Today lets meet Chickasha Future Farmer of the
week Chapter Farmer Emma Victery
Monday, Oct. 22nd
Accident Victim's Condition Worsens
A Verden man continues fighting for his life following a traffic accident in which two people died. 51-year old Gary Sanders was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and admitted in fair condition after last Friday's crash. His condition has been downgraded to critical. Sanders suffered internal injuries in the accident. The two people who died in the crash were 65-year old Harold Milsap and 51-year old Shirley Milsap, also of Verden. The crash happened just after 5:00 p.m. last Friday afternoon at U.S. Highway 62 and Lake Burtchi Road. The highway patrol said the accident is still under investigation.
Teen Dies in Motorcycle Crash
Tragedy in Stephens County, as a high school student dies in a motorcycle accident. 18-year old Joe Lumbert died when his motorcycle crashed Friday morning. Lumbert was a student at Bray-Doyle High School where he was a member of the football team. A candlelight vigil for Lumbert will be held at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Bray-Doyle football field.
Former Gabriel Employee Accused of Embezzlement
A former employee of Gabriel Ride Control Products is accused of stealing copper and brass from the plant then cashing it in at a local business. A warrant was issued for the arrest of 44-year old Heath Ray Mason of Ninnekah, after Gabriel officials found video surveillance they say shows Mason removing several containers of the material. The allegations first came forward back in April. An arrest warrant for was issued in August and Mason was arrested late last week. The arrest warrant affidavit alleges Mason received more than $1,100 for nearly 400 pounds of copper and more than 100 pounds of brass. Mason spent the weekend in the Grady County Jail. He could have his initial appearance on the felony embezzlement charge this morning.
Gov. Fallin Touts Success in Business Development
As Oklahomans prepare to elect a new governor in a couple of weeks, current Governor Mary Fallin has a little over two months remaining in office. Among her accomplishments in her eight years as governor is improving the state's business climate. Her chief of staff Chris Benge was in Chickasha earlier this month for the announcement of the upcoming construction of the Midship Pipeline project. Benge says the governor has worked to make Oklahoma more business-friendly.
Benge says the State Department of Commerce has recorded more than 500 successful business projects during the Fallin administration, which includes recruiting new firms and assisting in the growth of current business and industry.
Anadarko, Carnegie Receive EMS Grants
Two Caddo County communities will receive State Department of Health grants for their emergency medical services programs. Anadarko and Carnegie are among several communities sharing in $1.7 million in grants for EMS services. A press release from the health department said the money comes from restricted tobacco taxes. The program was established by state lawmakers 10 years ago to fund assessment activities, re-organization of at-risk emergency medical services, the development of regional services, as well as training for medical directors and personnel, and equipment needs. A panel of nine volunteers review and score proposals that were submitted.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil in the NYMEX was up Friday but down for the week to $69.12 per barrel
London-based Brent crude was down for the week to $79.78.
Natural gas was up for the week to $3.25 per million BTUs.
Metals were down last week. Gold is down to $1,226 and silver slides to $14.66.
Saturday, Oct. 20th
Two Die in Verden Traffic Accident
Two people have died and a third person is hospitalized following a traffic accident on the east edge of Verden late yesterday. Killed in the crash were 65-year old Harold Milsap and 51-year old Shirley Milsap both of Verden. The highway patrol says were both air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. The survivor of the crash, 51-year old Gary Sanders, also of Verden, suffered trunk and internal injuries and was last in fair condition. The accident happened about 5:15 p.m. Friday at U.S. Highway 62 and Lake Burtchi Road. The highway patrol says the accident is under investigation. The only details provided are that Sanders was driving a pickup and the Milsaps were in a sedan. The highway was closed for two hours.
Man Accused of Kidnapping Former Girlfriend
A Grady County man with a history of violence has been arrested for kidnapping his estranged girlfriend. A warrant had been issued for the arrest of 30-year old Mark Anthony Clymer of Tuttle. He was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. The incident happened at a home near Tuttle about a week ago. In addition to kidnapping, Clymer is also accused of felony assault and battery in connection with the case. The victim claimed Clymer held her against her will after she wanted to end their 7-month relationship. Clymer has previous convictions of assault, including assault on a police officer out of Canadian and Beckham counties. He remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Auto Swap Meet, Craft Show End Today
Looks like great weather today for the final day for the 50th annual fall swap meet hosted by the Chickasha Antique Auto Club. The event draws thousands of visitors from around the world. Most of the vendors are those who enjoy the challenge of restoring old cars and trucks, and share their favorite stories. Admission to the swap meet is free. There is a fee for parking, with proceeds going to local charities. The swap meet is on 35 acres owned by the auto club just east of downtown Chickasha and next to the Grady County Fairgrounds. There are also some vendors indoors in the non-climate controlled rodeo arena on the fairgrounds proper. In conjunction with the swap meet is the fall fling craft and vendor show, in the north exhibit building at the fairgrounds. Admission to that event is also free. Proceeds from door prize ticket sales will help the family of Justin Boyer of Verden, who is being treated for acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer. Donations are also being accepted for the Boyers.
Sheriff's Office Issues Wanted List
The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has issued a list of individuals who have outstanding warrants. Here’s Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett.
If you have information about any of these individuals, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 405-222-4085.
Friday, Oct. 19th
Gross Production Tax Discussion Set at State Capital
One of the most controversial issues debated at the state capital last spring was gross production taxes on the energy industry. For the most part, Republicans are opposed to an increase in the tax, while Democrats support an increase. State lawmakers will be taking an in-depth look at the pros and cons of increasing the tax during an interim study. Republican State Senator Casey Murdoch requested the interim study, with the first meeting on the issue next Tuesday morning at the state capital. In additional to gross production taxes on oil and gas, officials will be taking a look at state revenues from other energy forms such as electricity production from wind and coal.
Trio Charged in Brutal Attack
A man is recovering from a brutal attack in which he suffered broken bones in his face and cuts on his head that had to be closed with staples. Three men were arrested in connection with the attack. The assault occurred at a party, and reportedly started when the driver of a car ran into a fence. Documents filed in Grady County District Court indicate the victim initially confronted the driver, then the victim was allegedly kicked and beaten by as many as four individuals. Someone intervened and dragged the victim away from the fight, and he was taken by a private vehicle to a Mustang hospital for treatment. The men were arrested in connection with the attack are 20-year old Lane Garrett Vanschuyver, 18-year old Blake Alexander Hill, and 18-year old Ethan Hunter Calhoun all of Chickasha. All have been formally charged with felony aggravated assault and battery. All are out of jail after posting $5,000 bond.
Chix PD Again part of National K9 Grant Poll
Chickasha residents are being asked to help out the police department in a national program that supports K9 officer programs. The Aftermath K9 Grant will distribute a total of $15,000 to the eight police departments that get the most votes in an on-line survey. First place gets $5,000. The program was founded to showcase, support, and reward the contributions made by law enforcement and their K9 partners. Voting is open until Friday, November 2nd and you can vote every 12 hours. The website is www.aftermath.com/k9-grant. You can vote once per day on Instagram, by following @aftermathk9grant
Outlaws, Lawmen Theme for Historical Society Fundraiser
The Grady County Historical Society is preparing for its annual meeting and fund raiser. Outlaws and Lawmen is the theme for the evening. Pat Cunningham who is the curator for the historical society's museum says they'll also have a silent auction of several OU football items.
The annual meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 6th at the USAO Ballroom. Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchase at the museum in dowtown Chickasha.
Talk Show Topic
Here’s what we’re talking about this weekend. Katie Davis with the USAO theatre department is our guest on the KOOL Konversation. The topic is the upcoming Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series. We have a link to the program elsewhere on this website, under the Community tab.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is down to $68.65 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude falls below $80 to $79.29.
Natural gas lost ground, down to $3.20 per million BTUs.
Metals were higher. Gold is $1,231 and silver is $14.64.
Thursday, Oct. 18th
Regional Consumer Spending Still Strong
Consumer spending is still strong in the Grady County region. It's estimated that more than $45.5 million was spent on taxable goods and services in July. That's the third best month for consumer spending in 2018. While the number is down about 3.9 percent from June it is an increase of nearly 39 percent from the same time a year ago. We estimate consumer spending when we see the county’s sales tax revenue and factor in the county sales tax rate. Sales tax revenue for September was nearly $860,000 which was paid on retail purchases in July. Here is the breakdown on where that money goes, all approved by county voters: $304,000 is for the Grady County Fairgrounds; $269,000 is for Grady Memorial Hospital; $152,000 is divided among 20 fire districts, with each one receiving $7,600; $152,000 is shared among the seven senior nutrition centers, with each one collecting nearly $22,000; Tuttle EMS gets almost $28,000; and Rush Springs EMS receives about $7,000. Grady County also received almost $250,000 in use tax revenue, which are sales taxes paid on Internet purchases. That’s way up from the nearly $60,000 collected for the same time last year.
Chickasha Consumer Spending Also Healthy
In the City of Chickasha, consumer spending for July is estimated at $29 million. That's an increase of nearly 11 percent from June and up more than 22 percent from July of 2017. Sales tax revenue for the city was more than $1.1 million. Here's how that money is to be distributed. $586,000 goes to the general fund, about $290,000 is for water, sewer, and Chickasha Municipal Authority projects, and $218,000 is for Capital Improvement Projects. Chickasha use tax collections were more than $100,000 for September, up from $84,000 last year.
Missing Caddo County Teen Added to National List
A Caddo County teen missing for nearly two months is now included in a national program to find missing children. 17-year old Makaydon Thompson has been missing since Aug. 26th from the northern Caddo County town of Hydro. She's now on the list compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Authorities think she may be in Oklahoma, possibly in Hydro or the Blaine County region. She is Caucasian, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and has brown hair and blue eyes. She has tattoos of crosses on her arms and legs. If you can help find Makaydon Thompson, contact the Caddo County Sheriff's Office by calling 405-247-6666, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at 1-800-THE-LOST.
Antique Auto Swap Meet Underway
Car and truck parts and lots of transportation-related items will being sold and traded at the annual fall swap meet put on by the Chickasha Antique Auto Club. About 400 vendors are expected, with many of them arriving yesterday. Among them was Doug Rodman who is here from Kingman, Kansas which is just outside Wichita.
Rodman says he's among six brothers and brothers-in-law who spend their vacation time coming to both the fall and spring swap meets. In addition to the parts his group is selling, he's looking for parts for his 1955 and 1956 Chevrolets. This is the 50th fall swap meet for the auto club. It runs today through Saturday.
Hall of Fame Coach Charles Heatly Dies
Longtime Lindsay girls basketball coach Charles Heatly has died. Heatly was 84 when he passed away Wednesday morning. A member of the Oklahoma and National Coaches Halls of Fame, Heatly won more than 650 games and two state titles in the 6-on-6 era. For a time, he also coached the Lindsay boys. Heatly established a summer camp for girls that brought in youth from around the county during its 25-year history. He was one of the founders of the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association, and was honored at the 2005 NCAA Women's Final Four for his lifelong service to women's basketball. Funeral for Coach Heatly will be at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Lindsay High School. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lindsay Schools Scholarship Fund.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX falls below $70 to $69.75 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude dips to $80.05.
Natural gas continues climbing, up to $3.32 per million BTUs.
Metals were lower as well. Gold is $1,227 and silver is $14.54.
Wednesday, Oct. 17th
Energy Firms Merge in Half-Billion Dollar Deal
Two Texas companies with heavy investments in the SCOOP and STACK plays will soon become one. Houston's Nine Energy Service is paying nearly a half-billion dollars for Magnum Oil Tools International of Corpus Christi. The website OK Energy Today reports it is a $493 million deal. Nine Energy officials say the partnership solidifies the company as one of the premier providers of completion-focused technology. The takeover includes $334 million in cash and 5 million shares of Nine common stock valued at nearly $160 million. Magnum has no debt. In addition to operations in Oklahoma, Nine Energy has interests in the Permian Basin, The Bakken in North Dakota, and throughout Canada.
Plan Would Help Property Owners Demolish Aging Homes
Chickasha officials are considering a plan that would help property owners pay for the demolition of dilapidated homes and structures. If approved, the city would provide some funds to pay for the removal of substandard properties. The city council discussed the proposal during an informal work session this week. Officials say the program is intended to provide a means to conveniently demolish aging or substandard buildings and improve the quality of neighborhoods. In background information from city hall provided to our news department, the plan calls for the city and property owner to discuss the cost before any demolition work occurs. Should the project cost more than the agreed to price, the city will pay the difference. If it is less, an adjustment would be made in the property owner's favor. The city would pay for the entire project initially, with the property owner given six months to pay the city. Due to funding limits, the maximum cost for any one project would be $3,000. No structures larger than a duplex qualify, nor does commercial property. The council will formally consider the plan at a later date.
FOP President Praises New Contract
The president of the Chickasha Fraternal Order of Police is happy with the new collective bargaining agreement approved by the city council this week. Clayton Hobbs leads FOP Local 129. He says the conract includes some continuing education assistance for officers.
The contract also calls for an end to the 12-hour shifts police officers had been working over the last year, with the shifts returning to eight hours.
Fire Destroys Camper at Lake Chickasha
A follow-up today about a structure fire at Lake Chickasha we told you about yesterday. A fifth-wheel camper was fully involved when fire crews arrived. Fire fighters from Chickasha, Verden, and Anadarko were dispatched. The fire was reported just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Chickasha Fire Chief Brian Zalewski said the occupants of the camper were not inside when the fire started. Firefighters spent about an hour putting out the flames. There were no injuries. Damage estimate wasn't available. Zalewski said they are still trying to determine how the fire started.
Competency Hearing Set for Woman who Stabbed Husband
A Chickasha woman with a lengthy criminal record is now accused of stabbing her husband and kicking a deputy. 55-year old Wanda Darlene Rutledge was arrested back in August in the Apache area. Papers filed in Caddo County District court allege she stabbed her husband three times, and even told officers she wished she had killed him. Rutledge facing felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault on an officer for kicking the deputy. A competency hearing for Rutledge is scheduled for November 15th. She remains in the Caddo County Jail pending a $50,000 bond. Rutledge is facing up to life in prison if convicted. She has previous felony convictions from 2014 out of Grady County and a 2009 conviction out of Pontotoc County in the Ada area.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is up slightly to $71.92 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is up to $81.41.
Natural gas was down slightly to $3.24 per million BTUs.
Metals are down a bit with gold at $1,230 and silver at $14.71
Tuesday, Oct. 16th
Police, Fire Contracts Approved by Chickasha City Council
New collective bargaining agreements for Chickasha's fire and police unions get city council approval. The council voted unanimously to authorize the contracts following a 20-minute behind-closed-doors discussion during last night's regularly scheduled city council meeting. City Manager John Noblitt said the agreements do not include cost-of-living-adjustments. For the Fraternal Order of Local Police Local 129, the agreement calls for police to return to eight-hour shifts. Officers had been working 12-hour shifts due to a shortage of officers. Police officers who are promoted will be placed in the step process in the new rank that guarantees them a 3 percent pay hike. It also states that officers entitled to holiday pay will be those officers who actually work the day of the holiday, not the day that city hall may be closed. For the International Association of Firefighters Local 2041, the agreement calls for pay revisions for those who hold the rank of captain. It adds a new rank of Rescue Technician Coordinator which comes with a 50-cent-per hour incentive.
Water Treatment Plant, Employees Earn State Honors
Employees working for USW, the private contractor for the City of Chickasha's water treatment plants, are honored at the state level for their job performances. They were recognized during the annual Oklahoma Water and Pollution Control Conference that was held earlier this month. Debbie Seagroves was named plant supervisor of the year; Derrick McDaniel was named maintenance supervisor of the year; Darrel White received The Darcy Award as the waste water operator of the year; and Tim Anderson won the Stapley Award for water operator of the year. USW was also recognized for having the most improved plant and the plant of the year for medium-sized communities. Steve Hardeman, supervisor of the Norman wastewater plant, serves on the board for the Water and Pollution Control conference. He announced the awards during last night’s city council meeting.
The water and pollution control group dates back to 1926, and is among the oldest operator associations in the country.
Truck Fire Slows Highway 19 Traffic
A truck fire southeast of Chickasha slowed traffic on Highway 19 for a brief time yesterday. A one-ton truck hauling a trailer with a backhoe caught fire near the Little Washita River Bridge, about 4 1/2 miles east of the State Highway 19 and U.S. Highway 81 junction. Alex and Bradley Fire Departments responded to the fire which happened about 12:30 p.m. Monday. A small grass fire also ignited but fire crews quickly had that under control. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said the truck was a total loss but the backhoe and trailer were salvageable. An electrical problem is suspected of causing the fire. There were no injuries. The truck driver wasn’t identified.
Suspect Charged with Assault on Police Officer
An update now to a story we first aired late last week, about a man arrested for the alleged assault of a police officer. Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor charges against 34-year old Donald Heddlesten. He's charged with assault on a police officer and obstruction after Chickasha police were called to a home last Thursday night to investigate a domestic disturbance. Heddlesten is out of jail after posting a $1,500 bond.
Man Arrested for Having Stolen Pickup
Authorities arrest a man they say was in possession of a stolen pickup. The arrest was made at a Chickasha home last Friday afternoon. An officer spotted a suspicious truck parked in the driveway of a home in the 500 block of South 16th. When the officer ran a routine check on the tag it was found that the truck had been stolen out of Vinita. A probable cause affidavit filed by the officer indicates a man sitting in the pickup said he bought the truck on the side of the road in Oklahoma City, but he did not have a bill of sale. Police also say the found meth and drug items in the truck. Police arrested 25-year old Joseph Alexander Washington of Yukon. Prosecutors have formally charged him with felonies which include possession of a stolen vehicle and drugs. His bond was set at $5,000.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is up to $71.78 a barrel
London-based Brent crude is up to $80.78.
Natural gas is up to $3.24 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,231 and silver is $14.79
Monday, October 15th
Fire Station Roof Repairs May be Re-bid
Chickasha officials are going back to square one for roof repairs on one of the city's fire stations. Tonight, the city council will consider rejecting all bids received for repairs at Fire Station No. 2 at 16th and Country Club Road. Administrators say all six bids came in over the appraised insurance value, and that funding is not available to offset added costs for recommended insulation, removal of skylights, and additional hail protection. The bids ranged from just under $45,000 to more than $100,000. Officials are recommending that the project be re-bid, and reduce the amount of work they originally planned for.
Fire, Police Union Contract Talks to be Reviewed
The council is also to go behind closed doors to discuss the status of collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2041 and the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129. The council will consider the appointment of Leasa Furr to the post of city treasurer, and recognize USW, the city's contractor for water treatment. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall. Prior to the meeting, a special work session will be held to discuss a demolition program and to get an update on city projects. The work session will start at 5:30 p.m.
Semi Crash Shuts Down Turnpike
A traffic accident involving a semi forced officials to shut down part of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Chickasha last night. The accident happened just before 11:00 p.m. near Mile Marker 81 which is just east of the U.S. Highway 81 junction. Both westbound lanes of traffic were closed for a short time. Both lanes were re-opened about midnight. No information is available about the accident.
50th Antique Auto Swap Meet Set this Weekend
Thousands of antique auto enthusiasts from around the world will be in Chickasha this weekend for one of the longest running events of its kind. Each fall and spring, the Chickasha Antique Auto Club hosts a swap meet that attracts people who restore old cars and trucks. The club has been around for years and was largely responsible for the restoration of Chickasha's Historic Rock Island Railroad depot. Bud Andrus tells how that came about.
That federal grant was for $700,000 so altogether the restoration was a $1 million project. The fall swap meet is this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on the grounds owned by the antique auto club next to the Grady County Fairgrounds. 400 vendors or more are expected and a few will be in the Grady County Fairgrounds rodeo arena, which is the one south of the community building. Admission is free. There is a fee for parking with proceeds benefitting local charities.
USAO to Kick-off Davis-Waldorf Series
Another season of unique performances will begin at USAO next week. The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series will host four programs over the next several months, starting with a group of young ladies from Africa who go by the name of Nobuntu. Members of the ensemble from Zimbabwe blend the traditional music of their culture with Afro-jazz and gospel. The group was founded in 2011 when some noticed there was an absence of female professional music groups in their country. The name Nobuntu represents an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity, and family from a woman's viewpoint. The performance will be next Thursday, Oct. 25th at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are available at the USAO business office, on-line, or at the door. Visit www.usao.edu/dwpas to see the complete list of performances.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was down for the week, to $71.34 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude also had a down week, to $80.43.
Natural gas was up for the week, to $3.16 per million BTUs.
Gold was up for the week, to $1,235 and silver up to $14.78.