Authorities tried to make a traffic stop on 37-year old Jason Maguire of Apache after running his car tag, which belonged on a different vehicle. Speeds reached 100 miles per hour during the pursuit early Monday. KSWO-TV reports the chase came to an end when Maguire hit a curb which disabled his vehicle. Police also say they found about four grams of meth in his possession. Maguire has been charged with felonies which include endangering others while eluding and drug possession, as well as several misdemeanors. Maguire does have prior convictions, and he faces up to at least eight years in prison if convicted of this week's charges.

 

Energy Firm to Help Send Canadian Natural Gas to Gulf Coast

Cheniere Energy, which has natural gas pipelines in the region that run from Kingfisher south to the state line has announced a long-term contract with a Canadian company. Cheniere, which is based in Houston, said its Sabine Pass Liquefaction Stage Five company has come to an agreement with ARC Resources. The agreement covers the sale of 140,000 MMBtu a day of natural gas for 15 years. The website OK Energy Today reports the agreement will allow Cheniere to deliver increased quantities of Canadian natural gas to Europe.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.96 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.83.

Natural gas is $2.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,057 and silver is $25.58.

 

Blanchard Wins State Football Title

The Blanchard Lions are this year’s Class 4A High School football state champions. The third-ranked Lions defeated top-ranked and defending state champion Wagoner 19-14 in a game played at Chad Richison Field on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond last night. The kick-off was delayed nearly 2 ½ hours due to lighting and thunderstorms in the area. Blanchard’s defense came up with a big stop on the final play of the game as Wagoner had the ball on Blanchard’s 4 yard-line, and the Lions prevented Wagoner from scoring. Blanchard finishes the season with a 13-1 record. It’s the second state title for the team with the first championship won in 2012.

 

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Thursday, Nov. 30th

 

Chix City Council Finalizes Water Line Project

The Chickasha City Council gave final approval to a more than $600,000 project which will allow the city to install a couple of blocks of new water lines during a special meeting last night. It took less than 10 minutes for the panel to approve the short agenda which included the water line project which was first awarded to a contractor back in June. The council approved spending nearly $620,000 for the new lines. That includes increases in material costs the contractor said have occurred over the last five months. The work will include one block of Missouri Avenue east of 4th Street; one block of Virginia Avenue between Shepherd and Henderson Streets; and one-half block of Henderson Street. The city received a $195,000 Community Development Block Grant to help pay for the work. Public Works Director Jim Crosby said crews could begin some preliminary work next week and expects it could take about six months. Officials anticipate there will be some occasions when water service in those areas will be disrupted but that won't be right away. City Manager Keith Johnson said they'll provide residents and businesses advance notice when that will take place. Marsau Enterprises of Enid was awarded the project.

 

CV Tech Looks to Expand Paid Apprenticeships for Students

A regional company has teamed up with Canadian Valley Technology Center to offer paid apprenticeships to CV Tech students. Four precision machining students are taking part in the program offered by Security Solutions of Mustang. It's a more than 50-year old company that has a patented door-lock system and provides security products and services to more than 50,000 retail stores across the country. Each student spends two days a week in the classroom learning how to read blueprints and use machinist tools. The students spend three days a week with their on-the-job apprenticeships and are paid $15 an hour. The program lasts about a year after which successful students would get a raise up to $18 per hour as well as benefits if they are hired full-time. CV Tech officials say they are working to develop apprenticeship opportunities with other regional companies.

 

Regional Food Bank Begins Holiday Match Donation Drive

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has been working to combat hunger in the state for more than 40 years. The non-profit agency was created in 1980 and delivers food to Grady and Caddo counties and 51 other counties in Western Oklahoma. Marketing Director Cathy Nestlen tells where the food comes from.

 

              

 

 

She says they distribute 50 million pounds of food each year. The food bank currently has a holiday match program underway. For every dollar donated through January 15th, corporate donors provide a $1 match up to $450,000. Tax deductible donations may be made on-line at: www.rfbo.org.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.86 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.10.

Natural gas is $2.80 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,057 and silver is $25.40.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 29th

 

Water Line Replacement Project Back on City Council Agenda

A proposal to replace some city water lines in Chickasha could get final approval by the Chickasha City Council tonight. The panel will hold a special meeting to consider awarding a more than $600,000 total bid for the project. The areas to be replaced include the 300 block of  Missouri Avenue; Virginia Avenue from Shepherd Street to Henderson Street; and Henderson Street from Virginia Avenue north to the alley.

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The city has received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $195,000 to help pay for the project. The city initially was going to set aside $135,000 for the work. Tonight the council will consider committing an additional $237,000 – and another $57,000 that the contractor has requested due to cost increases since the project was first awarded this past June. That takes to the total amount of city funds to more than $425,000 and brings the total cost of project to around $620,000. The project was awarded to Marsau Enterprises of Enid which is a pipeline company that also has a location in Lindsay.

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The agenda for tonight's special meeting is almost identical to the one for the meeting which was scheduled Nov. 20. That meeting was canceled because of the lack of a quorum. Items include approving a nearly $14,000 bid from OK Carpet to replace flooring at city hall damaged in the 2020 ice storm; accepting a ONEOK Emergency Responder grant of more than $1,000 for the police department; and acknowledging the receipt of the annual financial statements and audit reports from the Economic Development Council for the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years. It also calls for a resolution for the city to accept bridge inspection responsibilities for compliance with national bridge inspection standards.

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 Because this is a special meeting, there will not be a citizen comment section. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 tonight at city hall and will be aired on Optimum Channel 3.

 

Holiday Happenings This Weekend

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror our attention now turns to the Christmas season. There will be a lot of activities in the region this weekend. Starting Friday night, Chickasha's Festival of Light will kick off its shuttle service from the downtown Leg Lamp to Shannon Springs Park and back. That service will be available every Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 23rd. Saturday morning will get started with the Chickasha Optimist Club Christmas Carroll Run beginning at Southern Oaks Church of Christ. The Minco Honey Festival will be all day Saturday. Back in Chickasha Saturday afternoon will be the Christmas Tour of Homes benefit; Saturday night will be Chickasha's lighted Christmas parade downtown starting at 6 o'clock; and after the parade a concert featuring The Imaginaries at the Washita Community Theatre.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.66.

Natural gas is $2.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,058 and silver is $25.34.

 

Obituaries

Dianne Wilson

Funeral service for Dianne Wilson, 70, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30th at Sevier Funeral Home. She worked at Chickasha Laundry and ran the Payless Shoe Store for more than 10 years.

Dennis Claflin, Jr.

A celebration of life will be held for Dennis Claflin, Jr., 76, of Ninnekah. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, farmed, and worked in the oilfield. The come-and-go celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 9th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 28th

 

Actions Still Pending Against Chickasha Firm

Blamed for Huge Hand Sanitizer Fire in Aug. 2022

A hearing on an application filed by the State Department of Environmental Quality against Bordwine Development Company is scheduled to be held by a Grady County judge early next year. In a story published by The Southwest Ledger, it’s reported that the DEQ filed an injunction against Brannan Bordwine's company in November of last year to prevent Bordwine and his company from removing any sanitizer without expressed written consent from the DEQ. Bordwine was said to have been leasing the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company and storing hundreds of pallets of hand sanitizer which caught fire in August of last year destroying the decades-old building. A hearing on the application is scheduled with Grady County District Judge Kory Kirkland in January.

Multi-million dollar fine challenged

The DEQ fined Bordwine more than $6.6 million for allegedly causing the fire. Bordwine has not paid the fine as his attorney says he is appealing the penalty and has requested a hearing before an administrative law judge. The Ledger reports that a status conference on the matter was held earlier this month and another such conference is scheduled in February.

Separate lawsuit alleges breach of contract

In addition, the owner of the now-destroyed building - a company called Blessed Chickasha Collective - filed a lawsuit against Bordwine's firm this past February alleging a breach of contract for improperly storing, transporting, and handling sanitizer. That lawsuit is still pending in Grady County District Court.

 

New USAO President to Speak at Women's Lunch Series

USAO President Kayla Hale is settling into her new leadership role. Hale - the 13th president in the history of the university and its first female president - will be the featured speaker at the next women's lunch series hosted by the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. Hale has worked in the higher education field for 35 years in both the public and private sectors. Prior to being named USAO president she spent 25 years at the University of Tulsa where her last role was vice president of university advancement and alumni engagement. She also served at the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa and at Rogers State University in Claremore. The Chamber's women's lunch series will be held at noon next Tuesday, December 5th in the USAO Ballroom. Reach out to the chamber to make reservations.

 

Libaries to Hold 'Food for Fines' Program

A couple of regional libraries will be offering a food for fines program for the month of December. Patrons of the Chickasha Public Library and the Anadarko Community Library who have held on to items longer than they should have can return them and donate some non-perishable food items instead of paying a fine. The value of the donated food does not have to match the fine. All the food will be given to local emergency food pantries. Library patrons are encouraged to donate food even if they don't have any late fees pending.

 

New Chix Restaurant to Open

The new Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Chickasha is slated to open later this week. A Facebook post indicates opening day is Thursday, Nov. 30th with store hours being from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Kyra Green is the local owner-operator of the restaurant which is expected to have as many as 80 full- and part-time employees. The restaurant is in the 400 block of Grand Avenue right behind the new Scooters Coffee Shop.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.86 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.98.

Natural gas is $2.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,035 and silver is $25.06.

 

Obituary

Michael Dickey

No service is scheduled for Michael Dickey, 63, of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, November 27, 2023

 

Group Seeks to Double Oklahoma's Minimum Wage

A group has begun an initiative petition drive to try and create a new state law which would double Oklahoma's minimum wage. The campaign by Raise the Wage Oklahoma wants to increase the minimum wage from $7.50 to $15 an hour. The group is trying to collect enough signatures to put what would be called State Question 832 on a statewide ballot. Supporters say the cost of everything keeps going up and the minimum wage hasn't been increased in 15 years. The petition was submitted to the secretary of state's office Oct. 27th. The group needs to collect more than 92,000 signatures in order to get the measure to a statewide vote. Two industry groups are challenging the petition. The Oklahoman reports that the State Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau have filed a joint application asking the state Supreme Court to assume original jurisdiction. State Chamber officials say the proposal would result in higher prices for consumers, fewer jobs for workers, and greater failure rates for businesses. The Farm Bureau said it would threaten the economic viability of many agricultural businesses and the vitality of rural communities. If approved, future minimum wage increases would be tied to the cost-of-living index and reach $15 an hour in 2019.

 

Driver Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree

An Anadarko man was hospitalized after his car ran off a county road and hit a tree. 26-year old Tre Pederson suffered internal, and arm and leg injuries. The accident happened just after 10 o'clock Saturday night about three miles west of Anadarko. The highway patrol reported that Pederson was driving too fast for the road conditions and was unable to stop at a stop sign, slid through the intersection, ran off the road, and hit the tree.

 

CV Tech to hold Open House Wednesday

There are a number of openings in career fields that pay good salaries - and the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center has training programs for many of them. Among the high-demand career fields right now are electrical trades, machining, computer-aided drafting and design, and surgical technology. CV Tech will hold an open house Wednesday, Nov. 29th and invites the community and potential students to stop by and visit their numerous program areas and talk to instructors. Individuals will be able to enroll in classes during the open house which will be from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.48.

Natural gas is $2.85 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,034 and silver is $25.18.

 

Obituaries

Harold Nixon

No service will be held for Harold Nixon, 74, of Pocasset. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Forrest Robinett

A graveside service for Forrest Robinett, 84, of Norman will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28th at the Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. He was in the grocery and car business. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Bob Osborn

Funeral service for Bob Osborn, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He worked in the oilfield and was a farmer.

Deloris Green

Funeral service for Deloris Green, 77, of Chickasha will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4th at Sevier Funeral Home. She was an elementary school teacher.

 

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2023, Nov. 20th-21st

Tuesday, Nov. 21st

 

Chix City Council Meeting Canceled

Last night's regularly scheduled Chickasha City Council meeting was canceled because not enough council members were present. Four of nine councilors were absent leaving only five members to conduct business including Mayor Chris Mosley. However the mayor does not count when it comes to having a quorum for the meeting. Mosley initially postponed the meeting and moved on to the agendas for two other arms of city government - The Chickasha Municipal Authority and the Chickasha Airport Authority - where the mayor does count toward the minimum five members needed for a quorum. Both of those meetings were over with quickly as there were only a few routine items on what's called a consent docket where all items can be approved with a single vote. Mosley anticipated that one of the four absentee council members would soon arrive but after about a 15-minute wait the meeting was canceled. Council representatives missing were Rick Croslin, Oscar Nelson, Brian Gerdes, and Kelly Boyd. The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4th.

Downtown lamp shade controversy returns

A number of people attending had signed up to discuss issues during the citizen's communications portion of the meeting. Some were expected to talk about the weekend social media post regarding a lamp shade placed on a lamp post near the Leg Lamp in downtown area. Developer Chet Hitt had placed a lamp shade on a post in front of the Savoy 1902 Hotel he is remodeling. The lamp shade was similar to the one that is on the leg lamp, but without the fringe. In a Facebook video, Hitt said some Grinches didn't like the lamp shade and - after meeting with city leaders - he decided to take it down.

Lamp shade may violate copyright laws

About this time last year, there was controversy about replacing angels on the downtown lamp posts with lamp shades. At that time, the city attorney advised the council to not use the lamp shades as it might be a copyright infringement with the movie ‘A Christmas Story’. Hitt's post has had more than 12,000 views and an overwhelming majority support the lamp shade. Now, Hitt has posted a new Facebook video offering commemorative ‘The Grinch Who Stole Chickasha's Lamp Shade’ t-shirts for sale with proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

 

Grady County Jail to get Inmates from Comanche County

The Grady County Jail will be getting a few extra inmates from a neighboring county. Comanche County Commissioners say there is an overflow of inmates at their jail in Lawton and they have reached out to both Grady and Okmulgee counties to help out. Grady County could be getting as many as 15 prisoners and Okmulgee County as many as 20 if room is available. The agreements could last up to a year.

 

Non-Working Tag Light Leads to Drug Arrest

A woman is jailed on a $100,000 bond for having numerous drugs in her possession after she was pulled over on a traffic stop. 49-year old Kelli Little of Duncan was stopped by a Grady County deputy last Friday because the tag light on her vehicle was out. The deputy also was informed that her driver’s license had been revoked. Authorities found Fentanyl, methamphetamine and drug items in the vehicle. Little has been formally charged with a felony for aggravated drug trafficking and several misdemeanors. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 6th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.60 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.32.

Natural gas is $2.88 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,009 and silver is $23.95.

 

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Monday, Nov. 20th

 

Driver Critical After Pickup Crashes into a Ravine

A driver is battling life-threatening injuries after his pickup crashed on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. 61-year old David Moore of Newalla suffered numerous injuries in the accident which occurred about six miles southwest of Chickasha about 7 a.m. Sunday. The highway patrol reports that Moore was eastbound on the turnpike near mile marker 74 when the pickup ran off the highway, went airborne for nearly 150 feet, then flipped end-over-end 1 1/2 times and landed upside-down in a ravine. Moore was pinned in the wreckage for an unknown amount of time before the Chickasha Fire Department was able to get him out using the Jaws of Life. The accident remains under investigation.

 

Chix City Council to Consider Cost Overruns on Project

It's going to cost the City of Chickasha another $56,000 to pay for a water line project. The city council tonight will consider the adjustment after the contractor said there had been some increases in costs since the project was awarded this past summer. The project is part of a Community Development Block Grant received for improvements in the 300 block of Missouri Ave.; on Virginia Ave. from Shepherd Street to Henderson Street; and on Henderson Street for a half-block from Virginia Ave. north.

Carpet for City Hall to be discussed

The council is also expected to approve spending nearly $14,000 to install new carpet in city hall. The city has been negotiating with OK Carpet of Chickasha for the work since no bids were received. The carpet will replace flooring that was damaged in the 2020 ice storm.

EDC Audits submitted

Under consent docket items on the agenda for tonight's meeting the council is asked to acknowledge the receipt of the audits of the Economic Development Council for the fiscal years ending in June of 2022 and June of 2023. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.

 

Chix Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday

Chickasha's annual community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23rd. A number of churches and organizations have hosted the event for many years. The meal will be held at the Chickasha Soup Kitchen at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave. from 11:00 a.m. to noon and will have all the traditional menu items. Meals will be delivered to homebound residents. Individuals who would like meals delivered are asked to call 405-222-5433 by the end of the day tomorrow. The meal is free but donations are welcome.

 

'Golden Ticket' Blood Drive Today

KOOL/RANCH radio stations, the YMCA, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are again joining efforts for a community blood drive today. The OBI Bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Ave. from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors at all  OBI blood drives taking place in the region today receive a chocolate bar - one of which has a golden ticket - which can be redeemed for $250 Visa Gift Card. If you can't donate today find an upcoming blood drive in your area by visiting the blood institute's website: www.obi.org

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.89 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.61.

Natural gas is $2.96 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,976 and silver is $23.88.

 

Obituary

Buren Thompson

Funeral service for Buren Thompson, 95, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 21st at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Cement. He worked in the commercial trades sector and helped to build Grady Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

2023, Nov. 13th-18th

Saturday, Nov. 18th

 

Report: Extreme Winter Weather 'Could' Cause Problems with Power Grid

Lengthy periods of sub-freezing temperatures in the Sooner State this winter could lead to rolling blackouts. That's according to a new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. The non-profit group takes a look at power reliability in the U.S. and develops standards for a secure supply of power. Oklahoma is part of the multi-state Southwest Power Pool which serves a number states from Texas to Montana. The report says the power pool reserves are lower this year than last, and that planned rolling blackouts may be necessary should extreme winter weather strike. The Oklahoman reports that PSO and OG&E are preparing for the possibility of extreme weather. PSO officials said they are focused on meeting the needs of their customers in all types of weather. Spokesman Wayne Green said ahead of every winter the utility reviews equipment and procedures and makes investments when necessary. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's forecast for the Midwest shows equal chances of above or below normal precipitation levels. The National Weather Service is predicting near normal temperatures for the winter.

 

Ag Groups Satisfied with Farm Bill Extension

Agriculture groups overall are pleased with the extension of the 2018 Farm Bill approved by Congress this week. The Farm Bill expired at the end of September but the House and Senate have both approved extending the bill through September of next year. The bill now goes to President Biden for his expected approval. The American Farm Bureau said it was grateful for the extension which will avoid serious program disruptions. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association said it is thankful for extending programs which farmers and ranchers depend on. About 75 percent of the current farm bill’s funding goes toward food assistance programs so the extension means that SNAP benefits are safe for now. Nine percent covers crop insurance, 7 percent covers commodities, and another 7 percent is for conservation

 

Talk Show Topic

Cathy Nestell with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituary

Buren Thompson

Funeral service for Buren Thompson, 95, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21st at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Cement.  He worked in the commercial trade sector and helped to build Grady Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Friday, Nov. 17th

 

Festival of Light Opens This Weekend

The switch flips this weekend for the 31st edition of Chickasha's Festival of Light. It's become one of the state's largest displays of Christmas lights and has received a lot of national and international attention. An estimated 4 million lights will twinkle at Shannon Springs Park this year. Festival of Light Director Logan Lassley said there will be a lot of new activities north of the park dam this year.

 

              

 

 

The festival features a souvenir and gift shop with local vendors.

 

              

 

 

There will be a soft-opening at the park tonight which will be a walk-through only event although bicycles are welcome. The park will open to drive-through traffic tomorrow night. The festival opens at 6 p.m. each night and will run through New Year's Eve. By the way, the festival is among the nominees by USA Today for favorite light display in the country.

 

Accessory to Murder Suspect Jailed on $500,000 Bond

A six-figure bond has been set for one of the two suspects accused in the deaths of a Chickasha woman and her unborn baby. Katrina Johnson had her initial appearance in Grady County District Court on a charge of accessory to murder. A judge set her bond at $500,000. Katrina Johnson and her husband Kenneth Johnson are both implicated in the deaths of Ashley Cannon and her unborn baby. Cannon was eight-month’s pregnant when she was killed in her Chickasha apartment three years ago. A preliminary hearing has been set for Dec. 6th.

 

Marlow Suspect Accused of Lewd Acts with a Child

A Marlow man is accused of lewd acts with a child in Grady County. 68-year old David Norris Crichton is facing up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted. KSWO-TV cites court documents which indicate the young victim recently contacted authorities and told them the incident happened about four years ago. Crichton's bond was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled for next month.

 

ALS Walk Draws Big Turnout to Support Local Family

There was a big turnout for last weekend's benefit walk to help a Chickasha family battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. The walk was organized by individuals who have lost their loved ones to the illness known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Kenny Howell, whose wife Marla died from ALS two years ago, estimated as many as 250 people took part. Howell was thankful for all the work that was done to put together the walk in such a short amount of time.

 

             

 

 

The funds will go to the family of Merita and Dennis Beaty as Dennis was recently stricken with the disease for which there is no cure.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.90 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $77.42.

Natural gas is $3.06 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,993 and silver is $24.14.



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Thursday, Nov. 16th

 

Driver Arrested 2nd Time for Eluding

A driver who reportedly led Anadarko police on a pursuit through a school zone this week had pleaded guilty to a previous charge of attempting to elude. Christopher Vasquez, 25, of Anadarko was arrested Monday. KSWO-TV cites Caddo County court documents indicating that officers lost sight of Vasquez during the chase - but he was eventually found and taken into custody.  Vasquez has been charged with endangering others while attempting to elude, obstruction, driving without a license, and possession of drug items in connection with this week's arrest. His bond was set at $20,000. Vazquez has a long criminal history which includes pleading guilty to a previous charge of attempting to elude in 2018 and burglary in 2017.

 

Nation's Top Dogs Being Shown at Grady County Fairgrounds

Hundreds of the top dog breeds in the country will be in Chickasha over the next few days. It's the Sooner Circuit of Dog Shows. The Town and Country Kennel Club and the Canadian Valley Kennel Club team up every year to hold the event at the Grady County Fairgrounds. It's four days of competition with exhibitors working to earn their animals enough points to qualify for national dog shows next spring. The shows run today through Sunday. Admission is free all weekend.

OHCE Celebration of Crafts Show also this weekend

Also this weekend at the fairgrounds is the Grady County OHCE annual Celebration of Crafts Show. More than 40 vendors will have a lot of gift items available including holiday foods. The Celebration of Crafts is Friday and Saturday in the north exhibit building at the fairgrounds.

 

PSO Joins Effort to Warn of Utility Scams

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) joined a number of other utilities across the country and Canada to warn customers of utility scams. Yesterday was Utility Scam Awareness Day. PSO says customers across the state have reported scams or attempted scams more than 250 times so far in 2023. The day is an annual observance of Utilities United Against Scams. The theme this year was Screen the Search which reflects the increase in scams using digital methods. Signs of scams include demands for immediate payment, threats to disconnect service immediately, and requests for a specific payment such as a pre-paid debit card. Officials say if you are suspicious of a caller claiming to be from PSO to hang up and call 1-833-PSO-POWR.

 

The Great American Smokeout is Underway

Many smokers and tobacco users who have been trying to quit are urged to try again today during the Great American Smokeout. It's always held the Thursday before Thanksgiving and encourages tobacco users to quit for at least one day. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers some tips which include making small changes in your routines by avoiding situations that make you want to smoke. Keep mints and gum handy and reach for those items instead of a cigarette. If you normally smoke after you eat, take a short walk instead. Try hanging out at places where smoking isn't allowed, and calculate the money you'll save by not smoking. With cigarettes now right around $10 a pack you could save $70 a week if you smoke a pack a day. That's about $300 per month and more than $3,500 a year! For other information, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go on-line to www.okhelpline.com

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.18.

Natural gas is $3.19 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,968 and silver is $23.76.

 

Obituary

Melissa Zimmer

Funeral service for Melissa Zimmer, 46, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She worked with the Chickasha Opportunity Workshop.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 15th

 

Minco Voters Say 'No' to School Bond Proposal

Minco school district voters turned down that multi-million dollar proposal to build a new football field and locker rooms in yesterday's special school bond election. Nearly two out of every three voters said 'no' to the more than $22 million proposal. Nearly 63 percent of those who cast ballots opposed the plan. 342 votes were cast against and 202 for the bond issue. The proposal was to build a new football field with artificial turf and an eight-lane track around it, plus some locker rooms for the football and track teams. Minco School Superintendent Kevin Sims posted a message on Facebook last night saying school officials will re-group after the holidays and start working on a better plan.

 

Friend School Voters Approve Special Bond Issue

Friend school district voters gave resounding support to a $400,000 bond issue in yesterday’s election. More than four out of every five voters approved the proposal which will allow the district to install four heating and air systems in school buildings and purchase some playground equipment. The measure passed with more than 85 percent of the vote, 93-15.

 

New Assistant Chief Named for Chix Police Department

The Chickasha Police Department has a new assistant police chief. Officials have announced that Daimon Alexander - who has been serving as the police chief in Binger - will take the post. Alexander has spent more than 30 years in law enforcement. He was with the Oklahoma City Police Department for more than 25 years working his way from patrolman to field training officer and becoming a lieutenant to work crime scenes and domestic violence cases. He was promoted to captain and returned to the patrol division. He retired from OKC in 2016 then joined the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse patrol serving as the tactical team commander. He's spent the last couple of years at Binger. He holds a Master of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Bachelor's degree from OSU, and has had training at the FBI Executive Leadership Institute. He and his wife Joey have three children.

 

Lindsay School Band Director to be in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The band director at Lindsay High School has been selected to take part in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Shelby Lam will be the only Oklahoman performing with the Band Directors Marching Band. The group will feature more than 400 band directors nationwide. Lam is a 2011 graduate of Marlow High School and a 2015 grad of Southwestern Oklahoma State. She will play the piccolo as the band will play “76 Trombones”, “The Thunderer”, and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” along the 2 ½ mile parade route. In addition to being in the parade the group will also play at next Monday's wreath-laying ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. The band will play “Star Spangled Banner”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Taps”.

 

State National Guard Troops Get Visit from Oklahoma Officials

Oklahoma National Guard troops serving in South Africa got a recent visit from several Oklahoma officials. Gov. Kevin Stitt, U.S. Senator James Lankford, and U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin spent some time with guard members in the Horn of Africa where the soldiers serving as part of Task Force Tomahawk. Mullin said seeing members of the National Guard in action was inspiring and humbling. He said they are oceans away from their families but their mission is a vital national task of security and they are confronting the growing terrorist threat in the region. The troops are expected to return to Oklahoma in about three months.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.47.

Natural gas is $3.11 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,975 and silver is $23.44.

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 14th

 

Man Faces Manslaughter Charge After Fatal Crash

A KOOL/RANCH News update today about the man arrested in connection with that deadly crash on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike early Saturday morning. A Lawton man, 35-year old Marshall James Point, was initially arrested on a negligent homicide complaint. Grady County prosecutors have charged him with felony first degree manslaughter. Point is also charged with misdemeanors for driving under the influence of drugs and inattentive driving. A judge set Point's bond at $500,000. A probable cause affidavit filed by State Trooper Bryce Stout indicates that Point rear-ended a vehicle, causing it to run off the interstate and roll several times. 61-year old Hildreth Overcash of Oklahoma City was killed in the crash. Stout said in his affidavit that Point admitted eating some gummies that are like magic mushrooms a couple of days before the accident occurred. Blood was drawn to get his blood-alcohol content level but the results weren't immediately available.  Point is to be back in court Dec. 6th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Double Homicide Suspect Booked into the Grady County Jail

A suspect charged with aiding in the deaths of a Chickasha woman and her unborn baby was booked into the Grady County Jail yesterday. 42-year old Katrina Johnson was transferred in from the Oklahoma County Jail after she was arrested by a fugitive task force last week. She could have her initial appearance on the charge in front of a Grady County judge as early as today. County prosecutors filed charges again Katrina and her husband Kenneth last week in connection with the 2020 deaths of Ashley Cannon and her unborn child. Katrina Johnson is charged with being an accessory to murder. Kenneth Johnson is charged with murder and is serving time in the Lawton Correctional Facility on an unrelated charge.

 

Jail Inmate Uses Broom to Break Cell Window

A Grady County jail inmate is in more trouble. 36-year old Matthew Dan Lane of Chickasha has been charged with breaking a window in the day room of the jail's third-floor pod. A probable cause affidavit indicates the incident occurred this past May when Lane got a broom and started hitting a cell door until the window broke. He's been charged with a felony for injuring a public building and his bond was set at $10,000. Lane was serving an 8-year prison term after pleading guilty in connection with a 2021 arrest for having drugs with intent to distribute.

 

Minco, Friend School District Voters Cast Ballots Today

Voters in a couple of Grady County school districts go to the polls to decide special bond elections today. Voters in the Minco School District will decide a more than $22 million bond issue to build a new football field with artificial turf and eight-lane track, as well as new loccer rooms for the football and track teams. Voters in the Friend School District will consider a $400,000 bond issue to purchase and install heating and air systems on several buildings and to purchase some new playground equipment. Precincts are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.52.

Natural gas is $3.20 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,950 and silver is $22.46.

 

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Monday, November 13th

 

Suspect Arrested In Connection with Deadly Crash

One person was arrested in connection with a deadly weekend crash in Grady County. 35-year old Marshall James Point of Lawton was taken into custody on complaints of negligent homicide and distracted driving. The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 72 about eight miles southwest of Chickasha. 61-year old Hildreth Overcash of Oklahoma City died as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash. A passenger in her vehicle, 66-year old Janice Miller also of Oklahoma City, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where she was being treated for head and trunk internal injuries. No details of the crash have been released.

 

Filming to Resume in Chix; Streets to be Closed

With the Screen Actors Guild strike now over film crews have returned to Chickasha to finish their work on the Twisters movie. The City of Chickasha is closing some streets in the area of 17th and Minnesota and 17th and Iowa today to allow the crews to wrap up their production. The work is expected to take about three weeks. Officials ask that residents not bother the crew nor the actors while they are on the set.

 

Chix' In-Town Limb Drop-off Site to Close for the Season

The City of Chickasha will soon close its in-town limb drop-off location for the season. Residents who have limbs and brush to get rid of will have just one more day to take the debris to the Public Works Headquarters which is on Genevieve Street north of the animal shelter. The last day will be this Saturday, Nov. 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a fee to drop off the brush and the fee will be added to the users’ next utility bills. Limbs and brush can still be taken to the Alex landfill over the next few months. The in-town drop-off site will re-open next spring.

 

Salvation Army Begins Christmas Campaigns

The Salvation Army which serves Grady and Caddo Counties has begun its annual Red Kettle bell-ringing campaign for the upcoming holiday season. Officials have a goal of raising $65,000 which will be used throughout the 2024 calendar year to help families get through hard times. Lt. Crystal McFarland said any groups or individuals who would like to volunteer to be part of the bell ringing campaign can go to the website: www.registertoring.com and pick the days and times they can help out. McFarland also said The Salvation Army's Angel Tree campaign is also underway. There are Christmas trees at the Wal-Mart stores in Chickasha and Anadarko and on them are Angel cards which have a list of items the children have asked for. McFarland said there are nearly 400 of these 'Angels' this year.

 

              

 

That is an increase of nearly 100 children from last year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.43.

Natural gas is $3.03 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,943 and silver is $22.17.

 

Obituaries

Mark Stallbaumer

A funeral mass for Mark Stallbaumer, 82, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16th at Holy Name Catholic Church. He was a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Orlin Akins

Funeral service for Orlin Akins, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday Nov. 16th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She and her husband raised cattle and she was active with Southern Oaks Church of Christ.

Bob ‘Bobby Joe’ Wenninger

A graveside service for Bobby Joe Wenninger, 90, of Cordell will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17th at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha. He worked in the oilfield. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.


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2023, Nov. 6th-11th

Saturday, Nov. 11th

 

Tom Cole Critical of Sell-off of U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) says the Biden Administration's selling off much of the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserves has significantly reduced energy production in the U.S. In his recent media column Cole says the administration sold off more than 40 percent of the reserves at a time when China and Iran are increasing their oil production. Cole says America's emergency oil supplies are at their lowest levels in 40 years. And with war breaking out in the Middle East he said that presents a unique threat to not only the U.S. but also allies like Israel and others around the world. Cole recalled how another Middle East war in the 1970s led to an embargo of oil coming to the U.S. from Arab members of OPEC. Cole said the decision to sell the reserves was done for political expedience rather than meaningful effect and it did not have any effect on energy prices.

 

Walk to Benefit Local Residents Battling Lou Gehrig's Disease

Several Chickasha families who have lost loved ones to Lou Gehrig's Disease or who are currently fighting the illness have united to raise awareness of the affliction. Lou Gehrig's Disease is the common name for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It's a progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain that send signals to muscles throughout the body, eventually rendering them useless but it does not affect the brain. There is no cure and victims can suffer for years. One of the most notable persons to suffer from ALS was Dr. Stephen Hawking, who lived more than 50 years before his death in 2018 at the age of 76. Kenny Howell and Dwight Sehon are among those who have formed a local Walk for the Cure this weekend. The group has sold more than 150 t-shirts to raise funds which will help Merita and Dennis Beatty as Dennis is now fighting a battle with ALS. The fundraiser is tomorrow at 2 o'clock starting at the Century 21/Mosley Insurance office at 428 West Grand Avenue and there are a one mile, two mile, and three-mile walks mapped out. Howell says they are not yet a 501 (c) 3 non-profit group but they will begin work on that after the first of the year. You can follow the group on Facebook - ALS: Walk for the Cure.

 

Veterans Day Ceremonies Set 

Today is Veterans Day, a national holiday set aside to honor men and women serving in the armed forces and paying tribute to those who lost their lives while serving in the military. The day was first noted at the end of World War I as Armistice Day which went into effect in the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. Veterans Day ceremonies are being held nationwide. The Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee held a program at the Grady County Veteran's Memorial in Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park and the City of Blanchard held a veterans day parade.

 

Obituary

Marilyn Johnson

Funeral service for Marilyn Johnson, 97, of Lawton will be at held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13th at McRay Funeral Home. She and her husband owned and operated an interior decorating shop in Lawton and a nursing home in Temple.

 

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Friday, Nov. 10th

 

Charges Filed in Connection with Deaths of Mom, Unborn Child

It was nearly three years ago that two small children found their mother's lifeless body in the family's Chickasha apartment. The body of 37-year old Ashley Cannon was found Nov. 30th of 2020. Her throat had been cut. Ashley's unborn child that was due within a few weeks also died. This week, Grady County prosecutors filed two murder charges against a Lawton couple in connection with the deaths. 37-year old Kenneth Johnson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. His wife, 39-year old Katrina Johnson, was charged with accessory to murder. District Attorney Jason Hicks credits the persistence of all the agencies involved with the investigation.

 

              

 

 

Kenneth Johnson was originally a person of interest in connection with the deaths but was not arrested after telling investigators he had an alibi. The OSBI was called in to help out and about three months ago turned evidence over to Hicks’ office for review. Kenneth Johnson is currently behind bars in the Lawton Correctional Facility serving time on unrelated charges.  Katrina Johnston was arrested in Oklahoma City by a fugitive task force. Hicks said he will pursue the death penalty in both cases.

 

Caddo County Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Crimes

A Cyril man pleads guilty to more than a dozen felony counts of child rape and sexual assault. 33-year old Jeffery Reginald Moyer waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty in Caddo County District Court this week. Caddo County authorities arrested Moyer in August of last year. He was accused of raping and molesting a child for six years starting when the child was only five years old. District Judge Kory Kirkland sentenced Moyer to 25 years in prison to be followed by 25 years’ probation.

 

Anadarko's City Manager to Return to Lawton

Anadarko's city manager is leaving. Richard Rogalski was named executive director of the Lawton Economic Development Authority yesterday (LEDA). Rogalski spent about a year and half as city manager. He is returning to Lawton where he previously worked in economic development and also served as deputy city manager until retiring in the spring of 2022. The LEDA is a division of the City of Lawton, and Rogalski will also work with the Lawton Economic Development Corporation. The two entities will share in the payment of his $140,000 annual salary. The Lawton Constitution reports that Rogalski will remain in Anadarko for 30 days however he will be available to complete some of the projects he started.

 

Veterans Day Ceremonies Set

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. There will be numerous programs around the area, the state, and the nation to honor the men and women who gave their lives to protect America's freedoms - and also those who are currently serving or have served in the armed forces. Among the ceremonies will be one at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park. The Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee will host the program at 11:00 a.m. Guest speaker is Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess. Following the program veterans and their guests will be served lunch at the Chickasha Elks Lodge. Blanchard will have a Veterans Day program starting at 9:30 a.m. downtown with music from the Andrews Sisters which will be followed by a parade at 10:30 a.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.01.

Natural gas is $3.04 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,957 and silver is $22.61.

 

Obituary

Lola ‘Aileene’ McGill

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date for Aileene McGill, 86, of Chickasha. She and her husband Charley were long-time Realtors. Viewing will be through Sunday, Nov. 12th at Sevier Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Nov. 9th

 

Minco Voters to Decide School Bond Proposal

There have been a lot of improvements made in the Minco school district in recent years. School officials are hoping to use that momentum to make even more upgrades should voters approve a special bond election next week. Voters will decide a more than $22 million bond issue. Superintendent Kevin Sims says the bonds will be used to build a new football complex with an eight-lane track and a new fieldhouse for the football and track programs.

 

              

 

 

School officials have held a number of community meetings in recent weeks to discuss the proposal. It is a 16-year bond proposal and Sims said property taxes would increase about 4 percent should it pass. The issue will be decided next Tuesday, Nov. 14th. Voters can cast ballots early as in-person, absentee voting can be done at the Grady County Election Board in Chickasha today and tomorrow.

 

Alpaca Blast-Off Returns to Grady County Fairgrounds

One of the most unique events held at the Grady County Fairgrounds each year takes place this weekend. Alpaca producers from several states will take part in what's called the Alpaca Blast-Off which is hosted by Alpacas of Oklahoma. President Debbie Ashley discusses some of the events that will take place.

 

               

 

 

There is also a youth division where the animals maneuver around an obstacle course, and there's also a costume contest where the kids and their alpacas are dressed up. Nearly 60 alpaca producers are bringing about 200 animals to the event. It will run Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. both days and there's no cost for those who would like to watch the events.

 

Darko Library Hosts Program for Dementia Patient Caregivers

Caring for patients who have dementia can be emotionally and physically challenging. The Anadarko Community Library will host a program to offer support and provide resources and guidance to caregivers. The library and the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will host Dr. Thomas Teasdale who is one of the co-principal investigators with the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network. He'll discuss his insights on dementia care and the latest advances in the field. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will demonstrate the impact that music has on memory and discuss music’s potential as a source of solace and connection for dementia patients. It's a free, hour-long program at the Anadarko Library next Tuesday, Nov. 14th beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Grant and the state Department of Libraries.

 

'Christmas Town' Prepares for Season

The City of Chickasha is preparing to return to its Christmas Town designation. The Festival of Light opens Nov. 18th and crews have been working the last couple of days erecting the large downtown Christmas tree downtown which this year is at the corner of 6th and Chickasha Avenue. Plus the Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the lighted Christmas parade the night of Dec. 2nd. Another holiday tradition is The Christmas Tour of Homes. Locations this year are the home of Matt and Christina Wray; the home of Robert and Stacy Arthur; St. Luke's Church; the USAO president's house; and the Resurrection House and Life Skills Institute. The Tour of Homes will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2nd. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds benefitting the Resurrection House. Ticket outlets include Jay's Jewelry; the Okie Mountain Trading Company; First National Bank; the Mosley Insurance Agency; Kendall's Flowers; Liberty National Bank; Creme de la Creme; Hairy's Hair Salon; and Casbah Hair Salon.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.33 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.55.

Natural gas is $3.11 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,951 and silver is $22.56.

 

Obituary

Rita Hughes

A graveside service for Rita Hughes, 76, of Edmond and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13th in the Alex Cemetery. She was a loan officer at what was once Superior Bank which is now Arvest Bank. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 8th

 

Chix Officials May Consider Closing Public Pool

The City of Chickasha has spent a lot of money making repairs to the municipal swimming pool at Shannon Springs Park over the last few years. Is it time to think about permanently closing it? The city recently commissioned a study of the pool and it showed there are several problems which will need to be dealt if the pool is to open next summer. City Manager Keith Johnson told the city council this week officials will need to take a hard look at the issues and decide what to do.

 

              

 

The pool is about 40-years old. Johnson said details of the study will be presented to the city council in a future meeting.

 

Chix Public School Foundation Issues Grants

Chickasha public school students will benefit from thousands of dollars in grants that were recently awarded by the Chickasha Public School Foundation. The Foundation was able to fund 38 of the 43 requests, and awarded $47,000 in grants out the $60,000 in total grants sought. Grant totals were nearly $16,000 at the high school; nearly $15,000 at Grand Elementary; more than $7,000 at the Middle School; Nearly $3,400 at Lincoln School; and nearly $2,200 at the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center. The band program which impacts three schools received a grant of nearly $3,100. Foundation director Gab Shepard said the foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants in the 37-year history of the organization.

 

Chix Schools JOM Marks Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month which is held to celebrate and commemorate the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. There is a program in some Oklahoma public schools called the Johnson O'Malley program which is commonly called JOM. Funding is made possible by the Choctaw Nation though it is for students or parents who are members of any federally-recognized tribes. The Chickasha schools JOM program will hold at Indian Taco fundraiser today with the help of the Masonic Lodge. It will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 112 ½ S. 6th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.37 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.61.

Natural gas is $3.14 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,969 and silver is $22.42.

 

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Tuesday, November 7th

 

Operation Greenlight Underway

A week-long national program to honor and support military veterans is getting its first recognition in Grady County. It's called Operation Greenlight. A formal ceremony was held on the steps of the Grady County Courthouse yesterday. In addition to honoring veterans the campaign is also to raise awareness of the challenges that some veterans face, especially those who have been in combat. Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess said not all veterans received the respect they deserved when they came home, and tells the meaning of the green light.

 

              

 

 

Another speaker was Tommy Howell with the Disabled American Veterans. He said that every 22 seconds a military veteran dies from suicide. He encouraged veterans and those who know a veteran who may need help to reach out for assistance through the DAV, American Legion, or Veterans of Foreign Wars groups. The Grady County Courthouse is being illuminated at night with green lights in support of the program this week. The City of Chickasha is also supporting Operation Greenlight as Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley issued a proclamation designating this week as Operation Greenlight week during last night’s city council meeting.

 

Chix Man Says City Gov't Not Doing Enough for Residents

A Chickasha businessman wants the City of Chickasha to do more for its residents. Charlie Burruss addressed the city council last night saying smaller towns in the region are doing more for their communities.

 

              

 

 

Burruss said it seems citizens concerns aren't being addressed because there is a thick layer of insulation between the citizens and the city's decision makers.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.18.

Natural gas is $3.26 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,972 and silver is $22.72.

 

Obituaries

Gary Goforth

A graveside service for Gary Goforth, 54, of Chickasha will be held at 11 o’clock Wednesday, Nov. 8th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was the chief engineer for Hampton Inn. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Joseph Cocheran

A memorial service for Joseph Cocheran, 75, of Pocasset will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11th in the Pocasset Cemetery. He was a truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Nov. 6th

 

'Operation Greenlight' for Military Veterans Begins

You may be seeing a lot of green lights glowing on some county and municipal buildings over the next few days. It's called Operation Greenlight which is a national promotion for county and municipal governments to shine green lights in support of veterans and raise awareness of challenges they face. There will be a ceremony on the steps of the Grady County Courthouse this afternoon with Sheriff Gary Boggess serving as the guest speaker. The public is invited to the program which will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The courthouse will be closed during the ceremony. Tonight, the Chickasha City Council is expected to issue a proclamation supporting Operation Greenlight. Businesses and households are also encouraged to participate by shining a single green light throughout the week.

Veterans Day programs will be held Saturday

Veterans Day is this coming Saturday, Nov. 11th and there will be ceremonies and activities to honor those who served and those who died while serving in the Armed Forces. The Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee will hold its annual ceremony at the Grady County Veterans Memorial in Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park. It will get underway at 11 o'clock and Sheriff Boggess will also serve as the guest speaker for that event. The City of Blanchard will have its annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday. The Andrews Sisters will perform at 9:30 a.m. downtown with the parade to start at 10:30.

 

Chix Airport Project Payment to be Discussed

The Chickasha City Council is expected to authorize a more than $250,000 payment for improvements being made at the airport when the panel meets tonight. It's the second payment to Tri-City Seal Company for its work on rehabilitating the runway and taxi-ways.

Central Business District Grants to be considered

The council is also to consider awarding some Central Business District grant re-imbursements to a couple of downtown business owners. A grant of more than $65,000 is being sought by Weston DePriest at 406 Chickasha Avenue for renovation work done for The 5th Street Boutique; and a grant of more than $25,000 is being sought by Alex Warnes with GPP Development at 301 Chickasha Avenue for renovations done for the Wild Ox Axe Throwing venue. Both grants are being recommended for approval by the Chickasha Economic Development Council.

Library's 'Food for Fines' for December expected to be approved

The council is also expected to approve a proposal by the library to again offer a Food for Fines program for the month of December, to allow patrons to donate food in place of paying fines for overdue materials. The food will be donated to local food pantries.

 

Festival of Light to Offer 'Sneak Peek' Before Opening

We're less than two weeks away from the opening of the Festival of Light (FOL). Director Logan Lassley said 4 1/2 million lights will shine in Shannon Springs Park this year. This is the 31st year for the festival and the official opening date is Saturday, Nov. 18th. Lassley said they will have a 'sneak-peek' on Friday, the 17th however, it won't be for drive-through traffic.

 

              

 

 

The ice skating rink, Ferris wheel, carousel, and carriage rides are all back. The festival will open at 6 p.m. nightly Nov. 18th through Dec. 31st. Shuttles will be available from downtown Chickasha Friday and Saturday nights only beginning Dec. 1st through Dec. 23rd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.51 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.89.

Natural gas is $3.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,994 and silver is $23.31.

 

Obituary

Karen Sue Jennings

A graveside service for Karen Sue Jennings, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7th at Rose Hill Cemetery. She worked at Maremont/Gabriel and also was a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir at Grand Assembly of God Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

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Saturday, Nov. 4th

 

PSO Rate Hike Finally Approved

After months of hearings, reviews, and intense discussion the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a rate increase for Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). In a 2-1 vote, the panel approved a $131 million rate hike Friday. According to the website OK Energy Today, PSO customers are expected to eventually see their rates go down - but not before they increase an average of $5.35 per month. Monthly rates will later drop about $17 for a net savings of about $12 per month which is expected to start in January. Commissioners Todd Hiett and Kim David voted for the plan and Commissioner Bob Anthony voted against it. David called the month's long process a nightmare. Anthony, who had opposed the rate hike from the start, called it a dereliction of duty. The delays were the result of an order proposed by commissioners which underwent three days of review and challenges by an administrative law judge back in May. The $131 million rate hike is less than half of the nearly $295 million rate hike PSO was initially asking for.

 

Wildlife Refuge Offers Fall Foliage Tours

Central Oklahoma is in the midst of its peak of fall colors with tree leaves changing to various shades of orange, red, and purple. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will have fall foliage walks later this month. The Friends of the Wichitas will guide participates through select locations to see maple, oak, and sumac trees with their array of colors with the Wichita Mountains serving as a backdrop. Guides will discuss native vegetation and seasonal cycles which provide the scenery. The tours will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18th and Sat. Nov. 25th. The tours last about three hours. They are free but reservations are required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Monday.

 

'Fall Back' To Central Standard Time Tonight

Oklahoma and much of the country will be returning to standard time this weekend. We'll move clocks back one hour which means many will get one more hour of sleep or one extra hour to enjoy tomorrow. There has been a lot of discussion about keeping daylight savings time permanent. While many states have passed resolutions to support that plan it's up to the politicians in Washington, D.C. to make the final decision. Back in the 1970s, Congress did make daylight savings time permanent, but the decision was reversed in less than a year after the early morning darkness proved dangerous for school children and public sentiment changed. Most digital devices will automatically make the change. If you still have analog clocks you'll have to manually re-set them. The official time change is 2 o'clock tomorrow morning, so it’s best to re-set the time before going to bed tonight.

 

Talk Show Topic

Jeff Sadler with the Oklahoma Water Resource Center at OSU is on our KOOL Konversation program. There is a podcast of the program under the community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, Nov. 3rd

 

Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit by Truck

A Grady County man has died after the electric bicycle he was riding was hit by a pick-up. 37-year old Charles Buck of Bradley was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which happened before dawn Thursday morning just west of Lindsay. The highway patrol reports that Buck was eastbound on a dark stretch of State Highway 19 just before 6:00 a.m. Thursday when he was struck from behind by a pickup driven by 49-year old Randal Carlisle of Chickasha. Carlisle was not hurt. The highway patrol says the collision is still under investigation.

 

Cement Truck Damaged in Downtown Chix Sinkhole

A cement truck rolled onto its side in downtown Chickasha yesterday when a sink-hole opened underneath it. The truck was delivering some concrete in the alley behind the Chamber of Commerce just after noon. The truck rolled onto its driver's side after falling into the sinkhole. The driver was not injured.  Crews have been doing some work behind the Chickasha Commercial Building which will eventually be a new location for the Grady County Health Department. 

 

'Operation Greenlight' to Honor Military Veterans

Veterans Day ceremonies will be held throughout the country next Saturday, Nov. 11th. There is a new national program to honor veterans the entire week beforehand. It's called Operation Greenlight. Initially developed for county government offices, officials are inviting residents and business to take part by having a green light shining in the window or on the porch. The National Association of County Governments and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers are urging the more than 3,000 counties parishes, and burroughs throughout the country to take part. The Grady County Courthouse will be among those participating. Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess who is a military veteran will speak during the program on the steps of the courthouse between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday. The courthouse will be closed during that time. After the ceremony, the courthouse will have its exterior in green lights throughout the week. Operation Greenlight is not only to show support for veterans but also to raise awareness about the unique challenges they may face.

KCA veterans parade in Apache tomorrow

There will be a Veterans Day Parade in Apache tomorrow. The Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache (KCA) tribes will host the event. It will start about noon at the old Apache High School. Those participating in the parade are asked to arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

 

Chix Community Thanksgiving Dinner Set

Thanksgiving is now less than three weeks away and a long-standing Chickasha tradition will again take place this year. A community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day which is Thursday, Nov. 23rd. Members of local churches have already started making plans. This year, the dinner will be served at the Chickasha Soup Kitchen at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave. from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Homebound individuals can have meals delivered to them and should contact New Life Christian Church by calling 405-222-5433 by Wednesday, Nov. 22nd. The meal is free however donations are welcome.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.85.

Natural gas is $3.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,997 and silver is $22.72.

 

Obituary

Casey Downes

A memorial service for Casey Downes, 62, of Cement will be held at a later date. He worked in the oilfield. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Nov. 2nd

 

Property Tax Statements Should be in the Mail

County treasurers’ offices across the state are beginning to mail out 2023 property tax statements. It happens around the first of November every year. Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton said her office recently mailed out 39,692 statements. That's about 600 more than last year which is an increase of just over 1.5 percent. The total property taxes owed is about $86.4 million. That's $2.8 million more than last year which is an increase of about 3.3 percent. The time-line to pay property taxes varies from county to county. In Grady County they can be paid in full any time before Jan. 15th of 2024. Or, half the total can be paid by January 15th with the second half due April 15th. For those who have their property taxes included in their monthly mortgage payments - the financial institution will automatically send in a payment.

 

Free Well Water Testing Available in Grady County Next Week

For those of you who have water wells, it’s a good idea to have your water tested from time to time. Free testing will be available in Grady County next week. Representatives from the Oklahoma Water Resources Center at OSU will be in Chickasha to collect samples.  Jeff Sadler is a Water Resources Specialist with OSU Extension. He says they'll be testing for bacteria including e-coli-

 

              

 

 

You'll need to collect about a half-liter of water to be tested. Take samples to the Grady County OSU Extension Office Tuesday, Nov. 7th about 5:30 p.m. There will be a short program that will start about 6:00 p.m. Test results will be sent out in e-mails within a couple of weeks.

 

Soup Kitchen Sets Silent Sale 

We reportedly recently that the board of trustees which runs the Chickasha Soup Kitchen wants to purchase the building it is currently leasing to provide hot meals to the homeless. Currently donors provide about $75,000 per year which pays for utilities, equipment, and food. About 100 people are served each day Monday through Friday. Individuals, churches, and businesses are among the volunteers who donate their time. The soup kitchen will be hosting a Sip N' See Silent Auction to help raise some of the funds needed. It will be held Saturday, Nov. 11th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soup Kitchen located at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave. Individuals will also be able to go on-line to bid on items: www.chickashasoupkitchen.org

 

Holiday 'Buy Chickasha' Campaign About to Begin

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce is about to begin its annual campaign to encourage holiday shopping at local merchants. The annual Buy Chickasha campaign will be getting under way Nov. 14th. Every time shoppers make a purchase from participating merchants they will get tickets which will go into a drawing to win thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards. In all, $10,000 will be awarded - $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for third. Each will be half cash and half gift cards. The campaign will run through December 12th and the drawing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14th at 3:00 p.m.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.44 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.63.

Natural gas is $3.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,995 and silver is $23.18.

 

Obituary

Steve Logue

Funeral service for Steve Logue, 55, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4th at Victory Family Church. He worked in the oilfield where he would become a consultant. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 1st

 

Jury Suggests Lengthy Prison Term After Convicting Abuser

A Grady County jury has recommended a more than 100-year prison sentence for a man the panel convicted of domestic abuse and kidnapping. After a two-day trial in Grady County District Court last week, the jury recommended a 125 year sentence for James Albert Eudy, II. In a press release Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks said that Eudy was arrested by Chickasha police this past February after being called to a home in the 600 block of N. 8th Street. Eudy was accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend in the face, breaking her nose and facial bones, trapping her in her own van and threatening to kill her. He also threatened to have others 'pay her a visit' if she called 9-1-1. The victim called police anyway and Eudy was eventually taken into custody. The jury recommended a 75-year prison sentence for kidnapping and a 50-year sentence for domestic abuse. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12th in front of Associate District Judge Joseph Young.

 

Burglary Suspect Nabbed at Fire-Damaged Apartments 

A man seen climbing around the top of an Anadarko apartment complex which was recently damaged in a fire is in custody on a burglary complaint. Anadarko police were called to the Landmark Apartments to check out a man walking on the roof of the apartments. The suspect briefly eluded police but officers were able to track him down inside one of the units. KSWO-TV cites court documents which indicate that police knocked on the door and the suspect answered. He said he was allowed to stay there and climbed through the window because he forgot the keys. A witness told police they didn't know the suspect and that he was never given permission to live there. Authorities arrested 35-year old Zachary Roy of Carnegie and he has been formally charged with burglary and concealing stolen property. His bond was set at $5,000. Roy faces up to 10 years in prison if he's convicted. Roy previously pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and taking a cell phone into jail following an arrest in 2010.

 

Tribes Receive Federal Grants to Help Victims

of Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

Native American tribes across the country including some in Oklahoma will receive federal grants to help victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. The U.S. Justice Department awarded more than $13 million in grants. The funds will be administered through the Office of Violence Against Women and are to enhance tribal justice systems, support numerous services for victims, and provide training and technical assistance for service providers and tribal governments. A National Institute of Justice study found that more than 80 percent of American Indian and Alaskan native women and men have experienced violence in their lifetimes. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes in Anadarko and the Delaware Tribe based in Bartlesville will each receive a $1 million grant; the Chickasaw Nation based in Ada will receive an $830,000 grant; and the Native Alliance Against Violence in Oklahoma will receive a more than $380,000 grant to assist tribes in developing and promoting state, local, and tribal legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to domestic and sexual violence.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.02 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.41.

Natural gas is $3.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,992 and silver is $22.77

 

Obituary

Linda Bryan

Funeral service for Linda Bryan, 78, of Mustang and formerly of the Chickasha and Anadarko area will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3rd at Bible Baptist Church. She was a homemaker. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Tuesday, Oct. 31st

TIF District 'Review Committee' to be Formed

The Chickasha City Council has approved the forming of a review committee which will provide recommendations about developing new Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts in the city. The committee will be led by one member of the city council. It was initially proposed that Mayor Chris Mosley be appointed to that post but instead, vice Mayor Zach Grayson was selected. The council also appointed John Grote of the city's planning commission or his designee to the committee. Other representatives will include individuals from the Chickasha Public School District and the Canadian Valley Technology Center School District. Those appointees will likely be school administrators. Also to be named will be a representative from the Grady County Commissioners and three at-large members. All committee members will have to be approved by the city council.

OKC law firm hired to lead the way

Nate Ellis of an Oklahoma City law firm, The Public Finance Law Group, spent about 45 minutes discussing the formation of the committee and what its responsibilities would be. The council approved spending up to $30,000 for the law firm to provide guidance throughout the TIF District process. Ellis says he's expecting the committee to be in place and have its first meeting before the end of the year.

Possible TIF district site named

The first mention of a possible location of a TIF district was brought up during last night's meeting. Officials say a portion of the downtown area is being considered. In a TIF district, sales tax revenues and property taxes paid within the district can be set aside for infrastructure projects.  Ellis said that up to 100 percent of those proceeds could be used and that it could be a 15- to 20-year project. Other officials mentioned that, if the TIF district is formed, the city could get additional monies from what's known as the state ‘Leverage Act’ from the Incentive Evaluation Commission which is part of the Office of Management and Enterprises Services.

 

USAO Homecoming This Weekend

The upcoming weekend will be a special one for USAO. It is Homecoming as alumni will be returning to campus for a number of events. Among them is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of inter-collegiate athletics. However, Athletic Director Mike Ross says there have been numerous club-type sports programs throughout the more than 100-year history of the university.

 

              

 

Also to be recognized is former player and Coach Brisco McPherson who guided the men’s basketball team to its 2002 NAIA National Championship. An hour-long documentary of that team, ‘Unfinished Business,’ produced by USAO students and staff will premiere Friday evening at the Davis Hall Amphitheatre.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.31 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.45.

Natural gas is $3.35 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,007 and silver is $23.37.

 

Obituary

Charlotte Brooks

Funeral service for Charlotte Brooks, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1st at Parkview Christian Church. She worked for an accounting firm for many years.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Oct. 30th

 

Grady County Sheriff Re-Caps First Months in Office

It's been an active few months in office for Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess. He was appointed sheriff earlier this year after former Sheriff Jim Weir retired. The sheriff’s office budget for the current fiscal year is about $6 million. About one-third of that total - $1.9 million - is for salaries. Boggess said he was able to give deputies about a 20 percent pay raise which brings their total salary and benefits package to about $72,000 a year. That ranks fifth highest among Oklahoma's 77 counties. Boggess said one of his initial goals was to get deputies to serve as a School Resource Officers (SRO) in every county school - and that was recently crossed off his list. There are 17 officers in all including one at the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Boggess said the SROs do more than work during the school day.

 

              

 

 

Boggess said he is also working with several neighboring counties to investigate agriculture thefts and has assigned Lt. Danny Booth as the county investigator.

 

              

 

We talked to the sheriff on our KOOL Konversation this past weekend. Find a podcast to the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

TIF District Discussion Tonight for Chix City Council

A proposal to create some additional Tax Increment Finance (TIF) districts in Chickasha will be discussed during a special meeting of the Chickasha City Council tonight. The council will consider hiring a financial counseling service and create a review committee to provide recommendations. The committee will include at-large members of the community. Mayor Chris Mosley says a portion of sales revenue from within a TIF district can help the city build water and sewer lines and other infrastructure. The special meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

USAO Regents Have New Board Member

Another new member has been appointed to serve on the USAO Board of Regents. Suzanne Reynolds was recently appointed to the post by Gov. Kevin Stitt to fill the seat previously held by the late David McLaughlin. Reynolds is a pharmacist from Nichols Hills who created the first pharmacist-managed out-patient, anti-coagulation clinic at Integris Baptist Hospital in OKC. Reynolds will serve the remaining few months of McLaughlin's term which runs through June 30th of next year.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.54 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.48.

Natural gas is $3.16 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,006 and silver is $23.33.

 

Obituary

Tyler Robnett

Funeral service for Tyler Robnett, 23, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1st at Grand Assembly of God Church. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

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Saturday, Oct. 28th

 

Wind Farm Operator Plans Improvements

Officials with Next Era Energy, a company that has numerous wind farms across the Sooner State, say they are proposing a number of improvements. Plans have been announced to 're-power' many of its current wind turbines with new technology and installing new turbines - instead of building additional wind farms. The website OK Energy Today reports that Next Era plans to re-power 740 megawatts of wind operations over the next three years. Next Era officials said they are super-excited about the projects which are part of the company's long-term growth plan. Next Era Energy reported third-quarter earnings of nearly $2 billion which is an increase of nearly 14 percent over the third quarter of last year.

 

Chix Man Gets Federal Prison Term For Role in Drug Overdose Case

A Chickasha man is sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison for his role in a drug overdose case. 23-year old Marcus Lamar Richardson pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing fentanyl last December. A federal judge recently handed down the sentence. The Southwest Ledger cites court documents that say the incident occurred in December of 2021. Richardson pleaded guilty to providing a pill containing fentanyl to a co-defendant, who delivered it to another person. The victim over-dosed and would have died had it not been for the live-saving efforts of Chickasha police. The judge said it only took a half a pill for the victim to overdose. The co-defendant, Brianna Rechell Hugar, also pleaded guilty to distribution and was sentenced to two years in federal prison.

 

Downtown Chix' Ne'ewollah Festival Today

Downtown Chickasha's Ne’ewollah Festival returns this afternoon and this evening. Many merchants and vendors will be along Chickasha Avenue from 4th Street to 8th Street to welcome costumed kiddos and distribute free candy. There will also be carnival games and inflatables, and pumpkin decorating at the Chickasha Area Arts Council. Trick-or-treating and games begin at 4:00 p.m. and a costume contest at the Chickasha Community Theatre. Registration for the costume contest will start at 5:00 p.m. and the contest begins at 5:30. Also, the YMCA will host a first ever Civic Club and Non-Profit Chili Cook Off. That begins at 5 to p.m. Tickets are $5 each which is good for five samples of chili.  All the proceeds benefit the civic clubs.

 

Scooters Coffee Now Open in Chix

Chickasha's newest coffee shop is now open. Scooters Coffee features hot and iced coffees, teas, and smoothies. They even have pastries. Scooters is located in the 400 block of Grand Avenue across from Joe’s Maytag and opens at 7:30 a.m. each morning.

 

Talk Show Topic

Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.

 

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Friday, Oct. 27th

 

Chix City Council to Again Consider Tax Increment Finance Districts

A special meeting of the Chickasha City Council has been called for the group to consider starting the process of creating one or more new Tax Increment Finance Districts. During the meeting the panel will discuss a resolution to declare the intent to consider the approval of an unidentified project under the Local Development Act, forming a review committee, and directing the committee to make recommendations. The council will also consider hiring a financial counseling service to provide legal assistance through the process. The Review Committee would include one representative of the city council; one from the city’s planning commission; one designated by Grady County; one from the county health department; one from the Chickasha school district; one from the Canadian Valley Technology Center school district; and one from the Grady County EMS district. There would be three at-large individuals to be selected from a list of names provided by city council members - one of which will be a representative of the business community. The special meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 30th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

Tip Leads to Arrest of Drug Trafficking Suspects

Caddo County authorities put a dent in some of the illegal drug activity in that region. Anadarko police and Caddo County sheriff's deputies arrested 50-year old Toriano Holcomb and 20-year old Kayla Parker this week after finding hundreds of pills laced with Fentanyl and numerous other drugs. According to a post on the Anadarko Police Department's Facebook page, authorities received information about suspicious activity on East Sunset Circle. Wednesday afternoon, authorities executed a search warrant on a home where they found more than 500 pills along with cocaine and methamphetamine. Toriano has a nearly 20-year history of criminal activity dating back to 2005. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charged earlier this month; and he was on probation for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge from July of last year. Both Toriano and Parker have been charged with one felony count of aggravated trafficking and remain in the Caddo County Jail on $250,000 bond each.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.93.

Natural gas is $3.21 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,995 and silver is $22.97.

 

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Thursday, Oct. 26th

 

'Orphan Train' Programs set in Chix and Anadarko

During a roughly 75-year span in American History more than 250,000 orphaned or surrendered children in the eastern part of the country were placed on trains and sent west - to be given away at train stations along the way. It was the subject of a 2012 book written by Alison Moore called Riders on the Orphan Train. Orphan trains operated from the mid-1850s up to 1929.  A program developed by the National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, Kansas will be held at both Chickasha and Anadarko libraries.  The Oklahoma Humanities Council is funding the programs which are free and open to the public. It includes live music, video, and storytelling. The program will be held at the Chickasha Public Library tonight at 6:30 and at the Anadarko Community Library at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Medicare Sign-Up Underway

We're seeing and hearing an enormous amount of information about the sign-up period for Medicare and open enrollment for health care coverage. Individuals who have recently turned or will soon turn 65-years old are eligible for Medicare. Ray Walker is the director of the Medicare Assistance Program with the state insurance department. He urges individuals to spend some time to review their Part D prescription drug program.

 

              

 

 

Walker said individuals don’t have to change but that it is always good to shop around. Individuals can get free help from the Medicare Assistance Program by going to the website oid.ok.gov or call 800-763-2828.

 

Chix Chamber Receives State Awards

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce is getting more recognition at the state level. The organization received a number of Communication Excellence Awards at the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce Executives gala recently. The chamber picked up an award for digital media for its Tuesday Takeover program; an event marketing award for its Building a Legacy video for the chamber's 100th anniversary celebration; and another award for its campaign regarding its membership drive.

 

PSO Noted for Employing U.S. Military Vets

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has been recognized for hiring and supporting U.S. military veterans. For the fifth straight year PSO has been named a Veteran Employer Champion by the Oklahoma Veteran Alliance. The alliance also recently named PSO its Veteran Employer of the Year. Nearly 200 military vets are employed and the utility has a dedicated veteran recruiter. A prepared statement from PSO says that veterans bring character, discipline, and team building skills, they improve services to PSO customers, and make it a stronger company.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.39 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.13.

Natural gas is $3.01 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,001 and silver is $23.24.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 25th

 

Former County Commissioner OK's Plea Agreement

to Charges of Spying on his Former Employees

The saga of a former Grady County commissioner came to an end this week. In a plea agreement reached with a special prosecutor, former District 1 Commissioner Mike Walker pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge related to allegations that he spied on his employees while he was in office.  Walker was initially charged with multiple felony counts which included unlawful use of communication, intimidating witnesses, and conspiracy. He pleaded guilty to a count of interfering with county business. Walker was given a five-year deferred sentence, ordered to pay $400 in fines, and agreed to not run for public office during the term of his probation.

Charges first filed in 2021

Walker was initially charged with embezzlement in May of 2021 for allegedly using county resources for personal gain. But a Grady County jury found him innocent of those charges. Then in February of 2022, special prosecutor Brian Hermanson filed the spying and conspiracy charges. Here's Walker's attorney, Bret Burns-

 

              

 

 

Walker remained in office for more than a year after the embezzlement charges were filed before losing his re-election bid last year. Since then Burns said Walker has been driving trucks for a private company.

              

'Hero' Rescues Victims of Car Crashing into Ravine

A Caddo County man is being hailed as a hero after rescuing several people after their car crashed into a ravine and caught fire. Our partners at KWTV-News 9 reports that Cord Coffey sprang into action last Saturday when he was driving down the road near Binger. He was following a car that had to veer off the road to keep from hitting an on-coming vehicle. The car plunged down the ravine and overturned. Coffey called 9-1-1 then scrambled up-and-down the ravine four times as the car began to burn. Injured were Berdina Kodaseet, her 10-year old granddaughter Brooklyn 'Beans' Kodaseet and two unidentified men who were friends of Berdinas. Binger, Cogar, and Anadarko Fire Departments all responded to put out the fire and treat injuries which ranged from cuts to shoulder injuries but none were life-threatening. In a Facebook post, the Binger Fire Department commended Coffey for his 'selfless act of heroism.'

 

Grady County Residents Can Get Well Water Tested

Grady County residents who would like their well water tested to make sure it is safe can get that done next month. The Oklahoma Water Resources Center will be at the OSU Extension Office to offer help. Officials will be at the extension office on Tuesday, Nov. 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will also hold an informational meeting. Well water will be tested for nitrates, total dissolved solids, acidic levels, and bacteria and officials will help individuals understand and safeguard the quality of their drinking water. It's a free program and individuals can reach out to the extension office by calling 405-224-2216 to find out how to collect samples.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.07.

Natural gas is $2.97 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,981 and silver is $22.57.

 

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Tuesday, Oct. 24th

 

OKC Group Searches for Missing Chickasha Man

Relatives of a missing Chickasha man are still searching for answers about where he might be. Richard Houston walked away from the Life Skills Institute nearly two months ago and still has not been heard from. This past Saturday, members of the Oklahoma City Metro Search and Rescue team volunteered to search the wooded area next to Wal-Mart to try to find any clues. Five individuals and two K9s spent about three hours searching but were unable to find anything. Houston has been missing since August 31st. The investigation is now being led by the OSBI. Anyone with information on Houston can e-mail the agency at: tips@osbi.ok.gov

 

Suspect Arrested After Alegedly Trying to Start Bar Fight

A Texas man is facing charges that include assaulting a police officer and a nurse after it’s alleged he tried to instigate a bar fight. 41-year old Brandon Michael Davis was arrested by Chickasha police late Saturday night. Police were summoned to the un-named bar to find Davis allegedly drunk and aggressive. He threatened officers and was arrested after a brief struggle. KSWO-TV reports that Davis was taken to a hospital where it is also alleged that he tried to spit on a nurse. Prosecutors have charged Davis with a felony for assault on a medical care provider and misdemeanors for assaulting an officer and public intoxication. He remains in the Grady County Jail after his bond was set at $100,000. He's to announce his attorney Nov. 3rd and a preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled for Nov. 8th.

 

Civic Leader Raymond Rust Dies

Long-time Rush Springs civic leader Raymond Rust has died. Rust was 82-years old when he passed away while visiting family members in California recently. Rust was a banker, educator, businessman, and farmer. He was a long-time member of the Rush Springs Lions Club and helped with the watermelon festival and rodeo for many years. He also served for 40 years on the board of trustees for Grady Memorial Hospital and helped to open the Rush Springs Family Clinic. The clinic got started when Rust donated the property where the clinic is built. Rust is survived by his wife of more than 62 years, Merlene; daughter Renee and her husband Bert; daughter Tammy and her husband, Gary;  and son Raymond, III and his wife DawnElla and their families. A funeral service for Raymond Rust will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28th at the Rush Springs High School Auditorium.

 

Animal Rescue Group Holds Fundraiser Today

A group that works to find forever homes for abandoned dogs and cats at the Chickasha Animal Shelter will have its annual fund-raiser today. The Chickasha Animal Rescue Transport Association (CARTA) works with national groups to help reduce the number of animals in the shelter and prevent them from being euthanized. Nancy Vaden volunteers at the shelter almost every other day.

 

              

 

 

CARTA is a non-profit group that also holds occasional low-cost spay and neuter clinics. Today’s fundraiser is a silent auction which will be held at Interurban from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight. There are numerous gift baskets donated by local merchants. Also, Interurban is also helping the animal shelter with Burger Day - where one dollar from each hamburger sold goes to the shelter for food, treats, blankets, and other items to help care for the animals.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.83.

Natural gas is $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,978 and silver is $23.04.

 

Obituaries

Wanda Rinn

A memorial service for Wanda Rinn, 92, of the Sands Springs area and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She worked at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Jean Brittain

A graveside service for Jean Brittain, 82, of Shawnee, and formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27th at Fairlawn Cemetery. She worked at Nowata Gardens. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Oct. 23rd

 

Two Fires Break Out Simultaneously on the Bailey Turnpike

High winds and dry conditions had Chickasha and Grady County firefighters battling grass fires for several hours yesterday. A couple of fires broke out just a couple of miles apart from each other along the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. One was next to the Chickasha Sports Complex which forced officials to close part of the turnpike for a couple of hours. Chickasha and Ninnekah Fire Departments battled that blaze. The other was northeast of Chickasha near the Love’s and McDonald's around mile marker 85. Chickasha, Amber, Friend, and Naples departments fought those flames for about three hours. It charred about 20 acres of grassland. No structure damage was reported in either fire. Grady County Fire Chief Rodney Gregory said it wasn’t clear how either of those fires started. The threat for wildfires will be possible again today with afternoon temperatures still warmer than normal with highs in the low-to-mid 80s and winds gusting to 25 miles per hour. It's been more than two weeks since the region has had any significant precipitation. That will change however, as rain will be moving into Oklahoma tonight with occasional showers and storms through Wednesday.

 

Grady County Historical Society Turns 50

2023 is a milestone year for the Grady County Historical Society and Museum. The groups are celebrating 50 years of preserving the past for the enjoyment of future generations. Pat Cunningham is the curator of the museum and has numerous stories about the thousands of photographs and artifacts on hand. Here's one about group of students who came in for a recent tour-

 

              

 

 

The historical society will have its golden anniversary gala on Monday, Nov. 6th at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Tickets are available at the museum. Get more information on the Grady County Historical Society Facebook page.

 

USAO Hosts Speakers on American Democracy

USAO will host a program to foster discussion about the nature and status of American democracy this week. The Ada Sipuel-Fisher Center for Social Justice and Racial Healing will host the program. It will examine themes of liberty, justice, and equality - and discuss how the U.S. transformed from a global leader in advancing civil liberties and political rights to a back-sliding democracy - and how that transformation is impacting the social contract between the government and its citizens. Arlie Hochschild and Reginald Betts will serve as keynote speakers. The program opens today and runs through Wednesday. Betts will also be the featured speaker at the Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture which will be held at 7 o'clock Wednesday night at the USAO Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $88.75 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.16.

Natural gas is $2.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,988 and silver is $23.32.

 

Obituary

Mary Cunningham

Funeral service for Mary Cunningham, 85, of Chickasha will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24th at the Ninnekah First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a long-time member of the Lucille-Bluebonnet OHCE.  Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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